Sono's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/sono Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:47:06 -0400 HamletHub.com Local Eateries & Distilleries Join Forces for Maritime With A Twist https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2740-local-eateries-distilleries-join-forces-for-maritime-with-a-twist2740-local-eateries-distilleries-join-forces-for-maritime-with-a-twist https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2740-local-eateries-distilleries-join-forces-for-maritime-with-a-twist2740-local-eateries-distilleries-join-forces-for-maritime-with-a-twist

 

Celebrate the summer solstice with sips and samples and sharks and seals during the “Maritime with a Twist” adults-only evening event on Thurs., June 21 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Open to anyone age 21 and over, “Maritime with a Twist” features tastes from nearby restaurants in the South Norwalk (or SoNo) neighborhood, as well as refreshments by artisanal distillers and distributors. Sample them all while enjoying the entire Aquarium for one price.

Participating restaurants and retailers include: Bandido Mexican Restaurant, The Blind Rhino, Burger Bar & Bistro, The Cask Republic, Evarito’s Mexican Bar & Kitchen, Harlan Publick, Killer B Burger, Knot Norm’s, La Dolce Italian Ice & Café, Local Kitchen & Beer Bar, Our House SoNo, and Public Wine Bar, as well as Maikana Foods.

Pouring the tastings will be Naked Turtle White Rum and Total Wine & More, both of Norwalk; Asylum Distillery of Bridgeport; Eder Brothers of West Haven; and Glenlivet Scotch.

Lasting from 6 to 9 p.m., “Maritime with a Twist” offers a fun celebration of summer in a unique setting among seals, sharks, sea turtles, jellies and more. Weather permitting, the event will spill out onto the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard.

The Westport-based cover band Sinergy will provide live music.   

Media sponsor is CT Bites, and community sponsor is Building and Land Technology of Stamford.

Tickets for the June 21 “Maritime with a Twist” are $50 ($45 for Aquarium members) with proceeds supporting The Maritime Aquarium. There’s no extra cost for food and drink after your ticketed admission. 

Get tickets at the door or in advance online at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Dave Sigworth) Events Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:56:50 -0400
Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department Announces No Smoking Area During Summer Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/2737-norwalk-recreation-and-parks-department-announces-no-smoking-area-during-summer-concert-series-at-calf-pasture-beach2737-norwalk-recreation-and-parks-department-announces-no-smoking-area-during-summer-concert-series-at-calf-pasture-beach https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/2737-norwalk-recreation-and-parks-department-announces-no-smoking-area-during-summer-concert-series-at-calf-pasture-beach2737-norwalk-recreation-and-parks-department-announces-no-smoking-area-during-summer-concert-series-at-calf-pasture-beach

Signs will be posted for areas that are smoke and vape free on Wednesdays this summer

Beginning on Wednesday, June 27, there will be a special no smoking and no vaping section at Calf Pasture Beach during the annual Summer Concert Series. The Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department is implementing this policy in response to complaints it received last year.

“We heard from the public that they cannot enjoy the concert with their families and friends when people are smoking next to them,” said Ken Hughes, Acting Director of Norwalk Recreation and Parks. “Thousands of people attend these concerts each week, and we want it to be a fun and enjoyable night for all guests who visit our beautiful beach.”

An approximate area of 30,000 square feet is being designated as a no smoking or no vaping area. This covers cigarettes and cigars, as well as new electronic vapor devices. The area spans north to south, from the concert stage to Ripka's Beach Café, and from west to east, from the edge of the parking lot to the second sidewalk. Signs will be posted approximately every 50 feet alerting guests that there is to be no smoking or vaping past a certain point. The signs will only be posted from June through August on Wednesday nights of the Summer Concert Series.

Summer events at the beach are free for residents with a Norwalk Resident Pass. For Wednesday night concerts, a parking fee of $10 per car will be charged for cars without a Norwalk Resident Pass after 5 p.m. For the fireworks and concert on July 3, a parking fee of $35 per car will be charged for cars without a Norwalk Resident Pass.

