Coscob's HamletHub Sat, 29 Jan 2022 04:58:16 -0500 The Ridgefield Playhouse And Aquarion Water Company Make The Entire Diversity Film Series Free Events For The Community

The Ridgefield Playhouse’s Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series continues in February with three films celebrating Black History Month that amplify and honor African-American culture and traditions.

All films in the Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series are presented as free events for the community. Following each film, a pre-recorded interview led by reporter Cheryl Washington will also be screened. These enlightening interviews can be viewed later on The Ridgefield Playhouse YouTube Channel.

On February 2ndSummer Of Soul presents a powerful and transporting document of an epic event in the summer of 1969: the Harlem Cultural Festival featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mahalia Jackson, BB King and more. In his debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson reintroduces these lost performances as part of a documentary that combines music, history and story-telling to celebrate Black history, culture and fashion.

Then on February 16thQueen & Slim offers a thrilling modern drama about love, justice and righteous anger, focused on a young couple on the run from the law after a first date gone wrong. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner Smith, directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe and James Frey.

The Black History Month programming concludes on February 23rd with a 50th anniversary screening of Lady Sings The Blues, the classic Billie Holiday biopic starring Diana Ross in a tour-de-force performance that landed Ms. Ross an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

For more information or to reserve your free tickets, go online at or visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 04:48:26 -0500
New Proposed Greenwich Avenue Project Aims to Improve Safety, Accessibility, and Parking

On January 20th, 2021 Town of Greenwich Department of Public Works presented a potential intersection improvement project on Greenwich Avenue at Planning and Zoning’s pre-application meeting. 

During this public open forum discussion, the Department of Public Works shared the conceptual plans to improve safety, accessibility for those with disabilities, and aesthetically revitalize the intersection at Arch Street and Havemeyer Place  – an area heavily trafficked by both vehicles and pedestrians. Currently, the proposed plan adds three new parking spaces to the Arch Street and Havemeyer Place intersection.

In this meeting parking along the entire Greenwich Avenue was discussed. There are various concepts under review for potential future projects on Greenwich Avenue which could result in an overall reduction in parking, but all of these projects are only in the conception stages which are subject to change as design concepts are reviewed and revised. The current focus is the Arch Street and Havemeyer Place intersection, which will increase parking.

The helpful feedback provided by the public during the pre-application meeting has given the Department of Public Works the opportunity to continue to evaluate community needs and to further modify the project’s plans. At this time the primary focus is on the Arch Street and Havemeyer Place intersection and the Department will continue to look at improvements at the Grigg Street and Fawcett Place intersection. Since the pre-application meeting, the team is exploring opportunities to create more parking spaces and accommodate outdoor dining. There will be additional opportunities for the public to be involved in this process prior to the completion of construction.

Key features of the proposed Greenwich Avenue, Arch Street, and Havemeyer Place Intersection Project include:

  •          Three new parking spaces
  •          Reduce distance pedestrians need to cross the intersection
    •    Decrease the distance and time it takes to cross Arch Street by up to 76%
    •    Decrease the distance and time it takes to cross Greenwich Avenue by up to 51%
    •    Decrease the distance + time it takes to cross Havemeyer Place by up to 57%
  •          Improve sightlines and visibility between drivers and pedestrians
  •          Make road more accessible by flattening steep grade
  •          Install decorative crosswalks
  •          Incorporate landscaping


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Wed, 26 Jan 2022 04:47:14 -0500
Greenwich Historical Society Feb. 23 Gallery Talk on Childe Hassam

Cos Cob's Historic Lower Landing a Favorite Subject of American Impressionists

A curator’s talk and gallery tour delving into the context of the recently acquired painting The Red Mill, Cos Cob by artist Childe Hassam will take place at the Greenwich Historical Society on February 23.

Painted in 1896 during the first of many visits Hassam made to the Holley family boarding house (now the Bush-Holley House), The Red Mill, Cos Cob is a depiction of the 19th-century Palmer and Duff Shipyard once located on Palmer Point, as interpreted by the famed American Impressionist painter. Following its acquisition by the Greenwich Historical Society in 2020, the painting will be on view in the Historical Society’s Permanent Collections Gallery beginning in February, alongside other artworks and artifacts illustrating the legacy of shipbuilding and the artist colony centered on Cos Cob’s historic Lower Landing.

