Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Sat, 30 Sep 2023 00:04:52 -0400 HamletHub.com Museum of Darien Announces New Assistant Director https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/49633-museum-of-darien-announces-new-assistant-director49633-museum-of-darien-announces-new-assistant-director https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/49633-museum-of-darien-announces-new-assistant-director49633-museum-of-darien-announces-new-assistant-director

The Museum of Darien is pleased to announce the selection of a new Assistant Director, Emily Koch. In this role, Koch will provide general support to the Executive Director in the areas of operations, management, marketing and communications, and volunteer oversight.

Koch has experience at the Royal Academy of Arts in London as Manager of Patrons and holds a Masters in Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She additionally has significant experience with fundraising, leadership and management skills that has included positions at the Bowman Sculpture Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum and Sotheby’s Auction House in London, in addition to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.

Koch moved from London to Darien in 2021 with her husband and three children and feels a true passion for the arts and culture, “I am excited at the prospect of becoming involved in such an important community resource that safeguards and promotes Darien’s unique history”.

The Museum of Darien (MoD) is a community resource featuring an early-American homestead, gallery barn, archives and research library, meeting rooms and colonial garden. MoD celebrates Darien’s unique story and its place in the history of New England by welcoming all ages to experience and discover the crafted objects, narratives and works of art that have shaped the local community — from its earliest beginnings to today.

“We are so happy to welcome Emily and fortunate to have someone with her skillset at the Museum. We are excited about all that she can contribute as we continue to grow as an organization and asset to the town”, commented Amy Allen, Executive Director at MoD.

The Museum of Darien is located at 45 Old King’s Highway in Darien and is open from Tuesday through Thursday, from 11am to 4pm. For more information about visiting or sponsoring the museum, visit museumofdarien.org or call  203.655.9233.

farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Places Thu, 28 Sep 2023 14:28:00 -0400
Noroton Heights Railroad Station construction to begin on Monday, October 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/49632-noroton-heights-railroad-station-construction-to-begin-on-monday-october-249632-noroton-heights-railroad-station-construction-to-begin-on-monday-october-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/49632-noroton-heights-railroad-station-construction-to-begin-on-monday-october-249632-noroton-heights-railroad-station-construction-to-begin-on-monday-october-2

The Town of Darien will construct drainage improvements on the North parking lot of the Noroton Heights Railroad Station located on Heights Road in Darien, CT.  Construction will include excavation and installation of an underground drainage system.  The drainage improvements will direct water runoff from the parking area, underground reducing water runoff to flood prone Heights Rd.  

Work will begin on Monday, October 2, 2023 with completion date of Friday, December 1, 2023.  Work necessarily reduce the number of available parking spaces.  Work will progress in phases to maximize the number of available parking spaces.  The parking lot will not be closed at any time, and passage through the parking lot will remain available throughout construction.  Only portions of the lot will be closed.  Please consider using the parking on south side of railroad tracks with access from Hollow Tree Ridge Road or Ledge Road.  

All available parking spaces will remain as posted (pay station or permit parking).  Parking enforcement will remain in effect.  The town will post information regarding project status by message board and postings on the town website.

 Please contact the DPW office at 203-656-7346 should you have any questions or concerns.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Darien) Places Thu, 28 Sep 2023 06:48:09 -0400
Governor Lamont Announces Bond Commission Set To Approve $25 Million for New Voting Machines https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/49634-governor-lamont-announces-bond-commission-set-to-approve-25-million-for-new-voting-machines49634-governor-lamont-announces-bond-commission-set-to-approve-25-million-for-new-voting-machines https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/49634-governor-lamont-announces-bond-commission-set-to-approve-25-million-for-new-voting-machines49634-governor-lamont-announces-bond-commission-set-to-approve-25-million-for-new-voting-machines

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut State Bond Commission will vote at its upcoming meeting to approve an allocation of $25 million that will be used to purchase new ballot-counting tabulators for use in elections and primaries statewide. The equipment will replace Connecticut’s existing voting machines, which are used at every polling place in the state to tabulate the choices that voters make on their paper ballots.

The governor, who serves as chair of the commission and sets its meeting agendas, said that he is recommending the members to approve the funding because the existing machines, which were first put into use in 2006, are beginning to show signs of aging and should be replaced for the continued functioning of accurate and timely election results. The allocation is being placed on the agenda for approval at the commission’s October 6, 2023, meeting.

