Brookfield's HamletHub Fri, 07 May 2021 20:47:51 -0400 Live Music is BACK at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Live music is back at The Ridgefield Playhouse! After last year’s successful shows under the tent, The Playhouse is at again! Outdoor concerts kick off this weekend with 7-time Grammy Award winner Christian McBride & Tip City on Friday, May 7 at 7pm followed by Rusted Root frontman and lead singer Michael Glabicki with bandmate Dirk Miller on Saturday, May 8 at 7:30pm!  Livestream tickets available for Michael Glabicki's show. Both shows will be socially distanced, with seating under the tent at The Playhouse.

Fresh off his 7th Grammy win at the 2021 Grammy Awards, Jazz Master Christian McBride returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse with an outdoor, socially distanced concert McBride makes his only Connecticut appearance at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday May 7 at 7pm along with Tip City featuring Emmet Cohen and Dan Wilson as part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz Series. Ticket holders can enjoy an art exhibit by Chris Osborne before the performance and are invited to enter a FREE raffle to win a great prize from Freixenet Mionetto! After ending 2020 as Jazz Artist of the Year in the DownBeat Readers Poll, McBride won his 7th Grammy Award in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category for his work on “Trilogy 2” alongside jazz fusion icon Chick Corea. The bandleader, composer, bassist, jazz radio host, festival artistic director and jazz ambassador has collaborated with artists across all music genres.

Rusted Root frontman Michael Glabicki is teaming up with bandmate Dirk Miller for an outdoor show at The Ridgefield Playhouse! The duo will make their only Connecticut tour stop on Saturday, May 8 at 7:30pm as part of the Pepsi Rock Series Powered by Xfinity. Fans can enjoy this night of Rusted Root hits, deep cuts and new music with this outdoor show, socially distanced under the tent at The Playhouse. Livestream tickets are also available for those who want to watch from home. Just in time for Mother’s Day – all ticket holders will be entered to win beautiful tri-color necklace and gift certificate from Silver Ribbon Jewelry of Westport! Award-winning, mixologist created, natural Ready To Serve cocktails will be available for purchase at the bar from our sponsor On The Rocks Premium Cocktails. Rusted Root is best known for their Platinum selling album, “When I Woke,” which produced the hit song “Send Me On My Way,” and launched the band into international stardom. Alongside acts like Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band and Widespread Panic, Rusted Root toured relentlessly and recorded major label albums for years to come. Glabicki is now bringing his distinct vocals and blend of acoustic folk, rock and world music into stripped down performances with the help of Dirk Miller.  A multi-faceted musician, producer and songwriter, Glabicki’s duo shows feature your favorite Rusted Root tunes, Deep Cuts, & New Material!

For tickets, visit or call the box office at 203.438.5795

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Community Shred Day and Food Drive hosted by Brookfield Lions Club on May 15

The Brookfield Lions Club is hosting a Community Shred Day as well as a Non-perishable Food Drive at Brookfield Town Hall from 9am to 2pm on May 15.

The cost of shredding is $10 per standard box.

Learn more here.

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Town of Brookfield to Auction Off Contents of Two Storage Units on May 10

Auction of Household Contents by the Town on May 10

Inspection at 10:00 a.m. and Auction at 10:30 am

The Town of Brookfield is auctioning the contents of two storage units located at Prime Storage at 25 Del Mar Drive in Brookfield.  One unit is 10 x 20 and the other is 10x10.  They are filled with used home furnishings and miscellaneous items.  The units will be auctioned as a bundle.  The minimum bid is $1 but the winning bidder will have to take responsibility for the storage units which are paid for through May 20, 2021.  All interested should attend the auction at 25 Del Mar Drive on May 10, 2021 at 10:00 am when the units can be inspected.  Bidding will take place at 10:30 am at the site.  Transfer of responsibility will take place immediately after with the winning bidder. 

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Lamont Proposes Program Allowing Children to Access Connecticut Museums for Free This Summer

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is proposing to launch an initiative that will allow all children in Connecticut to visit museums throughout the state free of charge during the upcoming summer months.

