Bridgeport's HamletHub Wed, 07 Jun 2023 18:00:33 -0400 Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County to honor Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward on June 21 at Norwalk Shore and Country Club

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County will honor Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward with a special President’s Award in recognition of their significant impact on arts, culture, children’s education and illness, and environmental preservation in Fairfield County.
The Daniel E. Offutt III Arts and Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards celebrate individuals, organizations, and businesses that have made significant contributions to the Fairfield County community through arts and culture. In its seventh year, the ACE Awards will, this year, highlight the significant role that artists and arts and cultural institutions play in connecting communities across government, businesses, nonprofit agencies, educational institutions and municipalities.
The ACE Awards Breakfast will take place on June 21st, 7:30AM at Norwalk Shore and Country Club. Over 200 arts and culture leaders, legislators, artists, and others are expected to be in attendance, including Clea Newman who will accept the President's Award on behalf of Newman and Woodward.

Over the years, Newman and Woodward have actively supported many organizations, including The Westport Public Library, the Westport Historical Society, and the Westport Country Playhouse. Joanne also served as artistic director of the Playhouse from 2001-2005 and directed and acted in many Playhouse productions. Paul famously starred in a revival of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” at the Playhouse in 2002, directed by James Naughton, which quickly transferred to Broadway. They also dedicated themselves to land preservation around CT, including working to save Troutbrook Valley (now The Newman-Poses Preserve).

Paul’s entrepreneurial successes included founding, with AE Hotchner, the well-known food company, Newman’s Own and Newman’s Own Foundation. Since 1982, Newman’s Own Foundation has given more than $600 million to worthy causes. Paul’s interest in helping children with serious illnesses lead to the establishment of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT, in 1988, providing opportunities for children to experience the transformational spirit of camp. That sparked a movement through which Paul and others would open similar camps around the world, and today, the SeriousFun Children’s Network consists of 30 camps and programs that has served 1.7 million children living with more than 130 serious and rare medical conditions, totally free of charge.

Paul and Joanne’s daughter Clea Newman Soderlund proudly serves as the Ambassador for SeriousFun, and the family continues to support many social and environmental causes, as well as their parents’ philanthropic legacy. 
In addition to the President's Award, there are five more awards that celebrate the quality and diversity of arts and culture across Coastal Fairfield County. They are presented in five categories: Artist, Citizen, Corporate, Educator, and Nonprofit. The following arts and cultural leaders will be honored at the breakfast:

Artist Award: Cris Dam, Bridgeport
Citizen Award: Vic Mulaire, Bridgeport
Corporate Award: David Genovese, Darien
Educator Award: Jenny Nelson, Westport
Nonprofit: Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield
All awardees of the Seventh Annual Daniel E. Offutt III Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards have made a significant impact in their communities as connectors and bridge-builders across government, businesses, nonprofit agencies, educational institutions and municipalities.
David Green, Executive Director of Cultural Alliance explains, “We see the arts and culture as a key mechanism in bringing vitality to our municipalities. These ACE awardees are illustrative of how the arts intersect with and serve as a social bridge across all of the other community stakeholders in Fairfield County."
James Naughton, an award-winning actor, singer, director, and enthusiastic supporter of arts and culture, will emcee the Awards Breakfast on June 21st at Norwalk Shore and Country Club. He has had a successful career on Broadway with leading roles in shows such as City of Angels and Chicago. A long-time member of the Cultural Alliance Artistic Advisory Council, James has championed arts and culture on a local, regional, and national level.
Michelle Lapine McCabe, Executive Director, Connecticut Main Street Center, will offer a keynote address that focuses on her own role in bringing communities together to invigorate and sustain our downtowns.
In addition to Michelle, speakers will include Elizabeth Shapiro, Director of CT Arts, Preservation and Museums (DECD) and Jason Mancini, Executive Director, Connecticut Humanities. 
Tickets for the Awards Breakfast, which also serves as a fundraiser for the Cultural Alliance, may be purchased at
Donations may be made at
We thank the major sponsors of this event to date:

Spinnaker Real Estate Partners
Fairfield County Bank
Lundberg Family Foundation
Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC
Cindy Raney & Team
Cohen and Wolf
Facade Interactive
Hobbs, Inc.
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]]> (Lorie Lewis) Neighbors Fri, 02 Jun 2023 07:38:19 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend of Art and Culture in Fairfield County June 3-5

FC Buzz Weekend June 3 - June 5

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free eBuzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website.


ACT of Connecticut, Ridgefield 

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Learn more here.

‘Art In The Windows’ 

Downtown New Canaan Storefront Exhibition, New Canaan

Friday, June 2, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Come down for an Art Stroll beginning at the corner of Elm Street & South Avenue. Organized by the Carriage Barn Arts Center and the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, this exhibition is an opportunity for artists and local businesses in the community to celebrate New Canaan’s vibrant business district and the arts. The Art Stroll will also include an opening reception at the Handwright Gallery for an exhibit by Cultural Alliance member Sally Frank, "Impressions,” that includes her recent photopolymer etchings and woodcuts. On view through June 24th.

