All Things Connecticut and Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Returning to CPTV Thursdays at 8 p.m.

Release Date: 01/17/2014

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Back-to-back episodes air beginning Thursday, January 23

Back by popular demand, All Things Connecticut is returning to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) Thursdays at 8 p.m. beginning January 23. The CPTV Original series highlights home-grown stories about art, artists and seasonal activities that appeal to all ages. Whether profiling small businesses that are uniquely Connecticut or interviewing Nutmeg Staters who are making a difference, this weekly magazine-style program invites viewers to see their home state in ways they never imagined.
Also beginning January 23, Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures will return to CPTV in a whole new way! On Thursdays at 8:30 p.m., following All Things Connecticut, new half-hour editions of Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures will explore Connecticut’s abundance of unique landmarks and nationally significant cultural resources, from museums to parks to performing arts venues. Viewers’ favorite Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures segments are now bundled together, with some new segments included as well!
Thursday-night broadcasts of All Things Connecticut and Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures will repeat Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
Funding for All Things Connecticut is made possible by Founding Partner People's United Bank.
CPTV received support for Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures from People's United Bank, Melinda and Paul Sullivan, and the State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development with funds from the Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut. Additional support was provided by individual contributors. 
The episode schedule for All Things Connecticut and Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is as follows:
Week 1 (Thursday, January 23):
All Things Connecticut– “Something Old Is New Again”
Meet two Connecticut women who are creating trendy bags out of used billboards. Plus, visit Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House; learn about orienteering clubs in Connecticut; and get to know local theater professionals who are combining the old and the new to reach a new audience!
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures– Episode 1
Visit The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine, the Hill-Stead Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art and Stonington Village.
Week 2 (Thursday, January 30):
All Things Connecticut – “Dreams Come True”
Connecticut residents who are following their dreams are profiled, including dancer Laura Halzack from Suffield; a Killingworth woman who hopes to photograph front doors in every town in Connecticut; environmentally conscious brides who can now plan a "green" wedding; and young engineers participating in Connecticut’s FIRST Robotics Competition.
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures – Episode 2
Segments included in this episode profile the Connecticut Science Center, Goodspeed Musicals, the Phelps-Hatheway House and Garden, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and the Mark Twain House & Museum.
Week 3 (Thursday, February 6):
All Things Connecticut “Locally Grown”
Get to know Radius, a professional artist-development program that has helped jump-start the careers of many area artists; Seaside Naturals, which makes medical kits for kids; the Prime Climb, one of Connecticut’s indoor rock-climbing hot spots; and the Knox Parks Foundation.
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures – Episode 3
Downtown New Haven and Yale University; the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center; Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo; the Litchfield Historical Society; and Hartford’s Elizabeth Park are examined.
Week 4 (Thursday, February 13):
All Things Connecticut – “Food for Thought”
Meet Avon’s Terry Walters, who’s written and self-published a cookbook with an emphasis on eating local. Plus, learn about the aesthetics of pottery; get to know the New Britain Chess Club, which has been meeting for over 50 years; and visit Avery’s Beverages in New Britain, which provides over 30 flavors of soda.
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures– Episode 4
Segments explore such local destinations as the American Clock & Watch Museum, Connecticut’s Old State House, The Hartt School, the Lebanon Town Green and the Eric Sloane Museum.
Week 5 (Thursday, February 20):
All Things Connecticut – “From the Ground Up”
See how the disc golf trend is impacting Connecticut. Plus, visit Beaver Brook Farm in Lyme; meet a teen music prodigy who won’t let her dreams of classical performance get in the way of helping others; and learn about ducks wearing tiny GPS units for research at the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy in Litchfield.
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures – Episode 5
Hartford Stage, the Huntington House Museum, the City of Norwich, the Florence Griswold Museum and the Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center are showcased.
