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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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              • 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,...

                      • 'Vaults Of Heaven' At Bellarmine

                        'Vaults Of Heaven' At Bellarmine

                        Turkey is a predominantly Islamic country, but that wasn't always the case. For more than 1,000 years during the Byzantine Empire, Eastern Orthodox Christianity thrived. That empire ceased to exist in 1453, but it left a legacy, in the form of elaborately decorated churches An exhibit up all summer...

                          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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                                      • Rock Climbing, Robot Olympics Among Summer Camps, Workshops For Kids

                                        Rock Climbing, Robot Olympics Among Summer Camps, Workshops For Kids

                                        Summer is coming fast, so it's time to find the kids something to do while we're at work. Central Rock Gym, Glastonbury: During weeklong vacation camps, children learn to belay and improve their climbing skills under the supervision of specially trained staff. At the end of each week, there will...

                                          • Revolutionary War Encampment In Wethersfield

                                            Revolutionary War Encampment In Wethersfield

                                            History buffs can interact with the 5th Connecticut Regiment in full colonial dress and watch battle re-enactments during the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum's Revolutionary War Encampment in Wethersfield beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. This year will have two sword-wielding, 18th-century horsemen...

                                              • Meet The Butterflys At Norwalk

                                                Meet The Butterflys At Norwalk

                                                The riverfront courtyard at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will turn into Flutter Zone from May 28 to Sept. 5, with dozens of exotic tropical butterflies flying free. Also, "Flight of the Butterflies" is one of the movies showing at the aquarium's IMAX theater. Guests can purchase a milkweed...

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                                                  • 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...

                                                  • Who Got The 'Arts Works' Grants?

                                                    Who Got The 'Arts Works' Grants?

                                                    They're in the money: Connecticut theaters and spoken-word venues benefited from the National Endowment of the Arts "Art Works" grants announced earlier this month: Goodspeed Musicals was given $25,000 to support the new musical "Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz." Westport Country Playhouse got...

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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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