Sono's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/sono Sat, 29 Jan 2022 06:25:01 -0500 HamletHub.com Norwalk's Wave Hill Breads Named Best in Connecticut by Food & Wine Magazine https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3544-norwalk-s-wave-hill-breads-named-best-in-connecticut-by-food-wine-magazine3544-norwalk-s-wave-hill-breads-named-best-in-connecticut-by-food-wine-magazine https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3544-norwalk-s-wave-hill-breads-named-best-in-connecticut-by-food-wine-magazine3544-norwalk-s-wave-hill-breads-named-best-in-connecticut-by-food-wine-magazine

Bakers Rising in Connecticut

Two Connecticut bakeries, Norwalk-based Wave Hill Breads and Bantam Bread Company in Litchfield, are being recognized by Food & Wine Magazine for having award-winning bread! 

"Sourcing is perhaps more transparent than it has ever been. Most bakers on this list will readily reveal the makeup of their breads, and some of them are already able to keep things 100% within their state, or at least the region." 

The article is titled "The Best Bread in Every State" and you can read it here.

*Image courtesy Wave Hill Breads

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Fri, 28 Jan 2022 04:55:53 -0500
FC Buzz Weekend: Closing Out January with New Art Exhibits, Films, Live Music and Norwalk’s MAD Lab! https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3542-fc-buzz-weekend-closing-our-january-with-new-art-exhibits-films-live-music-and-more3542-fc-buzz-weekend-closing-our-january-with-new-art-exhibits-films-live-music-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3542-fc-buzz-weekend-closing-our-january-with-new-art-exhibits-films-live-music-and-more3542-fc-buzz-weekend-closing-our-january-with-new-art-exhibits-films-live-music-and-more

 

FC Buzz Weekend January 28 - 30, 2022

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities! The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

As we close out January, it feels like the perfect weekend to recharge your creative spirit through the following offerings of art, music, film, and more.

First, several exciting exhibits just opened around town:

Through February 18th, Celebrate Black History Month with Arts Alliance of Stratford at Stratford’s Sterling House Community Center. The exhibit, Through Our Eyes: A Celebration of Local Black Artists, shines light on the creativity of local Black artists.

Silvermine Arts Center welcomes 22 new members to its Guild of Artists with its annual New Members Exhibition, presenting an expansive survey of contemporary works. This New Canaan exhibition showcases emerging artists creating conversations in the art world. Collectively, their pieces feature a body of work that is both collectable and accessible to both the experienced and the first-time collector. On view Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am - 4pm, through February 25th.

Adger Cowans: Sense and Sensibility is now on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries through June 18th. Cowans is a celebrated photographer whose wide-ranging work includes the civil rights movement, jazz musicians, landscape, and artistic studies of the human form, water, and light. This exhibition, curated by Halima Taha, presents Cowans’ use of photography to articulate the beauty within the human condition, and the world we live in, with over fifty images from his illustrious career.

Through March 12, MoCA Westport and the Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) invites you to The Westport Idea Exhibition, a new exhibition featuring selected works from the Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC). This exhibition enables audiences to enjoy selections from WestPAC holdings of more than 2,000 artworks at a public venue. Most of these works are housed in public schools and municipal buildings, not always accessible to the public. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 6 – 8 p.m. at MoCA Westport. 

If you’re interested in taking in a film, you have a couple of choices:

Parallel Mothers stars Penelope Cruz and Milena Smith, as two women, who give birth in the same hospital on the same day. Both are single mothers, and during their chance meeting in the hospital, a close link develops between them that changes their lives in a decisive way. Head over to Stamford’s Avon Theatre Film Center for a screening of this 2021 Spanish film, written and directed by Pedro Almodovar. On view at various times through February 3rd.

For a film that will delight the whole family, Aladdin is showing at Fairfield’s SHU Community Theatre on Sunday - 12pm and 3pm. Guy Ritchie directs and Will Smith stars in this live action version of the timeless tale of a street urchin vying for a magic lamp to make his deepest wishes come true. 

If you’re looking to explore your own ‘inner artist,’ Norwalk’s MAD Lab welcomes the community to enjoy a unique, free-form event called art TOGETHER. Bring your favorite sketchbook and art supplies to participate in activities that inspire your creative spirit on Friday 6-10 pm.

Music on your mind? Enjoy whatever concert is music to your ears - everything from opera to jazz:

For opera lovers, Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University presents ​​The Met: Live in HD – Verdi’s Rigoletto Tony Award-winning director, Bartlett Sher, resets the opera’s action to 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber, themselves boasting a combined 11 Tony Awards. Saturday at 1pm and 6pm.