For more information on summer concerts, or Norwalk Recreations or Parks, visit norwalkct.org.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Josh Morgan) Places Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:30:03 -0400
Norwalk Seaport Association Hosting Docktails & Oysters Fundraiser on June 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/2738-norwalk-seaport-association-hosting-docktails-oysters-fundraiser-on-june-232738-norwalk-seaport-association-hosting-docktails-oysters-fundraiser-on-june-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/2738-norwalk-seaport-association-hosting-docktails-oysters-fundraiser-on-june-232738-norwalk-seaport-association-hosting-docktails-oysters-fundraiser-on-june-23

Who doesn't enjoy cocktails on the dock? The Norwalk Seaport Association will be holding their first “Docktails & Oysters” fundraiser on Saturday June 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It's a luau themed event that takes place at Norm Bloom & Son Oyster Company along the entrance of the Norwalk harbor.

“This is an effort to get people to know the Seaport Association a little bit better by bringing them down to our shoreline, learn a little about our important oyster industry and to have a little fun by breaking out their Hawaiian shirts” said Jim Keenan, event director and Seaport Association trustee.

The event gives attendees a unique opportunity to experience a real oyster farm while enjoying luau themed cocktails from the Blind Rhino in Norwalk designed especially for this event and decadent Hawaiian themed food from Harbor Harvest of Norwalk. They also enjoy the sounds of a ukulele trio plus experience the blessing of the Sheffield Island Ferry. “Of course, we'll have a raw bar with clams & oysters about 10 feet away from the boat they came off from” added Keenan.

Docktails & Oysters is limited to just 120 ticket holders and is expected to sell out quickly. Tickets are $75 per person and available online at www.Seaport.org. The event supports the efforts of the 40-year-old Norwalk Seaport Association that includes the historic preservation of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse which turns 150 years old this year. The association also preserves and maintain Sheffield Island which is home to the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge and the maritime heritage of Norwalk. Their ferry provides a cultural, environmental and historical journey to the Norwalk Islands most notably Sheffield Island.

About the Association: Please visit www.Seaport.org or call the association office at 203-838-9444

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Jim Keenan) Charities Tue, 19 Jun 2018 04:00:45 -0400
6th Annual Norwalk Arts Festival, June 23-24 at Mathews Park https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2736-6th-annual-norwalk-arts-festival-june-23-24-at-mathews-park2736-6th-annual-norwalk-arts-festival-june-23-24-at-mathews-park https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2736-6th-annual-norwalk-arts-festival-june-23-24-at-mathews-park2736-6th-annual-norwalk-arts-festival-june-23-24-at-mathews-park

Mathews Park in Norwalk will be the location for the 6th Annual Norwalk Arts Festival on June 23 & 24, 2018. This festival is free and open to the public from 10 – 5, Saturday and Sunday. A juried fine art and fine craft festival, the event it will bring over 85 of the country’s top fine artists and crafts people to Fairfield County, along with several outstanding performing artists. The children’s “Art Project”, a creative arts area, sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama, will round out the fun for visiting families. New this year is the Poet’s Corner, a stage dedicated to spoken word and will entertain will several authors and writers scheduled to read throughout the whole 2-day event. An expanded gourmet food court will delight with a wide variety of food trucks with offerings from American and International fare to Lobster. Live music and demonstrations are provided as well as special museum tours and exhibits and a special “Big INK” show at the Printmaking Center.      

Hosted with the support of The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Stepping Stones Museum, Mathews Mansion Museum, NicaPhoto, The Norwalk Parks Department, the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and Jerry’s Artarama, this art festival will be a premier cultural event in the area. The artists will be the feature of this two-day festival located in a beautiful park setting nestled between the 2 Museums and CCP - a nationally recognized Art Center.

