Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:43:23 -0400 HamletHub.com Darien Artist's New Submerged Garden Underwater Emerges at Solo Exhibit in Greenwich https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46436-darien-artist-s-new-submerged-garden-underwater-emerges-at-solo-exhibit-in-greenwich46436-darien-artist-s-new-submerged-garden-underwater-emerges-at-solo-exhibit-in-greenwich https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46436-darien-artist-s-new-submerged-garden-underwater-emerges-at-solo-exhibit-in-greenwich46436-darien-artist-s-new-submerged-garden-underwater-emerges-at-solo-exhibit-in-greenwich

oil and encaustic painting 50x36

Award-winning Artist Andrea Bonfils releases new captivating imagery from her underwater photography series Submerged Garden in her solo exhibition “Botanical Refraction” at the Isabella Garrucho Fine Art Gallery in Greenwich.
Isabella Garrucho has been art advisor curating important private as well as corporate collections at Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years. Gallery co-owner Alex Trimper, artist and ex-investment, manages daily operations.
The “Botanical Refraction” exhibit features new underwater floral photography demonstrating the change in direction of light passing through one medium to the other. The refraction theme is also represented in her Nest Collection: table top or wall mounted photo montage sculptures, capturing birds in flight, floating flowers, people or butterflies in three transparent acrylic panels that are layered, allowing the viewer to feel as if they are adventuring through nature. 
Bonfils’ interprets the essence of her subjects as she utilizes various mediums and pioneering photographic techniques. Her use of kaleidoscopic colors, takes the viewer through the looking glass into an ethereal paradise. Her abstract trees and birds or underwater floral motifs and human forms in photography, mixed media and encaustic (beeswax and resin) paintings will also be exhibited.
"In all of my explorations, I’m primarily drawn to the wonders of nature and our humanity within; the stunning perfections and imperfections of the world. I’ve spent countless hours following majestic bands of wild horses, staring above in bird sanctuaries or submerged while documenting color, mood, fluidity and light in underwater movement”
Bonfils is proud to work with Isabella Garrucho and Alex Trimper, whom she met at an auction she participated in benefitting the Greenwich Riding Trail  Association.
 “Isabella contacted me with a lot of excitement, particularly for my Submerged Garden underwater series and and photo montage images. Her vision along with Alex’s, the gallery director, are very compatible with mine. The concepts for large-scale installations and sculpture, as well as the uniqueness of my images, really seemed to move them. Both Alex and Isabella are well versed in what can and can't be found in the art world, and they wanted to be the first to show the Submerged Garden Series to a wider audience on several commercial platforms (ie Artsy, 1st Dibs, etc). Great synergy in the art world is immensely gratifying!”
Andrea currently resides in Darien, Connecticut. In addition to IGFA she is represented by galleries in New Mexico, California, and South Carolina. Andrea’s work can be seen in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Encaustic Art, major art fairs, and private and corporate collections worldwide. 
Tarad@hamlethub.com (Emily Derr) Neighbors Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:20:41 -0400
Darien Library Spring Fundraiser: Scenes from the Silver Screen https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46433-scenes-from-the-silver-screen46433-scenes-from-the-silver-screen https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46433-scenes-from-the-silver-screen46433-scenes-from-the-silver-screen

Darien Library presents their annual Spring fundraiser on Saturday, June 9 at 7:00pm. This year, "Scenes from the Silver Screen" will celebrate cinematic stories that capture the imagination.

Red-carpet attire is suggested, as guests step behind the velvet rope for paparazzi-worthy hors-d'oeuvres, cocktails, and live entertainment while supporting the Library’s resources and programs.

The Gala Committee is currently reaching out to the many generous local businesses and individuals who donate items to the silent and live auctions. Stacey Tié and Karen Knapp, co-chairs this year, are looking forward to creating a red-carpet worthy night at the library. “I’m thrilled to be working on the Gala for a second year!” said Stacey. "We have a fantastic committee and we’re all working hard to make this event the best yet!"

All funds raised from the event will be dedicated to expanding library resources, including purchasing new books, technology, and supporting programs and guest speakers. As Board Development Chair Tammy Sload explains, "The Gala is a great night for the Library, and events such as this to allow the Library to continue to do the amazing things that it does and that we have come to expect."

The Scenes from the Silver Screen Gala is sponsored by David Harvey Fine Jewelers, Laurel Road Bank, New Canaan/Darien Magazine and Two Roads Brewing Company.

