With the help of River Quest, Host David Bibbey takes a ride on a riverboat and learns about the wildlife and habitat of the Connecticut River. Plus, explores Gillette Castle, Wesleyan University, stops in at the Udupi Bhavan restaurant for some delicious Indian cuisine, and learns about baseball bats from Tucci Lumber.
Connecticut Cultural Treasures
This episode features a segment in Gillette Castle, where we take a tour of the interior, and get to know more about the eccentric actor, William Gillette. We meet with Matt Saunders and Sarah Lucey who show some of the castle’s more interesting design features as well as all the hidden features of the house by which Gillette would play practical jokes on his friends who visited.
Made in Connecticut
Pete Tucci, of Tucci Lumber, was a professional baseball player – a draft pick for the Torono Blue Jays and went on to play for Padres until an accident on the field left him with a broken hand and less strength than before. We meet with Pete and his wife Amy who tells the incredible story of how their business of hand crafted baseball bats got started. They show us around the lumber yard, and get us into the mindset of a professional player who is looking for a new bat.
The show completes in Middletown where David ‘Breaks Bread’ at Udupi Bhavan, a Vegetarian Indian restaurant. Guided by CT resident, first generation Asian Indian immigrant Dinesh Rajagopalan, former Tennis Pro in India, and owner of the New Milford Tennis And Swim Club, David learns about the culture and cuisine of Southern India.