Norwalk's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:36:20 -0400 HamletHub.com Local Eateries & Distilleries Join Forces for Maritime With A Twist https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44835-local-eateries-distilleries-join-forces-for-maritime-with-a-twist44835-local-eateries-distilleries-join-forces-for-maritime-with-a-twist https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44835-local-eateries-distilleries-join-forces-for-maritime-with-a-twist44835-local-eateries-distilleries-join-forces-for-maritime-with-a-twist

 

Celebrate the summer solstice with sips and samples and sharks and seals during the “Maritime with a Twist” adults-only evening event on Thurs., June 21 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Open to anyone age 21 and over, “Maritime with a Twist” features tastes from nearby restaurants in the South Norwalk (or SoNo) neighborhood, as well as refreshments by artisanal distillers and distributors. Sample them all while enjoying the entire Aquarium for one price.

Participating restaurants and retailers include: Bandido Mexican Restaurant, The Blind Rhino, Burger Bar & Bistro, The Cask Republic, Evarito’s Mexican Bar & Kitchen, Harlan Publick, Killer B Burger, Knot Norm’s, La Dolce Italian Ice & Café, Local Kitchen & Beer Bar, Our House SoNo, and Public Wine Bar, as well as Maikana Foods.

Pouring the tastings will be Naked Turtle White Rum and Total Wine & More, both of Norwalk; Asylum Distillery of Bridgeport; Eder Brothers of West Haven; and Glenlivet Scotch.

Lasting from 6 to 9 p.m., “Maritime with a Twist” offers a fun celebration of summer in a unique setting among seals, sharks, sea turtles, jellies and more. Weather permitting, the event will spill out onto the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard.

The Westport-based cover band Sinergy will provide live music.   

Media sponsor is CT Bites, and community sponsor is Building and Land Technology of Stamford.

Tickets for the June 21 “Maritime with a Twist” are $50 ($45 for Aquarium members) with proceeds supporting The Maritime Aquarium. There’s no extra cost for food and drink after your ticketed admission. 

Get tickets at the door or in advance online at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Dave Sigworth) Events Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:56:50 -0400
The John and Ethel Kashulon Foundation Supports Carver's Educational Programs https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44832-carver44832-carver https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44832-carver44832-carver

Carver is the recent recipient of a $5,000 grant for the advancement of Carver students. 

The mission of the John and Ethel Kashulon Foundation is to improve people’s lives through the funding of programs whose mission and projects align with its three unified goals of enhancing Educational, Children’s and Cultural opportunities.

Ethel Orco Kashulon was a lifelong Bridgeport resident until her passing in 2017. She graduated from Saints Cyril and Methodius Commercial High School, and immediately began working at the Bridgeport Housing Authority, where she was recognized as being their longest serving employee, retiring at age seventy after fifty-three years of employment.  
For many years, Mrs Kashulon also worked at the family business, Kashulon’s Market, on Sheridan Street in Bridgeport. Devout Catholics, she and her husband, John Kashulon, had been an active members of Saint Cyril and Methodius Parish, Bridgeport for over fifty years. John Kashulon and Ethel were married on Halloween, October 31, 1960, and enjoyed 36 years of marriage until the passing of Mr. Kashulton. 

The foundation was created in their memory and the Carver community is deeply grateful for being one of the recipients of the foundation's thoughtful giving. 

Carver is Norwalk’s largest provider of after school programs for middle and high school students, and the largest provider of summer programs serving K through 9th grade students. Since 2005, 100% of Carver seniors have graduated on time. Over the last three years, over 95% of Carver seniors enroll in college immediately following graduation.Carver infuses high expectations, academic rigor, and healthy relationships into its youth development approach to instruction. Carver received the highest ratings from Charity Navigator and Guidestar, far exceeding industry standards for financial health, transparency and accountability to donors. 

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jim@carvercenterct.org (Carver Foundation of Norwalk) Life Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:07:59 -0400
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest Deadline Extended! https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44833-royal-nonesuch-humor-writing-contest-deadline-extended44833-royal-nonesuch-humor-writing-contest-deadline-extended https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44833-royal-nonesuch-humor-writing-contest-deadline-extended44833-royal-nonesuch-humor-writing-contest-deadline-extended

The Mark Twain House & Museum has extended the deadline for its 2018 Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest to July 15, 2018

The contest is meant to celebrate Mark Twain's legacy as of one of America's leading humorists and to encourage writers of all ages and from all over the world to put pen to paper. So send us your side-splitting submissions soon and become eligible to win one of our cash prizes!

