Newfairfield's HamletHub Sun, 26 May 2019 23:54:34 -0400 Local Musicians to be Featured at Brewster Music Festival

The Brewster Music Festival will be presenting an impressive line up of local musicians on June 8, 2019 at 12-7pm at Wells Park in Brewster, NY. This free event is open to the community. More details about the festival and performers with links to hear some of their music can be found at

A blend of musical genres will be presented. Acoustic musicians will perform between the band sets. Check out the line up below.

David Powers
David Powers is a singer, songwriter, guitarist who masterfully delivers eclectic, unforgettable renditions of iconic, classic hits of the 70’s to today, leaving his audiences wanting more. Whether performing as a solo artist, or with his duo or trio, David Powers and Company is the perfect combination of powerful vocals and outstanding musicianship that has proven to be a hit with venues and their audiences, throughout the tri-state area.  

Brian Larney
Brian Larney is an eclectic, non-stop music making machine. The Connecticut native splits his time performing as a solo acoustic act and as the front-man of his band Brian Larney and The Town Hall. He's an alternative folk-rock singer-songwriter with an honest and thoughtful style that has been described as “quirky, earnest, and vulnerable.” It’s as rooted in the pop music writers of the mid-1960’s as the contemporary artists that he is often compared to, e.g. Jason Isbell and The Decemberists.

Larney grew up in the Northeast obsessed with well-crafted songs and the art of harmonizing. “I would get to school at 6:00 AM and sneak into the choir room just to pick out songs and work on harmonies,” he says. As a songwriter, his early efforts were he says, “overly complicated 7-minute opuses.” Through his varied tastes as a listener—which span pop to bluegrass—and work as a gigging musician within a diverse array of bands, including the genres of power-pop, post-punk, acoustic and Americana, gradually essentialized his songwriting style.

Cutting edge AI company and music promotion team, Zenabi, probably describe the Larney sound best. "His songs are organic spoonfuls of classic pop and folk, naturally sweet, non-GMO, without the sugar crash; his style hearkens back to the days of Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles, and maybe a bit of Partridge Family."

Hist latest album, White, is an emotional reflection of the struggle and joy of relationships and life during these tense political times. It was produced by Larney himself and mixed by Grammy nominated John Shyloski. It was mastered by Blake La Grange of Mercury Mastering.

Brian Dallas Field
Brian Dallas Field has been performing his unique twist of country, rock-a-billy, classic rock & obscure Springsteen songs as a solo Acoustic artist since his late teens. Born and bred in Virginia, he performed for 15 years all over New York City. He's got a ridiculously loyal fan base among the wonderful folks with disabilities that he works with as a therapist, specializing in Animal-Assisted Therapy. He performs for them every chance he gets, along with his trusty Service Dog (and musical sideman) Buck, by his side.

David Kraai
David Kraai (pronounced cry, meaning crow) is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and bandleader who has been traveling and performing his melting pot of country, folk and rock for over a decade.  His roots stem from New York’s Hudson Valley, but his music has taken him all over the United States, and at times abroad, gaining him an ever-growing fan base.  

Carrying on the tradition of Cosmic American Music, David’s influences include Gram Parsons, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and The Band.  These influences along with his unique sense of melody and lyric help create a sound that is truly his own.  Kraai has been fortunate enough to release several albums and share stages and bills with some of his heroes like Pete Seeger, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Dickey Betts, Leon Russell, Charlie Louvin, Dr. Ralph Stanley and more.

Greg Jacquin
Greg Jacquin’s EP “Hudson River” was released to rave reviews in Feb of 2018. After playing over 200+ shows all over New York and the Hudson Valley including opening for Tom Chapin at Campwoods Campgrounds, Piano’s NYC,  The Shrine & Silvana’s in Harlem, The Way Station in Brooklyn, The Falcon in Marlboro, Sidewalk NYC, Quinns in Beacon, The Wherehouse in Newburgh and more. Greg was eager to get back into the studio and on the road where he belongs. Jacquin’s LP “Clocks Slow Down” released on February 15, 2019. 

