Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Tue, 02 Mar 2021 22:19:46 -0500 HamletHub.com In celebration of Women’s History Month, Darien Library Presents Strong Women in History: Ida B. Wells https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48101-in-celebration-of-women-s-history-month-darien-library-presents-strong-women-in-history-ida-b-wells48101-in-celebration-of-women-s-history-month-darien-library-presents-strong-women-in-history-ida-b-wells https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48101-in-celebration-of-women-s-history-month-darien-library-presents-strong-women-in-history-ida-b-wells48101-in-celebration-of-women-s-history-month-darien-library-presents-strong-women-in-history-ida-b-wells

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Darien Library is celebrating the achievements that five women have made over the course of American history every Monday in March. In the second week of this series, Mark Albertson will lead a discussion on Ida B. Wells (1862-1931), a prominent journalist, and civil and women’s rights activist. This virtual event will take place on Monday, March 8 at 3 p.m. Register at darienlibrary.org/event/4876.

Born into slavery, she rose to prominence in the Reconstruction Era when she investigated and reported on lynchings per the National Women’s History Museum (https://dar.to/3q2fvaV). Wells’ press was burned down in 1892 and she moved from Memphis to Chicago to protect herself and her family. She took up many causes in her life to highlight the treatment of African Americans in the southern United States. She spoke on these issues before international audiences.

About Mark Albertson

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation Magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State.

In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.


kerry@ducey.org (Amanda Goodman) Events Tue, 02 Mar 2021 05:56:06 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Darien: Waters Edge at Giovanni's https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48094-why-small-businesses-matter-waters-edge-at-giovanni-s48094-why-small-businesses-matter-waters-edge-at-giovanni-s https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48094-why-small-businesses-matter-waters-edge-at-giovanni-s48094-why-small-businesses-matter-waters-edge-at-giovanni-s

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 Waters Edge at Giovanni's!

Four questions with JoAnn Latorraca, founder of Waters Edge at Giovanni's.

Why did you start your business?

I was not satisfied working in an office. I liked the excitement and the relationships I was able to build with our clients. I found joy in helping people's dreams come true.

The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s began more than 25 years ago as one of Stamford and Darien’s premiere Steakhouses. Since then, we’ve grown our business to include not just our restaurant but also an award-winning event space. We offer our guests a timeless experience in a genuine, warm atmosphere perfect for special occasions, corporate events, or even a family night out.

What is your bestselling product/service?

Our staff and service is by far our best-selling feature. They are the backbone of our event spaces and our restaurant.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

Literally 100’s of vendors from lighting to local seafood, from bands to event planners, florists, limo drivers, bakeries and the list goes on we love to work locally.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

During the pandemic, we were quick to realize that we had to figure out outdoor space. We are fortunate that we have spectacular views of the water. We created a butcher meat to-go option for those that wanted to BBQ at home as well as family “boxes” to go whether for the holidays or just for dinner with the immediate family members. We are grateful to those that have stood by us in these unprecedented times. As we said from the beginning, we are all in this together.

Waters Edge at Giovanni's is located at 2748 Boston Post Road in Darien. Visit them online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages as well!

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

daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Events Tue, 02 Mar 2021 03:39:14 -0500
Darien Neighbors, Global Players Revisited https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48098-darien-neighbors-global-players-revisited48098-darien-neighbors-global-players-revisited https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48098-darien-neighbors-global-players-revisited48098-darien-neighbors-global-players-revisited

Technology Fundraiser and Online Event on Thursday, March 4 at 7:00pm

The DCA is seeking your help! We’re hoping to invest in technology that will provide a flexible platform for hybrid meetings and programs — allowing us to keep our community members connected and engaged, regardless of their location, quarantine or physical restrictions.

Please join us and support this effort as keynote speakers from our first Darien Neighbors, Global Players Speaker Series, whose industries are among the hardest-hit, graciously return to share their experience in pivoting and reinventing during the pandemic.

Robin Hayes (left), is chief executive officer of JetBlue Airways Corporation. JetBlue has been recognized for its award-winning product and customer service, and as one of America’s best places to work by Forbes.

Brian Rolapp (center), is chief media and business officer of the National Football League. He oversees all of the NFL’s Media businesses, including broadcasting, NFL Network, NFL Films and NFL Digital Media.

