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Coming up, Easter Egg Hunt at Horse Listeners Orchard

The Horse Listener’s Orchard in Ashford, CT invites you to an Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to noon (or until the eggs are gone) on Saturday, March 31.

The Horse Listener’s Orchard in Ashford, CT invites you to an Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to noon (or until the eggs are gone) on Saturday, March 31.

The inclement weather date is Saturday, April 7, same hours. Call the orchard, if in doubt (860-429-5336).

Bring the whole family for a fun morning out. There will be Easter cookie decorating, outdoor games and more.

Pack a snack for the little ones or a picnic lunch for the whole family.

Please pre-register by e-mail with the number of children you will be bringing and their ages, so we can plan, at Horselistenersorchard@gmail.com

The egg hunt is intended for children age 8 and younger to keep the little ones safe. Younger children (age 4 and younger) will have a separate egg hunt area.

Horse Listeners Orchard is located at 317 Bebbington Road in Ashford, CT 06278. It’s only 1.5 miles from the junctions of Routes 44 and 89 in Ashford. Follow the signs at this intersection and turn onto Slade Road, which ends at Bebbington Road.

Posted March 6, 2012

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Community, students invited to co-create interactive mural

Artist Vito Bonanno invites the community to help create a mural at Eastern Connecticut State University on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Photo source: screen shot from video at www.vitobonanno.com

As part of the an exhibit presented by The Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University, students, staff, faculty and members of the community are invited to join guest artist Vito Bonanno in creating an interactive mural.

This project coincides with an exhibit of his work, “Unfiltered V: Vito Bonanno Riding with the Train Girls” on view from Jan. 19 through Mar. 1, 2012 at The Akus Gallery.

The mural project takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 in the gallery, which is located in the lower floor of Shafer Hall.

A reception with the artist will be held the same day, from 5- 7 p.m. in the gallery.

Bonanno’s work is image- and concept-driven and may incorporate spray paints, gouache, India inks, oils, acrylics and other media, on paper, canvas and other materials.

Most of his characters or topics are embedded in his personal life, feelings, thoughts and dreams, centered around objects or topics that “get stuck in his head,” including traffic lights, grids, ceiling fans and graffiti.

“He has found a way to tap into the intensity of focus and insight afforded him through Autism Spectrum Disorder to unleash a formidable creative power and vision,” explains Akus Gallery Director Elizabeth Peterson.

His work has been described as raw, unfiltered, unedited, truthful, comedic, irresistible, bold, playful and charming. (Watch video at http://www.vitobonanno.com/#311100/video )

Ghost Town on Davenport Avenue, 2007 - by Vito Bonanno. Photo courtesy of Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University 2012

Ghost Town on Davenport Avenue, 2007 - by Vito Bonanno. Monoprint. Photo courtesy of Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University 2012

“Unfiltered V: Vito Bonanno Riding with the Train Girls” offers an unabashed glimpse into the inner workings of the artist’s complex and creative mind.

Shrine-like installations and an unconventional, quirky accompaniment of objects bring both alarming and charmingly comedic elements to the table.

The Interactive Mural project of “Unfiltered V” is a Dean’s Cup Event at Eastern. The Dean’s Cup competition is an academic and service-related event that promotes spirit and collaboration among students living in the residence halls on campus.

The competition’s purpose is to see which residence hall can get the most students to attend special events on campus, while simultaneously encouraging students to become well-seasoned in a variety of experiences, conducive to Eastern’s liberal arts mission.

The Akus Gallery is located in the lower level of Shafer Hall at the corner of Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic, CT.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

For more information regarding this and other exhibitions at Akus Gallery, please call (860) 465-4659 or visit on the web at www.easternct.edu/akusgallery

Posted Jan. 27, 2012 as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

Related links: Vito Bonanno’s web site http://www.vitobonanno.com/#1885253/about-the-artist

What is Austism? http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

VSA, http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/exhibitions.cfm

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.

