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Stamford Happenings: August 6-10th!

A new week is upon us and we are here to give you our latest finds of some different events happening around the city. Stamford is more than bars and restaurants (believe it or not) and we wanted to start sharing events that will give you some new ideas of what’s going on and maybe get you out there and exploring a little.
This is by no means is this a complete list of everything going on around town. Call it a “sampling of fun stuff.” Who knows, you may discover something new!
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the time involved in doing these lists, I’m going to start breaking the weekly lists into two posts: Monday thru Friday and then Saturday and Sunday.
Let’s get to it…here’s what we’ve found for you and remember, weather can change some of these listings. Oh and many are FREE!

Monday August 6th:

Stamford Marriott: LinkedIn Local networking event and Domus fundraiser! Speaker Paul Lewis will talk about Social Selling and Employee Advocacy. Take the LinkedIn experience offline and have some fun too. 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
Belltown Park–Wellness in the Park Festival: Family friendly event where you can learn about essential oils, get a free chair massage, grab a snack at the healthy snack station and the kids can play on the playground! 4-6pm.  Click Here for Info
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Tuesday August 7th:

Stamford Town Center (grand court): Hosted by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, kids ages 2-10 can go and learn all about Nocturnal Animals! This hour long program is FREE, runs from 9-10am and will feature some live creatures of the night.  Click Here for Info
Ferguson Library Weed/Hollander Branch: Sprinkler Shindig for the little guys 2 and under. Bring swimsuits and towels and get ready for a water themed story and sprinkler fun! Click Here for Info
Harbor Point: Zumba with Chelsea Piers on the Boardwalk. Join Christina Rabasco for this FREE weekly event at 7pm every Tuesday night. 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 8th:

 
Stamford Toys: FREE Make & Take Playdate Kid friendly event 4-6pm! Click Here for Info

Lock City Brewery: Business at the Brewery w/BNI Alive. Business networking event, beer tasting–bring business cards and help grow your business while networking with local business folks like yourself. Held every 2nd Wednesday of the month. 5:30-7:30pm. $25 per person (online) $35 at the door. Click Here for Info
Brennans by the Beach: Wednesday Night Pub Run (FREE weekly event) begins at 6:30pm. 3, 4 and 5 mile options and you can find the maps and more: Click Here for Info
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Harbor Point Dog Park: Yappy Hour at 6:30pm! Bring your four legged family member to this FREE event sponsored by Bull’s Head Pet Hospital.  Click Here for Info
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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 9th:

Fairgate Farm: Farmers Market every Thursday thru October 12pm-6pm. Click Here for Info
Avon Theater & Film Center: Summer Screenings presents GREASE Sing-a-Long! Costume contest and pre-film reception presented by Lucky’s Burger & Malt Shop at 6:30pm!! Film shows at 7:30pm. For info: Click Here for Info
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Metropolitan Dance Center: Beginner/Intermediate Argentine Tango Class! $15 begins at 8pm. Click Here for Info
Harbor Point Commons Park: Crossfit w/Carozza Fitness every Thursday thru Aug. 30th from 7-8pm. FREE!  Click Here for Info
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Friday August 10th:

Harbor Point: Latin Dancing Commons Park at 5pm. FREE weekly event w/Vuk! Beginners to advanced, all welcome.  Click Here for Info
Stamford Museum and Nature Center: Astronomy Nights: Introduction to Star Gazing. Begins at 7:30pm, presentation by Tony Faddoul going on rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting and you can call ahead for weather updates: 203-977-6537. Click Here for Info
Stamford Town Center: Music on the Plaza series presents Canyon playing LIVE from 6-8pm! Click Here for Info
Metropolitan Dance Center: Learn to dance the Peabody! Beginner/Intermediate class only $15 per person, starts at 8pm. 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 hope this gives you some different ideas of how to enjoy our fair city.  We tried to mix it up a bit with finds for all ages from kids to adults and in between.
Now having said that I’ll be honest…the list doesn’t write itself. It takes a lot of time to put this together. If you like what I’m doing here, please encourage your favorite venues to advertise here on WOTM. We’ve been up and running for over 7 years and want to continue to do so. Encouragement from our followers is why we’re still here and for that I am truly thankful.
I close this as I always do…Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford!
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Experience Colonial Stamford at the Hoyt-Barnum House!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Zoubek, 203-246-6941

EXPERIENCE COLONIAL STAMFORD AT THE HOYT-BARNUM HOUSE

The Stamford History Center invites everyone to come and visit Stamford’s oldest dwelling, the Hoyt-Barnum House. Recently restored in its new location, the siding on the house now brings us back in time to how it originally looked when it was built in 1699.

While many may be familiar with the red paint that graced the house after a 1960s restoration, the History Center did tremendous research and work in making sure the house would look very much as it did when it was originally constructed. Of course, any home that survives for more than 300 years will experience cosmetic and structural changes influenced by fashion and maintenance needs.

When you take a tour of the house, you will get to view rarely seen artifacts plus 18th and 19th century pieces of furniture from the Center’s vast collection. You’ll see your old favorites as well as items that can now be touched and handled. An advantage of taking the self-guided audio tour is that you can control just how much or how little detail you’d like to learn about the property. And don’t miss out on the introductory video which was produced by Stamford’s own David Klein of DEK Creative (with help from CT Humanities Council funding). Such a proud collective of Stamford folks helping to preserve Stamford’s history!

Tour days and times for the Hoyt-Barnum House, now located at the Stamford History Center at 1508 High Ridge Road, are Thursdays and Fridays at 12:30pm, 1:30pm & 2:30pm and Saturdays at 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Be sure to visit: http://stamfordhistory.org for more details.

SHC is also happy to announce the return of “Tales of Horror and Death” just in time for Halloween! Taking place on October 26th and 27th, there will be 3 tours each evening at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. Come and hear interpreters tell the tales of what horrors our City’s founders faced in the 17th & 18th centuries in their day to day lives. You will also hear about the story of Stamford “witch” Elizabeth Clawson, who was the subject of Stamford’s own Witch Trials in 1692!

Space is limited so get your tickets early and please note, this graphic program is intended for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $15 a person and $10 for members. Please see the SHC website’s event calendar to reserve your place for this awesome spooky event.

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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.

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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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