Fairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:18:43 -0500 HamletHub.com Stamford Parade Spectacular on Sunday! https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48685-stamford-parade-spectacular-nov-2448685-stamford-parade-spectacular-nov-24 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48685-stamford-parade-spectacular-nov-2448685-stamford-parade-spectacular-nov-24

STAMFORD CT – The holiday season will officially kick off in Stamford Downtown on November 24 with the 26th annual Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular. The parade is one of the largest of its kind in the country, with giant helium balloons and more than 200,000 spectators annually. This parade is presented by Stamford Advocate/Hearst Media and is hosted by Stamford Downtown Special Services District. 

Planned highlights of the parade include balloons such as returning favorites Bob the Builder, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Elmo, Kung Fu Panda, Mr. Potato Head, Scooby-Doo, The Very Hungry and more. In addition to the procession's signature balloons, the streets will also be filled with fabulous floats, dance groups and 10 marching bands, including the University of New Haven Chargers Marching Band, the Butler Golden Tornado Marching Band, the NYPD Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Band, the Fairfield County Police Pipes and Drums and high school groups from Stamford, Westhill, Trumbull, Roosevelt, Uniondale, Brentwood and Harrison. Television personality Alan Kalter will return as the parade’s Master of Ceremonies at the grand stand for his 16th year.

The parade is scheduled to begin at noon on Sunday, November 24 at the intersection of Summer Street at Hoyt Street and conclude on Atlantic Street, just a few short blocks from the Stamford Metro-North Railroad Station. On the eve of the parade, a Balloon Inflation Party presented by Point72 will be held on Saturday, November 23 from 3-6 p.m. at the intersection of Hoyt Street and Summer Street in Stamford Downtown. This pre-parade event will allow spectators a behind-the-scenes look at the balloons as they come to life.  Music, parade talent and cartoon characters will greet and delight spectators.

For more information call 203-348-5285 or to see what’s happening in Stamford Downtown, please visit www.stamford-downtown.com or follow @BalloonParadeCT.

About Stamford Downtown Special Services District:

Stamford Downtown Special Services District is responsible for creating, managing and promoting a quality environment for people, which enhances the economic vitality of Stamford Downtown.

www.stamford-downtown.com

]]>
bornies@optonline.net (Annette Einhorn ) Events Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:41:00 -0500
Celebrate the Holidays with SHU https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48860-celebrate-the-holidays-with-shu48860-celebrate-the-holidays-with-shu https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48860-celebrate-the-holidays-with-shu48860-celebrate-the-holidays-with-shu

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Let Sacred Heart University put you in the holiday spirit with its festive line-up of events. This year, there will be numerous instrumental and choral arrangements to showcase classic holiday favorites, as well as two tree lightings; one at each campus. 

  • Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas: Come gather at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, December 1 at 4 p.m. to listen to the ladies signature mark on classic carols with arrangements that highlight the group’s unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies and spectacular step dancing. For tickets, visit http://edgertoncenter.org/special_events.php.
  • Grab your mittens and scarves on Monday, December 2, at 4:45 p.m. and join us around the Lower Quad Christmas tree as we light up the main campus with this annual tradition. Sing along to classic carols and indulge in complementary cookies and hot cocoa. Free admission.
  • It will begin to look a lot like Christmas on December 4, at 5:30 p.m. on West Campus, the former global headquarters for General Electric, when Sacred Heart hosts its annual community tree lighting. Come visit Santa and join the community with favorite carols and free refreshments. Free admission.
  • A Festive Event: Feel the holiday spirit on Friday, December 6, at 8 p.m. in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts when the Sacred Heart University orchestra presents its annual concert of classical and light music that will warm the audience’s heart with the spirit of the season. For tickets, visit http://edgertoncenter.org/band_program.php.
  • A Christmas Choral Extravaganza: A Celebration of Joy: On Saturday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m.in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, let the Sacred Heart University choral program lift your spirits with their festive and joyful selections to celebrate the holiday season. For tickets, visit http://edgertoncenter.org/choral_program.php.
  • Holiday Voyage: On Sunday, December 8, at noon let the Sacred Heart University band grow your heart two sizes with their concert of holiday favorites, the traditional sing-along and a few other surprises. For tickets, visit http://edgertoncenter.org/band_program.php.
  • A Christmas Carol in Concert with Kathleen Turner: Honor Christmas on Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit as the New Haven Symphony Orchestra presents “A Christmas Carol in Concert” with special guest Kathleen Turner as Scrooge. For tickets visit, http://edgertoncenter.org/special_events.php.

