Darien Soundings

Dear Darien,

Darien REALTORS have gone to the Dogs - CT REALTORS 7th annual Dog Days of Summer charitable drive is underway and Darien REALTORS are helping the state's four-legged friends find forever, loving homes. See how you can make a difference in the life of a shelter animal.

Read more here.


Sheila Daley is the owner of Barrett Bookstore in the heart of downtown Darien. It all started on a trip to Bermuda when Sheila was a child. It rained during the entire vacation, so in order to pass the time her mother gave her books. Thanks to Sheila’s mother, her passion for books was launched. In 1997, Sheila decided to open a bookstore with her husband in downtown Darien. Despite the ever growing appearance of e-books, Barrett Bookstore has continued to be a place where people gather to talk about books they’ve read and enjoyed. Staff at the bookstore also give their recommendations to customers and discuss books they’ve enjoyed. In fact, every independent bookstore has its own character. Barrett Bookstore provides a place for bookworms to come in and feel open to discussing and making special connections.

Stop in and connect with readers alike at 6 Corbin Drive, Darien. Or visit their wide selection of books by visiting their website here.


Summer is here and these bright and unique handcrafted accessories will be sure to elevate your summer looks. Beth Ladd Collections is based in Darien and has a variety of custom pieces. It was founded in 2014 and its goal is to create fun, vibrant designs that are quality made and make you feel like your best self!

Check out the Beth Ladd website to order.


Have you tried one of downtown Darien’s newest additions Pho Fans Darien? Pho Fans is the perfect stop for delicious Vietnamese cuisine, conveniently located at 971 Post Road! Sample their flavorful Vietnamese sandwiches and rice noodle soups. Don’t forget to finish the meal with an order of Mochi ice cream!

Visit the Pho Fans website to place an order today.


Join East Coast Contemporary Ballet during the month of July for six summer evenings of inspiring and diverse dance. Join them in Darien on Tuesday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at Weed Beach. This performance is free and open to the public.

East Coast Contemporary Ballet is one of the co-founding companies of the Fairfield County Dance Festival! With their exciting and dynamic repertoire, this performance is definitely not to be missed.

East Coast Contemporary Ballet is a nonprofit organization that presents ballets that push the physical and artistic boundaries of contemporary dance while utilizing the aesthetic, technique, and tradition of classical ballet.

Visit the website to find out more.


The Connecticut REALTORS® Foundation announced its 2022 Raymond F. Gates, Jr. Memorial Scholarship winners. The Raymond F. Gates, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1976 in memory of Raymond F. Gates, Jr. following his tragic death in an automobile accident. Mr. Gates was the Executive Vice President of the Connecticut REALTORS®. Over the last 46 years, children of REALTORS® have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $1 million. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Connecticut REALTORS® Foundation received more than 100 applications. This year, 62 outstanding children of CT REALTORS® were selected to receive a total of $54,000 in scholarships.

The Darien Board of REALTORS is proud to announce that five local recipients were among the 62 selected:

John Gatt is in his final year at the University of Florida and is majoring in economics. After graduation he plans on attending law school to become a corporate lawyer working in either real estate litigation or intellectual property law. While he was in high school, he led his class in several fundraising activities and was a leader in several clubs including B Kind and Unified Sports. John is the son of REALTOR® Meghan Gatt of William Raveis.

Beau Hancock graduated from Darien High School this year and will attend Washington and Lee University in the fall. In high school, Beau excelled at football, playing varsity for three of his four years. His team won the State Championship his senior year. In light of the pandemic, Beau has played an integral part in helping to give his community access to area events via video by being a cameraman and director. In 2020, he was awarded the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Student Excellence Award. Beau is the son of REALTOR® Julia Hancock of Houlihan Lawrence.

Stella Meier graduated from Darien High School in June. In the fall, she will attend Brigham Young University where she plans to major in molecular biology with a minor in women's studies. Last year, Stella attended the Yale Discovery to Cure medical conference where she learned that infertility issues are often a side effect of current gynecologic cancer treatments. She was also an intern at Weber Lab at Brigham Young University where she helped to create an antibody-mediated therapy against HPRT, a cancer antigen. Eventually, Stella wants to combine her passion for cancer treatments and the female reproductive system by pursuing a career in gynecological oncology. Stella is the daughter of REALTOR® Darleen Meier of Houlihan Lawrence.

Alexandra Spataro is a 2022 graduate of Darien High School and in the fall will pursue a degree in education with a minor in history at Gettysburg College. With plans to become a high school history teacher, Alexandra wants to pursue a Master’s degree after college. She was the captain of her school’s varsity swim team and plans to continue to swim while in college. In addition to being a competitive year-round swimmer at Chelsea Piers where she also teaches swim lessons, Alexandra is in four national honor societies and is a CT Scholar Athlete. Alexandra is the daughter of REALTOR® Lauren Spataro of Houlihan Lawrence.

The Foundation is pleased to highlight scholarships that are being awarded in honor of CT REALTORS® Past Presidents who have recently passed away. Lily Donzeiser has been selected to receive this year’s tribute scholarship in memory of Larry Story, 1996 CTR Past President from the New Canaan Board of REALTORS®.

Lily Donzeiser is a 2022 graduate of Darien High School. In the fall, she will attend the University of California, Berkeley where she plans to major in environmental sciences. Earlier this year, she took 4th place at the Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at UConn Health and was a presenter at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in New Mexico. While her plan is to eventually earn a PhD, she hopes to become a scientific researcher or focus more on renewable energies. Lily is the daughter of REALTOR® Michelle Donzeiser of Compass.

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