Sono's HamletHub Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:06:16 -0400 Yankee Doodle Garage Unveils Creative Illuminated Façade

The Norwalk Parking Authority will hold an official unveiling for the Yankee Doodle Garage which has undergone a series of indoor upgrades as well as added an illuminated installation to its façade. On Monday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m., Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, other City Officials, representatives from the Norwalk business community, the Parking Authority and the Norwalk Arts Commission will take part in the unveiling at the Garage located at 3 Burnell Boulevard in the Wall Street district of Norwalk.

At the event, the public will be able to view the just-completed, illuminated façade. The light installation gives a sense of movement through logistically and creatively placed LED lighting that illuminate the exterior wall while drawing light from the garage interior LED lights.

“The illuminated lights serve a number of purposes,” says Parking Authority Chairman Dick Brescia. “They refresh the Yankee Doodle Garage façade in a visually appealing way, while providing security and wayfinding functions. We expect it to become a centerpiece to the growing Wall Street district.” 

In addition to the façade, the Yankee Doodle Garage was given a number of upgrades inside to improve security, customer service and aesthetics. New, state-of-the-art elevators, electric security door locks that are tied to the alarm system, as well as additional security cameras were installed.  In addition, the elevator lobby doors were replaced providing more lighting and a safer and aesthetically more inviting environment.  Throughout the garage, older fluorescent lighting was replaced with LED lighting that provides longer lasting and brighter light. To better serve the public, a customer service office was opened and a district-wide, roving security patrol was put in place Thursday through Saturday nights. 

The Parking Authority took on these improvements with the input from the Wall Street District business community that wanted the Yankee Doodle Garage to have a safer and more welcoming environment, enhancing the growing business climate.

The Norwalk Parking Authority, comprised of five local citizens appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Common Council, is a financially self-sustaining organization responsible for the operation and maintenance of the municipal parking system in Norwalk. Its annual budget is not financed by taxpayer dollars. The Authority is committed to collaborating with community organizations while providing exceptional customer service to parking customers. The Norwalk Parking Authority can be reached at (203) 831-9063 or at the website,

]]> (Carolyn Ripp) Places Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:01:57 -0400
Emmanuel Church’s “Center Stage” Showcases WHS Company, Oct. 22

Weston High School has long been home to an array of aspiring young actors, dancers, and singers -- specifically, members of the student club, WHS Company ( Since the 1980s, the group has wowed audiences with both classic and contemporary shows; Emmanuel Church seeks once again, to showcase their talent. “Center Stage” will feature a 30-minute classical music set from the Fontenay Chamber Players, followed by a preview of WHS Company’s fall production, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. The event takes place on Sunday, October 22, from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at Emmanuel Church, 285 Lyons Plain Road, Weston. Admission is free, “Center Stage” is family-friendly and will include both door prizes and a bake sale.

The afternoon will kick off with an eclectic array of music from the Fontenay to include pieces by Mozart, Debussy and Scott Joplin. The Fontenay was formed in 2003 and is the Ensemble in Residence at The Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, CT. The group is named for a French town with a connection to the composer Ravel, whose luminous Introduction and Allegro is their inspiration. The ensemble highlights three Principal Players from The Greater Bridgeport Symphony and is comprised of: Concertmaster Deborah Wong, Principal Flutist Keith, Principal Harpist Wendy Kerner, Violinist Wei Tang, Violist Leslie Tomkins and Cellist Rob LaRue.

In part two of “Center Stage,” Company will share play excerpts, giving attendees a glimpse of their upcoming drama, All My Sons, directed by Nancy Ponturo and co-produced by Paul A. Levin, Lauren Rosenberg and Patricia Perez Goodrich. The All My Sons cast includes: Remy Young (Sue Baylis), Jane Burdett (Kate Keller), Ellen Relac (Ann Deever), Lucas Casellas (Bert), Thomas Valenti (Joe Keller), Ben Rosenberg (Jim Bayliss), Jack Hurst (George Deever), David Katz (Chris Keller), Momo Burns-Min (Lydia Lubey) and Matthew Figliola (Frank Lubey).

