Darien’s therapist runs workshops for families with tweens

The Darien Library invites tweens and their parents to attend a three-part series on improving family bonds.

Local family therapist and author of “Who Are You and What Have You Done With My Child?” Amanda Craig will provide a space where families come together to discuss common pressures and how they affect mental health and wellbeing. It is aimed at children aged 8 to 12 and their parents.

The first in the three-part series is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, in the Darien Library Conference Room. It will focus on building family bonds and become the secure base that children need.

The second session on October 23 will cover what hinders family relationships and how to fix them.

The third session on October 30 will focus on learning from our past to understand the present.

The library requires that at least two family members attend together, and all family members are welcome. Attendance is not required at all three events.

To register, visit www.darienlibrary.org/event/family-workshop-dr-amanda-craig.

Craig is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with individuals, couples and families in Darien and Manhattan for over 20 years. She is the recipient of the 2022 Darien/Norwalk YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

Her new book, “Who Are You and What Have You Done With My Child” is a guide for pre-teen parents.

The book addresses the issue of keeping children close while helping them cultivate the confidence and resilience they will need to counter the influences of social media and a performance-based culture.

Darien Library Digs Into Golden Age Gardens

The Darien Library is hosting a virtual program at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 on “Golden Age Gardens” with garden designer, speaker and author Jana Milbocker.

Participants will be taken on a guided tour of the gardens of the Newport, Kykuit, Vanderbilt, Vizcaya, Untermyer Gardens, Nemours and other mansions.

To register, visit www.darienlibrary.org/event/gardens-gilded-age-jana-milbocker.

Milbocker combines horticulture, design and travel tips to educate, inspire and delight both novice and seasoned gardeners.

She is the author of “The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast in 2018”, “The Garden Tourist’s New England” in 2020 and “The Garden Tourist’s Florida: A Guide To 80 Tropical Gardens In The Sunshine State”. in 2021.

Conference to explore classified documents

The Darien Library offers a program at 3 p.m. on Monday, October 17 in its Community Hall with historian Mark Albertson on the issue of classified and declassified documents and what constitutes secrecy.

Participants will learn about the National Archives and Records Administration, how it preserves history and its function.

To register, visit www.darienlibrary.org/event/examining-classified-vs-declassified-documents-mark-albertson. Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine in Monroe and is the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America.

Opening of an exhibition of quilts at the Museum of Darien

The Darien Museum will host a new exhibit called “Bits and Pieces”, showcasing a number of historic quilts.

An opening wine and cheese reception for the show will be held at 7 p.m. on October 14. Tickets, $20 for museum members and $30 for non-members, are available at museumofdarien.org.

The exhibition will continue until November 25.

The exhibit will feature the Rail Fence quilt, made of colored silks and satins used in hat linings from the Norwalk Hat Factory; the Trowbridge Crazy Quilt, dated and signed in 1884 and featuring details that include the 1783 Siege of Washington, Five Mile River and a Garfield campaign ribbon; and an all-weave quilt, sewn in 1790 and the oldest quilt in the show.

It was found in 1950 in the Long Neck Point Road residence of Emily Nash Trowbridge of Darien. The very rare full cloth quilt, made from green wool, was hand sewn and quilted to create a medallion pattern, and used a 34 inch loom to weave the green top.

The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Admission is $5. The Darien Museum is located at 45 Old King’s Highway in Darien. For more information, visit museumofdarien.org or call 203-655-9233.

Darien Old Timers turns 61

The Darien Old Timers Athletic Association celebrates 61 years of honoring Darien athletes, providing scholarships to Darien High School students and supporting the city’s Department of Social Services.

The organization will celebrate its anniversary at its annual Sports Awards Dinner from 6-10 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s. The profits will benefit the mission of the association.

The DOTAA was founded in 1961 by members of the Piedmont Club to recognize outstanding athletes from the Darien community.

The 2022 winners will be Nigel Ekern, Lou Gesualdi, Paul Sellew and Steve Lauten, who will receive a posthumous award.

The Community Civic Award will go to Richard Koch of Darien EMS Post 53. The Outstanding Female Achievement Award will go to Anne Rodriguez Maguire, and the Outstanding Male Achievement Award will go to Mike Sangster, who was the DHS college football coach from 1987-1999 . .

Tickets are $85 per person or $850 for a table for 10. They can be purchased at darienoldtimers.eventbrite.com. To purchase ads in the program, contact Jim Jespersen at [email protected]

East Coast Contemporary Ballet will present “Silhouettes”

The Darien Arts Center is hosting “Silhouettes”, a brand new mixed repertoire program from East Coast Contemporary Ballet.

The program, marking the ECCB’s fourth season at the DAC, is set to music ranging from classical to contemporary.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at DAC’s Weatherstone Studio.

Founded in 2019 by DAC Dance Director Claire Mazza and Alejandro Ulloa, East Coast Contemporary Ballet performs in Connecticut and New York. Producing original works, the company is committed to reaching diverse audiences and producing art that inspires.

For more information and $35 per person tickets, visit darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. DAC students can purchase tickets for $20 at the DCA office at 2 Renshaw Road.

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