Sono's HamletHub Sun, 15 Sep 2019 06:41:27 -0400 The Michael Bolton Charities Celebrates 25 Years of Dreams Realized on October 12 at the Stamford Marriott

On Saturday, October 12, The Michael Bolton Charities ( will present “Chords of Hope” to celebrate 25 years of dreams realized. This year’s event will honor Igor Tulchinsky, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of WorldQuant.     
The evening will feature a special performance by Michael Bolton and his band. A cocktail reception and silent auction will kick off the event at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner, awards ceremony, performances, and dancing – all starting at 7:30 p.m. this year's event chairs are Jen Danzi and Alan Oyugi. 
The presenting sponsor is the Centene Charitable Foundation Additional sponsors are BMI, Cozy Mattress®(Gold); Tom and Pamela Anderson, Connecticut Distributors, Inc., Endicott College, Donna & Tommy Febbraio, Giovanna Miller, Justina Pray and Joseph Lockridge (Bronze); Dawn Knief-Compass Real Estate and Tito's Handmade Vodka (Benefit). The special event is returning to its roots in Connecticut after holding fundraisers on the West Coast and Hamptons for the past 8 years.
"There are so many of us who are truly fortunate in so many ways," said Bolton. He continued, "And there are many of us who believe that giving something back and helping people less fortunate than ourselves is simply the right thing to do.  I was a New Haven city kid. It took me 20 years to catch my break. The Michael Bolton Charities serves as an instrument of compassion to give those less fortunate – those children and women who deserve a chance for a better life. We support organizations that emphasize teaching children and women a way to escape, on their own, the patterns and consequences of abuse, poverty, and ignorance.  We reach out to support groups whose programs provide a path to a safe future. For over two decades, dedicated donors, volunteers, and professionals have changed lives and saved lives.  The needs across our communities remain, and we remain committed – with your help – to go the distance. I am most proud of our 25th-anniversary celebration and hope you will join us. Thanks to you, our work will continue!”
For more information, sponsorship opportunities and to purchase Chords of Hope event tickets please visit The Michael Bolton Charities online
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Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: Canaan Technology

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 Canaan Technology!

Four questions with David Felton founder of Canaan Technology.

Why did you start your business?

I started Canaan Technology in 2001 with several guiding principles that are still core to our business today: provide clients with an exceptional experience, offer products with a proven track record,  hire smart people with a passion for technology, and organically grow through referrals and partnerships. We take the time to understand the role of Technology in our client’s environment and then customize a solution that fits their technical needs and budget.  Our clients include Small and Medium Size Businesses, Healthcare, Non-profits, K-12 Education, Retail, and Municipalities. 

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

I wish I could always be successful in conveying to prospective and current clients our unwavering commitment to creating a long term relationship based on trust and integrity.  This is what sets us apart from our competitors -  we believe if we are invested in our client’s success, our client’s will be invested in ours.

Bestselling product/service?

Proactive Cybersecurity, Preventative Maintenance, and Network Monitoring is our bestselling service.  This bundle improves our client’s Cyber-defenses,  provides compliance with regulations such as HIPAA, ePHI, PCI and SOX, and includes tools that enable us to anticipate and prevent problems before they occur.

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

We try to support local businesses as often as possible whether it is selling Datto Backup and Disaster Recovery services, purchasing materials from MRI, using McIntyre Group for staffing, or buying bagels and bialys from Uncle Leo’s for our bi-weekly company meetings. 

Canaan Technology is located at 30 Belden Avenue in Norwalk. Visit them online here.

Canaan Technology tags Travis Worrell of Westport Auction!

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

]]> (HH) Places Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:40:04 -0400
Norwalk Fire, Police and Public Works, Health and EMS Sponsor Annual Open House and Touch-a-Truck

The Norwalk Fire, Police and Public Works Departments along with Norwalk Hospital EMS and Norwalk Health Dept invite the community to a free Open House and Touch- a- Truck on Saturday, October 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Public Works Center and NFD Training tower on South Smith Street.

All the Departments will feature hands-on activities, give-aways and demonstrations for all ages. Children and adults will learn how the City departments prepare and respond to all types of events to keep residents safe and can explore different fire, police and public works vehicles.

In support of the Open Door Food Pantry in South Norwalk, all visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items; especially peanut butter, jelly, tuna, macaroni & cheese, pasta sauce, soup and kid-friendly snacks. Last year, approximately 800 pounds of food was collected. 

Light refreshments will be provided, the event will be held rain or shine. For questions, please contact Norwalk Customer Service at 203-854-3200.

