Newcanaan's HamletHub Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:04:14 -0400 Grace Farms on Earth Day: Connect with Nature and Protect the Wild

In celebration of Earth Day, Grace Farms Foundation is offering a series of events and activities to emphasize the importance of protecting wild lands and wildlife and encourage people to connect with nature.

Wildlands are one of America’s most important assets, providing opportunities for recreation and tourism, and protecting biodiversity. Grace Farms Foundation, which has preserved more than 80 acres of property— protected in perpetuity as open meadows, woods, wetlands and ponds—will demonstrate its commitment to the preservation of open space and wildlife habitat with a series of public programs throughout the Earth Day weekend. “Americans have an opportunity to preserve their own green space, and by living alongside wildlife and understanding it, we can help establish a healthier natural world and increase the quality of life for people and animals,” said Mark Fowler, Nature Initiative Director at Grace Farms Foundation and Chairman of Wildlife and Conservation for the Explorers Club.

“Grace Farms Foundation is a leader in protecting these open spaces and wildlife habitats, and on this Earth Day, we’re excited to come together as a community in appreciation of the natural world.” “Earth Day at Grace Farms highlights the remarkable work that Mark does throughout the year, both on site and around the world, by taking steps to preserve and restore biodiversity and creating opportunities for people to enjoy and explore nature,” said Sharon Prince, Grace Farms Foundation Chair and President.

On Friday, April 20th, Fowler will host a family-friendly “Evening in the Wild” with wild friends from the animal kingdom, which will demonstrate the beauty and biodiversity of wildlife at Grace Farms and beyond.

On Saturday, April 21st, Grace Farms Foundation celebrates Earth Day with special programs, guests, and guided nature walks, including:

Native Plants, an interactive station where families can learn more about how New Canaan’s local plant species contribute to biodiversity.

Managing Meadows, a conversation with Penn Marchael, Project Manager at Larry Weaner Associates, about how to grow and nurture the native meadows where bees, butterflies, and birds thrive.

Open Arts Studio for Families, a facilitated workshop where children and families can create art inspired by the diversity of tiny insects and wild plants that live in Grace Farms’ meadows.

The Biodiversity of Birds of Prey, demonstrations with Master Falconer Brian Bradley.

Nature Walk | Native Birds, a guided bird watching walk with Master Birder Frank Mantlik where visitors will discover the diverse species that live on Grace Farms’ 80-acre preserve (on-site registration required).

Nature Walk | Preserving Biodiversity, a guided walk with Aaron Lefland, Executive Director of the New Canaan Land Trust, through Grace Farms’ diverse ecosystems, including open meadows, woods, wetlands, and ponds (on-site registration required).

Coexisting with Native Wildlife, a demonstration on the beauty and diversity of our area’s wildlife with local wildlife experts. Picnic lunches will be available for purchase on site.

For more information, please visit

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Register Today for Art's For Healing Spring Semester

Since 2000, Arts For Healing in New Canaan has been providing music, art, dance and drama therapies to individuals of all ages (from toddlers to senior citizens) with a wide range of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. We are beginning our 2018 spring semester the week of April 2nd.

In addition to individual therapies and group therapies we also offer adaptive piano and guitar lessons. We have a few spots still open in our NEW Drumming Circle on Monday afternoons at our main office on Grove Street and a few spots for young adults (over 21) in our Tuesday afternoon A.C.T. (Adults Creating Together) programs at Grace Farms which include a music therapy group, art therapy group and a TheaterWorks class– these are all fun, inspiring and creative ways to address the issues of communication, socialization and engagement. On Wednesdays, we have a variety of groups for PreK and school-age children as well as for senior citizens who are experiencing memory issues.

Please call us to find out the specific days and times of our programs, to register for our spring semester and/or to schedule a free consultation. Please let us know if there are specific people or organizations you think would be interested in our programs. Call us today to secure a spot in the group of your choice.  

