Homegrown Pleasures Fill CPTV’s All Things Connecticut on Thursday, May 7 at 8 p.m.

Release Date: 05/04/2009

HARTFORD, Conn. – From the countryside to the seaside, All Things Connecticut explores locally grown stories from around the state. This week, All Things Connecticut, Connecticut Public Television’s (CPTV, www.cptv.org) weekly series, focuses on homegrown artists, products and organizations that sprout from Connecticut’s fertile soil. As All Things Connecticut continues the third installment of its eight-week run, viewers on May 7 are invited to witness the creativity of their communities, channeled through local routes.

Host Diane Smith and a contributing staff of reporters bring fresh talent and homespun stories to the show. A CPTV production made possible with support from People’s United Bank and Comcast, All Things Connecticut airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Mondays at 11 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5 p.m.

Each episode of All Things Connecticut features Connecticut’s myriad of delights in five segments—Spotlight on the Arts, Inside Out, Treading Lightly, Positively Connecticut™ and Capturing Connecticut.

In the Spotlight on the Arts segment, Ed Wierzbicki takes viewers to an exhibit honoring the work of Connecticut grown artists. Radius, the successful professional development program created by the Ridgefield Contemporary Art Museum and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists was instrumental in jump-starting the careers of many area artists. The partners have now created Full Circle: Ten Years of Radius—a special anniversary exhibition.

Inside Out takes viewers out of their homes and into Connecticut’s playgrounds, both natural and fabricated. Rock climbing presents a unique synthesis of the two: an unforgiving cliff face within a friendly facility. The Prime Climb, one of Connecticut’s indoor climbing hot spots in Wallingford, encourages people of all ages to come out and use this activity as exercise for the mind and body, as Eric Clemons finds out. 

Treading Lightly focuses on Connecticut residents who are working to improve the environment and reduce their carbon footprint. Christina DeFranco reports that Seaside Naturals is a small company in North Branford, but they have a huge sense of corporate responsibility: After the founder’s child reacted badly to an over-the-counter medication, they began making natural medical kits for children. Since then, the company has grown rapidly, creating environmentally friendly pet care products, cleaning solutions, and more. 

Positively Connecticut™ shines the spotlight on people and organizations who make Connecticut unique, through hard work, creative endeavor and simple generosity. Diane Smith shows how The Knox Parks Foundation helps build stronger, greener and more beautiful communities in greater Hartford while teaching young people job skills. This week, Diane joins the Foundation for an inside look at their mission.

Finally, an aerospace engineer with a passion for the guitar, that’s Charles Kaman. In the 1960s he revolutionized the OVATION acoustic guitar, which is still being made in New Hartford. Kevin Kuhl showcases Kaman’s work in the Capturing Connecticut photo essay.

“People’s United Bank has been a part of Connecticut for 167 years, and we are pleased to support Connecticut Public Television’s All Things Connecticut hosted by Diane Smith for all of our friends and neighbors—as well as customers, of course—across this great state,” said Robert D’Amore, senior executive vice president, Retail and Small Business Banking Group of People’s United Bank. “The program will bring its viewers a mix of familiar sites and places, along with new discoveries, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to help others learn more about . . . All Things Connecticut.”

“Comcast is proud to sponsor CPTV for the fourth consecutive year with programs hosted by Diane Smith and highlighting the people, places and culture that make the Nutmeg State unique,” said Michael Parker, Comcast area vice president for Connecticut. “In addition to meeting the entertainment, information and communications needs of Connecticut’s residents, we are committed to supporting programs such as All Things Connecticut that feature topics that are of interest to the local communities we serve.”

Airdates and Times
All Things Connecticut
Airs Thursday, May 7 at 8 p.m.
(Rebroadcasts on Mondays at 11 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5 p.m.)

For more information about All Things Connecticut, visit www.CPTV.org (Keywords: All Things Connecticut).

About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes Where We Live and The Faith Middleton Show. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and/or www.wnpr.org.

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