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Local community events for the week of Jan 23 2012

The Willimantic Public Library, Main Street, Willimantic, will host a Chinese New Year celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. in the children's department. Families are invited to attend a fun-filled hour that will include traditional Chinese stories, arts and crafts, games and sample Chinese food. To register, stop by the library or call (860) 465-3082. Image source: www. chinesenewyearcardsblogspot. com


Editor’s note: The DEEP Family Ice Fishing Class scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28 in Coventry has been canceled, as well as the Derby (because of insufficient ice on the lakeTuesday Jan. 24, 2012
FOOT-CARE APPOINTMENTS – Mansfield

Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, will offer foot­care appointments with a podiatrist beginning at 9 a.m. Call Kathy for an appointment at (860) 429-0262.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION – Willimantic

The Willimantic Public Library, Main Street, Willimantic, will host a Chinese New Year celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. in the children’s department. Families are invited to attend a fun-filled hour that will include traditional Chinese stories, arts and crafts, games and sample Chinese food. To register, stop by the library or call (860) 465-3082.

LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETING – Lebanon

All local mothers and pregnant women are invited to a mother­to-mother breastfeeding support and advocacy group at 6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Community Center, 872 Trumbull Highway, Lebanon. Children welcome. Info. (860) 642-6638 or (860) 423-2170. No cost.

Wednesday Jan. 25

ADULT HEALTH SCREENINGS – Mansfield

Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, will offer adult health screenings from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with VNA East Nurse Mary Hess. Info: (860) 429-0262, ext. 4.

INTERFAITH SEWING AND SERVICE GROUP – Willimantic

First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., Willimantic, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects: CWS – school bags and layettes, Nursing Homes – lap robes. Snow date: Jan. 26. Info: (860) 228-9658.

HOSPICE HOSPITALITY LUNCHEON – Chaplin

Hospice of Eastern Connecticut will hold its hospitality luncheon at the Pine Acres Restaurant, Route 6, Chaplin from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a social gathering of people who are successfully moving on with their lives after a loss. Group is open to the community. Info: (860) 456-7288, ext. 293.

Thursday Jan. 26

LIBRARY FUNDRAISER – Willington

The Willington Public Library, 7 Ruby Road, Willington, will host “Demarle at Home” library fundraiser at 6 p.m. Info: (860) 429-3854.

ROSS MILLER ON PHILIP ROTH, UPDATED – UConn

Ross Miller, who is writing the official biography of Philip Roth (with Roth’s cooperation), will update those who are interested on the progress of this project to be published by Houghton Harcourt. Roth’s talk at the University of Connecticut Co-op, 2975 Hillside Road, Storrs, is at 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://generalbooks.bookstore.uconn.edu/event/ross-miller-philip-roth-updated-0 or call (860) 486-5027.

NIGHTSONGS OPEN MIKE/SONGSHARE – Coventry

The Nightsongs Open Mike/Songshare will be held at the Song-­a-Day Music Center, 2809 Boston Turnpike (Route 44) in Coventry. Music begins at 7 p.m.; sign-up is at 6:30 p.m. Songwriters, music and spoken-word performers and the musically curious are invited to share music and discussion. This event is free and open to the public. Come and share songs, swap stories and enjoy the company of musicians. For more information, call (860) 742-6878 or e-mail inquiries@songaday­music.com

Friday Jan. 27

LEGENDARY PIANIST/COMPOSER AT JORGENSEN – UConn

Chucho Valdés, pianist and composer will perform at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road, Storrs, on the University of Connecticut campus at 8 p.m. Tickets/info: (860) 486-4226 or online at jorgensen.uconn.edu

Saturday Jan. 28

ICE FISHING CLASS AND DERBY – Coventry

Members of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program will conduct a Family Ice Fishing Derby at Patriot’s Park on Coventry Lake in Coventry from noon to 3 p.m. (weather permitting). A Family Ice Fishing Class is planned prior to the derby at the Patriot’s Park Community Center. The class will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. (with or without ice) and registration is required. The derby is free of charge and will be conducted by certified DEEP Fisheries CARE instructors. The DEEP Derby is sponsored by the Coventry Parks and Recreation Department. For registration and more information, call (860) 742-4068.

