Sono's HamletHub Sat, 25 Jan 2020 04:42:00 -0500 Westport Farmers’ Market is Your New Year’s Resolution Resource

It is estimated that over half of all New Year’s Resolutions will be broken by the end of January. Not so for Westport Farmers’ Market shoppers. The winter market, held every Saturday at Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center boasts 1000 committed health-conscious shoppers a week. Whether you are, or have committed to be, paleo, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, a conscious carnivore, or pescatarian – or whether your resolution is to take better care of yourself with a cleanse or your four-legged companion with fresh food – WFM has a vendor for you.

“WFM is a year-round resolution resource but takes on special importance at this time of year,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of WFM. “We are here to help people get and stay healthy with a diverse group of vendors—all of whom are committed to raising, growing, and making the cleanest products in the state, if not the nation.”

Fort Hill Farm, Riverbank Farm, EHSTO, Nutty Bunny Vegan Ice Cream, Herbal Deva, Herbaceous Catering & this just names a few..

“As you can see, we have you covered,” said Cochran-Dougall. “Come see us this week to keep those resolutions!”

Westport Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 10 to 2 pm at Gilbertie’ Herbs and Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Avenue, Westport. For more information, contact director@westportfarmersmarket, visit, and follow Westport Farmers’ Market on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: AAA Band Rentals

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT AAA Band Rentals!
Three questions with Michael S. Spremulli, President of AAA Band Rentals.
Why did you start your business?
We started AAA Band Rentals out of the need for a local company that could accommodate the needs of the Norwalk Public School music programs for affordable rental and top quality musical instrument repairs.
Finish this sentence in regard to your business: I wish I could...
I wish I could put an instrument in the hands of every child who wants to play, but who’s family might not be able to afford to participate! 
What is your best selling product or service?
Our best selling product is Violin rentals but in general, all of our rentals are extremely popular.
Learn more about AAA Band Rentals by visiting their website here.
AAA Band Rentals is located at 20 Fitch Street in Norwalk.

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!
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Fairfield Magazine’s Third Annual Taste of Fairfield WinterFest Returns January 26

Fairfield is filled with foodies, and is a hot destination for terrific restaurants, talented chefs, and great food and drink. Fairfield Magazine is counting down the days until the return of Taste of Fairfield WinterFest — an event to celebrate food, friends, and the ideal escape from the winter blahs. On Sunday, January 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the magazine is hosting its third annual WinterFest – with over two dozen restaurants and businesses at the lavish three floor Brooklawn Country Club serving tastes and sips. The event highlights the local efforts of charity partner Operation Hope of Fairfield.

A special VIP ticket can be purchased to have early access to the event and to the Lenox Jewelers VIP lounge from noon to 1 p.m. VIP ticket holders may enter the $500 Lenox Jewelers prize giveaway.

In addition to fine and comfort cuisine, craft cocktails, wine, craft beer, and sweets, there will be fun for the whole family in the four-lane bowling alley and with the comedians from Fairfield Comedy Club who will perform at 1:30 p.m. AR Workshop sponsors an interactive kids’ craft area with a terrific take-home craft. “We really enjoy bringing people together in the community to celebrate our great local food, drink, and businesses,” says TownVibe publisher Geoffrey Morris.

A complete list of restaurants, businesses, and sponsors participating is available at

Tickets do sell out, so purchasing online is the best bet, at General Admission tickets cost $50: including food, drink, and all entertainment. VIP Admission—with special early access to the event at noon and to the Lenox Jewelers VIP lounge with unlimited food and drink costs $100. Guests under 21 years old are $20 and children under 10 are free. For more information contact TownVibe at 203-431-1708 or Robin Phillips at

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: StudioMinerale

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT StudioMinerale!

Meet Nancy McTague-Stock, MFA, owner of StudioMinerale.

