Greenwich's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich Mon, 23 May 2022 08:13:22 -0400 HamletHub.com Dogtopia of Stamford presents Bark in the Park on Sunday at Latham Park https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41013-dogtopia-of-stamford-presents-bark-in-the-park-on-sunday-at-latham-park41013-dogtopia-of-stamford-presents-bark-in-the-park-on-sunday-at-latham-park https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41013-dogtopia-of-stamford-presents-bark-in-the-park-on-sunday-at-latham-park41013-dogtopia-of-stamford-presents-bark-in-the-park-on-sunday-at-latham-park

This Sunday, May 22 is a special day for our four-legged friends! All friendly, well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome!

The event is FREE but we encourage everyone to bring a cash donation or item to donate to animals in need. Items collected will be distributed between the participating rescue groups! Suggested items include: Canned Food, Pill Pockets, Chew toys, martingale collars, frontline, Heartgard and leashes.

The first 200 attendees will receive a goodie bag sponsored by Get Joy

Bark in the Park will feature:

Contest & Demo Schedule
12pm: Does your dog have the “Right Stuff” to be a therapy dog? – Join Neil Cohen and K9 Caring Angels to explore the opportunities for therapy dog certification.

12:30pm: Blessing of the Animals

1:00pm: Pie Eating Contest

1:15pm: Best Trick Contest

1:30pm: Costume Contest

Vendors:
All Pets Crematory & Remembrance, Earth Animal, Habby Art, JL Crafts & Design, Lulahs Dog Bakery, Lily’s Garden Stones, Pets a Go Go, Sit Means Sit Dog Training, The Sew Queen, Total Mutt Jobs!, Upward Dog and Friends

Non-Profits:
Adopt-A-Dog, Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause, Lucky Dog Refuge, Red Leash Rescue, Saving Paws Rescue, SNARR Northeast Stamford Animal Control & Care, Stamford Animal Shelter Alliance

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kerry@ducey.org (Stamford Downtown) Events Fri, 20 May 2022 09:17:00 -0400
Connecticut Press Club Announces Communications Contest Winners https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41012-connecticut-press-club-announces-communications-contest-winners41012-connecticut-press-club-announces-communications-contest-winners https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41012-connecticut-press-club-announces-communications-contest-winners41012-connecticut-press-club-announces-communications-contest-winners

Connecticut Press Club Announces Communications Contest Winners

The Connecticut Press Club is proud to announce its 2021 Communication Contest award winners. Winners were notified by email, and the Club will salute them with an awards ceremony and celebration on June 8th.

The professional contest is held annually and spans 61 categories—e.g., news writing, specialty articles, speeches, columns, personality profiles, photo essays, books, and more.

“The caliber of work submitted by journalists, writers, editors, and other communications professionals has reached new heights,” said Connecticut Press Club President Michele Turk.

The Club announced the winners of its first high school contest in March. Current students and recent high school graduates statewide entered work into 23 categories, including op-ed columns, blog posts, news and feature stories, radio, video, photographs, and cartoons. “We’re thrilled to have included young talent from throughout the state in this year’s competition and the judges were quite impressed by their submissions,” said Turk. “We look forward to expanding the reach of the high school contest in the future.”

The Connecticut Press Club will salute both professional and high school winners with a cocktail party and awards ceremony at The Old Post Tavern in Fairfield on June 8th. Award recipients, their guests, current and prospective members, and the community at large are invited to attend the event. Local author (and former journalist) Jane Green will be the emcee.

Jane's latest novel, Sister Stardust, was published on April 5th. She is published in more than 25 languages and has over 10 million books in print worldwide. The Connecticut Press Club is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) and includes both male and female members. First-place winners in the statewide contest are also eligible for awards in the nationwide contest sponsored by the NFPW.

Once comprised solely of print and broadcast journalists, the club now welcomes all types of communicators: writers, editors, bloggers, authors, educators, public relations professionals, media photographers, students, and others. More information on the club is available on the organization’s website.

The Connecticut Press Club welcomes sponsors for its annual contest and the awards ceremony and celebration. For more information regarding the Connecticut Press Club, their awards contest and ceremony, sponsorship, or membership, email ctpressclub@gmail.com.

Visit the Connecticut Press Club’s website for the complete list of contest winners. PHOTO CAPTION: New York Times bestselling author, Jane Green, will emcee the Connecticut Press Club Awards Night on Wednesday, June 8th, at The Old Post Tavern in Fairfield, Conn.