“The machines we use to record votes are the backbone of our election system, and it is essential that we provide election officials with the equipment they need to tabulate results with accuracy and timeliness,” Governor Lamont said. “Although our existing machines continue to function, they are more than 17 years old and election officials tell us that they are starting to show their age. Implementing a statewide replacement of all these machines now will ensure that election workers continue to have the tools they need to conduct an Election Day that runs smooth and free of any glitches that could potentially be caused by outdated technology.”

Following the commission’s approval of the funding, it is anticipated that the Office of the Secretary of the State will solicit proposals from manufacturers to supply the state with the equipment. Once purchased, the state will provide the equipment to every municipality and the existing equipment will be retired. The state is funding the entirety of the cost to purchase the equipment. It is estimated that the allocation will enable the state to purchase several thousand traditional tabulators and dozens of high-speed tabulators used to tally absentee ballots.

This will be the first time the state is implementing a statewide replacement of all its voting machines since it eliminated the use of lever machines 17 years ago and made a switch to machines that read paper ballots as part of a nationwide requirement enacted by Congress in 2002 for states to have voting systems that keep a paper record of every vote cast in case an election is audited or recounted. Because lever voting machines cannot produce a paper ballot, they were retired from use.

The October 6, 2023, meeting of the State Bond Commission will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Additionally, video of the meeting will stream live online at ct-n.com.

kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Wed, 27 Sep 2023 10:51:04 -0400
Darien Resident Greta Hoffmeister, Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/49631-darien-resident-greta-hoffmeister-inducted-into-the-honor-society-of-phi-kappa-phi49631-darien-resident-greta-hoffmeister-inducted-into-the-honor-society-of-phi-kappa-phi https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/49631-darien-resident-greta-hoffmeister-inducted-into-the-honor-society-of-phi-kappa-phi49631-darien-resident-greta-hoffmeister-inducted-into-the-honor-society-of-phi-kappa-phi

Greta Hoffmeister, of Darien was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Hoffmeister was initiated at University of Southern California.

[LAST_NAME] is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 325 campuses in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. Its mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

kerry@ducey.org (University of Southern California) Neighbors Tue, 26 Sep 2023 13:45:56 -0400
Darien Rocktoberfest just got more fun! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/49630-darien-rocktoberfest-just-got-more-fun49630-darien-rocktoberfest-just-got-more-fun https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/49630-darien-rocktoberfest-just-got-more-fun49630-darien-rocktoberfest-just-got-more-fun

Darien Parks and Recreation is pleased to bring music and daytime activities to Darien Rocktoberfest on October 7th from noon to 6pm at Highland Farm.


Tickets are now on sale and are on a first come, first served basis!  Recreation Program Supervisor, Cassie Schull says, “Our team has put a lot of effort into building an epic music lineup for the day featuring some of the best area talent alongside a comedy act and fun games/activities for those with young kids or without kids”.  Schull continues, “We really wanted to create an event where teens, young kids, and adults of all ages can experience a great community event,  I think we’ve done that.” If you attended any Parks and Recreation events this year (like Daddy Daughter Dance, Beach Luau, Town Fireworks, Festive Nights), Schull says, “imagine an event like those, but even bigger and more fun!”

Just added to Rocktoberfest:

  • The Grit Ninja Obstacle Course will be on site 12pm-3pm for attendees to get a glimpse of one of our most popular recreation programs!
  • FREE Commemorative Reflective Halloween Pumpkin Tote to the first 100 youth (ages 4-10) to arrive at Rocktoberfest on Oct. 7th!
  • Fall Egg Hunt: Youth aged 4-10 will have an opportunity to participate in a fall-themed egg hunt starting at 12:15pm. We encourage families to bring a small bag to collect eggs. Eggs will have small toy prizes and coupons for vendors/concessions. For those who do not wish to take the plastic eggs home with their prizes, we will have a collection for the empty eggs to reuse for 2024.
  • Inflatable Corn Maze: Attendees of all ages can get lost or find their way in our inflatable corn maze!
  • Pedal Carts: Ready, set, go! Almost no-one can keep up with you on this fast go-kart! Your friends will be envious as you race around our 34 foot wide and 58 foot long track.
  • Face Painting: Sweet Cheeks Face Painting will be on-site to paint faces throughout the day!
  • Other great games and activities:
  • Community Canvas Painting provided by the Darien Arts Center
  • Pumpkin Mini Golf
  • Donut Cornhole
  • “You Rock” Kindness Rock Painting
  • Gourd Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Tug-O-War
  • Hula Hoop Toss
  • Chalk the Walk
  • Corn Toss
  • Hop Races

Craft/Business Vendors to include: Weekend Glow Candles, Dream CreationsScents of EmpowermentTurmeric InnovationsInspire, Train, Fit LLC.; Happy HumansJim E. Jive Hot SauceTouchstone CrystalThe Snarky SeagullJJ Boutique by JenNatalie CreationsThe Darien Green TeamThe Grit NinjaCOMPASSNielsen’s FloristFirst County Bank and more. Toys By Chris will also be selling small novelty toys.

