HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Gov. Ned Lamont (D-Conn.) and newly-elected lawmakers and constitutional officers will take the oath of office on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, at the State Armory in Hartford.
That is also the day the Lamont-Bysiewicz administration is kicking off a big party to celebrate new beginnings.
Four years ago, the newly-elected governor joined in the age-old tradition of putting on a tux and walking with his footguard into the Inaugural Ball. There was delicious food, star-studded friends, and bipartisan electric guitar riffs from Sen. George Logan doing his best Jimmy Hendrix rendition.
Lamont’s office announced his second ball will be more subdued. The black-tie event, touted as “A Taste of Connecticut,” will be held at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts on Capitol Avenue in Hartford from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.
There won’t be a sit-down dinner, but rather a mixer. The Bacon Brothers — actor Kevin Bacon’s band with his brother, Michael — will entertain guests. In the band’s song, ‘Woman’s Got a Mind to Change,’ Bacon sings a line that seems appropriate for a political event: “They say the only sure thing in life is death and taxes.”
Greenwich-based DJ April Larkin will also take the stage.
These inaugural balls are a Connecticut tradition. From governors Democrat Bill O’Neill to Independent Lowell Weicker, Republicans John Rowland and Jodi Rell to Democrat Dannel Malloy, the pomp and circumstance date to colonial times.
For more than 250 years, the inaugural event is the political event. It is funded by monies raised through the sale of tickets and donations. It does not use state funding.
State ethics officials consider the inauguration activities official state functions. Anything provided is a gift to the state and exempt from limits, but Lamont’s office says contributions will be capped at $25,000.
The ball will be held at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts on Capitol Avenue in Hartford from 6:30 p.m. to midnight on Jan. 4.
Tickets can be purchased online at bushnell.org. General admission is $200, while tickets are $100 for guests under 30.