<![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-usThu, 27 Apr 2017 01:20:54 -0400Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:20:54 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Home in 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians,' 'True Blood' for Sale]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:59:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/iredell+4+main.jpg See inside the home famously used in the opening credits of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

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<![CDATA[Nordstrom Selling 'Fake Mud' Jeans With Hefty Price Tag]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:24:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/211*120/nordstrom+fake+mud+jeans.jpg

Nordstrom is lighting up the internet with some expensive jeans that are caked in fake mud.

On its website, the luxury fashion retailer is selling a pair of working class-inspired jeans coated with what Nordstrom calls "caked-on muddy coating."

The price? $425!

The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans "embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action" and when worn show "you're not afraid to get down and dirty," according to the description online.

It quickly generated a storm of interest online after TV host Mike Rowe blasted them as "a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic – not iconic" in a Facebook post."

Even U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., tweeted about it:

Nordstrom didn't immediately reply to request for comment from NBC over the internet's response.



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<![CDATA[Wal-Mart Introduces 'Crotilla': A Tortilla-Croissant Mashup]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:18:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/170424-walmart-crotilla-se-526p.jpg

Four years after the "cronut" emerged on the scene, croissant lovers can rejoice with yet another pastry hybrid.

The "Crotilla," from Wal-Mart's in-house bakery, crosses the croissant and tortilla, "Today" reported.

About the size of a small flour tortilla, the "Crotilla" has the buttery taste and texture of a croissant.

They're intended to be used, among other things, for sandwiches, a Wal-Mart spokesperson told "Today."

"Crotillas" come in packs of eight and sell for $3.98 in participating Wal-Mart bakery departments nationwide.



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<![CDATA[Harry Potter Concert Coming to Hartford]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:19:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Harry+Potter+Concert+Series+hARTFORD.png

Music from one of the most popular film series in history will be coming to Hartford in November.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra announced Monday that they will perform the score from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series was created by CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Performances kicked off last June and are scheduled for more than 35 countries around the world through 2018.

“Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score,” said Amanda Savio from Hartford Symphony in a press release.

The concert will feature the symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from the film.

One of the most sought-after conductors of film music, CineConcert President Justin Freer, will conduct the show in Hartford.

“The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world,” Freer said. “It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”

Tickets will be available starting Monday, May 15 at 10 a.m. at hartfordsymphony.org, in person at the Bushnell Box Office, and by calling 860-897-5900.

For more information about the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, visit harrypotterinconcert.com



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<![CDATA[New Haven Celebrates 379th Birthday]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:28:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+green+generic.png

The City of New Haven is celebrating its 379th birthday today, April 24.

Starting at 4:30 p.m. in the city hall, Mayor Harp will commemorate New Haven’s “379 years of tradition, innovation, and idealism with pageantry and artistic expression on full display,” said New Haven’s Director of Communications, Laurence Grotheer.

Along with an “I Love New Haven” performance by musician Justin Johnson, there will be several events throughout the afternoon to honor the city.

Mayor Harp will recognize recent achievements in New Haven, regarding everything from sports to the arts. These include the following:

  • New Haven’s first semi-professional soccer team, The Elm City Express, who will begin to play this summer.
  • A formal signing of the Sister Cities Alliance with the Changsha, provincial Capital of Hunan in China.
  • Ethnic Heritage Center’s launch of three self-guided walking tour books of different New Haven neighborhoods, including Lower Dixwell, Wooster Square and Downtown.
  • The dedication of three murals to the city, depicting historical moments and memories, by the family of Albert George.
  • An art installation launch, Espejismo, which “invites its audience to reflect on the perspectives of others and share personal thoughts about seeing and being seen,” Grotheer said.
  • The naming of five City Spirit Honorees, being awarded for their passion and contributions to New Haven.



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<![CDATA[Steve Madden Brings Back the Slinky]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:13:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Steve+Madden+Slinky.jpg

From high-waisted mom jeans to crop tops and chokers, fashion trends from the '90s are back with a vengeance.   

The only thing that has been missing to complete that back-to-school look every girl in class had was the iconic Steve Madden Slinky — until now.

The New York-based footwear company has revived the popular platform slide. The 2017 version has been slightly altered with a flatter heel and added elastic in the "stretchy upper" for more flexibility, according to the Steve Madden website. 

The Slinky isn't on store shelves just yet, but they are available for pre-order on Steve Madden's website. The $69.99 shoes are expected to ship in July.

News of the retro shoe's return brought back nostalgic memories for the Slinky-wearing girl who head bopped to alternative rock and cited Cher quotes from "Clueless" while eating candy necklaces.

