Redding's HamletHub Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:54:41 -0400 Blessing of the Animals on October 1 at Christ Church in Redding

What do Solo the chicken, Aussie the cat, and Nora the mouse have in common? All have participated in the annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony at Christ Church.

Continuing a 12-year tradition, Reverend Marilyn Anderson will lead the outdoor Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 1 at 4 pm at Christ Church, 184 Cross Highway on the corner of Cross Highway and Black Rock Turnpike.

The ceremony takes place around the Feast Day of Saint Francis. St. Francis, patron saint of animals, is universally known and admired for his love of all living creatures.

The Blessing ceremony imparts God’s blessings to both animals and their humans. We humans are called upon to have hearts of compassion, gentle hands and kindly words for our furry and feathered companions, making us “true friends” to animals. As for our pets or beloved creatures, the ceremony includes the prayer of blessing: “We ask you to bless these animals. May we too see them as our sisters and brothers. May we always praise you for all your beauty in Creation.”

Rev. Anderson has blessed all manner of animals, from horses to goats to cockatoos, guinea pigs and hermit crabs. While cats and dogs are commonly blessed, all pets, farm animals and more – regardless of size or species (as long as safely contained) - are most welcome for this short ceremony. In addition, creatures who have passed “the Rainbow Bridge” may be remembered in prayers of thanksgiving – something that often brings sweet poignancy to the ceremony.

All animal participants will receive a Certificate of Blessing.

  • Blessing of the Animals, Christ Church, Sunday, October 1, 4 pm, Rain or Shine
  • 184 Cross Highway, Redding, at the corner of Cross Highway and Black Rock Turnpike
]]> (Mary Dale Lancaster) Events Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:14:11 -0400
5 Acres of Perfection: 2 Charlie Hill Road for Sale in Redding

Home for sale in Redding: 2 Charlie Hill Road

Unparalleled perfection awaits. One of a kind home and setting on most picturesque, private, and level 5 acres with circular drive, mature landscaping, heated in-ground pool, fenced in vegetable and cutting gardens, scenic meadow with walking path, and impeccable shingle style custom colonial. Highest attention to detail inside and out this nearly 4,500 sf elegant home with designer appointments including wide board pine floors; 3 Rumford fireplaces; custom mill-work including moldings, wainscot, coffered ceilings, built ins; and multiple French doors to the outdoor stone patios, pool and gardens.

The main floor features an open floor plan with wide front to back foyer & sweeping stairway open to the LR offering limestone fireplace for cozy nights and French doors to the rear stone terrace for outdoor enjoyment; formal dining room; private library and most inviting family room with stunning river rock fireplace. The expansive chef's kitchen features a bright breakfast area, island with bar seating, prof. appliances, and charming brick fireplace. The 2nd floor features an impressive landing with French door balcony overlook; sophisticated master bedroom suite with spa-like Limestone bath and custom dressing room; 3 additional spacious bedrooms with built-in window seats; plus the vaulted bonus room, ideal for fitness, media, or play room. Enjoy built-in audio system, whole house generator, and sought after West Redding location, convenient to trains, restaurants, shopping and commuter routes, approximately one hour to NYC.

Take a virtual tour of the property HERE.

To make an appointment to visit this home, contact Laura Freed Ancona HERE.

]]> (Laura Freed Ancona) Places Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:04:25 -0400
Half Marathon in Ridgefield on October 1

The Pamby Ridgefield Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 1st beginning at 7:45 AM at Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club.

  • New course (slight change to start and finish)
  • New post-race party
  • Premium tech tee and finisher's medal

The Pamby Ridgefield Half Marathon is a scenic 13.1-mile course that winds its way through the picturesque streets of Ridgefield, CT.

The 2017 race will be held on Sunday, October 1st at 7:45 AM, with an optional early start (see race info).

This year, the Ridgefield Half Marathon will offer an early "soft" start for those runners that plan to run 2:30 hours or more.  

  • Race Start for 2:30 runners and greater- 7:15 am
  • Mass Start: 7:45 am


Through Sept 30: $55

Race Day Registration: $65

This year is the 41st running of the Pamby Ridgefield Half Marathon, hosted by the Wolfpit Running Club.


The Ridgefield Half and Sono Half have partnered! Learn about the #RUN203 CHALLENGE HERE. 
]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:43:41 -0400
The Prospector Theater Hosts Lego Contest

In celebration of the release of 'The Lego Ninjago Movie' on September 30, The Prospector Theater will be hosting a Lego Contest on Saturday, September 30th at 11am.

If you would like to enter, email  Jeff Bonistalli ( a picture of your lego creation by September 25th at midnight. The first 20 submissions will be featured in the contest.

All sizes, styles and themes are welcome!

