Darien Soundings

Faces: Diane Weeks

Meet “Darien Days” artist Diane Weeks! From a young age, Diane has always had a passion for art. She grew up to obtain a fine arts and illustration background from Parsons School of Design and has studied painting in Paris, Italy, Manhattan and beyond. She has lived in Darien for over 30 years.

Diane’s latest work? Pen and watercolor paintings! Look familiar? Diane’s new book, “Darien Days” is a tribute and celebration of Darien’s 200th anniversary. The paintings in Diane’s book evolved over a period of years as she got to know and love our town. From schools to churches and parks to beaches, this 84 page book of watercolor illustrations depicts daily life in Darien. “I am hoping the readers will enjoy my book as much as I did creating it,” says Diane.

Do you know someone who is new to Darien? Diane's new book would make for the perfect welcome gift. Her book would also make a lovely keepsake for residents to keep in their home. Follow us on Instagram @town_of_darien and stay tuned for a link to purchase her one-of-a-kind book.



Meet Jurga Rimkute, owner and creative director at LANPHIER, a Darien day spa creating an exceptional escape from everyday life to self-care, self-love and complete relaxation. Jurga has been with the company for 11 years and the business has been a household name in Darien since 1993.

LANPHIER is a proud participant of local fundraisers, charity events and auctions. Jurga and her team actively raise money as well as donate beauty products or services for those in need. “We want our town to succeed,” Jurga says, “So we can do better together.”

Without a doubt COVID-19 made an impact on spas all over Connecticut; but this didn’t stop Jurga. During the mandatory business shutdown from March to June, the LANPHIER team took advantage of the down time and used it to renovate their already beautiful 11,000 sq/ft establishment. “At the end of the day we can choose: to complain or be grateful for everything that we already have,” says Jurga. LANPHIER doubled their hair color room capacity and reopened with 18 hair color stations, 12 hair shampoo stations, and 19 styling stations. The team has taken all necessary precautions to keep clients safe.

“The fall season is the perfect time to decongest your skin with an exfoliating body treatment,” Jurga tells us. “The Crushed Cabernet Scrub will leave your skin feeling smooth and rejuvenated.” In addition, LANPHIER is offering a limited time 15 minute scalp or foot massage, the Caudalie eye treatment or customized energy work as you relax into the soothing body wrap.

To learn more visit lanphier.us.

BITES: Playa Bowls Darien

New Jersey’s original açaí shop is making its way to Darien! Playa Bowls™ is your slice of summer, anytime. Healthy, delicious açaí, pitaya, coconut bowls and smoothies are just a few weeks away as the shop plans to open its doors in October. Stay tuned by following their Instagram page @playabowlsdarien.


HAYVN Coworking in Darien is hosting two meet-up events for newcomers to the local area! The events are held with appropriate social distancing and masks outside on the HAYVN deck. Come and meet new friends and learn about the local area. Visit HAYVN.COM for more info.

Wine and Conversation - Oct 1st 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Coffee and Conversation - Oct 8th 10:00 - 11:00 am

BLISS: ROCKtoberfest to Benefit Darien Arts Center

Join Darien on October 3 from 2-6PM at Highland Farm! The Darien Arts Center and Darien Parks and Recreation are hosting ROCKtoberfest, a free event for all ages, to celebrate the opening of Highland Farm. The event will feature two bands and beer, wine and food offerings to benefit the DAC. Preregistration is required at darienarts.org to attend.

Don't miss out on this fun-filled fall event!

*Groups will have designated spots for sitting on the lawn with their own blankets or lawn chairs that are 10 feet in diameter and 15 feet apart. Masks will be required at all times when outside of designated circles.

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