Redding's HamletHub Tue, 27 Jul 2021 04:55:16 -0400 Redding Travel Alert: Paving on Pine Tree Road

The Highway Department, along with Tilcon Connecticut, will be paving Pine Tree Road.  Tilcon is currently working on Black Rock Turnpike and when finished, they will move to Pine Tree Road.

Tilcon is estimating they will start Pine Tree Road either Wednesday, July 28th or Thursday, July 29th.

Residents should plan on delays and road closures and should use alternate routes.

]]> (Town of Redding) Life Mon, 26 Jul 2021 12:29:27 -0400
Second Annual Easton Town Party on September 18




Saturday, September 18, 2021, 1-7PM

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A town party celebrating community spirit, live music, local food, local beer, family fun and more  

Featuring Live Music From Stella Blue's Band and The Brotherhood 

Ashlar-Aspetuck Lodge No. 142 today announced the second annualEaston Town Party - a town party celebrating community spirit, live music, local food, craft beer, family fun and more. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 1-7pm on the Masonic Hall Green at 200 Center Road in Easton, CT(Get Tickets Now).

The event will feature live music from Stella Blue’s Band and The Brotherhood, as well as local food, local beer on tap, food trucks, family fun and more.

Tickets ON SALE NOW HERE or via and are $20 per person in advance, with walkups $25 (cash or credit) the day of event, capacity permitting. Children under 12 are free with a paying adult. Entrance/ticket scan is near 200 Center Road by Easton Town Hall (Center Road will be closed from Adams to Morehouse Roads for the event). Early attendees will receive a free can holder courtesy of Salt Life while supplies last.

For full event info, including tickets, lineup, directions, parking, FAQs and more, visit, or follow @eastontownparty on social media for more information and updates. ETP is conforming to all current guidelines.


Stella Blue's Band, founded in 2009, recreates the experience of being at a Grateful Dead show. The band has been lighting up the tri-state area with its high-energy performances. With dynamic jams and artful improvisation, Stella has developed a loyal following with shows that thrill the GD faithful and newcomers alike. The band has performed at such venues and festivals as The Capitol Theater and Greenwich Town Party, to name a few.

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Funk Music for the Mind and Booty, The Brotherhood delivers high energy rhythms and funk grooves that create an entity of its own. Established in 2008 in Fairfield CT, their musical mission is to continue bringing high energy funk to those in need.

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A town party celebrating community spirit, live music, local food, local beer, family fun and more, the Easton Town Party is presented by Ashlar-Aspetuck Masonic Lodge No. 142. The first annual event was held in September 2020 and helped celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Easton, CT.

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As Connecticut Freemasons, Ashlar-Aspetuck Masonic Lodge No. 142 embraces the tenets of Friendship, Morality and Brotherly Love. We do this by using the teachings of Freemasonry to better ourselves, our community and each other. 

Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest Fraternity, its history and tradition dating to antiquity. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds of friendship, compassion and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military and religious conflicts through the centuries. Many of our nation's early patriots were Freemasons, as well as thirteen signers of the Constitution and fourteen Presidents of the United States beginning with George Washington. Today, the more than four million Freemasons around the world come from virtually every occupation and profession. Within the Fraternity, however, they all meet as equals. They come from diverse political ideologies, but they meet as friends.

For more information on our lodge, or if interested in joining the largest Fraternity in the world, please don't hesitate to contact us. Ashlar-Aspetuck Masonic Lodge No. 142 is located at 200 Center Road, with over 60 years of Masonic tradition in Easton, CT.

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]]> (Steve) Events Mon, 26 Jul 2021 11:23:15 -0400
Ridgefield's Kieran Smith Goes For Gold In 200 Free TONIGHT!

Let's do it again, Kieran Smith! After winning bronze in 400 free, Smith will swim the 200 free this evening, Monday, July 26. It will be aired live at 9:43 pm.

Smith will be swimming in Lane 5.

Smith qualified for the finals last night earning the second spot in the season heat. According to Swimming World Magazine, Smith beat his personal best of 1:45:29, completing the 200 free with a time of 1:45:07.

View tonight's schedule here.

