Things to do this Weekend: June 24th – June 26th Connecticut & Rhode Island

Event: The Wooden Boat Show Venue: Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT Date: June 24 – 26, 2016 Description: The largest show of its kind in the country, the Wooden Boat Show offers something for all wooden boat enthusiasts and marine history buffs. More than 100 wooden boats of every type, large and small, old and new, power and sail, oar and paddle. Event: International Festival of Arts and Ideas Venue: Venues throughout New Haven, CT Date: June 10 – June 25, 2016 Description: A 15-day extravaganza of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that takes over theaters and open spaces in New Haven each June. More than 80% of festival events are completely free. Event: Norwalk Islands Sunset Cruise Venue: Norwalk Seaport Association Dock in Norwalk, CT Date: June 24 – August 26, 2016 Description: Visitors can board the Seaport Association’s 45-foot C.J. Toth catamaran for a relaxing two hour cruise through Norwalk Harbor and Long Island Sound. Event: Star Party! Venue: White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT Date: June 24, 2016 Description:  This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Tonight’s topic is Mars the Red Planet: In Fact, Lore, and Fiction. View more events in Connecticut on CTVisit.com.  Rhode Island Event: Ocean State BBQ Festival Venue: The Steel Yard in Providence, RI Date: June 24 – 25, 2016 Description: Since it’s officially summer, our taste buds have switched to barbecue mode. If you’re in the mood for smoky brisket or gooey barbecue sauce slathered on fall-off-the-bone ribs, you’ll want to head over to the Ocean State BBQ Festival...

8 Smart Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill Costs

Energy use sneaks up on you. One day, you think you’re being responsible—flipping off lights, not running the AC excessively, turning the TV off after “Game of Thrones”—and the next day, you’re standing slack-jawed by the mailbox, staring at a power bill that must have been racked up by gnomes living in your closet. Pretty much everyone has accidentally gone overboard on energy use, but there’s a lot you can do to keep your expenses in check. These eight easy, expert-approved tips promise to curb your usage and prevent the power-bill blues. 1. Practice routine maintenance Owning a home means keeping up with the routine maintenance on dozens of appliances (yep, you no longer have the luxury of calling your landlord when your freezer goes kaput). But it’s not just about keeping stuff from breaking. If your appliances are in bad shape, they’ll also run up your energy bills. Frequently forgotten energy-suckers include air filters (change three or four times a year), the HVAC system (twice a year), and dryer vents and refrigerator coils (make sure they’re clean and lint-free). 2. Get a smart thermostat Keeping on top of your in-home temperature can be tedious. That’s why we welcome the internet of things—at least when it comes to our thermostat. Many people agree that Google’s Nest is the best programmable thermostat because it learns from you, getting to know which temperatures you prefer and when. Nest “knows how and when to save energy,” says Alex Goldstein, CEO of Eligo Energy. But if the high cost—about $250—sends you askance, feel free to try any programmable thermostat to keep your costs down. A smart thermostat is a great way to regulate your utility usage....

The Future of Home Automation: Up-and-Coming Features

Everything is getting smarter these days … including your smoke alarm, deadbolt and showerhead. Home automation is no trend. Within the industry, you’ll discover loud voices shouting that the Internet of Things (IoT) is failing, and others exclaiming just as loudly that it’s changed the world and is here to stay. Whether you love it or hate it, home automation is everywhere, and research shows people want more. Eighty-one percent of people who already have smart home products say they are “more likely to buy a home if smart technology was already installed,” according to a survey jointly conducted by CNET and Coldwell Banker. With home automation growing rapidly, here are a few new and up-and-coming features to look forward to. The basics — but upgraded From Wi-Fi thermostats to smart lighting and security products, most of us are familiar with these well-loved smart home technologies. But these home automation basics are not so basic anymore. They’re more advanced than ever, and only getting smarter. Smart locks allow you to lock and unlock your door from home and while you’re away. You can even give those who regularly access your home “digital keys.” Some smart locks let you schedule when your door locks. For example, if you have a dog walker visiting Fido when you’re at work, you can monitor and schedule access without having to give someone a physical key to your home. Read more on...

