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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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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

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

Twisted Tales of Stamford

“Ghosts are history demanding to be remembered.” — Jeff Belanger

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Whether skeptic or true believer, all ghosts, legends and tales have to come from somewhere and most times, they come from our past. Founded only 21 years after the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, Stamford has a storied history and with it comes a whole lot of stories just waiting to be told.

A few years back around Halloween, I decided to write a post about some locals legends that may or may not have been widely known. From ghosts at Fort Stamford to the creature in the Noroton River to Stamford’s own Witch Trials, it was possibly the most popular post I’ve ever done and I swore to do it again. Which brings me to today…

Halloween 2018 is once again upon us and there are still so many tales to be told. And while my intention was still to tie these stories in with our history, this year I put the call out to Stamford residents asking them to give me some direction and send me their own story ideas: Were they told not to go near a certain house as a kid? Is there an ‘unwanted’ guest in their home? Or maybe they heard a local park had some extra visitors, among others. While it got off to a slow start, in the end the response was overwhelming! I was sent so many messages, emails and comments that it was truly hard to narrow it down to just a few for this piece. But rest assured, the rest will NOT go to waste and it seems that because of the response, a new project may be in the works (stay tuned!).

In the meantime, let’s get to why we’re here now. If you are a regular follower of WOTM either here on the site or on social media, you know that I am passionate about our local history. So why not have fun learning more about it while celebrating that which is Halloween?

Now remember, these are but snippets. It took a lot of willpower not to add more stories and include more details for the stories I chose to include here. Hopefully you will enjoy this piece and maybe get you excited for more!

Now, let’s get to it as we begin with the obvious for this holiday…

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Halloween and Shippan:  This is interesting as there are a couple of stories about how a park was formed: One reads that on Halloween night in 1906, Stamford Mayor Homer Cummings cast the deciding vote to allow 95 acres of Shippan to be bought and turned into a public beach after there had been interest in having a local public park. Halloween Park as it was known included a 9 hole golf course and a big, beautiful pavillion. Halloween Yacht Club was formed later in 1926 and is still in operation today on the park’s west side. The other story reads that the City of Stamford took title to the Cummings property on Halloween Eve of 1926 (not 1906 in a vote)  and the name stuck. Either way, we now know it as Cummings Park and we have it today to enjoy because of our late former Mayor.

To learn more, check out: A Maritime History of the Stamford Waterfront

(Postcard image courtesy of Stamford History Center)

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Dantown: When you think of a ghost town, you normally think of someplace out west where there were gunfights in saloons over shots of whiskey and dancing girls. But did you know that there is a ‘ghost’ town that lives below the surface of the Laurel Reservoir? Dantown, once located in the North Stamford area where Stamford, Pound Ridge (think Scot’s Corner) and New Canaan meet was once a bustling community of basket weavers. The heavy duty baskets were used in for oyster and clamming gathering in local waters, for picking fruit in the local orchards as well as coal and more. There were many families involved in the business and handcrafting of each piece and the baskets were well known even in New York City. They also produced shoes, cider and potatoes and there was even a school for the town’s children Named after Francis Dan who settled in the area in 1684, those who lived there harnessed the power of the Rippowam to use for their mills. They flourished until around the early 1900’s when it went into full decline. In 1923, the local water company dammed up the river, flooding and submerging the town creating the 256 acre reservoir we still have today. When there is a drought, you may be able to see some of the remains of the once thriving town but other than that, the only reminder of what was still there are now just the street signs that bear its name. Dantown; Stamford’s own Atlantis.

Rezo Waters with son Ernest c.1900

(photo credit Stamford History Center)

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The House of Stamford Hill: On a corner of Cascade Road there lies a beautiful home that dates back to Revolutionary times. The 1780 House or Woodpecker Ridge Farm as it’s sometimes known was built by the Augustus Weed Family in the area that was once Chief Ponus’ private hunting ground. The house stayed in the Weed family until 1927 and then changed hands a few more times over the years. But in 1955 a couple purchased the house and noticed they weren’t alone. It is said that there were sightings of a figure of a Native American in the kitchen, unexplainable music coming from an upstairs bedroom and moving shadows in the parlor area among other things. In 1964, the couple was getting ready to sell the house and called in legendary paranormal investigator and author Hans Holzer to investigate. They stated that they never felt threatened but rather wondering more what the visitors wanted. Mr. Holzer brought a psychic medium with him and during the time(s) they spent at the house they had quite a number of experiences there themselves. They were able to contact quite a few spirits including a Revolutionary War soldier as well as several entities who came through the medium. What I personally found interesting about this story is that this one was submitted to me by quite a few! So apparently the legend continues. To read more about Hans Holzer’s investigation you can find it in his book: Ghosts: True Encounters from the World Beyond

