<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usWed, 26 Oct 2016 15:28:39 -0400Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:28:39 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mayor Goes On Tweetstorm After 'Walking Dead' Premiere]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:54:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/walking+dead.jpg

A Connecticut mayor who is a huge fan of The Walking Dead and is particularly upset about last night's shocking reveal.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton of took to Twitter after the deaths of beloved characters Abraham and Glenn on the popular AMC series on Sunday night. He jokingly declared that his public schools would have a 90-minute delay to mourn the passing of the two fictional characters.

The popular zombie apocalypse series has been known to kill off main characters and the beginning to the newest season was no different. Fans were left on the edge of their seat after last season's finale where nobody was sure who would be killed in a tense cliffhanger scene.

Like most of The Walking Dead episodes, the killing of these characters was gruesome and left nothing to the imagination.

Boughton was not pleased with the brutal murder of his favorite zombie-killers and called for a memorial service in their honor (that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would attend.)

The students in the Danbury School District might not be pleased with a tweet about cancelling Halloween to process these untimely deaths. Even the most hardcore Walking Dead fan might recover before the trick-or-treating begins next week.

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<![CDATA[Botanical Garden Glows Orange for Halloween]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:58:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Denvers_Botanical_Garden_Glows_Orange_for_Halloween_1200x675_790853187746.jpg Halloween is on display at Denver's botanical garden.]]> <![CDATA[Get Ready for Girl Scout Cookie Cereals, Starting Next Year]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:46:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/girl+scouts+cookie+cereal.jpg

Attention all Thin Mints fanatics: Two flavors of Girl Scout Cookies are coming to cereal boxes this winter.

General Mills is teaming up with the Girl Scouts to launch limited edition Girl Scout cookie cereals, the company says.

Thin Mints and Caramel Crunch (you know them as Samoas, in cookie form) are the featured cereal flavors. Starting in January 2017, the Girl Scout cookie cereals will be available nationwide, according to General Mills spokesman Mike Siemienas. 

It will come out as the Girl Scouts mark 100 years of selling their world famous cookies in 2017. 

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From the Girls Scouts website: "It started in 1917 when Girl Scouts in Muskogee, Oklahoma, did what Girl Scouts everywhere always do. They had a great idea. The girls of Mistletoe Troop hit upon the clever idea to fund their projects by selling cookies they made themselves in their kitchens at home."

Over a million girls have sold the signature cookies to help teach empowerment and life skills. 

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<![CDATA[Happy Howl-oween: Pet Costumes Rule!]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:54:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PetCostumes-147696710644900001.jpg Halloween is just around the corner, and this year Americans are getting the whole family involved...including their pets.]]> <![CDATA[M&M's Are Getting a New Filling]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:09:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-452614600mandm.jpg

Your sweet tooth is in for a treat. Mars Chocolate has announced that M&M’s are getting a new filling — caramel.

A video on the M&M's Twitter account said caramel M&M's, with a deep blue package, will be available in May. 

CNN Money reported that it’s the first time the company is using caramel as a permanent filling. M&M has a history of trying out different flavors, and occasionally a new filling, such as peanuts, or pretzels. But a caramel center is very different.

"Caramel is extremely trendy," Vice-President of Research and Development of Mars Chocolate Hank Izzo told CNN. "It's a $2.2 billion flavor segment and the fastest growing segment in food right now. We want to be part of this category."

Izzo also told the news agency it's still getting the manufacturing process ready — hence the monthslong wait.

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<![CDATA[Garage Door's Toothy Halloween Get-Up Goes Viral]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:46:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5612846171.jpg

This year, people and pets aren't the only ones getting dressed up for Halloween.

An Ohio woman's video showing her "monster house" decoration has gone mega-viral, with at least 23 million people in under a week watching a garage door adorned with teeth open and close. Complete with eyes on top, the effect is of a massive, fanged, car-eating monster — surely the most fearsome garage on the block.

The video was posted by Facebook user Amanda Destro Pierson, who says in the video's description she's a face painter. In a different video, also posted in Cleveland, she says she works as a product designer at a craft company and that she's hard at work getting a "monster house" kit ready for sales for next Halloween.

The idea appears to be a hit already, at least judging by some of the thousands of comments on Pierson's video that say "let's do this" or "I need this!"

In the meantime, the sudden popularity seems to have caught Pierson by surprise.

"Thank you guys so much for the overwhelming response," Pierson says in one of the videos. "Who would have known that my garage would be so popular?"

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<![CDATA[Many Ways to Celebrate National Dessert Day in Connecticut]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:55:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/whoopie+pies+1200.jpg

National Dessert Day is just one more excuse to savor your favorite sweet treat.

A.C. Petersen is a favorite in West Hartford. The sundaes come with freshly made whipped cream and do not disappoint. Try the peanut butter cup sundae, the turtle sundae, the doughboy sundae or one of several others. If you have a smaller appetite, try a cone, an ice cream soda or a root beer float. The Old Lyme location is closed for the season.

