Monthly Archives: July 2012

Greater Danbury Irish Festival Canceled for 2012


For many years The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) and the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center have  hosted the festival, bringing in Irish-theme entertainment, vendors and artists.

This year we have some sad news. As some of you may have already heard, we’ll be unable to put on the GDIF in 2012. The reasons for this are many, but the single biggest factors are time and money. We know we’ll disappoint a lot of people with this news and are currently focusing on the festival for 2013.

Our apologies to all who have enjoyed (as we have) over the past several years, and our heartfelt thanks to those who have supported it and made it possible. This is a difficult decision for us and we treasure the friends and memories we’ve made over the years. We’ll be working hard focusing on making 2013’s festival a new and exciting experience for our guests.

We are sorry we must take a year to regroup; and we’ll miss it as much as you will. In the meantime, we hope you continue to support the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, AOH, and LAOH as well as the talented artists who have supported us over the years.

Editor’s note: On Sunday, August 26th at 2:00 p.m., there will be a special fundraiser at the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, 6 Lake Ave. Danbury, for the Irish Festival. A children’s black light puppet show will be presented by Ultra Violet Puppets. Children will enjoy the puppet show where puppets and bubbles glow in the dark. Tickets are $1o and include glow sticks,  soda and popcorn. For ticket information please contact the Irish Club at 203-739-0010 or email


Macaroni Kids & Daily Fare Present Free Kid’s Play Date Tuesday

Macaroni Kids & Daily Fare Present Free Kid’s Play Date Tuesday

Sent in my Meghan Friedland, editor/publisher mom of Macaroni Kid Bethel/Danbury/Ridgefield–

Macaroni Kid and The Daily Fare (Bethel Train Station, 13 Durant Ave., Bethel) have teamed up to create and host a FREE playdate and light lunch for moms and kids on Tuesday, July 31st from 1PM-2PM. Moms and kids will enjoy:

  • A sampling of light lunch fare by Chef Robin of Daily Fare
  • Mini cooking demo for the kids given by Chef Robin of Daily Fare (most allergies will be taken into consideration)
  • Live poetry/book reading from Chocolate Chips and Rocket Ships by Bethel author, John O’Marra
  • Free craft activity table
  • Take-home goody bag for the kids

For more information, email, or call: 203.743.7300. Hope to see you all there!

Friends of the Bethel Library to Hold Book Sale August 25-27

Friends of the Bethel Library to Hold Book Sale August 25-27

From The Friends of the Bethel Library–

The Friends of the Bethel Library is holding its annual book sale August 25 to August 27 2012, in the general purpose room of the Bethel Municipal Center on School Street in Bethel.  Early bird shoppers are welcome on Saturday, August 25, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., for an entrance fee of $10.00.  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all books are offered at full price.  On Sunday, August 26, sale hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all books will be half price.  Monday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and a $5.00 “Bag Sale” closes out the event.  We have an unusually large number of  books available this year, as well as CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, and ephemera.  All are pre-sorted for convenience.  This annual sale is an important fund-raiser for the Friends of the Bethel Library, as well as a great opportunity for shoppers to build or extend their personal libraries at bargain prices.

Fire Marshal Urges Residents to Check Smoke Alarms After Reservoir Street House Fire

Fire Marshal Urges Residents to Check Smoke Alarms After Reservoir Street House Fire

The following is a press release from: Thomas Galliford, Fire Marshal

On Friday July 27 at around 12:30 p.m. Bethel and Stony Hill Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at 30 Reservoir St. Fire Department personnel quickly extinguished the fire.

The cause of the fire appears to be electrical in nature in the attic area and exact cause still under investigation.  The home suffered moderate fire and water damage.  Building occupants are staying with neighbors. No injuries were reported.

The homeowner became aware of the fire after hearing the smoke detectors sounding.  It is very important to note that working smoke alarms save lives!

Please check your home to be sure your smoke detectors are working properly and call 911 as soon as you see smoke or flames.

Tommie Turvey to Perform Live at 2nd Company Governor’s Horse Guard

Tommie Turvey to Perform Live at 2nd Company Governor’s Horse Guard

Tommie Turvey- photo contributed.

Can you say extreme? That’s Equine Extreme(ist) Tommie Turvey — and his amazing horses — who will perform live at The Second Company Governor’s Horse (2GHG) in Newtown, CT on Saturday, August 11, 2012.

The show and accompanying vendor marketplace will kick off the “2GHG Commandant’s Cavalcade 2012”, the 1st annual equine and agricultural event hosted by 2GHG as a way of celebrating the rich history of Connecticut’s Cavalry while raising much-needed funds to continue their community mission.

A whole day of family fun is promised starting with the opening of the marketplace at 11:00am which will feature 150+ tables of artisans and craftspeople, equine and agricultural merchants, farms and CSA’s, specialty food vendors, horse and dog breeders, and much more. Also opening at 11:00am will be a meet & greet of the Troopers of 2GHG and their mounts. Children will have the opportunity to meet the special people and horses of 2GHG and “adopt” their favorite. There will also be live music all day with 2000+ visitors and show attendees expected.

Tommie Turvey and his sidekick Poker Joe travel the world performing their signature acts to sold out crowds at some of the biggest shows in North America including the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Night of the Horse in Del Mar, and many, many more. In 2009, Pokerjoe was immortalized as a Breyer® Horse model. Tommie’s black and white Paint Horse, “Joker” who is the work horse of the bunch was chosen as the Celebration Breyer® Model Horse in 2006.

In addition to being the most sought after entertainer in the industry, Tommie is in high demand as a clinician for his no-nonsense training ideals. He has worked for the likes of William Shatner, Linda and Pat Parelli, Clinton Anderson, and John Lyons and has been a featured performer at Disney in Paris, France; Medieval Times and Arabian Nights in Orlando, Florida and toured with the Royal Hannaford Circus.

