Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:19:53 -0500 HamletHub.com Darien Aims to Take Back the Title of “Most Generous Town” from Friendly Rival New Canaan https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47263-darien-aims-to-take-back-the-title-of-most-generous-town-from-friendly-rival-new-canaan47263-darien-aims-to-take-back-the-title-of-most-generous-town-from-friendly-rival-new-canaan https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47263-darien-aims-to-take-back-the-title-of-most-generous-town-from-friendly-rival-new-canaan47263-darien-aims-to-take-back-the-title-of-most-generous-town-from-friendly-rival-new-canaan

For the third year in a row, Darien and New Canaan will face off to see which town can capture the title of “Most Generous Town” by raising the most funds for either The Community Fund of Darien or the New Canaan Community Foundation. 

After winning the inaugural competition, last year Darien was edged out by a slim margin. Both organizations benefited from the rivalry, collectively raising nearly $155,000 to support local nonprofits. This year, the competition begins today and ends on Thanksgiving Day. Donors can contribute to The Community Fund of Darien by texting 06820 to 44321 during this time period or by visiting www.communityfunddarien.org.  The winning town will own the “Turkey Trophy” and bragging rights for the year, and their residents will take pride in the knowledge that their community makes charitable giving a priority.

Inspired by Giving Tuesday, the post-Thanksgiving global day of giving that kicks off the holiday charity season, the two organizations created the event as a way to use their residents’ competitive spirit to benefit our neighbors in need.  This much-needed financial support addresses critical local needs such as homelessness, hunger, mental and physical health, substance abuse, youth services and more.

“We love the idea of reshaping the historical Turkey Bowl rivalry between Darien and New Canaan into a force for good,” noted Janet King, Executive Director for The Community Fund of Darien.  “Harnessing that competitive energy and seeing who can help others the most is a win for both towns.”

Founded in 1951, The Community Fund of Darien plays a significant role in addressing health and human service needs in Darien, Norwalk, and Stamford through strategic leadership and grantmaking.  Funding goals prioritize basic needs, self-sufficiency, youth success, and community initiatives.  Since its inception, The Community Fund of Darien has distributed over $20 million to local nonprofit organizations and community initiatives. 

jlsfallon@aol.com (TCF) Life Thu, 21 Nov 2019 05:23:40 -0500
Darien Community Forum Tomorrow Shares Plans for Town’s 200th Birthday https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47262-darien-community-forum-tomorrow-shares-plans-for-town-s-200th-birthday47262-darien-community-forum-tomorrow-shares-plans-for-town-s-200th-birthday https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47262-darien-community-forum-tomorrow-shares-plans-for-town-s-200th-birthday47262-darien-community-forum-tomorrow-shares-plans-for-town-s-200th-birthday

The town’s 2020 Bicentennial Committee is hoping to spread the news about the town’s 200th Birthday next year and will share information about the plans during a forum to be held at Darien Library on Thursday, November 21 at 11 a.m.

“These outreach efforts are intended to inform and get folks excited for the town’s 200th birthday year,” said First Selectman Jayme Stevenson. “We want to encourage both residents and businesses alike to support Darien’s official events and to discover ways that town organizations can participate and promote their own Bicentennial celebrations.”

In addition to holding public forums, a brochure detailing town-wide events will be mailed to all Darien addresses in late December. The colorful brochure, which features current and historic photos from around town, was designed by Jaymie Pavolonis, a graphic designer who worked with the official logo and color scheme created by Darien High School students Charlie Callery, Will Henry Harmon and Kelly Niederreither.

“With these public forums and mailers, we are hoping it will prompt people to not only reserve these special town events on their 2020 calendars, but also encourage residents to learn more about contributing to these events so that Darien can celebrate its birthday in style,” said Al Miller, chairman of the 2020 Bicentennial Committee.

