Farmington Mini Golf & Icecream Parlor


The warmer weather reminds us that spring is right around the corner.  This means it’s time to get organized, start exercising and have fun outside!  But let’s be honest. You probably get organized for about a day, join the gym for about a week and claim you’re having “fun”  by following the same routine you did during the winter. Or maybe, just maybe, you decide to go mini golfing with your friends, family or significant other.  Over the course of spring and summer, CT will review Connecticut’s best and worst miniature golf courses.

Farmington Mini Golf & Ice Cream Parlor

Overall Grade: A-

Location:  1048 Farmington Ave.  Farmington, CT

Open:  late March, early April

Course: 10/10-  Since 1962, Connecticutians have flocked to this establishment for traditional miniature golf and an old time ice cream parlor in a “beautiful park like setting.”  The course spans through a windmill, a castle,  a well, a church, a small pond and several winding holes.  This fifty-year-old course has aged well, as the Guglielmo family and their staff spend a considerable amount of time maintaining it.  Although the course boasts a challenging par of 48, you’ll have a lot of fun trying to conquer it. If you master this course, you might want to sign up for their tournament in late August.  The top five finishers win a cash price of $15-$100.  If you have children under the age of 10, you can visit their annual Easter tournament.  During the month of October, customers of all ages can enjoy Haunted Mini Golf.  The staff revamps the course with spooky decorations.

Service: 10/10-I worked at Farmington Mini Golf from 2009-2010 so I know how dedicated the staff are to their customers.  To work at this establishment, you must be fast and efficient.  I worked as a server in the ice cream parlor and the place was always buzzing with customers. I couldn’t keep up with the weekend crowd so I decided my time was better suited a customer.  The current employees are fast and dependable.

Price of Course: 9/10  $6 before 6 PM,  $8 after 6 PM.  $3.00 repeat games before 6 PM.  We recommend you play before 6 PM so you can take advantage of the $9 for two game deal.  Think about it.  That’s only a dollar more than you would pay for a night game.

Price of Ice Cream Parlor:  2.5/5- The ice cream parlor loses points on price because the price you have to pay for a scoop of ice cream is dependent on the amount it weighs. Generally, a small cup of ice cream (one tennis ball sized scoop) costs around $3.25!  An two additional scoops are the size of golf balls (they’re added to the tennis ball scoop) and run from $4-$5!  To give you an idea of how ridiculous this is, you can buy a pint of Haagen-Dazs ice cream for $4.75 at your local price chopper. Haagen-Dazs price ranks up there with Ben & Jerry’s.  Yet, you will find more than one tennis ball sized scoop inside!  If you want toppings, you’ll have to spend an additional $0.25 to $0.50.  At Friendly’s, you can have a dinner, and medium sized Sunday for drink $9.99.  If ordered ice cream with toppings for just you and a friend, you would actually spend more than that amount.

Selection/Taste:  4.5/5- If you happen to have a considerable amount of money and you’re really craving ice cream, you can choose from a wide selection of ice cream that actually tastes pretty delicious.  Our top five flavors include:  Kahlua chocolate chunk, cherry moose tracks, cowabunga crunch, extreme chocolate and black raspberry.  If you win Farmington Mini Golf’s August tournament, you can afford to buy the ice cream for all of your friends!

In a nutshell: 36/40- We recommend you visit Farmington Mini Golf & Ice Cream Parlor for their traditional style mini golf, great service and fun special events.  Since 1962, Farmington Mini Golf & Ice Cream has provided the residents of Farmington, and the Greater Hartford area, with enough Spring and Summer fun to keep you coming back again and again.  We recommend you visit this establishment during the day to take advantage of their $9 deal for two games and only buy their ice cream if you have a surplus of money.

Bandwith Karaoke: Connecticut’s Rockstar Experience


You’re at a bar or a party on a weekend night some time in 2012.  You’re with your friends and you’re looking forward to socializing, drinking and having an all around good time. Then the host says one seemingly deadly, four syllable word-KARAOKE. Now maybe you like karaoke, maybe you despise it.  But on this particular night, you don’t want to hear a bunch of drunk shmucks stumble over their words to a modified, prerecorded track.  You think, “karaoke would sound a lot better with a live band.”  You don’t need to look far for this experience!  A karaoke band exists in Connecticut and you can rock with them every Friday night.

Bandwith Karaoke

Overall Grade:  A

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BandwithKaraoke

Location(s):  Friday 10:00 PM Coach’s Bar and Grill, 201 Ann St, Hartford, CT

2nd Saturday of every month: Center Station, 845 Farmington Ave, Berlin, CT

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Atmosphere:  10/10– Bandwith Karaoke delivers a truly thrilling atmosphere on Friday nights at Coach’s Bar and Grill in Hartford and on the second Saturday of every month at Center Station in Berlin.  On those days, you can rock out with Lefebvre, Whit, J-Mo, Debbie and Stereo Joe to a wide selection of songs.  These songs transcend the genres of rock, pop, rap and country, so there is something for everyone.  If you’re nervous about performing in front of people, don’t worry! The band makes you feel welcome in front of the audience and provides you with the lyrics on screen that rests below the mic stand.  You can perform a song by yourself  or rock out with a friend, or two, or three…

Service: 10/10– Bandwith Karaoke provides excellent service in terms of instrumentals and organization.  Bandwith Karaoke isn’t one of those bands you hire for a high school dance or wedding.  These guys actually rock!  We were impressed by their instrumentals, backup vocals and their ability to perform for hours without tiring.  This is a band that performs well live and that’s more than we can say for many mainstream and local bands.   The band also organizes their set list with precision. They try their best to make sure everyone has a chance to sing at least once.  Arrive early so you can secure your name on the set list!

