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Legends and Lore of Stamford

Stamford, CT. Founded in 1641 this city is worthy of the legends that came from its historic past. Like most stories, they were born out of fact and have only grown into folklore as the years have rolled by. Whether they lead to hauntings or spooktacular events is clearly beside the point. It’s the story that gets me interested in learning the history behind the legend and I hope that it will for you as well!

I’ve done two of these “twisted tales” pieces in the past and have had so much fun with them, I wanted to do more! This year proved to be difficult in that I had accumulated so many different stories that I had a hard time trying to narrow down what I would actually post here and what I would save for another time. I wanted to not only tell the stories, but try to add some life back into them as well. We need to remember our past so we can preserve what’s left of it and this is one way I’m hoping, we can do just that.

Just as I’ve said in previous posts, these are but snippets. Edited down from a tremendous amount of hours of research that will hopefully get you excited to Learn Where You Live!

So let’s get to it…Happy Halloween Stamford!!!

-Thomas Reed-

1776 – Age 78

Though Death be potent as a king

And wounds with his envenomed sting

Yet Faith fresh vigor will impart

To rob the tyrant of his dart.

Stamford Harbor Ledge Lighthouse: There is something about this lighthouse that just speaks to me. It has an air of mystery and solitude to it that is quite different from other lighthouses. While Stamford Harbor has seen a great deal pass over its waters through the years, from Privateers in the Revolutionary War to ships built for military use in our now lost boatyard, it wasn’t until February 10, 1882 that our Harbor was graced with its own lighthouse. The Stamford Harbor Ledge Lighthouse was commissioned for $30,000 in 1881…put into service on Chatham Rocks in 1882…and decommissioned in 1985 just over 100 years later. In its time there were 22 light keepers and two assistants. 

One of the 22, Keeper John J Cook (k.1907-1909) loved spending Christmas at the light saying, “what more soul-stirring music could there be than that of wind and wave as they whistle and roar or moan and swish past our little home?”

As is almost a tradition of old lighthouses, the Stamford Ledge is said to be haunted by one of the old keepers. Which exact one is a mystery, but I would like to offer my  own theory. There are stories of Keeper Raymond F Bliven (k.1930-31) who never made it back to the lighthouse one night after having dinner with a friend on shore. Though separated from his wife, the keeper left the mainland for the lighthouse on August 13, 1931 to go back on duty and was found two days later by the crew of The Spruce about ¼ mile away from the lighthouse but ½ mile away from where his boat was found. His body was badly bruised including a major head injury. 

There are two versions of this story that I was able to find: 1) that it was ruled an accidental drowning after slipping off the ladder to the lighthouse and back into the boat which then capsized or 2) that it was foul play as speculated by the head trauma. Bliven was an accomplished swimmer so it was never thought that his swimming abilities could be at fault for his drowning.

However he passed, it makes it all the more curious if he is in fact the lost soul who haunts the house now? That he felt so compelled to make sure he finished his duty that he never left the area? If it is Keeper Bliven, I’m sure he, like many of us are hoping that the lighthouse gets a much needed face lift and is saved for all to see it light up our harbor once again!

-Thankful Weed-

1757-Age 15

Her blooming youth and lovely form

Could not impede the fateful storm.

The Forgotten: Deep in a wooded area of North a Stamford there lies a place, approximately 225ft by 225ft that is thought to house HUNDREDS of former Stamford residents. Known by several names in the town’s death records: Town Farm Cemetery, Town Poor Farm, Sunset Home Cemetery and Sunset Farm. But to many who live in the city, it is simply…Potter’s Field.

While the dedication stone stated it dates from 1870-1970, that is the only marker that indicates just what lies behind it, or rather, who lies behind it. 

Having stumbled upon this sacred place with a friend a number of years ago, I had no idea it was there. It lies in the woods at the edge of Bartlett Arboretum and when we were there it was overgrown with brush, trees and the like. Deciding to look further, it wasn’t until I tripped on one of the numbered marker stones that it truly hit us what this place was. Sure dedication plaques are everywhere, but when you begin to see the markers and then more, and then take note of their rising numbers well, it is both eerie and incredibly sad at the same time. The woods suddenly took on a heavy air quality, there was incredible stillness and yet you could hear every leaf that fell around us. We tried to clear as many markers we could of debris but had no idea just how large the area was and much of it (again at the time) was inaccessible.