The Festival is a juried event featuring 100 artists selected locally and from across the country. Their paintings, photography, drawings, prints, sculptures, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal and glass pieces and original art is available for collecting. The Festival includes live musical performances, poetry on both days, as well as, free fun family activities, and a variety of food. In the tradition of The Bruce Museum Art Festivals, this event promises a high quality arts experience for visitors of all ages and tastes.

The Norwalk Art Festival is located in Mathews Park, 295 West Avenue, just off of exit 15S and 14N on I-95 in Norwalk. Rain or shine, this is a FREE family friendly cultural event, and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.NorwalkArtFestival.org or 518-852-6478.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Sue Brown Gordon) Events Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:00:38 -0400
Wall Street Theater's Dance Crew Challenge, Audition Show July 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/2735-wall-street-theater-s-dance-crew-challenge-audition-show-july-132735-wall-street-theater-s-dance-crew-challenge-audition-show-july-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/2735-wall-street-theater-s-dance-crew-challenge-audition-show-july-132735-wall-street-theater-s-dance-crew-challenge-audition-show-july-13

The iconic Wall Street Theater prepares for its next talent search, Dance Crew Challenge. Upon the success of this year’s Connecticut’s Got Talent show, and in keeping with the Theater’s mission to foster young talent, this next form of artistic expression is another Jumpcast Productions event in the hands of Wall Street Theater Artistic Director Billy Blanks JR., a nationally recognized professional dancer in his own right. Billy and his Jumpcast Productions team has worked with such dance legends and shows from Paula Abdul, Emmy Award-Winning NappyTabs, Fik-shun, tWitch, and Doriana Sanchez to Nakul Dev Mahajan, So You Think You Can Dance, and Dancing With The Stars.

“We’re in the throes of viewing video submissions of all styles of dance from hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern, tap, Bollywood, salsa, and even ballroom,” says Billy of the online and video submission process found on the Wall Street Theater website https://wallstreettheater.com/dance-crew-challenge/, “We will then narrow it down to 25 crews to perform for the audition show on July 13, and ultimately, 10 crews will be chosen to perform at the finale show on July 20.”

Dance crews, many of whom have never performed in a professional stage environment, are provided with artistic direction, music and lighting production, stage presence coaching, and expert guidance. The winning crew will receive $1000, a headline show at the Wall Street Theater, plus the opportunity to star in a  5-video mini-series on The MoveTube Network, YouTube’s leading lifestyle, dance, and fitness page with stars from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, and more!

“We are looking for an act that we can help develop and grow into a show that can tour the US and come back to us to perform. We want young talent to say that they ‘got their start at the Wall Street Theater,’” beams Billy.

 

71 Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

www.wallstreettheater.com

@WallStreetTheater

877.987.6487

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Andrea Viscuso) Neighbors Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:00:14 -0400
Don’t Miss the Westport Farmers’ Market Chef-at-the-Market Competition! https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2733-don-t-miss-the-westport-farmers-market-chef-at-the-market-competition2733-don-t-miss-the-westport-farmers-market-chef-at-the-market-competition https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2733-don-t-miss-the-westport-farmers-market-chef-at-the-market-competition2733-don-t-miss-the-westport-farmers-market-chef-at-the-market-competition

What started just a few months ago as a light-hearted “what if” conversation between Bill Taibe – owner/chef of Jesup Hall, Kawi Ni, and The Whelk – and Lori Cochran-Dougall – executive director of the Westport Farmers’ Market – has already become the talk of the foodie circuit in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The “what if” is Westport Farmers’ Market’s Chef-at-the-Market competition, a local version of the popular Food Network show, Chopped. And if the first “episode” held in May is any indication, this local series will be an even bigger hit!

“The WFM 'Chef of the Market Competition’ highlights what the Westport Farmers Market is all about,” said Bill Taibe, organizer of the new program. “It’s a great way to get our chefs in front of their customers in a hands-on quick competition and show how they utilize fresh ingredients on the spot while supporting the farmers who work so hard to grow these products.”

The competition works like this: On the third Thursday of every month through September, three chefs from local restaurants compete. Each gets $20 and 45 minutes to shop from vendors at the market and create an appetizer-sized dish.

Volunteer judges, selected at random from shoppers that day, will select one winner who will move on to the semi-final round the third Thursday, September 20th. The top two chefs from the semi-final round will move on to a final competition in October at the WFM’s biggest event of the year, “Fork it Over”. (Rumor has it there might just be a special celebrity judge for the winning round!).

Chef contestants will be judged on:

1.      Their use of market products

2.      Taste of the dish

3.      Cleanliness and presentation of their entry, and

4.      Originality of recipe  

Participants – all of whom volunteered after an invitation went out to chefs who support the WFM – are: Geoff Lazlo, Ben Freemole, Christian Wilki, Jeffrey Taibe, Matt Storch, Adam Roytman, Brad Spence, Anthony Kostelis, Anthony Rinaldi, Moises Aguilar, Dan Sabia, and Carlos Baez.

“We had so much fun at the debut of this competition in May!” said Lori Cochran-Dougall. “Not only is it a hoot to watch these great chefs exhibit their talents, the Chef-at-the-Market competition encourages one-on-one conversations with many of their regular patrons. People loved it; it's a not-to-be-missed community event!”

The next competition will be held June 21 at the WFM. Bring your family and friends, and root for your favorite local restauranteur!

For more information, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com, or email director@westportfarmersmarket.com. Find the WFM on FB, Instagram, and Twitter, too!

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Events Thu, 14 Jun 2018 05:00:33 -0400
Maritime Aquarium Launches TGIF and Saturday Sunset Cruises https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2732-maritime-aquarium-launches-tgif-and-saturday-sunset-cruises2732-maritime-aquarium-launches-tgif-and-saturday-sunset-cruises https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2732-maritime-aquarium-launches-tgif-and-saturday-sunset-cruises2732-maritime-aquarium-launches-tgif-and-saturday-sunset-cruises

The idea of a relaxing Friday or Saturday evening out on the water with friends sounds great. But not everyone has a boat.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk does have a boat, and is happy to do the happy-hour driving for TGIF and Saturday Sunset cruises starting the weekend of June 15th and 16th.

“Evening is the prettiest time to be out on the water,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s publicist. “These cruises are nothing more than a relaxing, 90-minute trip out to the Norwalk islands, and the best way to wrap up your work week or to kick off a fun Saturday night.”

Food and drink are not available for purchase on the boat, but you may bring food and beverages in a small bag or soft-sided cooler. Glass bottles are prohibited.

Aquarium educators will be onboard to point out sights and wildlife, but there’s no structured program.

TGIF Cruises will depart at 6:30 p.m. each Friday through Sept. 7. Saturday Sunset Cruises will depart at 7 p.m. in June and July, and then at 6:30 p.m. in August. Get back in time to enjoy a late dinner or an evening out just steps away in the restaurants and nightspots of SoNo. (Please note that there are no cruises July 13 and 14.)

Tickets for either cruise are $29.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium members). They’re not just for adults, but note that – as with all Maritime Aquarium cruises – participants must be at least 42 inches tall to come aboard.

Cruises occur aboard R/V Spirit of the Sound, a 64-foot catamaran that is the only research vessel in the country with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. She has a climate-controlled cabin but guests should dress for weather out on her double decks.

Capacity is limited so advance reservations for cruises are strongly recommended. Reserve tickets online at www.maritimeaquarium.org or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Dave Sigworth) Events Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:30:37 -0400
Join the Mayor's Walk this Saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2734-join-the-mayor-s-walk-this-saturday2734-join-the-mayor-s-walk-this-saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2734-join-the-mayor-s-walk-this-saturday2734-join-the-mayor-s-walk-this-saturday

On Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 8:30 a.m., join Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, Mrs. Lucia Rilling, and members of the Arts Commission and Bike/Walk Commission to help plan future walking routes in Norwalk. The two-mile walk begins at the Merritt 7 railroad station on Glover Avenue, with options to shorten the walk. Those who join the Mayor will have the opportunity to evaluate walkability in Norwalk.

