Norwalk's HamletHub Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:43:12 -0400 Wall Street Theater Prepares for a Talent Infused September!

The iconic Wall Street Theater is thrilled to continue its mission of fostering young talent from across the state. Upon the success of the first Connecticut’s Got Talent show in February of this year and the recent spring stage production of “Fame” performed by WST’s Teen Musical Theater Program, Artistic Director Billy Blanks JR. has announced Connecticut’s Got Talent 2 scheduled for September 1, 15, 21 and the finale show on September 28, and has added a Dance Crew Challenge, with live auditions set for September 23 and the winners show on September 30.

On September 22, our local queen of rock Jen Durkin takes to the stage with fellow musicians and female powerhouse performers Riki Stevens, Christine Tambakis, and Soul Sister Funk Jam. This exciting night of music is in support of Wall Street Theater’s Teen Musical Theater Program which is planning for its fall program with the musical production of Hairspray.


Through the Teen Musical Theater Program students experience professional training in acting, dance, voice, and theatrical production both behind the scenes and on the stage. They are able to experience the audition process and move into each stage of production with the theater’s skilled team of instructors, guest speakers and performers.

Connecticut’s Got Talent is currently seeking the area’s best comedians, singers, bands, dancers, magicians and specialty acts. The event will take place over four shows, including three weeks of auditions in front of a live audience where local personalities, the live audience, and an online audience will judge the competition.

Talent Sign-up:


“We’re in the throes of viewing video submissions of all styles of dance from hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern, tap, Bollywood, salsa, and even ballroom,” says Billy of the online and video submission process for the Dance Crew Challenge, “We will then narrow it down to 25 crews to perform for the audition show and ultimately, 10 crews will be chosen to perform at the finale show.”

Talent Sign-up:


Billy Blanks JR., a nationally recognized professional dancer in his own right, and his Jumpcast Productions team, has worked with such dance legends and shows from Paula Abdul, Emmy Award-Winning NappyTabs, Fik-shun, tWitch, and Doriana Sanchez to Nakul Dev Mahajan, So You Think You Can Dance, and Dancing with the Stars.

The talent for both competitions, many of whom have never performed in a professional stage environment before, are provided with artistic direction, music and lighting production, stage presence coaching, and expert guidance. The winners will receive $1000 plus a headline show at the Wall Street Theater.

“We are looking for acts that we can help develop and grow into a show that can tour the US and come back to us to perform. We want young talent to say that they ‘got their start at the Wall Street Theater’”, beams Billy.

Connecticut’s Got Talent 2 – Audition shows, September 1, 15, 21, finale show September 28

Dance Crew Challenge - Audition show, September 23, winners show September 30

Jen Durkin Benefit Concert – September 22

71 Wall Street, Norwalk, CT



]]> (Gina Zammit) Events Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:10:59 -0400
A Night at the Beach!

You’re invited!

Nancy on Norwalk is having a Night Out! 

Thursday, August 16, 6:30 pm

Ripka’s Event Tent at Calf Pasture Beach.

Join Nancy on Norwalk and friends for a Night Out at the beach. We depend on Nancy to be one sure source of local news and she depends on us. It’ll be some night!  Along with sea breezes and summer stars, there will be COOL JAZZ by Mike Camacho’s group and great food by Ripka's Beach Cafe. 

Expect lot of fun!  Free parking (Nancy will help if you haven’t got a sticker). 

And if you can spare it, a suggested donation of $25, since NancyOnNorwalk relies on reader support for more than 85% of revenue. No need to RSVP; just mark your calendar. See you on Thursday evening at Calf Pasture Beach.

Nancy on Norwalk, a Connecticut non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation.

]]> (Jeanne Hard) Events Sat, 11 Aug 2018 09:43:39 -0400
Maritime Garage Gallery Seeks Artists For Exhibit Inspired By Street Art

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions from artists, 18 and over, for a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery, located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space in Norwalk, CT. The exhibit will run from October 25, 2018 through January 18, 2019.