Ashley’s has been making ice cream for 30 years and has five locations --- Hamden, New Haven, Branford, Guilford and Madison. The list of flavors is extensive and includes standard favorites, as well as Strawberry with Oreo, Reverse Chocolate Chip, Bourbon Brown Sugar and many others. Enjoy ice cream, frozen yogurt, an ice cream cake, shakes and drinks and pies made with ice cream or yogurt. 

Cake Gypsy’s motto is “making the world a sweeter place by spreading happiness and joy” and the Canton shop does that with custom-designed birthday cakes, wedding cakes, sculpted cakes and gourmet cupcakes. 

The cupcake menu will have you salivating for the Nutella, Caramel Apple, Signature Red Velvet, the Samoa or many others. 

Collins Creamery in Enfield serves 20 flavors of ice cream and you can enjoy a cup or a cone, a sundae, milkshake, root beer float or one of many other offerings. You can also bring home a pint, quart, half gallon or six-pack of ice cream sandwiches. 

If you love chocolate – and who doesn’t? – then Munson’s is probably already one of your favorite places. The boxed chocolates, fudge, truffles, chocolate bark and other treats are all delicious. 

There are stores in Bolton, West Simsbury, Newington, Olde Mystic Village, Orange, South Windsor and Glastonbury, as well as at Westfarms and Foxwoods.

At Mozzicato, you can get a towering tray of cookies, cakes for any occasion, gelato and pastries. There are locations in Hartford, Plainville and Wallingford. 

Praline's has been a favorite in Connecticut for 25 years. The corporate offices are in Wallingford and there are shops in Berlin, Centerbrook/Essex, at Bella'Gio Restaurant in Cheshire, Buckland Mall in Manchester, Meriden Mall, CT Post Mall in Milford, Plainville, Rocky Hill, Southington, at Trumbull Mall, as well as in Wallingford and West Hartford.

Praline's has many flavors to choose from, including Donnatella -- hazelnut spread with chocolate bits. Other offerings include graham cracker smacker, lemon pie, grapenut, nightmare and more. In addition to ice cream, you can get yogurt, ices, sorbets, sherberys and no-fat ice cream.

NoRa serves up cupcake flavor combination you’d never dream of but you will definitely love.

The Banofee is a shortbread crusted banana Heath Bar cake, vanilla whipped cream frosting, chopped Heath Bar pieces. The Irish Car Bomb is a favorite, the Milky Way will not disappoint and there is even an Arnold Palmer cupcake. That’s just the beginning. NoRa has locations In Middletown and West Hartford.

SoNo Baking Company in South Norwalk, Darien and Westport makes chocolate ganache cake, coconut cake, red velvet and more. And the pastry menu includes pies, tarts, cupcakes, eclairs, tiramisu and more. 

Taste by Spellbound in Avon will have you spellbound, especially if you try the truffles. 

Miriam Hope’s web-based truffle business has grown into a storefront with a menu that also includes cupcakes, macaroons, cookies, pies and more.

UConn Dairy Bar is the “sweetest course on campus,” and has been a Best of Connecticut choice several times over. 

What’s your favorite dessert or place for dessert? Comment here or Tweet us with the hashtag #NationalDessertDay

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<![CDATA[Great Places for Leaf Peeping]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:49:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Great_Places_for_Leaf_Peeping_1200x675_780510787769.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Restaurant Week Returns in New Haven]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:39:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fork+generic.jpg

Restaurant week is coming back to New Haven.

From October 30 through November 4, several New Haven restaurants will offer a price-fixed menu.

Diners will be given the choice of three-course meals at lunch for $20.16 or $34 for dinner. The prices do not include beverage, tax, or gratuity.

Organizers suggest making reservations ahead of time for this popular event.

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and some of the Restaurant Week organizers will release more details at a news conference on Tuesday.

<![CDATA[Food to Indulge on at the Big E]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:16:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Big+E+Maine+Potato.JPG

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<![CDATA[Take a Photo Tour of West Avon Road Home]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:18:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/West+Avon+Road+House.jpg NBC Connecticut's Kerri-Lee Mayland got a tour of a well-known home on West Avon Road in Avon.

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<![CDATA[Small State Great Beer Festival Hosts Sellout Crowd]]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:59:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Small-state-great-beer.jpg

With a sellout crowd, some 4,000 people lined up for samples at the first Small State Great Beer Festival in Hartford.

“I had a feeling it was going to be crowded. I did not think it was going to be this crowded at all,” says Kristen Evans of Vernon.

“It’s been fun. We’ve had some good beers,” says Tiffany Settino of Manchester.

Some 30 breweries from around the state were pouring their best for a thirsty crowd.

“Definitely a lot of young people,” says John Floyd of Hartford.

That’s just who festival organizers had hoped would show up.

The goal was event-goers would leave realizing things are improving downtown, but it takes people fighting for change.

“It really starts with an idea and then it’s the collective community of businesses and patrons together saying I want to be a part of this. I want to make this happen,” says Kyle Tripp, the event’s director of operations.

Area businesses supported the cause.

Some believe a one night investment could lead to future returns.

