Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Sat, 02 Jul 2022 03:57:27 -0400 HamletHub.com Westport Playhouse Presents Symposium with "Kim's Convenience" Playwright https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48096-westport-playhouse-presents-symposium-with-kim-s-convenience-playwright48096-westport-playhouse-presents-symposium-with-kim-s-convenience-playwright https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48096-westport-playhouse-presents-symposium-with-kim-s-convenience-playwright48096-westport-playhouse-presents-symposium-with-kim-s-convenience-playwright

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse will present a Sunday Symposium on July 10, following a 3 p.m. performance of “Kim’s Convenience,” a funny and touching comedy about a Korean family who owns a Toronto convenience store. Symposium guest will be Ins Choi, who wrote “Kim’s Convenience,” the play that inspired the popular, multi-season Netflix comedy series. It also won the 2012 Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Canadian Play.Choi will discuss the production and its themes with David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director.

The Playhouse Sunday Symposium program is free and open to the public. No performance ticket is necessary to attend the program. Guests are invited to arrive at the Playhouse approximately 80 minutes after curtain time; the Symposium will begin immediately after the performance. All attendees will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear a mask while indoors at the Playhouse. For updates on Covid-19 health and safety protocols at the Playhouse, visit https://www.westportplayhouse.org/visit/covid19safety/

Reflecting on his play, “Kim’s Convenience,” Choi said, “In a conversation I had with a friend about how to combat the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes, we concluded that in tandem with condemning such abhorrent behaviors, the proactive part was continuing to write and share stories with heart, humor, and craft so people listen, laugh, and can’t deny how similar we all are.” 

In “Kim’s Convenience,” Mr. Kim, called Appa, and his wife Umma, own and run a convenience store, Kim’s Convenience, in a Toronto neighborhood. Mr. Kim hopes his daughter Janet will take over the store when he retires. However, Janet plans another career path. The Kims’ son Jung ran away from home as a teen. The play follows the fractured but loving family as they follow their dreams. Directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III, the comedy runs from July 5 – 17.

Playwright Ins Choi was born in South Korea and grew up in Scarborough, now part of the city of Toronto.  He is a poet, playwright, and actor who graduated from the acting program at York University in 1998.  His first play, “Kim’s Convenience,” was a huge success at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival where it won the New Play Contest and Patron’s Pick Award.  Subsequently the play was remounted in an acclaimed version by Soulpepper Theatre Company. “Kim’s Convenience” was adapted into a television series airing on CBC. Choi completed a master of theological studies at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto.

David Kennedy is in his 14th season as Playhouse associate artistic director.  He has directed Playhouse productions each season, including “The Invisible Hand,” which received the 2016 Connecticut Critics Circle (CCC) Award for Outstanding Production of a Play, and for which Kennedy won the CCC honor for Outstanding Director of a Play.

The Sunday Symposium Series is supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation. Production Sponsor is Adam G. Clemens.  Production Partners are Allen and Lorraine Noveck. 2022 Season Media Sponsors are Moffly Media and WSHU Public Radio.

Single tickets for “Kim’s Convenience”” start at $30 during preview performances (July 5 - 8), and beginning July 9 Opening Night, tickets start at $50 and are subject to change based upon availability. Buy early for best prices.  For information on special offers, including discounts for students, senior citizens, educators, military, first responders, Indigenous peoples, professional playwrights, and groups, as well as options for pay-what-you-will and Westport Library pass, visit www.westportplayhouse.org/visit/box-office/.

All play titles, artists, dates, and times are subject to change.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org, or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

Photo Attached:  Ins Choi, playwright of “Kim’s Convenience,” at Westport Country Playhouse, July 5 -17.

 

ABOUT WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater of the highest caliber and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus. The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.  Charity Navigator has recently awarded its top 4-star charity rating to the Playhouse in recognition of its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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kerry@ducey.org (Pat Blaufuss) Events Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:16:19 -0400
Fairfield County Bank is collecting school supplies for local families in need https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/48085-fairfield-county-bank-is-collecting-school-supplies-for-local-families-in-need48085-fairfield-county-bank-is-collecting-school-supplies-for-local-families-in-need https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/48085-fairfield-county-bank-is-collecting-school-supplies-for-local-families-in-need48085-fairfield-county-bank-is-collecting-school-supplies-for-local-families-in-need

Fairfield County Bank is holding a Back to School Drive benefitting Friends of Karen now through July 15, 2022.

Friends of Karen is a local nonprofit organization that provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families in order to help keep them stable, functioning, and able to cope.

Needed School Supplies

• Sturdy Backpack Large Enough to Hold Laptop and Supplies

• Package of Ticonderoga Pre-Sharpened #2 Pencils

• 12 pack of Crayola Pre-Sharpened Colored Pencils

• Large Glue Sticks

• Two-Pocket Plastic Folders

• Set of Crayola Fine Tip Markers in Classic Colors

• Latex Free Pink Eraser

• Yellow Highlighters

• Pencil Sharpener with Cover

• Wide Rule Composition Book

There are donation bins in each of Fairfield County Bank's 17 locations:

Bridgeport | Danbury | Darien | Fairfield | Georgetown | Norwalk | Ridgefield Rowayton | Stamford | Weston | Westport | Wilton

Benefitting Local Families through Friends of Karen

Learn more about Friends of Karen https://www.friendsofkaren.org/

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Wed, 29 Jun 2022 06:11:00 -0400
Westport Farmers' Market Partners with Food Rescue U.S. for New Grow-A-Row Program https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48093-wfm-partners-w-food-rescue-u-s-for-new-grow-a-row-program48093-wfm-partners-w-food-rescue-u-s-for-new-grow-a-row-program https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48093-wfm-partners-w-food-rescue-u-s-for-new-grow-a-row-program48093-wfm-partners-w-food-rescue-u-s-for-new-grow-a-row-program

Westport, Conn. - Calling all home gardeners! Have lots of lettuce? Tons of tomatoes? Endless zucchini? Westport Farmers’ Market is incorporating Grow-a-Row Westport to encourage gardeners to donate extra produce weekly to Fairfield County people in need. 

