Thank You!

See more photos by clicking the above picture!
See more photos by clicking the above picture!

Darien Library held its 5th annual spring Gala, “Spring into Reading” on Saturday, April 27th. Live music, amazing decorations and creative cuisine set the tone for the evening which raised funds to pay for the Library’s books, technology, DVDs, programs and a generator. 

Sponsors & Supporters

This year, we were fortunate to have the patronage of many local sponsors and supporters. A special thanks to Ace Hotel, Alix Martinez Photography, AMF Bowling, Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa,  Angela Cosmai Salon, Aux Delices Foods, Barnes and Nobles, BarTaco, Bash Catering, Beadz Boutique, Behind the Net Pizza, Bell Portraits, Ben Larrabee Photography, Benefit Cosmetics, Bling, BMW of Darien, Bodega, Burgers, Shakes & Fries, Camp Cody, Casey McBride, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, Charles Michael Gallery, Chelsea Piers, Cherry Street Salon, Classic Kids Photography, Coren Moore, Couleur Provence, Culinary Works, Darien Arts Center, Darien Ice Rink, Darien Playhouse, Darien Social, Darien Sport Shop, David Emberling Studio, Downunder, Dynamic Martial Arts, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, Elizabeth McKay, Emelin Theatre, Espresso NEAT, Estia's American, Everything is Rosey, Exhale Mind Body Spa, Femmegems, Fiesta Limena Restaurant, Flair Fitness Studio, Flywheel, Fredric & Company, Frederic Fekkai, Fun Craft Party Center, Gates Restaurant & Bar, Global Pet Foods, Go Figure Studios, Gofer Ice Cream, Good Goods, Grand Hyatt New York, Green Moon, Grieb's Pharmacy, Hands on Pottery, Hank Gans, Harbor Yard, HB Home, Heights Pizza, Helen Ainson Darien, Infinity Fitness, Jack Dog Studio, Jay & Ray, John Thomas Hair Studio, Johnnie-O, Jonathan Adler, Joyride Cycling Studio, Juliska, Kennedy's All-American Barber Club, Kids U, Kim Coleman Interiors, Koko FitClub, Lanphier Day Spa & Salon, Laura Geraghty, Lazor Electric, LLC, Leary's Liquor Cabinet, Learning Express of Darien, Letarte, Lilly Pulitzer, Lyn Evans Potpourri Design, Maclaren, Mathnasium, Michael Joseph's Catering, Moore Physical Therapy, Music by Jay & Ray, Nielsen's Florist & Garden Shop, Noroton Fire Department, Okemo Mountain Resort, Olio Restaurante, Olivette, Orvis of Darien & Josh Heinz, Palmer's Market, Panera Bread, Phil Nelson, Pimlico, Post Corner Pizza, Robeks Juice, Rock Spring Design Group, Rory's, Rowayton Pizza, Runner's Roost, Sails American Grill, Salon Kilko, Sandy Garnett Studio, Sarah Campbell, Saraswati's Yoga Joint, Satinwood Interior Design, Shippan Racquet Club, Simply Creative Catering, Soleil Toile, SoNo Field House, Soul Cycle, Space.NK.Apothecary, Spree, Stamford Nature Center, Stowe Mountain Lodge, Sugar Bowl, Swizzles Frozen Yogurt, Tengda Asian Bistro, The Dock Shop, The Fauve Barn, The Harlan Social, The Linen Shop, The Mark Hotel, The NoMad Hotel, The Studio, The Surrey, The Waters Edge at Giovanni's, Togs, Tooher-Ferraris Insurance Group, Trader Joe's, True Grace Spa & Nail, Two's Company, Uncle's Deli, Venture Yoga, Vineyard Vines, Whiteman Sports Camp, Wiggles and Giggles, Williams & Company, Wine Port of Darien, and Wollman Rink.

Individual Donors of Auction Items

We would also like to thank those individuals who also donated auction items: Jessica and Tom Blouin, Susanna and Craig Burns, Kristin and Joe Calve, Rachel and Ryan Donovan, Laurie and Adam Duarte, Senator Bob Duff, Judy and Charlie Eaton, Pam and Bruce Ferguson, Anne and Gil Holmes, Cary and Tom Jackson, Kitty and Rob Lavin, Sue McGraw, Tara and Charles Ochman, Jim Ornstein, Mark Pardue, Leslie and Curtiss Roach and Charlotte Sabbagh..

Special thanks to Philae Knight from Phillips Auction House who volunteered her talents as our auctioneer.

Darien Library is consistently rated one of the top ten libraries in the nation, and this is in large part due to the continued support of our community.  We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who volunteered, attended, and supported the event. 

The Library’s Annual Campaign will conclude on June 30th.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed.  If you haven't contributed this year, please consider becoming a Friend of Darien Library.