The exhibit, entitled “Street Level,” will feature works inspired by art in public places. Through art, public spaces have become the perfect canvas for many artists around the world, transforming walls, buildings, and neighborhoods into outdoor galleries. The Gallery is looking for pieces that take their cues from street art, guerrilla art, graffiti, tagging, stencil graffiti, poster art, and urban intervention. Clever uses of medium and interpretations on this subject are welcome except freestanding sculpture.     

For online guidelines and submissions, go to Please e-mail maritimegallery@norwalkpark.orgwith any questions.  The deadline for submissions is September 22, 2018. 

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” placemaking initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces, helping to make Norwalk a more vibrant destination. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00am -5:00pm, Monday through Friday.  For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit

]]> (Gina Zammit) Events Sat, 11 Aug 2018 08:39:51 -0400
Rum Tasting Party at Mill Hill Historic Park

Calling all adult pirates! Jump on board for the Norwalk Historical Society's Rum Tasting Party at Mill Hill Historic Park Townhouse on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00pm.  Gregg Glaser, a spirits and beer connoisseur and publisher/editor of Modern Distillery Age, will lead the tasting. Learn the history behind Colonial America’s top drink, rum! Discover the different ways and places this popular spirit is made and learn about the age old disagreement between “rum” and “rhum”.  A curated variety of six to seven styles of rum will be sampled throughout the night and hearty appetizers will be served.  Tickets are $45.00 per person before September 10, 2018; $50.00 per person after that date and at the door. Purchase tickets at Must be 21 or over, IDs checked at the door. Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT. Follow signs for parking.  Net proceeds will benefit the Norwalk Historical Society's education programs and exhibitions.

Gregg Glaser is the Publisher/Editor of Modern Distillery Age, Editor in Chief of Yankee Brew News, contributor to Modern Brewery Age, and conducts monthly tasting panels for these publications.  For 14 years he was the News Editor for All About Beer Magazine.   Since 1996, he’s been the Competition Director for the Great International Beer & Cider Competition, the largest professional beer and cider competition on the East Coast. In New York City, he conducts spirits and food tastings, working with Food Karma Projects. He also conducts spirits, beer and saké talks and tastings around the world and has consulted for breweries, importers, wholesalers and restaurants.  Gregg has a degree in Communications with concentrations in Cinema, Television and Radio from Ithaca College. He studied comparative media in Britain at the BBC, IBA and Pinewood Film Studios and in Italy at RAI and Cinecittà.  Gregg was the presenter for the Norwalk Historical Society's Beer Tasting in 2012, Whiskey/Bourbon Tasting in 2014, Tequila Tasting and Scotch Whiskey Tasting last year.

For more information: visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Wed, 08 Aug 2018 12:28:10 -0400
World War I Memorials of Connecticut - WWI Centennial Lecture

In honor of Veterans Day and the WWI Centennial, the Norwalk Historical Society will be hosting a lecture: "World War I Memorials of Connecticut" on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:00pm at the townhouse at Mill Hill Historic Park. As WWI ended, American communities hurried to memorialize the great efforts of their sons and daughters.  Government leaders, artists, historians, and the monument industry promoted ideas from simple tablets to monoliths.  Memorials throughout Connecticut exemplify this entire range of monumental styles.  Having visited and cataloged more than 220 monuments throughout Connecticut, Richard Franklin Donohue will display images of the monuments and explore trends in their design and placement, with special emphasis placed on Norwalk and the surrounding areas. Tickets are $5.00 for the general public and Free for Veterans and Active Military. Visit or call 203-846-0525 to purchase/reserve tickets. 

At the event, we are accepting donation items for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Toiletry products such as toothpaste and shaving cream as well as mens t-shirts and socks are in great need. More info on donation items can be found on our website. Members of the American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary Poppy Program will also be accepting donations. Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT 06851. Handicapped and limited mobility parking on site only. All others follow signs to overflow parking across the street. Lecture sponsored by the American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary.

