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Party In Plainville: 3-Day Hot Air Balloon Festival Returns

Nearly two dozen brightly colored hot air balloons will fill the sky surrounding Plainville's Norton Park at the crack of dawn and at dusk on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 to 28, as part of the town's annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. Entertainment at the park, 197 South Washington St., includes...

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  • Pixelmania At CT Science Center

    Pixelmania At CT Science Center

    Connecticut Science Center was the focus for Minecraft fans from across the region during the area's first Pixelmania, which celebrated the Minecraft video game through a series of fun games and building activities surrounding a two-day Minecraft tourney.

  • West Indian Independence Celebration

    West Indian Independence Celebration

    Thousands came out to Bushnell Park in Hartford Aug. 13 to listen to live music and take part in the West Indian Independence celebrations. 

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  • Best Of '48 Hour Film Project New Haven' To Be Shown At Criterion

    Best Of '48 Hour Film Project New Haven' To Be Shown At Criterion

    Judging for the "48 Hour Film Project New Haven,'' a short-filmmaking competition, is done and the best of those films will be shown on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. at Criterion Cinemas in New Haven. Teams of filmmakers wrote, shot, edited and turned in their four- to seven-minute-long movies in...

      • 'Men Go To Battle' At Real Art Ways

        'Men Go To Battle' At Real Art Ways

        On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28, Real Art Ways will show an acclaimed drama that gives a different perspective on the Civil War. "Men Go To Battle" takes place in 1861, telling the story of two Kentucky brothers struggling to hold onto their meager farm. Circumstances develop that compels...

        • Katharine Hepburn's 'Holiday' Screening In Cedar Hill Cemetery

          Katharine Hepburn's 'Holiday' Screening In Cedar Hill Cemetery

          Want to watch an outdoor movie in a cemetery? Cedar Hill Cemetery, 435 Fairfield Ave. in Hartford, hosts a movie night on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The film being shown is appropriate: a movie starring Katharine Hepburn, who is buried there. "Holiday" is a 1938 comedy co-starring Cary Grant,...

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          • This Weekend's Deals: Tax-Free Shopping, Sidewalk Sales And Flea Markets

            This Weekend's Deals: Tax-Free Shopping, Sidewalk Sales And Flea Markets

            It's the last call for shopping tax-free. Connecticut's Tax-Free Week ends Saturday, Aug. 27. Shop by then and you won't pay sales tax on most individual clothing or footwear priced at less than $100. Tanger Outlets in Westbrook celebrates back-to-school season with a free scavenger hunt for students(kindergarten...

          • 'Man of La Mancha' At The Ivoryton Playhouse

            'Man of La Mancha' At The Ivoryton Playhouse

            David Pittsinger has distinguished himself both in new operas ("The Crucible," "Appomattox") and in classic American musicals ("South Pacific," "Kiss Me Kate"). Pittsinger's tackling the lead role in "Man of La Mancha" at the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton, Sept. 7 through Oct. 2. Talia...

          • Eclectic Arc Iris At Cafe Nine

            Eclectic Arc Iris At Cafe Nine

            Arc Isis is the project that the Low Anthem's Jocie Adams started after leaving that band. It's similarly brooding chamber-folk, but with a willingness to delve into beats and layered synthetic touches. Arc Iris just released its second full-length, "Moon Saloon," in August. The band continues...

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          • Wandering Moose Inspires 400-Mile Algonquin To Adirondack Trail

            Wandering Moose Inspires 400-Mile Algonquin To Adirondack Trail

            NEWCOMB, N.Y. — The 400-mile trek of a radio-collared moose named Alice is the inspiration for a proposed hiking trail from Ontario's forested Algonquin Park to the heart of New York's Adirondack Mountains. Planners of the A2A — Algonquin to Adirondack — Trail liken it to Spain's famous Camino...

          • Once You’ve Toured Newport's Mansions, Head To The Beach

            Once You’ve Toured Newport's Mansions, Head To The Beach

            NEWPORT, R. I. — There are those of us who simply will not sit or lie on a beach all day. Not that sun, sand and surf are not wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating. The question is, how much time are you going to bake in the oven, even with sunscreen? Me, I'm good for maybe two hours. Actually,...

          • Rockland, Maine: Coastal Scenery, The Arts And Good Food

            Rockland, Maine: Coastal Scenery, The Arts And Good Food

            Every town in mid-coast Maine has its unique charms and attractions. Freeport is the place for shopping at outlet stores and the legendary L.L. Bean. For beautiful beaches, there's Reid State Park in Georgetown or Popham Beach in Phippsburg. For a view of the water from up high, hike (or drive)...

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