Groundhog Day And More

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Hartford Courant Java columnist MaryEllen Fillo talks about what’s going on in greater Hartford this weekend including Connecticut’s own Groundhog Day celebration in Manchester.

See below for additional information or visit courant.com/java to read more for Fillo’s blog.

Well, the good news is another month of winter is almost done. The better news is that January goes out on a great note and February begins on an even better one as the months  change.

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. , Wadsworth Atheneums’s executive director Susan Talbot  will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang for a program that will include a screening of the award-winning film,”The Great Beauty.”

The program, titled “On Stage  David Lang & Susan Talbot” will  include a discussion the  Yale professor about his music and involvement in filmmaker Pablo Sorrentino  films.

Information: thewadsworth.org.

It may still be January but most people have a bit of Valentine’s Day on their minds and that means thoughts of chocolate.

On Thursday, The United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut will host its “Red, White and Chocolate” fundraiser benefiting its Women’s Leadership Council.

The tasty evening will be held at The Pond House Cafe at Elizabeth Park and will feature  30 wines from eight distributors and assorted Munson’s chocolates. There will also be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  The party begins at 5: 30 p.m. Information: unitedwayinc.org

Think of it as a winter block party.

That is what is happening in Hartford’s West End Saturday when more than 300 neighbors get together for the neighborhood’s annual  dine around.

The festivities begin with cocktails and appetizers at UConn Law School, followed by dinner at  31 different homes  and then dessert and coffee for everyone at yet another home.
Proceeds from the event benefit the West End Civic Association.

Like so many others, are you afraid spring is just never going to arrive?  Cheer up! There is hope in the form of a little furry forecaster at the Lutz Children’s Museum Sunday. (And you can catch her act long before settling down for the annual Super Bowl contest.)

Chuckles VIII,  the resident groundhog there,  will do her Groundhog Day duty  and depending on whether she sees his shadow or not, determine if there are six more weeks of winter or a spring that is just around the corner.

The season predicting “coming out” will happen just  before 7 a.m. Coffee and breakfast foods will be available. Information: 860-643-0949 or lutzmuseum.org

Also this weekend, whether you have or have not seen  ”War Horse,” head over to the Bushnell for its production of the Broadway and Oscar-nominated  hit.  Bring tissues and your listening ears. Joey the horse and the incredible puppeteers  more than deserved the opening night standing ovation.

Also, Steve Martin’s “The Underpants”  continues at Hartford Stage and over at TheaterWorks, catch ”Freud’s Last Session .”

Also, if you haven’t done it yet, this is your last weekend to take a spin around the ice skating rink at Hartford’s  WinterFest at Bushnell Park. Information: hartford.com

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