Newcanaan's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan Tue, 29 Nov 2022 13:55:46 -0500 HamletHub.com “Elf” Screening & Meals on Wheels Food Drive https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6811-elf-screening-meals-on-wheels-food-drive6811-elf-screening-meals-on-wheels-food-drive https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6811-elf-screening-meals-on-wheels-food-drive6811-elf-screening-meals-on-wheels-food-drive

This weekend, do some good and have some laughs at The Ridgefield Playhouse! To get you in the spirit of the season and giving back, they are presenting a screening of the holiday classic Elf starring Will Ferrell on Fri, December 2 at 8pm. The evening also includes their 2nd Annual Holiday Food Drive & Ugly Sweater Party! After Ridgefield’s annual Holiday Stroll, head over to The Playhouse in your most hideous holiday sweater for the chance to win free concessions for the night (2 candy, 1 large popcorn, 2 large sodas)! And don’t forget to bring canned goods to support our holiday food drive for Ridgefield’s own, Meals on Wheels. By bringing FIVE canned or dry items for the food drive, you’ll enjoy a free ticket to the screening! Don’t Be a Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins – reserve your seats now to join in the holiday fun and to see Will Ferrell on the big screen in one of the most beloved holiday movies of all time!

Meals on Wheels has been providing nourishment to any Ridgefield resident who cannot prepare their own meals: the elderly, disabled and infirm, even those with short term needs such as recovery from surgery or illness. They have no age or income restrictions and all meals are free of charge. Please note, they are not a food pantry and have an approved list of food items they need to help prepare meals. We encourage you to click here for the Meals on Wheels approved donations list and help support this wonderful cause.

This event is part of the Playhouse’s Xfinity Family Series and Cohen and Wolf P.C. Movie Series.

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home tickets ($10.50 - $12.50), go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

FOLLOW THE PLAYHOUSE ON SOCIALS: Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse | Twitter: @RPlayhouse | Facebook: @RidgefieldPlayhouse

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lisa.barrett@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Tue, 29 Nov 2022 06:19:22 -0500
Support New Canaan Nonprofits on GivingTuesday! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6810-support-wilton-nonprofits-on-givingtuesday6810-support-wilton-nonprofits-on-givingtuesday https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6810-support-wilton-nonprofits-on-givingtuesday6810-support-wilton-nonprofits-on-givingtuesday

Thanksgiving - check. Black Friday - check. Cyber Monday - (almost) check. Tomorrow, November 28 is GivingTuesday,  a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past ten years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Consider giving LOCAL! There are so many worthy nonprofits right here in New Canaan that are changing the world for the better - on a daily basis! These nonprofits are helping residents with disabilities, bringing art, music, dance, and theater to our community (and beyond), providing services and programs to senior citizens and children, rescuing pets, rehabilitating horses, and keeping us healthy. Let's help them continue to fulfill their important missions!

GivingTuesday recently received a $10 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help further unleash the power of radical generosity across the globe. The gift represents the single largest grant GivingTuesday has received since the movement began in 2012.

Making GivingTuesday even more special this year, Facebook will once again match $8M donations made on Facebook on GivingTuesday. Matches are made on a first-come, first-served basis and will continue until the $8M USD fund has been met. Learn more about how Facebook’s GivingTuesday donation works here.

Learn more about GivingTuesday here

View a comprehensive list of nonprofits in our area here.

To learn more about GivingTuesday or to get involved, visit the Giving Tuesday webpage.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Mon, 28 Nov 2022 10:13:50 -0500
Be A Part of Keeping The Lights Glowing in New Canaan During 2022 Holiday Season https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/6809-be-a-part-of-keeping-the-lights-glowing-in-new-canaan-during-2022-holiday-season6809-be-a-part-of-keeping-the-lights-glowing-in-new-canaan-during-2022-holiday-season https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/6809-be-a-part-of-keeping-the-lights-glowing-in-new-canaan-during-2022-holiday-season6809-be-a-part-of-keeping-the-lights-glowing-in-new-canaan-during-2022-holiday-season

As our days are getting shorter and our nights are longer we find ourselves wishing for the Holiday Lights again.

We are in the midst of planning for one of New Canaan’s most beloved Holiday traditions and hope we can count on you again this year.

