This exhibit will be on display until Sunday January 16, 2011. The Gunn Memorial Museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road, the intersection of Wykeham Road and Route 47, on Washington Green. Registration is requested; please call the Museum at 860-868-7756. Or visit http://www.gunnlibrary.org
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Just straight facts, no hard sell – take advantage of our one-time-only 15 percent discounts, available through December 23.
Idea Number 1: You can buy any ticket to any 2011 Race Weekend and get a 15% discount off the Advance Purchase price. (Remember, the Advance Purchase Prices are already lower than the Gate Prices!) Visit http://tickets.limerock.com for additional information!
Idea Number 2: Not sure which Race Weekend tickets to get? Then buy a Gift Certificate for any dollar amount. Call us at 860.435.5000, M – F., 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Idea Number 3: How about a 2011 Season Pass “hard-card” for $70 less than its regular price – and you get an extra major event Race Weekend for free! We’ve added the July 30 Ferrari Challenge races to our regular line-up of Grand-Am Rolex (Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30), ALMS (July 8-9), Historic Festival 29 (Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5) and NASCAR Modified (Sept. 16-17) race weekends.
A Season Pass at $230 for five major racing events is a great deal – and a great gift.
Idea Number 4: The ultimate holiday gift! Drive your car – and/or our BMW M3s – on the track at Lime Rock! Includes private coaching and catered meals during your four-hour experience. Three options: $995 (your car only); $1,500 (any combo of your car and the M3); and $1,750 (two people, any combo of your car and the M3). Call Jeanette Veitenheimer at 860.671.1458 for consultation and to order a Track Day Gift Certificate.
If you buy race tickets (either online or by calling us) up through Thursday, December 23, you will automatically get the 15% Holiday Discount.
If you buy the 2011 Season Pass (either online or by calling us) up through Thursday, December 23, you will automatically get the Holiday Price of $230. (On December 24, the 2011 Season Pass goes to $300.)
Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Glass House is pleased to announce the release of the limited edition print Modernism USA, by world-renowned artist and graphic designer Paula Scher Modernism USA uses the footprints of the Glass House and Farnsworth House at various scales to construct a map of the United States. The limited edition prints are sold exclusively at the Glass House Store ($350) and are offered online through December 18, 2010. https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/store/419/products
Looking for some modern joy this holiday season? Don't miss The Glass House Store's rare and new books, accessories and Glass House logo items, now also available online. A Glass House exclusive; is the journal-sized Moleskine sketchbook that includes art by 29-contributors inspired by the Glass House, interspersed with blank pages to add your work and reflections. The shop also offers several beautiufl coffee table books on the Glass House as well as winter cards that evoke the serene beauty of this National Historic Site. All purchases support the preservation efforts of the Philip Johnson Glass House.
The Glass House Visitor Center is located at 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT and the Store: Holiday Hours areDecember 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18: 10 am - 4 pm.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The Gables is a comfortably elegant suite located in the former attic of the original inn and is crowned with exquisite beams that are 272 years old. These are the beams that actually hold up this historic property that has been featured in Travel and Leisure, Conde Naste Traveler, CT Magazine and many other national publications. The room features a queen size bed, six foot walk in shower, a large loft area with a large screen TV and DVD player and a desk and work area. There is a private staircase to this very attractive suite.
The carefully updated Inn at Kent Falls has four suites, and two luxurious rooms, five fireplaces, a pool, air conditioning, phone and Internet access. The common rooms include a screened porch, TV, and living room. The Inn is well known for serving guests a sumptuous Breakfast.
Visit their website for a list of special packages and promotions offered by the Inn at Kent Falls, 107 Kent Cornwall Rd., Kent CT.http://www.theinnatkentfalls.com/
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday night will open with a children’s walk and candlelight sign at the Gazebo. The Watertown Methodist Church will host A Night in Bethlehem and the stores will stay open late for holidays shopping with specials and hospitality.
On Saturday, more than 80 artists and craftartists will be at the Depot Square Mall; Watertown Methodist Church and the American Legion. Live music will be hosted at The Father’s House, 523 Main Street from 12noon until 7pm, along with free gift wrapping and open house. There will be open houses all over Town with great buys and refreshments. Crafts and Open Gym for children will be in several locations.
Bring the family – make this a new holiday tradition.
