June 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 June 2013 edition of her newsletter, On CT & NY Theatre.This month, Marlene reviews "The Show-Off" at the Westport Playhouse and "As You Like It" in Rowayton.

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

Come Watch 20 Finalists Compete at Darien's Got Talent

Join us on June 29th!
Join us on June 29th!

Saturday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m.
Darien High School

Twenty finalists have been selected to compete for this year's "Darien's Got Talent" show. View the contestants. Judging the finals will be Broadway producer Ed Schloss, former prima ballerina Barbara Goldsmith, Broadway director BT McNicholl, LA talent agent Ceci Kurzman, and award-winning composer, Cristina Spinei. The evening’s MC is Matthew Poretta.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for students and children. For $125, premium seating is available as well as access to the pre-events reception. Purchase tickets online

The DAC’s “Darien’s Got Talent” is a fund-raising event for the nonprofit organization, which offers educational programming in dance, visual arts, theatre and music, as well as special events and live theatre productions by DAC Stage. Proceeds from the event, as well as private donations, grants, tuition fees and ticket sales, go toward funding these creative endeavors and help continue the ongoing efforts of the DAC.

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Music & Theatre, & special events & live theatre performances by DAC Stage. Private donations, grants, tuition fees & ticket sales fund the DAC, which is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. For further information, call (203) 655-8683 or visit arts.darien.org.

The New Community Bulletin Board

Marc Thorne places the first notice on the board.
Marc Thorne places the first notice on the board.

The Darien Library’s Senior Advisory Board is very excited to present a Community Bulletin Board for local events and notices. The Board can be found to the left of the Welcome Desk -- just past the desk. If you would like to bring in a community-focused flyer for the Board, please bring it to a staff member at the Welcome Desk.

Guidelines and locations of other local bulletin boards

Come register to vote at the Library!

We'll sign you up!
We'll sign you up!

Monday, June 24th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Need to update your voter information or register to vote in Darien? Then stop by the pop-up voter registration booth at the Library! The registration drive is being held by the Town Registrars of Voters, Kathy Hammel. You can update your voter registration to change your name, address, party affliliation, and more, or register for the first time.

Other upcoming registration dates at the Library:

  • Wednesday, June 26th from 3:30 p.m.  to 5:00 p.m.

Rep. Wood to Host a Town Hall Meeting

Representative Terrie Wood
Representative Terrie Wood

Wednesday, June 19th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
In the Community Room

Join State Representative Terrie Wood for a discussion on the major pieces of legislation considered during the 2013 session. The event is open to the public. 

For more information, call 1-800-842-1421. 

View the flyer.

Know Your Rights in the Foreclosure Process

We can help!
We can help!

Come to a free foreclosure prevention clinic to learn how to save your home from foreclosure. The clinics offer homeowners the opportunity to hear about the foreclosure process by an attorney from CT Fair Housing.  In addition, a representative from the department of banking will talk about programs available to homeowners within CT and a court appointed mediator describes the mediation process within the judicial system.

Homeowners may also talk with an attorney or paralegal to discuss their particular situation.

View the flyer to view the locations and dates of clinics. 

The Darien Farmers' Market Returns!

Some delicious food for sale!
Some delicious food for sale!

Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Are you hungry for some fresh, local, and delicious food? Then come join us for the kick-off of the farmers' market season on Wednesday, May 29th! We are located at 25 Old Kings Highway North which is in the Goodwives Shopping Center parking lot.  Neither rain or heat will keep the farmers away. 

For more information, please visit the Darien Farmers' Market website.

Call for Entries: 55th Annual Art Show & Sale

An applicant from last year's show.
An applicant from last year's show.

Sunday, May 26th, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. &
Tuesday, May 28th, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

55th Annual Art Show & Sale Seeking Entries
Cash Awards, a Solo Show and Collectors’ Night

The Darien Arts Center is seeking entries from local artists of all ages for its Annual Art Show & Sale. Tremendously popular and a Darien tradition for 55 years, it will be held Saturday, June 1, through Saturday, June 8, at the Darien Arts Center Weatherstone Studio.

The juried show, which offers cash awards, is open to DAC students and children and adults who live or work in Darien.  Nonresidents may also enter the show with a donation to the organization.  Entries are welcome in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing/pastel, mixed media/printmaking, sculpture, color photography and black & white photography.

A new draw for artists this year is that the winner of Best in Show will be given a solo exhibit in the Town Hall in the spring of 2014. Also, adult prizewinners will be invited to meet art collectors, gallery owners and DAC patrons and board members during a private party featuring their work on June 4.

Registration is now open online at arts.darien.org. Artists may enter up to two pieces of artwork, with an entry fee of $20 per submission for adults and $10 per piece for children. Adults submitting two pieces must designate at least one for sale. A 25% commission on each sale will benefit the DAC. All interested artists are encouraged to pre-register online. 

Artists may bring their work to the DAC Weatherstone Studio, behind Town Hall at 2 Renshaw Rd. in Darien, on Sunday, May 26, from noon to 4pm, and on Tuesday, May 28, from 4 to 8pm.  All pieces must be ready to hang with a wire on the back, or, if needed, the DAC will provide assistance with wiring at the drop-off site for a small fee. The awards reception will be held Friday, May 31, from 7 to 9pm.  The show will be open for public viewing every day from Saturday, June 1, through Saturday, June 8, from noon to 5pm. 
Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Music & Theatre, & special events & live theatre performances by DAC Stage. Private donations, grants, tuition fees & ticket sales fund the DAC. For further information, call (203) 655-8683 or visit arts.darien.org.


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.

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