Sono's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/sono Fri, 18 Jun 2021 05:47:00 -0400 HamletHub.com Eco Evolution Opens on Washington Street SoNo https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3417-eco-evolution-opens-on-washington-street-sono3417-eco-evolution-opens-on-washington-street-sono https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3417-eco-evolution-opens-on-washington-street-sono3417-eco-evolution-opens-on-washington-street-sono

South Norwalk, CT: The second talented entrepreneur who won over  AGW SONO Partners during the local real estate collective’s first business pitch contest, introduced his awarded pop-up space with a soft opening this past weekend of Eco Evolution.

Eco Evolution is a concept and persona created by “Eco Dude” Brad Kerner whose mission is to present consumers with everyday products and practices to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. Brad combines his obsession for recycling and background in organic farming with his years as a healthcare educator, humanitarian worker, and Peace Corps volunteer, and has created a retail and educational platform for consumers looking to “do better”. Eco Evolution, located at 135 Washington Street, features a multitude of eco-friendly home products, beauty and accessory items, local artisan goods, all-natural cleaners, artwork and décor, kids’ toys, and even pet supplies. Products from Brad’s large circle of like-minded and eco-centric makers and designers will also be featured, in addition to a revolving schedule of local musicians and artists joining in the evolution. 

Friends of Eco Evolution include Kimono robes by Vernice Holmes, jewelry by Lauren Mollica, essential oils created by Sanasta Wellness, macrame wall hangings by Erika Burling from Knots on Euclid, Phandles (candles of music artists which play music when scanned with Spotify) by Chad Anderson, handmade soap crafted by Angellica Jonston, upcycled leather jewelry by Brooke Lalumiere, and woodblock prints by Jessica Hernandez, to name just a few.

https://www.ecoevolution.co/

“It is so exciting for me to open up Eco Evolution in Historic SONO, a coastal community that knows the importance of preserving our sound and the damage plastic waste has caused on our coastal wildlife, “says Brad, “Eco Evolution is proud to be a part of the solution to offer products and services that are good for people, good for the planet, and curated with purpose.  I am thankful to AGW and their marketing team, OnWashington, for giving me this opportunity to introduce a low-waste lifestyle to the community of Norwalk and supporting my mission!" 

This past March, AGW’s OnWashington marketing team put the call out for entrepreneurs to present their business concept for a chance to win commercial real estate in SoNo where they can introduce their products and services to the public while having the opportunity to experience operating their business on Washington Street.  Over 30 business pitches were submitted.

“The process was challenging as the ideas and the talent were truly impressive,” says Linda Kavanagh, the Director of OnWashington, AGW’s marketing arm for the company’s 27-address portfolio on Washington Street, “The response from entrepreneurs and consumers has been wonderful. I can’t wait for everyone to meet the Eco Dude.”  

On May 26, the first winner made their mark on Washington Street with the opening of Morlux Infusions, a vitamin and hydration studio owned and operated by registered nurse and Norwalk resident Carmen Morales, who is now administering IV infusion and injections that aid in health and wellness goals.  

https://morluxnurse.com/

NEW ON WASHINGTON STREET

The AGW real estate portfolio continues to introduce new businesses to the neighborhood, including the recently opened SONO BOIL (99 Washington Street), a taste of Low-country cuisine with a splash of Louisiana Bayou, Sono Boil brings a bit of Cajun spice to the neighborhood with their Crawfish and Crab menu, playful nautical décor, vibrant cocktails, and vacation vibe. In June, APPETIT BISTRO (136 Washington Street) brings modern French dining to SoNo. This popular Parisian eatery, upon earning rave reviews in their Port Chester, NY location, brings their brand of classic French fare with a twist to the neighborhood. Appetit Market will soon follow at 132C Washington Street. The market and café will feature fresh seafood, prepared foods, seasonal produce, baked goods, and more. Also, in June the popular Exotic Snax retail store comes to 117 Washington Street with their over-the-top selection of familiar and not so familiar packaged snack food and beverages from around the world.

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kerry@ducey.org (Max Exposure ) Places Wed, 09 Jun 2021 16:03:34 -0400
Norwalk Students Shine in Online Exhibition https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3416-norwalk-students-shine-in-online-exhibition3416-norwalk-students-shine-in-online-exhibition https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3416-norwalk-students-shine-in-online-exhibition3416-norwalk-students-shine-in-online-exhibition

Norwalk, CT - The 2021 Stacy M. Israel Art, Architecture + Design Student Exhibition (SAADE) opened June 3, featuring over 300 works in drawing, painting, ceramics, color, photography, sculpture, architecture, interior design and graphic design by Norwalk Community College’s Art, Architecture + Design students. The sprawling exhibit can be viewed at www.ncc.commnet.edu/aad/saade2021

A culmination of the academic year, the SAADE has been an annual Norwalk Community College event for over two decades, with works filling the east and west campus art gallery spaces. While the exhibition shifted to a virtual presence in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an in-person return in spring of 2022 is anticipated. 

