Linda McMahon To Speak At Darien Chamber Of Commerce Event This Month

By Alfred Branch, Darien Patch

DARIEN, CTSmall Business Administrator Linda McMahon will be the featured speaker on Oct. 20 at a Darien Chamber of Commerce breakfast event at the Country Club of Darien on Mansfield Avenue, organizers announced.

The event, sponsored by First County Bank and co-hosted by Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, begins at 7:45 a.m. with a buffet breakfast, and McMahon is scheduled to speak at 9 a.m. In addition to the Darien Chamber, other participating organizations include the Norwalk and Wesport-Weston Chambers of Commerce, as well as The Business Council of Fairfield County.

McMahon, a Greenwich resident and former CEO of Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment, is the 25th Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and CNBC writes that she is planning to make the organization more efficient and raise its profile despite cuts to its budget.

Tickets for the Oct. 20 event are on sale at, $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Seating is limited, and pre-registration ends on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m.

About the Darien Chamber of Commerce
The Mission of the Darien Chamber of Commerce is to work to improve the quality of life for
the businesses and residents of Darien. The DCC is generously sponsored by Elite Sponsor-
Darien Rowayton Bank and Select Sponsor-First County Bank-throughout the year.

First County Bank Stamford Employees Donate to The Undies Project

Written by Lucy Langley & Laura Delaflor
First County Bank is committed to supporting its local community and part of its mission is to serve the non-profit sector of Lower Fairfield County.

One way they achieve this is through employee participation. “First County Bank employees raise money for charities through “Jeans Day.” For the privilege of wearing jeans to work one day a month bank employees vote on which non profit will receive their donations,” said Rey Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “The Undies Project was selected to help those affected by personal hardships. We are proud of our employees helping others through The Undies Project.”

Through the generosity of their employees they raised $1,500. “With their donation they have helped put a smile on the faces of those for whom underwear is a necessity not a luxury. This basic need is often taken for granted. Underwear not only provides hygiene and physical comfort but also dignity and self esteem,” said Laura Delaflor.

Lucy Langley added, “The Undies Project is very honored to have been selected as this quarters recipient and is thankful to have the support of such generous people and the organization they work for”.

The Undies Project was set up in November 2015 by Lucy Langley and Laura Delaflor to provide new underwear to men, women and children to improve their lives, and is a registered 501(c)(3) charity based in Cos Cob, CT.

To learn more about them visit

A Peek Into The Future At 3rd Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast

Written by Laura Roberts, Cos Cob's Hamlet Hub

SilverSource hosted its 3rd Annual Autumn Breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel on October 17th. The engaging event, which explored technological innovations that will help us all live better as we age, raised critical funds for older adults in need of financial assistance and community support in our area. The annual breakfast event is the primary fundraiser for SilverSource, which serves older adults and their families in Fairfield County.

Over 225 investors, entrepreneurs, and business and community leaders gathered to learn about innovations that will shape our near future in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, and person-centric design, providing a peek into what things might be like for us all.

“The response to this event was fantastic,” said Adele Gordon, SilverSource Board member and event Chair. “It shows that innovation for the older adult community is a timely topic, and there is interest in using technology to help them live a better life.”

Driven by the size of the older adult market, which is 35% of the U.S. population and accounts for $7.6 trillion in annual economic activity, innovators and investors are creating new products and services that will connect us in new ways.

“Driverless cars are a game-changer,” said keynote speaker Crispin Baynes, Co-director NY Chapter of Aging 2.0. “80% of retirees live in a car-dependent place. What happens when you can’t drive anymore?”

Baynes continued, “Robotics are coming. There are simple versions available now, such as medication reminders. In the future, they will do things like cleaning, and offer engaged conversations–they will be able to bridge the gap in human interaction.”

The SilverSource Awards were presented. Contribution to Community Award winners included Roni Lang of Greenwich Hospital- Yale New Haven Health and Patricia Knebel of the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging. Jim Lisher of New Canaan received the Community Service Volunteer Award, and ElderHouse of Norwalk received the Outstanding Organization Contribution to Community Award, which was accepted by Denise Cesareo.