Tickets are currently available for purchase at $150. To buy tickets and for more information visit http://www.darienlibrary.org/gala.

clopez@darienlibrary.org (Darien Library) Charities Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:13:21 -0400
Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk Spring Tag Sale, Donations Accepted https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46435-junior-league-of-stamford-norwalk-spring-tag-sale-donations-accepted46435-junior-league-of-stamford-norwalk-spring-tag-sale-donations-accepted https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46435-junior-league-of-stamford-norwalk-spring-tag-sale-donations-accepted46435-junior-league-of-stamford-norwalk-spring-tag-sale-donations-accepted

The Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk (JLSN) will be collecting gently used items to help raise money for community projects from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on April 21st and 22nd. 

This year, JLSN’s spring tag sale is a way to provide training for new members while also fundraising for community projects. This year’s sale will provide Fairfield County families with great deals on a variety of high-quality clothing, accessories, books, toys, sporting goods, small electronics and much more from closets and kitchens all over the area.

JLSN's spring tag sale will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the JLSN Headquarters, 748 Post Road, Darien.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (submitted) Neighbors Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:23:32 -0400
Beardsley Zoo to Introduce Tiger Cubs and Maned Wolf Pups to Public, April 18 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46437-beardsley-zoo-to-introduce-tiger-cubs-and-maned-wolf-pups-to-public-april-1846437-beardsley-zoo-to-introduce-tiger-cubs-and-maned-wolf-pups-to-public-april-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46437-beardsley-zoo-to-introduce-tiger-cubs-and-maned-wolf-pups-to-public-april-1846437-beardsley-zoo-to-introduce-tiger-cubs-and-maned-wolf-pups-to-public-april-18

At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, the Zoo will introduce its two Amur tiger cubs (Panthera tigris altaica) and three Maned wolf pups (Chrysocyon brachyurus ) to the public. At that time, the Zoo will celebrate the five Zoo babies as officially available for viewing in their outdoor habitats. Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim will join Zoo Director Gregg Dancho and Deputy Director Don Goff in introducing the cub and pups. The tiger cubs have been cared for in the Zoo’s Animal Health Center since their birth. The cubs received worldwide attention and national coverage when they were born, due to their endangered status and the rarity of Amur tiger births. 

The survival of the two female cubs born on November 25, 2017 is cause for celebration, said Dancho. “From the moment when we realized that their mother, Changbai, was not responding to the needs of her offspring, it was never guaranteed that the cubs would survive,” he explained. “Removing cubs for hand rearing is risky, and required extraordinary dedication from our animal care staff in feeding and monitoring them around the clock.” 

The three maned wolf pups—two females and one male-- were born on December 27, 2018in a heated enclosure prepared in advance for the birth. The adult maned wolves are first time parents, but are caring for the babies together, as is the norm for this species. Captive breeding can be difficult with maned wolves, requiring excellent animal husbandry and caretaking by the animal care staff. A naming contest for the three pups is underway on the Zoo’s Facebook page this week.   

“Accredited zoos do much more than simply display animals to visitors,” Dancho explained. “Zoos like ours play a vital role in conservation, through saving species at risk of extinction in the wild. The maned wolf pups are a significant achievement for the Zoo, and for the state of Connecticut.” 

About Amur Tigers

Amur tigers are a critically endangered species that is rapidly disappearing from wild areas. The cubs’ survival is an important step in maintaining the genetic line of their mother, Changbai, and their father, Petya, and contributes to the genetic diversity of Amur tiger conservation worldwide. Over the last century, tiger numbers have fallen by about 95 percent, and tigers now survive in 40 percent less of the area they occupied just a decade ago. Poaching, habitat destruction and climate change have all taken a toll on the tiger population. 

About Maned wolves

The maned wolf is not really a wolf, but neither is it a fox. It is a canid, and is the only species in the genus Chrysocyon,meaning “golden dog.” Described as looking like a fox on stilts, these shy mammals are native to South America, and dislike cold weather. For that reason, they have access to a heated enclosure year round. Part of the Zoo’s Pampas Plains exhibits, they inhabit lowland grasslands and scrublands of Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru. 

For more information, visit beardsleyzoo.com.

Photo credits: both photos by Shannon Calvert

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Lisa Clair) Places Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:38:47 -0400
Ann’s Place Online Campaigns Successfully Raised Funds to Benefit Cancer Patients https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46434-ann-s-place-online-campaigns-successfully-raised-funds-to-benefit-cancer-patients46434-ann-s-place-online-campaigns-successfully-raised-funds-to-benefit-cancer-patients https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46434-ann-s-place-online-campaigns-successfully-raised-funds-to-benefit-cancer-patients46434-ann-s-place-online-campaigns-successfully-raised-funds-to-benefit-cancer-patients

Ann’s Place, a Danbury-based nonprofit providing services, and support to those living with cancer has successfully crowdfunded $3,000 to provide additional services to benefit these individuals and their families.