“I hope residents will join us for this walk as we continue to promote safe and healthy living in our city,” said Mayor Harry Rilling. “I look forward to working with the Arts Commission and Bike/Walk Commission in an effort to expand safe, accessible routes for our residents to use for leisure activities.”

During the walk, participants will be able to view the Charles Perry sculptures at the Merritt 7 office complex and field test the newly proposed walkability route through a unique neighborhood. Participation in the Mayor's Walk will help assess the walk plan before it’s accessible to the general public.

The Mayor’s Walk will take place on Saturday, June 16, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Merritt 7 Railroad Station, 1 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850. Members of the public are encouraged to attend this free community event.

Visit tinyurl.com/walk-norwalk to register for this free event.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Josh Morgan) Events Wed, 13 Jun 2018 05:00:20 -0400
Nature In All Its Splendor On Display In Maritime Garage Gallery’s Summer Exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/2731-nature-in-all-its-splendor-on-display-in-maritime-garage-gallery-s-summer-exhibit2731-nature-in-all-its-splendor-on-display-in-maritime-garage-gallery-s-summer-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/2731-nature-in-all-its-splendor-on-display-in-maritime-garage-gallery-s-summer-exhibit2731-nature-in-all-its-splendor-on-display-in-maritime-garage-gallery-s-summer-exhibit

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery summer exhibit features the many faces of nature. The exhibit, entitled “A Reverence For Nature,” will run from June 13 through September 28, 2018. There will be an opening reception with artists in attendance on June 13 at 5:00 p.m. at the gallery. The Gallery is located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space, 11 North Water Street in Norwalk, CT.        

Reverence is defined as a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe, veneration. The pieces in “Reverence for Nature” reflect the artists’ admiration of nature or the environment in a multitude of ways. Exhibiting artists include Eric Chiang, Westport; Grace Kaplan, White Plains; Judith Bacal, Norwalk; Joanie Landau, Fairfield; and Carol Battin, Stamford. Nadia Martinez is the curator of the exhibition.

“Aristotle said, ‘In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.’ In the 35 pieces of artwork that have been selected for this exhibition, each artist has found a way to express that,” says Martinez. “From the smallest and most intricate things to the most magnificent views, this exhibition shows the vast wealth of nature’s inspiration in a variety of visual forms. Some are capturing Nature’s beauty and power and others are an awareness of our relationship with it.”

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. It is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit www.norwalkpark.org/public-art.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Carolyn Ripp) Places Tue, 12 Jun 2018 05:17:03 -0400
City of Norwalk receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/politics/2730-city-of-norwalk-receives-certificate-of-achievement-for-excellence-in-financial-reporting2730-city-of-norwalk-receives-certificate-of-achievement-for-excellence-in-financial-reporting https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/politics/2730-city-of-norwalk-receives-certificate-of-achievement-for-excellence-in-financial-reporting2730-city-of-norwalk-receives-certificate-of-achievement-for-excellence-in-financial-reporting

The City of Norwalk was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Fiscal Year 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) annually awards select municipalities across the country with this highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. The City of Norwalk has received this recognition for the last 27 consecutive years.

“It is an honor to receive this prestigious award. We continue to proactively pursue this achievement as part of our commitment to clearly communicate Norwalk’s financial story to the public,” said Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling. “We have a great team who puts this report together every year. Thank you to Finance Director Robert Barron and his entire staff for the work they did to earn this recognition.”

The GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles. Those that prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure are recognized in achieving that goal. The aim of the program is not to assess the financial health of governments, but rather to ensure that users of their financial statements have the information they need to do so themselves.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. According to GFOA, receiving this attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The Fiscal Year 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was judged by an impartial panel and was deemed to meet the high standards of the program, according to GFOA. Those standards include demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate the City’s financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the Report.

