Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:16:44 -0400 HamletHub.com Darien Youth Commission and P2P Sponsor Drive-thru Food Drive on October 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/48527-darien-youth-commission-and-p2p-sponsor-drive-thru-food-drive-on-october-3048527-darien-youth-commission-and-p2p-sponsor-drive-thru-food-drive-on-october-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/48527-darien-youth-commission-and-p2p-sponsor-drive-thru-food-drive-on-october-3048527-darien-youth-commission-and-p2p-sponsor-drive-thru-food-drive-on-october-30

Food Drive on Saturday, October 30th

On Saturday, October 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, the Darien Youth Commission is partnering with Person 2 Person to sponsor a Drive-Thru Food Drive.  It will take place in Koons Train Station Parking Lot (across West Ave. from Tilley Pond Park). 

The previous two food drives were tremendously successful and we're hoping for the same outcome on the 30th. Thank you for your consideration and we hope to see you on the 30th!

Click HERE for a list of the items P2P is encouraging folks to bring. 

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Mon, 18 Oct 2021 10:43:51 -0400
U.S. and state flags in Connecticut lowered to half-staff in honor of General Colin Powell https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/48526-u-s-and-state-flags-in-connecticut-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-general-colin-powell48526-u-s-and-state-flags-in-connecticut-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-general-colin-powell https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/48526-u-s-and-state-flags-in-connecticut-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-general-colin-powell48526-u-s-and-state-flags-in-connecticut-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-general-colin-powell

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that – in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden directing flags to be lowered throughout the country as a mark of respect for General Colin Powell – he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on the evening of Friday, October 22, 2021.

Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Mon, 18 Oct 2021 10:13:39 -0400
Darien’s Heritage Day, An All-Day Family Event to Celebrate the Town’s 200th Birthday https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/48521-darien-s-heritage-day-an-all-day-family-event-to-celebrate-the-town-s-200th-birthday48521-darien-s-heritage-day-an-all-day-family-event-to-celebrate-the-town-s-200th-birthday https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/48521-darien-s-heritage-day-an-all-day-family-event-to-celebrate-the-town-s-200th-birthday48521-darien-s-heritage-day-an-all-day-family-event-to-celebrate-the-town-s-200th-birthday

History Comes To Life

Darien’s history comes to life this fall with a Revolutionary celebration — an all-day family event featuring colonial demonstrations, a reenactment of the 1781 Raid on Middlesex Meetinghouse and an 18th -century battle skirmish.

The town’s Heritage Day will be held on Saturday, October 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, October 24) at three local historical landmarks and will feature members of The Fifth Connecticut Regiment and the 15th Regiment of Foot, two organizations dedicated to keeping the Spirit of ’76 alive.

The events and activities are being planned by the town’s 2020 Bicentennial Committee and are coordinated by Karen Boccadoro, a Darien resident who is a member of the Fifth’s board.

“We are thrilled to bring this hands-on historical experience to Darien,” said Boccadoro, who has been a reenactor for over 15 years along with her husband, Carl. “It will be a day that will live in our memories for many years to come.

Volunteers will portray Patriot and Loyalist militia groups as they conduct drills and skirmishes. The highlight of the day will be the reenactment of the 1781 Raid of Middlesex Meetinghouse (today’s First Congregational Church of Darien). The raid reenactment is co-sponsored by the Darien Arts Center and directed by Carole Claps, a longtime Darien resident who has directed numerous theatrical performances throughout the region.

The festivities will kick off at 10:30 a.m. at the Museum of Darien, 45 Old Kings Highway North, where members of the Fifth CT Regiment, dressed in period costume, will conduct colonial cooking and artisan demonstrations, and also mingle with the crowd to talk about life during the War. Children’s Musket Drills will be held at 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free refreshments will be provided by Palmer’s Market.

