Norwalk's HamletHub Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:02:04 -0400 Summer Musical Theater Camps Added to Conservatory of Dance Offerings

The Wilton Conservatory of Dance is pleased to announce a new summer Musical Theater Camp program beginning in June. The camps are for children ages 3.5 through age 8 and introduce kids to the art of theater through song, dance, improvisation, theater games and more. 

Musical Theater Camp is taught Wendy Ann Mitchell, a singer, bass player, writer, teacher, DJ and musical theater director. She studied Child Development at Post University and received her Head Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education through the State of Connecticut in 2008. Wendy has over 25 years of experience teaching including 15 years teaching Musical Theater to children and teens in the Greater Danbury area.

As a current, active member of both the Ridgefield Arts Council, the Ridgefield Youth Commission and a former member of the Bethel Arts Commission, Wendy is passionate about promoting the arts in her community, especially within the youth population. In 2007, she wrote, produced and directed a live, interactive, multi-media production called "Forward Motion" presented by teens, for teens in inner cities across Connecticut. 

Camps Wendy will teach are below:

June 26-30: Broadway for Beginners

Ages 3 - 6 (must be potty trained)
Performance Friday, June 30 @ 12 p.m. 
  • Description: This exciting beginner class provides engaging theater games and instruction for beginners on acting, singing, blocking, line memorization and what goes into presenting a musical theater production. Students will sing their favorite tunes from Broadway and Disney shows and perform a show for friends and family at the end of the session.
July 10-14: Heart of an Island Princess (Based on Moana)
Pre-K - 4th grade
Performance Friday, July 14 @ 12 p.m.
  • Description: An adventurous princess, daughter of the chief of her tribe, she sets off on a journey to a fabled island with her hero, the demi God Maui. Along the voyage they battle the treacherous ocean and all which it hides, all the while learning what the power love between friends can accomplish. 

July 24 - 28: Black Light Bungle in the Jungle - Glow in the Dark
Pre-K - 4th grade
Performance Friday, July 28 @ 12 p.m.
  • Description: In this fun-filled theater camp, young thespians will sing jungle themed songs from The Lion King and Jungle Book and unleash their inner animal as they tell a story through music, song and dance. Costumes and props will glow in the dark under the black lights. 


Wilton Conservatory of Dance is located at 151 Old Ridgefield Rd #2, Wilton, CT. Call (203) 544-8455 or email to sign up. Space is limited. Check out more summer camp offerings on the Conservatory of Dance's website by clicking here


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Time Travelers Summer Camp at WHS

Join WHS for one or more of the Time Travelers summer camp sessions. Each week-long session is open for children ages 7-12 and will take place from 9 am-1 pm. Each session will include a special end-of-camp celebration on Friday.

Please see our website for a registration form and medical waiver.

Cost: $200 Members, $250 Non-Members, $10 Sibling Discount  

Session One: New World Explorers, June 26-30 

Colonial life in Connecticut was about more than growing onions. Explore how colonial Westporters and Native peoples of the area traveled, cooked, played and lived during the colonists’ first days in the New World.

Session Two: History Detectives, August 14-18

Discover some mysterious Westport residents such as the Sherwood triplets and Mary Bradley. Investigate and solve a different crime each day.

Session Three: Global Archaelogists, August 21-25

Step back in time and travel around the globe to discover artwork, events and traditions from different countries and cultures. Each day archaelogists will focus on a different continent and uncover different treasures from that region.

]]> (Barbara Peck) Life Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:33:17 -0400
TGIF! Cruises Launch at the Maritime Aquarium

Sometimes, at the end of a long hard work week, you just want to go for a boat ride.

So, beginning Fri., May 5, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is obliging.

The Aquarium is offering new “TGIF Cruises” each Friday at 6:30 p.m. Educators will be onboard to point out sights and wildlife, but there’s no structured program.

“These cruises are nothing more than a relaxing, 90-minute trip out to the Norwalk islands; a fun chance for families and friends to unwind during a Friday evening out on the water,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s publicist.

Get back at 8 p.m. in time to enjoy a late dinner or an evening out just steps away in the restaurants and nightspots of SoNo.

Food and drink are not available for purchase on the boat, but you may bring food and beverages in a small bag or soft-sided cooler. Glass bottles are prohibited.

Tickets are $29.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium members). The “TGIF Cruises” are open to all, including children. But participants must be at least 42 inches tall to come aboard.

