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Photo courtesy of the New Britain Museum of American Art

Craft Sippin’ in New Britain Returns for Fifth Year

Published Feb. 22, 2018 03:31 p.m.

The New Britain Museum of American Art is hosting is fifth annual Craft Sippin’ in New Britain event tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Celebrate National Margarita Day at Bartaco

Published Feb. 22, 2018 03:31 p.m.

National Margarita Day is a pretty fabulous holiday.

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Sunken Gold at the Essex Library

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Author Joseph A. Williams will visit the Essex Library to discuss the true story of the HMS Laurentic, which, laden...

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Three Books, One Weekend

Published Feb. 21, 2018 07:00 a.m.

A Challenging Take on History, an Inspirational Memoir about Everyday Heroes, and a Love Story Make for One Great Weekend

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Liz McNicholl Photo courtesy of the North Haven Memorial Library

Saturday Concert Series Celebrates Irish Music

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Liz McNicholl will perform well-known and original Irish songs at an Irish celebration on Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m. at the North Haven Memorial Library, 17 Elm Street, North Haven.

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Forester Mike Ferrucci will host Ask the Forester. Photo courtesy of North Branford Land Trust

Ask the Forester: Fun Facts About Trees and Forests

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

On Wednesday, March 6, the North Branford Land Conservation Trust (NBLCT) is sponsoring a quiz program, Ask the forester: Fun Facts About Trees and Forests.

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Yael Haskal Photo courtesy of Ivoryton Playhouse

Women Playwrights’ Initiative Returns to Ivoryton Playhouse

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The Women Playwrights’ Initiative will return to the Ivoryton Playhouse on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, building on its successful debut season last year.

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Artists from Branford, Guilford, and Madison are among those who have participated in the Shoreline Arts Trail in the past, including Steve Plaziak, Joan Hickey, Robert Parrott, Pat Rist, Denise Casey, Carol Grave, Barbara Shulman-Kirwin, Owen Luckey, Marta Resnikov Reisman, Eileen Eder, Laurie Douglas, Hannah Baldwin, Margaret Dean, Richard Carleton, and Sharon Hosley. Photo courtesy of Sue Cornell

Shoreline ArtsTrail Issues Call for Artists 2018

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The Shoreline Arts Trail announces its 17th annual Open Studios Weekend will take place Nov. 10 and 11. The organization also is seeking new members.

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The Little Mermaid is a beloved Disney classic for children of all ages, and includes favorites like “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World.” Photo courtesy of Kidz Konnection

The Little Mermaid Comes to Clinton

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Kidz Konnection Shoreline Theater Academy will perform The Little Mermaid in four shows: Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 10 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at the Andrews Memorial Town Hall, 54 East Main Street, Clinton.

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Donal (Nigel O’Neill), an unassuming farmer, wields his gun to avenge his mother’s murder in the Irish thriller, Bad Day for the Cut, available on Netflix and Amazon. Photograph copyright Six Mile Hill Productions

Bad Day for the Cut: Irish Farmer Avenges Mother’s Murderer

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

In the quirky, little Irish thriller Bad Day for the Cut on Netflix and Amazon, farmer Donal (Nigel O’Neill) raises his old hunting rifle repeatedly, threatening to blow away his mother’s murderer.

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We Banjo 3 includes two sets of brothers, Enda and Fergal Scahill and Martin and David Howley. Photo courtesy of Michelle Roche

Galway Quartet to Perform Irish, Celtic, Bluegrass, Americana Favorites at The Kate

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Band Recognized for Music and Mental Health Advocacy Efforts

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An upcoming talk will feature the vice president for conservation strategy from the New York Botanical Garden.

Photo courtesy of the Essex Land Trust and Essex Garden Club

Conservation Challenges, Conservation in Connecticut Focus of Upcoming Talk

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The Essex Land Trust and the Essex Garden Club are co-sponsoring a lecture by Brian Boom, Ph.D., of The New York...

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When You Can’t Beat Dinner Out and a Movie

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Some weeks are for cooking, and some weeks are for movies and eating out.

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The Side Dish Handbook by Tori Ritchie

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

In search of good recipes for root vegetables and other seasonally available vegetables, I ran across this slim volume in the sale rack of my local independent bookseller.

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Lola Dutch by Kenneth Wright

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Lola Dutch doesn’t do anything without doing it big!

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Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A trio of characters are caught in a slow eddy, only to be sucked into the downward spiral of events where they finally realize their connection.

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The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

I read The Last Black Unicorn in one sitting.

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Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The premise is irresistible: Imagine you’re watching a movie you rented from your local video store.

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

As Roy and Celestial’s lives are thrown into an unexpected and unearned crisis, their young marriage faces a daunting hurdle.

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Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

High-spirited, high-sea adventure awaits you in this thrilling non-fiction book.

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

This novel about family ties unfolds over three generations. The story begins in Calcutta, India where we meet two brothers, Subhash and Udayan Mitra.

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Not Just for the Bold

Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Up until a few weeks ago, my knowledge of sweetbreads included that it was some sort of meat (the origin of which is usually kept unsaid) and that anytime it was mentioned it was usually followed with moans of disgust.

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The Tim Tam Slam

Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Vegemite, meat pies, and flat white coffees are national culinary treasures Australia has shared with the world.

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Bring Out Your Best Irish

Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Saturday, March 17, and if that puts you in the mood for some corned beef and cabbage, the Griswold Post 79, 43 Bradley Road, Madison is hosting a feast provided by Scottish Dave’s Pub in Clinton on Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m.

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Photo courtesy of the Knights of Columbus, Council #3928

Friday Night Fish Fry

Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The Knights of Columbus, Council #3928 hosts a Friday Night Fish Fry during the Lenten season through Friday, March 23 at the hall on 390 South Union Street, Guilford.

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Blue Hound Cookery Going to the Dogs

Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The Blue Hound Cookery & Taproom, 107 Main Street, Ivoryton, will celebrate the third annual Spay it Forward on Sunday, March 11 from 2 to 6 p.m.

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Like a little wine with your cheese? Photo courtesy of Liuzzi Gourmet Food Market

The New Cheese in Town

Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Liuzzi Gourmet Food Market, 322 State Street, North Haven, says there’s a new cheese in town and it’s called Ubriacone, Italian for the “great big drunk.”

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Fresh lemongrass is available at many markets. Photo by Lani Gargano

Nothing is Better Than a Home Cooked Meal at the End of the Day

Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The other day I saw a delicious-looking dish on the Facebook feed of one of my friends, Lani Gargano.

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Alexandra Silber as Countess Andrenyi in the McCarter Theatre production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Ken Ludwig: Master of Stage Mysteries—at the Moment

Published Feb. 14, 2018 07:00 a.m.

From Gillette and Holmes, Playwright Makes Jump to Christie

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Spoonbill by Earl Grenville Killeen

TOTEMICS on View at Wall Street Gallery

Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Recent watercolor paintings by Earl Grenville Killeen are on view at the Wall Street Gallery, 91 Wall Street in Madison, until Saturday, March 3. Killeen, who makes his home on the Connecticut shoreline, is the author of The North Light Book of Acrylic Painting Techniques (1995) and the recipient of numerous awards for his art.

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