Norwalk's HamletHub Sat, 02 Jul 2022 16:38:23 -0400 Mayor Rilling Announces the Reopening of the Rowayton Avenue Bridge Ahead of Fourth of July Weekend

Today, July 1, 2022, Mayor Rilling announced that the Rowayton Avenue Bridge has been paved and reopened to two-way traffic just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

“Since Tropical Storm Elsa caused damage to the Rowayton Avenue Bridge, our engineering team in the Department of Public Works has worked tirelessly to repair it,” said Mayor Rilling. “I want to thank them for completing this project in record time and fulfilling our promise to residents that this bridge would reopen by the Fourth of July weekend. I also want to thank the Common Council who approved the funding we needed to expedite this project.”

On July 8, 2021, Tropical Storm Elsa struck the City of Norwalk, generating 6.01 inches of rainfall within a 24-hour period and causing structural damage to the bridge. The damage resulted from the high intensity and short duration of rainfall. The flooding led to a partial bridge deck, masonry arch and abutment failure of the Rowayton Avenue Bridge over Keelers Brook.

The Engineering Division of the Department of Public Works worked with Freeman Companies, LLC to design the replacement structure, which consists of a precast concrete box culvert. The purpose of the box culvert is to allow the water to flow through and support the road. It serves to carry the natural stream water flow and any stormwater flow when it rains. The City contracted with FGB Construction Company of Norwalk to install the box culvert and do the utility relocation work required to complete the project.  

The City obtained permits for this project from the City Conservation Commission, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the US Army Corps of Engineers. 

In the coming weeks, the City will complete the installation of the Merritt Parkway style guiderail and the staining of the concrete wingwalls and headwalls to look like a New England Drystack stone wall and match the aesthetic character of the Rowayton Avenue neighborhood.

The Rowayton Avenue Bridge over Keelers Brooks is a short-span bridge. It was constructed in the 1900s and reconstructed in 1966.  

]]> (City of Norwalk) Places Fri, 01 Jul 2022 12:54:23 -0400
CT Summer at the Museum offers Connecticut kids free Maritime Aquarium admission

Exciting encounters with seals, sharks, sea turtles and – for a limited time – beautiful tropical butterflies highlight visits to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk this summer, especially for Connecticut children receiving free admission through the “CT Summer at the Museum” initiative.

The Maritime Aquarium is among more than 130 institutions participating in the state’s “CT Summer at the Museum" program, which offers free admission for all Connecticut residents 18 and under, along with one accompanying resident adult in each group, from July 1 to Sept. 5 (Labor Day).

“We so appreciate this opportunity that removes price barriers and encourages parents in Connecticut to give their children unlimited access to the state’s unmatched cultural and educational institutions this summer,” said Jason Patlis, President and CEO of The Maritime Aquarium. “At a time when families are dealing with financial strains, especially rising prices for gas, food and other essentials, they can come – for free – and have awesome, fun, exciting and educational experience right here at home.

“We especially look forward to welcoming families who might not otherwise visit The Maritime Aquarium and introducing them to Connecticut’s most important natural resource: the vital waters and amazing marine life of Long Island Sound,” Patlis added.

Through the “CT Summer at the Museum” offer, any number of resident children ages 3-18, plus one accompanying resident adult in each group, can all enter The Maritime Aquarium for free. A dad with two children, or a grandmother with four grandchildren, all pay nothing. A family of four – two adults, two children – will pay for just one adult admission.


Free Maritime Aquarium admission for Connecticut kids this summer


Free Maritime Aquarium admission for Connecticut kids this summer


Connecticut residents planning to take advantage of the offer are strongly encouraged to make their reservations in advance online at using the promo code CTFREE. Proof of residency is required upon entry.

Now is a great time to visit The Maritime Aquarium during its current “Summer of Wonders,” which includes: “Flutter Zone,” a walkthrough exhibit featuring beautiful tropical butterflies open until Labor Day; a big new permanent home for “Meerkats!”; a new 4D movie that celebrates the physical and mental skills of octopuses; a new educational learning space for preschool-age children; three special exhibits; activity stations for kids; and more.

