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April 24-26, 2015

Flower Child

It’s the return of the much anticipated Daffodil Festival at Hubbard Park in Meriden; featuring more than 150 vendors for food and entertainment (Saturday-Sunday).Let the celebration of Spring continue at the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven with music, food and crafts for the kids (Sunday). Learn the importance of those hardworking pollinators that keep the flowers blooming while making Bee Hotels for your backyard in Mystic (Saturday).

No Car? No Problem! Book your tickets and accommodations. We will handle the rest. Hilton Garden Inn Preston Casino Area is located in southeastern Connecticut situated only 1/2 mile from Foxwoods Resort Casino and 7 miles from Mohegan Sun. Conveniently located between I-95 and I-395. Offering daily complimentary shuttle service to and from Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Arrival and departure services are available from Mystic Amtrak Station, Westerly Train Station, and New London Union Station for train, bus, and ferry. Rates from: $149.00 per night including roundtrip transportation.

More suitable activities:

American Fine Craft Show – XL Center, Hartford 06120
Shop at the show that features handmade works, including furniture, ceramics, wood, glass, jewelry, wearable and decorative art from more than 125 jury-selected American craft artists from all regions of the country. The event will be one of the first of its kind for Hartford, with live demonstration and music (Friday-Sunday).

Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival – Tolland Agricultural Center, Vernon 06066
View demonstrations that featuring fiber of all types, fiber tools, dyes, finished goods, soaps, herbals, local Connecticut cheese, and a variety of other quality items produced by small farms and businesses (Saturday).

Poetry & Daffodils Festival Maples Farm Park Homestead, Bozrah 06334
Hear professional poets from all over Connecticut as they read from their own work and the work of poets that have inspired them. This is a family-friendly event and young poets are encouraged to attend. View the blooms of thousand daffodils planted at the farm (Saturday).

Spring Classic Car Show – CT Dept. of Labor Parking Lot, Wethersfield 06109
Come to a fun event for the entire family. Browse among the many cars on display. Trophies, dash plaques and raffles (Saturday).

Carload Weekend – Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury 06762
Load up the car as Quassy kicks off its 170th season with a $40 carload special for up to 10 people per vehicle, parking included (Saturday-Sunday).

Belltown Gas & Steam Engine Show - Firemen's Field at Salmon River State Forest, East Hampton 06424
Wander through an interesting assortment of antique gas and steam-powered equipment, including restored machines being demonstrated for spectators. Show also includes a flea market catering to antique and tractor hobbyists, with general merchandise offered as well. Food and soft drinks available (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
 April 24-26, 2015

April 24-26 - "Full Bloom: The Artist’s View on Gilded Age Botanicals" - Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk, 06850.Time: Wed.-Sun. noon-4 p.m. This exhibition explores the beauty and relevance of botanical art, through the medium of printmaking, in connection with the newly refurbished Conservatory. Admission: Adults $10, seniors $8, students (8-18) $6, children (under 8) free. (203) 838-9799

April 25 – UnFrozen Family Festival - Imagine Nation Museum, One Pleasant St., Bristol, 06010. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet Elsa and Anna and have your picture taken with an image of Olaf.  You can skate on the indoor pond, have a spring snowball fight, play in Elsa’s ice castle and help decorate the tree with leaves and colorful flowers. Join us for a sing-along at 10 a.m. and noon. Admission: $10, children (under 1) free. (860) 314-1400

April 25 – Wine Tasting - Medad Stone Tavern, 197 Three Mile Course, Guilford, 06437. Time: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Enjoy a variety of wines from different vintners and learn more about the distinctions among wines in a relaxed atmosphere. Sample delicious appetizers, and tour the historic 1803 Tavern. Admission: $25. (203) 453-3176

April 25 – Pawcatuck River Duck Race - Donahue Park, 8 Mechanic St., Pawcatuck, 06379. Time: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. A flock of 20,000 rubber ducks are dumped en masse in the Pawcatuck River. Buy a duck for a chance to win over 90 prizes. Other activities include children's games, rides, food booths and more. Admission: Free. (401) 596-7761

April 26 - Earth Day & Nature Festival - Matthies Grove Pavilion at Peoples State Forest, East River Rd., Barkhamstead, 06063. Time: 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Activities include live birds of prey show (2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.), West River Road cleanup (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), nature scavenger hunts, earth volleyball, collect and examine river insects, learn how to construct a brush pile for wildlife, talk to experts and pickup handouts on native plants that attract birds, sustainable farming, recycling, beekeeping, bears and other wild animals, and loads of other interesting things. Free pizza from the Riverton General Store, free hot dogs, munchies, baked good and music by the Travelin' Trout. Admission: Free. (860) 379-8285

April 26 – Edible Plant Identification & Use - Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd., Greenwich, 06831. Time: 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Discover southern New England’s edible native plants. Arthur Haines, Research Botanist for New England Wild Flower Society, leads a fascinating walk through Greenwich Audubon’s 285-acre sanctuary looking for plants that can be used to nourish, heal, and craft. Learn the value of native plants in our diets, their uses in herbal therapy, and how to prepare them for human consumption. This is a follow-up on the morning lecture, “Preserving Native Plant Knowledge.” Admission: $25. (508) 877-7630

April 26 – Iron Chef Elm City Competition - Omni New Haven Hotel, 155 Temple St., New Haven, 06510. Time: 11:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This year's competition features three talented chefs from Copper Beech Inn, Omni New Haven Hotel, and Yale New Haven Hospital. This fun twist in the event showcases the excellence of culinary skills in the hospitality industry. Each will demonstrate their culinary prowess, while testing their skills against each other. Each chef must create dishes using the "secret ingredient." Other activities include food samplings, silent auction, and the chefs' dishes will be raffled off. Make a night of it and receive special rates at the Omni New Haven Hotel (203-772-6664). Admission: $45/$65. (203) 415-3519

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