WEST HARTFORD — The St. John’s Youth and Adult Choirs will present Choral Evensong at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sept. 22 at 5 p.m., as part of Music at the Red Door. Scott Lamlein will serve as choirmaster; Jacob Street, organist. During the service, there will be hymns, readings, Angli…

WEST HARTFORD — Playhouse on Park kicks off Season 11 With Dan Goggin’s “Nunsense,” running Sept. 18 to Oct. 13. Revel in the madness of this hilariously funny musical comedy, featuring a troupe of dancing, singing nuns. “Nunsense” follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sister…

SIMSBURY — One of the most widely attended events in Simsbury is back and bigger than ever this October. The Simsbury Spooktacular Chili Challenge, presented by the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce, will feature the region’s most well-respected and experienced chefs, as well as a collection of b…

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HARTFORD — The Musical Club of Hartford opens its 2019-2020 season on Thursday, Sept. 26, 9:45 a.m., with a program of chamber music performed by Musical Club members and guests at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford. The concert is free for members of the Musical …

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WEST HARTFORD — Join Poet Laureate Emeritus Maria Sassi for an afternoon of poetry at Noah’s house. On Sunday, Sept. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., the public and poets alike are invited to listen to readings from J.I. Abbot and Nancy Clarke Otter. Following the readings by Abbot and Otter, there wil…

NEW BRITAIN — Edwin O. Lomerson III, known to many people as Ned, may be a name you might not have heard but his art work is impressive. Born and raised in Glastonbury, Ned was educated in art at Glastonbury High School, Manchester Community College, and The School, Of The Museum of Art in B…

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Even if you’ve never scored tickets for the most hyped show currently on Broadway, as a beggar lady tries to do frequently in the show by asking the playwright, you are sure to be charmed and highly amused by this spoof, skewer, satire, parody, pun, roast, ribbing and barb filled comic show …

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HARTFORD — One of the year’s most anticipated musical celebrations, Guitar Under the Stars, returns to Hartford. Founder and acclaimed guitarist Daniel Salazar is proud to announce that GUTS 2019 will be held in historic Bushnell Park in the Capitol City for the first time, on Saturday, Sept. 7.

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HARTFORD — The Rosewood Chamber Ensemble presents “Home, Sweet Home” on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., in Hartford. Admission is free, and the concert will take place in the air conditioned, handicapped accessible Chapel. There is free, ample…

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It’s no coincidence that nearly everyone I know enjoys food from the grill. The smoky flavor, the golden browned bits, and the ease of cleanup make grilling the summertime impetus for gathering friends to table.

If a one man show can be described as a tour de force for the one man playing one part, what would you term a one man show when the amazing actor awesomely portrays 33 roles? You have the unique and pleasurable opportunity to witness this event first hand until Sunday, Sept. 1 when TheaterWo…

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WEST HARTFORD — Folks of all ages are invited to “take to the streets” for a care-free and car-free summer morning in West Hartford Center on Sunday August 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This fourth annual free family-friendly event expects to surpass last year’s estimated crowd of 2,000 participants.

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HARTFORD — Black-Eyed Sally’s Southern Kitchen & Bar announces that it will be welcoming Texas music legend Augie Meyers & The Bandoleros on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. The downtown Hartford venue, located at 350 Asylum Ave. is charging $20 for tickets which can be reserved at www.Bla…

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WEST HARTFORD — First Church, West Hartford announces its first two concerts in the Arts in the Center Series for 2019-20. Concerts take place at First Church, West Hartford, 12 South Main Street and are open to the public. Parking is free in the lot accessible from Farmington Ave.

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HARTFORD — The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is partnering with Breakfast Lunch & Dinner and Cafeteria Radio to present Alive! at the Atheneum, a two-part music series. Each event — August 18, and Sept. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. — will be held in the Wadsworth’s outdoor courtyard where a te…

WEST HARTFORD — Select guests and friends of Playhouse on Park were invited for an exclusive night recently, in which Executive Director Tracy Flater and Co-Artistic Directors Sean Harris and Darlene Zoller announced their 2019-2020 Season.

HARTFORD — Papermania Plus, the Northeast’s largest vintage advertising and ephemera show, returns to the XL Center Saturday, August 24. The show has been running continuously in Hartford since 1975 and is one of the biggest shows for advertising, photography, paper and memorabilia collector…

HARTFORD — Hartford Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Steve Collins and HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan announce the programming for the HSO’s 2019-2020 POPS! Series, to be presented in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., in Hartford.

After my recent column about gelato published, a reader asked whether frozen treats can be made without an ice cream maker. Those recipes are somewhat complex for many people, time consuming and require a machine. The question becomes, “Do I want or need another bulky kitchen gadget taking u…

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WEST HARTFORD — This week’s recipes from bartaco and Barcelona Wine Bar are refreshing and cooling for a hot summer day. bartaco’s grapefruit cocktail is a light finish to the day, and Barcelona offers a fresh, cold octopus salad, a perfect complement for any cocktail. bartaco and Barcelona …

WEST HARTFORD — In its 43rd season, the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival presents “Legally Blonde.” Composed by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and written by Heather Hach, “Legally Blonde” made its debut on Broadway in 2007. Sara Demos Avery, West Hartford Summer Arts Festival artisti…

SIMSBURY — The Friends Of Heublein Tower, Inc announces the confirmed bands for Hike to the Mic V — Music and Arts Happening at the Heublein Tower, Talcott Mountain State Park, August 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to sunset with a special Sunday morning jazz segment. This donation suggested event w…

WEST HARTFORD — After performing all over the United States, from Ohio, to Vegas, and Boston to Tampa, the cast of the acclaimed musical comedy, “Spamilton: An American Parody,” arrives in West Hartford to Playhouse on Park from August 14 to Sept. 8. This engagement is a coproduction of The …

AVON — Avon Summer Theater marks their 59th continuous summer production with the smash hit “Mamma Mia!,” July 26, 27 and 28. The enchanting, hilarious story that has become an international sensation is told through Swedish pop group ABBA’s timeless hits and takes place on a magical Greek i…

WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford resident Lisa Blumberg has written a novel about a family struggling with the conflict between cultural norms and the values they espouse. “Righting the Hourglass” spans from the Second World War into the Obama era and takes place in England, East Africa, and th…

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WEST HARTFORD — Folks of all ages are invited to “take to the streets” for a care-free and car-free summer morning in West Hartford Center on Sunday August 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fourth annual free family-friendly event expects to surpass last year’s estimated crowd of 2,000 participants.

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At the farmers market I overheard a customer ask a vendor, “What can I do with this?” while holding up some leafy greens. Another benefit of shopping at these markets, besides the freshness of the produce and supporting local farmers, is the education and ideas on how to turn vegetables into…