Greenwich's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich Thu, 06 Oct 2022 10:47:20 -0400 HamletHub.com 41st Annual Outdoor Arts Festival at Bruce Museum https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41118-41st-annual-outdoor-arts-festival-at-bruce-museum41118-41st-annual-outdoor-arts-festival-at-bruce-museum https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41118-41st-annual-outdoor-arts-festival-at-bruce-museum41118-41st-annual-outdoor-arts-festival-at-bruce-museum

41st Annual Outdoor Arts Festival this Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9

This festival features contemporary fine art in oils/acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, drawings and prints, photography and sculpture, along with family art activities, demonstrations and food.

Festival hours: 10 am – 5 pm

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.

Tickets for the Arts Festival, Saturday, October 8, and Sunday, October 9 can be reserved HERE.


 

2022 participating artists:

 

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Bruce Museum) Events Wed, 05 Oct 2022 08:27:11 -0400
Guys and Dolls at ACT of CT, Meet the Local Stars: Mike Boland https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41114-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-mike-boland41114-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-mike-boland https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41114-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-mike-boland41114-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-mike-boland

From Connecticut to NYC and Back Again!

There are so many incredibly talented actors working on Broadway, on National Tours, and at some of the most prestigious regional theaters across the country. And many of these accomplished performers hail right from our area! Connecticut has always been a hotbed of talent, and so it is no wonder that, when thumbing through a Broadway Playbill, many cast members give a shout-out to their Connecticut hometowns!

Ridgefield’s ACT of CT is entering its 5th season this fall and has achieved incredible success since opening its doors in 2018 (including a Grammy Nomination for its cast album of Stephen Schwartz’s SNAPSHOTS!).

Actors with multiple Broadway credits jump at the opportunity to be cast in an ACT of CT production. The theater's productions are always nothing less than Broadway caliber, and it is no wonder that any ACT of CT cast list reads like a regular “who’s who” on Broadway. And, not surprisingly, a handful of these wildly talented performers are Connecticut born and bred!  

ACT of CT’s upcoming production of GUYS AND DOLLS runs from Oct 27 through Nov 20 and stars some unbelievable Broadway talent - like Donna Vivino from Broadway’s WICKED, and Phil Sloves from Broadway’s SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.

The show is directed by Daniel C. Levine (from Broadway’s LES MISERABLES, MAMMA MIA, CHICAGO, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and ROCKY HORROR SHOW), choreographed by Sara Brians (from Broadway’s MATILDA and BILLY ELLIOTT), and music supervised by Bryan Perri (from Broadway’s WICKED, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and ALMOST FAMOUS). Featured in the production are 24 of the most talented actors (literally at the top of their game), some of whom are Connecticut natives and residents who are returning “home” to be a part of this remarkable production. 

Meet Matt Faucher, Michael Boland, Michael McGuirk, Val Moranto, and Richard Westfahl: all professional and successful actors (some with Broadway credits) who will be on stage in Ridgefield at ACT of CT performing in their upcoming musical, GUYS AND DOLLS!

In the coming weeks, right here on HamletHub, we will each of these incredible actors!

Meet Mike Boland

Q: What is your connection to Connecticut?

A: I was born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut. I went to school here. I played Little League here and went to college at UConn. I’ve performed at nearly every regional theatre in Connecticut. And though I moved to New York City in the mid 2000s, I was homesick for my hometown and I moved back a few years later. This is where I want to be.

Q: You have such an impressive resume (including performing on the Broadway national tour of Twelve Angry Men).  How does performing at a regional theater (like ACT of CT) compare to working at larger venues?

A: I’ve never really considered the size of a venue when I thought about whether I wanted to work there. The best thing about small theatres is that you are closer to the audience. I’ve worked on Broadway and done two Broadway tours. And I loved that. But those theatres are usually so big that you don’t get the kind of connection to the audience that you do at the more intimate houses. ACT of CT is a beautiful space. You can feel the heartbeat of the crowd. And they can feel ours onstage. And that’s what live theatre is all about. That connection. I’m thrilled to be here.

Q: Why are regional theaters (like ACT of CT) so very important?

A: Regional theatres like ACT of CT are important because the world needs art, music and dancing. Live theatre is a group experience. Total strangers sit side by side in a dark room and ask us to tell them a story: to elevate their heart rates, to thrill them, to make them fall in love. You shouldn’t have to travel to a big city to participate in theatre. We all need it. Regional theatres exist all over the country. And it makes the magic accessible to everyone. No matter where you live. 

