Coscob's HamletHub Sat, 28 Nov 2020 11:37:45 -0500 Black Friday & Shop Small Saturday at Abilis Gardens & Gifts

Abilis Gardens & Gifts is open for a very special Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday sale with 20% off all holiday items, gifts, floral and greenery. In addition, all cut flowers and floral arrangements are 50% off on Friday, November 27!

Abilis Gardens & Gifts is located at 50 Glenville Street, Greenwich, Connecticut, and is a retail-store training site where Abilis members work toward community-based jobs in sales and production. The beautiful greenhouse offers fresh florals, plants, holiday greenery, wreaths and plants and the gift shop has gifts for all ages, including bath and body, candles, jewelry, home goods and toys and books for children. Wonderful holiday ornaments and decorations are also available. 

Special holiday hours on Friday, November 27, and Saturday, November 28, are 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. To learn more, call 203-531-4438 or visit .

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Holiday Gift of Broadway from ACT of Connecticut, One Night Only

A One Night Special Livestream Event Airs December 12

Join ACT of CT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, Executive Director Katie Diamond, and Music Supervisor Bryan Perri as they “unwrap” all of ACT of CT's incredible productions to date. In this special livestream event, you’ll be given a backstage pass to see how ACT of CT’s musicals are conceived, designed, rehearsed, and finally put on stage!
And… you'll be amazed at what it takes to produce a musical. Hear from some of the stars, directors, and choreographers from ACT of CT's past productions, and the best part... you’ll get to experience some of your favorite ACT of CT musicals again! With songs and scenes from ACT of CT’s Mamma Mia!, Evita, Working, Austen’s Pride, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, and The Last Five Years – you’ll be overjoyed reliving some of your favorites! And, if you were not able to catch all of ACT of CT’s past shows, you’ll now have an opportunity to see what you missed! A perfect pre-holiday gift to open, you’ll love Broadway Unwrapped!!!!
This special one-hour livestream event airs on December 12th.

While donations are appreciated, this is a gift from all of us to all of you to enjoy!! 
Click HERE to secure your link for this special livestream event! or visit
]]> (ACT of Connecticut) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 08:23:50 -0500
Bruce Museum: Children's Book Art Exhibit

GREENWICH, CT – The Bruce Museum is pleased to announce an exhibition of children’s book illustrations from the archives of artist, illustrator, and author James Stevenson (American, 1929-2017). Fun / No Fun: Children’s Book Art by James Stevenson will be on view to the public beginning Sunday, December 13, 2020, through Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Adults know Stevenson as the witty and prolific New Yorker cartoonist—there was hardly a magazine issue in five decades that did not include a Stevenson gag. Kids know him as the author and illustrator of hundreds of children’s books that induce fits of giggles with silliness voiced with a simple honesty. Deftly drawn with an assured line and colored with soft watercolor washes, Stevenson’s whimsical sketches evoke a sense of memory and nostalgia.  

While this exhibition spotlights the books he both wrote and illustrated, Stevenson often collaborated with admired children’s book authors such as Judy Blume, Helen Griffith, Jack Prelutsky, and Dr. Seuss. He not only authored the award-winning storybooks, but also wrote Young Adult novels and poetry. 


Fun / No Fun will explore the seasonal delights to which kids of all ages can relate—building a snowman in winter, tormenting your friends with springtime skunk cabbage, summer camp camaraderie, and leaping into an autumn leaf pile.

James Stevenson’s Connecticut roots run deep. While Jim grew up in Croton-on-Hudson in Westchester County, he was educated at Yale University, raised his family of nine children in Old Black Point on the Connecticut shore, and settled in Cos Cob with his second wife Josie Merck. In a 2019 documentary, Stevenson: Lost and Found, (named after his Op-Ed in The New York Times) his family describes how the self-taught artist was always sketching and that the familial soundtrack was accompanied by the constant scratching sound of his pen on paper.

Throughout the holiday season, Fun / No Fun will bring together generations of Stevenson art lovers—the readers and the read-to—who will be fascinated by the dexterity of his hand, sensitivity of his execution, and marvelous sense of humor. Curators Kathleen Holko and Kathy Reichenbach are especially proud to shine a light on a local art icon. As Josie Merck Stevenson, Honorary Chair of the Fun / No Fun Committee of Honor says, “Jim would be so pleased to have this exhibition here at the Bruce Museum, a place he truly appreciated over many decades.”

