July 2013

Guilford Fair, With Fun and Heritage, Continues Through Sunday

09/21/13

Guilford Fair, With Fun and Heritage, Continues Through Sunday

Editor's note: Also see the story about the 97-year-old Guilford woman who still rides the Ferris wheel at the fair. Since 1859, the Guilford Fair has brought the community together every year to celebrate the town’s natural and cultural resources. The fair celebrates the town’s horticulture heritage and continues through Sunday at the Fairgrounds on Lovers Lane, where this year, John Hammarlund, president of the Guilford Agricultural Society, said local farmers will be recognized. “The weather this year has made farming quite a challenge. In spite of these extreme weather conditions, local farmers have pulled up their bootstraps and have toiled to do whatever they needed to do to keep their farms going,” Hammarlund said in a statement. First...

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Litchfield Jazz Festival Has a Hot Lineup in Goshen This Weekend

08/05/13

Litchfield Jazz Festival Has a Hot Lineup in Goshen This Weekend

“The Litchfield Jazz Festival is the premier summer jazz event in Connecticut. Never been before? Make this the year with kids 12 and under free on the lawn and a fun new Kids Zone. The 3-day weekend, (August 9-11) includes the event of the season – The Opening Night Friends Gala, the best in jazz and fantastic outdoor summer experiences – local food vendors, crafters, a fine art show, a second stage to showcase their Litchfield Jazz Camp students, local beers and refreshing wines. Enjoy the breeze, sunshine, great views and acoustics on the lawn or under the Mainstage Tent.”

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Middlesex, New Haven County 4-H Fair in Durham: Much More Than Great Baked Potatoes

08/03/13

Middlesex, New Haven County 4-H Fair in Durham: Much More Than Great Baked Potatoes

The 87th Middlesex and New Haven County 4-H Fair kicked off Friday with a new theme aimed at trying to prepare people to be productive citizens in all walks of life. The event, which runs until Sunday afternoon at the Durham Fairgrounds, features animals, food and refreshments, a tractor driving show, home crafts and more.

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Roller Coaster Sunflower Maze at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield Debuts Saturday

08/02/13

Roller Coaster Sunflower Maze at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield Debuts Saturday

If you’ve never been to the regionally famous Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, you’re missing out on an awful lot, from pick-your-own fruit to the homemade pies and the gourmet Apple Barrel Market—and you’re also missing out on one of the most fun Connecticut summer pastimes, the annual sunflower maze.

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A Top Museum of Modern Art Curator Giving Talk at a Torrington Gallery

08/02/13

A Top Museum of Modern Art Curator Giving Talk at a Torrington Gallery

A top curator at one of the most illustrious museums in the world, the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, is presenting a lecture Saturday at an up-and-coming gallery in Torrington.Five Points Gallery will host Ann Temkin, chief curator of painting and sculpture for the Museum of Modern Art, for a talk entitled “The 21st Century Artist”. The lecture is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m.

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The Circus Is Coming to Essex, by Train, Reviving Tradition of the Past

08/01/13

The Circus Is Coming to Essex, by Train, Reviving Tradition of the Past

The circus is coming! And it’s coming by train. That’s right. For the next two weekends, the Valley Railroad Circus Train & Big Top Show will be at the Essex Station, transforming it into an old-fashioned summer day’s dream ...

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Romantic Chamber Classics at The Kate in Old Saybrook

07/31/13

Romantic Chamber Classics at The Kate in Old Saybrook

By the time a chamber musician has finished a music education and compiled an international performance resume with the best ensembles and orchestras around the world, there aren’t too many composers with whom they aren’t familiar. That’s why this year’s edition of the Chestnut Hill Concerts, which opens Friday at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook for the first of its four Friday evening performances, is so much fun, at least for one of its veteran musicians, the pianist Mihae Lee.

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Outdoors Triumphant at Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan

07/30/13

Outdoors Triumphant at Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan

The outdoors is as much a part of the experience of The Glass House as the indoors. From any point in the elegant, simple home, hills, meadows, rock outcroppings, pond, river and trees can be seen and they often look as if nature had just left them there.

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Greenwich Photographer's Painterly Aerial Work Shines in Lakeville Gallery

07/30/13

Greenwich Photographer's Painterly Aerial Work Shines in Lakeville Gallery

Stop by The White Gallery in the very Northwest Corner of Connecticut and be prepared to be halted straightaway in your tracks. With “Palette Earth: Ethiopia + Iceland,” the gallery in Lakeville is showcasing abstract aerial photographs taken by Fran Gormley, but viewers may well be hard pressed to determine where.