The Fiscal Year 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is available online at norwalkct.org.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Josh Morgan) Politics Mon, 11 Jun 2018 06:00:21 -0400
Food Rescue US Welcomes New CEO https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/2729-food-rescue-us-welcomes-new-ceo2729-food-rescue-us-welcomes-new-ceo https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/2729-food-rescue-us-welcomes-new-ceo2729-food-rescue-us-welcomes-new-ceo

Britton Jones, Chairman of the Connecticut based Food Rescue US, announced today that Carol Shattuck has assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer. A Board member since 2015, Ms. Shattuck brings many years of non-profit senior leadership experience to Food Rescue US. She replaces Kevin Mullins, co-founder of Food Rescue US, who will now focus his time as a champion of the organization and as an activist for hunger relief.

Carol Shattuck spent thirteen years at AmeriCares, based in Stamford, CT, where she held senior leadership positions including Chief of Staff. Most recently she served as Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Organizing Committee of the 2016 Invictus Games, founded by HRH Prince Harry, in Orlando, Florida.   

Food Rescue US was founded in 2011 to alleviate hunger and food waste in America. Since then, the Fairfield County operation, the first and largest for Food Rescue US, has rescued and delivered nearly 17 million meals to local shelters, food pantries and other agencies feeding the hungry. Nationally the organization has delivered 26 million fresh, nutritious meals, valued at $60 million; this translates to saving 38.1 million pounds of food from landfill. Food Rescue US is currently located in 17 locations (in fourteen states) around the country, with a goal to reach all 50 states in the next 3-5 years.

Britton Jones said: “We are most fortunate to have Carol Shattuck’s extraordinary operational experience and capacity to lead Food Rescue US into the future. We are very grateful for Kevin’s past and continuing contributions and now Carol’s expertise ensures that we will continue to have significant impact on two serious problems in America: hunger and food waste. “

Carol Shattuck commented: “I am thrilled to join the team at Food Rescue US as we look to scale our revolutionary model to end hunger in America and reduce food waste. Using technology, we cost effectively link food donors to agencies feeding the hungry using volunteers to complete the direct transfer of the food. It truly is the simple solution to ending local hunger.”

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Alison Sherman) Neighbors Mon, 11 Jun 2018 04:56:25 -0400
Westport Downtown Merchants Association Announces Returning Partners for 45th Westport Fine Arts Festival https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2728-westport-downtown-merchants-association-announces-returning-partners-for-45th-westport-fine-arts-festival2728-westport-downtown-merchants-association-announces-returning-partners-for-45th-westport-fine-arts-festival https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2728-westport-downtown-merchants-association-announces-returning-partners-for-45th-westport-fine-arts-festival2728-westport-downtown-merchants-association-announces-returning-partners-for-45th-westport-fine-arts-festival

The 45th Annual Westport Fine Arts Festival rejoins community partner The Westport Library Book Sale for a downtown Arts & Books weekend, with lead Fine Arts Festival sponsorship from Gault Family Companies, Pernod Ricard and Brooklyn Brewery.

The Westport Fine Arts Festival is a top 30 nationally ranked art show with over 175 booths of juried artists in 11 categories, plus an expanded respite area featuring beer, cocktails, fine food and live music throughout the weekend. The festival takes place on July 14 and 15 in downtown Westport, and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The Fine Arts Festival is proud to resume their collaboration with the Westport Library. The Library book sale features thousands of deeply discounted books and other items in over seventy categories from A to Z, and runs July 14 through 17.

"Our Main Street location provides a direct connection to another long-standing event, the Westport Library Summer Book Sale,” said Randy Herbertson, WDMA president. “By co-promoting and collaborating over this weekend, we've both experienced more success and provided a more enriched cultural experience for all of our patrons.”

The Library and the Fine Arts Festival will partner on unique programming that will transform Taylor Place into an outdoor salon for a day of events celebrating the love of books and art. On Saturday visitors are encouraged to stop by a unique book art station and experiment transforming paperback books into new works of art with a workshop on some basic book art techniques. Also on Saturday, create your own comic adventure using LEGO Story Starter sets with help from the Library’s MakerSpace.