Showcased will be original illustrations from a multitude of beloved books authored by Stevenson, who populated his tomes with a cast of characters in settings that he conjured precisely to suit the story. Visitors will recognize their favorite Stevenson characters, from the anthropomorphic denizens of Mud Flat, to the mustachioed Grandpa and his little brother Wainey; from goodhearted witch Emma and her nemeses Lavinia and Dolores, to the perennially grouchy Mr. Worst, and many more.

A 1990 New York Times article articulated how movies, a favorite entertainment, were his inspiration in the development of children’s books: ''You cast, write the script, set design, find the right actors, people you care about, have them say the right things, find locations, the right stove for the kitchen.''

These lively, colored sketches will be shown alongside the softly nostalgic watercolors he employed in his series of autobiographical books, such as Fun / No Fun (1994), from which this exhibition borrows its title.

“In my 50 years of publishing children's books, there was no one like Jim Stevenson,” says Susan Hirschman, Founder of Greenwillow Books, which published many of Stevenson’s works. “He was extraordinarily prolific yet never repeated himself. He was clever, witty, subtle, funny, tender, and smart—and yet he never talked down to children. His black line had an unmistakable personality, and his use of blank white space was a strong fifth color in all his art. You think of Jim's books, and lines and pages and individual pictures crowd your mind. The books are bursting with emotion—awaiting their readers with enthusiasm.”


The Bruce is hosting two special exhibition preview days for Museum members only on Friday and Saturday, December 11-12, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. To reserve a timed ticket to attend the limited-capacity preview days for members, or to join as a member, visit or call 203-869-0376, ext. 311. Members can also enjoy a double discount (20%) in the Museum Store during these preview days (the new official Greenwich Monopoly game not included).


Fun / No Fun: Children’s Book Art by James Stevenson is generously supported by a Committee of Honor co-chaired by Patricia and John Chadwick, Maryann Keller Chai, Anne Hall Elser, Erin Glasebrook, Catherine Ladnier and Mickey Robinson, and Cricket and Jim Lockhart. The Bruce Museum is grateful for exhibition support from Rockefeller Capital Management, Greenwich, and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

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Bruce Museum: Webinar on Endangered Species

GREENWICH, CT — The Bruce Museum’s series of monthly programs featuring thought leaders in the fields of art and science continues on Thursday, December 3, at 7:00 pm with The Origin of Species...Survival Plans. This Bruce Presents virtual webinar via Zoom brings together a panel of experts who will launch a deep dive into the remarkable programs studying and now saving hundreds of endangered and at-risk species worldwide.

Joining this conversation about the need to develop Species Survival Plans and how they’re being implemented on an international scale are Christopher S. Gentile, Director of the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville, NC, and three wildlife conservation experts from Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo: Curator of Education Jim Knox, Animal Care Specialist Bethany Thatcher, and Deszani Flemmings, coordinator of the Conservation Discovery Corps team at the zoo in Bridgeport.

Admission to the virtual Bruce Presents program, The Origin of Species...Survival Plans, is $20 for non-members; Museum members receive a 20% discount. To make a reservation to participate in the webinar, visit or call 203-869-0376. Support for Bruce Presents programs is generously provided by Berkley One, a Berkley Company, Connecticut Office of the Arts, and Northern Trust.

With examples from mammals to reptiles to even often overlooked insects, you will learn not only what resources are required to effectively steward critically endangered species worldwide, but also begin to understand why public education about Species Survival Plans remains ultra-critical to the success of every single effort. 

Chris Gentile began his zoo and aquarium career in 1994 at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. He held management positions at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, SC, prior to being appointed director of Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville, NC, in 2009. In February, 2019, the Center opened a new Pre-historic Appalachia exhibit for red panda, making a connection between the fossils of the extinct Bristol’s Panda, found in the tri-cities area of Eastern Tennessee, with their closest living relative.

Gentile received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Clark University in Worcester, MA in 1992 and his Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Bridgeport, CT in 1993. He recently finished a 4-year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (2016-Sept 2020), and served as chair of AZA’s Conservation Education Committee (2004-06) and Chair of the Professional Development Committee (2014 -15).

Jim Knox serves as the Curator of Education for Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, where he directs educational programming and conducts field conservation for this AZA-accredited institution. 

