Brookfield's HamletHub Fri, 23 Aug 2019 04:48:49 -0400 Dr. Chris Kukk Leads Compassion Book Club at The Brookfield Library

Dr. Chris Kukk Leads Compassion Book Club at The Brookfield Library on Thursday, September 19 beginning at 7:00 pm.

The best known prose work by the winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature examines the moral and intellectual conflicts faced by men and women living under totalitarianism of the left or right. Written in the early 1950s, when Eastern Europe was in the grip of Stalinism and many Western intellectuals placed their hopes in the new order of the East, this classic work reveals in fascinating detail the often beguiling allure its frightening effects on the minds of those who embrace it. The book became a classic of anti-Stalinism.

A limited number of copies of the book and the signup sheet are located at the Reference/Information desk.

Learn more: 203-775-624 or

]]> (Brookfield Library) Events Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:46:19 -0400
Sip & Sketch evening at WCSU pairs art with wine and refreshments

Guests of all artistic levels invited to participate in Sept. 13 event    

An entertaining and creative evening that pairs the experience of drawing from a live model with wine and refreshments will be offered in the “Sip and Sketch” series event to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, at Western Connecticut State University.

Guided by an experienced artist, the event will offer guests of all artistic skill levels an opportunity to create original drawings as they enjoy wine and assorted snacks during the “Sip and Sketch” evening in the Drawing Studio, Room 241 of the WCSU Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The admission fee includes refreshments as well as basic art supplies including charcoal and paper. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own drawing supplies if they wish.

The ticket fee is $25 for general admission, or $20 for WCSU alumni who may obtain the discount code by email correspondence to or

Admission to the event is open to adults 21 years of age and older. Tickets may be purchased online at The “Sip and Sketch” series is sponsored by the Department of Art, the WCSU Alumni Association and the Danbury Cultural Commission.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403 or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

]]> (Robert Taylor) Events Tue, 20 Aug 2019 06:34:07 -0400
Come to Newtown's Persnickety Bride to Meet The Man Who Dresses Brides Around the World

You could say Justin Alexander has married thousands of women. In fact, thousands of women around the world, have been married is his gowns and Justin will be at Persnickety Bride (224 South Main St. Newtown, Ct) on Saturday, September 28 to meet brides and show his latest collection. Brides can also take a photo in-store donning a Justin Alexander robe and post it to Instagram to enter to win a swagbag for herself and up to 5 bridesmaids!

Justin Alexander Warshaw runs the global bridal wear business, JUSTIN ALEXANDER, a Millennial-owned, Millennial-centric company run by a Millennial, This gives Warshaw, CEO and Creative Director, a unique, global view.

Warshaw believes the bridal wear needs to be more inclusive. Which is why JUSTIN ALEXANDER offers gowns from sizes 2 thru 32, with no up charges, a rarity in the industry. His brand campaigns have featured the model of body positivism, Iskra Lawrence.

“One of our core brand pillars is inclusivity,” states Warshaw, “to design dresses that look great on real women. We want our brides to feel confident and comfortable in a dress that makes them shine, on one of the biggest days of their lives.”

For more details and to make an appointment for the Justin Alexander trunk show September 27-29, 2019 contact The Persnickety Bride 203-426-2598.

]]> (Tara Daly) Events Mon, 19 Aug 2019 08:10:05 -0400
BBB Tip: Back to School

Parents and students expect to spend more than ever on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation's annual survey. If you -- or a student in your life -- is shopping for books, clothes, school supplies, backpacks or other items, be sure to keep these tips in mind.  Better Business Bureau offers the following advice on how to shop smart for back-to-school or back-to-college purchases:

Before leaving the house      

Start your back-to-school shopping by creating a list. Jot down everything you need and stick to the list! Impulse buying can increase your overall total in a hurry. Then, shop your home before heading to the store. You may already have some of the items from last year. Why purchase the same thing twice? 

