Stamforddowntown's HamletHub Thu, 09 Feb 2023 04:02:29 -0500 KIDZ BOP Announces All-New 2023 Tour with Two Shows at Stamford’s Palace Theatre on June 24 & 25 - Tickets on Sale January 27!

KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids, announced its brand-new tour, KIDZ BOP Never Stop, kicking off with two shows at Stamford’s Palace Theatre on Saturday, June 24 (6:00 pm) and Sunday, June 25 (2:00 pm).

Presented by The Palace Theatre and Parachute Concerts, the ultimate pop concert for kids (and their parents!) returns by popular demand after two sold-out shows in 2021.

Public tickets go on sale beginning Friday, January 27 at 10:00am. To purchase tickets, call The Palace Box Office at (203) 325-4466 or visit

The KIDZ BOP Never Stop Live Tour introduces four new KIDZ BOP Kids – Jackson, Kiya, Shila, and Tyler – who will perform today’s biggest hits live on stage. The tour announcement coincides with the release of KIDZ BOP 2023,’ the biggest KIDZ BOP album of the year, including pop hits like “Anti-Hero,” “About That Time,” “Sunroof,” and “Late Night Talking.” Fans can expect to hear songs from ‘KIDZ BOP 2023’ and other pop hits performed by the KIDZ BOP Kids.

The family-friendly show will feature new songs, choreography, special effects, and the return of the Daddy Dance Off, giving dads the chance to show off their best dance moves on stage. KIDZ BOP has sold more than 23 million albums and generated over 8 billion streams globally since 2001. Additional fall tour dates will be announced later this year.

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter and Instagram.


]]> (Michelle Lauricella) Events Mon, 23 Jan 2023 04:33:19 -0500
RVNAhealth Answers: what is the difference between palliative care and hospice?

Palliative Care and Hospice…Alike and Different

We recently recognized National Hospice and Palliative Care month in November. The two practices are celebrated together, as they share a similar philosophy on person-centered care and an interdisciplinary team approach focused on quality of life. But they also share misunderstandings about what each practice offers.

Hospice care is elected when a patient and family wish to go from a curative plan of care to one of comfort and caring. Hospice addresses a patient’s pain and symptom management, and overall well-being from an interdisciplinary approach – including physical, mental, social, and spiritual. Care supports both the patient and their family, helping bring focus to quality of life and allowing a patient to focus on and realize their wishes for their final life chapter.

Palliative care helps individuals with a serious illness, at any age and any stage of their illness. Patients do not require a terminal diagnosis and often still receive curative treatment for their condition. Palliative care provides a specialized team, including clinical, social workers, and pastoral care, who work with patients to help them understand their treatment options and can act as a central coordinator of care – which can be extremely beneficial in the often overwhelming early days following the diagnosis of a serious illness. Care is intended to improve quality of life and give a patient more control by improving their ability to cope with their disease.

Common illnesses addressed by both palliative and hospice include cardiac and respiratory illnesses, cancer, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, kidney disease, and more. Both practices address symptoms for comfort, including pain, shortness of breath, depression, nausea, and difficulty sleeping, to name a few.  The largest difference is in the individualized decision to continue treatment for disease, which palliative care addresses, or cease treatment and focus on quality of life and final wishes with hospice. With both practices, early intervention is most beneficial to the patient.

RVNAhealth offers both hospice and palliative care in the home or at a patient’s facility. If you have questions or would like to discuss a potential palliative or hospice care need, please contact us at 203.438.5555.

]]> (Tricia Nelson) Life Fri, 20 Jan 2023 13:49:00 -0500
FC Buzz Weekend of Art and Culture in Fairfield County January 20-22

FC Buzz Weekend January 20-22

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

Spend a cold winter weekend surrounded by the warmth of arts and culture – the fire of music, the heat of theatre, the sizzle of dance. We’ve got it all for you!

Shadow at Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield

Friday, January 20, 5:30 pm

Witness the debut feature-length film by Australia’s internationally acclaimed Back to Back Theatre, a professional theatre company with an ensemble of actors with disabilities at its core. SHADOW is a darkly humorous 56-minute film based on Back to Back Theatre’s award-winning stage play THE SHADOW WHOSE PREY THE HUNTER BECOMES (2019), which was developed, in part, at the 2019 Sundance Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA. Join the creators of SHADOW in a post-film moderated discussion with Cast member/Coauthor Simon Laherty, Director/Coauthor Bruce Gladwin, and Executive Producer Tim Stitz.

An Encaustic Journey” at The Meeting House, Ridgefield

Friday, January 20,  6:00 - 9:00 pm 

Celebrate local art as Art In Common presents a solo show by CAFC member Holli Levy. Holli's work combines encaustic paint, photography, and other mixed media elements. Join the celebration of Holli’s work!

