Bank donates $12,000 to theater, other Danbury area highlights – Danbury News Times

The drive is as part of the Brookfield free Weekly Concert and will be held from 6:30 until 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6. Items collected will benefit local school children. The Town Hall and bandstand are located at 100 Pocono Road.

Harding is setting up a table during the concert to the collect the donations for the snack drive.

People who want to donate to the snack drive and/or attend the concert are asked to bring peanut butter, jelly, white bread, or any healthy, and nonperishable snacks.


Mass food distribution coming this summer

The nonprofit organizations’ United Way of Western Connecticut and the Connecticut Food Bank are partnering with the city of Danbury to host a free drive-thru food distribution event from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday in August.

The program begins this weekend at Danbury High School. The school is located at 43 Clapboard Ridge Road in the city. Area residents can drive up to the site during the timeframe to receive a box of fresh produce from the food bank,and the Foodshare program.

The United Way chapter is taking care of the event. Visit the food bank’s website about its mobile pantry schedule, and pantries, and drive-thru distributions at

Danbury High School is also hosting mobile vaccination clinics at the school throughout the month to provide the residents of the city the opportunity to receive a vaccine for COVID-19. The clinics are being provided by the hospital, which has locations in Ansonia, Derby, and Shelton, Griffin Health, the home health care service in Ridgefield, RVNAhealth, and the heath care center in Middletown, Community Health Center, Inc., (CHC, Inc.).

Logistical and volunteer support for the events are being provided by the Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel.

People who are interested in volunteering at the events can do so by signing up at No registration or documentation is required. Walks-up will also accepted for the event.

Visit the city’s website for the event at for more information about it.


Artist with fashion illustration background presenting clinic

Adele Moros, who is a multimedia artist with a background in fashion illustration, is presenting a free clinic that is titled: “failed painting” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the Newtown Meeting House.

People who are interested in participating in the clinic are encouraged to bring a painting that isn’t working for them skill wise and artistically. Moros will discuss how each person’s could be improved. The clinic is open to the public. Attendees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The Meeting House is at 31 Main St.


Shared commitment in Museum, Historical Society partnership

A Benchmark continuing care retirement community called Meadow Ridge in Redding is serving as an annual sponsorship partner of the New Canaan Museum and Historical Society. The partnership began in July, as the community helps the property’s oldest Historical Society in Fairfield County further its mission.

The sponsorship is supporting the society’s educational programs, permanent and rotating exhibitions, and seasonal events throughout the year. These include art installations, its colonial herb garden, its fall party and more.

The partnership comes as a result of both of the organization’s shared commitment to advancing history and a love of art. In addition, many Meadow Ridge residents made the town their home before retirement, so continuing to support a community they cherish remains a priority.

The Museum and Historical Society was founded in 1889, along with the Westport Museum (for Museum and Culture).

The Museum and Historical Society’s campus at 13 Oenoke Ridge in the town, consists of two acres, housing, a research library with a collection of more than 3,500 works, eight museums, and historical buildings, including one of the first buildings to be designated by the Connecticut Department of Interior as a National Historic Landmark.

Current exhibitions at the Museum and Historical Society include: A celebration of local painter Augusta Simon, and the first American sculptor to mass produce his work, John Rogers.

The community is located at 100 Redding Road in Redding.

The community caters to residents’ interests in the subject areas of art, and history with a variety of onsite programs. In person, and virtual academic classes through the community’s school, Meadow Ridge University, art classes and various off site trips to concerts, ballet performances, museums and theater, and more are offered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The community is managed by the Benchmark Senior Living community company, in Redding, and is one of the state’s most comprehensive continuing care retirement communities with 136 acres and 415 apartment homes that offer independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing, and rehabilitation to its residents. The community’s new Mind & Memory Care option, which is for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia is expected to open in 2022.

Visit for more information.


Fairfield County Bank donates $12,000 to theater

Fairfield County Bank and the ACT, (A Contemporary Theatre), have had a long standing partnership, which has been furthered by a recent $12,000 donation by the bank to the theater.

This summer, the bank recently made the donation to support bus transportation for students to attend educational programs that the theater puts on, in addition to the bank’s yearly support of the theater’s production seasons. The theater’s mission is to elevate the level of entertainment in Fairfield County and to foster a sense of community through the arts by producing theater and encouraging an environment of inclusivity and artistic excellence.

A portion of the bank’s yearly donation will be used to help fund the theater’s fund, First ACT, which is a fund that the theater created to support, encourage, and nurture students of all socio-economic backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and genders so that the students can receive theatrical training, education, and the opportunity to perform from the theater.

The theater is a nonprofit professional equity theater in Ridgefield. The theater was founded in 2018 by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine and Bryan Perri. The theater presents limited engagement runs of well-known musicals, as well as world premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. In addition to fully produced mainstage productions, the theater’s programming also includes a theater education program, which the bank is proud to support.


Weaver giving program at Washington non-profit organization

The Gunn Historical Museum and weaver Ellen Goldman are having a Washington Town Party at the Spring Hill Arts Gathering at 292 Bee Brook Road from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 8. Admission is free.

In the spirit of preserving the region’s history, the Historical Museum is presenting Goldman, a weaver who enjoys sharing her love of weaving with others.

Weaving is one of the oldest surviving art forms on the planet, and Goldman will perform her craft on a floor loom and discuss the basics of weaving, as well as more complicated techniques.

Goldman has taught weaving and crafts to children, as well as basic weaving to adults. She has traveled to Guatemala, Peru and Mexico to study weaving and natural fiber dyeing. She is an active member of The Handweavers Guild of Connecticut.

For more information, visit and, or call 860-868-7756.


Student earns award

Recent graduate Eleanor McManus earned an award from the Frederick Gunn School in Washington.

The New Canaan resident graduated with the rest of the Class of 2021 at the school’s 171st exercises, were held on Sunday, May 30.

McManus was awarded The Dean’s Prize, which is presented in memory of Norman R. Lemke, Jr., who was a teacher, and dean at the school from 1964-1975.

The award is generally made by the school’s Dean of Students in consultation with the faculty at the school. The award also generally goes to a senior student at the school, who throughout their years there, has been the most responsive to the guidance of the faculty there.

McManus also served in the role of prefect, which is a top student leadership position at the school. McManus was also named to the Dean’s List at the school for the 2020-2021 academic school year, for having all of her grades that were recorded at the school, 90 percent, or above.