The Quick Center has jazz lovers covered too. The John Pizzarelli Big Band is back by popular demand on Sunday at 3pm. Hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz,” world-renowned jazz guitarist and vocalist, John Pizzarelli has recently released a new album, Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Methēny. This concert takes a deep dive into Pat Metheny’s Grammy Award-winning catalog, deconstructing famed arrangements on his seven-string guitar in ways to thrill both jazz lovers and aficionados of classical and Spanish guitar.

Sunday at 4:00 pm, The Ridgefield Playhouse marks a belated Centennial Year of jazz giant Dave Brubeck in The Brubeck Brothers Quartet Celebrates Dave Brubeck’s Centennial Through stories and music, this multimedia show invites audiences to travel along the timeline of Dave Brubeck’s extraordinary life, career, and legacy.

For details on these and hundreds more events check out FC-Buzz events on our website here 

 
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kerry@ducey.org (Lori Lewis) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 08:46:34 -0500
Best of Norwalk Happy Hour at Coals on February 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3541-best-of-norwalk-happy-hour-at-coals3541-best-of-norwalk-happy-hour-at-coals https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3541-best-of-norwalk-happy-hour-at-coals3541-best-of-norwalk-happy-hour-at-coals

Join Best of Norwalk, an app that provides users a seamless, one-stop experience to find the best restaurants, shops, services and happenings in Norwalk, for a community Happy Hour at Coals on Wednesday, February 2 from 5 to 8pm.

Enjoy happy hour drink prices, complimentary pizza, wings & more! Plus, music and a social media contest.

Simply download the app for event entry!

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kerry@ducey.org (Best of Norwalk) Events Tue, 25 Jan 2022 06:01:38 -0500
Adults and Teens Can Sign Up to volunteer with The Maritime Aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3540-adults-and-teens-can-sign-up-to-volunteer-with-the-maritime-aquarium3540-adults-and-teens-can-sign-up-to-volunteer-with-the-maritime-aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3540-adults-and-teens-can-sign-up-to-volunteer-with-the-maritime-aquarium3540-adults-and-teens-can-sign-up-to-volunteer-with-the-maritime-aquarium

Share your enthusiasm about marine animals and, in doing so, help to create more new stewards for Long Island Sound by signing up to serve as a volunteer at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Sign-up deadlines are approaching soon for separate February trainings: to become Gallery Ambassadors (ages 18 and up) and for a new volunteer program for ages 14 to 18 called ECHO (Education Conservation Heritage and Outreach).

“Volunteering here is fun and personally rewarding,” said Ann Marie Lisi, the Aquarium’s associate director of education. “Weekday shifts are perfect for retirees and stay-at-home parents after they get their kids off to school. And the new ECHO program offers a great experience for high-school students thinking about a career in marine biology or the environmental sciences.”

The volunteer program is critical to The Maritime Aquarium’s ability to fulfill its mission of educating and inspiring guests about Long Island Sound and the world ocean. Last year, volunteers gave an invaluable 18,575 hours of service.

Gallery Ambassadors

By engaging with guests and interpreting exhibits – such as the new seal exhibit, Shark & Ray Touch Pool and “Jiggle A Jelly” – Gallery Ambassadors raise awareness and help to create new stewards of the Sound. Prior knowledge about the marine world isn't necessary. That's what will be taught in the upcoming training course.

Deadline to sign up is Thurs., Feb. 3, followed by virtual interviews with applicants on Feb. 8 and Feb. 10.

Selected candidates will be invited to evening training workshops on Tues., Feb. 15 and Thurs. Feb. 24 (both live online) and on Thurs., Feb. 17 and Tues., Feb. 22 (both at the Aquarium). Participation in all four sessions is required. Candidates also must complete an online course.

You must be at least 18 years old to sign up. Adult volunteers are especially needed for weekday time slots. The minimum time commitment required of Aquarium volunteers is 100 total hours, at four hours per week for weekday volunteers and four hours per month for weekend staff.

For Gallery Ambassadors, a $50 fee covers the costs of training materials and uniforms.

ECHO (teens)

ECHO is designed for high-school students who are passionate about the environment, conservation and The Maritime Aquarium. They’ll staff special interactive displays and lead Aquarium guests through mission-aligned activities, guide young guests in the new “Sea & Discover Zone” exhibit opening soon, and participate in hands-on community-science opportunities in the field focusing on marine debris.

