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Hidden History of Stamford

Welcome one and all to this, the fifth installment of my Halloween Lost Legends series and most notably, the final post of What’s on the Menu?. 

I’ve already explained in my previous post here about the ending of this site after 11 years, so I won’t bore you with it again. However, my one promise was that I would end the site on Halloween posting what I love to write about most, the Lost Legends of Stamford.

I started this series in 2015 as a way to get folks interested in the city’s history in a much different way. I thought maybe by making it less ‘school-like’ and more fun (and twisted), it would get you the reader to want to learn more about where you live…and get involved in preserving what’s left of our dwindling history.

I put months of research into each of these pieces and love every minute of it. For me, the biggest problem is that I end up with SO much material, that narrowing it down to just a few stories and then having to consolidate those into just few paragraphs for a blog post is very hard. I don’t want to leave anything out and what you see here is but a fraction of what I’ve discovered. However, I’ve decided that while I can’t post every detail of every story here, since this IS the final post of this site, making this particular post a bit longer is ok…so that’s what I did!

As a writer, I like to tell the WHOLE story. And because of this, the goal has always been to take these posts and my notebooks full of other findings, expand on them and put them into book form. That has been a dream of mine for some time now. Plus, just because I’m ending this particular site doesn’t mean I will stop writing about Stamford. Not at all. The time has come to end WOTM but I will be adding these pieces and more to a future site of mine and I’ll put a link to my social accounts below to keep you updated on its progress. 

Before I close this out (so you can get to the good stuff), I cannot end this piece without thanking all of you. It is because of you that I’ve continued to keep this site up and because of you that has kept me going with these pieces in particular. When I reached out to the community for story ideas, feedback, etc, the support I received was overwhelming. I’ve been here in Stamford for almost 30 years now, more than half of my life, and as established as I have gotten here, I still worry when I present my work to those who were born and raised in this town. You have shown me such incredible heart and community spirit and for that, I am truly grateful.

So now, let us get to it! Again, I had a hard time deciding what would go into this post. I went from the truly morbid to the strange to a bit more light and fun. Let’s see where I landed shall we?

Happy Halloween Stamford and Thank You for 11 Years. 🙂

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

Newfield Cemetery Stamford, CT (personal photo)

Forget the Third Rail…Beware the Cut & Crossing: Stamford became part of the NY/New Haven/Hartford railroad system in 1848. It was a big move for the up and coming industrial city with goods manufactured here now being able to be transported more easily to New York and other areas. But with the good, came the dangerous…

In the early days of the rail system, the tracks were flush with the streets. And while trains certainly did not travel at the speeds they do today, crossing them with a horse and carriage or by foot, could prove to be deadly. At times, one could not hear a train coming and the inevitable would take place. Just as today we have train gates that lower to signal an oncoming train, back in the day, they put flagmen at certain areas to let folks know when a train was coming. However, they were human and accidents still happened.

There are two sections of tracks that saw so much death and anguish, that they were legendary throughout the railroad community. Both in Stamford and known as Taylor’s Crossing and  Selleck’s Cut, they were unfortunate examples of the dangers of early rail travel. Add to this, while other towns had speed limit laws regarding the trains, Stamford did not. As an example, Bridgeport had a limit of 8mph while trains in Stamford could go as high as 25mph. Express trains in particular took full advantage of this to make up the time lost in other cities.

One particular and tragic death at Taylor’s Crossing, an area that as far as I’ve been able to tell is towards the Greenwich border, happened in December of 1880. 17 year old Harriet Davenport who was travelling with her uncle John L. Davenport and the daughter of Rev. J. W. Hyde, was killed when the carriage they were in was struck by an oncoming train. They had been waiting for one train to pass but did not hear the second coming from the other direction. Miss Davenport was thrown from the carriage and her head struck a rock and she was killed instantly. Miss Hyde was thrown down an embankment and injured but both she and Mr. Davenport, who himself suffered some cuts and other injuries, survived.

Due to over a dozen deaths in a 10 year span, in 1888, an arrangement had been made between the town of Stamford and the Railroad Company to abolish the Taylor’s Crossing site. It was considered a ‘grade crossing’, (where railroads and roads cross at the same level) and due to the risks, the company was determined to get rid of all grade crossings along their routes. By the mid 1890’s, iron bridges were built for vehicles over the tracks so that they could avoid contact at the busiest and most dangerous points.

