Norwalk's HamletHub Sat, 31 Jul 2021 11:50:43 -0400 FCBuzz Weekend: Bridgeport PRIDE, Romeo and Juliet, The Honky Tonk Angels, JOY Music Festival, and MORE!

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to elevate arts and culture in Fairfield County! Each Friday, check out the many 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. 

Friday night, catch the finale of Pride month with Bridgeport PRIDE that includes an exhibition of the work of 30 artists in OUTWorks at City Lights Gallery, with a reception 6-8:30pm, a PRIDE March from City Lights Gallery around to The Bijou Theatre, and then a PRIDE Variety Show at The Bijou - with music, dance and drag, and featuring Ballet Eloelle debuting a newly choreographed piece, produced by Ricky Mestre, and hosted by Dolores Degage.

Also opening with a reception Friday night, 5:30-7pm at the Fairfield Museum and History Center is an exhibition exploring the impact of Columbia Records, that had a major manufacturing plant and research center in Bridgeport.  Topping the Charts: The Rise of Bridgeports Columbia Records, curated by Daryn Reyman-Lock, explores how local engineers and scientists, working at Columbia’s Bridgeport factory literally transformed recorded sound, first by introducing gramophones into the American household and later, the lateral-cut record, LPs, and stereophonic sound.

Two great outdoor theatrical experiences wrap up this weekend so be sure to check out Curtain Call’s Romeo and Juliet - its 18th Shakespeare on the Green -  playing in its own outdoors Globe Theatre, at Sterling Farms on Newfield Avenue, in Stamford, and The Summer Theatre of New Canaan with its riotous musical The Honky Tonk Angels, telling the story of three gals who follow their dreams to Nashville, with a live all-star, all-women country band on stage.

There’s a great range of music this weekend: new classical, rock, jazz, country, folk and traditional. Where to start?  In Fairfield, Saturday at 5pm the Audubon Center’s summer series of concerts by the farm pond continues with three award-winning young classical guitarists, all coached and encouraged by Music for Youth.

In Ridgefield on Saturday at 5pm, outside, among the giant Frank Stella sculptures at the Aldrich Museum, the Western CT Youth Orchestra kicks off its multi-week Charles Ives Music Festival with “Joy,” a concert reveling in joyous short pieces by contemporary composers, ending with Ravel’s famous "Introduction and Allegro.”

In Greenwich at 5pm on Saturday, BackCountry Jazz offers another free jazz concert in a fabulous private garden in Greenwich. Bennie Wallace leads his band in a garden to be revealed when you reserve your free tickets.

On Sunday 2pm-6pm, Westport’s Beechwood Arts & Innovation, an arts center offering salons throughout the year in its 1806 renovated farmhouse and under its 400-year-old copper beech, celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its “Beechwood Open,” performances and artworks by local artists, but also including several world-renowned, as well as up-and-coming, pianists playing and leaving their legacy on Beechwood’s new Yamaha Disklavier Grand Piano that records the exact movements of the pianist, enabling the piano to play it back real-time.

And on Sunday at 7pm, one of the many free concerts being offered at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion is The American Patchwork Quartet drawing on a repertoire of centuries-old American folk songs that highlight America’s immigrant roots. Old songs are made new through creative arrangements that highlight the exceptional and well-honed skills of each remarkable band member

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

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EGGY to Play SoNo Collection Rooftop, Aug. 7

South Norwalk, CT:  Norwalk's premier retail, lifestyle, and event space, The SoNo Collection, sets the stage for the next installation of their popular SoNo Music Fest live entertainment series. On Saturday, August 7, Connecticut's very own rock foursome EGGY will rock out seven stories high atop The SoNo Collection outdoor venue, The SoNo Garden (Mall Level 3). 

Eggy consists of four Woodbridge, CT musicians, including guitarist and vocalist Jake Brownstein, keyboardist Dani Battat, bassist Mike Goodman, and drummer Alex Bailey. The band's signature rich harmonies, introspective lyrics, and undeniable energy captivate an audience. They are currently touring throughout the state, excited to be performing in front of a live audience after spending much of the pandemic writing new music and performing live-streamed shows from "The Egg Crate," their basement studio. You can experience Eggy's sound at the SoNo Music Fest, Saturday, August 7. NO TICKET REQUIRED!

Warming up for Eggy, starting at 1 PM, are the budding rockstars from The School of Rock New Canaan and tunes from the always entertaining DJ Doey Joey

The SoNo Music Fest is an all-day, family-friendly event that includes games and activities for the kids sponsored by CAMP, live art activations with MADlab, and great food and beverages from PinstripesYard HouseBazilleRomanacciGelato & Cioccolato, and more!

