Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The 2019 Connecticut Open House Date: June 8th

15th ANNUAL 

WHAT: Connecticut Open House Day

WHEN: Saturday, June 8, 2019 (times may vary by location)

WHERE:  Statewide (150+ locations)

DETAILS: Save the date for this ever popular one-day event where destinations across Connecticut offer free or discounted admission or special offers to Connecticut residents. 

Organized by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, Connecticut Open House Day is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse mix of history, art, culture and tourism, and encourage residents to discover or rediscover the wealth of treasures in their own backyard.

The list of participants and special offers is available at: www.ctvisit.com/connecticut-open-house-day-june-8-2019

Follow the official Connecticut Tourism account @CTvisit on InstagramFacebook and Twitter for regular updates.

Participating Towns as of 4-23-19


  • Ashford House Studio, 10 Mansfield Rd.
    Open studio from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering 10% off all matted prints.
    Part of the Art & Garden Tour.
  • Willow Tree Pottery
    Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Featuring guests Barbara Katz, Gretchen Geromin and Laure Merlo who will be showing their work in the gardens. Suzy Stauback makes pottery for the kitchen, table and garden inspired by pots of ancient China and Korea and country pottery of England and early America. All visitors will receive a homemade amulet.
    Part of the Arts & Garden Tour.


  • Squire’s Tavern
    Free admission from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. In addition, there will be a whimsical program at 1:30 p.m. by George Papp, Sr. on the history of outhouses. Following the program will be an ice cream social.


  • Old Farm School                    
    Free tours from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. of the 1796 schoolhouse which was used until 1922, and the History Center.


  • Barnum Museum 
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Guest can enjoy free guided tours through the gallery and all visitors will receive a red nose and Barnum bookmarks.



  • Creamery Brook Bison          
    Open from noon until 6 p.m. during their Summer Festival featuring food and craft vendors, activities for children including butter making; ice cream, and wagon rides to see the bison.


  • Elton Tavern & Center Schoolhouse
    Open for tours from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Visit with costumed interpreters in the Federal-style tavern or try your hand at school lessons and games in the one-room schoolhouse.


  • Green District Schoolhouse
    Open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visit the restored 19th century one-room schoolhouse and experience first-hand how different school was in the not-so-distant past.
  • Prudence Crandal Museum
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.



  • Jane Collins Studio 
    Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering guests a free herb or flower plant.
    Part of the Arts & Garden Tour.


  • Cheshire Historical Society
    Open from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The Cheshire Historical Society has been researching the history of the Hitchcock family and with the information they have found, staff will tell the stories about the family through skits. Guests are invited to dress in period costumes and read from the prepared scripts.


  • Chakana Sky Alpacas            
    Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering guests 10% off total farm store purchases.


  • Adam Stanton House            
    Free admission from noon until 4 p.m., with guided tours throughout the 18th century house and general store.
  • Captain Elisha White House              
    Free house tours from noon until 4 p.m. of the oldest brick building on the Boston Post Road, also known as “Old Brick.” Enjoy the perennial gardens containing heirloom plants, view a diorama of Main Street, Clinton as it looked in 1915, and visit the Buell Tool Museum, a treasure trove of antique tools.


  • Colchester Historical Society
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., offering tours of the history museum in addition to three other historic sites including Hayward Fire Museum, School of Colored Children, and the Nathaniel Foote House.


  • Canton Historical Museum                
    Free admission from noon until 4 p.m., with guided or self-guided tours.


  • Danbury Museum & Historical Society                     
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., which includes tours and a special exhibition.
  • Gallery at Still River Editions
    Open from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., featuring the exhibition of photographs by Robert Jacobsen and photoencaustics by Marcy Juran. Enjoy art, conversation and light refreshments.


  • Osborne Homestead Museum 
  • Museum open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a special architecture tour of the homestead, exploring its transformation from a modest 1800s farmhouse into an elegant 20th century Colonial Revival home.

East Granby  

East Haddam 

East Hartford            

  • Futtner’s Family Farm LLC
    Free prize drawing every half hour from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Prizes valued at $15 to $20 each, include flats of plants and vegetables, potted herbs, hanging baskets, and more. Must be present for drawing and limited one prize per customer.
  • Huguenot House Museum     
    Open from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., take the opportunity to visit this site which is rarely open to the public and offering a complimentary brochure on historic sites. Merchandise available at half price.

East Haven     

  • Shore Line Trolley Museum   
    Offering half off trolley ride admissions and also museum store items from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

East Windsor 

  • Connecticut Trolley Museum
    From 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., purchase one admission and receive the second admission free (higher price prevails) and one free admission per party for Connecticut residents only.



  • Connecticut River Museum   
    Everyone is a “kid” on June 8. Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering morning programs, tours, crafts and stories in the museum and aboard the ship “Onrust.” Programs are free with admission.


  • Fairfield University Art Museum    
    Open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering guests a free notecard.
  • Walsh Gallery at the Regina Quick Center for the Arts
    Open from noon until 4 p.m. All visitors receive a complimentary museum notecard.


  • Stanley-Whitman House        
    Open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Free admission from 8 a.m.-noon; half price admission from noon-4 p.m.; along with a 20% off family memberships. Farmington Farm Truck on-site from noon-3 p.m.


  • Ashbel Woodward House Museum
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. A lecture from a Franklin notable at 2 p.m., followed by a tour to a nearby cemetery (weather permitting).
  • Blue Slope Country Museum
    Reduced admission from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. of $1. Have fun with interactive activities including solving historical farming questions.

