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

 Holy Land’s Waterbury Resurrection: Hollywood Style Sign Visible for First Time in Decades

Holy Land’s Waterbury Resurrection: Hollywood Style Sign Visible for First Time in Decades

All summer volunteers have cleared brush and trees at the long-abandoned religious theme park that once attracted thousands of visitors a year and now the crowds are returning.

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Connecticut Company is the Amazon.com of Jewish Food

Connecticut Company is the Amazon.com of Jewish Food

Norwalk based company, Challah Connection, distributes bagels, lux, challah, rugelach and more throughout the country, especially this time of year around Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Former Chef at The Whelk Envisions Danny Meyer-Style Greenwich Destination

Former Chef at The Whelk Envisions Danny Meyer-Style Greenwich Destination

Geoff Lazlo, former Executive Chef at The Whelk in Westport, is heading back to his hometown of Greenwich, CT to open a place of his own.

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6 Upcoming Connecticut Beer Fests You Don't Want to Miss

6 Upcoming Connecticut Beer Fests You Don't Want to Miss

Almost every weekend for the next month Connecticut has a major beer festival coming up.

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Connecticut Politics

by Jennifer Swift
Tom Foley's Schools Plan Fails, Malloy, Democrats Say

Tom Foley's Schools Plan Fails, Malloy, Democrats Say

Republican gubernatorial contender Tom Foley's schools plan comes under fire from Gov. Dannel Malloy and Democrats.

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Tom Foley Wants to Cap Connecticut's Car Tax to Ease Pain Where It's Punitive

Tom Foley Wants to Cap Connecticut's Car Tax to Ease Pain Where It's Punitive

Tom Foley wants to cap the tax rate for automobiles to 30 mills with the state covering the revenue gap it would mean for municipalities.

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Arts & Entertainment

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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Autumn Glows in Show of New Paintings by Connecticut Landscape Master

Autumn Glows in Show of New Paintings by Connecticut Landscape Master

The title of Tom Adkins' new show at the Gregory James Gallery in New Milford, “Pastoral Solitudes,” suggests the state of being that the contemporary realist from Southbury captures in paintings typically begun en plein air and finished in the studio.

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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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Calendar

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Event Date/Time

Mar 6, 2013 to Mar 27, 2013
4:00 pm until 5:00 pm

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Ages 11–13

Mar. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Preregistration Required

Members $10/month; non-Members $20/month

Youth Drawing 101 is for young artists who are looking to hone their drawing skills and learn about the history and practice of art. Each month will focus on a different topic, ranging from Pop Art to architectural space to portraiture to abstraction. Classes will often take place in the galleries, with students working directly from the NBMAA’s collection in order to strengthen critical thinking and observational skills. All skill levels are welcome.

 

Pre-registration is required for each monthly session and class size is limited. New sessions begin on the first Wednesday of each month. We offer scholarships for New Britain students, so please feel free to ask if you qualify. For any questions or concerns, please contact (), Coordinator of School & Family Programs: () or (860) 229-0257, ext. 220.

 

During the month of March students will look at the artwork from A Joint Venture: The Collection of Thomas and Kathryn Cox. Through observation of these works, students will take “visual notes” in order to find out how they can use these images to make their own drawing. Students will learn tips and tricks as they create their masterpiece of imagery in pen and ink. 

Cost Members $10/month; non-Members $20/month
Location

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT
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Additional Information
SponsorNew Britain Museum of American Art
Phone860-229-0257
Contact nameHeather Whitehouse
Contact emailwhitehouseh@nbmaa.org
Websitehttp://www.nbmaa.org

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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