Knox is a graduate of Cornell University where he studied Animal Science and Applied Economics. He has studied Great White Sharks in South Africa, conducted field research on Alaskan Brown Bears, field conservation for Atlantic Salmon, and written nationally for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A member of The Explorers Club, Knox has served as an on-camera wildlife expert for The Today Show and The CBS Early Show and has lectured for The Harvard College Conservation Society. Knox writes a column, Wildly Successful, for The Greenwich Sentinel and is proud to serve as a Science Adviser to The Bruce Museum. 

Bethany Thatcher is an Animal Care Specialist at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo where she performs daily husbandry for a variety of critically endangered species, including birds of prey and large carnivores.  Bethany serves as the Training Coordinator for this AZA facility, overseeing the behavior modification program for the entire zoo.

Thatcher is an honors graduate of Marist College, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has conducted field research on Black Howler monkeys with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Belize and with The National Audubon Society for Project Puffin in Maine. Thatcher has been a leading member in the Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers for over 15 years and has served as Chapter President. She has presented at national conservation conferences on hand raising carnivores and animal training.  She prides herself on her success training the animals in her care to accept hand injections, eliminating the need for darting. She has also successfully hand-reared many carnivores over the years, including Amur Tigers and the world’s rarest cat—the Amur Leopard.

Deszani Flemmings began his journey in Kingston, Jamaica, as a volunteer at the Hope Zoo where he quickly realized his passion for conservation and recognized the need for educational programming. Upon immigrating to the U.S.A., he interned at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo where he presented wildlife programs. At the end of 2016, he was hired by Animal Embassy as an Animal Care and Education Specialist.

While at Animal Embassy, he designed interactive educational programs for students of all ages, while still volunteering at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. In 2019, Flemmings joined the Conservation Discovery Corps team at the zoo as a coordinator and has led the team in conservation efforts, including Monarch Watch, invasive plant removal, endangered freshwater mussel identification and population counts, Canada goose banding, Horseshoe crab tagging, as well as a multitude of in-person programs on and off zoo grounds.

The speakers’ presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, moderated by Leonard Jacobs, producer of the Bruce Presents series. Visit or call 203-869-0376 to reserve your place in this virtual program on Thursday, December 3, starting at 7:00 pm.

]]> (Scott Smith ) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 07:14:44 -0500
Courtnay’s Kitchen Cooking for a Cause for The Greenwich Senior Center

The Greenwich Senior Center is thankful to Courtnay’s Kitchen for cooking fresh, delicious meals in their kitchen and delivering them to Greenwich Seniors- the most vulnerable of all. Over 100 Thanksgiving meals were cooked, packed, and delivered by Courtnay’s Kitchen, along with many worker bees. Courtnay Arpano, a native North Carolinian, grew-up in a family of cooks and entertainers where southern hospitality was (and still is) the name of the game. 

With a culinary degree from L’Academie de Cuisine and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Studies from New York University, Courtnay founded Courtnay’s Kitchen, 136 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich, CT. “Lend a hand to the elders in your life,” Courtnay says, “…the older neighbor…aging relative…find them. They are out there and they need us now!”


]]> (Bobbi Eggers) Charities Fri, 27 Nov 2020 04:40:24 -0500
Greenwich Senior Center handed out 185 hot turkey meals w trimmings and whole pies

Thanksgiving 2020 is very different this year. Without large gatherings, many older adults cannot be with family and friends, the greatest joy in their life.

Lori Contadino, Director of the Greenwich Commission on Aging, and the staff at the Greenwich Senior Center, didn’t want people to go without a turkey meal, so they made it possible for 185 Greenwich Senior Center Members to enjoy a hot, fresh-cooked turkey lunch this week, all for $5.00. As a special treat, members also received an entire apple pie, compliments of the Greenwich Commission on Aging Sponsors.

Chef Teddy Torchon and the Senior Center Chefs cooked the feast and participants lined up in their cars at the Senior Center Circle, at their allotted pick up time, as volunteers and staff placed the meals and pies in their cars. Safe distancing was practiced and masks were mandatory for everyone. The Drive-Thru pick-up was contactless.

Members were delighted to get their turkey meal. One member said, “I am so glad to be getting a Thanksgiving Dinner from you. I was going to have frozen pizza.”

Next month, there will be two $5.00 holiday lunch opportunities on Dec. 11 and the 21st. You must be a member of the Greenwich Senior Center, but membership is free. You must pre-order and quantities are limited. To sign up, or answer any questions, please call Deana as soon as possible at the Greenwich Senior Center, (203) 862-6700.