Check donations may be made out to Town of Darien, and please include “2020 Bicentennial” in the memo line of the check. Checks may be mailed to Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820 and include ATT: 2020 Bicentennial on the envelope.

To participate, volunteer or donate visit www.darienct.gov/2020 or email info.darien2020@gmail.com.

Town of Darien 2020 Bicentennial Events:

Bicentennial Opening Ceremony

Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Snow Date: Jan. 11 at 2:30 pm

Town Hall Auditorium, 2 Renshaw Road


Weed Beach Festival’s Bicentennial Bash

Saturday, June 6

kerry@ducey.org (Margaret McIntire) Neighbors Wed, 20 Nov 2019 08:29:26 -0500
Colossal Prize for Darien Arts Center OH CHRISTMAS SPREE! Fundraising Raffle https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47261-colossal-prize-for-oh-christmas-spree-fundraising-raffle47261-colossal-prize-for-oh-christmas-spree-fundraising-raffle https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47261-colossal-prize-for-oh-christmas-spree-fundraising-raffle47261-colossal-prize-for-oh-christmas-spree-fundraising-raffle

The Darien Arts Center is hoping to make your every wish come true this holiday season, while raising vital funding with its Oh Christmas Spree! raffle. Those who buy raffle tickets by December 15th will have the chance to win a treasure trove of gifts and services generously donated by over 40 local businesses, worth over $4200. "Not even the Rockettes can promise something this spectacular", said fundraising chair, Andrea Jackson.

One lucky winner of the Oh Christmas Spree! raffle will receive all donated prizes (more than enough to fill Santa's sleigh), which include generous gifts from ABW Designs, Andrew Stefanou Salon, Authentic Athlete, Barrett Bookstore, Baubles, Bistro Baldanza, Bodega Taco Bar, Browne & Co., Burgers, Shakes & Fries, Caffé Nero, Chocolate Works, Coco & Lala, Darien Cheese & Fine Foods, Darien Butcher Shop, Darien Toy Box, Darien Diner, David Harvey Jewelers, Dragon Eyewear, Driftwood Diner, Everything is Rosey, Fisherman's Net, Four Forks, Gut Reaction, Heights Pizza, Helen Ainson, Infinity Fitness, Iris Nail & Spa, Joyride, Kirby Girl, Lanphier Day Spa, Louie's Restaurant, Mom from Scratch, LLC, Morley, Performance Physical Therapy, Posh Spa, Pure Barre, Reynolds Farm Nursery and Country Garden Center, Ring's End, Rory's Restaurant, Shake Shack, The Darien Playhouse, The Gardener's Center and Florist, The New England Hemp Farm of Westport, Tina Dragone and Wiggles and Giggles. See all prizes.

Proceeds from ticket sales support the Darien Arts Center in its mission to provide visual and performing arts programming for all ages and special events for the community that have included Scenes from the Nutcracker, Darien's Got Talent, Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest and musical productions, in addition to Improv Nights and live music and dance events.

 The winning ticket will be drawn prior to the 3pm performance of Scenes from the Nutcracker on December 15th in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. The winner does not need to be present to win and will be notified immediately by phone and email.

Raffle tickets are $20 and available at darienarts.org or from friendly DAC elves (and board members) located throughout town until noon on December 15th. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (203) 655-8683 or at the DAC office. The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. The DAC is sponsored by Baywater Properties, DR Bank and Stamford Ford Lincoln.

farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Neighbors Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:38:03 -0500
Town of Darien 2020 Community Forum on November 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47260-town-of-darien-2020-community-forum-on-november-2147260-town-of-darien-2020-community-forum-on-november-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47260-town-of-darien-2020-community-forum-on-november-2147260-town-of-darien-2020-community-forum-on-november-21

Town of Darien 2020 Community Forum on November 21 at Darien Library 

Join the 2020 Bicentennial Committee on Thursday morning for a Community Forum to hear more about Bicentennial plans! 

The Forum will begin at 11:00AM, Darien Library

For more information, you can also visit darienct.gov/2020.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Darien) Life Mon, 18 Nov 2019 11:12:00 -0500
Geary Gallery Features Three Artists in December https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47259-geary-gallery-features-three-artists-in-december47259-geary-gallery-features-three-artists-in-december https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47259-geary-gallery-features-three-artists-in-december47259-geary-gallery-features-three-artists-in-december

Darien, CT - This December, the Geary Gallery of Darien presents three talented artists: German-American abstract artist Katrin Waite, and two new craft artists, Rebecca Dunn and Ken Beerbohm. Just in time for holiday gift-giving, their unique artwork will make the perfect gift!

Featured artist: Katrin Waite

Multimedia abstract artist and PhD historian Katrin Waite’s development began in childhood, and she’s been on a creative journey ever since. A self-trained artist, she began to paint actively when she relocated from her native Germany to the United States two decades ago.

The colors of the American landscape and the subtleties of Native American art influenced her artwork deeply. Her background as a historian provided her with complex patterns of understanding about human memory.

For years she worked largely with acrylics. As her paintings gained complexity, the choice of media grew. Each theme, each motif, each issue called for its own approach, its own media to express it. That led her from acrylics to oil paint, to liquid metal, to mixed media, to rust. As this process unfolded, she introduced graphic elements into her paintings. She continues to approach each work of art she creates as a learning process, carefully balancing media and composition.

“My art triggers or extends an illusion about the outside world,” Waite says. “In each work I play with layers, transparency, shapes. I strive to offer a subjective extract of the visual essence of this outside world. This serves as an invitation to the viewer to place himself or herself within the beauty of nature, to experience its unlimited perceptions, to become part of the journey.”

Recent projects include an art trip to Finland, including the northern Finnish region of Lapland in August 2019, and the exhibition at the McCartee’s Art Barn in Salem, NY in September 2019. 

Also featured in December: 

Rebecca Dunn

As an evolving artist, Rebecca Dunn of Danbury, CT continues to experiment with different mediums, exploring alternative methods to enhance her talents. Her current collection is created using encaustics, also known as hot wax painting. Pigments are added for color with over 20 layers of wax fused using a blow torch after each application. Other materials used are inks, shellac, milk paint, oil paint, metallic leaf and metal wire. The use of epoxy resin adds both depth and vibrancy. Wax is her preferred medium because it is challenging, unpredictable and creates unique pieces every time.  

Ken Beerbohm 
Born and raised in Neihart, MT, sculpture artist Ken Beerbohm grew up with few possessions, but the mountains behind his house became a giant playground full of nature’s wonders, from moss-covered rocks to spring creeks. His love of what nature could produce was firmly rooted.

In 1974, Beerbohm realized his true passion was sculpting. He began carving pieces from wood, then evolved to sculpting with clay. Drawing from years of experience working with a wide range of materials, his background enabled him to approach sculpting without constraints.

His work has been featured many places, including the “Whimsy Gone Wild” solo show at Willow Gallery, in Annapolis MD and the Columbia Festival of the Arts in Town Center, MD. 

The artist exhibits run December 3 – 24 and their paintings are available for acquisition. Consider Geary Gallery for gifts! All are welcome and admission is free. To view some of their work, visit Geary Gallery online. http://www.gearygallery.com/

Gallery Location & Hours

Geary Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. For more information, call (203) 655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com. All are welcome and admission is free.


kerry@ducey.org (Falcone Creative Design ) Events Mon, 18 Nov 2019 08:29:14 -0500
Home for the Holidays Concert in Darien on December 7th https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47257-home-for-the-holidays-concert-in-darien-on-december-7th47257-home-for-the-holidays-concert-in-darien-on-december-7th https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47257-home-for-the-holidays-concert-in-darien-on-december-7th47257-home-for-the-holidays-concert-in-darien-on-december-7th

Award-winning Nashville recording artists and local country western band, Gunsmoke is performing its latest Music for Hope benefit concert, Home for the Holidays at the Piedmont Club in Darien on Saturday, December 7th. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Also performing at the benefit, and back by popular demand, is classic rock and soul band, The Law.

