Stamfordnorth's HamletHub Sat, 31 Jul 2021 12:48:05 -0400 FCBuzz Weekend: Bridgeport PRIDE, Romeo and Juliet, The Honky Tonk Angels, JOY Music Festival, and MORE!

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to elevate arts and culture in Fairfield County! Each Friday, check out the many 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. 

Friday night, catch the finale of Pride month with Bridgeport PRIDE that includes an exhibition of the work of 30 artists in OUTWorks at City Lights Gallery, with a reception 6-8:30pm, a PRIDE March from City Lights Gallery around to The Bijou Theatre, and then a PRIDE Variety Show at The Bijou - with music, dance and drag, and featuring Ballet Eloelle debuting a newly choreographed piece, produced by Ricky Mestre, and hosted by Dolores Degage.

Also opening with a reception Friday night, 5:30-7pm at the Fairfield Museum and History Center is an exhibition exploring the impact of Columbia Records, that had a major manufacturing plant and research center in Bridgeport.  Topping the Charts: The Rise of Bridgeports Columbia Records, curated by Daryn Reyman-Lock, explores how local engineers and scientists, working at Columbia’s Bridgeport factory literally transformed recorded sound, first by introducing gramophones into the American household and later, the lateral-cut record, LPs, and stereophonic sound.

Two great outdoor theatrical experiences wrap up this weekend so be sure to check out Curtain Call’s Romeo and Juliet - its 18th Shakespeare on the Green -  playing in its own outdoors Globe Theatre, at Sterling Farms on Newfield Avenue, in Stamford, and The Summer Theatre of New Canaan with its riotous musical The Honky Tonk Angels, telling the story of three gals who follow their dreams to Nashville, with a live all-star, all-women country band on stage.

There’s a great range of music this weekend: new classical, rock, jazz, country, folk and traditional. Where to start?  In Fairfield, Saturday at 5pm the Audubon Center’s summer series of concerts by the farm pond continues with three award-winning young classical guitarists, all coached and encouraged by Music for Youth.

In Ridgefield on Saturday at 5pm, outside, among the giant Frank Stella sculptures at the Aldrich Museum, the Western CT Youth Orchestra kicks off its multi-week Charles Ives Music Festival with “Joy,” a concert reveling in joyous short pieces by contemporary composers, ending with Ravel’s famous "Introduction and Allegro.”

In Greenwich at 5pm on Saturday, BackCountry Jazz offers another free jazz concert in a fabulous private garden in Greenwich. Bennie Wallace leads his band in a garden to be revealed when you reserve your free tickets.

On Sunday 2pm-6pm, Westport’s Beechwood Arts & Innovation, an arts center offering salons throughout the year in its 1806 renovated farmhouse and under its 400-year-old copper beech, celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its “Beechwood Open,” performances and artworks by local artists, but also including several world-renowned, as well as up-and-coming, pianists playing and leaving their legacy on Beechwood’s new Yamaha Disklavier Grand Piano that records the exact movements of the pianist, enabling the piano to play it back real-time.

And on Sunday at 7pm, one of the many free concerts being offered at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion is The American Patchwork Quartet drawing on a repertoire of centuries-old American folk songs that highlight America’s immigrant roots. Old songs are made new through creative arrangements that highlight the exceptional and well-honed skills of each remarkable band member

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at here.

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Stamford Boy's and Girl's Club Kids Graduate from Public Safety Youth Academy!

Congratulations to graduates of the Stamford Public Safety Youth Academy!

For the past 4 weeks, these amazing kids from the Stamford Boy's and Girl's Club have spent time engaged in interactive activities with the Stamford Police, Stamford Fire, Stamford EMS, Health Department and the Stamford Emergency Dispatch Center.

We can only hope they learned as much from us as we learned from them. What a great experience!

Visit Stamford Police on Facebook here for additional photos.

]]> (Stamford Police) Neighbors Fri, 30 Jul 2021 10:12:34 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Crazy Confections


Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Crazy Confections!

Three questions with Andrena Forlenzo, founder of Crazy Confections.

Why did you start your business?

I have always been creative and artistic. When I realized that my passion for art, such as painting and sculpting could translate to using food gels and fondant, I was hooked. Crazy Confections started as a joke with some friends while I was simultaneously working in the restaurant industry and earning my Master's Degree in School Counseling.

