Norwalk's HamletHub Tue, 29 Nov 2022 13:16:41 -0500 Fairfield County Bank donates billboard on I95 exit 15 to RVNAhealth

Thank you to Fairfield County Bank for generously donating their billboard space on I95N Exit 15 to RVNAhealth from November through January!  The Bank has been a loyal supporter of RVNAhealth for more than 25 years. 

The use of this billboard is another example of the many ways in which the Bank partners with RVNAhealth to support and help expand our services in the region.

As Theresa Santoro, RVNAhealth President & CEO explains, “RVNAhealth’s growth and innovation have been due, in no small part, to the support received throughout the years from Fairfield County Bank, its employees, and its board members. From banking, insurance, and investments to guidance, advice, and support across countless volunteer hours, the impact Fairfield County Bank has had on RVNAhealth has been immeasurable.  They are a true friend and partner of our agency and we are immensely grateful for their unwavering commitment to the health and wellness of our communities and the many lives we serve.”

Learn more about RVNAhealth.

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HamletHub salutes small businesses and Fairfield County Bank for supporting Why Small Businesses Matter

In 2010, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, American Express launched Small Business Saturday to encourage people to "Shop Small" during the holiday season. Here at HamletHub, we applaud this shop local movement and remind the community to shop small - 365 days a year!

Many small businesses lack the recognition they deserve for the vital role they play in communities. Following discussions with Jeff Konchalski, owner of Nature's Temptations, about the importance of shopping small, on January 1, 2018, we launched "Why Small Businesses Matter".  This is our signature "Shop Local" campaign which features a series of stories designed to educate the community while providing local businesses the opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

This is our signature "Shop Local" campaign which features a series of stories designed to educate the community while providing local businesses the opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

When the pandemic hit, we "reimagined" our Why Small Businesses Matter series so small businesses could connect with their customers and share their new and innovative ways of operation.  To adhere to CDC guidelines and make shopping safe and convenient in this new "now", local shops revamped their websites to offer online shopping, offered curbside pickup and delivery. They met our needs in creative ways. 

Thanks to the support of Fairfield County Bank, HamletHub is able to provide free exposure for small businesses. Our Why Small Businesses Matter series is a way to virtually open the door to Main Street in Connecticut.

Here's how it works: local business owners are asked a few simple, thought-provoking questions, and their answers are published on, social media channels, and in our daily e-newsletter. Since January 2020, more than three hundred businesses have had an opportunity to share their stories. In total, we have featured more than 2,000 small businesses.

On Small Business Saturday, we thank the many local business owners who work tirelessly to make our community the special place that it is. We are grateful to Fairfield County Bank for supporting our Why Small Businesses Matter series and joining us on our mission to make communities better.

Small businesses can click here to be featured in Why Small Businesses Matter. 

To learn more about Why Small Businesses Matter or to inquire about how your business can be featured, email

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: Lavender + Pine Gifting

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Lavender + Pine Gifting!

Three questions with Alexandra Puccini, founder of Lavender + Pine Gifting.

Why did you start your business?

Growing up in the '90s allowed me to explore my creativity and imagination in the form of Easy Bake Oven cakes, countless art classes, Scholastic book fairs, and being very meticulous regarding what I chose for my family at the in-school gift shop with my $10. I didn't know it then, but that is all when my love of creating, and gifting started.

From soap balls for mom on Mother's Day to coffee mugs that say "#1 Dad" on them, gifting, to me, has always been about the act of giving, intentionality, and lasting impressions. After all, gifting is a love language!

Over the years, I realized that there were two main problems people were facing when it came to gifting:

1. People who don’t know what to gift

2. People who don’t have the time to gift

Both usually result in impulse purchases that are lacking intention and practicality leading to waste both financially and from a product standpoint. No matter the occasion, my gifting has always been based on the recipient's likes, avoiding purchasing wasteful products, and creating a sensory experience from the moment they see the beautiful gift, smell the lavender or florals, read the card and unbox each intentional item.

In 2018, after attending multiple baby showers, engagement parties, and bridal showers back-to-back my gifting skills started to become requested by friends and family. The inquiries then progressed into more consistent orders! It was then that Lavender + Pine became a side hustle and in 2 short years, blossomed into a full-time gifting service shipping gifts worldwide.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our custom gifting services are our most utilized by far! Businesses and corporations, no matter the size, typically don’t have a designated gifting department so when the time comes to send out gifts for clients, employees, or conferences, the task falls onto the laps of Marketing, HR, Admins, and Interns.

