Today, Jan. 31, take a ride south to New Haven where its popular “Flights of Fancy,” a wine tasting and shopping event returns from 4 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by The Wine Thief and The Study Hotel at Yale, the event includes in-store wine tastings, special discounts and giveaways at over 25 downtown shops.
Or head over to the New Britain Museum of American Art where you can fill your mind and your stomach at the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit there. Former “Hell’s Kitchen” contestants, Van Hurd and Kevin Cottle (now both with Jordan Caterers) are hosting a series of French wine paired dinners at the museum to highlight the exhibit and the food of Georges Auguste Escoffier. There is still one more dinner after tonight’s two-hour event. Reservations are necessary. For more information call 203-272-8213
Former talk show host, author and director Phil Donahue will be attending a showing of his war documentary, “Body of War” at the Ridgefield Playhouse Friday, Feb. 1. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Q & A with Donahue. Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $5 for students.
If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, there is still time to inhale those $20. 13 taste of Hartford bargains that continue to Feb. 3. Go to tastehartford.com for a list of participating restaurants and prices.
Fun, entertainment, exhibits, prizes will be featured at the annual BIG Y “KIDS FAIR” , Feb 2 and 3 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. the two-day event includes pony rides, a petting zoo, product samples, entertainment celebrity appearances, rides and family activities. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday the fair will be open from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $8, kids are free.
Longing for spring? Six weeks away or around the corner? There is hope that on Saturday, Feb. 2, Connecticut’s new state groundhog will tell us spring is around the corner at the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester.
The museum’s “Connecticut Chuckles VIII” will let us know beginning at 6 a.m. when Lt. Gov Nancy Wyman “swears in” the new state groundhog. Shadow reading is scheduled at about 6:55 a.m. There will be coffee and for those who want to stop by and be the first to find out what Chuckles predicts.
Feb. 3 is Super Bowl Sunday and if football isn’t your thing, (especially since the Pats won’t be there) tune in to see the ads and find out whether two former Simsbury residents, Ben Holst and Jeremey Gilbertson, and their Dorito ad make it to primetime. (By the way, what is it about Simsbury and goats? Remember this?
And don’t forget Wednesday, Feb. 6 when the Greater Hartford Arts Council hosts its annual Big Red for the Arts at The Society Room in Hartford. Considered Greater Hartford’s premier food and wine fundraising event, the evening features dishes from top area restaurants and wines and spirits from around the world. The event opens at 6:30 p.m. with tickets $100 each or $375 for a party of four. For $175 per person, you can attend the VIP vintage wine tasting that begins at 5:30 p.m.