About Richard Franklin Donohue
Richard Franklin Donohue is the Town Historian of his hometown of Cromwell, Connecticut.  His original research has formed the basis of museum exhibits, traveling lectures, and living history programs on topics ranging from 18th-century slavery to Civil War-era Classical music performances to early 20th-century Mechanical Banks.  As President and Program Director of the Cromwell Historical Society for nearly fifteen years and a teacher in both public and private schools for twenty-five, he strives to enhance his town’s interest and participation in local and national history.  In addition to his work with history, Richard is a tenor soloist specializing in Middle English Carols, Bach arias, and German Lieder and is the director of the 1876 Singing Society at Mystic Seaport.

For more information: visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525.
The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Photo Credit: Richard Franklin Donohue

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Tue, 07 Aug 2018 05:16:35 -0400
Rosie the Riveter Day

We can do it! Join the Norwalk Historical Society on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 2:00pm at Mill Hill Historic Park for a celebratory event honoring the lives of the brave women who worked on the home front during WWII.  This free event will feature the following:
CT Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association’s World War II Home Front Exhibit

Gretchen Caulfield, Connecticut state Director of the American Rosie the Riveter Association, will present an exciting lecture that looks beyond the iconic image of the Westinghouse poster to discuss the many facets of Rosie the Riveter.  Hear some unique stories of women breaking barriers and making history—some right here in Connecticut—who selflessly contributed on the Home Front during World War II.  

A real Rosie the Riveter, Rita Stapleton Reutter, will be brought to life! Learn about this amazing woman’s contribution to the war effort as a riveter from 1942 to 1945 on F4U Wing Trailing Edges of planes at Chance Vought Plant in Stratford. Rita Stapleton Reutter will be portrayed by WCSU Professor and avid American Rosie the Riveter volunteer, Dr. Darla Shaw.

World War II era refreshments will be served and there will be WWII oral history stations for those who want to contribute a family Rosie the Riveter story.  Register for this free event at Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT 06851. Handicapped and limited mobility parking on site only. General parking- follow signs to overflow parking across the street.

About Gretchen Caulfield
Connecticut state Director of the American Rosie the Riveter Association (ARRA), Gretchen is the granddaughter of a Rosie the Riveter who built WWII Corsair fighter planes at Chance Vought in Stratford, CT.  She is a member of the Connecticut Corsair chapter of ARRA, dedicated in preserving the history and stories of the women who worked and volunteered on the Home Front during WWII for the ARRA national archives and book series.

Sponsored by the Norwalk Historical Society and the Connecticut Corsair Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association.

For more information: visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Mon, 06 Aug 2018 10:29:23 -0400
Call for Entries – Seaport Photo Contest Through August 25
Do you know what an award-winning photo looks like for Sheffield Island Lighthouse?  To find out the Seaport Association of Norwalk is calling for entries to the “150 Anniversary Celebration Photo Contest” of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse that is taking place through August 25, 2018.
Get your camera ready.  It doesn’t matter if you are a first time visitor or, one that puts Sheffield Island on your bucket list every summer, the Seaport Association can't wait to see the images that connect people to Sheffield Island's 150 year old history. 
Perhaps it is a moment of family fun on the beach looking for shells with our classic lighthouse in the background or the first time you stepped foot onto Sheffield Island in full pirate garb watching pirates cavort in the shadows cast by our lighthouse. 
Maybe your image will be the best view of the lighthouse tower and lantern or one that shows the pier and its natural surroundings that is a testament to why we have treasured this maritime landmark for 150 years and counting.
It could be as simple as capturing the architectural beauty of the stonework of the lighthouse, reflections on water, or a birds eye view of Norwalk’s coastline.  The choice is yours.
Contest Rules
The rules to enter our contest are simple. The Seaport Association's Photo Contest in celebration of Sheffield Island's 150 Anniversary is open to all photographers, beginners, amateurs, and pros are invited to submit their photos that discover and captivate the ecological beauty and cultural heritage of Sheffield Island on one of our cruises to the Sheffield Island Lighthouse.
To Enter follow @SheffieldIsland on Instagram. Tag @SheffieldIsland and use #SILH150
There is one entry per contestant. The First Place Prize is $250, the Second Place Prize is $100 and the Third Place Prize is $50.
This is your chance to submit your most beautiful and creative photos of the lighthouse. Winners will be announced at the Norwalk Oyster Festival. 
]]> (Gina Zammit) Events Mon, 06 Aug 2018 08:33:51 -0400
SoNo Arts Festival Returns August 4 and 5

The SoNo Arts Festival returns to historic South Norwalk on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, rain or shine. Admission to the Arts Festival is free.