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trenner@catalysmc.com (Connecticut Press Club) Neighbors Wed, 18 May 2022 14:47:46 -0400
40th Annual Bruce Museum Outdoor Crafts Festival https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41011-40th-annual-bruce-museum-outdoor-crafts-festival41011-40th-annual-bruce-museum-outdoor-crafts-festival https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41011-40th-annual-bruce-museum-outdoor-crafts-festival41011-40th-annual-bruce-museum-outdoor-crafts-festival

Each year the Bruce Museum sponsors two outdoor festivals that feature original work by some of the best artists and craftspeople from around the country. The Crafts Festival in May is regularly held one week before Memorial Day. The Arts Festival is regularly held in early October, most times on Columbus Day weekend. All artists are present throughout each entire weekend and all works are for sale.

From May 21 to May 22, 2022 - event times range between 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

See Additional Dates and Times

Festival parking: Island Beach parking lot, Steamboat Road, Steamboat Road Commuter Garage, Museum Drive

Admission is on a “Pay as You Wish” basis, with a suggested donation of $10 per adult.

Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, CT

Visit Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County online here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County) Events Wed, 18 May 2022 09:39:12 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend: 50's Dance Party, Outdoor Crafts Festival at Bruce Museum, Music at MoCA and More https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41014-fc-buzz-weekend-50-s-dance-party-outdoor-crafts-festival-at-bruce-museum-music-at-moca-and-more41014-fc-buzz-weekend-50-s-dance-party-outdoor-crafts-festival-at-bruce-museum-music-at-moca-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41014-fc-buzz-weekend-50-s-dance-party-outdoor-crafts-festival-at-bruce-museum-music-at-moca-and-more41014-fc-buzz-weekend-50-s-dance-party-outdoor-crafts-festival-at-bruce-museum-music-at-moca-and-more

FC Buzz Weekend Lineup May 20 – May 22, 2022

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 the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

Saldana Bravo Argentine Guitar Duo at the MAC, Milford

Friday, May 20, 8:00 pm

Silvana Saldaña and Javier Bravo, renowned Argentine Classical Guitar Duo, are back at the MAC, performing works by contemporary Argentine composers as well as some classical pieces. They have performed as a duo and as soloists in major halls of Argentina, USA, and all over the world.

12th Annual Juried Member Show at The Ridgefield Guild of Artists

Saturday, May 21, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

The community is invited to an opening reception for a Member exhibition juried by Lisa Cooper of Elisa Contemporary Fine Art Gallery. The reception is outside, and the show is in person and online.

50’s Dance Party at Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport

Saturday, May 21, 5:00 pm

Bop over to Bridgeport for John Mueller’s 50’s Dance Party, the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper’s final tour and the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates. Over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment, featuring all the hit songs of the 50’s era: “That’ll Be The Day”, “Peggy Sue”, “Oh, Boy”, “Rave on”, “La Bamba”, “Chantilly Lace”, and many more.

“This Is The Moment: MTC’s 35th Anniversary Gala” at Music Theatre of CT, Norwalk

Saturday, May 21, 7:00-10:00 pm

MTC celebrates the conclusion of its 35th Season with this celebratory night featuring performances by actors seen on the MTC stage, singing audience-favorite songs. Food will also be provided by MTC restaurant sponsor, Black Rock Social House, accompanied by an open bar and live auction. 

Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Quartet at Music at MoCA Westport

Saturday, May 21, 7:00-9:00 pm

As part of their “Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Series,” MoCA Westport brings you Camille Thurman, an emerging jazz artist and composer who is quickly becoming one of the standard bearers for the form, making a considerable and dynamic contribution to the legacy of jazz while paying tribute to its heroes. She is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and interpreter of the jazz tradition. Purchase food and drinks, and explore the Punk Is Coming exhibition too!

Verdi’s Requiem at Norwalk City Hall

Saturday, May 21, 7:30 pm

Come and experience one of the most emotionally intense musical compositions of all time, performed in its entirety by four soloists, a double choir, and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.  

40th Annual Bruce Museum Outdoor Crafts Festival at The Bruce Museum, Greenwich

Saturday and Sunday, May 21 & 22, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Featuring work by some of the best artists and craftspeople from around the country, this is a festival not to be missed. Admission is “Pay as You Wish” with a suggested donation of $10 per adult. All artists are present throughout each entire weekend and all works are for sale.

Open Studios at Metro Art Studios, Bridgeport

Sunday, May 22, 12:00-4:00 pm

The May Open House at Metro includes opening receptions for two new exhibits: “Everyone Has Feelings” by abstract artist, Charles Douthat and “Vanished” by photographers Penrhyn Cook, Rod Cook, and Gar Waterman. Stroll through these exhibits plus three floors of working artists in a beautifully renovated corset factory. This place is magical!