Please consider donating so we can light up downtown New Canaan through the New Year. 

DONATE

We will need your support to make it happen! Please consider donating to the New Canaan Chamber Charitable Foundation’s Holiday Lights Campaign. We welcome any amount! Your contribution will help all New Canaan residents and visitors feel the warmth!

The New Canaan Chamber does not receive any financial support from the municipal budget and relies solely on the generosity of our residents and merchants to fund this effort.

The New Canaan Chamber Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the New
Canaan Chamber Charitable Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Canaan) Life Mon, 28 Nov 2022 03:18:08 -0500
New Canaan Holiday Stroll on December 2 and Santa Comes to Town on December 3! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6795-new-canaan-holiday-stroll-on-december-2-and-santa-comes-to-town-on-december-36795-new-canaan-holiday-stroll-on-december-2-and-santa-comes-to-town-on-december-3 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6795-new-canaan-holiday-stroll-on-december-2-and-santa-comes-to-town-on-december-36795-new-canaan-holiday-stroll-on-december-2-and-santa-comes-to-town-on-december-3

The 2022 Holiday Stroll will be held on Friday, December 2nd on Elm Street.

The highlight of Friday night will be a Holiday themed show with performers from many local theater and and dance groups.

New canaan Cares will be serving up S’Mores around the fire pit and the waffle cabin from Vermont will be selling fresh waffles.

All our local stores will be open and showing off their Holiday Decorations and gifts! Walk under the lights, catch up with friends and family, grab dinner all while celebrating our special town!

Saturday, December 3rd Santa will be in town at Houlihan Lawrence on Elm Street for a Meet and Greet from 10:00 am – 3:00pm so get your list ready!

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (New Canaan Chamber of Commerce) Events Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:03:00 -0500
HamletHub salutes small businesses and Fairfield County Bank for supporting Why Small Businesses Matter https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/6808-lifeneighborseventsplacespoliticscharitiespublic-safetyabout-us-search-hamlethub-salutes-small-businesses-and-fairfield-county-bank-for-supporting-why-small-businesses-matter6808-lifeneighborseventsplacespoliticscharitiespublic-safetyabout-us-search-hamlethub-salutes-small-businesses-and-fairfield-county-bank-for-supporting-why-small-businesses-matter https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/6808-lifeneighborseventsplacespoliticscharitiespublic-safetyabout-us-search-hamlethub-salutes-small-businesses-and-fairfield-county-bank-for-supporting-why-small-businesses-matter6808-lifeneighborseventsplacespoliticscharitiespublic-safetyabout-us-search-hamlethub-salutes-small-businesses-and-fairfield-county-bank-for-supporting-why-small-businesses-matter

In 2010, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, American Express launched Small Business Saturday to encourage people to "Shop Small" during the holiday season. Here at HamletHub, we applaud this shop local movement and remind the community to shop small - 365 days a year!

Many small businesses lack the recognition they deserve for the vital role they play in communities. Following discussions with Jeff Konchalski, owner of Nature's Temptations, about the importance of shopping small, on January 1, 2018, we launched "Why Small Businesses Matter".  This is our signature "Shop Local" campaign which features a series of stories designed to educate the community while providing local businesses the opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

This is our signature "Shop Local" campaign which features a series of stories designed to educate the community while providing local businesses the opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

When the pandemic hit, we "reimagined" our Why Small Businesses Matter series so small businesses could connect with their customers and share their new and innovative ways of operation.  To adhere to CDC guidelines and make shopping safe and convenient in this new "now", local shops revamped their websites to offer online shopping, offered curbside pickup and delivery. They met our needs in creative ways. 

Thanks to the support of Fairfield County Bank, HamletHub is able to provide free exposure for small businesses. Our Why Small Businesses Matter series is a way to virtually open the door to Main Street in Connecticut.

Here's how it works: local business owners are asked a few simple, thought-provoking questions, and their answers are published on HamletHub.com, social media channels, and in our daily e-newsletter. Since January 2020, more than three hundred businesses have had an opportunity to share their stories. In total, we have featured more than 2,000 small businesses.

On Small Business Saturday, we thank the many local business owners who work tirelessly to make our community the special place that it is. We are grateful to Fairfield County Bank for supporting our Why Small Businesses Matter series and joining us on our mission to make communities better.