Yacht Lobsters at StageOne FTC, Fairfield

Friday, January 20, 7:45 pm

Swing with the beat of the Yacht Lobsters’ big sound that recreates - and at times reimagines - the studio mastery of retro-rock icons like Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers, and Hall & Oates. ​Their cool vibe is fused with stellar vocals, a full horn section, and unique elements of NOLA funk, classic rock and jazz improvisation.

Broadway’s Rock of Ages Band at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Friday, January 20, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

This show is a must see! Featuring the electrifying rock stars from the original Broadway cast – Tony Award nominated star, Constantine Maroulis – Vocals, Joel Hoekstra – Guitar, Tommy Kessler – Guitar, Winston Roye – Bass, Jonathan Ivie – Keyboards, Jon Weber– Drums, and Josephine Rose Roberts– Vocals.

Norwalk Film Festival at Wall Street Theater, Norwalk

Friday January 20 through Sunday January 22

Starting Friday night at 7pm with an opening night celebration party at Spacecat Brewing Company, the Norwalk Film Festival features film screenings, panel discussions, award presentations, and more. The festival continues on Saturday from 10 am - 10 pm and Sunday 1-9 pm at Wall Street Theater.

Easton Arts Council 2023 Members Show at Easton Public Library

Saturday, January 21, 7:00 - 10:00 pm, 

Meet area artists, take in local art work, and socialize as you celebrate art at an opening reception for the Members Show with free live music and refreshments. 

“moments” at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Saturday, January 21, 7:00 pm

Take in a multi-faceted performance piece of dance, music, and art by Ali Kenner Brodsky. This performance has been in development for the past five years, and it explores memory, loss, and love. Unfolding through subtle gestural movement and emotionally evocative music, the piece evokes memories of past relationships, the longing for a closeness once felt, and the challenge of how to move forward through grief. 

Buffalo Rose at Voices Cafe, Westport

Saturday, January 21, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Settle in for a warm winter evening with one of the hottest modern folk/Americana bands. A wildly charismatic six-piece modern folk/Americana band from Pittsburgh, this band takes the singer-songwriter tradition to a new level by crafting original songs that are emotive and inspired by a world of influences.

Mary Cassatt: American Tastemaker at The Flinn Gallery, Greenwich

Sunday, January 22, 2:00 pm

The Greenwich Library welcomes Laura D. Corey, Ph.D. from the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first Pat Reeves Annual Flinn Legacy Lecture. Dr. Corey has published and lectured extensively both in the U.S. and abroad on the topic of Mary Cassatt's career as an advisor to American collectors. Best known as an Impressionist painter and printmaker, Mary Cassatt (1844–1926) was also a prolific art advisor who had a hand in exporting over a thousand works of art from Europe to the United States.

ARTalk at The Ridgefield Library

Sunday, January 22, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Join Dmitri Wave Wright, a contemporary painter who embraces an American Impressionist philosophy, for a brief overview of Impressionism as a radical art movement that began in Europe in the late 1880. Wright teaches classes, conducts workshops and has led tours in the U.S. and abroad, and is the Master Artist/Instructor for Weir Farm National Historical Park, the only park in the U.S. dedicated to American Impressionism. His work is housed in many museum and corporate collections.

The Petty-Drayton Music Program at The Norwalk Art Space

Sunday, January 22, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

It’s a kick-off event for the new music program directed by INTEMPO! Enjoy a free music performance featuring student performances with world renowned multi-instrumentalist Charley Drayton and an introduction to the program by Bernard Drayton and Adria Petty. 

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Thu, 19 Jan 2023 07:07:33 -0500
FC Buzz MLK Weekend Lineup of Arts and Culture in Fairfield County

FC Buzz MLK Weekend January 13-16

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

It’s a long weekend and we have lots of Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations on tap for Monday. There are also art openings, artist talks, comedy, and music ready for you to enjoy all weekend. So, explore your way into the new year with any or all of the following events:

“The Folding Chair Collective” at The NEST Arts Factory, Bridgeport

Friday, January 13, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Pop in for a pop-up art event with live music and refreshments in the upstairs gallery of the NEST. This collection of chairs responds to the call by former Congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm: "If they don't give you a place at the table, bring a folding chair." Works by chair artists from CT, RI, NY, PA and the NEST artists with 2D and 3D wall hung art curated by Jane Fleischner.

 “LaughTrax: HNH Comedy with Olga Namer” at the Palace Theatre, Stamford

Friday, January 13, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Enjoy a night full of comedy from local area comics, hosted by Olga Namer, a New York based stand-up comedian and actress. Inspired by Sarah Silverman and Larry David, Olga brings her unique point of view of life to her comedy that has been described as “funny, honest, authentic, and sarcastic.”

