Wilton's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Wed, 24 May 2017 02:13:53 -0400 HamletHub.com Sunset Hoedown on Saturday, June 10 at Ambler Farm http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/46912-sunset-hoedown-on-saturday-june-10-at-ambler-farm46912-sunset-hoedown-on-saturday-june-10-at-ambler-farm http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/46912-sunset-hoedown-on-saturday-june-10-at-ambler-farm46912-sunset-hoedown-on-saturday-june-10-at-ambler-farm

Ambler Farm hosts Sunset Hoedown on Saturday, June 10 from 6-10pm

Swing Your Partner By the Arm, Do-si-do at Ambler Farm!

BBQ Catered by Barcelona, Signature Drink, Square Dancing, Hayrides and capped off with Ambler Farm S’mores!
Advance registration required. Members may register beginning April 24th. Tickets to the general public will go on sale on May 8th, space permitting. Enrollment in this popular event is limited and there is no waiting list.
Members $100 per person / Non-members $115 per person

Register Now!

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Ambler Farm) Events Tue, 23 May 2017 12:49:00 -0400
Wilton Farmers' Market to open Wednesday, June 7 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/46958-wilton-farmers-market-to-open-wednesday-june-746958-wilton-farmers-market-to-open-wednesday-june-7 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/46958-wilton-farmers-market-to-open-wednesday-june-746958-wilton-farmers-market-to-open-wednesday-june-7

The Wilton Farmers' Market is gearing up for opening day! The Market runs from Wednesday, June 7 - September 13 from 12 to 5pm on the grounds of the Wilton Historical Society (224 Danbury Road). This popular local foodie event is sponsored by Wilton’s Chamber of Commerce. 

The Farmers’ Market features fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, jams and jellies, bread, baked goods, pesto, cheese, honey, and maple syrup plus other homemade goodies, all from local growers and makers. Shop for organic produce, including heirloom varieties, from Ambler Farm; indulge in delectable breads, sandwiches, hand-made mozzarella and more provided byBeldotti Breads; or enjoy a take-out lunch or dinner from gourmet food trucks. A variety of local artisans will also be represented.

To learn more, visit Wilton Historical Society online here or visit the Farmers' Market Facebook Page here.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Wilton Historical Society) Places Tue, 23 May 2017 12:11:00 -0400
Thank a Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corp Member this Week! http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47050-thank-a-wilton-volunteer-ambulance-corp-member-this-week47050-thank-a-wilton-volunteer-ambulance-corp-member-this-week http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47050-thank-a-wilton-volunteer-ambulance-corp-member-this-week47050-thank-a-wilton-volunteer-ambulance-corp-member-this-week

This week, May 21st thru May 27th is National EMS Week and the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corp is t hankful for their volunteer members! 

The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps  wrote on their Facebook Page, "We would like to recognize our 50+ volunteer members who give the most of their selves in the name of helping others and our community. Their commitment to the community does not end when their shift time ends. Many of our members go above and beyond their shift time; from responding when off duty to 2nd calls, attending community events, training groups on first aid, CPR and AED use, or sitting on one of our many committees that help our organization run on a daily basis."

WVAC volunteers are truly Always In Service. #EMSWeek#EMSStrong


Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Neighbors Tue, 23 May 2017 08:46:52 -0400
Jane Austen: Insights and Influences Opening Recetion on Thursday, June 8 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47049-jane-austen-insights-and-influences-opening-recetion-on-thursday-june-8-6-30pm-149554953147049-jane-austen-insights-and-influences-opening-recetion-on-thursday-june-8-6-30pm-1495549531 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47049-jane-austen-insights-and-influences-opening-recetion-on-thursday-june-8-6-30pm-149554953147049-jane-austen-insights-and-influences-opening-recetion-on-thursday-june-8-6-30pm-1495549531

Pequot Library invites you to celebrate the life and work of Jane Austen, beloved author, at "Jane Austen: Insights and Influences" Opening Reception on Thursday, June 8, 6:30 – 8:30pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. Free and open to all.This exhibition is part of the ongoing series "Pages from Pequot," changing exhibitions highlighting Pequot Library’s Special Collections of archives, rare books, and manuscripts on view in the Reading Room and Perkin Gallery.