In this new tiered program, teens also will have opportunities to rise through responsibility levels as they interact with guests, staff mission celebrations, and help mentor and supervise ECHO teens at lower levels.

“ECHO teens will gain valuable, transferable skills that will aid them in preparation for life after high school,” Lisi said. “We’re excited by how the program will create confident community advocates who are well-versed in both local and global conservation issues and initiatives.”

Anyone ages 14 to 18 and currently enrolled in high school is welcome to apply to ECHO.

Sign up between Feb. 1 and March 1. Virtual interviews with applicants will be held on Wed., March 9 and Fri., March 11.

Selected candidates will be invited to evening training workshops on Wed., March 16 and Fri., March 18 (both virtual) and on Sat., March 19 (at the Aquarium). Participation in all three sessions is required. Candidates also must complete an online course.

During the school year, ECHO teens must volunteer during two shifts per month on weekends and holidays, plus additional hours for citizen science and professional-development opportunities. A minimum of 50 hours is required for each of the fall and spring trimesters. Time commitments change during the summer trimester.

The Maritime Aquarium is grateful to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for awarding a grant to support the launch of the ECHO program. Thanks to the grant, the $50 registration fee is waived through August 2023.

All Maritime Aquarium volunteers receive discounts in the Gift Shop, Cascade Café, 4D Theater and on many programs.

The Maritime Aquarium is fully open with special COVID precautions for guests, volunteers and staff. Masks must be worn by everyone over age 2, no matter their vaccination status. And all staff and active volunteers must be fully vaccinated.

Learn more – and sign up – at www.maritimeaquarium.org/volunteer.

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kerry@ducey.org (Dave Sigworth) Places Thu, 20 Jan 2022 09:29:25 -0500
What is shingles? RVNAhealth discusses this painful and preventable condition https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/life/3528-rvnahealth-talks-shingles-vaccine3528-rvnahealth-talks-shingles-vaccine https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/life/3528-rvnahealth-talks-shingles-vaccine3528-rvnahealth-talks-shingles-vaccine

The pandemic has stolen many things from many people. Starting with lives and loved ones, and moving on to ceremonies, traditions, and rites of passage. Plus, infinite things in between.

For many, the pandemic has also put them behind health-wise, because who’s thinking about annual screenings and prevention when you’re not even comfortable leaving the house.

If you turned 50 in recent years, or in recent decades, and haven't gotten your Shingles vaccine yet, it's time to get moving. Shingles is painful, unappealing, and easily avoided.

“For many 50- and 60-year-olds, the specter of shingles is a vague and distant threat,” says John Apinis, RN, BSN, RVNAhealth’s Senior Director, Home Health. “Shingles sounds like something that will happen to someone else. But with statistics showing that 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 gets shingles, that ‘someone else’ may well be you. And shingles is something you don’t want to get.”

Shingles is a viral infection that causes an ‘angry, blistering” rash that can occur anywhere on your body. Very painful. Not pretty. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, sensitivity to light, and just to put you over the edge, itchiness.

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox, you are at risk for shingles. If you haven’t had chickenpox but are exposed to someone with chickenpox or shingles, regardless of your age, you will develop chickenpox first. 

Shingles can be intensely painful and can cause serious complications that last for a long time, including postherpetic neuralgia (or PHN, pain that continues long after the shingles blisters have cleared), vision loss, neurological problems, and skin infections.

The good news — finally! — is that Shingles is easily avoided by getting the two-dose vaccine, Shingrix, proven to be over 90% effective in preventing Shingles and the PHN that often accompanies it.

If you’re not already Shingles-vaccinated, it’s time to act. RVNAhealth offers the Shingrix vaccine at our Ridgefield location.
 
To make an appointment, or learn more, contact us at 203-438-5555 x1119 or BeWELL@rvnahealth.org.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Life Thu, 20 Jan 2022 05:56:17 -0500
FCBuzz Weekend: Bremen Town Musicians and 10th Young Artists Concerto Competition Finals in Norwalk, Photography Show in New Canaan, Dance in Darien, and Much More! https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3539-fcbuzz-weekend-bremen-town-musicians-and-10th-young-artists-concerto-competition-finals-in-norwalk-photography-show-in-new-canaan-dance-in-darien-and-much-more3539-fcbuzz-weekend-bremen-town-musicians-and-10th-young-artists-concerto-competition-finals-in-norwalk-photography-show-in-new-canaan-dance-in-darien-and-much-more https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3539-fcbuzz-weekend-bremen-town-musicians-and-10th-young-artists-concerto-competition-finals-in-norwalk-photography-show-in-new-canaan-dance-in-darien-and-much-more3539-fcbuzz-weekend-bremen-town-musicians-and-10th-young-artists-concerto-competition-finals-in-norwalk-photography-show-in-new-canaan-dance-in-darien-and-much-more

FC Buzz Weekend January 21 - January 23

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities! The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

On this frigid winter weekend, soak up the warmth and light of the following arts and culture offerings featuring music, art, dance, and comedy.

