Newcanaan's HamletHub Sat, 23 Jun 2018 19:38:17 -0400 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.

]]> (submitted) Life Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:57:37 -0400
New Canaan High School Coach Joins Chelsea Piers Connecticut as Head Volleyball Coach

Chelsea Piers Connecticut is proud to announce that Kevin Marino has taken on the role as Head Volleyball Coach. Kevin has been an important member of the Chelsea Piers’ team, and a coach for the CPAC Volleyball program for the past two years. During the 2016-2017 season Kevin coached the 17 Regional Team and assisted the 18 National Team; this past winter Kevin was the Head Coach of the 18 National Team.

Kevin is currently the Head Girls Volleyball Coach at New Canaan High School. In Kevin’s first season at New Canaan High School the girls made their first state tournament appearance in three years, and their first FCIAC tournament appearance in six years. Marino is also the Assistant Coach at Joel Barlow for both the boys’ and girls’ programs. Under his guidance, the Joel Barlow girls team has won four consecutive SWC Championships – the boys won in 2016 and 2017, and were state finalists in 2015 and 2016. Kevin will continue in these positions in addition to overseeing the program at Chelsea Piers. Kevin is a native of Redding, CT, and attended Joel Barlow High School. He was an outside hitter and named All-SWC First Team in 2010 and 2011.

The 2017/18 season Head Coach, Ana Pego, plans to continue to coach for CPAC Volleyball in the upcoming season and is the newly appointed Head Coach at the University of New Haven.

“We wish Ana well in her new position and are very happy she will continue to be a part of the team,” commented Greta Wagner, Executive Director, Chelsea Piers Connecticut.  “Our Volleyball leadership team is already working hard planning next season and will deliver a first-class experience to all players, parents and coaches. We are excited about the summer volleyball program and hope to see many of you on the court and in our off-season strength and conditioning program.”

]]> (Chelsea Piers) Neighbors Fri, 22 Jun 2018 04:08:58 -0400
Red Cross Blood Drive at New Canaan Library on Friday

The Red Cross returns to the New Canaan Library to host another blood drive on Friday, June 22 from 9:00am-2: 00 pm.

Do your part by donating blood and we will waive existing late fees for the presenting donor! Thanks for supporting our partnership with the American Red Cross.

To make a Blood Donation Appointment, please call 1-800-Redcross, or register here.

Do your part by donating blood and we will waive existing late fees for the presenting donor!


Thanks for supporting our partnership with the American Red Cross.

]]> (New Canaan Library) Charities Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:10:35 -0400
Teen S'more Reading Challenge Kicks Off Friday at New Canaan Library!

Teen S'more Reading Challenge (Grades 6-12) at New Canaan Library June 22, 2018 - August 29, 2018
Get ready for the Teen S'more Reading Challenge at New Canaan Library! This year, we're going to camp, so in addition to meeting reading goals, you'll be earning merit badges for a variety of activities (including making s'mores!). Use our button maker to turn your badges into buttons, and you can wear them on the lanyard you receive when you sign up!
Everyone who logs 500 pages will win a FREE BOOK off of our prize cart, and top participants will be eligible for a variety of raffles and prizes. Sign up here!
Visit New Canaan Library online here for a complete lineup of summer reading activities for teens!
New Canaan Library is located at 151 Main Street


]]> (New Canaan Library) Places Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:51:34 -0400
Market Madness at Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Market Madness at Stamford Museum & Nature Center Sundays, July 1 - August 19, 10 am - 2 pm

Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities! Our Sunday Farm Market (10-2) opens for the season (6/24-9/30) and will be the center of our Summer Sunday programs. Come for a self-guided craft on the meadow, farm animal meetings, and lunch with Bert & Sadie, our North American River Otters. At 12:30 pm, join us for Edible Science, where we explore the science behind some of our favorite foods, such as pizza, S'mores, and ice cream!


