<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:13:23 -0500 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:13:23 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Winterfest Hartford Opens Black Friday]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:03:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/winterfestbushnell112312.jpg

With Connecticut’s first big snowfall approaching, winter festivities are kicking off in Hartford.

Connecticut’s capital will once again host Winterfest, an outdoor experience that brings thousands together for the holiday season at Bushnell Park.

“Every year Winterfest Hartford gets bigger and better,” Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said in a statement. “Last year over 100,000 families enjoyed Winterfest and this year we expect even more."

Free skating, skate rentals, and a learn-to-skate program held every Saturday are available throughout Winterfest, from Nov. 28 through Feb. 1.

With music, arts programming and family activities to enjoy, nobody will be left in the winter blues.

Free parking will begin at noon on opening day, according to Eric Boone, CEO of the Hartford Parking Authority.

If you haven’t taken your child’s Christmas card picture yet, don’t fret! Free pictures with Santa will be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. from opening day through Dec. 21.

The Bushnell Park Carousel will be closed during Winterfest 2014, as it is currently undergoing restoration.

The public is encouraged to donate new or gently used hats, gloves and scarfs and bring them to the skate shack at the Bushnell Park skating rink anytime throughout the Winterfest season.

In addition, monetary contributions can be made online.

Skating Rink Schedule

Black Friday: 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Daily: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
New Year’s Day: 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m

For a full schedule of events visit www.hartford.com.

Parking Information

Free parking is available on Elm Street from Trinity Street to Hudson Street, or on Trinity Street from Elm Street to Jewell Street.

Parking is free on Nov. 28 starting at 12 p.m. and on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 31 through Jan. 30.

Additional free off street parking is available after 5 p.m. at the state parking lots located on West Street and along Capital Avenue, which gives the visitors easy access to the ice rink.

As always, legal on-street parking in the city of Hartford is free after 6 p.m. on weeknights and all day on weekends.

Parking restrictions from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Trinity Street will be lifted from Nov. 28 through Jan. 31. Restrictions will remain in effect on Elm Street and no parking will be available on Jewel Street.

Additional paid off street parking is available at the ProPark surface lots located near Pulaski Circle.

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<![CDATA[Idina Menzel To Perform at Mohegan Sun]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:31:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/idina+menzel_1200.jpg

“Frozen” fanatics and Broadway buffs all over Connecticut will be happy to hear Idina Menzel will be performing in Connecticut next summer.

The voice behind Elsa in Disney's mega-hit, "Frozen," is scheduled to perform at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on July 11, according to her website.

“I’ve been so excited to tell you. I’m hitting the road this summer! I can’t wait to see you guys!” Menzel posted on her Facebook page on Monday.

Menzel originated the role of Maureen in "Rent" on Broadway, and won a Tony Award for her performance as Elphaba in "Wicked."

News of her tour caused trouble on her website on Monday.

“You guys crashed my website!” Menzel posted.

Pre-sale for the shows begins December 3.



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<![CDATA[Find the Perfect Present: Gift Guide 2014]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:59:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/gift-guide-promo2.jpg
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<![CDATA[Black Friday 2014 Details]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:55:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/black+friday3.JPG

Get that turkey and stuffing to go, because Black Friday doorbusters are no longer confined to Black Friday. Retailers like Target and Best Buy are starting their Thanksgiving sales even earlier than they did last year—and in many cases, those sales will keep going for days afterward. Here’s how the biggest stores are trying to lure customers away from Thanksgiving dinner and into the checkout line:

Walmart: After years of ever-earlier sales on Thanksgiving Day, the world’s largest retailer has transformed Black Friday into a five-day event. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced Wednesday that sales will begin at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Walmart will roll out sales in stores and online on different categories of merchandise like home goods, toys, and electronics. “This year, we're blowing it out with five days of deals in store and online,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, the company’s chief merchandising officer.

Target: Target is launching its “biggest, most digital Black Friday ever” at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with a range of deals over the weeks leading up to Black Friday. Target, which opened its doors last year at 8 p.m., is also offering free shipping up to Dec. 20. The biggest steal? Target is selling the Samsung Galaxy S5, regularly $200, for one whopping cent each (with a two-year contract).

Best Buy: In an attempt to one-up its retail competitors, Best Buy will kick off its sales at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, an hour earlier than the store opened last year. (Best Buy is even handing out tickets up to two hours before the doors open.) As to be expected for an electronics giant, Best Buy’s flagship deal is a 50-inch Panasonic TV for $199.99.

Macy’s: Macy's will kick off its Black Friday sales at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving afternoon, two hours earlier than its opening time last year. The department store's big deals, which last until Nov. 30, are focused on clothes, shoes, jewelry and homewares.

The Holdouts: Many retailers are bucking the Black-Friday-on-Thanksgiving trend. Costco, for one, is giving shoppers a chance to digest their Thanksgiving dinner, saying that its employees “deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families." Nordstrom, Dillard's, Barnes & Noble and GameStop are also closed on Thanksgiving, but are planning Black Friday sales.



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<![CDATA["Laurel and Hardy" Fan Club Meets in Enfield]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:31:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/movie+theater+generic+RESIZED.jpg

For film buffs and fans of old school comedy, a “Laurel and Hardy” fan club meeting might be right up your alley.

The acclaimed comedy duo of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy starred in dozens of comedy films in the first half of the 20th century.

While their last film was released in 1951, they left behind a legacy that lives on today around the world via their international fan club, “The Sons of the Desert.”

The group derives its name from the lodge Laurel and Hardy join in the 1933 film of the same name, a film which was added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry in 2012.

The local Connecticut Valley chapter, known as the Night Owls, also taken from one of the comedy duo’s films, was founded in 1968 by television personality Hal Stanton who at one time hosted “The Wonderful World of Laurel and Hardy” for NBC affiliate WWLP in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The organization still gathers four times a year to enjoy a meal and screen classic Laurel and Hardy films on a genuine 16mm film projector.

Tonight the group will gather at 6:30 p.m. at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society Banquet Hall on 93 Park Avenue in Enfield.

For more information on the Night Owls head to the grou's website.

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<![CDATA[Criss Angel Pulls Off Houdini Death Escape at Foxwoods]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:37:47 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Criss+Angel+1200.jpg

Criss Angel was suspended upside down with a 50-pound weight hanging from a noose around his neck today as throngs of fans stood watching outside Foxwoods Casino.

The death-defying stunt, appropriately named the Houdini Death Escape, is considered one of the most dangerous stunts a magician can perform. The illusionist succeeded in carrying it out this afternoon.

"We are ecstatic that the biggest name in magic, Criss Angel, will attempt one of the most elaborate and mind-blowing stunts in history right here at Foxwoods," said Felix Rappaport, Senior Vice President & COO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, in a statement released before Angel's stunt. "To coincide with Veteran's Day, Criss has decided to dedicate this stunt to all veterans, past and present, and we are truly honored to take part in supporting our troops."

Foxwoods happens to be where Angel’s production 'MINDFREAK LIVE!' runs from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15.
 



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<![CDATA[Deals and Free Stuff on Veterans Day ]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:04:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Veterans_Day_generic_Image+1200.jpg

On Tuesday, we honor veterans and several businesses are offering freebies or discounts to those who serve in the military. In some cases, deals extend to family members as well.

Free Admission to Mystic Aquarium

U.S. veterans and active-duty U.S. military personnel can go to Mystic Aquarium for free through Tuesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. A military ID is required.

The aquarium is also offering a $5 discount off the already reduced military family rate to family members. Tickets are $15.95 for adults, $12.95 for youth between 13 and 17 and $10.95 for children between 3 and 12. The discount is on the general admission only.

Free Dental Cleanings

Columbia Dental will provide free dental checkups and cleaning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday at their main office In Manchester at 483 West Middle Turnpike, Suite 300 in Manchester for U.S military veterans and men and women currently serving in the military. Patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis and will be asked to show their military ID.

Applebees

Applebees is offering veterans and active-duty military a free meal on Tuesday. Get the details on the restaurant’s Web site.

California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen is offering complimentary pizzas and pasta dishes on Tuesday for members of the U.S. military. Get the details here.

Chuck E. Cheese's

All U.S. Armed Forces veterans and active-duty military will receive 20 free tokens through Saturday, Nov. 15. You will need a military ID or proof of service, but no coupon is needed.

Hooter’s

All military can get a free entrée at Hooter’s on Tuesday.

IHOP

IHOP is offering free Red, White and Blue pancakes to veterans and active-duty military from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Red Lobster

Service members will receive a free appetizer from Nov. 11 to Nov. 14.

Red Robin

Red Robin is offering all veterans and active-duty service members a free Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at participating restaurants across the country.

Red Robin will also make a donation of $10,000 to Wounded Warrior Project.

Red Robin Royalty is a year-round program that offers deals to veterans, retired, active duty and military spouses.

Starbucks

On Tuesday, Starbucks is offering veterans, active duty service members and spouses a free tall hot brewed coffee at participating stores. There is a limit of one per customer.

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<![CDATA["Frozen" Ice Palace Opens at Westfarms Mall]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 07:27:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/frozen+westfarms+ice+palace.jpg

It’s still fall, but it’s not too early to be “Frozen.”

Westfarms Mall in West Hartford, Connecticut, has opened a “Frozen” themed Ice Palace that features characters and artwork from the extremely popular Disney movie.

The 30-foot ice palace has falling snow, a light show and other family activities in celebration of the Nov. 18 release of the Disney “Frozen” Sing-Along Edition on DVD and Digital HD.

Adults and children can leave their hand print in ice at The Icy Hand Print experience, seeing how they compare in size to characters Sven and Olaf.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit Santa Claus, have their photo taken with Olaf at the Ice Throne and use a “Look-and-Find” book.

The experience will be open through Dec. 24.

Visitors will also be able to buy “Frozen” merchandise.



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<![CDATA[George Takei Coming to UConn]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:07:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP192376853935.jpg

George Takei is heading to UConn and will appear at the Joegensen Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday.

Takei, who best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in Star Trek, developed and is the star of the upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance, which follows the story of the Kimura family after the attack on Pearl Harbor as they are relocated from their farm in Salinas, California to the Heart Mountain internment camp in the rural plains of Wyoming.

It is set during the Japanese American internment of World War II and was inspired by a time in American history that affected his own family.

Takei, born in Los Angeles, California, and his family were placed in United States internment camps along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans and he spent most of his childhood at Camp Rohwer in the swamps of Arkansas and at Camp Tule Lake in northern California. At the end of the war, Takei’s family returned to their native Los Angeles.

This event is sponsored by AsACC, Asian & Asian American Studies Institute, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Student Affairs, CLAS, Neag School of Education, Global Affairs, UConn Alumni Association, Community Outreach, Leadership Office, Residential Life, Rainbow Center, Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center, Women's Center and the African American Cultural Center.

Now a community activist, Takei serves as chair of the council of governors of East West Players. He is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign.

Takei is also the host of YouTube series Takei’s Take and the subject of To Be Takei, a documentary on his life and career.

General admission tickets are $25. They are available by phone, in person at the box office or online. You can order tickets here. https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/UCJC/
UConn students must pick up tickets in person at the box office for one free general admission ticket. There are no phone or online sales for UConn students, but you must show and ID.



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<![CDATA[Must Haves for Fall Fashion]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:22:13 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Must_Haves_for_Fall_Fashion_1200x675_349976131934.jpg The season is changing and here are some tips for what's hot this season. ]]> <![CDATA[Dunkin' Donuts Joins "Cronut" Craze]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 10:26:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/cronut-dunkin-donuts.jpg

Dunkin’ Donuts is joining the Cronut madness, adding a croissant-doughnut hybrid to its own menus.

The company introduced what it's calling a Croissant Donut beginning Nov. 3.

The Cronut craze began last year when Dominique Ansel unveiled the flaky treat at a SoHo bakery in New York City. High demand, which has continued with lines stretching down the street, has inspired multiple knockoffs. 

Dunkin’ Donuts' new treat, like the Cronut, will fuse two favorite bakery items, the croissant and the doughnut. It will have 24 layers of buttery dough, will be crisp on the outside and soft and flaky on the inside, and will be covered in sweet glaze similar to the one used on glazed donuts and Munchkins.

Dunkin's version of the flaky pastry fusion, which the chain doesn't want people to call a "cronut," will cost $2.49 each. That's half the price of Dominique Ansel’s Cronut, but a bit more than the doughnuts the company already sells.

The Croissant Donut will come in its own white Dunkin’ Donuts-labeled box with a clear window, similar to the Cronut, which comes in a yellow gift box.

More than 7,900 Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the country will make limited quantities of Croissant Donuts each day for a limited time.

Dunkin's take on the Cronut is that latest of numerous imitations by bakers around the world, including other big chains that also want to cash in on the trend. Jack in the Box came out with a Croissant Donut this summer, and Crumbs Bake Shop also introduced their version called the "Crumbnut" last year.



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<![CDATA[Join Us for A Halloween Party in Hartford on Thursday]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:03:32 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/halloween_generic.jpg

Come celebrate Halloween with us at NIXS at 40 Front Street in Hartford on Thursday, October 30.

Admission is FREE, and you can enjoy food specials, raffle prizes, costume contests and more.

You'll even have the chance to win two FREE tickets to Jimmy Fallon or Seth Meyers.

Doors open at 7 p.m., so join us if you dare!



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<![CDATA[Check Out "Nature's Best Photography"]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:23:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/1GrandPrize_TinManLee%281%29+copy.jpg Washington, D.C.'s National Museum of Natural History's annual "Nature's Best Photography" exhibition showcases 60 large-format prints of this year's most breathtaking nature photography. More than 20,000 entries from 50 countries compete for the prestigious recognition. See all winners here.

