Mickey's Mail - March 7, 2018

 Mickey's Mail - 3/7/18 - More Great Events

When I arrived in Connecticut from Minnesota in 1976, I had a vocational goal and an avocational goal. For work, I wanted to start a new health plan which I did and ran for the next 22 years! For play, I wanted to become a Raybestos Cardinal and play fastpitch softball for the defending national championship team that played its home games at Raybestos Memorial Field in Stratford. I did that and played there for the next six seasons, then two more at Quigley Field in West Haven.  
Those six years playing in this legendary stadium were very special, as were the times immediately after the games when our players and fans would head over to the bar right next to the field. I can’t even begin to count how many times I frequented the bar called the “Frog Pond”, and it lasted many, many years after the ball park succumbed to becoming a huge environmental hazard (and still is). But alas, the “Frog Pond”, too, was eventually taken over by new owners, and renamed the “Whiskey Barrel”.
Here’s the good news. The old bar (and restaurant) received a major refurbishing, and recently opened as the “Whiskey Barrel”, and the new owners are new BRBC members, and last week we had both a “Pop Up” event there and a Ribbon Cutting event there to celebrate their opening.  
Shown in pictures below is the new permittee, Samantha Mauro, who you may know from Tiago’s in Bridgeport and a few more pictures from the great events we held there, with our members enjoying themselves just as I did some 40 years earlier! I confess to feeling rather wistful since none of my ball player friends were there, and I keep thinking of all the special evenings we spent there. But I also rejoice in how this true Stratford landmark is once again serving hungry and thirsty patrons.
And the Whiskey Barrel opening was not our only special ribbon-cutting this week as we also had one at the Sikorsky Credit Union in Trumbull, and one at the Mellow Monkey at Knapp’s Landing in Stratford. Featured above and below are the inside and outside of the Mellow Monkey with owner Howard Aspinwall seen cutting the ribbon to his quirky and fun renovated store you must visit! 
You may have seen the recent front-page article in the Fairfield County Business Journal where I was quoted as saying that there is a buzz these days regarding our region and our representation of the businesses here in greater Bridgeport. These ribbon cuttings are “proof positive” of that buzz, and we couldn’t be prouder.