The Stacy M. Israel Art, Architecture + Design Student Exhibition is sponsored by a gift from the A. C. Israel Foundation in memory of Stacy Israel. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Evelyn Gard) Places Tue, 08 Jun 2021 05:26:46 -0400
Young Shoots Photography Contest Gets Underway at Westport Farmers’ Market https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/3415-young-shoots-photography-contest-gets-underway-at-westport-farmers-market3415-young-shoots-photography-contest-gets-underway-at-westport-farmers-market https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/3415-young-shoots-photography-contest-gets-underway-at-westport-farmers-market3415-young-shoots-photography-contest-gets-underway-at-westport-farmers-market

Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM), in partnership with The Artists Collective of Westport and Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, is pleased to announce the 5th annual Young Shoots Photography Contest. Each year budding young photographers, ages 8 to 18, take pictures at WFM to be submitted into a friendly, age-based competition.

“Young Shoots invites three age groups of photographers to demonstrate their love for local food through the digital lens,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of WFM. “Each year the kids get better and more creative with their vision of local food and farmers. It’s one of my very favorite programs!”

Photos submitted by photographers 8- to 10-years-old; 11- to 14-years-old; and 15- to 18-years-old will be judged by a panel of local artists and the public. The contest begins on June 10 and the closing date for submissions is July 18. An art opening will be held for the participants and their families in August on the Gilbertie’s Front Lawn on Sylvan Avenue, where Sugar & Olives will cater.

"Kudos to WFM for cultivating and celebrating these young photographers. It is inspiring

to watch the new crop of talent emerge and blossom each year, thanks to this great initiative” said Miggs Burrough

Being a judged competition, winners will receive cash prizes coupled with surprise swag and special memberships to local art organizations.

Calling all shutterbugs to get their creative juices flowing, begin shooting at WFM on June 10, and submit their best images to youngshoots2021.artcall.org.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Neighbors Thu, 03 Jun 2021 16:00:45 -0400
Weston’s Marc de Mul Launches Nuthatch Naturals with June 10th Zoom https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/3412-weston-s-marc-de-mul-launches-nuthatch-naturals-with-june-10th-zoom3412-weston-s-marc-de-mul-launches-nuthatch-naturals-with-june-10th-zoom https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/3412-weston-s-marc-de-mul-launches-nuthatch-naturals-with-june-10th-zoom3412-weston-s-marc-de-mul-launches-nuthatch-naturals-with-june-10th-zoom

Marc de Mul knows skin care. With over two decades of experience in the personal and home care industry — working for the likes of Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, and BASF — he is a leader in the field. Having launched products for Johnson’s Baby, Dove, and Pond’s brands, among others, Marc has developed successful solid products, trusted in the marketplace. When his 7-year-old daughter had dry spots on her face and arm, he sought out kid-friendly creams, but found none for her age group or that used healthy ingredients. Surprised but motivated, Marc sprung into action to find a solution: he applied the concern for his daughter, product development expertise, and dedication to sustainability to create his own, natural lotion for toddlers to teens. Enter Nuthatch Naturals (https://nuthatchnaturals.com).

To celebrate the product launch of Nuthatch Naturals Daily Soothing Lotion — and the company at large — Marc invites the Weston community and beyond to a Zoom launch event on Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m. for an interview with Marc (as Founder and local entrepreneur), a Q & A, and skin care trivia for prizes. To register for the free virtual event, please e-mail info@nuthatchnaturals.com; a link will be sent to attendees the day of.

 “Our goal was to make a product specifically for children’s more sensitive skin that was effective, not allergenic. It also had to be natural and sustainable as we deeply care about the earth,” said Marc de Mul, Founder, Nuthatch Naturals.  

Marc understood children’s skin was more permeable than adults so purposefully designed a gentle formula for the younger set. After a year of development, testing, and trials, he solidified Nuthatch Naturals signature cream, Daily Soothing Lotion. Safety was a priority so the contents had to be natural and biodegradable; there are no hormone disruptors nor anti-aging chemicals nor synthetic dyes or colorants. In addition, the lotion is demotologist-tested, fragrance-free (sans a medicinal smell), and not sticky, unlike popular petroleum-based barrier creams. The Daily Soothing Lotion is also certified cruelty-free, having earned Leaping Bunny certification and is awaiting a secondary certification from the Environmental Working Group, which identifies harmful ingredients in similar products, such as sunscreen.

I tried the Daily Soothing Lotion on my hands, my toddler, and gave it to my older child who is a year-round swimmer. All of our dryness disappeared — and our family is especially grateful it’s not scented or greasy and leaves no residue. We LOVED the lotion,” said Amanda Mihelic, Nuthatch Naturals customer.

In keeping with the brand’s identity, the Daily Soothing Lotion’s packaging is sustainable, recyclable, and reusable — and each box has a children’s puzzle on the back— emphasizing the company’s positive, kid-focused messaging with a playful logo (a crowned “Nuthatch” bird) to boot. More puzzles (and puzzle links) are available on the website, as is Marc’s informative Nest blog. Customers will also receive a complimentary note pad with their lotion purchase.