The SoNo Music Fest winds down the summer season on Saturday, September 18, with headliner and Tom Petty tribute band, THE BREAKERS.

]]> (Max Ex PR) Events Fri, 30 Jul 2021 07:30:00 -0400
José Feliciano Headlines Concert Celebrating Connecticut's New, Tougher Human Trafficking Law at Ridgefield Playhouse on Aug. 14

Celebratory Concert Headlining José Feliciano on August 14 at The Ridgefield Playhouse

To mark the passage of the new state law that better protects victims of human trafficking in Connecticut, as well as highlight continued efforts by organizations around the state to focus greater attention to this pervasive problem, Traffick Jam Live, a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is hosting a special concert featuring Grammy Award-winning singer/guitarist José Feliciano of Weston and special guest Vaneese Thomas at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, Aug. 14.

The concert will work to raise money -- and awareness -- about human trafficking, which affects communities large and small, including many here in Connecticut. Since 2008, more than 1,000 children have been referred to the Department of Children and Families in Connecticut as possible victims of child trafficking.

Between the two performances several Connecticut based anti-human trafficking nonprofits (PEHT, LOVE 146 and TJL) will share some vital information about human sex trafficking right here in our own communities. The presentation takeaways include: tips on “Red Flags” to look for to spot early indications of “grooming” techniques of traffickers; a protective look at how social media can provide traffickers access to our young daughters.

State Sen. Will Haskell will join them on stage and comment about the importance of the recently signed anti-human trafficking law.

Traffick Jam Live is a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit aimed at collaboratively disrupting human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking of girls under the age of 18, in the United States. It was launched by Ridgefield resident Bo Beatty in 2016.

Traffick Jam Live shines a spotlight on the shadows of human trafficking through concert and event productions that inform audiences on vital human trafficking awareness information.  For starters, if you see something, say something by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733. Traffick Jam Live is also collaboratively developing a tactical hand signal for girls to alert “trained eyes” when they are with their trafficker on an airplane, a hotel lobby or any public facility with monitored security cameras. 

"Sadly, most Americans have no idea how prevalent sex trafficking is right here in our own communities," states Beatty.

The new law, which passed earlier this summer, has been hailed by advocates working to end human trafficking. Traffickers charged in Connecticut will find it harder to avoid prosecution and victims of trafficking will now have an easier time getting their convictions vacated if the crimes they committed were done while being trafficked.

Advocates say these measures, and others included in the law, reflect a greater understanding and awareness of the problem, as well as the long-term consequences trafficking has on its victims. On a recent online zoom presentation hosted by Greenwich-based Partnership to End Human Trafficking (PEHT), the group praised the new law and the significant efforts of advocates over several years to get it passed and signed. 

“This new Connecticut State law is a major accomplishment,” said Erin Williamson, vice president of Global Programs and Strategy at New Haven-based LOVE146.

One of Williamson's and LOVE146's concerns are the predatory traffickers' enhanced social media access to vulnerable young girls anywhere in Connecticut.

The average age of entry into human sex trafficking is 12 to 14 years old, according to many anti-trafficking agencies. And the U.S. Department of State, in its "2021 Trafficking In Persons Report,” indicates that 28 percent of sex trafficking victims in the United States (more than 1 in 4) are girls under the age of 18.

Concert organizers are hoping the community comes out to enjoy some great music and do their part in disrupting human trafficking. The concert opens at 7 p.m. with a performance by Thomas and her ensemble.

"I'm honored to be a part of it. It's such an important issue," said Thomas, who has sung with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Celine Dion, to name a few.  "I don't think people really know ... they know the large picture, the big picture of what human trafficking is about. But they don't see it in a personal sense. That it could be right next door to them. That it could be right in their neighborhood. I'd like to draw attention to that aspect and have people be aware of what is going on around them."

She will be followed by the presentation and then the headliner -- Jose Feliciano -- will take the stage. Feliciano, a longtime Weston resident, headlined the Grand Opening of the Ridgefield Playhouse in 2000 and is returning once again to lend his talents to a worthy cause. 

