Category Archives: Happenings

Daily postings from Tuesday thru Saturday including LIVE music, DJs, Karaoke, Open Mic nights and more going on around Stamford.

For general idea of what happens during the week, be sure to click on the Weekly Happenings page.

National Day of Healing

With thanks to Jane L. Love for the following…

On Sunday August 25 at 3:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Stamford will be ringing the Carillon Bells to commemorate the National Day of Healing for the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English occupied North American. The bells will toll 4 minutes, one for each century.

The first landing of enslaved Africans was at Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, now part of the Fort Monroe National Monument, a unit of the National Park System. The anniversary will be commemorated at Fort Monroe as a day of healing and reconciliation. The park and its partners have invited all 419 national parks, NPS programs, community partners and the public to come together and ring bells simultaneously across the nation.

After the 4 minute bell tolling, carillonneur Marietta Douglas will give a short concert commemorating the occasion. The carillon at First Presbyterian Church stands 260 feet and contains 56 bells weighing from 15 to 6,820.

#thefishchurch
#RingtoRemember
#400years

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/partnerships/bell-ringing-for-400th.htm

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2019 Greenwich Wine & Food Announces Lineup!

THE 2019 GREENWICH WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL ADDS ACCLAIMED ARTIST MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD TO MUSIC LINE-UP

Franti to Open for Music Headliner Little Big Town

2019 Annual Event Benefitting Food Rescue US 

Tickets Now On Sale

Greenwich, CT – The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo today announced the addition of acclaimed group Michael Franti & Spearhead to the musical line-up for this year’s festival.  Known for his efforts to spread positivity through music, Franti will open for GRAMMY award-winning band Little Big Town, closing out the festivities for the ninth annual event.

“We could not think of a better act to kick off our musical performances that close out an amazing few days celebrating the best of food, drink and community,” said Suni Unger,founder and CEO of Unger Media, the parent company behind Greenwich Wine + Food andSerendipity magazine.  “The combination of Michael’s inspirational and upbeat lyrics, coupled with the gorgeous stage set on the shore of the Long Island Sound with a glass of wine in hand, sounds like the perfect Saturday night in September to me!”

The main beneficiary of this year’s festival is Food Rescue US, a non-profit organization based in Connecticut, that is a leader in reducing both hunger and food waste in America.  Through its proprietary mobile app, Food Rescue US connects volunteers with companies that have excess food and organizations feeding the food insecure.  Now available in 12 states and the District of Columbia, this celebrated organization completed more than 25,000 rescues in 2018, equaling over 6.8 million meals delivered.  The Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation is also a beneficiary for this year’s event.

“Food Rescue US is honored to be the beneficiary of the 2019 Greenwich Wine & Food Festival to further our mission of reducing food waste and hunger,” said Carol Shattuck, CEO of Food Rescue US. “There are important synergies between our organizations, and we look forward to working with the GWFF to showcase excellent food prepared by premier chefs while focusing on the importance of sustainability by reducing food waste.”

“After the GWFF, our team of volunteer food rescuers will ensure the unconsumed food will be delivered to Fairfield County social service agencies feeding the food insecure throughout the community. Also, we will also be on-site during the Festival to share how anyone can easily be part of our smart solution to reducing hunger and food waste using our proprietary app,” Shattuck added.

This year’s festival kicks off with an intimate Opening Night Master Chef Wine Gala on Friday, September 20, showcasing the culinary and music scene of New Orleans.  The evening, hosted by Gary Dell’Abate (Executive Producer of The Howard Stern Show “Baba Booey”) and Rob Burnett (Five-time Emmy Award-Winning Writer- Director), will honor this year’s class of Serendipity Most Innovative Chefs and feature their cuisine, as well as select Ambassador Chefs (names TBA).  The evening will include performances from GRAMMY award-winning Rebirth Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers.

