Newfairfield's HamletHub Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:28:56 -0500 Writers Speak at Katonah Museum of Art

Sundays, February 24, March 10, April 28, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Join us for a reading and conversation with writers responding to and reflecting on art, culture and world events. Light refreshments served. Books available for sale at event.

February 24, Pamela Hart, Poet and KMA Writer in Residence
Pamela Hart, Mothers Over Nangarhar
at the KMA

Winner of the 2017 Kathryn A. Morton Prize, Mothers Over Nangarhar is an unusual and powerful war narrative, focusing less on the front lines of combat and more on the home front, a perspective our American cultural canon has largely ignored.

March 10: Helen Schulman
Helen Schulman, Come with Me
at Katonah Village Public Library

From the New York Times bestselling author Schulman comes a new novel, Come with Me, a searing, and unexpected, dark comedy that is both a deeply romantic love story and a vivid tapestry of modern life.

April 28: Farah Pandith
Farah Pandith, How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat
at the KMA

Farah Pandith, one of the world’s most respected experts on countering violent extremism and the first-ever United States special representative to Muslim Communities, reveals how we can stop the rapid spread of extremist ideology.

Suggested donation $10

Space is limited. Reservations suggested: please email:

Co-sponsored with the Katonah Village Library.

]]> (Katonah Museum of Art) Neighbors Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:16:21 -0500
The Results Are In on Our local Shaklee 7 Day Cleanse Team

Join us every Monday to the start of your Shaklee 7 Day Cleanse.  Our first group of the new year, started on January 7.  We had fabulous results!   Everybody got support from the Shaklee facebook page; sharing ideas, inspiration,  and recipes  with Dr Jamie answering questions.  Our group had 13 people, including us,  who  experienced  an overall  sense of wellbeing...better energy and focus...great sleep, healthy digestion and a positive attitude.  
A side benefit of this cleanse is shedding a few pounds.  Our group ranged from 4.5 pounds to 10 pounds - Wow!  Jumpstart your new year's resolution to better health and losing some weight with our 7 day Shaklee Cleanse. Call us for more details. A new cleanse group starts every Monday. Besides the Shaklee facebook group, we help you through every step of the way.   
"My whole family did it," explains Carolyn Moss, "We made it a competition to add a little fun and encouragement. But we all won because we feel fantastic!"
Are you ready to start? The buddy system works great, so ask a friend to do the 7 day cleanse with you!

Carolyn Moss - CK4Health Shaklee Distributor
914 490 8614

Visit Carolyn's Shaklee Site here.

]]> (Carolyn Moss - CK4Health Shaklee Distributor) Life Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:00:12 -0500
Ladies Night of Comedy with Buy 1 Get 1 Free Tickets

January 19 is going to be a great night at The Southeast Comedy & Cabaret. Kerri Louise & Regina Deciccio  will be bringing the funny. It is a great opportunity for a Girls Night Out. We are located on the 2nd floor of The Brewster Ice Arena. If you are (or know) someone who spends most of their time in "manic mode" while in our building, this will be a real treat. 90 minutes of food, drink and laughs with friends and no distractions is good for the soul.

You can check out this quick sample of Kerri & Regina.

Tickets are on sale now, BUT to our loyal HamletHub readers you receive a special 2 for the price of 1 tickets. You need only send an email to confirming your reservation, mention HAMLETHUB & then pay cash or credit card at the door. Please remember to let us know how many will be in your party. Regular price tickets are $20 at the door, $15 online tickets.

Enjoy some pre or post (or both) show drinks & food at Players Restaurant. There will also be full bar service & food available in the showroom during the show.

January 19, 2019

8:00 PM

Southeast Comedy & Cabaret

63 Fields Lane
Brewster, New York
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Postcard from British Virgin Gorda

Some of the most famous pirates in history traversed the seas of the crystalline Caribbean. They sailed along the lush hillsides of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), beckoned by protected coves and inlets.

The stories of pirate lore inspired me to visit an 8½ mile tiny British island called Virgin Gorda. The island’s massive, giant boulders, called The Baths, are as dramatic to this island today as the pirates were to the past.

The Baths are located at the bottom of a hill on the southern end of the island. The boulders form a network of caves and rest on powder white coral sand along the water’s edge. Wading in and out of sandy-bottomed tide pools and the Bath’s Cathedral Room – mysterious water filled grottos – my adventure took me through a maze of tunnels and arches. The sun streamed between the crevices, the only source of light, and the shadows cast left an ethereal feeling. Driftwood ladders signaled a climb upwards through the interior of the cave. Ropes assisted with navigating over and between the immense boulder formations. These boulders, volcanic in nature, create an environment unique and memorable, it was like no other I’ve ever experienced.

