Norwalk's HamletHub Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:50:17 -0400 Norwalk Resident Cheryl Williams Elected President of CAFC Board of Directors

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) Elects New Members and Appoints New Roles to Board of Directors

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) recently made changes to their Board of Directors, electing two new members and naming a new President and Vice President. Cheryl Williams and Kim Morque were named President and Vice President, respectively, and Patricia Rattray and Bill Purcell stepped onto the Board as new members.

Cheryl Williams, formerly Vice President of the Board, was elected President at the July 2021 annual CAFC Board of Directors meeting. She takes the place of Cindy Vaccaro, who has been President since 2015. Cheryl lives in Norwalk and joined the Board in December 2015. She was with CBS for over 30 years in engineering, operations and production management, most recently as Director of Production for CBS News. Cheryl is the principal and founder of Cherwill Designs & Events, a company focused on technology & creativity, offering operations & production support, virtual and in-person event planning and digital marketing. Cheryl has a BA from Spelman College, a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an MBA in Finance from NYU.

The new Vice President of the CAFC Board of Directors is Kim Morque, co-owner of Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, who joined the Board in December 2019. Kim has been a principal with Spinnaker since 1998 and has over thirty years of experience in land use, real estate development and management, commercial construction, and place making. 

Patricia Rattray was elected unanimously onto the CAFC Board of Directors in July. She lives and works in Stamford. She is a real estate professional working for William Pitt Sotheby's, as well as a business consultant helping small business owners on strategic planning and business operations across a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing, property management, professional services and non-profits. Patricia graduated from Brown University with a Bachelors in Education. She also gained a Master's Degree in Drama Therapy from New York University. Patricia has volunteered for United Way of Western Connecticut, was the co-founder of Stamford's chapter of Lean In, a discussion group for professional women, and is also a board member of New Neighborhoods.

At a special meeting of the CAFC Board held August 12, 2021, Bill Purcell was also elected unanimously on to the Board. Mr. Purcell has been President of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, based in Shelton, and a member of CAFC, since 2000. Previously he served as the Executive Vice President of the Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce. A firm believer in life-long education and continued professional development, Bill earned the highest professional designation in the Chamber profession when he was designated a “Certified Chamber Executive” in 2000 by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. In 2002, he was named a “Certified Association Executive” by the American Society of Association Executives. In addition, he was elected by his Chamber peers as President of the Connecticut Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for a two-year term ending in June, 2012. Bill has taken on leadership positions with a variety of local nonprofits, including the Valley United Way, the Boys and Girls Club and ACT/Spooner House, to name a few. Bill earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Studies and Public Administration from Worcester State University and his MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, MA.

The Board thanked Cindy Vaccaro for her leadership and service to the CAFC Board. She will remain on the Board as Past President. Cindy joined the CAFC Board in December 2012 and took over the presidency from Elizabeth Morten in May 2015. During her tenure, CAFC established the ACE Awards and received a grant of $215,000 from the Daniel E. Offut, III Charitable Trust. She has been an indefatigable fundraiser and financial contributor to the Cultural Alliance. She has always been a strong proponent of arts advocacy and arts education and spearheaded two special CAFC fundraising events - "Purple Dreams" and "Designers Celebrate the Arts." Angela Whitford, former executive director during Cindy’s tenure said: "Cindy Vaccaro’s dedication, hard work, and vision in leading the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County were extraordinary. I am grateful for her commitment to the organization’s growth during challenging times and her steady leadership’s impact. Working with her for more than five years was a privilege, and I wish her much happiness and some well-deserved rest.”

Questions may be addressed to David Green at CAFC:

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Norwalk Health Department Offers Flu Vaccines

Norwalk Health Department to Offer Standard and High-Dose Flu Shots at Community Clinics

Flu season is here. The best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu is getting your annual flu shot from the Norwalk Health Department!

The Health Department will be hosting two additional community flu clinics this month in the lobby of the Norwalk Health Department, located at 137 East Avenue. The standard flu shot and high-dose flu vaccine will be made available.

Thursday, October 21, 2021
2 pm - 4 pm
Norwalk Health Department, 137 East Avenue
Register here

Thursday, October 28, 2021
2 pm - 4 pm
Norwalk Health Department, 137 East Avenue
Register here


Appointments are required for both clinics. Click here or call 203-854-7985 to make your appointment.