Visit ACT of CT 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Wed, 05 Oct 2022 04:48:00 -0400
Greenwich Named Third Best School District in Connecticut by Niche https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/places/41117-greenwich-named-third-best-school-district-in-connecticut-by-niche41117-greenwich-named-third-best-school-district-in-connecticut-by-niche https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/places/41117-greenwich-named-third-best-school-district-in-connecticut-by-niche41117-greenwich-named-third-best-school-district-in-connecticut-by-niche

Niche, a website headquartered in Pennsylvania that boasts they review and analyze dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, has released the 2023 Best School Districts in Connecticut.

Greenwich has been ranked the third-best school district in Connecticut! 

Greenwich Public Schools is a top rated, public school district located in GREENWICH, CT. It has 8,773 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 71% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.

Read what Niche says about Greenwich HERE.

This ranking is based on "rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more," according to the Niche website.

Westport takes the top spot followed by:

#2 New Canaan

#3 Greenwich

#4 Darien

#5 Wilton

#6 Glastonbury

#7 Ridgefield

View the list in its entirety here.

Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Tue, 04 Oct 2022 11:55:36 -0400
The Greenwich Art Society is Offering Special Plein Air Workshop at Tod's Point https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41116-the-greenwich-art-society-is-offering-special-plein-air-workshop-at-tod-s-point41116-the-greenwich-art-society-is-offering-special-plein-air-workshop-at-tod-s-point https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41116-the-greenwich-art-society-is-offering-special-plein-air-workshop-at-tod-s-point41116-the-greenwich-art-society-is-offering-special-plein-air-workshop-at-tod-s-point

​The Greenwich Art Society is offering Special Plein Air Workshop at Tod's Point with Andrew Lattimore on Friday, October 14 from 9AM-2PM (Rain date is Oct. 21)

All levels are welcome and encouraged. 

Master artist and instructor, Andrew Lattimore, will begin the workshop with a plein air demonstration. After the demo, participating artists will do their own paintings on the property. He will give students individualized suggestions, feedback and instruction with special focus on the observation of color, value, texture, form & atmosphere.

Limited spaces available. Students are responsible for their own paints, pallets, canvas(es) and outdoor easel. If you do not have an outdoor easel, let us know and we may be able to make arrangements for you. 

This is a carry-in, carry-out situation. There will be a ½ hour break for lunch. Please bring your own lunch and beverage.
"As with any Lattimore Workshop I have attended, I came away with not only a good painting(s), but a depth of learning that only true experiences can bring. Andrew is an insightful and generous teacher and the students of the studio join in this spirit, creating an experience beyond compare."  - 
Adrienne M.

Instructor:  Artist Andrew Lattimore (www.andrewlattimore.com) has been teaching fine art for over 25 years. At the age of 17, he went to the National Academy of Fine Arts in NY, completing his studies in 3 years. Afterwards, he went to Florence for 2 years, and then moved to UK to study landscape painting. Upon his return to the US, he quickly attracted the attention of galleries and collectors. His paintings hang in collections in the US, Italy, France, UK and Hong Kong. He returns to Europe and the UK frequently to teach plein air workshops.

Registration and more information at www.greenwichartsociety.org or call 203-629-1533

 

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esgordon@optonline.net (Mary Newcomb) Events Mon, 03 Oct 2022 15:30:17 -0400
The Knollwood Garden Club of Greenwich Hosts on Reception & Lecture on Oct.27 at Greenwich Historical Society https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41115-reception-lecture-10-27-202241115-reception-lecture-10-27-2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41115-reception-lecture-10-27-202241115-reception-lecture-10-27-2022

The Knollwood Garden Club of Greenwich is pleased to present an evening Reception & Lecture with Nancy Fleming on October 27 at the Greenwich Historical Society.

Nancy is the author of "Money, Manure & Maintenance, Ingredients for the Successful Gardens of Marian Cruger Coffin", Designer of the Seaside Garden overlooking the Sound, for J. Kennedy Tod at Greenwich Tod's Point.

Doors will open at 6:30pm with the lecture from 7:00 to 8:00pm. 

All proceeds from the lecture will be devoted to Marian Cruger Coffin's Seaside Garden on Greenwich Point.

*Image courtesy Greenwich Historical Society

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lamarasso@gmail.com (Knollwood Garden Club) Events Wed, 28 Sep 2022 14:56:15 -0400
Blessing of the Animals on Sunday at Christ Church Greenwich https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41113-blessing-of-the-animals-on-sunday-at-christ-church-greenwich41113-blessing-of-the-animals-on-sunday-at-christ-church-greenwich https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41113-blessing-of-the-animals-on-sunday-at-christ-church-greenwich41113-blessing-of-the-animals-on-sunday-at-christ-church-greenwich

The Blessing of the Animals at Christ Church Greenwich on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022

11:15 am - 12:15 pm 

Jungle Jerry and his Exotic Animals

Christ Church Chapel, upstairs

Free Admission

Jungle Jerry is a children’s favorite with dozens of animals and a story for each one. It’s a “Touch of Nature” show for children of all ages. He will bring his suitcases full of exotic animals and one by one, he will show and tell. Children can pet a soft chinchilla, a bumpy frog, and watch the python wrap itself around Jerry.