10 am - 2 pm        Self-guided craft (weather permitting at Farm Market)

10:30 am             Meet a Farm Animal (at Farm Market)

12 pm                  Animal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)

12:30 pm             Edible Science! (at Farm Market)

1 pm                   Otter feeding demonstration (at Otter Pond)

Members: Free | Non-Members: Included with gate admission.

Please Note: FREE entry to farm market does not include Market Madness programming. For more information call 203 977-6521 or visit

* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events

]]> (sid horowitz) Events Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:07:02 -0400
Chamber holds Awards Luncheon, honors New Canaan business leaders

The 10th Anniversary of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon will take place on June 27 beginning at noon at South End.

These Awards have been given out to local Business leaders since 2008.

Golden Shovel Award: Given to a person, business or organization who contributes to the beautification of New Canaan’s business district in a significant way.

Business of the Year: Given to a business for their continuing support of the NC community and for their achievements in business, economic and quality of life contributions to New Canaan.

Volunteer of the Year: Given to an individual that is generous with their time and talents. they, bring light and life to many incredible charitable and community endeavors.

This year’s luncheon will recognize:

Business of the Year, New Canaan Music, Golden Shovel, Waveny Park Conservancy

Volunteer of the Year, Scott Hobbs from the New Canaan Housing Authority.

The Luncheon will take place at South End Restaurant in New Canaan Wednesday, June 27th at 12:00pm.

Learn more and purchase tickets on the Chamber website here.
]]> (New Canaan Chamber) Events Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:06:48 -0400
Three's A Charm for Westport Dog Festival!

Westport Dog Festival is Sunday!

The third annual Westport Dog Festival will take place this Sunday, June 24. Please note: this event was rescheduled (twice) due to the weather! Fingers crossed three's a tail-wagging CHARM!

Go Dog Go! It's a dog party! Spend a day with the dogs at Westport's 3rd Annual Dog Festival this Sunday from 10 am to 4pm at Winslow Park!

Competitions, Demonstrations, Clinics, Obstacle course, vendors, food trucks, kids area and dogs, dogs, dogs! There will be over 70 vendors this year!

Learn more on Westport/Weston Chamber website here.

]]> (Sherry) Neighbors Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:36:42 -0400
Gypsy Music: A Celebration of Myth and Music, Performed by Concert Violinist Dr. David Podles at New Canaan Library

New Canaan Library presents a unique outdoor musical performance by internationally acclaimed concert violinist Dr. David Podles. “Trail of Mystery: An Enchanting Gypsy Experience in Concert” will bring to life the mysterious gypsy culture, whose music is rich in tradition and mysticism.

The performance takes place on Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Christine's Garden, corner of Maple Street and South Avenue, adjacent to the Library. Attendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating; please register for this program online at

Dr. Podles will perform music from Hungary, Romania, India, Poland, the Baltic States, Russia and other Slavic countries. The musical tour will showcase specific Gypsy pieces that represent this intriguing culture. Dr. David Podles of Riga, Latvia graduated from the Riga Conservatory with a PhD in music and is laureate of 3 prestigious international competitions. He has performed in symphony, chamber, opera and ballet theater orchestras both solo, in orchestra and on tour across Russia, including The Bolshoi and Kirov, throughout Europe and the U.S.  David has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, 92nd Y and at Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center.

]]> (KatherineBlance) Events Sun, 17 Jun 2018 13:35:11 -0400
HamletHub Wishes You A Happy Father's Day

HamletHub wishes all of the dads and dads-to-be a happy Father's Day! 

Enjoy your special day!

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Sun, 17 Jun 2018 01:18:32 -0400
Bridgeport Rescue Mission Thanks Community for Over 11 Tons of Food Donated at Stuff-A-Truck Event

Bridgeport Rescue Mission Thanks Community for Over 11 Tons of Food Donated at Stuff-A-Truck Event

On June 8 and 9, generous community members stuffed Bridgeport Rescue Mission trucks with more than 11 tons of non-perishable foods during the Mission’s  Stuff-A-Truck Food Drive at Stop & Shop supermarkets. 