Riiza is a 4-piece hard rock featuring Ari Perakis from Armonk, NY on vocals, Sean Leveille from New Milford, CT on drums, and brothers Kevin and Justin Giacchetto from right here in Brewster on bass and guitar. Originally formed in 2015 with a lineup including Justin and Ari, the band has undergone several changes in the rhythm section before settling into our sweet spot this past summer with all of our current members. They play a mix of our own original music to go along with an assortment of classic and modern covers from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Royal Blood. They love all things rock and roll and can't wait to open up the BMF this year!

Blue Alien Mystic
Blue Alien Mystic has been rocking the Hudson Valley and beyond for over two year with their unique style of rock and roll, combining the best elements of iconic bands like Queen, The Police, and Rush into a powerful sound that spans many different genres and entertains audiences wherever they go.

The Libertine Project
The Libertine Project is Mariano Rodriguez, Andy Kuusisto and Mike Leibson.
Andy and Mike jammed several times as teenagers, so when they and Mariano teamed up to host a blues jam, they already had a rapport. Eventually hosting three jams a week, their repertoire expanded to the point where they regularly play 3 hours straight with no setlist. Through 10 years of gigging at local clubs, bars and parties, Libertine performs rootsy blues, rock and funk with equal aplomb. Recent performances include Pork Chop’s Blues show, live on WPWL. Often having special guests sit in, the band responds with dynamic creative and performance heights. Lib Pro is excited and delighted to bring their groove to the Brew Mu Fest!

Fishkill George and TFM
Fishkill George and TFM is a blues band from Fishkill NY. They are a 3 piece playing mainly Chicago and Texas blues and often have other guitarists or harmonica players sit in with them. 

Special Sauce
Special Sauce are Kenny Williams (Bass), Doug Varady (guitars/Vocals), Alan Copeland (Drums/Vocals), Gary Broderson (keyboards and vocals) and Paul Toscano (Harmonica/Vocals). They are five seasoned musicians and, friends who came together after each playing in successful musical projects over the years. They play an incredible selection of Rock, Soul, Blues and Funk music, and it becomes apparent that they have the goods to deliver once they take the stage.

Tight grooves executed by professional musicianship, and well crafted arrangements make for a fun show. Always engaging and looking to have some fun, Special Sauce is here.

Special Sauce has just the right ingredients for great music, A recipe handed down through years of experience and reliability!!!

For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit:, call (845) 363 - 8330, email or find us on Facebook

]]> (Cultural Arts Coalition) Events Sat, 25 May 2019 13:24:47 -0400
NYC actor John Bergdahl joins the cast of The Tempest

Renowned NYC actor John Bergdahl has joined the cast of the Sherman Players production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest to be performed in late June through early July. Shakespeare's timeless tale is one that has been beloved for centuries. Being one of his last works, Shakespeare delves into the themes of betrayal, courtship and exoneration all the while entertaining with comical and magical scenes and characters. The plot centers around a magical deposed Duke, Prospero, who, while rearing up his child, Miranda, governs an enchanted island with the help of his spirit servant, Ariel. The beginning of the play depicts a tempest that brings his then enemy brother and his entourage to the island along with Trinculo, a court jester and a drunken butler, Stephano. The clown and butler friends team up with a disgruntled native servant, Caliban, to depose Prospero from his reign over the island. Other plots and courtships pepper this tale, all told with the ancient and beautiful language that brings Shakespeare alive.

John Bergdahl is a performer and filmmaker, seen most recently as Antigonus and the old shepherd in South Brooklyn Shakespeare’s production of The Winter’s Tale. Previous credits with South Brooklyn Shakespeare include Macbeth in Macbeth, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Don John in Much Ado About Nothing. In 2015 John adapted and starred in a five-person production of Macbeth at the Lion Theater in NYC with SET Collective.

Other roles include Jacques in As You Like It, Pale in Burn This, Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Garcin in No Exit.

