Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Fri, 01 Jul 2022 16:52:48 -0400 HamletHub.com 17th Annual Darien/Norwalk Push-n-Pull Parade on Monday, July 4 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48960-17th-annual-darien-norwalk-push-n-pull-parade-on-monday-july-448960-17th-annual-darien-norwalk-push-n-pull-parade-on-monday-july-4 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48960-17th-annual-darien-norwalk-push-n-pull-parade-on-monday-july-448960-17th-annual-darien-norwalk-push-n-pull-parade-on-monday-july-4

Darien VFW Post 6933 Proudly Hosts the and Local Sponsors Show Their Support for this July 4th Tradition

The Darien VFW Post 6933 is proud to host the seventeenth annual July 4th Push-n-Pull Parade. In keeping with what has now become an annual tradition for Darien, the patriotic parade will comprise children riding bikes, scooters, wagons and non-motorized vehicles. 

Given the pandemic and timing for approvals, the route of the parade has changed – we will step off from Darien High School with a start time of 10:30 a.m. sharp. Families are encouraged to arrive at Darien High School from 9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The parade will end at the VFW Post 6933, located at 205 Noroton Avenue (in the parking lot adjacent to the Noroton Heights Fire Department and McGuane Field).

The VFW is pleased to have the support of our gracious corporate sponsors, the Noroton Heights Fire Department, the Police Department of the Town of Darien, the Fire Departments of Darien and Noroton and the Town of Darien.

The Post’s Color Guard will lead the parade, which drew close to 3,000 residents in 2019. As in prior years, there will be a contest in which participants will have a chance to win honors in multiple categories, including a “best decorated” category for a vehicle with wheels (e.g., a tricycle, bicycle, scooter or wagon), a “best decorated” category for a float, and a “most patriotic” dressed family category. All vehicles must be non-motorized. Winners of the contest will be announced at 10:20 a.m., and they will lead the parade as Honorary Grand Marshals. 

The parade will travel down Noroton Avenue to our Post, where there will be food vendors and live entertainment. There will also be a number of children’s activities taking place there, including face painting and a selection of removable children’s tattoos. This event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $20 per family payable at the VFW to support the Post and its headquarters, the former Chapel of Fitch’s Home for Soldiers and their Orphans (the first veterans’ home in the U.S. that was established right here in Darien just after the Civil War). We encourage you to stop by the Post on the day of the parade so we can show you around. 

About the VFW: Our Post membership comprises veterans of all ages who have answered the call of duty to serve overseas in an armed conflict. We have served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and other armed conflicts. Since the founding of our Post in 1946, we have actively participated in Darien life, from sharing our real life wartime experiences with Darien students, to delivering holiday greetings to Darien’s elementary schools, to sponsoring a Little League team and a Cub Scout pack, to supporting veterans of Darien, Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan and Norwalk.  We hope that you enjoy this year’s Push-n-Pull Parade with the next generation of proud Americans, and we give thanks to our great Nation as we celebrate our treasured freedoms on this Independence Day.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Darien) Events Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:54:02 -0400
Lori Eubanks: Nature’s Intuition Art Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48959-lori-eubanks-nature-s-intuition-art-exhibit-at-the-geary-gallery-in-darien-ct48959-lori-eubanks-nature-s-intuition-art-exhibit-at-the-geary-gallery-in-darien-ct https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48959-lori-eubanks-nature-s-intuition-art-exhibit-at-the-geary-gallery-in-darien-ct48959-lori-eubanks-nature-s-intuition-art-exhibit-at-the-geary-gallery-in-darien-ct

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents its July exhibit, featuring the vibrant landscape and floral paintings of artist, Lori Eubanks. Her colorful collection will be on display July 1-30. All are welcome and admission is free.

The Geary Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820.

For more details, call (203) 655-6633 or visit our website: https://gearygallery.com

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Fri, 01 Jul 2022 08:34:39 -0400
Darien Land Trust Farm to Table Dinner Tickets ON SALE https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48958-darien-land-trust-farm-to-table-dinner-tickets-on-sale48958-darien-land-trust-farm-to-table-dinner-tickets-on-sale https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48958-darien-land-trust-farm-to-table-dinner-tickets-on-sale48958-darien-land-trust-farm-to-table-dinner-tickets-on-sale

 Darien Land Trust 2022 Farm to Table Dinner are now on sale! The event will take place on Saturday, August 27 at Waterbury Field.