Selleck’s Cut, which crossed with Selleck Street, was the other spot known for its trail of death. For this length of track, what added to its danger was the sharp “S” curve that really, when you look at the map of its layout, one can’t help but wonder if they could have avoided this danger from day one. It was noted that between 1901 and 1903 a dozen people had been killed in those two years alone in at the Cut. 

Two tragic examples of folks trying to cross the tracks on foot at Selleck’s Cut include the 1887 deaths of both local confectioner, Mr. J. H. Ficken and his 14 year old son and later in 1903, when Mrs. Patrick King had every bone shattered by a train while walking home with groceries and crossing the tracks. The medical examiner made a point of saying that there was “not one whole bone left in her body.”

This area saw it’s share of train deaths over those early years. The suidcide of 35 year old Michael Nevins was particularly gruesome. In 1903, he was walking near the tracks not far from Selleck’s Cut and timed it so that when the train came, he jumped in front of it just in time and to be decapatated and his body mangled on impact.

Selleck’s Cut was also the target of sabotage on several occasions with both rocks and railroad ties left loose as well as secured on the tracks to promote derailments. This happened a few times with some placed by vagrants, some by pranksters and one time by workers who were protesting working conditions.

While Stamford had many deaths in the first 50+ years of having a rail system, (in 1884 alone there were 9 deaths along its tracks), Taylor’s Crossing and Selleck’s Cut were the two spots that were the scariest. It is a tragic part of our history that was brought on by the advent of a new era of progress.

I think the question here is this…with so many sudden and tragic endings in such a concentrated area, are there spirits left behind? It is my understanding that a school that used to be near the tracks years ago (no longer there) had been haunted. Perhaps other locations in this area may also be feeling the effects of wandering souls taken oh so quickly and wondering exactly what happened to them all those years ago.

Selleck’s Cut 1868 Map of Stamford (personal collection)

Hidden in Plain Sight: With so much of our town’s history being lost to overdevelopment, if you really take a moment to look, you just might find that there is still some of older Stamford all around. Subtle reminders of our past with ghost signs on the sides of buildings; historic barns that are still standing; small family cemeteries of those who came before us; small dedication plaques on bridges, in parks, on benches, things you may never have taken notice of before, but now, may start to seek them out and find there’s more out there than you ever realized.

One part of our history that has intrigued me through the years are the schools that are no longer around. When I moved to Stamford in 1994, I noticed that some of the homes on our street didn’t look quite like regular homes. I had done some research and found that there was once a rather large school here and the homes were part of the property. After that, I began to look more carefully at places around the city to see if I could spot other out of place objects and that is how my love of this city and it’s history began.

So let’s go back a bit…

While Stamford was founded in 1641, the first public school wasn’t built until 1671. When the original meeting house was torn down to make way for a larger one, some of the wood was used to build the first school across the way on the property of what is now our Town Hall. Originally a one room, unheated schoolhouse, they didn’t get heat until 1685 when a new school was built to accommodate the growing number of students. Over the years as the town grew and expanded, more schools were added to be closer to where the families were in different parts of the area.

The evolution of the Stamford school districts has ebbed and flowed with the times. Schools have come and gone, some having outlived their usefulness, some torn down because of age or because districts consolidated and a couple even burned down. However, some of the older structures are still with us as reminders of a time long gone by.

There are a couple that are quite obviously still noticeable as former school buildings. The first that comes to mind is the former Glenbrook School on Crescent St. which is now home to the Glenbrook Community Center. The other is the former Willard then Martha Hoyt School built in 1914 which now houses the Stamford History Center. Both are imposing stone structures that are now being repurposed for such good works and keeping the history alive!

Now of course while these two examples are right out there for all to see, there are a few that aren’t as obvious. There are several former one room school houses, eight in all, from Stamford’s past that thankfully unlike other historical burildings, were not torn down but rather continue to be used and their histories added onto in the process.

Four of these former schools: Roxbury, High Ridge, North Stamford and Bangall Schools are have all been repurposed for the public to see and use. Roxbury School is now a Real Estate office at the meeting of Roxbury and Long Ridge Roads; the old High Ridge School building is part of the side hall structure of the old Korean Methodist Church on upper High Ridge Road; the former Bangall Schoolhouse is part of the Grace Church facility at the corner of Roxbury & Westover Roads; and the old North Stamford School moved to reside across from the historic North Stamford Community Church to become their Guild House. Once you see them, you can completely see the original schools and visualize how they must have looked many years ago.

