Redding's HamletHub Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:37:05 -0500 Winter Festival and Parade on Sunday in Georgetown!

Georgetown's 3rd Annual Winter Festival and Parade (and photos with Santa) will take place this Sunday, December 16 from 11am-2pm.

The parade will begin at 11 am on Main Street Redding, Ct. Followed by Photos with Santa. There will be festive full for all including winter crafts, face painting!

Visit with Rising Starr Horse Rescue latest rescue and lots of family fun. Raffle and donations with proceeds to go to Rising Starr Horse Rescue and The Georgetown Firehouse.


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Landmark Preschool Fun For Ones Program Begins January 2019

Landmark Preschool, which serves children ages one through five with a broad range of activities and schedules to foster the education, growth and development of the whole child, is offering their next Fun For Ones Program in January 2019.

To learn more and to register, click here.

Our Fun For Ones program was created for our youngest “students” who are always on the move and discovering the world around them. Fun For Ones is a great way for parents (or caregiver) and children to explore a preschool environment together.

This program is chock full of activities built around your child’s limitless curiosity and natural desire to learn…through exploration, play, music, and the arts. Each class centers on a different theme including colors, numbers, letters, animals, and holidays through creative and purposeful play. Children enjoy songs, stories, and games to encourage socialization and learning.

The winter session begins in January 2019 at each of our Bedford, Redding, Ridgefield, and Westport campuses.

To learn more, visit:

We look forward to seeing you and your little one at Fun For Ones!

Landmark preschool has over 40 years of experience in early childhood education and is affiliated with Ridgefield Academy. Both Landmark Preschool and Ridgefield Academy are accredited by Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. 

]]> (Ashley Moran) Life Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:54:02 -0500
Holbrook Farm Dinner on Monday at Redding Road House

Holbrook Farm invites you to gather to celebrate Jess' final harvest of 2018 at The Redding Roadhouse tomorrow, Monday, December 10 from 6 to 9pm at The Redding Roadhouse, 406 Redding Road in Redding.

The season's bounty will be highlighted by an incredible group of talented Chef's who have supported the farm throughout the years.

Please join us to say thank you to Jess for breathing new life into the little community gem we all know as Holbrook Farm and say a toast to new beginnings as Jess moves on to a new exciting chapter in her life. 

The celebration will begin at 6 pm with craft cocktails, small bites, and live music in the Taproom followed by a family style farm dinner with wine and dessert in the Dining Room. Ticket price will include small bites as well as dinner and dessert, craft cocktails, select beer and wine. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Bethel Food Pantry.

Purchase tickets ($125) here.

Learn more here.

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Holiday Origami at The Aldrich on December 15!

Family Workshop at The Aldrich: Holiday Origami on Saturday, December 15 from 10 am to 5 pm 

  • 10 am to 12 noon; children ages 2 to 5
  • 1 to 3 pm; children ages 6 to 10

Get in the holiday spirit at The Aldrich! Using introductory origami techniques create handmade gifts using decorative paper in a variety of sizes, shapes, and patterns to share with your loved ones. Turn your origami works into ornaments or holiday cards.


The Aldrich is located at 258 Main Street. Learn more about this program here.

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Winter Garden High School Disco Skate Weekend

Not one, but TWO nights of Disco at Winter Garden!

Friday night fever TONIGHT, Friday, December 7 from 8:50 to 10:00 pm with Disco Skate (for ALL ages) at Winter Garden Ice Arena! 

$10 for admission and $5 for skate rentals.

How easy is this? Now you can pre-purchase tickets for Winter Garden Ice Arena Friday Night Disco Skate.

Saturday night, December 8, Winter Garden turns High School Disco Skate Party from 8 to 9:30 pm with hot dogs, soft drinks, music, disco lights and, of course, skating! ALL area high school students are welcome!

$10 for admission and $5 for skate rentals.

Tickets available AT THE DOOR. 

Questions? email

Winter Garden Ice Arena is located 111 Prospect Ridge Road in Ridgefield.