“It is important to bring people back in, you know, not just to come in and work. But come in and have fun,” says Rich Clemens, Black-Eyed Sally’s general manager.

Some who kicked back say they now call Hartford home, having left the suburbs.

“Our generation is much more cosmopolitan and wants to get things going in the city,” says Jen Palladino of Hartford.

“I’d like to encourage them to do more stuff like this. If they do, I think it will attract more young people and more people to kind of live down here,” says Tim Callahan of Hartford.

Organizers say they hope to make this an annual event.

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<![CDATA[The Best of NYC Fashion Week 2016]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:33:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-603544622_master.jpg New York City's fall fashion week brings together models, celebrities and fans of fashion as top designers unveil their latest creations.

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<![CDATA[Yummy Cream Puffs Are a Popular Treat at Big E]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:00:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Yummy_Cream_Puffs_Are_a_Popular_Treat_at_Big_E_1200x675_766039107678.jpg ]]> <![CDATA['Small State Great Beer' Festival 2016]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:33:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Craft+beer.PNG

The first-ever "Small State Great Beer" festival is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17. It will be held at Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford from 5-9pm.

More than 30 breweries will be sharing samples of their beers at the event.

In addition to the beverages, three musical acts will be performing as well. Food trucks will be on site as well as other local vendors.

The event is 21+ and will be held rain or shine.

Tickets are available by visiting www.smallstategreatbeer.com.

NBC Connecticut is the media sponsor of the "Small State Great Beer" festival.

<![CDATA[Celebrate Connecticut Day at the Big E]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:34:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Connecticut+Building+at+the+Big+E.JPG

Today is Connecticut Day at the Big E and there are some new additions to the Connecticut building this year, including a Connecticut Craft Beer Garden and two chowderfests. 

The new Connecticut Craft Beer Garden will feature beers from several Connecticut breweries, including Two Roads Brewing Company, City Steam Brewery, Broad Brook Brewing and Stony Creek Beer. 

Visitors who are 21 or older can stop by the tent daily to buy beer to drink at the Big E. 

Those who prefer wine can visit the Connecticut Farm Wineries booth for samples and to purchase bottles to take home. 

There will also be a mini-"Chowdafest" on Sunday, Sept. 25 on the front lawn of the Connecticut Building, where you can get chowders, soups and bisques from Connecticut restaurants. 

All of the participating restaurants, which are members of the newly formed Chowda Trail, will compete in the New England Chowdafest on Oct. 2 in Westport. 

In all, more than 60 Connecticut exhibitors will take part during the 17-days of the Big E, including barbeque restaurants, llama farms, hand-rolled cigars, Connecticut-grown apples and more.  

Connecticut Day will be on Wednesday, Sept. 21 and the day-long celebration will include a parade, live entertainment, impersonators and more. 

The Connecticut Building, which is part of the Avenue of States, will be open daily until Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

If the food is a big reason you go to the Big E, you're in for a treat. There are some new additions this year. 

New food locations include the Wurst Haus, by the Student Prince, with Bavarian pretzels, Munich Corn Dogs, the “German Giant” --  an 18-inch bratwurst -- and fried Camembert on Commonwealth Avenue.
The Deep South Company will serve po’ boys, chicken ‘n waffles, fried green tomatoes, the Mauufuletta sandwich BBQ and southern-style cocktails in the former Italian Pavilion.
New foods to try include a mint and peanut butter soft serve ice cream, Navajo Indian Tacos served folded in fried dough, funnel cake fries, chocolate and bacon-covered fries, blueberry pierogi sundae, maple waffle breakfast sandwich, sweet potato dessert fries, a centennial frozen banana, deep friend mac and cheese balls, 

New food locations include the Wurst Haus, by the Student Prince, with Bavarian pretzels, Munich Corn Dogs, the “German Giant” --  an 18-inch bratwurst -- and fried Camembert on Commonwealth Avenue.

The Deep South Company will serve po’ boys, chicken ‘n waffles, fried green tomatoes, the Mauufuletta sandwich BBQ and southern-style cocktails in the former Italian Pavilion.

New foods to try include a mint and peanut butter soft serve ice cream, Navajo Indian Tacos served folded in fried dough, funnel cake fries, chocolate and bacon-covered fries, blueberry pierogi sundae, maple waffle breakfast sandwich, sweet potato dessert fries, a centennial frozen banana, deep friend mac and cheese balls, 

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<![CDATA[2 Connecticut Roller Coasters Ranked Among Best in U.S.]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:42:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Wooden+Warrior+1200.jpg

Two of the best wooden roller coasters in the country can be found at amusement parks in Connecticut.

The Golden Ticket award winners were announced over the weekend and Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce was rated the best of the wooden roller coasters in the United States. 

The Wooden Warrior at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury also made the top 50 list. It came in 46th. 

Boulder Dash, which opened in 2000, and is one of the most popular attractions at America’s oldest continually operating theme park and it’s been the top wooden roller coaster for several years.

Wooden Warrior opened at Quassy in 2011 and park staff members are proud of the accomplishment.

