March 7-9, 2014
Maple Sugar Mania
Tapping trees to make maple syrup was first collected and used by the indigenous peoples of North America; and here in Connecticut making maple sugar is a sure sign that Spring is just around the corner. Get your sugar fix with Jennifer Nettles, lead vocalist for Sugarland, at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford (Friday). Sweeten your soul with Music Beneath the Stars as the Haven String Quartet performs at the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium at Yale University in New Haven (Friday). Learn the process for Maple Sugaring, tapping a tree and decorating cookies at the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut in Niantic (Sunday).
Offset all that sweetness with pizza and Buffalo wings with the Staycation Package at the Hampton Inn Shelton. Schedule a relaxing play date with the ones you love and enjoy the indoor pool and 150 foot waterslide. Package includes: Spacious two queen-bed accommodations for one night (up to 4 people). “On the House” hot breakfast buffet. Indoor heated pool with 150 ft. waterslide. One large pizza, 12 buffalo wings and a 2 liter soda.
More sap to tap:
Maple Festival – Sweet Wind Farm, East Hartland (860) 653-2038
Come see maple syrup and sugar making demonstrations, classes and tours, sugar-on-snow eat, tree tapping demonstrations, live music, pancakes and more. Fun and educational for all ages (Saturday).
Maple Sugaring Festival – Sullivan Farm, New Milford (860) 354-4600
Enjoy a sweet treat. Learn the process of making maple syrup, as well as it's natural and cultural history, with tastings from sap to syrup. Test the bit-and-brace drill, see sap flowing from the tree, and witness the Great Brook Sugarhouse steaming away. Come for a 45 minute demonstration, and stay for blacksmith demonstrations, pancakes, hot cocoa and coffee, themed crafts, and marshmallow roasting at the fire pit (Saturday).
Maple Festival - Plymouth Congregational Church, Plymouth (860) 921-6118
Don’t’ miss the tapping of the trees that starts at 10 a.m. Learn how to identify sugar maples, try tapping them, inserting the spiles, and hanging the buckets. Throughout the day, watch maple sap being boiled into syrup; sample sugar on snow and maple sugar candy. For lunch, try some maple baked beans and maple ham. CT-grown maple products such as maple syrup and maple sugar candy will also be available for purchase. Live acoustic music will be in the Church Fellowship Hall. Historical scavenger hunt for kids on the Green with a prize of a maple sugar candy (Saturday).
Maple Festival – Various Locations, Hebron
Join in the town-wide celebration with opening ceremonies, self-guided tours of operating sugar houses, food offering at different venues, pancake breakfast, dog sledding exhibition, bake sale, silent auction, ice cream eating contest, scavenger hunt, letter boxing and much more (Saturday-Sunday).
Maple Sugar Madness – Welles Shipman Ward House, Glastonbury (860) 633-6890
You’ll get to see how delicious maple syrup is created and ask any questions along the way. Inside the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, pancakes will be cooked on the open hearth using an 18th century “receipt” and served with authentic native syrup, so you will get a taste of the final product (Sunday).
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 on the right side of the page.
This Weekend in Connecticut
March 7-9, 2014
March 7 - Ha! Ha! Hartford - The Bushnell for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, 06106 Time: 8:30 p.m. Join us for a night of laughs featuring nationally recognized performers Robert Kelly, Jim Dalaikis, and Rob Falcone. Damon Scott of 96.5 TIC-FM will be returning as host, keeping the laughter going as the evening’s emcee. This show is not recommended for children under the age of 18 due to some content intended for mature audiences. Admission: $25/$30. (860) 987-5900
March 7 - First Friday: Brian Earl Jenkins Band - New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, 06052 Time: 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Come enjoy First Friday featuring live jazz music performed by local and nationally known musicians. Attendees have the opportunity to view the museum’s premier permanent collection, which includes 300 years of American art. Experience art activities and have intriguing gallery talks while you mix and mingle with other art and jazz lovers. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soda will also be served during the event. Admission: $15, $3 beer and wine; soda free. (860) 229-0257
March 7-9 – "God of Carnage" - Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main St., Willimantic, 06226 Time: Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Following a playground fight between two boys, their parents meet to discuss the incident. But a rational discussion among adults quickly devolves into a childish evening of name-calling, tears and tantrums. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, and adapted into a movie in 2011, God of Carnage is a bitterly comic, powerhouse piece of theater and a must see. Contains strong language. Admission: Adults $18, seniors and students $15, children (under 12) $11. (860) 423-2245
March 8 – Taste of Windsor - Loomis Chaffee School, Batchelder Rd. Windsor, 06095 Time: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. If you love food and drink, join other foodies at the annual Taste of Windsor on Saturday. The evening will be filled with a wide variety of appetizers and main dish samplings donated by Windsor's own unique restaurants. Admission: $40. (860) 688-5715
March 9 - "Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly" - Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport, 06880 Time: 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. A coming-of-age musical based on the bestselling books, Worrying Worm, Fearless Fly and Sassy Spider find that it is not easy being a bug, especially on the first day of school, until every creature finds its special talent. The show is recommended for ages 4 and up. Admission: $20. (203) 227-4177
March 9 - St. Patrick's Day Parade - Main Street, Norwich 06360 Time: 1 p.m. Come and join the festivities of the first annual parade which will be followed by a street festival on upper Main Street. Admission: Free. (860) 887-6964
March 9 – Irish Baroque Orchestra - Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Rd., Storrs, 06269 Time: 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Come see why the Irish Baroque Orchestra is like no other group performing in Ireland today. Driven by the belief that the best things in life stand the test of time, the orchestra allows audiences to experience the beauty of baroque music as it was intended to be heard. The result is as vivid as a freshly restored oil painting: the color, simmering tension, and highly charged emotion of this incredible music bursts to the surface, carrying the listener back 300 years to the sights and sounds of 18th-century Europe. Admission: $26-$30 (860) 486-4226
March 8 - Mardi Gras! "A Taste of New Orleans" & "The Blues" - The Palace Danbury, 165 Main St., Danbury, 06810 Time: 8 p.m. Celebrate Mardi Gras with Grammy award winner Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers and Jeff Pitchell of The Texas Flood. They are bringing the music of their new CD, A Taste of New Orlenas and The Blues, to the Palace Danbury. Admission: $25/$30. (203) 794-9944
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