Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Fri, 28 Jan 2022 21:20:49 -0500 HamletHub.com Caitlin Chan of Darien Named a Dana Scholar at Bates College https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48680-caitlin-chan-of-darien-named-a-dana-scholar-at-bates-college48680-caitlin-chan-of-darien-named-a-dana-scholar-at-bates-college https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48680-caitlin-chan-of-darien-named-a-dana-scholar-at-bates-college48680-caitlin-chan-of-darien-named-a-dana-scholar-at-bates-college

Caitlin Chan of Darien was one of 20 members of the Bates College class of 2024 to be named a Dana Scholar. Chan, the daughter of Paul Chan and Jessica Yep-Chan, is a 2020 graduate of Darien High School.

Established in 1965 through the support of the Charles A. Dana Foundation, the Dana Scholars Program recognizes exemplary academic excellence and promise, leadership potential, and community service. The program grants awards to twenty students from each first-year class.

"Being named Dana Scholar is the highest honor that a Bates first-year student can achieve," said Malcolm Hill, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. "We recognize in these students a commitment to academic excellence, informed civic action, and leadership. The Dana Scholarship celebrates promise, and is remarkably predictive of future success."

Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world. 

kerry@ducey.org (Bates College) Neighbors Fri, 28 Jan 2022 10:15:46 -0500
Darien Art Center Valentine's Day Take-Home Tea with Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/48678-darien-art-center-valentine-s-day-take-home-tea-with-carolyn-s-absolutely-fabulous-events48678-darien-art-center-valentine-s-day-take-home-tea-with-carolyn-s-absolutely-fabulous-events https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/48678-darien-art-center-valentine-s-day-take-home-tea-with-carolyn-s-absolutely-fabulous-events48678-darien-art-center-valentine-s-day-take-home-tea-with-carolyn-s-absolutely-fabulous-events

Take home a perfect gift bag, complete with a hand-made tag. A real delight for all – treat yourself, share with your family or bring as a gift to friends.

Each gift bag will hold an afternoon tea box, signature cocktail mix, sparkling water and a small posy of flowers. (The cocktail mix would also work with sparkling wine, not included.) The afternoon tea box (perfect for one person) will contain a savory bite, tea sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and a selection of cakes pastries and sweet treats.  

  • Pick up date: Friday, February 11
  • Pick up time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • DCA members $40
  • Public $50

Orders will be available for drive-by pick up only in the DCA main parking lot from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you have any questions or need to make other arrangements, please call the DCA office at 203-655-9050 ext. 10. 

Register online at dariendca.org by noon on Wednesday, February 9 or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 ext. 10.


kerry@ducey.org (DCA) Life Thu, 27 Jan 2022 09:36:30 -0500
Valentine's Day Sip & Paint Workshop at Darien Arts Center https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48676-valentine-s-day-sip-paint-workshop-at-darien-arts-center-164330830448676-valentine-s-day-sip-paint-workshop-at-darien-arts-center-1643308304 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48676-valentine-s-day-sip-paint-workshop-at-darien-arts-center-164330830448676-valentine-s-day-sip-paint-workshop-at-darien-arts-center-1643308304

The Darien Arts Center is encouraging adults to bring their dates, spouses, ‘galentines’ or significant others to a fun Sip and Paint Workshop in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 11th from 7-9 p.m.

DAC painting instructor and artist Stephanie Lush-Mastriano will lead this lively evening, where participants are encouraged to bring their own wine or beverage of choice and snacks for a relaxing and creative evening. Each participant will paint a canvas with their own interpretation of a still life set up in the spacious DAC Visual Arts Studio. Sign up for this casual ‘night out’ workshop at darienarts.org. All materials will be provided and all levels welcome.

The fee for the workshop is $50. The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall.

For questions, call (203) 655-8683 or visit darienarts.org.

farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 08:31:44 -0500
Only 5 Performances Remain: Get Your Tickets to ACT of CT's Nickel Mines, A Powerful and Important Performance https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48677-only-5-performances-remain-get-your-tickets-to-act-of-ct-s-nickel-mines-a-powerful-and-important-performance48677-only-5-performances-remain-get-your-tickets-to-act-of-ct-s-nickel-mines-a-powerful-and-important-performance https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48677-only-5-performances-remain-get-your-tickets-to-act-of-ct-s-nickel-mines-a-powerful-and-important-performance48677-only-5-performances-remain-get-your-tickets-to-act-of-ct-s-nickel-mines-a-powerful-and-important-performance

ACT of CT is using their stage to tell one of the most important stories of all time. There are only five performances of Nickel Mines that remain.

Purchase your tickets here.

On October 2, 2006, in a one-room school in the Amish community of Nickel Mines Pennsylvania, the unthinkable happened. Ten young girls were held hostage by a gunman, a member of their community. Five of those girls perished, the other five were seriously wounded. 

