Stamforddowntown's HamletHub Fri, 07 Oct 2022 08:13:25 -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
Quick Center for the Arts Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Mariachi Herencia de México

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

This year’s theme is "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation," and here in Fairfield County, there are plenty of opportunities to join the celebration.

On September 30, Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is thrilled to welcome Herederos. Mariachi Herencia de México is a group of young Latin musicians from Chicago, holding four highly acclaimed studio albums with chart-topping debuts on both the Billboard and the iTunes Latin Albums charts. They have been recognized as the new ambassadors of the mariachi tradition, performing a state-of-the-art, vibrant tribute to the golden age of Mexican music.

They are joined by multiple Grammy-nominated star Lupita Infante, granddaughter of Mexican icon Pedro Infante, who has paved her own way in ranchera music and serves as an advocate for women’s empowerment through her music.

Watch Mariachi Herencia de México perform at the Kennedy Center

“Hispanic Heritage Month is a time where we can all take pride in our own cultures while honoring the cultural differences that exists. A time where we can elevate the diversity that sets us apart while appreciating the very elements that bring us together and make us stronger,” said Quick Center Executive Director Peter Van Heerden.

Each season, the Quick Center features internationally acclaimed artists and performances. This year’s lineup includes the U.K.’s Kingdom Choir, Israeli-based Vertigo Dance, and Montreal’s own Cirque Alfonse, and thought leaders such as Judy Woodruff, Carl Bernstein, Frances Haugen, Evelyn Tribole, Bret Stephens, Rev. Naomi Tutu, Nick Gillespie and Bhaskar Sunkara, among others.

“The Quick is dedicated to engaging our community in meaningful dialogue by presenting artists and speakers from around the world. These global perspectives reflect those of our neighbors and friends but also invite our audiences to consider the culture and heritage of others that make up the fabric of our community, so we are very excited to welcome this award-winning artist to our stage to share the music,” shared Lori Jones, Quick Center Director of Programming.

Mariachi Herencia de México with Lupita Infante is supported, in part, by WPKN 89.5, In a Fairfield Minute, and Silverman Group. Tickets are on sale now at for only $30, or $20 for Quick Members or by contacting the Quick Center Box Office at 203-254-4010, Monday through Friday, from 12 to 5 p.m.


]]> (M. Erickson) Places Wed, 07 Sep 2022 06:37:29 -0400
"Hilarity for Charity" Fundraiser to Benefit The Undies Project


Returning to an in-person event again this year you will not want to miss The Undies Project’s fundraiser “Hilarity for Charity”.

“Hilarity for Charity” will take place on September 10th at 7:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, located at 1101 Bedford St, Stamford, CT.

Enjoy a hilarious evening with comic Christine Hurley and returning MC Kim Berns.

Aux Délices will be serving delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts and a specialty drink prepared especially for the night.

There will also be a fabulous silent auction with items for everyone.

Back by popular demand is photographer Olivier Kpognon of O & Co Media.

Funds raised at “Hilarity for Charity” will go towards purchasing new underwear to donate to the 41 organizations that The Undies Project supports who serve those who are homeless, living in shelters or who are on a low income.

Tickets are $95 and are on sale from August 1st at

Event sponsored by: AMWINSAux DélicesFirst County BankGreenwich Sentinel.

]]> (Lucy Langley) Charities Tue, 09 Aug 2022 11:17:22 -0400
Pitney Bowes Foundation Investment in Stamford Cradle to Career Supports Organizational Data Capacity to Address Achievement Gap