Norwalk’s Stepping Stones Museum For Children kicks off the weekend with a show that will bring smiles to the whole family. On Saturday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, CactusHead Puppets bring to life Bremen Town Musicians - the hilarious tale of four farm animals who set out on the road to Bremen to pursue their dreams of stardom. This production features lovable rod puppets, elaborate shadow scenes, and CactusHead Puppets' signature sense of humor.

Saturday at 2:00 pm, you’ll have your pick of two musical competitions! Catch the annual Greater CT Youth Orchestras Concerto Competition at Pequot Library in Southport, with eight Principal Orchestra musicians competing on violin, cello, and flute for a $500 prize and the chance to perform as soloist at the Spring Concert. Or head to Norwalk Concert Hall for Norwalk Symphony’s 10th Young Artists Concerto Competition Finals where ten young musicians who passed the first stage of the competition will compete for a chance to perform on March 20th with the Norwalk Symphony at the Music for All Ages concert.

At 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, it’s the opening exhibit reception for Carriage Barn Arts Center's 42nd Annual Photography Show in New Canaan. Juried by award-winning photographer PLATON, the exhibit features a selection of images chosen from submissions by professional, amateur and student photographers. 

Four of the funniest ladies in the New York comedy scene are taking over the Fairfield Comedy Club stage on Saturday at 7:00 pm. Join Ankara Savone, Christine MeEhan-Berg, Ashley Austin Morris, and Calise Hawkins for Not a Clam Bake LIVE! as they bring their ‘anything-goes’ brand of comedy to Connecticut. Be prepared for an unforgettable night of comedy as these ladies get together to dish out some hardcore laughter.

On Sunday at 10:00 am at the Darien Arts Center, the directors of East Coast Contemporary Ballet (ECCB) offer DANCE WITH US: Master Class & Choreography. An exciting opportunity to participate in a Master Class taught by ECCB Artistic Director Claire Mazza, followed by a chance to learn ECCB original choreography from their contemporary ballet Mi Vida, by Artistic Director Alejandro Ulloa. 

For a truly memorable and unique experience, join Cynthia and Rick Quintanal of Crystal Cymbalogy & JoJo Keane of Inspired Soul on Sunday at 1:00 pm at The Knowlton for their Dance to Live Music & Sound Healing event.

The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra will present Music at Aquila’s Nest Vineyards on Sunday at 5:00 pm in a chamber concert by Nancy Leville, mezzo-soprano; Max Caserta, guitar; Juniper Spalding, double bass; and Amir Farsi, flute. The musicians will showcase their talent with a variety of pieces that span genres and musical eras. 

Close out the weekend at Fairfield’s FTC The Warehouse on Sunday at 8:00 pm with the jam scene’s underdog supergroup, Ghost Light. From onstage “musical trust falls” to Soundgarden-inspired mixes in the studio, this band is building a name through a gracefully executed fusion of live instrumentals, cinematic percussive elements, and a powerful musical vision.


For details on these and hundreds more events check out FC-Buzz events on our website at https://culturalalliancefc.org/fcbuzz-events/

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kerry@ducey.org (Lorie Lewis) Events Wed, 19 Jan 2022 04:18:04 -0500
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Young Writers to Write on Pioneering Figures and Topics That Broke Barriers https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/life/3534-lockwood-mathews-mansion-museum-s-young-writers-to-write-on-pioneering-figures-and-topics-that-broke-barriers3534-lockwood-mathews-mansion-museum-s-young-writers-to-write-on-pioneering-figures-and-topics-that-broke-barriers https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/life/3534-lockwood-mathews-mansion-museum-s-young-writers-to-write-on-pioneering-figures-and-topics-that-broke-barriers3534-lockwood-mathews-mansion-museum-s-young-writers-to-write-on-pioneering-figures-and-topics-that-broke-barriers

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will launch its ninth annual Young Writers’ Competition on February 7, 2022. The competition titled, Breaking Barriers, will end on June 3, 2022 and will be open to all middle school students sixth through eighth grade in the Tristate area.

