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2015 WINTER DINING GUIDE

It's time for our annual roundup of the best in Connecticut dining,featuring both our readers' choices and our experts' picks in more than 30 cuisine categories, from American to vegetarian.

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Health & Wellness

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History

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Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center July 2013 Events

Event Date/Time

Jun 7, 2013 to Jul 25, 2013
1:00 pm until 7:00 pm

Description

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is an exciting destination for summer adventure. This July, visitors can experience a myhad of fun-filled and enjoyable programs and events that explore historical traditions of the Native culture at the world’s largest Native American museum.

Saturday, July 6 & Aug. 3, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
First Saturdays- Free Admissions for Kids

First Saturdays are a great time to experience the Museum - whether it's a first visit or a return trip. children 12 and younger are free every first Saturday of the month. Two children per adult: cannot be combined with any other offeres for discounted adult admission rates.

Wednesday & Thursday, July 10 & 11, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Educational Powwow

Emcee Wayne Reels (Mashantucket Pequot) explains the significane of powwows and how they sustain a sense of community for Native Americans through dancing, singing and socializing. Visitors learn about different dances and powwow etiquitte while watching dancers in their colorful regalia. Guests will visit with native artists as they demonstrate and sell works of art, including wampum and beaded jewlery, sweet grass baskets and pottery. Native cuisine is available for purchase. Grand entry is at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Well-known storyteller Tchin (Blackfeet/Narragansett) weaves his magic at 12:30 p.m. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.

Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Skateboards for Teens Workshop

Skateboarding fanatics decorate their own deck at this three-hour workshop led by artists, skate legend and Wounded Knee Skateboard founder, Jim Murphy (Lenni Lenape). Visitors bring lunch or buy lunch at Pequot Cafe. Blank skate decks and art materials are provided. Teens are encouraged to bring in their own artwork and designs or become inspired by the boards in the exhibit, Ramp It Up; Skateboard Culture in Native America. Limited to 30 participants, ages 12-18. $20 per person. Call (800) 411-9671 or email seleazer@peuotmuseum.org by July 6 to register. 

The Smithsonian Community Grant Program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of this program.

Saturdays, July 13 & Aug. 3, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Breading Circle

Craft creators -- from novice to pro -- can spend one Saturday every month of summer creating a beaded masterpiece at the Museum. Guests gain inspiration from other participants during this monthly beading circle, so crafters are encouraged to bring in their completed projects to admire. Basic materials are provided and guests are also welcome to use their own. Limited to 15 guests, ages 11 and older. The fee for this sesseion is $25/$15 Museum members. Call (800) 411-9671 or email. seleazer@pequotmuseum.org by the day before each session to register.

Wednesday - Saturday, July 17 - 20, 3 p.m.
The Search for Animal Chin

This is the most famous skate video in the history of skateboarding, filmed by Stacy Peralta, the original and sill premier skate video maker in the world. Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Mike McGill and tommy Guerrero seach for the missing master, Animal Chin, who has gone underground because the sport is getting too commercial. There are so many great spots and memorable moments in this video that peole sill quote the dialog from the video's funnier moments. Skate fanatics cannot miss the opportunity to see Animal Chin. 66 min. Mature language. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.

Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Native Salves with Donna Johnson

Donna Johnson (Mohawk) shares her knowledge about blending Native salves from herbs. Visitors begin in the Pequot Society Gallery to learn how hebs were integrated into Native daily life. Nature enthusiasts will then venture out to the terrace where they make their own herbal salves and insect repellent from natural materials. Guests will blend and purify with an herbal smudge before enjoying some well-deserved refreshmants of gazpacho, ham, turkey, or veggie wrap, chips and strawberry shortcake. $45/$35 Museum members, limited to 20 people, ages 13 and older. Please RSVP by July 12 to Sarah Eleazer at (850) 396-6890 or sealeazer@pequotmuseum.org.

Monday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Full Moon Hike in the Pequot Homeland

Adventure seekers get a moonlit perspective on Pequot Country with Candyce Testa (Pequot) and Senior Researcher, Dr. Jason Mancini. Guests learn about the region's historical and cultural landscapes and the histories, stories and travel of the Native people as they walk along Kate Swamp Road. Meet at the Museum. Visitors must wear appropriate footwear, dress for the weather, bring a snack, water and flashlight/headlamp or reflective clothing. Limited to 30 people, ages 10 and older. $15/$5 Museum members. Call (800) 411-9671 or email seleazer@pequotmuseum.org by July 19 to register.

Saturday July 27, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Bug Out!
Science lovers join educator Candyce Testa (Pequot) in searcing the farmstead and nearby grounds for bugs while learning about the history, culture and biology of some common backyard insects. Kids learn fun facts such as how insects outnumber humans by aobut 100 million to one, that the honey bee was introduced to North America by the first colonists in the 17th century and that the woodlouse's closest relatives are lobsters and crabs. Bisitors need to come dressed for the outfoors with sunscreen and insect repellent. Limited to 10 children, with parents; guests meet on the Farmstead. Free with Museum admissons, free to Museum members.

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Location

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
110 Pequot Trail
Mashantucket, CT
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We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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