Gini Frank Fischer at The Wilton Playshop

Sunday, May 22, 2:00-5:00 pm

Gini Frank Fischer launches her first picture book about putting on a musical at a small, hard-working theater. Cast members of Wiremill Academy’s upcoming "Into the Woods, Jr" will sing "Children Will Listen," there will be a light reception, an informal author Q and A, and a book signing will follow. Each ticket includes a signed, hardcover copy of the limited first printing of the book.

On the Trail Folk Series at Ridgefield Library

Sunday, May 22, 2:00 pm

This modern acoustic quartet explores music from bluegrass to contemporary pop, from stunning instrumentals to beautiful traditional songs. The band has gained recognition and praise for their exploration and strong execution of the challenging music, as well as for their new original music. On The Trail features Austin Scelzo-fiddle and vocals, Tom Polizzi-mandolin and vocals, Chet Duke on Banjo, and Charlie Widmer-guitar and vocals.

 
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Lorie Lewis) Events Wed, 18 May 2022 09:33:40 -0400
Greenwich United Way Moves to Central Greenwich https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/charities/41010-greenwich-united-way-moves-to-central-greenwich41010-greenwich-united-way-moves-to-central-greenwich https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/charities/41010-greenwich-united-way-moves-to-central-greenwich41010-greenwich-united-way-moves-to-central-greenwich

The organization’s new offices are located at 2 Dearfield Drive.
 
Greenwich United Way will open its new offices on Tuesday, May 24 at 2 Dearfield Drive in Central Greenwich, relocating from 500 West Putnam Avenue.
 
“Upon the completion of our lease, we were offered a great opportunity to relocate to another building owned by our current landlord. Our new office is the perfect location for the organization and the space enables us to hold more on-site meetings. We look forward to serving the Greenwich community from our new office.”
 
For more information, visit https://greenwichunitedway.org, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
 
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karen@bazinihhopp.com (KH) Charities Wed, 18 May 2022 08:23:55 -0400
Jean-Georges Vongerichten debuts Happy Monkey in Greenwich https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/places/41008-jean-georges-vongerichten-debuts-happy-monkey-in-greenwich-connecticut41008-jean-georges-vongerichten-debuts-happy-monkey-in-greenwich-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/places/41008-jean-georges-vongerichten-debuts-happy-monkey-in-greenwich-connecticut41008-jean-georges-vongerichten-debuts-happy-monkey-in-greenwich-connecticut

Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will debut his first restaurant in Connecticut in late Spring 2022.

Located on the iconic Greenwich Avenue, Happy Monkey will showcase Latin cuisine with a Jean-Georges flair, enchanting guests with adventurous flavors and ever-changing, sustainable offerings served in a casual, fun atmosphere.

Admired for his acumen as a Michelin-starred chef, tastemaker and businessman operating 40+ acclaimed restaurants around the globe, Jean-Georges has envisioned a convivial, contemporary restaurant and bar with Happy Monkey. The menu embraces the freshest, locally sourced, seasonal produce, featuring Latin influences across shareable snacks, small and large plates, crudos, salads, tacos and more.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of Greenwich’s vibrant culinary scene, and have long eyed Connecticut as a prospective location,” said Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. “We’ve created something new and exciting that builds on our commitment to whole food and inventive fare yet offers the same level of tailored service you can expect at our restaurants. From a sophisticated evening out to a relaxed family dinner, Happy Monkey’s elevated yet approachable feel makes it a go-to destination for any occasion.”

Guests can expect a combination of favorites from ABC Cocina – one of Vongerichten's NYC restaurants – like Arroz Con Pollo and a Grilled Maitake Mushroom, as well as inventive new dishes like Shrimp Tacos topped with spicy citrus peanut slaw and Marinated Whole Roasted Cauliflower served with sour cherry mole and warm tortillas. The dessert menu is comprised of sweet treats like a Cocoa Tres Leches Cake, a Strawberry Mango Crisp with macadamia coconut streusel, and rotating popsicle flavors. In addition to beer wine, sangria and hand-crafted cocktails, the beverage program features a margarita menu that will reflect the seasons. Non-alcoholic options include house-made sodas, juices and kombucha.

Working alongside Jean-Georges once again is Executive Chef Ron Gallo, who most recently served as Executive Chef at the Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges in Pound Ridge, NY. Gallo was previously Chef de Cuisine at Vongerichten's Upper East Side restaurant, JoJo – a position he held for 13 years. 

Art and design are just as central to the restaurant as the cuisine. Serving as a backdrop to the space is a prominent mural depicting famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo along with her playful pet spider monkey – a nod to the restaurant’s name. The art is by New York-based see.studios. Openshop, a New York-based strategy and design firm, collaborated with Jean-Georges’ team on the design of Happy Monkey. A long communal table stretches along the back of the dining room in front of the mural, offering a fun setting for celebrations or group outings, and a chic bar enhances the energy of the space. The restaurant is outfitted with moss green banquettes, black and white marble floors, rattan lights and hanging plants that give it a lush feel. Cream venetian plaster and brass accents create a warm and inviting vibe and select vintage decor adds an eclectic element.