In a joint statement, both José and wife Susan Feliciano stated, “Unless we, as a people, are really aware of this perversion —  a thing as diabolical as Human Trafficking — it will continue to permeate the underbelly of our society. I must admit, not until I was invited to perform this concert in support of Traffick Jam Live,  did we, Susan and I, grasp the scope of the dilemma. We need to become more fully aware and dedicated to do whatever we can, whatever it takes, to rid this scourge in order to protect the most vulnerable among us. Together, let’s work towards eradicating Human Trafficking in all its forms.”  The venues Gold Circle tickets also include post event VIP “meet and greet” with Feliciano after the concert.

To help provide complimentary concert tickets to Connecticut human trafficking survivors and employees and volunteers of CT’s anti-trafficking nonprofits, visit “donate” page, make a donation, and enter “Comp Tix” in the comments field.  Join in and let’s JAM human trafficking together.

Tickets are available at and here

-- For more information about Traffick Jam Live, please visit

Vaneese Thomas opens the Traffick Jam Live Aug 14 ...

]]> (Bo Beatty) Charities Fri, 30 Jul 2021 07:07:30 -0400
New Paradigm Theatre’s Footloose and Soul4Souls shoe drive collection

New Paradigm Theatre’s “Footloose” and Soul4Souls shoe drive collection

NPT is hosting a shoe drive to help benefit the Program Sole4Souls as part of their live production of Footloose this summer! 

Soles4Souls is a nonprofit charity that turns unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity. The nonprofit donates the shoes to homeless shelters and disaster relief programs in the United States and around the world. It also helps people in developing countries launch and sustain their own small business by selling the donated shoes and clothing. 

The idea originated with Beatrix Allen, whose daughter Julia will be performing as one of the young people in Footloose, August 20 and 21st.  Bea is heading up the collection of gently used shoes from the public and cast during rehearsals and shows.  The public and cast can drop off shoes August 1-15th at Emmanuel Church between the the hours of 12-5pm and then during the shows August 20th 7pm and August 21st 2pm and 7pm. 

“I believed this would be a great opportunity for our youth to help support others in our community and around the world.” says Bea.  

The New Paradigm Theatre Company presents “Footloose,” the Broadway hit musical, live on stage August 20th and 21st at Black Rock Church in its state-of-the-art theatre. The production will feature West End London star, Craig Pinder, (original London cast of Les Miserables as Jean Valjean) as Reverend Shaw Moore. The New Paradigm Theatre Company (NPT) is a nonprofit organization promoting social responsibility and fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through arts education and theatrical productions. NPT offers online and in-person classes, workshops and seminars that build bridges across diverse communities. They produce professional shows that often assist other local nonprofits with strategic partnerships that highlight theatre and the arts as key components of a healthy community.

For more information, please refer to the Sole4Souls site here

For tickets:  Performances of “Footloose” are August 20th at 7p.m. and August 21st at 2 p.m or 7 p.m. Tickets are  $18-$35 for adults and youth, $30 for seniors and $50 for VIP, which can be purchased online here or by calling (203) 357-5021. 

Group ticket rates are available for 10 or more by writing to 

Black Rock Church is located 3685  Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield


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Connecticut Jam Band EGGY Takes to The SoNo Music Fest Rooftop Stage at The SoNo Collection

Norwalk's premier retail, lifestyle, and event space, The SoNo Collection, sets the stage for the next installation of their popular SoNo Music Fest live entertainment series. On Saturday, August 7, Connecticut's very own rock foursome EGGY will rock out seven stories high atop The SoNo Collection outdoor venue, The SoNo Garden (Mall Level 3).

Eggy consists of four Woodbridge, CT musicians, including guitarist and vocalist Jake Brownstein, keyboardist Dani Battat, bassist Mike Goodman, and drummer Alex Bailey. The band's signature rich harmonies, introspective lyrics, and undeniable energy captivate an audience. They are currently touring throughout the state, excited to be performing in front of a live audience after spending much of the pandemic writing new music and performing live-streamed shows from "The Egg Crate," their basement studio. You can experience Eggy's sound at the SoNo Music Fest, Saturday, August 7. NO TICKET REQUIRED!

Warming up for Eggy, starting at 1 PM, are the budding rockstars from The School of Rock New Canaan and tunes from the always entertaining DJ Doey Joey.

The SoNo Music Fest is an all-day, family-friendly event that includes games and activities for the kids sponsored by CAMP, live art activations with MADlab, and great food and beverages from PinstripesYard HouseBazilleRomanacciGelato & Cioccolato, and more!

The SoNo Music Fest winds down the summer season on Saturday, September 18, with headliner and Tom Petty tribute band, THE BREAKERS.

