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Twisted Tales of Stamford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Postcard image courtesy of Stamford History Center)

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

Rezo Waters with son Ernest c.1900

(photo credit Stamford History Center)

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

(photo credit: mysticartdesign pixabay)

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

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

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

(Photo credit: Stamford History Center)

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

Large pipe structure seen at low tide at Cove.

(Personal photo.)

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

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

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

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

Keep Halloween Local Stamford!

Dedicated to Dantown

(photo courtesy of  Tom Ryan and Stamford History Center)

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Let’s Get Spooky Stamford!

It’s that glorious time of the year again Stamford when ones thoughts go to ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night. Oh and Pumpkin Spice Lattes too!

No? Just me? I didn’t think so! Now, let me get to it…

If you follow WOTM, especially on social, you know that I have a deep love for the history of this city. I’ve written pieces on it here for the site and have posted MANY Stamford history trivia bits as well as worked with the Stamford History Center on occasion. (Check out: Unearthing the Mysteries of the Hoyt-Barnum House)

A few years ago I wrote a story for WOTM called, The Stranger Side of Stamford. I collected some stories that links the history of the city and those who came before us with tales of the strange, the creepy and the ones who still haunt us now.

So what’s with the post here? Well I’m here to put out a call to Stamford folks far and wide for stories of the paranormal around our fair city. What have you heard? Are there legends you know of that can be told around firepits? Do you have an experience you’d like to share???

I’d like to do a compilation story or two that do another tie in with the history. I already have a few more lined up for a new piece, but let’s face it, personal stories make the paranormal that much more interesting.

Email me your stories at: onthemenuct@yahoo.com Subject: “Stamford Ghosts” by Monday 10/22 and I may add your story to the future piece(s). Make sure to let me know if you’d like to remain anonymous;I was planning to just post initials to hide identities but I can certainly keep them off the stories if you would like.

Something of note: if you are looking to get in the Halloween spirit, the Stamford History Center is once again doing their Hauntings & History at Hoyt-Barnum nights on Oct. 25th & 26th. (Click link for info)

So what do you Say Stamford? We have a whole lot of history here and as New England author Jeff Belanger once said: Ghosts are history demanding to be remembered.

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Special Post from WOTM…

Hello WOTM followers, this is going to be a rather unusual post…

This week, due to health reasons, I’m going to be taking a little break from the weekly, weekend and nightly happenings. (note: some random posts may still pop up on social, but the big lists will be on hiatus) I understand the timing of this is strange after having such an amazing few weeks of gaining even more followers, but this is something that I need to do to heal up a bit.
When I started WOTM in 2011, I never dreamed it would become as big as it has and for that I am truly grateful. The past few weeks you may have noticed that I’ve been putting even more time into the site and social posts. There’s been a whole lot going on! (YAY!) But many do not know is that two years ago (next week) I became very ill and it has been life altering. No worries, I’m still here and still fighting, but every now and then, it takes a toll and sometimes I need to step back a bit. So this week will be a ‘pull back’ week. It will help as well as Fall/Winter time there is a whole lot going on, so taking this break will be a good time to regroup.
While I do this, I’ll also be reevaluating some of how WOTM is done. Currently we do not have any advertisers. This needs to end. Frankly, doing a site for almost 8 years without any revenue gets old and when it becomes an almost full-time venture, it’s really time to think things over. I’d love to keep this site up as a resource for Stamford folks to continue to come and find out all the exciting things that go on in our city, but it’s getting tougher to do this without ads. It’s especially tough now that I’m unable to attend any of the events that I’m helping to promote, so I hope you’ll understand my going public about this.
It’s a deep love of Stamford that started this site and we support it fully…it’s why we’re still here, and why we’d like to continue on. We hope you would like us to continue on as well!
I personally would like to thank all of you. For your support, your follows, your shares and your messages over the years. I keep saying how we wouldn’t be here without our followers and it really is the truth! It seems unreal to me that we’ve been doing this site for as long as we have and I thank each and every one of you.
If you are interested in advertising here on WOTM, please drop me a line at: onthemenuct@yahoo.com
One more thing…we will be adding product to our online WOTM shop so be on the lookout for the links! 🙂
Thanks for Keeping it Local Stamford!
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Stamford Labor Day Weekend Happenings–9/1-9/3/18