The finalist judges for this year's contest are Michael Ian BlackSusan HarlanHank Herman, and Julie Schumacher, all of whom know funny when they see it. 

We accept entries in two categories:

  • Adult (age 18 or older at the time of submission) at $23 per entry
  • Young Writer (age 17 or younger at time of submission) at $10 per entry. 

Multiple submissions are welcome, but EACH SUBMISSION MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A SEPARATE ENTRY FEE. 

Entry fees support the preservation of the Hartford, Connecticut home where Mark Twain lived from 1874 to 1891, during which time he wrote his greatest works. 

All writing must be original, no longer than 7,000 words, and (most important) hilarious. Cash prizes will be awarded to a first-place winner and two runners-up in each category: First Prize in each category is $1,000; Second Prize in each category is $500; Third Prize in each category is $250.



Submissions will be accepted through July 15, 2018. 

Winners will be announced on September 10, 2018.

For more information visit our website (where you can also read winning entries from years past), Facebook, or Submittable page.  


The Mark Twain House & Museum is the restored Hartford, Connecticut home where American author Samuel Clemens -- Mark Twain -- and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, during the years he lived there. In addition to providing tours of Twain's restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and education programs that illuminate Twain's literary legacy and provide information about his life and times. 

Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts and the Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Arts Campaign.

The house and museum at 351 Farmington Avenue are open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
For more information call 860-247-0998 or visit marktwainhouse.org

 

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Life Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:02:20 -0400
Norwalk Now Presents Bicycles & Brunch Summer Sunday Series https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44829-norwalk-now-presents-bicycles-brunch-summer-sunday-series44829-norwalk-now-presents-bicycles-brunch-summer-sunday-series https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44829-norwalk-now-presents-bicycles-brunch-summer-sunday-series44829-norwalk-now-presents-bicycles-brunch-summer-sunday-series

This summer, outdoor enthusiasts and food fans can enjoy the best of both worlds with Norwalk Now’s Bicycles & Brunch. This unique Norwalk experience begins at 10am at Pedego in South Norwalk. Participants will hop on a Pedego electric bike and venture out on a guided tour of Norwalk’s costal neighborhoods and beachfronts with Pedego owner Mike Heslin. At 12 NOON it’s off to a featured Norwalk Now restaurant for Sunday Brunch.

“The beauty of the electric bike is that it can accommodate any level of bike rider, “says Mike Heslin, “The rider can pedal as much or as little as they want, utilizing the  motor to propel them throughout their destinations.”

Pedego will supply all riders with helmets and bottled water.

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After the outdoor adventure, participants will enjoy Sunday Brunch at one of Norwalk Now’s amazing restaurants. The brunch line-up includes:

June 24 – Cask Republic

July 8 – Beach House

July 22 – Public Wine Bar

August 5 – Washington Prime

August 19 – Saltwater Restaurant & Bar

Sept 2, Labor Day Weekend – The Spread

Fall Dates TBA

These fun-filled days are only $50 per person (gratuity not included). Each day is limited to 8 riders.

For more information and to book your spot, visit: https://norwalknow.org/news/explore-norwalk-with-bicycles-brunch

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Events Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:18:53 -0400
Norwalk High School Class Of 2018 Earn Top Scholarships and Awards https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44831-norwalk-high-school-class-of-2018-earn-top-scholarships-and-awards44831-norwalk-high-school-class-of-2018-earn-top-scholarships-and-awards https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44831-norwalk-high-school-class-of-2018-earn-top-scholarships-and-awards44831-norwalk-high-school-class-of-2018-earn-top-scholarships-and-awards

Over 400 Norwalk High School students will accept diplomas this evening at the 116th annual commencement at Testa Field. This year’s graduates were accepted to over 350 universities including American University, Brown University, Clemson University, Delaware State University, Gettysburg College, Miami University, MIT, Norwalk Community College, Princeton University, Skidmore College, Yale University and more.

Norwalk High School graduating seniors earned over 100 scholarships this year ranging from the Kevin M. Eidt Memorial Scholarship Fund, to the Norwalk Federation of Teachers Scholarship, Norwalk High School Integrity Award, Pastime Athletic Club Scholarship, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Scholarship, The Jae Lin Memorial Scholarship and more.

Senior Class President Colin Baker will follow remarks from NPS Superintendent Dr. Steven Adamowski with a greeting from the senior class. Class Secretary Kelly Halloran and Treasurer Lauren Muldowney will present class gifts, and Class Vice President Chaz Bethel-Brescia will present to the retiring teachers. Ryan Stelly, the Class Salutatorian, will then address graduates followed by speeches by Covaledictorians Katerina Karaiskos and Chaz Bethel-Brescia. This year’s program recognizes members of the National Honor Society as well as students who graduated in the top ten percent of their class.

