Community news: Darien’s young readers gather at the Mather as Community Fund awards grants

Book club meets at the Mather

Fourteen young readers gathered at the Mather Homestead for a book club discussion of “Tory Hole” by Louise Hall Tharp under the guidance of teacher Samantha Gault.

The book, published in 1976, takes place during the Revolutionary War in Darien, which was known then as Middlesex Parish, and features spies, smugglers, Tories and the Mather family.

The Mather Homestead’s upcoming schedule for children includes a “Become a Junior Ranger” event on Oct. 9, when children will learn about national parks and earn a Stephen Mather Junior Ranger badge.

The event is free for Homestead members and $25 for nonmembers. To reserve a spot, visit

Community Fund awards $17K in grants to CLC

The Stamford-based Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County has been awarded two grants totaling $17,275 from the Community Fund of Darien and its Youth Community Fund.

The grants will go toward general operating support for the Learning Centers’ early childhood education programs, which serve children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

The programs are designed to prepare children for kindergarten and close the achievement gap, with early childhood education, nutrition and wraparound support services for young children and their families.

Yoga offered at the Homestead

The Mather Homestead offers yoga classes with teacher Mary Ann Freeman.

Classes are held at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays inside the Elizabeth W. Chilton Center, also known as “the barn,” at the Homestead at 19 Stephen Mather Road in Darien.

Participants may sign up for the fall session for $200 for 10 classes, or for individual classes for $25 per class at

School issues traffic advisory

Special traffic regulations will be in effect for the Darien High School open house beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 15, police said.

All traffic must enter the high school grounds via Noroton Avenue only. Officers will be direct all vehicles to designated parking areas. Also, onsite parking is limited; attendees are asked to carpool where possible.

Vehicles will be parked on both sides of Nutmeg Lane and High School Lane facing away from DHS.

Police warned motorists to pay attention to “No Parking” areas. Improperly parked vehicles will be towed.

Barnraiser 3.0 to help Mather

Singer-songwriter Griffin House will perform at the Mather Homestead’s “Barnraiser 3.0” event to raise funds for upcoming restoration projects.

The outdoor picnic-style event will be held on the lawn at the homestead from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

The event will feature food from caterer Fine & Dandy, along with entertainment by House, who recently moved to Darien after years in Nashville. His newest — and 11th — album, “So On And So Forth,” was released March 4.

Tickets, which are $175 each, are available at

For more information on the Mather Homestead, visit

Traffic delays during road race

The Darien Police Department is warning motorists to expect short-term delays and detours along the route of the annual Darien Road Race from 8 to 11 a.m. Sept. 18.

The event, hosting about 500 racers, will begin at Pear Tree Point Beach at 9 a.m.

Impacted roads will be Pear Tree Point Road, Long Neck Point Road, Goodwives River Road, Sunswyck Road, Tory Hole Road, Delafield Island Road, Red Coat Pass, Old Kings Highway South, Locust Hill Road and Andrews Drive.

Police personnel will be positioned along the route to facilitate the flow of traffic and the safety of the runners.

DAC gets new visual arts leader

Lisa Rae Koorbusch is the new visual arts director at the Darien Arts Center, overseeing the visual arts programming, including classes, workshops, special events and exhibitions. Programs begin Sept. 19 at the center at 2 Renshaw Road.

Koorbusch, a freelance fine artist, has been a resident of Darien for 21 years. She received her undergraduate degree in art and art history from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and studied graphic design at the Parsons School of Design in New York, receiving an A.A.S. degree in 1991.

She previously worked for the Estee Lauder companies, where she was creative projects director for the Clinique brand.

For more information and to sign up for classes, visit or call 203-655-8683.

Author of ‘The Puzzler’ to speak

The Darien Library and the Barrett Bookstore will host author and journalist A.J. Jacobs at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 for an evening of all things puzzles.

The event will be held in the Darien Library’s Community Room.

Jacobs will discuss his latest book, “The Puzzler,” an account of his two years of traveling around the globe to study the world’s hardest puzzles and to learn from the greatest puzzle masters.

To register, visit Attendees will be entered to win a puzzle-themed door prize.

Women & Money talks return

The Women & Money Roundtable is returning to the Darien Library this fall.

The roundtable, a virtual series, is led by wealth management adviser Julia Strayer and senior financial adviser Liz Maccarone. It provides women with a space for discussing today’s financial markets and their portfolios.

The first discussion was Sept. 14 and is available on the library’s website at

The next discussion will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 12, with more dates in the future. Visit for more information.

DCA honors DeMaio at retirement

Marilyn DeMaio, officer manager at the Darien Community Association, is retiring after 14 years with the nonprofit organization.

The group is holding an appreciation event with coffee to celebrate her service at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15 in its formal garden at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien.