Wedded bliss

Jessica Ann Koontz, daughter of C. Lennis and Rose Marie Koontz, of Darien, was married to Hunt Eastwick Barada, son of John and Sandi Barada, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., on Sept. 30. The Rev. Nicholas Punch performed the ceremony at St. John Roman Catholic Church in Darien.

The bride graduated from Darien High School in 2003 and cum laude from Loyola University in Maryland in 2007. She received a master’s degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in 2013. She is a national sales manager at Daymon in Stamford.

The bridegroom is a 2006 graduate of the Hyde School in Woodstock and a 2011 graduate of Keene State University in New Hampshire. He is pursuing an MBA at the University of Connecticut School of Business. He is the promotional effectiveness manager at Philips in Stamford.

After a reception at the Stamford Yacht Club, the couple honeymooned in Italy. They reside in Stamford.

The dean’s list

Eight Darien natives made the fall dean’s list at the University of Connecticut: Tyler Christensen, Edouard De Parcevaux, Nicholas Hartunian, Alexander Joosten, Alexander Joosten, Edward Pankowski, Julia Stobbie and Emily Van Ingen.

The UConn students were registered for at least 12 credits, received no grade below a “C,” had a grade-point average of at least 3.0 and were in at least the upper quartile of their school or college.

Indoor sidewalk sales

This Friday and Saturday, 16 of Darien’s locally-owned shops will be participating in Indoor Sidewalk Sales.

The participating shops are browne & co., Darien Sport Shop, The Dock Shop, Everything Is Rosey, Helen Ainson, Geary Gallery and Accent Framing, Good Goods, Kirby and Company, Morley, Palmer’s Darien, Pure Barre, Runner’s Roost, Tina Dragone-Darien, Town House Finds +Designs, Wiggles & Giggles, and Wild Birds Unlimited.

The event is coordinated by the Darien Chamber of Commerce, whose mission is to take a leadership role in promoting the Darien business community and working to improve the quality of life in Darien. Darien Rowayton Bank is the Elite Sponsor and First County Bank is the Select Sponsor of the Darien Chamber of Commerce.

Christmas Cocktails raises $8k for P2P

Darien residents Rory Callahan, Pieter Hartong, John Novak and Tim Stisser hosted the third annual “Christmas Cocktails for Person-to-Person.” Two hundred people attended the December event at Louie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar in Darien, which is co-owned by Hartong.

Through a combination of ticket and t-shirt sales plus a silent auction — with donations from Darien Butcher Shop, Darien Cigars, Darien Sports Shop, Donelan Family Wines, Le Boudoir, Louie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Pure Barre, Sail to Sable, The Stanwich Club and Wee Burn Country Club — the event raised $8,500.

Person-to-Person provides low-income individuals and families living in Lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services. With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Sponsor an animal

Ever wanted to own an exotic pet but don’t have the space or time to care for it?

The Darien Nature Center is offering sponsorship opportunities for eight of its resident animals: Einstein the bunny, Shelley the turtle, Sydney the bearded dragon, Paz the white dove, Ethel the prairie dog, Hectora the iguana, Flinch the hedgehog and Luna the owl.

The sponsor is invited to come in for one-on-one time with their animal.

There are four sponsorship levels available.

You can complete a sponsorship For further information, contact Administrative Affairs Manager Leah Salomoni at 203-655-7459.

Long may she wave

The history of the American flag is as varied and fascinating as the republic it represents and an exhibit at the Darien Historical Society, “Long May She Wave: The Evolution of Our Flag,” which opened Jan. 18, tells the story of the flag in all its red, white and blue glory.

Among the flags on display is a 35-star flag that was official from 1863 to 1865. This hand-stitched flag has stars that tilt randomly, an example of how people used to come up with creative patterns before it was formally set by Congress in 1912

In addition to several antique flags, the exhibit will include a timeline that traces the evolution of the nation’s banner through both local and national events. Spanning from pre-colonial days to the year 1960, when the 50th star was officially added, the exhibit will feature photographs, a soundtrack with music and voices from the past, and a lecture series on subjects relating to the flag’s history.

An interactive portion will challenge viewers to design a 51-star flag and also to write in a journal about a time when the flag stirred a strong emotion.

The “Long May She Wave” exhibit will run through March 13 and can be viewed during the Society’s open hours and during lectures. The exhibit is free for members, Darien’s first responders, teachers and students. The cost for non-members will be $5.

Exhibit sponsors include M3 Messenger and Christie’s Quilting Boutique of Norwalk.

The exhibit will feature several lectures including:

“Our Flag: Folklore & Fact” will be held Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. Did Betsy Ross make the first flag? Get the real story about our flag’s history with Susan Jerome, collections manager for the Historic Textile & Costume Collection at the University of Rhode Island.

“The Lincoln Flag — Rediscovered” will be held March 4 at 3 p.m. After 76 years in a cluttered storage area, the flag that decorated Lincoln’s box at Ford’s Theater was rediscovered. Hear the fascinating story with Ilene Frank, chief curator at the Connecticut Historical Society.

To register, visit or call 203-655-9233. The cost for the lectures will be $5 for members, $20 for non-members and $30 for non-members and a guest. Students attend free.

Call for Entries

The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers, and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.

For rules and details,