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Wilder-Tamme: No slanket for us

As the calendar is nearing the end of January, we can look forward to some real New England winter weather, but also some fun diversions.

On Thursday, Jan. 31, postponed from Thursday, Jan. 24, is the ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration for Jade and the new Flair Fitness location in Goodwives Plaza.

Chamber festivities start at 5:30 and then will open to the public later in the evening. Pre-registration is required for the chamber party.

The first week in February is indoor sidewalk sales! Watch for some sales prices on many items that we all still need for this season. Then we can all warm up with cozy thoughts of Valentine’s Day — fond memories and hopes for happy romantic futures. I can remember sorting through the package of 30 Valentines, deciding who really deserved the best ones. I think class size has shrunk from those “baby boomer elementary school classes.” I wonder if they still put 30 Valentines into a package. I guess it might not matter, because maybe Valentine’s parties have been scratched from the school schedule — with all the sugar in cupcakes, gluten, possible peanuts, and other evils we used to never have to worry about.

The last week in February is the fourth annual Darien Restaurant Week.

The Darien Chamber of Commerce is excited to promote this week long celebration to promote the growing restaurant scene in our town. The participating restaurants will offer specially discounted prices on prix fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner to entice old and new customers to visit Darien. So far we have: Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, The Bodega Taco Bar, Chuck’s Steakhouse, Darien Social, Estia’s American, Jimmy’s Southside Tavern, Rory’s Restaurant, SCENA Wine Bar & Restaurant, The Goose, The Melting Pot and Sails American Grill (just over the town line in Rowayton). News 12 will air two chef demonstrations leading up to event week.

There is also a business after-hours social party that same week, on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The Darien Historical Society is sharing some of the last days of their “Stepping Out in the Jazz Age” costume exhibit. The jazz age offered many places to “step out” in this area. People danced at clubs such as the Tokeneke Beach Club, Glen Island Casino and enjoyed the jazz of Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and more at the Roton Point Park and Hotel. Our party might not be as racy as what you’d find back then, but is sure to be a fun change of pace. Registration is open to all but, is limited. Please sign up at darienctchamber.com.

So, while many others are hibernating in their slankets and snuggies, we at the chamber are offering some unique opportunities to get out and have fun. Join us!

More info: darienctchamber.com

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