How easy is this? Now you can pre-purchase tickets for Winter Garden Ice Arena Friday Night Disco Skate.


]]> (Winter Garden Ice Arena) Places Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:14:21 -0500
Redding Home For Sale: 43 Farview Farm Road Public Open House Sunday

Redding Home for Sale: 43 Farview Farm Road Public Open House, Sunday 12/9, 1-3 pm

Exceptional custom home in top West Redding location. Most scenic 2.61 acres in premier Farview Farms recreational neighborhood with deeded rights to the private pool, clubhouse, and tennis courts, plus backs up to Devil's Den Preserve, the largest tract of protected land in Fairfield County, for hiking, skating, and outdoor enjoyment.

Impressive from the first glimpse of the Belgian block lined drive and welcoming entry foyer w/sweeping stairway and inlaid hardwood floor. Light, bright, and open with spacious dining room and living room showcasing vaulted tray ceiling, built-ins, window seats, fireplace, plus sliders to the adjoining deck for outdoor entertaining. Updated chef's kitchen with sparkling white cabinets, Stainless steel appliances, granite island/counters, and custom butler's pantry with wine fridge. Total 5,772 sf, 5 bedrooms, 4 baths including an expansive main level master bedroom suite with 2 full baths, sitting room, and French door to rear stone terrace

The 2nd floor offers a gracious landing; 3 generous bedrooms; and office with fireplace, built-ins, and sensational views. Even more room to spread out in 1,512 sf walk-out lower level offering large family room with rustic stone floor and fireplace; full in-law or guest accommodations including private entry, bedroom, and full bath; plus custom wine cellar and billiards/game room. Additional bonus room, ideal for playroom or studio; extensive updates including whole-house generator; and sought after location, just minutes to shopping, restaurants, train, commuting routes, and approximately 1 hour to NYC.  

To learn more about this home, contact Laura Freed Ancona HERE.

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Fairfield County Bank is hosting a First Time Homebuyer Seminar on December 12

Fairfield County Bank is hosting a First Time Homebuyer Seminar on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services (401 Main Street).

Learn the homebuying process - from application to closing. On hand will be Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist Loan Officer, Joseph Chelednik. 

By attending this seminar, you will be eligible to receive at $200.00 closing credit at Fairfield County Bank. 

Find out:

  • How much of a mortgage can you qualify for?
  • What is the role of the realtor?
  • What is the role of the attorney?

R.S.V.P to Linda Lubinsky at 203.431.7356 or email: 

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Redding Resident and RVNA Physical Therapist Honored for 10 Years at Agency

Meet RVNA In-Home Physical Therapist, Andrea Wexler

Each holiday season, RVNA recognizes and honors employees for their length of service and commitment to our agency. This year, Andrea Wexler, PT celebrates her 10 year anniversary.

Andrea has devoted her life’s work to helping others. And we think that’s pretty special.

As an in-home physical therapist, Andrea’s mission is to get patients back on the road to independence. And that is exactly what she does - and has done for RVNA for a decade.

Take a few minutes to meet Andrea Wexler!

Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in MA, went to school in CT and NY, and now live in Redding, CT with my husband and 2 of my 3 children.

How long have you been at RVNA?
I can’t believe it, but it’s been 10 years.

What brought you here?
After working many years in SNF’s (Skilled Nursing Facilities) in NY, we moved to CT and I decided I wanted to work with people in their homes.

Describe your role at RVNA?
I am a home care physical therapist.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I love being part of someone’s path back to independence. Seeing a patient progress is so rewarding.

When did you realize you wanted to be a physical therapist?
When I was in high school, I spent a day with my cousin who was a P.T. in Boston. She worked with people with spinal cord injuries, and I remember thinking how amazing it would be to help someone like that regain their mobility.

What do you love to do when you’re not working?
I love spending time outdoors, especially hiking and gardening.

What is your hidden talent?
Horseback riding (although it’s been a while!).

