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Do Demons Guard Connecticut’s Lost Pirate Treasures?

Do Demons Guard Connecticut’s Lost Pirate Treasures? »

By: Wick Griswold

Weird tales of the shoreline’s hidden riches Centuries after their last voyages, pirates still conjure elemental excitement in our collective imagination.... more

Animals and Spirits

Animals and Spirits »

By: Sherri Daley

Associations of animals and spirits is universally human Perhaps at twilight, you saw a fox. Crouched low to the ground, ready to run, its eyes caught a... more

Deviant Sex in Colonial Connecticut

Deviant Sex in Colonial Connecticut »

By: Tom Soboleski

The following story of deviant sex in Colonial Connecticut is definitely not for the faint of heart, the weak of constitution, or those offended by the baser... more

Fear of Witches in Early Connecticut

Fear of Witches in Early Connecticut »

By: Tom Soboleski

Decades before Salem’s witch panic, the fear of witches (wiccaphobia) in early Connecticut was pervasive and contagious. In fact, the state executed more... more

Rave in New Haven for the Shubert Theater 100th

Rave in New Haven for the Shubert Theater 100th »

By: Sherri Daley

Two years after they opened their theatre on West 44th Street in New York City, the Shubert brothers started construction on College Street in New Haven where,... more

The Quest for Longitude

The Quest for Longitude »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

An English artisan with little formal education (but super woodworking skills) developed the navigational device that in the 17th Century charted the course of... more

New England Science & Sailing Charts the Smarts

New England Science & Sailing Charts the Smarts »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

A retired captain of Wall Street with a passion for the sea has navigated a small yacht club sailing program in Stonington into a non-profit organization... more

The Gift of Time

The Gift of Time »

By: Paul Adler

Guilford’s rich clock making history gave America the gift of time. One of Connecticut’s most notable historical achievements has been the practice of... more

King-Killers: the Regicide’s Refuge

King-Killers: the Regicide’s Refuge »

By: Chris Pagliuco

The strange history of king-killers on the shoreline For some Americans, our history begins with the mythic story of the black-buckled boots of the first... more

Beach Biotech Bingo

Beach Biotech Bingo »

By: Bob Woods

The genomics industry is coming to the shoreline big-time. Watch out Cambridge and San Francisco: the shoreline wants to eat your lunch (at least some of... more

Surf Party Apocalypse Now (A Spotify Playlist)

Surf Party Apocalypse Now (A Spotify Playlist) »

By: Staff

The days are getting shorter, and summer is pretty much over. But if there is anything that dee jay Michelle Spinei of Bridgeport’s WPKN radio has... more

The Carillons of Connecticut

The Carillons of Connecticut »

By: Sherri Daley

Sometime during the 15th century, ingenious bell-ringers in Belgium or the Netherlands (or maybe northern France – no one’s quite sure) devised a way for a... more

Everybody Wants to Be Closer to Free

Everybody Wants to Be Closer to Free »

By: Owen McDonald

It’s not the Tour de France – in some ways, it’s better. On the morning of Saturday September 12, an estimated 1,400 bicyclists will ride out from The... more

The Secret Lives of Coastal Islands

The Secret Lives of Coastal Islands »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

Salt Island is a scrap of rock, crested by low vegetation, so close to Middle Beach in Westbrook that people wade to it at low tide. Only a few rotted pilings... more

Warfare Redux: Fort Trumbull State Park

Warfare Redux: Fort Trumbull State Park »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

If only there was a Connecticut state park where could pit your video game skills as a submarine SONAR operator against an enemy vessel; catch films on... more

Wild About Pandion Haliaetus

Wild About Pandion Haliaetus »

By: Anne W. Semmes

Old Lyme native and researcher Dr. Paul Spitzer is wild about pandion haliaetus. To the layperson, that’s an osprey – the intriguing raptors that make... more

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Let’s Go Fly a Kite »

By: Staff

"With tuppence for paper and strings, you can have your own set of wings." That's what George Banks tells us in Mary Poppins as he sings "Let's Go Fly a Kite."... more

Coastal Summer Jams (A Spotify Playlist)

Coastal Summer Jams (A Spotify Playlist) »

By: Staff

FM DJ David Fisch has a bold plan for making the summer last longer. On the more complex side it involves altering the Gregorian Calendar. Or you can just... more

The Return of Big Books

The Return of Big Books »

By: John Gaffney

“Summer reading” often comes down to unnerving medical thrillers, or crime novels where the dialogue is metabolized quicker than one of the mega... more

A Haunting Display of Art and Sculpture

A Haunting Display of Art and Sculpture »

By: Tom Soboleski

Great art can stimulate, inspire, and provoke. It can also portray history's human miseries in stark and haunting ways. Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum in... more