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<![CDATA[Why You May Spot Teal Pumpkins This Halloween]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:36:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC-teal-pumpkins.jpg

Halloween can be a challenge for parents of trick-or-treaters with food allergies.

Screening candy can be difficult and some children may feel singled out because they receive less than their friends.

However, the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) group has started a new campaign called the “Teal Pumpkin Project” that recommends giving out non-food treats and letting other families know by painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on porches.

Possible non-food treats include: glow bracelets, pencils, vampire teeth, mini notepads, and playing cards. You can see more on FARE’s website.

“Food allergies are potentially life-threatening. When we are looking at a Halloween celebration, it is really nice to provide something that is safe,” FARE spokeswoman Veronica LaFemina told Today. She noted that one in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy.

In a post on FARE’s blog, the campaign said that it has reached nearly 5 million people on Facebook. The hashtag #TealPumpkinProject is also filled with photos from many Twitter users embracing the campaign.

Here is some of what people have shared:


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<![CDATA[Renee Zellweger's Connecticut Estate's on the Market]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:48:43 -0500 back in the news and so is her Pomfret, Connecticut estate. The property had been listed with Coldwell Banker, but now it's listed for $1.6 million LandVest, according to E!. Click through the photo gallery to take a tour of Zellweger's renovated pad, which is the next property to leave her real estate portfolio. View the listing.]]> back in the news and so is her Pomfret, Connecticut estate. The property had been listed with Coldwell Banker, but now it's listed for $1.6 million LandVest, according to E!. Click through the photo gallery to take a tour of Zellweger's renovated pad, which is the next property to leave her real estate portfolio. View the listing.]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP308970728575.jpg Renee Zellweger is back in the news and her Pomfret, Connecticut, state is on the market again. The property had been listed with Coldwell Banker, but now it's listed for $1.6 million LandVest, according to E!. Click through the photo gallery to take a tour of Zellweger's renovated pad, which is the next property to leave her real estate portfolio. View the listing.

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<![CDATA[Psychic Medium Matt Fraser Holds Local Events]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:00:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Psychic_Medium_Matt_Fraser_Holds_Local_Events_1200x675_346353219875.jpg Matt Fraser, a psychic medium, is on tour and has some live events at Manchester Community College, in Derby and at Foxwoods. ]]> <![CDATA[Quiz: How Pumpkin Savvy Are You?]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:47:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pumpkin-177531910.jpg

With fall upon us and Halloween fast approaching, it's high season for all things pumpkin. You may sip pumpkin spice lattes with the best of them or carve a mean jack-o'-lantern, but how well do you really know the seasonal staple? Test your knowledge in this interactive quiz.



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<![CDATA[New Haven to Host Wine Tasting, Shopping Event]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:20:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wine-glass-generic.jpg

The city of New Haven will host “Flights of Fancy” on Thursday, a special wine tasting and shopping event at The Shops at Yale.

For $20, attendees will receive an exclusive event wine glass and will help support local businesses offering free in-store wine tastings courtesy of The Wine Thief, live music and special discounts and giveaways.

Free validated parking will be available at The York Street Garage at 150 York Street.

At the end of the event, guests will head to The Study at Yale Hotel for complimentary dessert provided by Insomnia Cookies and Willoughby’s coffee.

Multiple retailers, including Barnes & Noble – The Yale Bookstore, Shen, Campus Customs, Wave Gallery, Raggs and Oaxaca Kitchen will participate.

Those interested can register online until 11 p.m. Oct 22, or in person from 4-7 p.m. the day of the event at The Study at Yale Hotel on Chapel Street. The event is limited to the first 700 participants.

More information is available online.

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<![CDATA[Johnny Damon Coming to Hartford]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:04:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Phillies-Should-Consider-Johnny-Damon.jpg

Johnny Damon is part of a small group to win World Series with both the Red Sox and Yankees, and he is coming to Hartford this week for a YMCA fundraising event.

Damon, who established a charitable foundation and serves as a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project, will be the honored guest and speaker at the YMCA celebrates champions event on Thursday night at the Connecticut Convention Center.

This is the signature fundraising event for the YMCA of Greater Hartford, which supports the annual campaign and “Read to Success.”

Tickets are $200 a piece or $2,000 for a table of 10.

The VIP reception is at 6:30 p.m., while the general reception gets underway at 6:45 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Halloween Events ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:28:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/halloween_generic.jpg

There are several Halloween events across the state. 

Fairfield County

Bridgeport: Beardsley Zoo is holding its “Howl-O-Ween” event on Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25, from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Activities will include hayrides, a haunted farmyard, magic show, face painting, and more. Harvest hay rides will be held at the Zoo every weekend in October and November as well. Tickets to Howl-O-Ween are $10 in advance and for members, and $12 for the public.

The Harvest Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular is being held at Black Cat Antiques in Bridgeport on October 25. This event will include psychic readings, authors, gaming and food trucks and an evening wine trail for adults. Admission for the wine trail is $40.

Fairfield: The Fairfield Museum and History Center is holding several lectures and exhibitions this month on topics including the Fairfield Witchcraft Trials of the 17th-century, the Hartford Witch hunt of the 1660s and an evening walking tour that explores haunting legends and folklore. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the public. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit them online.

Norwalk: Lantern lit ghost tours will be held at Mill Hill Historic Park in Norwalk on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9 p.m. Order tickets online. 

Stepping Stones Museum
is hosting Monster Mash, a costume party and parade for families on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Register online

Shelton: Fairview Tree Farm in Shelton opened a one-mile haunted trail, brand new for 2014, for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in October. Their annual haunted hay rides have begun as well, for Friday and Saturday nights in October. Admission is $16 or $26 for a haunted hayride and haunted trail combo ticket. No reservations are necessary.

Stamford: Haunted Illusions by David Caserta is coming to The Palace in downtown Stamford. The show is full of magic and comedy and is fun for the whole family. Order tickets online at

Kids can trick-or-treat at Heckscher Farm
in Stamford on Oct. 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Clues will be given out to lead families around to the different trick-or-treat stations. Live reptiles and bugs, a slime table and Halloween crafts will be at the Farm as well. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, $6 for students, and $5 for children.

Stratford: A zombie Halloween party is being held at the Stratford Public Library on Oct. 23, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for children ages 7 through 12. Activities will include zombie games and trick-or-treating around the library.

Trumbull: Trumbull’s second annual Halloween Blaze
is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will have a town-wide Jack O’ Lantern contest, haunted history storytellers, face painting, and refreshments. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is $5 or free to anyone who donates a carved pumpkin for display.

Ridgefield: Families can trick-or-treat and pose in their costumes for pictures at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield on Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free to the public.

