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Greater Hartford Arts Council Dines For Education

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ars22Farm-to-table dinner season got a head start in Hartford as the Greater Hartford Arts Council held its annual “Farm to Table” fundraising dinner at Max Downtown Sunday.

“These are the stars of the show, this is who you should be talking to,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proudly promoting college students Brandon Couloute from Central Connecticut State University and Gina Salvatore, a student at University of Connecticut, who both benefited from Neighborhood Studios program.

The dinner, which this year included wine paired courses including March Farm’s tomato salad, Secchiaroli Farm’s pork presse, Marwin Farm’s stuffed duck beast and Pell Farm’s strawberry semifreddo, raises money for the council’s art programs offered in cooperation with institutions including The Amistad center for Art & Culture, the Mark Twain House 7 Museum and Real Art ways.

arts11And while the reason was arts, there was talk of the big topics of the week, a minor league ball club being wooed from New Britain to  Hartford.

And while the governor has taken a “hands off” attitude when it comes to the controversial negotiating  being crafted with current New Britain Rock Cats owner, Josh Solomon, there were guests who don’t care about the politics of the deal, they just want it to happen.

“I am very happy about a baseball team coming to Hartford, said Rebecca Dalessio who came to the fundraising dinner with husband, Harry Dalessio.  “I think it will be great.”

Rock Cats Dowling Honored By Bar Association

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The New Britain Rocks Cats organization is doing more than playing some good baseball these days.

The team’s veteran president, Bill Dowling, has been named the Connecticut Bar Association’s “Sports Lawyer of the Year.”

Dowling, a former New York chief state’s attorney who has led the baseball club for 12 years, was recognized for his success as the president/CEO of the state’s Eastern League Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.  

He was cited by the association for his “exemplary leadership and innovation.”

“I was totally honored, particularly when I got the award when there are so many wonderful sports lawyers around Connecticut,” Dowling said during ceremonies at the park Tuesday. “I am thrilled.”

 “Bill is the finest example of how professionalism, generosity and expertise can, and do, work well in the world of sports law,” said the association’s Sports and Entertainment Law section chair, Attorney Don. P.Tutson Jr.


Eat, Dance, Enjoy This Weekend Hartford!

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shostIt’s the eating extravaganza of the season Thursday, the annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation.

Famed chef and organizer Billy Grant with co-chair Angela Pitrone, along with dozens of others well-known Hartford area chefs and restaurants, will be putting their best culinary expertise on the line at Marquee Events and Catering, 960 Main St., Hartford, as guests take advantage of dine around that also includes fine wines and libations.

All proceeds benefit the organization that fights childhood hunger in Connecticut through the No Kid Hungry Connecticut Campaign, Food Share, End Hunger Connecticut and Hartford Food System. Tickets are available at the door or go to ce.strength.org

rcatsPlay ball! will be the welcomed seasonal shout-out at the New Britain Stadium Thursday where the Rock Cats will play the Portland Sea Dogs for its first home game of the season. First responders will be honored at the home opener. And the bonus besides a good game and great hot dogs… fireworks! Information: rockcats.com


goodnewsOn Friday, The Goodspeed opens its 50th anniversary season with “Good News” Among the special guests at the opening night of the East Haddam theater’s golden anniversary will be one former actress who was in the theater’s first production. Get ticket information at goodspeed.org or 860-873-8668.


crystal_ball_20131662442[1]Also on Friday, The Easter Seals will hold its Crystal Ball at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The black tie dinner dance benefits the organization’s Autism Initiative. Honorary committee chairs are Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Mrs. Cathy Malloy.

Melissa-dArabian-10-dollar-dinners-still[1]On Saturday, Food Network and Cooking Channel star Melissa d’Arabina will be at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday at 6.m. for the annual Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation Suicide Preveniton Fundraiser.

The foundation was established in 2011 after Porco, an Andover resident, took his own life while a freshman in college. Food from all five Max Group restaurants will be featured at the event.

Go to rememberingjordan.org or call 860-904-6041 for ticket information.

And on Sunday, the Connecticut Ballet will present Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Tales” and Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Tom Sawyer at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Shows are at 2 and 4:30 p.m. and are part of is Family Series 2013. Information: connecticutballet.com