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Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts

December 02, 2011

Holiday Happenings In the HartBeat- (Say that three times)...

In a flash, the month of November has come and gone. Thanksgiving festivities and events are behind us here in the HartBeat and the Christmas is nigh. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the re-opening of The Bushnell Park skating rink. This year's Winterfest (presented by iQuilt) is now bigger and better, having kicked off this past November 25th. The rink (located on the east side of Bushnell Park by the Pump House) is free as are skate rentals, and is open 7-days a week, 11:00am - 9:00pm (except Christmas, when it closes at 5:00pm and New Year's Eve, when it closes at 1:00am). Winterfest runs through February 20, 2012. Visit here for more info on Winterfest events.

Also, December 8th Greater Hartford Arts Council Welcome Center will be hosting a Holiday Open House. The daylong holiday event will celebrate the Greater Hartford Welcome Center and the Let*s Go! Holiday promotion. Revelers who donate $50 to the United Arts Campaign will automatically be enrolled in the Let*s Go Arts! program, which will entitle them to 2-for-1 and discounted admission to plays, concerts, and museums with the added benefit of 10%-20% off local area restaurants, specialty classes, local services and other events. 
The holiday promotion will also enable current Let*s Go Arts! members to gift an additional membership for $25! Those who donate will also have the option of participating in a drawing for gift certificates to some of Hartford's most popular restaurants and tickets to see stage plays. 

The event takes place Thursday, December 8th, 10am-3pm; 4pm-7pm at the Greater Hartford Arts Council, 100 Pearl Street, First Floor, downtown Hartford. During the earlier part of the event, visitors can enjoy free hot cocoa, cookies, and other tasties. The evening hour’s offerings will include a reception, free light wine, and cheese. For more information, visit:

November 13, 2011

These and Those: Thanksgiving Offerings In Hartford...

Thanksgiving will be upon the Hartford masses in 10 short days (and fortunately most of us have had our power restored to be able to plan for it). It's the one-day each year people can gorge themselves to capacity while raucously laughing, imbibing, arguing, and side eying one another as they keep tabs on that one aunt’s alcohol intake or listen to the one unfiltered uncle’s bawdy stories of common STDs and lost loves during his younger days over a painstakingly prepared meal.
As annoying delightful as eating, drinking, fighting, and merriment are, prepping for Thanksgiving can be rife with stress and frustration.  Fortunately, The HartBeat has a list of interesting events taking place this holiday to help take some of the edge off (and if booze isn’t enough of an option)... 

Rustle together some last minute Thanksgiving fixings at the Farmers' Market in the Studio at Billings Forge! Thursday, November 24 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. at 563 Broad Street, Hartford, CT check out an awesome selection of seasonal foods which include produce, jams, jellies, honey, and cheeses. Not to mention "The Tasting Table" by the Kitchen at Billings Forge- a healthy food/recipe participation and sampling table. Visit for more information.

Take in a performance of Peter Pan at The Bushnell. Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby takes to the air in an all-new production of Peter Pan at The Bushnell's William H. Mortensen Hall! This is definitely a show the entire family can enjoy. Tickets are $17.00 -$68.00 with a show time of 7:30 p.m. For more information call 888.824.2874 or visit

Feel like some post-dinner trivia? Head on over to The Tavern Downtown for a Super Trivia Extravaganza 9:00 p.m. - 11 p.m., it's free to play with the added benefit of $2 Bud and Bud Light bottles during the game. Prizes are at stake and sign-up starts at 8:30 p.m. The Tavern Downtown is located at 100 Allyn Street, downtown Hartford Visit for more info!

The play, THE MOTHER#@*R WITH THE HAT has been described as "Exciting, incisive, cruel, and very, very funny... a hip, harsh romance about people grasping for confirmation of their existence." And it's playing at Theater Works in Hartford, 233 Pearl Street. See it November 24; 7:30 p.m. General admission is $50 with a discounted price of $17 for students with valid college ID. Center reserved seats are $13 extra. Call 860.527.7838 or visit  Cheap parking is available via Trumbull Centre Garage at 100 Trumbull Street or Q Lot Parking Lot at 207-209 Asylum Street.

Take a break from cooking (or if you hate doing so and have never prepped a Thanksgiving meal, like yours truly), head over to Lyme, CT to the Bee & Thistle Inn, 10 Lyme Street (if you don’t mind taking the drive and need a bit of a break from Hartford) and reunite with family and friends. Dinner seating is at noon and 3 p.m. For reservations, call: 860.434.1667 or visit

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December 25, 2008


I am on vacation. This means no work until January 5th, official as of yesterday, December 24th, 2008. I plan on using this free time to do fuckall. I am not one of those people who feels guilty for not making good or productive use of her time. I think doing absolutely nothing takes special skill, and I am quite adept at it. Sleeping, eating, cracking open the bottles of wine given me as Xmas gifts. Sounds divine.
I will most certainly remember to chop it up on the blog perhaps next year or during the course of me doing nada. And don't ask me about New Year's resolutions, because I don't make any. The committee of Me, Myself, and I has decided that making them are useless, as waiting once a year to stop acting like a piece of trash or aspire to great heights should be an on-going goal that happens everyday of one's life.
Keep it productive, I know I'm not going to.
xoxo Coffey

December 24, 2007

Take Some Xanax with a side of Patron

... And have a safe, productive, and joyous holiday, okay? Also, I'd stay the hell away from the mall on the 26th. Unless you aren't a neurotic, borderline (but not total) misanthrope like myself, and just like being in extremely congested spaces.
Anyway, have a good one and enjoy this scene from the flick Black Christmas.

September 01, 2007

Away for Labor Day

I'm currently on holiday, for Labor Day (since Friday). I've already hit Burlington, VT (again, always a pleasure), sat in a car as I was ferried to Plattsburgh, NY, and will hit Montreal. What an extraordinarily beautiful and scenic ride. In addition to the massive amounts of road kill (most of the creatures unidentifiable), this city slicker saw a baby dear grazing in a by the side of the road, on a patch of grass. I was in awe! I felt like I was riding through a postcard. The backdrop en route to Vermont, en route to upstate New York is lush and robust with green trees and luscious brush. Right now, I'm possessed by that spirit known as red wine... elixir of the goddesses. I'll be back Tuesday!
P.S. The RITE AID in Vermont sells wine! Connecticut needs to reconsider its liquor law.
P.P.S. I was bitten by an unidentifiable insect (possibly a spider?) and the meatiest part of my right arm blew up and was on fire. I felt like I'd been stabbed by a crack needle. We hurriedly hit a gas station in Vermont and purchased some alcohol, band aids, and Neosporin. Standing in the station's parking lot, I hurriedly used my red, striped pashmina to apply alcohol and then rubbed a liberal amount of the ointment directly on the bite. I'd never felt that type of pain after having been bitten by an insect.
Needless to say, the alcohol and the Neosporin did the trick! My arm is back to normal, the bite's puffiness has waned, and I didn't break out into a cold sweat or convulse from its impact.

December 22, 2006

Happy Holla'Days!

Ah, X-mas...
  • Garish decorations, rude and obnoxious shoppers, debt, greedy children with delusions of grandeur, drunken relatives, ingrates, fugly sweaters, yadda yadda yadda...
Please have a safe and productive holiday, enjoy your families, don't get trashed, don't snort coke, go easy on the Xanax, more importantly; think of all those who have very little, and count your lucky stars. This is a wonderful time to reflect, to help those who're less fortunate, and to think of those who can't be with their loved ones during this time.