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Northeast Beer Hunter: Beer Festivals
Food - Brews
Friday, 20 July 2012 13:37

 

by Dino Acquarelli

As craft beer drinkers, this is a splendid time of year for our passion.  As many of you know, we are right in the middle of beer festival season!  Beer fests are great for a number of reasons, but the two primary reasons are that you get to try a wide variety of beers and styles from a large smattering of different breweries that you might not usually get to try or sample, and you also get the occasional one-off or rare beer that is difficult to find or made specifically for the fest.  It’s a great way to “try before you buy”, open yourself up to new styles, and broaden your palate.

 

The Mercurial Gallery

7/28/12 - 9/7 - The Mercurial Staff Show.
Opening reception Saturday, 7/28 from 5-7pm.
Performance by DawnMother Saturday, 8/25 at 7pm.

 

 
The Cannonballs Break The Clouds - Part 3
Arts and Music - Litra'ture & Poetry
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 08:39

by Joshua L. Durkin

"HE'S THE KIND OF PERSON who uses the phrase 'Inter-webs' un-ironically."

"So?"

"So? So, f**k that noise," I said, and then lowered my voice. "I f**ked up, but that doesn't mean I can't have a second act, does it?"

"It was pretty weird, Ian," she said, and then looked at her mimosa.

"And…?"

"I don't know! I don't know why she didn't give you another go." She sighed and snapped her fingers a few times. "You might actually deserve it. But, you might not."

"That's not what I'm saying. I was never with anyone else."

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In 67 Towns, Fewer than Half of 4th Graders Pass All Physical Fitness Tests
Health and Humanity - News
Friday, 20 July 2012 11:28

from Connecticut By The Numbers

What do the towns of Thompson, Preston, Windsor Locks and Chester, have in common?  Less than 20 percent of fourth grade students in those communities meet the standard on all four physical fitness tests – the lowest percentages in the state.

On the upper end of the spectrum, 100% of fourth grade students in only two towns – Union and Caanan – pass all four physical fitness tests, as do more than 80 percent of fourth graders in Cornwall, New Canaan and Sterling.

 
Water-Powered Car Brings More Green to the Green
Science, Earth & Stars - Local
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:41

by Caressa Pittman

The BIOS WaterCar. Photo courtesy of the BIOS WaterCar Facebook group.

The BIOS WaterCar. Photo courtesy of the BIOS WaterCar Facebook group.

CityCenter Danbury, Integrity Printing and Graphics, and The Green Marketing Company will propagate their pro-environmental stance by painting the downtown district green with GreenFest this coming weekend.  

GreenFest will take place on Friday, July 20 and Saturday July 21 from 12pm to 10:30pm and will conclude on Sunday, July 22, from 10:00am to 7pm. The festival will take place on the CItyCenter Green on Ives Street and will include performances by over 50 bands, more than 35 exhibitors, food, and a cameo from a car that runs on water.

 
Astrological Outlook - July 23 to 29
Science, Earth & Stars - Astrological Outlook
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:00

Calculated by Kyle Jeremy Neidig

Photograph by Kyle Jeremy Neidig.

Photograph by Kyle Jeremy Neidig.

Your weekly astrological outlook.

"Balance your creative juices with perception and accurate love."

 
The Store Behind Where's Waldo In Bethel
Local - News
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

by Joshua L. Durkin

Waldo at one of the Where's Waldo in Bethel locations.  Do you know where he is?  Photo c/o Byrd's Books.

Waldo at one of the Where's Waldo in Bethel locations. Do you know where he is? Photo c/o Byrd's Books.

A NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION of Waldo's 25 anniversary is underway this month, and, inspired by all the pages he tries to hide on, 250 independent book stores around the country were chosen to participate in localized Waldo hunts in coordination with Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association. Byrd's Books in Bethel, Connecticut was one of those chosen few book stores, and for the past two weeks, children and adults have been hunting through participating stores throughout Bethel for Waldo.

At the center of Bethel's Waldo experience is Alice Hutchinson and her independent book store, Byrd's Books.

