Darien Chamber of Commerce names Business of the Year and other community news

Chamber announces awards

The Darien Chamber has announced the recipients of its annual awards, which were revealed at Nielsen’s Florist on Nov. 15.

These awards celebrate the remarkable contributions and achievements of businesses and individuals within the community, the chamber said in a news release.

The awards ceremony brought together local business leaders, dignitaries and community members to celebrate excellence and innovation. The winners were selected based on their outstanding contributions to Darien and their exemplary dedication to enhancing the economic and social well-being of our region, the release said.

Winners were: Business of the Year: The Gardener’s Center; Employee of the Year: Kelcie O’Brien Lopez, Michael Joseph’s Fine Foods; Volunteer of the Year: Sarah Godshaw, The Depot Youth Center; Youth Volunteers of the Year: Sarah Williams, The Community Fund of Darien and Syd Winslow, The Deport Youth Center.

“These award winners represent the very best of our community, embodying the spirit of The Darien Chamber,” said Kesti Aysseh, executive director of the Darien Chamber of Commerce in the release. “We extend a heartfelt congratulations to all the award winners and expresses gratitude to the members and sponsors who made this event possible including Nielsen’s for hosting, Michael Joseph’s and Sipstirs for the food, wine and beverages and Custompressions for the award plaques. As well as our Elite Annual Sponsors, Bankwell, DR Bank and William Raveis real Estate and Select sponsors, First County Bank.”

Kids in Crisis sponsorships available

Kids in Crisis, a Greenwich-based social services agency that assists young people and families going through hard times, will be helping over 350 children in need this holiday season and is seeking sponsors for a child’s holiday wish list.

A typical wish list consists of a coat, shirt, pants and a toy.

If you’d like to sponsor a child’s holiday wish list, email Jennifer Febles at [email protected].

To purchase holiday items for the organization’s children’s shelter and have them sent directly to Kids in Crisis, please use the Amazon link.

All items need to be delivered by Friday.

Holiday workshops slated

The Darien Arts Center is holding festive holiday workshops, including a wreath-making workshop for adults and a gingerbread house workshop for the family at the center, 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall.

The wreath-making workshop is set for 7 p.m. Friday. It includes light bites from NAYA. Wreaths and materials will be provided. For the event is for adults and costs $75.

The gingerbread house workshop is set for 3 to 4 p.m. Dec. 17 and is designed for ages 2 through 8 with a caretaker. The house is pre-built and the workshop will allow it to be decorated and taken home. Hot chocolate will be served and a colorful variety of candy decorations will be provided. Cost is $65 for child and caregiver.

Visit darienarts.org to register or call 203-655-8683.

Museum of Darien holiday events listed

The Museum of Darien is hosting several events for the holiday season starting with the Museum of Darien Members Holiday Party, set for 7 p.m. Thursday. It’s a free event for members, donors, volunteers and friends. RSVP requested by emailing [email protected].

Silhouette Portraits can be booked from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Subjects pose for silhouettes, which are created in a few minutes. The sitting fee is $30, and additional fees apply for multiple copies and framing onsite. Reserve a sitting at museumofdarien.org.

Visit with Santa in the museum’s momestead from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday. Caretakers are free to take their own photos at no charge, but reservations should be made by emailing [email protected]. Donations benefit the Museum’s educational programs.

Additionally, a new exhibition, the Berelle’s Vintage Santa Collection, will be on view through Jan. 31. The private collection, on loan from Pam and Tom Heckel, includes more than 300 Santas of all shapes and sizes from the 1950s. Admission to the exhibit is $5. The collection is on view from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays at The Museum of Darien, 45 Old King’s Highway.

For more information, call 203-655-9233 or email [email protected] or visit museumofdarien.org.

Library’s Lit Tree Lane Stroll a success

Nearly 500 Darienites kicked off the holiday season on Nov. 24 at Darien Library’s first Lit Tree Lane Stroll which featured 20 trees, each decorated by a local group to represent a beloved classical book, refreshments from Four Forks and steel drum music played by Caribbean Vibe.

“An event like this,” said Darien Library Director Kiera Parrott in a news release, “not only celebrates the season and showcases our community’s love of literature and its library, but it brings people together over something joyful. That’s something we all need right now.”

Three trees stood out to the judges — former First Selectman Monica McNally, Darien Sports Shop CEO Gina Zangrillo and The Grateful Read founder Katie Taylor. Winning Best Book Title Interpretation was the YWCA’s “Breakfast at Tiffany” design. Trish O’Sullivan Floral Design’s “Where the Crawdads Sing” tree won Most Creative Use of Materials and the Museum of Darien’s “The Great Gatsby” reigned in Overall Creativity and Originality.

Stop by Darien Library before Dec. 30 to vote for your favorite literary tree display and stay tuned to hear who will win the “People’s Choice Award.”


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