Norwalk's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk Wed, 23 Oct 2019 06:42:14 -0400 HamletHub.com Local Norwalk Charity Fights Child Abuse with KIDZFEST: A Family Fun Day! https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/45649-local-norwalk-charity-fights-child-abuse-with-kidzfest-a-family-fun-day45649-local-norwalk-charity-fights-child-abuse-with-kidzfest-a-family-fun-day https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/45649-local-norwalk-charity-fights-child-abuse-with-kidzfest-a-family-fun-day45649-local-norwalk-charity-fights-child-abuse-with-kidzfest-a-family-fun-day

Human Services Council is continuing the fight against child abuse with the 8th Annual KIDZFEST Touch-A-Truck Fundraiser benefitting Children’s Connection Child Advocacy Center. 

KIDZFEST will be held rain or shine on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10 am – 3 pm at Taylor Farm Park, Calf Pasture Beach Road in Norwalk.  The event provides a unique opportunity for families to explore construction, emergency and recreation vehicles of all sizes that are typically off-limits to the public. This hands-on interactive family event has more than 50 Real Vehicles that dig, climb, rescue, crunch, honk and fly!  The cost is just $5 per person. 

Emergency vehicles include police vehicles, military trucks, cranes, crime scene investigation trucks and ATVs, ambulances, Norwalk smoke house and fire trucks, construction vehicles, cement mixers and the most popular spectacle of the day - the Eagle Three Helicopter! (weather-permitting from 10 – 1130 am)  Wear your Halloween costume and “truck or treat” with us and at 1pm march in the costume parade with all of your favorite mascots!  Attendees can also ride the Roaming Railroad and test their luck at the roaming raceway, get their face painted, dance to the music, win cool prizes at our game stations and take photos with Fairfield University’s Lucas the Stag, Storm the Sound Tiger, and many other characters! 

The event will feature music from 99 Dollar DJ & Entertainment Service with radio personality John Voket who will be our emcee for the seventh year in a row, as well as the awesome folks from radio station 95.9 the Fox.  Planet Pizza of Norwalk and Kona Ice will be on hand with delicious food and dessert for purchase.  New this year, we added a vendor village which will include a little bit of everything!

KIDZFEST raises funds to support Children’s Connection, a nationally accredited Children’s Advocacy Center that brings together dedicated, caring investigative and treatment professionals, to wrap around families who have experienced child sexual and severe physical abuse while working towards its mission of creating a world where no child is harmed and no family is left without guidance.  “We look forward to this event every year.  It gets families outside and brings all of our communities together to celebrate the joy of being a kid” said Kari Pesavento, Director of Children’s Connection.  “KIDZFEST is the biggest touch a truck in Connecticut and our law enforcement partners from Weston, Westport, Wilton, New Canaan and Norwalk make the event a huge success.  Every year we add something new and it all adds up to a day of FUN! ” If you would like to make a donation, be a sponsor of the event or participate in KIDZFEST, please contact Kari at 203-354-1961.

We are so grateful for the kindness and charity of the KIDZFEST 2019 sponsors who make this event possible and so successful.  Southfield Center for Development, Paymer Associates, Peter and Lauren Murphy, EFA Partners, Norwalk Police Union, Norwalk Police Benevolent Association, New Canaan Police Union, New Canaan Police Benevolent Association, Wilton Police Union, Wilton Police Benevolent Association, Westport Police Benevolent Association, Weston Police Union, Sequel, and Renewal By Anderson.

To learn more about the Human Services Council, find us on the web:  www.hscct.org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter @humanservicesCT

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kerry@ducey.org (Kim Killoy) Charities Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:37:53 -0400
Rowayton Arts Center’s Exphrastic Poetry Experience on Monday, October 28 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45645-rowayton-arts-center-157167380645645-rowayton-arts-center-1571673806 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45645-rowayton-arts-center-157167380645645-rowayton-arts-center-1571673806

Join us for an evening of art and writing! The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) will host a creative writing workshop on Monday, October 28 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Norwalk’s Poet Laureate Bill Hayden will lead participants in an Ekphrastic Poetry Experience, which is poetry written about works of art. In this case, the current RAC exhibition, “Autumn Juried Show” will provide inspiration.