]]> (Michele DeLuca) Events Thu, 12 Sep 2019 05:26:49 -0400
Maritime Aquarium Seeks New Volunteers

Pursue your interest in marine animals – and share your knowledge and enthusiasm with others – by becoming a member of the volunteer staff at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Interviews for potential volunteers will be held on Tues., Sept. 17 and Thurs., Sept. 19, on both days at 5:30 p.m. (You need attend only one.)

“Volunteering here is fun and personally rewarding, and it’s also vital to fulfilling The Maritime Aquarium’s mission of educating and inspiring guests about Long Island Sound,” said Lisa Slinsky, assistant director of Volunteers and Community Service. “If you’re retired, the Aquarium offers a great way to stay active and connected. A weekday-morning shift could be perfect for stay-at-home parents after they get their kids off to school. And serving as a weekend volunteer is a great experience for high-school students thinking about a career in marine biology.”

Prior knowledge about marine animals isn't necessary to be a Maritime Aquarium volunteer. That's what will be taught in a five-week training course, which will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Tues., Oct. 1 to Tues., Oct. 29.

You must be at least 15 years old to sign up.

Adults are especially needed for weekday time slots.

Most volunteers serve as Gallery Ambassadors, helping visitors learn more about the represented animals of Long Island Sound, from crabs and sea stars to seals and sharks. There are also needs for behind-the-scenes office and special-event volunteers.

The minimum time commitment required from volunteers is 100 hours, at four hours per week for weekday volunteers and four hours per month for weekend staff. Letters of recommendation and other service-award forms will be signed by our staff at the completion of 100 hours of service.

A $40 fee covers the costs of training materials and uniforms. Volunteers receive discounts in the Gift Shop, Cascade Café and on many programs.

Advance registration is required for the interview sessions and volunteer training course.

For more details and to sign up, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2225, or go online to

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Neighbors Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:24:06 -0400
TownVibe and Maritime Host Adult Only Savor Lobster on September 22

Sample delicious bites of lobster and other sustainably sourced seafoods on Sun., Sept. 22 as TownVibe publications and The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk host a debut adults-only event called Savor Lobster.

This special foodies event, from 3 to 6 p.m. in The Maritime Aquarium, also will feature samplings of wines and beers from area retailers and breweries, as well as a celebrity-judged “best bite” contest. Chef Matt Storch, winner of Food Network’s “Chopped” and owner of Match Burger Lobster in Westport, Match in South Norwalk and Nom Eez in Bridgeport, will be judging the contest along with blogger and food critic Andrew Dominick of popular site “Food Dudes,” and CT Bites contributor Kristin Wolfe. 

TownVibe, publisher of six award-winning magazines, is organizing Savor Lobster.

“The Maritime Aquarium is the premier destination in the region, providing entertainment, educational programs, and fostering sustainability in the sea,” says TownVibe publisher Geoffrey Morris. “We are excited to celebrate this event there.”

Guests of Savor Lobster may devour tasty bites of lobster prepared by the area’s best purveyors; sip craft cocktails by local favorite SoNo 1420 as well as wine and beer from local distilleries, breweries and suppliers; and sway to tunes curated by Star 99.9's onsite DJs — all while exploring The Maritime Aquarium’s marine-animal galleries.

Participating food brands include LobsterCraft of Fairfield, Lobster Hut Hamden, The Lobster Shack (Rizzuto’s) of Westport, The Meatball Shop of Westport, Pearl at Longshore of Westport, Tarry Lodge of Westport, D. Myles Chef & Catering, and EP Experience Catering. Poppy’s Cheesecake of Bridgeport and CT Biscotti will be among the retailers serving up sweets. 

Tickets for Savor Lobster are $40 and include the lobster bites, drink samples, sweets and Aquarium galleries. Full-size food portions and drinks will be available for purchase. 

Please note that The Maritime Aquarium will close to the public at noon on Sept. 22. 

For tickets and more information, visit

Photo Credit: LobsterCraft 

]]> (Amanda Duff) Events Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:45:34 -0400
American Cancer Society Announces Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Fairfield County

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will occur on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CT uniting communities throughout Fairfield County to honor those touched by the disease and raise awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. The noncompetitive, inspirational event raises awareness and funds to end breast cancer and provide hope to ensure no one faces breast cancer alone.  The Fairfield County event is expected to have more than 7,000 walkers supporting the Society’s breast cancer programs and services. 


Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society fund innovative breast cancer research; provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk; and offer comprehensive patient support to those who need it most. In 2018, ACS staff helped guide more than 34,000 cancer patients through every step of their journey as they moved through the health care system, including helping with insurance problems, referring them to ACS and other local services, assisting caregivers and addressing obstacles to care, according to Katie DiVenuto of the American Cancer Society, Norwalk, CT. “Because of the determination of Making Strides supporters, the American Cancer Society is there for people in every community affected by breast cancer, whether they’re currently dealing with a diagnosis, may face one in the future, or will avoid it altogether because of education and risk reduction,” she said. 


Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society fund innovative breast cancer research; provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk; and offer comprehensive patient support to those who need it most. This year, 3490 women in CT will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 430 residents will succumb to the disease.


“At our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks the communities embrace a bittersweet mix of purpose – celebrating survivorship and paying meaningful tributes to loved ones lost. From research to education, prevention to diagnosis and treatment to recovery, we provide support to everyone impacted by breast cancer,” said Patti Mack, Communications Director, American Cancer Society.


To learn more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and how you can become involved, To contact via email or call (203) 563-1513.


To learn more about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement nationwide and how you can become involved, visit

]]> (Patti Lestrange Mack) Charities Mon, 09 Sep 2019 16:00:21 -0400
Second Annual Smart Walk for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Takes Off at Sherwood Island State Park

After its successful inaugural event last year, Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, the Norwalk-based nonprofit, will hold its Second Annual Smart Walk on Sunday, September 22, 2019, 12 to 3 p.m., at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

A dedicated community of families, friends and professionals will gather again to celebrate the strengths of children with learning disabilities and ADHD, empower parents and combat the stigma long associated with these issues. The event will raise funds for critical educational programs, youth mentoring, parent networking, online resources and much more to help families find the support their children need to be successful in school and in life.

Individuals, families, and teams are welcome to walk the approximate 2-mile scenic route at their own pace. The fun-filled event will include games and activities for children and a performance by the Weston High School Chorale. There will be free snacks and food for purchase and an ice-cream truck offering one free ice cream to children 17 and under who have registered with their families and completed the Walk. Registration is available on-site or in advance at Entry fees are $15 per adult, $10 for children ages 7 through 17 and free for children 6 and under. The Walk will be held rain or shine, and parking is free.

Robert Tudisco, a nationally known disability rights attorney with Barger & Gaines, author, and motivational speaker, will serve as M.C. An adult diagnosed with ADHD, Tudisco is a former member of the National Board of Directors of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD). Tori Ingulli, a junior at the Wooster School in Danbury, will share her story about how she gained the courage to become a self-advocate.  

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities relies on parent volunteers to whom the organization has provided life-changing support to help produce educational programs and events in many Connecticut communities. The Smart Walk co-chairs this year are Westport residents Julie McMahon, who has assisted with Smart Kids’ annual conference and lecture series, and Laura Snow, a Westport Chapter leader and the coordinator of Countdown to Kindergarten, a new program that provides training for children's librarians and hosts a series of lessons in pre-literacy skills for parents and children ages 3 to 5. Programs were delivered in Norwalk, Bridgeport and Westport this year.

“Smart Kids' programs are incredibly empowering,” said Kathy Brady of Greenwich. “I learned that I had to aggressively deal with my son's dyslexia, and I had to take charge. What I value most is Smart Kids’ advocacy, knowing what to ask for -  and especially, knowing you're not alone." Smart Kids’ youth programs help youngsters feel good about themselves.  Nick Contino­­ of Bozrah, who attended a youth panel, said: "It feels amazing when someone gets how you feel and understands how I am. Thank you for dedicating time to understand." 

The most recent data from 2017 – 2018 (Connecticut State Department of Education) shows 28,069, 5.5 percent of children in Connecticut diagnosed with specific learning disabilities and over 16,000, 3.2 percent diagnosed with other health-related impairments, including ADHD. Nationally, 6.1 million youngsters were diagnosed with ADHD according to the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health.   Reports have also shown that developmental dyslexia affects 10 to 12 percent of children nationwide. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), 18 percent of students with learning disabilities are likely to drop out of high school, three times the rate of their peers.

 About Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities

Founded in 2000 by Norwalk resident Jane Ross, executive director, Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities has since grown to include chapters in Stamford/Greenwich, Westport/Wilton, Northern Fairfield County, and Hartford. Its mission is to educate, guide, and inspire parents of children with learning disabilities and ADHD. SKLD helps parents realize their children’s significant gifts and talents, and shows that with their love, guidance, and the right support, their children can live happy and productive lives. The organization provides an award-winning website and blog, free e-newsletter, and educational programs and support so parents can be effective advocates for their children. For more information, visit

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is grateful for the support of its Walk gold sponsors: Fusion Academy of Fairfield, Fusion Academy of Greenwich and The Canell Group at J. P. Morgan Securities;  silver sponsor: Winston Preparatory School; bronze sponsors: The Southport School, The Southfield Center for Development & Sensory Kids and Westport Family Dental;  and media sponsors: News 12 CT, WEBE 108, WSHU Public Radio and Macaroni Kid.