The Culinary Village, the heart of the annual event, takes place on Saturday, September 21, and features the Grand Tasting Tent, where guests can enjoy tastings and demonstrations from more than 150 of the area’s finest food, wine and spirits experts, as well as areas devoted to the best in burgers, BBQ, tacos and more.  The 8th Annual Burger Battle and 6thAnnual Top Bartender Showdown will also return, providing friendly competition between area restaurants and bars.  Guests will experience sommelier, mixologist and brew master presentations, celebrity book signings, cooking demos with Special Guest Chefs, a celebrity green room with live interviews, an exclusive Meet the Masters panel discussion, The Tailgate Party with The Ultimate Taco, Burgers & Beers, and Grill Masters & BBQ. VIP ticket holders will also be treated to an exceptional dinner, prepared by Festival Ambassador Chefs in a special waterside tented area.  Confirmed celebrity talent includes Emmy Award-winner Valerie Bertinelli (Food Network’s Valerie’s Home Cooking), Geoffrey Zakarian (Chef/Partner The Lambs Club at The Chatwal and Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort, Co-Host of Food Network’s The Kitchen and Judge on Chopped), Margaret Zakarian (President of Zakarian Hospitality), Marc Murphy (Food Network’s Chopped), Jessica Tom (Food Network Star season 14 winner), David Rose (Food Network Star season 13 finalist) and caterer to the stars Mary Giuliani (Mary Giuliani Catering & Events).  Michael Franti & Spearhead and Little Big Town will close out the 2019 event with live musical performances on the Pepsi stage.

Tickets for the event are available via www.greenwichwineandfood.com or by calling 203.588.1363.  Ticket options include the All Weekend Pass ($700), Friday’s Opening Night Master Chef Wine Gala ($275), Saturday All Day Pass ($200) and Saturday VIP Pass ($500).  On-Stage and Lawn Dinner Tables are sold out, but to be added to the waitlist, please call 203-588-1363.

The Festival weekend will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or children in strollers, will not be admitted. Pets are also not permitted.

ABOUT MICHAEL FRANTI

Michael Franti believes that there is a great battle taking place in the world today between cynicism and optimism, so he made his most recent album, Stay Human Vol. II, to remind himself and anyone else who’s listening, that there is still good in the world and that it is worth fighting for. The album has seen extensive critical acclaim from USA Today, Billboard, the Associated Press, Relix and many more, and soared to the top of the charts, reaching #1 on the Billboard Independent Album Sales chart and the iTunes Top Albums Singer/Songwriter (in the U.S. and Australia). The songs on Stay Human Vol. II were inspired by Franti’s new self-directed documentary Stay Human, which recently won an array of awards on the film festival circuit. Stay Human features “heroic everyday people” whose stories have inspired the singer, activist and yoga practitioner during his travels around the world. Stay Human Vol. II is the 10th LP from Michael Franti & Spearhead, following three consecutive albums that climbed into the top 5 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart. Franti has also charted five singles in the top 30 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart and had eight songs reach the top 25 on the Triple-A Chart. His hit, “Say Hey (I Love You)” has accumulated more than 2 million downloads worldwide. Franti also had a #1 hit single with his 2010 song “The Sound of Sunshine.” The most recent album and film are both part of a multi-pronged effort to spread positivity through Franti’s music, the Soulshine Bali hotel that he built as a home for yoga destination retreats, and Do It For The Love, a non-profit he and his wife, Sara Agah Franti, founded in 2013 to bring people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges and wounded veterans to live concerts. To date, Do It For The Love has granted more than 2,000 wishes with the support of more than 100 artists.

ABOUT GREENWICH WINE + FOOD

Greenwich Wine + Food celebrates community, charity, food, beverage and more in the Connecticut and New York area with multiple events throughout the year, including the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo, the GWF Golf Classic presented by Pure Leaf, and the GWF Fun Run presented by Aquafina. 2019 beneficiaries include Food Rescue US and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation.  Greenwich Wine + Food is a part of Unger Media. For more information, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com. 

ABOUT THE GREENWICH WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL

The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo is a multi-day event celebrating the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries. Previous participants include chefs Daniel Boulud, Scott Conant, Mary Giuliani, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Adam Richman and Marcus Samuelson as well as musical artists Tim McGraw, Train and Ziggy Marley. This year’s festival will benefit Food Rescue US; previous beneficiaries include Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation, and Ment’or. Sponsors to date include Pepsico, LifeWTR, Pure Leaf, Bubly, Jeep, Compass, Monogram, Aitoro Appliances, Westy Self Storage, Yale New Haven Health Greenwich Hospital, NuKitchen, Rudy’s Limousine Service Inc., Barbara Zaccagnini, Whistle Pig Whiskey, 90+ Cellars, Delamar and Stamford Marriott.* The Festival was created by Suni Unger, founder and CEO of Unger Media, the parent company behind Greenwich Wine + Food and Serendipity magazine. For more information, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com, or the event’s social media channels:  Facebook (@Greenwichwineandfoodfestival) and Instagram (@greenwichwineandfood).