If we do not have the group you want at the time you need, let us know because we are often able to create a group around your needs. We also do a large part of our work at AFH out in the community in schools, community centers, hospitals, senior living centers and more, reaching over 700 people throughout Fairfield County each year. Call 203-972-2982 or email for more information.

]]> (Arts For Healing, New Canaan, CT) Places Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:25:44 -0400
Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. There was a Odyssey of the Mind state tournament on Saturday, March 17th and the 5th grade Saxe Middle School WON. 

The team participated in Triathlon Travels and division one, where they were awarded first prize and also received the Jill Riggles award for the spontaneous. 

Pictured participants from left: Atma Krishna, Arnav Chaudhry, Ryan Ross, Slade Logsdon, Charlie Place, Elizabeth Cheng, Chloe Chan

Thanks to coaches: Srinivasan Krishna, Subha Sundaram 

]]> (Ameeta Sharma) Life Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:27:47 -0400
New Canaan's Great Egg Hunt March 29-31

New Canaan's Great Egg Hunt 2018  

Thursday, March 29th: 12:30pm, 1:45pm, and 3:00pm

Friday, March 30th: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm

Saturday, March 31st: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm 

For children, ages 2 - 10, our Egg Hunts are designed for smaller groups (approx. 25 per hunt) & explore the miracle of SPRING. Meet warm & fuzzy animals or try your hand at our Egg Obstacle Course.  
Members: $10/child 
Non-members: $15/child
Spaces are filling fast and our Egg Hunts have sold out in past years, 
so click here to register today! 
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Palm Sunday the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan!

All are Welcome to celebrate Palm Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan!

Triumphal entry - Procession with Palms and The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

The First Presbyterian Church Choir

Infant card and a special program for children

Children's Easter Egg Hunt following the service!

]]> (Sue Benko) Neighbors Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:18:56 -0400
5 Things You Need to Know About Club Getaway Family Camp

Getaway with your family. Unplug, unwind, get silly, and reconnect at Club Getaway’s Family Camp.

With 300 acres overlooking a sparkling lake in the Berkshire Mountains of Kent, Connecticut,  Club Getaway Family Camp provides families all of the natural and manmade resources necessary to create memories that last a lifetime.

5 Things You Need To Know About Family Camp:

5. You’ll play like a kid, with your kids

At Club Getaway there are endless opportunities to #getoutandplay. From pie eating contests to action-packed outdoor activities including seven zip lines and giant swings, you and your family are provided every opportunity to try something new or revisit an old hobby. All-inclusive weekends will keep you playing until the sun sets and maybe even a little later…

4. After one weekend at camp, you’ll have 300 new besties

You and your kids will be surrounded by friends at Family Camp. One day you’re strangers on the subway and the next day you’re duking it out in a game of volleyball or stepping on each other’s toes in salsa lessons. It doesn’t take long before the magic of camp takes over and you get a real life friend request.

3. Party like a kid (and an adult)

Roll out of bed to SHAKE AND WAKE which includes smoothies and a morning time dance party!  Move on to family Olympics, family wiffle ball, archery tag, family zombie tag, and family happy hour and create family bonds no one can sever.  Need some adult time? You and your kids are covered with age-appropriate (and fun) party like it’s 1999 activities.

2. The counselors are the happiest campers you’ll ever meet

Camp wouldn’t be camp without counselors. Family Camp counselors will stop at nothing……well almost nothing… to make your weekend unforgettable. Club Getaway’s fearless camp leaders are always hungry to earn another Color War Championship title, be the first ones on the dance floor!

1. The memories will live on forever

After a weekend at Club Getaway, you’ll have stories to keep the water cooler gang enthralled for hours…..”This one time at summer camp”. The tan lines will fade and the flash and face paint will wash off, but your stories can be told again and again – until next summer when you collect a few more to put in the bank.

Register here, today!