Stamford, CT— Through a grant from the Pitney Bowes Foundation, Stamford Cradle to Career (SC2C) expanded its data collection capacity and continued its efforts to provide resources, best practices, and processes to give every child a chance for success.
Through a national StriveTogether Cradle to Career framework, Stamford Cradle to Career (SC2C) uses a collective impact model to ensure that all Stamford children succeed in their education, career, and life. The year-over-year support from the Pitney Bowes Foundation provides SC2C with the capacity to engage in robust and transparent data practices to address the city-wide achievement gap.
“Stamford Cradle to Career plays a unique role in the community, a role that is only possible because of our capacity to collect and analyze data,” said Edith Presley, President of Stamford Cradle to Career. “Pitney Bowes values our work and understands the importance of capacity building grants. Thanks to their generosity, we can use data as a driving force behind what we do and how we do it.”
Stamford Cradle to Career’s data collection is focused on two key initiatives: 1) gathering population level data indicators and working to align the community around improving those data points; and 2) working with Stamford Public Schools and nonprofit providers to use data to identify interventions that are having positive impacts on children's educational outcomes, to improve interventions that are not working well, and to identify and fill gaps. The ongoing investment from Pitney Bowes ensures that Stamford Cradle to Career can continue to improve programming and better prepare Stamford students for success. For more information about Stamford Cradle to Career and their work, click here
For media, please contact: Karissa Muniz at or 203-297-6307. 
]]> (United Way of Western Connecticut ) Charities Tue, 09 Aug 2022 11:16:51 -0400
The Palace Theatre Launches New Diversity Series this Fall

On Thursday, September 22, The Palace Theatre in Stamford will kick off its new diversity series with “Soultown to Motown” from the Sensational Soul Cruisers. The Palace Diversity Series, sponsored by Shipman & Goodwin, will feature three shows this fall.

“The Palace Theatre is committed to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower the region and are grateful to have Shipman & Goodwin as a partner in these efforts,” said the organization’s President and CEO, Michael Moran. “The Palace provides a platform to celebrate unique cultures in our local community and is inclusive and representative of all people. We are excited to launch this new series and will continue to strive to embrace all in our multicultural community.”

The Palace Diversity Series’ current showlineup includes “Soultown to Motown” and “Black Violin: Give Thanks Holiday Tour” with a third fall performance to be announced shortly.

Soultown to Motown (September 22 at 8pm): “Soultown to Motown” from the Sensational Soul Cruisers has audiences on their feet, singing and dancing to the greatest hits of the Temptations, the Jackson Five, The Spinners, Isaac Hayes, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and many others. The 11-piece, choreographed band delivers a full multimedia show with its members being described as a cross between Kool and the Gang, Chicago and the Temptations. “Soultown to Motown” will take you on a musical journey from Memphis to Philly to Detroit.


Black Violin: Give Thanks Holiday Tour (November 11 at 8pm): Led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin), Black Violin also features DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band’s “Give Thanks” tour employs playful storytelling, whimsical string melodies, and hard-hitting beats to highlight the unifying pillars of the holiday season – giving back to others and being wholeheartedly thankful. Fans can expect to dance along to hits from the band’s Grammy-nominated “Take the Stairs” album as well as holiday favorites from their “Give Thanks” album.

Additional diverse programming this fall includes:

Tito Nieves Y Daniela Darcourt Tour USA (September 23 at 8:30pm): Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the US, Tito Nieves is known for his many hits including “El Amor Más Bonito,” “Sonámbulo,” and the English salsa sensation, “I Like It Like That.” Singer, actress and dancer Daniela Darcourt is originally from Lima, Peru. The winner of El Artista del Año’s second season, Daniela is hailed as one of the promising voices in salsa and celebrated for her impressive talent and charisma.

Myriam Hernandez in Concert (October 9 at 8pm): Myriam Hernandez is a long time acclaimed Chilean Latin pop singer, songwriter, and entertainer. She has enamored thousands of crowds all over Latin America and around the world. Since her first album came out in 1988, hits like “El hombre que yo amo” (The Man I Love), and “Ay Amor” (Oh Love) plus many others have become hymns for the Hispanic community to be sung for decades. She has also collaborated with music giants like Paul Anka, Ricardo Montaner, Armando Manzanero, Sergio Lagos, Lucio Gatica, Ricky Martin, Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias, and the late Juan Gabriel, among others.

