Neighborhood Squirrel | Playing and Saving in Greater Danbury, CT 365 Days a Year» Bethel Looking for something to do in the Greater Danbury Area? Our 365Danbury blog has you covered! Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:40:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Connecticut’s Annual Sales Tax Free Week 2013 Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:09:46 +0000 365Danbury Have you started your back to school shopping yet? Or maybe you need something new for yourself? Connecticut’s annual holiday from the sales tax begins on Sunday, August 18th and runs through Saturday, August 24th. 
During this third week of August, individual items of clothing and footwear that cost less than $300 are completely exempt from state sales tax – other than sports equipment, specialty clothing, jewelry and accessories. Store sales, catalog and on-line purchases, purchases on layaway and rentals are exempt. In addition, the tax free holiday week includes items valued at more but discounted to under $300 with sales, coupons and similar merchant promotions.   
Check those sales ads and get your coupons ready! You could score a real bargain this week! And as always, don’t forget to shop local when possible. For every $100 spent in a locally-owned business, $68 returns to the community. Spend the same amount at a national retailer and only $43 comes back. Spend it online and the local community receives $0 (Source:  Civic Economics 2008 Study).
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Bethel Summer Fest Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:21:35 +0000 365Danbury bethel-summer-festLooking for something to do this weekend?  Check out Bethel Summer Fest from Friday, July 12th to Sunday, July 14th.

Celebrate summer with the largest Summer Festival Bethel has ever experienced.   The Square will be filled with vendors, activities for the kids, and music. This is a shopping, dining, and playing experience you won’t want to miss.

  • Vendors/Crafters/Food and Sidewalk Sales will take place along Greenwood Ave all weekend long.
  • Beer Fest highlighting the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them-Friday 6pm-8:30pm
  • Voice of Bethel and Live Music on the Lawn of the Library all day Saturday.
  • Touch a Truck on the Lawn of the Municipal Center – Saturday.

Visit for complete details on the event or call the office at 203-743-6500. 

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Bethel Community Market Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:02:37 +0000 365Danbury The Bethel Community Market starts this Thursday, June 21st from 4pm-7pm, rain or shine!

Located on the front lawn of the Municipal Center at 1 School Street, this market will run every Thursday now through September. There are different activities and events planned for each week. Join in on the fun and show your support of shopping locally! 

Many of last year’s food vendors will be returning as well as some new vendors.  There will be food, desserts, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, meats as well as crafts, gifts, books, and children’s activities!

Click here to view a list of vendors.


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Annual Connecticut Open House Day 2013 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:50:40 +0000 365Danbury Connecticut-Open-House-DayOn Saturday, June 8th, Connecticut’s Office of Tourism invites residents of all ages to discover Connecticut’s many inspiring attractions during the ninth annual Connecticut Open House Day. As part of the statewide event, 190+ destinations feature a variety of special offers for residents, from free admission at Gillette Castle in East Haddam, PEZ Visitor Center in Orange or a Chester/Hadlyme Ferry across the Connecticut River, to discounted outdoor activities like a Connecticut River cruise with RiverQuest, tubing and wakeboarding with Waterski CT or even special gifts at iconic destinations, such as the Governor’s Residence, Lime Rock Park and more.

Open House Day provides a unique opportunity for residents to explore some of Connecticut’s still revolutionary destinations and attractions at a discount rate or even for free. Residents can visit inspiring destinations across the state from the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, the Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, the Glass House in New Canaan, the Essex Steam Train, Mystic Aquarium, to the Thomas Lee House in Niantic - Connecticut’s recently voted still revolutionary Town of the Year.

Below is a listing of  some nearby events by town.  For a full list of events across the state, click here.


Bethel Historical Society
40 Main St.
Bethel, CT
(203) 794-1050
Listen to the tales with a guided tour of the town’s historic Center Cemetery, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The museum will be open 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Ave.
Bridgeport, CT
(203) 394-6565
Free admission for the first 100 visitors from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Discovery Museum
4450 Park Ave.
Bridgeport, CT
(203) 372-3521
From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., visitors receive half price off general admission.


Gallery at Still River Editions
128 East Liberty St.
Danbury, CT
(203) 791-1474
From noon until 5 p.m. is the opening reception for Nearly Forgotten, an exhibit of photographs by Catherine Vanaria of hats from the Danbury Museum & Historical Society’s collection. At 3 p.m., there will an artist talk and presentation. Light refreshments served.

YMCA ESCAPE to the Arts
293 Main St.
Danbury, CT
(203) 794-1413
From noon until 4 p.m., view the exhibition Destination Connecticut (June 10-July 19), showcasing a variety of works depicting destinations landmarks and imagery in Connecticut. Artists will also be demonstrating their skills and children can make a craft.

New Milford

New Milford Historical Society Museum
6 Aspetuck Ave.
New Milford, CT
(860) 354-3069
Free admission from noon until 3 p.m.


Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main St.
Ridgefield, CT
(203) 438-4519
Free admission from noon until 5 p.m. Activities include opening of Legacy: Photographs from the Emily Fisher Landau Collection, docent-led tours, and lunch provided from one of the finest food trucks.

Keeler Tavern Museum
132 Main St.
Ridgefield, CT
(203) 438-5485
Open from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. offering a special two for one discount. Site on the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route.

Suzanne Benton Studio & Art Showcase
22 Donnelly Dr.
Ridgefield, CT
(203) 438-4650
Open artist studio from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., showing a slide show: My Life with Masks and providing complimentary invitation cards and one catalog.

For a complete list of participating venues updated daily go to  More information, photos and news related to Open House can also be found on the Visit Connecticut Facebook page@CTvisit Twitter channel or VisitCT Pinterest page.

