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“My Feet Hurt But…” Hartford Was Just One Big Party

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onebig2 Over at the Connecticut Convention Center it was all black ties and class as the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective held its annual “One Big Event,” a huge get together to benefit the organization and its programs.

Drum roll please: The award goes to this group for hosting the “Best Political Hobnobbing in Hartford” event.

There was lots going on around town but somehow “One Big Event,” and probably that so charmingly pushy co-chair E. John McGarvey, had the players all in the same room for cocktails.

Among them, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and one of her best buds, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s Chief of Staff Mark Ojakian.

Ojakian gets extra points because he was not only doing political and civic duty but also coming off his own award high. Ojakian was tapped as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s “Man of the Year” last week for his fundraising and awareness efforts on behind of the society. His efforts were from the heart. His father, Gene Ojakian, was diagnosed with the disease 40 years ago and passed away earlier this year.

For more pictures of the gala go here.

(Is it my imagination or  do these heels not fit anymore? Awfully tight. And why oh why did I not park my car in the CCC parking lot instead of on Prospect near the Wadsworth where I must trek to next?)

A Hartford Weekend of Galas Galore and Halloween Hijinks

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]Java doesn’t know what to say except grab a nap when you can because the “going out” possibilities are almost too numerous to mention this pre-Halloween weekend. But here we go!

Yep, those Boston Red Sox are in the World Series so how lucky is the Greater Hartford YMCA! Former Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield comes to Hartford town Thursday for the “YMCA Celebrates Champions ” program at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Theredsox baseball legend, community leader and philanthropist will be featured at the event that benefits the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and Read to Succeed program.

Information: ghymca.org or call 860-522-9622.

The Norma Terris Theatre continues the Goodspeed’s 50th anniversary party with the opening of “Snapshots, A Musical Scrapbook” on Thursday.  Curtain up at 8 p.m. Information: goodspeed.org.

On Cowboy-cartoon[1]Friday, there are not only a few pre-Halloween parties around town but also a couple of events benefitting really good causes. Open Hearth will hold its annual Open Hearth Round-Up  at 7 p.m. at the home of Kelly and Jon Jarvis in Hartford. Proceeds from the western-wear fundraiser benefit the non-profit that provides services and shelter to Greater Hartford’s homeless men.

On Saturday, there’s a party in nearly every part of Hartford. 

It all starts at the Connecticut Convention Center where  the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective  will host its annual “One Big Event,” a black tie affair benefitting the organization’s programs. Music by Shaded Soul band, dancing, silent and live auctions, food, and the who’s who of New England LGBTQ life are highlights of the night.

Cross the boulevard to Hartford’s Front Street complex where the nearly completed Infinity Hall bigmo2 will be the venue Saturday for the annual “Big Mo.” Big Mo’ (the “Mo’” stands for “mo’mentum”) has been Riverfront’s major fundraising event since 2000, celebrating positive changes in Hartford and East Hartford, with a focus on locations close to the River.Information: riverfront.org

 Still have some energy? Walk up the block to the Wadsworth and don’t be surprised if you see revelers there ‘dancing in the street.’ That’s because the Amistad Center for Art & Culture  will be welcoming  girl group icon Martha Reeves of Martha & The Vandellas at its annual Fall Gala, called, of course “Dancing in the Streets.”

 PDAIEDA5[1]roceeds from  the dinner/dance benefit the center which owns a collection of 7000 items including art, artifacts and popular culture objects that document the experience, expressions and history of people of African-American heritage. .

Over at the Bushnell Saturday, the Hartford Symphony will be continuing its 50th anniversary celebration with a performance of  Walt Disney’s groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation, Fantasia. Information: bushnell.org

  We’re not done yet as far as Saturday goes. Get on overoddballblog1 to Arbor Street where Real Art Ways is holding its Odd Ball. Usually held in the spring, the costume ball was moved to Halloween weekend because well, what better time of year to dress up in a costume. Plan on tricked out galleries, eerie photo ops and outrageous tunes. Tickets are $65, and include treats by top local chefs, specialty potions, and a costume contest! A cash bar will also be available. If you just want to dress up and dance, there are  $25 “Just Dance” tickets available starting at 11 PM.  Information:realartways.org

Also, if you are in the mood for some football fix, head over to Hot Tomato’s at Union Station in Hartford on saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. where ESPN guy and former NFL standout Mike Ditka will be signing bottles of his wine! 

If you have some free time Satuday, you also might want to head over to the YWCA’s Money Conference for Women featuring broadcast journalist/author Stacey Tisdale.  The conference begins at 8:15 a.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center. Admission is free.



Hartford’s New Infinity Hall Big Mo’ Party Venue in October

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infinityhIt’s not even done yet but the anxiously awaited downtown Hartford Infinity Music Hall & Bistro  will be the venue for this year’s  Riverfront Recapture annual Big Mo’ celebration on Oct. 26.

