<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSun, 25 Sep 2016 13:37:40 -0400Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:37:40 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Food to Indulge on at the Big E]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:16:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Big+E+Maine+Potato.JPG

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<![CDATA[Take a Photo Tour of West Avon Road Home]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:57:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/West+Avon+Road+House.jpg NBC Connecticut's Kerri-Lee Mayland got a tour of a well-known home on West Avon Road in Avon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Area businesses supported the cause.

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

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

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

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

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

Organizers say they hope to make this an annual event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are available by visiting www.smallstategreatbeer.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get more details on the Smithsonian’s celebration here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Saturday, Aug. 20

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

Sunday, Aug. 21 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for more deals at CNBC.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete list of games:

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

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

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

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

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

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

But that's not all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for a schedule of events.

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

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<![CDATA[Hold the Burgers: Meatless July 4 Grilling Ideas]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 08:24:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/grilled-veggie-split-thumb.jpg

The Fourth of July barbecue doesn't always have to be about hot dogs and burgers. The holiday is a great excuse to fire up the grill and throw on some tasty veggies that will make you forget about the standard fair. 

Even if you're a meat lover, check out some greener grilling ideas below:

For British celebrity chef and restaurateur, Jamie Oliver, the secret to delicious grilled vegetables is bare-bones simplicity. "Never, ever, ever, in my personal opinion, have I seen a good reason to brush any veg with oil before your grill it," Oliver said. All he recommends is to grill them over wood or charcoal for better flavor, get a good char on them, and to immediately "kiss them with quality extra virgin olive oil" after they're off the heat. Season the vegetables with some salt and pepper and from there they can be used for all types of dishes.

Food blogger and "Today" food contributor, Siri Daly, adds grilled vegetables to whole wheat spaghetti to make a light, summertime main course. Her recipe uses corn and green beans but you can use any vegetable you like. The recipe also works with grilled squash, zucchini, asparagus, or broccoli, she said. The key to bringing it all together though is a ladle of starchy pasta water, which "creates its own sauce" for the dish.

Cara Mangini, author of "The Vegetable Butcher" and the executive chef and owner of Little Eater in Ohio, uses eggplant as the foundation for her grilled eggplant stacks. As much building as it is cooking, the main course is simply stacked layers of grilled eggplant, heirloom tomato, and fresh mozzarella. A walnut basil pesto sauce and balsamic vinegar reduction bring the entire dish together. While on the "Today" show, Mangini offered a tip on how to cut the tomatoes for the dish. She recommends using a serrated knife which helps to keep the vegetable from tearing.

Grilled corn on the cob is a summertime staple but chef Rick Bayless' favorite corn side dish is esquites, a lesser known Mexican street snack. "This is just the epitome of summer," Bayless said. Sweet corn kernels are simmered in a corn cob and corn husk broth along with serrano chiles and a Mexican herb called epazote. When done cooking, the Jame Beard award winner likes to serve the side in a little dessert dish with a dollop of mayo, some crumbled Mexican fresh cheese, and a lime wedge.

Let's not forget about dessert! "Hell's Kitchen" host Gordon Ramsay has a grilled pineapple dish that should satisfy every sweet tooth. The British chef quickly grills some pineapple wedges to bring out the fruit's natural sugars. He then tops it off with a simple spiced vanilla caramel for an elegant finish.   

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<![CDATA[CT Couple Selected for International Dance Competition]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:33:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Malinowskis.jpg

A Connecticut couple could become the new world champions in ballroom dancing.

Renée and Tom Malinowski of Newington have been selected to represent the USA in the 2016 World DanceSport Federation World Championships. The pair were one of two amateur couples from the United States chosen to compete in the senior division. The competition will be held in July in Rimini, Italy.

“We were surprised and honored to be asked,” Renée said.

The pair, who placed fifth during an American championship in Baltimore, were asked to compete in the competition after couples ranked ahead of them couldn't attend. 

The Malinowskis compete in the International Standard style of ballroom dancing. This consists of waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, fox trot, and quickstep. Although they are competitive dancers now, they initially wanted to learn for fun.

“We started 12 years ago. The intention was to learn social dance,” Renee said. The pair participated in social dance for six years. “During that time we became aware of a different style of dance that was more competitive: the international style of dance.”

While the Malinowskis may be relatively new to dance, they’ve had years-worth of experience in athletics.

Tom coached baseball at Central Connecticut State University and Renée coached cheerleading at the University of Hartford. Tom currently teaches technical education at New Britain High School; but in his spare time, he serves as the advisor to the school’s Ballroom Dancing Club.

