Who doesn’t love a free outdoor concert? And after all the rain we’ve been getting, any time there is an opportunity to sit outside and enjoy it not raining is a good excuse to do just that.
The folks at the Mark Twain House host outdoor concerts on select Tuesdays in the summer. Bring your own chairs or blankets to their expansive lawn in the shadow of the crazy-brick home of one of America’s greatest writers. (If it rains, the event moves into the museum’s Great Hall.) Picnicking is encouraged, and there’s lots of room for the kids to run around. Performances, which run from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., are as follows:
–Tuesday, July 14: Girl Howdy, a high-energy, retro-twang, honky-tonk group of four musicians add tight vocal harmonies for a genuine jukebox sound. Their influences include Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, George Jones and other country-western legends.
–Tuesday, July 28: Carolyn Adams Band, a Caribbean-Gospel style group, is fronted by a mellow vocalist born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago who now resides in Hartford. Adams cites influences Patsy Kline, Kenny Rogers and Shirley Caesar to produce a smooth, tropical groove for easy summer listening.
The concerts are funded by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, Trustee, and the Knox Foundation; and supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts campaign.
The Peaches Are Ready for You to Pick!, originally uploaded by moonjazz.
There is nothing like fresh produce, herbs, cheese or flowers, especially when you can buy them mere hours from when they were harvested, clipped, made or cut. There are three Farmer’s Markets in Hartford:
Old State House
800 Main St.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday. from 10:30am to 3 pm
Billings Forge (near Firebox Restaurant)
563 Broad St.
Thursdays, 11am to 2:30 pm
West End Market
Corner of South Whitney & Farmington
Tuesday and Friday from 4-7 pm
If you feel you must get out of the city, one of the best area markets is the Coventry Regional Farmers Market, Sundays at the Nathan Hale Homestead. They have weekly themes that include featured food items and entertainment, and some of the nicest vendors around. Be warned: the kettle corn they sell at the Coventry market is addictive! While you are there, make some time to check out the Hale Homestead, it is beautifully maintained by the Connecticut Landmarks Society and worth the visit.
For those of you heading even further afield, the CT Dept of Agriculture has a full listing of statewide markets here.
Now, don’t forget to invite us over for some peach pie!