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Harwinton Halloween FestivalDarkside Entertainment Presents: “The Rise of The Green Lady” A haunting, legendary, family experience this October 18-20th & 25th-27th @ The Harwinton Fairgrounds! This fall, as the nights draw longer and the cool damp fog settles over the grounds, discover the excitement, fear, and surprises which await. Step on our grounds (if you dare!) for nothing with free parking included. Experience free Hayride shuttles, free admission, the Largest Fall Food Truck Festival in New England, carnival rides, and of course, The Green Lady's Haunted House of Horror$5.00-$15.00, Fri, Oct 18 – Sun, Oct 20, 9pmHarwinton Fairgrounds, 150 Locust Rd, Harwinton, CT
Haunted Trail at Harrybrooke*Be prepared to be scared! Follow a self-guided trail that winds through darkness and woods by the Still River, and through the haunted basement of the museum. Wear comfortable shoes. This is a scary event, and may not be appropriate for younger children (under 8 years old), or individuals with physical restrictions. Enter at your own risk. Concessions available.*$10, 6:00PM-10:00PM64 Lanesville Road, New Milford, CT 06776
Science Straight UP! & Spooktacular Science Weekend @ The CT Science Center*Join us for Hartford’s Smartest Happy Hour as we explore Climate Change. Whether you are a climate change expert, curious, or somewhere in between, you will love the fun entertainment, refreshing cocktails, and peer-networking with an environmental twist. See how local organizations are making a difference on a global level and explore our NEW permanent exhibition “Our Changing Earth” after-hours in a kid-free environment.The Connecticut Science Center will get a little spooky and a little kooky for our annual Spooktacular Science Weekend! Have a ball at the ultimate Halloween party. Meet Mal and Evie from the Descendants, join the Baby Shark Bubble Dance Party, and see our stunning new exhibition, Our Changing Earth. Enjoy a Hocus Pocus sing along with the Sanderson Sisters and spooky surprises throughout the day.*Oct 18-20, $5 -$23.95250 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT 06103
Haunted: Victorian Ghost Stories at the Mansion – Halloween Tours*Victorians were known for their riveting ghost stories and Gothic horror. From Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Body Snatcher to Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost, readers in the 19th century were deeply engrossed in dark tales from the other side. In keeping with this Victorian fascination with unexplained phenomena, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Halloween tours will focus on ghost sightings as they relate to the house during the 19th century as well as its more recent history, and the compelling ghost stories that are part of Connecticut’s legends.*Oct 18-27, $10295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
11th Annual Cove Side Carnival*Rides, food, games and more, right in the heart of one of the largest historic district and location of the famously inspired Witch of Blackbird Pond. Come for the history, stay for the fun! See flyer for more! High-energy thrill rides and rides just for children Also, food, games, and entertainment. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Wethersfield Food Bank.*Oct 18-20, FREEWethersfield Cove Park, 176 Hartford Ave. Wethersfield, CT 06109
Jurassic Quest!*Jurassic Quest is America’s largest and most realistic Dinosaur event. Our guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among dinosaurs of all kinds. Jurassic Quest is the only dinosaur event that has true to life size dinosaurs. From the very small, to the gigantic, sky-scraping dinosaurs that can only be seen at our events, Jurassic Quest has over 80 true-to-life size dinosaurs in each of its two touring shows. In collaboration with leading paleontologists, each dinosaur was painstakingly replicated in every detail. Whether their prehistoric counterpart had skin that was scaly, had feathers or fur, Jurassic Quest has spared no expense in bringing this realism to life.*Oct 18-20, $25-$41Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103
Museum Children Free Week*The White Memorial Foundation and Conservation Center is located in the Towns of Litchfield and Morris in northwestern Connecticut. Created in 1913 by Alain C. White and his sister, May W. White, the Foundation and Center today comprise 4,000 acres of forest, fields and wetlands. Visitors will find: 40 miles of trails, a nature museum, the Bantam river and shoreline, & more!*Oct 1 - Nov 5, FREE, 9am-5pmWhite Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Rd. Litchfield, CT 06759
Yale Mineral & Gem Symposium 2019*The main session, on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will feature eight talks by prominent mineral experts. Michael T. Bycroft of the University of Warwick (England) will present the keynote address on the topic of “Gems and the Scientific Revolution.” Friday night’s session will feature a talk at 5 p.m., followed by a reception from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.*Oct 18-20, $75-$100Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave, New Haven CT, 06511
Glastonbury Apple Fest 2019The Glastonbury Apple Harvest & Music Festival features two stages of live music with 28+ local & touring artists, a full midway of amusement rides, 100+ craft vendors, 25+ food trucks/purveyors, a fully stocked Harvest Pub, and the Angry Orchard 5K Road Race on the festival’s closing day. The festival is proudly presented by the CT River Valley Chamber of Commerce. Located at a bend of the Connecticut River, the Apple Harvest Festival and 5K Race has continually been ranked as one of the state’s most popular events. It’s an all-around experience that generations revisit year after yearOct 18-20, FREERiverfront Park, 300 Welles St, Glastonbury, CT
4th Annual Chalk Art Festival*Enjoy a day of art and entertainment in celebration of the local community in the heart of downtown New Haven and Yale University. The Shops at Yale invites all professional and amateur artists, students, and artist groups to participate in the 4th Annual New Haven Chalk Art Festival on Saturday, October 19. The Shops at Yale will provide exclusive offers to retailers and restaurants, raffles, giveaways and more! This event is free and open to the public. Rain date, October 20.*12pm - 4pm, FREEThe Shops at Yale, Chapel Street and Broadway, New Haven, Connecticut 06511
Manchester Beer Festival*This event is being hosted by the MMNT Foundation and is open to the public. The Manchester Beer Fest will raise money for local veteran organizations, the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity, and scholarships to local graduating seniors. The Manchester Beer Fest will feature food trucks, unlimited samples (with a ticket) and a wide variety of beers from local CT breweries.*12pm - 5pm, $2515 Purnell Pl, Manchester, CT 06040
CT Pet Expo 2019*The Family Pet Shows are designed to educate and entertain the public about the wonderful World of pets. It promotes responsible pet ownership and care in a fun filled family event. There are demonstrations and special attractions such as high flying Frisbee dogs, Reptile and bird shows, and much more. Attractions might vary by the venue. There is an outstanding venue of pet products and services for you to buy as well as pet adoptions.*10am - 4pm, $4-$11XL Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut, 06103
Harvest Market & Dog Costume Parade*The Fairfield Harvest Market features 80 vendors offering artwork, crafts, pet products, jewelry, upcycled and rustic furniture, home décor items, and beauty products. Food trucks and vendors from the weekly Fairfield Farmer’s Market will be there too.*10am-4pm, FREEHistoric Old Town Hall Green in Fairfield, 611 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
Let's Go Birding Together*Fall migration is upon us and it’s beautiful outside! Join us for a special celebration of inclusion and take a leisurely walk through the fields and woods of Greenwich Audubon Center to learn about the many colorful birds that live here. We will also spend time watching for migrating hawks, eagles and falcons at the center's Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch. Our “Let's Go Birding Together” (LGBT) walk is for anyone who enjoys community, adventure, and wants to get outdoors! We welcome those who identify as LGBTQ, allies, families, and anyone who wants to enjoy an outdoor experience that is fun and inclusive.*9am-12pm, $5-$8Greenwich Audubon Center, Greenwich, 06831
Dinner in the Dark*Our primary fundraiser for the year, this event is a true culinary adventure! You will enjoy a gourmet dinner while wearing a blindfold, and we keep the menu secret. Come learn about the exciting ways we are working to transform the lives of those without sight. Be prepared for a unique sensory adventure, good food, fun, and dancing to live music!*5:30pm, $150 - $2,020Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, 625 North Road, Groton, CT 06340
Goats N' PajamasOct 19 & 26, Every Sat of the month*Come with your family to put the herd to bed, cuddle with your favorite goat, and experience pure silliness together. You will be brushing the goats, feeding them, and putting pajamas, tutus, and other costumes on the goats. We will take some of the goats on a walk in the good weather, or will have a coloring contest for all ages if the weather is cold or rainy. We will end the night with a goat cuddle session and feeding the whole herd hay as their Good Night snack. We will be available to take digital pictures from your camera or ours. All ages are welcome!*6pm, $15Bradley Mountain Farm, 537 Shuttle Meadow Road, Southington, CT 06489
The Great Pumpkin Festival*This fun, family annual event is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th from 12pm - 4pm. The popular festival will take place on Stratford’s historic Boothe Memorial Park. This celebration of autumn and Halloween will include a traditional costume parade and contest, a pumpkin carving contest, horse-driven hay rides, a roaming railroad, inflatables and more. The many historic and unique buildings on the Boothe park property will be open to the public.*12pm-4pm, FREEBoothe Memorial Park, 5800 Main St, Stratford, CT
Sunday, October 20th, 2019:
So You Think You Can Dance LIVE!*SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is is bringing it's best dancers to Foxwoods Resort Casino on October 20! Following the continued success of the hit summer competition series and 16 Emmy® wins, Sytycd is packing up its best dancers of 2019 and touring the country this Fall with Sytycd LIVE! 2019. Sytycd LIVE! 2019 will feature the show’s Top 10 Finalists including Season 16’s winner, America’s Favorite Dancer plus soon to be announced All Star guests.*7:30pm, $40-$60The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino
