Family Fun in Mansfield May, June, July & August 2010 Special Notes ● Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry (486-4605) (bimp.uconn.edu) is located on the UConn Depot Campus and is open to the public Fri., Sat. & Sun. 12 noon – 5 pm, March 21 through Dec. 19, and by appointment at other times. Don’t miss BIMP’s 2 exciting new exhibits, Frank and Elizabeth Haines: an American Puppet Company in the 1930s, and Punch and Judy: Handpuppets, Politics and Humor. Look for special programs in the coming months. ● Community School of the Arts (486-1073) (csa.uconn.edu) offers a wide variety of music, art and theater programs for children of all ages. Call for a copy of the Summer 2010 program brochure. ● CT State Museum of Natural History & CT Archaeology Center (486-4460) (mnh.uconn.edu) has a multi-media exhibit, Human's Nature: A Closer Look at the Relationship Between People and the Environment. The Museum is open Wed.- Fri., 10am-4pm (closed Saturday-Tuesday). Call for a copy of the Summer 2010 brochure, which includes several programs for children and their families. ● Gurleyville Gristmill (429-9671 or 429-9032) (joshuaslandtrust.org), located on Stonemill Rd. in the Gurleyville section of Mansfield, is owned and operated by Joshua's Trust, and is open Sundays from mid-May through mid-October. ● Husky Heritage Sports Museum (486-2240) (uconnalumni.com), in the UConn Alumni Center, brings alive remarkable images & stories of UConn's winning teams, determined coaches & gifted student-athletes, and is open Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm. ● Mansfield Historical Society (429-6575) (mansfieldct-history.org) is open Sat.and Sun.,1:30-4:30pm, June 5- Sept.26. New exhibits include: Celebrating 300 Years: Mansfield 's First Congregational Church; American Coverlets, 1800-1850; The Villages of Wormwood Hill, Mount Hope and Atwoodville. Special activities on June 5, opening day (see below). ● Mansfield Parks and Recreation Dept. (429-3015) (mansfieldct.org) has many classes, programs and activities for young children. Check the Summer 2010 brochure sent to every household for information about summer camps, Community Gardens, kayak rentals, backyard game equipment rentals, fee waivers for eligible Mansfield residents, and so much more! ● Mansfield Public Library (423-2501) (biblio.org/mansfield) is a treasure-trove of free books and other media for children and families and offers 2 drop-in program series for young children: Family Storytime (all ages with caregiver), Saturdays, May 8-Aug. 28 (but NOT June 5); and Wonderful Wednesdays (all ages with caregiver), Wednesdays, 10:30am, June 23- Aug.11. And check out the Summer Reading Programs. ● Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum (486-2712) (uconnhuskies.com/facilities/freitas-ice-forum.html) is open for general skating Fri. @ 7pm most of the summer; call or check the website for schedule. Also check out skating lessons for ages 4 and up on Wednesdays. ● Storrs Farmers Market (firstname.lastname@example.org) is open Saturdays from May 8-Nov. 20, 3-6pm in the north Mansfield Town Hall parking lot, and (NEW!)Wednesday afternoons from July 7 through at least the end of September at the Mansfield Community Center. In addition to great local food, check out entertainment, education & cooking demonstrations, plus special events and activities for kids! ● UConn Co-op (486-5027) (bookstore.uconn.edu) has a large selection of children’s books. Check the website or phone for summer programs and events for children. ● UConn EEB (=Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) Greenhouses (486-4052) (eeb.uconn.edu/), on the UConn campus, house a huge collection of live plants from all over the world, including a NEW orchid and epiphyte “tree.” Open to the public: Mon.- Fri. 8am-4pm. ● UConn Libraries (lib.uconn.edu/about/exhibits) offer exhibits that might be of interest to adults and children. ● William Benton Museum of Art (486-1705) (thebenton.org) will be closed after May 9 for the summer during construction. However, some activities and programs will be available, so check the website. The gift shop and cafe will be open Thurs. & Fri., 10am-4:30pm, Sat. & Sun. 1-4:30pm. For more information about the events listed in this calendar, check the following sources: CSA = Community School of the Arts (UConn) (486-1073) (csa.uconn.edu) CSMNH = CT State Museum of Natural History & CT Archaeology Center (UConn) (486-4460) (mnh.uconn.edu) EOS = E.O.Smith High School (487-0877) (eosmith.org) JT = Joshua's Trust (429-9023, Thurs. 