The Prospector Theater is located at 25 Prospect Street in Ridgefield. Visit them online here. 

]]> (HH) Neighbors Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:56:02 -0400
Connecticut Magazine names Tusk & Cup one of the best places to fuel up!

Connecticut Magazine published a story yesterday titled "Coffee Break: Connecticut's Best Coffeehouses" and named Tusk & Cup in Wilton and Ridgefield as one of their fave places to get your java fix. 

The article states, "These sister coffee shops are steeped in Italian traditions, from the cappuccino (which originated in Italy) to more unusual drinks such as the marocchino (a foamy espresso drink flavored with Nutella) and a full assortment of gelato available to consume with your coffee."

Also among the list of 16 coffeehouses deemed "Connecticut's Best" was NEAT Coffee in Darien, Shearwater Coffee Bar in Fairfield, and Lorca in Stamford.

Read the article in its entirety HERE.

Congratulations to Tusk and Cup and owners, Joe and Laura Ancona! 

Tusk & Cup in Wilton is located at 142 Old Ridgefield Road. 

Tusk & Cup in Ridgefield is located at 51 Ethan Allen Highway. 

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:33:45 -0400
Danbury Youth Services to Host 2nd Annual 5K at Tarrywile Oct. 7

Building upon the lessons learned from its first 5K Run/Walk at Tarrywile Park last fall, Danbury Youth Services is back with a bigger event — and this time it will offer more than a foot race.

The first change is that the 2017 DYS 5K Trail Run/Walk will take place entirely within Tarrywile Park, on moderate terrain that ranges from wide grassy paths to narrow dirt trails. Last year’s event was a road race.

The second change is the addition of children's activities, a live DJ, and some of Greater Danbury's best food trucks.

The race will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, near the red barn at the park. A Kids’ Fun Run will follow at 9:30 a.m.

Local DJ Chase Caldwell of One Plug Entertainment will provide music and race commentary, while kids can decorate pumpkins, get their faces painted, watch a friendly clown twist balloon animals, or do arts and crafts while they wait for runners to cross the finish line. The festival will continue until 11 a.m., allowing runners to partake of refreshment to include complimentary fresh fruit and KIND bars, as well as the all-natural frozen treats and heartier fare offered by food vendors. Local businesses and organizations will also be on hand to offer services and discounts to the public.

A nonprofit organization designated as the youth services bureau for the City of Danbury, DYS offers several positive youth-development programs as well as a licensed psychiatric clinic. The agency serves all youth and families in Danbury, and many of its services are offered at no or little cost. Its mission is to strengthen youth and families by offering support, fostering hope, and teaching the skills necessary to lead positive and productive lives.

Pursuit of this mission is made possible through a mix of public grants, private donations, and corporate funding, including support from 2017 5K sponsor Fairfield County Bank.

“Danbury Youth Services plays a vital role in our community by providing children an opportunity to live and lead a successful and healthy life. We appreciate everything they do for our community, and are proud to support such a great program,” said Dan Berta, president of Fairfield County Bank.

Other 5K sponsors include drug-prevention advocacy group Stand Together Make a Difference; Wells Fargo; Praxair; ShurShot Gunite Pools; Lion’s Paw & Co.; and Ericson Insurance.

Online registration is live at through Oct. 6 at a reduced fee of $35 per runner. Registration by mail is $40 per runner. Race-day registration will begin at 7 a.m. at a cost of $45 per runner. Kids’ Fun Run registration is $10 per child at any time.

Electronic and printable registration forms are available at A route map is also posted on the website. Runners will pick up their packets on race day, from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. at Tarrywile Park.

To learn more about DYS or to make a contribution, please visit or call (203) 748-2936.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:18:52 -0400
A Haunting at Mill Hill in Norwalk

As the sun sets, the spirits come out to play... Take a lantern-lit tour through the old Mill Hill graveyard! Hear chilling tales based on real events from Norwalk’s hidden past at the Norwalk Historical Society's 7th annual, “A Haunting at Mill Hill”.  Saturday, October 14 & Saturday, October 21, 2017 with tours at 6:00pm, 7:30pm and 9:00pm.  Friday, October 20, 2017 with tours at 7:30pm and 9:00pm. 

Each tour is approximately one hour.  Space is limited; purchase tickets online at Refreshments follow each tour in the historic 1826 one-room schoolhouse as well as the new Historic Haunted Maze! Not recommended for children under 8 years old.  Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT 06851. Follow signs to parking across the street.

Among the crooked gravestones of Mill Hill, ghostly entities are waiting to share their true stories of death, murder, insanity and destruction. A gruesome murder victim from Rowayton and a mutilated WWI flying ace are some of the ghosts you will encounter along the way.  At the end of the tour, enter the new Historic Haunted Maze...if you dare! Created by local haunted house and special effects experts, Greg Kling and George Holomakoff, bone-chilling surprises await in this new addition to an already frightening event!  Bring a flashlight and a friend!