Llama Walk*Have you ever wanted to take a walk with a llama? You can! There are many beautiful places in and around Cornwall, Connecticut where this can take place. White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield is working together with Country Quilt Llama Farm to offer llama walks on any one of their 35 miles of walking trails.*2pm-3pm, $20White Memorial Conservation Center Museum, 80 Whitehall Rd. Litchfield, CT 06759
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Friday, December 20th 2019:
Holiday Shoppe, November 30 - December 21Kick off your holiday season with a visit to the Danbury Museum's 11th annual Holiday Shoppe. In addition to items from local artisans, we've got you covered for great Danbury themed tees, totes, mugs, and more. On December 6th and 7th, the Arion Singing Society will be hosting their Christ-kindle-market in our Marian Anderson studio--cookies, wreaths, and all of the German holiday specialties will be on hand for purchase. On December 14th, drop in for a cup of tea and some treats! We'll have the kettle on all day and you can have a sweet treat before or after you visit our Holiday Shoppe.Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE,Danbury Museum, 42 Main St. Danbury, CT
"Christmas Cocktails", December 13 - 20Award-winning Pantochino Productions presents its holiday musical revue, Christmas Cocktails, for two performances December 13 and 20. Featuring four talented singers, the cabaret-style performance features favorite holiday songs, comedy, audiences participation and surprises. Audiences are induced to bring their own 'cocktails' and snacks to enjoy during the 90-minute performance.8pm, $30Milford Arts Council, The MAC, 40 Railroad Avenue, South, Milford, CT
A Frightmare Before Christmas, December 20 - 21You've never seen Santa like this before. This holiday season, join Fright Haven for a haunted house experience like no other. Frightmare Before Christmas includes brand new attractions, all decked out for the holidays and ready to make you scream 'til the New Year. First you will make your way through Dead End Manor: No Home for the Holidays - a horrific look into one family's not-so picture perfect Christmas Eve. Ornaments smashed, stockings torn, and is that blood in the chimney? Who...or what...could have done this? Next, take a tour of Santa's infamous toy workshop in The Factory. But don't expect to find any happy elves; they've been overworked this season, and Santa's demanding schedule has caused them all to lose their minds. Will you survive this terrifying tour, escape the angry elves and reject toys? Or will you become just another piece on the assembly line? On Saturday, from noon until 2 p.m., a lot less scary holiday event for the younger crowd and their families will be "Holiday Lights On" Family Dun Day matinee. Special guides will escort young children and their families through the indoor maze, completely renovated and decorated for the Christmas season.Fri. 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat. noon-2 p.m. & 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. evening show: $20, Sat. matinee $10.Fright Haven, 411 Barnum Ave. Cutoff Stratford, CT
The Illusionists Magic of the Holidays, December 20 - 22Ring in the holidays with the mind-blowing spectacular, The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m., $44-$126Shubert Theatre, 247 College St. New Haven, CT
Special Evening Vintage Train Ride to Visit Santa Claus, December 20After the devastating flood in the basement of the Danbury Railway Museum which caused cancellation of the first weekend of Santa Train rides, additional Friday evening trains have been scheduled. Reservations are suggested. The short train ride in a fully-restored 1953 New Haven Railroad Rail Diesel Car (RDC) will take you through the railyard, past the only powered turntable in Connecticut, listed on the National Historic Register and currently undergoing a substantial restoration, and over 70 vintage railroad cars, locomotives and many unique pieces of railroad history. The train ride will terminate at Santa's own private railcar where you'll be greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus and Santa's helpers in Toyland in Santa's private car. Of course, the exhibits and multiple operating model train layouts inside the restored 1903 Danbury station will also be open as will the be the well-stocked gift shop. Also inside the station, you’ll find free hot chocolate, a coloring station, temporary tattoos and other activities for the little ones.Departs: 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. $12, children (under 24 months) free.Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St. Danbury, CT
Straight No Chaser, December 20Straight No Chaser’s latest studio album, One Shot sees SNC doing what they do best with distinctive takes on classic pop and soul favorites, including Ricky Martin’s “Livin La Vida Loca,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” and the LP’s first single, an energetic mash-up of Boyz II Men and Montell Jordan entitled “Motownphilly/This Is How We Do It.” The track is joined by an official lyric video, streaming now at the official SNC YouTube channel. 8pm, $30 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT
Virtual Reality Beat Saber Tournament, December 20Beat Saber is a unique VR rhythm game where your goal is to slash the beats as they are coming at you. Every beat indicates which saber you need to use and also the direction you need to match. All the music is composed to perfectly fit the hand made levels. The goal is to cut the cubes and avoid the obstacles. Each cut is supported by great sounds and visual effects that emphasize the rhythm. Players of all levels are welcome to participate. You may enter up to four times but only your best score gets put on "the board," this prevents one person from having multiple top spots. Here's how it will go down: There will be two songs chosen and you will pick one practice song. You will then play both songs and add your scores together for the high score. 7pm-9pm, $10 to enter, free for spectators Xperiment Virtual Reality, 100 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT
Saturday, December 21st, 2019:
Science Saturday, December 21Create a river of cascading colors during this exciting frozen rainbow eruption activity. This fun drop-in program encourages participants to explore the intersections between art and science. Each month features a different gallery learning session, mini-experiment and hands-on art project. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics)-integrated fun at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum! All programs are free with Museum admission 11:00 am – 1:00 pm., Museum admission: Adults: $12, Students: $5, Children under 12: Free, Members: Free, New London residents: Free
Hartford Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Cirque Spectacular, December 21Holiday Cirque Spectacular returns! There is no better way to celebrate the season than with the magical music of the holidays performed by the HSO, set to astonishing acrobatic feats by members of the renowned Cirque de la Symphonie. Watch these amazing aerialists, contortionists, and gymnasts tumble, soar and dance on and above the stage all while the HSO plays your festive favorites! Tickets are on sale now! Visithartfordsymphony.orgor call 860-987-5900 for tickets. 2019-2020 subscriptions are available now. For subscription information, please call 860-244-2999. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., $27-$78 The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT
Winter Solstice Starry Sky, December 21Lean night sky rangers Kim and Geoff will point out the constellations and share constellation stories of the First Americans. You will also have the chance to view deep sky objects, such as the Dumbbell Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy and Owl Cluster, with telescopes. And look for shooting stars. Dress warmly and in multiple layers. This is a family friendly event and a great way to celebrate the season.6 6pm, FREE West Thompson Dam, Overlook Shelter, 162 West Thompson Rd., North Grovesnor, Dale, CT
The Clairvoyants, December 21Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass (The Clairvoyants) were born and raised in Austria and now reside both there and in America. When they met in 2011, they began to develop their “second sight” act, and two months later brought it to the stage for the first time. In 2014, they received their first long-term contract in America when they performed in the show The Illusionarium by Jeff Hobson. They were subsequently offered a featured spot in The Illusionists, the largest touring magic show in the world, produced by Simon Painter. With The Illusionists they toured Australia, Mexico and the Middle East and since that time have also appeared in The Illusionists 2.0, The Illusionists — Live From Broadway and The Illusionists — Turn of the Century on Broadway. In 2016, they were finalists on America’s Got Talent, chosen from more than 100,000 contestants. Van Tass and Ten were awarded the “German Champions of Mentalism,” “Magicians of the Year,” 2015 and, were enthusiastically chosen as the “World Champions of Mentalism, 2015,” a prize that hadn’t been awarded in 30 years. They are currently touring America and Europe with continued sold out shows and standing ovations. 7pm, $45-$85 Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, CT
Sunday, December 22nd, 2019:
Winter Solstice Celebrations, December 22The Winter Solstice arrives Saturday night at 11:10 p.m. Gather on the shortest day of the year and learn how people have celebrated this special day and season over the millennia. The take a hike and celebrate the upcoming lengthening of the days. Crafts and hot chocolate provided. Pre-registration required. 1pm-4pm, $7 per person, $25 for family Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracy Rd.,Canton, CT
The Fundamental Orders, adopted by Connecticut Colonists on January 24, 1639, is considered to be the first written constitution in the western world. While short, it sets principles that were later applied to the US Constitution. These include government based on the consent of the governed (including spelling out individual rights and how they are ensured) and election of leaders by free men.
