First Presbyterian to celebrate 165 years

The First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, 2475 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield, will celebrate its 165th birthday on Oct. 28, beginning at 10 a.m., with a Founders Day Sunday honoring its 81 founding members from the 19th century.

Some of the historical figures who will be remembered include the first minister, Dr. Nathaniel Hewitt, first Elder Captain John Brooks, Jr., Captain Burr Knapp and Mary Bishop.

The special Founders Day Sunday will include a retrospective worship service starting with the early days of the church in Bridgeport in 1953 to its present-day Fairfield location. Guest speakers, music by Fanny Crosby, a Victorian-era tea and a special “remembrance drive” through Mountain Grove Cemetery will focus on the early days and will recognize founding members.

All are welcome. For information, call the church office, 203-374-6176.

Open house at St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School invites community members to attend its all-school (pre-K - eighth grade) open house. All interested parents are welcome to visit the classrooms, tour the school, meet the principal, and talk with teachers, parents and students.

The open house will take place Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at the school, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield.

Halloween on the Green on Oct. 28

The date is set for Fairfield’s most spirited annual family event, Halloween on the Green. Families are invited to come in costume to the Museum Commons behind the Fairfield Museum & History Center on Oct. 28 from noon to 4 p.m.

This family event, presented by the Fairfield Museum and the Town of Fairfield, will feature trick-or-treating, giveaways, performances, parades, food trucks, bounce houses, games, crafts, activities and more. Elaborate Halloween displays will be set up in the historic buildings on the Museum Commons, and the entire area will be transformed into an enchanting Halloween village.

This marks the third year of the event (formerly known as Trick or Treat on Safety Street).

“The response over the past two years has been really exciting,” said Christine Jewell, Fairfield Museum’s director of education and community programs. “It is a true community effort, and thousands of people have enjoyed a day full of activities in costume.”

Many local businesses are again sponsoring and nonprofit groups are assisting with the event.

Some highlights of the day will include a costume parade at 1 p.m. led by Superintendent of Schools Toni Jones (meet in front of Old Town Hall), performances by local groups, trick-or-treating, a bounce house, hay rides, pumpkin carving in front of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and food trucks. This year’s food trucks are Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes, The Local Meatball, Little Kernels Kettle Corn, Reno’s Pizza Truck and Super Duper Weenie.

Chamber offers discounts for residents

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is reintroducing its discount savings program (new design and mobile phone accessibility), in the spirit of reinforcing the theme of shopping local.

The Chamber Monday Money-Saver is a weekly e-bulletin offering discounts, special offers and deals from the members of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. For example, discounts on car washes, fitness classes, shredding, car leases, eye exams, restaurants, photography, theater tickets and more.

The Money-Saver provides a variety of businesses and restaurants offering special discounts and savings. This is available the general public so that everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of the discounts as well.

If anyone is interested in receiving the Chamber Monday Money-Saver, call the Chamber office at 203-255-1011 or go www.FairfieldCTChamber.com. Scroll down to the blue button that says “Join Our Email List.”

Art studio reaches 10th anniversary

The Studio, a small business and art studio in Fairfield, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Co-owned by Fairfield residents Priscilla Igram and Christine Orlando, The Studio offers a wide range of art instruction to students ages 5 to adult in a renovated, vintage barn located at 43 Ruane St.

The Studio began in 2008 when Igram and Orlando recognized a need for more comprehensive art instruction for elementary students in Fairfield, including their own children. Both accomplished artists themselves, the duo initially tested their business in the basement of Orlando’s sister’s home in the Stratfield section of town. A success from the start, The Studio moved to locations in Stratfield Village and the SportsPlex before settling in at their current home in downtown Fairfield.

Classes for adults are offered weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with after-school instruction for children and teens until 6 p.m. Evening offerings include classes in oil painting and pottery, and instruction is offered in other mediums, including drawing, sculpting, and printmaking. Summer camps take place during the months of July and August, and The Studio is available for private parties upon request.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our 10th year as a successful small business in Fairfield,” Igram said. “We enjoy being part of the Fairfield community and we are so pleased to continue to grow and expand with new and creative classes for anyone who wants to learn more about art.”

“We love what we do, and we continue to study art ourselves and work in our field to keep knowledge and concepts on the cutting edge,” Orlando said.