Newfairfield's HamletHub Wed, 15 Aug 2018 02:02:59 -0400 Ball Pond Music Festival Rescheduled to August 18

Hop on your boat and join us our 4th Annual "Row Around the Pond" Music Festival, graciously sponsored by Bartlett Tree Service! 

This fun, family-friendly event will begin at 5pm and continue around the pond. Following the itinerary below, boaters are invited to float/row/paddle around the pond, where our local talent will preform from docks and shores, followed by a rockin' after party at The Ball Pond Estates Shore!

Boat launch located at:
9 Ball Pond Road East, New Fairfield
Please note: Vessels with motors attached are prohibited. Protect Ball Pond from zebra mussels. Wash all boats and trailors coming from other lakes.

(Start times approximate)
5:00 - Justine Basilone @ Basilone's shore
5:10 - Family-Friendly Music Experience: Water and Dance @ Basilones shore. A fun, interactive musical set for children and the whole family.
5:35 - Anton and Joseph Klettner @ Reilly's shore
Brothers Anton (14) and Joseph (13) Klettner are a classically trained instrumental duo who play classic rock and popular music on a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, violin,and accordion. 
6:00 - Sean McClowry @ Miltenberger's shore
6:20 - Jonathan Henken-Piper @ Von Wettberg-Henken dock
6:45 - Gloria Capone @ D'Angelo's shore
7:05 - Les Horan & Abigail Lumsden - Jazz Piano and Violin @ Stuart Orsher & Gladys George's shore.
7:20 - Sing along with Stuart: Billy Joel & Carol King. 
Stuart Orscher, Jacquiline Kepping, Sean McClowry
NY State of Mind, Longest Time, Uptown Girl, Piano Man. I Feel the Earth Move, Smackwater Jack, You’ve Got a Friend.
7:55 - Candlewood Brass-Tony Nunes: Music of America 
@ Mimo Dushi's shore
8:35 - Split Decision Band @ Ball Pond Estates shore.
After-party & Rock and Roll!

Click here for more details

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Save the Date: October 20 Annual Truck & Car Show 2018

Come join the Patterson Fire Dept. No. 1 on Saturday, October 20, 2018, for our Annual Truck and Car show! Enjoy a variety of vehicles, from everyday cruisers to classic antiques. Enter your Truck or Car for a chance to win an Award! Come on down for a day filled with family fun! In case of inclement weather, a rain date has been set for October 21st. 

The registration will begin at 9:00 AM for those who plan on entering a vehicle in the show, and the fee for entering is $10. Those who register a vehicle for the show will be provided breakfast for a small fee of $4.00. Hope to see you all there!

Saturday, October 20 at 11 AM - 3 PM
Patterson Fire Dept. No.1, Inc
13 Burdick Road, Patterson, New York 12563

Click here for more details

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CT BBB Back To School Tips

It may seem like school just let out, but it’s already time to start thinking about the new school year! With back-to-school specials running all summer long, parents and students can start their shopping early and spread it out to avoid a hefty back-to-school shopping bill all at once.
Better Business Bureau offers up the following tips on how to shop smart when starting your back-to-school or back-to-college shopping:
Make a list      
You can either wait for the school supplies list to come out, or start shopping without it. Even if you don’t have the exact list, you should have an idea of what to purchase regarding school clothes, and basic supplies. Jot everything down on a list and stick to it! Impulse buying can jack up your overall total in a hurry.
Shop your home
You may already have some of the items from last year hidden in your home. Why purchase the same thing twice?
Research big ticket items
Before purchasing that expensive laptop, tablet or dorm refrigerator, be sure to do your homework. Research the brands, warranty, customer reviews and the prices at various stores to be sure you’re getting the best deal. Also check the reputation of the retailer at
Look for the sales
Compare prices between different retail stores, save your coupons, sign up for email alerts and redeem any cash-back or rebate offers. This will help you get the best deals, saving you a nice chunk of dough.
Ask for student discounts
Many stores and software companies offer discounts to students that have either an .edu email address or a student ID. Even if you don’t see a discount advertised at the store, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Shop in bulk
Some teachers ask parents to buy bulk items for the entire classroom to use throughout the year. Talk with other parents about what they’re getting, and see if you can all split the cost.
Know the return policies and save your receipts
Kids can be fickle. They can love a new shirt yesterday but hate it today. Ask about return policies before making your purchase. Be sure to save your receipts just in case you have to return the item later.
Shop safely online:
  • When shopping from an online website the first step is to make sure the URL starts with “https” and includes a lock symbol. The “s” in “https” stands for secure, that way you know your information is being protected.
  • Do your research. An unknown website may offer a similar product at a lower price. The lowest price isn’t always the best route. Check for user reviews and badges for consumer protection agencies.
  • Be sure to use your credit card instead of your debit card, as credit cards not only provide additional protection, but it’s also easier to dispute a fraudulent charge.
  • Be extremely wary of any website or store that asks for your child’s personal information in order to access special deals.
  • If you use Facebook you know banner ads are all over the place and many ads are even catered to what you like. Some of them, however, are just click bait ads to drive you to a different website where you could potentially be asked to input personal information. Take note of the ad and go to the store's website directly. 
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How to easily incorporate video into your marketing plan