“We are so excited our two families had 100% of their services covered,” said Shannon Cobb, President and CEO of Ann’s Place. “Families facing cancer have enough on their plates. Thanks to The Impact Vine, we can continue to offer our services free of charge through this creative donor engagement tool.”

The Impact Vine is a new crowdfunding site developed by nonprofits, for nonprofits to raise money, and for individuals, groups, and families to use to raise funds for nonprofits they care about, through The Impact Vine’s Create a Project button. www.TheImpactVine.org

Ann’s Place provides help and hope to those living with cancer and their loved ones. Our clinical social workers, facilitators and wellness experts provide a host of services aimed at improving quality of life during and after cancer. Ann’s Place relies on the generosity of donors to be able to continue providing these services free of charge.

For more information on Ann’s Place, please visit www.AnnsPlace.org.

The Impact Vine was launched by The Community Fund of Darien in May 2017 to make it easier to give back. To solve local problems. To raise funds for nonprofits’ projects. To volunteer. And to make it easier to connect with the community.

The Community Fund of Darien is an independent, results-oriented, volunteer-driven nonprofit dedicated to securing the local safety net by funding critical local needs and developing new initiatives for unmet needs in Darien, Stamford and Norwalk.

For more information on The Community Fund of Darien, please visit www.CommunityFundDarien.org.

Photo: Shannon Cobb, President & CEO, Ann’s Place, and Matt Boyle, Director of Development pose with their check from The Impact Vine

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Charities Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:49:09 -0400
The Tiny Miracles Foundation Golf Event May 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46432-the-tiny-miracles-foundation-golf-event-may-1446432-the-tiny-miracles-foundation-golf-event-may-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46432-the-tiny-miracles-foundation-golf-event-may-1446432-the-tiny-miracles-foundation-golf-event-may-14

The Tiny Miracles Foundation is proud to announce its inaugural spring golf event, Tee Up FORE Preemies to be held on May 14, 2018.  The event will take place at Oak Hills Park Golf Course located at 165 Fillow Street, Norwalk, CT and includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, dinner, and raffle items.  Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased here.  Lunch begins at noon at Oak Hills Park Golf Course.

Sponsors for the event include Broder & Orland LLC, The Larry and Megan Foley Family Foundation, Earth Core Energy Services, UBS Whittenberg Holmes Partners, Bridgeport Hospital Foundation, Carmody, Torrance, Sandak, and Hennessey, LLP, Resinall Corporation and the Klein Family.  Proceeds from the event will benefit The Tiny Miracles Foundation, supporting families with premature babies in Fairfield County, CT.

The Tiny Miracles Foundation (TTMF) assists over 1,200 local families per year through programs at five partner hospitals: Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Danbury, and most recently, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and services to the community at large.  Support provided by TTMF volunteers who have personally experienced the premature birth of a baby, the complications that arise, the challenges families face, and in sad cases, the loss of a precious tiny miracle, is invaluable to these families.  This is one of the many things that makes TTMF so special.

To learn more about The Tiny Miracles Foundation and their support programs, please go to www.ttmf.org or call the office at 203-202-9714.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (The Tiny Miracles Foundation) Charities Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:13:42 -0400
Celebrate Mom on May 13 at Sam's American Bistro https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46428-celebrate-mom-on-may-13-at-sam-s-american-bistro46428-celebrate-mom-on-may-13-at-sam-s-american-bistro https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46428-celebrate-mom-on-may-13-at-sam-s-american-bistro46428-celebrate-mom-on-may-13-at-sam-s-american-bistro

Sam’s American Bistro located inside the Stamford Hotel and Spa is turning up the love for mom and offering a beautifully crafted Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13.

Traditional brunch favorites, as well as a carving station and an array of vegetarian options, make Sam’s American Bistro the perfect place to celebrate mom!

Choose from four seatings: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm.

Make your Mother’s Day Brunch reservation by calling: 1-203-357-9555.

Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Garden Greens & Homemade Salads

Hearts of Romaine with Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Grana Padano, Garlic Focaccia Croutons, Creamy Caesar Dressing

Wild Baby Greens with English Cucumbers, Shaved Carrots, Red Onions, and Cherry Tomatoes, Balsamic & Italian Vinaigrettes

Four Bean Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Feta, Greek Olives

Cold Charcuterie

Shaved Bresaola, Genoa Salami, Mortadella, Local & Imported Cheeses, Marinated Olives, Pickled Vegetables, Chef Prepared Relishes, and Jams

Fresh Baked Artisan Breads

Hot Selections

Fluffy Scrambled Cage Free Eggs, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Breakfast Sausage, Oatmeal

Free Range Chicken Francese with Imperial Caper Chardonnay Glaze, Seasonal Vegetables & Soup

Carving Station

Wildflower Honey Glazed Cedar Plank Salmon with Stone Ground Bavarian Mustard Sauce

Black Angus Prime Rib with Peppercorn Beef Jus


Macaroon, Chocolate Truffle and Cake Pop Garden

Miniature Assorted Cupcakes

$49.00 per person (children age 3-12 are half price)

Tax and gratuity not included

Make your Mother’s Day Brunch reservation by calling: 1-203-357-9555.

Out of town guests for Mother’s Day? Enjoy state of the art accommodations at The Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa. Click here to make your reservation.

Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is located at 243 Tresser Boulevard in Stamford. For directions and additional information, visit the Hotel online here.


Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:58:10 -0400
Community Sponsored Awards Exhibition at Rowayton Arts Center https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46431-community-sponsored-awards-exhibition-at-rowayton-arts-center46431-community-sponsored-awards-exhibition-at-rowayton-arts-center https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46431-community-sponsored-awards-exhibition-at-rowayton-arts-center46431-community-sponsored-awards-exhibition-at-rowayton-arts-center

The one exhibition that takes a whole village, Community Sponsored Awards, will open at the Rowayton Arts Center on Sunday, May 6. This exhibition has a prize in every category thanks to the generosity of the community. Dozens of winners will be selected and thousands of dollars (donated by friends and local businesses) will be awarded. The art, submitted by RAC Exhibiting Members, is created without limitations in media or theme. You can expect to see a full range of styles from abstraction to realism. The juror is Westport gallery owner Amy Simon (Amy Simon Fine Art). The Chairs are Mary Harold (Ridgefield) and Chris Perry (Ridgefield).

The opening reception, Sunday, May 6 (4-6pm) is free and open to the public. Exhibition winners will be announced at the reception. The show will be in the gallery until June 2. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday (11-5pm). Closed Sunday and Monday.

Upcoming Special Events:

Art Fun Pizza Night (Saturday, April 21, 6-8pm): A night out for kids with art instructor Georgette Diamandis. Drop off kids by 5:45-6pm then go to Sails for dinner and you will receive a complimentary appetizer or dessert. Pick up time is 8-8:15pm (Fee: $40) Registration required: http://rowaytonarts.org/special-events/

Ladies Night Out (Wednesday, April 25, 6:30-9pm): Paint N Sip with Art instructor Dana Goodfellow. Materials and dinner included. Just bring your own beverage. A fun-filled evening of no stress painting. (Fee: $45 BYOB) Registration required here.

Since the sixties, the Rowayton Arts Center has been a cultural gem in the community. It is an exceptional gallery where regional artists may exhibit and sell their art as well as a wonderful venue for art workshops and classes. The RAC Art School offers classes to children and adults at all levels. The RAC Gallery and Art School are located on the bank of the scenic Five Mile River in Rowayton, CT at 145 Rowayton Avenue. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday: 11am-5pm, Sunday, 1pm-4pm. For more information: www.rowaytonarts.org

jeannehard@gmail.com (Jeanne Hard) Life Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:19:58 -0400
Person-to-Person Turns 50 On April 18! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46430-person-to-person-turns-50-on-april-1846430-person-to-person-turns-50-on-april-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46430-person-to-person-turns-50-on-april-1846430-person-to-person-turns-50-on-april-18

To commemorate 50 years of transforming lives, Person-to-Person (P2P) will celebrate its golden anniversary with the “Transforming Lives” gala on Saturday, November 17, from 6pm – 11pm at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich. Tickets will go on sale in early September.

The gala, which will feature a cocktail hour, a sit-down dinner and a soon-to-be-named guest speaker, will also have a live band and paddle raise. The event is anticipating an attendance of 500 people. Guests will include the countless volunteers, supporters and sponsors who are “good as gold” and who have been pivotal to the 50-year success of Person-to-Person.

Event Chairs Doon Foster, Kristina Gregory, Judy Kilmartin and Kelly Wheeler are overseeing the gala committee. To become a sponsor or volunteer, please email Alison de Lavis.