Celebrate the life and work of Jane Austen (1775 – 1817). From comedy to romance, discover how Jane Austen’s insights into the ordinary lives of her characters and contemporaries have influenced culture for the last 200 years. Experience Austen’s novels and unfinished works through timeless illustrations and text.Examine how authors such as William Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott inspired the young Jane. Explore Austen’s influence on contemporary literature through novels such as Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding and Pemberly Shades by Dorothy Alice Bonavia-Hunt.

Exhibition Dates: June 8 – August 27, 2017. This exhibit is free and open to the public during normal library hours.

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. 

heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Neighbors Tue, 23 May 2017 06:22:44 -0400
The Wilton Historical Society has arranged a special guided tour of The Danbury Raid exhibit on May 27 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47046-the-wilton-historical-society-has-arranged-a-special-guided-tour-of-the-danbury-raid-exhibit-on-may-2747046-the-wilton-historical-society-has-arranged-a-special-guided-tour-of-the-danbury-raid-exhibit-on-may-27 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47046-the-wilton-historical-society-has-arranged-a-special-guided-tour-of-the-danbury-raid-exhibit-on-may-2747046-the-wilton-historical-society-has-arranged-a-special-guided-tour-of-the-danbury-raid-exhibit-on-may-27

“Walk and Talk” with guest curator Ed Hynes at the Westport Historical Society on Saturday, May 27 from 10:00am - 11:00am

The Wilton Historical Society has arranged a special guided tour of The Danbury Raid exhibition, which is currently on view at the Westport Historical Society. On Saturday, May 27, from 10:00 – 11:00, guest curator and local historian Ed Hynes will provide a gallery “Walk and Talk” of the exhibition. Please meet at the Westport Historical Society at 10:00. Lola Chen, Museum Educator from the Wilton Historical Society will be on hand to greet visitors who arrive for the talk. No charge, contributions are welcome.

The Danbury Raid features maps of British troop movements, accounts of skirmishes between Red Coats and Patriots at Ridgefield and Compo Hill, portraits of the principal commanders, and displays of uniforms and weaponry.

The raid on Danbury was prompted by intelligence from Loyalists indicating that the Patriots had gathered a large store of military supplies and food in Danbury. The British thought their raid would encounter only scant resistance since most of Connecticut’s Continental Army regulars had been sent to New Jersey to reinforce Gen. George Washington.

After the skirmish at Ridgefield, Arnold withdrew to Westport’s Old Hill, where he would have a commanding position from which to fire his cannons at the British as they approached the King’s Highway Bridge over the Saugatuck. Arnold’s plan failed, however, when loyalists accompanying the British led them to an upstream ford known only to locals.

Edward Hynes is a native of Wilton, and lives in Norwalk. He and his wife have traveled extensively to various battlefields around the country and overseas. Mr. Hynes gives lectures and talks on local history, including most recently “The Raid on Danbury” at the Wilton Historical Society.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Wilton Historical Society) Events Mon, 22 May 2017 10:41:44 -0400
Wilton Police remind residents to buckle up! http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/47045-wilton-police-remind-residents-to-buckle-up47045-wilton-police-remind-residents-to-buckle-up http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/47045-wilton-police-remind-residents-to-buckle-up47045-wilton-police-remind-residents-to-buckle-up

Wilton Police announce Click It or Ticket campaign

Today, Monday, May 22 marks the beginning of the "Click it or Ticket" Campaign in the State of CT.

Drivers are reminded to buckle up.

This campaign will run through 6/4/2017

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Wilton Police) Public safety Mon, 22 May 2017 10:37:18 -0400
Opening Reception for Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47039-preserving-and-observing-two-centuries-of-norwalk-art-149546751247039-preserving-and-observing-two-centuries-of-norwalk-art-1495467512 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47039-preserving-and-observing-two-centuries-of-norwalk-art-149546751247039-preserving-and-observing-two-centuries-of-norwalk-art-1495467512

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 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Curator Sophia Gevas will lead a gallery talk at 4:30pm 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 10th. More info at www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org.