 “Anything Goes” Exhibit Opening Reception at The Ridgefield Guild of Artists

Saturday, January 14, 4:00 - 6:00 pm 

Join the Guild for an opening reception for the first exhibition of the new year. Come to their members-only show with the theme Anything Goes, from the tried and true to something new. On view through Feb 12th. 

New Members 2023 Exhibit at Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan

Saturday, January 14, 2:00 - 4:00 pm 

Silvermine Arts Center welcomes 26 new members into its historic Guild of Artists, with this exhibition presenting innovative work in a variety of mediums and styles. Engage with the newest Silvermine artist members and learn about their works.

Floyd Nation: A Pink Floyd Experience at The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Saturday, January 14, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Come rock with a U.S. based Pink Floyd Tribute Band that performs all of your favorite hits from the vast collection of Pink Floyd albums such as The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon. You’ll be immersed in sound, lights and lasers as they take you on an epic journey, bringing back your best memories of some of the most iconic music ever produced. 

The Immediate Family at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Saturday, January 14, 8:00 - 10:00 pm 

Get ready to roll with the music of a rock and roll band composed of four of the most recorded, respected and sought-after players in modern music: Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and the addition of prominent touring, session guitarist and songwriter Steve Postell (guitar and vocals). Frequent collaborators both in the studio and on-stage, their work can be heard on albums from Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, and many more.

Layers Revealed." at The Norwalk Art Space

Sunday, January 15, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Come hear an Artist Talk with professional photographer and Korry Fellow Jerri Graham plus Melissa Newman and Tim Holstrom. Thye will discuss their current exhibition "Layers Revealed" with moderator David Green, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. 

17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Westport Country Playhouse

Sunday, January 15, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

It’s an afternoon of celebration and reflection honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westport’s celebration has been extended to three days and will culminate in a keynote address by author, creative artist, filmmaker, playwright, and multi-dimensional performance artist Junauda Petrus. Petrus’ work centers around Black wildness, laughter, futurism, ancestral healing, sweetness, spectacle, and shimmer. Copies of her book The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, will be available for purchase on-site, with Petrus signing copies after her address. The program will also include a dance performance by students from Regional Center for the Arts.

Community Day: All Together Now at the Fairfield Museum

Monday, January 16, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by joining local author, illustrator, and Cultural Alliance member Lizzy Rockwell for a special celebration of joy, friendship, and community action, inspired by her book The All-Together Quilt (winner of the 2021 Connecticut Book Award). Enjoy hands-on activities such as designing a paper quilt block, hand sewing with felt, and a quilting bee. Visitors can also explore the new exhibition “The Social History of Quilts.”

Connect-Us: Bridgeport Has A Dream at Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport

Monday, January 16, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

All are invited to a free, youth-led cultural celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sponsored by Connect-Us. This show features 100 performers made up of a multi-racial, multi-generational cast. Through song, rap, dance, and poetry, they will pay tribute to Dr. King and celebrate his life.

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Fri, 13 Jan 2023 09:29:00 -0500
Books Across Stamford: Winter Wonderland Book Giveaway

Families with students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to a special Winter Wonderland Book Giveaway event on Saturday, January 28, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Ferguson Library’s main branch. The free event, which takes place in the Dudley N. Williams, Jr. Auditorium, is sponsored by the Library and Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) in partnership with Reading is Fundamental (RIF), Stamford Public Schools (SPS) and the City of Stamford, as part of SPEF’s Books Across Stamford program.

The event will feature stories read by several special guest readers including Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons, SPS Superintendent Dr. Tamu Lucero, and others. Children will also have the chance to select up to three new books from hundreds that will be available. Additionally, they can enjoy snacks, create some fun wintery crafts, visit the Wonderland photo booth, and even sign up for their own library card.

Books Across Stamford is an engaging literacy program focused on motivating children to read and helping families build home libraries. Each year, SPEF aims to distribute 5,000 books throughout Stamford for children, pre-K through fifth grade. In 2022, SPEF and RIF received $250,000 in federal funding, which will allow SPEF to dramatically increase the number of books distributed to Stamford school children this year. In total, 36,000 books will go to 12,000 Stamford students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade, and 7,700 students will be granted access to RIF’s Skybrary, a digital library of books.

Founded in 1996, the mission of the Stamford Public Education Foundation is to elevate student success by delivering educational programs and solutions that promote equitable access to quality public education in Stamford.

For more information about SPEF and the Winter Wonderland Book Giveaway event, please call (203) 965-7733.

