Redding's HamletHub Sat, 09 Dec 2023 06:40:49 -0500 New Pond Farm astronomy for families on December 16

Astronomy – Viewing the Night Sky on December 16, 6 p.m. and on January 6, 6 p.m.

Join our knowledgeable team of volunteer astronomers on Astronomy Hill for views of constellations, star clusters, planets, and more! Gaze through the telescopes, hear stories about the stars, watch a short slide presentation, ask deep questions and connect with other night sky enthusiasts. This is an outdoor program, so please dress for the weather and be prepared for a short walk from the parking lot out to the Observatory.

Each program is:
$8 per Member
$10 per Non-member

Learn more and register

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Parkinson's Holiday Sing-A-Long at RVNAhealth on December 13

Join RVNAhealth's Parkinson's Center for a Holiday Sing-A-Long on Wednesday, December 13th from 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Music will be played by RVNAhealth's Music Therapists, just bring your singing voice! Festive snacks will be provided.
Register here.
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Town of Redding News and Calendar of Events December 8-15


Mail letters to Santa at Redding Community Center until 12/19/23-click for more information!

The Brown Bag Lunch with the First Selectwoman scheduled for December 13, 2023 has been CANCELLED.


On Call Weekend Facilities Custodian

Health Department

CDC COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines
Free COVID-19 Test Kits Available Again to U.S. Households

Heritage Center

December Programs and Events

New Pond Farm Education Center

Programs and Activities

Mark Twain Library
Programs and Events


Sunday, December 10, 2023
9:00 a.m. at 156 Gallows Hill Road-Conservation Commission Site Inspection

Tuesday, December 12, 2023
7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room-Planning Commission-CANCELLED

Wednesday, December 13, 2023
9: 9:00 a.m. at Heritage Center-Commission on Aging
1 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room-Zoning Commission

Thursday, December 14, 2023
6:00 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room-Gilbert and Bennett Wire Mill Advisory Committee

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Happy Hanukkah from your friends at HamletHub!

The Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” begins this evening, Wednesday, December 7 and ends with nightfall on December 15.

Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods. Read more about Hanukkah

Visit for more information about the Festival of Lights and ways to celebrate locally.

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Winter Garden Ice Arena: Friday Night Disco Skate and Public Skating on Sundays!

The best place for family fun!

Join us at the Winter Garden Ice Arena for Friday night Disco Skate from 9 to 10 pm and Sunday afternoon Public Skating from 3:00 to 4:20 pm

Public Skating Fees:

$15 adult

$10 child (12 and under)

$5 skate rental

$5 helmet rental

Disco Skate Fees:

$15 per person

$5 rental

Winter Garden is located at 111 Prospect Ridge Road in Ridgefield. Learn more


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Redding Resident Milton Magnussen, 76, Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, has Died

Milton Robert Magnussen, aged 76, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, December 4, 2023, in Redding, Connecticut.

Milton was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was predeceased by his father, Milton Robert Magnussen and his mother, Elinor Magnussen. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis Elaine Magnussen, his three daughters: Sonja Magnussen of Gainesville, VA; Lara Magnussen Mecca and her husband Mike of Norwalk, CT; Erika Magnussen Vibbert and her husband Roger of Redding, CT; his four deeply-loved grandchildren: Kyle and Ava Zambrana, and Dylan and Derrick Vibbert. He will also be greatly missed by his brother, David Magnussen, his wife Nancy, and their children and Grandchildren.

Milton was a Marine Corps veteran who served during the Vietnam War where he received two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and other metals of valor.

Milton started his career working in the tree industry in Massachusetts and later spent several years as a Ranger for the Boy Scouts of America’s Camp Child in Plymouth. In 1980, He moved his family to Redding, Connecticut where he worked for the Bridgeport Hydrolic Company. He spent the rest of his career working for the Ridgefield Board of Education in both its custodial and maintenance divisions. Outside of his career, Milton was often invited by Ridgefield, Fairfield, and Redding Schools to share with students his passion regarding the effect war has on soldiers, as well as personal experiences that could not be taught in textbooks.

Visitation hours to celebrate his life will take place on Friday, December 8th from 6:00PM - 8:00 PM at the Redding Ridge Fire Department, 186 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding, CT. He will be interred on Saturday, December 9th with military honors in a private family ceremony in Massachusetts.

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Live Nativity Pageant in Redding on Saturday, December 9

Come enjoy the 38th annual outdoor live nativity pageant this Saturday, December 9th at 5 PM, hosted by the First Church of Christ Congregational Church on Cross Hwy by Old Town Hall.

