Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Sun, 12 Jul 2020 10:04:15 -0400 HamletHub.com Beginning Today New Location for Darien COVID-19 Test Clinic! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47720-beginning-today-new-location-for-darien-covid-19-test-clinic47720-beginning-today-new-location-for-darien-covid-19-test-clinic https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47720-beginning-today-new-location-for-darien-covid-19-test-clinic47720-beginning-today-new-location-for-darien-covid-19-test-clinic

New Location for Darien COVID-19 Test Clinic

In an effort to provide a much-needed service to residents, the Town of Darien has partnered with Murphy Medical Associates of Greenwich to offer COVID-19 testing at a drive-thru clinic in Darien. Over the past three months, this clinic, located at the High School, has safely tested hundreds of residents and provided critical information in understanding the extent of infection so important in these days of the coronavirus pandemic. While we have had great success with the location on High School property, the clinic needs to be relocated because expanded public use of school grounds is about to begin.

The location chosen to serve as the next clinic site is the Leroy West Parking Lot located at 59 Leroy Ave. in Darien, CT.

The drive-through clinic has proven to be a good neighbor in many ways. Besides the obvious service it provides to the community, many precautions are being taken to ensure the health and safety of those utilizing the clinic and nearby residents:

  • Testing is done by appointment only so there is no issue with traffic and long lines of patients.
  • All persons remain in their cars while being tested.
  • The clinicians conducting the tests are completely protected with personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • The area is bio-secure and the area is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each day of use.
  • Tests offered are PCR or nasal swabs only. Antibody tests are not being offered at this time.
  • The initial clinic will be this Friday, July 10 from 9:00 am until noon and thereafter every Monday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM and Fridays from 9:00 AM to noon.
  • All persons must be prescreened and have an appointment to be tested. To make an appointment for testing, please visit www.coronatestct.com.

Murphy Medical Associates is a State of Connecticut approved provider, licensed and approved by the State Department of Public Health. For more information about Murphy Medical Associates please visit www.coronatestct.com

Alternate testing locations in the area, some of which offer antibody testing, may be found at www.211ct.org/covidtesting.

If you have any questions, please contact David Knauf, Director of Health for the Town of Darien. He may be reached by email at dknauf@darienct.gov or by phone at (203) 656-7324.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Darien) Life Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:12:09 -0400
Doyle Wins 79th Connecticut Junior Amateur Championship https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47721-doyle-wins-79th-connecticut-junior-amateur-championship47721-doyle-wins-79th-connecticut-junior-amateur-championship https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47721-doyle-wins-79th-connecticut-junior-amateur-championship47721-doyle-wins-79th-connecticut-junior-amateur-championship

Matthew Doyle of Madison Country Club defeated Kyle St. Pierre of Newtown Country Club, 2 and 1 in the finals of the 79th Connecticut Junior Amateur Championship at Watertown Golf Club on Thursday.

Doyle, who had reached the finals once before, as a 15-year-old in 2018 against eventual winner Connor Belcastro, made four birdies in today’s round, including one on the opening par-5 that set him ahead early. Doyle led by one hole after nine, increased it to two with a par against St. Pierre’s bogey at the par-4 11th, and then maintained the lead until the 17th when the match ended. Doyle and St. Pierre traded birdies on the par-3 14th hole and par-5 16th holes. But Doyle, who had last week won the Connecticut Junior PGA Championship at Keney Park, made only one bogey all day, and none on the back nine.

To reach the final, Doyle, 17, defeated friend Alex Gu of Darien in the semi-finals, and survived a 21-hole match against  No. 21 seed Bradley Sawka of Ellington Ridge Country Club in the round of 16. Doyle was the No. 5 seed.

St. Pierre, 16, the 15th seed, defeated Hop Meadow’s Jack Bosworth in the semi-final in a match that went 20 holes, and eliminated two experienced (and more highly seeded) juniors on the way to that match: Michael Hanratty of Farmington Woods Golf Club (No. 2 seed)  in the round of 16, and Jackson Roman of Shuttle Meadow Country Club (No. 10 seed)  in the quarters. St. Pierre was a semi-finalist in 2019, losing to eventual champion Ben James. 

Doyle receives the William A. Salvatore trophy, named after the Watertown native who won it three consecutive times from 1956-1958, something no Junior Amateur champion has ever done. 

