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Connecticut Ski Areas Opening for Season; New Safety Rules in Place

Connecticut Ski Areas Opening for Season; New Safety Rules in Place

Skiers may notice minor changes at Connecticut slopes, after a bill introduced this past spring seeking to enforce safety regulations was signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy in June.

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New Guilty Pleas in Connecticut’s Biggest Heist, at Eli Lilly Warehouse

New Guilty Pleas in Connecticut’s Biggest Heist, at Eli Lilly Warehouse

In May Amaury Villa pleaded guilty to his role in an $80 million robbery of an Enfield pharmaceutical warehouse, his brother Amed Villa plead guilty last summer. In April three more men were charged in the case. The court documents read like the script of a Hollywood crime flick…

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Shrine of Saint Anne in Waterbury Embodies More Than One Holiday Story

Shrine of Saint Anne in Waterbury Embodies More Than One Holiday Story

Shining from the hillside high above I-84 in Waterbury is the illuminated cross of Holy Land, a powerful beacon in a time when Christians mark the birth of Christ At the base of the hill, just off the highway, is another Catholic landmark whose story is poignant and powerful at this time of year.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
6 Connecticut Craft Beer Stouts That Will Warm You This Winter

6 Connecticut Craft Beer Stouts That Will Warm You This Winter

Though the weather outside is frightful, these Connecticut stouts are so delightful.

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Best Holiday Hostess Gift in Connecticut: Gourmet Artisan Chocolates

Best Holiday Hostess Gift in Connecticut: Gourmet Artisan Chocolates

Insiders know there are plenty of delicious gourmet chocolate options made in Connecticut that rival the commercial standbys.

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Brick + Wood Neapolitan Pizzeria & Wine Bar Opens in Fairfield

Brick + Wood Neapolitan Pizzeria & Wine Bar Opens in Fairfield

You know how you “just know” when a new restaurant is going to be good? That’s the feeling you get in the first ten minutes at Brick + Wood.

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Arts & Entertainment

Connecticut’s Little Town of Bethlehem Holding Christmas Town Festival

Connecticut’s Little Town of Bethlehem Holding Christmas Town Festival

Our little town of Bethlehem right here in Connecticut will come alive the first weekend of December with the 34th annual Christmas Town Festival.

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'Monster' Hit 'Jekyll & Hyde' Stops at Palace Theater in Waterbury

'Monster' Hit 'Jekyll & Hyde' Stops at Palace Theater in Waterbury

The musical Jekyll & Hyde is making its Palace Theater Debut in Waterbury Dec. 6 and 7 in the launch of the show's fifth national tour.

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5 Best Things to Do in Connecticut This Weekend: Santa, HopFest, Trains, Holiday Lights Parade …

5 Best Things to Do in Connecticut This Weekend: Santa, HopFest, Trains, Holiday Lights Parade …

The Thanksgiving Weekend version of the 5 Best Things to Do in Connecticut "ate too much" and ballooned into 10 things.

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Style & Shopping

Shops at Yale Add Seven New Retail, Dining Brands; Officials Celebrate

Shops at Yale Add Seven New Retail, Dining Brands; Officials Celebrate

Seven new businesses have opened at the Shops at Yale, greatly enhancing a vibrant downtown “climate where retail and restaurants can thrive.”

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Bloomingdale’s Veteran Is Fashion Force in the Connecticut Countryside

Bloomingdale’s Veteran Is Fashion Force in the Connecticut Countryside

Retail is in Richard Derwin’s DNA and he wears it well. R. Derwin Clothier has been on the green in Litchfield, Conn., for more than 25 years and still going strong.

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A Shop Like a Mini Barneys or Bergdorf in the Connecticut Countryside

A Shop Like a Mini Barneys or Bergdorf in the Connecticut Countryside

For nearly two decades Abdo Ballester has been the visionary force behind the “gift shop” at a boutique luxury hotel in the Connecticut countryside that’s favored by such influential folks as Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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Health & Wellness

Connecticut Boy’s Rare Disease Inspires Sports Drink Used by NFL, Other Athletes

Connecticut Boy’s Rare Disease Inspires Sports Drink Used by NFL, Other Athletes

Growing up, Jonah Feldman needed to be fed every three hours to survive. Today, his condition has inspired a nutrition product with the potential to revolutionize fitness drinks.

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Local Musicians Raise Awareness for Organ Donation in Benefit Concert

Local Musicians Raise Awareness for Organ Donation in Benefit Concert

A benefit concert at the Elks Lodge in Waterbury raised more than $6,800 for LifeChoice Donor Services and raised awareness for the importance of organ donation.