An interactive panel discussion followed the presentation, featuring Steven Kaufman, founder of Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes; Dr. David Saxe of Pace University and the Telehealth Innovation Program for Seniors; Crispin Baynes of Aging 2.0 and moderator, Steven Montano, President of Homewatch Caregivers.

SilverSource would like to thank its dedicated event committee and its generous sponsors: First County Bank, KAF, Yale New Haven Health/Greenwich Hospital, Mezzapelle and Associates, Plaza Realty, Purdue Pharma, and media sponsors Fairfield County Business Journal, Westchester County Business Journal and Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media.

SilverSource, formerly known as Senior Services of Stamford, was founded in 1908. It is an independent, nonprofit foundation that advocates for older adults and provides case management, emergency financial assistance and other services to positively improve the quality of life for people over age 60. In addition, SilverSource is an information resource center and referral source for older adults and their families. SilverSource, Inc., is a 501(c) 3, is located at 2009 Summer Street in Stamford, CT 06905.

For more information visit or call 203.324.6584.

Limited Seats Remain for 3rd Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast, Oct. 17

Written by Laura Roberts, Fairfield's Hamlet Hub
Stamford, CT - Limited seats remain for the SilverSource Autumn Breakfast.

Registration is still open for the event, which takes place from 7am – 9am on Tuesday, October 17th at the Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel. The annual breakfast event is the primary fundraiser for SilverSource, which serves older adults and their families in Fairfield County.

Attendees will learn about innovations that are reshaping the way we perform tasks, stay informed, stay safe and connected. Come discover how people over age 50 are driving the nation’s economic growth and value.

Guest speaker Crispin Baynes, Co-director NY Chapter of Aging 2.0, will lead the conference, followed by a presentation of the SilverSource Awards. Award winners include Jim Lisher of New Canaan, Roni Lang from Greenwich Hospital, Patricia Knebel from the Southwestern CT Agency on Aging, and ElderHouse of Norwalk, represented by Denise Cesareo.

The interactive panel discussion, which begins at 9:30am, features Jean F. Coppola of Pace University’s Gerontechnology Program, Steve Kaufman of Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes and moderator Crispin Baynes.

Reservations begin at $75 per person. Visit to secure your seat today. Attendees will leave informed and inspired about the possibilities for a longer, more fulfilled life.

SilverSource sponsors: First County Bank, Yale New Haven Health/Greenwich Hospital, Purdue Pharma, and media sponsors Fairfield County Business Journal, Westchester County Business Journal and Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media.

Greenwich Resident Honored at Pacific House Gala

By Greenwich Sentinel

Pacific House hosted its 16th Annual Pacific House Gala at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich on Oct. 6. The event, hosted by former Major League Baseball player and manager, Bobby Valentine, raised more than $675,000 to support the essential services provided by Pacific House, an emergency shelter for men and young adults, serving the communities of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and beyond.

Greenwich resident Alice Melly was honored with the 2017 Foundation Award for her support of Pacific House for over 35 years. A former board member, Melly still regularly serves dinner at the emergency shelter. “Putting a roof over peoples’ heads during the ups and downs of recovery is important. It’s been an honor to see this organization grow,” said Melly.

First Congregational Church of Darien received the 2017 Community Award. The church has steadfastly supported Pacific House through volunteer efforts and substantial financial support for over 25 years.

Mayor David Martin spoke about the physical and emotional security the organization provides. “When we lose our home, it’s a threat to our emotional being. The ache for home lives in all of us, and what Pacific House does, is it keeps peoples’ emotional souls alive while helping them find their home.”

A series of video presentations showcased the impact the organization is having on eliminating homelessness in our area, including video clips from three former participants in the Pacific House Young Adult Program who, thanks to the program, have gone from homeless to now entering college.

“Tonight there may be more people sleeping in the beds in the homes we have built than who might be staying in the emergency shelter,” said Pacific House Executive Director Rafael Pagan Jr., referencing the 65 units of housing the organization created and now manages. Three more homes owned by Pacific House are currently in development.

