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'»
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'»
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'»
Chances are your December is already half-filled with obligatory office parties, family engagements, and such, but just in case you have downtime, here are ideas for things you can do in Hartford (mostly) on the cheap (mostly) every day.
- The Global Lens Film Series continues this month on Sundays at 2pm. Today’s film: The Parade. In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. This will be shown at the Wadsworth Atheneum. It is free, co-sponsored by the Hartford Public Library and Out Film CT.
- Take a free Intro to Water Color class at StudioN111. First come, first serve — so contact Nina to reserve your space for the 2-3pm class. The studio is located on Pratt Street. Continue reading 'December 2013 Events'»
Hartford Prints! is a punster’s paradise
The local holiday shopping guide has become a Real Hartford tradition, and it is that time. This might seem early, but that’s only because Chanukah is also early this year. And my timing is still more seasonal than those who put up Christmas displays the day after Halloween, fast forwarding right past Day of the Dead, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving.
Attaching giving to only one day (“Giving Tuesday” is 12/3/13) seems absurd, especially when that day is after the one known for mass consumerism. For that reason, this is listed first. Hartford offers many opportunities for charitable giving. Here are a few ideas:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters: Brian Kelly of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters says, “we’re always in need of volunteers – especially males – to mentor disadvantaged children.” That could be too much of a time commitment for some folks, so another way to contribute is to donate gift certificates to retail stores and family-friendly entertainment venues, such as the Connecticut Science Center. These gift certificates would go to children in the program. Another way to give is to make a financial contribution, which Kelly says goes toward “moving children off our waiting list and into life-changing match relationships with adult mentors.”
- Bike Walk Connecticut: This is the organization behind the Discover Hartford Tour. They do bicycle education for children and adults, along with planning Bike To Work days. Donations and volunteers are welcome.
- Charter Oak Cultural Center: This space hosts musical performances, art, dance, plays, vigils, youth programs, films, and more. They accept donations and volunteers.
- Connecticut Farmland Trust: Though their office is in Hartford they work all around the state to ensure that we continue to have farmland. Because we really don’t need strip malls every half mile. They accept donations and volunteers.
- Hartford Public Library: Besides just paying off your library fines, you can donate any amount online. If you are not familiar with this library and its branches, there is more than books. The library provides job resources, opportunities for civic involvement, and more. Continue reading '2013 Holiday Giving Guide'»