Small businesses can click here to be featured in Why Small Businesses Matter. 

To learn more about Why Small Businesses Matter or to inquire about how your business can be featured, email localmatters@hamlethub.com

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Sat, 26 Nov 2022 04:46:28 -0500
Charis Sings Ceremony of Carols for Christmas https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6807-charis-sings-ceremony-of-carols-for-christmas6807-charis-sings-ceremony-of-carols-for-christmas https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6807-charis-sings-ceremony-of-carols-for-christmas6807-charis-sings-ceremony-of-carols-for-christmas

Charis Chamber Voices celebrates the holidays with Benjamin Britten’s classic A Ceremony of Carols, Gabriel Faure’s soaring Tantum Ergo, and Franz Liszt’s dramatic Hymn to the Virgin Mary, all with organ and harp. Excerpts from Bach cantatas and old and new songs of the season round out the program. Artistic Director Jeremy Wiggins conducts.

Two concerts are scheduled in area churches: on Saturday, December 10 at 4:00 p.m. at Bedford Presbyterian Church, Village Green, Bedford, NY, and Sunday, December 11, at 4:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, 178 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan, CT.

Charis is an auditioned chorus of about 30 men and women from Westchester County, NY, and Fairfield County, CT. Founded in 1994, the group is renowned for its diverse repertoire, unique blend of voices and captivating performances. Dr. Wiggins is Assistant Professor of Music, Coordinator of Choral Activities and Graduate Studies, at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.

In the tradition of Charis Christmas concerts, the audience will be invited to join in carol singing and there will be a wine and cheese reception after the concert.

Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors and $15 for students). They may be purchased in advance through the Charis website, www.charisvocals.com, or at the door.

Note: Charis’s singers have all received Covid-19 vaccinations. Masks are optional.

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gilmott@snet.net (Gil Mott) Events Wed, 23 Nov 2022 10:35:33 -0500
FC Buzz: Let the Holidays Begin! Train Shows, Winder Wonderlands, Musicals and More! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6806-fc-buzz-weekend-let-the-holidays-begin-train-shows-winder-wonderlands-musicals-and-more6806-fc-buzz-weekend-let-the-holidays-begin-train-shows-winder-wonderlands-musicals-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6806-fc-buzz-weekend-let-the-holidays-begin-train-shows-winder-wonderlands-musicals-and-more6806-fc-buzz-weekend-let-the-holidays-begin-train-shows-winder-wonderlands-musicals-and-more

FC Buzz Weekend November 25-27

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 vibLrancy 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.

Let the holidays begin! This weekend, pull out your gift list and purchase handmade, one-of-a-kind items created by artists and artisans, enjoy train shows, winter wonderlands, family-friendly musicals, and more. Your spirit will soar through the Arts!

Black Friday Book Sale at Pequot Library, Southport

Friday and Saturday, Nov 25 & 26, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Start your holiday shopping and enjoy a selection of thousands of books and media items in “like new” and “gently used” condition. Ideal for gift-giving! Admission is free, and all items are priced as marked. All proceeds support the library’s annual programs for adults and children, serving thousands of participants each year.

Rowayton Arts Center Holiday Gift Show, Rowayton 

Fri, Sun and Tues, Nov 25, 26, & 29, 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Sat, Nov 26, 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm through Dec 24th

It’s a wonderland of original, handcrafted works by local artists: small ornaments and holiday-related items as well as jewelry, ceramics and knitted items, plus cards, prints and paintings, and a special selection from the Rowayton Gardeners. Proceeds from the Holiday Gift Show are used to support RAC and its educational outreach. 

The Great Trains Holiday Show at Wilton Historical Society, Wilton

Fri - Sun, Nov 25 - 27, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Nov 30 - Jan 16, Wed - Sat, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm + Sun, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

It’s one of Wilton’s favorite holiday traditions! Explore the Wilton Historical Society, in all its decorated glory, and find multiple layouts of model trains that wind their way through miniature winter landscapes, vibrant towns, and mountain tunnels. Something for everyone - model trains, holiday cheer, and family fun. Through January 16th. 