Decorating quickly became my creative outlet and I had a knack for it. As a lifelong Stamford resident, it is a true pleasure being able to bring happiness and joy to others for their special events. I turned Crazy Confections, LLC, from a hobby into a business with the passing of the CT Cottage Food Law because I could see the demand within Stamford and Fairfield County.

When people want to add a little something special to their events or provide a sweet treat as a gift, I'm their girl! Sharing my craft with others in my community is my "why".

What is your best-selling product/service?

I offer custom cookies, cakes, cake-pops, cupcakes, as well as chocolate drizzled cereal treats and pretzels, but my customer favorite is definitely my cookies! I offer Cookie Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kits for decorating, which are also available for parties, as well as custom-designed cookies and holiday preorder offerings.

My customers love to come to me to create a beautiful assortment for their special occasion, but also enjoy the convenience of my preorder sales. I offer the option to also package cookies for gift giving in a special box with a ribbon or to be wrapped as party favors if customers want to take advantage of those services.

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

It's really important to me to support other local small businesses, and I'm always excited to see a new one pop up! For my specific needs, I work with Stefanie from Stamford Moms quite often for advertising as well as on options for preorder. Our most recent collaborations were on our Winter Holiday and Spring Cookie Kits. We partnered on both of these with County TV & Appliance, with who I also just made a rather large purchase with, as my new kitchen has a full line of appliances from the County.

When I'm running low on ingredients I often drive down the road to Grade A Shoprite in Shippan. Long days and late nights in the baking business require lots of fuel made possible by Donut Delight, Turning Point Coffee Roasters, and Humbled Coffeehouse. After a long weekend on my feet and squeezing icing bags I try to get to Fancy Nail & Spa in Darien for a chair massage.

Andrena would like to nominate Humbled Coffeehouse and House of Humbled to be featured next!

Visit Crazy Confections online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages as well!

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

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José Feliciano Headlines Concert Celebrating Connecticut's New, Tougher Human Trafficking Law at Ridgefield Playhouse on Aug. 14

Celebratory Concert Headlining José Feliciano on August 14 at The Ridgefield Playhouse

To mark the passage of the new state law that better protects victims of human trafficking in Connecticut, as well as highlight continued efforts by organizations around the state to focus greater attention to this pervasive problem, Traffick Jam Live, a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is hosting a special concert featuring Grammy Award-winning singer/guitarist José Feliciano of Weston and special guest Vaneese Thomas at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, Aug. 14.

The concert will work to raise money -- and awareness -- about human trafficking, which affects communities large and small, including many here in Connecticut. Since 2008, more than 1,000 children have been referred to the Department of Children and Families in Connecticut as possible victims of child trafficking.

Between the two performances several Connecticut based anti-human trafficking nonprofits (PEHT, LOVE 146 and TJL) will share some vital information about human sex trafficking right here in our own communities. The presentation takeaways include: tips on “Red Flags” to look for to spot early indications of “grooming” techniques of traffickers; a protective look at how social media can provide traffickers access to our young daughters.

State Sen. Will Haskell will join them on stage and comment about the importance of the recently signed anti-human trafficking law.

Traffick Jam Live is a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit aimed at collaboratively disrupting human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking of girls under the age of 18, in the United States. It was launched by Ridgefield resident Bo Beatty in 2016.

Traffick Jam Live shines a spotlight on the shadows of human trafficking through concert and event productions that inform audiences on vital human trafficking awareness information.  For starters, if you see something, say something by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733. Traffick Jam Live is also collaboratively developing a tactical hand signal for girls to alert “trained eyes” when they are with their trafficker on an airplane, a hotel lobby or any public facility with monitored security cameras. 

"Sadly, most Americans have no idea how prevalent sex trafficking is right here in our own communities," states Beatty.

The new law, which passed earlier this summer, has been hailed by advocates working to end human trafficking. Traffickers charged in Connecticut will find it harder to avoid prosecution and victims of trafficking will now have an easier time getting their convictions vacated if the crimes they committed were done while being trafficked.

Advocates say these measures, and others included in the law, reflect a greater understanding and awareness of the problem, as well as the long-term consequences trafficking has on its victims. On a recent online zoom presentation hosted by Greenwich-based Partnership to End Human Trafficking (PEHT), the group praised the new law and the significant efforts of advocates over several years to get it passed and signed. 

