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A MakeHaven team WON $200,000 in a recent American Made Contest! Are you next?

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Lighting Competition Info Session and Brainstorm

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm

This information and ideation session will provide an overview presentation of the competition, its goals and requirements for submission. Participants will be invited to brainstorm ideas and work in teams to draft ideas and pitches, with the goal of leaving the session prepared to finalize and submit an idea to the competition.


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Make a Cutting Board – Spooky Style

Sunday, October 31, 2021 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Spend your Halloween day getting comfortable in the woodshop while you create a beautiful cutting board! No experience necessary.Costumes welcome! (Just be sure not to include any clothing that could get caught while you’re working.)

This introductory class will walk you through the use of the planer, table saw, chop saw, and sander. You’ll learn to operate these tools. Learn to finish your cutting board with mineral oil. It’s a great opportunity for those looking to get started in the wood shop but who may feel initially intimidated or those who prefer directed learning.

General Public:$70, MakeHaven Members: $55

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Make a Tote Bag

Sunday, November 14, 2021 – 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Spend a Sunday afternoon with Young and learn hands-on how to make a tote bag. She will walk though how to create a template from an existing tote bag or design one from scratch, cut out the fabric, sew it into creation and, optionally, add a few fun patches. Participants will work in pairs to help each other and share knowledge.

General Public $15, MakeHaven Members $10


Intro to Inkscape

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

In this class designed for Inkscape newbies, students will learn to build and edit an SVG using the free software Inkscape. SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) files are the file type used for our laser cutters and the base files for the vinyl cutter, plus they have many other applications. The session will end with an interactive question and answer period.



Womxn & Woodworking November

Sunday, November 21, 2021 – 12:00pm to 3:00pm

In this monthly event, MakeHaven’s women, trans, and femme members* are invited to the woodshop to become familiar with the space and add some woodworking badges to their toolbelt. In these sessions, MakeHaven woodshop facilitator Jen will lead the group through badging for 3 machines.

November Tools:

  • Chop Saw
  • Router Table
  • Bandsaw


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Custom Carpet with a Tufting Gun for Beginners

Sunday, December 5, 2021 – 10:00am to 4:30pm & Tuesday, December 7, 2021 – 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Learn to use the tufting gun and make a rug to take home! This class is 2 sessions. All materials included.

IN-PERSON, 4 students max, $120 General Public, $100 MakeHaven Members

Instructor using a tufting gun to make a rug

Learn Linux Commands

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm

This basics workshop is designed for people who have zero Linux experience. Come learn what Linux is and how it can be useful for you. Learning will focus on teaching basic commands and get a peek into the Linux world. Plan how you can take the next steps in your Linux journey!




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Workshops & Classes & Gatherings, Oh My!

We have several workshops in the works (T-Shirt Quilt Making, SmoothOn Demo, Holiday Fun & more!) so stay tuned to for the latest.

Is there a workshop you want to see or teach? Fill out this new, improved, much shorter form to get the ball rolling.

Give yourself a high five. You deserve it.

After two and a half years in research and writing, the historic book, “Before the Picture Fades” was released worldwide on July 12, 2021.
“Before the Picture Fades” is a powerful historical account of the efforts to design a new high school’s image and spirit, beginning in 1916 by a visionary principal. Told through the eyes and heart of a little boy who grew to love Lyman Hall High School and the students and adults who walked its halls, this narrative is a poignant look at the deep sensibilities of those who serve in the noblest of professions … education.
By creating many student-driven organizations and activities, the principal empowered the student body and faculty to embrace a dynamic spirit of the soul. Removing all obstacles, including the football team, basketball became the centerpiece for the school and community.
Through almost 70 years, basketball at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, Connecticut, was sacrosanct, leading to countless wins and championships. In contrast, football was removed from the landscape of the school for many years until forced to reappear in 1949. This historic tale includes the head-scratching decisions and dastardly actions that kept football down and almost forgotten.
Amid the deleterious events regarding football over seven decades, the most improbable and, indeed, the most impossible of moments came in the form of a miracle, the 1985 state football championship for Lyman Hall High School. “Before the Picture Fades” is the story of the events that resulted in that miracle. Nary, a rah-rah sports piece with exciting moments and colorful characters, this book examines circumstances and consequences that often face public secondary schools.
Buried in the archive, scrapbooks, and vivid memoriam of alumni and faculty, this book pulls back the curtain on shelved fact, directing light to shine on remarkable people and dramatic events. Just as the faces in bygone era photographs no longer prompt name recognition, this book challenges all to commit one’s reminiscence to those who once created memories that can never be equaled or exceeded.
As the narrative moves into 1985, “Before the Picture Fades” will give you an intimate behind-the-scenes exposé of the meetings of coaches and players as moments were shared and decisions made. The actual words of players and coaches add an expressive accent to one of the most powerful of all seasons in any sport in any school.
“Before the Picture Fades” and all of Dr. Hoag’s previous books may be purchased on the websites of Amazon, Barnes & Noble and many other sites where books are sold. The official gala book launch will be held in Wallingford on Thursday, October 21, 2021