The initiative was included as part of the proposal the governor presented earlier this week to the Connecticut General Assembly to allocate the federal COVID-19 recovery funding Connecticut is receiving from the American Rescue Plan Act. This summer museum portion of the proposal is part of Governor Lamont’s larger plan to provide students and families with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the initiative, all Connecticut children 18 and under plus one accompanying adult can visit any of the state’s participating museums free of charge from July 1 to September 6. It will be supported by a $15 million investment from the state’s federal recovery funds to the participating museums.

So far, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport Museum, Beardsley Zoo, Connecticut Science Center, and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk have all expressed interest in participating. However, in the coming weeks, all museums in the state will be invited to participate. The program requires authorization from the state legislature.

Additional information on the program, including participating museums, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Outdoor Concert on Saturday at Brookfield Library with Fiesta del Norte

Fiesta del Norte - an Outdoor Concert on the Brookfield Library Lawn on Saturday, May 1 at 3 pm.

Connecticut-based Mexican Mariachi band Fiesta del Norte will be performing the traditional folk and popular music of Mexico. They will be joined by traditional dancers.

The band plays on authentic instruments, such as guitar, vihuela, guitarron, violin, and trumpet, with beautiful singing throughout. Song translations, storytelling, and cultural insights are interwoven between musical numbers.

* Please bring your own chairs or blankets.

* Seating space will be limited to ensure social distancing. Masks will be required.


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The Badass & The Beautiful on Sunday at The Ridgefield Playhouse

The Badass & The Beautiful - Ms. Lisa Fisher with Taylor Eigsti on Sunday, May 2 at The Ridgefield Playhouse

LIVE in the theater – socially distanced, limited capacity seating! To purchase 6 or more tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795. Please maintain a 6 foot distance from others. Face masks are required at all times.

Purchase tickets ($42) HERE.

After decades of bringing raw soul to the stage for The Rolling Stones (her duet with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter” is a highlight of their live shows and is featured in 20 Feet From Stardom), Sting, Tina Turner and Nine Inch Nails, Grammy Award-winner Lisa Fischer is emerging as the most inventive and heartfelt interpreter of classic rock songs working today. She will be accompanied by Taylor Eigsti on the piano.

Visit Southwest Cafe for dinner before the show and enjoy a complimentary margarita with your entree when you show your ticket!

The show begins at 7:30 pm. 

Purchase tickets HERE.


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Lamont Signs Legislation Updating Connecticut's Immunization Requirements

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has signed into law legislation that updates Connecticut’s immunization requirements for students attending PreK-12 schools, daycare centers, and institutions of higher education by removing exemptions that are not medical.

The legislation is House Bill 6423An Act Concerning Immunizations.

“This is an issue that I have spent a lot of time researching and discussing with medical experts, and it is something that I take very seriously knowing the public health impact that it has on our children, families, and communities,” Governor Lamont said. “When it comes to the safety of our children, we need to take an abundance of caution. This legislation is needed to protect our kids against serious illnesses that have been well-controlled for many decades, such as measles, tuberculosis, and whooping cough, but have reemerged. In recent years, the number of children in our state who have not received routine vaccinations has been steadily increasing, which has been mirrored by significant growth in preventable diseases across the nation. I want to make it clear, this law does not take away the choice of parents to make medical decisions for their children. But, if they do choose not to have their children vaccinated, this bill best ensures that other children and their families will not be exposed to these deadly diseases for hours each day in our schools.”

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Application Opening for $28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Fund prioritizes direct relief to women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and includes $9.5 billion in set-asides for smaller businesses

SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration will begin registration on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT and open applications on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon EDT for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

“Restaurants are the core of our neighborhoods and propel economic activity on main streets across the nation. They are among the businesses that have been hardest hit and need support to survive this pandemic. We want restaurants to know that help is here,” said Administrator Guzman. “The SBA has focused on the marketplace realities of our food and beverage businesses in designing the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to meet businesses where they are. And we are committed to equity to ensure our smaller and underserved businesses, which have suffered the most, can access this critical relief, recover, and grow more resilient.”