Gov. Ned Lamont established "CT Summer at the Museum” in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. Funding for the 2022 “CT Summer at the Museum” initiative is provided by the CT General Assembly, with the support of Connecticut Humanities and the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

In a statement, Gov. Lamont said: “We are thrilled to bring back this popular summer enrichment program for Connecticut kids and families at a time when affordability is top of mind for so many households,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a statement. “The world-class museums and cultural institutions across Connecticut offer unmatched educational and recreational experiences that will keep kids engaged all season long and spark curiosity for years to come.”

Learn more about the Aquarium and reserve your tickets now at

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Places Fri, 01 Jul 2022 12:46:01 -0400
ParkConneCT Program That Offers Increased Bus Services To State Parks and Beaches This Summer

Governor Ned Lamont today is reminding Connecticut residents about the state’s ParkConneCT program, which is offering increased bus services to Connecticut state parks and beaches. A continuation of a pilot program launched last year, the program offers fare-free shuttles and enhanced existing transit service to various state parks and beaches this summer through Labor Day (Monday, September 5, 2022).

The program, which is a collaboration of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), aims to connect people to Connecticut state parks for the summer season, support seasonal employment, and promote recreational activity to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

The governor, along with CTDOT and DEEP officials, today highlighted the program by riding the Sherwood Island Shuttle from the Green’s Farms Metro North Station in Westport to Sherwood Island State Park. While at the park, the governor addressed the media and met with visitors enjoying the beach and boardwalk.

“Being able to catch a shuttle from the commuter station right to this beautiful shoreline park is a convenient resource to enjoy the outdoors that otherwise,” Governor Lamont said. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Connecticut’s state parks are one of the best things about living here, and connecting our residents to them is important. That’s what the ParkConneCT program is all about.”

“ParkConneCT increases access to the positive physical and mental benefits one can get from being out in our beautiful state parks,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “It can also help people who have seasonal employment with DEEP get to their workplace. Thank you, Governor Lamont and our DOT partners for the vision and collaboration on this important program. We hope you consider utilizing this service this summer and have a safe, fun, rejuvenating time in your state parks.”

“I’m excited to kick off the Fourth of July weekend by taking public transportation to one of our beautiful state parks,” CTDOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti said. “Now is a great time to give public transit a try. It’s a convenient and reliable way to move across Connecticut. With fare free buses running statewide and through expanded free ParkConneCT services, like microtransit, trolleys, and shuttles, we’re expanding access to beaches and parks across Connecticut.”

All buses associated with the ParkConneCT pilot program will run fare free through Labor Day (September 5, 2022). Additionally, as part of the fiscal year 2023 budget, all buses statewide are operating without collecting fares until November 30, 2022 (with the exception of premium on-demand ridesharing programs). Wheels 2U and Valley Transit District’s on-demand ridesharing services will only be free on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays observed on July 4 and September 5, when using the service to or from parks in the ParkConneCT program.

The parks included in the ParkConneCT pilot program are:

  • Fort Trumbull State Park
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park
  • Indian Well State Park
  • Osbornedale State Park
  • Sherwood Island State Park
  • Silver Sands State Park
  • Sleeping Giant State Park

The state parks for this pilot program were selected based on criteria prioritizing seasonal employment levels, recreational summer activities, frequently traveled tourist destinations, and existing service connections. Routes were selected by performing an analysis using geospatial information systems and prioritizing areas where the most cost-effective improvements could be made to connect people to the parks.

Since the launch of the pilot program, CTDOT has continued to collect and assess ridership and passenger trip data to measure the success of the program. Those efforts will continue this year and will include a survey to collect additional information from riders.