Please note: These are not drive-through clinics. Please park and walk-in at your scheduled appointment time. You can receive the flu shot for no charge with most insurances. Please bring all your insurance cards with you. Otherwise, standard seasonal flu shots cost $25, and highdose flu shots cost $50. No one will be turned away because they are unable to pay.

In addition to getting your flu shot, you can take several other simple steps to help stay healthy this winter:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water

• Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough

• Stay home if you feel sick

]]> (Norwalk Health Department) Neighbors Tue, 19 Oct 2021 10:05:04 -0400
National Report Shows Connecticut Ranks First in Childhood Vaccinations

Governor Ned Lamont today is highlighting the release of a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which shows that Connecticut has the highest rate of childhood immunizations of any state in the nation.

According to the report, Connecticut achieved an estimated 80.2% coverage rate for the recommended immunization series among children by age 24 months – well above the national average of 70.5% and above the average for the New England region of 79.7%.

“This report reveals that once again, Connecticut is a national leader in childhood immunization,” Governor Lamont said. “That is in large part due to the efforts of many professional, community-based and private partnerships that have worked diligently with the state to raise awareness of this issue. I want to thank the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Department of Social Services, and the State Department of Education, as well as the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, local health departments, community health centers, and all of the healthcare practitioners who champion immunizations for their work, ensuring the health and safety of our children.”

“As the COVID-19 pandemic vaccination response has demonstrated, vaccinations are a vital part of our public health strategy, protecting individuals from disease and communities from outbreaks,” Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani said. “Today’s announcement is the result of years of hard work and collaboration among all of our partners, whose results protect us all. When it’s harder for disease to get a hold and run unchecked, all of our communities are safer.”

The estimates specified in the report reflect vaccines that were administered mostly prior to any disruptions that were caused as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Extra effort will be required to maintain high levels and equitable coverage with routine childhood vaccinations resulting from those disruptions. Parents are reminded to use any healthcare visit as an opportunity to get their child all the recommended vaccinations that are due. Using Connecticut’s vaccine information system, known as CT WIZ, school nurses, healthcare providers, and local health departments are able to check to see which vaccines a child might need. For parents or guardians who lost their insurance or whose insurance no longer covers vaccines, the Connecticut Vaccine and Federal Vaccines for Children Program helps provide vaccines at no cost to children whose families may not be able to afford them. Parents or guardians should talk to their healthcare provider about how to make sure their child stays up to date on their vaccinations, regardless of financial circumstances.

**On the WebCDC report on vaccination coverage by age 24 months among children born in 2017 and 2018

]]> (Office of the Governor. ) Public safety Tue, 19 Oct 2021 06:20:17 -0400
United Way of Connecticut 211 Child Care Helps Families Connect With The Child Care Services They Need To Get Back To Work

The COVID-19 Pandemic reinforced the importance of access to quality and affordable child care. United Way of Connecticut/211 Child Care’s release of a new Child Care Provider Portal will ensure that Connecticut families have quick and easy access to the most accurate and up-to-date information on available child care services.

 “The Office of Early Childhood is working harder than ever before to increase access to quality, affordable child care. Child Care providers across our state are committed to increasing their capacity while keeping children, families and staff safe,” said Commissioner Beth Bye, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. “In partnership with United Way of Connecticut’s 211 Child Care program, we are committed to supporting our state’s incredible child care workforce and families seeking quality care for their children.

"The COVID-19 Pandemic has further proven that access to child care is essential to the success of our state’s economy and to the success and stability of families," said Lisa Tepper Bates, President & CEO of United Way of Connecticut. "Many Connecticut workers, in particular women and women of color, need access to necessary supports like child care as they seek to reenter the workforce. The new Portal will help families connect with the services they need ."

“211 Child Care is committed to maintaining the most comprehensive database of child care resources and helping parents and caretakers find the services that best meet the needs of their family,” said Sherri Sutera, Senior Vice President of Child Care Services at United Way of Connecticut. “The new 211 Child Care Provider Portal allows providers to quickly and easily edit their program information to ensure that our database is up to date, allows families to explore their options, and helps 211 Child Care Specialists better assist families in finding the right child care for their family.“ 

 Families and caretakers can access this information and search for child care services HERE. 

To learn more about 211 Child Care visit or dial 211 and select option 2 to speak with a 211 Child Care Specialist. 

