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Java Gets Asked Instead Of Answered, Lovallo Style

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danlovallo[1]_optThanks Dan Lovallo for the interview experience.

Java found it a  bit strange being on the other side of the question, for sure. But definitely interesting!

For those who would like to listen to Lovallo’s CT Talking podcast with me go here.

Java 250 Takes Another Look Back!

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oldjava2Through 250 years of wars, politics, development, weather, science, arts, sports, crime and education in Connecticut, there was 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. This 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 on the balls, parties, dinners, fundraisers from years past and share them as published then. Welcome to JAVA 250!

In 1867…

The Ball of the Bald Head

The inaugural Ball of the “Bald Head Association” of Hartford, an organization of colored gentlemen, was held at Music Hall Thanksgiving night and was a well arranged affair. The party was small but very select and stylish and was every way very pleasant to all who participated. Benj. Cumminger is president of the association, O. A. Odell vice president, John F. Rodney, secretary and Charles H. Bruce, treasurer. These gentlemen have spared no pains to make the occasion very pleasant. Many of the ladies were very tastefully and elegantly dressed, none more so than Miss Downing of New York, daughter of the wealthy Peter Downing, the celebrated oyster dealer, who appeared in white tarlatan, puffed, with a pink silver overskirt. Many of our Hartford ladies were very elegantly dressed in a like, with lace trimmings and the appearance of the party was quite brilliant. (Nov. 30, 1867)

In 1894…

The Inaugural Ball

Arrangements for the inaugural ball to be given by the Governor’s Foot Guard are progressing smoothly and there is every promise of a most successful assembly. For some years past, Mrs. Samuel Colt has led the march with the grand marshal, and has contributed in no small degree by her presence and cordial interest in making the ball the important social event that it has come to be. Mrs. Colt is in mourning this year and will be able to be present.

Major Hyde has invited Mrs. Frank W. Cheney of South Manchester to do the honors for the occasion this year and she has kindly consented. Mrs. Cheney and Major John C. Parsons, the grand marshal, will lead the march, followed by Governor Coffin and Mrs. Hyde and Major Hyde and Mrs. Coffin. The fact of Mrs. Cheney’s acceptance of this invitation will be received with very general satisfaction by the public, with whom the inaugural ball has come to hold a high place. (Dec. 19, 1894)

In 1912…

Social And Personal


Members of the dance committee of Municipal Hospital Ball held at the Hartford Club Saturday are shown above. Left to right, Miss Mollie Schwartz, Miss Alice E. Richardson, Miss Margaret Dyer, Miss Mary E. Sullivan and Miss Mary Fitzgibbon. (May 4, 1936)

A delightful afternoon reception was held in the tea rooms of the new executive clubhouse of the Young Women’s Branch of the Woman’s Christian Association at Number 79 Church street yesterday afternoon. It was especially cheering to stop from the drizzling gloom of the afternoon into the bright atmosphere of the cozy tea rooms, where, at either end, were the dainty tables with the shining, simmering tea kettles. Mrs. Edward W. Hooker poured at one table and Miss Julia Havermeyer at the other. Tea, delicious sandwiches, marmalade and cake were served. The tea was one of a series that are being given to raise a fund for a certain good cause, and all have been generously patronized by those whose interest has been awakened. (May 14, 1912)

In 1949…

Many Parties Precede Ball and Concert During Week End

The Connecticut Air Guard danced till morning to the music of Vincent Lopez at the State Armory Saturday evening. A gala affair, the State officers declared it to be the gayest and most successful military ball this year. Many dinner parties, buffet suppers and cocktail hours preceded the affair, while a reception for distinguished guests was held prior to the ball in the Officers Lounge at the Armory.

Colonel George Stanley, state Air Guard commander, and Mrs. Stanley entertained at a small dinner party for their week end guests, Major General Robert M. Webster, commanding general of the First Air Force, and Mrs. Webster of Slocum, N. Y. (March 20, 1949).


Looking at the defibrillator, an electrical device to restore the heart to normal action, which was given to St. Francis Hospital by the Women’s Auxiliary are, left to right, Mrs. Frank t. Mullen, auxiliary president, Sister Mary Madeleine, hospital administrator and Mrs. James J. Kennelly, chairman of the annual Flower Ball to be held Feb. 4 at the Hartford Hilton. (Jan. 15, 1967)

In 1967…

Auxiliary’s Annual Flower Ball To Benefit St. Francis Hospital

The annual flower Ball presented by the women’s Auxiliary of St. Francis’ hospital climaxes the gaiety which precedes the solemn Lenten season of the Christian world. This year the Ball will be held at the Hartford Hilton hotel on Feb. 4 with a social hour and dinner preceding the dance.