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

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

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

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

Saturday September 1st.:

NEW:

Harbor Point–Two Events:

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

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY:

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

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

Mill River Park–Two events:

-Bootcamp with Kelvin Smith at 8:30am

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

Latham Park–Three events:

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday September 2nd:

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

NEW:

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

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY:

Mill River ParkThree events:

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

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

Harbor Point–Two events:

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

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

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

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Monday September 3rd:

Brunch:

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

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

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

Roasted Sandwich Co.: Monday Night Fun Run with 6:30:pm start time. (Weekly event) 3, 4 And 5 mile options. Click Here for Info

Bareburger: Family Friendly Open Floor Monday–comics, musicians, poets, artists come show your talent! 6-9pm every Monday. Click Here for Info

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Stamford History Center: For something different, why not go up and visit the Hoyt-Barnum House?! Learn about life in Stamford in the 1600’s in The oldest house in the city. Recently restored to what it looked like when it was built in 1699, this is the perfect way to Keep it Local! Tours available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For info on tours and more: Click Here for Info

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If you like our lists and go to any of the events listed, please let the venues know where you found them and encourage them to advertise here on WOTM. Encouragement from our followers is why we’re still here and for that I am truly thankful.

Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford!

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Stamford 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 close this as I always do…Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford!
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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

Sunday Funday Happenings 8/19

It’s Sunday Funday Stamford and we have some happenings for you…let’s get to it…

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens: Summer Concert Series continues today at 5pm with LIVE music from Maria Tiscia & Rio Bound!

Crab Shell Restaurant: LIVE music at the Shack today with The Straightjackets going on at 6:30pm!

Barcelona Wine Bar (Stamford): LIVE music tonight at 7pm with the Feed the Need Duo!

Casey’s Tavern – Stamford: Sunday Funday Karaoke with Paulie C tonight!

Fiddlers Green: Karaoke with Chris Jack is BACK tonight!

Mystique Stamford: DJ Chris Vargas celebrates his birthday by spinning all night long! 5pm til close!

Remember to follow us on Facebook for daily posts and nightly happenings, Instagram for daily goodies and twitter because we’re there too! (Links on the right side of the page)

Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford! #wotm #keepitlocal #knowwheretogo

Stamford Weekend Happenings August 18-19th

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

We’ve found some great things going on this weekend besides the recurring events. Every week brings something new!

And don’t forget, we post nightly events as other info on our Facebook page as well as other goodies on WOTM’s Instagram as well. Oh hey, we’re on Twitter too! (See the feeds to the right as well–>)

Here it is, your list of weekend happenings…

Saturday August 18th:

Black Rock Church Stamford:  End of Summer Tag Sale 8am-3pm. (rain date next Saturday 8/25) Click Here for Info

Chelsea Piers: Bike Safety Roundup with Stamford EMS and Safety4Kids (S4K) FREE; 9am-10am. Great event…bring your bikes and helmets for bike and helmet checks, giveaways, touch-a-truck, refreshments and so much more. Don’t have a helmet? The first 100 kids will receive one FREE! For all the details: Click Here for Info

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

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

Mill River Park–Two events: 

Bootcamp with Kelvin Smith at 8:30am.

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

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

Harbor Point: Top Spin Tennis Group Fitness — Free recurring class on the boardwalk that includes the Tennis Heavy Bag! 10am; Limited to 10 people per class: Click Here for Info

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

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

LaRocca’s Country Wine And Spirits: Blind Wine Tasting France vs. The U.S. from 11am-3pm! 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

Holy Name–Polish Harvest Festival: Two day family friendly festival with music, Polish food, playground games and face painting…Saturday DJ and Sunday LIVE music. 6pm start time Saturday, 1pm start time Sunday. Details on admission, activities and more: Click Here for Info

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Sunday August 19th:

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.

