FOR 2021
Thursday, December 10th, 2020
8:00-9:30 AM
2020 has been tumultuous to say the least, but what will happen in 2021?
Is the economy ready for a big rebound or will this be a slow recovery? How is the New Haven Region and Connecticut uniquely positioned to take advantage of new growth? We will address these questions and more as we discuss the Regional Economic Outlook for 2021.
This year’s event will be free to attend and completely virtual. People United Bank’s Chief Investment Officer, John Traynor, will once again join us to share his thoughts. We will hear what questions are on the mind of industry leaders in the New Haven Region. Then Sean Keating, Partner at RSM, will let us know the tax implications for 2021 and beyond. How do you treat federal stimulus and what changes may come with the new Administration.
John Traynor, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at People’s United Bank, will provide an economic forecast for Connecticut and the region for the upcoming year. Traynor serves as the Chief spokesman for the firm’s investment outlook and appears regularly on CNBC, Nightly Business Report and Fox Business Network, as well as being quoted in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
Sean Keating, Partner, Tax Services, RSM US LLP. Sean has over 18 years of taxation, accounting and business consulting experience. He has developed a diverse background in tax planning and compliance for closely held businesses, corporations, partnerships, LLCs and individuals.
His experience encompasses a range of industries including manufacturing, wholesale distribution, technology, and professional services. Specifically, Sean leads growth initiatives for the Business and Professional Services industry group in the Connecticut market, and he is the national tax leader for that industry, as well.
Presenting Sponsor:
Speaker Sponsor:
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce | 900 Chapel Street 10th FloorNew Haven, CT 06510

Charcuterie chalets are the gingerbread houses of 2020

posted by Robbin
November 24, 2020

Charcuterie chalets are the gingerbread houses of 2020

 / Source: TODAY

From candy canes to Christmas cookies and fruit cake, the holiday season seriously overlooks savory foods. Finally, though, it seems like all things salty and cheesy will get their due this December, thanks to the latest viral trend among foodies: Pack up your gingerbread house and move into the charcuterie chalet!

That’s what the internet has dubbed these delicious-looking architectural marvels taking Twitter and Instagram by storm. From salami roof shingles to cucumber lawns and cheese stick facades, all held together with soft cheese, there’s nothing a charcuterie chalet can’t have! Except, perhaps, sweets.

This one won’t let its savory aesthetic limit the holiday cheer it delivers. The snowman, according to the maker’s comments on Instagram, is made of black truffle goat cheese with a prosciutto hat and scarf. The house itself is made of homemade crackers and held together with cream cheese.

The mini-baguette siding on this one is delightful enough to tickle all the senses! The salami wreath is also a nice touch, as is the cheese wheel holding up a sprig of rosemary to look like a Christmas tree. The Instagram user, SunPork Fresh Foods, also offers a guide on how to make a charcuterie chalet.

Carnivores will love this meaty creation. According to its architect, the house is made of speck, prosciutto, multiple types of salami, including venison, and bacon bits. The colors of the cured meat siding and the precise cuts of the sausage chimney make this chalet especially appealing.

You’ll never realize how much cheese can resemble snow until you get a glimpse of this edible, wintery abode. Made from several types of pretzels and crackers, and cheese in many forms, this chalet is more of a cabin, complete with dueling almond and pepperoni walkways.

Last but not least, this charcuterie chalet comes with a side of the most important holiday food group, wine in a fancy glass. The pistachios arranged like a Christmas tree in the corner are a fun seasonal touch and the various cured meats on the roof are downright drool-worthy.

The charcuterie chalet is not without controversy, however. Many have protested that they’re less festive and practical because meat and dairy shouldn’t sit out a room temperature. That’s a fair point, so perhaps you make your meat tiny home and simply snap a picture before devouring?

While all those grievances are legitimate, let’s all recognize that 2020 has been tough. The more edible décor, the better!

DAYS’s Deidre Hall (Marlena) and twin sister, Andrea Hall-Gengler (ex-Hattie/Samantha), found ways to keep busy while sheltering in place. The duo has created a new collection of watercolors, the Westbrook Collection, inspired by their love of the star-spangled banner.

