Yes, it’s cold outside and the first reaction is to stay inside!
Don’t look at the thermometer. You can and still have some fun this weekend, with lots of warm indoor choices. Like…
The Mohegan Sun WineFest kicks off Friday and continues through Sunday. The annual food and wine event features celebrity chefs, wine and beverage tastings, food and beverage demonstrations, a Grand Cru, a celebrity chef dine-around, a Bubbles & BonBons champagne and dessert event, an oyster shucking competition and the competitive grape stomp. Tickets are still available and prices and times vary. Go to mohegansun.com for information.
Also on Friday, let’s talk witches and anniversaries.
The program, to mark the 350th anniversary of the execution of the last suspected witches in Connecticut, is called “The Farmington Witch Project.” It will include music, theatre, food and wine and a book signing by author Suzanne Ress, who will also read from her book, “The Trial of Goody Gilbert.”
By the way, between 1647 and 1663, Connecticut tried 34 people for witchcraft, and hanged 11. The last people executed were Mary Barnes of Farmington and Rebecca and Nathaniel Greensmith of Hartford, on January 25, 1663.
The program will be held at the Amistad Hall at First Church, 75 Main St., Farmington at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For information go to brownpapertickets.com, the Stanley-Whitman House at 37 High St., Farmington or call 860-677-9222.
On Saturday, there will be one giant dinner party going on in Hartford’s West End when the group gets together for its annual “Dine Around the West End.” The event is a progressive dinner with about 250 neighbors meeting at one house for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, breaking into groups and going to several homes for dinner, and then reuniting again at another home for dessert and coffee. The Village on Albany Avenue is donating the hors d’oeuvres. The Pond House Cafe is donating the desserts.
Members of Downtown Hartford’s restaurant and bar community are working together to present the one-day music festival to raise funds to support those affected by last month’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The festival will feature over 50 local, regional and national acts performing across 9 stages. The host venues are The Great Hall at Union Station, Up or On the Rocks, Black Bear Saloon, Black-eyed Sally’s, Pig’s-eye Pub, The Tavern Downtown, Pour House, Rocking Horse Saloon, and The Russian Lady. A variety of genres will be included on the performance bill, which already includes Max Creek, who headlined a New Year’s Eve celebration at The Great Hall at Union Station.
Tickets are $30 and more information is available here.
Also on Sunday, you can head to Damon’s Tavern on Prospect Ave. in Hartford at 2 p.m. for a Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade fundraiser. Each year, participating communities choose their own honorees and this year the Hartford choices are Sister Judy Carey and Johnny Vaughan. Donation is $25 and includes music and raffles.
The parade, by the way, is March 9.
And don’t forget Taste of Hartford continues with most participating restaurants offering $20.13 three or four-course dinners. Go to tasatehartford.com for a complete list of restaurants and menus.
Enjoy and stay warm!