Happy Monkey is in partnership with hospitality group Aurify Brands, which operates and cultivates leading brands including Le Pain Quotidien, Little Beet, Melt Shop, Fields Good Chicken, and Little Beet Table.

“We’re excited to bring a taste of Jean-Georges to Connecticut,” said Andy Stern, Aurify Brands Co-CEO. “We designed this concept in collaboration with Jean-Georges and his incredible team to be a fun spot for the community to come together over food – a place that gives you a daily dose of happy, as its name implies.”

Happy Monkey will open late Spring 2022 for dinner service Wednesday through Sunday, and will expand to offer brunch and lunch service this summer. Outdoor dining will also be available. Beginning later this month, reservations can be made on Resy or by calling the restaurant at (203) 405-5787. The restaurant is located at 376 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830. For more information, please visit the website at happymonkeygreenwich.com

 

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michelle.calarco@gmail.com (HH) Places Tue, 17 May 2022 10:24:39 -0400
The Riverside Run in the Rain https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41007-the-riverside-run-in-the-rain41007-the-riverside-run-in-the-rain https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41007-the-riverside-run-in-the-rain41007-the-riverside-run-in-the-rain

Riverside School held the Riverside Run on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

The rain and wind did not stop participants from putting forth their best efforts to run through the neighborhood in this beloved community event now in its 37th year.  In addition to the main run, a series of “Fun Runs” for children in kindergarten through 5th grade were held in front of the school. Top overall finishers received trophies while medals were awarded to top finishers within each age group.

With 600 runners, the event raised funds for Riverside School. Proceeds of the event will go towards benefitting PTA programs that enrich classroom curriculum and support teachers and staff.

For more information about the Riverside Run or for questions about the day’s events, please contact Sarah Jenkins for details at sarahjenkins280@gmail.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (Sarah Jenkins) Events Tue, 17 May 2022 09:05:10 -0400
Greenwich Memorial Day Parade https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41006-greenwich-memorial-day-parade41006-greenwich-memorial-day-parade https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41006-greenwich-memorial-day-parade41006-greenwich-memorial-day-parade

The Annual Memorial Day Parade brought to you by the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department (SBVFD) will take place Monday, May 30 beginning at 10 a.m.

The SBVFD has a few helpful comments:

* Due to safety concerns, NO candy will be thrown out to the children along the parade route.
* As per State Law, any children 15 years of age or younger in or on box or regular bikes must wear a helmet or may be asked to not participate.
* Due to the Sound Beach Avenue bridge closure, please be advised that parking will be extremely limited. Please plan accordingly.


Since 1923, the Department has sponsored the annual Memorial Day Parade that is held in Old Greenwich. The parade is immediately followed by a short ceremony in Binney Park to commemorate the U.S. men and women who have died in military service to our country. During the ceremony, the names of local residents from Old Greenwich, North Mianus and Riverside who died in action are read out load.

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (SBVFD) Events Mon, 16 May 2022 05:14:30 -0400
The Old Greenwich Festival 2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41005-the-old-greenwich-festival-202241005-the-old-greenwich-festival-2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41005-the-old-greenwich-festival-202241005-the-old-greenwich-festival-2022

Don’t miss this fun, family-friendly event bringing community together at Binney Park to support local, small businesses and non-profit organizations. There is something for everyone of every age to do at #ogf22!

Marketplace — enjoy shopping where you’ll find everything from farm fresh honey to jewelry to handbags and more!

Sponsored by: AlphaGraphics Greenwich and Greenwich.Girl

Food Trucks — DWC (Donuts, Waffles & Churros,) Flavor Bomb, & Dominic the Singing Ice Cream Man

Kids Korner — kids of all ages will love the Bungee Run, Obstacle Courses, and GaGa Pit while the younger kids will be enthralled with the Giraffe Bounce House, Face Painting, Balloon Artist, Clowns, Dancing, Games and Music with DJ Rick.

Sponsored by: Greenwich Lifestyle Magazine and Club Sweat Greenwich

Youth Entertainment  — performances by local youth talent including Greenwich A Cappella, Allegra Dance, and students of the Greenwich Performing Arts Studio. Sponsored by: Greenwich Performing Arts Studio and InGreenwich

Park Sponsors: All Season Protection Services, Compass — Keely Thune & Jenny Allen, and First Bank of Greenwich

Tickets go on sale via Eventbrite May 20th. Purchase yours here.

