"The Highliners," a color photograph by Robert Sachs of Norwalk, was awarded Best in Show for the "Photography and Sculpture" exhibition that opened June 3 at the Rowayton Arts Center. The photograph was selected from 37 photography entries and six sculptures.
Shavkat Inagamov, of New York City, who was selected as a new RAC exhibiting member in May, took first place in the color photography category, followed by Marcy Juran, of Westport, and Gaile Ramey, of Branford.
Shamik Ganguly, of Stamford, won the black-and-white photography top prize, with Norwalk's Tony Velez second.
Pierre Lahaussois, of Norwalk, was the first-place winner for sculpture.
Other Norwalk artists in the exhibition are Ilana Appleby, Ginny Awn, Betty Ball, Irwin Block, Kathy Draper, Laura Dunne, Hanneke Goedkoop, Lisa Grant, Bill Jones, Jim Kahnweiler (a new exhibiting member), Margo Kirby, Lisa Laible, Dana Laird, Andrea Letters, Gillian Marshall, Dona Menton, Rick Pank, Richard Ventre and Jeannette Young Pertz.
The exhibition continues through June 24, and features high-quality photography and sculpture by RAC exhibiting members. Admission is free.
Create a summer signature cocktail
The program is free, but reservations are necessary. The program is designed to entice the novice to explore both new and familiar flavors in the "science" of mixology.
Hamboussi has had managerial positions with several New York City restaurants and has worked with many prominent chefs. He was the demonstration chef for Bobby Flay on the "Boy Meets Grill" book tour. He also trained and cooked with celebrity chefs Vinnie Scotto and Patricio Sandoval. During his tenure at Nolita House, he consulted with Sandoval developing seasonal menus and wine and beverage lists for the Mercadito restaurant group. He also trained with Beard Award-winner Max McCallman, learning the art of wine and cheese pairing and then conducting classes at Nolita House.
He combines his love of food and wine with his focus on customer service to drive sales and build guest loyalty. After consulting with Bartaco and Barcelona SoNo, he is now set at Sails looking to grow roots in his new community. Attendees must be 21 or older.
Magazine names Farmers Market
The Rowayton Farmers Market was named one of the 10 best farmers markets in the country in Country Living's February feature, "America's Best Farmers Markets." So come support your favorite farmers, producers and artisans, plus a dozen new vendors, offering everything from lobster rolls, local clams, dried and prepared pastas, brick oven pizza, pastries, pot pies, empanadas, design your own cupcakes, kettle popcorn, fresh organic lemonade, natural skin care, and handmade gifts with local themes at the Rowayton Farmers Market every Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at Pinkney Park. This is New England at its very best.
Call for entries
for `Seasons' show
Conservation-minded, nature-loving artists and photographers are invited to submit artwork and donate it to the Norwalk Land Trust -- a 501(c)3 organization -- to support its stewardship of 28 public open spaces. Works featuring four Norwalk Land Trust properties will be spotlighted in a juried show in RAC's Portside Gallery from June 10 to 24. Works to be considered for the show are to be brought to the Rowayton Community Center Friday, June 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, visit www.norwalklandtrust.org.
Fight hunger with peanut butter, jelly
The Rowayton community is asked to help fight hunger by donating jars of peanut butter and jelly through the end of summer. It will benefit the Christian Community Action's Norwalk Food Bank. The library's goal is to collect 500 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for the campaign. The program is co-sponsored by AlphaGraphics Norwalk.
Packer Soccer Camps to start
Packer Soccer Camps, celebrating 34 years of operation in Fairfield County, will kick off its 2012 summer sessions and the return of its popular Grasshoppers Program for 3- and 4-year-olds this month. Sessions from June 25 to 29 at Rowayton Elementary School will be 9 a.m. to noon for 5- to 11-year-olds and 10 to 11 a.m.for 3- to 4-year-olds.
Dick Packer, who still has several scoring records at Penn State University and was a member of the 1956 U.S. Olympic soccer team, will supervise the camp for boys and girls ages 3 to 11. All campers will receive a professional soccer ball, T-shirt, medal and camp photo. Half-day campers also will be given soccer shorts and socks. Skilled and unskilled players are welcome, as campers are grouped by age and ability level, with a ratio of one coach for every 10 campers. The Grasshoppers Program will have one coach for every eight campers. Call the camp office at 203-866-4830 for information or visit www.packersoccercamps.com to register online.
Visit CCNS' Art Show this weekend
Art lovers, join the community today through Sunday for the Community Cooperative Nursery School's 50th Anniversary Art Show. The little red preschool on a hill has been transformed into a high-caliber art gallery, featuring a range of works by more than 100 artists. For its 50th anniversary, everyone will be treated to the "best of" retrospective, including artwork by Helen Cantrell, Andrea Bonfils, Claudia Mengell, Lori Glavin, Eline de Jonge and Paul Balmer. The show highlights, for the first time, the artwork of Duvian Montoya, a Norwalk native. For information, visit ccnsartshow.zenfolio.com . The show hours are Friday, June 8, from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 9, from noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, June 10, from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door. Founded in 1953, the CCNS (www.ccnsct.com) is one of a few cooperative preschools left in Connecticut where parents own and participate in the running of the school. Forty percent of the proceeds from the show go directly to CCNS and are tax deductible.
