<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usTue, 21 Feb 2017 02:43:16 -0500Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:43:16 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Taste of Hartford Restaurant Week Begins]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:29:18 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/max+downtown+hartford.JPG

Taste of Hartford is underway and the foodie celebration is going on for two weeks.

Twenty four restaurants are participating in the event, which starts today and goes through March 5 and they are offering a prix fixe menu. Most of the menus are for $20.17 or $30.17, depending on where you go and what you’re having.

bin228 Price: $30.17 Call: (860) 244-9463 

Black-Eyed Sally’s. Call: (860) 278-7427 Make reservations online here.  

The Capital Grille. Call (860) 244-0075. Make reservations online here

Carbone’s Call: (860) 296-9646. Make reservations online here

City Steam Brewery. Price: $20.17. Call: (860) 525-1600 

Costa Del Sol. Price: $30.17. Call: (860) 296-1714

Coyote Flaco Call: (860) 953-1299

Ficara’s Restaurant Price: $20.17 Call: (860) 296-3238

Firebox Price: $30.17. Call: (860) 246-1222 Make reservations online here.  

First & Last Tavern Price: $20.17. Call: (860) 956-6000

Francesco’s Ristorante & Lounge Price: $30 Call: (860) 296-3024

J Restaurant & Bar Price: $20.17 or $30.17 (860) 527-7764

Max Downtown Price: $30.17 per person (860) 522-2530 Make reservations online here.

Nutshell Café (860) 956-2836

On20 Call: (860) 722-5161 Make reservations online here

Peppercorns. Price: $20.17. Call: (860) 547-1714 Make reservations online here

Republic at the Linden Price: $30.17 Call: (860) 310-3269

Salute Price: $20.17. Call: (860) 899-1350

Siam Hartford Price: $20.17 Call: (860) 727-1088

Ted’s Montana Grill Price: $30.17 Call: (860) 692-1167

Trinity Restaurant Price: $30.17 Call: (860) 728-9822

Trumbull Kitchen: Price: $30.17 Call: (860) 493-7412. Make reservations online here. 

U.S.S. Chowder Pot IV Call: (860) 244-3311

VIVO $30.17 (860) 760-2333 Make reservations online here. 

Hartford is not the only Connecticut city or town celebrating restaurant week.

Danbury Restaurant Week runs from Feb. 20 to 26 

Fairfield Restaurant Week runs from Feb. 27 to March 5 

Greater Orange Restaurant Week runs from Feb. 26 to March 12

Ridgefield Restaurant Week runs from Feb. 20 to 27 

Stamford Restaurant Week runs from Feb. 17 to March 2 



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<![CDATA[Harlem Globetrotters at the XL Center in Hartford]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:54:56 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/harlem+globetrotters_1200.jpg

Looking for something to do with the family this weekend? The Original Harlem Globetrotters are at the XL Center in Hartford Saturday as part of their 2017 World Tour.

The team will have two events – one at 2 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. After the game the Globetrotters will stick around for autographs and a “high five session.”

For more information and to buy tickets visit the XL Center website.



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<![CDATA[Zima Poised for US Comeback]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:47:39 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/zima.jpg

Get ready to finally peel yourself off of that bar stool you’ve been stuck on since the ‘90s—Zima is making a comeback to coolers in the U.S.

Zima was discontinued in America in 2008, according to Crain’s, but its Chicago-based producer says it’s returning after the success of MillerCoor’s Henry’s Hard Soda line. 

"If you're one of the zillion fans who have missed Zima, the answer should be clear," MillerCoors said in a statement.

Murmurs of the fabled ‘90s-era malt liquor, with its quirky and memorable commercials, began last fall, Crain’s reports, compounded by a MillerCoors Michigan distributor posting a photo of the beverage on Instagram.

Zima is expected to be back in stores and watering holes sometime this year, according to Crain’s.

The company aims to compete with other malt beverage brands, like Smirnoff Ice and Mike's Hard Lemonade.



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<![CDATA[Restaurant Owner Gives Discount for Polite Kids]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:25:48 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/restaurant4.jpg

Antonio Ferrari, the owner of a wine bar in Italy, has picked up a practice that he first noticed while visiting a restaurant in Miami.

His group was given a discount because his friends' children were well behaved. Ferrari has since embraced the move and recently posted on Facebook a photograph of a receipt from his restaurant, Today.com reported.

The caption reads: “It happens so seldom!”



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<![CDATA[Chick-fil-A Coming to Newington]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:36:23 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Chick-Fil-A-DelSure-FB.jpg

It appears that another Chick-fil-A restaurant is coming to Connecticut. The fast-food chain leased the site of the former Ruby Tuesday restaurant on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington, according to the minutes from the Newington Economic Development Commission meeting in January.

The record from the meeting says there has been no announcement about when it will open or if the company will seek approval for a drive-through.

NBC Connecticut reached out to media relations department of Chick-fll-A, but there was no response as of Wednesday afternoon.

There are currently seven Chick-fil-A restaurants in Connecticut.

  • Brookfield: 156 Federal Road: (203) 775-7976
  • Danbury: Danbury Fair Mall: (203) 796-1037
  • Enfield: 25 Hazard Ave.: (860) 253-0469
  • Mohegan Sun Resort: (570) 591-1910
  • North Haven: 560 Universal Dr. North: (203) 234-0300
  • Wallingford: 1098 N Colony Road: (203) 265-4747
  • West Hartford: 509 New Park Ave.: (860) 461-1691



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<![CDATA[For Sale: Bethenny Frankel's $5.25M SoHo Apartment ]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:30:00 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/frankel-apt2.jpg Bethenny Frankel is parting with her luxurious SoHo apartment in New York. The "Real Housewives" star's residence was posted on Tuesday at a whopping $5.25 million.

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<![CDATA[Foxwoods Offered Free Concerts for 25th Anniversary]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:06:57 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Foxwoods+external+photo.jpg

This is the 25th anniversary of Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard and there were two free concerts last week to celebrate the milestone.

Kesha performed a free show at the Grand Theater and Smokey Robinson had a free concert at the Fox Theatre.

Foxwoods is celebrating the anniversary all year long. See the other anniversary specials.

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<![CDATA[It's a Boy: American Girl Announces 1st Male Doll]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:21:06 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.jpg

American Girl is getting its first boy character this season, Today.com reports.

Logan Everett, a gray-eyed, brown-haired boy who plays the drums, is an 18-inch doll being released Thursday with Tenney, a female singer-songwriter.

They are part of American Girl's plans to launch dolls with diverse backgrounds, experiences and personalities in 2017, according to a press release. 

"A boy character has been a top request from our fans for decades," Julie Parks, a representative for American Girl, told Today.com.

Some moms have already been changing their 18-inch girl dolls into boys for their sons.



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<![CDATA[Moe’s Offers $5 Burritos to Celebrate UConn 100th Straight Win]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:54:22 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/moes+southwest+grill.JPG

Moe’s Southwest Grill is celebrating the 100th consecutive win for the UConn women’s basketball team by offering $5 burritos in Connecticut Wednesday.   

Moe’s Southwest Grill is a sponsor of UConn athletics and in addition to the $5 burritos, it will also be giving away 100 bonus points to all Rockin’ Rewards customers who check in on the mobile app tomorrow. 

  • These are the participating restaurants: 
  • Avon: 385 West Main St.
  • Branford: 1060 West Main St.
  • Bristol: 641 Farmington Ave.
  • Brookfield: 174 Federal Road
  • Enfield: 25 Hazard Ave.
  • Fairfield: 2267 Black Rock Turnpike
  • Glastonbury: 2450 Main St.
  • Groton: 220 Rt-12
  • Hamden: 2100 Dixwell Ave.
  • Hartford: 30 State House Square
  • Mansfield: 195 Storrs Road
  • New Haven: 46 Whitney Ave.
  • Newington: 3145 Berlin Turnpike
  • Southington: 720 Queen St.
  • South Windsor: 535 Evergreen Way
  • Vernon: 35 Talcottville Road
  • Wallingford: 970 North Colony Road
  • Waterford: 903-915 Hartford Turnpike
  • Windsor: 697 Poquonock Ave.

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<![CDATA[Road Races and 5Ks Across Connecticut This Year ]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:55:08 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+marathon+start.jpg

Looking for a fun way to run off all of those carbs? Consider participating in one of these 5K races or half marathons in Connecticut. Some of them even include youth events if you have children to bring along. 