The other four one room schools have been turned into additions of private homes. For these, I will not be giving specific addresses but rather just the streets they now reside on…

The old Hunting Ridge School building has been added on to a home on Dannell Drive; On Riverbank Road, you may just spot the old Farms School; The Scofieltown School was moved to Brookdale Road and The Turn of River School was moved a bit and now resides a little more south on Turn of River Road. 

Knowing that these one room buildings still exist in a city that is constantly evolving is really quite something. That they have survived the wrecking balls all around us and have lived to let their stories continue is something we need to more of here. That they were once schoolhouses and we continue to learn from them makes this even better.

Just one more thing…I’ve heard inklings that one (or more) of these old school buildings may be haunted! Again won’t say which ones, but really, don’t all schools have a ghost or two in them? 

Grace Church (Google Earth)

One House, Three Artists and a Monster: There is house in North Stamford that at different times, had many special residents. And while all different in character, there are three in particular that had one thing in common…they were all artists in their own right.

One was a sculptor who gave this county the majestic stone carving of presidential heads on the side of a mountain. One gave us laughs in the comics section of the newspaper. And one gave us monsters and zombies in Stamford…oh my!

The first to reside at the home on Wire Mill Road was the sculptor Gutzon Borglum. The gentleman artist who created and sculpted Mount Rushmore was a resident of North Stamford from 1914-1924. He bought the original property with a borrowed $40,000 in 1909 and then proceeded to buy up many more parcels of land to create his compound later named “Borgland”. (Ironically at the time of this writing, the house went up for sale during the research of this piece and is pending for $1,099,000.00.) 

Part of the estate included a studio for the artist to create works and later, this studio would house two other artists.

Mort Walker, a Stamford icon, was the third in this trio to own the house and work in that studio. Mr. Walker created the great comic strips Beetle Bailey and Hi & Lois which are still loved by millions of folks today thanks to his sons Brian and Greg who continue to produce them. Mr. Walker also gave us the National Cartoon Museum, once housed in Greenwich and now located in Florida and was a veteran of World War II. We lost Mr. Walker in 2018 at the age of 94 when he passed in the house of pneumonia.

So much can be written on both Mr. Walker and Gutzon Borglum and of course, a lot has already and for good reason. However, what brings us here today is the “middle child” of this trio of artists who resided in this North Stamford home. This actor, writer and director of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s gave us the perfect gift for Halloween cult movie lovers everywhere…two horror movies that well, make Plan 9 from Outer Space seem like Oscaar worthy pieces of art. They are in that lovely genre of “so bad they’re awesome” and what makes these films even better was that they were filmed right here in Stamford!

Del Tenney was a renowned actor in theatrical productions from Broadway to the Washington DC area. He and his wife, actress Margot Hartman gave Stamford the Hartman Theater on Atlantic Street (Part of the SCA — now known as the Palace and Rich Forum theaters. According to newspaper ads in the 70’s and 80’s, the address shows where the Rich Forum is however, they also had works done where the Palace is now. Will happily correct this information if clarified in the future). 

Known as “the B-movie King of Connecticut”, in 1964, Mr. Tenney gave us two ultra campy 60’s movies. One had that oh so perfectly beachy vibe of the times. The Horror of Party Beach not only embodied the films of the era but also celebrated our city at the same time.

The beach scenes were filmed on Shippan Point; High Ridge Road was featured with familiar businesses that (thankfully) still stand, but under different names. The shop scene was filmed at what is now Fusaro’s Deli, but was known then as K’s Market. To give a nod to his home where the movie was produced, Tenney also mentions Wire Mill Road as well as shows the street sign for the area. And to make this whole thing even better, Stamford residents were used in the filming for extras throughout the movie.

The plot is one of legends…radioactive waste leaks from a drum that was on a boat that sunk in the water off the coast and the waste just happens to land on a skeleton underneath the water. The skeleton then transforms into a monster that was once described by another late great Stamford resident, Gilda Radner in the movie “It Came from Hollywood” as “a big monster with a lot of hot dogs in his mouth.” Lots of murders happen and of course, there is dancing on the beach. You can’t make this stuff up. Well, maybe you can!

