Rick Koster

Rick's List - Pomp and Circumstance edition

So far as I can tell from a family tree I found online, there are eight living descendants of the composer Sir Edward Elgar. Now, you may not have all of Elgar's works in your collection, but most of us are completely familiar with Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance," the processional played...

Steve Fagin

All aboard for Tuesday Night Paddlers

Hikers, bikers and runners all know that if you’ve been zipping merrily downhill for a while, eventually you’ll face a lung-busting, soul-crushing ascent.

Rick Koster

Rick's List - clever beach gear edition

This week, my wife Eileen and I just finished the latest of our biannual "clothing transfers," which is where we gather all the stuff we've worn in the previous months and trade it out with what's needed for the current climate. Unfortunately, in typical Koster fashion, we're somehow a...

Steve Fagin

Pequot Cyclists keep on rolling along

While pedaling along Atlantic Street on the Niantic shoreline the other day, I watched sailboats tack and terns dive in Niantic Bay as fragrances from neighborhood flower gardens wafted in a gentle breeze.


Bank Street, up from the ashes with stories to tell

On September 6, 1781, Benedict Arnold reduced New London to a pile of smoldering rubble.

Rick Koster

Rick's List - Great Inventor Edition

Necessity is the mother of invention — or so said the guy who came up with the animatronic wall-mounted fish that sings "Take Me to the River." But I'm not so sure it was necessity that compelled me to invent a new app called "Thwart the Codger." I think personal embarrassment...





Steve Fagin

Celebrating trails – but what if they had built a steel mill or oil tanks at Bluff Point?

Often while hiking in or kayaking past Bluff Point Coastal Reserve in Groton, the largest undeveloped shoreline tract between New York and Cape Cod, I shudder to imagine a clanging steel mill belching sulfurous fumes; a 1,100-unit,...

Robert Tougias

Answering your bird questions

I've received many interesting emails this year.

Dr. Jon Gaudio

Let the rhythm move you

There is something particularly gratifying about watching and encouraging my grandson, Theo, play drums.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — The Brits and Their Fairytales Edition

Well, the Royal Wedding is over. But while I was in England covering the event — with, I might add, nuanced analysis, concise historical context, a minimum of sycophancy and just the precise smidgen of saucy wit — I took...

Steve Fagin

We are the worst killers on the planet

Humans typically regard lions, tigers, bears, sharks and other powerful, sharp-toothed predators as the most brutally efficient carnivores atop the food chain, but for the best view of the creature most responsible for widespread slaughter, we need...

Steve Fagin

My campaign against lawns

While browsing the garden supply aisle of a store the other day, it occurred to me that there are for sale at least as many items designed to kill as there are to help grow.


Fran Lebowitz and Wally Lamb — Nov. 10, Garde Arts Center; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $35-$55

Nicki Minaj and Future — Oct. 5, Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $86-$156

Tracy Morgan — Oct. 6, Mohegan Sun Uncas Ballroom; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $39-$49

Derek Hough — April 27, Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $19-$39

Amazing Johnathan — Jan 18, Foxwoods’ Fox Theater; tickets on sale now; $42

Dickey Betts Band — Aug. 30, Toyota Oakdale Theatre; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $35-$55

Cedric "The Entertainer" and George Lopez — July 29, Foxwoods' Grand Theatre; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $50-$70