The Norwalk Art Space is delighted to open its newest exhibition on Thursday, July 22, 2021, “A Dialogue in Styles, Jahmane and Adger Cowans.” — an announcement from The Norwalk Art Space
This exhibit encompasses multiple decades of evolutionary work from two premier Connecticut artists, Adger Cowans and The Norwalk Art Space’s Korry Fellow Jahmane. Deeply rooted in social commentary, abstraction, bold experimentation, and the ability to explore concepts beyond traditional “Black Art,” this exhibition presents an intimate view into the creative worlds of two accomplished artists. Although generationally separated, Jahmane’s and Cowan’s work share common threads that complement each other as if created on simultaneous timelines. The range of subject matter, medium, and technique demonstrate each artist’s ability to translate diverse concepts into newfound works of art ranging from graffiti, fashion, graphic design, cultural iconography, and murals in Jahmane’s case and photography, textiles, and painting for Adger.
Online submissions are now being accepted in an open call to artists for “Photography and Sculpture,” an exhibit at the Rowayton Arts Center scheduled to run from Aug. 1 through 29, 2021. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center
The deadline for submissions is July 2, and accepted artists will be notified by July 9, 2021. Visit the RAC website for the prospectus and other information for submitting entries online. The Chair for the show is Joanna Bridges and the Co-chair is Laure Dunne.
New this summer, the Norwalk Seaport Association is now welcoming regional organizations that offer summer camps for children to come and visit Sheffield Island and Sheffield Island Lighthouse for an unparalleled maritime excursion. — an announcement from the Norwalk Seaport Association
Preservation of the island and lighthouse as well as offering educational opportunities for children are two of the founding principles that the Norwalk Seaport Association has been founded on. If organizations and summer camps are looking for a new camp activity that will delight and engage kids of all ages, they should consider renting the Norwalk Seaport Association’s vessel the C.J. Toth for an excursion. The Norwalk Seaport Association has developed two options for camp educators to choose from, both offer an educational and rewarding experience at affordable price points. A two-hour harbor cruise is scenic, educational, and fun.
Darien High School’s 2021 graduation ceremony combined congratulations on getting through high school during the COVID-19 pandemic with the regular high school graduation themes — life advice, thankful appreciation and assurance that the graduates have what it takes to succeed in the future. The 321 graduating seniors had a sunny late spring day and blue sky to accompany speeches filled with hope and optimism. In a speech that focused on gratitude, Valedictorian Eleanor Chase offered the audience a cookbook-like “list of ingredients you’ll need to make a high school graduate,” including “one awkward fourteen year old,” 30 teachers, two bus drivers and a supportive family. “Put the 14-year-old in a brick building for four years at approximately 70 degrees: decorate with cap and gown.” She added: “But, between all the congratulations and cords and handshakes of today, I hope we all remember everything else on that ingredient list.”
Here are the full texts of the speeches boy Valedictorian Eleanor Chase and Salutatorian James Strong speeches, as prepared, at Darien High School’s Wednesday graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021:
The speeches were provided by Darien High School. At the bottom of this article, you can watch the full graduation ceremony video from DAF Media.)
Valedictorian Elanor Chase
The recipe for a high school graduate isn’t easy to pull off, but with a lot of time, a lot of love, and an ungodly amount of patience, it can be done. I’ve assembled a list of ingredients you’ll need to make a high school graduate:
● 1 awkward fourteen year old
● 30 teachers
● 10 administrators
● A dedicated maintenance staff
● 2 bus drivers
● a dozen friends, and
● 1 supportive family
Put the 14-year-old in a brick building for four years at approximately 70 degrees: decorate with cap and gown. Making a high school graduate is often seen as a singular feat of achievement for the graduate. I mean, going from that awkward 14-year-old who can’t even tell the difference between the B wing and the F wing, and is too embarrassed to even ask directions until they’re completely lost and on the brink of tears, to an almost fully-functional adult?
Addison Cushman May of Warwick, New York and Stamford, passed away on June 5, in Stamford, surrounded by his family. He was 87. Born Dec. 25, 1933 in New York City to Byron B. and Martha Fay May, he was a descendant of Robert Cushman, who, with a group from London, arranged the financing for the voyage of the Mayflower to Plymouth in 1620. Growing up in Darien, Cush attended the New Canaan Country School and graduated in 1952 from the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts.