Gunsmoke performs regularly at Broadway’s Opry City Stage and has recorded six albums, performed for two sitting Presidents of the United States, and has been enshrined in the Connecticut country music hall of fame. The band was formed by brothers Jeff and Nick DeMaio Jr. of Darien, and has been performing classic country, western, swing and rockabilly music for over 25 years. In addition to Jeff and Nick, Gunsmoke includes band members Christina Mae, Van Manakas, Guy "Fooch" Fischetti and Nick DeMaio III. The Law performs classic rock and rhythm and blues music and consists of Luke Appleton-Webster, Frank LaVelle, Nick DeMaio III and Matt Pavia.

Gunsmoke established Music for Hope in 2010 to raise funds to fight cancer on both the local and national level. Through concerts, dinner dances and recordings, Gunsmoke and friends have raised thousands of dollars for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, The Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital and The Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital. In 2018, the band raised funds for the Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse for hurricane relief. For the second year, the band has added the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund as one of their beneficiaries.

The Piedmont, Darien’s Italian American Club established in 1916, serves as the meeting place for many town groups and civic organizations. It also hosts blood drives, sponsors youth sports, gives scholarships and hosts a monthly Men’s Dinner. The Piedmont has partnered with Music for Hope and Gunsmoke in past years for their benefit concerts. This year’s menu of food available for purchase includes pasta, a steak, pepper and cheese wedge, and a meatball parmigiana wedge.

Admission for the Music for Hope benefit concert is $15. Reservations or donations may be made in advance at 203 655-7884. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the show, which begins at 7 p.m. The Piedmont Club is located at 152 Hecker Avenue in Darien. For more information about the Piedmont Club, go to piedmontclub.org. To find out more about Gunsmoke, visit gunsmokeband.com.


farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Events Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:53:23 -0500
Sign Up Now for Winter/Spring Classes at Darien Arts Center https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47258-sign-up-now-for-winter-spring-classes-at-darien-arts-center47258-sign-up-now-for-winter-spring-classes-at-darien-arts-center https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47258-sign-up-now-for-winter-spring-classes-at-darien-arts-center47258-sign-up-now-for-winter-spring-classes-at-darien-arts-center

Registration is open for classes for all ages in dancevisual artsmartial artsmusic and theatre at the Darien Arts Center. Winter/spring classes begin in January.

DANCE: The DAC dance program offers students from the age of 3 through adults, the opportunity to train in one of the finest dance spaces in Fairfield County and to participate in multiple performances throughout the year. The DAC Weatherstone Studio converts to a black box performance space, giving DAC students the most performance opportunities in the area. 
Dance classes for all levels, ages 3 & up include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Teen Lyrical, Adult Lyrical Jazz, Teen Contemporary, Modern, Broadway Dance, Pop-Pilates Tap, and Pointe.

MARTIAL ARTS: Classes are designed to hone fine motor skills and improve focus and self-discipline, while learning self-defense and having fun. Students have the opportunity to participate in a Spring Martial Arts Tournament and the Spring Concert.
Beginner/Intermediate Martial Arts, White-Blue, Monday, 4:00-4:45pmTuesday 5:30-6:30pm, Jan. 20-Jun. 1 
Advanced Martial Arts, Blue & Up, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm, Jan. 20-Jun. 1
Open Martial Arts, Ages 8 & Up, Thursday, 6:15-7:15pm, Jan. 23-May 28
Adult Martial Arts, Tuesday, 10:30-11:30amThursday, 7:15 - 8:15pm, Jan. 21-Jun. 2.

