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It’s ‘Plan The Weekend Thursday’ Hartford

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A new month is set to arrive and summer is in full swing around these parts. But the arrival ofcalendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1] August means we are on  the downhill side of “enjoy, relax, vacation” time.

There  a few things everyone should do this season like packing a picnic, enjoying an evening concert, stretching out on a blanket under the stars and watching a good movie, heading down to the Hartford Riverfront, savoring the summer harvest, going to a festival or treating yourself to dinner on-the-town.

How lucky are you?! You can do them all this weekend.

karate-kid-box-front-1[1]On Friday, Aug. 1,  it’s a “wax on wax off” kind of night over at Goodwin Park where it’s “Free Movies After Dark” night. Featured film is the 80s classic,  “Karate Kid.” The event is free of charge. For more information go here.

The Wadsworth will also have a movie night with dinner on Friday, Aug 1. This week’s classic feature is “Bombshell” with Jean Harlow.   Dinner and music begin at 5:30, the film is shown at 8 pm. Tickets are available on the museum’s website. for more information go here.

Also on Friday, it’s “First Friday” at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Goza Latin Jazz  will be setting the mood with lively songs and dance rhythms. For more information go here.

This year the Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival at Riverfront Plaza  promises a fun time withcarib music and food and everything Caribbean at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza Saturday. The event features authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms. For more information go here.

Take a ride down to North Branford and feast on the harvest of the season through Aug. 3. The city will be hosting its “Potato and Corn Festival,” also known as the “PoCo Fest,” at Augur Field, on Route 22. The festival  features rides, games, food, crafts, tractor pulls, performances and on Saturday, fireworks. For more information go here.

Also on Saturday, Deana Martin, daughter of the late, great Dean Martin, will once again be featured at the Mr. Carmel Society’s 89th annual “Enfield Italian Festival.” “Deana Martin: Live in Concert” will also feature Joe Piscopo and Mike Marino as part of the program that includes music and comedy. For more information go here.

The free Monday night jazz series continues at Bushnell Park on Aug. 4. Grab a blanket and enjoy a summer night and good music. For more information go here.

saluteAnd finally, the summer “Taste of Hartford”  continues through the weekend with dozens of Hartford restaurants offering fixed-price menus perfect for your taste buds and your pocketbook. For more information on participating restaurants and menus go here.




Happy ‘Hours’ And The Arts Rule This Weekend Hartford

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The first week of June brings more than signs of summer, the end of the school year and the arrival of prime wedding and prom season.

It brings some seriously good get-togethers at some of the Hartford area’s favorite places.calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]

Head over to the Wadsworth Atheneum Thursday and get your groove on at is “First Thursday” party. The 70’s themed social from 5 to 9 p.m. includes hustle dance lessons, a 70’s band, body art, a disco-ball craft activity, the film “American Hustle” and a new VIP lounge. For more information go here.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will honor the 2014 recipients of the Student Stowe Prizes at the Big Tent Jubilee Thursday evening on the Stowe Center lawn.  Madeline Sachs of University of Chicago Laboratory High School (Chicago, IL) and Donya Nasser of St. John’s University (New York, NY) will receive their awards from Teresa Younger, newly appointed president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women.  For more information go here. hbs

On Friday, head over to the New Britain Museum of American Art for its “First Friday” soiree beginning at 5:30 p.m. The R&B band, Strutt, will provide the sounds and there will also be appetizers, beverages, a poetry reading and more. For more information go here.

Attention, lords and ladies of the Seven Kingdoms, get your fill of jousting, fortune-telling, fencing andthrones more at the CT Science Center’s “Liquid Lounge” get-together Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. The 21+ party is going back to  the age of knights, fair maidens and dragons and if you dress as your favorite medieval or Game of Thrones character, you get a chance to win glittering prizes. Food, entertainment, hands on science and more are always the features at this  downtown bash. For more information go here.

As we mentioned, it’s not all about that end of the day unwinding this week.

MTH Exerior.28.25.04Head over to the Bushnell Saturday night and get your Dan Brown fix. The best-selling author of books including “The Da Vinci Code” and “Inferno” is doing a program there thanks to The Mark Twain House & Museum. The evening als includes a meet-and-greet with the famed author for those with VIP tickets. For more information go here.

On Sunday, it’s off to Max Downtown where the Greater Hartford Arts Council will hold its annual wine dinner fundraiser benefiting its summer arts program. For more information on the wine-paired dinner and evening of fun  go here.

And in case you forgot, Sunday is Broadway’s Tony Award day and Hartford Stage and itsgentguide “Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder” is a front runner. The Stage will be holding a  Hartford party at The Society Room where guests will watch the televised show in New York and keep their collective fingers crossed that Hartford’s own play will be picking up its deserved Great White Way honors. For more information go here.

