Monday, December 11, 2017

Welcome to Middletown, CT

Middletown, Connecticut is probably best known as the home of Wesleyan University.   The campus of Wesleyan is beautiful and many historic houses are now part of the university. Plan to spend part of your visit walking around and enjoying it.

While Wesleyan may be the big attraction today, Middletown is one of the older cities in Connecticut and was at one time one of the greatest ports on the east coast of the United States. Its location 15 miles south of Hartford, right on the Connecticut River gave it an ideal location.

Much of the early wealth in the city is as a result of shipping and trade. Middletown has a mile long Main Street and it is the perfect place to get a real feel for the city. In the 19th century, it was tree-lined and particularly attractive. Like many other cities, it was the victim of mid-20th-century redevelopment which removed the historic town hall and courthouse and replaced them with ugly, new construction.

Luckily, it isn’t all bad news. In the last 20 years much has been done to restore the glory that was Main Street and while there are still not many stores, there are loads of restaurants and Main Street is the place to come for a wide selection of fine and casual dining. The National Trust for Historic Preservation selected Middletown, Conn. as one of five "Most Romantic Main Streets" in the nation.

If Middletown has one weakness, it is that it has very little choice in the way of accommodations. The Inn at Middletown is certainly the only quality place in town and it is both beautiful and historic. It was created using the old armory and offers luxurious rooms and a very nice restaurant and tavern. From the Inn, you can walk to a wide variety of restaurants as well as the Middletown Historical Society which has some interesting displays on the history of the city and the area.

The Wadsworth Mansion is the site of several events during the year including a summer concert series. If you would like to tour the mansion, it is open on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. for guided tours. Trails throughout the parkland are open to the public.

Connecticut River cruises are offered by Lady Katherine Cruises on the riverfront and if you prefer to look at vintage cars, there is a cruise night offered in June on Main Street. If you are visiting with children, KidCity is a very popular destination. Genealogists come from all over to visit the Godfrey Library which has an excellent collection of material on the area and beyond.

A popular and delicious attraction in Middletown is O’Rourke’s Diner. Located at the north end of Main Street it has been satisfying hungry appetites for over 60 years. While you are there you will see historic St John Church and school. Built by Irish Catholics over 150 years ago, the church is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Norwich. A stop at NORA, (North of Rapallo Avenue) Cupcake Shop is also in order while you are in the north end of Middletown, I don't think I need to give details about why but think delicious!



While Middletown may not be the best-known city in Connecticut, it has a lot to offer visitors to the area and best of all, it is my hometown.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Fireside at the Wadsworth Mansion

Fireside

Sunday, December 10, 2017, $10 adults $5 children 6-12 years old
The Wadsworth Mansion welcomes storyteller Tom Lee for a holiday performance featuring folktales and music.  Holiday refreshments and wine will be served.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fairs and Festivals Dec 2-3

Friday -Sunday, Dec 1-3
Christmas Fair
Saint Lawrence Church Killingworth
Friday 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to noon. Silent auction, gifts, baskets, raffles and evergreen decorations. Santa will be on hand Saturday 9-11 a.m. for photos.

Saturday, Dec 2
Fall Festival St Joseph Church Chester
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Handmade wreaths, swags, and cemetery boxes. St Joseph's gift shop with new and gently used household items Food table with jams, breads, soups, cookies, and cakes. Santa Claus will visit from 10 am to noon. 

Saturday, Dec 2
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Essex. Craft table, lunch, children's area, basket raffle and six wonderful items for a silent auction. 


Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3
Sacred Heart Church Norwichtown
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 8:30-noon Sunday
in the church hall. Crafters, raffles, baked goods, food, and drink. 

