Norwalk's HamletHub Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:57:35 -0500 Westport Country Playhouse Announces 2019 Season

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, “In the Heights,” kicks off the historic theater’s 89th Season

Westport Country Playhouse announces its upcoming 2019 season, featuring five productions, playing April 23 through November 23, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos.  The Connecticut professional theater’s lineup includes two musicals, two dramas, and a comedy.  2019 season tickets are now on sale.  Single tickets for 2019 productions will go on sale in March. 

“I am happy to announce our first show of the season will be ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights,’ winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score,” said Lamos. “With an infectious score featuring a blend of hip-hop, salsa, merengue, and soul, ‘In the Heights’ invites audiences to celebrate life and love in a uniquely American story.

“The 2019 Season also includes plays by two of the most gifted playwrights working today, Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s ‘Mlima’s Tale,’ and McArthur Genius Award winner Dominique Morisseau’s ‘Skeleton Crew’; a virtuosic tour of the catalog of ‘America’s Composer’ Irving Berlin; as well as a brilliantly funny comic take on the classic tale of ‘Don Juan,’” added Lamos. 

“In the Heights,” with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed and choreographed by Marcos Santana, will run April 23 through May 11.  The musical was conceived by Miranda, with book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.  Before the smash hit “Hamilton,” Miranda wowed audiences with “In the Heights,” a love letter to New York City's famed Washington Heights, a vibrant Spanish-speaking community on the brink of change.  Three generations of inhabitants look to the future full of hope, dreaming of new opportunities, and struggling with the pressures of expectation and tradition. 

“Skeleton Crew,” written by Dominique Morrisseau, will be staged June 4 through June 22.  Rumor has it that Detroit’s last export auto plant will soon close. Four factory workers navigate opposing agendas and shifting power dynamics in their attempt to survive. Who is looking out for themselves, and who is working for the good of the team? “Skeleton Crew” is the gripping and final play in Motor City native Morrisseau's prizewinning Detroit trilogy.  

“Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” with lyrics and music by Irving Berlin, book by Hershey Felder, and directed by Trevor Hay, will run July 16 through August 3. From Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side, Irving Berlin’s uplifting immigrant story epitomizes the American Dream, and his songs capture Berlin’s own moving, patriotic vision of this country. Featuring the composer’s most popular and enduring work, including “Blue Skies,” “God Bless America,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “White Christmas,” and more, Felder’s signature creation of character and musical performance makes for an unforgettable journey.

“Mlima’s Tale,” written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Mark Lamos, is scheduled October 1 through October 19. Mlima is a magnificent and beloved Kenyan elephant, killed by poachers for his coveted tusks. As traffickers of Mlima’s bounty maneuver the illicit ivory market, the animal’s invincible spirit follows their path of desire, greed, crime, and corruption in this powerfully theatrical fable. 

The 2019 season culminates with Moliere’s “Don Juan,” directed by David Kennedy, playing November 5 through November 23.Meet the legendary Don Juan as you’ve never seen him before in this classic comedy that has kept audiences laughing for centuries. Wherever he goes, the ultimate lover and antihero leaves behind a trail of broken hearts, ruined creditors, and scandalized society, trusting in his loyal but underpaid sidekick Sganarelle to clean up his unruly mess. But when an unearthly visitor arrives, Don Juan may be forced to finally confront his wicked ways. Sex, politics, religion--nothing is sacred in Molière’s dazzlingly funny take on history’s greatest libertine.

All play titles, artists, and dates are subject to change.

The performance schedule is Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.  Special series feature Taste of Tuesday; LGBT Night OUT; Opening Night; Sunday Symposium; Together at the Table Family Dinner; Sitter Sunday, sponsored by the Westport/Weston YMCA; Open Captions; Backstage Pass; Playhouse Happy Hour; and Thursday TalkBack.

5-Play and Pick 4 season tickets are now available, including online purchasing capability 24/7. All season ticket holders receive a host of benefits not afforded to single ticket buyers, including up to 35% off single ticket prices, priority seating, free and easy ticket exchanges, and discounts at selected Westport restaurants. In addition, they will be invited to a season preview event in the spring with Lamos and other artists.  2019 Flex Passes are also currently on sale for those seeking to see any combination of shows on varying days and times.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit, or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Circle Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training through Broadway Method Academy, WCP’s resident conservatory program; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.

