18 things to do this weekend

18 things to do this weekend

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This weekend you can shop for locally made holiday gifts, learn from the friends of Anne Frank through a play and see a timeless musical at Platt High School, among other things. 

Want your weekend event listed? Contact Bailey Wright at BWright@record-journal.com. 


Bradley Home Bazaar

When: 2-4 p.m., Friday 

Where: The Bradley Home, 320 Colony St.

Description: The bazaar will include handmade crafts, baked goods, weaving, holiday items and raffles. Entrance is on Wilcox Avenue. 

‘The Fantasticks’ at Platt High School 

When: Thursday through Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Platt High School, 220 Coe Ave. 

Description: Platt Theatre presents “The Fantasticks,” the longest running musical. Admission for adults in $10 and $5 for students. 

Emoji Movie at the Library

When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday

Where: Meriden Public Library, Griffin Room, 

Description: Free movie screening of the Emoji Movie. 

Survivors Swing Band

When: 2:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday 

Where: Meriden Public Library, Griffin Room, 

Description: A free performance by the 7-piece professional jazz band, based in Connecitcut. The band plays classic swing band melodies  with a "tilt towards improvisation."

Franciscan Christmas Fair

When: 9:30-2:30 p.m., Saturday 

Where: Franciscan Life Center, 271 Finch Ave.

Description: The annual fair will benefit the Franciscan Life Center and Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care. Features include a living creche, Santa Claus, Franciscan pottery, homemade jams and other food, children's activities and fresh cut Christmas trees and wreaths. 

Platt Sportscards Show

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday 

Where: Platt High School, 220 Coe Ave.

Description: Buy, sell or trade sports and nonsports cards, memorabilia, wax boxes and supplies. Admission is $1. 


Lego Club

When: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday

Where: Wallingford Public Library

Description: Kids and grown-ups are welcome to come and show off their building skills with Lego bricks provided by the library. Grades K-5 invited, with no younger siblings due to the choking hazard. Registration is required. Wallingford residents can call (203) 284-6436 to register or go online to the library's website. 

Kiwanis Turkey Trot Road Race

When: 9 a.m. race starts, registration at 8 a.m., Sunday 

Where: Stevens Elementary School, 18 Kondracki Lane.

Description: This Kiwanis-sponsored event includes 5-mile and and 5K road races. Register to race on the Kiwanis website. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party 

When: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sunday 

Where: Swim & Play, 101 North Plains Industrial Road 

Description: The Charles Schultz movie will be played, along with a Thanksgiving "dinner" of themed snacks, a Snoopy craft and bounce houses.


Aurora's Afternoon of Art

When: 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday

Where: Southington Library

Description: The library's children's department will have stories, songs and craft activities with the princess Aurora. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Costumes and pictures are encouraged. 

Box-core Games to Benefit Local Kids

When: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday

Where: Derynoski Elementary School, 240 Main St. 

Description: Box-core Fitness will host the event to benefit two of their own karate students — Connor Albert, a fifth-grader with osteosarcoma and Ryan Caitlin, a high school freshman who recently suffered a spinal cord injury after being thrown from an ATV. 

Open Farm Day 

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday

Where: Bradley Mountain Soaps, 537 Shuttle Meadow Road

Description: No appointment necessary to meet the herd, try to make your own drop-in project and take pictures with the goats. 

‘And Then They Came for Me’ play

When: 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m., Sunday

Where: First Congregational Church of Southington, 37 Main St. 

Description: A multimedia play with live actors recreating scene from the lives of Holocaust survivors and friends of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg. Tickets are $10 each. 


Survey of Weapons Used in WWI

When: 2-4 p.m., Sunday

Where: Cheshire Historical Society, Hitchcock-Phillips House on the Green, 43 Church Drive 

Description: The Cheshire Historical Society hosts "A Survey of Weapons Used in World War I: A new century heralded new forms of defense." 

Women's Self Defense Workshop 

When: Noon-3 p.m., Saturday 

Where: JC Karate & Martial Arts Center, 130 S Main St. 

Description: Women's self-defense workshop will benefit the Cheshire Food Pantry. No experience is necessary. Women will learn how to defend themselves, practice awareness drills and speed up reaction time. Workshop is $50, including a light lunch and drinks. 


Women in Science Saturday

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday

Where: Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd. 

Description: The science center's women in science initiative encourages girls and young women to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Meet and hear from 6 local middle and high school students who won the 69th annual
Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair. 

Hartford Harvest Market

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday

Where: Knox Inc., 75 Laurel St. 

Description: Local grown produce, bread and homemade gifts will be available from vendors, as well as arts and crafts for kids, live music and food trucks. SNAP/EBT accepted. 


Free Form Feast and Festival

When: 5 p.m. social hour, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. show starts, Saturday 

Where: Wesleyan’s Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Ave. 

Description: Hosted by 88.1 fm WESU, this will be the station’s first annual fundraising dinner and variety show. Dinner will be provided by Zandri’s Stillwood Inn. Some of the performers include Noah Baerman, Dana Merritt, Olivia Backal-Balik and Art Farm. Tickets are $25, $10 for students, and available at Wesleyan’s Usdan box office or online at wesufm.org. 

Twitter: @baileyfaywright


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