All My Sons is a 1947 play based on the true story of Joe Keller and Herbert Deever, partners at a shop which produced defective airplane parts during WWII, resulting in the deaths of 21 pilots. Deever was jailed, while Keller remained free, profited, and lived comfortably with his wife, Kate, though their son, Larry, went missing in WWII. Offspring Chris Keller and Ann Deever (Larry’s former girlfriend) have an affair, Herbert’s son, George, returns from the war bitter to find his father in prison but his partner free, and the circumstances surrounding Larry’s death, all add to the play’s intensity.

“WHS Company is both thrilled to be recognized by the community and grateful to Emmanuel Church for hosting a preview of All My Sons at ‘Center Stage.’ We’re also thankful for the opportunity to celebrate our cast, while promoting the arts at large in Weston and beyond,” said Liz Morris, WHS Company Advisor.

Full performances of All My Sons will take place at Weston High School othe weekend of November 10-12 (7:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. Sunday matinee). Tickets will go on sale shortly ($15 adults; $10 students/seniors) via or can be purchased at the door.

WHS Company is a student-run theater organization founded in 1984, and the high school’s largest club. Company traditionally presents four productions per year; a drama, muscial, one acts (student-directed) and dialogue (student-written and directed works).

“Emmanuel Church has been delighted to be the venue for WHS Company to showcase scenes from their spring musicals, and are now honored to have them expand their presence with us to include a preview of their fall drama. To enrich the afternoon, we have invited the outstanding Fontenay Chamber Players to begin the program. Come and enjoy,” said John Boys, Emmanuel Church Music Coordinator.

For details, visit or call the parish office at (203) 227-8565. Inquiries for WHS Company may be directed to

]]> (Aline Weiller) Events Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:00:22 -0400
Maritime Aquarium Research Vessel Receives Industry Safety Award

American Maritime Safety Inc. has announced that The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is among the recipients of its 2017 Safety Awards.

American Maritime Safety Inc. (AMS) is a nonprofit maritime trade association that facilitates the maritime industry's compliance with international shipping protocols and U.S. Coast Guard regulations. The AMS consortium is comprised of more than 400 vessel owners and operators. It is the leading maritime industry association specializing in regulatory compliance in the United States.

Every year, the AMS Safety Advisory Committee presents member companies with safety awards in recognition of their dedication to preserving the marine environment and promoting safe vessel navigation, operations and maritime work practices. These safety awards are designed to recognize vessel operators for their proactive efforts toward achieving safe and responsible vessel practices.

The Maritime Aquarium will receive AMS’s 2017 Passenger Vessel Safety Award, which recognizes the implementation of best-practice systems and programs that contribute to the overall safety of passengers and crewmembers. The award applies to The Maritime Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound, a 64-foot catamaran that is the country’s first hybrid-electric research vessel. Aquarium crew and educators take thousands of recreational guests and school groups out onto Long Island Sound April through October for 2.5-hour hands-on encounters with marine life, as well as for seasonal lighthouse cruises and winter seal-watching cruises.

“We honor the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk for its commitment to safety, environmental protection and responsible seafarers conduct,” the AMS said in a statement.

Learn more about the Aquarium’s cruises, exhibits, IMAX® movies and more at

Other AMS Safety Awards winners this year are Maersk Line Ltd., Matson Navigation Co. and OSG Ship Management Inc.

Maersk Line Ltd. will receive the American Maritime Safety Award, which recognizes the implementation of a drug and alcohol awareness program for crewmembers who perform safety sensitive functions on vessels calling at U.S. ports.

In 1983, Maersk Line Ltd. won its first government contract to convert and operate five military prepositioning ships. Since then, it has managed and operated over 100 vessels of varying types and sizes. With the largest U.S.-flag fleet in international commercial service, it employs approximately 1,200 U.S. mariners daily and works with all the major U.S. maritime unions.

Matson Navigation Co. will receive the Safe Vessel Navigation & Operation Award, which recognizes the implementation of training and educational programs for crewmembers who serve to protect the marine environment by reducing marine casualties.