Writers of all levels will be given time to preview the artwork in the gallery before choosing one or more pieces to focus on to create poetry. Afterward, the group will gather to share and discuss the drafts. Anyone wanting to further edit their works is encouraged to contact Bill Hayden for additional assistance.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call RAC at (203) 866-2744.

RAC celebrates the study, creation and appreciation of the arts through classes, exhibitions and events open to all in the community. For almost 60 years, this nonprofit organization has been a cultural gem in Rowayton, CT. The gallery and art school overlook the scenic Five Mile River at 145 Rowayton Avenue with space for regional artists to exhibit their art and a classroom for workshops and classes at all levels offered to children and adults.

Visit rowaytonarts.org and follow @rowaytonarts.

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marketing@rowaytonarts.org (Rowayton Arts Center) Events Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:34:53 -0400
The New Paradigm Theatre and Norwalk Symphony Orchestra announce a talent search! https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45646-the-new-paradigm-theatre-and-norwalk-symphony-orchestra-announce-a-talent-search45646-the-new-paradigm-theatre-and-norwalk-symphony-orchestra-announce-a-talent-search https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45646-the-new-paradigm-theatre-and-norwalk-symphony-orchestra-announce-a-talent-search45646-the-new-paradigm-theatre-and-norwalk-symphony-orchestra-announce-a-talent-search

Talent search!
The New Paradigm Theatre and Norwalk Symphony Orchestra announce a talent search!

NPT and NSO are co-producingSouth Pacific: In Concert on February 8, 2020 and are hosting a state-wide/school-wide search for the child roles of Ngana and Jerome.

Anyone qualified may submit a video audition by November 1st, 2019.

The artistic team will choose candidates from these video auditions to audition live on November 23rd in Norwalk, CT for the artistic team.

The winners of these two roles will perform with the full orchestra, Broadway and professional performers on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

The artistic team for South Pacific includes:

  • Claire Kelly - Stage Director (Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Sound) 
  • Jonathan Yates - Maestro - Artistic Director of Norwalk Symphony Orchestra 
  • Kristin Huffman- Producer- Artistic Director New Paradigm Theatre

Please see the additional information on the website for more details about how to audition for the following roles:

Ngana - female 7-14 years old. Emile DeBeque’s first born who takes full advantage of being the older sibling. Excellent singing voice. Child alto. Ethnicity: Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander/Mixed Ethnic.

Jerome- male 7-14 years old Emile DeBeque’s youngest child; a precocious and curious young boy. Excellent singing voice. Child alto. Ethnicity: Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander/Mixed Ethnic.

Visit Nptheatre.org for more details for youth and for adult auditions.

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missohiokh@yahoo.com (not) Neighbors Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:33:59 -0400
Courageous Thinking - King School Open House Nov 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45644-courageous-thinking-king-school-open-house-nov-345644-courageous-thinking-king-school-open-house-nov-3 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45644-courageous-thinking-king-school-open-house-nov-345644-courageous-thinking-king-school-open-house-nov-3

At King School, we seek more than achievement for our students. We open minds and spark courageous thinking. Every day, our students discover and forge their unique paths to excellence as we teach, guide, and cheer them on. Because when we set better standards for both the experience and outcomes of education, students cultivate the insights and heart to own their future. 

Register for Lower School Open House today

When young learners see education as a place to experiment, create, construct, and connect, they develop a more expansive mindset about what school can offer them. They feel encouraged to ask questions and make their own discoveries, so they become good listeners and critical thinkers who gain the confidence to take on challenges and seize unlimited possibilities. 

These ideas are grounded in the Reggio-Emilia inspired, project-based teaching and learning practiced at King School's PreKindergarten and Kindergarten program. We encourage our early childhood learners to collaboratively explore intentionally created vibrant classroom spaces to actively engage in the process of learning from the earliest ages. Our Grades 1–5 program is an interactive, hands-on experience, further nurturing a love of learning and working with others.

