Saturday, June 9, 2018
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  [All day event] Statewide: Connecticut Open House Day
Join us for this day-long, state-wide celebration of everything that makes Connecticut great! Attractions, museums, galleries and organizations in towns and cities all across Connecticut will be opening their doors and welcoming visitors with discounted or free admission, giveaways, special offers, hands-on activities for the kids and more. It’s a great way to discover or rediscover all that is happening in our state. Check out the website for all participating locations!

[All day event] Various Locations: Spring Outdoors
Spring Outdoors runs from the Spring Equinox on March 20 until the Summer Solstice on June 21. This program connects you to lands, waters, and trails in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, including some properties not normally accessible to the public. Enjoy interesting features and stories during Spring Outdoors, which is like the Walktober program, but is held as nature springs forth in The Last Green Valley. All the walks, bike rides, paddles, tours, events and more will be listed on our website's Spring Outdoors page and on our facebook page.

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] Cheshire: Strawberry Festival
Every summer for more than 80 years, thousands of people from Cheshire and surrounding communities converge on the historic Church Green to enjoy the time-honored tradition of the Cheshire Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair. It features naturally sweet, farm fresh strawberry shortcake with lots of whipped cream. In addition, there are hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, and other yummy treats. An integral part of the festival is an Arts and Crafts Fair which features more than 30 juried artisans and crafters providing wonderfully handcrafted items of all shapes and sizes. Businesses and organizations of all types are also here at the Community Expo to introduce festival guests to their product, service, and/or cause. This family-friendly event is fun for everyone from toddlers to seniors. Attractions include: inflatables, toddler games, face painting/henna, pony rides, and a raffle. Live music serves as a backdrop for this great community event. And next door at the Cheshire Historical Society, there are a number of events during the annual Connecticut Open House Day with free hands on activities and workshops will go through the day, including colonial carpentry and stone tools seminars. The 46th Antiques & Collectibles Sale brings in an eclectic mix of dealers with nostalgic items for sale. The Society is also offering free docent led tours of their 1785 house museum.

[10:00am] Guilford: Open House Day
At 11 a.m., the free Around the Green Historic Walking Tour begins at the Guilford Information Plaza (32 Church Street), steps from the Guilford Green. The five historic Guilford house museums will welcome you free on Connecticut Open House Day. For lunch, there are several cafes and restaurants around the Green, where you can picnic under the trees if you prefer. And you will probably want to browse the interesting boutiques featuring fashions, books, and gifts on beautiful Whitfield, Boston, and Broad streets adjacent to the Green. From the Green, further down Whitfield Street you will find the picturesque town marina and get a beautiful view of the iconic Grass Island Shack, subject of innumerable paintings. On your way, you will pass the Henry Whitfield State Museum, the oldest stone house in New England. Stop there to learn about Guilford's founder and his followers, who came together from England in 1639 and, while on their ship, pledged to remain loyal to their group, helping each other and the community whenever needed. Their covenant is inscribed on a granite block at the corner of Whitfield and Old Whitfield streets. Check the website for lots of information about Guilford's treasures.

[10:00am] Guilford: Puritans at Play
Try historical games and old-time toys including knicker boxes, nine pins, rolling hoops, cups-and-balls, and draughts. Also scavenger hunts in the house, building activities, and more. More info: 203-453-2457

[10:00am] Hartford: Juneteenth Family Day
Theme: Strength in Community Explore what makes a house a home, what makes a neighborhood beautiful, and what makes a community strong. Enjoy family-friendly performances, art making, tours, and more. More info: 860-278-2670

[11:00am] Bloomfield: Decorating Sunglasses
In preparation for Sunglasses Day, decorate sunglasses and make your own special pair of glasses. Ages 5-11. More info: 860-242-0041

[12:00pm] New Haven: Summer Fun at Pardee-Morris House
A harbinger of summer on the Connecticut coastline, the annual opening of the Pardee-Morris House, known informally as the “summer home” of the New Haven Museum, opens with free tours of the historic site. The 2018 season will offer music ranging from early jazz and blues to big band swing, Sunday afternoon “yoga on the lawn,” and insightful presentations and workshops, all free of charge. The Pardee-Morris House will also be open for tours on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., through August 26, 2018. 2018 Summer Events at the Pardee-Morris House Sunday, June 3, noon - 4 p.m. Opening for the Season - Tours, crafts, colonial games Saturday, June 9, noon - 4 p.m. - Morris Cove Day https://morriscoveday.wordpress.com/ Sunday, June 24, 4:30 p.m. - Yoga on the Lawn Wednesday, June 27, 7 p.m. - Twilight Concert - Washboard Slim & the Bluelights Sunday, July 8, 2 p.m. - Lecture and book signing: Morris F. Plant and the Connecticut Shoreline, with author Gail B. McDonald Wednesday, July 11, 7 p.m. - Twilight Concert - Joe Miller & the Hipshakers Sunday, July 15, 4:30 p.m. - Yoga on the Lawn Wednesday, July 25, 7 p.m. - Twilight Concert - New London Big Band Sunday, August 5, 2 p.m. - Lecture: Attracting Birds and Butterflies to the Backyard, with Emily Cosenza of Massaro Farms Wednesday, August 8, 7 p.m. - Twilight Concert – Too Blue Sunday, August 12, 4:30 p.m. - Yoga on the Lawn

[12:00pm] Newtown: Catherine's Butterfly Party
Featuring over 100 adoptable pets, personalities from Star 99.9, live music, state trooper K-9 demos, educational seminars, face painting, games, crafts, pet portraits, butterfly photo booth, food truck, Animal Embassy, and much more. Presented by the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary. More info: 866-620-8640

[2:00pm] New Britain: Little Red Riding Hood
The Children's Opera presents Little Red Riding Hood, featuring the Wolf as a character with human quirks and food allergies. Kids can interact with opera performers. Meet and greet after the show. More info: 860-229-0257

[2:00pm] North Haven: Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle
In a new Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they chose. They discover that you don't just play Jumanji; you must survive it. Rated PG-13. More info: 203-239-5803