What would you do if you won the lottery?
Pay off the kids’ college tuition! Then donate to some worthy causes, and retire to a home on the ocean.

Do you have a favorite RVNA moment or story?
I am always so impressed with all the wonderful and talented people here at RVNA. I feel so lucky to be able to work with and learn from them!

]]> (Lisa Fleming) Neighbors Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:20:46 -0500
Boys & Girls Village Receives Grant from DCF to Build Stronger Families in Fairfield County

Boys & Girls Village received a $435,000 annualized grant from the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) to support delivery of an intensive home-based services program entitled Multisystemic Therapy - Building Stronger Families (MST-BSF).

The program will treat families that are active cases within DCF where there is physical abuse and/or neglect of a child in the family plus substance misuse by at least one caregiver. A two-year pilot study of the program showed significant success, and a large-scale clinical trial of MST-BSF was completed earlier this year in upstate Connecticut.

“We are grateful to have the Department of Children and Families’ support as we bring this important new program to Fairfield County,” said Dr. Steven Kant, CEO of Boys & Girls Village. “The interventions provided by our experienced clinical team will comprehensively address the factors that contribute to child maltreatment as well as substance use, creating stronger, healthier families in our area.”

At Boys & Girls Village, the grant will support a team consisting of three full-time master’s level Clinicians, one full-time Case Manager, one full-time MST-BSF Clinical Supervisor and one part-time APRN. The team is expected to serve 21 families annually, each receiving intensive treatment services several times each week for an average of six to nine months.

In 2003, Connecticut DCF began work to increase services for families engaging in abuse or neglect of a child in the family plus parental substance misuse. DCF brought together faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina and Johns Hopkins University to develop the MST-BSF model.

Results from the two-year pilot study showed substantial improvements. Among families that received MST-BSF, parents showed significant decreases in substance use, depression, and psychological aggression towards the child, while youth showed significant decreases in anxiety. Twenty-four months post-referral, MST-BSF parents were three times less likely to have a substantiated new incident of abuse or neglect, and half as many youth required placement out of the home.

For more information about the MST-BSF program, please contact Christina Trani at

]]> (Laura Roberts) Charities Wed, 05 Dec 2018 07:45:36 -0500
Redding's Welcome Lady Brings Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Dee Strilowich has knocked on the door of more than 10,000 local homes during the past two decades. And each time, the homeowner has happily welcomed her inside. That's because Strilowich is the town "Welcome Lady" and brings good tidings, along with a basket of local goodies and free gifts, to each home. 

Strilowich founded Personal Touch Welcome with her husband, Joe in 1999, a home-visit greeting service welcomes new movers and congratulates new parents with a "dee"lightful basket full of community information and free gifts, valued at over $1800, from local professionals and businesses in the area. Sadly, Joe passed away in October of 2017, but Strilowich has continued the legacy of personal visits to locals, something Joe loved, alive.

This summer marks a milestone for Personal Touch Welcome - 25 years of knocking on doors and ringing bells in Ridgefield and Redding, and Strilowich is still going strong (thank goodness)!

If you know anyone moving to the Ridgefield or Redding area, encourage them to reach out to Strilowich by phone: 203-438-0128 or email Dee at

Thank you to Dee for bringing joy to so many local families and for supporting local businesses! 

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 05 Dec 2018 07:34:00 -0500
Redding Residents Win Awards at Wooster School

Wooster School Hosts Upper School Fall Sports Season Celebration. Congratulations to Redding residents Alex Ancona, Meghan Bourgeault, and Tori Ingulli who have earned athletic awards.


The Wooster School Athletics community recently gathered for the Upper School Fall Sports Season Celebration.

Wooster School's athletic celebrations are a unique experience. The athletics department continues to seek ways to balance the "team" experience with that of the "individual." Finding room for student-athletes, coaches, and parents to reflect and share their favorite memories is a community and team building exercise and one that we feel is important to the success of our program.

Our athletic celebration began as a whole group. After a brief introduction; teams, along with their parents and coaches, moved to locations to share their experiences, talk about the growth they have seen over the course of the season, and celebrate the shared experience.