Sunday, December 3
The Cathedral of St. Patrick Norwich 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crafters, basket raffle, pictures with Santa and baked goods. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Holidays on Main Wethersfield

Item:Holidays on Main
Start time:5:00 PM
End time:9:00 PM (4 hours)
Location:Main Street

DECEMBER 7 

Join friends young and old at the Annual Holidays on Main Celebration. Meet in front of Village Pizza for Caroling with the Choraliers from Wethersfield High School, at 5:45. Then Santa Arrives via firetruck. holiday Essay Contest Winner is announced and lights the tree in front of Lucky Lou’s. Santa then heads over to the Firehouse for personal and free visits, bring your camera for the photo op! 

The Webb Barn will play host to a number of Holiday themed Silent Auction items, donated by area businesses and groups, with 50% of the auction price going to the donors’ designated charity. Also at the Webb Barn, will be select vendors, and a complimentary wine tasting. 

Continue your conversations at the Beer Garden on the patio of the Webb Barn! There will be a pop-up Farmers market, along Main Street adjacent to the Webb-Deane-Stevens Houses. Look out for food Vendors like J Restaurant/Bar with the Wethersfield Yacht Club, Ice Carvers, Horse and Wagon Rides to the Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre which will have fresh live Trees available for sale, along with Hot Chocolate and homemade marshmallows! 

The Keeney Center and the Hurlburt Dunham House will be open and decorated for the Holidays. This is truly a great time in the O' Dub (Old Wethersfield)! For more info!


Join Heirloom Market for this years Holidays on Main where we will be featuring local singers, CT Grown Christmas trees, fresh baked goods, house-made Hot Chocolate and fresh Cider. We will also be joining with Vintage Open Home for a pop-up Christmas Shop in our greenhouse from Thursday through Sunday 12/7-12/10.  

Monday, November 27, 2017

Brunch at Angelico's Boathouse in East Hampton

On Sunday's we often go out to breakfast or brunch and many times with our friends Cindy and Jeff. I called them on the way to church this morning to see if they were interested in going out. Getting an affirmative answer I contacted them on the way home from church. I originally planned to go to Max Amore in Glastonbury but we have never had brunch at Angelico's Boathouse so we agreed on this closer choice. 

It was very quiet when we arrived at 11 a.m. The dining room has a welcoming fire and it was cozy. Our waitress was very friendly and we felt welcome from the moment we walked in. They offer a Bloody Bar which sounded wonderful but since I can't have alcohol was not really worth it for me. 

We had a choice of breakfast or lunch. The breakfast menu has enough choices to satisfy us. I ordered the Eggs Benedict, Al had scrambled eggs, Cindy had eggs Benedict and Jeff had the French toast. I ordered the candied bacon but was told after our waitress checked with the kitchen that they didn't have any. I would have liked to know that before I ordered it. 

Coffee and juice were good and my cup was kept filled. The French toast arrived without the seasonal fruit compote and when questioned we were told it was out of season. Seriously, are bananas ever out of season? Is it only served when say strawberries are in season? I am not sure but certainly it was disappointing, however, they do serve local real maple syrup which is a nice touch. 

The scrambled eggs were delicious, cooked soft. The homefries are good, nice and crispy. The Eggs Benedict were nothing special. Both of us had one perfectly cooked egg and one overcooked egg and the hollandaise was too thin and not enough taste. But the thick slice of ham was nicer than the usual Canadian bacon. 

Overall it was a good experience, nothing really exceptional but the atmosphere was nice and we had great service and the prices are reasonable. I would give it a solid 3.5 out of 5 and I will come back again. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Holiday at the Wadsworth Mansion Middletown



Holiday Bazaar

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10:00AM – 3:00PM, $2 entry
Expect to find unique holiday gifts for your family and friends. Featured vendors from the Open Air Market will be selling their handmade products.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Angels and Elves Christmas Fair

If you are looking for something to do, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, why not head to St John School in Old Saybrook for the Angels and Elves Christmas Fair. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held in the gym, you will find crafters, raffles, baked goods, breakfast, and lunch. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Stroll Niantic November 25, 2017