Smith told Swimming World Magazine, "That wasn’t too bad. I wanted to lay it out that first 100, 150, try to stay with it at the end because I know there’s a lot of fast swims coming up. I’m not sure how it was going to feel in the water, been having some problems with my stomach this morning so I barely ate. But very pleased to go this time and have a good lane for the final." Read the full story here.

As you know, Kieran won the bronze medal on Saturday in 400m free! He began swimming at the tender age of seven training at Ridgefield Aquatic Club under and now swims for University of Florida Gators and believes his interest in open water events complements his competitiveness in the pool. He began swimming at age seven.

Swimming World Magazine says that the final will come down to who manages to deliver 1:44 performance tonight. "Five men in the field have previously recorded 1:44s (Scott, Dean, Hwang and Malyutin this year, Rapsys in 2019), but it’s been clear at these Olympics that lifetime bests and the on-paper analysis don’t mean anything when it comes to Olympic finals."


1. Duncan Scott, Great Britain, 1:44.60
2. Kieran Smith, USA, 1:45.07
3. Danas Rapsys, Lithuania, 1:45.32
4. Tom Dean, Great Britain, 1:45.34
5. Martin Malyutin, ROC, 1:45.45
6. Hwang Sun-Woo, Korea, 1:45.53
7. David Popovici, Romania, 1:45.68
8. Fernando Scheffer, Brazil, 1:45.71

View tonight's schedule here.

Learn more about Connecticut residents in the Olympics and how to watch here.

View Kieran Smith's Team USA profile here.

]]> (Katie) Neighbors Mon, 26 Jul 2021 11:18:10 -0400
Dine in The Aldrich's Sculpture Garden with Artists on Friday, October 1

Aldrich Artists at the Table on Friday, October 1 

  • 6pm VIP Cocktail Hour
  • 7pm Dinner

$205 VIP Cocktail Hour and Dinner*
$155 Dinner Only
$130 Dinner Only Member Price

Purchase tickets here.

Dine in The Aldrich’s Sculpture Garden among Tim Prentice's kinetic sculptures with artists and fellow art lovers at Aldrich Artists at the Tablea locally sourced three-course dinner prepared by the Museum’s culinary partner Hayfields Market Catering. This seasonally inspired dinner invites friends of the Museum to come together and share a meal, engage in conversation, and celebrate local flavors and contemporary art.

Artists in attendance include: Clarity HaynesTim PrenticeJessi ReavesAnalia SegalRudy Shepherd, and Aldrich Care Box artists Ilana Harris-Babou, Athena LaTocha, and James Allister Sprang.

Purchase tickets here.

 This year’s dinner highlights the work of artist Lucia Hierro whose exhibition Marginal Costs is currently on view in the Museum. Hierro is collaborating with Hayfields to prepare a special Dominican dessert inspired by one of the works on view in her exhibition. Guests will each receive a menu card with a specially-conceived work of art by Hierro to take home.

Proceeds from Aldrich Artists at the Table help support The Aldrich’s exhibition program, which provides a platform for emerging and underrecognized artists.

*VIP tickets include access to an exclusive pre-dinner cocktail hour with Aldrich curators and exhibiting artists and complimentary preferred seating for dinner. There is no member discount for the VIP cocktail hour.

Members receive a discount on dinner tickets. If you are not already a member, consider joining today!

Prices include a 3% credit card transaction fee.

For questions, please contact Jamie Pearl at or 203.438.4519, extension 118.


]]> (The Aldrich) Events Mon, 26 Jul 2021 11:01:50 -0400
Ancona's Flash Sale Monday: Belisario Cabraccio, Organic White Under $10

Belisario Cabraccio - Italian, organic, white wine

For today's flash sale, we bring you a delicious Italian, organic, white wine. Belisario Cabraccio is perhaps my favorite white from the Italian aisle- if you like dry maritime wines like me, this white is for you.  And let's also say that at under $10 today, this beauty is a total steal.  

You have 24 hours to shop it, once the 24 hours pass, the offer is gone!

Regular Price: $12.99

Flash Sale Price: $9.49 regardless of quantity

Purchase it HERE.