(photo credit: mysticartdesign pixabay)

Just a side note: Also on Cascade Road lies the home of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. I’ve been curious if anyone has had any experiences in his home. While the house looks like an old farmhouse type, the original #42 had it built for his family in 1955 and he lived there until he passed in his home in 1972.

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Stamford Town Center: Yes, you read that right. There have been many stories over the years from directories being upset in their holders when no one was there, voices in the elevators and even the vision of a lady in red running. No one knows exactly who (or what?) is doing all of this. The mall has somewhat of a tortured history that sadly, includes a few folks taking their lives there. But as we all know, the mall, no matter how ugly, was not always there and like any area, has a history. The streets were not the bustling and congested nightmare they are today. Horse and buggy was the way to travel for many years and an investigation done and found that a woman had been hit by one in the area back in the day. Some of the activity did begin after some mall renovation happened and it’s known that happens many times in places where renovations have taken place; it tends to stir the pot. As someone who years ago experienced the rattling of closed store gates there myself, I have to admit, that mall can be one creepy place.

Dr. Francis Rogers in front of his home, depicting carriage life downtown on the corners of Cottage & Atlantic Streets.

(Photo credit: Stamford History Center)

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Cove Island Park: Originally called “Bishop’s Cove” this is quite simply my favorite spot in Stamford. If you follow WOTM on Instagram and go through the pics, you will find dozens taken down there. But like all of Stamford, it’s roots can be traced back for hundreds of years. The island and the surrounding water, including Holly Pond has gone through several incarnations. One of which was the now legendary, Cove Mills. The mills along the water there began in 1792 as a tidewater gristmill. They evolved over the years changing with the times and growing to its peak in 1890 when it grew to 70 acres with 500 employees and became a textile dye company. On February 19, 1919, a great fire took out the entire factory after a small fire started in the acid storage room. The irony of this was the fact that they claimed that the 25 building complex was ‘fireproof’. It was said that 100 employees were still inside the building when the fire took place. Now having stated that, it does not say if they got out or became casualties of this tragedy. You can still see remnants of the factory today if you look carefully. The old ice house is near the playground. There are bricks that can be found in the dirt and of course there is the iconic old bridge foundation as you come in from the parking lot. There is also incredibly large, rusted pipe segments that become visible at low tide and have become a reminder of how massive the structure once was. It is said that to this day, there are reports that the smell of smoke from the fire with a distinct scent can still come to life now and then. There have also been shadow figures seen walking around the park grounds and beach area. Are these folks who perished in the fire? Maybe. But again, so much history has happened there, anything is possible.

Large pipe structure seen at low tide at Cove.

(Personal photo.)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these new Twisted Tales of Stamford. Honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg! There are so many more to tell and my goal is to be able to bring them all to life for you in one way or another.

I would very much like thank all of you who sent me your stories and requests and allowed me to interview you. This has been a long time coming and I’m so grateful for the outpouring of support this idea has gotten.

If you like this piece and know of more stories of Stamford you’d like to see in a future piece, please feel free to let me know: onthmenuct@yahoo.com  Subject: Twisted Tales

Connecting the past with the present is so important; and the past, needs to be remembered.

Keep Halloween Local Stamford!

Dedicated to Dantown

(photo courtesy of  Tom Ryan and Stamford History Center)

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#twistedtales #learnwhereyoulive

#stamfordhistory #happyhalloween

 

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!)