“We’re certainly delighted that Wooden Warrior continues to be among this stellar list of rides,” Quassy President Eric Anderson said in a statement. “This year a number of huge new coasters were introduced around the world, and for Wooden Warrior to remain among the top 50 is astonishing!”

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<![CDATA[Smithsonian Celebrates 'Star Trek's' 50th Anniversary]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:09:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Star+Trek+Model+at+Smithsonian.jpg

Fifty years ago, millions of Americans were glued to their TV sets for what would be a transformative glimpse into the future: The original “Star Trek” series debuted on NBC Sept. 8, 1966. In honor of the show, which led to six more series and 13 movies, the Smithsonian is celebrating science fiction becoming science fact.

"Space, the final frontier," and “the Enterprise” are two of the best known elements of our television history. Now they're attracting crowds at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum.

In 1966, if you wanted to have a spaceship in your TV show or movie, you had to physically build one and film it. The 11-foot long studio model of the USS Enterprise is the centerpiece of the Smithsonian's three-day celebration of the original series. The museum got the model in 1974, five years after NBC canceled the show. For a new permanent exhibit, it's been refurbished and rewired.

"I think it's an important part of connecting the popular culture enthusiasm around space flight to the actual artifacts of space flight," Smithsonian space history custodian Margaret Weitekamp said.

The museum is screening the first episode, "The Man Trap," Thursday for a capacity crowd with a discussion to follow.

Friday night will feature a Smithsonian documentary called "Building Star Trek" and another film by the son the late Leonard Nimoy called "For the Love of Spock."

Despite the jokes non-Trekkies make about the TV franchise, “Star Trek” made an undeniable mark on many parts of our history.

"’Star Trek’ is an optimistic view of the future," local attorney Charles Hildebrandt said.

He is part of a group working to build the Museum of Science Fiction in the D.C. area. 

Scenes, like an interracial kiss in 1968, were “Star Trek's” bold and covert way of helping Americans face their demons, Hildebrandt said.

"Allowed them to talk about and discuss and confront the Vietnam War, racism, sexism, all these issues that most other entertainment can't even discuss," he said.

"Nichelle Nichols, who is the African-American actress who played Lt. Uhura in the original series, was actually recruited by NASA to recruit astronaut candidates when they wanted more women, more African-Americans, more Asian-Americans," Weitekamp said.

“Star Trek” also inspired things we now see in the real world. What Capt. Kirk called a communicator then, Motorola called the first flip phone in 1996 and revolutionized how we communicate.

"There are really a lot of things from automatic doors that you walk through at the grocery store to the iPad that you can look up your information on that really have some connections to ‘Star Trek,’" Weitekamp said.

Get more details on the Smithsonian’s celebration here

Syfy, an NBC Universal channel, is airing three “Star Trek” movies Thursday evening.

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<![CDATA[Norwalk Boat Show Sails in Sept. 22-25]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:32:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Norwalk+boat+show_fixed.jpg

Summer may be coming to an end, but don't miss a chance to see some top-of-the-line boats at the Norwalk Boat Show.

The Northeast's biggest in-water boat show, the Norwalk Boat Show offers people the chance to hone their boating skills and participate in interactive on-the-water workshops.

There are also free boat rides and family-friendly activities.

The Norwalk Boat show is being held Sept. 22-25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Tickets are $15 for adults and children 15 and under get in free.

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<![CDATA[2016 Fairs and Festivals]]> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:06:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/durham+fair+ferris+wheel.jpg

Fair and festival season is underway and there is a lot to do in Connecticut this time of year. 

These are some of the upcoming fairs and festivals. Comment below and let us know which fairs you don't want to miss.  

Hebron Harvest Festival
Sept. 8-11: This festival offers live entertainment, livestock pulls, fair food and contests to show off your talents. 

North Haven Fair 
Sept. 8-11: Enjoy attractions, such as a pony drawing contest, and live entertainment, including a show by country singer Craig Campbell

Wapping Fair
Sept. 8-11: See animals from bunnies to cows, watch pig and dachshund races, enjoy rides and get lunch or dinner from the food festival. 

Four Town Fair 
Sept. 15-18: Enjoy an antique and classic car show, rockabilly and country music, largest frog and frog jumping contests and more.

Guilford Agricultural Fair
Sept. 16-18: Entertainment for the Guilford Fair includes the Flying Wallendas, the Skinny German Juggling Boy and live music. Big Shot, a Billy Joel Tribute Band, will perform on Friday and American Idol winner Nick Fradiani will perform on Saturday.

The Big E
Sept. 16 to Oct. 2: The fair goes on for days and features several attractions, including performances by Gloria Gaynor, Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Orange Country Fair
Sept. 17-18: The fair gets underway with a truck pull on Friday and includes entertainment for all ages through Sunday.

Durham Fair
Sept. 22 to Sept. 25: This is the state’s largest agricultural fair and includes entertainment, rides, many food options and entertainment. Foreigner will be performing on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Berlin Fair
Sept. 30 to Oct. 2: Enjoy rides, kart races, a blueberry pie eating contest, fair food and more.

