Newmilford's HamletHub Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:42:41 -0400 Run/Walk with Team Julia’s Wings

Team Julia’s Wings is making big strides and growing weekly as it plans to participate in the Kent Pumpkin Run for the 6th year on Sunday October 28, 2018.

Team Julia's Wings will be at the Kent Pumpkin Run Kent, CT Sunday, October 28, 2018 The 5 mile starts at noon, Kids Fun Run at 11:15 a.m.

Festivities begin with a kid’s Fun Run at 11:15am followed by a 5 mile run/walk at Noon. The USATF certified course begins at Kent Town Hall (41 Kent Green Blvd, Kent, CT 06757) with live music, refreshments, and more. Team members will receive both the Kent Pumpkin Run T-shirt and Team Julia’s Wings jersey to wear at the event. “We are so grateful to our sponsor, CALM & Co, who will once again provide restorative massages to our participants after the race” added Mike Malsin. Julia’s Wings Foundation (JWF) was founded by the Malsin Family after they lost their daughter Julia, and big sister to Alyssa, after a year long battle against aplastic anemia, which is a rare bone marrow failure disease. Julia was only 13 years old. JWF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of honoring Julia Malsin by providing assistance to families of children with the life threatening hematological diseases; aplastic anemia, MDS and PNH, raising awareness of these diseases, and funding medical research. For more information and to register for Team Julia’s Wings visit


]]> (Julia's Wings Foundation) Charities Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:45:11 -0400
TheatreWorks New Milford Presents Arthur Miller's All My Sons

Arthur Miller’s Award-Winning Drama

All My Sons

Opens at TheatreWorks September 21

On Friday, September 21, TheatreWorks New Milford will open their next main stage production of Arthur Miller’s award-winning drama, All My Sons.

Based on a true story, All My Sons, which is Miller’s 1947 exploration of dark truths and cruel ironies, places us on a serene street where the destinies of several families intertwine in the wake of wartime, caught up in the struggle between personal responsibility and duty to their country.


All My Sons runs from Friday September 21, 22, 28,29, October 5,6,7,12,13, 2018   Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. on the Sunday matinee on October 7. Tickets are $25.00 for reserved seating. Students and Military personnel with ID will be admitted for $20.00.On Thursday, September 20, Senior Citizens are invited to a free dress rehearsal at 8:00 p.m. Thursday September 27 at 8:00 p.m. is TheatreWorks' Pay-What-You-Want night where you name the price of your ticket. For these two Thursday performances, tickets are available on a first come first serve basis, seating is unreserved and doors open at 7 pm.

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


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


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Arthur Murray Dance Studio Hosts Grand Reopening on September 27th

Danbury, Ct Shall We Dance…it’s a resounding yes, by Arthur Murray’s new owner Andy Cabell and do it at the Dance Studio’s Grand Reopening on Thursday, September 27thfrom 5:00 to 7:00 at 345 Main Street in City Center Danbury. Feast on food, spirits…enjoy dance performances by studio instructors and students and take a whirl around the ballroom-size studio.

New owner Cabell says, “I love to dance and invite everyone to join me…dancing and celebrating our 40thanniversary. Hopefully you’ll all return…we offer classes for every age from ballroom and Latin dancing to hip hop for kids. We have also created team building programs aimed at local corporations and associations as well as dance curriculums focused on fitness. No, we haven’t forgotten the social element of dance and will be hosting parties and competitions for dancers of all ages from high schoolers to seniors. Come on, yes you  don’t have to have a partner…come all.”

As a thank-you for the Greater Danbury area’s support, Cabell is planning a calendar of events partnering with area nonprofits. A Better Chance in Ridgefield and Habitat for Humanity are already on the agenda. A recent Dancing with the Stars event at the Crowne Plaza raised 30,000 dollars for Hillside Food Outreach.

Grab a partner or come solo to Arthur Murray Dance Center on Thursday October 27that 345

Main Street, Danbury. For more information, or call 203.826.2084.