Connecticut was the first state to set a speed limit for automobiles; in 1901 the Connecticut government set a speed limit of 12 miles per hour. In 1937 it became the first state to issue permanent license plates for cars.
Among the silly laws allegedly on the books in Connecticut: in order for a pickle to be considered a pickle, it has to bounce; silly string is banned in the town of Southington, and it is illegal to walk backwards on city sidewalks after sunset in Devon.
The Hartford Courant is the oldest continually published newspaper in the United States, having been established in 1764.
Opened in 1846, Lake Compounce, located just down the street from ESPN’s Bristol headquarters, is the oldest continuously-operated amusement park in the United States. Its premier attraction, Boulder Dash, is the first wooden roller coaster built entirely into the side of a mountain, and has won the Golden Ticket Award for Best Wood Coaster four times since it opened in 2000, including the past three years.
The Constitution State, The Nutmeg State Abbreviation: CT Time Zone: US Eastern (UTC-5/-4) Admission to the Union: January 9, 1788 Population: 3,590,886 (29th) Area: 5,543 sq. mi (48th) State Capital: Hartford Largest City: Bridgeport Demonym: Connecticuter, Nutmegger Borders: Rhode Island (E), Massachusetts (N), New York (W), Long Island Sound (S) Subreddit: /Connecticut
John Kerry (D) – 857,488 (54.31%), George W Bush (R) – 693,826 (43.95%)
Al Gore (D) – 816,015 (55.91%), George W Bush (R) – 561,095 (38.44%)
Bill Clinton (D) – 735,740 (52.83%), Bob Dole (R) – 483,109 (34.69%), Ross Perot (I) – 139,523 (10.02%)
71.2% White (non-Hispanic)
2.6% Mixed Race or Multicultural
0.3% Native American
Second Languages – Most Non-English Languages Spoken at Home
Religious Affiliation – Largest Religious Denominations
Other Christian (2.5%)
Buddhist and Hindu – 1.5%
The first law school in the nation, Litchfield Law School, was operated from 1773 until 1833 in Connecticut. Connecticut State Schools are governed by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, a body established in 2011 to accredit schools and programs as well as to set budgets and coordinate operations.
Rush hour traffic on I-95 between New York and New Haven is some of the most congested in the United States, and frequently affects the nearby Merritt Parkway. The state has begun encouraging ride-sharing and rail-use to alleviate the congestion.
Operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, offers rail service between New York City and New Haven, with several local branches
Commuter rail between New Haven and Springfield, Massachusetts, with local lines opening to Hartford and Central Connecticut
Public bus system
New Britain to Hartford
Rapid bus transit
Bradley International Airport (BDL)
Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN)
Connecticut has some of the highest rates of bicycle ownership and use in the U.S., and New Haven has the highest percentage of commuters who bicycle to work of any major metropolitan center on the East Coast.
Nutmegger? So what does nutmeg have to do with Connecticut? Well, no one really knows. One theory (the most popular told to Connecticut children) is that swindlers from the state were notorious for selling counterfeit nutmegs made from wood to unsuspecting travelers and residents of seaside towns. Another more innocuous explanation is that traders from Connecticut were in fact selling real nutmeg, but customers unfamiliar with the unusually hard native form of the spice may have felt they had been tricked into buying a wooden counterfeit. The source of the legend traces back to the 1830’s newspaper column “The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, of Slickville”, who claimed that Captain John Allspice, a popular trader who did business in Charleston, would cut his purchase of fifty barrels of nutmeg into two and fill the remaining space with wooden counterfeits, which looked so real that it was impossible to spot the difference unless you bit the nutmeg with your teeth. Sikorsky Aircraft and United Technologies Igor Sikorsky, a Kiev-born immigrant, founded Sikorsky in 1925 in Roosevelt, New York. In 1929, the company moved to Stratford, Connecticut and became part of United Technologies Corporation. Originally focused on multi-engine airplanes and amphibious aircraft (such as the Sikorsky Clipper), Sikorsky began developing the first practical helicopter, continuing work he had begun in Russia in 1909. In 1939, the first tethered and free-flight helicopter flights took place between 1939 and 1940; the V-S 300 design remains the basis for most helicopter designs today. Cuisine New Haven-style pizza (known as “Apizza”) is considered by culinary historians (such as Jeffrey Steingarten) to be among the best styles of Neapolitan-American pizza, along with New York City. While limited geographically until recently, restaurants specializing in the style have opened in the Washington DC, Oregon, Michigan, Texas and Tokyo. The lobster roll originated in Milford in 1929 at a restaurant called Perry’s. The Connecticut-style lobster roll is simply warm lobster meat soaked in butter and served on a steamed bun. The more popular Maine style, consisting of cold lobster meat served with mayonnaise, celery, lemon juice, and lettuce is known locally as a lobster salad roll, and is more well-known outside of New England. Connecticut is recognized by the Library of Congress as the birthplace of the modern hamburger. Louis Lunch in New Haven is known as the oldest continually operating hamburger restaurant, and is known for disliking the addition of any condiments to the burger, especially ketchup. Yale students who sneak in ketchup have been asked to leave in the past. Charter Oak The Charter Oak was a large white oak tree estimated to be around 600-700 years old at the time it fell in 1856. According to tradition, the state’s Royal Charter of 1662 was hidden in the hollow portion of the tree to prevent its confiscation by the English governor-general; this story became a symbol of American Independence. Captain Joseph Wadsworth (ancestor of Revolutionary general Elijah Wadsworth) was was credited as the person who hid the charter from Royal authorities, who did not like the amount of local autonomy the charter gave to colonists. After it fell during a violent storm, timber from the tree was made into several chairs, which are displayed in the Hartford Capitol Building. The Charter Oak adorns the state quarter and is still a symbol for the state as a whole today. Sports While Connecticut does not currently have a “big four” franchise, it has hosted multiple teams in all of the big four previously:
1972 - 1997
Hartford Dark Blues
New York Giants
1973 – 1974 (played at Yale Bowl while Giants Stadium was under construction)
1975 – 1995 (various home games)
The WNBA Connecticut Sun are the only current major professional sports team playing in the state, and are considered the most successful franchise in the WNBA to not win an overall championship. The Pilot-Pen Tennis Tournament and the Travelers Championship both take place in Connecticut (in New Haven and Hartford, Respectively). Lime Rock Park is a 1.53-mile natural-terrain course located in the Northwestern corner of Connecticut. It currently hosts events for the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and has hosted events for NASCAR, Grand-Am, ALMS and the Pirelli World Challenge. The track also hosts a Historic Festival every Labor Day which features classic car shows and historic race cars taking part in exhibition races. Connecticut’s NCAA Division I teams are:
Central Connecticut State University
Sacred Heart University
University of Hartford
The UCONN Huskies are the only team to win men’s and women’s basketball championships in the same year, having done so twice (2004, 2014). The UCONN Women hold the NCAA record for the longest winning streak in college basketball at 90 games, having gone undefeated from 2008 until December 30, 2010 after a loss to Stanford. The Women have not missed the NCAA Final Four since 2008.
