Before the Parade
Instead of waiting on permits or asking for City Hall’s blessing, the people decided to go parade. The Hartford Hot Several put out a call on Facebook for participants, whether they play instruments, throw beads, wear costumes, carry puppets, or just walk (or roll) along. The idea was to bring Mardi Gras fun to those at bus stops during evening rush hour.
Being New England, these festivities included features that would not be found in New Orleans, like multiple giant snow banks from which the horn section could play. Continue reading 'No Permits, No Worries: The People Make Their Own Mardi Gras Parade'»
Found near the Burns School after Valentine’s Day
It was worth getting drenched to see State Representative Edwin Vargas (pictured above and below) make the ride down Park Street this morning in the Three Kings Day parade. Someone with less determination would have disembarked one block into that adventure. Continue reading 'Three Kings Day Parade Tradition Continues'»
- Start off the new year with a little Noam Chomsky. Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? will be playing at Real Art Ways tonight at 7:30. General admission: $10.
- First Thursday Gods & Goddesses at the Wadsworth Atheneum. The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center will be doing a weaving demonstration and you can then go make your own art. You’ve never made art at a cocktail party? Time to live a little. The First Thursday festivities go from 5-8pm ($5 admission gets you access to entire museum, so you can just treat this as reduced admission and ignore the throngs of people if that’s your thing) and will be followed by a screening of Before Midnight.
- The Blue Hills NRZ meets at the Blue Hills Branch Library, 649 Blue Hills Avenue. 6pm.
- Also at 6pm, the Southend Neighborhood Revitalization Association meets in the Metzner Center, 680 Franklin Avenue.
- The Kabbalah House will be hosting a Soul Purpose Friday with the people from Eightsixty Custom. This will feature performances, b-boy/b-girl battles, and an open mic. This runs from 6pm-2am. Admission is $5 and a canned good, or $7 if you do not donate an item. The Kabbalah House is at 1023 Albany Avenue.
- The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival is what more holiday pageants should aspire to be. Tonight is the first of five performances at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church. This Renaissance-period celebration features dancing, singing, and the parading of live animals. If you have any desire to go, get tickets — seats have been quickly filled in past years. Continue reading 'January 2014 Events'»
If you are in need of a holiday dinner to prepare at home – frozen turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, and coffee — stop by the Pope Park Rec Center on December 16th from 5-7pm.
This is first come, first serve with only one meal being given per family. There are enough meals for 600 families. Continue reading 'Holiday Dinner Ingredients to Be Distributed in Pope Park'»
This tradition — trees and wreaths decorated by community members and organizations — is also one of the Wadsworth Atheneum’s biggest fundraisers.
Change and the resentment of it go hand-in-hand. Continue reading 'The Lights On and Around Constitution Plaza'»