Saturday, December 9, 2017
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10:00am [10:00am] Branford: Mini-Maker Table
Join us every Friday and Saturday for a mini-maker project from our MakerLab! Every month we will feature a quick project or new piece of equipment to mess around with. The results may have you leaving with something to physically take home OR just the satisfaction that you were able to create a circuit, power on an Arduino or thread a sewing machine. The projects are easy, meant for all ages and 100% drop-in. It is just up to you to find out which floor we are featuring the project on and drop on by. Registration for this table is not required – just come ready to tinker, play and create!

[10:00am] Collinsville: Christmas in Collinsville
A starry night in Collinsville with downtown streets lit up with luminaries. Friday evening includes a Champagne Walk, horse drawn carriage rides, tree lighting (7 p.m.), open mic night at LaSalle Market, craft fair and the Gallery of Trees (Canton Historical Society). Saturday includes craft fair, horse drawn carriage rides, storytime with Mrs Claus, children's crafts, face painting, visit with Santa Claus, puppet shows, and the Gallery of Trees.

[10:00am] Hartford: Second Saturdays for Families
As always, museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities! Free Family Tours: ABCs: Art, Books, Connections, 10:30-11am Ask About Art, 11am-noon Eyes on Art Family Tour, 11:30am-noon

[10:00am] Middletown: Holiday on Main
ROTARY CLUB OF MIDDLETOWN DAY! 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – The Rotary Club of Middletown will be staffing the POPCORN & HOT PRETZELS stand in front of the Chamber – stop by to meet them! Also HOLIDAY MUSIC played by Harvest Woods Audio 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Greet SANTA and enjoy FREE HORSE & WAGON RIDES! 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – THE FUN TRAIN will offer FREE RIDES on the sidewalk around the downtown throughout the day! 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – HOLIDAY PHOTO BOOTH – Take 4″x 6″ fun photos (NO FEE!) with your friends and family as a remembrance of the 2017 holidays! The photo trailer will be located by the crosswalk in front of Holy Trinity Church! 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Third Congregational Church will be giving out Hot Chocolate in front of Middlesex Chamber! 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. – AMBER ALERT ID CARDS – The Rotary Club of Middletown will be located by Middlesex Chamber, and will take information and create an Amber Alert ID Card for parents to hold onto and use if needed to locate their child. All information is collected and sent to the National Headquarters overnight! Contact: Justin Wilkie at 860-346-8695 or Justin.Wilkie@middlesexunitedway.org 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – PET FOOD DRIVE – To benefit the homeless pets at Middletown Animal Control! Please bring donations to Middlesex Chamber (393 Main St.) including: Chew Toys (No Rawhide) Blankets Towels No Pillows or Quilts Canned Wet Dog & Cat Food Dry Dog & Cat Food For more information, contact: LMiddleton@ForestCityMarketing.com 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Webster Bank’s 12th Annual Giving Tree (363 Main St) will benefit the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. For a list of accepted non-perishable donations needed, please contact Amy Glowka at 860-638-6906 or aglowka@websterbank.com. Drop off times are M-W 9 a.m to 3 p.m. and Th/F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. On Saturdays, donations may be brought to Middlesex Chamber! 11:30 a.m. – 12 noon – HOLIDAY STORY TIME – CORDUROY BEAR will be at Wesleyan / RJ Julia Bookstore. (413 Main St.), where Police Chief Bill McKenna will read stories. At the end of the reading, there will be books for sale and a “Book Signing” by Corduroy Bear….Bring your camera!

[11:00am] Hartford: Winterfest
The opening of the rink officially kicks off the holiday season in Hartford, so come and celebrate. Skate, catch a play or a concert, be amazed by art, enjoy a great meal and so much more. Other activities include free ice skating, free photos with Santa in his workshop at the Bushnell Park Carousel from noon-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays beginning December 2 through December 23, learn to skate lesson on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., and $1 carousel rides on the historic Bushnell Park Carousel on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

[11:00am] Middlebury: Family Movie
Enjoy a movie with family and friends. Bring your own snacks.

[11:00am] Waterbury: Barnes & Noble Storytime
Storytime perfect for the whole family! Enjoy a new story every Saturday with fun crafts and activities to follow! **Check website for specific story**

[1:00pm] West Cornwall: Holiday Stroll
West Cornwall invites you to celebrate the holiday season with a Santa's Workshop at the Souterrain Gallery where Joe Brien of Lost Arts Workshop will create a wooden holiday item with little and big kids, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., while Susan Hellmann's exhibit Simply Cornwall Extended and Expanded is on display and Santa will be overseeing operations and will be available to pose for photos also kids refreshments will be served. The Wish House offering German Gluehwein with freshly imported spices from the old country for the adults. Llama walks courtesy of Country Quilt Llama Farm will start around 2 p.m. Caroline Nastro will be signing her most recent children's book The Bear Who Couldn't Sleep, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Bain Real Estate will be delighting with music, eggnog, and sweets. At Ian Ingersoll's Cabinetmakers an exhibit of local artists will be accompanied by champagne, hot cocoa and delicious munchies. The original How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be shown at the West Cornwall Library starting at 4 p.m. CJ at Housatonic Hair Works is featuring his handmade soaps and will be offering essential peppermint oil infused hot chocolate and holiday cookies. Also, available a delightfully relaxing chair massage by Louise Levy. At Pearly's Farmhouse Cafe a Charlie Brown Tree Lighting will take place at dark and the EDC will be offering seasonal candy and Santa letter writing supplies. A Dinner for Four at Pearly's Farmhouse Cafe will go to one lucky winner of this events raffle which just requires you to collect three stamps from participating stops to enter. Come and have fun!

[5:00pm] Meriden: Festival of Silver Lights
Illumination of more than 350,000 twinkling, white lights. There are over 200 figures and buildings that are decorated with the lights in this spectacular display.

[6:00pm] Old Saybrook: Torchlight Parade
More than 20 fife and drum corps hailing from as far away as Pennsylvania and Vermont will march along Main Street to the Town Green. Leading the musician groups will once again be the 2nd Company Governor's Foot Guard marching unit. The marching musicians, dressed in period costumes, will play musical selections that their counterparts might have played more than 100 to 200 years ago. Alongside each corps will be parade volunteers who will carry torches to light the way. In addition to the musicians, more than 20 floats and other marching units plan to participate in this annual parade. The Torchlight Parade re-enacts an annual event held in many New England towns during the Colonial period. Each December, the village militia would muster and march to the village common led by their fife and drum corps. Marchers and local residents would carry torches to light the procession. This Old Saybrook parade commemorates that annual event.