Coscob's HamletHub Mon, 02 Oct 2023 13:30:34 -0400 Six Connecticut Women Entrepreneurs to Receive Women Rising Awards at WBDC’s Annual Gala

The Women Rising Gala and Awards Celebration is WBDC’s annual event to honor Connecticut’s women entrepreneurs and business leaders as part of its mission to promote economic equity for women and strengthen communities through entrepreneurial and financial education services. 

Six of Connecticut’s women business owners will be honored by the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) on October 27 as part of the 2023 Women Rising Annual Gala and Awards Celebration. The event, being held at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, will feature keynote speaker Katrina Adams, and Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz will serve as the event’s honorary chair.

The Women Rising Award is presented annually to WBDC clients who show a strong commitment to WBDC and demonstrate success in their business and tenacity in pursuing their goals.

The 2023 Women Rising Award recipients are:

Read more about the 2023 Women Rising Award recipients here

“We are so proud of these amazing women entrepreneurs. It truly is exciting to witness their journeys as they grow and develop their businesses,” said WBDC Founder and CEO Fran Pastore. “These women have taken full advantage of the resources WBDC offers and have developed the tools to lead successful business enterprises in their communities. These women can be an inspiration to other small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs and are absolutely deserving of this recognition.”

In addition to the Women Rising Award, the 2023 Women Rising Annual Gala and Awards Celebration will honor a pair of business leaders with the WBDC Impact Award — which recognizes individuals who have personally exemplified WBDC’s mission and goals by promoting economic equality and prosperity for women. WBDC will also present a WBDC volunteer with the Patricia Billie Miller Award for Outstanding Community Service.

The Gala Title Sponsor is PMI. Other sponsors for the event include: Impact level – Hartford HealthCare, Mastercard, Travelers; Investor level – GenRe; Shipman; Webster Bank; Capital level – Alex Brown, a Division Raymond James; drbank; Gibson Dunn; Hearst Connecticut Media Group; Henkel; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Linde; M&T Bank; Moffly Media; Point 72; Tidal River; Union Savings Bank; Wiggin and Dana; Wondr Nation; Empower level – Alvarez & Marsal; Bourgeon Capital Management; Gilda Bonanno LLC; Hexcel; Libertas; PWC; Stamford Health.

For tickets to the 2022 WBDC Women Rising Gala and Awards Celebration, to become a sponsor, or to make a donation, visit


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Armonk Outdoor Art Show Weather Update


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FC Buzz Weekend: Greenwich Symphony Orchestra at the Performing Arts Center Greenwich High School

FC Buzz Weekend Lineup September 29 - October 1

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across 15 towns in coastal Fairfield County. Sign up to receive a free eBuzz newsletter with top picks and spotlight events from the hundreds of events posted on FCBuzz.

Orquesta Afinke

Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport

Friday, September 29, 8:00 pm

FREE TICKET ALERT! A 9-piece musical group of seasoned musicians perform a diverse repertoire including Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Boleros, Plena, Latin jazz, and more. Get ready to dance the night away. Free tickets can be picked up at any Bridgeport Library location or the Klein Box Office. Limit 4 tickets per group. 

Nickelodeon’s Our World: Worldwide Day of Play.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk

Saturday, September 30, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

It’s back! A global play event presented by Nickelodeon and the Association of Children’s Museums. During this action-packed event, the museum will offer FREE admission all day and celebrate what they do best – play! Programming will reinforce lessons about the importance of play and the tremendous benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle. 

“An American Town Goes to War” – An Author Talk with Tony Pavia

Weston History & Culture Center, Weston

Saturday, September 30, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

As part of the Weston History & Culture Center’s World War II Lecture Series, author Tony Pavia presents the story of a group of men, all from Stamford, CT, who went off to war. Mr. Pavia will discuss the commonalities of their experiences, highlight their personal stories and stories from the veterans’ loved ones. 

Greenwich Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts Center Greenwich High School, Greenwich

Saturday, September 30, 7:30 pm and Sunday October 1, 3:00 pm  

Music lovers… If you like the classics, appreciate jazz, and are a fan of the rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer, then this one is for you. The GSO begins its new season with music by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Duke Ellington and Keith Emerson, two composers from the nineteenth century and two from the twentieth century.

Aldrich Undercover

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Saturday, September 30, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

This unique art sale features work by artists who have exhibited at the Museum and raises critical funds that directly support The Aldrich’s mission to serve as a leading incubator for artists at critical creative junctures, providing a collaborative platform that engages and inspires. Plot twist: the identity of the artist is only revealed after a work of art has been purchased. 

Omnium: A Bold New Circus

The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Saturday, September 30, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Breaking new ground in the world of circus arts with the first fully inclusive circus performing arts company, you won’t want to miss this family-friendly performance.