Research big ticket items

Before purchasing that expensive laptop, tablet or dorm refrigerator, be sure to do your research. Research the brands, warranty, customer reviews and the prices at various stores to be sure you’re getting the best deal. Also, look up the retailer on

Shop smart with sales and tax-free weekends

Compare prices between different retail stores, save your coupons, sign up for email alerts and redeem any cash-back or rebate offers. This will help you get the best deals, saving you a nice chunk of dough. Also, your state may have a tax free weekend, enabling you to buy clothes, school supplies and other items without paying sales tax. To see what your state offers, check out this resource from the Federation of Tax Administrators

Ask for student discounts

Many stores and software companies offer discounts to students that have either an .edu email address or a student ID. Even if you don’t see a discount advertised at the store, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Shop in bulk

Some teachers ask parents to buy bulk items for the entire classroom to use throughout the year. Talk with other parents about what they’re getting and see if you can all split the cost.

Know the return policies and save your receipts

Kids can be fickle. They can love a new shirt yesterday but hate it today. Ask about return policies before making your purchase. Be sure to save your receipts just in case you have to return the item later.

Shop safely online

  • When shopping from an online website the first step is to make sure the URL starts with “https” and includes a lock symbol. The “s” in “https” stands for secure, that way you know your information is being protected.

  • Look up the website’s privacy policy and contact information. If it is not clearly listed, or they only have an email as the point of contact, take that as a big red flag and shop elsewhere.

  • Do your research. An unknown website may offer a similar product at a lower price. The lowest price isn’t always the best route. Check for user reviews and badges for consumer protection agencies.

  • Be sure to use your credit card instead of your debit card, as credit cards not only provide additional protection, but it’s also easier to dispute a fraudulent charge.

  • Be extremely wary of any website or store that asks for your child’s personal information in order to access special deals.

  • If you’re buying supplies through a website like Craigslist, make sure you don’t wire money to someone you’ve not met. Use PayPal if possible, but if you are using cash, make sure you meet in a public place and bring a friend.

  • If you use Facebook you know banner ads are all over the place and many ads are even catered to what you like. Some of them, however, are just click bait ads to drive you to a different website where you could potentially be asked to input personal information. Take note of the ad and go to the store's website directly. 

  • Click here for more online shopping tips.

Shop tax free in CT!

The 2019 Connecticut Sales Tax Free Week runs Sunday, August 18th, through Saturday, August 24th, 2019.

Tax free for most clothing and footwear sold for less than $100.

For a list of items exempt during Tax Free Week click here.


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Best Sci Fi International Film Festival

Break away from reality when the International Best Sci Fi Film Festival comes to The Palace Danbury.

Sci Fi writers have the ability to transport us to other worlds, alternate realities, while fantasizing about the future. In Science Fiction the possibilities are endless and this festival gives audiences the opportunity to see fantastic short films from across the universe. The festival’s selection team watched over 1000 films and chose the best 7 shorts featuring films from Italy, Israel, Serbia, India, France, United Kingdom, and USA.

In addition to the films we’ll be hosting a pop up gallery featuring the artwork of legendary Illustrator Michael Whelan. This award winning science fiction and fantasy artist has long been recognized for his iconic cover art for authors like Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King, as well as musicians like MeatLoaf and Sepultura.

Michael Whelan was the first living artist inducted to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, joining such luminaries as Jules Verne, J. K. Rowling, and George Lucas. Among his many awards are 15 Hugos (the Sci Fi Oscar) and 3 World Fantasy Awards.

Boldly go where no man has gone before. This is a fantastic opportunity to see some really cool films and meet legendary sci-fi artist Michael Whelan.

]]> (The Palace Danbury) Events Sat, 17 Aug 2019 06:49:44 -0400
Blood Drives Near Brookfield, Urgent Need Before Summer Ends

With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give through Aug. 29 with a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Brookfield through August 31

Town Date Address
Brookfield 8/14/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Congregational Church of Brookfield, 160 Whisconier Road

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


]]> (Red Cross) Events Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:37:56 -0400
Free Irish Dance Lesson & Open House at Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance in Newtown

The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, which was recently voted "Connecticut's BEST Dance Studio for Kids," is hosting a free Irish dance lesson and open house on Saturday, August 24th from 10:00am-10:45am at their Newtown Studio (3 Simm Lane 3L1, Newtown, CT 06470).  

Boys & girls ages 4 and up are welcome to take part in the lesson and learn some Irish dance steps from stars of Riverdance & Lord of the Dance, Craig & Christina Ashurst. 

The family owned academy has recently had students featured on WTNH News 8 as well as on stage with PBS stars the Celts and the Celtic Tenors. They have also earned regional titles, national medals and international World qualifying placements.