MOVIE – ‘DOLPHIN’S TALE’ – Willington

The Willington Public Library, 7 Ruby Road, Willington, will host the movie “Dolphin’s Tale” in the Community Room at 12:30 p.m. This movie is rated PG and runs for 113 minutes. Participants can also bring their own snacks.

MUSIC WORKSHOPS – Coventry

The Song-a-Day Music Center, 2809 Boston Turnpike, Route 44, Coventry, will present two music workshops, “Mountain Dulcimer Potpourri” and “The Songs of the Carter Family” from 2 to 4 p.m. Space for the workshops is limited. Call for reservations. Fee for each work­shop is $30. Info: (860) 742-6878 or go to www.songadaymusic.com

ARMY BAND CONCERT – Chaplin

The 102nd Army Band will perform a free concert at Parish Hill High School, Parish Hill Road, Chaplin, at 7 p.m. The band consists of several ensembles including a concert band, big band and a jazz combo. Info: (860) 455-9584.

LEGENDARY PIANIST/COMPOSER AT JORGENSEN – UConn

Chucho Valdés, pianist and composer will perform at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road, Storrs, on the University of Connecticut campus at 8 p.m. Tickets/info: (860) 486-4226 or online at jorgensen.uconn.edu

Sunday Jan. 29

WINTER TREK AT ALLANACH-WOLF WOODLANDS – Windham

Join naturalist Ken Metzler for a tour of the winter world at 1 p.m. Walkers will snowshoe if there is snow. EMS will provide snowshoes at half the regular rental price ($10) as available. Instruction will be pro­vided at 12:30 p.m. Space is limited, registration is required. Contact Richard Bunce at (860) 647-1455 by Jan. 22. Find information about Joshua’s Trust at www.joshuaslandtrust.org

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Monday Jan. 30

WILLIMANTIC WHITEWATER PARTNERSHIP DRIVE

The annual meeting, fundraiser and membership drive of the Willimantic Whitewater Partnership will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Willimantic Brewing Co./Main St. Café, 967 Main St., Willimantic.

VOICEMAIL, THE OPEN MIKE FOR STORYTELLING – Storrs/Mansfield

VoiceMail, the open mike for storytelling, will be held at The Mansfield General Store, Route 195/Storrs Road, Mansfield Center, at 7 p.m. Come for the soup and chili bar and stories. Proceeds of free will donation benefit the Connecticut Storytelling Center. For more information, visit www.connstorycenter.org And visit Mansfield General Store on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MansfieldGeneralStore

Tuesday Jan. 31

SOCIAL SECURITY SEMINAR – Willington

Willington Public Library, 7 Ruby Road, Willington, will host a free Social Security seminar in the Community Room at 7 p.m. Come and get all the latest information and answers to all those important questions. Info: (860) 429-3854.

Wednesday Feb. 1

INTERFAITH SEWING AND SERVICE GROUP – Willimantic

First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., Willimantic, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects: Hospital – red flag blankets, CWS – schools bags, hospice – quilted prayer shawl. Snow date: Feb. 2. Info: (860) 228-9658.

Friday Feb. 3

‘THE CITY DARK’ – E.O. SMITH – Storrs/Mansfield

E. O. Smith High School’s auditorium, Storrs Road, Storrs, is the location of a film screening of “The City Dark” at 7 p.m. Free. Info: (860) 208-7273.

Posted Jan. 23, 2012

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Joyce DeWitt and Jerry Adler star in I’m Connecticut

Jerry Adler as “Gramps” and Joyce DeWitt as “Polly” in a scene from Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s world premiere of Mike Reiss’ play, “I’m Connecticut,” playing Dec. 1 – 10, 2011 in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs.  Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

Jerry Adler as “Gramps” and Joyce DeWitt as “Polly” in a scene from Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s world premiere of Mike Reiss’ play, “I’m Connecticut,” playing Dec. 1 – 10, 2011 in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

Connecticut Repertory Theatre on the University of Connecticut campus presents the world premiere of Mike Reiss’ comedy, “I’m Connecticut,” opening tonight (Dec. 1) at the Jorgensen Performing Arts Center.

The play stars Joyce DeWitt from the popular TV series Three’s Company and Jerry Adler from the HBO hit The Sopranos.

