The Weekend According to Mike November 24-27

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Friday 8pm it’s the Cartells and Saturday at 8pm Nick Fradiani in the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun.  These are Free Shows.

Friday 8pm it’s Boyz II Men, Dru Hill and 112 in the Premier Theater at Foxwoods.  Tickets are $60-$150.  Saturday at 8pm, Tis the Season with the Beach Boys in the Premier Theater.  Tickets are $49.50-$149.50.


Jingle all the way to Lake Compounce and Connecticut’s Tallest Christmas Tree this holiday season. It’s the 10th Anniversary of Holiday Lights at America’s First Amusement Park, Lake Compounce! This season, the park has added more activities including Kyle’s Holiday Dance Party, Stuff-A-Bear, make your own ornaments, and of course meet and greets with Santa. Family favorite rides including Kiddie Coaster, the North Pole Express, Boocifer’s Haunted Holiday at Ghost Hunt, Zoomer’s Gas ‘n Go, and more will be open throughout Holiday Lights. In addition to rides and activities, the park will host a variety of special events including a canned food drive THIS WEEKEND November 25-27 and Pawliday Lights December 11.

The Hartford Saengerbund presents a traditional Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) on Friday and Saturday at its 719 North Mountain Road in Newington. A $2 entry fee is requested and a portion of that money will be donated to the Newington Food Bank.  Enjoy traditional German music, dancing and pageantry including the daily lighting of the Christmas tree, carolers and a visit from St. Nicholas. Vendors will offer imported German and hand-crafted items. Partake of authentic German food, homemade desserts and a variety of beverages including beer and seasonal Gluhwein (warm mulled wine).  For additional information call 860-953-8967, visit  or visit their Facebook page.

Celebrate A Monsters Holiday at The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum, 103 Main St, Plainville beginning Friday thru Jan 8th every Fri. thru Sun. 6pm to 9pm. Call in advance - 860-583-8306 for a reservation. Cash only - $9.00 for adults - $4.00 for kids. All the sets & life size figures in our wax museum of classic chillers are decked out for the season plus vintage toys from the 1950's thru 1970's are on display and a 7ft tall Grinch! Fun for the entire family!

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Looking for someone else to cook today? These are Thanksgiving Day Dining Specials at Mohegan Sun. Hash House a Go Go will feature a Roasted Turkey Dinner for $26.99 served with cornbread stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce, all topped with turkey gravy. This special competes with another Thanksgiving offering: The Big O’ Turkey Pot Pie ($25.99) served with a rosemary black pepper crust filled with roasted turkey, shaved sweet corn, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, red potatoes and pan gravy. TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge will have Roasted Duck Dumplings served with Szechuan duck gravy, spiced fig and blackberry chutney as their Thanksgiving Day special. TAO will be open from 4:30pm through 9:00pm on Thanksgiving, and this special is $25. Michael Jordan’s Steak House will serve up a Fig and Onion Bruschetta appetizer for $13 as well as a Butternut Bisque with cranberry fritters for $14. The Thanksgiving entrée will be a Classic Turkey Dinner ($34) with slow-roasted turkey, haricot verts, stuffing, gravy, red bliss mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. There is also a Porchetta entrée available on November 24th, featuring an apple and spinach stuffed pork roast, butternut squash puree, roasted turnips and pork cider jus. A dessert option includes Apple Crisp with maple bourbon ice cream for $14! The MJ23 Sports Bar & Grill will have similar Thanksgiving Day specials, while offering mouthwatering appetizer specials like Broccoli Cheddar Soup and Kale Salad with roasted squash, apples, prosciutto and goat cheese. Jasper White’s Summer Shack will switch it up for guests looking for a non-traditional Thanksgiving Day feast as they will be highlighting their Summer Shack Clambake with 1lb lobster joined by clams, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, chorizo and more. Todd English’s Tuscany will offer a Prix Fixe Menu for $48. The first course is a wood-roasted pear and gorgonzola salad with candied walnuts, pomegranate reduction, arugula topped with balsamic vinaigrette. The main course serves a sage-brined turkey with sausage potato stuffing, roasted root veggies, sweet potato with pecan crumble, bacon Dijon Brussels peddles, grappa cranberry sauce and sage turkey gravy. Guests can finish this incredible special off with a Pecan Bread Pudding with vanilla gelato.

Visitors to Gillette Castle State Park can enjoy a generous touch of festive spirit while the eccentric home has temporarily closed its doors for restoration. Stroll the grounds from 8 a.m. until sunset on black Friday and on Saturdays and Sundays between the two major holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. At the Cider Station just off the main path to the Castle, hot cider, cocoa, and snacks will be available for purchase from noon until 4 p.m. on all those days, weather permitting. Visitors also will have a chance to congregate around the warmth of a nearby fire pit. Kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt and creating colored images of the historic castle. Live performances by several regional musicians have been planned including The Flute Loops this Sunday, November 27, The Chameleon Trio December 17 and Mystic Winds December 18. All performances start at 1 p.m.
at the Visitor Center. Volunteers will be leading interpretive hikes along William Gillette’s historic narrow-gauge train trails. Special appearances by “William and Helen Gillette” will begin at 2 p.m. each Sunday afternoon inside the Visitor Center.

Don’t miss Christmas in Connecticut at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. A musical comedy based on the classic 1945 Warner Brothers film about a self-proclaimed “Martha Stewart” type that has no idea how to boil an egg! The show is a delightfully cheerful way to celebrate the holiday season.
Make sure to grab your tickets!

The Ballet Theater Company presents The Nutcracker Saturday at 2 & 7pm and Sunday at 11am and 3pm at the Bushnell in Hartford.  Tickets are $43-$78. or 860-987-5900.

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