More information at Watertown Recreation 860-945-5246 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of Christmas trees will be on display throughout the house, including a table-top tree in the sunroom decorated with late nineteenth and early twentieth century ornaments on loan from a private collector as well as a full-size tree in the reception room with hand-made Victorian-style ornaments and vintage trimmings from the Torrington Historical Society’s collection on its branches, antique toys gathered below.
The second floor of the house will feature items from the Society’s collection that reflect the life styles and fashions of the 1920s through the 1940s. In addition, a tree will be decorated with handmade ornaments based on early twentieth century Christmas advertisements from Torrington shops.
Admission is $7 for adults, free for members and children under 12. The house is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and on Christmas Day, December 25th. For more information, call (860) 482-8260.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEP) invites you to take a
break from the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations by coming to enjoy the sights and sounds of Treasured Holiday Traditions showcased at the Osborne Homestead Museum this holiday season.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum was the home of Frances Osborne Kellogg, who lived in the house her entire life, from 1876 to 1956. Exhibits include fine art and antiques collected by her family.
The Osborne Homestead Museum is located at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, CT and is operated through the CT DEP’s Division of State Parks and Public Outreach. Group tours for adults and youth programs are available during the weekdays. For directions, further information or to schedule a group of eight visitors or more please call (203) 734-2513.
Artistic Director Brett Raphael’s production has been called ‘beguiling and a feast for the eyes’ by the Connecticut Post and stars American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Julie Kent and Jose Manuel Carreño, appearing at all three public performances. The ballet also features a corps de ballet of 30 professional dancers and over 100 children from the Fairfield County region. In the spirit of giving, Connecticut Ballet request that members of the public bring a can or non-perishable food item to the performance in support of its holiday food drive. All items will be delivered directly to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
Affordable tickets range from $20-$45 in price (plus a $7.00 theater surcharge) and may be reserved online at www.scalive.org or by calling the box office at 203-325-4466.
A festive Nutcracker Gala benefit will take place in the Upper Ballroom of the Palace Theatre following the Saturday, December 11th 7:00pm evening performance. Marcia Selden Catering will provide delectable dinner-by-the-bite and patrons will dance to the inspiring rhythms of the Silver Streaks Band.
For gala information, call 203-964-1211. Lead production sponsor for The Nutcracker is Xerox Corporation and Nutcracker Gala sponsor is HSBC Bank. For more info, call Connecticut Ballet at 203-964-1211 or visit www.connecticutballet.com.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
For a complete listing of anniversary year events celebrating this amazing – and sometimes outrageous – showman, civic leader and politician, visit http://www.barnum-museum.org. The original museum building, owned by the City of Bridgeport is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Barnum Museum has planned a special holiday presentation, Christmas with the Clemens Family that will take place at The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport CT on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
Patti Philippon, Chief Curator at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford will regale guests with tales about the Samuel Langhorne Clemens family, better known as the family of hailed American novelist Mark Twain. This special program will describe the friendship between Clemens and P.T. Barnum and then take a look at the intricate details of the way the Clemens family celebrated Christmas at Nook Farm in Hartford.
Philippon will enlighten the audience with Mark Twain’s tales of holiday celebrations that took place in the Clemens family home and show images of the glorious Victorian era holiday decorations at the museum in Hartford. Hear some engaging quotes from Twain and the wonderful tales which he told his children while they gathered around the fireplace. Tea, hot chocolate and cookies will be served to warm your holiday spirit!
Holiday visitors to the museum will also be able to view the David Millen “Celebrating the Spirit of P.T. Barnum! Energy, Balance, Vitality” sculpture exhibition and a display of the original artwork created by the winners of the annual Kennedy Center “Unique Perspective 2011 Calendar.” The Kennedy Center publishes a full color calendar featuring artwork created by artists with disabilities. The calendars, along with other unique and memorable holiday gifts, are for sale in the Barnum Museum store.
Admission for these programs: Adults, Seniors and College Students: $5, $2, Children 4 – 17: $5, Under 4: Free. Events take place Dec. 4-16. please visit the website for exact times.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Almost immediately after his arrival, Twain took interest in founding a public library for the residents of Redding. Why was this of interest to him? Perhaps it was in his genes…John Marshall Clemens, Twain’s father, is said to have been instrumental in founding the first Hannibal, Missouri Library.
