Hello friends! Let’s start with an inspirational picture from Penelope:
No matter what obstacles you find today – believe in yourself and you will overcome!
And, because it’s FRIDAY, let’s talk cocktails with Emily Cahill, Community Manager for Yelp in Hartford. She is mixing up one of her own creations, which she collaborated with Onyx Moonshine to create. Catch her, Onyx, and a whole cache of wonderful local charities at The Society Room in Hartford on Wednesday, June 18th, for Yelp Helps!
Photo by Nick Caito
This is a very special, red carpet, Emmy style awards ceremony which celebrates the local music scene in CT (and also, let’s face it, attracts one of the largest native crowds of hipsters to be found anywhere outside of Brooklyn). The bands are all voted on by the local community at ctnow.com – and the full results of the poll can be viewed here.
Naturally, for a red carpet, a girl’s gotta dress. I had lots of help thanks to one of our generous event sponsors: Blo West Hartford
Angie of 1974 was in at the same time as me to get her hair styled. She is delightful
After my hair was properly buffed and bounced to shiny perfection, I headed over to Venom Vintage, where Dina was awaiting me with several dress options for the evening
She also had her hair styled by Blo and it is fierce so I have to share
Dina carries several decades worth of vintage looks, and she was kind enough to loan me an enormously kick ass dress to rock on the red carpet. Thanks Dina!
I could be on the set of Dallas in this dress. So sparkly
I arrived early at the Bushnell to assist with some last minute set up of the swag bags – which was a less than enjoyable, frantic experience.
Hello, 500 swag bags. How nice to meet you
Almost anyone who works events knows that the couple of hours before things kick off are sweaty and awkward and terrifying and stressful – and then suddenly – it’s “go” time, and everything is perfect, and it’s all so very worth it
Honestly, I didn’t do very much compared to the rest of our events team, which set up among other things this red carpet and step and repeat. Pictured: Sean Fowler photographing 1974
Mr. Nick Caito, Emily, myself, and Carolyn Paine, who was also performing that evening!
I was, I’ll admit, a bit disappointed that one of my local favorites, Little Ugly, didn’t take any awards home this year. But it was nonetheless cool to yet again be part of this event and feel the energy of so many talented musicians and artists.
Including some behind the scenes folks like Kat Mizla, who designed all the graphics.
So rock on, Hartford. Rock right on.