SE Cupp (right), a keynote speaker from our third Darien Neighbors, Global Players Speaker Series, and host of CNN’s SE Cupp Unfiltered program will moderate the event.

VIRTUAL EVENT REGISTRATION – $30 DCA members / $45 public
Register online by March 4 at noon or through the DCA office, 203-655-9050 ext. 10. An email with access link will be sent the afternoon of the event. https://dariendca.org/darien-neighbors-global-players/

Make it an experience and further support the DCA with these additional purchases.
Must be registered for the event.

• Two, round-trip travel vouchers anywhere in the JetBlue network (terms and conditions apply)
• NFL merchandise package
• Case of Turley California Zinfandel Juvenile 2017: a JetBlue Mint class wine, and currently available to the public only by lottery

DCA “HIGH FLYER” SUPPORTER – $150 (limited to the first 36)
• Bottle of Turley California Zinfandel Juvenile 2017 (see description above)
• Bottle of Matthiasson Napa Valley Chardonnay Linda Vista Vineyard 2017
• Paired cheeses from Darien Cheese and Fine Foods

Thank you to JetBlue and the NFL for their generous donations.

laura@dariendca.org (Darien Community association) Events Mon, 01 Mar 2021 09:47:02 -0500
Darien Speaker Series continues March 4 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48082-darien-speaker-series-continues-march-4-161350438948082-darien-speaker-series-continues-march-4-1613504389 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48082-darien-speaker-series-continues-march-4-161350438948082-darien-speaker-series-continues-march-4-1613504389

Our Darien Speaker Series Continues: Cristina Young Talks “Managing Difficult Moments with Teens” on March 4th at 10am

Parent educator and therapist Cristina Young will present “Managing Difficult Moments with Teens,” a conversation about mental health, substance use, and tactics for deepening communication with teens in an effort to maintain strong connections during turbulent times, on Thursday, March 4th at 10am.  The talk is the third in a series of The Community Fund of Darien’s “Our Darien” events this year designed to educate parents about the dangers of substance use, youth mental health and how they can best support their teens. 

Registration for this discussion, sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness and The Depot Youth Center, is free and required at www.communityfunddarien.org

Cristina Young is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in private practice in Greenwich, CT. Cristina has more than 25 years experience providing professional support to children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, and residential treatment centers. She has lived and worked in the Fairfield County area for almost 20 years. Prior to opening her private practice, Cristina worked as a parenting educator, school counselor, admissions officer, and teacher. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California and her bachelor’s and teaching degrees from Barnard College, Columbia University.


kerry@ducey.org (Jennifer Fallon) Events Mon, 01 Mar 2021 09:38:00 -0500
The Community Fund of Darien to Honor “Unsung Heroes” Virtually for 42nd Annual Volunteer Celebration https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/48106-the-community-fund-of-darien-to-honor-unsung-heroes-virtually-for-42nd-annual-volunteer-celebration48106-the-community-fund-of-darien-to-honor-unsung-heroes-virtually-for-42nd-annual-volunteer-celebration https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/48106-the-community-fund-of-darien-to-honor-unsung-heroes-virtually-for-42nd-annual-volunteer-celebration48106-the-community-fund-of-darien-to-honor-unsung-heroes-virtually-for-42nd-annual-volunteer-celebration

The Community Fund of Darien to Honor “Unsung Heroes” Virtually for 42nd Annual Volunteer Celebration

Nominations for our community’s outstanding volunteers now being accepted

Since 1979, The Community Fund of Darien (TCF) has been recognizing individuals who have made a difference in and around our community. In April, during National Volunteer Month, TCF will announce Darien’s extraordinary volunteers virtually so that the entire community can safely celebrate these wonderful residents who give tirelessly of their time and talent to benefit us all.

TCF is reaching out to the community for nominations, especially those “unsung heroes” who may not have been previously recognized for their commitment to a cause. Nominees, who must be Darien residents, will be sought for the following categories: Outstanding Emerging Volunteer (18 years and younger), Outstanding Adult Volunteer (19 - 64 years), Outstanding Senior Volunteer (65 years and older), Outstanding Volunteer Duo, Outstanding Volunteer Family, Outstanding Volunteer Team (3 or more individuals committed to the same cause) and Outstanding New Volunteer (1 year of service or less to one organization).

Nominations are due on March 26th via the online submission portal on the TCF website www.communityfunddarien.org. Decisions will be made by mid-April.

