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ARTini Showcases Hartford’s Art of the Pour

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The art was in the pour at Hartford’s Union Station Friday as the Greater Hartford Arts Council held its 3rd annual “ARTini” fundraiser there.

And it was a sight to behold for guests anxious to start the weekend what with tables and tables of tasty martini creations featuring ciders, spirits, fruit and whipped cream, all concocted by the masters from restaurants including Black-eyed Sallys, City Steam Brewery and Café, Cuvée, Grants, Hot Tomato’s, Max Burger, Rocking Horse Saloon, The Russian Lady, The Tavern Downtown, Vito’s by the Park and Wood-n-Tap.


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“I just love the names of some of these,” said Andrea Masterson, a Hartford resident who was sipping a Bourbon Melontini from Hot Tomato’s, and trolling the room trying to decide whether her next tasting would be the Farm to Table Pisco Fig Martini from Vito’s or the Sinister Cinnison from Tavern Downtown.

“We see this as a way to attract young people to the arts in Hartford,” explained council spokesperson Tim Yergeau as the Happy hour crowd drifted in. “And it’s a good way to kick off the weekend.”


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The idea must be working.

“We are part of the Young Professional of Travelers group,” explained Allison McKenna, an Ellington resident who works at the downtown insurance company and came with fellow employees. “We have a campaign going on now to get involved in United Way and the arts and that’s what brought us here.”

Ready For Fall Fun? It Is So Ready For You Hartford!

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The best of fall begins this weekend with parades, martinis, brews,  parties and arts festivals.

Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. head over to Union Station in Hartford where the Hartford Arts Council will host its annual ARTini, the city’s most creative cocktail party. One of a kind martini inspired sculptures will be featured as well as cocktail concoctions to please the palate. Tickets are $40. Information go to letsgoarts.com


Hartford Stage will present “A Grand Night for Singing,” Thursday at 7 :30 p.m. The evening of cabaret and fundraising will benefit the downtown theater. Held at the Wadsworth Atheneum, the party features composer Steven Lutvak and the cast of the world premier musical comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” which opens at the stage on Oct. 11. A meet-and-greet with the cast will be held at a dessert reception follows the show. Tickets are $75 for the show and $125 for the show and reception. Call 860-520-7241.


The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Connecticut Chapter will holds its annual awards meeting Thursday night at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.  Award winners are Charles Firlotte, president and chief officer of Aquarian Water Co.,  Chandler Howard, president and CEO of Liberty Bank and David Doebler, president and general manager NBC Connecticut.

Also on Thursday The ING Hartford Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 13,  will hold a VIP kick-off reception at the governor’s mansion beginning at 5 p.m.

On Friday, the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford  will hold its Fifth Annual “Tapping into Twain” Oktoberfest from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. A selection of locally produced beers and artisanal ales, as well as food from several local restaurants, will be served at the very popular event that was sold-out last year. Daniel Heath-Ringrose will be performing Irish Music with Jeffrey Willard Mainville III doing deejay duty. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.  Tickets for designated drivers are $20.

It’s apple time in Southington as its annual Apple Harvest kicks off this weekend and continues through Oct. 7.  The festival is located in downtown Southington.  Activities include local entertainment, a variety of contests, and on-stage music.  A children’s play area and carnival are also featured.  There is a wide variety of  food, including those famous Apple Fritters sold as well. the theme this year is “Ripe with Possibilities.” The parade is held  Sunday at 2 p.m.


On Saturday head to Bushnell Park for EnvisionFest, a city-wide event featuring a variety of free activities celebrating the best of the city from pop-up art exhibits, lawn games,  an attempt to break the record for the world’s largest Zumba class and a quilting workshop. Information: www.envisionfest.com