Grow-A-Row Westport is a volunteer effort among gardeners and partners to grow and donate fresh, local, seasonal produce to benefit food-insecure populations in Fairfield County. Based at the Westport Community Gardens since 2020, Grow-A-Row has planted, tended, harvested, and collected nutritious donations of fresh produce and herbs—all delivered directly to agencies in need. 

Last Thursday, June 23, and continuing every Thursday throughout market season, gardeners are encouraged to bring donations of fresh produce from their home gardens, CSAs, or fridges to the Westport Farmers’ Market, 50 Imperial Avenue, between 10am - 2pm. 

Produce will be picked up and delivered by Food Rescue US - Fairfield County volunteers. The Bridgeport FEED Center, Fridgport, Career Resources CT, and Westport Housing Authority will receive the donations.

“We’re very excited to launch Grow-a-Row Westport at WFM,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of Westport Farmers’ Market. “Its mission perfectly aligns with ours and we were blown away by the initial response.  Collecting tons of fresh, local produce grown by our community of shoppers for the greater Fairfield County community in need is plain awesome!”

WFM receives philanthropic support from: Abramson & Company LLC; Aitoro Appliance; Alma Mexican Food; Boxcar Cantina; Cohen and Wolf; Compass Realty, Riolo Team; Dharma Massage Therapy; Doc’s Maple; Don Memo; The Drew Friedman Community Arts Center; Gault Family Companies; Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center; LeafGuard; Pause + Purpose; Pure Barre; Sugar & Olives; Terrain; Wave Hill Breads; and Wells Hill Farm. 

For more information about WFM and its programs, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com and find WFM on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @westportfarmersmarket.

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kerry@ducey.org (WFM) Places Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:58:51 -0400
PAL Fireworks Traffic Advisory at Compo Beach on July 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48092-pal-fireworks-traffic-advisory-at-compo-beach-on-july-3048092-pal-fireworks-traffic-advisory-at-compo-beach-on-july-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48092-pal-fireworks-traffic-advisory-at-compo-beach-on-july-3048092-pal-fireworks-traffic-advisory-at-compo-beach-on-july-30

The annual PAL fireworks display is set for this Thursday, June 30, 2022, with a rain date of Friday, July 1, 2022.

This is the largest annual Westport event featuring heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic affecting all roads south of Greens Farms Road between Compo Road South and Hillspoint Road.

It is recommended that spectators plan to arrive early as traffic delays are inevitable. Daytime Compo Beach visitors are reminded the beach closes at 4:00 PM. 

Only those vehicles with fireworks passes will be allowed to remain within the beach.  We ask those with fireworks passes to be standing by their vehicles at that time so Parks and Recreation staff can collect their pass. The beach should reopen to ticket holders by 5:00 PM, however, this determination will be made by Westport Parks and Recreation staff.

Pedestrians attending the fireworks are reminded not to walk on the roads and to use sidewalks when going to and from Compo Beach.  It is recommended that pedestrians wear bright clothing and parents please always keep an eye on small children!

For ticket holders:

-    Access to the PAL Fireworks display will be through South Compo Road only.  Hillspoint Road south of Greens Farms Road will be open to residents with residences south of that intersection.

-    Firework attendees should display the ticket prominently on the dashboard so it can be seen clearly when traveling to the event. They will be collected upon entry into the parking area.

-    All ticket holders must be inside Compo Beach by 9:00 PM.  No vehicular beach traffic will be allowed south of the Minuteman statue after that time.

For those who do not have tickets:

-    Vehicles without a ticket will not be able to go any further towards Compo Beach than the Minuteman statue.

-    Those utilizing Uber, Lyft, or Taxi services will be directed straight past the Minuteman Statue on Compo Road South. There, visitors can walk from the area of Compo Road South and Soundview Drive to the beach. NOTE: If you choose to use this method of transportation return service will not be available until after 11pm due to 1 way traffic exiting the beach area.

  IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR POST-FIREWORKS TRAFFIC

Just prior to the conclusion of the fireworks display, two-way traffic will be suspended on Compo Beach Road and South Compo Road to the intersection of Greens Farms Road. There will be two lanes of northbound traffic on these streets until the beach is cleared. Residents of this area will encounter delays in getting to their homes for approximately one hour or until traffic has cleared from the Compo Beach area and should plan accordingly. Residents who are planning on picking up family members in the beach area should also plan for delays. Motorists are reminded there will be a significant amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the Compo Beach area prior to and after the event and are asked to please exercise extreme caution while traveling through this area.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Westport) Events Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:15:09 -0400
The Right Side of the Hamburger at Westport Library https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/48091-right-side48091-right-side https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/48091-right-side48091-right-side

Westport, CT – Most people entering and enjoying the heralded space at the Westport Library known as the Trefz Forum don’t know the man for whom the Forum is named - Christian J. Trefz.

Well, that is about to change. In addition to the name, the public will also know the man - Christian J. Trefz - when his memoir, “The Right Side of the Hamburger,” is released at a book launch event in – YES! – the Trefz Forum on Saturday, July 9.

In association with The Legacy Project USA, a Westport-based company specializing in documenting and writing life stories for people who want to preserve and tell their history, Trefz spent over a year collaborating and working on writing his memoir. As he says, “There’s a lot to do in life and if we are happy with our accomplishments, we should put it in writing. They’re going to know who I am!”

“The Right Side of the Hamburger” will indeed tell the story of who Christian J. Trefz is and how he and his brother became so successful. The son of German immigrants, Chris and his brother Ernie grew up in the New Haven area of Connecticut learning life’s best and most reliable lessons of family closeness, hard work, and determination.

Chris and Ernie purchased their first McDonald’s franchise in 1964. That was the beginning of an empire that grew to over 50 McDonald’s restaurants throughout Connecticut and New York. There is probably a large possibility that everyone in the State of Connecticut has eaten at one of the Trefz McDonald’s restaurants.

