Friday, April 12 2013

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Friday, April 12 2013

Mt. Washington Century Ride Registration OPEN

The Mt. Washington Century ride is fast becoming known as New England’s Most Challenging Centurytm.  We have mountain passes that thrill the eye and challenge the soul. For those wanting to ‘test their personal best’, the Mt. Washington Century Ride is it!   Prizes, support vehicles, aid stations, on site theraputic sports masage.  No landscape rivals the natural beauty of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range, and a Century Ride through three notches and around the base of New England’s tallest mountain is without equal. The 100-mile route supports the Tin Mountain Conservation Center  and it’s great work promoting an appreciation for the natural world while instilling the bedrock principles of sound stewardship and sustainable lifestyles.   Abbreviated 40- and 80-mile routes provide wonderful rides for those wanting a little less than a Century.


Greenleaf Pottery: Classes in Wheel Thrown Pottery

Classes offer firsthand experience of the entire pottery-making cycle. Beginning emphasis is placed on working with one of the fifteen potter's wheels.  Beginning as well as advanced students are welcome. Sets of eight week classes are offered Tuesday or Thursday evening 6 to 9 p.m.,  year-round. Sign up now to reserve your place.

Call or go to the website for more information. 860-528-6090,


Webster's War of the Words 2013

Is a winklepicker a way to choose at whom to wink or a style of shoes? Most people have never heard the word, but at Webster's War of the Words, it could mean the winning points! (FYI: They're a style of shoe popular in the 1950s. And when did "FYI" join the Merriam-Webster family of words?) This entertaining gala event is centered around Noah Webster's impact on American culture.

Emceed by Brad Drazen, the evening will include live music, hearty appetizers, a wine and beer tasting, and an auction. The featured entertainment for the night will be a game show centered on language and culture and hosted by Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster's editor-at-large.

The fourth annual Webster's War of the Words will take place at the West Hartford Town Hall on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. The museum's Executive Director Chris Dobbs said, "War of the Words has quickly become the museum's signature event. With colorful personalities and a witty game show, it's a perfect blend of education and entertainment."

The game show contestants this year will include Hartford Courant columnist Susan Campbell, University of Hartford President Emeritus Humphrey Tonkin, West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka, journalist and radio personality Diane Smith, television and radio food show host Prudence Sloan, former news anchor and entrepreneur Susan Christensen Stoner, and syndicated columnist and author Rob Kyff. The three-person team that wins each round will have its points turned into dollars to support school programs at the Noah Webster House for underserved children.

Each year the museum serves approximately 2,000 children free of charge from lower income communities around greater Hartford and over 10,000 children statewide. Beth Sweeney, the museum's Education Coordinator offered this letter from one of the many children who visit the museum each year: "Dear Staff of Noah Webster, Thank you for showing us around the house. It was really wonderful of you to invite us with out money. We hope you'll come back very soon to Betances all the best, sincerely, Nora".

Reservations are highly recommended. General tickets are $50 in advance ($60 after April 5 or at the door). Champions of Noah Webster tickets are $75 and include an acknowledgment in the museum's newsletter of the individual's support. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductable to the extent allowed by law and will help to support the museum's school programs. Tickets are available at, or by calling 860-521-5362, x10.


Leadership Strengths & Blind Spots

People often do not reach their leadership potential because they have blind spots that limit their ability to see themselves as others see them.  Participants will learn principles, strategies and tools that help successful leaders see their blind spots and turn them into assets.  Additional fee of $50 for the online Blind Spots Profile. 



Stellar Scholars Star Search: Connecticut’s Best Young Sci-Fi Writers

High school and college students are challenged to write a 500-word short story about the painting of the iconic Avanti sports car "THE WHISPER AND THE ROAR" by Don Wieland. Champion wins $500 and has the story posted on Stellar Scholars e-magazine Cum Laude, The Scholarly Evening Post.



Adele Myers and Dancers


Adele Myers and dancers will perform on the Main Stage of the Paul Mellon Arts Center at Choate Rosemary Hall on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The Arts Center is located in Wallingford on Christian Street. Parking is free.

Adele Myers and Dancers (AMD) is a five-member contemporary dance company that combines robust athleticism, humor, and a personalized theatricality for its audiences. With support from the Summer Stages Dance Festival; Bates Dance Festival; Opera House Arts; and Connecticut College, the company is pleased to preview “Einstein’s Happiest Thought”– a multidisciplinary investigation into the physical state of imbalance as potential freedom.. 

Tickets: Adults: $20/Seniors(65 and older): $15/Students $15. For tickets, group rates, and more information, contact the box office at (203) 697-2398 or order online at



In Ephemerals, Wolfe explores the momentary nature of photography through relationships among objects, structures, place, opportunity and atmosphere, frequently discovering poetry.


