Wilton's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:22:26 -0400 HamletHub.com Weir Farm Artist to Publish Book on National Park for the Arts http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/47649-weir-farm-artist-to-publish-book-on-national-park-for-the-arts47649-weir-farm-artist-to-publish-book-on-national-park-for-the-arts http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/47649-weir-farm-artist-to-publish-book-on-national-park-for-the-arts47649-weir-farm-artist-to-publish-book-on-national-park-for-the-arts

The Weir Farm artist offers a fee eBook on www.xiomaro.comWeir's life, art and homestead will be the subject of a book by Xiomaro.Photo by Xiomaro.comArcadia will be publishing Xiomaro's book on Weir Farm National Historic Site

The first book about Weir Farm National Historic Site, Connecticut’s first national park unit and the only one dedicated to American painting, will be authored by Xiomaro, the park’s Visiting Artist, in a deal he signed with Arcadia Publishing.  About 150 of Xiomaro’s photographs will be accompanied with captions that, he explains, “tells the big story of a small park.”  The 60-acre site, nestled in Wilton and Ridgefield, is where J. Alden Weir (1852-1919), the father of American Impressionist painting, lived and created iconic works now seen at the Met, the Smithsonian and other world-class museums.
“Openings into the soul of the painter,” was how Xiomaro’s images were described in 2013 by Hildegard Cummings, an art expert who authored a book about Weir.  Since 2012, Xiomaro (pronounced “SEE-oh-MAH-ro”) has been creating fine art photographic collections of Weir’s house, studios, landscape and gardens under several commissions. 
The best of his photographs plus vintage snapshots will be featured in the book along with approximately 11,000 words of captions.  “It’s about the classic American story of transformation,” said Xiomaro, who – after overcoming cancer – also made a transition from being a music lawyer to an artist.  “Weir hated Impressionism, then championed it.  His property was threatened by development, then got preserved as a national park.  And the dramatic before-and-after renovations of the buildings will be seen in my images.” 
The book taps into a growing trend:  “heritage tourism” – travelers visiting historic house museums and gardens – ranks only third behind shopping, according to The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in Washington, DC.  The book will also cover the women of Weir, the buildings’ decorative treatments and architecture and “the landscape where one literally steps into a painting,” revealed the artist.
“The best thing is that the book will celebrate the park in time for the striking of the special Weir Farm quarter,” announced Xiomaro.  In 2020, the park will be depicted as part of the US Mint’s “America the Beautiful” series.  The Mint’s website says the series “captures the breathtaking beauty of America’s natural landscapes that have inspired countless poets, adventurers, and artists.  Today, these hallowed sites are… enshrined” through the quarters designed by the Mint.
The worldwide deal with Arcadia Publishing will release the book as part of the Images of Modern America series, which the company website describes as uncovering “amazing aspects of American history that are all too often overlooked by standard texts” and “filled with expertly penned content and stunning full-color images.”  Arcadia, based in Charleston, South Carolina, is the leading publisher of local and regional books in the United States with a library of more than 14,000 titles.
Xiomaro is an internationally-recognized artist, writer, speaker and curator whose photography has been covered by The New York TimesCBS Eyewitness NewsNews 12 and The Huffington Post.  His work has been widely exhibited at venues such as Harvard University, Fruitlands Museum, the State Capitol in Hartford and Congressman Jim Himes’ Bridgeport and Stamford offices.
A free photo e-book about Weir Farm is available at www.xiomaro.com while supplies last.  For information about visiting Weir Farm National Historic Site, go to www.nps.gov/wefa
calvn_trapani@mail.com (Myrna Petrocelli) Places Sun, 22 Oct 2017 16:48:55 -0400
Wilton Resident Anna Raimondi Shares Conversations with Mary at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Nov. 8 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47648-anna-raimondi-shares-conversations-with-mary-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-nov-847648-anna-raimondi-shares-conversations-with-mary-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-nov-8 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47648-anna-raimondi-shares-conversations-with-mary-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-nov-847648-anna-raimondi-shares-conversations-with-mary-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-nov-8

On the heals of her new book Conversations with Mary (10/17/17- Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster) spiritual counselor, medium, author, and Wilton resident, Anna Raimondi will take the Ridgefield Playhouse stage on November 8.

