Thursday, June 22, 2017

East Hampton Gazebo Summer Concerts

Thursday, this summer, at 6:30 p.m. the gazebo in the East Hampton Village Center will be the site of the Goff House Gazebo Concert Series

June 29 Jake Kulak and the Lowdown
July 13 The Modern riffs
July 20 Plywood Cowboy
July 27 Old Dog New Tricks
Aug 3  Band to be announced.

Bring a picnic supper, blankets, and chairs. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Willimantic Brewing Company

The first thing that you will notice as you approach the Willimantic Brewing Company is what a beautiful building it is in. This 1909 former United States Post Office had been abandoned in 1967. It has found a wonderful new life as the third home of this popular restaurant and it is a perfect pairing. 

We stopped here last Saturday after seeing a show at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre in Storrs. We had planned to eat at Applebees but after waiting 10 minutes in an empty restaurant without even our drink order being taken we walked out and decided to head to Willimantic. We said thank you Applebee's as we walked out after our delicious meal, we had a better meal and fabulous service. 

We opted to eat in the bar, luckily it was early and we could still get a table, you can also eat outside or in the dining room. The quality of the food and service is no secret and the place fills up fast, plan accordingly. 

The menu is eclectic and there certainly is something for everyone. Kasey is taking part in a Paleo challenge and so had restrictions, Al loves his beef and I wanted grilled shrimp, all of us found exactly what we wanted. 

I created my own plate, I had grilled shrimp, a baked potato, and sauteed vegetables. Al had the beef kabob which was served with veggies and mashed potatoes and Kasey had a build your own chicken sandwich which she had without the bread, she picked avocado, wonderful balsamic beer glazed onions, and in place of the fries, she had broccoli. 

Our waiter was very attentive even though he was busy and the food was delivered perfectly cooked in less time that I could have imagined. Al's beef was cooked perfectly rare and he loved the flavor. My baked potato was also perfectly cooked. The shrimp were delicious. 
I always enjoy finding a new restaurant that I love and the Willimantic Brewing Company certainly fits the bill and I can see us coming here again and again. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Town Wide Tag Sale East Hampton June 17

Get the family together and head to East Hampton on Saturday June 17th for the town wide tag sale. Sponsored by the Chatham Historical Society it is a great way to support their work and also find some great deals. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Strawberry Festival 3rd Congregational Church Middletown

The Third Congregational Church on Miner Street in Middletown will be having their annual Strawberry Festival on Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have never gone to this festival you are missing the best strawberry shortcake in the world.

I try to never miss getting here to enjoy this special treat. It is the best strawberry shortcake ever!!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Lyman's Orchard Strawberry Fest

The annual Strawberry Fest on June 17, 2017 kicks off the summer event season, celebrating family fun, Lyman's fresh grown strawberries, and sweet strawberry treats from the Apple Barrel. 

Fun activities include Breakfast on the Deck, Strawberry picking in the orchard, live music, complimentary food tastings and demos, pie eating contests, pony rides, and interactive activities for children throughout the day. Plus, Bruno Bros. will be making their delicious Kettle Corn throughout the event!

Come out and enjoy the enjoy Middlefield's own “dynamic sister duo" and rising country artists Presley and Taylor. Described as “the real deal” and “absolutely brilliant” by radio execs, Presley & Taylor embrace the sound of stone cold country music and traditions, while adding a whimsical charm with their absolute vocals and impeccable harmonies, and song content created with meaning and substance. Presley & Taylor have shared the stage with award-winning entertainers and hit-makers such as Martina McBride, Ashton Shepard, Bucky Covington, Janie Fricke, Sarah Darling, Jamie O’Neal, The Willis Clan Buddy Jewell and Restless Heart. 
CT Historian and Durham resident Diana McCain will be on hand to sign her new fictional novel, Thy Children's Children, which brilliantly traces five generations of the Lyman family throughout the turbulent decades that saw a handful of American colonies transformed into a young nation on the cusp of the industrial revolution.
Macaroni Kid will be here with one of the most classic crafts. Your kids can make cool and colorful necklaces out of different types of macaroni!
And don't miss out on the Pie Eating Contests! Dive face-first into a delicious Lyman Orchards pie to win great prizes!
Check out the Lyman's Orchard website for the full schedule. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cheshire Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair

2017 is the 80th year for this traditional New England festival featuring farm-fresh strawberry shortcake along with grilled foods, handmade crafts, amusements and entertainment that are fun for the entire family.
The event is held on the historic Church Green in the center of downtown Cheshire June 10, 2017,  from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
More than 30 juried crafters and artisans providing wonderfully hand-crafted items of all shapes and sizes. A unique opportunity for you to obtain one-of-a-kind articles for yourself or as gifts.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Connecticut Repertory Nutmeg Summer Series

Why not take advantage of some great theater right here in Connecticut? The three show Nutmeg Summer Series kicked off with "1776" which began on June 1 and runs through June 10. I just saw it this past Saturday and it was outstanding. Terrance Mann is this summer's artistic director and he has done a splendid job of making this period of history both fascinating and at times amusing. 

