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CT Science Center Hosts An Out of This World Gala

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 If you happened to be walking around Riverfront Plaza and CT  Scinence Center area Saturday, your eyes were not deceiving if you were sharing the sidewalk with some extraordinary people.

The riverfront was hosting the Scottish “Pipes In the Valley” which meant an unusual number of kilt-clad performers walking about. And as far as the crazy antennae, moon boots and metallic wear being sported by others?

Oh those were the people headed over the Connecticut Science Center’s “The Green Gala, Space Edition,” a salute to outer space.


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It was hats off to St. Francis orthopedist Dr. John Mara. He, who unlike so many of the men who conservatively opted to wear dark suits or tuxes and call themselves characters from “Men in Black,” reflected the spirit of the evening, a space-aged accoutrement, or as some might describe it, a shiny chapeau.

“It keeps the aliens away,” said Mara about his aluminum foil-covered hard hat that he wore with pride.


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There was also lots of “metal” in terms of metallic cocktails dresses and heels for the women with a few opting to give in to the fun and add Star Trek’s Uhura pony tails and Dr. Spock’s oh so distinctive ears.

Among those honored at the event were author Jared Cohen, a former Connecticut resident who wrote the New York Times bestseller “The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business” and The Travelers Companies. Receiving the Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award was Kimberly McLean, principal engineer at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton.

“It was tough this year, there were a lot of good finalists,” said Dr. Bill Petit, who heads the foundation established in memory of his late wife and two daughters.

And while Petit opted out of any costume, he did have to give a shout out to his favorite out-of-this world character Flash Gordon.

“He was just very cool,” said Petit about the 1950s science fiction comic strip hero .

For more pictures go here.


Here Comes Father’s Day and Summer!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]Lots to celebrate this weekend including dads and the last weekend of spring. Summer arrives next week!

So Hartford, want to get out and enjoy? Here are some possibilities!

Our Piece of the Pie will hold its annual “Sip ‘n’ Sail 2013″ June 14 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The fundraiser, held on The Lady Katharine’s “The Mystique”  includes a dock reception until 7 p.m. when the boat sails from Charter Oak Landing and down the  Connecticut River. Cost is $85 a person with proceeds benefiting the non-profit agency that provides youth development. Information: opp.org.

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center will host its 5th Annual Mildred and Richard Loving Civil Rights Award Dinner on  June 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bond Hotel in Hartford. Being honored are Sara K. Pratt, HUD Office for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity assistant secretary and Civil Rights Documentation and Fair Housing Advocate Bernard Kleina.

Onll Friday head over to the Connecticut Science Center for the 4th anniversary celebration of its “Liquid Lounge.”

The pumped up Birthday Bonanza Happy
Hour goes from 7 to 11 p.m. Guests must be 21. There will be special drinks, a dj and live music. Information: ctsciencecenter.org

Also on Friday, Bushnell Park launches its summertime movie“Free Movies In The Dark” series. Grab a blanket and relax on the park lawn where the opening night feature, “Back to the Future” begins at 7 p.m.

Over in West Hartford, the West Hartford Art League will hold its “Up On The Roof” gala at the gallery at 37 Buena Vista Road. The evening includes cocktails, music, dining and auctions, with proceeds supporting art education programs and scholarships. Cost is $85 a person. Go to westhartfordart.org for information.

Saturday includes a 100th anniversary celebration of the East Haddam Swing Bridge. The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat will offer a free ride to residents who live along the Valley Railroad in Old Saybrook, Essex, Deep River, Chester and Haddam. The train departs at 7 :45 a.m. followed by the riverboat cruise and a  vintage automobile procession. Reservations are necessary. Information: essexsteamtrain.com 

At the Klingberg Family Centers at 370 Linwood St., New Britain, you can also get a good look at some great old vehicles  at its annual “Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival ” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wayne Carini of “Chasing Classic Cars” will be a special guest. Information:  klingbergautoshow.org

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture will celebrate  Juneteenth at its “Jubilation!” gala at theamis7 Wadsworth Atheneum June 15 beginning at 7 p.m. the evening marks the anniversary of freedom for slaves in 1865. The gala features music, food, dancing and entertainment by special guest Jolie Rocke Brown and the Bated Breath Theatre Company. Tickets start at $70 a person.

