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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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  • 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...

      • The Hidden Meanings Behind The Enormous Inflatable Art At Benton

        The Hidden Meanings Behind The Enormous Inflatable Art At Benton

        What's the difference between a huge Macy's parade-style character balloon and a piece of large-scale inflatable art? It's the hidden meanings. A giant parade Spider-Man is just Spider-Man. There is no angst or subtext. A child, however, can look at an artwork by Momoyo Torimitsu and be delighted...

          • New Play Readings At O'Neill Center

            New Play Readings At O'Neill Center

            We're already onto the third, and biggest, of the four prestigious "conference" workshop retreats at the bucolic Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Writers prepare their new projects with the assistance of directors, actors, dramaturgs and others, taking advantage of the calming atmosphere of the grassy,...

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              • Fourth Of July Celebrations In CT

                Fourth Of July Celebrations In CT

                Connecticut celebrates America's birthday with parties, parades and festivals through the middle of July and a bit beyond. Events listed in chronological order. Middletown's Fourth of July fireworks festival begins at 5 p.m. July 1 along the riverfront, with seating areas on the city hall lawn...

              • From Cruise Nights To Movies To Sock Hops, Free Family Fun At Ocean Beach Park

                From Cruise Nights To Movies To Sock Hops, Free Family Fun At Ocean Beach Park

                Magicians, antique car shows, live music and more — summer weeknights in Connecticut just got more fun thanks to Ocean Beach Park in New London, which is jammed with free, family-friendly entertainment Mondays through Thursdays. Mondays are Cruise Nights, featuring a parade of antique cars and...

                  • Summer Music On The Mountain At Powder Ridge Park

                    Summer Music On The Mountain At Powder Ridge Park

                    Kick back by the bonfire on the mountainside for the hot summer music series at Powder Ridge Park, which launches Saturday, July 2, when Connecticut's Bourbon Chaser plays a variety of covers from rock, folk and country artists. The fun starts at 7 and goes until 10 p.m. at the park, which is at...

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                      • This Year's Arts & Ideas Intimate, Intense

                        This Year's Arts & Ideas Intimate, Intense

                        The main theme of the 2016 International Festival of Arts & Ideas seemed to be the intersection of live performance and live music. Instead, it's even livelier, landing on the intersection of art and reality. At the festival, which began June 10 and wraps up Sunday, June 25, books and stories have...

                      • Lobsterfest, Chicken BBQ, Arts And Crafts Show In Niantic

                        Lobsterfest, Chicken BBQ, Arts And Crafts Show In Niantic

                        Nothing screams summer more than an outdoor barbecue, so gather your friends and family and head to Niantic for the 38th annual Lobsterfest and Chicken Barbecue on Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3. The 56th annual Arts and Craft show, featuring paintings, sculptures, photographs, carvings, pottery,...

                      • DJ Pauly D Hosts Foxwoods' Fourth Of July Liquid Sunday

                        DJ Pauly D Hosts Foxwoods' Fourth Of July Liquid Sunday

                        Dig out your best red, white and blue swimwear as DJ Pauly D (aka Paul DelVecchio), from the hit MTV show "Jersey Shore," hosts the Liquid Sunday's Fourth of July bash at Foxwoods on Sunday, July 3. Partygoers can swim, dance and relax in the casino's Vegas-style pool from noon to 6 p.m. A fireworks...

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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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