Holiday Wonderland at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk

Fri, Nov 25, noon - 3:00 pm then Wed – Sun through December 31st

Usher in the holiday season and view the exhibition recognized as one of the 10 Best Holiday Historic Home Tours in the US by USA Today. Capturing the magic of the holiday season with historic-era tree displays, a 19th-century skating scene, a festive holiday dinner party, magnificent gowns, and more. 

“The Santa Story” at Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport

Sat and Sun, Nov 26 – Dec 18 + Dec 28 – 30, 12 PM

This wildly popular Cabaret original is the heart-warming and hilarious story of a young Christopher Kringle and his journey to become Santa Claus. The perfect blend of music, mayhem, and merriment for the whole family that is sure to have you ringing jingle bells this holiday season.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Stamford Palace Theatre

Sat, Nov 26, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

All of your favorite characters will be there - Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph. This musical is an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

“Magic – A Ballroom Musical” at Wall Street Theater, Norwalk

Sat, Nov 26, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Inaugurate its holiday season by coming to one of two live performances of “Magic.”  It’s the story of Pam and Bob, two lonely people who are offered free ballroom lessons as a holiday gift one enchanted Christmas weekend. The magic that happens next will only be known when you come to the show.

“Music with Wandering Roots” at StationHouse Wine Bar & Grill, Stratford

Sat, Nov 26, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Singer, songwriter and storyteller Shawn Taylor weaves songs from many colored threads of Americana. With a style wandering from Appalachian to island groves, gritty rock to sparse folk ballads, this performance is a testament to Taylor’s past decade of work. 

“Deck the Walls” at Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan

Sun, Nov 27, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

This holiday exhibit is a do-not-miss! It includes a Wreath Auction & Sale and Small Works Exhibit. Over 40 stunning, one-of-a-kind wreaths created by designers, artists and others will be on display in the gallery and auctioned online. Bidding runs 11/27 - 12/3 at noon. The exhibit is an annual fundraiser that features a juried selection of original art priced at $250 or less as well as limited-edition prints, cards and other artisan-made items. On view through December 10th.

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 Wed, 23 Nov 2022 10:30:08 -0500
Acabella Holiday Concert at The Carriage Barn on December 9 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6805-acabella-holiday-concert-at-the-carriage-barn6805-acabella-holiday-concert-at-the-carriage-barn https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6805-acabella-holiday-concert-at-the-carriage-barn6805-acabella-holiday-concert-at-the-carriage-barn

Join us on Friday, December 9 at 6:30 pm for a festive holiday concert at the Carriage Barn featuring Acabella.

Acabella was founded in 2001 and currently comprises 14 women from the Lower Fairfield County area. Their performance at the Carriage Barn Arts Center will include many Holiday classics.

Tickets $20 for members, $25 for non-members

Learn more: https://carriagebarn.org/acabella/

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admin@carriagebarn.org (Cariage Barn) Events Tue, 22 Nov 2022 11:04:15 -0500
Town of New Canaan Offers Thanksgiving Safety Tips https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/publicsafety/6804-town-of-new-canaan-offers-thanksgiving-safety-tips6804-town-of-new-canaan-offers-thanksgiving-safety-tips https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/publicsafety/6804-town-of-new-canaan-offers-thanksgiving-safety-tips6804-town-of-new-canaan-offers-thanksgiving-safety-tips

Thanksgiving Safety

 The greatest number of home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).

Unattended cooking is by far the leading contributor in cooking fires. Keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safe from fire.

Top safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee can cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Canaan) Public safety Mon, 21 Nov 2022 12:27:31 -0500
Deck the Walls at the Carriage Barn Arts Center November 27-December 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6803-deck-the-walls-at-the-carriage-barn-arts-center-november-27-december-106803-deck-the-walls-at-the-carriage-barn-arts-center-november-27-december-10 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6803-deck-the-walls-at-the-carriage-barn-arts-center-november-27-december-106803-deck-the-walls-at-the-carriage-barn-arts-center-november-27-december-10

 

“Deck The Walls!” at the Carriage Barn Arts Center
Annual holiday exhibit & fundraiser November 27 - December 10

NEW CANAAN, CT, November 20, 2022 – Catch the holiday spirit at the Carriage Barn Art Center’s annual Deck The Walls exhibit and fundraiser.  In addition to the exhibit of small works and artisan made items all priced at $250 or less, over 40 spectacular and one-of-a-kind wreaths will be on display and available to buy or bid on.  The exhibit runs from November 27 - December 10 and lead sponsors include M&T Bank and Team Saxe + Bryan of Compass.


