Welcome

to the Darien Community Association

The DCA provides a unique community home in a welcoming setting, with stimulating learning and outreach experiences for the enrichment of the community. Within this site you will find information about our history and multifaceted mission, programs and activities that are open to the public, DCA groups, renting our historic home for your event, and our college scholarship program. Should you require more information, please contact us.

In the event of inclement weather, we will typically follow any closing decisions of the Darien Public Schools.

A Great Way to Start the Holiday Season!

Thank you to all who came and made our first Mother/Daughter Nutcracker Tea a great success. The delicious menu, provided by Palmer’s Catering, included gourmet tea sandwiches, mini pastries, holiday cookies and assorted teas. Dancers from the Darien Arts Center entertained the audience with a beautiful performance of scenes from The Nutcracker. After the dancers were finished, many little ones put on a show of their own on our stage!

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The DCA Annual Appeal is Underway!

Annual AppealPlease participate in whatever way you are able – the DCA is a privately-funded non-profit and does not receive any financial support from the Town of Darien – so we rely on the appeal to generate a significant portion of our income.  With your help, we will continue to enhance both our historic home, and our programming.  Your contribution also supports the philanthropic portion of our mission, including annual college scholarships for Darien High School graduates and our bird sanctuary, which is open to the public to enjoy. It’s easy to donate online.  Thank you for your support.  

Look What Has Been Happening at the DCA!

This last month was very busy at the DCA and included our annual Halloween parade, painting and flower arranging classes, our Art Lecture Series, an ICEHOTEL, a famous author, great food demonstrations and family photo sessions!

 

Chef’s Tasting with Estia’s

Thank you to Colin Ambrose from Estia’s Back Porch Café in Darien for a delicious evening demonstration and tasting in the DCA commercial kitchen.  We appreciate Colin’s generous support of the DCA and his overall community-mindedness.  Stay tuned for more tasting experiences at the DCA.   

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Photo Sessions with Photographer Bill Wang

Both the DCA formal garden and our historic rooms were the backdrop for recent Saturday family photo sessions at the DCA, with the help of award-winning local photographer Bill Wang, who kindly split the proceeds with us.  We timed this event so that images would be ready for holiday card ordering.  We hope to offer another session this spring, that could be used not only for family portraits (think Mother’s/Father’s Day gifts), but also for LinkedIn, or senior portraits.

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Painting class with Nobu

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Our Women’s Luncheons invited Mary Gibbons to speak about her adventures planning and constructing the ICEHOTEL in Sweden.

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Book Talk and Signing with Author Jon Meacham
Destiny and Power – The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
 
About 180 fans of Jon Meacham came to the DCA to hear him speak.

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Flower Arranging Workshop: Fall Colors

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Our 2016 Art Lecture Series “Between Modernity and Tradition: Impressionism”

Our last two presenters were Kevin M Murphy, Eugénie Prendergast Curator of American Art at WCMA and William H. Gerdts, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Graduate School of The City University of New York.

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Our Annual Halloween Parade with Amazing Andy and lots of candy!

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Look What Has Been Happening at the DCA!

Check out pictures below from our Art Lecture Series lectures, Women’s Luncheons fashion show (see if you recognize any of the models) and our Welcome Back Tea.

Our 2016 Art Lecture Series, “Between Modernity and Tradition: Impressionism,” has been well attended. If you have not had a chance to join us there are only two more Thursday morning lectures left.

Our first lecture was “The Impressionist Line” presented
by Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.

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Our second lecture was “A Passion for Renoir: Sterling Clark and the Impressionists”
presented by Kathleen Morris, Interim Senior Curator, Marx Director of
Collections and Exhibitions, Curator of Decorative Arts.

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Our Women’s Luncheons season opener was “A Fashion Show for the Generations” with the Darien Sport Shop and Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa.

Behind the scenes – getting ready!

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Do you recognize any of our models?

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Left to right: Autumn Howard, Laura Boulton, Julia Kremer Massengill, Stephanie O’Grady, Jennifer Sommer, Judi Linskey, Cindy Ryan, Heather Pommernelle, Vicki Nolan and Ulla Kremer.

 

 

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Thank you to Geri Corrigan (at podium) from The Darien Sport Shop for working with our models and dressing them so beautifully for the season.

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Thank you to Dee Stefanou (black and white shirt) from Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa for showing us a makeup demo.

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Our September Welcome Back Tea was a nice way to catch up with friends after the summer!

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Welcome Back!

We hope you have enjoyed a relaxing summer.  We have an exciting fall schedule ahead, and look forward to seeing you at the DCA.

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Come for a walk in our DCA Bird Sanctuary and see what is blooming.
Sig Buchmayr (left) and Maximus Racanelli (right) examining a Rose Mallow in the DCA Bird Sanctuary.

Returning Student Scholarship Awards

The DCA is the largest provider of scholarships at DHS – providing funding for both new and returning college students – and the only one offering recipients the opportunity to reapply for funding during all their years of college.  Celebrating its 75th anniversary of granting scholarships, the DCA will award a total of $51,000 this year, based on both merit and need.

