Sugar Plum Dream

In 2004, former Courant photographer John Long produced a picture page on Gabrielle Collins, of West Hartford, who was a young dancer studying at the Ballet Theatre Company Academy.  Collins, 8 1/2 at the time, was rehearsing for her role as a mouse in the Academy’s production of “The Nutcracker.”  Long’s photos captured the young […]

Anita Schorr, Holocaust Survivor

Anita Schorr, 83, of Westport, is a Holocaust survivor.  On Tuesday, she visited Vinal Technical High School in Middletown, to share her story.  Born in Czechoslovakia, she is the only member of her family to have survived the Nazi’s attempt to obliterate the Jews.  At age 13, she was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp and […]

End Of An Era

The Kogut family has farmed at Hemlock HIll Christmas Tree Farm in Somers for 27 years, developing a loyal clientele of families who make cutting their Christmas tree there an annual tradition.  The Koguts will close the farm for good at the end of the season when the lease on the 60-acre spread expires.  It’s […]

Idyllic I-Park

I-Park is an artist’s retreat nestled on 450 wooded acres in East Haddam where artists can go for four-week residencies to create in peaceful seclusion.  Six artists are chosen by jury for each residency, including writers, visual artists, musicians, sculptors, architects and landscape designers.  Artists live in the park’s main house and work in assigned […]

Destiny Africa Children’s Choir

Destiny Africa Children’s Choir gave a sneak peek of their upbeat show in two short performances at Nayaug Elementary School in Glastonbury Tuesday, previewing what to expect when the choir, from the Kampala Children’s Centre in Uganda, performs a free 90 minute concert at Glastonbury High School on Friday, December 6 at 6:30. The choir […]

A Soldier’s Surprise

Marine Lance Cpl. Dan Coppinger-Donovan surprised his siblings, Mary Barden, 11, a sixth-grader, and Charles Barden, 9, a fourth-grader, at the Ann Antolini Elementary School’s 13th annual Veteran’s Day celebration Friday morning. Coppinger-Donovan had been serving in the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean for several months and hadn’t seen his family since leaving home on […]

Tune-Up For The New Season

The defending national champion UConn women’s basketball team dispatched  Philadelphia University with a lopsided score of 93-28 in a fast-paced exhibition game at the XL Center Tuesday night.  It was the second of two pre-season games in which UConn easily rolled over lesser opponents before the new season gets underway on Saturday when they meet […]

Ohhhhh and 7

Bright sun and warm temperatures notwithstanding, the Huskies performance at UCF in Orlando on Saturday was anything but warm and sunny.  More like a pre-Halloween scare fest.  They suffered another blowout as the UCF Knights skewered them, 62-17 at Bright House Networks Stadium.  For the gory details, see Dez Conner’s account here. With five games […]

Dances With Fire

  Chelsey Cayer and Jackie LaMattina are fire dancers who perform under the name, Wick’d Fire. They joined forces in 2010 after discovering they had a mutual interest in the ancient art of fire dancing.  Cayer, a stay-at-home mom who runs a craft business from her Mansfield home, and LaMattina, who works by day as […]

UConn’s First Night

UConn previewed the 2013-14 basketball season with their annual First Night celebration before a packed house at Gampel Pavilion Friday night. The event included the usual autograph signing, player introductions – with several showing off their dance moves – and a few trivia games for the players and contests for the fans. Then, for the […]

The Witching Hour

The Judy Dworin Performance Project’s ensemble performed a preview of a dance-theater piece called “The Witching Hour” at the Old State House Tuesday. It tells the story of women who were accused, tried and convicted of witchcraft during the witch craze in 17th century Connecticut.  The full performance takes place Friday and Saturday, November 1 […]

UConn at AAC Media Day

The UConn women’s basketball team joined nine other teams at the Mohegan Sun Arena Monday for the first media day for the new American Athletic Conference.  Defending National Champion UConn was chosen as the unanimous favorite to win the 2013-14 AAC regular-season title.  Sophomore forward Breanna Stewart was named Preseason Player of the Year.  Read […]

