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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.
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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
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:
People can vote 10 times a day, every day, until Aug. 24, 2018.
Photo credit: Jericho Partnership
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.
BETHEL, CT — Town of Bethel voters are notified of the reconvened Annual Town Budget Meeting to be held at the Bethel High School Auditorium, 300 Whittlesey Drive in on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7: 00 p. m. to consider the appropriation of $29,536,242, which sum includes debt service of $ 3,939, 238 and the school’ s building maintenance account of $500,008 as recommended by the Board of Finance.
The meeting will also include consideration of a resolution to appropriate the sum of $ 1,140,000, as recommended by the Board of Finance, for capital item expenditures, and the issuance of short-term notes and/ or bonds of $ 1, 140,000, to finance the appropriation of said sum for all costs incurred for the following capital item expenditures:
Highway Elgin Street Sweeper $230,000
Education High School, HVAC $250,000
Bethel Fire Dept: Replace BFD Engine $660,000
TOTAL CAPITAL $1, 140,000
Finally, consideration to establish the date on which the machine vote on the annual town budget shall take place in accordance with the provisions of the Bethel Town Charter.
Photo by 401(K) 2012 via Flickr Creative Commons
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
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
BROOKFIELD, CT — The Brookfield Parks & Recreation announced the Mother’s Day & We Care 5K, presented by Dr. Philip Mascia. The race will be held on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. The race starts at Brookfield High School, 45 Long Meadow Hill Road and will be held to benefit the Brookfield High School Track and The Amyloidosis Foundation in honor of Tommy Corres who passed away in January of 2018 at the age of 55.
Corres served as a Connecticut State Trooper with Troop A in Southbury for 22 years where he received a Life Savings Award in 2008, according to his obituary. The Amyloidosis Foundation began in order to support research, to support patients and increase awareness of the diseases, AA amyloidosis, which occurs as a reaction to another illness, such as a chronic inflammatory disease or a chronic infection, and AL amyloidosis is caused by a bone marrow disorder, according to The Amyloidosis Foundation.
The registration fee is $25, payable by mail or by phone, before May 11, 2018. Race day registration is available for $30 on race day. Online registration for individuals is due by Thursday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m. for $27.25 per person by visiting: http://brookfield.usaxc.com.
T-shirts will be given to the first 250 entrants. Prizes will be given out in the following categories:
- Top Male
- Top Female
- Ages 8 and under
- Ages 9-13
- Ages 14-19
- Ages 20-29
- Ages 30-39
- Ages 40-49
- Ages 50-59
- Ages 60-69
- Ages 70-79
- Mother/Daughter team
- Grandmother/Granddaughter teams
- Mother/Son team
- Grandmother/Grandson teams
The course route begins at Brookfield High School to Long Meadow Hill Rd., to Hop Brook Rd, with a turnaround at the cone, back on to Long Meadow Hill Rd. to Brookfield High School.
Click here for more information on the race.
To donate to the Family of Tommy Corres Fund, click here.
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