“We are very grateful to everyone who came out to support Pacific House,” said Andrew Barer, Pacific House Director of Development. “The funds raised tonight will help provide food and shelter, as well as case management services, recovery programming, employment training and the creation of housing. These services work together and are the key to supporting people as they journey towards independence and success – something we do each day at Pacific House.”

Pacific House would like to thank its dedicated gala committee led by Board Member Andrew M. Reid of Greenwich. Pacific House is grateful to its generous individual sponsors, and is indebted to our corporate sponsors: Titan Advisors, Harvey Dann/Wesfair, First County Bank, Rimrock Capital Management, Greenwich Hospital, Purdue Pharma L.P., Weeden & Co., Darien Rowayton Bank, Bankwell, Darien Rowayton Bank, Dooney & Bourke, Pitney Bowes, Thomson Reuters, and Webster Bank. Thanks are also offered to Foundation supporters: Orchard Farm Foundation, The Ruth & Hal Launders Charitable Trust and the Sandra Oster/Stephen Oster Foundation, and to media sponsors: Fairfield County Look and Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media.

Pacific House, formerly Shelter for the Homeless, is the only regional shelter for homeless men and young adults serving Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and the rest of Fairfield County. For 35 years, Pacific House has been serving our community by providing food, temporary shelter and an array of support services to homeless men and young adults. Pacific House helps clients get back on their feet by obtaining employment and finding permanent supportive housing so they may lead more independent and fulfilling lives. For more information, visit

Dave Zamary of First County Bank Named to New England Mortgage Bankers Conference 2017 Hall of Fame


STAMFORD, Conn., Oct., 12, 2017 -- First County Bank is pleased to announce that Dave Zamary, senior vice president, Residential Mortgage Originations, was inducted into the New England Mortgage Bankers Conference (NEMBC) 2017 Hall of Fame at the September 14 awards celebration, held at Gurney’s of Newport, Newport, RI.

“I am so privileged to become an NEMBC Hall of Famer. Getting recognition from my peers in the mortgage banking industry is such an honor,” said Dave Zamary. “I truly enjoy recommending the best solutions for borrowers and guiding them through the loan process to get the home of their dreams. It’s such a pleasure to be recognized for something I am passionate about.”

Dave Zamary, senior vice president, Residential Mortgage Originations, First County Bank was awarded the NEMBC Hall of Fame 2017 Award by Kevin Moran, president of the Connecticut Mortgage Banker’s Association and senior vice president, division sales manager, Retail Mortgage Lending at Webster Bank.

The NEMBC Hall of Fame is the highest peer-to-peer honor for New England mortgage professionals. Individuals are recognized based on their outstanding contributions to mortgage banking in New England and their spirit of excellence in their profession. Dave Zamary is one of 13 inductees in 2017. He was recognized for his contribution to the mortgage industry and for his active membership in the Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association (CMBA), where he served as president from 2013-2016.

“We are delighted Dave was recognized by the NEMBC for his accomplishments in the mortgage banking industry and service to our community,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., Chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “It is especially an honor for him to be recognized by his peers. Dave is a valued member of our Residential Mortgage Originations team and has been with the Bank for the past 30 years.”

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.5 billion and is a 2016 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at Follow us on Twitter at, view and follow us on Instagram at, watch us on YouTube at or connect with First County Bank on LinkedIn at

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Holbert: CFO of Year honoree

By Greenwich Post

Ron Holbert, senior vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer for First County Bank, was selected as a 2017 CFO of the Year honoree by the Fairfield County Business Journal and RSM US LLP awards celebration for CFOs and financial leaders held on Oct. 17 at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.

Financial leaders in Fairfield County are selected for the award for their accomplishments and excellence in financial management by their peers. Holbert, a Stamford resident, is one of nine honorees chosen for the sixth annual ceremony.

“Being an honoree and recognized by peers for my financial leadership is humbling and is truly an honor I will always remember,” he said. “First County Bank has been my home since I started working there in college, and this award is a capstone to my career.”