Why did you start your business?
I began my business over the years, as friends and colleagues would ask me who made a necklace or earrings that I happened to be wearing...when I said, ‘I did’, I was often commissioned to make something for them. I make it easy for my busy clients - they can email me a budget, color preferences and item they are looking for. Then, I sketch or make a mock-up and once they approve it, I can usually have it to them within one to two weeks. I have great clients, whose personal referrals I highly value. Soon it became evident I should consider making this a real business! 
Do you use any local businesses to support your business?
I work with a number of Norwalk businesses, some larger than others. Here are two of them: 
Jerry’s Art Supply has been a mainstay for me over the years for handmade papers, drawing, painting and design materials and Joanne and her staff are always ready to assist. 
The smallest Norwalk business owner I rely on is Abigail Wall and her fine staff from Beadworks in South Norwalk. I rely on her for jewelry making tools and products, and they are conveniently located for me. She is a fabulous ‘small business’ woman, and I have worked with her for many years.
Visit StudioMinerale online
StudioMinerale nominates Abigail Wall and Beadworks!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!
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Maritime Aquarium Offers Seal-Spotting and Birding Cruises On Long Island Sound

Cruise out onto Long Island Sound with The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk this winter in hopes of seeing some of the seals and birds that spend the colder months just off Connecticut’s shores.

The Maritime Aquarium’s 2020 season of “Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises” offers outings on many Saturdays and Sundays now through April 12.

Dates and departure times vary by low tide. The next cruises are on Sat., Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. and on Sun., Jan. 19 at noon. For the full schedule, go to

These invigorating 2½-hour cruises seek out some of the harbor seals and gray seals that annually migrate down into Long Island Sound from their summer breeding and pupping areas off Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine. (Harbor seals are the same species featured in The Maritime Aquarium.)

“Having so many seals come into the Sound is the positive result of the federal protections on seals, which have enabled their populations to increase, as well as of the broad work to improve the health of the Sound, making it an enticing winter habitat for the seals,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s associate director of communications.

During the Aquarium cruises, seals often can be seen near the Norwalk islands resting on rocks and shoals exposed at low tide. Aquarium educators will point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories.

“Many people are surprised that seals visit the Sound, because the seals are only here during winter when boaters aren’t out there,” Sigworth said. “It’s a thrill to see them, and a motivating reminder that the Sound is a thriving natural resource worthy of our protection.”

The cruises also give birders unique “on-the-water” access to see and photograph visiting winter waterfowl, such as buffleheads, mergansers, Brant geese and long-tailed ducks.

“Seal-Spotting and Birding Cruises” take place aboard The Maritime Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound, the country’s first research vessel with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. R/V Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin but, because the best viewing is outside on the deck, participants should dress for the weather. Binoculars will be provided, along with hot chocolate and coffee.

Also during each cruise, participants can help Aquarium educators with plankton samplings. Data collected during the cruises is added to the Long Island Sound Biodiversity Project, which is an ongoing census of the Sound’s animal species. This online database, sponsored by the Aquarium, makes data on the physical and biological contents of Long Island Sound available to students, educators and researchers.

The Maritime Aquarium’s cruises offer memorable family fun but please note that all passengers must be at least 42 inches tall.

Tickets for a “Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruise” are $31.50, or $26.50 for Aquarium members.

Capacity is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. Reserve your spot by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or by going online to

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Australia Wildfires — How to Help

The horrific brushfires in Southern Australia are still raging on — displacing thousands of people, wiping out millions of acres and destroying thousands of homes and buildings. Australia is also seeing record-breaking temperatures, last week saw a high of 107f. The brushfire crisis has claimed the lives of at least 25 people and burned through more than 11 million acres since it sparked in September.

As the more than 130 fires continue to burn across New South Wales and Victoria, ecologists from the University of Sydney believe almost half a billion total mammals, birds and reptiles have died since September and entire eco-systems have been severely and perhaps permanently impacted, including near-by glaciers.