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 www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Mon, 22 May 2017 08:49:35 -0400
Women's Health Week: Folic Acid & Women's Health http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47038-women-s-health-week-folic-acid-women-s-health47038-women-s-health-week-folic-acid-women-s-health http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47038-women-s-health-week-folic-acid-women-s-health47038-women-s-health-week-folic-acid-women-s-health

If you're trying to conceive, either on your own or with fertility treatment, it's a great idea to act as if you're already pregnant. 

A key element found in a good prenatal vitamin is folic acid. So in light of Women's Health Week, the experts at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is putting a spotlight on this essential vitamin and why all women of childbearing age should be taking it daily.

Carolyn Gundell, MS, RMACT's Fertility Nutritionist has been working for decades to help her patients be as healthy as possible and have a healthy pregnancy, healthy baby and healthy family. She shares information and her recommendations about folic acid in today's post.

Folic Acid & Fertility: A Necessary Nutrient Before, During, and After Pregnancy

What is folic acid?

Folic acid is an essential B-vitamin and the synthetic form of naturally occurring folate found in foods. Folic acid is necessary for DNA synthesis of red blood cells, nervous system, and proteins and cellular growth and reproduction. This synthetic version can be found in multivitamins, prenatal vitamins, and folic acid fortified foods such as breakfast cereals, pasta, and bread.

Why is folic acid so important for a pregnancy?

Folic acid is a nutrient that is known to have a direct effect on preventing a type of birth defect called a neural tube birth defect. If folic acid / folate intake is deficient, neural tube birth defects are serious and can affect the fetal spine and brain at the time of conception and within the first 28 days of fetal development during which time the spine is forming. Spina bifida and anencephaly are examples of two more common neural tube defects.

Folic acid is also an important nutrient for healthy sperm. All men who are actively trying to conceive will benefit from a basic men's multivitamin containing 100% of the RDA, not a mega dose formula.

When is the best time to start taking folic acid?

All women of childbearing should be taking folic acid daily. It is best to start three months (90 days) or more before conception. Although many people will take a vitamin first thing in the morning or at breakfast, it's recommended to take vitamins with food at a larger meal, such as lunch or dinner.

Start by checking your prenatal vitamin—RMACT recommends a minimum intake of 800 mcg. folic acid (not folate) as a part of your prenatal regimen.

If a woman has already had a child with a neural tube defect, her risk for having another is very high. She should speak with her physician or OB/GYN to get a prescription for a higher dose of folic acid.

Could taking too much folic acid be a problem?

Yes. Do not take more folic acid than recommended by your physician or nutritionist. A mega dose of folic acid, without a medical reason, can mask a B12 deficiency, causing pernicious anemia and irreversible nerve damage.

Why not just eat food sources rich in folate instead of taking synthetic folic acid?

The naturally occurring folate in food sources is important too, but it is not wise to rely on food-based folate intake alone for the following reasons:

  1. Food based “folate” has a forty percent lower absorption rate compared to folic acid. If folate, not folic acid, is listed on your supplement bottle then it is advised to switch to a supplement that lists folic acid instead of folate. Many prescription prenatal vitamins list methyl folate as the source of folic acid. 1000mcg. (or 1 mg.) methyl folate is a bioactive form of folate and is equivalent to 600mcg. folic acid—an acceptable minimum dose for a singleton pregnancy. Multiple pregnancies may require more folic acid in the first trimester and women should consult with the physician supervising their pregnancy.
  2. Folate in foods is easily destroyed when foods are cooked or canned. Fifty percent of food folate is lost in the canning process and up to ninety percent can be destroyed in cooking. Lightly steaming food instead of boiling it in water is recommended.

What about foods that are fortified with folic acid?

