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 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.

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Do you want to play a game? New classes start next week!

Learn to play Bridge, Mah Jongg or Canasta at the DCANovember 5, 6 and 7 will see the start of five classes, teaching beginners how to play Mah Jongg, Canasta or Bridge. Four of these classes still have space for new students.

Click (or copy & paste) the appropriate link below for full details, and please note the date by which prepayment is required, so you don’t miss out!

Beginning Mah Jongg – http://dariendca.org/event-registration/?ee=1882
Learn & Play Canasta - http://dariendca.org/event-registration/?ee=1878
Beginning Bridge (1 class open) – http://dariendca.org/event-registration/?ee=1890
Intermediate Beginning Bridge – http://dariendca.org/event-registration/?ee=1900

DCA Art Lecture Series Concludes Thursday with Sorolla

Sorolla is the subject of the final DCA 2014 Art Lecture Series event on Thursday, October 9th, presented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of AmericaJoin us for our final event of the 2014 DCA Art Lecture Series – El Greco, Goya & Sorolla: Three Artistic Visions – on Thursday, October 30th at 11:00am. Presenter Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of America, will lecture on Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923), the foremost Spanish artist, and surely the best-known internationally at the turn of the twentieth century.

Prepay by Tuesday, October 28th through the link below to enjoy a full gourmet Spanish-themed lunch including paella, tapas and more ($45 for DCA members; $50 public price). Alternatively, lecture only tickets are available online, or at the door ($20 DCA; $25 public).

Click for full series details.

2014 Art Lecture Series continues with Goya on Thursday

Goya is the subject of the 2nd DCA 2014 Art Lecture Series event on Thursday, October 9th, presented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of AmericaJoin us on Thursday, October 16th at 11:00am to hear Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of America, present on Goya, one of the first great modern artists, and the giant in Spanish art at the end of the Enlightenment and the beginning of Romanticism..

Lecture only tickets are available at the door. $20 for DCA members; $25 public price. Click for full series details.

New Bridge Classes for Beginners

The Darien Community Association (DCA) offers Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate and Duplicate Bridge.Ready to learn the game all your friends are playing? Classes for two levels of beginners are now available.

Beginning Bridge
Wednesdays, starting November 5th

Intermediate Beginning Bridge
Tuesdays, starting November 4th

View full details and online registration through this link 

2014 Art Lecture Series begins this morning with El Greco

In conjunction with the 2014 DCA Art Lecture Series, a special Guided Tour of The Hispanic Society of America will be held on Thursday, October 23rd, led by Dr. Cristina Domenech, Coordinator of Education & Public Programs for HSAJoin us this morning at 11:00am to hear Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of America, present on El Greco, who is now understood to have been a harbinger of modernism, capturing artistic imaginations centuries later.

Lecture only tickets are available at the door. $20 for DCA members; $25 public price. Click for full series details.

Join us tonight for Robert B. Fiske, Jr – 7:30pm

High profile lawyer Robert B. Fiske Jr. will speak at the DCA on Tuesday, October 7th at 7:30pm.Join us tonight – Tuesday, October 7th at 7:30pm – to hear from legendary legal mind, Robert B. Fiske, Jr.

Yes, he’ll speak about past cases, but this former Darien resident will also share stories from living in Darien: playing ice-hockey on what was known as Tison Pond on Tokeneke Road; attending school at Hindley; playing hockey for DHS; and working actively with the Police Commission, Land Trust and the Youth Hockey Program.

Hope to see you here! Click for event details (Walk-ins are welcome)

It’s official! DCA Bird Sanctuary, now open to the public

The DCA Bird Sanctuary was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 30thThank you to all who joined us at our “official” opening of the DCA Bird Sanctuary. First Selectman Jayme Stephenson even proclaimed it DCA Bird Sanctuary Day in Darien!

The meandering trails, butterfly garden, and native plantings are now available to the public during daylight hours. See you in the woods! (Image: Cindy Ryan cutting the ribbon)

DCA Bird Sanctuary “Official” Opening – Tuesday, September 30th, 9:30am

Join us for the DCA Bird Sanctuary "official" opening on Tuesday, September 30th at 9:30am.After more than two years of extensive work by volunteers, it’s now time to celebrate the “official” opening of our DCA Bird Sanctuary.

The bird sanctuary is a wonderful asset for the public to enjoy, and would not be possible without the support of a number of businesses and community organizations, particularly the Darien Foundation for Technology and Community. Join us at the opening to thank all those involved, and to celebrate this beautiful space.

RSVPs for this free event are requested, and can be made through this link.

Book Signing with Kristen Harnisch, this Friday

Author Kristen Harnisch is featured at the DCA's Book Signing event on Friday, September 19th.Kristen Harnisch is a well-known Darien mom and blogger who now has author to add to her titles.

Join us this Friday for a book signing to celebrate her debut novel, The Vintner’s Daughter, a romantic and historical fiction set in wine country.

Friday, September 19th
10:00am

Click for full details and reservations.