Opening up onto Devil's Bay, a stunning powdery sand beach with shimmering clear blue water, the Baths towering boulders created a perfect backdrop for sunbathing and snorkeling. At the end of the day, I hiked back up the boulder-studded mountain to a restaurant appropriately known as Top of the Baths for a refreshing rum punch.

Lacking the bustle and development, Virgin Gorda is a place where you make your own adventures, and it is here they take their pirate lore seriously. The stories flowed as easily as the rum, and as tales unfolded, I learned how Blackbeard allegedly abandoned 15 of his men on a nearby uninhabited island off of Deadman’s Bay, with only a bottle of rum for sustenance.

The climate of the British Virgin Islands is tropical and influenced by the trade winds. Off the beaten path, only small planes and helicopters can land on the airport runway. Puddle jumpers fly From St. Thomas, Tortola, and San Juan Puerto Rico. I arrived by ferry. They run regularly from the island of Tortola.

When visiting, bring your sense of adventure and an appreciation for the island’s unspoiled beauty. As I daydreamed about Robert Lewis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island, I thought perhaps I’d be the one to uncover a doubloon somewhere along the way.

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]]> (Sandy Ruyack) Life Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:40:57 -0500
4th Annual Sherman Opry

Announcing the fourth annual Sherman Opry!

This is a special event presented as a fund raiser for the Sherman Playhouse and the Sherman Players who operate it. Some of the local area's most talented musicians will be donating their talents and time to bring this special concert to the playhouse in support of the outstanding theatrical productions presented there every year. 

A minimum $20 donation is requested for admission and reservations are recommended (by calling the Playhouse at 860-354-3622) as every year this one time event has filled the playhouse to capacity.

Please come out and support the arts in Sherman, CT. We're certain you will have a rousing good time!

Friday, January 18, 2019 at 8 PM – 10:30 PM

Sherman Playhouse
5 Route 39 N, Sherman, Connecticut 06784


]]> (Margaret Carey) Events Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:37:59 -0500
Diet soda does more harm than good!

A man recently came in to see me at my office. He was physically fit, lean, muscular, and in his mid-forties. He was conscious of every ounce of food and drink he consumed. He worked out in a gym 4-5 times a week, including weight training and running five miles a day. Along with this conscientious regime he devoured books on how he could achieve optimal physical fitness. It was obvious to me how important his health and well-being was to him. However, he said, “I don’t feel I am the best I can be. I still have aches, pains. I wake up every morning exhausted.”

After further discussion and reviewing his dietary history, I realized that he had initially omitted an important fact. He had failed to mention that he drank enormous amounts of diet soda. He drank almost a gallon of diet soda per day! Drinking diet soda quenched his thirst, and time tasted good. He got bored drinking only plain water. He had convinced himself that diet soda was healthy since it had few calories. However, he feared his diet soda habit was becoming an addiction.

In my practice as a clinical nutritionist, I know that diet soda can become a very unhealthy habit. Clients often overlook the negative results of drinking too much diet soda when they want to lose weight. When they overindulge with over-sized portions of food, they think they can compensate by drinking diet soda, saving calories, and alleviate any guilt about cheating on their diet.

Is this really healthy, or are they really compensating? If you read the back of a diet soda bottle, how many ingredients can you pronounce, much less understand. Some of those unpronounceable chemicals are definitely not good for you.

That’s not all. When you drink diet soda, it may satisfy your craving for sweets, but even though it is low in calories, the artificial sugars in it create problems. Our bodies do not know if the sugar we ingest is real or artificial. When you eat something sweet, your body reacts by releasing insulin, an important hormone that regulates your sugar levels. When you consume artificial sweeteners, your body still releases insulin, but since you didn’t have the extra calories, your blood sugar level drops. When you do this regularly, your body starts to produce less insulin when you eat something sweet. Then, when you consume real sugar, your body doesn’t know if it should try to process it because it’s been tricked so many times. You’ve unbalanced the entire system.

Diet soda drinkers tend to pack on more pounds than those who don’t. The intake of artificial sweeteners may give reward signals to the brain. These false signals encourage you to overindulge.

When I worked with my client, I explained the ramifications of drinking large amounts of diet soda over the long term. I recommended they he try the many healthy alternatives. I encouraged him to start by replacing every glass of diet soda with a fresh iced mint and lime juice beverage.