“Ron is a valued member of our senior management and financial team. He has served the bank his entire career, since starting as a summer teller in 1975 then rising through our ranks to senior vice president, treasurer and CFO,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., chairman and CEO of First County Bank, which is headquartered in Stamford and has branches in Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan.

Westport Historical Society Celebrates Tomorrow’s History with a Gala

By Barbara Peck

Westport's HamletHub
Party like it’s 2067! Westport Historical Society transforms Design Within Reach, 154 Post Road East, Westport, into the hottest venue in town for one night only, on Friday, Oct. 13 at 6 pm.

“We are throwing a bash for the Westport community, with a creative view toward our future,” says Bob Mitchell, WHS Board president. “This first annual gala celebrates where we’ve been and envisions where we want to go.”

The forward-looking event coincides with 06880+50, a new exhibit of local architects’ creative imaginings of Westport 50 years in the future, opening at WHS on Friday, Sept. 22.

WHS has created a vibrant plan to launch a new and improved organization that will continue to be an integral part of the Westport community by making history come alive in contemporary ways.

At Tomorrow’s History Gala, enjoy offerings from local chefs and mixologists – including a Prosecco bar and specialty drinks past, present, and future – as well as live music and “future-tellers” like Tarot- and palm-readers. Bid on treasures ranging from local gourmet restaurant feasts to exclusive private tours and experiences such as Philip Johnson’s Glass House, a catered sunset yacht cruise, a long weekend on Cape Cod, and a wine tasting. Own an original Larry Silver (Gala honoree) photograph or a unique Westport lenticular artwork by Miggs Burroughs.

Meet special celebrity guest, Westporter Melissa Joan Hart, best known as a multi-award-winning actress and film director. Be entertained by the rock stars of our future from Fairfield School of Rock.

To date, generous supporters include lead sponsor BNY Mellon Wealth Management; gala sponsors Leifer Properties, First County Bank, Catamount Wealth Management, Raymond James, TD Bank and Resnick Advisors; annual sponsors Schnurmacher Foundation; Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C.; Sachs Walsh Insurance, Maplewood Senior Living, and Brown’s Monument Works; and WHS Board and Advisory Council members Ed Gerber, Chris and Jim Corgel, Cheryl Bliss, Alicia D’Anna, Joni and Nigel Andrews, Jay Dirnberger and Robert Mitchell.

Tickets: $125

For information and tickets visit our website or phone us at 203-222-1424

Westport Library breaks ground renovation project

By Erin Kayata

WESTPORT — When five-year-old Julian Hinojos got to the Westport Library’s
Groundbreaking Ceremony to kick off its Transformation Project, he wasn’t interested in
the yellow hard hats, shovels or buckets of dirt to symbolize the project’s start. In fact at
the event, Julian kept asking his mother, Hilary Nordholm, if they could go to the kid’s
room to pick out a book.

Nordholm, wife of library trustee Adrian Hinojos, said this is typical of Julian and his
sister, Tess, 3. Nordholm often takes the two to the children’s room to pick out books or
to the library’s maker space. They also participated in the library’s summer reading
challenge and regularly come to reading rograms. The Jesup Road building already
holds a special place in the youngsters’ hearts and Nordholm is looking forward to now
Westport News September 18, 2017 seeing the library grow with her children as it undergoes its long-awaited TransformationProject.

“What’s exciting to me is as they’re growing up here in Westport, their imaginations can
grow with the library,” she said.

The $19.5 million project broke ground in a ceremony on Sept. 14. Construction is
projected to last 18-21 months during which time the library will be kept open to the
community. The end result will include a redesigned entrance to the Riverwalk Level of
the building, which will become the home of the adult book collection, as well as a newly
renovated gathering space in the main level which will be used as a “flex space” for
everyday activities and can accommodate up to 500 people.

Hinojos said he’s also excited to see the improvement of the already existing library
space, which hasn’t been significantly updated in nearly 20 years.

“This project is exciting because it is going to make this library into something better,”
he said. “Take for example the main room with its stacks of books, chairs and tables,
and the makers space. This room will be transformed into a Forum, a flexible and open
space, capable of functioning as a 400-seat auditorium, or with movable furniture, as a
space for people to gather and collaborate. In short, the library will offer new spaces
within its existing footprint.”