If you are an older resident of Greenwich, here are more ways for you to be socially connected:

Confused by Zoom? Get Technology Help
For older adults who need free, basic, one-on-one help with their computer, smartphone or laptop, they can sign up and a Greenwich Country Day School volunteer will contact them to assist. Email or call (203) 863-5653.

Join a free live Zoom session for Older Adults:
The CONNECTT program is a collaborative effort with Greenwich Country Day School and offer daily programs on your computer, tablet or phone.

For the Daily Schedule and to click to connect, go to the Greenwich Commission on Aging website page on the Town of Greenwich website:

]]> (Bobbi Eggers) Neighbors Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:45:44 -0500
Greenwich Interior Designers to Host Virtual House Tours Bringing Cherished Antiquarius Tradition to Comfort of Homes

Forget the shuttle buses, lines and booties for touring Antiquarius homes in years past. Greenwich Historical Society’s Antiquarius House Tour on December 3 can be enjoyed from the comfort of participants’ homes thanks to a collaboration between three of Greenwich’s most talented interior designers and Quintessence At Home

Susanna Salk, co-founder of the dynamic design firm will interview Charlotte Barnes, Heather Georges and Patrick Mele for an intimate look at what makes these homes special and ready for entertaining at a moment’s notice.

“The wow factor will be every bit as evident this year and frankly we’re confident it will be an even richer experience since participants will hear first-hand the designers’ thought process and inspiration for the decor,” says Cai Pandolfino, Historical Society Director of Communications, Strategy and Business Development.

Charlotte Barnes’ Tips for Hosting the Holidays at Home

Known for creating elegant, warm and intimate spaces, Charlotte’s award-winning work has been featured in top interior design publications in the U.S. and Europe. She shares timeless entertaining tips for creating festive celebrations, even in this year of the pandemic when gatherings at home will be smaller.

  • Always set a lavish table even if dinner is casual. I believe the best tables are a mix of different colors and patterns, and I like to use a beautiful cloth as a backdrop. I am all about mixing my collections of silver and gold with old and new pieces. I like to call it ‘traditional but not.’ When you buy what you love, you will always find a place for it!
  • Be sure to have your favorite food and drink on hand (in excess!) so you can entertain at a moment’s notice. Our favorite cheese is Pierre Robert at room temperature and lots of William Poll potato chips — they are amazing.
  • Find a drink that is easy to make and serve. I like Lillete with an orange slice and a sprig of rosemary. It is festive and delicious and has become something that our guests look forward to every year.
  • Start collecting presents throughout the year so you can have more time with family when they arrive. And get those presents wrapped early!

Heather Georges on How to Create Fabulous Tablescapes

Greenwich mother to three and former owner of Hoyt-Levasseur interior design in Manhattan, Heather Georges has a well-deserved reputation for hosting memorable soirees from her home. She shares tips for creating tables to remember:

  • Create a theme and gather items you love and are excited about, for example a distinctive tablecloth, beautiful hand painted plates, colored glasses and build from there.  
  • Mix old and new and put together colors that are a bit unusual.  Mixing orange and burgundy with a touch of amethyst, for example, is one of my favorites.
  • Add layers of votives and personal objects until the table is rich in contrast for creating a special mood or bringing back cherished memories. I have a collection of porcelain flowers that I brought back from a trip that I love to use.

Antiquarius Virtual House Tours, presented by Quintessence, takes place on December 3rd. Following a long-standing tradition, Antiquarius ticket holders can join friends for a festive lunch at select Greenwich restaurants. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:


]]> (McCormick PR) Events Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:19:48 -0500
Bloc of Local Writers Offer College Essay Cure-all

For many college-bound high school seniors, the holiday season can be challenging, as students wait to hear whether they will be admitted to their first-choice early decision and early action colleges.

If a school only accepts 10-20% of applicants who apply ED, it follows that 80-90% need to have a back-up plan and apply elsewhere. This year, some students delayed applying ED and EA because they weren’t able to visit schools due to Covid-19. Either way, instead of sitting around stressing out, it’s crunch time — or it should be.

With six weeks from the regular decision college application deadlines in early January, the pressure’s on for a polished essay. The Common Application personal statement has taken on newfound importance with other factors holding less weight due to the Covid-19 disruption, such as high school classes being graded pass/fail, many colleges adopting “test-optional” policies, and some sports programs and other extracurricular activities on pause. This time of year students procrastinate or tinker with their essay for weeks — akin to driving in circles. The good news is essay writing doesn’t need to be an overwhelming ordeal.