4:00 - 4:30 pm

The Blessing of YOUR Animals

Blessings and a complimentary dog tag, “I’ve Been Blessed”

In the Circle in front of Christ Church Greenwich

All are welcome, from puppies to guppies.

Bring your two legged, four legged, and slithery pets to be blessed by our clergy in commemoration of the life of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment. All creatures great and small are welcome. 

Questions? Bobbie@christchurchgreenwich.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Bobbi Eggers) Events Tue, 27 Sep 2022 12:40:13 -0400
Greenwich High School Seniors Named Commended Students in 2023 National MeritⓇ Scholarship Program https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41111-greenwich-high-school-seniors-named-commended-students-in-2023-national-merit-scholarship-program41111-greenwich-high-school-seniors-named-commended-students-in-2023-national-merit-scholarship-program https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41111-greenwich-high-school-seniors-named-commended-students-in-2023-national-merit-scholarship-program41111-greenwich-high-school-seniors-named-commended-students-in-2023-national-merit-scholarship-program

 Greenwich, CT, September 23, 2022 – Thirty-six Greenwich High School seniors have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation®. Commended Students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry. 

Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2023 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQTⓇ).”

The 36 students will be recognized by the Board of Education at a future business meeting. 

Greenwich HS Commended Students in the 2023 National MeritⓇ Scholarship Program:

Isabel Benison 

Nicolas Carlson 

Stephanie Chang 

Nina Clark 

Douglas Dozier 

Madeline Duff 

Michelle Ferrone

Qianxue Ge 

Dylan Germain 

Mateo Gigliani Alcantarilla

Nicolas Gigliani Alcantarilla

Gaston Gomez 

Ambika Grover 

Whitaker Grover 

Audrey Hall 

Avery Imp 

Cai Jain 

Nathan Joy 

Noah Kim 

Adam Kleshchelski

Victoria Liu 

Marcus Lotufo 

Archer Manning

Charles Andrew Miranda

Nicole Orlofsky

Alexander Palmer

Maxwell Raabe 

Yurika Sakai 

Alan Shu 

Christine Song 

Jane Stempien 

Benjamin Sullivan

An Suzuki

Kevin Toepelt

Alexander Tu 

Keira Young

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kerry@ducey.org ( Jonathan Supranowitz) Neighbors Fri, 23 Sep 2022 09:35:29 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend of Arts and Culture September 23-25 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41112-fc-buzz-weekend-of-arts-and-culture-september-23-2541112-fc-buzz-weekend-of-arts-and-culture-september-23-25 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41112-fc-buzz-weekend-of-arts-and-culture-september-23-2541112-fc-buzz-weekend-of-arts-and-culture-september-23-25

FC Buzz Weekend September 23-25

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.

Summer 2022 is officially in the books, and it’s time to feel all those Fall Arts and Culture vibes. Theatre, drive-ins, dance, comedy, music, art, and even an historic walking tour all on tap for you. Best of luck picking and choosing. We don’t envy you!

nora chipaumire “Nehanda” at Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield

Friday, Sept 23, 6:00 pm

Experience an immersive, participatory spectacle where participants collectively perform and investigate the process of law-making and its crucial role in the European colonial project. This operatic, movement-based theater performance is conceived as an African opera. Choreographer chipaumire’s latest work investigates the legend of Nehanda, a powerful Zimbabwean spirit, venerated by the Shona people, who inhabits only women. Nehanda offers a legal and philosophical defence for these first historic heroes of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, with a libretto based on the infamous court case “The Queen [Victoria] vs. Nehanda” (1898). 

John Craigie at FTC’s StageOne, Fairfield

Friday, Sept 23, 7:45 pm 

Enjoy clever observations and humorous stories with a score of smoked-out soul, tender folk, and American songbook eloquence. Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and clever off-the-cuff observations, the witty John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic folk singers like John Prine and Arlo Guthrie, while blazing a trail of his own. 

“THIS IS US” at The Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport

Friday, Sept 23, 8:00 pm

Celebrates Hispanic American musicians with WPKN’s Luis Luna and Marisol Herrera as emcees of a concert for the ages. The line up includes Peruvian singer/songwriter Ricardo Paredes; Proyecto Cimarron Folkloric Ensemble, a Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance performance group based in New Haven; and Rick Reyes with his band that brings together Rock, Puerto Rican roots, Caribbean rhythms and global influences to formulate a sound that is both cross-cultural, highly danceable, and hypnotically magnetic.