Proceeds will support P2P programs, serving more than 23,000 individuals annually. By helping families in crisis, P2P provides a pathway out of poverty for people seeking long-term stability.

P2P Executive Director Ceci Maher shares the agency’s origins as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., saying, “Rev. Dr. Robert Nelson Back, former rector of Saint Luke’s Parish in Darien, attended seminary with Dr. King and wanted the community to respond to his assassination as well as to growing civil rights issues,” says Maher. “Parish member Jean Sherman became the agency’s first Executive Director, and P2P has continued to grow from there.”

Pictured [L-R]: P2P “50 Years of Transforming Lives” Gala Chairs Doon Foster, Kristina Gregory, Judy Kilmartin and Kelly Wheeler (Credit: Anika Charon)

tdixon@p2pHelps.org (Troy Ellen Dixon) Charities Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:41:23 -0400
Norwalk's Wall Street Theater Presents CT's Got Talent Winners Show, May 18 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46429-norwalk-s-wall-street-theater-presents-ct-s-got-talent-winners-show-may-1846429-norwalk-s-wall-street-theater-presents-ct-s-got-talent-winners-show-may-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46429-norwalk-s-wall-street-theater-presents-ct-s-got-talent-winners-show-may-1846429-norwalk-s-wall-street-theater-presents-ct-s-got-talent-winners-show-may-18

Norwalk, CT: This past winter, eighty eager and talented performers took to the stage of Norwalk’s newly revitalized Wall Street Theater, embarking on a showbiz journey, Connecticut’s Got Talent. The riveting month-long production had audience members and judges laughing, foot-stomping, and cheering on contestants as they left it all on that stage. The March 2nd finale not only set the winners on an upwards career trajectory, it solidified the Wall Street Theater’s standing as a premiere and ground-breaking entertainment venue.

On Friday, May 18, first place winner, singer-songwriter Riki Stevens headlines Connecticut’s Got Talent – The Winners Show, along with runners-up, magician TJ Salta, and songwriter-rapper Khalil Williams.

“Working with the talent for CGT gave me such a sense of pride. Each contestant was individual with their talents but what they had in common was their excitement to represent their state,” beams artistic director Billy Blanks, Jr. who says he did not hold back providing constructive criticism. “It was so touching to see that moment where it all clicked - Riki the exquisite soul folk singer, TJ Salta the teenage magician with a stage presence to rival today’s biggest stars, and Khalil the diamond in the rough young rapper that stole everyone’s hearts. You won’t want to miss this show. It will be them in their truest form, no audition jitters, just them as winners doing what they love!”

Also special on the agenda this year, on May 20 the Wall Street Theater has the honor of hosting Dance-A-Thon for Wigs & Wishes, a 3-hour dance-a-thon and flagship event led by dance studio professionals from around the world. Wigs & Wishes® is powered by Friends Are By Your Side®, a non-profit organization founded by Martino Cartier, which enlists salons and stylists throughout the world who empower women and children by providing them with complimentary services that allow them for a brief moment to forget about their fight. The fundraiser celebrates the life of a local young boy who lost his battle with cancer.

71 Wall Street, Norwalk, CT




Additional WST productions include:

April 14 - Sam Eaton's Quantum Eye with Special Guest Opener, Connecticut’s Got Talent Magician TJ Salta

Mentalism and Magic Show, an entertaining and fascinating exploration of mentalism, magic, perception and deception. 

April 20 – The Garcia Project is based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band from 1976 to 1995. Perfect for anyone that never had a chance to experience the Jerry Garcia Band or for fans that want to relive a classic show!

April 27 - Norwalk's own Tim Currie & the Motown Band - A performance fundraiser for Al's Angels, an organization that provides support to children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases, natural disasters and  severe financial hardship in our communities.

April 28 - New York City Gay Men's Chorus, The Big Gay Sing, a world-class, world-renowned New York institution and a pioneering voice for the LGBTQ community with a vibrant sound and energy that audiences can feel and connect with. 

May 4 – Goose, The Heavy Pets, a Norwalk based group deeply rooted in an organic and easy-to-love mix of funk and contemporary folk, with touches of reggae, jazz, blues, and rock.

May 19 - Milo Z with Special Guests Chapell and American Nomads, “Razzamofunk”, a combination of rock, rap, jazz, blues and funk with indie rock by Alan Chapell and pure Americana with the American Nomads.

June 8 – Back by popular demand, Australia's Hottest Import! Thunder from Down Under, the world’s most sought after male revue! The perfect girls' night outback!

