Upcoming Events – Connecticut Lifestyles connecticutlifestyles.com http://connecticutlifestyles.com Connecticut Lifestyles is your source for things to do in Connecticut, New England and beyond. connecticutlifestyles.com Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:06:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 http://connecticutlifestyles.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/favicon.gif Upcoming Events – Connecticut Lifestyles connecticutlifestyles.com http://connecticutlifestyles.com 32 32 Connecticut Flower & Garden Show http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/connecticut-flower-garden-show/2018-02-22/ http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/connecticut-flower-garden-show/2018-02-22/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:00:00 +0000 http://connecticutlifestyles.com/?post_type=tribe_events&p=24215 The Connecticut Flower & Garden Show is one of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in all of New England! Get a glimpse of Spring even before the weather warms up at the annual “Connecticut Flower & Garden Show” on Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25, 2018 at the Connecticut Convention Center on 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford.

Connecticut Flower & Garden Show Hours:

Thursday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: $18 Adults; $16 Seniors age 62 and over on Thursday/Friday only; $5 Children 5-12; Free under age 5. Admission payment by Cash Only. Group rates for 15 or more people: contact 860-844-8461 or Kristie@northeastexpos.com.

Advance Connecticut Flower & Garden Show tickets $2.00 discount and can be purchased no later than February 16, 2018 at the following Connecticut locations: The Garden Barn Nursery in Vernon; Garden Specialties in Mystic; Moscarillo’s Garden Shoppe in West Hartford; Natureworks in Northford; Stonehedge Landscaping & Garden Center in Newington; and Woodland Gardens in Manchester.

The colorful, fragrant show covers almost three acres with the 2018 theme, “Breath of Spring”, with creative and practical ideas for house, apartment and condo dwellers alike.

Over an acre of different gardens in full bloom, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations. Includes naturalistic, low maintenance, native, organic, herb and pollinator gardens. Featured in this area will be “Butterfly Encounter”, an interactive walk-through exhibit of live butterflies in all cycles of development. Fresh green sod for the landscapes is growing in a North Canton, Conn. greenhouse, personally tended by the show’s producer Kristie Gonsalves, president of North East Expos.

Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s 2018 Advanced Standard Flower Show: over 12,000 square feet of a design, horticulture, botanical arts and photography competition with more than 250 judged entries, all themed “Breath of Spring”.

Over 300 booths of displays, activities and shopping: artisans and handcrafted gifts, fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, metalwork sculptures, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture and lawn and garden tools and equipment. Bring a 1/2 cup of soil to the UConn Co-op booth for free soil testing.

More than 80 hours of seminars by horticulturists and experts are included in general admission including:

  • Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, Garden Writers Association Gold Award winner 2016;
  • Stephanie Cohen a/k/a The Perennial Diva, gardening designer, author and lecturer;
  • Doug Tallamy, author, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at University of Delaware, who focuses on understanding the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities;
  • Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, author, horticulturist & owner of Natureworks Horticultural Services, an organic garden center, landscape design, consultation, installation and maintenance service in Northford, Conn.;
  • Len Giddix, a garden guri, former mushroom grower and the radio co-host of the weekly Garden Talk show;
  • Tovah Martin, Horticulturalist, author, freelance writer, photo stylist and lecturer; and
  • Charlie Nardozzi, gardening author, public speaker, radio & TV show host and garden coach.
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Ocean Frontiers Winter Film Series @ Denali Old Saybrook http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/ocean-frontiers-winter-film-series-denali-old-saybrook/ http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/ocean-frontiers-winter-film-series-denali-old-saybrook/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:00:00 +0000 http://connecticutlifestyles.com/?post_type=tribe_events&p=24564 Join Denali and Conservation Commission of Old Saybrook for their Winter Film series in the Denali community room. The event kicks off with Ocean Frontiers II on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 pm in Old Saybrook.

Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship takes us on an inspiring voyage to seaports and watersheds across the country – from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from America’s coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Here we meet an intermingling of unlikely allies, of industrial shippers and whale biologists, pig farmers and wetland ecologists, sport fishers and reef snorkelers and many more, all of them embarking on a new course of cooperation, to sustain the sea and our ocean economies.

This film explores how off the shores of New England, in a region steeped in old maritime tradition, comes a modern wave of big ships, energy industries, and a changing climate, testing the limits of an already crowded sea. But in a pioneering trial of far-sighted planning – pushed by blueprints for offshore wind energy – old residents and new are coming together to keep their ocean and livelihoods alive. New England’s experiences serve as an important milestone for all of us who care about the ocean.

