Brides Against Breast Cancer Tour

Brides Against Breast Cancer is a national nonprofit that tours the country selling donated wedding gowns with the proceeds directly going towards programs and services for people who are impacted by cancer.


Our Nationwide Tour of Gowns will make a “tour stop” in Meriden on September 27, 2014 at the Westfield Meriden Mall.



A link to the event can be found here:



Rock ‘N Roll Fantasy Camp

Dear Rock Stars,

In the next few weeks we will be announcing our new camp schedule for 2014/2015 and I’m sure you will find time in your life to jam with the greatest musicians in the world.

If you have always wanted to jam on these songs with the artists then Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp is your haven so don’t let this year go by without living your dream. These songs include, Who Are You”, “Pinball Wizard”, “Walk This Way”, “Dream On”, “Cryin’”, “Smoke on the Water”, “Highway Star”, “Hot and Nasty”, “Bad Company”, “Feel like Makin’ Love”, “I want you to want me”, “Surrender”, “Dreams”, “Right Now”, “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, “Burnin’ for You”, “I wanna know what love is”, “Cold as Ice”, “Black Betty”, “Flirtin’ with Disaster”, “Caught up on you” and so many more!

For all those returning campers we’ve always listened to you and this year you’ve asked to jam with these superstars so we hope that you will continue to join us rocking out. Call now to reserve your spot or get more information on upcoming camps: 888.762.2263 ext 5 or Click HERE

Those of you who have been flying British Airways this month, we thank you for the great reaction to our feature cover story in the Highlife onboard magazine.

Lastly all you Canadians out there get ready as we are getting closer to announcing our first Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp coming to Calgary.

For the last 18 years, Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp has given musicians, vocalists, and songwriters of all skill levels the opportunity to jam, record, and perform with their musical heroes. Events take place at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, and there are plans to open a camp in Canada in 2015. Upcoming Fantasy Camps include Roger Daltrey of The Who (Foxwoods, October 16-19, 2014) and Sammy Hagar of Van Halen and Chickenfoot (Mandalay Bay, February 12-15, 2015).

888.762.2263 | WWW.ROCKCAMP.COM


CarShowPhotoCalling all classic cars and car enthusiasts!

The Saybrook Point Inn is sponsoring its Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show on Monday, September 1, from 12 noon to 4 pm, at the Inn, 2 Bridge Street in Old Saybrook. Owners of classic, antique, rare or muscle cars are invited to bring their cars down to this beautiful setting near the Saybrook Point Inn Marina.

            The day’s activities include live music by The Cartells and refreshments, including hot dogs and hamburgers, on the Fresh Salt patio. A 50/50 raffle will also be held. Numerous “People’s Choice” trophies will be awarded to the cars in various categories. Entry fee is $10 per car, with a portion of the proceeds from the fee going to support a local charity to be announced. The first 100 vehicles at the show will receive complimentary dash plaques for their support.
For more information or to reserve a car space, contact Show Chairperson, Chris Loader at Saybrook Point Inn at (860) 395-2000 or via email at

A Painter’s Prose

The Cooley Gallery is proud to announce A Painter’s Prose, Recently Acquired Works by William S. Robinson, an exhibition of over 25 historic paintings by the Old Lyme art colony artist.

As a fine writer illuminates the journey with a pen so William Robinson worked with a brush. He found beauty everywhere as evidenced through his early landscapes of France, bucolic scenes while a distinguished member of the Old Lyme Art Colony, and the seasonal vignettes painted throughout tireless explorations of New England. Robinson’s final destination was the therapeutic warmth of Biloxi, Mississippi where he taught, painted and added to his ever growing list of admirers. This exhibition is a recently acquired trove of varied works throughout Robinson’s travels.

This exhibition, A Painter’s Prose, opening at The Cooley Gallery on September 6th, is a collection of paintings by Mr. Robinson (1861-1945) of various sizes and subjects that communicate a sense of place with an ease and gentleness in a very clear, poetic and non-verbal way.

William S. Robinson (1861-1945) was a long time member of the art colony in Old Lyme.  When he arrived in 1905, artists were trending away from the original ideal of an American Barbizon to an American Impressionism and William Robinson felt right at home.  Robinson returned to Old Lyme every summer until 1921, when he decided to live in the village year-round.

According to his Salmagundi Club biographer and fellow painter from Lyme, Frederick Lester Sexton (1889-1975), “His best pictures are not always of sailing vessels but more often of Connecticut hillsides and pasture lands, especially about Old Lyme where he lived for thirty-one years in the old Griswold House, working in a studio across the brook from the Lyme Art Association Gallery.”  Travel was a significant part of the artist’s life.  Born in East Gloucester and the son of a fisherman, he taught at a boys school until he could afford the travel to Paris and study at the Académie Julian in Paris.

From there he went on to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, New London, Old Lyme, and finally, by the 1940s, to Biloxi, Mississippi. In between were painting excursions to Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and New York State, during which Robinson captured the diverse landscape of the eastern seaboard with a palette that ranged from autumnal and tonal early in his career to brightly impressionistic in the 1920s and 1930s.

This exhibition documents some of those travels and includes paintings from Old Lyme, Europe, Vermont and Mississippi.

After Miss Florence’s death in 1937, Robinson was off again, to rejoin a childhood friend in Biloxi. The paintings he left behind make it easy today to record his movements. Though they were done hundreds of miles apart, they are uniformly lovely, the work of an impressionist master, often on the road, but always in the moment.

Founded in 1981 and located in the heart of historic Old Lyme, the Cooley Gallery specializes in fine American paintings from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and select contemporary artists. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Please call (860) 434-8807 or visit for additional information. The Cooley Gallery is located at 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

What Women Really Want

By Ann – Marie Murrell, Morgan Brittany, and Dr. Gina Loudon

Casting New Lives is proud to announce their new clients Ann-Marie Murrell, Morgan Brittany and Dr. Gina Loudon, A.K.A. The PolitiChicks, and the upcoming launch of their new book What Women Really Want.



The highly anticipated launch begins September 2, 2014 in New York City, from there they will travel throughout the U.S. for various book signings and personal appearances. Also in conjunction with their new book, they are availing themselves to several speaking engagements. Be on the lookout for a PolitiChick sighting near you!

You may also contact Rob Lowe to arrange an appearance in your area.




In their brand new book, What Women Really Want, Ann-Marie Murrell, Morgan Brittany and Dr. Gina Loudon describe what many women feel regarding a woman’s place in society and why they don’t need feminism. “Women can be warriors without burning bras. Women can be strong without emasculating their husbands and sons. Women can be mothers without coddling or compromise. Most importantly, women can live out their faith without imposed compromise of her convictions. Women can be truly feminine, and it is in that design, that she is most competent and capable of truly changing the world.”
The PolitiChicks were nominated the “People’s Choice Blogger of the Year” at CPAC in 2012. began as a Conservative web TV talk show, but in 2012, PolitiChicks Nat’l Director/Editor-in-Chief Ann-Marie Murrell completely re-vamped the website. Gathering 50 writers across the United States, the new PolitiChicks Nation was born. Led by anchors Morgan Brittany, Gina Loudon and Ann-Marie, continues to represent independent, activist Conservative women, providing the latest news, original commentary, and interviews with the nation’s political leaders, newsmakers and Conservative entertainers.

NEDA Hosts 3rd Annual Hartford NEDA Walk

 In the U.S., 20 Million Women & 10 Million Men Suffer From an Eating Disorder It is Estimated That 121,475 of Them are in Connecticut*


The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is waging a battle against eating disorders and unrealistic “body perfect” ideals. To raise funds, spread awareness about the seriousness of eating disorders and support the local community, NEDA is holding its third annual Hartford NEDA Walk, themed NEDA Walk. Save a Life. Funds from the walk will be used to support NEDA’s education and advocacy programs.


In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their lives, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). Anorexia nervosa has the highest fatality rate of any mental illness. But there is hope and there is help!


WHAT:          3rd annual Hartford NEDA Walk, themed NEDA Walk. Save a Life

Special guest speakers: eating disorder survivor and former Miss America Kirsten Haglund;

Dr. Margo Maine, eating disorders expert, author, NEDA board member and member of NEDA’s Founder’s Council; and singer/songwriters and NEDA Ambassadors the FALK Sisters.


WHEN:           Saturday, Sept. 27 @ 12 p.m. (Registration/check-in begins at 11 a.m.)


WHERE:         University of Connecticut Greater Hartford Campus, 85 Lawler St., West Hartford, CT (parking on Trout Brook).To pre-register, visit call 212-575-6200

$25 per adult, $15 per student, $10 per child under 12, $5 per pet


Sponsoring the event is Maine & Weinstein Specialty Group, Hartford Hospital Institute for Living, Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, Walden Behavioral Care, Monte Nido Eating Disorder Treatment Centers, Cambridge Eating Disorder Center and Center for Discovery.


Headquartered in New York City, NEDA is the leading U.S. non-profit organization supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Each year, NEDA helps millions of people across the country find information and appropriate treatment resources through its toll-free, live helpline, its many outreach programs and website. NEDA advocates for advancements in the field and envisions a world without eating disorders.


