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Welcome Courant “Java 250″

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oldjava2Through 250 years of wars, politics, development, weather, science, arts, sports and education in Connecticut, there was always the social news. Reports on people and their parties, cotillions, galas, coming-out parties, balls, socials, celebrations, festivals and fetes have been a “must read” during the Courant’s long history. These titillating tidbits provided insight into the pulse of the community, and of course everyone always loved the gossip about the way the “other half” lived. Yes, everyone wanted to know who poured tea, who made the debutantes list, the vacation comings and goings of the city’s rich and powerful, who attended and who was hosting the A-list get-togethers. And what was everyone wearing to these? That news made the social columns over the years, under the headers that were Java predecessors: “In The Social World,” “Society,” or “Social and Personal.” On Wednesdays during February we will revisit some of these social reports (written in period style)  on the balls, parties, dinners, fundraisers from years past.  Welcome to JAVA 250!


In 1867…….

Othello Presented

Allyn Hall was crowded last evening, with one of the finest audiences of the season to witness “Othello” by the company under Mr. Lowell’s management. The interest was admirably sustained throughout, and the audience held almost breathless in some portions. Mr. Davenport’s rendering of the jealous Moor was one of his best efforts, not strained or overdone, but full of passion and life. (1867)


In 1924….

In The Social World

Mrs. Fred P. Holt of Elm Street gave a bridge party at her home Wednesday afternoon for the benefit of the Charter Oak Branch of the Sunshine Society. Mrs. William E. Hudson poured.

Mrs. Arthur L. Gillett of Marshall street was one of the chaperones at the Hartford Club on Friday at the performance of “Turtle Doves” given by the Jester’s of Trinity College.(Feb. 3, 1924).


In 1969….ivyball

Ivy Debs Rehearse for December Ball

Twelve debutantes have been selected for the third annual Ivy Ball. Sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the Ivy Ball is Hartford’s leading Negro social cotillion and is traditionally held in December, this year Dec. 29 in the Grand Ballroom of the Hartford Hilton Hotel.

At the recent mother-daughter tea at the Wadsworth Atheneum the debutantes and their mothers were entertained by members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha. Mrs. Frank Jacobs, president, discusses the growing “importance of Negro women in Hartford’s social community.”

Joseph Albano of the Hartford Ballet co., assisted by his wife, Julia Frederick and Enid Lynn, demonstrated a presentation ceremony which will take place at the ball, (Aug. 3, 1969

Courant Contest Quippers Meet

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courant1They are names you recognize, regular contributors to the Sunday Courant’s Sunday Caption Contest. The group, who together have racked the lion’s share of contest wins and honorable mentions over the years, only knew each other as an online community until Monday when they met face-to-face.  Dr. Steve Mogel arranged the get-together that also included Courant staffers Wes Rand and Ken Heidel who create and coordinate the contest.

Pictured are Bill Hook, left, Dr. Mogel, Mario Hasz, Linda Case, Susan Breitman, Michael Fischman, Mike Wambolt, and Dr. Lew Shilane, who traveled from Joplin, Missouri.

So Java’s question to the quip-equipped group? A caption for this picture please!

Among the entries the group was able to come up with on a moment’s notice:

 “The Mensa Group Is In The Other Room,” “There Is No Joy in Mudville Tonight,” and “It Takes A Village To Write Good Caption.”

Camp Courant Happy Hour Draws A Crowd

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courant2 - CopyThere should have been a campfire at the Arch Street Tavern Happy Hour Thursday, given all the camp tales being told at Camp Courant’s “Send A Kid To Camp” fundraiser.

“We had a camp, we called it Boys Athletic Beach,” quipped the always entertaining Congressman John Larson. The longtime politico and East Hartford guy explained how he and friends had a favorite place is  where they set up their own makeshift camp as kids, nicknaming it, well,  let’s just say it has something to do with swimwear or the lack of it. “It was great,” smiled Larson recalling his “younger years.” “I mean I was a boy from the projects, what can I say?”

courant1 - CopyAnd while the beer and the tales flowed, there was a good reason for cutting out of work early to head over to the tavern, raising money so that as many children in need as possible will enjoy a camping vacation this summer at the Farmington facility.