World Ballet Series: Swan Lake (November 6 at 6pm): Part of the World Ballet Series, Swan Lake will be performed live by a multinational cast of 50 professional ballet dancers gathered to bring the most famous love story to life. See the iconic Dance of the Little Swans, count Odile's 32 fouettés, and immerse yourself in Tchaikovsky's magical music. The production will feature richly detailed, hand-painted sets as well as over 150 radiant costumes that bring fresh representation to this timeless classic.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office at (203) 325-4466 or visit 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 Wed, 27 Jul 2022 06:29:52 -0400
Symphony Space’s Global Arts at The Palace Theatre Brings Dynamic Cultures to Life for Local Youth

This summer, dozens of children from across Fairfield and Westchester County explored cultures from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the indigenous peoples of North and South America in a new way – as artists.

Symphony Space's “Global Arts: Culture, Literacy & Heritage,” a four-day interactive program presented and sponsored by The Palace Theatre in Stamford, offered 47 children in third, fourth and fifth grade an opportunity to engage with the living history of dynamic cultures and art practices that form their local and global communities.

Symphony Space created “Global Arts" with the belief that the arts bring people together, transcend barriers, and celebrate both our similarities and differences. Using the arts as primary sources rich in information about the people who created them, each day was comprised of activities such as journal writing, storytelling and acting, dance and music, elements of Chinese opera (singing, acting, talking, sword fighting and Chinese ribbons), African and Mexican rhythms and dance, Japanese taikoza drumming as well as Capoeira Luanda and Afro-Brazilian martial arts.

“Arts education is extremely important to The Palace,” said the organization’s President and CEO, Michael Moran. “As a non-profit, we understand the importance of collaboration and see the tremendous value of reaching out through the arts to benefit our community. We were thrilled to welcome Symphony Space – especially as their first venue for ‘Global Arts’ outside of New York City – and look forward to future partnerships.”

The Palace’s Arts in Education programs are held year-round and strive to educate, challenge and inspire area youth by offering opportunities in performing, choreography, master classes and intensives in acting, voice and dance. Students learn skills that are important in academic and life success such as confidence, problem-solving, teamwork, perseverance and focus.

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. They can be reached at (203) 325-4466 or by visiting For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and  on Twitter.


]]> (Michelle Lauricella) Life Wed, 13 Jul 2022 10:37:50 -0400
SilverSource Receives $50,000 Grant to Help Struggling Seniors Stay in their Homes

SilverSource, the nonprofit agency providing services and resources for older adults in the Stamford area, received a $50,000 grant from the John H. & Ethel G. Noble Charitable Trust to support the organization’s Individual Assistance: Housing Stability Program in 2022.

The SilverSource Housing Stability Program provides financial assistance, counseling and advocacy to address urgent needs and keep older adults in their homes, including eviction prevention, utility payments and other supports that allow seniors to age in place safely.

According to SilverSource CEO Kathleen Bordelon, the goal of the program is for older neighbors to avoid homelessness, transition to more affordable housing and achieve economic stability. Last year, the SilverSource social work team assisted hundreds of older adults with emergency housing stability and safety issues through the agency’s Individual Assistance Program, and managed thousands of cases in support of seniors in need.

“Our program helps older adults maintain their livable, safe housing, and reduces the risk of homelessness due to financial insecurity,” added Bordelon. “With this support from the Noble Charitable Trust, we can provide even more of Stamford’s low-income seniors with financial assistance so they can age in place safely in their homes.”

About John H. & Ethel G. Noble Charitable Trust

John H. & Ethel G. Noble Charitable Trust is a grant making foundation based in New York, NY that was founded in 1971. The foundation supports organizations that provide educational opportunities or other support to children with disabilities; or that provide (non-institutional) residential housing, support and other assistance to economically disadvantaged elderly persons to enable such individuals to, in the words of the Trust, “live out the remainder of their lives in comfortable and pleasant home-like surroundings.”

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.

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SilverSource Client Rosalind Tells Her Story

]]> (Robin Wexler ) Neighbors Mon, 11 Jul 2022 12:42:04 -0400
Connecticut Press Club Presents Awards to Local Communications Professionals

Awards Ceremony Held in Fairfield

The Connecticut Press Club is proud to announce its 2021 Communication Contest award winners. The Club saluted winners with a cocktail party and awards ceremony on June 8th at the Old Post Tavern in Fairfield.