“ASSASSINS” The Musical by Stephen Sondheim

Curtain Call Inc, Stamford

Fri, June 2 and Sat, June 3, 8:00 pm & Sun, June 4, 2:00 pm

It takes a musical genius like Stamford’s former resident, Stephen Sondheim, to weave presidential assassins - and would-be assassins - into a musical. Our nation's most notorious assassins gather on stage to violently pursue a twisted American Dream. This multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force” combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligent lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture. Perhaps the most controversial musical ever written - and not for audiences under the age of 16. Running weekends through June 17th.


Ridgefield Theater Barn

Fri, June 2 and Sat, June 3,  8:00 pm

It's opening night for this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning contemporary rock musical, with book & lyrics by Brian Yorkey & music by Tom Kitt. Directed by Matt Austin & Jessica Chesbro, with musical direction by Sarah Fay, the story centers on a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness has on her family. Running Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm through June 24th. 

Invitational Art Show Preview Party

New Pond Farm Education Center, Redding

Friday, June 2, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Mingle with artists and art lovers while enjoying a signature cocktail, local wine, brews, and festive bites at a biennial exhibit showcasing artwork by some of the region’s finest artists. Including a silent auction, art demonstrations, and activities for children and adults -  all celebrating the timeless themes of nature and agrarian life inspired by the farm property. Exhibit on view through June 11th 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Brown Eyed Woman

StageOne at FTC, Fairfield

Friday, June 2, 7:45 - 10:00 pm

Calling all Dead Heads! It’s the world's only all female Grateful Dead tribute ensemble, featuring musicians from popular bands around the country. Celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead with a unique spin and high-caliber musicianship. This band is decidedly different in a field brimming with tribute acts, bringing authentic jams and a soulful new approach to the familiar Grateful Dead catalog.

The No Apologies Comedy Show

The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Friday, June 2, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

It’s raw comedy, well done! Three comedians - Tom Cotter, Tammy Pescatelli, and Jim Florentine -  tell it like it is, hold nothing back, take no prisoners, and make no apologies! Combined, they have national comedy credentials that include performances on: America’s Got Talent, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, CONAN, and The Late Late Show to name a few.

“The Secret Garden” with Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet

Wall Street Theater, Norwalk

Saturday, June 3, 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm

Not one, but two opportunities to see a beautiful original production of a ballet directed by Adam Holms. The Ballet will travel from the wonders of India to the magic of a forgotten English garden. With a cast of nearly 100 local dancers, you will witness first hand why NMYB is Fairfield County’s Premier Ballet Theatre School.

Art Show

The Knowlton, Bridgeport

Saturday, June 3, 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Come to an evening of artistic brilliance presented by Knowlton creatives... including big oils from painter and muralist Brad Noble, artists Ricky Mestre, Mike Reinwald, Herm Freeman, Nicole Koester, Cynthia Lucero, photographers Emily Swift, Zaibel Torres and Alexandra Tremaine. Complimentary snacks, wine and soda for those who come by. Whether you're an art enthusiast, a collector, or simply seeking inspiration, celebrate the power of artistic expression and enjoy a night of visual splendors. 

Sinfonietta Cracovia

Glass House, New Canaan

Saturday, June 3, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Don’t miss one of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras, with its flagship project combining the film and concert music of two great composers—Philip Glass and Wojciech Kilar—as part of an international tour.  Kilar is known for composing for many masterpieces of Polish cinema, and best known abroad for his scores for The Portrait of a Lady and Coppola’s Dracula. Philip Glass has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his music for Kundun, The Hours, and Notes on a Scandal and won a Golden Globe for music for The Truman Show.

Doors of Darien

The Museum of Darien

Saturday, June 3, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Enjoy catering by Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events and music by Butch Taylor and Scott Lebish while supporting an annual Spring fundraiser that celebrates the Darien’s history. It’s a party fundraiser that will showcase paintings of Darien doors by artist Kate Muir, as well as local artists. 

Kristina Kuzmic: Hope & Humor Tour

Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield

Saturday, June 3, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Do not miss this viral sensation who entertains her worldwide audience with humor, encouragement, and hope. Her hilarious insights on life will have you rolling in laughter, and her vulnerability in sharing the hardest parts of her story might just empower you to face whatever chaos life throws your way.

The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

Westport Country Playhouse, Westport

Sunday, June 4, 1:00 and 4:00 pm

Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in a new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic. Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! Produced by TheaterWorksUSA, performances are approximately one-hour, and appropriate for grades K-5. It’s the story of a class that gets lost on the way to the planetarium. 

Ridgefield Public School Art Show

The Meetinghouse, Ridgefield

Sunday, June 4, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 

Support the students and teachers in the Ridgefield Public School Art Program by attending this special Student Reception. 

“Aretha: A Tribute.”

Shelton High School

Sunday, June 4, 3:00 pm 

Enjoy iconic hits from the ‘Queen of Soul’ such as “Respect,” “Natural Woman,” and “Chain of Fools,” plus hits by James Brown, Stevie Wonder and additional artists from the style & era. This is a production of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, featuring Principal Pops Conductor, Chelsea Tipton II, Broadway sensation Capathia Jenkins, and 3-time Grammy nominee Ryan Shaw, as guest vocalists.