Saturday Feb. 18 – Stratford: “A Second Chance for Romance” 5k

Sunday, Feb. 19 – Danbury: “Big Chili” 5k

Saturday, Feb. 25 – Colchester: “Colchester Half Marathon”

Sunday, Feb. 26 – New Preston: “Lake Waramaug Polar Bear Run” 7.6 Miler

Saturday, March 4 – Mystic: “Kelley’s Pace Hare Hop” 5k

Sunday, March 5 – Norwalk: “Boston Buildup Series” 25k

Sunday, March 5 – New Haven: ShamRock & Roll” 5k

Sunday, March 5 –Westport: Westport Weston Y Indoor Triathlon

Saturday, March 11 – Oakville: “OJ’s 5k Shamrock Shuffle”

Saturday, March 11 – Southington: “O’Shenanigan’s 5k”

Saturday, March 11 – Stamford: “Shamrock Stroll Harbor Point”

Saturday, March 11 – Windham: “St. Patty’s Blarney Stone Dash” 5k

Sunday, March 12 – Bolton: “Bolton Road Race” 5 mile

Sunday, March 12 – Putnam: “Courthouse O’Putnam” 5k

Sunday, March 12 – Monroe: “Pi Day 5k”

Wednesday, March 15 – Killingly: “Squeaky Sneakers 4”

Thursday, March 16 – New Haven: “The Loco Run” 13/1/10k/5k/1k

Saturday, March 18 – Niantic: “O Niantic 5k”

Saturday, March 18 – “Mystic Irish 5k”

Saturday, March 18 – Bristol: “Shamrock Run” 5 mile, 2 mile

Sunday, March 19 – Madison: “Leprechaun 5 Miler”

Sunday, March 19 – Fairfield: “St. Patrick’s Day Classic”

Sunday, March 19 – Shelton: “Moving with H.O.P.E.” 5k

Sunday, March 19 – Hartford: “O Hartford 5k & Wee Mile”

Sunday, March 19 – Brookfield: “Brookfield Shamrock 5k”

Sunday, March 19 – West Hartford: “Johnny’s Jog for Charity” 5k

Sunday, March 19 – Hamden: “Run for the Shamrock 10k Road Race”

Saturday, March 25 – East Hampton: “Running with Scissors” 5k

Saturday, March 25 – Baltic: “St. Joseph School 24th Annual Road Race” 3 mile, 1 mile, ½ mile

Saturday, March 25 – Stratford: “Max’s Shamrock 5k”

Saturday, March 25 – Bridgewater: “XTERRA Trail Run Series” 80k, 50k, 25k, 10k

Saturday, March 26 – Fairfield: “Boston Blowout 30k”

Saturday, April 1 – West Hartford: “Greater Hartford ¼ Marathon”

Saturday, April 1 – Moodus: “East Haddam Community Lions Club April Fool’s Road Race”

Saturday, April 1 – Franklin: “Franklin Patriots” 5k

Saturday, April 1 – Tolland: “Sound of Spring” 5k

Saturday, April 1 – Easton: “18th Annual April Fool’s 5k Race for DARE”

Saturday, April 1 – West Haven: “Savin Rock Marathon & Half Marathon”

Saturday, April 1 – Bridgeport: “Sound Tigers 5k Tiger Dash”

Saturday, April 1 – Rocky Hill: “Terrier Tough Competition” 5k

Saturday, April 1 – Newtown: “Sandy Hook 5k”

Sunday, April 2 – Guilford: “Bimblers Bash 10k”

Sunday, April 2 – Greenwich: “CancerCare Walk/Run for Hope”

Sunday, April 2 – Waterbury: “Chris Corbett 5l”

Sunday, April 2 – Middletown: “Middletown Half Marathon”

Sunday, April 2 – Danbury, Cheshire, Fairfield, New Haven: “Zuse Distance Challenge” Half Marathon & 5k

Saturday, April 8 – Rocky Hill: “2nd Annual Rocky Hill CJB Library 5k”

Saturday, April 8 – Norwalk: “Color Vibe 5k”

Saturday, April 8 – Manchester: “Finally Spring” 5k

Saturday, April 8 – Salem: “Salem Road Race” 5k, 1mile

Sunday, April 9 – New Haven: “Julia’ Run for Children”

Sunday, April 9 – Fairfield: “Donnelly Dash” 3.5 mile run

Sunday, April 9 – Middletown: “Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon”

Sunday, April 9 – Vernon: “Strong Family Farm Chicken Run” 5k

Saturday, April 15 – Bloomfield: “Traprock 50k Trail Run”

Saturday, April 15 – Old Saybrook: “LifeZone 5k Challenge”

Saturday, April 15 – Canterbury: “3rd Annual Canterbury 10k Road Race”

Wednesday, April 19 – Stamford: “8 Weeks to Seaside Triathlon & Duathlon”

Saturday, April 22 – Windsor: “1040EZ 5k Run”

Sunday, April 23 – Danbury: “DAWS Run for Animals 5k”

Sunday, April 23 – Westport: “Minute Man Race”

Sunday, April 20 – Cheshire: “Ion Bank Cheshire Half Marathon, Relay & 5k”

Saturday, May 6 – Granby: “2017 Granby Road Race”

Sunday, May 7 – New Haven: “Denali ROCK the GAUNTLET 5k Obstacle Race”

Sunday, May 7 – Hamden: “The Cookie Challenge 5k”

Saturday, May 13 – New Haven: “Clean Air Run”

Saturday, May 13 – Thompson: “Terrain Race – New England”

Friday, May 19 – Simsbury: “New England Series 2017 Day 6”

Saturday, May 20 – Hamden: “2017 Hamden Hills Half Marathon & 5k”

Saturday, May 20 – Quaker Hill: “Q.H. 5k Challenge”

Saturday, May 20 – East Hartford: “CHR’s 1 in 5” 5k

Saturday, May 20 – Bethlehem: “Run for Hope” 5k run

Sunday, May 21 – Avon: “13th Annual Avon Road Race”

Sunday, May 21 – Cheshire: “Cheshire YMCA Sea Dog 5k Run”

Sunday, May 21 – North Branford: “Matt’s Mission 5k”

Sunday, May 21 – Newington: “Newington Library 5k Challenge”

Sunday, June 4 – Norwalk: “Miles for Meals 5k”

Saturday, June 10 – Enfield: “HMS Fun Run Day 2017” 5k & 1k

Sunday, June 18 – Branford: “Branford Road Race”

Saturday, June 24 – Fairfield: “Fairfield University Lil’ Stags Fun Run”

Saturday, June 24 – Fairfield: “Faxon Law Fairfield 5k”

Saturday, June 24 – Meriden: “Central CT Pet Fair 5k, Dog Walk, Fun Run”

Sunday, June 25 – Fairfield: “Faxon Law Fairfield Half Marathon”

Saturday, July 15 – East Hartford: “Bubble RUN”

Sunday, July 16 – Stamford: “Navigators Stamford KIC IT 5k”

Wednesday July 19 – Middletown: “Citizens Bank 5k”

Saturday, July 22 – Newington: 2017 Scottish Rite/Freemasons 5k”

Thursday, August 3 – Hartford: “CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5k”

Saturday, August 5 – Washington Depot: “XTERRA Trail Run Series”



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<![CDATA[Where To Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Connecticut ]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:46:16 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Valentine-Day-chocolate-heart-generic.jpg

Whether you prefer a relaxing weekend away at a spa or an exciting fire and ice festival, Connecticut has many options to offer you this February. Here are a few fun ways to spread the Valentine's Day love. 

Mashantucket: Foxwoods Resort & Casino presents a Valentine’s celebration on Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods. “An Evening of Love” will include several R&B musicians, including Monica, Donell Jones, Mario, Soul for Real, and Mario Winans.

Uncasville: Head to The Shops at Mohegan Sun on Tuesday, Feb. 14 to enjoy Valentine’s discounts all day long. The restaurants in the resort, including BALLO Italian Restaurant, Bean and Vine Café & Wine Bar, Carlo’s Bakery, Geno’s Pub, Michael Jordan’s Steak House, and others will be offering special deals on their Valentine’s dinners and desserts.

Mystic: The Inn at Mystic is offering a Valentine’s Day Room Package, with rates starting at $189. This deal will give you a romantic overnight stay at the Inn, dinner for two, a bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates.

Goshen: The Sunset Meadow Vineyards will be hosting a Valentine’s Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. For $129.00 per couple, you can enjoy a dinner on the vineyard with music, roses, and chocolate.

Westbrook: Water’s Edge Resort and Spa will offer a special menu and candlelit dinner at Dattilo Fine Italian, available Saturday, Feb. 11 through Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Putnam: “Fire & Ice,” the fourth annual Valentine’s Festival, will continue the tradition of ice carvings, fire torches, fire dancing performances, and chocolate sculpting. The largest single ice-block competition in the United States will take place here on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

New Haven: A night of stand-up comedy will be provided at Anthony’s Ocean View on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m, with proceeds benefitting the AIDS Project New Haven. Tickets for “Love Stinks,” a comedy show and dinner, will include an open bar, hors d’ouvres, dinner, a DJ, and Team Green Light Comedy Collective for $75 per person.