14th Annual Holiday Stroll

Come kick-start your holiday season in Niantic at the 14th Annual Niantic Main Street Holiday Stroll. This family-friendly day features:
  • horse-drawn carriage rides,
  • shops & restaurant specials,
  • holiday music and complimentary hot cider and cocoa on the town green,
  • children’s arts, crafts and games,
  • the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off,
  • a Smore Station,
  • a “Snow-Flake Drop” featuring discounts and giveaways to local shops and restaurants, and last, but not least,
  • the arrival of Santa on a shiny red fire truck just in time for the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm on Liberty Green in the heart of Niantic Village.
So come early, and stay late. The fun takes place on Saturday, November 25th beginning at 3:00 p.m. .
For additional details, visit the Niantic Main Street Facebook Page

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

More Holiday Fairs Nov 18

St Mary's Church in Portland will hold their annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.at the church.

Bethlehem Lutheran Chuch in East Hampton will hold their annual Jingle Bell Fair on Saturday, November 18 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The sixth annual St. Ann Craft Fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at St. Ann Church, 215 West St., Bristol. Admission and parking are free. There will be more than 50 new and returning crafters offering a wide variety of items. Food will be available for purchase. The event also will include a bake sale and raffle.

Holly Day Fair Congregational Church Of Union, CT Route 190, Union Saturday, November 18th From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. A traditional holiday fair for all the family ❖ Fresh sprays, Fresh cemetery boxes only $18! Door Baskets ❖ Silent Auction in the Sanctuary: antiques, furniture, gift baskets, Decorated Christmas trees and more! ❖ Handmade candies & caramel apples ❖ Many children’s activities: ice fishing game and cupcake decorating ❖ Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Elves for Photo Op! ❖ Home baked holiday pies, desserts and cookies by the pound ❖ Teacup Raffle—gift baskets and gift cards from many local businesses ❖ Unique Handmade Christmas Gifts and Seasonal Ornaments ❖ Hand Painted and lighted wine bottles by local artists ❖ Homemade Jams, Pickles and Mincemeats ❖ Tombola Game- win many great prizes! ❖ Door Prize Drawings Every Half Hour ❖ Handmade Quilt Raffle ❖ Quality Crafter & Vendors Tables ❖ Pam’s Famous Holiday Café 


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Church Fairs November 17-18, 2017

If you are like me, you enjoy checking out some of the great church fairs that happen all through the holiday season. Here are just a few to get you started on the weekend before Thanksgiving. 

St John the Apostle Church Plainfield Christmas Fair
On Saturday, November 18 head to the church hall between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

St Matthew Church Tolland Frosty Village Bazaar
Friday, Nov 17, 6-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov 18, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

St Maurice Church Bolton Sleigh Bells Ring
Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homemade Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls, jelly baskets, handcrafter ornaments, fresh evergreen baskets, American Girl Doll clothes, hand-knit items, Chrismas tree skirts, Take a Chance Both and homemade baked goods. Santa and Mrs. Claus photos from 10:30 to 12. Lunch available. 

St John the Evangelist Uncasville Harvest Fair
Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m to 3 p.m.  Crafts, bake sale, baskets, refreshments and luncheon items. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Bazaar November 10-11

St. Bernards Church in Rockville will hold their Christmas Bazaar on Friday and Saturday, November 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hot lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come to see their baked goods, rosettes, attic treasures, crafts, books, toys, jewelry and Christmas items. 

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in New Hartford will have their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday Nov 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trinita Retreat Center in New Hartford Christmas Fair Saturday Nov 11 beginning at 8 a.m.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

St Francis Church Middletown Festival of Angels Holiday Fair

On Saturday November 11 St Francis Church, Elm Street in Middletown will be having their annual Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Enjoy shopping the various Fair vendors, Arts & Crafts, Religious Table, Farmer's Market, Grandma's Attic... and then stop by the Angel's Cafe' for lunch.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Juried Artisan and Craft Fair Ahavath Achim Synagogue

Sunday November 5th 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
84 Lebanon Ave Colchester

Jewelry, oilcloth accessories, pillowcases, handcrafted soap, skin care products and local gourmet products will be for sale. A bake sale and light lunch will also be offered

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

More Church Fairs November 3-5

Christmas Bazaar 
St Luke's Ellington  Friday 5-8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Crafts, country store, attic treasures, gift baskets, children's activities and baked goods. 