This juried event will feature more than 125 artisans, children’s activities, performing artists, musical performances and a puppet parade.  On Saturday and Sunday, artist booths will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm featuring one-of-a-kind ceramics, wearable art and a wide variety of other fine arts and crafts. Exhibitors will share their unique talents and creativity in painted wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, leather, paper arts, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more. Exhibitors will not only showcase their work, but will also inform attendees about their creative process with demonstrations and text. All exhibited works will be available for purchase.

The Children’s Art Playground opens at 10:00 am each day with a variety of crafts and activities – including musical performances – for children of all ages.

On Saturday, performances by local and regional bands begin at noon and continue after the artist booths close with shows at 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Sunday features musical performances from 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

A highly-anticipated event is the new Giant Puppet Parade at 2:00 pm on Sunday. Created by volunteers over several months, this magnificent parade will march through the SoNo Arts Festival in a spectacular blaze of color, music and creativity.

On both days, food and beverage courts will be complemented by local restaurants and merchants offering weekend specials.

According to Arts Festival organizer Sue Brown Gordon, the streets of historic South Norwalk will come alive with the sounds of music, laughter, conversation and the presence of art. “The SoNo Arts Festival, returning with a fresh style and renewed energy, will offer something for everyone – from children to seniors. We anticipate a record turnout as people from New England and the NY Metro Area come to interact directly with and purchase items from the highly-skilled artists and craftspeople from all over the country.”

The SoNo Arts Festival at Washington and Main Streets is a short walk or taxi ride from the Metro-North Railroad South Norwalk Station and is easily reached from Connecticut Exit 15 on I-95.

For more information, visit or call (518) 852-6478

]]> (Gina Zammit) Events Thu, 02 Aug 2018 11:37:25 -0400
Community Fund of Darien generously renews its support of Carver programming

Carver is deeply grateful for the long-term and generous annual support we receive from The Community Fund of Darien.  Here is a photo of Nikki LaFaye receiving the 2018-2019 grant award of $40,000 for our after-school Youth Development Program and our Summer Enrichment Program. 

The Photo: (L-R) The Community Fund of Darien's incoming Board President, Frank Huck; the Board Chair of Grants, Cindy Banks; Nikki LaFaye, Carver's Director of Philanthropy; and the Community Fund of Darien's Director of Development, Laurie Orem.

For more than 68 years (almost as old as Carver!), The Community Fund of Darien’s mission has been to help Darien and their neighbors in Stamford and Norwalk by investing in programs aimed at improving the quality of life for all.

In addition to its community initiatives, The Community Fund of Darien awards grants to local nonprofits helping to address a broad spectrum of vital human services including mental health, substance abuse, at-risk youth, homelessness, hunger, child abuse, special needs and more.

The Community Fund of Darien is made possible by many generous people changing lives with their investments of time, expertise and support. They improve the quality of life for their many beneficiaries through responsible, conscientious and strategic grantmaking through annual grants, small and emergency grants and their Touch a Life Fund. Through their initiative and leadership, The Community Fund of Darien brings social service professionals and Darien town leaders to assess needs, evaluate services, identify and pursue solutions. 

]]> (Carver Foundation of Norwalk) Neighbors Thu, 02 Aug 2018 05:30:25 -0400
August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This month, the Health Department joins the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health officials to celebrate the benefits of vaccines and highlight their importance for people of all ages.