“We believe in the benefits of a camping experience for youths,” said Dan Moore, government affairs manager at Northeast Utilities, a major sponsor of the event. “This was our opportunity to help out.”

And while the mood was light as business leaders wound down to enjoy the get-together, the business of the day was money.

“this event raised over $10,000,” said Camp Courant board chair Gene Sheehan of Hartford’s Sullivan & LeShane. “And more importantly, it has renewed the momentum and the commitment of the people of Hartford to nurture Hartford’s children.”

Let The Hartford Weekend Begin!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]flowershowHow many days till spring? Too many as far as this writer is concerned. But cheer up. It’s the weekend and spring is but weeks away!

Get a sense of that season  at the 32nd annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show Feb. 21 to Feb. 24 at the Connecticut Convention Center.

The show features hundreds of displays, activities and vendors showcasing the best the season has to offer including landscaping, garden decor, bulbs, seeds , lawn care and arts and crafts as well as 20 gardens  and a design and horticulture competition all with a wedding theme.

Celebrities at this year’s show include Roger Swain, former host of PBS’  “The Victory Garden” and HGTV’s “People, Places & Plants.”  And there is a couple from Glastonbury who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows in the midst of the flower-filled hall Thursday as part of the opening.

Information: ctflowershow.com or 860-844-8461.

Information: www.ctflowershow.com

The Arch Street Tavern will be the place for Happy Hour Feb. 21. Camp Courant will host a “Send a Kid To Camp”  fundraiser  there from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The get-together includes cocktails and appetizers with special guests Congressman John Larson and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. Tickets are $50 a person.

faith (2)Great food and NPR’s award-winning Food Schmoozer Faith Middleton are synonymous so it’s no surprise that her annual “Heart to Heart Champagne and Romance Dinner Dance” is always a hit.

The food and love soiree is Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Farmington Gardens in Farmington. As part of her “Food Schmooze Signature Event Series,” the celebration features foods prepared by  a long list of celebrated chefs including Jordan Stein of the Pond House Grille, Albert Clugston of the Litchfield Saltwater Grille, Yale Woodson of Plan B Burger Bar in Glastonbury and Stefan Drago of Avon Belle Terrace.

Music is provided by Alex Nakhimovsky and his band. Information: cpbn.org.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nothing like a 50th anniversary and the Goodspeed is kicking it off with style and music on Feb. 23 at “Celebrating the Impossible Dream-50 Years of Goodspeed Musicals!”

The special collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will feature selections from Goodspeed originals that moved to Broadway including “Annie”  and “Man of La Mancha” as well as favorites from dozens shows including “Brigadoon,” “Finian’s Rainbow” and “No No Nanette.”

Guest conductor will be Michael O’Flaherty who has been resident music director for the Goodspeed for the past 21 years. Special guest artists include Sarah Uriarte Berry, Lindsay Mendez, Quentin Earl Darrington and James Snyder.

Information:  hartfordsymphony.org.

On Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee will honor the St.Patrick’s Day Parade 2013 honorees at a recpetion at the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury.

Named Parade Grand Marshal  is James Mulcahy. Person of the Year is FoxCt/Courant head Rich Graziano.  The two will also be feted at a cocktail reception on March 1.

oscarIt’s Oscar night Sunday, a night of awards, stars, great clothes and lots of partying.

Dreamed of walking the red carpet?   Java makes your dream come true at the AIDS CT  Oscar Experience Party at the Mark Twain House & Museum Sunday.

Join Java and WTNH traffic reporter Teresa LaBarbera on the red carpet  in your best finery and then head into the official Oscar party and fundraiser that includes  food, drinks (including the new Lamarre-tini named after, well, you know who!)  auctions, fashion show,  a VIP pre-party party and of course, big-screen viewing of the actual Oscar awards program.

Come dressed in your best cocktail wear or dress as one of characters from one of the award nominated films.

Information: aidsprojecthartford.org

oscar[1]_optThere is also an Oscar Night Party at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Center beginning at 7 p.m. benefiting the center. Information: katharinehepburntheater.org

And there is yet a third Oscar party this year at Belle Terrace in Avon sponsored by the Farmington Valley Film Commission. That party starts at 7 p.m. Information: www.farmingtonvalleyfilm.org. e