Join us for our Lower School Open House on November 3, 2019 and explore what interests YOU. Our Open House is truly OPEN. Arrive anytime between 12:30-3:30 p.m., visit classrooms in subjects that interest you, and meet faculty, students, and parents who share your passions. Children are welcome to join in on the activities during Open House. We can't wait to meet you!

King School is a PreK-12 independent school located in Stamford that serves the diverse families of Fairfield and Westchester counties. 

Register for Lower School Open House today

Or Visit and tour on Tuesdays for PreK-Grade 11 Coffee & Conversation

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kerry@ducey.org (Lakeya Graves) Events Tue, 22 Oct 2019 07:42:42 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: Esperanza Center for Law and Advocacy https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45648-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-esperanza-center-for-law-and-advocacy45648-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-esperanza-center-for-law-and-advocacy https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45648-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-esperanza-center-for-law-and-advocacy45648-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-esperanza-center-for-law-and-advocacy

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Esperanza Center for Law and Advocacy!

Three questions with Yazmin Rodriguez, Esq., owner of Esperanza Center for Law and Advocacy.

Why did you start your business?

We started this business to provide access to justice for immigrant communities. We are a low-bono law firm that provides quality, affordable, and effective legal advocacy to people navigating our complicated and hostile immigration system. Simply put, we exist to help immigrants and to support them and fight for their thriving here in the United States.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business. “I wish I could…”

I wish I could hire many more passionate, excellent, kind immigration attorneys to join the fight for immigrant rights in Connecticut. 

Best selling product/service?

Our best-selling product - our only product at this point - is our immigration legal services, especially the provision of legal representation in immigration court. The majority of our clients are asylum-seekers and youth, but we also represent people in all sorts of affirmative and defensive immigration work, including work with bond and detention. 

Esperanza Center for Law and Advocacy is located at 167 East Avenue, Norwalk. Visit them online here.

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

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:40:36 -0400
Firing Circuits Artists Open Studios & Gallery Show in Norwalk https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45641-firing-circuits-artists-open-studios-gallery-show45641-firing-circuits-artists-open-studios-gallery-show https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45641-firing-circuits-artists-open-studios-gallery-show45641-firing-circuits-artists-open-studios-gallery-show

Firing Circuits Artists is pleased to present Open Studios & Gallery Show  - Free & Open to the Public                                         

Shop works by award winning emerging and mid-career local artists straight from the studio at Firing Circuits Artists annual open studios and gallery show. Visit this arts destination, a hidden gem in Norwalk, and meet the 30 artists exhibiting art, sculpture, photography and jewelry while touring their individual studios in this historic loft space.

There will be many small affordable works available for purchase which would make unique holiday gifts as well as beautiful works of art of all sizes that can transform an entire room and be a key part of any living or working space. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for a great piece of art to make a personal statement in their home or to breathe life into their office. The gallery and studios are only open to the public during their annual open studios or by appointment through one of the artists. Bring your friends, family, interior designer or fellow work mates to enjoy this unique experience.

  •          Support local artists who are award winning and in private, public and corporate collections across the U.S.
  •          Enjoy process demonstrations by the artists that will take place throughout the open studios
  •          Enter a Raffle to win a unique work of art

With two floors of ballroom sized gallery spaces and artist studios, this burgeoning group of artists has been in this space since 2004 taking over the abandoned lace factory building. For a time it was also home to an electrical components firm called “Firing Circuits” whose name is still displayed on the building and hence it became the name of the artist space. The artists are juried in by committee and there is a waiting list for studio space.

“Artists love to work out of lofts and this really gives us an authentic loft experience,” Sue Brown Gordon (one of the artists) states. “This space takes away inhibition about being messy while creating arts. And what’s really wonderful about this is that there is a camaraderie and fellowship among the artists. It’s almost as though they are having a dialogue with one another through their art.”