Hartford County

Bristol: Lake Compounce is holding its annual Haunted Graveyard on Fridays and Saturdays in October from dusk to midnight, and on Sundays from dusk to 10 p.m. Attractions include haunted houses, trails, a haunted graveyard and 17 operating adult rides. Admission is $30.99 for the park and graveyard, or $23.99 for the graveyard or park only.

East Windsor: The Connecticut Trolley Museum is running its Rails to the Darkside, where families can board a trolley cartand take a ride into the night. The event will run Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $16.

Hartford:

Old Wethersfield: Lantern light tours will be held October 17 and 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., starting at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center on Main Street. Each tour will last about an hour and will take guests through the Main Street neighborhood, stopping at houses and gravesites to encounter spirits from the past. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children.

West Simsbury: Visit Flamig Farm for their Halloween Hayrides on the weekend of October 17-18 and 24-25. To order tickets, visit them online.

West Hartford: The tenth annual West Hartford Hauntings will be held at North Cemetery on North Main Street in West Hartford. These lantern-lit tours will include encounters with deceased tour guides. The tours will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on the weekends of October 17 & 18 and 24 & 25. Admission is $13 for adults and $9 for those under 17.

Westmoor Park’s Country Pumpkin Festival will be on Saturday, October 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will have tractor and horse-drawn hayrides, face painting, farm animals, hot apple cider, and more. The Festival is free to the public.

Canton: The annual Hobgoblin Fair will be held at the Roaring Brook Nature Center on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event is suitable for children, ages 3 to 8, and will include their “track-or-treat” walk, crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, food, and more. Pre-registration with payment is required. Registration forms can be found online at

Collinsville: The 21st annual Collinsville Halloween Parade will be held on Saturday, October 25 on Main Street. All those who wish to join should gather at the Canton Historical Museum at 6:30 p.m. for pre-parade events. The parade will follow at 7 p.m., with judges searching for the scariest, most original and funniest costumes of the night. The parade is free to the public.

Windsor: Nightmare on Broad Street will take place on Friday, October 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. near the Town Green. Visitors can go on a hayride, trick-or-treat at local businesses, and watch performances including “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”. The event is free to the public.

New Britain: The New Britain Museum of American Art is holding its 8th annual Museum After Dark costume party on October 31 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. This 21+ event will be a night of art, music, dancing, and drinks. Tickets are $20 for Museum members and $25 for non-members. Admission includes beer, wine, and entrance into the galleries.

Litchfield County

Danbury: The 22nd annual Halloween on the Green will be held on Saturday, November 1. Visit them online for more details

Kent: The 38th annual Kent Pumpkin Run will be held on October 26. The 5-mile run/walk starts at noon, starting and finishing at Kent Green in front of the Town Hall. A post-race party will include music, refreshments, face painting and more. Register online.

Litchfield: A retelling of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” will take place at the Tapping Reeve House on Sunday, October 5 at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for individual non-members, and $15 for families.

Thomaston: Families can take a ride on the Naugatuck Railroad from the Thomaston station out to the Pumpkin Patch where children can pick a pumpkin to bring back. Rides will take place on October 11 and 12, 18 & 19 and 25 & 26. Train rides last 80 minutes and depart the station at noon and 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 and $15 for seniors and children.

Torrington: Torrington Library is hosting several Halloween events during the month of October. These events include Spooky BINGO, Ghost Story Night, a Halloween party and more. Visit their website for more details.

Woodbury: The Woodbury Lions Club is hosting its 24th annual haunted hayride and haunted barn. The event is taking place on the weekends of October 17 & 18 and 24 & 25 at 7 p.m. at Mitchell School in Woodbury. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 10. A children’s hayride will take place on October 18 at 1 p.m. Tickets for the children’s hayride are $3 for kids and $4 for adults and all children will receive a free pumpkin.

Washington: The 7th annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour will take place on Friday, October 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tours will take visitors on a quarter mile trip through the cemetery to visit its deceased members and hear their stories. Tours leave from the Museum in groups of 15 people every 10 minutes and each tour lasts about 45 minutes. Guests are asked to dress warmly and bring a flashlight. The event is free to the public.

Middlesex County

East Haddam: The Trick or ‘Tini event will be held at Goodspeed Opera House on Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. For $47, guests can enjoy a ticket to the evening show and a specialty martini.

Middletown: Halloween-Themed Zip Line Tours will take place on Oct. 17 and Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m., with Friday and Saturday tours also at 7:30 p.m. at the Empower Leadership Sports & Adventure Center. Soar through the trees under the stars on zip rides, then roast marshmallows over a campfire and drink complimentary hot chocolate with your guides. For $72, participants will enjoy gliding on five zip lines ranging from 200 to over 650 feet. Space is limited so make sure to reserve your spot!

The Wadsworth Mansion will be holding a Halloween Costume Bash on Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Attendees will enjoy signature drinks, dancing, a photo booth, fortune telling and more. Tickets are available only in advance for $40 and open to ages 21 and up.

Old Saybrook: Bring the whole family to the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa’s first annual “Pumpkins on the Point” event. This pumpkin festival features more than 350 locally grown, hand-carved pumpkins lighting up the terrace and marina along the shores of the Connecticut River. Enjoy trick or treat trails, hayrides, haunted cemetery tours, farmer’s market, music, food, and more. Festivities start Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. and admission is free.
 

New Haven County:

Ansonia: Molto Bene will be hosting an adult costumer party to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley on Nov. 1. A $40 cash bar will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Beacon Falls: Matthies Park will be hosting a Haunted Hayride on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, October 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and a costume contest will take place on Saturday at 5 p.m. before the Hayride. Adults $5, Kids $3.

Cheshire: A Spirits Alive Cemetery Lantern Tour will be held at Hillside Cemetery October 17 and 18. For $10, guests will be guided through the grounds illuminated by 500 tea lights to hear firsthand accounts of the lives of the departed buried in the cemetery, conveyed by actors. At the midpoint of the tour, Cheshire’s legendary Witch Kye is given a voice to tell her tale. This event is made possible by the Cheshire Historical Society.

Milford: Pumpkins on the Pier is a family festival held at Walnut Beach on October 4. Starting at 11 a.m., families can enjoy kid’s activities, contests, antique and classic car show, crafts, and hayrides. The festival features thousands of pumpkins and a decorated and lighted pier too! The festival is sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Milford.

The Milford Center for the Arts is putting on “The Wicked Witch of the West: Kansas or Bust!,” a musical that follows the story of Dorothy and all of the beloved characters from “The Wizard of Oz” from the Yellow Brick Road back to Kansas, with a funny twist. The show will play weekends from Oct. 24 to Nov. 7. On Fridays, shows are at 7 p.m., on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20.

New Haven: A one-hour walking tour to view historical persons will be held at Grove Street Cemetery. Tours take place on Oct.  18 and 25 and Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. They are sponsored by the Friends of Grove Street Cemetery.