“This new Connecticut State law is a major accomplishment,” said Erin Williamson, vice president of Global Programs and Strategy at New Haven-based LOVE146.

One of Williamson's and LOVE146's concerns are the predatory traffickers' enhanced social media access to vulnerable young girls anywhere in Connecticut.

The average age of entry into human sex trafficking is 12 to 14 years old, according to many anti-trafficking agencies. And the U.S. Department of State, in its "2021 Trafficking In Persons Report,” indicates that 28 percent of sex trafficking victims in the United States (more than 1 in 4) are girls under the age of 18.

Concert organizers are hoping the community comes out to enjoy some great music and do their part in disrupting human trafficking. The concert opens at 7 p.m. with a performance by Thomas and her ensemble.

"I'm honored to be a part of it. It's such an important issue," said Thomas, who has sung with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Celine Dion, to name a few.  "I don't think people really know ... they know the large picture, the big picture of what human trafficking is about. But they don't see it in a personal sense. That it could be right next door to them. That it could be right in their neighborhood. I'd like to draw attention to that aspect and have people be aware of what is going on around them."

She will be followed by the presentation and then the headliner -- Jose Feliciano -- will take the stage. Feliciano, a longtime Weston resident, headlined the Grand Opening of the Ridgefield Playhouse in 2000 and is returning once again to lend his talents to a worthy cause. 

In a joint statement, both José and wife Susan Feliciano stated, “Unless we, as a people, are really aware of this perversion —  a thing as diabolical as Human Trafficking — it will continue to permeate the underbelly of our society. I must admit, not until I was invited to perform this concert in support of Traffick Jam Live,  did we, Susan and I, grasp the scope of the dilemma. We need to become more fully aware and dedicated to do whatever we can, whatever it takes, to rid this scourge in order to protect the most vulnerable among us. Together, let’s work towards eradicating Human Trafficking in all its forms.”  The venues Gold Circle tickets also include post event VIP “meet and greet” with Feliciano after the concert.

To help provide complimentary concert tickets to Connecticut human trafficking survivors and employees and volunteers of CT’s anti-trafficking nonprofits, visit “donate” page, make a donation, and enter “Comp Tix” in the comments field.  Join in and let’s JAM human trafficking together.

Tickets are available at and here

-- For more information about Traffick Jam Live, please visit

Vaneese Thomas opens the Traffick Jam Live Aug 14 ...

]]> (Bo Beatty) Charities Fri, 30 Jul 2021 07:07:30 -0400
Stamford Land Conservation Trust Looks To Buy Altschul Properties

Stamford Land Conservation Trust has been offered to purchase 64 acres from the Altschul family for approximately $3M.

The Land Trust board has received significant commitments toward the $3M purchase price but still needs $550K to close the gap, which would be $1M higher if not for the generosity of the owners, who are selling below market value.

The 65 acres, located on Den and Riverbank Road, are adjacent to the 164-acre Helen Altschul preserve — the Land Trust’s crown jewel and largest preserve. Acquisition of the 65 acres would create a combined open space domain of 245 acres — an important and most worthy achievement for the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as for the City of Stamford and our citizens.

The Land Trust is continuing to work with donors to raise the necessary additional funds.

The entire Stamford community would have access to open space and trails - it's really an investment in the community now and for the future. 

To donate or to ask questions about the properties, email or visit

For donations, be sure to specify that it's for the Altschul properties. In the event the monetary target is not reached, SLCT will return donations.

]]> (Lizzy Zawy Public Relations ) Places Thu, 29 Jul 2021 12:24:31 -0400
COBS Bread raises dough to support Swim Across America Fairfield County

The Hyden family, owners of two COBS Bread franchises in Greenwich (Riverside) and Stamford, Connecticut, believe that giving back to the community is just part of doing business. As longtime supporters of Swim Across America Fairfield County, they also believe that supporting cancer research, especially when the beneficiary is local, is just a win-win for everyone involved.  

This year, their sixth year supporting Swim Across America Fairfield County, the Hyden family and both of their COBS Bread stores are going in big and making a splash for Swim Across America Fairfield County by hosting two barbecues, earmarking a portion of proceeds from the sale of their famous Gourmet Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns, soliciting donations in their stores, and feeding the Swim Across America Fairfield County swimmers and volunteers on August 8, the day of the big open water swim.