Cruises occur aboard R/V Spirit of the Sound™, a 64-foot catamaran that is the only research vessel in the country with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. She has a climate-controlled cabin but guests should dress for weather out on deck.

Advance reservations are strongly suggested. Reserve tickets online at or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. 

]]> (Gina Zammit) Life Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:55:29 -0400
"Small Business, Big Ideas," a New Canaan Library and Chamber of Commerce Collaborative Series, returns for Spring 2017

New Canaan Library and the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce are pleased to present the latest  "Small Business, Big Ideas" series, which launched last spring to target and answer the specific needs of small businesses, entrepreneurs and start ups. The series will be held on four consecutive Tuesdays, May 2  through May 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the library's Adrian Lamb Room. "Small Business, Big Ideas" is free and open to the public but registration is required, online at The first session is Tuesday, May 2 with the topic Reputation Matters: handling your online company profile and reviews.

Learn from those in the know, who also know the local business climate. Each presentation will be led by local professionals who have mastered the learning curve and found success. Each session will be followed by an interactive Q & A forum.  

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Show Added May 12: Coffeehouse at the Wheeler's pays Tribute to Bob Dylan

Our first show sold out! WHS is adding another on Friday night, May 12, from 6 to 8 pm. Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s, with singer-songwriter Suzanne Sheridan and guest musicians, will pay tribute to Bob Dylan on his selection for the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Nobel Prize honored Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” He is the first musician ever to win the award and the first American to win in the literature category since Toni Morrison in 1993. The New York Times called it “perhaps the most radical choice in history stretching back to 1901,” when the first Nobels were awarded.

Over a career that has spanned more than five decades, Dylan has written songs in many genres, from folk and rock to the Great American Songbook. In the ’60s, songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems of the civil rights and anti-war movements. Later, he composed some beautiful love songs, such as “Make You Feel My Love,” first commercially released by Billy Joel in 1997 under the title “To Make You Feel My Love.”

“A lot of his songs are amazing,” Sheridan says, who especially likes “Make You Feel My Love” for its “sensitivity.” Sheridan says the Nobel winner’s output has been characterized by “telling the truth to power” and “poetic spirituality.” She will perform the Dylan songs that “really appeal” to her and also capture “the essence of who Dylan is.”

Sheridan will be joined by musicians Bob Cooper on keyboard and organ; Colin Healy on harmonica, mandolin and fiddle; and drummer Jake Habegger”.  The fifth performer will be lead guitarist Paul Horton, a well-known studio musician in Nashville.

There is a $20 donation, which includes wine and light refreshments. Reservations are suggested: Call (203) 222-1424.

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Westport Historical Society Workshop: Tax Credit for Historic Preservation

On Saturday, May 20, Alyssa Lozupone, Architectural Preservationist of the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, will provide an overview of The Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program with a Workshop here at the Historical Society.  The workshop will run from 10am to noon.

Ms. Lozupone will explain the application process and examples of rehabilitation work. The workshop will provide homeowners all the tools they need to put together a successful Tax Credit application. Marc Lotti, who is using the tax credit on his Westport home, will be available for questions.

For details on this program, please visit This event is jointly sponsored by WHS and Westport’s Historic District Commission.

There is no charge for this event but reservations are suggested, please call 203-222-1424.

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Kids' Art Workshops: Modern Art/Contemporary Art at Pequot Library

Ages 6 - 8. Monday, June 19 - Friday, June 23, mornings 9am - 12pm or afternoons 1pm - 4pm.

Kids learn fine art techniques from  a celebrated and experienced NYC teaching artist from the Met's "Doing Art Together." Students learn to observe and create using a variety of materials. Featured once again this summer: Rute Ventura!

This week covers Impressionism, Expressionism, Art Nouveau, Harlem Renaissance and Abstraction.

Sign up for morning or afternoon only:
    Morning session: 9am-12pm
        Explore Matisse, Miro, Albers, Magritte, Stuart Davis, Klimt and others
    Afternoon session: 1pm-4pm
        Explore  Monet, Seurat, Gauguin, Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Jacob Laurence, Dali, Cezanne, O'Keefe

Workshop led by:
Rute Ventura, Portuguese multi-media artist whose artwork ranges from drawing, to painting, sculpture, video and installation. She has studied extensively in Italy, learning Trompe L’oeil techniques at the Accademia del Superfuluo in Rome. She moved to New York City in 2009 where she works as a teaching artist with the non-profit Doing Art Together, providing art workshops for under-served crowds in NY City Public Schools. She collaborates with The City College of New York incorporating STEM through STEAM-- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. (Instructor for ages 6 - 8)

Morning or afternoon sessions: Members $185; Non-Members  $215

To receive the Member discount, please join the Friends of Pequot Library. Family memberships are $75 and fully tax-deductible.

