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Chestnut Hill Concerts will present four programs of chamber music this August at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Chestnut Hill Concerts

Chestnut Hill Concerts Announces The 2018 Season

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Now in its 49th season, Chestnut Hill Concerts will present four programs of chamber music this August at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook.

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‘A Silver Bullet for Summer Entertaining’

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Whether you’re headed for the beach, an outdoor concert on the green, or a hike in the woods, it’s always a good idea to pack a picnic.

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John Stanizzi Photo courtesy of The Clinton Art Gallery

The Clinton Art Gallery Poetry Place Continues 2018 Sunday Series

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Reading by Poets D. Walsh Gilbert and John Stanizzi Planned

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Ruth Sullo, also known as Square Ruth    Photo courtesy of Madison Happiness Club

Discovering Your Inner DaVinci

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The Madison Happiness Club will present Ruth Sullo whose topic is Discover Your Inner DaVinci!, on Wednesday July 25,...

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Captain Mark Yuknat, owner and operator of the RiverQuest boat, says he likes to get people out onto the Connecticut River so that they learn more about it and enjoy its beauty. Photo courtesy of Connecticut River Expeditions

RiverQuest Cruising in Full Swing

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Connecticut River Expeditions’ eco-tour vessel, RiverQuest, based at Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam, is in full swing for the 2018 summer season.

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The natural history of bobcats in Connecticut will be the focus of an upcoming talk by Paul Colburn. Photo courtesy of Paul Colburn

The Bobcat: Connecticut’s Secretive Wildcat

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

On Wednesday, July 25, Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn will give a presentation on The Bobcat: Connecticut’s Secretive Wildcat, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Stanley T. Williams Community Center, 1332 Middletown Avenue, Northford.

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How to Make Your Hydrangeas Happy

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

It Used to Be Easy. Now, It’s Complicated

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Photo courtesy of Café Routier

A Summer Time Treat

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

When the seasons change, one of the first things I do is check to see what kind of creativity is busting out at...

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Photo courtesy of the Tea Kettle

Tea Kettle, Too

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Tea Kettle Gourmet Café has announced it is opening a cafe at the Westbrook Outlets, Unit E130, next to the...

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Photo courtesy of Shanks

MYO Sundae at Shanks

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Shanks at Harborside, 131 Grove Street, Clinton is now offering a make-your-own sundae bar on Mondays from 5 p.m. to close.

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Photo courtesy of Red House

BBQ Without All the Fuss

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A great idea for a mid-summer dinner party is barbecue. But sometimes, honestly, it’s just too hot out too cook.

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Photo courtesy of The Essex

The Deck is Open!

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

If you’re a fan of outdoor dining, you’ll be happy to hear that The Essex, 30 Main St., Centerbrook,...

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The National Trolley Festival will showcase some of the museum’s collection in motion, many of which aren’t normally seen running for the public. Photo courtesy of the Shoreline Trolley Museum

Special Events at Shore Line Trolley Museum Include Christmas in July, Festival, and Story Time

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Guest Operators Welcome on July 21 and July 22

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Glen Powell and Zoey Deutch star in Set It Up. Photo courtesy of Treehouse Pictures

Enjoyable RomCom Set It Up Perfect for Lazy Summer Day Viewing

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

In the new Netflix Original romantic-comedy, Set It Up, two overworked young professionals attempt to set up their bosses in order to gain free time away from the office for themselves.

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Photos by Jonathan Steele

Grease at Ivoryton Is a Hot, Summer Night Entertainment.

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The musical Grease has always seemed a quintessential summer show even though it really takes place during the school year.

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Grapes of Wrath, Outdoor Shakespeare, Next at TheaterWorks, and More

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Inside notes and comments about Connecticut and New York Professional Theater

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Nibbles: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana Tomato Pie

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

This is almost better than Santa Claus.

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Let’s Talk Pizza

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

I love pizza.

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Mike Reiss has been a writer, producer, and show-runner for The Simpsons for nearly 30 years. Photo courtesy of Mike Reiss

Mike Reiss’s Insider Look at The Simpsons at Mark Twain House

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Mike Reiss never planned on writing a book about The Simpsons, the longest running entertainment series in television history, where for nearly 30 years he has been writer, producer, and show-runner.

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Brian Noe and Shelby Docker, the authors of Hammonasset Beach State Park, met at

Hammonasset Beach State Park when they were kids, while camping with their families. Photo courtesy of Brian Noe and Shelby Docker

When a Beach is More Than Just a Beach

Published July 18, 2018 07:00 a.m.

Two Books to be Featured in Upcoming Talks Highlight Connecticut’s Exclusive Private Beaches, and its Publicly Accessible Jewel, Hammonasset

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Photo courtesy of The Hop Knot

For When You’re Feeling Salty...

Published July 13, 2018 09:56 a.m.

If you’re a fan of The Hop Knot in Middletown, you’ll be happy to hear that it recently opened a new location in New Haven.

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From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon

Published July 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Sandhya Menon strikes a fine balance of what it feels like to be a teen in high school and the challenges teens have to face—feeling invisible, dating, and relationships with friends, classmates, and parents—all while keeping it light.

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Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

Published July 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

This wonderfully researched, historical yet humorous story proves that anyone can succeed if they work hard enough.

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The High Season by Judy Blundell

Published July 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Escape to the North Fork of Long Island for the perfect summer read!

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The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Published July 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Welcome to the sisterhood of the traveling backstabbers!

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Small Country by Gael Faye

Published July 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Gaby, a young boy living in Burundi, wants nothing more than to spend his days playing with friends, messing around in the neighborhood just like any kid.

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Murder on the Left Bank (Aimee Leduc Investigation #18) by Cara Black

Published July 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Leduc is back just in time for those who prefer a bit of mystery (and Paris) in their summer reading.

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Assume the Worst by Carl Hiaasen and Roz Chast

Published July 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The subtitle of this book is “The graduation speech you’ll never hear.” But maybe you should!

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All Happy Families by Jeanne McCulloch

Published July 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Jeanne McCulloch’s moving memoir begins with her wedding weekend at the East Hampton seaside home of her parents.

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Elijah Rayman as Oliver with Gavin Swartz as The Artful Dodger in Oliver! Photo courtesy of Goodspeed Musicals

Boys (and Girls) Take to the Stage for Goodspeed’s Oliver!

Published July 11, 2018 07:00 a.m.

Call it the Annie for boys, a musical that centers on the adventures of a young, British orphan, who finds a surrogate family with other misplaced youths, who then battles adversity and conniving adults, in his search for a loving and true home.

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