For more information on the Ashurst Academy and their upcoming 2019-2020 season, please visit: or call ph: 203-928-0689

]]> (Ashurst Academy) Places Thu, 15 Aug 2019 15:18:53 -0400
A Cappella Group Naturally 7 at The Ridgefield Playhouse on September 15

A Cappella Group Naturally 7 brings their ‘vocal play’ to The Ridgefield Playhouse September 15

In a music world rife with technological tricks of the trade, one vital commodity is getting lost in the shuffle: the beauty of the human voice. Enter Naturally 7. This seven-man crew is more than just your average singing group. Its members have perfected an intriguing a cappella style they've branded as "Vocal Play" -- singing as instruments. Summoning up soul, rap, rock and folk in one harmonious balance, in its quest to celebrate the voice, Naturally 7 not only sings but also creates every backing instrument heard on its songs. We're talking drums, bass, guitars, horns, flutes ... even down to turntables.

After appearing on CBS’ “World’s Best” this season, they return to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, September 15 at 7:30pm, with their 20th-anniversary tour, part of Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity. Opening for Naturally 7 will be the The Rolling Tones, an a cappella group from John Jay High School in Cross River, NY.  Visit 850 Degrees Wood Fired Restaurant (424 R. Main Street, Ridgefield) for dinner before the show and enjoy a complimentary draft beer with purchase of an entree when you show your ticket! Media partner for this event is 94.3 WYBC, The Rhythm of The City.

Naturally 7 are more than just an a cappella group. They are a band without a band. Having met in school and gospel choir, they quickly discovered that they were doing more than just singing songs, they all discovered perfect hypervocal capabilities. That’s why Naturally 7 call their music “vocal play.”  They have famous fans such as Michael Bublé (whom they joined on three world tours), Coldplay (“Fix You” is one of the finest adaptations of music you can imagine), Quincy Jones (who called them “best a cappella band worldwide”), Herbie Hancock (listen to their H. Hancock medley) and many others.

Their repertoire is a mix of their own compositions and cover versions. Stepping beyond R&B and pop, Naturally 7 taps into various genres from traditional gospel and rock to 17th century baroque that, on the surface, don't seem to mesh. But, in the hands of musical director/first baritone/rapper front man Roger Thomas and his six enterprising cohorts -- brother Warren Thomas (drums, third tenor), Rod Eldridge (first tenor, turntables, trumpet), Napoleon "Polo" Cummings (fourth tenor, guitar), Dwight Stewart (second baritone, trombone), Garfield Buckley (second tenor, harmonica) and Armand "Hops" Hutton (bass) -- the impossible becomes possible. The group gives a nod to its spiritual influences by sampling Mahalia Jackson's gospel classic "Trouble of the World" on the beautiful and raw "Mahalia." Scoring a musical coup, Naturally 7 samples Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" on "Galileo." Notes Thomas, "We're the first in the world licensed to sample the rock band, and we're honored to be able to do that."

Naturally 7's aural magic really glistens on what Thomas calls "hybrids": taking the essence of a well-known song and putting their own melodies and lyrics on top. Wham's infectious "Everything She Wants'' provides the impetus for "Life Goes On" while Art of Noise's "Moments In Love" finds the group imitating all of the song's instruments and singing its own song to the mix on "Moments (I've Been Loved)." Among the set's eight original tunes are "Keep the Customer Satisfied" and "Rhapsody of the Queen."

Naturally 7 rose to prominence in 2007. Jumpstarting their exposure was a video of the group on a Paris subway train singing Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" that went viral and exploded on YouTube. After Bublé tapped the group as his worldwide touring partner, Naturally 7 has since headlined the Playboy Jazz Festival, played London's Royal Albert Hall, performed at the BET Honors for Herbie Hancock and sang at Quincy Jones' 75th birthday party in Montreux, Switzerland.

"Most a cappella groups just focus on the a cappella part," says Thomas. "And that's fine. But we also try to make sure it's about good songs. Those never die."

For tickets ($45) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

]]> (Tara Daly) Events Thu, 15 Aug 2019 07:22:36 -0400
Many Connecticut Cities Ranked Highest for Number of Nonprofits

Brookfield and other nearby cities data can be seen on the chart below.