]]> (Gina Zammit) Neighbors Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:43:46 -0500
King School's Advanced Math and Science Research Program: Spotlight on Mallory Ehlers '19

King School's Advanced Math and Science Research (AMSR) Program: Spotlight on Mallory Ehlers '19

Mallory Ehlers, New Canaan resident and senior, is one of four students in the King School's Advanced Mathematics and Science Research (AMSR) Program and she is very excited to have been given this opportunity. Each year, a small group of students who clearly demonstrate an ability and interest in achieving true excellence within science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics will be selected for independent study and competition preparation, and/or a laboratory research experience, based on the rigorous standards of AMSR.

Mallory is working with Dr. Jan Grimm, M.D., Ph.D., a physician scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. Working alongside graduate students at Weill Cornell Medical College, Mallory's work focuses on the development of novel and innovative molecular imaging approaches for cancer diagnostics, primarily based on activatable imaging agents. These approaches combine and utilize modern biology, nanotechnology, chemistry, and physics with modern imaging methods (MRI, optical imaging, PET, and Cerenkov) to create novel imaging agents that allow much earlier detection and improved therapy monitoring of cancer.

Mallory spent 40 hours per week for nine weeks last summer at the Grimm Lab and spends 2-3 hours per week during the school year. Her project involves studying and researching new ways to transport medication to prostate, breast, and colon cancer tumors without causing additional harm to the patient, as is often the case with current chemotherapy methods. She is studying a transport technique that involves loading medications onto ferumoxytol (iron oxide) particles and then treating different cells lines with these loaded nanoparticles. Mallory comments, "I cannot explain the rush I felt from using the results of one test to find the next step in my research process. As I form graphs with the data points I collect, I see the hours of ideas and hypotheses fuse to form decipherable results and next steps that I need to take."

Towards the end of the summer, Mallory began working with a new drug: Catechin. Catechin, a natural antioxidant found in green tea, has never been used in the United States and has never been tested with the transport technique she is studying. Mallory remarks, "This experience has definitely impacted me greatly. I am truly motivated by the fact that my own research, though one small step in the overall process, could advance treatments for cancer patients, and I am very excited to continue my research throughout the school year via the AMSR Program."

Mallory finished Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, and AP Computer Science A last year as a Junior and is currently taking Multivariable Calculus, AP Physics C, AP Biology, AP Psychology, AP French, and AP Literature. Mallory runs cross country and serves as the captain of the softball team. She also enjoys music and has a passion for ceramics. She recently earned her Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification and will be volunteering for a local volunteer ambulance corps this fall.

As for her future, Mallory wants to pursue biomedical engineering and possibly minor in neuroscience. She has applied to some of the top 25 colleges in the country and plans to go to graduate school for either medicine or research.

]]> (King School) Neighbors Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:22:43 -0500
Avison Young Named Leasing Agent for 535 Connecticut Avenue

Avison Young Named Leasing Agent for 535 Connecticut Avenue


Norwalk, CT – Sean Cahill, Principal and Managing Director of Avison Young's Fairfield/Westchester office, is pleased to announce his team has been retained as the exclusive leasing agent for 535 Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk. Christopher Grundy and James Searl are also on the Avison Young team seeking to secure tenants for the building.

The building contains 179,292 square feet of Class A office space. In September, Avison Young completed the sale of the building to Hanover Norwalk Investors, an affiliate of Hanover Real Estate Partners of Greenwich, Conn. The building offers a full floor availability of approximately 30,000 square feet as well as  built-to-suit and existing suites as small as 1,600 square feet. The building’s current tenants include Crius, UBM, Northwestern Mutual and Belvoir.

Situated along Interstate 95 and on Route 1, the building is considered one of the jewels for existing office space in Fairfield County for its commuting location, visibility and amenities, both in the building and surrounding vicinity.

The six-story building stands near the Norwalk/Darien border offering an on-site cafeteria, fitness center, covered parking, renovated common areas, uniformed concierge services  and views of Long Island Sound. Occupants of the office building are in close proximity to shopping, restaurants, hotels and other amenities. Train station shuttles for the South Norwalk train station also run to and from the building.

“535 Connecticut Avenue is a terrific commuting location, has great I-95 access, visibility and offers proximity to all of the great features Norwalk has to offer in terms of restaurants, shopping, business services and strong ownership’’ Cahill said. “It’s convenient to everything, which makes it one of the best locations for businesses seeking new office space.”