Young writers are tasked to write an essay about a person, place, or topic in history, or in current times, that they consider to be ground-breaking, pioneering, or innovative, that broke technological, social, or cultural barriers to pave the way for others. Participants may choose to write about historical or contemporary examples of prominent figures, powerful social movements, and cutting-edge technological marvels such as the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, or a notable individual from their community that inspires them. Students will have to conduct research on their subject, referencing noteworthy ideas, actions, or works to make a convincing argument.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 3 and competition winners will be notified by mid-September. Award-recipients and their families will be Guests of Honor at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at 2 p.m. where they will receive prizes for their winning submissions. Requirements and guidelines for the competition will be posted on the Museum’s website and flyers.

For more information on LMMM’s Young Writers’ Competition, school tours, and sending submissions, please contact Education Program Director Iliana Begetis at 203-838-9799 ext. 6 or email education@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is located at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk. For more information on tours and programs, please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.  

The Museum’s 2022 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown;LMMM’s Leadership Patrons: The Sealark Foundation; and LMMM’s 2022 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.

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info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com (Susan Gilgore) Life Sun, 16 Jan 2022 13:31:15 -0500
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum to elect new Chairman of the Board Douglas E. Hempstead to succeed Patsy R. Brescia https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/3535-lockwood-mathews-mansion-museum-to-elect-new-chairman-of-the-board-douglas-e-hempstead-to-succeed-patsy-r-brescia3535-lockwood-mathews-mansion-museum-to-elect-new-chairman-of-the-board-douglas-e-hempstead-to-succeed-patsy-r-brescia https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/3535-lockwood-mathews-mansion-museum-to-elect-new-chairman-of-the-board-douglas-e-hempstead-to-succeed-patsy-r-brescia3535-lockwood-mathews-mansion-museum-to-elect-new-chairman-of-the-board-douglas-e-hempstead-to-succeed-patsy-r-brescia

Douglas E. Hempstead, Vice Chairman of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees, succeeding longtime LMMM Chairman Patsy R. Brescia, who served for over a decade and led the museum during a period of remarkable growth.

Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Brescia led the fundraising efforts and implementation of several major construction upgrades to the building, including: the State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development ADA improvements;  a new basement stair egress; the installation of the long-awaited elevator; and most recently, Phase III of the Museum’s 2008 Master Plan for critical upgrades to its electrical, I.T.,  heating, and fire prevention systems supported by the City of Norwalk and the State of Connecticut, which is slated to begin in 2023.

Mr. Hempstead, who has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2003, is V.P. of Property Development at Stew Leonard’s where he has worked since 1981. Hempstead was a Norwalk Common Council member from 1985 to 1995 and from 2003 to 2019, and served as Council President five times. Mr. Hempstead served as Treasurer and Vice Chairman for the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and has been a Board Member of the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce since 1996. Hempstead received his MBA from Sacred Heart University in 2003.

Nominating Committee Chair Gail Candlin said: “Mr. Hempstead is a widely respected business and community leader with decades of experience and I’m confident he will enhance the Museum’s standing and help us build a sustainable future as he moves forward. The Board of Trustees and I are truly grateful for his strong and unwavering commitment to this cherished National Historic Landmark.”

The Museum’s 2022 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown; LMMM’s Leadership Patrons: The Sealark Foundation; and LMMM’s 2022 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on tour schedules, exhibitions, and programs, please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

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info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com (Susan Gilgore) Neighbors Sun, 16 Jan 2022 13:24:43 -0500
Norwalk Historical Society Virtual Lecture: Pudd'nheads, Childhood in Colonial America on February 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3523-childhood-in-colonial-america3523-childhood-in-colonial-america https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3523-childhood-in-colonial-america3523-childhood-in-colonial-america

The Norwalk Historical Society is hosting the virtual lecture, "Pudd’nheads: Childhood in Colonial America", with guest presenters Velya Jancz-Urban and Ehris Urban on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 5:30pm (Eastern Time) via Zoom.

“Pudd’nheads: Childhood in Colonial America” examines the unique aspects of childhood between the late sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries. The presentation explores birthing and childrearing practices, parenting, children’s health and education, naming, gender, play, and rites of passage.  

Tickets are $5.00 per household and can be purchased here.  The Zoom link will be included at the bottom of your confirmation email.  It will also be emailed to you 24 hours and 1 hour before the event.

