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2015 WINTER DINING GUIDE

It's time for our annual roundup of the best in Connecticut dining,featuring both our readers' choices and our experts' picks in more than 30 cuisine categories, from American to vegetarian.

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Connecticut Today

Stamford Students Worry Proposed FAA Regs May Sink Drone Water Rescue Device

Stamford Students Worry Proposed FAA Regs May Sink Drone Water Rescue Device

Under the proposed regulations drone operators would have to be 17, which could eliminate drone innovations like Project Ryptide at King Low Heywood Thomas School in Stamford.

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Gov. Optimistic About State’s Draw at Tourism Conference

Gov. Optimistic About State’s Draw at Tourism Conference

Despite a looming budget battle over state funding for tourism, optimism was the theme of the day earlier this week at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

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'Connecticut Patriot Act' Challenged by State Senate; Debate Mirrors National Patriot Act Concerns

'Connecticut Patriot Act' Challenged by State Senate; Debate Mirrors National Patriot Act Concerns

A bill that would require law enforcement to obtain warrants in order to gather information such as texts, Facebook messages and geo-locational data from cell phone providers has passed in the state Senate.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Harney & Sons Tea Shop & Café a Delicious Day Trip (and Connecticut Story)

Harney & Sons Tea Shop & Café a Delicious Day Trip (and Connecticut Story)

Visting Harney & Sons tea shop and café in Millerton, N.Y., and touring the tea production facility is a perfect summer day trip.

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Chef Annie Wayte Makes 'Superior' Magic at The White Hart Inn, Salisbury: Restaurant Review

Chef Annie Wayte Makes 'Superior' Magic at The White Hart Inn, Salisbury: Restaurant Review

After a renovation, an abrupt closing and new ownership, the White Hart Inn is back.

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Outer Light Brewing Company in Groton to Hold Grand Opening May 30

Outer Light Brewing Company in Groton to Hold Grand Opening May 30

Outer Light Brewing Co. has been pouring beer since April but will hold its grand opening on May 30.

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Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Best: Memorial Day Parades, Robin Hood Fair, Mystic Seaport Salute to Summer …

Weekend Best: Memorial Day Parades, Robin Hood Fair, Mystic Seaport Salute to Summer …

Memorial Day weekend is packed with parades, ceremonies, festivals and events. Check out the Robin Hood Springtime Festival, Heirloom Festival, Salute to Summer and more.

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Off the Beaten Path: Impressionism at Bush-Holley House in Greenwich

Off the Beaten Path: Impressionism at Bush-Holley House in Greenwich

A great place to start a visit to Greenwich is the Bush-Holley Historic Site in Cos Cob, whose most famous occasional resident was American Impressionist Childe Hassam.

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Weekend Best Bets: 'Matilda The Musical', Mystic Food Trucks, Coney Island & Copland ...

Weekend Best Bets: 'Matilda The Musical', Mystic Food Trucks, Coney Island & Copland ...

There are lots of great things to do this weekend, including a winning family musical, a premier Connecticut gardening event and lots more, like a gathering of food trucks in scenic Mystic.

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Style & Shopping

Tanger Outlets’ Paradise for Stylish Savings Opens at Foxwoods

Tanger Outlets’ Paradise for Stylish Savings Opens at Foxwoods

Discerning shoppers, unleash your wallets. Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods is officially open for business, which means discounts and deals at stores such as American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Fossil, Gap, H&M, J.Crew, LOFT, Michael Kors,...

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Connecticut Home of Bob Avian of ‘Dreamgirls,’ ‘Miss Saigon,’ For Sale

Connecticut Home of Bob Avian of ‘Dreamgirls,’ ‘Miss Saigon,’ For Sale

Theater legend Robert Avian is known for the unique style, class and poetic depth of his works. It is no wonder why some 40 years ago he took what was a hunting lodge that needed some tender loving care in the bucolic town of Kent, Conn., and turned it into a impeccably tasteful, idyllic retreat,...

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Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

Historical fashions act as inspiration for new looks in the Connecticut Historical Society's upcoming event, Haute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show on May 9 in Hartford.

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Health & Wellness

Two Connecticut Hospitals Put Fresh Food at Forefront of Wellness Initiatives

Two Connecticut Hospitals Put Fresh Food at Forefront of Wellness Initiatives

Griffin Hospital in Derby and New Milford Hospital completely revitalized their food programs, tossing out the fryers and bringing in the fresh produce, in an effort to improve health and wellness through nutrition.

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OptiCare Prosthetic Cornea Transplant Helps 'Blind' Naugatuck Artist See Again

OptiCare Prosthetic Cornea Transplant Helps 'Blind' Naugatuck Artist See Again

Ten years ago, Mia Ekbergh, an artist who lives in Naugatuck, developed a bad infection in her left eye, possibly from a contaminated contact lens.

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Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes, established in 1938, has tackled a number of issues for babies from polio to birth defects, and now their latest crusade, premature birth.

