Young readers of Darien gather at the Mather as Community Fund Awards Awards

Fourteen young readers gathered at the Mather Homestead for a book club discussion of Louise Hall Tharp’s “Tory Hole” led by teacher Samantha Gault.

The book, published in 1976, is set during the Revolutionary War in Darien, then known as the parish of Middlesex, and features spies, smugglers, Tories and the Mather family.

Mather Homestead’s upcoming kids’ program includes a ‘Become a Junior Ranger’ event on October 9, when kids will experience the national parks and earn a Stephen Mather Junior Ranger badge.

The event is free for Homestead members and $25 for non-members. To reserve a spot, visit

Community Fund awards $17,000 in grants to CLC

Stamford-based Fairfield County Children’s Learning Centers received two grants totaling $17,275 from Darien’s Community Fund and its Youth Community Fund.

The grants will be used for general support in the operation of the Learning Centers’ early childhood education programs, which cater to children aged 6 weeks to 5 years.

Programs are designed to prepare children for kindergarten and close the achievement gap, with early childhood education, nutrition and holistic support services for young children and their families.

Yoga offered at the Homestead

The Mather Homestead offers yoga classes with teacher Mary Ann Freeman.

Classes are held at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays inside the Elizabeth W. Chilton Centre, also known as “The Barn”, at the Homestead at 19 Stephen Mather Road in Darien.

Participants can register for the fall session for $200 for 10 classes or for individual classes for $25 per class at

The school issues a traffic advisory

Special traffic rules will be in effect for Darien High School’s open house beginning at 6 p.m. on September 15, police said.

All traffic must enter the high school grounds only from Noroton Avenue. Officers will direct all vehicles to designated parking areas. Additionally, on-site parking is limited; participants are encouraged to carpool whenever possible.

Vehicles will be parked on both sides of Nutmeg Lane and High School Lane, opposite DHS.

Police have warned motorists to pay attention to “No Parking” zones. Improperly parked vehicles will be towed.

Barnraiser 3.0 to help Mather

Singer-songwriter Griffin House will perform at the Mather Homestead’s ‘Barnraiser 3.0’ event to raise money for upcoming restoration projects.

The outdoor picnic-style event will take place on the farm lawn from 6-9:30 p.m. on October 1.

The event will feature food from caterer Fine & Dandy, as well as entertainment from House, which recently moved to Darien after years in Nashville. His most recent – and 11th – album, “So On And So Forth”, was released on March 4.

Tickets, which cost $175 each, are available at

For more information on the Mather Homestead, visit

Traffic delays during the road race

The Darien Police Department is warning motorists to expect short-term delays and detours along the route of the annual Darien Road Race from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. September 18.

The event, hosting approximately 500 runners, will begin at Pear Tree Point Beach at 9 a.m.

The affected roads will be Pear Tree Point Road, Long Neck Point Road, Goodwives River Road, Sunswyck Road, Tory Hole Road, Delafield Island Road, Red Coat Pass, Old Kings Highway South, Locust Hill Road and Andrews Drive.

Police officers will be positioned along the route to facilitate the fluidity of traffic and the safety of runners.

The DAC has a new head of visual arts

Lisa Rae Koorbusch is the new Director of Visual Arts at the Darien Arts Center, overseeing visual arts programming, including classes, workshops, special events and exhibits. Programs begin September 19 at the center located at 2 Renshaw Road.

Koorbusch, a freelance artist, has resided in Darien for 21 years. She received her undergraduate degree in art and art history from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and studied graphic design at Parsons School of Design in New York, where she graduated with an AAS degree in 1991.

She previously worked for Estée Lauder Companies, where she was Creative Projects Director for the Clinique brand.

For more information and to register for classes, visit or call 203-655-8683.

Author of ‘The Puzzler’ to talk

Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore will host author and journalist AJ Jacobs at 7 p.m. on September 20 for an evening of puzzles.

The event will take place in the Darien Library Community Room.

Jacobs will discuss his latest book, “The Puzzler”, an account of his two years of traveling around the world studying the world’s toughest puzzles and learning from the greatest puzzle masters.

To register, visit Entrants will be entered to win a puzzle-themed door prize.

Discussions about women and money return

The Women & Money Roundtable returns this fall to the Darien Library.

The roundtable, a virtual series, is led by Wealth Management Advisor Julia Strayer and Senior Financial Advisor Liz Maccarone. It offers women a space to discuss today’s financial markets and their portfolios.

The first roundtable took place on September 14 and is available on the library’s website at

The next discussion will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on October 12, with more dates to come. Visit for more information.

DCA honors retired DeMaio

Marilyn DeMaio, officer manager of the Darien Community Association, is retiring after 14 years with the nonprofit organization.

The band are holding an appreciation event with coffee to celebrate their service at 9.30am on September 15 in their formal garden at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien.

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