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!

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Connecticut Today

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
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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
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

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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Unwrapped

Event Date/Time

Nov 14, 2013 to Dec 24, 2013
11:00 am

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

Description

Unwrapped

THE GALLERY AT FIREHOUSE SQUARE, located at 239 Bank Street in New London, is unwrapping the splendor of the holiday season with a unique collection of unframed works by an eclectic group of talented local artists.  This special holiday art exhibit called “Unwrapped” features creative, one-of-a-kind treasures in a multitude of media from paintings and sculptures, to photography, jewelry and mixed media artworks from November 14th to December 24th.  Participating artists include: Adam Matano, Jonathan Nickerson, Nathan Molina, Daniel Price, George White, George Haling, Nan Runde, Laura Maiolo, Haily Cryan, Peter Devine, Robert Rich, Jane White, Kirk Larsen, Randie Kahrl, Sylvina Rollins, Claudia Van Nes, Doug Zider, Steve Drainville, Beth Drainville, Emily Ross, and Suzanne Simpson.

Unwrapped” starts Thursday, November 14th and runs through Tuesday, December 24th at THE GALLERY AT FIREHOUSE SQUARE.  Guests will have an opportunity to meet and greet the artists during a special opening reception on Thursday, December 5th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Visiting guests will be entered to win a selection of unique artwork with the donation of canned foods, clothes, hygiene and feminine products, socks, or underwear to support The Homeless Hospitality Center of New London during the holidays.

Original artwork includes a series of unique, never-before-seen “scrapes” by renowned Hartford artist Henry Cooke White, who painted Connecticut landscapes and seascapes from locations throughout Waterford and Old Lyme. His family recently released several of these scrapes to THE GALLERY for the “Unwrapped” holiday exhibit.

According to Henry White, the art of making “scrapes” was developed by the artist George Alfred Williams (1875-1932). One day as he was cleaning his palette, he was amazed to find a complete miniature landscape and suggested figures in the scrapings spread across the surface. It was so handsome that he decided that the picture was worth more than the palette. So he let the paint dry, cut out the little “scrape”’ as he called it, framed it and sold it.

In 1925, Williams showed White the process of making scrapes, which was simply to take palette scrapings or unmixed bits of color from the tube and spread them on paper of different colors and then scrape them partly off, leaving the apparent smears to dry. Then, he would begin to study the parts of the covered papers and would inevitably find suggested designs, which were usually small, but very stimulating to the imagination.  He sometimes touched them up and coaxed them into unity, but usually left them alone.

These selections of colorful “scrapes” by Henry Cooke White are now available for viewing and purchase at THE GALLERY AT FIREHOUSE SQUARE as part of the “Unwrapped” holiday art exhibit along with other masterworks, including “Early Spring at the Water Hole” by Old Lyme’s Randie Kahrl, “Kayakers on Chester Creek” by Southington’s Jane White, and “Lilies and Koi” by Rhode Island’s Beth Drainville.

For more information about “Unwrapped” as well as other exhibits at THE GALLERY AT FIREHOUSE SQUARE, please visit www.firehousesquare.com.

Cost free
Location

THE GALLERY AT FIREHOUSE SQUARE
239 Bank Street
New London, CT
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Additional Information
SponsorThe Gallery at Firehouse Square
Phone860-443-0344
Contact nameEmily Ross
Contact emailemily@firehousesquare.com
Websitehttp://www.firehousesquare.com
Alternate Phone:: 401-952-9616

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