The Junior Amateur is conducted by the Connecticut State Golf Association. It comprises 18 holes of stroke play qualifying and three days of matches, culminating in the 18-hole final. 

zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (Connecticut State Golf Association) Neighbors Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:03:12 -0400
A New Chapter: The Museum of Darien (MoD) https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47719-a-new-chapter-the-museum-of-darien-mod47719-a-new-chapter-the-museum-of-darien-mod https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47719-a-new-chapter-the-museum-of-darien-mod47719-a-new-chapter-the-museum-of-darien-mod

Darien Historical Society Unveils a New Name & New Image

The Darien Historical Society is dusting off its image with some exciting initiatives and topping the list is a new name – the Museum of Darien (MoD).

“The town’s 200th birthday provided the stimulus for our board to reimagine the next chapter of this very unique organization,” said Robert J. Pascal, Jr., president of the Society. “We feel the name Museum of Darien is in keeping with the Society’s actual mission, which is to invite of the community to learn about and celebrate its town story.”

The Society is introducing a fresh new logo and website, which can be viewed at www.museumofdarien.org. And while the Museum’s facility at 45 Old Kings Highway North is currently closed, volunteers will be reaching out to the community and giving local businesses a boost with special visits throughout town of the Whaleboat Middlesex, a 24-foot boat replica built in the 1970s that was recently refurbished thanks to a grant from The Darien Foundation.

“Since folks can’t come to us this summer, we are taking the town’s history to them! The Where’s the Boat? program is a way for us to get out into the community to educate people about Darien’s proud Revolutionary history, while also providing a boost to some local businesses.”

When the Museum reopens in the fall, Museum goers will be treated to a reimagined visitor experience, thanks to a generous grant from the Horizon Foundation, which supported the Museum’s rebranding efforts to update the Museum’s signage and lighting.

The Museum of Darien tells the story of the town’s history through its artifacts, documents and collections.

“We are keeping the red saltbox image as our official logo because we are not fundamentally changing who we are — we’re just punching it up a bit to make it more modern and vibrant and better represent our mission and objectives,” said Laura Guaglianone, a member of the organization’s board of directors and an experienced marketer. Guaglianone teamed with Rudy Mossa, former member of the Museum’s board and owner of 1813 Design, to create MoD’s new look, and Brian Miller of Brian Miller Designs, a web designer based in Wilton, to design the Museum’s new website.

During its Annual Meeting last fall, the Museum’s membership voted unanimously for the organization’s facility and public programming to carry the new name: Museum of Darien.

“It’s actually a trend because many organizations realize that the word ‘Society’ can seem rather exclusive, while the word ‘Museum’ feels more inclusive, especially to younger generations. Also, the word ‘Museum’ better reflects what these Societies actually do,” said Secretary of the Board of Directors Abby Hord, who served on the committee. “We want to send the clear message that we are a center for learning and our doors are open to everyone.”

The Darien Historical Society was established in 1953 and moved to its current location at 45 Old Kings Highway North in the 1960s, after the Bates Scofield Homestead, the Museum’s distinctive red saltbox, was donated to the organization.

“The view of the Museum from the road can be somewhat deceiving because many people think the 18th century red salt box is the extent of the Museum, but it actually extends very far back, and the new website’s aerial footage really drives that home. It’s a huge facility that not only tells the story of Middlesex and Darien, but also houses some of the top collections in the region,” said Maggie McIntire, the Museum’s executive director.

The Museum expanded in 2009 with the addition of the soaring 1832 Scofield Barn, which the organization refurbished into the Scofield Barn Exhibition Center, a state-of-the-art gallery and programming space. In addition to its Bates Scofield Homestead Museum and Scofield Barn Exhibition Center, the Museum also houses a research library, an education center, a conference room, offices and reception area, storage spaces for its major collections and archive rooms.

Outside, the Garden Club of Darien maintains colonial-style kitchen gardens filled with culinary and medicinal herbs and on the Museum’s front lawn is a soaring oak tree that is a descendent of the state’s famous Charter Oak tree. The Museum houses an antique clothing collection of over 3,000 items, letters and documents from the time of the Revolutionary War, artifacts owned by people who lived in Middlesex Parish, and a quilt collection that is considered one of the finest in the country.

Come celebrate our town story with us! To learn more about supporting the town’s history, visit our website at museumofdarien.org or call us at 203.655.9233.

About the Museum of Darien

Established in 1953 as the Darien Historical Society, the Museum of Darien welcomes all ages to experience and discover the crafted objects, narratives and works of art that have shaped this community. From its earliest beginnings as Middlesex Parish, a struggling farm community on the shores of Long Island Sound, to the prosperous community we know today — we tell Darien’s story.