Ticket information is available online at www.crt.uconn.edu or call the box office during office hours at 860-486-4226.

The playwright Mike Reiss is a Peabody Award-winner, and four-time Emmy award-winning writer for The Simpsons.

He’s also a Connecticut native and this time he’s turned his sharp, satirical comic genius on his home state – and yours.

“I’m Connecticut” tells the story of a 30-something Connecticut native now living in New York trying to come to terms with his apparent lack of personality that he, and others, attribute to his upbringing in Simsbury.

This highly satirical comedy sets its sights squarely on all things Connecticut. From the origins of our nickname, The Nutmeg State, to our town names that he observes all sound like the names of English butlers (Simsbury, Litchfield and Old Saybrook).

A secondary love story revolves around the mother of Marc’s girlfriend, who falls for Marc’s grandfather. Marc is played by Harris Doran.

In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus.

He co-created the animated series The Critic, featuring actor John Lovitz, and created Showtime’s hit cartoon Queer Duck (about a gay duck).

His other TV credits include It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, ALF and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

His screenplay, My Life in Ruins, was made into a major motion picture in 2009 starring Nia Vardalos and Richard Dreyfuss.

He also co-wrote The Simpsons Movie, Horton Hears A Who! and Ice Age, Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

His caveman detective story Cro-Magnon P.I. won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

He has published 14 children’s books, including the best-seller How Murray Saved Christmas and the award-winning Late for School. Mike also composes puzzles for NPR and Games Magazine. And he’s a former president of The Harvard Lampoon and editor of The National Lampoon.

Joyce DeWitt as “Polly,” with Harris Doran as “Marc” and Maggie Sulka as “Diane” join Jerry Adler as “Gramps” in a scene from Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s world premiere of Mike Reiss’ play, I’m Connecticut. Performances are Dec. 1 – 10, 2011 in the theater at Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

Joyce DeWitt as “Polly,” with Harris Doran as “Marc” and Maggie Sulka as “Diane” join Jerry Adler as “Gramps” in a scene from Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s world premiere of Mike Reiss’ play, I’m Connecticut. Performances are Dec. 1 – 10, 2011 in the theater at Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

“I’m Connecticut” will feature Joyce DeWitt (Polly) who starred as Janet Wood in the 18-year run of Three’s Company.

She has also appeared in the Canadian premiere of Dinner With Friends, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, the North American premiere of Daylight Savings, Noises Off, Anything Goes and Olympus on My Mind. DeWitt recently starred in the play Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage off-Broadway.

Tony Award-Winning actor Jerry Adler will play Grampa. He recently starred as “Hesh” in the hit HBO series The Sopranos.

He also appeared in Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery and in The Public Eye, opposite Joe Pesci.

He has appeared in many television programs, including The West Wing, Law & Order, Northern Exposure, CSI: Miami, Hudson Street, Raising Dad, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

He was a regular on the hit sitcom Mad About You.

Adler is a veteran of more than 50 Broadway productions as producer, director, and production stage manager, including the original My Fair Lady, Coco, The Homecoming, and Annie.

He won a Tony Award for Good Evening, which he directed with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

His recent films include In Her Shoes opposite Shirley MacLaine, Prime with Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman, and Synechdoche, New York with Philip Seymour Hoffman.

He recently finished the final season of the critically-acclaimed FX drama Rescue Me, as well as The Good Wife.

The role of Marc will be played by Harris Doran, whose credits include – New York Theatre: It Must Be Him, Reading Under The Influence, Love Jerry (NYMF Best Actor Award), Hair, Marrying Meg, Richard Cory, The Whore Of Sheridan Square (IT Award Nom). Regional: Amadeus, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Harry Connick Jr’s The Happy Elf, Cabaret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Compleat Works Of Wllm Shkspr (abridged), Oliver (Ovation Award Nom). Film & TV: The Sea Is All I Know, Exposing The Order Of The Serpentine, Together, The Black Donnellys, Malcolm In The Middle, Any Day Now. Upcoming Film: Junction, My Best Day.