At 12:45 p.m., the crowd will be invited to stroll up the road to The First Congregational Church of Darien, 14 Brookside Road, where a play recounting the 1781 Raid of Middlesex Meetinghouse will be performed by members of the 15th Regiment of Foot and local volunteer actors. The reenactment will take place outside of the church on the front steps.

The play was revised from the original 1980s work by Patricia Wall, the former director of the Museum of Darien. It recounts the Tory raid on the Meetinghouse when over 40 male members of the congregation were kidnapped in a daring Sunday raid.

“We have a tremendously enthusiastic group who will portray the men and women of Middlesex Parish who lived through this traumatic Revolutionary event,” said Claps, who directed “Darien’s Got Talent” for the Darien Arts Center and produced many Cabaret evenings and performances.

At 2:30 p.m., the day will continue to unfold at The Mather Homestead, 19 Stephen Mather Road, where the 1781 raid on the Mather Farm will be reenacted. This drama will recount the moments when silver pieces were discovered by Tory raiders in the well of the Homestead.

The day will be capped by a military drill, cannon firing and an exciting demonstration of a skirmish between British and Colonial troops in the fields adjacent to the Homestead. “This has been a tremendous, multi-year effort by a group of very committed volunteers who kept working throughout the pandemic to deliver these memorable Darien Bicentennial events,” said Al Miller, chairman of the town’s 2020 Bicentennial Committee.

Commemorative Bicentennial merchandise will be sold at the events. Cash and checks accepted only. For more information on Bicentennial merchandise, email darien200merch@gmail.com.

Members of the Darien Police Department will be on site at all locations to direct traffic. Parking will be available near the Museum at 85 Old Kings Highway North and on-site at The Mather Homestead. For everyone’s safety, organizers ask that all participants comply with current state and local Covid guidelines.

More information please visit the town’s website at www.darienct.gov or for questions email: info.darien2020@gmail.com. To donate to the town’s Bicentennial Celebration, please write a check to Town of Darien, and include “2020 Bicentennial” in the memo line of the check.

Checks may be mailed to Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820 and include ATT: 2020 Bicentennial on the envelope. A special thank you to Palmer’s Market for generously donating the refreshments for Heritage Day and to the Official 2020 Bicentennial Sponsors for their generosity and continued support.

Platinum Benefactor — The Darien Foundation Diamond — The Town of Darien

Gold — Crestwood Advisors, Baywater Properties, DR Bank, Hollow Tree Self Storage, The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s, William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance


Bronze — Barrett Bookstore, Cross Private Client Insurance, Darien Board of Realtors

Exclusive Magazine Sponsor — New Canaan-Darien Magazine

Follow Darien 2020 news and trivia at: Facebook: Darien2020 Instagram: @Darien200 Twitter: DarienCT200

kerry@ducey.org (Claire Hunter) Life Mon, 18 Oct 2021 09:50:00 -0400
Write Your Novel with Darien Library https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48524-write-your-novel-with-darien-library48524-write-your-novel-with-darien-library https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48524-write-your-novel-with-darien-library48524-write-your-novel-with-darien-library

Have you ever wanted to write your own novel?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50-thousand-word manuscript between November 1st and November 30th.

Plot your novel before NaNoWriMo begins with a workshop that has been an annual favorite since 2015. Develop an outline of a plot for your NaNoWriMo novel, lay out the three acts of your story, define your protagonists and antagonists and their goals, and will walk away with a full outline for your novel.

This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, October 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. Register on Darien Library’s website at www.darienlibrary.org/event/5241.