Come celebrate our town story with us! To learn more about supporting the town’s history, visit our website at www.museumofdarien.org or call us at 203.655.9233

Photo Credit: Katharine Calderwood

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Fri, 10 Jul 2020 07:56:06 -0400
Plein Air Drawing and Painting at Cherry Lawn Park on July 25 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47718-plein-air-drawing-and-painting-at-cherry-lawn-park-on-july-2547718-plein-air-drawing-and-painting-at-cherry-lawn-park-on-july-25 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47718-plein-air-drawing-and-painting-at-cherry-lawn-park-on-july-2547718-plein-air-drawing-and-painting-at-cherry-lawn-park-on-july-25

The Darien Arts Center is offering new adult visual arts workshops led by Nancy McTague-Stock in July. Plein Air Drawing and Painting is offered in partnership with Darien Land Trust and Darien Nature Center on July 25th at Cherry Lawn Park and Capturing Water in Quick Sketches is a virtual class taking place on July 22.

Capturing Water in Quick Sketches
Wednesday, July 22nd, 3pm-4pm | $15
Have you ever steered clear of drawing water because you were nervous? Have no fear! It can be easy once you are shown the basic steps to success. Bring your favorite photograph of water to work from. Choose one that has multiple shades of gray or a high contrast color photograph. A zoom link will be sent before the class.

Plein Air Drawing and Painting
Saturday, July 25th, 9:30-11:30am | $95
RAIN DATE: Sunday, July 26th, 9:30-11:30am
Location: Cherry Lawn Park, near the Gazebo. Parking available in the Nature Center Parking Lot.
Join artist and DAC instructor Nancy McTague-Stock for a plein air painting and drawing class at the beautiful Cherry Lawn Park. The tradition of painting outside has a rich history, famed in Connecticut by the Cos Cob and Lyme painting colonies from the 1890's. Come join us and continue the tradition! Nancy will bring her favorite portable mediums: graphite pencil, colored pencil and watercolor for demonstration. The DAC will provide graphite pencil, watercolor, brush and paper. Feel free to bring any additional art supplies. Also, please bring a small folding chair, sunscreen and a bottle of water. If you have questions, please email Emily Altman at emily@darienarts.org.

Look for updates on upcoming classes and register at darienarts.org. For questions, call the DAC at (203) 655-8683. The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Darien Town Hall. Lead sponsors of the DAC are Baywater Properties, DR Bank and Stamford Ford Lincoln.

farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Events Fri, 10 Jul 2020 07:50:40 -0400
Tropical Storm Fay is on the Way https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/publicsafety/47717-tropical-storm-fay-is-on-the-way47717-tropical-storm-fay-is-on-the-way https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/publicsafety/47717-tropical-storm-fay-is-on-the-way47717-tropical-storm-fay-is-on-the-way

Friday, July 10th: Southern Connecticut, including most of Fairfield County, Northeast New Jersey, and southeast New York have all been issued a tropical storm warning for Friday evening. (Subject to change)

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT ALL DAY FRIDAY: The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a … 

  • Flash Flood Watch for Southern Connecticut, Northeast New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island.

  • From Friday morning through Friday evening.

  • Heavy rain showers and embedded thunderstorms are forecasted

Friday into Friday evening. A total of 1 to 3 inches of rainfall is forecast with locally higher amounts possible. Torrential rainfall within a short period of time will be possible and this could lead to flooding of low lying, urban and poor drainage areas. Some smaller streams and rivers could overflow.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

*Images courtesy of The National Weather Service and The Weather Channel

zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (HH) Public safety Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:32:13 -0400
Lamont Signs Order for Absentee Balloting https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/47716-lamont-signs-order-for-absentee-balloting47716-lamont-signs-order-for-absentee-balloting https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/47716-lamont-signs-order-for-absentee-balloting47716-lamont-signs-order-for-absentee-balloting

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order allowing all registered voters in Connecticut to vote absentee in the August 11, 2020 primary. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill mailed every registered Democrat and Republican in the state an application that they will need to fill out and return in order to obtain an absentee ballot.

That application, which will be sent via U.S. Postal Service, will include a postage paid return envelope. Beginning July 21, 2020, all voters who requested an absentee ballot will receive the ballots in the mail, which will also include a postage paid return envelope. New Fairfield will also have a secure ballot drop box, located in front of Town Hall, to allow voters to deliver their absentee ballots in person without close personal contact.

For those who would still like to appear in person to cast their vote, our polling locations will remain open, however, the ability to vote absentee will ensure that the democratic process continues safely and securely

commandercarey@gmail.com (Town of New Fairfield) Politics Wed, 08 Jul 2020 07:09:57 -0400
Strawberry Fields Forever: Your Guide to Berry Picking in CT, Summer 2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47715-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-202047715-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47715-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-202047715-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-2020

Are you looking for a fun summer activity that is also safe for your family during the pandemic? Try berry picking! It is a great outdoor activity where families can remain socially distanced from one another while also getting to pick their very own sweet treats. Connecticut has many farms open and ready to welcome your family for a fun day of berry picking. See below for descriptions of some farms in the area including their hours of operation, products, COVID-19 protocols, and additional information. 

