Sono's HamletHub Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:41:17 -0400 Norwalk Attractions Launch Sound of Summer Savings Promotion

With so much to do and the many sights to see, the City of Norwalk partnered with area attractions including Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk Seaport Association, Stepping Stones Museum for Children and 7 other Norwalk attractions to create a new savings initiative for Norwalk residents and visitors this summer. Simply pay full price at one of the ten participating attractions and receive a special discount at all of the other participating attractions.

“The City of Norwalk welcomes residents and visitors to enjoy the many activities and special events hosted in Norwalk during the summer season.” “We have a full calendar of events, a variety of attractions, entertainment and festivals all summer long -  there is something for everyone in Norwalk”  said Norwalk Mayor Rilling.  

The Sounds of Summer Savings program is valid through Labor Day. The City and attractions got together to produce punch cards that are available at City Hall and all participating attractions listed below. Present the card and proof of purchase from one attraction to take advantage of the special offers. Visit the website of each participant listed below for full rules and details about their offerings.

Participating attractions:

- Center for Contemporary Printmaking  This is a placeholder for the discount that the CCP wants to offer. This is a placeholder for the discount that the CCP wants to offer.

- Even Hotel Norwalk Receive 15% off of the Best Available rate and complimentary shuttle service. Show your room key to receive discounts!

- Historic Sites  Norwalk Historical Society Museum, Mill Hill, Historic Cemeteries & WPA Murals (located in City Hall, Transit District, Libraries & Aquarium).

- Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk  Enjoy a complimentary shuttle ride to any of these locations with an overnight stay at Hotel Zero Degrees. Show your room key to receive discounts!

- Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum  50% off Tours now until Jan. 2018. Present this to admissions desk to receive discount. (Not applicable for special events or other promotions.)

- Music Theater of Connecticut  20% discount on a single ticket to any 2017-18 MainStage production. Use code “coop20”.

- Norwalk Seaport Association  50% off Sheffield Island Ferry with proof of admission from participating venue. Walk-up sales only.

- Pedego Sono  50% off electric bike rentals. Rent one hour, get one hour free.

- Stepping Stones Museum Buy One, Get One free General Admission for Children up to Six People.

- The Maritime Aquarium  20% discount for one admission (includes Aquarium & Imax). Present ticket from other participating location

“The Sound of Summer program provides a host of great deals for Norwalk residents and our visitors to enjoy all summer long.” “Many local restaurants also provide discounts to anyone who visits local attractions and then takes in a meal. Check out what Norwalk has to offer and enjoy the Sound of Summer!” said Elizabeth Stocker, Norwalk’s Director of Economic Development.  

]]> (Elizabeth Stocker) Places Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:50:07 -0400
City Provides Thunderstorm Safety Tips

With the potential for severe weather later today, the Norwalk Fire Department—Office of Emergency Management  is reminding residents to monitor the weather and be prepared. The National Weather service has issued Severe Thunderstorm watch for late this afternoon through the evening. In addition to heavy rain, there is the potential for damaging winds and lightening. A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.

It’s important for residents to know the difference between a watch and a warning. Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.

Every year people are killed or seriously injured by severe thunderstorms despite advance warning. While some did not hear the warning, others heard the warning and did not pay attention to it.

- Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.

- Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring.

- If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.

- If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.

- Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.

- Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows.

- Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.

- If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

- If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.

The American Red Cross provides a severe thunderstorm checklist in multiple languages. To access, visit:

]]> (Michele DeLuca) Public safety Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:51:19 -0400
Emmanuel Church Kicks Off Summer Concert Series, June 28

Weston’s Emmanuel Church launches their popular Summer Concert Series with, Celestial Jazz on a Summer Evening, featuring The Joe Utterback-Gary Mazzaroppi Duo on Wednesday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. The evening features a family-friendly, eclectic musical program with acclaimed area musicians Dr. Joe Utterback and Gary Mazzaroppi. The Utterback-Mazzaroppi duo will deliver an entertaining set, drawing from their CD, Shadows and Smiles, as well as select compositions from the Great American Songbook that will appeal to jazz enthusiasts and beyond. The concert will be followed by an ice cream social. Admission is free (though donations are welcomed) and the event is open to the public. Emmanuel Church is located at 285 Lyons Plain Road, Weston.