]]> (Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities) Charities Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:53:29 -0400
Keep America Beautiful and The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk Join Forces to Conduct ‘Plogging’ Event on Sept. 15

Join Stamford-based Keep America Beautiful®, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and Keep Norwalk Beautiful on Sun., Sept. 15 for Connecticut’s inaugural 5k plogging event, the Keep America BeautifulTrash Dash.

The three organizations are partnering in advance of World Cleanup Day and the International Coastal Cleanup (both on Sept. 21) to prevent litter from entering Long Island Sound by conducting Connecticut’s first major “plog” through the streets of Norwalk.

Plogging, a combination of jogging and picking up litter, started as an organized activity in Sweden around 2016 because of growing concerns about litter and marine debris and has since spread to other countries. Keep America Beautiful – the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization – and its more than 600 community-based affiliates are leading this trend in the United States by conducting plogs to make their communities cleaner, safer, healthier and more beautiful.

“Every piece of litter that participants pick up during the Trash Dash reduces the amount of litter that potentially could enter Long Island Sound and helps us transform Norwalk’s public spaces into beautiful places,” said Keep America Beautiful President & CEO Helen Lowman.

Plog check-in on Sept. 15 will be from 7 to 8 a.m. in Newman’s Own Hall of The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St. The Trash Dash begins at 8 a.m.

Each plogger will receive a plastic garbage bag, gloves and a litter picker to pick up the trash, as well as an official race t-shirt and numbered bib. At a stop along the route, ploggers can empty their filled garbage bags. At the end of the 5K, each plogger’s trash and recyclables will be weighed, separated and sorted for proper processing.

Unlike most 5ks, where awards are given for the best times, the Trash Dash offers different kinds of awards, such as most trash collected, top fundraiser and more. 

“This fun plogging event benefits both the health of the Sound and the health of the ploggers,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “Whether you walk or run the 5K, whether you fill one trash bag or 10, you and the environment both come out winners.”

Ploggers are invited to register now as individuals or to form Trash Dash teams to help raise funds for Keep America Beautiful. Individual adult registration is $30. Kids age 14 and under can participate for free but are still encouraged to pre-register.

Following the Trash Dash, participants will receive discounted admission on Sept. 15 into The Maritime Aquarium.

Register and learn more at

The Keep America Beautiful Trash Dash is sponsored by Dart Container Corporation and Sazerac Company.

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Charities Mon, 09 Sep 2019 05:22:00 -0400
The Westport Farmers’ Market Fork It Over!

The Westport Farmers’ Market Fork it Over Party – think in the Parking Lot is back! The event will be held at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens Thursday evening, September 26th from 6 to 9 pm and is the largest WFM fundraiser and tribute to supporters. Adults from all over Fairfield County and beyond will gather in a magical scene among the greenery of the nursery with music, café lighting, a silent auction to dream about and the almost-unbearable aroma of local food to celebrate WFM programming, the Westport community, and the bounty of the season. This year will also feature the final round of the Chef at the Market Competition, where two finalists will compete for the Champion title.

The Party in the Parking Lot! Is the largest fundraiser in support of the Westport Farmers’ Market, a 501c3 organization that reaches over 30,000 consumers/eaters per year throughout Fairfield County.

“WFM operates numerous educational and influential programs that impact the lives of chefs, farmers, adults, and children in the Westport and surrounding communities,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of Westport Farmers’ Market. “We couldn’t do any of it without the support of generous donors and supporters. This is going to be a beautiful and super fun evening! Not your average fundraiser!”


Anyone who attended the first party knows this is a one-of-a-kind event and this year promises no less. Signature dishes and drinks will be served cocktail-party style by:

Jessica Bengston of Terrain Garden Café

Jay Leblanc of Knot Norms


Bill Taibe of Jesup Hall, Kawi Ni, and The Whelk

Jeff Taibe of Taproot & Holbrook Farm

Christian Petroni of Fortina

Olive + Julep

Tuck Gin

Nod Hill Brewery

Tickets for the event are $85 per person and may be purchased here


The Westport Farmers Market is committed to providing fresh, local, healthy and seasonal food. We aspire to create a fun, safe and healthy community environment for education and socialization. Our mission is to increase awareness, knowledge and support for local producers focused on sustainable and healthy growing practices.