Branford: The Legacy Theatre will present “Heart of the Matter: songs and stories of love” on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Get tickets to this event now for $20.

Norwich: The Spa at Norwich Inn, partnering with Jonathan Edwards Winery, will offer a Wine Tasting Package perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend. This package includes a tour of the winery, a voucher for One Classic Tasting of 7 Wines at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, breakfast in Kensington’s Restaurant, and full use of the spa facilities.

Hartford: Sea Tea Improv will present “Valentine’s Day Special” featuring Romantic Baby at the Sea Tea Improv Studios on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.

Willimantic: The Leaf and Flour will be taking reservations for their “Sweetheart High Tea” all throughout February. For $28.50 per person, you can treat your significant other to special treats from decadent Red Velvet Cake and Mousseline cream Tart to a savory Bacon and Blue Cheese Quiche.



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<![CDATA[Snow Cancels DNCE Concert at Oakdale]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:35:59 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DNCE+GettyImages-633868028.jpg

The DNCE concert scheduled for the Dome at the Oakdale in Wallingford tonight has been canceled because of the snowstorm hitting Connecticut. 

Snow has overspread the state, with 10 to 18 inches expected to fall by the time the storm is over.

 

If you bought your tickets with a credit card, you will be automatically refunded. If your used cash, you can get refunds at the point of purchase, according to LiveNation.



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<![CDATA[Gronk Parties at Foxwoods]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:12:27 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Gronk+and+Rick+Ross+5.jpg

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<![CDATA[7 Most Reviled Subway Behaviors Revealed ]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 07:18:34 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/W+TRAIN.jpg Which subway behavior is the most obnoxious? Our viewers weigh in.

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<![CDATA[George Orwell's '1984' is Headed to Broadway]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 22:17:07 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/1984PlayBroadway.jpg

Sales of George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" have exploded since the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Donald Trump, with readers turning to the novel to explore the book's "doublethink" concept and portrait of totalitarian government, which many argue has parallels to the new administration's use of "alternative facts."

But for those who can't get their hands on a copy of the 70-year-old novel — or don't have time to read through its 300-plus pages — Broadway's got you covered.

The hit London stage adaptation of Orwell's timely novel will premiere on Broadway this summer, in a limited engagement production set to open on June 22 at the Hudson Theatre.

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan jointly wrote the piece, and will co-direct here too. They originally premiered the show in 2013 at the Nottingham Playhouse before transferring it to London's Almeida Theatre, where it had four separate engagements.

So far, "1984" is the first planned production for the 2017-18 Broadway season. Its announcement came days after the novel hit no. 1 on the Amazon charts.

Ticket information and casting is expected to be announced shortly.



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<![CDATA[McDonald's Turns to Chocolate for Shamrock Shake-Up]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 22:15:18 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/McDonalds_Chocolate_Shamrock-edited.jpg

It's a good day for chocolate-loving leprechauns.

This year, McDonald's St. Patrick's Day-themed Shamrock Shakes are coming in a variety of chocolate flavors, the fast food chain announced.

Along with the familiar, green Shamrock Shake, customers will find Chocolate Shamrock Shake (half mint, half chocolate), Shamrock Hot Chocolate, Shamrock Mocha and Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe on the menu. Each drink has at least a hint of mint.

The Shamrock Shake was first released in 1970, and its sales helped build the first Ronald McDonald house, in Philadelphia, four years later.



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<![CDATA[2017 Connecticut Concert Season]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:54:52 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/gaga.png A look at some of the artists playing concerts at venues across Connecticut.

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<![CDATA[Grand Opening of Chick-fil-A in West Hartford Postponed]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:22:51 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/West+Hartford+chick+fil+a.jpg

The Chick-fil-A in West Hartford was scheduled to open today, but it has been postponed the grand opening until tomorrow because of the heavy snow. 

A Chick-fil-A restaurant will now open at 6:30 a.m. on Friday at 509 New Park Ave. 

Daryl Jackson, who is originally from Naugatuck, owns the restaurant and this is his first Chick-fil-A.



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<![CDATA[Hooters Opening Fast-Casual Spinoff Hoots]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:47:44 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hoots-rendering-edited.jpg

During the first few weeks of January, “New Year, New Me” became a popular mantra. Hooters seems to have taken the words to heart and made good on its New Year’s resolution.

The restaurant chain, known for its scantily clad female employees, has decided to launch a new fast-casual franchise that will still have wings, but fewer breasts.

In an attempt to attract millennial and female diners, the company announced Tuesday that it will open Hoots, where servers will no longer wear the famous skintight Hooters tank-tops and booty-exposing orange shorts. Instead, they’ll have a uniform that includes a “newly designed Hoots shirt” and either shorts or pants, Hoots spokesperson Liz Harmon told the Huffington Post

The eatery will consider employees of both genders, a radical shift from Hooters’ all-female waiting staff. The first Hoots will open outside of Chicago in Cicero, Illinois, in mid-February.

“We selected Chicago as our launch market largely due to the success of our carry-out business in the Chicagoland area,”said Neil Kiefer, Hooters Management Corporation president and CEO.

The first branch will cover about 2,800 square feet, support 30 employees, and have a 75-person capacity. Equipped with a full bar, its menu will serve up Hooters’ greatest hits. 

But are traditional Hooters’ patrons there for the taste or the view? Given the popularity of other “breastaurants” like Twin Peaks, demand for venues like Hooters is clearly still high. Though fast-casual dining is also a growing market, especially among young adults, it remains to be seen whether people will go to Hoots just for the food.

Company higher-ups seem hopeful.

“It is a logical extension of the brand and will provide more people with more opportunities to enjoy our world famous wings,” said Terry Marks, Hooters of America president and CEO. “We have a lot to learn, but we are excited about the potential.”



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<![CDATA[Envoy Hotel Opening Rooftop 'Igloo' Bar]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:54:28 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/261*120/igloo31.jpg

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<![CDATA[Rooftop 'Igloo' Bar Now Open in Boston]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:58:30 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*125/igloo3.jpg

Rooftop cocktail bars are always popular in the summer. But in the winter, Boston's frigid temperatures can make them an awfully tough sell.

But it looks like The Envoy Hotel may have figured out a solution.

The Igloos on Lookout Rooftop & Bar are now open at The Envoy, which is located in the Seaport District.

According to the bar's Facebook page, the "igloos" are heated and lit, making it easy to brave the stubbornly cold temperatures or even a snowstorm. They're open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only, on a first-come, first-serve basis, from 4 to 10 p.m.

"We wanted ways to utilize the rooftop and draw some attention to the hotel," said Rob Saunders, general manager of The Envoy's Outlook Kitchen and Lookout Rooftop & Bar. "We're giving people an opportunity to be outside and drinking in the wintertime, and to do it in a kind of cool way. We're definitely excited."

Photos posted on the bar's Facebook page show glowing, electric-blue spheres, with chairs and a small table inside.

Saunders said there are six igloos altogether. Each one seats eight to 10 people comfortably. The bar is located inside the hotel, so when you want a drink, you just flip a switch and a red lightbulb lights up to alert the cocktail server.

He said the concept is a relatively new one, but there is an outdoor rooftop bar called 230 Fifth in New York City that uses them.

Right now, the Lookout offers only drinks, but customers can also get food downstairs at the Outlook Kitchen.

So far, people seem pretty enthusiastic about the idea of a year-round rooftop in Boston.

"This is an awesome concept," Janet Fesik said on Facebook.

"Let's goooooo," said Joe DiBella.

"Some clients want to buy out all six igloos," said Joe Mellia, The Envoy Hotel's general manager. "It's definitely gaining a lot of traction."



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<![CDATA[TODAY's Al Roker to Visit College Campuses for #Rokerthon 3]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:47:00 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/20366705_rokerthon_3_storming_into_the_madness_still_43973201d25d315affc51e38886f65a6.today-inline-large.jpg

Rokerthon is back.  This year, TODAY's weatherman is hitting the road to visit college campuses across America.  Let's get Al to Connecticut!

During the visit to campuses, he'll do a live weather report and attempt to set a new Guinness World Records record with the students.

To get him to visit your campus, make a video showing off "your 'EPIC' school spirit" and telling Al why he should visit for a live weather forecast and what Guinness World Records record you want to help him break at your school.