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History

Historic Mayflower II Docked at Home in Plymouth, Via Mystic Seaport Restoration

Historic Mayflower II Docked at Home in Plymouth, Via Mystic Seaport Restoration

The historic reproduction of one of history’s most famous ships has returned to its home port after undergoing several months of restoration work in Mystic.

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Ghosts? Paranormal Investigators Visit Hempsted Houses in New London

Ghosts? Paranormal Investigators Visit Hempsted Houses in New London

The Ghosts of New England Research Society prepares to investigate the historic houses this weekend.

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The CT Files: The Dark Day

One of the most unusual natural events in state history had some residents believing that the End Times had arrived.

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Connecticut Magazine

Volunteer Ushers Needed for Season Six at Playhouse on Park

May 26, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015

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

WEST HARTFORD, CT – Playhouse on Park is seeking dependable, friendly volunteer ushers for its upcoming 2014-15 Season. Responsibilities include taking tickets, greeting patrons and escorting them to their seats, selling concessions, and cleaning before and after the show. There is a dress code. Ushers are usually needed once per month or per performance, or as often as they desire. To...

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Art from the New Britain Public & Parochial Schools

May 26, 2015 - May 31, 2015

For the 25th year, the creative output of our youngest artists will be celebrated in Art from the New Britain Public & Parochial Schools. This popular exhibition will feature some 225 artists from kindergarten through high school. The artwork ranges in medium, and will include pastels, markers, collage, crayon, pencil, watercolor, oil paints, tempera, charcoal, clay, ink, and acrylics.

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EXHIBITION: New Media: Catherine Ross: Laugh Track

May 26, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015

New Media artist Catherine Ross frames instances on video that often go unnoticed in their original context. Isolating the movements of humans and/or objects, her videos create new sequences that reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. In Laugh Track (2013), she recontectualizes film clips of both men and women laughing. The result is a mini overture in which laughter...

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Gollum: Monsters of Ruin and the Techno-Sublime

May 26, 2015 - Jul 3, 2015

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

Opening Reception: Friday, May 15, 2015 Curated by Sarah Fritchey In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hollywood reimagines the ancient Jewish depiction of Golem as a formless being that represents Adam before his final creation by God, to a degenerate hobbit known as Gollum.   The first Golem was made of the earth’s crust, while the...

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Soul of the Landscape: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography by Peter Wnek

May 26, 2015 - Jul 28, 2015

Award-winning photographer Peter Wnek explores the SOUL OF THE LANDSCAPE in his upcoming exhibition of fine art photography at the Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, May 8 - July 28, with an Opening Reception on Sunday, June 7 from 4-7 p.m. With a focus on local scenes, this exhibit speaks to the beauty that surrounds us, the coastal vistas and woodland spaces that are unique to our state....

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UConn Summer Horseback Riding Lessons

May 26, 2015 - Aug 28, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The University of Connecticut, Storrs branch, is offering Summer Horseback Riding Lessons (Polo, Western, Trail, Hunt Seat, and Dressage).  Lessons are open to the general public - children who are the age 11 or older (in some cases 13 years and older) and adults.  Beginner to Advanced levels will be offered.  There are still a few 3 week sessions available; $210.00 to $315.00...

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Brookfield Craft Center proudly presents The Sports Art of Dan McKee

May 26, 2015 - Jun 13, 2015

The Brookfield Craft Center proudly presents The Sports Art of Dan McKee Opening Reception on Saturday, May 23 from 5:00 - 8:00pm Join us in welcoming Dan McKee, long-time Brookfield artist and businessman as he shares his combined passions of sports and art. Dan is a well-known local advertising designer and artist who has been serving our community for over 30 years. He is...

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The Answer is Dark: Selections from the Artspace Flatfile

May 26, 2015 - Jul 3, 2015

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

Curated by: Claudia Cron  The Answer is Dark considers the tragic and worrying aspects of the Golem story. A golem is a creature of Jewish mythology that was created through incantations and the placement of magical words upon it’s clay forehead.  Although hubristically created to serve, a golem is clumsy and dangerous.  Unlike humans, he is incapable of wisdom. We...

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Resounding Images: 25 Years of the Judy Dworin Performance Project

May 26, 2015 - May 28, 2015

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

This 25th anniversary retrospective of costumes, set elements and posters will open on First Thursday, April 2. Curated by Kathy Borteck-Gersten, associate artistic director, Judy Dworin Performance Project. Made possible by the City of Hartford Department of Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs.

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EXHIBITION: NEW/NOW: Karl Lund

May 26, 2015 - May 31, 2015

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

Lund’s exhibition, Angry Robots Liquefied My Brain, features narrative paintings that depict a world where robots fight giant squids and exterminate countless enemies with powerful laser beams. Lund’s early career as a stop-motion animator often involved the process of creating unique characters for animated short films. Character design is still a passion that has carried over...

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