]]> (Melissa Loparco) Life Mon, 09 Jan 2023 06:15:05 -0500
The Mayor's Gallery presents: "Jean Benoit's Journey" paintings inspired by cultural and equine imagery

The Mayor’s Gallery presents Jean Benoit’s Journey”: oil paintings inspired by cultural and equine imagery from January 10 – March 3, 2023

Artists’ reception Thursday, January 12th 5:30 - 7:30 PM

The Stamford Mayor’s Gallery presents “Jean Benoit’s Journey”: oil paintings inspired by cultural and equine imagery is the first exhibition of 2023 at The Mayor’s Gallery of Stamford. The exhibition runs from January 10th thru March 3rd2023. The artist’s reception is scheduled for January 12th, from 5:30-7:30 PM where the public is invited to meet the artist.

Originally from Haiti, local artist Jean Benoit's love affair with the arts began at an early age when he was exposed to many different art forms including folklore, ballet, jazz, traditional local arts and even comic books. While attending primary school in Port-Au-Prince he’d stare out the window while getting lost in the majestic beauty of the mountains in the country side and draw. At the age of 12 he emigrated to the United States where he would be exposed to varied cultural diversity and contemporary ideas that set forth his artistic journey. A self-taught artist, he has devoted himself to a lifetime study of the arts. His creative endeavors are labors of love. He draws inspiration from all aspects of the universe. Mr. Benoit resides in Stamford, CT and maintains a studio at the Saint Philips Artists' Guild in Norwalk, CT. He is a board member of the Stamford Art Association.

The Mayor’s Gallery is located on the 10th floor of Stamford’s Government Center. The City of Stamford Mayor's Gallery gives area artists an opportunity to exhibit their work in this space. There are six exhibitions annually featuring emerging and professional artists.

Please contact curator Ellen Gordon at to view the exhibit weekdays 9am – 4pm.

10th floor Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford, CT

parking on site, handicap accessible

weekdays 9am - 4pm by appointment contact:

]]> (Ellen Gordon) Places Sun, 01 Jan 2023 09:22:12 -0500
United Way of Western Connecticut Adds to Board of Directors and Renews its Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work

United Way of Western Connecticut announced additions to its Board of Directors at its annual meeting and 80th anniversary celebration held earlier this week. Two new members, Tim Ackerly and Tracy Ellis Williams, were elected and will assume their positions immediately.

In addition to the new members, the organization moved to update its bylaws to add a board-level Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. Carmen Hughes, a current Board Member, will serve as the inaugural chair. The Board of Directors is comprised of local community leaders representing Stamford, greater Danbury, and greater New Milford, who oversee the governance and strategic direction of the organization.  

“The latest changes to our Board of Directors bring a sense of excitement and anticipation as we enter a new year,” said Isabel Almeida, President of United Way of Western Connecticut. “With the addition of these two new voices, we gain their expertise and a new and important perspective that will help guide and inform the ways we continue to serve our community.”

Tim Ackerly is a Managing Director at Deloitte, located in Stamford, Connecticut, where he brings more than 25 years of experience to clients. His work is based both domestically and globally, leading clients to improve their growth, operations, technology, risk, and compliance. Ackerly received a Bachelor’s Degree from Lafayette College in Business and Economics with a focus on Accounting and Finance. His career has spanned multiple sectors of his industry including Life & Annuity, Property & Casualty, and Reinsurance.

Tracy Ellis Williams serves as Counsel at Shipman & Goodwin, located in Stamford, Connecticut, where she represents national and regional companies in commercial litigation and arbitration matters including contract disputes, employment discrimination, securities, intellectual property, product liability, commercial foreclosure litigation, and bankruptcy-related litigation. Williams received her Bachelor’s Degree from Western Connecticut State University and went on to attend Pace University School of Law. She is part of the Connecticut, Fairfield County, and New York Bar Associations. 

The board-level Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee has been established to help propel the organization’s existing commitment to racial equity. Over the last several years, United Way of Western Connecticut has addressed internal policies and practices with the support of a cross-functional equity working group, has increased staff-wide and Board level DEI training, and led numerous public equity challenges to engage the community in this work.

Carmen Hughes serves as the DEI Officer for the City of Stamford where she is responsible for developing policies to attract, retain, and promote a diverse workforce within the City. Prior to that, she was the Founder and CEO of Edelweise Consulting. Hughes received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Howard University and has been awarded numerous certifications. She has served on the Board of Directors for United Way of Western Connecticut since October of 2021 and had been a member of United Way’s Stamford Community Council since 2017.

“I am honored and excited to serve as the first Chair of the newly established DEI Committee," said Hughes. "Over the past couple of years, United Way of Western Connecticut has taken bold steps to demonstrate their commitment to incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion into their culture and the way they do business. As Chair of this committee, I look forward to working closely with their DEI Director to help strategically build and move forward with DEI governance.”

