There are people who appear in Hartford out of nowhere and try to reinvent the wheel; then, there are those who have been here for decades and value the history of place.
Steve Thornton has lived here since 1973. While we chat over coffee in the West End, he tells me he thinks he’s close to figuring out where Jack Kerouac lived when the writer spent time in Hartford. You aren’t alone in not knowing about this — Kerouac’s short stay here was considered insignificant by most historians, and consequently, not recorded well.
Documenting and remembering the people’s history is what Thornton has been doing, previously on days off from work, and now, more full time since he has retired. In October he opted for a book launch celebration in lieu of a retirement party.
One day after it was announced that Kennard Ray would be filling the Deputy Chief of Staff position, he has withdrawn. He was supposed to start work on Monday.
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'»
Whenever the conversation turns to co-working spaces, it’s the same things that come up again and again: shared copy machines, fax machines, conference rooms, etc. This may appeal to a certain class of individuals, but is not useful for those who are inclined toward skilled manual labor — blacksmithing, welding, ceramics, and jewelery — the type of things that could fall under “industrial arts.” We can all find a photocopier at Kinkos without much trouble, but access to a metal forge? Good luck with that.
Photos by Christopher Brown
The Steel Yard in Providence offers studio space and access to tools, classes, and more at its three acre location in a neighborhood filled with old mills, factories, and foundries. This neighborhood has had its share of tensions and violence, but neither seems to be a deterrent. Last month, The Steel Yard hosted its eighth annual “Halloween Iron Pour,” an event that attracted hundreds of visitors despite the cold, $10 entrance fee, and absence of on-site parking. This collaboration with The Iron Guild is a kind of performance art complete with music by the Empty House Cooperative; props in the form of tiki huts, gods, and a volcano; ceramics and shirts for sale; and food trucks parked far from the fire.
Continue reading 'Suggestion Box: What is Our Steel Yard?'»
Mayor Segarra has announced the appointment of Kennard Ray to the Deputy Chief of Staff position, and Henry Burgos to Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations.
Both Ray and Burgos are Hartford natives who will begin work on Monday following the upcoming holiday. Continue reading 'Political Director of Connecticut Working Families Party New Deputy Chief of Staff'»
Last week we learned that a sorority at Trinity is temporarily suspended for allegedly putting young women at risk of danger. While this investigation is ongoing, it is not the only concern up the hill right now. At the beginning of this semester a Facebook group, Trinity Confidential, emerged. People can post anonymous comments. Most of the content is the mundane and predictable material one might associate with anonymity and young adults: lots of references to sex, drinking, and drugs, with a few complaints about food. But in between these remarks are others that have caused some to take pause. There are more than the occasional veiled or overt racial comment, along with anti-gay slurs, and the ever-present anti-Hartford slur: “locals.”
There is not agreement or complacency from everyone on campus. Some have responded, also anonymously, but others have stepped up and taken responsibility for their opinions. Continue reading 'Trinity Student Offers Suggestions for Bridging Town-Gown Chasm'»
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With the deadline for school redesign plans rapidly approaching, the Chair of the Board of Education has ordered a special meeting be held on Monday evening. This will take place at the plaza-level conference room at 260 Constitution Plaza, 5pm.
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Continue reading 'A Very Special Meeting of the Board of Education'»
A few readers have asked what has been most challenging about this photo series, thinking maybe it would be hauling around a camera or walking all over the place.
I have an answer now: the weather and loss of daylight. Continue reading 'In Your Neighborhood: Sheldon/Charter Oak (last round)'»