Sono's HamletHub Sat, 03 Dec 2022 21:56:12 -0500 Red Cross is helping seven families after fire on Lexington Ave. in Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. (November 30, 2022) – The American Red Cross is helping seven families – 13 adults after a fire yesterday on Lexington Avenue in Norwalk. The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the families' immediate needs. Responders included: Heather Dunn, Francis Cassella, and Laverne Moore.

The Red Cross also provided a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more. The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items a resident might need when suddenly displaced from their home by a fire.

Those affected will connect with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan. The Red Cross is able to provide assistance through the generosity of our donors and commitment of our volunteers.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 30 Nov 2022 05:46:42 -0500
Still is the Night FREE Christmas Concert in Norwalk

Norwalk Community Chorale Presents “Still is the Night” FREE Christmas Concert

Norwalk Community Chorale, now in its 61st year, will present “Still is the Night”,

a free Christmas concert, on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at Norwalk Concert Hall,

125 East Avenue, Norwalk. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Choral selections include multi-traditional holiday songs, the spiritual “Go Tell It on

the Mountain”, a medley of classic English carols, and the theme piece “Still is the Night”.

The sixty-member mixed chorus is led by Conductor and Artistic Director Brian Muller.

Pianist Will Duchon will accompany all choral arrangements.

Norwalk Community Chorale is sponsored in part by the Norwalk Recreation and Parks

Department. For more information on the December 2022 Christmas concert, visit or call 203-853-9842.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Mon, 21 Nov 2022 11:56:15 -0500
Chris & Katie's Open Mic Night Tomorrow in Norwalk!

OPEN MIC NIGHT tomorrow, Friday, November 18 beginning at 7:30 PM at Eco Evolution (135 Washington St.) in S. Norwalk.

Hosted by Chris & Katie from "FUMFA Poets & Writers Live." Poetry, prose, music, comedy, magic. 5-minute spots are available.

Sign up in person or now at


]]> (FUMFA Poets & Writers Live) Events Thu, 17 Nov 2022 11:17:26 -0500
Holiday Open House at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum on December 4

On Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, 12-4 p.m., 295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will feature a Holiday Open House with Santa Claus and a special musical performance featuring Music Theatre of Connecticut’s School of Performing Arts.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to view the exhibition, A Holiday Wonderland at the Mansion, take selfies or memorable family portraits, and enjoy the enchantment of the Museum’s holiday displays. During the event, the Mansion’s Café will be open to visitors and offer complimentary refreshments courtesy of Stew Leonard’s. Admission to the Holiday Open House is $5 per person. To purchase tickets please visit or at the door.

Santa Claus with his Loyal Elf (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Santa Claus and his Loyal Elf will make their way through the Entrance of the Mansion, spending a full hour seated in the Music Room greeting children and hearing their Christmas wishes before Saint Nick heads back to the North Pole.

Music Theatre of Connecticut’s School of Performing Arts (2-3 p.m.)

LMMM’s audience will be transported by the MTC Showstoppers from the School of Performing Arts presenting a mix of holiday and Broadway tunes sung in solo, duets and ensemble performances.

Music Theatre of Connecticut’s School of Performing Arts trains over 300 students per year and produces two to three full scale musicals. MTC students have presented more than 200 productions including Spamalot, James and the Giant Peach, Snoopy, The Little Mermaid, Wizard of Oz, Matilda, The Addams Family, and more! Alumni of MTC’s College-Bound in the Performing Arts program have graduated or are currently pursuing performing arts degrees in top-tier programs including those at the University of Michigan, Boston Conservatory, Syracuse University, NYU, Northwestern University, Carnegie-Mellon University and Emerson College; others can be seen on Broadway, in regional theatres throughout the country, on television, and in feature films.

The 2022 Season is made possible in part by CT Humanities with generous funding provided by Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature; 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, The Maurice Goodman Foundation and Lockwood-Mathews Foundation, Inc. For more information on the Holiday Open House, tours and programs, please visit, email, or call 203-838-9799.

]]> (Susan Gilgore) Events Wed, 16 Nov 2022 09:25:52 -0500
It's Restaurant Week in Norwalk!

