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34th Annual Salute to Young Artists - May 17th @7pm in Thornton Wilder Hall
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

34th Annual Salute to Young Artists - May 17th @7pm in Thornton Wilder Hall

Join the Hamden Arts Commission at 7pm on Friday, May 17th as they honor some of Hamden’s most talented Senior students in the Arts. 

The 34th Annual Salute to Young Artists Gallery Opening and Performance Showcase will take place in Thornton Wilder Hall (2901 Dixwell Ave., Miller Library Complex) and will feature an evening of performances ranging from instrumental and choral music to spoken poetry and theatrical readings, a gallery opening of visual art, and a reception to follow.

The Salute is a 34 year long Hamden tradition that honors the visual and performing talent of 12th grade, Hamden students who were nominated by community leaders, partners, and teachers for their outstanding achievement and commitment to the Arts. 

This year, the Commission will be honoring these students: Abe Stoner, Ahmed Diakhate, Audrey Vandergriff, Briana Mack, Caleb Jackson, Catherine McEachern, Cindy Lozado, Eland Cruz, Erica Drufva, Gabrielle Morin, Hannah Battipaglia, Jelin Hinton, Kate Mongillo, Kevin Cathey, Matthew Mercado, Miles Singer, Roger Machuca, Sarah Kuras, Seth Hodgkins, Stephanny Freire, Tiana McGee, Veeane Ayala, and Carlie O'Sullivan.  

Come out to be inspired by, and to celebrate the work of, some of Hamden’s future leaders in the Arts. 

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Sunday Series: World War Women - The Unsung Heroines of WWII
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Series: World War Women - The Unsung Heroines of WWII

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(This show was previously scheduled for January 20th but was snowed out and has been rescheduled for April 7th.)

In a never before seen adventure into the stories of the unknown, History At PlayTM embodies the spirit of international women who risked their lives to defeat Fascism in World War II.  World War Women is a suspenseful reliving of the terrors and triumphs of some of our greatest heroines. From organizing the resistance, to rescuing downed RAF pilots, testing new aircraft, and flying dangerous missions, these stories are not for the faint of heart and may very well be the most influential and often forgotten victories of the war.

This event will be held in the handicapped-accessible Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. Admission is $7 general admission/ $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under.

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Sunday Series: Gatsby in Connecticut - Fitzgerald Lore, Live Music of the 1920's and More!
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Series: Gatsby in Connecticut - Fitzgerald Lore, Live Music of the 1920's and More!

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(This show was previously scheduled for January 20th but has been rescheduled for March 17th.)

The Great Gatsby has long been synonymous with Long Island, but what if Fitzgerald’s true inspiration came from here in Connecticut? Historian and author Richard “Deej” Webb examines the possibility in his book Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda: Westport, Connecticut 1920.

A companion documentary titled “Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story”, directed by Robert Steven Williams is slated to be released this fall. We are pleased to welcome Deej Webb and Robert Williams as they discuss their book and documentary. A reception and book signing will follow the talk.

This event will be held in the handicapped-accessible Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. Admission is $7 general admission/ $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under.

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Saturday Series: The Brennan Lucey Irish Dancers
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

Saturday Series: The Brennan Lucey Irish Dancers

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Come ready for an awesome show that incorporates traditional Irish dance techniques taught by Riverdance dancers and then stay to learn what it takes to be a professional Irish step dancer in large scale performances.  

Dancers from the Brennan-Lucey Academy have performed with the New Haven Symphony, danced on WTNH, competed on both local and world stages and have performed for many charity events and Irish festivals throughout the area. The concept for the Brennan-Lucey Academy began when Stephen and Meghan met while on tour with Riverdance in 2007. After thousands of performances, countless television appearances and years of dancing and teaching side by side, Stephen and Meghan are still both the best of friends and are now both registered TCRG's (teachers) with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, the worldwide Irish dancing governing body based in Dublin, Ireland.  

Tickets to this event are $2 Children, $3 Adult. Tickets available at the door only, cash only. Doors open at 12:30pm. 
Thornton Wilder Hall
2901 Dixwell Ave. Hamden 
203-287-2546 

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Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Series: Raymond Suntino - "That's Amore: An Afternoon of Romantic Italian and American Songs"

Join us as local crooner and favorite, Raymond Suntino, returns to the Thornton Wilder Hall Stage to sing his heart out to his Hamden fans. Raymond will bring with him a whole line up of the best Italian and American love songs just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The concert will be held in the handicapped-accessible Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. Admission is $7 general admission/ $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under.

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Saturday Series: Taikoza Japanese Drum Experience
Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

Saturday Series: Taikoza Japanese Drum Experience

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February 9th at 1pm in Thornton Wilder Hall brings the highly visual musical art form of the Japanese dance and drum ensemble, Taikoza. Clad in colorful costumes, this group will introduce audience members to music and dance inspired by traditional Japanese festivals. Kids and families will experience the enchanting sounds of bamboo flutes, the plucky notes of the Koto harp, the room filling boom of the big-barrel taiko drums and more!