Current College Students Receiving Continued Scholarship Funding

1. Anne C. Cary Scholarship
– Erica Hurtado, Southern CT State University
2. Anonymous Donor Scholarship
– Julia Hodenfield, Ursinus College
3. Anonymous Donor Scholarship
– Abiha Jafri, UConn
4. Critelli Family Scholarship
– Andres Morales, Sacred Heart University
5. The Heights at Darien Scholarship
– Andrew Boe, University of Vermont
– Dominique Guilford, Spelman College
6. Joyce Family Scholarship
– Tyler Stratton, Plymouth State University
7. Kremer/Massengill Family Scholarship
– Kelly Brustman, Virginia Tech
– James Fox, Boston College
8. Litt Family Scholarship
– Greg Marku, UConn
– Andres Morales, Sacred Heart University
– Liliana Saffa, Ithaca College
9. Margaret Harrington Scholarship
– Christina Chariott, Roanoke College
10. Nielsen’s Florist Scholarship
– Murtaza Jafri, UConn
11. Path to the Future Scholarship
– Rebecca DeMaio, UConn
– Murtaza Jafri, UConn
– Jocelyn Mendez, American University
– Lauren Sestito, UConn
12. PepsiCo Scholarship
– Laura Anglade, Concordia University
13. Ring’s End Scholarship
– Harrison Perley, Villanova University
14. Scott and Jane Pelley Scholarship
– Althea Perley, Miami University of Ohio
15. US Chemicals Scholarship
– Rachel Andriunas, Sacred Heart University

Over the past 75 years, the DCA is proud to have awarded over $2 million in scholarship funding to more than 1300 DHS students – through the generosity of the Darien community, and income from DCA programs, house rentals and Thrift Shop.  Scholarship applications for seniors are made available through the DHS Guidance office each winter, and the returning student application is posted on the DCA website each spring.  Awards are determined by the DCA Scholarship Committee, after careful review of all applications and applicant interviews. The DCA would like to thank committee volunteers for their continued commitment to this vital community program.  Committee members include: Kate Larson, Joan Barksdale, Ulla Kremer, Judi Linskey, Diane Schlinkert, Linda Terhune and Pat van den Broek.

Click here for more details about DCA scholarships or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or scholarships@dariendca.org.

Happy Summer!

Here are some great pictures from our June DCA events.
We are looking forward to seeing you in September.

DCA Royal Tea in honor of the Queen’s 90th birthday
Did you get a picture with the Queen?

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Our June Women’s Luncheons: Travel Trends with Ann Calve and Pat Eisen
We learned about new and exciting places to go on our next vacation.

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Stephen McGeachy’s Farewell Party

Thank you to everyone who came to Stephen’s Farewell Party. It was a perfect night to reminisce about Stephen’s 20 years as the DCA Facilities Manager and enjoy good food and conversation!

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DHS Class of 2016 Scholarship Winners!

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Darien High School Class of 2016 DCA Scholarship Award winners pictured above, from left to right: Ken Yamaguchi, Tom Berisha, Tyler Grant, Carey Hocker, Emily Coyle, Robert Waters, Laine Blummer, Niamani Williams-Coles, and Alyssa Findlan. Not pictured:  Savannah Chaput, Jennifer Previte, and Alexa LoPiano.

On May 19th the DCA presented 16 college scholarship awards and four community service awards at two Darien High School (DHS) ceremonies.  The latter awards are new this year, and given to two juniors and two seniors who have made significant contributions to the community during their high school years.  The DCA is the largest provider of scholarships at DHS – providing funding for both new and returning college students – and the only one offering recipients the opportunity to reapply for funding during all their years of college.  Celebrating its 75th anniversary of granting scholarships, the DCA will award a total of $51,000 this year, based on both merit and need.  The following DCA scholarships were awarded to members of the Class of 2016 for their college plans:

1. Anne C. Cary Scholarship – Robert Waters, University of Connecticut
2. Brendan Shay Scholarship – Tom Berisha, Southern Connecticut State University
3. Carolyn Jean Rich Memorial Scholarship – Niamani Williams-Coles, Amherst College
4. Cora Osherow Scholarship – Emily Coyle, Boston College
5. Darien Rowayton Bank Scholarship – Alyssa Findlan, Michigan State University
6. Joy Family Scholarship – Carey Hocker, University of Richmond
7. Kazia Klimczak Scholarship – Savannah Chaput, Colorado State University
8. Margaret Harrington Scholarship – Jennifer Previte, Coastal Carolina University
9. Maybell Family Scholarship – Ken Yamaguchi, University of California, Los Angeles
10. “Mr. Z.” (Darien Sport Shop) Scholarship – Savannah Chaput, Colorado State University
11. Nielsen’s Florist Scholarship – Robert Waters, University of Connecticut
12. Patricia Buchanan Scholarship – Tyler Grant, University of Connecticut
13. Ring’s End Scholarship – Emily Coyle, Boston College
14. Scott and Jane Pelley Scholarship – Carey Hocker, University of Richmond
15. US Chemicals Scholarship – Laine Blummer, University of Connecticut
16. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty – Darien Scholarship – Alexa LoPiano, University of New Hampshire

The DCA is grateful for the support of these local businesses and families.

Four students received the new DCA Community Service Award:

1. Helena Cush – senior
2. Robert Waters – senior
3. Thomas Kreuch – junior
4. Olivia Lew – junior

These awards were made possible by an anonymous DCA donor.

Over the past 75 years, the DCA is proud to have awarded over $2 million in scholarship funding to more than 1300 DHS students – through the generosity of the Darien community, and income from DCA programs, house rentals and Thrift Shop.  Scholarship applications for seniors are made available through the DHS Guidance office each winter, and the returning student application is posted on the DCA website each spring.  Awards are determined by the DCA Scholarship Committee, after careful review of all applications and applicant interviews. The DCA would like to thank committee volunteers for their continued commitment to this vital community program.  Committee members include: Kate Larson, Joan Barksdale, Ulla Kremer, Judi Linskey, Diane Schlinkert, Linda Terhune and Pat van den Broek.

Click here for more details about DCA scholarships or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or scholarships@dariendca.org.