Some examples the TODAY show gives of possible records:

  • having Al do the weather from every fraternity and sorority on campus
  • pairing Al with every one of your sports teams
  • getting Al to deliver the forecast from the 50-yard line of a filled-to-capacity football stadium or gym
The TODAY producers wants to see your school spririt in the video such as:
  • a pep rally at your football stadium
  • a huge gathering at the iconic bar on campus
  • a performance from your world-famous a capella group
  • any hallowed tradition

SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO: You can submit your video through this link.

Entries are due Feb. 24.



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<![CDATA[Cindy Williams and Megan Cavanagh Star in Menopause the Musical in New Haven]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:08:04 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cindy_Williams_and_Megan_Cavanaugh_Star_in_Menopause_the_Musical_in_New_Haven_1200x675_868591683574.jpg ]]> <![CDATA['Hamilton' Doubles Number of Daily Lottery Tickets]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:43:16 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/schuyler1.jpg

The renowned Broadway hit "Hamilton: An American Musical" has doubled the number of available tickets for its daily lottery.

Those who wish to enter have to fill out an entry form to participate. The lottery was previously expanded last June to 46 tickets a day.

The lucky winners have 60 minutes to purchase the tickets.

The megahit musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton made history last year, earning a record 16 Tony nominations and winning 11 awards.

It also smashed box office records and made an international sensation of creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda. 



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<![CDATA[CMTA Boat Show Docks in Hartford Feb. 9-12]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:46:06 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+boat+show+1200.jpg

It may be cold outside, but you can think summer as the Hartford Boat Show cruises into town.

The show, produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, is being held at the Connecticut Convention Center Feb. 9-12.

With more than 150 exhibitors and 250 boats and watercraft, the Hartford Boat show has expanded this year to cover the entire space on two levels of the convention center.

"February is a great time for a boat show. It's a perfect winter activity for boaters who are starting to plan their spring and summer water activities and purchases, and it's truly a family event that everyone at every age can enjoy indoors, CMTA executive director Kathleen Burns said.

There will be special guests, people can test their fishing skills a a virtual fishing tournament and watch paddle board demonstrations.

The show will be open:

 

  • Thurs. Feb. 9 from 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Fri. Feb 10 from 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sat. Feb 11 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sun. Feb 12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Alcohol-Sensing Chip Bags Take on Super Sunday Drunken Driving]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:53:56 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/232*120/012617+tositos+prevent+drunk+driving+bag.jpg

With just over a week to go until Super Bowl 51 kicks off, one major chip brand is introducing a new type of bag that aims to tell you if you're too drunk to drive.

Frito-Lay is debuting its new "party safe" bag for Tostitos chips that comes complete with technology that's meant to act like a Breathalyzer. The company says the alcohol sensor will turn a symbol on the bag red if alcohol is detected, while staying green if none is.

The bag, which is meant to remind people to re-think driving after consuming alcohol, comes as a limited edition, but the UPC codes on nearly all bags of Tostitos chips will give users $10 off an Uber ride on the day the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Feb. 5, at least until 25,000 users enter the code.

The $10 Super Sunday discount was made in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that 40 percent of motor vehicle crash fatalities in 2010 were connected to drunken driving.

The aunt and uncle of Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker died in a car crash with a drunken driver after he played in the 2013 Super Bowl.

"Drunk driving is 100 percent preventable. Thanks to Tostitos and Uber, it's easier than ever to make a safe choice if your plans include alcohol," said Walker, also a MADD volunteer, in a Tostitos news release.



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<![CDATA[McDonald’s to Give Away 10,000 Bottles of Big Mac Sauce]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:30:26 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/McDs-GettyImages-96324959.jpg

Attention, Big Mac lovers.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, McDonald's will give away 10,000 bottles of its Big Mac sauce to celebrate its new Grand Mac and Mac Jr. sizes.

The twists on the popular menu item -- which features two patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame bun – offer an even larger and slightly smaller option for diners, McDonald's said.

To get your bottle of Big Mac sauce, head to a participating location around the country and say, "There's a Big Mac for that."

The giveaway will be on a first-come, first-served basis.



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<![CDATA[Olive Garden Unveils Latest 'Never Ending' Deal]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:54:57 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Olive_Garden_chicago.jpg

Olive Garden is bringing back its “never ending” pasta deal, except this time, it’s upping the ante.

In a new promotion the restaurant chain calls the “next phase in never ending,” Olive Garden is now offering up its “Never Ending Classics.”

Last year, the company known for its free breadsticks said it sold 21,000 Never Ending Pasta Passes, a seven-week pass for endless pasta bowls. The new offer, which starts at $11.99, now includes lasagna, chicken parmigiana, chicken alfredo, fettucine alfredo and spaghetti with meat sauce.

Diners can also mix and match the featured dishes with each refill, according to the company.

"First we introduced unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks. Then we debuted Never Ending Pasta Bowl. And now we're excited to give our fans the chance to revel in unlimited helpings of their favorite Olive Garden classics," Jose Duenas, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden, said in a statement. "We selected five of our most popular entrees so guests may indulge in as many of their favorites as they want, all at an incredible value."

The offer is available through March 6 and comes with soup or salad and breadsticks.

In previous years, Olive Garden’s pasta passes sold out in minutes, generating considerable publicity for the chain looking to modernize its image. Parent company Darden Restaurants Inc. was still working on turning around the chain's performance last year after its board was taken over by investor Starboard Value.

In November, the company reported its sales had increased by 2.1 percent in the second quarter, “outperforming the casual dining industry benchmarks, especially at Olive Garden,” according to CEO Gene Lee.



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<![CDATA[Honoring MLK, from Services to Activism]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:18:09 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MLK-Bible.jpg

Cities and towns honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today. All events listed are scheduled for Monday unless otherwise noted.

BLOOMFIELD: Bloomfield Interfaith Association presents "Let Justice Roll Like a Mighty Stream” featuring music and readings at the Beth Hillel Synagogue, 160 Wintonbury Ave at 7 p.m. Refreshments to follow.

BRIDGEPORT: Bridgeport's Black Pride MLK Day Service at Mount Aery Baptist Church. 8:30 a.m., Mount Aery Baptist Church, 73 Frank Street, Bridgeport.

BRIDGEPORT: University of Bridgeport students participate in the University's 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service starting at 9:45 a.m. University of Bridgeport Student Center, 244 University Avenue, Bridgeport.

BRISTOL: Come celebrate the legacy of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at one of Bristol's long running traditions. Breakfast, Music, and Keynote Speaker bringing the message of Dr. King to all of us. Tickets $12 each, $6 for children 12 and under. 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Bristol Eastern High School, 632 King St, Bristol.

BRISTOL: Imagine Nation Museum will be open starting at 9:30 a.m. One Pleasant Street, Bristol.

CHESTER: Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Create, dance, sing, role play and more as we spread the message of brotherhood, freedom, and equality. Volunteers from the Chester Public Library Teen Action Group will join us this year to decorate sugar cookies! All are welcome. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Circle of Friends Montessori, 25 W Main St, Chester.

DEEP RIVER: Join us on Martin Luther King Day for a facilitated discussion of his legacy in the era of Black Lives Matter. This event is designed for young people between the ages of 15 and 25. 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Steve Milton Memorial Community Room and Gallery, 169 Main Street, Deep River.

FAIRFIELD: Fairfield Museum & History Center: Join Museum Education staff for a Scavenger Hunt in the “Creating Community” gallery to explore and discover people who’ve made a difference in our community. Bring a photo or image of your own hero to create a painted portrait in the Education Classroom. Sponsored by People’s United Bank. 370 Beach Rd, Fairfield.

FARMINGTON: Hill-Stead Museum will offer Extended Museum Hours from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday. Martin Luther King Day vacation workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for ages 7 to 11. $40 members; $50 non-members. Register at www.hillstead.org. 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT.

GREENWICH: Bruce Museum: Fun family activities with themes of dreams, peace and community from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. African and African-American storytelling performance by Eshu Bumpus at 11:00 am and again at 1:00 pm. Eshu is a renowned storyteller, an accomplished jazz vocalist and a master at physical characterization, who has performed in 26 states across the country. Performances and activities are free with museum admission. 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich. 

HARTFORD: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE admission and activities all day long. Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with family-friendly music by the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and students from Charter Oak Cultural Center, hands-on art activities, and a theater performance about the Underground Railroad. 600 Main Street, Hartford.

HARTFORD: Mark Twain House and Museum: Free admission for Hartford residents. Proof of residency required. Living history characters will be on hand to greet visitors. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Last tour starts at 4:30 p.m. 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford.

