Greetings, friends, and welcome to a special events round up featuring my very favorite month of the year: October. Without waxing too basic about pumpkins and the like, let me just say that I friggin’ love this time of year, especially in gorgeous Connecticut. And today I am feeling particularly Octoberish – well – mostly orange – as you can see by my outfit:
This dress is from a Posh Sale several years back – and yes there is another Posh Sale in several weeks, and more details are below
and my lunch as I write this:
Roasted butternut squash soup, served in an awesome C Wonder bowl from the lovely Cait, and with a gorgeous skyline view of Hartford from our cafeteria at work
In addition to Halloween, there is a plethora of fun events coming up this month. For example: apple picking, which is super fun no matter what your age, but even better if you’re 18 months old
Just ask Penelope, who picked a whole basketful of drop apples (50 cents a pound at Lost Acres Orchard! Can’t beat that) and then went on a tractor ride like a Very Big Girl
If you are looking for more of a round up of general events in Hartford, I recommend Real Hartford’s blog – she is the Queen of all things fun, and cool to do around town. I’ve just hand picked a couple that I am personally attending and looking forward to this month, as there is so much going on, and it’s all very cool. Without further ado, here goes:
We can with Mondo Guerra at New County Motor Cards on October 11th
Oookay. I’m not sure if I am actually able to attend this. I have both FOMO at missing the fashion AND sadness to miss an amazing charity event dedicated towards ending the course of AIDS. And I want to see my favorite Titian, Carolyn, wow the crowd as an MC. But – I know my limitations, and I know I need to have balance with my daughter and my social life (and my time on the couch in no pants watching baaaad Bravo TV, if we are being brutally honest). So I might have to pass – but I still highly recommend that you go, and you can purchase tickets here as they aren’t available for sale at the door typically. And there will be bubbles and food and amazing fashion and celebrity host, all for a great cause. Gah. So I might go. But probably not. But stay tuned! Haha.
1st ever annual Hoptoberfest at Rosedale on Sunday, October 12th
OK, sorry folks – this event IS sold out. But there are two more opportunities to partake in Max beer festivities – the first being a Hoptoberfest Dinner at Max Downtown on October 10, and the second is the Trumbull Kitchen Beerfest on November 2nd. In addition to being stoked for all the rich local beers which will be poured and paired with Max appetizers, I’m excited to congratulate Scott Miller on his promotion to head of Max Catering (a new position). So well deserved, as Scott has headed up the very successful Farm to Chef dinner series at Rosedale and other amazing farm locations statewide.
A Recipe for Healthy Babies: Signature Chefs Auctions for the March of Dimes on Thursday, October 16
Yet another wonderful, wonderful cause. The March of Dimes makes its mission in helping ensure that expectant mothers carry their babies to term whenever possible – ensure healthier babies. How cool is that? And their signature auction and chef round up (Cuginos, Bear’s Smokehouse, Barcelona Wine Bar, Salute, and more) will ensure an evening of wonder, wine and cuisine to raise funds for the charity. It’s also at Simsbury’s The Riverview – one of my favorite venue spaces due to both the pretty layout and its proximity to my home. Leeanne will be my partner in crime next Thursday at this event, and I can’t wait. Tickets are currently on sale here.
“A Courant Affair:” 250 Years of Beats and Bylines from the Hartford Courant on October 24
Wow. I work for the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States. The same paper that printed the Declaration of Independence for the public to read. That’s a lot of history to explore, and the majority of this year has been spent exploring it, month by month, by delving into the rich history – visual and textual – in the Courant’s archives. The gala, onsite at the Bushnell, will be a night to celebrate all of this. The Trashion Fashion crew is busy assembling some really terrific newspaper dresses. I don’t know what I’m wearing. Probably at least some newspaper. I’m awfully excited. Tickets on sale here folks.
Blogger Preview of the Posh Sale (and brunch!) on October 25
The Posh Sale will be here from November 7-9. That means that the most wonderful vintage clothing for men and women – from both the Wadsworth’s textile society and generous donations from the community. I attended, as previously mentioned, two years ago, and I’ve been impatiently waiting for another Posh Sale since (it doesn’t happen every year so extra reason to be excited and to definitely, definitely go). I will also be giving away a pair of tickets to the preview party on the evening of November 7th, after our blogger’s preview, with some sneak peek photos of what’s for sale, so stay tuned and check out all the event details here. Oh yeah. Vintage baby.
CRC Styles Fashion Gala to benefit Make a Wish Foundation on October 26
My goodness. Another really great cause and wonderful charity. What could be more wonderful than making the dreams of gravely ill children come through? Rhetorical questions aside, this event is the 10th annual Fashion Gala, and it will be black tie fancy and full of fashion, food, and of course, raising funds for the Make a Wish Foundation (most important of all by far). Tickets on sale here. Yes, that is also two black tie galas in one weekend for me. No, I’ve never been to a black tie gala before. Yes I’m excited. No I don’t know what I’m wearing. But: challenge accepted (style wise, that is).
ARTini on October 30th
The Greater Hartford Art’s Council’s signature cocktail fundraiser features a curated art deco show this year – a first! As well as a roaring 20’s flapper theme. Which will suit me just fine, as I’m headed there with Carolyn and will just raid her enormous costume wardrobe (read: basement). Ooooh. I haven’t managed to attend this event yet either, but I love cocktails and I love the arts, so this will be a lovely pre-Halloween adult festivity (Halloween is, of course, reserved for squiring Penelope around in her baby shark costume). Tickets on sale here if you care to join us for ARTini!