Tickets to this event are $2 Children, $3 Adult. Tickets available at the door only, cash only. Doors open at 12:30pm. 
Thornton Wilder Hall
2901 Dixwell Ave. Hamden 
203-287-2546 

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Saturday Series: Bubblemania!
Nov
17
2:00 PM14:00

Saturday Series: Bubblemania!

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Tickets: $2 Children, $5 Adult - Available at the door only, cash only - doors open at 12:30

This show will have two performances, one at 1pm and the other at 2:30pm

A Hamden favorite, Bubblemania! returns to Thornton Wilder Hall this winter. Bubble master and comic, Casey Carle, has been making bubbles of all shapes and sizes since the late 80’s. He has perfected the slippery art of making the perfect bubble recipe and uses it to entertain people of all ages. With a background working for Cirque Du Soleil, Casey can make bubbles perform on cue and even knows how to put an entire person into a bubble! A crowd favorite.

The concert will be held in the handicapped-accessible Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden.

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Sunday Series: The Survivors Swing Band
Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Series: The Survivors Swing Band

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The Survivors Swing Band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform. We are a 7-piece professional jazz band, based in Connecticut, that plays the classic melodies from an era gone by--hot tunes and soothing ballads of the Swing Era--plus many of the wonderful melodies from the two decades that followed.  The "Big Bands" played this music with a high degree of rigid orchestration.  The Survivors render it with a greater tilt towards improvisation, thus giving each pass at a tune somewhat of a new flavor while still keeping true to the original melodies.  Your memories of the "good old good ones" that we play will be readily revived!  With trumpet, saxes, piano, guitar, bass, and drums, let us entertain you!

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Saturday Series: "Arabica" with Karim Nagi
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Saturday Series: "Arabica" with Karim Nagi

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Tickets: $2 Children, $5 Adult - Available at the door only, cash only - doors open at 12:30

Karim illustrates what it means to be bi-cultural in the US.  Music, Dance, Arabic Language are featured as Karim plays Arabic, Turkish and Andalusian hand percussion, including the Egyptian Tabla (goblet drum), Riqq (tambourine), Duff (frame drum), and Segat (brass castanets). Students will have their first-lesson in the Arabic language as well as learn a three sound clapping system which allows anyone in the crowd to perform the Arabic rhythms without an instrument and a brief demonstration of Dabka Line Dancing.

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Brooskvale Fall Festival
Sep
29
11:00 AM11:00

Brooskvale Fall Festival

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Join Brooksvale Park as they host the 19th annual Fall Festival on Sept. 29th from 11am-4pm at Brooksvale Park - 542 Brooksvale Ave. Hamden, 06518. (rain date: 9/30). There will be live music, craft and food vendors, live demos by community organizations and more. Free Admission, Free Parking. Bring cash for food and craft vendors. No ATM on site. For more info call Ranger Vinny at 203-287-2669.

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Movie Nights at Town Center Park
Aug
3
to Aug 24

Movie Nights at Town Center Park

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In the event of inclement weather, movie nights are postponed to a rain date. Follow the Hamden Town Center Park facebook page to find out exactly when events get rescheduled:
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Be sure to join the Hamden Town Center Park Commission as they present their Movies in the Park Nights directly following our Free Summer Concert Series. All movies start at 8pm and are free and open to the public. The movies that will be shown are as follows: 

August 3rd: Dessert Fest at 6pm and the movie Coco at 8pm
August 10: Jumanji
August 17th: Holes
August 24th: The Goonies

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The 25th Hamden Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display
Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

The 25th Hamden Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display

The Hamden Volunteer Firefighters Fireworks Committee is pleased to announce that the 25th Annual Independence Day Celebration Fireworks display, in conjunction with the Town of Hamden and The Hamden Arts Commission (that's us!) will take place on Friday June 29th, 2018, with a rain date of June 30th, 2018 at the Town Center Park in Hamden, CT.  The Hamden Symphony Orchestra will return to perform during the evening.

Tri-State DJ Co.'s DJBry will again be providing music before and after the band performs as well as during the Fireworks. We would like this 25th anniversary celebration to be a special one for the people of Hamden. Due to the multiple rain outs last during last year's summer season, The Hamden Volunteer Firefighters Fireworks Committee is in need of  donations for this event to be a success. Checks should be made payable to HVFF and mailed to P.O. Box 5104 Hamden, CT 06518 or donations can be made using PayPal.

For more information about the event and fundraising activities please visit thier website www.hamdenfireworks.org , contact Karl Olson at (203) 214-9489 or e-mail them at hamdenfireworks@gmail.com.

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The 2018 Hamden Summer Solstice Food Truck Festival
Jun
15
4:30 PM16:30

The 2018 Hamden Summer Solstice Food Truck Festival

Connecticut's first and best food truck festival returns to welcome the summer! More than three dozen food trucks, kids activities, and a live performance by the great local band Wango Tango! Share and invite your friends, skip lunch on June 15, prepare to buy extra for the weekend, and have fun. See you in the Park! See the Facebook invite here: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/462262390874258/

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