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Oh Yes, It Most Certainly Is TheWeekend Hartford!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]On Thursday, Nutmeg Big Brothers, Big Sisters will hold its annual “Volunteer Recognition Event” where its “4 Exceptional Mentor Awards” will be presented to four of the program’s exemplary  Big Brothers. 

The evening will also include the presentation of the first Victoria L. Soto Memorial Award, given in memory of the teacher who lost her life in the Sandy Hook School  tragedy and who was a Big Sister with the chapter while an undergrad at Eastern  CT State University.

Members of the Soto Family will attend to make the presentation.  

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center in Wethersfield.

200345957-005 WineOn Friday from 7 to 10:00 p.m. The Manchester Community College Foundation  and Rockville  Bank Foundation will sponsor the 21st Annual Evening of Fine Wines. The event is co-sponsored by the MCC Foundation and the Rockville Bank Foundation. Honorary chair of the popular fundraiser this year  is Bill  H.W. Crawford, IV, President and CEO of Rockville Bank.

MCC Alum Angelo Sosa will be the featured guest. Sosa has been featured twice on Bravo’s hit TV show, “Top Chef” (Season 7 and Top Chef: All-Stars) and recently released his own cookbook, Flavor Exposed.

The evening includes wine tastings, elegant appetizers and desserts provided by the culinary arts program students  and live and silent auctions.

Proceeds from the tickets, which are $75 per person, are used for student scholarships and programs at MCC. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 860-512-2907 or visit www.mccgiving.org

  marktwain The second annual Writers Weekend at the Mark Twain House & Museum also opens Friday at 7 p.,m. with author Anita Diamant. The three-day workshop features authors, filmmakers, playwrights and includes refreshments and a voucher for a tour of the facility. Information: 860-280-3130.

 1X00211_7[1]And over at Macy’s at Westfarms Mall, get a fashion taste of spring with “What Not to Wear” master  and CT resident Clinton Kelly at 6 p.m.

Daffodils2[1]It’s daffodil time at  Hubbard Park in Meriden where more than 600,000 daffodils are in bloom for the Meriden Daffodil Festival weekend that includes crafts, amusement rides, food, entertainment, a parade and  a fireworks display on Saturday and Sunday. Go to daffodilfest.com for the complete schedule of events.

 On Saturday, it’s gala time!

cris (2)CRIS Radio will honor ESPN as its Business of the Year and William Webb as its Educator of the Year at CRIS Radio’s 3rd Annual Dining & Dancing In The Dark Gala at The Hartford Club.

ESPN will be recognized for improving access to sports news for people who are blind and print-challenged. In January 2012, ESPN created a volunteer recording studio on its Bristol campus for employees who volunteer to record ESPN’s sports magazines — ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Deportes Magazine, a Spanish-language magazine — for CRIS listeners.

William Webb, a veteran teacher for the Board of Education and Service for the Blind (BESB), will be honored as the CRIS Educator of the Year for his outstanding dedication to improving the lives of people who are blind. For more information, contact CRIS Radio at info@crisradio.org or call (860) 527-8000.

The evening also includes a celebrity dance competition that will feature several tv personalities including Fox 61 meteorologists Rachel Frank and Dan Amarante. And CRIS volunteers/listeners, Diane Duhaime and Rosie Morlene will also perform again with instructors from the Arthur Murray Studio of New Britain.   

Tickets are $100.

You can also head over to the Hartford Stage Scene & Paint Shop on Murphy Road in Hartford Saturday for the stage’s “Party In the Paint Shop 4: Horns & Halos” gala. harst

Beginning at 6 p.m. the paint shop will be transformed into a place for angels and demons and will include food by the Kitchen at  Billings Forge,  auctions and dancing.  

Dress code advice for this affair…flaunt our inner angel or devil! (Please note artistic director Darko Tresnjak’s plan for the evening! ) 

Information: hartfordstage.org

madhatterblog3And St. Philip House will hold its 8th annual “Mad Hatter Auction and Gala” on Saturday at the Marquee, 960 Main St. Hartford.

Proceeds benefit the non-profit which provides services to those with HIV/AIDSin the Central Connecticut area.  Information: stphiliphouse.org

tedAnd finally… a shout out to Stafford Speedway where the season officially opens with its “Spring Sizzler” this weekend. Drivers be careful out there!



Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrate

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Friday was a special night for Liberty Bank CEO/president Chandler Howard. He was being honored for his support of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters as its “Start Something Big” gala chair.

But it was also a bit of a personal “special” night as well. It was the first big public event that Howard attended with his new bride, Miriam.

Howard and the former Miriam Lopez were married a few months ago, honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas and had a busy weekend ahead of them as they and the rest of the crowd celebrated at The Hartford Golf Club.

They have a new home in Farmington.

“Yep, tomorrow, we move tomorrow,” said a beaming Mrs. Howard who announced that so far so good when it comes to newlywed life.

But like any new couple, the two are finding out some things they didn’t know about each other.

“He refuses to eat leftovers,” said Mrs. Howard about her husband’s aversion to “old food.”

“She likes to take four showers a day,” he said about what he feels is one of his new wife’ quirks.

Also honored at the gala was Marvin Woodward who was presented the Big Brother of the Year Award.

And then there was talk of a new initiative.

Hill-Stead Museum is now giving Big Brother and Sisters, mentors, and their “littles” (the children they are paired within the program) free admission to the Farmington showplace and its extensive programming, according to museum director, Sue Sturtevant, who attended the gala.

“We thought it was a fantastic idea,” said BBBS CEO/president Andy Fleischmann, who, by the way, easily won reelection to the state legislature last week.

Elections Done, Storm Over, More Time To Party Hartford

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Only a couple of weeks before the “official” holiday season begins. But in the meantime there are a slew of choices to ease you into “busy” mode.

 Iconic actress and now director  Julie Andrews is in Chester where her play “The Great American Mousical” opens Thursday at the Gooodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre. The musical is based on the best-selling book by Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton . The show has been extended through Dec. 9. Information: www.goodspeed.org

The Chrysalis Center, a Hartford agency that provides social services and develops affordable housing, will hold its “2012 Butterfly Bash” Thursday  at the Hartford Marriott beginning at 6 p.m. Go to www.chrysaliscenter.org for ticket information. 

On Friday the Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters will honor Liberty Bank president and chair Chandler Howard at its “Start Something Big” event at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford. The evening includes food, a program and live auction with WFSB personality Scot Haney. Information: www.bbbsnutmeg.org or 1-800-237-5437.

HARC will host its annual gala, “A League of Our Own, Let’s Have A Ball” on Saturday at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott in Windsor beginning at 6:L30p.m. Proceeds benefit the organization that provides services and assistance to the disabled. WTIC personality Ray Dunaway, NBC Connecticut’s Dianna Russini, and auctioneer Paul Stansel will be hosts.

Also on Saturday, Bristol Hospital will hold its annual ball “Baja Breezes” at the Aqua Turf Clubin Plantsville. The evening includes reception, dinner, auction and dancing. WDRC personality Jerry Kristafer is emcee. For information call 860-585-3000.

It will be a “knight” to remember Saturday at  the Mark Twain House & Museum where its annual gala. “Joust Do It” gets started at 6 p.m. at The Hartford Club. Guests are invited to get into the them by wearing medieval costumes or  cocktail attire. The gala, which benefits the Mark Twain House,  includes “a hearty feast for kings and queens, market faire with wondrous wares for auction  and the finest mead and ales to add to the merriment.” Information: 860-883-9016 or www.marktwainhouse.org