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SHERMAN, CT— The White Silo Farm & Winery is hosting their 11th annual Raspberry Festival, September 15th, and 16th from 12-5 p.m. They will be serving 6 small plates of food and desserts prepared with farm-grown raspberries.
Enjoy Chocolate Ganache Pie with Raspberries, Raspberry Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Monte Cristo Crepes with Raspberry Sauce, Raspberry Elderberry Sorbet, Victorian Sponge Cake, and Mixed Green Salad with Roasted Pecans, Blue Cheese, and Raspberry Vinaigrette, which are all scheduled to be on the menu. There is a $5 charge per plate of food.
There will be live music featuring Martin Meyer on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. and Blue Yodels on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Free farm winery and field tours will be held throughout the day. This is a child and dog-friendly event. Admission to the event is free.
Article by Eric Gorman
Photo by Daveob via Flickr Creative Commons
WESTON, Conn. — Step right up for Emmanuel Church’s time-honored 112th Family Fair on Saturday, September 15 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on the parish grounds, 285 Lyons Plain Road, Weston. Fairfield County residents and beyond are invited to
attend this family-friendly event, that will take place rain or shine.
The festivities planned are many and varied. Fairgoers will enjoy music by Weston’s
own Chris Coogan from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and youth jazz pianist, Karl Schultz, from 2:00 – 4:00. Traditional carnival fare plus ice cream and popcorn will be available. There will also be face painting, a bouncy obstacle course, and a variety of children’s games.
What’s more, attendees will be invited to enter the ever popular, “Best Chocolate Chip
Cookie in Connecticut” contest — back with a panel of local judges — High School Principal Lisa Deorio, St. Francis of Assisi’s Father Jeff Couture, etc). Prizes will be awarded for First, Second and Third Place. Bakers of all ages are encouraged to enter at no charge. Bring one dozen, homemade chocolate chip cookies, a list of ingredients (required for entry) & your name and contact information to the contest table by 12:00 noon, the day of the fair. Creativity is welcomed– the only rule is that the cookies include chocolate chips. Guidelines can be found on the church
website ( http://www.emmanuelwestonct.org ).
Shoppers will delight in the selection of treasures sold via booths of every sort to include
toys, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, baked goods (at Emmanuel’s “Country Kitchen”), art and autumn plants. Great finds are sure to be discovered. Cash and credit cards accepted; no checks, please.
All can bid on a Silent Auction sporting a vast array of items donated from community
businesses, vendors, artisans and the like. Attractive items include unique experiences, themed gift baskets and other sought-after surprises.
“Our Fair is a tradition that brings our parish and community together. We hope everyone will come out to enjoy it,” said Katy Piazza, Emmanuel Church Rector.
Fair Committee Chair, Kit Hamilton, also commented.
“Emmanuel’s Family Fair is fun for everyone. It’s such a great time to see so many in
the community come out and enjoy the food, the great deals, the stress-free environment, and just have a fun time. Country fairs, such as ours, are becoming harder to find — which is just one more reason why this event is so special.
One-hundred-and-twelve-years-old, the Emmanuel Family Fair proudly fosters a home-grown atmosphere and promotes a true sense of community — a sure-fire, winning combination.
Additional details can be found at http://www.emmanuelwestonct.org or by calling the church office at (203) 227-8565.
Photo Caption: Emmanuel Church volunteer, Monica Rogers, hands out prizes to lucky winners, Malin Constanda, 4, of Weston and Charles Springer, 5, of Westport at last year’s Family Fair. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, September 15 from 10:00 – 4:00, on the Emmanuel Church grounds, 285 Lyons Plain Rd., Weston. Admission is free and all are invited.
For details, visit http://www.emmanuelwestonct.org .
Article and photo by Aline Weiller
DANBURY, CT — The 2018 Danbury Irish Festival is bigger and better than ever in 2018 at a brand new location, 65 Sand Pit Rd., Danbury. It will be an indoor/outdoor event that will take place rain or shine! With live Irish music all weekend long, Irish dance, cultural activities, Irish food and beer and a children’s area with non-stop entertainment, it’s sure to be a weekend jam-packed with fun for all ages!