Although there was a brief respite from rain yesterday, they are only mid-way through their summer, so the risk of extreme temperatures and wildfires will continue for the months ahead.

Here’s where you can donate to help the victims of the fires during this devastating time:

Australian Red Cross:
Australian Red Cross teams are supporting thousands of people in evacuation centers and recovery hubs.

NWS Rural Fire Service:
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service is a volunteer-based firefighting agency working to put out the blazes. 

The Salvation Army Emergency Services:
Salvation Army teams in Australia are coming to the aid of fire victims, firefighters, and police. 

The St Vincent de Paul Society:
Also known as Vinnies, this group is providing food, clothing, and support to fire victims.

The NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc. is Australia's largest wildlife rescue organization.

World Wildlife Fund:
WWF-Australia is caring for injured wildlife, particularly koalas.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
Crews at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital are rescuing koalas with severe burns.


Raise awareness:  It's OK if you don't have the means to give a donation to one of the organizations supporting victims of the wildfires. You can still raise awareness and help raise much-needed funds by sharing information on your social media pages. Sharing donation pages and campaigns on your social media pages makes it easier for your friends, family, and professional network to easily access ways that they can help and donate resources. Check out some of the organizations helping Australian fire victims and share their information across your social channels.

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Flower Power Kids: MLK Jr. Service Day Project at Norwalk Historical Society

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Norwalk Historical Society will be hosting, “Flower Power Kids: MLK Jr. Service Day Project.” This free family-friendly Service Day Project supports the Norwalk non-profit organization, ElderHouse Adult Day Center, and takes place on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. Register for this free event at:  

Drop in anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.! This free event will provide an outlet for children and adults to further Dr. King’s message of peace and love by making paper flowers bouquets and cards for the senior citizens of ElderHouse. In addition to the service project, children will get the opportunity to create peace flowers and learn more about Dr. King’s mission for peace, freedom and justice for all. Register for this free event at: All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If the event is canceled due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled.  The Norwalk Historical Society Museum is located at 141 East Avenue. The front entrance is accessible from the Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Avenue. The Museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.

For more information:, e-mail:, or call 203-846-0525.

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

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2020 Mac & Chili Challenge Announces Date, Venue, and New Website

The 6th annual Great Mac & Chili Challenge will be held on Sunday January 26, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Norwalk at The SoNo Collection. “We seriously considered not holding this competition due to costs but we have a surprisingly large and passionate foodie following that wants us to keep going” said Jim Keenan, Event Director. Keenan says they’ve been inundated with emails, social media and calls asking when the next competition is happening. For the past three years, this event has been held outdoors in Westport during November but this popular comfort food competition is moving back to January and indoors.

The competition will once again feature unlimited sampling of both chili and mac & cheese from some of the area’s best chefs and restaurants. The event will test a new internet voting system using your cell phone in the hopes of reducing waste from traditional paper ballots. A voting kiosk will be available for anyone without a cell phone or needs assistance. Additionally, only tickets will be sold online so there won’t be any ticket sold at the door so get your tickets while they last and bring them to this fan favorite event.

The Great Mac & Chili Challenge remains a people’s choice competition with attendees rating all they try on a scale from 7 to 10.5. The restaurants with the highest average rating in each of the three categories are declared champions. The categories include classic beef chili, creative chili and mac ‘n cheese. Over 20 outstanding restaurants will be in the competition including two-time defending champion Burger Bar & Bistro of Norwalk (classic mac), defending champion Cask Republic of Greenwich & New Haven (creative mac), former champion Bobby Q’s of Norwalk, Dunville’s of Westport, Gates of New Canaan, two-time, former champion Geronimo of Fairfield & New Haven (creative chili), Harbor Harvest of East Norwalk, the most decorated and three-time and defending champion Hub & Spoke of Black Rock (classic beef chili), 2016 champion Little Pub of Wilton, Fairfield, Stratford and Old Greenwich (creative chili), Local Kitchen & Beer Bar of Norwalk, defending champion Old Post Tavern of Fairfield (creative chili), Planet Pizza of Norwalk, multiple champion Simply Delicious of Norwalk (both creative chili and man ‘n cheese), Tarry Lodge of Westport, and Vazzy’s of Stratford.