Darien is fortunate to have so many caring volunteers who donate their time, expertise, and heart to benefit their neighbors. The Community Fund of Darien is proud to recognize the impact they’ve made and to celebrate the very best of our town!

The Community Fund of Darien (TCF) inspires people and mobilizes resources to strengthen our community. Its vision is for all community members to have the opportunity to reach their full potential as healthy, educated, and self-sufficient individuals. TCF initiates solutions, builds collaborations, and implements and supports programs to strengthen youth, adults, and families for lasting and positive impact in Darien, Norwalk, and Stamford. Since its founding in 1951, TCF has distributed over $20 million to local nonprofit organizations and community initiatives. More information can be found here.

daliborboldis@gmail.com (The Community Fund of Darien) Charities Mon, 01 Mar 2021 06:23:58 -0500
Calling all Cooks! Recipe Submission Deadline is March 1 for Community Fund of Darien/Darien YMCA Cookbook! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48078-calling-all-cooks-recipes-needed-for-community-fund-of-darien-darien-ymca-cookbook-161340589648078-calling-all-cooks-recipes-needed-for-community-fund-of-darien-darien-ymca-cookbook-1613405896 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48078-calling-all-cooks-recipes-needed-for-community-fund-of-darien-darien-ymca-cookbook-161340589648078-calling-all-cooks-recipes-needed-for-community-fund-of-darien-darien-ymca-cookbook-1613405896

Calling all Darien Cooks!

In the early months of the pandemic, The Community Fund of Darien and the Darien YMCA came together to discuss a community building project and realized that many residents were spending a great deal of time at home with family, doing a lot of cooking, and having meals together.  This was the inspiration for the Darien Cooks! Community Cookbook, a treasury of recipes to feed the soul, local families, and our community. 

Original recipe submissions for the cookbook are now being accepted until March 1st at www.communityfunddarien.org.  Darien Cooks! will be available in mid-May; pre-orders are currently being taken on the website for $50 each.  All proceeds will support TCF and YMCA community programs.

Darien Cooks! will feature custom artwork by Darien's resident artist extraordinaire, Nobu Miki, and her cover art will also be available as a beautiful glass cutting board available for purchase on the website for $35.  Both make wonderful gifts and are sure to become a go-to source for delicious meals and a precious keepsake for years to come!

Submitted recipes must be original and should include the best time of year to serve (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter or Any Season.)  The origin or a great family story about the recipe is welcome!  Full details and guidelines are found on the www.communityfunddarien.org website (click “Darien Cooks!”)

The community may also contribute to the project as an underwriter; participant names will be listed in the back of the cookbook. Individual underwriting options are found by clicking the “Pre-Order Cookbook” tab on the website.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses; levels and benefits can also be found on the website.

Everyone has their favorite family recipe and what better way to build and strengthen our community than sharing our love of food.  Through this cookbook and partnership with The Community Fund we’ll not only share our timeless family treasures, but we’ll also support our families, friends and neighbors.” Jennifer Gardner, Darien YMCA

“Sharing a recipe, like sharing a meal is a gift from the heart. We saw the cookbook as a means to capture this moment in time as well as to celebrate this special town. We hope this project brings people together over a common bond of a love for food, and a home cooked meal while supporting our neighbors.” – Janet King, The Community Fund of Darien

The Community Fund of Darien and the Darien YMCA hopes that through this initiative to support local community projects, residents can be a part of local history with their submission and will ultimately enjoy paging through their neighbors’ recipes to create newfound favorites for their own families.

kerry@ducey.org (Charla Easterbrook) Neighbors Fri, 26 Feb 2021 06:16:00 -0500
A Record-Breaking Fairfield County’s Giving Day Raises $2.25 Million for Nearly 400 Local Nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/48105-a-record-breaking-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-raises-2-25-million-for-nearly-400-local-nonprofits48105-a-record-breaking-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-raises-2-25-million-for-nearly-400-local-nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/48105-a-record-breaking-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-raises-2-25-million-for-nearly-400-local-nonprofits48105-a-record-breaking-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-raises-2-25-million-for-nearly-400-local-nonprofits

14,828 Individuals Generously Contribute to Region’s Biggest Day of Philanthropy, Powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

 Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) today announced record-breaking results for its 8th annual Fairfield County’s Giving Day, which was held yesterday, Thursday, February 25, 2021. 

