DCA Academic Lecture Series 2022 The Arctic: From Deep Freeze to Hot Spot

DCA Academic (and Online) Lecture Series: ‘The Arctic — From Deep Freeze to Hot Spot’ Starts Jan 6

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The Darien Community Association’s 2022 Academic Lecture Series, “The Arctic — from Deep Freeze to Hot Spot, ” will start Thursday, Jan. 6, online. The series has been presented annually, without interruption, since 1956. While the format this year will be virtual, the series will continue to feature respected foreign policy experts at four Thursday morning lectures at 10 a.m., and a final lecture in the evening of Feb. 3 (also a Thursday).

These DCA Bridge Classes and ‘Boot Camps’ Start in January

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The Darien Community Association (DCA) is offering new bridge classes and boot camps starting in January. — an announcement from the DCA
Joan Bergen is a longtime local resident and Bridge Life Master who, after studying bridge intently for eight years, is driven to teach others. Students will benefit from her enthusiasm and love for the game that she describes as both a great way to meet people, and a wonderful activity to keep the mind sharp. Meredith Dunne is a longtime local resident and Bridge Life Master, who says it’s fun watching her students get hooked on the game of bridge. Meredith’s students enjoy continuing their instruction with her, appreciating her patient and personable teaching style.

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‘Like the Wreath? I Made It Myself!’ at DCA Workshop, Thursday, Dec 2

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Members of the DCA’s Greenhouse Group will be holding a holiday greens wreath workshop to create your own wreath on Thursday, Dec. 2. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Join the Darien Community Association’s Greenhouse Group at 10 to 11:30 a.m. as they lead you in this hands-on workshop to make a festive wreath of your very own. Bring your gloves, pruners and imagination and we’ll provide the rest, including fresh greens, ribbons and a variety of embellishments. Masks required.

Carolyn's Absolutely Fabulous Events Christmas Tea 2021

Have Christmas Tea at the Darien Community Association (or at Home) Dec 10

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Carolyn Eddie and her Absolutely Fabulous supporting cast return for the holidays at the Darien Community Association on Friday, Dec. 10. The DCA mansion will be decorated for the season and provide a festive backdrop for a welcome catch-up with friends, amidst the hustle and bustle of this time of year. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Savor a delightful offering of tea sandwiches, assorted scones with jam and clotted cream, and a selection of cakes, pastries, and sweet treats — accompanied by a special holiday cocktail. If you prefer, order a take-home package that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, with pick-up from the DCA.

David Genovese

David Genovese to Talk About Future Transformation of Downtown at DCA Annual Meeting

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The Darien Community Association invites the public to the organization’s Annual Meeting at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 20, to hear David Genovese, founder of Baywater Properties, discuss “The Transformation of Downtown Darien, a Look into the Future. ”

— an announcement from the DCA

This will be a virtual event. Registrants will receive an email with an access link the day before the event. David Genovese and his partner, Penny Glassmeyer, have developed several of
Darien’s now iconic properties, including Grove Street Plaza and 1020 Boston Post
Road, among others. After nearly 16 years of effort acquiring and assembling a total of over seven acres in downtown, and working with Darien’s boards and commissions in achieving zoning approvals, Baywater’s next project, The Corbin District, is about to begin construction.

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‘Darien Neighbors, Global Players’ Speaker Series Returns to DCA, Starting April 28

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Darien Community Association’s “Darien Neighbors, Global Players” speaker series returns for a fourth year on April 28 with three online events, in partnership with DAF Media. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association
Jad Finck

On Wednesday, April 28, at 7 p.m., Jad Finck, vice president of innovation and sustainability for Allbirds, will discuss “innovating Better Things in a Better Way” with Nate Checketts, co-founder and CEO of Rhone Apparel Inc.

Allbirds is well-known for its ultra-comfy merino wool runners. As one of their first employees, Jad Finck leads the development of the company’s major footwear and apparel innovations, including its eucalyptus fiber tree fabric and SweetFoam, a Time magaine Best Invention of the Year. A graduate of Darien High School, Stanford University and the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, Jad is excited to “return home.”

Tickets for this event, or for the series, must be purchased by 3 p.m., April 28. Chase Carey and Mark Waller

On Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m., Chase Carey, chairman of Formula 1, and Mark Waller, chief commercial officer of McLaren Racing, will talk with ESPN broadcaster Jay Alter.

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DCA Offers Fall Tea With Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events, Sept 24, 25

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It’s said that a cup of tea makes everything better. In this spirit, caterer Carolyn Eddie and her fabulous supporting cast return to the Darien Community Association, offering their unique brand of comfort and relaxation! — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Participants may choose to attend in-person at the DCA, following established safety protocols (masks, distanced tables, gathering size limits). If the weather allows, we will also offer outdoor seating in our beautiful formal garden. Or, order to-go, and DCA staff/volunteers will personally deliver a box of the same tea sandwiches, assorted scones with jam and clotted cream, and a selection of treats to your residence.

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DCA Thrift Shop Reopens Tuesday, But You’ll Have to Make an Appointment for Drop-Offs

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The DCA Thrift Shop is having a grand reopening, with a new makeover, on Tuesday, August 25. The new shop hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Donations at the DCA Thrift Shop will only be received if you sign up for one of the days and times using the link below starting Monday, August 24. No donations will be accepted without an appointment. Please click here to sign up for a day and time. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing during drop-off.

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DCA’s Virtual ‘Quick Reads’ Book Group Features ‘Waiting for Eden’ Discussion, July 29

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The next topic for the Darien Community Association’s virtual summer book group is a discussion on July 29 of Elliot Ackerman’s “Waiting for Eden.” From the DCA announcement:

Part mystery, part thriller, part unconventional love story, this novel explores with gravity and sensitivity the profound questions of love and fidelity, duty and honor, and how one creates a life worth living. This short book is less than 200 pages. On Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. a certified bioethicist will co-moderate with Esther Bushell, and offer her perspective about the issues raised. Bushell taught English at Greenwich High School, and when she retired in 2003, she created Literary Matters and began a second career as a book group facilitator.

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Primer on Foreign Affairs From Expert Richard Haass Presented June 4 by DCA, Barrett Bookstore

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Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass discuss his new book “The World: A Brief Introduction” in an online book talk presented by Barrett Bookstore and the Darien Community Association. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Haass will talk about his new book with with fellow author and Council on Foreign Relations member Kevin Peraino. The $25 event starts at 7:30 p.m., June 4. Now more than ever, we know that many of our biggest challenges come from the world beyond our borders. Haass, a former senior Middle East advisor to President George H. W. Bush, draws from his extensive experience as a diplomat and policymaker to present a primer on international relations.

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The DCA Annual Plant Sale Is Still On This Year — Online

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In response to current restrictions, this year’s DCA Plant Sale, run by the DCA Greenhouse Group, will be an on-line shopping experience. This year’s sale should especially appeal to many in town who are currently enjoying extended time in their gardens, allowing themselves the opportunity to take on new planting projects. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Some 2,000 hardy perennials have been nurtured and grown (many from seed) in the DCA’s historic greenhouse. The plants available this year cater to all gardening needs, such as sun-loving, shade-loving, ground cover, deer resistant and, of particular note, an expanded range of native/pollinator offerings. Annual plants complete the range of plants, with several good options for planters and containers.