I had the pleasure of talking with Anna about her upcoming show and her powerful Conversations with Mary.

1. How exciting is it for you to be back doing a show at The Ridgefield Playhouse? 
The Playhouse is a great venue for so many reasons.  It’s home to me, it’s filled with such great energy and the people are terrific.  I can feel energy from everyone, no matter where they sit.  I am thrilled to be there for what will be my third time and look forward to helping all those who attend learn, heal and more importantly, open up their hearts.
2. CONGRATS on your new book! How did “Conversations with Mary” come about and how would you describe it?  
I saw and heard Mother Mary for the first time when I was a young child and she has continued to communicate with me my whole life.  A little over a year ago, she told me that she desired that I share her messages with the world.  She orchestrated how this would come to be. Shortly thereafter, “coincidentally” someone from Simon & Schuster came in for a reading and asked me to submit a proposal about a book about Mary!  I had a book deal within a few months without ever having a literary agent.  This is very uncommon. It was Mary opening the right doors and allowing me to get her voice out to the masses.
3. How far back does your faith go and what lead you to the spiritual career that you have had for so many years? 
I have been communicating with the other side my entire life.  My parents allowed me to develop my gift so that I could help others.  I am just the vehicle that Spirit uses to help people on their life journeys.
4. What would you say has been the most amazing spiritual experience that you have ever had? 
Communicating with Mary is pretty big! 
5. Tell me about your Ridgefield Playhouse performance on November 8  
It is going to be wonderful.  I will be sharing so tools for peace and love from “Conversations with Mary,” walking the audience through a beautiful meditation and of course, conducting a reading for those in the audience.  Also, Raissa Katonna Bennett, a Broadway singer, will be gracing us with her beautiful voice.  And each person who attends will received a signed copy of “Conversations with Mary.”  She is coming through for all people regardless of race, color or creed. Mary is here to help save the entire world.
Tickets are still available for Anna’s show at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or you can call the box office at ‭1 (203) 438-5795‬. Anna’s book “Conversations With Mary” is now available wherever books are sold!


Tarad@hamlethub.com (Alex Fischetti) Life Sat, 21 Oct 2017 15:49:46 -0400
Construction underway on latest leg of Norwalk River Valley Trail though the historic Pine Island Cemetery http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/47647-construction-underway-on-latest-leg-of-norwalk-river-valley-trail-though-the-historic-pine-island-cemetery47647-construction-underway-on-latest-leg-of-norwalk-river-valley-trail-though-the-historic-pine-island-cemetery http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/47647-construction-underway-on-latest-leg-of-norwalk-river-valley-trail-though-the-historic-pine-island-cemetery47647-construction-underway-on-latest-leg-of-norwalk-river-valley-trail-though-the-historic-pine-island-cemetery

With the support of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and the Historical Commission, construction is underway on the latest leg of Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT). This new section will connect Crescent Street, passing through the historic Pine Island Cemetery, to the Lockwood Mathews property. Once completed, this new section will result in a better-connected NRVT from the Maritime Aquarium to Union Park behind the Norwalk Library.

Resources Services of Bridgeport is constructing the trail through the Pine Island Cemetery and expects this new section of the NRVT will be completed by November 1.




kerry@ducey.org (Charlie Taney) Places Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:57:23 -0400
Why is HamletHub passionate about LIFEWTR? http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47645-why-is-hamlethub-passionate-about-lifewtr47645-why-is-hamlethub-passionate-about-lifewtr http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47645-why-is-hamlethub-passionate-about-lifewtr47645-why-is-hamlethub-passionate-about-lifewtr

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

Did you know that 51% of today’s visual artists are women, yet their work makes up less than 5% of permanent collections? LIFEWTR focuses on increasing the visibility of female artists—and celebrating their unique perspective.

Here at HamletHub, we are passionate about the mission of LIFEWTR and proud to support women in art.

Meet Adrienne, Trudy, and Lynnie, and quench your thirst for inspiration.

