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Autumn Celebration Night Fall Moves To Bushnell Park

This year's Night Fall, Hartford's autumnal celebration that marks the season with music, dance and Anne Cubberly's giant puppets, is Saturday, Oct. 7, in Bushnell Park. It will be the first time in its six-year history that it will be performed downtown.

Night Fall travels from one city park to another each year. It's theme is nature, community rituals and seasonal change and features actors and dancers in costume as animal and fantasy characters. Presiding over the event is Cubberly's towering, glowing Solstice Puppet.

"Community is at the core of everything we do," Cubberly says. "Celebrating our differences while embracing our common humanity has always been our foundation, and those big ideas are getting stronger in the plots of the shows."

LB Munoz, chairwoman of the board of directors of Night Fall, says this year's show will honor Hartford's diversity.

"Every year we're trying to relate everything back to the neighborhood we're in. Downtown is incredibly diverse, home to people who have come from afar," Munoz says.

Admission is free to the event, which begins at 6 p.m. Blankets and lawn chairs are recommended. Vendors, food trucks, art activities and pop-up performances will be in the park starting at 2 p.m. nightfallhartford.org.

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