The competition will benefit Food Rescue US in the ongoing fight against food insecurity. The Great Mac & Chili Challenge is sponsored by Cabot’s Cooperative, City Carting, Polar Beverages, Mi Nina Tortillas, New Belgium Brewery, Wade’s Dairy and WEBE108. For more information and tickets, please go to their new URL at

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Special Prologue to Christopher Nolan's Tenet Now Showing at The Maritime Aquarium

A short prologue to Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” one of the most anticipated movies of summer 2020, is now playing in exclusive 15/70 IMAX film – for free – over the holiday period at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Show times for the 61/2-minute prologue at The Maritime Aquarium are 5 p.m. daily Dec. 20-23 and Dec. 26-31. The prologue is rated PG-13 for violence and intense action.

The Maritime Aquarium is one of only five theaters in North America showing the prologue in spectacular 15/70 IMAX film, still the brightest, sharpest movie format. With a six-story screen, the Aquarium’s IMAX Theater is the largest in Connecticut.

The prologue is free. Guests already in the Aquarium can stay beyond the Aquarium’s normal closing time (5 p.m.) for the screening. Those coming only for the prologue should reserve a spot online at by 4 p.m. each day and enter through the Aquarium’s IMAX Theater doors.

Nolan directed such acclaimed films as “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Interstellar,” “Inception” and “Dunkirk.” The plot of “Tenet” has been kept secret, but it seems to involve international espionage. Scheduled to open on July 17, 2020, the movie’s cast includes John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: Crumb Together Bakery


Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story.

You're IT Crumb Together Bakery!

Crumb Together trains and employs adults with disabilities to create delicious baked goods under the supervision of a professional baker. At Crumb Together Bakery they learn skills, build self-esteem, socialize, and are productive members of our community. 

Why did you start your business?

75% of adults with disabilities are unemployed. Our mission is to change that.

Circle of Friends has been providing social programs for children and teens with special needs for the past 15 years. As our participants mature into adulthood we are committed to supporting them. We launched the Circle of Friends Crumb Together Bakery, "always rising" to train and employ adults with disabilities in the bakery industry.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business. “I wish I could…”

Get a storefront property to help us expand our mission.

Best selling product/service?

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.

How many people do you employ/train?

14 Bakers

Any youth or seniors from the community?

Yes. all of our Bakers.

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

The following stores, institutions are ordering or selling our baked goods and we are slowly expanding our base.

  • Harvest Harbor  
  • Peter's Market
  • Cranbury Store IGA 
  • Village Market
  • Synagogues / Event Planners
  • Beth Israel Chabad of Westport/Norwalk
  • Arlene Rosenthal, Party Ideas

Visit Crumb Together Bakery online here.

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

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Drop 'n Shop On December 21 Lets Parents Shop While Kids Enjoy Aquarium Activities

Give yourself the gift of some solo holiday shopping on Sat., Dec. 21 while your kids spend a fun afternoon hanging out with sharks, seals and sea turtles during the “Drop ’n’ Shop” program at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

From 1 to 4 p.m., The Maritime Aquarium has an ocean of age-appropriate hands-on activities and explorations planned for ages 4 to 10, giving parents three solo hours for shopping, wrapping or other holiday prep.

“With the new SoNo Collection mall just a five-minute walk from The Maritime Aquarium, the ‘Drop ’n’ Shop’ program offers a convenient way for everyone in the family to have a winning afternoon,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth.

Kids will learn from Aquarium staff about the expert care given to the sea turtles, sharks, seals and other animals. They’ll meet and touch live creatures, and also make a holiday ornament to take home. The program ends with free popcorn during the award-winning IMAX movie “Superpower Dogs,” shown on the Aquarium’s six-story screen.

