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WineFest’s Tenth Delights All

Bruce “Two-Dogs” Bozsum

Bruce “Two-Dogs” Bozsum

by John Stratton

What’s not to like?   Great wines and beers, great food, great friends old and new. And a tenth anniversary swirl and glow in the air in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun…which means lots to see and enjoy.

That’s 32—count ‘em 32—celebrity chefs, vintners, brewmasters. And about 900 distinct wines and brews offered to the diligent taster seeking to develop higher ranges of  connoisseurship.  But who’s counting? You have to pick and choose, and learn. And perhaps share your responses with more than 10,000 others like you, ready with a good word as friends meeting new friends.

Mark and Bridget Freeman of Tolland attended with another couple, Kevin and Renée Furbush of Glastonbury. They’d been to WineFest’s before, for the past five years.  “It’s a great weekend,” they said, just about in unison as they took a break to sample some eats. And the ladies laughed, “Without the kids—it’s a bonus!”

Two friends from the Hartford area were there for the first time, Dan Tarvell of Windsor and Brian Pitney of Enfield. Would they come back next year?  “Absolutely, yes!” they said.

Among familiar local faces were Sandy Chianzi of Mystic and Crystal Merritt of Stonington. They describe themselves as “the two favorites at the Steak Loft,” where they tend an active bar with many regulars.

Sandy Chianzi and Crystal Merritt.

Sandy Chianzi and Crystal Merritt.

Likewise, Lynn Malerba, 18th Lifetime Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, stopped in with husband Paul and daughter Angela and fiancé Matt, as did Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council,  blending with the throng in the expansive ballroom.

Robert J. “Bobby” Soper, President and CEO, Mohegan Sun, was on hand as well, noting the camaraderie that makes the event a special one.

“This event has become the premier wine festival in the Northeast, if not the East Coast,” said Bobby, who added that there was something for everyone to enjoy. “Whether you want to attend a private tasting event or activity, or enjoy the unmatched variety of offerings at the Grand Tasting, or just mingle with the top celebrity chefs in the world—it is truly a remarkable event for wine and food enthusiasts. Or even for people like myself who do not have distinguished palates, and just want to have a great time.”

(l-r) Paul and Lynn Malerba with Angela and Matt.

(l-r) Paul and Lynn Malerba with Angela and Matt.

Bobby also sees the WineFest in a larger context, attracting many new visitors to the complex in Uncasville.

“We are constantly refreshing our property,” he said, “and have had a flurry of openings of new establishments in the past several months.

Restaurants and nightlife choices such as Hash House a Go Go, Landsdowne Pub, Mist in Casino of the Wind, Vista Lounge at Wombi Rock, the Bow & Arrow Sports Bar in Earth Casino and the new Clay Pipe cigar lounge have all joined us.”

À votre santé!

Year in Review: September – October 2012

Sub Base Commander Marc Denno boards the train on a special ride from New London northwards to Willimantic on October 4 to demonstrate revived rail potential for the region; numerous civic and business leaders attended.Train Moves From Past To Future

Sub Base Commander Marc Denno boards the train on a special ride from New London northwards to Willimantic on October 4 to demonstrate revived rail potential for the region; numerous civic and business leaders attended.

 

 


At its Annual Meeting on September 20 at the Calabrese Club in Westerly, the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (PNC) honored Alexis Ann, founder, editor, and publisher of The Resident, with its 2012 Good Neighbor Award. (l-r) Seth Handyside, Communication Team Manager, the Resident; June Strunk, Board President, PNC; Tony Schillaci, Writer, the Resident; Alexis Ann, Founder, Editor & Publisher, Owner, the Resident; Don Church, Writer, the Resident; Vicki  Anderson, Executive Director, PNC; Anna Trusky, Writer, the Resident; and Carolyn Guzzo, Graphics and Production, the Resident.The Resident Good News Team Awarded “Good Neighbor Award” from Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

At its Annual Meeting on September 20 at the Calabrese Club in Westerly, the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (PNC) honored Alexis Ann, founder, editor, and publisher of The Resident, with its 2012 Good Neighbor Award. (l-r) Seth Handyside, Communication Team Manager, the Resident; June Strunk, Board President, PNC; Tony Schillaci, Writer, the Resident; Alexis Ann, Founder, Editor & Publisher, Owner, the Resident; Don Church, Writer, the Resident; Vicki  Anderson, Executive Director, PNC; Anna Trusky, Writer, the Resident; and Carolyn Guzzo, Graphics and Production, the Resident.

 


The Honorable Paul Cravinho with his wife, Kathleen Cravinho. Three things dear to every Stonington resident: the “COMO,” the fishing fleet, and civic mainstays like retired Judge of Probate and town leader, Paul Cravinho. And all three were honored at the 5th Annual Gala “Stars Over Stonington” event “in honor of the people who uphold the traditions and honor of Stonington.” The Stars gathering was on September 21 at Stonington Meadows.COMO Honors Paul Cravinho and Fishing-Lobstering Heritage

The Honorable Paul Cravinho with his wife, Kathleen Cravinho. Three things dear to every Stonington resident: the “COMO,” the fishing fleet, and civic mainstays like retired Judge of Probate and town leader, Paul Cravinho. And all three were honored at the 5th Annual Gala “Stars Over Stonington” event “in honor of the people who uphold the traditions and honor of Stonington.” The Stars gathering was on September 21 at Stonington Meadows.

 


For Lynn Malerba, the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, enrollment in a new Yale University doctoral program is a direct continuation of her professional life in nursing, and her deep responsibilities to her tribal nation. She is one of fourteen candidates in the new program. Chief Malerba Embarks on DNP

For Lynn Malerba, the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, enrollment in a new Yale University doctoral program is a direct continuation of her professional life in nursing, and her deep responsibilities to her tribal nation. She is one of fourteen candidates in the new program.

 

 


At ceremonies in Busan, Korea, Jan Miller was named a district governor for Lions Club International.Jan Miller Named Lions District Governor

At ceremonies in Busan, Korea, Jan Miller was named a district governor for Lions Club International.