About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering;  Social Work; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 385 Colleges–2020 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 252 Business Schools–2019 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater. www.sacredheart.edu

]]>
bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz) Events Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:38:28 -0500
Mail Merge Help at Fairfield Library https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48859-mail-merge-help-at-fairfield-library48859-mail-merge-help-at-fairfield-library https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48859-mail-merge-help-at-fairfield-library48859-mail-merge-help-at-fairfield-library

Fairfield, Conn. - Learn to create mailing labels and return address labels for holiday cards and invitations with the Microsoft Word mail merge feature. Karen Kucinski brings some “Mail Merge Magic” to the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road on Sunday, December 1 at 2:00 pm. Typically used to generate labels and envelopes for large mailings, you can use mail merge to make your own holiday mailing easier. Other creative uses of mail merge will be explored including how to create gift tags, labels for food gifts, and more. This is a 90-minute workshop. Bring your address book in any file format compatible with Microsoft Word. Laptops will be available for use during the class or you can bring your own. Registration is requested. 

Karen Kucinski is a corporate learning and development professional with over 20 years of experience at New York City law firms and investment banks. She lives in Fairfield with her wife and two sons.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information about this and other programs, visit us online at: fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter @fairfieldpublib and Facebook @fairfieldlibrary.

]]>
bornies@optonline.net (Fairfield Library ) Events Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:19:40 -0500
Fairfield U Bookstore Hosts Holiday Open House, Dec. 7 & 8 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48858-fairfield-u-bookstore-hosts-holiday-open-house-dec-7-848858-fairfield-u-bookstore-hosts-holiday-open-house-dec-7-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48858-fairfield-u-bookstore-hosts-holiday-open-house-dec-7-848858-fairfield-u-bookstore-hosts-holiday-open-house-dec-7-8

Fairfield, CT - Join the Fairfield University Bookstore for its 8th year at 1499 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 (203) 255-7756 on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday Dec. 8, 2019 as they celebrate the Holiday season. There will be something for everyone to enjoy! Enter a FREE raffle between 11am-3pm for a chance to win a variety of signed copies. 

Events planned for Saturday Dec. 7th include the following for kids ages 3 & up: 

  • A Silly Dilly Sing-A-Long with author and comedy writer Alan Katz beginning at 12:15pm on the 2nd floor. Alan is the author of many books for children including, “Where Did They Hide My Presents?” “Take Me Out Of The Bathtub” “The Awesome Achievers Series” and many, many more! Alan’s books will be available for purchase/signing before and after the Sing-A-Long.
  • Children and families are encouraged to gather at 12:50pm in front of the Bookstore to greet Santa arriving on a Fire Truck courtesy of the Fairfield Fire Department! Follow Santa up to the 2nd floor for a special visit, photo ops and complimentary goodie bag. 
  • Stick around for our Grinch Story Time at 2pm on the 2nd floor with a LIVE costume Character! Enjoy the sounds of The Fairfield/Trumbull School of Music singers as they accompany the story of How The Grinch Stole Christmas read aloud.  

On Saturday, Dec. 7th, on the first floor, customers can enjoy live music in the Bookstore's Starbucks Cafe performed by the dynamic duo Doc and Dave, from 12:30pm-2:30pm. Customers can also meet and greet author Lea Grimaldi from 12-3pm where she will sign copies of her new book, “Inner Peace From A to Z.” Author Anthony Renzoni will also be signing copies of his books, “Connecticut Softball Legend Joan Joyce, and “Connecticut Rock ’n’ Roll.”

The celebration continues on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 with two very special musical performances in the Starbucks Cafe by Fairfield University’s Women’s and Men’s A Capella Groups— Sweet Harmony and The Bensonians beginning at 11:30am. Everyone is welcome to attend! These events are free and open to the public!

Please RSVP to the Kids Events at FairfieldUBookstoreEvents@gmail.com - Walk-ins are always welcome to attend! 