Connecticut’s Own: Music for Spring with Oboe and Piano

Wilton Library 

Sunday, June 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wilton residents Ralph Kirmser (oboe) and Kyong Hee Cho (piano) will perform Romances for Oboe and Piano by Robert and Clara Schumann as well as solo piano works by Franz Schubert and Frederick Chopin. 

Western CT Youth Orchestra Season Finale Concert

The Visual & Performing Arts Center, Danbury

Sunday, June 4, 4:00 - 6:00 pm,

Head to The Visual & Performing Arts Center at WCSU Westside Campus for the Western CT Youth Orchestra Season Finale Concert. Music will include a variety of works from William Grant Still to Edvard Greig and Johannes Brahms.

Chazz Palminteri’s “A Bronx Tale”

Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield

Sunday, June 4, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Back by overwhelming demand, Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse stage with "A Bronx Tale” in his only Connecticut performance! This is the show that started it all! Before it became a hit Broadway show, Chazz Palminteri performed the one man show of the book and film, A Bronx Tale -- about his true life story of growing up in the Bronx -- on the stage of The Ridgefield Playhouse. Now, after winning multiple awards and performing the show more than 900 times on stages around the world, Palminteri is back with the original one man show.

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

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University of Bridgeport Awarded Grants to Build Seaside GatewayTrail in Seaside Park

"Park Within a Park" to include walkway, outdoor classroom, environmental protection

BRIDGEPORT, CT (05/31/2023) University of Bridgeport (UB) is excited to move forward with construction of the Seaside Gateway Trail, a "park within a park," that will connect the greater Bridgeport community to the beautiful Seaside Park in the South End of Bridgeport. The project design includes an accessible walking trail along the area of Seaside Park that abuts UB's campus, as well as new native tree canopies, a meadow, and a proposed outdoor gateway classroom. The trail will connect the Perry Memorial Arch on Waldemere Avenue with two new entries located at Marina Park Circle and Howe Avenue near the Concession Pavilion.

The Seaside Gateway Trail project has been in the works for more than five years, with the University of Bridgeport joining the fundraising efforts in 2020 to help make the project a reality. UB students, faculty, and staff have been involved with many of the design and fundraising efforts, with Melanie Strout, UB's Director of Civic Engagement, leading the UB efforts.

"While UB started out as a stakeholder providing feedback during focus group meetings, it became clear that University of Bridgeport could play a larger role in the project's implementation," Strout explained. "This project has provided engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and staff that leverage a variety of skills and talents in our own backyard to improve the greater South End community. For example, UB's own Accounting Society provided valuable support with managing the grant finances, which enabled us to keep the project moving forward without delay."

Strout continued, "Now and in the future, this project will involve the UB community, the South End neighborhood, and many community partners. University of Bridgeport is honored to be a community partner in a project that means so much to so many groups of people."

In addition to connecting Seaside Park to the Bridgeport community, the collaborative effort aims to protect the park and the nearby South End neighborhood by planting resilient coastal landscaping, including native salt- and wind-tolerant trees and plants that will act as a natural defense against severe storm events. An underground drip irrigation system with a solar-powered backflow preventor will support the landscape during its initial establishment and any future droughts. The Seaside Gateway Trail will also serve to expand educational programming and environmental literacy while providing safe, accessible walking paths so people of all ages can enjoy the park and waterfront.

The Seaside Gateway Trail project has been made possible by the generosity of local and regional community and business partners who support the Seaside Gateway Trail mission of providing equitable access to nature to the Bridgeport community. In May 2022, the Fairfield Garden Club and Women's Seamen's Friend Society of CT purchased and planted 17 new storm-resistant, native trees with $15,000 and $10,000 grants, respectively. A team of volunteers, including a professor and students from UB, Bridgeport residents, and Aspetuck Land Trust volunteers, delivered water by hose to the trees during the severe drought in the spring and summer 2022.

In September 2022, the project was awarded a large grant of $100,000 from the Community Environmental Benefit Fund (CEBF) in a competitive year-long request for proposal process. University of Bridgeport served a key role in the CEBF award by acting as fiduciary, with two UB volunteers leading the team. This CEBF grant funded most of the Phase I "green infrastructure," which included installation of trails, an underground drip irrigation system, and two new concrete entries. An additional $10,000 grant from the Stephen J. and Madelyn M. Santa Environmental Fund, along with a third, $10,000 in-kind contribution of the stone matrix trail material donated by O&G Industries, Inc. in celebration of their 100th anniversary, helped bring Phase I to realization.

Land Canvas, a CT landscape architecture firm, was hired to complete construction drawings, and Becker Companies, LLC, a construction contractor, was brought on to build the pathways and install the irrigation system. The City of Bridgeport Parks Commission and City Engineer's Office approved the design for construction in March 2023 with completion expected at the end of April 2023.

