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all over the State— check with your town for details. Outdoor festivals abound.
Travel back in time to the Robin Hood Springtime Renaissance Festival at the North Haven fairgrounds. Running through June 7, the
Boating Season: Shows & Safety May brings in water boat shows for prospective buyers and sellers. Gear up for Trawler Fest at Essex Island Marina June 4-7. The Coast Guard reminds the boating community that each year hundreds of lives are lost, thousands are injured, and millions of dollars of property damage occurs because of preventable recreational boating accidents on U.S. waterways. To get ready, start with this list of tips: 4 M AY 2015
Of the improvements, track president Skip Barber says “It’s important to note that everything we’re doing, all the changes, all the improvements... all will make Lime Rock more useful, easier to navigate, more sensible – but all with an eye to making Lime Rock even more beautiful than it already is.
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festival begins May 23 with food, shopping, entertainment and demonstrations from the Middle Ages.
Too far back? Mystic Seaport will host a Salute to Summer festival May 23-24 with a 19th century theme including vintage lawn games, playing 1876 baseball, and boat rentals will be available.
ou’ve been wearing white since Easter? No matter, Memorial Day marks the official kick-off of the summer season, along with a national remembrance for those who died in active military service. Parades honoring the fallen will take place
ime Rock Park, a 1.5 mile raceway in Lakeville listed on the National Register of Historic Places, celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017 with significant upgrades to the track and spectator areas beginning this year. More than $3million in investment dollars will go toward increasing acreage of hospitality areas, improving services to spectators and moving, recontouring, and re-sloping 100,000 square yards of earth to improve sightlines and enhance the picnicblanket-lawn-chair experience.
ABI BL I OF I L ES particularly “intense” allergy season is expected following this particularly cold winter. While many look forward to milder spring temps following a winter that saw record cold and snow, experts warn the seasonal shift could bring bad news for allergy sufferers.
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Allergists say the majority of the country can expect higher pollen this year thanks to the bitter winter, leading to an uptick in allergy-related symptoms, thanks to a delayed pollination season. You can check your area levels at pollen. com by entering your zipcode.
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Ian Applegate Founder of nhv.org, a hyperlocalized social media aggregator in New Haven news and events, promoter and curator of the hashtag #NHV, Ian Applegate is just all about NHV. From severe housing insecurity only a year ago, to online content manager for Town Green and celebrated videographer, Ian knows how to make things happen creatively.
As program manager of Part-time yogi and young adult services full-time project at Continuum of Care manager for for autistic young SeeClickFix, Katie people transitioning works with 108 out of foster care, Monkeys to provide Jessica works with a yoga instruction to singular goal in mind: grade-schoolers at Fair Haven public schools, and offers pop-up encourage independence, joy of life, promote resilience to move forward, and yoga classes on an ongoing basis—like change the stigma attached to mental at a waterfront Long Wharf location or illness. Jessica has begun to incorporate The Happiness Lab coffee shop during lunch, but she could pop-up – anywhere. “family time,” art therapy, and exciting field trips for her residents—and even Ohhmmm. staff—to try to reduce turnover.
Fourteen historic gardens are dotted throughout Connecticut. If you aren’t overcome with allergies and hay fever, stop and smell the roses. . . or the tulips, daisies, crocuses, irises or turtleheads at these magnificent places.
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gardens, designed to attract different species, like the butterfly garden, a children’s favorite. Next door is the Osbornedale State Park with miles of hiking trails if you’re ready for something more intense after smelling the flowers.
Established in 1922, Pardee Rose Garden, maintained by the City Parks Department, is part of East Rock Park on the Hamden side. The garden features a wide variety of award-winning roses like the Julia Child, the Cinco de Mayo, and the Playgirl. The park is 2 acres of plantings originally donated by William Scranton Pardee to the city and features one of Connecticut’s finest displays of roses.
This Derby gem, the legacy of passionate conservationist Frances Osborne Kellogg, is on the national register of historic places and the Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail. The grounds are landscaped with varying styles of formal
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Governor Malloy discusses beer with founder Ed Crowley on one of the two decks at Stony Creek Brewery, both overlooking the river. Boat parking coming soon.
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echaKucha is global; it’s creative people talking about creative things; it’s open to absolutely anyone to present something they’re passionate about; and it’s been happening in New Haven since 2009. The format was started in 2003 by two European architects working in Tokyo, and has spread globally with events in 832 cities on every continent (except Antarctica, of course). PechaKucha New Haven has most recently been held at Lyric Hall in Westville, but check the website for PKN Summer, with details to be determined. Organizers want you to know: Artistic scientists, entrepreneur architects, nerd poets, engineer divas, referees, city planners, doctoral candidates, helicopter designers—PechaKucha wants you there. Tell New Haven what you and your peeps are up to / working on/ thinking about / solving. Pkn-newhaven.org
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tony Creek Brewery, located along the Branford River on Indian Neck Road, is the latest suds shop to join the pack. They celebrated their successful launch recently at a private party with Governor Dannel P. Malloy, as well as state and local officials who were able to tour and taste. The brewery, open since February of this year, offers lagers, a summer seasonal beer and an IPA. Founders Ed & Peggy Crowley invited guests to sample the beers on tap for the day and enjoy catered pizza and snacks provided by local restaurants. Stony Creek Brewery does not serve food, but guests are welcome to order in or bring their own. Food trucks often set up shop in the parking lot, as well. www.stonycreekbeer.com
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Maxwell Clark gives his presentation “Madness: Treatment and Cultural Status” at PechaKucha 20x20 at Lyric Hall, New Haven, April 29. Max – who introduced himself as “Mad Max” – said he has psychosis and wanted people to better understand mental illness. What’s on tap? It changes and more new brews are coming soon!
Clutching a robotic arm during his PechaKucha 20x20 presentation, Andrew Guthrie talks about how his desire to learn how to play the harp led to his work in progress invention. Guthrie was a mechanical engineer at Pratt & Whitney but left to concentrate full time on developing the open-source robot hand into a device for harps “like a player piano,” he said. 8 M AY 2015
Bankwell’s Shred Day is bringing donations: 13 boxes of nonperishable food and $350 in cash donations were given to Christian Community Action. L to R: Edwin Quinones from Christian Community Action, Bankwell’s Regional President Mark Candido, Al May from CCA and Louis Silva, Bankwell Assistant VP. NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
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“The Road to Aleppo,” installation features a boat with a figure lying on a funeral pyre, representing the spirits of those who died in the Death March through the desert to Aleppo.
ASHFALL – By Artist Robert Barsamian is the inaugural exhibit at the new Hilton C. Buley Library Art Gallery in the recently renovated library at Southern Connecticut State University.
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Saying Never Again To A 20th Century of Genocides Begins With Remembering The First: The Armenian Genocide – Perpetrated by The Turkish Ottoman Empire 1915 -1917 BY MITCHELL YOUNG
he news came and it wasn’t good – I searched the Internet and came to understand the odds were against me.
The doctors, some of the best around, were “going to do everything.” I wasn’t angry, I wasn’t scared, I just was. I did have a good bit of time – you can bet I wanted more, asked for more, prayed for more – at least until the researchers and business people of what others so often called on that same Internet – those “blood sucking drug companies,” came through. I didn’t get any promises.
••• I started to visualize what I would say to my ancestors – would they even welcome me in? My father, a Holocaust survivor, would only tell us that when he came home one day from his school, located in another town, his family was gone. Where? Gone – that’s all we were ever told. Sent to a concentration camp? Gone.
We never asked for more. Not even his friends from his town or the “underground” that would tell us stories of their “resistance” group, stories he would never share, ever told us more about my father’s townspeople. Ten years ago – I’m sixty-three – I came across the truth. On May 10, 1942, in the town of Radun in Poland, now Belarus, somewhere between two and three thousand Jews were murdered in a single day, forced to dig their own graves as they were slaughtered.
“My Father’s Mother Remembered” Drawing on lace, mixed media [56” x 48” x 6”] 1996.
Many of the pieces consist of abstracted drawings based on old photographs of Armenian survivors done with textile marker on lace. The realism of the portraits on this fragile, delicate medium is doubly meaningful as both a visual record of genocide victims and as a physical record. Lacework was a popular trade among Armenian women of the time.
There had been some resistance and Jews were brought from some surrounding towns to the Radun Ghetto and dealt with by the Germans. They weren’t even given the “opportunity” of the Concentration Camps. One thing my father did tell us was that the “Pols” in his town, some of whom his family had ongoing conflicts with did not betray his family, in the time before that day. ••• As I would lay back absorbing my treatments, filled with chemicals and medicines, I began to see that I was walking into a space. I could see these faint outlines, more than ghosts, less than real people – they were my father’s family and many others. What would I say? I like “Castle better than CSI,” or I was kind of a good guy, published some articles, somewhat cared about others – that I didn’t like Reality TV. . . My dad tried and mostly did give us a sheltered, if not easy life – and it bred some achievement – so what now?
The delicate lace strecthed on the branch frames help create an ethereal but living statement that brings each victim’s and the Genocide’s story forward to today.
I came to see another image: the arrival of my ancestors to that same place, to a group that looked both different from them but somehow the same.These gentle outlines of people came and embraced my ancestors, one young girl, a wisp of a wisp offered out her arms to help a mother with two babies as she struggled to gain her composure in this new empty, but for the “people,” in this place. These near ghosts put their arms around my ancestors, consoled them, welcomed them, and re-assured them.
Cast Thumbs  which recall the practice of Turkish soldiers who removed the thumbs of the Armenian clergy so they could not annoint their people into Christianity.
As I witnessed, all I could wonder was whether any of them would be there for me? Should they be? Did I even earn the right to be there? ••• When the tubes were pulled from me that day, and I walked out into what was a doubly frozen winter for my burned out extremities, I realized who these other people were. Barsamian
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Entrance to “Ashfall” installation
ASHFALL By Artist ROBERT BARSAMIAN is the inaugural exhibit AT THE NEW HILTON C. BULEY LIBRARY ART GALLERY in the recently renovated library at SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY. ASHFALL tells the story of the victims of the Armenian Genocide, the 100th anniversary of which was commemorated worldwide on April 24, 2015.
Ashfall is open through July 9 and is free to the public.
The Three young Turks “ Message Room”,  tells the story of atrocities in text and with powerful images.
Barsamian, the son and grandson of survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, tells the story of the victims. Barsamian says he became inspired by his grandmother, who told him of her survival of the Genocide, and he began to create art installations to “convey the feeling of inhumane acts perpetrated by man against man and began expressing the injustices of the Genocide” with his multimedia installations. The journey of survival that Barsamian’s mother, her mother, father and great-grandmother endured on their escape from historic Armenia to America is the story of the exhibit.
A 16’ by 16’ structure erected within the Buley Library gallery space, with the help of Southern art students, Ashfall contains its own lighting and sound system. Inside the structure are portraits on lace, framed by branches — elements from Armenian culture – along with a bench that allows visitors “to pause and contemplate” the exhibit, which has been called a “sacred space.” In addition to the 16’ by 16’ structure, the gallery displays text panels that speak to the violence and loss the Genocide engendered. A smaller installation in the gallery space, called “Road to Aleppo,” is a boat with a figure lying on a funeral pyre, representing the spirits of those who died on the Death Marches through the Syrian desert to Aleppo.
The empty, calm space suggests an absence of people, while the pieces suggest the persistent memory of a culture. Barsamian leads viewers through a story of the works, weaving a unified history.
Remembering and recognizing the Armenian Genocide is a special responsibility for Jews, and not one all of us have met. I don’t know if some want a monopoly on Genocide for fear others will forget the Jewish Holocaust, or like President Obama, feel they must preserve some realpolitik with Turkey’s new would-be ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Pope Francis on April 13th, perhaps hoping to inspire other world leaders in the run up to April 24th, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide where 1.5 million people, mostly Christian Armenians, were slaughtered, rightly called it “the first genocide of the 20th century.” Turkish nationalists and Islamists fervently oppose recognizing the Armenian Genocide for what it was.They resist a truth that continues to grow in acceptance around the world and they have had enablers in the media and in some governments, including ours. Turkey’s top Muslim cleric, Mehmet Gomez, commenting on the Pope’s actions said, “I find the Pope’s statement immoral, and can’t reconcile it with basic Christian values,”
Samantha Power, author of A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide and now the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., urged Armenian Americans to support him, saying he would acknowledge the genocide.
Gomez even cited the church’s own bad behavior in the past, as a means to discredit the Pope’s statement. The government of Turkey recalled its Ambassador to the Vatican and Erdogan threatened unspecified retaliation.
Now, as of the April 24th commemoration, we can fairly mark the sixth year the President has failed to fulfill that promise and has refused to call what he had as a Senator and a presidential candidate acknowledged was Genocide.
This year, the European Parliament and the government of Germany [a major trading partner with Turkey] finally fessed up, even admitting their own complicity in the crimes. German and European Parliament action did create some movement from Erdogan and he has not recalled the German ambassador.
Many Americans and many in the world media have followed his lead, by ignoring, de facto denying, the Genocide on April 24th.
Trying to head off Germany’s use of the word Genocide, Erdogan offered some first words of contrition. He called the Armenian deaths “our shared pain” and offered to establish a joint historical commission to examine the deaths, but fell short of acknowledging the events as “genocide.” President Obama and many other American politicians are among those that still did not speak the truth, bowing to Turkey’s nationalistic fervor and its bombastic leader. During the 2008 campaign, President Obama explicitly promised that,“as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.”
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Forty four U.S. states, along with Canada, the European Parliament, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Lebanon, Syria, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia and many others, including the International Association of Genocide Scholars, have recognized the Armenian Genocide. Israel, in an embarrassment to Jews, along with the U.S. has not officially recognized the Armenian Genocide. Some Israeli politicians explain that it is explicitly to curry favor with Turkey. Israel’s figurehead President Reuven Rivlin hosted Armenians at a ceremony in Israel and said “the Armenian people were the first
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victims of modern mass murder.” Rivlin was a vocal advocate during his election for using the word Genocide to discuss the atrocities against the Armenians. Under political pressure however, he fell into line with official government policy and did not use the word genocide in his remarks. Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, said in 2008, “I have been fighting for the right of the Armenian people to remember for years and years. How could I, who has fought all my life for Jewish remembrance, tell the Armenians they have no right to remember? But I understand the [Bush] administration’s view. Fortunately, as a private citizen I don’t have to worry about Turkey’s response. But I do feel that had there been the word ‘genocide’ in those days, what happened to the Armenians would have been called genocide. Everyone agrees there was mass murder, but the word came later. I believe the Armenians are the victims and, as a Jew, I should be on their side.” In the U.S., the Union for Reform Judaism, the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-defamation League have recognized the Armenian Genocide. On April 24th at a commemoration of the Armenian Genocide within the chambers of Connecticut’s General Assembly, Governor Dannel Malloy reiterated his recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Neither Senators Chris Murphy nor Richard Blumenthal attended the event, which packed the house. More importantly, neither joined more then twenty of their Senate Colleagues in cosponsoring Sen. Res.140 - A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Senator Murphy did vote for the resolution in Committee, Senator Blumenthal [a Jew] did not. Among Connecticut’s Congressional representatives, only Joe Courtney joined 51 other congressman from both parties to
co-sponsor the Armenian Genocide Resolution in 2014.
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The evolution of recognition that President Obama has short circuited can be seen in the 2007 statement by the ADL. “We have never negated but have always described the painful events of 1915–1918 perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians as massacres and atrocities. On reflection, we have come to share the view of Henry Morgenthau, Sr. that the consequences of those actions were indeed tantamount to genocide. If the word genocide had existed then, they would have called it genocide.” In what proves unambiguously the unavoidable truth is the witness of Henry Morgenthau, U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire (1913-1916).
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“When the Turkish authorities gave the orders for these deportations, they were merely giving the death warrant to a whole race; they understood this well, and, in their conversations with me, they made no particular attempt to conceal the fact.” “Practically all of them were atheists, with no more respect for Mohammedanism than for Christianity, and with them the one motive was cold-blooded, calculating state policy.” The word Genocide was first penned by Raphael Lemkin, in his work Axis Rule in Occupied Europe , he coined the term “genocide” by combining Greek genos,“race, people” and Latin c’dere “to kill.” His definition includes: Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, new haven
except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. Lemkin told CBS news “I became interested in genocide because it happened so many times. It happened to the Armenians, then after the Armenians, Hitler took action.” Perhaps no one does a better job of proving the Armenian Genocide and its impact on Jews and all of humanity than Adolph Hitler himself.
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“Our strength consists in our speed and in our brutality. Genghis Khan led millions of women and children to slaughter — with premeditation and a happy heart. History sees in him solely the founder of a state. It’s a matter of indifference to me what a weak western European civilization will say about me. I have issued the command — and I’ll have anybody who utters but one word of criticism executed by a firing squad — that our war aim does not consist in reaching certain lines, but in the physical destruction of the enemy. Accordingly, I have placed my death-head formations in readiness — for the present only in the East — with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language. Only thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum) which we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”
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In spite of Morgnethau, Lemkin, the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Hitler himself. Reporting on Kim Kardashian’s trip this April to Armenia, the world new service, Reuters, in a nonbylined article, essentially refuted them all by saying “some Western historians and some foreign parliaments refer to the mass killings as genocide.”
As I write this, Erdogan, who is seeking to change Turkey’s laws to extend his rule, is gassing and beating Turkey’s own citizens who object. ••• While many powerful American politicians would not recognize what the Pope called an “Open Wound,” a few much-maligned entertainment figures brought worldwide attention to the Armenian cause. Kim Kardashian, with her husband Kanye West and sister Khloe, entertainment figures many of us have made fun of over the years, used their celebrity with a grace and dignity in an eight day visit to the homeland of the Kardashian’s Armenian ancestors in early April.They visited, along with their Armenian cousins, Kourtni and Kara, the Mother Armenia statue in Yerevan, a memorial commemorating the victims of the Armenian genocide and the Tsitsernakaberd memorial’s eternal flame.The group listened to a talk from Suren Manukian, deputy director of the Genocide Institute, they later met with Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan. Kim and Kanye went on to baptize their daughter North in a traditional Armenian Ceremony at the 12th Century Saint James Cathedral, and Armenian Apostolic Church, the oldest national church in the world located within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Again we saw that Kim, Kanye and Khloe acted with a reverence toward the Armenian people and their traditions that appears to have earned admiration and gratitude throughout the Armenian Diaspora. It is no secret that Kanye West is one of pop singer Beyoncé’s biggest fans, twice interrupting the Grammy’s to “support” her. Beyoncé has now used her celebrity and talent to show her support for the Kardashian clan, and their ancestry, in a moving video highlighting the Armenia Genocide to her song – NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
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Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?