The gallery talk,“Cos Cob’s Lower Landing Through Artists’ Eyes” will illustrate the importance of the painting and the waterfront landscape it captured, once a favorite subject of renowned Impressionists including John Henry Twachtman, Theodore Robinson and Elmer MacRae.

“This striking Hassam painting gives viewers a direct, specific glimpse into the importance of Cos Cob in the development of American Impressionism and its relationship to the now-vanished business district of Cos Cob’s waterfront community the Lower Landing,” says Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Maggie Dimock. “Its installation in our Permanent Collections Gallery is a fitting kick off to the Greenwich Historical Society’s 90th anniversary year, during which we aim to instill a keen sense of place and pride in Greenwich’s rich history.”

The gallery talk and tour on February 23rd at 12:00 pm will be approximately 40 minutes. Admission is $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and includes general entrance to the museum/galleries. Space is limited; pre-registration is recommended:

About Childe Hassam:
A pioneer in American Impressionism, and one of the most influential and successful artists of the early 20th century, Childe Hassam (1859-1935) spent considerable time in Cos Cob between 1896-1918, producing dozens of paintings, pastels and etchings depicting the Holley House (now the Bush-Holley House Museum) and the nearby waterfront commercial district known as the Lower Landing. He was attracted to Cos Cob for the camaraderie of the art colony, and for the inspiring subject matter. Local architecture, like the Holley House, and workaday buildings like barns, warehouses, wharfs, and workshops were of particular interest.

]]> (Laura McCormick) Events Tue, 25 Jan 2022 08:05:35 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Greenwich: Marilyn Roos photography

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

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

You're IT Marilyn Roos photography!

Three questions with Marilyn Roos.

Why did you start your business?

Twenty years ago, when my four children were young, I was put up for auction at their pre-school in Greenwich to do family portraits. I had ALWAYS taken pictures of people throughout my life, I had studied photography when I was younger and my dad had been a professional-caliber photographer, but I had not personally pursued it professionally.

Photography was a real passion for me. Anyway, two families got into a bidding war (during the auction) and I ended up doing both and raising money for the pre-school. Those families then spread the word to others and suddenly my business was launched. It’s an amazing realization when your passion can become your career.

What is your best-selling product/service?

This really depends on the time of year. During the fall, portraits are the most popular service, mostly for family portraits for holiday cards and senior portraits for the yearbook. During the spring, graduation shoots and mitzvahs keep me busy. During the summer, weddings and portraits are the shoots that I do mostly. I like having a diversity of different kinds of shoots. I also do baby and maternity, corporate, headshots, special occasions, conferences, as well as product shots throughout the year.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

Yes, I was forced to reimagine my business during the pandemic. Photography is a luxury item and during COVID people were more conservative with their spending. Of course, there was limited contact among people as well, so I did “porchtraits” which were portrait sessions that were at a reduced cost with families posing on their porches or yards. A portion of the proceeds was donated to SAVE THE CHILDREN to help support their efforts in helping challenged families during the pandemic, globally.

Marilyn would like to nominate the Greenwich Cakery and Splurge to be featured next!

Visit Marilyn Roos photography online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages as well!

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

]]> (Dan) Places Mon, 24 Jan 2022 05:53:13 -0500
CT's Beardsley Zoo Announces Anteater Naming Contest Result

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is pleased to announce the results of its “Name the Baby Giant Anteater” contest, giving voters a choice of three names: Chili, Andarilho, and Corajosa.

Animal care staff chose the prospective names, all South American names or terms to honor and describe the new female giant anteater. Female giant anteater Pana and male E.O. are the proud parents of their third offspring, born June 15, 2021. 

The winning name is Chili, referring to a small, spicy pepper often used in South American and Mexican cuisine.  The contest engaged hundreds of voters online. 

Of the three names voted on, Chili won 50% of the vote, Corajosa won 34% and Andarilho won 16%. 

Mochilla, the pair’s first offspring, is now in residence at Alexandria Zoo in Louisiana. The second-born, Tupi, is now at the Nashville Zoo in Tennessee. 

Female anteaters give birth to one offspring and the baby rides on mom’s back for the first several months of life, occasionally venturing off not too far from mom to explore its surroundings. Pana and Chili will be outside only rarely for guests to view until spring, when the temperatures regularly rise above 50 degrees.