For more Bookstore events, please visit us at www.facebook.com/FairfieldUBookstore and sign up for the mailing list at www.fairfieldbookstore.com

]]>
bornies@optonline.net (Nancy Quinn) Events Tue, 19 Nov 2019 06:28:30 -0500
SHU Student Receives Grant for Investment Startup https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48857-shu-student-receives-grant-for-investment-startup48857-shu-student-receives-grant-for-investment-startup https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48857-shu-student-receives-grant-for-investment-startup48857-shu-student-receives-grant-for-investment-startup

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University senior Wilder Rumpf received a $5,000 grant from the town of Fairfield for his ingenious fractional share brokerage and banking platform. The firm is pending registration but will offer fractional shares in over 675 securities, banking services and educational products.

“I always thought I would start a business—I just never knew what it was going to be. Sacred Heart helped me find my passion for finance and scholastics, which has driven my ambitions to accomplish what I have so far,” said Rumpf. With the help of SHU students, professors and advisers, Rumpf has launched an investment startup—FinTron Invest. FinTron’s mission is to accelerate the financial stability of young adults through education, transparent products and give-back programs. 

FinTron employs six full-time staff members consisting of Jack Welch College of Business & Technology professors, graduate students and alumni. Additionally, FinTron currently employs more than 17 SHU interns and has collectively employed over 30 people. Together they’ve raised enough money to develop an iOS and android app, including a web interface and a gaming platform—the FinTron Challenge, that enables users to learn how to invest with simulated cash known as paper trading.

Rumpf is working on a dual major in finance and economics and has always been interested in creating his own business. “My father always worked in nonprofits, and I had the opportunity to watch him lead. I realized at a young age that I wanted to fund my own vision. The long-term goal is to generate enough revenue and pursue nonprofit ideals. Eventually, I want to start my own nonprofit,” said Rumpf.

FinTron Invest will donate 5 percent of its net profits to charity and 1 percent of the total revenue to a student loan forgiveness program. “We teach our users about finance and investing and then turn it around and allow them to invest on our super simplified interface with very small amounts of capital. We help forgive our users’ student debt, and we give back to charity. We aim to turn traditional finance on its head by leveraging technology and participating in philanthropy,” Rumpf said.

Rumpf credits much of his success to his experiences at Sacred Heart. “Coming here to Sacred Heart, there is a clear connection to my firm’s success and the educational and extra-curricular activities I have participated in. There is so much unknown potential at this school; SHU is a sleeping giant. The professors, students and industry professionals are all here to help you start your career and, if you are like me, your entrepreneurial journey.”

PHOTO: Student Wilder Rumpf talks about his business, FinTron, with guests during Sacred Heart University's Homecoming weekend in October 2019. Looking on is retired business professor John Gerlach who has been helping Rumpf with the project. Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek

###

About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 385 Colleges–2020 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 252 Business Schools–2019 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater. www.sacredheart.edu

]]>
bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz) Places Tue, 19 Nov 2019 06:23:54 -0500
WWC Presents: Sounds For A Starry Night on Dec. 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48856-wwc-presents-sounds-for-a-starry-night-dec-648856-wwc-presents-sounds-for-a-starry-night-dec-6 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48856-wwc-presents-sounds-for-a-starry-night-dec-648856-wwc-presents-sounds-for-a-starry-night-dec-6

Westport, CT - Sounds for a Starry Night, a salon-style chamber concert and reception, blending classical music, poetry and song, returns to The Westport Woman’s Club, Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Featured performers include two Russian-born Westport favorites:  internationally acclaimed concert violinist, Igor Pikayzen, and his mother, classical pianist Tatyana Pikayzen. They plan works by Alexander Glazunov, Cesar Franck and Felix Mendelssohn.

Grandson of legendary Soviet violinist Viktor Pikayzen, Igor was born in Moscow, Russia.  Since his concert debut with the Moscow Philharmonic at age eight, Pikayzen—now a graduate of Staples HS, Juilliard, Yale and CUNY--has performed with major orchestras in Europe, Asia, North and South America, garnered numerous competitive awards and has a growing discography.  The Westport Arts Advisory Committee presented its Horizon Award to him, as an outstanding Westport artist under age 30 with a national/international reputation.  Praised by critics and audiences alike for his astounding technical ability and majestically lush tone, Mr. Pikayzen is one of his generation’s most promising young artists.  