John’s original play Stream was produced as part of the first New York International Fringe Festival and Cowards and Weaklings, a retrospective of short films he wrote and directed, was featured at Anthology Film Archives in New York City’s East Village. John can be seen this fall in Street To Table, an independent film written and directed by Joe Lazenby.

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robin Frome

June 28, 29, July 5, 6, 7 (Matinee), 12, 13, 14 (Matinee), 19, 20, 2019
Friday & Saturday 8:00PM
Sunday Matinee 2:00PM 

For more information or to purchase tickets to any of this season's productions, visit The Sherman Players website.

]]> (Sherman Players) Events Sat, 25 May 2019 13:21:21 -0400
Steel & Wheels Car Show at Danbury Railway Museum

The Danbury Railway Museum is pleased to once again be the host venue for the Steel & Wheels car show, this year to benefit Ann’s Place in Danbury.  The fun will begin at 9:00am and the car show will officially end at 3:00pm on Saturday, June 8 (rain date: Sunday, June 9).  The museum itself will close at 5:00.  General admission is $12 for age 3 and older (under 3, free) and includes admission to the museum, train rides, tours of vintage railroad equipment, and the car show.  Trains will begin running hourly at 10:30 with the last train departing at 3:30.  Show cars are welcome; owners should show up at the gate where a fee of $10 will be collected by the car show personnel.

The car show is expected to attract many classic and unusual cars with the first 100 entries receiving goodie bags and dash plaques.  A People’s Choice trophy is among a number of special awards to be given out.  There will be live music and a DJ, food, ice cream, a used model train and book sale, yard tours, and other surprises.  Visitors are encouraged to participate in special raffles to benefit Ann’s Place which provides comfort, support, and resources to people living with cancer, and their loved ones

The museum’s Rail Yard Local will be operating — a short trip on a vintage train pulled by a 72 year old locomotive — with locomotive cab rides also available.  Train riders will have an opportunity to see the historic turntable — on the National Register of Historic Places and currently undergoing a major restoration — and a tour of the steam-era water tower pump house.

In the historic Danbury museum building, visitors can explore railroad history exhibits, operating electric train layouts, static model displays of the station and railyard, many one-of-a-kind artifacts of railroading history, a wonderful gift shop, a coloring table, and many other items of interest.  
Outside in the historic railyard, guests will find numerous walk-through exhibits, and a vast assortment of train cars and locomotives - many that ran in Danbury during its railroading heyday.

The Danbury Railway Museum is a non-profit organization, staffed solely by volunteers, and is dedicated to the preservation of, and education about, railroad history.  The museum is located in the restored 1903 Danbury Station and rail yard at 120 White Street, Danbury, CT.  For further information, visit the Web site at, email to, or call the museum at 203-778-8337.

]]> (Margaret Carey) Events Sat, 25 May 2019 12:48:32 -0400
Funminster Celebrates Area Dogs

Putnam Service Dogs’ Funminster Dog Show Event, Saturday, May 18th at Patterson Recreation Center was a fun, lively event that celebrated all the dogs at the event - the Putnam Service Dogs’ 9 pups-in-training, and the 22 pet dogs brought by their proud owners. Dogs competed in 8 categories - Wiggle Butt, Dog/Owner Look Alike, Best Senior, Cutest Dog, etc. for a trophy, or ribbons for 2nd & 3rd prize.

Westy, the mascot of the Danbury Westerners, greeted the crowd, and added to the festivities, as did the gourmet Hot Dog cart, Chez Leonard serving up delicious hot dogs. Marilyn Glasser was the lively MC, and she, and Steve Apap of George Apap Painting, and Bill Hammond of Edward Jones, were the good natured judges, 

There were many smiles (both human and dog), and much love and celebration of the dogs we cherish. 

The event embraced part of Putnam Service Dogs’ Mission - to honor and promote the nurturing bond between humans and dogs.

