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.

More DCA Scholarships Awarded

2015 DCA Scholarships have been awarded to 22 returning college studentsEvery year, the DCA funds scholarships for not only new, but returning college students as well. These scholarships are made possible by donations and income from programs, house rentals and the Thrift Shop – thank you for your support.

For 2015, on top of the 18 awards presented to 2015 graduates, 22 awards were given to students continuing their college education.

Want to see who’s earned these awards? Click here to view the scholarship page…

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of DCA scholarships!Congratulations Graduates!
Darien High School DCA Scholarship Winners

The DCA is the largest provider of scholarships to Darien High School graduates. Contributing $50,000 a year, we fund scholarships for not only new, but returning college students as well.

We’re delighted to announce the scholarship winners from the 2015 DHS graduating class:

Path to the Future Awards were given to 15 graduates: Christina Boccadoro, Laura Boccadoro, Jessica Campbell, Rebecca DeMaio, James Fox, Jack Garfield, Peter Grant, Abiha Jafri, Kyla Johns, Ashley Mailhot, Said Mammadov, James “Alex” Mitchell, Alex Molwitz, Viara Radoulova and Andrew Trautmann.

In addition, three students received named scholarship awards: Dominique Guilford for The Heights at Darien Scholarship; Corey Frate for the Brendan Shay Scholarship; and Christina Chariott for the Joy Family Scholarship.

For further details please view the DCA’s website at dariendca.org

Pictured above L-R top row: Corey Frate, James “Alex” Mitchell, Jack Garfield, James Fox, Peter Grant. L-R bottom row: Dominique Guilford, Kyla Johns, Christina Chariott. Not pictured: Christina Boccadoro, Laura Boccadoro, Jessica Campbell, Rebecca DeMaio, Abiha Jafri, Said Mammadov, Ashley Mailhot, Alex Molwitz, Viara Radoulova, and Andrew Trautmann.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Explore Shakespeare on the Sound!

The DCA presents key players from Shakespeare on the Sound on Thursday, May 28th, for the DCA General Program and Annual MeetingYou love their affordable, professional open-air productions in Rowayton and elsewhere. Now learn a bit more about this fabulous group.

We are fortunate to have two key players of the Shakespeare on the Sound (SOS) organization presenting for our final General Program of the year. Claire Kelly is the SOS Director of Education – Artistic Associate, and Emily Bryan, is a Shakespeare Scholar and consultant, and Darien native.

Thursday, May 28th

Yes, this event is free to DCA members; $10 to the public. Reservations are requested…

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Job Opening – Communications Manager

Looking to use your marketing skills in Darien?

We are currently seeking to fill the position of Communications Manager for our multifaceted non-profit. Please view the job description on our Careers page. Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to careers@dariendca.org, by June 1st, 2015.

Feel free to tell your friends…

Last Chance Plant Sale! Tuesday, May 12th

Iris domestica is one of the many beautiful, organically-grown plants available at the DCA's Last Chance Plant Sale to be held Tuesday, May 12th from 9:00 - 11:00am behind the DCA Greenhouse.Last Chance Plant Sale!
Today, Tuesday, May 12th
9:00 – 11:00am

Behind the DCA Greenhouse

Snap up some big bargains on organically-grown plants this week.

Choose from a wide assortment, including Blackberry Lily (shown), Gaura, Foxglove, Heuchera, Liriope, native Lobelia , Salvia, Toad Lily, Nicotiana, Zinnia, Japanese Painted Fern and more. Greenhouse Group members will be on hand to answer questions and help make suggestions.

Prices are low! Most are $1 – $5 each.

Join us behind the Greenhouse. Cash or check only please…

Today is the last day to sign up for tea! (Wed., May 6th)

Join us for our Plant Sale Tea on Friday, May 8th at the DCAPlant Sale Tea
This Friday, May 8th
11:00am – 3:00pm (2pm last booking)

Shop at the DCA Plant Sale and stay for afternoon tea.
What a perfect day!

Reservations for tea are required. Click to make yours!

Annual Plant Sale & Tea – Friday, May 8th!

Dicentra ‘Gold Heart' - one of the stand-out plants available at the DCA Plant Sale on Friday, May 8thLooking for something special for your garden? Our Greenhouse Group offers plants that are either strong performers (we know because we’ve grown them), or are exciting new releases from reputable plant breeders (that you won’t find at Home Depot).

Friday, May 8th
Sale – 8:30am – 12:30pm
View some of our star plants through this link.

Tea – 11:00am – 3:00pm (2pm last booking)
Reserve your table through this link (required by Wed., May 6th)

New Slate for the 2015-2016 DCA Board of Directors

How exciting! The new slate for our incoming 2015-2016 Board of Directors has been announced!

President – Ulla Kremer
EVP – Open
Secretary – Sue Hayes
Finance VP/Treasurer – Tom Taylor
Program VP – Diane Schlinkert
Property VP – Norman Kenyon
Investment Chair – Dorothy Baker
Membership Chair – Susan Hamill
Nominating Chair – Sue Hayes
Directors at Large – Sig Buchmayr, Joe Duwan, Chris Filmer, Kristen Harnisch, Judi Linskey, Sue Maguire, Cindy Ryan, Deb Suckow, Anita Walter, Lucia Zachowski

DCA members have the opportunity to approve the slate at our annual meeting, on Thursday, May 28th, prior to the “Behind the Scenes: Shakespeare on the Sound” presentation. Will you be attending this event? Please let us know by registering through this link.

We enjoyed gardening with you!

The DCA Greenhouse Group will run their annual Free Spring Gardening Workshop on April 21st, 2015.Free Spring Gardening Workshop
Tuesday, April 21st

9:30 – 11:30am

Thank you to so many of you for joining us for a beautiful day outdoors.

A few photos have been loaded to Facebook, to help us remember those rose-pruning tips!

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