Furthermore, Nuthatch Natural’s dedication to children goes beyond skin hydration; the company has taken a charity pledge to donate 10% of its annual proceeds (calculated as total sales minus expenses) to better the lives of children. In keeping with its local theme, Nuthatch Naturals has chosen the Fairfield-based organization, Save the Children, as its first recipient. Marc de Mul is also keeping it local with upcoming appearances at nearby farmers markets to include:

Westport’s, Wilton’s, the Cannon Grange Craft Fair, and Weston’s own Lachat Farm, once it opens.

Ultimately, Nuthatch Naturals believes in teaching children how to take care of their skin with a product that is both good for them — and good for the environment. The best kind of win-win.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Aline Weiller) Neighbors Tue, 25 May 2021 16:00:35 -0400
AGW SoNo Partners and OnWashington Announce Entrepreneur Contest Winners https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3413-agw-sono-partners-and-onwashington-announce-entrepreneur-contest-winners3413-agw-sono-partners-and-onwashington-announce-entrepreneur-contest-winners https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3413-agw-sono-partners-and-onwashington-announce-entrepreneur-contest-winners3413-agw-sono-partners-and-onwashington-announce-entrepreneur-contest-winners

South Norwalk, CT: Local real estate collective AGW SONO Partners is thrilled to introduce the talented entrepreneurs who have been chosen to receive a pop-up space on Washington Street in South Norwalk. In March, AGW’s OnWashington marketing team put the call out for entrepreneurs to present their business concept for a chance to win commercial real estate in SoNo where they can introduce their products and services to the public while having the opportunity to experience operating their business on Washington Street.  Over 30 business pitches were submitted, which included art and entertainment concepts, antique and flower shops, DIY products and instruction studios, as well as fitness floors and wellness consultants. 

AGW SONO Partners, the real estate collective that manages 27 properties on Washington Street, has awarded the pop-up spaces to two talented entrepreneurs with innovative concepts. Morlux Infusions is a vitamin and hydration studio owned and operated by registered nurse and Norwalk resident Carmen Morales. Ms. Morales has set up shop at 68A Washington Street, where she will be administering IV infusion services that assist in body replenishments for athletes, hangover and jetlag reboots, hair, skin, and nail beautification, and vitamin supplementation for various health and wellness goals.  All infusions are administered by a skilled RN and are under the supervision of Morlux Infusions’ medical director. 

*Morlux Infusions Opens Wednesday, May 26. Official Ribbon Cutting with Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and AGW’s Adam Greenbaum takes place at 2 PM.

68A Washington Street, South Norwalk, CT

The second pop-up space has been given to Eco Evolution, a concept and persona created by “Eco Dude” Brad Kerner whose mission is to present consumers with everyday products and practices to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. Brad combines his obsession for recycling and background in organic farming with his years as a healthcare educator, humanitarian worker, and Peace Corps volunteer, and has created a retail and educational platform for consumers looking to “do better”. Eco Evolution, located at 135 Washington Street, will feature a multitude of eco-friendly home products, beauty and accessory items, local artisan goods, all-natural cleaners, artwork and décor, kids’ toys, and even pet supplies. Products from Brad’s large circle of like-minded and eco-centric makers and designers will be featured, in addition to local musicians and artists joining in the evolution. *Official Opening is Planned for the Week of June 7. Stay Tuned…

"The small business contest is a great example of the types of initiatives we love to create in SoNo,” says Adam Greenbaum, Managing Partner AGW SONO Partners, “When we launched the contest, we were astonished at how talented, passionate, and compelling so many of the candidates were! We found Brad and Carmen to be amazing and we can't wait to let this experience improve the growth of their businesses." 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Carmen and Brad to introduce their businesses and to be able to test the waters in a commercial and public setting, “says Linda Kavanagh, the Director of OnWashington, of the 2-month pop-up timeframe, “Morlux Infusions and Eco Evolution will be operating throughout the summer months, an active time of year in our coastal city.  We are excited to introduce both concepts and follow their progress.”

Two more businesses are afoot within the AGW portfolio, including the recently opened SONO BOIL (99 Washington Street), a taste of Low-country cuisine with a splash of Louisiana Bayou, Sono Boil brings a bit of Cajun spice to the neighborhood with their Crawfish and Crab menu, playful nautical décor, vibrant cocktails, and vacation vibe. In June, APPETIT BISTRO (136 Washington Street) brings modern French dining to SoNo. This popular Parisian eatery, upon earning rave reviews in their Port Chester, NY location, brings their brand of classic French fare with a twist to the neighborhood. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Linda Kavanagh ) Places Tue, 25 May 2021 07:37:50 -0400
Norwalk Historical Society Presents A Virtual Chat with Mary E. Woolley – Activist & Educator, June 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3411-norwalk-historical-society-presents-a-virtual-chat-with-mary-e-woolley-activist-educator-june-33411-norwalk-historical-society-presents-a-virtual-chat-with-mary-e-woolley-activist-educator-june-3 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3411-norwalk-historical-society-presents-a-virtual-chat-with-mary-e-woolley-activist-educator-june-33411-norwalk-historical-society-presents-a-virtual-chat-with-mary-e-woolley-activist-educator-june-3

Join the Norwalk Historical Society on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom for “A Virtual Chat with Mary E. Woolley – Activist & Educator” with guest presenter, Dr. Darla Shaw - professor emeritus of education and women’s studies at WCSU.  Dr. Shaw, who is known for taking on the roles of various historical women, will bring Mary E. Woolley to life during this virtual presentation. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 and registration is required at www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org. Once registered, the Zoom link will be included at the bottom of the confirmation email.

