Milford's HamletHub Tue, 29 Nov 2022 11:50:22 -0500 Ancestors Road Show at the Milford Library on December 10

Ancestors Road Show at Milford Library on Saturday, December 10 from 10:30am-2:30pm 

If you are stumped on your family research, sign up for a free session with the experts. The CT Professional Genealogists Council will be providing one-on-one consultations to lead you in the right direction and help you uncover your ancestral history. 25-minute time slots are available. 

To register for a time slot and receive a preliminary questionnaire, email Reference Librarian Diana at or call 203-783-3292 for more info.  

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Milford Arts Council and Frank Critelli Host Pass the Guitar on December 15 to Support Beth-El Center

Pass the Guitar is a movement across our state, bringing musicians and communities together for a purpose.

Hosted by the Milford Arts Council and Frank Critelli, member of The Bargain Band and host of WPLR’s The Local Band Show, it will showcase 20 local performers on the MAC stage, sharing but one guitar. As they “pass the guitar”, volunteers from Beth El Center and All in for Milford will be passing the basket for donations.

Pass the Guitar is on Thursday, December 15 at 7pm at the MAC at 40 Railroad Ave. in Milford. Entrance is free but please bring your generosity to this fundraiser for those in our community experiencing homelessness and hunger.

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Genealogy at the Milford Library on Monday, Dec. 5

Genealogy with Greg Thompson at Milford Library on Monday, December 5 at 11am 

Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Genealogist Greg Thompson will show you how. Those new to exploring their family trees and seasoned family genealogists are all welcome.

The program will be presented monthly, with various topics to suit the needs of attendees.  

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Milford Library: The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another on December 8

The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another with author Anissa Ramirez, Ph.D. on Thursday, December 8 at 7pm at the Milford Public Library

How has technology shaped human civilization? Scientist and science writer, Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D., will discuss her new book The Alchemy of Us, winner of the the CT Book Award and finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. This book unfolds how simple inventions shaped society. Ramirez will illuminate how everyday objects around us had a hand in changing language, politics, and even our bodies.  

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Coastal Mix A Capella Christmas Show at the Milford Library on December 6!

Coastal Mix A Capella Christmas Show on Tuesday December 6 at 7pm 

Coastal Mix is an a cappella​, mixed voice chorus dedicated to bringing family-friendly entertainment to the community. Formerly known as "The Coastal Chordsmen," they are now a mixed-voice chorus, welcoming all singers regardless of gender. Officially the Bridgeport, CT chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society International, Coastal Mix has been entertaining audiences in Southern Connecticut and beyond for over 75 years. Join in the holiday fun!  All are welcome. 

]]> (Suzanne Harrison-Thomas) Events Mon, 21 Nov 2022 11:00:16 -0500
Milford residents Bianca Hagischi and Ryan Axtell earn perfect 4.0 GPA at Goodwinn University

Goodwin University's President's List for the Summer 2022 Session includes 263 students, all of whom scored a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Congratulations to Milford residents Bianca Hagischi and Ryan Axtell for your academic success!

Goodwin University in East Hartford, Connecticut, is an innovative learning community that empowers hard-working students to become sought-after employees.

For more information, please visit

]]> (Goodwin University) Neighbors Mon, 21 Nov 2022 10:59:18 -0500
Lauralton Hall Presents Christmas in the Mansion

At Christmas in the Mansion, you can stroll Lauralton's decorated halls, tour its historic 1864 Victorian Gothic mansion, shop for holiday gifts from 55+ pop-up boutiques, view special collections (including an antique rolling pin assortment as seen on the Martha Stewart Show) and visit Santa's Workshop for photos and goodies. Marvel at the “12 Trees of Christmas” raffle display, beautifully decorated by constituents of Lauralton. Visitors are also welcome to visit the creche in Lauralton's century-old chapel in Mercy Hall. A longstanding Lauralton tradition, Christmas in the Mansion transforms its historic campus into a spectacular showcase of the season.