Family Camp Dates:

July 2-6

August 20-24

August 27-31

August 24-26 (Family Weekend)

August 27-29

August 29-31

Learn more about Club Getaway for Families

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Imminent Closure of Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us Raises Many Questions and Concerns for Customers

Connecticut BBB recommends Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us customers move quickly to redeem store gift cards and reward points, and to make alternative arrangements for baby registry accounts.

The company says it will honor store gift cards for 30 days, so it’s best to move quickly to use or redeem those cards for cash before they are rendered useless.

A company spokesman is quoted as saying the Babies “R” Us baby registry and rewards programs continue to operate, however, there is no telling how long that will last.  

“A number of very large, well-known companies have gone out of business in recent years,” according to Connecticut Better Business Bureau spokesman Howard Schwartz. “Bankruptcies may be related to poor end-of-year holiday sales, competitive pricing at big box stores and consumers’ changing purchasing preferences in stores and online. From the retailers’ perspective, an online presence is a fraction of the cost of operating hundreds of stores.”

Fortunately for customers, the company gave advanced notice it was shutting down.  In other situations when a company is going through bankruptcy proceedings, it may cease all operations without any advance notice.  

It is not all bad news for consumers. Liquidation sales are expected over the next several weeks as the company moves to clear its inventory. The caveat is that items bought during a liquidation will likely not be eligible for return or exchange.

BBB offers tips for existing customers and consumers who are looking for bankruptcy bargains:

Check for the latest information – Visit the company’s websites and social media profiles for updated information, and look for the site’s page that is dedicated to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Don’t wait – This is a message that is worth repeating. If you have gift cards, store credits, reward program points or a baby registry, move as quickly as possible. Conditions may force unexpected changes, so experts remind us to “use it or lose it.”

Find out what will happen with a store-issued credit card – The good news is that in some cases, just because a store opts to close its doors doesn’t automatically mean that its branded credit cards will be useless.  

In this case, the company’s retail website is still up and running at the moment, so you may be able to use the card 

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Ridgefield Academy To Hold First Annual RA5K on May 20

  May 20, 2018 5K Race and Fun Run Honors Outgoing Head of School Jim Heus 

Registration is now open for the first annual RA5K and Fun Run held by Ridgefield Academy, an independent, co-ed day school for children in preschool through 8th grade.  This 5K road race and Fun Run will be held Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Ridgefield Academy, 223 West Mountain Road in Ridgefield, CT.  The Fun Run will begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8:30 a.m. To register, visit

The RA5K was created to honor outgoing Head of School Jim Heus, who has led the school for 19 years. “Running has long been an important part of my life, both as a supporter of RA’s student-athletes and an active member of the Ridgefield running community.  As my wife and I move on and begin a new chapter in our lives, I’m proud to welcome the public to our beautiful campus to meet the challenge of my home course,” said Heus. 

The event begins with an 8:00 a.m. Fun Run for children age 10 and under, held entirely on the Ridgefield Academy campus.  Following the Fun Run, the 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. and trace a hilly and scenic 3.1-mile course through adjacent neighborhoods.  Roads will be open to motorists during the race, with traffic assistance by the Ridgefield Police and Fire Departments.  All finishers and families are invited to a post-race Awards Ceremony featuring entertainment, refreshments and performances by Ridgefield Academy students.

Registration for the RA5K is $40 in advance and $45 on race day.  Fun Run registration is $15.  Pre-registrants will receive t-shirts and goodie bags; shirts are not guaranteed for race day registrants.  Packet pick-up will be held on Friday, May 18 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Ridgefield Academy, and Saturday, May 19 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Ridgefield Running Company. 

Sponsors of the RA5K include Ridgefield Running Company, Prime Taco, Casey Energy, SPHERE, and Blue Buffalo. 