Serving alongside the members mentioned above are Cheryl Bakewell (Chair), Ken Weinstein (Vice-Chair), Mark Ouellette (Secretary), Eric Duenwald (Treasurer), Doreen Bentson, Paul H. Bruce, Luis Diez, Aaron Meyer, Dr. Michael Stern, and Katherine Webster-O’Keefe.

For more information on the Board of Directors and Community Councils, click here. To learn more about United Way of Western Connecticut’s mission, click here


United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) improves the lives of hard-working households called ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) by mobilizing the resources of local communities to create lasting change. Through innovative programming, expanded partnerships, and strategic community investments, United Way of Western Connecticut serves ALICE households across Northern Fairfield County, Southern Litchfield County, and the City of Stamford. A United Way report published in September 2020 revealed that in Connecticut, more than 1 in 4 households has earnings above the Federal Poverty Level, but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. Combined with those who live below the poverty level, 38% of all households in the state are experiencing financial hardship. UWWC is committed to ensuring that every child enters school ready to learn, every family is financially stable, and every community is healthy and strong. For more information about United Way of Western Connecticut, visit and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn, and YouTube

]]> (United Way of Western CT) Charities Fri, 16 Dec 2022 08:19:46 -0500
Holiday Fair in Stamford on November 19

Start your holiday shopping a little early at St. Bridget of Ireland’s Holiday Fair.

The annual event, hosted by the Church’s Ladies Guild, will be held on Saturday, November 19, in the Church’s Parish Hall, 278 Strawberry Hill Avenue in Stamford, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Fair features dozens of vendors with beautiful, handmade items, along with a raffle and bake sale.

The event is free and open to the public, and proceeds help fund special projects at the Church throughout the year.

]]> (Melissa LoParco) Events Wed, 02 Nov 2022 14:21:40 -0400
Stamford Family Starts Distribution of Ultra-Premium Water from Alabama Aquifer

A Stamford family has started a distribution company that will be the exclusive provider of an ultra-premium water drawn from an Alabama aquifer and is touted as the purest on the commercial market.

KAO Distribution, headed by Khairi, Anisa and Omar Fortt, will lead the business that distributes Eleven86 Real Artesian Water. Dr. Tabitha Fortt and her husband, Guy, are assisting their children in the start-up process and are also stakeholders in Eleven86.

KAO Distribution is seeking to distribute the water to stores in Fairfield and New Haven with plans to eventually expand its reach into additional regions of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and New England. People can find Eleven86 at Jimmy’s Pizza, Juice Kings and Riviera Maya in Stamford and can also have it distributed through a subscription service.

Khairi, a former professional football player, is President of KAO Distribution. Anisa serves as Chief Operating Officer and Omar, a former football player at the University of Connecticut, is the company’s Chief Marketing Officer.

“We believe everyone should have access to clean and pure water,’’ said Anisa, who established her own athletic credentials as a track and field athlete at the University of Delaware. “I don’t think people should ever have to compromise. My parents have done a great job in helping us build a legacy, and we’re excited to take what we’ve learned and pass that knowledge and determination down to future family members.”

 “This can only happen by the grace and mercy of God who is the author and finisher of our faith,’’ added Khairi.

Eleven86 Real Artesian Water comes from Autaugaville, Ala., a town of about 800 residents and only eight square miles in central Alabama. The source is an aquifer that has been protected from surface contaminants and pollutants. The aquifer can only be reached by a well. A well drilled into the aquifer is called an artesian well, and water that reaches the ground surface under the natural pressure of the aquifer is called a flowing artesian well.

The Fortts became involved when a family friend looking for investors asked for partners to start the business. Dr. Fortt and her husband joined three other investors and purchased land where the well is located. Using satellites to help find the precise location, the group found the spot to tap into the aquifer. The company that bottles the water, MRaine Industries of Autaugaville, operates out of a 225,000 square foot building that brought 25 jobs to the community.

“Everyone in Alabama knows artesian water is there,’’ Dr. Fortt said. “It used to be great drinking spring water. But no one ever took the time find an aquifer big enough to create a supply for widespread sale.”

Maine Industries launched distribution in April 2018. In less than a year, Eleven86 became a multi-million bottle brand. The water is the purest on the market, with a pH reading of 6.9. The pH value of 7.0 is considered the purest balance of water. Most commercial brands have pH values substantially lower or higher than the 7.0 figure.

The water is delivered by truck to Stamford and stored in a warehouse. KAO Distribution has affiliated with a local trucking company to deliver pallets to customers interested in offering the water to consumers. KAO Distribution plans a regional expansion and is seeking to leverage its relationships with professional athletes and organizations to help build the business.