Harwinton Fair
Sept. 30 to Oct. 2: Watch the mini horse pulls, live music, a car show and see live animals. There will also be drone demonstrations, pig races,  hay bale tosses, skillet throws and more.  

Portland Fair
Oct. 7-9: Entertainment includes tractor pulls, watch Rosie's racing pigs and a Halloween costume contest.

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<![CDATA[Sun BrewFest Returns to Mohegan Sun]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 12:12:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mohegan+Sun+Brewfest.jpg

Beer lovers, mark your calendars for Oct. 1 because Sun BrewFest is coming back to Mohegan Sun and tickets go on sale today.

This will be Mohegan Sun’s 5th annual BrewFest.

When you step into the Uncas Ballroom on Saturday, Oct., you’ll find a brew lover’s paradise, where you can sample more than 150 beers, including craft brews, micro brews, imports, domestics and ciders.

There will also be live entertainment, games, a cornhole tournament and delicious signature food from local restaurants.

There will also be “A Toast to New England,” which is a special tasting featuring the region’s best local brewers.

The Grand Tasting Introduces you to more 150 beers and allows you to explore a wide variety of breweries.

The grand tasting runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and tickets are $30 each.

A Toast to New England includes a special New England Beer Trail Tasting, as well as a free slice of Frank Pepe’s Napoletana Pizza and clam chowder from Jasper White’s Summer Shack! This will be in the Uncas Ballroom’s upper lobby and runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person.

Buy-in to the Cornhole Tournament is $100 and includes entry to the BrewFest grand tasting plus an exclusive VIP tasting preview.

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Announces New Camo n' Cream Flavor]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:28:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/blue-bell-camo.jpg

Blue Bell combined ice cream and camouflage with their latest concoction.

The Texas-based ice cream company announced their newest flavor, Camo 'n Cream, Thursday. Camo 'n Cream features a medley of cream cheese, pistachio almond and milk chocolate ice creams in a camouflage.

"We are having a little fun with this flavor," Blue Bell marketing director Carl Breed said. "We tried a few different combinations, but chose these flavors because they complement each other so well.

The camouflage-designed cartons, designed from the Blue Bell cow and girl logo, arrives in stores Thursday.

"You see the camo design on everything these days, so we thought why not create an ice cream flavor that looks camouflage?

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<![CDATA[MTV VMA Red Carpet Looks]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:55:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/vma-red-carpet-6.jpg Take a peek at stars strutting their stuff on the red carpet at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[MTV Video Music Awards 2016: Best Moments]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:25:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-597574376_master.jpg The best pictures and moments from the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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<![CDATA[KFC Creates, Gives Away Fried Chicken-Scented Sunscreen]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:46:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/extra-crispy-sunscreen.jpg

KFC, the fried chicken maker, has apparently expanded its offerings, announcing and giving away its brand new line of fried chicken-scented sunscreen on Monday.

The company assured prospective users that the SPF 30 sunscreen really works, releasing an aroma of chicken while stopping UV rays, though it repeatedly advises on its website that it should not be eaten.

"Sunscreen is not a food product. NOT a food product. Do not eat this product. Even though this product smells delicious, it is not delicious," reads the side effects section of the product's website.

KFC quickly ran out of its "Col. Sanders Extra Crispy Sunscreen" on Monday, though the containers will take up to eight weeks to be delivered.

There did not appear to be a rationale behind the scented suntan lotion beyond viral marketing.

"Suntan lotion always smells like lotion," KFC Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Hochman told Business Insider. "So we thought — why not make it smell like fried chicken?"

It's not the first eyebrow-raising, chicken-seasoned product released this year by the company, which reported revenue of $23 billion in 2013.

In May, KFC in Hong Kong announced it created fried chicken-flavored nail polish in two flavors. "Yes, it is actually a real thing," a marketing executive assured The New York Times.

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<![CDATA[J. Timothy’s to Close for 2 Weeks for Renovations]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:15:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/J+Timothys+Tavern.JPG

If you're planning a night out at J. Timothy’s Taverne, or to order take out, act quickly or you'll have to wait for two weeks.

The Plainville restaurant known for its famous "dirt style" chicken wings will close on Saturday for major kitchen renovation and expansion work that is expected to take about two weeks.

The building that houses the restaurant went up in 1789 as a large house and tavern.

The current owners bought it in 1979 and reopened it as Cooke's Tavern in 1980. It was reborn as J. Timothy's in 1988. 

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<![CDATA[7-Eleven's Slurpee BYO Cup Day ]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:05:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DSC00217_EDITEDbyocup.jpg

While we know that some special events only happen but once a week, month, or year, we can't help but wishing, from time to time, that after-Christmas sales popped up more often and eclipses had a way of appearing with far more frequency.

But sometimes, if you wish extra hard, something that happens annually can make a seemingly sudden return way before you thought it possible.

Look to Slurpee's Bring Your Own Cup Day, a springtime to-do which invites fans of the frosty 7-Eleven beverage to show up with, you guessed it, whatever kind of cup they fancy, all with the aim of filling it with copious amounts of Slurpee goodness.