– Adolph Hitler I WAS HERE. Google it – get some tissues first. ••• While Kim was in Jerusalem, I was waiting for the words about my own trip to the promised land. The doctor that had rolled the chair back each time I asked if I could get four years, walked to my station with a large smile and an outstretched hand. We can’t use the word cured, and we may recommend an operation, but we don’t see it on the scans anymore. Is there really a Stage Four comeback – that I won’t know for a few years – but I can feel the hand of a young wisp of an Armenian angel on my shoulder telling me it is going to be alright. I am Armenian I am Assyrian I am A Jew I am Cambodian I am Rwandan I am Bosnian I am Sudanese. Never Again • new haven
The Paul F. Wildermann Boardwalk is a wooden raised platform above a swamp in the Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth
MAKING LOVE WITH THE OUTDOORS Hereâ€™s Where, And Some Fun Ways To Do It! BY DEREK TORELLAS
fter a winter of endless snowfall that confined most people indoors, what can be better than the arrival of warm temperatures in mid-spring and the activities that come along with it? Running and biking within the City of New Haven might be fine for the active urbanite, but for those who crave a greater sense of the great outdoors, there are a host of places in Connecticut to bike, hike, and trail run. For those that have not attempted trail running, it may seem intimidating. there are hills to climb and descend, rocks to watch out for, and intersecting trails to confuse a sense of direction. So dust off the bicycle, take the running shoes out of the closet, and pack a lunch and a camera for the outing.
Biking Cyclists are already hitting the roads hard now that winter is far enough behind us. If you don’t want to compete with cars and pedestrians for streets and sidewalks, you can always take the right bike off-road.
Only a handful are described in the pages of the magazine, and those herein are intended to be an introduction to what the state offers for the unfamiliar hiker. The hikes range westward to petfriendly Lake Mohegan, north to the heights of West Peak, and east to the commanding views from Bluff Head. New Haven Magazine asked a couple of seasoned mountain bike riders to share their favorite trails in and around the Elm City. What’s more, the month of May is Bike Month in New Haven. So if you’ve yet to take your road or mountain bike out this year, there’s no better time.
Hiking There are over 800 miles of hiking trails in the state (the Blue-Blazed trails) managed by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. These are in addition to the countless other trails in state parks, state forests, and publicly maintained land. Coastal Connecticut is densely populated, but Situated between city centers and neighborhoods there are forests and parks with well-worn trails.
Trail running While trail running can be more demanding on the body and more demanding of attention, there are reasons why it has been growing in popularity. It has the best elements of a good work out and the
experience of trekking through nature. The same old route on city and town roads can get boring; try a few of the parks and forests mentioned here or discover the many more that are located in the area. So dust off the bicycle, take the running shoes out of the closet, and pack a lunch and a camera for the outing.
Lake Wintergreen in Hamden is a 44 acre lake in West Rock Park. Sorry, no swimming allowed, but you can bring your fishing pole.
Step Up Your Game With Some Trail Running Shoes and Explore – Beat-Up Running Shoes Need Not Apply
Lake Wintergreen “It’s very runnable, the water there is very clean, and it’s a nice area,” says Nathan Kucera, New Haven resident of 11 years and president of the New Haven Road Runners. West Rock Ridge State Park, which houses Lake Wintergreen and an assortment of trails, has some that are made 20 M AY 2015
of crushed gravel that make it accessible to beginners.
frequent, and occasionally there might even be a small fox.
The blue trail runs all the way from the southern tip of the park at the ridge’s peak, to the northern edge on the border of Bethany and Hamden. Known as the Regicides Trail, it passes by Judge’s Cave (more of a split rock, really) where Whalley and Goffe hid to avoid prosecution for sentencing King Charles I to death. Runners on the blue trail will go along much of the trap rock ridge before paralleling Baldwin Drive, an old road, as they head north.
“It’s really a peaceful, quiet place. Especially with how close you are to 15, you wouldn’t expect it to be so nice.”
Kucera likes to run the blue trail over the Route 15 tunnel, and then take the orange trail to Lake Wintergreen. It transitions to a pine forest with little undergrowth and a soft blanket of pine needles. Sightings of deer and rabbits are
Perhaps the best feature for Kucera is running around the lake during sunrise.“If you’re coming down from the ridge right as the sun is coming up first thing in the morning, it’s absolutely gorgeous.You see the sun filtering in through the pines.” He emphasizes that only early-morning runners will catch it, which is no problem for Kucera - his two kids have him wide-awake anyway. For a flat surface free of rocks and roots, runners can use Baldwin Drive.The road was closed to motor vehicles when the park was NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
A view from Bluff Head north toward Middletown and distant Hartford, with open spaces of northern Guilford farms below. Derek Torellas, photo
established, and now provides a paved path to runners, hikers, and mountain bikers. Baldwin Drive begins just inside the park entrance off Wintergreen Avenue, where it branches off from the main road up West Rock. It snakes back and forth uphill before extending straight north for a total length of 5.5 miles.
Bishop East/West Trails, Woodbridge Neighboring the much more prominent West Rock Ridge to the east is Woodbridge’s Bishop Estate Trail System.The trails form part of the Woodbridge Greenway and contain decently maintained paths suitable to running. Route 69 neatly bisects the land into Bishop’s East and West. Parking for both trails is at a small gravel and dirt lot on Route 69 north of the Darling House (1907 Litchfield Turnpike).
Bishop East’s blue trail begins at the lot, and is more like three interconnected loops than a single continuous trail. Fallen trees and cutouts through old stone walls pepper the trail.The patchwork of stone walls are ever-present and serve as a reminder that this forest was once farm land.There is a large clearing of grass not far from the start of the trail with two dark red benches waiting, should any runner need to rest their feet. The makeup of the path is definitely mixed. There are stretches of smooth trail followed by patches that are rocky, rooty, or both. A left after the bridge spanning the West River brings you to an opening in a fence flanked by two orange signs restricting admittance. It is tempting to go into the Regional Water Authority land; an open, sloping hill dotted with small pines.The RWA property can be accessed with the purchase of a recreation permit ($25-
50). Not far past the RWA fence is the red trail, which connects to West Rock. Bishop West starts on the other side of Route 69, roughly opposite the parking lot.The western blue trail is a bit difficult to find at first where it passes by an old barn and into a Boy Scout camp. It might feel like the wrong way when you come up to a sign bearing the words “Camp Whiting,” but yes, the blue trail goes straight through the scout’s camp.The trail starts uphill, as the whole area west of the road is a gradual rise, but then the blue trail turns and parallels the hill. By all appearances, Bishop West seems to be the lesser-used of the two, if the almost undisturbed leaf-covered path is any indication.Though with fewer runners, there usually is a higher chance at spotting wildlife while running, like the fleeting glance at a large deer as it bounds away.
Branford Supply Ponds, Branford
boardwalk takes runners over Queach Brook and then the trail goes back toward the power lines from the opposite side of the brook.
A running spot with trails that are technically easy to moderate is the Branford Supply Ponds. Like any Connecticut trail, it has some exposed roots and rocks, but overall the trail is accessible to beginners.The Supply Ponds are located on Chestnut Street off of Route 1, and roughly between exits 55 and 54 of I-95.
Alternatively, a connecting trail over Queach Brook can be taken to shorten the length, but otherwise the trail goes around the brook and half of the pond before ending at another parking lot less than 100 yards from the start.
There are two main trailheads, one on either side of the pond and co-located with parking spaces.The trails form a series of loops of varying distances, so once a runner becomes familiar with the trails, they can create a route based on longer loops or connecting smaller ones. A longer loop can be made by starting from the parking lot on the far side of the ponds and heading straight toward the uphill path. On the downward slope, head right, toward the power lines, and continue past the clearing. A wooden
Trail Running tips for beginners: •
Scan the trail ahead as you run, don’t get too distracted by the scenery.
Start on the flatter wellmaintained dirt trails. Progress to more technical routes with obstacles (roots, rocks, hills) when you are more comfortable navigating while running.
Be prepared to take longer to cover the same distance on trail than you would on roads. Kucera says: “Better yet, don’t wear a watch.”
Don’t be distracted by the beauty of nature. Stubbing your toe hurts, spraining your ankle is even worse.
• Use your arms and the
rest of your upper body for balance over the uneven terrain you are likely to encounter.
• If you feel the urge to
run trails after dark, a headlamp is a necessity.
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A branch off from the main Supply Ponds trail leads into the adjoining Queach Brook Preserve. This junction is found on the far side of the ponds where a very short footbridge crosses over a tiny stream. A hill made of large rocks rises on one side of the stream, perpendicular to the Supply Ponds trail, and the route up the hill leads to more running land in the preserve. The park is also a popular spot for dog walking. Anyone running through the trails on a fair weather day is bound to encounter numerous packs of people and their pooches.
• Wear tall socks or long pants
if you will be running through thick undergrowth to protect against ticks and thorn bushes.
Wear synthetic socks instead of cotton. Your feet stand a much better chance of getting wet when trail running and cotton retains moisture. Even if rain isn’t in the forecast, you still may cross streams and muddy puddles.
Trail 2 Trail Series: For more experienced trail runners, this series offers endurance races at 20 and 50-kilometers, in addition to the usual 5 and 10-kilometers. All races are USATF sanctioned.
Kettletown State Park, May 16, 2015. 5K, 10K, 20K, and 50K distances.
That old pair of beat-up running shoes doesn’t really cut it for trail running. The demands on your feet will differ from paved or soft dirt surfaces to the changeable nature of trail running. Predominantly rocky trails will necessitate a shoe that is cushioned for a rock plate.
Huntington State Park, June 13, 2015. 5K, 10K, 20K distances.
Explore! Most of the excitement of running trails is finding them, finding where they go, and taking in the scenery as it change
Hop Brook Lake, September 27, 2015. 5K, 10K, 20K distances.
Chatfield Hollow State Park, Sept. 27, 2015. 5K, 10K, 20K, 50K distances.
Where the Pavement Ends trail race, Ridgefield, September 20, 2015. A moderately hilly 4-mile trail race through Ridgefield that starts and ends at Lake Windwing.
A trail runner and occupational therapist, came from Washington to Connecticut two years ago. Being new to running there, it isn’t hard to get lost. Not a cause for concern though, because McMann, says it is easy to find the way back.
Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth Chatfield Hollow, off of Route 80, offers a bit of difficulty with a fair amount of technical trails. The undulating and rocky terrain makes for a slower experience. Annie McMann, a trail runner and occupational therapist, came from Washington to Connecticut two years ago and is still discovering places to run. She enjoys Chatfield Hollow. Being new to running there, it isn’t hard to get lost. Not a cause for concern though, because McMann says it is easy to find the way back. The green chimney trail, unsurprisingly, features the last remnants of a long-gone dwelling. What is surprising, though, is how intact the chimney is with barely a trace of the rest of the home. Once you put some distance between yourself and Route 80, the sights and sounds of civilization start to melt away. Especially on the blue or red trails,“I like the fact that it’s farther out,” McMann says.“You don’t hear the roads out there.” A nice change of pace from the rest of the trails is the short but enjoyable Paul Wildermann Boardwalk.The elevated wooden walkway is close to the entrance of the park and takes runners over marshlands, so you can explore the scenery while keeping dry. The Lookout Trail, blazed in white, is a loop just over a mile in length on the eastern side of the park and connects Chatfield Hollow to Cockaponset State Forest.The trail has a fair amount of climbs and descents over rocks. NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
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Hiking Bluff Head, Guilford The Guilford Land Conservation Trust calls Bluff Head Preserve their “crown jewel.” Once you ascend the steep trail from the parking lot off of Route 77 it is easy to see why. The 500-foot traprock cliff has some breaks in the foliage where rocks form a natural vantage point that overlooks the rolling terrain of lightly populated northern Guilford. On a day unmolested by haze or rainy weather, one can see both a faint trace of land across Long Island Sound and the distant buildings of Hartford with a turn of the head. The 50-mile long Mattabesett Trail meanders through Bluff Head which includes the ridge along the top of the cliff. Access is through the aforementioned parking lot on the western side of Route 77, a few miles north of its intersection with Route 80. A small blue oval sign marked “Mattabesett Trail,” sits at the entrance. Hiker Ron Albright, a Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine, says Bluff Head is one of his favorite trails.The initial climb up from the parking lot is fairly steep, he says, but once on the ridge he is immediately greeted by nice views. The blue-blaze trail is the steeper option to hike up Bluff Head. An easier and more gradual approach to the ridge can be taken by hiking the nearly one mile long blue with orange dot trail.The two trails eventually cross, and Albright suggests making a loop out of the two, which gives a better variety of terrain.
West Peak, Meriden Castle Craig gets most of the attention in Meriden’s hills. Some, like Patty Wehrli, prefer West Peak instead. Wehrli, a full-time mother who says a love of hiking is in her blood from Swiss parents, hikes what at times is a tough and rocky trail, for the views. West Peak is identifiable from below by the several large radio towers that are clustered on top. It can be accessed from the entrance to Hubbard Park by Mirror Lake, or from the Chamberlain Highway.The blue-blazed trail is the only marked trail that covers West Peak.
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The shorter route starts from Hubbard Park on the white trail. Use the white to get near the peaks, and then briefly take the red trail that connects to the blue-blazed trail.The blue-blazed trail goes in two directions. Follow the trail
Hiking essentials Parks and forests in the greater New Haven area might not be expansive enough to need navigation aids or expensive survival equipment, but even for short hikes there are some items that will help promote safety and comfort.
• Water • Insect repellant (from April to
• Sunscreen • Sunglasses • Snacks • Headlamp or flashlight • Insulating layers during the
Outer wear appropriate to the weather (rain or cold temperatures)
west and north to reach West Peak, the opposite direction leads toward Castle Craig. Parking for longer hikes starting on the Chamberlain Highway is via two small runoffparking areas on the side of the road, about a
• Toilet paper (don’t want to be
stuck in the woods without this if the need arises)
A good pair of hiking boots or shoes will allow you to walk more comfortably for longer periods of time. Choose the right kind based on the type of hiking you plan on doing; the style of footwear is different from backpacking for several days to a casual half-hour stroll over easy terrain. Don’t forget about having proper socks for hiking to go along with the shoes.
Groups: CT400 is a hiking group on Meetup.com that walks the state’s blue-blazed trails on Saturdays (except during the
winter). Most hikes are between 6 and 10 miles, and most of the group’s core members are more experienced hikers, says David Murray, a CT400 hike leader. Murray is also quick to point out though that CT400 isn’t just for a certain skill level and they don’t turn anyone away. If someone is a little slower, he says, they’ll wait. “We’re a group, we hike as a group.” Murray says the number of hikers steadily grew and the number of activities increased since the group was started in 2013. “We started doing more hikes, then we came up with the idea of going to wineries and stuff afterwards. It turned into a social two hours after the hike.” meetup.com/Connecticut-400Blue-Blazed-trail-system-hikes
mile north after crossing I-691.The blue-blazed trail directly crosses the road, and can be identified by a blue trailhead marker near the parking areas. From this point, the trail goes west before ascending East Peak and passing by Castle Craig, then slightly down again before climbing to West Peak.The route can take up to several hours. Views from West Peak offer a different angle of Sleeping Giant – a view from the giant’s own level.“I had hiked Sleeping Giant a lot in my Quinnipiac [University] days, but I never realized it is a giant.You can see the head and stomach and the chest.” For those who would rather walk or drive to West Peak on a paved road, the roads to the peak and Castle Craig are open from May 1 to October 31.
Farm River State Park, East Haven In contrast to the scenic views from tall traprock ridges, is the smell of the salty air and the touch from a sea breeze blowing off the Sound at Farm River State Park in East Haven. The small park – only 62 acres – incorporates a
mix of tidal marshes and woodland near where the Farm River empties into Long Island Sound. Farm River can be a good place for hikers to observe coastal marine birds. Great blue herons and snowy egrets are no strangers to the park’s salt marshes, according to DEEP. Ospreys lay claim to the nesting platforms erected on the marsh during their breeding season from March to August. The park has a nature trail with stations marked by numbers that correspond to information in the self-guided trail tour.The trail guide is available on the DEEP website. It is recommended to visit Farm River during low tide to see creatures that live in the marsh exposed on the muddy bottoms when the water recedes. Salt marshes are home to crabs, shellfish, and the birds and mammals that feed on them.
Branford.The second entrance is on Mansfield Grove Road off of 142.
Lake Mohegan, Fairfield Take your canine companion hiking with you when visiting Fairfield’s Lake Mohegan. Dogs need to be leashed within 100 feet of parking and picnic areas, according to town rules, but aside from that, a well-trained dog can walk offleash in the park. The centerpiece of the recreation area is manmade Lake Mohegan, but the park also boasts a few smaller bodies of water, and little waterfalls, the Cascades, are popular with park-goers.The red and yellow trails are primary, and parallel the lake and the river that feeds it.
DEEP also encourages off-trail exploration here to find the best diversity in plants, animals, and scenery, but be careful as you could end up in someone’s backyard. Residential dwellings surround the park.
The red trail is the easier going of the two, closely following the lake and river, eventually leading to the waterfalls. Connect to the yellow trail from either the blue or one of the informal trails, and experience a larger variety of elevation changes and more rocks to climb over.
The park is accessed from two small parking lots.The northern entrance is off of Short Beach Road (Route 142) near the border with
Parking at Lake Mohegan is free year-round, although there is a fee to access the beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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Mountain (trail) Biking Favorite Rides From Riders In The Know Bill Kurtz: Tyler Mill Kurtz, a board member of Elm City Cycling, has been a serious cyclist both on- and off-road for the last 25 years. He and Rob Bajoros (see below) also started a cycling club at Coginchaug High School, where they teach. His favorite place to ride? The Tyler Mill Recreation Area, just east of I-91 off exit 14, in Wallingford, offers “a little bit of everything.” Kurtz enjoys features like the rock garden he rides over, and the big field at the top of a rough access road that he calls the ‘Sound of Music’ field.“It’s just this grassy meadow with a thin ribbon of a single track going through it, it’s fun to ride across.” An unimproved road for emergency vehicles creates an easy trail for beginners, Kurtz says. For more experienced riders, there are some fast down hills, which include small drops.“Then there’s some tight, windy single track in one section that’s kind of technical with little, short climbs.”
Don‘t be fooled by this nice flat path at Millers Pond State park in Durham, Esponda, explains “some of it is super technical and rocky which I love”.
Fabian Esponda: Millers Pond When Esponda was seven, he told his dad he was going for a bike ride in New Haven. His father asked him how far.“I’m gonna go to East Rock and back,” Esponda remembers saying, “and my dad was like ‘no you can’t, you’re seven years old.’” An eightyear-old Esponda finally made it to East Rock by himself.
“There’s actually one big loop with a dual personality. Half of it is super technical and rocky, which I love.”The tricky half is enough to make Esponda struggle to maintain a 4 mph average speed.“The other side is more crosscountry speed, a little faster.”
“Connecticut is a great place for mountain biking, even though the trails aren’t well-marked, there’s lots of them to ride.” says Esponda.
