Newcanaan's HamletHub Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:45:18 -0400 New Canaan's Sama Yoga Wins Business Excellence Award, Offers First Teacher Training Program

More information, application and registration at samayogacenter.comShown here, Rebekah Jacobs, owner and director of Sama Yoga in New Canaan. For more info about Sama Yoga and the Teacher Training program, visit


200-hour, Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification to Be Offered at Award-Winning New Canaan Yoga Studio


New Canaan’s Sama Yoga was recently awarded a MINDBODY Visionary Award, given for business excellence in the wellness industry. The MINDBODY Visionary Award is given to businesses who have an average monthly revenue in the top 30% of all MINDBODY customers between January and June 2018. MIND BODY is the leading technology platform for the fitness, beauty and wellness industries.

“The MINDBODY Visionary Awards are our way of celebrating the businesses owners we serve, for both their success and for how they translate that into helping their communities live healthier, happier lives,” said Rick Stollmeyer, MINDBODY CEO and co-founder. “Connecting the world to wellness starts in our own backyards, and our honorees deserve to be recognized for their commitment and achievements.”

Sama Yoga has been in business for three years in New Canaan, and will offer their first ever Yoga Teacher Training Program beginning September 15. Registration is now open for the 200-hour, Yoga Alliance Certification program at

 “We’re thrilled to be offering our first ever Teacher Training,” says Rebekah Jacobs, Sama Yoga’s owner and director. “We think it’s different from other programs. Sama’s Teacher Training is based on the roots of ancient, yogic, Indian tradition - my co-leader Angie Mandl was trained in India, the birthplace of yoga - and is accessible to everyone, all levels, all abilities.”

 Sama Yoga’s new program is a certified Yoga Alliance® - 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training, but is not only for those looking to become teachers, Jacobs points out.

“Our program is designed as an in-depth study program to develop self awareness, confidence and life skills as well as preparation to teach what you’ve learned,” says Jacobs. “Offering this kind of program is something we’ve heard from our community that people want, and we’re responding. It’s a big undertaking, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer it right here in New Canaan.”

 Graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion and will be able to register as a Registered Yoga Teacher 200 – with the Yoga Alliance®. The program begins September 15 and will take place two weekends a month, from 12:30 - 5:30 pm, through May 5, 2019. For more information, visit or call Sama Yoga at 203-594-7077.


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Major Perks When You Book Your Holiday Party NOW at The Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa

Did someone say holiday? Wait, it's August! Indeed it is, but it pays to be a forward thinker during these dog days of summer. Here's why: 

When you book your holiday party at The Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa by August 31, you get major perks. Like your choice of:

  • 15% off food and beverages

  • To-Go Holiday Cookie Station
  • Double Marriott Meeting Planner Points

In addition to a first-class venue for your festive occasion, the Hotel’s accomplished catering/banquet staff is will create an unforgettable menu for your event.

For additional information, please call Sam at 203-977-1290 or email

Click here to learn more about the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa.

The hotel is located at 243 Tresser Boulevard, in the heart of downtown Stamford, combining New York City energy with New England charm. Need we say more?

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

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Shop LOCAL and Tax FREE August 19 to August 25

Shop LOCAL and Tax-FREE!

In the State of Connecticut, shoppers will have a tax free holiday on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 from Sunday, August 19th until Saturday, August 25.

According to the Connecticut DRS, most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $100 are exempt from Connecticut Sales and Use Tax. For items costing $100 or more, sales tax is calculated on the full purchase price. 

Click here for a list of tax-exempt items and for additional information from the DRS.

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New Canaan's Taste of the Town Stroll is Thursday, August 23

Have a Night Out on the Town at New Canaan's Taste of the Town Stroll on Thursday, August 23 from 6-8 PM

Rain date: 8/24

Over 20 different participating stores and restaurants. A “food-raiser” for the New Canaan Food Pantry, the Taste of the Town Stroll will collect donations for the Pantry (donations can be dropped off at the Stroll, not before!) in exchange for a chance to win fabulous prizes after visiting at least 12 of the stores on the map! Festive activities and culinary delights will be available at each of the participating venues throughout downtown New Canaan from 6-8 PM, promising to entertain local residents and guests who come to New Canaan to shop, dine and see old friends.