This event is free and open to the public. The studios are not handicapped accessible.

Participating Artists: Peg Benison, Cecilia Moy Fradet, Mindy Green, Susan Grissom, Mari Gyargyey, Elisa Keogh, Lydia Larson, Emily Laux, Cate Leach, Susan Leggitt, Pam Lindberg, Mary Manning, Claudia Mengel, Mary Elizabeth Peterson, Valerie Rovins, Mark Schiff, Karen Vogel, Rachel Volpone, Brian Walker, Nancy Woodward, Marc Zaref.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 8th, 5 – 8pm

Studios & Gallery open: Saturday, November 9th, 12 – 5p

Sunday, November 10th, 12 – 5pm

For more info: www.firingcircuitsartists.com

 

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firingcircuitsartists@gmail.com (Rachel Volpone) Places Mon, 21 Oct 2019 05:51:25 -0400
Can You Fly? Interactive Open House at Ridgefield Academy https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45643-can-you-fly-interactive-open-house-at-ridgefield-academy45643-can-you-fly-interactive-open-house-at-ridgefield-academy https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45643-can-you-fly-interactive-open-house-at-ridgefield-academy45643-can-you-fly-interactive-open-house-at-ridgefield-academy

Ridgefield Academy invites parents and students entering Grades 4-8 in 2020-21 to take part in a fun, interactive 2-hour Open House on Saturday, November 2. Parents can enjoy learning more about RA’s Middle School program, meeting our administrators, and touring RA’s facilities.

Students will take part in an aerodynamic design project in our beautiful makerspace. After learning about flight, students can try their hand at creating a cardboard flyer, and shape it on a laser cutter. Set a new flight record as we test all the flyers!

This program starts promptly at 9:30 am and ends at 11:30 am. We would be delighted to have you, but registration is required. Call Associate Head of School & Director of Enrollment David Suter, at 203.894.1800 x112 or click here to RSVP for this exclusive event!

The Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool community celebrates childhood, pursues excellence, and cultivates kindness. Our educational program is intellectually inspiring, and we foster joyful learning and mutual respect in all that we do. We empower each student to rise to their authentic self, preparing confident graduates who shape their future with ingenuity and integrity.

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kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Grady) Events Mon, 21 Oct 2019 05:43:28 -0400
Satisfy your appetite for superb Broadway and see ACT of Connecticut's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS! https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/45642-satisfy-your-appetite-for-supurb-broadway-and-see-act-of-connecticut-s-little-shop-of-horrors45642-satisfy-your-appetite-for-supurb-broadway-and-see-act-of-connecticut-s-little-shop-of-horrors https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/45642-satisfy-your-appetite-for-supurb-broadway-and-see-act-of-connecticut-s-little-shop-of-horrors45642-satisfy-your-appetite-for-supurb-broadway-and-see-act-of-connecticut-s-little-shop-of-horrors

Sometimes, it takes blood, sweat, and tears to create something that’s so special, you leave hungry for MORE. 

Enter: Act of Connecticut’s Little Shop of Horrors.

For 2 ½ hours, you will leave the quiet, safe streets of Connecticut and enter an unsettling urban “hood” where street urchins linger, a doomed flower shop (Mushniks) and defeated owner (William Thomas Evans as Mr. Mushnik) exist. That is until suddenly, one shop employee (Robb Sapp as Seymour) unleashes his inner botanical genius. 

ACT's Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine kills it as the sadistic Orin Scrivello DDS, a role he revisits after earning acclaim 15 years ago as the “The Dentist”.  Watching Levine masterfully transform into eight different characters during the course of the musical had audience members sitting on the edge of their seats (with, at times, jaw-dropping gasps interlaced with laughs). 

Audrey, performed by Laura Woyasz (WORKING at ACT, Glinda in WICKED on Broadway) shines as Levine’s meek and controlled girlfriend whose self-confidence and character grow alongside her namesake "out of this world" plant.