The SoNo Collection

100 N. Water St.

Norwalk, CT 06854

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Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Is Scheduled To Increase on Sunday

Governor Ned Lamont is reminding Connecticut residents that – as a result of legislation he enacted two years ago scheduling several increases in the minimum wage over a five-year period – the minimum wage in the state will increase from the current rate of $12.00 per hour to $13.00 per hour beginning on Sunday, August 1, 2021.

“Nobody working a full-time job should live in poverty,” Governor Lamont said. “For too long, while the nation’s economy grew, the income of the lowest earning workers has stayed flat, making already existing pay disparities even worse and preventing hardworking families from obtaining financial security. This is a fair, modest increase, and the money earned by workers will go right back into our own economy, supporting local businesses and our communities.”

“Every single worker in Connecticut deserves dignity,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “This progress towards Connecticut’s $15 an hour minimum wage will lift our state up and ensure that nobody working a full-time job lives in poverty. I join Governor Lamont in applauding this milestone for working families in Connecticut, and I share his continued commitment to the hardworking women and men of our state.”

Signed into law by Governor Lamont in 2019, Public Act 19-4 requires the minimum wage to increase five times over a five-year period, from the then-rate of $10.10 to:

  • $11.00 on October 1, 2019;
  • $12.00 on September 1, 2020;
  • $13.00 on August 1, 2021;
  • $14.00 on July 1, 2022; and
  • $15.00 on June 1, 2023.

Ultimately, beginning on January 1, 2024, that same public act requires the minimum wage to become indexed to the employment cost index, which is calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor, and for the first time in Connecticut the rate will grow according to economic indicators.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Thu, 29 Jul 2021 09:43:58 -0400
Norwalk-based Smart Walk for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities holds 3rd annual walk at Sherwood Island

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, a Norwalk-based nonprofit that is a leader in helping children with learning and attention differences reach their full potential, announces its third annual Smart Walk for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities on Sunday, October 3rd at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

This fun and celebratory event will bring together families, friends, supporters and professionals while raising funds for the organization’s educational and youth mentoring programs, parent networking support, Countdown to Kindergarten pre-school literacy program, and extensive, award-winning digital resources for families.

Online registration is going on now, visit to sign-up, starting at just $15, and kids under age five are free. Participants are encouraged to create their own fundraising page.  All who register by August 9 will have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

The afternoon, which begins at 12pm, will celebrate the strengths and talents of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD, and empower parents and children while rejecting the stigma still attached to these issues. Robert Tudisco, a nationally known disability rights attorney with Barger & Gaines, author, and motivational speaker, will lead the opening ceremony. Tudisco will discuss the promising future these young people can look forward to, and the importance of their parents serving as their champions and advocates. There will be an inspirational talk by a student speaker and students from Norwalk’s Crystal Theatre, a performing arts program for young people, will perform.

Children attending the event will enjoy games, crafts, face painting, a photo booth, refreshments, and an ice-cream truck. Families, individuals and teams are invited to walk the 2-mile scenic route at their own pace. The Walk will take place rain or shine, and provides an opportunity for the members of a community that includes as many as one in five children, as well as adults and professionals to come together to celebrate these children’s potential. As one participant in the 2019 Walk commented, “It gave everyone touched by LD or ADHD such a sense of home and community.”

Registration for the Walk is just $15 per person, with a maximum of $50 per family, and includes a t-shirt in addition to one free ice cream for all kids aged 16 or younger. Families are welcome to sign up at and to set up their own web page to invite support from friends and colleagues.

A variety of high-profile sponsorships are currently available. To learn more, contact Jane Ross, Executive Director of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. at or call (203) 226-6831. For additional information, visit  Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities would like to thank its media sponsor, WSHU.

Photo credit: Rodolfo Sanches Carvalho

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Thu, 29 Jul 2021 09:28:04 -0400
Join Norwalk Police for National Night Out on August 3!

National Night Out is in one week!

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 5-8 PM, enjoy free food, entertainment while meeting neighbors and your local police officers!

Visit Norwalk Police Department on Facebook here for additional information.

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: Medicare Plan Advisory

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 Medicare Plan Advisory!

Four questions with Charles Yost, President of Medicare Plan Advisory.

Why did you start your business?