A total $2,250,154 was raised from 14,828 donors who made 21,187 total gifts — all Fairfield County’s Giving Day records — in support of 394 local nonprofits during the online 24-hour giving marathon.  The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified nonprofit needs and on Fairfield County’s Giving Day this year, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and businesses from across the region came together to give where they live and work.

“Everything about this year has been different -- everything but the generosity of Fairfield County donors and we thank every donor for their meaningful contributions.  We’re so grateful for the extraordinary, record-breaking response from our community for Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2021. While the pandemic made it impossible for nonprofits to raise funds in traditional in-person events, thousands responded to the call on Fairfield County’s Giving Day, contributing critical funds at a critical time for hundreds of local nonprofits.  The Community Foundation is honored to help make this truly momentous day of compassion, kindness, and goodwill possible for the communities we call home and all of our neighbors,” said Juanita James, President & CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

With the backing of Champion Sponsor, Bank of America, for an eighth year in a row, and other generous sponsors, this year’s record results exceeded prior high totals of $1,719,595 (+31% from 2019); 13,161 unique donors (+13% from 2015); and 17,236 total donations made (+23% from 2020). Since its inception by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation in 2014, a total of $11,557,543 has been raised from 118,252 total gifts for 1,945 local nonprofits on Fairfield County’s Giving Day.

“Yesterday’s phenomenal Giving Day results are a reflection of the hardworking nonprofit community that has motivated so many donors to give back in recognition of their dedication and resiliency,” said Bill Tommins, President, Bank of America, Southern Connecticut. “In our eighth year as Champion Sponsor, the impact that yesterday will have on nonprofits within our communities will be substantial and long lasting, and we are proud to rally behind those making a difference.”

The community building-aspect of Giving Day continues to be a critical aspect of the initiative. As the region’s biggest philanthropic event of the year, Giving Day encourages thousands of individuals to come together and make a difference in the lives of their neighbors across all 23 cities and towns of Fairfield County.  Participating nonprofits represent a wide array of causes including the arts, education, animal welfare, human services, housing, and more. In addition to raising funds, Giving Day helps the more than 400 participating nonprofit organizations in increasing awareness about the important work they do across the region, while also providing trainings and workshops to empower virtual fundraising, marketing, and other resources.

Generous sponsors provided a bonus pool of more than $140,000 in prize money for participating nonprofits this year, another record total, surpassing prior highs in prize money by 40%.  Winners of Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2021 bonus prizes included:

  • Nonprofit Grand Prize: Most Unique Donors ($15,000 prize):
  • LifeBridge Community Services
  • Nonprofit Grand Prize: Most Dollars Raised ($10,000 prize)
  • The Greater Fairfield County Foundation, Inc. (not affiliated with FCCF)
  • Rookie of the Year ($1,000 prize to the first-time Giving Day participant with the most unique donors):
  • Lucky Dog Refuge

For a full list of prize winners visit FCGives.org/prizes. To review the full list of nonprofit fundraisers, inclusive of prize money, view the final leaderboard at https://www.fcgives.org/leaderboards.

Separately, grant-prize winners of the 2021 Why I Give Video Submission Contest were announced on Giving Day, and included: Grand Prize: Fairfield Center Stage; Runners Up: New Canaan Mounted Troop, Kids Helping Kids, and Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR).  To view these winning videos, visit: FCCFoundation.org/Give21

To view a recording of the Giving Day Virtual Launch Party that kicked off the day, visit FCGives.org

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation extends its gratitude to sponsors including Champion Sponsor, Bank of America; County Sponsor: Hearst Connecticut Media Group; Neighborhood Sponsor: Barbara Benton Davis Fund at FCCF, Back to You Fund at FCCF, Haddad & Partners, Altice; Power Hour Sponsor: The Jeniam Foundation, Fund for Women & Girls at FCCF, Immigrant Success Fund at FCCF, Herb B. West Award Fund at FCCF, Geller-Conarck Memorial Fund at FCCF, TargetOnstar, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Bridgewater Associates; Town Square Sponsors: Albourne Partners, Webster Private Bank, Greater Norwalk Chamber, Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport Regional Business Council, Band Central; Magazine Partner: Moffly Media; Media Partners: 95.9 The Fox, Star 99.9, WICC 600, WEBE 108.