The Surrealist Soirée Annual Fundraiser

MoCA Westport, Westport

Saturday, September 30, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

MoCA Westport announces its annual benefit - a return to MoCA Westport’s long-standing tradition of presenting legendary celebrations in support of the arts and the Museum. The evening features for imaginative decor, avant-garde performers and a live DJ. Delicious fare will be provided by Marcia Selden Catering with drinks and custom cocktails crafted by The Cup Bearer’s artisanal mixologists. Guests are encouraged to dress creatively in line with the evening’s surrealist theme. The event will also feature a raffle including one-of-a-kind experiences and unique items with all proceeds directly benefiting MoCA.

Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra presents “American”

Anne S. Richardson Auditorium at Ridgefield High School

Saturday, September 30, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

If you have music on your mind this weekend, you’ll want to see Reena Esmai’s Blue Room (Violin Concerto), Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, and Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide,” and Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story.” Guest violin soloist is Aubree Oliverson.

Abbie Gardner & Tracy Grammer

Voices Cafe, Westport

Saturday, September 30, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Two of the most engaging contemporary folk artists come together with unique energy and positive vibes. Net proceeds of this concert benefit Hang Time’s Her Time programs, a grass roots social justice program that serves women and children impacted by incarceration.

Waveny Park Arts Festival

Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan

Sunday, October 1, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm,

In partnership with the New Canaan Parks & Rec Department, this outdoor arts festival will feature a juried collection of up to 40 fine artists & artisans. Admission is free to all and visitors will have the opportunity to meet and buy work from a variety of exhibitors. The artist booths will be complemented with live music throughout the day by School of Rock, Michael Louis-Smith & Friends and the Greenwich band Exit 5.  Art activities, yoga sessions for kids with Sama Yoga and refreshments will be available. Children will love interacting with giant puppets by Sova Theater and the gallery will be open for all to visit the Annual Member Show. 

The Artist Collective of Westport 2023 Trunk Show

Westport Library, Westport

Sunday, October 1, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Feast your eyes on the art and creations of over 35 Artist Collective works for viewing and for sales. Lots of bargains for the people who come and fun for them to meet the artists and hear the wonderful jazz/popular vocal stylings of Melissa Newman!

Michael Moschen – A Juggler Beyond Compare

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Sunday, October 1, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

One of the greatest jugglers of the 21st century, Michael's new show, “Mysterious Forces,” combines juggling, physics, movement, and dance to create a world of balls, rings, hoops, and spheres that fly, float and spin while defying gravity. A truly spectacular show for the entire family! 

Pillow Concert Series with Igor Pikayzen

Suzuki Music Schools, Westport

Sunday, October 1, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Grab a pillow and get up close and personal in this Pillow Concert Series with Igor Pikayzen, an international violinist who will perform works by Bach, Kreisler, Paganini and Wieniawski. Enjoy an informal setting designed for the whole family. Children, ages 4 and up, are welcome. 

INTEMPO presents ‘Sounds from Latino America’ 

St Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Canaan

Sunday, October 1, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with INTEMPO. See, hear, and feel  ‘Sounds from Latino America’ – part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Concert Series. Join INTEMPO advanced students and professional teaching artists as they present a unique, cultural and fun concert series in collaboration with the Darien Arts Center, St Mark’s Episcopal Church, and First Congregational Church of Greenwich.

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

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Armonk Outdoor Art Show This Weekend

Armonk Outdoor Art Show 2023 

Saturday, September 30 & Sunday, October 1,  2023
10am-5pm ~ Rain or Shine
205 Business Park Drive, Armonk, NY 10504


Admission tickets for the 2023 show will be available for purchase online starting summer 2023 and can also be purchased at the show.

Admission for those 18 and under is FREE.

Follow Us for Show Updates

Fine Art and Fine Crafts for every taste, décor, and budget:

Approximately 140 juried artists will present work in a broad range of art, including Fine Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking/Drawing/Pastels, Sculpture, Photography/Digital Art, and Wearable Art. Personal interaction with artists provides added perspective and appreciation.

Great Food, Drinks and Family Fun:

Visitors can enjoy a large selection of food and beverages, including beer & wine. Stop by the Family Activities tent for free interactive arts and crafts projects for children. Local art studios will offer engaging lessons and projects throughout both days.

Plan to Purchase Great Art:

Explore our website to discover our 2023 exhibiting artists and view images of their work.

A Nonprofit Art Show:

Every year, net proceeds of the Art Show benefit the Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc. This funding supports educational and entertainment programs for all ages, library enhancements, The Armonk Players theater group, and more.