Woolsey Hall will be putting on a Halloween Concert at midnight on Oct. 31. The YSO orchestra will play a soundtrack consisting of pop music, movie soundtracks, and classical pieces to a silent film written, produced, directed, and starring YSO members. Tickets are $10 and only sold in advance in the Woolsey rotunda the week of the show.

North Haven: The Only Scream in Town is an event filled with five incredible Halloween-themed attractions, full concessions, and Gore Karts and Thriller Mini Golf during the day. The event is held October 17-19, Oct. 23-26, and Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Valley Service Rd. Admission is $10 per person.

Oxford: Make some mischief at Colonial Tavern on Oct. 24 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy food, snacks and dessert while indulging in a cash bar stocked with an Autumn beer selection and Halloween drink specials. A show featuring Cabaret, Burlesque, and magic will start at 8pm. Come for the DJ and dancing, stay for the tarot card reader, costume contest, and horror movie trivia. Admission is $25, or $200 for a table of ten.

Seymour:  Children are welcome to trick or treat at local business in downtown Seymour on October 25 from 1 p.m. 3 p.m.

 

New London County

Baltic: The Dark Manor features two haunted attractions: The Manor, featuring two floors of special effects and terror around every corner; and the Graveyard and Haunted Village, an outdoor attraction. Attractions will run Oct. 16 to 19 and Oct. 23 to Nov. 1. Admission is $22.

Bozrah: The Odetah Camping Resort is hosting Halloween Weekend, Oct. 24 through 26, where kids can enjoy the movie “The Haunted Mansion” and make crafts, paint pumpkins, play games, and participate in other activities including site-to-site Trick or Treating, a mummy wrap, and piñata. Admission is determined by length of stay.

Griswold: Spooktopia takes place on October 25, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Jewett City. It is the 2nd Annual Edgar Fontaine Memorial Trick or Trunk event that includes Halloween themed food, rides, entertainment, and more. Trick or treating is provided for children under 10, and admission is free.

New London: The Hempsted Houses historian Sally Ryan and conservator Lance Meyers will guide the “Ye Antientist Burial Ground Walking Tour,” where people will be taken to one of the oldest burial grounds in New England. Tour will be held October 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5, but free for CT Landmarks members. http://www.ctvisit.com/historic-site/hempsted-houses/summary/1525

A Hempsted Halloween begins October 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hempsted Houses. The public is invited meet the ghosts of six New Londoners, see New London’s oldest house, and make s’mores over an open fire. Tickets are $5, and free for CT Landmarks members.

Old Lyme: “A Wee Faerie Village” is an event in which visitors will travel the Florence Griswold Museum’s 11 acres to experience a faerie version of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” in a steampunk setting. It is open through Nov. 2. Admission is $15; $14 for seniors; $13 for students; $5 for members; and free for children under 12

Niantic: The Halloween Parade in downtown Niantic will take place Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. The public is invited to participate in a family-friendly event that begins with Trick or Treating at the downtown shops, followed by a parade at 2pm at the Hole-in-the-Wall beach. Candy and costume prizes to be awarded for the kids. Free admission.

Norwich: Christ Church School of the Arts is putting on a Halloween Silent Movie Night Spooktacular! on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The silent movie classic “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” will be played on a large screen while accompanied by an organist. Guests are encouraged to wear their costumes and enjoy concessions made available by the church. Admission is $5 as a suggested donation.
 

Tolland County:

Coventry: A candlelight room-by-room tour will take place at the Nathan Hale Homestead on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The tour will feature ghost stories and the unpublished and unexplained stories of the Homestead guide staff. Refreshments include beer, wine, cider, and donuts made on the hearth. Admission is $25 or $20 for CT Landmarks members. 

Hebron: All Hallows weekend will take place Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 at the CT Renaissance Faire, Lions Fairgrounds. A children’s costume contest will take place on Saturday. When the faire closes at 6 p.m., Halloween Knights begins. Sunday’s events include an adult costume contest and more. Admission is $17.

Windham County

Killingly: Fright Night on Broad Street will take place in the Killingly Community Center on October 31 and November 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. For $5, the public can take a guided tour to see what could be haunting the Community Center building. Proceeds benefit KHS Music Boosters and KPRD.

Putnam: Great Pumpkin Festival on October 25 starting at 10 a.m., downtown Putnam will feature live entertainment, food, arts and crafts and games. http://www.putnambusiness.org/

Trick or Treat Street takes place on October 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  in downtown Putnam, from Jade Garden and River Front Commons all the way to Union Square. Children can dress up and get treats from participating merchants.

Willimantic: Head to Jillson Square in downtown Willimantic on Oct. 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Trunk or Treat, a Halloween egg flashlight hunt, Halloween music and more with free admission.



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<![CDATA[Trail of Terror]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:19:32 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Trail+of+Terror+Photo+Edited.jpg The Trail of Terror, an outdoor haunted attraction, in Wallingford is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. and Sundays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Nov. 1.

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<![CDATA[Goldy's Serves Last Breakfasts ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:25:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/goldyslastdays101014.jpg

A New London favorite is serving its last breakfasts Sunday morning.

The doors at Goldy's Restaurant opened for the last time at 7 a.m. and the crowds are coming in for a last meal and to say their goodbyes.

The restaurant was established in the 1980s and a mother and daughter took over the business a few years ago. They are closing their restaurant after receiving an offer to buy the property that they could not refuse.

Sunday is about the food and celebrating the restaurant that so many have come to love over the years.

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<![CDATA[Chick-fil-a Opens First Connecticut Site]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:09:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/175*120/10814+Chick+fil+A+5.JPG ]]> <![CDATA[Thousands Expected at Hartford Marathon]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:17:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+marathon+start.jpg

Thousands of runners will be heading to Hartford this weekend for the Hartford Marathon.

The NU Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon begin at 8 a.m. in Bushnell Park on Saturday. Wheelchair participants start at 7:55 a.m.

The course begins on Capitol Avenue in front of the State Capitol grounds and several roads will be closed in Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford and in South Windsor. 

Some exits off Interstate 84, I-91 and Route 2 will also be affected

A 5K race will also be held. It kick off at 8:01 a.m. at Washington Street and Buckingham Street at the red balloon arch. A children’s race will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Elm Street by Pulaski Circle.

Event organizers expect 20,000 runners to participate in the road race, with an additional 40,000 to 50,000 spectators and volunteers also on hand.

Between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., exhibitors will participate in an outdoor expo at Bushnell Park.

Road closures will include: 

  • Capitol Avenue, between Oak Street And Hudson Street from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Lafayette Street will be closed between Capitol Avenue and Russ Street as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Trinity Street will be closed between Ford and Elm streets, west Of Pulaski Circle as pm noon today.
  • Trinity Street will be closed between Elm Street And Capitol Avenue as of 11 p.m. on Friday.
  • Elm Street will be closed from Trinity Street To Pulaski Circle as of 9 a.m. on Thursday.

See the full list of road closures here.

A variety of local businesses in Hartford are offering special deals for Marathon runners and spectators.