And despite the fact the shoes' insoles continuously slapped the bottom of your heels, announcing your arrival with loud clapping-like noises, Slinky girls can't wait to get their hands on a pair and stomp around town.

 



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<![CDATA[Baby Trends to Know About if You are Expecting]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:19:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Baby_Trends_to_Know_About_if_You_are_Expecting_1200x675_926438467964.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Food Truck Friday: Chief Brody's Bahn Mi]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:18:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Chief_Brody_Bahn_Mi_1200x675_926470211795.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[7 East Coast Music Festivals You Won't Want to Miss]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:53:02 -0400 Broccoli City Festival started in 2013 as an effort bring attention to Earth Day, and to help educate and inspire people about why its important to be "active and engaged participants in their community." This year, the Broccoli City Group is launching Broccoli City Week (April 29-May 6) with a wide range of events, including a 5K run and volunteering opportunities, leading up to the music festival. The festival lineup includes Rae Sremmurd, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty & more.

When: Saturday, May 6
Where: Gateway DC
2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, D.C.
Want tix? Find them online here.]]>
Broccoli City Festival started in 2013 as an effort bring attention to Earth Day, and to help educate and inspire people about why its important to be "active and engaged participants in their community." This year, the Broccoli City Group is launching Broccoli City Week (April 29-May 6) with a wide range of events, including a 5K run and volunteering opportunities, leading up to the music festival. The festival lineup includes Rae Sremmurd, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty & more.

When: Saturday, May 6
Where: Gateway DC
2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, D.C.
Want tix? Find them online here.]]>
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Summer is quickly approaching, which means that music festival season is also right around the corner. We've rounded up seven of the East Coast's most popular music festivals.

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<![CDATA[Stunning Photos Show Inside Vacant Theaters in Chicago Area]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:00:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/palace08+thumb.jpg A Chicago photographer managed to capture incredible images of vacant spaces across the Chicago area, including several inside abandoned theaters.


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<![CDATA[Tickets Now on Sale for 2017 Connecticut Open]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:15:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/222*120/CT+Open+pic.jpg

Tickets are now on sale for the Connecticut Open, which is returning to New Haven August 18 through August 26.

The event will take place again at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

18-time Grand Slam Champion Martina Navratilova will be playing an exhibition doubles match on opening night following the 7:00 p.m. session that evening.  Navratilova will also participate in the Opening Ceremony.

"The Connecticut Open has long supported women’s tennis at the highest level and has continued to attract a stellar field for two decades,” said Navratilova. “I am excited to come play and to help celebrate 20 years of women’s tennis in New Haven."

Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska has commited to play in this year's tournament.

"It's always special to return to a tournament as the defending champion,” said Radwanska. “I'm excited to come back to New Haven and play in front of the fans there for the seventh time!"

 “We are thrilled to welcome Aga Radwanska back to New Haven after an amazing run to the title in 2016, and to have Martina Navratilova, one of the greatest players in the history of our sport, headlining our celebration of 20 years of women’s tennis in New Haven,” said Tournament Director Anne Worcester. “Aga is one of most exciting players in the WTA and a fan-favorite on the tour, and Martina is an icon, one of the most important ambassadors in tennis, and the person we know our fans want to see back on court at the Connecticut Open. Between Aga, Martina, Mats Wilander and other WTA stars, it will be an entertaining night for sure.”

The very popular PowerShares Series men's matches will be returning on August 24 and 25. This year's matches will feature Michael Chang, John McEnroe, Mark Philippoussis and Fairfield's James Blake.

Other exciting nights include: ShopRite Kids Day (Sunday, August 20), Young Professionals Night (August 22), Superhero and Princess Day/Night (August 23), and United Technologies Military Appreciation Day (August 26).

Individual tickets for the tournament are on sale now.

For more information about the 2017 Connecticut Open or to puchase tickets, visit www.ctopen.org or call 203-776-7331

NBC Connecticut is proud to be the official local TV partner and a gold sponsor of the Connecticut Open.



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<![CDATA[Disney Reveals New Details of Star Wars-Themed Lands]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:24:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/199*120/Disney+Star+Wars+Theme+land.jpg

Two years after Disney announced plans to bring Star Wars-themed expansions to its parks in California and Florida, fans of the franchise finally got a behind-the-scenes look at the design and construction of the parks.

Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Imagineering creatives shared exclusive details about the new galactic lands scheduled to open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019.

During the "Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making" celebration in Orlando Saturday, new renderings were revealed in a video giving attendees insight into their collaboration — including the story behind "the mysterious destination somewhere on the Outer Rim."

"We’re creating a place that is an extension of the Star Wars universe, not a recreation of an experience that you might have already seen on screen, but something totally brand new," said Disney Imagineering Executive Creative Director Asa Kalama.