When I retired from my financial planning business, I decided to continue my interests and efforts in advising about Medicare. I am a senior and I know firsthand that the Medicare rules and regulations are complicated and hard to grasp. Also, there is a great need for advice in this area, especially one on one advice where it can be very clear for the client.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Medicare Advantage is probably the “best-selling” product. Partly because I believe that most life insurance brokers are qualified to sell only Supplement Plans or Medi Gap plans. Medicare Advantage plans are overseen by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid and require annual testing and certification. So the only product that non to certified brokers can sell is the Medi Gap plans.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

I have reimagined by the business just recently to include health insurance for people 64 years of age and under. That insurance is offered on the state platform called Access Health CT. That is the marketplace for the Affordable Care Act insurance.

Medicare Plan Advisory is located at 17 Gregory Blvd. in Norwalk. Visit Medicare Plan Advisory online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook page as well!

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

]]> (Dan) Places Wed, 28 Jul 2021 06:01:40 -0400
COBS Bread raises dough to support Swim Across America Fairfield County

The Hyden family, owners of two COBS Bread franchises in Greenwich (Riverside) and Stamford, Connecticut, believe that giving back to the community is just part of doing business. As longtime supporters of Swim Across America Fairfield County, they also believe that supporting cancer research, especially when the beneficiary is local, is just a win-win for everyone involved.  

This year, their sixth year supporting Swim Across America Fairfield County, the Hyden family and both of their COBS Bread stores are going in big and making a splash for Swim Across America Fairfield County by hosting two barbecues, earmarking a portion of proceeds from the sale of their famous Gourmet Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns, soliciting donations in their stores, and feeding the Swim Across America Fairfield County swimmers and volunteers on August 8, the day of the big open water swim.

“Our family has lived in the Riverside, Old Greenwich and Stamford area for 17 years, after moving from Australia,” noted Rob Hyden, owner of COBS Bread Riverside and Stamford stores. “Our three sons were all heavily involved with the Greenwich aquatics community through water polo and swimming. We know a number of friends in the community who have sadly been impacted by cancer, in many forms, and we believe that Swim Across America Fairfield County does great work in fundraising for cutting edge cures with its local beneficiary Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. We like to think that feeding the athletes and volunteers on the day of the swim with great, natural and satisfying foods, helps make everyone happy, plus raises more funds for research. In a time when more are becoming aware of where the foods they eat are sourced, and have a desire to eat more naturally, healthier ingredients, we believe we have a great story to tell, and a great contribution to make.”

COBS Bread Riverside and Stamford will offer customers the opportunity to donate directly to Swim Across America Fairfield County right in their stores, as they pick up their baked goods. They will also donate $1 of every sale of Gourmet Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns between now and the Swim on August 8, and will be holding two barbecues on July 31 (5 Riverside Lane, Riverside) and August 1 (1057 High Ridge Rd., Stamford) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where the proceeds will go to Swim Across America Fairfield County. The day of the big open water swim on August 8, COBS will be on-site selling their famous bacon, egg & cheese sandwiches on a bun with all funds being donated to Swim Across America Fairfield County. 

Swim Across America Fairfield County is in its 15th year of making waves to fight cancer. It is one of 21 open water swims from Boston Harbor to under the Golden Gate Bridge offered by the national nonprofit Swim Across America. Swim Across America is a national organization, but its roots are firmly anchored in Connecticut and along the shores of Long Island Sound as Darien, Connecticut, resident Matt Vossler and his lifelong friend and college roommate Jeff Keith founded Swim Across America in 1987.

Each swim also always supports a local beneficiary — the Fairfield County swim supports Stamford-based Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy — and has generated $4.3 million to support 11 scientists working on new cancer gene therapy treatments. Throughout its years, Swim Across America has raised more than $100 million in the fight against cancer.

More than 120 Olympians support Swim Across America, including Michael Phelps, Craig Beardsley, Donna De Varona (a Greenwich resident and honorary Fairfield County co-chair), Rowdy Gaines, Janel Jorgensen McArdle (who grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut), Bobby Hackett, Ryan Lochte, Glenn Mills, Christina Teuscher (who participates in the Fairfield County event) and many more.

To learn more about Swim Across America Fairfield County or to register to swim, volunteer or donate, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @SAAFairfieldCo or email

]]> (Swim Across America Fairfield County) Charities Wed, 28 Jul 2021 04:39:50 -0400
The Ridgefield Playhouse Adds Two New Shows with Colin Jost on Sunday, August 15

Colin Jost new show at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, August 15 is on sale for Playhouse members NOW

Show times 4:30PM and 7:30PM

Public on-sale Friday, July 30 at 10am!

Purchase tickets HERE.

Don’t miss this evening of stand-up from the award-winning, co-anchor of “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live!