Norwalk High School Principal Reginald Roberts spoke of the class of 2018 as being “aware of the responsibility to care for their fellow students as well as the community that surrounds them.”


“The class of 2018 worked hard to accomplish success in areas both academic and philanthropic. This is a class that orchestrated and truly showed up for charity events, clean up initiatives, the fight against cancer, and spotlighted the importance of living a healthy lifestyle,” said Roberts. “We are extremely proud of our students and look forward to seeing what they will do next as they continue on to various colleges and universities.”

As part of Norwalk Public School’s commitment to offer school choice, Norwalk High School offers a diverse range of academic opportunities and pathways, including the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA), Advanced Placement courses for college credit, and the newly designed Digital Media and Communications Academy.

Twelve NECA graduates received an Associate in Applied Science degree in software engineering from Norwalk Community College in May. A partnership between Norwalk Public Schools, Norwalk Community College and IBM, this is the first graduating class from what is Connecticut's first P-TECH school.

This year marks the first opportunity for students to be awarded the Connecticut State Seal of Biliteracy. This honor, established by the State Board of Education, acknowledges that a student has demonstrated mastery of two or more languages. The Seal of Biliteracy also provides recognition to English learners for the great value of developing English and maintaining their primary language.

The Norwalk High School four-year graduation rate in 2017 was 94.1. The overall NPS graduation rate for 2017 was higher than the State for the third year in a row. This ranking positions NPS as first in our District Reference Group (DRG), which compares NPS with other districts with similar socioeconomic status across the state. Increasing Norwalk's graduation rate is part of the overall district objectives to implement the right strategies, systems and supports to ensure that all students leave Grade 12 ready for future academic or work success.

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Neighbors Tue, 19 Jun 2018 05:25:00 -0400
Aloft Hotels Partner With Universal Music Group To Launch Global Program https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44830-aloft-hotels-partner-with-universal-music-group-to-launch-global-program44830-aloft-hotels-partner-with-universal-music-group-to-launch-global-program https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44830-aloft-hotels-partner-with-universal-music-group-to-launch-global-program44830-aloft-hotels-partner-with-universal-music-group-to-launch-global-program

Aloft Hotels, Marriott International’s brand for music lovers and music makers, and Universal Music Group & Brands (UMGB), the brand strategy division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, launched the 2018 edition of Aloft Hotels’ artist discovery competition Project: Aloft Star, and unveiled the first-ever Project: Aloft Star Tour, a five-city tour celebrating UMG’s emerging artists.

Starting today, musicians can enter for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime prize that includes:

  • An opportunity to record a single at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood
  • Mentoring from UMG’s executives which will include help selecting a song to record
  • 500,000 Rewards points redeemable for Marriott International hotel stays and other rewards

This year’s Project: Aloft Star mentors, the X Ambassadors, will guide the three Project: Aloft Star finalists and help them prepare for their finale performance. The Project: Aloft Star contest and tour is part of Marriott International’s first-of-its-kind global partnership with UMG, which has evolved to include a focus on developing emerging talent.

Project: Aloft Star Tour

To inspire emerging talent to enter this year’s competition, Aloft Hotels is taking some of UMG’s hottest breakthrough artists on the road, hitting some of the great music cities to host intimate music performances in the brand’s signature W XYZ® bars. The free performances will kick off with Years & Years in Philadelphia onJune 23, and will continue in four other locations, including Tank & the Bangas in New Orleans on August 9 and BANNΞRS in Denver on October 17. At each tour stop, fans will be able to collect an exclusive custom memento poster featuring art created by New York designer and illustrator Sophia Chang. The final tour stop will be held in Austin on November 1 where the Project: Aloft Star finalists will perform in front of a panel of industry judges that includes representatives from UMG and live music discovery platform Bandsintown, and a winner will be chosen.

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Life Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:20:08 -0400
Film Screening - "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44826-film-screening-won-t-you-be-my-neighbor44826-film-screening-won-t-you-be-my-neighbor https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44826-film-screening-won-t-you-be-my-neighbor44826-film-screening-won-t-you-be-my-neighbor

Don't miss an advanced screening of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" this Thursday, June 21, at Garden Cinemas in Norwalk. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-screening-of-wont-you-be-my-neighbor-a-love-all-project-fundraiser-tickets-46916786371?aff=ehomecard

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? - Official Trailer [HD] ...