The Giant anteater's parents came to the Zoo from Palm Beach Zoo in Palm Beach, Florida. Both Pana and E.O. are twelve years old. They arrived in late May 2015 and are a highlight of the Pampas Plains habitat, which opened in August 2015. Featuring animals from the Pampas region of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, the exhibit represents the Zoo’s South American Adventure.  

About Giant Anteaters

Giant anteaters can live up to 26 years old in human care and are usually solitary animals. They can weigh up to 100 pounds and are five to seven feet long. Their home range is from southern Belize to northern Argentina, and they live in grasslands, humid forests, and woodland areas. Anteaters have one of the lowest body temperatures in the animal kingdom at 91 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit and can eat up to 30,000 ants per meal in the wild. The Latin name for anteater is Vermillingua, meaning "worm tongue," which can be as long as two feet. 

Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at we recommend that guests continue to wear masks while visiting the Zoo, but when guests are outside and are able to maintain social distance, masks may be removed. In any indoor area, or when social distancing cannot be maintained, masks must be worn. Everyone over the age of two, except for those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them, should have a mask available

]]> (Lisa Clair) Life Sun, 23 Jan 2022 09:08:20 -0500
Nickel Mines Opens at ACT of CT: You Will Be Moved to Dig Deep

Thank you to ACT of CT for using your stage to tell one of the most important stories of all time. 

“You will be moved to dig deep,” ACT of CT Artistic Director Dan Levine said. 

Levine was not exaggerating - theater can move you in a way unlike any other medium can, and ACT’s production of Nickel Mines will do just that.

On October 2, 2006, in a one-room school in the Amish community of Nickel Mines Pennsylvania, the unthinkable happened. Ten young girls were held hostage by a gunman, a member of their community. Five of those girls perished, the other five were seriously wounded. 

The new musical, Nickel Mines, is about what happens next. This living memorial honors the five young lives lost and lifts up the families left behind. 

The effects of this senseless act are so personal, each individual, from the family members of the victims to the wife of the shooter is thrust into an unfathomable situation and emotions are running wild. How do they cope? Anger? Revenge? Hate? Forgiveness? Love?

Dance movements and vocal performances are masterfully executed by the uber-talented cast of Lauren Celentano, Anna Cooper, Shea Coughlin, Morgan Hollingsworth, Kelsey Jenison, Milan Magana, Mark Bradley Miller, Alex Nee, Eric Michael Parker, Justine Veronica Rafael, Josephine Rose Roberts, Hannah Joy Snyder, Jayme Wappel, and Emma Lou DeLaney.

They touch the audience in a profoundly powerful way.

We witness the incredibly personal struggle of a grieving father, a loving boyfriend, and a lonely sister as they try to struggle to cope and ultimately find a way when they choose forgiveness.

Before the performance even began, the audience had a glimpse into its impact and meaning. Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine took the stage and was moved to tears as he spoke about Nickel Mines, a show that was in final days of rehearsal when COVID shut it down in 2020. 

Levine thanked Anita Donofrio who was instrumental in bringing Nickel Mines back. “She believes in this show as much as we do,” said Levine.

Those who were fortunate to see Nickel Mines this weekend were among the first to experience this incredibly powerful World premiere musical production, directed and choreographed by Andrew Palermo.

Once again, the entire ACT of Connecticut team, including Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, Bryan Perri, Music Supervisor, Executive Director Katie Diamond, and Erin Craig, Producing Director deliver brilliance by way of Nickel Mines.

“Good theater can enter our hearts and change us,” said Levine. 

Nickel Mines does that.

Remaining Performances:

Sunday, January 23rd at 2pm* & 7pm

Thursday, January 27th at 7pm

Friday, January 28th at 8pm

Saturday, January 29th at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday, January 30th at 2pm

Sunday, January 23 at 2pm - Niro Feliciano (LCSW, Integrative Counseling and Wellness Group) and Alexis Koukos (Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement)

Purchase tickets here.

*Photos by Jeff Butchen Photography 

]]> (KA) Events Sun, 23 Jan 2022 06:13:41 -0500
What is shingles? RVNAhealth discusses this painful and preventable condition

The pandemic has stolen many things from many people. Starting with lives and loved ones, and moving on to ceremonies, traditions, and rites of passage. Plus, infinite things in between.

For many, the pandemic has also put them behind health-wise, because who’s thinking about annual screenings and prevention when you’re not even comfortable leaving the house.