The event was sponsored by many community businesses: Examiner Media and Halston Media Top Dog Sponsors, Putnam Press/Times Gold Sponsor, Kohl’s, Brewster Rotary, and Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Silver Sponsors, Guardian Veterinary Specialists and Good Reasons Bronze Sponsors, and George Apap Painting, Edward Jones, Local Social Media, Groomingdale’s of Mahopac,   Bell Heating & Air Conditioning, Lia Honda of Brewster, Schech’s Pool Spa Patio, Bee & Jay Plumbing and Heating, Patterson Auto Body, Fred’s Hair Salon, Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic, South Putnam Animal Hospital, and KeyBank as Friend Sponsors.

Putnam Service Dogs is a 501(c) nonprofit corporation that provides free service dogs and follow-up support to people with physical disabilities other than blindness. For more information, visit

]]> (Peter Carey) Life Sat, 25 May 2019 06:42:33 -0400
Beware of Memorial Day Sale Ads

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the summer retail "holiday" season when consumers see ads flooded across newspapers and television for amazing deals for new & used cars, appliances, furniture, electronics and more! But how do you know that the deal is for real?
It is important to be able to discern between legitimate ads and those that may be confusing or misleading. During Memorial Day many retailers claim to have limited time offers that are only available once per year, but how much ad jargon is really true?
Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut (BBB) developed a few tips to help consumers sift through holiday sale flyers to see which retailers are truthful in their adverting.
Read the fine print. Is the retailer offering you a discounted price on the latest model or are they trying to sell off the older version? This could be especially helpful for consumers looking to purchase tablets or other popular electronics.
Percentage off of what? A retailer may be advertising 50% off but are they applying the discount to the regular price of the item or a marked up price that matches what the regular price normally is once the discount is applied?
Lowest price! Is the price advertised available to everyone or only those with good credit?This could be especially helpful for consumers looking to purchase new or used cars. Even though you saw a low price advertised, you may not qualify for that offer.
Limited time offer. Is this truly the only time of year this retailer will run this sale or will you be able to get the same price in the future?
Guarantee vs. Warranty. Do you know the difference? Guarantees and warranties cover different things for a different amount of time. Does a "lifetime warranty" mean your lifetime or the lifetime of the product? Does "satisfaction guaranteed" mean you can return it used for a full refund? Make sure the retailer offers you full details on any deal they are offering you.
You can take the AdTruthSM Quiz here to learn how you can tell when you're being duped by an advertisement.
BBB AdTruthSM is an educational program that teaches consumers about potential advertising abuses and empowers them to report advertisements that could cause financial or personal harm due to problematic tactics or faulty products.
In 2018, BBB AdTruthSM launched a new online reporting tool that allows consumers to report questionable or confusing advertisements. Data provided through the BBB AdTruthSM Reporting Tool will provide insights for future research into questionable advertising techniques.


]]> (CT BBB) Public safety Fri, 24 May 2019 17:04:06 -0400
CT State Police Memorial Day Weekend Roving Patrol Schedule

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start to summer and your Connecticut State Troopers are preparing for increased traffic for the upcoming three-day weekend, as well as for summer 2019 celebrations and vacations.

State Troopers ask all drivers to utilize courteous, lawful driving skills, plan for traffic delays due to road construction and make safety their top priority whenever they get behind the wheel.  These actions will ensure safe travel to and from destinations.

During Memorial Day Weekend 2019, motorists should be aware that Connecticut State Troopers will employ all methods of enforcement to increase highway safety, including laser units for speed enforcement, as well as marked & unmarked, non-traditional police vehicles to patrol our highways and roadways.

Below is the Connecticut State Police Roving Patrol Schedule:






Troop A

May 23-May 28

7 p.m. – 4 a.m.