Follow us for more information @ITdetailsLLC and join our email list for event updates and reminders.  www.itsthedetailsllc.com/ogf22

Lead Media Sponsor: Greenwich Sentinal

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liztommasino@live.com (It’s All in the Details) Events Sun, 15 May 2022 05:59:58 -0400
Arpeggio Music Festival June 3 in Greenwich, 9 Concerts, 3 Weekends! https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41004-arpeggio-music-festival-june-3-in-greenwich-9-concerts-3-weekends41004-arpeggio-music-festival-june-3-in-greenwich-9-concerts-3-weekends https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41004-arpeggio-music-festival-june-3-in-greenwich-9-concerts-3-weekends41004-arpeggio-music-festival-june-3-in-greenwich-9-concerts-3-weekends

The First Congregational Church of Greenwich (108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT) will host the Arpeggio Music Festival’s nine concert series in its auditorium starting Friday, June 3rd.

Arpeggio is an ambitious new music festival spanning three weekends in June, 2022, and is sponsored by The First Congregational Church of Greenwich, BackCountry Jazz and The Greenwich Arts Council. Based in Greenwich, CT, the festival’s inaugural theme is “100 Years of American Music.” The premiere concert will be held on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 7pm.

“Each weekend’s concerts have a specific focus, and the nine concerts will feature a breadth of performers and genres,” said Bill Bonnell, Director, Arpeggio Music Festival. “These include a brass quintet, string quartet, woodwind quintet, solo piano and operatic singers. Classical, popular, jazz and other genres will be showcased – there is truly something for everyone. The final concert on Sunday, June 19th will feature a 70-piece concert brass band!”

Composers represented in the series include John Adams, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Philip Glass and Charles Ives, as well as less familiar names – all American.

For more information about the Arpeggio Music Festival or for full program information, please visit www.arpeggiofestival.org. Tickets are available online or at the door and cost $20 per concert. Click here for a full concert listing.

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kerry@ducey.org ( Stephen Lucin ) Events Thu, 12 May 2022 12:46:56 -0400
Bruce Museum Announces Gift of Works on Paper by Picasso and Matisse https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/places/41003-bruce-museum-announces-gift-of-works-on-paper-by-picasso-and-matisse41003-bruce-museum-announces-gift-of-works-on-paper-by-picasso-and-matisse https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/places/41003-bruce-museum-announces-gift-of-works-on-paper-by-picasso-and-matisse41003-bruce-museum-announces-gift-of-works-on-paper-by-picasso-and-matisse

GREENWICH, CT — The Bruce Museum has announced a major promised gift of two outstanding works on paper by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse from Greenwich resident and longtime Bruce Museum supporter William L. Richter. Picasso’s Bouquet des Fleurs (1909-10) and Matisse’s Autoportrait (1944) will be exhibited for the first time in the William L. Richter Art Wing when the newly expanded Bruce Museum opens in spring 2023. 

Both works bracket the high period of European Modernism and underscore the direction for the New Bruce set by the Bruce Museum’s Susan E. Lynch Executive Director and CEO Robert Wolterstorff: to focus on the trajectory of Modernism, from the Impressionists in France and the United States to the global phenomenon of contemporary art in our own time.  

“Words can’t express how thrilled I am to have these two powerful works enter the Bruce collection,” said Mr. Wolterstorff. “Together they send a strong signal of the direction of the New Bruce as a museum that explores global stories of Modern and Contemporary art. I’m profoundly grateful to William Richter for all of his support for the New Bruce, and especially now for this extraordinary gift of art.”  

“It is my honor to donate these works to the Bruce Museum in honor of Robert Wolterstorff and his vision for the New Bruce,” said Mr. Richter. “Picasso and Matisse are foundational figures of Modernism, and I specifically chose these works as an affirmation of the continued growth of the collection and my faith in his vision for the future.”  

The Picasso painting on paper, Bouquet des Fleurs (Bouquet of Flowers), dates to 1909-10, an early period in the artist’s career when he was pioneering a Cubist style. “This gouache reflects the nascent aesthetics of Cubism, including the complex fracturing of form and space that would become the hallmarks of his career,” said Bruce Museum Curator of Art Margarita Karasoulas. “It is a transformative addition to our holdings of Modernism, especially our works on paper.”

The Matisse Autoportrait (Self-Portrait), a line drawing in black ink on paper, dates to 1944, near the end of the artist’s career. It is the first work by Matisse to enter the Bruce’s collection. “Matisse produced only a small number of painted and drawn self-portraits throughout his prolific career,” noted Ms. Karasoulas. “Completed toward the end of his life, this drawing reveals a remarkable economy and elegance of line. With only a few elemental strokes of the pen, Matisse masterfully expresses his identity as an artist.”

