NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Gil on the Go with a Cup of Joe headed to New Britain Diner on Friday.

Polonia Business Association President Adrian Baron told Gil that the Little Poland Festival is coming back to New Britain next year! Its mascot Stanley the Dragon stopped by the diner too to say hello and weigh in on the weather.

New Britain Police Chief Christopher Chute also stopped by to chat with Gil.

Facts about New Britain:

  • New Britain is nicknamed “Hard-Hittin New Britain” and “Hardware City” because it was once known as the hardware capital of the world and Stanley Black and Decker headquarters is in the city.
  • The inventor of the wire coat hanger is from New Britain.
  • The city is home to the New Britain Bees.
  • “Dribbling” in basketball was invented in 1895 at the New Britain YMCA.
  • It has the largest Polish population of any city in Connecticut.
  • It is home to Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).
  • New Britain Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1948 by CCSU faculty members.
  • Walter Camp, the “father of American football,” was born in New Britain.