MUSIC: The DAC music program includes private lessons for guitar, flute, violin, voice, percussion, piano, cello, composition and music theory as well as group classes for both adults and children. Email Juanita@darienarts.org for private lessons.
New Group Piano for Beginners, Grades K-2, Friday, 4-4:45pm, Jan. 10-Mar. 20, $225. Students will be exposed to a musical “playground” and will be fully engaged with visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (feel/touch) activities while using electric keyboards.
New Sing! Sing! Elementary Group Voice, Grades 1–5, Thursday, 5:30 – 6:15pm, Jan. 9-Mar. 19, $210. Through musical games and activities, students will learn proper vocal techniques while receiving an introduction to music literacy. The group will have an in class performance for parents.
Beginning Young Composers, Grades 3–5, Saturday, 3:00 – 4:00pm, Jan. 11-Mar. 21, $168. Beginning composition students will learn the basics of writing music and compose simple pieces that explore specific parts of the compositional process. Guidelines for the Young Composers Program at the DPS will be adhered to.
Advanced Young Composers, Grades 5–12, Saturday, 1:15 – 2:45pm, Jan. 11-Mar. 14, $256.Student composers with more experience will work in a workshop setting, writing and critiquing each other’s music and work on self-directed pieces, with the opportunity of recording them. Pieces may be submitted to the Young Composers’ Program through the DPS.
New Beginning Jazz Band, Grades 5-9, Saturday, 12-1pm, Jan. 11-Mar. 21, $168. Open to all students in grades 5-9 currently playing a band instrument, piano, guitar, bass or drum set. Learn music in the jazz, pop and rock styles and develop skills in improvising, creating and performing original music in preparation for any audition for school jazz bands.

VISUAL ARTS: Students practice in the spacious DAC Visual Arts Studio, and participate in various exhibits at the DAC and around town. New projects are planned for each session to accommodate new and returning students.
Cartooning, Grades 1-5, Monday, 4-5:30pm, Jan. 27-Mar. 9, $195. Work on aspects of character and story development in relation to 3 or 4 panel comics, 1-page story cartoons & graphic novels/comic books.
Art Studio, Grades 1-5, Wednesday, 3:45-4:45pm, Jan. 22-April 22, $250. Create developmentally appropriate art projects using the elements of art. A variety of different media & techniques explored.
Digital Photography, Grades 5-8, Friday, 4:40-5:40pm, Jan. 24-April 24, $250. Students learn to use their digital device to capture amazing photos.
Drawing and Painting, Grades 5-9, Wednesday, 5-6:30pm, Jan. 22-April 22, $380. All levels welcome. The class includes traditional & experimental materials. Students draw figures, landscapes, portraits & still life as well as images from their imaginations.
New Paint the Masters: Winter Break Vacation Camp, Grades 1-4, T-Th, 12-2pm, Feb. 18-20, $210. Students learn about artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Da Vinci and more, and take what they learn to create their own masterworks based on the techniques and styles of the masters.
New Introduction to Fashion: Spring Break, Grades 5-8, M-F, 10am-1pm, April 6-10, $350.Students will be introduced to the art of fashion design and will learn about different materials and styles of clothing, using learned techniques to create their own piece of clothing.
Introduction/Intermediate Calligraphy, Adults, Monday, 7-9pm, Mar. 2-April 6, $295. This 6-week course is geared towards beginners & those who have previous experience with calligraphy. No prior experience or skills necessary.
Adult Watercolor, Adults, Tuesday, 9:30–11:30am, Jan. 21-Mar. 31, $385. All skill levels welcome. Beginning students learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting, while more advanced students work on technique and composition.
Colored Pencil Drawing, Adults, Wednesday, 9:30-11:30am, Mar. 4-April 8, $255. Open to all levels. Fundamental techniques, color basics, layering, blending, surface textures, shading, composition background & creating atmosphere are covered.
Introduction to Digital Photography, Adults, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm, Feb. 26-Mar. 18, $125. Learn the basics of taking beautiful digital photographs using iphones or digital cameras. Point & shoot techniques, photo-editing, uploading to a computer, using Instagram and social media to display photos covered.
Ladies Nights Out! Holiday Wreath Making Workshops, Adults, Friday, Dec. 6, 7-9pm or Saturday, Dec. 7, 10am-12pm, $60. A festive wreath-making workshop! Wreaths & materials provided. BYO Wine & refreshments.
Ladies Night Out! Glass Jewelry Making, Adults, Thursday, Feb. 6, 7-9pm, $70. Learn the steps of the glass fusion process including glass cutting with Dorothy Hafner, award winning artist & designer. BYO wine & refreshments!
Ladies Night Out! Sip & Paint Van Gogh Sunflowers, Adults, Thursday, Mar. 12, 7-9pm, $45. Paint beautiful sunflowers based on the paintings of Van Gogh. A beautiful sunflower still life will be present. All materials provided, all levels welcome. BYO wine & refreshments!
Ladies Night Out! Sew it Up, Adults, Thursday, April 23, 6-9pm, $75. Design and create your own pajama pants & leave the workshop with your masterpiece! Materials & sewing machines provided. BYO wine and refreshments!

