JoyRide Class Benefits JLSN 2019

Joyride Spin Class on Nov 10 Supports Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk

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Join Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk (JLSN) for a spin-class at JoyRide Darien! Proceeds from the ride will benefit JLSN’s women’s empowerment initiatives. Bring some cash with you and stick around after the class for refreshments and shopping — Sweaty Betty will be setting up a pop-up and offering discounts on all purchases! If You’re Going … Tickets can be purchased for $40 at the event signup Web page.

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Rumpleteaser Comedy Improv Performs Nov 9 at Darien Arts Center

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New York City comedy is coming to Darien on Improv Night at the Darien Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 9. Adults will enjoy a night of laughter at the DAC with Rumpleteaser, an improv team from New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

The talented and unique performers promise a hilarious evening as they create new musicals on the spot. Audience members will belly laugh their way to a whole new world and all that jazz, as anything goes!

Caffeine and Carburetors: Classic Cars on Display at Waveny Park on Sunday Morning

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Come to the Caffeine & Carburetors gathering of classic cars on display and on the road Sunday morning in Waveny Park for the season closer with a salute to the Great Gatsby era. — an announcement from Caffeine & Carburetors

The gathering takes place from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the park in New Canaan just over the Darien border. “Lets see those great cars from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and more! Lets not forget about all of the usual favorites too!” the organization said in an announcement.

Something Spooky and Fun, the Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival This Way Comes on Saturday, Oct 19

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The Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival brings some Halloween spookiness and fun for kids  this Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Every October for over 50 years, the Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival has transformed the Tokeneke Elementary School, located on Old Farm Road in Darien, into a Halloween-themed haunted house and amusement park where kids of all ages can find delicious food, unique games and activities. UPDATE, Wednesday, 1:46 p.m.: Darien Police issued a traffic advisory on Wednesday, Oct. 16, describing traffic restrictions, advice on driving through the area and parking availability. The new information is published both at the bottom of this article and separately on Darienite.com.

30 New England Craft Breweries in Westoberfest Beer Festival Oct 19 in Westport

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Over 30 New England craft breweries will serve up their favorite seasonal beer tastings at Westoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. in the heart of downtown Westport. — an announcement from the Westport Downtown Merchants Association

The Westport Downtown Merchants, in partnership with The Grapevine, downtown’s newest wine and spirits merchant, have built on last year’s successful inaugural event and added more breweries with more than 50 unique pours of the best local and regional craft beer for three hours of unlimited sampling. The perfect complement to flavorful craft brews is delicious food, and Westoberfest will feature two local favorites, Kawa Ni and Rothbard Ale + Larder with options to satisfy any appetite. Line up early to experience traditional brats and pretzels from Rothbard’s, or satisfy your culinary craving with spicy miso ramen, tofu pockets and sesame noodles from Kawa Ni.

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Vampires in New England: A Talk at Darien Historical Society About a Colonial Vampire Scare

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In 1990, two young boys playing in a Connecticut quarry made a startling discovery, which led to an even more frightening revelation — evidence of a vampire scare in early New England. Hear the chilling true story, Vampires in New England, with Dr. Nick Bellantoni, Connecticut’s archaeologist emeritus, during the Darien Historical Society’s Historical Halloween on Sunday, October 27 at 3 p.m.

— an announcement from the Darien Historical Society

Vampire folklore was rampant in New England from 1780 to the 1890s, and a combination of disciplines helps archaeologists to discover more about this period in New England history, said Bellantoni, who has been dubbed Connecticut’s “Indiana Jones.”

“As it turns out, a real public health issue was to blame,” he said. The case was launched in 1990 when two young boys discovered skulls at a quarry in eastern Connecticut. Bellantoni and a team of forensic scientists were called to the scene and soon discovered the site was a long forgotten colonial cemetery. “One grave, in particular, caught our attention,” Bellantoni said.

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Darien Arts Center Starts Its First Halloween Family Fest, Saturday, Oct 26

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Families can kick-off their Halloween festivities with the Darien Arts Center’s first-ever Halloween Family Fest, a free event from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, Oct. 26. Children of all ages will have fun and get in the spirit of Halloween with crafts, treats, storytelling, sing-alongs and drop-in dance classes at the complementary family-oriented event, where all are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Most activities are geared for those ages 3 and up, but children of all ages are welcome. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Activities include pumpkin painting and mask making from 9 a.m. through noon and Halloween sing-alongs from 11 a.m. until noon in the DAC Visual Arts Studio, located near the ball field at the rear of Town Hall.

Disney’s ‘Gabby and the Unsittables’ Sunday at Darien Playhouse, a Free Show With Free Food

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CALLING ALL KIDS! The Darien Playhouse will be showing two episodes of Disney’s newest program, “Gabby & the Unsittables” this Sunday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The two 22-minute episodes are free of charge, as is the popcorn and drinks. — an announcement from the Darien Depot Teen Center

Disney describes the new TV program, which debuts on Friday, this way:

“Gabby Duran (Kylie Cantrall) constantly feels like she’s living in the shadows of her uber-polished, successful mother Dina (Valery Ortiz), and smart younger sister Olivia (Coco Christo).