The Bridgeport Region ranks 20th for the US regions with the highest concentrations of nonprofit organizations according to Governing Magazine.  The Bridgeport metro area has a total of 1,391 nonprofits, which translates to 14.7 per 10,000 population.

The number of nonprofits in towns near Brookfield are:

City # of Charities Value of Assets
Bethel, CT 107 $787,620,173
Bridgewater, CT 23 $12,721,123
Brookfield, CT 78 $22,893,833
Danbury, CT 368 $1,553,033,485
Hawleyville, CT 11 $772,471
New Fairfield, CT 57 $4,033,563
New Miford, CT 1 $0
New Milford, CT 165 $274,930,876
Newtown, CT 157 $197,072,160
Roxbury, CT 23 $59,007,430
Sandy Hook, CT 56 $39,610,586
Sherman, CT 27 $15,316,119

The magazine studied all of the regions in the United States to try to determine why some regions have more charities than others, and they found some interesting results. "What we found was that the concentration of locally focused nonprofits doesn’t just vary from one part of the country to another -- it varies a lot. The top 10 metro areas on our list have more than twice the number of nonprofits per capita as all those in the bottom quarter."

Other regions in the top 20 according to Governor Magazine include:

Metro Area Nonprofits
Nonprofits Per 10k Pop
Barnstable Town, MA 517 24.2
Pittsfield, MA 286 22.6
Santa Fe, NM 285 19
Missoula, MT 219 18.4
Ithaca, NY 187 18.2
Springfield, IL 358 17.2
Trenton, NJ 634 17.1
Bismarck, ND 222 16.7
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 366 16.6
Madison, WI 1,094 16.6
Napa, CA 231 16.6
Boulder, CO 538 16.5
Duluth, MN-WI 447 16
Fairbanks, AK 157 15.9
Great Falls, MT 130 15.9
Glens Falls, NY 198 15.8
Jefferson City, MO 234 15.4
Portland-South Portland, ME 813 15.2
Anchorage, AK 595 14.9
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,391 14.7


Other Connecticut regions on the list include:

  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford with 1,576 nonprofits
  • New Haven-Milford with 1,082 nonprofits
  • Norwich-New London with 318 nonprofits

The governing analysis is based on data published by The National Center for Charitable Statistics.

]]> (Scott Schmidt) Charities Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:30:00 -0400
Brookfield Native Joins Danbury Colonials as Assistant Coach

On Monday August 12tat the Danbury Arena, Danbury Colonials Managing Partner, Colton Orr & General Manager, Rob Sutherland announced they have named two assistant coaches to join Head Coach Kevin Cunningham for their inaugural season in the NA3HL. With unique backgrounds spanning from the junior to professional levels, they are poised to make Danbury the premier destination for junior aged players looking for the right tools to play hockey at the next level.
Orr commented, “We are very excited by the mix of individuals we have in here to lead our team. It’s great blend of philosophies and it will translate to pushing our players to their maximum levels of potential.” Sutherland added, “To fill our room with so much knowledge and experience gives our team on the ice a great chance to be successful.  We put a blueprint on the board and said what can we do to make this a premier destination – we are on our way.”
Brian Allen, a Brookfield, Connecticut native, joins the organization after playing much of his career in the Danbury Arena. Brian played prep school hockey Vermont Academy and played Junior Hockey for the Hartford Junior Wolfpack & New Jersey Rockets of the Eastern Hockey League. Following his junior career, Brian attended and played varsity hockey at Worcester State University. During his senior season, Brian also served as the team’s Assistant Coach.  Cunningham commented, “Coach Allen will be an invaluable resource for our program. I am impressed with his knowledge, energy, and passion for the game. He will be a huge asset throughout the season both on and off the ice.”
A familiar face in hockey around Connecticut, “Super Joe” Dabkowski joins the Colonials after a season as an Assistant Coach with Colonials' Head Coach Kevin Cunningham and the Connecticut Chiefs of the EHL. A skilled centerman, Dabkowski played four seasons for Central Connecticut in college, amassing 220 points in 113 games. As a senior, he led his team in points, averaging over 2 points a game en route to an appearance in the Division II National Championship game. Dabkowski is no stranger to the Danbury Arena, beginning his professional career with the Danbury Whalers in their first two seasons where he earned the “Super Joe” moniker for his contributions to the organization both on and off the ice.
For more information on the Danbury Colonials, check out
]]> (Danbury Colonials) Neighbors Wed, 14 Aug 2019 04:08:02 -0400
Meet 2019 Drink Pink Courageous Face Donna Mae Gardiner-Spano

On October 3, 2019, the 11th Annual Drink Pink for a cause will take place at The Lounsbury House in Ridgefield. This event supports Ann’s Place while putting a spotlight on local breast cancer survivors.