With the telling of his story, Chris Trefz shares his life journey, reveals how his success can be duplicated and how that success has allowed him to support so many worthy institutions. He also writes about the beginning years of the McDonald’s expansion and how he and his brother Ernie became part of the McDonald’s family when Ray Kroc was just beginning to build his business. It is a story that could only happen in America. 

 “The Right Side of the Hamburger” is available for purchase at the Westport Library and on Amazon.

For more information on The Legacy Project USA, visit thelegacyprojectusa.com or call 203-222-1441.

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rozannegates@optonline.net (Rozanne Gates) Life Tue, 28 Jun 2022 09:12:54 -0400
B.I.G. Westport to Host Trebor Tales Series Author Caroline Barney https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/15-todays-events/48090-b-i-g-westport-hosts-trebor-tales-series-author48090-b-i-g-westport-hosts-trebor-tales-series-author https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/15-todays-events/48090-b-i-g-westport-hosts-trebor-tales-series-author48090-b-i-g-westport-hosts-trebor-tales-series-author

Isabel Bogdan, B.I.G. Westport Pod Leader will host Trebor Tales Series Author, Caroline Barney at Via Sforza Trattoria on Tuesday, June 28 at noon.

Attendees will gain an understanding of how to break into the publishing world. They will also come away with ways to find and communicate their authentic voice which will help them in their personal and business communications.

To inquire further about this event or to learn more about membership with B.I.G.  contact bigconnecticutregion@gmail.com  

B.I.G. is a woman's empowerment group that provides the inspiration, community and tools for women to move their businesses and personal lives forward. B.I.G. is a global organization that connects women through various local community pods. B.I.G. currently has offerings in Westport, Ridgefield and Redding in Connecticut and plans to expand to at least one more location by the end of the year. Ridgefield is the flagship location and meets every second Thursday at TerraSole Ristoranti. View all current Connecticut and Global events at http://www.bigconnecticutregion.com 

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kerry@ducey.org (Mary Dougherty) Todays events Tue, 28 Jun 2022 04:38:25 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: Elite Finishing https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48044-why-small-businesses-matter-elite-finishing48044-why-small-businesses-matter-elite-finishing https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48044-why-small-businesses-matter-elite-finishing48044-why-small-businesses-matter-elite-finishing

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 Elite Finishing!

Four questions with Glenn Williamson, founder of Elite Finishing.

Why did you start your business?

Elite Finishing was first started as a way to get me through my tuitions at UCONN. I painted for a local hedge fund throughout high school as well as my freshman and sophomore years in college. It was so satisfying seeing all the transformations we were accomplishing. After learning a bit about business in college, I started Elite Finishing my Junior year.

I saw a lack of customer service skills throughout the painting industry and wanted to raise the bar. After the first year, I fell in love with running the business and have never looked back!

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best selling service is by far our paint jobs. We focus on residential exterior painting, interior painting, and cabinet refinishing!

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

We try to solely use local businesses to support our business. We stay away from the big box stores as much as possible. Our biggest vendors are Ring's End and South Broad Paint Center.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

Elite Finishing has been stuck in a growing phase throughout the past few years. At the beginning of this year, I "reimagined" the business into a community-focused brand. The community of Westport has been unbelievably supportive and now I believe it is my turn to "paint it forward". We are always looking for community events to sponsor or just to get involved in!

Glenn would like to nominate The Visual Brand to be featured next!

Elite Finishing is located at 56 Church Lane in Westport. Visit Elite Finishing 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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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Mon, 27 Jun 2022 06:18:54 -0400
FCBuzz Weekend: Jay Leno and The Mavericks at The Ridgefield Playhouse, The Jester Jim Show at Westport Library, and MORE Arts and Culture! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48089-fcbuzz-weekend-jay-leno-and-the-mavericks-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-the-jester-jim-show-at-westport-library-and-more-arts-and-culture48089-fcbuzz-weekend-jay-leno-and-the-mavericks-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-the-jester-jim-show-at-westport-library-and-more-arts-and-culture https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48089-fcbuzz-weekend-jay-leno-and-the-mavericks-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-the-jester-jim-show-at-westport-library-and-more-arts-and-culture48089-fcbuzz-weekend-jay-leno-and-the-mavericks-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-the-jester-jim-show-at-westport-library-and-more-arts-and-culture

FCBuzz Weekend June 24 – June 26, 2022

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. Kick off the summer season of arts and culture with music, dance, art, fashion, and even a block party! Follow the summer winds to any or all of the following events:

The Mavericks - “En Español” World Tour at The Ridgefield Playhouse 

Friday, June 24, 8-10 pm

This eclectic rock and country group is known for lively performances that transcend traditional musical boundaries. Founded in Miami in 1989, The Mavericks had a string of big hits and critical acclaim in the ‘90s. The band had a triumphant reunion in 2012 and recently celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2019. Now, they are back and ranking on the Billboard charts with their first all-Spanish language album, En Español.

Pantochino Production’s As Long As We’re Talking at the MAC, Milford

Friday, June 24, 7:30pm

Celebrate Pride Month with a new musical inspired by actual events. Set in an LGBTQ book store, a cashier receives an urgent cry-for-help phone call from a young gay person about to end their life. It is up to the cashier, and the store to keep this person engaged, on the line and alive. Performed in one act for ages 13 and up. Also showing Saturday 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, 2pm.

2022 Guild Summer Salon at Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan

Saturday, June 25, 10am-4pm

Featuring works by 136 members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists working in a broad range of styles, this annual summer art sale celebrates Silvermine painters, sculptors, printmakers, mixed media and fiber artists. On view through August 18th.

June Open Studios at Metro Art Studios, Bridgeport

Saturday, June 25, 12-4pm

See nearly 40 fine artists working in a wide variety of disciplines, from drawing to painting, sculpture to jewelry, printmaking to photography, and much more. Explore the meticulously renovated three-story corset factory building in the South End of Bridgeport, talk to the artists about their inspiration, techniques, and processes, and find art to buy, collect, gift, and display. Visit the two most current art exhibits, and enjoy live music in the gallery at 2 pm. Come for a fun and culturally-rich afternoon!

