It’s not uncommon to hear people reminisce about the time during which Mark Twain lived, seemingly ignorant that part of this era was considered the Gilded Age, a term coined by the writer himself. While some profited richly from industry, others were dirt poor. Corruption was in abundance. Jim Crow laws were enacted.
It seems fitting that this week the Mark Twain House and Museum hosted a discussion about base ball in Twain’s time. Today, as Hartford grapples with violence and widespread poverty, for which no substantive solutions are being offered, the other Hartford remains oblivious to the nature of these issues.
At the same time as a special hearing was held about plans for a minor league baseball stadium, historians gathered in Asylum Hill to speak about 19th century base ball as an industry.
Then, methods of compensation for players fluctuated, both across time and from club-to-club. Some earned salary, others’ earnings were based on “gate money,” or ticket sales. The latter created issues for teams in smaller cities which had trouble drawing large audiences. The Middletown Mansfields, one of Connecticut’s three major league teams in the 1870s, was one of those that struggled to draw a crowd and struggled with the sport itself. That team ended up disbanding quickly.
John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball, explained that some teams would refuse to take their final road trips of the season because they just did not want to travel. Continue reading 'Base Ball in the Gilded Age'»
Thursday’s No More Fear!
forum is designed to unite the community against violence and seek solutions. Panelists are expected to discuss the causes and effects of violence, from non-fatal shootings to homicides. Various organizations will be on hand to connect residents with resources in the community.
Lew Brown and Anthony Griffin with be co-moderating the event. Speakers will include Henrietta Beckman from Mothers United Against Violence; Stephen Palmer of Good Soil Entertainment Ministry; Kevin Outar, who does community outreach for Father Works with the Village for Families and Children; Damaris Reyes-Goodman from Project Longevity; and Sergeant Steve Austin of the Hartford Police Department. Each will speak for a few minutes, then the public will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Continue reading 'Thursday: Community Forum on Violence Prevention'»
Family Day in Keney Park was among the many things happening this past weekend in Hartford. The free event provided dancing and musical entertainment, along with information from community organizations and free health screenings. There were food, book, and clothing vendors on the lawn near the Woodland Street entrance. Continue reading 'Weekend of Cultural Events'»
All photos from Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Hartford, Connecticut. Continue reading '52nd West Indian Independence Parade'»
Master Carnival costume maker Q Delpeche, with 2013 Junior Queen costume; Mas Camp Summer Youth Employment Program organized by CICCA and ICR and funded by the City of Hartford Jobs grant. Photo courtesy of Lynne Williamson/ICR
The Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival returns to the Riverfront on August 2nd, 1-10pm. Musical entertainment and more. No admission fee.
Wadsworth Atheneum (600 Main)
Caribbean Block Party on August 7th, 5-9pm. Music, dance, dominoes, and more. Admission $5; free for members. Wearing yellow will gain you free admission.
Main & Capen to Bushnell Park
The West Indian Independence Parade starts at Main and Capen around 11am on August 9th. It proceeds along Main Street to Trumbull, and then into Bushnell Park where musical entertainment will be provided until 8pm.
Institute for Community Research (2 Hartford Square West, 146 Wyllys St)
Opening reception for Mas: Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community on August 21st from 5-7pm. Event features costumes like those worn in Trinidad Carnivals. This is also the graduation of twenty teens from the costume-making program; these costumes will be displayed at the Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival and at the West Indian Independence Parade. Free.
Starting Wednesday the City of Hartford’s Health and Human Services Department along with the Voices of Women of Color will be offering information sessions about HPV and the HPV vaccine.
Continue reading 'Learn About HPV'»
Instructions: Skim list. Jot down items of interest on own personal calendar. Enjoy.
- Dave Costa will perform at noon on the terrace of the Downtown Hartford Public Library. Free.
- The Wadsworth Atheneum continues its Movies & Music Under the Stars series with Bombshell, starring Jean Harlow. Music by Criollo Clasico begins at 5:30pm in Gengras Court. Dinner available for purchase. The film begins at 8:15 (dark). Members receive free admission and one free drink. Regular admission prices apply for non-members.
- BECK & CALL: The Servants Tour of the Mark Twain House, directed by Steven Raider-Ginsburg, starts at 7 tonight. Tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for youth. Reservations are required.
- HartBeat Ensemble’s Youth Play Institute presents Change In Your Pocket, a play about food justice. The Youth Play Institute is a project that helps young people to brainstorm topics, develop a play, create the set, act it out, and more. Each play is on a different topic, with past ones exploring issues like violence and harsh punishments in schools. You can catch this three times– today at 7:30pm, on August 2nd at 7:30pm, and August 3rd at 2pm. Tickets are $5. Performances will be in the Carriage House Theater at 360 Farmington Avenue. Park for free in the Mark Twain Museum visitor lot (right across the street from the theater) or on street in legal spots.
- There will be a free screening of Karate Kid in Goodwin Park at sundown. Bring a blanket or chairs and snacks.
- Stop into MakeHartford, MakerSpace to make a blinking light bracelet out of LEDs and duct tape. This is an all-ages workshop. $12. This space is located at 30 Arbor Street. 10-11am. Bring your own safety glasses.
- The Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival returns to the Riverfront from 1-10pm. Live music, children’s activities, food, and more. Raindate: August 3.
- The backlash against the monster SUVs, McMansions, and other forms of conspicuous consumption is firmly here. Tiny: A Story About Living Small screens at Real Art Ways at 2pm. This documentary examines the movement to live in houses smaller than the average parking space. $10 general, $5 members. They say they are only showing this film once, so today is the day.
- Watch the film Powered by Dreams, a documentary about the founder of the Dream Support Network and his steps to recovery after a near-death experience with kidney disease. This is hosted by The 224 (224 Farmington Avenue) at 3pm. Suggested donation $5.
- Reception for artist Victor Pacheco at Real Art Ways, 6-8pm.
- The Dirt Salon (50 Bartholomew) presents Deep Blue Rendezvous, a summer party and art show. Expect rooms decorated to match the theme, along with underwater trash art, video projects, and DJs. It’s suggested that attendees dress for the theme: pirates, mermaids, jellyfish, etc. This is an 18+ event. Advance tickets are $10; at door, $15. 9pm-1am. Continue reading 'August 2014 Events'»
One of the most (possibly unintentionally) offensive things that I have been asked on occasion about information published here: “Is that true?”.
As if I have nothing better to do than knowingly publish rumors and false information, waiting for the libel lawsuits to roll in.
For those who wonder how Real Hartford, not being a traditional media source, finds out some information, there are two upcoming free workshops that could demystify this. Continue reading 'Open Government: As American as Apple Pie(chart)'»
“Elegba Sitn” 2013 by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
Bold works produced by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo in 2013 and 2014 are now on display in the Pump House Gallery in Bushnell Park through August 21.
The price list calls them “paintings,” but there’s more going on than that. The “Tar Baby” series (seven in all) combines roofing materials and dirt to create silhouettes of the female body.
The “Letting Go” exhibit features nearly forty works with titles like “Resistance,” “We Wear the Mask,” and “Ghetto Scream.”
The Pump House Gallery is open Monday-Wednesday, 11-2; Thursday, 11-4; and Saturday by appointment. Continue reading 'Letting Go'»