Learn about Woolley’s remarkable life which began in South Norwalk, CT.  After becoming the first female student at Brown University and a professor at Wellesley College, Woolley became the 11th president of Mount Holyoke College from 1900 - 1937. Under her direction, the college made great strides in aligning the curriculum to the changing needs of society. Throughout her life, Woolley was awarded twenty honorary doctorate degrees from the country’s most prestigious universities. Later in life, Woolley became a peace activist and proponent for abolishing child labor. Historical photographs will help to illustrate the presentation. A question and answer session will follow.

About the presenter: Dr. Darla Shaw, professor emeritus of education and women’s studies, WCSU/ 25 years; 38 years with the Ridgefield, CT Public Schools. Her passion is traveling to over 90 countries to provide humanitarian services, playing with three bands accordion/steel drum, taking on the roles of numerous historical characters, as well as speaking and writing about her experiences with cancer for Ann’s Place, the American Cancer Society, and Sloan Kettering.

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. 

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Mon, 24 May 2021 16:00:22 -0400
Spring into the Weekend with FCBuzz: Walk in Gatsby’s Shoes, Attend a Puppet Show, More! https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3409-spring-into-the-weekend-with-fcbuzz3409-spring-into-the-weekend-with-fcbuzz https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3409-spring-into-the-weekend-with-fcbuzz3409-spring-into-the-weekend-with-fcbuzz

Editor's note: HamletHub is thrilled to partner with Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FC Buzz to bring out readers events and activities that will put spring in your step and heat up summer! Unleash your inner creativity and get out there and enjoy all that Fairfield County has to offer!

Springtime is definitely here and arts and culture is blooming. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) is a membership coalition of over 550 artists and cultural venues along coastal Fairfield County, all of which post their events on our culturalalliancefc.org/fcbuzz-events website. Each week we publish our top picks in our free “E-Buzz” newsletter (10-20 each week) and what a bumper crop we have this week: in addition to online readings, interviews and lectures from libraries and historical societies, a host of outdoor (and indoor) art openings, painting workshops and celebrations.

Start 9am Saturday with a 2-hour walk “In Gatsby’s Shoes” in the fabulous countryside in Westport; take part in a puppet show, “Marvelous Metamorphoses” at Fairfield Audubon Center at 10:30; all-day Saturday and Sunday shop there is high-end jewelry, wearable art, pottery and housewares to be found at the Bruce Museum’s 36th Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival in Greenwich. In Westport, hit the Sixth Annual Art Show of the Westport Woman’s Club (2-6pm, Sat. & Sun.) and in Ridgefield, there’s an outdoor opening reception, Sat. 4-6pm, for the Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ Juried Member Show.

On Sunday, all day, there is a festival of art and music, ARTCADE, in and around the historic arcade in Bridgeport, with open artists’ studios, two art exhibitions, honey tasting, and music galore. And next door in Stratford, an opening reception in the Sterling House Community Center of “Inspired By,” organized by the Arts Alliance of Stratford. See details on these and many more at http://bit.ly/BuzzMay19 - and subscribe!

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kerry@ducey.org (David Green) Events Fri, 21 May 2021 03:12:13 -0400
Become a Friend of the Market and Support Westport Farmers’ Community Programming https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3407-become-a-friend-of-the-market-and-support-westport-farmers-community-programming3407-become-a-friend-of-the-market-and-support-westport-farmers-community-programming https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3407-become-a-friend-of-the-market-and-support-westport-farmers-community-programming3407-become-a-friend-of-the-market-and-support-westport-farmers-community-programming

Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) is proud to present its 2021 Friend of the Market (FOM) bag, the purchase of which supports myriad community programs run by WFM.

Each year the market sells a newly designed tote bag for $40. Over 50 vendors at the market, and additional guest vendors throughout the season, offer discounts to shoppers who show the season’s Friend of the Market bag. The purchase of a bag directly off sets the fees of the participating vendors – thus letting these farmers take more money home. The fundraising efforts of the market, a 501c-3 nonprofit organization, work to support their internal and external programming. Programs sponsored by the market include:


We Care, a program to help support market goers that are battling an illness.

Farmer To School To Community (FSC), a partnership between Staples High School Culinary School, the Gillespie Center, and local farmers where students learn about local ingredients while helping their neighbors in need.

