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'»
Naturally Dogs and Cats opened with ribbon-cutting fanfare at 100 Trumbull Street this afternoon.
Prices range from reasonable-to-spendy. Some of the cat and dog treats are on par with what they would cost at Target or Petco. Continue reading 'Pet Supply Store Opens on Trumbull Street'»
Actor-director Griffin Dunne with actor John Leguizamo
Griffin Dunne and John Leguizamo drove up to Hartford during Saturday’s snowfall for an evening conversation to benefit the Burns Latino Studies Academy. Continue reading 'Burns Hot Fundraiser Brings Actors to Frog Hollow'»
Wildaliz Bermudez kisses her husband, Ken Krayeske, possibly one last time before he rides a bed sled down the hill in Elizabeth Park.
You don’t need a branding campaign of any sort to get people out on a snowy Saturday afternoon. What you need is a good idea, being open to having fun, and the willingness to promote a little.
For the second year, Paul Spirito organized a successful Art Sled Derby that was completely free to attend, with expenses only being what participants chose to spend on sleds and materials. No waivers, no fuss.
Supporting the “Hartford Strong” sled team
The “Hartford Strong” team said they were about resilience.
Continue reading 'Second Annual Art Sled Derby'»
In a doughnut and bacon slump? Drag yourself out of that.
A free healthy eating and cooking class begins Wednesday.
For its preschool-through-eighth grade, the Kinsella Magnet School for the Performing Arts has a permanent location on Van Block Avenue, in the Sheldon-Charter Oak neighborhood. It has expanded to create a high school, currently located temporarily on Locust Street, one mile away in the South Meadows, a predominately industrial area of Hartford.
The Hartford Board of Education had planned to vote Monday evening on a permanent site for this high school but the vote on this and approval of a lease agreement for the Weaver Culinary Arts Academy with Lincoln Culinary Institute were tabled until the meeting next week. City Council already approved $33 million for construction of a new Kinsella high school facility.
The Superintendent’s suggestion that the Kinsella Magnet School for the Performing Arts High School be built on City-owned property adjacent to SAND Elementary School (America’s Choice at SAND) on Main Street did not go over well. Continue reading 'Superintendent’s Pick for Kinsella Site Opposed'»
Now that we have completed our three trips to each neighborhood, we wanted to share our absolute favorite pictures from this series.
(Blue Hills) This one was taken at the Watkinson Community Garden on Bloomfield Avenue, behind the Unitarian meetinghouse. This is more like a farm than a community garden. We have no idea why this wheelbarrow was perched in a tree; on other trips here, all equipment was stored in places one would expect it to be. The weather was changing from “vaguely Autumn” to “there’s frost”.
(Clay Arsenal) A friend tipped us off to some artwork in an area we were about to visit, but did not give an exact location. We do not even know if this was where he found the painting of a peacock. What we found — portraits — were more interesting than the simple scribbles that are common.
Continue reading 'Best of Your Neighborhoods'»
Connecticut Pirate Party rally logo // enjoy the translation of that
The captain is elected. The crew, Michael Fryar tells me, covers a wide range of folks. There are female pirates. You know, because equality.
If The Pirate Party seems outlandish, remember that there are individuals who believe it is legitimate to run public schools like businesses. With that perspective, this rising party seems downright logical.
Already, the party has a candidate — to be announced later — it plans to endorse in the next campaign for Connecticut State Senate, 1st District seat. The Pirate Party will have a full slate in Hartford for 2016. This includes three City Councilpersons, a Justice of the Peace, and other candidates. Those candidates will be announced in a year, but none have run for political office previously. Fryar, who has announced his run for mayor, says this is also about having fun. The Republicans and Democrats are not fun, he says. Continue reading 'Gangway! New Political Party On Board'»
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'»