June 15 - Norwalk Band & Brew Night, featuring performances by Hosemen, Atomic Unknown and Fingersleeve! 


About the Wall Street Theater

The Wall Street Theater is the first, next-generation performance space in Connecticut showcasing professional music, comedic, dance, and stage performances from nationally recognized names as well as local talent and organizations. The 700-seat theater underwent a $10 million-dollar renovation to restore this national historic landmark to its original glory. Originally known as The Regent when the location opened in 1915 featuring Vaudeville performances, future incarnations included The Norwalk and The Roxy. During its tenure as The Globe in the 90s, the stage featured many up-and-coming performers until it shuttered in the late 90s. 71 Wall Street remained dark until it reopened as The Wall Street Theater in the summer of 2017.

Under the direction of president Suzanne Cahill, artistic director Billy Blanks, Jr., concert director Gene Morell, and an advisory board, the theater offers arts education for families, mentoring programs for youth in the arts, summer camp programming, and private space rentals for parties and events.

kerry@ducey.org (MaxEx PR) Events Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:55:37 -0400
The Buzz About Connecticut's All-Inclusive Adventure Getaway https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46426-the-buzz-about-connecticut-s-all-inclusive-adventure-getaway46426-the-buzz-about-connecticut-s-all-inclusive-adventure-getaway https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46426-the-buzz-about-connecticut-s-all-inclusive-adventure-getaway46426-the-buzz-about-connecticut-s-all-inclusive-adventure-getaway

What’s all of the buzz about Club Getaway? Read the testimonials below:

This all-inclusive sports and adventure camp in the Berkshire Mountains of Kent, CT, has everything from yoga to water skiing. One especially popular activity with campers is jumping on (and diving from) the floating trampoline…


Everyone should head to Club Getaway at least once. It will make you feel like a kid again, and you’ll get to meet a lot of great people while you’re at it...

–Wanderlust in the City

The best part of Club Getaway is that it offers all the amazing activities and sports of camp with absolutely no rules. Participants can choose which activities they attend, whom they talk to, what they wear, etc.


Club Getaway, thanks for the memories, giving me back my faith in the possibility, and allowing me to relax and just simply let go of having everything all figured out, at least for a weekend!

‘SCANDAL’ star Katie Lowes had the coolest wedding you’ve never seen. An entire weekend of camp-themed wedding activities including a talent show, color wars, watersports, dancing and, well, an actual wedding…

Make your summer getaway reservation here.

–The Huffington Post

With the backdrop of sprawling 300 acres overlooking a sparkling lake in the Berkshire Mountains of Kent, Connecticut, Club Getaway Family Camp provides families all of the natural and manmade resources necessary to create memories that last a lifetime.

David Schrieber, the co-founder of the Club Getaway who owns and operates the land of not make believe with his wife, Gayle says, “Put all devices on airport-mode and head for the hills. Whether your squad is made up of 3 or 30, come play at Club Getaway for an all-ages adventure you’ll never forget. Run around, race, jump in a lake, there’s nothing like playing with your kids across our 300 acres of adventure excitement.”

Click here to make your reservation and to learn more about summer camp opportunities. 

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:01:43 -0400
Aspetuck Land Trust Earthday Birding Hike on April 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46427-aspetuck-land-trust-earthday-birding-hike-on-april-2146427-aspetuck-land-trust-earthday-birding-hike-on-april-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46427-aspetuck-land-trust-earthday-birding-hike-on-april-2146427-aspetuck-land-trust-earthday-birding-hike-on-april-21

Birding with Jory Teltser on Saturday, April 21 from 8:00am -10:00am at the Newman-Poses Preserve, Westport, CT

Bring your binoculars, camera, water bottle and hiking boots and join Aspetuck Land Trust on Saturday, April 21st at 8:00am for an Earth Day Hike at the Newman Poses Preserve in Westport to search for and identify local birds with birder Jory Teltser. 

The 17-year-old Staples High School Junior and avid birder has knowledge beyond his years in the area of birding. He is currently working with the Aspetuck Land Trust to collect data on birds on Aspetuck Land Trust properties. This data will be used to improve bird habitats. 

When he first started birding in 2010, Jory was only 9. Jory is now the President of the Connecticut Young Birders Club. His birding has taken him to every town in Connecticut and far beyond. He has the experience of a seasoned ornithologist and began describing how bird populations were shifting before he picked up a pair of binoculars. Jory considers himself to be “an outdoorsman that enjoys hiking and all aspects of nature”. In addition to supporting the environmental issues that are very important to him, he plays the french horn and sings with the Staples Orphenians. You can view his outstanding photography via his Flickr account online. 

