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.
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.
A new group has popped up on Facebook, “Dwelling in Downtown Hartford”, with the purpose of providing a virtual gathering spot for residents to discuss events, restaurants, the grocery store debate, etc. If you want to be part of the conversation, pop on over and ask to join the Group.
The group just started today and already there are 70+ members and discussions of a winter carnival in Bushnell Park, a meet-up, the importance of the Library as a hub for social discourse, engaging the neighborhoods, etc. While there are other outlets for some of this news and conversation – such as Social Hartford’s FB page and online calendar, or the various NRZs that try to address neighborhood issues and ideas – we’re all for engaging the community wherever it is that they hang out. Facebook has proven to be a great place to get folks to rally around a cause, why not use it as a tool to encourage positive dialogue about our fair city?
No matter how you feel about the Healthcare Act or “socialized medicine”, you have to admit that our local emergency rooms are not the proper place for the poor and uninsured to seek routine medical care. Hartford’s Malta House of Care provides free healthcare to the uninsured and the extremely ill. Dr. Pauline Olsen, a retired obstetrician, has been instrumental in establishing the clinic and volunteers at nearly 90 percent of all available clinic days since it opened in 2006. She is a nominee for the L’Oreal Women of Worth Award. If she gets the most votes, Malta House will receive $25,000. It only takes a second to help make a big difference!
The Metro Hartford area ranks 7th on the ForbesWoman list of The Best Cities for Working Mothers. Greater Hartford Real Estate Blog has a nice summary of the stats that put us there.
A much classier list than the last one we were on.
Longtime resident Catherine Blinder wrote a fantastic piece in today’s Courant about living in Hartford.
City Arts on Pearl, taken from an al fresco table at Bin 228, on a balmy May evening
Marks & Co. (circa 1960), the London bookstore made famous by the wonderful book and movie, 84 Charing Cross Road. It is now a wine bar.
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s grocery store survey we have another one from a different group of UConn MBA students. This time its all about whether Hartford needs a bookstore/coffee shop downtown. We remember going to a Hartford Magazine issue launch party in the unfinished two-story space on the corner of Trumbull & Asylum (in the Hartford 21 Building) and thinking it would be perfect for a Borders or Barnes & Noble. Other party-goers agreed and we all speculated as to which it would be. The space is still empty.
Click here to take the survey. Maybe with enough input, someone will decide that Downtown Hartford is the perfect spot for a bookstore-cafe.
We salivate at the thought.
We’ve waxed poetic here before on the merits of dining at ON20, formerly known as The Polytechnic Club, but who are we? Why listen to us? Listen instead to The Paper Of Record, as they tempt your tastebuds with this delicious review.