The Westport Farmers’ Market receives philanthropic support from: Aitoro, Boxcar Cantina; Cohen and Wolf; Club Pilates Westport; CTBites; Doc’s Maple; Earth Animal; Eileen Fisher; Farah’s Farm; Fleishers; Fresh Direct; Gault; Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center; Jesup Hall; Neat Capital; Newman’s Own Foundation; Saugatuck Rowing Club; Sugar & Olives; Westport Sunrise Rotary; Terrain ; Wave Hill Breads; and Wells Hill Farm.


For more information, visit, or email Find WFM on FBInstagram, and Twitter, too.

]]> (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Events Thu, 05 Sep 2019 16:19:33 -0400
Flea Market at Lockwood Mathews, Sept. 15

Norwalk, CT - If you are on the hunt for a treasure this fall and not sure where to begin your search, the Lockwood Mathews Mansion in Norwalk’s Mathews Park is making your quest much easier! On Sunday, September 15, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will hold its 12th annual Old-fashioned Flea Market. This event attracts people from Connecticut and beyond and has a wide variety of dealers from New England and New York displaying their antiques, crafts, special edibles, and other treasures. Everyone is bound to find something to make his or her day!
This popular annual event offers flea market enthusiasts some of the best deals in Connecticut and an opportunity to hunt, bargain, and buy at more than 70 booths selling antiques, repurposed furniture, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, household items, clothing, toys, and specialty farm-to-table items. 
An added highlight for flea market sleuths is the White Elephant table managed by the Lockwood Mathews Mansion featuring items generously donated by supporters and offered to the public for as little as $1! And, if you have never seen the museum, this is a good time to check it out on one of the special $5 mini tours being offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum Shop will also be open for business and will feature new merchandise and a broad selection of gift ideas including fabric totes, monogrammed dishtowels, designer jewelry, elegant scarves, books, and other museum-centered accessories.
If you work up an appetite from treasure hunting, no worries, trendy food trucks on the scene include Cousins Maine Lobster, recently featured on Shark Tank; The Chamo, serving outstanding Venezuelan beach cuisine; and Lucky Dog Food Truck featuring specialty hot dogs. Another and unexpected bonus of this event is a classic and antique car show featuring the Connecticut Seaport Car Club that is sure to entertain shoppers of all ages. 
All proceeds will benefit the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. The Museum has donated several booths to area nonprofits that will share their message and mission with attendees.
About the Lockwood Mathews Mansion
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs please visit, e-mail, or call 203-838-9799.
]]> (Janet Serra) Events Thu, 05 Sep 2019 09:26:56 -0400
September is National Preparedness Month

The City of Norwalk asks residents to take action now to prepare for emergencies and natural disasters

 September is National Preparedness Month, and the City of Norwalk encourages everyone to learn how to prepare for emergencies by being ready, involved and informed. The purpose of National Preparedness Month, designated annually by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following 9/11, is to raise public awareness about the importance of being prepared for disasters of any kind. The goal of the initiative is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions.

The focus for the first week of National Preparedness Month is: Save Early for Disaster costs. A few steps residents can take this week include:

  • Snap photos of important documents and personal belongings to help you quickly file an insurance claim after a flood.
  • According to the Federal Reserve, 40% of Americans don't have $400 in savings.  What will you do if there is a disaster!  Learn tips to become more financially prepared: This page has information and resources including the Emergency Financial First Aid kit.
  • Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies, since ATMs and credit card readers won’t always be available. Cash can help pay for immediate expenses like lodging, food and gas. 
  • Set aside a small amount from each paycheck to go into your savings account. 
  • Do an insurance review. Make sure your policies are current and you have updated contact information (including emergency contact numbers) for your agency. If you are a renter, consider Renter’s insurance to cover your contents. 
  • Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance does not cover flood damage. It can take 30 days for most flood insurance policies to go into effect. Don’t wait until it’s too late! For more information visit:


Additional resources to help residents and business owners prepare can be found at

]]> (Michele DeLuca) Public safety Wed, 04 Sep 2019 04:30:23 -0400
Norwalk Oyster Fest Set for Sept. 6-8