Ticket sales at  Early bird tickets available through October 13 - Adults/Teen: $15.00 & Child (8-12): $10.00.  Tickets purchased after October 13 or at the door (if available) - Adults/Teens: $18.00 & Child (8-12): $12.00. The net proceeds support the Norwalk Historical Society's education programs and cultural exhibits. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Generously sponsored by: Head of Harbor South, Collins Funeral Home, Fairfield County Bank, Aegis Technology Partners, RTM Lines, Seperack & Company, Two Men and a Truck, Crystal Theatre, Dunkin Donuts, Stop and Shop, Trader Joe’s Westport, Tuliptree Site Design and Whole Foods Market.

For more information visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525.

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Neighbors Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:28:02 -0400
Congregational Church in Redding Center Annual Fair on September 30

First Church of Christ Congregational at 25 Cross Highway in Redding Center, CT is holding its 36th Annual Church Fair on Saturday, September 30, from 10 am to 4:30 pm. 

Over 40 artisans will exhibit their wares, along with one of CT’s largest tag sales (with an exceptional jewelry section), pie and baked goods tent, The Great Raffle, children’s games and crafts, and delicious food including the popular Congregational soup.  New to the fair this year will be an offering of Self-Published authors called the Written Word.  These authors represent a variety of styles from children’s books to thrillers.  Books will be on-hand to purchase, so come treat yourself to some fall reading and celebrate the art of writing.

  There will also be performances by members of  the amazing band Yippee Coyote throughout the day, as well as wonderful balloon creations from Magician Danny Diamond from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.  Admission and parking to this event are free. 

For further information, call 203-938-2004 or visit our website at

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Screened in Newtown on Sunday!

Don't miss this opportunity to see Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th, at the Edmond Town Hall Theater, 45 Main Street, Newtown, CT. 

The matinee will be shown with subtitles for the benefit of the hearing impaired.  Tickets are $3 to enjoy this film on the big screen in high definition.  Audiences are encouraged to dress in outfits inspired by the film for a chance to win a tasty prize for the Best Costume.

A fan of the Someday Cinema Series, Michele Grand of Green Crystal Massage in Sandy Hook was inspired to sponsor this film for a couple of reasons, “First, to say ‘thank you’ to the residents of our community, so many have walked through my door and each has been special in their own unique way.  Also, my family and I have so enjoyed many of the wonderful movies brought to town through this series.”  

For this film, contributors Ken and Laura Lerman, Peter and Tracy van Buskirk, and The Sheep Shoppe yarn store, are also supporting this film, presented by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.

Save the dates for the rest of the series:  
October 29 - Vertigo + High Anxiety
November 12 - Planes Trains and Automobiles
December 17 - It’s a Wonderful Life

For complete details, visit:, and Someday Cinema Series on Facebook.

]]> (HappyGoLucky) Events Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:28:16 -0400
HamletHub Survey: Complete It & Support The Women's Center

More surveys completed = more donations to The Women's Center

First of all, thank you for being readers and community advocates! HamletHub exists for you and because of you.

Today, HamletHub asks for your help, and in turn, you will be helping families, children, and fellow residents in need. Please complete a 2 minute survey about brands of water.  Click here to visit survey.

Here’s where you help those in need: for each survey completed, HamletHub will donate $1.00 to The Women’s Center,  a nonprofit organization headquartered in Danbury, that serves the needs of individuals, families and the community with prevention, crisis intervention and support services with regard to domestic violence, sexual assault and other major life crises. The Center offers these services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and they are free of charge.

The Women’s Center will hold their premier event, Safe Walk, on October 1 at the Danbury Fair Mall. All are invited to attend Safe Walk and support the Center’s mission to end domestic violence while raising essential funds to support our free programs and services. Click here to learn about Safe Walk and to sign up to attend the fundraising event.

Please take the survey here.

Learn more about The Women’s Center here.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:09:12 -0400
American Craftsmen Show in Ridgefield on November 4 & 5

American Craftsmen Show returns to the Lounsbury House in  Ridgefield on November 4 & 5

Come see amazing handmade artisan goods. Door prizes and giveaways will be held throughout the day.

  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM
  • Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Tickets: $10 per person

For more information, call the Lounsbury House at 203-438-6962 or visit them online here.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:14:44 -0400
Harvest Jam Festival in Danbury October 14

Festival to Feature Local Restaurants, Craft Beers and Ciders,

Live Music and much more!

Harvest Jam is back at Ives Concert Park on Saturday, October 14th from 1pm – 7pm and will be bringing you festive fall fun for country music fans, beer lovers and families from both Connecticut and New York!