Enter A Bloc of Writers — the Greenwich, Connecticut-based writing firm and trio of essay experts — and their affordable tutoring service, Essay Rx. Their team is like a GPS, guiding students toward their destination and ensuring they arrive on time.

Founder Michele Turk is the mother of both a college freshman and junior. She gets it. In fact, she purposely chose “We take the Stress out of College Admissions!” as her company’s tagline to reassure frazzled families (and a lot of families are frazzled this year!). Michele has worked as a professional writer and editor for the past two decades, having published news articles and features for many consumer magazines and websites before becoming a college consultant (she is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association).  

She also worked as an adjunct professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University. She knows good writing. Michele and her team, including professional writers and educators Daisy Florin and Jennifer Deinard, coach teens on the nuts and bolts of strong writing, and specifically, storytelling, the essence of a good essay.

“If you rushed to finish your essays in the waning days and even hours before the mid-night deadline on November 1, Essay Rx can provide reassurance for future applications. After they’ve been deferred or rejected, some students have a wake-up call that their parents or best friend may not know how to write a strong college application essay,” said Turk. “As regular decision application deadlines quickly approach, students need quick, professional advice on their college essays,” she said. “That’s where Essay Rx comes in…we diffuse anxiety, provide spot-on feedback, and help students hone their essays to be on point and on time.”

Interested students should e-mail a draft to or call (203) 622-2968 to request assistance. Teens then receive extensive feedback regarding topic, theme, tone, and grammar — all within 48 hours. The fee is $200. Students can also schedule 30-minute meetings via Zoom with one of the tutors for an additional $75. Essay Rx is available through December 11, 2020. The service can be used to evaluate the Common Application essay or the all-important supplemental essays.

Though Essay Rx is a timely remedy for unfinished essays, A Bloc of Writers also assists students at any step in the college application process. Should students be stumped on a topic, the tutors work in tandem with the teen, mining their background to distill a compelling story. In January, A Bloc of Writers will offer an affordable online writing class designed to teach underclassmen how to write a winning essay.

“Our take on what makes a good essay topic is often very different from what students think. The goal is to deliver an authentic essay, strong enough to move their application from the maybe pile to the accepted pile,” continued Turk.

The tutoring staff also highlights hallmark pitfalls to avoid, like waiting until the last minute to start writing, skipping revisions, writing an autobiography or resume-like list of achievements, tackling the school-specific supplemental essays without enough knowledge of the college or program, asking the wrong person for help, or going it alone. With A Bloc of Writers, there’s no need to.

A Bloc of Writers is a Greenwich-based writing, editing and tutoring company. They specialize in helping students write impressive college application essays. What sets them apart is that their essay tutors are all experienced, professional writers, editors, and teachers. For more information, visit



]]> (Aline Weiller) Neighbors Tue, 24 Nov 2020 04:31:49 -0500
Greenwich HS Bella House Graduate Segundo Rienhardt Earns Dean's Award with Distinction at Colgate University

Cos Cob resident Segundo Rienhardt, a member of the Colgate University Class of 2022, has earned the spring 2020 Dean's Award with Distinction.

Rienhardt is a Classical Studies major and is a graduate of Greenwich HS Bella House.

Students who receive a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher while completing at least three courses during the spring 2020 semester earn the Dean's Award with Distinction.

Colgate is a leading American university for students who want classes with rigor, faculty with passion, and confidence in knowing they will learn how to thrive in work and life. Colgate offers 56 majors and supports 25 Division I athletic teams on a campus of about 3,000 students in central New York.

]]> (Colgate University) Neighbors Mon, 23 Nov 2020 05:10:08 -0500
Neighbor to Neighbor Hands Out 500 Turkeys to Families in Need

Many families have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic this year and it will be a difficult Thanksgiving for so many, particularly for those in need of food assistance.

Today, Neighbor to Neighbor distributed nearly 500 frozen turkeys with fresh produce and trimmings to the individuals and families they serve throughout the year. Many of the turkeys were donated by King's Market, and the balance from CT Food Bank and an anonymous donor. Every year, Neighbor to Neighbor offers turkeys to families in need, However, in 2020, far more households are having difficulty making ends meet. 

Prior to the pandemic, Neighbor to Neighbor served approximately 325 client households. today, they provide groceries to more than 575 households with deliveries provided by TAG. People in need of assistance are referred by the Greenwich Department of Human Services. Margaret Tjimos Goldberg, Executive Director, said, "Neighbor to Neighbor is ready to serve our community in need, especially during this critical time when so many feel isolated and alone. We offer our assistance and we appreciate the dedication of our staff and volunteers as we serve our clients with a smile, a turkey, and a holiday bag of produce and some trimmings." 