I was so moved by this place I wanted to learn more. I wanted to know their names and give them some dignity and what I’ve learned is tragic. While there are records with some named individuals, right now, there are no complete records of all of the burials in this lot. It is also believed that some were piled on top of one another and just wrapped in a cloth or blanket as was the case with many infant deaths of the times.

When going through the causes of death of those recorded, you will find victims of accidents, “exhaustion” (perhaps an early name for heart ailments?), influenza and even a murder or two. Some were folks who had no family to care for them and no money for a proper burial and so would end up in the Field. And of course the saddest of them all, the little ones. So many babies and children now lost under the numbers.

An unsolved murder from 1976 also plagues the land adding to its mystery and unsettled feeling in those deeply rooted vines. And most unfortunate, many of the markers are now lost due to those looking for souvenirs found in the woods by those not understanding what it was that they took.

Are these lands haunted by those looking for recognition? Are their souls resting or waiting for their time to sleep in peace? All I can say is that while I was there, there was an uneasiness to the air, a silent scream of many underneath my feet that seemed to pierce the quiet air with “please don’t forget us.”

During my research for this piece I was so happy to find that this year, some folks began a project to bring closure to the lost and discarded souls. To clean up the area and give them proper stones and put names to all the numbers…as much as is humanly possible. How wonderful it is that after all these years there are those who still care to help those they never even knew?

Maybe when it has been completed, those ‘forgotten’ can finally rest easy knowing that they are now being remembered.

Personal Photo

-Sarah M. Bishop – William H. Bishop-

1853 – Ages 33 & 42

Wrapt in the shades of death

No more that friendly face I see

Empty, ah empty every place

Once filled so well by thee

The Clawman of Stamford: On August 28, 1933, Army Air Corps Pilot Captain Ernest Emery Harmon took off from Washington D.C. headed for Long Island. Due to heavy fog in the area, he was set off course and wound up in coastal Connecticut over Stamford. He was last seen circling low over Turn of River area before the aircraft went down in a group of trees. Captain Harmon was thought to have been thrown from the plane as his body was found ⅛ of a mile from the wreck which was about 300 ft from Long Ridge Road. Captain Harmon was 40 years old.

A seemingly straightforward obituary of a soldier, yes? An accomplished pilot who passed away too young due to the weather and instruments of the time. But the story takes on a stranger turn…

Just like in the movies, urban legends live and breathe and become great tales to tell at sleepover and around fire pits. And this one is no exception! Hooked yet? You will be!

For out of this plane crash was born the legend of…The Clawman. This story made its way to Stamford decades ago and from what I understand, the crash aspect was thought to be fiction. The story goes that a plane had crashed in the 1930’s and a possible survivor was never found. However there were rumors of sightings of a man walking along the streets in the area who had a makeshift hook for a hand who would go around and claw at doors at night. This story has a second version in that if young couples went up to the reservoir to make out, they were targets for the clawman. There were reports of the sound of scratching on car doors during make out sessions and one couple took off so quickly after hearing it that when they got home, they found a claw stuck in the door handle having ripped off the offending arm in their haste!

Being me, I had to look this up and that was when I found the actual crash story. The true urban legend born out of a factual story is itself part of the folklore that makes us who we are.

Now I’m not saying there is or isn’t a Clawman…who am I to judge? But maybe, just maybe the next time you decide to go up towards the reservoir or the dark North Stamford roads at night for a drive with your best girl, you stop. Turn around. And  maybe hit a movie at the Avon or show at the Palace instead. Because they are not spooky places…or ARE they???

1950’s Postcard

Those are stories for another time kids! Thank you so much for reading and please see the links below for some extras you might be interested in.

Special note: The epitaphs I’ve included between stories are genuine poems taken off of the stones of those buried here in a few of Stamford’s 47 cemeteries!

My thanks especially to the residents of Stamford who once again gave me enough story ideas to last through the next decade and to Ignacio Laguarda for including WOTM in his own Halloween piece for CT Insider!

Until next year…Keep it Spooky Stamford! 

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Bonus Story Links for you:

Twisted Tales of Stamford (WOTM Halloween 2018)

The Stranger Side of Stamford (WOTM first in series 2015)

Unearthing the Mysteries at the Hoyt-Barnum House  (WOTM archaeological dig of the oldest house in Stamford 2016)

Want to learn more? Need a gift idea? Help support WOTM?