“Eleven86 water is an ultra-premium water at a mainstream price,’’ Guy Fortt said. “It is the best tasting water on the market.”

KAO Distribution also takes pride in being recognized as a minority-owned business. According to the Connecticut Small Business Association, racial minorities own just 12.1 percent of businesses in the state. The Fortt children will be the primary force behind the distribution company along with their brother Jafar.

“We’re doing this to help the main organization get into new markets, but we also wanted to build this legacy and have something for the kids, like their own 401(k),’’ Guy Fortt said. “We see this as an opportunity to build a strong business with a great product that people are going to enjoy.”

For more information, contact KAO Distribution at or by phone at 203-807-8137. 

]]> (Thomas Renner) Neighbors Wed, 02 Nov 2022 14:19:04 -0400
The Mayor's Gallery presents "A Look Back"

The Mayor’s Gallery presents: “A Look Back", a retrospective selection of artist’s work since 2005, curated by Lina Morielli on view November 8th – January 6th, 2023

Artists’ reception Thursday, November 17th 5:30-7:30 PM

The Mayor’s Gallery of Stamford has been managed by local artist, arts activist and curator Lina Morielli since 2005 when Mayor Dannel Malloy wanted to create an on going community gallery for local artists.  Morielli has now decided to devote her time to other arts projects and her studio practice, but wanted the opportunity before she left to take “A Look Back” at some of the wonderful art that has been exhibited through the years. She and the new gallery manager, Ellen Gordon have assembled as many artists as they could find who have had solo shows.

“This is a powerful and eclectic display of artwork from a group of highly accomplished professional artists. I’ve been so lucky to have had the opportunity to work them and to bring their work to the community.”  Lina Morielli

The Mayor’s Gallery will now be curated by arts administrator and artist Ellen Gordon.  She’s already put together an exciting schedule of new work by local artists to grace the walls of the 10th floor. The Mayor’s Gallery not for profit art space which gives area artists an opportunity to exhibit their work. There are six exhibitions annually featuring emerging and professional artists.

The artists who will be exhibiting in “A Look Back”: Claudio Altesor, Michael Callahan

Bob Callahan, Lynda James Carroll, Rosa Colon, Lisa Cuscuna, Margaret Cibulsky, Nat Connacher, Joe Dermody, Eugenie Diserio, Carol Dixon, Heide Follin, Maria Friscia, Ellen Gordon, Mari Gyorgey, Bruce Horan, Benice Horowitz, Yuko Ike, Kwame Henry Jones, Maureen Renahan Krinsley,  Paul Larson, Cate M. Leach,  Inna Linov, Mary Louse Long, Barbara Mathis, , Susan McCaslin ,Mark Macrides, Kathy Milligan, Karen V. Neems, Wendi Ohlson, Jay Petrow, Dana Scinto,  Alissa Siegal, Julliette Tehrani, and Xiomaro.

A public reception is scheduled for Thursday, November 17th 5:30 – 7:30 PM. 

10th floor Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford, CT

Parking on site and handicap accessible

Weekdays 9am - 4pm by appointment please contact:

]]> (Ellen Gordon) Events Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:58:39 -0400
Stamford Museum & Nature Center Relocate Historic Telescope

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center (SM&NC) marked a major milestone in its history this week as it took the first step to relocate its historic Gregory-Maksutov Telescope to the Astronomical Lyceum, a historical telescope museum in Magdalena, New Mexico. Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons joined SM&NC officials on Tuesday to witness the telescope being craned through the dome of the current observatory.

Stamford-based Frank Compo & Sons Inc., the same family company that hoisted and lowered the telescope through the dome in 1965 – returned to extract and relocate it under the expert guidance of engineer and astronomer John W. Briggs and the SM&NC’s distinguished Science Advisory Council.

“Our priority is the safe transport of this historic Maksutov telescope to New Mexico, where we will enjoy a great partnership with the Lyceum,” said SM&NC CEO Melissa H. Mulrooney. “Not only will they be able to keep the telescope in good repair, but we will benefit from being able to look at the dark sky, with viewing unlike what we could ever see here in Connecticut.”

The telescope’s move also makes way for the demolition of the museum’s decommissioned observatory, followed by any necessary site work, and the construction of a new Planetarium & Astronomy Center, the second major signature venue to be added to the SM&NC’s 118-acre campus in the last five years.

At nearly 10,000-square-feet, the new Planetarium & Astronomy Center will combine and expand the SM&NC Observatory with a full planetarium. The facility will feature three levels that include a first-floor, 100-seat planetarium auditorium with state-of-the-art technology, a second-floor Science Lab classroom, and a third level that includes housing for a 22-inch lunar telescope, a solar telescope and a rollback roof to a public viewing deck. In addition to being a cultural attraction, the facility will serve as a center for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and astronomy, and math) education, supporting the Connecticut State standards and new Generation Science Standards.

