June 2018

Features

    We were starting to think it might never happen, but it's true: summer is here at last. To help you make the most of it, we've searched all over the state to find festivals, concerts, movie screenings and other (mostly) outdoor fun for you and the whole family to enjoy.

    The kids are out of school. It’s warm and gorgeous outside. Eventually you’ll get bored with the Netflix binges. (We hope so, anyway.) It’s time to get out there and have a family adventure. Luckily, we’re blessed with a multitude of outdoor activities and events to satisfy every member of t…

    Some time in the early spring, an advertisement was delivered to my mailbox encouraging me to join a social network called Nextdoor. The advertisement didn’t have my name on it, but it did have the name of my street and town. Several hundred of my neighbors have been posting several hundred …

    Sage Steele grew up in a military family, moving from place to place so often that she can matter-of-factly say “I’m not from anywhere.” Steele was born in the Panama Canal Zone, then an unincorporated territory of the U.S. and now part of Panama, and lived in four different countries by the…

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    Memory plays a big role in the Brass City. It’s there in the name — no brass is produced in Waterbury anymore, but the memory of brass is everywhere. Susan Pronovost recalls a time growing up in Waterbury when every Italian family in her neighborhood would have a small garden. Today her orga…

    This Month

    In his new book on the history of New England eccentrics, University of Massachusetts folklore professor and Lyme resident Stephen Gencarella set out a few ground rules for who was to be included. One such rule was that no living eccentrics were to be profiled in the collection, Wicked Weird…

    Less than 30 minutes into my first ride with Bike New Haven, the Elm City’s new 24/7 bike share, or short-term bike-rental program, two people had already approached me to ask how I liked it. Even as a newbie to the program, I already had my answer: “I love it!”

    It may be a leap of the imagination for sports and theater fans alike, but for Eddie George, the 1995 Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State and star NFL running back, he was right at home. There he was in a Broadway musical, looking penthouse-elegant in his specially tailored tux — think super…

    Columns

    The Connecticut Table

    When Three Sheets opened on New Haven’s Elm Street in 2013, there was a lot of pressure. According to the owners at the time, the bar was attempting to capture the spirit of the legendary Rudy’s, which had sat in the spot near the corner of Howe Street since the 1930s. That bar was a working…

    The phrase farm-to-table is so overused you might say it’s like a cliché on steroids. But the concept behind the phrase — locally produced food inspiring chefs and enhancing flavors while supporting agriculture — is something that will never grow old. The true meaning of farm-to-table is tak…

    The Connecticut Files

    In 1965, the day before Columbus Day, Yale announced the existence of a spectacular rediscovered historic document: the Vinland Map. Dated to 1440 A.D., the purportedly Norse map depicted “Vinland,” the land discovered by Leif Ericson around 1000 and known today as Newfoundland. The document…