Purchase your ticket or sponsor this event HERE.

Learn more about Darien Land Trust online HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Fri, 01 Jul 2022 08:00:08 -0400
Darien resident Madeleine Conte named to president's list at Merrimack College https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48957-darien-resident-madeleine-conte-named-to-president-s-list-at-merrimack-college48957-darien-resident-madeleine-conte-named-to-president-s-list-at-merrimack-college https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48957-darien-resident-madeleine-conte-named-to-president-s-list-at-merrimack-college48957-darien-resident-madeleine-conte-named-to-president-s-list-at-merrimack-college

Madeleine Conte of Darien, Connecticut has been named to the president’s list at Merrimack College for the Spring semester of 2022.

Madeleine is a sophomore and a health science major at Merrimack. She is the of Tom and Collette Conte of Darien.

Learn more: www.merrimack.edu/deanslist.  


kerry@ducey.org (Merrimack College) Neighbors Thu, 30 Jun 2022 08:22:09 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Darien: CHECK Body-Mind https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48894-why-small-businesses-matter-check-body-mind48894-why-small-businesses-matter-check-body-mind https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48894-why-small-businesses-matter-check-body-mind48894-why-small-businesses-matter-check-body-mind

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 CHECK Body-Mind!

Three questions with Amber Kemp, founder of CHECK Body-Mind.

Why did you start your business?

I was catapulted into the wellness industry at a young age after growing up struggling with many health issues and finding alternative ways to heal myself mentally and physically. The mission of CHECK Body-Mind is to create a positive community of wellness seekers who desire to keep their bodies and minds in CHECK with our cutting-edge technologies and integrative therapies.

We offer a complete wellness system so there is something for everyone. After what we have all been experiencing together over the past few years, our mental and physical wellness has become of paramount importance. We believe "Health is wealth", and that has a ripple effect on every person in your life.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best-selling service is the whole body red light bed (aka photobiomodulation). This technology stimulates collagen production, relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and stimulates cellular rejuvenation.

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

We carry a beautiful jewelry line hand-made by a local artisan. You can find her work at www.bellezalunadesigns.com. We also tend to gift our members and staff organic juices or smoothies from the next-door juice bar, Barvida.

Amber would like to nominate The Eco Dude on Washington Street to be featured next!

CHECK Body-Mind is located at 883 Boston Post Road in Darien. Visit CHECK Body-Mind 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) Places Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:45:24 -0400
Fairfield County Bank is collecting school supplies for local families in need https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/48940-fairfield-county-bank-is-collecting-school-supplies-for-local-families-in-need48940-fairfield-county-bank-is-collecting-school-supplies-for-local-families-in-need https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/48940-fairfield-county-bank-is-collecting-school-supplies-for-local-families-in-need48940-fairfield-county-bank-is-collecting-school-supplies-for-local-families-in-need

Fairfield County Bank is holding a Back to School Drive benefitting Friends of Karen now through July 15, 2022.

Friends of Karen is a local nonprofit organization that provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families in order to help keep them stable, functioning, and able to cope.

Needed School Supplies

• Sturdy Backpack Large Enough to Hold Laptop and Supplies

• Package of Ticonderoga Pre-Sharpened #2 Pencils

• 12 pack of Crayola Pre-Sharpened Colored Pencils

• Large Glue Sticks

• Two-Pocket Plastic Folders

• Set of Crayola Fine Tip Markers in Classic Colors

• Latex Free Pink Eraser

• Yellow Highlighters

• Pencil Sharpener with Cover

• Wide Rule Composition Book

There are donation bins in each of Fairfield County Bank's 17 locations:

Bridgeport | Danbury | Darien | Fairfield | Georgetown | Norwalk | Ridgefield Rowayton | Stamford | Weston | Westport | Wilton

Benefitting Local Families through Friends of Karen

Learn more about Friends of Karen https://www.friendsofkaren.org/


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Wed, 29 Jun 2022 06:11:00 -0400
Town of Darien Announces Purchase of Great Island Property https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/48954-town-of-darien-announces-purchase-of-great-island-property48954-town-of-darien-announces-purchase-of-great-island-property https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/48954-town-of-darien-announces-purchase-of-great-island-property48954-town-of-darien-announces-purchase-of-great-island-property

On Monday, June 27th the Darien RTM voted in favor of purchasing the 60-acre Great Island property for $103 million dollars.