If you would like to purchase food for families in need from the Neighbor to Neighbor Grocery List, go to the Neighbor to Neighbor website,, click on the #Givehealthy option, select the foods from the wish list and pay with one easy click.
Neighbor to Neighbor’s temporary location at Arch Street Teen Center is functioning well, with plenty of space to organize inventory and pack bags of groceries for delivery. Volunteers and staff work together while practicing recommended CDC safety guidelines.  
Questions? Call Neighbor to Neighbor 203.622.9208 

]]> (Bobbi Eggers) Charities Fri, 20 Nov 2020 03:47:28 -0500
Join Greenwich Botanical Center for Thanksgiving Floral Tablescape Class

Join Greenwich Botanical Center for a Thanksgiving Floral Tablescape Class Tuesday, November 24th at 12 pm - 2 pm led by Marna Ringel, The Essential Florist, who will guide participants in creating a festive fall colorful arrangement to enhance your Thanksgiving tablescape.


Link here to register.

]]> (Betsy Keller) Events Thu, 19 Nov 2020 09:03:38 -0500
Greenwich Historical Society Festival of Tabletop Trees Showcases Creative Genius of Local Designers, Merchants and Cultural Organizations

Greenwich Historical Society’s 2nd annual Festival of Tabletop Trees enables residents to view, purchase or bid on a spectacular collection of 25-holiday trees from the comfort of their homes. Trees can also be viewed and purchased safely in the Historical Society’s new museum lobby.

“Our collection of exquisitely decorated trees offers something for everyone, thanks to the extraordinary creativity of more than 20 Greenwich designers and organizations who contributed their time and talent to help residents make their homes festive sanctuaries during the holidays,” says Barbara Johann, Greenwich Historical Society Museum Store Manager. “We are extremely grateful for their support for this fundraiser which, like all Antiquarius events, helps to fund Historical Society programming.”

Click here to view the decorated trees and participate in the auction.

Special thanks to donors, including Bruce Museum Gift Shop, Dogwood Books & Gifts, The Drawing Room, Garden Club of Old Greenwich, Girl Scouts of Greenwich, Green Fingers Garden Club, Greenwich Botanical Center, Greenwich Library, Beth Krupa Interiors, Little Bow Chic, McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, Open Arts Alliance, The Rummage Room, Salon 221, Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, Something Special Florist, Sophia’s of Greenwich, Tiger Lily’s, Greenwich Community Gardens, Greenwich Exchange for Women and Greenwich Garden Club.

]]> (Laura McCormick) Life Thu, 19 Nov 2020 06:59:54 -0500
Greenwich's Very Own Version of Monopoly Now Available at Local Retailers

The world's most iconic board game, available in 114 countries and over 47 languages, today expands to release one of first completely customized, geographic game boards created for the North American market – Greenwich, Connecticut! Created and manufactured by Top Trumps USA, Inc. under license from Hasbro, the official owner of the Monopoly game and brand, the game is available for purchase today at local retailers.

"After months in the making, our entire team is so excited to finally share what we've been working so hard to capture over the past few months – how tight-knit, beautiful, friendly and energetic Greenwich truly is," said Afolabi Omotola, Partnerships Manager, Top Trumps USA, Inc. "Just in time for the holiday season, we worked hard to incorporate all of the important feedback we received from locals to truly make this a fun game for the community!"

Beloved icons, businesses and favorite locations that are highlighted on the board include:

  • Greenwich Avenue holds the board's most iconic and most expensive piece of real estate with a bright blue square, costing four hundred Monopoly dollars to purchase. Closely following, Bruce Park occupies the second priciest square on the board at three hundred and fifty Monopoly dollars.
  • Greenwich Hospital, an important community member involved in the day-to-day health and wellness of Greenwich, is featured in a prominent red square.
  • Miller Motorcars, sought after for its luxury automobile offerings to match the luxury real estate offerings on our board, is also featured in a prominent red square.
  • Iconic parks and beloved outdoor spaces featured include Binney Park, Byram Park, Great Captain Island, Greenwich Harbor, Greenwich Point, Island Beach and Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.
  • Historical locations including Bush-Holley House and Putnam Cottage are also featured.
  • Arts, culture and nature are all well-loved areas in town, so the Audubon Center, Bruce Museum and Greenwich Library are important pieces of real estate on the board.
  • Greenwich Town Hall encourages town business transactions to still take place, even in Monopoly!
  • Hop on the railroad at Cos Cob, Greenwich, Old Greenwich or Riverside stations!
  • Lastly, three celebrated and much-looked forward to annual events – the Film Festival, Car Show and Town Party – are also up for sale!