Cost for “Drop ’n’ Shop” is $40 per child ($35 for Aquarium members). Capacity is limited, so advance registration is required.

Sign up or get more details at

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Nominate Your Hero in the Arts!

The Connecticut Arts Hero Awards honor and celebrate Connecticut residents who are doing extraordinary things in the arts, for the arts, and through the arts in Connecticut. Since 2016, the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards have honored remarkable individuals engaged in or supporting the arts - some publicly and some behind the scenes. Learn about previous Arts Heroes here.
If you know a special someone who has contributed significantly to the arts in Connecticut, please take a moment to nominate this individual. The deadline to submit a nomination is February 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
The Arts Hero Awards will be presented at an open-to-all, free evening event on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Infinity Hall in Hartford.
The 2020 Connecticut Arts Hero Awards will be dedicated to our dear friend, colleague and arts leader Elizabeth L. Mahaffey who passed away in October 2019.
Ms. Mahaffey, affectionately known to many as Betsy, was an extraordinary mentor to young professionals pursuing a career in arts administration. The Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship was established upon her retirement after more than 20 years of dedicated service at the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. The Fellowship is awarded annually to young arts administrators and provides funding for professional development opportunities.
]]> (Connecticut Office of the Arts) Neighbors Mon, 16 Dec 2019 14:00:46 -0500
Maritime Aquarium Joins Unprecedented Effort to Save Florida's Coral Reef

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is one of 17 aquariums in the U.S. – and the only one in New England – tending to live corals rescued from Florida in an unprecedented effort to save North America’s largest bank reef.

Thirty-five corals, representing 13 different species, arrived at The Maritime Aquarium last month from the Florida Reef Tract, a 360-mile bank reef that extends from Port Saint Lucie down to the Florida Keys. In recent decades, the tract’s coral populations have been reduced by up to 90 percent, and a new epidemic – called stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) – threatens to take much of the remaining corals.

In response, The Maritime Aquarium and 16 other select members of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) are caring for healthy corals removed from the reef, with the hope of returning the corals to Florida when the SCTLD outbreak subsides. Nicknamed a “coral ark” after the Biblical story of Noah, such an effort has never been attempted before on this scale in the United States.

Maritime Aquarium guests can view the corals in a 1,000-gallon exhibit near the sea turtles.

“This is an unprecendented collaboration between federal and state wildlife authorities and public aquariums,” said Barrett Christie, the Aquarium’s director of Animal Husbandry. “Ultimately the creation of this coral ark is a last-ditch effort to preserve some of the reef tract’s biodiversity, and accredited aquariums and zoos were the only places with the husbandry knowledge and skills to pull off such a project in such a short period of time.”

According to the AZA, the purpose of the coral ark is two-fold: to prevent localized extinction for the most vulnerable species, and to maintain as much genetic diversity as possible for more than 20 species identified for eventual reef restoration.

As of this month, more than 1,500 corals have been placed in AZA institutions, with the eventual goal of 5,000 corals in additional facilities. Many of the species have never been placed in human care before. Some are listed as Endangered Species.

Corals and coral reefs are critical components of healthy oceans. They’re home to one-fourth of all marine species, yet cover less than one-tenth of the world’s oceans. Coral reefs also help to protect our coastlines by buffering wave energy during storms, and they’re a major economic driver for tourism and recreation.

Coral health is impacted by such factors as pollution, warming water temperatures and human misuse. There currently is no known prevention or cure for stony coral tissue loss disease, which was first observed on the Florida Reef Tract in 2014.

Barrett expects it to be several years before the SCTLD runs its course and the corals can be returned to Florida’s waters to help repopulate the reef tract. Meanwhile, the corals in their temporary home at The Maritime Aquarium have a constant 78-degree water temperature, specialized “grow” lights to encourage the corals’ symbiotic algae, and a steady supply of tiny tasty food.  

