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A Magnificent 'Mess' Of A Breakfast At The Shack

When I hear there's a breakfast called "The Mess," I can't not go out of my way to give it a try. Because, well, I'm a mess, too, and you are what you eat, or what you eat is what you are, or whatever. The Shack in East Lyme (with other locations in Waterford and Groton) is known for its massive...

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  • Farmington Easter Egg Hunt

    Farmington Easter Egg Hunt

    The 21st annual Easter Egg hunt at Farmington Mini Golf was this weekend, when thousands of kids from around the state swarmed the course for candy treats and participated in some good family fun.

  • Easter Egg Hunt For Dogs

    Easter Egg Hunt For Dogs

    More than 6,000 eggs were filled with treats and coupons (donated by Appalachian Tails) for this Easter Egg Hunt for dogs on Saturday April 8 at Riverfront Park in Glastonbury. Find this weekend's Easter Egg hunts here.

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  • Hartford's 'Faces of Change' In Live Portrait Exhibit At Bushnell

    Hartford's 'Faces of Change' In Live Portrait Exhibit At Bushnell

    Everybody who is anybody in Hartford will be at The Bushnell on Thursday night, April 27, at the opening reception of "Pivotal: Faces of Change: Hartford." If they can't make it in person, they'll be there in spirit, they'll be hanging on the walls and they'll live inside everyone's cellphones....

  • 3-Day Trinity Exhibit 'Hijabs And Hoodies' Challenges Stereotypes

    3-Day Trinity Exhibit 'Hijabs And Hoodies' Challenges Stereotypes

    When a wave of violence and police brutality against young African Americans occurred a few years ago, Tracy Keza was paying close attention. "Images were just being made and shared online in a way that I felt wasn't productive. ... It was just a cycle of one bad thing after another," said Keza,...

      • Paper-Cut Art Of Nikki McClure At Mystic Seaport

        Paper-Cut Art Of Nikki McClure At Mystic Seaport

        All of Nikki McClure's artworks begin with a single sheet of black paper. She cuts and cuts with an X-Acto knife until pictures emerge: lakes, skies, trees, birds, children, shacks. Some images are so delicate they flutter in their frames and barely hold on to the black paper they came from: flowers,...

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      • The Jeff 'Tain' Watts Trio To Play Polish National Home

        The Jeff 'Tain' Watts Trio To Play Polish National Home

        Drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts has held down the rhythmic formula for some serious artists — Wynton and Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker and Alice Coltrane, just to name a few. You may recognize him from when he was a part of the house band on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" or when...

      • Former 'Glee' Star Lea Michele At Foxwoods

        Former 'Glee' Star Lea Michele At Foxwoods

        It's not that former "Glee" star and power singer Lea Michele wanted a do-over after her solo debut in 2014. It's just that she was in the thick of her TV career, covering tons of songs each week and grieving over the recent death of her boyfriend, "Glee" co-star Cory Monteith. Michele's efforts...

      • Retro-Chic Ab-Soul At Toad's Place

        Retro-Chic Ab-Soul At Toad's Place

        West Coast rapper Ab-Soul has some swirling conspiracy theories to go along with his ominous and psychedelic tracks. Sometimes it sounds like Ab-Soul is rapping through a bullhorn, which sort of suits his sense of urgency. He's obviously interested in the Bible, Egyptian mythology, black history,...

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      • Catskills Spreads Fun Across Four New York Counties

        Catskills Spreads Fun Across Four New York Counties

        If you're heading to New York's Catskills this summer, get out your leg warmers and expect to have the time of your life. August marks the 30th anniversary of "Dirty Dancing," the 1987 movie set in a fictional Catskills lodge and starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. The area is celebrating...

      • Nostalgia Draws Visitors To Closed Catskill Game Farm

        Nostalgia Draws Visitors To Closed Catskill Game Farm

        Oh yes, our family remembers the Catskill Game Farm well. Thanks to the miracle of cherished, vintage, 16-mm movie reels, we revisit those day trips to a must-go family vacation destination in Catskill, N.Y., reliving the sights of gentle but determined deer nosing their way into the baby carriage...

      • A Non-Skier Finds Quaint, Quirky Fun In Vermont

        A Non-Skier Finds Quaint, Quirky Fun In Vermont

        NORWICH, VT — I hate winter. Thank you, but I'll pass on the slopes, rinks and trails. The lure of cocoa at a lodge can't compare to a pina colada on a Caribbean beach in February. So the thought of spending some time recently in central Vermont filled me with the dread of winter. I like Vermont,...

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