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.

Thanks to all who came to our “Denim & Diamonds Hoedown” Fundraiser at the DCA !

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Between the live country band, the dance exhibitions, delicious food and all those auction prizes… last night’s fundraiser 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. We have some great photos which are posted on the DCA Facebook page. Please feel free to add yours too!

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DCA Planning Survey

http://dariendca.org/The DCA is working to create a strategic plan with a clear direction and focus for our work over the next 2-3 years. An important step in the planning process is to hear from the community – our members, donors, program participants, clients, community partners, and others – to tell us what you feel is working and what could be done better. 

We would appreciate your taking the time to complete a short 5-10 minute survey using the link provided below.  For those wishing to expand on your survey responses and tell us even more, you will have the opportunity at the end of the survey to sign up for a one hour focus group. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DCA17

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and for helping us plan for the DCA’s future.   

Join Us This Week to Hear Our Last Thursday Morning Academic Lecture Series Presenter

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/academic-lecture-series/Last week over 200 people enjoyed Fiona Hill’s presentation on “Barbarians at the Gate? The EU Confronts the Outside World.”

Join us this Thursday, January 26th, to hear Gregory Maniatis from the Migration Policy Institute discuss “Why Should We Care? The Strategic and Human Significance of the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis.”  Single tickets ($30) will be available at the door.

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/academic-lecture-series/Gregory A. Maniatis is Senior Advisor to Peter Sutherland, the UN Special Representative for Migration, Senior Advisor at the Open Society Foundations, Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, and a co-director of Columbia University’s Global Policy Initiative. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Maniatis has worked closely with the European Commission, EU member state governments, the European Parliament, international organizations, and civil society groups on all aspects of migration policy. 

There is still time to purchase your tickets for the conclusion of our Academic Lecture Series on Monday evening, January 30th.  There will be a reception at 7:30pm and the lecture will begin at 8:00pm. Constanze Stelzenmüller from the Brookings Institution will speak about “America’s Most Essential Alliance.”  Some single tickets ($30) for the Monday evening lecture & reception will be available at the door.

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/academic-lecture-series/Constanze Stelzenmüller, an expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy, is the inaugural Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. Prior to working at Brookings, she was a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), where she directed the influential Transatlantic Trends survey program. Her areas of expertise include: transatlantic relations; German foreign policy; NATO; the European Union’s foreign, security, and defense policy; international law; and human rights.

Click to purchase Monday evening tickets online and for more details about our speakers.

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.      

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/womens-group-luncheons/During this month’s Women’s Luncheons: “Starting Your Own Business,” Holly Hurd of VentureMom shared stories of success and discussed five key components to starting your own venture. 

 

 

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Our Wine Appreciation Series with Nicholas Roberts started with the “Introduction to Wine Appreciation” class which concentrated on tasting techniques and the senses.  Everyone was excited to demonstrate what they had learned in the class as they tasted four different wines.

 

 

 

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

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/academic-lecture-series/Over 200 people came to hear Kathleen McNamara speak about “The Future of the European Union.”  Dr. McNamara is a Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her work focuses on the evolution of the European Union, the politics of the Euro and the European Central Bank, and international political economy issues more generally.

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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.