The show is bursting with powerful voices in the form of three street-savvy urchins (with serious attitude) performed by Kadrea Dawkins, Rachelle Legrand and Ashley Alexandra Seldon with Jaclyn Mercer, Ian Shain and puppeteer Thomas Bergamo.

The musical is directed and artfully choreographed by Jason A. Sparks and P. Jason Yarcho (WICKED on Broadway). Bryan Perri is the resident music supervisor and Isaac Hayward is the associate music director.

When the show concludes, Little Shop of Horror attendees are invited to take a "selfie" with Audrey II while supporting ACT's free sensory-friendly productions. The suggested donation is $20.00. 

With limited shows remaining (the Broadway musical runs through November 3) buy your tickets and enter skid row, if you DARE.

The showtimes are: Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Purchase tickets HERE.

For more information about ACT of CT and the upcoming Broadway Unplugged series, click HERE.

*Image courtesy ACT of CT Facebook Page.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:09:53 -0400
Norwalk Community Chorale Presents Wonder of Winter FREE Christmas Concert https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45640-norwalk-community-chorale-presents-wonder-of-winter-free-christmas-concert45640-norwalk-community-chorale-presents-wonder-of-winter-free-christmas-concert https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45640-norwalk-community-chorale-presents-wonder-of-winter-free-christmas-concert45640-norwalk-community-chorale-presents-wonder-of-winter-free-christmas-concert

Norwalk Community Chorale Presents “Wonder of Winter” Free Christmas Concert 

The Norwalk Community Chorale, now in its 59th year, will present “Wonder of Winter”, a free Christmas concert, Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. There is open seating for all sections.

Highlights of the program include the 19th century carol “The Angel Gabriel”; “Carols of the Night”; “Eight Days of Lights”, a Chanukah celebration; “Wexford Carol”, a 12th century Irish favorite; “Wonder of Winter”, a reflection on the season’s magic, and “Hydom, Tiddlydom” a traditional Czech carol.

The eighty-member mixed chorus is led by Conductor and Artistic Director Brian Muller. Pianist Will Duchon and the American Chamber Orchestra led by Artistic Director Christopher Hisey will accompany all choral pieces.

Norwalk Community Chorale is sponsored in part by Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department.

For more information on the December Christmas concert or other chorale activities, visit www.norwalkcommunitychorale.org or call 203-853-9842.

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westervelt615@gmail.com (Cathy Ryan Sherman) Events Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:11:43 -0400
Cause For Celebration Wine Tasting in Norwalk https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45639-cause-for-celebration45639-cause-for-celebration https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45639-cause-for-celebration45639-cause-for-celebration

Cause For Celebration Wine Tasting

Twenty years of caring for the community is a cause for celebration. Share this milestone with Norwalk Community Health Center at our 20th Anniversary Celebration, Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:00 p.m., Clubhouse Grille, Norwalk. Enjoy samplings of wine and beer, sumptuous appetizers, live music and silent auction.

Meet some of our vibrant Community Crusaders, including Daniel Berta, Fairfield County Bank, Lawrence Cafero of Cafero Law and Strategies, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, New Canaan Community Foundation’s Young Philanthropists, and Pepperidge Farm.

Among those making this event possible are Benefit Planning Services, an Alera Group Company, Bev Max, Fairfield County Bank and media sponsors Fairfield County Business Journal and WEBE108.

Proceeds from the event will benefit NCHC’s Healthy Beginnings and Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs. For tickets and information, visit  https://nchc.salsalabs.org/20th

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westervelt615@gmail.com (Cathy Ryan Sherman) Places Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:11:03 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: Diane James Home https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45637-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-diane-james-home45637-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-diane-james-home https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/45637-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-diane-james-home45637-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-diane-james-home

You're IT Diane James Home!

Four questions with Carolyn James McDonough, owner of Diane James Home.

Discover the best luxury faux floral arrangements available anywhere. Masterfully handcrafted in our Connecticut studio, our artificial flowers and plants are made from the finest fabrics, providing a truly natural look and feel in a design that you can enjoy for years to come.

