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The Town of West Hartford is a full-service community in every sense, from its quality municipal services to its recreational facilities and cultural events. The Town of West Hartford prides itself on its overall attractiveness, customer service, citizen involvement, public safety, and education, all characteristics that make West Hartford a desirable place to live. West Hartford is also the the "city of license" for WCCC AM 1290 Beethoven Radio!

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Antique Treasure Hunt Trip on Friday, November 12, 2010 by the Elmwood Senior Center

Visit Marketplace Antique on Friday, Nov., 12 for 4 full floors full of antiques.  Also there are many other antique shops on Main Street in Putnam you can also visit.  Lunch will be at the Court House and choices are Burger, Teriyaki Chicken, Open faced Veggie Melt or Turkey Reuben with dessert and coffee/tea.  Leave Elmwood Senior Center at 9:00AM and Ret. approx. 3:00PM.  Cost is $38 members and $42 nonmenmbers.  Call Elmwood at 860-561-8180 to register.


CT's Wine Trail on Sunday, November 7, 2010

Visit the Sharpe Hill Veineyard on Sunday, November 7, 2010 for a wine tasting and tour.  Lunch will be at The Harvest Restaurant at the Samuel Grosvenor House in Pomfret.  Choose from Scrod, White Fish, Chicken curacaco or Pasta Tuscany.  All come with garden salad, dessert and coffee or tea. Leave Elmwood Senior Center at 10:00AM and return 4:00PM. Cost is $58 members and $63 nonmembers.  Call Elmwood at 860-561-8180 to register.



West Hartford Symphony Orchestra

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Richard Chiarappa, Music Director

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 3:00 – Annual Holiday Concert
(at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium)


The West Hartford Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our charming town of West Hartford, and presenting the highest quality of orchestral concerts for people of all ages. We sincerely hope you will attend our local performances and also that you will actively support the orchestra by volunteering to help out in one of the many ways necessary to make this a vital and exciting organization. If you are unable to support us physically, please consider supporting us financially as we endeavor to develop this unique, new addition to the town of West Hartford. Please visit the WHSO’s website at www.whso.org or call 860-521-4362 for tickets or if you would like to join! 


Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Hartford Symphony Orchestra

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is Connecticut’s premier musical organization and is widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra believes passionately in the performance of live symphonic music and its value in the community. To that end, the mission of the HSO is to perform live orchestral music of the highest quality for ever-expanding audiences, and to increase through its educational programs the understanding and enjoyment of that music by residents in Connecticut. The 2007/2008 season is almost here! Get your tickets now to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra! Call for info about the cost saving FlexPass - 860-244-2999!   

HSO Ensembles to Perform Free Community Concerts November 28 & December 12

As a gift to the city of Hartford, musicians from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will perform two free community concerts this holiday season.  On Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble, comprised of HSO flutist Barbara Hopkins and guitarist Judy Handler, will perform “Dances of Early America” at the main branch of the Hartford Public Library and on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. the HSO French Horn Quartet, featuring Barbara Hill, Emery Tapley, Hilary Ledebuhr and Andrew Spearman, will tell the story of the French Horn “Inside Out” at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

POPS! Goes Vegas

Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 8pm at the Bushnell

A fast-paced, jackpot evening of musical hit after hit, including Luck Be A Lady, Hey Big Spender, The Lady is a Tramp, Fly Me to the Moon and more.

A Tribute to Art Pepper’s Winter Moon Album

Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 8pm
Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford

“Sweet” Sue Terry saxophone
“Superwoman of Jazz” – Hartford Courant
Gene Bozzi artistic director, drums
Rick Rozie bass
Walter Gwardyak arranger, piano

“One of the finest of all ‘with strings’ offerings. Pepper was aided in his vision by exquisite Bill Holman and Jimmy Bonds arrangements and an eclectic and intelligent choice of material.”.

Get your tickets now to the 2010/2011 Season!