The new musical, Nickel Mines, is about what happens next. This living memorial honors the five young lives lost and lifts up the families left behind. 

“You will be moved to dig deep,” ACT of CT Artistic Director Dan Levine said. Please read our review HERE.

Dan Levine, ACT Artistic Director said, "We are thrilled with the critical response that our production of NICKEL MINES has received. We know how moved our audiences have been, and we are honored to present this important new musical."
Only 5 performances remain - tickets can be purchased here.

Thursday, January 27th at 7pm

Friday, January 28th at 8pm

Saturday, January 29th at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday, January 30th at 2pm

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 08:07:55 -0500
The Ridgefield Playhouse And Aquarion Water Company Make The Entire Diversity Film Series Free Events For The Community https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48675-the-ridgefield-playhouse-and-aquarion-water-company-make-the-entire-diversity-film-series-free-events-for-the-community48675-the-ridgefield-playhouse-and-aquarion-water-company-make-the-entire-diversity-film-series-free-events-for-the-community https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48675-the-ridgefield-playhouse-and-aquarion-water-company-make-the-entire-diversity-film-series-free-events-for-the-community48675-the-ridgefield-playhouse-and-aquarion-water-company-make-the-entire-diversity-film-series-free-events-for-the-community

The Ridgefield Playhouse’s Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series continues in February with three films celebrating Black History Month that amplify and honor African-American culture and traditions.

All films in the Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series are presented as free events for the community. Following each film, a pre-recorded interview led by reporter Cheryl Washington will also be screened. These enlightening interviews can be viewed later on The Ridgefield Playhouse YouTube Channel.

On February 2ndSummer Of Soul presents a powerful and transporting document of an epic event in the summer of 1969: the Harlem Cultural Festival featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mahalia Jackson, BB King and more. In his debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson reintroduces these lost performances as part of a documentary that combines music, history and story-telling to celebrate Black history, culture and fashion.

Then on February 16thQueen & Slim offers a thrilling modern drama about love, justice and righteous anger, focused on a young couple on the run from the law after a first date gone wrong. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner Smith, directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe and James Frey.

The Black History Month programming concludes on February 23rd with a 50th anniversary screening of Lady Sings The Blues, the classic Billie Holiday biopic starring Diana Ross in a tour-de-force performance that landed Ms. Ross an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

For more information or to reserve your free tickets, go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/

kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 04:48:23 -0500
Darien Library is Hiring a Full-Time Reference and Instruction Librarian, Apply by February 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48672-darien-library-is-hiring-a-full-time-reference-and-instruction-librarian-apply-by-february-748672-darien-library-is-hiring-a-full-time-reference-and-instruction-librarian-apply-by-february-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48672-darien-library-is-hiring-a-full-time-reference-and-instruction-librarian-apply-by-february-748672-darien-library-is-hiring-a-full-time-reference-and-instruction-librarian-apply-by-february-7

Join the Darien Library team!

Darien Library is hiring for a Full-Time Reference and Instruction Librarian.

A full-time Knowledge and Learning Services Librarian is a lifelong learner with a passion for information access, instruction, and knowledge management. Highly collaborative and innovative, they are a community-minded professional who embodies hospitality and empathy in all interactions.

Reporting to the Head of Knowledge and Learning Services, Knowledge and Learning Services staff work together to provide the patrons of Darien Library with accurate, reliable information about a wide range of topics with consideration to the Library’s overall goals of equity and inclusion. They curate our print and digital reference resources to meet the interests of the community, respond to current events and trends, and predict future interests. They assist users with technology, help maintain the adult non-fiction collection, and staff busy service desks.

$63,000. Salary includes generous vacation, sick, and personal leave. Ample opportunities for professional development available. Health benefits and town pension are included with this position.

Apply by Monday, February 7 here.

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Library) Neighbors Tue, 25 Jan 2022 13:09:39 -0500
Town of Darien 2022-2023 Budget https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/48671-town-of-darien-2022-2023-budget48671-town-of-darien-2022-2023-budget https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/48671-town-of-darien-2022-2023-budget48671-town-of-darien-2022-2023-budget

Please view the Town of Darien Proposed Budget Presentation and Proposed six-year Capital Plan below.
kerry@ducey.org (Town of Darien) Politics Tue, 25 Jan 2022 13:02:30 -0500
Kristina Mitchell of Darien Named to Fall 2021 Dean's List at Hofstra University https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48670-kristina-mitchell-of-darien-named-to-fall-2021-dean-s-list-at-hofstra-university48670-kristina-mitchell-of-darien-named-to-fall-2021-dean-s-list-at-hofstra-university https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48670-kristina-mitchell-of-darien-named-to-fall-2021-dean-s-list-at-hofstra-university48670-kristina-mitchell-of-darien-named-to-fall-2021-dean-s-list-at-hofstra-university

Kristina Mitchell of Darien excelled during the Fall 2021 semester, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the Dean's List.

Hofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016). Our campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities.

kerry@ducey.org (Hofstra University) Neighbors Tue, 25 Jan 2022 12:58:54 -0500
Running Insight Magazine says Darien Running Company founder is one of 25 women to watch! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48674-running-insight-magazine-says-megan-searfoss-is-one-of-25-women-to-watch48674-running-insight-magazine-says-megan-searfoss-is-one-of-25-women-to-watch https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48674-running-insight-magazine-says-megan-searfoss-is-one-of-25-women-to-watch48674-running-insight-magazine-says-megan-searfoss-is-one-of-25-women-to-watch

Megan Searfoss, the owner of Ridgefield Running Company and Darien Running Company has been deemed one of "25 Women to Watch in 2022" by Running insight Magazine. Searfoss is featured in the current issue of the popular magazine.

The magazine noted how Searfoss pivoted her small business during COVID, switching her POS system and bringing iPads to the sales floor. In addition, she opened a "pop up" shop for high school athletes and a second location in Darien. 

She calls 2022 a "year of refinement". Find out what by reading the current issue of the magazine here. 

Running Insight is produced by Diversified Communications, producers of The Running Event and the Best Running Stores event.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 25 Jan 2022 11:24:40 -0500
Tour Sunny Gardens with Darien Library https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48666-tour-sunny-gardens-with-darien-library-164278470748666-tour-sunny-gardens-with-darien-library-1642784707 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48666-tour-sunny-gardens-with-darien-library-164278470748666-tour-sunny-gardens-with-darien-library-1642784707

In a month filled with freezing temperatures, snow, and ice, take a trip through the sunny gardens of Florida. Darien Library is pleased to present a tour of exquisite gardens in Orlando, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Naples, and Miami with garden designer, speaker, and author Jana Milbocker.

Discover the gorgeous plants that thrive in tropical climates like palms, bromeliads, hibiscus, and more on Tuesday, February 1 at 10 a.m. Register for this virtual event on Darien Library’s website at www.darienlibrary.org/event/5497.

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

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

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


agoodman@darienlibrary.org (Darien Library) Events Tue, 25 Jan 2022 07:14:00 -0500
Charlotte Alexander of Darien Named to Fall 2021 Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48669-charlotte-alexander-of-darien-named-to-fall-2021-dean-s-list48669-charlotte-alexander-of-darien-named-to-fall-2021-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48669-charlotte-alexander-of-darien-named-to-fall-2021-dean-s-list48669-charlotte-alexander-of-darien-named-to-fall-2021-dean-s-list

Congratulations to Charlotte Alexander of Darien for being named to the Muhlenberg College Dean's List for the Fall 2021 semester.

Muhlenberg College students and Muhlenberg College School of Continuing Studies students with a term GPA of 3.50 or higher were recognized for this academic achievement.

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a highly selective, private, four-year residential, liberal arts college offering baccalaureate and graduate programs. With an enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences; selected preprofessional programs, including accounting, business, education and public health; and progressive workforce-focused post-baccalaureate certificates and master's degrees. Located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, approximately 90 miles west of New York City, Muhlenberg is a member of the Centennial Conference, competing in 22 varsity sports. Muhlenberg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

kerry@ducey.org (Muhlenberg College) Neighbors Tue, 25 Jan 2022 05:13:36 -0500
Darien Library Announces the Return of the VITA Tax-Aide Program https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48668-darien-library-announces-the-return-of-the-vita-tax-aide-program-164305837848668-darien-library-announces-the-return-of-the-vita-tax-aide-program-1643058378 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48668-darien-library-announces-the-return-of-the-vita-tax-aide-program-164305837848668-darien-library-announces-the-return-of-the-vita-tax-aide-program-1643058378

The no cost, full-service VITA Tax-Aide program returns to Darien Library this year with two options for filing. An all-virtual method whereby clients will provide their information via a secure internet site is available for those who prefer to file from home and an on-site counseling method is available at the Library. 

On-site counseling at Darien Library will be available beginning Monday, January 24 and end on Friday, April 15. Community members can register for the VITA program and find more information online at https://www.darienlibrary.org/tax-help or call 860-590-8910 to book their appointment in advance. Appointments are required.

In-person appointments will be available on Mondays from 1 to 7 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patrons will need to bring all of their tax-related documents with them to their appointments wherein IRS-certified volunteers will be entering patrons’ basic information and tax documents into the “Get Your Refund” system. Tax returns will be prepared remotely by trusted IRS-certified Virtual VITA volunteers and arrangements will be made to deliver the finished return to patrons at a later date.