Farmer To Kids To Community (FKC) teaches Bridgeport elementary school students to use local and seasonal ingredients to prepare delicious and healthy meals for their families.

Get Growing, a series of weekly events and contests specifically designed for younger visitors to the market. 

Young Shoots, a partnership with the Artists Collective sponsoring a photography contest for children from 8 to 18. 

Recipe Program helps customers create easy, healthy, and delicious meals using fresh local products found at the market. 

Bridgeport Rescue Mission (BRM), a weekly partnership that rewards residents within the BRM rehabilitation program for good behavior with an outing to WFM where they collect food from WFM farmers and vendors.

Farmer-In-Need, a fund to help vendors who fall on hard times.

Chef At The Market showcases Fairfield County's top chefs who support local farms. 

Farms To Veterans To Community provides veterans affiliated with Homes for the Brave the opportunity to learn how to prepare farm-fresh food with the guidance of WFM's vast chef network. 

“Westport Farmers’ Market is known locally and nationally as a market that gives back to the community,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of WFM. “The Friend of the Market program is your way of voicing support for these programs, while helping offset vendors’ fees so they can take home more money at the end of the day.”

FOM bags, and a full description of WFM programming, may be found at www.westportfarmersmarket.com. WFM will return to its home in the parking lot at 50 Imperial Avenue beginning Thursday, May 13. The summer market will run from 10 to 2 and will resume most of its pre-pandemic, onsite shopping experience. Those who wish to pre-order can continue to do so through individual vendors’ websites.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Places Wed, 19 May 2021 16:00:37 -0400
Red Hook Seafood Boil Opening June 10 in South Norwalk https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3408-red-hook-seafood-boil-opening-june-10-in-south-norwalk3408-red-hook-seafood-boil-opening-june-10-in-south-norwalk https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3408-red-hook-seafood-boil-opening-june-10-in-south-norwalk3408-red-hook-seafood-boil-opening-june-10-in-south-norwalk

Red Hook Seafood Boil, featuring Cajun-inspired seafood boils and new American flavors, is set to open on June 10, 2021 at 19 North Water Street in the heart of South Norwalk (directly across from the Maritime Aquarium).  From owner Ockyheon Byeon of RoundK in New York City, the restaurant will also feature an extensive beverage program, including custom milkshakes and coffee beverages incorporating brews from its sister RoundK brand.

“With nicer weather upon us and people able to more safely dine together, I’m looking forward to introducing lower Fairfield County to Cajun-inspired seafood boils, where the goal is to gather, eat and have a good time,” said owner Byeon.  “At this point in time where we are all craving to spend more time with friends and loved ones, my goal for our restaurant is to become a fun, delicious and inviting gathering place for families with children visiting the Aquarium, co-workers over lunch and friends looking to grab a late night drink.  Our location in the heart of SoNo invites us to be something for everyone with the diverse population here, and my team – including executive chef Ben Wang and general and beverage manager Spencer Wawak - has worked hard to craft both a food and beverage menu that fulfills this variety of customers!”

The star of the all-day food menu – the Cajun-inspired seafood boil - allows diners to select their locally-sourced seafood and sides and customize the seasonings and heat level, before the cooked-to-order boil arrives at the table wrapped in a plastic bag with plastic bibs and gloves for a fun, interactive and messy meal.  Other house specialties on the lunch and dinner menu include the Redhook Cajun Ramen Noodle made from the broth of the boils, the Red Hook Burger, sandwiches, salads, vegetarian options (including a vegetarian boil) and children’s menu.  In addition to the all-day menu, an abbreviated lunch menu is also available.

With a focus on Japanese Whiskey, the beverage program includes beer, wine, nautically-inspired cocktails and custom milkshakes, as well as drinks integrating coffee from its sister RoundK brand in New York.

“While we are excited to initially open for lunch and dinner service, we are already planning a dedicated brunch menu, as well as grab-and-go options for people working in the area (or remotely from home), or families looking for an option to enjoy while sitting by the water,” added Byeon.  “While seafood boils are fun when enjoyed in the restaurant, they’re even more fun in your own backyard, so we will also be soon launching a takeout program, as well as catering options to invite groups to enjoy together!”

The restaurant features a nautically-inspired motif playing off of the seaside concept featuring large windows, fish nets, ship wheels, shellfish, oars and portholes.  A bar offers 15 seats, with an additional 50 seats at high-top and communal tables in the open space, in addition to a back dining room with 50 seats.  This back room has fully closing doors to offer a private dining space as well. 

Red Hook Seafood Boil will be open Monday – Wednesday from 12pm – 10pm, Thursday from 12pm – 12am, Friday – Saturday from 11am – 12am and Sunday from 11pm – 10pm, expanding to offer weekend brunch, grab-and-go and takeout options in the coming weeks, as well as on- and off-site private event options.

Reservations are accepted via OpenTable or Resy, or by calling the restaurant at (203) 956-7171.