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A New Yorker Writer, Rose Styron Among 30-Plus Authors in Litchfield Hills Library Event

07/29/13

A New Yorker Writer, Rose Styron Among 30-Plus Authors in Litchfield Hills Library Event

Janet Malcolm will be there Friday evening, talking about 'False Starts,' Rose Styron will be there, talking about her husband, William Styron's letters--and Leonard Marcus will be there, talking about Maurice Sendak.

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Joan Osborne to Perform at Connecticut Winery, Jonathan Edwards

07/26/13

Joan Osborne to Perform at Connecticut Winery, Jonathan Edwards

For winemakers, the difference between producing an ordinary wine and a sublime one that can pull in ratings in the 90s is ultimately a matter of selecting and blending the best grapes—which, to blend a mixed metaphor—explains why the popular concert series at the Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington will feature multi-platinum recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne on Aug. 11.

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Mayflower Inn's Former Co-Owner Nourishes Manhattan Arts Enrichment

07/26/13

Mayflower Inn's Former Co-Owner Nourishes Manhattan Arts Enrichment

One poem by Emily Dickinson opens with the line “forever is composed of nows.” This handful of simple words twist together like a brilliant taproot reaching deep into the core consideration for sensitive, intelligent people who endeavor to sculpt rich, fulfilling lives and employ as raw material the transformative influence of arts and culture.

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Pequot Library's Great Book Sale in Southport (Think Signed Sartre) Starts Friday

07/25/13

Pequot Library's Great Book Sale in Southport (Think Signed Sartre) Starts Friday

“If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.” That’s just one of the almost literally countless quotes about the state of modern existence from the French philosopher and author Jean-Paul Sartre. Among his other bon mots of wisdom: 'All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.” Taken together, the two thoughts ... point to the extreme appeal of 53rd Annual Pequot Library Book Sale. It’s an absolute must-attend gem for anyone who truly loves books, and it’s held at a gem of a library in a gem of a village, Southport.

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Garrison Keillor's 'Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour' in Danbury: Tickets Remain

07/24/13

Garrison Keillor's 'Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour' in Danbury: Tickets Remain

Ever wonder what Garrison Keillor is up to when PBS stations rebroadcast favorite shows from the past? He's in Connecticut, of course.

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Butterfly Effect of Yale's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; Auction of Artists' Chairs

07/23/13

Butterfly Effect of Yale's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; Auction of Artists' Chairs

PaulHawkshaw is the director of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, which is administered and presented at a historic estate by the Yale Summer School of Music, and in that role each year he gathers, mentors and eventually releases classical and chamber music world “butterflies”—students, faculty and professionals whose performances, compositions and other activities doubtless create “chaos” of the most welcome varieties.

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Blues Guitarist Rocky Lawrence to Record CD at Anna Liffey's in New Haven

07/21/13

Blues Guitarist Rocky Lawrence to Record CD at Anna Liffey's in New Haven

During the 14 years since New Haven blues guitarist Rocky Lawrence last released an album, he’s carved out an international career as a touring blues artist, playing with some of the best-known people in the genre and at festivals from Mississippi to Chicago to Italy to Brazil. What he hasn’t done is put out a new album, but that’s about to change. “The record company’s been bugging me for years,” he said. “Time to pull the trigger.” Lawrence, who grew up in New Haven and West Haven and lives in the city’s Westville section, will record a new CD live on Monday at his regular Monday night gig at Anna Liffey’s, 17 Whitney Ave. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. He’s looking to pack the place with...

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Summer Encore for Jazz Series at Palace Theater in Waterbury

07/20/13

Summer Encore for Jazz Series at Palace Theater in Waterbury

Couldn’t get enough of the Palace Theater’s Summer Season of Jazz Series, or missed it altogether? You’re in luck—the theater again teams up with New England Arts and Entertainment LLC to present the Late Summer Jazz Series, a four-show run that launched Friday evening with The Allegra Levy Quartet.

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Free Hartford Jazz Festival Stretches Through Sunday at Bushnell Park

07/19/13

Free Hartford Jazz Festival Stretches Through Sunday at Bushnell Park

Merriam-Webster says jazz is “American music developed especially from ragtime and blues and characterized by propulsive syncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, varying degrees of improvisation, and often deliberate distortions of pitch and timbre.”

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Noted Connecticut Illustrator Marc Simont Dies at 97

07/18/13

Noted Connecticut Illustrator Marc Simont Dies at 97

Acclaimed illustrator Marc Simont of West Cornwall, Conn., who died July 13 at the age of 97, had a broad reach—exhibiting his artistic talent in more than a hundred children’s books as well as political cartoons as he went about quietly making an impact on generations in his hometown.