Please RSVP to Alice at administration@aspetucklandtrust.org or via our online RSVP Form.

The Newman Poses Preserve was named after actor Paul Newman and Lillian Poses, the first woman to graduate from NYU Law School. The Newman and Poses families who lived nearby donated the land for this nature preserve and enjoyed walking on the property. 

The Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) is a local non-profit land conservation organization founded in 1966 to preserve open space in the towns of Westport, Weston, Fairfield and Easton. ALT preserves provide passive recreation and educational opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy nature, while preserving the flora and fauna and rural characteristics of local communities. ALT maintains 45 trailed nature preserves and other conservation-only properties on over 1,800 acres of land. More than 1,000 individual members support the organization through annual membership contributions.  For more information visit www.aspetucklandtrust.org.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Nancy Moon) Events Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:50:59 -0400
Darien YMCA Gymnasts Compete at Tri-State, States and Regional Meets https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46423-darien-ymca-gymnasts-compete-at-tri-state-states-and-regional-meets46423-darien-ymca-gymnasts-compete-at-tri-state-states-and-regional-meets https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46423-darien-ymca-gymnasts-compete-at-tri-state-states-and-regional-meets46423-darien-ymca-gymnasts-compete-at-tri-state-states-and-regional-meets

The Darien YMCA boys and girls gymnastics teams were in action across Connecticut and all the way to New Hampshire in recent weeks.

Four boys from the YMCA team qualified to compete at the USAG Region 6 Level 4-5 Championships in Brentwood, NH.  Isaac Bell competed in the Level 4 Division 1 age 9-10 group, taking second on floor, third on pommel horse and vault, fifth on rings, fourth on high bar and sixth All-Around (AA).  In the 11 and up group, Jackson Lawrence was the floor champ with 9.4 and was second on rings, third on parallel bars and fourth on high bar and AA.

In the Level 5 Division 1 competition, Ryland Herzog took second on high bar, sixth on vault and fourth on floor in the 9-10 group while Nate Smith was second on high bar and seventh on vault in the 11 and up group.

The Darien girls’ team competed in meets across Connecticut. At the Level 6 USAG State Championships in Southbury, Kristie Alianiello set the pace, taking first on beam and AA with 9.275 and 36.20 in the Junior D age group along with second on vault and bars and third on floor. Abigail O’Brien was champ on bars and floor with 8.775 and 9.225 and was sixth on beam and third AA.  

In the Junior B age group, Anna Altier flipped to first on floor with 9.3 and was fifth on beam, seventh on bars and fourth on vault and AA. Julia Decsi vaulted to fourth and was seventh on floor and beam. In the Junior C group Melina Cardini earned ninth on vault.

At the YMCA Tri-State Invitational in Trumbull, the Level 3 squad captured the team championship and five gymnasts won the AA title for their age group and Level.

Olivea Rosenbaum paced the champion Level 3 team, taking first on vault, beam and AA with a huge 37.35 in the 12s age group and placing second on bars and floor. In the 13 and up group, Brooke Wallace swept the podium, taking first on every event and AA with 37.25.  Meghan Canavan was just behind her in third on all events.

In the 7-8 group, Anna Rogers swung to first on bars and was fourth on vault, floor and AA.  Lily Royce was the champ on bars and AA in the 9s group with 36.2 and was second on vault, sixth on beam and third on floor.  Hannah Reyna earned third on vault, bars and AA, fourth on beam and seventh on floor. Sylvia Mickels took fourth on bars, third on beam and fifth on floor and AA.   

Annabel Clas was steady for second on beam and fifth on floor in the 10 Junior group. Evelin Arreguin took third on vault and beam while Hannah Dudek was sixth on vault and fifth on beam.

In the 10 Senior group, Tanner Shanley earned second on beam, fourth on floor and AA and sixth on vault and bars. Kaia Woodman scored third on beam, fifth on bars and eighth on floor and AA.  

Emma Bookless topped the podium on vault, bars and AA with an impressive 37.25 in the 11s group and was second on floor and third on beam.  Grace Riva took second on beam, sixth on bars and seventh on vault.

At Level 4, Elise Hole vaulted to third and was fourth on bars and AA in the 7-9 age group. Madeleine McGivney swung to sixth on bars and was ninth on beam and AA  in the 10s group.

Annelise Enters was the vault champ in the 11s group and placed fourth on bars and floor. In the 12-13 group, Mia MacDonald vaulted to second and was fourth on beam where Theodora Tertiropoulos placed seventh.