]]> (Penn Forman/Hamid Mossavi) Places Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:47:48 -0400
Event Postponed: Discussion & Signing with Charles McNair, MD

The Hickory Stick Bookshop discussion and signing with author Charles McNair, M.D. in honor of his novel Soldiers of a Foreign War: A Novel of Vietnam has been moved to Sunday, October 7th at 2pm. The Hickory Stick Bookshop apologizes for any inconvenience.

Novels of Vietnam rarely deal in depth with the combatants, their enemies, or how their wounds are treated. Soldiers of a Foreign War follows the lives of the men of two American infantry platoons, a three-man North Vietnamese Army combat cell, and the staff of a small surgical hospital. Along the way, McNair explores the characters’ backgrounds and cultures, training, motivations, and the challenges faced by each in detail. Drawing from his own experiences, he gives the full picture of what serving in Vietnam was like for those caught up in it. The wounds, their treatment, surgeries performed, and outcomes are dealt with to an extent which is unique in the Vietnam war genre.

Charles McNair, M.D. enlisted in September, 1968, after one year of college. He served as an operating room technician from June, 1969 to June, 1970 in the 45th Surgical Hospital, Tay Ninh province, South Vietnam. Their mission was to receive the wounded directly from the battlefield and do stabilizing surgery. The area was the site of nearly continuous combat during that time and was the jumping off point for the Cambodian invasion in May, 1970.

After McNair was discharged in 1971, he returned to college and went on to medical school. He was a practicing internist for over 35 years while helping to raise his three children with his wife of 44 years.

This event is free and open to the public.  If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Soldiers of a Foreign War by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please visit or email

]]> (The Hickory Stick Bookshop) Events Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:45:08 -0400
New Milford Resident & Luxury Timepiece Specialist Joe DiFabbio Returns To Michaels Jewelers Danbury

Michaels Jewelers at 132 Federal Road/Route 7 in Danbury, across from Stew Leonard’s, and a certified authorized PANDORA retail location, is delighted to announce the return of Joe DiFabbio, a resident of New Milford, as one of the store’s associates who specializes in luxury watches and timepieces and fine jewelry.

Lindsay Michaels-Gorski, a fifth generation of the Michaels’ founders and current director of marketing for the statewide jewelry specialist, commented, “We are sincerely very delighted to welcome Joe DiFabbio back to our Danbury store on Route 7. He cultivated a strong following of loyal customers who valued his strong work ethics and his incomparable expertise in luxury watches and timepieces.”

Joe DiFabbio recently returned to Michaels Jewelers because he stated he wanted to ‘work with a family-owned business once again.” Mr. DiFabbio left his position with Michaels in 2012. Between 2012 and 2016 he worked with Tourneau and from 2016 to 2017 he was an assistant manager with Lux Bond in Westport. He was promoted to manager with the ambition of closing the company’s Greenwich store.

While working with Tourneau between 2015 and 2017, Mr. DiFabbio received the Cartier ambassador position. Between 2017 and early 2018, he received certification training in Rolex, Cartier, Longines, and Breitling. In 2014, he also received certification in timepieces by the SIHH – Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie international trade association. He also took an instructive class on Tourbillon mechanically-enhanced and counter-gravity luxury watches given by Joanna Lange of A. Lange & Sohne.

“I’m an avid watch collector and I’ve had a passion for timepieces since I was a young boy,” commented Mr. DiFabbio. Through the years I have acquired many pieces for my personal collection. My favorite part of being in the jewelry industry is to work with beautiful jewelry and timepieces, and to interact with clients to find them the perfect timepiece.”

A resident of New Milford for the past 40 years with his bride Cathy of 34 years. His son Joe, married this April and teaches English at New Milford High school. Joe DiFabbio has been a member of the BMW club for 22 years and enjoys attending events with my 1992 5 series.

Michele Geffert, manager of the Michaels Danbury store, commented, “Many of our steady customers are genuinely quite delighted to see that Joe has returned to our watch and timepiece specialty section for men and women. His expertise is highly valued and his connections to the local area community are a true asset for us all.”