"The new footpaths and tree canopy of the Seaside Gateway Trail create a welcoming doorway to Bridgeport's spectacular waterfront," says Beth Santa, Seaside Gateway Trail Team Leader. "The new pathway design feels like it was created 150 years ago and gives new purpose to the layout of the trees, young and old. It continues Frederick Law Olmsted's landscape design philosophy that embraced the healing power of nature that is created by plants, shade, fresh air, and vista. In honor of the 200th anniversary of Olmsted's birth, we and our contributors are thrilled to renew the original 1867 Olmsted plan's intent of accessibility to beauty and the outdoors for all the people of Bridgeport, The Park City."

Upon completion of major construction in April 2023, Phase II would see the final finishing elements of the Seaside Gateway Trail, including installation of bollards and benches for safety and comfort, and the installation of native grass and ground cover plantings to soften the landscape edges and prevent erosion. Completion of this phase will rely upon additional private funding and additional grants.

A future concept includes an outdoor "Gateway Classroom" and gathering space within the Seaside Gateway Trail. Considered part of Phase III, this landscape element would allow community members, residents, and students to gather and engage in both educational programming and cultural events, among other learning opportunities. The outdoor Gateway Classroom is designed for both formal and informal use by all members of the community and will also rely upon future funding.

Jim Casey, Chair of University of Bridgeport's Natural Sciences Department, is looking forward to growing his students' relationship with the natural environment by utilizing the Seaside Gateway Trail. "Witnessing the progress of The Seaside Gateway Trail has been very exciting for the faculty and students here at UB. In addition to bolstering plant and pollinator biodiversity and further beautifying the already wonderful Seaside Park, the area will provide an outdoor classroom where students might meet for field-based science lectures and labs. The trail will foster a sense of place and encourage students to get outdoors and take pride in our beautiful setting here."

Another important goal of the Seaside Gateway Trail is to provide equitable access to nature.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the need for outdoor spaces to support mental and emotional well-being, and physical health," Strout said. "The addition of these accessible pedestrian walking paths in the park will enhance the natural beauty that the public already enjoys."

The Seaside Gateway Trail will be a welcome addition to many in the South End of Bridgeport, bringing together an already-thriving community with more accessible links to education, the arts, nature, and well-being.

Danielle Wilken, President of University of Bridgeport, expressed a particular interest in seeing this project succeed, saying, "Seaside Park is a special place for UB students and faculty - it's our campus 'backyard.'" She continued, "The Gateway Trail project is close to my heart both because of its physical location, and as a demonstration of UB's ongoing commitment to engaging the community as a partner and steward. UB is always looking for ways to strengthen our amazing Bridgeport community; the benefits the Gateway Trail will provide to the community aesthetically, environmentally, educationally, and for the general public, makes it an invaluable addition to Seaside Park."

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]]> (Peter Decoteau) Places Wed, 31 May 2023 07:50:51 -0400
CT's Beardsley Zoo Celebrates Opening of Andean Bear Habitat

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo held a ribbon cutting and grand opening event for a spacious new habitat for Andean bears on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m.

The new habitat welcomes back a species that was last part of the Zoo’s animal family in 2011. This large and beautiful habitat for the arboreal (tree-climbing) bears features two large guest viewing areas. Inside the habitat are trees, two rock caves, a swimming pond and a hammock.  

Native to the Andes and outlying mountain ranges, the bears’ conservation status is listed as vulnerable, with a decreasing population in the wild. They are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) program. 

Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at

]]> (Lisa Clair) Places Mon, 22 May 2023 10:50:38 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Bridgeport: Hairnique

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Hairnique!

Four questions with Nicole Rogers, founder of Hairnique.

Why did you start your business?

I wanted to start an empire I can share with my daughter. Certified in wig making for four years, I started my hair company to provide the best quality products all over the world at a competitive price point.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our bundles and wigs are the best quality. Based on the idea of empowerment and the importance of family, I built a successful business that I can one day pass on to my family.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

I have worked and collaborated with tons of businesses including La Zila Manufacturing Co., and Dream Suite Collective, to name a few!

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

Yes. Rebranding and reimagining your brand is a must. You have to keep up with the trends and what’s in.

Hairnique is located at 174 Newfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Visit Hairnique online here, and make sure to check out their FacebookInstagram, and Twitter pages as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

]]> (Dan) Places Mon, 22 May 2023 04:54:24 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend Lineup of Arts and Culture in Fairfield County May 19-21

FC Buzz Weekend May 19-May 21

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free eBuzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website.

The Secret Garden

ACT of CT, Ridgefield

Friday - Sunday, May 19-21, 7:00 pm

Don’t miss this enchanting Tony Award-winning musical with one of the most glorious scores ever to hit Broadway. It’s a family friendly production telling the story of eleven-year-old orphaned Mary Lennox, and her return to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald and his son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons Mary with haunting melodies and the spirits from her past who guide her through her new life. Running through June 11th.

“Oh What A Night: A Century of Evening Wear"

New Canaan Museum & Historical Society

Friday, May 19, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrating the glamor and glitter of a hundred years of evening dress with breath-taking selections from the Museum’s clothing and textile collection. Gowns, along with a selection of coats, shoes, hats, accessories, and men’s wear will all be on display in The Susan Bishop Gallery. Highlights include a beautifully conserved green velvet House of Worth gown c. 1880, a turquoise silk 1964 Balenciaga dress and matching coat, and even a silk and velvet dress worn to the inauguration ball of President U.S. Grant in 1869! On view through Sept 30th.