 

Stamford Weekend Happenings — August 25th & 26th

We’re back Stamford and believe it or not, this is the final weekend before school starts! (where does the time go?) We’ve done the searching so you don’t have to and we must say, it’s a BUSY weekend around this city of ours!!
Now, before we get to the main list, there are two major events happening this weekend that we’d like to start out with:
Harborfest ’18: Saturday the 25th–a one day family friendly celebration of our own Stamford Harbor! There is SO much to do and see at this event we don’t even know where to begin. Here’s just a sample: boat tours, mini golf, vendor village, dog costume contest (you heard me), live music, touch tanks with marine animals and fireworks finale! And so much more!!! Oh and it’s FREE!!! (note: boat tours may have a small fee) 10am-6pm For all the details: Click Here for Info
Hey Stamford Food Festival: This two day family friendly eating extravaganza has really grown from last year with each day having a bit of a themed twist to them. Day 1–Saturday: It’s a Party in the Park w/music by DJ Jonesy, LIVE music with Party Rock (the ultimate tribute band) and Tone Loc!  Day 2–Sunday: Country Rocks the Park w/music by DJ Jonesy, LIVE music by Jump the Gunn, Mason Ramsey, Little Hank Williams and Dylan Scott! All this while you go from food truck to food truck taking the weekend off from calorie counting. For the kids, be sure to stop by the Kid’s Zone featuring a roaming railroad, bouncy houses, face painting and more! For tickets, truck lineups and details: Click Here for Info
And now, let’s see what else is going on this weekend…

Saturday August 25th.:

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

Brennans by the Beach: Fundraising event for Red Leash Rescue! Come join the fun, meet the pups, enter to win some great prizes too! Guest bartender’s tips and 50/50 raffle ticket sales go to RLR. Also, Tito’s Vodka will donate $1 per Tito’s specialty drink to RLR as well! Such an amazing cause and a good time too! 12pm-4pm. Click Here for Info

Latham Park–Two events:

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

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

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


LaRocca’s Country Wine And Spirits: 90+ Cellars Wine tasting from 1-4pm! 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

Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse: Dinner and LIVE Flamenco Show! 7pm–reservations recommended. Click Here for Info

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Sunday August 26th:

Sunday Brunch: See our Sunday Brunch Stamford-Style page right here on WOTM to find a place to grab a mimosa or two! Click Here for Info

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

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 Center: Sunday Farmers Market 10am-2pm: 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

Lock City Brewing: 1ST Anniversary Party!!! Come and celebrate one full year of Stamford’s own Lock City Brewing with LIVE music by the Suns of Walrus Skiff Band! Plus,
your ticket comes with a snazzy 13oz keeper glass, 32 ounce anniversary growler and a limited edition T-shirt. (had to copy that from their page so I didn’t get anything wrong) Also, be there for the reveal of the special limited edition Anniversary Can Release! Check out all the details: Click Here for Info

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Remember, Stamford Restaurant Weeks are still going on and run through September 2nd! For the list and menus (lunch and dinner) of the participating restaurants: 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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Another big list! Who knew so many things went on around here? (and this isn’t everything either!)

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!

#wotm #keepitlocal #knowwheretogo

Stamford Happenings: August 1st thru 5th!

A new month is upon us Stamford and we wanted to start doing weekly posts of some different events happening around the city that are different from our nightly happenings lists. Stamford is more than bars and restaurants (believe it or not) and we thought we’d put together a list of some dates that might get you out and about this month.

This is by no means is this a complete list of everything going, but wanted to give you some ideas on where to go. Call it a “sampling of fun stuff.” Who knows, you may discover something new!

Take note weather conditions can affect some of these and  hey, many listed here are FREE! Here’s what I found for you:

Wednesday August 1st:

Murphy’s Townhouse: Wednesday Night Pub Run with 6:30pm start time. (Weekly event) 3, 4 and 5 mile options. Click Here for Info

Stamford Downtown: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue closes out the Wednesday Night Live series downtown! Click Here for Info

Harbor Point: Free Movies in the Park presents Wonder Woman. Start time 8:30pm. Click Here for Info
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Thursday August 2nd:

Fairgate Farm: Farmers Market every Thursday thru October 12pm-6pm. Click Here for Info

The Beer Garden: Food Drive begins at 6pm. Because the holidays aren’t the only time to donate. 🙂 Click Here for Info

All American Athletes & Personal Training:  Free boot camp class from 6:30-7:30pm! Click Here for Info