Founded in 1882, Matson is one of the leading U.S. carriers in the Pacific. Matson provides a vital lifeline to the economies of Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Micronesia and the South Pacific and premium, expedited service from China to Southern California. The company’s fleet of 22 vessels includes containerships, combination container and roll-on/roll-off ships and custom-designed barges. The company also provides container and chassis leasing services.

OSG Ship Management Inc. will receive the Tanker Vessel Safety Award, which recognizes the implementation of safe working practices for vessel personnel that serve to promote the safe navigation and operation of tankers calling at U.S. ports.  

OSG is a world-class provider of energy transportation services with superior customer relationships, talented ship and shore-based staff, high operational standards, and core safety values based on providing incident-free transportation services while protecting their crews, vessels, and the environment. OSG’s commitment to high quality, incident-free service positions them as a preferred cargo carrier of major oil and gas companies, refiners, and traders throughout the world. Safety and compliance culture continues to grow within their fleet, a reflection of the leadership and commitment displayed every day by their senior officers and shore side staff.

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Places Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:05:00 -0400
New Fall Exhibitions at Silvermine Galleries

Three late fall exhibitions will open at the Silvermine Galleries in New Canaan on Sat., Oct. 21. The public is invited to an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on the evening of Oct. 21. “Hypnagogia,” a solo exhibition of new work by Sharon Cavagnolo, will open alongside a curated exhibit of work by Silvermine’s Ceramics faculty, and a significant new print exhibition, “Big Impressions, Small Presses:  the Small Independent Print Shop,” curated in collaboration with James Reid, Collections Manager of the Gabor Peterdi International Print Collection at Silvermine. All three shows will run through November 19.

Hypnagogia, Sharon Cavagnolo

Hypnagogia is that magical consciousness just before you fall asleep. It can also refer to the moments just after you wake up as you come around from a dream. Imagery, sounds and feelings lose a logical structure while they retain poignancy and balance.

Sharon Cavagnolo’s work in “Hypnagogia” is complex, intricate, and finely detailed.  Her spaces—lushly patterned and bathed in half-light—are a journey into the infinite. Cavagnolo makes free association part of her process and is a collector of random bits of ephemera, which become building blocks for the spaces she inhabits. “It will seem,” she says, “that disaster has struck, until the images come together.” The balance she achieves creates a picture of “an alternate and often very strange other-world.”

Sharon Cavagnolo’s work has been exhibited in Connecticut and New York. She earned her BFA in illustration and design at the Parsons School of Design, and has worked as a textile designer. Cavagnolo did postgraduate work at the Pratt Institute, New York University, and the Isabel O’Neil studio where she won the Journeyman Award. She also studied with Larry Rivers, Elaine de Kooning, and Jane Wilson.

Big Impressions, Small Presses:  the Small Independent Print Shop

This new exhibition, curated in collaboration with James Reid, Collections Manager for Silvermine’s Gabor Peterdi International Print Collection, features nine outstanding independent print shops located throughout the Northeast. Some of the work explores the possibilities of abstraction. The independent presses featured have contributed in a significant way to the contemporary art of printmaking. Among their many specialties are original fine-art lithographs, hand-printed fine art editions, mixed-media prints, and artists’ books.

The studios represented include K.Caraccio Studio, New York, NY; Deb Chaney Editions, Brooklyn, NY; Afternoon Press, Brooklyn, NY; Haven Press Studio, Brooklyn, NY; Kayrock Screenprinting, Brooklyn, NY; Vandeb Editions, Brooklyn, NY; Muskat Studios, Boston, MA; Milestone Graphics, Bridgeport, CT; and Petrichor Press, Philadelphia, PA. 

“From the Same Kiln:  New Work in Ceramics from Silvermine”

 In the Farrell Gallery, five Silvermine faculty members will be featured in a curated exhibit that shows a sampling of new work from the Ceramics department. Artists include Keiko Ashida of Fishkill, NY; Heather Houston of Wilton; Clare Lewis of New Milford; Rob Pursell of Redding; and Jon Puzzuoli of Norwalk. This is a special opportunity to see some of the innovative work being done by distinguished faculty members. The show will feature new ideas and forms coming from one of the most popular disciplines at the Silvermine School of Art.