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info@loveallproject.org (Love ALL Project) Events Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:05:20 -0400
Experiencing the Beauty of Birds on Long Island Sound on Birding Cruise https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44822-experiencing-the-beauty-of-birds-on-long-island-sound-on-birding-cruise44822-experiencing-the-beauty-of-birds-on-long-island-sound-on-birding-cruise https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44822-experiencing-the-beauty-of-birds-on-long-island-sound-on-birding-cruise44822-experiencing-the-beauty-of-birds-on-long-island-sound-on-birding-cruise

 

It is no surprise that Connecticut’s best-known birding sites are located on the shore of Long Island Sound, where observers can spot waterfowl, shorebirds, and seabirds along with migrant birds of all types.  As the third smallest state in the country, amazingly, Connecticut boasts 430 different bird species; and one of the state’s birding “hotspots” is Sheffield Island.

 

If you are a bird lover with a checklist of bird species that you have seen in Connecticut, and want to add seabirds to your list, hop on board the CJ Toth Quest, a 49 passenger ferryboat with the Seaport Association on Sunday, June 10 or Sunday, June 24 for their annual Bird Cruise that runs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 

Passengers on this three-hour excursion led by Larry Flynn, Master Wildlife Conservationist agree that each cruise is always exciting because they can never anticipate what bird species might fly their way!  “Every cruise is different, and just when you think you have it all figured out, these birds will do something else that surprises you,” says Flynn. “We have seen stand-downs between large gulls or falcons attempting to prey on smaller birds and sometimes larger birds and their chicks.  It’s truly amazing what you can see on these tours."

 

Among the types of birds, you may see on this National Geographic styled cruise are nest sites and nesting colonies of ospreys and long-legged egrets with their graceful S-curved necks and long dagger-like bills.  On this three-hour cruise, passengers may spot American oystercatchers, herons, terns, gulls, cormorants and many others.

 

A highlight of the trip is the chance to explore the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge on Sheffield Island.  Here you will find a variety of habitats that support nesting and wading birds.  There is also a small population of herring and great black-backed gulls that nest along Sheffield’s rocky shoreline.

 

The importance of Sheffield Island to wildlife, especially migratory birds is enormous, and these special bird cruises give passengers the chance to spot these magnificent creatures on and off the water at an awe-inspiring and safe distance with a knowledgeable guide.

 

The cruise will depart at 8:30 a.m. on June 10 and 24. Passengers are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. The boat leaves from the Seaport Dock that is adjacent to the Stroffolino Bridge at the corner of Washington and Water Streets in South Norwalk. Parking is available at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium Parking Lot. Tickets are Adult: $25, Members and Seniors: $20, Children 4-12 years old: $15 and Children under 3 are $5.  For Reservations contact 203-838-9444 or 1-800-838-3006.  On the day of the cruise contact the dock phone at 203-838-2898.  Or visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com

 

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Events Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:10:28 -0400
The 6th Annual Norwalk Arts Festival Set for June 23rd https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44825-the-6th-annual-norwalk-arts-festival-set-for-june-23rd44825-the-6th-annual-norwalk-arts-festival-set-for-june-23rd https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44825-the-6th-annual-norwalk-arts-festival-set-for-june-23rd44825-the-6th-annual-norwalk-arts-festival-set-for-june-23rd

Mathews Park in Norwalk will be the location for the 6th Annual Norwalk Arts Festival on June 23 & 24, 2018. This festival is free and open to the public from 10 – 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

A juried fine art and fine craft festival, the event it will bring over 85 of the country’s top fine artists and craftspeople to Fairfield County, along with several outstanding performing artists. The children’s “Art Project”, a creative arts area, sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama, will round out the fun for visiting families. New this year is the Poet’s Corner, a stage dedicated to spoken word and will entertain will several authors and writers scheduled to read throughout the whole 2-day event. An expanded gourmet food court will delight with a wide variety of food trucks with offerings from American and International fare to Lobster. Live music and demonstrations are provided as well as special museum tours and exhibits and a special “Big INK” show at the Printmaking Center.

Hosted with the support of The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Stepping Stones Museum, Mathews Mansion Museum, NicaPhoto, The Norwalk Parks Department, the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and Jerry’s Artarama, this art festival will be a premier cultural event in the area. The artists will be the feature of this two-day festival located in a beautiful park setting nestled between the 2 Museums and CCP - a nationally recognized Art Center. The Festival is a juried event featuring 100 artists selected locally and from across the country. Their paintings, photography, drawings, prints, sculptures, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal and glass pieces and original art is available for collecting. The Festival includes live musical performances, poetry on both days, as well as, free fun family activities, and a variety of food.

