Events: Women in Aerospace will have their day at the Air Museum | Free time

Local women who have taken to the air or are firmly on the ground will be the stars of the New England Air Museum’s Women Take Flight Day on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be Carolyn Begnoche, senior engineer for product definitions for the power and controls division at Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp.

Begnoche is also president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Hartford chapter. She was one of only 12 girls in her graduating class at her technical high school and is passionate about inspiring young women to pursue careers in aerospace.

Begnoche will be hosted by Colleen D’Alessandro, Regional Administrator for the New England Region of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The conferences will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with meetings at noon and 2 p.m.

Participants can also take part in hands-on STEM activities, board historic aircraft, use flight simulators, and more.

Admission to Women Take Flight is included with general admission to the museum: $18 for adults 15-64, $10 for youth 4-14, $15 for adults 65 and older and free for children 3 and under and for veterans.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information call the Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, 860-623-3305 or go to: neam.org

There will be a Quiet Corner Counter Dance on Friday March 4 from 8-11 p.m. at Patriots Park Lodge, 172 Lake St., Coventry.

An introductory session will be given at 7:45 p.m. The Dead Sea Squirrels will provide live music; Rich Sbardella will be the caller.

A partner is not necessary. All dances will be taught. COVID restrictions will apply; the information is on the site.

The cost is $12, adults; $6, students.

Join other adults for an afternoon of board games on Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St.

Volunteers from the Silk City Board Game Group will teach games such as ‘Coffee Traders’, ‘Three Sisters’, ‘Aquatica’, ‘Nidaviller’ and ‘The Crew: Mission Deep Sea’.

There is no admission and no registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.

• The Blue Slope Country Museum will hold its maple festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Free entry; donations will be used to help support the non-profit museum.

Blue Slope asks visitors to wear a mask, social distance and leave pets at home.

The museum is located at 138 Blue Hill Road, North Franklin.

• The Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, will host a maple festival on Saturday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Institute educator and conservationist Susan Scherf will demonstrate traditional Native American techniques of collecting sap and boiling it into syrup during demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The cost is adult, $15; $10, children; an extra $5 for pancakes.

For more information, call 860-868-0516.

• The Hebron Maple Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the parking lots of the Hebron Library and in the municipal park, on Route 66.

The event takes place rain, snow or shine.

As downtown parking is limited, attendees are asked to park at RHAM High School and take a shuttle bus to the mostly outdoor event. Disabled parking will be available.

Springfield Museums will present a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain, shine or snow.

The all-day salute is in honor of the Springfield native’s 118th birthday.

Visitors can meet costumed characters from ‘The Cat in the Hat’, Thing 1 and Thing 2. Other highlights will be a book fair by local authors and a traveling magician.

Visitors will have the opportunity to use their imaginations to design their own vehicles and create their own characters, and visit The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss museum, dedicated to Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

Anniversary activities are open to all visitors, but timed tickets to the Dr. Seuss Museum should sell out quickly.

Admission is adult, $25; seniors and students, $16.50; youth 3-17, $13; children under 3, free. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Springfield Museums are located on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards St. in downtown Springfield. Masks covering the nose and mouth are mandatory for all visitors 2 years and older.

Early Black and Native Communities in Hartford

The Ancient Burying Ground Association and the Hartford History Center will present a free virtual workshop on how to research Hartford’s early Black and Native American colonial communities on Thursday, March 10 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Prior registration is required. To attend virtually, go to: bit.ly/329y46T

New research has revealed information on more than 500 Africans, African Americans and Native Americans buried in the Old Hartford Cemetery, 1640-1815.

Historian Kathy Hermes will show how to use this new information and how to use primary sources and archives to uncover their stories.

The program will be of interest to students, teachers, family historians, church historians, descendants, genealogists, and anyone interested in early Hartford.

Registrants are encouraged to send their research questions on the topic in advance to Jasmin Agosto, Hartford History Center, at [email protected]

Hermes is chair of the history department at Central Connecticut State University. She was the historian for the award-winning project “Uncovering Their History: African, African American, and Native Americans Buried in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground, 1640-1815” found at: africannativeburialsct.org

The Hartford Power Squadron will be teaching the One-Day Sailing America Course on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 12, April 16 and May 21 at the Bristol Public Library.

The $50 cost includes the full textbook, morning coffee, and lunch.

America’s Boating Course is for boaters of all skill levels on all watercraft and meets the requirements for a Personal Watercraft Operator Certificate issued by the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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