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation 

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $337.5 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond since 1992. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, the organization brings together community organizers, business experts, and philanthropists to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County with a focus on eliminating disparities in education, employment, housing, and health. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. Learn more at FCCFoundation.org and follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.  Listen to the Fairfield County Thrives podcast at FCCFoundation.org/podcasts.


kerry@ducey.org ( Patty McQueen) Charities Fri, 26 Feb 2021 05:52:13 -0500
Darien Library welcomes author Kate Russo to discuss her novel Super Host with Director Kiera Parrott on March 4! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48090-darien-library-welcomes-author-kate-russo-to-discuss-her-novel-super-host-with-director-kiera-parrott-on-march-448090-darien-library-welcomes-author-kate-russo-to-discuss-her-novel-super-host-with-director-kiera-parrott-on-march-4 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48090-darien-library-welcomes-author-kate-russo-to-discuss-her-novel-super-host-with-director-kiera-parrott-on-march-448090-darien-library-welcomes-author-kate-russo-to-discuss-her-novel-super-host-with-director-kiera-parrott-on-march-4

Meet the Author: Kate Russo

Darien Library welcomes author Kate Russo to discuss her novel Super Host with Director Kiera Parrott. The book is a lovingly crafted meditation on loneliness and connection that acknowledges the courage it takes to start over at middle age. This virtual event will take place on Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m. Register on Darien Library’s website at darienlibrary.org/event/4847.

Russo’s debut novel is an engaging, tender, and compulsively readable coming of middle-age story in which a quiet artist seeks to move beyond his safe and predictable life and fully open himself to love. With a light wit and razor-sharp insight, Super Host explores what it takes to reclaim one’s self and one’s dreams, and to begin a new life with purpose.

About Kate Russo

Kate Russo grew up in Maine, but now divides her time between Maine and the UK. She has an MFA in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art, and while living in London, she worked with the theatre group, Love Bites, who presented two of her short plays (“The Blind” and “Bernie's Night Off”) at the Calder Bookshop Theatre. She exhibits widely in the United States and England. Learn more at KateRusso.com and connect on Instagram @RussoKate.

About Kiera Parrott

Before becoming the Director of Darien Library in September 2020, Kiera Parrott was the Reviews and Production Director for Library Journal and School Library Journal, where she oversaw the publication of over 12,000 influential book and media reviews annually and launched and expanded numerous professional development events and training courses for library professionals nationwide.


kerry@ducey.org (Amanda Goodman) Events Fri, 26 Feb 2021 05:26:36 -0500
Two Darien Residents on Dean's Commendation List at Gettysburg College https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48104-two-darien-residents-on-dean-s-commendation-list-at-gettysburg-college48104-two-darien-residents-on-dean-s-commendation-list-at-gettysburg-college https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48104-two-darien-residents-on-dean-s-commendation-list-at-gettysburg-college48104-two-darien-residents-on-dean-s-commendation-list-at-gettysburg-college

Gettysburg College students take pride in their work, and we are likewise proud to announce their recent academic achievements.

Congratulations to Darien residents Amanda Barlow and Eilanna Dolan for being placed on the Deans' Commendation List for fall 2020. 

Students with a quality point average in the range of 3.300 to 3.599 for a semester's work were recently placed on the Deans' Commendation List.


kerry@ducey.org (Gettysburg College) Neighbors Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:37:18 -0500
Suicide attempt survivor, Emily Torchiana Presentation on March 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48097-suicide-attempt-survivor-emily-torchiana-presentation-on-march-1048097-suicide-attempt-survivor-emily-torchiana-presentation-on-march-10 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48097-suicide-attempt-survivor-emily-torchiana-presentation-on-march-1048097-suicide-attempt-survivor-emily-torchiana-presentation-on-march-10

Darien Library welcomes Mental Health TEDx Speaker: Emily Torchiana on Wednesday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m.            

Suicide attempt survivor, Emily Torchiana shatters the stigma surrounding mental health, by speaking at high schools, colleges, and conferences across the country about her mental illness journey. Join us for her presentation on mental health for teens and parents.

Rather than suffer silently as many do, Emily seeks to help others who also struggle with mental illnesses, by sharing her personal experience of suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, and Social Anxiety, as well as overcoming a suicide attempt. She encourages others to open up. She began speaking locally, while she was attending college in Charleston, South Carolina. From there, her personal story, which emphasizes the benefits of openly discussing mental illness and suicide, spread across the country. Her speeches bring to light the silent stigma of mental health. She combines this education with a call to action for the prevention of suicide nationwide.