"Mel Brooks" - Young Frankenstein (May 4-Jun 2): TheatreWorks, 20 Elm Street Ext, New Milford, Various dates & times, $25-30, - Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. May not be suitable for children under 12.
THE ILLUSIONISTS (May 4-6): The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave, Hartford, Various times, $22.50-103.50, - Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Hartford! This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS™ – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
Connecticut Spring Boat Show (May 4-6): Town of Essex, Brewer Essex Island Marina, 11 Ferry St., Essex, Various times, $5 donation for ages 13 & up, - A boutique in-water boat show, located on the scenic Connecticut River, features both sail and power boats. See over 60 boats of all sizes and talk directly with dealers and manufacturers. Visitors attending the show will enjoy seeing a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models. In addition to boats on the docks, gear, accessories and service companies will be on site.
Fantasticon (May 4-6): Elm City Games, 760 Chapel Street, New Haven, Various times and dates, 0-$40, - Fantasticon brings together game designers, publishers, artists, and game enthusiasts for a weekend of playtesting, networking, and having fun! Our primary focus is on designers connecting with each other for high level playtesting and in depth discussions about theory and practice, but we welcome anyone with an interest in games and how they're made. We've got 6,000sq/ft of prototype gaming taking over Elm City Games' historic building right in downtown New Haven. Our open gaming style schedule means playtesting can happen whenever, wherever, and with whoever throughout the weekend. But don't worry if you don't know anyone, we'll be working hard to connect players with designers.
HAYLEY JANE & THE PRIMATES: Friday, May 4, Infinity Music Hall, 20 Greenwoods Rd W, Norfolk, 8:00PM, $19-34, - We are so excited to announce Hayley Jane and the Primates. You’ll absolutely love her onstage energy and the Primates bring some serious chops and theatrics with their Jazz-Funk-Blues-Indie fusion. Opening up for them is the ever talented James Maddock who is bringing his solo performance for an intimate and unique performance!
Night at the Cantina - Star Wars Trivia: Friday, May 4, The River's Edge Pub & Grille, 29 North Main Street, Beacon Falls, 6:30PM-8:30PM, FREE (Suggested donation of $40 per team), - Think you know more about Star Wars than anyone? Harness your inner Force and join us in celebrating May the Fourth down at The Mos Eisley Cantina (aka- The River's Edge) with a night of Trivia and fun to benefit the Beacon Falls Youth Theater Group. Trivia will consists of 6 Rounds (with Bonus Round in case of a tie). Costumes are encouraged, so break out your best Wookie and Sith Lord outfits.
Chive Rocks - May the Fourth be With You: Friday, May 4, Hard Rock Cafe, Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, 9:00PM, $35-300, - Please join Chive New England in our 4th Chive Rocks as we raise money and awareness for the Childhood Apraxia walk in June! This year will be more epic than ever before. We will have the honour of partying hard with New England’s premiere DJ JD! We are also partnering with Patron for some awesome drink specials to keep you partying all night long. (Sing that last part in your Lionel Richie voice)
Reality Fighting: Friday, May 4, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, 7:00PM, $40-75, - Reality Fighting heats up Mohegan Sun Arena with all the mixed martial arts action you can handle! Check back soon for bout details.
Saturday, May 5th:
The Full Monty (May 5-13): Warner Theater, 68 Main Street, Torrington, Various dates and times, $19-27, -* Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty, a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. The powerhouse team of Terrence McNally (Ragtime) and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) cooks up an aggressive crowd-pleaser that both entertains and grabs your heart.*
Cinderella (May 5-6): Warner Theater, Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, 82 Main Street, Torrington, Various times and dates, $12.50, - The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.
Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend (May 5-6): Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, 11:00AM-3:00PM, $10, children under 3 free, - Join us for this fun family weekend on the farm and meet the newest additions to the Heckscher Farm family. There will be activities for all ages including face painting, crafts, a plant sale, bee demonstrations, farm tool demonstrations, animal tours, seed planting and oxen demos. On Sunday, watch as our flock of sheep gets its annual shearing and learn about what happens with their woolly coats. Additionally, an assortment of local food trucks will be on site and our Museum Galleries will be open, featuring the Birds in Art 2017 fine art exhibition.
Walking Tour - Architecture-Homes and Histories: Saturday, May 5, Litchfield History Museum, 7 South St., Litchfield, 10:00AM-11:00AM, $5, - Why does the center of Litchfield have so many white homes? Learn how the history and stories of old Litchfield are preserved in the architecture of the town. The walk will cover North and South Streets. The tour last about an hour, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. Registration is required and payment is required with registration.
Derby de Mayo: Saturday, May 5, The IRONS Restaurant & Bar at Hilton Mystic, 20 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, 2:00PM-11:00PM, $15, - Party all day and night in the heart of Mystic. Only once in every seven years or so, does the Kentucky Derby fall on Cinco de Mayo. We're combining the two and throwing a Derby de Mayo Bash. Mint Juleps to Margaritas and Tacos to Fried Chicken. Plenty of cold local craft cervezas on tap and in bottles.
5th Annual Hats & Horses Derby Party: Saturday, May 5, Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Hwy., Clinton, 5:00PM, 7:00PM, $25, - Watch the Kentucky Derby live on the big screen and enjoy light refreshments. Dapper attire encourages, including fancy hats. Wear your best and you could win a prize. Enjoy a wine and bourbon tasting, and a silent auction featuring gift baskets and items from local shops and artisans.
NICK DI PAOLO: THE NICK IS RIGHT TOUR: Saturday, May 5, Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven, 8:00PM, $25-30, - Nick Di Paolo, one of the sharpest minds (and tongues) in stand-up comedy over the past 20 years, is coming to the Shubert for one big night of comedy with “The Nick is Right Tour.” Prepare for a night of hilarious, brutally honest, unapologetic comedy!
Bon Jovi: Saturday, May 5, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, 7:30PM, $130-200, - Do I need to explain Bon Jovi?
Pomfret Town Wide Tag Sale: Saturday, May 5, 7:00AM, Maps are sold for $1 at 7 a.m. in the Pomfret Community School (20 Pomfret Street) and will lead to approximately 50 tag sale locations throughout town.