Recently, the van der Beek family enjoyed a fun-filled day of berry picking at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT (see below). Mirelle van der Beek shared that her children ate most of the berries before the days end! She also shared that the farm was extremely well-equipped to safely serve the numerous families that visited that day. The farm enforced social distancing and mask-wearing while waiting in line but allowed masks to be taken in the fields while families were completely separated from one another in the fields. The van der Beek children picked three full baskets of strawberries and shared that “it was fantastic!” 

Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm located in Sharon, CT and is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. For the Summer 2020 season, you can expect …

  • Strawberries from mid-June to early July

  • Cherries, weather permitting, from late June to mid-July

  • Raspberries from early July to mid-August

  • Plums for the entire month of July

  • Blueberries from early July to early September 

  • Peaches from mid-July to mid-August

Please visit Ellsworth’s website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, schedule updates, recipes, directions, and a brief history of the property. 

Evergreen Berry Farm located in Watertown, CT expects its Summer 2020 Harvest to begin July 7th (today!). Masks will be required at the Weigh Station and social distancing is required in the fields. The season is starting off with blueberries from July to August. Black raspberries will be available from early to mid-July and red raspberries in early July and early September. The farm will be open from 8 AM to 8 PM every day starting July 7th to early August, however, please check their website as hours are subject to change. Visit Evergreen Berry Farm’s website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, directions, recipes, the history of the farm, and much more!

Jones Family Farm in Shelton, CT is home to berry fields, a winery, and The Harvest Kitchen studio. The farm offers strawberries and blueberries during the summer months, pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas trees come winter. In concern with COVID-19, the farm requires masks while waiting in lines, social distancing, and also requires online reservations. Visit the Jone’s Family Farm website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, recipes, directions, schedule updates, and the history of the farm.

Litchfield Hill Blueberry Farm located in Plymouth, CT opens tomorrow, July 8th, at 8:00 AM for the 2020 Season. Masks will be mandatory under the Pavilion. Their weekly hours are as follows: Tuesday - Friday: 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm, and they are closed on Mondays. The farm is open rain or shine with the exception of thunderstorms. Please visit the Litchfield Farm website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, COVID-19 protocols, directions, recipes, and more!

Silverman’s Farm located in Easton, CT is open for the blueberry and raspberry season. Peaches are expected to be ready mid-July. This farm also is home to some furry friends whom you can visit at their animal farm (following their updated guidelines in concern with COVID-19). The farm is open 7 days a week. The market is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Animal Farm is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (restrictions apply please visit our Animal Farm page for more information). Raspberry picking is available from 9 AM - 4 PM. Blueberry picking is open from 9 AM-5 PM. As always, please call ahead of time for updates and visit the website for additional information, recipes, rules, and much more.

zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (Sara Hecht) Neighbors Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:47:18 -0400
Three Darien Residents Named to Spring Semester 2020 Dean's List at Western New England University https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47713-three-darien-residents-named-to-spring-semester-2020-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university47713-three-darien-residents-named-to-spring-semester-2020-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47713-three-darien-residents-named-to-spring-semester-2020-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university47713-three-darien-residents-named-to-spring-semester-2020-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university

Western New England University congratulates Michaela Loura who is pursuing a BA in Psychology, Erika Lowman who is pursuing a BA in Chemistry, and James Schofield who graduated with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering for all achieving the Spring 2020 Dean’s list. 

Having just celebrated its Centennial, Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England serves 3,825 students, including 2,580 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the School of Law.

For more information visit https://www1.wne.edu/


zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (Western New England University) Neighbors Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:42:30 -0400
Darien Arts Center announces Workshops and Virtual Showcase https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47712-darien-arts-center-announces-workshops-and-virtual-showcase47712-darien-arts-center-announces-workshops-and-virtual-showcase https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47712-darien-arts-center-announces-workshops-and-virtual-showcase47712-darien-arts-center-announces-workshops-and-virtual-showcase


Darien Arts Center, in Partnership with The Darien Land Trust and The Darien Nature Center Present:

Plein Air Drawing and Painting

Saturday, July 25th, 9:30 AM -11:30 AM | $95

RAIN DATE: Sunday, July 26th, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Location: Cherry Lawn Park, near the Gazebo. Parking available in the Nature Center Parking Lot.