For the seventh year in a row, Mission trucks, staff and volunteers were on hand at area Stop & Shop locations to collect items shoppers purchased at the stores and donated as they left. The groceries are used by the Mission to prepare meals served to homeless guests and residents in their dining room, as well as distributed to families and individuals in disadvantaged neighborhoods via their two Mobile Kitchens.  The items are also used for their Pantry Bag distribution that gives hungry families enough food to feed a family of four for a week.

“While it comes as no surprise, we are encouraged to see our community donate so generously to help our neighbors in need who may be struggling to feed their families,” said Executive Director Terry Wilcox. The Mission extends sincere appreciation to the participating Shop & Stop supermarkets, to the volunteers who helped facilitate the event and to the community for its overwhelming response. Groups of volunteers from Deloitte staffed all locations on Friday and generously donated $1,600 worth of groceries.

For more information on the Mission’s programs and services for homeless and hurting men, women and children or to donate online, visit

]]> (Michelle Chabla) Charities Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:13:18 -0400
Community Yoga Classes at Bayley Beach in Rowayton Now to September 30

Community Yoga Classes at Bayley Beach (11 Pine Point Rd, Rowayton) NOW to September 30Saturday, May 26 at 8:00 AM

  • Saturdays:  8:00-9:15am
  • Sundays: 8:00-9:15am
  • Thursdays: 9:15-10: 30 am

Suggested donation: $15-$20 per student. Parking Permit not required for the class.

Please Bring: Beach Blanket or Towel, Yoga Mat, Sunscreen & Water.

Rain or Shine: During inclement weather, we will practice under the Pavilion.

Please come and enjoy yourself; explore, stretch, play, frolic. Connect to the earth, the ocean, the air, and sun. Our intention is to connect us to this beautiful place and guide you on a nurturing journey into yourself.

These sessions are provided as a gift from us to you and the community. Your donations are genuinely and deeply appreciated.

]]> (Greg Barringer) Events Thu, 14 Jun 2018 03:13:00 -0400
Eat, Prey, Love: Food Chains in Action at Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Eat, Prey, Love: Food Chains in Action on Sunday, June 24, 11 am-2 pm at Stamford Museum and Nature Center

Join us for a great Kick-off to our Farm Market season and to welcome our amazing new summer exhibition: ONCE ENDANGERED: The Return of Peregrine Falcons & Wolves. Explore the importance of predators in our food chains and meet some live predators up close, including a peregrine falcon!

Our friends from Horizon Wings will be presenting live birds of prey and will share with us the importance of these animals in our environment. Meet endangered animals from around the world and plant some native seeds to help our local wildlife! Don't forget to visit our farm market to get some great local foods to be in your food chain and join us for our first Edible Science class of the year as we make our own butter! Members: Free | Non-Members: Included with gate admission.

For more information call 203 977-6521 or visit

* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events

]]> (sid horowitz) Events Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:14:21 -0400
Stamford Marriott is a proud sponsor of Alive@Five

Alive@Five is rockin' Stamford downtown this summer and the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa is a proud sponsor of the 2018 musical lineup!

What has become summertime rite of passage, Alive@Five features live performances by musicians from around the country - all of whom descend upon Columbus Park for a post-work happy hour that truly rocks.

Just a ten-minute walk from the Stamford Marriott, Alive@Five kicks off Thursday, June 28  with Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw. Enjoy dinner and drinks after the show at Sam’s American Bistro, located inside the Stamford Marriott - or, better yet,  reserve a room!

Alive@Five Concerts are Thursdays, June 28 through August 2, 2018 (no concert July 5).

View the Alive@Five lineup and learn more about Alive@Five here.

Over 21 ONLY will be admitted to Alive@Five.

For FAQs and a list of restricted items,  click here.