Food Vendors: Crab Shack King, Taste of Grill, Makin’ Waves, Crazy Taco Mex, Viva La Vida, Kona Ice and Mister Softee - Shop our concessions or bring a picnic lunch! 

Entertainment: Obie the Comedian will emcee the event performing a small act between musicians: Hawkins French Band, Rave On Show and Hazzard County. 

Sponsor Corner: Thank you to our sponsors for making this event such a success: First County Bank, Compass and Nielsen’s Florist.

Registration information:

Purchase a Parking Pass 
$25.00/car (this allows you to park on-site no walk-in ticket required) 

Purchase an Advanced Walk-In Ticket, No Parking on-site
$5.00/person until 10/5 at 4pm or $10.00 at the gate on 10/7

We look forward to releasing more information in the coming weeks and encourage you to purchase tickets early as we do anticipate this event may sell out!

Rain Date: October 8th, 2023

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Parks and Recreation) Events Tue, 26 Sep 2023 06:44:00 -0400
Darien Arts Center Hosts Fall “Create Art & Eat Naya” Experiences at NAYA https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/49629-darien-arts-center-hosts-fall-create-art-eat-naya-experiences-at-naya49629-darien-arts-center-hosts-fall-create-art-eat-naya-experiences-at-naya https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/49629-darien-arts-center-hosts-fall-create-art-eat-naya-experiences-at-naya49629-darien-arts-center-hosts-fall-create-art-eat-naya-experiences-at-naya

NAYA Middle Eastern Counter & Grill in Darien is proud to unveil its continued collaboration with the Darien Arts Center, introducing a new fall series: Create Art & Eat Naya. This initiative offers diverse programs for both adults and children, inviting Fairfield County residents to engage in artistic pursuits while enjoying NAYA's culinary delights. These distinctive workshops will run from late September to December, providing an avenue for creative exploration alongside authentic family-approved cuisine.

The partnership between NAYA and the Darien Arts Center commenced during the grand opening events on June 23 and 24, 2023. Patrons were encouraged to contribute as they wished for their first bowl or roll, resulting in a generous donation to the Arts Center equivalent to nearly 500 meals. Reflecting the synergy of the brands, a masterpiece was crafted during the opening festivities, now showcased at the Darien Art Center.

With autumn on the horizon, NAYA eagerly anticipates building on this success through the "Create Art & Eat Naya" series for both children and adults.

"Create Art & Eat Naya" Children's Workshops: A sequence of imaginative workshops for children aged 5-8 will be held on the last Thursday of September, October, and November at NAYA (146 Heights Road, Darien Commons, Darien, CT 06820). Led by Darien Arts instructors, each workshop encourages young minds to explore their creativity.

Following each session, participants will be invited to enjoy NAYA’s "Little Habibi" Kids Meal, featuring a base (rice or salad), a protein choice (Chicken Shawarma, Chicken Shish Taouk, Beef Shawarma, Kafta Lamb Kebab, Cauliflower, or Falafel), up to five toppings, and a choice of milk or juice. Each Kids Meal experience includes a complimentary coloring book and colored pencils. Featured classes, priced at $35 per class, include:

●      Thursday, Sept. 28, 4:30-5:45pm: "Design Your Own Birdhouse." Children craft wooden birdhouses using paint pens, markers, and found objects, resulting in unique creations.

●      Thursday, Oct. 26, 4:30-5:45pm: Pumpkin Decorating. Kids adorn pumpkins with stickers, gems, markers, and paint pens.

●      Thursday, Nov. 30, 4:30 - 5:45pm: Create a Snow Globe Ornament. Children use a variety of materials to craft holiday-themed ornaments, creating cherished keepsakes.