Roving DUI patrols

Greater Waterbury and Danbury areas

Troop B

May 24


Roving DUI patrols

Routes 7 & 44

North Canaan, Canaan, Norfolk, Salisbury


May 25


Roving DUI patrols

Routes 202, 219 & 44

Torrington, New Hartford, Barkhamsted

Troop C

May 25

7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Roving DUI patrols

Troop C patrol area


May 26

7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Roving DUI patrols

Troop C patrol area

Troop D

May 24

7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Roving DUI patrols

Troop D patrol area


May 26

7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Roving DUI patrols

Troop D patrol area

Troop E

May 24

7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Roving DUI patrols

Troop E patrol area


May 25

7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Roving DUI patrols

Troop E patrol area


Troop G

May 23

7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Roving DUI patrols

Interstates 95 and 91, Route 34

New Haven area


May 24

7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Roving DUI patrols

Interstate 95, Routes 8 & 25, Merritt Parkway

Bridgeport, Stratford, Trumbill


May 26

7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

DUI Checkpoint &

BAT mobile

Interstate 95, northbound & southbound off-ramp

New Haven


Troop I

May 23

7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Roving DUI patrols

Interstate 91 & 691, Route 15

New Haven to Middletown


May 24

7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Roving DUI patrols

Route 8

Shelton to Waterbury

Troop K

May 25

7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

DUI Checkpoint &

BAT mobile

Routes 16 & 2 overpass


Troop L

May 23-May 28

7 p.m. – 4 a.m.

Roving DUI patrols

Route 8 corridor between exits 37 & 42; Routes 6 & 64 in Woodbury; Routes 202 & 254 in Litchfield; Routes 7 & 341 in Kent; Routes 63 & 109 in Morris; Routes 45 & 47 in Washington; Routes 132 & 61 in Bethel; Route 4 in Burlington & Harwinton; Route 72 in Harwinton

]]> (CT State Police) Public safety Fri, 24 May 2019 10:10:17 -0400
Get your amusement park thrill ON at Danbury City Fair through June 9

The Powers Great American Midways Carnival has arrived at Danbury Fair! Enjoy rides, games, and cotton candy through June 9.

Day Date Hours Promotional Price:
Monday's - Friday's - 5-11PM 
Saturday - 12N-11PM
Sunday's - 12N-10PM
Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day - 12N-11PM

**Pay One Price (Unlimited Rides) $30 All Hours**

* $25 POP Wristband with Mall Receipt or Coupon* - Coupons available throughout mall

Regular Ticket Prices - 4 Tickets - $5.00 22 Tickets - $20.00 - Rides accept 3-6 tickets

** Hours, prices, and rides subject change, weather permitting. **

All mechanical rides owned and operated by Powers Great American Midways

]]> (HH) Neighbors Fri, 24 May 2019 09:09:26 -0400
Three Area Youth Graduate from UNH

UNH Grad acknowledges the crowd during Commencement exercises Spring 2019

The following students graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May 2019. Students who received the honor of summa cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.85-4.0; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.65-3.84; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.50-3.64. Students are only graduated after the Registrar's Office has certified that all degree requirements have been successfully completed. Participating in the commencement ceremony is the act of honoring and celebrating academic achievement.

Sofia Licht of New Fairfield, CT graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS degree in Marine, Estuarine,&FrshwatrBio

Luke Mueller of New Fairfield, CT graduated Cum Laude with a BSENVE degree in Environmental Engineering

Brianna Miller of Sherman, CT graduated with a BA degree in English

]]> (Peter Carey) Life Fri, 24 May 2019 07:31:12 -0400
Local Youth Graduates Clemson University

Jeffrey Joseph Nabozna of New Fairfield graduates from Clemson University

Jeffrey Joseph Nabozna of New Fairfield graduated Cum Laude from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering .

Nabozna was among 3,600 students who received degrees at the May 9-10 ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum.

]]> (Peter Carey) Life Fri, 24 May 2019 07:12:50 -0400
Arts on the Lake Summer Music Camp

What’s a better way to spend your summer than perfecting your musical skills with your friends? On July 8, Arts on the Lake will open its doors to local middle and high school students to play and perform in their musical summer camps. Focusing on band, jazz, and string instruments, the camps offer students with one or more years of experience the chance to train with Carmel High School music teachers and industry professionals at Art on the Lake’s convenient Kent location.    