For teens and parents.

Register HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Library ) Events Thu, 25 Feb 2021 09:21:08 -0500
Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore Welcome Harlan Coben in Conversation with John Grisham https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48100-darien-library-and-barrett-bookstore-welcome-harlan-coben-in-conversation-with-john-grisham48100-darien-library-and-barrett-bookstore-welcome-harlan-coben-in-conversation-with-john-grisham https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48100-darien-library-and-barrett-bookstore-welcome-harlan-coben-in-conversation-with-john-grisham48100-darien-library-and-barrett-bookstore-welcome-harlan-coben-in-conversation-with-john-grisham

Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore welcome Harlan Coben, a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the world's leading storytellers, for an evening of conversation about his latest book, Win.

Joining Harlan is John Grisham, bestselling author of A Time to Kill, The Firm, and the upcoming novel, Sooley. This virtual event will take place on Monday, March 22 at 7 p.m. Register on Darien Library’s website at darienlibrary.org/event/4897.

Win centers around an American blueblood, Windsor Horne Lockwood III—“Win”—who is determined to solve a set of cold cases that have baffled the FBI for decades. His quest to uncover the answers to these unsolved mysteries with his own brand of justice once has masterful, classic Coben twists and turns throughout that will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

About Harlan Coben

With more than 75 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous suspense novels, including The Boy from the Woods, Run Away, Don't Let Go, Home, and Fool Me Once, as well as the multi-award-winning Myron Bolitar series. His suspense novels are published in 45 languages and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries. He is also the creator and executive producer of many television shows, including several critically acclaimed Netflix Original drama series, including “The Stranger,” starring Richard Armitage; “Safe,” starring Michael C. Hall; and “The Woods” from Netflix Poland. Coben is developing 14 projects with Netflix in the US and internationally, including original series in Spain (“The Innocent”), France (“Gone for Good”), the UK (“Stay Close”) and the USA (“Six Years”).

About John Grisham

John Grisham is the author of 30 novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and six

novels for young readers. There are currently 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 40 languages. Nine of his novels have been adapted into films: The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painter, House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas.

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Library) Events Thu, 25 Feb 2021 05:54:20 -0500
Visit Gardens of the Scottish Highlands with Darien Library on March 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48092-visit-gardens-of-the-scottish-highlands-with-darien-library-on-march-348092-visit-gardens-of-the-scottish-highlands-with-darien-library-on-march-3 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48092-visit-gardens-of-the-scottish-highlands-with-darien-library-on-march-348092-visit-gardens-of-the-scottish-highlands-with-darien-library-on-march-3

Darien Library hosts an event that will whisk the winter blues away in an armchair tour of Scottish gardens.

From castles to historic estates in the Highlands to botanic gardens and intimate, and private edens, author Jana Milbocker will lead a morning visit through “the place of the Gaels.” This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, March 2 at 10 a.m. Register on Darien Library’s website at darienlibrary.org/event/4824.

About Jana Milbocker

Jana Milbocker is a garden designer, speaker, and author. She combines horticulture, design, and travel tips to educate, inspire and delight both new and seasoned gardeners. Jana loves to visit gardens and historic sites in the U.S. and abroad, and share her trips through her books, photos and blog.

She published The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast in 2018, and The Garden Tourist’s New England in 2020. She has lectured at flower shows in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New York, and New Jersey, as well as a multitude of horticultural societies, garden clubs, and libraries in the Northeast.

She is owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in the Boston area. She is past president of the Holliston Garden Club, and active in the Garden Club Federation of Mass., Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and GardenComm International.


kerry@ducey.org (Amanda Goodman) Events Thu, 25 Feb 2021 05:35:46 -0500
Barrett Bookstore and the DCA Present Jeff Immelt, in conversation with Darien’s Peter Maglathlin https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48099-barrett-bookstore-and-the-dca-present-jeff-immelt-in-conversation-with-darien-s-peter-maglathlin48099-barrett-bookstore-and-the-dca-present-jeff-immelt-in-conversation-with-darien-s-peter-maglathlin https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48099-barrett-bookstore-and-the-dca-present-jeff-immelt-in-conversation-with-darien-s-peter-maglathlin48099-barrett-bookstore-and-the-dca-present-jeff-immelt-in-conversation-with-darien-s-peter-maglathlin

Barrett Bookstore and the DCA Present Jeff Immelt, in conversation with Darien’s Peter Maglathlin on Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00pm

Jeff Immelt, the former CEO of General Electric, named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barron’s, shares the hard-won lessons he learned from his experience leading GE immediately after 9/11, through the economic devastation of the 2008–09 financial crisis, and into an increasingly globalized world.