(*As of 6/17/19)

ABOUT FOOD RESCUE US

Food Rescue US, a non-profit organization, is a leader in reducing both hunger and food waste in America. Through the use of its proprietary mobile app, Food Rescue US easily connects its  team of volunteers with companies that have excess food with organizations feeding the food insecure. Founded in Fairfield County in 2011 and still operating as its largest location, it has now expanded nationally to 13 states and the District of Columbia where its volunteer food
rescuers quickly deliver the food from its donors to the receiving organizations. In 2018, Food Rescue US completed more than 25,000 rescues equaling over 6.8 million meals delivered.

Americans waste 40% of its food supply, ending up in landfills, which creates methane gas and warms the planet. At the same time, there are more than 40 million individuals, including 12 million children, who are food insecure in America. Food Rescue US transforms a negative, food waste, into a positive by delivering fresh, healthy food to millions of people who are food insecure through a community of dedicated volunteers.

For more information, visit foodrescue.us and download the mobile app.

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Press Contact:

Shelley Kapitulik

Splash PR for Greenwich Wine + Food

shelley@splashpr.us

203.898.1501

Best of the Gold Coast 2019 Ticket Giveaway

The  time has come WOTM followers! Time for us to get ready to give away two (2) sets of two (2) tickets for this Thursday’s Best of the Gold Coast 2019 event!

This year’s bash is being held at the Greenwich Hyatt and details on the event as well as a 25% off ticket discount code can be found on our site at: bit.ly/BOGC2019

Remember, this is a FACEBOOK ONLY contest.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. You MUST be a WOTM follower on Facebook.
  2. In the comment section of the contest post ON FACEBOOK, let us know your favorite thing to do in Stamford that doesn’t involve bars or restaurants. (Ex. Go to the beach, balloon parade, nature center, etc.)
  3. You can only comment ONCE. No tagging, images or gifs allowed. Just looking for a simple comment.
  4. You have until 6pm Monday to leave your comment.
  5. The names of those who participated will be collected and checked (to make sure you are in fact a follower) and then drawn at random. It won’t matter if you are first or last to comment, everyone will have the same chance.
  6. Winners will be announced at 9pm Monday on Facebook and will be contacted privately on how to collect their prizes.
  7. Any questions can be direct messaged to me on FB, PLEASE do not ask questions in the comments. Comments are reserved for entries only!
  8. Remember, comments done on WOTM’s site, Twitter or Instagram will NOT be eligible. The only comments that will be considered as official entries will be the ones on the contest’s Facebook post.
  9. This is a 21 and older event, so only those 21 and older may participate in the ticket giveaway.
  10. Be sure to share the contest post with your friends! If you don’t win but they do, maybe they will take you!!

There you go! Now all you need to do is to head to our Facebook page (see link on right hand side of this page) or go to: http://facebook.com/onthemenuct and hit the almighty “like” button and comment on the contest post.

Good luck and remember, even if you don’t win, you can still get tickets through WOTM at 25% off when you order online with discount code: MOFFLYFRIENDS at checkout.

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Best of the Gold Coast CT 2019–Discount & CONTEST!

Hey guys I’m here to let you know that the party of the year, the 15th Annual, Best of the Gold Coast CT is coming up and WOTM has the info you need to make sure you are a part of the fun!!

If you’ve never been to one of these amazing nights let me tell you, this is a great way to try the best of the best of the Gold Coast. Voted on by Moffly Media  readers, categories include such things as best massage, best wedding venue, best local band and food categories like best Italian, best tapas, best outdoor bar, etc. So many categories, so little time.

While you can find the full Gold Coast Winners list on the site, being that WOTM is a Stamford-based website, I’d like to celebrate those Stamford businesses that won. Here is the complete Stamford List.