“This new space we are building will not only be flexible and responsive enough to
support the myriad ways our community learns, but it will also support and encourage
the powerful and essential connections we can make with one another in shared
spaces,” said library executive director Bill Harmer. “The new Westport Library is
designed with collaboration, connection and community at its core.”
Harmer added at the groundbreaking that he is thankful to the Westport families and
donors, including First County Bank which is providing bridge financing for the project.
Seventeen million dollars have already been raised for the project.“

It takes a village to make this happen and what a village Westport has,” he said.; @erin_kayata

$1 million gift kicks off Westport Library transformation campaign

The Westport Library announce a $1 million-dollar gift made in support of the Community Campaign for the Transformation Project by longtime Library donors and Westport residents Christian J. and Eva Trefz.

“Chris and Eva’s astounding leadership gift to the Library’s Transformation Project is an example of their extreme generosity and philanthropic hearts, and based on their good fortune and business acumen,” said Westport Library Executive Director Bill Harmer. “Chris and Eva are clearly committed to this project due to their love of Westport, where Chris has lived for close to four decades. We are beyond grateful for their profound support of this project.”
“We saw the plans for the project and were instantly inspired by the extraordinary flexibility, innovation and bold vision for the future evident in the design,” said Trefz. “We feel that under Bill’s leadership the Library has the direction necessary to bring this exceptional plan to life. We are honored to have the opportunity to participate in this way and look forward to seeing the many ways the community benefits from this remarkable new Library.”

In recognition of the generous gift, the Forum (currently the Great Hall) will be named after Christian J. Trefz. The Forum will be one of the most flexible spaces in the new Library. Its vast open floor plan is designed to support everyday Library use for research, work and study, as well as access to popular materials and a broad range of patron services. The space will also be able to be easily transformed to seat up to 600 people for large events and programs

The Trefz brothers’ story began in 1957, when Chris worked alongside his brother Ernie at Roessler’s Meat Packing Company in Bridgeport. With newly-opened McDonald’s restaurants quickly becoming their largest customers at that time, Chris and Ernie were inspired to pursue careers as McDonald’s franchisees. On September 27, 1964, their first McDonald’s, in Waterbury, CT opened for business.

Trefz and his family operate 45 McDonald’s restaurants in Connecticut and New York. For over 50 years, Chris and Ernie received numerous awards from the McDonald’s Corporation for their outstanding restaurants and community service. These include the elite Golden Arch Award, an accolade earned by less than 1% of McDonald’s franchisees, of which there are 38,400 world-wide. They brought love and dedication to each of their McDonald’s restaurants every single day and were great role models and an inspiration to all who have worked for them.

Members of the Trefz family were among some of the founding chairpersons of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Connecticut and New York, and continue to serve as Board Members. Chris, a Director of the Norwalk Hospital Foundation Board, and Eva are long time Norwalk Hospital Foundation donors. Their generosity created the Hospital’s new Christian J. and Eva W. Trefz Lobby and registration area. The couple’s most recent gift established the Christian J. Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health at Western Connecticut Health Network. This program creates the first endowment of its kind in the State of Connecticut, and will serve to expand global health awareness and education for aspiring physicians in perpetuity. It is only one of a limited number of hospital-based endowed global health chairs in the nation.

In addition to the Trefz family, there are many generous donors in the community who have supported this project and make up the Library’s Cornerstone Society. The Society was established in 2014 to recognize those generous, committed individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary gifts of $250,000 and above to the Transformation Project.The Cornerstone Society supporters include: Howard J. Aibel, the Nancy Jones Beard Foundation, Kathryn Frazer Brooks, the Estate of Patricia Lauber Frost, the Komansky Foundation, Inc., John Kossak and Evelyn Kranes Kossak, Paula and Tom McInerney, Frances and Alan Offenberg, Roz and Bud Siegel, the Estate of Jerry A. Tishman, Christian J. Trefz and Eva W. Trefz, and the Michael M. Wiseman and Helen A. Garten Charitable Foundation, as well as several anonymous donors.

