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Derby Creator of ‘Defender’ Facemask Sole Survivor of Plane Crash

Derby Creator of ‘Defender’ Facemask Sole Survivor of Plane Crash

The Derby businessman responsible for a baseball catcher’s mask designed to help prevent concussions was the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash last weekend in New York.

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UPDATE: Woodbridge Doctor James Magner Eliminated from 2016 WSOP

UPDATE: Woodbridge Doctor James Magner Eliminated from 2016 WSOP

Dr. James Magner, the Woodbridge doctor profiled here and in the July 2016 issue of Connecticut Magazine after finishing 27th in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, winning over $250,000, was eliminated in Day 3 of this year's competition. Here's his story of the 2016 tournament.

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BEACHCOMBING: ‘The History of America in Toys’

BEACHCOMBING: ‘The History of America in Toys’

A colorful history is on display at the Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum in Cheshire. Its 80,000 items are jaw-dropping to behold, especially for the baby boomers who grew up on Howdy Doody, Lassie and Superman.

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Rethinking Connecticut’s First War

Rethinking Connecticut’s First War

Research conducted by Mashantucket Pequot Museum reveals that much of what we thought we knew about the conflict is wrong.

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Arts & Entertainment

Westport Native Courtney A. Kemp Debuts Third Season of Hit STARZ Show "Power"

Westport Native Courtney A. Kemp Debuts Third Season of Hit STARZ Show "Power"

Westport native Courtney A. Kemp combined characteristics from her father and rapper 50 Cent when she created "Ghost" in the popular STARZ show "Power," which comes back for it's third season on July 17.

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Fresh Off a European Tour, Shelton Native Comes Home to Connecticut

Fresh Off a European Tour, Shelton Native Comes Home to Connecticut

Matt Bednarsky, a Shelton native, just brought his self-described sound of “pop rock with elements of folk, jazz and blues” to 24 audiences across six European countries. This summer, he’ll tour North America, including a special stop back home in Connecticut.

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BACKSTAGE: Chita Rivera, Big Premiere for 'Anastasia' & Yale Actor Breaks Out

BACKSTAGE: Chita Rivera, Big Premiere for 'Anastasia' & Yale Actor Breaks Out

Just say one word — “Chita” — to any Broadway baby and there’s a virtual genuflection. From West Side Story to Bye Bye Birdie to Kiss of the Spider Women and last season’s The Visit, the triple-threat has been synonymous with music, dance and perseverance.

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Style & Design

New Luxury Guesthouse Tall Tales Sprouts up at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

New Luxury Guesthouse Tall Tales Sprouts up at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

The original plan was for the new, six-room boutique “beach house” in Old Saybrook to be a bit more diminutive than the elegant Three Stories next door. But flood elevations kept rising, necessitating engineering changes that resulted in a taller-than-expected building.

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Stepping Out: July 2016

Stepping Out: July 2016

Dancing & Dining in the Dark in Hartford's Bond Ballroom, Anything Goes at The Goodspeed, The Bridge Family Center hosts its 17th annual Children's Charity Ball, and more.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Foraging with Chef Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven

Foraging with Chef Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven

To visit with chef Bun Lai is a lesson in locally sourced produce, with no pesticides or flavor or color enhancements. Foraging is “the most natural way of eating… the “gathering” part of the hunter/gatherer."

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Zaragoza Brings Tapas, Cocktails and Sleek Vibe to New Milford

Zaragoza Brings Tapas, Cocktails and Sleek Vibe to New Milford

This new restaurant features small plates, big taste.

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CT’s First Craft Beer-Style Cider House Opens in Wallingford

CT’s First Craft Beer-Style Cider House Opens in Wallingford

This cider house rules.

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One Drink: Wild Blue Too, a Blueberry & Apple Wine from DiGrazia Vineyards

One Drink: Wild Blue Too, a Blueberry & Apple Wine from DiGrazia Vineyards

This unusual wine is perfect for summertime sipping.

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Health & Science

Fighting Zika From Connecticut

Fighting Zika From Connecticut

A Meriden company moves forward with a vaccine as state officials monitor mosquito population

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Bridgeport Non-Profit Homes for the Brave Provides Help to Veterans

Bridgeport Non-Profit Homes for the Brave Provides Help to Veterans

Bridgeport-based organization Homes for the Brave provides housing and support to veterans who served our country.

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Art Start for Preschoolers (Ages 3–5)

Jul 24, 2016 - Aug 30, 2016

This program helps caregivers and young children discover art together in the Museum. Listen to a story and then explore line, shape, color, and other elements of art with teaching artist Margaret Freedman. Margaret has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and teaches at the Noah Webster House, here at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and in pre-K through 8th grade classrooms...

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Art Start for Preschoolers (Ages 3–5)

Jul 24, 2016 - Aug 30, 2016

Saturdays 11-11:45 a.m. (Sept.–June) Tuesdays, 1-1:45 p.m. (July & Aug.) Drop-in students are welcome. This program helps caregivers and young children discover art together in the Museum. Listen to a story and then explore line, shape, color, and other elements of art with teaching artist Margaret Freedman. Margaret has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and...

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Eric Aho: An Unfinished Point in a Vast Surrounding

Jul 24, 2016 - Aug 14, 2016

Eric Aho challenges the definition of landscape with his work that expertly combines historical research and personal relationships. The exhibition showcases a suite of recent works, including his ongoing Continental Series—some of which are on public view for the very first time.

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Private Instruction in Drawing and Painting

Jul 24, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016

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

Award winning Lyme Art Association Elected Artist and instructor Jack Montmeat is offering private lessons in drawing and painting this spring. You choose the subject matter and medium! Individualized instruction will help artists of all levels improve their techniques. This is a time to work at a pace that is both challenging and comfortable. With proper guidance and critique, you will build...

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American Masterpiece Tour

Jul 24, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

This one-hour, Docent-led tour is a survey of three centuries of NBMAA’s masterpieces and provides a lively overview of the permanent collection from Colonial portraiture to the artwork of today.

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Art Start for Preschoolers (Ages 3–5)

Jul 24, 2016 - Aug 30, 2016

This program helps caregivers and young children discover art together in the Museum. Listen to a story and then explore line, shape, color, and other elements of art with teaching artist Margaret Freedman. Margaret has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and teaches at the Noah Webster House, here at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and in pre-K through 8th grade classrooms...

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Exhibit Opening: “the beautiful POND”... at Westport Historical Society

Jul 24, 2016 - Sep 3, 2016

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

Westport Historical Society announces the opening of a new exhibit to celebrate Old Mill Pond on Sunday, May 15, 3 - 5 pm. The charming town of Westport, CT can attribute its very existence, in large part, to the Sherwood Mill Pond. As the first working mill and first commercial enterprise in what is now part of Westport, the pond’s grist mill (c. 1705) gave the area the commerce...

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John Meyer of Norwich: An American Original

Jul 24, 2016 - Aug 23, 2016

An exhibition on loan from the Slater Memorial Museum of Norwich Free Academy. A leader in style and marketing, John Meyer reached out to a burgeoning middle class and created fashions that spoke to the exuberance and excitement of the 1960s. This exhibit features the clothing he designed and had manufactured, along with the history of his company and the innovative practices he used to...

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Masterpieces of The Sanford B.D. Low Illustration Collection

Jul 24, 2016 - Oct 2, 2016

This exhibition will take visitors on a journey through American illustration, a genre of art that has contributed to our diverse national identity. The Sanford B.D. Low Illustration Collection is one of the most unique and exceptional aspects of the Museum’s permanent collection, including works by Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, and many others. 

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