Director Paul Mullins said, “Mike Reiss’ new play ‘I’m Connecticut,’ is a hilarious look at love, both what we are willing to go through to find it and what we might discover about ourselves while on that journey. Mike has created funny, full, dynamic characters who will be brought to life by an amazing cast and wonderful designers.”

Artistic Director Vincent Cardinal said, “One of the exciting and unique elements of this show is the wealth of experience that the guest artists bring to the CRT stage. The combination of their talents brings Reiss’ comedic genius to life.”

Please call 860-486-4226 for tickets or visit the box office for specific show dates and times because performance schedules are subject to change. Tickets also are available online at www.crt.uconn.edu

Weeknight evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. Weekend evening performances start at 8 p.m. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $6 – $29.

CRT is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. CRT productions are directed, designed by and cast with visiting professional artists, including Equity actors, faculty members, and the department’s most advanced student artists. The synergy between professional and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theatre and a unique learning environment.

Posted Dec. 1, 2011

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Tour the studios of more than 70 artists

This is an opportunity to experience the incredible variety of artists working in the “Quiet Corner” of Connecticut, to talk with them about their work, to help support their work financially – what a wonderful gift is an original piece of art – and to talk to them about their inspiration and creative process. Seen here is an example of weaving by artist Camille Benjamin, who is part of the 2011 tour. The tour web site has information about each artist and a link to their web sites.

More than 70 artists open their studios on Thanksgiving weekend and the first weekend in December for the Artists Open Studios, Northeast Connecticut. (Nov. 25, 26, 27 and December 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

The self-guided tour includes sculptors, fiber artists, photographers, potters, jewelers, glass artists, metal smiths, wood-turners and more.

This is an opportunity to experience the incredible variety of artists working in the “Quiet Corner” of Connecticut, to talk with them about their work, to help support their work financially – what a wonderful gift is an original piece of art – and to talk to them about their inspiration and creative process. Some studios will offer demonstrations.

The tour encompasses many of the beautiful towns that make up this part of the state – Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Danielson, Eastford, Ellington, Lebanon, Mansfield/Storrs, Pomfret, Thompson, Tolland, Windham/Willimantic and Willington.

To print a brochure/guide to the tour in PDF format, visit http://www.aosct.org The web site also provides information about the artists, a map of their locations, and a GOOGLE MAP for directions. The artists will be glad to assist you in getting from one studio to another during the tour.

And click here for the Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Artists-Open-Studios-of-Northeastern-CT/169213556464485

Posted Nov. 27, 2011

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What is to become of literature in the age of texting, Facebook and Kindle?

Matthew Tobin Anderson, author of Feed and a member of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, is the next speaker in ECSU’s University Hour series. Photo source: ECSU

Matthew Tobin Anderson, author of Feed and a member of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, is the next speaker in ECSU’s University Hour series. Photo source: ECSU

Author Matthew Tobin Anderson, whose satirical book Feed was a finalist for the National Book Award, and was the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize, is the next speaker in Eastern Connecticut State University’s “University Hour” lecture series.

Anderson will talk about the influence of technology on the world of literature at 3p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in ECSU’s Student Center Theatre.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Anderson has written stories for adults, picture books for children and adventure novels for young readers.

He is a board member of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, a national nonprofit organization that advocates for literacy, literature and libraries.

He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Vermont College of Fine Arts.

He attended Harvard University and received his bachelor’s degree in English literature at Cambridge University. He earned his master’s degree in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.

Posted Nov. 20, 2011

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Check out the new and the leading edge at the Connecticut International Auto Show this weekend

A Toyota FJ Cruiser was among the impressive variety of vehicles on display at the 2010 Connecticut International Car Show. Photo copyright 2010 by Brenda Sullivan

A Toyota FJ Cruiser was among the impressive variety of vehicles on display at the 2010 Connecticut International Auto Show. Photo copyright 2010 by Brenda Sullivan

State automotive leaders are celebrating a re-energized industry this weekend at the Connecticut International Auto Show, set for Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

The show features some of the newest models of hybrid, luxury, family and specialty vehicles.

While cars are not for sale at the show, one of the benefits of attending is that consumers can view and compare different brands of cars in one place.