The vote passed with “68” yes votes, “13” no votes, and “0” abstentions.

During the creation of the 2016 Town Plan of Conservation and Development, residents communicated their desires for the acquisition of available open space in Darien. This purchase respects that community input, and it was a key basis for engaging in the initial bidding for the property.

This purchase has always been about what we believe the majority of community members would like to see for Darien and its future. Like the input that became the foundation for the POCD, we sought and received public comment on Great Island. People recognized this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, especially for a town that is 97% developed. Some people spoke to the appreciation of the coastal environmental and others spoke to the cost. Every question, every suggestion, every comment was considered.

We did not get to choose the timing of this bold purchase, but we believe this investment will benefit generations of Darien residents. Will we ever wish we had less land? I don’t think anyone believes that’s the case. Land is precious and Great Island represents a rare opportunity. As time progresses we will begin to consider, as a community, how to use the property.

The Town will continue to examine all aspects of the property throughout the 75 day due diligence process, which concludes on August 6, 2022.

In the meantime, I’d like to thank everyone who engaged in the purchase process.

*Image courtesy Realtor.com

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Darien) Life Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:11:45 -0400
Darien golfers help raise record amount for Maritime Aquarium's 11th annual Golf Classic https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48955-new-canaan-golfers-help-raise-record-amount-for-maritime-aquarium-s-11th-annual-golf-classic48955-new-canaan-golfers-help-raise-record-amount-for-maritime-aquarium-s-11th-annual-golf-classic https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48955-new-canaan-golfers-help-raise-record-amount-for-maritime-aquarium-s-11th-annual-golf-classic48955-new-canaan-golfers-help-raise-record-amount-for-maritime-aquarium-s-11th-annual-golf-classic

Darien residents were among the golfers helping to raise nearly $200,000 – an event record – to support The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s exhibits, conservation initiatives and environmental education efforts during the Aquarium’s recent 11th annual Golf Classic at Wee Burn Country Club.

“The 84 golfers who teed up with us made this year’s Golf Classic the most successful outing yet, and we are so grateful to them for their generosity and spirited involvement,” said Danielle Tranzillo, the Aquarium’s Vice President of Philanthropy and Engagement. “And we also thank the Wee Burn Country Club for again hosting us on their beautiful course and in their fabulous facilities.”

Fairfield County Bank was Presenting sponsor, with co-Presenting sponsors New Canaan Funding and Spinnaker Real Estate Partners LLC. Champion sponsor was M&T Bank.

The polished event on May 23 included a barbecue lunch to start the day, followed by 18 holes of golf, live music by members of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, visits by Animal Husbandry staff with live Aquarium ambassador animals, and a relaxed sunset dinner.

Funds from the event, in-hand and pledged, will help support The Maritime Aquarium’s animal care, educational programming and conservation work on behalf of Long Island Sound and the ocean beyond.

Learn more about the Aquarium’s events, exhibits, programs and more this summer at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Dave Sigworth) Neighbors Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:08:08 -0400
Summer Reading and Bestselling Authors at Darien Library https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48953-summer-reading-and-bestselling-authors-at-darien-library48953-summer-reading-and-bestselling-authors-at-darien-library https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48953-summer-reading-and-bestselling-authors-at-darien-library48953-summer-reading-and-bestselling-authors-at-darien-library

Join Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore for an Adult Summer Reading soiree! Bestselling historical fiction authors Kate Quinn and Beatriz Williams will discuss Quinn's most recent novel, The Diamond Eye, history, and strong heroines in literature. 

Register for this virtual visit on Wednesday, June 29th at 7 p.m. to kick off your Summer Reading journey! 