Enjoy singing holiday carols while reliving the Christmas story as played by pageant actors who will be accompanied by live animals. The event concludes with a walk thru the manger tableau under the magical star.

Free of charge. Light refreshments will be offered.

Rain date is Sunday, December 10th.

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Housatonic Habitat Wrapping the Mall Fundraiser at Danbury Fair Mall Through December 24

Get in the holiday spirit by helping with Housatonic Habitat's annual  "Wrapping at the Mall" fundraiser.

The event runs December 2 through 24 at the Danbury Fair Mall, and volunteers are needed to man the shifts and make the magic happen.
"It's one of our biggest fundraisers of the year," says Diana Arfine of Housatonic Habitat. "Last year Habitat raised more than $10,000 by wrapping gifts, and we're aiming even higher this season!  It's a fun thing to do with family, friends and coworkers."
Shoppers donate $5 per package, and the volunteer elves do the work. Proceeds benefit Housatonic Habitat's mission to provide safe and affordable housing in our community. 
Volunteers can sign up for shifts at:
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Redding resident Gethin E. Dalton, 76, has died

Gethin E. Dalton, 76, of Redding, died on Monday, December 4, 2023 at Regional Hospice of Western CT, Danbury.

On December 4, 2023 the world lost a larger-than-life character, both literally and figuratively.  He left us to reunite with his late wife Julie and to be with his former family and friends for eternity. A bold and eccentric fellow he enjoyed nothing better than planning  a dress up, or devising a prank, for parties or celebrations regardless of where they were in the world, or how formal they were. He embraced everyone, was the first to crack a joke, bellow with laughter and have everyone in the room in hysterics.

Gethin E. Dalton, “Longfellow”, began his journey of life on January 11, 1947 in Uxbridge, England.  He and younger brother Howie were raised by their father, William Arthur Dalton, a member of the Royal Air Force.  Gethin spent his early years living between England and South Africa and attended schools in both countries.

He pursued a career in the International Moving and Relocation Industry starting as a packer and eventually opening his own company, which quickly became highly respected and regarded in South Africa and worldwide. He was a superb businessman who prided himself on the highest level of service at all times.

In September 1973, Gethin married the love of his life, Julie, whom he affectionately called “Winky.”  Julie was a saint as she patiently embraced his eccentricities and antics.  She grounded him and he always maintained that she was the best thing that ever happened to him, and vice versa. They were soulmates. Together, they thoroughly enjoyed raising three daughters in Johannesburg until 1987. His time spent there with family, friends, braais and African wildlife were some of Gethin’s fondest memories.

They started a new life in Ridgefield, CT in 1987.  Gethin’s resilience and remarkable work ethic carried his family through the tragedy of losing Julie in 1990. As a single parent, Gethin devoted his life to raising his three girls with a “village” of friends who were, and continue to be, pillars of strength.

Gethin was a voracious reader, avid photographer, writer of countless Odes, loyal supporter of the Bokkes and English football, and loved nothing more than stimulating conversation or a vigorous political debate.  A worldwide traveler who explored almost 100 countries and a master of dramatic entrances to any party or gathering he attended. What he loved most was being with his three daughters and he rarely missed any family event, either minor or significant, and he was always their number one fan. In more recent years he couldn’t have been more proud of being “Oupa” to his special granddaughter, Evy.

Longfellow was one of a kind and he is imprinted in the memory of many, many friends and colleagues around the world who loved him not just because of his outrageousness, but also because of his generosity of spirit, his endless curiosity, his compassion, and the fact that he wore his heart on his sleeve. He bore the tragedies that came his way with enormous stoicism.

He was predeceased by his wife Julie; his parents William and Helen; brother Howard; niece Tiffany; in-laws Peter and Peggy Scott, and aunt Molly and uncle Derek Von Bethman Hollweg.

Gethin is survived by his 3 daughters and 2 sons in law: Joanne Doherty (Kevin), Lauren Bailey (Carl) and Nicola Broughton and granddaughter Evelyn Rose Doherty.  In England he is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Diane Scott, nephews Alex, John and Tom Scott, and in South Africa his sister-in-law Alison Lowry and niece Roxanne Dalton along with many cousins around the world.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield CT, 06877

A celebration of life is to be determined.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Gethin’s memory to: Regional Hospice of Western CT, 30 Milestone Rd., Danbury, CT  06810. in Danbury, CT


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Weir Farm Open Call for 2024 Artist-in-Residence Program

Weir Farm National Historical Park (NHP) has announced a Call for Artists for the 2024 Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program. The Call for Artists runs NOW through January 31, 2024.  

