Darien Soundings

Dear Darien,

Are you a Darien dog owner and are unsure what you can and cannot do with your four-legged friend(s) in our parks? Well you are in luck! The new page, "Darien Digs Dogs" offers a list of all Darien dog-friendly parks and the Doggy-Do’s and Doggy-Don’ts for each one. The Darien Digs Dogs goal is to educate dog residents about what we can and can't do in our Parks, so that we have a well-informed community. Let's enjoy our parks together, in a safe and healthy way!

Check out “Darien Digs Dogs” here.


How's this for a feel good story to get you through the day? Darien native, Sophie Long, age 25, is being recognized for donating 60 percent of her liver last month. The donation went to Caitlin Balint, age 38, who was in the end stages of liver disease. Ever since Balint was 17, she suffered from chronic conditions in which the immune system attacks the liver and bile ducts. Both women bonded over their mutual love for running and hope to remain life-long friends. Caitlin Balint now has a second chance at life thanks to Sophie Long.

Read this heartwarming story from the Darien Times in full here.



If you are looking to learn an instrument or if you need any music equipment, look no further than Crescendo Music! Crescendo Music is a music store that offers lessons, instrument repairs, instrument sales and rentals, and various other music accessories. This store offers lessons in instrumentals, vocals, and acting! Depending on your instrument and what you are comfortable with, lessons are being offered both in-person and virtually. The team at Crescendo Music is working hard to make sure you have the best learning experience possible, while still staying safe.

Marc, owner of Crescendo Music, loves working in Darien and being a part of the community. His favorite part of his job is the recitals that the students who take lessons get to perform twice a year. Mark loves seeing the smiles on the faces of his students when they finish their performances and when they are getting a big round of applause from the audience. He is hoping that he will be able to host recitals again in the near future.

You can visit Crescendo Music at 315 Post Road in Darien or visit www.crescendomusicdarien.com to learn more about their offerings.


Craving cheese? Darien Cheese and Fine Foods has what you need. They offer cheese from France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and more! They also have a variety of meats, olives and cheese spreads. "Specializing In The World's Finest Cheeses Since 1967"

Visit them at 25 Old Kings Hwy N in Darien or call (203)655-4344. Their website with their menu can be found here.


On February 10th, Darien Arts Center hosted a Valentine’s Day Sip and Paint workshop featuring Georgia O’Keeffe and her flower paintings. The event welcomed participants of all artistic levels and was a great way to get some art experience. Each participant was supplied with all of the necessary materials to make their painting. The results of the workshop were diverse, as each student took their own personal approach to create interpretations of O’Keeffe’s paintings. In a Covid-Safe setting, everyone had the opportunity to experiment with color, blending, and texture to express their own personal styles and to delve more deeply into art and feminism. This was a fantastic ladies’ night out!

To learn more about The Darien Arts Center and their upcoming events, visit their website or call (203)655-8683.


Darien Land Trust is celebrating 65 years of preserving natural land in Darien. With its membership of 450-550 residents of the Town of Darien and its board of 22 committed trustees, the Darien Land Trust is proud of its efforts to protect 220 acres of meadows, woodland, wetlands and marshland, and other green spaces in Darien.

Darien Land Trust provides the residents of Darien with places to unwind and experience the beauty of nature during these uncertain times. Walking trails at Cherry Lawn, Olson Woods and Dunlap Woods give residents places to hike and explore along streams, ponds, and lakes where they may encounter swans and herons as well as birds of prey.

As part of their 65th anniversary celebration, Darien Land Trust is hosting a series of challenges starting May 1st and running through November 1st. These challenges will be announced on social media, EBlast and DLT website, so stay tuned.

Darien Land Trust encourages you to get involved with their cause and with other conservation organizations in the area. Not only is green space nice for its scenic value, it is also necessary to preserve the environment, increase the number of pollinators in the area, and protect the habitats of native birds and animals. Become a member of Darien Land Trust by making a donation of $50 or more, and you will receive updates on the many socially distanced walks, hikes, and events that they are hosting.

Visit their website to access maps of the properties open to hiking, birding or fishing or call (203)655-4148 to learn more about how to get involved.

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