Information: 860-838-4133


dadSunday is Father’s Day, a day to give that guy an extra hug, help with some chores, play a little golf, have a picnic or say a prayer in his memory and remember the best things about him.

And if you want to do something extra, there are lots of restaurant specials at eateries all around the state for  that guy who does so much. Celebrate him! 





Sex, Drugs Part of Wesleyan Party At CT Science Center

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dinosaurs-unearthed-exhibit-85[1]As a welcoming, open venue to all, the Connecticut Science Center  became the place where a Wesleyan  “seniors” party got way out of hand.

The Middletown University’s senior class held one of its “senior cocktail” events at the museum Friday, a convivial party that reportedly included drugs, sex, lots of booze and a one-way ticket out of the place after just a couple of hours into the bash.

The bonding experience gone bad  included some alleged less-than-museum-like activities including climbing on the exhibit dinosaurs and drug use and sex in the bathrooms  .

“Wesleyan University rented the facility for an evening reception with catering services for approximately 500 people,” according to center spokeswoman, Tracy Shirer. “After some incidents of unruly behavior, it was mutually upon agreed by Wesleyan and the Science Center to end the event early. The guests cooperated and left.”

There was some minor damage to the center that was fixed and/or cleaned up before the museum re-opened on Saturday morning.

University officials offered an apology and are  revisiting the “party” policy.  For more read here.

Is It The Weekend Yet? Close Enough CT!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]It may be winter but there is still plenty to do when it comes to “getting out”  Hartford.

Today, Thursday,  committee members of “Oscar Experience”  are over at the Mark Twain House & Museum waiting for the Oscar nominations to be announced as they prepare for the Feb. 24 Oscar night gala there benefiting the Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition.

The “dress-up” or “dress as your favorite Oscar movie character,” event  begins at 6 p.m. In Hartford it includes a red carpet welcome (with Java hosting, of course!) as well as movie-themed food and drinks, viewing of the actual Oscar show, entertainment  and silent auction.

For more information go  here. 

Have you taken advantage of downtown Hartford’s Winterfest yet ? More than 40,000 people have so far! There is still time and there is also time to help fund the popular winter extravaganza.

skating Have some fun at a  fundraiser Friday  from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at  Hartford’s Salute restaurant on Trumbull Street to help raise money to ensure that skating and other Winterfest Hartford activities remain free of charge this year and beyond. Sponsored by the iQuilt Partnership and the City of Hartford, the evening includes complimentary appetizers and drink specials. Pre-registration is $20. Walk-up registrations is $25. Click here to register.

SpaghettiAlso on Friday, head over to the Mark Twain House & Museum where two authors, New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani  and Giulia Melucci, author of “I Loved,I Lost, I Made Spaghetti” (brought to stage here by the museum’s Jacques Lamarre) will be featured at “A Conversation Between Adriana Trigiani & Giulia Melucci.”

The program begins 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20 for museum members. A special $65 package includes a pre-lecture Italian reception with the authors. Ticket information, 860-280-3130.

(And as a “by the way,” Lamarre was voted Best Connecticut Playwright in a broadwayworld.com poll. Read more: http://broadwayworld.com/article/2012-BWW-Connecticut-Awards-Winners-Announced-Goodspeed-Musicals-Wins-Big-20130109#ixzz2HZWcIhg1)

“Million Dollar Quartet,”  the story of a rockin’ 50s jam session with  Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash continues at the Bushnell through the weekend. Bonus? James Barry , who plays the legendary songwriter, singer and musician Carl Perkins , is a Connecticut guy!

martiniOn Saturday, The Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford, kicks off a fun 21 + film series titled “Martians & Martinis” on Saturday. The cocktail-hour event features once-a-month  screenings of science fiction movies.  Opening the series  is “Monsters From The Id.” Writer, director and producer David Gargani will do a Q&A after the screening. Doors open at 6 p.m. for concessions and cash bar; film starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per film, or $35 for a four-film pass.