Established under the American Rescue Plan, and signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides a total of $28.6 billion in direct relief funds to restaurants and other hard-hit food establishments that have experienced economic distress and significant operational losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Funds must be used for allowable expenses by March 11, 2023.

“Recognizing the great urgency to help restaurants keep their doors open – and with a clear mandate from Congress – the SBA worked at a breakneck speed and is excited to launch this program,” said Patrick Kelley, SBA Associate Administrator, Office of Capital Access. “From day one, we engaged with diverse stakeholders in the food industry community to make sure we built and delivered the program equitably, quickly, and efficiently.”

In preparation, the SBA recommends qualifying applicants familiarize themselves with the application process in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient application experience, specifically by:

  • Registering for an account in advance at starting Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT.
  • Reviewing the official guidance, including program guide, frequently asked questions, and application sample.
  • Preparing the required documentation.
  • Working with a point-of-sale vendor or visiting to submit an application when the application portal opens. [Note: If an applicant is working with a point-of-sale vendor, they do not need to register beforehand on the site.]
  • Attending a live recorded virtual training webinar.
  • Tuesday, April 27 | 2:30 p.m. EDT | Register here
  • Wednesday, April 28 | 1 p.m. EDT | Register here
  • Wednesday, April 28 | 2:30 p.m. EDT | Register here

For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize funding applications from businesses owned and controlled by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. All eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as the portal opens. Following the 21 days, all eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Consistent with the legislation and the intent of Congress, the SBA continues to take steps to ensure the equitable distribution of relief, particularly for the smallest businesses, by creating a $9.5 billion set-aside:$5 billion for applicants with 2019 gross receipts of not more than $500,000; $4 billion is set aside for applicants with 2019 gross receipts from $500,001 to $1,500,000; and $500 million for applicants with 2019 gross receipts not more than $50,000.

For more information, visit in Spanish

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Brookfield GOP seeks Candidates for the November 2021 Municipal Election

Brookfield GOP seeks Candidates 

The Brookfield Republican Town Committee (BRTC) is seeking qualified candidates to run for the following offices and/or commissions for the November Municipal Election:

            First Selectman


            Town Clerk 

            Board of Finance (BOF)

            Board of Education (BOE)

            Planning Commission

            Zoning Commission

            Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)

            Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA)

The BRTC’s Vacancy Committee will conduct interviews with interested candidates during May and June before presenting their recommended slate of candidates to the full 25-member Republican Town Committee later this summer. Terms of service of each position varies.

The RTC’s recommendations will be presented to a caucus in late summer/early fall, open to all registered Republicans, location and time TBD.  

Interested registered Brookfield Republicans should contact Steve O’Reilly (Chair of the BRTC’s Vacancy Committee: 203-775-0078; 203-994-2630) or George Blass (Chairman of the BRTC: 203-241-4759) or send an email to

The Leadership team would again like to thank their members and supporters for their enthusiastic participation and commitment to the current town committee. 



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J. Marsicano and F. Cioffi Memorial Candlewood Lake Clean-Up on Saturday, May 22

Save the date! Candlewood Lake Authority's J. Marsicano and F. Cioffi Memorial Candlewood Lake Clean-Up will take place on Saturday, May 22                              

Online Registration will be required in early May.
The year 1999 marked the first John Marsicano Memorial Candlewood Lake Clean Up. Since that time, volunteers have collected literally tons and tons of debris from the shoreline and bottom of Candlewood Lake (courtesy of our volunteer divers).
Clean-Up Crews will depart in the morning to collect debris from the shoreline of the Lake for a few hours. Each Boat Captain will be assigned a section of the lake to clean up.
CHANGES from previous years because of COVID:
• Each Boat captain will assemble their own Clean Up Crew
• There will NOT be a cookout
There will be giveaways for volunteers. Look for the registration announcement in early May! The CLA is looking forward to a safe 2021 season!
Visit Candlewood Lake Authority on Facebook HERE for updates!
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Ridgefield's Prospector Theater Lights Up Good Morning America Today, Host T.J. Holmes Arrives with Special Gift

It was a GOOD morning in Ridgefield! Good Morning America turned to The Prospector Theater to bring some extra sparkle to the Oscars® After Party!

