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Jersey Boys Rocks in Hartford, CT

Posted on October 28, 2011

Jersey Boys Rocks in Hartford, CT Article and photo by Jacqueline Bennett It is easy to understand why Jersey Boys won the 2006 Tony Award for best musical. A documentary style musical about the 1960s rock n’ roll group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, the show has been rocking the house in its return engagement at The Bushnell in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. Last Saturday’s matinee performance was no exception. From the moment the players stepped on stage until they took their final bow the audience was fully engaged with the story and music, offering prolonged applause after several songs to clearly appreciative cast members who remained in character, yet acknowledged the response with a touch of a hand to their hearts. From “Sherry” to…

UConn Homecoming Victory Amidst Uncertainty

Posted on October 21, 2011

Article and photo by Jacqueline Bennett   The 2011 University of Connecticut homecoming football game win was a welcome victory amidst continued uncertainty about the future of the Big East Conference. UConn came up with a 16-10 W, in the October 15 game against South Florida at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Two days later presidents and chancellors from the Big East universities voted unanimously to double the exit fee to $10 million for football schools to leave the conference. It is a vote which came on the heels of a turmoil creating announcement that Pittsburgh and Syracuse will drop out of the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference – ACC. Speculation is that revenue and dominance were motivating factors in the…

Trees of Honor for Connecticut’s Iraq, Afghanistan Fallen Heroes

Posted on October 14, 2011

Trees of Honor for Connecticut’s Iraq, Afghanistan Fallen Heroes by: Jacqueline Bennett “May they never be forgotten.” Plans are underway for a Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial, Inc. to pay homage to Connecticut’s military men and women who died in service to the nation in Iraq and Afghanistan. Initiated by a small group of citizens, currently looking for a 3 acre site in central Connecticut, the living memorial is envisioned as a “beautifully designed space” of serenity and reflection, to include a shade tree planted for each Connecticut military member who died serving in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation New Dawn. A personalized plaque will be erected next to each tree and there will be walkways, flower gardens, benches, flagpoles, statues…

Destination : The Putney Inn & (Update – now closed)

Posted on October 7, 2011

Update 10/8/2014 – I came across disappointing news today while checking The Putney Inn Website – the inn is closed. The message on their site reads: “I want to thank the hundreds of thousands of patrons who have graced my door over my four decades as innkeeper -ess.” According to on-line reports in the Rutland Herald, the Battleboro Reformer and Vermont Today, a deal with a Connecticut real estate developer to buy the 11.25 acre historic site, to make renovations and reopen this past spring fell through. The property, including adjacent motel rooms, was said to have been listed at $895,000. Last month innkeeper Randi Ziter faced a foreclosure auction. It was some fifteen years ago that I spotted The Putney Inn just off I-91…