Want more? Different curriculum/second week! Additional Art Workshop for this age group:

MODERN ART/CONTEMPORARY ART  Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30

For ages 6 - 8: Morning or Afternoon

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Taste of Westport -- May 4

CLASP Homes of Westport hosts its 13th Annual Taste of Westport. Thursday, May 4. The Westport Inn, 1595 Post Road East, Westport. 6:00 to 9:30.

Indulge yourself with oysters from Hummock Island, sample specialties from more than 20 of the Westport area’s finest restaurants — from the brand new Amis Trattoria in Bedford Square, to old favorites like Matsu Sushi and Pan e Bene. You can sample from SoNo’s The Spread, seasonal American cuisine from the Pearl at Longshore, and farm to fork delicacies from Harvest Wine Bar — and many, many more.

Chat with old friends, meet new ones.

Accompany your food with a wine from Greens Farms Spirits’ selections, treat yourself to Mionetto Prosecco or a special “Bacardi Manhattan”.

Leave room for Dough & Co’s all natural, slow baked desserts and learn the divine language of chocolate from Le Rouge Chocolates.

And enjoy the Classic Rock and Soul sounds of Green Eyed Lady, Fairfield County’s “Best Cover Band.” They’re your favorite rock station brought to life.

Help CLASP continue it’s much needed work, join in the silent auction, bid on something for yourself, or go for that special gift for Mother’s Day (May 14) — Edward Bess skincare, beautiful jewelry from “Renato”, overnights and original artwork 

Tickets are $75 in advance, $85 at the door. Visit to purchase, or phone 203-226-7895, ext. 144.

And special thanks to The Westport Inn, for once again generously hosting Taste of Westport.

CLASP is a 34 year old nonprofit providing homes and opportunities for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Its programs foster independence, dignity and continued growth for its clients at its 21 residential facilities in seven area communities. CLASP collaborates with area businesses to match the capabilities of its clients with the needs of these companies.

Donations to CLASP tax deductible, and all funds raised support CLASP programs.

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Music At Pequot: Music Of The Gilded Age

Immerse yourself in the songs of yesteryear on May 17 to celebrate 124 years of music at Pequot Library. Dr. Orin Grossman, Music for Youth performers, and the Barbershop quartet Take 4 present the popular music of the Library's early years, (1890-1917). Experience Musical Theater, Acapella Barbershop, Ragtime, and Popular Parlor Classics through song, dance, and a group sing-a-long. The program is free and open to all.

This special performance kicks off the Pequot Library Summer Music Series, and is being held in conjunction with the current Special Collections Exhibition, Pequot Founders: Building a Library and a Legacy.

In December 1893, Pequot Library held its first concert in the then brand new auditorium featuring the Yale Glee Club. Today the Library continues in founder Virginia Marquand Monroe’s footsteps by offering diverse and engaging musical performances featuring world-renowned artists who perform everything from Classical to Folk to Rock ‘n’ Roll. Music of the Gilded Age is free and open to the public.  Light hors d'oeuvres will follow the concert.

Dr. Orin Grossman has been delighting audiences the world over with his unique approach to performing and explaining great American and European music. As a performer he is in demand as an interpreter of the music of George Gershwin, playing his songs and classical compositions around the world, including Florence, Cairo, Australia, and St Petersburg, Russia, where he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and gave the Russian premiere of Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic to a standing ovation. He is Professor Emeritus of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University.

Take 4 is a registered quartet in the international Barbershop Harmony Society. Take 4‘s members have a broad musical background, from classical piano to Doo-Wop and everything in-between. They love singing a great variety of songs - anything from The Beach Boys, to Doo-Wop, Country, or Broadway ballads; all done in the traditional Barbershop style. Take 4 was the winner of the 2016 Yankee Division Barbershop Quartet contest, and was the New England District’s 2016 Novice Quartet champions, and finished in the top 10 in the overall competition. They will be in Lake George, NY this May, competing for a spot in this year’s New England District Competition. Hear them at Pequot Library first!