Since folic acid fortification of US grains started in 1998, neural tube birth defects have decreased by thirty-five percent. However, even with this fortification, not all women are getting enough of this essential B-vitamin. Here are a few reasons why a woman’s food intake may not be enough and why a folic acid supplement is so important:

  1. Folic acid /folate is a water-soluble nutrient, which means that our bodies do not store this B vitamin. Availability is dependent upon an individual’s daily nutrient intake.
  2. The main food group that receives folic acid fortification is grains, which is a food group that is recommended in general for lifelong health. However, manufacturers of whole grain products are not required to fortify with folic acid—so be sure to check the labels for this indication.
  3. Many women focus on organic foods when trying to conceive and during pregnancy. However, manufacturers of organic grains are also not required to fortify grain with folic acid. Some do, but many do not. It is recommended to check the labels of your favorite organic grain products for folic acid fortification.
  4. Ethnic foods found in the US are often not fortified with folic acid. This is especially true for corn masa flour—which is more popular among Hispanics. In fact, Hispanic women are twenty percent more likely to have a child with a neural tube birth defect than a non-Hispanic white woman.
  5. Some medications and regular intake of alcohol can interfere with folate metabolism and other medications can reduce the serum and tissue concentration of folate.

Should we still eat foods rich in folate?

Yes! And in addition to folate-fortified foods, the good news is that folate is found naturally in many foods. Excellent sources of folate include leafy, dark green vegetables, citrus fruits, lentils and beans, asparagus, peanuts and wheat germ. Remember, folate in foods is easily destroyed when foods are cooked or canned so when eating these foods, pay attention to their preparation to preserve folate. Incorporating these foods into a daily meal plan, in addition to taking supplemental folic acid from a prenatal vitamin, is essential and beneficial for conception, healthy baby and healthy pregnancy.

Carolyn Gundell, RMACT Nutritionist, is available to RMACT patients for all nutrition and lifestyle support during preconception and pregnancy as part of the RMACT Nutrition Program. If you are interested in an appointment with her, please contact your RMACT Navigator.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Carolyn Gundell, RMACT Nutritionist) Life Mon, 22 May 2017 08:02:26 -0400
CT Press Club Honors Literaries at Annual Awards Event http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47041-ct-press-club-honors-literaries-at-annual-awards-event47041-ct-press-club-honors-literaries-at-annual-awards-event http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47041-ct-press-club-honors-literaries-at-annual-awards-event47041-ct-press-club-honors-literaries-at-annual-awards-event

Last week, storytellers, journalists and scribes gathered at the beautiful Boathouse in Westport to be honored for their literary ingenuity.

Under the direction of Michele Turk, the recently relaunched and reinvigorated Connecticut Press Club saluted winners of their 2017 Communications Contest spanning a variety of categories including specialty articles, speeches, columns, personal opinion, personality profiles, prose/photo essays, poetry, nonfiction books, and anthology excerpts.

“Our awards night is an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the impressive work of our members, who are accomplished professionals with a variety of communications backgrounds,” said Turk. “It’s also a chance to acknowledge the importance of press freedoms in our democracy at a time when the media is under siege.”

The event was emceed by Westport resident, Jane Green, the author of eighteen novels, of which seventeen are New York Times Bestsellers.

The Connecticut Press Club is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), and includes both male and female members. Though inactive in recent years, the club has been relaunched under the leadership of Michele Turk, a Greenwich-based writer/editor and owner of A Bloc of Writers, Inc. The club’s base was once comprised solely of print and broadcast journalists, but now welcomes all types of communicators: writers, editors, bloggers, authors, educators, public relations professionals, media photographers, students, and others. Plans for the coming year include lectures by sought-after speakers, professional development workshops, networking, and social outings.

For more information regarding the Connecticut Press Club, their awards night, or membership, email Michele atctpressclub@gmail.com.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Neighbors Mon, 22 May 2017 07:44:24 -0400
CT State Police Youth Week will be held July 9 - July 15 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/47043-ct-state-police-youth-week-will-be-held-july-9-july-1547043-ct-state-police-youth-week-will-be-held-july-9-july-15 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/47043-ct-state-police-youth-week-will-be-held-july-9-july-1547043-ct-state-police-youth-week-will-be-held-july-9-july-15

Connecticut State Police and the American Legion Announce 2017 State Police Youth Week

The Connecticut State Police and the American Legion announce the application period for the upcoming Connecticut State Police Youth Week.