The 22nd Annual Vivian & Stanley Reed Marine Show at The Stamford Art Association 

Saturday, June 25, 4-6pm

Come to the opening reception in the newly re-opened Townhouse Gallery. This exhibit centers a diverse group of artists and their interpretations of all things water. The show will be juried by Capt. Michael Bagley, artist and Director of Marine Operations for SoundWaters, who will award cash prizes. On view through July 28th during Gallery Hours (Friday-Sunday 12-3pm)

North County Band w/Alyssa Grey at Redding Concert on the Green, Redding Town Green

Sunday, June 26, 6-8pm

Bring the family, a picnic, some folding chairs, your dancing flip-flops, BYOB, and rock out with The North County Band with special guest, Alyssa Grey. The North County Band has performed at Daryl's House Club, Mohegan Sun Casino, and dozens of corporate, municipal, private, and public events in NY, MA, ME, & CT. Members share a love of country music and live performance, as well as a friendship that comes across in their stage presence. In case of inclement weather, call the cancellation line after 3 pm on the day of the show. (203) 339-6106 

Stamford Block Party! at Stamford Town Center Restaurant Plaza

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 12-8pm

It’s a two day celebration of Arts, Culture and Community with entertainers including Parsons Dance, Henry Jones Drumming, Emotions Physical Theatre, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, East Coast Contemporary Ballet, New York Comedy Club, Illusionist David Garrity, Portal Norton Peruvian Dance and fifty more… Plus food trucks, interactive activities including games, DIY murals, a giant mushroom forest, dance lessons and other activities.

The Jester Jim Show at The Westport Library

Sunday, June 26, 2pm 

Kick Off Your Summer with Jester Jim who takes the Library's main stage with a truck full of weird stuff that he tosses into the air. Is he a juggler? Is he a comedian? Does he perform the most amazing beatbox intro you've ever seen? You decide! Kids and adults alike will be talking about Jester Jim's wild antics for weeks. Fun for the whole fam!

Fashion Show Fundraiser at The Klein, Bridgeport 

Sunday, June 26, 3-6pm

Featuring The Faces of Beauty Model Team and Headliner Designer Hope Wade, NY Fashion Week designers come to Connecticut, ripping the runway for some of the best designers in the industry. With special guest, Bria Holmes, WNBA Player and a special performance by rapper, Codeclife. A portion of proceeds go to Helping Hands Outreach, a non-profit for homeless people.

Jay Leno at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Sunday, June 26, 4-7pm

Two shows! Characterized as “the hardest working man in show business,” Leno revisits his stand-up roots in a rare intimate evening with a legend. The acclaimed Emmy, People’s Choice, and TV Guide-honored late-night-show host is also an admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist. Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

BackCountry Jazz presents the Greenwich Jazz Festival 2022 

Sunday, June 26, 5-6:30pm

This free summer season features extraordinary jazz artists, from celebrated greats to young rising stars. Nine concerts in casual, open air settings - June through September. This Sunday, Bennie Wallace, tenor saxophone; Godwin Louis, alto saxophone; Donald Vega, piano; Peter Washington, bass; Billy Drummond, drums. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, wine. Venue provided with reservation confirmation. 

Summer Concert Series: The Barons at Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Stamford

Sunday, June 26, 5-7pm

Kicks off your summer with doo wop band, The Barons - one of the tri-state’s hottest tribute groups, offering an energetic, faithful rendition of the Motown and R&B hits from the 1960's. The concert will take place on the Great Lawn. Bring chairs or a blanket, and a picnic dinner. 

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at https://culturalalliancefc.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Lorie Lewis) Events Thu, 23 Jun 2022 07:01:32 -0400
Homes are Humming in Fairfield County Thanks to Two Extraordinary Techpreneurs https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/48081-homes-are-humming-in-fairfield-county-thanks-to-two-extraordinary-techpreneurs48081-homes-are-humming-in-fairfield-county-thanks-to-two-extraordinary-techpreneurs https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/48081-homes-are-humming-in-fairfield-county-thanks-to-two-extraordinary-techpreneurs48081-homes-are-humming-in-fairfield-county-thanks-to-two-extraordinary-techpreneurs

 Start Humming in Fairfield County!

There is a new company in the hood that is revolutionizing homeownership. We sat down with Adeel Mallick and Kyle Carnes, founders of Humming Homes, to learn about how this new real estate tech-driven home management company is transforming the way people manage their most expensive asset - their homes. Read our interview (and start humming!)

So, are homeowners really able to use an app to manage all aspects of their homes? How do we sign up? 

Yes! The Humming Homes app allows users to plan maintenance, request projects, get emergency assistance or expertise, and capture all of their home information. You’ll have real-time access to a dedicated team of project managers and home services professionals. Given our service is tailored to fit your needs, you can go to Humminghomes.com to sign up for a consultation with a member of our membership team.

How many homeowners are you currently serving? 

We manage close to 400 homes across the Tri-State area and Southern Florida. 

Tell me where you are located? Who can sign up for Humming Homes?

Humming Homes is currently offering memberships to homeowners in Fairfield County, CT, Westchester County, NY, The Hamptons, NY, Miami-Dade, Fl, and Palm Beach County, FL. Our goal is to provide exceptional service to residential and single-family homeowners.

How did customers initially react when you launched your service?

The most common reaction we received when we first launched was, “I can’t believe this doesn’t already exist!” Homeowners everywhere are desperate for ways to better manage their homes and have homeownership be a part of their busy lives, not a burden to them. The complexity and challenges of owning a home are so common and well-known, that most people are surprised to hear that there really isn’t anything else like Humming Homes already available.

Will you take care of appliances, and record-keeping as well? 

The Humming Homes system is built on documenting all appliances and home systems and storing that information in an accessible way. The goal is to make it easy to know if your appliances need maintenance, and simple to request service if needed. Our team will pass along the most relevant information to a repair company to eliminate the need for multiple visits or misunderstandings onsite.

Learn more about Humming Homes - download the App and start HUMMING! 

Get social with Humming Homes

Twitter @HummingHomes

Facebook @starthumming

Instagram @starthumming

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Thu, 23 Jun 2022 06:06:00 -0400
Westport Country Playhouse Announces Its 2022 Woodward Internship Class https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48088-westport-country-playhouse-announces-its-2022-woodward-internship-class48088-westport-country-playhouse-announces-its-2022-woodward-internship-class https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48088-westport-country-playhouse-announces-its-2022-woodward-internship-class48088-westport-country-playhouse-announces-its-2022-woodward-internship-class

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse announces its 2022 Joanne Woodward Internship class of seven theater career aspirants who will enhance their professional skills and gain on-the-job experience working directly with Playhouse senior staff from June through mid-August. The seven interns were selected from nearly 250 applicants.

Named in honor of actress, director, and the Playhouse’s former artistic director, the Joanne Woodward Internship program is one of the nation’s preeminent theater training opportunities for emerging professionals. Internships have formed a vital part of the Playhouse’s mission since 1946. Among the alumni of the Playhouse’s program is composer Stephen Sondheim.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new interns to the Westport Country Playhouse,” said Jenny Nelson, who is the Roz and Bud Siegel director of education and community engagement at the Playhouse. “It is our hope that these talented, young people will gain authentic knowledge about their craft as well as offer guidance to our staff about ways we can amplify young people in our community through the art of theater.”

Westport Country Playhouse’s 2022 Woodward Internship class:

Corinne Brager, company management intern from Richmond, VA, is a senior at Elon University, pursuing a double major in arts administration with a management concentration and drama theater studies with a dance minor. She has worked in administration, advisory, and audition management. Her experience in both performance and administration fuels her passion for new works and creating inclusive theater communities. 

Christopher Conte, marketing intern from Darien, CT, is a rising junior at Sacred Heart University with a double major in strategic communications, PR & advertising, and musical theater. He is actively involved with his university’s theater arts program, currently serving as the co-recruitment chair. He has worked in many different areas of theater including acting, directing, costume design, and stage management. 

Kathryn Duffner, wardrobe intern from Middletown, CT, recently graduated with a BA in theater from Southern Connecticut State University where she was awarded the Theatre Scholar Award and summa cum laude Latin honors. During her time at SCSU, she held the positions of president and costume crew head for her campus’s drama club, The Crescent Players.

Alix Livermore, development intern from Marblehead, MA, is currently a sophomore at Wesleyan University studying theater and biology. This past year, she acted in student productions playing a grandma, a young boy, and a judge. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, and trying to find really old books.

Nick Nuñez, education intern from Stratford, CT, is a sophomore theater performance major at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY. He has been a part of the performing arts community for years. His most recent credits include “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” and “The Other Shore & Dance Project 2021” with Wagner College Theatre. He has worked with students of all ages since he was a freshman in high school at various camps and schools. During the winter of 2021, he organized and facilitated a 4th-8th grade student online theater workshop with the Stratford Recreation Department and throughout the year works in their arts department. 

Nick Schons, props intern from Fargo, ND, recently graduated from Concordia College in Moorehead, MN, with a bachelor of arts in theater. He works as a freelance scenic designer and scenic artist in the upper Midwest and recently returned from being a scenic artist at the Utah Shakespeare Festival for their 60th Anniversary season. www.nickschons.weebly.com

Abigail Wilson, stage management intern from South Salem, NY, is a rising senior at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, majoring in math and theater, with a focus in stage management. Her recent credits include “House of Desires” on the Pomona College Mainstage, and an outdoor dual student thesis production of “Twelfth Night.” She has been working in technical theater since middle school,

In addition to immersive work in their respective departments, interns attend weekly seminars featuring a variety of guest speakers, including Playhouse staff members, visiting designers and artists, commercial producers, and more. Interns receive a living wage stipend and housing in Fairfield, CT.

The 2022 interns were hired through the Playhouse’s recently restructured recruiting process to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. Hiring panels, comprised of the department’s manager, other department members, and a staff member from a different department, carefully reviewed all applications and asked identical questions of all candidates, creating an equitable environment.  

In addition to the Woodward Internships, the Playhouse supports the Staples High School and Fairfield Ludlowe High School Senior Experience programs, in Westport and Fairfield, CT, respectively, designed for seniors to gain a comprehensive overview of an organization and real-world experience prior to graduation. This year’s Playhouse participants are Leah Chapman from Staples, and Sophia DelGuadio from Fairfield Ludlowe.  

Woodward Internship Program sponsors include Anna Czekaj-Farber. Support for the 2022 Education and Community Engagement Program comes from the Eunice and David Bigelow Foundation; Stephen Corman; Anna Czekaj-Farber; The David and Geri Epstein Foundation; George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation; Judy and Scott Phares; Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, Inc.; and Roz and Bud Siegel. 2022 Season Media Sponsors are Moffly Media and WSHU Public Radio.  

Westport Country Playhouse’s 2022 season includes the Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning pop/rock musical, “Next to Normal,” about a family’s loss and their endurance with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, and directed and choreographed by Marcos Santana, April 5 through April 24; “Straight White Men,” about a father’s relationship with his three adult sons, written by Young Jean Lee and directed by Mark Lamos, May 24 through June 5; “Kim’s Convenience,” a comedy that inspired a Netflix series about a Korean family who own a Toronto convenience store, written by Ins Choi and directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III, July 5  through July 17; Obie Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist “4000 Miles,” about two unlikely roommates, written by Amy Herzog and directed by David Kennedy, August 23 through September 4; and Los Angeles Drama-Logue winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee “From the Mississippi Delta,” an inspiring coming-of-age journey, written by Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland and directed by Goldie E. Patrick,October 18 through October 30. The complete schedule is available at www.westportplayhouse.org. All play titles, artists, dates, and formats are subject to change.

