Everything You Need To Do In Hartford By July 15th

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The fireworks may have started last weekend but they’re not ending anytime soon thanks to Riverfest and the Talcott Mountain Music Festival coming up this weekend.  We’ve got everything you need to plan your weekend from art exhibits and cocktails to movies under the stars and painting. Bring your kids, bring your friends, or just bring yourself. Read on for more. 

 

When you see [UA] in the heading, it means the organization is supported by the contributions made to the Arts Council’s Annual United Arts Campaign.

 

THURSDAY

 

Opening Reception: Abstract Exhibition  

When: Thursday, July 10, 6PM – 9PM

Where: Hartford Artspace Gallery, 555 Asylum Ave, Hartford

Join us for the opening art reception  dedicated to the late artist and educator, Patricia Rosoff, featuring a myriad of abstract art from established and emerging artists across Connecticut.

Admission: Free. www.joenicorici.com

 

Gallery Talk: Frames of Gold  [UA]

When: Thursday, July 10, 12PM – 1PM

Where: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford

Discover the conservation treatment and gilding of frames from Associate Frame Conservator, Zenon Gansziniec. Free with admission.

Admission: 0-$10. 860-838-4100. www.thewadsworth.org

Let’s Go Arts! Member Discount: 2 for 1 general admission 

 

The Event on Main: Cultural Cocktail Hours  [UA]

When: Thursday, July 10, 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Where: Butler-McCook House & Garden and Main Street History Center, Hartford

Join us at cocktail hour for exhibition openings, garden concerts, and entertainment, free of charge.

Admission: Free. 860-522-1806. www.ctlandmarks.org

 

FRIDAY

 

The Studio Glass Movement: Past, Present, and Future  [UA]

When: Friday, July 11, 1PM

Where: New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

Get an in-depth overview of The Studio Glass Movement, the glassmaking process, and a tour of the exhibition “Glass Today: 21st-Century Innovations” in this two-part lecture by Laurence Sibrack.

Admission: $8 – $12. 860-229-0257. www.nbmaa.org

 

Ice Cream First Friday Family Festival

When: Friday, July 11, 5PM – 8PM

Where: Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol

Cool off with a special festival that includes tons of ice cream, popsicle challenges, crafts, stage performers, and face paint.

Admission: $6. 860-314-1400. www.imaginemuseum.org

 

Movies and Music under the Stars  [UA]

When: Friday, July 11, 5:30PM – 10PM

Where: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Enjoy a classic date night of dinner and a movie starting with dinner and music at 5:30 and a screening of the 1945 film The Thin Man Goes Home at 8:15.

Admission: $9; free for members. 860-838-4100. www.thewadsworth.org

 

Free Movies after Dark: Whip It

When: Friday, July 11, 6:30PM

Where: Bushnell Park

Relax under the stars and watch a free screening of Whip It (PG-13) at Bushnell Park beginning at sundown.

Admission: Free.  www.Hartford.com

 

SATURDAY

 

 Riverfest

When: Saturday, July 12, 4:00PM – 9:30PM

Where: Mortenson Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford; Great River Park, 100 East River Dr., East Hartford

Enjoy food, fireworks, and entertainment at the annual Riverfest festival, which takes part in both Hartford and East Hartford.

Admission: Free. 860-713-3131 or www.riverfront.org

 

Opening Reception: Evolution

When: Saturday, July 12, 5PM – 7PM

Where: PhotoSynthesis, Manchester

21st century technology and 19th century photographic techniques come together in a fascinating collection by Scott Bulger.

Admission: Free. 860-783-5443. www.photosynthesisct.com

 

From Home Fires to Camp Fires: Hartford Women & the Civil War

When: Saturday, July 12, 10AM

Where: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford

Admission: $5 (free for members). 860-956-3311. www.cedarhillfoundation.org

Discover the herstory of Hartford’s experience during the “War of the Rebellion” as told from a feminine perspective.

Free with Let’s GO Arts! Membership

 

SUNDAY

 

Woodworking  [UA]

When: Sunday, July 13, 12PM – 4PM

Where: Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street, Farmington

Learn the techniques involved in woodworking from historical woodworker Jim Vibert.

Admission: Free. 860-677-9222. www.stanleywhitman.org

 

Concert Series:  Chenot [UA]

When: Sunday, July 13, 3PM – 4PM

Where: New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington Street, New Britain

Hear the elegant voice of Chenot, the former front woman of musical group “Eight to the Bar,” who can flawlessly transition from jazz to rock to pop to blues.

Admission: $8 – $12. 860-229-0257 x 220. www.nbmaa.org

 

MONDAY

 

Princess Painting Party

When: Monday, July 14, 10AM – 11AM

Where: The Claypen, 997 Farmington Avenue West Hartford

Bring your kids for a morning of painting, snacks, and story time (ages 3-6).

Admission: $35. 860-233-3322. www.theclaypen.com

 

TUESDAY

 

Summer Art Adventures: Session 2: Mini Museums  [UA]

When: Tuesday, July 15, 10:30AM – 12:00PM

Where: New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington Street, New Britain

Design and construct your own miniature art museum using cardboard, recyclables, and unique other embellishments. Inspired by the work of Joe Fig.

Admission: $12 – $18. 860-229-0257 x 220. www.nbmaa.org

 

Summer Improv Master Class  [UA]

When: Tuesday, July 15, 7PM – 10PM

Where: Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road West Hartford

Build your improvisational theater skills in this three-part workshop (through July 29). The first class focuses on character monologues, storytelling, and connecting with scene partners. Taught by Claire Zick.

Admission: $25. 860-523-5900 x 10. www.playhouseonpark.org

 

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