Harness the Power of Video

How to easily incorporate video into your marketing plan

August 15th from 12pm — 1:30pm
@ the Danbury Chamber of Commerce — 39 West Street, Danbury, CT
FAST FACTS Video has Power

88% of marketers believe that video is an important part of a marketing strategy

Businesses who use video see revenue grow 49% faster than businesses that don't use any video

Join us for an informative and fun presentation about quick and easy ways to add video to your marketing efforts.

Multiple studies have shown that video makes a powerful impact with your current and potential customers.

Comcast Spotlight would like to share our expertise in video marketing with chamber members.


• How to quickly and easy incorporate video

• Where to post video

• How to measure effectiveness

• How to get started

Free to Chamber Members — Lunch Provided


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FREE disaster preparedness kit

Are You Prepared?
This hurricane season, stop by for a FREE disaster preparedness kit & local information from the American Red Cross from Aug. 13 - 18!

Kits are FREE to the public and include:

• wet wipes

• first aid kits

• dust masks

• whistles

• water bottles

• rain ponchos

• emergency blankets 

• flashlights

• More information to complete your kit for your family!

• Information on local resources and emergency contact details

We look forward to helping you and our entire local community prepare, build disaster preparedness kits, and discuss ways to be better prepared in the event of a disaster or unexpected event!

Smith & Clarke Agency, Inc.

530 Route 6, Mahopac, NY 845-210-5550 

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Auditions for Fall Musical “I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change” at Brewster’s Cultural Arts Coalition

The Cultural Arts Coalition is proud to announce auditions for their Fall 2018 Production of  “I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change” with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and Music by Jimmy Roberts.

We are casting ALL roles. The traditional 4-person cast will be extended to an 8-10 person cast. We are asking all actors interested in auditioning to submit an audition video demonstrating their singing ability. Complete instructions on how to do this can be found on our website at 
Submissions will be accepted beginning on August 5th and ending on August 14th. Submissions must be made by August 14th.
In person Callbacks, if needed, are tentatively scheduled for Thursday August 16th. Rehearsal begin Sunday, September 16th 2018
We will rehearse all Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Performances will be held at the Studio Around the Corner at 67 Main Street in Brewster on November 3 at 2:00 & 7:30 pm and November 4 at 4:00 pm.

Directing the production is Christine DiTota. Christine has been an active participant in the theatre scene both locally and beyond for over two decades. She has had successful associations with numerous organizations as a director, teacher, actor and entertainer. Christine is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film and is a member of Actor's Equity. 

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

Online Audition Application will go live August 5.


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Patterson Rotary's Blues and BBQ is Back! Save the Dates September 15 & 16, 2018

Are you getting ready for two days of fun, music, love and of course - great food?!?  Save the weekend of September 15th and 16th!
This festival, now in it's seventh year attracts music and food lovers from the tristate area. It is a community, and family friendly event with outstanding BBQ, beer, wine and exceptional Hudson Valley musicians to entertain the festival goers. Plenty of vendors with items for purchase.
Free Admission and Free parking! 
Just a short walk from the Patterson NY Metro North Train Station.

Patterson Blues & BBQ Festival will be held at the Patterson Fire Dept, 13 Burdick Rd at Route 311, Patterson, New York 12563 on September 15 & 16 from 11am - 7pm.

The Patterson Rotary Club gives ALL donations and proceeds from the Blues and BBQ back to the community during its two giveaways in February and June.


Do you want to sponsor an event that attracts over 3,000 people?  Are you an organization that is looking to have your name stand out in front of the local community?  Want to find out more?  Click Here for Sponsor and Event Information


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Dover Stone Church & Roger Perry Memorial Preserve Hike

Join our naturalist, John Foley on a guided hike at two small preserves near Dover Plains, NY. Our first stop will be a walk along a naturally formed steep ravine that ends at an extraordinary cave like formation shaped like a gothic arch, hence it is called "Dover Stone Church." A beautiful 30' waterfall cascades from above the ravine into this unusual open rock formation. The easy walk to that point is about 25 minutes and traverses an open field, passes a large pond and then gradually goes uphill along the stream as the ravine sides grow steeper. The group will retrace its steps back to the parking lot. 