Silvermine Arts Center is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Its 5­acre campus in New Canaan, Connecticut, consists of a nationally renowned artist guild, an award­winning school of art offering classes for all ages, an arts and fine crafts shop, and a gallery offering over twenty contemporary and historic exhibitions annually. Silvermine is a non­profit 501c3 organization that also offers an Outreach Education Program, Art Partners, and hosts lectures, film screenings, and special events. Silvermine Galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (203) 966­9700 ext. 20 or visit the website:

Photo: Sharon Cavagnolo's "Imperfect Castle" from the exhibition "Hypnagogia," opening Oct. 21

]]> (Silvermine Arts Center) Places Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:00:27 -0400
New LIFEWTR Thirst Quench: Meet Artists Adrienne, Trudy, and Lynnie

HamletHub presents a series of engaging and empowering videos from LIFEWTR, a bottled water that uses every bottle to showcase new and emerging artists. 

Today, meet Adrienne, Trudy, and Lynnie, and quench your thirst for inspiration.

Click HERE to view the video.

LIFEWTR’s Series 2 focuses on increasing the visibility of female artists – and celebrating all that makes them unique.

Learn more about LIFEWTR here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Life Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:28:10 -0400
Tickets on Sale for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in IMAX® at The Maritime Aquarium

Tickets are on sale now to experience “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in Connecticut’s largest IMAX® Theater when the latest episode in the saga premieres Dec. 15 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The Maritime Aquarium is only one of 10 theaters in the U.S. that will show “The Last Jedi” in 70mm IMAX film projection. (The next closest is in Philadelphia.) Thus, “Star Wars” fans won’t see “The Last Jedi” bigger or better anywhere in New England – or in the New York metropolitan area – than at The Maritime Aquarium with its six-story screen.

The Maritime Aquarium’s theater combines the brightest, clearest images at almost 10 times the resolution of standard-projection formats with powerful, laser-aligned digital sound and customized theater geometry to create the world's most immersive film experience. Director Rian Johnson shot portions of “The Last Jedi” with IMAX cameras, and those scenes will fill the Aquarium’s giant screen (in ways unavailable in conventional cinemas).

In an unprecedented move, The Maritime Aquarium is suspending its regular schedule of 40-minute IMAX documentaries from Dec. 15-Jan. 15 to present only “The Last Jedi.” Show times are 1, 4, 7 & 10 p.m. (There’s only one show on Dec. 24 – at noon – and no shows Christmas Day.)

Tickets are $15 for adults, seniors and youths (13-17), and $12.50 for children (3-12). Get them online at Aquarium admission tickets are separate.

Episode VIII in the “Star Wars” series and sequel to “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi” stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. New cast members include Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern. Fisher died in December 2016, making “The Last Jedi” her final film role.

“The Last Jedi” is expected to have a rating of PG-13. It’s produced by Lucasfilm and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Places Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:39:01 -0400
Maritime Aquarium Transforms Into the AquaScarium this October

Kids in Halloween costumes can get free admission to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk on the final two weekends in October when the popular family attraction transforms into the AquaScarium.

Children age 3 to 12 who come to the AquaScarium in costume on Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29will get free admission (a $15.95 value) with each paying adult. Adult admission is $22.95. (The offer requires one paying adult for each free costumed child.)

“Here’s the chance for free apparition, er, admission for your little ghouls and goblins,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s spooksperson. “It would be a grave mistake to not bring them. Of corpse.”

Plus, each of the four weekend days, kids can stop by seven special activity stations to earn stamps on AquaScarium Cards. Challenges include a witch-hat ring-toss game, a skeleton puzzle and more. Fully stamped cards can be exchanged for a free popcorn in the Aquarium’s IMAX® Theater.

Also during AquaScarium:

• face-painters will enhance Halloween alter egos between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., turning guests into wild creatures, superheroes, princesses and more. There’s a $5 fee.