Drive-In Concert: “Pour Some 80s on Me” at Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Friday, Sept 23, 8:00 pm

Turn back the clock with a ‘totally tubular’ band that’s stoked to take you back to the sights, sounds and radical vibe of the 1980s. Each car receives 2 parking spaces - one for your car and the other for your chairs. Parking spaces are first come first served.

Tito Nieves Y Daniela Darcourt at The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Friday, Sept 23, 8:30 pm

Don’t miss two hot singers on their Tour USA "Por Fin Juntos." Nieves was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and he began his career while participating in Orquesta Cimarrón, a group originally from New York. He is known for his hits such as "El Amor Más Bonito", "Sonámbulo", and the English salsa hit, "I Like It Like That." Darcourt is one of the promising voices of the salsa genre and she has received Heat Award nominations for “Revelation Artist” and “Best South Artist.” 

“THE FANTASTICKS” at Powerhouse Theatre in Waveny Park, New Canaan

Friday, Sept 23 and Saturday, Sept 24, 8:00 pm and Sunday, Sept 25, 2:00 pm

The world's longest running Off-Broadway musical by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt is here! It’s the allegorical story of two neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud. Music provided by piano and harp on stage with songs you will know and love, including "Try to Remember" and "Soon it's Gonna Rain." This production is a joint venture between Connecticut Playmakers and Town Players of New Canaan. Directed by Michele Grace with Chris Coogan as Musical Director. The show runs next weekend too!

Norwalk Symphony’s ‘Dancing Around the World’ at Norwalk City Hall

Saturday, Sept 24, 7:30 pm 

The Symphony opens its 83rd season along with two local dance companies by presenting Ginastera's Estancia; Chen Yi's Romance and Dance for Strings; Daniel Bernard Romain's Hip-Hop Essay with members of the East Coast Contemporary Ballet, and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, with sections performed by members of the New England Academy of Dance. It promises to be a lively evening and may have you dancing in your seats!

A Tour and Taste of Wall Street in Historic Norwalk

Sunday, Sept 25, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Norwalk is the place to be as Norwalk Preservation Trust takes you on a two-hour architectural and historical walking tour of the Wall Street Historic District in. The experience includes a one-hour, festive tasting reception featuring the best of local restaurants at the Wall Street Theatre. Explore the past, present, and future of this vital, central district, in its architecture and in its history. 

“Stamford Entertainment 150 Years” at Stamford History Center

Sunday, Sept 25, 1:30 - 4:30 pm 

Celebrate the official opening of the history center with a new exhibition featuring a nostalgic collection of photographs, programs, memorabilia, posters and artifacts related to theater, film and other performing arts. This exhibit tells the rich history of Stamford’s public entertainment from the first mention of travelling shows and bands in the Stamford Advocate to the present. On view through June 2023.

“Seeing Beyond: The Works and Vision of H.G. Wells” at The Ridgefield Library 

Sunday, Sept 25, 2:00 pm 

This special lecture by the senior associate dean of Yale College, Dr. Mark Schenker, is the first event in the Library’s 2022 Scholarly Series. Dr. Schenker will discuss Well's prominence as a forward-looking, even prophetic social critic who foresaw the advent of aircraft, tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television and something resembling the World Wide Web.

Community Sing with Nick Page at First Church Congregational, Fairfield

Sunday, Sept 25, 4:00 pm 

Performers AND audience raise voices together and experience the joy of folk songs, spirituals, work songs, protest songs, and hymns. It’s a family-friendly event led by Nick Page, a Boston-based composer, conductor, author and song leader. Page works with children who have an inborn love of singing and he works with adults, many of whom have lost their love of singing a long time ago. His teacher workshops foster creativity and compassion, making the emotions come alive. 

Demetri Martin’s “I Feel Funny Tour” at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Sunday, Sept 25, 7:30 - 9:30 pm 

If you’re feeling like you need a good belly laugh (who doesn’t?), this show is for you! Demetri is best known for his comedy specials including his most recent for Netflix The Overthinker, and his Comedy Central series Important Things with Demetri Martin. He won the Perrier Award at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh for his one-man show. At the Melbourne International Comedy festival, his show Dr. Earnest Parrot Presents Demetri Martin won Australia’s Barry Award.

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 Fri, 23 Sep 2022 05:49:42 -0400
Celebrating 60 Years of the Armonk Outdoor Art Show https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41110-celebrating-60-years-of-the-armonk-outdoor-art-show41110-celebrating-60-years-of-the-armonk-outdoor-art-show https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41110-celebrating-60-years-of-the-armonk-outdoor-art-show41110-celebrating-60-years-of-the-armonk-outdoor-art-show

The Armonk Outdoor Art Show will celebrate six decades of fine art and fine crafts this fall on Saturday, October 1 through Sunday, October 2.

