MAD at New Britain

The whole time I lived in New Britain, I never managed to visit the New Britain Museum of American Art because I could not find it. Everyone I asked told me it looked like a regular house, which of course, makes something blend in well with the neighborhood. Until last night, I really had not been back to New Britain for several years. This time, when we drove down Lexington Street, the museum was obvious. A large, modern addition to the building was opened in 2006. Sculptures are visible from the street. Parking is plentiful.

I came for the shoes, but was equally impressed by the pencils. Continue reading “MAD at New Britain”

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Best of…Hartford?

The Hartford Advocate’s 2010 Best of Hartford Readers’ Poll results were released. Congrats to:

  • La Paloma Sabanera — third place for Best Local Coffeehouse
  • The Russell — third place for Best Jamaican Restaurant and third place Best Soul Food
  • Tangiers — second place for Best Middle Eastern Restaurant (not in Hartford)
  • O’Porto —  Best Portuguese Restaurant

I take food seriously and was glad to see these folks made the list.

Congrats also to:

  • Jumping Frog — third place Best Indie Book Store
  • WWUH — second place Best College Radio Station (not in Hartford)
  • Urban Compass — third place for Best Local Blog (should have ranked first, in my opinion)
  • Connecticut Science Center — Best Local Attraction
  • Maria Rodriguez — Best Local Hero
  • West End — Best Neighborhood*
  • Frog Hollow – third place Best Neighborhood*
  • Bushnell Park — second place Best Park  Continue reading “Best of…Hartford?”
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Cleaning Up the Streets

Consider yourself cordially invited to my neighborhood this Saturday to help pick up trash. If you have been consistently reading this blog, then you’ll remember what sorts of gems can be found among the gutter junk: My Little Pony action figures (saw another one yesterday), furniture, and medical paraphernalia. The Great American Cleanup provides trash pickers with a solid excuse for sifting through roadside debris.

If the dogooderness of this is not inspiring and you do not need to fulfill some kind of community service requirement, consider this: litter clean ups are great places to meet significant others.

If you can not make it by this Saturday, you can contact Knox Parks Foundation to find out where clean ups will be meeting on April 24, May 1, and May 8th.

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National Library Week

Through my perpetual payment of overdue fines, I already support the library, but some people never seem to make it there. In fact, some seem oblivious to such institutions. Last year I heard of a “book rental” service aimed at college students looking to evade price gouging at campus book stores and had myself a laugh. What was being billed as an innovative creation/service was already in existence, in an even better, somewhat free form– the library. Instead of paying rental fees, we pay taxes. And if we have the magical ability to misplace books or forget that we have them, we then pay a late fee.

The Hartford Public Library informs us that April 11-17th is National Library week,

a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide. […]

“At our libraries, people of all backgrounds come together for community meetings, lectures and programs, to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to get help finding a job or to find homework help, and to access computers,” said Matt Poland, the Library’s chief executive officer.

“Communities Thrive @ your library,” is the theme for this year’s National Library Week. On Thursday, April 15, 2010 Hartford Public Library will celebrate by giving each customer a potted pansy with a message to pass on to a friend, family member, or acquaintance who does not currently use the library, thereby creating a buzz around the many benefits that libraries offer.  Refreshments will also be served.

Something to remember: even with late fees, it’s still less expensive to borrow books than to buy them.

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Coffee and Cramps

Writer’s cramp, that is.

For the next three Sundays, La Paloma Sabanera will be hosting write-ins from 3pm until “whenever.” We are promised coffee and cupcakes. The press release explains:

Basically, just come down to the cafe, bring your notebook, laptop, art book, scrapbook, typewriter, bills to pay, papers to grade, audio to transcribe/edit, pull up a chair – either inside or outside if weather is nice – and write!

Writers are invited on April 11, 18, and 25. La Paloma Sabanera is on the corner of Capitol Avenue and Babcock Street.

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