10 Affordable Ways To Fill A Large Blank Wall

Overwhelmed at the thought of filling large, empty wall space? Here’s what to do. It’s big, it’s intimidating, and nearly every apartment for rent in Baltimore, MD, or Houston, TX, has it. No, we’re not talking about that pile of laundry that you swear you’ll get to soon — it’s that glaring, huge white wall. Even if your landlord lets you paint, an unadorned expanse can make your otherwise lovely home feel a bit spare. But just because you happen to have a lease doesn’t mean you can’t come up with a creative solution. Here are 10 renter-friendly, temporary solutions from design experts that will bring some style to a bare wall. 1. DIY a triptych Large, affordable artwork can be difficult to find. (And when you do discover a piece that doesn’t cost a fortune, it usually has all the character of something you’d find in a hotel room.) For something a little more wallet-friendly, create a custom piece yourself. Not the artsy type? Don’t abandon this do-it-yourself idea so fast. Skip the paint and scout out a few lengths of gorgeous fabric. (You won’t need much, so feel free to splurge on the good stuff.) Simply wrap a piece around an inexpensive, prestretched canvas and staple in place for a superfast work of “art.” Better yet, wrap three rectangular panels or canvases in fabric and then hang them together to create a triptych. 2. Turn to textiles Tapestries, vintage quilts, or even antique blankets can be too lovely to keep folded and hidden away. Instead, hang the textile from the wall to bring unique character and texture...

HOME SELLERS: CREATE A ‘MILLENNIAL MAGNET’

Sellers whose homes are ideal first-time-buyer starter homes may count on attracting millennial buyers to purchase this real estate. If so, sellers benefit from learning how to look at their homes from the millennial point of view since this group does not represent the force that it has in the past. With more than 83 million millennials — a larger group than boomers — needing a roof over their head, millennial home buyers should represent very significant proportions of the real estate purchasers in many markets — but they don’t. According to the National Association of Realtors 2015 2015 annual home buyers and sellers survey, the percentage of buyers who were first-timers was down to an almost historic low of 32%. Only one-third of these first-timers are millennials, where traditionally this group represented the majority of buyers. The thirty-something millennial segment that is buying has the income, borrowing clout, dual income status, and parental-boosted down payment to afford home ownership, where their millennial colleagues are renting or living with their parents. “Millennial” is a popular label (replacing Generation Y and Echo Boomers) that business gurus and authors apply to those born in years ranging from the early 1980s to the first years of the 21st Century — that’s the Millennium connection. The millennial label has no absolute definition. The defining range of years is usually chosen to prove the user’s point. Popular start years are 1980 or 1982 while wrap years run from 1992 to 2004. As more millennials reach traditional home buying age, buyer ranks will swell since the age 23 cohort is currently the largest in the...

Things to do this Weekend: June 17th – June 19th Connecticut & Rhode Island

Connecticut Event: Father’s Day Weekend Venue: Brownstone Exploration and Discover Park in Portland, CT Date: June 18 – 19, 2016 Description: See if Dad still has it! Dad gets a free upgrade to the Wakeboard Pass with the purchase of the Adventure Pass. Event: Sunset Cruise Venue: The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT Date: June 18, 2016 Description: Enjoy a fun relaxing tour out to the Norwalk islands timed to include the setting sun. Aquarium educators will point out sights and wildlife, but this cruise stresses de-stressing while twilight paints the western sky. Event: Father’s Day Trolley Special  Venue: The Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven, CT Date: June 19, 2016 Description: The Museum celebrates Father’s Day by giving every dad a free ride when accompanied by a ticketed family member. Event: Goshen Stampede Venue: Goshen Fairgrounds in Goshen, CT Date: June 17 – 19 2016 Description: Family fun events with a lot of action including rodeos and demolition derbys, three-day music festival, truck, pulls, fireworks, petting zoo, great food, vendors and much more. View more events in Connecticut on CTVisit.com.  Rhode Island Event: Great Chowder Fest  Venue: Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI Date: June 18, 2016 Description: The legendary Great Chowder Cook-Off is the original and longest running event of its kind in the nation, and officially kicks off Rhode Island’s summer festivities! Event: Brew. S. Open Venue: Newport Storm Brewery in Newport, RI Date: June 18 – 19, 2016 Description: Dad likes beer. Dad likes golf. And Dad likes snazzy Hawaiian T-shirts. Put all three together, add some fun in the sun and it’s a Father’s...

