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Stamford Weekly Happenings: Aug 27th-31st

It’s the final week of August Stamford and to top it all off…it’s time to go BACK TO SCHOOL! We know what a bummer that is for a whole lot of you but think of it this way, it’s about to be Pumpkin Spice Latte season and they make everything better.
The biggest happening this week is of course the ST. LEO’S FAIR!!!!! It’s that time of the year to get your pizza fritta on and maybe win a minion…the fair of fairs is finally here!! Runs from Tuesday the 28th-Saturday the 1st. For more info: Click Here for Info
Just a quick reminder that Stamford Restaurant Weeks are still running through Sept. 2nd so there is still time to visit your favorite place or check out one of the many new restaurants that have opened up. For the list and menus (lunch and dinner) of the participating restaurants: Click Here for Info
Now for this week’s happenings. While not a complete list of everything going on around town, we try to find you a good mix of events from business networking to family friendly things to do, to fitness fun and more. You never know what will make the list and you may even find a new adventure right here in Stamford!
Let’s get to it…here’s what we’ve found for you and remember, weather can change some of these listings so be sure to call ahead. Btw, many are FREE!
Monday August 27th:
NEW:
Sign of the Whale: Women Entrepreneur Social Networking Happy Hour. 5:30pm-8:30pm FREE entry, happy hour drink specials and be sure to bring business cards! Click Here for Info
Curtain Call: OPEN auditions for ELF!!! Channel your inner Buddy and sing loud for all to hear while you go for one of the roles available for this musical comedy that’s based on one of the greatest Christmas movies ever! Monday & Tuesday 7-9pm: Click Here for Info
Harbor Point Square: Painting w/Pinot’s Palette–FREE event every Monday. Two, 30 minute sessions starting at 6:30pm. Sign up on the site, be there on time or lose your spot! (call ahead to see if there is still availability) Click Here for Info
WEEKLY:
The Stone House: Zumba at the Stone House (recurring event) 9:30am-10:30am: Click Here for Info
Stamford Museum & Nature Center: Exquisite Miniatures exhibit in the Arcade of the Bendel Mansion. 50 paintings by miniature artists  by Wes and Rachel Siegrist that look so real, they look more like photos than paintings! Ongoing event through Sept. 21st. Click Here for Info
Roasted Sandwich Co.: Monday Night Fun Run with 6:30:pm start time. (Weekly event) 3, 4 And 5 mile options. Click Here for Info
Harbor Point: Revolution Fitness in Commons Park at 6:15pm. High intensity workout every Monday night. Click Here for Info
Metropolitan Dance Center: Advanced Salsa/Bachata Class; $15 per person; 8pm. Check their calendar for a list of this and all their classes: Click Here for Info
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Tuesday August 28th:
NEW:
Mill River Park: Musical Bike Ride! Kid friendly event. 6:30pm start time, meet on the grand steps. Bring your bikes, helmets and silly attitudes with you! Click Here for Info
Amore Cucina & Bar: Stamford Social Chess Club hosts this social event of playing chess over some drinks. 6:30-8:30pm. Click Here for Info
Harbor Point: F45 Training Bootcamp in Commons Park at 6:30pm. Click Here for Info
Curtain Call: OPEN auditions for ELF!!! Channel your inner Buddy and sing loud for all to hear while you go for one of the roles available for this musical comedy that’s based on one of the greatest Christmas movies ever! Monday & Tuesday 7-9pm: Click Here for Info
St. Leo’s Begins: 6pm-11pm Tonight’s LIVE music: Undercover Click Here for Info
WEEKLY:
Government Center: Stamford Alive Morning Networking & Referral Group–weekly Tuesday business event hosted by BNI Alive. 7:45am, free event. B2B, B2C, sales and bus. professionals looking to meet like minded folks. See event page for details: Click Here for Info
Crab Shell: Tiki Tuesday w/ Captain John’s Tiki Tours and Rentals. Take a tour of Stamford Harbor and see part of our coastline in a whole new way! $25 per person, 4:30pm. Please see event page for all the info and tickets: Click Here for Info
Mill River Park: BollyFit w/Jayshree Srikanthr (FREE weekly event) at 7pm! Click Here for Info
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Wednesday August 29th:
NEW:
Ferguson Library: Mindfulness and Meditation 1-2pm. Free. 3rd floor main library. Click Here for Info
Kashi Stamford:  Wednesday Night Pub Run (FREE event) begins at 6:30pm. 3, 4 and 5 mile options and you can find the maps and more info here: Click Here for Info
St. Leo’s Continues: 6pm-11pm Tonight’s LIVE music: What It Is Click Here for Info
Weekly:
The Ferguson Library Main Branch: Youth Makerspace Open Hours 4-6pm Click Here for Info
Stamford Toys: FREE Make & Take Playdate Kid friendly event 4-6pm! Click Here for Info
Comradity Strategy and Creative Resource Center: Crashcode Hacknights join the tech and startup communities with a FREE weekly networking event. Student come to work on a project from start to finish with the goal of creating a prototype. Click Here for Info
Harbor Point–Three events:
 