Since gifting isn’t their area of expertise (not to mention that they have their full-time job to prioritize) the project can get incredibly overwhelming, and time-consuming, and often miss the mark on whatever goal they are looking to achieve.

Our service is designed to handle all of the gifting logistics from ideation to delivery, so companies are left with a positive experience and endless gratitude from their recipients.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

The beauty of working in gift curation is the ability to support countless small businesses Nationwide and introduce their products to our customers and clients. We work with several Connecticut businesses in our regular shop gifts as well as our custom gift designs! We also use several service providers for our own business needs! Below are a few of our favorites we love to work with.

* Stationery Designer in Litchfield County

* Nob Hill Jane: Calligraphy Studio in Cheshire, CT

* Minuteman Press for printing needs: Norwalk, CT

* Optamark for our branded corporate swag: Norwalk, CT

* Teroforma: for glassware and products in our client gifts: Norwalk, CT

* Bridgewater Chocolates: for chocolates in our custom gifts: Danbury and Westport, CT

* Socially Savvy Studio: Jessica is our website designer and social media marketing expert in Branford, CT

A great deal of Connecticut businesses also utilizes our custom gifting services from Wedding and Event Planners, Photographers, DJs, and Florists!

Alexandra would love to nominate Emily Bonenfant, the Owner, and Founder of Luna & Charlie Events - "She is located in Norwalk, CT, and a dear client of ours!"

Visit Lavender + Pine Gifting online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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Still is the Night FREE Christmas Concert in Norwalk

Norwalk Community Chorale Presents “Still is the Night” FREE Christmas Concert

Norwalk Community Chorale, now in its 61st year, will present “Still is the Night”,

a free Christmas concert, on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at Norwalk Concert Hall,

125 East Avenue, Norwalk. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Choral selections include multi-traditional holiday songs, the spiritual “Go Tell It on

the Mountain”, a medley of classic English carols, and the theme piece “Still is the Night”.

The sixty-member mixed chorus is led by Conductor and Artistic Director Brian Muller.

Pianist Will Duchon will accompany all choral arrangements.

Norwalk Community Chorale is sponsored in part by the Norwalk Recreation and Parks

Department. For more information on the December 2022 Christmas concert, visit or call 203-853-9842.

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Horizons at NCCS Receives $20,000 from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Horizons at NCCS Receives $20,000 from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Horizons at New Canaan Country School recently received a $20,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to support advancing career exposure and pathways for marginalized youth as part of the Fairfield Business Collaborative for Education Equity.

A $20,000 grant from the Foundation will allow Horizons at NCCS to strengthen its’ career-readiness and career-exposure programming to provide students with opportunities to learn about career pathways. The grant will also allow Horizons at NCCS to create access to alternative pathways to well-paying jobs for students who do not want to pursue a college degree. This programming will supplement the current high school program which includes academic and life skills coaching, tutoring, college counseling, peer and group learning, college tours, college readiness workshops, and social events. The career-readiness programming will include developing a grade-level curriculum for career-readiness skills, a calendar of career panels and shadow days across industries, mock interviews, resume writing and more.

Executive Director, Nancy von Euler said: “We are grateful to the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation for their continued partnership and believe that strengthening this aspect of our program will have an important impact on the success of our students.” If you are interested in your company becoming involved with our career-readiness programming, please reach out to Nancy von Euler at

"Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $230 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together community organizers, business experts and philanthropists to solve our region’s challenges. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive."


]]> (WMallozzi) Places Mon, 21 Nov 2022 11:01:36 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: SoundbodyX

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT SoundbodyX!

Three questions with Miles Harker, founder of SoundbodyX.

Why did you start your business?

We started our business to bring health and wellness to our Norwalk area community members and their children with our kid's classes. Our program is focused on transformation and long-term fitness. Our business is happy to have Norwalk homeowners and long-time Norwalk residents in our employment.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best-selling service is small group semi-private training and weight loss transformation. This program is for community members who want a personalized boutique environment to work on their fitness and nutrition goals.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

Along with being thrilled to have several local business owners as members at our studio, we used Gilbert’s Painting, PK Build (Construction), and Fullam’s Windows (Window Treatments) to renovate and update our space. We welcome collaboration with local fitness/nutrition-associated businesses anytime!

Miles and his team would like to nominate Gilbert’s painting to be featured next!

SoundbodyX is located at 698 West Avenue in Norwalk. Visit SoundbodyX online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook, and Instagram pages as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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FC Buzz Weekend Lineup of Art and Culture November 18-20: Artist Talk at The Norwalk Art Space, and MORE!

FC Buzz Weekend November 18 - 20

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

“The Wilton Open” Art Exhibition & Reception at The Wilton Library

Friday, Nov 18, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Soak up a wide variety of styles, media, and subject matter in this exhibition featuring more than 20 artists from Wilton and surrounding towns who submitted inquiries expressing an interest to display their works at the library, starting from the year 2019 to the present. 

The Laramie Project at The Unitarian Church, Westport

Friday, Nov 18 and Saturday, Nov 19, 7:00 pm + Sunday, Nov 20, 2:00 pm

A moving account of the murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old gay college student in Laramie, Wyoming, this play explores the devastating circumstances of the crime, and the complicated, and sometimes shocking, reactions of the residents of Laramie. 

Eccentric Women of Ridgefield at Ridgefield Theater Barn, Ridgefield

Friday, Nov 18 and Saturday Nov 19, 8:00 pm and Sunday, Nov 20, 2:00 pm

Come and support local performing artists in a play based on the writings & performances of Dr. Darla Shaw, adapted for the stage by Stephen Robbins & directed by Linda Seay. Featuring special guest Barb Fulton Jennes, the Poet Laureate of Ridgefield, this play celebrates the lives and originality of four distinct women from Ridgefield history: Sarah Bishop, Mary Louise Beatrice Olcott, Carmela Sabilia (the Peanut Lady) and Jacqueline Seligmann (the Cat Lady). 

Joyful Noise at Powerhouse Theatre, Waveny Park, New Canaan 

Friday, Nov 18 and Saturday, Nov 19, 8:00 pm and Sunday, Nov 20, 2:00 pm

Dueling diva sopranos, a plot combining religious protest, political alienation, social humiliation, and a sex scandal… this play, which is similar to “Amadeus,” has it all! Based on historical facts, George Frederick Handel is in trouble: his last opera flopped, he is no longer in favor with King George II and preachers are raging. A devious bishop and Handel's librettist add to the conflict in this true story of the politics and passion that nearly prevented "The Messiah” from ever being performed.. Tickets are also available for Nov 25-27 and Dec 2-4.

Community Pop-Up Market at Mark Twain Library, Redding 

Friday, Nov 18, 4:30 - 8:30 pm

Jump start your holiday shopping! It’s an opportunity to meet local vendors and ‘shop local’ in an intimate setting. Items for sale include boutique and handcrafted jewelry, one-of-a-kind home decor items, personalized gifts, gourmet treats, unique clothing, accessories and more. While you relax and browse, enjoy refreshments, sparkling water, and wine. 

Eric Gales at StageOne at FTC’s Stage One, Fairfield

Friday, Nov 18, 8:00 pm

He’s been compared to Jimi Hendrix and hailed by Joe Bonamassa as “one of the best if not the best guitarist in the world today.” As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, Eric’s unique hybrid blues/rock sound draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Frank Gambale. 

Celebration of Heida Hermanns International Competition at MoCA Westport

Saturday, Nov 19, 7:00 - 9:30 pm

Celebrate 50 years of the Heida! This competition showcases rising stars in the domains of voice, strings and piano and features light works for woodwinds and piano, and soprano voice and piano, performed by six previous winners of the competition who have built successful international careers. Drinks and cocktails will be available for purchase. 

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at New Pond Farm, Redding

Saturday, Nov 19, 7:00 pm

It’s time to get in the holiday spirit with a live 1940s radio broadcast of the beloved American holiday classic directed by Nancy Ponturo, and performed by a talented cast. Includes actors Nancy and Bob Ponturo, Martin Robinson and Annie Evans, Fred Newman and Katy Dobbs, Don Striano, and Julia Levo. Music provided by David Morgan and sound effects by Fred Newman.

“Chris Frantz Presents Emerging Musicians” at The Westport Library

Saturday, Nov 19, 7:00 pm

Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club fame presents Residual Groove, a funk-fusion, improv-heavy dance band out of Fairfield County, and contemporary singer-songwriter Brian Dolzani. The concert is a music collaboration and production by Verso Studios at The Westport Library and the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. The “Chris Frantz Presents” series features up-and-coming regional, national, and international talent, hand-picked by Frantz, with the goal of bringing new music to new ears and to be an incubator for rising talent.

