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It’s ‘Plan The Weekend Thursday’ Hartford

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A new month is set to arrive and summer is in full swing around these parts. But the arrival ofcalendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1] August means we are on  the downhill side of “enjoy, relax, vacation” time.

There  a few things everyone should do this season like packing a picnic, enjoying an evening concert, stretching out on a blanket under the stars and watching a good movie, heading down to the Hartford Riverfront, savoring the summer harvest, going to a festival or treating yourself to dinner on-the-town.

How lucky are you?! You can do them all this weekend.

karate-kid-box-front-1[1]On Friday, Aug. 1,  it’s a “wax on wax off” kind of night over at Goodwin Park where it’s “Free Movies After Dark” night. Featured film is the 80s classic,  “Karate Kid.” The event is free of charge. For more information go here.

The Wadsworth will also have a movie night with dinner on Friday, Aug 1. This week’s classic feature is “Bombshell” with Jean Harlow.   Dinner and music begin at 5:30, the film is shown at 8 pm. Tickets are available on the museum’s website. for more information go here.

Also on Friday, it’s “First Friday” at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Goza Latin Jazz  will be setting the mood with lively songs and dance rhythms. For more information go here.

This year the Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival at Riverfront Plaza  promises a fun time withcarib music and food and everything Caribbean at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza Saturday. The event features authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms. For more information go here.

Take a ride down to North Branford and feast on the harvest of the season through Aug. 3. The city will be hosting its “Potato and Corn Festival,” also known as the “PoCo Fest,” at Augur Field, on Route 22. The festival  features rides, games, food, crafts, tractor pulls, performances and on Saturday, fireworks. For more information go here.

Also on Saturday, Deana Martin, daughter of the late, great Dean Martin, will once again be featured at the Mr. Carmel Society’s 89th annual “Enfield Italian Festival.” “Deana Martin: Live in Concert” will also feature Joe Piscopo and Mike Marino as part of the program that includes music and comedy. For more information go here.

The free Monday night jazz series continues at Bushnell Park on Aug. 4. Grab a blanket and enjoy a summer night and good music. For more information go here.

saluteAnd finally, the summer “Taste of Hartford”  continues through the weekend with dozens of Hartford restaurants offering fixed-price menus perfect for your taste buds and your pocketbook. For more information on participating restaurants and menus go here.




Happy ‘Hours’ And The Arts Rule This Weekend Hartford

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The first week of June brings more than signs of summer, the end of the school year and the arrival of prime wedding and prom season.

It brings some seriously good get-togethers at some of the Hartford area’s favorite places.calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]

Head over to the Wadsworth Atheneum Thursday and get your groove on at is “First Thursday” party. The 70’s themed social from 5 to 9 p.m. includes hustle dance lessons, a 70’s band, body art, a disco-ball craft activity, the film “American Hustle” and a new VIP lounge. For more information go here.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will honor the 2014 recipients of the Student Stowe Prizes at the Big Tent Jubilee Thursday evening on the Stowe Center lawn.  Madeline Sachs of University of Chicago Laboratory High School (Chicago, IL) and Donya Nasser of St. John’s University (New York, NY) will receive their awards from Teresa Younger, newly appointed president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women.  For more information go here. hbs

On Friday, head over to the New Britain Museum of American Art for its “First Friday” soiree beginning at 5:30 p.m. The R&B band, Strutt, will provide the sounds and there will also be appetizers, beverages, a poetry reading and more. For more information go here.

Attention, lords and ladies of the Seven Kingdoms, get your fill of jousting, fortune-telling, fencing andthrones more at the CT Science Center’s “Liquid Lounge” get-together Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. The 21+ party is going back to  the age of knights, fair maidens and dragons and if you dress as your favorite medieval or Game of Thrones character, you get a chance to win glittering prizes. Food, entertainment, hands on science and more are always the features at this  downtown bash. For more information go here.

As we mentioned, it’s not all about that end of the day unwinding this week.

MTH Exerior.28.25.04Head over to the Bushnell Saturday night and get your Dan Brown fix. The best-selling author of books including “The Da Vinci Code” and “Inferno” is doing a program there thanks to The Mark Twain House & Museum. The evening als includes a meet-and-greet with the famed author for those with VIP tickets. For more information go here.

On Sunday, it’s off to Max Downtown where the Greater Hartford Arts Council will hold its annual wine dinner fundraiser benefiting its summer arts program. For more information on the wine-paired dinner and evening of fun  go here.

And in case you forgot, Sunday is Broadway’s Tony Award day and Hartford Stage and itsgentguide “Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder” is a front runner. The Stage will be holding a  Hartford party at The Society Room where guests will watch the televised show in New York and keep their collective fingers crossed that Hartford’s own play will be picking up its deserved Great White Way honors. For more information go here.

NBMAA Celebrates Spring With Gala

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artpart1Saturday was Kentucky Derby Day and that meant a given reason to party and then some.

Over at the New Britain Museum of American Art, it was not so much about horses as it was art at its “The Art Party of the Year” Spring Gala that, as usual, attracted a who’s who of the area’s well-known.

Among the guests were Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who was taking a break from the budget back and forth going on at the Capitol, and his wife, Greater Hartford Arts Council president/CEO Cathy Malloy.