13 Dreamy Ways to Use String Lights In Your Backyard

Read full article on House Beautiful. We can’t think of a more enchanting idea for brightening up summer nights. Nothing says “summer” like warm nights spent in your backyard, and you can easily up the ambience by adding string lights. Summer will never be the same. In the Trees   Is there anything more soothing than a hammock gently swinging under string lights? This easy-to-pull-off setup is guaranteed to be your favorite spot to relax.Get the tutorial at By Stephanie Lynn   Above a Porch String lights are an easy, affordable way to turn your porch into an enchanting oasis. Let them drape from the ceiling or a railing, or hang them from a wall. On a Garden Pergola  Use three vintage ladders to construct this sweet mini pergola, a perfect place to hang lights or use as a backdrop for photos. Get the tutorial at Kojo Designs » Read full article on...

Dad Digs: 6 Homes Perfect For Father’s Day

Read full article on Trulia Real talk: What Dad really wants this Father’s Day is a little peace and quiet — and maybe his own motocross track. This post is in honor of all you dads out there. The ones whose past, present, and future have (or will, at some point) been marked by late-night feedings, cracker crumbs, and Saturdays sacrificed for soccer games; or, perhaps, by eye rolling, back talk, and disputes over curfews; by first grandchildren, empty nests, and full hearts. This one goes out to the fathers who wouldn’t trade a single sleepless night for anything in the world — or so they say. Because who would really choose diaper duty over a private putting green, a game room, a home theater, an outdoor kitchen, a motocross track, or any of the other father-friendly amenities of these supercharged man caves, which are strategically placed in locales from Lawn, TX, to McCaysville, GA? We’re betting the answer is probably no one — even including Mom. A creek runs through it: $238,297, 727 Indian Trail, McCaysville, GA 30555 Tell Dad to replenish his tackle box: This rustic log cabin is perched right on the edge of Georgia’s Fightingtown Creek, a mountain stream near the Tennessee state line that’s renowned for its trout fishing. The rush of the whitewater serves as a soundtrack to leisurely afternoons on the wraparound deck, playing cards or cleaning the day’s catch. The crackle of the wood-burning fireplace, on the other hand, sets the tone for cozy evenings indoors.Nota bene: At just 1,260 square feet with two loft-style bedrooms, the cabin doesn’t have much...

2016 Raymond F. Gates Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Tyler Dagnino is a 2016 graduate of Greenwich High School who will attend Bucknell University in the fall to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the Bucknell School of Management.  His 4.02 GPA, 30 out of 36 score on The ACT test and National Honor Society member status were all likely factors in his Early Decision offer from Bucknell.  His extracurricular activities are just as impressive: Varsity Team Tennis (currently captain), Symphony, Concert and Jazz Band member and Youth Basketball Coach volunteer in addition to working as a baseball umpire at the Old Greenwich Riverside Community Center and a summer Tennis instructor at the Old Greenwich Tennis Academy.   Tyler is the son of Elizabeth Dagnino, a REALTOR® with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties and a member of the Greenwich Association. Steven Gschwind will graduate from Simsbury High School in June and plans to attend Penn State in the fall majoring in computer science, engineering and/or math.  After college, he would like to work at a leading technology company that is at the forefront of either data analytics or artificial intelligence.  With a 4.05 GPA and scoring 33 out of 36 on The ACT test, Steven is an AP Scholar with Honors and a member of the National Honor Society whose extracurricular activities include SHS Math League, Varsity Rugby, Varsity/JV Football and being Captain of the Freshman Football Team as well as participating in an organized strength & conditioning program 4 times a week.  Steven is the son of Sheila Gschwind, a REALTOR® with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties and a member of the Greater...

