Celebrities, parties, shows and of course, some Irish green mixed in thanks to Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, is what’s up this weekend Hartford.
On Thursday, March 14, former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani, will deliver Central Connecticut State University’s Annual Robert C. Vance Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. at Welte Hall. Before his speech, Giuliani, also a former federal prosecutor and presidential hopeful, is best known for his leadership following the horrific 9/11 terrorist attack in New York, will meet with students and attend a dinner in his honor. He now heads an international law firm that includes an office in Hartford.
The annual Vance Lecture began in 1983 and has featured speakers including Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Lech Walesa, Ben Bradlee and Anderson Cooper.
Cindy Lovell, new executive director at the Mark Twain House & Museum, will be feted at a welcoming reception Thursday from 5 :30 to 7 :30 p.m. The reception coincides with the opening the Twain House’s latest exhibit “The Gilded Age of Hartford.”
Malta House will be announcing its 2013 roster of “Wonder Women” Thursday at a VIP reception at the home of Atty. General and Mrs. George Jepsen. Each year, the a non-profit that provides primary medical care to those without insurance, celebrates a group of women selected for their public service and philanthropy.
The group will be officially honored at the “Celebrating Wonder Women,” fundraiser at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day time and that means it also time for the annual Archbishops’s St. Patrick ‘s Day Breakfast, Friday at the Connecticut Convention Center at 7 :30 a.m. Guest speaker will be Mark Kennedy Shriver, nephew of the later President John F. Kennedy and son of Sargent and Eunice Shriver, the breakfast benefits The Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools.
And on Saturday, Interval House will host its annual “Step Up and Step Out” gala benefiting the state’s largest domestic violence program for women and children.
Honorary chair is Dr. William Petit, Jr. of the Petit Family Foundation.
The gala begins at 6 p.m .at The Society Room in Hartford and includes dinner and auction with tv personalities including NBC Connecticut’s Brad Drazen, , WTIC sports Joe D’Ambrosio, Fox Ct’s Joe Furey, and WFSB’s Kara Sundlun and Dennis House. Go to intervalhouse.org for ticket information.
Also on Saturday,
Need a good laugh and some equally good music? You might want to head to the Mark Twain House & Museum Saturday for the “The Jill and Julia Show” with Julia Sweeney and Jill Sobule. Sweeney, a mother married to scientist Michael Blum, is best known as a former member of the “Saturday Night Live” cast, the actress/comedian/author behind the perceived gender-neutral “Pat,” and the subsequent movie “It’s Pat.”
Sobule, best known for the top 20 hit “I Kissed a Girl,” is an accomplished musician whose work is personal and socially conscious.
Go to marktwainhouse.org for information.