The night concluded with beverages, fruit, and snacks; and the handing out of traditional awards. This celebration was personal and meaningful as we continue to be "Minding What Matters" in all areas of school life.

Listed below are all of the night's individual award winners.

Varsity Coed Cross Country (Boys)

  •          Most Valuable Player: Luca Segalla
  •          The Wooster General Award: Jonathane Bernardez
  •          Coaches Award: Reed Baker

Varsity Coed Cross Country (Girls)

  •          Most Valuable Player: Julia Bauer
  •          The Wooster General Award: Ingrid Li
  •          Coaches Award: Lauren Guzzardi

Junior Varsity Boys Soccer

  •          Most Valuable Player: Patrick Xue
  •          The Wooster General Award: Drew Fortson
  •          Coaches Award: Will Fandetti

Varsity Boys Soccer

  •          Most Valuable Players: Alan Jos, Jack Barsh
  •          The Wooster General Award: Jacob Smith
  •          Coaches Award: Cooper Byrnes

Varsity Girls Soccer

  •          Most Valuable Player: Meghan Bourgeault
  •          The Wooster General Award: Alix Wadehra
  •          Coaches Award: Savanna Sikorski

Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball

  •          Most Valuable Player: Tori Ingulli
  •          The Wooster General Award: Lily Newman
  •          Coaches Award: Alex Ancona

Varsity Girls Volleyball

  •          Most Valuable Player: Mimi Pelton-McCormick
  •          The Wooster General Award: Karelin Dominguez
  •          Coaches Award: Emma Shorten


  •          4-Year Commitment Award: Tyler Wagnblas

About Wooster School

Wooster School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school, serving students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, the School serves students from Kindergarten through grade 12. A leader in classroom innovation and teaching, Wooster School is a place where thinking and learning are personal, meaningful, and visible; and where faculty work closely with students in small classes and cohorts to think and communicate critically and creatively. At Wooster, every student participates, every student contributes, and every student learns and develops the necessary skills to be a life-long learner and leader in college and beyond.

To learn more, visit or contact Wooster School Admissions at (203) 830-3916.

]]> (Lori Kriegel) Neighbors Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:40:56 -0500
Redding Dancers Sparkle In Sunday's Nutcracker

Redding Dancers Perform on Sunday December 9th in WILTON DANCE STUDIO’S THE NUTCRACKER 

(Wilton, CT) What makes the holiday season special? Cherished traditions, music and festive decorations set the stage and Wilton Dance Studio’s 21st annual production of the Nutcracker ballet has them all. This year’s performance is back to delight all ages on Sunday, December 9th and features many dancers from Redding. New and extra special this year are a meet-and-greet with dancers and a toy drive for Person-to-Person to share the joy of the season with those in need.

The full-scale production with lavish sets and costumes includes more than 80 students and adults from seven area towns. Redding dancers include this year’s Clara, performed by John Read Middle School student Emma Sheckner. The ballet will be performed on Sunday, December 9th at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Wilton High School’s Clune Center for the Performing Arts.

“Each year, parents tell me their young children who come to the show fall in love with our special ballet and want to start dancing,” said Creative Director and Owner of the Wilton Dance Studio Brenda Froehlich. “Many of our older dancers shared this happy experience when they were younger and carry that magic with them on the stage each year. This year, to inspire those young dancers, we’re adding a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity immediately following our 1:00 pm show. We welcome audience members to come say hello to their favorite dancers and see our beautiful costumes up close.”

A fun part of the Nutcracker ballet story involves the handing out of gifts to children at a festive party. Unfortunately, many families in our area can’t afford that luxury, so the Wilton Dance Studio was inspired to host a toy drive at both performances this year. Audience members are encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped toy to be shared with a child in need. All toys will go to the local organization Person-to-Person. Kim Collibee of Person-to-Person said, “We are expecting to serve more children than ever this year, so the more toys we can get the better.”