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18th Annual Walk/Run for Abilis is Scheduled for October 15 at Greenwich Point Park

1-Mile Walk and 5K Run Supports Abilis and Families with Disabilities

Mark your calendar! The 18th annual Walk/Run for Abilis will take place on Sunday, October 15, at Greenwich Point Park in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Participants can walk 1-mile or run a 5k. Participants are encouraged to register in advance at Registration is free for walkers, $40 for adult 5k runners 18+, $20 for runners ages 11-17, and free for runners under 11 years old.

“We are so excited for the long-anticipated annual Walk/Run for Abilis event for all our families and friends,” said Amy Montimurro, CEO and president of Abilis. “Each year we look forward to celebrating our community members and welcoming new friends of Abilis at the event. There is something for all ages and abilities. Whether you run, roll, walk, skip, or jog, we are so appreciative to have so much support on this special day.

Activities at this year’s Walk/Run for Abilis include celebrity fitness guru and choreographer Billy Blanks Jr., who will once again be the master of ceremonies and warm up the crowd with fun dance and exercise moves and stretching. The Dance Pointe troupe will be there to show off some of their dance moves; Carnival for a Cause, face painting and a balloon artist will entertain the kids. 

Walk/Run for Abilis provides a fun opportunity for family, friends and Abilis community members to join together for a morning of physical fitness and to enjoy the beauty of Greenwich Point Park. Walk/Run for Abilis is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser and its signature “friend-raising” event of the year. Many who take part in Walk/Run for Abilis do so because they are inspired by a friend or family member with a developmental disability.

“Last year, we raised more than $225,000, which surpassed our goal,” noted Amy Montimurro. “This year we hope to exceed that goal again. The funds raised at Walk/Run for Abilis will be restricted to new initiatives at Abilis to support the 800+ individuals with disabilities and their families, throughout lower Fairfield County.”

Prizes are awarded for best outfits and teams are encouraged to create team t-shirts, buttons, hats or create their own banner to increase visibility, show team spirit and potentially win an Abilis creativity award! The morning event opens up at 7:30 a.m., with the 5k run and kids’ activities at 9:00 a.m, followed by the 5k run awards, a Walk warm-up session and other activities, with the Walk starting at 11:00 a.m. The whole event is over by 12:00 p.m.

Abilis thanks its generous sponsors including its Platinum Premiere sponsors Holland & Knight and DARCARS Lexus of Greenwich | Infiniti of Greenwich; as well as its Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors William Blair, The Custar Family, J.Dwyer Builders, The First Bank of Greenwich and Moffly Media. Those interested in becoming a sponsor for Walk/Run for Abilis should contact Rebecca Muskus at or 203-531-1880.

Abilis is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports more than 800 individuals with disabilities and their families from birth throughout their lives. Founded in 1951, Abilis is a leader in providing meaningful supports to the community in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in towns including Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport and Wilton. The organization has a long-standing reputation for individualized, high-quality care. For more information, visit, or follow on Facebook @Abilis, Inc., Instagram @abilis_us or Twitter @Abilis.

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Greenwich Historical Society Plaques Properties

Landmarks Recognition Recognizes Structures for Value in Preserving Greenwich’s Unique Architectural Heritage

Greenwich Historical Society’s Landmarks Recognition Program awarded plaques to the Greenwich YMCA and the Julian W. Curtiss Home for design excellence and value in preserving Greenwich’s unique architectural heritage at a reception at Greenwich Historical Society’s Annual Meeting. More than 300 structures have received plaques since the Landmarks Recognition Program was initiated in 1987.

“Preservation of our cherished architectural heritage, which is fast disappearing to make way for newer more contemporary designs, is the driving force behind the Landmarks Recognition program,” says Historical Society Executive Director and CEO Debra Mecky. “Our review panel selected these two structures which represent different styles and periods. They are architectural gems that enhance Greenwich’s character, and each bears relevance to the town’s sports history, a theme for many of our events this year due to our “Sports! More Than Just a Game” exhibition which closed earlier this month and was extremely popular among residents and visitors.”

Greenwich YMCA - 1915

The Greenwich YMCA at 50 East Putnam Avenue, designed by M. L. and H. G. Emery, is one of the town’s most recognizable and prominent buildings. Its distinctive tower, rounded porch, and impressive two-story Doric porticos grace the corner of East Putnam and Mason and have become an integral part of the streetscape of the northern entry point into the Greenwich business district.

The $100,000 building was built and given to the town by Rebecca Witherell completely furnished in memory of her husband Nathanial Witherell, president of the Consolidated Kansas City Smelting and Refining Company and real estate developer who was instrumental in financing Belle Haven.

While the interiors have been altered over the years and the building has been enlarged and modernized, they still manifest original details, materials and high-quality workmanship including many of the original fireplace mantels, stone details, and low-relief plaster ceilings.