For this season, the Auxiliary has pledged $49,785 for gifts to the hospital. but that amount will probably be doubled through the revenue received from the Cheer cupboard, the good Samaritan thrift shop, the Ball, Sale of baby pictures and members hips in the Auxiliary. (Jan. 15, 1967)oldjava3

In 1970…

Bushnell’s Birthday Is Festive Event

Oh, it was an occasion to remember, all right, as the Bushnell Memorial celebrated its 40th anniversary last night.

It was a birthday-complete right down –or up, perhaps, -to the towering festal cake brought onstage as a flourish to conclude the program. The audience, in which there were persons who well remembered Feb. 13, 14, and 15, 1930, when Hartford’s now famous cultural center first opened, sang “Happy Birthday.” The City and State sent their best regards. And the Bushnell Memorial returned the compliments by giving-in the tradition to which the community is four-decades indebted-a splendid evening of music.

In addition to the formalities, it was an evening of lightheartedness and nostalgia as such anniversary occasions must always be. Appleton H. Seaverns presided over the more ceremonial aspects of the program. It was mete and right he should, not only because he is president of the Bushnell trustees, but because it was his grandmother, Dotha Bushnell Hillyer and mother, Mrs. Charles F. T. Seaverns, who established the cultural and civic center in memory of Hartford’s distinguished citizen, the Rev. Horace Bushnell, theologian, educator, public benefactor and patriot.

It was nice to have Katherine Houghton, actress in her own right, and daughter of West Hartford Mayor and Mrs. Ellsworth S. Grant, to cut the birthday cake. She is decorative and charming and home-folks and just what was needed for a festive occasion like this. (Jan. 14, 1970)


2012, What A Java Year It Was!

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sandyhookThere are no words to sum up the tragic end to 2012 in Connecticut. The shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who then killed himself, is the story that will be etched in everyone’s minds as one year closes and another begins.

And while the tragedy will forever define 2012 for most of us, there were others. And in the case of this column, these were some of the stories that proved most popular in 2012 for  those who stopped for a daily dose of  Java.

The Break-ups and Hook-Ups

haneyMany were stunned in the spring when WFSB personality Scot Haney and partner, the Bushnell’s Paul Marte parted ways. The two, together for 19 years, were a well-known couple who helped raise awareness and money for many Hartford area organizations in many ways including the coveted dinners at their Canton home.

There was another sad parting of the ways a few weeks later when foodie and NPR personality Faith Middleton and her wife, public relations agent Fern Berman, divorced. The two were married in October, 2002 at Manhattan’s Le Cirque 2000, a wedding that merited space in the New York Times.

petit_and_gf_20120105162039_320_240[1]One of the happiest hitches in 2012 was the wedding of Dr. William Petit Jr. and professional photographer Christine Paluf. Petit lost his wife and two daughters in a brutal home invasion attack in 2007. He later met Paluf, when she began doing the photo work at benefit events for the Petit Foundation, set up in memory of the family.

davidido2 (2)Also saying “I do” was former UTC powerhouse, multi-millionaire George David. David, an avid sailor,  married girlfriend Wendy Touton in Bermuda after the two and the crew shattered the race record in the New York Yacht Club Race. David you might remember, was a reluctant headline-maker a few years ago when he and former wife, countess Marie Douglas David, tangled quite publicly in a messy and very provocative divorce.

Also saying “I do” were  WFSB chief meteorologist DePrest, who married Cheryl McGinnis. And well-known Hartford artists, Tao LaBossiere and Amy Mielke, gave their friends a surprise when they staged a surprise wedding in February at the ArtSpace Gallery

Making the decision to take the trek to the altar is WTNH traffic reporter Teresa LaBarbera, who said “yes” to business owner Brandon Dufour when he asked her to marry him on Thanksgiving Eve. A 2013 wedding is planned.

Media Coming and Goings

mel1_optIt was a sad goodbye to weather icon, Dr. Mel Goldstein. The 66-year-old longtime WTNH meteorologist died 16 years after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma. It was an equally poignant goodbye to longtime sportscaster Arnold Dean, longtime host of WTIC’s “SportsTalk” radio program.

Former WFSB anchor Al Terzi jumped ship and joined Fox CT. The tv veteran serves as an anchor as well as co-hosting the station’s political program, “The Real Story.” Also joining FoxCt was Tom Dudchik, who turned his Capital Report blog into a weekly tv program called “CT Capitol Report.”

At WDRC,  it was deliberate goodbye to talk show host Dan Lovallo while at WTIC, Will Marotti, pastor of New Life Church of Meriden, announced his departure from the WTIC radio talk show, “State and Church,” a program he shared with former governor John Rowland.