Norwalk Restaurant Week is HERE! Celebrate some of the best of Norwalk’s dining scene!
Participating Norwalk restaurants will be offering special menus at special prices. Consider visiting and supporting your favorite restaurants this week or trying a new spot.
Restaurant week goes through Sunday, November 20!
Participating Restaurants include:
Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant
B.J. Ryan’s BanC House
B.J. Ryan’s – RW Menus
B.J. Ryan’s East – RW Menus
Blackstone’s Steakhouse
Don Carmelo’s Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar
Harbor Lights
Sedona Taphouse
You can learn more by visiting
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City of Norwalk hosts first-ever SoNo Holiday Extravaganza on Sunday, November 20

Have you heard? The City is hosting our first-ever SoNo Holiday Extravaganza on Sunday, November 20th, from 3-7 PM!
Santa will be arriving from the top of 50 Washington, and there will be free-merry-go-round rides and street performers!
There will also be a tree-lighting ceremony and a Hanukkah celebration, a petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides, games, a DJ, and more! It's free to enter. Don't miss out!
The event is being sponsored by the Norwalk Parking Authority and Laz Parking.
]]> (City of Norwalk) Events Tue, 15 Nov 2022 08:52:04 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter: Chris Giolitto Real Estate

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 Chris Giolitto Real Estate!

Four questions with Chris Giolitto.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business for 2 main reasons:

I have always loved touring homes and after being a landlord for three years, I realized how much I enjoyed the business of real estate. So, after moving back to CT after a year of living in Philadelphia with my now-wife, I decided to get my license.

Real estate is a business of "dinosaurs." A majority of agents are slow to adapt to new technology and best marketing practices which hurts their clients. I saw an opportunity to use my background to disrupt the industry by utilizing social media and video creation to improve the services real estate agents provide for clients and members of the community.

What is your best-selling product/service?

My most popular service is video marketing. I create high-quality, in-depth home tours that provide a deeper understanding of a property. This allows interested buyers to envision living in the home before they see it. Video marketing generates greater interest, views, and offers on a property that photography simply can't produce on its own. As the market slows down, videos like these will be the greatest way to make a property stand out above the competition.

I post all these videos to my Instagram page and my YouTube page - Living In Connecticut!

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

Similar to my "best-selling" service, video on social media has allowed me to connect with people and answer their questions. As the world continues to become more digital, I felt it was important to focus on creating videos that educate, entertain and connect with area residents. Real Estate marketing is still antiquated, with direct mail being the main source of marketing, which doesn't allow agents to respond in real-time to residents who have questions or concerns.

Social media allows us to connect immediately and start conversations. As we continue to be on our phones, even as we watch TV at night, it is important to be able to connect with anyone as soon as they have the initial thought of buying or selling.

Chris would like to nominate O'Neill's Pub in South Norwalk to be featured next - "They are great community partners"!

Chris Giolitto Real Estate is located at 3 Park Street in Norwalk. Visit Chris online here, and make sure to check out his real estate biz Facebook, and Instagram pages as well!

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

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Norwalk Community Health Center's Farmers Market Benefit at O'Neill's Restaurant on Nov. 30

Join us for a Farmers Market Benefit at O’Neill’s Restaurant in Norwalk, on Wednesday, November 30, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Help Norwalk Community Health Center continue providing access to fresh produce for patients and other area residents, including those who are food insecure.

Just mention Norwalk Community Health Center when you order your O’Neill’s meal at 93 North Main St., South Norwalk. The restaurant will generously donate 15% of each order to NCHC’s Farmers Market.

It’s that simple. Your meal translates into funds and those funds translate into meals for others! For more information, see the attached flier or call 203-851-1018. Reservations encouraged.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Mon, 14 Nov 2022 03:46:50 -0500
FC Buzz Weekend Lineup of Arts and Culture November 11-13

FC Buzz Weekend November 11-November 13

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.

 “Kindled Eyes” at Schelfhaudt Gallery Exhibit at Paier College, Bridgeport

Friday, November 11, 4-6 pm

Don’t miss this powerful exhibition and auction of art by child refugees from the Bridgeport area who participated in an arts program supported by the Fairfield County Community Foundation and Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. The program encouraged the children to explore self-expression and storytelling through a variety of visual media -  including drawing, painting, sculpting, photography and video. 

“Elements” at Sterling House Community Center, Stratford 

Friday, November 11, 6-8 pm

The Arts Alliance of Stratford invites you to join an opening reception and sale for an exhibit that interprets the many definitions and artist interpretations of “element.” Form your own interpretation as you stroll and explore.

Bridgeport Art Trail

Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 6-9 pm

Enjoy art, live music, storytelling, poetry, film screenings, hands-on demos, and family fun at many arts venues and galleries throughout Bridgeport. Tour artists’ studios at American Fabrics, Metro Art Studios, The NEST Art Factory, the Knowlton, and more. Arts venues include City Lights and URSA galleries, the Klein, Bijou Theatre and Park City Music Hall.