See all classes by day & register.
See all classes by department & register.

Find more information at darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683. 

The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall.

farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Places Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:52:44 -0500
Ignite Your Purpose LIVE on Nov. 23 Supports ABC Darien https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47256-ignite-your-purpose-live-on-nov-23-supports-abc-darien47256-ignite-your-purpose-live-on-nov-23-supports-abc-darien https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47256-ignite-your-purpose-live-on-nov-23-supports-abc-darien47256-ignite-your-purpose-live-on-nov-23-supports-abc-darien

Ignite Your Purpose LIVE on Saturday, November 23rd from 9-11am at Hayvn, 320 Boston Post Road in Darien. This event supports ABC Darien

Ignite Your Purpose LIVE! brings together emerging entrepreneurs in an inspired collaboration of ideas, connections, and contribution.  International speaker, award-winning author, and certified success coach Heather Hansen O'Neill takes you on a journey to:

  • Uncover the fears, judgments and beliefs that have kept you from finding and following your purpose and achieving your biggest goals.
  • Find specific strategies to help you use your talents and purpose to realize and sustain the lifestyle you desire.
  • Understand that the gifts you were given were meant to be shared and decide how to incorporate generosity into your business plan.

The event includes networking with other motivated peak performers, great content you can use to make more money doing what you love, a lite breakfast, and a gift from our heart. Sat, Nov 23rd from 9-11am at Hayvn, Darien.

Register HERE.

We believe in giving back to the communities where we present. For this event, $5 from each ticket sold will go towards helping a student from ABC Darien pursue an entrepreneurial venture.

The cost to attend is $59 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to ABC Darien for a scholarship.

Register HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (Heather Hansen O'Neill) Events Wed, 13 Nov 2019 12:01:35 -0500
Rowayton Gardeners Christmas Market on Dec. 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47255-rowayton-gardeners-christmas-market47255-rowayton-gardeners-christmas-market https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47255-rowayton-gardeners-christmas-market47255-rowayton-gardeners-christmas-market

Saturday, Dec. 7 (9am-1pm)

Bring the whole family Saturday, December 7th from 9am – 1pm to the Rowayton Gardeners’ Annual Christmas Market at the Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue, Rowayton.

On December 7th, the Rowayton Community Center transforms into a stunning showcase of holiday decorations.  The Market features designer-quality wreaths and center pieces, one-of-a-kind gifts, boxwood trees and ornaments – all reasonably priced. A range of fabulous items are on offer at the Silent Auction, and Santa is also on hand to welcome children and grandchildren.  Don’t miss this popular fund raising holiday event sponsored by Fairfield County Bank and supporting sponsor Rand Insurance.

