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  • Riverfest 2017

    Riverfest 2017

    The Mortensen Riverfront Recapture hosted a three-day food truck festival, capped off on Saturday night with fireworks, both attended by colorful costumed guests from the nearby ConnectiCon.

  • The New England Balloon Festival

    The New England Balloon Festival

    The New England Balloon Festival took place Friday through Sunday evening at the Goshen Fairgrounds. Weather created some challenges throughout Friday and Saturday, but pockets of clean air allowed the balloonists to get airborne or tether a balloon up throughout the event. The event also hosted...

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  • Movies Opening In Greater Hartford This Week

    Movies Opening In Greater Hartford This Week

    Here are the movies opening in Greater Hartford theaters this week. Check theaters for times, and find out else is playing at ctnow.com/movies. 

      • Tunisian Drama 'Hedi' At Wadsworth Atheneum

        Tunisian Drama 'Hedi' At Wadsworth Atheneum

        The conflict between doing what is expected of you and following your dreams is a classic cinema plot. The film showing at Wadsworth Atheneum tells this story, from a contemporary Tunisian perspective. "Hedi" tells the story of a man who is being set up in an arranged marriage to a woman as unenthusiastic...

        • 'Angels In America' In Area Theaters

          'Angels In America' In Area Theaters

          "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia On National Themes" was a critical darling when it premiered in 1991. Tony Kushner's two-part symbolic fantasy tells the stories of several gay men, both out and closeted, as they deal with AIDS and homophobia in 1980s America. The play won a Tony, a Pulitzer...

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          • A Maine Vacation: From Hiking And Beaches To Adventure And The Arts

            A Maine Vacation: From Hiking And Beaches To Adventure And The Arts

            For me, summer vacation means spending time on a Maine pond where the sound of loons calling is about the most exciting thing that happens all day. But I do venture occasionally from my little paradise to experience other things the state has to offer, whether it's the coast, a mountain hike, a...

              • Lock Museum Opens Adventure Room

                Lock Museum Opens Adventure Room

                Escape rooms have been growing in popularity over the last few years. Groups of people visit a location and are locked inside a room. Knowing nothing ahead of time, they must find clues scattered around the room to figure out how to unlock the door and escape. What better place to set up an escape...

              • 'Uncle Vlad's Summer Spook-tacular' At Ballard Institute

                'Uncle Vlad's Summer Spook-tacular' At Ballard Institute

                The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Storrs presents "Uncle Vlad's Summer Spook-tacular," an all-ages, shadow and hand puppetry show, featuring merry monsters, whimsical werewolves, and groovy ghouls. Performances are Saturday, July 22, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Institute's theater...

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                • 'Finding Neverland' At The Bushnell, John Douglas Thompson At Gunn Library

                  'Finding Neverland' At The Bushnell, John Douglas Thompson At Gunn Library

                  "Finding Neverland," the Broadway musical about how J.M. Barrie created Peter Pan, has been on a national tour since October 2016. That's long enough for it to have undergone a few cast changes. When the show flies into The Bushnell Aug. 1 to 6 it will star Billy Harrigan Tighe as J.M. Barrie,...

                • Westport's One-Woman Military Show 'Grounded' Builds With Suspense

                  Westport's One-Woman Military Show 'Grounded' Builds With Suspense

                  "Grounded" is a tough-minded war story told with a minimum of fuss. It swears a bit, but it doesn't drip blood on you. It tells rather than shows. Holding back makes it much more powerful. "Grounded" has been a breakthrough work for George Brant, a prolific playwright who's been active in the regional...

                • Big Mean Sound Machine At Arch Street Tavern

                  Big Mean Sound Machine At Arch Street Tavern

                  Any time you get nine talented musicians playing together, you're approaching a critical mass at which, if the sound and energy gets harnessed, powerful things can happen, just in terms of volume, texture, moving parts and layers. Big Mean Sound Machine is a big, mean band. Their horn-heavy and...

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                • Saratoga Springs Offers Victorian Architecture, 'Health, History, Horses'

                  Saratoga Springs Offers Victorian Architecture, 'Health, History, Horses'

                  If you think wellness vacations are a new phenomenon, a trip to Saratoga Springs will prove you wrong. Travelers have been heading to the charming city in upstate New York for more than 200 years, drawn by the purported healing powers of the area's mineral springs. In the mid-1800s, Saratoga was...

                • Fairfield Day Trip: Restored Historic Homes And Nearby Beaches

                  Fairfield Day Trip: Restored Historic Homes And Nearby Beaches

                  During summer weekends, families may often find themselves wondering, should the kids do something educational today? Or just something fun? Families can do both. Fairfield has two popular public beaches, Jennings and Penfield. Just a few minutes' drive from those Long Island Sound strands is a...

                • Portsmouth: Where Naval History, Charm Converge

                  Portsmouth: Where Naval History, Charm Converge

                  Portsmouth, N.H., is the kind of place that if you've already been, you likely want to go back. And if you haven't, then you need to go. With roots predating the Revolutionary War by more than a hundred years, the seacoast city, an hour's ride north of Boston, is a heady mix of culture, charm and...

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