Michaels has been the first jeweler in Connecticut to earn Certified Gemologist and Appraiser titles, and it possesses one of the few AGS Accredited Gem Laboratories in Connecticut, and one of the largest group of jewelry and gems appraisal departments in their retail stores statewide. Mr. DiFabbio commented that “Michaels is a member of the AGS which offers the highest standards in the gem industry, and that rating is one of the many reasons I am so excited to be working with Michaels Jewelers again.”

With 10 stores across Connecticut, plus their PANDORA franchise locations, Michaels Jewelers is Connecticut’s leading retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry. This family-run business was founded in 1885 by Abraham L. Michaels and is managed today by fourth and fifth generation family members.

In Connecticut, there are Michaels Jewelers stores in Danbury, Orange, Avon, Bristol, Torrington, and well-known malls including Westfarms, Manchester’s Buckland Hills, Westfield Trumbull, Westfield Meriden and Waterbury’s Brass Mill Center.

In 2010, Michaels opened PANDORA retail stores in the Westfarms Mall, Danbury Mall, and Stamford Town Center, and currently offers PANDORA boutiques in 9 of their 10 fine jewelry locations. In 2012, Michaels expanded their PANDORA retail locations into New York, New Jersey, Arizona, and New Mexico in The Westchester, Paramus Park Mall, Menlo Park Mall, Willowbrook Mall, Coronado Center, Tucson Mall, and Park Place Mall.

To contact Joe DiFabbio at the Danbury Michaels Jewelers store at 132 Federal Road/Route 7 phone 203-790-6272 or email to

For more information on all the Michaels Jewelers nationwide, visit, and for information on the PANDORA concept stores in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Arizona, visit

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell ) Neighbors Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:44:39 -0400
Washington Rotary Art Show & Auction

The Washington Rotary Club will host its inaugural Art Show and Auction on Saturday, September 22 from 5-7:30 pm at Bryan Memorial Town Hall in Washington.

The Washington Rotary Club will host its first Art Show and Auction on Saturday, September 22nd from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at Bryan Memorial Hall in Washington. The show will feature artists from the local area and student work from Shepaug, Rumsey Hall and the Gunnery. The auctioneer for the Art Auction will be Tom Farmen. There will also be a Silent Auction with items including paintings, gift certificates, and contributions from local businesses.

Tickets are $10.00 if purchased ahead of time or $15.00 at the door and each includes a glass of wine or a beer. Tickets are available from Rotary Club members and at The Hickory Stick Bookshop and Washington Supply.

Proceeds from the evening will be used to support the ongoing activities of the Washington Rotary Club. These include providing scholarships to Shepaug seniors and supporting a Senior Project each year. In addition club members volunteer at Judea Garden which provides fresh vegetables to food banks in the area. The club also helps with some of the infrastructure needs of the garden. The Rotary supports the Fuel Fund for Washington.  The club hosts an annual thank you reception for those who volunteer throughout the town of Washington.

The Washington Rotary Club is affiliated with Rotary International which is a global organization whose mission is to ensure that no children go hungry and to end polio throughout the world. The Washington Rotary Club is committed to using the resources of its membership and the local community in partnering with local organizations to give back to the community.

]]> (The Hickory Stick Bookshop) Events Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:33:04 -0400
Women's Center holds I Am Ok! Self Esteem Workshop

The Women's Center Presents a 7-week self-esteem and anxiety management workshop beginning Monday, September 24, 2018.  The workshop will run from 6:30pm-8:00pm and will cover topics including the dynamics of self-esteem, affecting positive change, stress triggers and coping with anxiety.  I Am Ok! is free and open to the public and will take place at the Women's Center's 2 West Street location in Danbury.  Registration is required.  Please call (203) 731.5200, x203 or contact Felicia at for more information or to register.

We are a non-profit organization with a vision to end the violence against women, men and children, to foster equality and empowerment for all. We serve the needs of individuals and families in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield county communities of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, and Washington. We provide prevention, crisis intervention, and support services with regard to domestic violence, sexual assault, and other major life transitions. Our free and confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We're here to talk about it.

