Quilt lecture and show

Amy Friend will present her lecture and trunk show at the April 17 meeting of the Farmington Valley Quilters. Friend includes a discussion of her personal history and evolution.

Simsbury River Run

The Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club will host the 24th annual River Run on Sunday, April 28, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center on Iron Horse Blvd. in Simsbury.

Suffield Players present I Hate Hamlet

Get ready for love, laughter and an afterlife adventure in The Suffield Players’ production of I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick, on May 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and May 12 at 2 p.m. at Mapleton Hall, 1305 Mapleton Avenue in Suffield.

Executive directors named

The New England Air Museum has appointed Debbie Reed as executive director. Gina Maria Alimberti was named executive director of the Bradley Regional Chamber of Commerce, serving the East Granby and Windsor Locks communities.

Tension, Thread and Needles

Cathy Racine from the Charlton Sewing Center will give a humorous lecture on “Tension, Thread and Needles” at the March meeting of the Farmington Valley Quilters. The meeting is Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Eno Memorial Hall, 754 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury.

Storyteller’s Cottage launches charming tea room

The Storyteller’s Cottage in Simsbury now offers a delicious variety of tea, coffee and pastries in its charmingly remodeled English Country Kitchen. During any of its standard operating hours, visitors may stop in and enjoy a romantic literary snack, either while chatting with friends, or while working on their writing projects (just like J.K. Rowling, who wrote the entire Harry Potter series while sitting in an Edinburgh cafe). 

Baked goods are provided by Popover’s Bistro of Simsbury, and are inspired by classic books and the favorite dishes of literary celebrities.  The variety changes from week to week, but guests may find dishes such as Hobbit Cake (a poppy seed cake that Bilbo loves), Turkish Delight (Edwin’s downfall in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), or gingerbread cake made from Beatrix Potter’s favorite recipe. 

The Storyteller’s Cottage Tea Room is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Women take flight at Air Museum

The New England Air Museum will hold its annual Women Take Flight event on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in commemoration of Women’s History Month and in conjunction with Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate women’s contributions to aerospace history through a variety of hands-on activities, special events, and lectures. 

This year’s keynote speakers include Shaesta Waiz, Founder and President of Dreams Soar, Inc. In 2017, Waiz became the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single engine aircraft when she completed a journey that took her to 22 countries in 145 days.