MIKE BIRBIGLIA: "THE NEW ONE": Saturday, May 5, College Street Music Hall, 238 College Street, New Haven, 6:00PM, $27.50-49, - MIKE BIRBIGLIA is a comedian and storyteller who has performed in front of audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. His most recent shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. Mike has released four albums for Comedy Central Records, including My Secret Public Journal Live, which was named one of the “Best Comedy Albums of the Decade” by The Onion AV Club. In addition to performing live, Birbiglia is an author and filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in the acclaimed films Sleepwalk with Me and Don’t Think Twice. His book, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Thurber Prize For American Humor. As an actor, Birbiglia has appeared on Orange is the New Black, Inside Amy Schumer, and Girls as well as in the films Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars, and Popstar. Birbiglia currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jen
Griswold's Night Light Festival: Saturday, May 5, Griswold Parks and Recreation, Veterans' Memorial Park, 68 Ashland St., Jewett City, 5:00PM-10:00PM, Free, -* Let's light up Jewett City with a parade of floats & a festival in Veteran's Memorial Park. Food Trucks will be offering all different types of treats, foods and unique meals PLUS Wolverine Radio will be holding a DISCO PARTY! All are welcome to join the parade!*
Cinco de Mayo Zip & Sip Adventure: Saturday, May 5, EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center, 2011 South Main St., Middletown, 9:00AM-6:00PM, $45, - Thrilling and exciting tree-top zip lines and aerial adventure challenges, all led by energetic guides, followed by "rehydration" at the Inn at Middletown's Tavern. All zip line participants, ages 21+, receive a drink voucher for a house margarita or local draft beer at the Tavern at the Armory. Drink voucher valid on May 5, 2018 only.
Northeast PEZ Collectors Gathering: Saturday, May 5, Sheraton Stamford Hotel, 700 East Main St., Stamford, 10:00AM-2:00PM, Adults $5, Children 8 and under free, - Do you have a "Sweet" spot for candy? Well, why not come to the "sweetest" place in Stamford, The Northeast PEZ Collectors gathering. Bring the entire family to see the largest PEZ gathering on the east coast. It's a fun event for collectors of all ages. You will see the newest PEZ, vintage PEZ, United States PEZ and even PEZ from Europe. You will see regular sized PEZ dispensers to "Giant PEZ." You might even see "The Worlds Smallest PEZ" on display. PEZ collectors from all over the United States converge on Stamford for this annual gathering. Come be part of the fun. It only happens once a year in Connecticut.
Cinco de Mayo Cruise: Saturday, May 5, Departs from Eagle Landing State Park, 14 Little Meadow Rd., Haddam, 5:00PM-7:00PM, $30, - Take a relaxing late Saturday afternoon cruise as we celebrate Cinco De Mayo and the beautiful spring foliage on the lower Connecticut River. Cinco De Mayo is a Mexican holiday that has become quite popular in the United States as a fun, festive day! On this cruise, as we celebrate Cinco De Mayo, we will see a nesting Osprey and other wildlife, and enjoy the beautiful scenic river views. There will be soft Mexican music. Bring your favorite “Mexican” or any beverage and a picnic if you’d like. And Captain Mark will be making his famous Key Lime Pie. No one under 12 years old please.
Tom Jones: Saturday, May 5, Grand Theater, Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, 8:00PM, $65-105, - Tom Jones' 50-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for five decades, he has garnered - at the age of 77 - the best reviews of his career for his most recent albums, Long Lost Suitcase, Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame (Island/Universal). Critics across the world are unanimous in their approval and admiration for both the recorded work and the performance of it in concert.
Sunday, May 6:
5th Annual Run the Gauntlet Obstacle: Sunday, May 6, East Rock Park, 41 Cold Spring St., New Haven, 9:00AM-12:00PM, Adults $50, Students $35, Spectators Free, - A spring race in the Denali Gauntlet Race Series. Run the Gauntlet at East Rock Park features a 5K obstacle course with 15-20 man-made and natural obstacles. After the race, participants are invited to enjoy a post-race party with pizza from Old World Pizza Trucks, beer from Thimble Island Brewing Company, and live entertainment. Proceeds from Run the Gauntlet at East Rock Park support The Denali Foundation Scholarship Fund for children attending the New Haven Parks and Recreation ECO Adventure Camp.
9th Annual Girls Just Wanna Run 5k Race: Sunday, May 6, Town of Litchfield, North Shore Road, Litchfield, Registration 10:30AM-11:30AM, Race begins 12:00PM, $35, Free for spectators, -* A 5K race which focuses on health and wellness in girls and women. Walkers, joggers, runners, girls and women of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the Overall First Female Finisher, the first female finisher in each age division and to the Most Glamorous Runner(s).*
The Dance Collective at Hog River Brewing Co.: Sunday, May 6, 1429 Park Street, Hartford, 6:30PM, $25, - The Dance Collective is back at Hog River Brewing Co. on Sunday, May 6th at 6:30pm. We had so much fun last November, we decided to do it again! Keeping the evening casual and cool, come join us and grab a pint while you sit back and enjoy professional contemporary dance performance! The Dance Collective brings you cultural & art performances outside a formal, traditional setting. This performance highlights the work of various female choreographers and dancers from across the United States. A bill consisting of solos, duets, and group performances; dancers will surround the brewery, conveying themes of empowerment, strength, and more. The choreographic artists that will be presenting are Dot Armstrong, Emory Campbell, Meghan Dodd, Fran Fuller, Alice Halter, Sheila Huggins, Rosanna Karabetsos, Betsy McMillan, and Kirsten Schranze. Your ticket comes with 1 free drink.
TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN: Sunday, May 6, Webster Theater Underground, 7:00PM, $13-15, - After relocating to Nashville at the age of 17 from Honey Grove, Texas, Tyler Bryant met drummer Caleb Crosby. After only a week, the two formed "The Shakedown" and began performing as a group with Calvin Webster on bass. Bryant was later introduced to Boston guitarist Graham Whitford (son of Aerosmith's Brad Whitford) and immediately asked Whitford to relocate to Nashville to join the group. Noah Denney was the final addition to the group, cementing the current lineup
This is the sixth of my “Missing in Connecticut Series.” I will be introducing you to the missing people of Connecticut every Wednesday (according to this list on CharleyProject: http://www.charleyproject.org/geo/eastern.html ). Please see my history for the previous submissions and share your thoughts about this case below! Kevin John Belknap was born on May 24, 1950. He was 5’10 and between 185 and 190 pounds. He was white. His brown hair was going gray. Some sources state he had brown eyes, others state they were hazel. The only identification information on file in this case is dental records. Kevin was a blackjack dealer at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The casino is located on the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation. 25% of the casino’s revenue goes to the state; as of 2007 that amounted to $200 million. Foxwoods is much more than a casino - it also has hotels, fine dining, and shopping. There is another popular casino nearby, Mohegan Sun. If this sounds like an advertisement, I’ll admit that I am one of the many people who enjoys going occasionally (although I am in no way affiliated!). The Pequot Museum is nearby, it’s the largest Native American museum in the world, and it rocks. If you are ever in the area, you should definitely check the area out! 83 current or past employees rated Foxwoods on GlassDoor and gave it a 2.9 out of 5 for overall work environment. One common complaint listed is that there is not a lot of upward mobility at the casino and that tribal members are preferred for positions over other people. Was Kevin unhappy with his job? Kevin had just gotten off of work on April 8, 2001. He was last seen at his residence at 20 Cutler Street in Stonington, Connecticut at 5:00 pm that day. The house can be seen here to give context to his case: http://bit.ly/2deWNJT. Stonington is a small coastal tone. It serves as the backdrop to the 2012 film Hope Springs if you are interested in getting a visual of the area! Kevin has never been seen or heard from again. His wife reported him missing four days later on April 12, 2001. What was the state of Kevin’s marriage like? Was there some marital unhappiness? Why did she take so long to report the man as missing? Or, was it that he ‘disappeared’ often? Or did the police give her difficulty in reporting him missing? (Some jurisdictions seem to make people wait for long periods before making official reports.) His blue 1998 Buick LeSabre was later found abandoned in the vicinity of Watch Hill in Rhode Island. According to google maps, this trip would take about 12 to 20 minutes during 5:00 traffic on a weekday (this assumes that he left right after he was supposedly last seen.) Watch Hill is an exclusive, wealthy coastal village located in Westerly, Rhode Island. The village is filled with sprawling Victorian-style cottages which may look modest, but are extremely expensive. Taylor Swift, Conan O’Brien, Henry Ford (of Ford Motors,) and Clark Gable are only some of the town’s past and present residents. Kevin’s car was unlocked and his work uniform was left in it. There was no other sign of him at the scene. A search was conducted of the surrounding land and sea but nothing was located. Bolleswoods commented stating that despite the wealth of the area, the beaches are public. Due to the fact that it was April, they may not have been populated heavily at the time. This is especially true when you consider the fact that it was cold and windy on the day he went missing (thanks deeperintomovies for looking it up.) She states that one beach in particular, Napatree Point is long and isolated. It has an abandoned fort from the 1900s with underground tunnels. She posits that if Kevin wanted to take his life, it may have been a good place to do so. Did Kevin run away from an unhappy life? Did he have a mental break which prompted his leaving? Did he take his own life? Did Kevin’s disappearance have to do with his job at the casino? Did he anger a wealthy client and get lured back to Watch Hill to face the consequences? If that was the case, why was his uniform located in his car? Why was there no other evidence? Could a murderer’s financial or social status make it easier to do away with a body? Does Watch Hill keep secrets for its residents? Hopefully this secret will be leaked someday. http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/belknap_kevin.html Bolleswoods commented that [s]he used to live in Stonington and has family and friends who still do. According to their dad community belief is that Kevin ran away from a girlfriend and is no longer considered missing. He is still listed as actively missing on some sites including the Charleyproject (hence my post,) NamUs, etc. I am not sure how frequently the sites are updated, though. Perhaps that is the informal, popular belief and police haven't found evidence so they have to keep the case open.
Ahoy. UConn alum and life-long Hartford area resident here to talk about things to do in Hartford before and after basketball. I'm sure there are going to be literally dozens of tourney attendees going to Hartford for the first time. So if you're one of them, read on. Note: I fucking love Hartford, but that's perhaps because it's easier than hating the place you're from. Note: I can update this throughout the day, and am welcome to suggestions. Note: I'm making a few assumptions: First, that you don't have access to a car, and second, that you're somewhere around 30, have a little cash to spend, and don't have kids. 1) Drinking. Downtown Hartford has a lot of bars. They are, for the most part, totally regular. Here are some places that might be the same place, I dunno. I'm only gonna highlight some favorites. But there are plenty. Walkable from the XL Center
Vaughans: A gastropub. Some big TVs, some heavily carved wood ornaments, some good food and a decent draft list.
Pig's Eye Pub: Depending on the time and day, this place can get rowdy with the under 25 crowd. But most of the time it's a pleasant, large, faux-dive with a few pool tables, a rooftop patio, and a larger than average draft list.
City Steam. They brew their own beer and have lots of pool tables. Also TVs. Also a comedy club in the basement?? I don't go here much.
Dish/Salute/Trumbull Kitchen: The holy troika of the world's most regular bars. Do you like grilled salmon? A place to get a cocktail or wine or a beer? Wearing a sport jacket with jeans? Than these places are for you.
Allyn Street Bars: Are you trying to make out with a stranger? Get ready! Sorta dirty, sorta trashy, but also sorta fun if you're in the right mood. A string of bars to which some, in the words of Louis CK, wear their stripey goin' out to get laid shirts.
Maybe snag an uber but worth it
Hog River Brewery. It's a brewery in an old tire factory. Board games, food trucks, draft cider. It's delightful.
Little River Restoratives. Creative cocktails and small snacks. Really a wonderful place to which I hope you all give all your money.
Bin 228. Popular with theater goers. Quiet spot for sandwiches and salads and some other entrees. Real good food for not that much. A personal favorite so it's getting a plug.
Dish/Salute/Trumbull Kitchen: The holy troika of the world's most regular restaurants. Do you like grilled salmon? A place to get a cocktail or wine or a beer? Wearing a sport jacket with jeans? Than these places are for you.
Max's Downtown: It's a real nice place to which I've never been but about which I've heard good things.
The Capital Grille: Another real nice place. Real good steak.
Bear's Smokehouse: The best largest barbecue place in Hartford. Consistently good food served cafeteria style.
Black Eyed Sally's: It's under the Pig's Eye and does southern-inspired cuisine. Gumbo, barbecue, chicken + waffles, that kind of thing. I imagine that if you're here from Memphis or Tulane it might be a little weird. But I bet you're not coming to Hartford from there.
an Uber-ish ride away
Republic at the Linden. Americanish cuisine, a nice bar. Really nice space. At the edge of what constitutes reasonable walk from the XL.
First and Last Tavern. Institution. Pizza. Italian Food. Large tables for a group of 6 to talk loudly with one another.
Mozziacato di Pasquale. Italian bakery and cafe. Get a few pignoli and some lemon ice.
A lot of other places that serve various things.
3) To Do
Go for a walk in Bushnell Park. Do it! It's a nice place. Olmsted-designed with lots of statues and paths and views of the skyline.
The Wadsworth Atheneum: America's oldest public art museum. Worth the $15 admission. Or just go take a photo with the Stegosaurus sculpture to the left.
Connecticut Science Center: It mostly targets the youngins, but it's a fun place to go.
Live Music: Lol jk. What live music happens in Hartford is, for lack of a better term, a bit underground. We don't really have a "go here to listen to live music!" scene. Black Eyed Sally's will have jazz or blues fairly often, though.
Shopping: Lol jk. But Hartford Prints has some nice stuff re: stationary/gifts/things to put on your wall or shelf. Stackpole Moore and Tryon is a high-ish end store for people over 40. Hartford Denim Co. is an uber ride away but they make and sell jeans if you're into that sorta thing.
4) To not do.
West Hartford Center. It's cool I guess? But also super boring offers several bars in close proximity to one another. If you can get there and back easily, then go ahead. It's a fun time. There's a Joseph A Bank, a Whole Foods, and a West Elm. There's an Ann Taylor I think.
New Haven. Way cooler than West Hartford Center, but it's a 45 minute drive. Do you really want to see Yale that badly? They have a museum with dinosaur fossils though :-/
Foxwoods/Mohegan. Yes, they're the biggest casinos in America. But aside from that, you can only play one game at a time. For a weekend in Hartford, not worth the side trip.
What I want to emphasize, above all else, is that Hartford is a wonderful place. In terms of downtown size, it's roughly comparable to Louisville, Raleigh, Memphis, and Richmond. There really is a lot to do. And it's as safe as comparably sized cities. By which I mean, don't go wandering around strange residential streets outside of the downtown at 3am. You don't need to get a ride from one side of downtown to the other, though. Most of all, tell your friends you had a good time, okay? We deal with a lot of shit-talk, some of it justified, but if you can't enjoy a weekend in Hartford it's because you didn't put any effort in. Put some effort in, and Hartford will show you a nice time.