The party to celebrate all the winners is one of the hottest tickets of the year and for good reason. This event is so much fun and you will certainly not leave there hungry. Food, drinks, music, goodies; it’s huge! The best part? It’s all for a GREAT cause! This year’s party will benefit: Kids In Crisis

A wonderful organization, “In addition to being an emergency shelter, Kids In Crisis provides crisis counseling and community educational programs for children and families dealing with a wide range of crises.” Also helping runaways and homeless youths, “Today, Kids In Crisis provides housing and comprehensive medical, educational and therapeutic support services for underserved and underprivileged children of all ages in Fairfield County.”

The Best of the Gold Coast event is Thursday, May 30th from 6-9pm and tickets cost $65 in advance, $75 at the door the day of the event and takes place at the Greenwich Hyatt.

Moffly Media has extended the following offer to my wonderful WOTM followers: 25% off on tickets for the event when you purchase tickets in advance!! Just use code: MOFFLYFRIENDS at checkout and the discount will be applied to your ticket costs.

To purchase tickets, full list of winners and find out more about the party, head to: https://bestofgoldcoastct.com/party/

To top all this off, they have also offered to give me 4 tickets to give away! I will be doing them as two sets of two, so your chance to win just doubled!

I will be running a FACEBOOK ONLY contest on Sunday, May 26th running through Monday the 27th, so be sure to go to our Facebook page to follow us there. YOU MUST BE A WOTM FACEBOOK FOLLOWER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE CONTEST.

Now I understand it is Memorial Day weekend and many are away, so the two winners will be announced Monday evening.

In the meantime, be sure to head over to our Facebook page, hit the almighty “like” and follow us there to be sure to take part in this contest! Facebook.com/onthemenuct

Be sure to share this with your friends and hope to see you there!

#wotm #keepitlocal #celebratestamford #knowwheretogo

Gala Benefit for Stamford History Center

Press release:
STAMFORD HISTORY CENTER TO HONOR EMMETT, MILLER, AND PASTORE AT 2019 ANNUAL GALA
 
STAMFORD, CT (March 2019)- Kathryn Emmett, Corporation Counsel of the City of Stamford, Connecticut State Representative Patricia Billie Miller, and Fran Pastore, CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council, will be the Honorees at the Stamford History Center’s 2019 Gala. The event title is “Forging the Future: Honoring Women’s Leadership”.
 
“For the past six months, we have been celebrating the impact of women on the history of Stamford through our current exhibit, “Fabric of Stamford: Women, Costumes & Textiles 1860-1960″.  Fran, Pat, and Kathy are great examples of the leadership women have brought to our city in the current generation,” said Marshall Millsap, Chair of the History Center.
 
“As our exhibit features banners, dresses, and actual voting records to commemorate the anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage in the US, hundreds of Stamford students have been reminded of how women have shaped our city and our country,” added Dr. Thomas Zoubek, President and Executive Director of the Center.  “The objects, dresses, photos, and furniture – highlighting the lives of women over the past century- are a demonstration of how women have always undertaken multiple roles. Our Honorees represent the leadership and drive that inspires the coming generation of Stamford women to feel empowered as they face the future and its challenges.”
 
“We are thrilled that Kathy, Pat, and Fran accepted our invitation to be honored,” stated Joe Maida, Board Director and Chairman of the History Center’s Nominating Committee. “We also plan to honor current Stamford students as they complete their high school education, as they will truly be forging the future. This is a great opportunity for the community to celebrate the historic and soon to be historic record of Stamford women.”
For tickets and additional information: http://stamfordhistory.org/gala2019/
 
The Gala will be held at Waters Edge at Giovanni’s on April 18.
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Greenwich Restaurant Week 2019 Opening Night

Hey guys…sorry that it’s been a while. But I’m back and I’m here to let you know that tonight is the big opening night party for their Greenwich Restaurant Week!

With current media sponsors including Food Network (NYCWFF), The Greenwich Sentinel, Connecticut Restaurant Week, CTbites, Open Table, Jen Danzi, Connoisseur Media, and food wine and music by over 15 local businesses, this is sure to be a fun night!

And hey, Stamford favorite DJ Kunjun is providing the music!