1:30-3:30pm) (joshuaslandtrust.org MHS = Mansfield Historical Society ( 429-6575) (mansfieldct-history.org) MMS = Mansfield Middle School (429-9341) MPL = Mansfield Public Library (423-2501) (biblio.org/mansfield) MPRD = Mansfield Parks and Recreation Department (429-3015) (mansfieldct.org) Many of the following programs require advance registration and/or fees. Call ahead! Fee waivers are available to eligible Mansfield residents for most Mansfield Parks and Recreation Department programs (429-3015). Scholarships may be available for other fee-based programs listed here. Summer Vacation Camps, Programs, Workshops, Activities Contact: Community School of the Arts (486-1073; csa.uconn.edu); CT State Museum of Natural History & CT Archaeology Center (486-4460; mnh.uconn.edu); Holiday Hill Day Camp (423-1375; holidayrecreation.com); Kids are Scientists Too (KAST) (486-9219; kast.uconn.edu); Mansfield Parks & Recreation Dept. (429-3015; mansfieldct.org); Mansfield Public Library (429- 2501; biblio.org/mansfield) MAY 2010 May 8 (Sat.), 8:30-11am – Annual plant, tag and food sale @ Storrs Congregational Church (401-447-4421) or (429-9382) May 8 (Sat.), 9am-2pm – Buy or sell at Oak Grove Montessori School's tag sale (rain date: May 22) (456-1031) May 8 (Sat.), 10am-3pm – Mt. Hope Montessori School Spring Fair: free fun for the whole family! (rain date: May 15) (423-1070) May 8 (Sat.), 4:30-7pm – Mansfield Lions Club Roast Beef Dinner @ Mansfield Senior Center (429-0480) May 12 (Wed.), 7pm – Spring Band Concert by Mansfield Middle School students in the MMS auditorium (MMS) May 13 (Thurs.), 7pm – Spring Band Concert by E.O. Smith H.S. Students @ the high school auditorium (EOS) May 14 (Sat.), 8-10pm – Viewing Spring's Night Sky @ UConn's Planetarium & Observatory (ages 8 & up w/adult) (CSMNH) May 15 (Sat.), 8am-1pm – Storrs Regional FFA & Mansfield Garden Gate Club plant sale @ EOS HS (EOS) May 15 (Sat.), 9am-3pm – FFA (=Future Farmers of America) Car Show in the parking areas around EOS High School (EOS) May 15 (Sat.), 11am-2pm – Vinton Elementary School PTA Fun Fair @ the school; rain or shine (423-3086) May 15 (Sat.), c. 3pm on – Community School of the Arts student recitals @ von der Mehden Recital Hall, UConn (CSA) May 16 (Sun.), 2pm – Concert by CSA's Treblemakers and Jr. Trebles @ von der Mehden Recital Hall, UConn (CSA) May 19 (Wed.), 7pm – Spring Orchestra Concert by Mansfield Middle School students MMS auditorium (MMS) May 20 (Th.), 7pm – Spring Orchestra Concert by E.O. Smith H.S. Students in the EOS auditorium (EOS) May 22 (Sat.), 8am-3pm – Southeast Elementary School PTO tag sale fundraiser. Donations needed! (423-1611) May 22 (Sat.) -- Willimantic Riverfest: family paddling down the Willimantic River from Eagleville Dam (423-6389) May 22 (Sat.), 10am-2pm – Goodwin Elementary School Annual Fun Fair, rain or shine; lots of fun for all ages (429-6316) May 22 (Sat.), 1-4pm – Ancient Technology: Make an Atlatl & Darts! UConn campus (ages 10 & up w/adult) (CSMNH) May 22 (Sat.), 5-7pm – Eagleville Fire Dept. Women's Auxiliary Roast Beef Dinner @ the EFD (429-9598) or (429-2050) May 26 (Wed.), 7pm – Spring Choral Concert by Mansfield Middle School students in the MMS auditorium (MMS) May 29 (Sat.), 3pm – Mansfield Library annual plant swap @ Buchanan Center: bring some, take some! Go Green! (MPL) May 31 (Mon.), 9am – Memorial Day parade and observances in Mansfield Center (429-3302) JUNE 2010 June 2 (Wed.), 6:30pm – Beginning Band Concert by MMS and elementary school students in MMS auditorium (MMS) June 3 (Th.) & June 4 (Fri..), 7pm – Performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by E. O. Smith High School Drama Club (EOS) June 4 (Fri.) 3pm – June 5 (Sat.) 3pm – 24-hr. BioBlitz on Church Farm; check website for details (JT) June 5 (Sat.), 1:30-4:30 – Live music about Wormwood Hill & weaving demonstration @ Mansfield Historical Society (MHS) June 5 (Sat.), c. 3pm on -- Community School of the Arts student recitals @ von der Mehden Recital Hall, UConn (CSA) June 5 (Sat.), 9am-4pm – Friends of the Mansfield Library Book Sale @ Buchanan Center; LOTS of children's books! (MPL) CT Trails Day(s) June 5 (Sat.), 10am-12n – Family Cruise on the Willimantic River from River Park to Eagleville Lake; kayak