Monthly Archives: April 2012

Yale Reperatory Theater: New Haven, CT

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Few theaters hold as many wonderful theatrical memories for me as this one. The walls are sprinkled with photos from them and I well remember seeing the one pictured-"The Piano Lesson" by August Wilson- when it premiered here. Also Meryl Streep as an undergraduate in "The Idiots Karamotzov"! Tonight's world premier was "The Realistic Jonses" by Will Eno, of "Thom Pain" fame,  directed by Sam Gold. An interesting play which we were glad to see, but only gave a rating of 6 out of 10. Glad the Rep is pushing the boundaries as there are plenty of revival and long runs to be seen other places.

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Heirloom at The Study: New Haven, CT

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This looks like an expensive spa restroom more than a trendy hotel/restaurant one. Notice the choice of cloth or paper for drying your hands. Hard to see, but the flat surface with the kleenex box is lit from underneath. Totally cool. The food was good as well. Loved the fresh taste of the olive oil on the light, crusty slices of bread. Some unusual offerings liked smokes, sauteed ramps and kale salad. Everyone in the group of 5 was happy.

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Wadsworth Atheneum: Hartford,CT

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31st Annual Fine Art and Flowers this week at the Atheneum and the theme reached into the restrooms as well. I went for a lecture by Stephen Orr, Editorial Director of Gardening at Martha Stewart Living. No dirt on Ms. Martha, just a story about how she brings baskets of eggs in for the staff from her chicken coops, but lots to say about sustainable gardening, the topic of his new book "Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening". One of the friends I was with remembered coming to this event 29 years ago. Guess we were early on the flower cart.

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Essex Meadows: Essex, CT

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What a surprise this restroom was. Chic and cheerful. Maybe I will have to reconsider my old age plans or not. Happy to report that I was only here for the Essex Auxiliary of Child and Family Agency's 11th Annual Fashion Show. Cute event but I was tired and most of the outfits were not my style. I did enjoy all the children modelling fashions from The Red Balloon- where I used to buy my 30 something children clothing. Glad some businesses have survived.

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Majared: New Haven, CT

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Sorry I could not get ALL of the art on the walls of this restroom in the funky part of town. Homemade everything, including humus. Loved the food and the art all over the walls and the restful local atmoshpere away from all the trendy Yale establishments.

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Quinnepiac Club: New Haven, CT

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Sometimes the old club look is reassuring. Thankfully I got permission to park in the Citizen's Bank lot next door. Others at the Read To Grow Development Committee meeting had to keep running out to feed the meter. Not easy to park in downtown New Haven.

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Officers Open Mess,Coast Guard Academy: New London, CT

What a pairing... an antique desk with fake flowers and white wicker. Still, I was expecting something much more sterile from this setting. I had never, despite all my years in business in New London, been to the Academy. What a spot overlooking the Thames River and beautifully planted and manicured. Can't say much for the lunch which I thankfully did not have to eat as I had a prior lunch date. Did hear a survivor of Hitler's death camps and a Vet who was part of the liberation of Dachau speak of their experiences. One can never stop being stunned at what we do to each other in the name of some higher goal. Yet we continue to let it happen.

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Ocean House: Watch Hill,R.I.

Can't believe it has been 3 years since this dilapidated old hotel was given the multi-million dollar facelift and this is the first time I have been. A friend took me for lunch and though the meal was disappointing- he is a regular and has never experienced this- the setting was fabulous. how cute is this anteroom to the Ladies' room? Every detail of the Hotel is pleasing to the eye, luxurious, but simply stated. Can't wait to go back for my overnight on May 5. More to come then.

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Lyme Art Association: Old Lyme, CT

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Great that the Art Association is honoring the wonderful Miss Forence who housed those early Impressionist artists, but did they have to pick a picture of her looking like Brunhilda in a Wagner opera? Say she is dressed for the "Frolic" masquerade. I doubt anyone was likely to frolic with her.

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Cooley Gallery: Old Lyme, CT

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Love a restroom with a view. Given the tiny proportions of this one, it is a good thing. This is far from the only view in a frame to be found at this gem of a gallery known for its offerings of Lyme Impressionist painters, but more and more frequently presenting contemporary work as well. This month's exhibition by local artist Judy Friday is terrific. My son bought a small painting. Even the little ones in this show pack a big punch. And then there are the woven pillows and rugs that she is producing on her new loom.

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