Thanks to the American Legion for sponsoring such a great program, State Police Youth Week will be held July 9 - July 15, 2017.

The Connecticut State Police, in conjunction with the American Legion, run an annual “State Police Youth Week” open to 16 and 17 year old high school students throughout Connecticut.

Youth week is modeled after Connecticut State Police recruit training and provides high school students a unique opportunity to gain insight into the training, duties and expectations of Connecticut State Troopers. This program is a mini-Connecticut State Police Academy, and a National model for the American Legion.

Throughout the week of training, all youth week cadets will participate in a variety of mental and physical challenges including patrol techniques, use of laser speed measuring equipment, accident investigation, emergency vehicle driving, firearms training, and criminal investigation. The cadets will also participate in daily physical conditioning, daily inspections, drill & ceremony, and 5:15 a.m. reveille.

The week concludes with the Warrior's Path safety & survival course followed by a Graduation ceremony. Warrior's Path represents the culmination of all of the skills and knowledge the recruits learned during the week, it is designed to emphasize the importance of teamwork and overcoming adversity.


For more info, contact your local American Legion Post orAmerican Legion Department Headquarters, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT (860-436-9986) 

Tarad@hamlethub.com (CT State Police) Public safety Mon, 22 May 2017 06:35:13 -0400
Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Announces Award Winners http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47042-ridgefield-independent-film-festival-announces-award-winners47042-ridgefield-independent-film-festival-announces-award-winners http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47042-ridgefield-independent-film-festival-announces-award-winners47042-ridgefield-independent-film-festival-announces-award-winners

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) concluded on Sunday afternoon with the presentation of the RIFF Awards at a ceremony at the beautiful Keeler Tavern Museum Garden House. Festival Co-Directors Jill Mango and Sean M. Murphy handed out the awards in eight categories, with the Grand Jury Prize going to the indie comedy, What Children Do, a hilarious new film by Minnesota-born, Brooklyn-based filmmaker Dean Peterson. Complete list of winners below.

What Children Do was shown as RIFF's Saturday Night Marquee Feature at the Ridgefield Playhouse over the weekend. It tells the story of two estranged sisters who are thrust back into each other's lives by the impending death of their grandmother and are forced to try to repair their feral relationship. Peterson, actress Grace Rex, director of photography Darin Quan and producer Ariana Janetakis joined The Reel Dad columnist, Mark Schumann, for a lively post-film Q&A.

Peterson accepted his award in person, as did Samar Salam, one of the directors of The Ides of Childhood, which won Best Documentary Feature. Salam traveled to the United States from Calcutta, India for the first time ever to attend the World Premiere of his film at RIFF. The Ides of Childhood is a journey through Kashmir, a country at war for decades, and tells a story of tragedy, courage and hope for a land and a people.

This year, the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival presented 55 films from 19 countries at five venues over the course of three days (May 19-21). Jurors for RIFF 2017 included screenwriter/filmmaker Katie Torpey, animation producer John Donkin (Blue Sky Studios) and writer/director/producer Brian DeCubellis, whose film Manhattan Night was featured at the festival last year. More info on the jurors here.

Carrying on the tradition begun by RIFF Founder Joanne Hudson in the first year of the festival last year, this year's RIFF Award was also an original piece of artwork. Ridgefield artists Hans Fischer and Joshua Fischer collaborated on the award. The father and son team used mixed media, including paint, paper and graphite to create the eight awards, which vary by color. When displayed together, the awards presented a spectrum effect. The Fischers also designed the cover for the RIFF Festival Guide this year, which is a sketch based on their RIFF Award design.

And the winners are....