The never-before-seen land is set in a remote village that was once a bustling area along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but over time has become a thriving environment for port smugglers, rogue traders and adventure-seeking travelers bouncing between the frontier and uncharted space, according to Disneyland Resort spokesman George Savvas.

"There will be things in there that will feel very familiar, things in there that they’ve always wanted to see, but yet on top of that we’re also designing and creating new experiences so that it will really enhance what the Stars Wars universe is," said Star Wars’ Creative Director Doug Chiang.



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<![CDATA[See Inside: Bob Simpson Selling Texas Castle-Style Home]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:51:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Bella+Terra+Simpsin+House.jpg Bob Simpson, the co-founder of XTO Energy, and co-owner of the Texas Rangers has listed his home with his wife Janice for $7 million.]]> <![CDATA[NY Estate Among 20 Most Expensive Homes for Sale in America]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:02:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pond+road+estate.jpg What's it like to live in the lap of luxury? You don't have to go very far to find out. Trulia recently put together a round-up of the most expensive homes for sale in America, and several are in New York, including this stunning gem of a property at 26 Pond Road in Kings Point. Listing Agent: Paul Tyree; Listing Broker: Laffey Fine Homes International. See the full listing with Laffey Fine Homes International here.

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<![CDATA[All in the Family: Celebrity Siblings]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:53:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/natsib22.jpg On National Sibling Day, take a look at some celebrities who share the limelight with their siblings.

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<![CDATA[Quassy Water Park Opens in May]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:11:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Quassy+Splash+Away+Bay+Overview.JPG

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<![CDATA[See Inside San Francisco's Most Expensive Home]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:58:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/L3_Dining_89501.jpg

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<![CDATA[Daffodils Are in Bloom for 39th Meriden Daffodil Festival]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:50:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meriden+Daffodil+Festival+2017.jpg

The 39th annual Meriden Daffodil Festival is coming to Hubbard Park and there will actually be daffodils this year! 

The daffodils took a hard hit after a handful of freezing nights last spring, but the daffodils are back and better than ever this year after the unseasonable warmth we've had the past few weeks. 

"They're beautiful. They're absolutely beautiful," Mary Iuberlmann, of Southington, said. "It’s spring and this reminds you of spring. It's wonderful." 

The seasonable weather is a warm welcome after freezing temperatures led to a daffodil festival with no daffodils last year, when the only flowers in sight were fake ones. 

"This is the most spectacular year I've seen in many years," the chairman, Mark Zebora, said. "The weather really cooperated and the daffodils are brilliant." 

For one local family, the daffodil festival is about more than just flowers. 

"My uncle, he has a plaque over there at the beginning of the thing, Donald Robinson. He had started some of the festivities years and years ago and he died in the war in '44," Jane Namnoun said. "So my family has been part of this for years." 

This year, the festival will feature more than 600,000 blooming daffodils over the 1,800 acres of Hubbard Park. 

"All ages walking around, all types of food, different vendors from churches and schools and music. It's lovely. It's lovely," Namnoun said. “Even in the rainy days, it's still fun." 

Fortunately you won't be dodging any rain if you're heading to the festival this weekend. 

Pre-festival activities this weekend include amusement rides, food trucks and a 5K race. 

The actual festival will be the following weekend, on April 29 and 30. Find out more about the events online.



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<![CDATA[New Hampshire Farm Lets You Do Yoga With Baby Goats]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:10:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/200*120/Screen+Shot+2017-04-18+at+1.40.45+PM.png

The latest fitness trend might just convince some people to slap on yoga pants, especially if they love baby animals.

Jenness Farm in Nottingham, New Hampshire, has gotten a lot of attention after introducing yoga with baby goats as a part of their business a few weeks ago. The tiny goats are let loose while yoga students get into various yoga positions. 

The result is a mix of the relaxed mindfulness that yoga offers and some chaotic cuteness. 

Jenness Farm raises dairy goats for a variety of products, such as goat milk, soaps, and other bath and body items, but visitors have been able to get up-close-and-personal with the animals on their yoga mats for the past few weeks. 

Owner Peter Corriveau said many followers of the farm's Facebook page suggested he offer the yoga class after similar ones have been seen trending in other areas. He has run Jenness Farm since 2001 and knew that his goats would be perfect for the job since he bottle raises them himself.

“Goats are very intelligent and curious,” he said. “Within the first hour of their life they are up and walking around. They are very playful.”

The farm recruited local yoga instructor Janine Bibeau, a frequent visitor of Jenness Farm and a fellow goat-lover. The first few classes have been a big hit and presented a new way to bring in yoga newcomers.