All audience members are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks while inside the Playhouse to ensure the actors stay safe and healthy to avoid performance cancellations. For updates on Covid-19 health and safety protocols at the Playhouse, visit https://www.westportplayhouse.org/visit/covid19safety/

For more information on Westport Country Playhouse or to buy tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org, or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Pat Blaufuss) Places Wed, 22 Jun 2022 13:04:36 -0400
Westport Farmers' Market Launches Young Shoots Kids Photo Program June 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48087-wfm-launches-young-shoots-kids-photo-program-june-2348087-wfm-launches-young-shoots-kids-photo-program-june-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48087-wfm-launches-young-shoots-kids-photo-program-june-2348087-wfm-launches-young-shoots-kids-photo-program-june-23

Westport, Conn. - Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM), in partnership with The Artists Collective of Westport and the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, is pleased to announce the 6th annual Young Shoots Photography Contest. 

Young Shoots invites three age groups of photographers to demonstrate their love for local food through the digital lens. Budding young photographers, ages 6 to 18, take pictures at WFM from June 23 through July 31, 2022, that are submitted into a friendly, age-based competition. 

Photos submitted by photographers will be judged for age group awards by Anne and a panel of local artists and the public. An art opening for all Your Shoots photographers will be held Wednesday, August 23, at Gilbertie’s Front Lawn on Sylvan Avenue, where Sugar & Olives will cater. 

“We are excited to have Anne Burmeister,  WFM board member and Who Grows Your Food photographer, as co-chair of this super-popular program this year,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of WFM. “The kids will have the opportunity to work with a professional photographer as they set out to capture local food, farmers, farms, and farm products at the Market the way Anne and Ashley Skatoff did through the stunning and successful WGYF program.”

“I have been a fan of Young Shoots for years,” said Anne. “It is going to be my absolute pleasure to support and encourage the perspective and expression of these young photographers at work in the Market.” 

As in previous years, age group winners and the “Fan Favorite” will receive cash prizes and an opportunity to attend an art class at MoCA of Westport. 

Calling all young shutterbugs: Get your creative juices flowing and register today at youngshoots.artcall.org! 

About Westport Farmers’ Market

The award-winning Westport Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday from 10 to 2 at 50 Imperial Avenue in Westport, Connecticut. WFM is committed to providing fresh, local, healthy, and seasonal food. It aspires to create a fun, safe, and healthy community environment for education and socialization. Its mission is to increase awareness, knowledge, and support for local producers focused on sustainable and healthy growing practices. For more information, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com and follow WFM on social at Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. 

WFM receives philanthropic support from: Abramson & Company LLC; Aitoro Appliance; Alma Mexican Food; Boxcar Cantina; Cohen and Wolf; Compass Realty, Riolo Team; Dharma Massage Therapy; Doc’s Maple; Don Memo; The Drew Friedman Community Arts Center; Gault Family Companies; Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center; LeafGuard; Pause + Purpose; Pure Barre; Sugar & Olives; Terrain; Wave Hill Breads; and Wells Hill Farm. 

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kerry@ducey.org (WFM) Places Tue, 21 Jun 2022 05:42:08 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend June 17 – June 19: Father's Day, Make Music, PRIDE, and Juneteenth Events https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48086-fc-buzz-weekend-june-17-june-19-father-s-day-make-music-pride-and-juneteenth-events48086-fc-buzz-weekend-june-17-june-19-father-s-day-make-music-pride-and-juneteenth-events https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48086-fc-buzz-weekend-june-17-june-19-father-s-day-make-music-pride-and-juneteenth-events48086-fc-buzz-weekend-june-17-june-19-father-s-day-make-music-pride-and-juneteenth-events

FC Buzz Weekend June 17 – June 19, 2022

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.

Lots to celebrate in Arts and Culture this weekend! Father’s Day, Pride Month, and Juneteenth events are everywhere – many in the great outdoors! Grab your dad, your partner, your friends and head to any or all of the following events:

Shakespeare on the Sound’s KING JOHN at Pinkney Park, Rowayton

Friday, June 17 - Sunday, June 19, 7:00 pm

For the 26th season of Shakespeare on the Sound, enjoy a captivating tale of a battle between England & France, full of intrigue, battles, deception, powerful females, and a fierce rivalry. Running through July 3rd, Tuesdays - Sundays at 7:00 pm, with Kids' Shows at 5:00 pm & 5:30 pm each night before the show.

Norwalk Art Festival in Mathews Park, Norwalk

Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free family friendly arts and culture! This two-day festival features the works of over 75 juried artists from local and national talent, exhibiting a wide variety of media including photography, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, painting, mixed media, printmaking, fiber, metal and sculpture. Located in a beautiful park setting nestled between two museums and nationally recognized art centers. 

The Norwalk Art Festival Tom Knight Music & Puppet Show at The Ridgefield Library

Saturday, June 18, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Families with children of all ages will be treated to music and a puppet show with the charismatic Tom Knight as he performs his Library Boogie Show. Knight brings fun, whimsy, and personality to the center stage. A pinch of puppetry, a dash of music, and a sprinkling of videography have been baking for more than 30 years to create an engaging, delightful persona that has charmed audiences around the world. 

Yankee Doodle Fair at The Westport Woman’s Club

 

Friday, June 17 - Sunday, June 19, 

Kids of all ages will enjoy one of Westport’s oldest and best-loved family events! This fair features carnival rides and games, food, live music, sand art, a bake sale, raffle drawings, and more. Fair proceeds benefit Fairfield County charitable causes and need-based college scholarships. 

2nd Annual Juneteenth Day at The Mark Twain Library 

Friday, June 17, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Gather on the lawn of the library for Poetry, Justice & Jazz. Celebrate the day with discussions, jazz classics and selected poetry readings moderated by Tom Kilbourn, Episcopal priest and retired Joel Barlow High School English teacher. Registration recommended.

PRIDE Cabaret Night! at The Westport Library 

Friday, June 17, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In celebration of PRIDE month and in partnership with Westport Pride, this evening of music, performing arts and comedy spotlights the talent of Westport’s LGBTQ+ community. Hosted by comedian and activist Mina Hartong, the night begins with a social cocktail hour where guests can mingle with local organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community. Showtime begins at 7:30 pm.

