Community Buzz: Art, Easter and more
Leaders from YWL and the Children’s Connection met recently to discuss the future of their new Trauma Care Clinic.
Children’s Connection works with children and families of children (newborn to 18 years old) that have made disclosures regarding sexual or severe physical abuse who live, work or were victimized in the towns of New Canaan, Norwalk, Wilton and Westport. The organization is currently able to provide bilingual trauma counseling in-house to victims of abuse and their families, but lack the appropriate space to do so.
YWL funding will pay for construction of two trauma counseling offices with a waiting room, books, workbooks, therapeutic toys and tools, as well as appropriate furnishings for their clients.
Upcoming events hosted by the YWL, including the 45th annual Egg Hunt, Children’s Fun Run, and Couture for a Cause, will raise funds for worthy causes such as this. More information on these events can be found at www.ywlnewcanaan.org.
Strutting in style
Drew Davis, Camaren Dayton, Charlotte Pratt, Charlotte Craig, Ellen Ludtke, Caroline Leeber, Morgan Connelly, Brooke Holland, Grace Manges, Kelly McClymonds, Maria Fagersta and Lauren Carlson walked the runway.
Lanphier Salon provided complimentary hair styles for the three mothers who modeled.
At the library
Please register online at newcanaanlibrary.org for events at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main St.
West African harp: Sean Gaskell will introduce the music of the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa, on April 1 at 2 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.
Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the Kora, featuring traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Kora’s musical repertoire in addition to a number of his own personal compositions.
Race and privilege: Racial justice educator and author Debby Irving will be speaking at a community event hosted by The Interfaith Council of CT and The New Canaan Public Library at the library on April 5 from 6-7:45 p.m.
The author of “Waking up White” will lead a candid conversation about race, culture, identity, and privilege, called “I’m a good person! Isn’t that enough?”
The free event open to the public will feature historical and media images as Debby Irving examines her journey from seeing the world through her own white-skewed belief system to questioning the racial disparities she could see and feel. The presentation includes pauses for reflection, dialog, and a Q&A.
The Surgical Series: Join New Canaan Library and Stamford Hospital for Med Ed Spring 2017, featuring top physicians from Stamford Hospital exploring some common health issues and the prevention of them through healthy living and surgical solutions, if necessary.
The five-part series will target a different health issue at each lecture; please register for each online at newcanaanlibrary.org. All lectures will be held in the Adrian Lamb Room.
The first one will by about keeping your digestive system in top shape on April 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Mary Anne Case, a New Canaan cartoonist, is exhibiting in the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Arts Festival 2017 in New York City.
The MoCCA Arts Festival, a two-day multimedia event, draws over 7,000 attendees each year. Case’s cartoons of President Donald Trump will be exhibited at the National Cartoonist Society’s table April 1 from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Prints of her work are for sale.
A digital cartoonist for 21 years, Case’s work has been featured in newspapers, greeting cards, advertisements and book and magazine illustrations. The former of head of the art committee at the New Canaan Library, Case is one of the 17 cartoonists at the Silvermine Arts Center.
The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place at the Metropolitan West event venue located at 639 W 46th St. It will encompass two floors of exhibitor tables, a gallery of original art showcasing the work of special guests, and pop-up cafés throughout the space. Price of admission is $5 per day and tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under ten are free.
Easter is coming
The Young Women’s League of New Canaan will host the 45th annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 1 with activities beginning at 9 a.m. at Waveny Park.
The Easter Bunny’s arrival kicks off the festivities, which include family entertainment by the Masqueraders Dixieland Band. Children can enjoy rides, bounce houses, and face painting.
The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures with children courtesy of Christina Saburro Photography. The egg hunt will start at 10:15 a.m. with children collecting over 10,000 eggs and searching for the coveted golden eggs containing gift certificates redeemable at New Canaan Toy Store.
Sponsors and partners include Toddlertime, Ashley Howell Petraska of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, New Country Porsche of Greenwich, Bankwell, Stamford Hospital, New Canaan Pediatric Dentistry, Walter Stewart’s, Prizio Roofing and Siding, Lev, Berlin & Sousa, The Southfield Center for Childhood Development, and Au Pair in America.
Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee will donate hundreds of cups of coffee while YWL members and friends bake more than 1,000 cupcakes, cookies, muffins and breads that are available for purchase. Other community partners include Izzi B’s Bakery, Rosie, Fiddleheads Cooking Studio, and the New Canaan High School Student League of Boys (SLOBs).
All proceeds go to YWL’s Giving Fund, which benefits organizations focused on improving the lives of children. Kids Helping Kids and the Human Services Council Children’s Connection are this year’s featured beneficiaries.
In the event of inclement weather, the egg hunt will take place on the same day and time at New Canaan High School.
Saxe to stage ‘Cinderella’
The prince is giving a ball.