Known as both one of the worst movies of all time as well as one of Stephen King’s favorite movies, this take-off of 1960’s beach musicals is a gem that whether you watch the original or the MT3K sendup of the film, it is one that Stamford locals should see at least once. 

Party Beach is not the only one Tenney filmed and produced here by the way. In fact, his other 1964 film, The Curse of the Living Corpse has an added bonus to it’s classic-ness! This movie is the film debut of none other than Jaws legend Roy Scheider! 

Another gem that the American Film institute labeled as “generally scathing”, this is another one that cult movie lovers need to add to their bucket list of must see films. Set in 1892, a series of murders happens after the patriarch of the family, a man with a fear of being buried alive, passes away. Is it his corpse that comes back for revenge or could it be something more sinister? Like sands through the hourglass, these are the zombies of our lives.

Which leads us back to that house on Wire Mill Road…

These three gentleman who lived there with their families all gave us something special. And whether it was a giant stone cutting, a few laughs on a Sunday morning or movies that will live in infamy, we should never take for granted the history our homes and properties have. The beautiful log cabin style house that was built in 1877 is a rare gem in Stamford. Not only that it is still standing, which these days is a miracle, but one that if those walls could talk, would scream out stories for years and years. What they must have seen over the last century and a half has truly been fascinating and it is homes like this that must be preserved.

As a wonderful addition to this particular piece, this house has for years, been rumored to be haunted! Is it the spirit of Gutzon Borglam who never got to see Mt. Rushmore finished before he passed or did the monsters of Del Tenney’s movies decide they wanted to come to life? 

Anyway you look at it, that one house has a history unlike no other…and may it live on for generations to come.

“…a lot of hot dogs in his mouth”

That’s all folks!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these pieces as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing them to you and it is on this note that I take my leave of my site of the last 11 years. 

What’s on the Menu? aka. WOTM (wha-tum) has been a true labor of love. But one that opened doors for me I never knew I could walk through and for that, I am truly grateful.

I can’t thank you all enough for your support over the years and have been so overwhelmed with the response to this series. It has been an incredible experience and one that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Thank you for coming along on this ride with me and I wish you all a very happy and safe Halloween. 

I can’t leave without one more thing… Keep it Local Stamford!!! 🙂

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To read my previous Halloween posts here on WOTM:

Legends and Lore of Stamford (WOTM Halloween 2019)

Twisted Tales of Stamford (WOTM Halloween 2018)

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

Featured in Ignacio Laguarda’s Halloween piece for CT Insider in 2019!

For all of my links including my shops and writing pages (which will be updated when my new site gets going and new Stamford history posts added):

Linktr.ee/StuffWeFind

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#wotm #keepitlocal #stamford #halloween #lostlegendsofstamford #hiddenhistory #stamfordhistorycenter #stamfordhistory #hauntings #movies #localhistory #bmovies #railroads #trains #legendsandlore

The Time Has come…


Hey guys,

Well, I don’t even know how to start this. In a nutshell, I’ve decided that after almost 11 years of running What’s on the Menu? (Aka WTOM) I will be stepping away from the site. My last post will be my fifth and final installment (for this site anyway) of my Lost Legends of Stamford series. The piece will be posted at its traditional time of the stroke of midnight on Halloween!

I’m sure this news isn’t exactly a shock. Due to issues with my health and other personal and professional reasons, I’ve pulled away from WOTM quite a bit over the last few years. Frankly, what started out as a labor of love…just became labor. 

WOTM started out as a small site and thanks to word of mouth, grew to be something quite special. I wanted to make a place that supported our city, the businesses and the special places like the library, the museum and nature center and of course, the Stamford History Center. As the city started growing more, so did the happenings lists that I’d post daily. What began as lists of just five or six spots grew to dozens of places at any given time. 

At its peak, I was able to take part in and cover local events, make wonderful friends and contacts and grow to love the history of Stamford even more.

It is because of its history that I have been outspoken about the overdevelopment of Stamford and decided a few years back to create the Lost Legends series for Halloween. My hope was that by getting folks interested in the history of the city in a more unusual way, we could help save what’s left of it. Whether or not that will happen, I’m very proud of the work I’ve done on it so far and the hope is to one day get the years worth of work published…both what you see on the site and the many pages off site I have written on these subjects.