Dr. Joe Utterback has been a compelling artist on the American jazz scene for more than 50 years, marked by long term “gigs” at the jazz centers of Kansas City, St. Louis, San Francisco and currently, New York City. Utterback has also taken part in extensive European and American tours and has nearly 400 published compositions. Pianoforte London said “Utterback brings...what might best be described as a composite of the greatest American and jazz piano styles of the century...”

Crowd favorite, Gary Mazzaroppi, has teamed up with Dr. Utterback on both their Shadows and Smiles CD and prior joint shows; Emmanuel’s concert will also showcase their unique chemistry and rapport. Gary attended Berklee School of Music, has toured with the Lionel Hampton Big Band, and has accompanied many jazz greats including Red Norvo, Herb Ellis, Stan Getz, Tal Farlow, Jim Hall, Buddy Rich, and Clare Terry, among others. Additionally, he’s performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Blue Note to Massachusetts’ Tanglewood to Capri, Italy. Gary teaches the History of Jazz at Rutgers University and Brookdale Community College.

The second installment of Emmanuel’s Summer Concert Series will showcase New Haven’s St. Luke’s Steel Band on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30 pm with the program, Sounds from Saint Luke’s Steel Band. Started with steel pans purchased in Brooklyn in 1999, St. Luke’s Steel Band has become a highly regarded, exciting ensemble, with members hailing from Antigua, Barbados, Bermuda, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago. Led by the directorial team of Debby Teason, Donna Johnson, and Kenneth Joseph, St. Luke’s Steel Band has a repertoire that is both impressive and entertaining; their musical styles include soca, calypso, reggae, classical, sacred, jazz, popular and island folk music.

 “At Emmanuel, we celebrate the spirit of community, and are thrilled to bring events that celebrate culture and music. Our Summer Concert Series has proven to be a local favorite and these upcoming evenings will surely deliver,” said Steve Lewis, Musical Director, Emmanuel Church.

For more information, visit or call (203) 227-8565.

]]> (Aline Weiller) Events Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:00:50 -0400
Silvermine: Celebrating Its Art, History, and Beauty

Discover Silvermine's rich history during this celebratory lecture, Silvermine: Celebrating Its Art, History and Beauty, by author Samuel Schmitt on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Norwalk Historical Society's Mill Hill Historic Park. Mill Hill is located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk,CT. Follow signs for parking. Schmitt is the author of the new Images of America book: Silvermine. Signed copies of the book will be for sale during the presentation. Admission is $5.00 and tickets can be purchased at Light refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored in part by  the Norwalk Association of Silvermine Homeowners and the Silvermine Community Association.

Silvermine is known today for its natural beauty, Arts Center, and is home to the Silvermine Tavern. Few are aware of its rich history. Encompassing sections of New Canaan, Norwalk and Wilton, CT, learn how Silvermine went from a small mill town during the 18th and 19th centuries, to a vibrant artist colony. In the early 20th century, artists came to the area, attracted by the scenery, proximity to the art scene in New York, and the old mills which proved ideal studios.

These artists formed the Silvermine Guild, a haven for art of all kind.  The high quality of the work of the early Silvermine artists compares favorably with the members of the better known colonies in Old Lyme and Cos Cob. On view in the 1835 Town House at Mill Hill, where the lecture will be presented, is a new salon-style art exhibit, Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art, which feature the works of many Silvermine Guild artists from the early to mid 20th century.

Samuel A. Schmitt is Executive Director of the Carl Schmitt Foundation in Wilton which seeks to further the legacy of his grandfather, the early Silvermine artist Carl Schmitt. He is the author of Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty. He holds a doctorate in music history from the Catholic University of America and presently serves as Director of Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. Augustine in Bridgeport. He lives in Orange with his wife and six young children.

For more information: visit, e-mail, or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Photo Credit: Samuel Schmitt

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:30:55 -0400
Readers Digest Names The Maritime Aquarium "Best Family Travel Destination in Connecticut"

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is celebrating another national kudo as Reader’s Digest has named the popular attraction the “Best Family Travel Destination” in Connecticut.