For more information on ParkConneCT, visit

ParkConneCT Service Schedule

Hammonasset Beach State Park (Madison)

  • Hourly service on the Clinton Trolley that now stops at Middle Beach (operates Thursday through Sunday and holidays)
  • 30-minute service on the Madison Shuttle that stops at Middle Beach (operates on weekends and holidays)
  • Service every two hours on the 9-Town Transit 645: Madison/Middletown that stops at Middle Beach (Diverts into the park on Saturdays)
  • CTtransit Route 201 from New Haven operates weekdays and Saturdays, connecting to the Madison Shuttle route serving Hammonasset
  • Direct Bus service available from the Madison, Clinton and Old Saybrook train stations

Silver Sands State Park (Milford)

  • Hourly service on the Silver Sands Shuttle (operates weekends and holidays)
  • Hourly service on the Milford Route 3 (operates Monday-Saturday)
  • 30-minute daily Coastal Link service to Milford Train Station
  • New Haven Line to Milford Train Station connects to Milford Route 3 and the Silver Sands Shuttle
  • CTtransit Routes 261 and 271 from New Haven meet the Silver Sands Shuttle route at the CT Post Mall on weekends

Fort Trumbull State Park (New London)

  • Hourly service on the SEAT Route 13: New London to Lawrence, Memorial Hospital and Ocean Beach (operates on Saturdays, no service on Sundays/holidays)
  • Shore Line East train to New London Union Station connects with SEAT Route 13
  • Bus service (or walkable) from New London Union Station
  • Thames River Heritage Park River Taxi Harbor Cruise (service begins June 11)
  • On-Demand Ridesharing: New London’s “Smart Ride” operates Monday through Saturday. Customers can schedule a ride by downloading the “SEAT Connect” app via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or via their web browser)

Sleeping Giant State Park (Hamden)

  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 228: Whitney Ave (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 229: New Haven – Waterbury (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is a walk across Whitney Avenue to Sleeping Giant State Park

Sherwood Island State Park (Westport)

  • Wheels 2U Westport and Norwalk Transit District are operating ride-sharing shuttles. Download the app, request a ride, and the shuttle will pick passengers up from anywhere in the Westport service area and take them to Sherwood Island State Park and back. To use the Weekend Wheels 2U service, for free on weekends and holidays, the pickup or drop off location must be Sherwood Island State Park.
  • Coastal Link: Take the bus to the stop at CT Route 1 and Sherwood Island Connector then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a ride
  • Take the train to Saugatuck Station or Greens Farms Station then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a ride

Osbornedale State Park (Derby) & Indian Well State Park (Shelton)

  • On weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Valley Transit District (VTD) will provide transportation, within its service area boundaries, from Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Shelton, to Indian Well and Osbornedale State Parks using its on-demand ride reservation service. Non-Valley residents can utilize VTD ParkConneCT service with same day pick-up and drop-off at the Derby/Shelton train station. The hours of operation are from 8am to 6pm. VTD buses are wheelchair accessible and air conditioned. Riders are to contact VTD’s reservation/dispatch department at (203) 735-6408 for same day service to Osbornedale and Indian Well parks. Valley Transit District service will be fare-free only on weekends and holidays, and when going to Osbornedale or Indian Well parks.
  • GBT Route 15: Connects downtown Bridgeport to Derby/Shelton train station (connects on weekends)
  • CTtransit Route 255: New Haven/Ansonia/Seymour connects downtown New Haven to Derby/Shelton train station (connects on weekends)
]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Places Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:39:10 -0400
Norwalk’s Fireworks and Concert at Calf Pasture Beach on July 3

Save the Date for Norwalk’s Fireworks and Concert at Calf Pasture Beach on July 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm

* Derik & the fun bags at Shady Beach
* DJ Vinnie Campisi at Calf Pasture Beach

Learn more here.

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Fairfield County Bank is collecting school supplies for local families in need

Fairfield County Bank is holding a Back to School Drive benefitting Friends of Karen now through July 15, 2022.

Friends of Karen is a local nonprofit organization that provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families in order to help keep them stable, functioning, and able to cope.