“This is unlike any yoga that I’ve ever taught,” said Bibeau, “you can come into this room feeling tired or sad and you are going to leave a lot more joyous and energetic. After the last class that we taught, my face was sore from smiling the whole time.”

Bibeau has goats of her own, but they are a bit calmer than the hyperactive baby goats that like to jump on top of people while they pose. Her older goats will simply come up and cuddle while she practices her yoga. 

The energetic baby goats are a good representation of how chaotic life can get. Her students are challenged to remain mindful, but of course are encouraged to pet and play with the goats during the class.

Interest in the class has exploded since photos and video from the first few classes have gone viral on Facebook. There is already a long waiting list to get into a class, but Corriveau says that they are working on expanding the yoga area to let more people in at once. 

For more information on goat yoga at Jenness Farm you can visit their website here.

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<![CDATA[More Than 500 Connecticut Restaurants Participating in UberEats ]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:29:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Blog+photo+UberEats.jpg

UberEats has been available in Connecticut since last August and more than 500 restaurants across the state are now participating. 

The service is available in and around Hartford, as well as New Haven, Danbury, Bridgeport. Fairfield, Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich. 

UberEats finds participating restaurants in your area and you can get the food delivered right to your door. 

According to a news release, the average delivery time is between 35 and 40 minutes. 

New features on the app including sorting and filtering, which allows people to look for restaurants according to specific criteria, like speed, price, dietary constraints; address entry specifications that allow you to save special instructions for each and every time you order as well as instructions on where to deliver the order. 

You can also get an interactive map-centric tracking experience.

The service is available around the clock and you pay a booking fee on top of the price of your meal. The fee ranges from $3.99 to $4.99. 

The website for UberEats says tips are not included, required or expected. Instead, you can rate your experience after you order.

See the answers to more frequently asked questions here.


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<![CDATA[10 Discounts, Deals and Freebies for Tax Day 2017]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:19:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tax+day+deals+2017.png

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<![CDATA[First West Hartford Wine & Food Festival]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:21:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/winechoctaw.jpg

The first West Hartford Wine & Food Festival will take place on Saturday, June 17 at the Kingswood Oxford School.

Celebrate your love of wine and appreciation of culinary arts with the best that Connecticut has to offer.

Wine and food will be enjoyed from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring 25 of the top wineries in the world and more than two dozen of Connecticut’s top restaurants. Participating wineries include Jackson Family Wines, Caymus Vineyards, La Crema, Beaulieu Vineyards, JUSTIN Winery, and more. Restaurants include Grants, Bricco, Firebox, INDIA and The North House. 

Included in the ticket price, you can sample over 250 wines, with bottles starting around $20. In addition to the wine tastings, there will be craft beer tents, single barrel whiskies and non-alcoholic options available. You will also be able to take home your own commemorative tasting glass.

Local musicians will provide live entertainment in the picnic area. After that, you can participate in Wine 101 sessions and blind taste tests with Master Sommelier for JUSTIN Winery, Joseph Spellman.

All day long, raffles and auctions will take place for large format bottles, wine experiences, gift cards and more, with all proceeds going to the schools.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $149 on the West Hartford Food & Wine Festival website or by visiting Maximum Beverage in West Hartford or Farmington. There are special packages available as well, including a four-pack group special and a VIP Wine Dinner deal.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit multiple independent schools in West Hartford with need-based financial aid and scholarships, including Kingswood Oxford, The American School for the Deaf, the Intensive Education Academy, Renbrook School, The Watkinson School, Northwest Catholic, Solomon Schechter Day School, and St. Brigid-St. Augustine Partnership School.

Everyone attending must be 21 or older. Designated driver tickets will be available for purchase for $75. LYFT will also give you up to $15 in free credit toward your first ride with the promo code “WESTHARTFORD2017”.

This is expected to become an annual event.



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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know if You're Going to Dunkin' Donuts Park]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:10:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dunkin-Donuts-Park-Hartford.jpg

The Hartford Yard Goats are kicking off their inaugural season at Dunkin' Donuts Park in downtown Hartford.  

If you are heading to a game at Dunkin' Donuts Park, we wanted to provide you with all the information you need to know before going to a game.

If you are plugging the ballpark into your GPS, the physical address is 1214 Main Street, Hartford.

The Yard Goats have a partnership with LAZ Parking to offer $5 parking at lots at 300 Market Street, 1000 Main Street, 55 Chapel Street South and 58 Chapel Street North.

CTfastrak is one option for getting to a game.  The bus service runs until around midnight and has stops two to three blocks from the ballpark.  

Gates typically will open one hour prior to game time so for a 7:05 p.m. game, gates will usually open at 6:05 p.m.  