Weekend Time Hartford!

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And what a weekend it will be.

Get your dancing shoes on and support some good causes Thursday, May 15, including the New Children’s Museum in West Hartford and South Park Inn.calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]

The New Children’s Museum will hold its 18th Annual Gala Thursday, May 15  from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the museum on Trout Brook Drive.

Themed  “A Child’s World: Imagine the Possibilities,” the gala includes entertainment, dining and a celebration of the museum and its learning experiences and outreach programs offered to area children and families. Guests will meet some of the museum’s unique animal residents  and participate in STEAM-driven (science, technology, education, arts, and math) interactive experiences at the event. For more information go here.

southparkinn_logo[1]Also on May 15, South Park Inn, which provides services to the homeless, will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a party at The Society Room in Hartford.  The event brings two friends and celebs together again, WFSB’s Scot Haney and WDRC’s Brad Davis, as the auctioneers. NBC Connecticut’s Kevin Nathan serve as host. Special guest speakers will be Retired General James Throwe and veteran client, Todd Wilson. Party starts at 5:30. For information go here.

Also on May 15, the Greater Hartford Auxiliary of the American Cancer Society holds its annual Spring Luncheon at Tumble Brook Country Club. Java is pleased to be the guest speaker at the event that also includes a fashion show featuring clothes from Body Talk.

Thursday is Creative Cocktail Hour at Real Art Ways from 6 to 10 p.m. with art, music and rawlogo82x62[1]conversation. As an added bonus, if you ride your bike, admission is free. For more information go here.

Also on Thursday, Grace Academy,the only tuition free girls school in the Hartford area, will hold a fundraiser at The Society Room. beginning at 5:30 p.m. For information go here.

Friday  May 16, begins with the 11th annual Junior Achievement  Partners in Achievement Breakfast. at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The breakfast celebrates children, volunteers and educators who have participated in the Junior Achievement program. Breakfast is served at 7:15 with the program at 8 a.m. For more information go here.

tavolo2It will be all about shoes and more on May 16 as the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Costume and Textile Society welcomes Manolo Blahnik USA founders,  George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis as guest speakers.

The two, who own Arethusa Farm in Litchfield, Arethusa al tavola restaurant and Arethusa Farm Diary store in Bantam , are also partners with Sarah Jessica Parker in a new lines of shoes, bags and trenches called SJP USA.

Over at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, tv celebs and former CT journalists, Mika Brzezinski and Gayle King will be the featured guests at the first “Know Your Value” women’s conference. the daylong event includes seminars on  how women at all stages of their careers overcome roadblocksmika_opt to get their worth at work and create the lives they want along the way. King, now a co-anchor on  “CBS This Morning,” will be the featured speaker at lunch with an end of the conference  keynote address from Mika Brzezinski. who co-anchors MSNBC’s “Morning Joe. ”    .

gayle 1`A private meet & greet VIP reception with Gayle and Mika, guest SWAG bags and an opportunity to browse exhibitors will also be featured at the event that begins at 11 a.m.

For more information go here.

On Saturday,  party down to Pratt Street for “Hartford Has Style.”hhs

The event featuring fashion, food, dancing, and art will include a runway show, live auction andlogan_byrnes music. FOX Ct’s Logan Byrnes will host the event that begins at 6 p.m. and continues to midnight. For more information go here.

Also on Saturday at the Theater of the Performing Arts in Hartford, the Connecticut Institute for Community Development will host the annual Miss Puerto Rico of Greater Hartford Cultural Pageant. Contestants will vie for titles including “:Miss Little Puerto Rico,” “Miss Puerto Rico Pre-Teen” and “Miss Puerto Rico”  Besides the pageant, there will be food, music,and raffles. The event begins at noon. For more information go here.

Trashion, Tourism Cocktails…Coming Up Hartford!

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calendar_clip_art-1_opt It’s a long weekend coming up for some, one that is filled with renewal and faith of religious observances.

But there are also a slew of other things to do this weekend ranging from Easter-themed egg hunts and Passover traditions to an eclectic mix of cocktails, an Earth Day fashion show and more.

rawlogo82x62[1]Thursday is Creative Cocktail Party day at Real Art Ways in Hartford. The monthly event includes dancing, art, food, live music and cocktails of course.  For more information go here.

Earttrashion 44h Day is April 22 but the party starts in Hartford on Saturday.

That’s when “The Hartford Trashion Fashion Show” will be held at Hartford City Hall. Runway designs are made from recycled materials including bubble wrap, duct tape, junk food bags, straws and other materials. A $50 per ticket VIP reception begins at 6 p.m. and includes admission to the show. General admission tickets are $20. For more information go here.

And looking a bit ahead, it’s award time for Connecticut tourism efforts.