Why did you start your business?

Our mother, Diane, started the business in 1997 when Bergdorf Goodman in New York saw the opportunity to sell luxury faux floral bouquets and plants.  Since childhood, Diane has always had a passion for floral arranging and she would create bouquets using fresh flowers from her mother’s garden.  After spending 15 years in Europe where she cultivated her “fresh from the garden” style, Diane moved to the United States where she discovered realistic and very lifelike faux flowers.  Fresh flowers are beautiful but time-consuming as they need to be maintained.  Not to mention the fact that many people have allergies to fresh and would prefer to decorate with faux!  Our mother saw the opportunity to translate her talent into faux floral arranging and her first collection at Berdorf’s sold out in a week.  We (her twin daughters) are now running the business as Co-CEO’s and continuing the tradition of creating handmade arrangements in our production studio in Norwalk.  We design two seasonal collections a year which capture the trends we see in home décor and floral design.  These limited-edition creations are sold through high-end retail stores, top interior designers and on eCommerce platforms including our own.  We also opened a new showroom in Norwalk so that customers can see our collections and admire their beauty in person.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business: I wish I could...

We wish we could...convince those customers who say they’d never buy faux floral arrangements to give us a try.  Artificial flowers have come a long way and they are now so lifelike that it’s hard to tell them from the real deal.  Our commitment to quality is undeniable and the beauty of our designs speaks for itself.  Each one of our creations is handmade to order, with love and attention to detail, using the best materials available in the industry.

Bestselling products?

As the season change, so do our best sellers but hands down, our bestselling design is a white hydrangea bouquet in a glass cylinder.

Local businesses you support?

  • Canaan Technology provides us with our technology needs (computers and phone)
  • Calla Studio (Calla McNamara) designed our showroom designer
  • Teroforma/1 Pt provides us with custom cocktails for our events
  • First County Bank provides us financing
  • We partner with Cottages & Gardens whenever we can!

We tag Anna & Andrew Hellman from Teroforma!

Learn more about Diane James Home by visiting them online here.

Diane James Home is located at Diane James Home 112 Main Street in Norwalk.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:33:26 -0400
Rowayton Arts Center Artists Talk Wednesday, October 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45630-rac-artists-talk-wednesday-oct-2345630-rac-artists-talk-wednesday-oct-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45630-rac-artists-talk-wednesday-oct-2345630-rac-artists-talk-wednesday-oct-23

The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) presents another @RAC Artists Talk on Wednesday, October 23 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. This evening of conversation with artists in the current exhibition, “Autumn Juried Show,” will be moderated by Mindy Green.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the creative process from a varied group of individuals devoted to their art. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

RAC celebrates the study, creation and appreciation of the arts through classes, exhibitions and events open to all in the community. For almost 60 years, this nonprofit organization has been a cultural gem in Rowayton, CT. The gallery and art school overlook the scenic Five Mile River at 145 Rowayton Avenue with space for regional artists to exhibit their art and a classroom for workshops and classes at all levels offered to children and adults. Visit rowaytonarts.org and follow @rowaytonarts.

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marketing@rowaytonarts.org (Rowayton Arts Center) Events Wed, 16 Oct 2019 08:37:32 -0400
Norwalk Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Tax Offenses https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/publicsafety/45633-norwalk-bookkeeper-pleads-guilty-to-fraud-and-tax-offenses45633-norwalk-bookkeeper-pleads-guilty-to-fraud-and-tax-offenses https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/publicsafety/45633-norwalk-bookkeeper-pleads-guilty-to-fraud-and-tax-offenses45633-norwalk-bookkeeper-pleads-guilty-to-fraud-and-tax-offenses

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PENNI SHERMAN, also known as PENNI PARKER, 52, of Norwalk, waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today in Bridgeport federal court to fraud and tax offenses stemming from an embezzlement scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Sherman operated PSP Accounting & Bookkeeping, and provided bookkeeping services to area businesses.  Between 2011 and 2018, Sherman stole a total of $418,197.09 from clients and used the funds to pay her own credit card bills and to cover other personal expenses, including salon services.