The festival takes place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 21, 22 and 23, 2018 and is presented by the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation, the Men’s and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, committee members, and volunteers.
The brainchild of Gerry Curran, former President of the Danbury Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Irish Festival began in 1995 at Rogers Park in Danbury with the help of Sharon Higgins. Twenty-one years ago, Curran had the dream to bring an Irish music and culture festival to Danbury to raise money to benefit the Irish Club. The festival offers Irish food, fellowship, and fun for people of all ages.
John Feeney, an Irish Gaelic language instructor, heads up the cultural tent which showcases a broad range of Irish heritage and gives festival-goers an up-close experience of Irish traditional music, Gaelic language, history, dance, genealogy, film, theater, and literature through live performances, displays, lectures, and workshops.
Wendy Mitchell heads up the Children’s Tent and has organized a wide variety entertainment and activities for children. The Children’s Tent headline entertainer is Danny Diamond who will present a magic show at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 followed by balloon twisting. The Magic of Danny Diamond magic is sponsored by Gold Sponsor Wooster School, a co-ed day school located on Miry Brook Road by the Danbury Airport. Balloon twisting is sponsored by Silver Sponsor Pour Me Cafe & Wine Bar, a new food, coffee and wine hot spot located in the heart of Danbury on Main Street.
The Children’s Tent is sponsored by Gold Sponsor Wooster School, Silver Sponsor Pour Me Cafe & Wine Bar, Bronze Sponsors Peterson Chiropractic and Poprox Productions, who will be face painting and Festival Friends Ridgefield Playhouse, Service Unlimited, Danbury Palace Theater, Absolute Limousine, Eddie’s Pizza & Pasta, Arbonne by Nicole Coleman, Charmio’s, Groovy Brew Organic Body Scrubs, and Lucy Super 7 Studios.
Shop in the Irish Village and get your holiday shopping done early! Peruse gifts, jewelry, Irish instruments, and other authentic, unique gift ideas from the Irish vendors who will sell their wares.
All weekend long there will be displays on Women of the Easter Rising, Book of Kells, Irish crochet, Irish language and classes, Irish family histories, genealogy, Irish blessings, Irish literature, history of the potato famine, Irish traditional music history and classes and much more.
The Greater Danbury Irish Festival will be held at 65 Sand Pit Road, Danbury, on the beautiful grounds of the Portuguese Cultural Center. This year’s festival is sponsored by Gold Sponsors Clancy Relocation & Logistics, McKenney Mechanical HVAC/R Solutions; Silver Sponsors Union Savings Bank, Savings Bank of Danbury, McCollam Insurance Agency, Senator Michael McLachlan, and Westchester Modular Homes; Bronze Sponsors Pembroke Pumping, Mulvaney Mechanical, Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, Belardinelli Services, LLC, Councilman Phil Curran & Maggie Curran, Law Offices of Lawrence M. Riefberg, LLC, South Street Self Storage, Hull Funeral Home, Earthmovers and Levine Automotive.
Click here for more information.
Entertainment on the Main Stage (inside):
Friday, Sept. 21, 2018:
- Ceili Dancing on the Main Stage
- Green Gates (in the Cultural Tent) 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018:
- The Traveling Danburys 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
- Steve O’Tree and Friends – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
- Thorne Academy of Irish Dance – 2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
- Keltic Kick – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
- Cunningham Brothers – 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
- Ashurst Irish Dance 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
- Celtic Cross Pipe & Drums – 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
- Highland Rovers – 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
- Humble Hooligans– 8:45 – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018:
- Ringrose & Freeman – 12:00 – 1:15 p.m
- Doherty-Petri School of Irish Dance – 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
- Jeff Conlon – 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
- Doherty-Petri School of Irish Dance – 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
- Tiperrary Knights – 4:45 – 6:00 p.m.