A portion of the proceeds will go to TAG: a non profit organization that provides transportation for Greenwich residents who are elderly as well as disabled children and adults.

For information on the event and the Restaurant Week itself: greenwichrestaurantweek.com

Remember, Stamford Restaurant Weeks are in full effect as well and run through March 3rd: Connecticut Restaurant Week Site

 

Keep the Holidays Local Stamford!

The Holiday season is upon us Stamford and what better way to Keep it Local than to shop and support local?!

While by no means is this meant to be a complete list, I’m hoping that this will give you ideas on where to shop with the focus being small and family owned businesses.

Please note that no compensation was paid to get on this list.

You’ll find everything from jewelry and gift shops to spas and salons and even package stores (for a touch of the holiday ‘spirit!’). So whether you’re looking for something handcrafted or a gift certificate to get the hair and nails done, hopefully, you’ll find something here.

PLEASE NOTE: at the end of the list, you’ll find ways that you can shop and help to support and keep WOTM going at the same time.

Here we go…

Gifts: the fun and funky, to the unusual and more:

The Funky Hippie Wellness and Gift Shop: 101 Glenbrook Rd.– Handcrafted items by local artisans, crystals, oils and more.

Friends Book Shop @ Ferguson Library: One Public Library Plaza Downtown — Books from every genre including local history, now includes a pop-up shop in the former Starbucks library location and they offer book baskets and gift certificates! Same hours as the library so head on down!

Heart of Gold Fine Jewelry: 930 Hope St. — Handcrafted items including jewelry as well as home decor, candles, ornaments, ceramics and more!

Happy Life Studios CT: Etsy shop — Stamford artist and crafter Heather P has beautiful artwork, painted glass and luminaries and crocheted pieces that will keep you warm all season long! (look for her ‘messy hair hats’ –they are so cool!)

Big Dreams Gallery: 96 Franklin Street — From the guys who brought you Big Dreams Tattoos (located on Bedford Street), Big Dreams Gallery has raw, unique art from local talented artists that range from HipHop to Marvel and so much more. You never know what you’ll see here and they also do arts shows and paint nights!

Pacific Cycling & Triathalon (and Cafe!) 984 High Ridge (across from Trader Joes) — Have an athlete on your list? Check out the gear here or grab a gift certificate.

United House Wrecking: 535 Hope Street — A Stamford icon, you can find big and small items here and the more unusual the better!

Stamford Toys: 970 High Ridge Road (behind FEDEX) — Why go to the big stores when you can grab a new favorite toy at this Stamford legend? Great finds for all ages here.

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Coffee Shops–think gift cards, coffee presses, and baked goods:

Lorca Coffee Bar: 125 Bedford St. Downtown

Beanz Coffee Bar: 1032 Hope St. Springdale

Humbled Coffee House: 575 Hope Street Glenbrook

Bonjo Coffee Shop: 345 Elm Street Shippan/East Side

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Looking good–Hair, nails, spas, fitness for ‘me day’ gift ideas:

La Jolie Salon: 388 Summer Street

Mint Spa & Nails: 2344 Summer Street

Noelle: 1110 High Ridge Rd.

Harbor Point Nail & Spa: 711 Canal Street

Family Tree Yoga: 980 Hope Street

Vertical Addiction CT: 575 Pacific Street

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Holiday Spirits:

LaRocca’s Country Wine & Spirits: 105 Old Long Ridge Road

Wagon Wheel Fine Wine & Spirits: 1051 Long Ridge Road (cigars too)

Franklin Liquor Store: 99 North Street

Beverage Barn: 1232 East Main Street

Crazy Grapes: 491 Hope St.

Stamford Wine and Liquor: 583 Newfield Ave. (Newfield Green)

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Baked Goodies (no need to turn your oven on with these folks around!):

DiMare Pastry Shop: 12 Largo Drive South

Beldotti Bakery: 605 Newfield Ave (Newfield Green)

Matthews Bakery: 71 West Broad Street

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Stamford love:

Stamford Magazine: Give the gift of a subscription this year.

Half Full Brewery: Grab a shirt, a glass and more.

Stamford History Center: Give a membership, a Stamford at 375 DVD or check out their bookstore to find a hidden gem.