My tasting notes: Light to medium bodied, dry.  Citrus and hints of fresh herbs on the nose.  Bright acidity, crisp, clean and super refreshing- ideal for a hot summer night.  Lovely minerality and lemony long finish.  Pairs perfectly with crustaceans, grilled white fish or seafood based pasta (shrimp scampi lenguini or calamari black ink infused fetuccine).  A total crowd pleaser.  

Regular Price: $12.99

Flash Sale Price: $9.49 regardless of quantity

Purchase it HERE.

]]> (Paula Alonso) Life Mon, 26 Jul 2021 07:55:44 -0400
FCBuzz Weekend: Bridgeport Film Festival, Stamford Art Festival, Live Music, and MORE!

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 Tuesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members. 

This weekend we are fortunate to have two summer festivals: one indoors and one outdoors. In Bridgeport, at The Klein Auditorium, we have the First Annual Bridgeport Film Fest. There are workshops and panels 11am-4pm (Saturday) and 11am-2pm (Sunday) followed by short films throughout the evening. On Sunday at 2pm Liz Ortega’s feature-length documentary “AND….SEEN,” will be screened. The film challenges mainstream assumptions about disability through the perspective of Connecticut actress/wheelchair dancer Jamie Petrone.  You can attend in person, but your tickets will also allow you to stream the films to your own device. Now that’s cool!

Outside on both days is the Stamford Art Festival at Harbor Point. This is a juried art show with hundreds of entries from across the nation, so the quality is high. See one-of-a-kind fine arts and crafts including painting, sculpture, wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, printmaking, glass, ceramics, and art jewelry. Exhibiting artists will also be sharing their creative process through demonstrations and plenty of complimentary art supplies available for inspired children and adults alike to enjoy.

On the music scene, on Saturday Max Creek plays their own Country/Folk/Rock brand of music at Norwalk’s Wall Street Theater, 5:30-9pm. Celebrating 50 years as a band, guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist Mark Mercier and bassist John Rider have stayed together since the 1970s, while the drums and percussion team of Bill Carbone and Jamemurrell Stanley weren’t even born when Max Creek was founded.

Over at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday at 7pm, catch Brett Dennen. Flame-haired, six-foot-five, and with a singular gift for meditating on life’s most meaningful subjects with equal parts innocence and razor sharp wit, Dennen’s successful string of albums and Top Ten singles, like “Make You Crazy,” “Wild Child,” and “Already Gone,” have secured him a solid place in American folk music.

If you haven’t yet discovered the exciting new Norwalk Art Space, on West Avenue next to Mathews Park, you are in for a treat. The just-opened exhibit A Dialogue in Styles: Jahmane and Adger Cowans shows art by two multigenerational artists at different stages of their ever-evolving careers. Jahmane is a “graffiti” artist whose style has evolved through fashion, graphic design, cultural iconography and murals. Jahmane’s work is matched with that of photographer Adger Cowans, internationally renowned for his portraits, street and political scenes, who has developed a fascination with the abstract and spiritual power of light and experiments with paint in many abstract forms. Sunday 1pm-3pm, witness a live conversation between these two influential Black artists in person and join in the Q&A session afterwards.

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page here.

]]> (David Green) Events Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:00:39 -0400
Connecticut Residents Compete in Summer Olympics: Your Viewing Guide is HERE

Today marks the beginning of the 2020 Olympic Games with Opening Ceremonies taking place at 8:00pm in Tokyo and 7:00 am EDT. However, the celebration will be broadcast on NBC at 7:30 p.m. EDT/4:30 p.m. PDT in the US. 

The Olympic journey, however, is already well underway for Ridgefield native, Kieran Smith, who has been in Japan for several days now preparing for his international career debut as a USA Olympian. 

In June, Kieran qualified for both the 200 and 400 meter freestyle races – finishing in first place for both races. 

The final for the Men’s 400 meter freestyle will take place first, airing live in the US on NBC at 9:52pm EDT on Saturday, July 24th. The finals for the Men’s 200 meter freestyle will be aired live in the US on Monday, July 26th at 9:43pm. 