Clark’s Hill Cat

Stamford Sports (Images of Sports)

Stamford ’76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s (referred to in Potter’s Field segment above)

A Maritime History of the Stamford Waterfront: Cove Island, Shippan Point and the Stamford Harbor Shoreline (American Chronicles)

Story of the Early Settlers of Stamford, Connecticut, 1641-1700, including Genealogies of Principal Families

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WOTM in the News!

Hey  guys!  I’ve been busy getting this year Halloween piece ready for you. But to get you in the mood for the big day you should check out this article in the CT Insider section of the Stamford Advocate. (Don’t worry, it’s free and only takes a quick email signup to see the whole piece.)

Scary Stamford Stories to Tell On Halloween

Not only does this have some great local tales in it for you but myself and WOTM  are in the piece as well!

This is is a fun article that will get you in the Halloween spirit and I’d like to thank Ignacio Laguarda for speaking with me. I’m honored to be a part of this piece.

Hope you all enjoy it and stay tuned for this year’s Halloween installment of some twisted tales of Stamford!

Until next time…

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Hauntings and History at Hoyt-Barnum is Back!

Get in the Halloween Spirit and “Learn Where You Live” Stamford by heading to the Hoyt-Barnum House for the annual  Hauntings and History event!

Tonight and tomorrow with three opportunities each evening, you can learn more about the house, Stamford’s past and the former residence who may still linger within its walls. (Man I love this stuff!)

Space is limited, so head to the Stamford History Center’s site for tickets and info: http://stamfordhistory.org/event/hauntings-and-history-at-hoyt-barnum/

Keep it Spooky a Stamford!

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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

 

Share the Spirit Stamford!

It’s Christmas Eve Stamford and I don’t know about you, but I’m in full Santa crunch mode!

On this special night, I wanted to post some ways you can give back in our community. To support the people, animals and organizations that rely on donations to keep them going.

What a special way to Keep it Local!

This of course is by no means a complete list or organizations , but maybe it will be enough to get you in the spirit!

So let’s get to it…

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While we humans, for the most part, can find help for ourselves and others, animals have to rely on their human friends when they are sick, lost or looking to find a forever home. Stamford has wonderful places all around the city that do just this. However, they can’t do it alone. Here are three such places that could use donations of money, food, blankets, newspapers, etc to help care for those who cannot care for themselves. (And PLEASE if you are thinking of adopting, don’t just adopt for a gift only to have to give the pet back a few weeks later. If you are planning to adopt–COMMIT.) Stamford Animal Control: http://www.stamfordct.gov/animal-control-center OPIN: Outreach for Pets in Need: http://opinpets.org/ Friends of Felines: http://www.adoptapet.org
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Whether it’s food, money or your time, these organizations can really use your help: The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County: https://www.foodbanklfc.org/ Shelter for the Homeless: http://shelterforhomeless.org/ DOMUS Kids: http://domuskids.org/ Sexual Assault Crisis Center: http://www.thecenter-ct.org/ Salvation Army Stamford: http://ctri.salvationarmy.org/SNE/Stamford
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Looking more to donate goods? While these places will also take monetary donations, clothes, furniture, books, etc. are their main goal:  Laurel House:
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How about helping out places around our city? There are so many ways to use your time to help out and it’s also a great way to get outdoors: SoundWaters: http://www.soundwaters.org/ Scalzi Riverwalk: http://www.scalziriverwalk.org/  Mill River Park Collaborative: http://www.millriverpark.org/ East Side Partnership: http://eastsidepartnership.org/support/Friends of Mianus River Park: http://friendsofmianusriverpark.org/index.htm Cove Island Wildlife Sancutary: https://www.facebook.com/Cove-Island-Wildlife-Sanctuary-156082077767515/?fref=ts
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There you go. Again, this is a far cry from a complete list. But hopefully it will get you thinking of ways you can help out your community, your city and how you too can KEEP IT LOCAL STAMFORD!!
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A very Happy and Healthy Holiday to all of you

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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Stamford Labor Day Weekend Happenings–9/1-9/3/18

Happy September Stamford and not only is it the beginning of a new month, but it’s also a 3 day weekend!