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Shop and Support WOTM:

Here are ways you can shop for gifts and help keep What’s on the Menu? Going:

WOTM on CafePress: From shirts to mugs to puzzles and more–each link has a different WOTM theme. Perfect for showing some Stamford pride and great for those away at college to remind them of home, these are the official WOTM shop pages. Note, these will be closing up shop in 2019 so grab the goods while you can! Great ways to KEEP IT LOCAL STAMFORD!

Shop 1: https://www.cafepress.com/onthemenuct

Shop 2: https://www.cafepress.com/onthemenuct2

 

The Goblet on Etsy: For 19 years I’ve been creating handcrafted jewelry. Now in my Etsy shop, I sell not only my handcrafted items but also vintage pieces. All items created by myself are one of a kind and what may be there today, may be gone tomorrow! Be sure to follow my shop on IG: Instagram.com/gobletdesignsjewelry for info on sales, new pieces and more. Free US Shipping and Free Gift Pouch with each item.

Stamford Books: Great as gifts for the person who wants to learn more about where they live. Note each purchase done through this site, helps support it.

         

 

Thanks so much all and remember to support our local businesses…they keep Stamford going!!

 

#wotm #keepitlocal #knowwheretogo

#supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness #stamfordstrong

Fall Festival and Pop-Up Shop Part 2

The Fall Festival at Designs by Lee goes on for one more day Stamford and with it comes the final day of the Handmade at Designs by Lee pop-up shop!

The annual Fall Festival takes place on Sunday and is a great family friendly event complete with bouncy castle, pumpkin painting, hay rides, food truck, balloon goodies and more. Plus, DbL has tons of beautiful seasonal plants and goodies that take you from Halloween right thru Christmas as well as indoor and outdoor plants to make your home beautiful.

Friendliest scarecrow around!

While you’re there, please come and check out our pop-up shop, Handmade at Designs by Lee. We were hard to find last week but I’m here to tell you where we are: behind the food truck in the store front across from the bouncy castle.

Look for our beautiful handcrafted sign!

So why do I keep saying, “we?” Because I’m proud to say that I too am one of the many local artists and crafters whose work is being showcased at the pop-up! We have such beautiful handcrafted items that would make wonderful holiday gifts or decor for your home.

Paintings, glass, jewelry, fabric craft and more!

I’d like to update the hours from the last piece on the shop as they have changed quite a bit…we only have one more day and that’s Sunday during the Festival 12-4pm.

We hope you’ll stop by and check us out! Our artists have some incredible one of a kind pieces just waiting to come home with you.

Beautiful work waiting to come home with you!

Fall Festival & Handmade at Designs by Lee

Sunday October 21st from 12-4pm

Designs by Lee
129 Interlaken Rd.
Stamford, CT
All created by hand, one of a kind gifts.
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Relevant links:
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All kinds of Fall goodies can be found here!

#wotm #keepitlocal #knowheretogo #handmadeatdesignsbylee #fallfestival

 

Fall Festival + Pop-Up Shop Bonus!!!

Hi guys, long time no post, eh? Well I’m here with something special to tell you today…there’s a new pop-up shop coming to Stamford and it’s coming just in time for holiday shopping!!

Coinciding with the annual Fall Festival at Designs by Lee, the new shop, Handmade at Designs by Lee will be opening up on Sunday, October 14th and running weekends through the holidays.

The Festival is a great family friendly event taking place two Sundays  October 14th & 21st and runs from 12pm-4pm. There will be hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, face painting, bounce house, entertainment, food trucks and more! (See link below article for more info.)

(The stage is set!)

The shop is the vision of Drinkable Arts Connecticut (and semi-newbie to Stamford), Heather Patterson.

An artist herself, Heather has a history of gathering creative types together to form such ideas as the music and crafts festival that ran at the Playland boardwalk. When she came here to our fair city, she realized (as many of us living here do) that there really is not a lot of options for local crafters and artists to sell their wares.

The two local crafts fests we have here: Arts and Crafts on Bedford and the Harbor Point Crafts Festival, while excellent, are only a weekend a piece out of a whole year and frankly from the crafter point of view, pretty pricey to get into unless you do your work on a larger scale. There are a couple of galleries of course, but the competition is fierce. For others, we end up looking for smaller shows at schools, churches, wherever we can to sell our handcrafted items. Of course the other alternative is online, but especially at this time of the year, we like to get our pieces out there for folks to see in person.

