Darien Library sent its best spellers to the Darien Community Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 18th. Our spellers were Assistant Director for Public Services Gretchen Caserotti, Children's Librarian Marian McLeod, and Chief Administrative Officer Alan Gray.
The spelling bee was to benefit the Depot. Gretchen, Marian, and Alan came in second to Dem Dudes!
Once again this weekend, we have to turn our clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night. Yes, this is the part of Daylight Saving Time that nobody likes, but it also means that spring is really right around the corner.
For nearly 100 years, Daylight Saving Time has forced us to "fall back" or "spring forward," with the intent of maximizing daylight hours. Train schedules and birth records can get confusing, though, and there's always one clock or timer that we find weeks later, still on "old time."
Still, we can be thankful that we don't live in Arizona or Indiana: parts of Indiana fall into three different time zones, and only the Navajo Nation portion of Arizona observes Daylight Saving Time. So even though this coming weekend is one hour shorter than usual, spring officially begins in about 10 days and we won't really notice the missing hour a day or two later. Spring forward this weekend -- even warmer weather is right around the corner!
Thursday, March 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Nielsen's to support the Darien Land Trust! Come enjoy Irish fare, music, and "green" raffle prizes! Tickets are $20 and all proceeds and 20% of all sales on March 15th go to benefit the Darien Land Trust.
For more information, please see the flyer.
Tuesday, April 10th at 7:30 p.m.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church will be hosting Chanticleer, the World's Reigning Male Chorus, as they perform Love Story. All proceeds from the concert will go towards supporting Chanticleer's National Education Program. Tickets are $40 and are available on Chanticleer's website and at St. Mark's Lion's Den Bookstore, Elm Street Books, and Design Solutions.
On Wednesday, April 11th Chanticleer will be at Darien High School for a Youth Choral Festival. Darien High School's choral director, Chris Andrade, along with the support of Darien High School and the Darien Board of Education has hosted this event for the last five years. Students involved in the program have enjoyed a transformational experience.
For more information, please see the flyer.
Mammograms save lives!
Visit the Stamford Hospital’s Mobile Bus at the Darien Rowayton Bank on Wednesday, December 28th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm to perform digital mammograms. Insurance accepted, but no-cost mammograms will be covered by The Breast Cancer Alliance and The Susan G. Komen Grant for uninsured and low income women.
Appointments recommended but Walk-ins are also accepted. Please call 203-276-2602 or 203-223-4181 (same day) to make your appointment.
The Darien Rowayton Bank is located at 1001 Post Road in Darien, CT 06820.
It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays at the Library. Earlier this week, members of the Garden Club of Darien came by to decorate the Library withtrees and wreaths in what has become an annual tradition over the course of several decades.
“The Garden Club of Darien does do it every year, and obviously we reuse things from year to year, but we added a few more wreaths this year,” said Cyndy Stamm, a past president of the Garden Club. “Because the Library is so big, we’ve gotten big wreaths.”
Some of the wreaths measure 5 feet in diameter, and all were made by hand by members of the Garden Club.
“It probably took us about two days to make all of these,” Garden Club member and past president Sally MacGuire said Monday as she and other members prepared to deck the Library’s halls. She said the Garden Club has been decorating the Library for about 40 years.
There are lots of opportunities to come by and check out the decorations, including this Sunday’s performance by the Princeton Tigertones.
The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce that the Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 20th year, will present a series of workshops at Darien Library.
Interested playwrights should submit ten pages of their scripts to Robert Cusack at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1, 2012.
The playwright participants will workshop their plays at the following sessions:
Thursday, February 16 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 15 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, April 12 from 7 – 9 p.m.
The workshops will allow the playwrights to refine their scripts, which will then be submitted to the Darien Library Selection Committee.
On Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m., the Actors/Playwrights Workshop will present the first public-staged reading of selections from the plays in the Library’s Community Room.
The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes Actors’ Equity actors and non-Equity actors to participate, brings together local and regional playwrights and actors, and encourages a collaborative effort to create new plays and present a public-staged reading.
Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years. The memorial workshops will offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment.
The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes all interested playwrights and actors, with or without experience, to join. The sessions offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment, culminating in the June 10 program, which will feature six staged performances. The musicals, monologues, short scenes from full-length and one-act plays to be performed will be chosen by the Darien Library Selection Committee.
When writing your piece please keep in mind that the number of cast members is limited, only one play may be submitted per person, and plays must be 10-minutes long or less.
To register and/or for more information, contact Robert Cusack at (203) 655-7699 or at email@example.com.
The Darien Library’s Art Gallery is hosting a new art exhibit, entitled “Seasons and Celebrations: Children’s Art from Around the World,” in the Library’s lower level through Jan. 11, 2012.
The installation brings 35 pieces of art to the gallery; each piece of holiday-themed art is created by a child between the ages of 7 and 15. The artists are located in more than a dozen countries around the world including Chile, Latvia, Russia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States.
The art is being provided by Creative Connections, a Norwalk-based non-profit international culture exchange that facilitates art-based exchanges throughout the world. It is being co-sponsored by PG Properties.
The new exhibit takes the place of the collection of abstract paintings of Linda George, which hung in the gallery between Oct. 3 and Nov. 9. As always, the exhibit is free.
Annual Boys Alumni Hockey Game to benefit Darien Blue Wave Boys Hockey
Saturday - Nov 26 pm at the Darien Ice Rink
Puck drops at 8 pm!
Play Chuck-A-Puck to win great prizes!
The public is invited to join the Darien Land Trust for their annual meeting on Sunday, November 13 at 5:00 pm. The meeting is located at the Wee Burn Country Club, 410 Hollow Tree Ridge in Darien.
A special slide presentation by local photographer and birder, Chris Bosak, will also given.
A full-size PDF of the meeting poster is available.