More information is available on the Avison Young website or by contacting Cahill at the Avison Young office at 203-614-1264.


]]> (Thomas Renner) Neighbors Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:03:38 -0500
Holiday Open House at Licari Floral Design by J.P. in Norwalk

Here’s a clever (and cost-saving) idea! Bring your own vase to the Holiday Open House and have a holiday arrangement custom made by award winning florist, J.P. Licari. Brighten up your table or room with a beautiful floral arrangement created by one of FTD’s top-rated florist.

The Holiday Open House (Licari Floral Design by J.P. Licari)located at 18 Chestnut Hill Road (Norwalk) is on Saturday, December 15 (9am -2pm) and Sunday, December 16 (9am -3pm).

Come and enjoy some Holiday Cheer. You also find elegant gift ideas for all the ladies on your list. See you there!

]]> (Jeanne Hard) Places Sat, 08 Dec 2018 09:25:13 -0500
ACT of Connecticut Nominated for 17 Awards Including Best Equity Theater of the Year, VOTE NOW!

ACT of Connecticut has been nominated for not 1, 2, or 3 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards - but 17, including Equity Theater of the Year 2018!

Show ACT some LOVE and VOTE now through the end of the month! 

Please VOTE for the ACT of Connecticut nominees under the EQUITY categories below:

Best Actor in a Musical or Revue
-Angel Lozada for EVITA
-Ryan K. Bailer for EVITA

Best Actress in a Musical or Revue
-Emily Rogers for MAMMA MIA!
-Julia Estrada for EVITA
-Juliet Lambert Pratt for MAMMA MIA!

Best Ensemble Performance in a Musical

Best Direction of a Musical or Revue
-Daniel C. Levine for EVITA

Best Choreography
-Charlie Sutton for EVITA

Best Scenic Design
-Jack Mehler for EVITA

Best Sound Design
-Stephen Jensen for EVITA

Best Lighting Design
-Jack Mehler for EVITA

Best Costume Design
-Brenda Phelps for EVITA

Best Musical Direction
-Evan Roider for EVITA

Best Musical

Theatre of the Year
-ACT of Connecticut

VOTE here.

Learn more about ACT of Connecticut here.


]]> (HH) Neighbors Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:28:25 -0500
Help Stamford Marriott Keep Our Neighbors Warm, Coat Drive Benefits Person 2 Person

This holiday season, the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is hosting a Coat Drive in partnership with Person-2-Person (P2P), a community-supported nonprofit with locations in Stamford, Darien, and Norwalk, that provides emergency assistance for basic needs, and support for individuals and families.

As you travel on I-95 through Stamford, please consider stopping at the Hotel and donating new or lightly used jackets, scarves hats, gloves, blankets and other winter accessories. With its easy access to I-95 North and South, the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is the ideal collection hub. A donation bin is located in the lobby of the Hotel.

And...your donation matters. “Last year, through the generosity of everyone who made contributions of their time or treasure - individuals, businesses, foundations, schools, congregations, and community organizations - P2P was able to provide financial assistance, food, clothing and housing assistance to 23,267 men, women and children in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton,” the nonprofit explains.

Did you know? Giving back to the community is woven into the fabric of the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, part of the Meyer Jabara family of hotels. “The difference between being a good business and an amazing business can be found in the company's footprints made by giving back and serving others,” says Mark Ranieri, Vice President and General Manager at Meyer Jabara Hotels.

If you live in Lower Fairfield County (Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Westport, and Wilton), Person-to-Person has programs and services to assist you. Learn more about P2P here.

If you’d like to make a donation to P2P, please go online here.  

Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is centrally located with easy access to I-95 North and South and across the street from Stamford Town Center Mall and two blocks from Train Station. Learn more about the Hotel click here.

To learn more what community means to Meyer Jabara Hotels, click here.

]]> (HH) Charities Fri, 07 Dec 2018 06:50:02 -0500
Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises Start Dec. 15 at The Maritime Aquarium

Cruise out onto Long Island Sound this winter with The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk in hopes of seeing some of the seals and birds that spend the colder months just off Connecticut’s shores.

The Maritime Aquarium’s 2018-19 season of “Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises” begins Dec. 15 and 16, and offers outings on many weekends through April 14, 2019.

