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Parade Day in Hartford Saturday…Get Ready!

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grazIt is St. Patrick’s Day Parade Day Saturday in Hartford and restaurants are getting creative when it comes to making it a day of “saint celebration,” and getting the party started long before the 11 a.m. parade step-off time.

Among the recent additions to the long list of specials of the day is “Kegs and Eggs” at Vaughan’s in downtown Hartford beginning at 8 a.m. and at Hot Tomato’s at Union Station in Hartford beginning at 8:30 a.m. And of course, “keg” offerings, well I am sure you get the idea.

For complete listings of where to get into the St. Patrick Day Parade mood go to http://bit.ly/XXeujQ or  http://cour.at/ZlgrDB or http://bit.ly/YGOMix

And remember, on Saturday, as far as Hartford is concerned, everyone is Irish!



Irish Celebrate Upcoming Parade Honorees

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grazIt was one very happy Irish crowd at the Irish American Home Society Sunday, even if they weren’t Irish.

It was the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee’s annual reception for the Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade honorees and as the Guinness and the speeches flowed, so did the enthusiasm.

“Top hat and tails, that’s what I’ll be be wearing when I lead the parade,” said a very happy 2013 Parade Grand Marshal Jim Mulcahy. “That’s tradition.”

“I can’t explain how excited I am,” said Mulcahy, characterized as “the embodiment of the Irish spirit” by a host of speakers who lauded him for his work on behalf of others.

And that oversized “I’m a leprechaun” button he sports each year at the parade? He will be a’wearin it for sure at the March 9 parade, he promised.

The last name of the committee’s Person of the Year winner may not sound Irish but he is. Rich Graziano, publisher, president and CEO of the Hartford Courant and general manager of FOX CT/WCCT-TV advised the sold-out crowd that he is indeed one of the them.

“My mother was Irish,” he explained, emphasizing his Boston roots and his education that included Boston College.

“I have never been in a parade before,” admitted Graziano after all the speeches and awards were presented. “It’s exciting to be chosen for the award and exciting to look forward to being in the parade.”

Deputy Marshals honored at the reception were Sheila Dupuis-Green of Glastonbury, Kathy Saimininkas of East Hartford, Todd Barry of Marlborough and Dan O’Connell of East Hartford.

The Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be televised live on FOX CT on March 9 beginning at 11 a.m.

The Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. March 9, will be televised live on FOX CT.


Summer Wine, Golf, Music This Weekend

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Kick back this weekend and enjoy the fruits of summer… golf, music, wine, food and the luxury of time to enjoy it all.

For some of that kind of action, head to the casinos.

Celebs including “Goose” Gossage, Marcus Allen, Cuba Gooding and David Justice are among more than 30 sports and entertainment stars who will be partying and golfing this weekend in the Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Golf Classic at Mohegan Sun. The weekend includes a pairing party Thursday, a 70s-themed charity concert on Friday and golf on Sunday.

Proceeds from the classic and the  REACH Foundation’s Charity Concert will benefit the Y Achievers and Y Teen Incentive Programs (Y-TIP) at the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth & Family Center in Hartford.

The tournament also marks the grand reopening of the  Mohegan Sun Country Club at Pautipaug. For more information go to mohegansun.com

On Friday, Foxwoods Resort will host “Taste of the World,” a dine-around billed as a global world experience. Foods from countries including France, China, Brazil, and the United Kingdom will be featured. For ticket information go to foxwoods.com

Also tempt your taste buds Saturday and Sunday at the CT Wine Fest at the Goshen Fairground. The festival features wine tastings, local specialty food samplings and live entertainment. Tickets are $30 the day of the event. Designated drivers tickets are $10. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Information: ctwine.com

Got green? Get your Irish on at the 28th annual Irish Music Festival at the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury. The event runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday and includes international Irish bands, food, a children’s area and the St. Patrick’s Pipe Band. The festival is open Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is $10, $9 for seniors and free for children 9 and younger. Information: 860-633-9691 or irishmusicfest.com

And what’s summer without ice cream. Today from 5 to 7 p.m. head over to the Mark Twain House & Museum where free ice cream from Shady Glen, UConn Dairy Bar and Royal Ice Cream will be yours for the scooping at its annual Ice Cream Social on the Twain grounds. There will also be discounted tours, a lantern-making workshop with Hartford artist Anne Cubberly,  and entertainment. Information: marktwainhouse.org

Let you weekend seep a bit into next week as well.

Look up in the sky Monday for a vintage thrill and a look at history.

The non-profit  Liberty Foundation is bringing its restored  Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, used in the movie  “Memphis Belle” and a newly restored  Curtis P-40E to Brainard Airport as part of its  “Salute to Veterans” national tour.

The vintage WWII aircraft will be flying over the city that day as a preview to a public program on Aug. 4 and 5 when the public can book a flight as well as  tour the planes. The tour is designed to provide a national  “hands on” history lesson and bring awareness to the efforts of veterans. Information: libertyfoundation.org

And finally, treat yourself with a night out of dining. Taste of Hartford continues through Aug. 5. Take advantage of the $20.12 fixed price special menus at dozens of city restaurants and enjoy.