In the tradition of The Bruce Museum Art Festivals, this event promises a high quality arts experience for visitors of all ages and tastes. The Norwalk Art Festival is located in Mathews Park, 295 West Avenue, just off of exit 15S and 14N on I-95 in Norwalk. Rain or shine, this is a FREE family friendly cultural event, and is open 10 am to 5pm both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit NorwalkArtFestival.org or 518-852-6478. Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, will be there at 1:00pm to create a special art piece, it will be a great photo opportunity.

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Events Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:27:44 -0400
Tony Award-winning Star Sutton Foster to Headline Westport Country Playhouse Gala https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44819-tony-award-winning-star-sutton-foster-to-headline-westport-country-playhouse-gala44819-tony-award-winning-star-sutton-foster-to-headline-westport-country-playhouse-gala https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44819-tony-award-winning-star-sutton-foster-to-headline-westport-country-playhouse-gala44819-tony-award-winning-star-sutton-foster-to-headline-westport-country-playhouse-gala

Tony Award-winning Broadway and television star Sutton Foster will headline Westport Country Playhouse’s 2018 Gala on Saturday evening, September 8, performing Broadway standards with a trio of musicians. “Sutton effectively stops whatever Broadway show she’s in with her amazing combination of talents in dance, song, and a wicked sense of humor,” said Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director. “She’s a dazzling throwback to the great Broadway stars of yesteryear.” 

Eunice and David Bigelow, co-chairmen of the family-run Bigelow Tea Company, headquartered in Fairfield, CT, will be honored with the Playhouse’s 2018 Leadership Award for their vision and philanthropy. “They are the rare philanthropists who bring a joyous interest in how Playhouse staff and artists make theater, cultivating a closeness to both the technical and artistic process,” said Lamos.

Actress, singer, and dancer Sutton Foster is best known for her role as Reno Sweeney in the 2011 Broadway revival of “Anything Goes,”which won her a second Tony Award. Her first Tony Award came in 2002 as Millie Dillmount in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” establishing Foster as one of the finest talents in musical theater today. She has also originated the roles of Janet Van De Graff in “The Drowsy Chaperone”(2006), Inga in Mel Brook's “Young Frankenstein”(2007), and Princess Fiona in “Shrek The Musical” (2008). In addition to her celebrated work on stage, she is an in-demand television actress, currently starring in the critically acclaimed TV Land series, “Younger.”

The Gala’s theme, “Andalusian Nights,” ties in with the Playhouse’s autumn production of “Man of La Mancha,” bringing the ambiance of Spain to the evening.  A dinner for patrons and benefactors will take place pre-performance and includes a private cocktail hour, silent auction, and live Spanish guitar music. Following the performance will be an after-party with tapas and a live band.  Attire is festive; black tie optional. Valet parking will be provided.

The 2018 Gala Committee co-chairs are Athena T. Adamson and Teresa Nardozzi.  Committee members include Karen Parrella, auction chair; Barbara K. Streicker, board chair; Mary Ellen Marpe, development chair; Paige Couture, after-party chair; Ania Czekaj-Farber, catering chair; Linda Heinzelman, décor chair; Dana Rutson Robinson, publicity chair; Nancy Tillson, associate auction chair; Molly Alger, Kate Bahnemann, Deb Harper Bono, Jessica Caldwell, Mary Dobson, Dennis Dobson, Katia Friend, Patricia Goodrich, Darlene Krenz, Elanit Linder, Judy M. Phares, Maggie Lehnerd-Reilly, Robin Sauerteig, Tricia Schwartz, Helene Jacob-Skolik, Cheryl Simcox, Maria Mendoza-Smith, Hermon Telyan, Marietta Battaglia White, and Donovan Wildgoose.

The Honorary Gala Committee includes Maureen Anderman, Frank Converse, Mia Dillon, Keir Dullea, Jill Eikenberry, Daniel Gerroll, Joanna Gleason, Jonathan Groff, James Earl Jones, Patricia Kalember, Anne Keefe, James Naughton, Kelli O’Hara, Christopher and Elaine Plummer, Chris Sarandon, and Michael Tucker.

Benefactor level tickets, at $2,500 per person, include red carpet welcome, pre-performance dinner, highest priority seating at performance, silent auction, and a post-performance after-party, with enhanced VIP privileges.  Patron tickets, at $1,250 per person, include red carpet welcome, pre-performance dinner, priority seating at performance, silent auction, and a post-performance after-party with VIP privileges.  Supporter tickets, at $350 per person, include a ticket to the performance, silent auction, and a post-performance after-party.