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Free Event: Tap into Maple Syrup Production http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/free-event-tap-into-maple-syrup-production/ http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/free-event-tap-into-maple-syrup-production/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:00:00 +0000 http://connecticutlifestyles.com/?post_type=tribe_events&p=24143 Enjoy time outdoors making one of nature’s sweet treats. Maple syrup starts to run in late winter when temperatures climb above freezing during the day and drop back below freezing at night. Participants will learn how to identify different species of maple trees, install a spile and safely produce syrup. Dress appropriately for the weather, approximately half of the class time will be outside.

Instructor: Jim Luce, Supervisor of Grounds
Meet in Olin Science Center Lounge.
$10 (free members), registration required
Call 860-439-5020, email arbor@conncoll.edu or pay online.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (New Haven) http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/banff-mountain-film-festival-world-tour-new-haven/ http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/banff-mountain-film-festival-world-tour-new-haven/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:00:00 +0000 http://connecticutlifestyles.com/?post_type=tribe_events&p=22131 The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to New Haven on February 24, 2018.

This year’s screenings feature the world’s best mountain sport, culture, and environmental films, letting you experience the thrill and challenges of the mountain environments that inspire us all.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries.

The 2017/2018 World Tour features an exhilarating and provocative collection of films that explore the mountain world, highlighting new landscapes and remote cultures, and exposes audiences to exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports.

At each screening around the world, audiences will see a selection of award-winning films and crowd favorites from the hundreds of films entered into the annual festival.

Join Denali when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to New Haven, at the Shubert Theater on Saturday, February 24. Ticket proceeds benefit The Denali Foundation.

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Hartford Wedding & Bridal Expo http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/hartford-wedding-bridal-expo/ http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/hartford-wedding-bridal-expo/#respond Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000 http://connecticutlifestyles.com/?post_type=tribe_events&p=22586 Jenks Productions will transform the Hartford XL Center into an incredible Wedding & Bridal Wonderland on February 25, 2018, with over 100 breathtaking displays to help you plan your unforgettable wedding. Visit with DJs and wedding bands, enjoy delicious food samplings from bakeries and caterers, learn about exclusive vacation and honeymoon packages, meet with photographers and videographers, view designer wedding gowns and formalwear, browse day spas and beauticians, and speak with wedding consultants, jewelers, florists, stationers, banquet facilities, and hotels. These are just a few of the many wedding & bridal show vendors with whom you can meet to plan your dream wedding – all with just one easy visit to the 17th Annual Hartford Wedding & Bridal Show!

The 2018 Hartford Wedding & Bridal Expo Vendors will feature:

Fashion Shows
Wedding Gowns & Bridal Shoes
Bridal Veils & Wedding Accessories
Bridal Flowers & Bouquets
Bridesmaid & Mother of the Bride Dresses
Wedding Bands & DJ’s
Live Music & Entertainment
Wedding Themes & Decoration Ideas
Wedding Invitations
Wedding Cakes
Wedding Venues & Banquet Halls
Wedding Photographers & Videographers
Limousine Services
Caterers, Bakers, & Banquet Facilities

Whether you need small wedding ideas or a wedding planner for a lavish, extravagant event, you’ll find everything you need to make it special at the 2018 Hartford CT Wedding & Bridal Expo.

Brides to be can also register at the show to win a Grand Prize Package that includes a honeymoon vacation along with other exciting prizes! All tickets can be purchased at the door of the event.

Jenks Productions brings more than 38 years of experience to each of our 22 exhibitions and trade shows each year in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and New York. Learn more about our bridal shows and wedding expos, as well as our complete home shows, so that you can make your new home into everything you dream of!

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (New London) http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/banff-mountain-film-festival-world-tour-new-london/ http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/banff-mountain-film-festival-world-tour-new-london/#respond Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:30:00 +0000 http://connecticutlifestyles.com/?post_type=tribe_events&p=22135 The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to New London on February 25, 2018.

This year’s screenings feature the world’s best mountain sport, culture, and environmental films, letting you experience the thrill and challenges of the mountain environments that inspire us all.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries.

The 2017/2018 World Tour features an exhilarating and provocative collection of films that explore the mountain world, highlighting new landscapes and remote cultures, and exposes audiences to exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports.