Price: 10/10 $5.  This score should be self-explanatory

Variety: 10/10  Bandwith Karaoke provides a long list of songs for you to rock out to.  They’re always adding songs to the list and they’re open to suggestions.  Have a song idea?  Simply leave the band a comment on their Facebook page and they’ll consider it!

In A Nutshell  40/40:  Bandwith Karaoke scores a perfect A because they bring a true rock star experience and provide a night of fun at an incredibly low price!  If you’re curious about the songs or the experience itself, check out the YouTube video and the set list below.  We strongly encourage you to join this band!

Current Set list:

3 AM – Matchbox 20
99 Red Balloons – Goldfinger/Nena
Ace of Spades – Motorhead
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations
Alive – Pearl Jam
All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
All The Small Things – Blink 182
American Girl – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Animals – Nickelback
Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
Any Way You Want It – Journey
Are You Gonna Be My Girl? – Jet
Are You Gonna Go My Way? – Lenny Kravitz
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
Back In Black – AC/DC
The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang
Basketcase – Green Day
Beat It – Michael Jackson
Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
Betterman – Pearl Jam
Beverly Hills – Weezer
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Bitch – Meredith Brooks
Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones
Blue Bayou – Linda Ronstadt
Blue On Black – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Bring Me Some Water – Melissa Etheridge
Bulls on Parade – Rage Against The Machine
Bust A Move – Young MC
Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent
Come Out And Play – The Offspring
Come Together – The Beatles
Crackerman – Stone Temple Pilots
Crazy Bitch – Buckcherry
Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
Creep – Radiohead
Criminal – Fiona Apple
Cumbersome – Seven Marry Three
Dammit – Blink 182
Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol
Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Drive – Incubus
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue
Far Behind – Candlebox
Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen
Feel Like Making Love – Bad Company
Fell On Black Days – Soundgarden
Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys
Fire – Jimi Hendrix
Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revivial
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
F@!K You – Cee-Lo
F@!kin’ Perfect – P!nk
Gel – Collective Soul
Girls Girls Girls – Motley Crue
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Give It Away – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Gives You Hell – The All-American Rejects
Good – Better Than Ezra
Got You (Where I Want You) – The Flys
Heartbreaker – Pat Benetar
Hemorrhage (In My Hands) – Fuel
Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms
Hey Ya! – Outkast
Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benetar
Hotblooded – Foreigner
I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Darkness
I Fought The Law – The Clash
I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry
I Love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
I Touch Myself – The Divinyls
I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
I Want You To Want Me – Cheap Trick
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Inside Out – Eve 6
Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots
Jet Airliner – Steve Miller Band
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
Just A Girl – No Doubt
Just Like A Pill – P!nk
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine
Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
Laid – James
Last Kiss – Pearl Jam
Last Name – Carrie Underwood
Like A Stone – Audioslave
Like A Virgin – Madonna
Limelight – Rush
Living After Midnight – Judas Priest
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Longview – Greenday
Love In An Elevator – Aerosmith
Man In A Box – Alice In Chains
Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
Misery Business – Paramore
Mother – Danzig
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
My Hero – Foo Fighters
My Own Worst Enemy – Lit
Nearly Lost You – Screaming Trees
The Needle and The Spoon – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Nothing But A Good Time – Poison
One – U2
The Only One – Melissa Etheridge
Only The Good Die Young – Billy Joel
Panama – Van Halen
Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses
Paralyzer – Finger 11
Paranoid – Black Sabbath
Pardon Me – Incubus
Picture – Kid Rock w/ Sheryl Crow
Piece of My Heart – Janice Joplin / Big Brother and The Holding Company
Plush – Stone Temple Pilots
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
Proud Mary – Tina Turner
Push – Matchbox 20
Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson
Renegade – Styx
Revolution – The Beatles
Roadhouse Blues – The Doors
Rock and Roll – Led Zeppelin
Rock and Roll All Nite – Kiss
Rockin’ In The Free World – Neil Young
Rock n’ Me – Steve Miller Band
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Santa Monica – Everclear
Santeria – Sublime
Say It Ain’t So – Weezer
Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) – Journey
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
Shimmer – Fuel
Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna
Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynard
Since You’ve Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Smooth Criminal – Alien Ant Farm
Something To Talk About – Bonnie Raitt
Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
Song 2 – Blur
Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones
Stay (I Missed You) – Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
Summer Nights – Rascal Flatts
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Sweet Child o’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynard
Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money
This Love – Maroon 5
Tighten Up – The Black Keys
Tik Tok – Ke$ha
TNT – AC/DC
Tomorrow – Silverchair
Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
Train Train – Blackfoot
The Trooper – Iron Maiden
Turn The Page – Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band (Metallica)
Undone (The Sweater Song) – Weezer
Waking Up In Vegas – Katy Perry
Walk This Way – Aerosmith
Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
The Warrior – Scandal
The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
Waterfalls – TLC
What I Got – Sublime
What I Like About You – The Romantics
What’s My Age Again – Blink 182
What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes
When I Come Around – Greenday
White Wedding – Billy Idol
Who Knew – P!nk
Wonderwall – Oasis
Would? – Alice In Chains
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi
You May Be Right – Billy Joel
You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
You Really Got Me – Van Halen
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Youth Gone Wild – Skid Row
Zombie – The Cranberries