New car sales in the state are revving up again, with figures inching toward pre-recession levels.

Prior to the 2008 economic crash, Connecticut’s annual automobile sales averaged $9 billion a year, but that figure plummeted to $6.3 billion in 2008. Total sales now are back up to $8 billion and climbing.

New dealerships also have opened to replace the ones forced to close during the height of the recession.

One of the educational displays at the 2010 Connecticut International Car Show. Photo copyright 2010 by Brenda Sullivan

One of the educational displays at the 2010 Connecticut International Car Show. Photo copyright 2010 by Brenda Sullivan

Between 2008 and 2009, 30 percent of the state’s new car dealers went out of business.

The newest dealers are helping fuel the economy with jobs and money; revenue from automobile sales accounts for 14 percent of sales tax collected annually in Connecticut, on top of the payroll and property taxes paid by the state’s car dealers. according to Jim Fleming, president of the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association.

The association represents more than 250 new car dealerships in the state that employ more than 12,000 people.

Fleming also noted that dealer interest in this weekend’s show was so high that floor space sold out for the first time in three years.

Consumer confidence has rebounded since the depths of the recession, noted Barbara Putney, vice president of the Paragon Group, the show’s producer. “People no longer are feeling like if they buy a GM car, they might go out of business,” she said.

The shortage of newer used cars on the market also is prompting many people to consider buying new, she added.

The return of credit also is boosting sales, according to Fleming.

Two or three years ago, dealers were unable to get credit to finance their inventory and consumers struggled to get loans.

While Connecticut consumers are particularly environmentally-conscious and many are drawn to hybrids, large cars such as sport utility vehicles (SUVS) remain popular, Fleming said.

Overall, consumers are showing particular interest in hybrid cars and those that boast high gas mileage, Putney said.

One of the hybrid vehicles at the 2010 Connecticut International Auto Show. Photo copyright 2010 by Brenda Sullivan

One of the hybrid vehicles at the 2010 Connecticut International Auto Show. Photo copyright 2010 by Brenda Sullivan

“Virtually every brand has a hybrid car in its line. People want to know how the car lines are making engines perform better so they use less fuel. It has to do with the cost of gas, the idea of helping the environment and getting away from the dependence on foreign oil. For nearly 100 years, the car technology barely changed. Now there are different ways of looking at things,” Putney said.

Other attractions at this year’s Connecticut International Auto Show include an appearance by Sean Casey and the Tornado Intercept Vehicle from the Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers” program, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Comic Bot, the eight-foot-tall robot from “America’s Got Talent” is scheduled to perform Saturday at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Some vintage cars from the 1900s, 1920s and 1930s also will be on display, courtesy of the Klingberg Foundation.

Car show hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under age 6 are free.

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Posted Nov. 12, 2011, as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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UConn set to host children's book fair this weekend

book-spinesTwo dozen authors and illustrators of books for young readers, middle readers, young adults and teens will give presentations and autograph copies of their books at the 20th annual Connecticut Children’s Book Fair this weekend.

The event is Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the UConn Storrs campus.

Participants include Tomie dePaola, Jack D. Ferraiolo , Alan Katz, Jeff Hirsch, Gordon Korman, Ted and Betsy Lewin, Grace Lin, David Macaulay, Salley Mavor, Wendell Minor, Michael Northrop, Caragh O’Brien, Heidi Stemple, Robert Sabuda, Stephen Savage, Matt Tavares, Colleen AF Venable, Sarah Weeks, Suzanne Weyn, Walter Wick, Mo Willems, Jane Yolen and Stephanie Yue.

In addition, storybook characters such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona and Mo Willems’ Piggie and Elephant will pose for photos and interact with children.

Other highlights include crafts, stories, music by the Treblemakers Children’s Choir and the Suzuki Music Group, plus visits from Tails of Joy and 4 Paws for Books.

The Connecticut Children’s Book Fair, held in the Rome Ballroom, is a project of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the UConn Co-op. The Fair is free and the public is welcome. Proceeds benefit the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection.

For more information, go to http://bookfair.uconn.edu or call (860) 486-5027.

 

Posted 11-7-2011

 

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