Open Studios, Loft Artists Association Gallery, Stamford

Friday, November 11, 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13,  1-5 pm

Come and explore the studios and galleries, meet artists and get a rare glimpse into the life of a working artist in a collaborative and professional environment. Art collectors, dealers and anyone with an appreciation for high quality artwork will enjoy the opportunity to see the work of 25 diverse artists all in one location. 

The Ultimate Boyband Tribute – Larger Than Life at Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport

Friday, November 11, 8pm

Step back in time at the biggest 90s Party since the Backstreet Boys shut down Times Square. Performing over 40 Boyband songs by the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees, O-Town, Boyz II Men, LFO, One Direction and many more! And for extra fun the boyz take you back even further with hits by The Jackson 5, Temptations, Four Seasons and other classic male groups! This is the only act of its kind featuring actual boy band singing, dancing, costumes and that pop look. 

Black Violin: Give Thanks Tour at The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Friday, November 11, 8-10 pm

Expect to dance along to hits from this band’s Grammy Nominated Take the Stairs album as well as holiday favorites from their Give Thanks album. Led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin), and joined by DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes, this band employs playful storytelling, whimsical string melodies, and hard-hitting beats to highlight the unifying pillars of the holiday season. 

Piano Bar at Ridgefield Theater Barn

Friday, November 11 & Saturday, November 12, 8-10 pm

It’s an entertaining evening filled with live music, talented performers, and good company where brave attendees may even be shaken out of their comfort zone to hop on the stage themselves. Experience the Manhattan cabaret scene with accompanist Lisa Riggs Hobbs and co-hosts Pamela Jones and Jeffery Albanesi who guide audiences along a spontaneous musical evening of unpredictable laughter and fun. 

“Subject Matter” at Metro Art Studios, Bridgeport

Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 10am-5pm

Miggs Burroughs curates a stunning new exhibit at the Crown Gallery with participating artists and several CAFC members: Sue Benton, Miggs Burroughs, Vince Calenzo, Erica Katz, and Jay Petrow. The work includes photography, painting, and mixed media, and is on view through January 6th. While you’re there, enjoy the Open Studios events as part of the Bridgeport Art Trail, including a body painting demo with Alicia Cobb and storytelling with Denise Susalka on Saturday and a concert with The Alternate Routes on Sunday.

 “DefineArt” at The Knowlton, Bridgeport 

Saturday, November 12, 4-11:45pm

The first ever hybrid art and NFT exhibit in Connecticut! Over 6,000 square feet of pure artistic creativity will be on display, beginning with a Panel Discussion centered around traditional visual arts and the convergence of NFTs in the marketplace, followed by an exhibit of Contemporary Art and Photography, alongside Digital NFT Creations Minting Live. ‘Get Behind the Canvas’ with Art of Everyone and paint the First Ever Laser Guided NFT which will be “Minted” as an NFT Piece of Art. Wrap up the day with an After Party not to be missed!

“Absolute Queen” at Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport

Saturday, November 12, 5-8pm  

Experience the hyper-realistic sights and sounds of Queen, filled with all of the many hits, incredible vocals, stories about Queen and the songs, costume changes, and high energy sing along songs that will lift you off your seat.

“SPAG Right NOW!” at St Philip Artists Guild, Norwalk

Saturday, November 12, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Norwalk’s St Philip Artists Guild (SPAG) brings you an exhibit featuring 22 artists participating in a pop up, one-night-only exhibition and open studios event, plus live music, silent auction, sips and nibbles.

Robert Klein at SHU Community Theatre, Fairfield 

Saturday, November 12, 8-10pm

Come and see the comedian that Jerry Seinfeld calls the “Beatles of Comedy.” For more than 40 years, Robert Klein has been making audiences laugh and critics cheer on Broadway, television and film. 

‘Search For Maestro’ at Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport 

Saturday, November 12, 8-11pm 

World-Renowned Conductor and Pianist Benjamin Hochman takes the helm and solos with the ‘First Turn’ of Turn, Turn, Turn in which Greater Bridgeport Symphony auditions a successor to replace Music Director Eric Jacobsen. Three concerts will showcase conductors hand-picked by Jacobsen to be his successor. 