Westport Country Playhouse is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions are tax-deductible, less the value of goods and services received, as provided by law. All donations receive recognition in the evening’s program and inclusion as a 2018 Gala donor in 2019 Season programs at applicable giving levels.

Gala proceeds will benefit the non-profit, professional producing theater, now in its 88th season - its work on stage, with schools, and throughout the community. 

For more Gala information or ticket purchases, contact Aline O’Connor, associate director of development, at 203-571-1138, or aoconnor@westportplayhouse.org.

ABOUT WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE
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.

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Events Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:02:08 -0400
Norwalk Seaport Association's "Docktails & Oysters" fundraiser scheduled for June 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44824-norwalk-seaport-association-s-docktails-oysters-fundraiser-scheduled-for-june-2344824-norwalk-seaport-association-s-docktails-oysters-fundraiser-scheduled-for-june-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44824-norwalk-seaport-association-s-docktails-oysters-fundraiser-scheduled-for-june-2344824-norwalk-seaport-association-s-docktails-oysters-fundraiser-scheduled-for-june-23

Who doesn't enjoy cocktails on the dock? The Norwalk Seaport Association will be holding their first “Docktails & Oyster” fundraiser on Saturday, June 23 from 5pm to 7pm. It's a luau-themed event that takes place at Norm Bloom & SonOyster Company along the entrance of the Norwalk harbor.

“This is an effort to get people to know the Seaport Association a little bit better by bringing them down to our shoreline, learn a little about our important oyster industry and to have a little fun by breaking out their Hawaiian shirts” said Jim Keenan, event director and Seaport Association trustee.


The event gives attendees a unique opportunity to experience a real oyster farm while enjoying luau themed cocktails from the Blind Rhino in Norwalk designed especially for this event and decadent Hawaiian themed food from Harbor Harvest of Norwalk. They also enjoy the sounds of a ukulele trio plus experience the blessing of the Sheffield Island Ferry. “Of course, we'll have a raw bar with clams & oysters about 10 feet away from the boat they came off from” added Keenan.


Docktails & Oysters is limited to just 120 ticket holders and is expected to sell out quickly. Tickets are $75 per person and available online at www.Seaport.org. The event supports the efforts of the 40 year old Norwalk Seaport Association that includes the historic preservation of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse which turns 150 years old this year. The association also preserves and maintain Sheffield Island which is home to the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge and the maritime heritage of Norwalk. Their ferry provides a cultural, environmental and historical journey to the Norwalk Islands most notably Sheffield Island.

About the Association: Please visit www.Seaport.org or call the association office at 203-838-9444

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amberb@hamlethub.com (Norwalk Seaport Association) Events Fri, 15 Jun 2018 07:48:36 -0400
Bring Dad to See Classic Cars This Weekend at the Maritime Aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44821-bring-dad-to-see-classic-cars-this-weekend-at-the-maritime-aquarium44821-bring-dad-to-see-classic-cars-this-weekend-at-the-maritime-aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44821-bring-dad-to-see-classic-cars-this-weekend-at-the-maritime-aquarium44821-bring-dad-to-see-classic-cars-this-weekend-at-the-maritime-aquarium

On Sat., June 16 – the day before Father’s Day – bring dad to check out some of the finest rides ever named for fish in The Maritime Aquarium Auto Show: “Barracudas, Sting Rays & More Show Cars from the Sea.”

Appropriately, The Maritime Aquarium’s first-ever Auto Show will feature 11 rare and exquisite cars all named for marine animals, including a 1956 Bangert Manta Ray, a 1962 Tiburon (Shark) Roadster, plus classic Marlins, Barracudas, Sting Rays and more.

“The ocean inspires us all – even car-makers – and we are excited to present examples of the best vehicles named for creatures of the sea,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “The cars in this exhibit aren’t cars off the street. They’re rare and beautiful show cars, some of which are coming from Florida and New Hampshire just for the day.”

Must-“sea” cars expected to be on hand are:

•  a 1956 Bangert Manta Ray, a fiberglass-bodied kit car, one of only four that still exist.

•  a 1962 Covington Tiburon (Shark) Roadster, another fiberglass-bodied vehicle that has been called “the most streamlined car in the world.” It has an engine and transmission from a 1971 Renault R10.

•  a 1965 Rambler Marlin and a 1966 AMC Marlin “Sport Fastback.”

•  a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda 440, an original black on black and one of only 334 440 4-speed ’cudas built that year.

•  a 1973 Porsche “Viper Green” 911 Carrera, known for its froggish appearance.

•  a 1979 Porsche 930 Whale Tail, one of only 1,200 made that year.

•  a 1987 BMW M6 E24 Shark.

•  a 1994 Porsche “964 generation” 911 Whale Tail, one of only 1,400 made.

•  and a 2014 and a 2016 Corvette Sting Ray.

The vehicles will be displayed outside on The Maritime Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard.

“Barracudas, Sting Rays & More Show Cars from the Sea” will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is free with Maritime Aquarium admission: $24.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors (65+), and $17.95 for children ages 3-12. Kids under 3 are admitted for free. (Aquarium admission also includes an IMAX® movie, showing in Connecticut’s largest IMAX Theater, with a screen that’s six stories high. Playing daily in June are “Backyard Wilderness” and “Pandas.”)

Learn more about the car show – and all of the popular Norwalk family attraction’s exhibits, programs and IMAX movies – at maritimeaquarium.org.

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Neighbors Fri, 15 Jun 2018 05:38:31 -0400
TGIF and Saturday Sunset Cruises Return to the Maritime Aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44820-tgif-and-saturday-sunset-cruises-return-to-the-maritime-aquarium44820-tgif-and-saturday-sunset-cruises-return-to-the-maritime-aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44820-tgif-and-saturday-sunset-cruises-return-to-the-maritime-aquarium44820-tgif-and-saturday-sunset-cruises-return-to-the-maritime-aquarium

The idea of a relaxing Friday or Saturday evening out on the water with friends sounds great. But not everyone has a boat.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk does have a boat, and is happy to do the happy-hour driving for TGIF and Saturday Sunset cruises starting the weekend of June 15th and 16th.

“Evening is the prettiest time to be out on the water,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s publicist. “These cruises are nothing more than a relaxing, 90-minute trip out to the Norwalk islands, and the best way to wrap up your work week or to kick off a fun Saturday night.”

Food and drink are not available for purchase on the boat, but you may bring food and beverages in a small bag or soft-sided cooler. Glass bottles are prohibited.

Aquarium educators will be onboard to point out sights and wildlife, but there’s no structured program.

TGIF Cruises will depart at 6:30 p.m. each Friday through Sept. 7. Saturday Sunset Cruises will depart at 7 p.m. in June and July, and then at 6:30 p.m. in August.  Get back in time to enjoy a late dinner or an evening out just steps away in the restaurants and nightspots of SoNo. (Please note that there are no cruises July 13 and 14.)

Tickets for either cruise are $29.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium members). They’re not just for adults, but note that – as with all Maritime Aquarium cruises – participants must be at least 42 inches tall to come aboard.

Cruises occur aboard R/V Spirit of the Sound, a 64-foot catamaran that is the only research vessel in the country with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. She has a climate-controlled cabin but guests should dress for weather out on her double decks.

Capacity is limited so advance reservations for cruises are strongly recommended. Reserve tickets online at maritimeaquarium.org or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

 

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Events Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:34:43 -0400
Norwalk resident Georgia MacInnes graduates from Ridgefield Academy https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44823-wilton-residents-michael-colbert-and-sophia-hemschot-graduate-from-ridgefield-academy44823-wilton-residents-michael-colbert-and-sophia-hemschot-graduate-from-ridgefield-academy https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44823-wilton-residents-michael-colbert-and-sophia-hemschot-graduate-from-ridgefield-academy44823-wilton-residents-michael-colbert-and-sophia-hemschot-graduate-from-ridgefield-academy

 

Last Wednesday, June 13, Ridgefield Academy graduated 20 members of the Class of 2018 in an indoor ceremony. Five of the graduates were “lifers”, having attended RA since Kindergarten.

The graduates were not the only ones celebrated. Ridgefield Academy also said goodbye to its Head of School, James P. Heus, after nearly two decades of dedicated service. Two gifts were bestowed to Heus in his name.  First was the school’s James P. Heus Distinguished Service Award, named in Heus’ honor and presented to him for his legacy of high academic standards, service to others, and building a true sense of community.  Those imperatives, coupled with his love of children, sense of humor, and caring approach, have made RA the institution it is today. The second gift was the renaming of the existing athletic turf field.  Howard Turner, founding Board Chair and current RA Trustee, said to Heus, “The field where you have been so instrumental in the physical education of our children will now be known as Heus Field. ”

As with all things at Ridgefield Academy, tradition runs deep and it was evident during commencement. Each graduate processed to the stage with his or her “Kindergarten Buddy” and spoke to the audience about their RA journey, its meaning to them, and how it has prepared them to approach future academic and life experiences.

