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Top Events

Our picks for the top events in the region.

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Music Expo
Photo Courtesy of Music Expo

Take a Hike
January 1

Take that first step in reaching your fitness goals for the new year by taking part in the
New Year’s Day Hike at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center. Join one of the center’s rangers on a brisk morning trek through the beautiful wooded areas surrounding the center while being entertained with natural-history trivia along the way. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Crank Up the Tunes
January 7

Get your fill of blues, country, jazz, metal, punk and more at the
Music Expo. The fun-filled one-day event at the Holiday Inn in East Hartford features a wide selection of CDs, DVDs, LPs, 45s, posters, T-shirts and other collectibles. Vendors from throughout New England will offer hard-to-find vinyl sure to take your collection to the next level. All visitors have a chance to win door prizes and receive goodie bags from the vendors.

A Perfect Union
January 7
Finding the perfect dress. Choosing the right reception venue. Deciding whether to have a DJ or live band. The to-do list of a bride-to-be and her soon-to-be groom can become overwhelming, but help is available, along with some inspiration and stress-free fun at the
Connecticut Bridal & Wedding Expo at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. See a fashion show, sample culinary treats, hear live band and DJ demos, and visit with a range of local vendors who can offer advice and services to help engaged couples make their dream wedding a reality. Advance discount tickets are available online, and children under age 16 are admitted free.


A rendering of artist John Grade’s upcoming installation Murmer: Arctic Realities, opening January 20, 2018 at Mystic Seaport./Photo Courtesy of John Grade Studio

Mystic Murmur
January 20–April 11

Mystic Seaport’s Collins Gallery will present the international debut of
Murmur: Arctic Realities by artist John Grade. A large sculpture in the shape of a mound carved from Alaskan yellow cedar represents the lifecycle of a pingo, a hill of ice that grows over centuries in the Arctic and then collapses. Visitors will be able to enter inside the sculpture as its walls open and close, allowing them to virtually explore the pingo’s ice core and the fascinating textures, flora and fauna of the landform. Discount tickets are available online.

Bringing It All Home
February 17–18

Initiate new business relationships or discover home renovation ideas during the
33rd Annual Bristol Home & Business Show at Bristol Eastern High School. Among the most comprehensive regional home shows in Connecticut, this combined home show and business-to-business summit includes home decor specialists, landscaping companies, general contractors and more. There’s also an exciting lineup of family entertainment and celebrity guests in the works. Tickets are available online, and children ages 12 and under are admitted free.

Connecticut Flower & Garden Show
Photo Courtesy of North East Expos

Budding Interests
February 22 – 25

Creative landscapes, stunning floral arrangements and unique garden designs. Find these and more at the Hartford Convention Center’s
Connecticut Flower & Garden Show. Take in breathtaking exhibits showing off lush green lawns and fragrant flowers, and enjoy a horticulture competition featuring show-stopping design arrangements in themed settings, hosted by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut. You can also learn firsthand from the experts with presentations by more than 20 guest speakers, including flower-arranging expert Robert Buettner and Monica Gallardo, the myco-landscaping (think mushrooms) aficionado.


These events originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of AAA World.

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