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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 programs and activities that are open to the public, DCA groups, volunteering opportunities, and holding weddings and events at the DCA Meadowlands, our historic home. Should you require more information, please contact us. Inclement Weather: the DCA will typically follow any closing decisions of the Darien Public Schools.

Thank You for Making Our DCA Academic Lecture on Cuba a Great Success!

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/academic-lecture-series/Last Friday night concluded our Academic Lecture series on Cuba with a reception and lecture featuring Ambassador Paul Hare, former British Ambassador to Cuba.



(Pictured left to right: Lynda Hare, Paul Hare and Academic Lecture committee members Susan Bhirud and Kate Larson)

Join Us Tonight for the Conclusion of Our Academic Lecture Series on Cuba

Friday Evening: Lecture 8:00pm, Reception 7:30pm

January 29th      What Now for Cuba’s Role in the World?
                           Presenter: Ambassador Paul Hare, Boston University
                           (Former British Ambassador to Cuba)

Join us for the DCA Academic Lectures Series in January 2016.Paul Webster Hare was a British diplomat for 30 years and the British ambassador to Cuba from 2001-04. He now teaches international relations at the Frederick S Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.

Hare graduated with First Class Honors in Politics and Economics from Oxford University in 1972 and from the College of Law in London in 1976. He worked for five years in the private sector, in law and investment banking, before entering the British Diplomatic Service. He served overseas at the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels, in Portugal, New York, and in Venezuela as Deputy Head of Mission. He was Head of the Foreign Office’s Non-Proliferation Department and the first Project Director for the UK’s presence at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.

Hare is a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and served as president of the British Baseball Federation from 2000-01. He has been designated a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Ambassador Hare teaches classes at Boston University on Diplomatic Practice, Arms Control, Intercultural Communication and on Cuba in Transition.

Tickets ($30) for the Friday evening lecture & reception will be available at the door.

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Our Second Lecture on Cuba Draws Another Great Crowd






Our 2016 Academic Lecture Series on Cuba continued as our second speaker, Theodore Piccone, presented “Obama’s Big Bet on Cuba: Pros & Cons” to a packed room.

This series examines the past, present and future of the U.S.-Cuban relationship, discussed by Latin American experts from universities, think tanks and business.

Join us for our next lecture in this series on Thursday, January 21st, as Christopher Sabatini from Columbia University will present on “U.S. – Cuba Policy: How Did We Get Here?”

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Look What Has Been Happening at the DCA!

We hope you were here to enjoy the following events at the DCA.

Mom’s Morning In welcomed Amy Rogell for her first appearance at the DCA and many little ones enjoyed a morning of singing and dancing.







Our “Winter Wonderland” flower arranging workshop had many creating an elegant floral arrangement using all white and green.


Over 200 People Attend Our First Academic Lecture on Cuba!

DCA Academic Lecture Series presenter John Mcintire.http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/academic-lecture-series/http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/academic-lecture-series/





More than 200 people came to listen to our first presenter, John McIntire, on the subject of “Entrepreneurship in Cuba,” as part of our 2016 Academic Lecture Series on Cuba.

This series examines the past, present and future of the U.S.-Cuban relationship, discussed by Latin American experts from universities, think tanks and business.

Join us next Thursday, January 14th, as Theodore Piccone will present on “Obama’s Big Bet on Cuba: Pros & Cons.”

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Have You Seen Santa?

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/moms-morning-in-childrens-activities/Many little ones enjoyed visiting with Santa at our Mom’s Morning In Holiday Party.


Happy Holidays!

We have been celebrating at the DCA!  Our annual Christmas Tea was enjoyed by many.




Look What Has Been Happening at the DCA!

We hope you were here to enjoy the following events at the DCA.

Our December Women’s Luncheon was a success with Laura Boulton & Victoria Truchan.  They showcased new and exciting holiday entertaining tips and ideas.







Our Greenhouse Group led a hands-on holiday craft workshop.  Everyone walked away with a beautiful wreath to decorate their home for the holidays.












Our “Think Holidays” flower arranging workshop had many being creative with various greens, decorative materials and using red as an accent.