Our Summer Reading Challenge has officially started! Let's go to the seashore with summer's hottest reads for children, teens, and adults. Log your reading until August 14th for the chance to win prizes. 

Get started by signing up for Summer Reading online.

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Library) Events Fri, 24 Jun 2022 13:19:08 -0400
Darien Resident Daphne Gray Named to College of Charleston Spring 2022 President's List https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48952-darien-resident-daphne-gray-named-to-college-of-charleston-spring-2022-president-s-list48952-darien-resident-daphne-gray-named-to-college-of-charleston-spring-2022-president-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48952-darien-resident-daphne-gray-named-to-college-of-charleston-spring-2022-president-s-list48952-darien-resident-daphne-gray-named-to-college-of-charleston-spring-2022-president-s-list

Daphne Gray of Darien was named to the College of Charleston Spring 2022 President's List. Gray is majoring in Psychology.

To qualify for President's List (Highly Distinguished), students must earn a GPA of 3.800 or higher and complete a minimum of 14 semester hours.

To qualify for Dean's List (Distinguished), students must earn a GPA of 3.600 or higher and complete a minimum of 14 semester hours.

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation's top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. Its beautiful and historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities, cutting-edge programs and accessible faculty attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world.

kerry@ducey.org (College of Charleston) Neighbors Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:28:54 -0400
Darien Chamber Holds Sidewalk Sales July 14-16 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48950-darien-chamber-holds-sidewalk-sales-july-14-1648950-darien-chamber-holds-sidewalk-sales-july-14-16 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48950-darien-chamber-holds-sidewalk-sales-july-14-1648950-darien-chamber-holds-sidewalk-sales-july-14-16

The Darien Chamber of Commerce will hold its Sidewalk Sales on July 14, 15 and 16 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) from 10am-5pm. First County Bank is continuing as Title Sponsor of this annual Darien summer celebration. Rain or shine!

There will be something for everyone! Shoppers of all ages will find bargains under the tents and inside shops along the Post Road. Merchants have announced sales of up to 70% off! A list of all participating merchants and new vendors can be found on the Live Darien CT community mobile app at SHOP --> Sidewalk Sales.

Visit http://onelink.to/livedarien to download on your iPhone or android. Free!

New this year, the Chamber is setting up an area for teenagers to sell their homemade goods and products. The youth entrepreneurial tent will be sponsored by and located next to Bankwell (in between Caffè Nero & Bankwell). “We are excited for the kids to interact with the community and experience selling and shopping locally, said Kesti Aysseh, Executive Director of the Darien Chamber. They will participate Saturday only, July 16, from 10-5pm.

Sponsored by Ring’s End there is entertainment for all ages: My Balloon Guy will be located at First County Bank, Amazing Andy will be stilt-walking the streets, a Face Painter will be located at Darien Toy Box on Friday and Saturday, 11am-2pm the hosts from Now We're Talking Darien will be “Live from the Street” at the Chamber table (Darien Toy Box).

Thank you to Bankwell for sponsoring the Youth Entrepreneurial tent, Ring’s End for sponsoring the entertainment, Humming Homes for sponsoring the free ice cream (ice cream location will be posted on the app) and our annual Elite sponsors Bankwell, DR Bank, Noble House Media and William Raveis.

The Darien Chamber of Commerce is committed to taking a leadership role in promoting the business community and quality of life in Darien. For more information, please visit www.darienCTchamber.com, download our app and follow us @darienCTchamber on Instagram and Facebook.

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Chamber of Commerce) Events Fri, 24 Jun 2022 06:25:12 -0400
Dowling vs. Carpenter In 120th Connecticut Amateur Final https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/15-todays-events/48949-dowling-vs-carpenter-in-120th-connecticut-amateur-final48949-dowling-vs-carpenter-in-120th-connecticut-amateur-final https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/15-todays-events/48949-dowling-vs-carpenter-in-120th-connecticut-amateur-final48949-dowling-vs-carpenter-in-120th-connecticut-amateur-final

The 120th Connecticut Amateur at Ridgewood Country Club will come down to a 36-hole championship match between two-time winner Rick Dowling and Ben Carpenter.

