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Worst Kept ‘Bachelorette’ Secret Airing June 2

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bach (1)After months of keeping mum because of “confidentiality agreements,” and despite the fact that everyone knew the ABC reality show “The Bachelorette” had done an episode in Connecticut, two of the places that are being featured are now announcing they are part of the June 2 episode of the reality show.

This season’s bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, in one group date and two one-on-one dates, found her way to Mohegan Sun where the damsel looking for soulmate kind of love (after the dump by The Bachelor’s Juan Pablo, but that’s a different show) rappelled down the hotel, ate at BALLO Italian Restaurant there,  played a basketball game against some WNBA All Stars at the arena and went to a concert in MIST featuring country artist Jon Pardi.

And then the action shifted to  the 1776 Griswold Inn in Essex where, according to the approved release, “Andi will????????? go to the iconic Connecticut establishment for a very special one-on-one dinner with a lucky suitor.”

Episode airs June 2 at 8 p.m. EST.

CT Cake Chef’s Creations On “Katie!”

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cake1cake2Cake baker/ designer Ana Parzych  and her magnificent bridal and special occasion cakes have had more than their share of celeb publicity  over the years.

On Thursday there will be more national  exposure.

Two bridal cakes by Parzych will be featured on the Katie Couric afternoon show “Katie” on ABC on Thursday as part of a Valentine’s Special  on how to plan a wedding when the budget is no object, and when it is.

The show audience will feature brides wearing their veils and cover all aspects of planning a wedding. The Connecticut cakes, one “a splurge” and the other  “a steal,”  will be featured as part of that segment.

Parzych said getting the cakes to the New York City studio  for the taping Monday was more of a  challenge than creating the cakes. There was that three feet of snow to deal with.

“I had a separate wedding Sunday and then spent all day Sunday getting the cakes for the show ready,”Parzych explained. ” Garry (her husband) got up at 5 a.m. to drive them to the studio on time for the taping,” she said. “It was hectic.”

And if that isn’t enough Valentine’s Day pressure, it will be a Parzych cake that will be center stage at Bryant Park in The Big Apple Thursday when “The Knot,” a popular bridal and wedding site, hosts  “The Knot Dream Wedding.”

The wedding is a culmination of an online voting competition  that has been going on for several weeks. Voters determined the cake, the dress and other details as well as the wedding winners Andre Mercier and Sierra Dickens, who live in Los Angeles. Voters chose Parzych’s white sugar orchid creation for the reception and she has recreated the cake in flavors the soon-to-be-newlyweds chose.

Dickens is a figure skater and will skate rather than stroll down the aisle. The wedding ceremony and reception will be livestreamed on TheKnot.com, MSN Living, the Knot’s YouTube Channel, Huffington Post and other media outlets. The wedding begins at noon.

Parzych (anaparzychcakes.com)  has her studio in Cheshire but also has an office in Greenwich and will soon open a third location in Manhattan.




Elizabeth Vargas Makes It To CT

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When it comes to weathering a storm and delivering what’s needed even when things get tough, right up there on the list are journalists, a fact well-proven this past week.

And among those journalists who didn’t let a hurricane get in the way was ABC 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas who made the wet trek in from New York City Thursday to be the keynote speaker at the Business Women’s Forum in Hartford.

“It is terrible,” said a very serious Vargas as she gave an update on the state of New York City as it recovers from Hurricane Sandy and the damage and disruption that resulted. “If you can’t walk somewhere you can’t go,” she said referring to the traffic gridlock around Manhattan during the suspension of train and subway service. “Travel that usually takes minutes takes hours.”

With rain boots tucked into her tote bag, Vargas dropped everything when she arrived, turning her attention to the topic of the day, the need for women to support women.

“We make up more than half the voting population, more than have the college graduates and there is power there,” said Vargas. The mother of two boys, she admitted she was a “little” disappointed when her first was not a girl.

“I told my husband (singer-songwriter Marc Cohn ) that I had wanted to raise a strong woman,” she said.

His stoic response?

“Why don’t you raise sons who will love a strong woman?”

The mood at the forum, with workshop speakers including UCONN women’s basketball associate head coach Chris Dailey and former Disney exec and customer service speaker Dennis Snow, was party-like with many of those attending said it was just what they needed after a very stressful few days.

“My kids were home from school for a couple of days because of the storm and we had a downed tree that did some damage and that can turn things upside down,” explained Donna Bannon, a Farmington resident who works in Hartford. “I just need to catch a second breath and get back to normal. A break like this helps.”

Besides the gender bonding, the event also marked the 30th anniversary for the forum, making it the  longest running full day conference for women in Connecticut.

It was a milestone chairperson Bernadette Graziosa embraced.

“I attended my first BWF 28 years ago and remember leaving feeling empowered and enthused and motivated,” said Graziosa, president and owner of The Grotto & Mrs. G. “And I still do all these years later. Our mission is the same but our workshops have adapted as technology and issues have changed.”

The forum has boasted a celebrity list of keynote speakers including Goldie Hawn, Susan St. James and Paula Abdul. But there was one former speaker getting a special shout-out at Thursday’s event.

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant, will be receiving a special poster of herself, one that was signed by those at the forum.

“She was our keynote twice and was wonderful,” said Graziosa. “We wanted her to know she is in our hearts and prayers.”

Gibson Coming To Quinnipiac

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Former “ABC World News” anchor Charles Gibson is coming to Connecticut.

The journalist and newscaster will present a program “The (Im) Balance of Power in Washington: How Things Went Off The Rails and How They Can Be Fixed” at Quinnipiac University on Sept. 20.

The program is free and open to the public.

“I am thrilled to have Charlie Gibson coming to campus for so many reasons,” said Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications. “I was one of Charlie’s producers when he was the congressional correspondent for ABC News. Having worked alongside him, I know how passionately he cares about the Congress as an institution, and how important he believes it is to restore civility to congressional and public discourse.”

Kamlet noted that Gibson’s appearance comes during Constitution Week, adding to Quinnipiac’s celebration of the Constitution. In addition to his speech, the former ABC newsman will spend a full day on campus, meeting with students and faculty.

Gibson received the university’s Fred Friendly First Amendment Award in 2008.

For program information call  203-582-8652.