The Armonk Outdoor Art Show will celebrate six decades of fine art and fine crafts this fall on Saturday, October 1 through Sunday, October 2. It’s an incredible milestone for this nonprofit, annual show, marking sixty years of raising funds for the Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc.

As visitors enjoy the exceptional artists, large selection of food and drink, and complimentary children’s activities, they are helping to support the library’s vibrant educational and entertainmentprograms at the same time.

When art show volunteers set up for that first show on the lawn of Armonk’s Methodist Church in 1961, they could not have envisioned the 9,000 visitors that would one day flock to Community Park’s field each year. Sixty years later the Armonk Outdoor Art Show remains almost entirely volunteer-run and offers the perfect community activity to enjoy on a fall day!

Consistently ranked among the top fine art and fine crafts show in the nation, our jury carefully selects approximately 140 artists each year from close to 600 applicants. The show’s chosen exhibitors are innovators in their fields, representing twelve different mediums including: oils/acrylics/watercolors, mixed media, printmaking/drawing/pastels, sculpture, photography/digital art, wearable art, and fine crafts. This extensive variety of mediums, styles, and price points ensures that all visitors can discover a piece that they just can’t live without.

New for this year’s 60th anniversary show is a specially commissioned exhibition entitled “The Art of Storytelling,” featuring work that utilizes a book as the artist’s “canvas.” This exhibition celebrates the connection between our art show and our local North Castle Public Library, highlighting the library’s vital role within our community. Just as art can elicit powerful emotions and transport the viewer to a world of
imagination, so too do the stories that are found in our favorite books. These compelling pieces will be auctioned to benefit the Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc.

Key Details:
• Saturday & Sunday, October 1 and 2 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Rain or Shine
• Community Park, 205 Business Park Drive, Armonk, NY 10504
• ArmonkOutdoorArtShow.org showcases each artist exhibiting this fall
• Tickets go on sale in August and can be purchased through our website
• Follow us @ArmonkOutdoorArtShow for inspiration, announcements, and previews of our artists.

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mjdardano@gmail.com (Nicole Blum) Events Fri, 23 Sep 2022 04:45:16 -0400
Director of Music for the Queen's Funeral Performing at Christ Church Greenwich on Oct. 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41109-director-of-music-for-the-queen-s-funeral-performing-at-christ-church-greenwich-on-oct-2241109-director-of-music-for-the-queen-s-funeral-performing-at-christ-church-greenwich-on-oct-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41109-director-of-music-for-the-queen-s-funeral-performing-at-christ-church-greenwich-on-oct-2241109-director-of-music-for-the-queen-s-funeral-performing-at-christ-church-greenwich-on-oct-22

Director of Music for the Queen’s Funeral at Westminster Abbey, Mr. James O’Donnell, performing the Inaugural Concert on the new Harrison & Harrison Organ at Christ Church Greenwich on Saturday, October 22 at 5:00 pm

Reception to follow

Tickets $40, $125 for Patron Seating, $20 for students with ID. Purchase here.

Christ Church Greenwich is honored to announce the Inaugural Celebration Concert for their new Harrison & Harrison organ by James O’Donnell, Director of Music at Westminster Abbey. Mr. O’Donnell has overseen the music for royal ceremonies including the recent State funeral for the Queen of England, wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, the funeral of the Queen Mother, and the 2021 service of thanksgiving for the life of Prince Phillip, the Queen’s husband. 

As Director of Music for 23 years, with over 50 organ and choral recordings to his name, Mr. O’Donnell is currently the organist at Westminster Abbey. He also leads its celebrated choir. He will be retiring from Westminster this year and joining Yale School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music.

Mr. O’Donnell will be playing the new 4-manual Harrison & Harrison organ recently installed at Christ Church Greenwich. This landmark instrument is the culmination of a nine-year process of discernment, design, production, and installation. Containing a total of 4,639 pipes, it was built in Durham, England, and represents the largest organ made by Harrison & Harrison in the USA. The range of sound available to the player is vast, affording the possibility of sensitive accompaniment of choirs and congregations, as well as a dynamic variety that makes repertoire from across the ages come to life. The organ is unique in that it contains orchestral colors, such as a tuba, French horn, clarinet, orchestral oboe, cor anglais, and orchestral strings, as well as a percussion section that features a harp, chimes, and two sets of bells, one cast by the Whitechapel Foundry in London, England.

For this Celebration Concert, Mr. O'Donnell will present a program including works by Bach, Vierne, Stanford, Wammes, and Duruflé. This program has been specifically chosen to showcase the vast array of tonal colors available on the new organ.