Over $4,000 worth of prizes will be given out on the night of the Stroll to participants who complete the Challenge!

Admission to the Stroll

You can earn your map in front of the Playhouse by either donating to the Food Pantry or by bringing your outdated prescription eyeglasses. The Lion’s Club will be there to collect your glasses!

Questions? Contact New Canaan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tucker Murphy via email
Visit New Canaan Chamber online here for more information.
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New Canaan's Meghan Mitchell Participates in 53rd Connecticut Women’s Amateur

Women’s Amateur Preview

As with this month’s U.S Women’s Amateur, the 53rd Connecticut Women’s Amateur pits experienced mid-amateurs such as Defending Champion Autumn Serruta against a group of budding stars, some not out of their teens, or even high school. Prominent among them:

—Sarah Houle, 18, the Sandy Hook star who led Newtown High School to the South-West Conference Championship this spring, won the 2018 Connecticut Section Junior PGA Championship and last month competed in the U.S. Girls’ Junior at Poppy Hills.

—Kyra Cox, 18, headed for Furman, who finished T12 at Innis Arden in the Women’s Open and last month won the New York State Women’s Amateur by seven shots and the Northern Junior Championship at Great River Golf Club in rapid succession this summer.

—Alexandra Sazhin, 20, a rising junior at Quinnipiac and the 2017 Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year, who also finished four back at Manchester Country Club, the site of last year’s Amateur Joining Serruta, 29, on the veteran side is 54-year-old Jennifer Holland of Lyman Orchards, 2017 CSGA Women’s Player of the Year, who finished two shots behind Serruta last year and 28-year-old Brooke Stepanek of Pine Orchard Country Club, a past William & Mary standout and former Connecticut Section Junior PGA Champion.

There are five divisions in the Amateur: Overall, Junior (17 and under), Senior (50-59) Super Senior (60 and above) and Team. The team championship goes to two players from the same club with the lowest combined score.

Junior Division

Meghan Mitchell, the New Canaan Junior who has led the Rams to two consecutive state titles; Bethany Fell, 17, of the Patterson Club, and Elizabeth Garfield,17, of Tashua Knolls Golf Club, who finished 18th in the Amateur last year.

In the Senior Division

Holland, second overall last year, won this division by eight and is continuing her strong play this year. She shot 67 last week in the CWGA/SNEWGA matches at Timberlin. Look for Debbie Johnson of Oronoque Country Club, Lisa Fern-Boros of the Highfield Club and Mercedes Large of Wampanoag Country Club, to challenge. Johnson finished sixth in last year’s Amateur, Fern-Boors was T7, and Large T15.

Super Senior Division

Last year’s top Super Seniors return: Jean Sennett of Wampanoag, low finisher last year, Lynda Foster of Madison Country Club, who finished three behind her, and Donna Harris of the Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, who took third.

Team Competition: Home Field Advantage?

At a course where local knowledge is a distinct plus, two Hartford members will try to benefit from it in the team competition. They are Ann Malone and Jill Tryon both members of the Connecticut Women’s Golf Association. Other teams to watch: Shorehaven Golf Club, represented by NoraNoel Nolan, who finished 14th last year, and Leela Narang a sports agent for tournament golfers and past champion at Longshore Golf Club. Another team of interest is Rockledge Country Club, led by Vienna Winalski, a starter at Converse College who placed fourth in the Hartford Women’s Open, Melissa Arora, a leader with the SNEWGA/LPGA Amateur Golf Association, and educator Jennifer Burrill.

*Image courtesy NCSA


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Yankee Magazine Editors' Choice Award for Roger Sherman Inn

Yankee Magazine announced their Best of Connecticut Editors' Choice Awards for 2018 and named Roger Sherman Inn best pick for lodging in the Nutmeg State.

Here's what they had to say:

Celebrity chef doesn’t do Francois Kwaku-Dongo justice. The Wolfgang Puck protégé has been a superhero in the fight to save this landmark inn, which was on the brink of doom a year ago. With local support and a worldly vision, Kwaku-Dongo has boosted the property’s culinary profile. Evolving menus nimbly leap from pan-seared New England seafood to classic French dishes. Stay overnight in one of 17 simple yet spacious rooms, and you can linger late over chocolate desserts handcrafted with fair-trade Omanhene chocolate from Ghana (another of Kwaku-Dongo’s admirable endeavors). 