If you have tickets to the YG Stadium Club by Frontier, you will be able to gain access to the park an hour and a half before regular season games.

You can take a look at the stadium's seating chart here.

No alcoholic beverages can be brought into the park.  All alcohol sales will end at the end of the seventh inning.  In addition, no cans, bottles, plastic containers, boxes, coolers, or food packages will be allowed into the stadium, and all bags are subject to search.

You can bring in consumer-grade cameras and video cameras.  Umbrellas are also permitted.

There are changing stations for babies in every restroom at the park.

The team's Retro Brand Team Store at the ballpark is now open for merchandise purchases.  It's located at the corner of Main and Trumbull.  The store is open throughout games.  The regular hours for the store are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

For tickets to games at Dunkin' Donuts Park, you can visit the team's website here.  

The stadium's box office is open on non-game days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.  On game days, the box office is open from 9 a.m. until the end of the game on Mondays through Fridays.  On weekend game days, the box office is open 10 a.m. until the end of the game.  The box office is located at the corner of Main and Trumbull Streets.

ADA seating is available at the park.  The team recommends you call (860) 246-4628 ahead of time to make sure your seats meet your needs.

You can download the team's schedule here.  

For all news about the Hartford Yard Goats and Dunkin' Donuts Park, visit our NBC Connecticut Yard Goats page.

 

DIRECTIONS

From the West: Take 84 East to Exit 50 (Main Street). Take Exit 50 toward Main St. Use the left lane to merge onto Chapel St S. Turn left onto Trumbull St. Use the middle lane to turn left onto Main St.

From the East: Take 84 West to Exit 50 (US-44 W/Morgan Street). Follow I-91 S/Main St. Take a slight right onto Main St.

From the North: Take 91 South to Exit 32A - 32B (Trumbull St). Continue straight onto Trumbull St.

From the South: Take 91 North to Exit 32A - 32B (Market St). Use the left lane to take Exit 32A-32B for Trumbull St. Continue straight onto Trumbull St.



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<![CDATA[Hamden Hockey Rink Competing in National Contest]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:00:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hockey_skates_puck_01.jpg

The Louis Astorino Arena in Hamden has qualified in the Top 10 ice hockey rinks for the Kraft Foods Hockeyville, USA 2017 contest.

The ten ice rinks are competing for a grand prize of $150,000 in facility improvements. The winning rink will also be featured on a NBC Sports profile segment and will have the chance to host a National Hockey League preseason game.

To win, the Louis Astorino Arena needs the most votes on the Kraft Hockeyville website. You can vote up to 50 times a day until midnight on Thursday. You can also vote by sharing the post on Facebook, Twitter, or by texting “AstorinoCT” to 35350.

“I am very excited that Hamden’s own Louis Astorino Arena has been chosen as one of the 10 finalists for this incredible contest,” said Hamden Mayor Curt Leng. “For Hamden to have the chance to showcase one of our greatest town facilities is an honor, and I am pleased that the Arena is in the running to get such a generous award and notoriety. Now let’s get voting!”



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<![CDATA[Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day Is April 4]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:09:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ben-Jerrys-Free-Cone-Day-FB.jpg

I scream, you scream, we all scream for free Ben & Jerry's ice cream! 

The Vermont-based ice cream chain will celebrate its annual Free Cone Day event on Tuesday, April 4. 

Customers can get a free scoop of their favorite flavor from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at participating locations. And if after enjoying a Cherry Garcia cone your taste buds yearn for some Phish Food, just get back in line for another free cone. "Over and over again. We're not counting. Really, go for it," the company said on its website.

The first Free Cone Day was in 1979 — one year after co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield launched the company in a renovated gas station in Burlington. The tradition has since expanded globally, and Ben & Jerry's says it will hand out more than 1 million free scoops this Tuesday.

Click here to find a participating Ben & Jerry's location near you.



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<![CDATA['Salt Bae' Takes Manhattan: Internet Sensation Spotted in NYC]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:14:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/salt+bae.PNG

"Salt Bae" has landed in New York City. 

Two months after the man behind the meme announced plans to open a restaurant in the Big Apple, sightings of Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe around the city swept Instagram Wednesday.

"Spotted #SaltBae!!" one woman captioned her selfie with Gökçe in his signature sunglasses, shoulder-length hair and beard. 

"Dreams do come true," another Instagrammer wrote alongside a photo with the dramatic salter.  

Gökçe appeared to be taking a whirlwind tour of the city Wednesday. Star-struck fans tagged their pictures around Times Square, St. Patrick's Cathedral, near Central Park and the Upper West Side. 