Please note that the 7:30 pm show is a rescheduled performance - tickets from Colin Jost's April 20, 2020 show will be honored. The 4:30 pm performance is a brand new show. Tickets are available for both shows.

Back after a sold out show in 2019, the “SNL Weekend Update” host is back with an all new show! Jost serves as a head writer for “Saturday Night Live.” He started writing for “SNL” in 2005 and has been co-anchor of “Weekend Update” since 2014.

Jost co-hosted the special editions of “Weekend Update” that aired on MSNBC during the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions as well as the primetime “Weekend Update Summer Edition” in 2017. In 2018, Jost and co-anchor Michael Che hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Additionally, Jost wrote and starred in the Paramount/Netflix film “Staten Island Summer,” based on his days as a lifeguard. He has won four Writers Guild Awards, a Peabody Award and has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his writing on “SNL.” Jost graduated from Harvard University and is from Staten Island, N.Y.

Purchase tickets HERE.

Colin Jost - One Star Review

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Tangled Vine at Ponza Italian Kitchen in Norwalk on August 1

Spend your Sunday enjoying live music from Tangled Vine, plus enjoy dinner and drinks at Ponza on Sunday, August 1 from 4-7pm.

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Dine in The Aldrich's Sculpture Garden with Artists on Friday, October 1

Aldrich Artists at the Table on Friday, October 1 

  • 6pm VIP Cocktail Hour
  • 7pm Dinner

$205 VIP Cocktail Hour and Dinner*
$155 Dinner Only
$130 Dinner Only Member Price

Purchase tickets here.

Dine in The Aldrich’s Sculpture Garden among Tim Prentice's kinetic sculptures with artists and fellow art lovers at Aldrich Artists at the Tablea locally sourced three-course dinner prepared by the Museum’s culinary partner Hayfields Market Catering. This seasonally inspired dinner invites friends of the Museum to come together and share a meal, engage in conversation, and celebrate local flavors and contemporary art.

Artists in attendance include: Clarity HaynesTim PrenticeJessi ReavesAnalia SegalRudy Shepherd, and Aldrich Care Box artists Ilana Harris-Babou, Athena LaTocha, and James Allister Sprang.

Purchase tickets here.

 This year’s dinner highlights the work of artist Lucia Hierro whose exhibition Marginal Costs is currently on view in the Museum. Hierro is collaborating with Hayfields to prepare a special Dominican dessert inspired by one of the works on view in her exhibition. Guests will each receive a menu card with a specially-conceived work of art by Hierro to take home.

Proceeds from Aldrich Artists at the Table help support The Aldrich’s exhibition program, which provides a platform for emerging and underrecognized artists.

*VIP tickets include access to an exclusive pre-dinner cocktail hour with Aldrich curators and exhibiting artists and complimentary preferred seating for dinner. There is no member discount for the VIP cocktail hour.

Members receive a discount on dinner tickets. If you are not already a member, consider joining today!

Prices include a 3% credit card transaction fee.

For questions, please contact Jamie Pearl at or 203.438.4519, extension 118.


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Hearst & Pritchard Foundations Help Low-Income Mothers/Scholars

Bridgeport, CT - The Hearst Foundations and the Pritchard Foundation recently awarded grants in the amounts of $100,000 and $50,000 respectively to support Housatonic Community College (HCC) students in need. The grants will aid students participating in HCC’s Family Economic Security Program (FESP) and will be distributed to students through the Housatonic Community College Foundation.

The FESP program, which was launched in partnership with Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls, empowers students to better manage real-life challenges while pursuing a degree or certificate. Through one-on-one coaching, individualized career services, financial literacy learning, and peer, income and scholarship support, FESP students receive the necessary resources and tools they need to advance their education, career, and family economic security.

The grants from the Hearst Foundations and the Pritchard Foundation will support the program’s next iteration, FESP 2.0, which will begin in HCC’s Fall 2021 semester. FESP 2.0 will target low-income, female students who are mothers. The program’s financial literacy learning opportunities and wrap-around supports will help these women with dependents to juggle their multiple priorities, including holding one or more jobs, while pursuing their education at HCC.

“We believe this grant, along with others, will provide single women with dependents the opportunity to achieve a satisfying and economically secure future,” said George B. Irish, Eastern Director of the Hearst Foundations.

The FESP program was adapted from a national model developed by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Since it began at HCC in 2015, the program has helped 413 students to dramatically improve their overall performance. Through FESP, students build stronger grade point averages, complete courses at a higher rate and graduate at a higher frequency. FESP 2.0 focuses on research findings that low-income mothers’ real-life challenges are significant barriers to achieving success in higher education. 