At NBC Connecticut, news co-anchor and show host Yvonne Nava left after five years to return to Texas to be near family. WTNH weather reporter Erica Grow left her post to head to Washington, D.C.

Openings and Closings

gmillThe Grist Mill and the Millrace Book Store in Farmington unfortunately closed in 2012. Miss Porter’s School purchased the historic mill on the Farmington River for its own purposes, forcing the book store to close and the relocation of The Grist Mill to the former Carmen Anthony’s space in Avon.

Also closing in 2012 was famous Farmington restaurant and party spot, Murphy & Scarletti’s.

The news was good when Hartford welcomed its Spotlight Theatres and the accompanying Front Street Bistro in the emerging Front Street Entertainment district. It also became official that the famed Capital Grille steakhouse would be opening a location in Hartford in 2013.

noel_optFormer “Chopped” tv reality show star , Tyler Anderson, a star in his own right at Copper Beech Inn, finally opened his own place, Millwright’s, in Simsbury. In the meantime, famed chef Noel Jones called it quits at On20 in Hartford and moved on to Anderson’s spot at the Ivoryton Inn and its Brasserie Pip.

The People And The Events

SpaghettiThe Hartford area said goodbye to Mark Twain House & Museum’s Jeffrey Nichols, who left his executive director job in Hartford to take a similar position at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s historic plantation retreat in Virginia . Hill-stead Museum’s Sue Sturtevant, credited with initiating several new programs there, stepped down. At TheaterWorks in Hartford, artistic director Steve Campo resigned and  Rob Ruggiero was named producing artistic director of the downtown Hartford theater. The theater also gained some pleasant notoriety when Mark Twain House & Museum’s Jacques Lamarre, premiered his play “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti” there.

Fifty Shades of GreyR.J. Julia’s Roxanne Coady had the coup of the season when she lured “Fifty Shades of Grey” author, E.L. James (Erika Leonard) to come to Connecticut to talk about her naughty and record-setting “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy. More than 1,000 people, mostly women, dashed to the
Omni Hotel in New Haven to listen to the saucy English author talk about her very steamy books featuring the rich and experienced main character, Christian Grey. The story line, interestingly enough, includes a mention of the Paier School of Art in Hamden, chosen for inclusion by James because a friend of hers once attended classes there.

Parties and Stars

mraz8Connecticut had more than its fair share of celebs coming to town including former President Bill Clinton, who was the guest speaker at the Ct. Forum’s 20th anniversary program. Actress/singer Vanessa Williams and her mother, Helen, graced the Amistad Center’s anniversary luncheon, singer/songwriter Jason Mraz pitched in at a clean-up at Burns School, actress and author, Meredith Baxter, spoke at the Mandell Jewish Community Center’s “An Evening of Thriver Spirit” program while Archie Manning talked football, fatherhood and famous sons at the “YMCA Celebrates Champions” dinner. Author, blogger and syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington was the draw at the Hartford Public Library’s One Big Summer Night. ESPN in Bristol hosted a stellar list of A-list celeb visitors including actors Billy Crystal, Liam Neeson, Dax Shepard and celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse.

hal6The Mark Twain House welcomed actor Hal Holbrook, renaming its Great Hall in honor the veteran showman and Mark Twain impersonator, authors R.L. Stine, Sandra Brown and Steve Berry , and reality show stars, The Fabulous Beekman Boys to events and parties there.

mball1_optThe parties never ended in Hartford starting with Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s inaugural ball. The Goodspeed welcomed “The Good Wife” actor and Broadway star Alan Cumming and Hartford Hospital’s Black and Red ball featured singer Chris Botti. Hartford Stage’s then-new artistic director Darko Tresnjak showed he had what it takes when it came to throwing a wowsa soiree that include trapeze artists at the stage’s annual “Party in the Paint Shop.” The Gay and Lesbian Health Collective moved its annual “One Big Event” fundraiser over to the Connecticut Convention Center to accommodate a larger crowd. The CT AIDS Resource Coalition also need more space, moving its annual Oscar Night Hartford party over to Real Art Ways in 2012.

Noteworthy Winners

rich_graziano-345x517[1]Richard Graziano, who heads FOX CT and the Hartford Courant, was named the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Humanitarian of the Year. Steve Abrams, Ryan Jones and Linda Sample were honored by the Ct Restaurant Association. Connecticut Democrat, Fourth District Congressman Jim Himes made the Hill’s “50 Most Beautiful People” list and Christian Kim, a 26-year-old Yale master’s student and professional violinist was named to Cosmo’s “Bachelors 2012” list.