About the Presenter

Roman Godzich, is the VP of Content and User Experience for a major online travel company where he manages a group of travel writers. His Science Fiction thriller, No Higher Ground, was an Amazon Top-100 Science Fiction novel for three months in 2019.


agoodman@darienlibrary.org (Darien Library) Places Mon, 18 Oct 2021 07:24:17 -0400
Darien Community Association’s Information and Inspiration Event will Feature Autumn Centerpieces with Terrain Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48523-darien-community-association-s-information-and-inspiration-event-will-feature-autumn-centerpieces-with-terrain-westport48523-darien-community-association-s-information-and-inspiration-event-will-feature-autumn-centerpieces-with-terrain-westport https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48523-darien-community-association-s-information-and-inspiration-event-will-feature-autumn-centerpieces-with-terrain-westport48523-darien-community-association-s-information-and-inspiration-event-will-feature-autumn-centerpieces-with-terrain-westport

Information and Inspiration presentations are gatherings open to all to elevate your knowledge and broaden your intelligence, while also providing an opportunity to connect with others. The Darien Community Association has partnered with authors, business entrepreneurs, and specialists on travel, culture, and the arts.

This Darien Community Association (DCA) Information and Inspiration will feature Autumn Centerpieces with Terrain Westport on Tuesday, October 26 at 11:00am. Create an extraordinary fall centerpiece with Deborah Herbertson, the in-house designer at Terrain Westport. Be prepared to be wowed, delighted and inspired by Deb’s passion and enthusiasm for her craft. You’ll be spellbound as you observe her techniques for putting together sensational pumpkins from foraged and found items. Deb’s ideas are all about combining the unexpected – items found in nature, and using out-of-the-ordinary materials and textures for making your own seasonal centerpiece.

This event is $55 per person, or $45 for DCA members (includes all materials). Prepayment is required by Monday, October 25. Register online at dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 extension 10.

kerry@ducey.org (Laura Racanelli) Events Fri, 15 Oct 2021 09:37:14 -0400
Get Empowered for Retirement with Darien Library https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48507-get-empowered-for-retirement-with-darien-library48507-get-empowered-for-retirement-with-darien-library https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48507-get-empowered-for-retirement-with-darien-library48507-get-empowered-for-retirement-with-darien-library

Darien Library is pleased to present an educational workshop that aims to help women prepare for retirement.

Investment advisor representative Michael Alimo will discuss the potential challenges that can arise in retirement due to divorce, widowed, and separation, as well as outliving one’s spouse. He will review various life scenarios and discuss strategies to prepare for them, including building a better retirement plan and future. Michael will also discuss market volatility, drawing down too much of your assets in retirement, taxes and how they can affect your future, and legacy planning for your beneficiaries.

This virtual event will take place on Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m. Register on Darien Library’s website at www.darienlibrary.org/event/5268.

About the Presenter

Beginning 30 years ago working for various Wall Street brokerage houses, Mr. Alimo's last 18 years have been devoted to serving clientele around CT and New England at his USA Financial & Tax Services, LLC.

With a focus on retirement planning and risk management, his services portfolio includes: comprehensive financial planning; investment and portfolio management; wealth preservation and transfer strategies; individual, business and estate tax planning; IRA and 401K rollovers; education funding; Insurance and Long-Term Care planning, as well as tax preparation.

In gratitude for many years of business and support from clients and friends around the state, Michael remains committed to giving back to the community via informational presentations and educational workshops. He has hosted many seminars, speaking to groups about a broad array of financial, investment and retirement topics. Venues included libraries, universities, churches and congregations as well as many of the local town continuing education programs.


agoodman@darienlibrary.org (Darien Library) Events Fri, 15 Oct 2021 06:26:52 -0400
Darien Community Association Annual Halloween Parade! Friday, October 29 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48522-darien-community-association-annual-halloween-parade-friday-october-2948522-darien-community-association-annual-halloween-parade-friday-october-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48522-darien-community-association-annual-halloween-parade-friday-october-2948522-darien-community-association-annual-halloween-parade-friday-october-29

The Darien Community Association is getting in the spirit with their annual Mom’s Morning In Halloween Parade, happening on Friday, October 29 at 10:00am.

It’s back! Our parade is a colorful tradition! Dress up your little ones and bring a bag for trick or treating at the doors of local Darien merchants along the Post Road. Meet at the parking lot next to the Darien Fire Station opposite Post Corner Pizza.