NIAM highlights the various groups of people who benefit of vaccines:

  • school-aged children, who need back-to-school vaccines;
  • pregnant women, who can protect themselves and pass protection on to their babies;
  • babies and young children, because a healthy start begins with on-time vaccination;
  • preteens and teens, who can ensure a healthy future with vaccines; and
  • adults, because vaccines are not just for kids.

During NIAM and throughout the year, the Health Department’s Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program works with families, health care providers, and the community to ensure that area children and adults receive age-appropriate vaccines. This year, the IAP Program continues to run its highly recognized Win/Win/Win campaign to promote the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) to young people in the Norwalk area.

As part of the campaign, IAP staff is encouraging health care providers to discuss and administer this anti-cancer vaccine to their pre-teen and teenage patients in Norwalk, Westport, or Wilton.  Patients who talk to their doctor about the HPV vaccine and/or receive the vaccine at their pediatrician’s office can enter a drawing to win an iPad, and the offices that enter the most postcards win a free lunch for their staff. The campaign is a Win/Win/Win: Win immunity for children and the community, win an iPad, and win lunch for health staff. The winner of the iPad will be drawn September 26, 2018.

For more information about the Health Department’s services for those seeking vaccines, visit our website at

About the Norwalk Department of Health: Under the direction of the mayor, and with valuable guidance from its six-member Board of Health, the Norwalk Health Department provides a variety of services and programs to fulfill its mission: to prevent and control the spread of disease, promote a healthy environment, and protect the quality of life within its changing community. The Health Department achieved accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in June 2014, demonstrating that it meets or exceeds national public health standards and commits to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers. More information is available at

]]> (Gina Zammit) Public safety Wed, 01 Aug 2018 15:24:23 -0400
Westport Country Playhouse Stages Comedy “The Understudy”

Cast includes Eric Bryant, Connecticut Critics Circle Award winner; Brett Dalton of ABC's “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”; and Andrea Syglowski, award-winning actress

Westport Country Playhouse will stage the recent Off-Broadway hit, “The Understudy,” a backstage comedy about a Hollywood action star rehearsing for a role on Broadway amid tensions with his understudy.  The cast includes Eric Bryant, Connecticut Critics Circle Award winner; Brett Dalton of ABC's “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”; and Andrea Syglowski, award-winning actress. Running August 14 through September 1, the comedy is written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by David Kennedy, Westport Country Playhouse associate artistic director.

"This is extremely smart and funny writing about the million minor humiliations that come with a life in the theater,” said Kennedy. “What makes it special is Theresa [Rebeck]’s understanding of comedy.  Her style makes the audience laugh heartily because of the underlying anxieties of the characters, not in spite of them." 

“The Understudy” is set in a Broadway theater where Roxanne is the stage manager.  Charged with running the understudy rehearsal for the production, she finds her professional and personal life colliding when Harry, a journeyman actor and her ex-fiancé, is cast as the understudy to Jake, a mid-tier action star yearning for legitimacy. The comedy is a humanistic look at people trying to do what they love in the face of obstacles.   

Cast members are Eric Bryant as Harry (WCP’s “Room Service,” “The Invisible Hand,” for which he won the 2017 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play; Off-Broadway’s “Angels in America”; TV’s “The Blacklist”); Brett Dalton as Jake (ABC-TV series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as Grant Ward; video game “Until Dawn” as Mike Munroe); and Andrea Syglowski as Roxanne (“A Doll’s House” - IRNE Award nomination for Best Actress; “Venus in Fur” - Elliot Norton Award and IRNE Award for Best Actress; recipient of Robin Williams Scholarship).