About Red Hook Seafood Boil:

Red Hook Seafood Boil, located at 19 North Water Street in the heart of SoNo across the street from the Maritime Aquarium, brings Cajun-inspired seafood boils and new American flavors to lower Fairfield County, inspiring people to gather, eat and have a good time together.  Featuring locally sourced seafood, the boil menu allows diners to select their seafood and sides and customize the seasonings and heat level; other house specialties the Redhook Cajun Ramen Noodle made from the broth of the boils, the Red Hook Burger, sandwiches, salads, vegetarian options (including a vegetarian boil), children’s menu and soon-to-launch brunch options.  With a focus on Japanese Whiskey, the beverage program includes beer, wine, nautically-inspired cocktails and custom milkshakes, as well as integrating coffee beverages from its sister RoundK brand in New York.  For more information visit www.redhookusa.com.  The restaurant can also be found on Facebook (@redhooknorwalk) and Instagram (@redhooknorwalk).

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Shelley Kapitulik) Places Wed, 19 May 2021 07:56:26 -0400
Maritime Aquarium Becomes Weekly COVID Vaccination Site https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/publicsafety/3406-maritime-aquarium-becomes-weekly-covid-vaccination-site3406-maritime-aquarium-becomes-weekly-covid-vaccination-site https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/publicsafety/3406-maritime-aquarium-becomes-weekly-covid-vaccination-site3406-maritime-aquarium-becomes-weekly-covid-vaccination-site

Beginning Wed., May 19, vaccinations against COVID-19 become available once each week in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The Norwalk Health Department will offer Moderna (first or second dose) and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations in The Maritime Aquarium’s Oyster Hall, just inside the main entrance at North Water and Ann streets.

The initial clinic will be on Wed., May 19 from 1-6 p.m. Next dates and times (subject to change) are also on Wednesdays: May 26 (4-6 p.m.) and June 2, 9 & 16 (all 5-7 p.m.).

Walk-ups are welcome. No appointments are needed. The shots are free to anyone age 18 and older, and no insurance is necessary. (The vaccination clinics do not include admission to the Aquarium, which closes daily at 5 p.m.)

Enter at the Group Entrance door, near the Aquarium’s new main entrance. Validations will be available for those who park in the Maritime Garage.

“Since the COVID outbreak began, The Maritime Aquarium has worked to set the example through our science-based responses and protocols,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “So of course we are happy to offer our facilities to the Norwalk Health Department as a vaccination location. We encourage all who are yet to be vaccinated to do so.”

Confirm dates and get more information at www.norwalkct.org/vaccine or by calling (203) 854-7985.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Dave Sigworth) Public safety Tue, 18 May 2021 07:19:58 -0400
Norwalk native Eliot Lewis of Hall & Oates brings a night of rock hits to The Ridgefield Playhouse on June 20 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3405-norwalk-native-eliot-lewis-of-hall-oates-brings-a-night-of-rock-hits-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-june-203405-norwalk-native-eliot-lewis-of-hall-oates-brings-a-night-of-rock-hits-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-june-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3405-norwalk-native-eliot-lewis-of-hall-oates-brings-a-night-of-rock-hits-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-june-203405-norwalk-native-eliot-lewis-of-hall-oates-brings-a-night-of-rock-hits-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-june-20

Eliot Lewis has a career most musicians could only dream about.  A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Lewis has toured all over the world as a member of the Hall & Oates, as well as a key member of the Scottish funk outfit, The Average White Band.

Eliot has also been the only musician to appear on Daryl Hall’s incredibly popular, "Live From Daryl's House” show all while keeping his own solo career going at a seemingly impossible pace. 

A Norwalk, Connecticut native, Eliot Lewis returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, June 20 at 7pm, outside at The Ridgefield Playhouse tent.  As we kick off Make Music Day in Ridgefield – join us for this Pepsi Rock Series Powered by Xfinity performance featuring Eliot’s original songs as well as rock hits from some of the 100 major artists that he has worked with including Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, Cheap Trick, Hall & Oates, Train, Rob Thomas, Jason Mraz, Darius Rucker and many more.  When Eliot plays a cover song, it’s typically a song he’s performed with that artist!  Media sponsor for the event is WEBE 108 fm.

Equally at home in front of 100 or 15,000, Eliot has performed on the world’s most legendary stages, including Madison Square Garden, Japan’s Budokan, Red Rocks, The Hollywood Bowl as well as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, NBC’s The Voice, Jimmy Kimmel Live and many others.  "Eliot is a musician who can do it all, great singer, songwriter and guitarist. He rocks and he's got soul. No one does it quite like him" says Daryl Hall.  Earlier in his career, Eliot worked alongside the late Dan Hartman and performed on several hit songs produced by Hartman including Tina Turner’s “Simply The Best” and Joe Cocker’s “Unchain my Heart”

For more information or to purchase a touchless print at home ticket ($30) go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

https://ridgefieldplayhouse.org Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/