HARTFORD: In recognition of civil rights icon The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Hartford Public Library presents two dramatic performances of King’s speeches and writings, with New York-based actor David Mills. As MLK, Mills will deliver excerpts from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, “Early Days”, “Be the Best”, “Promised Land”, “If I Had Sneezed” and the “I Have a Dream” speech from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. Wednesday, January 18 at 2 p.m. at “The Bench” Performance Space, Main Floor, Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Ave. 

HARTFORD: Connecticut Science Center: The Connecticut Science Center has been busy building a new look for the new year. Join us when we re-open to the public on Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day). Preview the all-new Science Alley and experience ten-stories of interactive and immersive exhibits from the depths of the deep sea to the far reaches of outer space. See the unseen and discover what lies beneath the skin of a life-size Sperm Whale or inside a Mercury-Redstone Rocket. Everyone pays kids admission price today from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford.

HARTFORD: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.'s 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III. Connecticut Convention Center, 9 a.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Donation is $55. 

HARTFORD: The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will hold an open house on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Day. The event features tours of the Katharine Seymour Day House, hands-on family activities, a film screening and discussion, and bell ringing for nonviolence and peace. All activities are free. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bells will ring at noon. In the spirit of giving, visitors can bring new bath towels and feminine hygiene products for donation to emergency shelters -- a project of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. 77 Forest Street, Hartford. 

HARTFORD: The Greater Hartford Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. will collect handbags from 10:00 am to noon on Monday, January 16th at The Amistad Center for Art & Culture's MLK, Jr. Community Day. The Handbag Project is an international effort to support women who are homeless or who have been victimized by rape or domestic abuse, or both. The handbags we collect will be donated to a local shelter. To participate, simply take a handbag that you no longer use and fill it with personal care items. The Amistad Center for Art & Culture is within the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art located at 600 Main Street in Hartford.

HARTFORD: On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, True Colors is hosting a GSA Summit for racial justice. This summit is free and open to everyone, with lunch provided. During the day, we’ll explore the intersections of our identities, history, and social movements. 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 30 Arbor Street, Hartford. Stay tuned for more updates over the following weeks, and click this link to RSVP to the Summit: https://goo.gl/forms/wt8CIlBCbY6mWcsA2

HARTFORD: The State of Connecticut Holiday Commission invites you to attend the 31st annual bell ringing ceremony and commemoration of the lift of Dr. King. Hall of Flags of the State Capitol Building, Hartford. 10:00 a.m. breakfast, 11:00 a.m. ceremony.

MANCHESTER: The Town of Manchester’s 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Celebration will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 6:30-8:00pm at Manchester High School (Bailey Auditorium). The theme for this year’s celebration, “LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!” addresses Dr. King’s belief that “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” The event will include entertainment by the Manchester High School Jazz Ensemble, keynote from the Manchester Youth Commission and presentation of awards to recognize students who are promoting positive change in their school and community. This event is free and open to the public. For questions, please contact the Manchester Youth Service Bureau at (860) 647-5262.

MERIDEN: 32nd Annual MLK and Albert Owens Scholarship Breakfast. Local and state elected officials, religious leaders, and city educators expected to attend at Maloney High School Cafeteria, 121 Gravel Street, Meriden starting at 8:00 a.m.

MIDDLETOWN: The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee of Greater Middletown will host its 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther Dr. King Jr. birthday celebration Monday at 12:30 p.m. at South Congregational Church on Pleasant Street. Prior to the formal celebration, there will be a noon-time speaking program at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Main Street. All are invited to attend the event and celebration at South Congregational Church, U.C.C.; 9 Pleasant St, Middletown.

MIDDLETOWN: The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, Saturday night: Warren Byrd’s Byrdspeak Sessions brings The Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King into high focus. January looms large in Byrd’s calendar as not only the month of his birth but also of one of the stellar Americans of the 20th Century. Martin Luther King will be the subject of one of Warren’s latest “Palettes”, to be premiered with co-innovators Dutch Jazz luminary Saskia Laroo on Bass, Trumpet, and alto sax, New England jazz legend Mixashawn Lee Rozie on tenor sax and Emile de Leon on drums. Spoken word will also be an aspect of this presentation with excerpts and renditions of selected poets. 605 Main St, Middletown. 8:00 p.m. $10 

NEW BRITAIN: Join Mayor Erin Stewart in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King. Event hosted by Mayor Stewart's office and the New Britain Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities at Angelico's Restaurant, 542 East Main Street, New Britain. Event begins at 9:45 a.m.

NEW BRITAIN: New Britain Museum of American Art Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy free admission to the Museum all day and participate in a variety of activities. Walk-in tour at noon and 2 p.m., story reading of Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach in the Moser Library at 1 p.m.; create art inspired by in the art studio from 3-4 p.m. Free admission. 56 Lexington Street, New Britain.

NEW HARTFORD: Lam is teaming up with Donna Gentile at The Hive for a free day of events called "Peace Out." It's a free community day, aimed at teenagers - and celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Lam will offer three free classes that day - our regular 9:15 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. classes, along with a special 11:00 a.m. class. All ages are welcome. Lam Yoga, Hurley Business Park, 37 Greenwoods Rd, New Hartford.

NEW HAVEN: Storytelling & Amistad Exhibit at the New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue. Free Admission to the New Haven Museum from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At 11:30 a.m. Joy Donaldson presents “Martin Luther King Word and Song.” 1:00 p.m. Waltrina Kirkland Mullins presents “We’ve Come a Long Way! Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. King.”

NEW HAVEN: Peabody Museum’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Various World Stage Performances (Great Hall of Dinosaurs) including Hip Hop Dance Battle, Community Poetry Open Mic and drum circle. David Friend Hall (3rd floor) showing of “I Have A Dream” starts at 10:30 a.m. Free admission. 170 Whitney Ave, New Haven. 

NEW HAVEN: 7th annual MLK Concert celebration honoring the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Music Haven students and teachers, Harmony in Action, and St. Luke's Steel Band will perform. 2:00 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 111 Whalley Avenue, New Haven.

NEW HAVEN: The Connecticut American Red Cross and the City of New Haven are joining together to offer free smoke alarms and installations to residents in New Haven on Monday, January 16 as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The smoke alarm installations are part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries. Residents can schedule a visit by visiting www.redcross.org/ct/schedule-a-visit or by calling 877-287-3327 and choosing option 1 on the menu to request a smoke alarm installation.

NEW HAVEN: An MLK Day Tea with Blain Snipstal. 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Blain Snipstal is a peasant farmer and food sovereignty activist. Sponsored by the Yale Sustainable Food Program, Pierson College, and the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity & Transnational Migration. Free and open to the public. Pierson College, 211 Park St, New Haven.

NEW LONDON: MLK Day March and Ceremony at City Hall and Shiloh Baptist Church. March begins at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall at 181 State Street, followed by service at Shiloh Baptist Church at One Garvin Street.

NEWTOWN: EverWonder Children’s Museum will be open on Martin Luther King Day. Make mixed media winter paintings in the classroom from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 31 Pecks Ln, Newtown.

NIANTIC: Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT: Stop by the museum to learn about how Dr. King wanted to make the world a better place. Complete a craft activity on what you would do to change the world. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 409 Main Street, Niantic.

NORWALK: The Stepping Stones Museum for Children is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Watch King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech from 11:00 a.m. to noon; children can also make paper doves for peace. $15 adults and children and $10 for seniors. Children under 1 are free. 

NORWICH: Norwich NAACP Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom March and Program. Honoring Dr. King with a freedom march and program. 1:30 p.m. at David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard at Norwich City Hall.

RIDGEFIELD: The Town of Ridgefield will present the 21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration with a special performance by Broadway’s Daniel Levine and Bryan Perri. This year’s ceremony will also include a special posthumous award presented to the family of Tom Belote. This event, which begins at 3:00 p.m. at The Ridgefield Playhouse is free to the community and will also feature performances by The Ridgefield Chorale, Deborah Katchko-Gray, Kimberly Wilson and student from Keys, anon-profit organization that brings music education to underserved inner city children. The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E Ridge St, Ridgefield.

SIMSBURY: The annual MLK Day in Simsbury Celebration is an annual event recognizing and celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the time he spent in Simsbury. The 2017 keynote speaker is Greg Jones of the Legacy Foundation Hartford. International performing artist Jolie Rocke Brown will perform in song at the event. 2:00 p.m., First Church of Christ Simsbury, 689 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury.

STAMFORD: 3rd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Stamford Community Breakfast. A citywide celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a message from Professor Marilyn Ford, Esq. of Quinnipiac University. Presented by the Stamford Community Collective. 8:30 a.m. to11 a.m. at the Patio Café, 888 Washington Boulevard, Stamford. *Tickets $50 at the doors

STAMFORD: 2017 Stamford MLK Committee's Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Noon luncheon program. Yerwood Center, 90 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford.