“Quiet! Three Ladies Laughing”

Powerhouse Theatre in Waveny Park, New Canaan

Saturday, May 20, 8:00 pm and Sunday, May 21, 2:00 pm

Presenting a spectacle by Robert Hawkins, a staged concert reading with top local actors. The play is a bitter-sweet, semi-biographical story with humor, pathos, and sentiment that takes place in the hot summer of 1942, in a small Alabama town. 

Music at MoCA: Tribute to Joni Mitchell, by Michelle Pauker

MoCA Westport

Saturday, May 20, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Michelle Pauker brings Joni Mitchell’s music to MoCA in an intimate one-night concert, performing hits such as “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Both Sides Now,” and “A Case of You.” Arrive as early as 6:15 pm to explore the current exhibition and to purchase delicious food and drinks. 

Mozart's "Magic Flute"

Norwalk City Hall

Saturday, May 20, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Norwalk Symphony rounds out its 83rd season with its Season Finale - a lightly-staged production with the Norwalk Symphony Choir and five amazing stars. 

“The Art of the Knife”

Ridgefield Guild of Artists

Sunday, May 21, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Calling all artists! Come to a special one-day workshop with Susan Fehlinger where you will explore oils and acrylics, and learn the joys and challenges of using the palette knife. Learn to add texture and highlights and a little edge and enjoy the spontaneity and the accidents. 

The Pout-Pout Fish

Westport Country Playhouse

Sunday, May 21, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Get ready for a new musical adventure, a Family Festivities Series based on The New York Times bestselling series by Deborah Diesen, with illustrations by Dan Hanna. The new musical features whimsical puppets and live performers in a sweeping oceanic adventure. When Mr. Fish sets out on a quest to find Miss Clam’s missing pearl, he discovers there is more to him than his permanently plastered pout. Performances are approximately one-hour long, and appropriate for ages 3 and up.

Ariel Horowitz

The MAC, Milford

Sunday, May 21, 1:00 pm 

Welcoming classical violinist and pianist hailed by The Washington Post as “sweetly lyrical,” The MAC’s final show of the 2022-23 Classical Series includes a brunch at Founder’s House hosted by Nutmeg & Oak.

What We Remember – and Why: A Writing Workshop

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Sunday, May 21, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Why are some memories "frayed at the edges?" And what can we do to excavate memories we thought were long lost? These are questions that will be considered, inspired by the fabric collages in Amiri Hangami's exhibition “A Homage to Home.” Join Aldrich Educator Barb Jennes and fellow writers as they plumb the deep well of memory, returning with poetry and prose.

Spring Concerts – Greater CT Youth Orchestras

The Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport

Sunday, May 21, 1:00 – 7:00 pm

It’s Spring Concert time! All GCTYO ensembles will perform, and the winner of the 2023 GCTYO Concerto Competition, Brian Li, Cello, will perform as soloist with Principal Orchestra.

Concert 1, 1:00-2:00 pm Saxophone Orchestra, Woodwind Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, String Orchestra, Sinfonia Orchestra

Concert 2, 3:00-4:30 pm Jazz II Orchestra, Jazz I Orchestra, Percussion Orchestra, Steel Pan Future Stars, Steel Pan Junior Stars, Steel Pan All Stars

Concert 3, 5:30-7:30 pm Virtuosi Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Orchestra

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Ridgefield Playhouse

Sunday, May 21, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

15-time Grammy Award Winner Ricky Skaggs boasts one of the most significant careers in recent country music history. At age five, Skaggs picked up the mandolin and within a few years he emerged as a prominent name in the country scene. Over the course of his 50-year career, he has written and recorded with progressive bluegrass acts such as J.D. Crowe & The New South, and Country Gentlemen.

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

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Bridgeport Rescue Mission Mothers with Children Floor Inauguration on May 18

Bridgeport Rescue Mission will inaugurate the Mothers with Children Floor and re-launch the Renewed Life Program in our new Community Care Center on 725 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. Residents will be moved into bedrooms on the second floor of the Care Center with 12 bedrooms capable of accommodating 48 women and children. This program will be a revamped and expanded version of our previous Guest House with a significant capacity increase from the old location.

The Renewed Life Program will maintain the same goals as the Guest House which include focusing on helping homeless mothers and their children achieve long-term stability. The goal of our comprehensive program is to help mothers transition to independence and gain long-term economic stability by helping them address past traumas, secure childcare, participate in parenting and life-skills classes, complete their GED, and set/obtain educational and certification goals. Our ultimate goal is for mothers to take responsibility for their lives and their children’s futures.

The Renewed Life Program will be the next evolution of the Guest House, which was established in 2013 as an emergency shelter and was expanded to a long-term trauma and transitional recovery program in 2016. The Renewed Life Program will serve homeless mothers with young children under 10. Applicants for the program will include referrals from various local social agencies - like the YMCA with which we began a new partnership - and by word of mouth. One of the biggest additions to the Renewed Life Program is the Learning Center which will be featured on the same floor as the women’s and children’s bedrooms.