The ceremony concluded as the Class of 2018 and Mr. Heus, accompanied by RA’s Kindergarten class, recessed down the aisle. Each graduate and Heus rang the Patriot Bell for the last time, signifying the end of their days at RA and the beginning of new life adventures. Mr. Heus concluded, “I have long said truly great schools with traditions like RA’s are so important that we will protect and secure them at all costs. We have created something very special and today is the celebration of this amazing class sitting behind me. The lessons we have taught them have been understood, trusted and enjoyed. To the Class of 2018, I want you to go forth, share your talents, and challenge your mind, body and spirit. We invite you to come back soon and share with us every extraordinary thing you have done.”

RA’s Class of 2018 will go on to attend private day schools (five), local public high schools (six), and boarding schools (nine). Congratulations to all RA graduates and best wishes for futures filled with success.

Ridgefield Academy is a coeducational, independent day school for students from grades Kindergarten through Grade 8. Founded in 1975, the school cultivates a love of learning and preparedness for advanced academics. For more information, please visit www.ridgefieldacademy.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ashley Moran) Neighbors Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:37:27 -0400
Award Winners Announced at Rowayton Arts Center https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44818-award-winners-announced-at-rowayton-arts-center44818-award-winners-announced-at-rowayton-arts-center https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44818-award-winners-announced-at-rowayton-arts-center44818-award-winners-announced-at-rowayton-arts-center

Photo: Some of the Focus Under Forty Winners- Margaret Kraus, Lucy Shaiken, Jon Puzzuoli, Joseph Dermody, Keelin O'Reilly.jpg

Photo: Board Member, Exhibition Chair Joanna Bridges and Lesley Concannon

Joseph Dermody  (Greenwich) wins Best in Show - asecond time in a row - at the Rowayton Arts Center!At Sunday’s opening reception for Focus Under Forty, Joseph Dermody was awarded the top honor for his acrylic painting, “Vortex.” Eleanor Flatow, an independent art consultant and former co-director of the Carriage Barn Arts Center, selected 16 winners from over 200 entries.  Focus Under Forty was an Open Call for artists ages 16 through 39 with no restrictions for media or theme.  Exhibition Chair is Board Member Joanna Bridges (Darien) and Co-Chair Megan Garbe (Norwalk).

In the Portside Gallery, the Plein Air exhibition - Paint Rowayton - runs concurrently with Focus Under Forty.Exhibition Chairs are Eunice Roy and Yuko Ike. NCC Adjunct Professor and Exhibition Judge, Steve DiGiovanni, selected the oil painting by Lesley Concannon (Wilton) Best in Show. Both exhibitions will be in the gallery until Sunday, June 24. Gallery hours are Tues – Sat (11-5pm), Sun (11am-2pm).

Other Focus Under Forty award winners include

 Acrylic- 1st Prize- Cynthia Hernandez (Stamford) Evaporation
2nd Prize- Lucy Shaiken (Storrs, CT) Stearns Road 1
Oil– 1st Prize- Lucy Armstrong (Darien, CT) Dual Nature
 Alternative Photography/ B&W Photography

1st Prize- Cam Gould (Monroe, CT) Reaching Out
 Color Photography 1st Prize- Kerry Long (Trumbull, CT) Fog
2nd Prize- Margaret Kraus (Norwalk) Orange Balloon
3rd Prize- Amit Chernichaw (Darien, CT) Joy
Honorable Mention- Kasey Seymour (Baltimore, MD) Forever Fall
 Mixed Media– 1st Prize- Keelin O’ Reilly (New Haven, Ct) Boat Lily
2nd Prize- Jill Teitsworth (Brooklyn, NY) Garbage Folks #2
Honorable Mention- Aaron Internet (Bridgeport, CT) Human Contact
Drawings, Pastels and Printmaking–1st Prize- Sarah Donovan (Norwalk, CT) The Fates
Sculpture 1st Prize- Nadia Yaron (Brooklyn, NY) Finding Balance
2nd Prize- Jon Puzzuoli (Norwalk, CT) Father and Son I
Watercolor–  1st Prize- Shashi Raghunandan (Old Greenwich, CT) Sun on Rocks                                                                           

   

For almost 60 years, the Rowayton Arts Center has been a cultural gem in the community. It is an exceptional gallery where regional artists may exhibit and sell their art as well as a wonderful venue for art workshops and classes. The Art School offers classes to children and adults at all levels. The RAC Gallery and Art School are located on the bank of the scenic Five Mile River in Rowayton, CT at 145 Rowayton Avenue.  For more information: www.rowaytonarts.org

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jeannehard@gmail.com (Jeanne Hard) Neighbors Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:32:50 -0400