Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Feel Good With Diane -- Starting Tonight

A Thanksgiving eve tradition! Gather the family around the big screen tv for a feel good episode of Positively CT on CPTV!

Diane Smith Welcomes Winter with Positively Connecticut™
Places and Faces on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. Only on CPTV
Repeats on: December 10 at 9:00 p.m., December 23 at 3:30 p.m., December 24 at 11:00 p.m. and December 27 at 8:00 p.m.)

HARTFORD, CT -- Extravagant, eccentric and elegant all describe a new destination that’s positively Connecticut. Who puts the pizzazz in pizza and the sparkle in skating? Witness the greatest gathering ever of Connecticut athletes. These discoveries and more are all part of a new episode of Positively Connecticut™ on CPTV airing Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. featuring Emmy Award winning journalist, Diane Smith.

Out of the Ordinary Inn, (Morris) - Put this place atop your wish list for Santa!
Diane escapes to Winvian, the newest and possibly the most luxurious getaway in Connecticut offering an array of quirky and over the top luxury cottages in the Litchfield Hills. Stay high in the sky in the ultimate treehouse or find a haven in a helicopter. Try camping without the creepy crawlies or return to your roots and hole up in a cave made of stone. From the whimsical to the wacky, these pricey cottages are definitely fit for those with deep pockets.

Fire On Ice, (Milford, Cromwell, Deep River) –She puts the sizzle in skating; that’s why champion figure skaters turn to Milford designer Del Arbour. For more than 40 years this former skater has outfitted them all, from beginners to Olympians. Diane goes behind the scenes to capture the magic Del sews into every skirt. Meet a Deep River teenager looking for a little Del Arbour style as she vies for a spot in the 2010 Olympics.

Paths To The Future, (Hartford, Greenwich, Waterbury) –Join Diane for the greatest gathering of female athletes Connecticut has ever seen as three sports superstars take their places in the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. Olympic medalist Dorothy Hamill sits down with Diane to share memories of her "Norman Rockwell childhood in Greenwich". Diane scores an interview with softball legend and Waterbury native, Joan Joyce. Joyce, Hamill and golfer Glenna Collett Vare are the newest members of the Hall of Fame and they are in very good company. Meet some of the other women who made Connecticut great, from scientists and singers, to reformers and writers.

Dough Nut, (Danbury) – When it comes to the Hall of Fame of Pizza, Diane discovered a shoo-in. He’s known as "Famous Joe" though some people say he’s a "dough nut". Remember when Mom told you "not to play with your food"? Joe Carlucci never got the message, and his pizza acrobatics have won him a place in the record books and on Positively Connecticut™.

Really Hot Photos, (West Haven) - For Lt. Kevin McKeon, it’s more than a job, it’s an adventure. The West Haven firefighter is dedicated to saving lives and preserving history. Come along on a busman’s holiday as McKeon spends his spare time, visiting every firehouse in Connecticut to photograph every piece of fire fighting apparatus in the state. His passion has led to three books and some "really hot photos"!

Fruit of Their Labor, (Killingworth) – This is a Positively Connecticut classic – a timeless holiday story of tradition. One family’s favorite custom goes back to the first Thanksgiving. Three generations pitch in to pluck cranberries on the last official cranberry bog in Connecticut. It’s a labor of love that is Positively Connecticut.

Positively Connecticut™ searches out the inspiring, warm, funny, and sometimes downright strange stories that give Connecticut its character. The program is made possible through leadership funding from People’s United Bank. Additional funding comes from Comcast and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.

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