Learn more about LIFEWTR here.

LIFEWTR #ArtByAWoman Lynnie

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:06:00 -0400
Suites on Grove celebrates Grand Opening with community business leaders and government officials http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/47644-suites-on-grove-celebrates-grand-opening-with-community-business-leaders-and-government-officials47644-suites-on-grove-celebrates-grand-opening-with-community-business-leaders-and-government-officials http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/47644-suites-on-grove-celebrates-grand-opening-with-community-business-leaders-and-government-officials47644-suites-on-grove-celebrates-grand-opening-with-community-business-leaders-and-government-officials

Last night, community business leaders, government officials, friends, and family gathered at 38C Grove Street to celebrate the Grand Opening of Suites on Grove, the thirteen brand new, all inclusive, executive offices located in the heart of the Ridgefield business district.

Attendees had an opportunity to meet the owners of Suites on Grove, David, Mitchell, and Matt Kaplan, as well as the project architects, Jeff Mose and Christine Carrie, and Frank Cobelli of Tackora Construction.

Catered by The Sand Wedge, the event included tours of the contemporary Suites, conference room, networking lounge, and coffee bar.

Suites on Grove offers an annual license for just $700 to $1,350 monthly.

Many of the fully-furnished Suites have already been taken!

To learn more about Suites on Grove, visit their Facebook Page here.

To schedule a tour of the property, please contact Bob Cascella via phone 203-731-7492 or email SuitesonGrove@mail.com.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:40:05 -0400
Reminder From Wilton Police: Don't Leave Children Alone In A Car! http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/47643-reminder-from-wilton-police-don-t-leave-children-alone-in-a-car47643-reminder-from-wilton-police-don-t-leave-children-alone-in-a-car http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/47643-reminder-from-wilton-police-don-t-leave-children-alone-in-a-car47643-reminder-from-wilton-police-don-t-leave-children-alone-in-a-car

Wilton Police remind residents that although fall has arrived and the weather is cooler, leaving a child under the age of 12 unsupervised in a motor vehicle could be a violation of criminal statutes.

"If you love 'em, don't leave 'em".

"If you witness such an incident in the Town of Wilton please do not hesitate to contact us at (203) 834-6260 or by dialing 911," Police say.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Public safety Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:27:41 -0400
Stories of Wilton's Yesterdays on Sunday at Wilton Library http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47642-stories-of-wilton-s-yesterdays-on-sunday-at-wilton-library47642-stories-of-wilton-s-yesterdays-on-sunday-at-wilton-library http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47642-stories-of-wilton-s-yesterdays-on-sunday-at-wilton-library47642-stories-of-wilton-s-yesterdays-on-sunday-at-wilton-library

Recollections & Rememberances: Stories of Wilton’s Yesterdays on Sunday, October 22 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm at Wilton Library.

Please join us for a trip down memory lane as we screen the 2002 documentary film about Wilton’s history produced 15 years ago on the 200th anniversary of the town’s separation from Norwalk in 1802. When Wilton was a farm town with one-room schools, unpaved roads, swimming in the river, and the Great Flood of 1955. A number of long-time residents, some with family histories going back to the 17th and 18th centuries, were interviewed in a significant oral history project. These recordings were then excerpted and combined with historical photographs and footage to create this wonderful film. Narrated by David and Maureen Canary with music by Chris and Dave Brubeck, the film follows Wilton’s path from its early roots through two world wars, the Depression, a major hurricane and a flood, and into the post-WW2 period of growth. We’ll see how Wiltonians worked, played and thrived in a rural farming town that became a major suburban community. The screening will be hosted by Bob and Carol Russell and will include recognition of some of the still living oral history participants from the 2002 project as well as remembrances of those no longer with us.

Event will be held at the Wilton Library. No charge. 