STORRS: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Observance at the University of Connecticut. The UConn community celebrates and reflects on the works and teachings of Dr. King, and the efforts that continue in his name today. The keynote speaker for 2017 will be Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is the host of BET News and VH1 Live, as well as a political contributor for CNN. Monday, 4:00 p.m., Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. 2132 Hillside Road, Unit 3104, Storrs.

WALLINGFORD: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, 10:00 a.m. Monday. Artwork, essays, readings, Lyman Hall HS choir performs. Town Hall, Robert F. Parisi Town Council Chambers, 45 South Main Street, Wallingford.

WATERBURY: Waterbury Fellowship of the Christian Churches' service honoring Dr. King. Representatives with member churches Grace Baptist Church, Mt. Olive AME Zion, and Zion Baptist Church will be in attendance for the event. Mount Olive AME Zion Church, 82 Pearl Street, Waterbury. Service starts at noon.

WEST HARTFORD: The community is invited to come together for the 21st annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at the West Hartford town hall auditorium, 50 South Main St., from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This year’s keynote speakers are Victoria Christgau and Pastor James A. Lane, Jr. of the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence, Hartford.

WEST HARTFORD: “Inclusion, Acceptance and Social Justice Advocacy: The Legacy of Martin Luther King,” an evening of storytelling with various storytellers, including Maxx Smith-Rapaport, a student at Solomon Schechter Day School (SSDS); co-hosted by SSDS, West Hartford Public Schools and Speak Up; 7 – 8:30 p.m.; at SSDS, 26 Buena Vista Rd., (860) 561-0700, rsvp@ssds-hartford.org. FREE

WEST HARTFORD: West Hartford – In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: “A History of Black-Jewish Relations and Why It Matters Today More Than Ever,” with guest speaker Dr. Cheryl Greenberg, a history professor at Trinity College; light refreshments; 7 p.m.; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 236-1275.

WEST HARTFORD: "Continuing the Legacy: Freedom, Peace, Respect for All" will be the theme of the University of Hartford's Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance being held from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 16 in the University's Lincoln Theater. This event, which is free and open to the public, will feature an inspirational program of music and reflections commemorating the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. Parking is available in Lot F.

WEST HARTFORD: First Baptist Church Free Screening of the 2016 Netflix Original "13th" The Documentary: A Community Conversation about Racism in America. “13th” is not rated and has a run time of 1 hr 40 min. This event will begin a series of conversations about building relationships across the lines of social difference. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. First Baptist Church West Hartford, 90 N Main St, West Hartford.

WINDSOR: The Archer Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church is sponsoring its' annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration for the community at the Windsor Town Hall Council Chambers. Keynote speaker is Windsor High School Principal Uyi Osunde. The program will include musical tributes and words of reflection. All are welcome to celebrate Dr. King's life, dream and legacy. The event is free and open to the public. 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the program. For more information, please call 860-688-5225.



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<![CDATA[Your State's Favorite Netflix Original Series Is ...]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:28:03 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Netflix-GettyImages-464215297.jpg

If you ever found yourself hunkering down under a blanket at home weathering some type of storm, be it physical or emotional, you've probably turned to Netflix for solace at some point.

According to Fortune, more than half of Americans use the streaming service for access to both movies and TV episodes, and in recent years, many subscribers have turned to Netflix originals for some fresh content.

So which binge-worthy series was most likely to be streaming in neighborhoods near you? Cable TV looked at state data from Google Trends in 2016 to identify the top Netflix original series for each state.

New York's favorite original Netflix series last year was "The Get Down," a show about a ragtag group of teenagers running wild in the streets of the Bronx in the 1970s, according to Cable TV's research. 

Streamers in New Jersey, along with Netflix bingers in 13 other states, preferred "Daredevil," while Connecticut viewers streamed "Bloodline" more than any other original series provided by the service.

Click here to see the full methodology and map by state. 



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<![CDATA[IHOP Brings Back 'All You Can Eat Pancakes' ]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:20:09 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ihop+GettyImages-84259123.jpg

IHOP is bringing back its “all you can eat pancakes." 

The restaurant chain said the offer, which will be available at any time of day, will continue until Feb. 14. It started Wednesday. 

As part of the deal, customers can order either five “famous buttermilk pancakes” or a short stack of two pancakes with a combo plate of eggs, golden hash browns and a choice of breakfast meats. Once the initial serving is finished, customers can “keep a short stack of two buttermilk pancakes coming again and again until they have had… all they can eat,” the restaurant said.

“Since the moment we opened 57 years ago, our guests have been able to get the perfect breakfast any time of day,” Kirk Thompson, vice president of marketing for the International House of Pancakes, said in a statement. “And now, with the return of All You Can Eat pancakes, one of our most beloved traditions, it’s even easier for our guests and fellow breakfastarians to get their fill of our warm, delicious buttermilk pancakes, morning, noon and night through February 14 — and what better time to end this promotion than Valentine’s Day, when breakfastarians can celebrate their love of IHOP!” 

Pancake eaters can add toppings to their pancake stacks for an additional cost, according to IHOP. 

The offer is available for dine-in only and price and participation will vary, the company said. 

IHOP, which is based in California, has more than 1,600 restaurants across the country and in Canada and Mexico.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years With New S'mores Cookies]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:33:06 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/207*120/smores-cookie.jpg

Girl Scouts cookies fans can look forward to a new flavor that honors an old campfire classic: the s'more. 

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Cookies, the company has added two s'mores-inspired treats. The ABC Bakers S'mores layers a creme icing and a chocolate coating over a graham cracker wafer. The Little Brownie Bakers version is a "crunchy graham sandwich with creamy chocolate and marshmallow-y filling."

The new flavor pays tribute to the Girl Scouts' history of getting girls outdoors, and of course, enjoying s'mores around the campfire, the organization said in a press release.

The Girl Scouts were one of the first to spread the recipe, publishing it under the name "Some More" in 1925 in a Girl Scout Leader magazine.  

During the six-week 2015-2016 cookie season, girls in the NYC area sold 1,107,524 individual boxes. All proceeds from the annual fundraiser remain within the five boroughs, with $0.65 per box going directly to the individual troop. 

Customers can use the Cookie Locator App to find the nearest booth sale. The upcoming cookie season is set to begin early this spring.



Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas]]>
<![CDATA[News Team Gags on Artichoke Dip Gone 'Terribly Wrong']]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:46:02 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Global-News-Calgary-artichoke-dip-choke.jpg

Something went "terribly wrong" when one Canadian newscaster made artichoke dip to share with her team, and the noxious results are being seen across the world.

The team at Global News Calgary was sharing holiday recipes last week and traffic reporter Leslie Horton decided to make artichoke dip, according to a clip from the news agency posted to YouTube that's racked up more than 800,000 views since Friday.

The soggy, yellow dip that Horton whipped up gave her co-hosts the jitters, and when Horton passed it around she admitted, "I'm telling you right now, this did not work out."

Only two of her three colleagues were brave enough to find out first-hand.

Meteorologist Jordan Witzel took a big bite and nearly turned green.

"At first I'm like, well, it's not that bad, but the vinegar..." he said.

"But there's no vinegar in there!" Horton replies, before Witzel cuts her off by retching the food into a napkin.

The Global News team took turns laughing and gagging as they wondered what possibly could have turned a holiday artichoke dip so foul. Turns out, Horton improvised a bit when she made the recipe, trading lemon for an orange she had in the house and spicing it with celery salt and oregano.

Anchor Amber Schinkel also took a bite and managed not to bad-mouth the bad-tasting dip, at least until she was asked what she thought of Horton's creation.

"It burns," she said, holding her throat.

That vinegar taste apparently came from Horton's use of pickled artichoke rather than the real thing, she tweeted as the video went viral. Horton took the "#CookingFail" in stride, telling her TV station, "My co-workers’ reactions were priceless" and saying it's a good reminder that the morning news team has its fails, just like their viewers do.

She even tweeted "The Ellen Show" Monday that she's happy to share the recipe, "if you're up for it."

The video jumped as high as #21 on YouTube's trending video page Monday, with under a week until Christmas.



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<![CDATA[Several Christmas Movies Are Based in Connecticut]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:12:07 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Christmas+in+Connecticut_.jpg

‘Tis the season for Christmas movies and our beautiful state is the setting for some classics, as well as some newer films.

The two most popular are “Christmas in Connecticut” and “Holiday Inn.”

The 1942 film “Holiday Inn” is set in a Connecticut inn that is only open on holidays. The movie, set in fictional Midville, was actually shot in California. The inn in the film was later revamped to be a Vermont inn in the movie “White Christmas.”