Guided 90 Minute Tour of Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum (April 13-15): Saturday, April 14, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, $0-20, - Enjoy a memorable experience at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum on the Extended Tour. At 90 minutes, the Extended Tour includes the majestic first floor of the Mansion and the award-winning Servants’ Quarters in addition to the Mansion’s second floor bedroom suites and family room.
Rent 20th Anniversary Tour @ Palace Theater (April 13-15): 100 East Main Street, Waterbury, Different times depending on days, $57.50-97.50 - In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert: (April 13-15) Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, $65.50-95.50 - Audiences will be able to relive the magical adventure of Harry Potter’s second year at school like never before. This concert features Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition while The Hartford Symphony performs John Williams’ otherworldly score. Experience the wonder of talking spiders, scolding letters, and giant snakes all over again!
Grit 'n Wit: Friday, April 13, University of Bridgeport, 126 Park Ave., Bridgeport, 1:30PM, - Grit 'N Wit is New England's first mental and physical obstacle course. The course runs on the back field where you will take on 16 different physical and mental obstacles together.
Buckethead: Friday, April 13. $35, 7:00PM, Fairfield Theatre
The Piano Guys: Friday, April 13. $20-65, 8:00PM, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Storrs
Saturday, April 14th:
Vintage Collectors & Antiques Aficionados, Tags & Treasures Sale (April 14-15): Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main St., Wethersfield, 9:00AM-3:00PM, Adults $6, Children $3, - Collectors of vintage oddities, artifacts and antiques will be rummaging for this year’s hottest collectibles. For more than 40 years, this sale has been organized by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in The State of Connecticut. The bi-annual event features hundreds of household items, including furniture, vintage pieces, and historic estate items from some of Connecticut’s oldest families. Other treasures at this year’s sale: glass, sterling silver, china, linens, fine jewelry and books, all donated by the Colonial Dames, who maintain the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. On Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., attendees may fill a bag for a small price.
Community Yard Sale (April 14-15): Griswold Parks and Recreation, Veterans' Memorial Park, 68 Ashland St., Jewett City, 7:00AM-3:00PM, - Looking for bargains? There's bound to plenty at our Community Yard Sale! And if you come with your children or grandchildren on April 14th, they can participate in our massive egg hunt.
CT Piecemakers Spring Quilt Show (April 14-15): Wyndham Southbury, 1284 Strongtown Rd., Southport, Various times, Free, -* A judged quilt show, bursting with traditional and artistic quilts. Enjoy the quilts, shop the vendors and participate in the* raffle.
35th Annual CT Cactus and Succulent Society Show & Sale (April 14-15): Bristol Senior Community Center, 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol, Various times, Free, - The Connecticut Cactus and Succulent Society celebrates its 35th annual Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale. This is one of the largest show of its kind in the East, with over one thousand visitors each year. The judged show has more than 100 categories with over 500 entries. In addition, there will be at least 15 vendors with a huge selection of cactus and succulent plants, pots, soils, and books. A free plants will be given to the first 50 families entering the show on both days. There will also be a series of free lectures (a schedule of lectures will be posted on the below website) and auctions of larger plants.
Eggtopia & Griswold Community Yard Sale: Saturday, April 14, Griswold Parks and Recreation, Veterans Memorial Park, 68 Ashland St., Griswold, 11:00AM-12:30PM, - Easter egg hunt of over 6,000 eggs; meet the Easter Bunny, have your face painted, and color and make egg decorations.
Suds of the Season - A Limited Release Beer Fest: Saturday, April 14, SportsCenter of CT, 784 River Rd., Shelton, 12:00PM-4:00PM, $10 (designated driver)-45, - Every pass includes a pass to the sports center, This beer festival features limited release and seasonal beers from craft breweries in Connecticut, New England (and beyond) as well as national brewers. To add to the festivities we will feature food trucks, vendors, and one of Connecticut's most popular cover band, The Rum Runners, where the party never ends.
AIDS Walk New Haven: Saturday, April 14, 250 Temple St, New Haven, 10:30AM-1:30PM, - AIDS Walk New Haven is a 5K walk to raise money to provide support services to individuals and families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in the greater New Haven community. Our goals are to raise money, increase public awareness, promote prevention through advocacy, and unite the Yale-New Haven community against stigma, apathy and infection.
Sunday, April 15
How I Became a Pirate: Sunday, April 15, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport, 1:00PM, & 4:00PM, $20, - A rollicking musical adventure about young Jeremy Jacob who joins Captain Braid Beard's band of comical pirates on a quest for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. While Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, he soon learns that home and family are treasures that can't be found on any map. Based on the bestselling book by Melinda Long and produced by Dallas Children's Theatre, the musical is recommended for grades K through 5.
The Mallet Bros. Band (With Special Guest Jon Fishman from PHISH): Infinity Music Hall, 20 Greenwoods Rd W, Norfolk, 7:30PM, $24-44, The Mallett Brothers Band will be joined by Jon Fishman of Phish for 2 weeks of their 2018 spring tour. This tour marks the first extended series of dates with the Phish drummer and the fourth overall appearance with the band. Fishman will be playing a 2nd Drum kit during the sets comprised mostly of The Mallett Brothers Band original music
Name and Origin: "Connecticut"; named for a French corruption to the Native American word "quinetucket", meaning "beside the long, tidal river". Flag: Flag of the State of Connecticut Map: Connecticut County Map Nickname(s): The Constitution State, The Nutmeg State, The Provisions State, The Land of Steady Habits Demonym(s): Connecticuter, Connecticutian, Nutmegger Abbreviation: CT Motto: "Qui transtulit sustinet"; Latin for "He who transplanted still sustains" Prior to Statehood: Connecticut Colony Admission to the Union: January 9, 1788 (5th) Population: 3,590,886 (29th) Population Density: 739/sq mi (4th) Electoral College Votes: 7 Area: 5,543 sq mi (48th) Countries Similar in Size: Montenegro (5,333 sq mi), Bahamas (5,383 sq mi), East Timor (5,743 sq mi) State Capital: Hartford Largest Cities (by population in latest census)
Connecticut is currently not home to any Big Five professional sports teams.
The USS Nautilus - the world's first nuclear powered submarine was built in Groton in 1954.
Connecticut, along with Rhode Island, were the only two states to never ratify the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).
The Scoville Memorial Library is the United States oldest public library. The library collection began in 1771, when Richard Smith, owner of a local blast furnace, used community contributions to buy 200 books in London.
Connecticut is home to the oldest U.S. newspaper still being published: The Hartford Courant, established in 1764.
Connecticut is home to the first hamburger (1895), Polaroid camera (1934), helicopter (1939), and color television (1948).
What are your thoughts of Asians and their culture of gambling?