Registration recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

To register online: www.libraryinsight.com/eventSignUpW

kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Historical Society) Events Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:06:53 -0400
AquaScarium Halloween Prowl kicks off this weekend at the Maritime! http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/47641-aquascarium-halloween-prowl-kicks-off-this-weekend-at-the-maritime47641-aquascarium-halloween-prowl-kicks-off-this-weekend-at-the-maritime http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/47641-aquascarium-halloween-prowl-kicks-off-this-weekend-at-the-maritime47641-aquascarium-halloween-prowl-kicks-off-this-weekend-at-the-maritime

AquaScarium Begins This Weekend, Oct. 21-22 & 28-29 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
There's no trick about this treat as the Aquarium transforms into the AquaScarium, with an admission discount for kids in costume, face painting, special activities and lots of safe (non-scary) family fun.

Admission: FREE admission for children in costume when accompanied by a paying adult.

Children (ages 3-12) who come to the Aquarium in costume will receive FREE admission (a $15.95 value) with each paying adult. (The offer requires one paying adult per each free costumed child.

Activities Include:

  • Seven special activity stations where kids can earn stamps on AquaScarium cards. Activites 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
kerry@ducey.org (The Maritime Aquarium ) Places Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:16:09 -0400
11th Annual CancerCare Fairfield Walk/Run for Hope Draws Families, Friends and Supporters http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/47639-cancercare-1508430634-150843063447639-cancercare-1508430634-1508430634 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/47639-cancercare-1508430634-150843063447639-cancercare-1508430634-1508430634

Over 300 friends and supporters joined together for the 11th Annual CancerCare Fairfield Walk/Run for Hope at Jennings Beach in Fairfield, Conn. on Sunday, October 15, 2017. The event raised awareness and funds for CancerCare’s vital and free programs and services for those affected by cancer.

The men’s 5K winner, Mac Ballentine of Norwalk, finished with a time of 20:23.7 and Rebecca Blanchard of Stamford was the first female to cross the finish line with a time of 20:26.9.  The top five fundraising teams were Team Smirnoff, Little Pub, I Hope You Dance, Team EY (Ernst & Young) and Kuhl & The Gang.

At the opening ceremonies, Pablo Parizot, 17, of Rowayton shared his experiences for the past two years at CancerCare’s Healing Hearts Bereavement Camp at Malibu Ranch where he met people his own age who were going through the exact same struggles dealing with the loss of a parent. “Having someone who not only listens, but completely understands what you’re saying is invaluable,” said Parizot, who is grateful to CancerCare for fostering new friendships with people who have made a positive influence on his life.

CancerCare thanks the Fairfield community, the many volunteers as well as the sponsors and community partners: Finn Partners, Little Pub, Teva Oncology, Whole Foods Market Fairfield, Genentech, Tallman Segerson, The Walking Company, K-Deer, Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media, AMR, DoubleTree by Hilton Norwalk, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Poland Spring, soundRUNNER, Source Coffeehouse and Venture Photography.

About CancerCare®

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts. Headquartered in New York, NY, CancerCare maintains three additional locations in Norwalk, CT, Ridgewood, NJ and Syosset, NY.

To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673). 

glmorque@aol.com (CancerCare) Charities Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:37:03 -0400
St. Stephen’s in Ridgefield to Hold Evensong This Sunday http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47636-st-stephen-s-to-hold-evensong-this-sunday-150834599647636-st-stephen-s-to-hold-evensong-this-sunday-1508345996 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47636-st-stephen-s-to-hold-evensong-this-sunday-150834599647636-st-stephen-s-to-hold-evensong-this-sunday-1508345996

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church will present a Choral Evensong at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 22.   The church is located at 351 Main Street in Ridgefield.

“A choral evensong is the centuries-old and uniquely Anglican tradition of a sung evening service,” said Scott Toperzer, minister of music at St. Stephen’s. “All are welcome to join us for a meditative hour filled with wonderful music and readings.”

The featured canticles, or songs, will be “Magnificat” (Song of Mary) and “Nunc Dimittis” (Song of Simeon) from the Evening Service in E Major by British composer Herbert Murrill (1905-1952), and the responses will be by American composer Richard Webster (b. 1952), director of music and organist at Trinity Church Boston. The choir will perform the anthem Blessed City, Heavenly Salem, by British composter Sir Edward Bairstow (1874-1946). This anthem (in which Salem stands for Jerusalem) is marked by the majestic use of the organ, played by St. Stephen’s organist Arno Steinig

There is no charge for admission, although donations will be accepted.  All are invited to a wine and cheese reception in the church's South Hall following the service.

