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Lots to Do As January Turns To February

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]Well, the good news is another month of winter is almost done. The better news is that January goes out on a great note and February begins on an even better one as the months  change.

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. , Wadsworth Atheneums’s executive director Susan Talbot  will welcome Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang for a program that will include a screening of the award-winheartning film,”The Great Beauty.”

The program, titled “On Stage  David Lang & Susan Talbot” will  include a discussion the  Yale professor about his music and involvement in filmmaker Pablo Sorrentino  films.

Information: thewadsworth.org.

It may still be January but most people have a bit of Valentine’s Day on their minds and thatmunson means thoughts of chocolate.

On Thursday, The United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut will host its “Red, White and Chocolate” fundraiser benefiting its Women’s Leadership Council.

The tasty evening will be held at The Pond House Cafe at Elizabeth Park and will feature  30 wines from eight distributors and assorted Munson’s chocolates. There will also be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  The party begins at 5: 30 p.m. Information: unitedwayinc.org

Think of it as a winter block party.

winebotsThat is what is happening in Hartford’s West End Saturday when more than 300 neighbors get together for the neighborhood’s annual  dine around.

The festivities begin with cocktails and appetizers at UConn Law School, followed by dinner at  31 different homes  and then dessert and coffee for everyone at yet another home.
Proceeds from the event benefit the West End Civic Association.

Like so many others, are you afraid spring is just never going to arrive?  Cheer up! There is hope in the form of a little furry forecaster at the Lutz Children’s Museum Sunday. (And you can catch her act long before settling down for the annual Super Bowl contest.)

Chuckles VIII,  the resident groundhog there,  will do her Groundhog Day duty  and depending on whether she sees his shadow or not, determine if there are six more weeks of winter or a spring that is just around the corner.

The chuckles3season predicting “coming out” will happen just  before 7 a.m. Coffee and breakfast foods will be available. Information: 860-643-0949 or lutzmuseum.org

Also this weekend, whether you have or have not seen  “War Horse,” head over to the Bushnell for its production of the Broadway and Oscar-nominated  hit.  Bring tissues and your listening ears. Joey the horse and the incredible puppeteers  more than deserved the opening night standing ovation.

Also, Steve Martin’s “The Underpants”  continues at Hartford Stage and over at TheaterWorks, catch “Freud’s Last Session .”

Also, if you haven’t done it yet, this is your last weekend to take a spin around the ice skatingskating rink at Hartford’s  WinterFest at Bushnell Park. Information: hartford.com




Hoist One At Bushnell WinterFest

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beerAlong with hot chocolate and a bigger skating rink for more family fun, something else is being added to Hartford’s downtown “WinterFest” at Bushnell Park.


Billed as “The only thing better than happy hour is happy hour with ice-skating,” the park’s Pond House, located near the rink on the east end of the park, is being turned into a temporary beer garden as part of the seasonal festival.

Bloomfield Thomas Hooker beers will be sold at the beer garden on Friday, Dec. 13, Dec. 27, Jan .10 and Jan. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. weather permitting. Only those 21 and older will be served.

“There is a great, young, corporate audience that wants to hang out,” said Kristin Newman-Scott, who oversees marketing, cultural affairs and special events for the city. “This will be a managed space that will be well monitored,” she said about the beer garden. “We don’t expect anyone to drink profusely or become belligerent.”

A portion of the sales will be donated to the festival and on one evening, proceeds will be donatedwinterfest to the Bushnell Park Foundation.

Newman-Scott said it is not the first time a beer garden has been part of a city-sponsored event. She said beer gardens were also part of summer’s “Envisionfest” and “Movies in the Park.”

“It’s another opportunity to being new people downtown the other parts of the park,” she said.

The festival offers free skating and free skate rentals from 11 a.m. 8 p.m. seven days a week. There are also carousel rides Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $1. There will be free photos with Santa on Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22.

WinterFest continues through Feb. 1.

