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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!)

 

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It’s PERFECT Weather for Thursday Music Stamford!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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!!!

Remember to use our hashtag #wotm so we can find your events—we support you, please support us! Advertising is also available, email me at:  onthemenuct@yahoo.com

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Stamford Youth Hockey Meets the NY Rangers!

There is an incredibly cool event coming to the Terry Connors Rink on September 8th. You’re now thinking, “but it’s only July why post now?” We are posting this now because this is a super cool event that must be registered for early and is on a first come-fist served basis.  Oh and did I mention it’s FREE?!?!

Growing up a N.Y. Rangers fan myself, I’m already super jealous of the kids who are going to get to participate in this!

Just to make sure I don’t get any details wrong, I’m going to just copy and paste some of the info here for you. The link will take you to all the information as well as the registration pages. Here you go:

The New York Rangers are once again teaming up with USA Hockey to encourage kids to Try Hockey for Free as they host lessons throughout the Tri-State area including, Stamford Youth Hockey – Please note this event will take place at Terry Conners Ice Rink in Stamford.

Each Session will include:

Introductory on-ice lesson with professional instruction
Free rental skates and loaner equipment
Appearance and autographs with a New York Rangers alum
Exclusive New York Rangers hockey stick for each participant
This program is designed for children ages 5-9 years old with little or no skating or hockey experience.

Each Session is limited to 85 participants and space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required. Please check the schedule below and register for the Session of your choice. Please limit registration to one session and one location per participant in order to provide as many children as possible with the chance to try hockey.

http://juniorrangers.leagueapps.com/events/698191-try-hockey-for-free-with-stamford-youth-hockey

I do hope you will check this out. We love sharing things that gets kids involved and special (and free) events make it that just better!

Great way for you and your kids to 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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Stamford, spot #DABug to win tickets!

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

 

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Thank you to Heather Patterson for the info!

World Cup 2018 in Stamford

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

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

 

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Digging Up a Bit of Stamford History!

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

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

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

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

Why dig?

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

So the question should be, why NOT dig?

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

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

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

Hope to see you there!!

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WHAT LIES BENEATH?

 

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

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

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

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

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