Tatyana Pikayzen—the “Paganini of the keyboard”-- has performed to tremendous critical acclaim across three continents.  A top prize winner at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, she has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and has a substantial discography.  

Completing the evening’s distinguished chamber ensemble is the bold, rich sound of award-winning Israeli-born cellist, Michael Katz, a graduate of New England Conservatory, Juilliard and SUNY Stony Brook. Punctuating the instrumental musical segments, Casey Rose Clark will perform a vocal interlude.  Miggs Burroughs and Westport Poet Laureate Diane Meyer Lowman will deliver brief opening recitations of verse.

Major sponsors of this Sounds for a Starry Night fundraiser are the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center and Weichert, Realtors-Madison and Post. Tickets for this live concert and reception in an intimate, festive setting are $50 ($25 for students).   Seating is limited. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.westportwomansclub.org.  Proceeds from Sounds for a Starry Night will benefit need-based college scholarships for Staples High School seniors.  

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  Westport residency is not required for WWC membership.  For information, please call the WWC Office at 203-227-4240. 

]]>
bornies@optonline.net (Gloria Smithson ) Events Tue, 19 Nov 2019 06:12:51 -0500
A Celtic Family Christmas at Quick Center, Dec. 5 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48855-a-celtic-family-christmas-at-quick-center-dec-548855-a-celtic-family-christmas-at-quick-center-dec-5 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48855-a-celtic-family-christmas-at-quick-center-dec-548855-a-celtic-family-christmas-at-quick-center-dec-5

Fairfield, CT - Ring in the holiday season Dec. 5, 8pm, with an unforgettable evening of music, dance and storytelling for the entire family!Husband-and-wife duo Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, will take the stage at the Quick Center for the Arts with an incredible array of talented musicians and dancers – including their children – for A Celtic Family Christmas.

The performance features familiar Christmas songs intermingled with classic Celtic tunes, including favorites such as “Angels We Have Heard on High," "White Christmas," "Up on the Housetop," "The Christmas Medley," "Ding Dong Merrily on High," and "Silent Night."The duo’s seven musically talented children (one is too young to perform) have previously appeared on NBC’s “Little Big Shots” and are the centerpiece of the performance.“It’s a perfect time to travel with the children and to bring light and happiness to families and fans across the country,” Leahy said.

Tickets: https://quickcenterforthearts.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F0H00000esdtNUAQ

 

 

 

 

]]>
bornies@optonline.net (Quick Center for the Arts ) Events Tue, 19 Nov 2019 06:09:13 -0500
Quick Center & Bpt Schools Partner Thru "Arts for All" https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48854-quick-center-bpt-schools-partner-thru-arts-for-all48854-quick-center-bpt-schools-partner-thru-arts-for-all https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48854-quick-center-bpt-schools-partner-thru-arts-for-all48854-quick-center-bpt-schools-partner-thru-arts-for-all

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University and the Bridgeport Public Schools (BPS) Department of Performing and Visual Arts (DPVA) are thrilled to announce an expansive “Arts for All” partnership, designed to benefit BPS students and the greater community at large.

The partnership was guided by the shared belief that arts educational experiences have significant impact on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes. 

With a joint commitment of providing BPS students with arts access, high quality arts instruction, and exposure to diverse arts experiences, the partnership will impact over 3,000 students in grades K-12. The partnership goes far deeper than typical collaborations, providing direct access to well-known and emerging artists, opportunities for internship, and financial scholarships.   

“As a world class performing arts center, we have the opportunity to expose students to incredible artists at the forefront of their craft from all over the globe. Through direct interactive education and learning opportunities, our partnership aims to expose and integrate the arts into the lives of the students, and to nurture their creativity and belief in themselves and the arts,” explained Peter Van Heerden, Executive Director of the Fairfield University Quick Center for the Arts.

“This partnership becomes a model for ‘Arts for All’ and creates a direct line of access to the arts for the community,” Van Heerden added.

Alicia Robinson, Director of Performing & Visual Arts for BPS, explained, “Our district is underfunded at the city and state level in relation to other nearby communities.  This is an opportunity to provide resources where they are very much needed and deserved.  There is a true desire amongst BPS students to make these connections with adults. The arts are a great access point to bring in these connections.” 

