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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

A Beach/Bookbag Full of Summer Weekend Options Hartford

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]This might be a weekend of mixed messages Hartford, a combination of traditional summer doings mixed with other events that make one thing of back-to-school and autumn.

But it’s all fun so here goes!

Camp Courant will be the place Thursday where state treasurer Denise Nappier hands out back-to-school backpacks and school bpacksupplies to children with need from Hartford. Called the Backpack Donation Program, it is sponsored by the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET).

But let’s get back to summer please!

Also on Thursday, the Wadsworth Atheneum, with The Amistad Center, will host its Caribbean themed “First Thursday” party.

The “Caribbean Block Party” celebrates the Aug. 1 Emancipation Day holiday celebrated by manycarib countries in the Caribbean and also kicks off the “Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival” in Hartford this weekend. Thursday’s party will feature reggae music by Anthem Band, a performance by Jamaican songstress Karen Smith, poetry readings, dancing, fire dancers and stilt walkers. Admission is $5. Those wearing yellow get in free.

Information: wadsworthatheneum.org

And that brings us to that Caribbean festival at Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza on Saturday from 1 to 11 p.m. The annual event features authentic cuisines, island beverages, costumes, dancing, music as well as children’s activities and live entertainment.

Information: riverfornt.org.

Has anyone noticed all the sunflowers blooming everywhere?

Hesunad over to Lyman Orchards where its annual Sunflower Maze opens Saturday and continues through Aug. 25. The maze is cut through a field of 350,000 blooming red and yellow sunflowers,. A portion of the admission cost is donated to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. For those who head over on opening day, there is a special treat. PBS is a co-sponsor for the kids themed opening day and is bringing network personality “Buddy” from its “Dinosaur Train” to meet visitors beginning at 10 a.m. Raindate is Sunday.

Information: lymanorchards.com

Now if you are a person hunkering for a taste of fall, fair season begins this weekend. The Middlesex and New Haven County 4-H Fair will be held at the Durham Fairground beginning Friday at 5 p.m.

Tcowhe fair includes tractor pulls, home arts exhibits, livestock judging, a dog show, trained steers pull, draft horse pull, tractor driving contest and live entertainment.

The fair is open Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m., to 10 p.m.

Information: 4-hfair.org

And finally, don’t forget, whether you are a foodie or not, you can treat yourself to a really nice dinner for a really affordable price through Sunday.

Timages[3]_opthere are still four more days to Taste of Hartford and that means $20.13 three-course dinners at dozens of Hartford restaurants.

Information: tastehartford.com



Seminary’s David Barrett Moving On

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barrettHartford Seminary’s longtime director of public and institutional affairs David Barrett is leaving the Hartford institution for another, effect March 8.

He will be the new director of communications for the office of state treasurer, Denise Nappier.

“This is an exciting opportunity and I look forward to working with Denise Nappier and her team,” he said on his Facebook page. “Corporate responsibility and shareholder activism are on her agenda, goals that I share.”

Barrett, a former editor and vice president at the Hartford Courant, is also president of the West End Civic Association.

His last day at the seminary is March 4.