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Screening Set for Film by Litchfield County Screenwriter

07/18/13

Screening Set for Film by Litchfield County Screenwriter

Michael Maren’s 2011 New Year’s resolution was seemingly simple for a professional screenwriter: make a movie. For a decade, the resident of Bethlehem in Litchfield County had been writing and selling movie scripts, but Hollywood politics is tricky and often studios buy movies without any intention of seeing the project through from paper to screen. That old saying about doing things yourself in order to have them done right, or even at all, started to ring truer and more audibly with Maren, whose wife is the noted writer Dani Shapiro. The result is “A Short History of Decay,” a film conceived and made by Maren that will have its first public screening on the last weekend in July at The Moviehouse in Millerton, N.Y. “It’s our...

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Where the Street Fest Is Truly a Happening Event: Willimantic

07/17/13

Where the Street Fest Is Truly a Happening Event: Willimantic

This Thursday, July 18, historic downtown Willimantic will be closing down six blocks of Main Street to celebrate the next installment of its 3rd Thursday Street Fest. From May to September on the third Thursday of each month, Main Street is closed to vehicular traffic as thousands of festivalgoers experience live music, authentic ethnic food and a plethora of shopping options.

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Dance Troupe With Connecticut Links a Hit on 'America's Got Talent'--So Far

07/17/13

Dance Troupe With Connecticut Links a Hit on 'America's Got Talent'--So Far

Pilobolus veteran Adam Battelstein and his troupe of shadow dancers, Catapult Entertainment, are making a name for themselves on "America's Got Talent." What does tonight hold in store?

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Ralph Lauren Protégé Jeffrey Banks Talks Preppy Style Friday at Mattatuck in Waterbury

07/16/13

Ralph Lauren Protégé Jeffrey Banks Talks Preppy Style Friday at Mattatuck in Waterbury

School may be out for the summer, but when it comes to fashion, preppy style is always in season. At the end of this hot, humid week, the coolest, most stylish place to be in Connecticut may be the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, where international fashion designer Jeffrey Banks, who was discovered when still a teenager by Ralph Lauren, will discuss his book Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style in a 5:30 p.m. event.

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'Rescue Me' Actor Michael Lombardi's Mom's Starring Role? Vintage Fashions Trendsetter

07/15/13

'Rescue Me' Actor Michael Lombardi's Mom's Starring Role? Vintage Fashions Trendsetter

You know the hunky actor Michael Lombardi, best known for his role on fellow Roxbury, Conn., resident Denis Leary's show "Rescue Me"? His mom's upscale vintage fashions shop is moving up in Washington Depot.

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New Director Brings New Verve to Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon

07/15/13

New Director Brings New Verve to Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon

Since Michele Colletti was named the executive director of the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon in April, she has begun an “aggressive” overhaul of the creative programming and educational offerings. ... Now, just over two months on the job, Colletti said she’s finally finding a rhythm.

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Once With a National Presence, a Connecticut Craft Center Faces More Tough Times

07/15/13

Once With a National Presence, a Connecticut Craft Center Faces More Tough Times

For the second time in three years, the Brookfield Craft Center (BCC) in western Connecticut has suspended operations, in an effort to reduce its expenses as it endeavors once again to find its future.

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Leaving Your Heart in Danbury: Tony Bennett at Ives Concert Park

07/12/13

Leaving Your Heart in Danbury: Tony Bennett at Ives Concert Park

"You make me smile with my heart." That's a line from the jazz classic "My Funny Valentine," and, perhaps, also what people feel when they listen to the living legend Tony Bennett. Ives Concert Park just reminded us on Twitter that the man himself will be be performing at the Danbury venue tomorrow, July 13.

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Bridgeport's Bright Side: Art, Music, History and Even Poetry Projected Onto Buildings

07/12/13

Bridgeport's Bright Side: Art, Music, History and Even Poetry Projected Onto Buildings

When residents around Connecticut think of the city of Bridgeport, the arts may not be the first thing that comes to mind—and the Bridgeport Arts Fest is among the innovative efforts working to change that perception.

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No Bumpkin About It: Bluegrass Sophistication in Roxbury's Pickin' 'n Fiddlin' Contest

07/12/13

No Bumpkin About It: Bluegrass Sophistication in Roxbury's Pickin' 'n Fiddlin' Contest

Right, we know what you’re thinking: A volunteer fire department in a sleepy town in the back of nowhere in the hills of Litchfield County holding a “contest” for pickin’, and for fiddlin’—well, that adds up to the kind of country bumpkin event that might interest some locals but isn’t something that’s worth a drive. Right? Wrong.

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