Come support the Garden Club’s mission of spreading the word about conservation, maintaining most of our public spaces, introducing children to the joy of growing living things, and raising community awareness about the environment.  Join us and treat yourself to something beautiful for your home, family and friends.


jeannehard@gmail.com (Jeanne Hard) Places Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:10:30 -0500
Hamilton College Student from Darien,Timothy Derby Spending Semester Abroad in Madrid https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47254-hamilton-college-student-from-darien-timothy-derby-spending-semester-abroad-in-madrid47254-hamilton-college-student-from-darien-timothy-derby-spending-semester-abroad-in-madrid https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47254-hamilton-college-student-from-darien-timothy-derby-spending-semester-abroad-in-madrid47254-hamilton-college-student-from-darien-timothy-derby-spending-semester-abroad-in-madrid

Timothy Derby, of Darien, is participating in Hamilton College's Academic Year in Madrid, Spain (HCAYS), for the 2019 fall semester. The program is directed by Hamilton Professor of Hispanic Studies Joana Sabadell-Nieto.

HCAYS, now in its 45th session, offers small liberal arts-oriented classes and the opportunity to enroll directly in the Madrid University system. Participants must speak only Spanish at all times, both in and outside of class.

Through personal contact with the culture, language, ideals, and customs of another nation, participants step beyond the familiarity and comforts of their own environment to gain a new perspective on international affairs and a greater respect for and understanding of another people.

Derby, a junior majoring in mathematics, is a graduate of Darien High School.

Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton College offers an open curriculum that gives students the freedom to shape their own liberal arts education within a research- and writing-intensive framework. Hamilton enrolls 1,850 students from 49 states and 49 countries. Additional information about the college can be found at www.hamilton.edu.

kerry@ducey.org (Hamilton College) Neighbors Wed, 13 Nov 2019 09:11:52 -0500
Mini Golf in Darien Library this Saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47253-mini-golf-in-darien-library-this-saturday47253-mini-golf-in-darien-library-this-saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47253-mini-golf-in-darien-library-this-saturday47253-mini-golf-in-darien-library-this-saturday

Mini Golf in Darien Library on Saturday, November 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Miniature golf returns to the Library for our sixth year. Putt your way throughout the building.

It's just $5 to play and each player receives a free hot dog.

All proceeds from Darien Library Mini Golf will go directly to the purchase of books, movies, and technology, as well as the support of 1,550+ programming opportunities throughout the year. 

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Library) Charities Wed, 13 Nov 2019 09:08:36 -0500
Prospector Theater Founder Talks Satellite Theater in Wilton! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47252-prospector-theater-founder-talks-satellite-theater-in-wilton47252-prospector-theater-founder-talks-satellite-theater-in-wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47252-prospector-theater-founder-talks-satellite-theater-in-wilton47252-prospector-theater-founder-talks-satellite-theater-in-wilton

Well, Val Jensen and her Prospector friends certainly created social media buzz (and excitement) yesterday when they posted the photo you see here the comment "picture this". Yes! We CAN picture a second Prospector Theater - in Wilton! While the contract isn't yet signed, it's close to being signed!

"A satellite theater would bring more awareness and appreciation for our important mission," says Jensen, Prospector Theater founder and visionary.

Fingers crossed that Bow Tie Cinema Theater, located at 21 River Road, will be the second Prospector Theater location where Jensen and her team will fulfill their important mission of providing meaningful employment to adults with disabilities.

The nonprofit theater that is committed unleashing the inner sparkle of all prospects, held a sold-out grand opening celebration on November 20, 2014 at 25 Prospect Street in Ridgefield.  "The Prospector Theater has employed 288 people and paid out over $10,000,000 in payroll since opening 5 years ago, with integrated and meaningful employment," explains Jensen.

High FIVE years and news of a second theater - wow! Lots to celebrate!

Learn more about The Prospector Theater, purchase movie tickets, and find out what's on-screen at www.prospectortheater.org.