• a dragon will be loose … but not too loose … at a free “Meet the Dragon” station, where Aquarium educators will invite guests to touch or hold a live bearded dragon. Times are 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 & 2:30-3:30 p.m.

• And the normal Toy-Boat Workshop will become a Pirate Toy-Boat Workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s a $5 fee to build a boat.

The AquaScarium itself will be ghoulishly decorated for Halloween, with jack-o’-lanterns, seasonal accessories and staff dressed in costume.

Sigworth added that the event is an AquaScarium in name only, with no frightening aspects for young children.

“AquaScarium gives kids the chance to try out and show off their costumes in a monstrously fun place, while saving mummy and dead-y some money at the same time,” said Sigworth, the Aquarium’s publi-crypt … er, publicist.

What might seem to be the scariest part of AquaScarium will occur at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m. each weekend day, when divers enter the “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit to mingle with the Aquarium’s large sand tiger and lemon sharks. However, as one of the divers will explain to guests from inside the exhibit, humans are far more dangerous to sharks.

Maritime Aquarium admission includes an IMAX movie. Film choices during AquaScarium include “Amazon Adventure” and “Dream Big,” the co-winners of the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s 2017 Achievement Awards’ top prize of “Best Film, Short Subject.”

For more details about AquaScarium, exhibits and IMAX movies, go to or call (203) 852-0700.

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Events Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:30:25 -0400
CT Loves PR: Local Restaurants to Raise Money for Puerto Rico

CT Loves PR (, an initiative featuring Connecticut chefs, bartenders, bakers and restaurateurs standing together to serve up a small offering of food and drink – inspired by Puerto Rico – as tribute to this important sisterland that we will not leave behind. 100% of the proceeds generated by these dishes will be donated to Unidos Por Puerto Rico / United for Puerto Rico, an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of the hurricanes (

The event will run October 21 – 28, with the following list of participants:

21 Oak (Manchester)

@ The Barn Restaurant (Granby)

Amis Trattoria (Westport)

Artisan (West Hartford and Southport)

Artisanal Burger Company (Manchester)

Avert Brasserie (West Hartford)

Beachland Tavern (West Hartford)

Black Bamboo (West Hartford)

Bricco Trattoria (Glastonbury)

Butchers & Bakers (Farmington)

Camille’s Wood Fired Pizza (Tolland)

Carbone's Kitchen (Bloomfield)

Carbone's Ristoronte (Hartford)

Caseus Fromagerie Bistro (New Haven)

Chief Brody’s Bahn Mi  (New Haven)

Cook & The Bear (West Hartford)

Cure (Unionville)

Flora Plant Food + Drink (West Hartford)

Grants Restaurant & Bar (West Hartford)

GZen (Branford)

Han Restaurant (Hartford)

Ichiro Habachi & Sushi (West Hartford)

India (West Hartford)

L’escale (Greenwich)

Liquid Nirvana (Glastonbury and Avon)

Max Oyster Bar (West Hartford)

McLaddens (West Hartford)

Millwright's (Simsbury)

Park & Oak Restaurant (West Hartford)

Park Tavern (West Hartford)

Restaurant Bricco (West Hartford)

Rockin Chicken (Hartford)

Rooster and Co (Newington)

Seoul BBQ (New Britain)

Shu (Fairfield)

Shu (West Hartford)

Table 580 Asian Fusion (Simsbury)

The Cottage (Westport)

The Green Teahouse (West Hartford)

The North House (Avon)

The Sweet Beet (Granby)

Toscano Trattoria (Manchester)

Treva Restaurant & Bar (West Hartford)

Vitality Juice and Smoothie Bar (Manchester)

Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen (West Hartford)

The event’s website - - will be adding information in the coming weeks to highlight the special dishes and cocktails each restaurant will be offering.  Social media channels (#CTLovesPR) include:

o   Twitter: @CTLovesPR

o   Instagram: @CTLovesPR

o   Facebook Page: CTLovesPR

o   Facebook event:

CT Loves PR is hoping to continue to add local businesses to this growing list of participants! The deadline to sign-up is this Friday – for any chefs or owners looking to join this initiative, contact Susan Hosmer

]]> (Shelly Kapitulik) Charities Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:30:36 -0400
Bobby Q’s Cue & Co. Now Offers Happy Hour, Wednesday Night Trivia

Bobby Q’s Cue & Co. is now offering Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the bar area. Specials include:

  • $1.00 off all appetizers and flatbreads
  • $3.00 pulled pork sliders
  • $0.50 wings (minimum order of 6)
  • $10 Cue & Co. “Bar Crack” (pork belly cracklings)
  • $2.00 off all beer, wine, bourbon and cocktails

In addition to the launch of Happy Hour, Bobby Q’s Cue & Co. will also be offering Trivia Night every Wednesday beginning at 7:30 p.m., and Country Night every Thursday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. with drink specials, a late-night food menu and country line dancing with Cowboy Ron and DJ Bill.

]]> (Shelly Kapitulik) Places Mon, 09 Oct 2017 06:00:12 -0400
Norwalkers Win Top Prizes at Rowayton Arts Center's Expressions Exhibit

The winners of “Expressions” were given their awards at the Rowayton Arts Center’s opening reception on Sunday. The show, one of RAC’s largest, was juried and opened to all artists. There were 218 entries. Norwalkers Nina Craig and Robert Sachs won 1st place awards in their categories. Nina won for her mixed media, "Wild Meadow," and Robert for his photo of "Girl in Doorway, Hyderabad."

 The exhibition will be in the gallery through October 29. The exhibition chairs are Milan Chilla and Linda Francis. The judge is award-winning artist Rosemary Webber​ from Mystic, Connecticut.

The Mavis Fenner Memorial Award ($250) for best in show was awarded to Sally H. Aubrey of Lyme, CT for her untitled abstract watercolor. The list of winners:

Best In Show:  Sally Aubrey (Lyme) “Untitled Watercolor”

Acrylic:  1st Place: Clarice Shirvell (Ridgefield) “A Garden in Upstate New York” 

2nd Place: Carol Young  (Fairfield)  “Thursday's Smile”        

3rd Place:  Pamela Davis (Rowayton)  “Winter Pathways”  

Drawings, Pastels, Prints and Digital Art:

1st Place:  Carina Imbrugno  (Stamford) “Jaden”                   

2nd Place:  Dan Long  (Westport)  “Not Much of Me Left” 

3rd Place:  Julia Chen (Stamford) “Untitled” 

Mixed Media:  1st Place:  Nina Craig  (Norwalk)  “Wild Meadow”

2nd Place:  Marcy Juran  (Westport)  “Before the Storm”    

3rd Place:  Lisa Wilson Grant  (Norwalk) “The Trolley, Wall Street Norwalk”        

Oil:  1st Place:  Marty Rainbow Hendrickson  (Darien)  “Lunch - Route 27”         

2nd Place:  Dana Goodfellow  (Darien)  “The Darien Waterfall”       

3rd Place:  Sean Murtha  (Norwalk)  “View of Lake Tahmoo, Martha's Vineyard”  

HM: Sean Murtha (Norwalk)  “Indian Hill Farm, Martha's Vineyard”        

HM: Trish Monahan (Norwalk)  “Hesitation Blues”

Photography:  1st Place:  Robert Sachs  (Norwalk)  “Girl in Doorway, Hyderabad”          

2nd Place:  Lisa Laible  (Rowayton)  “Festival Ready”         

3rd Place:  Jeffrey B. Kellner  (Kent)  “Eileen”          

HM:  Robert Sachs  (Norwalk)  “Mumbai Slum”     

Sculpture:  1st Place:  Pam Willmer  (New Milford)  “Jestour Triboulet”  

Watercolor:  1st Place:  Judy Katz  (Westport)   “August River”    

2nd Place:  Jo Ann Davidson  (Westport)  “Pink Cup”         

3rd Place:  Marianne Rothballer (New Canaan)  “Richard at Rest”   