“We didn’t set out to do a Fourth of July collection,” explains Hall. “Annie was here visiting for a couple of months. We both watercolor, so we began watercoloring and we ended up with a couple of flag paintings. We both love our flags. We said, ‘Wait a minute. July 4th is coming up. Why don’t we make a set of July 4th cards and make them available to the fans?’ That was the inspiration. It was like a slow drip idea.”

The pair painted together at Hall’s house in California, mostly in the afternoons. Says Hall-Gengler, “The best time of the day is when you have the best available daylight. We painted across from each other at the table after we had lunch. If I had a problem, I’d say, ‘Oh, my gosh. I’ve got too much water here,’ and she’d throw me the paper towels and say, ‘Sop it up. Quick! Sop it up and redo it.’ And we shared techniques that we both learned in different venues.”

Hall previously sold a set of cards and learned an important lesson for the new release. “The first set of what we’re doing is a set of 10 paintings but there are only five actual original paintings,” she says. “I was getting letters saying, ‘I’m so perplexed. I really want to keep this card but I really want to mail this card to my friend.’ It made perfect sense. I wrote, ‘Then let’s just pick five of the best ones and then we’ll duplicate them and you’ll get one to keep and one to send to a friend.’ ”

The name of the collection holds a special meaning for them, Hall shares. “The Westbrook Collection is what we’re calling it because during our summer vacations as kids, we would drive up to Westbrook, Connecticut,” relays Hall. “There was this sweet little town along the shore. A number of our relatives had bought little summer homes there. I mean, I’m talking wood frames, weather-beaten shore-lined houses down by the old post road. We would go back there for the summer and there would be all of our cousins, and all of the adults were thrilled to be together. And there was sand-digging and swimming and walking along the little jetties and hunting for crabs and cookouts at night. It was just a magical, magical time and it has magical memories for Annie and me.”

The cards are available at and on Hall’s fan Facebook page.

June 7, 2020  Soap Opera Digest

Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill, with locations in Fairfield and New Haven, has launched a new lunch special (available for dine-in and takeout), as well as a new “happiest hours” menu.


The new lunch special, available Monday-Thursday from 12-3pm, includes:

Choice of Cup of Chicken Tortilla Soup or Small Asado Salad

Two Tacos (choice of Salmon, Pulled Pork or Vegetarian)

The two-course meal is available for $20.  All bottles of wine are also available 25% off (curbside pick-up only).

The new “happiest hours” menu, available for dine-in Monday-Thursday from 3-5pm, includes:

½ price margaritas

½ price sangria (choice of red or white)

½ price wine by the glass

$2 Tecate cans

$1 chips and salsa

$1 pulled pork sliders

$3 yucca fries

Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill brings the authentic taste of Santa Fe, New Mexico to Connecticut.  With acclaimed Executive Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho at the helm, Geronimo’s cuisine is 100% Southwestern, even sourcing its Chile peppers directly from New Mexico, with the menu including tacos, award-winning chile, quesadillas, Navajo frybread, tamales and more.  In addition to its award-winning cuisine, Geronimo has received several accolades for its cocktails, as the restaurant features the largest selection of Tequila on the East Coast.  With over 400 options, the bar also offers more than 40 varieties of Mezcal, an extensive wine list and top-shelf liquors.  The restaurant is one of 40 establishments in the world to receive its CRT Award T Certification from the Mexican government’s Tequila Regulatory Council, recognizing their commitment and knowledge of Tequila.

With locations at 271 Crown Street in New Haven and 2070 Post Road in Fairfield, both restaurants feature indoor and outdoor dining, indoor fireplaces, takeout, private event space and catering services.   For more information, visit  The restaurant can also be found on Facebook (Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwestern Grill) and Instagram (geronimotequilabar).



Holiday Spirits, Christmas Wishes and even
socially-distanced photos with Santa!
This year… There’s No Place Like Your Home for the Holidays!
We are delighted to bring you our new Holiday Series of
virtual shows to enjoy with your family – it all starts this weekend.

Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays
reprises his acclaimed performance in 
Charles Dickens’ holiday classic
A Christmas Carol

Video on demand November 28 thru January 3

Experience A Christmas Carol unlike any other—past, present or future. The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife, Gentleman’s Guide…) plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic, master class of a performance that must be seen to be believed. This theatrical achievement comes from the haunting vision of one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, Michael Arden (Tony-winning Best Revival – Once on This Island). This must-watch streaming event conjures the powerful spirits of Christmas and brings all the magic of live theater home for the holidays.

Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish – The Musical
Streaming starts Friday, November 27 thru December 27
This holiday musical tells the story of a rag doll named Eleanor who lives in the magical world of The North Pole. Despite her love for her family there, Eleanor’s Christmas wish is for a best friend and home of her own. Her letter to Santa opens the door to answering many questions, and to the journey which leads to her wish (and others) coming true.
Santa Claus is coming to New Haven!
Enjoy this special event from the Town Green District.
See our full list of virtual events at –
tickets for all shows are on sale now!
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247 College Street | New Haven, CT 06510


Although this year has been challenging, time and time again we turned to the arts to help us cope and understand.
As a significant and mainstay arts organization in Meriden, Castle Craig Players felt it was important to continue to bring quality productions and to remain relevant for both our audiences and the community. Additionally, we needed to face the financial sting of a cancelled season.
For the last eight months, we have made these things our mission, and have brought you immersive and unique virtual content, including:
  • Four live old-time radio productions in our Castle Craig: On Air series
  • the uplifting Light in the Dark virtual concert
  • Broadway and Television-themed Bingo nights
  • the sold-out interactive murder mystery Bullets on Broadway
  • and… our newly announced holiday show, The Castle Craig Christmas Special, which will be streaming in December!
We’ve also spent time continuing to make improvements to our theatre so that it will be in top notch condition when we reopen!
We are doing all we can to sustain our organization and the valuable work we do, but it may not be enough. We would be extraordinarily appreciative of any charitable donation you may be able to make.
With your support, the show WILL go on!
…OR click here to download a mail-in donation form!
Streaming FREE on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 at 8pm
Join us for an evening of festive tunes, yuletide cheer and some surprises along the way! Featuring faces familiar to our stage, this is our holiday gift from our family to yours!
Featuring Arthur Canova, Nick Ciasullo, Emma Czaplinski, Chelsea Dacey, Lisa DeAngelis, Jennifer Del Sole, Melanie Del Sole, Jessica Engster, Len Fredericks, Ian Galligan, Alison Kane, Jim Kane, Katie Kirtland, Stephen Koehler, Griffin Kulp, Ian Lynch-Passarelli, Bobby Schultz, Kathy Wade, Diane Warner-Canova – and a special appearances by Mayor Kevin Scarpati!
We’ve partnered with Savers for a very special fundraiser!
Help us raise funds by cleaning out your closets! Simply drop of your gently-used items, and we do the rest! We get paid for every pound of goods donated!
Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, Purses, Linens & Bedding
Drop items off on SATURDAY, JANUARY 9at the theatre – 59 West Main St, Meriden (please wear a mask!)
 EMAIL US to arrange FREE CURBSIDE PICKUP anytime between now and January 9!
Castle Craig Players | 59 West Main StreetMeriden, CT 06451

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Now available at all New Haven Free Public Library locations! Free, mobile internet anytime, anywhere with WiFi hotspots.

Call your nearest library to learn more and to reserve one today.

Ives Main Library

133 Elm Street | (203) 946-8130 x 101

Fair Haven Library
182 Grand Avenue |(203) 946-8115

Mitchell Library
37 Harrison Street  | (203) 946-8117

Stetson Library
200 Dixwell Avenue | (203) 946-8119

Wilson Library
303 Washington Avenue | (203) 946-2228

Each WiFi hotspot can connect 3-5 devices at a time.  Check out is limited to 3-weeks available to New Haven adult residents.

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