February 12-15, 2016
Calling all fishing and hunting enthusiasts to the 19th annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The show features hundreds of booths, demonstrations, casting pond, and fly-tying center (Friday-Sunday). Gaze on the beauty and solitude of the lower Connecticut River, home to visiting and resident bald eagles, and other wintering wildlife on a Winter Wonderland Eagle Cruise, Haddam. Reservations required (Friday-Sunday). Witness Olympic level competition on the 55-meter ski jump at Jumpfest Winter Festival - Eastern States Ski Jumping Championship, Salisbury. Other events include human dogsled races and chili cook-off (Friday-Sunday).
Take a break from your adventures with the Valentine Package from Baymont Inn & Suites – East Windsor. Package includes: overnight accommodations; chocolate treat; complimentary breakfast; and late check out. Rates from: $89.00
More activities and adventures:
“Love Letters” - Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford 06106
Don’t miss this enduring romance about first loves and second chances. Andrew Makepeace Ladd III wrote his first letter to Melissa Gardner to tell her she looked like a lost princess. They were both seven years old. For the next fifty years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they poured out the secrets of their hearts to each other (Tuesday-Sunday).
“Romeo & Juliet” – Hartford Stage, Hartford 06103
Follow the intense feud between the Montague and Capulet families as it devastates the city of Verona, and foreshadows tragic consequences for young Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, passion and a secret marriage lead the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers to a harrowing end (Thursday-Sunday).
Become a Bona Fide Backyard Bird Counter – White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield 06759
Get a brief lesson on how to identify some common birds that visit our yards and feeders during winter. Then, practice with these newfound ID skills by observing what birds come to the Bird-Feeding Station outside the windows of the Nature Museum. Lastly, officially record the observations by reporting the data to eBird (Saturday).
Feeding Time: A Valentine’s Program for Couples - The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk 06854
Experience a twist to its popular “Feeding Time” program by offering the behind-the-scenes experience to couples only. After a sumptuous buffet, adult couples make the rounds with Aquarium staff as the aquarist feed an amazing assortment of hungry animals. Get up close and personal with the harbor seals at a private feeding. Best of all, watch behind-the-scenes as the aquarists feed the big sharks. Everyone goes home with a box of specialty chocolates. Reservations required (Saturday).
Fire & Ice Valentine’s Festival – Downtown, Putnam 06260
Discover the romance of downtown Putnam with ice sculptures, horse and carriage rides, live music, ice luminarias, fire torches, fire dancing performances, fantastic food, live entertainment and so much more (Saturday).
President’s Day – Windsor Historical Society, Windsor 06095
Use your engineering skills to build toothpick-and-marshmallow structures. Afterwards, explore the totally-touchable Strong-Howard House, take a scavenger hunt through the main exhibit galleries, and view Layers of Home, an exhibition created by Windsor High School art students (Monday Feb. 15).
These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search by clicking on the Advanced Search link under the search box on the top right side of the page.
This Weekend in Connecticut
February 12-15, 2016
February 13 – Slopestyle Competition - Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort, 99 Powder Hill Rd., Middlefield, 06455. Time: Registration 10 a.m., competition begins at noon. Slopestyle is a winter sport in which athletes ski or snowboard down a course including a variety of obstacles including rails, jumps and other terrain park features. Prizes include $50 Powder Ridge gift cards for the winners, plus all competitors are eligible for raffle prizes including gift cards and cool swag. Both skiers and snowboarders are welcome. Ages/Categories: Skiers or snowboarders ages 12-and-under, skiers or snowboarders 13-and-over. Admission: Call for ticket information. (866) 860-0208
February 13 – Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge - Mount Southington Ski Area, 396 Mt. Vernon Rd., Southington, 06489. A free, fun race down the Thunderbolt Trail, open to all ages and abilities. A valid lift ticket or season pass is required along with a signed release/waiver. Come out and enjoy free Mountain dew samples, as well as free samples of other refreshments. Prizes awarded to all competitors. First 100 registered racers receive a free t-shirt. Admission: Call for information. (860) 628-0954
February 13-14 – Shen Yun Performing Arts - Palace Theater, 100 East Main St., Waterbury, 06702. Time: Sat. 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. Inspired by the spirit of an ancient culture, Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to life classical Chinese dance and music in a gloriously colorful and exhilarating show. With an elite company of dancers, singers, and musicians, the New York-based Shen Yun returns to Palace Theater. Admission: $55-$125. (888) 974-3698
February 13-14 – Mid-Winter Book Sale - Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport, 06890. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The book sale features many treasures and bargains to be found. Come in from the cold, browse for books and media in a cozy, intimate environment, and listen to great live music. Admission: Free. (203) 259-0346
February 13-15 – Winter's Aweigh - Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, 06355. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join us President’s Day Weekend as we celebrate with family-fun activities. Three breeds of winter working dogs – Newfoundlands, Malamutes, and St. Bernards– will perform demonstrations and be available for meet and greet. Special activities for children include arts and crafts, songs and musical activities, and games of long ago. Admission: Children ages 17 and under receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. (860) 572-0711
February 15 – The Farmer’s Cow Winter Farm Tour - Graywall Farms, 49 Chappell Rd., Lebanon, 06249. Time: 1 p.m-3 p.m. Enjoy a winter day on the farm. The farmers are proud to show everyone how we care for the cows that give delicious milk. Put on your winter boots and bundle up to see the cows, visit the calves and tour the milking parlor. Warm up with The Farmer’s Cow hot coffee and sample fresh milk, chocolate milk, ice cream and more. If there is enough snow on the ground there will be horse drawn sleigh rides, too. The tour provides an enjoyable educational experience for all ages. In case of inclement weather, please check The Farmer’s Cow web site and Facebook page for updates. Admission: Free. (860) 642-4600
February 15 – Daniel Tiger Neighborhood LIVE! - Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Rd., Unit 3104 Storrs, 06269-3104. Time: 2 p.m. Now Daniel and his friends are delighting audiences with Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood LIVE! In this heartwarming stage production, Daniel embarks on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved neighborhood. Admission: Adults $22, children $20. (860) 486-4226
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