Category: West End

September 2014 Events

By , August 26, 2014 9:46 am

September 1

  • Shop the Park Street Farmers’ Market (161 Washington) from 9am-1pm.
  • The First Presbyterian Church (136 Capitol) will be holding its farmers’ market from 10am-1pm today.
  • Chabad Chevra is holding a Labor Day Kosher BBQ to welcome new and returning students. Free food, t-shirts, and Israeli music. They say, “stop by to get a mezuzah for your dorm room.” This event will take place at Alumni Plaza (residential side of University of Hartford campus next to University Commons. 5-6:30pm.
  • Free jazz at Black-eyed Sally’s, 350 Asylum Street. 8-11pm. There’s no cover, but don’t be stingy — if you want to hear local music, you need to keep the venues running.

September 2

  • The farmers’ market at the Old State House (800 Main) runs from 10am-1pm.
  • The West End Farmers’ Market is open on Tuesdays from 4-7pm on the Clemens Green on Farmington Avenue.
  • There is no public hearing at the Board of Education workshop meetings, but if you like to stay informed on the state of public education, it may be worth your time. This meeting will be held in the Achievement First Hartford Academy, 305 Greenfield Street, from 5-7pm.
  • For those who like to compete, tonight is Real Bored (Games) at Real Art Ways. They provide the games, but you can also bring your own. 6-10pm. Free. 56 Arbor Street. Continue reading 'September 2014 Events'»

Tangiers Opens in West End

By , August 20, 2014 8:16 pm

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'»

August 2014 Events

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By , July 28, 2014 8:23 am

Instructions: Skim list. Jot down items of interest on own personal calendar. Enjoy.

August 1

  • 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.

    Goodwin Park

August 2

  • 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'»

Rose Weekend in Elizabeth Park

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By , June 15, 2014 5:20 pm

What had been called “Rose Weekend” was only “Rose Sunday” this year, but we decided to keep with tradition and go to Elizabeth Park on both days just to make sure we did not miss a single rose. Continue reading 'Rose Weekend in Elizabeth Park'»

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Unwanted Gifts

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By , May 29, 2014 7:32 am

Once you start noticing signs, they seem to be everywhere.

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Pink Dog Found in West End

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By , May 21, 2014 7:38 am

Photo courtesy of Johnna Kaplan

Johnna Kaplan said she found this pink dog on Oxford Street near Farmington Avenue: “I almost felt like I should move [it] somewhere safer, but then I decided [it was] too good as little bits of found art, so I just took a pic and walked away.”

Rebuttal from Elizabeth Park

By , May 20, 2014 1:20 pm

As shady as Elizabeth Park gets

Brendan threw down some fighting words about Keney Park being more versatile-and-just-better than Elizabeth Park. We were basically in agreement. Aside from the full contact event of Rose Weekend and the occasional flock of a half dozen strollers, it’s awfully quiet in the West End.

Then, we saw this: Continue reading 'Rebuttal from Elizabeth Park'»

Central to Close, Tangiers to Open

By , May 13, 2014 10:47 am

Tangiers

Tangiers

Central Supermarket (550 Farmington Avenue) will be closing its doors on May 15. According to the Farmington Avenue Wire, a newsletter produced by the Farmington Avenue Alliance and Farmington Asylum Business District, the supermarket’s owner, Adam Hamideh, said the store “never found a successful niche in the West End.” The newsletter says that the owner “believes that he should have concentrated on one market segment rather than to try to serve the diverse needs of the neighborhood.”

Tangiers, currently located on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford, will be moving into this space at some point this summer. This grocery sells Middle Eastern, Greek, Bosnian, Armenian, Indian, Turkish, Glatt Kosher, and Halal foods; Tangiers has a small counter and take-out featuring falafel, stuffed grape leaves, gyros, hummus, and more.

The plan is to continue doing take out at the new location. Tangiers is considering expanding its grocery area.

Two months ago, we learned that plans were approved to raze the plaza in which Tangiers currently resides, so that a larger Walgreens could go in its place.

Kate Couture

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By , May 11, 2014 5:41 pm

Both of the Katharine Hepburn-inspired fashion shows at Connecticut Historical Society were sold out on Saturday.

The models showed off styles available at DKNY, Jones New York, Banana Republic, White House Black Market, Chico’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue, all of which have outlet stores at Clinton Crossing, a shopping center in Clinton, Connecticut which provided gift bags containing coupons, chocolates, and more for all audience members.

Kate Couture was not entirely random. CHS is currently displaying the traveling Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibit; this is be on view in Hartford through September 13, 2014.

The fashion show models took more than clothing style cues from Hepburn. Poses and just a little bit of attitude seemed inspired by her too.

Models included Kate Ottavio, Miss Rocky Hill 2010; Cara Cama, Miss Stamford; Natascia Simone, Miss Mountain Laurel; Lindsey Hoffman, Miss Constitution’s Outstanding Teen; Tiana Dyson, Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen 2013; Taliyah McGee, Miss Shoreline Outstanding Teen; Amber Ouellette, Miss Bristol’s Outstanding Teen; Brooklynne Murdock, Miss Plainville’s Outstanding Teen; Erika Farrell, Miss Forestville’s Outstanding Teen; Dana Blasi, Miss Greater Waterbury’s Outstanding Teen; Cynthia Diaz, Miss Wolcott’s Outstanding Teen; Alexa Farrell, Miss Greater Rockville; Nicole Vasseur, Miss Greater Rockville’s Outstanding Teen; and, Amanda Schoonmaker, Communications Manager at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Ann Nyberg of WTNH-TV gave words of welcome, including a recount of just a few of Katharine Hepburn’s antics.

 

 

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Weekend on the Ave

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By , April 29, 2014 8:16 am

View of Farmington Avenue from the Mark Twain House & Museum compound

It’s the sense of duty that tugs you from the bed on a Saturday morning, later than you had intended, but with this constant gray mist and a headache that won’t subside, earlier than you would prefer. The rain boots and umbrella are surprisingly where they should be; the only thing making you later is yourself.

Farmington Avenue has become trickier to navigate, quite a feat that. The sidewalk is barricaded on one side for construction. Maybe barricaded is not the right word. It takes no real skill to cross the boundary, but playing by the rules means a zigzagging walk that is more irritation than inconvenience. (On the way home, those rules will be abandoned. In the concrete, names and deep footprints are seen.)

At the Carriage House Theater, a man stands in the parking lot beside a grill. It has mostly stopped raining, but this seems overly hopeful. Continue reading 'Weekend on the Ave'»

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