Free Daffodil Day Festival

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daffodilWadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, 421 Wadsworth St., Middletown, celebrates
April with its annual daffodil day and kids fest Sunday, April 13. The free
family event, from 1 to 4 p.m., features guided tours of the mansion and
gardens, entertainment and children’s activities, including a dress-up tea party
for ages 6 and under, stilt walkers and more. Information: 860-347-1064 or
www.wadsworthmansion.com.

Huskies’ Win Brings Deals

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photoThe UCONN men’s and women’s teams both won NCAA basketball championship titles - and that means Husky fans are getting more than bragging rights today.

Area businesses are showing  their team spirit with special deals.

To celebrate the double win, Connecticut Moe’s Southwest Grills are offering burritos, regularly as much as $8, for just $1.  Dave Vorchheimer, manager of the West Hartford Moe’s, says people started lining up a half-hour before the store opened at 11 a.m.

Since then hundreds of fans have waited as long as 45 minute in line to get their burrito-for-a-buck.

“The same scene is playing out at other Moe’s locations,” says Vorchheimer. “We’re letting people in in groups of 10 to 15 to try to keep the line moving. I think it’s going to keep going like this until 9 p.m. when we close.”

Amanda Hathaway and Jonathan Cohen, interns at a West Hartford promotions company, heard about the deal on social media and spent their lunch hour waiting in line to score the offer.

The bargain, they said, was worth the wait.

“Hell yeah,” says Hathaway. “Great deal.”

“We love the Huskies,” says Cohen. “And we love the price.”

Other Husky specials:

To celebrate the UConn Men’s and Women’s Basketball NCAA Championships, local Dunkin’ Donuts stores are treating fans who have the Dunkin’ Mobile App to a coupon for a free medium hot or iced coffee on Wednesday, April 9 at participating CT Dunkin’ Donuts (except Fairfield County). Information: www.dduconnwins.com/.

The first 100 customers at CT FroyoWorld locations get 8 oz. of frozen yogurt free on Wednesday, April 9. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. (Participating stores include Cheshire, East Haven, Glastonbury, Hamden, Middletown, Mystic, New Britain, New Haven, New London, North Haven, Southbury, Storrs, Waterbury, Waterford and Westport.)

Domino’s at 1244 Storrs Road in Storrs is including a free order of Stuffed Cheesy Bread with the purchase of a large Hand-Tossed Pizza on Wednesday. Information: 860-429-7969 or www.dominos.com.

Free Fly Fishing Classes At Orvis

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Orvis stores, (including the Avon location), are offering free beginner and advanced fly-fishing classes from April through June. Participants receive instruction on fly casting and outfit rigging; free Trout Unlimited membership, ($35 value), and discounts on Orvis purchases. Workshops
are held on the weekends and reservations are required: Information: www.orvis.com.

Huskies Win, Fans Score Deals

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huskiesThe UCONN men’s and women’s teams both won  NCAA basketball championship titles – which means Husky fans get more than bragging rights today.

To celebrate the UConn Men’s and Women’s Basketball NCAA Championships, local Dunkin’ Donuts stores are treating fans who have the Dunkin’ Mobile App to a coupon for a free medium hot or iced coffee on Wednesday, April 9 at
participating CT Dunkin’ Donuts (except Fairfield County). Information: www.dduconnwins.com/.

In honor of the wins, burritos are $1 on Wednesday at Moe’s Southwest Grill. (Offers available at CT Moe’s locations. Limit one $1 burrito per person.)

The first 100 customers at CT FroyoWorld locations get 8 oz. of frozen yogurt free on Wednesday, April 9. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. (Participating stores include Cheshire, East Haven, Glastonbury, Hamden, Middletown, Mystic, New Britain, New Haven, New London, North Haven, Southbury, Storrs, Waterbury, Waterford and Westport.)

Domino’s at 1244 Storrs Road in Storrs is including a free order of Stuffed Cheesy Bread with the purchase of a large Hand-Tossed Pizza on Wednesday. Information: 860-429-7969 or www.dominos.com.

50-Cent Deal At Blimpie’s

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Blimpie-BestBlimpie celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special 50-cent deal. Be one of the first 200 people in line at any of the chain’s locations on Friday and get a regular Blimpie’s Best sub, (a combo of ham, salami, capicola, prosciuttini and provolone with tomatoes, lettuce and onion), for 50 cents. Windsor, Wilton and Mildale locations open at 10 a.m.; the Chaplin
shop opens at 9 a.m. Information: www.blimbie.com.

Buyer Beware: Retailers Post April Fool’s Day Ads

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kaleLet the buyer beware. Retailers are advertising products that don’t exist. Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels are filled with April Fool ads today and consumers are falling for the gags.

Here’s a few of the best:

Calling all greenies: Sonic Drive-In is introducing its newest menu item – a Kale Cream Pie Milkshake.

Introducing Brasieks by Gavrieli, the first ever foot bra for enhanced toe cleavage. The $65 silk toe slings are made in a small village that is home to the world’s only colony of free-range silkworms.  Paired with your favorite Tieks, Brasieks provide maximum lift and increased toe exposure to make you the walk of the town. Learn more: www.tieks.com/brasieks.

Caribou is proud to announce Clear Coffee, a proprietary new coffee blend that has removed the color while retaining all the flavor. Thanks to an innovation in bean cultivation techniques and processing, Caribou has been able to produce an entirely colorless, stain-free beverage.

Attention Trekkies: Pop culture retailer ThinkGeek.com has introduced a $269 Klingon-dialect edition of the language instruction software Rosetta Stone.

American Eagle Outfitters fake ad for a new doggie clothing under the “American Beagle Outfitters” label was so popular that, no joke, the retailer will debut a limited edition canine collection this fall.