CANvas– Making Our Mark This Winter

Festival of Trees and Traditions at the Wadsworth Atheneum


“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”  Can’t you just hear Andy Williams singing that holiday classic?  It certainly is a wonderful time of the year, but it’s also a very busy time of year.  That is exactly why CANvas, our recently-created arts-focused young professionals group, planned a few events this December to relieve some stress and enjoy the season.  And what better way to unwind than to take in some of Hartford’s art and culture?

The list of things to do in Hartford for the holidays is extremely long, and that doesn’t begin to include office parties and ugly sweater parties!  CANvas offered a slew of options at partner organizations for its members to enjoy, but we could only pick two for our December meet-ups.  And what Hartford holiday is complete without visiting the Wadsworth’s Festival of Trees?  CANvas members enjoyed kicking off the festivities at the Night of Illumination for the Wadsworth’s First Thursday.   The beautifully-decorated trees and wreaths, all crafted by local artists or organizations, were absolutely stunning.  Combine the trees with the rare and exquisite 18th century Jason Tapestries in Morgan Hall– the result was stunning.  After walking through the displays, while sipping some holiday drinks, we all decided we would have to submit a CANvas tree next year.  (Suggestions and crafty people are very welcome!)

But the fun and exclusive CANvas offers didn’t stop there!  Our great friends at TheaterWorks partnered with CANvas for a meet up at the newest Hartford holiday tradition, Christmas on the Rocks.  After meeting upstairs in the gallery to catch snippets of our favorite Christmas movies (I’m partial to The Nutcracker” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas”), we headed down to the theater.  Once we were seated, we didn’t stop laughing until the final bow!  The actors and the playwrights did a fabulous job portraying our “favorite kids from Christmas stories– all grown up shaken, stirred, and served with a twist.”  Ralphie, Cindy Lou Who, Hermey the Elf, Charlie Brown and more shared their stories with an old bar keeper on Christmas Eve in a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek way.  Laughter certainly is good medicine, and it definitely helps to relieve the holiday stress when you’re with friends!

Though CANvas is still new, our numbers continue to grow.  Our members all appreciate and want to explore the arts in Greater Hartford.  Why not do it with a group of people like you, while enjoying exclusive discounts and events?  We’ll be taking a hiatus until January, but keep your eyes out for a great group of young professionals enjoying the arts and culture of Greater Hartford.  Want to join us?  Visit to check out our events calendar and join the crew!

Happy Holidays!  And as Tiny Tim says, “God bless us, everyone!”