Let me preface by saying that I've gotten heavily interested in "western" card games called NHLE/PLO (respectively, No Limit Hold 'Em, Pot-limit Omaha...with basic understanding of PLO8/Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-lo) for the past 8 months or so when my friend (who is non-Asian if that matters) got me comp'd into a charity poker event for his town's community youth organization/center. I've learned Chinese poker from him, but I don't know how to play any Chinese/Asian card games or Mahjong, nor do I really care or have an interest to learn. On the whim, being tired of playing casual heads-up/short-handed home poker games with friends, pub poker tournaments, and online, I decided to make a trek by myself to play 1-2 NLHE down at Foxwoods, the largest casino in the eastern hemisphere located in Connecticut, or a ~two-hour bus ride from Boston for me. For those who aren't familiar, up in the Northeast there are "Chinatown buses" from Boston and NYC area that shuttle folks to Foxwoods, which was my first choice because of the lower fare cost (~$15 round-trip which includes a meal voucher and $45 match-play coupon) but unfortunately was sold out to a casino in RI, was constricted to a five-hour playing window, and I didn't want to wait two hours for one departing for Mohegan Sun (another adjacent casino to Foxwoods in CT, a 20 minute drive away). I booked a last-minute one-way ticket with Greyhound instead leaving me with an open window for my return trip instead. After I busted two bullets (poker term for or two buy-ins), I had a lot of reflections and introspection about my game-play, but more specifically, I had more the culture of gambling with Asians. As for family, for which we are of Chinese heritage, and gambling, my father plays Chinese card games and baccarat and my dad's obsession with gambling was a catalyst for my mom's divorce against him; my mother would scold him for taking me to the Chinatown gambling parlors when I was a kid. For my community, I grew up in a large population ethnic immigrant Chinese folks, and it's not uncommon to see grandma's playing Mahjong for pennies, to seeing my neighbor's mom in Chinatown going to the gambling parlor. My grandpa gambles everyday at his family association. My uncle before becoming half-paralyzed played OTB, and his wife's, my aunt by marriage, parents work at one of the aforementioned casinos. My aunt in the PNW is a blackjack dealer. Now a while back, when I played in a pub poker league tournament, after busting-out, I got into a chat an old lady where we talked about our respective lives and why we played, me playing online, why she didn't, and what stakes we won't play. I talked about how Chinese/Asians love to play big games (Pai Gow poker) against the bankehouse, while contrasting my reasons for liking Hold 'Em. The conversation at one point shifted towards her essentially asking, "why do Asians love to gamble so much?" An innocent but genuinely question out of curiosity that struck and made a lasting impression on me since then. Being of Chinese heritage, and in an enivornment of relevency, I suppose I was a person to answer such question. My recollected thoughts... I answered with the encounter I had with a Fasten driver (an ride-share underdog to UbeLyft) around that time earlier. In that conversation for which we both spoke Cantonese, we talked about mutual Chinese heritage and what my parent's did for a living, where we both lived, but more specifically, I told him about my parent's divorce and how gambling was a catalyst for divorce. Hearing me out, he address the "issue" with grace by speaking on the collective behalf of blue-collar immigrants who work in restaurants and whatnot, for which he did and my father did, that there wasn't much of an outlet for entertainment/socializing after work, especially working erratic hours and schedules. He made the comparison that they can't go to the local cinema/theater and enjoy an American movie, referencing the cultural differences that confine them into their ethnic enclaves. During that Fasten ride with the middle-aged Chinese father-driver (about my dad's age), who also tried to recruit my father to drive for the company, opened up my worldview about the possible reasons why a majority Chinese, with our particular interest, why immigrant Chinese in America, like to gamble. I amassed more empathetic and compassion for the plight of Chinese immigrants and their lack of post-work social outlets. I loosened up to having animosity toward my dad for gambling so much when I was younger, which I was influenced by my mother's inappropriate complaints at the dinner-table of just us about my father. And of course, now that I've recently got interested in card games on my initiative, I am less (hypo)critical about my dad's gambling. With respects Asian gamblers in my observation, for Texas Hold 'Em, I've noticed at my recent trip to Foxwoods and before that the handful of trips to New Hampshire card-rooms (there are no legal card-rooms in the Commonwealth of MA) that I see a lot of Asian players make blatantly "gamble-y" plays. With coach buses departing at various hours of the day from Chinatown and Chinese enclave towns/communities, there's opportunity and demand to from Asians to gamble. My Caucasian friend who re-introduced me to poker made a stereotypical joke about Asians and how they like love to gamble, nonetheless the lady from pub poker who were curious about the why of Chinese and their gambling habits. It is recognized as a fact that there is a disproportionate amount of Asian gamblers relative to their American counterparts with pathological gambling addictions,, but many do not seek help for gambling addictions. And I believe the resources and mental health professionals are far and few for Asian gamblers. Anyways, I have never seen much, if any at all, discussion or articles about Asians and gambling on this sub but I believe it's an important topic worthy of discussion. I do wonder about the other fathers, mothers, relatives, or even yourself, who has an interest in gambling. Has it been a catalyst for familial dis-harmonies as it did for mine? Did it spur you to get interested in gambling yourself? What are y'alls thoughts on the cultural factors for Asians and gambling? How was your childhood shaped by a family member who was severely addicted to gambling, or was it a casual affair? All and any discussions relevant to Asians and gambling are welcomed. So let's discuss.
1+1+1=$$$? Lets discuss Atari who is emerging involvement with gaming, gambling, blockchain crypto, AMD...
I own stock in Atari, therefore I try to follow their projects. They have offices in the U.S. but are based out of France, so most of the chatter online I have to run through Google translate. I have noticed a trend in their projects which ties together nicely- speculative at this point yes, but the entire market is speculative really (invest in a company hoping they will profit, grow, expand, etc). So here is what I have so far- lets discuss possibilities.
1- Atari is already involved in real money gambling, both online and in casinos. One of their partners is Pariplay. Reference- http://www.pariplayltd.com/legend-lives-pariplay-atari-launch-atari-pong-online-slot/ "Pong is the latest video arcade classic from Atari® to be honoured with an action-packed online slot, featuring non-stop excitement and plenty of big win potential. Pariplay’s previous Atari®-branded releases include Asteroids®, Star Raiders® and Black Widow®."
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3- Atari just released this- (again google translated)
"Paris, France - February 8, 2018. The Atari Group announces two major development projects in the field of blockchains and crypto-currencies, with a shareholding in a crypto-platform and the creation of a dedicated Token ("Atari Token"), and on the other hand the upcoming launch of casino platforms offering crypto-currency game options. Acquisition of a stake in Infinity Networks Ltd (Gibraltar) and creation of Atari Token Atari took a 15% stake, with a 17.5% stake in Infinity Networks, Ltd. (Gibraltar). This investment, made without cash disbursement by Atari, demonstrates the appeal of the Atari brand. Infinity Networks, Ltd. (Gibraltar), a company founded by a team of veteran Entertainment and Finance industry veterans and led by Ron Dimant and Daniel Doll-Steinberg, has an advisory board that brings together leading figures from foreground in the field of blockchains. The company is developing a decentralized platform giving access to any form of digital entertainment, ie a very wide offer ranging from video games to movies and music. This platform, under development, will work using cryptocurrency, the Atari Token. In exchange for these equity interests, earnings and future royalties, Atari has granted Infinity Networks, Ltd. (Gibraltar) a long-term license to use the Atari brand. "Blockchains technology is poised to take a very important place in our environment and to transform, if not revolutionize, the current economic ecosystem, especially in the areas of the video game industry and online transactions," he said. Frédéric Chesnais, CEO of Atari, SA. "Given our technological strengths with the development studios, and the global reputation of the Atari brand, we have the opportunity to position ourselves attractively in this sector. Our objective is to take strategic positions with a limited cash risk, in order to optimize the assets and the Atari brand ". The second project in progress is the strengthening of the partnership with Pariplay, Ltd in the launch in 2018 of casino platforms allowing players to bet either in real money or with most crypto-currencies currently outstanding. . These casino sites will offer many Atari games. To broaden the appeal of these new casinos, and once the Atari Token available, Atari has the project to launch Pong Token, a second Token dedicated to crypto-casinos and usable on these gaming sites. The details of this launch of crypto-casinos will be announced soon.
4- Chairman and CEO of Atari is 'advisor' to Virt-U
5- We all know the widespread knowledge that Atari & AMD are partnered on the upcoming Atari home gaming console- confirmed by AMD to be using a Ryzen chip.
SOO...again this is all speculation by me, but this console could not only be used for normal games, but possibly be involved with the Atari token both in transactions, gaming, mining, and even gambling. Lots to chew on. Lots that would need to fall into place. Lots of chances of failures. But if it all ties together like it appears it could do...they just may be consolidating what at initial glance would be diversified projects. Thoughts?
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