Deck The Walls opens on ARTISTS SUNDAY, a nationwide art-shopping event the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  All are invited to the opening November 27 from 1-5pm to support local artists and creators by buying and giving ART during the holidays.  Admission is free and in addition to being among the first to shop and view the wreaths, visitors will enjoy refreshments, artist demonstrations and a Scout & Cellar wine tasting from 3-5pm.

 

"There is nothing more personal than the gift of art," says Hilary Wittmann, Executive Director of the Carriage Barn Arts Center.  "Give something special, unique, and handcrafted this holiday season and support local artists and the local economy." 

The Carriage Barn's annual wreath auction and fundraiser has become one of New Canaan's most festive holiday traditions.  Made by local designers, artists and organizations, they include themed designs, traditionally decorated greens and wreaths made from unconventional or vintage materials.  Donors include The Glass House Design Store, New Canaan Youth Football, Trovare Home & Design, Bloomcraft, Krista Fox Interiors, Caffeine & Carburetors, Earth Garden, Boucher Community Ice Rink, New Canaan Mounted Troop, Vine Floral and many more.  Bids can be placed online through December 3 at Noon.  

The Carriage Barn's annual holiday party on Thursday December 1 will have a new twist this year.  In addition to cocktails, live music and festive bites by Rosie, several celebrated artists have donated work for an “Off the Wall” art grab.  Guests who buy a patron or supporter level ticket may select a piece "off the wall" to take home for the holidays!  Artist donors include Platon, Cyntha MacCallom, Hans Neleman, Connie Brown, Marjorie Tomchuk, Kristin Pierce, Aurelio Saiz and many others.  See details and buy tickets for the "Off The Wall" Art Benefit and holiday party at carriagebarn.org  

In addition to M&T Bank and Team Saxe + Bryan of Compass, sponsors include Amanda Martocchio Architecture, Lampert Toohey & Rucci LLC, Dr. & Mrs Robert Bottone, Rosie New Canaan, Sono1420 and New Canaan Darien Magazine/Moffly Media.  

Learn more: https://carriagebarn.org/dtw-artists-sunday/

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admin@carriagebarn.org (Carriage Barn Arts Center) Events Mon, 21 Nov 2022 10:20:53 -0500
Holiday Cupcake Workshop at The Carriage Barn on Thursday, December 8 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6802-holiday-cupcake-workshop-at-the-carriage-barn6802-holiday-cupcake-workshop-at-the-carriage-barn https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6802-holiday-cupcake-workshop-at-the-carriage-barn6802-holiday-cupcake-workshop-at-the-carriage-barn

Holiday Cupcake Workshop At The Carriage Barn on Thursday, December 8

Two sessions 2-3:15pm OR 3:45-5pm

Drop off your kids (ages 5 & up) for Holiday themed creative fun with friends!

This workshop will instruct kids on how to create 4 adorable Holiday-themed cupcake designs that they will make and take home to share with family and friends. They will also have a chance to create one of their own design with supplied ingredients to show off their skills!

Family members: $55 / Non-members $60

Learn more and register => https://carriagebarn.org/holiday-cupcake/

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admin@carriagebarn.org (Cariage Barn) Events Thu, 17 Nov 2022 11:54:10 -0500
Town Players of New Canaan opens JOYFUL NOISE by Tim Slover this Friday November 18th at The Powerhouse Theater at Waveny Park https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6800-town-players-of-new-canaan-opens-joyful-noise-by-tim-slover-this-friday-november-18th-at-the-powerhouse-theater-at-waveny-park6800-town-players-of-new-canaan-opens-joyful-noise-by-tim-slover-this-friday-november-18th-at-the-powerhouse-theater-at-waveny-park https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6800-town-players-of-new-canaan-opens-joyful-noise-by-tim-slover-this-friday-november-18th-at-the-powerhouse-theater-at-waveny-park6800-town-players-of-new-canaan-opens-joyful-noise-by-tim-slover-this-friday-november-18th-at-the-powerhouse-theater-at-waveny-park

The Town Players of New Canaan will present their third production of the 2022-23 season, JOYFUL NOISE, written by Tim Slover and directed by Nancy L. Mayer. The producer is Deborah Burke. The production will run from November 18 to December 4 at the Powerhouse Theater at Waveny Park.

