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Sacred Art

1September 14 Mandala: The Sacred

Art of Sand will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Austin Arts Center’s Garmany Hall at Trinity College. The mandala, a brightly colored sand painting used for prayer, contemplation and healing, was crafted by six Buddhist nuns from the Keydong Thuk-che Choeling Nunnery in Kathmandu, Nepal. It will be on display until Oct. 14, when the nuns will ceremoniously dismantle the mandala and disperse the sands into the Connecticut River in a gesture signifying the impermanence of life. Related concerts and films, all free to the public, will take place in the Goodwin Theater and Cinestudio. 860- 297-2199, arts/mandala.

2 September 1 & 2

Watch the world’s best drivers compete at speeds of over 100 mph at the Riverfront U.S. Title Series Powerboat Race on the Connecticut River. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Great River Park, 100 East River Dr., East Hartford,

3 September 30

Head of the Riverfront

Rowing Regatta . Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mortenson Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford,

4 September 15

New Britain Downtown

District Car Show , featuring antiques, classics, muscle cars, street rods and imports. $10 per vehicle, free for spectators. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Central Park, New Britain, 860-371-0868.

5 September 23

Simsbury Fly-In and Car Show, the largest event of its kind in New England, featuring more than 600 airplanes and cars of virtually every type and vintage. Activities i

nclude hot air balloon rides, skydiving and flying demos. Donation requested for entry. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Simsbury Airport, 94 Wolcott Rd., Simsbury, 860-693-4550,

6 September 8

Guitar Under the Stars, featuring classical guitarist Daniel Salazar Jr. and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Free. 3-10 p.m.

7 September 29

Pipes in the Valley

Celtic Festival , featuring two stages with authentic Irish and Scottish music, Highland games, bagpipers, Celtic dancing, birds of prey and more. Free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mortenson Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford,


8 September 14-23

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh bring Mary Poppins to the stage. $20-$75. William H. Mortensen Hall, The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, 860- 987-5900,

Country Fairs

9 September 1-3

The Goshen Fair celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, with a wide array of agricultural exhibits and demonstrations, entertainment and animals. 116 Old Middle St., Goshen,, 860-491-3655.

September 27-30

10 Durham Fair , including a demolition derby, midway, farm museum and musical performances by Kenny Rogers and others. 24 Town House Rd., Durham,