“Our family has lived in the Riverside, Old Greenwich and Stamford area for 17 years, after moving from Australia,” noted Rob Hyden, owner of COBS Bread Riverside and Stamford stores. “Our three sons were all heavily involved with the Greenwich aquatics community through water polo and swimming. We know a number of friends in the community who have sadly been impacted by cancer, in many forms, and we believe that Swim Across America Fairfield County does great work in fundraising for cutting edge cures with its local beneficiary Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. We like to think that feeding the athletes and volunteers on the day of the swim with great, natural and satisfying foods, helps make everyone happy, plus raises more funds for research. In a time when more are becoming aware of where the foods they eat are sourced, and have a desire to eat more naturally, healthier ingredients, we believe we have a great story to tell, and a great contribution to make.”

COBS Bread Riverside and Stamford will offer customers the opportunity to donate directly to Swim Across America Fairfield County right in their stores, as they pick up their baked goods. They will also donate $1 of every sale of Gourmet Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns between now and the Swim on August 8, and will be holding two barbecues on July 31 (5 Riverside Lane, Riverside) and August 1 (1057 High Ridge Rd., Stamford) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where the proceeds will go to Swim Across America Fairfield County. The day of the big open water swim on August 8, COBS will be on-site selling their famous bacon, egg & cheese sandwiches on a bun with all funds being donated to Swim Across America Fairfield County. 

Swim Across America Fairfield County is in its 15th year of making waves to fight cancer. It is one of 21 open water swims from Boston Harbor to under the Golden Gate Bridge offered by the national nonprofit Swim Across America. Swim Across America is a national organization, but its roots are firmly anchored in Connecticut and along the shores of Long Island Sound as Darien, Connecticut, resident Matt Vossler and his lifelong friend and college roommate Jeff Keith founded Swim Across America in 1987.

Each swim also always supports a local beneficiary — the Fairfield County swim supports Stamford-based Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy — and has generated $4.3 million to support 11 scientists working on new cancer gene therapy treatments. Throughout its years, Swim Across America has raised more than $100 million in the fight against cancer.

More than 120 Olympians support Swim Across America, including Michael Phelps, Craig Beardsley, Donna De Varona (a Greenwich resident and honorary Fairfield County co-chair), Rowdy Gaines, Janel Jorgensen McArdle (who grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut), Bobby Hackett, Ryan Lochte, Glenn Mills, Christina Teuscher (who participates in the Fairfield County event) and many more.

To learn more about Swim Across America Fairfield County or to register to swim, volunteer or donate, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @SAAFairfieldCo or email

]]> (Swim Across America Fairfield County) Charities Wed, 28 Jul 2021 04:39:50 -0400
The Ridgefield Playhouse Adds Two New Shows with Colin Jost on Sunday, August 15

Colin Jost new show at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, August 15 is on sale for Playhouse members NOW

Show times 4:30PM and 7:30PM

Public on-sale Friday, July 30 at 10am!

Purchase tickets HERE.

Don’t miss this evening of stand-up from the award-winning, co-anchor of “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live!

Please note that the 7:30 pm show is a rescheduled performance - tickets from Colin Jost's April 20, 2020 show will be honored. The 4:30 pm performance is a brand new show. Tickets are available for both shows.

Back after a sold out show in 2019, the “SNL Weekend Update” host is back with an all new show! Jost serves as a head writer for “Saturday Night Live.” He started writing for “SNL” in 2005 and has been co-anchor of “Weekend Update” since 2014.

Jost co-hosted the special editions of “Weekend Update” that aired on MSNBC during the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions as well as the primetime “Weekend Update Summer Edition” in 2017. In 2018, Jost and co-anchor Michael Che hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Additionally, Jost wrote and starred in the Paramount/Netflix film “Staten Island Summer,” based on his days as a lifeguard. He has won four Writers Guild Awards, a Peabody Award and has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his writing on “SNL.” Jost graduated from Harvard University and is from Staten Island, N.Y.

Purchase tickets HERE.

Colin Jost - One Star Review

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Dregon Design


Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Dregon Design!

Three questions with Andre d'Esterno, founder of Dregon Design.

Why did you start your business?