The Planetarium & Astronomy Center and the Knobloch Family Farmhouse, which opened in November 2018, are part of the SM&NC’s visionary master plan to build future capacity for the museum’s educational and public spaces.           

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]]> (Melissa LoParco) Life Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:55:38 -0400
Holiday Wish: An Immersive, Light-Filled World of Holiday Enchantment in Stamford November 11 through December 24!

Parachute Concerts and LUMAGICA- USA announce the premiere of Holiday Wish: Follow the Magic, taking place this Holiday Season at Stamford Town Center, Downtown Stamford, CT. 

Open daily from November 11 through December 24, 2022, Holiday Wish is an immersive walk-through event that delivers a sensory entertainment experience. This 20,000 sq ft. interactive event comes to life, glowing with a series of luminous environments that capture the wonder of a spectacular holiday-themed village. 

A new Holiday Tradition designed to put families into the Spirit of the Season, Holiday Wish incorporates visual storytelling at its best.  Along the journey though Holiday Wish, guests follow the magic through each feature. From the Elves’ Quarters, where they care for the reindeer, to an epic Twinkling Forest and Frozen in Time winter world.  Children will love the Holiday Wish filled interactive wonderland, featuring a digital snow snowball fight with a virtual snowman, and much more.   Children will love the friendly challenge of being enlisted by the elves at Santa’s Workshop who need inspiration to overcome their creative blocks. Only one thing sparks their inspiration: children believing in the magic of the season.

The experience culminates in the grand finale at the North Pole where – if all goes as hoped! – the elves will be busy making toys in their workshop. Here, guests revel to their heart’s content in giant walk-in presents, a visit to Santa’s throne, and an animatronic snow bear band. Guests experience the magic of The North Pole, completing an inspired exploration that ensures holiday wishes come true. And restores the wonder of the season.

Also located within Holiday Wish is the Christmas in America Retail Shop, a shopping area featuring treasured mementos, snacks, candy and more.

Juan Novoa, Lead Designer, LUMAGICA, orchestrates the event, created to illuminate the holidays for everyone. “From the power of inspiration to the joy of creating, Holiday Wish delivers a treasure trove of uplifting, family-friendly experiences for the season.” 

Ilario Altamura, Partner, Parachute Concerts, is delighted to participate in the partnership with LUMAGICA to author a new kind of live and in-person Christmas tradition.  “The event is both an activation and an invitation. We want to redefine how a new generation experiences the wonder and magic of the Holidays,” says Altamura.

Tickets are on sale now, go to  

]]> (PJ Kennedy) Events Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:54:03 -0400
DAE Welcomes Audio Engineer Sam Carlson to Lead New Music Production Program

DAE, a Connecticut nonprofit democratizing access to 21st century digital career and life skills for underrepresented youth, is pleased to announce Sam Carlson has joined the organization as an adjunct faculty member. Carlson, an audio engineer with over a decade of experience in the arts and nonprofit sector, will lead DAE’s newly launched music production program in Stamford.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, DAE's programs are designed to rapidly increase mastery of technology skills for high school students from historically underserved communities. Students in their Stamford location will now have the option to select a 12-month track in music production – writing, producing, editing, tracking, marketing and mastering a series of original songs, culminating in a capstone album of original music. In Stamford, all DAE students receive full scholarships through a partnership with Synchrony Foundation and its Education as an Equalizer initiative.

“I was tremendously lucky to get started on music production at a young age, and it's not something that I take for granted,” said Carlson. “I'm very excited to be working with DAE because it will allow me to share my knowledge with the next generation of creatives and give them the leg up that I had.”

Recording and mixing music has been a life pursuit for Carlson, beginning in his childhood. He grew up in a musical household and learned audio recording from his father, a songwriter and radio engineer. After working in live music at long-standing New Haven venue Cafe Nine and Southern CT’s famous nonprofit Fairfield Theatre Company, Carlson became a founding engineer at Sans Serif Recording – a home grown and fiercely local-friendly recording studio in downtown New Haven.

Since founding Sans Serif, Carlson has helped make dozens of records with a wide range of regional artists. An active musician, he performs regularly with bands like The Tines and Ports of Spain and strives to share the music of Connecticut with the rest of the country, while bringing traveling artists to perform locally as well.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sam to DAE,” said A.M. Bhatt, the nonprofit’s founder and CEO. “Not only will his industry knowledge and unique skill set be invaluable for our students, but Sam also shares our core belief that community-centered education is essential for us to cultivate a more diverse, inclusive workforce and create sustained positive impact in our own backyard.”

