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Weed Identification Resources

Published July 17, 2019 07:00 a.m.

Here are some resources to help with weed identification in Connecticut.

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Native Plant Identification Resources

Published July 17, 2019 07:00 a.m.

Here are some resources to help with native plant identification in Connecticut

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Guilford Poets Guild Poets Featured in International Collection of Poems

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Poets from The Guilford Poets Guild (GPG) are represented in Coffee Poems: Reflections on Life with Coffee, a new anthology from World Enough Writers.

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Empire of Light will perform at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery in Chester, on Saturday at 7 p.m. Photo courtesy of Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery

Empire of Light at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery on Saturday

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Empire of Light will perform at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery, 1 Spring Street, Chester, on Saturday, July 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Jill Abramson at R.J. Julia on July 25

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Jill Abramson, the author of Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts, will be at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison on Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. The event is free; registration is required at www.rjjulia.com.

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At an upcoming meeting of the Shroeline Sailing Club, Captain Joy Sherman will talk about what it takes to charter a boat, including budgeting, inspecting the charter boat, provisioning, choosing a crew, and more. 

Photo courtesy of the Shoreline Sailing Club

Bareboat Chartering Around the World Topic of Discussion

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Shoreline Sailing Club will host a discussion on Bareboat Chartering Around the World on Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. ...

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Carly Callahan (Tanya), Laiona Michelle (Donna), and Jessie Alagna (Rosie) in the production of Mamma Mia! at The Ivoryton. Photos by Jonathan Steele

A Delightful and Intimate Mamma Mia! at Ivoryton

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Mamma Mia is getting its second in-state production in one month, yet the two are totally different. The current production at Ivoryton Playhouse through Sunday, July 28 gives us an intimate production that creates a true emotional reaction to the story.

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Luke Scott Photo courtesy of Opera Theater of Connecticut

Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore at Andrews Memorial Theater in August

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The Opera Theater of Connecticut (OTC) will celebrate its 34th anniversary with a production of the popular comic...

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Phil Rosenthal and the Guilford Ramblers performing at the 2017 Guilford Performing Arts Festival at Bittersweet Barn. The band also will perform in the 2019 festival. Photo courtesy of Guilford Performing Arts Festival

Guilford Poets Guild, Madison Lyric Stage, Skunk Misery Ramblers, FOCUS Teen Improv Among Performers Selected for Festival

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Guilford Performing Arts Festival Scheduled for September

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Tufted Titmouse in the Magnolia, watercolor, Bivenne Harvey Staiger

Birds, Bugs and Their Flowers at Spectrum Gallery

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Birds, Bugs and Their Flowers, an upcoming exhibit at Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, will celebrate the richness...

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Hallie Ephron, author of Careful What You Wish For, will be in conversation with her long-time friend and writing buddy, local mystery author Lucy Burdette, the pen name for Madison’s Roberta Isleib, at R.J. Julia Booksellers on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. 

Photo courtesy of Roberta Isleib

Can You ‘KonMarie’ Your Spouse?

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Hallie Ephron’s New Novel Featured in Upcoming Conversation with Lucy Burdette

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Irving Berlin; a Must See; Fully Committed; a Hamilton Parody; and More

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Inside Notes and Comments About Connecticut and New York Professional Theater

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Cupcakes by Adelaide, 13

Bright Blue Cupcake with Gold Sprinkles Declared Winner in Bookstore Cupcake Competition

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

A one-of-a-kind chocolate cupcake with bright blue buttercream frosting and gold sprinkles made by Adelaide, 13, was declared the winner in a recent bake-off challenge at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison.

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Fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica) is more popular than most sumacs. The “grow low” variety stays under three feet and the plant is capable of thriving in a range of inhospitable conditions, such as the side of a hot summer sidewalk or in parking areas. The late spring flowers are petite and pretty. Other sumacs are critical life support for a host of creatures. For instance, they provide July forage for honeybees.

Some Native Plants Get Aggressive (And That’s Why We Love Them)

Published July 17, 2019 07:00 a.m.

Let Them Take Over Spaces

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Michel Vejar, the Traveling Epicurean, will host a cooking demo, free and open to all, at Page Hardware in Guilford on Saturday, July 20 where she will cook a variation on this recipe for crab cakes. Photo courtesy of Michel Vejar

A Delicious Splurge

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Don’t you hate it when you bite into a crab cake and all you taste is bread?

