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A Weekend Of Crystals, Innovative Women and Taste Of History

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The weather is supposed to be warmer (we hope!) over the next few days so getting out should be a gentle spring breeze this calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]weekend.

On Thursday, the CT Technology Council will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its “Women of Innovation” awards program.

This year’s list of 59 nominated women  includes researchers, educators, engineers, managers, and entrepreneurs who work in biotech, pharmaceuticals, software, computer hardware, advanced materials, medical deinnovavices, and Information technology.

High school, undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated extraordinary and unique achievements in their technology studies disciplines are also among the finalists. The winner in the Youth Innovation and Leadership category will receive a $4,000 scholarship from Covidien, one of the event’s presenting sponsors.

For information go here.

Don’t forget about the kids!

The Commerford Kids Fun Fair and Zoo will be at the XL Center in Hartford  March 29 and 30, starting at 10 a.m. The event includes rides, games and a chance to interact with animals including elephants and camels. Admission is $15. Rides and other vendors inside the show are an additional cost.

Free children’s coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during event. Information: www.commerfordzoo.com or 860-491-3421.

On Saturday, the Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut will host its 27th annual crystalball2Crystal Ball at the Marriott Hartford Downtown. The event will feature Jeff Calhoun, son of former UConn coach Jim Calhoun, as the keynote speaker.

Dave Bedard, Senior Managing Director and CFO of New York Life Investments and his wife Ellen, are Honorary Corporate Co-Chairs.  Joseph Zubretsky, Senior Executive Vice-President, National Businesses of Aetna is serving as Honorary Corporate Vice-Chair and Bill & Sandy Selig are serving as Honorary Committee Co-Chairs.

Proceeds will benefit the organization’s Autism Initiative.

Foreaster information go to EasterSeals.com or call 860-271-0600.

Speaking of Easter,  a sure sign of spring is the arrival of the Easter Bunny. He will be alive, well and receiving visitors at Westfarms Mall beginning March 28. The Easter bunny will be at the mall Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the Easter season.

Make-A-Wish® Connecticut will celebrate its annual “Evening of Wishes” Gala on March 29 at the Mohegan Sun.

The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conSierraditions.

The evening will feature music, dinner, dancing and exciting live and silent auction items to bid on. About 600 guests are expected to honor the event’s special guest, Wish Kid Sierra. Sierra’s granted wish by the way, to visit “Harry Potter Land” in London.

For information on the gala go here.

On Sunday, take a trip to space in a space craft simulator , just part of the New England Air Museum’s annual Space Expo  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits include demonstrations and hands-on activities, such as rocket building, designing a mission patch, donning a real space suit, meeting R2D2 and more.

Among the exhibits at the event are UTC Aerospace, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and the Aldrich Astronomical Society. NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank will also be featured. Information: 860-623-3305 and www.neam.org

Extend the weekend to Monday because you don’t want to miss the Amistad Center for Art &amis1 Culture’s  annual”Taste of History” at the Wadsworth Atheneum beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Popular chef/restaurant owner Billy Grant will be honored at the event that celebrates black history with art, food, music and more.

Information: amistadartandculture.org or call 860-838-4122.



Flower Show, Parade Plans And More this Weekend

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1] Had enough snow? There is hope.

Three acres, yes three acres of spring and summer are a short drive away as the Connecticut Convention Center welcomes the  “33rd annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show.”

The show, which opens Thursday and continues through Sunday, features 20 gardens created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations.

This year’s  theme is “Backyard Paradise.”

There will also be the  Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s 2014 Advanced Standard Flowerfshow Show with its judged entries and hundreds of displays and activities and aisles of fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, gardening books, patio furniture, ornaments and more for purchase. Among the guest speakers will be Baroness Maureen Haseley-Jones, also known as “The English Lady.”

Planning your own springtime plantings? People can bring a 1/2 cup of soil to the UConn Co-op booth at the show for free soil testing.