For Treatment Referrals, Visit

Or Contact NEDA’s Live Helpline: 800-931-2237
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (EST)

Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST)




Greenleaf & Associates — 323-660-5800

Kelly Williams —



Mary Curran 860-604-7586 (cell)




* Eating Disorder Population by State References:

Hudson Jl, Hiripi E, Pope HG Jr, Kessler RC. The prevalence and correlates of eating disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Biol Psychiatry. 2007 Feb1;61(3):348-58. Epub 2006 Jul 3.


Sonja A. Swanson, ScM; Scott J. Crow, MD: Daniel Le Grange, PhD; Joel Swendsen, PhD; Kathleen R. Merikangas, PhD.

Prevalence and Correlates of Eating Disorders in Adolescents.

Results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement. Arch Gen Psychatry.

Published online March 7, 2011. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.22


CLUE Tours of the Mark Twain House

Saturday, September 20

HARTFORD, Conn. –  CLUE Tours will be offered in a special, one-night-only edition at The Mark Twain House & Museum on Saturday, September 20, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., using the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house — and some of the author’s favorite literary characters — as part of the game.

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain’s beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours!

One night only, Saturday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Tours step off every 15 minutes.  Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early. Tickets are $22;  museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  To purchase tickets, please call 860-280-3130 or visit and click on Events.


Sea Tea Improv ( is an improv comedy company professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with their witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  They perform short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They’ve performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

The Mark Twain House &Museum ( has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where Samuel L. Clemens and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

In addition to providing tours of Twain’s restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy and provide information about his life and times.

The house and museum at 351 Farmington Ave. are open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-247-0998 or visit .

Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.  

Heineken House Enhances the North Coast Music Festival Experience

Experience the Heineken House debut at North Coast Music Festival from August 29th – 31st, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois! Debuting with two elevated viewing platforms creating VIP views, you’ll never miss a moment of the festival. Providing an industrial feel with sleek art designs, the Heineken House is created out of a structure formed by shipping containers. What’s more, it will feature artwork created by professional painter and avid skateboarder, Erik Lundquist, and invite festival goers to complete his dynamic black light mural, while enjoying DJ performances by various musicians. Fans can also check out the Heineken Beer Truck Bar as it will be serving Heineken, Heineken Light, and Heineken Dark from 8 taps. Finally, guests will also have a chance to win great prizes each day by tagging Instagram photos with #HeinekenHouse.

Photos (following event) available upon request

WHO:  Spokespeople available for interviews:

  • Leanne Maciel, Brand Manager – Heineken Sponsorships & Events

WHEN/WHERE: The Heineken House will be open during the following times:

  • Friday, August 29th – 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 30th – 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 31st – 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM

WHY: This year, Heineken welcomes festival goers to experience North Coast in an enhanced way. Whether it’s through the VIP views, the opportunity to create artwork with professional painter, Erik Lundquist or enjoying DJ performances at the Heineken House, guests can soak this all in while enjoying an ice-cold Heineken from the Heineken Beer Truck Bar.

About North Coast Music Festival:

North Coast Music Festival is a collaboration of independent promoters in Chicago, such as React Presents, Silver Wrapper, Cold Grums Productions and Metronome Chicago. With a collective 50 years producing events, we’ve presented everything from small shows to selling out large scale concerts. Some of us specialize in electronic, hip hop, jam band, indie rock and all kinds of genres. With this festival we’ve come together to celebrate the merging of all music and walks of life that enjoy it as much as we do.


Christine Lu

Kellie Jelencovich

Phone: (646) 204-4779

Phone: (646) 702-3611

An update on the next fundraising events scheduled by the


  1. Sunday September 14, 2014 —  1st annual Poker Run and Block Party – registration begins at 10:am at Uncle Kranky’s Café – 37 Main St.  – Jewett City. Last bike out at noon or come in 4 wheels for the block party and to support a great cause!!!  Great Food, Fantastic Music, 50/50 Raffle
  2. Saturday/Sunday November 1-2, 2014 – Flashback 5K –The only night that you can defy time, finish running before you start and make a difference in your community!  Registration begins at Midnight in the Olde Mistick Village—music, food, contests, FUN!


For more information, for early bird registrations AND TO PICK YOUR CAUSE, on either event, please visit our website:  OR call Ceci Illif at 860.303.3387, founder of theCharityChallenge.Net.  Our Wine and Beer Tasting and Yard Sale were great successes!  Thanks to all those who supported, please know that your participation and donations were greatly appreciated, by the volunteers and Board for theCharityChallenge.Net, and all those in need that benefited from your generosity!!


Hope to see you at the next event!