This year's Slurpee day occurred in late March, and fans turned up in drink-craving droves, all prepared to fill giant vessels for the price of $1.50.

Get ready, though, Slurpeens: Like an unlikely eclipse, or out-of-the-blue sale, BYO Cup Day is back on Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

In honor of its 50th anniversary, Slurpee is bringing back Bring Your Own Cup Day, again. Show up at an 7-Eleven with an iced tea pitcher, a mondo margarita glass, coffee pot, or a jar that formerly held pickles, and fill'er up for $1.50.

There are some rules to the deal, like the fact that your cup "must fit upright through a 10-inch hole," so best leave your picnic cooler or inflatable swimming pool at home.

It should also be squeaky clean pre-Slurpee, so read all.

You're right: The snow-cold, brain-freezable sip did turn 50 this year, so the birthday celebrations continue.

And, yes, the flavors have gone well beyond the cherries and colas of long ago (though those make regular appearances, and thank goodness, because classics are classics for a reason).

Got a clean coffee pot handy? Best clear some time on your end-of-the-week calendar. After all, BYO Cup Day only happens once, or, um, twice a year.

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<![CDATA[Free Admission to Celebrate Dinosaur State Park’s 50th Anniversary]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:48:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dinosaur+state+park+1200.jpg

Dinosaur State Park and the Friends of Dinosaur Park and Arboretum are giving you a gift when they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of dinosaur tracks in Rocky Hill. 

They will be holding a family-friendly festival on Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21 and admission to the museum will be free. 

There will also be special events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This family-friendly festival will include a craft tent, games with prizes, costumed characters, face painting, continuous films and educational programs. 


Saturday, Aug. 20

  • Special events: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Games with prizes
  • Craft tent, tattoos, face painting
  • Films and education programs
  • 11 a.m. live bird show with CT Audubon
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bending Gravity
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Banjo Music
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bebe the Clown
  • 1 p.m. Rainforest Reptiles
  • Live animal show 

Sunday, Aug. 21 

  • Special events: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Games with prizes
  • Craft tent, tattoos, face painting
  • Films and education programs
  • 11 a.m. A Place Called Hope
  • Live bird show
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Amazing Andy
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mariachi Music
  • 1 p.m. Riverside Reptiles live animals.
  • Outdoor Park Activities 

The Park’s mining activity will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Visitors can mine for gems and fossils in a water-based sluiceway. Participants must purchase a mining bag to participate in this activity. 

The park’s tracks casting area will also be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Visitors must bring 10 pounds of plaster of Paris and a ¼ cup of cooking oil to participate. One cast is allowed per family or group. 

Admission for days other than Aug. 20 and 21 is $6 for visitors ages 13 and older, $2 for children ages 6 to 12 and ages 5 and under are free. 

The Exhibit Center and park office are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, through Labor Day. 

After Labor Day, the Exhibit Center and park office are open Thursday through Sunday and closed on holidays. 

The park grounds open at 9 a.m. a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. The nature trails close at 4 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[Middletown Motorcycle Mania Rescheduled for Wednesday]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:42:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Motorcycle+mania+1200.jpg

Middletown Motorcycle Mania was postponed because of storms, but it will happen on Wednesday. 

Middletown Motorcycle Mania is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday and the road will be closed in the downtown area. 

Main Street will be closed between Dingwall Drive and Court Street from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Main Street will be closed from Union Street to Washington Street will be closed from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Police are asking all drivers to use alternate routes to avoid delays.

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<![CDATA[Police Warn of Major Traffic for G-Eazy Concert in Hartford]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:09:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/G-easy.jpg

If you have to travel through Hartford later today, expect it to take a while because thousands of people are expected for the G-Eazy concert. 

Hartford police have put out a traffic advisory and said the crowd expected for the show at Xfinity Theater in Hartford has jumped to nearly 15,000. 

The rapper Billboard magazine calls “The Young Elvis,” has been on national television and Forbes had also done profiles on him. 

“His brand comes from James Dean, Marlon Brando and Paul Newman. He’s in line to be the next great American entertainer,” Forbes reported in 2014.  

Parking opens at 4 p.m. and gates open at 5 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Luke Wilson Headlines Travelers Championship Celebrity Pro-Am]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 18:08:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_568365043039-premiere.jpg

Actors, singers and sports stars highlight this year's field in the celebrity pro-am at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell.

Luke Wilson, best known for his roles in "Old School," "Legally Blonde" and "The Royal Tennanbaums" will be playing at the TPC River Highlands on Wednesday. It is his second visit to the Travelers Championship. He also currently stars in the Showtime series "Roadies."

Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon will also be teeing it up in the pro-am. Nealon also appeared in Showtime's "Weeds" and "Happy Gilmore."

UConn will be well represented on the course Wednesday. UConn head basketball coach Kevin Ollie, his predecessor Jim Calhoun, associate women's head coach Chris Dailey and hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh are all scheduled to participate. UConn and NBA great Ray Allen will also play.

The list of sports stars continues with former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, former New England Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie and current Pittsburgh Penguin and Stanley Cup winner Nick Bonino, of Farmington, all showing their golf skills on Wednesday.