The Second show is "Noises Off" which runs June 15-25 and the final show is "Newsies"  July 6-16. 

Ticket prices are very reasonable and the quality of the productions rivals anything I have seen in London or New York. You won't be disappointed. Check out their website for times and dates and seats still available. 

I have been a season ticket holder for three seasons and I have never been disappointed. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Connecticut Art Passport

For lovers of art, the Connecticut Art Pass is a passport to 19 fabulous museums across the state all for one price. For about 1/3 of the cost of normal admission, you can see some of the most outstanding art that Connecticut has to offer.

The cost for the pass is $25 and can be purchased online. It is a $90 value. 

You print out the pass and present it at the included museums.

Museums included in the pass are:


Bruce Museum — Greenwich, CT
The Housatonic Museum of Art — Bridgeport, CT


Yale Center for British Art — New Haven, CT
Yale University Art Gallery — New Haven, CT


Mattatuck Museum — Waterbury, CT


Florence Griswold Museum — Old Lyme, CT
Lyman Allyn Art Museum — New London, CT


Hill-Stead Museum — Farmington, CT

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Connecticut Open House

If there are museums around Connecticut that you have always wanted to visit, here is your chance to do it for free or at a discounted price. 

The Connecticut Office of Tourism is sponsoring the 13th annual Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday, June 10th.  The one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art, and tourism.  It is a terrific way for residents to discover or rediscover all that is wonderful in our state.  

Once Connecticut residents learn about the treasures in their own backyard, they will share their newly gained love and excitement with visiting family and friends.  

To find out all the amazing places you can visit for free or a  discounted price please check out this website

Here is a small sample. 


  • Squires Tavern
    Free admission from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., offering refreshments and special history program.



  • Bethlehem Christmas Town Festival
    The Bethlehem Christmas Town Festival Committee along with the Connecticut Society of Santas, present the “Christmas Town Festival Preview” providing the opportunity to take photos with “Santa on Vacation,” plus free face painting and crafts for children; from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.


  • Old Farm School 
    Free tours from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., visitors can tour the 1796 schoolhouse which was used until 1922. 



  • Barnum Museum
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., along with free Barnum bookmarks, Barnum-blend coffee tasting, guided tours and post cards.
  • Bijou Theatre 
    Free dance performance by the New England Ballet Company from noon until 2 p.m.
  • Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
    Open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering half price off admission for the first 100 guests.
  • New England Ballet Company
    Free tours of the studio at 130 Elm Street, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. At 1 p.m., enjoy an open performance at the historic Bijou Theater, located at 275 Fairfield Avenue (across the street).

Friday, May 26, 2017

Free Coast Guard Band Concert

Coast Guard Free Memorial Day Concert

The Coast Guard Band will do a Memorial Day tribute: "America Remembers" at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London on Sunday, May 28 2017 at 1:00 p.m. 

Everyone is welcome to attend and it is suggested that those who attend bring chairs and/or a blanket. Rain date is May 30. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

International Festival of Arts and Ideas 2017

For 22 years, the Festival has delighted audiences with an outstanding mix of entertaining and inspiring programs. Internationally acclaimed dance, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking circus, ground-breaking theatre and engaging speakers define the Festival as our region’s premier arts and culture destination. The June Festival boasts over 170 events and at least 85% are totally free.  

This year's Festival will take place in New Haven from June 3-24. Among the events being offered is: 


Festival Co-Commission

Manual Cinema: The End of TV

World Premiere & Festival Commission

We Are Citizens

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

For more information, check out their website

Friday, May 19, 2017

Biscotti and Beyond June Farmer's Market schedule

Simonne has been busy this winter perfecting her new recipes for spring and summer and all I can say is that citrus is a part of some of the delicious new offerings. 

June 2017 

Fri         2       Cromwell                     4-7 
Fri         9       Cromwell                     4-7 
Sat      10       Killingworth                 10-1 
Sun     11       Chester                       10-1
Fri      16        Cromwell                      4-7 
Sun    18       Chester                      10-1
Thurs  22       Clinton                         4-7
Fri      23       Cromwell                      4-7 
Sat     24       Old Saybrook               9-12:30
Sun    25       Chester                         10-1
Thurs  29       Clinton                          4-7

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 Portland Riverfront Park Music and Arts Festival

Save the Date:

Saturday, June 10th rain date June 11

12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Featuring entertainment by 
Deep Ellum
Seat of Our Pants
We Got Rhythm
The Might Soul Drivers
Plywood Cowboy

Arts and crafts booths, as well as food vendors, will be featured. Admission is $10

The park is located on Brownstone Avenue near the historic brownstone quarries. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Throughly Modern Millie Wows at Goodspeed

If you are in the mood for an uplifting evening of great music and lively dancing, head to Goodspeed Opera House and indulge in their latest production, Thoroughly Modern Millie. 

