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photo cred: mohegan sun

A few noteworthy events coming up to keep you going through the Winter! A small town that is never without great things to do…

WINE FEST

photo cred: mohegan sun

photo cred: mohegan sun

It’s time for the 12th Annual WineFest at Mohegan Sun. If you like to try new wines, this is your event. While there, sample dishes from the area’s top restaurants, view chef demonstrations, enjoy bourbon tastings, contests and more!

January 23rd-25th
Purchase tickets and learn more about the event here.

LIVE MUSIC

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photo cred: the side door

Remember our post on The Side Door? Check out the action for yourself. Mike Moreno Quartet with Kendrick Scott, Doug Weiss and Jon Cowherd will be gracing the stage this weekend!

Saturday, January 24th, door opens at 7:30pm
Purchase tickets and read more about the musicians here.

 

PAIRING DINNER

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You won’t want to miss the Grey Sail Brewery beer pairing dinner at Harbour House. Each course is accompanied by one of our favorites and is certainly a great way to warm up!

Wednesday, February 4th, 7:00pm
Enjoy a four-course tasting menu with beer pairings for $49 per person
Purchase tickets online.

ART + MINGLE

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Mix beats, art, and food with other creative types at our winter party featuring a masquerade theme. Attend in costume – cloaked, masked, or in whatever mysterious ensemble you can dream up! Sip, snack, and dance to music by our live DJ. Our NextGen Exhibition, a special exhibit featuring artists ages 16-35, will be opening in conjunction with MIX Masquerade, so join us to support and celebrate our millennial artists.

Rum tasting by The Real McCoy Rum, treats by Zest Fresh Pastry.

Friday, February 6th, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Age 18+
Members $15 / Public $25
Purchase tickets online or pay at the door. More information available here.

 

50 SHADES

50If you are waiting for 50 Shades of Grey to make its debut on the big screen February 14th this is the perfect teaser (hah, teaser). Visit the Garde Arts Center in New London to see smash hit 50 Shades! Musical Parody.
Saturday, February 7th, 8:00pm
Purchase tickets here.
Cheers,
KP
Check out more options for fun on the town here and here!

BIOLOGIC+ JUICE & CLEANSES

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 2.43.01 PMOkay…so we will get to the juice, but first let me tell you a bit about my beautiful friend Courtney. Courtney and I first met a couple years ago when she was in Stonington visiting her former New York City roommate. As it often happens, during her visit she half jokingly (or hopingly, however you look at it) announced that she too would be leaving city life behind and moving to town. A lot of visitors say they are going to, and luckily Courtney followed through on her word. In the  summer of 2013 she officially became a Stonington resident.

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Fast forward to January 2015 and Courtney, along with another friend and ex-New Yorker Carlos, open their own business, Biologic+: an all natural, all organic, all vegan, and always from scratch juice and cleanse shop located in the Velvet Mill in Stonington.

Taking cues from both of their ultra healthy lifestyles (Court is a vegan and  also a yoga instructor at Mystic Yoga Shala and Carlos a former personal trainer), Biologic+ is like walking into a “juice lab.”kitchen

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They are not wearing lab coats, but they are mixing up some pretty innovative juices and smoothies, doing everything down to the almond milk and cashew milk from scratch.

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To further enhance the made-to-order juices and smoothies, there is always the option to add pea protein (which is vegan, as opposed to whey protein which contains both animal and dairy by-products), spirulina (the super food in the form of a smelly but tasteless algae) or, if you need it, a little agave to sweeten things up.

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They also offer juice cleanses that you can order in advance, onsite or online, and are delivered right to your door (free within a 10 mile radius, although they offer shipping throughout the Northeast down to Washington DC). Everything is made from scratch using fresh produce, herbs and nut milk. That being said, shelf life is limited so be sure you are ready to start your cleanse immediately upon delivery.

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I will admit, this self professed pizza junkie was a bit apprehensive about trying her first juice. I decided to jump right in and go for the exotic green, comprised of almond milk, kale, romaine, pineapple, mint, and as Courtney insisted, a healthy scoop of  spirulina. As it turns out, I like my greens juiced. Who knew something so healthy and, to state the obvious, so utterly green, could taste so yummy and refreshing.

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With January being the month of the New Year’s resolution, stay on track, treat yourself, and swing by Biologic+; it’s the perfect way to kick start your new health and fitness routine.

Cheers to Courtney and Carlos, and to all of us starting something new this year!

JM

REAL WEDDING: ABBY + BRENDAN

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There is no better way to spend a dreary Monday afternoon than with the best kind of procrastination: dreamy wedding photography. Not only is one of our preferred vendors, Jennifer Bach super talented, but I just adore Abby and Brendan’s story… read on to find out how Brendan is pretty much the best groom around.

From photographer, Jennifer Bach:

Two years ago, we stopped by Saltwater Farm and the manager pointed out a couple that had gotten engaged at the vineyard that day. The groom to be knew how much his bride wanted to get married there, and he also knew how quickly their dates booked. So, he popped the question and after she happily said yes, told her he had already taken care of securing her dream venue! We all remarked about this amazing guy setting the bar pretty high. So, I couldn’t believe it when I was later chatting with Abby and realized that she and Brendan were THAT couple! It was so cool to think that we were there on the day they got engaged, and we would be there on the day they got married. They are so incredibly sweet and thoughtful, and we were so thrilled to be part of their special day!

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Cheers to romantic grooms,
KP

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