Amanda Bloom

Guitar Legend Jim Campilongo Plays at Route 7 Music

by Amanda Bloom

Jim Campilongo at Route 7 Music.

Though Jim Campilongo was an hour late to his appearance at Route 7 Music, there were plenty of guitars and like-minded musicians to keep everyone occupied. Campilongo, a world-renowned guitarist who melds elements of jazz, country and rock into something that can only be described as “Campilongo”, was featured as Route 7′s February New York Guitar Legend, a monthly series that has brought in the likes of Howard Alden, Paul Bollenback and John Scofield.


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The Corset Through the Ages

by Amanda Bloom

A 1925 corset advertisement.

It is now a many-centuried tradition for American women to don “shapewear”, undergarments that compress the body so as to appear slimmer or fuller in specific areas. Victorian women wore boned corsets which had to be laced up the back by someone else, often resulting in restricted breathing, a misshapen ribcage and permanently damaged internal organs. From bust-enhancing to curve-reducing, the 20th century corset saw many transformations, and though rumored to have bit the dust in the 1950s, the corset continues to thrive today.


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Robinella Brings True Country to Connecticut

by Amanda Bloom

Robinella.

It’s hard to say which is sweeter–Robinella’s speaking voice or her singing voice. We spoke on one of Connecticut’s coldest and windiest days, but as the Tennessee native’s sugary drawl passed through the phone, I found myself in the warm, sun-baked South, maybe in Robinella’s kitchen, her sons Cash and Beau playing together on the floor, her husband Webster scanning a newspaper, the windows wide open to let in the breeze.


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Danbury Mayor Announces Bid for Governor: A Conversation with Mark Boughton

by Amanda Bloom

Boughton with Governor Jodi Rell.  Photo courtesy of MayorMark.com.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton confirmed the word on the street last Monday with an announcement that he is running for governor. Boughton, a Republican, has been elected as Danbury’s mayor throughout the past ten years, and though he has his share of watchdogs, his decade as mayor shows a supportive community behind him. His gubernatorial campaign is based on three “Rs”: revitalize, redesign and rethink, with plans involving drastic changes which, according to Boughton, will fix a “broke and broken” state.


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