With all squares on the board completely personalized for the Greenwich community, the Community and Chance cards also feature a local twist.

Greenwich Monopoly is available at local and online retailers, including Amazing Toys (Stamford), Back 40 Mercantile, The Bruce Museum Shop, Funky Monkey Toys, Party Paper & Things, Greenwich Historical Society Museum Store, The Greenwich Hospital Gift Shop, Miller Motorcars, Smart Kids Toys, Splurge Gifts and Zyn's. The game retails for $39.99.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Thu, 19 Nov 2020 01:59:00 -0500
Greenwich Holiday Stroll Reimagined!

The Tradition Continues!  Greenwich Holiday Stroll Reimagined! 

Treasured Holiday Event Goes Virtual December 1 - 24, 2020 

The Stroll Must Go On! 2020 marks the 12th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll. This year’s event, amidst the COVID pandemic, sets its sights on a new event for a new day.   We are excited to announce the first ever “Virtual Greenwich Holiday Stroll, 24 Days of Holiday Shopping & Dining,” December 1-24, 2020.  

The Virtual Greenwich Holiday Stroll features 24 days of short videos highlighting local retail stores and restaurants throughout downtown Greenwich, Village of Old Greenwich, Byram, Glenville, Cos Cob, and Riverside.  Over 100 merchants are anticipated to participate.  All merchants will be sharing their holiday merchandise, gift ideas, festive wares, services, signatures dishes, celebratory cocktails, and more through fun and engaging videos broadcast on Greenwich Holiday Stroll multi-media and digital platforms and on, December 1 - 24.  

The Virtual Greenwich Holiday Stroll, 24 Days of Holiday Shopping & Dining is an innovative and informative way for local retailers and restaurateurs to connect with the community and communicate all the wonderful shopping and celebrating that can safely be enjoyed this holiday season. From online ordering, delivery, and curbside pick-up options, to trending fashion and home décor, all can be viewed, and often purchased, from the comfort of one’s home or researched prior to visiting the store. Need some holiday entertaining inspiration or a safe space dining option for small festive gatherings with friends, family, and co-workers?  Consumers can view the many retail store and restaurant virtual tours, cooking demonstrations, and mixology classes found on the Greenwich Holiday Stroll website, social media platforms, media partner platforms, and Greenwich Holiday Stroll YouTube.  

Thank you to our many sponsors; Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, Pepsi, The Long Ridge School, Yale New Haven Health, Greenwich Hospital and Rand Insurance.   

Thank you to our valued Premier Media Sponsors: Greenwich Magazine / Moffly Media, Greenwich Time / Stamford Advocate / Hearst Media Services, Connecticut Magazine, News 12 CT and additional Media Sponsors:  Fairfield County Business Journal, Westchester County Business Journal, WAG Magazine, Jen Danzi, Kids Out and About, Macaroni Kid, Money Mailer of CT and NY, Natural Awakenings Magazine, Shorelines Illustrated and WEBE 108 Radio.   

The Virtual Greenwich Holiday Stroll is created and produced by TMK Event Marketing, LLC, a Greenwich-based company.  For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact TMK Event Marketing at 203 531-3047 or email,  

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Residential Colleges Across the Northeast Encouraged to Provide COVID Testing for Students Before they Leave for Thanksgiving Break

Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, and Governor John Carney of Delaware today announced they will encourage residential colleges and universities in their respective states to provide testing for all students traveling home for Thanksgiving break to the maximum extent possible before they leave campus.

Any student who tests positive will be encouraged to isolate on campus before they can travel or detail arrangements of their safe travel home with the local department of health. These efforts will help mitigate the threat of college students returning home for the holidays importing COVID-19 into their communities. In addition, colleges should inform students and their families of relevant quarantine policies in their home state.

“College students returning from highly infected states could accelerate the spread of COVID in Connecticut,” Governor Lamont said. “I appreciate the joint effort of all our regional governors to clearly state the testing/quarantine rules for returning home from college.”