“Within a year I was riding my bike everywhere.”
Millers Pond is very challenging, and Esponda says new riders might be turned off to mountain biking if they try to go there too soon. “Even the easy side is sort of intermediate.There can be a lot of walking. But I brought my daughter there, my wife there, and it’s a good place to learn and get better.”
Kurt D’Aniello: West Rock
“On the other side of the fire road there’s a windy loop-de-loop section of single track. It’s tight and it’s fast, but it’s not very technical so everybody can ride over it.”
Esponda, a mechanic for the City of New Haven, switched from engine power to pedal power in 2010 when he switched from racing motorcycles to racing mountain bikes.
A brand new mountain biker can ride a good portion of the trails and have fun, he says, and the harder trails can always be bypassed.
“Connecticut is a great place for mountain biking,” Esponda says.“Even though the trails aren’t well-marked, there’s lots of them to ride.”
“Once you know it pretty well, which takes time,” Kurtz says,“you can kind of customize the experience.”
One of Esponda’s favorite places to bike is Millers Pond State Park in Durham. Millers Pond lies about 19 miles northeast of the city, between routes 17 and 9.
Esponda calls West Rock D’Aniello’s “yard.”
The trails are “old school, natural trails,” according to Esponda.The people that built them didn’t move much of the terrain around and used the rocks as part of the trail.
Once, he even mountain-biked West Rock on a tandem bicycle,“Which was frightening, to say the least.”
Groups can ride single file at Tyler Mill. Kurtz has ridden there in groups ranging from six to 12 riders. The area can get a little muddy and buggy at times because of the river and streams.
“I was essentially born in a bike shop.” D’Aniello has been riding bicycles his whole life. His father raced. His mother promoted races.Together his parents ran Amity Bikes in Woodbridge, which D’Aniello now operates. “West Rock is definitely my most commonly ridden trail,” D’Aniello says.“I’m often up there three times a week.”
“Yellow is one of the best downhill trails at West Rock. It’s unbelievably short, though.” D’Aniello
says that it being West Rock, all down hills are short there.“You get about a minute and a half out of it, but it’s well-built, [with] decent switchbacks, not overly technical. And you can go really fast down it.” The yellow trail connects to Mountain Road, which leads to “The Shire” – a nickname D’Aniello has for the red trail. He says the name came about when he and Esponda were exhausted after a dehydrating 30 miles of riding. The pair came over a hill on the trail and saw two people riding very small horses. “It looked like a scene out of The Hobbit,” Esponda says.“We thought we were hallucinating.” D’Aniello describes The Shire as a very windy and tight single track entirely covered by mountain laurels. Even though exposed roots are plentiful on the trail, he says the trail is the best single track on West Rock because it was built for mountain bikes.The trail can also get muddy where it travels along a marsh.
Rob Bajoros: Pequonnock River Valley Bajoros, also a teacher at Coginchaug H.S. with Kurtz, reaches into his past to find one of his favorite places to ride. As a teenager, he would traverse the Pequonnock River Valley in Trumbull on a BMX bike. “My parents owned a house right near the Trumbull Valley. As a kid, before I had a car, I could ride over to the trails.” The river valley parallels Route 25 in Trumbull. Bajoros recommends enjoying the views from the top of the ridgeline near the highway. The trails actually span several parks, including Parlor Rock Park. Parlor Rock was the site of an amusement park, dismantled in 1908. Bajoros says the old railroad that went through the middle of it can be followed to reach Old Mine Park, which is separated from Parlor Rock by Route 25. “And then that trail continues, kind of hodgepodge together, through Monroe up to Newtown.” “I think it has varying ability. It definitely has something to challenge the most advanced riders, and then there’s a fire road too, so you can really ride there with anybody.You can bring a newbie.” The largest of the interconnected parks, Pequonnock River Valley State Park, contains a “roller” nicknamed the Green Monster. A “roller”
is a large rock formation that a bicycle can roll down, and the moss-covered Green Monster is one of the biggest in Connecticut’s trails at 30 feet high. “On my way home [from the valley] going back to my parents’ house there was a place called Twin Brooks Park,” Bajoros says.The 83-acre Twin Brooks is just southeast of Pequonnock Valley State Park, where the Pequonnock River and Booth Hill Brook meet. Bajoros would climb up the road and ride the switchbacks down into the park.
The 10.3-mile ride with only slight elevation changes begins and ends at Jonathan Law High School in Milford.
No mountain bike necessary
Riders first head toward the Connecticut Audubon Center on Milford Point Road, perhaps doing some bird watching on the go.The course then reverses and heads east from Milford Point Road to Seaview Ave, then to Broadway, paralleling Long Island Sound. At Silver Sands State Park, the route takes riders on park service roads, then out onto East Broadway, eventually reaching Burns Point, where Long Island Sound narrows into Milford Harbor.
If relatively flat routes along roads are more your style than rocky woodland trails, try the Shoreline Short Ride created by the Southern Connecticut Cycle Club.The 10.3-mile ride with only slight elevation change begins and ends at Jonathan Law High School in Milford.
Riders continue around the harbor, stopping at the dock on High Street for views.The trail retraces a few roads, then takes riders back to the high school via Meadowside Road.This full bike route, and many more rides, can be found online at CTbikeroutes.org. •
“That was my daily ride as a teenager.”
Shoreline Short Ride in Milford
Events: May Bike Month. This year, May in New Haven will be a month full of bike-friendly events. Each day of the month has at least a few activities to participate in, from group rides and clinics, to breakfasts and bike polo. The events that stand out though, are the five planned “open streets.” During an open street, an area of the city is temporarily closed to motor vehicle traffic, leaving the often-busy lanes wide open to cyclists and pedestrians. There will also be two Friday morning “bike to work breakfasts,” on May 15th and 29th. Aside from meeting fellow bike commuters, free coffee and breakfast is provided at Pitkin Plaza outside the Devil’s Gear Bike Shop. There are rides every day – and some days up to five – but for those wanting a tour of the nearby Valley, try the Annual Lallement ride to Ansonia. This social ride, branded as easy-medium, is a hilly 22mile round trip from Downtown through Amity and Woodbridge. There’s a lunch stop in Ansonia. West Rock Super Prestige Race Series. The West Rock Nature Center will play host to four rounds of a new point scoring race series from May to July. The races are all scheduled on Thursdays: May 21,
June 4, June 18, and a finale on July 9. D’Aniello and Esponda teamed up with New Haven Parks & Recreation to create 30-minute races on a 1-2 mile “short track” course that will differ at each event. The series, sanctioned by USA Cycling, will have awards based on points accumulated over each race. One of the goals of the series is to encourage younger riders, so they created a junior category for riders aged 9 to 11. There is also an open category for racers and experienced riders, and a B Race category for beginner to intermediate riders. Information available on BikeReg.com.
Groups: Elm City Cycling. Advocacy group in New Haven that works with the city on cycling infrastructure, like separate bike lanes. Elm City Cycling’s focus is on building a community, and their mission is to make greater New Haven friendlier, safer, and more accessible for people on bikes as well as pedestrians. New Haven Bike Rides. A Facebook group to connect local riders with one another. People post when they’re going out, and how far they’re riding. It is not a club, but more of a forum.
Selected Cycling Events
Open Streets: The Hill - select city streets closed to automobiles. 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Greenwich Avenue, New Haven
Find mmore at elmcitycycling.org May 16: Farmington Canal Tour. 10:00am to 12:00pm. Starting at Ingall’s Rink, 200 Prospect St. May 17: Cargo Bike Gathering. 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Edgewood Park (near skate park area). May 21: Super Prestige Mountain Bike Race (see a review of the race series in this article’s events section). 5:00pm to 9:00pm. West Rock Nature Center. May 23: Open Streets: East Rock - select city streets closed to automobiles. 10:00am to 2:00pm. 883 Orange St.
May 29: Bicyclist Appreciation Breakfast at Yale. 7:30am to 9:30am. Phelps Gate, New Haven. Critical Mass – group ride on the last Friday of every month. 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Meeting near the flagpole on the New Haven Green. Critical Mass Afterparty – socialize after the ride with pizza and dancing. 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Pitkin Plaza, 145 Church St. ( see above) May 30: Pizza & Pints Bike Tour – pedal to eat and drink some of the best that New Haven offers, including Pepe’s Pizzeria, Modern Apizza, and Bar. 11:00am to 5:00pm. Starting at Devil’s Gear Bike Shop.
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May 31: Alleycat Scavenger Hunt. 11:00am to 3:00pm Ride to Long Wharf Food Truck Festival. 11:30 am to 12:30pm. Further details TBD Lulu Ride One of New Haven’s longest-running and best-known weekly rides. The usual route is about 60 miles, through the hills to the north of New Haven before coming back down to the shore and returning to the city from the east. There’s an option for a shorter, +/- 30 mile route as well. Training pace, generally 16-18 mph. The Lulu ride is on year-round. 10a.m.-2p.m. May 17 at Lulu’s Coffee, 49 Cottage St., New Haven, 203-773-9288, elmcitycycling.org.
Outspokin’ Ride a casually-paced destination oriented ride, leaving each week from Lulu’s Coffee Shop on Cottage St. in New Haven. Occasional extended adventures involving train trips or overnight stays--always an adventure! 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 31 at Lulu’s Coffee, 49 Cottage St., New Haven, 203-773-9288, elmcitycycling. org. Thursday Night Medium-pace Ride Thursday evenings from spring to fall. 16-18 mph pace, some hills. 5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m June 4 at Café Romeo, 534 Orange St., New Haven, 203-773-9288, elmcitycycling.org. Devil’s Gear Bike Shop Tuesday Night Shop Ride a road ride averaging 15-17 mph, no drop. 6 p.m.8 p.m. June 2 at The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop,.
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MATTHEW FEINER OF THE DEVIL GEAR’S BIKE SHOP The Ultimate Cycling “Groupie” Tells All – On Running With The Pack Be Smooth and Predictable No sudden accelerations or slowdowns! If a gap opens in front of you, try to close it gradually Sharp braking should be used ONLY in emergencies Check your blind spots Riders should verbally communicate upcoming stop signs: “SLOWING,” “STOPPING”
If you’re getting too close to the rider ahead: Shift into an easier gear Sit up higher or move over slightly to catch more of the wind (but don’t overlap your front wheel with the next rider’s back wheel) Try not to coast—when the riders behind you see you coasting, they will slow down, too, and cause an accordion effect If all of the above do not slow you down enough, feather your brakes
Communicate Hand signals and verbal signals “Right turn”, “left turn” “Slowing”, “stopping” Pointing at obstacles and calling them out (you need to point before going by the obstacle or you are not giving the rider behind you enough warning) “Car back” Move over for obstacles ahead (example, “Walker up”)
Be considerate of other riders in the group If the entire group doesn’t make it through a stoplight before it turns red, slow down to wait up for those who didn’t make it through Let other riders know when you are
passing them. Avoid passing on the right. Avoid riding with ‘overlapping wheels’
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Watch out for squirrelly riders in the group and increase your following distance. Conversely, learn who is a “steady wheel” and try to position yourself behind those riders Don’t use aerobars when in a group. You need to have good control of your bike and have your brakes within close reach
Hills The front person should pedal on downhills, or else everyone behind will be catching up to them too fast
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The group may need to slow down after uphills to allow slower riders to catch up Be careful when standing to climb when riding in a group as this can jerk your wheel back into the rider behind you.
RIDE WITH MATT The increasingly tough world for small business, a devasting winter, a recession that’s not quite ready to end, has bent the wheel at Devil’s Gear. Here’s an opportunity to help this great community leader up the hill ahead. The shop is moving to a smaller spot a few doors down, but still in Pitkin Plaza in downtown New Haven. To contribute to the bike shop’s efforts in the cycling community, and to keep the cycling community center strong, you can become a Devil’s Advocate and donate via an ongoing campaign on indiegogo. Here’s the link: www.indiegogo.com/ projects/devil-s-gear-bike-shopfundraiser#activity – MY
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84 PLATT ST, MILFORD – Point Beach Milford! Nantucket Cedar Shake Custom Home steps to the beach! This 2831 sq. ft. custom home has the perfect floor plan for modern day living. Designer kitchen, family room w/ slider out to patio, formal DR & LR, 3 large BRs including a MBR suite, office, laundry room, huge attic and unfinished basement. Beach rights! $659,000. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.
39 IVES ST #209, HAMDEN - Lovely 1350 sq. ft. condo in the Mount Carmel section of Hamden. Open layout w/ huge LR & DR w/new laminate wood floors & slider to private patio. Updated galley kitchen. 2nd floor has 2 large BRs & large remodeled BTH w/double sink, jetted tub & separate shower. Huge basement, attached garage & alarm system. $214,900.Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.
195 DEVONSHIRE LANE, MADISON - Spacious Colonial w/over 2 private acres set atop Brian’s Knoll. HW flrs, formal LR & DR, open kitchen, sliders to deck. 2nd flr has MBR, 2 other BRs & laundry room. Unfinished 3rd level. Lovely patio and landscaped grounds. 3 car attached garage. $579,999. Call Sarah Beth Luce-Del Prete 203-887-2295.
245 WEST PARK AVE, NH - Bright, cheerful home w/ fresh paint & updated lighting fixtures. Great yard w/private views of Edgewood Park. LR w/wood burning FP. MBR suite w/WIC. 2 car garage & covered patio. In Yale home buyers program for qualified Yale employees. $324,900. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.
87 OLIVE ST #T, WOOSTER SQ, NH - Unique 3 BR, 2.5 BTH condo in one of Wooster Square’s historic brownstones. Gas FP, exposed brick, built-ins and HW flrs throughout. Brick archways lead to sun room w/ sliders to private patio & gardens. Bonus room for another small bedroom or a cozy office space. In Yale home buyers program. $489,900. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.
89 BEACON AVE, MORRIS COVE, NHRenovated home in Morris Cove! Open floor plan w/ breakfast bar in kitchen, spacious LR & central gas fireplace. HW flrs throughout, renovated bathrooms, lovely yard. Great flow for entertaining! New roof and water heater in 2013. $204,900. Call Jennifer D’Amato 03-605-7865.
5 CLAM ISLAND, LINDEN SHORE, BRANFORD - Summer in your own Victorian island cottage! Just a 5 minute boat ride from shore in your own Whaler (included in sale). Wrap around porch faces west for fabulous sunsets. 3 bedrooms, new roof. Comes w/most furnishings. Included in sale is 1/6th interest of lot on mainland for parking. $495,000. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.
32 GIRARD AVE, NH- Wonderfully maintained home in East Shore section of New Haven Updated w/new windows, doors, deck, mechanicals, appliances & new paint. HW flrs, updated baths & plenty of storage. Fitted with storm shutters. Just 10 mins from downtown NH & walking distance to Pardee Seawall & Fort Hale park. $250,000. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.
239 FRONT ST #B, NH - Historic Quinnipiac River district tri level condo w/glorious river views, private dock & only minutes from NH. This townhouse condo features cathedral ceilings, lots of closet space, master BR w/Jacuzzi tub, newly refinished HW flrs and 2 private balconies to enjoy the river. $179,000. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.
655 ORANGE ST #5, NH - Rare East Rock 2011 SF tri level townhouse condo. Great open layout includes LR/DR & remodeled kitchen. 2nd flr has 2 large BRs & 1 large completely renovated tile BA. 3rd flr has a large bonus room perfect for a home office or 3rd BR. $375,000. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.
12 HUGHES PLACE #T-1, NH - 3 level/3 BR/2.1 BTH townhouse overlooking the fabulous cherry blossoms, this home features updated kitchen & baths, 2 car garage, 2 fireplaces, private entrance, laundry, HW flrs, partial basement, and more. In Yale home buyers program. Agent owner. $598,900. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.
159 MILL ROCK ROAD, HAMDEN - Huge 2882 sq/ft 5 BR, 4.5 Bth home with many improvements. New kitchen w/custom cabinets and high-end appliances. Large master BR suite with remodeled tile bath. 2nd floor has 2 master BRs with full Bths. Slate patio. Attached garage. On NH/Hamden line. $299,000 Call Jack Hill at 203-675-3942.
1426 DIXWELL AVE, HAMDEN - Turn key hair salon on 1st floor features ample space for 8 stylists. Excellent location, off street parking, plus 2 income producing apartments. Central air on 1st floor only; newer furnaces. $349,900. Call Jennifer D’Amato 203-605-7865.
85 OLIVE ST #T, WOOSTER SQ, NH Architecturally remodeled condo w/private entrance in historic building. New kitchen w/ retro GE artistry appliances. Decorative marble FP. HW flrs. New W/D in unit. Low monthly fees. A fun and cozy home! In Yale home buyers program. $194,900. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.
15 PAWSON RD, BRANFORD - Linden Shores. 5 BRS, 2 Bath wood shingle 1920’s Cape w/access to 3 priv. beaches. Charming LR w/stone FP. Screen in porch leads to deck, hot tub & yd. $565,000. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328
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283 GREENE ST #G-7, WOOSTER SQ, NH Stunning, completely remodeled condo. HW flrs, crown moldings, newer appliances, updated kit. & bath. This home also features low monthly fees, laundry, 2 private patios & off street parking. The complex has a private courtyard and fabulous views of Wooster Square Park. In Yale home buyers program. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.
38 LEY ST, MORRIS COVE, NH - Charming 3 BR Colonial in Morris Cove. Formal LR w/wood burning FP. Formal DR w/French doors & ceiling fan. Updated EIK w/ slider to deck and fenced in yard. MBR & 2 additional BRs on 2nd flr. Nice, quiet neighborhood. $174,900. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.
135 TROLLEY RD, GUILFORD - This classic 3 BR, 2 BA ranch offers water views of LI Sound and panoramic marsh views. Enjoy the sandy beach outside your front door and mooring rights for boaters. In addition to having premier views of the Sound, one can enjoy bird watching and kayaking from the small dock right in your own back yard! $520,000. Call Cathy Conlin 203-843-1561.
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54 COACHLAMP LANE, GUILFORD - Well cared for raised ranch at the end of a quiet culde-sac on 1.7 acres in Guilford. 4 BR, 2.5 BA w/ large formal LR & DR, both w/HW flrs & nice natural light. Kitchen has brand new flooring & cabinetry. Sliders in DR lead out to spacious deck, in-ground pool & landscaped yard. $344,900. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.
