"Dogtoberfest" will benefit the Enfield Dog Park Action Committee.
Autumn is full of events celebrating the season’s foods, a last chance to get out and hike, and a focus on the harvest season. Here are some events that should encourage you to get out and about and enjoy a day trip to some of the surrounding towns… easy on the pocketbook and close enough to squeeze in with your weekend errands and chores. And don’t forget about the Renaissance Fair and Walktober events.
Saturday, Oct. 3
Norwich, Oct. 3 – Fall Festival Russian Bazaar. The 12th annual Fall Festival and Russian Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy New Martyrs Church, 364 Canterbury Turnpike in Norwich. Ethnic foods, a bake sale, tag sale, a huge silent auction, bookstore, country market, basket raffle, kids’ activities, and much more will be featured. Pierogi, staffed cabbage, borscht, piroshki, Father Basil’s bread and more. http://www.holynewmartyrs.com/ [Listen to the bells on this Web site]
East Hampton, Oct. 3 Annual Fall Festival at First Congregational Church of East Hampton on Main Street, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain or shine. Includes a “General Store” featuring pumpkins, apples, etc., a lunchroom, a bake sale area, crafts rooms, a room featuring “everything chocolate,” a farmer’s market under a tent on the front lawn, home-based vendors and more. http://www.cc-eh.org/location.htm
Hebron, Oct 3 – Apple and Chowder Fest. Enjoy homemade food, crafts and children’s activities at the Apple & Chowder Festival, Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Church of the Holy Family, 185 Church Street in Hebron. http://www.church-of-the-holy-family.org/
Aborn Castle in Ellington is part of the house tour held every other year.
Ellington, Oct. 3 – Aborn Castle and other showcase homes open doors for Ellington Scenic Home Tour ’09.
Seven showcase homes in Ellington will take part in the “Ellington Scenic Home Tour ’09,” featuring a blend of unique, historic and contemporary houses.
Additional activities include a silent auction, antique bus rides from Kloter Farms to Crystal Ridge Drive, live music, a craft and artisan fair featuring local artists and food tastings. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event
Tickets sold the day of the tour only at Kloter Farms, 216 West Road (Rt 83) and at Aborn Castle. Maps and program guides will be available at these 2 locations the day of the tour. More info, http://www.chrhealth.org/
Glastonbury, Oct. 3 – Tour historic homes, grounds, significant trees, and Green Cemetery in Glastonbury’s Historic District on Saturday, October 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of Tour, bought at the Museum on the Green, 1944 Main St. More info: Historical Society of Glastonbury, 1944 Main Street, 860-633-6890. Parking is at 2155 Main Street (Town Hall & Academy School), the Hubbard Green and the Soccer field next to the Hubbard Green. Signs will be posted. http://www.hsgct.org/events.htm
Sunday, Oct 4
Storrs/Mansfield, Oct. 4 – Cornucopia Fest. The 15th annual Cornucopia Fest will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the University of Connecticut green in front of the agriculture buildings, across from Route 195 and North Eagleville Road.
Exhibits and demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Do the Cornucopia Challenge scavenger hunt • See a UConn Police K-9 Unit demo • Learn how ice cream is made at a guided tour of the UConn Creamery • See live birds of prey • Try fly-casting • Eat at the chicken BBQ • Talk to our scientists • Watch the Cornucopia Cup polo match • Take a guided hike in the UConn Forest • Bring your ailing plants to be diagnosed by the Plant Doctor • Bring a half cup of garden or lawn soil for a FREE pH test • Watch the Timber Sports Team • Ask the Vet •Take a hayride • Bid at the auction • See antique farm equipment and horse carriages • Visit the farms • Have an ice cream cone at the Dairy Bar • and much more! Admission is FREE and EVERYONE is invited! Visit www.cag.uconn.edu for more information.
Canterbury, Oct. 4 – Alpaca History. learn about the history of alpacas and their care and husbandry at Burgis Brook Alpacas. Sunday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 44 North Canterbury Rd. (Rt. 169). 203-605-0588 or www.burgisbrookalpacas.com
*More fun stuff about alpaca farms: http://www.nationalalpacafarmdays.com/default.html
The alpacas at Burgis Brook in Canterbury.
Colchester, Oct. 4 – Pumpkins and Pooches. The 11th annual Pumpkins & Pooches Autumn Fair and Dog Show held on Sunday, Oct. 4, (rain date Oct. 11) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Colchester Town Green. Sponsored by Colchester Lions Club. Crafts, dog contests and demo’s, food, Funtastic Inflatables and much more! Admission is free and activities are reasonably priced. We offer fun for the entire family – including the dog!
The event features over 90 crafters and vendors, selling a variety of goods. The vendors donate items for our raffle, and four drawings are held throughout the day. More info, http://www.colchesterlions.org/pnp.htm or contact Charlene Picard at 860-537-6555.
Enfield, Oct. 4 – The Enfield Dog Park Action Committee, the first “Dogtoberfest” on Oct. 4, at the Moose Lodge, 124 South Road in Enfield. Proceeds benefit EDPAC’s efforts to establish a dog park.
DOGTOBERFEST will feature a 5K run, a 2-mile run with your dog, both professionally timed by The Last Mile Racing and a 2-mile walk with your dog. The first 100 registered runners or walkers will receive a DOGTOBERFEST T-Shirt. Male and Female winners of the 5K and 2-mile run will receive trophies.
And we will have vendors, a costume contest, prizes, raffles and much more throughout the day. More info, visit http://www.enfielddogpark.com/ , or contact Rob Stefanik at 860-508-2839 or Karen Pugliese 882-8900. (Also see, MySpace page – http://www.myspace.com/enfielddogpark )
Wednesday, Oct. 7
Julie Chávez Rodriguez , granddaughter of labor and civil rights activist César Chávez and programs director for the César E. Chávez Foundation, will speak at ECSU.
Windham/Willimantic, Oct. 7 – Julie Chávez Rodriguez , granddaughter of labor and civil rights activist César Chávez and programs director for the César E. Chávez Foundation, will speak at 3 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Eastern Connecticut State University in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library. The event is free and open to the public. (860) 465-5245.
Video with Julie Chávez Rodriguez:
Tuesday, Oct. 6
Not an entertainment event, but something worth passing on to any veterans you may know.
East Hartford, Oct. 6 – Heroes4 Hire Veterans Career Fair in the ballroom at Rentschler Field in East Hartford from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6. It will mark the fourth time in recent years the state has organized a job fair specifically designed to connect Connecticut veterans with employers. More than 50 companies and organizations are planning to attend, as well as representatives of the Connecticut Department of Labor and the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The event is also sponsored by WCBS Radio.
The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs’ Vets Express bus also will be on hand to assist visitors with benefit information and to assist them in filing claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information, visit the labor department’s Web site at www.ctjobfairs.com or call (860) 263-6449.
Posted Oct. 3, 2009