Guild Christmas Bazaar
Our Lady of Lourdes Gales Ferry Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Handcrafted items, basket raffle, Christmas decorations, baked goods, religious articles, jewelry and delicious food. 

Christmas Fair
St Andrew Colchester Friday 4-8 p.m. 
Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bak shop, baskets, the little gift shop, gifts of Christmas, kid's corner, tea-cup auction and more. On Friday a turkey dinner will be served starting at 4 p.m. for seniors and 5 p.m. for the general public. 

Christmas Bazaar
Notre Dame Church Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. to noon. The raffle will be drawn at noon followed by the Chinese auction raffle. 

Snowflake & Sugar Bazaar
Westchester Congregational Church
Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cookies by the pound, gift basket raffle, select vendors, homemade pies, aprons and luncheon including corn chowder and tukey rice soup will be offered. 



Monday, October 30, 2017

Middletown Church Fairs November 4th

This is a good day for church fairs in Middletown. 

Sleigh Bells Fair St Pius
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
White elephant, arts and crafts, plants, kid's booth, tea-cup raffle, baked goods and refreshments. 

St Theresa's Guild Harvest Fair St Sebastian
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fresh seasonal vegetables, a chocolatier, handmade jewelry and accessories, freshly baked breads, a cookie walk, butter braid breads, and more. Doughnuts, coffee,  and lunch will be served. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hallowed History Lantern Tour Cedar Hill Cemetery Hartford

Hallowed History Lantern Tour
Friday, October 27, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm  
Admission: $15.00; Reservations Required – Call 860-956-3311
History comes alive on this lantern-led tour of Cedar Hill. Character actors share tantalizing true stories of some of our notable and not-so-notable residents. To ensure your participation in this tour, reservations are required for specific time slots. Book your reservations early by calling 860-956-3311. Please note: This tour may NOT be suitable for children under 13. Wear appropriate walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fall Craft Fair Haddam Neck

The Haddam Neck Covenant Church will hold their annul Fall Craft Fair on Saturday October 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located on Haddam Neck Rd. A variety of local artisans will be selling their crafts  and additionally a baked goods booth featuring homemade pies and specialty coffee cakes will be offered. A luncheon cafe will also be open. 

Items offered include baskets, holiday ornaments, jewelry, candles, soaps and much more. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spirit Voices: Victorian Mourning & Spiritualism

Smith-Harris House & the Old Stone Church Burial Ground East Lyme

Spirit Voices: Victorian Mourning & Spiritualism
Saturday, October 21st


3 pm to 6 pm; cemetery tour times: 3:30, 4:30, 5:30


Admission is a non-perishable food item for East Lyme Care & Share, Inc.


Extra cost for private reading with Medium
Discover Victorian-Era rituals of death and dying at our award-winning annual program! From 19th-century funeral traditions such as “widow’s weeds” and “safety coffins,” to the rise of the séance, learn how those who died were remembered and honored by loved ones. View the parlor decorated for a wake, see an actual 19th-century horse-drawn hearse, sample “funeral cookies” from an historic recipe, and have your tea leaves read for fun! Private readings with a Medium from the Niantic Pine Grove Spiritualist Camp: $10 for a ten-minute session, with all proceeds to the Friends of Smith-Harris House–reservations for private readings highly recommended. You can also take a free tour of the Old Burial Ground and encounter former residents of the Smith-Harris House, as they share vignettes of their former lives!

For more information, contact director Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or director@smithharris.org.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Great Pumpkin Festival Putnam

October 21 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A stroll through downtown Putnam can be quite an adventure and this community celebration is no exception.


An array of family-friendly activities will be featured. 