Robinson added, “We’ve all heard of the achievement gap, but there’s also a opportunity gap across our communities. This new partnership helps to level the playing field and ensures that Bridgeport students have equal opportunities. This partnership will increase their world outlook and break down geographical barriers. My biggest hope is that participating students see more of the world out there.” 

BPS students will experience hands-on learning through artist-led educational programs including workshops, master classes, and panel discussions with Quick Center performers.  Additionally, the partnership includes access to the Quick’s School Matinee Series to expose students to live theater performances, including pre- and post-performance workshops with Fairfield University faculty.  

The Quick Center has also donated 2,000 tickets for the 2019/20 season to BPS students and their families to encourage a greater understanding of the art form, create cultural dialogue, and foster a connection to both real world artists and contemporary issues.

Additionally, high school juniors and seniors can pursue internships at the Quick Center to learn about potential career choices in arts administration in the areas of Programming, Marketing, Finance & Administration, Technical Theatre, and Development/Fundraising.  

The Quick will provide scholarships for BPS students to participate in Quick Summer Intensive classes in a variety of topics including musical theater, visual art, dance, photography and fashion, serving over one hundred 4th – 10th grade students.  

Lastly there will also be an educator professional development component, led by Fairfield University faculty.

The benefits of the partnership are not limited to Bridgeport students, nor the Bridgeport community. Rather, the benefits of fostering a lifetime engagement in arts and culture are far-reaching.  

Studies have shown that audience-based participation in the arts and personal participation in creating art are linked to higher levels of civic engagement, higher levels of social tolerance, and higher levels of other-regarding behavior, and that a strong association between the arts and individual-level social outcomes contribute to the health of civil society.1

“Once our students leave high school and are in the work place, they will have engaged in conversation with diverse people, and will have been exposed to new outlooks and insights through this program,” shared Robinson.

“We have already received extremely positive feedback from the students and teachers that have attended Quick events and participated in dialogue with the artists, including comments like, ‘This is eye opening’ and ‘I never thought I could make a career out of this,’” she added.

“This partnership is giving our students personal experiences, to help them experiment artistically, and perhaps to inspire someone to move forward with their dreams. At the end of the day, we are all a community and we need to support each other,“ said Robinson. 

For more information on the partnership, please contact Lori Jones, Director of Programming and Audience Development for the Fairfield University Quick Center for the Arts at 203-254-4000 x2975. 

Fairfield University is a modern Jesuit Catholic university rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from the U.S. and across the globe are pursuing degrees in the University’s five schools. Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values. The University is located on a stunning 200-acre campus on the scenic Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

1 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17448689.2014.912479

]]>
bornies@optonline.net (Lori Jones) Places Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:56:14 -0500
Geary Gallery Features Three Artists in December https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48853-geary-gallery-features-three-artists-in-december48853-geary-gallery-features-three-artists-in-december https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48853-geary-gallery-features-three-artists-in-december48853-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.

 

]]>
bornies@optonline.net (Falcone Creative Design ) Events Mon, 18 Nov 2019 08:29:14 -0500
Maker Faire Connecticut at Staples High School April 18-19, 2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48852-maker-faire-connecticut-announced-april-18-1948852-maker-faire-connecticut-announced-april-18-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48852-maker-faire-connecticut-announced-april-18-1948852-maker-faire-connecticut-announced-april-18-19

Westport, Connecticut – Connecticut’s largest creativity and innovation event is growing up.  After eight years as Maker Faire Westport, the 9th annual event has been renamed Maker Faire Connecticut in order to reflect its growing size and impact.  The event will occur on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, 2020.  The event will take place at one of Western Connecticut’s largest venues, Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut.  Attendance is planned to be 15,000 – 20,000 people.

“Maker Faire Connecticut will showcase more creative people from a broader geography.  We will also demonstrate what Connecticut has to offer the world in terms of education, communities, workforce and more,” said Mark Mathias, founder and president of Remarkable STEAM, Inc.  “Maker Faire Connecticut will inspire people to learn and grow while having a positive impact on the economy,” Mathias added.

For the past eight years, Maker Faire Westport has provided a place where individuals, libraries, schools and universities, communities, crafters, tinkerers, entrepreneurs and businesses can showcase their skills and talents to a receptive audience.  Personal and business connections are made and lives are changed because of the inspiration and people that participate in a Maker Faire.