Mr. Richter, who has also generously made a lead $15 million gift towards the new Art Wing that will bear his name, will be honored at this year’s Bruce Museum Gala, “Framing the Future,” on May 14. For over 30 years, the Bruce Museum Gala has been a highly anticipated spring event that benefits the Museum’s programs and operations, with this year’s theme inspired by the vision of the New Bruce.  

The announcement of Mr. Richter’s gift follows the recent news of a promised gift from a private collector of 70 works of American and European painting, sculpture, and works on paper.   

 

Press images: Bill Richter Gift - OneDrive (sharepoint.com)

Photo credit: Paul Mutino

 

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About the New Bruce

Located in Bruce Park overlooking Greenwich Harbor, the Bruce Museum is a community-based, world-class institution that offers a changing array of exhibitions and educational programs to promote the understanding and appreciation of art and science.

 For over a century the Bruce Museum has delighted and engaged its visitors by presenting exceptional exhibitions in art, science, and the intersections between the two disciplines.  In 2019, the AAM-accredited Museum broke ground on its current expansion project, which will take the building from 33,000 to over 70,000 square feet. The New Bruce will feature state-of-the-art exhibition, education, and community spaces, including: a changing gallery for art and five new permanent galleries in the new William L. Richter 

Art Wing; a changing gallery for science; a new permanent science exhibition, Natural Cycles Shape Our Land; three new classrooms in the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Education Wing; and a bistro, an auditorium, and grand hall. The new building connects the Museum to its picturesque setting in Bruce Park in a dramatic new way. The New Bruce campus will feature a sculpture-lined, landscaped walking path and inviting spaces for relaxation and contemplation—natural enhancements to Bruce Park and an anchoring connection to the retail hub of Greenwich Avenue. The grand opening of the New Bruce is planned for spring of 2023.
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kerry@ducey.org (Margaret Doyle ) Places Thu, 12 May 2022 07:32:14 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend: Afro-Latinx Diaspora, HoliFest, Blues 101, KEYS Trio, and More! https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41002-fc-buzz-weekend-open-mic-night-blues-101-keys-trio-sixties-and-more41002-fc-buzz-weekend-open-mic-night-blues-101-keys-trio-sixties-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41002-fc-buzz-weekend-open-mic-night-blues-101-keys-trio-sixties-and-more41002-fc-buzz-weekend-open-mic-night-blues-101-keys-trio-sixties-and-more

FC Buzz Weekend Beginning May 13 – May 15, 2022

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 the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

Open Mic Night at Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan

Friday, May 13, 6:30 pm

Calling all singers, songwriters and performers to New Canaan! Sign up for a slot to perform up to two songs on stage. Hosted by guitarist and bandleader Michael Lewis-Smith, this Open Mic event is open to all ages and experience levels.

Whose Barn Is It Anyway? at Ridgefield Theater Barn

Friday, May 13, 8:00 pm

The Role in the Hay Players bring their unique brand of improv stylings back to Ridgefield with Matt Austin, Jody Bayer, David Fritsch, Rick Hodder, Pamme Jones, Melissa Power, and Lisa Tancredi. This spontaneous evening of skits and games, based on suggestions from the audience, has no script and no plot - which is exactly what should make it a night to remember! Doors open at 7pm.

Blues 101: A History of Blues Music in America at Fairfield Public Library

Saturday, May 14, 2:00 pm

Enjoy an entertaining afternoon with Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and his educational, multi-media program on the history of the blues in America. Dan will perform on his homemade, primitive guitars just like the ones used by early bluesmen and played with a “bottleneck” slide. 

India Cultural Center’s HoliFest 2022 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich

Saturday, May 14, 3:00 pm

Celebrate Holi at a community-wide event featuring music and dancing, kids’ activities, food vendors, and a huge color throw. Participants will receive several bags of color and the first 1,000 people to register will receive a white t-shirt to wear for the color throw.

Thomas/Ortiz Dance at Darien Arts Center

Saturday, May 14, 7:30 pm

Performing repertoire that explores a multitude of thought-provoking and socially-relevant themes, this company has been creating contemporary dance for over 20 years with fresh and emotionally engaging vision. The company of ten dancers from culturally diverse backgrounds will perform choreography by Ted Thomas and Frances Ortiz, including two new work along with fan favorites spanning the last two decades.

The Sixties Show at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Saturday, May 14, 8:00 pm

If you love music from The Doors, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and other bands from the sixties, then don’t miss this note-for-note re-creation of iconic. Former band members of The Who, Bob Dylan, and NBC TV’s Saturday Night Live band bring you a multi-media event that will include archival audio and newsreel footage with an all-new set list, new staging and special effects.