If you turned 50 in recent years, or in recent decades, and haven't gotten your Shingles vaccine yet, it's time to get moving. Shingles is painful, unappealing, and easily avoided.

“For many 50- and 60-year-olds, the specter of shingles is a vague and distant threat,” says John Apinis, RN, BSN, RVNAhealth’s Senior Director, Home Health. “Shingles sounds like something that will happen to someone else. But with statistics showing that 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 gets shingles, that ‘someone else’ may well be you. And shingles is something you don’t want to get.”

Shingles is a viral infection that causes an ‘angry, blistering” rash that can occur anywhere on your body. Very painful. Not pretty. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, sensitivity to light, and just to put you over the edge, itchiness.

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox, you are at risk for shingles. If you haven’t had chickenpox but are exposed to someone with chickenpox or shingles, regardless of your age, you will develop chickenpox first. 

Shingles can be intensely painful and can cause serious complications that last for a long time, including postherpetic neuralgia (or PHN, pain that continues long after the shingles blisters have cleared), vision loss, neurological problems, and skin infections.

The good news — finally! — is that Shingles is easily avoided by getting the two-dose vaccine, Shingrix, proven to be over 90% effective in preventing Shingles and the PHN that often accompanies it.

If you’re not already Shingles-vaccinated, it’s time to act. RVNAhealth offers the Shingrix vaccine at our Ridgefield location.
To make an appointment, or learn more, contact us at 203-438-5555 x1119 or


]]> (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Life Thu, 20 Jan 2022 05:56:17 -0500
The Palace Theatre Receives $5,000 Grant from CT Humanities

The Palace Theatre in Stamford is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant will support The Palace’s efforts to add greater diversity to its audience programming, outreach initiatives and arts education offerings.

“The CT Cultural Fund Operating Support grant is crucial as we grow our programming to incorporate more inclusive entertainment and arts education classes that reflect our community,” said Michael Moran, President & CEO of The Palace. “These funds will also support our efforts to work toward greater diversity among staff and board members, promote our organization with cultural alliance associations, and advertise our availability to more renters. We are fully committed to developing further as an institution that embraces cultural diversity.”

Located in the heart of Downtown Stamford, The Palace Theatre is the longest-running arts presenter in the history of greater Fairfield County. A nonprofit performing arts organization, the 1,630-seat historic venue has been a beacon for the best in music, comedy, dance and theatre since the curtain rose in 1927.

The Palace is one of more than 600 organizations in Connecticut to be awarded CT Cultural Fund support from CT Humanities, which totals $16 million. The grants are part of $30.7 million allocated to arts, humanities and cultural nonprofits through CT Humanities over the next two years by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont. The grants will assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public.

The CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant was administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts from the Connecticut State Legislature.

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. They can be reached at (203) 325-4466 or by visiting For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter.


]]> (Michelle Lauricella) Places Thu, 20 Jan 2022 05:06:12 -0500
How to order your 4 free at-home test kits

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from

Here’s what you need to know about your order:

  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January

To secure your test kit please fill out this form.

*Image courtesy USPS

]]> (USPS) Neighbors Wed, 19 Jan 2022 08:25:11 -0500
Raising Kids in an Affluent Society at Christ Church Greenwich on Sunday, January 23

“Raising Successful, Balanced Children and Youth in an Affluent World” on Sunday, January 23, 11:15 am at Christ Church Parish Hall
Free talk in-person, masks mandatory, windows open or Livestream link:

Join us to hear a panel of 5 Professional Educators

• Adam Rhodie, Head of School, Greenwich Country Day School
• Mary Grandville, Principal, Parkway School
• Bobby Walker, Assistant Head for Student and Community Life, Greenwich Academy

• Debbie Smith, Educator, Greenwich High School
• Ann Neary, Educator, Staples High School
• Lydia Marchese, Christ Church Youth Minister

This high-level panel will speak about how we can shape the mental, social, physical, spiritual, and moral development of our children and grandchildren.

When it comes to raising balanced, caring children with good values, some say it starts in the home. But what about the influence of their friends? Studies say children begin to consider other people’s feelings and have empathy by age three. As parents, or as grandparents, trying to do the best for our children and grandchildren, how do we help them navigate with so much turbulence and entitlement swirling around them? How do we teach our children empathy, good values and a strong work ethic?