Do You Know It’s Christmas? Pretty Soon Hartford!

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What’s a holiday without a couple of landmark traditions. And here they come this weekend so let the holiday season begin!

Of course, Hartford’s Winterfest at Bushnell Park i sunderway and that holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol,” has opened at Hartford Stage. But there’s more, much more.

On Friday, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s 39th Annual Festival of Trees and Traditions officially opens, once again offering galleries full of trees, wreaths, centerpieces and more. The annual event, one of the city’s most well-known holiday events coordinated by the atheneum Women’s Committee, also includes daily entertainment, children’s activities and special programs for the family. Visitors also have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind trees and decorations created by community organizations and Hartford artists. The exhibit runs through Dec. 9 and kicks off with a “Night of Illumination” preview party Thursday at 6 p.m. For information go to thewadsworth.org. (please note: December 1-2, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can celebrate the holiday season with free admission to the Bruce Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art)

Also on Thursday, the American Heart Assn. will hold its 10th anniversary “Go Red for Women” reception at the Hoffman Audi Showroom, 700 Connecticut Blvd., East Hartford beginning at 6 p.m. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will give welcoming remarks.

On Friday,  the Children’s Law Center of Connecticut will holds its annual holiday  fundraiser, “Imagine 2012″  at Hartford Golf Club. The evening, which benefits the non-profit, includes cocktails, light dinner and auctions.  For more information go to www.clcct.org.

On Saturday at 8 p.m.,  The CT Forum will host “Vision & Brilliance,” a panel discussion at the Bushnell focusing on technology, science, design and the future. Moderated by NPR’s John Dankosky,  panel members are astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, comics cult figure Neil Gaiman, and designer Neri Oxman. for ticket information go to ctforum.org.

The holiday feel also continues Saturday at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme where the annual “The Magic of Christmas, a holiday tradition” tree and art display opens and continues through Jan. 6. Centerpiece for the display is Miss Florence’s  Artist Tree featuring over 130 painted palettes from artists across the country. Go to flogris.org for information.

Also on Dec. 1, the Bushnell will host its annual Breakfast with Santa event. Breakfast, carolers, crafts, pictures with Santa, visits with the elves and Mrs. Claus and more will be featured. go to  bushnell.org for information.

On Dec. 2, American composer and musician Tim Janis will perform at a Christmas concert benefiting  Tabor House, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent at 27 Park Road , West Hartford. Janis is coming to Ct from performances at Carnegie Hall and is well-known for his altruism and charitable work for nuns. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

 The Friends of  the Mark Twain House & Museum holds its annual Holiday House Tour Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Five  homes in Hartford and West Hartford, along with Mark Twain’s 19-room home on Farmington Avenue in Hartford, will be opened for viewing.

Each historic home will be decorated for the holidays and will feature live music and floral arrangements.

Advance tickets are $30 each and also can be purchased at The Mark Twain House or by calling 860-280-3130. Tickets will be $35 each on the day of the tour.   Proceeds from the tour will benefit the continued restoration, preservation, and education programs of The Mark Twain House & Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.

Go to marktwainhouse.org for ticket information.



Clang Clang Clang Goes the Trolley Hartford!

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There’s more than just Hartford’s Winterfest, Black Friday shopping and Thanksgiving leftovers this weekend.

The trolley is back, too!

Beginning Friday, the 3rd annual Holiday Trolley resumes its seasonal transportation between  Wethersfield and several stops in Hartford.

The 25-minute ride begins at Lucky Lou’s in Old Wethersfield with stops at Carbone’s, J Restaurant, Costa Del Sol, and Bushnell Park. The free rides offer a fun and affordable way to travel around the city, go out for dinner, ice skate and take advantage of other holiday events including the Bushnell Park carousel, carolers, Santa and cookies are also part of the ride. Riders can get off or get on the trolley at any stop on the route.

Rides begin at 5 p.m. and continue through 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through December and including New  Year’s Eve.