Gökçe, 34, gained Internet fame when a video of him sprinkling salt on a steak with a peculiar flick of the wrist gained millions of views in a matter of weeks.

He announced plans in January to open a steakhouse in Manhattan. Gökçe, who already has seven steakhouses and burger joints in Turkey and Dubai, and is opening a London location later this year, said expanding to New York will mean whether or not he’s truly made it.

“It shows that I’m an international brand if I open up in New York,” Nusret previously told NBC News. 

“In New York, there are many steakhouses. We would like to show that Nusr-et is different than the others in service, meat quality and connection with the customers,” he added.



Photo Credit: Nusret Gökçe
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<![CDATA['Breaking Bad' Pop Up Restaurant Headed to LA, NYC]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:20:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-660808516.jpg

Somebody "Better Call Saul." 

Gus Fring's infamous chicken chain featured in the TV show "Breaking Bad" came to downtown Los Angeles this week. 

Fring's Albuquerque restaurant served as a headquarters for both his chicken and meth empires on AMC's critically-acclaimed series. 

Go inside a 360-degree view of the spot, see "Better Call Saul" actor Michael Mando, and hear the voice of "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan:

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The pop-up restaurant near the Arts District featured Fring's famous curly fries on Wednesday and Thursday. 

The restaurant didn't actually serve a chicken dinner, but like DEA Agent Hank Schrader says on the show: "We're not here for the chicken." 

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The real-life Los Pollos Hermanos will also pop-up in New York in April. The pop-up recently made a stop in Austin at SXSW where series stars Bob Odenkirk (who plays Saul Goodman) and Giancarlo Esposito (who starred as Gus Fring) signed autographs and greeted fans.

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You can stop by the Pollos pop-up at 1345 E. 6th St. in downtown LA from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. 

The third season of the "Breaking Bad" spin-off "Better Call Saul" premieres on AMC on April 10 at 10 p.m. EST.



Photo Credit: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for AMC
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<![CDATA[New Emoji: T-Rex and Zombies and Vampires, Oh My!]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:50:30 -0400 See the full set here.]]> See the full set here.]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Emoji-5-.jpg

Emoji are taking a trip back to the Jurassic period as dinosaurs join the ranks of the texting-friendly symbols.

T-Rex and brontosaurus are part of a slate of 56 new characters in 69 total variations joining the ranks of emoji, the Unicode Consortium announced Monday. They'll also let you get spooky with zombies and vampires, show activities like rock climbing and a yoga pose or add a little diversity to the faces in texts, with older adults and women in headscarves.

Most of the new emoji are smileys and people, bringing starry-eyed and exploding faces into the lexicon, and letting you show skepticism, nausea and even cursing. Among the 13 new food and drink emoji are steak, broccoli, chinese food container and pie.

The new emoji will be available in June, when Unicode version 10 is released. That makes them available to companies like Apple and Google, which make their own versions of the emoji for users to type.

Emojipedia mocked up how the new emoji might look on Apple devices. See them here.

It's the fifth set of emoji to be released.



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<![CDATA[Greenwich 'Round Hill Manor' Home Listed For $39.9 Million ]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:54:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Round+Hill+Manor+2.jpg

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<![CDATA[Dunkin' Donuts Says Goodbye to Coffee Coolatta, But ...]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:17:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/175*120/GettyImages-118817089.jpg

Dunkin' Donuts says it is getting rid of the popular coffee Coolatta, but plans to replace it with a new frozen drink.

According to the company, the Coolatta will be replaced this year by its new Frozen Dunkin' Coffee, which it says provides "a more authentic" coffee-drinking experience.

The Coolatta has been around since 1994.

Here's the full statement from Chris Fuqua, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Global Consumer Insights & Product Innovation for Dunkin’ Donuts:

"Dunkin' Donuts is expanding its coffee menu with the addition of new Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee by summer 2017. The new frozen coffee beverage, inspired by iced coffee, is crafted using blenders that we rolled into Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationally in 2015. Dunkin' Frozen Coffee is made using a special extract that contains Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend coffee, blended with ice and dairy for a smooth, coffee-forward flavor, and can be customized to meet a guest's taste preferences. Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee will offer our guests a more authentic, energizing coffee drinking experience compared to the Coffee Coolatta. The Coffee Coolatta will be retired when Frozen Dunkin' Coffee joins our existing frozen beverages, including Fruit Smoothies, Frozen Dunkaccino, Frozen Vanilla Chai, Hot Chocolate-Frozen and Coolatta beverages."



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<![CDATA[Where to Eat for New Haven Restaurant Week ]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:11:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Barcelona+Wine+Bar.jpg

Appreciate the cuisine of New Haven during the week of April 2-7.