Commons Park: LIVE music with the Hot Rubber Monkey Band. (gotta love the  name) at 6pm! Click Here for Info
Yappy Hour: Dog park across from Commons Park. 6:30pm; Wine and dogs, gotta love it! Click Here for Info
Then stay for…
Free Movies in the Park presents The Incredibles! 8:15pm; bring blanket, snacks and friends. Click Here for Info
Mill River Park: Afro Flow Yoga on the grand steps. (weekly event) Free to join in the fun! 7pm. Click Here for Info
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Thursday August 30th:
 
NEW:
Mill River Park: River Meanders–last Thursday of every month. Each walk covers a different topic and this week’s walk will have a special guest discussing Urban Birds. (if you’ve ever been to Mill River or Scalzi Nature preserve, you know how many different kinds of birds there are down there–now you can learn about them!) Meet on the grand steps at 6pm, walk begins at 6:10pm. Click Here for Info
St. Leo’s Continues: 6pm-11pm LIVE music tonight is: Kim and the Other Ones Click Here for Info
WEEKLY:
Fairgate Farm: Farmers Market every Thursday thru October 12pm-6pm. Click Here for Info
Mill River Park: Zumba w/Eddie Calle 7pm; FREE Click Here for Info
Harbor Point Commons Park–Two events:
Tai Chi w/Nana 5-7pm. Click Here for Info
Crossfit w/Carozza Fitness every Thursday thru Aug. 30th from 7-8pm. FREE! Click Here for Info
Metropolitan Dance Center: Advanced Foxtrot! $15 per person. Click Here for Info
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Friday August 31st:
 
NEW:
St. Leo’s Fair: Continues tonight! Tonight’s LIVE band is Free Ride. End the week with some music, rides and games (and pizza fritta)!! 6pm-11pm Click Here for Info
Weekly:
The Ferguson Library Main Branch: Friday Flicks Presents: Despicable Me 3! FREE; 2pm; Ages 6 & up. Click Here for Info
Harbor Point: Latin Dancing Commons Park at 5pm. FREE weekly event w/Vuk! Beginners to advanced, all welcome. Click Here for Info
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Stamford History Center: For something different, why not go up and visit the Hoyt-Barnum House?! Learn about life in Stamford in the 1600’s in The oldest house in the city. Recently restored to what it looked like when it was built in 1699, this is the perfect way to Keep it Local! Tours available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For info on tours and more: Click Here for Info
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I close this as I always do…Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford!
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Sunday Funday Happenings 8/19

It’s Sunday Funday Stamford and we have some happenings for you…let’s get to it…

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens: Summer Concert Series continues today at 5pm with LIVE music from Maria Tiscia & Rio Bound!

Crab Shell Restaurant: LIVE music at the Shack today with The Straightjackets going on at 6:30pm!

Barcelona Wine Bar (Stamford): LIVE music tonight at 7pm with the Feed the Need Duo!

Casey’s Tavern – Stamford: Sunday Funday Karaoke with Paulie C tonight!

Fiddlers Green: Karaoke with Chris Jack is BACK tonight!

Mystique Stamford: DJ Chris Vargas celebrates his birthday by spinning all night long! 5pm til close!

Remember to follow us on Facebook for daily posts and nightly happenings, Instagram for daily goodies and twitter because we’re there too! (Links on the right side of the page)

Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford! #wotm #keepitlocal #knowwheretogo

It’s PERFECT Weather for Thursday Music Stamford!

Once again we are here to present to you alternatives to the downtown chaos (even though tonight’s lineup down there is pretty decent tonight)…downtown never needs our help on Summer Thursdays.

So we have rustled up some happenings from all around the city to get you out and about on this stunningly beautiful Thursday night! Here we go:

Crab Shell: Superhero is LIVE at the Shack tonight at 7pm!

Concerts on the Green (at the Fish Church): Tonight, grab your chairs or blankets and head to the front lawn of the Fish Church to hear Tatiana Lukvanova at 7pm followed by Keltic Kick at 8pm!

Fiddlers Green: LIVE alt/rock/metal music tonight w/Hose,an and Lakeshore! Music starts at 9pm and goes til close!

Caseys: Throwback Thursdays are BACK with the one and only  Paulie C!

John the Baker: Karaoke w/Easy-E is back tonight at 8pm! Sing out loud and proud!!

Sign of the Whale: Thursday night party on the rooftop! How incredible is this weather for a rooftop party by the water?!

Mystique Stamford: Alive at Five after party w/DJ Gruv!