Welcome to New York City in 1922 and follow the adventures of Millie Dillmount as she tackles the Big Apple with all her youthful enthusiasm. She is naive but she is determined to be a modern woman and make a really good marriage based on anything but love. 

Taylor Quick is a very talented singer and certainly brings a lot of heart to the role. James Seol and Christopher Shin are very entertaining as Ching Ho and Bun Fo and Rebecca Ables Sayre is convincingly conniving as Mrs.Meers. 

Ramona Keller however, stole the shoe as Muzzy Van Hossmere. 

Tickets are still available for some shows so if you don't already have tickets, you may still be able to get some. This is a show worth seeing. A very thoroughly modern and entertain show

Monday, May 15, 2017

Spring Bark for the Park Colchester

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Colchester Green 
What: Lucky Duck Egg Hunt for dogs, May Baskets, a blessing of the dogs and other canine activities. 

Sponsored by the Colchester Parks and Recreation Department.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Learn more about the Pequot raid of Wethersfield

Here we Stand: from Pyquag to Wethersfield and Beyond

Wethersfield Historical Society presents, in commemoration of the 380th anniversary of the Pequot raid on Wethersfield, a four-part lecture series featuring the expertise of Dr. Kevin McBride, Director of Research at the Pequot Museum, native performer, and lecturer Annawon Weeden, as well as native chef Sherry Pocknett. Here We Stand spans over five hundred years of contact and focuses on traditional issues as well as those faced today by indigenous groups living with the legacy of colonialism. Times and locations vary. This program series is funded by a generous grant from CT Humanities.
May 9   Dr. Kevin McBride – “The Significance of the Wethersfield Raid in the Pequot War.” After more than 370 years the Pequot War (1636-1637) remains one of the most controversial and significant events in the Colonial and Native history of North America. The most significant event in the war was the surprise attack on the Pequot fortified village at Mystic on the morning of May 26, 1637. By the end of the one-hour battle, over 400 Pequot men, women, and children were dead, half of them burned to death. The attack on the Mistick Fort was in retaliation for the Pequot raid on Wethersfield On April 23 in which nine settlers were killed including women and children. The lecture will explore Pequot motivations for the raid within the broader context of the Pequot War.
7 PM • Keeney Memorial Cultural Center • 200 Main Street, Wethersfield  Admission: $5 non-members, free to members. Buy tickets here.
May 17            Annawon Weeden – “Seven Generations Presentation.” Join us as Annawon carries you by hand through a complete sequence of events of local colonization, from pre-Columbus to present day, filling gaps normally overlooked in conventional history. Find out whether you are friend or foe, what languages you will speak, how may Squanto help you & try not to shed a tear as Metacom makes his final stand. Perhaps you’ve heard the hijacked version of Moby Dick, however never through the oral history of the Wampanoag whalers who originated such legendary tales along America’s journey of such discovery. Please join us for one of the most riveting accounts of the foundation of our country and play a principle role only you can fill by participating in this live performance; discussion to follow.
7 PM • Keeney Memorial Cultural Center • 200 Main Street, Wethersfield.  Admission: $20 non-members, $15 members Buy tickets here.

May 21            Sherry Pocknett – Foraging Walking Tour. Explore Wethersfield’s Great Meadows with native chef and foodways expert Sherry Pocknett as she provides background on native foodways, seasonality, and the cultural importance of various flora and fauna. See the Great Meadows as you have never seen it before.
2 PM • Wethersfield Great Meadows, meeting place TBD • Admission: $20 non-members, $15 members. Advance Tickets recommended; buy them here.

May 23            Sherry Pocknett – Strawberry Moon Thanksgiving Celebration. Join us in celebrating the Strawberry Moon and giving thanks for a bountiful harvest of strawberries. Native chef and foodways expert Sherry Pocknett will deliver a native foodways lecture and cooking demonstration while discussing seasonality, the significance of the Strawberry Moon, how her family kept native traditions and culture alive while growing up in the 1960s during the Red Power Movement, as well as modern issues faced by native peoples today.
7 PM • Keeney Memorial Cultural Center • 200 Main Street, Wethersfield  Admission: $25 non-members, $20 members. Advance Tickets recommended, buy them here.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wethersfield Historical Society Walking Tours

Walking Tours All Season! All tours are $5; free to members and children under 16. Reservations recommended.  In the event of rain, tours are canceled.
Walk Around Old Wethersfield with Dorene Ciarcia: Learn about the architecture of people who lived here long ago. Meet in front of Keeney Center, 200 Main Street.
Thursdays: May 11, July 6, Sept 14 – 6:00-7:30 pm; Saturdays: May 13, July 8, Sept 16 – 10:00-11:30 am
Burying Ground Tours with Martha Smart: Learn about gravestone carvers, customs, and stories. Meet at the red barn in the First Church parking lot.
Thursdays: May 18, June 22, Sept. 7, Oct 12 – 1:00-2:30 pm; Saturdays: May 20, June 24, Sept 9, Oct 14 – 10:00-11:30 am