Phyllis A. S. Boros, Connecticut Post

Phyllis A. S. Boros

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Past articles by Phyllis:

CT Open House Day offers free, reduced admission at scores of attractions for state residents

Anyone who visits one of Connecticut's art, cultural, science and historical attractions is supporting a very important industry - one that generates $14.7 billion in annual revenue. It's Connecticut's thriving tourism industry, explains Randy Fiveash, director of the state's Office of Tourism in a recent chat. Fiveash said the state's plethora of tourism offerings is extraordinary - and wants… → Read More

GardenFest celebrates the outdoors in nature, paintings in Old Lyme

Much of Connecticut endured plenty of early spring rain. So, if the old adage is correct, April showers should bring an abundance of last spring flowers. Is mother nature cooperating? In Old Lyme, the schedule of spring blooms "is about two weeks behind" because of the cool temperatures, said Tammi Flynn, spokeswoman at the Florence Griswold mansion and art museum, which is set to celebrate its… → Read More

International Music of the Sea festival celebrates ‘Golden Age of Sail’

The Golden Age of Sail will be celebrated in song when the Mystic Seaport Museum hosts the 39th international Sea Music Festival Thursday through Sunday, June 7-10. Billed as the "premier sea music event in North America," festivities will include daytime and evening concerts, special performances for children, instructional workshops, a scholars' symposium and "a unique opportunity to witness… → Read More

Peaches Rodriguez headlines at multi-comic showcase at Westport Treehouse

As a toddler in Windsor Locks, where her dad was a lifer with the Air National Guard, Baby Girl Rodriguez was nearly bald, her head covered with a soft fuzz - "peach" fuzz. Now a "woman of a certain age," Mariette Rodriquez has a full head of golden hair. Though the fuzz disappeared decades ago, the nickname has not. She is now, and will always be, "Peaches," the stand-up comic said, laughing.… → Read More

Magnificent setting pairs with top-notch auto collection in Greenwich

It is truly a special occasion when a magnificent setting is paired with a magnificent event. That's the case, say organizers, for the 23rd annual Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, slated June 2-3, at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park on Greenwich Harbor. Billed as one of the most prestigious classic car shows in the United States, Concours 2018 will feature original Briggs Cunningham race and street cars… → Read More

Provocative ‘#UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists’ to open at Fairfield U. Art Museum

As part of a nationwide initiative "to generate conversation about guns and gun violence," the Fairfield University Art Museum will present an exhibition in which every art piece was created using decommissioned guns that were removed from the streets of New Orleans in a gun buy-back program. " #UNLOAD: Guns In The Hands of Artists" features works by painters, glass artists, sculptors,… → Read More

A different view of the world from 19th-century artist Frederic Church

Although the name of 19th-century artist Frederic Church calls to mind the magnificent landscapes of the Hudson River School, another aspect of his celebrated career is the focus of a national touring show at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. "Frederic Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage" features the artist's works created following a trip to the Middle East and Mediterranean. This exhibition -… → Read More

Mathews Park Scavenger Hunt in & around Norwalk mansion museum

Who's the best detective of all time? Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, Nick Charles? Or could it be a member of your family? The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum want visitors to compete for the title at its very own Scavenger Hunt in Mathews Park in Norwalk on Sunday afternoon, June 3. It is geared for age 6 and older. In association with the Center for Contemporary Printmaking and Stepping Stones… → Read More

From ‘Grand Hotel’ to Bridgeport dancefloor, Tango greats to put on a show

It was just a few weeks ago that Cervila & Garcia - considered among the world's greatest Argentine tango dancers - were performing at Manhattan's City Center, the featured dancers in a revival of "Grand Hotel." Now the couple - as dancers and as life partners - will be coming to Bridgeport to perform five "show dances" of various types at a gathering of Premier Ballroom Dance on Saturday, May… → Read More

Many opportunities to remember true American heroes this Memorial Day

Editor's Note: A listing of parades throughout the region is contained within the Go calendar. With 2018 marking the150th anniversary of Memorial Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, museums around the state are asking folks to consider the "true nature" of the holiday on Monday, May 28. Keeping in mind the nation's history and its impact on contemporary society, several… → Read More