Metropolitan Dance Center: Beginner/Intermediate Argentine Tango Class! $15 begins at 8pm. Click Here for Info

LaRocca’s Country Wine and Spirits: National IPA Tasting Day! Free event from 5-7pm. Click Here for Info
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Friday August 3rd:

My Gym: Kids play…Ice cream and Open Gym time with Mr. Colin! 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
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Saturday August 4th:

Cove Island Sanctuary: Butterfly Walk fro 10am-12pm. Make sure to bring your cameras as you never know what you will see at one of my favorite places in Stamford. Click Here for Info

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

Mill River Park: Two events—First at 8:30am it’s Bootcamp with Kelvin Smith and then at 11am it’s Zumba w/ Christina Rabasca & Tristan Mongollon. Click Here for Info

Latham ParkTwo events:

Chess Day! Free play and open to all ages. Learn, play and talk with the masters. Click Here for Info

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

LaRocca’s Country Wine And Spirits: Complimentary Wine and Cheese tasting from 3-6pm! Click Here for Info
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Sunday August 5th:

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

West Beach: CLEANUP Sunday at 12pm. Meet at the beach house (lifeguards area) and if you don’t have a beach pass, you can park across from the entrance. Click Here for Info

Stamford Museum & Nature CenterTwo events:

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

Summer Stars Planetarium Show begins at 2pm! Weekly Sunday event. 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

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens:  Herb Garden Tour at 4pm (weather permitting). 60 minute tour of the herb garden discussing specific herbs, their many uses from medicinal to culinary…native bees and beneficial insects…maintenance and design of the garden itself with Linda N Albanese and Master Gardners.  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.

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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Saturday Stamford Night Happenings

Quick Saturday Night Happenings List for You Tonight…make sure to use #wotm (or better yet ADVERTISE) or get left off the list. Remember, if I don’t see it, I don’t post it. Here we go:

Kashi: DJ Erik Esquire is BACK tonight to get you moving!

Mystique: House, HipHop and 90’s w/ DJ Dice and hosted by Alan V!

Bartaco: Paul Spirit has the beats tonight!

Bradfords: RyFy is upstairs tonight for your dancing pleasure!

Crab Shell: Dirty Water Dogs LIVE tonight at 7:30pm! (call ahead to make now not rained out)

The Long Ridge Tavern: Gunsmoke LIVE at 8pm!

Judy’s Bar & Kitchen: Suburban Chaos LIVE tonight at 9pm!

Sign of the Whale: Always a party at the Whale! Music and Shark Week happenings tonight!

Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford!

 

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Friday Night is Here!

It’s Friday Stamford and we have some places for you to go tonight! Never know what we’ll find so let’s get to it…

Stamford Diner: LIVE music with Barbara’s Seranade w/special guest guitarist Dave Dana from 7-10pm!

Sign of the Whale: 90’s Night with DJ Donny D!

Ponus Yacht Club: Karaoke with Chris Jack is back tonight!

Bar Rosso: Retro Express plays LIVE tonight at 9pm!

Bartaco: Enjem is in the House tonight!

Bradfords: RYFY is back upstairs tonight!

1947 Lounge at Tawa: LIVE music with Harry Ellis & Deep Intentions!

Caseys: DJ Nate Slate  brings the beats tonight starting at 9:30pm!

Mystique: Play Friday’s with DJ Dazon!

Ok guys there you go! Going to be stormy here and there so run through the raindrops

Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford!

 

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Saturday Night Is Finally Here Stamford!

Good evening Stamford! It’s officially Saturday night and while they are predicting storms later on, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on! Let’s get to where you are going tonight…please note, as of this post all events are on.

Mystique: Outdoor Terrace and Hookah Lounge w/ music by Dancin’ Mark at 10pm!

Bartaco: Teofilis is in the House!

Bradfords: RyFy gets you moving upstairs!

Tigin: The Last Hoorah is back LIVE at 10pm!

Fiddlers Green: LIVE music with Lakeshore and Hoseman! Music starts at 9pm.

Crab Shell: Old School is LIVE at the Shack tonight!

Flinders Lane: Free Flow is LIVE at 9:30!

Bar Zepoli: LIVE music with Jeff Colon at 9pm!

Ok guys there ya’ go! Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford!!!

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