“The Pritchard Foundation supports innovative and transformative educational development opportunities. We are happy to support the next iteration of the Family Economic Security Program to help students at Housatonic Community College,” said Joanne Ziesing, Executive Director of the Pritchard Foundation.

In addition to financial literacy learning opportunities and wrap-around supports, students in FESP 2.0 will participate in workshops on nutrition, health and wellness, budgeting and more. Their children will have opportunities to participate in summer camperships and cultural activities on campus, normalizing college for them and helping to break the cycle of poverty and underachievement.

“The Family Economic Security Program at Housatonic has shown me a different side of what I’m capable of and what I can achieve. My goal is to become an OB-GYN,” said Deniese, a mother of four children who graduated from HCC last year.

“We are grateful to the Hearst Foundations and the Pritchard Foundation for their generous support. This funding will help to build our students’ growth and life-school balance, encouraging them and their families to become more financially secure, achieve their educational goals and improve their abilities to land rewarding and well-paying careers,” said Kristy Jelenik, Executive Director of the Housatonic Community College Foundation.

Through private donations, Housatonic Community College Foundation scholarships provide access to a quality education for students who do not have the financial resources to pay for college, and contributes to the region’s economy by developing a better-trained workforce. During the 2020-21 fiscal year, the foundation awarded over $600,000 in scholarships and students assistance to more than 1,000 students. To learn more about the foundation and how you can support financially struggling scholars, visit or call 203-332-5078.

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Norwalk Oyster Fest Set: Sept. 10-12

