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Weiner Coming Home To CT For March Of Dimes

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weiner (2)She is the brains behind some of your fav beach reads and she hails from Simsbury.

Author and Simsbury High School grad Jennifer Weiner is coming “home” Saturday for the March of Dimes Brunch for Babies in Avon.

So what’s new with her?

She “Spilled” with Java here.

HSO Celebrates Summer and Talcott MT Series

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tal4At first windblown blush, it seemed like just another New England “winter weather” party in April at the Riverview in Simsbury Wednesday.

But once the wool coats and gloves were peeled off,  it was all about summer, Hartford Symphony Orchestra style.

The HSO was holding its Talcott Mountain Music Festival Summer Kick Off, a party to celebrate the 2013 upcoming outdoor summer series that begins at June 28 with “Mozart in the Moonlight”  and ends July 26 the “Rolling Stones Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction”  at the outdoor Simsbury venue.



tal3But about the summer theme? Many guests took it literally and despite the less than summer-like weather outside, pulled out the stops when it came to donning seasonal attire for the soiree.

tal1Among those in sundresses was Nancy Remis, whose husband, Jim Remis, is chairman of the board.

“I’m trying it out for Taiwan,” she said about her dress and an upcoming trip she and the hubby are taking Taiwan where HSO conductor Carolyn Kuan will be guest conductor.

tal2The trip in a few weeks will have special meaning to Kwan, according to Remis. It will mark the first time the maestra’s father, who lives there, has seen his daughter conduct.

Also on hand were Hartford Hospital’s Dr. Andy Salner and wife, Pat Salner,  who were not only celebrating her  recent retirement as community programs director at Achieve Hartford, but their soon-to-arrive first grandchild.

“It’s a girl,” announced grandma-to-be, noting that her daughter Emily and son-in-law, Jason Bolton, expect the new addition in June.

King of summer wear for the night was HSO friend Howard Sprout who boasted bright yellow Hawaiian shirt, faux lei and a sunshine smile.

He had a quick answer to inquiries about whether the summer wear left him a bit chilly on such a cold April day.

“No,” he grinned as he took advantage of the food stations that included summer fare like burger sliders. “I wore my winter coat here.”

No $Million But Simsbury Guys Relish Awesome Ad

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doritoSimsbury High School grads Ben Holst and Jeremy Gilbertson may not have won the million dollars in the annual Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” ad competition, but they did get some really good exposure when it comes to the kind of work they do.

The ad “Goat 4 Sale,” created by the two with director Ben Callner, was one of two submissions in the online Doritos contest that was aired during the Super Bowl, considered the primo super showcase for ads.

Theirs aired early on in the game between the winning Ravens and the 49ers. In the USA Today Ad Meter contest, based on online votes, “Goat 4 Sale” ranked seventh overall when it came to viewer popularity.

But it wasn’t good enough.

Doritos only pays out the $1 million top prize and other cash prizes if the snack chip ads grab the one, two or three top rankings based on votes.

According to USA Today, the second Doritos finalist that aired, “Fashionista Dad” ranked a bit better at fifth in overall popularity. First, second and third place winners respectively were Anheuser-Busch “Horse and Trainer Reunited,” Tide’s “Miracle Stain” and RAM’s “Farmers” featuring Paul Harvey’s voice.

But Holst, a University of Georgia graduate who owns the Atlanta-based audio production and music composition company that worked on the 30-second ad, was still happy. Especially when he and his wife, Katie, tuned into the game and saw the ad within the first few minutes of play.

“I’ve never been a sports guy but just seeing the ad on TV caught me off-guard,” said Holst. Doritos did not alert the five finalists ahead of time as to whose ads would be shown. “Just that the ad aired before millions of people was exciting.”

Simsbury Men Make It To Super Bowl Prime Time

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The Super Bowl game between the Ravens and the 49ers was barely minutes old when former Simsbury residents Ben Holst and his wife Katie, were celebrating in Atlanta, Georgia.

And it had nothing to do with football. It had all to do with the 2013  “Crash the Super Bowl” contest sponsored each year by Doritos.

“My wife and I were just sitting here watching the game,” said an excited Holst who was reached Sunday night at his Atlanta home. “Even if we don’t win the big prize it is amazing that so many millions of people are seeing our ad. It so caught me off guard when I saw the ad come on so early in the game.”

“Goat 4 Sale” was one of the two finalist ads to be aired on the mother of all nights when it comes to advertising and of course, football. It is the comical tale of a snack food-obsessed pet goat who, when denied his Doritos fix, turns on his owner. Five ads were chosen as finalists but it was not revealed ahead of time which two would actually be aired.


The 30-second goat ad was created  by a team that include Holst, fellow former Simsbury resident, friend and  business partner Jeremy Gilbertson and Georgia director Ben Callner.

One of the Doritos ads that appeared during today’s game was selected by the Doritos team and the other  by an America votes contest that ran on Facebook the past few weeks.  Whichever filmmaker has the highest-ranking commercial on the USA Today Ad Meter ranking will receive a million dollars and a job working with famed director Michael  Bay on Transformers 4.