"Create Art & Eat Naya" Adult Workshops: Popular adult classes at the Darien Arts Center will now include culinary dimensions. In addition to the beloved Sip N’ Paint experience, attendees can enjoy culinary delights from NAYA. Featured adult classes, priced at $75 per class, include:

●      Friday, Oct. 6, 7 - 9 pm: Acrylic Pours Night. Participants create abstract paintings using liquid painting techniques, paired with NAYA's light bites.

●      Friday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, 7 - 9 pm: Wreath Workshops. Craft holiday wreaths while enjoying NAYA's offerings.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the workshops, visit darienarts.org.

farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Events Mon, 25 Sep 2023 19:42:15 -0400
Darien Chamber of Commerce Recognizes The Darien Foundation’s 25th Anniversary https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/49628-darien-chamber-of-commerce-recognizes-the-darien-foundation-s-25th-anniversary49628-darien-chamber-of-commerce-recognizes-the-darien-foundation-s-25th-anniversary https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/49628-darien-chamber-of-commerce-recognizes-the-darien-foundation-s-25th-anniversary49628-darien-chamber-of-commerce-recognizes-the-darien-foundation-s-25th-anniversary

The Darien Chamber of Commerce honored local nonprofit The Darien Foundation for its 25 years of enriching Darien with grants that benefit the community. Kesti Aysseh, executive director of the Chamber, attended the Foundation’s board meeting in September to present the organization with a plaque to mark the occasion. “The Chamber takes a leadership role in our community, and we are thrilled to get this recognition from them,” said Board Chair Ward Glassmeyer.

The Darien Foundation was originally founded by local parents in 1998, who aimed to contribute technology and computers to the Darien Public Schools. The organization soon expanded to providing grants to the Mather Senior Center, the Darien Police, Darien EMS Post 53, the three volunteer fire departments, as well as other local two organizations such as the Darien Library. To date, The Darien Foundation has awarded nearly $6 million in grants to benefit the community of Darien, including $443,000 in grants awarded during their fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2023.

  • DAF Media Joint Venture with the Darien Athletic Foundation — $72,500
  • Darien Fire Department Jaws of Life tools — $100,000
  • Darien Parks & Rec Department (Weed Beach) — $35,000
  • Darien Police Department Police Boat — $124,000
  • Darien Public School initiatives — $11,500
  • The Tiny Miracles Foundation — $100,000

“It is an honor to recognize and celebrate the work and contributions that our Chamber members make to our community,” said Kesti Aysseh, executive director of The Darien Chamber of Commerce. “The Darien Foundation has played a crucial role in providing grants that directly benefit not only our youth, first responders, and schools, but many of our Chamber member nonprofit organizations.”

Founded in 1982, The Darien Chamber of Commerce brings together businesses and nonprofits in its 275-membership. The Chamber is committed to promoting a prosperous business environment as well as a strong sense of community in Darien. The Chamber spotlights important member milestones, including ribbon cuttings, anniversaries, and special events. The Chamber also organizes community-wide events connecting the residents and businesses, including the summer Sidewalk Sales and the upcoming Chamber Jam Music and Food Festival on October 14. In addition, members benefit from a host of programs, including networking and professional development events, marketing and shop local initiatives, a town-wide gift certificate program, and more.

Photo Caption: Ward Glassmeyer, chair of The Darien Foundation Board (L front); Sarah Woodberry, executive director of The Darien Foundation (R front); and the assembled Board of Directors accept a plaque from Kesti Aysseh (C front), executive director of the Darien Chamber of Commerce, to honor the 25th Anniversary of The Darien Foundation.

Photo credit: Calderwood Photography https://calderwoodphotography.com


kaherne@mirandacreative.com (Kevin Aherne) Life Mon, 25 Sep 2023 19:41:52 -0400
Sur La Table opens today at Darien Commons, Grand Opening on Sept. 30! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/49627-sur-la-table-opens-today-at-darien-commons-grand-opening-on-sept-3049627-sur-la-table-opens-today-at-darien-commons-grand-opening-on-sept-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/49627-sur-la-table-opens-today-at-darien-commons-grand-opening-on-sept-3049627-sur-la-table-opens-today-at-darien-commons-grand-opening-on-sept-30

Sur La Table opens today at Darien Commons, with a grand opening celebration planned for Saturday, September 30!

As the ultimate culinary destination, Sur La Table aims to help local Darien residents make hosting and entertaining around food as fulfilling and successful as possible. With over 50 years in the business, Sur La Table meets customers at any level in their kitchen journey to assist in fostering their love of food and sharing meals with others by offering first-of-class, high quality culinary tools.  