Pete Wikul Band Show at Ridgefield Theater Barn

Saturday, May 14, 8:00 pm

An all-star lineup, a feel-good concert, an intimate atmosphere. What more could you ask for? Pete Wikul, on drums, will be joined onstage by the incredibly talented band of Ralph Lalama on tenor sax, Max Darche on trumpet, Don Falzone on bass, and Rob Aries on keyboard. Expect an eclectic mix of jazz, bossa nova, rock, blues, and R&B. Doors open 7pm. Bring food & drink!

“Inaugural Journey” Artist Talk at The Norwalk Art Space

Sunday, May 15, 1:00 pm

As part of the “Inaugural Journey” exhibition, enjoy a lively conversation featuring Resident Artists Francisco Mandujano, Lorena Sferlazza, Remy Sosa, and Emily Teall, as well as TNAS Educational Co-Directors Darcy Hicks and Duvian Montoya. Moderated by David Green, Executive Director of The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

INTEMPO’s Cultural Crossover Concert: Afro-Latinx Diaspora at Norwalk Concert Hall

Sunday, May 15, 3:00 pm

Showcasing Afro-Latinx and classical symphonic music in celebration of INTEMPO's diverse students and community, this annual show is not to be missed! Young INTEMPO musicians will take center stage with members of the Norwalk Youth Symphony and guest artists Bomba Ashe: Roberto & Gloria Cepedam from La Familia Cepeda. 

KEYS Trio at Talmadge Hill Community Church, Darien

Sunday, May 15, 5:00 pm 

Kids Empowered by Your Support (KEYS) proudly presents the KEYS Trio in their first live performance since the pandemic. Featuring three of KEYS finest music faculty members, Jenny Ong, Corinne Metter, and Madeleine Corliss playing piano, violin, and cello. The concert is a fundraiser for KEYS, and proceeds will continue KEYS' mission to provide free music lessons and performance opportunities to under-resourced students in Bridgeport CT. 

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at https://culturalalliancefc.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Lorie Lewis) Events Thu, 12 May 2022 05:54:41 -0400
The Greenwich Department of Human Services Offers Logo Design Contest for Students https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41001-gdhs-logo-contest41001-gdhs-logo-contest https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41001-gdhs-logo-contest41001-gdhs-logo-contest

The Greenwich Department of Human Services (GDHS) is looking for a new logo! Design ideas from students, ages five to 19, living in Greenwich, Connecticut, are eligible. The selected design will garner the artist a $250 grand prize!

Students interested in submitting a logo design should create their design (digital format only in .jpeg, .png, .pdf or a high resolution image from Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or InDesign), complete the registration form found on the Department of Human Services website at greenwich.gov, and email the registration form and the design file to gdhslogocontest@greenwichct.org.

The contest is sponsored by the First Selectman’s Youth Commission and will be judged by a selection committee comprised of the First Selectman, the Department of Human Services commissioner and members of the First Selectman’s Youth Commission, who will evaluate all entries and select the winner. All entries must be submitted by Monday, May 30, 2022. Complete rules and regulations are available at greenwichct.gov (search Department of Human Services Logo Design).

 

“Our department plays a specific role in the Town of Greenwich. We are looking to select a logo that reflects our distinct purpose and personality,” said Demetria Nelson, commissioner of the Greenwich Department of Human Services. “We thought that having a logo design contest for students in Greenwich would encourage the generation of creative, new ideas that really reflect the Department of Human Services and what we represent.”

 

Logo entries must illustrate services the Department provides local residents and reflect the mission of the Greenwich Department of Human Services, which is to enhance the quality of life of Greenwich residents and meet basic human needs while offering services and pathways that build on clients’ strengths and lead to well-being and economic stability. This vision is achieved through a robust and integrated system of services that are equitable, accessible and available. The Department’s values are: inclusion, respect, teamwork and open communication. The Department offers services that connect residents to the essential resources of the community. These resources provide the support to health care, education, employment opportunities, food, personal safety and shelter. The Department offers bi-lingual staff dedicated to help all residents. 

 

The logo designs will be judged on relevance — alignment with the Department’s mission, vision and values; originality and aesthetic quality — how it commands attention, its overall display and visual balance of color and design, and its unified and appealing design.

 

“The logo should be easily recognizable as the Greenwich Department of Human Services,” noted Demetria Nelson. “It should raise the visibility of the Department, its services and highlight the support that the Department provides local residents through community partnerships. We are excited to see what the students create!”

 

The Department of Human Services plans on using the new logo on its social media channels including Facebook and Instagram, on the Department’s Town website page, and in any media, online, print, merchandise or other collateral materials. To learn more, visit greenwichct.gov.

