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 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.

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?

DCA Royal Tea with Queen




DCA Royal Tea with Queen

























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.

DCA Women's Luncheons






DCA Women's Luncheons






DCA Women's Luncheons



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 at the DCA and enjoy good food and conversation!

Farewell PartyFarewell PartyFarewell Party




































DHS Class of 2016 Scholarship Winners!


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.

Look What Has Been Happening at the DCA!

A lot has been going on at the DCA in May…

At this year’s DCA Annual Meeting that took place on Thursday, May 19th, Kristen Harnisch celebrated the launch of her second historical novel, The California Wife and the slate for the 2016-2017 DCA Board of Directors was approved.









On May 12th we celebrated our DCA volunteers with a recognition breakfast, catered by Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events. The hard work, commitment and enthusiasm of our many volunteers allows the DCA to continue to enrich the community in so many ways. We are grateful for what they do to support our mission.






























Our Annual Plant Sale & Tea was a great success!  Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the day.






































We had our May Women’s Luncheon with Eve Mauger who spoke about pruning hydrangeas and roses.  Peggy Raleigh was presented with a hydrangea bush of her own for her many years as our Women’s Luncheons Committee Chairman.  We will miss you Peggy!

















Author Gregg Swain came and spoke about her book, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game, which is the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mah Jongg, offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles.








Looking forward to seeing you in June at the DCA!




Slate for the 2016-2017 DCA Board of Directors

According to the DCA bylaws, the Board of Directors slate must be made available to the membership 30 days in advance of the Annual Meeting.

At this year’s DCA Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 19th at 9:30am, Kristen Harnisch will celebrate the launch of her second historical novel, The California Wife. The event will be preceded by several minutes of DCA business, but is open to the public.  Click for full details and online registration.

Darien Community Association Board of Directors: Proposed Slate 2016/17

President                                          Ulla Kremer
Executive VP                                     open
Secretary                                          Sue Hayes
Finance VP/Treasurer                       Tom Taylor
Investment Chair                               Joe Duwan
Membership Chair                             Susan Hamill
Nominating Chair                              Sue Hayes
Programs VP                                      Kristen Harnisch
Property VP                                       Norman Kenyon
Director                                             Sig Buchmayr
Director                                             Chris Filmer
Director                                             Judi Linskey
Director                                             Michele Litt
Director                                             Cindy Ryan
Director                                             Deb Suckow
Director                                             Anita Walter 


Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

Patiently waiting for the Easter Egg Hunt to begin.

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/moms-morning-in-childrens-activities/http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/moms-morning-in-childrens-activities/waiting patiently 3





Here comes the Easter Bunny!






Ready, set, go get the eggs!

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/moms-morning-in-childrens-activities/ready and go2ready and go 3





A fun time was had by all!

easter bunny & kidseaster bunny & kids 6easter bunny & kids 5easter bunny & kids 4easter bunny & kids 3easter bunny & kids 2can you find the easter bunny









family 2family 1 family 3back of easter bunny and peoplepeople

Job Opening: DCA Facilities Manager

The DCA’s long-time Facilities Manager, Stephen McGeachy, will be moving to the Boston area this summer.

We are currently seeking to fill this position.  As many of you might know, working at the DCA provides the opportunity for conscientious and community-minded individuals to support our non-profit mission, in a small office setting within a lovely historic estate, set on 8 acres of property.

Please click on this job description for details. Interested candidates should email their cover letter and resume to careers@dariendca.org, by April 18th.

More Photos from Our Studio 54 – Revisited Fundraiser

Visit our DCA Facebook page to see more great photos from our Studio 54 – Revisited fundraiser.


Did You Dance with “John Travolta”?

Thank You for a Wonderful Studio 54 – Revisited Fundraiser

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/studio54revisited/Between the disco dance moves, “John Travolta,” 70s inspired decorations and all those auction prizes… our Studio 54 – Revisited fundraiser last Saturday night was a great event!

To those who joined us for the evening, the volunteers who worked so hard on every detail, and our donors and sponsors, thank you for your support, and for making the evening a success for the DCA mission, including scholarships for Darien High School graduates.

Here are a few pictures from the fundraiser.  More pictures to come throughout the week so check back in with us!

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/studio54revisited/Did you make it passed our security bouncer?






http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/studio54revisited/Did you get a chance to dance with “John Travolta”?








































More pictures to come throughout the week so check back in with us!