As a safety precaution because of the number of participants and proximity on the sidewalk, we are encouraging masking. And we have decided not to host the gathering in Tilley Pond Park for the Amazing Andy magic show after the parade (hopefully next year!).

For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 extension 10 or info@dariendca.org. To receive emails with details of upcoming monthly Mom’s Morning In events, please send your email address to the DCA.

kerry@ducey.org (Laura Racanelli) Events Thu, 14 Oct 2021 14:34:36 -0400
Step Into The Secret Garden with Darien Library on Oct. 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48506-step-into-the-secret-garden-with-darien-library48506-step-into-the-secret-garden-with-darien-library https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48506-step-into-the-secret-garden-with-darien-library48506-step-into-the-secret-garden-with-darien-library

Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore welcome back New York Times bestselling author Marta McDowell for a moving account of how gardening deeply inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett, the author of the beloved children's classic The Secret Garden.

In Unearthing The Secret Garden, Marta McDowell delves into the professional and gardening life of Frances Hodgson Burnett. Complementing her fascinating account with charming period photographs and illustrations, McDowell paints an unforgettable portrait of a great artist and reminds us why The Secret Garden continues to touch readers after more than a century. This deeply moving and gift-worthy book is a must-read for fans of The Secret Garden and anyone who loves the story behind the story.

This virtual event will take place on Thursday, October 21st at 10 a.m. Register on Darien Library’s website at www.darienlibrary.org/event/5154.

About the Author

Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens. Timber Press published, Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, The New York Times-bestselling All the Presidents' Gardens, and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, now in its eighth printing. Marta is working on new book on gardening themes in mysteries with the working title Gardening Can Be Murder. She is the 2019 recipient of the Garden Club of America's Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for outstanding literary achievement.


agoodman@darienlibrary.org (Darien Library) Events Thu, 14 Oct 2021 07:26:04 -0400
Write Your Story in Darien Library’s Memoir Class on Oct. 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48505-write-your-story-in-darien-library-s-memoir-class48505-write-your-story-in-darien-library-s-memoir-class https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48505-write-your-story-in-darien-library-s-memoir-class48505-write-your-story-in-darien-library-s-memoir-class

Have you ever wanted to write the story of your life? Darien Library is offering a short-form memoir class for aspiring writers.

In this six-week class, writers will work on telling their stories and, more importantly, developing their truth speakers—the strong, clear narrator that Vivian Gornick says “a writer pulls out of his or her own agitated and boring self to organize a piece of experience.”

Read and discuss moving examples of personal writing, explore essential aspects of personal stories through craft discussions, and build toward one piece for a reading and workshopping session on the last day of class with instructor Jamie Passaro.

This virtual series will begin on Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m. Register on Darien Library’s website at www.darienlibrary.org/event/5235.

About the Instructor

Jamie Passaro is a writer whose articles, interviews, and essays have been published in The New York Times, Oregon Humanities, Full Grown People, The Washington Post parenting blog, The Atlantic, The Sun, and Utne Magazine, among other places.

Jamie lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys porch-sitting, dog parks, impromptu dinner parties, meandering walks and bike rides, reading books with her kids or on her own, and officiating the occasional wedding.

agoodman@darienlibrary.org (Darien Library) Events Wed, 13 Oct 2021 06:24:55 -0400
New for Grades 1-4 at Darien Arts Center: Paint & Paste, Mixed Media & Collage https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48519-new-for-grades-1-4-paint-paste-mixed-media-collage-at-dac48519-new-for-grades-1-4-paint-paste-mixed-media-collage-at-dac https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48519-new-for-grades-1-4-paint-paste-mixed-media-collage-at-dac48519-new-for-grades-1-4-paint-paste-mixed-media-collage-at-dac

Students will use a variety of materials including paint, magazine clippings, fabric and imagination to create a collage capturing their interests and passions in this new Thursday afternoon art class at the Darien Arts Center that begins on October 21st.