rentals av. (MPRD) June 5 (Sat.), 10am -- Echo Woods exploration; meet @ Mansfield Country Store (477-0450) June 6 (Sun.), 1pm – Yellow Trail to Nipmuck Trail, back by Fenton River Trail; meet @ MHState Park picnic area (617-2128) June 6 (Sun.), 2-3:30pm – A Hike with a View: walk with a naturalist to Fifty Foot Cliff Preserve (all ages w/adult) (MPRD) June 6 (Sun.), 2pm – Performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by E. O. Smith High School Drama Club (EOS) June 6 (Sun.), 9am-3pm – Friends of the Mansfield Library Book Sale @ Buchanan Center; LOTS of children's books! (MPL) June 10 (Thurs.), 7-9pm – Hall Memorial School (Willington) choral concert @ E. O. Smith High School auditorium (EOS) June 12 (Sat.), 10am-12n – Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Ancients; guided walk @ CT shore (ages 8 & up w/adult) (CSMNH) June 13 (Sun.), 3pm – Choral concert by Take Note! to benefit Haiti relief efforts @ First Church of Christ Mans. Ctr. (228-2390) June 18 (Fri.), 1-3pm – Drop-in, free Afternoon @ the Museum: The Skin You're In (entering grades 1-5 w/adult) (CSMNH) June 19 (Sat.), 10am-12n – Hospital Rock in CT's Medical History (difficult hike) (ages 10 & up w/adult) (CSMNH) June 24 (Thurs.), 7pm – Storyteller Elishu Bumpus: witty and wonderful folktales from around the world (ages 5 & up) (MPL) June 29 (Tues.), 2pm – No Child Left Inside: lots of fun at CT State Parks! Participatory program. (MPL) JULY 2010 July 4 (Sun.), 2pm-12m – James Taylor and Carole King + fireworks at Tanglewood (bus trip); register by June 15 (MPRD) July 8 (Th), 6:30-8pm – Jessica Prouty Band; free, fun family concert @ Mansfield Community Center (MPRD) July 10 (Sat.), 9am-12n – Open Wheels: Make a bowl for the Pottery Sale Fundraiser; call to reserve a time (ages 6 & up) (CSA) July 13 (Tues.), 7pm – Bending Gravity with Eric Girardi: yo-yo tricks and object manipulation set to music (ages 5 & up) (MPL) July 15 (Thurs.), 7pm – Butterfly Monitor Training @ MCC to prepare for July 17 Mansfield Butterfly Census (MPRD) July 15 (Th.), 6:30-8pm – 22nd Anniversary Kidsville Kuckoo Revue; free, fun family concert @ Community Center (MPRD) July 16 (Fri.), 1-3pm – Drop-in, free Afternoon @ the Museum: Infection Protection (entering grades 1-5 w/adult) (CSMNH) July 17 (Sat.), 8am-c.3pm – 2010 K-9/Canine Olympics (fundraiser) on the UConn Depot Campus, Rte. 44; fun for all! (486-4800) July 17 (Sat.) morning into afternoon -- Mansfield Butterfly Census in the field with experienced naturalists (MPRD) July 17 (Sat.), 10:30am-12:30pm – Native Americans in CT's Northwest Corner (ages 10 & up w/adult) (CSMNH) July 17 (Sat.), 8am-12n – 5th Annual Tour de Mansfield: bike tours for all ages + barbecue (rain date: 7/24) (MPRD) July 22(Thurs.), 6:30-8pm – Shaded Soul Band: free, fun family concert @ Mansfield Community Center (MPRD) July 24 (Sat.), 10am-3pm – Project O: In the Lab & Out to Sea at Avery Point; BYO picnic (ages 6 & up w/adult) (CSMNH) July 24 (Sat.), 10:30am – Children's songs, stories and singing games with Roger Tincknell (ages 3-6) (MPL) July 24 (Sat.), c. 12-2:30pm – Pottery sale & food fundraiser @ CSA for the CSA Scholarship Fund (CSA) July 25 (Sun.), 7am-c.7pm – Bus trip: Whale Watch (!!!) out of Plymouth, MA; register by July 2 (all ages with adult) (MPRD) July 28 (Wed.), 2pm – Purple Rock Puppets: Spinning Straw into Gold (farcical Rumpelstiltskin) (ages 5 and up) (MPL) July 29 (Th.), 6:30-8pm – Kerry Boys: free, fun family concert @ the Mansfield Community Center (MPRD) July 31 (Sat.), 7-9pm – Bats & White Nose Syndrome in Eastern CT; Ashford location (ages 6 & up with adult) (CSMNH) AUGUST 2010 Aug. 3 (Tues.), 2pm – CAN-DO: Canterbury Agility Non-Stop Organization's dogs' amazing skills!! (rain date Aug. 5) (MPL) Aug. 14 (Sat.), 8am-c.9pm – Whale Watch & Historic Plymouth Adventure!!! (all ages with adult) (CSMNH) Aug. 20 (Fri), 1-3pm – Drop-in, free Afternoon @ the Museum: Read the [Food] Label (entering grades 1-5 w/adult) (CSMNH) Family Fun in Mansfield is compiled 3 times/year (Jan.-April; May-Aug. And Sept.-Dec.) by Becky Lehmann for Mansfield Advocates for Children. Please contact her (423-5807; email@example.com) if you wish to suggest items for future editions. Publication of Family Fun in Mansfield is supported by a grant from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Foundation.
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