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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!

Restaurant Write-up: Fisherman

New Winter Menu
December 8, 2012

Ocean to table from day one!

One of the newer culinary trends is to identify the sources of the products that are served in many restaurants today. Our chef has built long term relationships over the years with some of the highest quality vendors available. We’ve always cared!

Arguably, the world’s finest scallops come from nearby Stonington; the Bomster family has been harvesting this consistently superior product for generations now. Stop in at the Stonington town dock and you can buy their scallops and see the boats that landed them at the same time!

We have sources in Point Judith Rhode Island and Northern Maine that are simply the best. Codfish or fluke? We can make a call and find out the name of the boat that landed it, where they fished and maybe even the captain’s name; how’s that for source?

For our meats we rely on custom cut butchers from the very top of the line vendors; this means proper, sanitary and safe food service for our customers with fantastic quality.

We love to do interesting and eclectic salads and accompaniments and our produce comes from a vendor that you will only see at the very best quality restaurants and local farms are supported.

We are here for you our guests with the freshest and the best!

See great pictures of what we do
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Athena Award Honors Women as Leaders, Humanitarians

2012 Athena Award recipient Marta Parsons.

by John Stratton

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m just a regular person!”

So said the surprised recipient of the Tenth Annual Athena Award at Lake of Isles October 24, as her selection was announced to some 200 leaders from the Stonington-Pawcatuck-Westerly area at the evening gala honoring her and her fellow nominees, as well as six scholarship recipients exemplifying young women of promise in the region.

The Athena Award winner is Marta Parsons of Westerly, who has an unparalleled, 35-year career in nursing and civic leadership, with a “you can do it all and do it well” attitude that she transmitted to countless other women.

There were five nominees for the 2012 award, each of whom has a stellar record of personal and community achievement. The award is sponsored by the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce to “celebrate professional excellence, creativity, and initiative, giving back to the community, and assisting women in reaching their full leadership potential.”

The other nominees were Michelle Yozzo Drake, Cindy Duncan, Janell Hayes Bruno, and Elizabeth “Bobette” McCracken. Alexis Ann of The Resident was the event’s keynote speaker.

This year’s presenting sponsor is Geraldine B. Cunningham Associates, with other sponsorships led by Purchasing Group Power of Northeast, Chelsea Groton Bank, The Day, The Washington Trust Company, The Westerly Hospital, and Zoe and Company, the presenting sponsor for the Athena Scholarship, along with additional donations by Prime Time Café.

Keynote speaker Alexis Ann, The Resident.

Scholarship award winners also reflected leadership and potential.

Winners of the Nancy Creaturo Memorial Scholarship are Bomina Belden and Zoe Prescott, both of Westerly High School, who have worked for the “betterment of downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck” in the spirit of the leader for whom the scholarship is named. The four Athena Scholarship recipients are Emily Buxton, of Stonington High School; Laura Martinelli, of the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical School in Providence; Kelley Miguel, of Westerly High School; and Joni Moody, of Stonington High School.

Athena Scholarship recipients are presented with their awards. (l-r) Laura Martinelli, Emily Buxton, Joni Moody, Michelle Russell of Zoe & Co., and Kelley Miguel.

SHS Drama Wins Six Halo Awards for Theater Arts

by: Anna Maria Trusky

Libby Hall, Heather Jackson, Erin Lee Sousa Stanley (Theater Director), Rachyl Jackson, and Wyatt Floyd of Stonington High School Drama have a lot to celebrate—and to look forward to!

Students at Stonington High School (SHS) Drama started their summer on an award-winning high note—and unlike most students, who live for vacation, these talented young people can’t wait for the fall semester! For the second year in a row, SHS Drama participated in the Halo Awards, a statewide competition that honors excellence in high school theater. The award program is administered by Waterbury’s professional Seven Angels Theatre, which was started by Semina DiLaurentis, a Waterbury native and Broadway and TV actress who originated the role of Sister Amnesia in the musical Nunsense. Competition was tough, as drama students from all over the state were nominated. The awards were given at the end of the school year in a Tony-like ceremony at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. SHS was nominated for 17 awards and won six. The winners included Ian Capozzoli (Best Ensemble Member); Haley Barravecchia and Cory Candelet  (Best Couple); Libby Hall (Best Comic Performer in a Play, female); Antonio Pereira (Above and Beyond Award); and Mackenzie Angus (Stage Manager), Kimberly Armstrong and Hannah Lyon (Assistant Stage Managers) for Best Student Stage Management & Running Crew.

SHS Theater Director Erin Lee Sousa Stanley loves the Halo Awards process. “The judges come from the executive staff, board, and actors from Seven Angels. They are professionals who really care about what we are doing and see all our plays. It’s a wonderful experience for the students.”

SHS Drama students and soon-to-be Juniors Heather Jackson, Rachyl Jackson, Libby Hall, and Wyatt Floyd were thrilled about the awards and eagerly shared their feelings about being involved in the Drama program at SHS. Rachyl, a talented make-up artist, remembers watching her big brother rehearse and helping him run lines when he went to SHS. “I wanted to be those kids up there,” she said.

“Rachyl is amazing,” Erin said. “She does so much research to create the perfect makeup for each character.”

Rachyl’s twin sister Heather played the role of Julia in the school’s recent production of Lend Me a Tenor. “I love the way we become like a family when we work on a show together,” she said. “Theater is like a varsity sport. There is a lot of teamwork involved.”

Wyatt, an actor and photographer who does the call board photos, slide shows, and DVDs, was an apprentice stage manager this past school year. “The whole experience of theater is thrilling. The drama program is the best part of the school year,” he said.

Libby noted that “It is humbling to see the work of the other schools that are nominated for the awards. Seeing how much talent there is makes you want to work harder. I would not want to be at any other school because our drama program and the training we get from Mrs. Stanley is the best.”

Mackenzie Angus, an award winner who just graduated and will be attending a pre-med program, joined the interview by phone. “I love stage managing. You get to see everything on and off stage, all the behind-the-scenes activity. And I couldn’t ask for better friends.”

“The program is going great,” said Erin. “We’re selling out performances. The whole community really looks forward to our shows. It is a true family affair because our students’ parents get involved, and it inspires younger children. We have amazing kids here at Stonington, and our drama program attracts the cream of the crop!”