The Maritime Aquarium is Connecticut’s entry in “The 50 Best Family Travel Destinations in Each State,” recently published on Reader’s Digest’s website. Under a photo of the sharks in the Aquarium’s “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, Reader’s Digest says:

There's something about peering through the glass into an underwater world that completely captures children's imaginations. At The Maritime Aquarium, kids can get up close and personal with marine animals at the Touch Tank, see hundreds of beautiful jellyfish at the Jellies exhibit, and learn about the unique ecology of the Long Island Sound. Be sure to hang around to watch feeding time for the noisy seals!

Others destinations on the list include Horseshoe Bend of the Grand Canyon (Arizona), Disneyland (California), Boston Public Garden (Massachusetts), the St. Louis Zoo (Missouri), Glacier National Park (Montana), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Ohio) and Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia).

See the article at

“It’s very rewarding to be included in a list of such other celebrated institutions and national parks,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “Recognition like this from Reader’s Digest speaks well of the hard work of our staff and volunteers, and of the positive experiences of our guests.

“We offer guests the most big sharks, the most jellies, the biggest IMAX® Theater and the most affordable ticket prices of any aquarium in the region, plus – this summer – the only flamingos in Connecticut,” Sigworth added. “We’ll continue to build on all that as we strive to ensure that The Maritime Aquarium is always an amazing family travel destination.”

The plug from Reader’s Digest is just the latest national recognition for The Maritime Aquarium. In fall 2015, TripAdvisor honored the Aquarium with its top award, revealing that – based on traveler reviews – The Maritime Aquarium rates higher than any other aquarium in the Northeast. And, in May 2016, Yankee Magazine named The Maritime Aquarium “Best Family Attraction” in New England.

Actually, this isn’t even the first time that The Maritime Aquarium has received Reader’s Digest’s seal of approval. Back in March 1994, the Aquarium (then The Maritime Center) was included in an article titled “10 Great Aquariums to Visit.”

Learn more about exhibits, IMAX® movies, cruises, camp programs and other offerings this summer at

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Places Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:51:02 -0400
WWI Illustrators of America: How Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn Helped Win the War

Join nationally renowned author, James Thompson, at the Norwalk Historical Society's Mill Hill Historic Park on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for an introspective look at World War I artists, most specifically Norwalk artists, Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn. WWI Illustrators of America: How Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn Helped Win the War is part of the Norwalk Historical Society's World War I Centennial Lecture Series. World War I posters on loan from the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT and Townsend and Yohn's art work from the City of Norwalk Collection will be on display. The lecture will take place in the newly restored 1835 Town House at Mill Hill, located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT. Follow signs to parking. Admission is $5.00 and tickets can be purchased at Generously sponsored in part by DoubleTree by Hilton and the Norwalk Arts Commission.

James Thompson, author of Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created Their Art and its sequel, Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created America, will commemorate two of Norwalk’s greatest artists. Harry Townsend and F. C. Yohn, both well-known before WWI, secured lasting fame with works they produced during the Great War. Townsend was recruited into the American Expeditionary Force to create a pictorial history of “our boys” in the field. Yohn spent the war in his New York studio depicting the hardship and heroism of the men who were “making the world safe for democracy”. Yohn’s images were seen by untold numbers of readers of America’s most popular magazines. Thompson will explain how Uncle Sam used the art of men like Harry Townsend and F. C. Yohn to win the war, and how the images they created reshaped the way Americans perceived themselves. He will present examples of both man’s work and show how they became stars in the constellation of American Illustration.

In addition to his two most recent books, James Thompson, has written numerous books on the ideas of history including: The Birth of Virginia’s Aristocracy (2009), Thomas Jefferson’s Enlightenment – Paris 1785 (2014), and George Washington’s Mulatto Man – Who Was Billy Lee? Mr. Thompson lectures on the topics he discusses in his books and has spoken at the US Naval Academy, the Virginia Historical Society, the DAR Library in Washington, DC, and the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society Forum in Charlottesville. He has presented lecture series in continuing education programs at the University of Virginia, the College of William & Mary, George Mason University, and the University of Delaware.

Sponsored by the Double Tree by Hilton and the Norwalk Arts Commission

For more information: visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  


Photo Credit: 5th Marines on the Last Night of the War Frederick C. Yohn (1875–1933)  1920  
Courtesy Navy Art Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:34:19 -0400
Village Beer Garden Opens at the Port Chester Train Station

The Village Beer Garden makes its debut this weekend at the Metro-North Train Station in Port Chester. Our House Hospitality, whose eating and drinking establishments include the Rye House in Manhattan and Port Chester, and Sala One Nine, Tapas Bar & Restaurant in the Flatiron District of New York, has created an open-air urban retreat reminiscent of a German Biergarten – only now with the whistle and hum of a north and south bound locomotive in the background.   

Steeped in history, the Port Chester tracks were laid circa 1840, coinciding with the originating Munich beer gardens which have since inspired decades of beer halls and breweries around the globe. Village Beer Garden paints the picture of one such gathering place, filled with communal butcher block tables with seating for 200, dotted with red patio umbrellas, and wrapped in steel-glass framing and green shrubbery. Overlooking an active downtown retail, dining, and entertainment district, Village Beer Garden is at the center of a historic town which continues to evolve.

An extensive local craft and imported beer list and creative cocktails mark their territory, complimented by an authentic-meets-A-typical Oktoberfest style menu. Bar pickins include house made pretzel nuggets, sweet/spicy/dill pickles, German meatballs, and fried cheese curd. Lighter fare comes in the form of chicken or salmon Niçoise, chilled shrimp cocktail, and German cucumber salad. A sausage menu of kielbasa, bratwurst, sweet and hot Italian sausage, and boudin blanc share the plate with krauts and slaws. Crispy chicken schnitzel, juicy burgers, and frankfurters round out the food offerings, with added tater tots, sprouts, spaetzli, and fries.


Thurs & Friday from 4p.m.

Sat & Sunday from 12 p.m.

3 Broad Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
(914) 481-8771

]]> (Andrea Viscuso) Places Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:30:35 -0400
City Urges Caution in Summer Heat

With the first heat wave of the summer, the City of Norwalk is reminding people to protect themselves during the extreme heat and seek out options to cool down, such as cooling centers at the public libraries and City hall. “Extreme hot weather can be very dangerous, especially for the elderly, young children, and those who work outdoors,” said Mayor Harry Rilling. “Remember to take frequent breaks if working outside and drink plenty of water to beat the heat.” 

The following tips can help you stay cool during the hot days ahead:

  • Cooling centers: If no air conditioning or fans are in your home, the Norwalk Public libraries and City hall are open and serve as the City’s cooling centers. Older residents can also visit the senior centers. On Tuesday the main library will be open until 5:30 and the SoNo library will be open until 8:30. Tomorrow, the main library is open until 8:30 and the SoNo library is open until 5:30.
  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
  • Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
  • Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m.
  • Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air.
  • Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.
  • Never leave persons, especially children, and pets in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Don't get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.

For additional resources about summer and heat safety, visit

]]> (Michele DeLuca) Public safety Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:32:18 -0400
Maritime with a Twist! A 21 & Over Event at The Maritime Aquarium

Sample the best of South Norwalk’s restaurants amid pulsing jellyfish and pink flamingos – live pink flamingos, not the vodka cocktail – during a fun adults-only evening on Thurs., June 22 in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

“Maritime with a Twist” is a special but casual affair that celebrates and connects SoNo’s food and drink with SoNo’s anchor, The Maritime Aquarium.

From 6 to 8 p.m., guests 21 and over can explore the entire Aquarium, including the expanded new jellyfish exhibit “Journey with Jellies” and a special exhibit featuring gorgeous Chilean flamingos.

Pay one price at the door and then enjoy happy-hour samplings from such neighborhood restaurants as Cask Republic, El Segundo, Killer B, Hell or High Water, The Spread, Match, Prime Burger, Washington Prime, Tablao and Rio Bravo, as well as the meal-delivery service Maikana Foods.

Area craft breweries and artisanal distilleries offering their products will include Aspetuck Brew Lab, Asylum Distillery, Hartford Flavor Company, Charter Oak Brewing, 212 Brewing and Spiked Seltzer.

“Maritime with a Twist” includes live music by Kritikal Mass.

“If you’ve ever been to a wedding reception or corporate party here, you know that the sharks and seals and other Aquarium exhibits are a unique and memorable backdrop for private social events,” said spokesman Dave Sigworth. “‘Maritime with a Twist’ is a chance to open the fun experience to everyone, while – for this evening – letting guests taste the special flavors of South Norwalk. Come on June 22 to sample, socialize, raise a glass to the flamingos and new jellies, and support The Maritime Aquarium.”