When: October 22, 2021 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for a Screening Party at Two Roads Brewery on Friday October 22nd to check out all of the Horror Films submitted to our 4th Annual Roadsmarys Baby Horror Film Competition! Doors will open at 5:00 PM films will begin playing at 6:00 PM. The screening will take place in our Hop Yard – Please Dress Accordingly!

$15.00 ticket includes:  Entrance to Two Roads Hop Yard for the screening, a screening of all horror films submitted for competition, and your first beer!


Secure your spot into the screening party by purchasing a ticket ONLINE! There will be no tickets sold at the door!

Doors open at 5:00 PM, Films will begin screening at 6:00 PM. The order of which the films are shown will be determined after October 16th – this schedule will be posted on the ticket link and facebook page. The Awards Ceremony will follow to announce and distribute prizes for the first, second and third place winners!

Schedule of Event:

5:00 PM – Welcome Beer!
6:00 PM – Screening Begins
8:30 PM – Award Ceremony
8:45 PM – Bar Shuts down
To learn more about the screening party & the film competition visit the links below!

Facebook Page:
FilmFreeway Competition Site:
All Two Roads Brewing Company events are 21+ ONLY – no children, infants or toddlers. No animals allowed in the Hop Yard during any events. Two Roads Brewing Company is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Please keep in mind that our private event room is located next to our Tasting Room, while we will try to keep the space as quiet as possible there will be some noise from the Tasting Room traveling over, we apologize for any inconvienence!


Questions? contact us at!

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Classic Collection sees daylight!

The Classic Collection is out of the vault … finally and hopefully permanently. This very small but most special collection has never been shown in my newsletters, at the Sea Booth, or at one of my private shopping events.

Each Classic piece was lovingly and meticulously handmade from beginning to end. The Classic Collection was borne from my near and dear decade of collaboration with goldsmith Robert Lang. I designed, wove, and finished the pieces. Robert welded many pieces in the collection, and thanks to his extensive knowledge and expertise, after over two years of our attending trade shows, we found the single electric arc welder that was capable of gently fusing our handmade twisted wire rings that created the foundation for the entire Classic Collection.

The photo above is the simplest piece in the Collection and one of the last pieces that Robert and I worked on together at our former shop, Arpaia Lang. In tribute to our joint ventures, the Arpaia jewelry tag does not hang from a single Classic Collection piece. Each piece is unadorned … pure in the precious metal and hands that molded it.

My cousin, Dawn Seipold, and I are making great strides in photographing these scrumptious pieces to feature exclusively on the future online Arpaia Jewelry Boutique with Our hopes are that the boutique will be live mid-November – stay tuned for updates.

A SHOUT OUT OF GRATITUDE AND LOVE TO DAWN for her stunning perfection to be my Classic Model and for using her artistic talents to undertake the immense job of producing the white background professional photos and videos of every piece in the Collection.