Competing in the 9-11s group, Emily McKee paced the third place Level 5 squad, taking first on floor with 8.9 and placing third on bars, beam and AA and fourth on vault where she tied with teammate Sophia Geffner. Geffner was also fourth on bars, beam and floor and fifth AA. In the 12-13 group, Alex Decsi swung to third on bars and earned fourth on floor and sixth on beam and AA.  

Ali Kolman led the second place Level 6 team, taking first on beam and floor, where she tied teammate Lauren Smith, and placing third on vault and bars and second AA in the 9-11s group.  Smith was also second on vault, bars and beam and third AA.  

In the 12-13s group, Anna Primmer flipped to first on floor with 9.2 and was third on vault and beam and second on bars and AA.  Sommer Schmidt was steady for second on beam and placed fourth on vault and bars. Kerry McDermott was the sole Level 7 competitor for Darien and swept the titles for the 16 and up group.

The girls’ team will compete next at the Connecticut YMCA State Championship meet in Southington.

sfairleigh@yahoo.com (Stephanie Fairleigh) Neighbors Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:40:19 -0400
Darien Native Actress Chloё Sevigny at The Avon Theater on April 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46425-darien-native-actress-chlo-sevigny-at-the-avon-theater-on-april-2146425-darien-native-actress-chlo-sevigny-at-the-avon-theater-on-april-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46425-darien-native-actress-chlo-sevigny-at-the-avon-theater-on-april-2146425-darien-native-actress-chlo-sevigny-at-the-avon-theater-on-april-21

The Avon Theatre proudly welcomes actress Chloё Sevigny!

Ms. Sevigny will be at The Avon Theater in Stamford for a post-film Q&A on Saturday, April 21 following a 7:15 p.m. screening of LEAN ON PETE.

From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh, and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, comes LEAN ON PETE - a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse. Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray, both of them eager for a fresh start. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence. When Charley discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, he takes extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.avontheatre.org or call the box office during showtimes at (203) 967-3660. Ticket Prices: $7 for Avon Members, $12 for Non-Members, FREE for Carte Blanche Members with reservations

About the Film

Rated R | In English | 121 minutes

From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh, and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, comes LEAN ON PETE - a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse. Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray, both of them eager for a fresh start. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence. When Charley discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, he takes extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life.


Tarad@hamlethub.com (Jeanne Ronan) Events Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:28:23 -0400
Cedar Point Yacht Club Open House on May 12! Be a member for a day! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46424-cedar-point-yacht-club-open-house-on-may-12-be-a-member-for-a-day46424-cedar-point-yacht-club-open-house-on-may-12-be-a-member-for-a-day https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46424-cedar-point-yacht-club-open-house-on-may-12-be-a-member-for-a-day46424-cedar-point-yacht-club-open-house-on-may-12-be-a-member-for-a-day

Cedar Point Yacht Club (CPYC) Open House is planned for Saturday, May 12, 2018 (11:30 am – 2:30 pm)

Area residents are invited to be a member for the day!

Cedar Point Yacht Club invites area residents to experience the club on Saturday, May 12, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.  You’ll be able to check out the various one-design sailboats, go for a sailboat ride (weather permitting), enjoy complimentary food, relax on the club’s grounds, or try your hand at hiking or knot tying, and learn about the club, it's fleets, and how to get into sailboat racing. There will be a “bouncy house” and other activities for kids. 

Guests will be able to ask questions about the club's junior and women's sailing programs, as well as membership opportunities.  There will also be representatives from various boating-related organizations, including U.S. Power Squadron with its Boating Skills Virtual Trainer, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (Norwalk Flotilla), Save the Sound, Longshore Sailing School, Boat Locker, West Marine, and more expected!  See link to information flyer here.

CPYC was organized in 1887 to "promote interest in the sport of sailing."  This spirit of competition remains its focus today.  The club hosts active fleets of Atlantics, Cruising Class / PHRF sailboats, Flying Scots, J70s, Lasers, Lightnings, Stars, Thistles, and Vanguards.  Cedar Point regularly hosts regattas and championship level events for various classes of sailboats.

Cedar Point Yacht Club is located on Bluff Point, at the end of Saugatuck Island in Westport.   

For more information, contact William.adler@yahoo.com" qowt-eid="E101" id="E101">William.adler@yahoo.com .  

Tarad@hamlethub.com (William Adler) Events Wed, 11 Apr 2018 05:12:37 -0400