Elegant Signature Evenings
Leave Simsbury behind and enter the worlds you love to read about! Our elaborately-themed Signature Evenings feature fancy dress, elegant food and cocktails, immersive activities and period music, and the kind of enchanting fun you could previously find only by traveling to a major city. A ticket to our events is your key to a magical portal into carefully curated fantasy worlds! Look for our elegant Signature Evenings on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
WHO KILLED GATSBY?
LIVE MURDER MYSTERY
Join a cast of live actors as we solve yet another murder mystery at the Storyteller's Cottage, this time in the heart of the Roaring Twenties!
Who killed the Great Gatsby? Stroll the house interviewing suspects, poking holes in alibis, and watching out for danger -- there may be a murder tonight! Enjoy a delicious dessert bar, plus some celebratory sparkling mocktails (or BYOB if you prefer).
Period costume is encouraged, but not required. Correctly guess the identity of the murderer at the end of the evening and win a prize!
tea & comedy
TBD / 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Do you love to thrill over Midge's gorgeous dresses, laugh at her spot-on insight into her life & family, and imagine yourself enjoying tea at the Plaza with Midge & Rose? Join us for a full afternoon of Marvelousness! Start with tea & desserts at our charming bistro tables, then laugh til your hat falls off at the comedy of professional stand-up comedienne, Sheryl Kayne. Whether you bring Imogene or Rose, make sure to wear your loveliest dress!
ARMENIAN BRANDY TASTING
TBD / 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Many wonderful things have come from the historic country of Armenia, including the Pulitzer Prize winning author William Saroyan, the inventors of the color TV and the MRI machine, the family that popularized yogurt in the US, and famous Armenian brandy! Did you know that Winston Churchill's favorite brandy was the legendary Ararat brand from Armenia, and from 1945 until his death, he received a complimentary case of it each month from the Soviet ambassador to the UK?
Join us in our elegant Jules Verne Library to taste four vintages of Armenian brandy, hear an Armenian poetry recitation and enjoy delicious Armenian 'mezze' (appetizers) while listening to traditional Armenian music!
An Unfortunate Evening:
A Lemony Snicket Party
8:00 - 10:00 pm
Spend an unfortunate evening immersed in the world of Lemony Snicket. Come dressed in your favorite steampunk outfit and join us in the VFD Headquarters. Have your fortune told in Madame Lulu’s Fortune Telling Tent. Explore Uncle Monty’s eccentric library. Take photos in the 667 Dark Avenue penthouse apartment (as long as your outfit is “in”). Make bookish crafts in Aunt Josephine’s corner and see if you can find the very important Sugar Bowl from clues left behind by the Baudelaire orphans themselves. You can even stop by the Anxious Clown Cafe for a snack!
Fun Casual Events
In the mood for a fun activity with friends? Join one of our casual literary events!
Whether we're tasting foods from our favorite books, creating beautiful crafts from pages of old books, or playing trivia games to test our literary knowledge, we're always enjoying being surrounded by fans of books and reading and meeting new friends!
TBD / 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Grandparents and grandchildren (aged 8 and up) are invited to solve an exciting mystery together then celebrate with a delicious tea party! Spend an hour with other grand-pairs in our mysterious Victorian Parlor finding clues and solving riddles, then enjoy your victory in our lovely English Kitchen with cakes and cookies, lemonade and tea.
MURDER SHE WROTE:
MYSTERY GAME & TEA PARTY
TBD / 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Are you a fan of Jessica Fletcher? Bring your mystery-loving friends and come to the Storyteller's Cottage to solve a mystery and celebrate with a tea party afterward. For a special reduced price of $20, play a different one of our mystery room games (regular cost is $33), then talk over your adventures as you enjoy tea and cakes in our Literary Tea Room afterward. This event is great for senior citizens!
"The Crown" royal afternoon tea party
June 13 / 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Join us for a elegant afternoon of tea and cakes, crafts and games! Enjoy scones, sandwiches and petite desserts, make tiny crown favors, and test your knowledge of The Crown tv series and the British Royal Family at our trivia game (win a prize!).
SILENT BOOK CLUB
TBD / 6:30 - 7:30 pm
In conjunction with the Simsbury Public Library - bring whatever book you're reading and find a cozy spot in the house to read it!
Wouldn't it be great to have a book club where you could just enjoy books, friends, and wine—without any homework? We started Silent Book Club because reading with friends enriches our lives and makes us happy. We love hearing about what people are reading (often in their other book clubs) and we think it's important to put down our phones and be social. Real, live, breathing-the-same-air social, not hearting-you-on-Instagram social. Silent Book Club is about community.
Live Murder Mysteries
Join us for a full evening of costumed fun! Periodically, our house is filled with suspects in a riveting murder mystery, and we need your help to find the culprit! Come dressed in your crime-solving finest and enjoy a night of elegant hors d'oeuvres, fancy drinks, vintage music, and the chance to interview a variety of shady characters to determine whose alibi is the weakest.
FOR ALL AGES
Saturday, June 20
7:00 - 9:00 pm
& soft drinks.
Custom murder mystery games
available for private parties!
Join us for a relaxing weekend afternoon immersed in your favorite literary genre.
Find a different event repeating each week of the month. Prepay your reservation for a discount on your cover charge, or drop in at your convenience.