I'm a freelance designer and I started Dregon Design after college to help other small businesses stand out from the crowd and look professional.  We offer high-quality, unique, and custom graphics, from logos, packaging, advertising to billboards and apparel.

What is your best-selling product/service?

The best selling product/service are the logos. As a fontographer, inspired by famous designers like Paul Rand and Milton Glaser, I strive to offer memorable, iconic logos that retain an everlasting image. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but our logos are more than words, but with feeling too!

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

Local Businesses such as Minute Man Press, HJ Hoffman screen printing in Norwalk, and a handful of terrific freelance photographers, videographers, and music producers around the Fairfield county area.

Visit Dregon Design online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook page as well!

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

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The Mayor’s Gallery presents Jay Petrow This Must Be The Place Now Thru September 8

The Mayor’s Gallery presents Jay Petrow “This Must Be The Place” - emotionally charged abstract expressionist paintings

          NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 

At long last the Mayor’s Gallery has reopened. Artist Jay Petrow installed his exhibit days before the March 2020 lockdown began. Consequently his art has been there ever since. Please stop by weekdays from, 9 am-4 pm to view this exciting collection of paintings. The exhibit will be held over through September 8th when we celebrate the long overdue reception.

A long time resident of Westport and a native New Yorker, Jay Petrow began his art path with classical beginnings, producing portraits of friends and painting landscapes of places traveled to. After receiving a bachelor's degree from Middlebury College in Vermont Jay rarely produced art of any kind for over thirty years. Working in New York City as a magazine art director for major consumer brands like Time, Sports Illustrated and BusinessWeek, Jay focused on his career and spending time with his wife, Nancy, and their two children.However, raising a son with autism created extreme day-to-day stresses for his family, which led to an art reawakening for Jay. Feelings of love, anger, joy, sadness, and loss were overwhelming at times. Jay turned back to art as a conduit for his expression. Working in an abstract expressionist style allowed Jay to decipher and translate his emotions directly onto the canvas.“I approach painting from an explorer's point of view. Initially I may choose a few colors as a starting point to explore the tension and vibrancy between them. As the painting develops, it becomes more an exploration of my inner world and my emotional state in dealing with my son’s autism. My brush strokes and colors explode from within me as I process the different feelings I'm experiencing.The work depends on a subconscious level of interaction of my emotions and energy, and visualizing what's happening on the canvas as I layer on colors and textures.

Maintaining a conversation from within and without, the work takes on a sense of place. I find joy in seeing the paint come to life, the colors dancing on the canvas and imagined images emerging. My paintings become a place that I inhabit, and if successful, a place that others can venture into as well."Besides starting to paint again, Jay also changed careers and is principal owner of Petrow Gardens Landscape Design ( in Westport, CT.  He designs gardens throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties. Petrow's professional background as a landscape designer is an underlying influence in his work. "Designing landscapes and painting abstract art have more similarities than one would expect. When you look carefully at nature there are so many details to observe. As a landscape designer I’m inspired by my natural surroundings, but I abstract it to its core essence in my designs. When a garden is designed, groups of plants are used to compose areas of color and texture that interplay with each other.”
Jay has shown his work locally in private galleries, libraries and arts centers and his work is in many private collections. Over the past year Jay has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center as well as being the artist in residence at Weir Farms in Wilton, CT.  Extended intensive work at these residencies has helped facilitate a change in Jay's style and a leap forward in his abilities as a painter. Most of the paintings in this exhibit were created during the last year of residencies.


10th floor Government Center 888 Washington Blvd Stamford, CT

Week days from 9 am - 4 pm  handicap accessible parking on site


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Dine in The Aldrich's Sculpture Garden with Artists on Friday, October 1

Aldrich Artists at the Table on Friday, October 1 

  • 6pm VIP Cocktail Hour
  • 7pm Dinner

$205 VIP Cocktail Hour and Dinner*
$155 Dinner Only
$130 Dinner Only Member Price

Purchase tickets here.

Dine in The Aldrich’s Sculpture Garden among Tim Prentice's kinetic sculptures with artists and fellow art lovers at Aldrich Artists at the Tablea locally sourced three-course dinner prepared by the Museum’s culinary partner Hayfields Market Catering. This seasonally inspired dinner invites friends of the Museum to come together and share a meal, engage in conversation, and celebrate local flavors and contemporary art.

