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Newtown Shooter’s History Reviewed in New Report

Newtown Shooter’s History Reviewed in New Report

The gunman in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings showed an early preoccupation with violence, became increasingly isolated and he had been diagnosed with autism, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, according to a new report.

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Inside ESPN’s Billion Dollar Connecticut-Based NFL Football Empire (With Chris Berman)

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 Cheshire Factory to Become Arts Destination With Galleries, Music, Dining and More

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We’re sure any hop-craving, malt-loving consumer of carbonated beverages will enjoy attending these events.

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Craft 260 Beer Bar/Bistro is a new restaurant player in Fairfield, pouring on the flavor and serving extraordinary beers and bourbons.

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Quiet Corner Artists Open Studios to Public Beginning Black Friday

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Sculptors, painters, potters, mixed media artists and more will open their doors during the Artists' Open Studios of Northeastern Connecticut beginning on Black Friday and continuing the following weekend.

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5 Best Connecticut Things to Do on Weekend: Craft Beer, Balloon Parade, Arts Trail …

5 Best Connecticut Things to Do on Weekend: Craft Beer, Balloon Parade, Arts Trail …

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Actor Robert Davi Sings Sinatra, Great American Songbook at Foxwoods

Actor Robert Davi Sings Sinatra, Great American Songbook at Foxwoods

Actor Robert Davi has transitioned from "tough guy" movie roles to stage crooner with the release of his album "Davi Sings Sinatra, On the Road to Romance." He will perform the classics at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Saturday, November 22.

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A Shop Like a Mini Barneys or Bergdorf in the Connecticut Countryside

A Shop Like a Mini Barneys or Bergdorf in the Connecticut Countryside

For nearly two decades Abdo Ballester has been the visionary force behind the “gift shop” at a boutique luxury hotel in the Connecticut countryside that’s favored by such influential folks as Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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Start Your Holiday Shopping This Weekend in Style at CraftWestport

Start Your Holiday Shopping This Weekend in Style at CraftWestport

The Westport Young Women's League will host their 39th Annual CraftWestport this weekend, an opportunity for shoppers to purchase handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces by local and national artists.

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Kanye West Bought His Luxe Slippers, Not Part of Stubbs & Wootton Company

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Health & Wellness

Local Musicians Raise Awareness for Organ Donation in Benefit Concert

Local Musicians Raise Awareness for Organ Donation in Benefit Concert

A benefit concert at the Elks Lodge in Waterbury raised more than $6,800 for LifeChoice Donor Services and raised awareness for the importance of organ donation.

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Connecticut Firefighter With ALS Gives Birth to Baby Girl

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At 7:47 a.m., Nov. 4, Amanda and Chris Bernier welcomed a healthy baby girl, Arabella Grace, into their family at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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History

Oxford Man Receives WWII Medals Almost 70 Years After Earning Them

Oxford Man Receives WWII Medals Almost 70 Years After Earning Them

In 1945 Vahan Hovey and his battalion walked into an enemy ambush. Almost 70 years later he’s being recognized for his actions that day.

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Craft Beer, Burgers and Cigars: Best Connecticut History Event Ever?

Craft Beer, Burgers and Cigars: Best Connecticut History Event Ever?

On Nov. 6 the New Haven Museum will offer its first Burger, Brew and Stogie Stroll.” The event will celebrate New Haven’s brewing, cigar-making and burger history with liberal samples of each.

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Ghosts to 'Haunt' John Downs House in Milford on Halloween

Ghosts to 'Haunt' John Downs House in Milford on Halloween

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Make your Own Candle at Windsor Historical Society and Build a House During February Vacation Week

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Feb 18, 2013 to Feb 22, 2013
10:00 am until 1:00 pm

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

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Make your Own Candle at Windsor Historical Society and Build a House During February Vacation Week

Tired of dark days and looking for something fun to do with your children or grandchildren during February vacation?  From Monday, February 18th, through Friday, February 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., join us at the Windsor Historical Society’s Hands-On-History Learning Center and make your very own hand-dipped paraffin candle to take home.  Different colors for dipping make each candle unique.  The Hands-On-History Learning Center, where children can try on reproduction colonial clothing, try out a child-sized rope bed, or “milk” Flavia the cow, can be enjoyed at the same time. Also on view in the Learning Center is Building Bridges, an exhibition of artworks created by Windsor High School students inspired by Windsor’s historic architecture.  When you’re finished candle-dipping and are looking for another fun family activity, craft your own model of a house or freeform artwork. Using the examples provided by the Windsor High School Pre-AP Art Students in their exhibition, families can use toothpicks and marshmallows to create their own three-dimensional art. Cost for this program is $10 per family; or $5 per adult, $4 for seniors, $3 for children, and $2 for members.  A parent or guardian must accompany their children.

Candles are largely decorative today but have been used as a light source for thousands of years.  The ancient Egyptians and Romans used candles.  In the middle ages, tallow (fat from cows and sheep) was saved and used for candles which were smoky and smelly.  Chandlers or candle –makers would go from household to household, trading for tallow to make their candles.  Beeswax was also used in the middle ages to make a candle which burned brightly and with a sweet scent, but it was rare and expensive.  In the late 18th century, clean-burning whale oil candles began to replace the old-fashioned and smoky tallow candles and in the 1850’s, paraffin, a by-product of petroleum, became the candle-making material of choice.   Very soon, the kerosene lamp and the light bulb (invented in 1879) would begin to put candles out of business.   By making a candle the old fashioned way, you’ll be participating in a time-honored tradition.  

The Windsor Historical Society, founded in 1921, invites visitors to explore the people, places, and events that have shaped Windsor for over 375 years.  The Society’s museum includes changing and permanent exhibition galleries; a hands-on-history learning center for families; a research library and manuscript collection housing Windsor photographs, documents, ephemera, and genealogical materials; a museum gift shop and two historic houses open to the public:  the 1758 John and Sarah Strong House and the 1767 Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House. 

The Windsor Historical Society is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  General admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free to children under 12 and Society members.  Call (860) 688-3813 or visit us on the web at http://windsorhistoricalsociety.org  for directions to the Society and more information about programs.  To receive e-reminders for public programs, please send your e-mail address to jalberti@windsorhistoricalsociety.org.

Cost $10/family; $5/adult;$4/senior; $3/children; $2/Society members.
Location

Windsor Historical Society
96 Palisado Avenue
Windsor, CT
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