Saturday, August 25 at 9 AM - 1 PM

Great Hollow Nature Preserve
225 Route 37, New Fairfield, Connecticut 06812

Due to a very limited parking area, the group will then carpool to The Roger Perry Preserve of the Nature Conservancy just a short drive east from the center of Dover Plains. We will traverse over a trail of pure white sand leading through a red cedar forest. Once known locally as the White Sands of Dover, this site features a series of eroded limestone ridges and stunning bedrock outcrops. Calcium enriched ground water seeps through rivulets creating an area of rich calcareous wetland fens. Fens support a unique assemblage of both plant and wildlife, many of which are rare and endangered. 
These two areas are intriguing for children as well as adults; short and with variety. Due to the sensitivity of these areas, we ask you to leave your dogs home. We will meet in the Great Hollow parking lot at 9am and then drive to the Dover Elementary school parking lot or meet us in the school parking lot by 10am. A donation of $5 per person is greatly appreciated. Please RSVP with John at 

Thanks to Justin Goodhart for the photo!

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Cat of the Week: Mortimer Beautiful Persian Available for Adoption

Mortimer is a 16-18 year old grey/silver Persian who was an owner surrender. He is a very sweet boy but does deal with arthritis so he needs to go to a quiet home with no dogs and possibly one other mellow cat.



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“Hidden Beauty” – Art by the Friends of the Great Swamp

“Hidden Beauty” – Art by the Friends of the Great Swamp

The board members of Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) and select dedicated volunteers exhibit their photographs, paintings, drawings and quilting that reflect and express the beauty of the Great Swamp.

The Great Swamp is one of our most important and beautiful natural resources.  The Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) have been working to protect and promote this ecological wonder since 1990.  The Great Swamp and its surrounding 60,000 acre watershed is home to a diverse array of inspiring waterways, vistas, fields and forests. “Hidden Beauty” showcases the art work of board members and selected dedicated volunteers that has been inspired by this place that surrounds us. 


Artist Displaying are Nancy Clark, John Foley, Justin P. Goodhart, Jean Hanna, Beth Herr, Edie Keasbey, Ken Luhman, Judy Kelley-Moberg, Sharon Nakazato and Julie Toscano.

In addition to the show opening FrOGS will be hosting an informational event about the Great Swamp and an art workshop at the Studio Around the Corner.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 7th, 7-9PM

Open Gallery Hours: Saturday, September 8th, 12-2PM

Great Swamp Slide Show and Discussion: Saturday, September 15th, 12-2PM

Drawing and Photographing Plant Still-life: Saturday, September 22nd, 12-2PM

(Bring drawing supplies and/or your camera for the still-life workshop)

Where:  Studio Around The Corner, 67 Main St, Suite 101, Brewster, NY

Cost:  Free

RSVP or Questions, email:

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


Cultural Arts Coalition and Studio Around the Corner
67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509

(845) 363-8330

Facebook @CulturalArtsCo

Twitter @CulturalArtsCo

Instagram @CulturalArtsCo

About The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining cultural arts within the Town of Southeast and its surrounding region. TOSCAC was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in August 2010 with the purpose, as detailed in the incorporation papers, “... to promote and raise funds for the development and effective management of affordable, accessible performance space that will provide citizens of the Town of Southeast opportunities to participate in and appreciate cultural arts, including lectures, theater, dance, film, music, visual arts, and inclusive community events.”  Our current focus is the renovation of the Southeast Old Town Hall, a historic landmark within the Village of Brewster and a perfect venue to serve as a cultural hub. The Old Town Hall has been described as a “Jewel in the Center of Brewster” and its renovation will help foster the revitalization of downtown Brewster.


About Friends of the Great Swamp

Founded in 1990, the Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) is a volunteer non-profit organization made up of residents and neighbors who have been working to preserve the Great Swamp Watershed of Putnam County and Dutchess County, New York. We have a Board of Directors that meets once a month throughout the year to discuss issues of local environmental concern and to guide the activities of the organization.  Our mission is to preserve and protect the health of the Great Swamp watershed through research, education and conservation.  Visit for more information.

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SPACE's 2019 applications are open!

Applications for 2019 Residencies at SPACE are now open

Join us at the farm in 2019! SPACE offers 7 different residency programs, lasting 1 to 5 weeks, each June through October. And new in 2019, we are accepting applications from alumni for a 2 to 4 week Season Extension Residency in February 2019.

Due to increasing demand, SPACE is changing its submission process to allow sufficient time for review. The deadline to submit applications for the June-October 2019 season is 11:59PM EST on October 8th, 2018.

