A Fall Weekend With Fairs, Causes And Galas

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MaryEllen Fillo joined the Morning Extra. (Fox CT)

There’s a reason the weather is so beautiful. It’s so you will get out whether it be to support a good cause, enjoy a fair or the ballet, dress to the nines for a gala or have a good laugh. And those are your choices for this weekend.

Things get going tonight at the Wadsworth Atheneum where beginning at 5 p.m. it is “First Thursday.” The theme tonight is ‘Mad Men’ so bring your  best 60s flair to the evening that includes  a tour of Media Rewind 1963, a Costume & Textile Society  mini-POSH Tag Sale, and  a fashion show by Stackpole Moore Tryon Tuesday’s. There will be ’60s tunes by Side B and Women On Our Own, make your own drink stirrers and charms for  themed drinks and martinis at the cash bar, and more! The Museum Cafe will be open for dinner.

Admission is $5 and free for members.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and so it’s a given that over at The New Britain Museum of American Art you will find a party that celebrates advocacy and help when it comes to fighting the disease. The Ct Breast Cancer Initiative, which among its other projects sponsors an annual Mother’s Day Weekend 5K Run for breast cancer programs and education, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Besides the celebration, sponsors and researchers will be honored and there will be a trip down memory lane as organizers celebrate the success of the organization.

Also on Thursday, the Advertising Club of Connecticut  will celebrate its 100th anniversary at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed in Haddam. The club will announce its first inductees into its Ad Club Hall of Fame.

Get your laughs at the WRCH 16th Annual Nite of Lite Laughter Friday at the Bushnell featuring actor/comic comic Jason Alexander and his hair!) in a comedy variety show.  Proceeds benefit  Hartford Hospital’s Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. For tickets, call 860-987-5900 or go to bushnell.org.

Love words and spelling? You might want to head over to the Theater of the Performing Arts where Achieve Hartford will hold its annual spelling bee Friday. Singer and Connecticut resident Javier Colon, who won the reality show “The Voice” two years ago, will emcee the event that features adult and student teams. Proceeds benefit Achieve Hartford that works with businesses and civic organizations to help close the achievement gap in Hartford schools. Admission is free and the bee begins at 6:30 p.m. Information: ezevent.com/achievehartfordspellingbee.

Click here for entire column by the Courant’s MaryEllen Fillo.

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