The Learning Center will be complete with laptops and a smartboard and will hold regular classes for mothers to learn valuable skills. There will also be case management and counseling offices throughout the floor where mothers and children can meet with professionals to work on their specific challenges. While mothers are engaged in their classwork, children will attend a local daycare program where they will quickly develop a sense of security through daily routines.

For more information about this event please contact Lisa Chester at or call (203) 333-4087 (Ext. 118).

For more information, visit

]]> (Lisa Chester) Charities Tue, 16 May 2023 12:42:37 -0400
The Maritime Aquarium Partners with Preservation Society For Public Tours of Greens Ledge Lighthouse

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and The Greens Ledge Light Preservation Society today announced a new series of public cruises starting in June that include an exclusive tour of the recently-restored lighthouse located off the coast of Norwalk.

“Greens Ledge Lighthouse is always a point of interest for our guests on our public cruises,” said The Maritime Aquarium Captain Lou Zicari. “We’re pleased to partner with the Preservation Society as they begin to welcome guests to this site, which holds great historical significance to our community.”

“After five years of restoration work including major structural repairs, we are excited to be partnering with The Maritime Aquarium to share this treasure of maritime history that was potentially one storm away from being lost to time,” said The Greens Ledge Light Preservation Society President Tim Pettee. “We share a common mission of conservation and preservation of our coastal environs for visitors today and generations to come.”

The tours will depart from The Maritime Aquarium. Guests should arrive 15 minutes ahead of their scheduled tour. Dates and times:

  • Saturday, June 10, at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 8, at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 12, at 9 a.m.  

The cruises to the lighthouse will be held on the Aquarium’s research vessel, Spirit of the Sound – the first in the nation with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 and fully-restored in 2022, Greens Ledge Lighthouse is one of the only active lighthouses in the world offering full-access interior and exterior tours.  

Passengers must be at least 42-inches tall and wear sturdy, close-toed shoes. Sandals and flip-flops are not permitted at the lighthouse, where guests will be walking up and down steep stairways.

The excursions are approximately three hours long. Reservations are strongly recommended as space is limited to 40 guests. Tickets are $69 per person. Those under 18-years-old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To reserve your tickets, visit

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Alpha Community Services YMCA Walk to End Homelessness in Bridgeport this Saturday!

Join us! Invite your family and friends, too. Walk with us from Captain’s Cove through the beautiful views of St Mary’s by the Sea for a 4-mile walk – rain or shine. We promise to provide an inspirational and motivating morning to help raise awareness and donations so that everyone in the community can help end homelessness.

Register here.

You can also register at the Walk starting at 8:30am.

Following our Walk and Event at Captain’s Cove, we will be gathering at Road Runners, 2931 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT for fellowship, friendship and networking from 12 noon to 3 pm. Everyone is invited.

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Bridgeport: Park City Harvest

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Park City Harvest!

Changing the image of farming

Four questions with Shawn Joesph and Richard Myers, founders of Park City Harvest.

Why did you start your business?

We started Park City Harvest as a way to incorporate our everyday living by providing value and necessary products/services to our community.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best-selling product varies depending on the season. It ranges from herb-infused olive oils to 'Pikliz' (a Haitian spicy pickled cabbage recipe) or even candles that are scented with herbs and homegrown flowers.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

We utilize multiple local businesses for different reasons. Some varieties of plants we source from fellow bipoc farmers including 'Samad Gardens'. We also get raw materials for our vermicompost/compost from the fruit and vegetable scraps from Khemi's Vegan Cuisine Food Truck.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

Slightly. We always wanted to be an example of what urban farming can look like, but along the way, having to pivot through the challenges we've faced, we have created value-added and alternate farm/agricultural-related products. 

Shawn and his team would like to nominate Khemi's Vegan Cuisine to be featured next!

Visit Park City Harvest online here, and make sure to check out their FacebookInstagram, and Twitter pages as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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FC Buzz Weekend May 12-14 Includes Songs of Spring and Summer at Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport

FC Buzz Weekend May 12 - May 14

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free eBuzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website.

“Guys & Dolls”

First Church Congregational, Fairfield

Friday, May 12, 7:30pm; Saturday, May 14, 7:00 pm; Sunday, May 15, 5:00pm

Don't miss  Fairfield Center Stage’s performance featuring a cast of 30 local performers and a live onstage band of seven musicians. This epic musical about gambler Nathan Detroit - who tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town - ran for 1,200 performances on Broadway in 1950 and received a bevy of awards including Tonys, Drama Desks, and Oliviers. Weekends through May 21st.

“The Gynokid”

Powerhouse Theatre, New Canaan

Friday, May 12; Saturday, May 13, 8:00 pm; Sunday May 14, 2:00 pm

As the child of small-town gynecologists, comedy writer Claire Ayoub (Empire Waist, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls) experienced an untraditional and often mortifying adolescence destined to end in therapy—and comedy. Join her for a delightfully cringeworthy walk down memory lane and learn what being a GynoKid is all about. 