 “Pudd’nheads” provides fresh historical perspectives on key features of children’s lives. Without a doubt, the lives of Native American children, Enslaved children, and Puritan children differed greatly. Velya Jancz-Urban – author, teacher, and creator of “The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife” – has partnered with her herbalist daughter, Ehris Urban, on this unique presentation. “Pudd’nheads: Childhood in Colonial America” is similar to “The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife” in that it is funny, sad, sweet, and shocking.

About the Presenters:
Ehris Urban, owner of Woodbury, CT’s Grounded Holistic Wellness, believes, “if you’re grounded, you can navigate even the bumpiest roads in peace.” She grew up in a family passionate about holistic medicine. Ehris is a green witch, herbalist, holistic nutritionist, and graduate of the New England School of Homeopathy. Additionally, Ehris is a Flower Essence Therapy practitioner. She became interested in Reiki as a teenager and attained Reiki Master certification at age 17. Ehris is also a certified Ingham Method reflexologist. A graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology, she is also a certified ESL teacher. Ehris enjoys beekeeping, tending her organic vegetable and herb gardens, and working in her apothecary.

Velya Jancz-Urban lives her life by the adage, “there is no growth without change.” Zany and gregarious, she is a teacher, author, former Brazilian dairy farm owner, and herstory unsanitized expert. Moving into a 1770 Connecticut farmhouse ignited Velya’s obsession with the colonial era, and led to her entertainingly-informative presentation, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife. She has been married to Jim for 38 years and is the mother of two grown children. Velya has a few too many rescue dogs and cats, is happiest with a fresh stack of library books, loves thrift shops, and is passionate about alternative medicine.

This program is in conjunction with the Norwalk Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Norwalk’s Changing Communities – 13,000BC – 1835”, which was funded in part by grants from Connecticut Humanities and the City of Norwalk Historical Commission.

For more information on this event and the Norwalk Historical Society visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org,  e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

Image Credit: The Grounded Goodwife

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kerry@ducey.org (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Sun, 16 Jan 2022 08:23:00 -0500
Avatar and World Building with Resident Artist Francisco Mandujano https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3537-avatar-and-world-building-with-resident-artist-francisco-mandujano3537-avatar-and-world-building-with-resident-artist-francisco-mandujano https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3537-avatar-and-world-building-with-resident-artist-francisco-mandujano3537-avatar-and-world-building-with-resident-artist-francisco-mandujano

You will step into the world of live gaming in this class. First, each of you will brainstorm and sketch your own individual character, or avatars, with enticing backstories that represent your chosen identity.

Second, as a class, we will develop a map of the world containing the various regions and destinations that will be explored by all of your characters. Once these initial steps have been established, we will spend the remainder of our time role-playing in the world we built.

You will be faced with various scenarios of moral dilemmas that will push you to think outside the box. This course is designed to inspire the creation of art, encourage creative thinking, and problem-solve - all while playing a tabletop role-playing game. We will use repurposed materials such as cardboard, plastic, cork, and toy pieces as well as paint and epoxy.

Our game and pieces will be included in a public exhibition at The Norwalk Art Space in the Spring!

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Sun, 16 Jan 2022 05:16:05 -0500
The Norwalk Art Space Announces a Quilt & Illustration Exhibition, "Lizzy Rockwell: Friends & Family" https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3536-the-norwalk-art-space-announces-a-quilt-illustration-exhibition-lizzy-rockwell-friends-family3536-the-norwalk-art-space-announces-a-quilt-illustration-exhibition-lizzy-rockwell-friends-family https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3536-the-norwalk-art-space-announces-a-quilt-illustration-exhibition-lizzy-rockwell-friends-family3536-the-norwalk-art-space-announces-a-quilt-illustration-exhibition-lizzy-rockwell-friends-family

NORWALK, CT — The Norwalk Art Space will host an exhibit of art quilts and original book illustrations by Lizzy Rockwell and her friends and family beginning on February 3 and running through March 10. The Opening Reception is February 3, 2022, from  6:00-9:00pm and will include performances by DJ Hauswife and Quiltet. The public is welcome to attend, but pre-registration for one of three timed entry slots (6pm, 7pm and 8pm) is required through the website: https://www.thenorwalkartspace.org

Lizzy Rockwell, who studied at Connecticut College and the School of Visual Arts, is a quilter, illustrator, author, and game designer. Lizzy’s visual narratives, created primarily for children, spark conversations about emotions and personal wellness. Most of what Lizzy learned about books she learned from her parents, who made books in their home studio. Illustrations by her mother, Anne Rockwell, and abstract woodcuts by her father, Harlow Rockwell, are included in this show. 

