Community Postings: An engagement, study abroad and more
Two Fairfield natives graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Me. at the school’s 150th commencement ceremony on May 29. Erin Montanez graduated after majoring in art and visual culture. She is a 2012 graduate of Academy of Our Lady of Mercy. Justin Haley, son of Martha and Jeffrey Haley of Southport, majored in politics at Bates. He is a 2012 graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory.
Thomas and Barbara (Morra) Pace of Fairfield are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Ryan to Megan Stearns of Mattituck, N.Y., daughter of Beth and Douglas Stearns. A September 2017 wedding is planned.
Ryan Pace attended Fairfield High School and the Regional Center for Arts before graduating from The Master’s School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. He received his Bachelor’s degree in biology from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C,, and went on to receive his Master’s degree through the Field Naturalist program at the University of Vermont. He is currently the education for sustainability coordinator at Shelburne Farms, in Shelburne, Vt. Megan Stearns graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in English and completed the two-year conservatory program in film and television acting at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. She currently serves as the communications and creative director for Let’s Grow Kids, in Burlington, Vt.
The couple reside in Burlington where they met through mutual friends in the performing arts world, where Ryan acts and sings, and Megan is a ballet dancer and actress.
At the library
All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information, visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160.
Schumannia: The fabulous Lions Gate Trio, the Library’s chamber music trio-in-residence, return to perform works of Robert Schumann on Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. The internationally acclaimed Lions Gate Trio features Darrett Adkins on cello, Katie Lansdale on violin and Florence Millet on piano. Peter Alexander is the musical director. The Trio will discuss Schumann’s uniquely irresistible and idiosyncratic music: alternately lyrical, fantastical, robust and tender. The concert will be held in the Memorial Room at the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road. Registration is requested due to limited seating.
The Library is fortunate to host the Lions Gate Trio at Soundwaves concerts twice a year thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library. The Friends graciously underwrite the concerts, as well as the reception that follows, providing an opportunity for the audience to meet the artists and enjoy some light refreshments.
Get a grant
Sept. 30 is the deadline for organizations to apply for a charitable grant from the Fairfield Rotary Club to help fund local philanthropic projects or programs. The application for submission can be accessed at fairfieldrotary.org. Organizations seeking funding must also have a sponsor in Rotary.
While paper applications are accepted, email submissions are preferred. Grants will be awarded at the rotary meeting on Nov. 28. Requests are generally awarded for capital (non-recurring) expenditures.
For more than 25 years, the Fairfield Rotary Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in local grants. The Fairfield Rotary Club meets Mondays at noon at the Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Road.
Honey bees’ legacy
In early August, 12 members of the Fairfield Garden Club extracted and jarred honey from local honey bees. The Fairfield Museum Shop is selling jars of the raw honey, which was produced by the bees at the Ogden House, a 1750 farmhouse that provides a glimpse into the life of a middle-class colonial family.
The jars of Ogden House Honey are only available while the extremely limited supplies last. The bees have done their job and won’t make a new batch until next year. The Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. Members of the museum and children under 5 years of age are free. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.
To learn more about how the honey is made, stop by the Ogden House on Honey Day, Sept. 25 from 1-4 p.m. Visitors can learn about the honey bees, enjoy sun tea and refreshments and get a tour of the Ogden House Colonial Kitchen Garden, an 18th century style kitchen garden that was planned, planted and maintained by the Fairfield Garden Club. Honey Day also features family-friendly crafts and tours of the historic saltbox home led by museum docents. Honey day is free for members of the Fairfield Museum. For non-members, the cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, free for children 5 and under. Ogden House is located at 1520 Bronson Road in Fairfield.
B.good’s 1-year anniversary
B.good, a fast-casual restaurant business dedicated to making and serving real food, is celebrating its one-year anniversary in downtown Fairfield.
Owners Steve & Molli Hourihan of Southport opened the New England-based restaurant franchise after learning about the company’s plan to expand to their own backyard. As long-time fans of b.good in Massachusetts, the couple jumped on the opportunity to bring wholesome food to their community and try to make a difference in their own neighborhood.
Just in time for the school year, b.good will be offering free kids meals every night in September, one with each purchase of a regular-sized entrée. Simply visit the restaurant at 1460 Post Road from 5 to 9 p.m. to redeem the offer.
50th Ludlow reunion
Members of the Roger Ludlowe High School Class of 1966 will celebrate their 50th class reunion on Oct. 1 at the Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield. For information and more details, go to the Roger Ludlowe High School 50th Reunion Page on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The reunion will be from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The price will be $65 per person for a buffet dinner with a DJ and cash bar.