Needed School Supplies

• Sturdy Backpack Large Enough to Hold Laptop and Supplies

• Package of Ticonderoga Pre-Sharpened #2 Pencils

• 12 pack of Crayola Pre-Sharpened Colored Pencils

• Large Glue Sticks

• Two-Pocket Plastic Folders

• Set of Crayola Fine Tip Markers in Classic Colors

• Latex Free Pink Eraser

• Yellow Highlighters

• Pencil Sharpener with Cover

• Wide Rule Composition Book

There are donation bins in each of Fairfield County Bank's 17 locations:

Bridgeport | Danbury | Darien | Fairfield | Georgetown | Norwalk | Ridgefield Rowayton | Stamford | Weston | Westport | Wilton

Benefitting Local Families through Friends of Karen

Learn more about Friends of Karen


]]> (HH) Charities Wed, 29 Jun 2022 06:11:00 -0400
Independence Day Celebration at Mill Hill Historic Park

Celebrate Independence Day at Mill Hill Historic Park on Monday, July 4 from 1:30pm – 2:45pm


Join the Norwalk Historical Society for our first in person Independence Day celebration in two years!

At 1:30pm, the annual “Let Freedom Ring” Bell Ringing Ceremony will begin. The Town House bell will toll 13 times to commemorate the founding of the original 13 colonies. Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling will take part in the ceremony and selected sections of the Declaration of Independence will be read by Norwalk’s Town Clerk, Rick McQuaid. The National Anthem will be performed by BMHS alumni, Bill King.

Immediately following will be the illustrated slide lecture, “Connecticut During the American Revolution”, by Norwalk Historical Society board member and Norwalk Historical Commissioner, Eric Chandler.

Our award-winning exhibition, “Norwalk’s Changing Communities: 13,000 BC – 1835”, will be on view.

About “Connecticut in the American Revolution”: Despite being one of the smaller states, Connecticut played an extraordinarily large role in the American War for Independence. Connecticut government, people, industry and inventiveness helped pave the way to a remarkable victory against the superpower of the 18th Century. This presentation reviews the importance of Connecticut and those whose actions proved significant during the eight years of conflict. So, grab your cocked hat and buckled shoes, your quill pen and paper for a visit to Connecticut’s Revolutionary past.

Location: Mill Hill Historic Park – 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT. Limited parking onsite. Follow blue signs to additional parking

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:42:12 -0400
Pup Park Sundays on Rooftop of SoNo Garden

Get your furry friends together for a play date at The SoNo Collection’s pop-up Pup Park on the beautiful rooftop SoNo Garden.

Savor summer eats while your paw-some pups romp, run, and play. Visit The SoNo Collection’s delicious restaurants and marketplace eateries, plus, discover a fun day filled with games, giveaways, photo opps, and more! Join us for a paws-itively good time!

Sundays, 11 AM – 4:00 PM

July 10, 19, 31

August 14, 21

September 11, 25       


The SoNo Garden, 100 N Water St, Norwalk, CT 06854  (203) 299-0701

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SoNo Music Fest Presents Kids That Fly and No Mind

Norwalk's premier retail, lifestyle, and event space, The SoNo Collection presents SoNo Music Fest. Enjoy live music Saturdays all summer long at The SoNo Garden rooftop terrace.

Jam to tunes by your favorite local bands while taking in Norwalk’s stunning coastal views. Plus, discover pop-up food markets, beauty booths, art exhibits, games, swag bags, family fun, and more. Avoid FOMO — get your FREE tickets today!

Enjoy the last day of the SoNo Music Fest with Kids That Fly and No Mind on September 24th.

Full Music Schedule:

]]> (The SoNo Collection) Places Fri, 24 Jun 2022 14:16:30 -0400
Lamont says reproductive rights will be protected in Connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturns the landmark protections on reproductive rights that were prescribed nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision drastically oversteps the constitutional right for Americans to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions without government interference. Decisions on reproductive healthcare should only be made between a patient and their doctor without the interference of politicians. This ruling will not only result in a patchwork of unequal laws among the states, but more importantly, it will result in dangerous and life-threatening situations similar to what this country witnessed countless times in the era prior to the landmark Roe case in which women died or were left severely injured because they could not access the medical care that they should have every right to access on their own.

“I am grateful to live in Connecticut, where our laws make it clear that women have a right to choose. As long as I am governor, reproductive rights will be protected in Connecticut and I will do everything in my power to block laws from being passed that restrict those rights.”