The store will offer their beloved cooking classes at this location, and the community will be able to sharpen their skills in the kitchen and learn how to create delicious dishes.

Learn more https://www.surlatable.com/

kerry@ducey.org (Wendy) Places Thu, 21 Sep 2023 09:03:24 -0400
Ridgefield Playhouse continues Senior Cinema Series offering FREE movies for seniors in the community https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/49625-ridgefield-playhouse-continues-senior-cinema-series-offering-free-movies-for-seniors-in-the-community49625-ridgefield-playhouse-continues-senior-cinema-series-offering-free-movies-for-seniors-in-the-community https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/49625-ridgefield-playhouse-continues-senior-cinema-series-offering-free-movies-for-seniors-in-the-community49625-ridgefield-playhouse-continues-senior-cinema-series-offering-free-movies-for-seniors-in-the-community

The Ridgefield Playhouse will continue its senior movie series this fall, offering 6 hand-picked films FREE to the seniors in our community.

Not a senior? That’s okay. The movies are free for anyone who would like to enjoy an afternoon watching a movie on the big screen.

In an effort to provide our seniors with free daytime entertainment, the Ridgefield Playhouse launched the Senior Cinema Series earlier in 2023, and was met with countless smiling faces from patrons. “We tried something new and our senior community responded with gratitude and positivity for the series, so we decided to keep it going,” said Robin Ronai, manager of Films and Rentals at the Playhouse. The Playhouse is happy to once again partner with the Ridgefield Commission on Aging which brings much needed services and activities to our older community.

Breakfast At Tiffany’s on Tuesday, September 26th at 2pm

This 1961 classic stars Audrey Hepburn as Manhattan socialite, Holly Golightly. She heads a cast that includes George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Mickey Rooney and Buddy Ebsen.

First Monday in October on Monday October 2nd at 2pm

The U.S. Supreme Court, mired in its traditions, begins each new year on the first Monday in October. Jill Clayburg, Walter Mattheau and Barnard Hughes star in this 1981 dramatic comedy which breaks with one of the Court’s longest standing customs when the first woman is appointed to the Court.

A Star Is Born Wednesday October 18th 1pm

This 1976 classic starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson tells the story of a has-been rock star who falls in love with an up-and-coming singer. The film’s music is performed by its stars and the movie’s love theme, “Evergreen,” is a familiar song to everyone.

Sneakers Wednesday October 25th 1pm

This 1992 thriller is a story about security experts who find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that involves cryptology and espionage. Robert Redford leads the all-star team that includes Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, River Phoenix and Dan Aykroyd.

The Four Seasons Thursday November 2nd 1pm

Four seasons, three couple, one interloper and a whole lot of laughs and drama in this heart felt comedy that centers around the relationships between friends who vacation together every new season. Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Jack Weston, Sandy Dennis, Bess Armstrong and Len Cariou star.

The Graduate Tuesday November 2nd 2pm

In this 1967 movie about a May-December romance, Mrs. Robinson (Ann Bancroft) a bored housewife, seduces Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) a recent college graduate. Their tryst is complicated when Benjamin falls for Mrs. Robinson’s daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).

kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Places Wed, 20 Sep 2023 09:22:53 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend Includes WOOF WOOF The Shadow Pup at Darien Arts Center https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/49626-fc-buzz-weekend-in-ridgefield-red-hot-chilli-pipers-rgoa-juried-exhibit-music-at-the-aldrich-piano-bar-n-at-theater-barn49626-fc-buzz-weekend-in-ridgefield-red-hot-chilli-pipers-rgoa-juried-exhibit-music-at-the-aldrich-piano-bar-n-at-theater-barn https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/49626-fc-buzz-weekend-in-ridgefield-red-hot-chilli-pipers-rgoa-juried-exhibit-music-at-the-aldrich-piano-bar-n-at-theater-barn49626-fc-buzz-weekend-in-ridgefield-red-hot-chilli-pipers-rgoa-juried-exhibit-music-at-the-aldrich-piano-bar-n-at-theater-barn

FC Buzz Weekend September 22 - September 24

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 15 towns in coastal Fairfield County. Sign up to receive a free eBuzz newsletter with top picks and spotlight events from the hundreds of events posted on FCBuzz.