In the style of shows like AMADEUS, this play has the feel of a juicy soap opera, with dueling diva sopranos, a plot combining religious protest, political alienation, social humiliation, and a sex scandal. Based on actual historical facts, George Frideric Handel is in trouble: his last opera flopped, he is no longer in favor with King George II and preachers are raging that his latest work is blasphemous. In this climate, he struggles to present "The Messiah." Handel's travails are linked with those of his leading soprano. Forced into retirement because of a scandal, she is slated to make her comeback in his new masterpiece and fears a nasty reception. A malicious, backstabbing alternate is waiting in the wings to replace her. A devious bishop and Handel's bulky librettist add to the conflict in this true story of the politics and passion that nearly prevented "The Messiah" from ever being performed. Audiences will be treated to beautiful singing voices, quality acting, and the play culminates with the singing of a partial Hallelujah Chorus.

The cast of JOYFUL NOISE features Mat Young (George Frideric Handel), Claire Howland Kenny (Kitty Clive), Ria Ipa (Susannah Cibber), Grady Dennis (John Christopher Smith), Patrick Duffy (Bishop Henry Egerton), Autumn Raye Arthur (Mary Pendarves), Christian Miller (King George II) and Timothy Huber (Charles Jennens).

The creative team for JOYFUL NOISE includes Zack Kampler (music director), Amy Wade (assistant director) and Martha Dombroski (stage manager).

JOYFUL NOISE runs November 18, 19, 25, 26, December 2 and 3 at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays. There will be three 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinees on November 20, 27 and December 4. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and students.

As a reminder for the safety of our audience and performers, Town Players of New Canaan will continue following local and national theater protocols regarding COVID-19. The wearing of masks is optional. Questions can be directed to info@tpnc.org

Reservations for JOYFUL NOISE can be made online at TPNC.org or by emailing info@tpnc.org.        

The Powerhouse Theatre in Waveny Park is located at 677 South Avenue in New Canaan, CT.

 

TPNC Joyful Noise Trailer

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ctstagetalk@gmail.com (Town Players of New Canaan) Events Thu, 17 Nov 2022 08:16:28 -0500
Fairfield County Bank celebrates community, customers with laughter and camaraderie at The Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6801-fairfield-county-bank-celebrates-community-customers-with-laughter-and-camaraderie-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse6801-fairfield-county-bank-celebrates-community-customers-with-laughter-and-camaraderie-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6801-fairfield-county-bank-celebrates-community-customers-with-laughter-and-camaraderie-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse6801-fairfield-county-bank-celebrates-community-customers-with-laughter-and-camaraderie-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse

This week, Fairfield County Bank rolled out the red carpet (literally) for their customers and banking community at a lively Client’s Reception at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Friends gathered in the newly renovated and expanded Playhouse lobby where they enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by Gallo Ristorante and a tasting table featuring locally owned, American Metal Whiskey.

After conversation and camaraderie, attendees were treated to a magical performance by Bill Hertz deemed “The Modern Day Merlin” by the Wall Street Journal. Hertz, who performs at 150 corporate events around the country each year, dazzled guests with his wizardry, some of whom found themselves in on the act on the Playhouse stage!

After much laughter and magical awe, the evening’s grand finale found guests back in the beautiful Playhouse lobby where an authentic Italian dinner by Chef Raffaele Gallo awaited.

The evening was immensely enjoyed by all!

Thank you to Fairfield County Bank for being part of the fabric of our community and for supporting nonprofits and small businesses throughout the county!