To celebrate the dedication of these benefactors, unless they wish to remain anonymous, their names will be inscribed in a permanent location in the renovated Library. Name recognition will be given in the Annual Report and Campaign publications. They will be honored at private receptions during and after the Campaign and will have a place of honor at the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremonies of the transformed Library.

Construction is scheduled to begin on the $19.5 million-dollar renovation project in September and will last for approximately 18-21 months. The work will be done in phases to keep the Library open and accessible to the community, and the project will not change the footprint of the existing building. The renovated Main Level will feature an increased number of conference rooms and quiet areas, an enlarged Library Café, a professional, state-of-the-art recording studio, a larger dedicated MakerSpace and a HackerSpace workshop with prototyping equipment and co-working space. The Upper Level will transform to include more conference rooms and the balcony will be expanded to provide open study and work spaces. This larger balcony will become mezzanine seating for larger programs in The Forum.

Funding for the Transformation Project is being provided by a variety of sources. Public dollars from the Town of Westport were approved in January of 2017 when the Town’s RTM unanimously approved the allocation of $5 million for the initiative. The town’s funding will cover the cost to replace the dated and inefficient mechanical systems - the HVAC, plumbing and elevator - which are original to the 1986 facility. The Library applied for and received a $1 million dollar grant from the Connecticut State Library. The bulk of the funding is being raised by private donors. To date, the Library has raised over $17 million for the project. First County Bank is providing bridge financing for the project.

WAC Presents Pianist Anthony de Mare, Sept. 23

By Leslie LaSala

Westport, CT - The Westport Arts Center’s 2017-18
Concert Series, bringing the best of international
talent to Fairfield County, will open with the Westport
debut of Anthony de Mare’s highly acclaimed Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano on Saturday, September 23 at 7 pm at the Arts Center.

The concert is generously sponsored by Joyce &
David Thompson and Lance & Theresa Lundberg.

De Mare is one of the world’s foremost champions of contemporary music, renowned for his explorations forging the worlds of Classical and Broadway. He has been praised by The New York Times for his “muscularly virtuosic,
remarkably uninhibited performance [and] impressive talents.”

Liaisons is a not-to-be-missed landmark project conceived of by de Mare, based on the songs of
legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim. The project has brought together 36
of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to “reimagine” one of Sondheim’s songs as a
solo piano piece.

The result is a brand new world-class piano repertory that reveals Sondheim’s influence across
multiples genres and generations, with a roster spanning the classical, jazz, opera, pop, music
theater and film worlds. Composers range in age from 30 to 80, representing seven countries
and 20 Grammy, Pulitzer, Tony, Academy and Emmy Awards.1

The performance will include interpretations of Sondheim’s songs from the musicals Into The
Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Follies, and more.

Alexander Platt is the curator for the Westport Arts Center Concert Series, and will serve as a
guide for concert attendees, sharing his perspective and insights at each of the performances. A
native Westporter, Platt has previously served as the Music Director of eminent orchestras
around the country, and will now make Westport his primary residence and focus.

Of de Mare, Platt stated, “I am personally so thrilled to bring this caliber of musicians to
Westport. This concert will be a unique and memorable experience for everyone, whether you
know Sondheim or not.”

Attendees will also have the opportunity to view Vivian Maier – a Lifetime of Photographs, on
view at the Arts Center beginning September 15. The exhibition features over seventy color and
black & white photos taken by the secretive nanny-photographer during her lifetime.
To learn more about the de Mare concert or the 2017-18 Concert Series, please
visit or call 203/222-7070.

Ticket Information
The Westport Arts Center encourages advance registration. Tickets for the Anthony de Mare
concert are $40 for WAC members and $50 for non-members if purchased in advance. All
tickets purchased at door are $60/ticket.

Season tickets are available if purchased on or before September 23, 2017. Season ticket
holders will receive two free companion tickets and exclusive access to special Concert Series
events through the season. Free Companion Tickets are also available for Seniors ages 65+;
each ticket purchase of $50 includes a free companion ticket (a two-for-one!).

