Darien Soundings

Dear Darien,

The Darien Art Center's Smartphone Photo Contest, PIC DARIEN: Images of Hope, Heroes and Home has returned! This year is a special initiative to honor hometown heroes everywhere. The DAC is donating 10% of the profits from the contest to Health and Human Services of Darien.

The photo contest will have eight local judges selecting winners this year. Contestants may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes at darienarts.org until February 10th. Photos do not need to be taken in Darien. The contest is open to all. There are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien. Get snapping!

Read the article here for more information about the contest and to meet the judges.

FACES: Spencer Knight

Darien's own Spencer Knight had a perfect game as the goaltender for the United States in the 2021 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. The USA defeated Canada 2-0 to win the gold medal on January 5th in Edmonton, Alberta.

Knight finished the tournament with a 1.63 goals against average and a 93.9 save percentage. Knight was a first-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Read the full article here on Darien's gold medal winner.

Article written by Dave Stewart

Photo Credit: Jason Franson


PLACES: Local shops

Darien really outdid itself this year with some outstanding holiday decorations! Darien has a variety of businesses all over town. The store fronts were especially cheerful at dusk, from a local lunch spot, to a pharmacy, and ending with a spectacular spa, there’s absolutely no reason to leave! Shop local and visit all the stores in Darien!

Uncle’s Deli is located at 1041 Boston Post Rd. Visit their website www.unclesdeli.com.

Williams & Company is located at 1020 Boston Post Rd. Visit their website www.williamsandcompany.md.

Sugar Bowl is located at 1033 Boston Post Rd. Visit their website sugarbowlofdarien.com.

Grieb’s Pharmacy is located at 1021 Boston Post Rd. Visit their website www.griebspharmacy.com.

BITES: Aux Délices Foods

Aux Délices Foods by Debra Ponzek provides delicious homemade food, made with healthy ingredients, that is easy to bring home to your family. Since Day 1, they have placed value in ensuring everything is made from scratch. They continue to try new recipes and innovative ideas. They offer wedding cakes, catering, everyday food, and so much more!

Support your local business and visit them at 25 Old Kings Highway North, Darien or call to order: (203) 662-1136

Find out more and view their menu by visiting auxdelicesfoods.com.

HIGHLIGHTS: Wreaths Across America Convoy

The winter storm in December did not stop the Wreaths Across America convoy from coming through Darien, CT! David and Karen Polett, former organizers of the event in Darien, welcomed the convoy along with Darien’s three fire departments who saluted the arrival with sirens and flashing lights. Darien is a layover on the Wreaths Across America Escort to the Arlington National Cemetery.

Darien hosted its own wreath-laying ceremony that was live-streamed on Saturday, December 19th, by DAF Media.

Read the full article by Susan Shultz here.
Photo credit: David Polett


BLISS: The Tiny Miracles Foundation

The Tiny Miracles Foundation was founded almost 17 years ago by two mothers of premature twins born at Stamford Hospital. One of those moms, Gwen Noto, came up with the vision of Tiny Miracles after realizing there wasn’t much support to help those with premature babies. Her twins are now college sophomores. Gwen worked with Meredith Daniels, and they created the nonprofit, The Tiny Miracles Foundation. The current president of the board is Marisela Esposito. The Tiny Miracles Foundation is located in Darien, and today the organization is in 5 different hospitals. The foundation provides services to any family who has had a premature baby at one of their partner hospitals, or who live in Fairfield County.

Like most organizations, The Tiny Miracles Foundation has had to shift from in-person activities to virtual activities. Before the pandemic, representatives were going to the hospitals every week, but now they connect with families virtually. It was hard in the beginning for everyone, but with help from the hospital’s NICU staff, TTMF volunteer mentors and staff, the virtual services are now working.

It is challenging for all families who have a premature baby. However, it has been a huge struggle since the COVID pandemic started because there are different guidelines in different hospitals. Parents usually can’t hold their babies until the babies are strong enough. It is also even harder if someone has COVID and can't personally visit their babies. NICU nurses and doctors were using their personal phones to FaceTime with parents. The Tiny Miracles Foundation donated iPads to the NICU so that it would be easier for the NICU staff to show the premature infant to parents who couldn't visit.

Help The Tiny Miracles Foundation by making an immediate donation. The organization welcomes volunteers who would like to serve as mentors to other parents who have a premature baby. The Tiny Miracles Foundation is a great organization to become involved with!

Learn how you can help by visiting ttmf.org.

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