VERNON — Poets Pat Mottola and Aaron Caycedo-Kimura will headline Poetry Rocks on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike.
Tovah Oslovich from Rockville High School’s Creative Writing program will also be reading.
Mottola is president of the Connecticut Poetry Society and teaches creative writing at Southern Connecticut State University and art and poetry to Connecticut seniors. Globally, she mentors female Afghan writers living in Afghanistan and beyond. His work has been published in journals across the country.
Caycedo-Kimura is a writer and visual artist, author of two collections of poetry and has received numerous accolades.
Oslovich, a senior at Rockville High School and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts half-day program is part of the Journey 75 graphics team and an apprentice at the Nook Farms Writing Collaborative with the Creative Youth Workforce.
After the featured readings, there will be an open-mic session. A reception and autograph session will follow. The suggested donation is $5.
“Downsizing well done”
GLASTONBURY – Ralph Labozzo, appraiser and auctioneer, will discuss the task of selling, gifting or donating items due to moving, retirement or wishing to simplify your life, Wednesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 2584 Main St.
Drawing on years of experience working with individuals and families, Labozzo will share tips and practices on how to sort, sell, donate or throw away a lifetime collection of “things”. A question and answer session will follow.
Walk at Bush Hill Preserve
MANCHESTER – The Manchester Land Conservation Trust is inviting the public to a free 2½-mile walk through the Bush Hill Reserve on Sunday, September 18 at 1 p.m., starting in the large car park at 871 Hillstown Road.
Walkers will wander the western portion of the land trust’s 177½-acre Bush Hill property, to view Lombardo’s recently purchased acreage (102 acres added to Bush Hill in 2021).
Due to the somewhat bumpy and hilly terrain, walkers are advised to wear sturdy trainers or hiking boots; optional to bring water and insect repellent. No dogs, please. Extreme weather conditions cancel.
• The Land Trust will also be hosting an ongoing tag sale on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the nearby cider house.
Connecticut Landmarks will be sponsoring walking tours of historic Main Street Hartford and the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry, both on Sunday, September 18.
“Hartford Walking Tour: Discovering Historic Main Street” will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from the Butler-McCook House and Garden, 396 Main Street. The rainy date is Sunday, September 25. The cost is $5. This is an easy 1 ½ mile walking tour on the sidewalks of Hartford’s historic Main Street from the Butler-McCook House to the G. Fox Building.
“Walktober: Nathan Hale Homestead Landscape Walk” is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and is free.
This slow-paced guided walk through the Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St., will explore life in the 18th century, including household chores, the changes George Dudley Seymour made to Hale’s landscape in the early 20th century, and the current life of the museum and property. Dogs on a leash are welcome.
Seasons at Brandywine Cottage
WEST HARTFORD – The Connecticut Horticultural Society and the New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill will present “A Bountiful Year: Six Seasons of Beauty from Brandywine Cottage” in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, with David Culp today, September 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, and via Zoom.
In his talk, based on his latest book of the same name, Culp will offer recipes, a to-do list for the garden and advice on flower arrangements.
The conference is free for members and $10 for non-members. For more information or for non-members to register, visit: cthort.org or nebg.org