Week 6 (Thursday, February 27):
All Things Connecticut “Exploring Connecticut”
Tour the Oscar-winning animation company Blue Sky Studios and the Kent Film Festival. Also, meet scientists at the University of New Haven who are working on turning algae into fuel; get to know a grandmother from New Britain who has a passion for painting; and learn about the fun and excitement of geocaching in Connecticut!
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Episode 6
This episode includes segments from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, the Nathan Hale Homestead, Mystic Aquarium, the Slater Memorial Museum and Warner Theatre.
Week 7 (Thursday, March 20):
All Things Connecticut “Making a Difference”
Meet director Mark Lamos, who has made his mark in theaters across the country and has come back to Connecticut ready to make a difference. Plus, learn why Simsbury’s Ethel Walker School is gaining a reputation for its commitment to the environment, and get to know a New Haven woman who’s helping to make sure that families in need have an adequate supply of diapers for their young children. And travel to Bridgeport, where the game of baseball is having a resurgence in popularity among young people thanks to a unique program.
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Episode 7
Explore Hartford’s own Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, as well as the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, East Rock Park and the Bush-Holley House. Plus, get to know the Greenwich Historical Society.
Week 8 (Thursday, March 27):
All Things Connecticut “Connecticut’s Cultural Resources”
Subjects explored include a Fairfield treatment center that practices a unique form of naturopathy and an award-winning double-dutch jump roping team in Torrington. Plus, get insight into the work of the late, Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote and his 10-year creative partnership with Hartford Stage; learn about Groton’s uncommon small business “Sewtique”; and get treated to a mouthwatering look at ethnic cuisine in Connecticut.
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Episode 8
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures showcases the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Gillette Castle, the Yale Center for British Art, the Essex Historic District and Roseland Cottage in Woodstock.
Week 9 (Thursday, April 3):
All Things Connecticut “Barker Cartoon Museum”
Get an inside look at the colorful Barker Cartoon Museum in Cheshire. Plus, learn about eco-friendly kitchen remodeling; the HartBeat Ensemble in Hartford, currently celebrating its 10th season; and the ConnecticKiters, one of Connecticut’s oldest clubs. Plus, meet Dara Brooks, a Donate Life volunteer who has given the gift of life through organ donation twice.
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Episode 9
Tour the Yale University Art Gallery, the New England Air Museum, the Prudence Crandall Museum, the
Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University and the Garde Arts Center.
Week 10 (Thursday, April 10):
All Things Connecticut “Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Store”
Travel to Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Store in Middletown, which provides a fun, historical trip through the late 20th century. Plus, learn about the non-profit organization Good News Garage, and meet two interesting Connecticut residents: a member of the Noank Aquaculture Co-op who has helped to restore Connecticut’s oyster population, and one of the world’s best guitar makers. Finally, witness the joy that results when Hartford's Bushnell Park offers free skating lessons!
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Episode 10
Locales visited include the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Grove Street Cemetery, Bluff Point State Park and the Lyman Allyn Museum. Plus, tour the scenic Connecticut River.
Week 11 (Thursday, April 17):
All Things Connecticut “Munson’s Chocolates”
Visit Munson's Chocolates in Bolton and see how this candy family has been satisfying Connecticut's sweet tooth since 1946. Plus, Pratt & Whitney has made a major breakthrough on a greener airplane engine, and artist Anne Cubberly dreams up ways to repurpose things that have been thrown away. Also, learn about how zip-lining is taking off in Connecticut, and meet the inspirational Dani Albee, a 24-year-old cancer survivor and author.
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Episode 11
(Locations to be determined)
Week 12 (Thursday, April 24):
All Things Connecticut “The Benton Museum at UConn, Storrs”
Tour a recent exhibit at the Benton Museum on the UConn Storrs campus titled “Women of New England: Dress from the Industrial age.” Then, get a taste of a vegan, gluten-free specialty chocolate shop in Manchester, and meet poet Bessy Reyna, whose work reaches readers in both Spanish and English. Plus, meet a group of women introducing the game of Mah Jongg to new audiences, and discover how the organization Dress for Success Hartford is changing lives.
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Episode 12
(Locations to be determined)



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