Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Diane Smith's Early Summer Celebration Continues Sunday at 6:30 PM

Summer Fun on Positively Connecticut™
With Diane Smith, Only on CPTV
(Repeats on Saturday, June 28 at 10:30 p.m.)

HARTFORD, Conn. – It’s a sizzling summer episode of Positively Connecticut™, as Emmy Award-winning host Diane Smith helps transform summertime menus with farm fresh foods; showcases hiking trails that are among the state’s best kept secrets; and highlights a milestone for the man behind the many musicals at Goodspeed. These stories and more are featured in the new episode of Positively Connecticut™ airing on Sunday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. on CPTV.

Segments and towns highlighted in the June episode include:

To Market to Market (Hartford, Mystic, Westport) – For fresh food, look no further than a local farmers’ market. Enjoying a surge in popularity, there are now more than 100 statewide. Diane criss-crosses Connecticut, searching out some of the freshest food for sale, including fruit, veggies, cheese and desserts. Find out how everyone wins with farmers’ markets, including farmers, shoppers and even the chefs at local restaurants.

Udder Genius (Easton, East Canaan, Wethersfield) – Three of the state’s oldest agricultural institutions: Hart Seed Co. in Wethersfield, Gilbertie's Herb Gardens in Easton and Freund Family Farm in East Canaan are teaming up to go green! These days, more than 250 head of cattle call the Freund Farm home. And with a lot of cows comes a lot of manure! It is a dirty job, but somebody’s got to find an eco-friendly way to get rid of it. So, the agriculturalists created Cowpots. See why they’re good for the environment and for garden plants too.

Go Take a Hike (Middletown) – Save gas this summer by parking the car and using foot power. To really experience Connecticut this summer, go take a hike! Diane dons her walking shoes and shows a side of Middletown that few people experience. See how getting back to nature is a scenic, inexpensive and relaxing way to enjoy Connecticut.

Trailer Flash (Stonington) – They turn heads wherever they go. These rolling beauties are sleek, silver and one of the classiest ways to travel. Diane attends an Airstream Rally for a firsthand look inside these classic campers. They’re a lot of fun on four wheels.

Woman of Innovation (New London) – DeCarol Davis is a name few people will forget, once they meet this impressive Cadet from the United States Coast Guard Academy. Ranked first in her class, find out why a veteran educator calls DeCarol "one in a million."

The Price Is Right (East Haddam) – It is an unprecedented achievement. Michael Price has been at the helm of the Goodspeed Opera House for 40 years and is credited with changing the landscape of American musical theatre. From his office overlooking the Connecticut River, Price has given hundreds of actors their starts and launched landmark musicals including "Annie" and "Shenandoah." Walk down memory lane with Price as he shares some secrets about his rocky start at Goodspeed, his hits and misses, plus his newest production, "Happy Days."

Disc Oh Dogs (Hartford) – Team Frisbee for man and beast…that’s the mission of The Yankee Flyers. In this club, fierce but friendly competition between coaches and their canine partners exist. Canines of all shapes and sizes land amazing jumps as they train for international competition.

Positively Connecticut™ searches out the inspiring, warm, funny and sometimes downright strange stories that give Connecticut its character. Funding for Positively Connecticut™ comes from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, People’s United Bank, Comcast and The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

"We are very pleased to support Positively Connecticut™ and appreciate Diane's efforts as one of Connecticut's chief ambassadors promoting the diverse heritage, attractions and family activities that make Connecticut a great place to live and visit," said Karen Senich, executive director, Commission on Culture and Tourism.

"People's United Bank has been a trusted financial partner of Connecticut individuals and businesses for more than 165 years," said Philip R. Sherringham, president and CEO, People's United Bank. "While we are expanding to Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, we continue to focus on our long-term relationships in our home state. We are pleased to partner with Diane Smith and CPTV to bring her viewers the stories of the many interesting people and places that form the character of our state."

"Comcast is proud to meet the entertainment, information and communications needs of Connecticut’s residents, and we are committed to giving back to and enriching the communities where our customers and employees live and work," said Doug Guthrie, vice president for Comcast’s Connecticut-Western Massachusetts Region. "We are proud to again sponsor the Positively Connecticut ™ series on CPTV, as Diane Smith takes viewers around the Nutmeg State and showcases the people, places and culture that make Connecticut unique."

"Leading a positive, happy life and connecting with the places and people around us are an essential part of overall health and well being," said Helayne Lightstone, director of corporate communications at The Hospital of Central Connecticut. "Our hospital is happy to sponsor Positively Connecticut™ as Diane Smith shares powerful stories that enrich the lives of residents of our state."

CPTV is the public television affiliate of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has the distinction of providing more children’s programming than any other public broadcasting station in the country. CPBN also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and America Public Media. WNPR serves more than 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. WNPR’s award-winning, original local programs include Where We Live and The Faith Middleton Show. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to its viewers, listeners and readers. For more information on CPTV, log on to www.cptv.org.

Positively Connecticut™ is trademarked by LIN-TV and licensed by Diane Smith.
Contact: Maria Zone
E-mail: mzone@cptv.org
Tel: (860) 275-7243
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