A Fairfield woman took home the top prize in the Fairfield Museum and History Center’s photography contest.

The museum announced the grand prize winners of IMAGES 2017, its ninth annual Juried Photography Competition and Show at its Giving Day reception on March 9. More than 100 locals, including many of the featured photographers, were on hand to view the photographs and hear the announcement.

This year’s jury of Helen Klisser During, Dr. Philip I. Eliasoph, Francine Kass and Joe Standart selected the winners from more than 600 entries from photographers in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts.

The professional/serious amateur winner was Kristie Kistner of Fairfield for her photograph “Awestruck” and the student winner was David Pisciotta of Shelton for his photograph “Zion Sky.” Kistner’s prize will be an exhibition at Southport Galleries, the exhibition sponsor, and Pisciotta will receive a professional portfolio review.

The winners were announced on Fairfield County’s Giving Day. Throughout a 24-hour period, generous supporters donated more than $6,000 to the museum to support its education programs, field trips, exhibitions, community events and more.

The photos will be on display through April 30.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily and is located at 370 Beach Road.

Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. Members of the museum and children under 5 are free.

For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

An animal lover

Fairfield resident Kaitlin Conneely is combining her love of animals with her fundraising talents.

Conneely organized a “Wear Your Pajamas to School” day at Winston Preparatory School in Norwalk. Students contributed $2 each to wear their pajamas to school, totalling up to $224.

Conneely then donated that money toward the Beardsley Zoo ’s Red Panda exhibit construction.

After relocating to Connecticut from Toronto, Canada, Conneely joined the zoo’s award-winning Conservation Discovery Corps, a high school volunteer program where students educate zoo visitors on the animal collection and conservation efforts, as well as engage in active conservation in the local community to support wildlife.

The dean’s list

Fairfield’s Mackenzie Kilmartin and Katherine Yellen achieved the dean's list for fall 2016 at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. Each semester, Merrimack College undergraduate students earn the right to be named to the dean's list by earning a minimum 3.25 grade-point average based on a 4.0 GPA grading system.

Two Fairfield natives qualified for the dean's list at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. Both members of the class of 2018, Meghan Maciejewski and Elizabeth Revay each had a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or better and successfully completed all courses for which they were registered.

Art on display in Trumbull

Fairfield resident and artist Robin Berenson has been selected by I.M. Smitten, a new Trumbull studio and showroom gallery, to showcase her painting style on several headboards.

This original gallery concept features hand-made and hand-painted headboards by local artisans and artists and unique pieces from around the world.

A Fairfield resident for 19 years, Berenson has been an artist all of her life. She enjoys weaving the threads of her career in textiles into her projects through bursts of color and texture and is always experimenting with new techniques and materials to expand her creative horizon. Specializing in custom murals and furniture for clients in and around Fairfield at I.M. Smitten, Berenson’s work can be seen on a variety of headboards including “Imperial Treasure” and “Sea Life” that highlight her painting techniques and attention to detail.

All the headboards can be customized or designed from scratch to transform any room.

For more information, call 203-445-1170 or visit imsmittengallery.com.

Chambers of commerce plan Danube cruise

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, together with the Greater Norwalk, Westport-Weston and Danbury chambers, will be taking a group trip to the scenic Danube River, stopping at imperial cities along the way, departing Sept. 28 and returning Oct. 7.

Chamber members, guests, family and the public are invited to visit one of the most spectacular rivers in the world, the Danube. Included in the trip are stops in Munich, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Linz, with an optional, three-night extension stay in Prague.

Chamber trips are affordable, while providing the same high-quality travel of other tour groups.

Each city boasts unique and beautiful architecture, fine culture and specialty stores for shopping. On board the ship, with only 71 cabins, providing comfort without crushing crowds, guests experience superb dining with all meals included during the cruise, including complimentary, quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions with every dinner onboard the ship.

The starting price is $4,199 for double occupancy.

If interested in learning about the trip, call the Fairfield Chamber at 203-255-1011.