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Call for Artists for Guild's Annual Juried Member Show

Ridgefield Guild of Artists announces a Call for Artists for its seventh annual Juried Member Show running May 13 – June 18.  This exhibition is open to all members of the Guild. (Anyone not a member, can join at receiving.) 

The Guild will accept up to three pieces of artwork in all media at their gallery on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 12-4pm, plus Sunday, May 7, 2-6pm.  This year’s juror is Helen Kauder, Executive Director of Artspace and co-founder of the City-Wide Open Studios festival in New Haven, Connecticut.  She will select the final exhibiting artwork from the works received.  The opening reception is Saturday, May 13, 4-6pm.  For more information and to see the complete prospectus including all requirements, visit  Ridgefield Guild of Artists is located at 34 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield.  203.438.8863.

]]> (MP Devine) Life Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:42:18 -0400
Volunteers Needed to Tag Horseshoe Crabs!

It’s not the spring-break craziness of Daytona, Cancún or South Padre Island, but one of nature’s oldest annual beach mating rituals is about to resume at Calf Pasture Beach and The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk needs help documenting it.

During the new and full moons each spring, horseshoe crabs come up out of Long Island Sound to spawn in the sand. For researchers working on a horseshoe crab census, that’s a tagging bonanza time … so much so that citizen-scientist volunteers are needed.

To help out, volunteers first must attend one of two training sessions at The Maritime Aquarium: at 7 p.m. on either Wed., May 10 or Sun., May 21. They’ll learn about the natural history of horseshoe crabs, what has been learned so far from the census work, and how to harmlessly tag the crabs. Volunteers should be in 10th grade or older. Younger children can assist if working with a parent, teacher or guardian. (If you’ve helped tag crabs before, you don’t have to attend the trainings.)

Volunteers also must be able to be out after midnight for the crab-tagging sessions at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on the nights of May 25, June 9 and June 23.

“The tagging sessions are the best kind of ‘citizen scientist’ opportunity: you’re out there with us doing real data-collecting field work; it’s maybe a little mucky; maybe a little buggy; but it’s also fun and you’re helping to accomplish something important,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “The crab taggings are an especially great experience for teen-agers interested in a career in marine biology.”

The taggings are part of an ongoing census of horseshoe crabs in Long Island Sound being led by Dr. Jennifer Mattei of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. The Maritime Aquarium is assisting with the census and tagging. Dr. Mattei’s census is helping to confirm that the horseshoe crab population in the Sound is notably down. That’s not good, because horseshoe crab eggs are an important food source for migrating shorebirds. Having fewer crab eggs to eat makes life harder for the birds.

Survivors from the Paleozoic Era – and looking every bit the part – horseshoe crabs are commercially harvested for bait and for use in the pharmaceutical industry. (A derivative from the crabs’ blood is used in medical testing. Crabs are returned to the water after their blood is drawn, but not all crabs survive.) The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has established quotas on how many crabs can be harvested from each state. In Connecticut, the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection set limits on when, where and how the crabs can be harvested, in an effort to stabilize and restore the population.

To sign up or for more details about the trainings and taggings, call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2281, or e-mail If you’ve helped tag horseshoe crabs before, you don’t need to attend one of the trainings. But please call or send an email to sign up for one of the tagging sessions at Calf Pasture.


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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 SilverSource Awards

SilverSource – a leader in advocating for the needs of older adults and their families– announced today that it is now accepting nominations for the 2017 SilverSource Awards.  The awards celebrate the exceptional advancements and meaningful contributions made in improving the lives of adults over age 60 throughout Fairfield County by volunteers, individuals, businesses and organizations.  There is no cost to enter.  Nominations may be made by visiting and are due by June 1st. Awards will be presented during the 3rd Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast at the Italian Center of Stamford this fall.

“As a leader in advocating for older adults and their families, we are proud to recognize those who are part of this expanding movement of innovation, advocacy and caring, for the benefit and quality of life of older members of our communities, said Kathleen Bordelon, Executive Director for SilverSource, Inc.  “These awards celebrate the advancements, actions, and programs that qualitatively improve the lives of older people, keeping them healthier, safe, engaged, and more independent.”   

Award Details

The SilverSource Community Service Volunteer Award is given to an outstanding volunteer age 50 or over who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of older adults. 