 

The Greenwich Department of Human Services (GDHS) serves as a community bridge and provides direct services to the essential resources of the community. GDHS provides Greenwich residents and their families in need of basic human services support, helps respond to crisis situations and provides information and referral assistance. GDHS also assists with applying for federal, state and local benefits including Husky, Social Security, Workman’s Compensation, unemployment benefits, Medicaid, Snap, WIC and subsidized housing. GDHS provides referrals for food and clothing, Salvation Army assistance, assistance with community gifts , behavioral health, personal safety, education and employment, energy assistance, utility shut off prevention and mediation, English as a second language classes (ESL) and protective service referrals. GDHS runs the community programs, i.e., Campership - a camp scholarship program for children 5-14 years old, Boots & Shoes for children ages 5-14 years old, Holiday Aid, Byram Archibald Neighborhood Center (BANC) After School Program, Greenwich Youth Conservation Program, and Greenwich Youth Corp.; offers Homecare Services; assists with applying for Energy Assistance Programs such as the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, Operation Fuel Program, Renters Rebate Program (seniors 65+ and disabled); and administers the Community Partnership Program that grants funds to partner agencies whose services and programs strengthen the community’s capacity in providing basic human services. GDHS staff is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and evenings by appointment. Bilingual staff are available. All services are confidential. To learn more, visit greenwichct.gov or call 203-622-3800 or email GDHS@greenwichct.org. To learn of GDHS news and updates, follow GDHS on Facebook @Greenwichdeptofhumanservices and Instagram at @greenwichhumanservicesdept.

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jhoward@jhowardpr.com (Greenwich Department of Human Services (GDHS)) Neighbors Tue, 10 May 2022 06:08:21 -0400
The Undies Project “Everyone Needs Undies” Campaign Is Underway! https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/charities/40998-the-undies-project-everyone-needs-undies-campaign-is-underway40998-the-undies-project-everyone-needs-undies-campaign-is-underway https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/charities/40998-the-undies-project-everyone-needs-undies-campaign-is-underway40998-the-undies-project-everyone-needs-undies-campaign-is-underway

The mission of The Undies Project is to provide new underwear to men, women and children in need to improve their lives.

The Undies Project is running an "Everyone Needs Undies" campaign to raise money to purchase new underwear to lighten the burden for those who are homeless, living in shelters or who are on low incomes.

On the "Everyone Needs Undies" campaign website you can make a donation and bid on the mini silent auction. The goal is to raise $10,000 with your help.  No amount is too small to make a difference.

Click https://everyoneundies.givesmart.com to bid and donate.

The Silent Auction will be open for two weeks until Sunday, May 15th.

Together we can make a difference!

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lucy@theundiesproject.org (Lucy Langley) Charities Tue, 10 May 2022 06:07:02 -0400
Bill Owens Named 2022 Greenwich High School Commencement Speaker https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/40999-bill-owens-named-2022-greenwich-high-school-commencement-speaker40999-bill-owens-named-2022-greenwich-high-school-commencement-speaker https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/40999-bill-owens-named-2022-greenwich-high-school-commencement-speaker40999-bill-owens-named-2022-greenwich-high-school-commencement-speaker

The administration and staff of Greenwich High School has announced that CBS News’ “60 Minutes” executive producer and Greenwich resident Bill Owens will be the 2022 Commencement Speaker. GHS Commencement is scheduled for Thursday, June 23 at Cardinal Stadium.

“It is an amazing honor to have such a nationally-respected journalist speak to the Class of 2022 at our June commencement,” Principal Ralph Mayo said. “As an accomplished television executive and parent of two GHS alumni, his remarks will prove to be valuable, meaningful, and insightful to our graduating class.”

Owens led “60 Minutes” to a breakout season in 2020-21. The CBS News magazine made Nielsen's weekly Top 10 every week and finished the season as the No. 7 primetime broadcast and the only television program in the top 10 to grow its audience. He was named executive producer of “60 Minutes” in February of 2019. 

“Being the proud father of two Greenwich High School graduates, it’s an honor to be asked to speak at this year’s commencement,” Owens said. “I promise to keep it to 10 minutes.”

Owens assumed the role of heading America's No. 1 news program after 12 years of supervising the broadcast's content in two senior positions. First as senior producer, and then the executive editor, Owens had editorial and production input in the creation of nearly 1,000 “60 Minutes” segments from conception through screening and broadcast. Before taking his management role at the news magazine, the 32-year veteran of CBS News excelled at every level of responsibility while covering the gamut of international and domestic news events.  

In addition to the many awards garnered by the “60 Minutes” stories he has shaped and supervised, Owens has received an Emmy Award and an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and contributed to a Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow Overall Excellence Award. Owens was named to Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful Media Leaders in April 2019.Towson University, his alma mater, awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in May 2012.

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kerry@ducey.org (Jonathan Supranowitz) Neighbors Fri, 06 May 2022 07:07:47 -0400