Carpenter (CC of Darien) was the first to earn his spot in the finals with a 5&4 win over Ben Conroy (New Haven CC). The rising sophomore at Yale took the lead with a birdie on the par-4 second hole and never relinquished the advantage. “I am super excited for the championship match,” said Carpenter. “I just want to go have fun and play my game.”

Conroy, the 2018 champion, hung tough but a two hole stretch late on the front nine proved to be too much to overcome.

Leading 2 up Carpenter pulled his tee shot left on the 202 yard par-3 eighth and faced what appeared to be an impossible up and down. Unable to play towards the pin Carpenter’s second shot landed 20 feet to the left of the hole and trickled down to 15 feet below the cup. Moments later Carpenter rolled in the unlikely par. When Conroy failed to convert a sand save from the right greenside bunker the advantage was 3 up.

“My up and down on No. 8 might have been one of the best up and downs that I have ever had and I think that really turned the momentum my way,” said Carpenter who won the last two holes of his quarterfinal match against Jantzen Vargas (Quinnatisset CC) to win 1 up.

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On the ensuing hole, Conroy playing aggressively drove the green on the downhill 309 yard par-4 ninth. His eagle putt from 40 feet was lagged beautifully to 2 feet earning him a conceded birdie. Meanwhile, Carpenter was scrambling. His drive went right into the rough and his approach shot came to rest 15 feet beyond the hole. With Conroy, a winner 1 up winner over Chris Ayers (Goodwin Park GC) in the quarterfinals, already in for birdie Carpenter put on a committed stroke and watched as his birdie putt slammed into the bottom of the cup. A back-breaking tie that kept the lead at 3 up heading to the second nine.

“In the semifinals credit to my short game, it was A+,” Carpenter said. “I had some huge up and downs that I think caught Ben [Conroy] off guard.”

On the back nine, Carpenter didn’t let up sealing the match with consecutive wins on Nos. 13 and 14.

In the finals, Carpenter will meet 2017 and 2019 Connecticut Amateur winner Rick Dowling (Golf Performance Center). Following a 6&4 win over Dan Murphy (H. Smith Richardson GC) in the quarterfinals Dowling needed to win the last two holes of his semifinal match against Jackson Roman (Shuttle Meadow CC) to advance.

Roman, a rising sophomore at Loyola University Maryland, led early in the match but Dowling slowly chipped away winning Nos. 9 and 11 with birdies to tie the match. The match remained tied until Roman regained the lead with a birdie on the par-5 15th setting the stage for a duel down the stretch.

Roman, the 32-seed, once again found himself in a familiar spot – leading a tight match late – while Dowling was playing past the 15th hole for the first time since Tuesday’s final round of stroke play. Each of Roman’s previous three matches reached at least the 18th hole with the dramatic quarterfinal match against Dan Gallo (Mill River CC) going 20 holes.

On the 225 yard par-3 17th Roman cracked the door open when he missed the green left while Dowling found the putting surface. Facing a difficult chip Roman left himself with an 8 footer for par while Dowling lagged his putt from 35 feet to within a foot for a conceded par. Roman still had a chance to tie the hole but when his par putt slid by the match was tied.

Seeing his chance Dowling split the fairway with his drive on the 555 yard par-5 closing hole. Playing next Roman missed the fairway right.

Blocked out by a tree Roman’s second shot ended up under a tree and his third shot found the right greenside bunker. Dowling played it safe laying up to 70 yards and then knocked his wedge to 7 feet.

“I’ve been working on nice abbreviated wedges with my coach at the Golf Performance Center and I hit it exactly how I wanted to,” Dowling said.

Roman played a nifty bunker shot to 5 feet but he never got a chance to hit the putt as Dowling rolled in his birdie putt to win the match 1 up.

“I just wanted to stick with it down the stretch. I was losing energy but anything can happen. The pins were tough and the holes were hard coming in so I just tried to hit good golf shots. I’m just happy to move on,” Dowling said.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. the 120th Connecticut Amateur will conclude on Friday with the playing of the 36-hole championship match. Spectators are welcome.

kerry@ducey.org (CSGA) Todays events Fri, 24 Jun 2022 04:13:24 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Wilton and Darien: Sipstirs https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48923-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-and-darien-sipstirs48923-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-and-darien-sipstirs https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48923-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-and-darien-sipstirs48923-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-and-darien-sipstirs

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 Sipstirs! 