Paint & Paste: Mixed Media and Collage

For Grades 1-4

Thursdays | 3:45-4:45pm

October 21-December 16


The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall. for more information, visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683.


farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Events Tue, 12 Oct 2021 09:43:20 -0400
Entertainment Critic Jim Ruocco Reviews Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky) Live in HD at The Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48520-entertainment-critic-jim-ruocco-reviews-boris-godunov-mussorgsky-live-in-hd-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse48520-entertainment-critic-jim-ruocco-reviews-boris-godunov-mussorgsky-live-in-hd-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48520-entertainment-critic-jim-ruocco-reviews-boris-godunov-mussorgsky-live-in-hd-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse48520-entertainment-critic-jim-ruocco-reviews-boris-godunov-mussorgsky-live-in-hd-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse

Editor's note: Here, international/national/regional entertainment critic Jim Ruocco reviews Boris Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov live in HD at The Ridgefield Playhouse

 "La Boheme." "La Traviata." "Madama Butterfly." "Antony and Cleopatra." "Carmen." "Le Nozze di Figaro." "Don Giovanni." "Cendrillon." "Rigoletto." "Tosca." "Werther." "Manon." "Norma." "Lucia di Lammermour." "Faust." "Agrippina." "La Fille du Regiment." 

LIVE in New York or broadcast in theaters via the MET's LIVE IN HD series, these productions - and others - fulfill the stalwart, emotional depth and spectacle that is the MET with thrilling, full-bodied vocals, staging, direction, performance and defining orchestral expression.

At the Ridgefield Playhouse, an intimate, inviting venue of class, warmth and vintage ambiance, Mussorgsky's Russian-language opera "Boris Godunov" - a tale of guilt, deceit, historical position, rejection, responsibility and rejection - was broadcast LIVE on the theater's big movie screen with a vivid thrust and excitement that gave the October 9th presentation dimension, sweep, continuity and operatic elan.


Rejuvenated with distinctive timbre and narrative illumination, the opera itself unfolds with a lucid mindset that amplifies the justice of the drama, the depth and vocal emission of Mussorgsky's music and the well-organized, scene-by-scene development and plotting of the actual story.

Taking its cue from the real-life events of Boris Godunov, the Tzar of Russia during the late 16th century, Mussorgsky's opera charts the title character's rise to the throne, his decade-reign over Russia, his tortured past, his recurring memories of the child he murdered and lastly, a fatal heart attack that provides a tragic ending to the story. As with most operas, it helps if you know the story in advance (both the Ridgefield Playhouse and the MET provide playbills with detailed synopses) or actually researches its origins via the internet, your mobile phone or an afternoon trip to the library. If that's not your thing, paying close attention to the actual performance is mandatory. Otherwise, you'll find yourself completely lost wondering who is who, what is going on or what purpose the actual vocals serve the characters themselves and advancement of the intricate libretto.

Stephen Wadsworth, best known for his staging of Wagner's "Ring" cycle, Moliere's "Don Juan," Handel's "Rodelinda" and the Broadway and West End productions of Terrence McNally's "Master Class," directs this 1869 edition of "Boris Godunov" with an acquired briskness, strength and pathos that allows the material to breathe, resonate and magnify its required purpose. Previously, he staged the MET's lofty 2010 edition of Mussorgsky's classic opera, which took its cue from the 1872 revised version of a piece that chilled and expanded the already proven and faultless plot, its moral conscience and Tsarist hauteur.