Here’s Realtor Deirdre McGovern’s report on Darien and Rowayton real estate from June 10 to 17, 2021:
This week’s Darien highlights:
8 New to Market Listings in Darien
1 Price Reductions in Darien
6 Accepted Offers in Darien
11 Closed Sale in Darien
1 Open Houses in Darien
This week’s Rowayton highlights:
4 New to Market Listings in Rowayton
2 Price Reductions in Rowayton
1 Accepted Offers in Rowayton
1 Closed Sales in Rowayton
1 Open Houses in Rowayton
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Address, Community, Square Feet — Price
24 Hale Lane, Darien, 900 — $575,000
1 Hale Lane, Darien, 900 — $599,000
25 Arnold Lane, Rowayton, — 1,680 $699,000
112 Camp Ave., Darien, 1,875 — $1,350,000
151 West Ave., Darien, 3,744 — $1,695,000
135 Highland Ave., Rowayton, 4,271 — $2,495,000
33 Horseshoe Road, Darien, 4,544 — $2,795,000
10 Craw Ave., Rowayton, 3,474 — $3,495,000
5 Hawthorne Road, Darien, 4,255 — $3,695,000
54 Stony Brook Road, Darien, 6,446 — $3,795,000
31 Bluff Ave., Rowayton, 3,543 — $5,450,000
90 Long Neck Point Road, Darien, 6,161 — $7,495,000
Address, Community — Original Price / Previous Price / Current Price
6 Saint Johns Place, Darien — $798,000 / $798,000 / $779,000
168 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton — $1,700,000 / $1,700,000 / $1,600,000
8 Nylked Terrace, Rowayton — $2,850,000 / $2,850,000 / $2,499,000
Address, Community — Latest Asking Price
289 West Ave., Darien — $749,000
459 Hoyt St., Darien — $799,000
81 Holmes Ave., Darien — $995,000
61 Witch Lane, Rowayton — $1,250,000
127 Camp Ave., Darien — $1,400,000
9 Tulip Tree Lane, Darien — $2,550,000
100 Pembroke Road, Darien — $3,295,000
Address, Community — Listed Price / Sold Price
10 Frate Court, Darien — $899,000 / $875,000
26 Crooked Trail Road, Rowayton — $950,000 / $972,000
15 Edgerton St., Darien — $1,395,000 / $1,387,500
18 Highland Ave., Darien — $1,550,000 / $1,550,000
19 Lakeside Ave., Darien — $1,695,000 / $1,635,000
33 Tory Hole Road, Darien — $2,695,000 / $2,525,000
5 Driftway Lane, Darien — $2,695,000 / $2,670,000
248 Old Kings Hwy. South, Darien — $2,375,000 / $2,700,000
10 Morehouse Drive, Darien — $2,745,000 / $2,800,000
70 Leeuwarden Road, Darien — $2,595,000 / $2,950,000
15 Old Farm Road, Darien — $3,295,000 / $3,170,000
180 Pear Tree Point Road, Darien — $4,950,000 / $4,750,000
Public/Live Stream Open Houses
Address, Town — Price — Day, Date, Time
35 Wakemore St., Darien [PICTURED] — $859,000 — Saturday, June 19, 1 to 3 p.m.
5 Little Brook Road, Rowayton — $869,000 — Saturday, June 19, 1 to 3 p.m.
Deirdre McGovern is a real estate agent who has called Darien home for more than 25 years. She has been involved in many local organizations. She can be reached at 203-554-0897 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you can join us in celebrating the life of Margaret “Peg” Weeks who passed away on Feb. 10, 2021. The service will be held at St. Luke’s Church, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 26, in the sanctuary. The church requests that masks be worn inside.
Vera Nicolopoulos, who survived World War II in Germany, came to America in search of a better life, and raised two children as a single mother, passed away at the Lafayette Nursing Home on June 13, 2021, just short of her 92nd birthday. She was a strong and brave woman who faced adversity with determination and good humor and was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was born Vera Helene Martha Thomas on June 18, 1929, the only child of Arnhold and Helene Thomas. Her father was a blacksmith who died during the war, circumstances unknown, while on medical leave in Berlin. She and her mother lived in Berlin throughout the war, surviving numerous bombing raids and the Berlin Blockade which led to severe food shortages in the city.
The Darien Police Department advises that the following traffic regulations are being put into effect for the area surrounding Darien High School on Wednesday June 16, starting at 4 p.m.
— an announcement from Darien police
—As in previous years, all traffic will enter the high school grounds via Noroton Avenue. Vehicular traffic will not be permitted to enter the area via High School Lane or Nutmeg Lane. Officers will be present to direct all vehicles to appropriate and designated parking areas. —All vehicles will be properly parked so as to facilitate and expedite the safe flow of vehicles at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony. —If needed, vehicles will be parked on both sides of Nutmeg Lane and High School Lane facing away from Darien High School. —Motorists are asked to pay particular attention to posted “No Parking” areas. Previous experiences have resulted in illegally parked vehicles blocking driveways or restricting access to emergency vehicles.
Overnight Friday to Saturday, a 2020 Volvo XC60 was stolen after it was left unlocked outside a home on Horseshoe Road. Within a day, the SUV was found in Waterbury. Inside the vehicle, Darien police detectives found items stolen the same night from another unlocked vehicle outside a Brookside Road house. When police went to the Brookside Road victim’s home to tell her what they’d found, she told them she hadn’t realized her purse had been stolen. It held various bank cards, identification and keys.
After a 21-year-old Daren man was charged in a domestic incident, according to police, he was told to show up in court and not to return to the home; the next day he wasn’t in court but was back at the home, resulting in two more arrests. Darien police gave this account of the matter, including accusations not proven in court:
On Wednesday, June 9, Christian Fiorenza of 13 Devonshire Dr. was charged with disorderly conduct after police were told that during a verbal argument he “became physically aggressive” then went to a room of the victim’s home and “began to cause damage” (police gave no details about what he did). Police were called to the home at 9:54 p.m. Fiorenza admitted to becoming physically aggressive, and was issued a misdemeanor summons to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford the next day. As a condition of his release, he was told not to return to the home until the court gave him permission. The next day, June 10, he showed up at the home.
Brett James Kelly of Brighton, Massachusetts, a former resident of Darien, passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at the age of 31. Brett was born on Nov. 20, 1989 in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1990 the Kelly family moved to Darien. He graduated from Darien High School in 2008 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University in 2013.
The summer travel season is starting with a vengeance. After a year of quarantining, we’re all anxious to get back on the road again. But where to go? And what can you expect when you get there? A recent mid-week mini-vacation to the Berkshires taught our family some important lessons.
Update: First Selectman Jayme Stevenson tweeted at 7:36 p.m.: “Found the culprit: fire on the lines on Leroy near the railroad. Power has been restored.” Update: 6:46 p.m. — Power came back in Darien as of 6:37 p.m., Eversource’s online Outage map says. Customers without power: “fewer than two,” according to the Web page. Update: 6:36 p.m. — All 221 Stamford customers who were without power had it back by 6:27 p.m., according to Eversource’s online Outage map.