Director David Kennedy is in his tenth season as Playhouse associate artistic director.  He has directed Playhouse productions each season, including “Suddenly Last Summer,” “Loot,” and “The Invisible Hand,” which received the 2016 Connecticut Critics Circle (CCC) Award for Outstanding Production of a Play, and for which Kennedy won the CCC honor for Outstanding Director of a Play. He was previously with Dallas Theater Center, and was founding artistic director of The Lunar Society in Toronto and Milkman Theatre Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Playwright Theresa Rebeck’s plays include “Bernhardt/Hamlet,” “Seared,” “Downstairs,” “Dead Accounts Seminar,” “Mauritius,” “The Scene,” “The Water’s Edge,” “Loose Knit,” “The Family of Mann,” “Spike Heels,” “Bad Dates,” “The Butterfly Collection,” “Our House,” “View of the Dome,” “Poor Behavior,” “Omnium Gatherum”(co-written), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013, and “What We’re Up Against,” which was written in 1992 and revived last year against the backdrop of the #timesup movement. In television, Rebeck created the NBC showbiz drama “Smash.”  She has won the National Theatre Conference Award, The William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, an IRNE Award for Best New Play, and the Elliot Norton Award for various works.

The design team includes Andrew Boyce, scenic design; Maiko Matsushima, costume design; Matthew Richards, lighting design; Fitz Patton, sound design; Noah Racey, choreographer; and Michael Rossmy, fight director.

“The Understudy” Production Sponsor is the Eunice and David Bigelow Foundation. Corporate Production Partner is BNY Mellon. 

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 (August 14), LGBT Night OUT (August 16), Opening Night (August 18), Sunday Symposium (August 19), Together at the Table Family Dinner (August 21), Open Captions (August 26), Backstage Pass (August 29), Playhouse Happy Hour (August 30), and Thursday TalkBack (August 30). 

Single tickets start at $30; buy early for best prices.

Upcoming productions at Westport Country Playhouse include “Man of La Mancha,” September 24 – October 13, written by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, and directed by Mark Lamos, the Tony Award-winning musical about Don Quixote’s battle for good and the love of his fair maiden; the world-premiere drama, “Thousand Pines,” October 30 – November 17, written by Matthew Greene and directed by Austin Pendleton, from WCP’s New Works Circle Initiative, bringing the national dialogue about gun violence to the Playhouse stage with a story set six months after a student killed his classmates at Thousand Pines Junior High School; and “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” December 5 – 22, directed by Hershey Felder, a musical memoir about a young Jewish piano prodigy who escapes the Holocaust via Kindertransport to England. All play titles, artists, and dates are subject to change.

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) Events Wed, 01 Aug 2018 14:25:29 -0400
Norwalk Now Presents #NORWALKNOWINSTA

Norwalk Now, the collaborative marketing organization where business come together to promote themselves and each other in a unified effort, is quickly approaching its one-year anniversary. This past year has brought together restaurants, retailers, attractions, consumers, and a wide array of supporters. One such supporting team member has been our amazing local social media brigade. Together, we’ve dined, hunted, played, and promoted Norwalk Now’s enthusiastic businesses with the click of a camera or phone, informative post, inclusive tag, and of course, the almighty hashtag! 

“There’s some truly incredible Instagram talent in this area,” says Norwalk Now Social Media Director Julie Webel, who in less than a year has grown the Norwalk Now Instagram page to 4000 followers, “The photography, variety, and the interaction they have with their followers is not only fun – it’s impressive.”

For the entire month of August, Norwalk Now is posing their first “INSTA-CHALLENGE” to local Instagrammers. Participants are encouraged to post creative photos, videos, and boomerangs of the restaurants, retailers, attractions, and sponsors that make-up Norwalk Now.

To Enter a Post:

Tag the Norwalk Now Business and Norwalk Now and be sure to include #NORWALKNOWINSTA.

The winning Instagram is based on the quantity, quality, and creativity of the posts posted from August 1-31, 2018.

The winner will receive a $500 Norwalk Now Gift Card Package and have their photos featured in the “Norwalk Now Focus” photography show in November.

Participants will also find added Instagram challenges throughout the month on Norwalk Now’s @NorwalkNow

social media platforms.