“Beautiful, The Carole King Musical”

Curtain Call, Stamford

Friday, Sept 22 and Saturday, Sept 23, 8:00 pm and Sunday Sept 24, 2:00 pm

The first mainstage musical of the season is the story of the early life and career of Carole King, bringing you dozens of hit songs of the 1960s and 1970s. For six years, “Beautiful” thrilled Broadway audiences with the inspiring true story of one woman’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Running on weekends through October 14th.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Ridgefield Playhouse

Friday, Sept 22, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show so hot it carries its own health warning! The band’s achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems which they proudly call ‘bagrock.’ Twice awarded “Best Live Act in Scotland!” Now is your chance to hear rock classics performed with a Celtic flair.

Off-Main Experience: Stamford

Mill River Park West End, Stamford

Saturday, Sept 23, 12:00 - 5:00 pm 

Head to Stamford for a day featuring a live mural competition, art & music workshops, community painting, music & performances, a vendor market, food trucks, games & giveaways, and more! A day filled with fun, creativity, and community, this event brings together artists, musicians & performers, vendors, and local businesses, transforming Mill River Park into the ultimate local art festival!

Screening of “Flower” by Misty Copeland +Dance Premiere

New Canaan Library

Saturday, Sept 23, 2:00 pm

Stand Together Against Racism (S.T.A.R.) and the New England Academy of Dance (NEAD) collaborate on this special event that includes the documentary screening of “Flower”; a dance premiere by New England Academy of Dance, created and choreographed by Ted Thomas to reflect the themes of Misty’s film; and a Q & A featuring Christina Johnson, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions principal dancer who plays the role of Misty’s mother on the film. 

Fairfield Oktoberfest

Fairfield Theatre Company Lot, Fairfield

Saturday, Sept 23, 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Experience Fairfield and Fairfield Theatre Company with live music by Alligator and Benny Mikula Band (of Alpaca Gnomes), ax throwing and corn hole activities, a beer truck, and local food trucks with festive food offerings. Fall fun for all!

RGOA 46th Annual Juried Exhibition Opening Reception

Ridgefield Guild of Artists

Saturday, Sept 23, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Now in its 46th year, this is the premier RGOA event of the year and it features several CAFC member artists. Carey Mack Weber, Executive Director of the Fairfield University Art Museum, is this year’s juror. She has over 25 years of experience working in museums and galleries and has spent over a decade working in fine art galleries in New York City, notably serving as Director of Susan Sheehan Gallery and Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art. 

WOOF WOOF The Shadow Pup

Darien Arts Center

Saturday, Sept 23, 4:00 pm and Sunday, Sept 24, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm 

Do not miss this magical and mesmerizing production from America’s Got Talent finalist, Becca Winte. It’s a kid-friendly production featuring shadow dancing, captivating puppetry and creative storytelling in a delightful show for the whole family. 

“Art + Design Exhibit Gala Reception”

Metro Art Studios, Bridgeport

Saturday, Sept 23, 5:00 - 8:00 pm 

Experience the creative intersection of art and design in the stunning Crown Gallery of Bridgeport’s Metro Studios. This unique collaborative exhibit between local leading interior designers and the artists of Metro Art Studios is a fundraiser for the Center for Family Justice. Participating Designers: Dana Ferraro of Molly Patton Design, Trystin Kier Francis of House of Kier, Tara Kilfoyle of Tara Interiors, Zac Mathias of Classic Chis & NYSID, Patrick Mele of Blackrock Department Store, and Anna-Lisa Petrsoric of Interiors by Design.

Musical Performance: Laura Ortman: Transonic Homes

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Saturday, Sept 23, 6:30 pm

This is the second live performance installment of a year-long traveling exhibition called ‘the Aldrich Box.’ This solo musical performance by musician, composer, and collaborator Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) is described as  “…slow-motion grittiness in scored / improvised compositions for amplified violin, Apache violin, whistles, tree branches, slides, guitar picks, bells, field recordings, and tuning fork.”

Norwalk Symphony’s Opening Concert “American Masterpieces”

Norwalk City Hall

Saturday, Sept 23, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

It’s the opening performance of Norwalk Symphony’s new season! On the program are Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Duke Ellington's Harlem as well as Grammy nominated soprano Laura Strickling. 

Special Piano Bar…n Fundraiser

Ridgefield Theater Barn

Saturday, Sept 23, 8:00 - 10:00 pm 

This special installment of the ever-popular cabaret night is co-chaired by Marilyn and Mykl Macri and hosted by Pamme Jones, with fabulous accompaniment by Rodney Loren. An unscripted evening that brings the Manhattan cabaret scene to Ridgefield with favorite RTB performers and friends who will entertain and encourage the audience to get up, sing, and show everyone what they’ve got.