The 1945 film, “Christmas in Connecticut,” is about a food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife and goes to elaborate lengths to cover up that lie when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her Connecticut home for a traditional family Christmas.

The film was not actually shot in Connecticut. Instead it was shot at Warner Brothers studios in Burbank, California. The film was remade in 1992.

Connecticut native Wally Lamb’s novel, “Wishin’ and Hopin’” was turned into a 2014 film and it was shot in Norwich and Willimantic. It’s set in the fictional town of Three Rivers in the 1960s. 

The Hallmark Christmas movie, “Broadcasting Christmas,” stars Melissa Joan Hart, who lives in Connecticut, and Dean Cane.

Hart plays a human interest reporter for a Connecticut station in this love story about two news broadcasters fighting for a coveted position as a morning talk show host. 

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

What's your favorite movie based in Connecticut? 



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<![CDATA[Casey Affleck is a 'Real' Dunkin' Donuts Customer on SNL]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:56:47 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/affleck+dunkin+donuts+customer.jpg

Saturday Night Live is known for its spot-on parodies, and the show's Dunkin' Donuts commercial this past weekend was no exception.

The fake commercial stars SNL guest host Casey Affleck as a "real" Dunkin' Donuts customer, who might just strike a familiar chord with New Englanders.



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<![CDATA[Best Places to Watch the New Year's Eve Fireworks ]]> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:05:39 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fireworksnyccrop2.jpg

New Year’s Eve is around the corner and it’s time to make some plans. Wondering where to get the best views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks? Here are the best places in NYC to take in the fireworks spectacular.

Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza and Ninth Street is the perfect cozy spot to huddle up with a cup of hot cocoa and watch the fireworks burst over Long Meadow.

Central Park at South 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue is the spot where runners participating the Midnight Run will meet after the run but all are welcome to join the party. Bring your dancing shoes because there will be music and other New Year's celebration activities.

Luna Park at Steeplechase Plaza makes for a magical evening of fireworks by the water. Do something different this year and revel in the excitement from Brooklyn’s own Coney Island. New Year’s Eve at Luna Park is sure to be a packed night of entertainment, food and fun. 

Times Square at Broadway and Seventh Avenue never fails to put on the ultimate New Year's Eve experience for tourists and New Yorkers alike. Claim your spot around the grand ball by 3 p.m. and rock out to show-stopping performances from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Grab a snack and plenty of water to avoid losing your spot in the crowd.



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<![CDATA[2016 Holiday Events, Activities and Displays]]> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:00:45 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fantasy+of+lights_new+haven+.jpg

Looking to get out and about in the community for the holidays? We’re Connecting You to Joy with a list of spirited activities across the state.

Bethlehem:

Christmas Town Festival
Friday, December 2, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Bethlehem Green at Route 132 and Route 61

Bridgeport:

Christmas Tree Lighting
Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The McLevy Green

Bristol:

Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce
Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 18 Fridays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lake Compounce, 186 Enterprise Dr

Lights on Rosewood
Saturday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec, 25 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
111 Rosewood Drive

East Windsor:

Winterfest at the CT Trolley Museum
Friday Nov. 25 through Friday, Dec. 23 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26 - Sunday Dec. 30 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Essex:

Santa Special at Essex Steam Train
Saturdays Dec. 4 through Dec. 18, Friday Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26 and Tuesday, Dec. 27. Trains depart from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
*Varies depending on day, ticket required
1 Railroad Avenue

Fairfield:

Wonderland at Roseville
Thursday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Dec. 31, Sunday - Thursday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
226 Roseville Terrace

Groton:

Holiday Lights Parade
Saturday, December 3, at 5 p.m.
Starts at Route 1 and South Road

Guilford:

Annual Tree Lighting
Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Guilford Green

Hamden:

Silverbells Celebration
Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2:30 p.m.
Free events at 2761 Dixwell Ave.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. *Requires reservation
480 Sherman Ave.

Hartford:

Winterfest
Friday, Nov. 25, to Sunday, Jan. 8, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. *Times may vary for holidays
Bushnell Park

Madison:

Annual Tree Lighting
Friday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m.
26 Meeting House Road

Meriden:

Winter Wonderland Celebration
Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
133 Parker Avenue

Christmas in the Village
Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Main Street

Hubbard Park Silver Lights
Now through Tuesday, Jan. 3, 5 p.m. to midnight
Hubbard Park

Middletown:

Holiday on Main Street
Saturdays from Nov. 26 through Dec. 17, From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Downtown Middletown

Mystic:

Holiday Carnival
Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m.
27 Coogan Boulevard (Olde Mystick Village)

Olde Mistick Village Festival of Lights
Friday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m.
27 Coogan Boulevard (Olde Mystick Village)

New Britain:

New Britain Downtown City Christmas Tree Lighting Event
Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Central Park

Christmas House
Friday, Dec. 16 through Friday, Dec. 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lexington Street

New Haven:

New Haven Tree Lighting
Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The New Haven Green

Winter Festival on the Green
Saturdays Dec. 3, through Dec. 17, noon to 4 p.m.
The New Haven Green

Easter Seals Goodwill Industries' 22nd Annual Fantasy of Lights
Friday Nov. 18 through Sunday Jan 1. Open Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lighthouse Point Park

North Haven:

Tree Lighting
Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
North Haven Town Green

Norwalk:

Holiday Tree Lighting at Norwalk City Hall
Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 p.n. to 7:15 p.m.
Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue

Plainville:

Hillscrest Road Holiday Display
Sun. Dec. 4, through Tues. Jan. 3, Monday through Friday 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm
15 Hillscrest Road

Southington:

White Christmas in the Community
Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Southington and Plantsville

Stratford:

Holiday Tree Lighting Festival
Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Stratford Town Hall, 2725 Main St.

Torrington:

The Christmas House
Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 25. Open inside 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and outside 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
85 Main St.

69th Season of Christmas Village
Sunday, Dec. 11 through Dec. 23 from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon
Carl Bozenski's Christmas Village, 150 Church St

West Hartford:

Holiday Stroll
Thursday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square

Fire on Ice
Sunday, Dec. 25, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Blue Back Square

If you know of a great winter event or display that’s not on the list, let us know by emailing the information to news@nbcconnecticut.com.



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<![CDATA[What's Your State's Favorite Holiday Movie?]]> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:29:32 -0500 View the listing. ]]> View the listing. ]]> //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/home_alone_050611.jpg

As the temperature drops, households around the country hunker down in front of their TVs, computers or smartphone screens for a time honored tradition: hot chocolate and little dose of nostalgia.

The holidays aren't complete without the quintessential seasonal flick — whether it’s a classic tearjerker like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or a modern-day comedy like “Elf.”

And while each of us has our own holiday favorite, the state you live in might make you more likely to watch certain films, according a new report from CableTV.com.

The results are based on AMC's top 20 Christmas movies (voted on by viewers), which were then cross-referenced with Google Trends state data from the past decade to see which holiday favorites were most likely to pop up on TVs in different parts of the country.

"Elf," starring Will Ferrell, dwarfs the competition. Many households also tune in to "Home Alone." But beyond the widely popular titles, states’ seasonal favorites appear to say something about our regional differences.

In the southwest, states like California, Nevada and Arizona like to cozy up with Jack Skellington and Sally in Tim Burton’s stop-motion animation, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Across the lower Midwest and some of the South, people enjoy quality time with the Griswolds in “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.” In the sunny southern regions, states prefer "Home Alone." 

Way up north in the ice and snow, New Englanders like to warm up with the classics like "Miracle on 34th Street," "White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful life."

"There’s a marked preference for older festive fare that captures Christmases of long, long ago," Cabletv.com's Kaz Weida wrote.



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<![CDATA[17 Places to Ring in 2017]]> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:27:19 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/fireworks-generic-10.jpg

NBC Connecticut is Connecting You to Joy with a list of New Year's Eve events across the state for Dec. 31, 2016. Suggestions range from a glamourous night on the water to a family-friendly bowling party. Check out the list below. 