A master craftsman in his own right - eleven years later - Wadsworth spins yet another passionate telling that is persuasive in both execution and certainty. Conveyed with absolute seriousness, he balances time, atmosphere, characterization, interplay and operatic storytelling cogently. He leads the cast - principals, supporting players, ensemble - through the Tzar's cemented machinations always knowing when to pause, excite, sentimentalize, enrage or surprise.  In turn, "Boris Godunov" never falters or skips a beat. Given its intermission-less two hours and twenty minutes running time, it is fast and fluid with plenty of story to tell as it moves forward to its justifiable conclusion.
For those not present at the Lincoln Plaza location - the HD LIVE edition (at the Ridgefield Playhouse and other venues worldwide) - the production benefits from exceptional camera work and editing that frames the action in close up, full front and reaction wise, all of which is precisely timed and executed with a trained cinematic eye that heightens the opera's dramatic momentum, musicality, darkness, tableaux and savored viscera.

The headline attraction of any opera - aside from its mammoth, stellar cast - is the conductor, of course,  which, in "Boris Godunov" is wisely-chosen German-born maestro Sebastian Weigle whose orchestral conductor credits include "Die Fledermaus," "Lear," "Tristan und Isolde," the four-part "Der Ring des Nibelungen" and the MET's "Die Zauberflote." Here, Weigle presents a powerful orchestral sound of fullness, versatility and conviction. The intensity of Mussorgsky's work is both natural and realistic with careful attention paid closely to execution, performance, fluidity, detail, dramatic tempo and vocal catharsis.

In turn, the music dazzles. It excites. It gets you thinking. It is beautifully shaped. It unfolds with beautifully crafted simplicity and influence. It is also superbly energized, basking in its own important crisp and conscious tempos, lead-ins, climaxes and edgy, powerful signaling. As is typical with the MET, the progression of the opera, the passages, the voices, the framing, the weight and overall interpretation rest largely on the music and how is portrayed and performed. As "Boris Godunov" unfolds, there is a certain freshness and uniqueness to it all, which Weigle and his team reenact with care, creation and intent. It all works splendidly in terms of variety, sound, melodrama, declamation and lyrical sentiment and tension. Bravo!

In the title role, a part he has played before, Rene Pape sings and acts with a committed strongness and power that reflects his character's pulse, heartbeat, emotions, drive and pending tragic history. It's a performance like no other that Pape greets with a mighty effectiveness and voice that serves the material well. Playing the role of the Holy Fool, Miles Mykkaren offers a focused, determined characterization that fascinates every time he appears on stage.
Other fine performances are delivered by Ain Anger as Pimen, David Butt Philip as Grigory, Erika Baikoff as Xenia, Megan Marino as Feodor, Aleksey Bogdanov as Schelkalov, Maxim Paster as Shuisky and Ryan Speedo Green as Varlaam.

An impressive, appropriately balanced opera, "Boris Godunov" provides abiding involvement and placement to Mussorgsky's rarely-performed Russian opera. It is unique. It is driven. It is paint boxed with detail and color. It is yet another trump card for the MET and its cinematic LIVE IN HD series.

As staged by Stephen Wadsworth, it is full of guilt, strongness and effort. The lead performance of Rene Pape, comes coupled with brilliance, power and excitement. The subject matter, dappled with illustrated persuasion and seraphic sculpting by conductor Sebastian Weigle, is presented with assured nature, dramatic instinct and thematic release. Musically, it respects and celebrates the origins of its creator bringing a lyrical pulse and cohesiveness to the original orchestrations, offset by an unbroken kinship and luster well worthy of a standing ovation.

"Boris Godunov" was presented LIVE in conjunction with the MET's OPERA LIVE IN HD series on  October 9, 2021, at the Ridgefield Playhouse (80 E. Ridge Rd, Ridgefield, CT). For information and ticket's to the Ridgefield Playhouse's upcoming productions, call (203) 438-5795.
For a list of upcoming MET Opera Live in HD screenings click here.

