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Each of the five participating Connecticut Landmarks offers a glimpse inside the domestic lifestyles of the state's early settlers, patriots, and prominent citizens. Grab a three-cornered hat and a nerf musket before storming the grounds of any one of the landmarks with a compatriot, or choose the individual membership for admittance to each house as many times as desired throughout the year. Members also receive a free subscription to the Landmark News newsletter, invitations to special events, a 10% discount on all museum shops, and a discount subscription to Connecticut Explored, a magazine that chronicles Connecticut's history.

55 South Main Street
Suffield,
CT
US

The 119th Wapping Fair beckons curious visitors with a flock of engaging performers, interactive displays, farm animals, and hilarious races featuring pigs and hot-dog dachshunds. Audiences gather around the slew of entertainers, such as sword-swallowing showman Roderick Russell and Jayna Lee⎯a multitalented acrobat, aerial trapeze artist, stilt walker, income-tax specialist, and juggler. After visitors are fresh out of applause, they can pursue hands-on fun at one of the interactive displays, where they'll explore such skills as butter making, organic landscaping, cow milking, and how to judge a pumpkin on its personality over its performance in the swimsuit competition.

100 Cedar Avenue
South Windsor,
CT
US

When Maggie Carchrie voyaged to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, she hardly expected to discover a passion that would win her the U.S. Mòd Women's Championship in Gaelic Singing two years later. She was immediately enchanted by the traditional music of the region, planning her future travels around the areas of Cape Breton and Scotland and diving headfirst into the Celtic culture. With a college degree in music therapy and a resume that boasts subsequent studies at the Ceòlas Music School, she built a foundation for a life filled with award-winning Celtic performance and education. She lays claim to two albums, books several East Coast showcases throughout the year, and furthers the reach of Celtic stylings through the concerts and CDs of Mermaid Productions. Maggie draws from all of these experiences to act as director of the Callanish School of Celtic Arts. There, she instructs students of all ages in music, dance, and lyrical language, managing a non-competitive venue for guests to experiment with age-old harmonies and master a brogue without having to install a second tongue. From the high-stepping choreography of Scottish Highland Dance to the signature keening of the bagpipe, she outlines several levels of melodic techniques, all of which are steeped in rich history.

5 Old Parish Dr
South Windsor,
CT
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Frame Corner helps its clients deck their halls with photographs and artwork using premium framing materials selected to match each individual project and the surrounding décor. The store’s on-staff certified picture framer, artistic design consultant, and needlework expert form a three-headed framing machine that can help you preserve your most precious memories for millennia. Thousands of molding options (including wood, colored aluminum, and 22-karat gold-leafed materials that can also be used as currency), hundreds of museum-quality matting choices, and millions of seconds of framing experience make every project a one-of-a-kind work of art. Whether you’re framing your dog’s photograph or your dog’s diploma from dog college, prices for each job vary significantly according to the materials and presentation method used; most custom projects run between $200 and $300.

225 Shaker Rd
East Longmeadow,
MA
US

Wags, an elderly pit bull, lives in a motel with his family, who recently lost their house. Tori, a nine-year-old boxer, is a source of comfort for her human companion, John, who lives on a meager fixed income. And Moose the Great Dane helps lift the spirits of his human companion, whose debilitating emphysema prevents him from working. All of these dogs were on the verge of being stripped from their families due to financial difficulties. That's when Kane's Krusade stepped in.

Kane's Krusade distributes Canine Assistance, Resources and Empowerment (C.A.R.E.) Kits to families in the Springfield area to help them feed and house their companion animals through difficult times. By doing so, they help reduce the amount of dogs who end up surrendered to shelters. The organization also educates the public about misunderstood dogs who are given a negative label due to their breed or appearance.

P.O. Box 1085
East Longmeadow,
MA
US

Open seven days a week, the Springfield JCC Health and Fitness Center revs up bodies with a plethora of popular classes on land and in its Olympic-sized pool. Upgrade your physique with a BodyPump class, which teaches the original barbell-based full-body weightlifting regimen created by the Olympian Les Mills. Or sway your way toward lean muscle tone with a Zumba class, which fuses Latin and international rhythms to create a fat-exhausting South American fitness-and-dance party. The aquatically inclined may perform water aerobics in the pool to receive the cardiovascular benefits of aerobic exercise without stressing tender joints. Opt for enrollment in the masters swim program, and gain access to classes for beginners, advanced swimmers, aspiring triathletes, and those who are tired of swimming in seas of ambiguity.

1160 Dickinson St
Springfield,
MA
US