CT Science Center Green Gala, Happily All Wet

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There was no doubt what the theme for “The Green Gala” at the CT Science Center was Saturday. All you had to do was take a look at what most were wearing or stick your hand into the welcoming wall of water.

The theme was H2O and the hundreds who turned out took the invitation reading “aqua chic” to heart when it came to their “agua” wear.

“It was the perfect reason to buy a new dress,” said Marcy Cosa, a Windsor resident who showed off a new Caribbean turquoise and sea blue cocktail sheath. And so she and her date, Dan Hamilton,  were party perfect, for him  a turquoise and blue tie to put them both “in the swim” when it came to the theme.

While the evening was one of lots of laughs and lots of experimenting with party-goers practically giddy over have the center’s exhibits all to themselves, it was also a celebration for former center head and board member Ted Sergi and his wife, Barbara. They just welcomed their first grandchild.

“She is babylicious,” oozed Grandma about new Carolyn Marcella Sergi, daughter of Sergi son, Nick and his wife Jennifer. The doting grandparents just returned from a three-week visit with the couple and the new baby. And it took Grandpa, also former commissioner of education, all of four seconds to pull out his phone to show pictures of his new pride and joy to anyone who asked.

What’s a party this time of year without a little political talk and who better equipped that Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman. Any predictions on this year’s closes races?

“If I could predict the outcome of this year’s elections I’d be a consultant and retire,” she laughed.

Saturday’s gala marked a new tradition for the center gala, new awards designed to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts and leadership in advancing science, technology, engineering and math education.

Receiving the first Leadership Awards for Science Education were Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and United Technologies Corporation.

“I see this Science Center as a key to getting kids into science,” said Joe Triompo,
UTC vice president. “This is how it starts.”

Pictures from the gala can be seen at: http://cour.at/QBMkGk

2012 Best of CT Announced

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It’s that time of year again when Connecticut Magazine announces its coveted “Best of Connecticut”  list.

The Hartford area did not fare badly with some repeat winners and some new ones as well, according to the list in the September issue.

Shady Glen in Manchester was deemed best cheeseburger; Wood-n-Tap best burger sliders; Grants Restaurant in West Hartford , best chocolate cake,  and Close Harbour Seafood in Southington, best Manhattan clam chowder.

Also in the foods category, Jojo’s in downtown Hartford was deemed best coffee bar, best crab cakes when to Carmen Anthony’s Steakhouse in Waterbury (although the crab cakes are available at all locations including Wethersfield location,) best Jewish deli, Rein’s New York-Style Deli and best diner, O’Rourke’s in Middletown.

On20 in downtown Hartford was deemed Best Bird’s Eye View at Dinner, Best Fried Chicken went to Greer’s in Bristol, and Best Guacamole, Besito in West Hartford. UConn Dairy Bar got the nod for Best Ice Cream and Hartford’s Carbone’s for best Caesar Salad. Best Cobb Salad went to Max Downtown in Hartford while Hartford’s  Salute won Best Side Dish for its mac’n cheese.

When it came to drinking, winners were Best Bloody Mary, Max Fish in Glastonbury ; Best Margarita, Coyote Blue in Middletown; the Cottage Restaurant in Plainville for Best Manhattan; Thomas Hooker Brewing for best Connecticut beer, and McKinnon’s West Hartford for Best Irish Pub.

Rooftop 120 was named Best Outdoor Bar, Sliders in Plainville for Best Sports Bar and Fleming’s in West Hartford for Best Wine By The Glass.

In the attractions category, Hartford’s  Connecticut Science Center won Best Indoor Family Amusement and Lake Compounce in Bristol, Best Outdoor Family Amusement.  New Britain Museum of American Art was named best Art Museum and Cinestudio in Hartford, Best Independent Cinema. New Britain Rock Cats was named Best Night at the Park, Artisan’s Marketplace in Plainville as Best Crafts Gallery, West Hartford Center as Best Destination Shopping, and Lux, Bond & Green in West Hartford,  Best Fine Jewelry Store.


For the complete list go to: http://bit.ly/U8DP6J