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Connecticut Ski Areas Opening for Season; New Safety Rules in Place

Connecticut Ski Areas Opening for Season; New Safety Rules in Place

Skiers may notice minor changes at Connecticut slopes, after a bill introduced this past spring seeking to enforce safety regulations was signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy in June.

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New Guilty Pleas in Connecticut’s Biggest Heist, at Eli Lilly Warehouse

New Guilty Pleas in Connecticut’s Biggest Heist, at Eli Lilly Warehouse

In May Amaury Villa pleaded guilty to his role in an $80 million robbery of an Enfield pharmaceutical warehouse, his brother Amed Villa plead guilty last summer. In April three more men were charged in the case. The court documents read like the script of a Hollywood crime flick…

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Shrine of Saint Anne in Waterbury Embodies More Than One Holiday Story

Shrine of Saint Anne in Waterbury Embodies More Than One Holiday Story

Shining from the hillside high above I-84 in Waterbury is the illuminated cross of Holy Land, a powerful beacon in a time when Christians mark the birth of Christ At the base of the hill, just off the highway, is another Catholic landmark whose story is poignant and powerful at this time of year.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
6 Connecticut Craft Beer Stouts That Will Warm You This Winter

6 Connecticut Craft Beer Stouts That Will Warm You This Winter

Though the weather outside is frightful, these Connecticut stouts are so delightful.

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Best Holiday Hostess Gift in Connecticut: Gourmet Artisan Chocolates

Best Holiday Hostess Gift in Connecticut: Gourmet Artisan Chocolates

Insiders know there are plenty of delicious gourmet chocolate options made in Connecticut that rival the commercial standbys.

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Brick + Wood Neapolitan Pizzeria & Wine Bar Opens in Fairfield

Brick + Wood Neapolitan Pizzeria & Wine Bar Opens in Fairfield

You know how you “just know” when a new restaurant is going to be good? That’s the feeling you get in the first ten minutes at Brick + Wood.

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Arts & Entertainment

Connecticut’s Little Town of Bethlehem Holding Christmas Town Festival

Connecticut’s Little Town of Bethlehem Holding Christmas Town Festival

Our little town of Bethlehem right here in Connecticut will come alive the first weekend of December with the 34th annual Christmas Town Festival.

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'Monster' Hit 'Jekyll & Hyde' Stops at Palace Theater in Waterbury

'Monster' Hit 'Jekyll & Hyde' Stops at Palace Theater in Waterbury

The musical Jekyll & Hyde is making its Palace Theater Debut in Waterbury Dec. 6 and 7 in the launch of the show's fifth national tour.

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5 Best Things to Do in Connecticut This Weekend: Santa, HopFest, Trains, Holiday Lights Parade …

5 Best Things to Do in Connecticut This Weekend: Santa, HopFest, Trains, Holiday Lights Parade …

The Thanksgiving Weekend version of the 5 Best Things to Do in Connecticut "ate too much" and ballooned into 10 things.

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Style & Shopping

Shops at Yale Add Seven New Retail, Dining Brands; Officials Celebrate

Shops at Yale Add Seven New Retail, Dining Brands; Officials Celebrate

Seven new businesses have opened at the Shops at Yale, greatly enhancing a vibrant downtown “climate where retail and restaurants can thrive.”

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Bloomingdale’s Veteran Is Fashion Force in the Connecticut Countryside

Bloomingdale’s Veteran Is Fashion Force in the Connecticut Countryside

Retail is in Richard Derwin’s DNA and he wears it well. R. Derwin Clothier has been on the green in Litchfield, Conn., for more than 25 years and still going strong.

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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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Health & Wellness

Connecticut Boy’s Rare Disease Inspires Sports Drink Used by NFL, Other Athletes

Connecticut Boy’s Rare Disease Inspires Sports Drink Used by NFL, Other Athletes

Growing up, Jonah Feldman needed to be fed every three hours to survive. Today, his condition has inspired a nutrition product with the potential to revolutionize fitness drinks.

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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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‘Baby Sleep Whisperer’ Has Secrets to Help Parents Love the Dark Again

‘Baby Sleep Whisperer’ Has Secrets to Help Parents Love the Dark Again

The Baby Sleep Whisperer, Ingrid Prueher, offers advice to tired parents around the country on getting restless babies to bed from her business based in Westport.

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History

Gillette Castle, Once Home of ‘Sherlock Holmes’, Opens Season of Tours

Gillette Castle, Once Home of ‘Sherlock Holmes’, Opens Season of Tours

Gillette Castle, though technically closed for the season for tours, opens again for the holidays in dressed-up fashion.

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Connecticut's Witch Trials Explored in New Book; Salem Trials Came Later

Connecticut's Witch Trials Explored in New Book; Salem Trials Came Later

Cynthia Wolfe Boynton is the author of Connecticut Witch Trials: The First Panic in the New World.

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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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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.
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Windsor Historical Society
96 Palisado Avenue
Windsor, CT
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