I love Halloween. It’s my second favorite holiday (because Christmas – and even that I go back and forth about). And I love that this year I had the perfect excuse to dress up in a classy, fabulous way the night before for ARTini – the Greater Hartford Arts Council‘s signature martini fundraiser. Not that there’s anything wrong, whatsoever with going out the night of in a cute little costume (I guess??) but for me, Halloween is all about Penelope and her trick or treating (more to follow on that). So it truly was the best of both worlds that Carolyn, Emily, and I (plus friends) all congregated to drink cocktails and support the arts:
“The gang” aka #snarknado
Photo courtesy of Alex Syphers for CTnow
The Greater Hartford Arts Council’s choice of venue for this year’s event was impeccable: the Gershon Fox Ballroom at Marquee Events is very art deco:
Also adding to the theme: a curated art show and Trashion Fashion models
But the main focus of the event was, of course, the martini samples. A full list is as follows:
Capital Grille – The Stoli Doli
Cheesecake Factory – Strawberry Martini
City Steam – Maple Mudslide
Hooker Brewery – Beer & Stout
Hotel California Tequila – Pancha’s Last Stand
Max Downtown – The Mayflower
Onyx Moonshine – Thanksgiving in a Cup
Vito’s by the Park – Kettle Corn Pear and Salted Caramel
I only captured a few pictures of the drinks – as I was busy drinking them:
So thanks again to Alex Sypher for this amazing picture of the Stoli Dolis. If you haven’t tried this frothy pineapple delicacy – which is simply vodka marinated with pineapples – then get to the Capital Grille STAT. It’s their signature cocktail.
A couple more highlights:
Maple Mudslides from City Steam. Only one of my very favorite cocktails – plus maple flavor. Oh goodness. And I must get these candles from the Hodgepodge
Hands down, my favorite cocktail of the evening was served up by Max Downtown:
The Mayflower, served up by their Master Mixologist, Brian Mitchell. In impeccable bar attire, naturally
Any night that ends with eating delicious Whitney Ave pizza of couple of flappers is a good night in my book:
I stayed the night at Carolyn’s so that we could get up bright and early the next day to attend the Metro Hartford Alliance Rising Stars breakfast:
At the iconic Hartford Stage Company, no less
And then of course, after work, it was onto the evening’s festivities and I would imagine the reason most of you are reading this: Penelope’s Halloween festivities!
Is bumblebee. Bzzzz bzzz bzz
Our next door neighbor has a little boy just a couple months older from P, so naturally they went out together in a wagon:
And naturally he was a crocodile
Cuteness level: 1000%
After the tiny trick or treating, a couple friends came over for dinner:
Hello lovely friends!
We enjoyed a really nice bottle of pinot noir, which was a gift from one of our partners at the Courant (to each employee!) in honor of our 250th:
As well as a pitcher of delicious Onyx Moonshine and honeycrisp apple cider:
Hands down, one of the best fall libations you can make, and so simple too! I mean, two ingredients simple
We had a full spread of food:
On owl plates, naturally. See, some people have to bust things like this out just for Halloween, but I use owl plates year round. Perhaps THAT’S why I enjoy the holiday so much
I also pretended to be Martha Stewart. Badly. Those are “pumpkin bags.” Crafting is not really my “thing.” Ah well.
The rest of the weekend was equally lovely, topped off with a visit to the first ever cat installation over at Real Art Ways:
“Cats in Residence”
Penelope is a crazy cat lady in training – girl loves her some kitty cat.
And the kitties were all very nice and gentle with her
As well as ‘cat art’ on the walls, all the cats in the installation are from the local cat rescue shelter CT Cat Connection and available for adoption. The installation is in place through December, so you have plenty of time to go to Real Art Ways and bond with the kitties – perhaps take one home to a forever home?
I wore my Big Bang Theory t shirt and made an elegant speech on Penelope’s behalf to her father as to why we should adopt a kitty. I was overruled, alas. By Penelope’s father. At least we can visit the kitties often at the exhibit and with our many friends who have cats!
I hope everyone’s Halloween weekend was equally fantastic. Now on to Thanksgiving, Christmas and the rest of the Holiday Season! Fun times ahead!