13th Annual Member Juried Show Opening Reception

Ridgefield Guild of Artists 

Friday, May 12, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Join RGOA for the opening reception for this year’s RGOA Member Show with juror Melanie Prapopoulos of CAMP Gallery in Westport.

Mother’s Day Sip N’ Shop Event Hosted by the Betts Store

Wilton Historical Society

Friday, May 12, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

A perfect way to celebrate mom! Walk through a treasure trove of your favorite “Made in America” items while enjoying complimentary wine and cheese and a free entry into the “Mother’s Day Basket Raffle.”  Specials and discounts on many items.

Music at MoCA: Ameen Mokdad’s The Curve, with Cuatro Puntos

MoCA Westport

Friday, May 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

A rare opportunity to see a performance by an Iraqi composer and multi-instrumentalist who was trapped in hiding under the brutality of ISIS for two years in Mosul. During that time he survived and told his story by writing an extraordinary repertoire of music… in secret. The 19 songs of ‘The Curve’ form a soundscape that transverses a range of emotions: fear, defeat, hope, and rebirth. Arrive early to explore the Rainbow in the Dark exhibition and to purchase snacks and drinks.

Can You See the Music?

Darien Arts Center

Friday, May 12 and Saturday May 13, 7:30 pm

Do not miss the next performance by East Coast Contemporary Ballet - an all-new varied program featuring the music of Joel A. Martin, Beethoven, Trentmøller and Wevel in a medley of brand-new works by Claire Mazza, David Fernandez and Alejandro Ulloa. Purchase tickets before they are gone!

Spring Field Day Festival

Greenwich Historical Society

Saturday, May 13, 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Calling all families looking for some springtime fun! Celebrate the season with classic and historic lawn games, spring crafts, and delicious artisan Italian gelato from local vendor Gelato & Cioccolato. Make your way through featured games and crafts and win fun field-day prizes. Plus The Trummytones will lead in song and dance throughout the day!

“Songs of Spring and Summer”

Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport

Saturday, May 13, 7:00 pm

The Fairfield County Children’s Choir presents its Annual Spring Concert showcasing nearly 300 children. From the opening selection, Circus Band by Charles Ives, through Schubert’s Maying Song, and to the closing Walking on Sunshine, this concert features music that lifts the spirit and welcomes the sweetest months of the year. 

Kodály's Missa Brevis and Poulenc's Gloria

Norwalk Concert Hall

Saturday, May 13, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Join Fairfield County Chorale for a presentation directed by Maestro David Rosenmeyer of two neo classical masterworks: Kodály's Missa Brevis and Poulenc's Gloria, featuring soloists Inna Dukash, Malena Dayen, Pedro Sequera, and Christopher Lau.

Songs & Stories of Laurel Canyon

Voices Cafe, Westport

Saturday, May 13, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

The Bar Car Band shares their unique “Songs & Stories of Laurel Canyon” featuring the music of iconic artists whose roots stem from Laurel Canyon, including Carole King, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Neil Young. Benefitting the Green Village Initiative.

Cassatt String Quartet

Carriage Barn Arts Center New Canaan

Sunday, May 13, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Come to a performance by the New York-based Cassatt String Quartet, with Magdalena Baczewska on the piano. The program includes: Mozart’s String Quartet in F Major, K. 590, Dorothy Rudd Moore’s Modes for string quartet, and Amy Beach, Piano Quintet in F Sharp Minor, Op. 67.

Citizen Cope

The Warehouse, Fairfield

Sunday, May 13, 8:00 pm

Come and connect through the power of music! Citizen Cope’s new tour is an intimate solo acoustic experience that is meant to lift all spirits in a world that can look so divided. You’ll hear favorite songs from all the old records and some new ones from the upcoming LP, The Victory March.

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

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Bridgeport native reenlists while serving at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay

Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Nestor Rojas, a native of Bridgeport, assigned to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay, Greece, accepts his Certificate of Reenlistment from Ens. Andrae White, security officer, NSA Souda Bay, during his reenlistment ceremony on May 9, 2023.

NSA Souda Bay is an operational ashore installation that enables and supports U.S., Allied, Coalition, and Partner nation forces to preserve security and stability in the European, African, and Central Command areas of responsibility.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Delaney S. Jensen/Released)

]]> (MC1 Bryan Niegel) Neighbors Thu, 11 May 2023 05:18:55 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Bridgeport: Scholastic Renaissance

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Scholastic Renaissance!

Three questions with Norma Stennett, founder of Scholastic Renaissance.

Why did you start your business?

Scholastic Renaissance LLC began in August 2015, as I am passionate about teaching, and the ability to foster creativity in an engaging and stimulating environment is advantageous.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Scholastic Renaissance LLC is a Licensed 24-hour, six days per-week Family Childcare home in Bridgeport. We offer a safe space for children to learn and grow. We accept Care4Kids, and the staff has experience caring for children who have autism spectrum disorder.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

COVID-19 has brought the importance of childcare to the forefront as parents/guardians struggled to find care. As a licensed family childcare home, our capacity could not meet the demand. Leadership is positioning itself for expansion to serve the request within the community.