Sunday is nonprofit day on Taylor place, and various local groups will have the opportunity to inform the community about their missions and activities. Patrons can support make a “little library” by helping local nonprofits create selections of materials for their communities. Representatives will be on hand to accept donations of books for their own “little libraries.”

Steps away from Taylor Place, a wide range of culinary options appealing to all ages will be available throughout the festival, with some exciting new additions to be announced soon. Local restaurants who participate will take advantage of the estimated 9,000 plus visitors that the combined weekend events will bring to downtown Westport.

Festival attendees can once again enjoy multiple bars featuring Monkey 47 and Absolut Elyx signature cocktails provided by returning sponsor Pernod Ricard. Brooklyn Brewery will return as the festival’s exclusive beer sponsor.  

This year festival organizers are excited to work with The Artist Collective of Westport.  Collective members will bring all-age art activities and demonstrations to the family area, centrally located in Brooks Corner Plaza. Jerry’s Artarama will also contribute to the kids area, providing an all new focus on interactive crafts.  Gault will highlight their support of the Make A Wish Foundation in their booth in this area.

In 2017, The Westport Fine Arts Festival returned to Main Street and was recognized as a top 30 US Arts Festival out of over 500 that were acknowledged.

“This accomplishment was gratifying” said Herbertson “...as it both enhances the stature and exposure of Westport, and helps us continue to attract quality artists.”

The Westport Downtown Merchants Association is pleased to welcome back returning DMA sponsors Leifer Properties and David Adam Realty. The Fine Arts Festival receives additional support from The Visual Brand, Rye Ridge Deli and Rockwell Art and Framing.

The 45th Annual Westport Fine Arts Festival is presented and produced by The Westport Downtown Merchants Association, with artist direction by Sue Brown Gordon of Gordon Fine Arts.

The Westport Downtown Merchants Association is a non-profit organization of merchants and landlords working together to improve the commerce and culture of downtown Westport, CT for the benefit of the community and commercial interests in downtown.

Both the Fine Arts Festival and The Westport Library Book Sale are rain or shine events and free to the public. For more information on the Westport Fine Arts Festival and to find out how to get involved visit westportdma.com. To learn more about the Library Book Sale, visit westportlibrary.org.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Colleen Wiedmann) Events Fri, 08 Jun 2018 09:55:29 -0400
Summer Tea Party with Abigail Adams, July 15 at Mill Hill https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2726-summer-tea-party-with-abigail-adams-july-15-at-mill-hill2726-summer-tea-party-with-abigail-adams-july-15-at-mill-hill https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2726-summer-tea-party-with-abigail-adams-july-15-at-mill-hill2726-summer-tea-party-with-abigail-adams-july-15-at-mill-hill

Have tea with a former first lady! Join the Norwalk Historical Society on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. for a Summer Tea with Abigail Adams at the Townhouse at Mill Hill Historic Park. Abigail Adams reenactor Carol Bielefeld will delight with a lively performance about history’s most fascinating first lady while guests enjoy a unique summer tea party. Instead of hot tea, this summer party will feature a variety of iced teas, including Iced Liberty Tea. Traditional tea party fare of scones, tea sandwiches and sweets will be served along with some Colonial themed surprises. Delightful gift baskets featuring tea and spirits will be raffled off.

Reservations are required as there is limited seating. Tickets: $40.00 before July 9 and $45.00 after July 9 and at the door. Purchase tickets at www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org. Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT. Handicapped and limited mobility parking on site only. For general parking, follow parking signs to lot across the street.

Abigail Adams was Miss Adorable to her husband, John Adams, the second President of the United States. He was away much of their married life as Abigail managed the farm, raised their four children, ran a business, bought land and invested money. In the midst of this, she wrote more than 1,600 letters that described her life and times in a newsy and often tender, emotional way. Her famous “Remember the Ladies” directive to her husband highlights her early push for equal rights for women under the law. Amidst a summer tea featuring refreshing iced tea and scrumptious fare, Abigail Adams – Wife, Mother, Patriot & Witness to a Revolution – will come to life!