Sherman failed to report the embezzled funds, and certain other business receipts, on her federal income tax returns, resulting in a loss of $125,167 to the Internal Revenue Service.

Sherman pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, and one count of making and subscribing a false tax return, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of three years.  As part of her plea agreement, Sherman has agreed to make full restitution to victims and to the IRS.

When confronted about the embezzlement, Sherman returned $163,730 to one of her victims, from whom she had stolen more than $396,000.

Sherman is released pending sentencing, which is not yet scheduled.

This matter is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer R. Laraia. 

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kerry@ducey.org (CT DA) Public safety Wed, 16 Oct 2019 08:35:32 -0400
Family Sleepover, this Saturday Night at The Maritime Aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45638-family-sleepover-this-saturday-night-at-the-maritime-aquarium45638-family-sleepover-this-saturday-night-at-the-maritime-aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45638-family-sleepover-this-saturday-night-at-the-maritime-aquarium45638-family-sleepover-this-saturday-night-at-the-maritime-aquarium

Sleep with the fishes – and the sharks, sea turtles, jellies and other creatures – on Sat., Oct. 19 during a fun “Family Sleepover” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

This night of special access is open to children age 5 and older with an accompanying parent or caregiver over age 18.

“Sleepovers are a special chance for parents and children to share a deeper, more immersive Aquarium experience than is available during a typical family visit,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “Any budding marine biologist will love the special access and special attention available from our staff.”

After check-in at 6 p.m. and a tasty dinner, Aquarium educators fill the evening with a fun, fact-filled behind-the-scenes tour, games, crafts, snacks and more.

“Lights out” is at 10:30 p.m. Participants sleep in sleeping bags (BYOSB) throughout the Aquarium galleries. Air mattresses are allowed for adults.

After breakfast the next morning, participants enjoy a private seal-training demonstration and an IMAX movie before heading home at 10 a.m.

Space is limited so advance registration is required. Tickets are $85 for adults and $80 for children 5-12. Maritime Aquarium members get a discount.

Sign up by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or at www.maritimeaquarium.org/events.

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kerry@ducey.org (Dave Sigworth) Events Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:37:44 -0400
Westport Country Playhouse Stages Molière’s Comedy “Don Juan” Adaptation https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45627-westport-country-playhouse-stages-moliere-s-comedy-don-juan-adaptation45627-westport-country-playhouse-stages-moliere-s-comedy-don-juan-adaptation https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45627-westport-country-playhouse-stages-moliere-s-comedy-don-juan-adaptation45627-westport-country-playhouse-stages-moliere-s-comedy-don-juan-adaptation

Sex, politics, and religion – nothing is sacred – in Westport Country Playhouse’s world premiere translation and adaption of Molière’s comedy, “Don Juan,” by Brendan Pelsue, directed by Playhouse associate artistic director David Kennedy, from November 5 – 23.

Meet the legendary Don Juan as you’ve never seen him before in this modern-dress production of the satirical, classic comic tale. Wherever he goes, the notorious seducer and antihero leaves behind a trail of broken hearts and society scandals, relying on his trusty sidekick, Sganarelle, to clean up his unruly messes. When an unearthly visitor arrives, Don Juan may finally be forced to confront his wicked ways.  

"When I originally proposed that we produce ‘Don Juan,’ I thought 2019 was the perfect time to revive this acerbically comic tale of an undisciplined, thin-skinned narcissist who blazes a path of destruction through the world, upending institutions and social norms, destabilizing everything, offending all decency and morality, and leaving a trail of wreckage in his wake. I can’t ever imagine why," said Kennedy, director.

The title character of Don Juan will be played by Jeffrey Carlson (Broadway’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?,” “Tartuffe,” and “Taboo,” for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award; film credits include “Hitch,” “The Killing Floor,” “Plainsong”). Sganarelle, Don Juan’s sidekick, will be played by Bhavesh Patel (Broadway’s “The Nap,” “Present Laughter” opposite Kevin Klein; Lincoln Center Theater’s “War Horse”). Philip Goodwin will portray Don Juan’s father Don Louis (Broadway’s “Tartuffe,” “The School for Scandal,” “The Diary of Anne Frank”).

