Random Raven: Haunts, Hops & Assorted, Oceanic Treasures in October

A shining jewel on the New England festival circuit, Newport Mansions annual Food & Wine Festival flexed its culinary muscles – and featured primo vino – Sept. 19-22.

Welcome back to Random Raven, the column that aspires for nothing less than to be your complete, entertainment itinerary.

Of course, the month of October has long since established itself as a sort of “ode to the odious” in that in concludes with one of the most dubious of holidays – All Hallow’s Eve. And far be it from some of our favorite, North Central Connecticut venues – as well as a notable newcomer to the North, Holyoke’s “DementedFX” – not to get in on the frightful fun.

It is in this spirit that this edition’s “Fall Fest” section enlightens local thrill seekers on a few of our favorite haunts; including, but not limited to: Sonny’s Place Harvest Happenings, Rails To The Darkside at the Connecticut Trolley Museum, and even Stafford’s “Rocky Horror.” For the full scoop on all of these spooktaculars and more, kindly visit pages 4, 5 and 12 in the October edition.

Then again, if all of the Halloween havoc is starting to get your goat, maybe take a ride down to the home of Hartford’s own Yard Goats Oct. 19. That’s the site – and date – of the first annual G.O.A.T Brew and Wine Fest. Sample local and regional suds and vino between the hours of 1-4 p.m. amidst the festive atmosphere of Dunkin Donuts Park, numerous food offerings, live music, games and more.

Prices ranges from V.I.P ($75) to DD (Designated Driver, $25) and are both limited in availability and promise to increase day of event. To nab yours now, visit https://www.milb.com/hartford

Fans of the grape…and fresh seafood…will undoubtedly want to make their way over to Brignole Vineyards (brignolevineyards.com) on Friday, Oct. 25. That’s the evening the gorgeous, East Granby winery will be graced by none other than an official  Cousin’s Maine Lobster food truck. The Saco, Maine based lobster company first made a splash when its owners appeared on Shark Tank in 2012, snagging a deal with entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran. Since then, they have expanded into 16 major cities in the U.S. and even several brick and mortars in Asia and Taiwan.

In other, assorted “oceanic” treasure news… our neighbors in the Ocean State will be showcasing their finest culinary creations, crustaceans and more at the 8th annual Taste of Southern Rhode Island on Thursday, Oct. 24. Occurring at Clark Farms in Wakefield, this Taste can induce drooling with its 40+ “participating vendor” list alone. Tickets are $50 per person and avaialble via the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. 

Like the band Sugar? If your answer is “Yes please,” then you should know they’ll be at Clark Farms in Wakefield the following night, Friday, Oct. 25, too!

Platinum-selling, platinum-haired Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach rocked a capacity crowd at Stafford’s Palace Theater (thestaffordpalacetheater.com) on Sept. 6. On tap for the historic venue this Fal include performances by Big Smo Oct. 13, Eve 6 Nov. 1, Doors duplicators Riders On The Storm Nov. 29 and the Nitro Comedy Tour Nov. 30, to name a choice few. 

Photos by Gary Carra

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