Train excursion, 9th annual scarecrow contest, craft and art vendors, fantastic live music, activities for kids, special pumpkin themed menus and much more. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rags Hits the Boards at Goodspeed

I am not sure exactly what to say about Rags. The stars are exceptional, Samantha Massell is not only beautiful, she was a powerful voice. Adam Heller is a familiar face from Fiddler on the Roof and Christian Michael Camporin is endearing and has an amazing voice for a child. The rest of the cast is very talented and considering the weakness of the script does a great job of keeping us entertained. The orchestra added greatly to the overall experience. 

The storyline is timely, at one point the I felt extremely uncomfortable with the anti-semitic rhetoric and actions. The anti-immigration sentiments expressed in 1910 are all too familiar to those of us living in 2017. 

Did I go out singing any of the songs, no I didn't. The most memorable song was Children of the Wind but it didn't stick with me as I left the theater?  The curtain, however,  is really wonderful, with all the changing faces of the immigrants I particularly enjoyed it. 

The original version was not a success, this is a rewrite but not by the original author. It is not Fiddler on the Roof is all I really want to say. The ending is weak, quite improbable actually but I recommend seeing this show.  As always it leaves you thinking and feeling like you had an entertaing night out. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall Festival Park October 14

Park Congregational Church Norwich will have their Fall Festival on October 14, 20017 from 9 a.m. to  3 p.m. Come and enjoy the tag sale, crafts, raffles, baked goods and more. All profits go to benefit St Vincent de Paul Place.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cedar Hill Cemetery Tour Exceptional Women

Cedar Hill’s Exceptional Women 
Saturday, October 14, 10:00 am 
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Grace Parks Mitchell leads this tour emphasizing the extraordinary accomplishments of some of Cedar Hill Cemetery’s most distinguished women including Virginia Thrall Smith, Elizabeth Jarvis Colt, Anne Tracy Morgan and Katharine Houghton Hepburn. Hartford’s Victorian era serves as a backdrop to demonstrate the enormity of their contributions to Connecticut and worldwide advancement.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lantern Light Tours Old Wethersfield

 


OCTOBER 20 & 21, 6:30PM-8:00PM (EVERY 15MIN.) OLD WETHERSFIELD LANTERN LIGHT TOURS



Wethersfield Historical Society will be hosting Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017, in Old Wethersfield. Hour-long tours begin at 6:30pm and will leave every 15 minutes until 8 pm. Timed tickets are sold prior to the event, with remaining tickets at the door; however, tickets sell out early and group sizes are limited, so it is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. 

Beginning September 19, tickets can be purchased at the Old Academy (150 Main Street) Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm or on the society’s website, www.wethersfieldhistory.org. Tours are appropriate for ages 13 and up. Tickets are $20 per person. Rain date is Sunday, October 22.

This year’s theme is “Forgotten Residents of Wethersfield.” Find out more about the history of people who have often been overlooked by formally recorded history: those of Native and African descent, women, and more recent immigrants to our community. There are fascinating stories to tell, so don’t miss this year’s tour! The evening begins and ends at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center at 200 Main Street with hot cider and cookies.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Apple Harvest Festival Glastonbury

It wouldn't be Fall in Connecticut without Glastonbury's Apple Fest, attracting 18,000 attendees every October for live music, food and all things New England. This year's dates are:

Friday, October 13  - 6:00-10:00 pm
Saturday, October 14 - 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday, October 15 - 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm 

Located at a bend of the Connecticut River, the Apple Harvest Festival and 5K Race in Glastonbury has continually been ranked as one of the state's most popular events. You'll enjoy three days of live music, vendor booths, food trucks, amusement rides, the Angry Orchard 5K, a Harvest Pub and much, much more

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Smoke in the Valley Craft Beer Festival

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 1-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $30
Where: Matthies Field Seymour
What: Dozens of breweries and hundreds of beer will be available as well as entertainment on two stages. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pumpkins and Pooches Autumn Fair and Dog Show

Head to Colchester on Saturday October 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Town Green. Crafters and vendors of all kinds will be selling their wares.  Also enjoy the dog contests and demos, food, inflatable toys and more.    