Cultural Tent Entertainment Schedule (outside):
~ Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 ~
- 5:30 – 6:30 PM: Céilí Set Dancing Workshop – Brian Reynolds (inside, on the main stage)
- 7:00 – 10.00 PM: Céilí (Irish Social Dancing) – Green Gates Céilí Band (inside, on the main stage)
~ Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 ~
- 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Uilleann Piper – Chris Finnegan, Irish Speaker
- 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Owen McDonnell – Presentation on McDonnell family history
- 3:00 – 4:00 PM: Harp Performance – Regina Delaney
- 4:00 – 5:00 PM: Harp Workshop – Regina Delaney, learn to play the harp
- 7:00 – 10:00 PM: Irish Traditional Music Seisiún – Nora Hanley starts with a performance and then rolls into an open seisiún
~ Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 ~
- 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Traditional Irish Music (guitar & flute, voice) – Chicks-n-Sync
- 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Traditional Irish Music (fiddle, tin whistle, flute) – Fiddleuisce GDICC musicians
- 3:00 – 3:30 PM: Traditional Irish Singalong – Fiddleuisce and John Feeney
- 3:30 – 4:30 PM: Harp Performance – Regina Delaney
- 4:30 – 5:30 PM: Traditional Irish Music (Irish lute, guitar, voice) – Aindriú Ó’Ciardha
- Several Historical Figures from Irish History will be roaming the festival grounds – Liz Popiel.
- Displays on: Celtic Art, Book of Kells, Irish Crochet, Irish Language and Classes, Irish Family Histories, Genealogy, Irish Blessings, Irish Dance, Irish Literature, Irish Traditional Music History, World Meeting of Families in Ireland 2018 and Classes, and more.
Children’s Tent Schedule (outside):
~ SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2018, 12-6pm ~
- Face Painting with Miss Angie from PopRox Productions, 12-6pm
- Shriner’s Clowns: Saturday, Sept. 22, 11am-2pm
- Costume Parade led by Celtic Cross bagpiper, Saturday, Sept, 22, 1:30pm
- The Magic of Danny Diamond, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2-3pm
~ SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2018, 12-6pm ~
- Face Painting with Miss Angie of PopRox Productions
- Bubble Zone
- Kid’s Karaoke
- Kid’s Crafts
- Carnival Games
- Treasure Hunt
- Make & Shake a Shamrock
- Thumbprint Rainbows
- Irish Village
- Kid’s Crafts & and MORE!
- Tickets are $5 each
- First Prize is $2,000
- Second Prize is $1,000
- Third Prize $500
- Call Sharon O’Rourke at 203-470-7570 for tickets
Photo by Wendy Ann Mitchell
NEW FAIRFIELD, CT — The Community Service Club of New Fairfield presents their annual “Junk in the Trunk” tag sale which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at the New Fairfield Senior Center, 33 CT-37, New Fairfield, CT.
The event includes a wide variety of crafters and a large basket which will be raffled off. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 8 tickets for $20. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Community Service Club of New Fairfield.
The winner need not be present and will be drawn at the end of the event. The basket has a retail value of over $750 and includes items that can be split up for gift giving— perfect for the beginner paper crafter or scrapbooker.
The Community Service Club of New Fairfield began in 1983 which exists “For the Good of Our Town,” according to their website. Parking spaces are sold to people who wish to sell some of their garage and attic treasures. For more information, click here.
Photo: Eileen Cunningham
BROOKFIELD, CT — A Brookfield gymnastics studio has lots to be proud of after four out of their five Xcel Gold State gymnasts placed in the championships held at Killingly High School on April 21 and 22, 2018.
- Izabella Dobkowski, of Danbury, placed fourth on the floor exercise.
- Ella Penna, of Sherman, came in ninth place on balance beam and second place on the floor exercise.
- Mila Kuilan, of Danbury, came in fifth place on balance beam, fourth place on vault and uneven bars and all-around, and came in first place CT State Champion on floor exercise.
- Madison Larkin, of New Milford, came in ninth place on vault, second place on floor, and 1st place CT State Champion on uneven bars, balance beam, and all around.
Congratulations to the entire team on their accomplishments.
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT — Spring has sprung, summer is just around the corner, and with it is the thought of fresh, local produce. Farmers and market organizers across Connecticut are gearing up to share their local produce, dairy, bread, cheese and more with hungry locavores at weekly farmer’s markets this summer.