The 2014 Pineapple Awards, which recognize those individuals and organizations that pineappleexemplify tourism excellence in Connecticut will be announced at the 2014 Connecticut Conference on Tourism at the Connecticut Convention Center on April 24. The Pineapple Awards honor people and organizations from the three state tourism districts – Eastern, Central and Western and are presented in four categories including Excellence in Tourism Image, Tourism Ambassador, Excellence in Tourism Service and Hospitality, anFineArtFlowers_wadsworthatheneumF-10-2_WEB[1]d Volunteer of the Year.  For more information go here.

Also looking ahead, the Wadsworth Atheneum hosts its annual Fine Art & Flowers weekend on April 25 and 26. It  features floral arrangements and garden designs inspired by works of art in the collection created by community florists, garden clubs, and designers and a marketplace featuring hand-made goods for sale by local vendors.

This year’s honorary chair is WNPR’s Ray Hardman, who will be the special guest  at a Farm-to-Table Dinner on April 26. On April 25, professional floral designer Bill Graham demonstrates how to accessorize your “little black dress” by creating one-of-a-kind floral arrangements to mBest_Of_Cover-crop (2)atch any occasion followed by lunch. For information go here.

And finally, need help deciding what to do or where to go or eat or shop?

You might want to check out what’s been voted best on the CTNow 2014 “Best Of Hartford” list, volume 1. Congrats to all the winners!

Finally April And A Hartford Weekend To Behold!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]Sun, some milder weather and a new month mean lots of possibilities this weekend in and around Hartford.

Thursday and Friday are parties with a kick.

At the Wadsworth Atheneum it’s “Tango!” at its First Thursday After Hours event from 5 to dancing8 p.m. There will be tango lessons at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. by the Hartford Argentine Tango Society with music by Sofia Tosello and Tangolando. Get creative by making paper flowers, take advantage of the ‘3 in 30′ tour at 6 p.m., feast on Argentine-inspired food and see the film ‘Elsa and Fred’ at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for non-members, free for members. Information: thewadsworth.org

You can also get an early start on the weekend by heading over to theegypt Connecticut Science  Center and its ‘Liquid Lounge: Party by the Pyramids’ from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday.

Coined as Hartford’s ‘hottest’ 21+ party, the evening will include live music, dancing, gourmet food carts, hands-on exhibits and some special treats including a ride on a ‘tiger’ with Safari Bob, African animals, belly dancing classes, Egyptian crafts and more as the museum highlights its ‘Lost Egypt’ exhibit. Dress like an Egyptian for chance to win a prize.  Tickets are $18 at the door. Space is limited. Information:  ctsciencecenter.org

Tbledsoehis weekend it is all about UConn basketball in Connecticut but if you want to see a former football star, head down to the new Maximum Beverage on Route 10 in Farmington where former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe will be pitching his Doubleback wine.

Bledsoe is the special guest at the new store co-owned by ESPN personality Colin Cowherd.  Bledsoe will be at the store from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Saturday is also SWAN Day in Wolcott, Support Women Artists Now Day.swan

More than 25 female artists will be featured with their art including painting, dance and music.

Among the performers are them Damn Hamiltons, Vivienna Laflamme, Post Modern Panic and Angie of 1974.

The festival takes place at illusions Night Club, 1639 Wolcott Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 70th anniversary  at its ‘Platinum Gala: A Celebration of 70 Seasons’ at the Hartford Marriott Downtown on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. The black tie party includes a cocktail reception, dinner, open bar, live auction and a special performance by HSO musicians led by Maestra Carolyn Kuan.   Information: 860-246-8742 excamrynt. 326 or hartfordsymphony.org

And looking ahead, the Hartford Region YWCA will host its annual ‘In the Company of Women’ luncheon April 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Special guest will be actress Camryn Manheim, best known for her Emmy and Golden Globe award winning acting on the hit tv show ‘The Practice.’

Information: ywcahartford.org

And don’t forget you get enjoy some fine dining down in New Haven as its ‘NewHaven Restaurant Week’ continues through Apil 11 with specially priced meals at dozens of restaurants there.

And last but not least, for couples planning their big day, the annual Bridal Expo will be happening at the XL Center, offering brides and grooms -to-be all they need to know when it comes to planning a wedding. Information: jenskproductions.com










Last Weekend Pre-Holidays Hartford, Start Your Celebration!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]twainhouseIt’s the last weekend of the year before Christmas and New Year’s arrive. so let’s get in the mood if you are not already there.