Along with the name change, Maker Faire Connecticut will be a two-day event, expand both its creative and business audience and reach out to a broader geography for both makers and attendees.

More announcements will be made as the event develops.  People who want to be involved in the event or have questions should contact Mark Mathias at mark@remarkablesteam.org or 203-226-1791.

About Remarkable STEAM

Remarkable STEAM is the not-for-profit that produces Maker Faire Connecticut.  Its mission is to create jobs and close the education gap.  Its flagship event, Maker Faire Connecticut, is the largest creativity and innovation event in the Northeast and supports the spectrum of individual creative people to businesses.

About Maker Faire

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement.  It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers.  They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, California and in 2019 celebrated its 14th annual show with some 900+ makers and 90,000 people in attendance. Forty other larger scale Maker Faires occur in cities around the world—Detroit, Milwaukee, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Shenzhen to name a few— and over 150 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.

 

]]>
bornies@optonline.net (Mark Mathias ) Events Mon, 18 Nov 2019 08:22:24 -0500
SHU Awarded Grant to Study Computer Science in Elementary Schools https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48851-shu-awarded-grant-to-study-computer-science-in-elementary-schools48851-shu-awarded-grant-to-study-computer-science-in-elementary-schools https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48851-shu-awarded-grant-to-study-computer-science-in-elementary-schools48851-shu-awarded-grant-to-study-computer-science-in-elementary-schools

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Sacred Heart University, in partnership with Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, will provide computer science professional development for more than 500 elementary school teachers through an extensive, five-year project that involves the largest grant in Sacred Heart history.

An initial $2.1 million from the U.S. Department of Education will fund the first three years of Project {FUTURE} (FUndamentals Teachers Unit Research Exemplars)— Innovations in Embedded Computer Science for Elementary Curricula. The only awarded proposal from Connecticut in the national Education Innovation & Research (EIR) competition, Project {FUTURE} will expand access to computer science education for thousands of K-5 students through teacher professional development.

“Teachers have opportunities and challenges in integrating computer science in the elementary school,” said Darcy Ronan, assistant professor in SHU’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education, who is directing Project {FUTURE}. “This project has the potential to yield significant research contributions in the field of computer science education at the elementary level. We are honored to be selected and excited to do this project.” SHU faculty co-directors on the Project {FUTURE} team are STEM education professor Bonnie Maur and D. Cenk Erdil, assistant professor of computer science in the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology. 

In Connecticut, the project will include 18 elementary schools from Bridgeport and New Haven public schools and those in the Cooperative Educational Services (CES) region, which includes various suburban and urban schools in Fairfield County. 

The full five-year, $5.1 million project is expected to culminate in research-backed model curricula and tools for integrating computer science concepts in elementary content areas from math and science to literature and social studies. The overall budget includes federal funds totaling $3.8 million, contingent upon Congressional appropriation. In addition, $1.3 million in matching funds and in-kind donations will come from Code.org, a national nonprofit that aims to make computer science a “fundamental literacy” in the 21st century. Sacred Heart and Marquette University are the official Code.org partner institutions in their respective states. 

In the initial years, Project {FUTURE} will implement Code.org’s Computer Science Fundamentals through professional development workshops and ongoing support for all K-5 teachers. The team will lead location-specific coaching and curriculum mapping. Plans will differ because every school is unique, Ronan said. “The goal is to better understand how professional development translates into student experiences and what building-level factors are involved in shaping an elementary computer science program.”

In its culminating phase, Project {FUTURE} will pull together a Connecticut cohort of 50 teachers to develop, pilot and evaluate curriculum units embedding computer science in other content areas. The children will use both “unplugged” computer science activities and digital tools developed by their teachers. The project will study how children develop skills in both computer science and the target content area.

The project will occur in parallel in Wisconsin, impacting thousands of students in the Milwaukee Public Schools. In addition to the SHU faculty, the Project {FUTURE} team includes Dennis Brylow of Marquette University and Esther Bobowick of Cooperative Educational Services in Trumbull. Project {FUTURE} is one of 41 funded projects nationwide, chosen from over 250 submitted proposals.  