31 New Haven restaurants will be opening up their doors to customers for a $17 lunch and a $34 dinner prix fixe. Deals will typically include an appetizer, entrée, and dessert.

Participating restaurants will be taking reservations, so make sure to book in advance.

 



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<![CDATA[Dunkin' to Replace Coffee Coolatta With New Frozen Coffee]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:22:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/175*120/GettyImages-118817089.jpg

Dunkin' Donuts announced it is getting rid of the popular coffee Coolatta, but plans to replace it with a new frozen coffee drink.

According to the company, the Coolatta will be replaced this year by their new Frozen Dunkin' Coffee, which provides "a more authentic" coffee-drinking experience.

The Coolatta has been around since 1994.

Full statement from Chris Fuqua, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Global Consumer Insights & Product Innovation for Dunkin’ Donuts:

"Dunkin' Donuts is expanding its coffee menu with the addition of new Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee by summer 2017. The new frozen coffee beverage, inspired by iced coffee, is crafted using blenders that we rolled into Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationally in 2015. Dunkin' Frozen Coffee is made using a special extract that contains Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend coffee, blended with ice and dairy for a smooth, coffee-forward flavor, and can be customized to meet a guest's taste preferences. Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee will offer our guests a more authentic, energizing coffee drinking experience compared to the Coffee Coolatta. The Coffee Coolatta will be retired when Frozen Dunkin' Coffee joins our existing frozen beverages, including Fruit Smoothies, Frozen Dunkaccino, Frozen Vanilla Chai, Hot Chocolate-Frozen and Coolatta beverages ."



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<![CDATA[Your 'National Puppy Day' Photos]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:54:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Phil+from+Christie.jpg March 23 marks National Puppy Day. In honor of this amazing holiday, we wanted to showcase some of the adorable photos that you shared with us of your special dogs.]]> <![CDATA[Target Goes Photoshop-Free in New Swimsuit Campaign]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:10:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/032217+target+swim+campaign.jpg

This Summer, retail giant Target is going bold and embracing every body in its new swimsuit campaign.

The company launched #TargetSwim which celebrates positive body image and features real women of different body types. But, what makes this campaign even more special is that the photos of the models are not photoshopped.

The models show off their authentic selves while rocking bikinis and swimsuits. Dancer Megan Batoon, pro skateboarder Lizzie Armanto, model and body activist Denise Bidot and TV host and model Kamie Crawford flaunt their curvy bodies.

“Target shows women of all shapes, sizes and colors looking beautiful and confident in themselves and their swimsuits and that resonates with women everywhere,” Crawford said. “Confidence is contagious!”

People on social media are praising Target for the photoshop-free campaign, many calling the move perfect, great and inspiring.

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<![CDATA[Dunkin' Says Goodbye to Coffee Coolatta]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:58:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd-dunkin-donuts-st.jpg+19+feb.jpg

Dunkin' Donuts is getting rid of the coffee Coolatta, replacing it with a new frozen coffee drink.

According to the company, the Coolatta will be replaced by their new Frozen Dunkin' Coffee, which provides "a more authentic" coffee-drinking experience.

The Coolatta has been around since 1994. It is one of the highest-calorie options on Dunkin's menu.

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<![CDATA[Today Is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 07:35:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ben-Jerrys-Free-Cone-Day-FB.jpg

Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s is one of those annual signs of spring and it’s happening today.

Free Cone Day goes from noon to 8 p.m. and you can partake at the following locations in Connecticut:

 

  • Ben & Jerry’s of Canton, at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, 110 Albany Turnpike in Canton
  • Ben & Jerry’s of Glastonbury, at 41 Hebron Ave. in Glastonbury
  • Ben & Jerry’s of New Haven, at 159 Temple St. in New Haven
  • Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Truck: Ben & Jerry’s will open at 19 Main Street in Old Saybrook in May, but the Scoop Truck will be serving during Free Cone Day.
  • Ben & Jerry’s of South Windsor, at The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk at 301 Evergreen Way in South Windsor
  • Ben & Jerry’s of West Hartford, at 5 ½ South Main St. in West Hartford

 

"We love getting involved with and giving back to our communities. It’s amazing what we can do together over shared values and several scoops of ice cream," Amanda Gardella, catering coordinator for Ben & Jerry’s of Canton, Glastonbury, South Windsor and Old Saybrook, said in a statement.