An Evening with Fruition (trio) FTC’s StageOne, Fairfield

Saturday, Nov 19, 7:45 pm

This beloved folk-rock group has been giving fans a lot to love since the acclaimed album ‘Labor of Love.’ Their music brings you back to the first time you ever heard harmonies and strumming that shook you to the core and right back out to the hairs of your skin. American Songwriter exclaims, "This is Americana of the highest order, driven by charming three-part harmonies that never feel forced." 

Christmas at the Coley House! Weston Historical Society

Starting on Sunday, Nov 20, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm 

Explore the holidays and life in the 1940s as well as interactive exhibits for all ages by hopping on a guided tour of Weston’s World War II Homefront. Complete your visit with self-guided tours of new exhibitions in the Coley House & a new rotating exhibit. Running on Sundays and Thursdays through December 22nd. 

Artist Talk on "The Longest Shortest Time" at The Norwalk Art Space, Norwalk

Sunday, Nov 20, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

If you’ve ever wondered about the creative process of artists, come to an Artist Talk with Korry Fellow Sarah King and fellow artists Maryna Bilak + Judy Glantzman, discussing the current exhibition "The Longest Shortest Time." The exhibit shows, through mediums ranging from painting to sculpture, how these artists articulate the intersectionality of artist and mother. Moderated by David Green, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

Hot & Cool Jazz: The Mark Zaleski Band – Reimagining Dave Brubeck at Wilton Library

Sunday, Nov 20, 4:00 - 5:30 pm  

Dave Brubeck’s legacy and classic compositions are presented with the modern arrangements that reflect Mark Zaleski’s singular, nuanced approach. Featuring on alto and soprano sax and his brother Glenn on piano.

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at

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Holiday Craft Fair at Norwalk Community College on December 3

Join Norwalk Community College as we hold a holiday craft fair highlighting local talent from the Norwalk community on December 3 from 10am to 4pm.

Our craft fair will welcome handmade crafted talent from NCC faculty, staff, students, and community members just in time for the holiday season. Our event will be located NCC West Campus Cafeteria and CIT Atrium. 

To see more information as well as a list of all vendors who will be at our craft fair, please visit

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Chris & Katie's Open Mic Night Tomorrow in Norwalk!

OPEN MIC NIGHT tomorrow, Friday, November 18 beginning at 7:30 PM at Eco Evolution (135 Washington St.) in S. Norwalk.

Hosted by Chris & Katie from "FUMFA Poets & Writers Live." Poetry, prose, music, comedy, magic. 5-minute spots are available.

Sign up in person or now at


]]> (FUMFA Poets & Writers Live) Events Thu, 17 Nov 2022 11:17:26 -0500
Fairfield County Bank celebrates community, customers with laughter and camaraderie at The Ridgefield Playhouse

This week, Fairfield County Bank rolled out the red carpet (literally) for their customers and banking community at a lively Client’s Reception at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Friends gathered in the newly renovated and expanded Playhouse lobby where they enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by Gallo Ristorante and a tasting table featuring locally owned, American Metal Whiskey.

After conversation and camaraderie, attendees were treated to a magical performance by Bill Hertz deemed “The Modern Day Merlin” by the Wall Street Journal. Hertz, who performs at 150 corporate events around the country each year, dazzled guests with his wizardry, some of whom found themselves in on the act on the Playhouse stage!

After much laughter and magical awe, the evening’s grand finale found guests back in the beautiful Playhouse lobby where an authentic Italian dinner by Chef Raffaele Gallo awaited.

The evening was immensely enjoyed by all!

Thank you to Fairfield County Bank for being part of the fabric of our community and for supporting nonprofits and small businesses throughout the county!

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Cailyn Rogers, Class of 2025 at The Academy at Golf Performance Center Competes in 2022 Notah Begay III Jr. Golf National

Cailyn Rogers, Class of 2025 at The Academy at Golf Performance Center, competed in the 2022 Notah Begay III Jr. Golf National Championship which took place November 3-5 at Koasati Pines at Coushatta in Kinder, LA. Caylin qualified for the prestigious event at the Ohio Regional Qualifier in August.

Cailyn finished T23 in the Girls 14-18 Division shooting 74, 75 and 78 during the three-day National Championship – which hosted 115 of the best female junior golfers from all over the world.

Rogers racked up 7 birdies during the three rounds and 32 pars and fared well on the par 5’s going even during the three-day event. Cailyn responded well to adversity throughout the week highlighted by a 34 on the back nine of the second round after going out in 41. Calm, cool and collected. She reached the 18th green in two in all rounds when nearly all of the field laid up to avoid having to hit a 200-yard shot over water. Very impressive.

