Saturday, November 2, 2019
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  Old Saybrook: Fairy Doors Scavenger Hunt
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

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] Hartford: Dia de Muertos Celebration
Día de Muertos is coming back to the Connecticut Historical Society! This joyful Mexican celebration takes place among families to welcome their departed family members, to celebrate life, and to poke fun at death. This year, the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program joins the Mariachi Academy of New England and the University of Saint Joseph to present two days of Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead activities and celebration! On Friday evening November 1 at 6pm, head to the University of Saint Joseph’s Bruyette Athenaeum–more information here. On Saturday, November 2, 10am-5pm, come to CHS to experience the sounds and sights of the Day of the Dead. Bilingual English/Spanish tours will be held for visitors to get to know the ofrendas, or small altars, that have been set up by local families. Visitors are encouraged to bring their questions and meet their neighbors! We will also have a communal ofrenda where you can bring in or create a message or memento that will become part of the display. Get ready to learn about the depth of the tradition–activities for all ages will include decorating sugar cookie skulls, learning how to compose satirical calaveras poetry, and learning how to make papel picado (cut paper decorations). Performances will happen throughout the day by the many talented ensembles from the Mariachi Academy, and a food truck will be on site so you can keep enjoying the event all day long! Both events are FREE and open to the public! These events are supported by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign with major support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; the University of Saint Joseph; Berkshire Bank; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the CT Office of the Arts (COA). **** ¡El Día de Muertos viene! Esta alegre celebración Mexicana se lleva a cabo entre familias para dar la bienvenida a sus familiares fallecidos, celebrar la vida y burlarse de la muerte. ¡Este año, el Programa de Arte del Patrimonio Cultural de Connecticut se une a la Academia de Mariachi de Nueva Inglaterra y la Universidad de Saint Joseph para presentar dos días de actividades y celebración del Día de Muertos! El viernes, 1 de noviembre a las 6 p.m., diríjase al Bruyette Athenaeum de la Universidad de Saint Joseph para un taller de fabricación de linternas, un desfile de mariachis, poesía, y refrescos. ¡Se otorgará premios en efectivo a los participantes con los mejores disfraces de La Catrina, la elegante calavera que es un símbolo del Día de Muertos! El sábado, 2 de noviembre, de 10 a.m. a 5 p.m., venga a la CHS para experimentar los sonidos y las vistas del Día de Muertos. Habrán recorridos bilingües (en inglés y español) para que los visitantes conozcan las ofrendas, o pequeños altares, establecidas por familias locales. ¡Se invita a los visitantes a que hagan preguntas y conozcan a sus vecinos! También tendremos una ofrenda comunitaria donde puede traer o crear un mensaje o recuerdo que se convertirá en parte de la exposición. Prepárese para aprender sobre la profundidad de la tradición: las actividades para todas las edades incluirán decorar calaveras de galletas de azúcar, aprender a componer “calaveras literarias” (un tipo de poesía satírica), y aprender a hacer papel picado (decoraciones de papel cortado). Las presentaciones se llevarán a cabo durante todo el día por los muchos conjuntos talentosos de la Academia Mariachi y Mariachi México Antiguo y habrá un camión de comida para que pueda seguir disfrutando del evento todo el día. ¡Ambos eventos son GRATUITOS y abiertos al público! Estos eventos son apoyados por Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign con el gran apoyo de Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; University of Saint Joseph; Berkshire Bank; National Endowment for the Arts; y CT Office of the Arts/DECD.

[10:00am] Hartford: Tree Walk
More than 2,000 trees representing 100 species and varieties grace the grounds of Cedar Hill. Arborist John Kehoe leads this autumn walk highlighting a colorful sampling of our remarkable collection including maples, cherries, beeches, pines, cedars and more. Admission is free. The walk begins near the bridge along the entrance drive.

[10:00am] Middletown: Music Petting Zoo and Rhythm Circle
Rock out at the library! Kids can try a variety of musical instruments and jam out in group rhythm activities. Raise the roof, get loud, and have fun! Ages 3-5. More info: 860-347-2528

[11:00am] Southport: Wild Animal Storytime
If you know how to roar, hiss, and hoot, bring it to this storytime and go wild. Listen to stories about lions, tigers, bears, and more. More info: 203-259-0346

[1:30pm] West Hartford: Nutcracker Sweets
Put on your best Tutu for this free family event in West Hartford Center . Mini Nutcracker Suite Performances by the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory. Meet the dancers and have your photo taken. Enter to win tickets to the Nutcracker Suite performance and a Nutcracker! Magical reindeer food, snowflake rings, stickers will be available for the children to take home. Sweet treats prepared by local culinary star Lindsay Perkins.