Connecticut's own Javier Colon, winner of the first season of "The Voice" makes a return appearance and Ken Casey, one of the founding members of the Dropkick Murphys will be playing as well.

You can see a list of tee times for the Celebrity Pro-Am here.

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<![CDATA[Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day With Deals]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:39:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SD-County-Fair-2016+093.JPG

If you're a chicken wing fan, today is your day.

July 29 is National Chicken Wing Day — the perfect excuse to treat yourself to everything from barbecue to boneless.

The American favorites come hot and spicy, sweet or plain. Or maybe dipped in creamy blue cheese dressing?

No matter how you like them, some restaurants are offering freebies and deals to celebrate.

Buffalo Wild Wings is offering half-off wings all day Friday at participating locations, but the deal is for dine-in only.

Hooters has all-you-can-eat wings starting at $12.99. Prices vary by location.

Click here for more deals at CNBC.com.

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<![CDATA['Robot Restaurant' Opening in NYC]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_19724380454.jpg

Robots (and some hidden chefs) will serve quinoa to customers at a fast-food restaurant opening in midtown Manhattan later this year, according to reports.

There will be no cashiers at Eatsa’s midtown location, just lines of iPads and rows of cubby holes handing over quinoa.

Eatsa’s first New York City location opens at 285 Madison Avenue in the fall, Grub Street reported. Right now, the fast-food chain has two locations in San Francisco and one in the Los Angeles area.

There are a few stages to the Eatsa system. First, customers swipe their credit cards at an iPad. After that, a list of quinoa-based menu items pops up. Diners can customize their dishes before finishing their orders.

The all-vegetarian menu is inspired by different types of cuisine. There’s a Mexican burrito bowl, a Japanese bento bowl, an Indian spice market bowl and a Mediterranean Greek salad bowl, among others. A breakfast menu includes a southwestern scramble and a yogurt quinoa parfait.

While the system that prepares the food is mostly automated, there are still about five employees who prep, assemble and deliver meals to the cubbies, according to Fast Company. But they may not be around forever. Scott Drummond, a cofounder of Eatsa, said he sees a future where robots do it all.

After the food is assembled, it’s delivered to one of the cubbies. All of the cubbies have a transparent, LCD-screened door that displays each customer’s name. A customer taps the door and it flips open, revealing the packaged food and beverage.

"The food comes out in little cubby holes. It’s so neat to see your cubby go dark and then your food appear with your name on it," one user said of an Eatsa location in San Francisco.

Eatsa is a bit reminiscent of the now-defunct Bamn! on the Lower East Side. That automat-style eatery consisted of rows of vending machines serving up corn dogs and grilled cheese.

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<![CDATA[Shoreline Wine Festival Returns in August]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:36:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/white-wine-generic-186205780.jpg

The Annual Shoreline Wine Festival will be returning next month for its 10th annual celebration.

The festival will be held on Aug. 13 and 14 at Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market and Winery in Guilford and patrons will be able to taste wine while enjoying the scenery of a farm orchard.

This two-day ticketed event includes a tour of Bishop’s Orchards Winery, the chance to attend seminars led by wine experts and to enjoy live entertainment.

The Shoreline Wine Festival will feature Connecticut Vineyards and Wineries. All wines sampled by the vineyards at the festival will be available for sale that weekend to take home.

Besides beverages, food trucks will be on site. Attendees can purchase items such as tacos, pizza, seafood and cupcakes for an additional charge.

The list of wineries participating in this year’s festival includes Hopkins Vineyard, Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Jones Winery, DiGrazia Vineyards, Paradise Hills Vineyard, Holmberg Winery, and the host, Bishop’s Orchards Winery.

Tickets are $30 per day for adults or $10 per day for a designated driver. VIP tickets are $60.

You can buy them online www.shorelinewinefestival.com or at Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market.

They will also be available at the door of the festival on Aug. 13, from noon to 7 p.m. and Aug. 14, from noon to 6 p.m.

For further ticket and event information, visit or contact Sarah DellaVentura at 203-453-2338, extension 218.

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Announces New Ice Cream Flavor]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:01:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cookie-two-step.jpg

In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, Blue Bell announced a new flavor of ice cream Friday.

The Brenham, Texas-based company announced the release of Cookie Two Step, vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate crème filled cookies and chocolate chip cookie dough pieces.

"Cookie Two Step combines ingredients from two of our top-selling flavors," Blue Bell spokesman Ricky Dickson said in a news release.

The new flavor will be available in stores beginning Friday, according to the company.

Dickson said the company will release more flavors within the next few months.

"Most will be returning favorites and we plan to have another new one soon," he said.

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<![CDATA[Nintendo Plans Retro 'Mario,' 'Zelda' Console]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 05:04:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NES_Classic_2.jpg

If you're of a certain age and miss the video games of the 1980s, Nintendo has a Christmas gift for you.

The video game company said Thursday it will release the "NES Classic Edition" on Nov. 11, a $59.99 system that comes loaded with 30 vintage Nintendo games.