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kerry@ducey.org (KA) Events Thu, 17 Nov 2022 07:32:27 -0500
Cailyn Rogers, Class of 2025 at The Academy at Golf Performance Center Competes in 2022 Notah Begay III Jr. Golf National https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/6799-cailyn-rogers-class-of-2025-at-the-academy-at-golf-performance-center-competes-in-2022-notah-begay-iii-jr-golf-national6799-cailyn-rogers-class-of-2025-at-the-academy-at-golf-performance-center-competes-in-2022-notah-begay-iii-jr-golf-national https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/6799-cailyn-rogers-class-of-2025-at-the-academy-at-golf-performance-center-competes-in-2022-notah-begay-iii-jr-golf-national6799-cailyn-rogers-class-of-2025-at-the-academy-at-golf-performance-center-competes-in-2022-notah-begay-iii-jr-golf-national

Cailyn Rogers, Class of 2025 at The Academy at Golf Performance Center, competed in the 2022 Notah Begay III Jr. Golf National Championship which took place November 3-5 at Koasati Pines at Coushatta in Kinder, LA. Caylin qualified for the prestigious event at the Ohio Regional Qualifier in August.

Cailyn finished T23 in the Girls 14-18 Division shooting 74, 75 and 78 during the three-day National Championship – which hosted 115 of the best female junior golfers from all over the world.

Rogers racked up 7 birdies during the three rounds and 32 pars and fared well on the par 5’s going even during the three-day event. Cailyn responded well to adversity throughout the week highlighted by a 34 on the back nine of the second round after going out in 41. Calm, cool and collected. She reached the 18th green in two in all rounds when nearly all of the field laid up to avoid having to hit a 200-yard shot over water. Very impressive.

Her coach Nick Novak says “Cailyn brings great intention to practice by making sure every shot has a purpose which has carried over to tournaments, especially this incredibly competitive event. Her length and accuracy off the tee is a tremendous advantage and her ability to bounce back after bad holes is a huge part of her success which she demonstrated this week.”
 
Job well done, Cailyn!

Learn more about The Golf Performance Center here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Golf Performance Center) Neighbors Thu, 17 Nov 2022 05:06:37 -0500
New Canaan and Darien challenge is ON to find out which town is more generous! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6798-new-canaan-and-darien-challenge-is-on-to-find-out-which-town-is-more-generous6798-new-canaan-and-darien-challenge-is-on-to-find-out-which-town-is-more-generous https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6798-new-canaan-and-darien-challenge-is-on-to-find-out-which-town-is-more-generous6798-new-canaan-and-darien-challenge-is-on-to-find-out-which-town-is-more-generous

New Canaan Challenges Friendly Rival Darien to Annual “Most Generous Town” Competition 

The week before Thanksgiving, New Canaan and Darien will hold its annual challenge to see which is the “Most Generous Town” by raising the most funds for either New Canaan Community Foundation or The Community Fund of Darien. This year, the competition begins Thursday, November 17th and ends on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th at 11:59 pm. 

Donors can contribute to New Canaan Community Foundation by texting "06840" to 44321 during this time or by clicking here.

The winning town will take home the “Turkey Trophy” and bragging rights for the year, and their residents will take pride in the knowledge that their community makes charitable giving a priority.  New Canaan took home last year’s title, but both organizations celebrated after collectively raising more than $500,000 to support local nonprofits.  The towns are currently tied at two “Most Generous Town” titles each.

Inspired by the global Giving Tuesday movement to unleash the power of generosity, the two organizations created the event in 2017 as a way to use their residents’ competitive spirit to benefit their neighbors in need.  This much-needed financial support addresses critical local needs such as human services, behavioral health, youth and education programs, senior services and more. No matter who takes the title this year, it’s a win for both towns and the local partner nonprofits that will benefit from the dollars raised.

Founded in 1977, the New Canaan Community Foundation serves as New Canaan’s local partner for advice, leadership, and facilitation of charitable giving. Their vision strives for a New Canaan that comes together to address both individual and local challenges, enriching the lives of all community members. Last year alone, the New Canaan Community Foundation invested more than $2 million in nonprofits, including 78 local organizations vetted through a volunteer-led process. To-date, the New Canaan Community Foundation has invested more than $19 million in nonprofit organizations, working with individuals and businesses to achieve their philanthropic goals through donor-advised funds and other partnerships.

For more information call (203) 966-0231 or visit www.newcanaancf.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Jennifer Casper) Charities Wed, 16 Nov 2022 03:36:06 -0500