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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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Evening Walk, Pam Carlson

Spectrum Gallery Presents The Road Less Taken

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

Spectrum Gallery and Store, 61 Main Street, Centerbrook presents The Road Less Taken, its latest exhibit, which explores the use of pathways—obvious or secretive—that invite viewers to imagine where a road or life pathway may, or may not, lead.

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John Johmann as Bobby and Neva Small as Joanne in the upcoming production of Company by Madison Lyric Stage. Photo courtesy of Madison Lyric Stage

Stephen Sondheim’s Musical Comedy Company Presented Under the Big Top at the Deacon John Grave House

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

Tours of Historic Home, Exhibition Offered Prior to Performances

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Evening Hush, oil, 16 x 16 inches, Dennis Sheehan

Summer in New England Featured at Susan Powell Gallery

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

For the past 15 years, Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Road, Madison has hosted a summer invitational exhibition showcasing nationally recognized artists known for painting the shoreline and landscapes of New England.

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Laura Clapp Photo courtesy of the Guilford Free Library

Outdoor Summer Concert Will Feature Singer Songwriter Laura Clapp

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

Singer and songwriter Laura Clapp will perform a free outdoor summer concert at the Guilford Free Library on...

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Steven Stoll Photo courtesy of Steven Stoll

Struggle of Mountaineers, Profit-Seeking Forces Subject of Discussion at Library

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

Guilford’s Steven Stoll will discuss his new book Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia at the Guilford Free Library on Wednesday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

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Schuyler Beeman will be a choreographer and performer for the Ivoryton Playhouse’s cabaret-style theater performances at Water’s Edge Resort and Spa. Photo courtesy of Water’s Edge

Second Series of Cabaret Series Featuring Callahan, Beeman

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

Ivoryton Playhouse will be once again presenting its cabaret-style dinner theater performances at Water’s Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook.

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Megan Brogden, a wearable fiber (clothing) artist, will once again be selling her work at the Guilford Craft Festival on the Guilford Green, Friday through Sunday, July 13 to 15. Photo courtesy of Guilford Art Center

Connecticut Artists Among Those Featuring Work at Annual Craft Festival

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

More than 180 nationally recognized craft artists will be selling their work at Guilford Art Center’s annual Craft Expo on the Guilford Green, Friday through Sunday, July 13 to 15, marking the 61st anniversary of Craft Expo.

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There’s Something about the Solstice

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

The car behind me is so close I can’t see the headlights in my rear view.

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Nibbles: Red Hen

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

A couple of weeks ago, the owner of the Red Hen in Virginia asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave her restaurant. Sarah and her friends left.

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What a Week

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

It was an interesting week.

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Hedy Watrous, center, of the Whistle Stop Café in Deep River, in a Cambodian classroom where she and others helped paint the walls with other projects. Photo courtesy of the Whistle Stop Café

Dinners to Support Charity Projects at Whistle Stop Café

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

The Whistle Stop Café, 108 Main Street, Deep River is holding another series of dinners to support a wide range ...

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A fritillary butterfly visits native wild bergamot on a July day. This is an example of the kind of plant and pollinator interactions visitors may see on the meadow toursponsored by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

Photo by Kathy Connolly

Tour of Meadows, Pollinator Habitat Will Feature Landscape Designer, Bee Scientist

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

The Entomology Department of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) announces a tour of five meadows ...

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Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes) and artist Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain) forge a bond when Weldon paints his portrait and joins his struggles to save the Lakota Sioux people in Woman Walks Ahead. Photograph courtesy of A24

Two Powerful Actors Propel Woman Walks Ahead

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

In 1890, a widow travels from New York to the Dakota plains to rekindle her passion for painting and explore Native American cultures.

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Dancing Away the Years

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

I’ve never been comfortable speaking in front of large audiences or having the spotlight directed on me.

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Photo courtesy of Joe Matteis

5 Clinton Facts That (Maybe) You Didn’t Know

Published July 05, 2018 06:24 p.m.

Clinton is a small town, but it still has its surprises.

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A Perfect Dinner for a Steamy, Sultry Summer Night

Published July 05, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Salade Niçoise (sah-LAHD NEE-swahz) is one of those luncheon dishes that I think is the perfect summer dinner.

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S’Mores and More

Published July 05, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The most recent issue of Dig In, the free magazine given out by Big Y supermarkets, has a fabulous feature on...

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Reader Recommendation: Shell and Bones

Published July 05, 2018 12:01 a.m.

We recently visited Shell and Bones, 100 South Water Street, New Haven recently, and ordered several shared ...

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A Lovely Summer Dessert

Published July 05, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Air Conditioning Optional

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