For details and a list of Norwalk Now businesses, visit: WWW.NORWALKNOW.ORG

** This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram®.

]]> (Gina Zammit) Events Tue, 24 Jul 2018 08:53:43 -0400
Native American Green Corn Festival August 4 @ Institute forAmerican Indian Studies
The Green Corn Ceremony was one of the most important celebrations in Native American life because corn was an important source of food as well as an integral part of religious and ceremonial life that brought communities together.  The Institute of American Indian Studies located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington, Connecticut is holding their 14th annual Green Corn Festival on August 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to observe this time treasured tradition.
Join Museum Staff and Friends as they welcome the first corn of the season with music, drumming, dancing, children’s activities, stories by a professional Native American Storyteller, the sale of arts and crafts and much more! Wander the trails to our 17th century pre contact village, tour our museum to learn about Native Cultures, check out the crafts in our gift shop and try your hands at corn-centric crafts. A special treat is the powwow styled food such as the perennial favorite, frybread that is not to be missed.
A special highlight planned for this year’s event is a performance of the Native Nations Dance Troupe led by Erin Lamb Meeches, Schaghticoke.  These traditional dances evoke the beauty, honor and tradition of Native People.
About Green Corn
The expression “Green Corn” refers to the first ripened sweet corn that you can eat. The Green Corn Ceremony is marked with dancing, feasting, fasting and religious observations. In the Eastern Woodland areas, Native people depended on three staples – corn, beans and squash. These food items were so important that they were called “The Three Sisters.”  The Three Sisters were mixed together to make a vegetable dish called succotash that is still popular today.
Admission for this event, held rain or shine is $10 for Adults; $8 Seniors; and $6 for Children. 
The Institute for American Indian Studies
Located on 15 woodland acres the IAIS has an outdoor Three Sisters and Healing Plants Gardens as well as a replicated 16th c. Algonkian Village.  Inside the museum, authentic artifacts are displayed in permanent, semi-permanent and temporary exhibits from prehistory to the present that allows visitors a walk through time. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut and can be reached online or by calling 860-868-0518.
The Institute for American Indian Studies preserves and educates through discovery and creativity the diverse traditions, vitality, and knowledge of Native American cultures. Through archaeology, the IAIS is able to build new understandings of the world and history of Native Americans, the focus is on stewardship and preservation.  This is achieved through workshops, special events, and education for students of all ages.
]]> (Gina Zammit) Events Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:25:52 -0400
Witness & Conservation Officer Save Norwalk Woman from a Burning Car on I-95

Fairfield, CT – Quick action by Bridgeport resident Frederico Davis and Connecticut Conservation Police Officer Hey saved a Norwalk woman’s life, who experienced a medical emergency Wednesday, July 18, on Interstate 95.  

Both Davis and Hey witnessed a two-car motor vehicle accident that occurred noontime on the southbound side of Interstate 95 in the area of the Black Rock Turnpike overpass. Both found on the left shoulder of the road a motor vehicle on fire, with the passenger compartment filling with smoke as a result of the accident. Both Davis and Officer Hey removed the semi-conscious driver from the vehicle before life threatening injuries could occur.

“It was the quick action by the Bridgeport resident and the uniformed Conservation Police Officer working together that definitely saved this woman from the toxic smoke, burn injuries and possibly losing her life," says Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir. “Luckily, the driver of the second vehicle involved in the collision did not have any reported injuries.” 

Fairfield Fire Department units responded and arrived eight minutes after receiving the emergency telecommunication information from Connecticut State Police. The fire was extinguished and the incident was quickly cleared. Additional agencies on scene were American Medical Response, for pre-hospital assessment and care, and the CT Department of Transportation, assisting with traffic flow.

]]> (Erik Kalapir) Public safety Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:22:17 -0400
The Maritime Aquarium Celebrates 30 Year 'Finniversary'

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is readying to celebrate 30 years of living exhibits, marine science and environmental education in support of Long Island Sound, as well as its economic impact on Norwalk and Connecticut.

The popular family attraction opened on July 16, 1988, as The Maritime Center at Norwalk. (The name was changed to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk in July 1996.) It was created as a not-for-profit institution both to inspire stewardship for Long Island Sound and to spur a revitalization of the South Norwalk neighborhood.