Information: ctflowershow.com

Alsrawlogo82x62[1]o on Thursday, it’s Creative Cocktail Hour night at Real Art Ways on Arbor Street in Hartford. Music, art, dancing and the chance to unwind are all part of the popular event.

Information: realartways.org

Get your book and author fix  on Friday and Saturday.

Mbookohegan Sun will be the place where more than 70 bestselling and award-winning authors will converge Friday and Saturday for “The Big Book Getaway, ” presented by The Mark Twain House and Museum. Featured speakers include Hallmark Channel’s Debbie Macomber; author and media personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer; political humorist P.J. O’Rourke; former CNN news journalist Kitty Pilgrim; plus Sarah Addison Allen, Pete Hamill, Charlotte Rogan, Eloisa James, Jane Green, Susan Conley and several others. Many different genres including memoir, history, military, travel, health, mystery, romance, theatre, fiction and non-fiction will be represented. Guests will have an opportunity to hear authors on the main stage and in concurrent break-out sessions.

Ticket information: mohegansun.com

Oh the snow, snow  ,snow and the cabin fever,  cabin fever, cabin fever.

Deal better with both by heading over to Lyman Orchards in Middlefield . WinterFest[1]

On Saturday and Sunday  the place will hold its 42nd annual Winterfest, an outdoor extravaganza featuring snow tubing, ice carving, sleigh rides, husky sled dog rides, food samplings, and the making of sugar-on-snow with Ct maple syrup.

The Winterfest is open both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information: lymanorchards.com


Nothing like a parade to get the spirits up. Even if it is still a few weeks away. parade_opt

On Sunday beginning at 1 p.m., head over to the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury where the 2014 grand marshal and person of the year for this year’s Greater
Hartford St. Patrick’s Day parade will honored.

Beverly Concannon will be this year’s parade marshal and Dr. Pauline Olsen is Person of the Year in the annual parade that this year is held on March 15 beginning at 11a.m.

Sunday’s reception includes a buffet.  Tickets are $25.

Information: irishamericanparade.com





Food/Wine And The Grapevine At Mohegan Sun WineFest

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winefest5Oh yes, there was fine food ranging from cilantro Gremolata skirt steak and smoked lamb belly bacon  to fried chicken and lamb bourguignon,  and fine wines from Francis Coppola, J Lohr, Moet and Signorello at the 11th annual Mohegan Sun WineFest .

And there were celebrity chefs who were more like celebrity couples this year, with the well-known cooking personalities showing off their significant others at the three-day food and winefest1wine extravaganza.

Among the well-known peeps to see at Saturday’s sold-out Celebrity Chef Dine Around were Food Network’s Robert Irvine and wife Gail Kim (aka wrestler and fitness model La Felina), pastry chef and Sandra Bullock sis Gisine Bullock-Prado and husband, Ray Prado, and Terrance Brennan and girlfriend, Judy Lipton.

“This is a great event,” said Irvine. “It is one of my favorites and the people at Mohegan make it so easy for us,” said the “Restaurant: Impossible” host who was serving up Hudson Valley duck with preserved confit and py lentils.

Thewinefest2 (2) casino was more than hopping as crowds headed to ballroom and VIP areas for bourbon tastings, grand tastings, the dine around  and elite cru tastings, all providing the chance to break the dreaded winter cabin fever and get out of the frigid cold.

“It certainly is nicer in here,” said celebrity chef Donatella Arpaia, one of the event veterans who not only provided a cooking demonstration but also served up her signature meatballs at the dine around later in the day. “I think I have been part of this for eight or nine years and it’s one of the better ones I do participate in,” said Arpaia, one of several of the celebrity chefs who are veterans of the annual food and dining extravaganza.

Among the many celebrity chefs at the event were Kim Canteenwalla, who had a secret to share, He is planning a restaurant in West Hartford.