Olympians will undergo semifinal races for their events in order to eliminate swimmers before the final, medaling race. Kieran will be racing in the 5th heat of the Men’s 400 meter freestyle semi final races, taking place 8:00 pm Saturday, July 24th in Japan which is 7:00am EDT in the US. He was also competing in the quarter finals for the 200 meter freestyle at 7:30pm on Sunday, July 25th in Japan which is 6:30am EDT in the US. If Kieran places in the top 16 athletes he will continue to the semi finals which will take place in two parts and occur at 10:37 and 10:43am on July 26th.  

Other Connecticut athletes include rowers Liam Corrigan and Austin Hack from Old Lyme who will be competing in the Men’s Eight rowing event. The two will compete together in Heat 1 of the event on July 24th at 12pm which is July 23rd at 11:00pm in EDT. 

Additionally, Alyssa Naeher from Stratford will be competing for Team USA on the Women’s soccer team. Team USA began their Olympic journey this past Wednesday losing to Sweden 3-0. However, they are still in the “race” for gold and will be competing against New Zealand this Saturday, July 24th at 8:30pm – 7:30am in EDT.

Competing in the new Skateboarding events of the 2020 Olympics, Alexis Sablone from Old Saybrook will be partaking in the Women’s Skateboard Street event. This will be taking place in 4 preliminary Heats before the Final at 12:25pm on Monday, July 26th – Sunday, July 25th at 11:25pm EDT. 

U.S. Paralympian and swimmer Matthew Torres from Ansonia, CT will be competing in Tokyo in the 100m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, and 200m IM events. The Paralympics will be taking place later next month. 


]]> (Sara Hecht) Neighbors Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:48:19 -0400
Town of Redding receives $300,000 for construction of their first section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today received $36.8 million in State Bond Commission funding that will be used to fund a variety of important projects and initiatives.

The Town of Redding received $300,000 for construction of their first section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail. The design for the trail is complete and was paid for via private community donations.

The funding will be utilized for needed infrastructure repairs and new building projects; open space acquisitions; energy efficiency improvements to state buildings; and a grant program that constructs, maintains, and improves access to recreational trails around the state.

DEEP received the following funding from the State Bond Commission Friday:

  • $14 million for various projects to improve energy efficiency in state buildings.
  • $11.8 million for infrastructure projects including construction of a new DEEP Western District Headquarters in Black Rock State Park.
  • $7.5 million for open space acquisitions under the State Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Program.
  • $3 million for a new grant round under the Connecticut Recreational Trails Program.
  • $500,000 for repairs to be made at Hurd State Park Dam, and for inspection of various dams.

"If Connecticut residents didn't know before the pandemic how important our trails and conservation projects were before the COVID-19 pandemic, they do now." said Governor Lamont. "These projects will provide safer, cleaner, and more modern outdoor space for residents and visitors to participate in enjoyable, healthy activities. I'm also pleased that we're moving forward with a number of clean energy projects to help our state become more sustainable, and plan for the future."

“The funding provided today by the SBC represents a historic investment in our environment—combatting the climate crisis, reducing energy consumption in state buildings, and investing in clean water infrastructure, land conservation, and recreational trails,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “I’m grateful to the Bond Commission and Gov. Lamont for supporting these important investments, which will benefit Connecticut’s citizens and our natural environment for generations to come.”

Here are a few of the recent projects/initiatives funded through State Bond funding:

Energy Efficiency in State Buildings:

Since 2012, Connecticut has used bond funding under the “Lead By Example” program to complete over 72 projects that cumulatively save $5.2 million in annual utility costs and 113,991 MMBTUs of energy. An additional 29 projects are underway, projected to save $3.1 million in annual utility costs and 16M kilowatt hours, or 492K MMBTUs.

The $14 million approved today will support energy efficiency and water conservation improvements in state government facilities. These projects help fulfill Governor Lamont’s first Executive Order requirements for all state agencies to meet reduction goals in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), water use and waste generation. These priority projects were identified through comprehensive building audits. Together, they are projected to reduce executive branch agency GHG emissions by about 1% and water use by at least 10%, as measured from the state’s FY19 baseline.