Stay tuned for more info on The Prospector WILTON! 

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 13 Nov 2019 04:38:41 -0500
Darien Land Trust invites you to Before The Flood, documentary about climate change https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47251-darien-land-trust-invites-you-to-before-the-flood-documentary-about-climate-change47251-darien-land-trust-invites-you-to-before-the-flood-documentary-about-climate-change https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47251-darien-land-trust-invites-you-to-before-the-flood-documentary-about-climate-change47251-darien-land-trust-invites-you-to-before-the-flood-documentary-about-climate-change

Darien Land Trust invites you to Before The Flood, documentary about climate change on Wednesday at Darien Library

Before The Flood is the product of an incredible three-year journey by Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens. They went to every corner of the globe to document the devastating impacts of our changing climate. In the process, they met with leading experts on the front lines of climate change, including scientists, politicians, faith leaders and visionaries all working to reverse what may be the most catastrophic problem mankind has ever faced. 

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, U.N. Secretary-General Ki-moon Ban, and Alejandro G. Iñárritu. 

For more information, please watch the film's trailer here.  DLT is Co-Sponsoring this event with The Darien Library and The Darien Nature Center. 

This community event will take place this Wednesday, November 13, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:45 pm at Darien Library, Community Room.

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Land Trust) Events Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:17:51 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter: Darien Garage Door and Designs https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47250-why-small-businesses-matter-darien-garage-door-and-designs47250-why-small-businesses-matter-darien-garage-door-and-designs https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47250-why-small-businesses-matter-darien-garage-door-and-designs47250-why-small-businesses-matter-darien-garage-door-and-designs

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Darien Garage Door and Designs!

Three questions with Timothy Nee, owner of Darien Garage Door and Designs.

Darien Garage Door and Designs was founded in 2018 by two industry veterans (Tim Nee and Julio Diaz) anxious to reach customers in a new way. The company founders have a combined 23 years of experience selling, installing and servicing some of the finest doors in Westchester and Fairfield counties. Both owners grew up in Fairfield County and know its people well. The company specializes in custom and conventional garage door sales and service. They are excited to serve you from their state of the art showroom on Post Road in Darien.

Why did you start your business?
I started my own business to have complete control over the sales process, ordering products and day to day decisions running the business. 
Finish this sentence in regard to your business: I wish I could...
I wish I could reach out to more potential customers and let them know what Darien Garage Door and Designs has to offer. 
Best selling product or service?
Best products are custom doors and my service and installer, he’s the best in this industry. 
Darien Garage Door and Designs nominates Bella Pietra located in Darien.


Darien Garage Door and Designs is located at 110 Post Road in Darien. Call 203.655.6199, email tim@dariengarage.com or go online: www.dariengarage.com.

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


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 11 Nov 2019 09:01:19 -0500
Donate a New or Gently Used Coat at Darien's First County Bank and Support Bridgeport Rescue Mission https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47249-donate-a-new-or-gently-used-coat-at-darien-s-first-county-bank-and-support-bridgeport-rescue-mission-great-thanksgiving-project47249-donate-a-new-or-gently-used-coat-at-darien-s-first-county-bank-and-support-bridgeport-rescue-mission-great-thanksgiving-project https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47249-donate-a-new-or-gently-used-coat-at-darien-s-first-county-bank-and-support-bridgeport-rescue-mission-great-thanksgiving-project47249-donate-a-new-or-gently-used-coat-at-darien-s-first-county-bank-and-support-bridgeport-rescue-mission-great-thanksgiving-project

Together with WEBE 108, First County Bank in Darien will hold a Winter Coat Drive NOW until November 12. 

You are welcome to support Bridgeport Rescue Mission's Great Thanksgiving Project and keep our neighbors warm by dropping off a new or gently used coat at the branch (1006 Post Road). 

Learn more about Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Great Thanksgiving Project HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Fri, 08 Nov 2019 08:04:40 -0500