“We are still working on it but I have always wanted a place there,” said Cateenwalla, well-winefest3 (2)known for developing food and beverage venues at five-star resorts and co-founder of Blau & Associates.  His wife, Elizabeth Blau, hails from West Hartford, but that was all Cateenwalla wanted to share.

“It will be an American cuisine-themed restaurant but I can’t say anything else yet,” he grinned as he went back to preparing his charred octopus with roasted fingerling potatoes.

A not-so-secret secret making the grapevine was that very outgoing WFSB personality Scot Haney is turning 50 soon and is planning a very public celebration.

Haney is holding a birthday party on March 1 at Glastonbury Hills Country Club where he will turn twinefest12he landmark birthday into a fundraiser for the Chanel 3 kids Camp.

Among the special guests at the event will be WDRC radio personality Brad Davis who coincidentally, is also celebrating a landmark birthday around the same time. Davis will be in Florida celebrating his 80th birthday but plans to fly back for an overnighter to help Haney raise money for the good cause.

And speaking of radio personalities,  WTIC 96.5 FM radio personality Gary Craig was doing a bit of glowing at the dine around and it had nothing to do with the hundreds of wines being served.

It was apparently because he made the “pool.”

See Craig, who seriously dabbles in art and acting when not on the air, appears in the blockbuster “American Hustle” with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale.

And while his spoken lines are on the editing room floor, his appearance as a mobster in a bar scene is intact and he found out he is eligible for residuals when the Oscar-nominated film goes DVD.

“Make sure you watch the bar scene when you see the movie,” he advised. “You can’t miss me.”



‘Undercover Bald Boss Bozsum’ On CBS Friday

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undercover1 (1)undercover2You might want to tune in CBS at 8 p.m. Friday. Mohegan Sun’s well-known former tribal council chairman and now council member, Bruce ‘Two Dogs’ Bozsum is going undercover  as “Sam”on  ‘Undercover Boss.”

Bozsum will be undercover at two properties, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, and don’t be surprised if you don’t recognize the guy. That signature head of hair, well, he is unrecognizable to the employees he meets with as part of the show. But his hair is back and Bozsum offers a sneak peek at what’s to come when he Spilled the Beans with Java.

Q: How much convincing did it take for you to do the show?

A: Not much. I am a huge fan of “Undercover Boss” so when the show called at the beginning of summer we talked about the offer and I said ‘yes.’ I was excited to do it.

A: But part of the show is the fact that bosses sometimes get not so good surprises when it comes to finding out what is really going on down in the trenches. Weren’t you a little bit afraid of what you would find?

A: I have always been pretty involved and down on the floor when it comes to our business and I already knew how employees feel about us and about me.  I knew we would find imperfections that would need fixing would be brought to light. The world is not perfect.

Q: Another component is what jobs you did as your new “character.” What are some of the chores you were assigned to when you went undercover?

A: I did valet parking, some beverage service. I was a slot attendant. In Connecticut I helped set up the arena for a show and did some usher work.

Q: And of course, one of the most amusing elements of the show is the makeover the “boss” goes through so he or she is not recognized y employees. How did that go?

A: My own son didn’t recognize me. (Son Jacob works at the Pennsylvania location) We tried three or four options in make-up when we were getting ready for the show and finally decided on being an older biker guy. I shaved my head.

Q: Did you cry?

A: Not in front of anyone. But it all grew back in a couple of months.

Q: The most touching part of the show is when rewards are given to some of the outstanding employees who surface during the segment. Is it happening this time too?

A: Yes there are rewards including for some in Connecticut. I knew we had good people out there in our organization. But when you sit and talk with them alone for 10 or 15 minutes and hear their stories beyond the job. You take the time to learn about them. That was amazing.

To view a sneak peek of the show go here.