Join us for what is sure to be a helpful conversation with a panel of five professionals who navigate families and children through these waters every day.

More info and a link to livestream on our website

]]> (Bobbi Eggers) Events Wed, 19 Jan 2022 07:54:31 -0500
ACT of Connecticut Announces NICKEL MINES “Community Talkback Series”

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is excited to announce a “Community Talkback Series” following two performances of the new musical NICKEL MINES

NICKEL MINES is a new musical centered around the 2006 Lancaster, PA Amish schoolhouse shooting in which a lone gunman shot ten girls (five fatally) before taking his own life. This breathtaking piece of theater explores multiple perspectives from that fateful morning, is a living memorial to the young girls who tragically lost their lives, and is a powerful exploration of community, perseverance, and hope.  

NICKEL MINES serves as an interesting entry point to a conversation and because of the sensitive subject matter, ACT of CT has created three “Community Talkbacks”. Following NICKEL MINES performances on Friday, January 21st (8pm) and Sunday, January 23rd (2pm), audiences will have the opportunity to learn about the process of bringing this new musical to life from director/choreographer/co-creator Andrew Palermo and ACT of CT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, along with incredible panels of experts and leaders as they create community conversations and connections surrounding grief, forgiveness and compassion. Panelists will include Jeremy Stein and Sean Reeves of CT Against Gun ViolenceNiro Feliciano L.C.S.WAlexis Koukos of Jesse Lee Choose Love Movement, and Carol Mahlstedt, M.S.W. Psy.D of Compassionate Ridgefield.

ACT of CT is the first professional theater to premier this fascinating, elegant, and moving new musical. Due to COVID-19, NICKEL MINES (which was originally scheduled for March 19-29, 2020) was canceled just days before opening. The theatre is ecstatic to be able to bring back this important and powerful new musical as part of the 2021-2022 season. 

NICKEL MINES is presented in association with Anita Donofrio. The show is conceived by Andrew Palermo, written by Andrew Palermo and Shannon Stoeke and features music and lyrics by Dan Dyer.  The show is directed and choreographed by Andrew Palermo, with music supervision by Bryan Perri, music direction by Tom Cuffari, costume design by Sera Bourgeau, lighting design by Christopher Chamber and Sound Design by Emma Wilk.

The cast of NICKEL MINES includes Daxton Bloomquist, Lauren Celentano, Anna Cooper, Shea Coughlin, Mark Bradley Miller, Emma Lou DeLaney, Justine Rafael, Morgan Hollingsworth, Kelsey Jenison, Eleni Kutay, Milan Magana, Alex Nee, Eric Michael Parker, Josephine Rose Roberts, Hannah Joy Snyder, Claire Sorlie, Zoie Tannous, Jayme Wappel.

NICKEL MINES will run from Thursday, January 20, 2022 through Sunday, January 30, 2022, with a special opening night performance and pre-show reception by TerraSole Ristorante on Saturday, January 22 at 8pm. Performances are: Thursday, January 20 at 7pm (preview performance), Friday, January 21 at 8pm* (preview performance), Saturday, January 22 at 8pm (opening night), Sunday, January 23 at 2pm* and 7pm, Thursday, January 27 at 7pm, Friday, January 28 at 8pm, Saturday, January 29 at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday, January 30 at 2pm. (*denotes talkback performance).

To purchase tickets for NICKEL MINES, please visit or call the box office at (475) 215-5497. Senior / Student and Group pricing is available. For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, spring and summer education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, ACT of CT’s Audience Access program, and other theatre-related news and announcements, visit

Following NICKEL MINES, ACT of CT’s 2021-2022 Season remaining productions will include JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (March 24 – April 17, 2022) and RENT (May 26 – June 19, 2022). Season Subscriptions are still available for the remaining three productions. 

Click here for more information on Season Subscriptions

ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT.  Visit for more information

]]> (ACT of CT) Events Wed, 19 Jan 2022 04:24:02 -0500
FCBuzz Weekend January 21 - January 23: Music, Dance, Art, Comedy!

FCBuzz Weekend 

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

On this frigid winter weekend, soak up the warmth and light of the following arts and culture offerings featuring music, art, dance, and comedy.