The SilverSource Contribution to Community Award is given to an outstanding individual, as well as an outstanding organization or business that provides significant improvements to the region as a place to live and retire

Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now open to volunteers, individuals, organizations, businesses and groups or collaborative initiatives that contribute to the lives of older adults.  All nominations will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of community, business and thought leaders. All achievements, accomplishments or service on which nominations are based must reflect the SilverSource vision and mission. The Awards recognize high impact programs and initiatives in Fairfield County.  There is no cost to enter.

The SilverSource mission is to advance the dignity, independence, and quality of life of older adults by providing guidance for families and supportive services to those who are in need, by engaging in community partnerships and by advocating for sound public policies.  SilverSource envisions a society that ensures older adults have the resources to live independent, healthy and fulfilled lives. 

How to Enter

For more information about the SilverSource Awards, or to make a nomination, visit  Enter your nomination by using the online form, or download a PDF with full details and email it to or fax it to 203-324-3787.  Questions may be directed to Linda Christensen, (203) 324-6584.  The deadline to submit a nomination is June 1, 2016, and the awards will be presented at the 3rd Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast in October.

“Communities, businesses and individuals are responding to the needs of older adults and contributing to their quality of life.  It is important to recognize these efforts so that others learn about them and are inspired to participate in activities that promote vibrant aging and create more livable communities,” said Bordelon. 

About SilverSource, Inc.

SilverSource, formerly known as Senior Services of Stamford, was founded in 1908. It is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides information, financial support, and other services that positively improve the quality of life for people over age 60 while serving as a resource center and referral source for older adults and their families. Its mission is to advance the dignity, independence and quality of life of older adults by providing guidance for families and supportive services to those who are in need, by engaging in community partnerships and by advocating for sound public policies.  SilverSource envisions a society that ensures older adults have the resources to live independent, healthy and fulfilled lives and is located at 2009 Summer Street in Stamford, CT 06905.  For more information visit or call 203.324.6584.

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Sleep with the Fishes at the Maritime Aquarium Family Sleepover


Sleep with the fishes – and the sharks, sea turtles, jellies and other creatures – on Fri., May 5 during a fun “Family Sleepover” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.


This night of special access is open to children age 5 & older with an accompanying parent or caregiver over age 18.


“We do lots of sleepovers with Scout groups during the school year, but we want to make these memorable nights available to more than just Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “The ‘Family Sleepover’ lets parents share with their children a deeper, more immersive Aquarium experience than is available during a regular visit.”


After check-in at 6 p.m. and a tasty dinner, Aquarium educators fill the evening with a fun- and fact-filled behind-the-scenes tour, an IMAX® movie, snacks and more.


“Lights out” is at 10:30 p.m. Participants sleep in sleeping bags (BYOSB) throughout the Aquarium galleries. Air mattresses are allowed for adults.


Breakfast the next morning is at 8 a.m., followed by a private seal show. Participants will be on their way home by 9:45 a.m. on the 6th.


Advance registration is required. Space is limited to 100 participants and expected to fill up fast. Tickets are $90 for adults and $80 for children 5-12 ($75 and $65 for Aquarium members).


Sign up by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or go online to and click on “Upcoming Events.”


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Adams Academy Open House

In conjunction with the “Westport School Days 1703-Present” exhibit, Westport’s 1837 one-room school house, Adams Academy, 15 Morningside Drive North, will be open for visitors from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, May 20. Join Westport Historical Society to see an authentic school house and discover the unique way students learned in the 19th century.

Try your hand at cup-and-ball and other games from the period and view costumes students would have worn on their 2 mile walk to school. Practice your penmanship on slate boards and read from hornbooks, and if you’re brave, try on the infamous dunce cap.

The school house will be open free of charge for the afternoon, so join WHS in celebrating one of the treasures of our town and drop in for a visit.

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Get Well, Stay Well: The Skinny on Skin Cancer

Tuesday, May 23 at Wilton Library Get Well, Stay Well: The Skinny on Skin Cancer, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Norwalk Hospital dermatologist Steven A. Kolenik III, MD gives a presentation on skin cancer prevention including risk factors, symptoms, screening, diagnosis, and treatment. He also explains the different types of skin cancer. Dr. Kolenik graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania and received a doctorate from Yale's School of Medicine where he also completed his post-graduate training in dermatology. He is board certified in dermatology and is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, the American Academy of Dermatologic Surgery, the Connecticut State Medical Society, and the Fairfield County Medical Association. Program moderated by Wilton Library Trustee Saras Nair, MD who was previously Chairman of the Pathology Department at Norwalk Hospital. No charge. Registration recommended. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton;; (203) 762-3950.

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