Dancing New Year's Eve CT

Show off your moves at this dance-inspired New Year's Eve event. Classes begin at 3 p.m. and the party goes through the night! Open bar included from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
3 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Sheraton Stamford Hotel
700 East Main Street, Stamford, CT

First Night Hartford

Hit the streets of downtown Hartford for the 28th Annual First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration! This family-friendly event has setups all around downtown and includes two fireworks shows.
2 p.m. to midnight
Downtown Hartford, CT

New Year's Eve at Foxwoods

Check out the offers at Foxwoods Resort Casino for a variety of NYE's options. 
10 p.m.
350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, CT

New Year’s Eve at Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun offers a variety of New Year’s Eve festivities. Visit their website to browse the offerings.
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT

New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Masquerade Cruise

Spend New Year’s in a thrilling murder mystery masquerade as you cruise down the river on a Lady Katharine Cruise. Must book ahead!
6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
105 Reserve Road, Hartford, CT

Lessard Lanes NYE Family and Adult Parties

Looking for some family fun this holiday? Lessard Lanes in Plainville is open all day New Year’s Eve and offers special party packages starting in the evening until midnight.
5:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
136 New Britain Ave, Plainville, CT

Shakedown New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

Is live music your idea of a good time. Then pick up tickets for Shakedown’s all ages show at Toad’s Place in New Haven
Doors at 7:30 p.m.
300 York Street, New Haven, CT

The New Year’s Eve Torch Run and Torchlight Parade

Get outside and enjoy the slopes at the New Years Eve Torch Run and Torchlight Parade at Powder Ridge. Anyone with a lift pass can join the parade
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
99 Powder Hill Road
Middlefield, CT

New Year’s Eve Bash: Casino Royale

Looking to class it up with a river view? Check out the New Year’s Eve Bash: Casino Royale at the Mystic Yatching Center. This event is for the 21+ crowd.
8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
90 Essex St, Groton, CT

New Year's Eve Gala at the Country House

Feeling fancy? This event at the The Country House includes dinner and entertainment for $200 a couple.
7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
990 Foxon Road, East Haven, CT

New Year's Eve at McFadden's & BarBQ

One ticket - two bars! That's the idea behind the McFadden's and BarBQ New Year's Eve event. Ticket includes top shelf open bar a full dinner buffet, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight.
8 p.m. - midnight
261 Main Street, Stamford, CT

Stand Up and Count Down to 2017

Let laughter ring in the new year. The 7 Angels Theater in Waterbury offers two stand-up comedy shows featuring four NYC comics - and the later show features a champagne toast at midnight.
6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
1 Plank Road, Waterbury, CT

New Year's Eve Parties at Galaxy Roller Rink

Galaxy Roller Rink offers two alcohol-free NYE parties - an early party of the youngsters, and a late party for everyone else. Bring on the family fun!
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
210 Bridge Street, Groton, CT

New Year's Eve Contra Dance Party

A potluck dinner followed by a dance and a toast at midnight! Bring the whole family to this dance event in West Hartford
6:45 p.m. to 12:20 a.m.
West Hartford Town Hall

New Year's Eve Party

For $100 a person enjoy a night of food, drinks and entertainment at Amarante's Sea Cliff. Reservation required.
7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
62 Cove Street, New Haven, CT

New Year's Eve 2017

DJ Seaneo spinning songs all night long sound like a good time? Join the team at Black Bear Saloon in Hartford for a popping New Year's Eve - complete with a toast at midnight. 21+
8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
187 Allen Street, Hartford, CT

Danbury New Year's Eve 2017 Party

A grand buffet dinner is followed by an open bar and live entertainment sponsored by I95 Rock and Kicks 105.5 all night. This event hosted at the Crowne Plaza Danbury is 21+ and starts at $259 per couple.
Starts at 7 p.m.
18 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury, CT



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<![CDATA[Best Buy Workers Pitch in to Buy Kid a Wii U Console]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:50:45 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/best+buy+act+of+kindness.jpg

Heartwarming video of an employee at a Long Island electronics store giving a Nintendo console to a boy has gone viral.

The act of kindness was captured at the Valley Stream Best Buy earlier this month after store employees pitched in to buy a Wii U for the boy.

Workers noticed that the boy had been playing the console at the store for weeks. Employee Ken Fernandez gathered some of them together and they put money towards buying the gaming system for him, Best Buy confirmed.

A YouTube video that had amassed some 1.3 million views by Tuesday shows Fernandez giving the stunned boy the Wii U.

“On behalf of all of us here at Best Buy, we got you a Wii so you don’t have to come here every day and play,” Fernandez says in the video.

The disbelieving boy looks on as he sits at the Wii U playing station.

“For real, it’s just for you. It will be your Christmas present, an early Christmas present,” Fernandez says. “You don’t have to be here, you can go home and play.”

Fernandez later dropped off the console and a copy of Mario Kart, which cost around $300, at the boy’s home.



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<![CDATA[Danbury Mayor Knows How to Survive Zombie Apocalypse]]> Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:58:03 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/Screen1.PNG

The biggest Walking Dead fan in New England might be an elected official in Connecticut who takes zombies as seriously as his Twitter feed.

Danbury mayor Mark Boughton is a superfan when it comes to The Walking Dead and isn’t afraid to make it known. It is just one of the many things you can find him talking about in his Twitter feed each day.

Boughton has almost 29,000 followers with whom he shares his love for binge-worthy television. Unlike many politicians who play it safe, Boughton lets his personality shine on social media.

"Most politicians use Twitter and they just keep tweeting out press release after press release,” he said while watching and tweeting about the season seven midseason finale of The Walking Dead. “If you really want people to know who you are, you let them into your world"

Zombies are a big part of Boughton’s world both in entertainment and in the real world. He even has an official emergency plan for a zombie apocalypse, and has trained a small group of citizens how to fight off zombies.

Boughton’s passion for zombies, and the popular AMC series with them, landed him on web headlines after he jokingly cancelled Halloween in the state after a couple of his favorite characters were brutally murdered in the season seven premiere.

He added in a delayed opening for schools and memorial service for good measure. Some people got the joke, but some people truly believed he would cancel a holiday over a television show.

Boughton doesn’t mind naysayers on social media and will gladly engage in a good debate over any policy issue. He just also really likes joking around and having some laughs on Twitter to unwind.

"I make very important decisions every day that literally affect thousands of people. If I can kind of bury myself for an hour into a show, it is very fun and a great stress relief for me."

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<![CDATA[LIRR, Metro-North Ban Alcohol for SantaCon Weekend]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:41 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/121314santa.jpg

SantaCon revelers traveling into New York City via the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North are being warned not to bring alcohol onto trains this weekend. 

The annual pub crawl, taking place in Williamsburg for the second straight year, draws thousands of festive partiers from across the region.

But those taking the commuter trains in won't be allowed to start sipping early. The MTA has banned alcohol on Metro-North and LIRR trains and stations from noon on Saturday, Dec. 10 through noon on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The timeframe coincides with the normal LIRR ban on alcohol between midnight and 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

MTA police will be enforcing the ban at Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal and stations throughout the area, as well as on trains. The MTA says police will confiscate alcoholic beverages and issue summonses carrying fines or jail time.

Violators could also be removed from trains or stations, the MTA says. 

New Jersey Transit said a system-wide ban on beverages for SantaCon will go into effect starting Saturday, Dec. 10 into the early morning Sunday, Dec. 11, the transit agency announced Thursday. The ban will also take place early morning Saturday Dec. 17 until Dec. 18.

The agency noted that existing NJ Transit policy does not allow beverages on buses at anytime, not just during SantaCon.

Neighborhood organizations and business owners have derided the popular pub crawl, and the pushback in some neighborhoods forced organizers to move the event. 

At last year's SantaCon, five people were arrested and more than 100 red-suited participants were issued summonses, the Daily News reports.

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<![CDATA[Delta Latest Airline to Upgrade Its Snacks]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:14:05 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/delta-snacks.jpg

If it's true that an army travels on its stomach, will better snacks keep passengers loyal to one airline? 

Delta Air Lines is rolling out new free snacks for customers in the main cabin, including brand-name yogurt bars and pretzels. Some will come in larger portions than before because, Delta has figured out, that's what customers crave. 

The menu move comes about a year after United Airlines brought back free snacks by offering noshes like stroopwafels — a gooey Dutch confection — and better coffee. Earlier this year, American Airlines restored free snacks on domestic flights. 

Airline executives say they're focusing on both big and little things in the battle for customers. 

Delta said Thursday that beginning next week it will retire the airline's brand of peanuts and pretzels and replace them on longer flights with Snyder's of Hanover pretzels, Squirrel honey-roasted peanuts and NatureBox yogurt bars. 

Fans of the Biscoff cookies need not fret — those are staying. 

Delta also is testing free sandwiches and other meals in economy on some flights between New York and California.

The company stopped selling food on its flights in 2005, The New York Times reported at the time

For decades, air travelers took it for granted that they would be served meals as part of their ticket price. Airlines gradually took away that perk to save money, but came off looking Scrooge-like. 

Continental Airlines claimed it would save $2.5 million by no longer giving away pretzels in 2011. That year parent United Continental Holdings Inc. earned $840 million. 

Airlines today seem even more financially healthy enough to feed their customers: Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. earned $4.5 billion last year.



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