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King And Bieber Celeb Power Fills Hartford

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 king1Star power in Hartford? Oh yes. Because on Thursday evening, it celeb city at both ends of downtown.

Award-winning author Stephen King was the first main event, entertaining fans at a VIP reception at the Mark Twain House & Museum before moving on to the Bushnell for a sold-out crowd who couldn’t wait to hear the contemporary suspense and science fiction scribe talk at the Twain-sponsored program.

So what would his day in Hartford pan out to if it were one of his signature scary stories?

“There’s been nothing scary yet here,” said the 65-year-old as he prepared to greet the VIP’ers who were wined and dined as they met the author. “If anything I feel bad because all these people paid money to see me but I have nothing to give them.”

About 200 people attended the private reception including many who came from New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and beyond.

“We are supporters of the Mark Twain House and huge fans of Stephen King so we decided to come up to Connecticut for this,” explained Alan Lorden, who with his wife Renee, traveled from North Carolina for the program and reception.

King, a huge Mark Twain fan, stayed at the Marriott Downtown Thursday night, had a private tour of the Mark Twain House on Friday and then boarded his private jet for the trip to his home in Maine.

Asbieb King told tales at the Bushnell, pop star Justin Bieber had 13,000 people waiting for him to take the stage at this “Believe” tour. The 19-year-old made a less-than-best first impression on the 13,000 people in the XL Center when his scheduled 8:30 p.m. appearance didn’t materialize until 9:50 p.m. But for most of the crowd, it was worth the wait as the teen/tween heart-throb belted out hit after hit with staging that included pyrotechnics, a cherry picker sweep of the crowd and more winks and eye-battings than could be counted.

Perhaps the most envied people in town Thursday were the staff at downtown restaurant Salute.

Owner/partner Jimmy Cosgrove and his staff catered the King reception which means the heavy lifters over there, including owner/partner Andy Rizzo and catering manager Sean Jarvis got their own meet-and-greet with the author.

And “The Biebs?” Guess where he went for lunch?

Seems Dale “Daleo” Kirshnitz there took the reservation call for a private lunch for Bieber and his entourage and the restaurant sprung into action. A rear room was “privatized” by putting up a makeshift curtain made of tablecloths. Bieber was brought in through a rear door so as not to have to walk through the crowded main dining room and according to everyone; he was polite, gracious, kind and a good tipper.

“He had Bolognese and sparkling water” reported “Rose the Waitress” Sczuret who was assigned the Bieber table. “When Dale told me it was Justin Bieber coming for lunch I didn’t believe him,” she said. “But he was very nice,” she said about the pop star. “And he left a 20 percent tip.”

A Lot of Hot Weekend Choices Hartford!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]Yes it’s hot. and it’s going to get even hotter when it comes to the array of choices this weekend.

The events on Thursday are diverse and spread all over the city, including up in the air.

The big events are the sold-out Justin Bieber concert at the XL Center which begins at 7:30 p.m. and the nearly sold-out Mark Twain House & Museum program with famed author Stephen King at the Bushnell, coming in a close second.

Wkinghile getting a glimpse of  “The Bieb”  may not be possible, you can see King whose is best known for his books including “Cujo,” “The Shining,”  “The Green Mile” and “Under the Dome,” which has been the basis for the new hit tv show. A few tickets are still available

Ticket information: www.bushnell.org or 860-987-5900

For bargain hunters, today marks the beginning of the three-day  once-a-year mega event, the Tabor House Tag Sale at which continues through tabortag2Saturday. Merchandise includes household goods, toys and games, holiday items, small appliances, furniture, jewelry and more.  The event is at the convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph at 27 Park Road, West Hartford.

On Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m., organizers host an opening reception and early bird shopping event. Admission is $10. Friday’s hours are from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free on Friday and Saturday. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit housing for men living with HIV/AIDS.

Also on Thursday, if you are in the mood for an adult libation that will benefit a good cause, head over to Trumbull Kitchen in Hartford where a crew of Fox Ct personalities will be shakin’ and stirrin’ to benefit Camp Courant from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Around 9:3fworks0 or so look up Hartford. It’s Riverfest time.

The original celebration, including the fireworks, had  to be postponed earlier this month because of river flooding. The rescheduled celebration has been downsized and will feature just the fireworks tonight at 9:30 p.m. from the Connecticut River in Hartford.

Grab a blanket and a picnic and head to Bushnell Park Friday through Sunday evening for The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. Among the performers at the three-day event are Grammy award winning musician Arturo Sandoval.  The festival, which also features food and craft vendors,  kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. Information: hartfordjazz.org.

On Saturday and Sunday, Valley Railroad Circus Train & Big Top Show is at Essex Station and again on July 27 and 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Essex Steam Train transforms into an authentic circus train, complete with antique circus wagons,Essex-Circus-Train[1] clowns and more. Guests can park off site at Lee Company, 55 Bokum Road, Essex, where every 30 minutes the circus train will depart to Essex Station. At Essex Station visitors can enjoy food, amusement rides, a petting zoo and musical performances. An acrobatic show inside the big top tent and puppet shows are some of the highlights of the event. Cost is $20 a person; those under age 2 are free. Information: 800-377-3987 or www.essexsteamtrain.com

On Sunday, Fort Hill Farms in Thompson will host its annual “Ice Cream, Blueberry and Bluegrass Bash”  from 1-4pm. salute

 And if you are sick of not eating because of the heat, cheer up. the heat wave is supposed to break and a Taste of Hartford begins Monday. That means $20.13 three-course meals at some of the Hartfords’ best restaurants.

The promotion  goes through Aug. 4 for a list of participating restaurants and menus go here.


Hartford’s ‘Riverfest’ Rescheduled to July 18. Move Over Bieber and King

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Riverfest, the postponed celebration of the Connecticut River here in Hartford, has been rescheduled to July 18, it has been announced.

That’s the good news. The not-so-good news will be traffic and parking so start working on patience or planning. 

Because it’s also the night that pop star Justin Bieber will be at the XL Center for his sold-out concert and author Stephen King will be at the Bushnell where a large crowd is also expected.

 Forced to cancel the full-blown Riverfest party earlier this month because of unsafe water levels on the Connecticut River, the rescheduled Riverfest will feature only fireworks, beginning at 9:30 p.m.