Holiday Artisans Market at Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan 

Saturday November 12 & Sunday November 13, 11am-4 pm

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at a fine art craft show with a wide range of artists and meet and speak with the artists and artisans. Ceramics, Jewelry, Fiber Arts, Glass all on display with an extended Holiday Gallery Gift Store for you to enjoy. 

Musical Borderlands at Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield

Sunday, November 13, 3-4:45 pm  

In this solo recital, Pianist Orin Grossman shares his fascination for musical borderlands: places where popular culture and so-called high culture connect. He ‘travels’ the Americas to present music from Brazil, Cuba, and the United States. Among the featured composers are Ernesto Lecuona (who was called “the Cuban Gershwin”), Ernesto Nazareth, an early pioneer of Brazilian music, Scott Joplin, and George Gershwin.

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

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Holiday Open House at Mill Hill Historic Park on Sunday, December 11

Enjoy some holiday cheer as you help the Norwalk Historical Society celebrate the holiday season! Visit the Norwalk Historical Society’s Mill Hill Historic Park for a “Holiday Open House” on Sunday, December 11, 2022 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Walk-ins welcome.

View the new interactive exhibit, “Norwalk’s Changing Communities: 13,000BC – 1835,” tour the c.1740 Governor Fitch Law Office, and explore school life the c.1826 Downtown District one-room schoolhouse. Enjoy holiday decorations in the Governor Fitch Law Office. Holiday treats and hot cider will be served. Spread holiday kindness to those in need by bringing non-perishable food items to support the Norwalk non-profit, Open Doors. We will have a food donation box at the event.

Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT. Handicapped and limited mobility parking on site. General parking is at the Family Center building on the corner of East Wall Street and Park Street. Follow blue parking signs.

Experience the Norwalk Historical Society’s new exhibition, “Norwalk’s Changing Communities 13,000 BC – 1835”, which was funded in part by grants from Connecticut Humanities and the City of Norwalk Historical Commission and curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox.  This comprehensive, interactive exhibition is family friendly with hands-on activities and games. Learn about the arrival of the first people of Norwalk, the Indigenous People, their contact with the Europeans and the development of Norwalk during the 17th and 18th centuries as well as during the dawn of the industrial age. Discover how community, work, and home changed over this period and how the people who lived in Norwalk adapted to those changes.

Step back in time and explore the Governor Fitch Law Office, renovated in 2018 under the joint supervision of the Norwalk Historical Commission and Norwalk Historical Society, and curated by Dr. Daryn Reyman-Lock. Moved to Mill Hill in 1971, the Fitch Law Office has been used as a key tool in teaching school children about Colonial life. All rooms including the Governor’s office room, the clerk’s garret bedroom, the kitchen and storage cellar have been reinterpreted to give a more accurate representation of life in the late 1700s.

Explore school life in the c.1826 Downtown District one-room schoolhouse. View the exhibit, “One Room Schoolhouses: A History of Education in Norwalk 1650-1870,” in the 1826 Downtown District Schoolhouse onsite at Mill Hill. The exhibit, curated by Dr. Daryn Reyman-Lock with graphic design by Scott Kuykendall, highlights the early history of education in Norwalk using old photographs, original documents and period textbooks.

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

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Rowayton Gardeners Christmas Markets November 16-27

Double your Holiday Spirit online and in person “Virtually Yours” Christmas Market November 16th – 27th
Ready to start your holiday shopping? On November 16th, the Rowayton Gardeners will host their third “Virtually Yours” online store.  More than 175 items will be offered for sale! We’ll have all sorts of festive gifts and unique ornaments, fresh bundled greens and our designer- quality wreaths ready for purchase at rowayton-gardeners/ starting early morning on November 16th and continuing through November 27th. Shop early to get the best selections.
Your purchased items will be available for pick up at The Potting Shed (33 Highland Ave) behind the Rowayton Community Center on Saturday Dec. 3rd from 9am – 1pm at our in person Christmas Market.
The Market features designer-quality wreaths and center pieces, one-of-a-kind gifts, plum pudding, mini trees and ornaments – all reasonably priced. A range of fabulous items are on offer at the Silent Auction.  Don’t miss this popular fund raising holiday event sponsored by Fairfield County Bank and supporting sponsor Rand Insurance.
Come support the Garden Club’s mission of spreading the word about conservation, maintaining most of our public spaces, introducing children to the joy of growing living things, and raising community awareness about the environment.  Join us and treat yourself to something beautiful for your home, family and friends.
]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Mon, 07 Nov 2022 08:28:00 -0500
Federal, State, Local and Community Leaders Celebrate the Norwalk's Business Development Center

Today, November 3, 2022, federal, state, local and community leaders joined Mayor Rilling to celebrate the grand opening of the City of Norwalk's Business Development Center on 3 Belden Avenue.

