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The Gamut Of Comic Con Cosplay

Cosplay — short for costume play, which is the act of dressing up as pop culture characters— at New York Comic Con ranged from the simple, to the elaborate, to the absurd (someone dressed as the Javits Center in New York City, where the convention was held Oct. 4 to 7).

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Salisbury Fall Festival

Friday, October 6
17th Annual Scarecrow Contest
9 am – 6 pm See the many scarecrows lining Main Street in both Salisbury and Lakeville. Then vote for your favorite in each of three categories: Business, Group/Family, and Kids. Ballots available at the Salisbury General Store & Pharmacy and the Boathouse Restaurant in Lakeville. To enter the contest, go to www.salisburyfallfestival.org/index_htm_files/scarecrow_rules_and_Entry_... for the entry form.
Friends of Scoville Library

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Family Fun At Bull-Riding Shows

Day Trip: Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour

Two Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour rodeo events are scheduled to take place in our area on Sept. 30 at the XL Center in Hartford and on Oct. 7 at the Times Union Center in Albany. Both events start at 7 p.m.
These are not just bull-riding competitions — they are full shows, complete with an entertainer (aka rodeo clown), matadors and plenty to take in for the whole family. 

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Ren Faire runs to oct. 1

There’s still time to visit the New York Renaissance Faire, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Oct. 1. It is located at 600 Route 17A in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. — roughly a two-hour drive from Connecticut’s Northwest Corner. For tickets and details, go to www.renfair.com/ny.

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Grillsdale 2017

The second annual Grillsdale hootenanny packed the Roeliff Jansen Park in Hillsdale with attendees who enjoyed food, drinks and music on Aug. 26. Below are some of the area chefs who participated in the event — including the first- and second-place winners of Grillsdale’s friendly cooking competition, as chosen by the combined votes of attendees and a panel of three judges.

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Poets Will Express Themselves During Free Three-Day Event

Poetry: National Beat Poetry Festival

It’s all about freedom of expression: The National Beat Poetry Foundation will host a poetry festival over Labor Day weekend, bringing poets, writers and musicians together.
The free festival kicks off on Friday, Sept. 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Noelke Gallery in Torrington. It continues on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Licia and Mason Beekley Community Library in New Hartford, and it returns to the Noelke Gallery for the final day on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m.

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A Thrilling Race; Events Planned Through Sept. 4

Day Trip: Saratoga Race Course

Saturday, Aug. 26, began cool and foggy, but developed into a beautiful clear, bright, late summer day in the Northeast. In a way, the day was a metaphor for how racing’s most prestigious event, the 148th Travers Stakes, unfolded late that afternoon at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 

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The Magician’s Young Apprentice

Family Fun

When 9-year-old Charlie Hamilton first saw 78-year-old magician Sandy Rhoades perform at the Lee H. Kellogg School in Falls Village a few years ago, he became enamored with magic. Later, he went to the David M. Hunt Library and checked out a book on Harry Houdini.
“That book really sparked it,” Charlie said. 

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Art, Antiques, Food And More In Sharon

There really is a lot to do in Sharon on Labor Day weekend. 
Theo Coulombe is a photographic artist who will be offering his own art at 147 Main St. in a business called Standard Space. This is one of the two Greek Revival buildings standing sadly side by side for about the last 10 years, waiting for someone like Coulombe to come along and buy one of them, save it and put it to good use, living in it and having a business with class and charm. 

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From Bikes To Planes, A Day Of Family Fun

Festival: Berkshire Bike-N-Fly Festival

If you want to ride a bicycle through the scenic Berkshires, soar through the sky in an airplane or listen to local musicians, then plan to make a trip to the seventh annual Berkshire Bike-N-Fly Festival at the Great Barrington Airport on Aug. 19.
The event is presented by both the airport and the Great Barrington Rotary Club. Richard Stanley, chairman of the Rotary Bike-N-Fly Committee, said it started as part of Great Barrington’s 250th anniversary.

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