The contest is held annually and spans a variety of categories—e.g., specialty articles, speeches, columns, personality profiles, photo essays, poetry, books, and more. Award recipients, their guests, and current and prospective members attended the event. 

“The Connecticut Press Club’s annual awards night recognizes the importance of a free press during challenging times, and honors the work of both seasoned and up-and-coming journalists, writers in various genres, and other communications professionals,” said Connecticut Press Club President Michele Turk. 

New York Times best-selling author Jane Green served as the emcee for the Press Club’s awards night. “We must never stop telling our stories,” Green told the audience. “With the seismic changes in the world, we can’t give up.” 

Nearly 60 communications professionals were recognized at the celebration. 

The Connecticut Press Club is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) and includes both male and female members. Winners in the state contest advanced to the NFPW national contest. Connecticut landed 30 winners in the national competition, including first-place honors for Megan Gagnon of Moffly Media and Lisa Wexler of WICC radio. 

The Connecticut Press Club also sponsored its first-ever high school contest. The scholastic winners were also honored at the June 8th event. Three student entries placed in the national competition, including first-place honors for Selma Fusani and Claire Cody of Stamford High School.  

“This year’s competition was one of the most competitive we’ve seen,’’ Contest Director Thomas Renner said. “The quality of submitted work was astonishing. Some of the award-winning work was published in highly-regarded publications. Connecticut’s success in the national competition is indicative of the great work of all the state’s communication professionals.”

Once comprised solely of print and broadcast journalists, the Connecticut Press Club now welcomes all types of communicators: writers, editors, bloggers, authors, educators, public relations professionals, media photographers, students, and others. Plans for the coming year include lectures by sought-after speakers, professional development workshops, networking, and social events. 

For more information regarding the Connecticut Press Club, their awards contest and ceremony, sponsorship, or membership, email Michele Turk at 

Photo by Jerri Graham

Stamford High School student Ivana Nique, left, stands with Connecticut Press Club President Michele Turk, center, and author Jane Green at the awards ceremony.  

]]> (Connecticut Press Coub) Neighbors Mon, 11 Jul 2022 04:41:52 -0400
The Village Stamford to Host Obe for Pop-Up Workout

The Village Stamford will host its first outdoor workout on the waterfront. The fun Obe pop-up class will take place Saturday, July 9 at 10:30am!  

WHAT: An IRL Dance + Sculpt mashup class led by obé instructor, Spencer J., plus swag from obé and The Village
WHERE: The Studio Event Space Patio at The Village along the waterfront
WHY: Get your workout in early and then join Spencer J. and Clare Galterio, Cocktails On Clare, as the special guest bartenders at Cisco Brewers at The Village!
Reserve your spot here
]]> (HH) Places Fri, 08 Jul 2022 08:23:41 -0400
CT Summer at the Museum offers Connecticut kids free Maritime Aquarium admission

Exciting encounters with seals, sharks, sea turtles and – for a limited time – beautiful tropical butterflies highlight visits to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk this summer, especially for Connecticut children receiving free admission through the “CT Summer at the Museum” initiative.

The Maritime Aquarium is among more than 130 institutions participating in the state’s “CT Summer at the Museum" program, which offers free admission for all Connecticut residents 18 and under, along with one accompanying resident adult in each group, from July 1 to Sept. 5 (Labor Day).

“We so appreciate this opportunity that removes price barriers and encourages parents in Connecticut to give their children unlimited access to the state’s unmatched cultural and educational institutions this summer,” said Jason Patlis, President and CEO of The Maritime Aquarium. “At a time when families are dealing with financial strains, especially rising prices for gas, food and other essentials, they can come – for free – and have awesome, fun, exciting and educational experience right here at home.