With the Prospector Band performing Somewhere Over the Rainbow, GMA host T.J. Holmes and crew put the spotlight on a nonprofit that is changing the world, one movie ticket at a time. 

"I knew that someday, Hollywood would come knocking... today was that day," remarked Val Jensen, the visionary and founder of The Prospector Theater. "This is beyond my wildest dreams."

The nonprofit movie theater has paid $14,000,000 to Prospects, 75% of whom self-identify with a disability. The Theater, which is temporarily closed, has sold more than 630,000 tickets since opening in 2014.

Holmes came bearing gifts - a check for $10,000 was handed to Jensen.

With movie theaters upended by the pandemic and pressures from streaming content, GMA's timing was spot-on. The Prospector Theater is much more than a place to watch a first-run movie, it's a place that lives and breathes (and teaches) a mission of inclusion and diversity. Prospects are provided meaningful employment - important jobs that transform passions into life-long professions.

Prospects donned their own personal sparkle, wearing hot pink and holding signs: 

I add value

"R" word must go

To the White House

Enjoy the show

Save movie theaters

"We make movie-going cool again," said Jensen.

Congratulations to The Prospector Theater and Val Jensen for winning the most important Academy Award of all - recognition for being a force for GOOD.

Read GMA's story here.

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A Fantastical Journey Into the Woods Awaits ACT of Connecticut Gala Guests at This Year’s Annual Gala

ACT of Connecticut is thrilled to announce its 2021 Annual Gala: INTO THE WOODS - IN CONCERT Edition! This year’s exclusive Gala will be held in-person on both Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, and tickets are on sale now. Each spectacular evening will include a festive pre-show cocktail reception, culinary delights from local restaurants, silent and live auctions, intermission desserts and the full performance of INTO THE WOODS - IN CONCERT. 

This year, ACT of CT will honor two outstanding community members: Ridgefield’s First Selectman, Rudy Marconi, and HamletHub Founder and Editor, Kerry Anne Ducey! ACT of CT’s Producing Director R. Erin Craig says, “Rudy and Kerry Anne are exemplary leaders in this community. Their love and support of our town, especially during this challenging year, is deserving of recognition and we are thrilled to be honoring them!”  

Gala Committee Co-Chairs, Rebecca Baglio and Kristin Beylouni, are leading a dedicated committee that includes Wendy Beurket, Christine Boris, Katie Diamond, Heather Hillman, Mary Joyce, Karen Kipnes, Kristin McGuinness, Patricia Minskoff, Leslie Partington, Jennifer Phippen, Danielle Van Riper, Cynthia Whitehouse, and Rajal Young. Says Ms. Baglio, “Our committee is ecstatic to help create such a remarkable event for ACT of CT, which is truly a gem in our community. We can’t wait for guests to see the surprises we have planned for the magical Gala evenings!”

Event cocktails and cuisine will be provided by an outstanding array of local culinary stars including Katie’s Intoxikating Kakes by Katie Diamond, Gallo Ristorante, The Lantern, Nature’s Temptations, Bareburger Ridgefield, TerraSole, Exit 4 Food Hall, Sarah’s Wine Bar/Bernard’s, Bridgestreet Premium Ice Company, Mt. Kisco Seafood, Vine and Co., Litchfield Distillery, and Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. 

Gala guests will also enjoy a full performance of ACT of CT’s spring production, INTO THE WOODS – IN CONCERT, which will be directed by Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine, and will feature musicians from Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, under the music direction of ACT of CT Resident Music Supervisor, Bryan Perri. This elegant concert version of the Tony Award-winning musical will feature a powerhouse cast of Broadway talent, past ACT of CT stars, and a few fantastic local celebrities. Thanks to Barts Tree Service, the ACT of CT stage will be transformed into a magical forest for this magnificent event. 

Daniel C. Levine says, "We are creating a truly original version of INTO THE WOODS. Don't let the words 'concert version' fool you! Gala audiences can expect to see and hear the entire musical from start to finish! INTO THE WOODS is one of the most clever and entertaining pieces of theater ever written and we are so excited to be able to present this Concert as the entertainment portion of our Gala!” 

