Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Stamford Downtown Thanksgiving Parade

Florence Griswold Museum Free Admission to New London County Residents

New London County residents can enjoy all the Museum has to offer for free! Be the first to see Magic of Christmas celebration, tour the art exhibitions and historic house, and enjoy a hands-on project.

Free admission sponsored by the Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut.

Saturday, November 21, 10am-5pm
Sunday, November 22, 1-5pm
Admission FREE to residents of New London County

Florence Griswold Museum

96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
Phone: 860-434-5542

Labels: , ,

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Getting Scottish in Connecticut

Being Scottish in Connecticut means I take notice of all the little things like where to buy Irn Bru, Tunnocks Tea Cakes or Haggis (not that I actually would buy a haggis - ewww) like the upcoming Scottish festivals listed below, and the town names, Scotland for example! Did you know that Connecticut has an official State Tartan? I actually just discovered it myself. Pictured above, isn't it lovely?

According to the Connecticut State Library the above pattern was selected by the Connecticut General Assembly in May 1995 as the official tartan of the state: A plaid, with large blue stripes representing Long Island Sound, large green stripes representing forest, medium gray stripes representing granite, red and yellow pin stripes representing autumn leaves and white pin stripes representing snow.

Upcoming Scottish Events in Connecticut
(Updated for 2009)

Pipes In The Valley

"Connecticut's premier Celtic music event of the year"
This Celtic Music Festival celebrates nine years at the Riverfront with bagpipes, Celtic Fiddling, Scottish Drumming, Highland Games, Step Dancing and Kids Activities! Sponsored by The Olde Burnside Brewing Co., this year's event promises a day filled with fun, flavor and world-class entertainment! CHEERS!
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Time: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Admission Free
Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT

26th Annual Scottish Festival
Hosted by the St. Andrew's Society of Connecticut the festival includes much toe-tappin' music, Clan Tents, Bonnie Knees Contest, Children's Games, Sheep herding demonstration and Scottish Breed Dog Show, Weavers, Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Scottish Imports and Scottish Food, Dance exhibition of Scottish Country Dancing and a whole heck of a lot more!
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2009
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Rain or Shine!
Admission: $10.00 - 16 yrs and older
$5.00 - Seniors and children 6-15
Free - under six
Goshen Fairgrounds, Route 63, Goshen, CT

22nd Annual Scotland Highland Games
Its in a town called Scotland, it can't miss! This annual festival features Highland Dance Competition, Dads, Brothers, Boyfriends Pas de Basque & High Cuts, Dance Competition for Charity, Individual Piping and Drumming Competition, Highland Athletic Competition (big things will be thrown), Celtic Music, Harp Demonstration, Highland Cattle, Sheep Dog Demonstration, Clan Village and Scottish Vendors with Food and Wares.
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2009
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
Admission: Adults $12.00
Seniors (65+) $10.00
Children (6 to 16) $ 5.00
Children (5 and Under w/ paying Adult) *Free*
Edward Waldo Homestead, Waldo Road, Scotland, CT

There is a great selection of Scottish, English and Irish goods at the UK Gourmet in Newtown or Mrs Bridges Pantry in Woodstock.

Managing Editor
connected to connecticut.
things to do. web. blog. events.

Labels: , , ,

Friday, March 13, 2009

Get Your Green On, St Patrick's Day Parades in Connecticut

2009 Greenwich Saint Patrick's Parade
Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm
Greenwich Hibernian Association is sponsoring their 33rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade will form at the Greenwich, Connecticut Town Hall at 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich, CT and march down Greenwich Avenue.

2009 Greater New Haven Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 15th, 2009 at 1:00 pm
The Greater New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 15 starts its march at 1:00 pm. It will step off from Derby Avenue and Chapel Street, marching down Chapel Street to Church Street. It passes the reviewing stand in front of New Haven's City Hall and continues on Church Street to Grove Street, turning right and ending on Orange Street.

2009 Greater Hartford Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 14, 2009 - Starting at 11:00 am
The parade begins at Capitol Avenue by the State Capital, takes a left on Main Street, a left on Asylum, a left on Ford Street, and then ends by the Memorial Arch. The parade is held rain or shine.

Stamford St. Patrick's Day Parade 2009
Saturday, March 14th at noon
With more than 80 marching units, including Greenwich Pipe Band, Connecticut Firefighters' Pipes and Drum, Governor's Horse Guard, Trinity College Pipes and Drums, school and youth groups, Irish dancers, military groups, and more. It runs up Bedford and down Summer streets. For more information, call 249-3270.