MGM Springfield - May 2019 Highlights

MGM Springfield Kicks Off May with 
“Food Truck Fridays” and 
“Derby de Mayo Weekend” on Armory Square

Get ready for May fun at MGM Springfield where they are ready to  kick off a weekend of fun and fabulous festivities beginning on Friday, May 3 with the launch of “Food Truck Fridays” and “Derby de Mayo Weekend” on Armory Square.

“Derby de Mayo Weekend” kicks off at 11 a.m. with a performance by local cover band Feel Good Drift, lawn games and bites from “Food Truck Fridays” inaugural event. 

Guests can also enjoy TAP Sports Bar’s signature outdoor beer garden, which will be open for the first time this season. 

Then, on Saturday, May 4 at 4:30 p.m., Armory Square will transform into an outdoor viewing party for the highly anticipated horse race, the Kentucky Derby, as it plays live on the 330-square-foot marquee screen. The event also will feature live music and MGM Springfield’s three food trucks. 

It's not over yet! The party continues Sunday, May 5 starting at 1 p.m. with a Cinco de Mayo fiesta complete with a mariachi band and custom tequila bar.
And the weekend fun continues all summer!

It's still not over! Every week throughout the spring and summer, “Food Truck Fridays” will bring local eats to downtown Springfield from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

The culinary bonanza will include three original concept food trucks from MGM Springfield, serving tacos, gelato and Asian-inspired dishes. A variety of other popular food trucks from across the region, such as Wahlburgers, Hot Oven Cookies and Say Cheese, will be offered on a rotating schedule. 

Opening day of “Food Truck Fridays” on Friday, May 3 will include:
  • Guac This Way by MGM Springfield
  • Asian-Inspired Food Truck by MGM Springfield
  • Italian Gelato by MGM Springfield
  • Wahlburgers of Boston
  • Liberty Rock Tavern of Milford, Conn.
  • Holyoke Hummus of Holyoke, Mass.
  • Say Cheese of Worcester, Conn.
  • Hot Oven Cookies of Springfield, Mass.
  • Kona Ice of Stamford, Conn.
  • Palazzo of Springfield, Mass. 
  • Sweet Chili’s of Springfield, Mass. 

For more information on “Food Truck Fridays” and “Derby de Mayo Weekend” at MGM Springfield, please visit mgmspringfield.com

MGM Springfield

One MGM Way
Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 273-5000

About MGM Springfield

MGM Springfield covers three city blocks in the heart of downtown Springfield, Mass. Igniting a cultural and economic renaissance in a historic New England city, the resort, which combines new construction with revived historic buildings, offers more than 125,000 square feet of gaming space, a 250-room boutique hotel on Main Street, superior spa services, diverse retail and inspired dining headlined by award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s Cal Mare. MGM Springfield also features the seven-screen Regal luxury cinema complex, bowling lanes, a seasonal skating rink and outdoor marketplace displaying local art, events and talent. MGM Springfield opened on August 24, 2018. For additional information, please visit www.mgmspringfield.com.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Next Stop: New Haven - Celebrating the Shubert Theatre

Help Celebrate the Historic Shubert Theatre

Next Stop: New Haven is being held on Monday, April 22nd 2019

Funds raised will support the operations and maintenance of the 100+ year old theatre, as well as support education and outreach initiatives that the Shubert sponsors.

This one night feature event begins with  pre-show cocktails and small bites from a variety of New Haven’s best restaurants, a program in the theatre featuring performances by three current Broadway stars, a live auction, the announcement of the 2019-20 Broadway season and a post-show desert reception.  

Ticket prices range from $175 (VIP tickets include Prime Orchestra seats for the performance, the pre-show reception and an exclusive post-show dessert reception on the Shubert stage) to $75 (Orchestra seats for the performance, the pre-show reception and a post-show dessert reception in the lobby).  

To welcome younger patrons to the theatre, tickets are available for guests under 30 for $30.

5:30pm – Cocktails and small bites from New Haven's finest restaurants.
7:00pm – Concert performance by guest artists on the Shubert Stage and announcement of the Shubert Theatre's 2019-2020 Broadway season.
8:30pm – VIP Reception on the Shubert stage / Dessert Reception in Lobby and Mezzanine Lounge.    

 Current list of Participating Restaurants

  • Jack’s Steakhouse
  • Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ at The Stack
  • Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill
  • Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill
  • Olmo
  • Mecha Noodle Bar
  • Chabaso
  • Garden Catering
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Claire’s Corner Copia
  • Forks & Fingers Caterers

Noah J. Ricketts (Kristoff in Disney’s “Frozen the Musical” on Broadway)
Kimber Sprawl (Broadway productions of “Beautiful” and “A Bronx Tale”)
Julian Decker (Broadway productions of “Les Miserables” and “Sunset Boulevard”)

Enter to win!

I'm so pleased to offer a ticket give-a-way for one pair of tickets to this amazing event! Click the link below for information on how to enter!

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*Note:  This contest runs from April 8th-April 17th.
Winners will be notified within 24 hours of the contest end and will have 24 hours to respond. If no response is received, after 24 hours a new winner will be selected and notified. Tickets are not redeemable for cash.

Additional information about Next Stop: New Haven is available at: https://shubert.com/shows-events/next-stop-new-haven-to-benefit-the-shubert-theatre.  

The Shubert Theatre

247 College Street
New Haven, CT 06510

About the Shubert:

The Shubert, New Haven is owned and operated by CAPA, one of America’s most respected theatre managers and producers. From its original mission as a Broadway tryout house, the theater has evolved into a not-for-profit, community resource that serves as the heartbeat of the region’s cultural life. In addition to Broadway offerings and performances of dance, cabaret, popular music and family entertainment, the Shubert Theater has comprehensive education and outreach programs, fulfilling its mission to make the best of the performing arts available to the most people. Now in its 46th year, CAPA is a not-for-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment.

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