Berry2079@comcast.net (LindaBerry) Neighbors Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:35:04 -0400
Meet Jumper! He is playful, handsome, affectionate and up for adoption in Wilton http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47638-meet-jumper-he-is-playful-handsome-affectionate-and-up-for-adoption-in-wilton47638-meet-jumper-he-is-playful-handsome-affectionate-and-up-for-adoption-in-wilton http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47638-meet-jumper-he-is-playful-handsome-affectionate-and-up-for-adoption-in-wilton47638-meet-jumper-he-is-playful-handsome-affectionate-and-up-for-adoption-in-wilton

Animals in Distress says, "TAKE ME HOME and I will love you ALWAYS!"

The cute kitty you see here is Jumper. He has been waiting patiently for over a year for his forever home. Why? Animals in Distress says, "We don't know...he is handsome, friendly, affectionate and active!"

Let's get this boy adopted! He deserves a forever loving home! Please spread the word about our boy Jumper!

According to Animals in Distress, when Jumper's human momma passed away he became homeless. So Jumper joined the Animals in Distress family. He is around 7/8 yrs old, full of life and looking for a new family to call his own. He is a playful, active guy who will make a great addition to some lucky family! He also lives up to his name as he can be seen making GIANT JUMPS from cat condo to cat condo.

Fill out the online application:http://animals-in-distress.com/pre-adoption-application email kittiesforkeeps@gmail.com to make an appointment or stop by any Saturday from 1-4 pm for open house at Animals in Distress, 238 Danbury Road in Wilton.


kerry@ducey.org (Sarah) Neighbors Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:58:11 -0400
BYOP! (Bring Your Own Pumpkin!) Carve and Decorate a Grinning Halloween Pumpkin in Wilton on Saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47635-byop-bring-your-own-pumpkin-carve-and-decorate-a-grinning-halloween-pumpkin-in-wilton-on-saturday47635-byop-bring-your-own-pumpkin-carve-and-decorate-a-grinning-halloween-pumpkin-in-wilton-on-saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47635-byop-bring-your-own-pumpkin-carve-and-decorate-a-grinning-halloween-pumpkin-in-wilton-on-saturday47635-byop-bring-your-own-pumpkin-carve-and-decorate-a-grinning-halloween-pumpkin-in-wilton-on-saturday

Avoid the mess at home! Wilton Historical Society invites you to the “BYOP” (Bring Your Own Pumpkin!) event on Saturday, October 21 from 11:00am - 12:30pm.

Join Kiwanis volunteers and Museum Educator Lola Chen in the 1860 Abbott Barn at the Wilton Historical Society for a fun Halloween pumpkin carving and decorating session for children and their adults. Pumpkins available for purchase on-site from the Kiwanis Club or participants can bring their own pumpkin. The Wilton Historical Society will supply carving tools, craft materials, cider and cookies!

Suggested for ages 8 and up. Not a drop off program. $5.00 for members, $10 non-members.

Please register by email info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.


kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Historical Society) Events Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:56:04 -0400
Lauralton Hall Entrance Exam for 8th Graders on Saturday, October 21 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47634-lauralton-hall-entrance-exam-for-8th-graders-on-saturday-october-2147634-lauralton-hall-entrance-exam-for-8th-graders-on-saturday-october-21 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47634-lauralton-hall-entrance-exam-for-8th-graders-on-saturday-october-2147634-lauralton-hall-entrance-exam-for-8th-graders-on-saturday-october-21

Attention 8th graders! Are you looking for a college preparatory school unlike any other in the area?  At Lauralton Hall, you can:

  • Take an archeology class centered on a real dig on the school’s historic grounds;
  • Be part of the only all-girls engineering team to win the Sikorksy STEM Challenge (unlike other schools, here you will take physics first as the foundation for all of your high school science courses);
  • Take a writing workshop with a famous poet;
  • Participate in seminars ranging from a 3D printing workshop to the science behind personal care products;

  • Get personalized guidance and college planning beginning your freshman year; 

  • Experience the culture of the Mercy tradition focused on compassionate service to others;

  • And so much more! 
Students seeking 9th grade admission to Lauralton Hall can register to take the Entrance Exam this Saturday, October 21. The exam begins at 8:00 a.m.