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‘Baby Sleep Whisperer’ Has Secrets to Help Parents Love the Dark Again

‘Baby Sleep Whisperer’ Has Secrets to Help Parents Love the Dark Again

The Baby Sleep Whisperer, Ingrid Prueher, offers advice to tired parents around the country on getting restless babies to bed from her business based in Westport.

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History

Gillette Castle, Once Home of ‘Sherlock Holmes’, Opens Season of Tours

Gillette Castle, Once Home of ‘Sherlock Holmes’, Opens Season of Tours

Gillette Castle, though technically closed for the season for tours, opens again for the holidays in dressed-up fashion.

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Connecticut's Witch Trials Explored in New Book; Salem Trials Came Later

Connecticut's Witch Trials Explored in New Book; Salem Trials Came Later

Cynthia Wolfe Boynton is the author of Connecticut Witch Trials: The First Panic in the New World.

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Oxford Man Receives WWII Medals Almost 70 Years After Earning Them

Oxford Man Receives WWII Medals Almost 70 Years After Earning Them

In 1945 Vahan Hovey and his battalion walked into an enemy ambush. Almost 70 years later he’s being recognized for his actions that day.

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Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas (exhibit)

Nov 29, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Explore the origins and myths of our most popular holidays. Hands-on activities include trying on Halloween costumes, a trivia challenge, and writing letters to Santa. Visitors are encouraged to bring donations for UNICEF, the Guilford Food Bank, and Toys for Tots. Admission to the exhibit also includes self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10:00-4:30. Free...

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Fujiko Nakaya: Veil

Nov 29, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Glass House, situated on a promontory overlooking a valley, is subject to changing wind patterns, as well as variable temperature and humidity, that will continually influence the interchange between Veil and the building it shrouds. Fresh water, pumped at high pressure through 600 nozzles, will produce an immersive environment that reveals these dynamic conditions. According to Nakaya,...

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ART EXPLORERS (Ages 6-8)

Nov 29, 2014 - Jun 27, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

Students learn to express their creativity using varied art methods and materials to create personal works of art. New themes will be explored each month with different projects weekly. Artist Suzy Jorsey Balay leads Art Explorers. Suzy is a fiber artist who hand spins wool, knits and sews and had received her BFA from Paier College of Art. She has been a dedicated teacher of Art Explorers...

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Art Start for Preschoolers (Ages 3–5)

Nov 29, 2014 - Jun 27, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

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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Winter Moon Native Artist Market

Nov 29, 2014 - Nov 29, 2014

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

Looking for unique gifts? Visit the Museum’s Winter Moon Market! The Market offers holiday shoppers and collectors an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts while visiting with the indigenous artists who created them. Check out the art, jewelry, crafts, clothing, and more while strolling through gift-laden tables for special presents. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase...

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Winter Moon Native Artists Market

Nov 29, 2014 - Nov 29, 2014

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

November is Native American Heritage Month, a good time to visit the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and new Winter Moon Market. The Market offers holiday shoppers and collectors an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts while visiting with the indigenous artists who created them. Check out the art, jewelry, crafts, clothing, and more while strolling through gift-laden tables for special...

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Grove Street Cemetery Tours

Nov 29, 2014 - Nov 29, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

One Hour Walking Tour To View Historical Persons

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Join the Brave Throng: Poster Art of WWI Exhibit

Nov 29, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014

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

The new exhibit Join the Brave Throng: Poster Art of WWI at the Litchfield Historical Society will highlight a selection of WWI posters from the museum's collection. It will be on view through November 30, 2014. When the Great War broke out in Europe in 1914, the town of Litchfield was actively involved in war efforts from the start. Ranging from work of the local Red Cross chapter...

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“Not of This World” Exhibition

Nov 29, 2014 - Dec 5, 2014

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

A ghost woman who searches for her husband, an immortal trapped in a peasant’s body, and a wheel that spins prayers—East Asian cultures offer artwork woven through with supernatural and mystical elements. These encompass but a portion of the sensory, transcendental imagery in “Not of This World.” Not only aesthetically pleasing, these pieces reveal spiritual worlds...

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“Call to Action—American Posters in World War I” Exhibition

Nov 29, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014

Following the declaration of war in Europe in August 1914, each of the rival powers adopted extensive advertising campaigns to recruit soldiers, encourage women factory workers, and raise the money essential for this new “total” war. Dramatic posters soon covered train stations, city squares, and stores, exhorting passers-by to new levels of patriotism and self-sacrifice. After the...

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