 

Other cast members are Jordan Bellow as Don Carlos (New York theater’s “Interior”; regional theater’s “A Raisin in the Sun”; television’s “Gotham”); Paul DeBoy as Mr. Gusman/Statue (Broadway’s “Mamma Mia!”; television’s ““Leviathan”); Carson Elrod as Pierrot/Dimanche (Westport Country Playhouse’s “Bedroom Farce,” “How the Other Half Loves,” and others; Broadway’s “Peter and the Starcatcher”); Suzy Jane Hunt as Dona Elvira (Broadways’ “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Dead Accounts”; television’s “The Americans”); Bobby Roman as Don Alonzo (film credits “The Challenger,” “Tapestry,” “One Night in Brooklyn”); Ariana Venturi as Charlotte (five seasons at Berkshire Theatre Festival; Alya Feinburg in season two of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"); and Claudia Logan as Mathurine/The Ghost (HBO's “Random Acts of Flyness,” “The Deuce”; Netflix's “Tales of the City”).

Playwright Molière (1622-1673) was the leading French comic actor, stage director, and dramatic theoretician of the seventeenth century. In addition to “Don Juan,” his works include “The School for Husbands,” “The School for Wives,” “Tartuffe,” “The Misanthrope,” “The Doctor in Spite of Himself,” “Amphitryon,” “The Miser,” “Scapin,” “The Learned Ladies,” and “The Imaginary Invalid.”

Translator/adapter Brendan Pelsue is a playwright, librettist, and translator whose work has been produced in New York and regionally, including “Wellesley Girl” at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, “Hagoromo” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and “Read to Me” at Portland Stage Company. He also produces the podcast “We Are Not These People” with journalist Natasha Haverty. Originally from Newburyport, MA, he received his MFA from Yale School of Drama and his BA from Brown University, where he received the Weston Prize in playwriting.

Director David Kennedy is in his eleventh 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.

The creative team includes Marsha Ginsberg, scenic design, and Sam Vawter, associate scenic design; Katherine Roth, costume design; Matthew Richards, lighting design; Fitz Patton, original music and sound design; Michael Rossmy, fight director and intimacy coach ; Karin White, props supervisor; Dana Tanner-Kennedy, dramaturg; Tara Rubin Casting, Laura Schutzel and Claire Burke, CSA; and Shane Schnetzler, production stage manager.

Production Sponsor is the Eunice and David Bigelow Foundation. Corporate Production Partner is BNY Mellon Wealth Management. 2019 Season Media Sponsors are Moffly Media and WSHU Public Radio.  

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.  (No Wed. or Sat. matinees during preview week). Special series feature Taste of Tuesday (November 5), LGBT Night (November 7), Post-Play Dialogues (November 7 and 14), Opening Night (November 9), Sunday Symposium (November 10), Together at the Table Family Dinner (November 12), Open Captions (November 17), Backstage Pass (November 20), Playhouse Happy Hour (November 21), and Thursday TalkBack (November 21).

The Sunday Symposium on November 10, following the 3 p.m. matinee performance, will feature “Don Juan” translator/adapter Brendan Pelsue as guest speaker in conversation about the play with David Kennedy, “Don Juan” director.

Single tickets for “Don Juan” start at $30 during preview performances (November 5 -8), and after November 9 Opening Night, tickets start at $40, and are subject to change based upon availability. Buy early for best prices. Special offers are available for seniors, students, educators, and playwrights. For details, visit westportplayhouse.org/special-offers.

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

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org, 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).

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 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, Westport Country Playhouse’s resident conservatory program; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round. Charity Navigator has recently awarded its top 4-star charity rating to the Playhouse in recognition of its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Events Tue, 15 Oct 2019 07:35:29 -0400