Celebrating Fifty Years of Television Excellence

50th Anniversary of CPTV

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Webster Bank     Hoffman - Driven By Trust

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About CPTV

In 1962 the Connecticut Educational Television Station began broadcasting in black and white from the basement of the Trinity College Library in Hartford, Connecticut. The station’s motivated and eager founders had a vision: to enrich people's lives through high-quality, non-commercial, educational programming. Institutions like Trinity College and the State of Connecticut supported this goal of reaching out to the community through public broadcasting.

Over the past half century Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. has evolved from a single television station broadcasting to a statewide broadcasting network with three television stations: CPTV, CPTV4U, and CPTV Sports. We have had the great privilege and responsibility of telling Connecticut’s stories, reminding us of our state’s history and giving voice to the state’s residents. And let’s not forget that along the way, we’ve entertained millions of viewers with exciting programs for the young and young at heart!

We are proud of all that has been accomplished, and prouder still of the fact that our success has always been the result of our collaboration with the communities that we serve. It is because of the generous support of corporations, organizations, and individuals who believe in Public Broadcasting and in the power of media to change lives, that CPTV has thrived despite many challenges in an ever-changing industry. Help us celebrate 50 years!

Read the complete history of CPTV.

Timeline of Significant Moments in CPTV's History (click here or scroll to bottom of this page)

March's Special Anniversary Programming

To All on Equal Terms (Prudence Crandall bio)
Monday, March 18 at 9p.m.
Thursday, March 21 at 10:30p.m.
Sunday, March 24 at 10:30a.m.

Elizabeth Winthrop All the Days of Her Life
Monday, March 18 at 9:30p.m.
Thursday, March 28 at 10:30p.m.

Father Robert McGivney
Monday, March 18 at 10p.m.
Sunday, March 24 at 12:30p.m.

Ella Grasso
Sunday, March 31 at 10:30a.m. 

April's Special Anniversary Programming

The Rise and Fall of Newgate Prison: Crime & Punishment
Monday, April 8 at 10p.m.

Connecticut and the Sea
 Monday, April 15 at 10p.m.

Connecticut’s Tobacco Valley
Monday, April 22 at 10p.m.

Puerto Rican Passages
 Monday, April 29 at 10p.m.


50th Anniversary Events - Join the Celebration!

January 5, 2013 (5:30 p.m.)
Downton Abbey Event
at the Warner Theatre, Torrington
5:30 p.m: Reception including select wines, plus hors d’oeuvres created by the Litchfield Saltwater Grille
6:40 p.m.: Special presentation on the fashions of Downton Abbey
Advance screening of season three’s premiere episode of Downton Abbey*
Tickets cost $60/ea and must be reserved by Jan. 1, 2013.
*Advance screening at 7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. Doors will open to the public at 7:20 p.m. sharp. Reservations required; no purchase necessary. Click here to reserve seats.

January 23, 2013 (11:30 a.m.)
Makers Screening Event
Join us for a special screening of Makers: Women Who Make America, which tells the comprehensive story of how women have transformed America over the past half century, chronicling one of the most sweeping social movements in our country's history. The three-hour film will air on CPTV on Feb. 26, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Click here to view the E-vite.

February 2 & 3, 2013
Big Y Kids Event at CT Convention Center
Click here for tickets
Event info: Join the PBS Characters for fun, entertainment, exhibits, prizes and more at the BIG Y "KIDS FAIR", Feb 2-3, 2013 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT.

February 21, 2013
Heart to Heart Champagne & Romance Dinner at Farmington Gardens
Sponsored by the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiac Center at the UCONN Medical Center & Fiddleheads Natural Market. Join Faith Middleton for a multi-course gourmet meal from some of Connecticut's top chefs, expertly paired with Faith's favorite wines. Dance the night away with live music in celebration of "The Richness of Life."
Black tie optional. Tickets on sale mid-December, 2012.

March 15, 2013
Celtic Woman Red Carpet Series Performance
EXCLUSIVE tickets available starting December 1, 2012. In addition to releasing Home For Christmas, Celtic Woman (Touring Members: Chloë Agnew, Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Máiréad Nesbitt) return to the US on December 1st for its critically-acclaimed 2012 Christmas Celebration Symphony Tour. The concert tour promises to be a dynamic live music experience that showcases the angelic voices of Celtic Woman underscored by the stirring sound of a full symphony orchestra.

March 2013 (Date TBD)
Consuela Mack Event
Check back for details.

April 2013 (Date TBD)
Brit Floyd Red Carpet Series Performance at the Oakdale Theater
Tickets available starting November 26, 2012. The ultimate live Pink Floyd tribute show! This extravagant show brings together all the best elements of a real Pink Floyd concert.

April 28, 2013
Under the Streetlamp Red Carpet Series Performance at the Belding Theater
Tickets available starting November 26, 2012. The lights didn’t dim for members of the Chicago “Jersey Boys” cast when their run ended two years ago. Eager to continue singing together, four of the actors decided to form a group that could sing the kind of music Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons popularized.

May 19, 2013
An Afternoon With Lydia Bastianich at Millwright's Restaurant, Simsbury, CT
Tickets available starting March, 2013. A rare opportunity to spend an intimate afternoon with famed chef Lidia Bastianich at a private estate in the heart of Connecticut. Chef Tyler Anderson, of Millwright’s in Simsbury, will work with Lidia to prepare some of her favorite recipes. Event includes private wine tasting, book signing and multi-course meal.

June 8, 2013
CPTV 50th Anniversary Gala at the Hartford Marriott
Click here to view your invitation.

June 14, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. on CPTV
CPTV 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration
televised event

June 27, 2013
Faith Middleton’s 4th Annual Cocktail Competition at Famington Gardens, Farmington
Tickets available NOW! Amazing food! Crazy-delicious martinis from some of the best bars and restaurants in the state! Yeah, this event IS awesome. Sample every type of cocktail imaginable, and vote for the best--which will be declared the Official Cocktail of the Food Schmooze! Join Faith Middleton for another spectacular Signature Event. Don't miss it!

August 3, 2013 (Rain Date-August 4)
CPTV Kids' Day at Lyman Orchards,
Middlefield, CT
Join CPTV at Lyman Orchards for a day of fun!  Meet Buddy from CPTV Kids' popular show Dinosaur Train and enjoy a day of outdoor activities perfect for the whole family! 

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