]]> (Maggie Adair) Neighbors Tue, 19 Oct 2021 04:41:08 -0400
U.S. and state flags in Connecticut lowered to half-staff in honor of General Colin Powell

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that – in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden directing flags to be lowered throughout the country as a mark of respect for General Colin Powell – he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on the evening of Friday, October 22, 2021.

Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Mon, 18 Oct 2021 10:13:39 -0400
Golf Performance Center Announces Women's College Prep Series November 5-7

Golf Performance Center's (GPC) College Prep Series is the Northeast’s premier event for college-bound golfers and their parents. This year, we’re excited to dedicate it entirely to girls age 13 and older.

Reserve your seat HERE.

The College Prep Series features top PGA professionals and elite women’s college golf coaches in a multi-day, immersive session designed with one purpose in mind: helping aspiring junior golfers achieve their dreams of playing at the next level.

Junior players at the College Prep Series will have the opportunity to undergo a Player Development Index (PDI) Assessment conducted by elite PGA and TPI-certified performance coaches. The PDI Assessment takes a deep, objective look at key skill areas including putting, chipping, bunker play, shot-making, mental proficiency and physical skills, and precisely identifies areas that need improvement. The assessment will result in an Index (PDI), giving players a number to quantify the state of their game and the ability to track progress toward their goals.


Players and parents will also participate in detailed, guided sessions explaining the college golf recruiting process and featuring head coaches at top college golf programs.

Players and parents will leave with a detailed report covering the weaknesses that may be holding them back from college golf and with a thorough understanding of the recruiting process.

Learn more and reserve your seat HERE.

]]> (Golf Performance Center) Places Mon, 18 Oct 2021 03:36:00 -0400
Robby Krieger (The Doors) with special guest Vanilla Fudge at The Ridgefield Playhouse on November 17

A great double-bill of classic rock is coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse stage – Robby Krieger (The Doors) with special guest Vanilla Fudge on Wednesday, November 17 at 8pm!

Krieger, who was the band’s guitarist and songwriter, leads a celebration of the music of The Doors with his Robby Krieger Band and special guest vocalist Waylon Krieger, his son. Hits include "Light My Fire," "Love Me Two Times," "Riders on the Storm," "Love Her Madly" and many more!  Vanilla Fudge features original members Mark Stein, Carmine Appice and Vince Martell with Pete Bremy. 

Vanilla Fudge was one of the first American groups to infuse psychedelia into a heavy rock sound to create “psychedelic symphonic rock” an eclectic genre which would, among its many offshoots, eventually morph into heavy metal. They are best known for their arrangements of “Ticket to Ride,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” and more!

This show is part of the Pepsi Rock Series Driven by North American Motor Car. Media partner for this event is i95 The Home of Rock ‘n Roll.  For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($77.50) go online at or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.


]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Sat, 16 Oct 2021 08:54:57 -0400
FCBuzz Weekend: Euphoria in Norwalk, Halloween Dogs in Fairfield, Westoberfest, and MORE!


HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each Friday, look for a listing of weekend events and activities!

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members. 

Friday at 7pm, head over to MoCA Westport for another great show from the Music at MoCA series. The Figgs are a tried-and-true band with a worldwide fan base, a hearty discography, and a catalog of studio albums, EPs, and singles.

Maybe you’re in the mood for an amazing acoustic show? Friday at 8pm, Bridgeport’s  Bijou Theatre features the internationally acclaimed Mike Massé, performing some of the best classic rock songs from the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, U2, Elton John, and more. 

Saturday afternoon is packed with a bountiful harvest of Fall fun. Fairfield Harvest Market & Dog Halloween Costume Parade begins at 10am on Saturday at the Historic Old Town Hall Green in Fairfield, featuring 70+ vendors offering artwork, crafts, pet products, jewelry, upcycled and rustic furniture, home décor items as well as food trucks and vendors from the weekly Fairfield Farmers Market. The Dog Halloween Costume Parade will start promptly at noon. Dress your fur baby in their Halloween costume and line up at 11:45am to parade along Old Post Road. 

Then at 2pm, the grounds of the Wilton Historical Society will be strewn with pumpkins, gourds, mums and corn for The Great Wilton Pumpkin Fest.Munch a donut and sip some cider, decorate a pumpkin, play cornhole or “Ring Toss with Pumpkins” and so much more.

