Posted on Friday, December 7 2007 by Heather Brandon
The cities of Hartford and Springfield are acknowledging the holiday season with some political events intended to offer a little schmoozing and socializing as well as possibly doing a bit of good in the process.
First up is a Springfield City Council open house on Wednesday, December 19, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at City Hall downtown, 36 Court Street. Light refreshments will be served and an RSVP is requested at the City Council office, (413) 787-6170. Food donations for Open Pantry Community Services, Inc. will be accepted at the event. (Consider finding out what’s needed before making purchases.)
Later that week, Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez invites the public to join in some holiday caroling at City Hall. A notice about the event says that people should bring their instruments and party, starting at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 21. It is hard to imagine much partying going on during a weekday afternoon at City Hall, or at City Hall at any time, but maybe these revelers will manage to raise the roof. No RSVP required, apparently, so come as you are and bring whatever you bring to something like this.
After the new year, Mayor Perez and his non-profit organization, Mayor Perez’s Rising Stars for Hartford (that’s actually its whole name), are hosting a black-tie-optional inaugural ball, coined “a celebration of the Capital City and its elected officials.”
The event starts at 7:00 pm on Saturday January 5, 2008, at the Connecticut Convention Center (not pictured) downtown, 100 Columbus Boulevard.
Tickets cost $75; proceeds will benefit the Mayor Perez’s Rising Stars for Hartford cause, which supports youth programs and families in the city.
For tickets or information, contact Mary Conneely at (860) 841-0175. Members of the media may be placed on the media list to cover the ball—credentials required—by contacting Sarah Barr at  522-4888, extension 6217. Can’t get a ticket? Try talking to the mice in your basement, or sulking in front of the nearest fireplace.