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Longtime Dem Joe Harper Celebrated

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harper2Former longtime Democratic state senator and political powerbroker Joe Harper was recently feted at the Hartford Club.

 Harper, who for years was dangerously obese, has been successfully working with Hospital of Special Care on a weight loss program and the event celebrated his renewed health as well.

Harper asked that proceeds from the event benefit the new “Harper Fund for Autism,” which will be used to fund operations at the hospital’s outpatient center for children on the Autism spectrum.

Among the guests were former state senators Steve Casey,harper1 (1) Don DeFronzo. Ken Przybysz, Billy Ciotto,  John Larson, Mike Meotti and  Terry Gerratana.



Like It Or Not, It’s ‘Bye Summer’ and ‘Hello Autumn’ This Weekend

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]It’s kind of the ‘glass half full, glass half empty’ quandary when you look at the upcoming weekend. It’s the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, and for some that can be both good or bad. But despite what season is your favorite Hartford, this weekend brings a lot of enjoy.

It begins today with two well-known al fresco dining events. Carbone’s will host its annual scotch and cigar social under a tent at the landmark restaurant on Franklin Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening features Carbone’s old world cuisine, aged single malt scotches, complimentary cigars, boutique beers, fine wines and music. Tickets are $125 a person with proceeds going to Carbone Family Charities. Information: 860-296-9646.  

At billings2the same time over at the Billings Forge Market Green at 539 Broad St., Hartford, there will be the annual Farm-to-Table  Dinner under the tent beginning at 6 p.m. The fundraiser showcases the best of the season’s harvest and supports the initiatives at Billings Forge Community Works. There will be food, wine, entertainment and auctions. Tickets are $160. Information: billingsforgeworks.org

If it’s shopping that makes your weekend, The Village for Families & Children will host a grand re-opening of its Second Chance Shop at 730 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury Thursday. The thrift boutique is operated by the facility’s auxiliary and benefits The Village programs. The grand opening and reception are from 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday also has a plethora of choices including the annual WOW Forum, a professional women’s conference held at the Warner Theater in Torrington and sponsored by the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. Guest speakers including author Ann Leary, NBC Today Show contributor Susanna Salk, artist Danielle Mailer and author Suzy Kline. Information: wowforum.org

Thappy (2)he Goodspeed Opera House continues its 50th anniversary celebration with the opening of “The Most Happy Fella” Friday. It marks the second time the opera house has staged a production of the musical about an aging vineyard owner who proposes to a younger woman via mail, but sends pictures of his much younger and more handsome foreman instead. The show runs through Dec. 1. Information: 860-873-8668 or goodspeed.org 

bbash6Over at Camp Courant in Farmington Friday it will be ‘superhero’ time as the camp holds its annual “Buddy Bash.’ Guests are invited to dress as their favorite superheroes and enjoy a dine-around, auctions and entertainment with proceeds going to the facility that provides free summer camp to eligible youths from Hartford. The party begins at the camp at 6 p.m. and there is an ‘after party’ at Trumbull Kitchen in Hartford.  Tickets are $125. Information: campcourant.org

Celebrate the official end of summer Saturday by heading to Hartford for the annual ‘Envisionfest,’ a  free one-day festival highlighting the city’s innovative history, arts and cultural assets. Hundreds of live entertainment and hands-on activities will be featured throughout the day with musical entertainment and dramatic performances on six stages, free admission to more than eight museums, landmark building tours, lawn games in Bushnell Park and activities along the riverfront. Information: envisionfesthartford.com

Ahclso on Saturday, The Hartford Club will celebrate its ‘140 Years of History’ at a gala there beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The evening will include cocktails, a four-course dinner, dessert room, music and dancing as well as live and silent auctions. Information: hartfordclub.com

Chef Leo Bushey Has A New Kitchen!

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busheyWell-known area executive chef  Leo C. Bushey has found a new kitchen.

Bushey has been named  as Executive Chef at the Clarion Hotel on Century Drive in Bristol.

An award-winning chef, Bushey has cooked at restaurants including The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and  the Acqua Oyster Bar in Vernon, as well as the the former The Emporer in Hartford, the Hartford Club, the Country Club of Farmington, Simsbury Inn and most recently his seasonal seafood shack, Fay’s Place, in Bolton.

“Our on-site restaurant and banquet hall is a focal point of the new hotel,” said  James C. Frenis, CHA, Chief Executive Officer of Prestige Hospitality Group, LLC , hotel operators.   “We are fortunate to have someone of Chef Bushey’s fame and caliber help us create a superb culinary experience for our guests.”

Bushey graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 1994 with a degree in culinary arts. In 2004, he was inducted into the prestigious Les Amis D’Escoffier Society and The Chaine des Rotisseurs.

The hotel  is currently being renovated and expanded with work scheduled to be completed next month.  The hotel will transition to a DoubleTree by Hilton and  include The Willows restaurant featuring New American cuisine and a 5,000 square foot ballroom serving up to 500 guests.




“Joust” Another Party for Mark Twain House

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If you happened to have a kyrtle or cote hanging in your closet, or perhaps that suit of armor lying around the house, you were in luck Saturday night. It was just the outfit for the Mark Twain House & Museum’s “A Knight To Remember Gala” at The Hartford Club.

It was a red carpet with attitude that greeted costumed guests who were serenaded by period performers from The Connecticut Renaissance Faire, and greeted by staff who did their best to offer welcomes that oozed Middle Age merriment.  Then it was on to relish fine meads and ales, as well as harp and minstrel music before all were summoned to the Feast of Kings.

Attendees included a host of lords and ladies and serfs and royalty with a couple of wizards thrown in for good measure including Merlin, courtesy of trustee Dr. David Haddox and Hagrid, otherwise known as museum public relations guy, Jacques LaMarre.

There were those who just showed up in their regular clothes, including Gov. Dannel Malloy who stopped by onhis way to his brother-in-law’s 70th birthday.

“I didn’t know there was a theme,” lamented Hartford stage artistic director Darko Tresnjak who wore a mere suit to the festivities. “I’ve been so busy with the show, I didn’t know,” he explained, referring to “A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder,” currently playing at the theater.

“I really didn’t know what to expect,” said Southington resident Dan DelBuono who along with his wife and friends wore contemporary cocktail outfits. “But next time we’ll know what to wear.”