For additional photos and information, click here.


kerry@ducey.org ( James V. Ruocco) Events Tue, 12 Oct 2021 09:40:24 -0400
Darien Community Association Duo Piano Group Fall Concert to be held Sunday, October 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48518-darien-community-association-duo-piano-group-fall-concert-to-be-held-sunday-october-1748518-darien-community-association-duo-piano-group-fall-concert-to-be-held-sunday-october-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48518-darien-community-association-duo-piano-group-fall-concert-to-be-held-sunday-october-1748518-darien-community-association-duo-piano-group-fall-concert-to-be-held-sunday-october-17

On Sunday, October 17 at 4:00 pm the Darien Community Association’s Duo Piano Group will perform their fall concert.

The Duo Piano Group will again entertain the crowd at their next concert,“Bring Back the Music!” with live music for all! Please join us for an afternoon of family fun.

Performers: Yoko Araki, Fiona Hallinan, Michael Karpilow, Lisa Nakamura, Yasuko Uchida and Yuan Wang. Guest violinist Darwin Shen. Music Director: Sandra Shaw Murphy.

DCA members $10
Public $15

Free admission to concerts for any students/children (18 or under). Proceeds from the concert help support the DCA’s nonprofit mission, including college scholarships for Darien High School graduates.

Reservations are requested by noon on Friday, October 15 and can be made online at dariendca.org or with the DCA office at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 extension10. Walk-ins welcome.

The DCA Duo Piano Group is an enthusiastic group of accomplished amateur pianists who play together for fun and to continue their musical education.  They perform twice-yearly concerts to help support the mission of the DCA.

Reservations are requested and may be made online through dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 extension 10. This musical event will be held at the DCA, 274 Middlesex Road in Darien. The Duo Piano Group welcomes performers of varying levels of piano proficiency, and invites those interested in joining to contact Kathy Edwards at 203-972-3292.

kerry@ducey.org (Laura Racanelli) Events Tue, 12 Oct 2021 08:27:59 -0400
Darien Library Offers a Program to Understand the Effects of COVID-19 Isolation on Oct. 19 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48504-darien-library-offers-a-program-to-understand-the-effects-of-covid-19-isolation48504-darien-library-offers-a-program-to-understand-the-effects-of-covid-19-isolation https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48504-darien-library-offers-a-program-to-understand-the-effects-of-covid-19-isolation48504-darien-library-offers-a-program-to-understand-the-effects-of-covid-19-isolation

Darien Library and Darien SEPAC present an event that will help parents understand and navigate the impact that lockdown isolation may have had on their children.

Dr. Peter McAllister, a board-certified neurologist, will address best practices for evaluating and treating anxiety, depression, and migraine in school-age children. He will discuss the psychoeducational impact of isolation and insecurity during COVID and available interventions, including medication.

This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, October 19th at 7:30 p.m. Register on Darien Library’s website at www.darienlibrary.org/event/5340.

About Peter McAllister

Peter McAllister, MD is Co-Founder and Director of New England Institute for Neurology and Headache, where he sees adults and children ages five and over and employs a holistic, biopsychosocial approach to diagnosis and treatment. He holds clinical appointments at both Yale University School of Medicine and The Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. He is also Chief Medical Officer of New England Institute for Clinical Research and Ki Clinical Research and has authored over 150 articles, book chapters, and posters.

About Darien Library

 Darien Library is a Library Journal five-star Library. It is among the busiest in the state with over 1,300 people visiting on an average day and has the highest per capita circulation of items in Connecticut. The Library collection includes 125,000 books and 300 newspaper and magazine subscriptions. In addition, the Library presents over 1,500 public events annually, hosting a lineup of bestselling authors, technology classes, early literacy programs, and workshops for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

agoodman@darienlibrary.org (Darien Library) Events Tue, 12 Oct 2021 06:23:00 -0400
Golf Performance Center Announces Women's College Prep Series November 5-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48517-golf-performance-center-announces-women-s-college-prep-series-november-5-748517-golf-performance-center-announces-women-s-college-prep-series-november-5-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48517-golf-performance-center-announces-women-s-college-prep-series-november-5-748517-golf-performance-center-announces-women-s-college-prep-series-november-5-7

Golf Performance Center's (GPC) College Prep Series is the Northeast’s premier event for college-bound golfers and their parents. This year, we’re excited to dedicate it entirely to girls age 13 and older.

