Darien Soundings

Dear Darien,

Make plans to join us in celebrating Darien’s Weed BeachFest Bicentennial Celebration! Join us at Weed Beach on Saturday, June 6 from 12pm to 7pm for the blowout bash of the century including crafts and games for kids, live music, great food and fun for the whole family, all proudly sponsored by your friends at the Darien Board of REALTORS. The REALTORS are also excited to play a role in many other community events and non-profits including the DCC’s annual Sidewalk Sales and Summer Night Concerts at Grove Street Plaza.

A boat-load of other exciting spring and summer offerings are now open for registration including music, sports, summer camps, adult activities and much more.

FACES: Darien Blue Wave Hockey

Darien Blue Wave Hockey is giving back to our community in a big way! The team spent an afternoon sorting, restocking and packing food items at the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, one of lower Fairfield County’s largest and most successful primary hunger-relief organizations. This amazing organization, with the help of our very own Darien residents, raises awareness and promotes action to feed almost 200,000 of our neighbors. Thank you Blue Wave Hockey!

PLACES: Noble House Media Group

In an effort to help prevent the spread of illness amidst uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, local marketing agency, Noble House Media has partnered up with portable toilet supplier, A Royal Flush, to provide hand sanitizing stations around the town of Darien. Residents are now able to sanitize their hands with more frequency as they walk the town center and enjoy the warmer weather. Noble House is also using its media platforms to help provide small business owners in the region with as much useful information as possible to help limit the spread of COVID-19. "We are not only here when business is good, but we are also here to support the community and other businesses in times of need and ensure that local commerce is able to continue regardless of the situation," said Noble House Media representative Gregory Soltesz.

Town residents gathered around the first sanitizing station which is located in the courtyard between Bankwell and Caffe Nero along Boston Post Road in Darien. Residents are urged to make full use of the accommodations to help keep themselves and others around them healthy. For full updates regarding COVID-19, individuals are urged to visit the CDC.

BITES: SoNo Baking Company & Café

Welcome to SoNo Baking Company & Café, Darien’s neighborhood open kitchen and artisanal bakery offering authentic bakery delicacies and fresh coffees, plus quality made-from-scratch catering. Dating back to his great grandfather’s panetteria in Brooklyn, NY, owner John Barricelli graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and went on to cook at renowned eateries in New York City including The River Café and the Four Seasons Restaurant, as well as Connecticut’s popular The Elms Restaurant & Tavern in Ridgefield.

One look at their delicious breakfast, lunch or catering menu and you can almost taste the Italian inspired goods, beautifully decorated cakes, delicate pastries, hor d’oeuvres and full entrees. SoNo Baking prides themselves on taking an active role in the community. They are strong supporters of the local farmers’ market scene, and their bread and pastries can also be enjoyed at some of Fairfield County’s finest restaurants and markets. Stop by 49 Tokeneke Rd in Darien today and support this small business. Pick up something sweet for yourself, set up catering for your next event, or surprise someone with a custom designed and hand-made cake by their team of cake artists. The options are endless. To learn more, visit sonobaking.com.

HIGHLIGHTS: The Depot Youth Center

Join The Depot Youth Center for an event you won’t forget! Polar plunge with us during the 1st Annual Darien Dip! The event will be held at Weed Beach on Sunday, March 22nd from 11am to 12pm. Brave the cold waters, then treat yourself to some hot chocolate and a hot slice of pizza from the Colony Pizza Truck! Just $10/person and all proceeds will benefit The Depot and Darien Human Services Household Closet.

Click here to purchase your tickets.

BLISS: Youth Mental Health Project

Meet Carolyn Bozzuto of The Youth Mental Health Project, a grassroots nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, empower, and support families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of our youth. Carolyn has lived in Darien for 11 years. She is the mother of two children ages 8 and 11, and the owner of an Australian Labradoodle named Ruby. Carolyn decided to reside in Darien for many of the same reasons other residents do-- great schools, a close-knit community and plenty of entertainment. But Darien provided more than these basic needs. The mother of a special needs child, Carolyn valued the school district and the services made available to her son.

Director of Finance & Operations at The Youth Mental Health Project, Carolyn gets to do something she is great at, while supporting a cause she is passionate about. Working alongside Randi Silverman-- award-winning film producer, Founder of The Youth Mental Health Project, and described by Carolyn as “the most inspirational person I’ve ever met in my entire life”, Carolyn is able to engage with parents and spread the message that mental health is just as important as physical health.

Parents from all over can join the movement by connecting with The Youth Mental Health Project and following their work on social media. For parents who are concerned about their child’s emotional or mental health, The Parent Support Network of Darien hosts monthly meetings that are free, confidential, and facilitated by trained volunteer parents who have experience raising a child who has struggled with his or her mental health. Maureen McBride, one of the trained Facilitators in Darien, explained that meetings provide parents with a chance to share their experiences, feelings, and valuable resources in a judgement-free environment. For parents who are nervous to take the first step, Carolyn says: “If you’re concerned about your child’s health, you would take them to a doctor. If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, however, it can be isolating and overwhelming. The Parent Support Network gives parents a chance to meet other parents who understand what they are going through.” For more information about The Parent Support Network of Darien, email darienpsn@ymhproject.org and get connected with Maureen. Want to learn more about Maureen’s role? Stay tuned as we deep dive into the Darien Facilitator’s mission to bring support and clarity to Darien parents.

To learn more about The Youth Mental Health Project, please visit ymhproject.org or follow their Instagram page @ymhproject.

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