To create Redding’s first public library, Twain donated books from his own collection. Next Twain went into fundraising mode, a role he greatly enjoyed. Male visitors to Stormfield were “taxed” $1 dollar, concerts were held, and his friends and associates were urged to contribute to the cause. He was very successful. Large contributions of books were sent to Redding by Collier’s Weekly, Harper & Brothers, and by Page & Company.
From 1908 to 1910, the library was a focal point for Twain. In fact one of his final acts was approving a check for the library building fund. Since that time, the Mark Twain Library has grown and it has evolved but what it has remained is a tribute to Mark Twain’s legacy. Visitors of the Mark Twain Library are surrounded by photos, paintings, quotations, artwork and sculptures… there is little doubt that you have entered the “Mark Twain” library. But, more importantly, the Mark Twain Library keeps Mark Twain alive.
On Tuesday November 30th, Twain’s 175th Birthday, the town of Redding is planning an exciting day that includes a Mark Twain impersonator who will visit points of interest throughout the town. The impersonator will give two performances at the Redding Community Center.
There will also be a showing of the 1939 Huck Finn movie starring Mickey Rooney, at 4 pm. at the Redding Community Center because it is the 125th anniversary of the first publication of this book. Nationally recognized Mark Twain impersonator, Alan Kitty, will be on hand before the film’s 4:30 showing to discuss one of his favorite characters. The film will be viewed in honor of the 125th Anniversary of the book’s first printing.
At 7:00 pm at the Redding Community Center there will be a world first preview of “Dangerous Intimacy” an exciting documentary produced by History Film Inc, a non-profit organization. The documentary, based on the book by Karen Lystra, tells the untold story of Mark Twain’s final years. Many of the scenes were filmed in Redding using local actors and locations. The director and producer of the film, Richard Altomonte, will give a brief talk about it’s creation and a question answer period after the film. Tickets are $5.00 each & can be purchased at the Redding Park & Recreation, call: 203-938-2551.
The proceeds of the event are to benefit www.historyofredding.com. historyofredding.com created by historian, Brent Colley.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
On Dec. 11 in The Skitch Henderson Museum at 6 p.m., there will be a “Christmas Concert in the Country” with Alecia Evans, lyric coloratura soprano. Alecia Adams Evans has performed regionally and nationally throughout the United States. Her second performance at the farm will be a rich presentation of joyful holiday music from a repertoire of traditional Christmas standards and carols. Adding a spark to some of these holiday tunes will be an “Andrew Sisters” style sound, featuring the musical trio, Nobody’s Business which includes Evans, along with Cadden Jones and Linda Sue Moshier. Joining her on the museum’s famous Steinway piano once housed at NBC’s Tonight Show and signed by all four Steinway brothers, will be legendary Broadway Conductor Phil Hall. A reception will immediately follow the concert. Reservations Required. Ticket prices are $25 for members, $35 for non-members and $5 for students/children.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
STEPPING STONES MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN PULLS BACK THE CURTAIN TO REVEAL THE NEW 22,000 SQUARE FOOT/ $17 MILLION FACILITY
Friday, November 12, 2010
Prepaid reservations are $23 per person. This event is a major fund raiser that helps support the Keeler Tavern Museum and has become a seasonal pleasure for many.
The Holiday Boutique will be open each day from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM and Sunday, December 12 from 1:00-4:00 PM. A wide variety of seasonal ornaments, gift items and crafts will be on display in the Cass Gilbert Dining Room in the Museum building. Gifts for family, friends and some especially to please you are there to purchase.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The Big Day
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Winvian is Connecticut's only AAA award winning Five Diamond restaurant and one of two AAA Five Diamond Lodging Facilities in Connecticut -- the other being The Mayflower Inn http://www.mayflowerinn.com in nearby Washington Connecticut.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Tourism is a key economic engine in Connecticut benefiting both residents and state coffers. The fact is tourism is one of the very few areas of the Connecticut budget that generates net revenue for the State. Marketing dollars allocated to generate this revenue are an investment; an investment in Connecticut’s economy and jobs!
Tourism in Connecticut:
- Generates $11.5 billion in total traveler and tourist spending[i]
- Generates $1.15 billion in state and local tax revenue
- Employs 110,775 people (6.5% of state total) in Connecticut
- Each Connecticut household would pay $950 more in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the tourism industry[ii]
- Casino gaming revenue supports vital state & local services[iii]
- $377.8 million (FY09) – contributions to state general fund
- $ 93.0 million (FY09) – grants to all municipalities statewide
Jobs created by tourism are good jobs, solid jobs, jobs that are both skilled and unskilled, held by people of all ages and are often the 2nd job in a Connecticut family’s household, keeping that family whole and financially secure in tough times. Tourism jobs are home grown and cannot be moved out of state.
