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Presidential Deal at Old Sturbridge Village

If your name is “George” or “Martha” you get presidential treatment — and free admission — at Old Sturbridge Village on Monday, Feb. 15. Special activities include Washington's Birthday Ball, contra dance instruction, Presidential trivia games and lectures and entertainment.

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Getting Married For Free Among Valentine's Weekend Deals

Valentine's Day on Sunday means half-priced, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates on Monday. If you must celebrate on Feb. 14, here are some ways to save.

>>Get a marriage license from the town of Stonington by 4 p.m. today and you can be married for free on Valentine's Day. Connecticut Justice of the Peace Marie Tyler Wiley will perform free wedding ceremonies Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Burgers, Buckets, Bingo Among Bar Bargains On Thursdays

Thursday nights are cheap, fun nights at Hartford bars.

At Dish Bar & Grill, 900 Main St., it's $5 Burger & Bucket Night and you can get two burgers and two buckets of Miller High Life ponies for just 20 bucks. dishbarandgrill.com.

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A Few Good Reasons To Visit New England Beaches In Winter

I love Cape Cod. Hardly a summer goes by that I don't brave the traffic backed up at the bridges at least once to visit the beaches, eat fried clams and explore the shops lining Provincetown's Commercial Street.

But one of my favorite visits was a weekend I spent at the Cape in January.

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Sled Derby at Elizabeth Park

Elizabeth Park in West Hartford hosts the 4th Annual Hartford Art Sled Derby on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m., and everyone’s invited. To participate in the free event, decorate a sled, (or anything that will slide on snow), with lights, flags, fabric or sculptures and head to the park’s Overlook area on Prospect Avenue to slide or cheer on your favorites.

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Mystic Seaport Birthday Gift

Visit Mystic Seaport on your birthday and you’ll get in free. Offer is available to all ages and if you already receive complimentary admission as a Museum member, you can bring a friend for free. You’ll have to present a valid photo ID or copy of a birth certificate to qualify.

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