Greenwich is extremely fortunate to have had continual use of this notable community structure for over 100 years. It continues to contribute to the architectural integrity of one of Greenwich’s main thoroughfares and to enhance the social life of the town with low-cost recreational facilities.

Julian W. Curtiss House – 1907

Julian Wheeler Curtiss moved with his family from Belle Haven to this Georgian Revival home in 1908 or 1909. They referred to the property as "Oak Farm." Entrance to the level, five-acre lot is made through elaborate, wrought-iron gates on the east side of Lake Avenue. Oriented to the north, the six-bay facade of the main block of the home focuses on the projecting, pedimented ell containing the main entrance and defined by colossal, corner pilasters resting on paneled pedestals. Directly above the entrance is a tall stair window crowned with round-arched transom showing tracery.

The rear (south) elevation is no less impressive, featuring three pairs of French doors opening onto a full-length terrace, the central pair sheltered by a porch supported at each outer corner by three Tuscan columns.

Mr. Curtiss was an avid sportsman and civic and business leader. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of sporting goods manufacturer A.G. Spalding and Bros. He was a member of the first Yale crew to race Harvard at New London and served as the first president of the Greenwich YMCA. Among many other local roles, Curtiss served as chairman of the Board of Education, was a member of the RTM, and president of the Greenwich Country Club (where he was an avid golfer).

Mr. Curtiss married Mary Louise Case in 1880 and had four children, Mary Louise Curtiss Pease, Jean Beardslee Curtiss Gibbons, Margaret Curtiss and Henry Tomlinson Curtiss.

The Annual Meeting took place at the Belle Haven Club.

About Landmarks Recognition Program

The Landmarks Recognition Program has presented plaques to more than 300 structures since its inception 37 years ago, with a goal of promoting pride in ownership and the preservation and adaptive use of distinctive properties. Unique to Greenwich, the landmarks designation ensures these structures secure their rightful place in the town’s history.

Photos of YMCA and Julian Curtiss House by Ellen McDermott Photography, provided with permission.

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After School Art Adventures At The Carriage Barn


Enjoy afternoon artistic adventures at the Carriage Barn Arts Center with instructor Tiffany McKay Grades K - 4! Join us for a 4 week session focused on specific artists and their work. 

Acrylic paint will be used in each class so please remember to dress for a mess.

FEE is $190 per 4-week session /  $175 for family level members (all supplies included).

Four Thursdays Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16 from 4 - 5 pm

Learn more:

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Time to Vote for a Star at the Sold-Out Dancing Stars of Greenwich on September 23!

Dancing Stars of Greenwich, one of the most anticipated events of the year, is sold-out, but there is still time to VOTE for your favorite dancer(s)!! The fifth annual Dancing Stars of Greenwich charity dance-off, hosted by The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Greenwich, benefits Abilis, the nonprofit that supports more than 800 individuals with disabilities in Fairfield County and their families.Voting for the stars by way of donating is a way to cheer and applaud for the dancers, and also support Abilis. Funds raised at the event go toward supporting the acquisition and renovation of new program space for Abilis. The dancer(s) that raise the most money for Abilis will be awarded the “People’s Choice” award! To vote, visit


This year’s star-studded dance-off features celebrity judges including Brendan Fraser, a celebrated and award-winning actor fresh off winning an Academy Award for Best Actor for his film The Whale; Meg Tolin Piper, a Broadway actress and dancer; Eric “Champagne” Shoji, a DJ and song producer and international DJ/emcee; and Ali Wentworth, actress, comedian, producer, host of her podcast Go Ask Ali and New York Times bestselling author, who will be the event’s MC - or Mistress of Ceremonies. 

“We are so excited for this year’s Dancing Stars of Greenwich event,” said Amy Montimurro, CEO and president of Abilis. “Dancing Stars is truly one of our favorite events each year and are so appreciative to The Fred Astaire Studio of Greenwich who continue to support Abilis in this very special way. We are thrilled to have our wonderful celebrity judges and master of ceremonies back year-after-year — and the incredible dancing stars who give so much of their time to come out and support Abilis with their wonderful performances. Funds raised at the event go toward supporting the acquisition and renovation of new program space for Abilis, which is greatly needed as we continue to grow above and beyond what the state provides for services, care and needs of children and adults with disabilities. The dancer's and the audience’s support enable us to deliver on our mission to provide high-quality programs and supports to our more than 800 Abilis program participants and residents throughout Fairfield County.”

Dancing Stars of Greenwich mirrors the hit TV show and features a Dancing with the Stars dance competition where community and business leaders are paired with Fred Astaire Dance professionals to perform their own personalized routines with their own dance style of their choice. The celebrity panel of judges determines the winner of the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. A People’s Choice Award is given to the dancer who raises the most in donations for Abilis. 