Construction projects:

-DEEP Marine Headquarters, Old Lyme (Bond Commission support: $800,000)

Recently improvements were completed at the Marine Headquarters boat basin/marina complex. The site is homeport for the 50-foot research vessel John Dempsey and for the Marine District Law Enforcement Division. Work completed includes dredging of the boat basin and total replacement of the 25-year-old docking system with a best-in-class floating concrete dock system including on-dock lighting and water supply. Critical repairs to the very popular adjacent fishing pier open to the public were also completed as part of this comprehensive project.

-Gillette Caste State Park, East Haddam (Bond Commission support: $980,000)

Significant improvements were recently completed at Gillette Castle State Park including the replacement of a failed section of stone retaining wall as well as the stone lined stairs along the main access leading to the castle. The section of wall and stairs are both prominent landscape features and the recently completed work blends seamlessly with the historic castle and adjacent grounds.

Open Space Acquisitions:

Land conservation is critical in the fight against climate change, protecting ecosystems that are sequestering carbon and improving the quality of our air, water, and natural resources. It also protects wildlife habitat, and offers incredible recreation opportunities to our residents. Open space is also key to ensuring a bright economic future for our state, helping to attract and retain residents who are increasingly looking for varied recreational opportunities where they work, play, and live.

In the past year, DEEP has been able to acquire a few properties using State Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Program (RNHTP) funds as a match for federal funds or exclusively to buy property.

-In August 2020, DEEP acquired the 85.37-acre Thompson property in Lyme for $310,000. The entire acquisition was funded with RNHTP funds. The land was a key addition to the entrance of the Nehantic State Forest.

-In March 2021, DEEP acquired the 74.75-acre Syzmanski property on the Torrington-Winchester town line. The purchase price was $220,000 with 50% coming from a federal Highlands grant and 50% coming from RNHTP funds. The property significantly enhances access to the abutting Paugnut State Forest.

-In April 2021, DEEP acquired the 30.63-acre White property in Pomfret. Purchased for $200,000, the entire funding was from RNHTP. The land is a mix of fields and forest, and was added to the Meshamoquet Brook State Park.

-In May 2021, DEEP acquired the 627.12-acre Beech Hill Road LLC property in Goshen. This is one of the largest acquisitions by DEEP in recent years. The purchase price was $2,450,000 with 50% coming from a federal Highlands grant and 50% from RNHTP funds. The property greatly expands the Goshen Wildlife Management Area.

Recreational Trail Improvements:

Recent projects funded through the Connecticut Recreational Trails Program, which provides funding for projects that include planning and design of trails; construction of new trails; maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails; access to trails by persons with disabilities; purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment; acquisition of land or easements for a trail, or for trail corridors; and operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection as related to recreational trails; include:

-The Town of Colchester received $47,776 for construction of a link between the Goodwin Trail and the Air Line State Park Trail.

-The Town of South Windsor received $100,000 for design of the Crosstown Trail, a 6.2-mile multi-purpose off-road trail.

-The Town of Redding received $300,000 for construction of their first section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail. The design for the trail is complete and was paid for via private community donations.

Dam Repairs/Inspections:

The bond funds allocated today for state dams will go toward designing repairs to a dam in Hurd State Park, inspection of state-owned dams, and repair of state-owned dams. The top of the dam in Hurd State Park serves as an access road through the park. Repair of this dam will help assure access through the park and prevent the dam from overtopping during high flows. Funds will also be used to inspect over 50 state owned dams. Dams are required to be inspected by state statutes and regulations. These funds will help DEEP stay in compliance with dam safety regulations and assure the safety of downstream property. The remaining funds will be used to effectuate repairs to state owned dams on an as needed basis.

Previous bond funds have been used to repair the Sucker Brook flood control system in Winchester. The Sucker Brook flood control system was damaged by heavy rain in the Fall of 2018. Repairs to Sucker Brook flood control system were completed in Summer 2020.

]]> (CT DEEP) Places Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:32:52 -0400
Modern Farmhouse for Sale in Redding: 74 Black Rock Turnpike

For Sale: 74 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding

Exceptional virtually new custom construction completed in 2006 incorporating the property's original 1950 stone cottage to inspire the resulting 6,533 sf modern farmhouse colonial. This is the perfect country estate, sited on 2.24 picturesque acres with extensive mature perennial gardens, specimen trees, and a rolling lawn with rear wooded privacy and lower stream. The highest attention to detail with clean lines, soaring ceilings, and open flow. Total 4,716 sf on the main levels with 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 1 half bath, plus additional 1,817 sf in the finished walk-out lower level with 2nd half bath and wine cellar.