Find a full list on the Hartford Marathon Web site.



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<![CDATA[Storms Don't Stop Lines at New Chick-fil-A]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 06:19:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/10814+Chick+Fil+A+Edited.jpg

Storms on Wednesday morning didn't stop people from lining up outside the first Connecticut Chick-fil-A in Brookfield 24 hours in advance.

Nearly 30 people were already lined up as of 7:30 a.m. yesterday and pitched tents in the parking lot for a chance to win free Chick-fil-A for a year. By midnight, 100 people were in line.

Those first 100 people in line who can verify they are 18 or older will win free Chick-fil-A for a year.

The restaurant opened this morning at 6 a.m.

The restaurant chain is also providing bathroom access, Chick-fil-A food throughout the day and security, as well as holding a DJ dance party in the evening.

The restaurant brings 80 jobs to the state.

Chick-fil-A is located at 156 Federal Road in Brookfield. Three other Chick-fil-A restaurants are slated to open in Connecticut.

A new restaurant inside the Danbury Fair Mall and a stand-alone restaurant in Wallingford will open Nov. 6, both offering the chance to win Chick-fil-A for a year. The restaurant plans to open a site in Enfield as well.

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<![CDATA[Get Your Apple Fritters! Southington Festival Reopens.]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 12:16:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/appleyapple.jpg

Rain may have canceled Southington's Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday, but the Zion Lutheran Church still opened its famous apple fritter booth and many people braved the lines and the rain to get their hands on the popular fall treats.

But the sun is shining Sunday as the annual event reopens for its two-weekend run. The event, located near the Southington Town Green, draws as many as 100,000 people every year.

There are plenty of family-friendly activities including live music, entertainment, several food booths, contests, an arts and crafts show, carnival rides, children's activities and much more. The festival parade will step off at 2 p.m.

The apple festival will open at noon and close at 7 p.m. The festival will also be open 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12. The fireworks were canceled Saturday but are rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. Admission and parking is free.



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<![CDATA[Chick-fil-A Opens in Brookfield Next Week]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:13:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/185*120/chick-149652889.jpg

Chick-fil-A will be opening its first stand-alone restaurant in Connecticut in Brookfield on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 a.m.

However, dedicated customers can arrive at 6 a.m. on Wednesday Oct. 8 for a chance to will win a free meal every week for a year.

The giveaway is Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” promotion and a spokesperson for the restaurant said the first 100 customers camp out overnight to get their hands on the chicken sandwich Consumer Reports readers dubbed “tastiest chicken sandwich” in 2014.

Those living in specific zip codes, roughly within a 25-mile radius of the 156 Federal Road location, are eligible for the “First 100” promotion.

The new restaurant will create 80 jobs and is the first of four to open in Connecticut within the next six months.

The Wallingford location will open on Nov. 6 at 1098 N. Colony Road. and will also offer the “First 100” promotion.

Locations are also planned for Danbury and Enfield.

The Brookfield Chick-fil-A will offer take-out, drive-thru, free Wi-Fi, an indoor play area and enough room inside to seat 109 people.

Devon Scalon, the owner of Brookfield location, said she thinks opening the restaurant will have a positive impact on her hometown.

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring Chick-fil-A’s freshly prepared food and signature customer service to Connecticut,” she said.

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the new restaurant will also host a new book drive to benefit the Brookfield Public Schools District between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

You can stay up to date on construction progress and grand opening festivities on the Brookfield Chick-fil-A's Facebook page.



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<![CDATA[Dress Like a Zombie and Head to Putnam]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:09:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Flash-Mob-Walking-Dead-Escape-1.jpg

First Fridays, a weekly celebration series in Putnam, Connecticut, offers arts, cuisine and shopping to residents and visitors. But this week, people are being asked to “Stroll your decaying body across our putrid runway for prizes!”

It’s a Zombie Fashion Show on Main Street. The event is free and open to all ages. Registration will take place on Friday at the Putnam Business Association table.

Also featured this week is a community arts project: “Tell a Story with a Mask,” for which people can build, paint and decorate paper masks and share folklore stories.

A puppet show, shadow show and carnival games will be available in addition to The Extraordinary Rendition Band, a street band comprised of brass reeds and percussion.

First Fridays take place starting the first Friday of May through October from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, visit Discover Putnam on Facebook or The First Fridays Putnam Web site.

 



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<![CDATA[Pumpkin Spice Madness: Craziest Treats]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:41:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pumpkin-spice-fatte-Ramsey-Mathew.jpg It seems like everyone is going crazy over pumpkin spice-flavored this and that. Take a look at the wackiest pumpkin-inspired culinary items that might be worth a try this season. ]]> <![CDATA[National Coffee Day Deals and Freebies]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:45:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/514727145.jpg

The start of the work week can be rough, but many coffee chains are offering free or inexpensive cups of coffee to celebrate National Coffee Day.

See where you can get a discount on a your daily dose of caffeine. 

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts is offering a free medium cup of its new Dark Roast blend. 

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is celebrating the day by offering free small coffees at participating shops.

McDonald's

You can visit McDonald's for a free small coffee during the chain’s breakfast hours.

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons will be selling $1 cup coffees, and some stores will also have hidden golden envelopes with “more than $9,000 in cash and gift cards.” CNN Money reported that the scavenger hunt will take place in Columbus, Ohio; Buffalo and Rochester, New York; and in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Wawa

Wawa is giving away a free 16-ounce coffee to customers who sign up for a coupon by email. The East Coast chain has convenience stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Central Florida.



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<![CDATA[Iggy Azalea Comes to Foxwoods ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:43:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/455835408.jpg

Female rap star Iggy Azalea is set to perform on Sunday evening at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket.

The Australian rapper took the Internet by storm in 2013 with her single “Work” garnering 95 million hits on YouTube. 

Her latest album “The New Classic” was released in April and included the wildly popular track “Fancy,” which landed at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks. 

Azalea is only the fourth solo female rap artist to ever top the Billboard Hot 100.
The event will be held at Foxwoods’ Grand Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for the event starting at $55.

For more information on the event, head to Foxwoods' Web site.



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<![CDATA[Record Turnout Expected at 5K Race in Madison]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:42:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/running+generic.jpg

Madison's annual Denali Run the Gantlet race is expecting a record turnout Sunday, and an extra heat is being added to accommodate more runners.

The 5K obstacle course will take place along the Hammonasset Beach shore and features tasks including wall climbs, cargo nets, tire crossings, planks and an aqua run.

With registered participants reaching close to 600, an 11 a.m. heat has been added to compensate for the already filled 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. heats.

Participants are welcome to enjoy a post-race beach party equip with live music, free pizza from Old World Pizza Truck, free beer from Thimble Island Brewing Company and an awards ceremony.

Registration is still open to those who want to join the Denali Run the Gauntlet Team Competition.