These invigorating 2½-hour cruises seek out some of the harbor seals and gray seals that annually migrate down into Long Island Sound from northern waters – such as off Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine, which serve as their summer breeding and pupping areas.

“Seals have been coming into the Sound in robust numbers now for more than two decades,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s associate director of communications. “But they sort of slip in and out unnoticed because they’re only here during winter when boaters aren’t out there.”

During the Aquarium cruises, seals often can be seen near the Norwalk islands resting on rocks and shoals exposed at low tide. Aquarium educators will point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories.

“There’s only one thing more exciting than getting close to the seals on exhibit in The Maritime Aquarium and that’s seeing some of the seals out in Long Island Sound,” Sigworth said. “These encounters are a powerful, motivating reminder that the Sound is an important, thriving natural resource that is worthy of our protection.”

The cruises also give birders unique “on-the-water” access to see and photograph visiting winter waterfowl, such as buffleheads, mergansers, Brant geese and long-tailed ducks.

Dates and departure times of the cruises vary by low tide. Initial cruises are on Sat., Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. and Sun., Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. For the full schedule, go to

“Seal-Spotting and Birding Cruises” take place aboard The Maritime Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound, the country’s first research vessel with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. R/V Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin but, because the best viewing is outside on the deck, participants should dress for the weather. Binoculars will be provided, along with hot chocolate and coffee.

Also during each cruise, participants can help Aquarium educators with plankton samplings. Data collected during the cruises is added to the Long Island Sound Biodiversity Project, which is an ongoing census of the Sound’s animal species. This online database, sponsored by the Aquarium, makes data on the physical and biological contents of Long Island Sound available to students, educators and researchers.

The Maritime Aquarium’s cruises offer memorable family fun but please note that all passengers must be at least 42 inches tall.

Tickets for a “Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruise” are $29.95, or $24.95 for Aquarium members.

Capacity is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. Reserve your spot by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or by going online to

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Events Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:39:06 -0500
Eversource Launches New Outage Map

As part of its ongoing efforts to better meet the needs of customers, Eversource now has a new, state-of-the-art outage map that provides comprehensive information allowing customers to zero-in on details related to an outage at their home or business. With one click on the new outage map, customers can view up-to-the-minute outage information, including the number of customers affected, the time and cause of the outage, and an estimated time of restoration.  Customers can also now report an outage using new features on the enhanced map.

“We routinely engage with our communities and customers to see how we can improve their interaction with us, and the enhancements to our outage map are in direct response to requests for more detailed information during a power outage,” said Eversource Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Penni Conner.  “Our new interactive map provides our customers with the critical and detailed information they value most – particularly how long an outage will take to repair. These upgrades highlight the many ways we are always working to serve our customers better.”

Eversource launched its first phase of an ongoing effort to improve customer outage communications in December 2016, with the enhanced customer notification system. That feature provides customers with outage information and updates in the method they chose– text message, email, or phone. Customers have since shared positive feedback with the energy company related to the availability of more timely information. The newly enhanced outage map is the latest upgrade providing customers with the greater level of detail they requested.

Click here to view a short video on how to use the new outage map.


]]> (Eversource CT) Life Wed, 05 Dec 2018 13:35:00 -0500
Bridgeport Rescue Mission Asks for Blankets

Bridgeport Rescue Mission Asks for Blankets

Men, women and children from low-income families in the community will be provided with gifts from Bridgeport Rescue Mission’s holiday distribution at their Main Campus and Mobile Kitchens in mid-December.

The Mission is asking the public to donate blankets, sizes twin or queen, through December 14th. Donations can be dropped off at the Donation Center: 1069 Connecticut Ave Unit 2B, Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 5pm.

“We’re grateful to all the Mission friends who will join together to bring Christmas joy to struggling families here in coastal Fairfield County,” said Executive Director Terry Wilcox.

For questions regarding blanket donations please contact Courtney Pandolfi at 203-333-4087 ext. 112 or

For more information on the Mission’s programs and services for homeless and hurting men, women and children, visit


]]> (Michelle Chabla) Life Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:51:27 -0500
Norwalk Bike/Walk Commission Partner with Norwalk Community College to Make Richards Avenue Safer

The City of Norwalk, Norwalk Bike/Walk Commission, and Norwalk Community College (NCC) worked together to address pedestrian safety issues on Richards Avenue. The result was a cost-effective project that increased public safety by reducing vehicular speeds in the area.