In his new memoir Hot Seat, Immelt offers a rigorous, candid interrogation of himself and his tenure, detailing for the first time his proudest moments and his biggest mistakes. As the business world continues to be rocked by stunning economic upheaval, Hot Seat is an urgently needed, and unusually raw, source of authoritative guidance for decisive leadership in uncertain times.

“Jeff Immelt has always been one of my leadership role models. He leads with head and heart. He is an ‘all-in’ leader who is completely committed to his team and his customers, and he cares deeply about both. This book shows how leadership is a full contact sport and Jeff leaves everything on the field.” —John Donahoe, CEO, Nike

Jeff Immelt served as CEO of GE for sixteen years. During his tenure, GE was named “America’s Most Admired Company” by Fortune magazine and one of “The World’s Most Respected Companies” in polls by Barron’s and the Financial Times. He is a lecturer at Stanford University, and earned a BA in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard University.

Moderator Peter Maglathlin of Darien is Chairman and CEO of MBI Inc. in Norwalk and fellow classmate of Jeff Immelt at both Dartmouth and Harvard.

Ticket price $30*

*Ticket price includes a copy of the book from Barrett Bookstore.

Register online by March 8, or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 ext. 10. Please expect an e-mail by 12pm on March 9 with a link to the online event. https://dariendca.org/book-talks-and-signings/

You will also be notified when books are available for in-store pick up at Barrett Bookstore. Please call the store at 203-655-2712 if you need to make other arrangements.

laura@dariendca.org (Darien Community association) Events Wed, 24 Feb 2021 09:44:03 -0500
Maine Authors Susan Conley and Lily King to be in conversation, hosted by Barrett Bookstore tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48056-maine-authors-susan-conley-and-lily-king-to-be-in-conversation-hosted-by-barrett-bookstore-on-thursday-february-2548056-maine-authors-susan-conley-and-lily-king-to-be-in-conversation-hosted-by-barrett-bookstore-on-thursday-february-25 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48056-maine-authors-susan-conley-and-lily-king-to-be-in-conversation-hosted-by-barrett-bookstore-on-thursday-february-2548056-maine-authors-susan-conley-and-lily-king-to-be-in-conversation-hosted-by-barrett-bookstore-on-thursday-february-25

Barrett Bookstore, in partnership with the Darien Library, is thrilled to welcome bestselling authors Susan Conley and Lily King for an evening of virtual literary conversation on Thursday, February 25 at 7PM. The program will be hosted by Barrett Bookstore on the Crowdcast platform. The audience will have the opportunity engage in a question and answer session with the authors following their conversation.

The focus of the conversation will be Susan Conley’s newest novel Landslide while concurrently celebrating the paperback release of Lily King’s 2020 bestselling novel Writers and Lovers which graced many “best of” 2020 literary lists.

Reserve your spot here.

kerry@ducey.org ( Page Berger) Events Wed, 24 Feb 2021 07:52:00 -0500
Darien YWCA hosting Happy Marriage, Happy Family webinar on March 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48070-darien-ywca-hosting-happy-marriage-happy-family-webinar48070-darien-ywca-hosting-happy-marriage-happy-family-webinar https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48070-darien-ywca-hosting-happy-marriage-happy-family-webinar48070-darien-ywca-hosting-happy-marriage-happy-family-webinar

"Happy Marriage, Happy Family" Webinar

YWCA Darien/Norwalk is hosting a "Happy Marriage, Happy Families" webinar with author and coach Tracy Fox at 8:30 p.m. on March 1st. Tracy will offer couples strategies to elevate their inner game, provide tips from her happy marriage is a 10-step solution. Tracy is an award-winning author and certified executive coach specializing in helping people maximize their potential.
The event is free, but registration is required at www.ywcadn.org/programs.
kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Wed, 24 Feb 2021 04:00:00 -0500