Impressive 2 story marble foyer with French doors to the expansive great room including a family room with fieldstone gas fireplace, walls of windows and French doors to the rear deck; stunning chef's kitchen completed in 2018 by Clark Construction ($100+K remodel) including double gas ranges, custom cabinetry, quartz counters and island with bar overhang; open to the dining room and butler's pantry with Sub-Zero fridge. The main level also boasts a private guest bedroom option plus office/study and full bath, as well as the inviting living room with vaulted ceiling, beams, 2nd stone fireplace and French door to the front gardens.

Grandmaster bedroom suite with cathedral ceilings, gas fireplace, double walk-in custom closets, and elegant bath with spa tub and steam shower. All 3 additional bedrooms offer ensuite or Jack & Jill bath. Other: 3 car garage; 2 generators; huge lower level for fitness, rec room, billiards, or studio; plus convenient location, just .5 mile to Joel Barlow High School and only 63 miles to Midtown.

Take a virtual tour of the property here.

To learn more about this property, contact Laura Freed Ancona here.


]]> (Laura Freed Ancona) Places Fri, 23 Jul 2021 07:18:50 -0400
ACT of Connecticut Announces 2021–2022 Season

The grand moment you've been waiting for... ACT of Connecticut's Season Announcement

After a year of limitations due to COVID-19, the popular ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is fully opening its doors to live audiences and is thrilled to announce its upcoming 2021–2022 season. The season features four spectacular shows: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Nickel Mines, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Rent

ACT of CT Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine says, “We could not be more excited to be ‘back at it’ with a full season of shows. While we’re proud of the work that we’ve produced over this past year, there is nothing like performing in front of a live (and full!) audience. Next season’s shows are incredibly exciting and there is truly something for everyone. The talent that we have coming to Ridgefield this season is not to be believed, and we just can’t wait to welcome our patrons back to ACT of CT for a full season of stunning productions!”

ACT of CT’s 2021–2022 season:

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller

One of Broadway’s most enduring hits, Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a celebration of legendary songwriting team Leiber and Stoller, who virtually invented Rock & Roll. This high-energy show features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, including “Jailhouse Rock,” "Stand By Me,” “Yakety Yak,” “Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” “Spanish Harlem” and many more. Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a fun-filled night of electrifying 50’s Rock & Roll that will leave you flying high! This production’s Director / Choreographer will be Smokey Joe’s Cafe’s original west-end production cast member, Stephanie Pope Lofgren. 

Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

Performance dates: September 30–October 24, 2021


This new musical is centered around the infamous 2006 Lancaster, Pennsylvania Amish schoolhouse shooting in which a lone gunman shot ten girls (five fatally) before taking his own life. A breathtaking piece of theater, it combines spoken dialogue, movement and original music to explore multiple viewpoints and perspectives from that fateful morning. Nickel Mines is a living memorial to the young girls who lost their lives and a powerful exploration of community, perseverance and ultimately, hope. Nickel Mines will be Directed and Choreographed by Andrew Palermo and is presented in association with Anita Donofrio. 

Conceived by Andrew Palermo

Written by Andrew Palermo and Shannon Stoeke

Music and Lyrics by Dan Dyer

Performance dates: January 20–January 30, 2022 (10 performances only).

ACT of CT is the first professional theater to premiere this fascinating, elegant and moving new musical. Due to Covid-19, “Nickel Mines” (which was originally scheduled for March 19–29, 2020) was canceled just days before opening. ACT of CT is ecstatic to be able to bring back this important and powerful new musical as part of its 2021–2022 season. 


This timeless rock opera follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary, his disciples and the Roman Empire. The iconic 70's rock score contains such well-known songs as “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.” A true global phenomenon, Jesus Christ Superstar has been wowing audiences for 50 years. This production will be directed by ACT of CT’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine.