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Town wide Tag Sale Marlborough

If you are looking for something to do on Saturday, October 7 from 8:30 .m. to 1 p.m. head to Marlborough for the townwide tag sale. Sales will be held at private residences and at Marlborough Elementary School. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Festival in the Village East Hampton

When:  Sunday, October 7, 2017, noon-5 p.m.
Where: Village Center East Hampton
What:   Vendors booths and entertainment on Central School grounds

           Farmers, artists, crafters, small businesses and civic organizations will have booths.

           Chatham Historical Society will be open 2-4 p.m.

           The Joseph N Goff House Museum will feature an exhibit on the founding of Chatham





Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hay Day at Hill-stead Museum Farmington

October 1, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Enjoy Fall Family Fun at Hill-Stead’s Hay Day!

All-day activities:

  • Tour the museum at your leisure, plus live show tunes on the Steinway.
  • Eat gourmet food! Culteavo is serving family-friendly food, hot cider, cocoa, coffee & tea at The Tea Room at Hill-Stead.
  • Be a pumpkin Picasso! Paint a FREE pumpkin / one per child.
  • Visit the Clatter Ridge sheep.
  • Shop for toys, books and gifts at the Museum Shop.
  • Play costume dress-up in the Education Station.
  • Special Exhibition Guided tour of From Page to Stage: Broadway Costumes from the Goodspeed Musicals Collection will also be available.
  • Rain or Shine!

Activities from 11 am to 2 pm

  • Hay wagon rides.
  • Face painting.
  • Haystack treasure hunt.
  • Live music by Essex Corinthian Jazz Band.
  • Touch a fire truck and tractor.

Admission

Family/Grandparent Museum Members and above: Adults are FREE, Children $5, Farmington kids are FREE.
Non-Members: Adults $15, Children $10, Farmington kids are FREE.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wethersfield Fall Craft Fair


Wethersfield Fall Craft Fair

From:10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AtCove Park
When10/7/2017



The 36th Annual Old Wethersfield Craft Fair for the benefit of Wethersfield Historical Society will be held Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Cove Park on State Street, Old Wethersfield, rain or shine! The fair is renowned for its distinctive and high quality crafts from all over New England. There will be over 100 juried artisans displaying their handmade wares. In addition to the regular loyal following, this year’s show boasts an extensive variety of new crafters. As always, there will be great food served by Village Pizza, “I Made It”, “Spuds Your Way” and more! Lou’s Kettle Cooked Popcorn will serve up his famous, fresh popcorn for everyone!

Wethersfield Historical Society will hold a delightful bake sale. Be sure to visit the Society’s Attic Treasures booth, too! The ever-popular Round Hill Alpacas will be returning and face painting will be there for the youngsters. Stop by and say “Hi” and feed an alpaca or two!

Admission is $6.00 for adults and free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult. For information about the event, call 860.559.5560 or email oldwethersfieldcraftfair@gmail.com. For information regarding Wethersfield Historical Society, call 860.529.7656 or email society@wethersfieldhistory.org.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Haunted History at the Nathan Hale Homestead

If you want something little spooky, why not try a haunted tour at the Nathan Hale Homestead. Tours take place at twilight on October 6, 7, 13 and 14. There is a haunted corn maze and a medium will hold a seance. Later in the month, more spooky tours on October 20,21, 27 and 28. Go to their website for more information. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Halloween Fairy Tea at the Avery Copp House



Halloween Fairy Tea


Date/Time
Sunday, October 22, 2017
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Place:
Avery Copp House
154 Thames St
Groton, CT
Children’s Gentle Halloween Fun! See how the fairies decorate for Halloween in the Avery-Copp House garden, enjoy fun and games, and make a Halloween craft to take home. Finally, celebrate with a magical tea party. Costumes are very welcome! Young children, please bring your favorite adult!
$15 per person / $12 member  $10 per child
Reservations required

Friday, September 22, 2017

Harvest Festival at Jonathan Edwards Winery

When: Sept 30-Oct 1 noon to 6:00p.m.
Cost $25 per day
Where: Jonathan Edwards Winery North Stonington
What: Wine, bands, food and picnicking, face painting, photo booths, hayrides and grape stamping contest. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Baci Grill Cromwell

For years we have been driving by this restaurant and thinking that we should probably give it a try. It has finally happened and I am now asking myself, "What were you waiting for"?