That is why I have decided that the piece I’m working on now for this year’s installment will be my last post for What’s in the Menu?. Although I won’t be continuing to update this particular site, I won’t taking WOTM down and will keep it up as a kind of archive. I will however be reposting some of my work from here to a new personal site in the future where I hope to continue to add to not only this series but my other writings as well.

As for WOTM, while the posts on the actual website had dwindled from one and sometimes two a day down to once or twice a year and the Instagram posts have declined as well, the Facebook page has continued. However I will be pulling back even more on that but I’m sure a post here and there may still turn up!

To the DJs, KJs and bands that always had my back; To the managers and owners of local businesses who would come through with gift cards for local events; To the event organizers who recognized my work and invited me to the party; To my friends and family who lent a hand and helped me out when I needed it…and of course…to my followers…I am so eternally grateful for the love and support I’ve had over the years. For without you, there would not have been a site at all!

It has been a wild ride and one that I’m immensely proud of and I thank you all for taking the journey with me. I hope my upcoming final post will live up to the last few and hope that you will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed bringing them to you. 

Thank you Stamford for the last decade plus and may you all stay safe, stay healthy and continue to Keep it Local!

Most sincerely,

Christie 🙂

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Lost Legends of Stamford 2020: https://onthemenuct.com/2020/10/31/lost-legends-of-stamford/

Links to my sites, shops, social and more: linktr.ee/StuffWeFind 

National Day of Healing

With thanks to Jane L. Love for the following…

On Sunday August 25 at 3:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Stamford will be ringing the Carillon Bells to commemorate the National Day of Healing for the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English occupied North American. The bells will toll 4 minutes, one for each century.

The first landing of enslaved Africans was at Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, now part of the Fort Monroe National Monument, a unit of the National Park System. The anniversary will be commemorated at Fort Monroe as a day of healing and reconciliation. The park and its partners have invited all 419 national parks, NPS programs, community partners and the public to come together and ring bells simultaneously across the nation.

After the 4 minute bell tolling, carillonneur Marietta Douglas will give a short concert commemorating the occasion. The carillon at First Presbyterian Church stands 260 feet and contains 56 bells weighing from 15 to 6,820.

#thefishchurch
#RingtoRemember
#400years

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/partnerships/bell-ringing-for-400th.htm

#wotm #keepitlocal #stamfordhistory #knowwheretogo

Best of the Gold Coast 2019 Ticket Giveaway

The  time has come WOTM followers! Time for us to get ready to give away two (2) sets of two (2) tickets for this Thursday’s Best of the Gold Coast 2019 event!

This year’s bash is being held at the Greenwich Hyatt and details on the event as well as a 25% off ticket discount code can be found on our site at: bit.ly/BOGC2019

Remember, this is a FACEBOOK ONLY contest.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. You MUST be a WOTM follower on Facebook.
  2. In the comment section of the contest post ON FACEBOOK, let us know your favorite thing to do in Stamford that doesn’t involve bars or restaurants. (Ex. Go to the beach, balloon parade, nature center, etc.)
  3. You can only comment ONCE. No tagging, images or gifs allowed. Just looking for a simple comment.
  4. You have until 6pm Monday to leave your comment.
  5. The names of those who participated will be collected and checked (to make sure you are in fact a follower) and then drawn at random. It won’t matter if you are first or last to comment, everyone will have the same chance.
  6. Winners will be announced at 9pm Monday on Facebook and will be contacted privately on how to collect their prizes.
  7. Any questions can be direct messaged to me on FB, PLEASE do not ask questions in the comments. Comments are reserved for entries only!
  8. Remember, comments done on WOTM’s site, Twitter or Instagram will NOT be eligible. The only comments that will be considered as official entries will be the ones on the contest’s Facebook post.
  9. This is a 21 and older event, so only those 21 and older may participate in the ticket giveaway.
  10. Be sure to share the contest post with your friends! If you don’t win but they do, maybe they will take you!!

There you go! Now all you need to do is to head to our Facebook page (see link on right hand side of this page) or go to: http://facebook.com/onthemenuct and hit the almighty “like” button and comment on the contest post.

Good luck and remember, even if you don’t win, you can still get tickets through WOTM at 25% off when you order online with discount code: MOFFLYFRIENDS at checkout.

