If you want to see how the still under-development Hello Parkville app will work, go to Real Art Ways at 5 on Friday.
This app will send push notifications to nearby devices that have downloaded the program. It will provide a list of events, entertainment, and discounts within the Parkville neighborhood.
The “beacons” — 100 in all — that will detect when devices are in the vicinity will be managed by the City, and those nonprofits and business owners who purchase them for $250 apiece. This will entitle the business/nonprofit to use the beacon for one year.
A Community Development Block Grant has funded the app, which is part of what the City calls “a larger business and community development strategy.” The City says it is seeking ways to expand so that similar strategies are used in additional neighborhoods.
Hartford joined around 1600 other locations in protesting against Walmart today, Black Friday. Continue reading 'Black Friday: Picketing for a Living Wage at Walmart'»
With food vendor trucks parked outside and a greenhouse filled with tables of squash, potatoes, turnips, carrots, and more, it might seem that the fourth annual Harvest Market at KNOX was solely about satisfying one’s immediate hunger and prepping for Thanksgiving. Continue reading 'Annual Harvest Market: Building Community'»
Jewelery at the Connecticut Historical Society / Photo courtesy of Connecticut Historical Society
We know that there is now something called “Giving Tuesday,” but this is scheduled for after Black Friday. Strange for charity to be conceived of as something we do with the remainder of our money. Hartford offers many opportunities for charitable giving. Here are a few ideas:
Penelope models a purse and hat
The POSH Sale, a creative fundraiser for the Wadsworth Atheneum, is the closest thing Hartford sees to a sample sale in terms of shoppers’ excitement. There are low ticket items — $5 for a handbag, a few more for a hat — but it’s not the bargains that create the draw for this three-day sale.
As one might hope, clothing and accessories donated to raise money for the Costume & Textile Department of an art museum trend unusual. There are designer labels in the mix, including Guy Laroche, Tory Burch, and Dior, but the interest is in the one-of-a-kind finds: a 1920′s wedding dress with more personality and class than the ubiquitous stark white, strapless gown of today; a skunk tail; lingerie embroidered with tiny strawberries; wool trousers; a light blue jacket and cap set, toddler-sized.
Though the proceeds benefit the Wadsworth Atheneum, this shopping event is actually hosted by the Design Center, 1429 Park Street. Enter through the Bartholomew Avenue side of the building and follow signs to the elevator. Continue reading 'POSH in Parkville'»
Patio decor at Tangiers in Hartford
When it was announced last March that the old strip mall across the city line was going to be razed to make way for a new Walgreens, there was some premature mourning for the loss of Tangiers. Wednesday night, the market featuring Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and other international foods held its grand opening at 550 Farmington Avenue, a space most recently used by Central Supermarket.
Tangiers quietly opened earlier this month. The Latif family has a few decades of experience doing what they do, so it was no surprise to see the constant flow of customers Wednesday night.
Tangiers is selling familiar goods, from falafel and baklava to tea and dried fruit. They are also selling fresh fruits and vegetables, along with breads. Besides the counter and tables indoors, there is an outdoor patio now.
They are open Monday through Saturday, 10am-8pm, and Sunday, 10am-6pm. Continue reading 'Tangiers Opens in West End'»
A possible destination east of the Connecticut River
The purpose of Bike to Work is to encourage people to use bicycles more than automobiles. The intentions are good, but the event feels like a poor fit for those who work something other than first shift, work at home, or work in a direction opposite of the gathering place. It serves a purpose, but it is only one way to get butts on bike seats.
Here’s an alternative: Bike to Shop Day(s). This already exists elsewhere — California, to be exact — as an annual event. Here are ways it could work here.
Bike to Farmers’ Market Tour: Gather in Bushnell Park by carousel (1-6miles): A slow and easy ride for less experienced cyclists who can get tips on site for securing their produce. Tour should feature a farmers’ market that is hosting live music or when a festival or health screening is planned. Distance changes by which market is featured. Continue reading 'Suggestion Box: Bike to Shop'»