I have always thought that this restaurant might be a little too formal for us. I could not have been more wrong. We parked on the side of the building and entered through the bar area, and a very attractive bar area it is. The dining room is on the other side of the building and has a lot of comfortable booths. 

We got great service and were seated very quickly with menus in our hands and drink orders delivered. 

The lunch menu has lots of appetizers, soups and salads, a few entrees, sandwiches and wraps and stone pies. While there are a few Italian options, the menu is not Italian by any means. 

I opted for a salad with goat cheese and strawberries on a bed of field greens. I added a grilled chicken breast for a little protein. Steak, shrimp, portabello mushroom, chicken sausage and salmon are also available. The dressing was a light lemon poppy seed and was perfect for a hot summer day. It was a generous serving and I loved it. 

Al had a steak wrap with cheese and grilled onions. He gave it two thumbs up and brought home half which he ate for dinner. He said it was even better the second time, high praise indeed. 

We were in a rush so didn't stay for dessert but given the number of items on the menu that I want to try, I think we are likely to become regulars. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed and Breakfast Old Saybrook, Conn.

Old Saybrook, Conn. is over 300 years old. It has a perfect location at the mouth of the Connecticut River on Long Island Sound. There are many historic houses in town but only one of them has been turned into a lovely bed and breakfast. The Deacon Timothy Pratt House was built in 1746 and was built right across the street from the meeting house by deacon and carpenter, Timothy Pratt. It is located right next door to the equally historic James Pharmacy.

Anna James was an African American and she was also the first black female pharmacists in the Connecticut. Today her pharmacy is a soda fountain and a Mediterranean market and café. There are several rooms that are part of the Deacon Timothy Pratt bed and breakfast which are located in the James Pharmacy building which also dates from the same time period and was originally part of the Humphrey Pratt Tavern.

We had the Suite which is on the second floor of the original house. It is a large two room suite with a queen sized four poster carved wood pineapple bed. The room is done in a soft rose color with wood paneling, a fireplace,  and stenciling on the walls.

 It includes a second room with a single bed that is separated by glass doors. The TV was in the smaller bedroom. The large room had a sitting area with two comfortable chairs and there was a hooked rug on the painted wide plank wood floors.

The bathroom is large with a huge jetted tub and shower combination as well as a pedestal sink. There is plenty of storage in the room from both the nightstands and a highboy and an additional closet and dresser in the bathroom. The TV has lots of channels and there is Wi-Fi available though I was not able to access it. The owner was kind enough to hardwire me to the internet so that I could do my work.
A very pretty parlor on the first floor is available where you can sit and read or look at the books about the history of Old Saybrook and the Pratt family and house. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well but be warned, if you are a very light sleeper, ask for a room at the back of the house. The house is historic and close to Main St and you can hear cars going up and down the street.

We were greeted when we arrived by owner Rich. We arrived late and our welcome information was attached to the front door. If you are looking for a little snack there are cookies in the dining room as well as a Keurig to make yourself a cup of coffee. There is a refrigerator for guests in the dining room. Breakfast is served between 8:30 and 10 a.m. with checkout at 11 a.m.

If you have difficulty with stairs, the library room is on the first floor. Given the age of the house, it is not surprising that the stairs are quite a challenge. The grounds are beautiful and in June there were hollyhocks in bloom and a fountain and seating area in the back yard. There is plenty of room for a private moment.

 We went down to breakfast at 8:30 and the innkeeper Pat was prepared for us. It included a bowl of fresh fruit, coffee and juice, bagels and apple fritters. On the weekends there is a hot entrée as well. We were a little disappointed but certainly didn't leave hungry.

