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Saturday, October 5, 2019
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  Old Saybrook: Fairy Doors Scavenger Hunt
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Find the doors to the Fairy Realm in Old Saybrook! There are 28 of these 5-inch doors in retail locations throughout town. See how many you and your family can find. Maps and photos of the doors are available online or at Sweet Luna's, Ocean Art Studio and the Acton Library, or click the link below: https://www.oldsaybrookct.gov/sites/oldsaybrookct/files/uploads/082908470721_0_old_saybrook_ct_-_fairy_doors_of_old_saybrook.pdf

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9:00am [9:00am] South Windsor: Nowashe Open House
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In celebration of Heritage Day, we are excited to announce the Grand Opening of our newest addition, Nowashe. Travel back in time as you walk through a wooded pathway to this living history museum . Included in the official opening ceremony, will be presentations by both museum docents and our Director of Education, Liz Glaviano. This interactive Native American Village will transport all to the time of the Podunk’s, the indigenous peoples who once called this land home. We are excited to add Nowashe Village to the magical atmosphere that is historic Main Street, South Windsor.


[10:00am] Branford: Mini-Maker Table
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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] Branford: The Reborn House Square Vendor Market
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The outdoor market includes music, food, face painting, kids activity corner, live demonstrations by craftspeople and artists, furniture, shopping, giveaways, and more.

[10:00am] Danbury: Pumpkin Festival
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See a variety of craft vendors and magic shows. Visit the pumpkin patch, jump in the bouncy house, enjoy the country store, Granny's attic, baked goods, food, and more. More info: 203-743-1503

[10:00am] Hartford: Fall Harvest Family Program
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Enjoy a fun-filled day of popular fall activities. Participate in wheelbarrow relay races, play pumpkin ring toss, then create your own scarecrow-inspired craft. More info: 860-236-5621, ext 222

[10:00am] Milford: Pumpkins on the Pier
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Festival favorites include the amazing pumpkin patch, crafts and activities, games, demonstrations, a large corn maze, an obstacle course, and a pier full of amazing pumpkin displays. Contests, prizes, and more. More info: 203-713-8055

[10:00am] Storrs: Toy Theater Program
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The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut, in conjunction with UConn's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, will offer a free two-day community puppet program to design and build short toy theater shows about army ants and their associated species (their “guests”). The toy theaters created will be included in the new exhibition Army Ants and their Guests: Works Inspired by the Carl and Marian Rettenmeyer Collection, opening at the Ballard Institute on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Participants will be invited to perform their toy theaters at the exhibition opening. This program and the Army Ants and their Guests exhibit are part of AntU, a UConn endeavor designed to involve a variety of academic disciplines to engage a broad audience in the wonders of the complex biological systems of army ants and their hundreds of associated “guests." The idea was created out of an award from the National Science Foundation to UConn's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, in partnership with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History to preserve and curate the Carl W. and Marian E. Rettenmeyer Army Ant Guest Collection. This world-class collection of over two million army ants and their guests is the result of 50 years of careful, detailed fieldwork in Central and South America by the Rettenmeyers. To learn more about AntU, visit web.uconn.edu/mnh/antu. No experience is necessary to participate and all ages are invited. Participants must attend both days. A lunch break will be included; participants should provide their own lunch. Participants will build toy theaters with students and faculty from UConn's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in groups of three to four people. The toy theaters will be exhibited in the Army Ants and their Guests exhibition opening at the Ballard Institute on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Some toy theater productions may be performed as part of the opening events. Registration is required. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.



[11:00am] Southington: Apple Harvest Festival
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Situated around the beautiful Southington Town Green, the Apple Harvest Festival is a family-oriented event which attracts an estimated 100,000 visitors annually. Over the course of two weekends each autumn, the festival offers a wide variety of live music & entertainment, food, contests, crafts, children’s activities, carnival rides, and more. Also highlighted each year is our parade, the Arts & Crafts Show, and a spectacular evening fireworks display.





[1:00pm] Fairfield: Fun with Printmaking
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Please join us on Saturday, October 5th, for Family Day: Fun with Printmaking in the museum's Bellarmine Hall in the Smart Classroom. Family Day activities include arts and crafts and a child friendly gallery tour designed for ages 4-10. Please register number of children only. Space is limited. 2 sessions: 1-2:30 and 2:30-4

[1:00pm] Litchfield: Apple Harvest Festival
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Celebrate autumn the old fashioned way! The community is invited to savor the harvest at the historically-inspired Tapping Reeve Meadow’s second annual Apple Harvest Festival. Featuring an apple pie contest, colonial craftsmanship demonstrations, music, food, games, and more as we celebrate 300 years of Litchfield history!






[2:00pm] Newtown: EverWonder How to Build a House?
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Learn what it takes to build a strong house. You'll be challenged to build a house that can withstand the force of wind. Grades K-2. Pre-register: 203-426-4533










[6:00pm] Hartford: Night Fall
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This community performance celebrates seasonal change with art, music, dance, and giant puppets. The highlight is a procession of lanterns symbolizing the end of fall and welcoming the winter season, soon to come. Grounds open at 2 pm.

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