#wotm #keepitlocal #knowwheretogo #BOTGC2019

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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#wotm #keepitlocal #learnwhereyoulive #knowwheretogo

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

Stamford Weekly Happenings: Aug 27th-31st

It’s the final week of August Stamford and to top it all off…it’s time to go BACK TO SCHOOL! We know what a bummer that is for a whole lot of you but think of it this way, it’s about to be Pumpkin Spice Latte season and they make everything better.
The biggest happening this week is of course the ST. LEO’S FAIR!!!!! It’s that time of the year to get your pizza fritta on and maybe win a minion…the fair of fairs is finally here!! Runs from Tuesday the 28th-Saturday the 1st. For more info: Click Here for Info
Just a quick reminder that Stamford Restaurant Weeks are still running through Sept. 2nd so there is still time to visit your favorite place or check out one of the many new restaurants that have opened up. For the list and menus (lunch and dinner) of the participating restaurants: Click Here for Info
Now for this week’s happenings. While not a complete list of everything going on around town, we try to find you a good mix of events from business networking to family friendly things to do, to fitness fun and more. You never know what will make the list and you may even find a new adventure right here in Stamford!
Let’s get to it…here’s what we’ve found for you and remember, weather can change some of these listings so be sure to call ahead. Btw, many are FREE!
Monday August 27th:
NEW:
Sign of the Whale: Women Entrepreneur Social Networking Happy Hour. 5:30pm-8:30pm FREE entry, happy hour drink specials and be sure to bring business cards! Click Here for Info
Curtain Call: OPEN auditions for ELF!!! Channel your inner Buddy and sing loud for all to hear while you go for one of the roles available for this musical comedy that’s based on one of the greatest Christmas movies ever! Monday & Tuesday 7-9pm: Click Here for Info
Harbor Point Square: Painting w/Pinot’s Palette–FREE event every Monday. Two, 30 minute sessions starting at 6:30pm. Sign up on the site, be there on time or lose your spot! (call ahead to see if there is still availability) Click Here for Info
WEEKLY:
The Stone House: Zumba at the Stone House (recurring event) 9:30am-10:30am: Click Here for Info
Stamford Museum & Nature Center: Exquisite Miniatures exhibit in the Arcade of the Bendel Mansion. 50 paintings by miniature artists  by Wes and Rachel Siegrist that look so real, they look more like photos than paintings! Ongoing event through Sept. 21st. 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
Harbor Point: Revolution Fitness in Commons Park at 6:15pm. High intensity workout every Monday night. Click Here for Info
Metropolitan Dance Center: Advanced Salsa/Bachata Class; $15 per person; 8pm. Check their calendar for a list of this and all their classes: Click Here for Info
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Tuesday August 28th:
NEW:
Mill River Park: Musical Bike Ride! Kid friendly event. 6:30pm start time, meet on the grand steps. Bring your bikes, helmets and silly attitudes with you! Click Here for Info
Amore Cucina & Bar: Stamford Social Chess Club hosts this social event of playing chess over some drinks. 6:30-8:30pm. Click Here for Info
Harbor Point: F45 Training Bootcamp in Commons Park at 6:30pm. Click Here for Info
Curtain Call: OPEN auditions for ELF!!! Channel your inner Buddy and sing loud for all to hear while you go for one of the roles available for this musical comedy that’s based on one of the greatest Christmas movies ever! Monday & Tuesday 7-9pm: Click Here for Info
St. Leo’s Begins: 6pm-11pm Tonight’s LIVE music: Undercover Click Here for Info
WEEKLY:
Government Center: Stamford Alive Morning Networking & Referral Group–weekly Tuesday business event hosted by BNI Alive. 7:45am, free event. B2B, B2C, sales and bus. professionals looking to meet like minded folks. See event page for details: Click Here for Info
Crab Shell: Tiki Tuesday w/ Captain John’s Tiki Tours and Rentals. Take a tour of Stamford Harbor and see part of our coastline in a whole new way! $25 per person, 4:30pm. Please see event page for all the info and tickets: 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 29th:
NEW:
Ferguson Library: Mindfulness and Meditation 1-2pm. Free. 3rd floor main library. Click Here for Info
Kashi Stamford:  Wednesday Night Pub Run (FREE event) begins at 6:30pm. 3, 4 and 5 mile options and you can find the maps and more info here: Click Here for Info
St. Leo’s Continues: 6pm-11pm Tonight’s LIVE music: What It Is Click Here for Info
Weekly:
The Ferguson Library Main Branch: Youth Makerspace Open Hours 4-6pm Click Here for Info
Stamford Toys: FREE Make & Take Playdate Kid friendly event 4-6pm! Click Here for Info
Comradity Strategy and Creative Resource Center: Crashcode Hacknights join the tech and startup communities with a FREE weekly networking event. Student come to work on a project from start to finish with the goal of creating a prototype. Click Here for Info
Harbor Point–Three events:
 