Norwalk, CT - Three days of fun, food, entertainment on multiple stages, plus special events for families and friends, from nine to ninety marks just some of the activities to be found at the 2019 Norwalk Oyster Festival hosted by the Seaport Association on Friday, September 6, Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, 2019, at the 35-acre Veterans Memorial Park in Norwalk “Our 42nd annual festival is packed with value-added extras especially when you consider that all the entertainment including the headliners Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, and Brian Howe, former lead singer of Bad Company is included in the ticket price,” said Mike Reilly, President of the Seaport Association. “Our mission has always been to preserve and share our maritime heritage, to help with the environment of Long Island Sound, and to have children experience our 151-year-old Lighthouse and Light Keepers Cottage. The funds raised from the Norwalk Oyster Festival helps us accomplish our mission,” adds Reilly. For tickets click here
The Music
The 2019 Norwalk Oyster Festival has live music from dozens of bands on multiple stages throughout the weekend and features a variety of crowd- pleasing entertainment. “The Oyster Festival is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer. All the music and entertainment is free with the price of the ticket making it economical for the entire family,” says Mike Reilly, President of the Norwalk Oyster Festival.
On Friday night, Sept. 6, get ready to rock at 8:30 p.m. to the celebrated the rock legacy of Santana with Sacred Fire. This amazingly talented six-piece Latin Rock Band is a legendary musical force considered by many to be one of the hottest, hippest live shows around. 
On Saturday afternoon, September 7 the afternoon begins with Ripchord, the Official Band of the Connecticut National Guard that will play a variety of music from classical and jazz to rock and patriotic tunes. Saturday night starts to heat up when Alex Shillo takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. with his eclectic brand of rock and country music. Saturday night’s headliner is Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot who has taken a night off from touring with Billy Joel to perform at the Norwalk Oyster Festival. This tribute band to the music of Billy Joel with some original music thrown in packs hit after chart-topping hit in an amazingly high-energy show that leaves audiences wanting more.
Get ready to swing into Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. with the Commanders that will perform music from the Big Band Era and beyond on the Main Stage. It is 5’oclock somewhere and at 2 p.m. Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band plugin on the Main Stage. So, put on your best “Parrothead” gear, grab some food and drinks from one of the nearby vendors and get ready to sing and dance along to some of the best of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band and other tropical classics 
This year the Oyster Festival has a grand finale that begins at 5 p.m. when Brian Howe, former Lead Singer of Bad Company from 1986-1994, closes out the 42nd Norwalk Oyster Festival with style, exuberance, and a blast from the past of some of our favorite songs ever. Howe has one of rock’s most legendary voices; and as he croons hit after hit he will have you dancing as the sun goes down. Today Howe is performing many popular songs by Bad Company like  “Feel Like Makin Love,” “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad,” “Can’t Get Enough,” and other hits. This is a performance worth waiting for and, the ideal way to end three days of music, fun, and food.
For the Whole Family – Seaport Circus Spectacular
This year the whole family will enjoy the Seaport Circus Spectacular that will include national acts from Circus Circus in Las Vegas, and star performers from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus and others. 
This magical show includes several amazing acts like the death-defying performance created by the Dominguez Family. They have been amazing audiences around the world with riders challenging the Globe of Death, a giant metal cage, as well as their uncanny skill in navigating the inverted high wire. This energetic act is perfect for all ages because it always delivers the “wow” factor. 
Hurling, whirling, twirling hula hoops combined with the amazing acrobatic performance of Nicole Taylor Weiss that defies the eye is another act in the Seaport Circus. Nicole grew up traveling the world with her circus parents learning the business of entertainment from a very young age. Nicole’s Hula Hoop show is high-energy fun at its best. She has been performing for Circus, Circus, Vargas and Cirque Musica, and with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
An all- around family favorite, the Hog Diggity Dog Review is also part of the Seaport’s Circus. A second-generation circus performer, Hans Klose works with 20 dogs and four pigs. The performing pigs, Roscoe weighing 750 pounds, and Shelton weighing around 700 pounds were part of Klose's act when he worked for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Klose travels throughout the country with his animals in a specially made RV that keeps them totally pampered. Hans care and love for his animals is apparent in his laugh out loud routine that will charm audiences young and old. 
Games, rides, and many fun activities can be found at Kids Cove. There is face painting, and pint sized carnival games, plus cotton candy, popcorn, and candied apples. The Norwalk Oyster Festival is so family-friendly. There is a special wristband offer on Saturday and Sunday that entitles kids 12 and under unlimited rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $25. Sunday is Family Day when kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult; there are also special kids meals and the $25 wristband for unlimited rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
If you have always wanted a birds-eye view of the city, the fairgrounds and Norwalk’s beautiful coastline, climb onboard the 65 foot Gondola Ferris wheel to be treated to a unique and memorable ride you can write home about. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy. And, don’t forget your camera.
If you like to shop, head to the Arts and Crafts area where there’re more than 100 fine artists and crafters that display whimsical as well as practical items that appeal to all tastes, budgets, and ages. Jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculpture, clothing, home décor, and wearable art are just some of the treasures to be found here.
For the Foodies 
A favorite at any festival is the food, and the Norwalk Oyster Festival never disappoints. After exploring the fairgrounds head to the International Food Court that dishes up everything from Mexican, Columbian, and Italian to funnel cakes, cotton candy, and, of course, oysters fresh off the boat, authentic New England lobster dinners and fresh lobster rolls.  This culinary fare is prepared by dozens of local nonprofit organizations allowing them to raise funds for their charitable causes. At the Seaport Tent, learn about Norwalk’s oystering history and browse specialty items on sale celebrating the Sheffield Island Lighthouse. And, if you have worked up a thirst, no worries head to the craft beer tent that offers more than forty beers.
The event is held at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk, CT. Admission for adults is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and Sunday. Senior tickets are $10 all days. Children 5-12 year’s old are $5. Children under 5 and U.S. military personnel on active duty are freeTickets can be purchased online at  
Festival Hours: Friday, Sept. 6, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, September 7, from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., and Sunday, September 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  
For those that want to take the train, Metro North is offering a discount package with free shuttle service from the train station to the Oyster Festival. 
Free parking and shuttle service available from Calf Pasture Beach and Norwalk City Hall. Ample parking right over the bridge in the Maritime Parking Garage and other lots. 
About the Norwalk Seaport Association
The Norwalk Seaport Association was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education and public awareness of Norwalk’s maritime environment and heritage. The Seaport Association and its volunteers are solely responsible for organizing and financing the Oyster Festival. In addition to the Oyster Festival, the Norwalk Seaport Association owns Sheffield Lighthouse and its volunteers maintain the lighthouse and grounds as a museum and nature preserve. For more information, visit or call (203) 838-9444. 
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Norwalk Oyster Fest Ribbon Cutting: Sept. 4, 1:30pm