‘Two Dogs’ Bozsum of Mohegan Sun Goes ‘Undercover Boss’

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Bruce ‘Two Dogs’ Bozsum is going undercover celebrity style. The well-known longtime tribal councilor at Mohegan Sun will be featured on the popular CBS reality tv show ‘Undercover Boss’ in January. Here’s the scoop from casino officials!

‘Watch Mohegan Tribal Councilor Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum as he goes undercover at two of its properties, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, on CBS’s hit show UNDERCOVER BOSS on Friday, January 10th.

Towards the end of his term as Chairman, Bozsum went undercover at the gaming, hotel and entertainment destinations as he prepared to pass the business on to the next Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council. In the episode, Bozsum learns the high-stakes role of slot attending and nearly runs out of gas as he retrieves cars from the valet.

More details about this episode of UNDERCOVER BOSS will be revealed closer to the air date which is set for Friday, January 10, 2014 from 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.’

Get Ready Hartford For a Great Summer Weekend

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calendar_clip_art-1_optFinally Mother Nature is giving us a break by delivering what appears to be the kind of balmy summer weekend we dreamed of when we were shoveling out of snowstorms last winter.

It’s a weekend of summer’s best;  ice cream, outdoor concerts, leisurely boat rides, wine, food, golf and more.

All that good stuff begins today at the Mark Twain House & Museum. The Hartford landmark will be hosting its annual “Ice Cream Social.” And it’s free!

Sice-cream-cone[1]taff will be scooping from 5 to 7 p.m . And there’s more than just ice cream and sundaes. There will also be dancers from West Hartford’s Ballet Theatre Company and barbershop quartet music courtesy of the group Bandstand.  Information: marktwainhouse.org.

Then you can head down to Goodspeed’s Norma Terris theatre in Chester for opening night of  its new musical “LMNOP.”   Billed as “chaos, one letter at a time,” the show begins at 8 p.m.  The show goes through Aug. 18. Information: goodspeed.org.

Beginning Friday, get your Irish on because the 30th annual Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival kicks off at the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury.

The three-day festival is a lively mix of Irish music, culture, food, ands beverages. Among the bands featured this year are The Kildares, the Bogside Rogues, Unforgettable Fire and the St. Patrick’s Pipe Band.  There is a “Festival Colleen” contest, a “Men in Kilts” contest , Irish bread baking demonstration, “Celtic Cids” activity zone for kids  and sheep herding demonstration.

Shamrock_07[1]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. information: irishmusicfest.com

Also on Friday, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will entertain with “The talcott2Rolling Stones Tribute: 50 years of Satisfaction” the final show in its Talcott Mountain Music Festival this season. It is held  at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows. Bring a picnic, blanket and a chair and enjoy. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the show at 7:30. Tickets begin at $5 for children and $25 for adult lawn tickets. Tables seats are also available. Information hartfordsymphony.org. 

On Saturday head to Bushnell Park and enjoy a free ride on the  historic carousel to celebrate its 99th birthday.

The Bushnell Park Carousel is one of less than 200 antique wooden carousels still operating in the United States. the New England Carousel Museum in the process of a “Countdown to 100″ restoration and entertainment effort to celebrate the 2014 100th anniversary of the ride.

The free rides this weekend will be offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Birthday cake and punch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. Information: thecarouselmuseum.org.

Also on Saturday, New London will celebrate its historic waterfront with its “Fish Tales, Tugs & Sails 2013″ party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.. The free nautically themed family festival  includes public viewing of tug boats and other boats including the Mystic Whaler, entertainment, contests and  food.

Twinebotshe fifth annual Connecticut Wine Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Goshen Fairgrounds. sponsored by the Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association and presented by the CT Wine Trail, the festival features fine wines from a wide variety of local vintners, as well as artisanal crafts, foods, wine classes and entertainment. Admission is $30. Designated drivers can attend for $10. The festival is open Saturday from noon to 7 p.m and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Mike Love and the Beach Boys will kick off the annual Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic with a concert at Mohegan Sun. Proceeds this year benefit the REACH Foundation.