As a street nearly 40-feet wide, Richards Avenue offered few cues to reduce speed. Motorists often approached NCC along Richards Avenue at speeds that were greater than posted and higher than recommended for pedestrian areas. Vehicles approaching NCC pass through low-traffic areas, such as cemeteries and single-family neighborhoods, before entering a section of Richards Avenue that bisects the campus where students regularly cross. The project created more than 30 new on-street parking spots and included the installation of speed monitoring signs.

“The ingenuity of the Bike/Walk Commission lead to a creative solution to a long-standing problem on Richards Avenue,” said Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling. “This was a great partnership that will benefit many in our community. I am grateful for the expertise of our Commissioners and staff who took this project from start to finish.”

The Bike/Walk Commission first developed the initial proposal in mid-2017. The Commission, Department of Public Works, and staff from NCC met to discuss the plan and agreed to move forward with the project. After local agencies, such as the Traffic Authority, approved the plan, the markings were installed in 2018. The new on-street parking is a major contributing factor to slower vehicle speeds as it visually reduces the road width and cues motorists to pay more attention. Slower vehicle speeds typically result in less severe injuries to pedestrians and can significantly reduce the severity and chances of a collision. Bike/Walk Commissioner Colin Grotheer helped spearhead the proposal.

“I believe we were able to take a multi-million dollar project and achieve a similar result for a few thousand dollars,” Grotheer said. “We were able to have a maximum impact for minimal effort and cost on all fronts.”

]]> (Josh Morgan) Places Tue, 04 Dec 2018 04:15:49 -0500
Holiday Pet Food Drive for PAWS of Norwalk!

'Tis the season for giving, so help us lend a paw during our holiday pet food and supply drive to benefit PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society) of Norwalk!

PAWS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit no-kill shelter that rescues and re-homes approximately 100 dogs and 500 cats annually. Many of the dogs faced euthanasia at local pounds and most of the cats that are strays or abandoned. In order to continue providing their excellent critical medical, emotional, and social care to these animals, and ultimately find their forever homes, PAWS relies on the help of animal lovers like you!

Here are a few things the folks at PAWS can always use:

  • Canned dog food (Pedigree if possible)
  • Dry dog food (Prescription Science Diet if possible to maintain consistent feeding, but other brands are welcome!)
  • Friskees and Fancy Feast canned cat food
  • Dry and canned kitten food
  • Clay (non-clumping) kitty litter
  • Paper towels, small paper plates & bowls
  • Bleach, laundry detergent, dryer sheets
  • Garbage bags (13 & 60 gallon)
  • Dishwasher detergent & liquid hand soap

If you want to play Santa Paws this year, we encourage you to stop by Passage Eas Kennels at 499 Danbury Road in Wilton during our open hours with anything you can spare! Thanks to our friends at Serene Escape Spa, you can also conveniently make donations at their downtown Ridgefield location at 415 Main Street, behind Planet Pizza.

Everything you donate feeds a local dog or cat in need and helps offset shelter operating costs. You can also donate online at

Thank you!

The Team at Passage East Kennels

]]> (Passage East Kennels) Charities Mon, 03 Dec 2018 11:02:35 -0500
Westport Country Playhouse Announces Free-of-Charge Documentary Screening

In conjunction with Westport Country Playhouse’s presentation of the musical memoir, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” a documentary film, “Finding Leah Tickotsky: A Discovery of Heritage in Poland,” will be screened, free-of-charge, on Monday, December 10, at 7 p.m., in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center, on the Playhouse campus. The event is presented in partnership with The Westport Library. 

Following the screening of the 48-minute, color film by Sarah Golabek-Goldman, there will be a Q&A with Mona Golabek, star of “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” and aunt of the filmmaker.

Finding Leah Tickotsky: A Discovery of Heritage in Poland” tells of Stanford University student and filmmaker Sarah Golabek-Goldman’s excursion to Poland to teach English in the village of Zakliczyn. While there, she also visited the towns where her family lived before World War II to search for Poles who remembered her relatives. In the village of Jasionowka, Golabek-Goldman discovered the gravestone of her great-great-grandmother Leah Tickotsky.