Centered around three communal, farm-fresh meals each day, residencies at SPACE are self-determined to meet the needs of each individual resident or group. As of 2017, all individual and small group residences are provided at no cost to participants. Aligned with our core values of inclusion, equity, support and radical hospitality, SPACE endeavors to grant at least 50% of residencies to persons of color and underrepresented voices.

Learn more and apply here!

Application Info Sessions

Want to learn more about applying to SPACE? We will be holding two application information sessions in-person and online in August, where we'll take your questions and discuss the changes to our application process and how to best represent your work and your project in your application. Registration is free, RSVP required.

Register here

SPACE 2019 Application Timeline

August 29, 2018 at 6:30PM EST
In Person Application Information Session at 440 Lafayette Street NYC, NY

August 30, 2018 at 12:30PM EST
Facebook Live Application Information Session

September 10, 2018 at 11:59PM EST
Deadline for Season Extension Residency Application

October 8, 2018 at 11:59PM EST
Deadline for The Working Farm, Family Residency, Creative Residency, Greenhouse Residency, Creative Solutions Symposium and Institutional Residency Applications

Beginning of November 2018
Season Extension Residency applicant notifications

Beginning of April 2019 
The Working Farm, Family Residency, Creative Residency, Greenhouse Residency, Creative Solutions Symposium and Institutional Residency applicant notifications


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Back to School Creativity at The Aldrich on August 18

Third Saturdays at The Aldrich on Saturday, August 18 from 10 am to 5 pm

Visit The Aldrich for FREE the Third Saturday of each month! See the latest in contemporary art and participate in family-friendly art-making workshops in The Studio.

Family Workshop: Back to School on Saturday, August 18.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer as we get ready to head back to school! Create your own notebook covers, bring pencil cases or locker décor to embellish, or create your own journal to keep yourself organized.

  • 10 am to 12 noon; children ages 2 to 5 
  • 1 to 3 pm; children ages 6 to 10
  • Free for visitors of all ages!<free!>
The Aldrich is located at 258 Main Street in Ridgefield. 
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Programs at the New Fairfield Library

Programs at the New Fairfield Library

Adult Programs

Friday Night Crafting Club, 6-8 pm. Bring your project to the Library and take some time for yourself with fellow crafters. This informal group meets in the Library’s lower level and requires no registration.

Genealogy, Weds., 8/15, 6:45-7:30 pm., Community Room. Karen Keeler will be available to help with your ancestry search. Registration opens two weeks prior to each program date.

Children’s Programs

All storytimes are on hiatus through the rest of August and will resume in September. Program registration is online through our website,

Wee Ones, Mondays, 10:30-11 am, Program Room. Stories, music and movement with Ms. Janet for children ages 12-23 months. Registration is required.

Tales for Twos, Tuesdays, 10:30-11 am, Program Room. Stories, music and crafts with Ms. Janet for children ages 24-35 months. Registration is required.

More Stories Please, Weds., 10:30 am, Program Room. Stories and a craft with Ms. JoAnn for children ages three to five. Registration is required for each month.

Drop-In Storytime/Stay and Play, Thursdays, 10:30-11am, Program Room. Stories, music and movement for all ages with Ms. JoAnn every Thursday unless school is closed or delayed. No registration is required for this program.

Drop-in Saturday Craft, 11 am to 4 pm, Children’s Library. Children of all ages are welcome to come between the hours of 11 am to 4 pm to do a craft at their leisure. No registration is required.


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Wildlife & Landscape Photography of the Galapagos Islands

Join us on September 22nd for a presentation by Great Hollow Photographers Club members Justin and Kelly Goodhart who will show spectacular photographs of, and discuss their recent trip to, the Galapagos Islands and Ecuadorian Andes. See images of the unique wildlife and stunning vistas of this beautiful South American region while learning about the technical and artistic aspects of wildlife and landscape photography. Free for Great Hollow members and non-members.

Saturday, September 22 at 3 PM - 4 PM

Great Hollow Nature Preserve
225 Route 37, New Fairfield, Connecticut 06812


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Acorn TV is now available through RBdigital through New Fairfield Library

Acorn TV is now available through RBdigital, along with e-books and e-audio books. ACORN TV offers the best in British TV and film, including world class mysteries and comedies, such as A Place to Call Home, Doc Martin, and Vera. Access may be limited to certain tablets, phones, TVs and other devices, but can be seen on PCs. For more information about devices or content visit the ACORN TV site. To access, sign into your RBdigital account and choose Acorn TV. The access is available for one week of unlimited viewing. If you haven’t created a RBdigital account you can do so by creating an account with your valid New Fairfield Library card number and the pin/password associated with that account. Sign up at Call 203.312.5679 for more information.

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