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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 14 May 2021 10:17:24 -0400
"A Slug's Life" Exhibit Extended Through Labor Day and Voting Ends May 14 in Related Contest at The Maritime Aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3404-a-slug-s-life-exhibit-extended-through-labor-day-and-voting-ends-may-14-in-related-contest-at-the-maritime-aquarium3404-a-slug-s-life-exhibit-extended-through-labor-day-and-voting-ends-may-14-in-related-contest-at-the-maritime-aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3404-a-slug-s-life-exhibit-extended-through-labor-day-and-voting-ends-may-14-in-related-contest-at-the-maritime-aquarium3404-a-slug-s-life-exhibit-extended-through-labor-day-and-voting-ends-may-14-in-related-contest-at-the-maritime-aquarium

“A Slug’s Life: Facing the Climate Endgame,” a unique special exhibit that blends live animals and art to warn about climate change, is being extended to remain open through Labor Day (Sept. 6) at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Plus, voting ends this Friday, May 14 in an online photo contest inspired by the exhibit.

“A Slug’s Life: Facing the Climate Endgame” originally was to close June 13. But Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth said the exhibit continues to fascinate guests.

“We’ve never presented an exhibit that incorporates multiple media like this, and we remain excited about how the animals, sculptures and photography work together to craft a powerful message,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “The art helps to call attention to the creatures and, we hope, will inspire actions to protect the creatures and their natural reef habitats from such threats as climate change, ocean warming and ocean acidification.”

Stars of the exhibit are nudibranchs, a group of mollusks known for their striking forms and brilliant colors. Displayed are several species of live nudibranchs, as well as other live mollusks in diverse shapes and sizes – some with shells, some without – including sea hares, conchs, abalone, giant clams and Indo-Pacific snails.

In addition to the live animals, the exhibit features more than a dozen nudibranchs depicted in large onyx and marble sculptures by Gar Waterman of New Haven, as well as nudibranch portraits by photographers from all around the world, including Gordon Tillen (the Philippines), Keith Ellenbogen (New York City), Kevin Lee (California), Alicia Hermosilla (Mexico), Jim Anderson (Scotland) and Emanuel Gonçalves (Portugal).

Nudibranch Photo Contest

Inspired by the portraits, the Aquarium is hosting an online Nudibranch Photo Contest open to anyone who wanted to submit an eye-catching nudibranch picture. Online voting ends this Friday, May 14. The nudibranch photo with the most votes wins a one-year membership to any aquarium or zoo in the U.S accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Plus, the top 5 vote-getters will be displayed in the exhibit.

View the 34 entries – and vote – at www.maritimeaquarium.org/nudibranch-photo-contest.

“A Slug’s Life: Facing the Climate Endgame” is free with admission.

Learn more about the Aquarium’s exhibits, educational programs and conservation efforts at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Dave Sigworth) Places Wed, 12 May 2021 07:43:10 -0400
Westport Farmers Market Opens for The Season at Imperial Avenue Beginning May 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3401-westport-farmers-market-opens-for-the-season-at-imperial-avenue-beginning-may-133401-westport-farmers-market-opens-for-the-season-at-imperial-avenue-beginning-may-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3401-westport-farmers-market-opens-for-the-season-at-imperial-avenue-beginning-may-133401-westport-farmers-market-opens-for-the-season-at-imperial-avenue-beginning-may-13

Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) is thrilled to announce that it will return to its home at 50 Imperial Avenue beginning Thursday, May 13. The summer market will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each Thursday through mid-November. 

WFM will resume the majority of its pre-pandemic, onsite shopping experience and programming while honoring all state and local health guidelines.  We invite you to help us “ring” in the 2021 season at high noon with a farmers’ call – a.k.a. ringing cow bells. WFM will hosts a special toast with Cross Culture Kombucha to celebrate our perseverance through 2020.

With a roster of over 50+ vendors, this year’s market is ready to shine. Shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase from over 30 vendors each Thursday, including new-to-the-market vendors such as:

·       Parlor

·       Stonington Kelp Farm

·       Edenesque (alternative dairy)

·       Tribus Brewery

·       Sprout Juice Bar

·       Stylish Spoon

·       And more………

A full vendor list can be found at www.westportfarmersmarket.com/vendors

WFM will adhere to all state and federal health guidelines and remains committed to providing the safest and healthiest shopping experience for our customers. The beloved programs Get Growing, Music @ the Market, Artist Alley, Chef @ the Market, Friend of the Market and Young Shoots will resume, as will a few surprise events to be announced.

“WFM persevered in 2020 through one of the most challenging years by adhering to a strict farmers’ market model, emerging safely and without a single case of COVID-19,” said Lori Cochran Dougall, executive director of WFM. “We look forward to returning in full force this year, easing back safely into being the community’s go-to food hub again.”