Connecticut is very fortunate to have as integral parts of its tourism product a diversity of offerings. Our state boasts the best in arts, history, culture, lodging, attractions, dining, casinos and so much more. Its advantageous location within two hours drive of major population centers, coupled with consumers’ needs to take more trips close to home, makes Connecticut an outstanding tourist destination.
Investing in tourism is investing in Connecticut’s economic future. Tourism affects many vital segments of our economy such as transportation, economic and community development, agriculture and outdoor recreation. Tourism is at the front door of our state’s economy.
It is targeted investment in tourism, however, that must happen in Connecticut by the State along side of private industry. This targeted investment will have a defined return on investment (ROI) in job growth, additional money flowing into Connecticut’s economy by out of state visitors, state revenue increases, and preservation of the arts, culture and natural heritage of Connecticut that makes our state such a great place to live, work and play.
States, regions and cities around the country have recognized the direct relationship between a strong, growing tourism industry and a thriving overall economy.
Our New England neighbors, for example, are each investing millions each year marketing their states, many times targeting Connecticut residents to visit there. All the while, Connecticut has allowed State support of the Statewide Marketing Fund to be reduced to $1.00 (one dollar) per year. In FY ’10 and ‘11, Connecticut became the only state in America to have NO tourism marketing budget. Colorado was the last state to try this by eliminating its tourism marketing function when, in 1993, it cut its marketing/promotion budget to zero. As a result, Colorado’s domestic market share plunged 30% within two years, representing a loss of over $1.4 billion in tourism revenue annually. Over time, the revenue loss increased to well over $2 billion yearly. By the time funds were restored, it took some eight years to return to pre-1993 levels of visitor spending.[iv]
The next Governor of Connecticut must be the leader who saves our state from becoming the next Colorado mistake. He must act now.
The next Governor of Connecticut must:
- Understand the travel and tourism industry and the vital role it plays in the state’s economy;
- Be involved and play an active role;
- Commit to investing in travel and tourism marketing both statewide and regionally in a strategically organized structure where the State and regional tourism districts are partners, instead of competitors, for limited State resources;
- Commit to investing in transportation options that support a vibrant Connecticut tourism economy. We need to invest in better roads and bridges, expand rail service and focus increased attention on Bradley International Airport as a more competitive airline/travel hub for New England and alternative to New York City gateways. Excellent transportation infrastructure is an important key for tourism investment paying significant dividends;
- Propose a $15 million budget to market Connecticut tourism. With over $1.15 billion being returned to state and local coffers each year as a result of the tourism industry, this investment is small compared to the return to Connecticut’s economy. Explore ways to match these funds with non-government dollars;
- Work with the Connecticut State Legislature to ensure adequate levels of funding for tourism.
- Direct the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, the state’s tourism marketing agency, to develop through internal and external means and input a master plan to chart the course for marketing the state using the increased funds. Additionally, the agency will examine its structure to determine how it can be strengthened both internally and externally;
- As a part of the master plan, develop recommendations of how best to implement a public/private funding model for State government tourism marketing. This type of model is used widely around the country, as well as privately in Connecticut, and can be an effective model for Connecticut;
- Engage regional tourism districts, local chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus and other key organizations as partners for marketing Connecticut;
- Grow regional marketing funding as statewide marketing funding is bolstered.
Conclusion - Tourism in Connecticut:
- Generates net revenue to the state’s economy;
- Creates jobs – homegrown jobs that cannot be moved out of Connecticut;
- Provides revenue for the State budget to help pay for other vital state social services which are non-revenue producing;
- Works as a catalyst for economic and community development, agriculture growth, transportation improvements and preservation of the environment;
- Creates a positive image and presents Connecticut as a great place to live, work and play.
Tourism is essential to Connecticut’s future. It is an integral part of our economy and our everyday life touching every person in the state in some way. Tourism and the revenue and jobs created because of it can, and will, help get Connecticut out of its budget deficit problems in the short term and help insure positive economic health in the future.
Tourism funding not only is the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do. The time is now!