Category Archives: Holiday

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!  Today we’ve decided to not do a full blog, but instead do a little showing of fireworks across the U.S.  Please enjoy your holiday weekend and always remember to be safe and responsible.

4th of July Fireworks, National Mall, Washington DC, 2012

Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks 2013 

2012 Fourth Of July Fireworks Display, Honolulu, HAWAII

July 4th 2010 Macy*s Fireworks Finale NYC

Fourth of July Fireworks (not sure of location but a great display of fireworks)

San Diego 4th of July Fireworks 2013

Happy Birthday America!


Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance






Fireworks Displays in Connecticut

fireworks, phh insuranceHappy 4th of July!  Here are some local firework displays in the area for you and your family to enjoy for the whole month of July.



July 1st: Vernon

July 2nd: Meriden

July 3rd: Middletown, Norwalk, Stratford, Dayville-Killingly, New Britain Rock Cats, Westport, West Haven, Milford, Danbury Fair Mall, Shelton, Simsbury, Stamford

July 4th: New Haven, Madison. Washington, Wilton, Norwich, Cheshire (Kutz Farms shoot. which is private, but viewable from nearby locations) Rowayton, Lake Quassy, Weston, New Britain (City event), Bristol-Southington, Fairfield, New Canaan,

July 5th: Wallingford, Stafford, Darien, Manchester, Greenwich, New Milford

July 6th: Putnam,

July 11th: Windsor Locks (Firemens Carnival), Farmington (Firemen’s Carnival)

July 12th: Lebanon, Guilford, Riverfest (Hartford, East Hartford), Beacon Falls, Sailfest

July 18th: Suffield Fireman’s Carnival

July 19th: Newington, Groton Long Point, Bridgeport Bluefish, Celebrate East Lyme

July 25th: New Britain Rock Cats, Ocean Beach Park

July 26th: Mohegan Sun

July 31st: Thomaston

Happy 4th of July

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance


Mother’s Day: Mom Our Super Hero

happy mother's dayIt’s that time of year again, when we stop and realize just how important mom is in our lives.  What would we do without mom?  She’s done so much for us over the years, made us who we are. Given us the courage, motivation and strength to tackle anything we want in life. We shouldn’t wait for just one day a year to recognize all the things Mom does.  We should be thankful and appreciate our Mother’s each day. We take this one day a year to really show our love, respect and admiration.  For many of us it’s a time of remembrance of our mothers who have passed on, but continues to live on within us each day.

As a child we always had special ways to show our moms just how much we love them.  Remember writing poems for your mom as a child?  We came across some great poems written by children that we wanted to share with you.  As your read these you’ll see the innocence of each child written in their words.  Maybe a simple poem can say it best.  We wish each and every mom a wonderful Mother’s Day and thank you for all you have done for us through our lives.


Mommy, I Love You – Anonymous

 Mommy, I love you

For all that you do.
I’ll kiss you and hug you
‘Cause you love me, too.
You feed me and need me
To teach you to play,
So smile ’cause I love you
On this Mother’s Day.

I love you mummy

Now that I’m grown up enough for the most beautiful of all the mothers,
I offer you these flowers, but also hearts and small homemade butter cakes.
I shall be as good as gold and no more tease my little brother like I did yesterday.
On your tender cheek, I lay down a huge kiss.

Mom Like an Angel Poem

My mummy is like an angel.
She is as smooth as my dolly.
My mummy wants me to see her.
My mummy, I love her and I love her all the time.

Happy Mother’s Day

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

Shop Locally for Valentine’s Day

valentines dayValentine’s is almost here.  If you haven’t done your Valentine’s shopping yet, here are some great ideas that might help you from local businesses right here in Stafford.  With so many great gift options available, there’s no need to go far to pick up a unique gift for your loved one’s.

Consider shopping locally at one of these great small businesses in Stafford.

Middle Ground Cafe for the coffee lovers in your life.  A gift certificate is always a nice gift along with maybe one of their new travel mugs.middle ground cafe

WindowBox is another great option for a variety of unique gift options.windowbox

Artisans’ Corner provides a variety of gift options from chocolates, jewelry, artwork, candles and so much more.  You’ll be sure to find a great gift option here as well.artisans corner

Three Graces Vintage has a great selection of gifts, vintage clothing and artwork available that would make great gift options.three graces vintage

Rustology is a great place to either pick up a gift or gift certificate for those in your life that enjoy antiques and oddity’s.rustology

Now let’s no forget some great places to take your Valentine out to eat right here in town.

Basil’s as well as J&D Pub & Grill are two great places to have a decent dinner.

Looking for Flowers.  Be sure to stop by Greenbriar Florals greenbriar floral

Do you have someone in your life that loves music?  A gift certificate for music lessons at Studio 85 is another great option.

Another option for your loved one is a gift certificate to Full Sail Tattoo.

Now let’s not forget our furry friends for Valentine’s Day.  Be sure to stop by Pastries 4 Pets to grab a treat for your dog.

These are a just a few great local businesses in here in town that you could grab a gift for Valentine’s Day.

A great time to stop by anyone of these shops would be this coming Friday evening during their monthly Arts on Main. Stop in to the local shops, check out the arts shows going on and grab your gifts.

We hope these ideas will help you with your Valentine’s shopping this year. Shopping locally helps support your community.

Happy Valentine’s Day

From Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

Christmas Palooza

Well tomorrow is Christmas.  So instead of a boring insurance blog, we thought we would share some Christmas videos. Our partners at Renaissance shared these in their blog and we thought you’d enjoy them as well.  So be sure to check these out.

How to Say “Merry Christmas” in 24 Languages

10 Bizarre Christmas Traditions from Around the World.

Jingle Cat’s…this one is too funny.

We wish you a safe and happy Merry Christmas

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance