Korky Vann, the Hartford Courant’s “savvy shopper,” shares fun things to do that won’t drain your summer entertainment and travel budget. Here are some ideas:
Go locavore at The Farmer’s Cow events. On Sunday July 21, (in celebration of National Ice Cream Day), Fort Hill Farm in Thompson hosts a “Blueberry, Ice Cream & Bluegrass Bash” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The free event features entertainment, wagon rides, farm tours and complimentary sundaes. Information: www.TheFarmersCow.com or 866- 355‐COWS.
On Aug. 3rd, from 1 to 3 p.m., Cushman Farms, 393 Lebanon Ave. in Franklin, holds its annual free corn roast and farm tour, with free guided tours of the dairy operation, sweet corn tastings and sampling of The Farmer’s Cow products. Information: www.TheFarmersCow.com or 866- 355‐COWS.
Old Sturbridge Village rolls back its admission prices to $5 for all visitors on July 26 and Aug. 23. The special price applies to adults, seniors and youth ages 3-17 (children 2 and under are free). Regular adult museum admission is $24; senior admission is $22 and kids’ admission is $8. (Offer does not apply to educational groups of 10 or more.) Information: 800-SEE-1830 or www.osv.org.
Get culture for free. The Worcester Art Museum, 56 Salisbury St., in Worcester, Ma., (about an hour from Hartford), is offering free admission — and more — to all in July and August. The user-friendly summer schedule includes tours, drop-in book clubs and sketching sessions, (supplies provided), guest speakers and children’s activities, along with free parking and Wi-Fi. Information: 508-799-4406 or www.worcesterart.org.
The New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., has free admission every Saturday. You’ll need to arrive by noon, but once you’re in, you can stay as long as you like. Information: 860-229-0257 or www.nbmaa.org.
Age has its perks. Connecticut residents 65 or older are eligible for a free lifetime Charter Oak Pass, giving them free admission to all state parks and forests, as well as Gillette Castle, Dinosaur Park, Fort Trumbull and Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery. Apply by mail at Charter Oak Pass, State Parks Division, 79 Elm St., Hartford; by phone at 860-424-3200 or visit www.ct.gov/dep.
Connecticut residents 65 or older qualify for free lifetime fishing and hunting licenses. Get details from your local town clerk or check www.ct.gov.
Attend Yale without the five-figure tuition. The famed New Haven university offers free guided tours Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Tours start at the Yale Visitor Center, 149 Elm St. and last about an hour and a half.
PEZ headquarters, in Orange, has a visitor center featuring the world’s largest PEZ dispenser, interactive videos of PEZ history and trivia and other fun stuff. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children 3 to 12, and free for kids under 3. All paid admissions come with a $2 credit that can be used toward gift shop purchases. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.