All Things Connecticut on CPTV Explores the Variety and Vitality of the Nutmeg State

Release Date: 04/27/2009

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut is more than a state—it’s a vibrant community. With All Things Connecticut, a new weekly series, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV, www.cptv.org) tells the stories that make the Nutmeg State a unique place to live, work and play. From the rugged low-tech joys of orienteering to eco-friendly weddings, from fascinating biographies to stunning video essays, this new series focuses on every wonderful facet of Connecticut life.

Host Diane Smith and a contributing staff of reporters bring fresh talent and homespun stories to the show. 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 will highlight Connecticut’s myriad of delights via five noteworthy segments—Spotlight on the Arts, Inside Out, Treading Lightly, Positively Connecticut™ and Capturing Connecticut.

All Things Connecticut is a CPTV production made possible with support from People’s United Bank and Comcast.

Episode two of All Things Connecticut—premiering on April 30—will feature the theme A Dream Comes True. Segment highlights include:

• Spotlight on the Arts (Highlighting local artists, while underscoring the economic vitality and quality of life their work provides for Connecticut) – On April 30, the focus is A Dancer’s Dream Comes True. At the age of four Laura Halzack of Suffield was one of those little girls hoping to dance on the big stage one day, and her dream came true. Reporter Ed Wierzbicki checks in on her brilliant career with a major American dance company.

• Inside Out (Taking viewers out of their homes finding adventures in Connecticut) – The April 30 Inside Out looks at Robotics, Nutmeg-State style. Eric Clemons takes us to a high-energy competition with some Connecticut whiz kids. Which team will go on to the national championships? We’ll let you figure that out.

• Treading Lightly (Helping viewers go green with a look at our state through viridian-tinted glasses) – Here comes the bride, all dressed in white, and thinking green. Christina DeFranco explores the trend toward eco-friendly weddings that’s sweeping Connecticut. There’s the caterer who buys only from local growers, a jeweler who works with conflict-free gems and recyclable materials and a company whose sounds systems are powered by the sun.

• Positively Connecticut™ (Stories about the people and places that give Connecticut its heart, and character and tradition.) – Diane Smith’s Positively Connecticut™ segment on April 30 will highlight Doors of Connecticut. Think about your front door. It’s not just the entryway to your home, in a sense it is the entryway into your life. Or at least that’s how one Killingworth woman sees it. Her dream is to photograph front doors in every town in Connecticut, and when you see what she’s doing, we think you’ll be KNOCKED OUT, because Cindy Erickson’s story is “Positively Connecticut.”

• Capturing Connecticut (Inviting viewers to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Connecticut through compelling video essays) – These stunning montages have been compiled by videographers who have spent years traveling across the state, discovering the visual subtleties that make Connecticut so quietly beautiful. The April 30 episode will feature a video essay that will really make you appreciate our recent heat wave – as you look back to “Winter’s Past.”

“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 Thursdays 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 The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. 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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