30 PECK LANE, HAMDEN- 4 BR, 4.5 BTH home on 1.01 acres in Hamden. Custom built in 2004. Formal LR & DR, family room w/FP, large master BR suite. Perfect layout for modern day family. Stone patio leads out to huge, private back yard. $599,000. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942
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The sleek design and warm colors accent a home mostly filled with light and open space built for Yale Economist Donald Brown and His wife Elizabeth in North Guilford. First visited in 2008
When we review our favorites, we seemingly always end up with a space designed by architect Will Amster. Different is what Marshall and Leslie Long were looking for in their Guilford home. Weâ€™d say they got it! Featured in August of 2009
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Branford - Branford’s best mobile home park, over 50 park, no dogs allowed, move right into this sun filled 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with central air, full sized washer and dryer, new oil tank, new roof, new windows, new shed, new furnace, nice garden area and yard. Conveniently located near shopping and highways. 35,500. Neile x 212
New Haven- Rare 2 family Colonial on Wooster Square, Fantastic views of park, Interior completely gutted and remodeled, open floor plan, wide plank floors, French country kitchen with exposed beams, first floor unit 1 bedroom with full bath, 2nd fl unit 2 beds with full bath and laundry, 3rd floor with full bath, fantastic yard with grape arbor and so much more... Priced to sell. 579,900. Gena x 203
East Haven - 1835 Greek Revival home completely rebuilt in 2010, 3 bedrooms 1.1 baths, all systems, wiring insulation, roof from top to bottom new, garage with loft, columned courtyard access able from kitchen, 16x37 family room/den/in home office with private entrance, designers home, one of a kind with beach access. 385,000. Jeff x 210
New Haven - Well kept Colonial in historic Fair Haven Heights, 3 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, freshly painted, 3 year old roof and gutters, new furnace and hot water heater, private driveway and yard. A must see. 129,900. Diana x 208
New Haven- Westville, Stately Tudor Duplex just painted, on almost half acre across from Yale Bowl, Owners unit has new master bath, lovely details include fire place, leaded glass windows, dining room with built ins, hardwood floors, natural woodwork, slate roof, updated electrical and furnaces. 449,900. Jeff x 210
Hamden - Beautiful remastered 2005 Georgian Colonial with slate roof, state of the art kitchen with Sub zero and grand butcher block island, high end molding, four fireplaces, six bathrooms, extra large in law apartment, gas heat, central air, located at the end of a cul-desac. Walk to Albertus Magnus college and Yale University. Additional finished square footage in the walk-up attic and lower-level. 1,500,000. Gena x 203
New Haven - 2000 plus sq ft Ranch in Fair Haven Heights set on 1.38 acres, 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, central air, spacious and bright home on a lightly wooded lot with panoramic views of the New Haven skyline, beautiful deck of the rear. A must see home. 298,000. Jeff x210
East Haven - Direct waterfront three level home on Long Island sound. Open living room/ dining room with fireplace and sliders to a huge wraparound deck on the beach, custom kitchen, first floor office/den with sliders to water, 3 bedrooms on the second level, master bedroom suite on the third floor with doors to open porch, master bath with whirlpool overlooking the water. Located on cul-de-sac across from saltmarsh. 825,000. Jeff x 210
East Haven - 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath Raised Ranch on over half an acre, fully applianced kitchen with breakfast bar, private fenced in lot with spacious deck, central air, garage, walk to beach, possible in law. 329,900. Diana x 208
New Haven- Wooster Villa’s is a 9 unit complex redone in 2006. Convenience of townhouse style living in the heart of Historic Wooster Street. 2 bedroom 1.1 bath condo with Stainless steel appliances, hardwood and carpet flooring, washer and dryer in unit, slider to stone patio, and off street parking. Walk to train, pizza, coffee, Yale and downtown. Historic Wooster Street offers culture, restaurants, farmers market and Wooster Square just steps away. 194,900. Gena x 203
Bethany- Custom built builders home just under 5000 sq ft, grand stone and brick Colonial offers 4 BD and 5 BA, grand foyer entry with hardwood throughout, formal living and dining rooms with natural stained woodwork, large custom kitchen with stainless appliances, granite, center island with cooktop, fire place and sliders to deck, two staircases, master bedroom suite, master bath with Jacuzzi, marble shower and bidet, 3 car garage set proudly on 2.2 acres at the end of the cul de sac. 700,000. Gena x 203
New Haven- Fountainwoods, beautifully renovated complex with new siding, roof, windows and decks. Tucked away in Westville, complex offers pool, tennis and clubhouse. Unit is spectacular! Large rooms, open floor plan, updated kitchen, living room with fireplace, new window treatments, loft with spiral staircase, large bedrooms, laundry, updated baths, attached garage and storage. Minutes to downtown, Yale and hospitals. 199,900. Gena x203
Clinton - Here is your opportunity to have your own business with a rental income upstairs. Excellent location on Rt 1. This two condo building is located in a commercial condo development, building has two commercial condos. Right side is 950 ft.² which is occupied and rented, ideal to subdivide for offices. The first floor unit has 1870 ft.² and consists of one large main room and 4 smaller rooms, classified as non-conforming unit currently being used as a retail store. 220,000. Neile x 212
East Haven- Open, bright Bungalow across from the beach with water views from almost every room, new kitchen with granite opens to formal dining room, lots of windows, enclosed front porch, large master bedroom, 2nd floor with wainscoted walls and ceilings, atrium door from living room to rear deck and patio with wisteria trellis and nice plantings, lots of charm. 228,000. Jeff x 210
New Haven- Edwards Abbey, 3 story, 2 bedroom, 3 bath condo with fantastic views of East rock, located on the Orange line of the Yale shuttle, this newly remodeled unit boasts a high end kitchen with Corian counters, under cabinet lighting, gas stove, built in micro,new lighting fixtures, new hardwood floors, new bathroom vanities, new windows, new recessed lighting, full unfinished basement with laundry and off street parking. 394,900. Gena x 203
New Haven - Harbour Landing, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse style condo in gated complex on the Long Island Sound. Brand new kitchen, hardwood floors, dining room with sliders to deck, living room with fire place. Complex has indoor/outdoor pool, club house and exercise room, covered parking and elevator. Minutes to Yale, train and downtown. 279,900. Gena x 203
East Haven- Morgan Point, step back in time in this old world, charming Cape Cod home with views of the Long Island sound, live in a beach community and experience the sound breezes and beautiful sunsets, kayak, walk to beach and swim. 3/4 bedroom home with 1st floor master, wood burning fire place, open sunlit sun room, detached garage and loads of potential. 262,900. Neile x 212
Hamden- Spring Glen Colonial with fantastic 20x20 addition, 4 bedrooms, 3 full plus 1 half bath, updated kitchen with pantry, living room with fire place, dining room, enclosed sun room, laundry on upper level, 20x20 master bedroom with full bath, central air, hardwood floors, newly painted, partially finished lower level, sliders to deck, fenced in yard, detached garage. 399,900. Gena x203
Hamden- Westwoods, 4 bedroom , 2.1 bath Colonial, completely renovated kitchen, new cabinets and hardwood floors, dining room, living room, new bay window, added 26x16 addition family room with gas stove and master bedroom suit with walk in closet, full bath and office, new gas furnace and central air, new roof and siding, new garage door, new windows, new deck, connected garage to home, completely renovated bathrooms. Many gardens and plantings. 289,900. Gena x 203
New Haven - historic home gutted and stripped waiting for one to restore! Original part was early 18th century with late 19th century addition, some wide board floors water views and large back yard. Located in the Quinnipiac River Historic District. 95,000. Jeff x 210
Tom Griggs and Ed Bottomley’s Milford Point home was one of the first we featured in December 2007 – it remains a standout today! And it would; Bottomley is a gourmet chef and the kitchen is equipped with commercial grade appliances. Featured in December of 2007 Photo: Anthony DeCarlo
Ehri and Charlie Kreitler went from a cramped 800 square foot country cottage in Westport to a modern Woodbridge dominated by light and windows ( see march April 2015). The kitchen is divided by function into three spaces: The island and cook top beyond comprise the ‘cooking’ place; cleanup is around the corner at the window (rear right) and pantry/ovens are behind the wall upon which the range hood is mounted — extreme versatility, storage capacity and visual delight in a carefully crafted design. Featured in March of 2010 Photo: Anthony DeCarlo
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EXTRAORDINARY Branford waterfront treasure in quiet gated community. Magnificent craftsmanship combined with panoramic views make this one of the shoreline’s finest homes. $1,995,000.
WESTVILLE CHARMER filled with personality. Leaded glass, FP, HW floors, renovated kit. Opening directly to DR, 4 BRs + study, finished LL. Quiet tree-line block. Lovely deck and yard. $372,500.
MAGICAL SETTING close to Town but w/ country feeling.. 6 BRs, 3.5 baths, outrageously fabulous kit., great LR with wall of glass leading to covered patio + maturely landscaped private yard. $739,000.
EAST ROCK colonial with 5 BRs, 2.5 baths +lots of charm and personality. Gleaming HW floors, tall ceilings, wonderful light and spacious feeling throughout. Great yard + 2 car garage. $529,900.
ESTATE-LIKE FEELING. Tucked away just over the New Haven line sits this 1919 architectural gem. 7 BRs, 4 + baths, outstanding features inside + out. Studio over garage + magnificent grounds. $870,000.
WOOSTER SQUARE Greek Revival w/ lots of light, antique features, stained glass, newer mechanicals. Great yard + garden. Walk to everything. Yale HB plan area. $309,500.
MAGNIFICENT PARK LIKE SETTING. Wonderful 3 BR col. with extra deep yard. Enclosed porch, HW floors, FP, and loads of charm and character. Lovingly maintained. Realtor Ellen Kannatt. $376,900
WARM AND GRACIOUS home just 10 mins. From Town, Yale + hospitals. 4 BRs, 3 baths. Distinctive architectural details, arched doorways, French doors, built-ins. Glorious LR + mater BR suite. $485,000.
SUPER WESTVILLE location backing up to water company land. Modern, updated col. with 3 BRs and 2.1 baths. Fantastic kit. And baths, cathedral ceiling FR w/ FP, HW floors, 2 car garage. $274,500.
ARCHITECTURAL TREASURES abound in this beautifully maintained 4 BR, home. Elegant LR + DR have walls of glass leading to exquisite sun room overlooking stone patio. 3rd floor library. $1,050,000.
CARRIAGE HOUSE with lots of style! Secret East Rock treasure hidden away. Feels like a NYC loft w/ open LR, DR, beautifully renovated kit. Cathedral ceiling, wall of glass + lots of drama. $529,000.
OUTSTANDING LOCATION. Wonderful East Rock Victorian. Close to Yale and Town. 6 BRs, 3.5 baths, leaded glass, ballroom size LR, window seat, first floor library. Perfect in-town residence. $695,000.
C. 1860 EAST ROCK FEDERAL on one of New Haven’s most desired streets. Perfect combination of old world charm + today’s conveniences. Great LR + DR, extraordinary library + large master suite. $794,000.
RARE FIND. Affordable East Rock home on super large beautifully landscaped lot. Excellent condition w/ great kit. and baths, HW floors + good taste throughout. Walk to Park, shops, and Hooker. $449,500.
SPRING GLEN large, sunny colonial. 4 BRs, 3 full + 2 half baths. Excellent size rooms, large first floor family rooms + delightful country kit.w/ SS appliances, master suite w/bath + walk-in closet. $334,900.
CHARMING East Rock single family with 3 BRs, 1 bath. LR w/ wood burning FP, original HW flrs, quaint windows, original hardware add to charm. Exposed brick in kit, enc. Front porch. Great condo alternative. $409,000.
WATERFRONT with sweeping views from every window. Updated contemporary w/ 4 BRs + 3.5 baths. Open design first floor perfect for entertaining. Cherry kit. w/ granite, upscale baths. Realtor: $999,500.
BRICK ROW HOUSE IN East Rock. 3 units w/ lots of updates. Newer kitchens + updated baths. Wall of glass leading to hidden, quiet garden oasis. Separate utils and well maintained. $499,500.
SOULFUL. This house is just steps from Yale. Totally renovated with superb style and workmanship. 3 BRs + study, natural wood work, stained glass, cook’s kit. Outstanding yard + garages. $399,500.
QUEEN ANNE c. 1896 Westville Victorian w/ turret and carriage. This multi family has great architectural features and loads of updates, updated kits and baths + mechanicals. $525,000.
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Dave Thomas spends countless hours creating striking works of art. The painting, “Gift of the Morning” is an inspired piece incorporating such powerful archetypal imagery as: a skull floating above a pair of hands —a nod to fleeting mortality, a blazing-red Japanese sun Reynolds’ use of are his self— symbolic of color a newand day,paint and chrysanthemum flowers — proclaimed “firstthe language.” “Red Birds” is a vivid representing cycles of life and death example of “capturing extraordinary beauty in the midst of bad news,” a modern interpretation of the ancient art of augury. Through the gift of his first language, Reynolds tells the story of a dear friend’s triumph over adversity.
Robert Reynolds’ First Language — Art
PHOTOS AND STORY BY LESLEY ROY hree years ago a dear friend approached Robert Reynolds asking him to open an art gallery on Orange Street in New Haven. The Reynolds Fine Art gallery in 9th Square is an anchor in the community, helping secure the neighborhood’s reputation as an arts district. With 30 years of painting experience, Reynolds thought it would be fun to show work he admired as well as work of his own.
Walking into the gallery, it’s easy to gravitate to the atmospheric landscapes and abstract impressionistic artwork of Robert Reynolds even before knowing a single thing about the creator. The artwork is compelling and raises the question; what attracts us to any given piece of art? Why are we drawn to it? If a work of art is compelling, we eventually come to ponder this,“why.”
Reynolds creates art everyday in his Branford studio and has done so for the past 15 years. The small freestanding building conceals a treasure trove: paintings, sculptures, massive slabs of wood, a printing press with metal cylinders from a nuclear submarine, easels everywhere, sawdust, ancient door locking mechanisms from Turkey, and other anomalies including a vintage toaster collection, and 257 tubes of endemic toothpaste. Robert Reynolds is at play; and this is not his studio —this is his laboratory. Alchemy comes to mind as he searches through his space; exploring amidst cans of paint, stacks of painted canvases, tubes of pigment and bouquets of brushes in coffee cans. With childlike exuberance, Reynolds demonstrates the creative process with a Matabo handheld angle grinder; sparks flying, wood chips hurtling through the air, while talking about how crazy cool it was growing
u Reynolds points to the fine detailed stippling on a print of his first oil painting, done on a piece of galvanized metal, while he was living in Italy. At the time, “people loved them so much I made prints of the originals and sold them to make ends meet.”
“Empire”— oil on linen
Moving from home at the age of 15, Reynolds finished high school then took off, following no prescribed course of formal art study; instead learning from his adventures
From childhood, Reynolds’ love of images—photography, color, and painting, set him on a path of thrilling adventure and creative output. Circling back to art, he touches on adventure as a driving force and creating art as an exploratory process.
“Red Cliffs”—oil on linen. Reynolds biked thousands of miles across much of Europe, the United States, North Africa and assorted islands. If not on wheels, he is soaring on wings —hang gliding. This movement of life is directly applied to linen canvasses with paint and brush. Color glides through air and land; frequent water elements provide flow. Movement is the key to Reynolds life and artwork.
up digging for arrowheads and artifacts on nearby marshy Indian sites. Moving from home at the age of 15, Reynolds finished high school then took off, following no prescribed course of formal art study; instead learning from his adventures in the world and the artists he encountered along the way. Reynolds biked thousands of miles across much of Europe, the United States, North Africa and assorted islands. If not on wheels, he is soaring on wings —hang gliding, another lifelong passion. This movement of life is directly applied to linen canvases with paint and brush. Color glides through air and land; frequent water elements provide flow. Movement is the key to Reynolds’ life and much of his artwork.
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Monthly visits to Bermuda, summers in Turkey, and always a bike, a sketch book and a small green tin of art supplies he proudly displays,“I bought this in 1972 for twenty-five cents and it’s been with me everywhere I go ever since.”
One of Reynolds’ first memories of mark-making was as a very young boy tagging along with his father working construction. He remembers using a 16 penny nail to carve patterns...
The world is filled with excitement and Robert Reynolds has, and will continue to extract, his share of thrills along the way, directly translating those experiences
into art. An epic collection of 65 vest-pocket-sized books—totaling more than 5,000 lifetime sketches, is the result of years of extensive travel.The images provide inspiration for every painting and sculpture created. A 1997 self-published book titled “Listen: NinetyTwo Drawings,” holds a fraction of these spontaneous renderings. Sketching every day is routine, spending every moment in the act of creating or promoting the arts and artists is at the forefront for Reynolds.
One of Reynolds’ first memories of mark-making was as a very young boy tagging along with his father working construction. He remembers using a 16 penny nail to carve patterns deeply into pieces of wood and even earlier, using a rock to draw images onto the pavement. After WWII, his dad also moonlighted as a photographer. Reynolds grew up spending time in the dark room, helping develop black and white photos. Watching the images appear swirling around in the photographic solution was magical. His mother, a talented artist of “plein air” or “open air” painting, is a prolific creator in her own right. Reynolds watched in amazement as she mixed colors. “Watching my mother paint was total magic— you take this color and mix it with that and get this other color—that was totally mind boggling as a child.” Concluding,“I grew up seeing images in two ways…one in which images magically appeared and the other with images developing on canvas…both total magic.” This duality informs Reynolds’ artwork in beautifully complex ways as he translates what is seen, and develops what is unseen. Reynolds has exhibited his artwork from San Francisco to Madison Avenue and numerous places in between that he can’t be bothered to remember, laughing,“my work once hung next to a Matisse.” Decades of prolific painting and countless sales of artwork to a variety of private collectors, from bedrooms to board rooms, throughout the United States and abroad, proves Reynolds a secure and accomplished artist. Robert Reynolds has traveled a long road of discovery and exploration— art has been his NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
Moving along his adventurous path, Reynolds has found the freedom to explore and express his inner vision. Reynolds turns to the painting,“Red Birds” to illustrate his meaning. He tells the story of sitting on sand dunes when a dear friend told him that she had stage-four cancer. He describes the moment in great detail as a revered Roman Augur might, interpreting the flight direction of the birds, the sheer numbers, what noises they were making —a process know as “taking the auspices.” In ancient times, human beings were more closely connected to nature in ways that linger on in our modern language.The word “inauguration,” from the Latin augur, refers to the rituals of Roman priests interpreting bird activity, determining if it was the will of the gods for a public official to assume office. Sitting on the beach that day, in that “auspicious” moment, how could Robert and his friend have known that against all odds the birds would portend that she would go on, beat cancer, and live a vibrant life?
