Ken Reiss Darien History

Darien Historian Ken Reiss Talks About Town’s History in Online Event, Thursday

Download PDF

Ken Reiss, a Museum of Darien historian, will discuss how Darien sought its independence, the forces blocking its path, and the hero who persisted to give the town its name in an online lecture Thursday evening. — an announcement from Darien Library

Discover what life was like 200 years ago in “History Close to Home with Ken Reiss,” a Museum of Darien Historian and the author of Darien, 1820: New Town, New Times. This event will take place virtually on Wednesday, April 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. You can register here on Darien Library’s website. About Ken Reiss
Ken Reiss’ lifelong pursuit of history has in recent years been sharply focused on the story of Darien, Connecticut, where he has made his home for the past 32 years. In addition to his most recent work to commemorate the town’s bicentennial, Darien 1820: New Town, New Times, Ken is the author of The Story of Darien, Connecticut, a definitive history of the town.

Abstraction exhibit art drop off RAC 2021

‘Abstraction’ Exhibit Opens Sunday With Reception at Rowayton Arts Center

Download PDF

A new show by exhibiting members at the Rowayton Arts Center, “Abstraction,” will be on view April 18 through May 15. The opening reception is free and open to the public from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 18. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center
The Hu Lindsay Memorial Award was established in 2016 for the top winner (Best in Show or 1st Place) in the Mixed Media Category for RAC’s annual Abstraction exhibition. This cash prize of $250 honors the life of Hu Lindsay, an active exhibiting member for many years and RAC President from 2007 to 2013. A reminder: The gallery will be closed this week to prepare for the opening on April 18.

If They Had Known documentary poster

Online Documentary for Teens, Parents on Combining Prescriptions, Alcohol: Online Wednesday

Download PDF

“If They Had Known,” a 35-minute documentary about an accidental death that shouldn’t have happened, will be presented online, for free,, by New Canaan Cares and Silver Hill Hospital. The documentary, recommended for teens age 13 and up and their parents, will be available online starting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 14. A discussion will follow with Dr. Frank Bartolomeo, Silver Hill Hospital director of adolescent services. Partying in high school and college is nothing new, but how kids party these days has changed. To attend this virtual program, you can register here.

TCF Mothers Day fundraiser 2021

Join Community Fund of Darien’s Dinner for a Cause and Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day Weekend

Download PDF

Grab a delicious meal for Mother’s Day weekend as a special treat while helping The Community Fund of Darien address the hardest hit by the pandemic, our youth. — an announcement from the Community Fund of Darien
Please join TCF as we dine “together” at home to benefit tomorrow’s generation of leaders on Saturday, May 8. Order a family meal for contactless, free delivery, and TCF will direct half your purchase to its local nonprofit partners providing stop-gap services and immediate assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors. What You Get
The meal costs $160 per family, and the menu includes:
—meatballs marinara
—baked ziti with shaved parmesan
—mixed field green salad
—Oreo fudge brownie
—assorted breads/rolls
—bottle of wine provided by SipStirs

Orders must be submitted online by 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 5 for delivery on Saturday, May 8 between 3:45 and 5 p.m. Half of the cost — $80 — is tax deductible. To order, go to this Web page.

The Dinosaur Place, an Attraction for Dino-Loving Kids, Opens for the Season in Montville

Download PDF

If your kids love dinosaurs and you’re looking for something different in a daytrip, a place with 50 life-sized models of dinosaurs and a variety of amusements at the eastern end of the state could be just what makes that day the best one of spring break. Nature’s Art Village, which includes The Dinosaur Place, its 60-acre “Outdoor Adventure Park,” is now open for the 2021 season. It takes a while to get there from here — an hour and 14 minutes along I-95, according to Google Maps, but your kids may be so tuckered out that they’ll be sleeping on the return trip. Here’s how the business describes The Dinosaur Place in its announcement about the season opening:
Home to over 50 life-sized dinosaurs on pristine nature trails, The Dinosaur Place is filled with fun adventures including a dinosaur-themed maze, two caves with animatronic dinosaurs, Monty’s Playground, featuring T-Rex Tower, and TWO brand-new exhibits which will be making their debut throughout the spring and summer in the newest section of the park, Lapilli Landing. These attractions include Peewee Putters, a 6-hole miniature golf experience for children of every age, and Pedal Pushers, an equestrian-themed pedal kart track for ages 6 and up weaving its way around the new addition.

[title of show] poster

Theatre Fairfield’s Latest Musical Leans Into the Differences Between Livestream and On Stage Productions

Download PDF

During the pandemic, theater performances have joined nearly everything else in going livestream online, and Fairfield University’s performance of the musical “[title of show]” takes advantage of the difference rather than just showing you a taped stage performance. So expect it to be different. (The name of the musical is no typo in the headline, by the way — it’s “[title of show].”)
About the Play
“[title of show]” is a musical play about writing a musical play — and it is largely a true story. Two guys answered an ad for a theatre festival looking for new work. With only three weeks to write the piece, they engaged two women friends to help out.

Travel Arrangements by Eileen Carey

Open Call to Artists: Submit Work for Upcoming ‘In the City’ Exhibit at Rowayton Arts Center

Download PDF

Online submissions are now being accepted in an open call to Artists for  “In the City,” at Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) from May 23, 2021 to June 20. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center

This new all media show is open to all artists interested in exhibiting their artwork with a nod to the theme of urban life. Visit the RAC website for the prospectus and other information for submitting entries online. These words from the RAC website give an indication of what the exhibit is about:

The deadline for submissions is April 23, 2021 and accepted artists will be notified by April 30, 2021. The chair for the show is Bruce Horan and the co-chair is Joel Flora.