Sunday Concert Series: Alex Beyer, pianist/pilot

Saugatuck Congregational Church

Sunday, Sept 24, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

A wonderful opportunity on a Sunday afternoon! This concert will feature works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Chopin, Bartok, and Prokofiev. A native of Southport, Beyer is an internationally accomplished artist, having performed as guest soloist with symphonies and orchestras across Europe and North America. In 2016, he received Third Prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. In 2018, he joined the US Navy and is currently stationed in Norwalk as a pilot with VAW-121, the “Bluetails.” 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lorie Lewis) Events Wed, 20 Sep 2023 05:39:28 -0400
Darien School Board Vacancy https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/49624-darien-school-board-vacancy49624-darien-school-board-vacancy https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/49624-darien-school-board-vacancy49624-darien-school-board-vacancy

The Darien Board of Education is looking to fill one opening on Board of Education, which results from the resignation of former Board member Tara Wurm, a Republican. 

Our procedures require that the Board fill the vacancy with a person from the same political party as the departing Board member.  If you are interested in being interviewed by the Darien Board of Education and are a registered Republican, please reach out to Board Chair Duke Dineen, ddineen@darienps.org or Vice Chair Jill McCammon at jmcammon@darienps.org to express interest. This opening is to complete a term that ends November 5, 2024.

The Darien Board of Education will be interviewing persons who wish to be considered at a Board of Education Special meeting on Tuesday September 26, 2023 starting at 5:30 p.m., in Executive Session at the District Offices, 35 Leroy Avenue.  The Board will then appoint a person to fill the Board vacancy at the regular Board of Education meeting that same day, on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, in the District Board of Education meeting room, 35 Leroy Avenue, starting at 7:30 p.m..

The Board thanks former Board member Tara Wurm for her volunteer service to the Darien Board of Education.

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Public Schools) Politics Tue, 19 Sep 2023 15:30:23 -0400
Darien's Annual Music & Food Festival on October 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/49623-darien-s-annual-music-food-festival-on-october-1449623-darien-s-annual-music-food-festival-on-october-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/49623-darien-s-annual-music-food-festival-on-october-1449623-darien-s-annual-music-food-festival-on-october-14

Darien Chamber of Commerce presents Chamber Jam on Saturday, October 14 at Gardener's Center

Brought to you by The Darien Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Jam, Darien's Music & Food Festival, presents headlining musical guests, Black Rock Funk All-Stars (feat. Deep Banana Blackout), Residual Groove, Brian Charette & The Mighty Grinders and Darien's favorite local food vendors... together we celebrate our community!

 View the musical lineup here.

Located at The Gardener’s Center in Darien there is over 6,000 square feet for hundreds of people to enjoy the medley of live music, food and dance the night away. We will clear the lot and set the stage for an amazing, all-inclusive event! Gates open at 6pm, 21+ only.

Tickets start at $175. Get yours here.

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Chamber of Commerce) Events Tue, 19 Sep 2023 05:05:56 -0400
America's Got Talent Finalist Brings Shadow Dancing Show to Darien https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/49621-america-s-got-talent-finalist-brings-shadow-dancing-show-to-darien49621-america-s-got-talent-finalist-brings-shadow-dancing-show-to-darien https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/49621-america-s-got-talent-finalist-brings-shadow-dancing-show-to-darien49621-america-s-got-talent-finalist-brings-shadow-dancing-show-to-darien

From America’s Got Talent to Darien, Becca Winter brings her amazing shadow dancing talent to a show created for the whole family at the Darien Arts Center on September 23rd and 24th. 

Woof Woof the Shadow Pup debuts in Darien with performances at 4pm on Saturday and 11am and 1pm on Sunday in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. Tickets are available at darienarts.org.

As one of the finalists on America’s Got Talent in 2013, Winter showcased her talent in a fascinating shadow dance performance with the dance troupe, Catapult. The AGT performance, which aired live at Radio City Music Hall, received unanimous accolades from judges Heidi Klum, Howard Stern and Howie Mandel in front of millions of viewers. A Fairfield County mom of three with a life-long passion for dance, Winter now has funneled her energy and creative abilities, along with the talent of accomplished entertainment professionals into a mesmerizing show for all ages.