Norwalk’s Stepping Stones Museum For Children kicks off the weekend with a show that will bring smiles to the whole family. On Saturday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, CactusHead Puppets bring to life Bremen Town Musicians - the hilarious tale of four farm animals who set out on the road to Bremen to pursue their dreams of stardom. This production features lovable rod puppets, elaborate shadow scenes, and CactusHead Puppets' signature sense of humor.

Saturday at 2:00 pm, you’ll have your pick of two musical competitions! Catch the annual Greater CT Youth Orchestras Concerto Competition at Pequot Library in Southport, with eight Principal Orchestra musicians competing on violin, cello, and flute for a $500 prize and the chance to perform as soloist at the Spring Concert. Or head to Norwalk Concert Hall for Norwalk Symphony’s 10th Young Artists Concerto Competition Finals where ten young musicians who passed the first stage of the competition will compete for a chance to perform on March 20th with the Norwalk Symphony at the Music for All Ages concert.

At 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, it’s the opening exhibit reception for Carriage Barn Arts Center's 42nd Annual Photography Show in New Canaan. Juried by award-winning photographer PLATON, the exhibit features a selection of images chosen from submissions by professional, amateur and student photographers. 

Four of the funniest ladies in the New York comedy scene are taking over the Fairfield Comedy Club stage on Saturday at 7:00 pm. Join Ankara Savone, Christine MeEhan-Berg, Ashley Austin Morris, and Calise Hawkins for Not a Clam Bake LIVE! as they bring their ‘anything-goes’ brand of comedy to Connecticut. Be prepared for an unforgettable night of comedy as these ladies get together to dish out some hardcore laughter.

On Sunday at 10:00 am at the Darien Arts Center, the directors of East Coast Contemporary Ballet (ECCB) offer DANCE WITH US: Master Class & Choreography. An exciting opportunity to participate in a Master Class taught by ECCB Artistic Director Claire Mazza, followed by a chance to learn ECCB original choreography from their contemporary ballet Mi Vida, by Artistic Director Alejandro Ulloa. 

For a truly memorable and unique experience, join Cynthia and Rick Quintanal of Crystal Cymbalogy & JoJo Keane of Inspired Soul on Sunday at 1:00 pm at The Knowlton for their Dance to Live Music & Sound Healing event.

The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra will present Music at Aquila’s Nest Vineyards on Sunday at 5:00 pm in a chamber concert by Nancy Leville, mezzo-soprano; Max Caserta, guitar; Juniper Spalding, double bass; and Amir Farsi, flute. The musicians will showcase their talent with a variety of pieces that span genres and musical eras. 

Close out the weekend at Fairfield’s FTC The Warehouse on Sunday at 8:00 pm with the jam scene’s underdog supergroup, Ghost Light. From onstage “musical trust falls” to Soundgarden-inspired mixes in the studio, this band is building a name through a gracefully executed fusion of live instrumentals, cinematic percussive elements, and a powerful musical vision.

For details on these and hundreds more events check out FC-Buzz events on our website at

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Wed, 19 Jan 2022 04:18:07 -0500
Cos Cob Resident Emily Walko Achieves Fall 2021 Dean's List at Belmont University

Emily Walko of Cos Cob qualified for the Fall 2021 Dean's List at Belmont University.

Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Approximately 50 percent of Belmont's 7,076 undergraduate students qualified for the Fall 2021 Dean's List. Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, "Students achieving the Dean's List recognition at Belmont University are highly committed to success in their educational endeavors. They have clearly demonstrated a deep investment in their studies and in their future. We are thrilled to celebrate their hard work and know their continued, consistent and comprehensive dedication to their academic work will equip them to become what we call 'future shapers' at Belmont as they impact the world around them."

]]> (Belmont University) Neighbors Tue, 18 Jan 2022 14:15:48 -0500
Junior League of Greenwich’s Impact your World Workshop

For the third year in a row, the Junior League of Greenwich (JLG) is excited to be partnering with Girls with Impact to present “Impact your World”, a free, online workshop targeted to young women in Greenwich community, aged 11- 14 years old.

Taking place virtually on Saturday, January 29th from 12pm-1:30pm, participants will learn about entrepreneurship and business skill development. They will then be guided through the process of creating an impactful project with purpose in their communities. Girls will have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with fellow girls in the community and share their passions, thoughts, and visions.

The program is presented in partnership with Girls with Impact, an organization whose mission is to equip girls with the business and leadership skills required of today’s workforce, thereby increasing their college and career successes, financial literacy, and economic impact. This partnership provides an opportunity for the Junior League of Greenwich to work with a dedicated subject matter expert to continue providing valuable programming for the personal development of Tween and Teen girls in the Greenwich community.