Higher-end Homebuyers Seeking Outdoor, Other Amenities

John Lepore, a Realtor in the West Hartford office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, shows the outdoor features of a home for sale at 84 Scarborough St., in Hartford. The backyard includes a pool, fireplace, patio, kitchen amenities and covered dining area, all surrounded by professional landscaping covering almost 5 acres. The house is listed for $1.25 million. It wasn’t that many years ago that longtime Hartford-area Realtor John Lepore could quickly quote for a client the cost of eliminating a swimming pool, an amenity not in high demand among homebuyers. Not anymore. People want pools, especially those shopping for higher-end homes, he said. “Pools definitely are more in favor now than they were 10 years ago,” said Lepore, a Realtor in the West Hartford office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Lepore, whose niche is higher-end homes but sells homes at all price ranges, was the No. 1 sales agent in Hartford County last year for all agents and companies in total sales volume by dollar amount. Pools are just one amenity he’s seen growing in popularity among buyers the last three to five years. Also popular, outdoor kitchens with stainless appliances like refrigerators, wine coolers and grills, and granite countertops and fire pits, often complementing pools. “The younger people especially, this is what they want,” Lepore said, showing the outdoor kitchen, dining, pool and fireplace area of an impressive renovated home he has listed on stately Scarborough Street in Hartford’s west end. “Everybody gets excited, they can see themselves grilling, the refrigerator out there, sitting by the fire, running from the pool up here. This is what attracts people today.”...

11 Hardy Houseplants You Can’t Kill

The problem is, unlike that framed vintage print or the lamp you got free when you bought your sofa, plants actually need you to stay alive. And somehow—try as we might—some of us just weren’t born with that green thumb. If that’s you, we’re not here to judge. No matter how many plants you’ve murdered in the past, you can make this work. We believe in you! But here’s the thing: You need to go for plants with some durability. A lot of durability, actually. Check out these varieties that are practically indestructible, no matter how black your thumbs. If you’re into the forest look… 1. Ponytail palm Despite the name and appearance, ponytail palms aren’t actually palm trees (the plant falls somewhere in the bonsai variety). What these miniature trees are is hardy. A ponytail palm can live for years in the same pot and doesn’t want a lot of your time. It just needs bright light and a weekly watering when the soil is dry. Ponytail palm Flickr/Eugene Kim 2. Norfolk Island pine tree When potted, these tiny pine trees won’t grow big, but a few grouped together can make your home look like a forest. Bonus: These plants can tolerate full sun, any type of soil, and occasional water. Rarely, if ever, will they need a new pot. Indoor pines Flickr/ben jones 3. Ficus Essentially the official houseplant of the ’70s, the ficus has been out of favor for a while, but it is making a comeback. That’s a good thing for you, because these plants can live through almost anything. Aim for medium to bright light, and water when you...

Things to do this Weekend: June 10th – June 12th Connecticut & Rhode Island

Connecticut Event: Greenwich International Film Festival Venue: 19 West Elm Street in Greenwich, CT Date: June 9 – 12, 2016 Description: The second annual Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) celebrates important human rights initiatives, supporting charity partners National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rainforest Fund, and Community Access.  The festival will kick off with two opening night films, Little Boxes and The Anthropologist, and a party including a live concert by John Popper and awards presentation by Actress Kristin Davis. Event: International Festival of Arts & Ideas Venue: Multiple venues Venues throughout New Haven, CT Date: June 10 – 25, 2016 Description: A 15-day extravaganza of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that takes over theaters and open spaces in New Haven each June. More than 80% of festival events are completely free. Event: Taste of Mystic at Olde Mistick Village Venue: Olde Mistick Village in Mystic, CT Date: June 10 – 12, 2016 Description: A food and music festival annual favorite with more than 20 local restaurants offering a unique and delicious taste of their specialty, plus multiple bands playing throughout the weekend. Event: Blue Man Group  Venue: Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT Date: June 10 – 12, 2016 Description: Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable multi-sensory experience. It’s an outrageous evening of entertainment you will never forget. Event: Connecticut Open House Day – Imagine Nation Museum Venue: Imagine Nation in Bristol, CT Date: June 11, 2016 Description: The museum will be highlighting the Wonders Of Light with the...