2009 Mystic Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 at 1pm
Mystic Connecticut will host a Saint Patrick Parade on March22nd starting at 1PM. Over 650 marchers scheduled to participate and for us it is a first for our corner of Connecticut. Everyone is cordially invited to attended. Please note arrive early as parking is anticipated to be a problem. The parade accessible off Interstate 95 at either exit 89 or 90. Just follow the signs for directions.

For more St. Patrick's Day Parades around the U.S.A. please visit:

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

Friday, February 06, 2009

Bristol Palin named after ESPN?

If things couldn't get any stranger.... In a recent interview with Esquire Magazine former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin said she named her daughters Bristol in part for Bristol, CT, home of the sports network ESPN.

“When I was in high school, my desire was to be a sportscaster,” she said. “Until I learned that you’d have to move to Bristol, Connecticut. It was far away. So instead, I had a daughter and named her Bristol.”


Labels: , , ,

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A List Full of Hope

We can all use some good news in these tough times, and the recently launched website A List Full of Hope delivers just that. Hope to people who may have fallen on difficult times.

A List Full of Hope is a classified style website that allows members of the community to post for and request the things for which they may need, whether it be help for Christmas items, clothing, food and much more. Users can donate goods or services to people in need.

Listfullofhope.com founder Leon Noel says "The site aims to build communities by connecting neighbors in need with neighbors who can help." Listfullofhope.com urges everyone to answer one simple question, "Have you helped anyone today?"

To request help or to help out someone in your community visit:

Labels: , , ,

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Turkeys in East Granby, CT

I wish I had known about this sooner. The Town of East Granby celebrated it's 150th anniversary earlier this year, and part of the celebrations included 17 painted fiberglass turkeys throughout the town. Why Turkeys I hear you ask? East Granby was once known as Turkey Hills. Earlier today, I just happened to spot these, actually I couldn't miss them. How do you miss a 5 foot tall turkey? I took a couple of blurry cell phone photos. Love cell phone photos - they always look so good on the tiny little screen.

To see the full listing and photos of all the fabulous Turkeys please visit:

Labels: ,

Monday, August 04, 2008

Save Big with the CT Sales Tax Holiday Week

Connecticut Sales Tax Holiday on Items of Clothing and Footwear costing under $300 - August 17 - 23, 2008

Connecticut shoppers will have one week to buy items of clothing and footwear costing under $300 without paying Connecticut sales tax (hooray!). This year, the tax free week will run from Sunday, August 17 through Saturday, August 23, 2008.

More information about the rules that apply to the sales tax free week can be found here:

Labels: , , ,

Friday, June 06, 2008

That Hit And Run in Hartford

The outrageous hit-and-run story that has received national attention here in the U.S. has spread worldwide. The world is holding a mirror up to the people of Hartford, and what's looking back at them is not pretty.

The shocking surveillance video (see it on the Hartford Courant website below) shows 78-year-old Angel Arce Torres being struck by a vehicle that swerved over into the wrong lane and does not bother to stop to help him. Neither do the 10 -12 other vehicles who drive by as the man lies helpless in the street. Several bystanders appear to do nothing, and they do not approach Torres until a police car comes into view. It is known that there were at least four 911 calls from the scene.

Wherever those bystanders are today, no doubt they are looking inwards and asking themselves why they did not help. It's the question the world is asking them. And asking Hartford itself. Has it gotten so bad that we have no regard for life?

"At the end of the day we've got to look at ourselves and understand that our moral values have now changed." Police Chief Daryl Roberts said. "We have no regard for each other."

Torres is paralyzed from the neck down and remains in critical condition in Hartford Hospital.

Hartford Courant

Sydney Morning Herald

Labels: , ,

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Icy Travel

Icy travel abounds this morning, and is apparent on this image from the W/B traffic camera at Exit 55 (Rte 2 on ramp). Ice hangs down obscuring a good portion of the camera image.

Labels: ,

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

National Geographic Adventure Magazine says Mystic is one of America's Best Waterfront Towns to Visit

Anyone who has been there, already knows it's a gem. National Geographic Adventure Magazine has named Mystic, Connecticut one of the best places in America to visit. The magazine's September issue includes a list of the best towns nationwide, one in each state.

Mystic made the list in the Best waterfront towns category. Other great waterfront towns included on the list include: Waimea, Hawaii; Fond du Lac, Wis.; Newport, R.I.; Rockland, Maine; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Annapolis, Md; Beaufort, S.C., and Lewiston, Idaho.

National Geographic Adventure Magazine


Labels: ,