And that  means a full social plate in the city that night. 

The Big Mo’ is an annual fundraising event that supports Riverfront Recapture’s efforts to improve the quality of life and urban vitality of the Central Connecticut region. bigmo2

Part of the Big Mo’ (as in momentum) tradition is that the party is held in a location near the river in downtown Hartford. Infinity Hall & Bistro, with its main location in Norfolk, broke ground for the second location at the Hartford Front Street location near Adriaen’s Landing last March and is expected to open in the spring of 2014.  

 “Big Mo’ celebrates the positive momentum that is building in the Riverfront parks and in the adjacent neighborhoods,” said Joe Marfuggi, Riverfront Recapture’s president/CEO.  

“Infinity Hall Hartford is excited and honored to be selected as the location for this year’s BigMo’ annual fundraiser,” said Dan Hincks, owner and founder of Infinity Music Hall & Bistro. “Riverfront Recapture’s initiatives to bring the riverfront to life are akin to our mission to bring live music to the next level in the region. 

Co-chairs this year are Chris and Kim Byrd and Barry Lastra and Alison Coolbrith.

AlOBE-logo-2012-600x275[1]so being held on Oct. 26 is Real Art Ways annual “Odd Ball.” Usually held in the spring, this year’s event was moved to coincide with the pre-Halloween weekend.

Also that night, the 11th One Big Event will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Sponsored by the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective, the gala is the principal fundraisers for its programs and services.

Get Ready For Some REALLY Big Events This Weekend!

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Got a lot to do around the house what with Thanksgiving in just a week?  Take a break, there are so many more fun choices around Hartford.

Treat yourself to lunch and camaraderie by going to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Greater Hartford Woman Against Multiple Sclerosis “WAMS” Luncheon today at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Keynote speakers will be Jill Zarin, formerly on Bravo’s hit show “The Real Housewives of New York City,” radio talk show host Lisa Wexler and Ronda Giangreco, author of “The Gathering Table.”

The event also includes  pre-luncheon boutique shopping  from 10 a.m. to noon. Information: 860-913-2550 or nationalmssociety.org.

Take a ride through West Hartford Thursday night and catch the glow of purple to mark Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. the Ron Foley Foundation Committee has teamed up with businesses in West Hartford Center that will be sporting purple lights and donating a portion of their sales to the foundation. Information: ronsrun.org.

Also tonight, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) will present New Haven’s CHOICE Affair at the Long Wharf Theatre. Kathleen Turner, director, movie and stage actor, and Planned Parenthood advocate, will host the event.

Turner is best known for her roles in  Body Heat and Francis Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married.  Turner, currently starring and directing at Long Wharf,   is the current chair of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Board of Advocates.

Real Art Ways will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Creative Cocktail Hour Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be $5  “throwback pricing” from 6 to 8 p.m.  and regular $10 admission from 8 to 10 p.m. Real Art Ways is located at 56 Arbor St. Hartford.

Start Friday with free doughnuts and coffee at Tastease , 70 New Park Ave., Hartford where owners Tony and Susan Mendes will be celebrating their one millionth signature bite sized doughnut.

The two, who nearly closed their store a few months ago in the midst of a building battle,  have  become celebrities of sorts with their mini-doughnuts that are considered edible works of art. Free coffee and doughnuts will be served from 7 a.m. to noon on a first come-first served basis.

Planning to be a host or hostess during the holiday season?  Need some inspiration when it comes to setting the table? The Connecticut Valley Garden Club presents its second annual “Set To Celebrate” exhibit at the Town & County Club in Hartford, featuring 30+ tables “dressed” for celebration.

The two-day display includes designer tables, children’s table., hall entry tables, romantic tables and holiday tables. The two-day show is open Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $40 a person if purchased in advance at www.Set2Celebrate.net and $25 at the door. Box lunches can also be ordered .

Proceeds  will go toward  the construction of the new handicap accessible Heritage Rose Garden at Elizabeth Park.

Also on Friday, Mercy Housing will hold its “Dreams Can Come True” gala at the Hilton Hartford. Honorary co-chairs are Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. Proceeds benefit the center that provides housing assistance and support services to the homeless.  Information:  mercyhousingct.org

The eighth annual Not-So-Snooty Beer, Wine & Cheese Tasting Adventure benefiting “The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp”  will be held Friday from 6 to 8 :30 p.m. at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks. Samples from local breweries, wineries and cheese-making companies will be featured at the event hosted by Bradley Family Day, Inc., a non-profit group that has been raising funds for the camp for the past 20 years. Information: 860-627-3116.

On Saturday, head over to the Connecticut Convention Center for the 10th annual  One Big Event, the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective Gala. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing  with Jacques Lamarre as emcee. Information: 860-278-4163.