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Liquor Cabinet: The Hop Knot

True to its name, The Hop Knot specializes in pretzels and craft beer, with an impressive lineup of 24 ever-rotating taps and an emphasis on Connecticut breweries. But bar manager Lexi DeRota knew that her beverage menu would need to appeal to everyone.

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  • Freedom Beer Fest

    Freedom Beer Fest

    The Freedom Beer Fest Saturday, June 18, at the Veteran’s Park in Shelton, featured beer from regional brewers, live music and food trucks.  Proceeds from the event went to benefit Building Homes For Heroes.

  • Night Nation Run Hartford

    Night Nation Run Hartford

    Thousands of runners came out to the Night Nation Run 5k at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Saturday night, June 18. The glow-party race featured black lights, glow sticks and live music. Proceeds from the event go to the Stand Up To Cancer program.

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  • CT Sub Trail: 21 Artist-Decorated Submarines In Groton Region

    CT Sub Trail: 21 Artist-Decorated Submarines In Groton Region

    About a decade ago, southeastern Connecticut had a Whale Trail, a public-art project of 46 fiberglass, artist-decorated whales scattered around the area that celebrated the area's whaling past. Now, in honor of the 100-year anniversary of Submarine Base New London, the U.S. Navy's first submarine...

    • Goodspeed's 'Bye Bye Birdie' Staying True To Original '60s Musical

      Goodspeed's 'Bye Bye Birdie' Staying True To Original '60s Musical

      When Conrad Birdie sings "You've got to be sincere" to his adoring fans, he's not being sincere. The Elvis Presley-esque heartthrob is swiveling his hips and curling his lip in a cool, calculating, decidedly phony and inevitably funny manner. But Rhett Guter, who plays Birdie in the new production...

      • A Zen Master Speaks: Poems By Dick Allen

        A Zen Master Speaks: Poems By Dick Allen

        This month's featured poet, Dick Allen, was Connecticut's poet laureate from 2010 to 2015. He is the author of eight poetry collections and has received many of poetry's highest honors and most prestigious fellowships. You may have heard him on "Prairie Home Companion" recently. He has been a Zen...

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          • CT Rep Names New Artistic Director; Garde Announces Next Season

            CT Rep Names New Artistic Director; Garde Announces Next Season

            Michael Bradford is the new artistic director of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre and the new department head of dramatic arts at the University of Connecticut. An internationally recognized playwright, Bradford's been on the UConn faculty since 2001; his most recent positions were director of...

          • Connecticut Authors Trail Begins; Wrestling Champion Bob Backlund At Hartford Library

            Connecticut Authors Trail Begins; Wrestling Champion Bob Backlund At Hartford Library

            The eighth annual Connecticut Authors Trail begins Thursday, July 7, at Calvert Library, 5 Tyler Drive, Franklin, with a free talk by Adam von Gootkin, whose book is "Living Proof: Onyx Moonshine's Journey to Revive the American Spirit" (Career Press, $15.99). The Authors Trail is a series of free...

          • An Adventurous 'Peter And The Starcatcher' At CT Rep

            An Adventurous 'Peter And The Starcatcher' At CT Rep

            It's a story you think you know, performed by some people you've seen play very similar characters at the same theater a year ago. So it's nice to crow that Connecticut Repertory Theatre's new production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" is full of surprises. The national tour of the New York production...

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          • How To Save On Summer Theater Tickets

            How To Save On Summer Theater Tickets

            June, July and August in the Northeast means summer stock theater productions, arts performances and other cultural events. But pricey tickets for all that entertainment can eat a hole in your vacation budget. Luckily, there are ways to save — if you know where to look. We've got behind-the scenes...

          • Nearby Bargain-Priced Vacations For Fun On A Budget

            Nearby Bargain-Priced Vacations For Fun On A Budget

            If you're looking for summer fun on a budget — and ways to avoid long airport security lines — here are some free and bargain-priced vacations and daycations within easy driving distance of Connecticut. >>Make a sweet day trip to Fascia's Chocolates in Waterbury, where you can tour the chocolate-making...

          • 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...

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