DAE’s project-based curriculum teaches the mindsets, skills and interpersonal capabilities needed to be successful upon graduation and engage productively in the digital-era workplace. With a 91 percent retention rate for its youth and adult skills educational programming, DAE balances the content and context of learning – giving students the tools and support to shape their own future... to think, act, and value differently.

DAE’s headquarters is in New Haven and its Stamford programs are located at Synchrony’s headquarters at 777 Long Ridge Road in Stamford. They can be reached at (203) 401-8768 or by visiting For the latest news and updates, follow @DistrictArtsEdu on Facebook and @dae_nhv on Instagram.

For more information, visit

]]> (Michelle Lauricella) Neighbors Wed, 21 Sep 2022 11:39:07 -0400
Norwalk Fright Nights: Into the Depp

GET READY TO SCREAM! Make this a Halloween to remember. Experience Norwalk Fright Nights: Into the Depp, a frightening 30-minute walk-through haunted house filled with outlandish surprises at every turn. Produced by the fearless and always entertaining team from The Norwalk Conservatory of the Arts, this year’s theme is inspired by the spirited movie characters portrayed by actor Johnny Depp.

Into the Depp features dozens of live actors, amazing set designs, and enough thrills for a lifetime. Arrive early – stay late. Bar service and lounge seating is available. Norwalk Fright Nights and Into the Depp are a part of the larger fundraising efforts produced by The Norwalk Conservatory of the Arts. All proceeds go towards the organization’s student scholarship fund which provides support for young talent to attend college and study the arts.

*Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Please use your best judgement when bringing young children.

Please note, tickets are non-refundable


May experience up to a 45 minute wait time.


Skip the line and enjoy a complimentary soft drink or alcohol beverage. Please note, wait times may range from 5-10 minutes even with a skip the line pass.


The SoNo Collection

100 N Water Street, Parking Level 1.5

Norwalk, CT 06854


OCTOBER 14, 15, 16, 21, 21, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31 

7:00 PM – 11:30 PM


]]> (The Norwalk Conservatory of the Arts) Events Thu, 15 Sep 2022 05:31:39 -0400
SilverSource 21st Annual Golf Outing on Sept. 25 at Rockrimmon Country Club in Stamford

John Barnes and Greg Caggainello of Reckson to Be Honored

Jerome Berkman, Judge Gerald Fox, Jr. and Alan Kalter Remembered with Eagle Awards

The SilverSource 21st Annual Golf Outing will take place on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at Rockrimmon Country Club in Stamford. The event will gather a group of fun-loving colleagues, community leaders and friends to support older residents in Stamford while enjoying a great day on the course. This special day of golf and camaraderie will kick off with a 10:30am Brunch, followed by a 12:00 pm shotgun start, and Dinner at 6:00pm.

This year, SilverSource is proud to honor John Barnes and Greg Caggainello of Reckson, for their contributions to the Stamford community and generous support of SilverSource and its work to provide a safety net to seniors in need. Additionally, the Eagle Awards, a new distinction at this event, will be presented posthumously in honor of three SilverSource advocates who went above and beyond in their commitment to and leadership of SilverSource: Jerome Berkman, Honorable Gerald Fox, Jr. and Alan Kalter. Their spouses will accept the awards on their behalf.

Proceeds from the Annual Golf Outing support the SilverSource mission to serve seniors in need – to keep a roof over their heads, with the heat and lights on, food on the table and the medical care they need.

SilverSource is grateful to this year’s event sponsors including: TITLE SPONSORS Cappelli Organization, Peggy Kalter; PLATINUM SPONSORS First County Bank, Reckson; GOLD SPONSOR Accurate Lock & Hardware/Salvatore Family; SILVERSPONSOR Sharon & Jack Feighery/KAF Manufacturing; and BRONZE SPONSORS Abate & Abate; Bartlett Tree Experts; Cacace, Tusch & Santagata; Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey; George Comfort & Sons, Inc.;Grade A Shoprite/Cingari Family; Bill & Judy Kaufman; John & Stacy Louizos; Plaza Realty & Management Corp.; RIKO’s Pizza; Richard A Silver, Esq.; Stamford Health; BMW of Darien and Moffly Media.

For more information about sponsorship or to register to participate in the 2022 SilverSource Golf Outing, please visit or call 203-557-8560.

About SilverSource
SilverSource provides a safety net to seniors in need, to keep a roof over their heads, with the heat and lights on, food on the table and the medical care they need. In addition, the SilverSource “Ride to Wellness” program provides free transportation for older residents traveling to and from medical appointments. SilverSource, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located at 2009 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06905.

PHOTO CAPTION: Alan Kalter emcees the SilverSource Golf Outing Dinner

]]> (Robin Wexler) Charities Wed, 07 Sep 2022 06:38:45 -0400