Three questions with David Wagner, owner of Sipstirs in Wilton and Darien.

Why did you start your business?

After pounding the pavement for 15+ years on the distribution and supply side in NYC, I would go in and out of retailers/restaurants and formed a motivation to want to create a destination for fine wines, artisanal spirits and craft brews.  I met many mentors that motivated me to want to do something for the better.  At Sipstirs we have created a sense of community with top service and friendly faces as many customers have become good friends. 

What is your best-selling product/service?

A popular item at the Sipstirs is the monthly wine club.  There are many out there but ours is curated in-house and with TLC.  We think first if the value is there and try to find interesting selections that someone may not necessarily select.  We also curate and try to go for the smaller, family-owned producers that may not have the budget to market nationally but have outstanding offerings. 

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

At Sipstirs we pride ourselves on being part of the community.  I serve as the vice-chairman of the board for the Darien Chamber of Commerce and the Chairman of the board for the Darien Charitable Foundation.  We partner with many local nonprofits and charities as it gives us purpose and pride to give back.  

Sipstirs is located at 1053 Post Road in Darien [follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @sipstirs] and 203 Danbury Road in Wilton [follow along on Instagram at @sipstirs_wilton].
Visit Sipstirs online here.

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


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 23 Jun 2022 09:33:24 -0400
FCBuzz Weekend of Arts and Culture June 24-26 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48951-fcbuzz-weekend-jay-leno-and-the-mavericks-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-the-jester-jim-show-at-westport-library-and-more-arts-and-culture48951-fcbuzz-weekend-jay-leno-and-the-mavericks-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-the-jester-jim-show-at-westport-library-and-more-arts-and-culture https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48951-fcbuzz-weekend-jay-leno-and-the-mavericks-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-the-jester-jim-show-at-westport-library-and-more-arts-and-culture48951-fcbuzz-weekend-jay-leno-and-the-mavericks-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-the-jester-jim-show-at-westport-library-and-more-arts-and-culture

FCBuzz Weekend June 24 – June 26, 2022

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities.

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members. Kick off the summer season of arts and culture with music, dance, art, fashion, and even a block party! Follow the summer winds to any or all of the following events:

The Mavericks - “En Español” World Tour at The Ridgefield Playhouse 

Friday, June 24, 8-10 pm

This eclectic rock and country group is known for lively performances that transcend traditional musical boundaries. Founded in Miami in 1989, The Mavericks had a string of big hits and critical acclaim in the ‘90s. The band had a triumphant reunion in 2012 and recently celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2019. Now, they are back and ranking on the Billboard charts with their first all-Spanish language album, En Español.

Pantochino Production’s As Long As We’re Talking at the MAC, Milford

Friday, June 24, 7:30pm

Celebrate Pride Month with a new musical inspired by actual events. Set in an LGBTQ book store, a cashier receives an urgent cry-for-help phone call from a young gay person about to end their life. It is up to the cashier, and the store to keep this person engaged, on the line and alive. Performed in one act for ages 13 and up. Also showing Saturday 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, 2pm.

2022 Guild Summer Salon at Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan

Saturday, June 25, 10am-4pm

Featuring works by 136 members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists working in a broad range of styles, this annual summer art sale celebrates Silvermine painters, sculptors, printmakers, mixed media and fiber artists. On view through August 18th.

June Open Studios at Metro Art Studios, Bridgeport

Saturday, June 25, 12-4pm

See nearly 40 fine artists working in a wide variety of disciplines, from drawing to painting, sculpture to jewelry, printmaking to photography, and much more. Explore the meticulously renovated three-story corset factory building in the South End of Bridgeport, talk to the artists about their inspiration, techniques, and processes, and find art to buy, collect, gift, and display. Visit the two most current art exhibits, and enjoy live music in the gallery at 2 pm. Come for a fun and culturally-rich afternoon!