“The region is experiencing a surge in COVID cases and a surge in the serious health impacts this disease brings with it,” Governor Baker said. “Working together on travel and higher education policies like these, states can have a bigger impact on COVID spread as students travel for the holidays. Gathering with friends and family significantly increases the risk of spreading the virus and while testing and isolation guidelines can help slow the spread, it is up to everyone to wear a mask and avoid gathering indoors with people outside of your household.”

“As everyone predicted, cases are rising as temperatures drop, and New York is not immune,” Governor Cuomo said. “With the holidays approaching, we are fighting ‘living room spread’ from small gatherings in private homes – and adding college students’ interstate travel will be like pouring gasoline on a fire. We know this virus does not respect borders, which is why governors from across the region are working together to stop the spread. Colleges and universities have to do their part by testing all students before they leave, informing them about quarantine rules, and keeping classes online between Thanksgiving and Winter Break. We beat back the COVID beast in the spring, and by working together we can do it once again this winter.”

“As our COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, it’s critical that we come together as a region to slow the spread and keep our constituents safe,” Governor Raimondo said. “We all need to be more vigilant about keeping our circles small and our masks on, while at the same time we’re continuing to ramp up asymptomatic testing across-the-board. This collaborative approach among Northeastern states will help us flatten the curve and contain spread over the Thanksgiving holiday.”

“With Thanksgiving and the broader holiday season fast approaching, we have to recognize that any large family gathering – particularly among different age groups – runs the risk of turning the dinner table into a COVID hotspot,” Governor Murphy said. “To reduce the risk of transmission across our region, we are encouraging colleges and universities to ramp up testing for students returning home, and for anyone who tests positive to adhere to their state’s quarantine restrictions. If we collectively recommit ourselves to the commonsense mitigation practices that got us through the first wave of this pandemic, we can save lives before a vaccine becomes broadly available.”

“It is our collective responsibility to protect our communities and our most vulnerable from COVID-19 and to continue to work together to get through this pandemic,” Governor Wolf said. “These targeted mitigation efforts, combined with existing ones, are paramount to decreasing the spread of COVID-19. We need everyone to be united in wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing our hands in order to save lives and help protect our economies.”

“There’s no sugarcoating it – this will be a difficult winter,” Governor Carney said. “We are seeing rising cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19 in our region and across the country as we enter the colder months. The holidays present a significant challenge. I’m thankful for the cooperation in our region, and will continue to urge Delawareans to do what works. Wear a mask. Don’t gather with anyone outside your household. Stay vigilant.”

The combination of rising cases across the country – including in the northeast – due to increased transmission of COVID in small, residential settings and Thanksgiving travel has created the perfect storm for viral spread. If people proceed with celebrations in small gatherings outside of their immediate families, they risk generating a dramatic spike in cases after Thanksgiving. All governors are urging their residents to stay home and celebrate small this year in an effort to help eliminate the risk of unchecked COVID-19 spread in the coming weeks.

The governors and their public health experts developed this guidance over the weekend at an emergency summit of northeastern governors. The governors also emphasized the importance of in-person education. Medical research as well as the data from northeastern states, from across the country, and from around the world make clear that in-person learning is safe when the appropriate protections are in place, even in communities with high transmission rates. In-person learning is the best possible scenario for children, especially those with special needs and from low-income families. There is also growing evidence that the more time children spend outside of school increases the risk of mental health harm and affects their ability to truly learn.

In order to stop college-related travel spreading COVID, colleges and universities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware will be encouraged to make testing available to all students before they leave for Thanksgiving break and inform students and their families of states’ quarantine requirements. Any student who tests positive before they leave should be permitted to isolate on campus, or may travel safely with the approval of the local departments of health. Students who are already isolating or quarantining on campus must remain in place until completing their prescribed seclusion.

In addition, the governors are strongly recommending that colleges and universities finish their fall semesters by expanding remote instruction, enabling more students to learn from home for the few weeks between Thanksgiving and winter break rather than require students to travel back to campus and then back home again in December. Half of colleges and universities across the northeast have already indicated they will be fully remote between Thanksgiving and the end of their fall semester. Colleges and universities should prioritize on-campus programs for students who did not travel or who need in-person exams or clinical and laboratory experiences.

If colleges and universities do reopen for in-person instruction during this period, all returning students should receive COVID-19 tests and comply with relevant isolation and quarantine protocols. These institutions should also double down on precautions including frequent health screenings and surveillance testing due the increased risk of COVID exposure from student travel.


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