Wilton Dance Studio’s Nutcracker is designed to suit to audiences of all ages while also challenging its dance students, who change roles and learn more complex choreography each year. The performance length is manageable for young children and does not require an intermission. The ballet follows the traditional story of Clara and her Nutcracker prince from E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Professional sets and elegant costumes complete the high-quality production.

The Wilton Dance Studio production of The Nutcracker will be on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. at Wilton High School’s Clune Performing Arts Center. To buy tickets, call 203-544-9007 and leave a message or order at, click on “Nutcracker Performances” download & print the ticket order form. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the show.

Photo Credit: Donner Photographic 

Front Row:     Willow Bradford, Emma Sheckner (Clara), Melissa Boudreau

Second Row: Anjali Duenwald, Lydia Trimble, Todd Trimble (Drosselmeyer), Natalie Gilbert

]]> (Meg Heuer) Neighbors Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:37:07 -0500
Immaculate High School’s Field Hockey and Cross Country Teams Win State Titles

The Immaculate High School Mustangs had a tremendous Fall season, including winning the State titles for the Field Hockey and Girls and Boys Cross Country teams.  Seven out of the eight Fall athletic teams qualified for State Tournaments, and the season produced three State championship wins, four State championship finalists, one Southwest Conference (SWC) Champion and two regular season Patriot Division winners. Immaculate was represented strongly in postseason play this season, creating a school record for the number of teams in a single season in the playoffs.

Field Hockey won the Class S State Championship. They defeated #1 seed Granby Memorial in a 3-0 shutout in the final game; this is the first time Field Hockey won the State title in school history. The girls entered the Class S Tournament as the #3 seed after finishing first in the SWC Patriot Division. After a tough loss to Pomperaug in the SWC Championship, the girls avenged their loss by capturing the State title. The team was lead by their All-State award winners Madison Halas ‘19 of Danbury, Lauren Oskam ‘20 of Ridgefield, Kristen Cirone ‘19 of Newtown and Celia Preveza ‘21 of Danbury. Celia, Madison, and Lauren also were awarded All-SWC honors as well. The Field Hockey team also had four All-Patriot Division award winners in Kristin Cirone, Molly Coyle ‘20 of Brookfield, Mackenzy Garden ‘19 of Danbury and Stephanie Faria ‘19 of New Fairfield. The team flourished under coaches Shannon Horosky and Matt Ariniello.

Girls Cross Country had an exceptional season finishing first in the Patriot Division and the SWC Conference Championship, winning the Class SS State Championship, becoming the State Open runner-up and finishing third at the New England Championship meet. They had six All-SWC runners, three making First Team All-SWC and three making Second Team All-SWC. The three First Team runners are Taylor Mascetta ‘19 of Danbury, Ailene Doherty ‘21 of Danbury and Kaitlyn Segreti ‘21 of Danbury and the three Second Team runners are Angela Saidman ‘19 of Bethel, Natalie Dudas ‘19 of Redding and Christina Carboni ‘19 of Danbury. Taylor, Ailene, Kaitlyn and Angela were also named CIAC All-State athletes.

Boys Cross Country were Class SS State Champions, a first in school history. The team was lead by All-SWC award winner Drew Mitchell ‘20 of Brookfield as well as Honorable Mention awardees Ryan McNerney ‘20 of Sandy Hook, Parker McKenzie ‘19 of Newtown and James Sullivan ‘20 of Redding. Drew Mitchell was also named a CIAC All-State athlete.

Coach Brian Hayes was awarded the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in the State of Connecticut.

Girls Soccer ended their fantastic season 12-3-1 with an appearance in the SWC and State Championship finals, where they were runner-ups in a hard-fought States game against Old Lyme by 2-1. The team did have a tournament win 4-0 against East Granby and defeated Coginchaug 3-0 in the semifinals. The Lady Mustangs have two All-State and All-SWC players in Kayla Mingachos ‘19 of Danbury and Avery Jarboe ‘19 of Danbury, along with three All-Patriot League players in Meryl McKenna ‘21 of Brookfield, Lauren Manning ‘22 of Bridgewater and Madison Bourque ‘22 of New Fairfield. The girls have a lot to be proud of after a great season, and Coach Nelson Mingachos will be back next year in hopes of reaching the State Finals again.