(Opening June 17, “Journey with Jellies” offers mesmerizing new permanent displays of local and exotic species of jellies – the most of any aquarium in the region. And, open now through Labor Day, “Flamingos” is the only place in Connecticut to see the famous big pink birds this summer.)

Presenting sponsor of the June 22 “Maritime with a Twist” is Darien Rowayton Bank. Media sponsor is CTBites.

Tickets are $50 ($45 for Aquarium members), with proceeds going to The Maritime Aquarium. There are no other costs for food and drink after your admission ticket.

Purchase tickets at the door or in advance at or by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

The Maritime Aquarium is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate visitors about – and to create stewards for – Long Island Sound. It accomplishes this by allowing visitors to get close to more than 250 species native to the Sound and its watershed, including sharks, seals, sea turtles, river otters, jellyfish and other animals. One of the top places for family fun in Connecticut, the Aquarium also features hands-on educational programs and displays, public study cruises out onto the Sound, and Connecticut's largest IMAX® movie theater, with a screen that's six stories high.

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Charities Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:30:51 -0400
Maritime Garage Gallery Teams With Norwalk Community College for Student Exhibit

This summer, the Maritime Garage Gallery will be exhibiting a selection of art by students from Norwalk Community College (NCC).  “From A Student Perspective: Selections from the Art, Architecture and Design Department at Norwalk Community College” will run from June 14 through August 11 with an opening reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on June 14.

“From A Student Perspective” will present selected art from about 20 students from NCC’s Studio Arts, Graphic Design and Architecture Department. The work is in a variety of media such as graphite, paint, collage, digital, photography, CADD, charcoal. Exhibiting students include Joelle Calderon of Danbury, Amaris Diaz and Gavin Kantzas of Norwalk, Nadia Jean-Felix and Eimer Adames of Stamford, and Genesis Garcia of Bridgeport.

The Norwalk Community College Art, Architecture and Design Department offers a variety of programs, certificates and classes in the areas of studio art, graphic and web design, architecture, interior design and construction technology. 

Joe Fucigna, Coordinator of the Studio Department, is thrilled to have the opportunity to exhibit NCC student artwork.  “It’s a wonderful collaboration between Norwalk Community College, the Norwalk Arts Commission and Norwalk Parking Commission.  It is a win-win situation for all, especially the students, who have the chance to exhibit in a professional gallery space.”

The Maritime Garage Gallery, located at 11 North Water Street, is collaboration between the Norwalk Parking Authority and the Norwalk Arts Commission in an effort to support art in public spaces. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Wednesday and 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday beginning July 1. For more information call 203- 831-9063, or e–mail:

]]> (Carolyn Ripp) Places Fri, 09 Jun 2017 06:22:50 -0400
Food Rescue US Receives Northwest CT Community Foundation Grant

FOOD RESCUE US, the CT based, national food rescue organization based in Norwalk, has received a $5000 grant from the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation to support the expansion of the organization’s food rescue platform into Northwest CT. The program has launched in the Litchfield/Torrington area, has already rescued and delivered 11,200 meals, and will expand into the surrounding area as quickly as possible. 

Powered by their proprietary technology, since 2011, Food Rescue US has rescued over 16.5 million meals, saving 24.8 million pounds of food from going into landfill, at a value of over $42 million.  

Melissa Spiesman, Food Rescue US National Site Director, said "We are so grateful for this grant from the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. Clearly they are concerned about hunger in their communities and with their support,  we are so pleased to be able to help feed those in need in this area."

]]> (Alison Sherman) Charities Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:20:02 -0400
Norwalk Students Featured in Internation Children's Art Show at The Maritime Aquarium

Drawings by eight Norwalk students are among those featured in a special gallery show featuring 146 works by children from 18 countries, now open at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Students from Marvin Elementary and Roton Middle schools, as well as the Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School, have entries in the International Children’s Art Exhibit, presented by Creative Connections of Norwalk now through Sept. 4. The exhibit is free because it is displayed in The Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX® Theater lobby, which can be entered without paid admission.

Theme of the 2017 show is “Team Up!” The drawings and paintings were created by children in Grades 3 to 12 who were asked – through Creative Connections’ ArtLink program – to draw and paint pictures that show “the many ways they or others in their country, community or families come together to achieve a goal.”