Harvest Jam delivers a unique and robust experience filled with live music, lawn games, vendors, delicious local food and plenty of Autumn brews and ciders for purchase.

General Admission tickets are available for just $15 in advance. Tickets will be available at the door for $20. Attendees for this event will be capped at 1,500.

Taking the stage at Harvest Jam will be national recording artist James Otto, also featuring AJ Jansen, Danbury's own Whitewood and Mike Collin's Band.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit  

Harvest Jam is supported by Ridgefield Bach to Rock, Connecticut Dental Implant Center, Danbury Tattoo, Cartwright & Daughters Tent & Party Rentals, Grassy Plain Vape & Smoke.

]]> (Missy Repola) Events Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:20:57 -0400
Daniel C. Levine Brings Broadway to Sea & Earns Magellan Award

Daniel C. Levine’s "Born To Dance", a tribute to Broadway choreography featuring inspired performances that celebrate some of Broadway's most-famous hits, is a winner!

A local resident and Broadway veteran, Levine debuted "Born To Dance" last year exclusively aboard Princess Cruises and has earned the coveted Magellan Award from Travel Weekly Magazine for Entertainment on a Premium Ship Brand. The show currently plays on four Princess Cruise lines vessels, and will continue to do for the next seven years!!

Prior to heading out to sea,  "Born To Dance, created in partnership with Oscar, Grammy, and Tony-Award Winning composer Stephen Schwartz, was performed at The Ridgefield Playhouse as “Dancin’Broadway”. While the show now has a huge budget, complete with all the bells and whistles of a dazzling mega-watt Broadway show, the idea was created right here in Ridgefield!

You can see Levine’s talent come to life on Sunday, October 22 when he brings a brand new show called "American Dance Spectacular"  to The Ridgefield Playhouse with choreography by Al Blackstone (choreographer of “So You Think You Can Dance”).

Purchase tickets and learn more about the show  here.

Learn more about Daniel C. Levine here. 

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:58:00 -0400
Romolo Promises Fresh Pasta on Tuesdays & Donates Proceeds to Local Charities

Hungry for homemade pasta "to go" - Romolo style?

Today, Tuesday, September 19, Romolo Gastro Pizza will open the back door to their exclusive pasta-making kitchen to sell one of their Roman-style specialties at wholesale prices: $15 per box of pasta WITH sauce! 

Enter 100% homemade (by Chef and Chopped champ, Germano Minin) Ravoli.

Each Tuesday, you are invited to knock on Romolo's kitchen door and purchase carefully boxed and fresh (not frozen) pasta. 

With the kids back-to-school and afterschool activities in full swing, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

Romolo owner, Bruno DiFabio has announced that he will donate 100% of fresh pasta sales to local nonprofits. First up: the Boys and Girls Club in Ridgefield. "Every quarter I will switch the recipient of the donation," says DiFabio.

View Romolo Gastro Pizza menu here.

Romolo Gastro Pizza is Ridgefield’s underground dining experience. Enter from the parking lot behind 378 Main Street.

Visit Romolo Gastro Pizza online here.

Romolo Gastro Pizza opens for dinner at 5:00 pm daily. Reservations are accepted and walk-ins welcome. The restaurant is kid friendly (and parent approved!) Call: (203) 769-6249.

]]> (Tara Daly) Places Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:31:00 -0400
All School Open House at Wooster School on October 14


Join us for an Open House on Saturday, October 14 at 9:00 am.

When parents are choosing a school, they should first ask themselves what matters most to them when they think about the future of their child. When we interviewed parents at Wooster and asked them to think into the future and tell us what their hopes were for their children at age forty, it was gratifying to us that they did not mention being a great test-taker, learning how to “win” at everything, becoming a stressed-out workaholic, or being rich and famous.  

Instead, they hoped for adults who had close relationships with others, were connected to a community, were fulfilled in their work, who “cared about things” and were vulnerable (yes, they repeatedly used that word). When we went deeper, vulnerability was translated as an openness to new ideas and to a spiritual journey. Parents’ heartfelt and eager responses helped strengthen our resolve to be a place that places as much emphasis on community, relationships, and social impact as we do on learning core skills, dispositions, and knowledge required to think, communicate, and problem-solve well. To do all these things, we cannot keep speeding our students up and asking them to do more. We also can’t keep sorting them into success and failure categories based upon the faulty premise that those who can go faster in certain contexts are more intelligent, or are better learners. We actually have to slow down to learn better and more deeply. This is what matters most to us at Wooster School.

Join us for an Open House on Saturday, October 14 at 9:00 am.

To register for the Open House, please visit:

To learn more about Wooster School click here or contact Wooster School Admissions at (203) 830-3916.

]]> (Lori Kriegel) Places Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:23:45 -0400