| 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...
| 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...
| 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 5, 2013
| 8:55 AM
It's a pretty good bet if you are searching for Captain Kidd's pirate treasure, you will find a reference to it in the histories of towns along the shores of Long Island Sound and up the Connecticut River.
There's the cursed Charles Island off the...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Edward P. Bugnaski, a retired tool and die maker who was also a World War II veteran, died Oct. 28 of pneumonia at Menno Village, a Chambersburg, Pa., retirement community. He was 96.
The son of Polish immigrants, Edward Paul Bugnaski was born in...
| Oct 6, 2013
In the musical "The Most Happy Fella," an older, far-from-handsome man — an Italian immigrant who owns a Napa Valley vineyard — falls in love with a much younger and beautiful woman named Rosabella, a San Francisco waitress.
The theme of...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 12:40 PM
When Chester architect William Cowan looks out over the abandoned cabins and empty Olympic-sized swimming pool at the former Sunrise Resort, he sees buildings out of code, tangled overhead electrical wires and architecture that went out of style in the...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 12:07 PM
At the former Sunrise Resort, in a once grand dining hall on the shores of the Salmon River, a highchair rests on the roof, and patches of moss grow on the shredded wall-to-wall carpet.
The abandoned resort, once a vacation destination for...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Holiday entertainment this year will include a new stage tuner.
"Holiday Inn," based in the 1942 Paramount movie musical centering on a country inn open only on major holidays, will have its stage preem next fall at the Goodspeed Opera House in East...
| 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...
| Oct 17, 2013
It's not as if Stephen Schwartz was just hanging out at his Ridgefield home this fall.
The composer's "to do" list was staggering: Working on lyrics to a new Bollywood animated movie musical, jetting around the world from Toledo to New Zealand to...