| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:05 AM
The Puritans just didn't have much fun.
Until late in the 18th century, there wasn't much in the way of public entertainment for The Hartford Courant to cover, and certainly nothing in the way of theater.
Oh, there was the time just before the...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 6:51 AM
— At Cedar Lake, and other lakes around Connecticut this winter, the ice fishing has never been better. With the recent cold snap, the ice was 10 inches thick.
Let's be clear — Connecticut is not Minnesota, which can have fishable ice in...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 5:29 AM
"We have no plans for it and we don't know what to do with it."
Those words were spoken by Stanley Bates, a planner for the state parks and forests nearly 37 years ago shortly after Oscar Swenson sold the "old Forster powerhouse" and 40 acres surrounding...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 7:40 AM
Todd Solek wakes up around 6 a.m. to chop firewood for his custom brick oven, where it will burn all day. Around 7 a.m., when other bakeries have sold half their stock, he begins mixing doughs by hand.
Todd and his wife, Melissa, lovingly refer to...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 6:52 AM
A red-hot rocking musical as well as a heart-felt one. Two ensemble dramas that looked at the way we live with humor and rue. A pair of outstanding shows from the state’s smaller theaters. A Shakespearean horror story and an over-the-top political...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 11:06 AM
Culture, tourism, placemaking and economic development are four concepts that belong together. Good public policy requires thinking strategically about their interrelatedness.
Despite being one of only six states with abundant, on-the-ground and...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 9:43 AM
We consider 75 schools to be in our circulation area (players of the year and teams presented in this section are selected by The Courant's high school staff in conjunction with those associated with the sports):
Bacon Academy, Colchester;...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:16 PM
Students at Trumbull High School may have had their plans to do “Rent: The School Edition” as the spring musical at the school quashed, but now they have the opportunity to do it at another venue: the Tony Award-winning Goodspeed Opera House...
| Dec 12, 2013
Over its more than 150-year history, the Gelston House in East Haddam has been a tavern, a fine dining establishment, an inn and always a spot that served up beautiful views of the Connecticut River with its meals.
An institution in town second only...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 1:40 PM
It had already been an awe-inspiring trip into the natural world, with everything etched in strokes of white after the season's first real snow.
With the biting north wind still a no-show, snow hung on branches, clung to pine boughs and lay plastered on...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 1:35 PM
And the theater name on everyone's lips this week is... George Abbott?
George Abbott is one of the biggest names in American theater history. He had a new show opening on Broadway nearly every year between the mid-1920s and the mid-1970s. It helped that...