Now, before we get to the main list, there are two major events happening this weekend that we’d like to remind you that the St. Leo’s Fair has it’s last day on Saturday and it’s a full day event from 2pm-11pm: Click Here for Info

Also, the Stamford Restaurant Weeks ends this weekend (Sept. 2nd). For participating restaurants and their lunch and dinner menus: Click Here for Info

Time for the list. Please remember that the weather may change any of these listings so be sure to check with the venues before heading out. Also, some places are closed for the Labor Day Holiday. (example: Ferguson Library will be closed both Sunday and Monday) Here we go…

Saturday September 1st.:

NEW:

Harbor Point–Two Events:

-Cardio Fitness w/JCC at 10am. Click Here for Info

-Top Spin Tennis Meets Group Fitness at 10am on the Boardwalk. Click Here for Info

Michael’s Crafts: Kid’s crafts class at 10am. 2 age groups: 3 & up and 6 & up. Theme this week is Hedgehogs! $2 per kid. To register and for info: Click Here for Info

LaRocca’s Country Wine & Spirits: Wines from the Foothills of the Andes! FREE wine tasting from 1-4pm: Click Here for Info

Sign of the Whale: Kan Jam and Crowler Event 3-6pm. Party on the Rooftop sponsored by Boulevard Brewing and Victory Brewing. Come play some Kan Jam, try some beer and more! Click Here for Info

WEEKLY:

Lorca: Saturday Morning Muffin Run 9am. 3, 4 And 5 mile options…free to join in.  Click Here for Info

Fairgate Farm: Farmers Market 9am-12noon. Click Here for Info

Mill River Park–Two events:

-Bootcamp with Kelvin Smith at 8:30am

-Zumba w/ Christina Rabasco & Tristan Mongollon at 11am. Click Here for Info

Latham Park–Three events:

-Stamford Downtown Farmers Market from 9am-3pm. Click Here for Info

-Free Outdoor Yoga at 8:30am. Click Here for Info

-Chess-Open Play at 1pm. Free; all ages. Click here for info

Stamford Toys: LOL Surprise Trading event 1-3pm! Click Here for Info

Ferguson Library–Main Library: Youth Makerspace Open Hours ages 8 & up. Lower Level 3-5pm. Click here for info

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Sunday September 2nd:

Sunday Brunch: See our Sunday Brunch Stamford-Style page right here on WOTM to find a place to grab a mimosa or two! https://onthemenuct.com/sunday-brunch-stamford-style/

NEW:

Bernadett Feher Fitness Team: Kangaroo Power Class 9am. For location and to contact them about shoe size for rental: Click Here for Info

Harbor Point: Farmers Market Music in Commons Park–LIVE with Retro Express at 12pm. Click Here for Info

Stamford Museum & Nature Center: Market Madness Sunday 10am-2pm Check out Fall products from LOCAL vendors; self-guided craft and animal meet & greet; edible science and of course the Farmers Market will be open as well. Click Here for Info

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens: Vegetable Garden Tour–FREE event. Meet the Master Gardeners who are respsonsible for the design and maintenance of the Bartlett’s vegetable garden. Also learn about late season/Fall havesting. Kid friendly. 11-11:45am Check out their site for pre-registration and more. Click Here for Info

Williams Sonoma: Wüsthof Crafters Knife Skills Workshop (call ahead to check on class availability) 11am Click Here for Info

WEEKLY:

Mill River ParkThree events:

-Sunrise Yoga w/Aimee & Tim Elsner at 8:30am.

-Hula Hoop Fitness & Flow w/Sarah Murphy adult class) Free on the Grand Steps at 10:30am. Click Here for Info on All 3 Above Events

Harbor Point–Two events:

-Sunday Farmers Market from 9am-2pm in Commons Park. Info on this and other events: Click Here for Info

-Commons Park: Chelsea Piers Obstacle Course for kids 6 and up! 11:30am-12:30pm (weekly thru end of August) Click here for info

Stamford Toys: Pokémon Trading & Learning Event 1-3pm every Sunday! Trade cards, learn the game and win the raffle! Ages 5-up. Click Here for Info

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Monday September 3rd:

Brunch:

-Sign of the Whale: Labor Day Brunch–203-883-8282 to make reservations!

-Barcelona: Labor Day Brunch–for reservations, Click Here for Info

Amore Cucina & Bar: Labor Day Pig Roast and all you can eat BBQ! 12pm-5pm 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

Bareburger: Family Friendly Open Floor Monday–comics, musicians, poets, artists come show your talent! 6-9pm every Monday. 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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If you like our lists and go to any of the events listed, please let the venues know where you found them and encourage them to advertise here on WOTM. Encouragement from our followers is why we’re still here and for that I am truly thankful.

Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford!

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Stamford Weekend Happenings 8/11-12th

As promised we are here to give you some ideas of where to head out this weekend. Now, unfortunately there is a lot of rain in the forecast…so be sure to call ahead to your destination to make sure your event is still on. There’s something here for kids of ALL ages!
Here we go…

Saturday August 11th.:

Lorca: Saturday Morning Muffin Run 9am. 3, 4 And 5 mile options…free to join in. Click Here for Info

Fairgate Farm: Farmers Market 9am-12noon. Click Here for Info

Mill River Park–Two events: 

Bootcamp with Kelvin Smith at 8:30am.

Zumba w/ Christina Rabasca & Tristan Mongollon at 11:30am. Click Here for Info

PetSmart Stamford: Rescue Dog Adoption Event 9am-4pm. Go and find a new furry family member! #rescueisthebestbreed Click Here for Info

Latham Park—Stamford Downtown Farmers Market: Bedford Street from 9am-3pm. Click Here for Info

Stamford Museum & Nature Center: WILD! Feeding Drop-in Program. Kids 5 and up can go and learn how/what the Center feeds their exhibit animals and can even help make some of the goodies to be fed to them.  Click Here for Info

Stamford Toys: LOL Surprise Trading event 1-3pm! Click Here for Info

LaRocca’s Country Wine And Spirits: Gin and Tonic tasting from 2-4pm! Click Here for Info

Ferguson Library: Entrepreneur-in-Residence hours from 3-5pm (weekly). Looking for help to grow your business? This is a great program that can help you through the beginning stages from idea to legal matters and even bookkeeping. (also runs on Mondays from 10am-12pm.) Click Here for Info

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Sunday August 12th:

Mill River ParkThree events:

Sunrise Yoga w/Aimee & Tim Elsner at 8:30am.

Carousel Storytime goes on rain or shine at 10am and it’s free! Carousel Pavillion area.

Hula Hoop Fitness & Flow w/Sarah Murphy adult class) Free on the Grand Steps at 10:30am. Click Here for Info on All 3 Above Events

Harbor Point–Two events:

Sunday Farmers Market from 9am-2pm in Commons Park. Info on this and other events: Click Here for Info

Commons Park: Chelsea Piers Obstacle Course for kids 6 and up! 11:30am-12:30pm (weekly thru end of August) Click Here for Info


Stamford Museum & Nature CenterThree events:

Sunday Farmers Market 10am-2pm: Click Here for Info

Summer Stars Planetarium Show begins at 2pm! Weekly Sunday event. Click Here for Info

Celebrate National S’mores Day: From 12:30-2pm not only can you munch on a few but you’ll aslo get to learn a little science behind the s’more!! Kid friendly event. Click Here for Info

Half Full Brewery: Volunteer-Drink Beer! Volunteer event and fundraiser (monthly event). Once a month, Half Full Brewery welcomes you to gather and volunteer as a group at a local community organization. Then you’ll head back to the brewery to help raise funds  with $1 from every beer sold going to their charity of the month pick. Click Here for Info

Stamford Toys: Pokémon Trading & Learning Event 1-3pm every Sunday! Trade cards, learn the game and win the raffle! Ages 5-up. 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. Right now, the plan is to do a list like this every week…continuing to mix it up a bit with finds for all ages from kids to adults and in between.

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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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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Friday Night is Here!

Welcome to Friday Night Stamford! Getting right to it tonight, so let’s go…starting with LIVE music tonight…

Bar Zepoli: LIVE music with the Highland Rovers at 9pm!

Ponus Yacht Club: LIVE music with The Straightjackets rain or shine!

Crab Shell: Vertigo LIVE at the Shack starting at 7pm!

Tiernan’s: The Last Hoorah Acoustic Duo LIVE at 10pm!

Stamford Diner: LIVE music with Late 4 Dinner at 7pm!

Bar Rosso:  LIVE music with Mojo tonight!

Flinders Lane: The New Session hosted by Nick Di Maria starts at 8pm!

Kashi Stamford: DJ Erik Esquire is in the house tonight!

Bartaco: Music with Davinci tonight!

Bradfords: RyFy gets you moving upstairs tonight!

Sign of the Whale: Rooftop is open but even if it rains, good times downstairs as well!

Ok guys that’s a pretty good list we have here. Go Forth… Have fun, Be Safe and Keep it Local Stamford!

 

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