Teams will be accepted in categories including: Family Team, Corporate Team, Open Team, and Crossfit Team. The top 3 teams in each category will receive an award, and the first 600 participants to register will receive a technical running shirt.

Proceeds from the Denali Run the Gauntlet race benefits the Shoreline Greenway Trail, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that works to create a non-motorized continuous trail on the Connecticut shoreline from Lighthouse Point on New Haven Harbor to Hammonasset Beach in Madison.

For more information, visit jbsports.com or call JB Sports at 203-481-5933.

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<![CDATA[Learn How to Survive Zombies]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:08:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/zombie-generic.jpg

You can learn just about anything at your local library, including how to survive a zombie apocalypse.

The Henry Carter Hull Library in Clinton is hosting a how to survive the zombie apocalypse event for children next month.

The event is for children in grades three through six, and parents are advised to use discretion.

Lessons taught will include how to make a basic survival kit; weapons training, including marshmallow poppers and foam swords; target practice; zombie camouflage lessons; makeup tecniques; and instructions on how to do the Michael Jackson "Thriller" dance.

It will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The library is located at 10 Killingworth Turnpike in Clinton.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Bikers Compete in Connecticut Cycling Festival]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:41:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/92114+Connecticut+Cycling+Festival+Edited.jpg

Cyclists are weaving through the city streets of Hartford Sunday morning, competing in the Connecticut Cycling Festival races.

The first race started a little before 9 a.m. and there will be different races throughout the day.

The the amateur race is underway and professional races start early afternoon. Cyclists are riding a figure 8 course. It starts on Asylum Avenue by the XL Center and covers a one-mile circuit through four downtown city blocks on Ann Uccello, Pearl and Allyn Streets. The racers will also travel on part of Trumbull Street between Pearl and Asylum.

There are hundreds of cyclists from all across the state participating in the races.

"It's pretty intense 45 minutes of your heart rate getting way up there. It's hurts, but it's fun," cyclist Grant Gorczyca, of Higganum, said.

Many of them are on teams and have spent a considerable amount of time training.

"You know when it's raining it's always a challenge," cyclist Jonathan Quiza, of Fairfield said. "It's like a mental game. So I'm just trying to win."

Hartford police have the area blocked off, so seek alternate routes if you're traveling through the capital city on Sunday. 

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<![CDATA[Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:28:13 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/87992859.jpg

It's National Cheeseburger Day! If you are a burger connoisseur, you know there are many places to grab a mouthwatering, juicy cheeseburger in Connecticut.

Here are some of them:

Louis’ Lunch
261-263 Crown Street in New Haven
(203) 562-5507

Ted's Restaurant
1046 Broad Street, Meriden 203-237-6660 and 43 Berlin Road, Cromwell 860-635-8337

Harry's Place in Colchester, a viewer favorite, has been featured in Roadfood for the incredibly juicy burgers. They also call a Harry’s cheeseburger “fast food perfection.”
Harry’s holds the distinct honor of being on the National Register of Historic places.

Max Burger in West Hartford serves up everything from a classic burger, to a gourmet chicken burger or a veggie burger. Trust us, your taste buds will be very, very happy with this food outing. The Inside Out burger is delicious, but check out the full menu, including the specials.
Max Burger
124 LaSalle Road, West Hartford
860-232-3300

Plan B Burger Bar is one of those places that you’ll keep going back to, time and time again. They pride themselves on the fresh beef burgers, but you can get just about any kind of burger you can imagine. The New Englander is made with lobster, smoked gouda, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato and corn spread.

There are several locations in the state:

Plan B Burger Bar: 

120 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, 860-430-9737
1638 Boston Post Road, Milford, 203-713-8700
4 Railroad St., Simsbury, 860-658-4474
230 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, 203-964-8353
138 Park Road, West Hartford, 860-231-1199

Prime 16 in New Haven and Orange. In the past, viewers have lauded these burgers. Build your own or pick one of the specialties. You won't find a honey truffle burger on too many menus.

Shady Glen, in Manchester, is another viewer favorite. It's not uncommon for people who've had a Shady Glen cheeseburger to say it's the best -- ever.

Corner Pug, West Hartford. If you’re heading out on national burger day with someone who, for some reason, does not share your burger love, head to the Corner Pug in West Hartford. You can indulge on a blackened Cajun burger or knife and fork Irish nacho burger while your dining partner has salad, steak, mac and cheese or chicken.
These are just some of the best places to go for burgers. There is no way to name them all. Let us know your picks by commenting below.

Lake Zoar Drive-In, 14 Roosevelt Drive (Route 34), Monroe, CT (203) 268-8137



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<![CDATA[Fondue “Dipping Grill” to Open at Mohegan Sun ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:10:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cheesefondue14.jpg

The Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino will soon have another dining option available for guests.
“Sticks and Stones” a fondue “dipping grille” is set to open later this year at the resorts’ “Casino of the Sky.”

According to a news release from Mohegan Sun, the new restaurant “encourages playing with your food while sharing conversation, experimenting with new tastes and enjoying plenty of laughs.”

The motto is “sip, sizzle and dip,” and molecular drinks will be on the menu, like a mojito in a bubble that pops in your mouth, and a drink served in a bowl that’s attached to a lava lamp and surrounded by dry ice. 

The eatery will feature a postmodern industrial theme and hopes to provide guests with a unique, interactive dining experience as they enjoy a modern take on a classic dish.

For more information on “Sticks and Stones” visit their website at http://www.sticksnstonesgrille.com/
 



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<![CDATA[Middletown Dance Team Wins National Championship]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:11:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cafferys+Dance+and+Gymnastics+School+Edit.jpg

A Connecticut hip hop dance team won That's Entertainment's national dance competition in early August at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Middletown's Caffery's Dance and Gymnastics School earned the high score in the "all-senior group, line and production routines" and had the highest overall score with 299.5 out of a possible 300, according to a letter confirming the title from That's Entertainment Director RoseMary Pontuck.

The team competed as Caffery's Dance Crew and is made up of 16-to19-year-old students from Portland, East Hampton, Middletown and Higganum.

The dance crew did their routine to the song, "Bring Em Out."

"We rocked this dance competition," Kaitlyn Charton, Caffery's dance student, said. "Receiving the highest score of the entire competition was an indescribable feeling!"

The national championship-winning team includes Charton, Vanessa Lastrina, Adrianna Aresco, Lauren Billings, Megan Barnett, Kaitlyn Charton, Calvin Dempsy, Krysten Nye,Desiree Owens, Gina Palmieri, Kaitlyn Tomer, Gabby Varela and Chelsea Winborne. Lindsay Almquist choreographed the routine.

Caffery's dance director Maureen Aresco said that she's never before seen "a whole panel of judges jumped to their feet clapping and cheering" in her career as a dance teacher.

Nationals ran from Aug. 4 to 6. Before that Caffery's won the regional level competition in April in Windsor against about 1,000 competitors.



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<![CDATA[2 Chick-fil-A Sites Open in October]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:45:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ChikFilABrookfieldEDIT.jpg

Chick-fil-A's first two Connecticut locations are set to open in October.

The chicken fast food chain, most popular in southern states, will open first in Brookfield, and expects to open at 1098 North Colony Road in Wallingford on Oct. 30.

The Wallingford location will host a pre-opening "countdown" event at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 23.

The restaurant will create 110 jobs and will include indoor seating for 160, along with additional patio seating.

Chick-fil-A will open at 140 Federal Road in Brookfield on Oct. 9. The Brookfield restaurant, which is expected to create at least 60 jobs, will seat 109 people inside and will also offer outdoor seating.

Both restaurants will feature drive-thru lanes, free Wi-Fi and indoor play areas that are toddler-friendly.

The first 100 adults to line up for Chick-fil-A on the day of the grand openings will be awarded with one free meal a week for a year in the restaurant's "First 100" celebration.

A meal includes a Chick-fil-A sandwich, waffle fries and a medium beverage. More information is available online.

At past "First 100" celebrations, patrons have been known to camp out a day in advance with tents and electronics to pass the time.

Consumer Reports readers voted Chick-fil-A's signature chicken sandwich "tastiest chicken sandwich" in 2014.

You can stay up to date on construction progress and grand opening festivities on the Brookfield Chick-fil-A's Facebook page.

Chick-fil-A expects to open additional locations at the Danbury Fair Mall, which is set to be up and running by November, and one in Enfield that will be completed in early 2015.


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<![CDATA[New Restaurant Opening at Mohegan Sun]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:13:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cheesefondue14.jpg

A new restaurant will open its doors at Mohegan Sun by the end of 2014.

Sticks & Stones, a fondue dipping grille, will be located in the Casino of the Sky in Uncasville and will offer steaks, seafood and locally grown vegetables for dipping in broths, sauces and cheeses.

Dishes will be available for non-fondue style dining as well, according to a release from the restaurant.

The restaurant will seat just under 300 people and will include a cocktail bar, kitchen studio and accommodations for private parties or dinners.

Visit Sticks & Stones online for more information.



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<![CDATA[North Pole Express Tickets Go on Sale]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:11:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Essex+steam+train.jpg

Summer will hang on for another week and a half, but it’s time for parents across Connecticut to start thinking about the holidays. 

Coach tickets for the Essex Steam Train's North Pole Express went on sale at 9 a.m. on Wednesday and more than 2,500 orders were placed in less than 45 minutes. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in December are already sold out, according to a post on the Essex Steam Train Facebook page. 

A trip on the North Pole Express is a magical journey for children across Connecticut and beyond. 

If you have not yet had the experience, every coach becomes the stage for a live musical performance of “The Night Before Christmas.”

Children can wear pajamas and spend time with Santa and Mrs. Claus, take part in sing-a-longs and enjoy hot chocolate and sugar cookies.

You can buy tickets online here.

If you are having trouble getting tickets, Essex Steam Train offers some hints for getting coach tickets:

  • Use this link for a list of all available tickets.
  • Change the pulldown menu, preset from 20 per page to 200 per page to see all available tickets on a single page.
  • First Class tickets have a gold colored background, coach tickets have a transparent / white background
  • If you sort by MANUFACTURER (default setting) tickets are sorted by departure date. If you sort by AVAILABILITY you will see the departures with the most tickets first.
  • If you want to quickly see tickets available for a particular date, click on that date in the list along the left side, but you will need to click back out to see other dates.
  • If a particular departure (time/date) does not display, the tickets are sold out. All dates and departures have some tickets available going into this morning's ticket sales.

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<![CDATA[Norwalk Boat Show to Take to the Waters]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:21:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Norwalk+boat+show_fixed.jpg

Norwalk Cove Marina will soon be even more of a boater's paradise as the Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show takes to the waters Sept. 18 to 21.

The event will include a free boat ride on Long Island Sound, an animal adventure show, workshops on boat and motor maintenance and repairs and boating skills and an area to test out "stand up" paddleboards and kayaks with seminars, demos and tours. The new Miss Geico racing boat will also be on display.

Eric Stone will be playing some island-themed songs between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. that Thursday to Sunday.

There are also plenty events for the kids, including face painting, a small lake with paddleboats, a toy boat building and Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 20-21).

Admission is free for kids 15 and under.

The boat show runs Sept. 18 to 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Paking will be available in the Calf Pasture Parking Lot. People who want to arrive by boat can dock at Norwalk Harbor and take a water taxi to the show docks for $5 per person.

More information on the boat show and purchasing tickets, you can visit boatshownorwalk.com or follow the boat show on Twitter (@NorwalkBoatShow).



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<![CDATA[BrewFest Comes to Mohegan Sun in October]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:41:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mohegan+Sun+Brewfest.jpg

If your mouth starts watering over the thought of a good beer, keep your schedule open for the weekend of Oct. 4, reach out to some friends and plan to head to Mohegan Sun.

The 3rd annual Sun BrewFest promises up to 200 of the best beers around and there will be tastings at Mohegan Sun on Saturday, followed by a BrewBrunch on Sunday.

The beer event features craft beers, microbrews, imports, domestic beers and ciders and breweries will be pouring 2-ounce samples in souvenir mini pilsners.

As you sip, live music will be playing inside Mohegan Sun’s Uncas Ballroom.

Tickets to the tasting sessions are $25 each. The first session runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and the second is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

The BrewBrunch runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, and beer-infused cocktails will be served. Goose Island beer is the sponsor and is featured in all the recipes.

The other sponsor, Absolut, will help guests create their own signature Bloody Mary.

Tickets to the BrewBrunch are $60.

For more details or to buy tickets, visit the Sun Brewfest Web site.



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<![CDATA[ Coast Guard Band to Play Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture' at Concert]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:21:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fort+trumbull+beach.jpg

The United States Coast Guard is tuning their trumpets and warming up the woodwinds for a concert in New London later Sunday afternoon.

The band will perform Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," highlighted by a live canon firing.

The concert is free and starts at 3 p.m. at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London.

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<![CDATA[Wicked High, Wicked Fast, Wicked Cyclone]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:37:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wicked+cyclone1_0.jpg

If you like things that go wicked high and wicked fast, you’ll be excited about the “Wicked Cyclone.”

The roller coaster coming to Six Flags New England will be massive, at 10 stories high, and will have a spine-tingling 109-foot hill.

The 200-degree stall, 55-mile per hour speed and two Zero G rolls will have even thrill-seekers’ adrenaline pumping.

When the Wicked Cyclone opens in 2015, the steel track/wooden structure hybrid roller coaster it will be the first of its kind on the entire East Coast.

 
 



Photo Credit: Six Flags New England
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<![CDATA[Happy Dog Day!]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:49:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/9ade6151ed3a49cb83eccdd7e4c90c89.jpg We asked for your dog photos and, doggone, did you deliver!]]>