The 22nd Annual Vivian & Stanley Reed Marine Show at The Stamford Art Association 

Saturday, June 25, 4-6pm

Come to the opening reception in the newly re-opened Townhouse Gallery. This exhibit centers a diverse group of artists and their interpretations of all things water. The show will be juried by Capt. Michael Bagley, artist and Director of Marine Operations for SoundWaters, who will award cash prizes. On view through July 28th during Gallery Hours (Friday-Sunday 12-3pm)

North County Band w/Alyssa Grey at Redding Concert on the Green, Redding Town Green

Sunday, June 26, 6-8pm

Bring the family, a picnic, some folding chairs, your dancing flip-flops, BYOB, and rock out with The North County Band with special guest, Alyssa Grey. The North County Band has performed at Daryl's House Club, Mohegan Sun Casino, and dozens of corporate, municipal, private, and public events in NY, MA, ME, & CT. Members share a love of country music and live performance, as well as a friendship that comes across in their stage presence. In case of inclement weather, call the cancellation line after 3 pm on the day of the show. (203) 339-6106 

Stamford Block Party! at Stamford Town Center Restaurant Plaza

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 12-8pm

It’s a two day celebration of Arts, Culture and Community with entertainers including Parsons Dance, Henry Jones Drumming, Emotions Physical Theatre, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, East Coast Contemporary Ballet, New York Comedy Club, Illusionist David Garrity, Portal Norton Peruvian Dance and fifty more… Plus food trucks, interactive activities including games, DIY murals, a giant mushroom forest, dance lessons and other activities.

The Jester Jim Show at The Westport Library

Sunday, June 26, 2pm 

Kick Off Your Summer with Jester Jim who takes the Library's main stage with a truck full of weird stuff that he tosses into the air. Is he a juggler? Is he a comedian? Does he perform the most amazing beatbox intro you've ever seen? You decide! Kids and adults alike will be talking about Jester Jim's wild antics for weeks. Fun for the whole fam!

Fashion Show Fundraiser at The Klein, Bridgeport 

Sunday, June 26, 3-6pm

Featuring The Faces of Beauty Model Team and Headliner Designer Hope Wade, NY Fashion Week designers come to Connecticut, ripping the runway for some of the best designers in the industry. With special guest, Bria Holmes, WNBA Player and a special performance by rapper, Codeclife. A portion of proceeds go to Helping Hands Outreach, a non-profit for homeless people.

Jay Leno at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Sunday, June 26, 4-7pm

Two shows! Characterized as “the hardest working man in show business,” Leno revisits his stand-up roots in a rare intimate evening with a legend. The acclaimed Emmy, People’s Choice, and TV Guide-honored late-night-show host is also an admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist. Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

BackCountry Jazz presents the Greenwich Jazz Festival 2022 

Sunday, June 26, 5-6:30pm

This free summer season features extraordinary jazz artists, from celebrated greats to young rising stars. Nine concerts in casual, open air settings - June through September. This Sunday, Bennie Wallace, tenor saxophone; Godwin Louis, alto saxophone; Donald Vega, piano; Peter Washington, bass; Billy Drummond, drums. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, wine. Venue provided with reservation confirmation. 

Summer Concert Series: The Barons at Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Stamford

Sunday, June 26, 5-7pm

Kicks off your summer with doo wop band, The Barons - one of the tri-state’s hottest tribute groups, offering an energetic, faithful rendition of the Motown and R&B hits from the 1960's. The concert will take place on the Great Lawn. Bring chairs or a blanket, and a picnic dinner. 

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at https://culturalalliancefc.org

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Emma Seely of Darien named to James Madison University President's List https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48946-emma-seely-of-darien-named-to-james-madison-university-president-s-list48946-emma-seely-of-darien-named-to-james-madison-university-president-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48946-emma-seely-of-darien-named-to-james-madison-university-president-s-list48946-emma-seely-of-darien-named-to-james-madison-university-president-s-list

Darien resident Emma Seely, has been named to the president's list at James Madison University for the spring 2022 semester.

Students who earn president's list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.900 or above. Seely is majoring in general psychology.

kerry@ducey.org (JMU) Neighbors Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:36:18 -0400