The first market in the Fairfield and Litchfield County areas will be on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in New Milford. Opening day vendors include the following:
Many of the markets have live music, children’s entertainment, special events and guest speakers. Be sure to bring your own bags, as well as cash or check, as many of the markets do not accept credit cards. Check your local market’s page for detailed information.
Local Farmer’s Markets in Fairfield and Litchfield Counties
- Bethel Farmer’s Market (Stony Hill), Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm, June 28 – Christmas
Rte. 6, Fairfield Cty Extension Service Bldg, 67 Stony Hill Rd, opposite Stony Hill Inn, bethelfarmersmarket.org.
- No plans have been announced yet for the Downtown Municipal Center Farmer’s Market, which, according to a Board Member, has not been held “in several years.”
- Brookfield Farmer’s Market, Fridays, 3 – 6:00 pm, July 10 – October 23, Town Hall, 100 Pocono Rd., Facebook
- Danbury Farmer’s Market, Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm, June 22 – October 21
Danbury Green, SNAP doubled, Website
- Monroe Farmer’s Market, Fridays, 3 pm – 6 pm, Monroe Town Green, Corner of Fan Hill Road & Rte. 111, monroefarmersmarket.org. The Monroe Farmers’ Market is open from June 22–October 26, 2018.
- New Milford Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 am – 12 pm, May 12 – November 18, Town Green, Main Street, newmilfordfarmersmarket.com. Saturday, May 12 is opening day for 2018.
- Newtown Farmer’s Market, Tuesdays, 2 pm – 6:30 pm, June – October, Fairfield Hills Campus at Wasserman Way, Facebook
- Georgetown Held every Sunday from late June to the end of October, Sundays, 10 am – 2 pm, June 17 – TBA, 4 Old Mill Road, Redding, Facebook
- Ridgefield no longer has a market but CSA’s and fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased at Garden of Ideas, The Hickories, and Horseshoe Farm.
- The Southbury Farmer’s Market opens in late June and runs through mid-October on Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It is held at Town Hall, 501 Main St. S.
Southbury. Click here for more info.
For a full list of markets across the state, visit CT Nofa’s website by clicking here.
Photo by Matt via Flickr Creative Commons
Do you know of a market we missed? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DANBURY, CT — A popular tradition in Dublin, Ireland is coming to Danbury, on a bit of a smaller scale, but still packed with tons of talent and fun— TradFest, a traditional Irish music festival.
Organized by Julie Sorcek, the festival will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center. The event celebrates Irish culture and music with dance performances by students of the Newtown-based Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, a demonstration by the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center (GDICC) set dancers, and traditional acoustic Irish music from Damien and Sally Connolly, musicians from the GDICC, Chicks ‘n Sync, Ringrose & Freeman, and The Kerry Boys.
Food and drinks will be available as well a 50/50 raffle, and lots of Irish music throughout the afternoon and evening. TradFest will all be held at the GDICC, 6 Lake Ave., Danbury, rain or shine.
The schedule is available at https://danburyirishcenter.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/april-2018-tradfest-schedule.pdf.
Admission is $5, children 12 and under are free. More information is available by visiting www.gdicc.org.
Photo by Frederik ‘Freso’ S. Olesen via Flickr
REDDING, CT — The Town of Redding is gearing up for two summer-long outdoor concert series at Topstone Park and the Redding Town Center gazebo.
The Town Green series kicks off on Sunday, June 17 with Yipee Coyote. The Topstone Park series starts on Monday, June 18 with Mexican Night.