Bud Cook & & Jean-Paul Jacquet : “NO RULES”

 Reception on Wednesday, April 10th, 5:00-7:00 pm

           “No Rules” is a series of collaborative paintings produced by Bud Cook and Jean-Paul Jacquet. For this project each canvas was exchanged multiple times between the artists’ studios as they were gradually worked toward completion. Successive steps of addition, erasure and thematic reinterpretation resulted in works that blend and expanded on the works that Cook and Jacquet make as individual artists. Figurative, animal, and graphic imagery were derived from a broad range of influences. Film, literature, photography, comics and musical content initiated and further directed each stage of image transformation.
            The process of artistic collaboration here employed degrees of trust, risk and faith in as much as painterly facility. Each active work in progress served as an interface between individual perspectives of an idea at alternate stages of development. The resulting paintings were further augmented by Cook and Jacquet’s provocative visual interactions that break with conventional autonomies of individual studio practice.  A video containing images and interviews with Cook and Jacquet that document this process can be viewed at
            Bud Cook has a BFA in painting/printmaking from Rhode Island College and lives in Woodstock, CT.  Jean-Paul Jacquet has a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University and lives in Pomfret, CT.                                       
           Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman HallHours: Monday - Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 8am-4:30pm & Saturday 9am-2pm, when classes are in session. 
          The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office.
Hours: Mondays through Thursdays 8am-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays 8am-4pm.
For more information please contact:
Matthew Weber, Art Curator



Good News!

Rah! Rah! Rah! Youthful energy abounds in this signature Goodspeed musical filled with Roaring 20s nostalgia, plenty of laughter and rousing dance numbers. Anticipation builds on the Tait College campus as game day approaches but the football hero must first pass a big exam in order to play. When he unexpectedly falls for his tutor, romance blooms and hijinks ensue. With songs like “You’re the Cream in My Coffee,” “The Varsity Drag,” and “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” it’s fun for everyone!

April 12-June 22

Schedule: Wednesday 2pm & 7:30 pm, Thursday *2pm & 7:30 pm Friday 8pm, Saturday 3pm & 8pm, Sunday 2pm & *6:30pm

*select days only




A Talk by Christina Anderson

Named by American Theatre Magazine as one of fifteen up-and-coming artists "whose work will be transforming America's stages for decades to come," playwright Christina Anderson will speak about her path and creative process.   She received her B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama's Playwriting Program. Her work has appeared at Yale Repertory Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and at other theaters around the country. Most recently, her play "Hollow Roots" was featured at The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival. An Outside the Box Theater Series presented by the Theater Department and the Center for the Arts, co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies and the Wesleyan Writing Programs.


April Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

Through April, the Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Use of Shadow and Light,” featuring the still lifes and nature scenes of Bronx fine artist, John Folchi. This show runs April 3 - 27. The Geary Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633.


Windswept Project

"Windswept Project" is a site-specific work by Associate Professor of Dance Pedro Alejandro. This performance will include five Dance Deparment alumni: Aaron Freedman, Brittany Delany, Sarah Ashkin, Sam Sherman, and Allison Hurd.


Tom Trenney, Organist Recital

Sacred Sounds is pleased to co-sponsor a recital by renowned organist, Tom Trenney, with the Hartford Chapter of the AGO (American Guild of Organists). Known for his engaging improvisations on hymns, submitted themes, silent films, scripture, poetry, and artwork, Tom Trenney will bring us a diverse program featuring Allegro (Symphonie VI) by Charles-Marie Widor, Sketch in D-flat, by Robert Schumann, Impromptu (Pieces de fantaisie) by Louis Vierne, Air by Gerre Hancock, Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor by J. S. Bach, Chorale 1 in E Major by César Franck, Deuxieme fantaisie by Jehan Alain and improvisation on submitted themes.

There is no admission charge for concerts at the Cathedral, but a free-will offering will be gratefully accepted. Ample secure parking is available.

Show starts at 8 p.m.


Eastern Connecticut Symphony January Concert

 The Eastern Connecticut Symphony concert series begins the New Year on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8 PM at the Garde Arts Center.  ECSO Music Director, Toshi Shimada, conducts a program which features, Hyewon Kim, winner of the 2013 ECSO Instrumental Competition, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.  The audience members will also hear Sibelius Karelia Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No, 2, (the Little Russian.)   Pre-concert conversation at 7 PM with Gary Chapman; post-concert reception free for members of the audience.  Tickets are priced from $32-$62 with senior and student tickets in selected seating areas.  Call the ECSO office at 860-443-2876 or purchase them on the Internet at:  For further information, visit the ECSO website at: or friend us on Face Book.