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The CT Files: The Eccentric Traveler Known as The Darn Man

If you’re going to wear the same coat every day for 60 years, make sure it’s a special one.

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New Haven Organization Helps Immigrants & Refugees through Soccer

New Haven Organization Helps Immigrants & Refugees through Soccer

Elm City Internationals assists immigrant and refugee children with academics through the catalyst of the international sport, soccer.

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UConn Professor William Jelani Cobb Has Become a Leading Voice on Race, Culture and Politics

UConn Professor William Jelani Cobb Has Become a Leading Voice on Race, Culture and Politics

The UConn professor has become one of the leading voices on race, culture and politics.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Franklin Street Works in Stamford Offers Compelling Pairing of Contemporary Art & Great Food

Franklin Street Works in Stamford Offers Compelling Pairing of Contemporary Art & Great Food

The café within the sleek art space features a from-scratch, seasonal menu prepared by chef Erin Emmett that incorporates locally sourced ingredients.

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CTbites’ Best Lobster Rolls on the Connecticut Coast: 2015 Update

CTbites’ Best Lobster Rolls on the Connecticut Coast: 2015 Update

CTBites' update of the best hot lobster rolls on the Connecticut coast has our mouths watering. Get out and dine on something delicious as summer winds down.

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Restaurant Review: Breakwater, Stonington

Restaurant Review: Breakwater, Stonington

One of the most scenic dining spots in Stonington is once again open and delighting patrons.

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Arts & Entertainment

Classic Rock Sounds of Boston will come to Mohegan Sun Aug. 13

Classic Rock Sounds of Boston will come to Mohegan Sun Aug. 13

Boston, the classic rock band from the 1970s, will bring their hits and much more to Mohegan Sun Resort Casino on August 13.

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Odyssey: Devised at Long Wharf Gives Actors the Power of Imagination

Odyssey: Devised at Long Wharf Gives Actors the Power of Imagination

The Odyssey: Devised tells the classic story of Odysseus in a brand new way, giving the power of creation to the actors. The show will run Aug. 7-8 at 7 p.m. at Long Wharf’s Stage II.

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Weekend Best Bets: Gathering of the Vibes, Food Trucks & Cirque Éloize

Weekend Best Bets: Gathering of the Vibes, Food Trucks & Cirque Éloize

Live music, food trucks, craft beer, family fun and world-class shows are all on deck this weekend. There's no excuse to stay inside.

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Style & Design

Ward Castle on Greenwich Border is Rich with History

Ward Castle on Greenwich Border is Rich with History

The first known reinforced concrete building is a sight to behold and was once a museum of cartoon history owned by the creator of the comic strip Beetle Bailey.

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A Conversation with American Bridal Designer Judd Waddell

A Conversation with American Bridal Designer Judd Waddell

The American designer discusses what goes into designing a luxury bridal line - and why knockoffs don't measure up.

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Say No to Knockoffs: When the Wedding Dress Seems Too Good to Be True

Say No to Knockoffs: When the Wedding Dress Seems Too Good to Be True

With wedding gowns costing thousands of dollars, many brides are searching for cheaper options, one of which is knockoff dresses ordered off the internet. Can a knockoff hold its own against a designer gown? The Connecticut Bride staff ventured to find out.

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Health & Science

Ghosts of Science Past: Yale’s Underground Atom-Smashing Lab Converted for Next Generation of Scientific Exploration

Ghosts of Science Past: Yale’s Underground Atom-Smashing Lab Converted for Next Generation of Scientific Exploration

A multimillion-dollar renovation of the lab will make it ground zero for Yale researchers currently conducting experiments across the globe aimed at studying the invisible universe.

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New Commercial Kitchen Helps to Improve Food Culture in Windham County

New Commercial Kitchen Helps to Improve Food Culture in Windham County

CLiCK, Inc., a commercial kitchen, teaching space, job training facility and farm-to-school program, is working to improve the food culture in Windham County.

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The New Hot Lunch: How Schools & Communities are Raising Healthier Kids

Schools and community organizations are working together to serve our children more nutritious food in schools and teach them what it means to be healthy in their everyday lives.

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Revolutionary First Lady Abigail Adams Remembered by President John Adams

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Oct 3, 2013
6:00 pm

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Revolutionary First Lady Abigail Adams Remembered by President John Adams

You may have missed this in history class: proto feminist Abigail Adams made huge profits while speculating in junk bonds during the Revolutionary War. At a time when married women weren’t allowed to own property, Abigail Adams made a killing and left her family wealthy and debt free. Notably, this was during a period when many Revolutionary War figures were drowning in debt and financially ruined.

For the first time in Connecticut, Abigail Adams—savvy business woman, outspoken First Lady, and mother of the sixth American president, John Quincy Adams—will be remembered fondly by her greatest admirer, John Adams, the second president of the United States, as portrayed by the witty and engaging historical re-enactor, George Baker, in “My Wife Abigail Adams, America’s First Modern Woman,”

As portrayed by Baker, President John Adams will reveal how the ever-audacious Abigail defied both law and conventional wisdom, and demonstrated unprecedented nerve. She waited two years for her father’s permission to marry "down" to John Adams, a lawyer and the son of a farmer. She instructed her husband to use his salary as an ambassador in Paris to buy wholesale goods and ship them home, where she sold them in war-time Boston. The first shipment, of 350 Barcelona handkerchiefs, sold in two weeks and generated so much profit that Abigail was able to buy the family a brand-new, top-of-the line carriage. Crafting her own revolution, of sorts, Abigail even drafted a will—unheard of at the time for a married woman—and left the bulk of her estate to 23 other married women, who, in turn, became property owners themselves.

Cost free, donations accepted
Location

Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
211 Main St.
Wethersfield, CT
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SponsorWebb-Deane-Stevens Museum
Phone860-529-0612
Contact nameCindy Riccio
Contact emailcriccio@webb-deane-stevens.org
Websitehttp://webb-deane-stevens.org/press/081213.html

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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