Register for the exam by completing the Online Application.

Questions about the application process should be directed to admission@lauraltonhall.org. You can also call 203.877.2786, extension 125.

Visit Lauralton Hall online here.

Located on 30 beautiful acres just a short walk from the Metro North train station in Milford, Lauralton Hall was founded  by the Sisters of Mercy in 1905.  The School’s mission:  Inspired by the Mercy Tradition, Lauralton Hall empowers young women to pursue their highest potential through lifelong learning, compassionate service, an responsible leadership in a  global society.  

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:02:00 -0400
Wilton Library welcomes jazz great Paquito D’Rivera Oct. 28 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47633-wilton-library-welcomes-jazz-great-paquito-d-rivera-oct-2847633-wilton-library-welcomes-jazz-great-paquito-d-rivera-oct-28 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47633-wilton-library-welcomes-jazz-great-paquito-d-rivera-oct-2847633-wilton-library-welcomes-jazz-great-paquito-d-rivera-oct-28

Wilton Library is pleased to welcome musical powerhouse Paquito D’Rivera to its stage for a Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Winner of fourteen GRAMMY Awards in both jazz and classical categories, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer and performer.

Born in Havana, D’Rivera performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra and by age 17 was a featured clarinet and saxophone soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. He was a founding member of the innovative GRAMMY-winning musical ensemble Irakere and the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz.

D’Rivera’s numerous recordings, including more than 30 solo albums, reveal his widespread and eclectic musical interests ranging from Afro-Cuban rhythms and melodies, including influences encountered in his many travels, and back to his classical origins.

His many awards include the NEA Jazz Masters Award, the National Medal of the Arts, the Living Jazz Legend Award from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carnegie Hall for his contribution to Latin music.

Elaine Tai-Lauria, executive director of Wilton Library, remarked, “This was such serendipitous timing while discussing the Hot & Cool concerts with Chris and Tish Brubeck. It all came into place and we are thrilled to welcome this extraordinary talent, especially as the performance complements our Wilton Reads selection this fall as we delve Carlos Eire’s Waiting for Snow in Havana and our Cuban programming.”

The National Endowment for the Arts website affirms that Paquito ‘has become the consummate multinational ambassador, creating and promoting a cross-culture of music that moves effortlessly among jazz, Latin, and Mozart.’

He also is the author of three books – My Sax Life, Letters to Yeyito, and a novel, Oh, La Habana. The first two have been translated into English and will be available for purchase and signing after the concert.

Saturday night’s performance with The Paquito D’Rivera Ensemble includes Cesar Orozco on piano, Zach Brown on contrabass, and Arturo Stable on percussion, in addition to D’Rivera performing on clarinet and saxophone.

An informal reception follows the concert where D’Rivera’s CDs and books will be available for purchase. The suggested donation for the concert is $10. The Hot & Cool concert series is funded by William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris and Tish Brubeck. Advance registration is strongly recommended. Pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20 p.m. if space is available. For information, registration and directions, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center.


kerry@ducey.org (Janet Crystal) Events Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:27:49 -0400
Dinner Plans? Yes! It's Restaurant Week in Wilton! http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47632-dinner-plans-yes-it-s-restaurant-week-in-wilton47632-dinner-plans-yes-it-s-restaurant-week-in-wilton http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47632-dinner-plans-yes-it-s-restaurant-week-in-wilton47632-dinner-plans-yes-it-s-restaurant-week-in-wilton

Hmmm...what to make for dinner...NOTHING! It's Restaurant Week, what a great excuse to make reservations instead of dinner! Get out and enjoy Wilton's great eateries! 

Wilton Restaurant Week runs through Sunday, October 22.

Visit Wilton Chamber on Facebook for Restaurant Week updates.

kerry@ducey.org (Sarah ) Life Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:57:41 -0400