Also at 2pm, in the heart of downtown Westport, you will find the Westport Downtown Association's third annual Westoberfest. With over 60 tastings from a variety of award winning and innovative craft breweries, an assortment of fun fall activities including live music, local food, air-cooled cars, a pumpkin giveaway, and a location steps away from the best shops and restaurants Westport has to offer, Westoberfest is the perfect way to spend an October afternoon with friends and family.

As the Saturday sun sets and evening arrives, Stamford’s Loft Artists Association opens its 8th Annual Juried Exhibit, Chiaroscuro: The Art of Light and Dark5-7pm, with a reception and awards ceremony. The concept of Chiaroscuro has been evident throughout art history since the 5th C. in Greece. Come and see why this effect has stood the test of time. 

Norwalk’s  St Philip Artists' Guild opens its doors to the public for the first time in over two years with  “Euphoria”, Saturday 5:30 - 8:30pm. Enjoy a live art exhibit with open studios featuring 21 artists at the magnificent Oakwood Estate Mansion in Norwalk. Opening their doors the Guild is eager for the community to experience this celebration of artistic excitement and creative joy with over 100 works of art and open studios for guests, live music and refreshments. 

Later on, join a night of “Lunacy” with the International Westport Astronomical Society when it opens up the Westport Observatory campus for International Observe the Moon Night. Take part in lunar viewing, hands-on activities, virtual and in-person events, and more. Come together with fellow Moon enthusiasts and curious people worldwide to honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon. 

If music is more your style, THE MACHINE performs Pink Floyd at The Ridgefield Playhouse Saturday at 7:30and Sacred Fire, the blistering six-piece Latin Rock SANTANA Tribute band, takes the stage at The Bijou in Bridgeport at 8:00. 

On Sunday, Connecticut’s non-profit mobile art museum, cARTie, is hosting an Open House celebration event from 3:00-6:00pm Food, drink, live music, student art, and unforgettable photo-ops aboard the art museum bus. Located at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport, this celebration is in gratitude for everyone helping to bridge inequities in education and arts access across the state, bringing the museum experience to more than 1,000 PreK-2 students.

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Fri, 15 Oct 2021 09:25:13 -0400
CT's Beardsley Zoo's Amur Tiger Reka to Transfer Out

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will say goodbye next week to Reka, a female Amur tiger born at the Zoo, as she moves to a new permanent home.

Born on November 25, 2017, Reka and her sister Zeya were raised by the Zoo’s animal care staff when their mother, Changbai, displayed no interest in her cubs. Zoo guests and supporters have followed Reka and Zeya’s journey from newborns whose survival was uncertain to the healthy young adult tigers they are today. 

Managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), inter-regional transfers are arranged with careful attention to gene diversity in the hope that successful breeding will take place. Last year, Zeya was sent to Rosamond Gifford Zoo as an excellent genetic match to that Zoo’s resident male tiger. Reka’s new home zoo will announce her arrival once a standard quarantine period is complete later this fall.  Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo remains home to Reka and Zeya’s mother, Changbai. 

Amur tigers are very rare and are critically endangered in the wild. According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) statistics, today Amur tigers are thought to occupy less than seven percent of their original range. Threatened by habitat loss and degradation, poaching, tiger-human conflict, and loss of prey, four of nine subspecies have disappeared from the wild just in the past hundred years. The future of the Amur tiger has been a major concern of the world’s zoos for many years as the species has been pushed toward extinction. 

There is an SSP program in place for many species of animals through oversight by a group called the Taxon Advisory Group (TAG). The SSP makes breeding recommendations based on genetics, age and health of animals, and need for more of the species to protect future populations. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s Deputy Director, Don Goff, is the Co-Chair of the National Felid TAG group. He leads a committee of AZA-accredited zoo members whose goal is to save declining species.

“As sad as we are to say goodbye to Reka, the planned transfer of animals to other member zoos ensures the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied AZA population,” explained Goff.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has had repeated success in breeding endangered species, a testament to the Zoo’s animal care specialists and the highest quality of animal care.  The Zoo has been the birthplace of multiple endangered species in recent years, including Amur tiger cubs, maned wolf pups, red wolf pups, three baby Giant anteaters, and two Amur leopard cubs.