By making minor changes in his diet, my client yielded remarkable results. He no longer had yearnings for diet soda. He woke in the morning feeling refreshed and energized. He no longer had the aches and pains that had plagued him. He was no longer addicted to diet soda. He now enjoyed his iced mint and lime juice.

This is not a unique problem. Drinking large amounts of diet soda satisfies the thirst and tastes oh so good! However, the hidden culprit may become addictive. The idea of moderating or eliminating diet soda from your diet may seem daunting. But diet soda may do more harm than good. Knowing the risks can motivate you to consider the alternatives.

Moderation is key!

Once you start to eat better, choosing healthier foods and keep active, you will begin to feel better. It’s something you will want to do for the rest of your life.

Linda Lonergan is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist, with a M.S. in Food Nutrition/Biology

Accredited by the American Dietetic Association

In private practice for 21 years

Specializing in personalized meal plans for all nutritional needs.

Linda hosts a weekly TV show, “Welcome to Wellness,” on Comcast public access TV

Contact Linda at: 914-522-0729 or or visit

]]> (Linda Lonergan, Senior Clinical Nutritionist, Nutrition Kaye) Life Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:11:24 -0500
Dog of the Week: Pipi lab mix available for adoption

My name is Pipi and I'm a 10 month old lab mix from the south. I am a sweet girl but do have a lot of energy and am still working on improving my manners. I need a home with someone who will work with me and exercise me plenty!
The NFSAW Team
223 State Route 37 | PO Box 8232
New Fairfield, CT 06812
]]> (New Fairfield/Sherman Animal Welfare Society) Charities Thu, 17 Jan 2019 06:39:18 -0500
TheatreWorks New Milford will premiere David Mamet's controversial and provocative drama, Race

On February 22, TheatreWorks New Milford will premiere David Mamet's controversial and provocative drama, Race

When a rich white man is accused of raping a younger African- American woman, he looks to a multicultural law firm for his defense. But even as his lawyers—one of them white, another black— begin to strategize, they must confront their own biases and assumptions about race relations in America.

David Mamet is a playwright, essayist and screenwriter who directs for both the stage and film. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Glengarry Glen Ross. His plays include China Doll, Race, The Anarchist, American Buffalo, Speed-the-Plow, November, The Cryptogram, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Duck Variations, Reunion, The Blue Hour, The Shawl, Bobby Gould in Hell, Edmond, Romance, The Old Neighborhood and his adaptation of The Voysey Inheritance.

Note: This play has very strong language and controversial themes.  

This production is under the direction of Francis A. Daley of Danbury, CT and features the following cast: Dan Lerner of White Plains, NY as Jack Dawson, Kevin Knight of Norwalk, CT as Henry Brown, Aaron Kaplan of Bethel, CT as Charles Strickland, and Danique Ashley of Derby, CT as Susan.

Race runs Fridays and Saturdays from February 22 through March 16, 2019. Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. on one Sunday matinee March 10th. Tickets are $25 for reserved seating. Students and Military personnel and Veterans with ID will be admitted for $20.00.On Thursday, February 21st, Senior Citizens are invited to a free dress rehearsal at 8:00 p.m. Thursday February 28th at 8:00 p.m. is TheatreWorks' Pay-What-You-Want night where you name the price of your ticket. Doors open on both Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Reservations can be made online at or by calling the box office at (860) 350-6863


TheatreWorks has been awarded "Best Small Theater in Connecticut" by Connecticut Magazine (2017), Best Community Theater in Connecticut (2014), and is a recipient of the Northwest CT Arts Council CultureMAX Award. They are a non-Equity theatre company located at 5 Brookside Avenue, just off Route 202 (next to the CVS), in New Milford, CT. 


Parking is located behind the Catherine E. Lillis Administration Building at 50 East Street, New Milford.

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Seven Connecticut Dogs Selected for 2019 Puppy Bowl

Bloomfield’s Brady from Dog Star Rescue to be part of the starting Lineup

Brady, a 17 week old Chihuahua/Russell Terrier from Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut will be part of Animal Planet’s 15th annual "Puppy Bowl", two hours of nonstop cuteness, on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3, 3 EST/12 PST).

Animal Planet says, “Don't miss the ultimate "Tailgating experience with the Puppy Bowl Pregame Show, featuring aww-analysis and cuddly commentary from sports correspondents including the infamous Rodt Weiler. Puppy Bowl XIV will kick off at GEICO Stadium.”