(Wood, glass, fabric…great mix of handcrafted goodies!)

Heather and I met through WOTM. I was promoting her Drinkable Arts (DA) gigs around Stamford (link will be below for you to check out) and she was helping spread the word about WOTM for me. Needless to say, we were a good fit and soon became online friends. That’s when she found out that I also create jewelry on the side. I’d been upping the game on it lately as Itook a hiatus from WOTM and she helped me spread the word about that as well.

Then one day she messaged me and said that inspiration struck after doing a DA gig at Designs by Lee. She was going to go and ask if they would be interested in a pop-up shop for local crafts artists to run for the holiday season. In less than 24 hours, it went from an idea to a reality!

We now have a designated space, the artwork has been hung and there is a great variety of artists selling our one of a kind pieces for you to come and buy as gifts for family, friends or to just treat yourself.

There are plans being discussed to bring in some music on some days and getting ideas for more as the weeks go on and we get closer to the holidays so be sure to like the FB page below to keep up with updates and happenings.

 (Some of my own work available)

A few things to note:

  1. Remember, one of a kind MEANS one of a kind. What you see one day may not be there the next time you come to visit, so be sure to visit often!
  2. If you have kids with you, they are of course welcome, just be aware of the glass works that are out on the tables please.

I’m personally hoping that this becomes a stepping stone for more of these to open up in our area. It would also be great if folks from local shops, salons, etc come and see what we have to offer and maybe put some of our work in their retail establishments.

I’d also like to thank Heather for coming up with this idea and putting all the work into it that she has and will continue to do. It’s because of her this is all happening and I’m both grateful and excited to be a part of it!

Local work by local artists…isn’t that a great way to Keep it Local Stamford?!

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Related links:

Our FB page, be sure to ‘like’ it for updates on happenings at the shop and more: Handmade at Designs by Lee

Designs by Lee Fall Festival Info

Happylife Studio & Drinkable Arts CT

Goblet Designs Jewelry (that’s me!)

 

Special Post from WOTM…

Hello WOTM followers, this is going to be a rather unusual post…

This week, due to health reasons, I’m going to be taking a little break from the weekly, weekend and nightly happenings. (note: some random posts may still pop up on social, but the big lists will be on hiatus) I understand the timing of this is strange after having such an amazing few weeks of gaining even more followers, but this is something that I need to do to heal up a bit.
When I started WOTM in 2011, I never dreamed it would become as big as it has and for that I am truly grateful. The past few weeks you may have noticed that I’ve been putting even more time into the site and social posts. There’s been a whole lot going on! (YAY!) But many do not know is that two years ago (next week) I became very ill and it has been life altering. No worries, I’m still here and still fighting, but every now and then, it takes a toll and sometimes I need to step back a bit. So this week will be a ‘pull back’ week. It will help as well as Fall/Winter time there is a whole lot going on, so taking this break will be a good time to regroup.
While I do this, I’ll also be reevaluating some of how WOTM is done. Currently we do not have any advertisers. This needs to end. Frankly, doing a site for almost 8 years without any revenue gets old and when it becomes an almost full-time venture, it’s really time to think things over. I’d love to keep this site up as a resource for Stamford folks to continue to come and find out all the exciting things that go on in our city, but it’s getting tougher to do this without ads. It’s especially tough now that I’m unable to attend any of the events that I’m helping to promote, so I hope you’ll understand my going public about this.
It’s a deep love of Stamford that started this site and we support it fully…it’s why we’re still here, and why we’d like to continue on. We hope you would like us to continue on as well!
I personally would like to thank all of you. For your support, your follows, your shares and your messages over the years. I keep saying how we wouldn’t be here without our followers and it really is the truth! It seems unreal to me that we’ve been doing this site for as long as we have and I thank each and every one of you.
If you are interested in advertising here on WOTM, please drop me a line at: onthemenuct@yahoo.com
One more thing…we will be adding product to our online WOTM shop so be on the lookout for the links! 🙂
Thanks for Keeping it Local Stamford!
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