For more information, visit

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St. Patrick's Day Weekend Recipe: Glazed Corned Beef Recipe

This tasty recipe's secret is the glaze makes the corned beef crisp on the outside and moist on the inside unlike some of the boiled or crock pot versions. The brown sugar is a perfect compliment to the salty taste. Serve it with boiled red potatoes, carrots & cabbage. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Corned Beef Recipe


    1/2 cup    light brown sugar

    1/3 cup    honey mustard   

       5 lb      corned beef with pickling spices


  •       Heat oven to 325°. 
  •       Place meat in roasting pan and cover with boiling water till 1/2 submerged.
  •       Sprinkle with pickling spices and cover with aluminum foil. 
  •       Bake 2 hours.  Cool in liquid. 
  •       1 hour before serving, drain.
  •       Mix other 2 ingredients, cover beef with it and cook 30 minutes.

 For a little kick you can prepare the following Mustard/Horseradish Sauce

1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp whole grain mustard
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp prepared horseradish

]]> (Margaret Carey) Life Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:27:00 -0400
Happy St. Patrick's Day - A Bit o' History on the Holiday

Happy St. Patrick's Day! If you're wearing the green today, you may like to know a little about the man for whom the holiday is named.

According to, Saint Patrick was born to Catholic parents about 385 in Britain. His father was a nobleman and a deacon. But Saint Patrick's privileged life came to an end at age 16 when he was captured by slave raiders from Ireland. With a large group of prisoners, Saint Patrick was transported to the then pagan island.

Sold as a slave to a king in the northeast, Saint Patrick had the lonely task of tending the pigs and sheep. In the midst of these harsh living conditions, Patrick's faith flourished as he turned to God in prayer.

After being held captive for six years, Saint Patrick heard a voice in his sleep say, "Soon you will go back to your homeland." A short time later, he heard the same voice say, "Your ship is ready."

Trusting in God, Saint Patrick set out on a 200-mile journey through unknown territory. When he arrived at the ship, the captain at first refused to take him. But Patrick prayed to God for help, and the captain changed his mind. Then began a lifetime of dedicating his life to becoming a priest. He envisioned returning to Ireland to teach the Irish about Christianity.

During his 30 years in Ireland, Saint Patrick founded more than 300 churches and baptized more than 120,000 people. Yet he still encountered much opposition, "Daily I expect either murder, robbery, or enslavement," he wrote in his Confessions. He escaped from 12 attempts on his life. Saint Patrick died a natural death on March 17, 461.

By the end of the 7th century, many legends had developed about Saint Patrick. One, of course, says he charmed all the snakes in Ireland and led them to the sea to drown. Another, probably the most popular, is that Saint Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to unbelievers. This is probably why shamrocks, now Ireland's national flower, are worn by the Irish on St Patrick's Day.

]]> (Mike Lauterborn) Life Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:43:04 -0400
Authors at New Canaan Library presents John E. Finn, author of The Perfect Omelet: Essential Recipes for the Home Cook

The iconic omelet gets rave reviews in John E. Finn's book, The Perfect Omelet. New Canaan Library is pleased to welcome him on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, courtesy of Elm Street Books. Please register online at

John Finn is a professionally trained chef and Professor Emeritus of Government at Wesleyan University, where he taught academic courses on culture and cuisine and hands-on, practical courses on how to make omelets of every kind. In The Perfect Omelet, Finn talks about the process of writing his definitive book on the omelet, which is full of practical wisdom about omelets, cooking, and life. He will also demonstrate omelet preparation.

Finn demonstrates the art of making omelets to a wide variety of civic groups and organizations.  He is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and holds degrees from Princeton University, Georgetown University Law Center, and Nasson College. Finn’s scholarship and writing in the field of food studies lay at the intersection of food, recipes, and politics. He lectures frequently on food and popular culture.