From the 5,000+ pieces submitted globally, entries for the Aquarium gallery were chosen by a panel of educators and artists for “the keen cultural insight each communicates.” There are works by students from throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut and around the world. Pieces are included from such countries as Uganda, Nigeria, Japan, Jordan, Cyprus, Russia, China, Sri Lanka, Guatemala and Brazil.

Previously, during the school year, art by the American students was exchanged with pieces by students from overseas, allowing insights into their partners’ cultures. Many schools also held videoconferences with an international school to share details about the project and themselves. Generally, the exhibit proves that moments or topics chosen as meaningful by Connecticut students – family, friends, traditions, faith and activities – are similarly important to children around the globe.

Exhibit sponsors include the Connecticut DECD’s Office of the Arts and the United States-Japan Foundation.

Creative Connections is a non-profit international cultural exchange organization that educates young people by encouraging their awareness, understanding and appreciation of other cultures as well as of their own. Learn more at

For more details about other exhibits, IMAX movies, programs and more at The Maritime Aquarium this summer, go to or call (203) 852-0700.

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Neighbors Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:06:54 -0400
Hawley Lane Shoes Kicks-Off Its First Kidz4Kidz Walkathon in Norwalk

Hawley Lane Shoes invites the local community to join their Kidz4Kidz “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” Walkathon to be held on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 from 10a.m. to 12p.m. at Norwalk High School. Kidz4Kidz is an organization created by Hawley Lane Shoes to encourage kids to help other kids in need by using their creativity, energy and imagination to find ways to fundraise.

Of the kick-off event, Founder David Levy says, "All of us at Hawley Lane Shoes are so excited to launch our first Kidz4Kidz event to raise $50,000 to send 50 kids to camp this summer! So many incredible people from the community have come together to make our walkathon and concert happen. The kids that have been involved since the start are unbelievable and are determined to help us achieve our goal of helping others. We are hoping for a great turn out at the walkathon and are hoping to change the lives of 50 kids this summer!" All proceeds from the event will go directly towards funding camp scholarships.

The Kidz4Kidz Walkathon will be a family-friendly event featuring a fun warm-up, DJ and food trucks, and the fun won’t stop there. In celebration of the kick-off event and kids doing good for others, every registered walker is invited to My Three Sons Family Fun Center in Norwalk, CT from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a free game of Black Light Miniature Golf. Next door, The Market Bistro and Bar will serve complimentary pizzas for kids, and refreshments to parents for participating. To end the day with great fun for a great cause, there will be a Kidz4Kidz Concert featuring pop singer/songwriters Taylor Felt and Kristina Lachaga that parents and kids won’t want to miss. Additional performers include Dante Melucci, who has recently performed on Broadway in the School of Rock: The Musical, and Ethan Walmark, singer, keyboardist and YouTube sensation. The concert will take place at the Fairfield Town Gazebo in Fairfield, CT from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., where free ice cream will be given out to all participants by Saugatuck Sweets.

"All of us at Al's Angels and Saugatuck Sweets are thrilled to be working with Kidz4Kidz to help launch this amazing initiative to help children in need,” says Owner of Saugatuck Sweets and founder of Al’s Angels Al DiGuido, “We believe that working with organizations like Kidz4Kidz sends a clear message to our community that we are committed to doing all we can to help those less fortunate. It is our combined hope, that this will be the start of a stronger movement of young people coming together to help those in need."

Participation requires a $25 (100% tax deductible) donation per person to join. Participants are encouraged to form teams. Any team leader who enrolls ten participants will earn a free pair of UGGs from Hawley Lane Shoes. All registered walkers will receive a Kidz4Kidz t-shirt.