The photo you see here is one of Kristen Jensen’s “Courageous Faces”. This and many other photos of cancer survivors, and those in the midst of treatment will blanket the walls of the Lounsbury House telling a story of life, struggle, friendship, and hope.

Here, we couple the many Courageous Faces with their unique stories. We thank each and every one of these ladies for sharing their journey with us.

Visit Crowdrise HERE to support the 2019 Drink Pink Courageous Faces. 

Meet Drink Pink model and Courageous Face, Donna Mae Gardiner-Spano

Hometown: Southbury 

When and how did you first learn you had breast cancer? 

I have always had issues with my breasts.  They were Dense and always required both Mammography and Ultrasound.   On a routine visit to my radiologist back in March of 2009, the cancer was picked up on the Ultrasound and not the Mammography.

Who did you turn to for support and how was that person or organization supportive? 

Back in 2009, my warrior husband succumbed to cancer 3 months after I was diagnosed.   He was my supporter as I was his for the 4 years he was ill prior to that. I also have two wonderful sisters whom I am very close to.  

Tell me about something someone said or did that helped you through your most difficult days 

The company I work for ExecuNet got me through those tough times and allowed me to take the time I needed to heal from my cancer and also the loss of my husband.  When I went back to work – got all sorts of compliments on how great my hair looked very gray and short. Since then, I’ve gone back to color and longer hair.

What was your photoshoot with Kristen Jensen and your day of beauty at Adam Broderick?   

The best thing about that day was my one on one with Kristen.  I loved that she indicated she needed to interview me and not just shoot photos.  Having your pictures taken like you’re a real model was quite an experience for me.   Kristen talked while she did the shoot which relaxed me. Quite a wonderful lady. Adam Broderick experience was wonderful.  The lady who did my makeup was beautiful and made me feel pretty and confident about my makeup. The young lady that did my hair was adorable and got it perfect.

What message do you have for others who have been diagnosed with breast cancer?

 Stay positive, exercise, go to support groups and you will beat cancer’s ass!

Drink Pink for a cause will take place at The Lounsbury House, located at 316 Main Street in Ridgefield on October 3 from 6 to 8pm. Learn more about Ann’s Place here.

Support the 2019 Drink Pink models and Ann’s Place by making a donation HERE.

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Brookfield Craft Center Studio Showcase

Brookfield Craft Center is pleased to present a showcase of our work from our Glass and Jewelry artists.  The Craft Center annually hosts an exhibition of work from one of its 8 craft studios.  This year’s show, sponsored by Reid and Riege, P.C., will be a unique experience, featuring not only the outcome of the artists’ creative endeavors but will also focus on the creative process. 

The exhibition will showcase the processes, materials and finished works that reflect the possibilities for artistic development and expression our students learn in our many creative classes. Displays will include examples of rough materials and tools used and show the steps our talented faculty and students take to transform them into beautiful works of art. 

“This is an inspiring exhibition,” remarked Howard Lasser the Craft Center’s Executive Director. “Here we show that with a little inspiration and guidance from our faculty everyone, regardless of prior experience, can create something wonderful.”

The exhibition in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery opens August 24 and runs through September 15th.  All are invited to an opening reception with the artists Saturday, August 24 from 5-8PM.  All sales within the gallery and shop will be tax free and all members will receive an additional 10% off all purchases during the reception.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday Noon – 5PM; Saturday 11-5PM; Sunday Noon – 4PM.


]]> (Howard Lasser) Places Tue, 13 Aug 2019 07:02:00 -0400
90s Alt-rockers Toad the Wet Sprocket Return to The Ridgefield Playhouse on August 25

2019 marks two important milestones for Toad the Wet Sprocket! One is the 25th Anniversary of their Platinum album Dulcinea, originally released in 1994, which featured the hits “Fall Down” and “Something’s Always Wrong.” The second is the 30th Anniversary of the band’s very first album Bread & Circus, which was re-released commercially in 1989. Toad continues to support their latest releases, New Constellation (2013) and The Architect of Ruin EP (2015) and will be performing fan favorites like “Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want,” “I Will Not Take These Things for Granted” and many more at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, August 25 at 8pm.