Dancers at the event include: Afton Fraser of Greenwich; Amy Farber of Greenwich; Daniella Mini of Greenwich; Elaine Madonna of Greenwich; Dr. Jennifer Werely of Greenwich; Kristy Hickman of Norwalk; Lauren Eisler and Benjamin (Benji) Rabinowitz of New York, New York; Paul Scicchitano of Greenwich; Shari Aser of Greenwich; Terry Lamantia Cataldo of Greenwich; Makeda Mays-Green and Kenny Green of Stamford; and Trevor Crow of Greenwich. 

Each dancer is paired with a professional partner from The Fred Astaire Studio. Those dancers are: Elmar Schmidt and Clemens Lengenfelder, co-owners of The Fred Astaire Studio of Greenwich, Matthew Ames, Carol Koutouvides and Christian Perry.


“Dancing is what we do and hosting Dancing Stars of Greenwich is just one of our favorite events ever,noted Elmar Schmidt. “Local stars and leaders in the community have been training for months to compete just like on television. A panel of celebrity judges along with the audience selects the winner who will win the coveted Mirrorball trophy. It is so exciting!”


Brendan and Afton Fraser have been long-time supporters of Abilis and Dancing Stars of Greenwich throughout the years and are this year’s co-hosts. They are also parents to a son with disabilities and know personally how crucial programs and supports like Abilis offers are to families with children and adults with disabilities. 


“We are proud to support Dancing Stars of Greenwich and Abilis to help raise funds for Abilis’ programs and services,” said Afton Fraser. “We know how much it means to a family to have an organization like Abilis that can help provide training, education, social and employment opportunities for individuals and their families.It can mean the difference between living an isolated life and one full of friends and with meaning. They are really a great organization, and we are happy to help in any way."


To VOTE for a dancing star, please visit


Abilis is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports more than 800 individuals with disabilities and their families from birth throughout their lives. Founded in 1951, Abilis is a leader in providing meaningful supports to the community in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in towns including Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport and Wilton. The organization has a long-standing reputation for individualized, high-quality care. For more information, visit, or follow on Facebook @Abilis, Inc., Instagram @abilis_us or Twitter @Abilis.


Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Greenwich provides ballroom and Latin dance lessons to all ages and attracts participants from the Greenwich, Stamford and New Canaan, Connecticut,  areas, and Armonk, Harrison, White Plains, Port Chester, Rye, Mamaroneck and Scarsdale, New York, areas. There is no partner or experience necessary to enjoy ballroom dance lessons. Fred Astaire Dance Studio has made it its personal mission to touch as many lives with a passion for ballroom dancing. The Fred Astaire Dance Studio is one of the happiest, friendliest spots in town due to the welcoming and encouraging staff and atmosphere. Fred Astaire’s mission is to enrich the lives of everyone and anyone with dance. The organization genuinely strives to make dance a daily practice in the dance studio. Fred Astaire doesn’t just teach someone how to dance, they invite them to become their personal best - in their dancing and in all areas of their life. Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Greenwich is co-owned by Elmar Schmidt and Clemens Lengenfelder, along with their wives Isabell Schmidt and Jessica Lengenfelder. To learn more, visit

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Heather Gaudio Fine Art Relocates from New Canaan to Greenwich, Announces Grand Opening and Exhibit

Heather Gaudio Fine Art (HGFA) relocated from New Canaan to a larger space in Greenwich, Connecticut last month. The new location at 382 Greenwich Avenue, previously occupied by Winston Flowers, will host a public grand opening celebration on Thursday, September 21 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The celebration will also include a new exhibition launch. The first exhibit at the new location is titled, "Making Their Mark: 7 Women in Abstraction," and will run from September 21 to November 4. 

For over a decade, HGFA has served as a primary contemporary fine art destination for Fairfield County and its surrounding communities. The gallery began as a one-room exhibition space on South Avenue in New Canaan in 2011 and four years later the gallery moved to a larger space on the corner of Elm Street in downtown New Canaan. Over the next several years, the gallery cultivated its roster to feature artists from different locations in the United States and abroad. The client base also grew to private and corporate collectors from far-reaching regions in Europe, Latin America, Australia, and Asia. 

"We started out as a small operation and over the years the gallery program, its roster of artists, and its client base have grown beyond expectations. We would not be here today were it not for the loyal following and support from our collectors, particularly those in the New Canaan community," explained gallery Principal, Heather Gaudio. 

HGFA was also able to advance its footprint by participating in many notable art fairs, including ZONAMACO in Mexico City.  During the pandemic, when art fairs were on hiatus, HGFA opened PROJECTS, a temporary exhibition venue a few steps away from the main gallery. PROJECTS offered an opportunity to collaborate with other dealers and exhibit blue-chip contemporary masters, an alternative artist pool, as well as exhibit site-specific installations. "We are proud to have presented the community with diverse engaging experiences and acquisition opportunities," said Gaudio. 