In May, Governor Lamont signed Public Act 22-19, a first-in-the-nation law that protects medical providers and patients seeking abortion care in Connecticut who may be traveling from other states that have outlawed abortion. Additionally, the law expands abortion access in Connecticut by expanding the type of practitioners eligible to perform certain abortion-related care.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Fri, 24 Jun 2022 13:44:49 -0400
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Call for Artists for New Exhibition on Freedom

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum located at 295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT is calling for artists for a juried exhibition titled, Hues of Freedom. The submission deadline is Aug. 8, 2022 at midnight. 

The exhibition will open on Oct. 20, 2022 with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and run through Dec. 18, 2022. Artist and Trustee Gail Ingis will select approximately 30 works from digital submissions.

As the word freedom can be subject to diverse interpretations, this exhibition will explore how artists depict the concept in their work, filtered through their creative process and drawn from their unique visualization of this multi-faceted concern be it in life, art, or history.

Ms. Ingis said, “I look forward to seeing the artists’ submissions, which I believe will be thought-provoking and inspiring to our viewers.”

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will welcome entries in the following categories: fine arts media, watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, and colored pencil. A fee of $35 for 4 images inclusive of a one-year membership will be required to enter. Works should be no more than five feet (sixty inches) on all sides.

This juried exhibition will be held in the Billiards Room of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. Artists can enter their work by visiting the Museum’s website to review eligibility and other instructions, as the jurying process will be conducted online.To reach museum staff, artists can email

The 2022 Season is made possible 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 and 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.


The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on tours and programs, please visit, email, or call 203-838-9799. 

]]> (Susan Gilgore) Neighbors Thu, 23 Jun 2022 07:22:30 -0400
FCBuzz Weekend of Arts and Culture June 24-26

FCBuzz Weekend June 24 – June 26, 2022

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. Kick off the summer season of arts and culture with music, dance, art, fashion, and even a block party! Follow the summer winds to any or all of the following events:

The Mavericks - “En Español” World Tour at The Ridgefield Playhouse 

Friday, June 24, 8-10 pm

This eclectic rock and country group is known for lively performances that transcend traditional musical boundaries. Founded in Miami in 1989, The Mavericks had a string of big hits and critical acclaim in the ‘90s. The band had a triumphant reunion in 2012 and recently celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2019. Now, they are back and ranking on the Billboard charts with their first all-Spanish language album, En Español.

Pantochino Production’s As Long As We’re Talking at the MAC, Milford

Friday, June 24, 7:30pm

Celebrate Pride Month with a new musical inspired by actual events. Set in an LGBTQ book store, a cashier receives an urgent cry-for-help phone call from a young gay person about to end their life. It is up to the cashier, and the store to keep this person engaged, on the line and alive. Performed in one act for ages 13 and up. Also showing Saturday 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, 2pm.

2022 Guild Summer Salon at Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan

Saturday, June 25, 10am-4pm

Featuring works by 136 members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists working in a broad range of styles, this annual summer art sale celebrates Silvermine painters, sculptors, printmakers, mixed media and fiber artists. On view through August 18th.

June Open Studios at Metro Art Studios, Bridgeport

Saturday, June 25, 12-4pm

See nearly 40 fine artists working in a wide variety of disciplines, from drawing to painting, sculpture to jewelry, printmaking to photography, and much more. Explore the meticulously renovated three-story corset factory building in the South End of Bridgeport, talk to the artists about their inspiration, techniques, and processes, and find art to buy, collect, gift, and display. Visit the two most current art exhibits, and enjoy live music in the gallery at 2 pm. Come for a fun and culturally-rich afternoon!