According to Animal Planet, the 7 year-running America's favorite "Rufferee," Dan Schachner, will return to call the puppy penalties, furry fumbles and terrier touchdowns. 

Six other dogs from Connecticut will be “Back Up Pups”.

Four puppies are from Danbury Animal Welfare Society:

  • Cole, an 18 week old Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd/Rottweiler/Weimaraner
  • Panda, a 19 week old American Bulldog/Labrador Retriever/Rottweiler/Weimaraner
  • Scout a 15 week old Pomeranian/Chihuahua
  • Walnut, a 19 week old Boston Terrier/Miniature Poodle/Chihuahua/Dachshund.

Two puppies are from Pack Leaders Rescue of CT:

  • Smokey Blue a 13 week old Lab/Shepherd/American Staffordshire Terrier/Golden Retriever
  • Tuff a 16 week old Toy Fox Terrier/American Staffordshire Terrier.

All dogs are available for adoption! View the Puppy Bowl starting lineup here.

*Fun Fact, Brady is a 2019 Howl of Fame inductee


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Local Farms Participating in Maple Fest Weekends March 23 - 31

All are invited to support Hilltop Hanover Farm, White Oak Farm, and Hemlock Farm as they jointly celebrate New York State’s “Maple Fest Weekends” on Saturday, March 23; Sunday, March 24; Saturday, March 30; and Sunday, March 31.  Invited guests will enjoy a hot breakfast at Hilltop Hanover Farm and then drive to White Oak Farm – only a mile away - to witness a free maple syrup demonstration. Then they can travel to Hemlock Hill Farm where the bacon and sausage for the pancake breakfast are prepared.

Breakfast, which consists of freshly grilled pancakes, maple syrup produced at White Oak Farm, bacon and sausage (produced at Hemlock Hill Farm), juice, and hot beverages, will be served at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 each morning of the four days at Hilltop Hanover Farm (1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights). Make your reservation now at All Four dates were sold out last year so don’t delay in making your plans. The cost of this fundraiser is $10 for adults and $8 for children, under 2 are free.  Scout groups are invited to attend.

While at Hilltop Hanover Farm you can also visit the farm stand, hike the two trails, enjoy the dwarf goats and chickens, and/or take photos of this beautiful 180 - acre property in northern Westchester County. Plus, you can view fully operational antique farm equipment provided by the Yorktown Grange.

After breakfast and some visiting at Hilltop Hanover Farm, guests will be directed to White Oak Farm (680 Croton Lake Rd, Yorktown Heights) only a mile away. Bri Hart, the owner of the southern most sugar house in New York State, will give a free demonstration on how tree sap is converted to maple syrup. Hart and his staff tap over 2,400 trees for their maple syrup. In fact, it takes forty gallons of sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup. Hart will explain the entire process and provide some samples to taste. His farm store – just like Hilltop Hanover’s farm stand– will be open for business. You can contact White Oak at

Added to this year’s farm list is Hemlock Hill Farm, located at 500 Croton Ave, Cortlandt Manor. It’s only a ten minute ride from Yorktown. There you can purchase hormone and antibiotic free foods available at its market year round. Visit its website for more information:

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Save the Date: March 2 Casino Night in Brewster

Casino Night in Brewster/Southeast.

03/02/2019 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Temple Beth Elohim, 31 Mount Ebo Road North, Brewster, NY 10509, USA

We are hosting a Casino night. Everyone is invited to have a great time. We have professional dealers, great music, food, libations.
Of course, it's a fundraiser, but really it is a FUN raiser.
No cash prizes (as that requires a full gaming license), but a great time will be had by all.

Save the date. More details to follow 

]]> (Temple Beth Elohim) Charities Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:35:59 -0500
Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that a public-private partnership between the State of Connecticut and private banks, led by Webster Bank and supported by the Connecticut Bankers Association, will enable essential federal workers who are required to report to work without pay to receive unemployment assistance.

In addition, he is working with legislative leadership to emergency certify a bill that would ensure Connecticut is able to take advantage of any decision by the federal government to permit essential workers to collect earned unemployment insurance benefits. Lastly, Governor Lamont urged non-essential employees, who are not required to report to work, to access state unemployment benefits by contacting the Connecticut Department of Labor or their local American Job Center.