For more New England Today Editors' Choice awards for 2018 click here.

Visit Roger Sherman Inn is located at 195 Oenoke Ridge Road. Visit them online here.

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Why Small Businesses Matter: New Canaan Pediatric Dentistry

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT New Canaan Pediatric Dentistry!

Three questions with Dr. Anna Simonis, owner of New Canaan Pediatric Dentistry.

Why did you start your business?

I started this business as there was a need for Pediatric Dentist in New Canaan and I felt that I could provide valuable and total care services for children with my additional training in the specialty.  I love what I do and want to spread the positivity of oral healthcare that children will take with them for the rest of their lives.

Finish this sentence: I wish I could...

I wish I could make everyone love the dentist!!

Best selling product or service?

Our best selling service is oral hygiene instruction as well as nutrition counseling!

New Canaan Pediatric Dentistry is located at 60 Locust Street, Suite 10 in New Canaan. Visit them online here.

New Canaan Pediatric Dentistry tags Elm Street Books. "I love to read and would never think of going anywhere else for my books!" says Dr. Simonis.

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Celebrity Voice Coach, Samantha Cole, Will Offer a Six-Week Vocal Workshop Starting September 26 at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Have you ever wondered what professional vocal training could do for your singing and performing voice? The Celebrity Voice Coach Workshop at The Ridgefield Playhouse, taught by international recording star Samantha Cole, offers students professional, private vocal coach techniques to take their vocal performances to the next level!  Warm-ups, proper breathing, stage movement, mic technique, approach, songwriting and song choice are just some of the topics covered in this class.  Cole has recorded and toured with several hitmakers including the Backstreet Boys, Shaggy, David Foster and Nile Rodgers. In addition to vocal coaching, Cole shares her experience in songwriting and studio recording, as well as how to navigate the music business.  The six-week Celebrity Voice Coach Workshop takes place Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 from September 26 – November 7 (no class on Halloween), part of the Adam Broderick Whole New You Series and partially underwritten by Reliance Merchant Services.

Samantha Cole is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and performer turned vocal coach and talent manager.  Cole was discovered by Universal Music’s Doug Morris and Daniel Glass, and promptly signed to Universal Records.  She co-wrote eight of the songs for her self-titled debut album, produced by an all-star team of hit-makers: David Foster, Nile Rodgers, Richard Marx and Rhett Lawrence. The album spawned the Top 40 single “Happy With You.” The follow-up single, “Without You” (written by Cole and Foster), soared to #1 in Asia and was later covered by American Idol stars Kimberly Locke and Clay Aiken. She is also known for her top 5 global hit, “Luv Me Luv Me”, on which she is featured with international superstar Shaggy. Cole has toured with Backstreet Boys, Shaggy and 98 Degrees and has collaborated with Boyz II Men, Robin Thicke, Diane Warren, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith songwriting teams, and more. She was also signed to EMI Publishing as a songwriter.

Cole prepares students throughout the year for vocal competitions such as “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol,” “The X Factor” and “The Four.” She is also currently recording and producing some of her students’ EPs and albums. With her connections and relationships in the music industry, Cole offers a unique background that is truly special and hard to find.

To sign up ($425) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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New Canaan Library Summer Reading Finale Library Mini Golf!

Celebrate the finale of New Canaan Library Summer Reading program with Mini Golf tomorrow, August 9 from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Celebrate all your hard work this summer with a fun day of mini-golf in the Library.  Putt through the stacks and have “scores” of family fun at this special event.  Best for ages 5 and up with an adult.

Drop-in anytime between 2-6 PM to play the 30-minute course!

Visit the Library online here for additional information.

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New Canaan Nature Center Hosts Creatures of the Night Hike on August 25

Creatures of the Night Hike on August 25 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at New Canaan Nature Center (144 Oenoke Rdg.)

How do your nighttime senses compare to those of the nocturnal animals that call NCNC home? Join us for a guided night hike and try your hand at our naturalist-led challenges to find out! First we’ll put your night vision to the test to find out if you can see as well as an owl in the dark. Then we’ll focus on your sense of smell, hearing and touch!