PHOTO: Professors Darcy Ronan and Cenk Erdil hold a Code.org workshop at Sacred Heart University's West Campus. Sacred Heart University and Code.org hosted the 2019 CT Teacher Con at West Campus during the week of July 8-12, 2019. Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek

###

 

About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 385 Colleges–2020 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 252 Business Schools–2019 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater. www.sacredheart.edu

]]>
bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz) Places Mon, 18 Nov 2019 08:17:18 -0500
New Visitor Services Team at Fairfield Museum https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48850-new-visitor-services-team-at-fairfield-museum48850-new-visitor-services-team-at-fairfield-museum https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48850-new-visitor-services-team-at-fairfield-museum48850-new-visitor-services-team-at-fairfield-museum

Fairfield, CT - The Fairfield Museum is delighted to announce its new Visitor Services team. Kathy Lee of Fairfield is bringing new excitement and curated gifts to the Museum Shop, Allison Burress of Fairfield is managing the rentals at the Museum and the Burr Mansion, and Angel Bleggi is the new weekend manager of visitor services. All three will oversee the visitor experience at the Fairfield Museum to ensure visitors have a fantastic visit.

Kathy Lee comes to the Fairfield Museum Shop with 20+ years of retail experience. After graduating from the University of Southern California, she made her way to the original Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston where she was the manager of their retail gift shop. Missing her home in Fairfield County, she then worked for the original Hay Day, now Balducci's, as their Floral and Gift Manager. She took some time off to start her family but her dream was to own her own shop in Fairfield. From 2009-2019 she owned the charming gift and floral shop, Vintage Garden. Kathy has been stocking the Fairfield Museum Shop with exciting new items just in time for holiday shopping.

"I'm so excited to bring my retail experience to the Fairfield Museum Shop,” Kathy said. “I have been sourcing lots of new vendors and concentrating on some special ‘Fairfield’ items, as well as many items that are produced in New England." Come say hello to Kathy at the Museum on Mondays and Wednesdays!

Allison Burress has been managing the Burr Mansion for the past year, and now also works at the Museum overseeing all rental inquiries for the facilities there. She provides personalized support to clients ranging from brides and grooms to businesses and organizations who host events at the two impressive locations. From weddings to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs to corporate and holiday events, she ensures that all renters have the best experience possible. Before joining the Museum, Allison founded, and sold, Circle One Marketing. 

"I have always thought I should have been a party planner in a previous life,” Allison said. “Managing events at the Burr Mansion and the Fairfield Museum allows me the opportunity to provide a perspective to future clients and hopefully guide them in the process. There is nothing like seeing the face of a bride after she walks down the aisle. Just priceless."

Angel Bleggi graduated from Naugatuck Valley Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Management and a Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in Art History. She comes from a big family that spent much of their time exploring museums and historical centers, and is looking forward to sharing her love of museums and museum culture with guests at the Fairfield Museum.

“I have been coming to the Fairfield Museum since I was a young child,” Angel said. “I am particularly delighted to be a part of the Visitor Services team so I can provide positive new experiences for all those who are visiting!” 

Come visit the Fairfield Museum and let this new team of experienced Visitor Services staff show you all of the wonderful things the Museum has to offer!

About the Fairfield Museum & History Center

The Fairfield Museum & History Center and Museum Shop, located at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10am-4pm. Members of the Museum and children under 5 are admitted free. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org. The Fairfield Museum relies on funding from individuals, corporations and foundations. The Museum is especially grateful for leadership support from the Town of Fairfield, the State of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, CT Humanities, and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

]]>
bornies@optonline.net (Deb Owens) Places Sat, 16 Nov 2019 05:24:35 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Sponsors FREE Shred Day on Nov. 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48849-fairfield-county-bank-sponsors-free-shred-day-on-nov-2248849-fairfield-county-bank-sponsors-free-shred-day-on-nov-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48849-fairfield-county-bank-sponsors-free-shred-day-on-nov-2248849-fairfield-county-bank-sponsors-free-shred-day-on-nov-22

Next Friday, November 22 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. ProShred Security will be at Fairfield County Bank's Tunxis Hill Office so that you can safely destroy your confidential documents. Protecting your identity is critically important, so please visit us on Friday to destroy your papers.

Personally identifying documents to consider shredding include:

Bank statements, birth certificate copies, canceled or voided checks, credit card bills, credit reports, ATM receipts, address labels, medical forms and bills, items with a driver's license #, pay stubs, and more.

We hope to see you there!