Join artist and DAC instructor Nancy McTague-Stock for a plein air painting and drawing class at the beautiful Cherry Lawn Park. The tradition of painting outside has a rich history, famed in Connecticut by the Cos Cob and Lyme painting colonies from the 1890s. Come join us and continue the tradition! Nancy will bring her favorite portable mediums: graphite pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor for demonstration. The DAC will provide graphite pencil, watercolor, brush, and paper. Feel free to bring any additional art supplies. Also, please bring a small folding chair, sunscreen, and a bottle of water. If you have questions, please email Emily Altman at emily@darienarts.org.


Drawing with Nancy McTague-Stock

Pen and Ink with Landscape Drawing

Wednesday, July 8th, 3 Pm - 4 PM | $15

Like the many beautiful and historic landscape drawings you see in the museums, learn how to create one for yourself. Using a favorite subject matter as a reference, please choose something that offers you textural diversity...for example... sand, grasses, rocks, trees or trees, bushes, barns, flowers, or any combination of interesting things found in the landscape. A zoom link will be sent before the class.

Capturing Water in Quick Sketches

Wednesday, July 22nd, 3 PM - 4 PM | $15

Our drawing series with Nancy McTague-Stock continues! Have you ever steered clear of drawing water because you were nervous? Have no fear! It can be easy once you are shown the basic steps to success. Bring your favorite photograph of water to work from. Choose one that has multiple shades of gray or a high contrast color photograph. A zoom link will be sent before the class.


Summer lessons are individually scheduled based on student and teacher availability. 


Flute | Monday

Guitar | Tuesday and Saturday

Percussion | Tuesday

Piano | Monday–Saturday

Violin | Monday, Thursday, Saturday

Voice | Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Cello | Friday

Composition | Tuesday & Saturday


30-minute lesson | $50 each

45-minute lesson | $75 each

60-minute lesson | $99 each

Plus $35 Annual Registration Fee and $15 performance fee.

Private lesson registration cannot be completed online. Before registering, you must call Music Director, Juanita Bosee at 203.829-5451 or the DAC office at 203.655.8683 to receive confirmation of your instructor, day, time, number of pro-rated lessons and total cost of your lessons.

Private Instruction Registration Form


CALL FOR ENTRIES: Virtual Showcase for all Ages - Created in Place. A virtual showcase

All ages are invited to submit photos, artwork, and videos (including performances) free of charge to Created in Place, the DAC's virtual showcase. 

All submissions will become part of the online showcase, with highlights featured on social media and in email blasts each week.

Create a submission!

See the showcase!


For more info, visit darienarts.org

Call us at (203) 655-8683 or

Come see us at 2 Renshaw Rd, Behind Town Hall!


zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (Darien Arts Center) Life Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:35:46 -0400
Lamont Puts Pause on Phase 3 Reopening https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/47714-lamont-puts-pause-on-phase-3-reopening47714-lamont-puts-pause-on-phase-3-reopening https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/47714-lamont-puts-pause-on-phase-3-reopening47714-lamont-puts-pause-on-phase-3-reopening

During his news conference yesterday, Governor Ned Lamont said that while the numbers in Connecticut are trending in the right direction with COVID cases and hospitalizations down significantly, he will not move forward with Phase 3 which would have opened bars and increased the number of people allowed to be both inside and outside of restaurants and other gathering places.

Lamont said, "Let's not get too big for our britches". He referred to Arizona, Florida, and Texas states that are now seeing surges of COVID cases after opening bars. 

Watch Lamonts press conference by clicking the arrow in this post. 

Read the most recent Press Release from Lamont here.

Learn about rules for Phase 1 and Phase 2 reopening here.



kerry@ducey.org (HH) Politics Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:01:01 -0400
GPC and Ethan Allen Prep Athletes Complete Week 1 of Summer Achieve Program, Play at Salem Country Club, GPC National https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47710-gpc-and-ethan-allen-prep-athletes-complete-week-1-of-summer-achieve-program-play-at-salem-country-club-gpc-national47710-gpc-and-ethan-allen-prep-athletes-complete-week-1-of-summer-achieve-program-play-at-salem-country-club-gpc-national https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47710-gpc-and-ethan-allen-prep-athletes-complete-week-1-of-summer-achieve-program-play-at-salem-country-club-gpc-national47710-gpc-and-ethan-allen-prep-athletes-complete-week-1-of-summer-achieve-program-play-at-salem-country-club-gpc-national

The Golf Performance Center and Ethan Allen Prep Kick off Summer Session #1

The first week of The Golf Performance Center’s Summer Achieve program is now complete!  The athletes have been training at GPC, playing GPC National, playing rounds at Salem Country Club and enjoying meals, recreational time and enrichment at Ethan Allen Prep (EAP) and Main Campus.  This year, new guidelines have been put in place to strictly adhere to the CT State guidelines relative to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Ethan Allen Prep team has led dynamic enrichment exercises designed to get the athletes thinking about who they are as humans and their goals as student-athletes.  The collective mood of each of the groups is very positive as they are fully engaged in golf, enrichment, and recreational activities.  The food, provided by Raffaelle Gallo of the renowned Gallo Restaurant in Ridgefield, has been excellent and the athletes cannot get enough of it. The program is off to a great start illustrating that if you provide a balance of hard work and fun in a positive environment, kids will thrive. 