“Crete” —oil on linen: Reynolds has traveled a long road of discovery and exploration— art has been his vehicle. Color applied in near-archeological layers of paint reflects a vibrant layering of life over life.
vehicle. There can be no doubt that this accomplished artist is a master of many mediums. Reynolds jumps up to find a print of his first oil painting, done on a piece of found galvanized metal, while living in Italy. Once located, he points to the fine detailed stippling as proof of his initial technical skill. At the time,“people loved them so much I made prints of the originals and sold them to make ends meet,” emphasizing the road to being an artist is a hard one. When asked what advice he would impart to artists starting out he says,“Don’t work for anyone else’s world!” Another pearl of wisdom, “Mistakes are a better teacher than anyone can show you,” Reynolds continues,“artists today don’t know
how to make mistakes — they’re taught to succeed and please the teacher or their clientele —if they’re off the path, they won’t get validation, and they’ll just go back to what they know works.” He describes art scenes in certain places as more of a social scene, not a true art scene.“I don’t care about what a lot of people care about.” When it comes to a discussion of art critique, Reynolds is clear,“there are no words in my work - I don’t have to worry about Art Speak—they’re all meaningless and absurd; no one understands it, and I can’t even read it to impress my friends.” He is on a roll as he continues,“It’s like a half-Japanese user manual for art that’s not for humans — it doesn’t say anything.”
Covered in sawdust, arms flying, Reynolds recommends the Art Speak Generator, urging,“you have to check it out.” Later, I googled Art Speak Generator, entered 5 numbers as directed, and created an instant art critique phrase:“With regard to the issue of content, the reductive quality of the gesture endangers the devious simplicity of the exploration of montage elements.” This illustrates Reynolds’ point. Robert Reynolds does care deeply about the things in life that matter most: loved ones and long-time friendships that provide the bedrock of life; describing art as critical, healing, and explanatory. For him, it speaks to the larger question “Why is a human here?”
Red Birds is a striking work of art. Why is it compelling—why does it draw the viewer in? Perhaps the “why” is imbued in the neararcheological layers of paint on canvas. Reynolds has brought that unseen moment to life: the spectacular collisions of emotions and creativity, a perfect example of capturing the moment,“of hearing bad news but seeing extraordinary beauty at the same time.” Reynolds recreates a moment that opens for the viewer, the opportunity to retrace the emotional footsteps in all our lives and excavate personal meaning. These expressions, through color and paint, are his self-proclaimed “first language” —and speech his second. Robert Reynolds’ first language of paint, color, and image is a vibrant layering of life over life. To view Robert Reynolds artwork and the artists represented by Reynolds Fine Art, visit the www.reynoldsfineart.com/gallery new haven
Convinced they were in store for a 90-day battle to victory, Connecticut soldiers proudly heeded their government’s call for militia men after the South fired on Fort Sumter.The state was hot with the abolitionist movement, Republicans everywhere rallying in the streets to end the cruelty of the Southern economy. Heroes for All Time tells their stories through preserved artifacts of battle, personal letters, diaries and newspaper clippings reproduced to weave a narrative of Connecticut’s sacrifices in the Civil War.
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For soldiers leaving home and marching south, the mission was to defend the Union at all costs, but abolition of slavery wasn’t universally popular. However, soldiers sent to the south who experienced the horrors of slavery, quickly came to support the emancipation proclamation. Homer Sprague, a captain in a Connecticut regiment, wrote of former slaves encountered: Some of these chattels had their backs shockingly lacerated by whipping; others had huge freshly burned marks of the branding iron. Many had chains on their wrists, ankles and necks. A few wore great iron collars with long projecting prongs, like the spokes of a wheel. More than once did the writer of this history work till past midnight filing off these collars. “I used to think,” said Captain McCord, “that the stories about cruel treatment of slaves were exaggerated; but the reality is fully equal to the worst description.” The Driftless Connecticut Series, Garnet Books Wesleyan University Press 2015 • 342 pp. 305 color illus. 9 x 10”
Connecticut’s Civil War Sacrifice Remembered, 150 Years Later
BY RACHEL BERGMAN
lose your manufactories and workshops—turn aside from your farms and your business—leave for a while your families and your homes—meet face to face the enemies of your liberties,” Connecticut Republican Governor William Alfred Buckingham passionately implored men to join the Union and fight the Southern secessionists. Potentially the last instance in which a Republican governor wasn’t so pro-business, Governor Buckingham was one of Abraham Lincoln’s—and the Union’s—greatest supporters. Strong words from Governor Buckingham, considering Connecticut was one of the strongest manufacturing hubs in the country then, 1861.“With proud, jaunty airs, the men fell in behind the spotless flags. Onlookers cheered and bands played.Three months later, the flags would return bullet-ridden; the men beaten and shocked.The war, which that day looked to be brief and glorious, would drag on for years and affect every single person in Connecticut.”
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Though Corporal Billy Goodwin struck a solemn pose for his photograph, the eighteen-yearold had the reputation of being the life of his company. The oldest of his parents’ six sons, Billy had been a clerk in New Haven before enlisting.
Sergeant Alexander H. Newton (left) was born in New Bern, NC, in 1837 to a free mother and enslaved father. After working on the Underground Railroad, he enlisted as a private in Connecticut’s 29th Regiment in 1863, rising quickly to commissary sergeant. While in the trenches at Petersburg, a shell exploded beside him, killing the man next to him and permanently injuring Newton’s sight. Newton later became a minister and wrote a memoir entitled Out of the Briars. Wilson Chinn’s forehead bore the brand “VBM”—the initials of Louisiana sugar planter Volsey B. Marmillion. (From C.C. Leigh, “White and Colored Slaves,” Harper’s Weekly, January 30, 1864, p. 71) About sixty years old, Chinn wore a spoked collar and leg irons, with other instruments of cruelty at his feet. Photo by New York photographer Myron H. Kimball.
Here, Capt. John H. Burton tempted fate (and Rebel sharpshooters) by standing on the parapet of one of the Petersburg batteries, directing the fire of three 30-pound Parrott rifles manned by his 1st Heavies [1st Heavy Artillery].
of Bridgeport, where he operated a small newspaper. In the camp, his “newspaper” provided jokes like “Why is the Southern Confederacy like a tea-kettle? Because the Black is at the bottom of it, and hollow within,” and his grateful audience pooled their resources to eventually buy Billy a fiddle from a prison guard. Many families lost brothers, uncles, fathers and sons—but some families, like farmers Mary and Edwin Wadhams in Litchfield, lost all three of their sons, Luman, Henry, and Edward, within the space of fourteen days.
Connecticut Civil War Honor Guard & Musician at the Celebration of the 29th & 30th CT Regimental Battle Flags. (May 1, 2015 / CT State Capitol)
Many freed slaves joined Union forces after the Emancipation Proclamation, called “Contrabands”, sought shelter, protection, and work. Women cooked and did laundry, men chopped wood and tended gear, and one chaplain of the 10th Connecticut wrote that “In some way they had obtained two spelling books, or small readers, and these were in constant use among them. Not only in the intervals of active work during the day, but all through the night.” Life was hard, but motivation was strong to persevere. It took time for even the Union to accept black
solders, however.The Conscription Act was passed by Congress in 1863, declaring all able-bodied male citizens eligible for the draft—including African Americans. Although other Northern states formed black units, Connecticut was slow to respond. Men were traveling north to enlist in the 54th Massachusetts. Later that year, in November, Connecticut finally relented, amidst much controversy, and established Connecticut’s 29th Regiment, and even pledged to make up the difference in pay between what the Federal
Upcoming Civil War Commemoration Events: Annual Memorial Day Service with members of Alden Skinner Camp #45, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War chartered in 1890, as they decorate the graves of Civil War Veterans at Grove Hill Cemetery in Vernon, a tradition that dates back to the Civil War. The service will take place on May 21 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. 2015 Mystic Naval Encampment will bring Naval and Marine reenactors from throughout the East Coast to Mystic Seaport for a naval and infantry encampment filled with tents, exhibits, and dozens of living
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government paid black solders versus white soldiers. Captured soldiers living in Confederate camps were often starved, lacking clean water, and relieved of warm clothing and blankets during the winter months. At Camp Ford in Texas, however, prisoners were comfortable. William “Billy” May, a captain in the 23rd Connecticut, kept busy during his capture by creating a single sheet newspaper that he handwrote to be passed around the camp to entertain the troops. Billy had experience in his hometown
history presentations. Shanty singers will roam the camps, singing ballads of the sea, July 18-19, 9a.m. to 5p.m. at Mystic Seaport.
The 2nd CT Heavy Artillery is hosting a reenactment August 7-9 at the Strong Preserve Park in Woodbury. Bauer Park Civil War Encampment in Madison will conduct battle reenactments and musket and cannon firing demonstrations on August 29-30.
Civil War Memorial Mystic Seaport
The entire calendar of New England Civil War events can be found at www.home. comcast.net/~marc183.
By spring of 1865, the Confederate retreat was imminent. As Robert E. Lee’s army attempted to reach Appomattox Station, the 1st Connecticut Calvary was trying to make sure he didn’t make it.They attacked Lee near Harper’s Farm, capturing guns, Rebel soldiers, horses and battle flags. Lee’s forces were weak, and when they finally pushed through the cavalry, they were met by the Union 24th Corps with the 5th Corps alongside it. “Then there is nothing left me but to go and see General Grant and I would rather die a thousand deaths,” General Lee said. It was the Connecticut cavalrymen that escorted Ulysses S. Grant to the Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, where Robert E. Lee was waiting.
he New England Civil War Museum in Vernon, Connecticut, offers research services to visitors if you want to learn more.
The Museum houses personal wartime relics from a collection started in 1896 by Rockville’s Grand Army of the Republic Burpee Post #71. 2015 marks 150 years since the Civil War ended in 1865 and May 1, 2015, marked the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration & Cannon Firing at the State Capitol. Events will continue throughout the end of the year, as well. New England Civil War Museum, 14 Park Place, Vernon, CT 06066 860.870.3563 www. newenglandcivilwarmuseum.com
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HAPPENINGS, HELL R AISINGS, & JUST FUN
Outrun 38 is hosting the first annual Outrun Branford Half Marathon on Sunday, May 31, 2015.
Get ready to laugh when Tig Notaro comes to town and takes over New Haven @ THE COLLEGE STREET MUSIC HALL College Street, New Haven. For more info: manicproductions.org
The half marathon will consist of a running tour of the Town of Branford, including the historic Trolly Trail to the scenic coastline, and will cross the finish at the new Stony Creek Brewery.
The race features $200, $100, $50 prizes for top 3 male and female finishers, race shirts for pre-registered entrants, prizes for age group winners, pre and post-race food and beverage/
Half priced beer at STONY CREEK BREWERY & more. Race starts at 7:30 a.m., registration from 6-7 a.m., May 31 at Hammer Field. Prospect Street / Hopson Avenue / Meadow Street, Branford.
OutRUN 38 is a supportive community of athletes collectively logging miles to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Since April 2014, OutRUN 38 has grown to more than 5500 members representing the entire United States and 40 countries. For info: outrunbranford.com
The Madison Art Society 40th Annual Jury Art Exhibition. Over 80 works of art on display. May 4-29 at Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-399-6116, madisonartsocietyblogspot.com. Best in Show: Winters Glow By Judy Perry (pastel).
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u The Honey Dewdrops This local favorite rocks country, and will be comng to the Spaceland Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. 7:30 p.m., June 13. $25$15. 203-430-6020. For more info guitartownct.com 44 M AY 2015
ANTONY & CLEOPATRA Reason and judgment prove no match for the tsunami of mutual passion engulfing Mark Antony, one of the three joint rulers of the Roman republic, and Cleopatra, the seductive queen of Egypt.Â 7 p.m. May 21 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $20. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
B ‘Day for New Haven’s Favorite Spy
Peace Begins at Home The tools of non-violence for families Educator Joe Brummer leads a free workshop in non-violent communication for families. Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven. May 23, Sat. 2:00 - 5:00 PM at Mitchell Library 37 Harrison Street, New Haven.
Celebrate the 260th birthday of New Haven and Connecticut’s State Hero Nathan Hale. Farm boy, school teacher, soldier and of course – spy. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7 at Nathan Hale Homestead. 2299 South St., P.O. Box 760, Coventry. $10, ctlandmarks.org
u Put On Your Dancing Shoes Kevin Bacon Won’t Be There But You’ll Be Tapping The Floor Just The Same Inspired by the 1984 movie, Footloose is a story of American spirit. A carefree city teen, transplanted to a conservative rural town where rock ‘n’ roll and dancing are forbidden, takes on the authorities, makes all the right moves, and wins the girl. 7:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. May 14-June 14 at Seven Angels Theatre, 1 Plank Rd., Waterbury. $46-$31. 203-757-4676, sevenangelstheatre.org.
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Music When You’re A Jet....
he New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) will close the 2014 – 2015 Season with movie soundtracks that featured classical music at Cinematic Dances Thursday, May Guest violin 28 at 7:30pm at the Shubert soloist Bella Theater, Saturday, May 30 at 2:30 Hristova. pm at Hamden Middle School and Sunday, May 31 at 3:00pm at Shelton Intermediate School. Led by NHSO music director William Boughton, the program will include Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Bolero from Ten, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Disney’s Fantasia and Chaconne from The Red Violin, featuring guest Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco violin soloist Bella Hristova.
Summer in the ‘Hood
eighborhood Music School, one of the 10 largest community art schools in the country, has been hosting summer music, theater, and art programs for children and adults on Audubon Street for more than 30 years. Music classes and ensembles vary from Caribbean steel pan playing to woodwinds, guitar, jazz, and blues with many open to 13-adults. Through Audubon Arts, NMS offers summer theater enrichment programs culminating in stage productions. Additionally, the Twilight Tuesdays Summer Concert Series/Alfresco Dinner will begin July 21 and run through August 11. Dinner starts at 6:30, concert at 7:30. NMS recently hired Dan Gurvich as its new director. He’s a former singer and dancer and performed with the Boston Lyric Opera and the National Opera Company. He was most recently Chief Operating Officer of Person-to-Person, a multi-site emergency response social services agency in Fairfield County.
The Doobies @ The Hall
he newly renovated Palace Theater reopened as the College Street Music Hall. A legacy of great music will continue with The Doobie Brothers on May 24 at 7:30. 46 M AY 2015
Bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent, left and Chris Wuerth of GuitartownCT, singing together at the Unitarian Society Hall during a 2014 concert by Rhonda Vincent & The Rage. Rhonda often invites fans and/or promoters to come up on stage with her and sing.
Keeping The Bluegrass Beat
hris Wuerth, 62, is a Bluegrass musician who plays with the local band Ragweed, and is also a Bluegrass impresario. He describes his promotion company Guitar Town CT., somewhat tongue in cheek, but with a nod toward reality, we’re a “non-profit, although we don’t have a 501(c).” Visit at www.guitartownct.com. What’s the background of Guitar Town CT? I started it in 2008 because I wanted to bring top quality Bluegrass music to New Haven at that point. I decided to DO a concert, out of the blue, I had never [promoted] one before. I contacted one of the top names in bluegrass, Tony Rice, who is a hero of mine, and we did a concert at the Little Theater in New Haven in May, 2008. How have things gone since 2008? We subsequently moved to the Unitarian Society in Hamden, because the Little Theater closed for major renovations that took five years. We’ve been doing a lot of shows in the Spaceland Ballroom [in Hamden] which is part of the Outerspace complex. It’s pretty much all bluegrass, but we’ve had some other people like David Bromberg and Jesse Winchester. They call it Americana roots music; it’s all acoustic stuff. So how have things changed?
We’re coming up on our 54th concert and now the booking agents for these bands contact us. We have a reputation in the Bluegrass world, primarily in Nashville, which is the center of it. Bluegrass was kind of started by Bill Monroe back in the 40s, he had Earl Scruggs on banjo, and it was this hard driving music he had put together. There was quite a popular bluegrass scene in Connecticut back in the 70s and 80s. Believe it or not, it was a regional center of Bluegrass. There was a place called The Picking Parlor Restaurant on State Street in New Haven, which hosted all of the big names, including Bill Monroe. The scene began, but then music became very electric. About ten years
ago, it revived [in Connecticut] partly because of what we’re doing, but there seems to be a national movement back to acoustic music and away from heavily produced electric music. Bluegrass is undergoing a whole new craze of popularity. What’s coming up? We have a concert on June 13 called the Honey Dewdrops, they’ve played here a few times before. They’re a husband and wife team and they perform beautiful original songs, they’re very popular around the area. On September 19th, we have the legendary J.D. Crow and the New South. He is one of the big, big names in bluegrass. In November, we have Tim O’Brien who is another big name in the bluegrass world as well. What do you think of the music scene in the New Haven area and Connecticut generally? Just since we’ve been doing our concerts, there has been a big resurgence in new Connecticut music venues. Infinity Hall in Hartford, The Fairfield Theater Company, the Katherine Hepburn Theater. A lot of these venues are doing acoustic and Bluegrass music, along with classic rock and other stuff, it’s a mixed blessing [because of competition] to have a lot of bluegrass music going on. In past years, there has been more local music than there is now, but the local music scene is thriving, the Outerspace, and Café Nine, the Palace Theater reopened, as did the College Street Music Hall. That [the Palace closing] was a big loss when that went out, because they produced a lot of great music there. We’re all battling against the iPhone and instant music. It has reduced the live audience, because you can hear it [and see] on your big screen TV. The acts, however, are depending more on live shows because they are not making as much from cds and downloads, artists that weren’t touring are on the road again. It’s a changing scene. I don’t know where it’s heading, but I think it’s pretty healthy now in Connecticut and New Haven. NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
If You Promote It, They Will Come Manic Productions Presents Variety at Music Venues Across Greater New Haven
ocal Production Company Manic Productions is putting shows on that you want to go to—if you’re cool. A not-for-profit booking and promotions agency, Manic Productions is an entity of humble beginnings. Owner/Operator Mark Nussbaum, putting shows together for almost fifteen years, started out booking shows in Masonic lodges and VFW halls, attracting a modest following of high school students. Eventually, he booked shows at The Space, his first official “venue,” around 2003, and from there, started doing shows at Café 9, and then Bar in January 2011.
How About Some Irish Jam
he Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society, is an all-volunteer organization that runs a concert series funded with proceeds from shows performed by the Shamrogues, a volunteer traditional Irish music troupe that accepts bookings around the region. For info and a calendar www.shamrockirishmusic.org
Although working with national acts at this stage, Manic is still focused on local talent, local bands, and the underground music scene. Nussbaum, who books at venues across greater New Haven, is teaming up with Premier Concerts to book shows at the recently re-opened College Street Music Hall. For almost ten years, Nussbaum wanted to book The Decemberists, but there just wasn’t an adequate venue, until now. He says “it was important for bands to be able to play New Haven because great events were happening throughout the state, but now there is a place in New Haven, where there are a bunch of colleges and easy access from the train station. It’s the cultural hub of Connecticut, it’s where people want to come.” Manic, which books in mulitple venues, will be bringing Kayo Dot, the avant garde metal band to BAR on Crown Street in New Haven on May 20, Doors Open at 9:00 pm.