Boys Soccer had a fantastic postseason run after a tough start for this year’s season. The Mustangs finished 7-8-1 and qualified for the State Tournament. The Mustangs (#23), for the first time in 20 years, won their way to the State Tournament quarterfinals by winning two road games against #10 Hale Ray 2-0 and #5 St. Paul 3-1. The team was lead by the core of All-State and All-SWC award winner Quinn Guth ‘20 of Brookfield, along with All-Patriot award winners captains Michael Basile ‘19 of Bethel, Ryan Fanella ‘19 of New Milford, and David Talarico ‘19 of Danbury. The boys did a great job representing Immaculate High School and carrying on the winning culture in Immaculate Athletics under the guidance of Coach Steven Carneiro.

After a losing record and missing out on the playoffs a year ago, Coach Monica Ortega and the Immaculate Volleyball Team turned the program around, qualifying for the SWC and State tournament for the first time in school history. The team finished 10-10, and also had a great State Tournament run advancing all the way to the quarterfinals, including wins against  Morgan (3-2) in the first rounds of States and then St. Paul in five sets. The team was led by All-Patriot award winners Gabrielle Rynne ‘20 of Danbury and Alissa Brugnatelli ‘20 of Brewster. The team also was awarded the SWC Sportsmanship Award for the fourth time in five years.

Girls Swim (a co-op with Bethel High School) also had a great season this year. The following team members competed at the State Class L Trials Championship meet: 200 Medley Relay team of Cheyanne James ‘19 of Southbury, Kristen LeFebvre ’19 of Ridgefield, Lauren Petta ’20 of Brookfield and Arianna Petta ‘22 of Brookfield, who placed 14th; Cheyanne James for the 50-Freestyle who placed 22nd and qualified for the finals, and Arianna Petta in the 100 Butterfly; Lauren Petta for the 100 Breastroke; Arianna Petta, Maya Velez ‘20 of Danbury, Kristen LeFebvre and Aislin Blair ‘19 of Danbury for the 200 Freestyle and placed 16th; and Aislin Blair, Kristen LeFebvre, Cheyanne James and Lauren Petta for the 400 Freestyle Relay and placed 17th.

Besides Cheyanne James, all three relays qualified for Class L State Finals, where, Cheyanne James placed 21st in the 100 butterfly and the 200 Medley Relay team of Devin McGovern ‘21 of Brookfield, Cheyanne James, Lauren Petta and Arianna Petta placed 11th. Also, the 200 yard Freestyle Relay team of Aislin Blair, Kristen Lefebvre, Arianna Petta and Devin McGovern placed 16th, and the 400 yard freestyle Relay Team of Devin McGovern, Aislin Blair, Cheyanne James and Lauren Petta placed 17th.

Congratulations to the swim team, and to Lauren Petta who broke the team and Immaculate records for the 100 Breastroke, Farrah Volpintesta (Bethel ’20) who won the Class L Diving Championship and who is the new team record holder for points scored in diving and Devin McGovern who was awarded with All-Conference Honorable Mention for her efforts this season.

ATI Football, a co-op with Abbott Tech, had a strong year finishing 7-3 and just missing out on a State Tournament bid, finishing 9th in Class M. The team finished the season beating O’Brien 36-14 on Senior Day and defeating MCW United 48-6 for their Thanksgiving game. The team was lead on offense by captain Matt Christe ‘19 of Brookfield, who lead the team in touchdowns with 17 on the season. Defensively, Tommy Fahey ‘21 of Danbury finished in the top three in the State in interceptions with 10.

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, personal commitments and service to others.  Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system.


]]> (Immaculate High School) Neighbors Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:36:45 -0500
Home for the Holidays in Redding, Upcoming Festivities

Redding is celebrating the season with a host of holiday-themed events and activities! Click the links below for additional information.

