Music, Dancing, Food, Drink and a Silent Auction at Darien Nature Center’s ‘Fireside’ Fundraiser Saturday, Oct 20

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Join Darien Nature Center at its annual fundraising event, “Fireside,” on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 7 to 11 p.m. under the stars.

A bonfire will be glowing to warm the nip in an October evening as our guests enjoy live music, dancing, great food and drink, and a silent auction of wondrous items, gifts, and getaways.

Fireside Darien Nature Center 2018

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From a past “Fireside” event at Darien Nature Center.

— an announcement from Darien Nature Center

The committee has more special surprises up their sleeves and it promises to be a wonderful night in celebration of the Darien Nature Center. Tickets are $125 each ($85 per ticket is tax deductible).

The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 from 7 to 11 p.m. and will feature a bonfire, food by Amanda Smith Catering, live music by The Uninvited, signature cocktails from Barr Hill liquors and RIPE Bar Juice, a silent auction of exciting items, and lots of fresh air adult fun all around.

Fireside fundraiser Darien Nature Center 2018

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“Fireside” co-chair Jayne Jepsen finalizing menu choices with caterer Amanda Smith

Baywater Properties and Callari Auto Group are lead sponsors of the evening, and the planning committee is led by Darien residents and Nature Center board members Cindy Handy and Jayne Jepsen.

Other local businesses supporting the Nature Center event with financial sponsorship include: Darien Bank and Trust, Dental Arts of Darien, Sail to Sable, Swimm Pools, Cove Tent Company, Bartlett Tree Experts, Cummings & Lockwood Attorneys, Matthew Dougherty Architect, LLC, The Livengood family, Pediatric Dentistry, LCC, The Meyer Family, and Chris and Rachel Taylor.

In addition, more than 50 local businesses or individuals are providing in-kind support in helping the Nature Center reach its event fundraising goal of $75,000.


“We’re thrilled with the enthusiasm from local businesses to support our mission of providing unique nature experiences to all ages and fostering an appreciation for the environment,” said Nature Center Executive Director Leila Wetmore.

“Our in-kind support this year runs the gamut and makes for some really fantastic silent auction packages and surprises. A huge ‘Thank You!’ to all who have made this possible!”

Fireside tickets are $125 and can be purchased here, online, or call 203-655-7459.

Fireside fundraiser organizers at Darien Nature Center 2018

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Fireside event sponsors (from left): Rachel Taylor of Boylan Bottling Company, Rachel Zarghami of Cummings & Lockwood Attorneys, Liz Parks of Halstead Real Estate, Darien Nature Center board member Anne Meyer, and Kate Kiguradze of Darien Pediatric Dentistry.

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