Reserve your seat HERE.

The College Prep Series features top PGA professionals and elite women’s college golf coaches in a multi-day, immersive session designed with one purpose in mind: helping aspiring junior golfers achieve their dreams of playing at the next level.

Junior players at the College Prep Series will have the opportunity to undergo a Player Development Index (PDI) Assessment conducted by elite PGA and TPI-certified performance coaches. The PDI Assessment takes a deep, objective look at key skill areas including putting, chipping, bunker play, shot-making, mental proficiency and physical skills, and precisely identifies areas that need improvement. The assessment will result in an Index (PDI), giving players a number to quantify the state of their game and the ability to track progress toward their goals.


Players and parents will also participate in detailed, guided sessions explaining the college golf recruiting process and featuring head coaches at top college golf programs.

Players and parents will leave with a detailed report covering the weaknesses that may be holding them back from college golf and with a thorough understanding of the recruiting process.

Learn more and reserve your seat HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (Golf Performance Center) Places Mon, 11 Oct 2021 08:36:24 -0400
Community Fund of Darien Awarded $625,000 Multi-Year Drug-Free Communities Grant https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/48516-community-fund-of-darien-awarded-625-000-multi-year-drug-free-communities-grant48516-community-fund-of-darien-awarded-625-000-multi-year-drug-free-communities-grant https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/48516-community-fund-of-darien-awarded-625-000-multi-year-drug-free-communities-grant48516-community-fund-of-darien-awarded-625-000-multi-year-drug-free-communities-grant

The Community Fund of Darien was recently awarded $125,000 per year for the next 5 years by the federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Grant, managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The funding will support programming from The Thriving Youth Task Force (TYTF), Darien’s volunteer coalition that convenes local community organizations to promote and empower positive youth development, with the goal of reducing teen substance use.  

The DFC Grant funding will allow the Thriving Youth Task Force to: 

  • Continue to survey 7-12th grade students about their mental health and substance use trends and share the results with parents and the community. This year’s free community presentation of the student survey findings will be held on Wednesday, October 20th at 7pm in the Middlesex Middle School auditorium and will also be live streamed via Zoom. Registration is requested for in-person attendance and required for Zoom here

  • Use student survey findings to inform community and school efforts to promote the development of Darien youth into healthy, resilient adults and to reduce at-risk behaviors.  

  • Convene community partners to collaborate on teen mental health and substance use 

  • Increase public awareness of the risks of substance use and risky behavior through community programs and social marketing, such as the nationally recognized “06820” campaign.

  • Expand the scope of its work to include a focus on marijuana use in addition to alcohol use.

Created in 1997, the Drug-Free Communities Grant funds community-based coalitions such as Darien’s Thriving Youth Task Force that engage multiple sectors of the community to prevent youth substance use.  The twelve sectors represented by TYTF members are youth, parents, businesses, media, school, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, religious/fraternal organizations, civic and volunteer organizations, healthcare professionals and local government.  This membership diversity helps coalitions connect their communities’ resources to each other and adopt a balanced and comprehensive approach to reducing substance use.

“We are thrilled to have secure funding for the next five years to continue the Thriving Youth Task Force’s work targeting teen substance use prevention and education,” said Janet King, Executive Director of The Community Fund of Darien.  “The DFC Grant gives us a fantastic opportunity to further engage our community to work together towards this goal.”

Thriving Youth Program Director Emily Larkin added, “This work is especially timely in light of the state’s recent marijuana legalization.  The Thriving Youth Task Force’s programs will provide parents with critical information about how marijuana impacts the teen brain and strategies for keeping open lines of communication with their teen around all substance use.”


kerry@ducey.org (Jennifer Fallon) Charities Mon, 11 Oct 2021 05:34:39 -0400