Freedom for Bonnie Foreshaw

Convicted killer Bonnie Foreshaw has won her freedom.  In a rare clemency hearing by the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles, Foreshaw, who has served 27 years of a 45-year sentence for the shooting death of Joyce Amos outside of a social club in Hartford’s North End in 1986, was granted clemency by the three-member […]

Wally Lamb’s Latest

Bestselling author Wally Lamb’s fifth novel, “We Are Water,” will be published later this month.  The easygoing writer posed for photos and spoke with Courant reporter Susan Dunne at length this week at his Storrs home in advance of the much-anticipated release of his new book.  Lamb talked about his ascent to literary stardom after […]

Husky Heartache

The UConn Huskies went 0-2 on the season Saturday night, losing to former UConn coach Randy Edsall’s Maryland Terrapins, 32-21, before a packed house at The Rent. The last time UConn started the season with two losses was 2002, its first season playing Division I-A football.  Looks like it will be an uphill climb as […]

Fortune Comes Home

Finally, after 215 years, a slave named Fortune was laid to rest in Waterbury Thursday. What was billed as a “Coming Home Service for Mr. Fortune” drew hundreds of mourners for a funeral ceremony at St. John’s Episcopal Church conducted by Rev. Amy D. Welin.  A burial service followed at Riverside Cemetery under a steady […]

Sweet Start to New Season: Win #400

Haddam-Killingworth field hockey coach Patsy Kamercia began her 37th season by reaching a huge milestone: her 400th career win as her team – fresh off the Class S championship last season – defeated Canton 4-2 at HK.  After losing several players from last season, Kamercia still has a deep well to draw from including seniors […]

Pachyderm Polo

The 12th annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament took place on August 30, 2013 in the seaside town of Hua Hin, Thailand. 16 teams took part in this year’s tournament, including one team of rugby players from New Zealand and a team of Thailand’s transgendered ‘ladyboys’. The sport of elephant polo started in Nepal in 1982.  […]

First Day of School in New Britain

Schools opened in New Britain Tuesday welcoming students, many of whom were getting used to new surroundings.  In a push to reestablish “neighborhood schools,” the city underwent redistricting that reassigned many students.  Here are some scenes from the first day at Vance Village Elementary School, a K-5 school with a student body of about 500 […]

The Fairest Season

August’s ebb in Connecticut is usually associated with back-to-school for the state’s children, but it also means the agricultural fair season is getting underway.  Starting this weekend with three fairs – Brooklyn, Chester and Terryville – there will be no shortage of opportunities to experience the state’s rich agricultural heritage, browse through crafts and eat […]

Anti-Fracking Protest

Protesters and police clashed Monday at a fracking site in Balcombe, England, during the largest anti-fracking demonstration to take place in Great Britain.  Over 2,000 protesters decended on the rural town Sunday where they are staging their protest, a three-day campaign against exploratory drilling by a private drilling company, Cuadrilla Resources, Ltd., near the village […]

East Haven: View From Above

On Monday I was assigned to take a flight from Brainard Airport in Hartford to East Haven to take aerial photographs of the site where a plane crashed into two houses on Charter Oak Avenue Friday killing two occupants of one house and the pilot and his son aboard the plane.  The plane had been […]

Beatrice Fox Auerbach Exhibit

The Mandell Jewish Community Center in West Hartford has mounted an exhibit, “Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World and Her Wardrobe.”  The exhibit includes historical photographs of Fox Auerbach as well as several articles of clothing and accessories that she once owned.  The exhibit will be on display until September 27. VIEW MORE

A-Mazing Sunflowers

The Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze in Middlefield opened for the season on Saturday. The maze, cut in the shape of a roller coaster, meanders through three acres of about 350,000 spectacular red and yellow sunflowers and is open daily until August 25. $1 of each admission is donated to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. VIEW […]