]]> (Town of Redding) Events Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:03:39 -0500
How Art Changed the Prison Opening January 27, 2019 at The Aldrich

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present an exhibition of visual art made in Connecticut’s correctional institutions over the past three decades, borrowed from current and former inmates, private collections, including that of the curator, and from the permanent collection of the Prison Arts Program, which is part of Community Partners in Action (CPA), a non-profit that focuses on behavioral change of both current and past inmates of Connecticut’s prison system, in addition to advocating for criminal justice reform. Organized by Jeffrey Greene, who has been with the program for twenty-seven years, the exhibition will include the work of approximately twenty-eight artists, including Edward Schanck (Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution, Enfield); John Jay Arnold (released); Mark Despres (Osborn CI, Somers); Veronica May Clark (Garner CI, Newtown); Nicholas Palumbo (Osborn, CI); Ross VonWeingarten (released); Ryan Carpenter (Brooklyn CI, Brooklyn, CT); Luis Norberto Martinez (Osborn, CI), and June Seger (York CI, Niantic).  How Art Changed the Prison—The Work of the CPA Prison Arts Program, will be on view at The Aldrich January 27 to May 27, 2019.
Connecticut’s Prison Arts Program is unique due to Greene’s radical approach that rejects art as an activity pursued through academic exercises, but rather an expansive and integrative pursuit that focuses on giving voice to inner worlds and personal histories, and the belief that learning and growth are primarily achieved by the making of art, not by learning technique.
“The inmates in the program stop thinking of an artist as someone they could become, but someone that they could draw out of themselves,” states Greene. “They stop thinking of art as something in the center of a piece of paper, but rather something that could span from their cell to the moon. In the oppressive environment of the prison they need something that they control; they need to express and confirm that they are still themselves; they need to send out into the world something that states their wish to love and be loved. They have every reason to make art.”   
Originally named The Prisoners’ Friends Society, CPA was founded in Hartford in 1875 by a group of notable citizens interested in social reform, including Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) who was a member of CPA’s first board of directors. From the beginning, CPA was dedicated to building a better community by providing services that promote accountability, dignity, and restoration for people affected by the criminal justice system in Connecticut. The CPA’s Prison Arts Program is one of the oldest in the US, and its mission is to positively and constructively change the prison environment while encouraging empathy, self-discipline, self-esteem, technical and communication skill development, thoughtfulness, and tranquility.
The majority of the work on view was made in the artists’ cells using materials that require minimal workspace, dry quickly, and can be stored immediately, such as ballpoint pen, graphite, and colored pencil. Several artists use more traditional prison art media including toilet paper, cut and folded paper, magazines, ramen noodle packaging, thread, yarn, floor wax, Q-tips, and soap. Often these works involve hundreds of hours of rigorous focus. The artists’ work reflects their ever-changing and complicated lives within the prison system affected by cellmates, prison blocks/units, prison transfers, prison staff, access to materials, access to workshops, colleagues, critiques, as well as mental and physical health. How Art Changed the Prison offers a glimpse at art’s role in the lives of people in Connecticut’s prison system.
Jeffrey Greene is an artist, musician, and curator. Besides managing CPA’s Prison Arts Program he has created collaborative arts projects in SROs (Single Room Occupancy residences) for the formerly homeless in New York City, and in Connecticut’s halfway houses with returning inmates. His audio project, Affordable Future, was part of the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City in 2011. That same year he co-curated the landmark exhibition Transeuphoria, at Umbrella Arts Gallery in Manhattan, focusing on the work of transgender artists. As a musician, he helped lead the band The Butterflies of Love to momentary fame in the UK and currently fronts Famous Problems, a group that has just released its first album on Where It’s At Is Where You Are Records in London.
A full-color publication, with an essay by the curator, will be available during the exhibition.

]]> (Emily Devoe) Places Mon, 03 Dec 2018 10:08:14 -0500