Connecticut Guitar Society

The society presents public concerts featuring world-renowned musicians and promising local artists. Our signature series, The Guitar Masters Series, brings to southern New England many of the worlds best known and most outstanding internationally acclaimed musicians. This year marks a new era in our history, with the debut of a new Bushnell Concert Series in the elegant Belding Theater at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford. The Society also hosts the Guitar & Friends Concert Series in intimate settings. Not all concerts are classical in format. Some concerts feature jazz, folk, and more! 


Hartt Community Division



The Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford is a comprehensive community arts school providing instruction in music and dance for individuals of all ages and experience levels. With locations in West Hartford, Hartford, Simsbury, South Windsor, and Middletown, the Hartt Community Division is able to serve students throughout Connecticut. The Community Division was founded in 1920 by Julius Hartt and Moshe Paranov, and developed concurrently with the Hartt College of Music. The Hartt School Community Division is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Community & Pre-College Art Schools and is an active member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. Hartt is viewed as a national model for community schools based on university campuses, being one of the largest and most evolved programs in the country.


Enrollment is going on now for the best in musical performances:

The Connecticut Children's Chorus

The Connecticut Children's Chorus (CCC) is the Hartford region's most comprehensive youth chorus program. Under the artistic direction of Dr. Stuart Younse, CCC continues to thrive as our region's premiere children's chorus, boasting performance invitations with the region's best professional ensembles and provides strength and excellence in training Connecticut's youngest talented voices. The CCC is split into five different levels offering opportunities for students in grades one through twelve. Each choir performs a wide variety of high-quality literature and receives regular training in vocal development and musicianship.

The Connecticut Youth Symphony

Dr. Daniel D'Addio, Music Director and Conductor
Mickey Reisman, Assistant Conductor

CYS performs high-level symphonic literature for advanced high-school string, wind and percussion students. Past repertoire includes music by De Falla, Beethoven, Gershwin, Hanson, Dvorak and Mendelssohn. New works are also being commissioned specifically for this ensemble including David Macbride's Give Back Peace for orchestra and chorus, premiered in 2005. CYS maintains an active performance schedule, including side by side concerts with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and annual performances at First Night Hartford, the region's main activity for bringing in each new year held in downtown Hartford. In June 2006, CYS performed as the "pit orchestra" for a dance performance at the Belding Theatre.

Now is also a great time to sign up for fall classes. Click here for more!

Soul Friends

Soul Friends is a non-profit organization that provides both clinical Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Humane Education to children and adolescents. Our clinical, educational and consultation services are detailed in this site. Our mission is to provide healing, comfort and education through the benefits of incorporating a therapeutic animal as part of a treatment plan or educational program under the close supervision of a licensed professional. The power of the unconditional love of a highly trained pet partner is undeniable and inspiring. Soul Friends was founded to provide holistic animal assisted therapy programs and humane education that address the emotional, therapeutic and educational needs of children and adolescents.

Animal Assisted Therapy (A.A.T.)
Animal Assisted Therapy is a goal-directed intervention in which clinicians have expertise in the integration of animals into the treatment process.
Humane Education
Humane education programs incorporate the appreciation of social and environmental issues that affect our world.
Consultation services are provided by appointment to individuals and organizations interested in learning more about Animal Assisted Therapy and Humane Education.
We Love Animals!
A hands-on interactive program that serves to promote children’s respect for animals and the natural world.

Heritage Trails Sightseeing Tours




When you visit the Constitution State, take part in the Heritage Trails Sightseeing Tours. Pick from a variety of tours: The Charter Oak Tree Tour, The Hartford - City of Heritage Tour, Ancient Graveyards, Amistad Sites & Black History Freedom Trail of Farmington Tour and more! Beethoven Radio is even part of the tour!

See and learn all about Hartford - one end to the other - in just two fascinating hours on our fact-filled guided luxury mini-bus tour with lively commentary. Familiarize yourself with our capital city before doing anything else! Stops made for commentary and photos. Call for a tour today 860 677-8867. Or click on the Charter Oak Tree to link to the Heritage Trails website!

 With over 24 years of tour experience our guide will "Step-On" your large tour bus, mini bus, van, car or limousine and present your choice of the following two-hour tours seen below. Click on the title of any tour below for a detailed description of each tour.