Among the highlights are all three "Super Mario" games, two "Zelda" titles, two "Castlevania" entries and two installments from the "Donkey Kong" franchise. 

Nintendo described the new console as a "near-identical mini replica" of the original NES; this one, though, connects to TVs via a more-modern HDMI port.

While classic Nintendo games have been available on other platforms - either legally or via the download of illicit "ROM" files from the Internet - this is the first time Nintendo has stepped into the retro games market with a dedicated piece of hardware. 

The complete list of games:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr. 
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Galaga
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros. 
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.  2
  • Super Mario Bros.  3
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Photo Credit: Nintendo of America]]>
<![CDATA[ConnectiCon 2016]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:12:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DSC_08542016_fix.jpg Just some of the looks at this year's ConnectiCon event in Hartford.

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<![CDATA[7-Eleven Celebrates 7/11 With Free Slurpees]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:42:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Slurpee-GettyImages-106159890.jpg

There's no better way to enjoy a hot summer day than with a Slurpee, and on Monday it won't cost you a thing. 

To celebrate July 11 — or 7-Eleven Day — the convenience chain will be giving away their signature slushy drinks. Stop by your neighborhood 7-Eleven on Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to get a free small Slurpee drink.

Monday marks the company's 89th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of the creation of the slurpee. If you're feeling festive, you can check out the chain's new birthday cake flavor. 

But that's not all.

This year, 7-Eleven is also offering customers who download their app a chance to get 11 free slurpees when they purchase 7 slurpees between July 11 and July 18. 

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<![CDATA[Misty Copeland Talks Breaking Barriers]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:22:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-527358950.jpg

It's been one year since Misty Copeland leaped over barriers to become American Ballet Theatre's first black female principal dancer in the company's 75-year history.

In an interview with "Sunday Today" host Willie Geist, Copeland reflected on her history-making accomplishment and reveals the motivation behind her soon-to-be released dancewear line, Égal.

"I was aware that I was black, but I wasn't aware of the deep rooted history of the lack of diversity, the lack of African Americans in top companies," Copeland said. "It was like, it hasn't happened for 75 years. Why would it happen to me? And then, at the same time, it gave me even more of this fire that was like, 'I am carrying so many people with me and I can do this.'"

Copeland has been able to forge a career outside the dance world with her trailblazing accomplishments, a rare feat for someone from the dance world. In addition to various endorsement deals and TV appearances, the 33-year-old has published two New York Times best-selling books, was the subject of a documentary, appeared on Broadway, named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people and was recently honored with her own Barbie doll.

"I didn't expect it to be like that. It was really wild. I don't think anyone in the company or in the dance world — we were all kind of shocked," Copeland said. "But I am giving people hope that you don't have to fit into this mold of what society has cut out for you to be in order to succeed."

Having broken the ballet mold herself, Copeland is hoping to motivate dancers of all sizes with a new line of dancewear called Égal — French for equal.

"I was going through this time where I had gained a lot of weight," she said. "I went through puberty really late in life and my bust had grown and I was like, 'I'm going to create dancewear that people who aren't stick thin can wear, but also people who are thin can wear."

Copeland says she hopes to eventually expand Égal to include a plus-size collection.

"It's finally coming to fruition," she said.

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<![CDATA[More Than 250 Vendors Take Part in Sailfest]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:17:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sailfest+ship_1200.jpg

Sailfest, sponsored in part by NBC Connecticut, means more than 250 vendors this weekend in New London, along with the tall ship Mystic Whaler. On Saturday night, it means fireworks.  

"We have a great support from the city of New London so we hope - next year could be a different story - but this year we're gonna have a fireworks show and it's sponsored by Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation," Barbara Neff, Sailfest’s executive director, said. 

Besides the waterfront, Bank Street will be full of people also. One band got an early start on Sailfest with the Hygienic's Thursday Afternoon Lunch Break - Modern Primates. 

They play on Friday afternoon at the Hygienic stage and it'll be one band after the other there and on two other stages. 

Once the festival organizers cover their costs, whatever money's left over goes back to the community through different donations over the course of the year.

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<![CDATA[Sailfest Comes to New London July 8-10]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 21:06:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sailfest+ship_1200.jpg

Join NBC Connecticut at Sailfest from July 8-10 in historic New London.

This premiere summertime event attracts more than 300,000 people over the 3 day festival. Enjoy the tall ships, free entertainment, 200 vendors, amusement rides, and an unforgettable Saturday night fireworks display.

Music abounds with performances from the latest in funk, rock and Latin music.

New London’s historic Waterfront District offers the perfect backdrop for the ships, shopping, savory treats and sounds of the summer!

Come and meet the NBC Connecticut team at the Custom House Stage on Sunday, July 10. From 1-2:30 p.m., meet Heidi Voight and Todd Piro. From 2:30-4 p.m., meet Tara Joyce and Kevin Nathan.

Click here for a schedule of events.

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<![CDATA[Decked Out for Fourth of July]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 12:07:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*213/Fourth+of+July+at+beach.jpg

Photo Credit: Diane Busch]]>