“We are excited to continue to partner with Girls with Impact to help develop the next generation of women leaders”, said Karen Richard, JLG President. “The middle school years are an impressionable time for girls. The Impact Your World workshop uses hands-on projects and coaching to build entrepreneurial skills and enhance self-confidence – so these young women envision what they can be – and gain skills to help them get there.”  
Registration is now available for girls aged 11 to 14 years old at the Junior League of Greenwich website:

]]> (Junior League of Greenwich) Neighbors Tue, 18 Jan 2022 07:25:17 -0500
Women's Biz Dev Council & JPMorgan Chase Fueling CT Women-Owned Businesses

Women’s Business Development Council Grant Program Continues to Fuel Economic Growth for Connecticut Women-Owned Businesses

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) today announced that it has received a $300,000 investment from JPMorgan Chase to support its Equity Match Grant (EMG) Program.

The WBDC Equity Match Grant Program was created to catalyze growth for women-owned businesses in Connecticut. The program provides grants between $2,500 and $10,000 to fund clearly defined projects that will have a measurable impact on the business, its growth and profitability.

Since December 2020, 98 grants have been awarded, providing $924K to small businesses throughout the state. This includes 42 businesses that were awarded grants in December 2021, as part of the program’s third round. Applications for the fourth round will be accepted from January 17 through February 13, 2022.

The grant program originated from the generous contributions of a number of private and public funders and received a significant boost from the State of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).

“Small businesses account for almost 50% of our state’s employment, and we all know the incredibly tough few years these businesses have endured,” said Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz. “The WBDC has been an incredible leader and partner with our state for decades, and this grant from JPMorgan Chase will help further the shared mission of providing opportunity, training, and education for women who own or choose to open a business.”

The investment from JPMorgan Chase aims to increase the capacity of WBDC to empower Connecticut’s women entrepreneurs, especially disenfranchised populations and those in distressed communities. The grant program’s success is due to the coupling of flexible capital with technical assistance for these business owners focused on leadership, business and financial planning, human resources, networking and mentorship opportunities.

“This generous support from JPMorgan Chase will allow us to continue to get needed resources to Connecticut’s small businesses,” said WBDC CEO and Founder Fran Pastore.  “It also symbolizes a long-standing partnership between our organizations,” she added. “WBDC is celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2022. Our first business checking account was opened at the Chase branch on Prospect Street in Stamford – with a $60 deposit. We still have that account. This is a meaningful way to celebrate this milestone with an organization that has been with us from the beginning.”

“Unlocking the potential of women-led businesses is a direct path forward to creating greater economic equity especially during this time of recovery from the Covid pandemic and given the critical role small businesses play in Connecticut’s economy,” said Laura Davis, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank. “The Women’s Business Development Council is a true partner in helping women, specifically women of color, access the resources and support needed to launch and grow their ventures.”

Round 3 grant recipients included:

•             A vegetable and flower farm and farm stand in Farmington who is using her grant for a hay wagon to offer classic hay rides to the pumpkin patch, and deer fencing to expand the land she is farming and protect the crops

•             A hair braiding studio in Bridgeport who is using her grant to improve her marketing and expand into selling hair products

•             A dog training and services business in New London who is using her grant to improve the company’s website and marketing

•             A bakery in Glastonbury who is using her grant to purchase a walk-in cooler to store ingredients and frozen baked goods to help expand their capacity

Among recipients from the first two rounds:

•             71% of businesses have increased their revenues since receiving the grant

•             56% increased their profits

•             44% created jobs – 76 new jobs across 23 companies

“The WBDC Equity Match Grant allowed me to put in place systems that have streamlined and optimized our sales process,” said Paula Pierce, owner of Hosting Connecticut LLC, of the impact the grant has had on her website design and hosting company. “Without the extra 'push' of preparing to apply for this grant, I would have less specific financial data and fewer strategic plans to use to grow the business. I'm grateful for WBDC, not just for the funds, but for the extra motivation,” she added.

The application period for the next round of Equity Match Grants opens on January 17. WBDC will be hosting several information sessions to help businesses prepare to apply. For dates and times of those sessions, visit For additional information on the EMG program, including eligibility requirements, visit

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