Skating in Bushnell Park is back this year, kicking off today at 4pm with a brief procession from the carousel to the rink (twice the size of last year’s, and with a zamboni for better surface conditions), carols, a short professional skating show, twinkly lights, an appearance by the cast of HCT’s “Hairspray”, and of course free skating and skate rental. Billed as “iQuilt Presents Winterfest” (vs last year’s Festival of Lights Constitution Plaza vs Park PR mishap), the rink brings lots of folks Downtown (including City kids who might not otherwise ever try ice skating), provides a fun activity before or after local dining, and makes great use of our beautiful park, normally seen as only a warm-weather destination. Could the nearly-three months of skating and related wintry activities be the seeds for future festivities akin to Quebec’s Winter Carnival? We salivate at the thought.
Skating hours here.
Festive and of-the-moment jack-o-lanterns on Capital Ave.
A closer look:
Last year’s display. Hope everyone has shoveled out from our unseasonable OctSNOWber storm and has somewhere warm to be until their power is restored.
Although there are “Hartford”s in states other than CT, we’d like to think that the woman in the ad below is asking the Siri app on her new iPhone 4s for our Hartford Hospital…
(HT to clif of socialhartford.com)
If you have never heard of String Theorie, let us introduce you:
They describe themselves as “an Instrumental World Fusion band from Central Connecticut that brings together fingerstyle acoustic guitar, extended modern bass technique, and a wide variety of world percussion instruments to forge a sound that can’t really be described in words.” We first heard them this spring at a Friday-night session in the bar at Firebox, but they play at venues all over the area. They’ll be back at Firebox again Friday, August 26, and they open for Sea Tea Improv at City Steam on Sunday, August 28. They’ll also open for Don Ross and Brooke Miller at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville on Thursday, October 6. Try to catch them, you won’t be disappointed.
We have so many talented people right here in our midst, one of whom is the fabulous Helder Mira of Mira Hartford and Rabbit Ears Media, who has combined his passions for writing, directing & comic books into the pilot for a web series: Royal Comics. It features Hartford actors you may have seen on stage with Sea Tea Improv, Hartford Children’s Theatre etc., and was filmed in Hartford. The screening is next Friday at La Paloma Sabonera, come and check it out!
The fine folks at hartford.com and the MetroHartford Alliance have been working for two years on a project to change the way the city is marketed. As it says on their website: “This isn’t a tourism campaign. This is a way to promote our city to our own metro area and encourage those roughly 1.2 million people to come to Hartford more often.” They’ve already had meetings with various constituencies throughout the city and will be holding two informational sessions this Wednesday, July 27 at the Convention Center in the AM and at the Hartford Public Library in the evening. Visit the hartford.com site for more info on the campaign and the meetings, and to register to attend. If you live in, work in or just love the City of Hartford, please consider attending one of the sessions to learn more and give your input on the message that will convey that our city is a great one.
We’ve been having fun with YouTube’s Search Stories, with a few reasons why we feel Hartford is a great small city. Feel free to share this video, and let us know in the comments if you make your own Search Story about Hartford.
Google was in town mapping the streets of Hartford today. This pic was snapped by @AgentMurphy on Ansonia Street in the South End (Tom, you were at a full and complete stop when you took this, right?).