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

Visit the Hotel online here.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:10:54 -0400
New Canaan Student-Athlete Katherine Scarborough Reflects on Softball; Overcoming Challenges

“Falling in love with softball was easy,” said New Canaan Country School ninth grader and New Canaan resident Katherine Scarborough during remarks she made at the end-of-term Upper School sports assembly, held on campus May 31. “It has a competitive nature deep to its roots, with crazy chants designed just to distract the other team, or to hype up your own. You become a family with your team. It’s bound to happen when you throw eleven girls together, regardless of friend groups, grades, or style.”

Katherine, who served as a tri-captain of Country School’s girls’ varsity team, was one of two student-athletes selected to offer reflections. She readily admits that while taking to the sport was easy, she first had to overcome feelings of trepidation and self-doubt. “Prior to softball, I had never felt athletically inclined. As a fifth grader, I was tall and lanky and felt awkward.”

An early attempt and quick abandonment of cross country running in Middle School did little to dissuade her of this. She took to the softball field at first nervous and hopeful, then surprised and ultimately delighted.

“After I claimed softball as my sport, I required a different level of commitment from myself. I went from just hoping I’d be able to make a throw, to actually practicing and perfecting my speed, accuracy and strength.”

Reflecting upon the 2018 season, she says that mentoring her youngest teammates, many of whom were newcomers to the sport, was a personal achievement. “It was definitely a re-building year, or as we called it, a season of improvement.”

“I really had to practice patience. I wanted the seventh graders to stop wasting time and to take it as seriously as I was taking it. Then I started to notice that they began to listen and then they began to improve. By the end of the season, we had all pulled it together.”

“Another proud moment was when I jumped up to catch a high, line-drive to first base and because of my height, was able to just barely grab it out of the air, performing a crazy twirl on the way back to the ground. It was an improbable catch and in the aftermath, I realized that I was still tall and lanky, but no longer awkward. I had turned a perceived weakness into a strength. I really and truly felt like an athlete.”

Katherine, who will attend Phillips Academy at Andover following her Country School graduation, is already looking forward to trying out for the school’s crew and softball teams. She has also taken up running and continues to work on her endurance. “I didn’t want to leave that particular bit of business unfinished,” she said. “It was definitely on my list of things I wanted to go back and conquer, and I am really glad I did.”

New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent day school for students in Pre-K (ages 3 & 4) through Grade 9. Located in New Canaan, the school provides transportation to families living throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties. For more information about the school, please visit:, for further information about the school’s athletic program, please visit

]]> (Kim Frank) Neighbors Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:11:45 -0400
New Canaan 38th Annual Family Fourth Fireworks at Waveny Park

New Canaan 38th Annual Family Fourth Fireworks at Waveny Park on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 (Rain Date July 5)

Purchase your passes HERE ($35) through June 22 and at the following locations:  

  • Recreation Department in Waveny House at 677 South Ave (through July 3) from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Town Clerk in Town Hall at 77 Main Street (through July 3) from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Walter Stewart’s Market at 229 Elm Street (through July 3) - Daily during store hours
  • New Canaan Toy Store at 94 Park Street (through July 3) - Daily during store hours
  • Baskin-Robbins at 103 Main Street (through July 4) - Daily during store hours
  • Waveny Swimming Pool (on July 4 only) from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Family Forth activities will include family picnicking, live music, children's games area, food court, and a spectacular fireworks display.

    The Family Fourth of July Celebration is made possible entirely through contributions from New Canaan residents, the business community, and local civic organizations.

    Passes (cash or check):  $35 for New Canaan residents; $65 for non-residents

          The fireworks show is funded solely by the sale of entrance passes and donations. 

          Parking - Park entry at South Avenue entrance. Park opens at 5:00 PM

          Please display entrance pass on dashboard. No parking on streets near Waveny Park.

          Walk-Ins - Entry through New Canaan High School with entrance pass.

          Inclement Weather - 203-594-3610 or visit:   (Please do not call Police or Fire Department)

 No dogs, drones, grills, candles, personal fireworks of sparklers

]]> (Town of New Canaan) Events Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:12:16 -0400