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Under the Cherry Blossom Tree

Posted on April 24, 2019

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Cherry blossoms in springtime stir the inner spirit ~ their beauty is breathtaking. Typically they are in bloom in April and early May in the Northeastern United States & other regions.   A fond memory of mine as a student at the University of Connecticut is a hot spring day, wearing tan fatigue shorts and a spaghetti strap top, sitting beneath a gorgeous cherry blossom tree on a wall on the patio outside the Student Union on the Storrs campus, reading and enjoying a cup of blueberry yogurt. I distinctly remember taking in the beauty of the blossoms, the day, the campus and truthfully, the joy of being young.    In the U.S. cherry blossoms are…

Amazing 100th Straight Wins! How About UConn Women’s Basketball on the $100 Dollar Bill?

Posted on February 14, 2017

By Jacqueline Bennett   One hundred straight wins – how about putting the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball team on the U.S. $100 dollar bill?   Admittedly, this suggestion comes from a proud University of Connecticut alumna. Nonetheless, it is an idea deserving of consideration.   After all, the amazing 100th victory run is simply the latest of years of remarkable accomplishments by strong, young women in the UConn basketball program. Last night, before a home crowd at packed Gampel Pavilon on the Storrs campus, top- ranked UConn delivered that 100th win milestone by defeating no. 6 South Carolina, 66-55.      A great article on the UConn website listed “100 Things To Know About the 100th Win.” Here’s a few interesting points…

“FIRST FOLIO!The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare” – Rare Collection at UConn

Posted on September 19, 2016

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   An extraordinary opportunity awaits at the William Benton Museum on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus. Through September 25, visitors can view a first collected edition, published in 1623, of plays by William Shakespeare in the exhibit, “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare”.  Admission is free.   In recognition of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. has sent “First Folio” on a national tour making a stop at one site in each state. UConn was the distinguished selection for the Connecticut stop.   “Of the 233 copies known today, 82 belong to the Folger,” states a synopsis of the event.       Without First Folio, the…

Scarves on Windham “Frog Bridge” – Sign of the Holiday Season in Northeastern Connecticut

Posted on December 17, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   A distinctive splash of red twirled around four gigantic green frog sculptures, perched atop spools of thread on the “Frog Bridge” has become a whimsical sign of the holiday season in northeastern Connecticut’s Windham county. Upclose, at a distance, front view or rear view, one might say the frogs in scarves visual – jumps out – to greet travelers.   Flurries playfully accented the 11- foot-tall bronze statues following a recent, early December snowfall, likely among the first of many snowflakes that will descend throughout the coming winter. The bright red scarves clearly bring holiday warmth to these creatures from the deep.     Four frogs squat, one perched on each corner of the bridge spanning the Willimantic River and Windham rail line from Pleasant Street (Route…

National Ice Cream Month Conjures Up Recollections of a Kathy Johns I.C. Girl

Posted on July 20, 2014

Write-Up & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett   As someone who spent her college years scooping ice cream at a popular ice cream and sandwich shop, I particularly enjoyed a recent article highlighting July as national ice cream month in Yankee Magazine’s New England Minute. The writer spoke of her days working in an ice cream store and recognizing customers for what they ordered. When I wasn’t waiting tables, I was assigned to “i.c.” at Kathy Johns in Storrs, Connecticut, located at the Four Corners about one mile from the University of Connecticut campus. That meant on a given night I made all the sundaes ordered. On Sunday nights, when students returned to campus often with their families in tow, lines overflowed out the…

Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry Reflects Unique Educational Opportunity – Kicks Off 2014 Summer Performances

Posted on June 28, 2014

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett Fascinating, fun and festive – the Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry in Storrs, Connecticut reflects a unique educational opportunity. The University of Connecticut is one of a very few universities in the country to offer a degree in puppet arts. In addition to a bachelor’s of fine arts in the field, UConn offers master’s degrees, MA or MFA. According to the university website, it all began in 1964 with the arrival of Professor Frank Ballard to the theatre department and the ensuing immense popularity of puppetry classes he taught there. Soon a “full length puppet performance” was staged on campus at the Harriet S. Jorgenson Theatre. Today graduates of the program are said to “perform and…

Hartford Times Building to Become Extended UCONN Urban Campus in Downtown Hartford, CT

Posted on June 19, 2014

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb    The Hartford Times was an afternoon daily that served the city of Hartford, Connecticut and beyond for some 150 years, earliest publication dates vary from 1817 to 1826, through to 1976. Although the once grand newspaper ceased publication thirty-eight years ago, the marvelous building with its tall pillars that housed it has remained standing.   Soon it will become UConn Hartford, an urban extension of the University of Connecticut that has its main campus in Storrs.   An agreement has been reached among the university, the Capital Region Development Authority and the state Office of Policy & Management that will keep the “iconic facade” and add a new attached five-story building, according to UConn Today (…