Pre-registration by Thursday, August 23rd at 12pm is REQUIRED.

Members: $10/person
Non-Members: $15/person

Reserve your spot here.

Questions? Call (203) 966-9577 or email

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Authors at New Canaan Library Presents Panel on Writing Women's Fiction

Women's fiction is one of the most consistently successful genres of published writing. On Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m.

New Canaan Library presents a unique program that explores writing for this specific genre. The event will be held in the Adrian Lamb Room; please register online at

Three successful authors, Carola Lovering, Jill Santopolo and Beatriz Williams, form a panel that will examine the challenges specific to writing women’s fiction. Some of the topics to be covered include: what it took for each author to break through, what makes women’s fiction distinct and what agents and publishers are specifically looking for. Each author will also discuss their own works. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.  

Carola Lovering attended Colorado College, and her work has appeared in W Magazine, National Geographic, Outside, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. Tell Me Lies is her first novel. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Jill Santopolo is the author of three successful children’s and young-adult series and works as the editorial director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers group, where she's edited books by Mayim Bialik, Chelsea Clinton, among others. An adjunct professor in The New School’s MFA program, Jill travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. 

Beatriz Williams is the bestselling author of eight novels, including her current bestseller, The Summer Wives.  A native of Seattle, she graduated from Stanford University and earned an MBA in finance from Columbia University, then spent several years in New York and London as a corporate strategy consultant before pursuing her passion for historical fiction.


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2nd Annual Overdose Awareness Vigil in New Canaan

2nd Annual Overdose Awareness Vigil in New Canaan

The 2nd Annual Overdose Awareness Vigil takes place on Thursday, August 30th from 7-8:30PM in downtown New Canaan.

Similar to last year, this event will include live music, the Hope & Remembrance Wall, resources, hopeful testimonials, and a candlelight vigil led by members of the local clergy. Please come to Engage/Listen/Honor.

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Town Players of New Canaan Presents the Murderously Funny Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Town Players of New Canaan Presents the Murderously Funny Baskerville. Performances kick off tonight and run through August 11.

Get your deerstalker cap on — the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ludwig transforms Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. When the male heirs of the Baskerville line are being killed off one by one, Holmes and Watson brave the desolate moors to find their ingenious killer.  Watch as the intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as a few actors deftly portray more than forty characters.

The performance is directed by Joel Fenster.

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights July 27, 28, August 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons, July 29 and August 5 at 2:30 p.m.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

To order tickets, call 203-594-3636 or visit

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Heat and Humidity Through Tuesday for Fairfield County


Heat Advisory

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) residents of Fairfield County can expect period of hot and humid weather to extend into Tuesday, August 7.

Today, Sunday, August 5, heat indices are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s. On Monday, August 6, our area may see 100 degree heat indices. 

Visit NWS here for additional information.

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This Week at New Canaan Library: Art Opening and Summer Reading Finale!

New Canaan Library Happenings This Week

Summer Reading Finale: Library Mini-Golf on Thurs., August 9 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM

Celebrate all your hard work this summer with a fun day of mini-golf in the Library. Putt through the stacks and have "scores" of family fun at this special event. Best for children ages 5 and up with a grown-up. Drop in anytime between 2:00 - 6:00 PM to play the 30 minute course. More>>

Call for volunteers: New Canaan Library is seeking tech-savvy volunteers to help library staff members run biweekly Open Tech. Learn more>>

Art Opening @ NCL: Organic Explorations on Thurs., August 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

"Two artists inspired by their observation of organic and symmetrical forms in nature and their travels for discovery," Heide Follin & Ellen Schiffman present Organic Explorations. Q&A session with the artists will begin at 6:30 PM. All are welcome. More>>

Free Yoga in the Garden on Fri. August 10 at 10:00 AM
Join us for a calming session of gentle yoga with instructor Amanda Faulkner. Weather permitting. More>>
Learn more about New Canaan Library happenings here.


Art Opening @ NCL:
Organic Explorations
Thurs., August 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
"Two artists inspired by their observation of organic and symmetrical forms in nature and their travels for discovery,"Heide Follin & Ellen Schiffmanpresent Organic Explorations. Q&A session with the artists will begin at 6:30 PM. All are welcome. More>>
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