Join Laurelton for its reservation-only Preview Party, Saturday, December 3, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Wear your festive attire and shop specialty vendors before they open to the community on Sunday. This adults-only (21+ over) event features hors d'oeuvres, a light buffet, desserts, libations, Christmas music performed by our Lauralton vocal ensembles, and more. Visit to purchase your tickets!

The festivities continue as Laurelton's doors open to the community on Sunday, December 4, noon - 4:30 pm. Admission is $10 at the door; children aged 12 and younger are free of charge.

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Chelsea Gallo Conducts "Second Turn" at The Klein, Dec. 17

After a smashing “First Turn” performance by conductor-candidate Benjamin Hochman on November 12, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony will present the third of four candidates to succeed the renowned Eric Jacobsen, who has led GBS with great artistry since 2013.  

Conductor Chelsea Gallo will take the podium for the “Second Turn” on Saturday, December 17 at 8:00pm at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport with a joyous evening of music sure to warm the heart.

The December 17 concert will be filled with holiday spirit, both Classical and popular.  The major pieces on the bill are both by the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky, excerpts from “The Nutcracker,” a Christmas classic, and his “Symphony #5.”  In addition, GBS will play Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival” and the music of the Tom Hanks Christmas movie, The Polar Express.  Other surprises are also in store, including some singalong music.  And GBS will be continuing their food drive to benefit their neighbors at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.  Please bring canned or non-perishable food items to the December 17 concert.  

“The search for a new Music Director is daunting, on two fronts,” says Executive Director Mark Halstead.  “First, finding anyone to fill Eric Jacobsen’s shoes is a tall order.  Add to that, four fantastic candidates, each of whom brings something very special for GBS.  It’s an ‘embarrassment of riches,” for sure!”  Indeed, with two candidates having masterfully conducted GBS season concerts (Hochman in November, and Brazilian conductor Eduardo Leandro in November 2021) and another (Chelsea Tipton II, scheduled for the March 18 concert), GBS will face a difficult choice in selecting the new Music Director/Principal Conductor.

Like the other Conductor-candidates, Ms. Gallo was hand-picked by outgoing Music Director Eric Jacobsen; in fact, she is the Principal Guest Conductor at Jacobsen’s Orlando Philharmonic and will be guest conducting for the Virginia Symphony, also directed by Jacobsen.  This Jacobsen-connection has impressed longtime GBS fans who want the excitement and progress GBS has made under Jacobsen’s baton to continue. 

Tickets are $18.00 to $65.00, and 3-concert Silver Subscriptions are still available at deep discounts.  GBS also offers 20% discounts for groups of 10 or more, special Family Pack Deals (a family of five can attend for as little as $63.20), and $10.00 seats for students under 19.  Said one trustee, “This concert is just made for a family night out.  We hope people will come out and beat the Pandemic blues!”  Tickets are on sale at or by calling (203)576-0263.

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The Meteorite Collection of the Astronomical Society of New Haven at the Milford Library

The Meteorite Collection of the Astronomical Society of New Haven (ASNH) on Saturday, December 3 at 3pm 

Meteorites from the Astronomical Society of New Haven’s collection, as well as meteorites from member’s private collections will be on display. Retired astronomy and Earth science teacher, Al Washburn, ASNH’s “curator of meteorites,” will discuss where they come from, how to find them, and what types of meteorites are commonly found. Samples will be available to touch for a hands-on experience. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.  

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Rising CT-Grown Musicians Drew Angus & Will Leet Co-Headline at Park City Music Hall, Dec. 1

Black Rock, CT - Both Drew Angus and Will Leet have independently had very exciting 2022’s. 

Angus played the main stage of Sound on Sound Music Festival in September where his dynamic performance was well received by the mass crowds.  Leet is currently on a National Tour as the lead Guitar player for Sammy Rae & The Friends who have made a meteoric rise over the last 12 months. On December 1st, the pair will each bring their own bands to the stage at Park City Music Hall which celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. Park City Music Hall has fast become a staple in the thriving Connecticut music scene. The state-of-the-art sound system, light show, and overall atmosphere make it a dream venue for musicians and concert goers alike. 