As a professional stuntman and trainer, he has appeared with his horses in “Jonah Hex”, AMC’s “the Walking Dead”, “Batman: Dark Night”, Larry the Cable Guy’s “Witless Protection”, and HBO’s “John Adams”. Tommie was also the stunt trainer/coordinator for “The Greening of Whitney Brown” which will be shown as a one-night-only feature at Edmond Town hall on Friday, August 10th at 7:00PM and 9:00PM.

In addition to Tommie Turvey, there will be other live equestrian performers as well as other Cavalry like Sheldon’s Horse/The 2nd Continental Light Dragoons and several more to be announced.

Major Gordon Johnson has led this all-volunteer state militia unit — part of Connecticut’s National Guard — for blank years. An elected position, Major Johnson is revered by all who serve under him and well-respected by all to whom he serves. Today, 2GHG is an active Cavalry Unit serving the Governor and the State of Connecticut at the direction of the Connecticut Army National Guard, under the command of the Adjutant General, Major General Thaddeus J. Martin. Originally formed to attend and escort the Governor, 2GHG was chartered in 1808 and is one of the oldest cavalry units in continuous service in the United States, with a history throughout the years of dedicated service to the citizenry of the State of Connecticut in times of peace and war and to the preservation of the Cavalry in Connecticut. 2GHG remains ever conscious of its responsibilities to the citizens of Connecticut and thankful to those who have made their continuing existence possible.

The idea to further engage and educate the community to the mission of 2GHG was the genesis of the development of this annual community event. Conceived of by Mary Fellows — owner of Little Merry Fellows (www. and Anne Vogel —owner of Vogel Marketing Group ( Mary, an accomplished businesswoman both in her wholesale/retail private label business as well as show and event planning — is a Newtown resident with a long history of community service. She is the founder and operator of Newtown’s farmer’s market (now in its 10th year) as well as the founder of the Sandy Hook Tree lighting. Additionally, she sits on the board of directors of Edmond Town Hall.

Anne Vogel, also a Newtown resident is the founder of Vogel Marketing Group — a creative marketing, graphic design and promotion firm now in its 14th year — with offices in Bethel, CT and King of Prussia, PA. Anne and her staff have planned numerous equestrian events with Olympians such as Anne Kursinski and Eric Horgan. Anne is also known for her community service in championing fund-raising events for Danbury Hospital Children’s Development Fund as well as events to benefit children with life-threatening and serious illnesses.

Say Mary and Anne; “The plan was to develop an annual family fun event at 2GHG that will be a yearly destination event for people from CT and other surrounding states. Something everyone would look forward to and wait for every summer — like our own Bridgewater Fair.”

Funds raised during this event will be applied toward 2GHG programs such as: Saddle Up for Life: a recreational horseback-riding program for people with disabilities — a 100% volunteer program, with Troopers and members of the community working together to ensure its safety and success. Horses for Hospitals: a $5.00 donation enables 2GHG to bring a hospitalized child a plush horse.

Tickets are available NOW online at — where ticket purchasers can buy and download their tickets and print right on their home printers.

To book a marketplace table, advertising space in the 150-page program booklet, or a fence banner call Anne Vogel at 203. 798. 0000 or Mary Fellows at 203. 313. 9908.

For an interview with Tommie Turvey, Major Gordon Johnson, Mary Fellows or Anne Vogel call Anne Vogel at 203. 798. 0000 or Mary Fellows at 203. 313. 9908.

Irish Cultural Center Keeps Tradition Alive With Family-Friendly Community Center

Irish Cultural Center Keeps Tradition Alive With Family-Friendly Community Center

“May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all your heart might desire.”

~Irish Blessing

For the last 3 years the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center has been in their new location at 6 Lake Avenue in Danbury, members have been working hard to add new and exciting programs to their schedule to keep the Irish heritage alive and well in the Greater Danbury area.  The goals of their organization are to teach about Irish heritage and culture for their own enrichment, as well as the for the next generation.   Classes and workshops for Irish language, dance, music, singing, genealogy, history and Gaelic help preserve the Irish heritage and carry on time-honored traditions. Events  include Irish language days, concerts, plays, games, lectures, book clubs and seisiúin.

Currently, the club offers weekly Irish language for beginners and intermediate levels as well as weekly céilí and set dancing classes and monthly seisiún.  and an annual 3 day Irish Festival (the Danbury Irish Festival) with a full program of traditional Irish cultural entertainment. Working with Irish dance and language instructors Philip Owens and Terry Gillan, owners of Gilleoghan Irish Dance in Bethel, the club brings in high quality lessons and education at affordable prices. Children and adults alike participate in the family friendly events and classes in the warm and welcoming atmosphere.

In addition to traditional Irish offerings, the club blends the old world with the new with fun nights such as Trivia Tuesdays and  Karaoke Thursdays with host Johnny Love, and live bands on Friday and Saturday evenings.  People of all backgrounds are considered for membership to the Irish Club under a sponsorship program, however to become a member of the Ancient Order of  Hibernians which also meets at the club, one must be of Irish Catholic descent.

New this summer is a brand new menu, created by their Johnson and Wales trained alum, Chef Brian. Working to keep traditional Irish fare on the menu while also adding American favorites, Chef Brian prepares food to please all palettes. Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday evening. The pub offers imported and domestic bottled and tap beers, as well as wine and liquor all at very reasonable prices.

The Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center’s biggest event of the year is the Danbury Irish Festival- a weekend of Irish food, culture, music and vendors- held at the Ives Center, September 28, 29, and 30, 2012. More details to follow.

For more information about the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, please click here.

For more information about the Danbury Irish Festival, please click here.