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Classical and Contemporary Guitar Concert at Darien Library, 5 PM, Sunday

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John Lehmann-Haupt. will perform a mix of classical works and his own arrangements of popular and traditional songs, including works by Bach, Jobim, Albeniz, Stevie Wonder, and James Taylor, as Darien Library’s Music in the Stacks series returns for a fall performance, Sunday, Sept. 29. You’re invited to the performance from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Community Room. John Lehmann-Haupt, a New York-based guitarist, draws on the wide range of music he has explored over the years, from folk songs and blues, through popular standards new and old, and on to the varied expanses of the classical realm.

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Darien-Made, Paris-Themed: You Can Savor Art, Music and Food in ‘Artists at Grove Street Plaza’ Art Show, Sept 21

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The fifth annual Artists at Grove Street Plaza open-air art show will feature top local painters, photographers and ceramicists, with live chamber music and five food vendors as part of a Paris-style exhibit produced with Darien talent. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday Sept. 21 (the rain date is the following Saturday, Sept. 28.)

— This article is adapted from an announcement from Artists at Grove Street Plaza, with further information from the group’s website. Artists at Grove Street Plaza will feature framed canvases, prints, photographs and ceramics.

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Family Fun at Bruce ConsTRUCKS as the Bruce Museum Readies for a Massive Rebuild

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Bruce ConsTRUCKS, a day of free family fun on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 8 will have construction trucks and other vehicles for kids to explore, an array of children’s crafts and other hands-on activities, a visit by the “Bubble Bus,” live music, food and ice cream trucks, and more. — an announcement (somewhat reconstructed by Darienite.com) from the Bruce Museum

The event is part of Bruce Museum’s launching of the public phase of the Campaign for the New Bruce. to celebrate the museum’s major renovation and construction project. The event is scheduled for 12 noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine, and open to the entire community,

A noise- and horn-free quiet hour will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12 noon for children and families looking for a sensory-friendly experience.

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Music, Food, Family Fun at Norwalk Oyster Festival This Friday Through Sunday

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The Norwalk Oyster Festival, with music, food, carnival rides and other fun, will take place this weekend in Veterans Park. Now in its 42nd year, the event is the last big summer festival of the year near Darien. “This festival is the biggest fundraiser the Seaport Association organizes to benefit Sheffield Island and Sheffield Island Lighthouse. It takes about one thousand volunteers each year to pull this festival off,” said Mike Reilly, president of the Seaport Association, which organizes the event. A new highlight this year is the Seaport Circus Spectacular with national acts as well as $25 unlimited ride bracelets on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Slice of Saugatuck 2019

Slice of Saugatuck Festival Features Open Houses, Beer Garden, Music, Family Activities

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The Slice of Saugatuck Festival in Westport takes place from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, with over four dozen of Saugatuck restaurants, shops and galleries inviting the community to come and sample their offerings. The event in the Saugatuck section of Westport also features live music, fire trucks for kids to touch, an auction, a Belt Tae Kwon Do demonstration and a chance to learn about 3D printing. — an announcement from the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce

After highly successful events starting in 2011 the Slice returns for the eighth year. Come and see what’s happening in Saugatuck — it’s a renaissance of food, drink and activity.

Blues and Views Festival in Westport on Saturday and Sunday, Aug 31 and Sept 1

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The Blues & Views Festival returns to Westport with two days of sensational music, soulful sounds, tantalizing tastes and a swingin’ street party vibe along the banks of the Saugatuck River. — information from the Blues & Views Festival announcement and website, where you’ll find directions, links to ticket sales and other information about the annual festival. Once again, the Blues & Views Festival will feature an awesome variety of powerhouse artists, from established acts to breakout bands. A Fairfield County tradition since  2008, the festival will feature an awesome variety of established bands and soon-to-be-famous acts on the way up. FOOD
Food trucks and vendors include Bobby Q’s Cue & Co, Melt Mobile, Rory’s, The Mac Factor, Trolley Dogs, Greek Style Grill and the Westport Library Cafe.

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Sidewalk Sale Days Continue for One More Day: What’s Coming on Saturday, July 13

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Darien merchants participating in Sidewalk Sale Days “reported record sales,” according to the Darien Chamber of Commerce, which organized the event, which continues for one more day: Saturday. On Thursday, sidewalks downtown were full of merchandise at a discount, along with fun things for kids, and some for adults. Seth Morton (also moderator of the Darien Representative Town Meeting) had a game set up with a wheel kids could spin. “I tell them to remind their parents who I am and to give them a card — it’ll be the only card they’re given” at the sidewalk sales, he said. He’ll tell adults that he’s available to help them when they’re planning their future,  “looking at what their assets are, what their liabilities are and what their situation is at the moment.”