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Harkness Memorial Park & Eugene O’Neill Theater – Coastal Connecticut Is Calling

Posted on March 26, 2016

  Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   With the arrival of springtime, coastal Connecticut is calling. Among the numerous beautiful spots to visit are Harkness Memorial Park and the Eugene O’Neil Memorial Theater Center – neighbors on Great Neck Road in Waterford.   Originally the park was home to a 42-room Italian style estate built in 1906 surrounded by lawns and landscaped gardens. From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, that mansion is open for guided tours. Presently, the park is a public facility complete with picnic tables, grills, and grounds ideal for long walks complimented by a magnificent view of Long Island Sound.     Pack a lunch, sneakers and/or a fishing pole because fishing is allowed here but no…

Gillette Castle Marks a 100th Anniversary in Holiday Style

Posted on December 15, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Decorated in holiday style Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut is marking the 100th anniversary of its construction. Stone formations border a pathway to the castle where pine sprigs adorn exterior sections of the 24-room “medieval-looking” mansion. Actor, director and playwright William Hooker Gillette had it built, beginning in 1914. It took five years to complete this exquisite structure on his 184-acre estate atop a hill know as the “Seven Sisters”, overlooking the picturesque Connecticut River.     According to guides at the castle during a December 14 visit, Gillette designed the castle and influenced most every aspect its of contents. Its features include “near vertical stairways”, built-in couches, intricately carved wooden latches on some 47 doors – of which no two carvings are…

“Arsenic & Old Lace” To Be Windsor, Connecticut Tourism Focal Point

Posted on April 14, 2013

By:Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb (2013 update-the committee has decided to hold off on the Arsenic & Old Lace project)   The acclaimed Broadway play “Arsenic & Old Lace,” a dark comedy later made into a movie starring Gary Grant, will be the focal point of a tourism initiative in Windsor, Connecticut. May of 2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the death that led to an investigation which revealed Amy Archer-Gilligan, the proprietor of a home for the aged located in Windsor during the early 20th Century, to be a serial killer. She was alledged to have poisoned an estimated sixty victims including two of her husbands, as well as, boarders at the home.   “Most people do not realize that this is a true…