Norwalk, CT - First County Bank is proud to announce its continued sponsorship of the 2019 Norwalk Oyster Festival. The public is invited to join Robert Granata, Chairman and CEO of First County Bank, Willard Miley, President and COO of First County Bank, Mike Reilly, President of the Seaport Association, Mayor Harry Rilling, Senator Bob Duff, Representative Gail Lavielle, and Representative Lucy Dathan, at a historic ribbon cutting ceremony to usher in the 242nd Norwalk Oyster Festival, which is scheduled to take place this year on September 6, 7, and 8.
Ribbon Cutting for the 42nd Annual Norwalk Oyster Festival
Date: September 4, 2019
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Veterans Park, 42 Seaview Ave., Norwalk, CT
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Norwalk Film Festival Premieres Sept. 28

The first official Norwalk Film Festival (NFF) on Saturday, September 28, 2019, will provide a full day of screenings with entertaining and inspiring feature films, documentaries, and shorts attracting diverse audiences of all ages. When possible, screenings will be followed by a Q&A or workshop led by a filmmaker, community leader, and/or nonprofit group that relates to the theme of the film. Festival activities will be hosted by venues located in different Norwalk neighborhoods. All NFF activities are open to the public and most will be free.

The Festival was founded by a grassroots group of filmmakers, community cultural leaders, and movie lovers living and working in Norwalk. The theme, “Unity through Diversity through Film,” was chosen to celebrate and acknowledge the many walks of life, ethnicities, and backgrounds of Norwalk residents by providing a window into their lives and the issues they face. The goal of the volunteer-based NFF committee is to bring local communities together and stimulate conversations generated by the films. Film categories include Women in Film, LGBTQ, Immigrants, and other underrepresented groups. A special section will spotlight Student Filmmakers.

In the City of Norwalk’s endorsement announcement, Mayor Harry Rilling, said, “The Norwalk Film Festival, with its recognition of our city as a unique, multicultural community, is a welcome addition to our vibrant arts scene.”

The NFF also has the support of The Connecticut Office of Film, Television & Digital Media. George Norfleet, the Director, says, “We are enthusiastic about the Norwalk Film Festival’s inaugural year launch and very much look forward to tracking its success and progress in the years to come.”