]]> (Lisa Clair) Neighbors Thu, 14 Oct 2021 05:58:47 -0400
Find Fall Faster with Connecticut's Top Fall Foliage Drives

Ready for some leaf peeping? Head no farther than Connecticut, where you'll find New England’s longest fall foliage season. Running from north to south steadily over about 6 weeks, the foliage coverage varies, but there’s always somewhere to see the colors change. Thanks to our friends at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, here are a few suggested driving “loops” to get you safely out and about during prime leaf peeping season. Be sure to program your mapping app, or set your gps, for an amazing drive through the wonders of fall in Connecticut.

Loop #1: Scenic Fairfield County
Loop #2: Litchfield Hills Ramble
Loop #3: Hartford West
Loop #4: Exploring the Quiet Corner
Loop #5: Mystic Country & the Coast
Loop #6: Connecticut River Color
Loop #7: New Haven & Neighborhood

Visit for more information including directions to the best locations for viewing Ct's fall foliage.

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Positivity Celebration in Norwalk on October 21

Join us Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a free art exhibit featuring local artists showcasing different media forms. This Positivity Celebration is hosted by Fairfield County Artists and Norwalk Community Health Center. The event will take place at NCHC, 120 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk. Free, ample, on-site parking is available.

Enjoy refreshments, hear the artists share their inspirations, and meet Norwalk Community Health Center Chief Executive Officer Ken Waller, Chief Medical Officer Djana Harp and health center associates. Art purchases will support local artists and NCHC wellness programs.;; 203-851-1018

NCHC follows CDC guidelines and observes protocols for masking and social distancing.

]]> (Cathy Ryan Sherman) Events Wed, 13 Oct 2021 04:29:00 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: Wise Guys Sauces

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 Wise Guys Sauces!

Three questions with Edward J. Mailhot, Director of Sales at Wise Guys Sauces.

Why did you start your business?

In 2014 – it originally started as a Pizzeria in the Sono Market Place then transition to manufacturing our sauce.

What is your best-selling product/service?

We only have one product (for now) and it’s our all-natural, gluten-free marinara sauce!

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

10 Local CT Grade A’s & Shop Rite:

- Norwalk (360 Connecticut Avenue)
- 3 Stamford Stores – (Commerce Location - 1990 West Main Street, Newfield - 563 Newfield Avenue. Shippan – 200 Shippan Ave)
- Fairfield (1975 Black Rock Turnpike)
- Shelton (875 Bridgeport Ave)
- Brookfield (143 Federal Road)
- Southbury (775 Main Street South)
- Danbury (1 Padanaram Road)

20 Local Markets & Deli:

- Harbor Point Organics - 14 Harbor Point Rd, Stamford, CT
- The Pantry - 1580 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT
- Palmer’s Market - 264 Heights Rd, Darien, CT
- Walter Stewart's Market - 229 Elm St, New Canaan, CT
- Village Market - 108 Old Ridgefield Rd, Wilton, CT
- Gaetano's Deli - (all 3 Locations; Westport, Stratford, Shelton)
- Genoa Deli & Pizza - 113 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield, CT
- Cranbury Market IGA - 343 Newtown Ave, Norwalk, CT
- Rowayton Market - 57 Rowayton Ave Norwalk, CT
- Mike’s Deli – 194 East Ave, Norwalk, CT
- Reef Shack – 257 Reef Rd, Fairfield, CT
- The Produce Market – 1011 Hope St, Stamford, CT
- Double L Market – 730 Post Rd E, Westport, CT
- Mystic Market – 730 Post Rd E, Westport, CT
- The Market at Pound Ridge Square - 55 Westchester Ave, Pound Ridge, NY
- The Market at Union Hall - 2 Keeler Ln, North Salem, NY
- Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard - 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY
- Katonah Pasta - 28 Valley Rd, Katonah, NY

Edward would like to nominate Realm to be featured next - "Hands down the best in the industry!"

Wise Guys Sauces is located at 20 Broad Street in Norwalk. Visit Wise Guys Sauces online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages as well!

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


]]> (Dan) Places Tue, 12 Oct 2021 06:33:40 -0400
Prismatica Kaleidoscope Experience at The SoNo Collection

Norwalk's premier retail, lifestyle, and event space, The SoNo Collection, is thrilled to bring the Prismatica experience to Norwalk, CT. This truly breathtaking art installation is transforming the SoNo Garden Rooftop into a giant illuminated kaleidoscope, offering a stunning backdrop for photos and a unique activity to enjoy in the crisp fall air with the whole family.

