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  1. Greenwich's Rob Mathes To Bring Musical Holiday Cheer To The PAC

    Greenwich's Rob Mathes To Bring Musical Holiday Cheer To The PAC

    Fa-la-la-la-la. You know it’s the holiday season when Greenwich’s own Rob Mathes, dubbed "Mr. Christmas" by singer/actor Vanessa Williams, returns to the stage. The Emmy award-winning and Grammy and Tony-nominated musician, composer and arranger is returning home to the New York City area this weekend to rock in the holidays with his annual Rob Mathes Holiday Concerts.Mathes ...

  2. One-Stop Pop-Up Shop In SoNo Features Wares From Local Artisans

    One-Stop Pop-Up Shop In SoNo Features Wares From Local Artisans

    NORWALK, Conn. – Wandering around SoNo, you might have noticed a new shop on Water Street that opened just in time for the holiday season. Americana's Concept Shop, which was launched in mid-November and will remain open through February, features local artisans selling their wares – from accessories to natural beauty products to specialty condiments and more.The pop-up shop is the ...

  3. One Family, Four Diners: How Love & Fate Led To Fairfield County Dynasty

    One Family, Four Diners: How Love & Fate Led To Fairfield County Dynasty

    NORWALK, Conn. – Call it kismet, a good feeling, or just plain luck. Olga Giapoutzis, owner of the Post Road Diner in Norwalk along with her husband Teddy, hadn’t planned on coming to the United States from her native Greece let alone staying, but her father persuaded her to come to Connecticut to help her brother at his restaurant. Fate intervened: She met Teddy.“And that’s why I ...

  4. Garden Catering Trades Gift Cards For Toy Donations At Norwalk Location

    Garden Catering Trades Gift Cards For Toy Donations At Norwalk Location

    NORWALK, Conn. – Are you craving cones, those popular fried mashed potato bites? Simply bring a new unwrapped toy, gift card, gloves or warm hat to any Garden Catering location in Connecticut from now until Sunday and get a $10 Garden Catering gift card.You can buy cones – or anything else on the menu — with the gift card. Over 500 unused toys were donated in last year's drive, ...

  5. William Raveis Honored For Fundraising Work To Fight Cancer

    William Raveis Honored For Fundraising Work To Fight Cancer

    WESTPORT, Conn. – Bill Raveis, Fairfield resident and founder of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance, was honored at the Westport Country Playhouse for his exceptional fundraising efforts for cancer research. Raveis was recognized last week at the 10th annual Moffly Media Light a Fire Awards Ceremony, emceed by Broadway star James Naughton, which honors the nonprofit ...

  6. From Prom To Mother Of The Bride, Darien Shop Stands Test Of Time

    From Prom To Mother Of The Bride, Darien Shop Stands Test Of Time

    DARIEN, Conn. – Many stores and businesses have come and gone over the last two generations on  Boston Post Road, but one remains constant: Helen Ainson. The Darien-based shop, owned by Rowayton resident Erica Jensen, recently celebrated 40 years in the business. It’s not your usual shop that can boast dressing the same woman for prom and her daughter’s wedding, but Helen Ainson can and ...

  7. Gain From Pain: Easton Resident Vies for Top Prize with Headache Hat

    Gain From Pain: Easton Resident Vies for Top Prize with Headache Hat

    EASTON, Conn. – Migraines with their intense pain, visual auras, and nausea may not seem like proper intellectual stimuli for the next great invention, but it was while coming out of one that the idea of the Headache Hat hit Sherri Pulie.The Easton resident has suffered from migraines her entire life. Not always needing or wanting to take medication, Pulie had relied on her mother’s ...

  8. Wilton Ballerinas To Grace Stage In New Canaan 'Nutcracker' Performance

    Wilton Ballerinas To Grace Stage In New Canaan 'Nutcracker' Performance

    NEW CANAAN, Conn. – It's Nutcracker time.The New England Academy of Dance’s annual presentation of the holiday classic features several Wilton residents: Frida Allers (Angel); Kayla McCauley (Mouse); Blake Baumel (Pixie, Toy Soldier); Nicolle Allers (Bluebell); Caitlyn Lentner (Bluebell); Morgan LeBlanc (Candy Cane, Ivy, Soldier); and Avery Baumel (Chinese, Roses).Lavish sets and ...

  9. Thinking Brussels Sprouts For Thanksgiving, New Canaan? You’re Not Alone!

    Thinking Brussels Sprouts For Thanksgiving, New Canaan? You’re Not Alone!

    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Oh, how far they’ve come! A 2008 survey conducted by the Heinz Corp. declared Brussels sprouts America’s most hated vegetable. These days, however, the mini-cabbage-looking ball is the belle of the, well, ball.“For years, Brussels sprouts have gotten a bad rap,” said Chaz Fable the chef at  Stew Leonards in Norwalk. “If they are overcooked, they can end up ...

  10. Addessi Jewelers Sparkles As It Celebrates 70 Years In Ridgefield

    Addessi Jewelers Sparkles As It Celebrates 70 Years In Ridgefield

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Family relationships are the secret to Addessi Jewelers' success --  70 years and counting.The Ridgefield mainstay is celebrating its seventh decade by praising its close clan  -- both personally and professionally. "It all started when my grandfather emigrated from Italy, married my grandmother, started their family, worked on the railroad and then as a ...

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