Community Buzz: Photographer earns second place, New staffers take charge...
Published 9:15 am, Friday, March 16, 2018
A New Canaan resident took second place in the Wilton Arts Council’s 20th annual photography exhibit, FOCUS ’18.
In the adult division, Anthony Festa earned second place for his photo, “Goblin Valley Moonset.”
Comprising 233 photographs from 142 photographers representing 30 cities and towns in Connecticut and New York, FOCUS ’18 is viewable at the Wilton Library during library hours through March 29. Many of the photos are available for sale.
Sponsors for FOCUS ’18 are Alice Snyder Real Estate, Beardsley Traveling Art Framer, Milford Photo, Photographic Solutions LLC in Norwalk, and Rockwell Art & Framing.
Waveny LifeCare Network in New Canaan has welcomed three key staff members to its management team since the New Year: Michelle Ernst, director of development; Eleanor Ryan, director of resident care at The Village; and Stella Clarke, director of volunteers.
Ernst, who joined Waveny as the director of development, is a New Canaan resident with a long history of local nonprofit service. With previous roles at the New Canaan Nature Center, and most recently with New Canaan Community Foundation, Ernst will be directly involved with Waveny’s development operations and annual fundraising efforts.
An English native who has also lived in Singapore, Clarke moved to the United States in 2005 and, along with her family, became a U.S. citizen in 2016. Prior to joining Waveny as the director of volunteers, Clarke served as mission director for Noroton Presbyterian Church of Darien. In 2009, the Darien resident led the volunteer team that brought the first Feed My Starving Children MobilePack to the East Coast and mobilized 1,000 Darien-based volunteers to pack 200,000 meals during the weekend event.
Ryan, a Nightingale Nursing Award recipient, has been named director of resident care at The Village, Waveny’s award-winning assisted living community dedicated to memory care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading Waveny’s assisted living nursing team and managing day-to-day operations.
Most recently, Ryan served as a case manager at Greenwich Hospital, where she managed the care needs of all patients on a medical floor, while working alongside physicians, families, caregivers and other healthcare providers. Previously, she held management positions with Constellation Home Care, Atria and Stamford Hospital.
The First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan will present Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in a service of Vespers for the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
On Sunday at 4 p.m., the choirs of First Presbyterian Church will combine with Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich to present this work arranged for choir, organ, violin, cello, and harp.
The clergy of both churches will lead this meditative liturgy for the evening. First Presbyterian’s director of music, Victoria Shields, and Round Hill Community Church’s director of music, Leslie Smith, will lead the music for this special service.
The Young Women’s League of New Canaan (YWL) will host The 45th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 24 with activities beginning at 9 a.m. at Waveny Park.
The Easter Bunny’s arrival kicks off the festivities, which include family entertainment, bounce houses, glitter tattoos and crafts. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures with children courtesy of Christina Saburro Photography. The 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.
Proceeds from a bake sale will benefit the YWL Giving Fund to support this year’s giving theme of “Strong Women, Strong Communities.”
Sponsors of the event include New Country Porsche of Greenwich, Ashley Petraska-Berkshire Hathaway, Camp Playland, Toddlertime Nursery School, Stamford Health, Wadia Associates, AuPair in America, Bankwell, Walter Stewart’s Market, New Canaan Pediatric Dentistry, and Prizio Roofing.
In the event of inclement weather, the Egg Hunt will take place on the same day and time at New Canaan High School.
The annual Saxe Middle School seventh and eighth grade production this year will be the romantic comedy Guys and Dolls.
Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy filled with classic Broadway songs such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat”, and “A Bushel and A Peck.” Hailed as the perfect musical comedy, this award-winning classic gambles with luck and love under the bright lights of Broadway.
Performance dates are March 23 at 7 p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m. Both performances will take place in the newly-renovated Saxe Middle School auditorium.
Under the direction and choreography of Lauren Nicole Sherwood, along with musical director Zachary Kampler, assistant musical director Joe Gergle, stage manager/assistant director/choreographer Matthew Blank, and orchestra director/conductor Janet Rosen, audiences will be transported from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Cuba and even to the sewers of New York City as created by production designer Maggie Pennoyer.
More than 75 Saxe students have dedicated themselves to practicing their singing and dance routines to dazzle audiences in this performance. Over 20 students are also building sets and props, working as stage crew, and providing live accompaniment in the pit orchestra.
Tickets may be purchased at saxeptc.org or in person one hour prior to each performance.
The New Canaan Beautification League’s annual appeal letter for donations is in the mail.
The annual appeal helps supports the NCBL, which in turn supports the beautification of New Canaan.
NCBL provides and maintains over 200 hanging flower baskets in town, 34 roadway triangles, wreaths in town for the holidays, train station and Town Hall plantings and maintenance, as well as host programs that are open to the public. Lee Garden on Chichester Road is owned and maintained by NCBL as well.
Every spring brings news challenges, including rejuvenation of locations damaged by yearly storms as well as creating new landscapes, such as the garden in front of the Thrift Store. The annual appeal will help fund these programs.
The NCBL is a nonprofit community service and educational organization founded in 1939 for the purpose of the beautification of the community and to provide members with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of gardening, conservation and horticulture.
Dance shoes in closets around Fairfield County are being brought out for polishing as leaders of the local business community begin the demanding process necessary to compete in ElderHouse Adult Day Center’s annual Dancing with the Stars.
The fifth annual gala benefit is being held March 24 from 6 to 11 p.m., at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.
The gala event showcases seven Fairfield County business representatives, each paired with an award-winning dance professional from Norwalk’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, who donate their time to practice routines, hone them to perfection, and compete in this exciting and impressive dance competition.
The notable lineup of 2018 dancers representing Fairfield County includes:
Carolyn Donohue-Ulman, assistant to president and director of Trademark Anti-Counterfeit, Dooney & Bourke in Norwalk;
Hank Fatigate, general manager of the Little Pub in Wilton
Eric Ferraris, chief operating officer at Toohner-Ferraris Insurance Group in Wilton;
Nathan Gottlieb, co-owner of All Seasons Marine Works, located in Rowayton and Westport;
Karen Kelly, senior vice-president at First County Bank in Stamford;
Andrea Kostanecki, a realtor at William Pitt Sotheby’s in Rowayton;
Kristin McClutchy, owner of Pure Barre Darien;
Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit is ElderHouse’s largest annual fundraising event and helps the Norwalk nonprofit to sustain its award-winning program of adult care, socialization, and recreational activities to a senior population living with aging diseases. Funds will be raised through ticket sales, pledges, onsite voting, live auction, and a paddle raise.
For more information on how to donate, make a pledge to a favorite dancer, or for event tickets, contact ElderHouse at 203-847-1998 or visit elderhouse.org/events.