Commons Park: LIVE music with the Hot Rubber Monkey Band. (gotta love the  name) at 6pm! Click Here for Info
Yappy Hour: Dog park across from Commons Park. 6:30pm; Wine and dogs, gotta love it! Click Here for Info
Then stay for…
Free Movies in the Park presents The Incredibles! 8:15pm; bring blanket, snacks and friends. Click Here for Info
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 30th:
 
NEW:
Mill River Park: River Meanders–last Thursday of every month. Each walk covers a different topic and this week’s walk will have a special guest discussing Urban Birds. (if you’ve ever been to Mill River or Scalzi Nature preserve, you know how many different kinds of birds there are down there–now you can learn about them!) Meet on the grand steps at 6pm, walk begins at 6:10pm. Click Here for Info
St. Leo’s Continues: 6pm-11pm LIVE music tonight is: Kim and the Other Ones Click Here for Info
WEEKLY:
Fairgate Farm: Farmers Market every Thursday thru October 12pm-6pm. Click Here for Info
Mill River Park: Zumba w/Eddie Calle 7pm; FREE Click Here for Info
Harbor Point Commons Park–Two events:
Tai Chi w/Nana 5-7pm. Click Here for Info
Crossfit w/Carozza Fitness every Thursday thru Aug. 30th from 7-8pm. FREE! Click Here for Info
Metropolitan Dance Center: Advanced Foxtrot! $15 per person. Click Here for Info
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Friday August 31st:
 
NEW:
St. Leo’s Fair: Continues tonight! Tonight’s LIVE band is Free Ride. End the week with some music, rides and games (and pizza fritta)!! 6pm-11pm Click Here for Info
Weekly:
The Ferguson Library Main Branch: Friday Flicks Presents: Despicable Me 3! FREE; 2pm; Ages 6 & up. Click Here for Info
Harbor Point: Latin Dancing Commons Park at 5pm. FREE weekly event w/Vuk! Beginners to advanced, all welcome. 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 post these lists every week, breaking them up into two posts:  Monday thru Friday and Saturday/Sunday. So make sure to sign up for our email list to get our posts as soon as we hit the magic “publish” button!
For nightly happenings and posts here and there throughout the day, be sure to follow us on Facebook. For extra goodies, follow us on Instagram and since we’re also on Twitter, why not follow us there as well?! (all links can be found on the right hand side of the page)
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 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

Monday thru Friday Happenings Aug. 20-24th

We’re back! Can you believe it’s already the third week of August?? We have a brand new week of Stamford happenings for you and two bonuses this week:
1) Starting today and running through September 2nd, it’s Stamford Restaurant Weeks! For the list and menus (lunch and dinner) of the participating restaurants: Click Here for Info
2: It’s CT tax free week so get out there and take advantage for back to school shopping and more! Ends the 25th: Click Here for Info
This is by no means a complete list of everything going on around town. We try to find you a good mix of events from business networking to family friendly things to do, to fitness fun and more. You never know what will make the list and you may even find a new adventure right here in Stamford!
Let’s get to it…here’s what we’ve found for you and remember, weather can change some of these listings so be sure to call ahead. Btw, many are FREE!
Monday August 20th:
The Stone House: Zumba at the Stone House (recurring event) 9:30am-10:30am: Click Here for Info
Stamford Museum & Nature Center–Two events:
Hecksher Farm Animal Meet and Greet! 2:30-3pm. Weekly event that features a different animal group each week. Kid friendly. Click Here for Info
Exquisite Miniatures exhibit in the Arcade of the Bendel Mansion. 50 paintings by miniature artists  by Wes and Rachel Siegrist that look so real, they look more like photos than paintings! Ongoing event through Sept. 21st. 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
Harbor Point: Revolution Fitness in Commons Park at 6:15pm. High intensity workout every Monday night. Click Here for Info
Metropolitan Dance Center: Advanced Waltz Class…learn how to dance the Waltz! $15 per person; 8pm. Click Here for Info
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Tuesday August 21st:
 