Artists in attendance include: Clarity HaynesTim PrenticeJessi ReavesAnalia SegalRudy Shepherd, and Aldrich Care Box artists Ilana Harris-Babou, Athena LaTocha, and James Allister Sprang.

Purchase tickets here.

 This year’s dinner highlights the work of artist Lucia Hierro whose exhibition Marginal Costs is currently on view in the Museum. Hierro is collaborating with Hayfields to prepare a special Dominican dessert inspired by one of the works on view in her exhibition. Guests will each receive a menu card with a specially-conceived work of art by Hierro to take home.

Proceeds from Aldrich Artists at the Table help support The Aldrich’s exhibition program, which provides a platform for emerging and underrecognized artists.

*VIP tickets include access to an exclusive pre-dinner cocktail hour with Aldrich curators and exhibiting artists and complimentary preferred seating for dinner. There is no member discount for the VIP cocktail hour.

Members receive a discount on dinner tickets. If you are not already a member, consider joining today!

Prices include a 3% credit card transaction fee.

For questions, please contact Jamie Pearl at or 203.438.4519, extension 118.


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Stamford Art Association Presents: 1918 Another Pandemic/ Almanac Collages

1918 Another Pandemic/ Almanac Collages: Working Through the Pandemic Time Zone - an exhibition of collages by Susan McHale and Dana McHale

September 4th – 26th Saturdays and Sundays only from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM or by appointment
In person at the Stamford Art Association Townhouse Gallery
The Stamford Art Association is pleased to present, in person, “1918 / 2020 COLLAGES: Working Through the Pandemic Time Zone”, an exhibition of collages by members Susan McHale and Dana McHale, both of Greenwich, CT.
For Susan and her daughter Dana it started with the discovery of a load of old Farmer's Almanacs and daguerreotypes at a flea market in Maine. Susan and Dana had been making collages throughout the Covid 19 2020-21 shut downs and isolation for fun and entertainment. They started to make collages with the theme of The 1918 Pandemic, but with modern twists. It was a way for them to filter out the bad and bring in the fresh air, using images to bring together history and creativity.
The Farmer's Almanac became a way of imagining the past for them. “We tried to imagine the day to day lives of people during the period and to empathize with them.  Some images are from our own or family photos, others from Google, but repurposed or changed, cut and pasted, painted over and recycled. Making collages helped us through the darkest days of the pandemic.” according to Susan McHale.
The exhibition can be view in person on Saturdays and Sundays from September 4th – 26th from noon to 3:00 PM at the Stamford Art Association Townhouse Gallery. For appointments at other times please call 203-912-6570. The Townhouse Gallery is located at 39 Franklin Street, Stamford, CT 06901. To view the exhibition digitally 

Dana McHale is a graduate of Greenwich High School and has over the past 6 years attended Silvermine School of Art.  She has been making jewelry and selling her work through the Holiday Shows at Silvermine New Canaan, CT and The Mew Greenwich where she is a volunteer. Most recently Dana had collage works online at The Ely Center of Contemporary Art. Past shows also include The Stamford Art Association, The Art Society of Old Greenwich, and The Greenwich Arts Council. 

Susan McHale, Dana's mom, has been exhibiting locally, also at The Silvermine School of Art Student Exhibits. She has been a member of various Art Societies: Ridgefield Guild, Rowayton Art Center, and The Arts to the Avenue Shows through The Greenwich Arts Council. She graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, CT and attended both the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and The Royal College of Art in London extension courses. Susan has worked as a Graphic Designer and is a past employee of The Flinn Gallery at the Greenwich Library, CT.

Now in it’s 50th year established in 1971 in a circa 1874 historical townhouse*, the Stamford Art Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers and multimedia artists. We host an international exhibit, the Faber Birren Color Award Show, and a High School Student Show for Fairfield County students. All artists, not just members, are welcome to submit their work for exhibits. Annual competitions draw submissions from local, regional, and national artists. The Stamford Art Association is supported by grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the City of Stamford and the Kuriansky Foundation and generous donations from individual artists and friends.

Since its inception, the SAA continues to serve the community and has grown to include students from Fairfield County High Schools with an annual exhibition. The SAA gallery is used to exhibit local and national works, providing a richness that is reflected in the variety of mediums and backgrounds of the ever changing association. The gallery is open free to the general public.

