Darien Soundings

Dear Darien,

Every December, the Darien Board President chooses a charitable organization to give back to. This year, Julie Peters chose Human Services, a charity that assists struggling local families in a variety of areas, including: paying heating bills, providing food for families, and providing school supplies for Darien students.

Julie (right) presented a $2,500 check to Ali Ramsteck, Director of Darien Human Services. You can make a difference in your community this year, too! Help a neighbor in need today.

FACES: Lisa Primmer

Meet Darien resident and travel coordinator extraordinaire Lisa Primmer! Lisa, her husband, and their three children moved to Darien in 2007 from New York City for many of the same reasons many other residents do: short commute to NYC, more space, great schools, and a community setting. While Lisa worked on Wall Street for 14 years, her real passion has always been travel. She has been curating and planning family trips for years, and soon enough many of her friends began reaching out to her for help on their own adventures. Lisa joined the team at Elli Travel in 2017 to pursue her passion of helping others plan their dream trips. If you are looking for guidance in planning your trip, whether it’s a family reunion, a couples getaway, or a full-out family vacation, Lisa can help. Check out her travel trends below for the best places to get out of the cold this winter!


  • Bahamas: Atlantis and Baha Mar are very much intact!
  • Costa Rica: For dramatic scenery and amazing adventures.
  • Skiing: Easier than ever with the Ikon and Epic passes allowing you to ski at multiple resorts throughout the world.
  • Europe: London, Paris, and Italy are much cheaper and less crowded than they are during peak season, and they have fun holiday markets!


  • Mexico: Many beautiful luxury all-inclusive adults-only resort options.
  • Napa: So many great hotels to choose from, all centrally located within the valley.
  • Greece: Hotter (not temperature wise) than ever! -Not just for couples either!


  • Villa rental in the Caribbean with staff so you don’t have to do the work!
  • Expedition cruise in Alaska: Beautiful scenery, plus fun adventures for all ages.

Lisa is fortunate enough to have traveled extensively, including trips to North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa! Despite all that, she has many more places to visit on her list! To contact her, email lisap@ellitravel.com.

PLACES: Palmer's

Don’t sit around in holiday traffic this year. Pick up everything you need at Palmer’s in Darien! Palmer’s has everything you need to make this holiday season sweet and stress-free. From their scratch made foods and desserts to their overflowing gift department, you’re bound to find something for everyone on your list. Visit https://www.palmersdarien.com/holiday/ to see what’s in store.

BITES: Sugar Bowl Luncheonette

Welcome to the Sugar Bowl! This swanky neighborhood staple has been in Darien since 1958 and dishes up classic American comfort food in a seasonally decorated atmosphere (Stop by during the holiday season to see for yourself!) Open for breakfast and lunch, customers rave about the delicious pancakes and French toast, as well as burgers, sandwiches, melts and more. Stop in for the great food, stay for the fun and friendly atmosphere. The Sugar Bowl is located at 1033 Boston Post Road in Darien.

HIGHLIGHTS: Darien Nature Center

The Darien Nature Center is a unique, free, open-to-the-public organization that provides nature education through hands-on experiences for individuals of all ages. It offers preschool programs, weekly Storytime with the Animals, Darien Public School field trips, and activities for kids, seniors, and those with special needs. You will be hard pressed to find a community organization that touches so many people and groups in the community of Darien and the surrounding areas. Donations and grants from groups such as the Horizon Foundation and the Darien Foundation make many of the activities at the DNC possible. Take a look at some of the DNC’s offerings below:

Childhood Early Learning - The DNC offers preschool enrichment programming and nature education for children 18 to 24 months with a caretaker, and ages 2 to 4 are drop-off classes. The DNC also partners with other preschools, such as the First Congregational and Noroton Presbyterian.

Send the kids off to Darien Nature Center's Summer Camp program — a great alternative to traditional camps for children ages 3 to 8. Sign up for one week or all seven! Registration opens in January.

The Newest initiative brought front and center as a mission point by the DNC focuses on environmental action and stewardship. The DNC focuses on all issues of sustainability and has created a hub where people can communicate, learn, and take action in the community. The DNC is proud to have partnered with the Pollinator Pathway to educate people about the importance of having native plants on a property and being cautious with chemicals. Collaborating with different local groups on this enterprise is critical to spreading awareness about this important community issue.

Visit dariennaturecenter.org to get involved or to sign up, schedule, or book an event (like a birthday party) today!

BLISS: Darien Nature Center

Sponsor an animal this holiday season! Sponsorships are available for Einstein and Seymour the rabbits, Percy the Hedgehog, Lucy and Ethel the prairie dogs, or Blink and Luna the owls. Choose one month, three months, six months, or a full year of sponsorship. You will receive a plush finger puppet in the shape of the animal you are sponsoring, and Leah will compose notes from the animal to the sponsor, keeping you up to date on their activities. Sponsorships start at $75 for one month and go up to $900 for the year. Your donation provides food, vet care, enrichment, supplies, and more! Help make a difference! Visit dariennaturecenter.org to get started.

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