Next week, athletes ages 14+ will have the opportunity to participate in SAT prep, college essay and resume writing workshops led by Ethan Allen Prep faculty.

Session 1 is full but limited space is still available in session 2 of GPC’s Summer Achieve program, beginning on July 27.

For more information, visit www.thegolfperformancecenter.com/summerachieve

kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Neighbors Mon, 06 Jul 2020 11:28:32 -0400
Chowdafest Announces Clambake to Go on July 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47711-chowdafest-announces-clambake-to-go-on-july-2647711-chowdafest-announces-clambake-to-go-on-july-26 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47711-chowdafest-announces-clambake-to-go-on-july-2647711-chowdafest-announces-clambake-to-go-on-july-26

The New England Chowdafest is proud to announce they will be holding another “Clambake to Go” effort on Sunday, July 26th.

“We are beyond surprised on how well our Taste of Summer effort went,” said Jim Keenan from Chowdafest. “The number of emails and texts surpassed even our wildest expectations and so many have asked for us to do it again. We really can't believe how happy everyone was about our “Clambake to Go” effort. It really gave them the taste of summer we've all been missing”.

Each clambake includes a meaty and banded 1.5 lb lobster, clams, mussels, sausage, potatoes and corn on the cob plus it comes all in one pot that the customer gets to keep. Cooking is easy and quick as you just add either water, beer or wine to each pot which takes between just 20 and 40 minutes to steam depending on how many clambakes you order.

“Clambakes To Go” can only be picked up in Westport CT at The Westport Hub on Sunday, July 26th during available pick-up times chosen by the customer, same as last time. Dinners are still just $42 each and only available online at www.ClambakeToGo.com up until the cut off date of Thursday, July 23rd. “Given the unbelievable response to our last effort and how much people enjoyed the clambakes, we might sell out so the best thing to do is order early. It's such an easy and delicious way to experience summer especially given the pandemic”

Customers are recommended to bring a cooler if they have one, to help keep their clambakes cool until they cook them later in the day. They are also reminded to bring their ticket so they can be quickly scanned and their order brought to their car.

While, supplies last, this effort includes two Summer Ales with each meal, compliments of both Sam Adams and The Blind Rhino Restaurant in Black Rock. This way you can either cook with them or toast someone with them. The folks at Polar Beverages are anxious to provide everyone with a new slim can of one of their summertime flavored seltzers as well. Adding another sweet benefit to ordering early is Cabot's Creamery will again, provide their delicious butter for your lobster, clams, mussels, potatoes and corn of the cob that comes in your clambake. Of course, you'll still receive your lobster bibs, wet naps and “Shuckneer” lobster tool.

For additional information about this “Taste of Summer 2” effort by Chowdafest please visit www.ClamBakeToGo.com or visit www.Chowdafest.org.

The Taste of Summer brought to you by Chowdafest and is sponsored by Cabot Creamery, CCO Habitats, Copp's Island Oysters, Polar Beverages, Sam Adams, The Blind Rhino and The Westport Hub.


kerry@ducey.org (Jim Keenan) Events Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:32:42 -0400
Darien Library Focus on Great Films https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47707-darien-library-focus-on-great-films47707-darien-library-focus-on-great-films https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47707-darien-library-focus-on-great-films47707-darien-library-focus-on-great-films

The Art of Film Titles

Great film title sequences hook us at the outset and characterize the type of movie or story we are about to experience. Darien Library invites you to join film historian Max Alvarez for a look at some of most brilliant and stunning title sequences designed by such title master artists as Saul Bass, Richard Williams, Wayne Fitzgerald, and Dan Perri. Their work was featured in films by directors ranging from Hitchcock and Preminger to Coppola and Scorsese. 

The Art of Film Titles will take place on July 16 at 5 p.m. Register for this online program at darienlibrary.org/events.

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Why Small Businesses Matter Reimagined

Small businesses matter - now more than ever. They are answering the call with innovation and determination like never before.

