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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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Paddington Bear comes to Edaville USA

Jul 24, 2016 - Jul 24, 2016

“Every family needs a pinch of chaos!” Paddington Bear is on yet another adventure, this time at Edaville USA! Paddington Bear will be available for meet and greets near the train station. For even more fun guests are encouraged to wear rain boots and raincoats to have fun splashing around just like Paddington – kids who dress the part can stop in at customer service to...

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Bovanofest

Jul 24, 2016 - Jul 24, 2016

Bovanofest offers artisan gifts and gourmet specialty foods with live music on both Saturday, July 23 from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, July 24 from 10 am to 4 pm at Bartlem Park in Cheshire (across from Cheshire High School).   Cheshire, CT - Bovano Cheshire is partnering with Make-A-Wish Foundation to host an open-air artisan fest held at Bartlem Park in Cheshire (directly across from...

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Market Madness Sundays

Jul 24, 2016 - Aug 28, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

Sundays, June 12 - August 28, 10 am - 2 pm (no program on 6/26) Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities! Our Sunday Farm Market will be the center of our Summer Sunday programs. Join us weekly for a self-guided craft on the meadow, farm animal meetings, and lunch with Bert & Edie, our North American River Otters. At 11 am, join us for "Treats and...

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21st Century Works

Jul 24, 2016 - Aug 9, 2017

The New Britain Museum of American Art’s construction of a new wing has given the Museum a unique opportunity to reassess the layout of our galleries and significantly increase the artworks from our permanent collection on view. As part of the transition to our new, expanded facility, we are very excited to unveil the revamped McKernan Gallery in late summer, which will now showcase...

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Waterways IV

Jul 24, 2016 - Sep 10, 2016

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce “Waterways IV,” a group exhibition showcasing themes and interpretations on water, its environment and our interaction with it.  On view will be paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints and photography by Will Clift, Beth Dary, Peter Dayton, Betsy Eby, Karen Gunderson, Alex Katz, Wayne Levin, Jonathan Smith, Alex Weinstein and...

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Eric Aho: An Unfinished Point in a Vast Surrounding

Jul 24, 2016 - Aug 14, 2016

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

Challenging what it means to be a landscape artist today, Eric Aho incorporates historical research and personal relationships into his work. Aho breaks from traditional portraiture by representing the landscape in a dynamically abstract form. The exhibition showcases a suite of recent works, some of which are on public view for the very first time—be among the first to view Aho’s...

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Travel Details: Paintings by Merrill French

Jul 24, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016

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

From the geometry of architecture to the weave of branches or the anatomy of muscle in a Saratoga racehorse, details mesmerize in the paintings of Merrill French. By road or rail, her subjects travel great distances, from city to town and country to country. Merrill French’s art has been recognized with the Catherine L. Wolfe Award, the Elizabeth Stanton Blake Award and a Medal of Honor...

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Travel Details: Paintings by Merrill French

Jul 24, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016

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

Travel Details by Merrill French is on view at the Cooper & Smith Gallery through July.  Opening reception on Friday, June 24, 5 - 8 p.m. From the geometry of architecture to the weave of branches or the anatomy of muscle in the haunch of a Saratoga racehorse, details mesmerize in the paintings of Merrill French. A distant bend in a pebble-lined track anticipates the...

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Boundary Conditions

Jul 24, 2016 - Feb 28, 2017

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

Artist Soo Sunny Park transforms the Museum’s Lewitt Family Staircase into a sea of dancing light, reflection, and shadow. The installation floats above the staircase landing, altering its space with natural light and creating a new experience for visitors each time.

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All Aboard: Captain’s Cove Tour with Westport Historical Society

Jul 24, 2016

Join us on Sunday, July 24, at 11:15 am for great activities at Captain’s Cove Marina in Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport.  We will meet in front of the restaurant on the dock. In the 18th century, the Historic Black Rock Harbor, now known as Captain’s Cove, was used as a trade port and shipbuilding center. Start off the day with a tour of an historic house museum...

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