The new location 382 Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich will offer HGFA a larger exhibition floor plan with a cohesive operational space and on-site storage. The gallery unofficially opened its doors in early September. "We look forward to continuing our spirit of growth by expanding the visibility of our artists and the gallery program to a wider audience. We will maintain our personalized client service relationships in New Canaan and beyond, core to the DNA of our organization, and are very excited about the new opportunities ahead," Gaudio explained.

Gaudio attended art school at the Scuola Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and earned a BFA. Once she moved to Connecticut, she started her own art advisory business and in 2011 and opened Heather Gaudio Fine Art. Today, HGFA has over 40 artists on its roster and features six to eight exhibitions a year. Gaudio and her team also spend a significant amount of time advising clients and educating them on their tastes. Gaudio has placed artwork in a state-of-the-art Children's hospital in Virginia and corporate collections, where art was central to their mission. Visit HGFA online for more information ( @HeatherGaudioFineArt 

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday; 10:30 am to 5:30 pm; and by appointment. 

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Special Education Legal Fund and Stamford JCC Host Resource Fair for Families with Special Needs Children

The Special Education Legal Fund (S.E.L.F.) and the Stamford J.C.C. will host their first resource fair for families and community members for special education children on Sunday, October 1, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Stamford J.C.C. The resource fair is an opportunity for parents with special needs children or children in special education to gather and learn more about area resources for their children, such as schools, therapists, providers, agencies, advocates, attorneys, advisors, and nonprofit organizations. 

Representatives will be on hand to engage with students and their families. The resource fair is free for attendees with registration. Register =>

Core to its mission to provide knowledge, resources, and support to under-resourced families to successfully advocate for their children, the resource fair is another example of S.E.L.F.'s commitment to empowering students and their families. "We are pleased to partner with the Stamford J.C.C. and Jumpstart to provide this informative community-building event to support transformative educational experiences for students," said Christine Lai, Co-Founder and Executive Director of S.E.L.F. 

Stamford J.C.C.'s JumpStart will provide a sensory room for children with parental supervision. Refreshments will also be available for purchase at the cafe. Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media is the media sponsor.

S.E.L.F. helps economically challenged families of children with learning disabilities to navigate the special education system and provides grants of up to $6,000 per child for legal representation to help families achieve better learning and development outcomes. To learn more about S.E.L.F. and its programs, visit

For questions, please email Christine Lai at

]]> (Sue Bodson) Events Wed, 20 Sep 2023 05:22:37 -0400
Allan Houston & Greenwich Coaches Honored

Historical Society’s History in the Making Awards Dedicated to Outstanding Individuals who Have Had a Positive Impact on Youth

Sports all-stars who have made a positive impact on the lives of Greenwich’s youth will be honored at Greenwich Historical Society’s History in the Making Award event on October 12th. Greenwich resident Allan Houston will receive the History in the Making Award for his enormous contributions to improving the lives of children in Greenwich and throughout the country. Barbara and Ray Dalio, the 2021 History in the Making honorees, will present the award to Houston. Jon Ledecky, co-owner of the NHL’sNew York Islanders and their AHL affiliate Bridgeport Islanders will conduct a fireside chat with Houston, and Donna de Varona will present achievement awards to outstanding Greenwich sports coaches.

Established in 2003, History in the Making recognizes outstanding individuals from the community who are the history makers of our time for having made a positive impact on the region and the world, and to provide a forum for learning about their thought-provoking ideas and perspectives.

“Sports are a great unifying force in our community,” says Debra Mecky, executive director and CEO of the Historical Society. “We are fortunate to have such super stars as Allan Houston and Donna de Varona to set examples for our children and a large roster of talented coaches who are dedicated to helping them succeed in sports and life. It is a privilege to recognize them at this year’s event focused on the vibrant history of sports in Greenwich and the athletes and coaches who have impacted our past and future.”

For more information and to purchase tickets to the History in the Making Dinner please visit:

Photo credits:

  1.      Allan Houston:  Courtesy of Allan Houston, provided with permission
  2.      Greenwich coaches to receive History in the Making Sports Coach Awards. Coaches from left to right:  Terry Lowe, Angela Tammaro, Bill Smith, Katie Johnson, Jim Stephens, Pat Coleman, Nick Cavataro, Sarah Hill. Photo courtesy of Greenwich Historical Society, provided with permission.
]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 18 Sep 2023 06:53:49 -0400
The J House Greenwich Local Pop-Up Artist Fall Show

The J House Greenwich will celebrate its ongoing local artist pop-up series with a party for its Fall artist, Anthony Festa, on Tuesday, September 19 from 6-8pm.  Festa’s catalog of fine art photographic images captivate the senses and stirs the soul.