Festival venues include Bow Tie Cinemas (Ultimate Regent 8), The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk Community College (PepsiCo Theatre and GenRe Forum), Norwalk Public Library, The Palace/Minds Theatre, and Troupe429 Bar. Film titles, schedules, ticket information, and the recipient of a Special Achievement Award will be announced soon on the festival website: To volunteer, email 

For the inaugural Norwalk Film Festival, films that reflect the Festival’s mission are being scouted and curated by the NFF committee. There is no filmmaker submission process this first year, except for Fairfield County Filmmakers, who are invited to submit their films to by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 25. All filmmakers whose films are screened at the 2019 NFF will receive a certificate recognizing their work. The not-for-profit Norwalk Arts Society is serving as the Norwalk Film Festival’s fiscal agent and will accept donations and sponsorships on behalf of the Festival. All donations are tax-deductible.
For donation and sponsorship information, email 

Official Festival partners include the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, Norwalk Arts Commission, @203Local Instagram, and Norwalk Now.

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CT United Ride Set for Sun. Sept. 8

Norwalk, CT - CT’s largest 9/11 tribute, the largest single ride in New England, and the largest fundraiser for both Fire and Law Enforcement in the State of CT will be held Sunday, Sept. 8.

“For those that lost their lives, for those that gave their lives, and for those that continue to put their lives on the line each day – that’s why we ride,” says Fred Garrity, Jr., Exec Director.

Joining the tribute ceremony in Norwalk will be Governor Lamont, US Senators, US Congressmen, numerous State Officials, Police Captain Anthony Duff New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, Police Chief Reyes, Police Union President Florencio Cotto, several local mayors, and Gold Star Parents Pat Parry and Wilfredo and Vicki Perez.

For the nineteenth time, thousands of riders from up and down the Northeast will be in Norwalk for the CT United Ride. Firefighters, law enforcement and supporters from Maine to Virginia come to ride, though the bulk of the motorcyclists come from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Long Island, and New Jersey.

Participants: Attendance is expected to reach 3,000 - 5,000, as well as 15,000 spectators lined up along the 10 town 60 mile motorcade route thru Fairfield County, all displaying and waving American Flags and cheering on the riders. That is in addition to over 100 Fire Trucks out along the route, 24 Aerial Fire Trucks holding 50’ American Flags in an arch over the roadway will be displayed in each of the 10 towns (residents should check with their local Fire departments.)  

How to participate:

Motorcyclists’ can register two ways ($30 per rider and $30 per passenger)

Preferred method is to Pre –register Saturday 9/7/19 the day before the ride at Captains Cove Seaport in Bpt from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm


Register on Ride Day 9/8/19: for Riders to line up at 8:30 am Norden Industrial Park, 10 Norden Place in Norwalk  


The Opening Ceremony 9/11 Tribute begins at 10:30 AM sharp on Sun Sep 8, 2019, featuring the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, CT State Firefighters Pipe and Drum Corp, a Moment of Silence where the Norwalk Fire rings their Bell 11 times beneath two Fire Ladder Trucks holding a 50 foot American Flag. 

SAFETY:  The Public should know this is a closed route during the motorcade as it passes.

Residents should know that all 10 towns and the CT DOT have granted a State permit for the motorcycles with up to 100 police escorts to ride 60 miles in one continuous line through 10 Fairfield County cities and towns, with no lights and no stops. Motorists are required to wait for the entire motorcade, until that last emergency vehicle passes.  Motorcyclists are not allowed to join in as the motorcade passes. Escort Police will be strictly enforcing this.

Motorcycle police from over a dozen CT towns and cities will ensure the safety of the ride. With local town and escort police – in total there are over 25 municipal fire companies, and 35 police departments involved. 

PLEASE ENCOURAGE people to line the route to pay tribute to the sacrifice of our fallen and serving Heroes

NEW RULES FOR RIDERS: Please visit the website at  and on Facebook at “The CT United Ride”

Event is RAIN or SHINE

CONTACT: Questions, or advance interviews, contact Exec Director Fred Garrity Jr. at 203-257-2176 or via email at  For convenience our website is and we are on Facebook at “The CT United Ride”

ROUTE: Norwalk, Westport, Wilton. (Georgetown), Redding, Bethel, Newtown, Monroe, Trumbull, Fairfield, Bridgeport 


Motorcade Starts 11:30 am sharp from 10 Norden Place Norwalk , down Rte 136 Norwalk, to Rte 33 through Westport, to Wilton Rte 7, to Rte 107 Georgetown, to Rte 58N Redding, to Rte 302 Bethel, to Newtown Rte 25 through Monroe, to Main Street Trumbull, to Old Town Rd, to Park Ave in Fairfield continuing on Park Ave through Bridgeport down to Seaside Park on the Water with Bpt Fire Rescue 5 and Battalion Chief leading the Park Ave Motorcade.  Arrive in Seaside Park Bridgeport at approx 1:15 pm. 

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