Kick back this weekend and enjoy the fruits of summer… golf, music, wine, food and the luxury of time to enjoy it all.
For some of that kind of action, head to the casinos.
Celebs including “Goose” Gossage, Marcus Allen, Cuba Gooding and David Justice are among more than 30 sports and entertainment stars who will be partying and golfing this weekend in the Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Golf Classic at Mohegan Sun. The weekend includes a pairing party Thursday, a 70s-themed charity concert on Friday and golf on Sunday.
Proceeds from the classic and the REACH Foundation’s Charity Concert will benefit the Y Achievers and Y Teen Incentive Programs (Y-TIP) at the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth & Family Center in Hartford.
The tournament also marks the grand reopening of the Mohegan Sun Country Club at Pautipaug. For more information go to mohegansun.com
On Friday, Foxwoods Resort will host “Taste of the World,” a dine-around billed as a global world experience. Foods from countries including France, China, Brazil, and the United Kingdom will be featured. For ticket information go to foxwoods.com
Also tempt your taste buds Saturday and Sunday at the CT Wine Fest at the Goshen Fairground. The festival features wine tastings, local specialty food samplings and live entertainment. Tickets are $30 the day of the event. Designated drivers tickets are $10. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Information: ctwine.com
Got green? Get your Irish on at the 28th annual Irish Music Festival at the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury. The event runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday and includes international Irish bands, food, a children’s area and the St. Patrick’s Pipe Band. The festival is open Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is $10, $9 for seniors and free for children 9 and younger. Information: 860-633-9691 or irishmusicfest.com
And what’s summer without ice cream. Today from 5 to 7 p.m. head over to the Mark Twain House & Museum where free ice cream from Shady Glen, UConn Dairy Bar and Royal Ice Cream will be yours for the scooping at its annual Ice Cream Social on the Twain grounds. There will also be discounted tours, a lantern-making workshop with Hartford artist Anne Cubberly, and entertainment. Information: marktwainhouse.org
Let you weekend seep a bit into next week as well.
Look up in the sky Monday for a vintage thrill and a look at history.
The non-profit Liberty Foundation is bringing its restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, used in the movie ”Memphis Belle” and a newly restored Curtis P-40E to Brainard Airport as part of its “Salute to Veterans” national tour.
The vintage WWII aircraft will be flying over the city that day as a preview to a public program on Aug. 4 and 5 when the public can book a flight as well as tour the planes. The tour is designed to provide a national ”hands on” history lesson and bring awareness to the efforts of veterans. Information: libertyfoundation.org
And finally, treat yourself with a night out of dining. Taste of Hartford continues through Aug. 5. Take advantage of the $20.12 fixed price special menus at dozens of city restaurants and enjoy.