Saxe Middle School will present the seventh- and eighth-grade musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” March 31 at 7 p.m. and April 1 at 2 p.m. in the New Canaan High School auditorium.
Director and choreographer Lauren Nicole Sherwood promises elements of magic and surprise, with fairy dust, a glittering pumpkin and white mice who turn into horses. There will be a lovely ballroom scene, funny moments and familiar songs by Tony Award-winning composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
The cast is 56 strong. Another 21 students make up the stage crew, under the direction of Anthony Medaglia, and the pit orchestra, under the direction of Janet Rosen. Sarah Gleason and Joe Gergle are the musical directors, and Matt Blank is the stage manager and assistant director.
Tickets are available at SaxePTC.org or in person one hour before each performance.
Display your art downtown
Student art on display
The community is invited to view and celebrate the work of New Canaan High School art students whose work was selected for inclusion in “Through Our Eyes V” at The Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny Park.
The exhibit will be on view through April 1. New Canaan High School performing arts students will also be showcased and celebrated during the exhibit, with a closing poetry event on April 1.
This is the fifth year the Carriage Barn Arts Center has partnered with the New Canaan High School art department to showcase student artwork in the gallery. The work of more than 100 students will be showcased and include photography, original paintings, drawings and jewelry as well as video and installations. The selected works represent students in introductory level courses up to Advanced Placement level art classes.
The students whose will be shown are Lukah Aguilera, Claire Batchelor, Lauren Berardino, Audrey Bloom, Sydney Britt, Claire Brunner, Alex Carlson, Matt Chalon, Quincy Connell, Skye Curren, Skyler Davidson, Kiefer Dresser, Rachel Driver, Jack Dunn, Charlie Hane, Morgan Hibbert, Tighe Hoey, Isabel DiGiacomo Meghan Kloud, Michelle Labadie, Nicholas LaMorte, RJ Lauture, Gabriela Limone, Daniel Lu, Isaac Marshall, Grant Mellinger, Katherine Mettler, Aurelie Moutran, Cortland Parrott, Megan Rigione, Skyler Risom, Nicole Schlesinger, James Sweet, Katie Tan, Gwynne Tenney, Aurelio Alvarez, Cameron Blair, Reid Dahill, Catherine Doytcheva, Taylor DeVito, Devin Findlay, Emma Garner, Olivia Germann, Anne Greer, Claudia Guerrero, Katherine Lisecky, Katherine Lindberg, Connor McDevitt, Molly Mazabras, Isabela Montano, Adrianna Morina, Sharanya Mukherjee, Caroline O’Dea, Ashlyn Pace, Ann Pakhayev, Jessica Penman, Isabella Rocha, Rosa Alfizures Cifuentes, Darleicy Ruiz, Mead Savage, Rachel Smith, Zoe Spencer, Madison Starr, Hannah Suthons, Ashley Sztam, Joshua Vindas, Gwenan Walker, Alexandra Yee, Brooke Barber, Ellery Baran, Emma Barker, Lauren Bisceglia, Elizabeth Bochicchio, Jackson Braden, Margaux Brennan, Shannon Bucci, Caroline Challe, Brielle Connelly, Morgan Connelly, Courtney Coutts, Elizabeth Cuoco, Camaren Dayton, Matthew DePalo, Jessica Eccleston, Emily Dowdle, Maria Fagerstal, Alexander Galvan, Hannah Gelnaw, Casey Gertsen, Jane Gesing, Luis Gonzalez-Miranda, Sophie Graham, Caroline Grogan, Timothy Hardy, Zoe Jones, Danielle Klapper, Reilly Krug, Anna Lysenko, Chloe McAuliffe, Grant Mellinger, Michelle Mercede, Samantha Pepe, Elizabeth Pohle, Chiara Rapuano, Bailey Reehl, Grace Riley, Thomas Roscoe, Nicolas Savini, John Slattery, Sammi Smith, Emma Smith, Becca Walshin, Emily Wasser, Wyatt Wilson, Stephen Wronski, and Amy Chu.
This year’s exhibit is underwritten by Bankwell, with additional sponsorship support from HTG Investment Advisors, New Canaan Alarm Co., Santella Electric and William Raveis.
Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
More details can be found at www.CarriageBarn.org.
Bankwell launches pet adoption project
As part of an ongoing effort to provide ongoing value to the community, Bankwell launched the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project on March 1 to create awareness about the many dogs and cats in need of homes at animal shelters throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties.
All Bankwell branches will feature photographs and information about available dogs and cats, which will also be previewed on the bank’s website during March and April. The branches will also serve as collection points for a “wish list” to benefit the Connecticut Humane Society, and a list of those items will also appear on the bank’s website.
Portraits of the featured animals were taken by local photographer Michael Bagley.
The project was the brainchild of Lynne Gomez, Bankwell’s executive assistant to the CEO, who worked with Wilton Branch Manager Ann Mitrione and Marketing Assistant Lucy French to get the program off the ground.