“We especially look forward to welcoming families who might not otherwise visit The Maritime Aquarium and introducing them to Connecticut’s most important natural resource: the vital waters and amazing marine life of Long Island Sound,” Patlis added.

Through the “CT Summer at the Museum” offer, any number of resident children ages 3-18, plus one accompanying resident adult in each group, can all enter The Maritime Aquarium for free. A dad with two children, or a grandmother with four grandchildren, all pay nothing. A family of four – two adults, two children – will pay for just one adult admission.


Free Maritime Aquarium admission for Connecticut kids this summer


Free Maritime Aquarium admission for Connecticut kids this summer


Connecticut residents planning to take advantage of the offer are strongly encouraged to make their reservations in advance online at using the promo code CTFREE. Proof of residency is required upon entry.

Now is a great time to visit The Maritime Aquarium during its current “Summer of Wonders,” which includes: “Flutter Zone,” a walkthrough exhibit featuring beautiful tropical butterflies open until Labor Day; a big new permanent home for “Meerkats!”; a new 4D movie that celebrates the physical and mental skills of octopuses; a new educational learning space for preschool-age children; three special exhibits; activity stations for kids; and more.

Gov. Ned Lamont established "CT Summer at the Museum” in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. Funding for the 2022 “CT Summer at the Museum” initiative is provided by the CT General Assembly, with the support of Connecticut Humanities and the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

In a statement, Gov. Lamont said: “We are thrilled to bring back this popular summer enrichment program for Connecticut kids and families at a time when affordability is top of mind for so many households,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a statement. “The world-class museums and cultural institutions across Connecticut offer unmatched educational and recreational experiences that will keep kids engaged all season long and spark curiosity for years to come.”

Learn more about the Aquarium and reserve your tickets now at

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Places Fri, 01 Jul 2022 12:46:01 -0400
ParkConneCT Program That Offers Increased Bus Services To State Parks and Beaches This Summer

Governor Ned Lamont today is reminding Connecticut residents about the state’s ParkConneCT program, which is offering increased bus services to Connecticut state parks and beaches. A continuation of a pilot program launched last year, the program offers fare-free shuttles and enhanced existing transit service to various state parks and beaches this summer through Labor Day (Monday, September 5, 2022).

The program, which is a collaboration of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), aims to connect people to Connecticut state parks for the summer season, support seasonal employment, and promote recreational activity to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

The governor, along with CTDOT and DEEP officials, today highlighted the program by riding the Sherwood Island Shuttle from the Green’s Farms Metro North Station in Westport to Sherwood Island State Park. While at the park, the governor addressed the media and met with visitors enjoying the beach and boardwalk.

“Being able to catch a shuttle from the commuter station right to this beautiful shoreline park is a convenient resource to enjoy the outdoors that otherwise,” Governor Lamont said. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Connecticut’s state parks are one of the best things about living here, and connecting our residents to them is important. That’s what the ParkConneCT program is all about.”

“ParkConneCT increases access to the positive physical and mental benefits one can get from being out in our beautiful state parks,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “It can also help people who have seasonal employment with DEEP get to their workplace. Thank you, Governor Lamont and our DOT partners for the vision and collaboration on this important program. We hope you consider utilizing this service this summer and have a safe, fun, rejuvenating time in your state parks.”

“I’m excited to kick off the Fourth of July weekend by taking public transportation to one of our beautiful state parks,” CTDOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti said. “Now is a great time to give public transit a try. It’s a convenient and reliable way to move across Connecticut. With fare free buses running statewide and through expanded free ParkConneCT services, like microtransit, trolleys, and shuttles, we’re expanding access to beaches and parks across Connecticut.”

All buses associated with the ParkConneCT pilot program will run fare free through Labor Day (September 5, 2022). Additionally, as part of the fiscal year 2023 budget, all buses statewide are operating without collecting fares until November 30, 2022 (with the exception of premium on-demand ridesharing programs). Wheels 2U and Valley Transit District’s on-demand ridesharing services will only be free on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays observed on July 4 and September 5, when using the service to or from parks in the ParkConneCT program.