Carmel High School trumpet player Jack Recher attended the band and jazz session last summer, and plans on attending again this year.

“I got to collaborate with others and had a great time. I would highly recommend it to anybody who plays an instrument to keep up their skills over the summer while out of school,” he said.

Summer camps begin on July 8, 2019 and run through July 25, 2019, with each week focusing on a different musical discipline. Each weeklong session will conclude in a Thursday evening performance open to the public, sometimes held at an outdoor stage overlooking Lake Carmel weather permitting. Over 80 students participated last year, coming from all across Putnam County to practice and perform together.

“Part of our mission at Arts in the Lake is to offer opportunities for artistic enrichment to the students in our area. I’m always amazed to hear how incredible the students sound at the final performance after only working together for a week.” states Arts on the Lake Executive Director Edward Durkee.

Session 1: July 8-11 BAND CAMP

Run by George Fischer Middle School band teachers Megan Cabral and Eric Pecor, whose band ensembles received Gold and Gold with distinction honors at NYSSMA major festivals. This session is divided into two sections based on experience.

Those with 1 or 2 years of study: 5 - 6:45 pm.

Those with 3 or more years of study: 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

For more information and to register visit

Session 2: July 15-18 STRINGS CAMP

Run by Buddy Griffith and Kevin Callaghan, who direct the George Fischer Middle School orchestras, and play bass in local orchestras.

6:00-8:00 pm

For more information and to register visit

Session 3: July 22 – 25 JAZZ CAMP

Run by esteemed trumpet player, composer, and arranger Tim Ouimette who has performed with countless notable musicians, including Ray Charles and Count Basie.

6:00-8:00 pm

For more information and to register visit

Visit us on Facebook at

]]> (Arts on the Lake) Places Fri, 24 May 2019 05:05:07 -0400
Kids' Treasure Hunt!

Kids' Treasure Hunt!
Saturday, May 25th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
There’s treasure hidden at Great Hollow and you’ll have to use a map and compass, along with your riddle-solving skills, to find it! We’ll spend the first part of the program learning map and compass basics, and then we’ll break into teams to track down the hidden puzzle pieces that will lead us to our prize that we get to keep! This is a drop-off program, open to children ages 8-12.Compasses will be provided or children may bring their own.  $10/child for members; $15/child for non-members. Please email Sena with any questions or to register. Space is limited.

Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center
225 State Route 37
New Fairfield, CT 06812

Office:  (203) 546-7789

]]> (Great Hollow) Events Thu, 23 May 2019 21:04:01 -0400
New Fairfield and Sherman Students Named to the University of Vermont Dean's List

To be named to the dean's list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

Allyson Cook of Sherman (06784)

Jordan Fairchild of New Fairfield (06812)

Matthew Karp of New Fairfield (06812)

Arianna Lombardi of New Fairfield (06812)

About UVM

Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. Committed to both research and teaching, UVM professors -- world-class researchers, scholars, and artists -- bring their discoveries into the classroom and their students into the field. Located in Burlington, Vermont, one of the nation's most vibrant small cities and top college towns, UVM is a Public Ivy and top 100 national research university educating 10,513 undergraduate students, 1,542 graduate students, 826 certificate and non-degree students, and 459 M.D. students in the Larner College of Medicine.

]]> (University of Vermont) Life Thu, 23 May 2019 13:14:26 -0400
The Aldrich Activates Campus With Public Sculpture

Since its founding in 1964, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum has activated its grounds with public sculpture and outdoor installations. The spring of 2019 marks a renewal of the formal Sculpture Garden exhibition program as well as a full activation of the Museum’s campus with sculpture sited from Ridgefield’s historic Main Street, to the two-acre Sculpture Garden behind the Museum building. Works by Radcliffe Bailey and Tom Friedman are currently on view and sculptures by Tony Tasset and Nari Ward will be installed mid-June.