The Weir Farm AIR Program is an outstanding National Park Service residency program that reflects the values and character of Weir Farm NHP by continuing the creative conversations started by the Weir Family through the work of contemporary artists. Weir Farm’s AIR Program fosters contemporary artistic expression and prioritizes experimental and thought-provoking approaches to interpreting our world through the medium of contemporary visual art.  

Six artists will be selected competitively through a juried process for one-month long residencies to take place from May-October 2024. Weir Farm NHP places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates. Weir Farm NHP invites applications from artists representing a wide range of perspectives, diversity, and media (e.g., painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media). Graduate and doctoral students, emerging and professional artists aged 25+ at the time of application may apply. Applicants must be eligible to travel to and within the United States.

To apply or for more information view the open call HERE or visit the Weir Farm NHP website.  

This program is supported in part by the generosity of Park partners, the

Nationwide, more than 50 National Park Service sites host artist residency programs. Weir Farm has inspired thousands of artists for more than 140 years, including over 250 Artists-in-Residence.  

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Ring in 2024 at The Ridgefield Playhouse with the Gin Blossoms, after party included with ticket!

Ring in 2024, Sunday, December 31 with the Gin Blossoms!

The evening will begin with opening act, Gabe Dixon (Tedeschi Trucks Band), then our headliner, Gin Blossoms, followed by a New Year’s party in our lobby featuring specialty “Tuck Gin Blossom” cocktails, a dance party and countdown to midnight. Our lobby will be transformed with decorations from Sweet Bean Events, DJ Mo spinning the latest tunes, photo booth, complimentary food, and Prosecco toast at Midnight.

Purchase tickets ($150 to $250) online


Elegant Ridgefield Holiday Series
Pepsi Rock Series Driven by North American Motor Car

The Gin Blossoms broke out in the early 90s with their album, New Miserable Experience. That album is now certified 4x Platinum and includes their biggest hits to date, “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You.” The band is known for their bright, guitar-driven hooks layered with their lyrics that evoke nostalgia while bringing a fresh take. Their classic yet modern approach to indie music in the late 90s and early 2000s is arguably what led them to being radio mainstays for more than two decades.

After their performance to 60,000 people at Sound on Sound Festival in Bridgeport, the Gin Blossoms are bringing their music to our intimate, 500 seat theater for a special performance that will ring in the new year.

We hope you can join us for this memorable evening at the Playhouse!


    • VIP early entry into the venue
    • Exclusive pre-show Q&A with members of Gin Blossoms
    • Pre-show performance with members of Gin Blossoms
    • Group photo with Gin Blossoms
    • Exclusive VIP Gift
    • Specially designed tote bag
    • Official pre-show laminate
    • Merchandise shopping before doors open to the general public

    Restaurant Sponsors:

Brassiere St. Germain, Dimitri’s, HayFields Catering, Jaipore Xpress, JJ Stacks, Southwest Cafe, Stew Leonard’s, Sweet Pierre’s of Wilton

Beverage Sponsors:
Freixenet Mionetto, Travelin’ Toms Coffee Truck, Tuck Gin

Additional Support by:
DJ Mo, Inflate CT-NY Party Rentals, Sweet Bean Events


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Georgetown chosen to receive aid from Main Street Accelerator program


Georgetown was one of six communities across Connecticut chosen for the Connecticut Main Street Center's Main Street Accelerator program, where participants will join a six-month program to learn and practice the Four Point Main Street Approach. Georgetown Village Restoration Inc. (GVR) members will join to find new ways to increase exposure and foot traffic in Georgetown to support businesses and the local community.

The Four Point Main Street Approach examines economic vitality, design, organization and promotion, focusing on community transformation. It focuses on building an economic base with new investment and appeal toward entrepreneurs; designing accessible public spaces with inviting, inclusive atmospheres; building leadership and fostering community engagement; and promoting defining aspects, benefitting local businesses and drawing new visitors.

The six-month program from Connecticut Main Street Center is designed for teams to learn how to utilize those four points to meet a challenge their communities are facing. Georgetown, comprised of the corners of Redding, Weston, Wilton and Ridgefield, was founded in the early 1800s. Georgetown’s Main Street and Gilbert & Bennett Wire Mill are located in Redding. GVR was founded in 1999 to support its restoration, revitalization and maintenance. Among other initiatives, it organizes the annual Georgetown Day and supports the Holiday Parade and is involved in ongoing work regarding the Wire Mill.

