NAC Corner

Heritage Weekend offers something for everyone

No matter who you are or what you are interested in, there is something in the area for you next weekend as we celebrate the cultural experience of Eastern Connecticut at Arts & Heritage Weekend. From antique cars and cocoa to Octoberfest and yoga, there will be plenty to do.

Friday night at Meiklem Kiln Works features two free events, starting with a community yoga session from 6:30  p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by an art workshop at 8 p.m. Galleries and art studios are open throughout the weekend, and a leaf-peeping drive out to Hanover or Mystic will bring you to some lovely studios.

Spirit of Broadway Theatre wants you to see how a musical comes alive, from costumes, sets, lights and more.  Take a 45-minute guided tour, presented on the eve of the American premiere of the new musical “Once Upon a Time in Atlantic City,” and gain a whole new appreciation for a professional theatre internationally recognized for the full production of new musicals. You should make reservations at (860) 886-2378 to save yourself a spot.     

Pie contest

Now if you are a baker, you may want to enter your best-ever apple or pumpkin pie in the annual competition at Leffingwell House. Deliver your pie by noon for judging by an all-star panel. While you are there, for a $5 donation, you will be able to judge in the Best Cocoa in Norwich 2010 contest.

Your donation gets you cups to sample from all the participating restaurants and a ballot to cast your vote. 

To go with your cocoa, have a piece of pie, but get there early, as the slices are sure to go early. Of course, while you are there you might want to wander through the scarecrows or build one yourself. Businesses, individuals, families, classes, students and groups are invited to place a scarecrow on the lawn for judging. Johnny Appleseed will present ribbons at 2 p.m. But if antique cars are your thing, be sure to check out the selection that will be available for viewing

For the 21-and-older crowd, your day will be incomplete without a visit from 1 p.m. to 5 pm. at Dodd Stadium for the Octoberfest celebration. Take part in beer sampling of the 75 breweries, pick up a commemorative glass, and try the chili from restaurants in the chili cookoff. There will be musical entertainment as well, so you aren’t going to want to miss this one! Tickets can be purchased at the CT Tigers box office or online at

If you aren’t completely worn out on Sunday, make sure you take a little time to visit galleries you haven’t seen yet, or take a drive along the lovely country roads that define our area as part of The Last Green Valley. Be sure to pick up the Walktober book created by The Last Green Valley at the NAC Gallery or Otis Library for a listing of great strolls through the region. For more details, visit

It’s going to be a great weekend, so rest up and get ready. And for more information, you can call the Norwich Arts Center at (860) 887-2789, e-mail us at or view our website at

- Karen Beasley


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