]]> (The Women's Center of Greater Danbury) Events Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:31:32 -0400
Canterbury School Student is National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Canterbury School senior Gregory McKenna is National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among them is Canterbury School senior Gregory McKenna. 

McKenna, and all of the academically talented high school seniors named semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Program, more than 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. 

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2019 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join some 338,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

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Danbury Irish Festival September 21 through September 23

Danbury Irish Festival September 21 through September 23 on the grounds of the Portuguese Cultural Center

Save the date for Irish culture, song, food, dance and fun for the whole family at the Greater Danbury Irish Festival! The weekend-long event will be held Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at 65 Sand Pit Road on the grounds of the Portuguese Cultural Center. 

There will be a cultural tent, a children's tent, live bands on the main stage, a cornhole tournament, Irish music, dance, food and fun!

Questions? Call (203) 739-0010.

Full Weekend pass is $20

  • Friday, Sep. 21:  5 to 10 p.m.
    Admission: $10 per person
    Children 12 and under are free!

Saturday, Sep. 22: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Admission: $10 per person
    Children 12 and under are free!

Sunday, Sep. 23th: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Admission: $10 per person Sat & Sun
    Children 12 and under are free!

For additional information and tickets, click here.

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Singers invited to join the Danbury Concert Chorus

Singers (ages high school and up) are invited to sing with the Danbury Concert Chorus (DCC), one of the non-auditioned ensembles of the Danbury Music Centre. All are welcome, from the novice to the experienced singer.

Tuesday night rehearsals (beginning September 11th) take place 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Danbury Music Centre’s Marian Anderson Recital Hall, 256 Main Street). Registration begins at 7:00 at the first rehearsal.

Dr. Jason Thoms, DCC’s newly-appointed Music Director and Conductor, is also the Director of Choral Activities, Music Area Director, and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Concordia College-New York, where he directs four ensembles which have toured both nationally and internationally. He is a published composer and arranger of vocal and instrumental music and a professional bass-baritone chorister and soloist.

The first concert, entitled Hearts, Hands, and Voices: Music of Love, takes place on November 3rd.

On December 15th, the Danbury Concert Chorus will continue the tradition of singing Handel’s Messiah, a much-loved masterwork, to usher in the holiday season. The concert season concludes on April 13th, with Passover, Passion, and Pascha – Music of Faith.

For more information, call the Danbury Music Centre (203-748-1716) or click here

]]> (Lori McHugh) Neighbors Wed, 05 Sep 2018 08:48:26 -0400
Connecticut's Fall Archery Deer and Turkey Seasons Open September 15

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds sportsmen that the 2018 fall archery hunting season for deer and wild turkey opens on September 15.
  • Fall archery hunting season for deer and wild turkey extends to the end of December on private lands and state land bowhunting only areas, and to the end of January 2019 on private lands in Deer Management 11 and 12.
  • On state lands also open to firearms hunting, the archery season runs from September 15 to November 13 and from December 19 through the end of the month.
  • Starting October 1, 2018, archery deer hunting is allowed on private lands on Sundays in all Deer Management Zones.
“The outlook for the 2018 hunting season is good because mild winters and abundant acorn crops over the past two years have made it easy on deer and challenging for hunters as harvest numbers have been low,” said Andy LaBonte, DEEP Wildlife Division Biologist. “It is expected that acorn production will be lower this year due to gypsy moth infestation, so if pending weather conditions are favorable, harvest numbers this fall should increase from 2017.”

“The best hunting opportunities are in the southwest corner of the state and many of the shoreline towns, especially for bowhunters,” continued LaBonte. “Many landowners use the archery deer hunting season as a safe and effective means of reducing deer populations, especially in the more developed areas of the state where firearms hunting may not be feasible.”

Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp: A Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp was established in 2016, which replaces all turkey permits and the Pheasant Stamp, and is required to hunt any resident (non-migratory) game birds, including wild turkey, pheasant, ruffed grouse, partridge, and quail. The cost of the Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp is $28 for adults and non-residents and $14 for Connecticut hunters ages 12 through 17. All revenues from the sale of Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamps will be deposited into a separate, non-lapsing account to use exclusively for game birds and their habitat.

Wild turkey hunters planning to hunt in fall 2018 will need a 2018 Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp. Landowners (who own 10 or more contiguous acres) may take turkeys on their property with the Free Landowner Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp or Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp. There is no additional bag limit for turkeys due to the Free Landowner Game Bird Conservation Stamp.

Sunday Archery Deer Hunting: From September 15 to September 30, 2018, Sunday archery deer hunting on private lands is permitted in all but three of the state’s Deer Management Zones – the exceptions are Deer Management Zones 2, 3, and 4A, which are in north central Connecticut, including portions of Hartford, Litchfield, and Tolland Counties. Due to a new public act, starting October 1, 2018, Sunday archery deer hunting on private lands will be permitted in all Deer Management Zones. Wild turkeys CANNOT be taken on Sunday anywhere in the state. The Connecticut Deer Management Zone map can be found on the DEEP website at

Harvest Tags: When hunters harvest a deer or turkey, they are required to fill out a Harvest Tag, sign it, and keep the Harvest Tag with the animal until it is processed for consumption. Copies of Harvest Tags and instructions for their use are on page 34 of the 2018 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide, as well as on the DEEP website at

Report Harvest: Hunters are required to report their deer and turkey harvest within 24 hours either on the DEEP website ( or by calling a toll free number (1-877-337-4868). Deer hunters in Deer Management Zones 11 and 12 who take advantage of the Replacement Antlerless and Earn-a-Buck tag programs must complete this same tagging and reporting procedure prior to going to a check station that issues replacement tags. A listing of replacement tag vendors is available on the DEEP website. After reporting their harvest via the Internet or by telephone, hunters will be given a confirmation number to write on their Harvest Tag. This confirmation number serves as proof that the harvest was legally reported.

Wear Fluorescent Orange: Bowhunters are reminded that they must wear 400 square inches of fluorescent orange while walking to and from their tree stands during the firearms deer hunting season. However, once in a tree stand, elevated at least 10 feet off the ground, bowhunters may remove the fluorescent orange clothing. All private land archery hunters are required to carry a DEEP consent form signed by the landowner and dated for the current season. Consent forms can be found in the Hunting Guide or at Deer permits and Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamps can be purchased online at or at participating town halls, vendors, and at some DEEP offices. Hunters should consult the DEEP website for an up-to-date listing of new state lands open to archery hunting.
*Photo: White-tailed Deer/credit: Paul J. Fusco/CT DEEP-Wildlife Division
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Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in New Milford on Sept. 22

Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in New Milford on Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the John Pettibone School on Pickett District Road.
Additional information is available here.
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Brew & 'Que Fundraiser This Saturday

Brass City Brew & ‘Que (BCB&Q) annual fundraiser for Main Street Waterbury will be held this Saturday, September 8, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine under numerous tents in the park behind Silas Bronson Library at 267 Grand Street.

Advance tickets are $35 and $40 at the gate this Saturday, September 8. Purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended.

The afternoon fundraiser will also feature live music, pitmaster competitions, craft beer and barbeque seminars, home brewers competition, BBQ food vendors and much more. More than 2,000 beer aficionados from across New England will gather for this year’s festival featuring 125+ breweries and brewpubs showcasing more than 250 domestic and international brews.

Supporters of Main Street Waterbury’s 2018 Brass City Brew & ‘Que include Presenting Sponsor Blasius Chevrolet of Waterbury and Performance Sponsor The City of Waterbury Arts & Tourism Commission. The fundraiser is hosted by Nutmeg Fine Wines & Spirits and is receiving media support from iHeartMedia and the official ride sponsor is Uber.

A Very Intimate Preview (VIP) Session will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. with a maximum of 700 attendees for an additional $10.

