Connecticut Part I

As my uncle Ricky said in his toast tonight, our family loves nothing more than getting together to celebrate happy occasions. That is exactly what we’re doing this weekend as my cousin Adam marries his beautiful fiancé Lauren in the quaint and classy state of Connecticut.

This trip is special for a lot of reasons. For starters, it’s been a long while since we took a “family vacation,” minivan and all. In true Stolper fashion, we were up and on the go by 8:00 AM to pack in as many educational sites as possible, including the Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut College and historic Mystic Seaport. I can’t deny that I loved every minute.

The college tour was a real highlight. my Grandma Nancy and her mom, my great Grandma Dorothy, both attended Connecticut College, which at the time was exclusively for women. Even the staff in the admissions office could tell how happy it made Grandma Nancy to visit her alma mater with the family.

And then it was on to the main event – a lovely cocktail hour and seafood rehearsal dinner right on the shore. We’re talking raw oysters on ice, fresh clams, a tub full of lobster and drawn butter – nectar of the gods. We ate, drank and toasted the happy couple – L’chaim!

Can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store.

Until We Eat Again,
Two Happy Cooks














  1. Grandma Nancy

    We are on our flight home and Stephen seated in front of me pulled up your beautiful blog. What a perfect tribute to the wonderful weekend we have enjoyed together. For me, the CT college picture was one of the highlights. If you could send me a hard copy of that, I would love it. Great to be with you both. Keep up the great work. Love Grandma

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