All you need is a basket and a blanket
Where to cool down with the kids — locally
We found ten great reasons to visit SoNo Marketplace this summer
White House to Highlight Kathy Giusti as an Open Science “Champion of Change”
The Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk celebrates an anniversary and the powerful way it’s impacted the community
Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show to benefit Pegasus Therapeutic Riding
Show is seeking entries; internationally Recognized Artist to be the Judge
A mother’s account of awkward experiences with other pre-school parents
“I love anything seaside. I’m obsessed,” says Joanne Gray, the founder of a great little shop in Rowayton with a seriously beachy vibe. You’ll know the store by the mascot sitting out front: A VW van painted a marvelous mint green. The model was built in 1973, the same year Gray was born in Cornwall, England, where her affinity for sun and sand was nurtured. “I’m like many people who grew up along the coast. If you have that in your background, it’s difficult to ever be away from the water.” Gray says she’s happiest near a beach, which is why she and her family now live in Norwalk. That’s also the reason she loves the work she’s doing. Gray operates Seaside Delights in Pinkney Park on the edge of the Five Mile River, and all of the items she sells reflect her appreciation for the casual, coastal life. Gray is an artist turned entrepreneur. Many of the items she sells here (clothing, home accessories and hostess gifts among them) are stamped with her designs: think whimsical drawings of starfish, sea horses, lobsters, octopuses and other marine creatures. There are T-shirts and sweatshirts for children and adults made of super […]
Sometimes a white lie is necessary for parenting.
15 finalists will compete for three top prizes
More than 900 people were trained in CPR.
The show will benefit Pegasus Therapeutic Riding
A New Canaanite steps up to direct one of the Bard’s most beloved comedies for the 2013 production by Shakespeare on the Sound.
The famous journalist will speak on May 20th
Downtown Darien is becoming a who’s who of former finance folks who have
left the 24/7 stress and city commute to open their own mom-and-pop shops.
And often, these moms and pops have more time to parent
As a young girl in Iran, Shiva Sarram felt the terrifying effects of war. Today, the New Canaan resident is fighting to end a cycle of violence against children.
New Canaan Country School Hosts 8th Deal Days Event –
Donations Needed For the Community Tag Sale
New boutique hotel in Norwalk with an urban-chic vibe
Designer Melissa Lindsay blends organic elements with glammed-up pieces to transform the interiors of a traditional New Canaan home
Judy Ostrow grew up in a family with more than a few builders and architects, and that’s one reason she has a deep interest in home design. “I’ve always loved looking at beautiful houses and learning how they’re put together,” says Ostrow, who wrote our cover story (page 54) on a remodeled New Canaan Colonial that’s owned by Malia and David Frame and decorated by Melissa Lindsay of Pimlico. Ostrow has been writing on this subject for twenty years, and she knows design trends. In fact, her sharp eye for the next big thing found many forward-thinking decorating ideas in this home. “Natural materials are used alongside pieces that shimmer and shine, and the combination makes for spaces that are glamorous and comfortable,” she says. Other details that caught her interest were lighting fixtures. “People fail to recognize the power of light, and the importance of choosing these accents thoughtfully. They’re like good jewelry with a great dress—they complete the picture.” On the subject of a great picture, our staff is excited about the spring release of the film The Big Wedding, a romantic comedy about a modern family trying to survive a weekend nuptials celebration turned full-blown fiasco. The […]
Ten hot (and hopeful) real estate trends
Many have wondered why Topher Grace has yet to break out as a major star. But Grace, who grew up in Darien,
is really just a humble guy who’s had the luxury of carefully choosing projects
Treatments to try together this Valentine’s Day
With the new year comes the urge for an updated look. Put those fashion feet forward in New Canaan, where new stores offer inspiration
New exhibition opening at Heather Gaudio Fine Art
First Communion Trunk Show at Local Bridal Boutique
Kensett in Darien offers a new landscape for buyers in search of a smaller, more contemporary home
The superstorm taught many of us about the dangers that arise when generators are misused
Time to bust out of a workout rut? These exercise options can take your fitness level in a newer, leaner direction
As the new director of the Glass House, Henry Urbach celebrates the artistic landscape
Our Top 5 out of 50 Ways to Rediscover Where You Live
