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Friday, September 21 News

Community Soundings: Artists honored, Land Rover earns excellence award...

While it was Michael O’Hara, of Norwalk, who took home the Best In Show award at the Rowayton Arts Center’s spring juried art show, several Darien residents were also recognized.

Over 80 pieces were chosen from almost 250 submissions.

Kimberly Henrikson, the interim executive director of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, judged the exhibition and Andrea Letters, of Rowayton, and Kathleen Weinstock, of Darien, were the chairmen for the exhibition.

Darien’s Jan Raymond took first place with “Abstract #1” in the acrylics category and Peter Thoren earned second place for “Blue River.” Former Darien resident Roz Emmons, who now lives in New Canaan, earned honorable mention.

In the oils category, Lisa Thoren took second place for “Bather” and Yuko Ike earned honorable mention for “Mt. Fuji.”

Artists from the spring juried show will talk about their work and inspiration March 14. The event, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the exhibition will be on view until March 31.

Land Rover North America recently announced the recipients of the 2017-18 Land Rover Pinnacle Retailer Excellence Award. Land Rover Darien is among the select group of Land Rover retailers to achieve this honorable recognition.

Land Rover Pinnacle winners are retailers who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and the Land Rover brand. Sixteen top-performing Land Rover retailers are selected each year based upon core business categories including customer advocacy, sales and aftersales.

In 2017, the Land Rover brand reached an all-time high sales mark of 74,739 units and achieved double-digit annual growth for the brand’s flagship model, the Range Rover. Land Rover has a network of 172 retailers across the United States.

For more information on Land Rover Darien, visit LandRoverDarien.com.

Will Barker was named to the dean’s list at Bates College for the fall semester. This is a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade-point average is 3.71 or higher.

Barker, the son of James A. Barker of Darien, is a 2017 graduate of St. Paul’s School.

The Board of Directors of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation has awarded a $2,250 grant to Person-to-Person.

The grant award, which resulted from a recommendation by two of the foundation’s board members, will be applied to general operating expenses.

This is the first time the foundation has made a grant to Person-to-Person, which was established in 1968 to provide low-income individuals and families living in Lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services. With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Cynthia Handel, of Darien, received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Western Governors University, an online university based in Salt Lake City. The university held its 64th commencement ceremony at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando on Feb. 10 to celebrate the graduation of about 15,000 graduates from across the country.

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Dance shoes in closets around Fairfield County are being brought out for polishing as leaders of the local business community begin the demanding process necessary to compete in ElderHouse Adult Day Center’s annual Dancing with the Stars.

The fifth annual gala benefit is March 24 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.

The gala event showcases seven Fairfield County business representatives, each paired with an award-winning dance professional from Norwalk’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, who donate their time to practice routines, hone them to perfection, and compete in this exciting and impressive dance competition.

The notable lineup of 2018 dancers representing Fairfield County includes:

Carolyn Donohue-Ulman, assistant to president and director of Trademark Anti-Counterfeit, Dooney & Bourke in Norwalk;

Hank Fatigate, general manager of the Little Pub in Wilton;

Eric Ferraris, chief operating officer at Toohner-Ferraris Insurance Group in Wilton;

Nathan Gottlieb, co-owner of All Seasons Marine Works, located in Rowayton and Westport;

Karen Kelly, senior vice-president at First County Bank in Stamford;

Andrea Kostanecki, a realtor at William Pitt Sotheby’s in Rowayton;

Kristin McClutchy, owner of Pure Barre Darien.

Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit is ElderHouse’s largest annual fundraising event and helps the Norwalk nonprofit to sustain its award-winning program of adult care, socialization, and recreational activities to a senior population living with aging diseases. Funds will be raised through ticket sales, pledges, onsite voting, live auction, and a paddle raise.

For more information on how to donate, make a pledge to a favorite dancer, or for event tickets, contact ElderHouse at 203-847-1998 or visit elderhouse.org/events.

The history of the American flag is as varied and fascinating as the republic it represents and an exhibit at the Darien Historical Society, “Long May She Wave: The Evolution of Our Flag,” which opened Jan. 18, tells the story of the flag in all its red, white and blue glory.

Among the flags on display is a 35-star flag that was official from 1863 to 1865. This hand-stitched flag has stars that tilt randomly, an example of how people used to come up with creative patterns before it was formally set by Congress in 1912

In addition to several antique flags, the exhibit will include a timeline that traces the evolution of the nation’s banner through both local and national events. Spanning from pre-colonial days to the year 1960, when the 50th star was officially added, the exhibit will feature photographs, a soundtrack with music and voices from the past, and a lecture series on subjects relating to the flag’s history.

An interactive portion will challenge viewers to design a 51-star flag and also to write in a journal about a time when the flag stirred a strong emotion.

The “Long May She Wave” exhibit will run through March 13 and can be viewed during the Society’s open hours and during lectures. The exhibit is free for members, Darien’s first responders, teachers and students. The cost for non-members will be $5.

Exhibit sponsors include M3 Messenger and Christie’s Quilting Boutique of Norwalk.

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