 The vibrant light installation is comprised of a series of pivoting 2-meter-tall prisms mounted on bases containing projectors. The prisms are made of panels laminated with a dichroic film that transmits and reflects every color in the visible spectrum, varying with the position of the light source and the observer. During the day, the prisms reflect natural light. After dark, they are illuminated from within, creating a more pronounced directional effect.  As visitors wander among and manipulate the prisms, they will enjoy an infinite interplay of lights and colorful reflections. Prismatica was first presented as part of the 5th edition of Luminothérapie, in 2014-2015, at the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal.

THE CREATORS - A work by RAW Design. With Dix au Carré at the Sound design, ATOMIC3 and Jean-François Piché at the Lighting design and ATOMIC3 and Louis Héon at the Production and technical direction.

WORKS CREDITS - Conception and execution: RAW Design in collaboration with ATOMIC3 and PRODUCTION: Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal, Canada FREE EVENT

 October 20 – November 17, 2021, Mall Hours, 10AM – 8PM

100 N Water St, Norwalk

More info here


]]> ( The SoNo Collection) Events Mon, 11 Oct 2021 09:59:43 -0400
When You Enter ACT's Smokey Joe's Cafe, You'll Beg To Stay Past Closing Time!

The words of the legendary Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are dead on. 

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway

They say there's always magic in the air

After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, ACT of Connecticut brings Broadway BACK with a BANG. And, indeed, the lights are shining bright and the magic is contagious inside the equity theater in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

1950s rock n’ roll music at its core combined with soulful choreography by Stephanie Pope Lofgren will make you literally dance in your seat, wave your hands (add hoot and clap when appropriate). When you step inside Smokey Joe's Cafe you’ll beg to stay past closing time.

The talented cast of eight has heart, rhythm and soul. They do so much more than sing -  with no dialogue, only music, they tell a story of an era in American history that has left an indelible mark thanks to Leiber and Stollers masterpieces including “Jailhouse Rock", "Stand By Me", “Yakety Yak”, “Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” and “Spanish Harlem” (to name just a few).

The epitome of girl power is Keyonna Knight, Courtney Long, Kelly MacMillan belting out “I am a Woman”. These ladies have swag - they are sultry and empowering. Inside Smokey Joe’s Cafe, they join Broadway veterans Juson Williams (who recently appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent), Albert Guerzon (Dance Captain), Avionce Hoyles, Jordan Fife Hunt,  and Arnold Harper II. Together, they create sparks that reach beyond the walls of the contemporary theater.

ACT of Connecticut has made a triumphant return to live theater. 

Added Performances: Sunday, October 17 at 7pm and Thursday, October 21 at 2pm

Purchase tickets here.

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded in 2018 by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known musicals, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers.

*Image courtesy ACT of Connecticut


]]> (KA) Life Sun, 10 Oct 2021 08:46:53 -0400
Fairfield County Bank Donates $250,000 to Norwalk Hospital Expansion

Nuvance Health has announced a major expansion to Norwalk Hospital, expected to be completed in winter 2025-2026. The seven-floor, 180,000 square foot expansion project stands to be the largest in Norwalk Hospital’s history and will provide modern inpatient care and a comfortable soothing environment.

The Patient Pavilion project includes renovations and updates to existing spaces, including a new labor and delivery unit and a new intensive care unit. In addition, there will be significant improvements made in the infrastructure of the existing building and updates to the technology used in the hospital.

Norwalk Hospital President Peter Cordeau says of the project, “We are deepening the partnership with our community that is the bedrock of our Hospital—not just by building a contemporary structure and renovating essential services, but by revitalizing all the programs that are central to our mission.”

Fairfield County Bank has donated $250,000 to the project, becoming the first business to support the Patient Pavilion project.

Fairfield County Bank is proud to support this reinvestment into the community of Norwalk. “We are excited to be able to support such an important expansion to one of the pillars of the Norwalk community,” says Ralph DePanfilis, Chairman of the Board at Fairfield County Bank and Norwalk resident.  “This project will enhance the life-changing healthcare Norwalk Hospital offers and make it more accessible to the community it serves.”

For more information about the Pavilion project, please contact the Norwalk Hospital Foundation at or by calling 203-852-2216.

]]> (Jillian Fernandez) Places Thu, 07 Oct 2021 12:54:33 -0400