RIFF Awards 2017

Best Student Film: An Evening of Eternity (Germany) - Directed by Constantin Maier

Best Web/New Media Series: Two Guys (USA) - Directed by Michael Kohlbrenner

Best Animated Short: Lion Dance (USA) - Directed by Tim Pattinson & Zheng Kang

Best Documentary Short: The Other Side (Spain) - Directed by Griselda San Martin

Best Documentary Feature: The Ides of Childhood (India) - Directed by Sudeshna Sharma and Samar Salam

Best Narrative Short: The Bouquet (France) - Directed by Julien Segard & Romain Carciofo

Best Narrative Feature: Cold Breath (Iran) - Abbas Raziji

Grand Jury Prize: What Children Do (USA) - Directed by Dean Peterson

*Photo Credits: Michael Graham 

About RIFF

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, founded by local playwright and theatre director Joanne Hudson, is an intimate, international and inspired film festival that aims to make the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories from around the globe through cinema. Each spring, RIFF brings dozens of films to Ridgefield, Connecticut (just 60 miles northeast of New York City) for thoughtful screenings in curated venues including the Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield Library, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Keeler Tavern Museum and the Prospector Theater. In addition, RIFF offers master classes in different aspects of film and filmmaking. More info at www.riff.website

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Jill Mango) Neighbors Mon, 22 May 2017 06:26:01 -0400
On the Children's Shelf: Why Author Events for Kids Matter http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47044-on-the-children-s-shelf-why-author-events-for-kids-matter47044-on-the-children-s-shelf-why-author-events-for-kids-matter http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47044-on-the-children-s-shelf-why-author-events-for-kids-matter47044-on-the-children-s-shelf-why-author-events-for-kids-matter

I met Clare Pernice this week, author and illustrator of the beautiful children's book "Circus Girl." I immediately had to call home and tell my daughter. I expected her to be over the moon, but the phone line was silent. I was surprised, until one of my older children said she was so excited she stood there, eyes wide, mouth open. She was speechless. I became the coolest mom ever in her eyes because I met an author whose book she loves.
A few months ago, we were wandering the bookstore and stumbled upon "Circus Girl" on the shelf. We were both immediately drawn to the beautiful cover and quickly dove into the book. This sweet story of a little girl who imagines herself in the circus is matched with some of the most beautiful illustrations. I was captivated by the beauty of the book, while my daughter was captivated by this story with which she could so easily identify. 
After my phone call, as I drove home, I realized I need to bring my children to more local author events. So many wonderful authors make appearances at bookstores and libraries. Seeing my daughter's reaction to my meeting Clare Pernice, I realized I need to do a better job watching for local children's author events. The chance to meet an author a child loves is such a wonderful experience. What better way to foster their love of books than to give them the chance to meet those who write and illustrate the stories they love? Plus, the chance of possibly getting a signed copy of a beloved book...that's awesome at any age.
So this summer, we will definitely be watching local bookstores and libraries, and hopefully, my children will get to meet the mastermind behind a story they love. They will get to tell that person thank you for a great book, maybe even get a picture to remember that amazing experience, and maybe it will make their love of books even greater. So someday when they think about why they love to read, they will remember that time they met their favorite author or illustrator.
If you are looking for a beautiful picture book, be sure sure to check out Clare Pernice's "Circus Girl." I know I've mentioned in this column before that I've wanted to climb inside certain books and live there. I would definitely add Clare Pernice's illustrations to that list. This book will definitely be one that I will be giving to several little ones.
sally.stra@gmail.com (Jessica Collins) Life Fri, 19 May 2017 12:23:00 -0400
Save the date! Wilton Street Fair planned for Saturday, July 15 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47037-save-the-date-wilton-street-fair-planned-for-saturday-july-1547037-save-the-date-wilton-street-fair-planned-for-saturday-july-15 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47037-save-the-date-wilton-street-fair-planned-for-saturday-july-1547037-save-the-date-wilton-street-fair-planned-for-saturday-july-15

Wilton Street Fair planned for Saturday, July 15

For it’s seventh year, downtown Wilton’s main street, Old Ridgefield Road is transformed into a colorful, exciting assembly of about 80 local and regional vendors plus many of Wilton’s retailers presenting once a year special sidewalk sales. Their is music, food, all kinds of fun activities and entertainment for everyone in the family including their dogs! Plus there are great deals on all kinds of great merchandise for sale all day, from 10am-4pm.