Westport Playhouse opens season with ‘Flyin’ West’ suspense drama

Westport Country Playhouse opens its 88th season on May 29 with Pearl Cleage's "Flyin' West." In its news release, the playhouse describes the play as "an uplifting tale of bravery, pride and sisterhood." It will run through June 16. " 'Flyin' West' is a magical experience, at once funny, suspenseful, gripping, and then completely, joyously satisfying," said Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic… → Read More

‘Turtle Time’ at Audubon Greenwich devotes program to painted, snapping creatures

It's 'Turtle Time" at Audubon Greenwich, where its painted and snapping turtles are now nesting. On Sunday, May 27, Audubon Greenwich will host "a special family event" to "learn about turtle natural history, nesting behavior and how to help protect them." Audubon Greenwich said in its news release that "the ponds and lake at the facility are home to many turtles! At this special family event… → Read More

Opera meets ballet in family show, ‘Hansel & Gretel,’ at Stamford Palace

Engelbert Humperdinck's famous opera, based on the popular fairy tale from the Grimm brothers, meets dance in a Ballet School of Stamford production. The show, especially created for young audiences, will be presented Friday, May 25, at the Palace Theatre in Samford. "Our family friendly production is set to the music of Engelbert Humperdinck who composed the opera in 1891 and 1892. We are… → Read More

Weston farm, Red Bee, offers garden tours, talks, honey tastings

An artist/designer by training and a "queen bee" by choice, Carla Marina Marchese is on a mission to educate the public about honey. Just as there are huge differences between "young" jug wine and fine aged wine, honey comes in a vast array of flavors and grades, from inexpensive to dear, from nearly tasteless to exquisite. And like most things in life, you tend to get what you pay for, she… → Read More

First time in U.S., ‘Viking Treasures’ opens at Mystic Seaport

Artifacts, some more than 1,300 years old, go on exhibit Saturday, May 19, for the first time ever in the United States at the Mystic Seaport museum. The international debut for "The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden" runs through Sept. 30 in the Thompson Exhibition Building at the recreated 19th-century seaport village. Mystic Seaport representatives say the show will… → Read More

Andrew Dice Clay at Bridgeport’s Stress Factory

Comedy bad-boy Andrew Dice Clay comes to Bridgeport's new Stress Factory for five performances Thursday through Saturday, May 17-19. The new comedy club, across from McLevy Green in downtown, opened May 3 with former "Saturday Night Live" star Jim Breuer. According to the club, the veteran comic "is proud to be one of America's most controversial and outrageous comics. When he released his debut… → Read More

Klein youth concert to feature about 300 county students

A Weston trumpeter will be the featured performer at the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras' Spring Concert Sunday, May 20, at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport. Jane Paknia, a senior at Weston High School, is the recent winner of the GBYO's Concerto Competition for exceptional young musicians. All members of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, which includes nine different… → Read More

Mo Mandel: Comic veteran heads for Mohegan Sun

It's difficult to get a straight answer out of comic/actor Mo Mandel. The feeling that he may be putting one over on us can be quite strong at times. That's because he has a lot of expertise in "tongue-in-cheek" comedy, racking up more than 40 appearances on "Chelsea Lately," where hyperbole reigned, and as the hard-partying host of "Barmageddon," in which the California native traveled from… → Read More

Rondi Charleston: From Juilliard opera to ABC News, to jazz singer at ‘Q’ center

Rondi Charleston knows how to tell a compelling story. Whether as a former award-winning network journalist, and now as a singer of jazz tunes from the Great American songbook or as a lyricist on original songs, Charleston said "it's all about the storytelling." During a recent phone chat from Los Angeles, where she was visiting, the Wesporter noted that her life has had "several chapters" with… → Read More

Youth orchestras kick off outdoor concert season at Pequot

Bring a picnic basket and a beach chair or lawn blanket to the Pequot Library's afternoon of outdoor music on Saturday, May 12. The library's free Great Lawn Concert will feature scores of performers - all members of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, which includes nine different ensembles with its musicians representing about 35 area cities and towns. The concert is three-hours long, but… → Read More