As organ recitalist, O’Donnell has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls, cathedrals, and churches in the world, including Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), the Meyerson Center (Dallas), Davies Hall (San Francisco), the Royal Festival Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall (for the BBC Proms), and has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

He is past president of the Royal College of Organists, a fellow of the Royal College of Music and the Royal School of Church Music, and an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2011, he was elected an honorary fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge.

*Photo by Claire Clifford

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kerry@ducey.org (Bobbi Eggers) Events Wed, 21 Sep 2022 09:56:53 -0400
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream to open on Greenwich Avenue on October 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/places/41108-van-leeuwen-ice-cream-to-open-greenwich-location-in-october41108-van-leeuwen-ice-cream-to-open-greenwich-location-in-october https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/places/41108-van-leeuwen-ice-cream-to-open-greenwich-location-in-october41108-van-leeuwen-ice-cream-to-open-greenwich-location-in-october

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, the nationally beloved brand known for its made-from-scratch dairy and vegan ice creams, will debut its first Connecticut location on October 1.

Located on the iconic Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, the store is the brand’s first suburban scoop shop. The launch also marks a return to its roots for co-founders Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen who are Greenwich natives and whose ice cream journey began in town twenty years ago.

Ben and Pete became ice cream entrepreneurs back in 2002. The brothers rented a Good Humor truck and drove it all around Greenwich for two summers. With the money he made, Ben went backpacking around Asia and Europe, and found himself most excited by the food he discovered and the revelation that good food was more accessible in other parts of the world. His travels inspired the idea for an ice cream truck serving good ice cream.  Not long after, Van Leeuwen was born in the form of a yellow scoop truck on the streets of NYC in 2008. Its French-style ice cream (made with more than double the amount of egg yolks as standard ice cream) quickly gained a loyal following, and Van Leeuwen has since expanded into storefronts in New York, California, Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas, as well as grocery stores across the country, including Stop & Shop and Whole Foods. Van Leeuwen’s goal — to make good ice cream that makes you feel good — also extends to its dairy-free options, which are made with simple recipes and choice ingredients.

The expansive menu features more than 30 signature flavors including Honeycomb, Pistachio (made with Pistachios sourced from Mount Etna in Sicily), Marionberry Cheesecake (made with vine-ripened berries from Oregon farm partner Stahlbush Island Farms), and Earl Grey Tea (made with Rishi Tea), in addition to custom sundaes, handmade ice cream sandwiches, root beer floats, milkshakes and pints to-go. The company is also known for its extensive selection of vegan flavors made with oat and cashew milk, including Churros & Fudge and Strawberry Shortcake.

“We are so excited to bring Van Leeuwen to our hometown,” said Ben Van Leeuwen, co-founder and CEO. “It’s really special that our first suburban location takes us full circle to the place where we first brought smiles to people’s faces through ice cream back in 2002 before the brand existed. We look forward to sharing good ice cream, made with good ingredients, with the community where we grew up.” 

Known nationally for creative seasonal and limited-edition collaboration flavors such as Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and BIGFACE Coffee Affogato in partnership with NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, Van Leeuwen will also serve an exclusive limited-edition flavor at its Greenwich location. The brand has teamed up with local French bakery Raphaël's to create a flavor inspired by their Canelé pastry - a brown sugar ice cream with vanilla and rum notes with pieces of Canelé from Raphaël's. In addition, Van Leeuwen’s Fall seasonal specials,  Pumpkin Cheesecake and Dark Chocolate Vegan Pumpkin Pie, will be available until December 1. 

Opening day hours on October 1 are 12pm-11pm. In celebration of the launch, the shop will offer $1 scoops of all ice cream on opening day from 12pm-4pm. 

Van Leeuwen’s Greenwich scoop shop is located at 375 Greenwich Avenue and will be open Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Guests can enjoy their treats at the scoop shop or order pints for takeout or delivery. 

ABOUT VAN LEEUWEN ICE CREAM 

Founded in 2008, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream started out of a yellow scoop truck on the streets of NYC by Ben Van Leeuwen, Pete Van Leeuwen and Laura O’Neill. With a mission to make good ice cream from good ingredients that makes you feel good, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream has innovated beyond the original dairy recipe with vegan ice cream and ice cream bars, unique and eclectic flavors, and more. With 33 scoop shops across the country, Van Leeuwen ice cream is also available for purchase in grocery stores and nationwide shipping. To keep up with everything Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, follow the brand on Instagram @vanleeuwenicecream or visit www.vanleeuwenicecream.com.

