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Manheim Catches UConn Fever At Annual YWCA Luncheon

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camryn1That UConn “bleed blue” fever seemed to have hit everyone at the Connecticut Convention Center Tuesday in the wake of Monday’s UConn Men’s Basketball Team NCAA championship win.

Even a well-known actress seemed to have caught the ‘Husky Hot!’

“I had planned to go to bed when I got to Hartford but I had to stay up and watch the game,” said actress Camryn Manheim, who was in town to speak at the Hartford Region YWCA’s annual “In the Company of Women” luncheon. “I got in Monday night and put on tv and watched with bated breath,” she said, referring to the late night game and UConn’s win over Kentucky. “I’m a full blown UConn fan now and told everyone they have to text me tonight on how the women do,” she said referring to Tuesday’s championship game between the UConn Women’s Basketball team and Notre Dame.”I can’t watch it, I’ll be on a plane headed back to California, but I want to know who wins.”

Manheim had more to talk about then just sports. Best known for her role as the strong-willed camryn2and plus-sized Ellenor Frutt in the former award-winning tv show “The Practice,” Manheim said she wished she had a strong female role model when she was growing up.

“I want to make sure I now put out a productive message,” said Manheim, credited with being an outspoken activist and an actress who broke the body size stereotype during her successful career.

“I think we have to impress on young women and young men, that what your body looks like is not what is important,” she said, as she signed issues of Hartford Magazine that included an interview with the 53-year-old. “It’s about do you do good service, are you a good person, do you contricamryn4bute to community.”

About 1,400 people attended the fundraiser that also included some pop-up shopping and the lunch featuring Manheim and chaired by Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson and Julie Trowbridge-Dillman.

And yes, there were lots of bleary –eyed people who agreed a late Monday night watching UConn win was more than worth it the loss of a few zzzs.

“With all the bad things that Connecticut seems to be known for lately, the UConn men and women’s teams have put Connecticut in a positive light and we needed it,” said Shannon McCay, a Bloomfield resident who was attending the luncheon for the first time. “We figure we can catch up on my sleep later in the week,” she said smiling. “Monday night and Tuesday night are all about basketball at my house. We want to make sure Kevin Ollie and Geno Auriemma and their teams know they are very worth staying up late for.”



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










TV Personalities In The News, Hell’s Kitchen Looking for Chefs!

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Fox Ct co-anchor Laurie Perez was one of 37 women honored Wednesday by the New Britain YWCA at its 15th Biennial Women in Leadership Luncheon.

Perez, who is also co-host of FOX CT’s weekly political show “The Real Story”, and five others, were inducted into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders at the luncheon.

The event recognizes women in central Connecticut who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and outstanding achievements.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Laurie. She works as an anchor, hosts a political show, reports on major news stories yet finds time to help other women through her volunteerism and mentoring. We are proud that she is a member of the FOX CT News team,” said Coleen Marren, FOX CT News Director.

Other women inducted in the academy were State Rep. Elizabeth Boukus, Central Connecticut State University professor Carolyn Fallahi, Coram Deo Recovery case manager Theresa Leonard, New Britain High School Academy for Health Professions and Hospital for Special Care consultant Maria Pietrantuono and Career Development Specialist at the Connecticut Department of Labor, Diana Ryan.

Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin was the guest speaker. FOX CT anchor Alison Morris emceed the event.

An additional 31 women were also honored for their community service and outreach efforts at the luncheon at the Aqua Turf in Southington.

And at WFSB…

Dan Kain may have not been feted recently but he surely will be in the next few weeks. He is retiring.

Kain, who has worked at WFSB for 25 years, will step down on June 7.

As far as naming a replacement to the story-telling beat?

“Hard to say,”said news director Dana Neves. “Dan is really and truly irreplaceable!!”

And speaking of tv, do you want to be on it?

Gordon_Ramsay[1]Fox TV is looking for chefs/cooks who want to be on “Hell’s Kitchen” with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

The reality show pits one cook against another and ultimately ends with someone being chosen by the hot-headed Ramsay to oversee the kitchen at one of his world-famous restaurants.

If you are interested, send an email to HKCasting2013@gmail.com

In the subject line put your name and the city and state where you live. In the body of the email include your name, where you live, your address, you present occupation, a photo of yourself, contact information and a little about your culinary experience and why you think you would be a good fit for the show.

YWCA Hosts “In the Company of Women” Luncheon

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ling3ling1ling4ling2It was an unofficial “Ladies Day” at the Connecticut Convention Center Tuesday as an estimated 1,500 of them gathered at the Connecticut Convention Center for the annual YWCA 18th annual “In the Company of Women” fundraising luncheon.

Guest speaker was journalist and tv personality Laura Ling, who, in 2009 was held captive along with colleague Euna Lee in North Korea.

“I don’t have any bells and whistles,” said Ling about her Hartford visit that included a private meet and greet with about 40 high school young women who also attended the luncheon. “I talk about empowerment of women and the glimmers of compassion I experienced from the female guards while I was held in North Korea,” she said, explaining some of the topics of her presentation. “I love to speak to women’s groups, it’s a different kind of energy.”

YWCA CEO Deb Ullman said the organization expected to raise about $200,000 from the event. “It all depends on the generosity of the people,” she said, referring to the luncheon’s trademark “check writing ceremony” when donations are made.

As hundreds of women and a handful of men arrived for the event, most were more than happy to hear Ling and enjoy a day out of the office.

“It’s beautiful outside and I get the day off and have a wonderful lunch and a good speaker,” said Jasmine Largere of Enfield. “I remember reading about Laura (Ling) during her capture so I am interested in hearing her speak.”


No Eyeliner, No Lipstick, Do You Recognize Them Hartford?

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reveal1reveal12reveal14reveal17 “Revealed: Imagines of Women Leaders Who  Bared to Make Change” exhibit opened Thursday night at the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Aimed at empowering woman to see themselves as they are and embrace their talent rather than body image, the exhibit is part of “Girlcott,” a movement of women willing to go make-up free during the month of March. Participants are asked to donate the money they would have spent on cosmetics to organizations that benefit women and girls in Connecticut and around the world, instead.

Do you know who you are looking at Hartford? Very powerful women.