A Modern Brand with Timeless Values

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England and Westchester Properties is a leading real estate brokerage firm with nearly 1,600 Sales Executives in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. Selectively chosen by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and HomeServices of America; the global reach, financial strength and fresh brand make Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England and Westchester Properties the premiere real estate firm in the Northeast. Whether residential, commercial, corporate relocation, equestrian or waterfront living, our company and REALTORS® are local market experts committed to providing exceptional service to our clients. Berkshire Hathaway is proud of the values with which it conducts business. It has and will continue to uphold the highest levels of business ethics and personal integrity in all transactions and interactions. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, which is among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Already, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by consumers in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend study of the largest real estate networks. HomeServices of America HomeServices of America, Inc. is the second largest independent residential real estate brokerage firm in the United States and an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway. HomeServices is comprised of an ever-expanding family of affiliate companies that are among the industry’s most respected real estate firms, most of which have an operating history of more than 54 years. Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. a worldwide holding company based...

Paul Sciarra of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties Received the 2016 Realie Award

West Hartford, CT – On May 21st, 2016, Paul Sciarra of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties was awarded the Real Art Ways “Realie Award” in celebration of their 40 Anniversary, announced West Hartford Office Leader, Meryl Freedman. The Realie Award was presented to a small group of individuals who were instrumental in the growth of Real Art Ways over the years. Real Art Ways is a 501 ©3 non-profit organization that relies on support from members and the outside community to be able to continue innovative exhibitions and programming.  These programs and exhibitions help creatively engage; build and inform communities. Paul Sciarra is a REALTOR and former owner of 56 Arbor Street in Hartford, the building that houses Real Art Ways. He was approached by Executive Director Will K. Wilkins in the early 1990’s about the possible expansion of Real Art Ways into a much larger space within the building.  Wilkins had the ability to secure a very large grant from the State bonding commission, but to do so he would need a long term lease.  Paul and Wilkins quickly worked through the details and came to terms on a 30-year lease which ultimately secured the State grants. Shortly thereafter, Real Art Ways took over 12,000 square feet in 56 Arbor Street and began their incredible renovation which includes gallery spaces, performance spaces and a movie theater. Because of his efforts, Paul was recognized by Senator Richard Blumenthal; in honor of receiving the 2016 “Realie Award” for his amazing support of Real Art Ways and the Arts community. “Will K. Wilkins and Real Art Ways helped change...

7 Ways To Get Your Home Open-House Ready For Less Than $1,000

An open house is your chance to show off your home’s best assets. Don’t let old carpets or dated fixtures give off the wrong vibe. You’ve probably heard the adage “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Well, it’s just as relevant when you’re selling your house. If buyers don’t like what they see from the curb, chances are, they won’t be back. And since an open house is your chance to showcase your home — and all its attributes — to many buyers at once, you definitely want to make sure it’s looking its best. “An open house is all about exposure, getting people to talk about it and tell their friends,” says Marisa Menzel, real estate agent with Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Alpine, NJ. “You want buyers to have a good feeling about the house before they even walk in the door.” The best part? Getting your home for sale in Chicago, IL, open-house ready doesn’t have to cost a fortune. These tips can make a huge impact for under $1,000. We’re not talking the whole house here, but slapping a fresh coat of paint on your front door — or anywhere the paint is flaking or could use a touch-up, like garage doors or trim — instantly upgrades your home’s exterior. “If you have a ratty screen door, replace that as well,” advises Menzel. “A new door knocker and new house numbers are a good idea as well. You want people to easily find the house.” 2. Kick up your kitchen “Buyers love stainless steel appliances,” says Menzel. “You almost...