Golabek-Goldman’s film explores Polish-Jewish relations as well as her personal journey to discover her family roots. Through Golabek-Goldman’s eyes, “Finding Leah Tickotsky” provides a perspective on pre-World War II history and serves as a reminder of the extraordinary contributions Jews made to Poland over nine centuries.

“It is my hope that ‘Finding Leah Tickotsky’ will inspire students to explore profound ethical issues, such as the dangers of apathy, as well as encourage Polish-Jewish dialogue,” said Golabek-Goldman.

The documentary furthers the mission of the Hold On To Your Music Foundation, established in 2003 by Mona Golabek, to expand awareness and understanding of the ethical implications of world events, such as the Holocaust, and the power of the arts, especially music, to embolden the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Registration for the film is suggested as space is limited. Call Westport Country Playhouse’s box office at 203-227-4177.

“The Pianist of Willesden Lane” runs from December 5 through December 22.  The production returns to the Playhouse by popular demand after a successful run in April 2017. 

Based on the book “The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival” by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, and adapted and directed by Hershey Felder, the play is set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg. Fourteen-year-old Lisa Jura spends her time practicing piano, dreaming of becoming a concert pianist. But with Hitler’s armies advancing into Vienna, her parents obtain passage for her on the Kindertransport, forcing Lisa to leave her family behind and put her future on hold. 

The stage presentation features Lisa’s daughter, Grammy-nominated pianist and storyteller Mona Golabek, who shares her mother’s gripping tale of escape and the people she met on her journey, intertwined with piano selections by Grieg, Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Bach, and Gershwin.

The family-friendly show is appropriate for children age 10 and up. 

Tickets for “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” start at $30; ticket for students/educators are $20.  Performance schedule is Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. 

Education Partners for this production are Judy and Scott Phares.

For more information or tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available online 24/7 at Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), or view Playhouse videos on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Circle Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training through Broadway Method Academy, WCP’s resident conservatory program; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.

]]> (Gina Zammit) Events Mon, 03 Dec 2018 07:40:50 -0500
Strawberry Hummus Protein Waffles

This post is sponsored by lantanafoods. #fruithummus #sweatpinkpartner #hummmmmus #lantanapartner

Hummus has long been a healthy, on the go snack for me. Whether I grab a bag of baby carrots or spread on some whole wheat bread, it has staved off my afternoon slump for quite some time. However, since I've always considered the spread to be a savory option when my sweet tooth takes over, I've opted for less than stellar choices to soothe a sweet craving. 

So, I was pleasantly surprised when Lantana Foods released their brand new fruit hummus line. With flavors like strawberry, mango, blueberry, and cherry, no matter my mood, I can find one that satisfies.

Since many of us enjoy starting our day on a sweet note, I created this super quick, protein-packed waffle recipe that's perfect for busy mornings. You won't feel sluggish or guilty about eating these waffles, because not only does Lantana Strawberry Hummus add a delicious fruit flavor, antioxidants, and protein, but it also gives the waffles a gorgeous pink color. No worries if you don't have a waffle iron, you can use a frying pan instead to make just as flavorful pancakes.  

Strawberry Hummus Protein Waffles


  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 1/3 cup Lantana Strawberry Hummus
  • 3 tbsp. Water
  • Vanilla extract (optional)
  • Cooking spray


Combine the pancake mix, Lantana strawberry hummus, water, and vanilla extract (if desired) in a small mixing bowl. Heat a waffle iron and spray with nonstick cooking spray, butter, or coconut oil, and add two tablespoons of the waffle mix per waffle. Heat mixture for 2-4
minutes, depending on your iron and desired firmness. Top with more hummus and fresh berry slices (or the fruit of your choice), or wrap them in paper towels and eat plain as you head out the door (like I did).

]]> (Gina Zammit) Life Fri, 30 Nov 2018 08:40:00 -0500
Free Admission for Norwalk Residents at the Maritime Aquarium

Norwalk residents can get close to seals, sharks, sea turtles and even “Shark-Diving Santa” for free on Sat., Dec. 1 in a special admission offer from their grateful hometown jewel, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

On The Maritime Aquarium’s annual “Salute Norwalk Days,” the popular family attraction thanks the residents of Norwalk for their support by offering free admission to city residents. (Proof of residency is required.)

Admission – which includes a spectacular 40-minute IMAX® movie – regularly is $24.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors (65+), and $17.95 for children (3-12). Thus, for a family of four, “Salute Norwalk Day” is a value of $85.80.

