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Kwanzaa Joins First Night Celebration

New Year’s Eve| 6 to 8 pm

Sankofa Kuumba presents its annual Kwanzaa celebration at Charter Oak Cultural Center as part of First Night Hartford, running from 6 to 8 pm.  Learn the seven principles of Kwanzaa through the artistic gifts of story, song and dance. This community celebration has the theme of Faith or Imani, the 7th principle of Kwanzaa. This annual event also pays homage to both recent and ancient ancestors: family, friends, artists and community leaders who paved the way and will honor the artists who have participated in the past 25 years of public Kwanzaa celebrations initiated by Sankofa Kuumba.

Thanks to the Greater Hartford Arts Council for its support of Kwanzaa.

Read It And Sleep

Friday | January 9 | FREE
Wear your cozy clothes and bring your parents for our monthly “Read It and Sleep”
This month’s book is “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel, who grew up in Springfield, Mass. His story is a warning about not respecting nature.
Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Each family can take home a copy of the book.


Wine, Women and Witty Conversation, Friday, Feb. 6
You bring the wine, we’ll provide the glasses, hors d’oeuvres, works by local artisans, raffle items, music and mingling with members of the cast of “The Vagina Monologues.” Wear red to mark this VDay event.
$25 ticket includes admission to Friday night’s performance of The Vagina Monologues at 7:30pm
Limited space. Get your tickets early!
Eventbrite - UNcorked

The Vagina Monologues, UNcorked

Friday Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7 | 7:30 pm

Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play is a series of monologues about women and their bodies, including texts on sex, love and rape. The Rev. Bridget Fidler  of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Suffield, debuts as director.   The production is part of VDay, which raises money for groups working to end violence against women.

Doors open at 7 pm Friday and Saturday.

Friday night’s performance is preceded by UNcorked, from 5:30 to 7 pm.  Bring a bottle of wine. We provide tasty hors d’ouevres, local vendors and a raffle. It’s a party before the theatrical event.  Your $25 admission includes preferred seating at The Vagina Monologues.
Eventbrite - The Vagina Monologues

$25 UNcorked admission on Friday; $15 General Admission / $10 for Charter Oak and Let’s GO Arts! members and seniors / $5 for students Friday and Saturday.

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