Ok, so this should give you some ideas on where to head out. And venues, if I can’t find your events, how will your customers?! Be sure to use our #wotm hashtag or better yet, advertise on our site to guarantee a spot on the lists/posts! Help support WOTM as we have supported you.

Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford!!!

 

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It’s a HOTTER Saturday Night Stamford!

It’s that time Stamford…time for your Saturday night Quick-Hit Happenings! It’s scorching out there so just a reminder to drink some water in between beers. (trust me on this one) Here we go–starting with DJs tonight:

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Mystique: House on the Outdoor Terrace tonight with the one and only Dancin’ Mark!

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Bradfords: RYFY gets you movin’ upstairs tonight!!

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Bartaco Stamford: DJ Paul Spirit is in the house!

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Flinders Lane: Music by Mojo is BACK!

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Beer Garden: Sugar Bear performing LIVE starting at 8:30pm! (tell ’em we said HEYYYYYYYY)

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Crab Shell: Otis and the Hurricanes LIVE tonight at 7:30pm!

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Rascal Flatts: SPINN takes the stage LIVE tonight at 9pm!

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Bar Rosso: Retro Express is LIVE tonight at 8pm!

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Judy’s Bar + Kitchen: Sinergy Band goes on LIVE at 9pm!

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There you go guys! A good mix of places to go from all around our city! Remember to try and stay cool if you can and as always…Have Fun, Be Safe and Keep it Local Stamford!!!

 

 

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It’s a HOT Friday Night Stamford!

Due to some technical difficulties we’ve been having on Facebook, I decided to bring the happenings back to where it first started…WOTM’s own website!  So let’s get to this…starting with LIVE music tonight…

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Crab Shell: LIVE music at the shack tonight starting at 7:30pm  w/Hot Rubber Monkey Band! (love that name)

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Ponus Yacht Club: LIVE music at 7:30pm tonight w/Kim and the Other Ones!

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Flinders Lane: Ricnard Keith and the Occasional Playboys go on LIVE at 9:30pm!

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1947 Lounge at Tawa: Night Market Band LIVE at 9pm!

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Bradfords: RYFY is back in the house tonight!!!

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Bartaco Stamford: Enjem gets you moving tonight!!

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Casey’s Tavern: DJ Nate Slate with Fresh Fridays tonight!

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Factory Bar & Grill: DJ Louis and Summer Fridays tonight!

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Ok guys, this should give you some ideas and get you out there!! Remember, if I don’t see it, I don’t post it…so be sure to use #wotm!

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Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford!!!

 

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Stamford, spot #DABug to win tickets!

Spot the #DABUG for your chance to win 2 tickets to an upcoming Drinkable Arts Event! We’re cruisin’ and uncorking creativity in Stamford with the Drinkable Arts Bug! See the #DABUG? Snap a pic and post it with #DABUG in the comments below to be entered in a drawing for 2 free tickets! Drawing will be held July 1st!!

 

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Thank you to Heather Patterson for the info!

World Cup 2018 in Stamford

Looks like Bedford Street will be the place to catch all the World Cup goodness this time around as Tigin Irish Pub & Restaurant Stamford, CapriccioCafe Stamford and Hudson Grille CT will be hosting the games! So come up with your excuses to your bosses now as the coverage begins at 11am Thursday.

Looking to get away from downtown? El Charrito will be hosting the Cup viewing as well in their East Side location complete with margaritas, micheladas, tacos and more!

 

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Victorian Tea at the Stamford History Center

Stamford, CT— A Victorian Tea will be held at the Stamford History Center on Sunday, November 12th from 1:30 – 4 pm.  Guests will have the opportunity to view the Center’s current exhibit prior to the serving of tea.  This year’s speaker, Michele McEwen, is Stamford’s first female firefighter. Ms. McEwen will share her story. The current History Center exhibit,  Stamford  on Fire, commemorates the legacy of Stamford’s various Fire Departments over time.  The exhibit will be open to guests from 1:30 – 2 pm.

The Victorian Tea itself will be a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Enjoy beautifully arranged sandwiches and baked goods along with steaming, fragrant tea served in elegant china tea cups.  Tickets are $20 each for members, $25 for the general public.  Send your check and contact information to the Stamford History Center, 1508 High Ridge Road, Stamford 06903.  Tickets can be purchased through the website, stamfordhistory.org.   Questions may be addressed to info@stamfordhistory.org or 203-329-1183.

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About the Stamford History Center

The Stamford History Center, the municipal historian of Stamford, is an educational and research institution whose primary functions are to collect, conserve, interpret, and share artifacts and information relating to greater Stamford, to engage citizens in the telling of their stories. The organization, located at 1508 High Ridge Road, is dedicated to preserving regional history and our varied cultural heritage. We provide opportunities for our community to understand and experience the past through our library, the presentation of exhibits and displays, lectures, demonstrations, special events, participatory programs, and tours of the unique Hoyt-Barnum House, built in 1699

For more information, call us at 203-329-1183, “Like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StamfordHistoricalSociety or visit our website at www.stamfordhistory.org.