HM:  Lynn Stephens Massey (Norwalk)  “Sea of Life

Next event coming up at RAC is a Craft Beer Fundraising Event. Here’s an opportunity to taste the latest craft beers from Connecticut’s newest brewery, Charter Oak Brewing Company. It will be art, bratwurst, beer and lots of good cheer. Join us for a fun evening to celebrate RAC and its educational outreach efforts. Event sponsored by Fairfield County Bank. For tickets:

For almost 60 years, the Rowayton Arts Center has been a cultural gem in the community. It is an exceptional gallery where regional artists may exhibit and sell their art as well as a wonderful venue for art workshops and classes. The Art School offers classes to children and adults at all levels. The RAC Gallery and Art School are located on the bank of the scenic Five Mile River in Rowayton, CT at 145 Rowayton Avenue. For the latest information:

Photo 1: Nina Craig with her award winning piece, "Wild Meadow"

Photo 2: Robert Sachs with his award winning photograph, "Girl in Doorway in Hyderabad"

]]> (Jeanne Hard) Neighbors Tue, 03 Oct 2017 05:32:52 -0400
First County Bank Stamford Employees Donate to The Undies Project

First County Bank is committed to supporting its local community and part of its mission is to serve the non-profit sector of Lower Fairfield County.

One way they achieve this is through employee participation. “First County Bank employees raise money for charities through “Jeans Day.” For the privilege of wearing jeans to work one day a month bank employees vote on which non profit will receive their donations,” said Rey Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “The Undies Project was selected to help those affected by personal hardships. We are proud of our employees helping others through The Undies Project.”

Through the generosity of their employees they raised $1,500. “With their donation they have helped put a smile on the faces of those for whom underwear is a necessity not a luxury. This basic need is often taken for granted. Underwear not only provides hygiene and physical comfort but also dignity and self esteem,” said Laura Delaflor.

Lucy Langley added, “The Undies Project is very honored to have been selected as this quarters recipient and is thankful to have the support of such generous people and the organization they work for”.

The Undies Project was set up in November 2015 by Lucy Langley and Laura Delaflor to provide new underwear to men, women and children to improve their lives, and is a registered 501(c)(3) charity based in Cos Cob, CT.

To learn more about them visit

]]> (Lucy Langley & Laura Delaflor) Charities Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:29:23 -0400
A Haunting at Mill Hill Returns on Oct. 14

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 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017 with tours at 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. 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) Events Mon, 02 Oct 2017 05:15:09 -0400
Celebration at the Mayor’s Gallery "Focus on Youth: The 2017 Ralph Sloan Art Awards"

On Tuesday, October 3 at 5:30 p.m. Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling will welcome the community to view and celebrate the current exhibition in the Mayor’s Gallery, Second Floor, Norwalk City Hall. The Norwalk Arts Commission invites all in the community to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

The Norwalk Mayor’s Gallery exhibition, titled “Focus on Youth: The 2017 Ralph Sloan Award Winners” features artwork created during the 2016-17 school year by Norwalk public school students. Each spring members of the Norwalk community are invited to view the Norwalk Public School’s City-Wide Art Show. During the annual show, a jury of arts professionals, who attended Norwalk public schools, selects the best work which is then framed and becomes part of the Norwalk Board of Education’s Ralph Sloan Student Art Gallery, a permanent collection located on the third floor of Norwalk City Hall.

Judges for the 2017 Student Art Awards were Danielle Vinci, artist and Norwalk  Housing Authority After School Arts Program Coordinator, Norwalk High School 2009; Danielle Calloway Robinson, professional photographer, Brien McMahon High School 2004; Margaret Alcock Prezzano, artist, Norwalk High School 1975; Anne Wagner Haymon, artist and arts educator, Norwalk High School 1968; and Malene Barnett, artist and designer, Norwalk High School 1990.

Ralph Sloan served as Superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools from 1983-1998. After he retired, it was decided that the student art collection would be named in his honor. Twenty-five years later, the Ralph Sloan Student Art Collection continues to grow, offering outstanding examples of Norwalk public school student art to all who visit the Norwalk Board of Education at Norwalk City Hall. Today the collection includes more than 200 examples of award-winning student artwork.