Also attending were Webster Bank/Webster Financial chairman/CEO Jim Smith and wife Kathyartpart6 Smith and former Central Connecticut State University president Richard Judd and his wife, Nancy Judd.

While it may have been a day about a horse race (which guests were invited to view on a large screen television in the Stanley Works Center at the museum) there was also some buzz about the food. The gala marked the first big event to be catered by the museum’s new vendor, Riverhouse, of The Society Room in Hartford and Belle Terrace in Avon fame.

“We had a fabulous tasting,” said museum executive director Douglas Hyland who after sampling choices with the committee including gala co-chairs Kathryn West and Kathleen Kraczkowsky, settled on a menu including poached main lobster medallions, filet mignon, glazed short ribs and chocolate cherry cake.

artpart2There was also some buzz about the art that was up for artpart4auction including a piece called “Lady Slipper” by well-known artist and Hepburn clan member, Mundy Hepburn.

And then there is the groundbreaking for the museum addition scheduled for May 12.

“This is a bit of a celebration of that as well,” said Hyland about the new $21 million expansion that will add about 18,000 square-feet to the museum. “We’ve been talking about it for three or four years and finally the groundbreaking is almost here.”

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Jordan Caterers Closes Unexpectedly

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Jordan Rapoport, center, with then Jordan chefs Kevin Cottle, left and Van Hurd, at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

A well-known family catering business has unexpectedly closed.

The owners of Jordan Caterers Design Event Planners announced Monday night they are shutting down the family owned business because of poor economic conditions over the past several years.

In a prepared statement, Debra Rapoport said she and her husband, Jeff, “are truly sorry for the disruption this decision may cause and are incredibly appreciative of the support we have received over the past three decades.”

“We have always focused on putting our customers first and that continues to be of utmost importance,” she said in a statement originally posted on Facebook. “We are actively working with others in the catering community to do everything we can to limit the impact on our customers”

Jeff Rapoport told the Courant Monday there would be no additional comment.

The already popular Cheshire-based business gained additional celebrity about three years ago when it hired two well-known chefs who appeared on the Fox reality show ‘Hell’s Kitchen.’ Kevin Cottle left Jordan’s last year to be part of the Powder Ridge restoration project which includes a new restaurant. Van Hurd, from the same show, left the company two weeks ago.

The Rapoport’s son, Jordan, director of sales, had taken over the daily operations in 2012. He could not be reached for comment.

The  Rapoports began the family business as The Eaterie Delicatessen
and Restaurant in 1979 in Cheshire. In 1987 the company relocated and was rebranded as Jordan Caterers, and had two locations, Cheshire and Darien. The company had also managed food and catering operations at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Whinstone Tavern in New Britain, Guilford Yacht Club, New Haven Country Club and Artspace in New Haven.

NBMAA Throws The Art PARTy of the Year

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It was an artist’s dream at the New Britain Museum of American Art Saturday with a picture perfect springtime evening, more than 200 donated works of art, and a crowd that was more than ready for “The Art Party of the Year.”

More than 450 people attended the bash held each year to raise money for the museum’s education program, and they came from far and wide.

nbmaa2 (2)Probably traveling one of the longest distances was former Bushnell director Doug Evans who came with husband Mikolaj Bauer from Florida. New Britain was the first leg of an even longer vacation journey.

“We’re headed to Barcelona,” said the always dapper Evans, who along with much of the crowd, took time to watch the Kentucky Derby that was being broadcast on a giant screen in the museum’s Stanley Works Center.

nbmaa3 (2)Honorary co-chairs for the event were Webster Bank’s Jim Smith and his wife Cathy with Marzena Silpe stepping up as gala chair.

“We needed this to be a festive night,” she said, explaining the bagpiper who welcomed guests, the eye-catching white table settings with clear acrylic “Ghost” chairs that made “dining amidst the masterpieces” that much more special.

Beaming the entire night was executive director Douglas Hyland, who was celebrating the success of the museum’s Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit and already looking forward to the next big show and event.

“We’ll be having a Tiffany display next,” said Hyland about “The Brilliance of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Painter and Craftsman” exhibit opening May 23. “We’re planning a ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ opening for that.”

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Boxing Program Fundraiser, NBMAA Art Party

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boxingOn Saturday, the Manchester Ring of Champions Society will host its “The Earle Everett Memorial Boxing Tournament and Dinner Show”at 100 Bidwell Road in South Windsor. The event is the major fundraiser for the boxing ring which mentors at-risk youths from the Greater Hartford area. Among those who be part of exhibition will be World Champion and Olympic contender Mkuquan “Mikey” Williams.

The party starts at 5 p.m. and celebrity guests also include Marlon Starling, Peter Manfredo, James “Buddy” McGirt, Jason “Big Six” Estrada and “First Lady” of boxing Jackie Kallen.

Ticket information: 860-712-2616, 860-614-8877 or 860-643-5350.

It will be The Art Party of the Year at New Britain Museum of American Art Saturday as it hosts its annual spring gala beginning at 6 p.m. nbmaa2

The evening includes wine, food, entertainment and auctions. Information: nbmaa.org

Also on Saturday, The Connecticut Forum will present “Funny, Smart People” at the Bushnell at 8 p.m. Featured panelists are comedian, author and “The Onion” digital director Baratunde Thurston, humorist, author and “Daily Show” guest John Hodgman and writer, star and co-creator of Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein. Information: 860-509-0909