“An Evening Under the Fireflies” 2022 New Canaan Sculpture Trail Opening

at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan

Friday, June 17, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

The New Canaan Land Trust and New Canaan’s Carriage Barn Arts Center invite the community to the opening celebration of the 2022 New Canaan Sculpture Trail, a collaborative outdoor art exhibition that inspires reflections about our natural surroundings. This fundraiser event features: wine; local craft beer and signature cocktails; a local farm to table menu; a jazz trio; a silent auction with unique items; and the opportunity to mingle with artists. 

Family Day at MoCA Westport

Saturday, June 18, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Come and see the world-famous Piglet, and Melissa Shapiro, author and co-creator of The Piglet Mindset educational outreach program. Watch Norwalk artist 5iveFingaz create a mural of Piglet in real time on the Museum grounds. Participate in a sensory focused art activity led by MoCA Westport instructors, enjoy live music by local favorite Dustin Lowman, and grab a treat from the on-site ice cream truck.

Frank Mastrone in “A Tribute to Broadway” at Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk

Saturday, June 18, 8:00 pm

 

MTC's Hot Summer Nights cabaret series begins with an evening of Broadway favorites with Frank Mastrone who has appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Cats, Big: The Musical, Jekyll & Hyde and Saturday Night Fever. Additional special guests may surprise the audience at this performance! 

Isaac Mizrahi’s  Cabaret Show at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Saturday, June 18, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Celebrate Pride Month with famed clothing designer and Project Runway All Stars judge, ​​Isaac Mizrahi. Accompanied by his band of jazz musicians, Mizrahi will perform a range of tunes by the likes of Madonna and Barbra Streisand to Billie Eilish, Cole Porter and more. AND he’ll dish on everything happening in social media, politics, sex, and his latest Instagram obsessions!

Make Music Ridgefield: Music & Art In The Park in Ballard Park Ridgefield

Sunday, June 19, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Ridgefield Arts Council kicks off Make Music Day with a free event in Ballard Park, featuring local musicians performing throughout the day and artists’ work on display. Enjoy a wide array of musical talent performing jazz, rock, blues, and everything in between. See School of Rock House Band, Brian Butler Quartet, 3PO, Scott Robert Trio, Tony & the Westsiders, Daniel John Moriarty, and more. The international celebration of music is held each year in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries and it continues on Tuesday 11am-7pm when anyone is invited to participate in any space, in any way they’d like. Check out Make Music Day celebrations on Tuesday, June 21 all around Connecticut.

“Unheard Voices” Theatrical Event and Talkback at The Ridgefield Library

Sunday, June 19, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This special theatrical event commemorates the anniversary of the end of Slavery with a monologue play including music and drumming. It brings to life a moment in time that might have been and gives voice to those African descended individuals who lived, loved, laughed, and endured on the streets of 17th- and 18th-century NY. Talkback will follow. Please register.

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at https://culturalalliancefc.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Lorie Lewis) Events Thu, 16 Jun 2022 11:56:42 -0400
Westport First Selectwoman Announces Juneteenth Holiday for Town Offices https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/48084-westport-first-selectwoman-announces-juneteenth-holiday-for-town-offices48084-westport-first-selectwoman-announces-juneteenth-holiday-for-town-offices https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/48084-westport-first-selectwoman-announces-juneteenth-holiday-for-town-offices48084-westport-first-selectwoman-announces-juneteenth-holiday-for-town-offices

Westport First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker announced today that Town Offices will be CLOSED on Monday, June 20 in recognition of the Juneteenth Holiday. Board of Education Offices will be open.

First Selectwoman Tooker noted, “On June 17, 2021, President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Action, establishing June 19, the date marking the end of slavery in the United States, as a federal holiday. On May 27, 2022, Governor Lamont signed legislation recognizing Juneteenth as a legal state holiday in Connecticut. Although that action will not become effective state-wide until 2023, I believe the recognition and commemoration of this historically significant date in our collective American history is worthy of a holiday for Town of Westport employees starting this year.”

Because June 19 falls on a Sunday, the holiday is recognized on Monday, June 20.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Westport) Life Thu, 16 Jun 2022 09:01:30 -0400
Summer Outdoor Shopping Days in Downtown Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48082-summer-outdoor-shopping-days-in-downtown-westport48082-summer-outdoor-shopping-days-in-downtown-westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48082-summer-outdoor-shopping-days-in-downtown-westport48082-summer-outdoor-shopping-days-in-downtown-westport

The Westport Downtown Association presents “Summer Outdoor Shopping Days” taking place Saturday, June 18th, 2022 and Saturday, August 20th, 2022.

The Town of Westport has approved the closing of streets to traffic and parking for this outdoor shopping event on Main St from Post Road to Elm St. Brooks Corner will also be closed for vendors - creating more space for patrons and merchandise. Merchants on upper Main St, Elm St and Church Lane will also be participating.

The Westport Downtown Association Shopping Day is purposefully not called a “Sidewalk Sale” so businesses can decide how to best use the event based on their current merchandising needs. They may choose to offer products with deep discounts or to showcase current, higher margin products. All types of merchants in the downtown area have been encouraged to participate in this outdoor shopping day.

The following streets will be closed:

  • Main Street from Post Road to Elm St.
  • Brooks Corner Lot will be closed for vendors
  • Church Lane (which is already closed in a current program).

In the Fall of 2020, the Westport Downtown Association saw a new opportunity to promote downtown shopping by producing a pilot series of themed block closure days. One of the most popular was the retail focused shopping day, where all merchants were encouraged to bring fixtures out to the sidewalk, nearby businesses could bring retail tables to the heart of downtown and Main Street was closed to traffic for free pedestrian access, more cafe tables, strollers, music, art, kiddie bikes & scooters and lots of pups were brought along too.

