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.

Look What Has Been Happening at the DCA!

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/academic-lecture-series/Our 2017 Academic Lecture Series “Europe – Challenge and Change” continued  last week with over 200+ people coming out to hear Daniel Kelemen discuss “Navigating Europe’s Perfect Storm.”     
 
http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/academic-lecture-series/Join us this Thursday, January 19th at 10:00am as we continue our series with Fiona Hill from the Brookings Institution. She will discuss “Barbarians at the Gate? The EU Confronts the Outside World.” Fiona Hill is director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. From 2006 to 2009, she served as national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council. She is a frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs, and has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy, and strategic issues. Click here for more information about our Academic Lecture Series.      

Our 2017 Academic Lecture Series “Europe – Challenge and Change” Began last Week

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(Pictured left to right: Susan Bhirud, Kathleen McNamara and Ann Mandel)

 

 

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Join us this Thursday, January 12th at 10:00am as we continue our series with Daniel Kelemen, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. Kelemen’s research focuses on the politics of the European Union and he will discuss “Navigating Europe’s Perfect Storm.”  Click here for more information about our Academic Lecture Series.

 

 

 

 

Thrift Shop Donates to Toys for Tots

The DCA Thrift Shop presented 11 boxes of donated new toys to Noroton Fire Department volunteer Dan O’Brien and Santa, as part of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. 

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L-R: Dan O’Brien, Santa Claus and Thrift Shop Chairman Carol Smith

Santa Visits the DCA!

Our Mom’s Morning In Annual Christmas Party with Santa was enjoyed by many kids of all ages! 
Did you sit on Santa’s lap?

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A Great Way to Start the Holiday Season!

The DCA hosted two teas to celebrate the holiday season.

Our Christmas Unwrapped Afternoon Tea was enjoyed by many groups wanting to relax before the holidays and gather for a girlfriend get-together. Chef/caterer Victoria Truchan of Country House Cuisine brought her love of the English tea room experience to our festive halls.

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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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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.