We hope you join us in supporting them by sharing their story far and wide and shopping local! We are thankful to Fairfield County Bank for their continued support and making this series possible.

Step inside the office of Yuen-Jong Liu, M.D., selected for 2019 Best of Darien Award in the Hand Surgeon category by the Darien Award Program.

Three questions with Yuen-Jong Liu, M.D. 


What do you want the community to know? Are there ways for the community to help you and other local businesses to prosper?

I am a board-certified plastic surgeon and I perform the entire spectrum of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, including facial rejuvenation, facial reconstruction after cancer or trauma, breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, abdominoplasty, liposuction, body contouring, and complex reconstruction including microsurgical free flap surgery. I am also fellowship-trained in hand and wrist surgery, microsurgery, and peripheral nerve surgery. I started my surgical practice in Darien in order to bring the most advanced cosmetic and reconstructive techniques from Harvard, Yale, and UNC to Fairfield County. I am committed to making patients whole again, by restoring them to their peak form and function.

Are you offering any new products or ways for customers to purchase your products or services that are popular during this crisis?

I perform safe, efficient surgery in the comfort, cleanliness, and privacy of the fully licensed and certified operating room at The Aesthetic Center (722 Post Road, Darien). I am also a master of the wide-awake local anesthesia no tourniquet (WALANT) technique for hand and wrist surgery, which maintains patient comfort and hastens recovery without general anesthesia. I use this technique often for carpal tunnel release, trigger finger release, ganglion cyst excision, and tendon repair with excellent surgical results and high patient satisfaction.

Please share the ways your business is adapting to keep your customers and employees safe in addition to the standard guidelines

My office follows the latest state and federal guidelines to keep our patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, paying particular attention to spacing patients apart in order to minimize infectious risk. We also test all our staff for the virus, quarantining as necessary, in order to keep our patients safe.

Yuen-Jong Liu, M.D. is located at The Aesthetic Center, 722 Post Road in Darien, next to Fairfield County Bank. Call (203) 656-9999 for a consultation.

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

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Darien High School Golfers Compete in 79th Connecticut Junior Amateur https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47709-darien-high-school-golfers-compete-in-79th-connecticut-junior-amateur47709-darien-high-school-golfers-compete-in-79th-connecticut-junior-amateur https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47709-darien-high-school-golfers-compete-in-79th-connecticut-junior-amateur47709-darien-high-school-golfers-compete-in-79th-connecticut-junior-amateur

79th Connecticut Junior Kicks Off Monday at Watertown G.C

In the past 25 years, there have been no repeat winners in the Connecticut Junior Amateur. Not Brett Stegmaier. Not Mike Ballo, Jr.. Not Andrew Sciarretta. Not Evan Grenus.
But one had to think this might be the year. 

Defending Champion Ben James, 17, after winning the Junior last year at Watertown Golf Club, went on to place third alone at the Connecticut Open in July and win points for the U.S. Junior Presidents Cup team in December. He had won the AJGA’s Killington Championship prior to the Junior, and after his Junior Amateur win, went on  to win his second consecutive New England Junior. He won his second consecutive Northern Junior Championship as well. This year he made the quarterfinals in the Connecticut Amateur at Shorehaven, narrowly losing to finalist and former Amateur Champion Cody Paladino. 

But things happen, and they happened to James. 

He committed to play in the prestigious North & South Men’s Championship at Pinehurst, N. C., and between the time he did and tournament play this week, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey included North Carolina on the list of states from which visitors were required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon return to Connecticut. Unless Connecticut protocol changes, James will not be able to play.  

A successful defense has been accomplished only eight times in the championship’s 79-year-history. Until now the reason usually given is that “anything can happen in match play.” This year it’s, “Anything can happen with COVID-19.”

Whether James is able to participate or not, the field at Watertown will be strong, and any number of players could challenge him for the title. The golf course as always will be accessible, but a handful.

“I expect the course to play firm, fast, and fair,” says Superintendent Paul Bonini, who is president of the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents. “It is always a fun week and regardless of what we try to do the junior amateurs keep getting better each year.”

The greens, says Bonini, might be a little faster than usual—high 9’s to just over 10 on the Stimpmeter. “The tournament is following the Fourth of July weekend this year so they could be a little faster than year’s past,” says Bonini. “The big struggle will be the rough on Monday and Tuesday; it has been growing very fast this year and we hope to get out in front of play on Monday to knock it down a little.”

 A Dozen to Watch

Among leading challengers:

Madison’s Matthew Doyle, who this week won the Connecticut Junior PGA Championship at Keney Park in Hartford by 10 shots, shooting 67-65-132 (-8), the only player under par. Doyle was also one of 32 who made match play at the Connecticut Amateur, losing in the opening round to Shorehaven member Jason Jaworoski. 