The atmosphere was relaxed and fun - with more space and time to walk around, and easy to stop by the offerings of merchants whose thresholds may not normally be crossed. As Shop Local campaigns gain momentum in towns all around the country, here in Westport the Westport Downtown Association wants to give the community great reasons to plan Saturday trips downtown to shop, dine & drink, hang with friends, welcoming and safely outdoors on glorious summer days!

The Summer Outdoor Shopping Days in Downtown Westport would not be possible without the support of Humming Homes, Anderson Renewal, David Adam Realty, Manna Toast, thingsilove203, Equals Human, Desert Fox, Chakarr Jewelry, Hanesie Clothing, and Yup Pup in addition to Brooks, Torrey & Scott, Inc. On-site and supporting sponsor positions are available by contacting Jill Dunn at events@westportdowntown.com. Press inquiries to Micaela Marshall at marketing@westportdowntown.com

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Downtown Westport) Events Tue, 14 Jun 2022 09:35:36 -0400
Pet Pantry Warehouse Announces FUN-raisers https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48083-pet-pantry-warehouse-announces-fun-raisers48083-pet-pantry-warehouse-announces-fun-raisers https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48083-pet-pantry-warehouse-announces-fun-raisers48083-pet-pantry-warehouse-announces-fun-raisers

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Pet Pantry Warehouse, a community-based, family-owned, and operated pet supplies retailer in Fairfield and Westchester County has announced its 2022 event lineup. These outdoor events, known as "the ultimate furry fun-raisers", feature games, competitions, family activities, entertainment, and a lot of free swag from premium pet food brands. Pet Pantry events are free to the public, attract thousands, and were created to bring the community together while raising money for local non-profit organizations like Adopt-A-Dog (adopt-a-dog.org) and other worthy causes. 

In 2020 Pet Pantry celebrated its 75th year anniversary but all signature events were canceled due to the pandemic in addition to in-store anniversary celebrations. Last year, Pet Pantry was able to host Puttin’ on the Dog and Howl & Prowl in Greenwich although the events were scaled down to protect attendees. “Our fundraising is critical in the communities we serve”, said Adam Jacobson, Executive Vice President at Pet Pantry. He continued, “Organizations we’ve supported for decades with our signature events rely on our financial support. I know that our partners and the families in the communities we serve are just as eager for these events to return as we are.” 

During the pandemic, the Pet Pantry team found an urgent need to provide more financial assistance in both Westchester and Fairfield counties. With the addition of a monthly in-store fundraising program, Pet Pantry has been able to increase community giveback all year long. The “Donatable Dollars” campaign enables the retail locations to raise money through its Pet One monthly specials program. Since the launch of  Donatable Dollars, Pet Pantry has raised over $70,000 dollars to assist non-profits, individuals in need, and other people and/or pets in their local communities. Each time a customer chooses to shop items on sale from participating brands, Pet Pantry is able to make a contribution. 

“Adopt-A-Dog is incredibly grateful for not only the ongoing support of Pet Pantry Warehouse but for our long-term partnership," said Adopt-A-Dog Executive Director, Courtney Bellew. She continued, “We love working together to bring fun events to the local communities and raise awareness about rescue animals. Last year’s Puttin’ on the Dog was an amazing turnout despite the pandemic and we hope to have even more people enjoy these upcoming events in 2022”. Puttin’ on the Dog and Pet Pantry have partnered on this event for more than 30 years. The shelter was founded in 1982 in Greenwich by residents Donna Nives, Gloria Scheuer, and Pam Fahnestock. Now based in Armonk, N.Y., Adopt-A-Dog still holds its biggest event in Greenwich but through its partnership with Pet Pantry, the organization has expanded its fundraising reach in Fairfield and Westchester County. 

This year’s event lineup includes the annual New Canaan Dog Days scheduled for Saturday, May 21st at New Canaan Nature Center from 11 am until 4 pm; Fairfield Dog Days at Old Town Hall on Sunday, June 19 from 11 am until 4 pm; Puttin' On The Dog at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich on Sunday, September 18 from 10 am until 4:30 pm; Harvest Market at Old Town Hall in Fairfield on Saturday, October 15 from 10 am until 4 pm; and Howl & Prowl on Greenwich Avenue on Sunday, October 30th from 1 pm until 4 pm. 

For more information, please visit Pet Pantry online (ppwpet.com), subscribe to the PPW email list, and follow along on social. Event details will also be available at each of the retail locations. @PPWPet #PPWPet.  

About Pet Pantry Warehouse

Pet Pantry Warehouse, is a community-based, family-owned, and operated pet supplies retailer. Products are carefully sourced to ensure quality and value. The history of the Pet Pantry began in 1945 with World War II Army Air Forces servicemen, Mort Davis, and Jac Cohen. The pair formed their alliance over a British puppy adopted by Davis while stationed in wartime England. After accomplishing a stateside transfer for the lucky pup, the two remained friends, joining forces in the pet food business. Davis passed away in the late ‘60s, but Cohen soldiered on with their enterprise through 1995, when the business was purchased by Barry Jacobson and his sons Adam and Ari, who run the business today. 

When the business was re-conceived in 1995, the large warehouse space which was home to the original Pet Pantry was converted into a more modern shopping experience and a new business model was born. The success of the reformatted business paved the way for additional locations. Today these locations include Rye, Larchmont, and Scarsdale in Westchester County (New York) and New Canaan, Wilton, Riverside, and Fairfield in Fairfield County (Connecticut). 

Six out of the seven locations (Scarsdale, Rye, Riverside, Wilton, New Canaan, and Fairfield) have self-serve pet washrooms, and host “Clean your Paws for a Cause” fundraisers with local entities. Pet Pantry also feeds local K-9 Units free of charge in Fairfield and Westchester County and sponsors New Canaan Dog Days, Fairfield Dog Days (new), Puttin' on the Dog, and Howl & Prowl. For more information and for online ordering please visit Pet Pantry online (pppwpet.com). Follow on Instagram: @PPWPet #PPWPet

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kerry@ducey.org (Beverly Balaz ) Events Tue, 14 Jun 2022 06:22:08 -0400