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michelle.calarco@gmail.com (HH) Places Wed, 21 Sep 2022 09:47:23 -0400
Exploring the Wealth Divide in Greenwich, Panel on September 28 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41107-9-28-panel-exploring-the-wealth-divide-in-greenwich41107-9-28-panel-exploring-the-wealth-divide-in-greenwich https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41107-9-28-panel-exploring-the-wealth-divide-in-greenwich41107-9-28-panel-exploring-the-wealth-divide-in-greenwich

PANEL: Exploring the Wealth Divide in Greenwich on Wednesday, September 28 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Town Hall (Cone Room – 2nd Floor, 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich). 

Moderator:

Rev. Ted Pardoe

Panelists:

First Selectman Fred Camillo                         Town of Greenwich

Representative Stephen Meskers                    State Representative, Connecticut 

Mehmet Cansoy, Ph.D.                                   Associate Professor, Fairfield University

David Rabin                                                    President & CEO, Greenwich United Way

Demetria Nelson, LCSW, MA                       Commissioner, Greenwich Dept. of Human Services                     

The First Selectman’s Diversity Advisory Committee works to advance inclusion and a sense of belonging for all who live and work in the Town of Greenwich. The Committee develops and implements programs to increase awareness, encourage engagement, and strengthen connections through conversations that reflect the community’s diverse voices. We invite community members to deepen their understanding of the broad perspectives and experiences represented in Town. 

To RSVP, send an email to SeptemberPanel@greenwichct.org by September 26. 

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karen@bazinihhopp.com (kh) Events Mon, 19 Sep 2022 06:42:38 -0400
Greenwich United Way Annual Campaign Kickoff https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/charities/41105-greenwich-united-way-annual-campaign-kickoff41105-greenwich-united-way-annual-campaign-kickoff https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/charities/41105-greenwich-united-way-annual-campaign-kickoff41105-greenwich-united-way-annual-campaign-kickoff

Greenwich United Way Annual Campaign Kickoff on Wednesday, September 21 beginning at 10:00am at Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road

 

Funds raised will go to more than 20 grantees helping support the health, education and self-sufficiency of Greenwich residents

First Selectman Fred Camillo will join Greenwich United Way CEO David Rabin and Board Chair Mario Forlini to kick off the annual campaign that helps ensure every member of the community has the opportunity to be healthy, educated and self-sufficient.

To contribute to the Annual Campaign or inquire about joining Community Investment Process volunteers, visit https://greenwichunitedway.org.

 For more information, visit https://greenwichunitedway.org, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

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karen@bazinihhopp.com (kh) Charities Fri, 16 Sep 2022 13:16:52 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend September 16-18: Festivals, Theatre Openings, Comedy, Concerts, and More in Fairfield County! https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41106-fc-buzz-weekend-september-16-18-festivals-theatre-openings-comedy-concerts-and-more-in-fairfield-county41106-fc-buzz-weekend-september-16-18-festivals-theatre-openings-comedy-concerts-and-more-in-fairfield-county https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41106-fc-buzz-weekend-september-16-18-festivals-theatre-openings-comedy-concerts-and-more-in-fairfield-county41106-fc-buzz-weekend-september-16-18-festivals-theatre-openings-comedy-concerts-and-more-in-fairfield-county

FC Buzz Weekend September 16 - 18

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. September is the perfect month to celebrate arts and culture in community.

This weekend, there are festivals springing up from Norwalk to Newtown, theatre openings, comedy acts, concerts, and other community offerings that will stream light into your weekend!

Sean Ardoin at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Westport

Fri, Sept 16, 7:30 pm

Pack a picnic and grab a lawn chair or blanket to see one of the most revered names in Creole and zydeco music for FREE. This three-time Grammy nominee Sean has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Tickets can be claimed in advance online and may also be available at Box Office Window.

Lez Zeppelin at Wall Street Theater, Norwalk

Fri, Sept 16, 8:00 pm

Do not miss one of the most exciting live acts around - the first female rock act to pay homage to Led Zeppelin! Founded in 2004 by New York guitarist, Steph Paynes, this all-girl quartet has gained unanimous critical acclaim, garnering rave reviews across the board.

La Gringa at The Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport

Fri, Sept 16, 8:00 pm 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders as they present the longest running off-Broadway Spanish play by Carmen Rivera and directed by Rene Buch. This show is about a Puerto Rican New Yorker who travels to Puerto Rico to meet her family to discover her roots. Her misconceptions are transformed and she learns that being Puerto Rican is a matter of heart and spirit. The New York Times proclaims, “La Gringa unfolds in comic dialogue that arouses constant shouts of laughter and bursts of applause." 

Sunset Boulevard at Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk

Fri, Sept 16, 8:00 pm

Opening its 36th MainStage Season, MTC presents a Tony Award winning musical, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. This beloved musical introduces audiences to silent movie star Norma Desmond who longs for a return to the big screen when she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances. Includes the songs “With One Look,” “As If We Never Said Goodbye” & “Perfect Year.” Sunset Boulevard will run three weekends through October 2nd. 