Like you, I think I know the town where I live (Rowayton) pretty intimately, but after reading Chris Hodenfield’s cover story on page 38, I’m realizing I don’t know it nearly as well as I should. And that’s what makes his feature, our second-annual Insider’s Guide, such a solid and entertaining read. Even those of us who have been walking along the same streets year after year will find something fresh, relevant and helpful on the pages here. We asked Chris to write the story for us because he’s no stranger to the area. A true insider, he’s lived in Darien for more than seven years, although through his wife’s family, he’s been part of the community for twenty-two years. And, he’s been a resident of Fairfield County for more than two decades. To research the piece, he worked his network of plugged-in pals and friends of friends, asking each to share with him local intelligence that we can all use to better navigate the dining, retail, cultural, home and health scenes in our towns. He pounded the sidewalks, too, and his conversations with locals gave even this longtime resident a fresh perspective on what to see and do. Chris […]
Stella’s Stomping Grounds For more than fifty years, New Canaan was a hub for some high-profile artists who fled New York City on weekends and flocked to that famous see-through house on Ponus Ridge Road, where they debated art and architecture by day and partied into the night. The home was The Glass House, and its inhabitants–architect Philip Johnson and curator David Whitney–hosted many art world celebs, including Frank Stella. “For me, it was a place to relax, to have a good time, to forget about the week,” says Stella. Johnson wasn’t just Stella’s friend, he was a customer—he bought one of Stella’s earliest paintings, Astoria, in 1958. By the time Johnson and Whitney had died in 2005, fourteen of Stella’s works lived on the New Canaan property. It seems only fitting, then, that Stella’s latest work, Scarlatti Kirkpatrick, will launch a brand-new exhibition program at The Glass House that runs through November 30. The harpsichord music of the late Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti inspired the series. Says Stella, “I was drawn into the music’s rhythm and movement, which I think you can see when your eye follows the forms of each of these pieces.” philipjohnsonglasshouse.org Cleaner Corn Americans consume […]
School-age children will read less of it in the classroom and some kids aren’t happy about it
How Elf on a Shelf saved this mother’s sanity…
That awkward moment when you realize your child may be smarter than you.
A father and son from Darien strike out on foot to explore the state they call home
Three wedding experts lend their advice on planning the wedding of your dreams
With the dining landscape changing as quickly as the daily menu, foodies need to know where—and what—to eat now. These local restaurants stack up
When Tony-award winning actor James Naughton presented opening remarks at our Light a Fire awards ceremony last year, he said, “I promise that when you leave this theater tonight, you’re going to feel very, very good.” Naughton was playing host to a packed Westport Playhouse, where the audience had gathered to honor local heroes who had given selflessly and generously of their time and talent so others could lead better lives. It was an incredible evening filled with fascinating stories about real people who, through perseverance and pure spirit, brought others comfort, hope and dignity. By the end of the night, Naughton had made good on his feel-good guarantee. Now it’s that time of year again, the season for us to acknowledge and pay tribute to a few extraordinary volunteers and philanthropists in our community who can teach many of us a lesson about what it really means to give. In this issue, we introduce the Light a Fire honorees for 2012 (see page 59). We call them the devoted dozen because these twelve citizens give all year long from their heads, hearts and bank accounts to people they know and to countless strangers. You may recognize some of the […]
Meet the Honorees
Holiday tabletop decor
Remember when we were kids and we just picked Halloween costumes from a catalog?
When journalist and former Fairfield County resident Kim Kavin decided she wanted a puppy, she did what many people do: clicked on an online photo and submitted an application. She had no idea the cute pup with the brindle coat was actually a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. That puppy, Blue, arrived in the Northeast in an RV driven by members of a growing grass-roots network trying to save these animals. Blue was happy, but seemed to have endured something unusual, leading Kavin to trace his history back to the shelter. Little Boy Blue is the story of that puppy’s journey of survival, as well as a shocking exposé of the brutal reality that exists inside some shelters. Kavin is an award-winning writer who knows how to tell a story, but she’s also a seasoned reporter who breaks big news here: namely, that U.S. taxpayers are spending nearly $15 million a year to support shelters that kill dogs in gas chambers. One of her sources for the book is Claudia Weber of the Town Clerk’s office in New Canaan. “The number of people arriving with adoption records has definitely increased in the past few years,” says […]