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Captain Scott's Lobster Dock: A New London Landmark

This summer we’re telling the stories behind Connecticut’s beloved seasonal restaurants — the destinations that open for an all-too-brief time period in fair weather. These are the small lobster shacks with the buttery rolls you crave in January when you’re shoveling snow, the ice cream stands...

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  • Bristol Central High Senior Prom

    Bristol Central High Senior Prom

    Bristol Central High School held their 2016 senior prom at the Aqua Turf in Southington.

  • Made In CT Expo

    Made In CT Expo

    The 2nd annual Made In Connecticut Expo brought more than a 300 vendors from around the state  to the Farmington Polo Grounds Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. 

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  • A Peek At Summer's Arts Scene

    A Peek At Summer's Arts Scene

    The temperatures may be taking awhile to rise, but the list of music festivals, concerts, new exhibits, theater shows at Connecticut venues has never been hotter, which makes for a very cool summer season.

      • Shakespeare, Naked Magic To Set Summer Stages Ablaze

        Shakespeare, Naked Magic To Set Summer Stages Ablaze

        "Summer's lease hath all too short a date," according to a Shakespeare sonnet. The Bard of Avon is well represented on the summer theater schedule, but so are many contemporary playwrights and composers, from Kander and Ebb to Yorkey and Kitt. Art & Our Ladies: The International Festival of Arts...

          • Dance Companies, Groups, Troupes In Motion For Summer

            Dance Companies, Groups, Troupes In Motion For Summer

            Connecticut-based (and beyond) dance and theater companies are on the move this summer. The Evjen Academy of Performing Arts Studio Showcase, offering "a spectrum of dance styles" June 3 and 4 at The Bushnell. bushnell.org. The Dance Extension's "Once Upon a Dance," presenting choreographic interpretations...

              Museums

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              • High Tea At Hill-Stead With 'Downton Abbey' Countess

                High Tea At Hill-Stead With 'Downton Abbey' Countess

                The Right Honorable Countess of Carnavon, the real mistress of the castle known as Downton Abbey in the television series of the same name, spoke at a champagne high tea fundraiser with more than 400 "Downton" fans Wednesday afternoon.   Read story here.

                  • Nocturnal 'Electric Paris' At Bruce Museum

                    Nocturnal 'Electric Paris' At Bruce Museum

                    The walls of the main gallery at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich are currently painted a shade of purple so dark that they're almost black. The lighting is muted, like distant stars in the sky. The official reason for this darkness is that many of the works on show are light-sensitive prints. Still,...

                      • Eclectic Exhibits For Summer Viewing

                        Eclectic Exhibits For Summer Viewing

                        Wherever you travel in Connecticut this summer, there will be a new museum exhibit to strike the fancy. In the southwest corner, the Bruce Museum will show photography that studies motion. In the southeast, the Lyman Allyn salutes the civil rights era and LGBT artists. In the heart of the state,...

                          Movies

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                          • Summer's Diversity On The Big Screen: From Film Fests To Drive-Ins

                            Summer's Diversity On The Big Screen: From Film Fests To Drive-Ins

                            Summertime is the season of superheroes in the cinemas, but for those with a taste for a different kind of movie, local venues and festivals will deliver. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art shows comic romance "Barcelona Christmas Night" June 24-26; Italian comic drama "The Complexity of Happiness"...

                              • French 1946 'Beauty And The Beast' At Cinestudio

                                French 1946 'Beauty And The Beast' At Cinestudio

                                People who have never seen "La Belle et la Bete" owe it to themselves to go to Cinestudio, 300 Summit St., Hartford, sometime between Sunday and Thursday, May 29 to June 2, to feast their eyes on Jean Cocteau's visually splendid 1946 adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast." The French filmmaker adapted...