Terra Lightfoot will open the show. This event is part of Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity. As part of the summer tour, Toad will be supporting The Sierra Club and their efforts to “Protect the Future and Our Earth.” Make it a great night out with dinner and a show! Visit Bailey’s Backyard (23 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield) for an early dinner and receive 10% off when you show your ticket! Media partner for this event is 95.9 The Fox - Fairfield County Rocks.

For tickets ($69.50 | VIP Meet & Greet Experience additional $90) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.


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Tryouts for YMCA Mako's Swim Team

Mako Swim Team Tryouts Begin on August 19, 2019

The Regional YMCA Mako's competitive swim program offers children and teens an opportunity to work with trained coaches to improve swimming skills, endurance, and promote a healthy lifestyle. Participants build character values through personal improvement, training, goal-setting, teamwork, and competition.

Registration for the 2019-2020 Short Course Season will begin on August 26th. All new swimmers must complete a free evaluation prior to registration. Free evaluations will be offered August 19th - 21st from 5:00-6:00pm in the Main Building Pool and August 26th - 29th from 5:00-5:30pm in the Youth Development and Aquatic Center (YDAC) pool.

Those looking to sign up for an evaluation, should call the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut’s front desk at 203-775-4444 or schedule an appointment for a private evaluation with Sarah Basile at


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Rufus Wainwright Returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on August 20

Rufus Wainwright at The Ridgefield Playhouse on August 20 with His Oh Solo Wainwright Tour

Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Grammy Award nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation with songs like “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk,” “April Fools,” and his covers of “Hallelujah” and “Across the Universe.” Rufus Wainwright returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Tuesday, August 20 at 8pm with his Oh Solo Wainwright Tour. Special guest The Rails --featuring Kami Thompson (daughter of guitarist Richard Thompson) -- will open the show, which is part of Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer-Songwriter Series. Media sponsor for this event is WFUV.

The son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright was born in 1973 and spent his childhood in Canada with his mother after his parents’ divorce at age 3. He took up piano at 13 and toured with his mother, aunt and sister Mary as part of The McGarrigle Sisters and Family. His song “I’m a Runnin” which he wrote and performed at age 14 in the film Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller earned him a nomination for a Genie Award in 1989 and in 1990 he was nominated for a Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist of The Year. After playing weekly on the Montreal Club circuit, he released his debut album Poses in 1998 and it landed on many critics “Best” lists.

Rufus has released eight studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums. He has collaborated with artists ranging from Elton John, David Byrne, Robbie Williams, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell to Burt Bacharach. His album Rufus Does Judy recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2006 was nominated for a Grammy Award.

His acclaimed first opera, Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009 and has since been presented in London, Toronto, BAM in New York, Armel Opera Festival in Hungary and Augsburg Theatre in Germany.  In 2015, Deutsche Grammophon released a studio recording of the opera recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Rufus celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with the release of his latest album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets on Deutsche Grammophon worldwide in Spring 2016. The Canadian Opera Company commissioned Wainwright’s second opera, Hadrian, about the Roman Emperor, which premiered in Toronto in the fall of 2018.

The Rails are Kami Thompson (daughter of famed folk guitarist Richard and his musical partner Linda) and James Walbourne (guitarist with The Pogues and The Pretenders) and hail from Kentish Town in North London. The duo got together in 2013 and were soon signed to Island Records legendary pink label. Their debut album Fair Warning garnered 5/5 reviews in the music press and was voted the number one Folk Album for 2014 by Mojo. The following year the pair won the prestigious Horizon Award for best new artist at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards. In early 2017, the Rails traveled to Nashville to record their second album Other People with producer Ray Kennedy. The album released in September the same year garnered more five star reviews in Uncut and The Times as Walbourne and Thompson embarked on tours of the UK and North America (where they opened for the Pretenders). February 2019 saw The Rails back in the studio with a brand new label – Thirty Tigers – and a new producer – Stephen Street. The ensuing album Cancel The Sun will be released on August 16th.

For tickets ($67.50 - $250) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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