DANBURY, CT — The Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation is proud to present Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night, an interactive, hilarious comedy about a Catholic parish that needs money and a new bingo fundraising program that is staffed by one of the funniest women in the parish— Mrs. Mary Margaret O’Brien.
Break out your ugly Christmas sweater and enjoy an entertaining night of theater, trivia, games and fun on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at Rogers Park Middle School, Danbury, Conn., that will have you ho-ho-ho-ing your way right into the holiday season!
Vicki Quade, creator of the smash hit Late Nite Catechism, invites you to get into the Christmas spirit with her entertaining new show Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night. Brush up on your Yuletide trivia, because with this uniquely interactive show, you’ll be playing for actual prizes. Bingo caller Mrs. Mary Margaret O’Brien will have you in stitches as she tackles the wackiest myths and most outrageous facts about Christmas, including jolly old St. Nick’s origins and where candy canes come from.
This comedic theatrical production is presented by Nuns 4 Fun, a Chicago-based theater company, in conjunction with the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation, a 501 (c) 3. Tickets are $30 and a portion of the proceeds goes to support the philanthropic and cultural work that the GDICF does in the Greater Danbury area.
Tickets may be purchased online on Eventbrite– https://www.eventbrite.com/e/its-a-ho-ho-holy-night-tickets-50933449318, or with a credit card or in person by cash or check (without the credit card processing fee) at the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, 6 Lake. Ave., Danbury, CT during normal business hours, 7 days a week, 4-11 p.m.
The play will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at Rogers Park Middle School, Danbury, Conn. To purchase tickets online go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/its-a-ho-ho-holy-night-tickets-50933449318
Questions? Email Katie Gehan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the club at (203) 739-0010.
Review from Chicago Reader:
“Vicki Quade has made a career out of Catholic comedy (Late Night Catechism, Bible Bingo), and she’s in top form here as Mrs. Mary Margaret O’Brien, a former nun who now heads up the archdiocese’s new bingo fund-raising department. Wearing an appropriately kitschy “Happiness Is Playing Bingo” T-shirt, Quade nonetheless plays her character as the sort of stern taskmaster remembered and perhaps beloved by Catholic audience members, quick to send disobedient bingo players—this includes you—to stand with their noses to the chalkboard. Or donate a dollar to the church’s pagan-baby fund. Quade delivers little-known Christmas facts with an effective deadpan, bingo helps keep the audience engaged, and the comical throwback prizes include Bing Crosby records and, for the Jewish set, a little Barbra Streisand.” —Marissa Oberlander
About the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation:
The Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation (GDICF) offers weekly Irish language classes at the beginning and intermediate levels; weekly fiddle and whistle classes at the beginning and intermediate levels; weekly céilí and set dancing classes; monthly seisiún; a 1-day traditional acoustic Irish music festival; and an annual 3-day Irish Festival (the Danbury Irish Festival) with a full program of traditional Irish cultural entertainment. The dance group supports numerous céilís around the New York and CT area.
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
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
RIDGEFIELD, CT — While many across the country attended parades, ate hot dogs and burgers at picnics and honored our fallen heroes this Memorial Day, one U.S. Air Force veteran was enjoying his retirement from service by reflecting on the two decades that proudly wore the uniform.
Mike O’Hara, originally hailing from Bronx, New York, now lives in Danbury and works full-time in Ridgefield hair salon with his life partner, Tami Williams, who owns Hair Couture Salon.
O’Hara served in the U.S. Air Force from 1982-2002 and during that time served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield, as well as in Korea and Sicily.
Now retired, he said that he went “from air to hair” to be closer to the love of his life, Williams. O’Hara said that Memorial Day means that “somebody gave their life and that they put country before family knowing that they may not see their family again— which they didn’t.”
While it may seem odd to some to go from the U.S. Air Force to working the front desk of a hair salon, for O’Hara, his service is a new type— one that gives him great satisfaction not only to himself but to all those he has the pleasure of serving.
“What better job satisfaction than seeing the bright glowing smiles on all the clients when they see the results of their hair?”
“I joined to protect and serve our country,” O’Hara said, “and also to live a structured life, gain an education and career skills. Memorial Day means that somebody gave their life, they put country before family knowing that they may not see their family again in which they didn’t. All those that sacrificed their lives for us is why I’m so proud to be an American.”
In honor of O’Hara’s 20 years since his retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Hair Couture Salon is giving service men and women $20 off of any service when they mention the U.S. Air Force slogan, “Aim High.”
Hair Couture Salon is located at 590 Danbury Road, Ridgefield. For more information or to book an appointment, call (203) 438-2121.
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.
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Do you know of a market we missed? Email it to email@example.com.