The 22nd Annual Vivian & Stanley Reed Marine Show at The Stamford Art Association 

Saturday, June 25, 4-6pm

Come to the opening reception in the newly re-opened Townhouse Gallery. This exhibit centers a diverse group of artists and their interpretations of all things water. The show will be juried by Capt. Michael Bagley, artist and Director of Marine Operations for SoundWaters, who will award cash prizes. On view through July 28th during Gallery Hours (Friday-Sunday 12-3pm)

North County Band w/Alyssa Grey at Redding Concert on the Green, Redding Town Green

Sunday, June 26, 6-8pm

Bring the family, a picnic, some folding chairs, your dancing flip-flops, BYOB, and rock out with The North County Band with special guest, Alyssa Grey. The North County Band has performed at Daryl's House Club, Mohegan Sun Casino, and dozens of corporate, municipal, private, and public events in NY, MA, ME, & CT. Members share a love of country music and live performance, as well as a friendship that comes across in their stage presence. In case of inclement weather, call the cancellation line after 3 pm on the day of the show. (203) 339-6106 

Stamford Block Party! at Stamford Town Center Restaurant Plaza

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 12-8pm

It’s a two day celebration of Arts, Culture and Community with entertainers including Parsons Dance, Henry Jones Drumming, Emotions Physical Theatre, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, East Coast Contemporary Ballet, New York Comedy Club, Illusionist David Garrity, Portal Norton Peruvian Dance and fifty more… Plus food trucks, interactive activities including games, DIY murals, a giant mushroom forest, dance lessons and other activities.

The Jester Jim Show at The Westport Library

Sunday, June 26, 2pm 

Kick Off Your Summer with Jester Jim who takes the Library's main stage with a truck full of weird stuff that he tosses into the air. Is he a juggler? Is he a comedian? Does he perform the most amazing beatbox intro you've ever seen? You decide! Kids and adults alike will be talking about Jester Jim's wild antics for weeks. Fun for the whole fam!

Fashion Show Fundraiser at The Klein, Bridgeport 

Sunday, June 26, 3-6pm

Featuring The Faces of Beauty Model Team and Headliner Designer Hope Wade, NY Fashion Week designers come to Connecticut, ripping the runway for some of the best designers in the industry. With special guest, Bria Holmes, WNBA Player and a special performance by rapper, Codeclife. A portion of proceeds go to Helping Hands Outreach, a non-profit for homeless people.

Jay Leno at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Sunday, June 26, 4-7pm

Two shows! Characterized as “the hardest working man in show business,” Leno revisits his stand-up roots in a rare intimate evening with a legend. The acclaimed Emmy, People’s Choice, and TV Guide-honored late-night-show host is also an admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist. Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

BackCountry Jazz presents the Greenwich Jazz Festival 2022 

Sunday, June 26, 5-6:30pm

This free summer season features extraordinary jazz artists, from celebrated greats to young rising stars. Nine concerts in casual, open air settings - June through September. This Sunday, Bennie Wallace, tenor saxophone; Godwin Louis, alto saxophone; Donald Vega, piano; Peter Washington, bass; Billy Drummond, drums. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, wine. Venue provided with reservation confirmation. 

Summer Concert Series: The Barons at Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Stamford

Sunday, June 26, 5-7pm

Kicks off your summer with doo wop band, The Barons - one of the tri-state’s hottest tribute groups, offering an energetic, faithful rendition of the Motown and R&B hits from the 1960's. The concert will take place on the Great Lawn. Bring chairs or a blanket, and a picnic dinner. 

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

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Thu, 23 Jun 2022 07:01:32 -0400
Norwalk students rank sixth in nation at National History Day contest

Nathan Hale Middle School students Anna Kvashchuk, Daniel Guo, Marianne Joy Montenegro and Olivia Papadopoulos received two honors at 2022 National History Day® contest this month: Sixth place medals in the Junior Group Exhibit category, and a special award for Outstanding Connecticut Entry in the Junior Divison.

The students’ project, “The Cuban Missile Crisis: The Diplomatic Dilemma” was inspired by the 2022 theme, Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures and Consequences, and was based on their original research. 

The group chose to analyze the dramatic standoff between the US and the Soviet Union as an academic exercise, before the current war in Ukraine brought the topic back to the forefront of the news.  

The students report that the Cuban Missle Crisis “was a prime example of a stand-off that if not handled correctly, would have led to the deaths of millions. Looking back, events like these can better educate future leaders on how to handle situations that require cooperation and communication, so that when the time comes, they will be better prepared to engage in meaningful debate and diplomacy.”