Three Business Events:
-Government Center: Stamford Alive Morning Networking & Referral Group–weekly Tuesday business event hosted by BNI Alive. 7:45am, free event. B2B, B2C, sales and bus. professionals looking to meet like minded folks. See event page for details:  Click Here for Info
-Women’s Business Development Council Stamford: FREE class: So You Want to Start a Business with Business Specialist, Carol Cheswick. Pre-registration required. 5-7pm. Click Here for Info
-Serendipity Labs Stamford: Business Meetup– Business Networking + Peak Performance Strategy + Session on Making the Cash Register Ring; 6-9pm. This month’s focus is on sales and guest speaker at this event is Stephen Hilgart from Tony Robbins team! $20. Click Here for Info
Crab Shell: Tiki Tuesday w/ Captain John’s Tiki Tours and Rentals. Take a tour of Stamford Harbor and see part of our coastline in a whole new way! $25 per person, 4:30pm. Please see event page for all the info and tickets: Click Here for Info
Harbor Point–Two events:
Zumba with Chelsea Piers on the Boardwalk. Join Christina Rabasco for this FREE weekly event at 7pm every Tuesday night. Click Here for Info
Harbor Point Dog Park: Dog training w/Wagmore at 6:30pm. Free weekly event. 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 22nd:
The Ferguson Library Main Branch: Summer Crafternoons 3-3:45pm; kids entering 1st grade and up; join in for a story and collaborative art project.Click Here for Info
Stamford Toys: FREE Make & Take Playdate Kid friendly event 4-6pm! Click Here for Info
Factory Bar and Grill: Wednesday Night Pub Run (FREE event) begins at 6:30pm. 3, 4 and 5 mile options and you can find the maps and more info here: Click Here for Info
Comradity Strategy and Creative Resource Center: Crashcode Hacknights join the tech and startup communities with a FREE weekly networking event. Student come to work on a project from start to finish with the goal of creating a prototype. Click Here for Info
Harbor Point–Two events:
 
Dog Park: Yappy Hour at 6:30pm! Bring your four legged family member to this FREE event sponsored by Bull’s Head Pet Hospital. For info:  Click Here for Info
Free Movies in the Park presents Pretty Woman! 8:30pm; bring blanket, snacks and friends. Click Here for Info
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 23rd:
 
Fairgate Farm: Farmers Market every Thursday thru October 12pm-6pm. Click Here for Info
Stamford Museum & Nature Center: Salon Series: Evening Howl at the Wolf Conservation Center 5-8pm. Explore the Summer exhibit Once Endangered: The Return of Wolves and Peregrine Falcons after hours and stay for Q&A with curator Jillian Casey. Then visit the wolves at the conservation center to learn more about them over some wine and cheese. Limited to 40 people, make sure to call:  203-977-6543  Click Here for Info
Mill River Park: Zumba w/Eddie Calle 7pm; FREE Click Here for Info
Harbor Point Commons Park–Two events:
Tai Chi w/Nana 5-7pm. Click Here for Info
Crossfit w/Carozza Fitness every Thursday thru Aug. 30th from 7-8pm. FREE! Click Here for Info
Metropolitan Dance Center: Newcomer Latin/ChaCha/Swing Class! $15 per person. Click Here for Info
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Friday August 24th:
 
The Ferguson Library Main Branch: Friday Flicks Presents: The Greatest Showman! FREE; 2pm; Ages 6 & up. Click Here for Info
LaRocca’s Country Wine & Spirits: Pinot Noir Wine Tasting 4:30-7:30pm; FREE. Click Here for Info
Harbor Point: Latin Dancing Commons Park at 5pm. FREE weekly event w/Vuk! Beginners to advanced, all welcome. Click Here for Info
Traditional Martial Arts: Super Hero Movie Night! Kid friendly: 6-9pm Come in costume, bouncy castle and pizza. $25 for one $40 for two. 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. http://www.stamfordmuseum.org/
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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 post these lists every week, breaking them up into two posts:  Monday thru Friday and Saturday/Sunday. So make sure to sign up for our email list to get our posts as soon as we hit the magic “publish” button!
For nightly happenings and posts here and there throughout the day, be sure to follow us on Facebook. For extra goodies, follow us on Instagram and since we’re also on Twitter, why not follow us there as well?! (all links can be found on the right hand side of the page)
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