I would high recommend Deacon Timothy Pratt B&B if you are planning a visit to Old Saybrook. The welcome is warm, the house is lovely and the location is perfect for walking and driving to everything Old Saybrook has to offer.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Harvest Music Festival at Lyman's Orchard

Come out to the farm for a good old fashioned music festival, featuring some of the best local and regional bands, all to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. September 9, 2017. 

This free, family-friendly festival brings together great music, delicious food, an amazing Corn Maze and fun activities for kids! Plenty of activities for the whole family including pony rides, face painting and fruit picking in our orchard! The music festival is free though some of the activities are available for a nominal fee.

Silent Auction with continue throughout the day. It's a terrific opportunity to help St. Jude continue its mission to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
All the bands have committed to donating their time to help the children at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital with their fight against childhood cancer. Please consider them for all your musical needs. Just click on their name to reach their websites. 
Presley & Taylor 11am
Goldrush12:15pm
Joe Ladore12:45pm
SinSisters1:15pm
Downtown Train Band2:15pm
The Kingpins Blues Band            
3:00pm

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bishopgate Inn East Haddam, Conn.

Bishopsgate Inn is located in the small historic town of East Haddam, Conn. The house itself was built the early nineteenth century by a local merchant Horace Hayden. East Haddam is large in area but small in population. It includes the Devils Hopyard State Park which offers scenic vistas and great hikes. Goodspeed Opera House has been introducing great shows to the area for as long as anyone can remember and the Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale taught school here in East Haddam and you can walk right up the hill from the Inn to visit the site.

Bishopsgate Inn is within walking distance of the Opera House; as a matter of fact, it is only a few hundred feet. There are two restaurants and a very cute ice cream shop in the village. In many ways, you will feel as if you have taken a step back into a slower, gentler time.

The entrance to the Inn is around the back of the house, drive slowly or you may miss the entrance. A sign points it out on the steep hill but depending on which way you traveling it can be hard to see. The driveway is very steep and there is a nice parking area at the bottom. A pretty garden area was filled with irises when we visited.

The bed and breakfast has six rooms of which four have fireplaces and one is a suite with a sauna. We chose the Sunny Room but at the end of the day, we stayed in the very lovely Director's Suite. It is a nice size room with an additional small room with a single bed; this would make a perfect family room. As you lay in the very comfortable king size white iron bed you will notice the vaulted ceiling and the dark wood beams.

One of the walls in the room has some exposed brick that has been painted to match the rest of the room, a soft sage green. The room is decorated in an eclectic style, with antiques but the watercolors on the wall are contemporary.

The room has lots of warm touches, in the bathroom, there is a rack with a pretty collection of embroidered finger towels. The room has lamps to read, a flat screen TV and Wi-Fi, what more could you ask for? Well, the steam room would be a nice touch, and there is one.

The room also has a balcony with a table where you can sit and enjoy the evening or the morning. If you forgot to bring along something to read, there were plenty of choices in the room and there is a comfortable wing chair if you want to sit and read.

If you want to go out of the room to stretch out there is a guest sitting room on the second floor where our room was. Really, you can't make a bad choice when it comes to rooms, there are all beautiful each with their own unique flavor.

I was warmly greeted by our hostess and shown to our room when I arrived. We came back in our own entrance when we returned after dinner.

The bathroom is large, with a stand-up shower, a vanity with double sink and a separate toilet room. We were very comfortable indeed and I am sure I am going to regret that we have only one night to enjoy this wonderful place.

Breakfast is served when you want it between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Our breakfast began with coffee and juice and ended with two vegetarian eggs Benedict with fresh fruit and a scoop of salsa. It was just the right size. We had as much coffee as we could want and sat for quite a while chatting.

If you are looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion or just spend the night while you are in the East Haddam area, The Bishopgate Inn will certainly provide everything that you could possibly want.