The golf tournament  begins Monday and among those playing in the tournament on Sunday and Mike Love HeadshotMonday are football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, NBA Champion Ron Harper, actor Richard Jenkins and UConn legends Donny Marshall and Scott Burrell.

And finally, don’t forget, Taste of Hartford continues through Aug. 6  and there are lots of great Hartford restaurants offering $20.13 fixed price dinners. Information tastehartford.com Enjoy!




Ahmad Rashad Classic Kicks Off With Beach Boys Concert

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It’s summer and nothing spreads the spirit of the season like a round of golf and really good beach music. Both will be delivered at Mohegan Sun beginning July 28 when NFL All-Pro, Emmy Award-winning sportscaster and college football Hall of Famer Ahmad Rashad kicks off his 2013 Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic at Mohegan Sun. Opening night will feature “The REACH Foundation and The Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic Present The BEACH BOYS” concert. The lone original member performing that night will be Mike Love, the main lyricist for the iconic group that has been performing the quintessential sounds of summer for more than five decades. Currently on a successful national tour with the Beach Boys that now includes his son Christian, Love was on tour with the group in Austin when he Spilled the Beans with Java.
Q: How does it feel to be part of the Beach Boys and still be a draw after more than half a century?
A: It feels fantastic. We are always pleased when we look out and see the crowds; it is very rewarding to us. We do see our songs as being appreciated by people and we see a range of emotions from the audience when we perform. Songs like “In My Room,” or “Surfer Girl” or “The Warmth of the Sun,” are a little more sentimental for people while songs like “Surfin’ USA” and “Fun, Fun, Fun” are euphoric. And you look out in the crowd and it’s not just adults who are singing along, we see children singing “409.”
QMike Love Headshot: Do you ever pinch yourself and think ‘I can’t believe we are still performing for audiences?” did you ever imagine as a kid 50 some odd years ago the Beach boys would still be so popular?
A: We never imagined a career spanning five decades. Although I know that when I wrote lyrics to a lot of our songs, I was not just writing for that moment or day or my age, but rather used a thought process that was all encompassing. I wanted the songs to be timeless. And sometimes that meant just tweaking some of the words and the result was lyrics that were a bit more universal.
Q: You’re coming back in CT again. And it sure is summer here. What will you be bringing with you?
A: Everything from our first song “Surfin” and “Surfin’ Safari” to “Kokomo” and an old song that never got recorded, “Going to the Beach.”
Q: The concert will be benefiting the REACH Foundation. What are some of your favorite charities?
A: The REACH Foundation is a really great organization that does so much for kids. We’ve been involved in raising money for several schools, environmental concerns, health initiatives, all kinds of charities. If you can use your celebrity to raise money and promote awareness for a multitude of causes need in society, that is a great use of your talent and time.
Q: So many people here were so excited about last year’s Beach Boys 50th reunion tour with your cousins Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston and David Marks. Would you ever do another or perhaps hook up again and do what I believe would be the 30th Beach Boys album?
A: the 50th reunion with my cousin has come and gone and it was a great thing for fans. There probably would not be another reunion tour but with different people and different circumstances, I’d personally enjoy writing with my cousin Brian again. We complement each other, he because of his musicality and me with lyrics and concepts. Is a 30th Beach Boys album possible?
Q: Do you still surf?
A: Only if I am in Hawaii where the waves are kinder and gentler.
Q: If you could only listen to five Beach Boy songs the rest of your life which ones would they be?
A: That would not be a good thing. That would be like asking which five of your children or grandchildren are your favorites. But if I were in a melancholy mood I would want to listen to “Help Me Rhonda” or “Barbara Ann” or “Fun, Fun, Fun” because they are uplifting. “Good Vibrations” is one of my favorites and so is “California Girls.” I wrote the lyrics for those. Brian did an amazing job on the tracks for those and the songs have stood the test of time. “Kokomo” I liked, I was told it was our largest selling single. And “Surfin’ USA,” although Uncle Murray (Brian Wilson’s father) didn’t give me the credit for writing the lyrics for that or some others. “I Get Around” and “The Warmth of the sun” are favorites, too. Is that five yet?
Q: I understand there is a book you are planning to write. Want to share?
A: We are finalizing a deal. It will be about the chronology of the group and our success, the challenges both professionally and personally. I also plan to address some misconceptions about us in the book.
I will also write about my transcendental meditation experience with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It was a huge benefit to my life. It gives me energy and clarity.
Q: You are 72.When does retirement happen?
A: Ask Tony Bennett when he is retiring. He is 86 and on top of his game.
Q: What is something no one knows about you?
A: That through my meditation, I am sure that if there is going to be peace, all individuals have to think and act that way to feel and be peaceful from within. The world is so fraught with challenges. There is so much pain and misery and suffering. Ultimately life on this planet has to get better. I hope that evolution will take place and things will get better.

