Out of Town — March 2024

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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

The North Canton Community United Methodist Church will host a Saint Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner on Friday, March 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Besides corned beef, diners will enjoy potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread, and the church’s homemade heavenly desserts. Dinner will be $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children 6 and under. The church is at 3 Case St. in North Canton, about five miles north of Route 44. Come hungry!

Musical Club of Hartford March Concerts

The Musical Club of Hartford’s spring program series will take flight with two morning concerts open to the public, on Thursday, March 7, and Thursday, March 21. Both concerts will take place in the spacious sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford. Programs begin at 10 a.m. and run about 90 minutes without intermission. Ample free off-street parking and handicap accessible entry are available.

On March 7, the club hosts its annual Evelyn Bonar Storrs Piano Recital, showcasing gifted, classically trained pianists (ages 18-30) who were the season’s recipients of the Musical Club’s Evelyn Bonar Storrs Piano Scholarships. Admission is free.

On March 21, the club presents Bach and Beyond, A Birthday Tribute, showcasing Musical Club members in chamber music works by Bach, Dvorák, Haydn and Weber. Admission is free to club members and students, $5 for the general public.

The club’s spring season will continue with a variety of Thursday morning concerts throughout April and May at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. All programs are open to the public. Visit the Musical Club of Hartford website (musicalclubhartford.org) for detailed program information, as well as more information about the club’s history and membership benefits.

Pancake Breakfast

The Northern Connecticut Veterans group invites everyone in East Granby and surrounding communities to its free pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 9. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. at the East Granby Senior/Community Center, 7 Memorial Drive.

Suffield Players search for theatrical directors

The Suffield Players, a renowned community theater organization known for its outstanding productions, has commenced a director search to find dynamic and creative individuals to lead its upcoming 2024-2025 theatrical season.

The Suffield Players has a rich history of delivering exceptional and memorable theater experiences to the local community. With a commitment to excellence and a passion for the performing arts, the organization is now on the lookout for visionary directors who will continue to uphold the tradition of excellence.

The chosen candidates will play pivotal roles in shaping the 2024-2025 season. Responsibilities will include directing productions, collaborating with the dedicated production teams, and inspiring and nurturing local talent. The ideal candidates will bring fresh perspectives, innovative ideas and a deep appreciation for the performing arts.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply on our website: suffieldplayers.org The Suffield Players welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences who share their commitment to the art of theater.

Shakespeare in Focus: The major tragedies

Of the nearly 50 plays penned by William Shakespeare, four major tragedies dominate: Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and King Lear. It’s generally agreed that Hamlet is about youth, King Lear about age, Othello about the deception of sight, and Macbeth about the deceptions of imagination. University of Hartford President Emeritus and Shakespeare scholar Humphrey Tonkin will help you see how these themes actually crisscross all four works.

Sponsored by Presidents’ College Lifelong Learning at the University of Hartford on Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Visit hartford.edu/pc for more information.

Take-Out Corned Beef Dinner

Enjoy a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner without all the fuss. Reserve a corned beef dinner, with potatoes, carrots, cabbage, rolls, Irish bread and a variety of cakes for dessert – pick it up and eat in the comfort of your home!

Call Mary at 860-653-2834 to reserve, then pick up on Saturday, March 16 between 2 and 4 p.m. at Copper Hill United Methodist Church, 27 Copper Hill, East Granby.

No seatings, take-out only. Must reserve in advance.