10 Household Expenses You Can Eliminate Right Now

The key to saving money is knowing where to trim your budget. Paying bills is never fun, but it’s even less exciting when those monthly expenses: a) keep you from enjoying the cultural events and great restaurants your city has to offer; or b) leave you eating noodles for the last few days before every payday. But you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice the lifestyle you want to live in an apartment or home you love. In fact, it’s probably easier than you think to eliminate some of those unnecessary household expenses. So whether you’re fulfilling those big-city dreams in a studio apartment in San Francisco, CA, or moving into a family-friendly home for sale in Austin, TX, read on to find out how to eliminate or reduce monthly household expenses like grocery bills, insurance, and cellphone bills without disrupting your life. 1. Head to the grocery store Sure, you can’t eliminate the price of food from your budget (people do have to eat). But do you really need to buy all of your groceries at Whole Foods and buy takeout for lunch every day? “Food is a huge monthly expense for many families,” says CPA Philip Taylor, founder of PTMoney.com. “To make a big impact, eliminate all takeout and dining-out meals. Food from the grocer is less expensive and likely healthier than restaurant options anyway. If you crave the occasional meal out, search for local one-time freebies or buy-one-get-one deals.” Eating in doesn’t have to mean daily trips to the grocery store either. Research local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and talk with your neighbors or co-workers about...

“Sell Your Old Gold” Fundraiser in New Canaan, CT

For this fundraiser, your checkbook stays at home…This time, YOU go home with a check in your pocket! Best news yet, 60% of the profits will be donated, in your name, to The Sunshine Kids. Please take a moment to look through your jewelry boxes for: BROKEN GOLD CHAINS AND BRACELETS SINGLE EARRINGS (HALF PAIRS) OLD SCHOOL RINGS RINGS WITH MISSING STONES OLD BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND GIFTS JEWELRY YOU NEVER WEAR GOLD NON-WORKING WATCHES YES, EVEN DENTAL GOLD STERLING SILVER JEWELRY, FLATWARE, HOLLOWWARE PLATINUM AND PALLADIUM Tuesday, June 21st 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 22nd 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 22nd 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties 98 Park Street, New Canaan, CT | 203-966-7970 Download the event...

Things to do this Weekend: June 3rd – June 5th Connecticut & Rhode Island

Connecticut Event: Connecticut Trails Day Venue: Nathan Hale House in Conventry, CT Date: June 4, 2016 Description: Join Connecticut Landmarks staff for a slow two-mile walk down the 18th-century road toward Norwich. This unimproved dirt road into the Nathan Hale State Forest is the route that the Hale family used to take their livestock to market in Norwich, CT. Event: Ninety9Bottles Craft Beer Festival  Venue: Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk, CT Date: June 4, 2016 Description: Festival goers will enjoy a variety of brews while overlooking beautiful Norwalk Harbor up atop the hill at Oyster Shell Park. New England based breweries will be pouring samples of   more than 75+beers, some old favorites and some that you have yet to experience including new beers to the Connecticut market. Event: Pick Your Own Strawberries Venue: Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, CT Date: June 3-30, 2016 Description: The first ‘Pick-Your-Own’ fruit of the season. Fresh-picked Connecticut-grown strawberries will also be available in our Apple Barrel market. We grow many different varieties in our orchard, so one (or more) of our tastiest types is sure to please your palate. Event: GardenFest Venue: Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT Date: June 3 – June 12, 2016 Description: The Museum’s seventh annual GardenFest, a ten day celebration of the site’s historic gardens, featuring special events, displays, demonstrations, and family activities. Event: Wine Tasting Venue: Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society in Hartford, CT Date: June 1-8, 2016 Description: Can you tell the difference between a domestic wine and one from abroad? What’s the difference between a California vintage and one from France or Italy? View more events in Connecticut...