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Flower Show, Parade Plans And More this Weekend

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1] Had enough snow? There is hope.

Three acres, yes three acres of spring and summer are a short drive away as the Connecticut Convention Center welcomes the  “33rd annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show.”

The show, which opens Thursday and continues through Sunday, features 20 gardens created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations.

This year’s  theme is “Backyard Paradise.”

There will also be the  Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s 2014 Advanced Standard Flowerfshow Show with its judged entries and hundreds of displays and activities and aisles of fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, gardening books, patio furniture, ornaments and more for purchase. Among the guest speakers will be Baroness Maureen Haseley-Jones, also known as “The English Lady.”

Planning your own springtime plantings? People can bring a 1/2 cup of soil to the UConn Co-op booth at the show for free soil testing.

Information: ctflowershow.com

Alsrawlogo82x62[1]o on Thursday, it’s Creative Cocktail Hour night at Real Art Ways on Arbor Street in Hartford. Music, art, dancing and the chance to unwind are all part of the popular event.

Information: realartways.org

Get your book and author fix  on Friday and Saturday.

Mbookohegan Sun will be the place where more than 70 bestselling and award-winning authors will converge Friday and Saturday for “The Big Book Getaway, ” presented by The Mark Twain House and Museum. Featured speakers include Hallmark Channel’s Debbie Macomber; author and media personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer; political humorist P.J. O’Rourke; former CNN news journalist Kitty Pilgrim; plus Sarah Addison Allen, Pete Hamill, Charlotte Rogan, Eloisa James, Jane Green, Susan Conley and several others. Many different genres including memoir, history, military, travel, health, mystery, romance, theatre, fiction and non-fiction will be represented. Guests will have an opportunity to hear authors on the main stage and in concurrent break-out sessions.

Ticket information: mohegansun.com

Oh the snow, snow  ,snow and the cabin fever,  cabin fever, cabin fever.

Deal better with both by heading over to Lyman Orchards in Middlefield . WinterFest[1]

On Saturday and Sunday  the place will hold its 42nd annual Winterfest, an outdoor extravaganza featuring snow tubing, ice carving, sleigh rides, husky sled dog rides, food samplings, and the making of sugar-on-snow with Ct maple syrup.

The Winterfest is open both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information: lymanorchards.com

 

Nothing like a parade to get the spirits up. Even if it is still a few weeks away. parade_opt

On Sunday beginning at 1 p.m., head over to the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury where the 2014 grand marshal and person of the year for this year’s Greater
Hartford St. Patrick’s Day parade will honored.

Beverly Concannon will be this year’s parade marshal and Dr. Pauline Olsen is Person of the Year in the annual parade that this year is held on March 15 beginning at 11a.m.

Sunday’s reception includes a buffet.  Tickets are $25.

Information: irishamericanparade.com

 

 

 

 

Summer’s Last Bash Hartford! Do It!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]Everyone is saying it as the Labor Day weekend approaches.  “Where did the summer go?”

And while officially we still have another few weeks of my personal favorite season of the year, the reality is it is back to school, a full work schedule and thoughts of falling leaves, cold weather and holiday madness as we get ready to wade back into the mainstream of life.

But not quite yet people. There is still this decadent long weekend ahead. And there are choices!

Lyman lymanoOrchards opens its annual corn maze Saturday and this year it’s a Statue of Liberty design theme. Meander around two miles of pathways on four acres at the farm maze in Middlefield which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday though Friday. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 4 to 12 with $1 being donated to the American Cancer Society, Information: lymanorchards.com

The Fish Family Farm in Bolton will host “Farm Day” on Saturday, an annual festival featuring hay rides, bounce houses, face painting , a farmers market and ice cream from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event benefits the Lutz Children’s Museum. Admission is $6 for museum members and $7 for non-members. Information: 860-6432-0949.

Let the faircow air get you this weekend.  head out to the Haddam Neck Fair (haddamneckfair.com) and the Woodstock Fair, (woodstockfair.com) both open Friday to Monday and offering a host of activities, entertainment, food and rides for adults and children. Or visit the Goshen Fair, also open from Saturday to Monday and featuring fair events including a pie eating contest, animal judging and tractor pull. Information: goshenfair.org

 

 

A Beach/Bookbag Full of Summer Weekend Options Hartford

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]This might be a weekend of mixed messages Hartford, a combination of traditional summer doings mixed with other events that make one thing of back-to-school and autumn.

But it’s all fun so here goes!

Camp Courant will be the place Thursday where state treasurer Denise Nappier hands out back-to-school backpacks and school bpacksupplies to children with need from Hartford. Called the Backpack Donation Program, it is sponsored by the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET).

But let’s get back to summer please!

Also on Thursday, the Wadsworth Atheneum, with The Amistad Center, will host its Caribbean themed “First Thursday” party.

The “Caribbean Block Party” celebrates the Aug. 1 Emancipation Day holiday celebrated by manycarib countries in the Caribbean and also kicks off the “Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival” in Hartford this weekend. Thursday’s party will feature reggae music by Anthem Band, a performance by Jamaican songstress Karen Smith, poetry readings, dancing, fire dancers and stilt walkers. Admission is $5. Those wearing yellow get in free.

Information: wadsworthatheneum.org

And that brings us to that Caribbean festival at Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza on Saturday from 1 to 11 p.m. The annual event features authentic cuisines, island beverages, costumes, dancing, music as well as children’s activities and live entertainment.

Information: riverfornt.org.

Has anyone noticed all the sunflowers blooming everywhere?

Hesunad over to Lyman Orchards where its annual Sunflower Maze opens Saturday and continues through Aug. 25. The maze is cut through a field of 350,000 blooming red and yellow sunflowers,. A portion of the admission cost is donated to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. For those who head over on opening day, there is a special treat. PBS is a co-sponsor for the kids themed opening day and is bringing network personality “Buddy” from its “Dinosaur Train” to meet visitors beginning at 10 a.m. Raindate is Sunday.

Information: lymanorchards.com

Now if you are a person hunkering for a taste of fall, fair season begins this weekend. The Middlesex and New Haven County 4-H Fair will be held at the Durham Fairground beginning Friday at 5 p.m.

Tcowhe fair includes tractor pulls, home arts exhibits, livestock judging, a dog show, trained steers pull, draft horse pull, tractor driving contest and live entertainment.

The fair is open Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m., to 10 p.m.

Information: 4-hfair.org

And finally, don’t forget, whether you are a foodie or not, you can treat yourself to a really nice dinner for a really affordable price through Sunday.

Timages[3]_opthere are still four more days to Taste of Hartford and that means $20.13 three-course dinners at dozens of Hartford restaurants.

Information: tastehartford.com