Les Deux Magots: Literary Cafe
Meets on the 1st Saturday of each month
3:30 - 5:00 pm
"Les Deux Magots" is an iconic café in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris, France known as a famous rendezvous point for the literary and intellectual élite of the city. Authors and thinkers such as Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, and event Julia Child were known to frequent this lovely bistro.
Wish you could while away a stimulating Saturday afternoon sipping tea and chatting with fellow literary enthusiasts? Drop in to our own version of "Les Deux Magots" on the 1st Saturday of each month between 3:30 and 5:00 pm. Enjoy a selection of tea and cookies while you discuss the fascinating literary topics provided at each table with your new friends.
The Bard's Bistro: A Gathering of Songwriters
Meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month
3:30 - 5:00 pm
The Storyteller's Cottage is the center of a community of storytellers of all types. Are you a musical storyteller?
Drop in on the 3rd Saturday of each month between 3:30 and 5:00 pm to meet and jam with fellow songwriters.
Bring your song notebook, your ideas that you'd like to bounce off other songwriters, and your instrument if you'd like to play. Snacks and drinks will be available for sale.
Sing, chat, or just listen ... spend an inspiring afternoon immersed in the magic of the story.
Murder in the Library:
Mini Mystery & Author Salon
Meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month
3:30 - 5:00 pm
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than pondering murder in an elegant Victorian library?
Stop in on the 3rd Sunday of each month for a unique activity perfect for mystery fans to hear a different local mystery author discuss their latest book. You may choose to read the book ahead of time, or purchase a signed copy when you arrive.
Fictional Feasts: Book & Food Pairing Club
Meets on the 4th Saturday of each month
3:30 - 5:00 pm
From Harry Potter's chocolate frogs, to Anne of Green Gables' raspberry cordial, to the Turkish Delight from
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, classic literature is filled with iconic foods.
Join us on the 4th Saturday of each month for a merry and nostalgic book & food pairing based on your favorite books! A cross between a book club and a tea party, our Fictional Feasts celebrate the beloved novels that we all know and love (so you won't have to commit to reading a new book each month). Immerse yourself in a cherished favorite novel as we chat about the story and sample its quintessential cuisine. (Designed for ages 14 - adult)
JANUARY: Little House on the Prairie ... Heart-shaped cakes & maple snow candy, Nellie Oleson's lemonade
FEBRUARY: To All the Boys I've Loved Before ... Lara Jean's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cherry Coke
MARCH: The Great Gatsby ... "West Egg" Pastry Pigs & Daisy's Champagne Cocktail (sparkling cider & secrets)
APRIL: Lord of the Rings ... Bilbo's Seed Cake & Ale (cream soda)
MAY: Anne of Green Gables ... Raspberry Tarts & Raspberry Cordial
JUNE: Harry Potter ... Hagrid's Rock Cakes & Butterbeer
Join us for unprecedented access to talented local authors at our intimate Author Salons. Hear authors read from their works in our charming Jules Verne Library, then participate in a lively discussion about their writing process and inspiration. Enjoy a light reception afterward and an opportunity to speak personally with each author and purchase signed copies of their books.
ALL ACCESS AUTHORS
Meet three authors in one afternoon!
TBD / 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Meet three Young Adult authors & hear them read from their novels in our cozy Jules Verne Library.
Discuss the books and the authors' writing process, ask questions, purchase signed books and enjoy, light refreshments.
Steven Parlato "The Precious Dreadful"
Lisa Acerbo "Remote"
Liz Delton "The Starless Girl"
"Luminous" & "Indelible"
by Dawn Metcalf
TBD / 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Dawn Metcalf writes dark, quirky and sometimes humorous speculative fiction.
Her debut novel, LUMINOUS, is a YA paranormal fantasy about a Latina-American superheroine who saves people from dying before their time.
The Twixt The Twixt series, including INDELIBLE, INVISIBLE, INSIDIOUS and INVINCIBLE is just your average fairy tale about a guy, a girl, a deadly mistake, a number of sharp, pointy objects and a plot to end the Age of Mankind.
"The Keeping House"
by Meredith Kazer
TBD / 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Join author Meredith Kazer as she discusses her thrilling novel, "The Keeping House."
In this page-turning mystery-romance, young widow Lauren Serra purchases a deteriorating nineteenth century Queen Anne Victorian, in hopes that it might be the solution to the financial problems left by her recently deceased husband. Once she and her mother move in, they begin to uncover clues to the home’s tragic family secrets, hidden for almost a century. In discovering the house’s secrets, Lauren and her mother begin to uncover the foundation for rebuilding their lives.
"Darke House" & "Summerland"
by Pat Kelbaugh
TBD / 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Through her “Dreamtime” novels, Kelbaugh has created a world in which vampires are not all evil and can live unrecognized among normal humans, thanks to a drug called Lexiri that, among other benefits, eliminates the craving for blood.
These are not your typical vampire tales. Rather, they read like modernized detective stories from the 1950s, with breezy, smart dialogue that sweeps the reader along, smoothly slipstreaming between dimensions, while making perfect sense of it all.
"The Humpty Dumpty Syndrome"
by Dr. Morton Goldberg
Sunday, May 31 / 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Join author Dr. Morton Goldberg as he discusses and reads from his fascinating new novel.
Early in his groundbreaking career as a maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Morton Goldberg coined “The Humpty Dumpty Syndrome” to describe patients whose eggshell-thin facial bones had been damaged by trauma, disease, or malformation. The Humpty Dumpty Syndrome is his memoir of surgical adventures as he did what all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t. He put people back together again.