Lizzy’s works will be displayed alongside works by members of Peace by Piece, an ongoing intergenerational after-school art program designed by Lizzy. The diverse group of Norwalk residents, currently aged 8 – 93, have made art quilts which hang in numerous institutions and libraries in Connecticut. Since 2008, thousands of individuals have contributed in some way to these communal works of public art.  

Many of these quilts have been generously loaned to The Norwalk Art Space and are being seen together in one place for the first time. The Norwalk Art Space is grateful to these institutions and individuals for their generous loan of quilts: The Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk Community College, The Norwalk Public Library System, The Newfield Branch Library, The Adam J. Lewis Academy and Kate Scully. 

Artist Talk

On February 6th, 1pm - 3pm, Lizzy Rockwell will be in conversation with her artist friends. David Green from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County will act as moderator.  

Workshop

On February 26th, 12pm - 3pm, Lizzy will offer a free community workshop for ages 8 and up in paper quilt design, hand stitching, and fabric art drawing. There will also be a community quilting bee at the same time. 

About The Norwalk Art Space

We hope to enhance opportunities and equity in the Connecticut arts community by offering free art education and mentorship to under-served high school students, sponsoring and promoting local artists through our Resident Artist program and Korry Fellow exhibitions, and providing the public an exciting venue to explore art and music.  Our beautiful building, ADK House, was named in honor of our founder, Alexandra D. Korry, whose vision inspires everything we do.

Visitor Information

The Norwalk Art Space is free to all visitors. It is open Wednesday - Friday, 8am - 3pm, and Saturday - Sunday, 9am - 3pm. The Art Space Cafe, located on-site, follows the same schedule. Overflow parking lots are available at 370 West Ave (enter on Maple Street) and at Mathews Park, 295 West Ave (park in the back lot). 

ADK House is handicap accessible with a ramp and elevator. Se habla español. 

For more information, please contact: 

Front desk: (203) 252-2840

Email: info@thenorwalkartspace.org

www.thenorwalkartspace.org

 
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kerry@ducey.org (Katy Sullivan ) Places Sat, 15 Jan 2022 05:20:31 -0500
The Norwalk Art Space Announces Charcoal Drawing with Resident Artist Emily Teall Begins January 28 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3529-charcoal-drawing-with-resident-artist-emily-teall3529-charcoal-drawing-with-resident-artist-emily-teall https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3529-charcoal-drawing-with-resident-artist-emily-teall3529-charcoal-drawing-with-resident-artist-emily-teall

Charcoal drawing combines the precision of pencil with the looseness and blending qualities of paint, perfect for tackling your most complex art ideas. This course begins with traditional exercises on the fundamentals of line, texture, and highlighting and shading techniques. Students will draw with vine and compressed charcoal, charcoal pencils, white charcoal, tortillon and chamois blending tools, and kneaded and hard erasers.

You will learn to create the illusion of volume, dimension, and scattered light, and will experiment with smudging and erasing as drawing tools. After solidifying technical skills, students will storytell through the strengths of the medium, particularly achieving the illusion of 3-dimensionality and mysterious atmospheric effects. Students will develop and communicate their own conceptual ideas through their new armory of technical drawing skills, completing a finished charcoal artwork to take home.

This individualized class meets your personal goals, whether you’re inspired to try charcoal drawing for the first time, or you want to push your existing drawing skills to a new technical and conceptual level. Your final art will be included in a public exhibition at The Norwalk Art Space in the Spring! It will also make a perfect portfolio piece.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Thu, 13 Jan 2022 13:30:44 -0500
FCBuzz Weekend: art, comedy, celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a bit of magic! https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3530-fcbuzz-weekend-art-comedy-celebrating-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-and-a-bit-of-magic3530-fcbuzz-weekend-art-comedy-celebrating-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-and-a-bit-of-magic https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3530-fcbuzz-weekend-art-comedy-celebrating-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-and-a-bit-of-magic3530-fcbuzz-weekend-art-comedy-celebrating-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-and-a-bit-of-magic

FCBuzz Weekend - January 14 - January 16

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities! The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

This weekend is all about art, comedy, celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a bit of magic.

All are invited to the opening reception at The Contemporary Art Modern Project (CAMP Gallery) for Margaret Roleke’s solo exhibit March on Society on Friday at 6:00 pm. Roleke’s work provokes a deep investigation into what the American legacy truly is.