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Upcoming in the 2015 concert series is a performance on May 30 at Tressler’s Barn in Easton by Paddy Keenan and Jimmy Noonan. Keenan (pipes) of the duo, born in Ireland is the son and grandson of uilleann pipers, took up the pipes at the age of ten, playing his first major concert at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, when he was 14. Noonan (flute), born in Cleveland, has played Irish traditional music for over thirty-five years, and has been teaching Irish music in the US and Canada for over fifteen years. He has taught at Boston College since 1996.
or weekly jam sessions of traditional Irish music, you can always head to The Playwright in Hamden on a Sunday afternoon after 4 pm or a Tuesday evening after 8 pm, and bring an instrument if you want to play along.
They’ve had as many as 25 jammers with a variety of instruments turn up to churn out some tunes, and even vocalists and jiggers participate occasionally. This isn’t just a community jam, however, international greats like Damien Connolly and John Whelan have been known to come out for a jam.
For latest calendar information call 203.432.5062 or visit ism.yale.edu new haven
CALENDAR BELLES LETTRES
Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $35-$38. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org.
One summer, Melissa Cistaro’s mother drove off without explanation. Devastated, Melissa and her brothers were left to pick up the pieces, always tormented by the thought: Why did their mother abandon them? Haunting yet ultimately uplifting, Pieces of My Mother chronicles one woman’s quest to discover what drives a mother to walk away from the children she loves. 5 p.m. May 16 at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. 203-245-3959, rjjulia.com.
Environmental Film and Discussion, How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? Sponsored by CONNFACT & Environmental Ministry Team, United Church of Christ. May 18 Monday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Mitchell Library.
Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K Run/Walk comes to Connecticut for the fourth year at Bluff Point State Park in Groton and welcomes runners and walkers (competitive and leisure) of all ages and anyone with a patriotic spirit who wants to show support for the troops and veterans who have served our country. Race starts at 9a.m., registration at 7:30 a.m., May 16 at Bluff Point State Park, Depot Rd., Groton. $35-30, 757-515-6538,
Hug Your Customers: The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results The only way to stay in business is with loyal customers, and Jack Mitchell and the Mitchell team knows how to attract them, and how to keep them. 7 p.m. May 28 at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. 203-245-3959, rjjulia.com.
COMEDY Tig Notaro, 9:00 p.m. May 30 at College Street Music Hall, 238 College Street, New Haven collegestreetmusichall.com James Goff, 8:00 p.m. May 15-16 at Jokers Wild Comedy Club, 232 Wooster Street, New Haven jokerswildclub.com
Garrison Keillor, acclaimed storyteller, humorist, and host of public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, gives a solo performance that includes hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest. 7:30 p.m. May 17 at John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, 501 Crescent St., New Haven. $55-$35. 203-392-6154, tickets.southernct.edu.
Books-In-A-Nook Listen to stories read in a quiet corner of the children’s room. Community volunteers will read to you from brand new books and the library’s special story collection. For children of all ages. No registration needed. 11 a.m. Wednesdays through May 27 at Guilford Library, 67 Park St., Guilford. Free. 203453-8282, guilfordfreelibrary.org.
Outspokin’ Ride a casually-paced destination oriented ride, leaving each week from Lulu’s Coffee Shop on Cottage St. in New Haven. Occasional extended adventures involving train trips or overnight stays--always an adventure! 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 31 at Lulu’s Coffee, 49 Cottage St., New Haven, 203-773-9288, elmcitycycling.org.
Coming Clean Kimberly Rae Miller is an immaculately puttogether woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a beautifully tidy apartment in Brooklyn. You would never guess that behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house hid teetering stacks of aging newspaper, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room -- the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. Miller sheds light on her complicated yet loving relationship with her parents. 7 p.m. June 1 at Miller Memorial Central Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. Free. 203287-2682, hamdenlibrary.org.
Thursday Night Medium-pace Ride Thursday evenings from spring to fall. 16-18 mph pace, some hills. 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m June 4 at Café Romeo, 534 Orange St., New Haven, 203-773-9288, elmcitycycling.org.
Lulu Ride One of New Haven’s longest-running and bestknown weekly rides. The usual route is about 60 miles, through the hills to the north of New Haven before coming back down to the shore and returning to the city from the east. There’s an option for a shorter, +/- 30 mile route as well. Training pace, generally 16-18 mph. The Lulu ride is on year-round. 10a.m.2p.m. May 17 at Lulu’s Coffee, 49 Cottage St., New Haven, 203-7739288, elmcitycycling.org.
Devil’s Gear Bike Shop Tuesday Night Shop Ride a road ride averaging 15-17 mph, no drop. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. June 2 at The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop, 151 Orange St., New Haven, 203-773-9288, elmcitycycling.org.
From authors Jodi Picoult and her daughter and coauthor, Samantha van Leer, comes Off The Page, a YA novel of humor, adventure, and magical relationships. In which a young girl, Delilah, wishes a fairytale price into being, Oliver, but then must get a ringer, Edgar, to take his place in the fairytale. It gets complicated! 6 p.m. May 19 at First Congregational Church, 26 Meetinghouse Ln., Madison. $20. 203-245-3959, rjjulia.com.
Hamden Road Race, with all proceeds from the race donated to the Town of Hamden’s Community Services Department Camp Scholarship Fund, will include a 5k run, a 1k Kids Fun Run, Health & Wellness Expo, Food Trucks and activities. This fund helps families with financial need afford the cost of summer camp for their children. 8:30 a.m. June 6 at Town Center Park, 2623 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. $25-$10, teammossman.com/ events_hamdenrr.html The inaugural John Liquori Memorial 5K celebrates the life of North Haven resident, John Liquori. On July 16, 2014 John was tragically hit by a drunk driver while out running and died a few days later. Proceeds from the event will benefit the John Liquiori Memorial Fund. The 5K course is scenic flat course through North Haven’s Grove neighborhood. The race starts and finishes at Vanacore Field at North Haven Middle School, 55 Bailey Road. Runners and walkers are encouraged to participate. 5k starts at 9 a.m., registration starts at 8 a.m. June 7 at Vanacore Field, 55 Bailey Rd., North Haven. Raise $100 for more for John Liquori Memorial Fund and receive a complimentary race entry, jbsports.com/?page_id=6322
Brunch at the Barn a fundraiser event to save the Big Barn. Brunch, prepared with Farmers’ Market products, will be served at the Munger Barn. 11 a.m. May 31 at The Dudley Farm, 2351 Durham Rd., Guilford. $40. 203-457-0770, dudleyfarm.com.
John Sayles Film Festival Screening and Talk featuring the work of John Sayles concludes with a screening of “The Brother from Another Planet” followed by a talk by John Sayles. “The Brother from Another Planet is an observant, dryly comic, sci-fi gem…featuring director John Sayles’ trademark humanity and an expressive performance from Joe Morton. 6:30 p.m. May 18 at Guilford Library, 67 Park St., Guilford. Free. 203-453-8282, guilfordfreelibrary.org.
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OutRUN Branford Half Marathon-- Outrun 38 is hosting the first annual Outrun Branford Half Marathon on Sunday, May 31, 2015. The half marathon will consist of a running tour of the Town of Branford, including the historic Trolly Trail to the scenic coastline, and will cross the finish at the new Stony Creek Brewery. The race features $200, $100, $50 prizes for top 3 male and female finishers, race shirts for pre-registered entrants, prizes for age group winners, pre and post-race food and beverage, half priced beer at Stony Creek Brewery and more. Race starts at 7:30 a.m., registration from 6-7 a.m., May 31 at Hammer Field, Prospect Street / Hopson Avenue / Meadow Street, Branford, outrun38.org
With a career spanning over 30 years, Chris has starred in over 25 feature films and television series on all the major networks, but this June he comes to the Kate in a tribute to his dad, Jack Lemmon, in his critically acclaimed show “A Twist of Lemmon,” a heart-warming exploration of his unique, yet universal, father/son story, couched in the lore of the golden age of Hollywood, as told by Chris in the voice of his father, one of the most beloved actors of all times. 8 p.m. June 20 at Katherine
The 4th Annual Hamden Hills Half Marathon and 5K takes runners through the back country of Hamden and then along the Rail-Trail for the final 2 miles. One of the top 2 toughest Half Marathons in CT. The 5K is brand new this year and is 100% on the rail-trail. Chip timed, Custom Finisher Medals for the Half Marathon, Short Sleeve Race Shirts and SUBWAY is providing the post-race food. 8 a.m. May 30 at Sherman Ave., Canal Rail-Trail Lot, Hamden. $70-$35, shorelinesharks.com/Events/ HamdenHills.htm
Craft Beer Dinner 4-8 p.m. June 28 at Chamard Vineyards, 115 Cow Hill Rd., Clinton. $75. 860-339-5690, chamard.com. On9 First Fridays. Historic 9th Square in New Haven offers First Friday events with a different theme each Friday night. First Friday June will feature the annual cornhole tournament on Orange Street and the Women’s World Cup Village in Pitkin Plaza. Registration for the tournament will be open to 32 teams. 6-8p.m. June 5 on 9th Square, New Haven, www.on9newhaven. com.
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p.m. May 26 at the Center at Pomfret, 189 Pomfret St., Pomfret Center, registration limited to 15, ctaudubon.org. Is This Place Haunted? Is the Joshua Hempsted House Haunted? Ghost hunters will be doing research in the 1678 house – the oldest in New London. 5p.m.-6p.m. May 15 at Hempsted Houses, 11 Hempsted St., New London. $10, $8 for CTL members, ctlandmarks.org. 1 Saturday Attic Tours. On the first Saturday of each month, Jack Cown will lead guests on a rare, behind-the-scenes look of the Phelps’ servant & attic spaces. View objects & collections from the 18th-early 20th century. 1:30p.m.-3:30p.m. June 6 at Phelps-Hathaway House & Garden 55 S. Main St., Suffield. $10, ctlandmarks.org. st
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MIND BODY & SOUL Yoga in the Park Karma Yoga taught by Lyn H. Baumgartner, certified yoga teacher. 9 a.m. every Sat. May-June no class June 6, 27 at Town Center Park Pavillion, 2761 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. For donation to the Hamden Food Bank, non-perishable food items accepted, Hamden.com The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is again offering gardening classes led by sought after Darien-based landscaper, Sara McCool of Ungemack McCool Landscape Associates. Sara, who has taught at the YW for years, returns to teach Landscape Design, Pruning/Green Garden, and Perennial Garden in April and May. 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 p.m. Through May 29 at YWCA Darien/Norwalk, 49 Old Kings Hway. N., Darien. $25-$125, ywcadariennorwalk.org.
Natural History Nathan Hale’s Birthday Come & celebrate the 260th birthday of Connecticut’s State Hero Nathan Hale: farm boy, school teacher, & soldier/spy. Enjoy special activities & birthday treats! 11a.m.-4p.m. June 7 at Nathan Hale Homestead 2299 South St., P.O. Box 760, Coventry. $10, ctlandmarks.org Fifth Annual 20 Warbler Day 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. May 15 at the Center at Pomfret, 189 Promfret St., Pomfret Center, ctaudubon.org. Master Naturalist Training Learn more about the natural sciences and volunteer with the Center at Pomfret. 8 a.m.-12
Connecticut Trails Weekend Visit the Butler-McCook Garden & its small woodlands trail that was recently updated by the West Hartford Garden Club. Also take a look at the McCooks’ Victorian Bicycles that were used by the McCook children in the late 1800’s.Part of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s CT Trails Day. Garden tour free; regular admission applies for house tour. 12p.m.-4p.m. June 6 at Butler-McCook House & Garden 396 Main St., Hartford. $10, ctlandsmarks.org.
FAMILY EVENTS Fairy Festival Calling all fairies, elves, gnomes, pixies, leprechauns, woodland & mystical creatures! Enjoy tea with a fairy godmother, stroll along the woodland walk & build a fairy house, or create your own fairy house at home & enter the contest. Festival will have vendors, art activities, free pony rides, parade, and prizes awarded at the end of the day. Registration required for fairy house contest. 10a.m.-5p.m. May 16th at the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden 9 Main St. N., Bethlehem. $25 families, $10 adults, $8 children 6-12, under 6 free. $2 off admission for anyone dressed as a fairy or other magical creature, ctlandmarks.org. Peace Begins at Home, The tools of non-violence for families. Educator Joe Brummer leads a free workshop in non-violent communication for families. Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven. May 23 Saturday 2:00 - 5:00 PM at Mitchell Library 37 Harrison Stret, New Haven.
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Guys and Dolls. The bet of a lifetime puts a hardboiled gambler in the arms of a Save-a-Soul mission worker in the neon-kissed valentine to the saints and sinners of New York. The alleys echo with the swinging sound of “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” “If I Were a Bell” and more. Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser. Don Stephenson directs. Through June 20 at Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam. $79-$64. 860-873-8668, goodspeed.org. CT Dance Theatre & The Arts 2015 Recital Join Owner/ Director Nefra Wihbey and the Connecticut Dance Theatre & The Arts students for their annual recital at the Palace Theater. Guests will enjoy an evening full of song, dance, and musical entertainment. 6 p.m. May 16 at Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. $25. 203-346-2000, palacetheaterct.org. Antony & Cleopatra Reason and judgment prove no match for the tsunami of mutual passion engulfing Mark Antony, one of the three joint rulers of the Roman republic, and Cleopatra, the seductive queen of Egypt. 7 p.m. May 21 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $20. 860-5100473, katharinehepburntheater.org. Edith Wilson finds herself a woman in a man’s world when she marries President Woodrow Wilson. When Wilson falls ill, Edith, with effortless ease, maneuvers her way around the White House, outsmarting the men who would derail her beloved Woodrow’s dream of world peace. Yet, will her unstinting devotion be their downfall? The Second Mrs. Wilson is the stylish and romantic recounting of the real life account of a woman who became the de facto president of the United States. May 6-31 at Long Warf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven. $79-$30. 203-787-4282, longwharf.org. Connecticut Lyric Opera presents the first opera to reveal Puccini’s true genius, La Boheme relates the loves and trials of a group of impoverished artists in mid-19th-century Paris. Straddling the divide between comedy and tragedy. Friday ay 15, 7:30 pm at the Garde Arts Center, 325 State Stret, New London 860.444.7373 gardeartsorg
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Through a seemingly unrelated collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection. 2 & 7:30 p.m. Wed., 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 3 & 8 p.m. Sat., 2 & 6:30 p.m. Sun. May 7-30 at the Norma Terris Theatre, 33 N. Main St., Chester. $45. 860-873-8668, goodspeed.org.
Inspired by the 1984 movie, Footloose is a story of American spirit. A carefree city teen, transplanted to a conservative rural town where rock ‘n’ roll and dancing are forbidden, takes on the authorities, makes all the right moves, and wins the girl. 7:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. May 14-June 14 at Seven Angels Theatre, 1 Plank Rd., Waterbury. $46-$31. 203-757-4676, sevenangelstheatre.org. The Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, MATILDA has won 47 international awards. May 16-23 at Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. $119-$55. 203-562-5666, shubert.com. All About Elvis-- This celebration of The King of Rock ‘n Roll starts off with a screening of 200 CADILLACS, the 60-minute documentary film conceived and co-produced by Rex Fowler (of the acoustic duo Aztec Two-Step). Immediately following the film, Rex leads a question & answer session, and then takes the stage with The Rockabilly Kings for a concert of early Elvis classics. 8 p.m. June 5 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $28. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org.
Neil Bartram and Brian Hills, the Theory of Relativity is a joyful, youthful musical exlposion, at the Goodspeed through May 30.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. June 11-14 at Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. $72.25-$108.25. 203562-5666, Shubert.com.
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MUSIC Gallery, 130 Elm St., Cheshire. $10. 203-439-9161, thefunkymonkeycafe.com. Seth Adam, Country/Americana. 7:00 p.m. May 22 at the Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Cheshire. $7. 203-439-9161, thefunkymonkeycafe.com John E. Neon folk, funk, originals. 7:00 p.m. May 23 at the Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Cheshire. $5. 203-439-9161, thefunkymonkeycafe.com Sunday brunch on the Courtyard with Jake Shane. Noon-3:00 p.m. May 24 at the Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Cheshire. $10. 203-439-9161, thefunkymonkeycafe.com The Feelies. 9:00 p.m. May 15 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $2022. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net
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MUSIC The Bog Trotters and Sugaze. 7:00-10:00 p.m. May 15 at the Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Cheshire. $10. 203-439-9161, thefunkymonkeycafe.com.
Kate Callahan. 7:00 p.m. May 16 at the Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Cheshire. $10. 203-439-9161, thefunkymonkeycafe.com. Bossa Nova Jazz Brunch featuring Laura Volpintesta & Joe Carter Duo. 12-3p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Funky Monkey Café &
Johnnys Rawls, Dave Keller, The Mighty Soul Drivers. 7:30 p.m. May 16 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $1520. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net Ebin-Rose Trio-- Presently The Ebin-Rose Trio is in the studio recording “Wind Pictures” an EP focusing on Celtic and Arabic influences. 7:30 p.m. June 6th at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $15. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. “Bach in a Barn”- the Haven String Quartet performs the music of J. S. Bach among
sculpture installations by artist Susan Clinard. Proceeds will benefit the Eli Whitney Museum Scholarships for the children of IRIS and Music Haven’s High School Fellowship. 7 p.m. May 30 at Eli Whitney Barn, 916 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Suggested $20 donation. 203-0745-9030, musichavenct.org. Victor Roland, lead guitarist for heavy metal band Nasty Disaster as Ian McRok, will perform hard rock and acoustic tunes in a Café Nine show. Find him 5-7p.m. May 15 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. FREE. 203789-8281, cafenine.com. The famed Leo Kottke, will rock and tell stories on Sunady May 17, at 7:30 pm at the Infiinty Norflolk 20 Greenwoods Road, Norfolk, 860.542.5331 infinityhall.com Falling in Reverse-Ronnie Radke’s Three Ring Circus performs. 7:30 p.m. May 12 at the Dome at Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $33. 203-265-1501, oakdale.com. The Smithereens a rockin Jersey band will blast throuh their biggest hit on May 22 8:00 PM at the Infiinty Norflolk 20 Greenwoods Road, Norfolk, 860.542.5331 infinityhall.com Crosby, Stills and Nash performs. 7:30 p.m. May 20 at the Dome at Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $55-$113. 203265-1501, oakdale.com
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18 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $10. 203-789-8281, cafenine.com. Celtic Tenors have performed with symphony orchestras all over the world and continue to “re-invent the whole tenor idiom” by pioneering a new style of “cool” while breaking the traditional stuffy tenor mold. 7:30 p.m. May 13 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $67. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org.
The Kingston Trio scheduled a second American folk music show after the first show sold out at the Katherine Hepburn Theater. 7 p.m. May 18 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $65. 860510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org.
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The Doobie Brothers perform. 7:30 p.m. May 24 at College Street Music Hall, 238 College Street, New Haven $60-275. Collegestreetmusichall.com
Brentano String Quartet performs as part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series. 7:30 p.m. May 13 at Morse Recital Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven. $13-$36. 203-432-4158, music.yale. edu/concerts
Dr. Joe & Friends-- It’s a Kate tradition and a jazz lover’s treat when Dr. Joe takes the stage with his daughter Elise and some of the area’s top professional musicians. 8 p.m. June 6 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $25. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org.
