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10 Ways To Kick Off Summer

Did we think summer would never arrive? But, finally, Memorial Day weekend — the official start to summer — is upon us. We suggest you get started soaking up the sun with one of these 10 ideas. Eat Lobster And fried clams or shrimp, or whatever floats your boat as your favorite summer seafood....

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  • Taste Of Farmington

    Taste Of Farmington

    Guests sampled the best cuisines, desserts, and craft cocktails from 35 local restaurants at  the 2nd annual Taste of Farmington May 17 at Farmington Gardens. The event was a benefit for  Gifts of Love CT and Healing Meals Community Project.

  • CTNOW Best of New Haven Party

    CTNOW Best of New Haven Party

    CTNOW hosted its Best of New Haven bash on May 12 at Vanity Night Club, when finalists and guests came out for a night of partying and the the revealing of winners. Results here. 

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  • Viking Artifacts, Vinland Map On Display At Mystic Seaport

    Viking Artifacts, Vinland Map On Display At Mystic Seaport

    Lesson No. 1: Viking warriors didn’t wear horned helmets. “Viking helmets with horns date to the end of the 19th century, with Wagner operas,” says Nicholas Bell, senior vice president for curatorial affairs at Mystic Seaport Museum. “People in general are fascinated by Vikings, there is a romance...

      • Art2Unite Exhibit (With Live Music) Raises Money For Homeless, Hungry, Addicted

        Art2Unite Exhibit (With Live Music) Raises Money For Homeless, Hungry, Addicted

        Christine Chaise Greenwood straddles two worlds. She was born and raised in France, but she moved to the United States when she married Peter Greenwood. Both are artists well-known in the Hartford community. She wanted to organize an event to give back to her adopted community, and the choice was...

          • World-Traveling Dog Named Pastrami Lands At Hartford Library

            World-Traveling Dog Named Pastrami Lands At Hartford Library

            Monroe Warshaw loves travel, history and his dog, a gentle and sweet-faced golden retriever named Pastrami. Warshaw, a New York-based dealer in Old Master drawings, takes Pastrami with him on his journeys around the world. He poses Pastrami in front of sites of historical interest, puts a historically...

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              • 14 Hikes The State Challenges You To Take This Summer

                14 Hikes The State Challenges You To Take This Summer

                Along a hill overlooking the Connecticut River in Cromwell, boys once watched sailing ships ply the waters as they passed a blow hole that shot water from a narrow canyon as the tide rose. Pitch pines and moss-covered rocks fill a craggy hilltop with a sheer drop to a pond covered with lilies and...

                  • Connecticut Trails Day Hosts Hundreds Of Free Outdoor Activities

                    Connecticut Trails Day Hosts Hundreds Of Free Outdoor Activities

                    Connecticut Trails Day is a misnomer. The annual celebration of the Nutmeg State’s outdoor opportunities covers two days, June 2 and 3, because Connecticut has so many great paths for hiking, horseback riding, walking, running, biking, bird-watching and just being outside. The event is sponsored...

                      • A Summer Of Music And Art On The Streets Of Downtown Hartford

                        A Summer Of Music And Art On The Streets Of Downtown Hartford

                        Music, poetry and art-making come to downtown Hartford starting May 29 with the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s four-week Art on the Streets festivities, plus two summerlong lunchtime concert series — Pratt Street Patio and Audio Feed, both via the Hartford Business Improvement District. First...

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                          • 'Love Never Dies' Revisits Phantom's Story

                            'Love Never Dies' Revisits Phantom's Story

                            Love may never die, but voices can change. Actress Karen Mason plays Madame Giry in Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to his greatest hit, "The Phantom of the Opera." In "Phantom," Giry is the head of the opera company's ballet department, and has a mysterious connection to the Phantom. In the sequel...

                          • Taj Mahal To Play Infinity Hall Hartford

                            Taj Mahal To Play Infinity Hall Hartford

                            Taj Mahal spent some formative years just up I-91 in Springfield, Mass. The blues singer and guitarist had formative musical experiences that exposed him to gospel, jazz, Caribbean music, and styles from around the world. Mahal has released over 30 albums in a recording career that spans 50 years....

                          • Slayer's Farewell Tour At Mohegan Sun

                            Slayer's Farewell Tour At Mohegan Sun

                            Some — many — would say that Slayer is the greatest thrash-metal band ever. The California band has remained true to its dark vision of death, suffering, punishment, insanity and chaos. The music is pounding and powerful, played like a sharpened drill bit puncturing holes on sheet metal. Guitars...

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                          • When It's All About The Hotel, Not The Destination

                            When It's All About The Hotel, Not The Destination

                            For many travelers, hotels are nothing more than a generic place to sleep and store their luggage while they spend their days exploring exotic locales. In some cases, however, the accommodations steal the show. From doing jail time to sleeping in a treehouse, these unique hotels and inns from New...

                          • Walking in Memphis, visitors retrace Martin Luther King Jr.'s footsteps

                            Walking In Memphis, Visitors Retrace MLK's Steps

                            Shortly after noon, as Sunday services at Memphis’ abundant churches conclude, another gathering of the faithful is getting underway at a restaurant popular for its soul food.

                          • Why Delray? A Beautiful Beach And A Bustling Avenue

                            Why Delray? A Beautiful Beach And A Bustling Avenue

                            In the 1980s Delray Beach was sadly saddled with the nickname “Dullray Beach,” reflective of a reputation as a dowdy, rundown Palm Beach County ocean side Florida town full of vacant buildings, high crime, racial tension, dysfunctional politics and a crumbling infrastructure. The list of problems...

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