Ben & Jerry’s is partnering with the following organizations:

 

  • Ben & Jerry’s of Canton – Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS
  • Ben & Jerry’s of Glastonbury – Glastonbury Youth Sports
  • Ben & Jerry’s of New Haven – The United Way of Greater New Haven
  • Ben & Jerry’s of Old Saybrook – Connecticut Sports Foundation: Helping cancer patients
  • Ben & Jerry’s of South Windsor – South Windsor Public Education Fund
  • Ben & Jerry’s of West Hartford – Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation



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<![CDATA[National Tour of 'Hamilton' Coming to Connecticut]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:11:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/3-9-17-hamilton-musical-tickets-orpheum.jpg

The national tour of the hit Broadway show "Hamilton: An American Musical" is set to make its Connecticut debut.  Unfortunately for fans of the award-winning and record-breaking show, "Hamilton" won't be here until later next year at the earliest.

The Bushnell in Hartford confirms on its website that the show will be a part of the theater's 2018-19 season.

Exact dates for the tour's Connecticut stop have not been announced.

The show is currently traveling the country with stops planned in San Francisco and Los Angeles this year.  The musical will be in Boston sometime next year, though those dates have not been made public yet.  A stop next year in Washington, D.C. has also been announced.

Currently, an open-ended production is running in Chicago as well.

Tickets for the show have been notoriously difficult to obtain, with shows selling out and ticket lottery winners only having an hour to make a purchase.

The musical made history last year, earning a record 16 Tony nominations and winning 11 awards.

The Bushnell is letting season ticket holders know that if they subscribe to the full 2017-18 package, they will have first access to "Hamilton" when renewing for the 2018-19 season.

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<![CDATA[Connecticut Spring Antiques Show This Weekend]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:59:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/232*120/CT+Spring+Antiques+Show.jpg

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<![CDATA[Dairy Queen, Rita's Celebrate Spring With Freebies]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:50:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/4941944171.jpg

What better way to celebrate the start of spring than with ice cream or Italian ice?

Dairy Queen is giving away free ice cream cones Monday to celebrate the first day of spring. 

Customers can stop at any participating location to get a small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on the top. The ice cream chain is also asking for donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals during its free cone day.

If ice cream isn't your thing, Rita's Italian Ice is also kicking off the first day of spring with an Italian ice giveaway — a tradition that has been going on for over 20 years.

Click here to find the nearest location.

And next month, Ben & Jerry's will be giving away ice cream on its Free Cone Day on April 4. Find the nearest franchise here.



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<![CDATA[Celebrate Spring with Free Frozen Treats]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:04:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ritas+italian+ice+first+day+of+spring.jpg

Monday is the first day of spring and what better way to celebrate than with a frozen treat?

Rita’s Italian Ice will offer one free Italian Ice per customer from noon until 9 p.m. Monday. But don’t just eat it – photograph your Rita’s and post it with the #ritasfirstdayofspring for a chance to win free Italian ice for a year and other cool prizes. Find a Rita’s near you. 

More of a cone person? Then head to Dairy Queen, which is celebrating free cone day. Customers can visit participating locations for a free some vanilla ice cream cone. Note that mall locations are not part of the promotion. Click here for more information. 

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<![CDATA[First Look at Victoria Beckham's New Collection for Target]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:19:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/vb+target+thumb.jpg Victoria Beckham's clothing line for the masses arrives next month and fans of the designer are getting their first look at what to expect.

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<![CDATA[Erin Go Bragh or Nah? Take Our St. Patrick's Day Quiz]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:47:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/163797890-irish-river-dye-green.jpg

If you're planning to don green on this Friday
And want luck of the Irish coming your way
See if you're a real whiz
In our St. Paddy's news quiz
Ten and out of 10 and we'll partay



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<![CDATA[Viewer Video: NH Mom Dresses as T-Rex During Storm]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:40:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000004852038_1200x675_898392643787.jpg

Leslie Henson Ratay dressed up as a T-Rex to entertain her 5 daughters during yesterday's snow storm in Milton, New Hampshire.

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<![CDATA[Starbucks Unveils Colorful Spring Coffee Cups]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:34:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/522435114-starbucks-lawsuit.jpg

Spring is almost here, and Starbucks is getting into the spirit by unveiling spring coffee cups for the first time.

The colorful cups will be available at participating locations starting March 16. Each cup features a white dot with hand-drawn designs, including a sun and umbrella.

The cups will be available for just a few days. 

The coffee chain introduced its first holiday cup over 20 years ago. Over the years, Starbucks has also served cups celebrating fall and summer. 



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<![CDATA[Free Pancakes! IHOP Celebrates National Pancake Day]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:10:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_298947245.jpg

Grab your fork and knife!

Tuesday is National Pancake Day at IHOP. Diners can enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at participating locations. In exchange, customers will be asked to consider making a donation to the Children's Miracle Network.

Since 2006, IHOP has raised over $24 million for community charities. This year's goal is to raise $3.5 million, according to the IHOP website.

Check here to look up the closest IHOP.



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