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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!

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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!

#wotm #keepitlocal #knowwheretogo

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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Friday Night Happenings Are Here!

Happy Friday Stamford! Let’s get right to it tonight starting with LIVE music:

Crab Shell Restaurant: Bliss LIVE tonight at the Shack!

Ponus Yacht Club Inc.: LIVE music with the Killer Bees!

Flinders Lane Stamford: Music by Mojo is back LIVE!

Tiernans Bar: John James & Ken Coleman LIVE!

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

Bartaco (Stamford): Paul Spirit has the beats tonight!

Casey’s Tavern – Stamford: DJ Nate Slate brings Fresh Friday’s back tonight!

Bradford’s Grill: RYFY is upstairs tonight!

Ok that’s a decent list of ideas to get you out and about! Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford!!

 

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It’s A Cooler Stamford Friday Night!

It’s Friday Stamford and we’re so happy to say that the heat wave is OVER! Once again it will be nice to hang out on one of the many awesome patios around Stamford, with a nice Summer drink in your hand.

We have some happenings for you to help get you motivated to go out tonight so let’s get to it! (Starting with a couple of early ones)

Crab Shell: The Fantastics are LIVE tonight at 7:30pm at the Shack!

Flinders Lane: The Jazz Jam session begins at 8pm!

Ponus Yacht Club: Mid-Life Crisis plays LIVE classic rock tonight at 7:30pm! (Gotta love the name of this band lol)

Bartaco: The one and only Dancin’ Mark is in the House tonight!

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

Bradfords: RyFy is BACK upstairs tonight!

Casey’s Tavern: DJ Nate Slate bringing back Fresh Friday’s tonight!

There you go guys and as always…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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