The prodigious Gala sponsor lineup includes Colonial Automobile Group, Diamond Properties, John and Lori Berisford, Steve and Patti Ross & Jon and Allison Stockel, Ann and Steve Carlson, HamletHub, Rodier Flowers, Nissan of Yorktown Heights, Sparklicious, Scott and Rebecca Baglio, Christine and Jeffrey Boris, Karen and Todd Kipnes and Rajal and Jordan Young. 

The theater, which will be operating in-person at 50% capacity, is adhering to all state, local and union safety regulations related to Covid-19. The Gala receptions will be outdoors under a tent and masks will be required indoors during the performances. Katie Diamond, ACT of CT's Executive Director says, "As our community rallies together to vaccinate and move forward toward a healthier and safer tomorrow, we are thrilled to be able to welcome our friends and supporters back home to ACT of CT.”

Gala tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices start at $250 for this fun-filled evening, and sponsorship opportunities and benefits are also available. For more information, visit, call the box office at (475) 215-5497 or email

About ACT of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded in 2018 by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known musicals, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers.  In addition to fully produced mainstage productions, ACT of CT’s programming also includes a New Works Series, a Broadway Unplugged Series, and an extensive theater education program.   With its 182 seats and turntable stage, the theater offers an intimate, unique, and immersive theatrical experience for its patrons. Given the proximity to New York City, ACT of CT has access to top theatre talent and professionals and, in just three seasons, has become one of the most well-known and highly respected regional theatres in our area. ACT of CT is dedicated to inspiring, creating and nurturing a culturally diverse and equitable environment for its staff, creative teams, cast, musicians, crew members and audiences, and is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintain an inclusive and discrimination-free environment. 

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The Brookfield Library Celebrates Diversity Through Poetry

In honor of National Poetry Month, The Brookfield Library will be "Celebrating Diversity Through Poetry" all month long.

Join us on our Facebook page at 4 p.m. every Monday in April for a reading of selected poems celebrating different cultures, poets, and styles of poetry. Today's reading will be "Yes! We Are Latinos," by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy.
If interested, you can click the following link to hear this week's reading here.
For more information, feel free to visit our website at
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Governor Lamont lifts all Connecticut's COVID business restrictions May 19, phasing out begins May 1

Lamont Announces Phasing Out of Business Restrictions in Connecticut

Today, Monday, April 19, Governor Ned Lamont announced during his news conference that over the coming days, Connecticut will "slowly, cautiously, and safely phase out most of the business restrictions".

Effective May 1, 2021:

  • Bars that do not serve food can open for service on an outdoor-only basis. These establishments will still be prohibited from serving only alcohol indoors.
  • The 8-person per table limit will be lifted for outdoors only. This limit will remain in effect for indoor service.
  • The curfew for restaurants, entertainment venues, recreation venues, and theaters will be moved back an hour to midnight.

Effective May 19, 2021:

  • Contingent upon sufficiently low rates of infections and increasing vaccination rates, all remaining business restrictions will be lifted. The Department of Public Health will issue recommendations for indoor and other large outdoor events, such as concerts, as well as clarify where masking will continue after May 19.

COVID-19 vaccination update in Connecticut:
  • 1st doses administered: 1,703,045
  • Fully vaccinated: 1,113,184
  • Total doses administered: 2,710,832
Connecticut continues ranks 2nd in the nation for most vaccines administered per capita.
61% of adults 18+ have received at least their 1st dose.

Watch today's news conference here.

For additional information, visit the State of Connecticut online here.

Governor Lamont's April 19, 2021 4PM Coronavirus U...

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Brookfield Library hosts Family Movie Night this Friday!

Join Brookfield Library for Family Movie Night showing of Coco!

This is one of our One Town, One Read events that will take place this Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Please make sure to join us in the library back parking lot with lots of snacks, blankets, and chairs to sit on. This event does require registration.

If interested, you can register here: We hope to see you there!

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