Massey exhibit set to open Friday
Brendan's 101 will be hosting an artist wine and cheese reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 8, for Lynn Stephens Massey. She is a watercolor artist whose style and theme are ever evolving. Her works can be viewed and purchased at www.lynnstephensmassey.com and will be on exhibit at Brendan's through June 27.
Commissioners' meeting slated June 13
The Sixth Taxing District's Commissioners' Meeting will be held on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Ave. The agenda will include: Pinkney Park Historic Apple Orchard Restoration Project; update on border issues; update on SOS/RCA coexistence in Pinkney Park in July; RCA update on concerts and fireworks; locking of beach; possibility of offering commercial paddle board services at Bayley Beach; dog park issues; reports from the commissioners, district treasurer, fire marshal, property manager, district administrator, district clerk, community policing officer, and RR Guards.
Library's spring raffle drawing slated June 15
The drawing for the Rowayton Library's spring raffle for the new "Apple iPads" will be held on Friday, June 15 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25. First Prize: Two iPad3 (Wi-Fi 4G 64GB) and two $100 gift cards redeemable at iBook; Second Prize: iPad3 (Wi-Fi 4G 32GB) and $100 gift card redeemable at iBook; Third Prize: iPad3 (Wi-Fi 4G 16GB) and $50 gift card redeemable at iBook; Fourth Prize: iPad3 (Wi-Fi 16GB) and $25 gift card redeemable at iBook; and Fifth Prize: $100 gift card redeemable at iBook. Only 600 tickets have been printed. Tickets are available at the Rowayton Library and the Fairfield County Bank in Rowayton during normal business hours.
Save the date for RHS cocktail party
Mark your calendars for the Rowayton Historical Society summer cocktail party on Saturday, June 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Join your friends for drinks, delicious food and music by Bill Nollman and friends on the back lawn of Pinkney Park. The cost is $50 per person. RSVP to the RHS at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 203- 831-0136, or visit its Facebook page Rowayton Historical Summer Cocktail Fundraiser 2012.
Sound tide calendar now available
It's almost summertime and our thoughts turn to outdoors and water-related activities. The 2012 Long Island Sound Tide Calendar is on sale at The Bait Shop, Rowayton Hardware, Rowayton Library, Darien News Store and Barrett Bookstore. It is a favorite with boaters, fishermen and coastal residents. Nautical information includes the time of daily high and low tides and height of high tides at the mouth of Five Mile River in Rowayton. Tidal information at other Connecticut and New York harbors also is included plus times of sunrise and sunset, moon phases, apogee and perigee, and holidays. This charming, informative calendar is celebrating its 26th anniversary.
Summer Reading Challenge begins June 16
Young readers of Rowayton are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge. Registration begins on Saturday, June 16. At the start of the program, you may pick up your summer reading bag, summer library activity schedule and reading challenge rules, summer tide calendar, summer reading list and reading log book. Summer reading bags will also be distributed through Rowayton Elementary School to all students during the last week of school. Readers of all ages as well as young listeners are invited to participate. This year's SummerTime logo was designed by Maeve Flaherty
Prepare for hurricane season
June marks the start of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is for a near-normal season of about nine to 15 tropical storms. Although NOAA's outlook predicts a less active season compared to recent years, it's vital for everyone living in hurricane-prone locations to be prepared. People need to plan now for possible evacuations, power outages and other challenges as the new hurricane season approaches. The Rowayton Fire Department reminds us that preparedness brings peace of mind. If you have a good family communication plan and an updated emergency kit, it can reduce a lot of stress when severe weather is approaching. To make preparedness easier, the city recommends owning multipurpose radios; these devices are battery operated with a hand-crank back up and will charge cell phones (regular and smart devices) as well as have an AM/FM/ NOAA weather radio and LED flashlight. You can come to the Rowayton Library and view these radios and they can be purchased online at Amazon.com.
RCA's Summer Music Festival series returns June 17
The 2012 RCA Summer Music Festival series will once again bring great bands and performers to Pinkney Park and Bayley Beach. This season's shows will feature country, rock, reggae, R&B, blues and more. So mark your calendars for Sunday afternoons of superb live music. June 17 will bring Barefoot Truth and Jason Spooner Trio to Bayley Beach. For festival updates and to learn more about the performers and sponsors, visit www.rowaytonct.com.
Events to note
The Pinkney Museum is open Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. -- current exhibit: "Close to Home: Rowayton and the Civil War," a commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War (1861-1865) highlighting Rowayton and Norwalk's participation in the war and its aftermath.
TeaTime on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at the library.
KnittingTime for adults at the Rowayton Library, every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m.
StoryTime for kids at the Rowayton Library, every Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m.
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