For more information visit, here

Fairfield County Bank is located at 255 Tunxis Hill Road, Fairfield, CT

]]>
kerry@ducey.org (FCB) Events Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:21:25 -0500
SHU Alumnus Wins Local Film Fest Award https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/48848-shu-alumnus-wins-local-film-fest-award48848-shu-alumnus-wins-local-film-fest-award https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/48848-shu-alumnus-wins-local-film-fest-award48848-shu-alumnus-wins-local-film-fest-award

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—A short film by Sacred Heart alumnus Tyler Stirling was recognized at the 2019 Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) as the best student film. Stirling created his 16-minute narrative work, Little Things, while he was in SHU’s film and television master’s program.

“Winning the award was a complete surprise to me. I spent around a year working on this film, and it was the first real attempt at something I wanted to showcase. I was just excited to have the opportunity to screen it at a film festival,” said Stirling. The film focuses on a man who is contemplating suicide, but after meeting his new neighbor, he falls in love and his life is reinvigorated.

Bill Harris, adjunct professor of communications and media studies and producer-in-residence, encouraged Stirling to submit his film to the festival. “The whole process was amazing. It was my first film festival as a filmmaker, and they put on a great show,” said Stirling.

Todd Barnes, artistic director of the FTMA program, described Stirling’s unique approach to his film. "Tyler pulls off the trick of being ambitious and driven while also being kind and generous. RIFF is a highly respected local festival, and Tyler's award is an honor and privilege for him and the whole FTMA program at Sacred Heart," said Barnes.

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival screens independent films from around the world that tell inspiring stories through unique visuals. The festival takes place in Ridgefield and includes screenings, panel discussions, special events and nightly parties. A team of filmmakers selected films for screening based on their craft, creativity and storytelling. 

Stirling, who is originally from Easton, earned his master’s degree from Sacred Heart University and his bachelor's from Salve Regina. He currently does freelance video work, taking his career one project at a time, and he is interested in starting a web series in the future.

From left are Bill Harris, Sally Ross, Tyler Stirling and Todd Barnes at the 2019 Ridgefield Independent Film Fest.

About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 385 Colleges–2020 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 252 Business Schools–2019 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater. www.sacredheart.edu

]]>
bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz) Life Thu, 14 Nov 2019 06:09:34 -0500
HCC's Saccio Exhibit a Smash Hit https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48847-saccio-exhibit-a-smash-hit48847-saccio-exhibit-a-smash-hit https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48847-saccio-exhibit-a-smash-hit48847-saccio-exhibit-a-smash-hit

Bridgeport, CT - On Thursday, November 7, a crowd of more than 200 art lovers gathered at the Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) to attend the opening reception for “In a Dark Wood, Wandering,” a survey exhibition of sculptures by New Haven artist Joseph Saccio.

The exhibit features a selection of twenty-three large-scale sculptures, with pieces drawing on classical mythology and religious connotations. The show’s title takes inspiration from Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem, Divine Comedy, with parallels of a spiritual journey of the soul, here through sorrow and loss, and ultimately, healing.

“Joseph Saccio’s work represented here is a testament to our need to pause and remember those we’ve lost, to memorialize those who have left an indelible mark on our lives. These pieces live in that space, working through grief and pain, reflecting memory, and contemplating the fragility of life,” said Robbin Zella, Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art.

A casual artist throughout much of his life, Saccio’s career became more formal after the tragic death of his young son. Working through his grief, he created large, primitive memorials with help from his surviving children.

“This selection is an important grouping. He has a number of different styles, and there are a lot of remembrance pieces here,” said his son Damijan Saccio of Brooklyn, NY. “I see a few that I worked on with him.”

“In a Dark Wood, Wandering” will be on view through December 14, 2019. On Wednesday, December 4th the public is invited to join artist Joseph Saccio for an exclusive walk through the exhibit. During this free event, which begins at 11am, Saccio will share his artistic process and his interests in mythology, nature and the struggle of bereavement.

The Housatonic Museum of Art would like to thank Elizabeth Fray, the Werth Family Foundation, the Housatonic Community College Foundation (HCCF), and the Housatonic Community College as well as numerous individual donors for their support. For more information about the Housatonic Museum of Art, visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org or call (203) 332-5052.

photo credit: Tom Brenner

]]>
LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Places Thu, 14 Nov 2019 04:53:25 -0500