Tickets are $15 per person, including one glass of wine and passed hors d’oeurves, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.  To purchase tickets, click here

The J House Greenwich, an award-winning, luxury, boutique hotel located in Greenwich, Connecticut, offers business and leisure travelers 83 newly renovated, pet-friendly guest rooms and suites with state-of-the-art technology such as LED mirror televisions, fully-automated lights and shades, Toto Neorest advanced commodes and more.  Amenities include a seasonal, heated outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, EV charging stations, valet parking and assistance with private jet charters.  As part of The J Life experience, the property also includes The J House SpaTony’s at The J House restaurant and The J House Coffee Bar.  Meeting and special event spaces are also available. 

For more information about the property, visit, or visit the property’s social channels on Instagram (‘@thejhousegreenwich) and Facebook (‘@jhousegreenwichct).   

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The Greenwich Art Society is offering Drawing and Painting Classes for the 9-12 year old artist

​The Greenwich Art Society is offering: DRAWING & PAINTING SKILLS FOR THE SERIOUS YOUNG ARTIST -AGES 9-12 (In-person) with KATHIE MILLIGAN

4 SUNDAYS Nov. 5, 12, 19 & Dec. 31:00 pm to 4:00 pm

This four-week workshop is for students who want to improve their drawing skills and transition into painting. Drawing fundamentals such as composition, light and shadow, negative space and mark making will be covered. Painting in black and white will lead to painting in the gray scale. We will touch on color theory and paint with acrylics for the last class.

Special Notes

  • For Ages 9 - 12

Required Supplies

  • All materials included

Instructor(s)Kathie Milligan

Registration and information at

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WBDC Welcomes Pair of Business Advisors to Team

WBDC is announcing the hiring of Joy Braddock as Torrington Business Advisor and Annya White-Brown as Marketing Business Advisor

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is announcing the additions of Joy Braddock and Annya White-Brown to its team of Business Advisors. Specifically, Braddock will serve as Torrington Business Advisor, focusing on supporting emerging and existing business owners in Torrington, as well as other areas; and White-Brown, as Marketing Business Advisor, will use her own experience to guide Connecticut women entrepreneurs looking to expand their business through marketing. 

"Joy and Annya are amazingly talented and experienced entrepreneurs, and we are absolutely delighted to have them join our team of advisors,” said WBDC CEO Fran Pastore. “Each of them brings a unique perspective on entrepreneurship, but both have an absolute passion for supporting our state’s small business community.”

About Joy Braddock

Braddock brings with her nearly a decade of experience as a small business owner, and more than 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising. As the co-owner of a local Connecticut brewery, she understands the passion, drive and perseverance needed to start and run a small business. She represents an unbiased, knowledgeable guide to assist small businesses to run smoothly and efficiently.

Braddock is passionate about empowering women to take on business ownership and flourish. She is the co-founder and president of the Bombshell Project, a non-profit on a mission to help women enter and lead in the male-dominated craft brewing industry.  

About Annya White-Brown (Photo)

White-Brown is the founder and CEO of NaturalAnnie Essentials, a candle bar and candle studio based in Bridgeport. Heavily influenced by her Jamaican culture, she has mastered the ability to use scents to transport others to a tropical place. Her journey into entrepreneurship began in 2015 when her first daughter was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Since then, she has grown NaturalAnnie Essentials out of her kitchen to now selling her soy candles in more than 600 retail stores in the USA, Canada, Ghana, and the Caribbean. 

White-Brown is passionate about operating her small business and understands the important role marketing plays in a small business’ growth and development. She has worked with a number of well-respected companies such as TikTok, Maker's Mark, and Michael's —  sharing her craft and her marketing strategies.  

Prior to becoming Connecticut’s “Candle Queen”, Annya worked in IT Research at Gartner where she managed Gartner's North America, EMEA, and APAC Dedicated Vendor Briefings accounts. Her role included presenting clear and concise actionable direction to companies like Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Cisco and HP on how to deliver effective vendor briefings and building strong relationships with analysts, sales and the vendor/analysts relations community.

Business owners interested in meeting with Braddock or White-Brown should reach out to WBDC at

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FC Buzz Weekend of art and culture in Fairfield County September 8-10

FC Buzz Weekend September 8-10

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across 15 towns in coastal Fairfield County. Sign up to receive a free eBuzz newsletter with top picks and spotlight events from the hundreds of events posted on FCBuzz.

Pop-Up Exhibit in the Barn

Westport Country Playhouse

Friday, Sept 8 - Sunday, Sept 10, 2:00 - 6:00 pm 

The Artist Collective of Westport opens its “Exhilarating New Pop-Up Exhibit! On Sunday at 5pm, come to an Artist Talk to hear about the artists’ process. Participating artists include CAFC members Janine Brown, Susan Fehlinger, Emily Laux, Toby Michaels, Jay Petrow, Diane Pollack, and Jen Williams.