*Due to the historical nature of the Townhouse Gallery, visitors and artists should be advised that some physical access may be limited.

Stamford Art Association Townhouse Gallery
39 Franklin Street
Stamford, CT 06901
]]> (es gordon) Events Sun, 25 Jul 2021 11:06:35 -0400
FCBuzz Weekend: Bridgeport Film Festival, Stamford Art Festival, Live Music, and MORE!

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 Tuesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members. 

This weekend we are fortunate to have two summer festivals: one indoors and one outdoors. In Bridgeport, at The Klein Auditorium, we have the First Annual Bridgeport Film Fest. There are workshops and panels 11am-4pm (Saturday) and 11am-2pm (Sunday) followed by short films throughout the evening. On Sunday at 2pm Liz Ortega’s feature-length documentary “AND….SEEN,” will be screened. The film challenges mainstream assumptions about disability through the perspective of Connecticut actress/wheelchair dancer Jamie Petrone.  You can attend in person, but your tickets will also allow you to stream the films to your own device. Now that’s cool!

Outside on both days is the Stamford Art Festival at Harbor Point. This is a juried art show with hundreds of entries from across the nation, so the quality is high. See one-of-a-kind fine arts and crafts including painting, sculpture, wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, printmaking, glass, ceramics, and art jewelry. Exhibiting artists will also be sharing their creative process through demonstrations and plenty of complimentary art supplies available for inspired children and adults alike to enjoy.

On the music scene, on Saturday Max Creek plays their own Country/Folk/Rock brand of music at Norwalk’s Wall Street Theater, 5:30-9pm. Celebrating 50 years as a band, guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist Mark Mercier and bassist John Rider have stayed together since the 1970s, while the drums and percussion team of Bill Carbone and Jamemurrell Stanley weren’t even born when Max Creek was founded.

Over at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday at 7pm, catch Brett Dennen. Flame-haired, six-foot-five, and with a singular gift for meditating on life’s most meaningful subjects with equal parts innocence and razor sharp wit, Dennen’s successful string of albums and Top Ten singles, like “Make You Crazy,” “Wild Child,” and “Already Gone,” have secured him a solid place in American folk music.

If you haven’t yet discovered the exciting new Norwalk Art Space, on West Avenue next to Mathews Park, you are in for a treat. The just-opened exhibit A Dialogue in Styles: Jahmane and Adger Cowans shows art by two multigenerational artists at different stages of their ever-evolving careers. Jahmane is a “graffiti” artist whose style has evolved through fashion, graphic design, cultural iconography and murals. Jahmane’s work is matched with that of photographer Adger Cowans, internationally renowned for his portraits, street and political scenes, who has developed a fascination with the abstract and spiritual power of light and experiments with paint in many abstract forms. Sunday 1pm-3pm, witness a live conversation between these two influential Black artists in person and join in the Q&A session afterwards.

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page here.

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Stamford Art Festival features Abstract Artist Jennifer Moné Hill at Stamford Art Festival Sat & Sun

Abstract Artist Jennifer Moné Hill at Stamford Art Festival Sat & Sun

Experience the art of Jennifer Moné Hill at Stamford Art Festival at Harbor Point, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm rain or shine.

The setting is a waterfront park and boardwalk that leads to restaurants. Admission is free and free parking nearby. The Annual Stamford Art Festival includes museum quality fine arts and handmade crafts, fun educational activities for children and adults, international cuisine, and live music performances Saturday and Sunday. Navigate to 1054 Pacific St, Stamford, CT, 06902 and find Jennifer at booth number 15.

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Can't Stand Still Adaptive Dance is Huge Success!

CAN'T STAND STILL - An Adaptive Dance-A-Thon hosted by Healing Hearts and New Paradigm Theatre Co.

The New Paradigm Theatre Company, a nonprofit theatre well-known for collaborations with other community nonprofits co-hosted “Can’t Stand Still” an Adaptive Dance-A-Thon produced with local nonprofit Healing Hearts on Friday, July 16th. 

The Dance-A-Thon took place at BreakThu Fitness located in Stamford and 25 youth from both organizations danced, participated in fun “Olympic” games and socialized.  