All ticket holders will be welcomed to a Home Brewers Showcase featuring regional up-and-coming craft brewers, three free beer-tastings, and brewing mini-seminars to be held throughout the day, hearty BBQ foods from local restaurants and food trucks, several live bands, and a Downtown Bartenders Showcase.

The Pit Master competition is being produced by Kevin Egan, a member of the New England Barbecue Society (NEBS). Egan is schooled in the art of smoking meats and other related techniques. He has sampled some of the nations’ best barbecue and is looking forward to coordinating his ‘first’ event for Waterbury and this annual fundraiser event for Main Street Waterbury.

Main Street Waterbury, a non-profit organization committed to the on-going revitalization of Downtown Waterbury. All proceeds from the event will support Main Street's year-round programs and initiatives.                        

Advance tickets can be purchased at and at numerous locations throughout Downtown Waterbury as listed on the website. There will be no charge for designated drivers.

Attendees must be 21+ w/a valid State-issued photo ID or Passport. Food, water, and other non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the festivities.

Limited Edition BCB&Q t-shirts will be available for purchase during the event plus Limited Edition 5 oz. tasting glasses for $3 or two for $5.

Driving directions and locations of free municipal parking lots near Waterbury’s Library Park are listed on the 2018 BCB&Q website, or by visiting

The Metro-North Railroad station is across the street from Library Park, and Uber will offer a special promo code for new users to get to or from the Brass City Brew & ‘Que.

The Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Waterbury is offering special BCB&Q rates. More information on lodging is listed on the BCB&Q website.

For more information, visit

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell ) Charities Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:20:53 -0400
Canadian Horse Expo Set for October 13

Largest US Gathering of This Rare Horse Showcases Breed Versatility and Its Role in History

The Canadian Horse Expo will be held October 13, 2018 (rain date 10/14) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Harwinton Fairground, 80 Locust Road, Harwinton, CT 06791. The day will consist of under-saddle/in-harness demonstrations, clinics, equine-related presentations and a Breeder’s Barn featuring farms, horses for sale and stallions standing at stud from Canada and the US. There will also be vendors and food onsite. Entry is $5 for those 14 and over. For children under 14, there is a voluntary donation. For more information or to check on event updates, see our Facebook page:

This is expected to be the largest gathering of this breed ever in the United States, providing a rare opportunity for people to not only learn about the breed, but about how horses have influenced the history and culture of N. America. The Expo already has participants from Canada, south to Virginia and west to Colorado, bringing an international and multistate contingent to CT.

The little known Canadian Horse is the oldest distinct breed in N. America and is listed as critically endangered by both the Livestock Conservancy and the Equus Survival Trust. The breed’s colorful history began at the famed stables of King Louis XIV and includes the founding of Canada and helping the Union win the American Civil War. Their lineage contributed to other US breeds like the Morgan, Standardbred and Tennessee Walker. They have almost gone extinct twice in their 350+ year history and today the population hovers around 6500 worldwide.

Bred for versatility, athleticism, stamina and soundness, the breed now competes in everything from dressage, eventing, working equitation and foxhunting to competitive trail riding, barrels/roping, driving and obstacles/extreme cowboy -- even Civil War/Renaissance re-enactment and ski joering! The Expo will give attendees a rare opportunity to see these horses perform in many of these disciplines.

If your publication is interested in doing a story on the Canadian, their varied and unique history makes them excellent subjects for articles about:

  •        Endangered or rare breeds
  •        The history of the horse in N. America
  •        Battle horses of N. America
  •        New sport horse breeds
  •        Affordable alternatives to warmbloods and European breeds
  •        Bringing equine power back to the farm (many off-gridders and sustainable farmers are going back to using horses over machinery, including the Canadian)
  •        Alternative equine sports: we have members who compete or teach mounted archery, ski joering, Civil War re-enactment, working equitation, obstacles/extreme cowboy and TREC (a relatively new three-day event popular in Europe that involves orienteering, obstacles and a paced endurance ride)

For more information on the history and breed standards, see or The Canadian Horse Breeders Association:

If you are interested in writing an article or covering the Expo, please contact Margo Killoran,, 978-697-7910.