For details about this years’ market, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com or email director@westportfarmersmarket.com.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Places Wed, 05 May 2021 16:00:38 -0400
Public Marine Life and Sunset Cruises Offered this Spring by The Maritime Aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3403-public-marine-life-and-sunset-cruises-offered-this-spring-by-the-maritime-aquarium3403-public-marine-life-and-sunset-cruises-offered-this-spring-by-the-maritime-aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/3403-public-marine-life-and-sunset-cruises-offered-this-spring-by-the-maritime-aquarium3403-public-marine-life-and-sunset-cruises-offered-this-spring-by-the-maritime-aquarium

Discover what lies beneath Long Island Sound, or watch as the sun sets on the Sound, during fun and memorable public cruises now available aboard the unique research vessel of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The Maritime Aquarium is opening its 2021 season of cruises this month with a slate of weekend outings. Choose between an exciting hands-on opportunity to meet marine creatures that live below the surface or a relaxing tour where islands, lighthouses and the evening sky are the stars.

Marine Life Encounter Cruises

Meet an amazing variety of fish, crabs, mollusks and other creatures brought up right out of Long Island Sound right before your eyes during these memorable outings. The spring outings depart on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:15 p.m. now through June 20. They’ll then go out at 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays from June 23 to Sept. 6.

These 2.5-hour cruises reveal what is, to many, a surprising diversity of marine life just off our shores in Long Island Sound. Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column: tiny wriggly plankton gathered at the surface (and viewed on a large monitor via a videomicroscope); little crabs and worms grabbed from the muddy bottom; and a variety of fish, crabs, mollusks and always a few surprises brought up in a trawl net – sometimes even small sharks!

“Marine Life Encounter Cruises are a great, hands-on family adventure that goes beyond the experience inside the Aquarium,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “Plus, participants contribute to local scientific research. Water-chemistry and weather readings are taken. And details about the animals brought onboard are entered into the Aquarium’s Long Island Sound Biodiversity Project, an important database on the physical and biological features of the Sound.”

Saturday Sunset Cruises

If unwinding is more your goal – as opposed to reeling in – The Maritime Aquarium also is beginning its new season of evening cruises. During Saturday Sunset Cruises, Aquarium educators will be onboard to point out sights on the Sound, but the 90-minute outings are mostly intended to just be relaxing boat rides timed to catch the setting sun reflecting on the water.

Food and drink may be brought aboard in a small bag or soft-sided cooler, and must be consumed on the outdoor decks. Glass bottles are prohibited.

Departure times for the Saturday Sunset Cruises will shift as the time for sunset changes. Initial cruises are at 6:30 p.m. May 8 & 15, and then times move to 7 p.m. May 22-July 31. (Departures in August revert to 6:30 p.m.) Get back in time to enjoy a late dinner or an evening out with friends just steps away in the restaurants and nightspots of SoNo.

Similar relaxed evening cruises will be added in June for the summer: Norwalk Islands Cruises at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, and TGIF Cruises at 6:30 p.m. Fridays. They’re also 90 minutes long.

All cruises occur aboard R/V Spirit of the Sound, a 64-foot catamaran that is the country’s first research vessel with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. Cruises depart from the dock at North Water and Washington streets, a short walk from the Aquarium’s main entrance. (Use 4 North Water St. on your GPS for the boat dock parking lot.)

Participants must be at least 42 inches tall. Guests under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The boat has a climate-controlled cabin but participants should dress for weather out on deck. Under COVID protocols, masks must be worn by all onboard.

Capacity is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Get prices and more details, and reserve your tickets, at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Dave Sigworth) Events Tue, 04 May 2021 08:16:28 -0400
Maritime Garage Gallery’s Bloom Virtual Exhibit Celebrates Re-emergence https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3402-maritime-garage-gallery-s-bloom-virtual-exhibit-celebrates-re-emergence3402-maritime-garage-gallery-s-bloom-virtual-exhibit-celebrates-re-emergence https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/3402-maritime-garage-gallery-s-bloom-virtual-exhibit-celebrates-re-emergence3402-maritime-garage-gallery-s-bloom-virtual-exhibit-celebrates-re-emergence

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery latest exhibit is “Bloom”.  The exhibit is being held virtually on the Gallery’s social media, the fourth held online since last year. “Bloom” features art that incorporates energy and compelling visuals symbolizing the earth returning to life in the spring, as well as our own lives getting back to normal as we move out of the pandemic.

Artists and the public are encouraged to participate via the Gallery’s social media. The exhibit runs from April 27 - June 21, 2021. At the end of the show, nine Best in Show “Curator Pics” will be selected. Exhibit curator is local artist Robert Abriola.  

The Maritime Garage Gallery is looking for artwork that has movement, and embodies energy to align with the re-emergence of life in 2021, both in organic life and in the experience of humanity as we come out of the pandemic. Artwork may encompass all styles and mediums of art. All accepted pieces will be displayed throughout the months of April through June on the Maritime Garage Gallery’s social media (Facebook and Instagram). 

All submission requirements can be found at the  Maritime Garage Gallery’s Call for Artists page. 

The public is invited to view the art at the following social media:

Maritime Garage Gallery Facebook

Maritime Garage Gallery Instagram

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 physical gallery is located at 11 North Water Street in the SoNo district of Norwalk and  is not yet open to the public. For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit www.norwalkpark.org/public-art.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Carolyn Ripp) Places Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:14:11 -0400