"Step-On Guide" for more information. Our expert tour guide, historian and author will board your vehicle and give the following tours of Hartford and Farmington Connecticut.

The Hartt School


With more than 400 concerts, recitals, plays, master classes, dance performances, and musical theatre productions a year, performance is central to Hartt’s curriculum. For more information on The Hartt School or to view a list of upcoming performances, visit us at   www.hartford.edu/hartt

The Hartt School is an internationally acclaimed conservatory with innovative programs in music, dance, and theatre. In 1920, Julius Hartt, Moshe Paranov and associated teachers founded The Hartt School, which became one of the three founding institutions of the University of Hartford in 1957. Home to the Miami String Quartet and the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz, The Hartt School stresses excellence in the performing arts. Alongside traditional performance-oriented majors in music performance, jazz, music theatre, theatre (actor training) and dance, programs that stress the academic side of the arts are also available. Studies in music history, music theory, music education and composition form a well-rounded school creating not only talented performers, but well educated musicians. As well as the more traditional majors, Hartt offers cutting-edge programs in music management, performing arts management, and music production and technology.

University of Hartford President's College

The mission of The President's College at the University of Hartford is to create an extended community of thinking people dedicated to the importance of the life of the mind. By offering a wide range of activities, The President's College allows its participants to explore significant topics at a high intellectual level under the guidance of university-level faculty. The President's College extends the University of Hartford's educational mission by engaging the adult population of its surrounding communities in the intellectual life of the campus, thus building significant connections between them and the university.

The President's College is a non-credit program offering short courses and activities for adults, taught by visiting lecturers and members of the University of Hartford faculty. Its mission is to create an extended community of thinking people who are interested in learning new things under the guidance of our leading professors. The President's College extends the University of Hartford's educational mission by engaging the adult population of the surrounding communities in the intellectual and academic life of the campus.

Members of the President's College (known as Fellows) enjoy participation in the numerous events that take place on the campus - lectures, musical and theatrical performances, art shows. They have library privileges, parking privileges, and numerous other advantages and discounts.

Upcoming Programs for 2010/2011 will be announced soon!

 Last years' guest speakers included:

- Twelfth Night or What You Will
- Fridays at the Mortensen - Denis Horgan
- Digging through the Bible
- Toni Morrison: The Big Three
- The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
- Poets of Faith & Doubt
- Hertford College Lecturer
- Theatre in London




Register by Phone
Call 860.768.4350 between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday

Register by Mail (Click here to access a form)
Mail your registration form to:

The President's College
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117-1599

Register by Fax Fax your registration form to: 860.768.4274


Foodshare is the heart of greater Hartford’s fight against hunger. We bring together individuals and organizations to create effective solutions to end hunger in all 42 towns of Hartford and Tolland counties. Foodshare does this in three key ways, by:

  • Serving as our region’s food bank and distributing more than 15 tons of food each day to a network of nearly 400 local nonprofits that feed our hungry neighbors. This vital safety net helps 100,000 people in our region who are at risk including seniors, the working poor, and 40,000 children get some of the food they need for today. Foodshare works with food companies to secure donations of good food that would otherwise go to waste. Foodshare is efficient -- every $30 that we receive provides enough food for a hungry person for an entire month and 95% of our resources go directly to ending hunger.  As efficient as this is, Foodshare cannot meet all of the community’s needs through food distribution alone 15 tons of food per day provides only about two meals per hungry person per week!
  • Reducing the number of people in need by increasing their self-sufficiency. At Foodshare, we believe no American should ever have to stand in a food line in order to have enough to eat. To that end, we are currently striving to ensure fair and consistent access to existing support programs, especially those in which participation rates are low. We’re also working to break down barriers that prevent people from acquiring food and to create effective one-on-one interventions for families in need. In this way, we address the chronic underlying reasons why people are hungry. These stem from poverty, not just the immediate lack of food. 
  • Engaging members of the greater community to increase their understanding of these real causes and solutions to hunger. This includes raising awareness that food drives, though well-meaning, are not the solution. We’re continually creating new opportunities for people to help fight hunger. Our goal is to inspire community members to become personally involved in effective hunger solutions. 

