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Hot Enough For You Hartford? Time For Some Summer Fun

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]Yes, it’s hot but remember those snowstorms and the cherished thoughts of summer and weekend fun?

It’s time.

Fun this week begins Thursday at 5:30 p.m. when Community Connections hosts its annual “Summer Social-Party in the Park” at Bushnell Park. The evening party includes tours of the park arch, carousel rides, music, food and drinks. Information: leadershipgh.org

Then head over to Real Art Ways for the “Bottoms Up” cocktail event featuring author Tim Federle.

TTEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD coverhe event, sponsored by RAW and The Mark Twain House & Museum, features the fun guy whose new book “Tequila Mockingbird, Cocktails With A Literary Twist,” celebrates literary classics and classic cocktails. The evening includes a showing of the documentary “Hey Bartender” followed by some of the book’s best cocktails and a book signing with Federle.

Tickets are $15 for RAW and MTH&M members, and $20 for the general public.

On Thursday, you can also head over to the Aqua Turf in Plantsville for the Calvanese Foundation’s Fifth Annual “Beer & Wine Tasting Festival” from 5:30 to 9;30

More than 60 vendors of beer and wine will be featured at the event which benefits foundation charities. Tickets are $30 at the door.

On Friday, treat yourself and go over to Simsbury’s Talcott Mountain for “Sinatra Under the sin2 (2)Stars,” a tribute to the greatest hits of Frank Sinatra, featuring the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and vocalist/trumpeter Rob Zappulla and his Big Band beginning at 7:30 p.m. The show is part of the HSO summer music festival series. Pack a picnic, grab a couple of chairs and a blanket and feel free to make a night of it. The gate opens at 6 p.m. The HSO Education Tent there, open from 6 to 7:15 p.m. offers family friendly activities such as music-themed games and crafts, the “Instrument Zoo,” and youth performances. In the case of severe weather, this concert will be performed on Saturday, July 13 at the same time. Single tickets range in price from $20-$45; and lawn tickets for kids 12 and under are $5. Information: 860-244-2999 or www.hartfordsymphony.org.

Whferriswheel[1]o doesn’t like a carnival and fireworks and a parade in the middle of summer? Tunxis Hose Co. #1 in the Unionville section of Farmington will deliver all three this weekend. The carnival opens Thursday and continues through Saturday, with fireworks planned for Friday night and the parade on Saturday. For more information go to tunxishose.com

On Sunday, the annual GE 5K Road Race, benefiting the Petit Family petiotrace2Foundation will be held in Plainville. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with adult races and walks beginning at 9 a.m. There are also kid walks, activities and a formal program. Information: petitroadrace.com

 

 

 

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.”