Today, based on traveler ratings on, The Maritime Aquarium is the No. 1 aquarium in New England. It has the prestigious accreditation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the body that sets the top standards for animal care and visitor safety at zoos and aquariums. Some 80,000 students in the tri-state area connect with the Aquarium and its educational programs each year. And annual attendance of nearly 500,000 means the Aquarium has an annual economic impact of $25 million on the City of Norwalk and $42 million on the State of Connecticut through visitor spending and execution of its $12.3 million budget.

“We know that the Aquarium has been pivotal in the positive changes that have occurred with the health of Long Island Sound and in the vitality of South Norwalk over the last three decades,” said Dave Truedson, chief operating officer of The Maritime Aquarium. “But our work here is not done! Just as the Sound is a dynamic environment with new challenges, the Aquarium will remain fresh and dynamic in the exhibits we display, in the ways we present marine-science education, and in our roles in environmental research.”

As a motif for this milestone year, the Aquarium has adopted the traditional gift for a 30th anniversary: the pearl – only fitting for an aquarium in a community known for its oystering history. Even the seal in the familiar Aquarium logo is sporting a special pearl necklace.

Additionally, as part of the celebration summer, graphics have been added as markers through the Aquarium’s history, noting important events and when key exhibits opened. Similarly, movie posters for some of the Aquarium’s most-popular IMAX® films are displayed with recollections of their significance.

The Aquarium invites friends to celebrate its achievements on Sat., July 21 with a full day of bonus offerings, entertainers and special guests, as well as “1988 throwback pricing” for deeply discounted admission all that weekend.

“Thirty years ago, this institution’s founders hoped that transforming an old abandoned iron-works factory into an aquarium might drive the revitalization of the South Norwalk neighborhood,” Truedson said. “At that same time, Long Island Sound was in need of help as well, with fishkills, overburdened waste-water treatment plants, and medical waste washing up on our shores.”

Much has changed since opening day in 1988, in the Sound, in the Aquarium and in the surrounding neighborhood.

Within the Aquarium, over the last 30 years:

•  animals added in permanent exhibits include sea turtles, river otters, meerkats, frogs, jellies and a snapping turtle named Franklin. (The Aquarium’s jellyfish-culturing program is so good now that it supplies jellies to other aquariums.) More than 3,000 animals of more than 300 species – with widely varying requirements for care – are now exhibited.

•  an empty adjacent building was incorporated into the Aquarium, providing 33,000-square-feet of additional space for a new main entrance, larger gift shop, larger cafeteria and new classrooms equipped for teaching marine science.

•  exhibits now give guests the chance to touch animals they have been taught all their lives to avoid: sharks and rays, as well as jellies. These exciting encounters occur under the supervision of the Aquarium’s 350 trained volunteers.

•  America’s first hybrid-electric research vessel continues the Aquarium’s eye-opening public-educational programs on the Sound, while also now offering additional research opportunities at sea.

•  a “Go Fish!” exhibit informs guests about sustainable fisheries and inspires them to become smart seafood consumers.

•  nearly all single-use plastics have been eliminated from the Aquarium’s operations, as the institution practices what it preaches about environmental conservation.

Outside the building, the Aquarium today:

•  is a partner in a preschool in South Norwalk for 200 children, who are showing encouraging gains in their kindergarten readiness.

•  has five “Whole School Partnerships,” where the Aquarium’s educational programming is integrated into the curricula of the entire elementary school.

•  is across the street from a six-story, 755-space parking garage where originally a surface lot accommodated about 80 cars.

•  through its presence, has helped to attract more than $335 million in private investment to the area.

•  leads or participates in research and conservation on such topics as Long Island Sound water quality, sea turtles, horseshoe crab populations, inland frog populations, sand tiger shark reproduction and more.

“Certainly, with the opening of the SoNo Collection next year and the Walk Bridge reconstruction starting next year, we and the neighborhood are in a period of change,” Truedson said. “But The Maritime Aquarium is poised with the best staff, the best board, the best volunteers and the best community partners to respond in exciting, visionary ways.”

Learn more about The Maritime Aquarium, and get full details about the 30th-anniversary celebration schedule on Sat., July 21, at

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