At each screening around the world, audiences will see a selection of award-winning films and crowd favorites from the hundreds of films entered into the annual festival.

Join Denali when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to New London, at the Garde Arts Center on Sunday, February 25. The historic 1400 seat Garde theatre is a restored 1926 Movie Palace with state-of-the-art 4k digital cinema surround sound system and a giant screen. Ticket proceeds benefit The Denali Foundation.

Tickets on sale in November.

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Taste of Ireland @ Mystic Yachting Center http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/taste-of-ireland-mystic-yachting-center/ http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/taste-of-ireland-mystic-yachting-center/#respond Fri, 02 Mar 2018 18:30:00 +0000 http://connecticutlifestyles.com/?post_type=tribe_events&p=24981 Mystic Aquarium and Ocean Blue Catering invite you to their Guinness Beer Dinner at the picturesque Mystic Yachting Center. Relax with beautiful views of the Mystic River as you work your way through a gourmet five-course meal; paring each course with a different Guinness beer. Your meal will be curated by Guinness Brewery Ambassador, Michael Reardon, who will explain how elements of certain beers compliment select menu items. You’ll wrap up your Guinness Beer Dinner experience with a better understanding of how to perfectly pair frothy beers with your favorite meals.

The multi-course menu includes:

  • Fruit and cheese hors d’oeuvre plate with Guinness Blonde Lager
  • Turban of sole filled with oyster stuffing topped with Dublin lawyer lobster sauce and a 200th Anniversary Stout
  • Roast game hen with split pea sauce and colcannon with Guinness Draught
  • Braised Guinness shot ribs with potato cake and asparagus spear featuring a Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
  • Baileys cheesecake pop and orange whiskey pie with custard sauce and Antwerpen

Tickets for the Guinness Beer Dinner are $49.95 per person. Must be 21+ to attend; advanced reservations required.

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Free Event: Winter Tree Identification Workshop http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/free-event-winter-tree-identification-workshop/ http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/free-event-winter-tree-identification-workshop/#respond Sat, 03 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000 http://connecticutlifestyles.com/?post_type=tribe_events&p=24141 It is fairly easy to identify many trees by their leaves but once the leaves have fallen, it can be challenging. This workshop starts indoors with a brief introduction to plant identification using keys. Then we will head outside to look at deciduous, native trees while they are dormant. Observing trees as a whole, with their unique bark and branching patterns, twigs, buds, any leftover fruit and persistent leaves, helps them become recognizable – even during the winter.

Instructor: Mary Villa, Arboretum Curator
Meet in New London Hall, Classroom 101.
Free, registration suggested, call 860-439-5020 or email arbor@conncoll.edu

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Old Saybrook Chili Fest http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/old-saybrook-chili-fest/ http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/old-saybrook-chili-fest/#respond Sat, 03 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000 http://connecticutlifestyles.com/?post_type=tribe_events&p=24700 The Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce will hold its 22nd Annual Chili Fest on Saturday, March 3, from noon to 3pm along Main Street, Old Saybrook. This friendly competition, presented by Guilford Savings Bank, features chili from 20+ chefs.

This is truly a community-wide event with participation by area restaurants as well as non-profit and civic organizations. What makes this event unique is that each Chili entrant is competing to win a donation for their designated charity.

Ballots are $10 each and can be purchased at Ballot Stations along Main Street during the event, and in advance at the Chamber office, 1 Main Street, Old Saybrook.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (Hartford) http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/banff-mountain-film-festival-world-tour-hartford/ http://connecticutlifestyles.com/event/banff-mountain-film-festival-world-tour-hartford/#respond Sat, 10 Mar 2018 19:00:00 +0000 http://connecticutlifestyles.com/?post_type=tribe_events&p=22741 The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to Hartford on March 10, 2018.

This year’s screenings feature the world’s best mountain sport, culture, and environmental films, letting you experience the thrill and challenges of the mountain environments that inspire us all.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries.

The 2017/2018 World Tour features an exhilarating and provocative collection of films that explore the mountain world, highlighting new landscapes and remote cultures, and exposes audiences to exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports.

At each screening around the world, audiences will see a selection of award-winning films and crowd favorites from the hundreds of films entered into the annual festival.

Join Denali when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Hartford, at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 10. Ticket proceeds benefit The Denali Foundation.

Tickets on sale in November

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