Darien Soundings

Darien REALTORS name "Lifetime Achievement Award" Recipient

Congratulations to Nancy Dauk, REALTOR with Halstead CT Darien, who was recently named the Darien Board of REALTORS first ever “Lifetime Achievement Award” recipient.

The Board of Directors voted unanimously based on the following criteria: candidates for this award must be members of the Darien Board of REALTORS for a minimum of 25 years, must have served on the Board of Directors in a Leadership capacity or on Committees, must be an active REALTOR still involved directly in the real estate industry, and must be involved in charitable efforts in their community.

Nancy Dauk has been a REALTOR with the Darien Board for more than 41 years. Her achievements and accomplishments are many, ranging from President of the Darien Board of REALTORS, and past Director of the Connecticut Association of REALTORS. Nancy was a principal at Wheeler Real Estate, which affiliated with Halstead Connecticut in 2009. Earning countless sales awards, Nancy was recognized by Real Trends from 2013-2018 as one of the Top Brokers in Connecticut and was selected to receive her CRS designation, awarded to only the top 4% of active agents. Unique Homes Magazine and "Who's Who in Real Estate in North America" named Nancy as one of the top brokers in the United States. Nancy was also recognized by the National Association of REALTORS as a REALTOR Emeritus recipient.

Nancy and her husband raised three children in Darien. John Dauk, her son, works with her at Halstead as a Licensed Salesperson and member of her team. A strong commitment to community service has motivated her to serve on many boards in town including a six-year term on the Darien Historical Society.

Julie Peters and Nancy Dauk

Julie Peters and Nancy Dauk

Nancy Dauk receiving her award at Annual meeting

Nancy Dauk receiving her award at Annual meeting

FACES: Amy Kiser of Jane Street Wellness.

Kick start your health and learn nutritional strategies for improving mood, increasing energy & resolving digestive and autoimmune disease symptoms with Jane Street Wellness, Inc. owner and nutritionist, Amy Kiser. Amy has lived in Darien with her family for over 15 years, working for many local organizations including, most recently, as the Marketing Director and Nutritionist for the Darien YMCA. Amy has always had a passion for healthy living through diet and exercise. Since she follows her own protocol (Amy and her daughter both suffer from autoimmune and gastrointestinal conditions), she realizes that the success of her approach to healthy living has to be sustainable. In fact, Palmer’s Market of Darien is now providing several prepared foods using her recipes to help make healthy eating easier for busy families. Amy is always finding ways for her clients to never feel deprived. She offers practical tips for small diet tweaks that result in BIG changes. Sometimes, just raising the awareness of what her clients are eating and how it makes them feel mentally as well as physically serves as a catalyst for them to make bigger changes in their lives. Sound like something you may be interested in? Get more information at janestreetwellness.com and on Instagram @autoimmuneeating.

PLACES: Darien Historical Society

Welcome to the Darien Historical Society — soon to be known as the Museum of Darien (MoD). The MoD was organized in 1953 by a group of Darien citizens who understood the value of preserving our town’s treasures in order to tell the story of the town and its people. The Museum, known as the Bates Scofield Homestead, is housed in an early 18th century red saltbox and was donated to the Society in the 1960s. In 2009, another original building from the homestead, the soaring 1824 Scofield Barn, was added to the rear of the Museum, and is where major programs and exhibitions are held.

The walls of the Museum are lined with documents like the original “Petition of 1804”, which was the first time the people of Middlesex Parish requested to leave Norwalk and Stamford and become an independent town. Did you know that after this town became independent in 1820, it was originally named Bellville after Thaddeus Bell, the man who led the effort for independence? Bell crossed that name out on the new town’s Articles of Incorporation, and replaced it with the name Darien. Fast forward to 2020 and the MoD is ready to celebrate our town’s 200th anniversary!

The Museum will hold an Open House in the spring to formally announce its new name, and publish a commemorative book Darien, 1820, which will also be the theme of a major exhibition. The MoD is also refurbishing the Middlesex — a Whaleboat replica that was built here in the 1970s. The boat celebrates the stories of the Whaleboat Men, the town’s forgotten Revolutionary War heroes who patrolled our shores and prevented many Loyalists raids. The MoD is also involved with the town’s 2020 Bicentennial Committee, which is planning the official town celebrations, including the Weed Beach Fest on June 6, the Anniversary Day Ceremony on June 12 at Slawson Cemetery where Thaddeus Bell is buried, and the Heritage Day Celebration on Oct. 24 at the Darien Historical Society. Please follow @darienhistoricalsociety on Instagram for more info!

BITES: Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe

Welcome to Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe, also known as UCBC, Darien’s favorite bakery for bagels, muffins, specialty sandwiches, freshly chopped salads and tasty beverages! Stop by 980 Post Road and enjoy not only their “Best of the Gold Coast” bagels, but their friendly, community-focused atmosphere, as well. Take a walk through and have a look at the countless thank-you notes lining the walls, or their showcase of stunning artwork and photography by local CT artists. UCBC also hosts special events including birthday parties, ladies night outs, Bingo nights, poetry nights, book club meetings, cookie decorating and so much more. Book your special event by calling (203) 655-7566 today. See you soon!


Darien rolled out the red carpet with a special Opening Ceremony event to celebrate the town’s 200 year anniversary! The event was held on Friday, January 10 in the Town Hall Auditorium. Events to follow include:

  • Darien: 1820 Champagne Gala Exhibit opening on Friday, March 20 at 7:30pm at the Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Hwy North.
  • Weed Beach Festival’s Bicentennial Bash on Saturday, June 6.
  • Anniversary Day is on Friday, June 12 in the early evening at Slawson Cemetery, Hanson Road.
  • Heritage Day Celebration on Saturday, June 13 at the Darien Historical Society & other locations TBA.

BLISS: The Depot Youth Center

Welcome to The Depot Youth Center where middle school and high school-aged students can find a welcoming social environment away from outside pressures. Known as “The Depot”, this non-profit organization offers a variety of events and activities throughout the year for 6th through 12th-grade students in a judgement-free and safe environment. All public, private, or homeschooled teens are invited and encouraged to attend. The Depot has a Student Governing Board made up of high school aged teens who are responsible for participation in community outreach projects and fundraising for their program needs. In addition to the Student Governing Board, there are 7 high school Depot empowerment clubs, 4 new middle school age Depot programs, several educational programs discussing such topics such as vaping, consent, eating disorders, anxiety and substance abuse, as well as numerous Depot activities and events ranging from dances to community projects. The Depot is proud to reach and serve hundreds of kids a year. Their mission is to build confident youth in a connected and inclusive environment while providing essential programming and leadership development.

Join your community at The Depot as they celebrate their 30th anniversary with a Winter Fundraising event, Blue Jeans & Blazers! The event will take place on February 8th from 7-11pm at the Country Club of Darien. Please show your support for this vital town asset and enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing, a live and silent auction, and special tribute honoring The Depot founders, Ed von Schmidt and Carol Bishko. For tickets please click here.

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