The Darien Community Association hosts the co-founder of Two Roads; Exhibition calls for artist entries


The Darien Community Association is hosting its next Information and Inspiration presentation with a talk on ‘Navigating A New Direction With Your Career’.

The event will take place on April 5th at the DCA at 274 Middlesex Road with a tasting at 6:30pm and a presentation at 7:00pm

The presentation will be led by Peter Doering, who will share his career philosophy and how he came to found Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford with fellow founders Brad Hittle, Phil Markowski and Clement Pellani.

Through openness to new challenges, realignment of priorities and a bit of luck, Doering has had a fascinating and varied career. After seven years on oil rigs, he attended Harvard Business School, then worked in banking, cogeneration design, electricity trading and shipbuilding.

Today he and his partners run the 25th largest independent craft brewery in the country.

The cost is $30 per person for members, $40 per person for non-members.

Registration and payment is required by noon on April 4th when visiting or by calling 203-655-9050, ext. 10

Alumni show calls on artists

The Darien Alumni Art Show 2022 is looking for artists to participate in this year’s juried art show.

The event returns this year after a successful inaugural run last year. It runs from June 10th to June 12th. Artists are invited to submit up to seven artworks for consideration by April 15.

At the fair, emerging artists will once again exhibit and sell their art. The judged show will be held in the barn of the Mather Homestead at 19 Stephen Mather Road.

The craft fair will be extended over the two weekend days and artists will also be able to sell smaller items such as ceramics, clothing, prints, note cards and small paintings, among others.

The show is open to artists who have graduated from Darien Public Schools in the last 10 years. To apply, visit the show’s website at for an application.

Author discusses debut novel

The Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore welcome author, musician, educator and author Brendan Slocumb to a virtual event on Wednesday from 7-8pm to discuss his debut novel, The Violin Conspiracy.

Registration for the event is possible at

The book is about Ray, a black classical musician who discovers his family heirloom violin is a priceless Stradivarius. It is stolen on the eve of the world’s most prestigious classical music competition.

Now his family and the descendants of the man who once enslaved Ray’s great-grandfather claim ownership of the instrument. With the odds stacked against him, will Ray ever see his beloved violin again?

The Depot fundraiser returns

The Depot, Darien’s youth center. will be holding its annual fundraiser on March 26th at 7pm at the Darien Country Club.

The event returns after being paused by the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets are almost sold out, but can still be purchased at

All proceeds go to fund operations and programs at the center.

Guests are treated to dinner, dancing, and a concert by Rubix Kube, a 1980s New York City-based tribute band.

There will also be a live auction and a silent auction. Articles include a stay in Park City, Utah; a stay at Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic; a roast pork for 50 people from the Darien butcher shop; Tickets to Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen; and a variety of offerings from local spas, restaurants, and other businesses.

Scavenger hunt to help non-profit organizations

The Community Fund of Darien is hosting its second annual Mission: Possible, a web-based, city-wide scavenger hunt, April 1-3.

The Hunt was created in 2021 to bring the community together, have fun and raise money during a time of social distancing. It benefits its partners’ programs that empower young adults and families in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford.

Teams of four to six people can register on the organization’s website and download Mission: Possible! App for hunting. They are given a series of “missions” to complete.

Further information and registration can be found at The fee is $50 per team.

Students go to the symposium

Two Darien High School students were selected to represent Connecticut at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

The event will take place April 20-23 in Albuquerque, NM

Sebastian Mengwall, a senior, will present his research on improving cloud detection on Mars using a deep learning model.

Lily Donzeiser, a senior, will present her study of the evolutionary responses of the scarlet tanager, a migratory songbird, to climate change.

At the 59th annual Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, sponsored by UConn Health and organized by the Connecticut Area Health Education Center, Mengwall won first place and Donzeiser fourth place. It was held virtually.

Author visiting the Darien Library

The Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore welcome author Amy Bloom for a discussion on her latest book, In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss, Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. in the library’s common room.

The library is located at Poststraße 1441 in Darien. You can register for the event at

Bloom is also the author of Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist; and “A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You,” which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

Global Players series returns

The Darien Community Association announces the return of the Darien Neighbors, Global Players speaker series for 2022.

The series returns for the fifth year, with talks from industry innovators who call Darien home.

The events will all open with a reception at 7pm and a presentation at 7.45pm at the DCA.

On Wednesday, April 20th, Tom Arrix, Founder of Get Joy Dog Food and former Facebook executive, will speak with Charlie Hannigan, CEO of Oak Hill Advisors.

On Thursday, May 12, NBA Chief Innovation Officer Amy Brooks and NFL Chief Revenue Officer Renie Anderson will speak with Jay Alter, an ESPN broadcaster.

On Thursday, June 2nd, Bob Sauerberg, Lead Director at reddit and former President/CEO of Conde Nast, will speak with Jeff Hamill, EVP of Hearst Magazines.

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