Westport Arts Center 2017-18 Concert Series season tickets or individual concert tickets can be
purchased at or by calling 203/222-7070.
The Westport Arts Center thanks WSHU for their generous support.

More About Anthony de Mare
Anthony de Mare's performances over the years span five continents, allowing him to develop a
growing fan base that extends far beyond the traditional contemporary music audience. In
addition to the 36 pieces in The Liaisons Project, he has premiered works by Frederic Rzewski,
James Mobberley, Meredith Monk, Jerome Kitzke, David Rakowski, Pulitzer Prize winners
David Del Tredici, Aaron Jay Kernis and Paul Moravec, jazz legend Fred Hersch, and the Tony
Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown, among others.

Since his debut with Young Concert Artists, his accolades and awards include First Prize and
Audience Prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition (The Netherlands) and
The International Contemporary Piano Competition of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France). He
gave his Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall in 2005. Mr. de Mare has nearly twenty recordings
in his discography. In addition to the current release of LIAISONS on ECM, his recording
SPEAK! ~ The Speaking-Singing Pianist (Innova) is the first disc devoted completely to the
genre he created over twenty years ago. He currently is Professor of Piano at Manhattan School
of Music and New York University and serves as new music curator for The Sheen Center of
Thought and Culture in NYC.

Anthony de Mare is a Steinway Artist and is represented by Bernstein Artists, Inc. All pieces
were commissioned expressly for The Liaisons Project, Rachel Colbert and Anthony de Mare,
producers. Visit to learn more about the Liaisons Project.

About the Westport Arts Center
The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through
the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual
arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel
Foundation; Anthropologie & Co.; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Bernstein
Private Wealth Management; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design
Within Reach; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County's Community
Foundation; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; First County Bank Foundation; GWAY
Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; Hotel
Zero Degrees; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover/Jaguar of Fairfield; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own
Foundation; Northeast Tent; Random Acts; Rosenkranz Foundation; Serena & Lily; Shack
Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Steven Mancini Salon; Success Printing & Mailing;

Teich Gardens; Tito's Handmade Vodka; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Wells Fargo Advisors;
Westport Now; Westport Resources, a division of United Capital; WPKN and WSHU Public
Radio Group. The Westport Arts Center operates with the support of the Department of
Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from
the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-
7070 or The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday -
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

Stamford Brews Up Fun At First Annual Brew & Whiskey Festival

By Jeanne Muchnick

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford continues its foodie reign with the first annual Stamford Brew &
Whiskey Festival (SBWF).

The event, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14 at Harbor Point, will feature live music,
boardwalk games, food, and plenty of whiskey and craft beer tasting from over 30 vendors.
Special guests like FOX radio’s street team, as well Stamford’s mayor, David Martin will be in

SBWF proceeds will benefit New Neighborhoods Inc , a nonprofit developer and manager of
affordable rental and owner-occupied housing in Fairfield County. The event is sponsored by
First County Bank, M&T Bank and other local organizations. All funds raised will support New
Neighborhoods Inc.’s mission to create sustainable communities in Southwestern Connecticut.
General admission is $45, which includes admission, food sampling, beverages, and live music.
VIP tickets are also available for $100, which allow access to all reserved VIP reception areas
for the length of the event, food buffet, beer, wine, sampling from all vendors and live music.
Among the vendors in attendance: Asylum Distillery, Branford Distillery, Brother Jimmy's BBQ,
Bubble Tea, Cocoanuts Food Truck, Dinosaur BBQ - Stamford CT, Enchanted Szechuan,
Fantasy Love Catering & Intimate Designs, Scatz Catering & Entertainment, Hartford Flavor
Company, HAPA Food Truck, Kona Grill, Inc., Litchfield Distillery, Longford's Own-Made Ice
Cream - Rye, Original Pappas Pizza Downtown, Sign of the Whale, Spicy Potato, Stony Creek,
The Simple Greek, and The Chamo.

Go to for more details. The event is at 2200 Atlantic