Tickets range from $30 to $75 for the show. Go to mohegansun.com for information.

Snooki Gets A Sitter, Red Hair and Comes to CT

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Jersey Shore mom Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi took a break from motherhood and new baby Lorenzo with an impromptu road trip to Mohegan Sun  this week, attending emerging teen star B-Capp’s show at Mohegan Sun’s WolfDen.

With her dad and fiancé Jionni LaValle in tow, the trio hit up Ballo Italian Restaurant & Social Club for dinner before the show; dining behind closed doors in one of Ballo’s private dining rooms. Post mangia and music, Snooki posed for photos with B-Capp’s opener, Risky Business, then hit the slots and tables with fiancé Jionni.

Snooki with fiance Jionni LaValle enjoying the B-Capp concert at Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den on Sunday, November 19th.

MADD About Dancing?

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The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” has kicked off. How about some dancing a little closer to home for a good cause?

Mohegan Sun, with WCTY and Arthur Murray Dance Studios, will present the fourth annual ‘MADD About Dancing’ competition in The Cabaret Theatre on Friday, September 28.

Connecticut celebrities will put on their dancing shoes and hit the floor to help raise awareness and funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

The group of confirmed celebrities includes: Jocelyn Maminta, WTNH anchor and co-host for CT Style; Rudy Pauls, The Biggest Loser Season 8 contestant; Olessa Stepanova, Traffic Reporter for WFSB; Steve Sigel, executive director of the Garde Arts Center; Judith Green, Connecticut fundraising consultant; Jim Reed of Kool 101; Emily Audibert, Miss Connecticut 2012; Al Daniels of the Norwich Board of Education and Jaine’ Coann LeFebvre, Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen 2012.

The evening also includes a special performance by country artist and former American Idol finalist, Casey James.


Doors to The Cabaret Theatre will open at 7:00pm fpr  hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction before the celebrities take the stage at 8:00p.m.

Tickets to “MADD About Dancing” are on sale now $50.00 per person and benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving. They can be purchased through ticketmaster.com or at the Mohegan Sun Box Office.






Lauren “Dylan’s Candy Bar” Opens At Mohegan Friday

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Have a high-end sweet tooth? Are you a “Project Runway” fan who saw exactly what kind of couture can be created with candy?

Head to Mohegan Sun Friday when Dylan Lauren, daughter of designer Ralph Lauren, opens another one of her candy stores, her first  in Connecticut .

The celebrity candy shop, called Dylan’s Candy Bar,  opens at 11 a.m. and is located at Casino of the Sky in the space that was formerly Lalo Treasures.  The store will be home to 5,000 types candies including 300 types of bulk candy, novelty and nostalgic candy and candy inspired clothing and jewelry. The candy store has locations in New York City,  Houston, Los Angeles and Miami.

To make the Connecticut opening a little “sweeter”, the first 100 guests to make a purchase will receive a free gift: choice of either a round lollipop or piece of chocolate!