Darien Soundings

Dear Darien,

Darien commemorated the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City with a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 11, starting at 8:25 a.m. at the Darien 9/11 Monument behind Middlesex Middle School at 204 Hollow Tree Ridge Road.

The state of Connecticut held a ceremony at Sherwood Island State Park on Thursday, Sept. 9 to honor the state’s victims. On September 10, the town of Darien, Illinois, honored those from Darien, Connecticut who died in the attack.

We remember the victims of that day, especially the six Darien residents, Christopher Gardner, Stephen LaMantia, Garry Lozier, William Meehan, Edward Maloney, and John Works. We will never forget.


Have you ever been to The Studio? The owner of this wonderful salon in Darien is Demi. With over a decade of experience, Demi’s extensive background and knowledge has made her a name in Fairfield County. Her experience includes working and training with top industry professionals such as Frederic Fekkai as well as participating in New England Fashion Week and several runway and fashion shows. Her knowledge and attention to detail are her best attributes and are what make her so sought after.

The Studio offers haircuts for women and men, waxing and threading, spray tanning, eyelash and eyebrow tints, and so much more!

The Studio opened at 977-979 Post Road on November 11, 2011 and has been serving customers for more than a decade. Book an appointment by calling 203-202-9701 or visit their website here.


Nothing says warm weather like a refreshing cocktail or liquor from Sipstirs. Sipstirs has it all and has been family owned and operated since it was established in 2017. They treat clients as honored guests and offer an array of fine wines, artisanal spirits & craft brews, with a focus on smaller, family owned wineries, distilleries, and breweries.

Owner David M. Wagner has more than 17 years experience in the industry both as an importer/supplier and wholesaler/distributor. Sipstirs Fine Wines, Artisanal Spirits & Craft Brews specializes in hand-crafted wines and spirits from around the world. They look for extraordinary selections and offer them at ordinary prices. Nothing hits the shelves without them tasting it first! A great way to introduce the shop is to check out their monthly wine club that is curated in house.

To learn more about new arrivals, current specials, tastings and events check out their website here. They are located at 1053 Post Road.


Restaurant L’Ostal in Darien calls itself a Provencal restaurant rooted in history and tradition that celebrates the cuisines of southern France and its boundaries.

Even the name, "ostal" refers to the warmth of hospitality of your home, which evokes that French flair of coziness combined with fine foods and drinks. A look at its menu, which changes with the seasons, is very French, from the choices to the prices.

Starter choices include everything from spiced nuts to cheese boards and foie gras and the flow continues to such choices as fresh sea bass and shaved pork leg to other equally French delights. The atmosphere matches the menu with a warm and friendly vibe with a very knowledgeable wait staff. It's the perfect place for a special event or a relaxing evening meal on a regular basis.

The restaurant offers two seatings a day, one from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and another from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins are welcome at the bar.

So, if you are feeling French, or even want to experience the tradition, stop in to L'Ostal. The restaurant is located at 22 Center St., in Darien. Visit their website here for more information.


The Darien Land Trust celebrated their sixth anniversary with a Farm to Table dinner on Saturday, August 28th.

Waterbury Field came alive with cocktails on the grass, an elegant dinner at long tables under twinkling lights. Everyone danced to live music by the local band Barnstorm!

A signature cocktail along with farm fresh hors d’oeuvres kicked off the event at 6 p.m. Then a three-course dinner with summer harvest fare from Copper Cricket Events was served on long tables outdoors followed by dancing under the stars.

For more information on the Darien Land Trust, visit their website here.


Big Dreams Children's Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that provides education, medication, shelter, clothing, and food for underprivileged children around the world. If you’re interested in helping children and want to ensure your donation makes a real difference, donate to Big Dreams Children’s Foundation.

One of their ongoing projects is for Sofia, who’s from the small town of Slavgorod in Altai Krai, Russia. In April 2021, Big Dreams got involved in an effort to assist with raising funds for a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) procedure for Sofia. Sofia was born in 2014 with cerebral palsy and requires two procedures in order to be able to walk.

Children’s Hospital of St. Louis is prepared to admit Sofia for her surgery, however, she is in need of raising a substantial sum of money to be able to travel to the United States for the complex surgical procedure.

If you would like to support Sofia in her journey, donate here.

Every penny of your contribution goes directly to the project you support. If you would like to learn more about their ongoing projects and how you can make a difference, visit their website here.

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