This week also marks the third anniversary of the launch of the City's Small Business and Main Street (SBMS) program. Leaders highlighted how federal, state and local investments have impacted the small business community since the inception of the SBMS and how the Business Development Center will continue to support this commitment.  

"Small businesses are the foundation of our community and enrich all of our lives," said Mayor Rilling. "They create jobs, attract people to our incredible City and contribute to the vibrancy of what makes Norwalk so authentic. We are always looking for new ways to support our local businesses and I'm grateful that our local, state and federal leaders understand the importance of investing in our small business community. Through a combination of funding streams, we successfully launched our Business Development Center, where entrepreneurs and business owners can go to gain the tools and expertise they need to start, operate or expand their businesses." 

The Norwalk Business Development Center is the first of its kind in Fairfield County and designed to be a continuous resource that various entrepreneurs and business owners can depend on throughout the life cycle of their businesses. This all-inclusive resource acts as a one-stop shop by providing services to support entrepreneurs and business owners, which include financial education guidance, loan or grant application assistance, and technical support for local, state, and federal permitting and licensing.  

The Business Development Center Norwalk was made possible through federal and local revenue sources, including the American Rescue Plan Act, Community Development Block Grant funds, and local funds.  

“Small businesses are the economic engine for local communities and the national economy,” said U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. “The business development hub in Norwalk will equip business owners with the resources and expertise they need to grow and thrive in the community, creating new job opportunities. I am proud to have fought for federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act to support entrepreneurship here in Connecticut.” 

The Business Development Center is just one example of the City’s investments in supporting the business community. Since 2019, the City has invested $1.3 million in funding towards the small business community, supporting over 80 businesses, of which 75% are women and minority-owned business entities. The City also provided over 450 businesses with technical assistance and marketing support during this time and plans to expand its reach by committing an additional $3.1 million to support the small business community by 2024. 

In addition to opening the doors of the Business Development Center today, the City has launched a website where potential businesses can learn more about the City of Norwalk, and existing businesses can learn more about available resources for permitting and licensing. You can visit this new website at  

As a result of the City's commitment to the development, retention and growth of small businesses, during the pandemic, Norwalk welcomed a diverse set of businesses with growth in our creative economy industries. Now, the Norwalk Business Development Center will serve as a place where current and future entrepreneurs can get direct assistance for their businesses. 

“What started as a quarantine hobby blossomed into a business, and through the City of Norwalk, I was given the opportunity to grow my business,” said Lindsay Arakelian, Small business Owner and Norwalk Business Center client and loan recipient. “The Business Development Center provided me with the tools to help me get the loan to rent my own business space and afford essential equipment like my own freezers to expand my business right here in Norwalk, where I live.”  

The Norwalk Business Development Center was made possible through a partnership with the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Norwalk Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the NAACP. 

]]> (City of Norwalk) Life Thu, 03 Nov 2022 14:57:00 -0400
Bernard’s in Ridgefield Has Sold: New Year’s Eve Celebration Passes Torch

After 22 years of wowing Tri-State area restaurant goers, Bernard and Sarah Bouissou are closing the doors of the beloved Bernard’s to undertake their next culinary endeavor.

Since opening in March of 2000, the elegant French restaurant and wine bar quickly won the heart of Ridgefield, CT, stood the test of time, and became a truly iconic dining scene. Their legacy will continue in the Ridgefield area through the esteemed Sarah Bouissou Catering and a new prepared food storefront that brings Bernard’s fabulous food to your family’s table.

Meeting as chefs under Daniel Boulud at Le Cirque in the 1980’s, the gourmet power couple led accomplished careers in New York City. Following their dream to raise a family in the country, they settled down in Ridgefield at 20 West Lane. For more than two decades, Bernard and Sarah raised their four daughters there, while gracefully operating the restaurant and catering business. As one can imagine, dedicating all of your nights, weekends, and holidays to your business is no easy task.

They did not want to pass the torch to just anyone, they wanted to make sure the next owners would persevere as a pillar in the community. They found those ideal new owners in local restaurateurs Dave Studwell and Rob Moss of Washington Prime; and B.J. Lawless, of BJ Ryan’s Restaurant Group, all in Norwalk, CT. Sarah emphasizes, “We could not be happier for the assured success of the new restaurant coming to 20 West Lane. Moving on is always challenging, but we were deliberate in our search for someone who would care for and appreciate the place we called home.”