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Tim Rice

Performance dates: March 24–April 17, 2022


Rent is a show about falling in love, following your dreams, and finding your voice! Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop-cultural phenomenon. The story follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side. In this groundbreaking musical, these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts and learn that there is “no day but today!"

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Performance dates: May 26–June 19, 2022 

Subscriptions for the 2021–2022 season are available now by visiting or by calling the ACT of CT Box Office at 475-215-5497. Visit ACT of CT website to learn more about the exclusive season subscriber benefits.

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

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. In addition to fully produced mainstage productions, ACT of CT’s programming also includes a New Works Series, a Broadway Unplugged Series and an extensive theater education program. With its 182 seats and turntable stage, the theater offers an intimate, unique and immersive theatrical experience for its patrons. Given its proximity to New York City, ACT of CT has access to top theatre talent and professionals and, in just three seasons, has become one of the most well-known and highly respected regional theatres in our area. ACT of CT is dedicated to inspiring, creating and nurturing a culturally diverse and equitable environment for its staff, creative teams, cast, musicians, crew members and audiences, and is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintain an inclusive and discrimination-free environment.

]]> (ACT of CT) Events Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:03:25 -0400
Town of Redding News & Calendar of Events July 23-31

News and Announcements



Heritage Center
July News Blast- Fun! Fun! Fun!

Highway Department
Paving on Route 58-Black Rock Turnpike Starting July 22, 2021

Legal Notices
Notice of Republican Caucus July 27, 2021
Notice to Taxpayers of Georgetown and Redding
Notice of Redding Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Mark Twain Library
60th Annual Book Fair September 3-6, 2021
July 31: the LAST day for accepting donations for the 2021 Book Fair
(Donations are not accepted between August 1 and September 14.  Donations will be accepted again between September 15 and November 15, 2021.)

Tax Collector
Taxes are due July 1,2021 – the last day to pay without penalty is August 2, 2021

Calendar of Events

Friday, July 23, 2021
9:00 a.m. via Zoom – ER9 Joint Boards of Education Policy Committee

Monday, July 26, 2021
5:30 p.m. via Zoom – Region 9 Board of Education Pension Committee
7:30 p.m. via Zoom – Board of Finance
Immediately following BOF meeting via Zoom – OPEB Trust Board Special Meeting

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
7:30 p.m. via Zoom – Planning Commission
7:00 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room – Republican Town Committee & Party Caucus

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
7:00 p.m. via Zoom – ER9 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force-CANCELLED
7:30 p.m. via Zoom – Zoning  Commission

Friday, July 30, 2021
9:00 a.m. via Zoom – ER9 Joint Boards of Education Policy Committee

]]> (Town of Redding) Events Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:14:32 -0400
Ridge Crest at Meadow Receives Center of Distinction Award

Meadow Ridge (, a Benchmark continuing care retirement community (CCRC), and Wound Care Specialists, LLC, Connecticut’s largest provider of post-acute and long-term care wound management services, today announced that Wound Care Specialists has awarded Ridge Crest at Meadow Ridge, the community’s skilled nursing and rehabilitation wing, with their Center of Distinction award.

Ridge Crest was evaluated and found to have superior wound healing care and patient results over the past year, including a less than 30-day average healing rate and staff dedicated to wound care, healing and ongoing evaluation. This includes a dedicated wound care nurse, a physical therapy and occupational therapy nurse who conducts rounds and a registered dietician.

“Deep, post-surgical wounds in older people are subject to high rates of infection, which can be very serious,” said Chris Barstein, campus executive director of Meadow Ridge. “Wound care is one of the many services our Ridge Crest team specializes in, and we are excited to have that dedication recognized by such a valued clinical partner and leader in the community.”

On June 30, Wound Care Specialists presented leaders, physicians and clinicians from Ridge Crest with the Center of Distinction award. Said Jonathan Brenes, COO of Wound Care Specialists, “We are honored to award Ridge Crest for their continued superiority in wound healing. Our partnership with Ridge Crest has demonstrated a long commitment to advancing the treatment, healing and prevention of acute and chronic wounds.”

