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Monday, December 18 News

Community Buzz: New voters, Galas...

On April 25, the League of Women Voters, New Canaan partnered with all three town registrars of voters to register 84 new voters during the four lunch periods at New Canaan High School.

Anyone who will be 18 prior to Election Day (Nov. 7, 2017) can register to vote. Registration can be done in person at Town Hall, as well as online at voterregistration.ct.gov via the secretary of state’s office.

The League of Women Voters, New Canaan is a non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government.

New Canaan couple honored

Sacred Heart University’s annual Discovery Gala once again broke its record for the amount of money raised, bringing in $893,000 for student scholarships.

The success of this year’s gala was largely credited to the honorees, Board of Trustees Chairman Frank R. Martire, from the class of 1969, and his wife, Marisa Martire, who split their time between New Canaan and Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. They put forward a tremendous effort in raising money from their network of colleagues, friends and family, according to William Reidy, vice president for University Advancement.

On April 21, more than 300 people attended the speakeasy-themed event at SHU’s West Campus (the former GE corporate headquarters).

Aquarium gala nets $720k

More than $720,000 will be available to help present The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s environmental-education programming to students in the tri-state area, following the Aquarium’s “Cirque de la Mer” fundraiser April 20.

The annual gala replenishes a scholarship fund that helps to make the Aquarium and its unique marine-science and environmental-education programs available to schools in the tri-state area regardless of their ability to pay.

More than 400 guests attended this year’s gala, which featured cocktails in the Aquarium galleries, a sit-down dinner, and silent and live auctions.

Highlight of the evening was the presentations of the Aquarium’s 18th annual Red Apple Awards, which honor companies, organizations and individuals who share The Maritime Aquarium’s concern for the natural world and environmental education.

The 2017 recipients included XL Catlin, which donated generously toward the Aquarium’s unique new hybrd-electric research vessel, as well as to its solar-panel initiative and Corporate Volunteer program. Elliott Bundy of New Canaan, a managing director of XL Catlin, accepted the Red Apple Award on behalf of the global insurer.

Phantom of the Opera

On Friday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan will be showing the original 1925 silent film, Phantom of the Opera, with live improvised accompaniment on organ by Jackson Borges.

Silent films originally didn’t have talking or a soundtrack to help drive a storyline, the way we experience movies today. In the silent movie era, movies were shown in theaters or playhouses and were commonly accompanied by improvised accompaniment on piano, a Mighty Wurlitzer organ, or in larger venues or cities, a symphony orchestra. Experiencing a silent film with live accompaniment is unique as the interplay between film and music cannot be replicated.

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Borges will improvise music for Phantom of the Opera on First Presbyterian’s 52-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ.

This exciting event is family-friendly, provided the children are slightly older as some scenes may be frightening for young ones. Admission at the door is $20 for adults and children 18 and under are free. Popcorn and drinks will be served.

At the Library

Please register online at newcanaanlibrary.org for events at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main St.

New York Philharmonic: As part of Lincoln Center Local, Lincoln Center's free programming partnership with libraries, The New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve concert, A Gershwin Celebration, will be screened May 14 at 2 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.

Author speaks: Katherine Nichols will speak about her recently released book Deep Water, a nonfiction account of the Coronado Company, a group of students and a teacher who grew a drug-smuggling business into a $100 million-dollar global operation.

Nichols will speak May 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. Copies of Deep Water will be available for purchase, courtesy of Elm Street Books.

Art on display

The Carriage Barn Arts Center, home to the New Canaan Society for the Arts, is exhibiting the 28th annual Spectrum Contemporary Art Show through May 21. The juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork by local and regional artists features about 100 works all executed in grayscale.

Hilary Wittmann, the Carriage Barn Arts Center executive director worked with guest juror and contemporary art specialist Adrienne Ruger Conzelman who reviewed about 450 submissions in all media rendered in grayscale. All works were created in the past two years and not previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn

The Carriage Barn recognized three “Artists To Watch,” selected by Conzelman, at the opening reception: Linn Cassetta of Westport, Mary Janacek of Fairfield and Anouk Krantz of Darien.

See the art, meet some of the artists and enjoy complimentary coffee from 10 a.m. to noon on May 20.

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