The shiny Oscar is the symbol of this night of nights. It would be hard to find an individual who would not wish to be a part of all the glitz and glitter. But considering that the whole world can’t be there, the rest make do with bringing the celebration to their localities. They attend staged functions in hotels, bars and lounges, participate in charity galas and benefits or even throw their own Oscar event, emulating the styles of Hollywood. Find a party that works for you.
The Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
Date: February 24, 2013 7:00pm, VIP reception at 6:00pm
Tickets: VIP Admission: $100/person, General Admission: $50/person
The political, business, media and culinary communities of Hartford come together at the iconic Mark Twain House for its signature, annual Oscar night extravaganza to raise funds for the CT Aids organization. The agenda includes an exclusive VIP reception with local celebrities at 6 p.m. and a general reception for all attendees from 7 p.m. The characteristic Hollywood event features are replicated: red carpet interviews, swag bags, prizes for “most outrageous” and “most glamorous attire” and auctions for many different luxury items. Large viewing screens in this event bring the live Academy Awards telecast into Connecticut.
The Avon Theater
272 Bedford St.
Stamford, CT 06901
Date: February 24, 2013
Cocktail party 7 pm; Live Awards Ceremony telecast 8.30 to 11.30 pm
Tickets: $75 members, $100 non-members
The Oscars at the Avon in Stamford simulates the Dolby Theater gala in Los Angeles. Act like a famous Hollywood idol with photographs as you pose on the red carpet in festive movie-star attire. Vie for votes and prizes and indulge in gourmet food and exotic beverages. Then get transported to the ceremony and feel like part of the function via the live telecast.
Mohegan Sun Casino
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.
The VISTA Lounge at Wombi Rock in Mohegan Sun is an extravagant club that won’t dissapoint. Its luxurious alcoves and VIP sections, dance floor, music equipment and acoustics spell state-of-the-art. Located in the Casino of the Sky, under the stars, it looks out on the whole gaming room spread out below. Dressed to the nines, enjoy exotic cocktails and play your own private game of blackjack. There are few better places that can make you feel like a movie goddess.
Up Or On The Rocks
50 Union Place
Hartford, CT 06103
One great feature of Up Or On The Rocks, described as “Hartford’s hottest dance club,” is the abundance of rooms, so it rarely feels crowded or claustrophobic. This a two-story venue in downtown Hartford with dance floors and bars in each level and an open-air deck for fine weather. Dancing, music, good food and great beverages; it has all the hallmarks of a super party destination. On Oscar night, everything goes up several notches to enjoy a rollicking fun time for everyone. As THE night spot to be seen in Hartford, it rocks on special occasions.
High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge
Foxwoods Resort Casino
350 Trolley Line Blvd
Mashantucket, CT 06338
Roll with the high rollers and view the Oscars a little differently this year. Experience a Las Vegas-style bowling alley from the golden era where retro chic meets up-to-the-minute technology. The vast space, imaginative dining options and a choice of full-service bars serves as an exciting and exclusive venue to watch the Awards on the more than 60 big-screen high-definition TVs. In between, hone your bowling skills in the many lanes, play pool, listen to piano music in the two-level lounge or prop up at the 50-seat marble bar. If you want to hold your own exclusive Oscar party, you can book any of the private rooms or the function area for a bigger shindig. In any event, it will be a memorable night.
Bina Joseph, a resident of Glastonbury, CT is a freelance writer covering all things travel-related in Connecticut.
A passionate veteran of the travel industry, Bina has visited more than 40 countries, giving her a unique, global perspective. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.