Drew Angus is a Bridgeport, CT based singer-songwriter whose music is heartfelt, nostalgic, clever, and catchy, with some vocal fireworks and harmonies that will give you the shivers. He describes it as the intersection of Americana and Rock ‘n Roll with a little bit of Funk and Retro Soul. Angus says, "Park City Music Hall is my home away from home. The community is thriving and I’m excited to share the stage with my friend Will Leet.”

Will Leet  (Sammy Rae & the Friends) is a NYC-based singer-songwriter by way of Madison, CT. He has created a collection of songs over the last 10 years that can be described as "campfire rock with a city groove." Not-too-sentimental lyrics and acoustic guitar soundscapes juxtapose the fast pace of life in New York City and the beckoning call of rural America. 

The co-headliners promise an exciting evening of song, story and entertainment!

Doors: 6pm // Show: 8pm Advanced tickets are $15 Day of show tickets are $17

Get your tickets HERE

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Tobacco E-Cig Enforcement: Milford Police make unannounced compliance inspections

On November 14, 2022, the Milford Police Department working with the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program (TPEP) conducted unannounced compliance inspections of establishments that sell tobacco products and/or electronic cigarettes.

The inspections were performed in an effort to determine compliance with state laws concerning the prohibition of the sale of e-cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of 21. Retailers are required by state law to inspect the photo ID of anyone who appears under the age of 30 before selling a tobacco product or electronic cigarette. Free online training is available to anyone who would like to learn more at:

A total of 19 unannounced compliance inspections were conducted. Of this total, 14 establishments were found compliant, and 5 establishments were found non-compliant with Connecticut General Statutes section 53-244 (Sale of tobacco to a person under 21) or Section 53-344b (Sale of an e-cigarette to a person under 21). The offending clerks at these establishments were issued a first-time infraction in the amount of $300.00.

Learn more at

Tobacco retailers are licensed by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS). Non-compliant inspection results are referred to DRS for possible administrative action.

The following retailers were found to be non-compliant:

Devon Smoke Shop, 149 Bridgeport Ave

Galaxy Fuel/FoodMart, 180 New Haven Ave

Krauszers Food Stores, 631 Milford Point Road

Patriot Fuels Food Shop, 714 Boston

Post Road Shell, 1345 New Haven Ave

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Snowmen on sale now for Milford's 3rd Annual Frosty Fest

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND...The Frosty Fest is a chance for you and your family or business to show off your community holiday pride! Be among the 100s of snowpeople lining the green on Broad Street!

Can you believe its been 3 years – and one thing is for certain…Milford loves to celebrate the holidays.  What better way to show your community spirit and bring some good cheer than by buying and decorating your very own snowperson to be featured on the downtown Milford Green!

Sales start THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14th – and continue until we are sold out! 


BACK FOR 2022! Vote for your favorites! Win prizes!  All winners get a custom 3rd Annual Frosty Fest Ornament featuring your snowcreation - and bragging rights!


The Frosty Fest is a chance for you and your family or business to show off your holiday pride for all to see! With your donation you will receive an unprinted snowman-shaped lawn sign for you to paint and decorate as you’d like. Be creative. Be fun. Size is approx. 18”x 32”

After you’re done creating your masterpiece, MPC will place your creation on the Green for the whole community to enjoy!

Once the Fest is over – you are welcome to take home your snowperson to enjoy on your lawn all winter long!

This fundraiser is open to families, Milford-based businesses, organizations and clubs while supplies last. 

Proceeds will benefit Milford Prevention Council and substance use prevention and mental health awareness programming for our local youth.

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St. Mary School Milford Hold Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale

St. Mary School in Milford is once again getting ready for its annual Christmas tree sale - an annual tradition for over 20 years! 