Mayor’s gallery curator Melissa Slattery comments: “We truly appreciate the judges for this year’s Ralph Sloan Art Awards who selected 8 awardees from among an amazing range of creativity and talent evident in Norwalk’s public school students, thanks to the great work of their art teachers. The judges had a difficult time narrowing their selection to these eight outstanding artworks. Please take a few minutes from your day to visit the Mayor’s Gallery on the second floor of Norwalk City Hall and enjoy the wonderful works on display. It will surely make you “Norwalk Proud!”

Student award winners and their art teachers, in the Mayor’s Gallery “Focus on Youth 2017” exhibition include:

Jarold Eastman, “Untitled,” Brien McMahon, Grade 12, Mr. Mullen, (not on display)

Ashley Coleman, "Stolen," Norwalk High, Grade 12, Ms. DeLong

Mia Calabrese, "Prehistoric Music" West Rocks Middle School,  Grade 6, Ms. Fusarelli

Kelsey McClung, "The Deep," Roton Middle School, Grade 7, Ms. Bronner

Joseph Cruz, "Flowers in Blue," Nathan Hale Middle School, Grade 6, Mrs. Richello

Mariana Maturi, "Owl," Cranbury Elementary School, Grade 5, Mrs. Haynie

Jacqueline Garcia, "Mayan Mask," Kendall Elementary School, Grade 5, Mrs. Hungaski

Shirley Lin, "Majestic Hands" Tracey Elementary School, Grade 5, Mrs. Siletto

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Sample Local Craft Beers During The Maritime Aquarium's Octoberfest Cruises

Hoist ale on Saturday evenings in October as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers special Octoberfest Cruises featuring tastings from local craft breweries.

These adults-only cruises – the latest in the Aquarium’s occasional “Maritime With A Twist” social events – will showcase a different brewery each Saturday. Sample and enjoy the breweries’ flagship and seasonal products, while taking in the gorgeous sights on Long Island Sound.

The schedule is:

• Oct. 7 – No Worries Brewing Co. of Hamden

• Oct. 14 – Charter Oak Brewing Co. of Danbury

• Oct. 21 – Two Roads Brewery Co. in Stratford

• Oct. 28 – The Owl’s Brew of New York and Beer’d Brewing Co. of Stonington.

Representatives from the breweries will be along to pour and discuss their beers.

Each 90-minute Octoberfest Cruise departs at 5 p.m. The cruises are timed to include the setting autumn sun and, with luck, a dazzling western sky reflecting on the water. Get back in time to enjoy dinner or an evening out just steps away in the restaurants and nightspots of SoNo.

Cruises occur aboard The Maritime Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound, a 64-foot catamaran that is the first research vessel in the country with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. It docks outside the IMAX Theater.

Tickets are $50 ($45 for Aquarium members). Participants must be at least 21 years old. Space is limited on all Maritime Aquarium cruises, so advance reservations are strongly recommended.

Book your tickets by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or go to

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Nostalgia On Display at the Maritime Garage Gallery’s Fall 2017 Exhibit

Favorite memories, reminders and images of home will be on display as the City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery presents its new exhibit “Memories of Our Town” this fall. The exhibit will run from September 26, 2017 – January 5, 2018. An opening reception will take place on September 26 at 5:00 p.m.

“Memories Of Our Town,”features art in a variety of mediums that represents the unique memories of the place we call home: places, people, sounds, smells, events, etc. that are personally significant to the artist. Contributing artists include Eric Chiang of Westport, Cindy Sinor, Wilton, Al Coyote Wiener of Fairfield, Tania Canteli of Beacon, NY and Mary Mattingly of New York City, among others.

“Each piece in this exhibition is a materialization of memories of the places our hearts belong,” says curator Nadia Martinez.  “We are excited to be showcasing the work of some of the area’s finest artists and their visions of home.” 

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces, making Norwalk a more vibrant destination. The gallery is located in the Maritime Garage at 10 North Water Street in Norwalk. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit

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