Alex Gu, a rising senior at Darien High School, who made the semi-finals in 2018, losing to eventual champion Connor Belcastro. Gu also made match play in 2019, losing in round one.  Last year he won the CIAC Open Championship at Black Hall and the Connecticut PGA Junior Championship.

Kyle St. Pierre of Shelton, a semi-finalist last year at Watertown, losing to eventual champion James. St. Pierre, the son of professional Jim St. Pierre of Newtown Country Club, finished T13 at the Connecticut Junior PGA Championship.

Michael Hanratty of Farmington Woods Golf Club, who took medalist Brad Tilley to extra holes at Shorehaven in the Amateur in June. Hanratty made day three of the Open at New Haven in 2018 as a 16-year-old. He was a semi-finalist in the Junior Amateur last year, losing to Gunnar Granito. 

Will Lodge, a junior playing out of the Country Club of Darien, tied fourth in the AJGA UHY / Celadon Junior Championship last August.  

Christopher Pieper of Woodbury, who finished second at the Connecticut PGA Junior, shooting 70-72-142. Pieper made match play at last year’s Junior Amateur. This June he finished T4 at the 18-Hole Cas Coscina Junior Invitational at Stanley Golf Club. 

Jackson Roman of Kensington, who lost last year in the first round to medalist Chris Fosdick, now the Connecticut Amateur champion. Roman reached match play in last year’s Connecticut Amateur. He also won the Champions Tour Classic on the PGA Junior Tour at Shennecossett last August. 

Jack Bosworth of Simsbury, a high school junior, who has made match play for the past two years. Bosworth defeated Pieper in round one last year, then lost to James. He was T9 in the Connecticut Junior PGA Championship at Keney. 

Calvin Smith of Wee Burn Country Club, who made the round of 16 in the 2019 Connecticut Amateur, made the quarterfinals in the Junior Amateur last year, falling to Hanratty. He and Gu have been the anchors of a very strong Darien High School team. 

Sam Ives, also of Wee Burn reached match play last year as well. He was T7 in the in the Met PGA Future Series: Eisenhower Spring Challenge and T6 in the Fall Challenge last year.

Ben Loomis of New Canaan, who made the round of 16 last year, before losing to Smith. He was an alternate in U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifying at Clinton Country Club last year. 

Jacob Lindsay, a rising senior who plays out of Shuttle Meadow Country Club, qualified for the Connecticut Amateur this year and tied for third at the CIAC Open at Black Hall last year. 

Though long hitters have won the Junior Amateur the past two years, length isn’t everything at Watertown, which will measure about 6400 yards and play to par 71. Many in the field hit it far enough to leave short-iron approaches to par4s, and matches often go to the player who hits those closest and then navigates the subtle breaks of Watertown greens.

The course’s three par 5s give even medium hitters an opportunity for birdie. Though the 7th is a three-shotter for most at 542 yards, both the first (478) and the 16th (498) are under 500 and reachable for most of these challengers. 

Matches often turn on Watertown’s par 3s. Averaging almost 190 yards, they are well-bunkered and getting up and down depends on where you miss. The 9th is the longest at just over 200 yards, but the 15th, with an undulating green surrounded by sand, is often critical late in a match. 

With a finish comprising a short par 5, one short and one medium-length par 4, (337 and 398 yards), the course often produces late-match turnarounds. “Watertown, like so many other golf courses, has its own quirks, and member knowledge helps,” says Bonini, “but the key is to stay below the hole, especially on the closing holes.”

All but 11 of 78 Junior Amateurs have been played at Watertown, which dates to the 19th century. Nine holes were built on the Horace Taft estate in 1898, designed reportedly by Seth Raynor. The club was established in 1915 when Taft moved the nine hole course to the grounds of The Taft School. In 1931 a second nine and the clubhouse were built. From 1971 to 1973 nine holes were added in the hillier property North of West Road, with the original nine reverting to athletic fields for the school. The “new” nine includes the club’s signature 12th hole, a short par-4 that tempts players to drive its sloping green, but punishes those who stray. 

Competitors play 18 holes of stroke play Monday with the low 32 advancing to match play. There will be two matches each on Tuesday and Wednesday. An 18-hole final will take place on Thursday, July 9. The winner of the final will receive the William A. Salvatore trophy. Salvatore, of Watertown, won the Junior Amateur three consecutive times from 1956 to 1958, the only player ever to do so. 

kerry@ducey.org (CSGA) Neighbors Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:13:33 -0400