Starting November 25th at noon, freshly cut Christmas trees, wreaths and cemetery pieces will be available to purchase at St. Mary School, 72 Gulf Street, Milford. Hours are Mon-Fri 5:00pm – 9:00pm and Sat. & Sun. 9:00am – 9:00pm.

All proceeds benefit St. Mary School.

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Beth-El Center Receives Funding from the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal

Beth-El Center homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Milford, a provider of emergency housing and food solutions, recently received a $5,000.00 donation from the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal through its Vicariate Outreach Program.          

This funding will be used to support the operation of the Beth-El Center’s emergency homeless shelter, food programs and support services for men, women, veterans and families in the Milford area who are in crisis. Additionally, it will support the Center's outreach and diversion efforts which work to prevent hunger and homelessness in our community.

"Beth-El Center is very grateful to receive funding from the Archdiocese of Hartford,” says Jennifer Paradis, Executive Director of Beth-El Center. “As so many households are impacted by illness, low wages, inflation and loss of hope, the basic needs of our community continue to grow. This funding helps the Beth-El Center continue to respond to the increased demand for food, stable housing and support services. The Center continues to serve as the light needed to get our clients through difficult times.”

The community’s need for food and housing is on the rise. Beth-El Center’s Soup Kitchen is forecasted to serve more meals this year than it did last year or in 2020. The Center is assisting more individuals, families and veterans in our emergency shelter than in the past two years. And our Outreach and Engagement program has helped more un-housed individuals find shelter or permanent housing this year than in 2021.

“As we the prolonged fallout from the pandemic, our neighbors continue to experience hardships. This funding helps us respond to those who are reaching out for critical assistance,” says Paradis.

For more information about Beth-El Center and its services, visit or call 203.876.0747.


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FC Buzz Weekend Lineup of Arts and Culture November 11-13

FC Buzz Weekend November 11-November 13

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.

 “Kindled Eyes” at Schelfhaudt Gallery Exhibit at Paier College, Bridgeport

Friday, November 11, 4-6 pm

Don’t miss this powerful exhibition and auction of art by child refugees from the Bridgeport area who participated in an arts program supported by the Fairfield County Community Foundation and Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. The program encouraged the children to explore self-expression and storytelling through a variety of visual media -  including drawing, painting, sculpting, photography and video. 

“Elements” at Sterling House Community Center, Stratford 

Friday, November 11, 6-8 pm

The Arts Alliance of Stratford invites you to join an opening reception and sale for an exhibit that interprets the many definitions and artist interpretations of “element.” Form your own interpretation as you stroll and explore.

Bridgeport Art Trail

Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 6-9 pm

Enjoy art, live music, storytelling, poetry, film screenings, hands-on demos, and family fun at many arts venues and galleries throughout Bridgeport. Tour artists’ studios at American Fabrics, Metro Art Studios, The NEST Art Factory, the Knowlton, and more. Arts venues include City Lights and URSA galleries, the Klein, Bijou Theatre and Park City Music Hall.

Open Studios, Loft Artists Association Gallery, Stamford

Friday, November 11, 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13,  1-5 pm

Come and explore the studios and galleries, meet artists and get a rare glimpse into the life of a working artist in a collaborative and professional environment. Art collectors, dealers and anyone with an appreciation for high quality artwork will enjoy the opportunity to see the work of 25 diverse artists all in one location. 

The Ultimate Boyband Tribute – Larger Than Life at Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport

Friday, November 11, 8pm

Step back in time at the biggest 90s Party since the Backstreet Boys shut down Times Square. Performing over 40 Boyband songs by the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees, O-Town, Boyz II Men, LFO, One Direction and many more! And for extra fun the boyz take you back even further with hits by The Jackson 5, Temptations, Four Seasons and other classic male groups! This is the only act of its kind featuring actual boy band singing, dancing, costumes and that pop look. 

