Best of connecticut 2014

Welcome to the 17th edition of Best of Connecticut, our annual compilation of all of what we think makes our state such a special place. This year we’ve narrowed our focus over years past, trying to concentrate more on categories that merit a debate while expanding our coverage over the entire state.

As always, we invite you to share your thoughts and tell us about places we may have missed. Best of Connecticut is a project we research and  work on year-round. Send suggestions for next year's winners, and even new categories, to Content Manager Ray Bendici or Verticals Editor Doug Clement.

Like you, we're interested in exploring where we live and finding the best it has to offer. Enjoy!

Food & Drink: From beer and burgers to cake and cannolis, and everything in between.

Fun & Leisure: Nightlife, casinos, family activites, overnights and more.

Shopping: Home decor, fashion, jewelry, books, music and more.

 

Connecticut Today

Chick-Fil-A to Open Connecticut Location Oct. 9; Gay Rights Controversy

Chick-Fil-A to Open Connecticut Location Oct. 9; Gay Rights Controversy

Due to the public position of its CEO on gay rights, the possible arrival of Chick-Fil-A in Connecticut has sparked controversy.

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Connecticut Opposes Native American Tribes Law Change; 3 New Casinos?

Connecticut Opposes Native American Tribes Law Change; 3 New Casinos?

New proposed reforms in Washington, D.C., may be easing the standards for recognition of Native American tribes, opening the possibility for more casinos in Connecticut. But is that a good thing?

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Foxwoods Sets Stags' Leap Wine Dinner Oct. 23; Caymus Event Was Great

Foxwoods Sets Stags' Leap Wine Dinner Oct. 23; Caymus Event Was Great

Foxwoods just announced its latest wine dinner at its premier restaurant, Paragon, and this one on Oct. 23 will be centered on the outstanding wines of Stags' Leap Winery in Napa Valley, Calif.

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Mario Lopez of Stamford’s Gastro Bar Not From ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Mario Lopez of Stamford’s Gastro Bar Not From ‘Dancing With the Stars’

This Stamford restaurant and wine bar is so sleek and fun a visit will make you forget all about that other Mario Lopez.

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Connecticut Politics

by Jennifer Swift
Gov. Malloy, Tom Foley Debate Jobs, Taxes in Connecticut Governor's Race Forum

Gov. Malloy, Tom Foley Debate Jobs, Taxes in Connecticut Governor's Race Forum

The big discrepancy in the amount of federal income taxes paid by the gubernatorial candidates left one of them wide open Tuesday when the moderator at their second debate asked if any taxes were too low.

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Democrats Claim Tom Foley's Use of Think Tank's Work Violates Election Laws

Democrats Claim Tom Foley's Use of Think Tank's Work Violates Election Laws

Democrats are claiming Tom Foley’s use of material researched by the Connecticut Policy Institute, which the candidate founded as a business entity, is a violation of state election laws.

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Arts & Entertainment

5 Best Things to Do in Connecticut This Weekend: Food Trucks, Haunted Happenings

5 Best Things to Do in Connecticut This Weekend: Food Trucks, Haunted Happenings

Round up of five great events in Connecticut this weekend; Oct. 3-5.

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Connecticut Halloween 2014: Haunted Attractions & Cemetery Tours

Connecticut Halloween 2014: Haunted Attractions & Cemetery Tours

Tis the season for screams, chills and frights. Some of the best that October has to offer:

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Style & Shopping

Vintage and Funky Style at New Rising Sun Boutique in Litchfield

Vintage and Funky Style at New Rising Sun Boutique in Litchfield

Walking into Rising Sun Boutique is like cracking open a treasure chest.

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Katie Couric, Vogue Paris Like Connecticut Jewelry From Évocateur

Katie Couric, Vogue Paris Like Connecticut Jewelry From Évocateur

"Each piece conjures a story that’s yours to tell … tales of ancient times and memories of favorite places … the magic of new love … the glimmer of dreams just begun.”

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Health & Wellness

Guilford Art Center Creates Clay Hearts for Terminally Ill Patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital

Guilford Art Center Creates Clay Hearts for Terminally Ill Patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital

Now, the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital has partnered with the Guilford Art Center to create small clay hearts that are put in the memory boxes, given to all families of terminally ill patients.

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Connecticut's Rate of Breast Cancer is Among the Highest in the Nation

Connecticut's Rate of Breast Cancer is Among the Highest in the Nation

Connecticut is one of the nation’s leaders in per capita rate of breast cancer—why?

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History

Castle Craig Offers Towering Views of Fall Foliage

Castle Craig Offers Towering Views of Fall Foliage

The latest feature in our ongoing series on Connecticut castles is a state landmark and perfect fall destination.

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Go Inside, Even Fly In, World War II Bombers at Bradley Airport Event

Go Inside, Even Fly In, World War II Bombers at Bradley Airport Event

The amazing history and punishing force of American air power during World War II will come to life in hands-on fashion in Connecticut once again Sept. 22 to 24 at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.

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Education

Daughter of Bridgewater Chocolate Founder a Crimson Tide Golf Phenom

Daughter of Bridgewater Chocolate Founder a Crimson Tide Golf Phenom

Mia Landegren, a graduate of Shepaug Valley High School in Washington, Conn., didn’t pout or become down when her freshman season with the University of Alabama women’s golf team began slowly.

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Yale's Tax Exempt New Haven Property Assessed at $2.5 Billion

Yale's Tax Exempt New Haven Property Assessed at $2.5 Billion

Yale University, a premier, world-renowned research institution, takes up large portions of downtown, and doesn’t pay taxes on its dorms, classrooms, libraries, research labs or the grassy oases inside the residential quads.

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Ben Taylor

Event Date/Time

Feb 22, 2013
8:00 pm

Description

Ben Taylor

=If you haven’t yet seen or heard Ben Taylor perform live, you’re in for a real treat. Not only is Ben an accomplished singer/songwriter and recording/touring artist in his own right, but he is indeed the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon. 

Say you’re a gifted young artist--someone like Ben Taylor for instance. You’ve written a pile of great songs. You’ve got a way with melody and a mastery of the understated lyric. You’ve got a voice that lingers in the air--tuneful, expressive, the kind of voice that makes its impact with the smallest turn of a whispered phrase.

Under normal circumstances, you’ve got all it takes to make an impression. Some might say you’re even a candidate for stardom.

But Ben Taylor's circumstance is far from normal. His parents--father James Taylor, mother Carly Simon--are giants of popular music. And with that lineage come the expectations that make ANOTHER RUN AROUND THE SUN a milestone as well as a masterwork.

Of course, there was never any pressure from his family to match their achievements--no pressure, that is, except from ben himself. He’s always kept his standards high--how could he not? And when his sound began to evolve, and invariably it showed signs of influence from those who were closest to him, he found himself at a crossroads that most artists never have to visit.

His choice was whether to deny his birthright, to pack up his music and take it somewhere else for reasons that have nothing to do with the music itself.

Cost $30, $45
Location

Infinity Music Hall & Bistro
20 Greenwoods Rd.
20 Greenwoods Rd.
Norfolk, CT
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Additional Information
SponsorInfinity Music Hall & Bistro
Phone866-666-6306
Contact emailadmin@infinityhall.com
Websitehttp://www.infinityhall.com
Alternate Phone:: 8666666306

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