Her coach Nick Novak says “Cailyn brings great intention to practice by making sure every shot has a purpose which has carried over to tournaments, especially this incredibly competitive event. Her length and accuracy off the tee is a tremendous advantage and her ability to bounce back after bad holes is a huge part of her success which she demonstrated this week.”
Job well done, Cailyn!

Learn more about The Golf Performance Center here.

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TWO WAYS– Homage + Landscapes Artist Exhibition at SPAG Artists Studio

TWO WAYS– Homage + Landscapes Artist Exhibition at SPAG Artists Studio

Friday, December 2, 6-9 PM, 25 France Street, Norwalk CT

“Two Ways” are what local artists Sergey Stepanenko and Bruce Horan will be showcasing at their collaborative artist exhibition at SPAG Artists Studio in Norwalk on Friday, December 2, from 6-9 PM.


Sergey Stepanenko graduated from art school in Frunze, Russia in addition to receiving a MA in book design from the Moscow Printing Institute. He studied with such renowned teachers and artists as Fyodor Stukoshin, a disciple of Alexander Osmerkin, and Natalia Goncharova, the daughter of Andrei Goncharov, Soviet theatre director, drama pedagogue and author, all of whom kept the traditions of Russian art of the early 20th century alive. Throughout the late 70s to mid 90s Sergey actively participated in exhibitions throughout Frunze, Crimea, and Moscow.

In 1995 Sergey came to the United States with his family and soon created a name for himself within the New York City art world, creating one-of-a-kind pieces for Presidential families and celebrities, as well as large-scale mural projects on a series of ships built in France for the Celebrity Cruise line. Sergey’s extensive travels are the inspiration behind his successful "Traveler Series”. Picasso remains one of Sergey’s greatest idols; not to imitate, but through the depiction of life through his paintings and the freedom of expression through his art form.


Since receiving his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Bruce Horan has been working on a series of paintings and prints that capture his impressions and experiences of the complex and busy world around us. Bruce’s current work combines abstraction with landscape to create playful and colorful images that depict the energy, uniqueness, and somewhat chaotic nature of our environments. His surreal approach to interpreting the spaces where nature and civilization meet puts us in new territory that has a familiarity to itself but also leaves us wondering where and how such places exist. Building from abstraction, Bruce begins with simple shapes of flat color that morph into cityscapes and places of nature as the scenes develop. The images remain partially abstract and undefined, allowing the viewer to explore, discover and complete the landscapes presented. Often, objects and references to real-world curiosities make their way into the picture, allowing for new interpretation of the familiar and overlooked.

Learn more =>

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Holiday Open House at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum on December 4

On Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, 12-4 p.m., 295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will feature a Holiday Open House with Santa Claus and a special musical performance featuring Music Theatre of Connecticut’s School of Performing Arts.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to view the exhibition, A Holiday Wonderland at the Mansion, take selfies or memorable family portraits, and enjoy the enchantment of the Museum’s holiday displays. During the event, the Mansion’s Café will be open to visitors and offer complimentary refreshments courtesy of Stew Leonard’s. Admission to the Holiday Open House is $5 per person. To purchase tickets please visit or at the door.

Santa Claus with his Loyal Elf (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Santa Claus and his Loyal Elf will make their way through the Entrance of the Mansion, spending a full hour seated in the Music Room greeting children and hearing their Christmas wishes before Saint Nick heads back to the North Pole.

Music Theatre of Connecticut’s School of Performing Arts (2-3 p.m.)

LMMM’s audience will be transported by the MTC Showstoppers from the School of Performing Arts presenting a mix of holiday and Broadway tunes sung in solo, duets and ensemble performances.

Music Theatre of Connecticut’s School of Performing Arts trains over 300 students per year and produces two to three full scale musicals. MTC students have presented more than 200 productions including Spamalot, James and the Giant Peach, Snoopy, The Little Mermaid, Wizard of Oz, Matilda, The Addams Family, and more! Alumni of MTC’s College-Bound in the Performing Arts program have graduated or are currently pursuing performing arts degrees in top-tier programs including those at the University of Michigan, Boston Conservatory, Syracuse University, NYU, Northwestern University, Carnegie-Mellon University and Emerson College; others can be seen on Broadway, in regional theatres throughout the country, on television, and in feature films.

The 2022 Season is made possible in part by CT Humanities with generous funding provided by Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature; LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown;LMMM’s Leadership Patrons: The Sealark Foundation; and LMMM’s 2022 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk, The Maurice Goodman Foundation and Lockwood-Mathews Foundation, Inc. For more information on the Holiday Open House, tours and programs, please visit, email, or call 203-838-9799.