The weekend begins Thursday at Real Art Ways with its monthly Creative Cocktail soiree from 6 to 10 p.m. Hartford’s Markie Gee is the DJ for the night. The evening also includes a recap of  the very best YouTube had to offer in 2013. A new exhibit, The Shadow of the Palm is Deep by StepUp artist Austin Ballard will also be featured. Information: realartways.org

Thanks to The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., The Mark Twain House & Museum is offering free tours to Hartford residents Saturday. City residents only have to bring along proof of residency to take that long-planned tour of Mark Twain’s house, which is decorated for the holidays. The museum is open 9:30-5:30; last tour at 4:30. Information: mallmanarktwainhouse.org

Some celebrity in town performing this weekend, too. Devon Allman, son of famed rock/blues singer Gregg Allman, will be the featured talent at Black -eyed Sally’s Saturday at 9 p.m. $12 cover. Information: blackeyedsallys.com

Thinking about eating out? You might want to consider Hartford and enjoy a trolley ride.

Several restaurants are among the stops as part of this year’s holiday trolley that runs between Keeney Memorial Cultural Center in Olde Wethersfield and Bushnell Park in Hartford.

Trolleys provide the free, continuous back-and-forth rides on Friday and Saturdays from 4 to 11trolley p.m. with stops at Costa Del Sol, Carbone’s, Casa Mia and Andreas, Mozzicato’s and Francesco’s, J Restaurant/Bar and Bushnell Park where Winterfest is underway. On New Year’s Eve, transportation will be available from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. The route takes about 30 minutes.

Looking for some on-stage inspiration when it comes to Christmas? Take your pick. Hartford Stage is featuring its annual production of “A Chrisnutctmas Carol” (hartfordstage.org) through Dec. 28.

Or you can take in the CONNetic Dance’s Nutcracker Suite & Spicy production at The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford Friday  or Saturday at 8 p.m. or Sunday at 2 p.m.  This Hartford holiday tradition is a quirky and fun take on the holiday ballet classic and includes athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop and seasoned with their signature sense of humor. Information:  860-251-9194 or www.conneticdance.com






Time for Some Fa La La La La Spirit Hartford!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]Less than two weeks and counting Christmas fans! And if you need a little fa la la la la lift, there’s a lot to choose from this weekend.

Thursday morning the Catholic Charities holds its 8th annual “Help and Hope Breakfast” at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco is the guest speaker at the event that benefitting families in need.  

On Friday, head over to the Glastonbury Hilton Homewood Suites where the Salvation Army and WTIC radio will hold the 24th annual Holiday Store “Pajama Party” beginning at 5:30 a.m. The event raises money and toys for gifts for those in need.  

Fridabeaty is “Liquid Lounge” night at the Connecticut Science Center. The party, beginning at 6 p.m. will include three floors of DJs, ice sculptors, gourmet food carts, games & crafts, specialty drinks and live burlesque from Hartford’s own Beat City Beauties. The entire event is Hollywood-themed and there will be prizes for guests who dress up like their favorite movie characters. Information: ctsciencecenter.org.

Hartford’s Nook Farm will provide a pleasant look back intime this weekend as it hosts its annual “Stowe & Twain’s Olde Fashioned Christmas.” Both the Stowe and Twain Houses will be decorated for the holidays Saturday from 10 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. twainhouse

The open house includes tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, entertainment and a visit from St. Nicholas. Information: harrietbeecherstowecenter.org.

Thinking about eating out? You might want to consider Hartford and enjoy a trolley ride.

Several restaurants are among the stops as part of this year’s holiday trolley that runs between trolleyKeeney Memorial Cultural Center in Olde Wethersfield and Bushnell Park in Hartford.

Trolleys provide the free, continuous back-and-forth rides on Friday and Saturdays from 4 to 11 p.m. with stops at  Costa Del Sol, Carbone’s, Casa Mia and Andreas, Mozzicato’s and Francesco’s, J Restaurant/Bar and Bushnell Park where Winterfest is underway. On New Year’s Eve, transportation will be available from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. The route takes about 30 minutes.

Lowadstree17oking for some on-stage inspiration when it comes to Christmas? Take your pick. Hartford Stage is featuring its annual production of “A Christmas Carol” (hartfordstage.org) through Dec. 28 , while over at TheaterWorks, catch the off-beat “Christmas on the Rocks” (theaterworkshartford.org) through Dec. 22.

And finally, the Wadsworth Atheneums’ 40th Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions continues through Sunday. Information: 860-838-4100 or thewadsworth.org

Wadsworth Festival Winners Announced

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The Wadsworth Festival of Trees and Traditions is over for another year, but not without announcing the winners in a variety of categories.

First place went to :

Fallen Heroes, Travelers Employee Club

Second place to:

Giving Tree, Atria Greenridge Place

Third place:

Christmas Camouflage, Alicia Sceery and Lucy Sander Sceery

Designer Tree Winner:

Here Comes the Sun, Macy’s Westfarms