On October 29, 2012, winds from Hurricane Sandy toppled the Lincoln Oak on the NH Green revealing a partial human skeleton within the massive tree’s exposed roots! The event created an enigmatic story that captured the imagination of the entire country, and a unique opportunity to study a colonial burying ground.
On Oct. 28, 2021, at 6 p.m., former state archeologist Dr. Nick Bellantoni (CT’s “Indiana Jones”) and Dr. Gary Aronsen, director of the Yale Biological Anthropology Laboratories, will reveal results of the investigation into the human remains and time capsules discovered on the Green. Register here:


The bowls are back! Guilford Art Center is happy to announce that its popular fundraiser, Soup for Good TO GO, is back this year and scheduled for Sunday, November 21. Guests can come to GAC and pick up a delicious meal “to go”, as well as select a handmade ceramic bowl created by GAC potters. All ticket holders will be entered into drawings for fun prizes as well.

Tickets are $40 and include a handmade bowl by GAC potters, a choice of 3 homemade soups, bread, a split of wine, and a sweet. Participants will also receive a discount coupon for The Shop at GAC and be entered into a prize drawing. Guests will pick up their soup and bread “to go” at GAC on Sunday, November 21 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

“We are thrilled that our potters are back in the studio this year and making pots for this event! People so enjoy selecting their own bowl and even collecting them over the years. This event remains one of GAC’s most important fundraisers, especially this year as so many have been cancelled. We hope the community will rally to support us, so GAC can continue to provide quality arts experiences to our community” says Maureen Belden, GAC Executive Director.

While at the Center, the public can go gift-shopping in the Holiday Shop, which will be open on Sunday, November 21 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm.

Tickets for Soup for Good TO GO are $40 per person and must be purchased by Wednesday, November 17. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Guilford Food Bank, as well as Guilford Art Center.

Reservations can be made online Contact with questions or requests for more information.


95 South Turnpike Road | Wallingford CT


A Christmas Musical

2 Shows!

Saturday November 27  3pm & 7pm

Ticket Range*: $29.95 – $84.95


*additional fees apply / dates, times & prices subject to change

For more information, click on the link below:

A night of frightful fun!

Join us for a walkthrough theatrical event in Edgerton Park that is sure inspire your Halloween weekend! From witches to avenging harpies, to the delightfully gruesome, enjoy all the spookiest scenes of Shakespeare woven together by the nationally and locally beloved actors of the Elm Shakespeare’s professional company. Not for the faint of heart (or those unstable on their feet) this fun filled 75-minute performance will take the audience through a haunted park for a spine tingling evening of trickery, treats and frightful fun!

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Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 29-31st
Performances at 6:00 and 8:30pm.

Suggested Donation $30 for adults

Plan Your Visit

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Do I need tickets? 
Tickets are free but required.
Suggested donation $30 for adults

Where’s my seat? Should I bring a chair?
This is a walk through performance, through the park.
No chairs are needed. Please wear comfortable shoes!
Please contact us if you have mobility concerns!

When & Where should we arrive?
We suggest arriving 20-30 minutes before showtime

Directions & Parking
Great Lawn in the Center of Edgerton Park
Edgerton Park – off Whitney Ave at Hamden Border
75 Cliff Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Parking is along the streets just outside of the park, please do not drive into the park unless you have a Handicap Parking Tag

What about the weather?
We will not perform if its raining at the time of performance.
Weather cancellations will be posted by 5pm on this website and social media.

Special mobility needs?
This is an outdoor night-time walkthrough event. There is no seating available. Please contact us if you have mobility access concerns, so that we can ensure your experience is safe and enjoyable.

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Public transportion options?
Bus:  J line (bus service usually ends before the performance ends)
Bike:  Map
Walk: Only 30 minutes from Yale University
Taxi: Uber, Lyft, Metro Taxi, Zipcar

Will there be restrooms?
Portable toilets are available on the Cliff Street side of the lawn near the Green House

Can I bring my pet?
Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome.

Photography is prohibited.

Is there any food available?
No food vendors will be in attendance.

Is the performance kid friendly?
This performance is recommended for children ages 8 and older. As this is a nighttime Halloween production, there will be sequences of simulated violence and scary supernatural monsters that are not intended for the youngest children.