Mark your calendars and plan your summer trip around this fun community event!

Visit the Wilton Chamber website here for additional information.


kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Chamber) Events Fri, 19 May 2017 11:14:20 -0400
Colonial Family Fun at Mill Hill Historic Park on June 10 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47036-colonial-family-fun-149520666347036-colonial-family-fun-1495206663 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47036-colonial-family-fun-149520666347036-colonial-family-fun-1495206663

Step back in time to the Colonial days at Mill Hill Historic Park on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.  The Park is located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT.  Follow signs for parking. This free event, which celebrates the grand re-opening of the park as well as CT Open House Day 2017, has activities for families with children of all ages, which include:

Noon – 2:00pm: Lunch in the Park -  Chef Tony Delicias' Mexican Food Truck will be selling a wide variety of delicious fare.  Bring a picnic blanket, grab lunch from Chef Tony and enjoy sweeping views of the Norwalk River while you eat. Stop by the new interpretive signs so the family can learn about the history of Mill Hill.

Noon – 4:00pm: Life in Colonial Times- Step inside the year 1740 at the Governor Fitch Law Office. Hunt for history in the Law Office with the Colonial Scavenger Hunt.  

1:00pm – 3:00pm: Lessons in the One Room Schoolhouse- Experience school life in 1826! School Mistress Howel will lead lessons in penmanship with quill and ink, arithmetic, spelling and reading in the Little Red Schoolhouse. Lessons on the hour.

Spend the afternoon surrounded by history at Mill Hill Historic Park!

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

info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Fri, 19 May 2017 09:40:38 -0400
Upcoming Exhibit at WHS: The High School That Rocked! http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47008-upcoming-exhibit-at-whs-the-high-school-that-rocked-149486658847008-upcoming-exhibit-at-whs-the-high-school-that-rocked-1494866588 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47008-upcoming-exhibit-at-whs-the-high-school-that-rocked-149486658847008-upcoming-exhibit-at-whs-the-high-school-that-rocked-1494866588

Westport Historical Society presents its new exhibit: The High School That Rocked.

Theexhibit runs from June 16, 2017 until September 2, 2017. Opening reception is Friday, June 16, from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibit is built around the subject matter of the new documentary short (with the same title) that has already generated a fair amount of favorable media coverage.

The focus of the exhibit will be on capturing the story of how six legendary bands which were all later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Animals, Yardbirds, Rascals, Doors, Cream and Sly – all performed at Staples High from 1966-68, creating indelible memories for local students.  It is a unique slice of rock history that happened right here in Westport–and a moment in time that will probably never happen again.

The exhibit will display over 100 vintage visuals including replicas of the original concert posters, blow-ups of ticket stubs, clippings from the Staples student newspaper Inklings and the local Town Crier, and photos taken at the concerts and behind the scenes by high school and junior high students.

There will also be a clip from the documentary short, along with a vintage portable record player, records, and clock radio–so that WHS baby-boom visitors can not only relive but also hear some of those classic music memories or, in the case of younger visitors, discover how kids back then actually listened to new music.

Fred Cantor and Mary Gai, curators for this exhibit, hope to capture what was happening locally as accurately as possible–as reflected in local reporting and photos.

Finally, the exhibit will also contain visuals and information pertaining to Staples alumni from that era that made their mark in the world of music.

The ultimate goal is to create not just an exhibit but an atmosphere that will be both informative and pure fun!

Thank you to our sponsors to date:  Newman’s Own, Inc., Laurence S. Untermeyer, Arlene and Marty Yolles.

bpeck@westporthistory.org (Barbara Peck) Neighbors Fri, 19 May 2017 07:37:06 -0400