Black Violin: Give Thanks Tour at The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Friday, November 11, 8-10 pm

Expect to dance along to hits from this band’s Grammy Nominated Take the Stairs album as well as holiday favorites from their Give Thanks album. Led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin), and joined by DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes, this band employs playful storytelling, whimsical string melodies, and hard-hitting beats to highlight the unifying pillars of the holiday season. 

Piano Bar at Ridgefield Theater Barn

Friday, November 11 & Saturday, November 12, 8-10 pm

It’s an entertaining evening filled with live music, talented performers, and good company where brave attendees may even be shaken out of their comfort zone to hop on the stage themselves. Experience the Manhattan cabaret scene with accompanist Lisa Riggs Hobbs and co-hosts Pamela Jones and Jeffery Albanesi who guide audiences along a spontaneous musical evening of unpredictable laughter and fun. 

“Subject Matter” at Metro Art Studios, Bridgeport

Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 10am-5pm

Miggs Burroughs curates a stunning new exhibit at the Crown Gallery with participating artists and several CAFC members: Sue Benton, Miggs Burroughs, Vince Calenzo, Erica Katz, and Jay Petrow. The work includes photography, painting, and mixed media, and is on view through January 6th. While you’re there, enjoy the Open Studios events as part of the Bridgeport Art Trail, including a body painting demo with Alicia Cobb and storytelling with Denise Susalka on Saturday and a concert with The Alternate Routes on Sunday.

 “DefineArt” at The Knowlton, Bridgeport 

Saturday, November 12, 4-11:45pm

The first ever hybrid art and NFT exhibit in Connecticut! Over 6,000 square feet of pure artistic creativity will be on display, beginning with a Panel Discussion centered around traditional visual arts and the convergence of NFTs in the marketplace, followed by an exhibit of Contemporary Art and Photography, alongside Digital NFT Creations Minting Live. ‘Get Behind the Canvas’ with Art of Everyone and paint the First Ever Laser Guided NFT which will be “Minted” as an NFT Piece of Art. Wrap up the day with an After Party not to be missed!

“Absolute Queen” at Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport

Saturday, November 12, 5-8pm  

Experience the hyper-realistic sights and sounds of Queen, filled with all of the many hits, incredible vocals, stories about Queen and the songs, costume changes, and high energy sing along songs that will lift you off your seat.

“SPAG Right NOW!” at St Philip Artists Guild, Norwalk

Saturday, November 12, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Norwalk’s St Philip Artists Guild (SPAG) brings you an exhibit featuring 22 artists participating in a pop up, one-night-only exhibition and open studios event, plus live music, silent auction, sips and nibbles.

Robert Klein at SHU Community Theatre, Fairfield 

Saturday, November 12, 8-10pm

Come and see the comedian that Jerry Seinfeld calls the “Beatles of Comedy.” For more than 40 years, Robert Klein has been making audiences laugh and critics cheer on Broadway, television and film. 

‘Search For Maestro’ at Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport 

Saturday, November 12, 8-11pm 

World-Renowned Conductor and Pianist Benjamin Hochman takes the helm and solos with the ‘First Turn’ of Turn, Turn, Turn in which Greater Bridgeport Symphony auditions a successor to replace Music Director Eric Jacobsen. Three concerts will showcase conductors hand-picked by Jacobsen to be his successor. 

Holiday Artisans Market at Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan 

Saturday November 12 & Sunday November 13, 11am-4 pm

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at a fine art craft show with a wide range of artists and meet and speak with the artists and artisans. Ceramics, Jewelry, Fiber Arts, Glass all on display with an extended Holiday Gallery Gift Store for you to enjoy. 

Musical Borderlands at Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield

Sunday, November 13, 3-4:45 pm  

In this solo recital, Pianist Orin Grossman shares his fascination for musical borderlands: places where popular culture and so-called high culture connect. He ‘travels’ the Americas to present music from Brazil, Cuba, and the United States. Among the featured composers are Ernesto Lecuona (who was called “the Cuban Gershwin”), Ernesto Nazareth, an early pioneer of Brazilian music, Scott Joplin, and George Gershwin.

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at

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