About Virtual VITA

The VITA Tax-Aide program is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service and is available to all individual filers regardless of income or age. During the last full filing season, roughly 65,000 IRS-certified volunteers provided this service across the nation at more than 9,000 sites, and 3.5 million taxpayer returns were prepared and filed. In Connecticut, 52,000 federal returns were processed in addition to an equal number of state returns and amended filings from prior years. Over one thousand were prepared and filed in Darien. Federal refunds of over $550,000 were received by Darien clients; 75% of which were from tax credits for items such as education and earned income. Since the service started at Darien Library in 2011, the number of local clients helped has grown by double-digit percentages each year, and the Library is now one of the largest service sites in Connecticut.


agoodman@darienlibrary.org (Darien Library) Events Mon, 24 Jan 2022 11:06:18 -0500
Love is in the Air this Valentine's Day ... especially at The Waters Edge at Giovanni's https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48667-love-is-in-the-air-this-valentine-s-day-especially-at-the-waters-edge-at-giovanni-s48667-love-is-in-the-air-this-valentine-s-day-especially-at-the-waters-edge-at-giovanni-s https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48667-love-is-in-the-air-this-valentine-s-day-especially-at-the-waters-edge-at-giovanni-s48667-love-is-in-the-air-this-valentine-s-day-especially-at-the-waters-edge-at-giovanni-s

We will be serving our Valentine's Dinner Menu from February IIth -14th. 

A complimentary glass of champagne will be served with every meal.  Couples Dinner Specials! Valentine’s Day Specials! 

Don't Forget to call 203.325.9979 and make your reservations today!


lindseystacy1268@gmail.com (The Waters Edge at Giovanni's) Places Mon, 24 Jan 2022 08:33:34 -0500
Tell Your Story with Darien Library https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48663-tell-your-story-with-darien-library48663-tell-your-story-with-darien-library https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48663-tell-your-story-with-darien-library48663-tell-your-story-with-darien-library

Have you ever wanted to tell your story on a stage? Learn how to captivate listeners with an expert storyteller!

Darien Library is thrilled to present an evening with Terry Wolfisch Cole, founder and host of Tell Me Another, a live storytelling show in the Hartford area whose story of running away from home was featured on “The Moth Radio Hour.”

Hear Terry’s story and learn tips and techniques or live storytelling on Wednesday, February 2 at 7 p.m. Then, tell your own story or listen to others at the virtual open mic on Wednesday, February 9 at 7 p.m.

Register for this intriguing series on Darien Library’s website at darienlibrary.org/events.

Terry Wolfisch Cole is the founder and host of Tell Me Another, a live storytelling show in the Hartford area. She is a Moth GrandSLAM champion whose story of running away from home was featured on “The Moth Radio Hour” and in Reader's Digest. Terry has told stories onstage in New York, Boston, Miami, Burlington, Washington DC, and at numerous local shows throughout New England. She regularly teaches storytelling workshops and offers one-on-one coaching for a wide range of purposes including fundraising and professional development.


agoodman@darienlibrary.org (Darien Library) Events Mon, 24 Jan 2022 07:13:11 -0500
Learn How Connecticans Shaped America with Darien Library on February 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48662-learn-how-connecticans-shaped-america-with-darien-library48662-learn-how-connecticans-shaped-america-with-darien-library https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48662-learn-how-connecticans-shaped-america-with-darien-library48662-learn-how-connecticans-shaped-america-with-darien-library

Connecticut State Historian Walt Woodward joins Darien Library for a lecture on how Connecticut citizens have shaped America.

Between 1780 and 1830, tens of thousands of Connections left our state to “begin the world anew” in places like Pennsylvania, Vermont, western New York, and especially, the Connecticut Reserve of what is now Ohio. In the process, they took the culture of their home state with them and gave the nation a strong and indelible Connecticut character.

This virtual program will take place on Tuesday, February 1 at 7 p.m. Register on Darien Library’s website at www.darienlibrary.org/event/5427.

About Walt Woodward

Walter W. Woodward is the fifth person to hold the position of State Historian, which was created in the 1930s in preparation for Connecticut’s 300th anniversary. The State Historian is appointed by the trustees of the University of Connecticut and is a faculty member in the UConn Department of History.

Woodward is a scholar of Early American and Atlantic World history, with an emphasis on Connecticut and New England. His research interests cover a variety of subjects, including witchcraft, alchemy and the history of science, the use of music in Early America, and environmental history.

Woodward is the author of five books, the most recent of which is Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments That Shaped a Great State. His book Prospero’s America: John WinthropJr., Alchemy and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676 won the Homer Babbidge Prize from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History and was Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title.

About Darien Library

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

agoodman@darienlibrary.org (Darien Library) Events Fri, 21 Jan 2022 07:11:32 -0500