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Savage Blondes, meaty with a sweet finish    Photo courtesy of The Essex

Savage Blondes at The Essex

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The summer menu at The Essex, 30 Main Street, Centerbook, includes Savage Blonde oysters on the half shell, with...

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Making cereal ice cream at Bishop’s Photo courtesy of Bishop’s Orchards and Farm Market

Making Everyone Happy at Bishop’s

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

What do Bishop’s Blitz, Unicorn Delight, Cake Batter, Fly Fishing Fudge, and Fradiani Frenzy have in common?...

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Middle Sunset, 11”x 14”, oil, Cindy Stevens

Bird Nest Gallery and Salon Celebrates Summer with Shoreline Artists

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The Bird Nest Salon and Gallery, 25 Water Street, Guilford has scheduled a summer celebration of an exhibit that...

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A few new vinegars at Shoreline Vine Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

Sweet, Subtle, Delightful

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Shoreline Vine, 724 Boston Post Road, in the Key Bank Courtyard, Madison has a few new vinegars. The Rosé White ...

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Soft serve olive oil gelato at Tarry Lodge, New Haven Photo courtesy of Tarry Lodge

Amazing Ice Cream at Tarry Lodge

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

After a delicious dinner at Tarry Lodge, 278 Park Street, New Haven, I was happily full and so was only taking a...

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Some berry good berries at Bishop’s Photo courtesy of Bishop’s Orchards

Lemons and Berries in a Breakfast Cake

Published July 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

It’s pick-your-own season at area orchards. Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford has blueberries this month,...

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Photo by Kephyr, LLC

Fresh Starts & New Beginnings in Clinton

Published July 11, 2019 09:58 a.m.

Fresh Starts & New Beginnings in Clinton

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Christopher Kimball’s Onion Frittata with Sherry Vinegar Sauce Photograph by Connie Miller of CB Creatives courtesy of Little, Brown and Company, New York

Farmers Market Eggs (Easier Than Raising Hens)

Published July 10, 2019 07:00 a.m.

I sometimes have this fantasy about hosting a few hens in my backyard so I can have fresh eggs whenever I want them. And the reality of it is, I don’t have the space for a chicken coop and I don’t have the time to tend to them.

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Photo courtesy of Someone You Can XRAY

Someone You Can XRAY Plays Concert in the Garden

Published July 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Someone you can XRAY performs the next Concert in the Garden on Saturday, July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Leif...

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Teapot, oil by Sandra Kensler

Guilford Art League Hosts First Summer Member Show

Published July 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The Guilford Art League’s Summer 2019 Member Show is on view through Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Guilford...

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Attendees at Old Saybrook’s two-day arts festival are treated to a wide array of fine art and hand-crafted work in this juried show. Photo courtesy of the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce

Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce Hosts 56th Annual Old Saybrook Arts & Crafts Festival

Published July 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce is honored to host the 56th annual Old Saybrook Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28.

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Niobe Profile, charcoal by Melissa Imossi, is winner of The Hammocks, LLC Award.

CAS Art Reception & Awards Ceremony Presents more than $3,000 in Prizes

Published July 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Clinton Art Society (CAS) will celebrate the opening of its 70th annual Summer Juried Exhibition with a Reception...

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Stiff competition is expected when the 27th annual Corvette Show returns to Guilford on Sunday, July 14. The 2018 Best of the Best Winner was Steve Quatrocelli’s 1962 maroon Corvette roadster. Photo courtesy of the Connecticut Corvette Club

27th Annual Corvette Show Coming July 14 to Guilford

Published July 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Club Corvette of Connecticut will hold its 27th annual Corvette Show on Sunday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at...

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The Art Vibe/Woodstock Experience returns for its second year on Saturday, July 13. Photo courtesy of College Collections

Madison Green Goes Back to Woodstock on July 13

Published July 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The Madison Green will be the place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock on Saturday, July 13 with a day...

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A Summer Treat That’s Beyond Delicious

Published July 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

I don’t love pickles. Every once in a time, when I am in a real Jewish deli, like Crown in West Hartford, I will buy pastrami, corned beef, some chopped liver, and one or two half-sour pickles.

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