Click Here for Info

Harbor Point–Three events:

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

Commons Park: Juggling in Commons Park for kids 6 and up! 11am-1pm  Click Here for Info

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


Stamford Museum & Nature CenterThree events:

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

Honeybee Open Hive: Scavenger hunt, honey tasting, hive demos and more! 11am-2pm Click Here for Info

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

Holy Name–Polish Harvest Festival: Two day family friendly festival with music, Polish food, playground games and face painting…Saturday DJ and Sunday LIVE music. 6pm start time Saturday, 1pm start time Sunday. Details on admission, activities and more: 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

203Fit Studio: Hip Hop PopUp Yoga–a new and unconventional twist on yoga that is fresh, fun and creative! Space is limited so be sure to get your name in there! For info: 203Fit

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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. 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.

Have a great weekend #WOTMNation!

I close this as I always do…Have fun, be safe and Keep it Local Stamford!

#wotm #keepitlocal #knowwheretogo

Monday thru Friday Happenings Aug. 13-17th

We’re back with a new week of events for you Stamford! So much going on around the city this Monday thru Friday we had to stop ourselves from listing them all!
This is by no means is this a complete list of everything going on around town. Call it a “sampling of fun stuff.” Who knows, you may discover something new!
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 13th:
Stamford Museum & Nature Center: 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
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
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Tuesday August 14th:
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/173245019959936/
Ferguson Library Main Branch–Two events:
Mindfulness and Meditation (adults) Third floor, 1-2pm. Click Here for Info
Brunch Bunch Club (grades 2 & 3):  Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass, refreshments served, registration required. 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 15th:
Women’s Business Development Council: Preparing to Fund Your Start-up. 12:30pm, Free class with Financial Education Consultant Samantha Cross. Pre-register by Tuesday Aug. 14th and get a pre-recored webinar on how to be credit-ready. For registration and info on this and many other great events: Click Here for Info
 
Stamford Toys: FREE Make & Take Playdate Kid friendly event 4-6pm! Click Here for Info
 
Sign of the Whale: 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
Harbor Point Dog Park: Yappy Hour at 6:30pm! Bring your four legged family member to this FREE event sponsored by Bull’s Head Pet Hospital. For info: 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 16th:
Fairgate Farm: Farmers Market every Thursday thru October 12pm-6pm. http://fairgatefarm.com/events-calendar/
Women’s Business Development Council: Optiminzing Instagram for Your Small Business. Free class with Linda Kavanagh founder of MaxEX Public Relations, 5:30-7:30pm. Info and registration: Click Here for Info
Bartlett Arboretum: Yappy Hour at the “Barklett” Enjoy brews and bites with your four legged friends. ($10 donation welcome). See site for all the details: Click Here for Info
Avon Theater & Film Center: Cult Classics Presents OFFICE SPACE! 8:30pm (leave your red stapler at home) Click Here for Info
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Metropolitan Dance Center: Newcomer Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot class! $15 begins at 8pm. Click Here for Info
Harbor Point Commons Park: Crossfit w/Carozza Fitness every Thursday thru Aug. 30th from 7-8pm. FREE! Click Here for Info
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Friday August 17th:
Harbor Point: Latin Dancing Commons Park at 5pm. FREE weekly event w/Vuk! Beginners to advanced, all welcome. Click Here for Info
Stamford Museum and Nature Center: Astronomy Nights: Introduction to Star Gazing. Begins at 7:30pm, presentation by Tony Faddoul going on rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting and you can call ahead for weather updates: 203-977-6537. http://www.stamfordmuseum.org/
Stamford Town Center: Music on the Plaza series presents Anthony Fuscaldo playing LIVE from 6-8pm! https://www.shopstamfordtowncenter.com/events/directory
Mill River Park: Movies in the Park Night presents Wonder Woman! Hosted by MC J Hype and music by our friend Dancin’ Mark, event begins at 6pm, is both free and family friendly! Click Here for Info
Metropolitan Dance Center: Learn to dance the Peabody! Beginner/Intermediate class only $15 per person, starts at 8pm. Click Here for Info
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Stamford History Center: For something different, why not go up and visit the Hoyt-Barnum House?! Learn about life in Stamford in the 1600’s in The oldest house in the city. Recently restored to what it looked like when it was built in 1699, this is the perfect way to Keep it Local! Tours available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For info on tours and more: http://stamfordhistory.org/the-hoyt-barnum-house/visit-a-stamford-home-built-in-1699/
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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.
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!
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