Then on Saturday 1:00-3:00pm, The Flinn Gallery at the Greenwich Library is offering an Artist Talk for their new exhibit, Alignments, featuring three artists whose abstract work overlaps in color, strata, and form. Meghan Brady (a Greenwich native), Ben Godward, and Erika Ranee will speak about their work in conversation with the curator, Tracy McKenna, and answer questions from the audience

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Fairfield’s SHU Community Theatre on Saturday at 4:00pm and 7:30pm with a showing of the film, SELMA. This epic film presents Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s crusades to secure voting rights. It is directed by Ava DuVernay’s and stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey.

Here’s a captivating show for the whole family! Ridgefield Playhouse presents REZA – Edge of Illusion on Saturday at 4:30pm. Reza brings rock concert level lighting and production merged with the most incredible cutting-edge magic and signature grand-scale illusions. Young and fresh, intriguing and engaging, it is no wonder Reza has been recognized as a world-class entertainer.

For guaranteed laughs all night long, come see Matt Pavich LIVE! at the Fairfield Comedy Club on Saturday at 7:00pm. A standup comedian, actor, and creator from Astoria, Matt is the winner of “New York’s Funniest” competition at the 2015 New York Comedy Festival, was recently featured in sketches on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and was selected in the 2016 ABC diversity showcase. 

More laughs in Norwalk as The Wall Street Theater presents Colin Quinn: The Last Best Hope Tour on Saturday at 8:00 pm. From MTV’s “Remote Control” to “SNL” to Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,” this comedian is about as famous as they come. 

On Sunday at 2:30 pm, honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. right from your home. The Westport Library offers its 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration virtually this year. This event features Heather McGhee, author of New York Times bestseller, THE SUM OF US: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. The program will also include a recital by the Bridgeport Boys Choir and a dance performed by the Regional Center for the Arts. 

It’s Christmas in January on Sunday at Fairfield’s FTC Stage One. At 7:45 pm, doors open for A Very Magnetic Post-Christmas Show with Morgan James. Called "the most promising young vocalist to come along so far this century" by The Wall Street Journal, Morgan has been described as having it all: “soul, charm, chops, blue-chip musicianship, and the kind of absolute individuality that makes her singing as recognizable as a fingerprint.”

Finally, one last chance to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at 1:30pm. Organized by the young people of Bridgeport, Connect-Us Presents: Bridgeport Has A Dream is at The Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport. This special MLK Day performance celebrates Dr. King in the very location where he spoke in 1961 and 1964 and where he was honored in a memorial service four days after his 1968 assassination.

For details on these and hundreds more events check fcbuzzevents at culturalalliancefc.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Lorie Lewis) Events Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:40:21 -0500
Stride at Ponza Italian Kitchen & Pizza on January 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3525-live-music-stride-at-ponza-italian-kitchen-pizza-16414006873525-live-music-stride-at-ponza-italian-kitchen-pizza-1641400687 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3525-live-music-stride-at-ponza-italian-kitchen-pizza-16414006873525-live-music-stride-at-ponza-italian-kitchen-pizza-1641400687

Spend your Saturday, January 22 at Ponza Italian Kitchen & Pizza from 7 to 10pm with Stride!

Plus, enjoy dinner and drinks!

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kerry@ducey.org (Ponza Italian Kitchen & Pizza) Events Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:26:55 -0500
Norwalk Historical Society Virtual Lecture on January 20: Connecticut's Changing Coastline https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3524-ct-changing-coastline3524-ct-changing-coastline https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3524-ct-changing-coastline3524-ct-changing-coastline

Connecticut’s Changing Coastline - Virtual Lecture

Join the Norwalk Historical Society via Zoom on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 5:30pm for the virtual lecture, "Connecticut's Changing Coastline" with guest presenter Patrick J. Lynch. Tickets are $5.00 per household and can be purchased here.

 The Zoom link will be included at the bottom of your confirmation email.  It will also be emailed to you 24 hours and 1 hour before the event.

The talk will focus on the “recent” glacial geologic history of Connecticut and its coastline over the last 25,000 years, and how the combination of the underlying geology, glacial history, and later human history all influenced what we see on the Connecticut coastline today. Lynch will also discuss the ongoing issues of natural habitat loss and restoration, climate change, and the impact of climate change on Connecticut’s shores. The lecture will conclude with a question and answer session.

Image Credit: Patrick J. Lynch

This program is in conjunction with the Norwalk Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Norwalk’s Changing Communities – 13,000BC – 1835”, which was funded in part by grants from Connecticut Humanities and the City of Norwalk Historical Commission.

The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:25:24 -0500