This event is generously sponsored by the following businesses: Bigelow Tea, Forever Sweet, Goldenberry, Party City, Penny Ha’Penny, Pepperidge Farm, Rafael Cakes & Sugar, and Sono Baking Company.

For more information: 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.

 

Photo Credit: Norwalk Historical Society

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Thu, 07 Jun 2018 06:00:10 -0400
Adults-Only "Maritime With A Twist," Goes Down June 21 at The Maritime Aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2724-adults-only-maritime-with-a-twist-goes-down-june-21-at-the-maritime-aquarium2724-adults-only-maritime-with-a-twist-goes-down-june-21-at-the-maritime-aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2724-adults-only-maritime-with-a-twist-goes-down-june-21-at-the-maritime-aquarium2724-adults-only-maritime-with-a-twist-goes-down-june-21-at-the-maritime-aquarium

Celebrate the summer solstice with sips and samples and sharks and seals during the “Maritime with a Twist” adults-only evening event on Thurs., June 21 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Open to anyone age 21 and over, “Maritime with a Twist” features tastes from nearby restaurants in the South Norwalk (or SoNo) neighborhood, as well as refreshments by artisanal distillers and distributors. Sample them all while enjoying the entire Aquarium for one price.

Participating restaurants and retailers include: Bandido Mexican Restaurant, The Blind Rhino, Burger Bar & Bistro, The Cask Republic, Evarito’s Mexican Bar & Kitchen, Harlan Publick, Killer B Burger, Knot Norm’s, La Dolce Italian Ice & Café, Local Kitchen & Beer Bar, Our House SoNo, and Public Wine Bar, as well as Maikana Foods.

Pouring the tastings will be Naked Turtle White Rum and Total Wine & More, both of Norwalk; Asylum Distillery of Bridgeport; Eder Brothers of West Haven; and Glenlivet Scotch.

Lasting from 6 to 9 p.m., “Maritime with a Twist” offers a fun celebration of summer in a unique setting among seals, sharks, sea turtles, jellies and more. Weather permitting, the event will spill out onto the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard.

The Westport-based cover band Sinergy will provide live music.  

Media sponsor is CT Bites, and community sponsor is Building and Land Technology of Stamford.

Tickets for the June 21 “Maritime with a Twist” are $50 ($45 for Aquarium members) with proceeds supporting The Maritime Aquarium. There’s no extra cost for food and drink after your ticketed admission.

Get tickets at the door or in advance online at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Dave Sigworth) Events Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:30:30 -0400
Food Rescue US Receives NCCF Grant https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/2727-food-rescue-us-receives-nccf-grant2727-food-rescue-us-receives-nccf-grant https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/2727-food-rescue-us-receives-nccf-grant2727-food-rescue-us-receives-nccf-grant

Food Rescue US, the CT based, national food rescue organization based in Norwalk, has received a $2,500 grant from the New Canaan Community Foundation to support the expansion of the organization’s food rescue platform and in-house technology. NCCF presented Food Rescue US with the time grant at their Grants Award Coffee on May 23rd.

Food Rescue US CEO Carol Shattuck said, “We are very grateful to New Canaan Community Foundation for their continuing support of our work to alleviate hunger and food waste in Fairfield County.” Powered by their proprietary technology, since 2011, Food Rescue US Fairfield County has rescued over 16 million meals, saving 24.4 million pounds of food from going into landfill, at a value of over $37 million.  

New Canaan Community Foundation serves as New Canaan’s local partner for advice, leadership and facilitation of charitable giving. For over 40 years, NCCF has invested in high-impact local organizations working to address the needs of our community and has helped donors achieve their charitable goals. For more information call (203) 966-0231 or visit www.newcanaancf.org.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Alison Sherman) Charities Mon, 04 Jun 2018 09:43:35 -0400