"Georgetown is an example of the best of our communities, especially highlighting our local history and community togetherness," said State Senator Ceci Maher (D-Wilton). "It's exciting to hear that GVR will work toward supporting its long-term vitality, benefitting businesses and the local region. I look forward to the long-term benefits this work will accomplish."
“GVR recently became a CMSC member community and is now jumping in with both feet by participating in this program, which we think is brilliant because managing a Main Street is a collective exercise. The Accelerator program is designed to equip local teams like GVR with the framework and knowledge they may need to move their project forward. I’m excited to work with them and see what results,” said Kristen Lopez, CMSC Education & Training Director.

“GVR is excited to participate in CMSC’s Accelerator program and learn how we can offer more support and strengthen Georgetown. Our village is a special place, and we are lucky to have the dynamic local businesses that serve our community. We look forward to better serving them and enhancing Main Street and the community,” said Kate Perry, who serves on the board of the nonprofit organization.

The Connecticut Main Street Center has an ongoing mission to assess, educate, convene and advocate to develop and grow Connecticut's downtowns, village centers and mixed-use neighborhoods, supporting Main Streets everywhere.

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Parkinson's and Deep Brain Stimulation: Lunch and Learn at RVNAhealth Tomorrow

Join RVNAhealth’s Parkinson’s Center on December 5 from 12:30 to 2pm as they welcome Dr. Christopher Conner and Dr. Chindhuri Selvadurai, UConn Health, to learn more about Parkinson’s and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). 


Dr. Conner will discuss how they treat Parkinson’s disease: how the diagnosis is confirmed when a person has Parkinson’s, current treatments for Parkinson’s ( medications, diet, physical activity, etc..), surgical treatments available, Deep Brain Stimulation and focused ultrasound, who is a candidate for these advanced treatments, surgical workflow for both, outcomes,  and how the DBS ( electric medicine) works by drastically reducing the symptoms of Parkinson’s resulting in a much better chance of quality of life with the reduction of medication. Will discuss how the DBS system is programmed, battery life and having the DBS programming done in the comfort of the patients own home remotely.

Sponsored by Abbott.

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For Sale in Redding: English Cottage on 4.8 Bucolic Acres

258 Poverty Hollow Road, Redding

"Spring Hill"- Delightful, whimsical, and enchanting 1929 Arts & Crafts style English cottage situated privately on 4.8 bucolic acres with gated entry to adjoining 4 acres of Redding Land Trust meadows. This storied home was built by celebrated artist.

Lizabeth Clifton Hunter (note her watercolor at the foot of the stairs). Sublime attention to detail abounds inside and out of this truly one-of-a-kind country estate. The exquisitely landscaped grounds feature peaceful outdoor enclaves including stone patios, balconies, the stunning pool grotto with dramatic stone face backdrop, and "Palais Poulet”: the playful hillside chicken coop compound.

It's impossible to know where to feast your eyes in the exquisite main home showcasing hand-hewn exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, built-ins, 3 fireplaces, and true artistry throughout the 2-story sunken living room, both formal dining and casual breakfast rooms, wet bar, dazzling gallery, and 3 welcoming bedroom suites. The compound also offers the detached 3-car garage with a potting shed and regal clock tower. Of note: wood roof; leaded glass windows; radiant heated kitchen and breakfast room floors; heated outdoor steps to the driveway; copper leaders/gutters; generator; electric deer fence and cattle guard; plus top location on scenic road across from protected Aspetuck River land yet just 65 miles to Midtown.

Offered at $1,695,000.

Take a virtual tour of the property here.

Contact Laura Freed Ancona


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Town of Redding News & Calendar of Events December 1-8

Upcoming events in Redding

December 2, 2023 @3:30 p.m.

Annual Tree Lighting on the Green

Come celebrate the winter season on the Town Green
Saturday, December 2nd starting at 3:30pm.
Click for details.

December 7, 2023 @6:00 p.m.-Menorah Lighting on the Green


On Call Weekend Facilities Custodian

Health Department

CDC COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines
Starting 09/25/23, order COVID at home test kits

Heritage Center

Upcoming Programs and Events

New Pond Farm Education Center

Programs and Activities

Mark Twain Library
Programs and Events

Monday, December 4, 2023

7:00 p.m. at Redding Community Center-Park and Recreation Commission

7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Conference Room and via Google Meet-Board of Ethics
7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room-Republican Town Committee

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

5:00 p.m. at Georgetown Firehouse-Georgetown Fire District

6:00 p.m. at John Read Middle School-Redding BOE Curriculum Committee
7:00 p.m. at Old Town House-Conservation Commission

7:00 p.m. at John Read Middle School-Redding Board of Education\

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room- Gilbert and Bennett Wire Mill Advisory Committee with Zoning Commission, Planning Commission SPECIAL MEETING

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