                                  • International Independent Film Series In West Hartford

                                    International Independent Film Series In West Hartford

                                    For the next eight months, the main branch of the West Hartford Library, at 20 S. Main St., will show a series of independent films from around the world. Each will be shown the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. in the library's meeting room. Admission is free. The schedule is as follows:...

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                                      • 50 Cent Fridays Among Quassy Deals

                                        50 Cent Fridays Among Quassy Deals

                                        Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury kicks off the summer season with special deals: 50-Cent Fabulous Fridays through Sept. 2. After 5 p.m., rides, hot dogs and soft drinks are 50 cents each. Parking is $7. On Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m., through Sept. 3, the park has a $45 carload special. Up to...

                                          • Hartford Library To Present World of Sounds Concert Series

                                            Hartford Library To Present World of Sounds Concert Series

                                            In addition to the warm weather, the summer also brings free, festive music from the Hartford Public Library's World of Sounds series of seven outdoor concerts from June through September. hplct.org. June 4, noon to 1 p.m., Hartford Steel Symphony (soca, calupso, reggae, pop, gospel, classical,...

                                              • Parade, Festival Del Coqui Celebrate Puerto Rican Pride

                                                Parade, Festival Del Coqui Celebrate Puerto Rican Pride

                                                The Connecticut Institute for Community Development celebrates the pride of the people and culture of Puerto Rico with its annual Greater Hartford parade and Festival del Coqui on Sunday, June 5. The parade steps off at noon from Cedar Street and follows a route through Hartford's main streets...

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                                                  • Ollie's Bargain Outlet Opening In Manchester

                                                    Ollie's Bargain Outlet Opening In Manchester

                                                    Hartford bargain hunters will have a new off-price shopping option when Ollie's Bargain Outlet opens its second Connecticut location in Manchester on Wednesday, June 1. With a tag line of "good stuff cheap," the chain sells brand name merchandise, including housewares, books, hardware, flooring,...

                                                  • Energetic 'Dirty Dancing' At Bushnell Infectious, Glitzy

                                                    Energetic 'Dirty Dancing' At Bushnell Infectious, Glitzy

                                                    Well, there's a lot of dancing, and some of it is pretty dirty — the kind that causes a crowd to wolf-whistle and whoop with glee. That would appear to be the main requirement of a stage adaptation of "Dirty Dancing" — bringing some live, earthy energy to the enterprise. But the national tour of...

                                                  • Memorial Day Weekend Sales Throughout State

                                                    Memorial Day Weekend Sales Throughout State

                                                    Memorial Day weekend means once-a-year sales and an extra day to shop. Hitchcock Furniture holds its annual Memorial Day Barn Sale at the Riverton Fairgrounds and in its retail store at 13 Riverton Road, Saturday through Monday. The sale features deep discounts on living, dining and bedroom furniture...

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                                                  • TSA Pre-Check Will Shorten Your Time In Security Checkpoint Lines

                                                    TSA Pre-Check Will Shorten Your Time In Security Checkpoint Lines

                                                    Having just returned from vacation, I can confirm reports of backed-up lines and longer-than-usual waits at airport security checkpoints — and officials say it's not going to get better any time soon. In fact, it's going to get worse. A record number of passengers flew during the spring, and summer...

                                                  • Cats Reign In Growing Cafe Trend

                                                    Cats Reign In Growing Cafe Trend

                                                    NEW YORK CITY — Frances Clift always dreamed of finding true love in a coffee shop. On a Saturday afternoon in March, her wish came true when she met Sherry. "It was something magical," she said. "Something you can only imagine happening to you in New York. You walk into a café with the intention...

                                                  • Connecticut Celebrates A Century Of Submarine History

                                                    Connecticut Celebrates A Century Of Submarine History

                                                    Crossing the Thames River on I-95, you can't miss a submarine-shaped billboard proclaiming Groton the "Submarine Capital of the World." That's no hyperbole. Groton is home to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, the Naval Submarine School, the Submarine Force Library and Museum; the world's...

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