For more information, to make a donation, volunteer or register, visit

Presenting Sponsors include: Saugatuck Sweets, Lizzy Zawy Public Relations and My Three Sons. Sponsors for the event include: WEBE 108, WICC, Bank Of America, Peoples Bank, Rick's Main Roofing, Dance to the Music Entertainment LLC, Birkenstock, Sperry, Merrell, Stride Rite, Ugg, Rockport, Dansko, Garden Catering, Vionic, Crocs, New Balance, Crown Printing, M.Train Strength and Wellness Studio, Cherry Hill Construction Inc., Grunberger Jewelers, Accent Signs and Awnings, EastCoast Irrigation, Kids First Pediatric Dentistry & First Impressions Orthodontics, Dean Cleaners, The Market Bistro & Bar “MKT”, Sono Creative Media, Aetrex, Gabor, Rockport, OTBT, Standard Oil, On Running, Masters of Ceremony, Bussola, Ara, Sas, Jordan’s Restaurant & Pizza, CT Lawn Care & Services LLC and Direct Advantage Magazine.

]]> (Lizzy Zawy) Charities Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:33:06 -0400
Register for Music on the Hill Summer Chorus: Rehearsals Start June 27

Music on the Hill welcomes singers for the 15th annual Summer Chorus. (Students welcome!) This year's selection:  the Schubert Mass in E-Flat led by artistic director Ellen Dickinson. This is one of Schubert's last major works, rarely performed but filled with the lyrical beauty for which he was admired. 

Summer Chorus rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.,starting June 27. (No rehearsal July 4.) Concert: Thursday, July 27, 8 p.m. Rehearsals and concert take place at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in the WEPCO church complex in Wilton on Rte. #106 (36 New Canaan Road).

No audition. Register in advance with voice part to or 203-529-3133. Cost: $40 suggested minimum contribution; $20, students.

Who can join Summer Chorus? Everyone is welcome! The Summer Chorus includes those who are already in a choir (high school, church, or community ensemble) and singers who are looking for a new place to sing or who haven't sung in a while.

Summer Chorus is one of Music on the Hill's four performing ensembles. Learn more, and join the mailing list, by visiting

Summer Sings! in August

Can't commit to rehearsals in July? Join Music on the Hill for Summer Sings! in August. Four stand-alone music reading sessions on Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., at WEPCO starting August 8. Each week features a different composer(s) led by a different conductor. No rehearsal, no performance, no registration, no worries: just walk in and sing! Donations welcome.

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Opening Reception for Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art at Mill Hill Historic Park

Celebrate the opening of the Norwalk Historical Society's new exhibit, Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art with a wine and cheese reception at Mill Hill Historic Park on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Curator Sophia Gevas will lead a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. discussing the various artists and their work.  Mill Hill is located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT. Follow signs for parking.    
Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art is curated by Sophia Gevas. Presented in the recently restored 1835 Town House at Mill Hill, the featured works were created by artists who lived and worked in Norwalk. The exhibit is a survey presented in groupings of Portraits, Still-lifes, Scenes of Working Life and Nature, each capturing significant aspects and insights about Norwalk through the ages.  

WPA era art as well as works from the Silvermine Arts Guild are well represented in this collection. Also featured are numerous paintings and drawings that depict subjects of historical importance like the city's famous oyster industry, local notable landmarks, and the ocean, waterways and islands on Norwalk's eastern border.

Art work was drawn from the four separate collections that comprise the Norwalk Collection: The City of Norwalk, the Lockwood family, the Norwalk Historical Society and the Norwalk-Village Green Chapter of the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  These works have been donated or generously purchased and contributed to these collections to help create a more complete record of Norwalk's rich history.

This opening is held in conjunction with the state of Connecticut's, CT Open House Day 2017, a unified celebration of the state's fascinating world of art, history and tourism.  It is also part of the Grand Re-Opening of Mill Hill Celebration, which will include various activities beginning at noon on June 10. More info at

Curator, Sophia Gevas, is Director of Outreach Education at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, CT and has expanded the Art Partners Program to annually provide professional Teaching Artists to execute curriculum-based studio art projects for nearly 1,000 K - 12 students in under-resourced schools in Norwalk and Stamford. Gevas was the founding director of The Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University where, over a 23 year period, she curated over 100 exhibitions that included lectures, Artist Talks and the production of 15 catalogues. She also created a University Art Collection comprised of donations and valued at nearly $1M and administered the commissioning of seven site-specific sculptures and art installations for new buildings. A Co-founder of the Stamford Loft Artists Association, her works have been exhibited in many venues in the United States, Greece and Cyprus and are in numerous collections, including the Pepsi-Co Collection. She also teaches Art History courses at Housatonic Community College.
For more information: visit, e-mail, or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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