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11th Annual Raspberry Festival is Sept. 15 & 16 at Sherman’s White Silo Winery

Screen Shot 2018-09-13 at 11.43.16 PMSHERMAN, 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.

The White Silo Winery is located at 32 Route 37 E, Sherman, CT. Questions? Call 860-355-0271 or 917-699-7355. eric@whitesilowinery.com. www.whitesilowinery.com\

Article by Eric Gorman

Photo by Daveob via Flickr Creative Commons

Experience the Sights & Sounds of the Emerald Isle at the 2018 Danbury Irish Festival

 

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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!

Raffle Tickets:

  • 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

For more information, click here, email danburyirishfest@gmail.com or call the club at 203-501-7424.

Photo by Wendy Ann Mitchell

Win Big & Help Out a Charity at the ‘Junk in the Trunk’ Tag Sale

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

VOTE: City of Danbury, Jericho Partnership Need Help to Fight Homelessness

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DANBURY, CT —  The City of Danbury and the Jericho Partnership are joining forces to help combat homelessness and they need your help to qualify for a $25,000 grant to fulfill their mission. The two organizations are presenting the project called “CityServe” to increase the number of participants in Project CleanStart (PCS), expand the number of students impacted by Reading Buddies Program (RBP), and increase services offered by Spring Street Neighborhood Center (SSNC), according to their website.

Jericho is a finalist to win one of 40 grants with 200 organizations in the running. Funds will be used to enable team leaders to work directly with the homeless population and present the “Reading Buddies” program to several Danbury public schools. If awarded the grant, they will be able to expand their impact in elementary schools, increase food pantry distributions, help shut-ins and the elderly population, and offering free case management for families in need.

To vote for the Jericho Partnership to receive the funds through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant, supporters simply have to vote on the following website:

NeighborhoodAssist.com/entry/2012674

People can vote 10 times a day, every day, until Aug. 24, 2018.

#SFNeighborhoodAssist

Photo credit: Jericho Partnership

Unleash Your Inner Author at Westport Writer’s Workshop

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WESTPORT, CT — If you’ve ever thought about writing a memoir, screenplay or best-selling mystery, young adult or women’s fiction novel, now’s the time to fulfill your dream! The Westport Writer’s Workshop, a nonprofit community group dedicated to the instruction of the craft of writing, is hosting several workshops this summer for aspiring writers of all ages and skill levels.

Led by a highly trained team of professionals in the industry, the class offerings are varied and the small class size ensures writers receive the time and attention they need. Most classes max out at seven participants.  Workshops are designed to spark your imagination while focusing on the positive to help you discover and develop your own unique voice.

Class offerings are as follows:

For a full schedule, click here.

Can’t join the classes but still want to support the Westport Writers Workshop? Support them with a tax-deductible gift. Make an online donation by clicking here.

Questions? Call(203) 227-3250 or email info@westportwritersworkshop.com.

Local Gymnasts Win Big at Xcel Gold State Championships

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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.

Kratos Gymnastics, owned by Ashley and Mihael Anton, had four of their gymnasts on the Xcel Gold Team compete. In their first season of the Xcel Gold level, everyone qualified to the CT State Championships and medaled in their individual age groups.

  • 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.
Out of the overall approximate 300 gymnasts who competed, Madison Larkin placed fifth all around which earned her one on of only seven spots granted on the CT Xcel Gold Regional Team. This team will compete at the 2018 Xcel Gold Region 6 Regional Championships taking place at Shrewsbury High School, in Shrewsbury MA. on May 19.
At the Regional Championships, the top seven gymnasts in Xcel Gold from CT, NY, MA, NH, VT and ME will compete representing their State for the title of Region 6 Regional Champion.

 

Congratulations to the entire team on their accomplishments.

2018 CT Farmer’s Markets Take Root on May 12

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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.

Happy shopping!

 

Local Farmer’s Markets in Fairfield and Litchfield Counties

Bethel: 

  • 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: 

  • Brookfield Farmer’s Market, Fridays, 3 – 6:00 pm, July 10 – October 23, Town Hall, 100 Pocono Rd., Facebook

Danbury: 

  • Danbury Farmer’s Market, Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm, June 22 – October 21
    Danbury Green, 
    SNAP doubled, Website

Monroe: 

  • 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 Fairfield:

New Milford:

  • 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/Sandy Hook:

  • Newtown Farmer’s Market, Tuesdays, 2 pm – 6:30 pm, June – October, Fairfield Hills Campus at Wasserman Way, Facebook

Redding/Georgetown:

  • 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:

Southbury:

  • 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 ctbuzznews@gmail.com.

 

Boil Water Advisory Issued for Danbury After Massive Water Main Break

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DANBURY, CT — A boil water advisory was issued Tuesday, April 24 for Danbury residents in the area of Hayestown and Tamarack Ave. after a massive water main break that closed Danbury Hospital, Hayestown and Broadview Middle Schools. The City of Danbury is asking residents to voluntarily reduce water usage over the next 48 hours as crews work to repair the problem, according to the city’s website.

The water main break has impacted water customers east of Main Street, East of North Street up to Route 84 and South to South Street. The city’s boil water advisory remains in effect. Click here to sign up for updates regarding the water issue and when your water is safe to use. Periodic updates will be provided on the city’s website.

Mayor Mark Boughton tweeted Tuesday that handmade parts were flown in from Buffalo and that the Public Works Department is taking care of the problem.

The Danbury War Memorial Facilities are available for residents that have been impacted by the water main break. Restrooms, showers, and water is available there.

Photo credit: Mayor Mark

‘TradFest’ Irish Music Festival Set for April 29 in Danbury

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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 SyncRingrose & 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 to Kick Off 2 Outdoor Summer Concert Series

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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
Friday, July 13, 7:00 p.m.  – Topstone
  • Gallows Hill Horns, Brass Sextet, free admission
Friday, July 26, 7:00 p.m.   – Topstone
Thursday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. – Topstone
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