In addition, Norwalk residents receive 10 percent discounts in the Aquarium Gift Shop on “Salute Norwalk Day.”

Visiting The Maritime Aquarium offers the thrill of getting close to more than 3,000 marine animals, including sand tiger sharks, harbor seals, river otters, sea turtles and pulsing jellyfish – all native to Long Island Sound, its watershed and the oceans beyond.

Besides welcoming Norwalk residents for free on Dec. 1, the Aquarium also will be hosting “Shark-Diving Santa” at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m.  Santa Claus will squeeze into his scuba gear and join the Aquarium’s volunteer dive team in the “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit to dispel myths about sharks, including the featured 7-foot sand tiger and lemon sharks. Santa will swim up to the exhibit window so bring your camera for a unique “photo with Santa.” (“Shark-Diving Santa” is offered most Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays in December.)

Also special in December is the Aquarium’s “Flurry Zone,” a brief fun indoor snow squall that happens on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plus, the citizenry can take pride in their hometown IMAX movie theater, whose six-story screen is the largest in Connecticut. On Dec. 1, choose between “Oceans: Our Blue Planet” at 11 a.m. and 2 & 4 p.m.; “Backyard Wilderness” at noon; and “Pandas” at 1 & 3 p.m. (The holiday IMAX movie “The Polar Express” plays at 5 p.m. and, as a feature-length film, is specially priced and not included as part of “Salute Norwalk Day.”)

“Salute Norwalk Day” is just one of many contributions The Maritime Aquarium makes to Norwalk and its citizens. The Aquarium offers dozens of educational programs and other marine science opportunities that supplement the education of Norwalk's students, sometimes at no cost to the schools. And the Aquarium and its 500,000 visitors inject more than $20 million annually into Norwalk's economy.

For more information about Maritime Aquarium offerings in December, to reserve tickets or to purchase an Aquarium membership as a holiday gift, go online to

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Wall Street Theater Tree Lighting Festivities, Dec. 1

Norwalk, CT: The Wall Street Theater, a historical landmark that lights up the Wall Street neighborhood of Norwalk with its grand theater marquee, prepares to shine even brighter when the lights on their Christmas tree become illuminated on Saturday, December 1. The general public is invited for a festive evening of music, holiday cheer, great food, and the official tree lighting with Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling performing the honors. 

The joyful event begins at 5:00 PM with libations presented by the WST Bar and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Norwalk restaurants; Evarito’s Mexican Kitchen, Harlan Publick, Cantiki, and Bourbon Raw. The evening will also feature live entertainment by Joni & The Keepers and guests can send their holiday wishes to their friends and family by way of the Norwalk Now Social Media Photo Booth.  A time for giving, bring a children’s toy and donate to Toys for Tots.  

The Tree Lighting event is free to the public (cash bar). Sign-up for tickets here

The Colors of Christmas, a holiday extravaganza featuring singing sensations Peabo Bryson, Taylor Dayne, Jon Secada, and Deniece Williams, is a dazzling evening of holiday music intertwined with performances of the artists’ greatest hits.

Two-time Grammy Award-winner Peabo Bryson, known as a “romantic balladeer”, will perform such hits as If Ever You're in My Arms Again, Tonight I Celebrate My Love, and, of course, Beauty & The BeastTaylor Dayne stands out as one of music's most dynamic artists of all time. Her unique vocal style has earned her numerous best-selling gold and platinum albums, which produced seventeen Top 20 singles, among them, #1 hits such as Tell It To My Heart, Love Will Lead You Back, and Prove Your Love To Me. With a career spanning over two decades, two Grammy Awards, 20 million albums sold, and starring roles on Broadway, the acclaimed, romantic sounds of Jon Secada have resulted in numerous hits in English and Spanish, establishing him as one of the first bilingual artists to have international crossover success. His hits include If You GoJust Another Day, and Do You Believe in Us. Deniece Williamsis an American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and record producer who achieved success in the 1970s and 1980s with such hits as Free, Let’s Hear It for the Boy, and her #1 R&B chart-toppers with her remake of The Royalettes’ It’s Gonna Take a Miracle.

Doors Open 7:00 PM - Showtime 8:00 PM

Purchase Tickets, 71 Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

@WallStreetTheater 877.987.6487

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