Read More: Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown

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Saturday Sounds at Moonlight Cafe on January 19

Saturday Sounds at Moonlight Cafe

01/19/2019 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Moonlight Cafe & Caterers, 850 NY-22, Brewster, NY 10509, USA
Live music - The Great American Picture Book

"The Great American Picture Book, a folksy rock trio from Yonkers, NY, brings together many styles of American music in their performance of new songs and old classics. Stirring together guitarist Derek Smith's psychedelic lead, drummer Andy Werner's jazzy fills and bassist Joe Peck's bluesy foundation, the band serves a cocktail that pays respect to its homegrown lineage."

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Library Kicks Off One Book One Town—Fairfield Reads Together 2019!

OBOT is back! After a one year hiatus, the Fairfield Public Library and its community partners — Pequot Library, Fairfield University and the Fairfield University Bookstore — are pleased to announce two selections for One Book One Town (OBOT) for 2019. The selections are Harbor Me, and to include our youngest readers, the picture book The Day You Begin, both by award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. This is the eleventh time Fairfield has celebrated a town wide read.

Harbor Me is the story of six kids that meet for a weekly chat with no adults around in the ARTT Room, short for “A Room to Talk”. Their personal stories also mirror larger issues taking place in society. From the beginning of the selection process, Harbor Me spoke to the committee as a perfect choice for the return of One Book One Town as a book that can be embraced and shared by the entire community. It is timely story, heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful, told exquisitely and lyrically by Woodson.

The Day You Begin is a charming picture book written by Woodson and illustrated by Rafael López about feeling different. It is also about realizing that when you are willing to share what makes you different, life opens up to you. This book was inspired by a poem in Woodson’s bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming.

The signature event of One Book One Town is always the much anticipated Meet the Author event. Jacqueline Woodson will visit on Monday, March 18 at 7:00 pm at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. We are thrilled to bring Woodson to Fairfield. She has written more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children. She received the 2014 National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming, which also won the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Another Brooklyn, which was a 2016 National Book Award Finalist and Woodson’s first adult novel in twenty years. In 2015, Woodson was named Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Most recently, she was named the 2018 Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.

In addition to the special Meet the Author event, there will be book discussions and programs for all ages. There is a Writing Contest inspired by the book on the topic of “feeling harbored” or “helping to harbor another person”. The contest is open to three age groups – middle grade (grades 6-8), high school and adult. For details on One Book One Town events and the Writing Contest, visit the Library’s website at or pick up a One Book One Town brochure when you are in the Library.

The generous sponsorship of the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library has made One Book One Town possible each year. This year they are joined by another community partner, the Junior Women’s Club (JWC) of Fairfield. The JWC selected The Friends as their charitable partner for the 2018-2019 year. Money raised throughout the year by the JWC, funded primarily through the annual “A Visit to Santa’s House”, will be used by The Friends to support One Book One Town in 2019.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau said, “OBOT is the perfect example of Fairfield’s community spirit. I want to thank our Fairfield Public Library for collaborating with Pequot Library and Fairfield University in selecting this book and coming up with great programs and activities that promote literacy and reading. I also want to recognize the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library, the Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield and individual supporters for their generous backing of the popular, town-wide OBOT.”

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information, visit us online at: or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter @fairfieldpublib and Facebook @fairfieldlibrary.

Dream…Discover…Innovate…Create… @ the Fairfield Public Library

The photo, taken at the downtown Fairfield University Bookstore, shows Head Librarian Dr. Helene Murtha, Fairfield Public Library's fantastic staff, and OBOT Committee Chairs Mary Coe and Claudia Silk along with Fairfield Chamber of Commerce President Bev Balaz.

Photo Credit: Kendra Wingate

]]> (Fairfield Public Library) Life Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:51:05 -0500
Improv Your Business - A Free Interactive Workshop in Brewster

Get into the act and join local business professionals at Improv Your Business! This improvisational theater workshop will be held at the Studio Around the Corner at 67 Main Street (Back Entrance) in Brewster, NY on Tuesday, January 22 with a snow date of January 29. Come for networking at 6:30; the workshop will run from 7-8PM. Please dress casually to encourage freedom of movement. Have fun and learn valuable skills at this unique networking event!

Improvisational theater is working its way into business schools and boardrooms. Improvisation is about communicating, collaborating and adapting. We will use theater games, similar to the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” to learn how to work with others to build strong relationships, sharpen problem-solving skills and increase self confidence.

Instructor, Margaret Carey is a local director and performer, as well as the owner of 5 HamletHub Editions in NY & CT. This free workshop is offered by the Master Networks NY and Western CT. Space is limited and registration is strongly suggested. To register for the event visit For more information, contact or visit

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