Jazz legend Diane Schuur with several Grammy nominationsunder her belt will be featured in aa Sunday night showcase on Sunady May 17, at the Infinity Music Theater, 32 Front Street Hartford, 860.560.7757 infinityhall.com
Jazz Jam Session featuring George Baker Band, the hottest Jazz Jam in New Haven. Come down and sit in with the band or just sit and listen to the musical magic unfold. 4:307:30 p.m. at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. FREE. 203-789-8281, cafenine.com.
The newley renvoated Palace Theater reopened as the College Street Music Hall. 238 College street, New Haven will continue a legacy of great music with The Doobie Brothers on May 24 at 7:30. collegestreetmusichall.com
The Garcia Project faithfully channels and projects the feelings, emotions and music that propelled the Jerry Garcia Band and the fans through many years of musical bliss. Door open at 8 p.m., starts at 8:30 p.m. May 29 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $15. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net.
Yale Symphony Orchestra performs Yale Symphony Orchestra Commencement Concert. 6:00 p.m. May 15 at Battell Chapel, 400 College Street, New Haven. Free. music.yale.edu/ concerts
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Yale Glee Club Commencement Concert. 8:00 p.m. May 16 at Morse Recital Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven. $10-$12. 203-4324158, music.yale.edu/concerts Yale School of Music Commencement Concert. 4:00 p.m. May 17 at Morse Recital Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven. Free. 203-4324158, music.yale.edu/concerts Yale Bands Twilight Concert. 7:00 p.m. May 17 at Old Campus, New Haven. Free. 203-432-4158, music.yale.edu/concerts MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Rock and Roll›s best kept secret... revealed, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. June 11-14 at Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. $72.25-$108.25. 203-562-5666, Shubert.com. The Honey Dewdrops, a duo defined as tangled country, performs at Spaceland Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. 7:30 p.m., June 13. $25-$15. 203-430-6020, guitartownct.com Woody Pines, performers of new folk, integrate sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, from Woodie Guthrie to Preservation Hall. Doors open at 7p.m., show starts at 8p.m., May
Cinematic Dances. New Haven Symphony Orchestra concert with silver screen themes. 7:30-9:30 p.m. May 28 at The Shubert Theater 247 College St., New Haven and 2:30-4:30 p.m. May 30 at Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium at Hamden Middle School, 2623 Dixwell Ave., Hamden and 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Blvd, Shelton $15-74. 203-865-0831, newhavensymphony.org Marywood University Chamberwood Singers: Reincarnations. 7:30-9:00 p.m. May 20 at Marquand Chapel, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven. Free. 203-432-5062, ism.yale.edu Dana Lauren: Summer Jazz Series. 8:00 p.m. May 15 at The Palace Theater, April 10 at Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. $22. 203346-2000, palacetheaterct.org
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ART Many Facets. An exhibition of paintings by Judy Friday. May 9 June 6 at The Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme St, Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues-Sat. Free. 860-4340-8807. Cooleygallery.com. Susan Powell Gallery presents Luminous Harmonies, by artist David Dunlop. May 15-June 14 at Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Open 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Sat. Free. 203-318-0616, susanpowellfineart.com. The Lyme Art Association’s most accomplished artists are represented in the 94th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition. Through June 5 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-434-7802, lymeartassociation.org Artist Talk: A Body in Fukushima. Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake of Eiko & Koma, Visiting Artist in the Dance Department and the College of East Asian Studies, and photographer William Johnston, Professor of History and East Asian Studies, both at Wesleyan, will speak about their collaboration for the photography exhibition Photographs and video from the exhibition are on view in the South Gallery of Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, and the College for East Asian Studies Gallery at the Mansfield Freeman Center. May 23, at CFA Hall, 45 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. Open at 11:00 a.m. Free. 860-685-2000, Wesleyan.edu/cfa. Thesis Art Exhibition. Class of 2015’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program showcase curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. 2:00 p.m. May 23 at Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Free. Wesleyan.edu/cfa Wesleyan Potters Invited Faculty, Past and Present Show. Through May 17 at Wesleyan Potters, 350 S. Main St., Middletown. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed., Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Free 860-344-0039, wesleyanpotters.com. Future Heirlooms – A Member’s Show. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. May 20 Gala Opening at Wesleyan Potters, 350 S. Main St., Middletown. May 20-July 12 exhibit. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed., Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Free 860-3440039, wesleyanpotters.com. Incipient Speciation. A new exhibit at Kehler Liddell Gallery, featuring photographer Rod Cook and sculptor Gar Waterman, allows Cook’s photography and Waterman’s sculpture to participate in a long history of artists interpreting nature and the human figure. Through April 30-May 31 at Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven. Open 11a.m.-4p.m. Thurs. – Fri., 10-4p.m. Sat. – Sun. Free. 203-389-9555, kehlerliddell.com From Clocks to Lollipops: Made in New Haven. From the Colonial era to the present day, New Haven has produced an astonishing variety of goods including hardware, carriages, automobile parts and accessories, firearms, corsets, clocks, carpeting, rubber overshoes, clothing, musical instruments, silver-plated wares, and candy ─ just to name a few! Items from the New Haven Museum’s collections are featured in this look at the production of consumer goods in New Haven, both handmade and factory made, over the past three hundred plus years. Through May 30 at New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat., newhavenmuseum.org. The exhibition Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace, is organized by the Hudson River Museum and is the first major retrospective of New Haven artist Winfred Rembert, whose art on leather conveys his compelling personal narrative of joy and struggle during the tumultuous moments of the American Civil Rights Movement. Through June 21 at New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat., newhavenmuseum.org. An Artist at War: Deane Keller, New Haven’s Monuments Man-- The Fine Arts and Archives (MFAA) section of the military, known as the Monuments Men during WWII, included Deane Keller, a painter and professor of art at Yale University. The exhibition features paintings and drawings by Keller, as well as photographic reproductions of material he collected while serving as a Monuments Man in Italy. Today, his public
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All the Sea Knows, an exhibition at the Florence Griswold Museum of approximately 40 highlights from the Museum of the City of New York’s renowned marine art collection June 6 - Sep. 20
works can be seen throughout New Haven—in City Hall, in the headquarters of the Knights of Columbus and the Fusco Corporation, in Sterling Memorial Library and elsewhere around Yale University. Through June 20 at New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat., newhavenmuseum.org. Reynolds Fine Art hosts a collaboration between Barry Svigals and Robert Reynolds of a series of mixed-media abstract works to be reproduced onto metal and canvas. Barry Svigals, FAIA, artist and architect, is the founder and Managing Partner of Svigals + Partners, an architectural design firm in New Haven. Robert Reynolds is an artist and the owner of Reynolds Fine Art gallery in New Haven. June 5 – July 31 at Reynolds Fine Art, 96 Orange St., New Haven. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 11a.m.-6p.m. Fri., 11a.m.-5p.m. Sat. Free. 203-4982200, reynoldsfineart.com. All the Sea Knows, an exhibition at the Florence Griswold Museum of approximately 40 highlights from the Museum of the City of New York’s renowned marine art collection, reveals the diverse ways the sea has been depicted in American art.
Pieces by James Bard, James Edward Buttersworth, Thomas Chambers, Fitz Henry Lane, and Edward Moran capture the excitement of the age of sail and steam in works that range from folk art gems, to Hudson River School panoramas, to moody Tonalist contemplations of man and sea. Through June 6- Sep. 20 at Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5p.m. Sun. $10. 860-434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum.org. Whistler in Paris, London and Venice. This exhibition—the first at the Yale University Art Gallery dedicated to James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)—examines the biography and artistic development of one of the most celebrated artists of the 19th century through the lens of three of his earliest and arguably most innovative sets of etchings, the so-called French, Thames, and Venice Sets. Through July 19 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10a.m.-5p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8p.m. Thurs.) 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu Beth Lipman’s Aspects of (American) Life. The latest addition to the New Britain Museum of American Art’s Appropriation NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
noon-4 p.m. daily except Mon. Free. 860-6853355, wesleyan.edu/cfa.
& Inspiration series, this installation relates directly to Thomas Hart Benton’s epic murals The Art of Life in America. Borrowing objects depicted in the murals, Lipman creates a monumental three-dimensional still-life sculpture from clear glass as a meditation on the good fortunes of wealth and prosperity as well as the misfortunes that ensue from their abuse. 2:30 p.m. May 14 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org. Six Summit Gallery presents “Ivoryton to Africa”- a diverse show promoting an anti ivory, anti-poaching campaign and featuring rhodium coated Hippos, bronze elephants, wooden Slippers, and lucite birds. Work by local artist and architect Frances Maravelea connects and interprets Salvador Dalí (19041989) etchings with abstract contemporary renderings. Portions of proceeds of sales will benefit African Wildlife Foundation. More work can also be viewed at Chamard Vineyards. Through May 31 at Six Summit Gallery, 6 Summit St., Ivoryton. Open 11 a.m. - 5p.m. Wed., 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Fri., noon- 4p.m. Sun. FREE. 860-581-8332, sixsummitgallery.com. Brick 10th Anniversary Screening--Treasures from the Yale Film Archive. Brick, the debut feature from director Rian Johnson, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a high school student delving into the dark side of his California suburb on a search for his missing exgirlfriend. The neo-noir thriller won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. 35mm print from the Yale Film Study Center collection. (Film Study Center, courtesy of Paul L. Joskow; and Films at the Whitney.) 7 p.m. May 13 at Whitney Humanities Center, 52 Wall St., New Haven. 203432-0670, whc.yale.edu/events. AFRICA IS ME! Celebrating the roots, history and rich culture of African Americans. Featuring: African Drum Circle, African Dance and Song, African Arts and Crafts, and African Storytelling. Snacks provided. May 30 Saturday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, at Stetson Library Katherine Bradford Life Boats with works by Becky Yazdan. May 1-June 13 at Fred Giampietro Gallery, 1064 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Sat. Free. 203-777-7760, giampietrogallery.com.
Teapots, Vessels, Flagons & Flasks. A juried exhibition of pourable containers made by contemporary American Artists. May 15-June 14 at Mill Gallery, Guilford Art Center. sculpture and video. This depiction is articulated by film theorist Tom Gunning, in his essay “Gollum and Golem: Special Effects and the Technology of Artificial Bodies.” Opening Reception May 15. May 15-July 3 at Artspace, 50 Orange St., New Haven. Open noon6 p.m. Wed. & Thur., noon-8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. Free. 203-772-2709, artspacenh.org.
p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. $12. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org.
Natural Science Illustration and Painting, featuring works by local and regional fine artists and artisans. Opening Reception 6:309:00 p.m. May 22. May 22-July 12 ßat Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook. Open 11 a.m.6 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 860663-5593, spectrumartgallery.org
In Queer Migrations: Family, Identity, and Place. Photographs by Sunil Gupta which explores issues of cultural displacement or transposition, investigating the theme of individual identity as it exists within the broader context of social mores and conventions. Two pivotal bodies of photographs, “Homelands” (2001-2003) and “Mr. Malhotra’s Party” (2007-), are featured. Through May 20 at Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., New Haven. Open 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Mon. & Wed. Free. 203-432-0670, yale.edu/whc/ GalleryAtTheWhitney/current.html.
Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery and Mastery features works that display a mastery of the highly realistic, trompe l’oeil technique in curious compositions of currency, letters and other symbolic items that make reference to political, economic and social issues facing America, and Otis Kaye personally, during the first half of the twentieth-century. Through May 20 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-5
Personal Recollections: Gifts from Robert Dannin and Jolie Stahl. Inspired by anthropological theories of gift-giving, Jolie Stahl and Robert Dannin recently donated a collection of 69 prints, photographs, and multiples to the Davison Art Center, which includes artwork from New York in the 1980s and 1990s, and iconic news photographs from the Magnum Photos cooperative. Through May 24 at Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Davison Art Center, 301 High St., Middletown. Open
The Madison Art Society 40th Annual Jury Art Exhibition. Over 80 works of art on display. May 4-29 at Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-399-6116, madisonartsocietyblogspot.com. Teapots, Vessels, Flagons & Flasks. A juried exhibition of pourable containers made by contemporary American Artists. May 15-June 14 at Mill Gallery, Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St., Guilford. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. noon-4 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-453-5947, guilfordartcenter.org. Susan Newbold-Kaleidiscape, paintings, drawings and prints. Through May 31, Artist Talk at 3:00 p.m., May 31 at City Gallery, 994 State St., New Haven. Open noon-4 p.m. Thurs.Sun. Free. 203-782-2489, city-gallery.org. Gollum: Monsters of Ruin and the TechnoSublime, exhibition of photography, paint,
Check out Katherine Bradford’s Life Boats at the Fred Giampietro Galley, New Haven, through June 13.
Abstract works by Sara Abalan. Abalan’s work addresses urban sensations that inspire deeper meditations. Her process of layering, mark-making, and building of surfaces in her paintings and drawings is an intuitive attempt to chronicle the events, encounters, and fleeting moments that punctuate her life in New York City. Fluctuations of sound and light, intonation of language, compression of space, and cultural extremism inform each layer. The exposed sections of early layers serve as the memory of a previous moment, and all of the individual episodes contribute to the final layer. The result is a time-lapsed narrative that aims to capture the nature of urbanism, and, as Abalan confesses, “just how overwhelming it can be.” Through May 30 at Reynolds Fine Art, 96 Orange St., New Haven. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Free. 203-498-2200, reynoldsfineart.com. Peter Halley: Big Paintings is a focused look of the artist’s most monumental paintings spanning his career from the 1980s to the present day. Since developing his iconic style in the early 1980s, Halley has worked at the forefront of a group of artists reinvigorating American abstraction with a critical lens focused on contemporary culture. Organized by the Museum’s assistant curator Benjamin Colman, this exhibition of nine monumental paintings highlights the evolution of Halley’s bold style and the sophistication of his ideas. The exhibit is divided chronologically into three sections examining clusters of works made as the artist used his iconoclastic touch to transform the geometric abstraction of earlier generations of modern American painters into postmodern diagrams of contemporary culture. Through May 31 at Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $10. 860-434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum.org. Karl Lund’s exhibition, Angry Robots Liquefied My Brain, features narrative paintings that depict a world where robots fight giant squids and exterminate countless enemies with powerful laser beams. Through May 31 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. $12. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org. The first major collaborative exhibition between the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860 comprises paintings, sculptures, medals, watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs by such iconic artists as William Blake, Théodore Géricault, Francisco de Goya, and Joseph Mallord William Turner. The broad range of work selected challenges the traditional notion of the Romantic artist as a brooding genius given to introversion and fantasy. Instead, the exhibition’s eight thematic sections juxtapose arresting works that reveal the Romantics as attentive explorers of their natural and cultural worlds. Through July 26 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.) 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-4320600, artgallery.yale.edu.
symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. He contends that IBS, food sensitivity and Celiac’s may not necessarily be more prevalent, but we’re definitely more aware of it. Another culprit may actually be the preservatives and additives most foods contain. Dr. Antonetti suggested I might not feel as sick on my trip to Italy, where I planned to eat four pounds of pasta for breakfast, because it’s a country that tends to use fresher ingredients that aren’t made to sit on shelves for years to resist spoiling. While research is still inconclusive, the elimination of those chemicals from one’s diet seems to also significantly reduce the unpleasant symptoms of IBS and other digestive issues, according to Dr. Antonetti.
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gluten: /gloot:n/ a general name for the proteins found in wheat (durum, emmer, spelt, farina, farro, wheat, and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together.
hether you’re a celiac, glutenintolerant, eat only FODMAP friendly (we’ll get to that), or have simply decided that a healthy diet does not contain refined carbohydrates such as gluten, you’ve probably annoyed people while ordering food at a restaurant. Maybe you went to dinner with a friend who anxiously poked around the bread basket, looking for a rock-like nugget sure to be a gluten-free dinner roll or hemmed and hawed at the menu, ostensibly settling on a rice dish in lieu of pasta—or worse, a salad. Gluten-free is everywhere these days and if you’re not eating
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gluten-free, you’re probably at least making fun of gluten-free. My nightmare began about two years ago when my doctor recommended I follow a FODMAP friendly diet, avoiding fermentable olog-dimonosaccharides and polyols, eliminating foods that are difficult for the small intestine to process, to combat my stomach issues that had become severe enough to interfere with my day.This included gluten, as well as lots of other foods like soy, dairy, high fructose corn syrup, fruits and vegetables high in fructose, and everything delicious, it seemed. High fat was out. I was concerned. I had an extensive stockpile of coupons for Taco Bell and I was set to leave for Italy two weeks later. Even apples were off the list because of their high fructose content. While the apple was less disappointing than giving up Meximelts, I would still need a new daily strategy for keeping the doctor away. Dr. David Antonetti of Southern Connecticut Internal Medicine recommends the FODMAP system for many patients reporting stomach trouble and finds that reducing diet to something simpler can significantly improve
Mourning ensued. Feeling sorry for myself, I turned on the television to see the three millionth Cialis commercial that day and wondered if there’s a pill for that, isn’t there something that medical science can offer me so I won’t get bloated, nauseous, headachey, tired, crampy, or throw up after eating foods high in fermentable olog-di-monosaccharides and polyols? Over the counter remedies didn’t do much for symptom relief, and there was nothing Dr. Antonetti could prescribe. Luckily, this is incredibly common and there’s money in it, unlike making Passover seder plates widely available, so food items free of gluten, soy, corn syrup, and dairy are now everywhere, at only a slight mark-up. I call this the gluten fee. Restaurants have adapted, too, and some of my favorite places offer gluten-free options, or even a gluten-free menu, like Kitchen Zinc and Da Legna in New Haven, Georgie’s Diner in West Haven, and Home in Branford (gluten free fried dough bites, a must-try, are made in a separate fryer to avoid cross-contamination). Politically correct eating is happening all across the land, and finally becoming affordable because everyone realizes gluten is the devil. While I was limited to corn tortillas, potatoes and rice for a year and a half of refined-carbstarving, my options now are limitless. I can eat gluten free anything—including pop-tarts I can buy from Stop & Shop or Big Y. Pop-tarts! Do I fantasize that gluten-free will become the next civil rights battle? Yes, give me gluten liberty or give me death. . .by IBS. I could walk bravely into Louis Lunch and order my burger on gluten-free white toast, then proudly walk it outside where I’d pull out my smuggled pursebottle of organic ketchup that is high fructose corn syrup free and schmear it all over that patty. The health trend that promotes gluten-free eating is Paleo, short for Paleolithic diet, and NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
also known as the caveman diet, based on a rough interpretation of what our ancestors may have eaten to stay lean and strong: meat, nuts, and berries. Loin cloth and spear are optional. The theory behind the limited range of food is that humans are actually maladapted to dairy, legumes, and grains—because we haven’t adapted to the variety of foods available since the advent of agriculture, particularly processed foods that are a staple of most diets. Proponents of the regimen believe paleo eating will boost metabolism, increase weight loss, and raise energy levels. Paleo recipes will often call for replacing a grain or carb with a vegetable: like the paleo lasagna at Pasta Cosi made with eggplant or zucchini instead of noodles. Ok, not terrible.