Digging Up a Bit of Stamford History!

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(Thanks to the Stamford Historical Society’s website for the photos.)

During the weekend of July 16th and 17th 2016, the Stamford Historical Society as well as volunteers from the public (including myself) will be descending upon the Hoyt Barnum House to take part in an archaeological dig. With it being Stamford’s 375th birthday this year and the house getting ready for its move up to the Society’s grounds, the dig is the perfect opportunity to take place in a piece of genuine Stamford history. This will be the 4th dig taking place at the house in 50 years…one having taken place in the 1960’s, one in 2002 and one done this past Spring by the Public Archaeology Lab.  Having written about Stamford’s oldest house before and being a lover of local history, I’m personally very excited and honored to be taking part in this dig.

As I previously wrote in my post The Stranger Side of Stamford: “Built in 1699 on land once owned by Munsee Indians, the Hoyt-Barnum house is the oldest home in Stamford. A true testament to the city’s founders, this wooden structure has held up through the roughest of New England weather for over 300 years. While the house itself is wood, the chimney was created of stone and (as per Stamford Historical Society) held together with such materials as mortar with clay, straw and animal hair.” This house, being only 58 years younger than the founding of Stamford, it has survived though hurricanes, floods, harsh Winters, wars and even the over development of the city itself.

Past digs on the property turned up such things as hand forged nails, shards of pottery and glass and even bones and shells. According to the Historical Society’s website, any larger items unearthed are preserved and housed at their location.

Why dig?

Stamford has an amazing history to it. This city was founded only 21 years after the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Think about that! It really puts it into perspective doesn’t it?

So the question should be, why NOT dig?

With so much development going on around our fair city, there are few places left where we can unearth the secrets of our past. To find traces of how our founders lived their lives here. For example, I mentioned that shells were found in a previous dig on the grounds. Why is this significant when we live in a coastal city? Because even though the waterfront extended further inland in those days, the house itself was not located right on it and seafood such as clams and oysters were considered a ‘poor mans’ meal in those days. While you may go to your favorite restaurant now and freely order oysters as a mere appetizer for your dinner, back in the 1600’s, this was how they survived. And because they did, we have this city to call home now.

With the house moving to another location, this is the perfect time to explore, to learn and as is often said here at WOTM, to LEARN WHERE YOU LIVE! Learn how Stamford came to be. Learn who lived here before. Learn about who we have to thank for settling here and creating this place that is such an important part of our lives.

I’m including the information below from the Stamford Historical Society with the details on the dig and how you too can sign up to participate. There are limited spots, so please get your RSVPs in as soon as you can and come and get dirty with us as we dig deep into the past!

Hope to see you there!!

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WHAT LIES BENEATH?

 

(July 2016) Stamford, CT- Here’s your chance to experience hands-on archaeology in lower Fairfield County.  The Stamford Historical Society will be carrying out an archaeological dig at the Hoyt Barnum House property, 713 Bedford Street in Stamford, on Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th from 9AM- 3PM each day.  The Historical Society will provide trowels for digging, buckets, and basic instructions on how to dig.  You will be using 1/4″ mesh to screen all dirt.  This dig will be held by Executive Director Thomas Zoubek, who has a PhD from Yale University and has led multiple archaeological explorations.  Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and should bring work gloves to keep their hands clean.  Call 203-329-1183 or contact info@stamfordhistory.org to reserve a place in this historic dig.

A professional dig by the Public Archaeology Lab (PAL) this spring located a number of interesting artifacts including 18th century pottery and an Indian Head Penny.  Who knows what you might uncover?  All finds will belong to the Stamford Historical Society and will contribute to the record and understanding of the Hoyt Barnum House (built 1699) and its inhabitants over the years.  Please bring your own refreshments/snack/lunch.  Sunscreen and a hat are recommended.  The dig will not take place if there is a thunderstorm and there will be no raindate.  Get ready to dig into history and get your hands dirty!

The Stamford Historical Society, located at 1508 High Ridge Road, is an educational and research institution whose primary functions are to collect, preserve, conserve, interpret, and exhibit materials relating to Stamford, Connecticut and the surrounding area.  As the City of Stamford’s history center, the Society is dedicated to providing opportunities for the community to understand and experience the past through the presentation of exhibits and displays, lectures, demonstrations, special events and participatory programs. For more information, call us at 203-329-1183 or visit our website at www.stamfordhistory.org.

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Info on the 2002 dig: http://www.stamfordhistory.org/adv_arch1.htm

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