Video of Access Healthcare 2013 Panel

On Monday, May 6, 2013, State Representative Terrie Wood hosted the Access Healthcare 2013 panel. The panelists were:

  • Maura Carley, founder of Healthcare Navigation, LLC, and author of Health Insurance: Navigating Traps & Gaps
  • Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT

For more information, please visit the original event listing.

May 2013 Local Theater Shows

Marlene S. Gaylinn
Marlene S. Gaylinn

Marlene S. Gaylinn shares her reviews on local theatre in Connecticut and New York in the March 2013 edition of her newsletter, On CT & NY Theatre.This month, Marlene reviews "The Dining Room", which is playing at the Westport Country Playhouse. This play by A.R. Gurney is typical of his style where he "likes to poke fun at their (WASPS) false values while illustrating the fact that most of have the same human traits".  She also dicusses "Cole" which is the life story of Cole Porter which is on stage at the Music Theatre of CT.  At the Goodspeed Opera House, "Good News" which Marlene enthralls readers with her review as she discusses her own childhood. Finally, Westchester Broadway Threatre presents "Guys and Dolls," a classic work!

For more information, please view this month's issue of On CT & NY Theatre.

Auditions for Darien's Got Talent

A distinguished panel of judges.
A distinguished panel of judges.

June 1st and June 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Come out to the Darien Town Hall Auditorium to audition for Darien's Got Talent! You will need to register online at to audition. 

Finals will take place Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Darien High School in front of a live audience and a roster of celebrity judges.  The evening will include 15 finalists selected from the preliminary auditions. The winner will receive $1,500; second place $750; and $500 for third place.

Darien's Got Talent is a fundraising event for the Darien Arts Center, which offers educational programming in dance, visual arts, theatre and music.

Tickets for the fundraiser on June 29, may only be purchased online at Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for students and children. Premium seating at $125 includes a ticket to the pre-event reception. A family sponsorship is $500 and includes two adults and three children and tickets to the pre-event reception. For more information, call the DAC office at 203-655-8683.

Local sponsors for the evening include:   Bank of America, Baywater Properties, Grove Street Plaza, Halstead Property, Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich, Nielsen’s Florist, Dr. David Osherow, Orthodontist, Palmer’s Market, SBD Kitchens, LLC, and Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa.

A distinguished panel of judges for the preliminary and finals has been announced. Pictured above are, from left, Leo B. Meyer, Edwin Schloss, Toni DeCarlo, August W. Boehm, Barbara Goldsmith, and John McL. Doelp.
Not pictured: Ted Yudain, BT McNicholl, Ceci Kurzman, and the evening’s MC, Matthew Poretta.

Access Healthcare 2013

Connecticut House Republicans
Connecticut House Republicans

Monday, May 6, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join State Representative Terrie Wood as she hosts Access Healthcare 2013. The panelists are: 

  • Maura Carley, founder of Healthcare Navigation, LLC, and author of Health Insurance: Navigating Traps & Gaps
  • Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT

The panelists will provide an in-depth look at the State's new health insurance marketplace and how to use it to its optimal value. The event is free and open to everyone.

Access Health CT is a new health insurance marketplace being developed the State of Connecticut to satisfy the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act (AKA "Obamacare"). Their mission is to increase the number of CT residents who are insured, lower their costs, promote health and elminate health disparities. Access Health CT is planned to operate at no cost to the state or its taxpayers.

The event will be held in the Library's Community Room. 

For more information, please see the flyer.

What does community service mean to you?

Essay contest
Essay contest and Patch want to know!


- Participants must be at least 13 years old

- Currently attending a public or private school in one of the communities listed below

- Limit: 500 words

- Winners will be determined by votes from the community

- Submit your essay at your local Contest Winners will be announced on May 13, 2013.

GRAND PRIZE: Kindle Fire & $700 Cash

SECOND PRIZE: Chromebook Laptop & $450 Cash

THIRD PRIZE: $300 Cash

The contest is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 in public and private schools from the following towns: BRIDGEPORT DARIEN EASTON FAIRFIELD GREENWICH NEW CANAAN NORWALK REDDING STAMFORD WESTON WESTPORT WILTON

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Safely dispose of your medicines!
Safely dispose of your medicines!

Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Darien Health Department and the Darien Police Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bring your unwanted prescription drugs to the Darien Recylcing Center at 126 Ledge Road in Darien. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

It's quick, easy, and free! Just drive-through and drop-off your old medicine with no questions asked. 

So clean out your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of those unwanted drugs to help prevent their misuse or improper disposal this Saturday. 

Please note that sharps and hazardous waste will not be accepted!

Join Middlesex Middle School for Trivia Night!

Join us for a fun night!
Join us for a fun night!

Friday, April 5th at 5:00 p.m.

Middlesex Middle School
204 Hollow Tree Ridge Rd, Darien, CT 06820

Come support the Middlesex Quiz Bowl team! Enjoy snacks, drinks, activities, and compete in three rounds of trivia! Tickets are $10 each or $25 for a family of four. Order your ticket by emailing the MMS Quiz Bowl team at

See the flyer for more information.

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