One of the best ways to follow local happenings in the world of Connecticut history and genealogy - besides Patch.com - is to study The Hartford Courant's "My Towns" sections. Created using reader submitted comments, the "My Towns" section (http://www.courant.com/community/) features club and business events, movie notices, and historical society releases. It is that last category that I find most beneficial.
These releases announce often special events and new exhibitions. While I can't attend every event, these notices still help me with my research. There's always more to learn about Connecticut history. An announcement can provide the perfect starting point to discovering more about a town.