In addition to contributing as a choreographer for Woof Woof, Winter joins her cast of professional dancers in these special Darien performances that include original music by the Emmy-winning composer of Blue’s Clues and Peg + Cat, J. Walter Hawkes and voice narration created by American Idol star Kat Edmonson. Choreography is also produced by Hamilton Tour Dance Supervisor, Alessandra Marconi. Projection design is created by multimedia artist Katherine Freer and illuminating puppetry design is crafted by the Puppet Kitchen.
Shadow dancing, which creates images with the human body to resemble objects and people, allows dancers to create endless images of nearly anything one can imagine. Using shadow dancing, captivating puppetry and creative storytelling, Woof Woof’s story, written along with Winter’s mother-in-law Nancy Close, tells of Little Lucy, who with the help of her Dad and a flashlight, discovers Woof Woof the Shadow Pup. In a colorful and interactive performance, Lucy finds action-packed adventure in magical worlds filled with enchanted castles, rocket ships, and zany zoo animals.

Winter commented, “We love that the kids have so much fun calling out to Woof Woof in the show and watching him appear through the dancers’ magical shadow transformations. It’s so gratifying to produce a show that brings together amazing visuals, delightful music and storytelling, entertaining children, parents, and grandparents alike.”
Purchase tickets for Woof Woof the Shadow Pup at darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683 with questions. The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road in Darien, behind the Town Hall.

farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Events Mon, 18 Sep 2023 06:50:30 -0400
RVNAhealth Earns Top Workplaces Award for the 11th Time https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/49622-rvnahealth-earns-top-workplaces-award-for-the-11th-time49622-rvnahealth-earns-top-workplaces-award-for-the-11th-time https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/49622-rvnahealth-earns-top-workplaces-award-for-the-11th-time49622-rvnahealth-earns-top-workplaces-award-for-the-11th-time

RVNAhealth is proud to announce its 11th year as Top Workplace!

RVNAhealth has once again achieved the prestigious Top Workplaces award by Hearst Connecticut Media for 2023, marking the 11th time since 2011 that they have received this recognition.

This accolade is bestowed upon local businesses that excel in fostering an outstanding workplace culture, as determined through confidential employee surveys. The survey participants at RVNAhealth encompass a diverse range of roles, including clinical staff, rehabilitation therapists, and certified nursing assistants, as well as non-medical caregivers and administrative personnel. RVNAhealth falls into the mid-sized company category, which includes enterprises with employee counts ranging from 100 to 999.

Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA, President and CEO of RVNAhealth, reflects on the significance of this achievement, stating, "I am immensely proud to witness the unwavering strength and dedication exhibited by our employees. This award serves as a validation of RVNAhealth's resolute mission and underscores our employees' commitment to the patients and communities we serve. It's truly an honor to work alongside this exceptionally talented team."

The Top Workplaces distinction was conferred upon 61 local Connecticut companies for 2023. To be eligible for consideration, a company must be situated in Fairfield, Litchfield, or New Haven County, and maintain a workforce of at least 35 employees. Employees complete a comprehensive survey about their organization, with the results analyzed to determine the recipients of the awards.

In addition to the rewarding and mission-driven work environment, RVNAhealth offers its employees an array of benefits, including medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, a robust retirement plan with generous matching contributions, flexible work arrangements, ongoing training, opportunities for professional development, and well-defined career paths. For those interested in becoming part of the RVNAhealth family, more information can be found at rvnahealth.org/careers/.

kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Fleming ) Life Mon, 18 Sep 2023 05:53:42 -0400
Ithaca College Students Named to Spring 2023 Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/49620-ithaca-college-students-named-to-spring-2023-dean-s-list49620-ithaca-college-students-named-to-spring-2023-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/49620-ithaca-college-students-named-to-spring-2023-dean-s-list49620-ithaca-college-students-named-to-spring-2023-dean-s-list

Congratulations to the Darien residents Chase Gulick and Morgan Hampton for being named to the Dean's List for the spring semester at Ithaca College.

Founded in 1892, Ithaca College is a residential college dedicated to building knowledge and confidence through a continuous cycle of theory, practice and performance. Home to some 5,200 students, the college offers more than 90 degree programs in its schools of Business; Communications; Humanities and Sciences; Health Sciences and Human Performance; and Music, Theatre, and Dance.


daliborboldis@gmail.com (Ithaca College) Neighbors Thu, 14 Sep 2023 08:48:53 -0400