 Healing Hearts Adaptive Recreation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides social and recreational programs for children, teens, and young adults with special needs to foster friendships, promote fitness, and support independence. Executive director, Kimberly Colletto says,  “We at Healing Hearts Adaptive Recreation provide a weekly Friday night Club Night with a different theme every week! We were very excited for our first Dance-A-Thon and collaboration with New Paradigm Theater Co, and hope to make this a yearly event!”

 The New Paradigm Theatre Company (NPT) is a nonprofit organization promoting social responsibility and fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through arts education and theatrical productions. The Dance-A-Thon was the brainchild of Youth Board Director and recent UConn graduate, Katherine Griffin. “The Youth Board is always looking for opportunities to build community and to participate in service or fundraising projects. After a long period of time without in person events due to Covid, this event was the perfect way to get everyone excited and engaged.” 

NPT produces professional shows that often assist other local nonprofits with strategic partnerships that highlight theatre and the arts as key components of a healthy community.

This August, New Paradigm Theatre will present “Footloose,” the Broadway hit musical, live on stage August 20th and 21st at Black Rock Church in its state-of-the-art theatre. The production will feature West End London star, Craig Pinder, as Reverend Shaw Moore as well as local youth and adults. 

“The Dance-A-Thon was a natural tie-in to the show” says NPT Artistic Director, Kristin Huffman. We also have some special needs students as well as in-need and typical students that are in our cast and they all get to work foot-to-foot with our stars.” 

Tickets for Footloose can be found at:

For more information about The New Paradigm Theatre Company visit: If you have a 13-18 year old who would like to apply to join the Youth Board of Directors, receive volunteer hours, and learn alongside the pros please write to  

For more information about Healing Hearts visit:


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ACT of Connecticut's Summer Teen Conservatory culminates in magical production

Into The Woods Jr. is a wild success at ACT of Connecticut

This past weekend, ACT of Connecticut presented the Summer Teen Conservatory’s production of “INTO THE WOODS Junior”! Two performances on Saturday marked the finale of the two-week intensive theatrical summer workshop, led by ACT of CT Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine.

You may remember that ACT of CT produced INTO THE WOODS this past May, and now these talented teens were able to shine (on the original INTO THE WOODS set) in their own production.

ACT of CT Teen Conservatory: Summer Main Stage Musical Theatre Intensive ran from July 5 to 17th. The program allows teens the opportunity to rehearse and perform on ACT of CT’s professional stage and incorporate lighting, sound, and technical elements into their production. Students had the opportunity to work with ACT of CT’s Music Supervisor (and Music Director of Broadway’s JAGGED LITTLE PILL), Bryan Perri throughout the summer conservatory experience.

If you’re not familiar with INTO THE WOODS, the clever Stephen Sondheim musical intertwines several classic fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel. These storylines are tied together with the overarching theme of a Baker and his wife’s journey traveling into the woods to reverse a witch’s curse. This Broadway classic was brilliantly reimagined as INTO THE WOODS Junior by ACT of CT's Levine, specifically for students.

Says Levine, “I was thoroughly impressed by our students’ commitment and deep enthusiasm for this summer’s experience. INTO THE WOODS is a sophisticated (and fun) show and I was truly blown away by the students hard work and dedication.”

The ACT of CT Teen Conservatory is a highly competitive and sought after summer experience. To participate in the Conservatory, all students submitted audition videos in the early spring and summer. ACT of CT is proud to offer professional theatrical training for all ages through its summer educational programming.

This year’s teen participants ranged from grades seven to twelve and attend a range of schools including Bethel High School, East Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, John Jay High School in Cross River, Middlebrook Middleschool, Newtown High School, Ridgefield High School, Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury, Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, The Harvey School in Katonah, NY, Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, and Wilton High School.

The young and talented performers included: Alec Schwartz, Arthur Brown, Ava Baroody, Blake Consentino, Brianna Hekle, Camryn Liem, Elizabeth Campbell, Ethan E. Smith, Faith Flanagan, Finn Ryder, Florence Mercurio, Frankie Belden, Grace Rundhaug, Jahnia Brown, Julia Johnston, Lara Cruzado, Lindsay Carroll, Madison Z Varriale, Maggie Haber, Millie Altopp, Reese Wheat, Rosalie Corry Peña, Sadie Gureasko-Moore, Siena K. Baglio, and Sydney Michel.

For more information on ACT of CT and the Teen Conservatory, please visit

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