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!

Food & Drink: From beer and burgers to cake and cannolis, and everything in between.

Fun & Leisure: Nightlife, casinos, family activites, overnights and more.

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Connecticut Today

Connecticut Man Faces ‘Swatting’ Charges; Fake Crises but 911 Responses

Connecticut Man Faces ‘Swatting’ Charges; Fake Crises but 911 Responses

They met online and allegedly called in multiple threats in Connecticut and elsewhere. They used Skype and they thought their calls were untraceable.

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UConn Professor Criticized for Criticizing Tom Foley, GOP Candidate for Governor

UConn Professor Criticized for Criticizing Tom Foley, GOP Candidate for Governor

State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney doesn’t like what a University of Connecticut economics professor said about Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley and he has charged that the professor “likely” violated both state and university employee policies against promoting a political agenda.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Eating Our Way Through Foxwoods Casino’s Best Restaurants (Again)

Eating Our Way Through Foxwoods Casino’s Best Restaurants (Again)

We recently sampled food from four of Foxwoods Resort Casino's best restaurants. Here's the deliciousness we found.

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Zinc in New Haven at 15: Delicious Food, Great Pizza, Two Cozy Spaces

Zinc in New Haven at 15: Delicious Food, Great Pizza, Two Cozy Spaces

Zinc and Kitchen Zinc, New Haven restaurants owned and operated by culinary team Donna Curran and Denise Appel, are celebrating 15 years in business.

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Connecticut Politics

by Jennifer Swift
Report on UConn's Economic Impact Becomes Governor's Race Political Football

Report on UConn's Economic Impact Becomes Governor's Race Political Football

A report released Wednesday on the University of Connecticut found it has a $3.4 billion annual economic impact on the state, with a future return that is expected to be brighter.

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Foley Ad Showing Malloy in Newtown on Day of Shooting Sparks Controversy

Foley Ad Showing Malloy in Newtown on Day of Shooting Sparks Controversy

The Connecticut Democratic Party called a digital ad criticizing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy put out by his gubernatorial opponent “out of bounds” and asked that it be taken down.

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Arts & Entertainment

Connecticut Guy Flat Stanley (Friends With Meryl Streep, Obama) Is 50

Connecticut Guy Flat Stanley (Friends With Meryl Streep, Obama) Is 50

Flat Stanley, the diminutive and unlikely world-traveling hero, has gone to the Oscars with Meryl Streep and has hung out with President Barack Obama, just to name two of his famous associations.

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James Taylor to Play Mohegan Sun Dec. 4; Tickets on Sale Sept. 19

James Taylor to Play Mohegan Sun Dec. 4; Tickets on Sale Sept. 19

Singer and songwriter James Taylor will play the Mohegan Sun Arena on December 4. Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 19 on Ticketmaster and at the box office the next day.

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Style & Shopping

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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Oriental Rugs as Essential Style: Woodbury Shop Marks 10th Anniversary

Oriental Rugs as Essential Style: Woodbury Shop Marks 10th Anniversary

Karen Reddington-Hughes didn’t start out wanting to be an Oriental rug specialist, but for 10 years she has been very successful at it.

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Health & Wellness

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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Facials and Fresh Salt Pair in a Girls Night at Saybrook Point Inn

Facials and Fresh Salt Pair in a Girls Night at Saybrook Point Inn

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa will host its monthly Girls Night Sept. 25, complete with spa treatments and a prix fixe menu from the fine dining restaurant Fresh Salt.

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History

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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JFK Assassination and Conspiracy Theories Are Topic at Mark Twain House Event

JFK Assassination and Conspiracy Theories Are Topic at Mark Twain House Event

More than 50 years later, the debate and conspiracy theories as to what happened on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas continue.

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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

ale 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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Connecticut Magazine

“Not of This World” Exhibition

Sep 30, 2014 - Dec 5, 2014

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 filled with love,...

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“A World of Dreams—New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair” Exhibition

Sep 30, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014

The exhibition “A World of Dreams” includes new large-scale paintings in which Professor of Art Tula Telfair presents monumental landscapes and epic-scale vistas that are simultaneously awe-inspiring and intimate. She combines stillness with motion, solitude with universality, and definition with suggestion in her bold and quiet works. Ms. Telfair’s paintings are fully contemporary in...

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“Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight—Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker” Exhibition

Sep 30, 2014 - Oct 10, 2014

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

In contrast to the viral images of “cute” animals that fill digital spaces, photographers Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker sensitively portray captive animals in an evocative exhibition that asks viewers to reflect on our complicated relationships with other animals. Ms. Leshko’s “Elderly Animals” presents unusual sights—the sometimes fierce, sometimes gentle...

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

Sep 30, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014

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

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....

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“Not of This World” Exhibition

Sep 30, 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

Sep 30, 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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Schooner Cruises on the Connecticut River

Sep 30, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

  Schooner Mary E River Cruises There’s no better way to experience the wonders and natural beauty of the Connecticut! Climb aboard the Schooner Mary E for an afternoon or sunset cruise beginning Memorial Day weekend through October. Enjoy views of River wildlife and landmarks while gliding through the cool, peaceful waters of the Connecticut. Help hoist a sail or...

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Panel Discussion—“A World of Dreams: New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair”

Sep 30, 2014

The exhibition “A World of Dreams” includes new large-scale paintings in which Professor of Art Tula Telfair presents monumental landscapes and epic-scale vistas that are simultaneously awe-inspiring and intimate. She combines stillness with motion, solitude with universality, and definition with suggestion in her bold and quiet works. Ms. Telfair’s paintings are fully...

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

Sep 30, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

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

September 1 – December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre former estate of Henri Bendel. With a working farm, handicapped accessible woodland trails, observatory, interactive art gallery and planetarium, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center is the ideal spot for your next company outing, off-site...

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Westport Historical Society Presents: My Journey Through Memories and Milestones

Sep 30, 2014

Learn How to Write Your Life Story What would you like your loved ones – and the world – to know about your life once you’re gone? That will be the subject of a memoir writing workshop to be given Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Westport Historical Society, in collaboration with the Westport Country Playhouse. “So, Where Do I Begin?: My Journey Through Memories and...

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