“We’re prepared to give these corals a proper habitat as long as necessary, but look forward to the day that they can return to the reef tract and help it to recover,” Christie said.

IMAX movie “Great Barrier Reef”

In addition to displaying the live rescued Florida corals, The Maritime Aquarium on Dec. 14 is premiering “Great Barrier Reef,” a new IMAX movie that offers an awesome giant-screen exploration of one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders. The film introduces audiences to some of the creatures that live on the massive Australian coral reef, and documents the work being done by researchers and volunteers to better understand and protect the reef and its inhabitants.

“Great Barrier Reef” will play at 11 a.m. and 2 & 4 p.m. daily. A standard IMAX movie is included with Aquarium admission.

(A bank reef, like the Florida Reef Tract, and a barrier reef are different coral formations. A bank reef is closer to shore than a barrier reef, features “spurs” and “grooves” influenced by wave action, and lacks landward lagoons that are characteristic of barrier reefs.)

Learn more about the exhibits, IMAX movies and special holiday offerings at the popular South Norwalk family attraction at

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Westport Farmers’ Market Recognized as a Top Market in the Country by American Farmland Trust

Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by American Farmland Trust (AFT) as the 10th best farmers market in the country; the 6th top farmers market in the Northeast; and the 3rd favorite farmers market in Connecticut during this summer’s Farmers’ Market Celebration! From June through September, 2019, AFT ran a contest to “ensure that markets across the county get the recognition they deserve … nationally and at the regional level.”

In its eleventh year, the Farmers Market Celebration rallies community support for local food while raising awareness about the loss of America’s farmland and its impact on local food. Using the hashtag #onmyfork, AFT sought stories on social media about the cream of the crop of farmers markets across the U.S. And Westport shoppers responded!

“It is such an honor to be recognized by our shoppers, vendors, and AFT as one of the top markets in the nation,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of WFM. “AFT gets that farmers markets matter at a time when farms are diminishing and threatened by development. Farmers who participate in markets are staving off development and succeeding where others, unfortunately, are not.”

AFT’s summer-long campaign helped to promote markets, farmers, vendors, and the people and places that bring communities fresh, healthful food. According to AFT president, John Piotti, “The role that markets play is invaluable, not only because they provide us with such a vital source of food. Farmers markets have also been at the leading edge of educating consumers about where food comes from, and reinforcing AFT’s message of No Farms No Food. Here at AFT, we know it starts on your fork.”

“From our Chef-at-the-Market competition to our community programming, WFM tries to go above and beyond ensure all people have access to clean food grown by farmers they know by name,” said Mrs. Cochran-Dougall. “One of our original founders, Paul Newman, would be proud of AFT’s recognition!”

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Seeking Peace and Calm? Visit SoNo’s Maritime Garage Gallery Winter Exhibit

If you’re feeling stressed in your day-to-day life thinking of the upcoming holiday season, your job, the state of the world, etc., take time to stop by the Maritime Garage Gallery’s winter exhibit to experience a sense of calm. The works of art featured in the Gallery’s “Seeds of Peace” exhibit embrace the senses of peace and serenity. The exhibit will run from December 10, 2019 through February 29, 2020.

“Seeds of Peace” presents the works of 28 artists from around the region, including Mark Schiff of Norwalk; Jennifer Prat from Fairfield; Julie O'Connor, of Weston; and Shanan Haislip of Terryville, CT. Nadia Martinez has curated the exhibit.

“We want this exhibit to be a sort of haven or respite for people from the craziness of life. All the pieces inspire harmony, tranquility, generosity and calmness,” says curator Nadia Martinez.

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” placemaking initiative, an effort to support art in parking spaces. The gallery is located at 11 North Water Street in the SoNo district of Norwalk. It is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit

]]> (Carolyn Ripp) Places Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:30:55 -0500