All works installed on The Aldrich campus are free and open to the public through March 15, 2020. Radcliffe Bailey’s (b. 1968) Vessel III (2018) is situated adjacent to Ridgefield’s Main Street. Vessel III is a cylindrical, twelve-foot high steel chamber that is open to the sky featuring a meditative soundtrack created in collaboration with musician Okorie Johnson.

Upon entering and looking up, the viewer encounters a mysteriously suspended conch shell silhouetted against the piece’s dramatic circular aperture. Greeting visitors on the patio in front of the Museum’s entrance, Tom Friedman’s (b. 1965) Hazmat Love (2017) presents two wrestling figures whose bodies are clothed in a protective armor made out of crumpled baking pans cast in polished stainless steel. As with most of Friedman’s work, the meaning lies in ambiguity tinged with humor: are the figures fighting, dancing, or helping each other?

For his sculpture Deer (2015), Tony Tasset (b. 1960) has taken the common white-tailed deer and blown it into what can only be considered monstrous proportions. Hunted to near extinction in much of the United States, the white-tailed deer has made a spectacular comeback, much to the annoyance of both farmers and suburban gardeners. Deer will occupy a site in the lower section of the Sculpture Garden.

Based in recycling and the folk traditions of his native Jamaica, where he was born, as well as the street aesthetics of Harlem, where he currently lives and works, Nari Ward’s (b. 1963) sculpture often evokes African-Caribbean and African-American experience in surprising and innovative ways. For the monumental sculpture, APOLLO / POLL (2017) Ward has recreated Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater sign with a twist: alternately flashing between the word APOLLO and POLL, which is embedded within. The artist has interjected politics into the role of both the Greek god (and his namesake theater), who rules over light as well as music, poetry, and art.

The Museum’s sculpture program is organized by Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director, and Amy Smith-Stewart, Curator, at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

Generous support for The Aldrich Sculpture Garden is provided by The Leir Foundation.

Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: Christopher E. Manning

]]> (The Aldrich) Neighbors Thu, 23 May 2019 11:58:45 -0400
Lt. Governor and State Police announce initiative to recruit women to join the State Police

LT. Governor Susan Bysiewicz address the media Col. Stavros Mellekas

LT. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Col. Stavros Mellekas, DESPP Deputy Commissioner Regina Rush-Kittle, Connecticut Senator Dennis Bradley and members of the State Police Selections & Recruitment Unit held a press conference yesterday May 22nd, at the CT State Police Academy in Meridan regarding The State Police Department's intensive recruiting campaign geared towards women in policing.

In a department with more than 900 Troopers, there are fewer than 100 women. The State Police hopes to move Connecticut forward by increasing their diversity and women’s participation. You’ll hear it time and time again, “This is not a job… It’s a calling.” We are hoping that you’ll take a moment and answer the call because the possibilities for advancement within the Connecticut State Police are endless.

Applications are being accepted until Friday, May 31st but why wait until last minute? If you are interested in a career in law enforcement take a few minutes and go to and apply today.

]]> (Peter Carey/CT State Police) Public safety Thu, 23 May 2019 10:30:00 -0400
Donate your hair!

Hair We Share

Ponytail Donations! EVENT DAY


Every year, thousands of people lose their hair due to Cancer treatment (and other medical ailments). Many times a person’s “do” is strongly linked to their identity so losing it really is a huge emotional toll. Thankfully, there are programs, companies and non-profits to help! Hair We Share gives wigs to those in medical need BUT to make them, they need ponytails!


We are asking for donations of 8 inch of longer ponytails! We have 3 hairdressers coming on June 1st from 4 - 8 pm to cut and collect your hair. If you are interested you can walk up during our event. We do have sign ups available though which will make your time in the hair tent that much quicker (and more enjoyable!) Email for more info or to sign up! Sign ups are 3 per half hour!


We promise you will leave happy and a little lighter! It takes 10 hours and a lot of love to make one wig, so if you can give a few minutes and inches to help give someone their confidence back!

We already have 6 people signed up!

]]> (Amber St. Hilaire ) Charities Thu, 23 May 2019 10:04:58 -0400