Event Date: July 6, 2015

Location: B:Hive Bridgeport 


Smells of fresh barbeque and leftover firecracker smoke linger in the air. It’s mid-summer. It’s the time of the year we all look forward to. Why? Because as a nation, we collectively celebrate. 

On July 4th, we commemorate the triumphs of our nation’s past by gathering together with family, friends, and neighbors. We enjoy spur-of-the-moment picnics, parades, backyard shenanigans, and an endless supply of bonfire s'mores. We make the most of our freedom. 

At its heart, our country stands for freedom, strength, and opportunities for all to attain success. This philosophy beats loudly at Heart of the City! In the spirit of the holiday, our third event’s theme focused on stories of celebration and triumph. 

Our events are made with a few simple ingredients: fun, music, powerful stories. We sparked up the event (literally) by lighting firecrackers outside at Two Boots! The onset of fireworks also sparked some rich conversations.

After the melodious beats of Chris Cavaliere and the beautifully captured images of Mojalvo and Alex Torres, the night would be one to remember. 


Meet our storytellers and watch their stories.

Matt Rhone was born in New Haven, now resides in North Haven, and sings and plays harmonica for his band Grit Rhythm. If you weren’t at our last HOTC, Grit Rhythm definitely brought the groove to the evening. They’re awesome and play all over CT so be sure to check them out and find them near you. Matt has a habit of replacing the lyrics in pop songs with lyrics related to cheese and types of cheeses. For example,The Beatles "We all live in a yellow slice of cheese." or Taylor Swift's "Parmesan is gonna shake-shake-shake-shake-shake-shake" Apparently, it’s a chronic condition and at one point a band member threw his arms up and yelled "Please for the love of God, stop with the cheeses!" He was replaced immediately.

Watch Matt's story here.


Stephanie Vaughn was born in Warwick, Rhode Island, and raised in Naugatuck, Connecticut. She currently live in Stratford with her husband Jeff and twin sons Shaymus and Morgan. During “business hours,” you can find her as the Digital Asset and Production Manager at a boutique agency in Norwalk, CT. At the turn of the 20th century, her great-grandfather Thomas O’Leary was an acrobat and cook with The Barnum & Bailey Circus -- The Greatest Show on Earth! She’s got Bridgeport pumpin’ through her veins!

Watch Stephanie's story here. 


Scott Davis was born in Cleveland Ohio and now lives in Bridgeport. He occupies his time with bookkeeping, marketing and keeping active in Greater Bridgeport Toastmasters. He is also the Division C Director of District 53 Toastmasters.  He also keeps active in his local church's programs. As a side note, he loves to solve puzzles and finding directions to games.

Watch Scott's story here. 


Amy Henson was born here in Bridgeport and is an elementary school teacher in town. She’s also a co-owner here at B:Hive and active throughout the community. She occupies her time with friends, family, and teaching, but currently she is Summer Amy! 

Watch Amy's story here.


Thank you to all of those who celebrated with us.

We looking forward to see you again!

Join us at our next event on Monday, September 14. 

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