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Carousel summer hours in place starting Friday

June 30, 2016
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Starting Friday, July 1, Bushnell Park Carousel will have new summer hours in place. The carousel will be open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. These new hours will last through the months of July and August. Take a 3 1/2 minute spin on the carousel for $1 per…

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Compounce fireworks on Saturday

June 27, 2016
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On Saturday, July 2, Lake Compounce will host its annual fireworks display over the lake in celebration of Independence Day. Produced by Pyrotecnico, the show, beginning with the laser show starts at 9 p.m., and fireworks will be launched from the far side of the lake as well as from barges floating in the lake.…

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Raise the flag, and cue the band, for ‘1776’

June 23, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Heidi Bass-Lamberto loves history. And she loves the time period of the American Revolution. She has the perfect vehicle to pursue these twin loves as director of Southington Community Theatre’s production of the musical, “1776.” The musical follows the men who led the way toward the creation of the United…

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Imagine Nation offers a summer of discovery

June 20, 2016
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by LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER Summer programs have just kicked off at Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center. This month, the museum is showcasing the wonders of light through its light and reflection studio. Last weekend, the museum unveiled the new Kaleido-Lab, which was funded by the Smith Family Charitable Fund at the Main…

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Next stop, Miss Connecticut

June 17, 2016
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On Friday and Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret in Uncasville, 17 women will compete for the opportunity to be the next Miss Connecticut. When the winner is selected, she will be following in the footsteps of the reigning Miss Connecticut Colleen Ward. The pageant also is a preliminary event for the Miss America…

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What exactly is Blue Man Group… try ‘fun’

June 11, 2016
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A friend asked me to describe Blue Man Group. I kind of stumbled on that one. It’s a concert, I said. Actually, it’s performance. It’s music. It’s comedy. It’s improv. It’s a theatrical event. It’s art. It’s messy. None of what I said seemed adequate. Really, Blue Man Group is… Blue Man Group. There really…

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Celebrate ‘magic’ of city’s museums on Open House Days

June 10, 2016
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER As this Saturday marks Connecticut Open House Day, Bristol is celebrating the “magic’ of its museums. Five Bristol museums are participating in the first-ever “Museum Magic” event, which was created by the Bristol’s Museum Director’s Collaborative. The event will include free admission to the museums, thanks to the support from…

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Galician bagpipes, Hartford Symphony team up to give audiences a ‘Rose’

June 8, 2016
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In New England, the Galician bagpipes seem like an exotic instrument. But, Cristina Pato said this is not the case in her home, the Galicia region of Spain. Cristina, who will be performing with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra this weekend, explained if there is a city of 100,000, you will find 10,000 people learning or…

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Chris Carrabba rekindles the fire for Dashboard Confessional

June 7, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Last year, Chris Carrabba reconvened Dashboard Confessional after putting the band on ice for a while. While Dashboard Confessional was on the shelf, Chris didn’t forego music altogether. Instead, he pulled together a more roots-acoustic oriented group called Twin Forks. He also did a slew of songwriting for other artists,…

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Three times the music, three times the creativity

June 3, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In 2016, many artists are lucky if they release one or two albums in their lifetime before they return to a life solely based on pleasing fans on the road. Few artists would have the ambition (or would be allowed) to release a double album in 2016. But guitarist Ana…

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