The 3rd Annual Bridgeport Film Fest 

The Klein, Bridgeport

Friday, Sept 8 - Sunday, Sept 10, 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

It’s a great weekend to enjoy one or all three days of films plus two immersive virtual reality experiences; workshops, including a stand-up comedy workshop led by comedy legend Lisa Lampanelli; a live art installation; food trucks; local vendors; after-parties and more! Led by Bridgeport Native and Artistic Director Jason A. Coombs, this festival aims to highlight the diversity of the film community in Bridgeport and the surrounding regions by showcasing films directed by over 50% women and POC filmmakers. In a ceremony that concludes the weekend, prizes will be awarded to winning films chosen by a panel of acclaimed jurors. 

“Fun Home” by Fairfield Center Stage

Trevi Lounge, Fairfield

Friday Sept 8, 7:30 pm, Saturday Sept 9, 7:00 pm, and Sunday Sept 10, 2:00 pm

This immersive production of the Tony award-winning Broadway musical and Pulitzer Prize finalist is adapted from Alison Bechdel's groundbreaking graphic novel. The story is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. An all-local production, the cast is composed of nine area performers and a live orchestra. The show also runs next weekend, same times.  

4th Annual Knobloch Family Farmhouse Lobster & Clam Bake

Stamford Museum & Nature Center Farmhouse

Friday, Sept 8, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Savor the last days of summer, and enjoy a casual outdoor New England supper with friends and family on the Fedele Family Farmhouse Plaza, atop Heckscher Farm. This special supper supports the bedrock educational programming and operations of the SM&NC.

John Pizzarelli Trio – Stage and Screen

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Friday, Sept 8, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

It’s an evening of wine and song! The world-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, and the Beatles. 

Carriage Barn Annual Member Show

Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan

Saturday, Sept 9, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

The largest show of the year, this exhibit features 175 pieces that celebrate the range, interests, and talents of Carriage Barn member artists working across all subjects, styles, and media in art.  All work is for sale and can also be viewed through an online gallery launching on September 11. The reception includes live music and refreshments as well as the annual presentation of the Betty Barker Award.  

Violet Willows

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport

Saturday, Sept 9, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

The Connecticut based duo, Brianne Chasanoff and Mary Gardner, perform together on piano, guitar, percussion and vocals. Their musical talents blend and harmonize perfectly, speaking to the listener intimately through their sensitivity and depth of emotional expression. Brianne has her Master’s degree in Studio Composition and Mary Gardner has a BS in Music Ed and a Master’s in Percussion Performance. Their latest CD will be available at the door.

21st Annual Evening for the Arts Gala: WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT

Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield

Saturday, Sept 9, 7:30 - 10:30 pm

Come and support the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation by simply having fun! This new Elton John Tribute — a dynamic musical revue of hit songs — features Las Vegas performer and pianist Colte Julian, who brings to life all the hits you know and love with electrifying precision. Complete with elaborate costumes, authentic stories inspired by Elton’s incredible 5+ decade career. 


Palace Theatre, Stamford

Saturday, Sept 9, 7:30 pm

Get ready for a hypnotic rock trio, that’s ready to rock UpStage for one of the liveliest nights in Stamford. Joining them on stage will be the power trio, The Nuclear Heartbreak, raw and energetic rock band, Killer Kin, and turntable vinyl-only DJ Sir Tone & Twang. 

An Evening with Justin Paul & Friends, with Kelli O’Hara and James Naughton

The Westport Country Playhouse

Saturday, Sept 9,  8:00 - 10:00 pm

Justin Paul, an Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Olivier Award-winning creator, and Westport native, will headline this one-night-only fundraiser. In addition to Tony Award winners O’Hara and Naughton, the benefit concert for the Playhouse will feature performers from Paul’s past projects and award-winning Broadway musicals. 

Eccentric Women of Ridgefield

The Ridgefield Theater Barn

Saturday, Sept 9, 8:00 pm and Sunday, Sept 10, 5:00 pm

Encore! This play, which debuted on the RTB stage to great success last October, is presented once again! Based on the writings & performances of Dr. Darla Shaw, this show is adapted for the stage by Stephen Robbins, & directed by Linda Seay. Sunday’s performance will include a talkback following the show.

Washboard Slim and the Bluelights

The Ridgefield Library

Sunday, Sept 10, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

In the mood for a live music mix? Drawing on a variety of traditional musical forms to create a new musical style, these Connecticut Blues Challenge winners bring you original tunes, early jazz, blues, swing, standards, jug band, early string band, gospel, pop music from the turn of the century and rootsy rock’n’roll. 

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

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