]]> (Margo Killoran) Events Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:20:13 -0400
Drink Pink Courageous Faces: Meet Local Breast Cancer Survivor, Melissa Burns

On October 10, 2018, the 10th Annual Drink Pink for a cause will take place at Bernard’s in Ridgefield. This event supports Ann’s Place while putting a spotlight on local breast cancer patients and survivors.

The photo you see here is one of Kristen Jensen’s “Courageous Faces”. This and many other photos of cancer survivors and those in the midst of treatment will blanket the walls of Bernard’s on October 10 telling a story of life, struggle, friendship, and hope.

Here, we couple the many Courageous Faces with their unique stories. We thank each and every one of these ladies for sharing their difficult journey with us.

Melissa Burns

Hometown: Granby, Connecticut. Moved to Guilford and now resides in Atlanta.

Occupation: Documentary Filmmaker, Cancer? Seriously? 

Tell me about when you first learned you had breast cancer 

When I first learned I had breast cancer, it was Christmas time and I was 32 years old.  I had been married for three years and I had a 1.5-year-old daughter named Riley.  I was also 19 weeks pregnant with my 2nd daughter.  I found the lump myself in the shower and mentioned it at my next OB appointment.  After an ultrasound and a biopsy, I received a call asking me to come into the surgeon's office that afternoon. It was when they asked me to bring my husband, that I knew it was cancer.

I was the first woman to be treated at Yale with breast cancer while pregnant.  I underwent a single mastectomy and 4 rounds of chemo while pregnant.  I gave birth to my baby girl 6 six early, resumed treatment for 4 more rounds and then had a tram flap reconstruction.

Who did you turn to for support and how was that person or organization supportive?

I was very fortunate to have many family members that gave up the time to help me. The most amazing was that I was living in Guilford, CT at the time and was embraced by the entire community. The people of Guilford organized meals, they raised money for the cause in my honor and they were there for whatever my family and I needed. I truly believe it was where I needed to be to go through this battle.  I never felt alone in my fight and the amazing part was that I had only lived there for 2 years.

Tell me about something someone said or did that helped you through your most difficult days

I think what helped me the most was having people help me through the first days after each chemo - but when I had my energy back they left us alone so we could try to resume normal family life.  Our house was a revolving door of family and friends, but they knew when to just let my husband and daughter (s) and I be.

The other thing that helped after my 2nd daughter was born was allowing a home health aid from the VNA come in during the bewitching hour.  This allowed me a much-needed break and for some alone time with my husband.

The hardest thing to learn was to accept help.  As women, we are accustomed to being the caregiver and it is difficult to ask and accept care for ourselves.

Do you look at life differently pre/post breast cancer diagnosis?

It is hard to say if I look at life differently now.  I think I may have in the beginning, but I never thought it was going to take my life. It was just an illness I had to fight.  I am now a 12 1/2 year survivor and I am so grateful that my life was spared.  It has allowed me to watch my beautiful girls grow up.  I try never to take that for granted.

What message do you have for others who have been diagnosed with breast cancer?

My message to others would be to listen to their bodies and advocate for themselves.  It is important to have a great team of doctors that you not only trust but that listen to you.  Don't forget to ask for help, even post-treatment.  I have seen many issues come up for women after they have won the fight and are trying to resume their "normal" lives.  Seek counseling, a support group, physical therapy - anything that you need to help you move on.

Drink Pink for a cause will take place at Bernard's in Ridgefield (20 West Lane) on Wednesday, October 10 from 6 to 8pm. There is no need to RSVP! Just show up ($20 at the door benefits Ann's Place) for an unforgettable night. There will be nibbles (courtesy of 109 Cheese), pink cocktails, live music, and fantastic raffle prizes! 

Support Ann's Place, Melissa, and all of our Drink Pink Courageous Faces by visiting their Crowdrise fundraising page here.

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