Topstone Park Schedule
Monday, June 18, 7:00 p.m. – Topstone
- Mexican Night by Rancho Alegre – $12 in advance or $15 at the park
Thursday, July 5, 7:00 p.m. – Topstone
- Brooks Williams, $10 in advance; $12 at the park
Friday, July 13, 7:00 p.m. – Topstone
- Gallows Hill Horns, Brass Sextet, free admission
Friday, July 26, 7:00 p.m. – Topstone
- Music Shed Youth Night , $4 in advance; $8 at the door, pizza served
Thursday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. – Topstone
- Open Road, free admission
Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 p.m. – Topstone
- *Tentative, Yale A-Cappella: The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, $10 in advance, $12 at the park
Concert on the Green Schedule
|6/17||Yippee Coyote||Rock ‘n Roots Band|
|6/24||Bone Dry||Jam Band with a Groove|
|7/1||Brian Q. Torff & New Duke||A special concert in memory of Sally White|
|7/8||Tracy DeLucia||Adult Contemporary Country|
|7/15||River of Dreams||Billy Joel Tribute|
|7/22||Peter Calo||Heroes gone but not forgotten|
|7/29||Silver Steel Band||Steel Drum Band|
|8/5||Fab Forward||Solo Beatle Tribute|
|8/12||The Currys||Americana Trio|
|8/19||The Mighty Ploughboy||Celtic Rock|
|8/26||Sony Carroll Orchestra||Big Band|
To purchase tickets for Topstone Park concerts, call (203) 938-5036, Ext.3. If there is inclement weather, call to find out if the concert will be held indoors.
Photo via Flickr, credit: Diogo A. Figueira
RIDGEFIELD, CT — Christine O’Leary has always been funny. But, it wasn’t until she won a stand-up contest in Maine that she quit her day job to pursue a career in comedy. O’Leary is now an award-winning stand-up comedian, professional host and coach for budding comics enrolled in her workshop at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Her spring semester students will take center stage at “Christine O’Leary’s Comedy Graduation Showcase” on Monday, April 30 at 7:30 (doors open at 6:30) at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield. General Admission tickets are on sale now ($20 each); orders can be placed online (Comedy Graduation Showcase | The Ridgefield Playhouse), called into the Ridgefield Playhouse box office at (203) 438-5795, or purchased in person the night of the show, space permitting.
O’Leary has taught nearly 30 sold-out comedy classes at her post at the Playhouse, with many repeat students, who take an 8-week program to develop a tight, economized, 5-minute set — the first increment of time given to new stand-ups at comedy clubs. The students bring weekly material to “Rip and Read” in class to determine winning content, then video conference one-on-one with O’Leary to finalize their material and hone their set. After two months, they’re ready for an audience.
“Comedy is a way to tell the truth, solve a problem and sell the material with a feeling. I love and live to share with people the greatest ‘high’ and joy I know — standing up and getting paid in laughs! Anyone can do this; there’s enough for everyone. For me, stand up is liberation and freedom. You can ‘up your game’ in life whether your a parent or a podiatrist,” said O’Leary, Founder, Team Green Light Comedy.
O’Leary’s stand up class has been a staple at The Ridgefield Playhouse since 2013. Her Assistant is fellow comic, Sue Ellen Landwehr, who has also performed locally. The April 30th lineup includes amateur comedians: Angel Fredricks, Will Bergen, Judy Eckert, Frank Fuhrman, Stephanie Griffin, Jerry Kuyper, Matthew MacGregor, Michael Mast, Micky Pasquerella, George Reynolds, Ben Robertson, Marcela Rodrigues, Eric Schwartz, Michael Zeitz, and Aline Weiller. They include doulas and designers, wealth managers and writers, students and salespeople, electrical engineers and bankers, teachers and beyond.
“You’ll never see anything like it…they’ll be born as comics before your eyes,” O’Leary added.
Christine O’Leary has worked with headlining comedians to include Gilbert Gottfried, Joy Behar, Chevy Chase, Sinbad, Tracey Morgan, Robert Klein, Margaret Cho, and Janeane Garofalo. She takes her Team Green Light Comedy comrades to area shows and also hosts and performs at companies, colleges, and charitable, club and pride events nearby and nationally. She can be contacted via email@example.com and on all social media platforms.
The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) whose mission is to present a variety of performing arts to the community and the surrounding area that they can enjoy and experience at a varied price point. The Playhouse presents national and local acts and is the cultural hub for the town of Ridgefield. For details regarding “Christine O’Leary’s Comedy Graduation Showcase” tickets and classes, visitwww.ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
PHOTO: Comedian Christine O’Leary and her students gear up for their “Comedy Graduation Showcase” at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield on Monday, April 30th at 7:30. General Admission tickets $20) are on sale now, are available via www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org, but calling (203) 438-5795, or can be purchased in person on the night of the show, space permitting.
PHOTO CREDIT: Sue Ellen Landwehr