Norwalk, CT - Three days of fun, food, and dazzling free entertainment on multiple stages, plus a myriad of special events for families and friends, from nine to ninety marks just some of the activities planned for the 2021 Norwalk Oyster Festival hosted by the Norwalk Seaport Association on Friday, September 10, Saturday, September 11, and Sunday, September 12, 2021, at the 35-acre Veterans Memorial Park in Norwalk. For tickets and information
 “We are so happy to be able to welcome people back to this year's Norwalk Oyster Festival, an event that has brought families and friends together for 43 years. Our volunteers have been working around the clock to make this year’s festival extra special because we know people have been looking forward to it since last year. The 43rd Norwalk Oyster Festival is packed with value-added extras this year especially when you consider that all the entertainment including the headliners' Mike DelGuidice who performs with Billy Joel and Big Shot, Eliot Lewis from Hall and Oates, and Live at Daryl’s House, nationally and internationally acclaimed SteelHeart, the Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Band, and many other top-notch bands are included in the ticket price,” said Mike Reilly, President of the Norwalk Oyster Festival. For tickets click
Friday, September 10, Entertainment Line Up
Headliner, September 10 - SteelHeart - Nationally and Internationally Acclaimed @ 8:30 p.m.
The headliner of the evening, SteelHeart, originally from Norwalk, takes the stage, at 8:30 p.m. This nationally and internationally acclaimed rock band is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. SteelHeart released in 1989. This album catapulted this band into immediate commercial success reaching #40 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album quickly hit platinum status internationally, and gold domestically. “She’s Gone,” a soulful power ballad hit #1 on the international charts staying there for 17 weeks. The band's second single, “I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes),” reached #14 on the Billboard charts. In 2001, lead singer, Miljenko Matijevic provided all of the vocals for Mark Wahlberg’s character in the hit movie Rock Star. SteelHeart has released five studio albums and is working on a compilation album to celebrate their 30 years of globetrotting, and high octane, live performances.
Friday, September 10, Opening Act, Eliot Lewis - Of Hall and Oates & Live @ Daryl’s House @ 7 p.m.
Friday night kicks off at 7 p.m. with the music of multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis, a Norwalk native that is a member of Hall and Oates, one of the most famous duos in the world that have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lewis is also a solo performer that has consistently released his unique brand of guitar featured rock and soul. He is best known as the only musician to appear on every episode of the hugely popular “Live from Daryl’s House” show. Lewis has also performed with many popular artists such as Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Booker T, Jewel, and Todd Rundgren, to name a few. Daryl Hall summarizes Lewis’s talent best, “Eliot is a musician who can do it all, great singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He rocks and he’s got, soul. No one does it quite like him.”  
Saturday, September 11, 2021 - Entertainment Line Up
Headliner, Saturday, September 11– Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel & More @ 8:30 pm 
The Norwalk Oyster Festival is one of New England's most iconic festivals which is why Mike DelGuidice, a multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist touring with Rock N Roll Legend, Billy Joel is taking a night off from his touring schedule to perform with his band, Big Shot on Sept. 11 at 8:30 pm. Mike DelGuidice was handpicked and hired by Billy Joel himself. After Billy Joel heard Mike sing, he hired him, literally on the spot to be in his band. Mike is probably one of the few artists around where the front guy of the band is actually in the band of the artist his band covers! While on tour with Billy Joel, DelGuidice has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Bryan Adams, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon, John Mayer, John Mellencamp, and Adam Levine, to name a few.
DelGuidice is an extraordinarily talented musician. In addition to his eclectic original songs, he will astonish you will renditions of songs by Elton John, Van Morrison, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Marc Cohn, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, John Denver, Sting, James Taylor, Chicago, and many others. DelGuidice is a world-class vocalist and can sing just about anything. DelGuidice’s band, Big Shot includes Tommy Byrnes, Billy Joel's guitarist, drummer Chris Milillo who performed with the Stone Temple Pilots and others, Nick Dimichino, on bass, who most recently played with Nine Days, and, Michael Jewell, one of the countries most accomplished keyboardists who performed with Barbara Streisand, and Michael Bolton,  
In addition to touring with Billy Joel and his band, Big Shot, DelGuidice has released two albums, "My Street," and "Miller Place," and is working on a third. Mike also scored the theme song, "Ordinary Guy," for the sitcom, "Kevin Can Wait," starring actor/comedian, Kevin James.
DelGuidice and Big Shot packs hit after chart topping hit in an amazingly high-energy show that leaves audiences wanting more. “We are thrilled that DelGuidice is taking a night off from touring with Billy Joel and performing at this years’ Oyster Festival. DelGuidice's stature as a well-known worldwide performer makes his band highly sought after because they are such crowd-pleasers. After all, Billy Joel himself handpicked DelGuidice. We are thrilled that he will be rocking the 43rd Oyster Festival on Saturday night," says Mike Reilly, Chairman of the Norwalk Oyster Festival. "We would also, once again, like to acknowledge that First County Bank is our presenting sponsor for the tenth year in a row.”
Opening Act, Saturday, September 11 - Alex Shillo - Singer/Songwriter @ 7 p.m.
To get Saturday night rocking, Alex Shillo takes the stage at 7:00 p.m. with his eclectic brand of rock and country music with a nod to his hero, Bruce Springsteen. Shillo's band is composed of top-notch musicians, that have performed with such artists as Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Gloria Gaynor, and John Cafferty to name a few. Alex and his band have opened for major acts like Big & Rich, Eric Church, Parmalee, and many others. Shillo finds inspiration from his father and is following in his footsteps. Shillo’s dad was the founder/lead singer/songwriter of the late 70s and 80s band SILVERADO who toured the world with Steppenwolf and others and had hit songs on the Billboard charts. Shillo has been enthralled by music since a very early age and his performances show a depth of style and experience. Recently, Shillo released an album, "Friday Night ” that shows his sound is matched by his excellent songwriting skills.
Saturday, September 11 - Jimmy Kenny and the Pirates Beach Band  @ 2 p.m.
On Saturday afternoon get ready to escape to “Margaretaville” at the Norwalk Oyster Festival with the always-popular Jimmy Kenny and the Pirates Beach Band - the ultimate beach party tribute to Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, and the Zac Brown Band. Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band plugs in and lights up the stage at 2 p.m...after all, it is almost 5 o’clock somewhere! The good-time vibe of this band will put you in an endless summer state of mind. So put on your best “Parrothead” gear - your favorite Hawaiian shirt, straw hat, and flip-flops, grab some food and drinks from one of our nearby vendors and get ready to sing and dance along to some of the best of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band plus a variety of country favorites, summer pop, reggae, and tropical classics.
Sunday, September 12 - Entertainment Line Up The Best of Connecticut & More!
Local music is the heart and soul of every big city and small community. Every musician starts off somewhere, and that somewhere is usually local. Art and music in all its iterations thrive on interaction, and with all concerts shuttered last year, most folks were left without experiencing the excitement of live entertainment. "We know that people have missed going out to see their favorite regional and local bands, which is why we have organized a series of non-stop performances by Connecticut and tri-state area bands on Sunday," said Mike Reilly, President of the Norwalk Oyster Festival. "We are happy to give our local musicians center stage to welcome them back to the entertainment industry at this year’s Norwalk Oyster Festival."
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