It’s a weekend trifecta when it comes to what’s happening in Hartford on this first official weekend of 2013.
Friday, Hartford will honor one of its most beloved celebrities, the late radio personality Bob Steele.
Grove Street in downtown Hartford will be renamed Bob Steele Street at ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. there. Steele, who died in 2002, was a well-known broadcaster who educated and entertained listeners for more than 60 years. He was also well- known for his trademark delivery of the early morning “no school” weather announcements to generations of families.
Steele worked from the WTIC broadcasting studio once located on Grove Street.
Following the renaming ceremony, there will be a reception at the Front Street Bistro where New York architect Michael Keropian, will share plans for a historic marker for the street.
Rest up because on Saturday because Hartford Hospital holds its 22nd annual Black & Red Ball that evening at the Bushnell. And there’s more.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by legendary, Grammy-award winning band Earth, Wind & Fire. The party begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and food. the band performs at 8 followed by dancing and a dessert reception.
Proceeds will benefit the hospital’s Transplant Program. For tickets information, call 860-545-1932. Only tickets for the show and dessert reception are available.
Did you get engaged over the holiday season or envision a wedding in your future?
On Saturday and Sunday, head over to the Connecticut Convention Center for the annual Connecticut Bridal Expo. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m both days and features hundreds of vendors, fashion shows (including one on Sunday at 1 p.m. with Kathy Faber Designs and Java), floral designs, cakes, food samples and give-aways .
Tickets are $10 a person will a $2 discount available here.
The annual Three Kings Day parade in Hartford will begin at 10 a.m. at 95 Park St. Sunday. The traditonal parade, which includes marchers and a camel, lasts about an hour and conclude at the Pope Park Recreation Center in Pope Park. Organized by the Spanish American Merchants Association and the Institute for the Hispanic Family, there will be activities for children following it at the recreation center.
Winter is bad enough to deal with so why not stretch the weekend out a bit with some good music and dancing. The smash-hit show, “Million Dollar Quartet,” inspired by a famous mid-’50s Sun Records session when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins showed up in the same room together, opens at the Bushnell Tuesday and continues through Jan. 13. Tickets are $20 to $65. go to thebushnell.org.