From July 17 to 31, the Connecticut Office of Tourism asked residents to name favorite state destinations on Twitter and Facebook, and announced the finalists on Monday.
From now through Aug. 20, people can vote for their favorite on the Facebook page VisitConnecticut. The fan-favorite will be featured in a digital advertisement and documentary video to run online and on the state's social media channels.
The finalists, listed alphabetically:
--The Coventry Regional Farmers Market at the
--Curtain Call Inc., the "live theater, performing arts production company" in Stamford.
--The Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford, the home of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" author. Mary Ellen White, the director of marketing noted the "robust year of programming" tied to Stowe's 200th birthday. "We featured book discussions from nationally recognized authors like Robin Bernstein and Barbara Hochman, not to mention continuing the popular Salons at Stowe series," White said.
--Hartford Stage, the theater organization in Hartford. Managing Director Michael Stotts said the theater was nominated because "we touch a hundred thousand lives a year through innovative and revolutionary productions we put on our stage." For example, he said, "'Breakdancing Shakespeare' employs 18 local Greater Hartford youth throughout the summer, working on a project that culminates in actual stage performance."
--The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, which includes a number of renowned French Impressionist paintings. Curator Melanie Anderson Bourbeau said the museum offered works from "Monet, Cassatt, Whistler and Manet, up close and personal. It is a rare thing to see artwork in its original domestic setting."
--The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Westport. Executive Director Freda Walsh said the pavilion "puts on 50 to 60 free outdoor concert performances annually. This year alone, we booked Tom Jones, the Doobie Brothers,
--The Mark Twain House and Museum, the Hartford home of the author of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Publicist and Publications Editor Steve Courtney said the museum is "a natural to be nominated for the 'Still Revolutionary' category," referring to the state's tourism slogan. "
The New England Air Museum at