For three years running, Ridge Crest has been selected as a U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Home. In 2020, only 420 facilities, including Ridge Crest, received the top rating for both short-term rehabilitation and long-term skilled nursing care.

Ridge Crest is part of a continuum of care offered on the Meadow Ridge campus. In addition to short and long-term care, Meadow Ridge residents also have access to independent living and assisted living. In 2022, the community’s new Mind & Memory Care for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia is expected to open. Meadow Ridge residents enjoy Lifecare, a predictable monthly rate for lifetime long-term care without worrying about rising healthcare costs.

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Muffins sold Stop & Shop recalled for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

Muffins Made by Give & Go Prepared Foods and sold at Stop & Shop recalled

Stop & Shop supermarkets in Connecticut and other states this week recalled both mini blueberry and corn muffins for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA.

Customers can return the product for a full refund.

From the FDA:

Recall information: These products are being recalled due to possible 

Company Name: Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp.

Brand Name: Uncle Wally's and multiple other brands

Product Description: muffin products

Learn more about the recall, impacted brands and more on the FDA website here.

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Ethan Allen Preparatory Open House on Saturday, July 31!

Ethan Allen Preparatory is hosting an in-person Open House on Saturday, July 31st.
Registrants are welcome anytime between 10AM-2PM to tour Main Campus and The Golf Performance Center.
Ethan Allen Prep (EAP) at The Golf Performance Center is a private academy for student-athletes in Grades 6-12. EAP is located at 45 Stonehenge Road.
Learn more and register here:
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ACT of Connecticut's Summer Teen Conservatory culminates in magical production

Into The Woods Jr. is a wild success at ACT of Connecticut

This past weekend, ACT of Connecticut presented the Summer Teen Conservatory’s production of “INTO THE WOODS Junior”! Two performances on Saturday marked the finale of the two-week intensive theatrical summer workshop, led by ACT of CT Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine.

You may remember that ACT of CT produced INTO THE WOODS this past May, and now these talented teens were able to shine (on the original INTO THE WOODS set) in their own production.

ACT of CT Teen Conservatory: Summer Main Stage Musical Theatre Intensive ran from July 5 to 17th. The program allows teens the opportunity to rehearse and perform on ACT of CT’s professional stage and incorporate lighting, sound, and technical elements into their production. Students had the opportunity to work with ACT of CT’s Music Supervisor (and Music Director of Broadway’s JAGGED LITTLE PILL), Bryan Perri throughout the summer conservatory experience.

If you’re not familiar with INTO THE WOODS, the clever Stephen Sondheim musical intertwines several classic fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel. These storylines are tied together with the overarching theme of a Baker and his wife’s journey traveling into the woods to reverse a witch’s curse. This Broadway classic was brilliantly reimagined as INTO THE WOODS Junior by ACT of CT's Levine, specifically for students.

Says Levine, “I was thoroughly impressed by our students’ commitment and deep enthusiasm for this summer’s experience. INTO THE WOODS is a sophisticated (and fun) show and I was truly blown away by the students hard work and dedication.”

The ACT of CT Teen Conservatory is a highly competitive and sought after summer experience. To participate in the Conservatory, all students submitted audition videos in the early spring and summer. ACT of CT is proud to offer professional theatrical training for all ages through its summer educational programming.

This year’s teen participants ranged from grades seven to twelve and attend a range of schools including Bethel High School, East Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, John Jay High School in Cross River, Middlebrook Middleschool, Newtown High School, Ridgefield High School, Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury, Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, The Harvey School in Katonah, NY, Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, and Wilton High School.

The young and talented performers included: Alec Schwartz, Arthur Brown, Ava Baroody, Blake Consentino, Brianna Hekle, Camryn Liem, Elizabeth Campbell, Ethan E. Smith, Faith Flanagan, Finn Ryder, Florence Mercurio, Frankie Belden, Grace Rundhaug, Jahnia Brown, Julia Johnston, Lara Cruzado, Lindsay Carroll, Madison Z Varriale, Maggie Haber, Millie Altopp, Reese Wheat, Rosalie Corry Peña, Sadie Gureasko-Moore, Siena K. Baglio, and Sydney Michel.

For more information on ACT of CT and the Teen Conservatory, please visit

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