With one tour of the fabulous property and gardens, the trio recognized the unique opportunity offered to them–just as Bernard and Sarah had all of those years ago. With extensive experience working together in the hospitality industry, the trio was quick to realize this was a “right time, right place” kind of moment. Washington Prime is notable for winning “Best Steak in CT” by both The Food Network and CT Magazine, as well as the Wine Spectator Award. B.J. Lawless’s ventures continuously win awards for Best Restaurant Bar, Best Pub, Best Burger, and Best Ribs/BBQ.

With that said, there are some very, very big shoes to fill. The plan for the new restaurant, set to open in the spring of 2023, will be to update the space, while still preserving the historical charm of the property. The new team has the vision of a modern, colonial farmhouse and elegant, yet rustic, wine bar. The menu will take the direction of New American while paying tribute to some of Bernard’s celebrated French classics. The new restaurant will also offer weddings, special events, and catering, with redesigned spaces to hold more tech-capable corporate functions.

Bernard’s will be open through the end of this year, culminating with an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31st, 2022.

Be sure to make your reservations soon (click HERE to reserve) as loyal patrons will be coming out in droves to raise a glass to Sarah and Bernard. Bernard remarks, “Once the torch is passed, we look forward to enjoying a great meal at the new restaurant, while letting someone else do the cooking.”


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Fashion Influencers Across History: The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Social Tea on Nov. 13

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will host its annual Tea on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2-4 p.m. at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT, titled, Fashion Influencers Across History: Social Tea.

Co-chaired by LMMM Trustees Pam Murrin and Victoria Vandamm, this event will feature a luxurious whirlwind of delicious refreshments, a silent auction, a hat contest, and a fascinating talk by award-winning scholar and author Kathleen Craughwell-Varda. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and tickets are $60 for members and $65 for non-members available to purchase online at:

“This event is a unique way to enjoy the museum, spend a Sunday afternoon that is fun and informative, and give back to a truly special cause,” said co-chair Pam Murrin, who spoke enthusiastically about “experiencing a social engagement in this historical grand home, partaking of a cultural moment on fashion and influential women, and enjoying fine refreshments donated by our generous network of supporters.”

Ms. Varda will introduce attendees to American fashion icons and present-day influencers who have defined, now and through the centuries, American style. With no monarchy to emulate, Americans have long been drawn to women who possessed style, charisma, and grace. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis possessed these qualities in abundance. This presentation titled, “Looking for Jackie: American Fashion Icons,” will provide an examination of American women who were the “Jackies” of their era, women who, since the 1800s, have had a similar impact on American fashion. The lecture will reveal how these women’s distinctive personal styles captured the imagination of the American public and influenced popular fashion.

Kathleen Craughwell-Varda is as a museum consultant in New York and Connecticut with more than 30 years of experience specializing in historic textiles. She earned an M.A. in costume history from New York University in conjunction with the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She lectures widely on costume and textile history and conservation and has written articles on women's history for several exhibition catalogues. Ms. Varda is currently the director of Conservation ConneCTion, a program based at the Connecticut State Library that focuses on preserving Connecticut's cultural collections by identifying and developing a statewide plan for collections care needs and providing learning opportunities for collecting institutions.

The Museum’s Tea is generously sponsored in part by M&T Bank and Bigelow Tea, with Tea catering courtesy of Festivities. The 2022 Season is made possible in part by CT Humanities with generous funding provided by Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature; 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, The Maurice Goodman Foundation and Lockwood-Mathews Foundation, Inc. For more information on tours and programs, please visit, email, or call 203-838-9799.

]]> (Susan Gilgore) Events Tue, 01 Nov 2022 10:12:00 -0400
Norwalk Community Chorale presents Still is the Night free Christmas concert on December 10

Norwalk Community Chorale, now in its 61st year, will present “Still is the Night”, a free Christmas concert, on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Choral selections include multi-traditional holiday songs, the spiritual “Go Tell It on the Mountain”, a medley of classic English carols, and the theme piece “Still is the Night”.

The sixty-member mixed chorus is led by Conductor and Artistic Director Brian Muller. Pianist Will Duchon will accompany all choral arrangements.

Norwalk Community Chorale is sponsored in part by the Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department. For more information on the December 2022 Christmas concert, visit or call 203-853-9842.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Tue, 25 Oct 2022 14:11:51 -0400