Twelve Connecticut students received 2022 National History Day® awards at a virtual award ceremony on June 18.  In total, sixty-one students qualified to represent Connecticut at the national contest this year by placing first or second at the Connecticut State Contest last month. These students joined close to 3,000 others from the U.S. and overseas to compete at the national level.  Eleven of the Connecticut award-winners finished in the top ten in their category, and eight received special awards in addition to their top-ten medals.

Connecticut History Day (CHD) is one of 58 affiliate programs of National History Day, and is a program in residence at Connecticut’s Old State House. CHD annually engages over 4,000 middle- and high-school students in historical research, interpretation, and creative expression through project-based learning. Led by the Connecticut Democracy Center,  CHD is presented with major funding and partnership support from CT Humanities. Program support is provided by the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area and New Haven Museum. For more information, visit

]]> (Lisa Natcharian) Neighbors Wed, 22 Jun 2022 12:09:01 -0400
SoNo Fest Presents Baked Shrimp and Swamp Hogs

Norwalk's premier retail, lifestyle, and event space, The SoNo Collection presents SoNo Music Fest. Enjoy live music Saturdays all summer long at The SoNo Garden rooftop terrace.

Jam to tunes by your favorite local bands while taking in Norwalk’s stunning coastal views. Plus, discover pop-up food markets, beauty booths, art exhibits, games, swag bags, family fun, and more. Avoid FOMO — get your FREE tickets today!

Rock out with Baked Shrimp and Swamp Hogs on July 30th at the SoNo Music Fest rooftop stage! Free tickets!

Full Music Schedule:

]]> (The SoNo Collection) Events Wed, 22 Jun 2022 12:05:21 -0400
Call for Vendors for Old-fashioned Flea Market in Norwalk

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is calling for vendors for the annual Old-fashioned Flea Market, which will be held on the grounds of Mathews Park, Norwalk, CT, on Sun., Sept. 18, 2022, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and feature a fun, bargain-hunting event for all to enjoy.

Vendors interested in being part of this exciting event and selling antiques, collectibles, crafts, jewelry, household items, furniture, clothing, toys, specialty farm-to-table foods, and more can take advantage of a special 10% discount offer for the purchase of their space and a choice of a prime location, based on a first come, first serve basis, if they sign up by July 15. Vendor spaces are 10x16 ft. and cost $75 per space. Deadline for reservations is Sept. 1st. Please call Charles Hill, Education, Building & Events Coordinator, at 203-838-9799, ext. 117 or email for more information.

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 and 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 Flea Market, tours and programs, please visit, email, or call 203-838-9799.

]]> (Susan Gilgore) Life Wed, 22 Jun 2022 12:04:52 -0400
Find out what Juneteenth means to Dominique McDow, RVNAhealth’s Education and EMR Specialist

Dominique McDow, RVNAhealth’s Education and EMR Specialist, shares a narrative about what Juneteenth means to her.

What does Juneteenth mean to you? Juneteenth to me means resilience.
How do you celebrate Juneteenth? 
In my family, Juneteenth is a time of reflection. We try to use the time to learn about our familial history and celebrate the achievements accomplished by the current generations who are continuing to pave the way for the generations to come. Most of the census records of my ancestors list them as mainly having either a primary occupation of sharecropper/farmer or maid. Now many of us hold bachelor's and master’s degrees and are entrepreneurs.
What can other people do to celebrate Juneteenth?  
Use the time to reflect and learn something new. No matter how much we want to forget, slavery is a part of this country's make up and we cannot collectively move forward if we do not recognize all that makes this country what it has become today.
What does freedom look like to you? 
For me, this is hard to say because I believe we are still working to accomplish true freedom. As women, we have to work smarter and harder to justify our intellect and skill; the same can be said for African Americans and other minority communities. Even though we have come far there are still battles of injustice being fought on multiple fronts.
Why do you want people to continue the conversation and education about Juneteenth? 
Because it is American history. African Americans are still making history by celebrating firsts. To me, to understand the importance of Juneteenth is to understand and accept African American culture and embrace it as a part of American history and culture.
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