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Super Weekend, Super Bowl, Super Groundhog Hartford

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Today, Jan. 31, take a ride south to New Haven where its popular “Flights of Fancy,” a wine tasting and shopping event returns from 4 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by The Wine Thief and The Study Hotel at Yale, the event includes  in-store wine tastings, special discounts and  giveaways at over 25 downtown shops.

Or head over to the New Britain Museum of American Art where you can fill your mind and your stomach at the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit there. Former “Hell’s Kitchen” contestants, Van Hurd and Kevin Cottle (now both with Jordan Caterers)  are hosting a series of French wine paired dinners at the museum to highlight the exhibit and the food of Georges Auguste Escoffier. There is still one more dinner after tonight’s two-hour event. Reservations are necessary. For more information call 203-272-8213

Former talk show host, author and director Phil Donahue will be attending a showing of his war documentary, “Body of War” at the Ridgefield Playhouse Friday, Feb. 1. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Q & A with Donahue. Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $5 for students.

salute_opt If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, there is still time to inhale those $20. 13 taste of Hartford bargains that continue to Feb. 3. Go to tastehartford.com for a list of participating restaurants and prices.

Fun, entertainment, exhibits, prizes will be featured at the annual BIG Y “KIDS FAIR” , Feb 2 and 3 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. the two-day event includes pony rides, a petting zoo, product samples, entertainment celebrity appearances, rides and family activities. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday the fair will be open from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $8, kids are free.

ghogLonging for spring? Six weeks away or around the corner? There is hope that on Saturday, Feb. 2,  Connecticut’s new state groundhog will tell us spring is around the corner at the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester.

The museum’s  “Connecticut Chuckles VIII” will let us know beginning at 6 a.m. when Lt. Gov Nancy Wyman  “swears in” the new state groundhog.  Shadow reading is scheduled at about 6:55 a.m. There will be coffee and for those who want to stop by and be the first to find out what Chuckles predicts.

goats--wfsb_244x183[1]Feb. 3 is  Super Bowl Sunday and if football isn’t your thing, (especially since  the Pats won’t be there) tune in to see the ads and find out whether two former Simsbury residents, Ben Holst and Jeremey Gilbertson,  and their Dorito ad make it to primetime. (By the way, what is it about Simsbury and goats? Remember this?


bred2And don’t forget Wednesday, Feb. 6 when the Greater Hartford Arts Council hosts its annual Big Red for the Arts at The Society Room in Hartford. Considered Greater Hartford’s premier food and wine fundraising event, the evening features  dishes from top area restaurants and wines and spirits from around the world. The event opens at 6:30 p.m.  with tickets $100 each or $375 for a party of four. For $175 per person, you can attend the VIP vintage wine tasting that begins at 5:30 p.m.


New Year, New Groundhog CT

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Longing for spring? There is hope and a new groundhog in town, well actually at the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester, the home of the official Connecticut state groundhog.

The nearly year old “Connecticut Chuckles VIII” will be the celebrity groundhog doing the honors at the museum’s annual Groundhog Day extravaganza on Feb. 2 beginning at 6 a.m.

The new guy’s prediction, spring around the corner or six more weeks of winter, is scheduled for 6:55 a.m. that day. The new celeb rodent will also be sworn in that day as the state’s official groundhog.

Staffers note “Chuckles VIII” moved into the museum after she was discovered injured and orphaned as a baby. The vet determined she would not be able to survive in the wild, setting the stage for her new career in meteorology.

She succeeds “Chuckles VII,” also known as “Molly,” who died in March from injuries suffered when she was hit by a car two years before.

For those who like the back story on Groundhog Day:

German settlers brought a tradition known as Candlemas Day to America in the 1700’s. It came at the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Tradition held that if the weather was fair, the second half of winter would be stormy and cold. The hedgehog had fulfilled these duties back in Europe, but finding none here, settlers turned to the native groundhog.