They refer to themselves as ‘former athletes and continuing athletes’, stating that dance is equally as competitive of a sport. The couple takes lessons in New York City and practices five nights a week, stating that they “train as if it was any sport.”

Dance differs from their previous athletic endeavors. For Renee and Tom, dance is more than just a fun competitive activity.

“It’s a lifelong skill,” Renee said.

Ballroom dancing teaches coordination and cooperation between the couple. During the competition, competitors have to think on their feet and go with the flow, they said.

“When we step on the floor, we don’t know which music they’re actually using,” Tom said. “We have to be able to take that music and dance to that song.”

Renee said that besides the valuable lessons in dance, she and her husband enjoy the art itself.

“It’s a lovely, very elegant sport to be a part of. You do it for the love of dance.”

The couple will be able to share their love for dance with couples from across the globe in Rimini, Italy, on July 10. When not competing, the Malinowskis hope to explore the country with relatives.

“I happen to have family in Italy in that area, then we’re going to go to London for a few days,” said Renee.

The 2016 World DanceSport Federation World Championships will provide the Malinowskis an experience of a lifetime – cultural exploration, a chance at becoming world champions in dance, and most importantly, the opportunity to perform together as a couple.

Photo Credit: Malinowskis]]>
<![CDATA[2016 Fireworks Displays]]> Sat, 09 Jul 2016 17:41:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fireworks+generic+1.jpg

Several cities and towns will be putting on fireworks displays.

July 8:

Killingly: July 8, Red, White and Blue BBQ, Owen Ball Park; 9:15 p.m.

Meriden: July 8, Hubbard Park, 9:15 p.m.

Milford: July 8, Lisman Landing Marina, 9:15 p.m.

Windsor Locks: July 8, Veteran's Memorial Park, 9:30 p.m. 

July 9:

Beacon Falls: July 9, Pent Road Recreation Complex at dusk.

Groton: July 9, Sailfest, 9:20 p.m.

New London: July 9, Sailfest, Old Firehouse Road.

Stafford: July 9, Stafford High School, 9:15 p.m.

Torrington: July 9, Torrington Middle School, dusk

July 10:

Enfield: July 10, Enfield green, 9:45 p.m. 

Guilford: July 10, Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane (rescheduled from July 9)

July 29:

Stafford Springs: July 29, Stafford Motor Speedway. Fireworks will be after feature events.

<![CDATA[Taco Bell Giving Away Free Tacos Tuesday]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:44:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/1779076_10154087090319697_2553296908979305782_n.jpg

Although the Cleveland Cavaliers won the series, you can thank the Golden State Warriors for being able to score a free taco on Tuesday. 

Taco Bell teamed up with the NBA for a promotion called “Steal a Taco,” which gives fans free tacos if a team "steals" a win on the road. 

The Warriors won against Cleveland in Game 4, and now fans across the country can get a free Doritos Locos Taco from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at participating Taco Bell restaurants. 

To find a Taco Bell near you, visit tacobell.com/StealATaco.

Photo Credit: Facebook/TacoBell
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<![CDATA[State Offers Free Fishing for a Day]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:48:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fishing+generic.jpg

This Father's Day will also be "Free Fishing License Day" in Connecticut.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is allowing two days during the season for people to try out fishing without having to purchase a license.

The first day is this Sunday and the second day will be on August 13.

The DEEP hopes current anglers will "cast it forward" and invite friends who are new to the sport to give fishing a try.

“It’s a great opportunity for experienced anglers to get a family member, friend or acquaintance outdoors and introduce them to the sport of fishing,” Deputy DEEP Commissioner Susan Whalen said.

Anyone looking for the free one-day fishing license can apply for it here.

The license is good for both the inland and marine districts.

Free licenses for the August date will be available beginning July 27.

<![CDATA[INFOGRAPHIC: Doting on Dad, Father’s Day 2016]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:33:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-93909607-edited.jpg

Millions of Americans will take some time out of their day Sunday to celebrate Father's Day, spending a projected $14.3 billion in the process. Here are some more fun facts about the gifts U.S. dads can look forward to this year.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Look at the Orlando Shooting]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 02:51:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e122_382_closerlook_20160610_1200x675_705061443828.jpg Host Seth Meyers processes the Orlando shooting over the weekend. He looks at the tremendous amount of support that came out of the violence. Meyers turns to consider the ease with which the shooting suspect bought the weapons used to kill 49 people in an Orlando night club.]]> <![CDATA[Father's Day Gifts That Keep on Giving]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:56:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nicelynoted-fathersday-final.jpg There are more subscription services that bring meals and products right to your door than ever before. Here are a few gift ideas that keep on giving long after Father's Day.]]>