The parks included in the ParkConneCT pilot program are:

  • Fort Trumbull State Park
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park
  • Indian Well State Park
  • Osbornedale State Park
  • Sherwood Island State Park
  • Silver Sands State Park
  • Sleeping Giant State Park

The state parks for this pilot program were selected based on criteria prioritizing seasonal employment levels, recreational summer activities, frequently traveled tourist destinations, and existing service connections. Routes were selected by performing an analysis using geospatial information systems and prioritizing areas where the most cost-effective improvements could be made to connect people to the parks.

Since the launch of the pilot program, CTDOT has continued to collect and assess ridership and passenger trip data to measure the success of the program. Those efforts will continue this year and will include a survey to collect additional information from riders.

For more information on ParkConneCT, visit

ParkConneCT Service Schedule

Hammonasset Beach State Park (Madison)

  • Hourly service on the Clinton Trolley that now stops at Middle Beach (operates Thursday through Sunday and holidays)
  • 30-minute service on the Madison Shuttle that stops at Middle Beach (operates on weekends and holidays)
  • Service every two hours on the 9-Town Transit 645: Madison/Middletown that stops at Middle Beach (Diverts into the park on Saturdays)
  • CTtransit Route 201 from New Haven operates weekdays and Saturdays, connecting to the Madison Shuttle route serving Hammonasset
  • Direct Bus service available from the Madison, Clinton and Old Saybrook train stations

Silver Sands State Park (Milford)

  • Hourly service on the Silver Sands Shuttle (operates weekends and holidays)
  • Hourly service on the Milford Route 3 (operates Monday-Saturday)
  • 30-minute daily Coastal Link service to Milford Train Station
  • New Haven Line to Milford Train Station connects to Milford Route 3 and the Silver Sands Shuttle
  • CTtransit Routes 261 and 271 from New Haven meet the Silver Sands Shuttle route at the CT Post Mall on weekends

Fort Trumbull State Park (New London)

  • Hourly service on the SEAT Route 13: New London to Lawrence, Memorial Hospital and Ocean Beach (operates on Saturdays, no service on Sundays/holidays)
  • Shore Line East train to New London Union Station connects with SEAT Route 13
  • Bus service (or walkable) from New London Union Station
  • Thames River Heritage Park River Taxi Harbor Cruise (service begins June 11)
  • On-Demand Ridesharing: New London’s “Smart Ride” operates Monday through Saturday. Customers can schedule a ride by downloading the “SEAT Connect” app via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or via their web browser)

Sleeping Giant State Park (Hamden)

  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 228: Whitney Ave (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 229: New Haven – Waterbury (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is a walk across Whitney Avenue to Sleeping Giant State Park

Sherwood Island State Park (Westport)

  • Wheels 2U Westport and Norwalk Transit District are operating ride-sharing shuttles. Download the app, request a ride, and the shuttle will pick passengers up from anywhere in the Westport service area and take them to Sherwood Island State Park and back. To use the Weekend Wheels 2U service, for free on weekends and holidays, the pickup or drop off location must be Sherwood Island State Park.
  • Coastal Link: Take the bus to the stop at CT Route 1 and Sherwood Island Connector then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a ride
  • Take the train to Saugatuck Station or Greens Farms Station then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a ride

Osbornedale State Park (Derby) & Indian Well State Park (Shelton)

  • On weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Valley Transit District (VTD) will provide transportation, within its service area boundaries, from Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Shelton, to Indian Well and Osbornedale State Parks using its on-demand ride reservation service. Non-Valley residents can utilize VTD ParkConneCT service with same day pick-up and drop-off at the Derby/Shelton train station. The hours of operation are from 8am to 6pm. VTD buses are wheelchair accessible and air conditioned. Riders are to contact VTD’s reservation/dispatch department at (203) 735-6408 for same day service to Osbornedale and Indian Well parks. Valley Transit District service will be fare-free only on weekends and holidays, and when going to Osbornedale or Indian Well parks.
  • GBT Route 15: Connects downtown Bridgeport to Derby/Shelton train station (connects on weekends)
  • CTtransit Route 255: New Haven/Ansonia/Seymour connects downtown New Haven to Derby/Shelton train station (connects on weekends)
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The Mayor's Gallery presents "Fabric and Thread: Quilts as Wall Art": artwork by Margaret Cibulsky