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Norwalk Symphony Holiday Pops: Afternoon Concert on Sunday, December 4

Holiday Pops is festive for the whole family on Sunday, December Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 pm

What are HOLIDAY POPS? It’s the song and dance you love this time of the year. This time around, the Norwalk Symphony is offering new music as well as a compilation of favorites from our December concerts of seasons past.

We will start with the Farandole, from George Bizet’s L'Arlesienne (sounds a lot like “We three Kings”). Then we hear two beloved arias from Handel’s Messiah, “Rejoice Greatly” and “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth” and Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Next will come dances from The Nutcracker, performed by dancers of the New England Academy of Dance, a Holiday Music Medley, O Holy Night, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, and traditional Hanukkah songs.

The concert ends with everyone joining in on traditional Christmas carols and, of course, the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah. Please join us for Cookies and Cider in the back lobby after the performance.

Soloists for the performance include sopranos Wendy Gerbier (also a Symphony Board Member) and Amelia Watkins, and Norwalk Symphony Concertmaster for this performance, Emanouil Manolov.

Norwalk Concert Hall is at 125 East Avenue. Individual tickets, which range from $10 for students and children, to $25, $37.50 and $50 for adults, can be purchased online at the Symphony’s website or by calling the Symphony office at 203 956-6771.

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Holiday Happenings at The Maritime: Shark-Diving Santa, The Polar Express 4D Experience, and More!

Holiday Happenings starting November 25 through January 2

Shark-Diving Santa

Santa Claus will join The Maritime Aquarium’s dive team to help demonstrate that sharks aren’t the blood-thirsty killers of myth. Dives will begin on Saturday’s and Sunday’s starting December 3 through December 31 (workload permitting), Santa will strap on his custom scuba outfit and enter the Aquarium’s 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, which is home to 7- and 8-foot sand tiger and lemon sharks. He’ll swim up to the exhibit window and pose with children, so bring your camera for a unique holiday photo.

The Santa dives are part of a regular Aquarium program where guests can see and talk with volunteer divers swimming in the exhibit. The purpose of the dives is to correct common misperceptions about sharks, as the divers demonstrate how sharks do not see humans as prey.

Please check the Aquarium’s website – – to confirm the dates when Santa can pull himself away from the North Pole and exchange his snow boots for swim fins.

All the dives are free with Aquarium admission.

Breakfast with Santa Exclusive to Members

Breakfast Pajama Party with Santa and "The Polar Express 4D Experience" Showing!

Members are invited to join us on Saturday, December 17 from 8 a.m to 10 a.m. in their pajamas for a breakfast with Santa Claus! Bring your camera ... Santa will be available for pictures.

Plus, join us in our 4D Theater for a showing of "The Polar Express 4D Experience" at 9:40 a.m. This 13-minute film, based on the beloved 2004 Warner Bros. film, features thrill-enhancing sensory special effects such as snow, wind, scents of hot cocoa, and more!

Tickets are $30 per person (Tickets for this experience are required for all guests, including those under 3 years old.) Please check the Aquarium/s website for details (Tickets for this experience are required for all guests, including those under 3 years old.)

4D Theater Movies

Two multisensory film experiences each hour.

A visit to The Maritime Aquarium goes to a whole additional dimension – literally – with the memorable film experiences available in the 4D movie theater. This cinematic experience sends the action visually spilling off the two-story screen and over the audience, combined with such thrill-enhancing sensory special effects as bubbles, snow, wind, mists, scents and more.

“The Polar Express 4D Experience” 

Opens November 25 for multisensory film experiences each hour.

A holiday tradition in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk goes to a new dimension – literally – as an exciting new version of the beloved film “The Polar Express” steams off the screen in the new 4D Theater. The animated film, featuring Tom Hanks as the voice of the conductor, will play every hour in the 4D Theater through Jan. 2, 2023.

“The Polar Express 4D Experience” is a 13-minute version of the 2004 film directed by Robert Zemeckis, based on the beloved Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

This memorable cinematic experience visually spills over the audience in 3D, combined with such thrill-enhancing sensory special effects as snow, wind, scents of hot cocoa, and more.


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.


Aquarium only: $29.95 adults; $25.95 seniors (65+); $20.95 children (3-12). Add a 4D movie: $7 per person ($6 for members).

Questions? Call (203) 852-0700 or visit our website at

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