What about dessert? If you’re shaking and sweating while reading this, already going into sugar withdrawal, rest assured that no matter which diet you choose, experts, chefs, and test kitchenistas have developed something to soothe your sweet tooth in any category. If we were being honest, we could probably admit that sweeteners are what led us down this path in the first place. Sugary drinks, snacks, and baked goods have wreaked havoc for decades and play a large role in the obesity epidemic. But still, sweets are pretty awesome. Fodmap friendly baking often involves replacing cane sugar and brown sugar (molasses is a no-no) with maple syrup, a fodmap-friendly sweetener. Gluten free baking mix is a common substitute for flour, as long as it doesn’t contain soy or inulin (see shopping list), and some recipes call for coconut flour or even almond meal. Sauces are thickened with tapioca starch
The Celiac Shopper • All fresh meats, seafood/fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables • Frozen fruits and vegetables with no additives or breading • Nuts, seeds, natural nut butters • Gluten free grains, cereals • Gluten free beer For more info: www.celiaccentral.org Look for the symbol when buying gluten free
Understanding The Gluten Free Universe Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the ingestion of gluten leads to damage of the small intestine. It can develop at any age, and left untreated, can also lead to serious health complications like other autoimmune diseases such as diabetes I and multiple sclerosis, neurological conditions, and even intestinal cancers.
It’s estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. The difference between IBS and celiac disease is the severity of symptoms. Celiac disease can be diagnosed through a blood test and potentially a biopsy of the small intestine. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a general term to cover various stomach and GI problems. Symptoms are often alleviated with a change in diet and different combinations work for different people. For some, it is solely a gluten free diet and for others, many more restrictions
or potato starch in lieu of flour, and unless you have eliminated corn, you can probably still use corn starch. Chocolate can be tough— small quantities are best since most chocolate contains soy emulsifiers or dairy, but raw cacao powder and dark chocolate are safest. Chocolate is technically low-fodmap. Carob chocolate is not fodmap friendly and should be avoided, which is fine because it’s disgusting. Paleo dessert is a bit trickier because many consider sweeteners taboo in this world. But let’s face it, nobody wants to top off their meal with a little bowl of fruit salad. Almond meal, coconut oil, and mashed fruits come together nicely in muffins and cakes, often sweetened with agave nectar, raw honey, or maple syrup— but small portions are key because the strictest practitioners of paleo ban sweeteners entirely. So eat that “paleo” banana honey muffin in a dark closet somewhere.
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• Eggs, lean protein
• All fresh meats, seafood/fish, fruits, vegetables
• Nuts and seeds • Try replacing pasta with polenta • Low fodmap fruits and vegetables like Kale scallion green onions (in place of yellow), kale, oranges (instead of apples) • Vodka For more info: www.ibsdiets.org
• Frozen fruits and vegetables with no additives or breading • Nuts, seeds, natural nut butters • Nips of vodka For more info: www.ultimatepaleoguide.com
are necessary for comfort and good health. A low FODMAP diet, which includes gluten-free, is often recommended for the treatment of IBS. IBS is typically diagnosed after blood tests or biopsies rule out other issues like celiac disease or infections. Paleo Diet is a personal choice to eliminate carbohydrates, refined sugars, processed foods and dairy from their diet to keep off weight and boost energy. The paleo diet consists of meat, vegetables, berries and nuts.
What about happy hour? All distilled alcohols, except those distilled with cereal grains, are gluten free. However, grab your tissues and get ready to weep. If you’ve got a sensitive stomach, alcohol is most definitely a trigger. It can cause heartburn, indigestion, and other symptoms associated with IBS. Small quantities should be the norm here. A hangover for someone with IBS or Celiac disease can be significantly more intense than someone with a normal, or “trash can” of a stomach. It takes less alcohol to make a celiac or sensitive bowel much sicker. Alcohol often has a high sugar content (mmmmm sugar. . .), and thus, dark alcohols like rum and bourbon are not fodmap friendly. Many premium and craft beers offer a glutenfree style, which can be ok for a celiac, but most use sorghum, which is a fodmap no-no. Hard ciders can come in gluten free, but are made with apples—those are high in fructose and a solid fodmap nyet. All wines, including brandy, champagne, cognac, port wine, sherry, and vermouth are safe for celiacs. As someone who eats fodmap-friendly about 98% of the time, I find that red wine often settles my stomach and soothes symptoms but sometimes white wine is a trigger. Vodka is safe. Whew! A lot of the process is going to be trying things out to build your own personal elimination list—everybody’s got a different list of triggers. Paleo is all about going natural and eliminating processed foods from the diet. No, that doesn’t mean brewing your own hooch in the back of the toilet. Most paleo subscribers would opt for gluten free beer, wine, or a pure spirit with no sugary mixers. In small quantities, of course. It’s unclear whether binge drinking was a popular habit with cavemen.
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est Haven-based Cosmos Food Products has been preserving and jarring antipasto salad items like artichoke hearts, stuffed peppers, and olives since 1944. For over 40 years, Cosmo Laudano operated out of a storefront, in West Haven, until 1986, when the company
moved to a warehouse facility employing 44 people, 7 are family. They maintain their own fleet of trucks to deliver east coast orders. Cosmo Laudano Jr says of the expanded enterprise “produce comes from all over, but if a pepper is picked on a Monday, it’s in a jar on Tuesday.”
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hat started out in 2009 as a pile of secondhand equipment and a couple of guys spending nights and weekends figuring out how to use it for a few years until their first sale in 2012, has become an expanding enterprise with fulltime employees and beers featured in more than 200 restaurants and 300 package stores state-wide. Known for their flagship American Amber Ale, Thimble Island Brewery also produces a coffee stout made with Willoughby’s houseblend, Ghost Island double IPA, and Windjammer Wheat Ale in the summer. They are currently building out a new 30,000 square foot facility at 16 Business Park Drive with a tasting room, bar, and barrel room for aging unique custom blends.
Tropical Breeze Jamaican Restaurant
wner/Operator of 5-yearold Tropical Breeze Jamaican Restaurant in West Haven Kerry-Ann Blake is most well-known for her jerk chicken and ox tails, but the goat curry also holds its own. Kerry-Ann took over the family business, and recipes, from her mother, who decided to open another Tropical Breeze Jamaican Restaurant in Bridgeport. The restaurant has 5 tables to dine-in, but is a popular take-away hotspot. Originally opened because there was no Jamaican restaurant in West Haven, Tropical Breeze Jamaican Restaurant may no longer be the only game in town, but it doesn’t have much competition. Find them on Yelp, Facebook, Grubhub and Allmenus.
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ojoto Venezuelan Restaurant in Short Beach, Branford, house-infuses a variety of vodkas for their specialty homegrown seasonal cocktails. Currently serving up a refreshing lime cilantro cucumber martini that sips nicely on the patio—at least until the lavender growing in the back garden is ripe for picking and the menu moves on to the lavender martini.
The Farm To Table Movement Isn’t Just For Restaurants
he Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, co-authored by Tracey Medeiros and Christy Colasurdo, highlights 150 recipes from the Nutmeg State’s chefs, and the farmers, fishers, ranchers, foragers, and cheese makers they partner with to create New American and New England fare. The locavore movement (eating locally grown/produced food that hasn’t traveled long distances) has taken hold across the
U.S. Medeiros and Colasurdo’s new cookbook showcases specialties that Connecticut’s growers and chefs are creating using local microgreens, heirloom lettuces, sunchokes, ramps, quail eggs, Burrata, bison, chevre, heritage-breed pork, oysters, and more. Recipes are presented clearly and are easy to follow; utilizing ingredients that are readily available no matter where you shop. Profiles of food producers, chefs, and restaurants also dot the pages to celebrate the sustainable food scene. The book is published by Countryman Press with a release date of June 1, 2015. NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
A Chef’s Recipe: Cheese Pie
Geri Colavolpe, formerly of Antonio’s Restaurant in East Haven, is now in private catering and a kitchen coordinator at The Community Kitchen in Branford. She shared her recipe for Cheese Pie, co-created with her daughter, Gina. Filling Ingredients 2 lbs. Ricotta Cheese 5 Eggs ½ Cup sugar 2 Tsp. of vanilla 1 Cup of heavy cream
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Crust Ingredients 2-2 ½ Cup flour 2 Tbsp. Crisco 2 Jumbo eggs (Geri uses 3 eggs, if they are small) 1 ½ tsp. baking powder ½ Cup . sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla Recipe Makes 2 Pies
Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare a deep dish or a 9” pie plate.
ake the crust first. If you let it sit for a bit, the dough will rise and your crust will be soft and cakey. Blend the flour, baking powder and Crisco in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla with a fork until combined. Make a well in the middle of flour mixture and dump in the wet ingredients. Beat the dough with the pastry hook attachment of an electric mixer until the dough pulls away from the bowl. A smooth, elastic product that rolls out easily is your goal. Set the dough aside and prep the filling.
Beat sugar and eggs in a bowl with whisk attachment until combined. Add in the vanilla and ricotta cheese and beat very well until blended, about 2 minutes. Add cream and beat to fully incorporate, about 30 seconds to a minute. Roll out half of dough on a very well-floured surface. Dough should roll with no sticking, no hardness, and no breaking, and easily roll out into a circle. Add flour as needed. Put the pie dish facedown in the center and make sure the dough comes up around the edges of the plate so you have enough crust to cover the plate. Pat into the pie plate when ready. Run a spatula through your filling mixture to make sure there is no
Geri Colavolpe shares her Cheese Pie recipe – try it and let us at know how it came out at firstname.lastname@example.org. You could save us a piece.
separating, or heavy ingredients sinking to the bottom. Pour filling about ¾ of the way up the pie crust, leaving room for filling to rise. Bake for 25 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 325 and put in for 20 minutes, watching for cracks or dark edges. Pull the pie out when there is still a slight jiggle around the center to avoid cracks. It will continue to set as it cools. Let the pie cool completely on a wire rack before putting in the fridge. When ready to serve, dust with confectioner’s sugar.
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Light if that’s what you want. The location, in front of the roundabout where Ocean Avenue becomes New Haven Avenue at Baybrook in West Haven, overlooks the beach. In warmer months the restaurant is open-air and it feels like a vacation spot, except that it’s off the beaten path in West Haven and you may not have been unless someone told you about Dive Bar. Behind the plaza is Morrisey Cove Senior Housing complex, so expect that they may often be out of the Bahama Mama cocktail mix by 5:30. The view can’t be beat: seagulls swarming and pecking at debris on the rocky beach, but if you’re going on a Friday night, don’t bother with a reservation and a little black dress. Something you cut out of an old pair of jeans would be more appropriate and be prepared for possible standing and jostling while waiting for a table.
The Bathroom is Clean, The Food is Great, The View is Stellar at Dive Bar
here are wings. There are nachos. There is a great seasonal beer list and usually a game on to watch, but Dive Bar is just different. The food isn’t just bar food, it’s inventive, fresh, and tastes like something made on one of those Food Network shows where top-tier chefs recreate mozzarella sticks that don’t look like they’ve been built in a factory and frozen for five years. In fact, the mozzarella triangles at Dive Bar are actual chunks of fresh mozzarella battered and lightly fried, the way Mussolini intended. The house made roasted garlic parmesan potato chips are perfect for sharing and also, perfect. They are light and crispy, flavorful—and the basket will be empty in minutes. The tap list rotates frequently, but it’s the kind of place where you can get a beer with a well-crafted flavor, and a well-crafted name. On 4/20 it was Stoney Creek Nitro Black Ale, Stone Enjoy by 420, Evil Twin Ashtray Heart, Smoked Porter, Bluepoint Rastafar Rye, Boulder Hazed and Confused , Other creek Backseat Burner, Nebco Supernaut IPA, Six Point Resin, Oskar Blues Pinner IPA, New England Seahag—but you can still order a bottle of Coors
Unlike a typical bar menu, the salad options are actually worthy of serious consideration. The Waldorf Salad ($14.95) is crisp, chunky and fresh, the tuna loin over a seaweed salad with mango and cucumber ($17.95) is juicy and well-accented. If you’re here for the right reasons, however, you’re getting a burger with a fried egg on top (The Hangover), or the pulled pork sandwich. Dive Bar does food very well. Dessert is just a waste of valuable stomach real estate; order another drink. – Rachel Bergman Tasty treat: Mahi Bites
24 OceanAvenue, West Haven, 203.933.3483 www. diverbarandrestaurant.com
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5 Restaurants Still Making A Scene After 10 Years It’s always fun to try new places opening up and sample fresh menus—but what about the places that are so good, they’ve stayed in business for a decade or more with loyal clientele? If you haven’t tried these classics yet, give them a shot.
Hayama Restaurant (203) 795-3636 199 Boston Post Road, Orange The flaming volcano onion ring never gets old, right? Hayama has been successfully entertaining diners, like a celebrity in 1998, with their hibachi show for over a decade. If you’re too cool for school, and somehow an egg tossed and not broken doesn’t impress you, order from the all-you-can-eat sushi menu where nothing gets set on fire, and you can shovel them in until it hurts to inhale. As with most all-youcan-eat sushi restaurants, you can’t take home what you don’t eat, so cram in every last morsel before leaving.
Taste (203) 230-8801, www.tasteonwhitney.com 1995 Whitney Ave., Hamden 10 years of delicious mains like a pork chop served over honey brussel sprout hash or even Southern classics like shrimp and grits on the Hamden/ North Haven line at Taste. Locals
Twin Pines Diner
time forgot, si? Maybe your name is still carved into one of the tables from your youthful visits. Go find out, have some nachos, and bring a friend to this homey, special little place that is part of an almost extinct species in New Haven: the dive bar.
(203) 468-6887 34 Main Street, East Haven www.twinpinesdiner.net
refer to it as their “go-to.” Taste offers patio dining and the menu changes seasonally, or more, so now is the perfect time to visit.
Yes it’s a diner, but it’s awesome and they have a wine list. Don’t you wish corned beef hash would have the kind of renaissance that bacon has had in recent years? Twin Pines opened in 1979, the menu takes half an hour to read cover to cover, and offers goodies like gravy cheese fries (sometimes referred to as disco fries), prime rib, pasta, and pancakes. It’s open 24/7.
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(203) 458-1300 25 Whitfield Street, Guilford www.whitfieldsguilford.com Celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, Whitfield’s is located in the center of Guilford on the historic green with a patio overlooking a sculpture garden. . .the American/Continental cuisine is also very good. You can frequently find them on Living Social and Amazon Local for deals and discounts, Whitfield’s hosts live music events and also serve up brunch on Sundays with a $5 bloody mary special.
Fittingly named: long live the peasant revolution! It’s easy to forget this place exists. The dumpy Mexican bar that
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Hey! Wanna Ride Bikes? “An enterprising individual propelled himself about the Green last evening on a curious frame sustained by two wheels, one before the other, powered by foot cranks.”
irst written account of the bicycle in America, New Haven, CT 1866
Hey! Wanna Ride bikes. For me, there may not be four words more evocative of the joys of being young than those you see above. To ride bikes with your friends as a kid was to sample from only the most delicious pieces of a yet unrealized adulthood: speed, mobility, autonomy, potential adventure, real freedom. Interestingly, once teenaged, with the horizon of maturity as clearly visible ahead as your next climb or plummetous descent, a bike ride had the opposite, yet still magical effect. Its power was to reverse the clock, or at least to pause it; to beat back the inevitable, as long as you kept pumping, tears streaking sideways across your cheeks, two wheels and rider flying towards a retreating inevitability. I can remember riding in a rain storm, a hurricane I’d swear, down a trail to a swollen river where I and my friends spat in the face of near-certain death as we lashed ourselves to our bikes and each other and crossed its mighty white
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waters. Soaked and elated, in a pile on the far bank, we knew what it was like to be heroes. Or so it seemed to me on the ride home. As a teenager, my first job was in a great bike shop on Chapel Street called Cycles LaChance—gone now, but recently and cleverly reborn by its owner and local biking evangelist, Joel LaChance, as Goatsville Cyclesmith. There I learned to like the taste of grease in my sandwiches, to change tires without levers, but most importantly, I learned to not just love bicycles but to love cyclists. There were all kinds (die-hards, yuppies, weekend warriors, team riders and of course, those iconoclastic true believers on whose back millions of ironic t-shirts, sweatbands and jorts have been sold), but I can spot what I think is a unifying characteristic among them: Cyclists aren’t concerned with the easiest way to do anything. Because easy isn’t the point. Not of cycling, not of exercise, not of transportation and not of life. A few years ago, I bought a cargo bike on a whim and it changed my life. For me, as a newly single parent, it was an elegant solution to a serious problem: How does a family of three engage with the world? That bike allowed the three of us to interact with our city in all of the best ways – to hop in and
go, to breathe the air, to wave to strangers. There is nothing wrong with a double stroller, but take my advice and try pedaling your babies around, buckled in safely and swaddled in blankets (the two of them like little Romanovs) on a cool fall day.You’ll get it. It’s magical and it helped to redefine for the better who I was to be as a parent. Like I said, cyclists neither take it easy nor make it easy but they do seem to show up ready to be counted, as the need arises. In suits in the legislature and in City Hall, we have champions fighting to make our bike-loving city safer for cyclists. Please support their efforts to bring bi-directional bike lanes and other improvements to town. Business owners, too, sacrifice expensive square footage to allow employees to safely store their bicycles and encourage the lifestyle. And then there are those grease loving, knucklebusted wonderful and maniacal entrepreneurs and outlaws who take it all the way and open up their own bike shops and, in doing so, they give mass to the entire community and become its sustaining center. The roads have cleared and the weather is warm(er) and can’t
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think of any good reason for us not to climb aboard, sustained not only by two wheels, but also by a century and a half of mutual history, and propel ourselves around the green (or across the country). Let’s go ride bikes, New Haven! To close, an appeal: I bought my first cargo bike at the old location of the Devil’s Gear Bike Shop but was thrilled when Matthew and the rest of The Devil’s Gear doubled down on downtown when we needed him most and opened an anchor retail location in Pitkin Plaza. Unfortunately, through no fault of the shop as you know it now,The Devil’s Gear is in trouble. So, what’s the ask?? Here it is: Get your brakes checked out. Replace your old tires. Maintain your bicycle for your and your family’s safety. Shop local. Shop often. That’s it. A note: In the rare cases wherein I mention a business by name, it will always be for the purposes of exposition and never advertisement. That said, if I like something I may say so. The converse is true, as well. NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
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