After expressing disbelief over her recent induction into the Maxim Hot 100 list, Hoda Kotb turned her attention to the news of the newborns.
“We have reached a new level, this doesn’t happen all the time — two baby girl goats were born to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Connecticut,” she said with the inflection of a proud mother. “They were asking people, ‘What should we name the two girl goats?’ And guess what, they decided to name them after us.”
Victoria Marr, co-manager of Heckscher Farm at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, then cut in with the babies, surprising Kotb, who shrieked, “The goats are here!”
“All my life I’ve wanted my own goat!,” Gifford quipped. “This is better than the Maxim list!”
Ryan Kelly’s dog, Barkley, is like a member of the family — almost.
The 18-month-old beagle can’t sit at the dinner table. But, thanks to Kelly’s culinary skills, Barkley can eat as healthfully as his two-legged companion.
Barkley loves Kelly’s brand of premium, all-natural, homemade dog treats. But will the panel on ABC’s “Shark Tank?” have the same appetite to invest in them?
Find out when Kelly, the 11-year-old owner of Ryan’s Barkery, appears on the reality TV show on Friday, May 17 at 9 p.m. Kelly is the youngest entrepreneur to appear on ‘Shark Tank’ season 4.
“I’m not really nervous, maybe a little,” Kelly said of his upcoming appearance on “Shark Tank,” a program that features product pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs to a panel of potential investors. “The business is mine. I know all about it.”
Area dogs will have the chance to sample the treats the following day, noon-3 p.m., when Ryan’s Barkery makes a special visit to Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk. A portion of the proceeds will go to Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities.
Opening Ryan’s Barkery in March 2012, Kelly has made about $900 selling the dog treats door-to-door, at his lacrosse practices and at the monthly pet adoption events hosted by STARelief and Pet Assistance, a Stamford-based pet rescue organization to which he donates a portion of his profits.
Dogs can sink their teeth into one of three flavors: Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Apple and Low-fat Cheddar. An 8 ounce back of dog treats sells for $9.50.
Kelly was inspired to bake the treats after being put off by the ingredients in a brand of processed dog biscuits that he and his mom, Daniela, had purchased for Barkley.
Kelly’s business motto? “Don’t feed your dog anything you wouldn’t eat yourself!”
All 26 episodes of “Lidia’s Kitchen,” which is being produced by her production company, Tavola Productions, were recently taped at Clarke Showroom and Test Kitchen in Norwalk, Conn. The shoot took just nine days.
In a recent news release, the store’s general manager Sean Clarke said he was honored to have her use the showroom as her studio kitchen, considering she uses her home kitchen in her other cooking shows, which include “Lidia’s Italy in America” and “Lidia’s Italy.”
Clarke’s other appliance showroom in Massachusetts will serve as the studio kitchen for Chef Ming Tsai, who will tape his 11th season for the PBS’ “Simply Ming” this summer. Seven years ago, Clarke produced its own show, “New England Living,” which focused on different areas of New England and featured a cooking demonstration by a local chef.
“While television is certainly not our core business, we believe in the power of video to communicate and empower,” Clarke noted in the release. “Lidia’s show is totally synergistic with our mission at Clarke. We like to tell our clients that cooking is believing.”
Above, the Stamford Museum and Nature Center’s Model Ts to Mustangs outdoor antique and classic car display will take place Saturday, May 4, 2013, and feature many makes and models. However, special attention will be given to Fords this year. For more information, call 203-322-1646 or visit http://www.stamfordmuseum.org. Contributed photo
With the spring blooms having sprung and nice weather on tap for the weekend, it appears to be the time to check out a number of outdoor events planned over the next few days.
Car fans can see how the Model T eventually gave rise to the Mustang, and later Ford models, during the 10th annual classic and antique car show at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. About 70 cars are expected to roll their way onto the meadow on Saturday, and perhaps pick up a few honors in the process. Flora will be the focus in Fairfield when the 78th annual Dogwood Festival gets under way. There will be music, blossoms, outdoor items to purchase and food to enjoy. KidsFest will bring vendors, activities and inflatables to Ridgefield’ Ballard Park. And Wilton will enjoy a Go Green festival in this season of green.
The weekend continues into next week, with a melding of film and music when the Fairfield Theatre Company hosts a screening of “Stop Making Sense,” the 1984 Talking Heads concert movie. It will help to raise funds for the theater company and WPKn 89.5.
Tomorrow also marks Free Comic Book Day. Several shops around the area will be hosting the day with special events, including Stamford’s A Timeless Journey. At Heroes Comics & Cards in Norwalk, Jeff Marsick and Kirk Manley will be there signing their books (“Dead Man’s Party” and “Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers”), making art and giving away items. Rogue Comics of Bridgeport will be involved, as will Alternate Universe of Milford and New Haven.
For their April 7 performance, it is likely their Broadway hits will be featured, as well as some of their tunes that have been featured on the NBC musical drama “Smash.” “Caught In The Storm” was featured in the second season’s first show in February. “Rewrite This Story,” was the central song in the March 19 episode. Paul said another tune will be heard soon.
“We really had a fun time with ‘Smash,’ ” said Paul, during a recent interview.
Paul, who got his start in musical theater with programs such as Music Theatre of Connecticut and the Staples (High School) Players, said he and Pasek were pleased to see “Rewrite This Story” top out at No. 22 on the pop charts on iTunes. As of this week, it remains on the list of top 100 songs.
While you wait for the Wilton performance, check out the video above that features cast members Katharine McPhee (the runner-up from season five of “American Idol”) and Jeremy Jordan singing “Rewrite This Story.” The next episode of the show will air tonight (Tuesday, March 26) at 10 p.m.
For more information about the April 7 event, visit St. Matthew’s website.
Sure, the Super Bowl is all about football. However, for many, those commercials that break up the play are equally entertaining. Tonight, as you watch the pre-game festivities, the big show and the post-game entertainment, keep an eye out for some local talent.
The thirty-second and sixty-second commercials that will air on television were filmed in the fall at New Haven’s Union Station for the hospital’s Closer to Free initiative, which raises awareness and funds for cancer research and patient care. It was part of a flash mob, which, as you can see by the video above (which is the full performance), took many travelers by surprise. You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the filming at Closer to Free, and learn more about what inspired the participants to come together that day.