Norma would like to nominate Lil Sunshine Family Home daycare to be featured next!

Scholastic Renaissance is located at 102 Cottage Street in Bridgeport. You can also give them a call at 203-727-2527!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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Fairfield County Bank Pet Supply Drive May 10-24 Benefits Leader of the Rescue Pack and Friends Of Felines

May is National Pet Month and to celebrate, Fairfield County Bank will be running a Pet Supply Drive to support Leader of the Rescue Pack  and Friends Of Felines.

Please consider dropping off new pet supplies at any of the Bank’s 17 branches from Wednesday, May 10 through Wednesday, May 24

The first 20 people to donate at any of the branches will receive a Fairfield County Bank pet bandana for their furry friends.

Fairfield County Bank is accepting any NEW pet supplies, but the most needed items are the following:

  • Canned food: Friskies

  • Fancy Feast

  • Any non-prescribed food

  • Cardboard floor scratchers

  • Interactive toys

  • Unscented cat litter

  • Dog food

  • Pet beds

  • Pet toys

  • Pet Blankets

Learn more by visiting Fairfield County Bank online


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FC Buzz Weekend of Art and Culture in Fairfield County April 28-30


FC Buzz Weekend April 28 - April 30

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free eBuzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website.


Wilton Playshop

Friday, April 28 and Saturday April 29, 8:00 pm and Sunday, April 30, 2:00pm

Enjoy a masterful retelling of the original sensation, injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements. Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side." Through May 6th!

 “Acclaim! Work by Award-Winning International Artists”

Browngrotta Arts, Wilton

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

More than 45 artists from around the world can be seen on the walls of the gallery at Browngrotta Arts. Their diverse bodies of work have achieved formal art recognition such as lifetime achievement awards, artist-of-the-year designations, a Legion of Honor award and even an Order of the British Empire. On view through May 7th. 

INTEMPO’s Bachata Cultural Crossover Concert

Norwalk Concert Hall

Saturday, April 29, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Support inclusive music education, cultural exchanges and experiences by participating in this enchanting signature event. An ensemble of international guest artists and talented young musicians will perform Bachata musical selections, a Dominican musical patrimony, along with members of the Norwalk Youth Symphony. VIP Post-Concert and Dance Party reception featuring acclaimed Dominican dancer, Edwin Ferreras included.

The Gala in the Garden

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Saturday, April 29, 6:30 - 10:00 pm 

It’s gala time! The Gala in the Garden takes place in the museum's sculpture garden, celebrating The Aldrich's longtime Exhibitions Director Richard Klein and Registrar Mary Kenealy on the occasion of their retirements. The evening will include cocktails and a seated dinner, a special performance by James Prosek, and an auction.

Whiskey Tasting Fundraiser

Weston History & Culture Center

Saturday, April 29, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Take a trip to Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the Southern US all in one night! Sample five unique whiskeys, courtesy of Diageo. Learn the history behind these spirits from Dr. Jessica Spector, CEO of The Academy Drinks! Enjoy hearty hors d'oeuvres catered by the Old Mill Market & Cafe, enjoy a specialty cocktail, beer and wine at the bar, and bid on fabulous silent auction items. 

Dar Williams with The Nields

StageOne at FTC, Fairfield

Saturday, April 29, 7:45 pm

One of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of her generation and a major force on the New England folk scene, Dar Williams has been engaging audiences with her musical artistry since the early 1990s. Enjoy folk songs that come from a unique, often insightful perspective that has been compared to that of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. 

Cash Cab’s Ben Bailey

Wall Street Theater, Norwalk

Saturday, April 29, 8:00 pm

Looking for a few laughs? Wall Street Theater welcomes the man behind the wheel of The Cash Cab. A New Jersey native, this comedian has graced the stages of The Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip and comedy clubs across New York City. 

Gospel Brunch

The Meetinghouse, Ridgefield

Sunday, April 30, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Here’s a great way to start your Sunday! Take advantage of a special opportunity to experience a Gospel Brunch with Cultural Alliance member, Pamme Jones of Ridgefield Theatre Barn, and Sara Vokes!

Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras

Pequot Library, Southport

Sunday, April 30, 1:00 pm

Enjoy a pleasant afternoon of chamber music by advanced and intermediate string musicians, who continue their studies in the afternoon with instruction by coaches from Orchestra Lumos. GCTYO is proud to partner with the Orchestra Lumos on this special program. Free event perfect for families with young children.

”The Meaning of Us” Artist Talk

The Norwalk Art Space

Sunday, April 30, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

If you have always wondered about the creative process, don’t miss this lively discussion moderated by David Green, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, featuring exhibiting resident artists Greg Aime, Lily Morgan and Tiara Trent as well as Visiting Teachers Tim Cronin, Darcy Hicks and Aisha Nailah. 

Gazillion Bubble Show

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Sunday, April 30, 6:30 pm

Do not miss this family-friendly show with mind-blowing bubble magic, spectacular laser-lighting effects, and soapy masterpieces like bubble tides. Some may even find themselves inside a bubble!

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

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