 
Music, Politics, and the Lifelong Tour with David Dondero
Arts and Music - News
Friday, 13 July 2012 14:11

by Patrick Dalton

Photo c/o David Dondero.

Photo c/o David Dondero.

THE ARCHETYPE OF NOMADIC FOLK SINGER has been a persistent one since at least the Great Depression. But for all the supposed “folk” resurgence of the last decade, few modern singer-songwriters can claim to live anything resembling this lifestyle like David Dondero can.

Dondero, who is playing at BAR in New Haven, Connecticut on Wednesday, July 18, was kind enough to pull his car over to the side of the highway recently so that we could have a conversation about politics, the current state of the music industry, and the definition of touring.

 
Danbury’s Own Olympians
Local - News
Friday, 20 July 2012 12:35

by Joshua Rodriguez

The Junior Olympians receiving citations from Mayor Mark Boughton.

The Junior Olympians receiving citations from Mayor Mark Boughton.

Training for the 2012 AAU (Amateaur Athletic Union) Junior Olympic Games began last week for seventeen young local athletes.  The athletes, who are part of the Danbury Athletic Youth Organization Lightning Track and Field Team, will be gathering in Houston, Texas from July 25 to August 4 to compete for the gold in events including wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, karate, and track and field.

 
The Mercurial to Launch New Website at Staff Show
Arts and Music - News
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 11:10

by Amanda Bloom

A sneak peek of the new website, designed by Robert Rae.

A sneak peek of the new website, designed by Robert Rae.

The Mercurial Gallery in downtown Danbury, Connecticut will be exhibiting its first staff show from July 28 to September 7.  A myriad of writers, artists, designers, and friends of The Mercurial's online magazine and its brick and mortar gallery will be showing works in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, photography, mixed media, and writing.   

In addition, The Mercurial will be launching its new magazine website at the staff show's opening reception, taking place on Saturday, July 28 from 5 to 7pm. The new, sleek website is the work of local artist and designer Robert Rae, who will also be showing his artwork in the exhibit.

 
Freaks & Foodies #8: Nightshade Cooking (with Dumbbells)
Food - Appetizers
Friday, 13 July 2012 11:17

by Chris the Food Guy

brooklynfarmhouse.com

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Happy summer everyone!

For those of you who who frequent any of the area farmer’s markets, this installment of Freaks & Foodies is for you and all my other locavore readers. I will be featuring all vegetarian dishes, which might be a Freaks & Foodies first. Today we'll be showcasing members of the nightshade family. First, we will make a fresh tomato sauce for the second dish, a fried and baked ratatouille, and no, I did not learn the recipe from a rat.  My third dish will be a salad of grilled eggplant on a bed of fresh greens, topped with grilled watermelon. Let’s get started.

 
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#65: The Gathering of the Vibes

The Gathering of the Vibes, the Northeast’s preeminent music festival, is being held at  Seaside Park near the University of Bridgeport campus.

#64: Connecticut Creameries
Ferris Acres Creamery in Newtown. Photo c/o Julie Bidwell.

Ferris Acres Creamery in Newtown. Photo c/o Julie Bidwell.

What’s better than ice cream in the summer? Ok, a few things maybe, but not much.

#63: The Beardsley Zoo

The Connecticut Beardsley Zoo is a tiny zoo with a lot to do and it is the only zoo in Connecticut.

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Shona Curtis. David Boyajian at his New Fairfield studio on Greater Danbury Open House Day.

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Terry Dunkle. http://my.dietpower.com/features/daily_walk.php

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Jim Dietter. Storm King, Mountainville, NY.

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Scott Jackson. Macedonia State Park, CT.

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Photo by Joe Yunckes. Salvation Mountain, Neland, CA.

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Joe Yunckes. Salvation Mountain, Neland, CA.

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Shona Curtis. Vintage baseball game at Roger's Park on Greater Danbury Open House Day.

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Amanda Bloom. Eric Chapman tattoos at The Mercurial Gallery.

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Terry Dunkle. http://my.dietpower.com/features/daily_walk.php

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Dave Bonan. Elmwood Park, Danbury, CT.

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