Since 1982, Foodshare has sought to end hunger in our region. Working in partnership with other community leaders such as the United Way, End Hunger Connecticut! and 211 Infoline, Foodshare has the experience and is building the networks necessary to help make this vision a reality.

We need you! Become a Foodshare partner. Your gifts of time, talent, and financial support are vital to ending hunger… not just by feeding a hungry person today but by creating a future where hunger will not be tolerated. Join us! Click here for more information!




Carol Autorino Center for the Arts



Welcome to The Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities . . .

Since opening its doors in the spring semester of 2001, The Carol Autorino Center has become one of the busiest facilities on campus. The two new campus buildings, Bruyette Athenaeum and Lynch Hall, have been the setting for an array of academic and cultural events. Bruyette Anthenaeum houses the Hoffman Auditorium, University of Saint Joseph Art Gallery, and College Archives. Lynch Hall provides classrooms and faculty offices for the Humanities Division. The event schedule is filled year-round.

The annual Performing Arts Series at The Bruyette Athenaeum annually features nationally and internationally recognized artists such as Judy Collins, Little Theatre of the Deaf, Phantom of the Opera Frank D’Ambrosio, George Winston, James Sewell Ballet, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Blackfriars Stage Company, BRNO Chamber Orchestra (Czech Republic), New Zealand String Quartet, Trio Veronezh (Russia), and Cherish the Ladies. Daytime performances for high schools are also presented. The Center has forged co-production relationships with several regional arts groups.

We welcome your continued comments, and look forward to seeing you again on campus.

Dr. Robert Smith, Dir



East Hartford Fine Arts Commission



East Hartford Fine Arts Commission Presents

Saturday, December 4 at 2:00 pm


Pianist Paul Bisaccia wanted to do a Christmas concert but wondered what repertoire to choose.  On Saturday, December 4, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, you can hear what he chose:  Both jazz and classical styles in a concert of both the familiar and the seldom heard. The free performance will held at East Hartford’s First Congregational Church, 837 Main Street, sponsored by the East Hartford Fine Arts Commission, in conjunction with the Town’s Holiday Fest celebration.  The concert runs the gamut from classics and pop standards to jazz and even boogie-woogie.


Many of the classics are seldom played on the piano, such as Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Nutcracker Suite.  Franz Liszt’s gorgeous Christmas Tree Suite, written as a Christmas gift to his granddaughter Daniela, is almost never played. It’s a masterpiece well worth rediscovering.


There are two versions of Sleigh Ride:   The famous one by Leroy Anderson is a jazzy uptempo New England sleigh ride; the other, (again seldom performed) by Tchaikovsky, is a magical romantic version of a sleigh ride in a Russian wonderland of snow and ice. Both Leroy Anderson and Tchaikovsky imitate the clip-clop of horses, but in the Tchaikovsky version the snow also begins to fall ever so delicately.


There are also two versions of Silent Night – one as the snow falls, and the other filled with evocative jazz chords.  Jingle Bells has 2 versions as well – one a short homage to Ella Fitzgerald and the other played as a pop standard. 


Of course everyone loves Mel Torme’s Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…) One can’t help but recall Torme’s velvety smooth voice and the lovely, sophisticated, jazz harmonies.Join us for a unique collection of Christmas music rare and familiar; something for everyone!

The East Hartford Fine Arts Commission was established by the Town of East Hartford in 1964 for the purpose of making the arts available to our citizens and to promote the art of our citizens. Our funding comes from the overall East Hartford Town budget.


For tickets and information please call (860) 569-2276.




Elmwood Business Association

The Elmwood Business Association

The Elmwood Business Association strives to preserve and enhance business conditions in the area. It has served as an advocate and advisor for area businesses and as a liaison between businesses, government, and residents in and around Elmwood. The restoration of the elm tree population, the purchase and maintenance of holiday decorations and summer planters is just an example of the many contributions from our group. Participation in the Park Road Parade in October was met with an enthusiasm that continues to flourish and spread throughout our community.

Elmwood is vibrant with many fresh faces, revitalized and new businesses, unique eateries, and specialty shopping. Stay tuned....there is more to come!

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