]]> (KatherineBlance) Events Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:30:12 -0400
India: The Color, The Calm and The Chaos Explored in Photographs and Conversation at New Canaan Library

India, one of the most exotic and visually beautiful places in the world has many sides to it. New Canaan Library invites all to take a visual journey and get to see all aspects of India with local photographers Mike and Sally Harris. The event takes place on Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. Please register online at

Mike and Sally Harris have developed a passion for cultural photography. Over the past several years, they have traveled around the U.S. and internationally capturing the essence of a place by photographing people in their daily lives. Last spring, Mike and Sally spent three weeks in India photographing the beautiful colors, the serenity of the Golden Temple and the color and chaos of Holi Festivals, India’s annual joyous celebration of spring.

The Harrises are active members of the Stamford Photography Club.  They have exhibited in numerous shows around Fairfield County and enjoy presenting photo essays to various groups.

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Support the New Canaan Post 2018 Prom

16th ANNUAL POST PROM FASHION SHOW on Friday, March 23rd from 7:00pm at the NCHS Auditorium.
We welcome the entire community (parents, grandparents, friends, cousins) to come watch and support the New Canaan High School seniors as they walk the runway in today’s latest fashion trends!
The NCHS Fashion Show will feature members of the New Canaan High School senior class as well as the High School faculty!  They will be modeling current fashion trends of the season.  All proceeds to benefit the 2018 Senior Class Post-Prom Party. 
  • Prices: $20/models to participate in the show
  • $10/student, seniors & children under 7
  • $15/general admission pre-sale
  • $20/all seats the night of the performance


Get Your Post Prom Fashion Show Tickets HERE – or purchase at the door!
Please also like us on Facebook at NCHS 2018 Fashion Show.
]]> (Rachel Lampen) Life Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:14:27 -0400
March Madness Small Biz Meeting Upgrades at Stamford Marriott

March Madness at Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa

March certainly came in like a LION! Here’s another reason to ROAR: The Stamford Marriott’s March Madness Offer.

Book your next small business meeting now through April 30 at The Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa and choose a complimentary upgrade:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Complimentary Afternoon Coffee Break (Rise Cold Brew Coffee and Raspberry Iced Tea)
  • 25% Room Rental Discount
  • Double Marriott Meeting Planner Points

Your meeting can include 20-75 attendees. Please call 203-977-1287 or email Lynne Coppola and mention MARCH when booking your event.

In addition to a first-class venue for your professional needs, the Hotel’s accomplished catering/banquet staff can create an unforgettable menu for your event. Click here to learn more.

The Stamford Marriott is located at 243 Tresser Boulevard, in the heart of downtown Stamford, combining New York City energy with New England charm.

We are proud to welcome Stamford Marriott to our family of HamletHub sponsors!

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:21:22 -0400
Draw Until You Drop on March 24 at Silvermine Arts Center

Drawing is one of the basics of an art education, and at the same time it is its own discipline—an art to be explored and refined over a lifetime. Silvermine’s School of Art annual Draw Until You Drop!  is designed for all ages and abilities, and is one of the most popular days of the year at Silvermine. This year’s all-day event takes place on Sat., Mar. 24 from 9am to 6pm.

Artists of all levels are invited to sessions of continuous, intensive figure drawing with models in sustained poses or short athletic poses. There are also pairs of models as well as still life set-ups offered both in the morning and afternoon. The sessions are open to the community and to Silvermine students and professional artists.

This enjoyable day begins with coffee and muffins and ends with a wine and cheese reception where participants may exhibit their artwork. The morning program runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, followed by a lunch break (bring your own) and an afternoon session from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The exhibit and end-of-the-day reception take place between 5:30 and 6:00 pm

Participants work alongside Silvermine faculty, Guild artist members, and students to develop their skills and artistic vision. Faculty members are available to offer guidance or answer questions. A full day is $30; a half day $15.  Registration in advance is encouraged, but artists may also register the day of the event. Walk-ins welcome. Tables, easels, drawing horses, drawing boards and basic drawing supplies will be available.

For a full schedule and registration information, please visit To register by phone, call 203-966-6668 ext. 2.

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