Glow Wild Lantern Festival at Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport

Fri, Sept 16 - Sun, Sept 18, 5:30-9:30 pm

Journey through a wonderland of illuminated larger-than-life lanterns, inspired by the wild world at Bridgeport’s. This event culminates a year of festivities celebrating the Zoo’s 100th birthday. More than 35 large-scale illuminated displays, featuring hundreds of interactive lanterns, span the Zoo’s 30 acres as guests are invited to walk through glowing corridors. On view every Thursday - Sunday through November 27th. 

Newtown Arts Festival at Fairfield Hills Campus, Newtown

Fri, Sept 16, 7:00 - 10:00 pm; Sat, Sept 17 and Sun, Sept 18 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of a unique multi-day Arts Festival! Singer, songwriter Amy Helm opens the festival on Friday at Newtown’s Edmond Town Hall along with a cocktail reception with cash bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. The festival continues on Saturday with dance performances, all day music, the FREE WAY of artistic activities and demonstrations, beer and wine garden and 10 food trucks. Over 60 area artists will be displaying their work for two days.

RENT at Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport

Fri, Sept 16, 7:30 pm, Sat, Sept 17 5:00 & 8:00 pm, Sun, Sept 18, 5:00 pm

 

It’s opening night for Jonathan Larson’s iconic musical! Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Running through October 16th.

Aldrich Artists at the Table at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Sat, Sept 17, 6:30 - 9:30 pm 

Dine al fresco style amongst Museum supporters and Aldrich exhibiting artists at the Museum's annual farm-to-museum dinner. Set in the beautiful Sculpture Garden, guests receive dinner plus a menu card with a specially-conceived work by exhibiting artist LaKela Brown and chocolates by Bridgewater Chocolate.

Comedian, Michael Ian Black at FTC Stage One, Fairfield

Sat, Sept 17, 8:00 pm 

Enjoy an evening of ribald, one-man comedy with this Wet Hot American Summer actor and stand-up sensation who most recently starred in TVLand’s “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and Comedy Central’s “Another Period.” Black has also reprised one of his iconic film roles in Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”

Old-fashioned Flea Market at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk

Sun, Sept 18, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Stroll the grounds of Norwalk’s Mathews Park while it is adorned with tables of treasures including a White Elephant Table with items generously donated by supporters that run the gamut from gently-used to up-cycled.

Honey Harvest Festival at Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford

 

Sun, Sept 18, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Buzz on over to a festival of family-friendly activities, honey and gin tasting & presentations, live music, food trucks, a marketplace with local vendors & artisans, a beekeeping Q&A panel, and the opportunity to explore the Bartlett’s trails & gardens. Dedicated to celebrating honey and learning about the important role bees play in our ecosystem, this free festival is not to be missed. 

Ann Hampton Callaway in The Linda Ronstadt Songbook at Ridgefield Playhouse

Sun, Sept 18, 4:30 pm

Enjoy an exhilarating night of songs and stories in celebration of Linda Ronstadt. One of the leading pop/jazz singers of our time, Callaway has created a show that honors the many faces of love in Ronstadt’s iconic songs from her early days like “Different Drum” to pop and folk rock classics like “You’re No Good,” to unforgettable classics from her three Nelson Riddle albums like “What’s New” and “Am I Blue,” to her iconic duets. 

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, 15 Sep 2022 09:09:09 -0400
Eleven Greenwich High School seniors are 2023 National Merit® Scholarship Program Semifinalists https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41104-eleven-greenwich-high-school-seniors-are-2023-national-merit-scholarship-program-semifinalists41104-eleven-greenwich-high-school-seniors-are-2023-national-merit-scholarship-program-semifinalists https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41104-eleven-greenwich-high-school-seniors-are-2023-national-merit-scholarship-program-semifinalists41104-eleven-greenwich-high-school-seniors-are-2023-national-merit-scholarship-program-semifinalists

Eleven Greenwich High School seniors have been recognized as 2023 National Merit® Scholarship Program Semifinalists. These students will now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered in the spring.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships based on their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) scores. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

These students will be recognized by the Board of Education at an upcoming business meeting.

GHS 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists:

Sophie Citron

Theresa Dobbins

Alexander Khilko

Arjun Kishore

Lauren Koester

Luke Mazzullo

Joaquina Mendive

Lara Nguyen

Emil Schaumburg

Harry Waters

Brandon Yu

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 340 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

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kerry@ducey.org (Greenwich HS) Neighbors Wed, 14 Sep 2022 11:15:41 -0400