The Mayor’s Gallery presents:

“Fabric and Thread: Quilts as Wall Art”

Artwork by Margaret Cibulsky

 July 11th –September 7th, 2022 

Artists’ reception Monday July 25th from 5:30-7:00 pm

The Mayor’s Gallery of Stamford warmly welcomes Margaret Cibulsky with her first solo exhibition featuring original quilts as art intended to be hung on a wall. The emphasis is on design rather than functionality. The exhibition runs from July 11th through September 7th, 2022. There will be an artist’s reception on Monday July 25th from 5:30- 7:00 pm from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM which is open to the public.

Stamford based Margaret Cibulsky learned how to operate a sewing machine watching her mother make garments and practical items such as curtains. After losing her husband to cancer, Ms. Cibulsky’s first foray into quilting was joining a church group that made comfort quilts for seriously ill congregants. Her first original quilt was a tribute to her husband and the life they had made together. The fabrics came from her husband’s clothing and is a place holder for past memories and future hopes.

Ms. Cibulsky is a self-taught quilter who learned from other members of the NYC Metro Modern Guild, books, blogs and then workshops. Before that she taught kindergarten and first grade for 32 years but now devotes herself to designing and making quilts.

Margaret moved to Stamford in 2018, is a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, NYC Metro Modern Quilters and is Co-President of the Northern Star Quilters in Westchester.

View more of Margaret’s work on Instagram at #margaret_stamford on instagram.

  •  10th floor Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford, CT
  • Parking on-site
  • handicap accessible
  • open weekdays 9am - 4pm by appointment
  • Questions? Call 203.536.8277
]]> (Ellen Gordon) Events Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:40:39 -0400
United Way of Western Connecticut Mobilizes more than 150 Volunteers to Give Back in Stamford


United Way of Western Connecticut will engage more than 150 volunteers from 9 corporate partners and the City of Stamford for its annual Day of Action, a day dedicated to outdoor community service projects throughout Stamford. 

Originally known as “Day of Caring,” this tradition began at United Way of Western Connecticut in 1994 with a mission to spread the value of volunteerism while increasing awareness of local human service agencies. Today, Day of Action bridges the gap between our donors and other nonprofit agencies by demonstrating the difference that an entire day of volunteerism can make in our communities.   

Volunteers will be located at various sites for seven nonprofit agency partners. Combined with volunteers who participated in UWWC’s Northern Fairfield County/Southern Litchfield Day of Action on June 8, volunteers will have generated 1,590 hours of service for a total of more than $53,000 of volunteer contribution.  


Day of Action will take place on Tuesday June 14, 2022 at 10am. 

United Way of Western Connecticut will hold an online kickoff event on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 3:30pm.  

Volunteers will head to project sites between 9:30-10am and can be expected to complete approximately 5 hours of volunteerism.   


Below is a list of corporate partners and their Stamford-based project locations:    

  • Webster Bank and People’s Bank: Boys and Girls Club of Stamford (90 Fairfield Ave.)   

  • Franklin Templeton: Children’s Learning Centers (64 Palmer Hill Rd.) 

  • Tasty Bite: Fairgate Farm (129 Stillwater Ave.)  

  • Rain Carbon Inc. and Northern Trust: Abilis (38 Little Hill Dr.)  

  • Genworth: Mill River Park (1050 Washington Blvd.)  

  • City of Stamford: Scalzi Park (97 Bridge St.) and Drotar Park (1197 Hope St.) 

  • Long Path Partners: Kids Helping Kids (347 Stillwater Ave.) 

  • Pitney Bowes (project to be held on June 21, 2022): Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens (151 Brookdale Road Stamford, CT) 

For media, please contact: Karissa Muniz  at  or 203-727-6806.  

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