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37th Annual St. Mary School Carnival-Bethel, CT Tue, 14 May 2013 21:15:03 +0000 365Danbury Head to Bethel, CT Wednesday, May 15th-Sunday, May 19th for the 37th Annual St. Mary School Carnival!

The carnival returns to the front lawn of the Bethel Municipal Center this year. Rides, games, great food, Raffle, safe family fun, and a community atmosphere await all on Bethel’s Memorial Day Parade weekend! 

Wed – Fri 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 10:00pm
*Sunday 12:00pm – 2:00pm
*Sunday 4:00pm – 8:00pm

*Carnival will close from 2pm-4pm for the Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service on the front lawn


Raffle prizes:  1st Place = $5,000, 2nd Place = $1,000, and 3rd Place = $500! 

For more info, visit or call 203-744-2922.

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Mother’s Day Brunch 2013 Wed, 08 May 2013 00:13:56 +0000 365Danbury Mother's Day Brunch Danbury, CTDon’t forget Mom this Sunday! Several restaurants in the Danbury Area are offering brunch on Mother’s Day. Celebrate over a lovely meal with all the wonderful moms in your life!

Rizzuto’s, Bethel
Adults $29.95; Children 5-12 $15.95; Children 5 and under are FREE
Brunch includes a glass of Prosecco, Bellini, Mimosa or Bloody Mary and coffee or tea
Moms receive a $15 gift card for your next visit

Maggie McFly’s, Brookfield

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Danbury
Adults $38; Children 5-12 $17
Reservations required for 11am and 2pm seatings

Molly Darcy’s, Danbury
Taking Reservations

The Inn at Newtown, Newtown
$24.95 per person

1st and 10 Sports Bar and Grill, New Milford

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Discover Bethel Restaurant Week 2013 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 23:56:09 +0000 365Danbury Discover Bethel Restaurant WeekIf you’re anything like myself, you’ve lived in the area for a long time and still have yet to try many of our fine local establishments.  What better time to mark some of Bethel’s great eateries off your list than during the second annual ‘Discover Bethel Restaurant Week’ ?  

Running February 24th-March 3th, all participating restaurants will offer special prices and menus for lunch and dinner. While dining throughout the week you can make donations to the Sandy Hook Community and enter to win prizes for Gift Certificates and Danbury Whalers Hockey Tickets.

Participating Restaurants Include:

Stella Restaurant and Bar – 213 Greenwood Ave
Lunch Special – $10 or $15 prixe fix menu  (includes appetizer, entree, tiramisu and coffee)
Dinner Special – $30 prix fixe menu (includes appetizer, salad, entree, tiramisu, coffee and glass of house wine)
Click here for menu

Daily Fare – 13 Durant Ave 
Free Coffee or Scone with any lunch purchase

Sycamore Drive In Restaurant – 282 Greenwood Ave
10% off total bill

Sal’z Pizza – 211 Greenwood Ave.
Dine in only: House Salad, Fountain Sodas, Medium 1 Topping Pizza, House Made Cannoli or NY Style Cheesecake $19.99
Take Out 2 Large Cheese Pizzas for only $21.99

Greenwoods Grille and Ale House – 186 Greenwood Ave

O’neills Sandwich and Coffee Bar – 114 Greenwood Ave

LaZingara Restaurant – 8 PT Barnum Sq

Lebanese Cuisine – 23 Stony Hill Rd

LaFortuna Restaurant – 37 Stony Hill Rd
$14.99 per person lunch and dinner – Appetizer and Entree
Click here for menu

Putnam House Restaurant – 12 Depot Place

Rizzuto’s- 37 Stony Hill Road
$15 Prix-Fixe Lunch
$30 Prix-Fixe Dinner
Click here for the menu

Famous Pizza – 1 P.T. Barnum Sq.


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Super Bowl 2013: Commercials Sneak Peek and SHOP LOCAL! Sun, 03 Feb 2013 18:12:23 +0000 365Danbury Super Bowl 2013Today is game day! Considering where we live, chances are good that your team is not playing today. So, who are you rooting for?  The Ravents or the 49ers?

In our house, we are a mishmash of fans. I am Chicago loyal (even though I don’t really care about sports much), the hubs is a Chargers fan, our oldest loves the Panthers, and our little one roots for the Jets. If you are like us, you may feel that without your team on the field, the enthusiasm is just not the same. Well, at least for the game it’s not…

We still have the commercials! Widely known as the most expensive, sought after spots in advertising, each year all of the companies go the extra mile to entertain us. Releasing their Super Bowl ads prior to the big game used to be unheard of, but today with social media it is now the norm!

Below are a handful of the best rated commercials and  teasers according to I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! Have a favorite? Comment below…let’s see which one is the winner!


“Man vs Cheetah” (Skechers)

Getaway (Gildan)

“YourBigIdea.CO” Featuring a Sky Waitress and Danica Patrick (

“Wish Granted” Starring Kaley Cuoco (Toyota)

“Viva Young” (Taco Bell)

Good luck to both teams! And as always, if you are heading out or ordering in, please remember to support our local establishments!  



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2nd Annual Take Your Child to the Library Day Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:31:52 +0000 365Danbury take your child to the library dayNadine Lipman, a children’s librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, came up with the idea for Take Your Child to the Library Day and selected the first Saturday in February as the annual day of celebration. The idea gained popularity immediately, and librarians all over the country started planning special events, programs, and displays.

This year’s Take Your Child to the Library Day will be held on February 2nd, and several of our local libraries are participating!  See below for a list of libraries and events:

Bethel Public Library

For Kids of all ages.** Children 7 years old and under must be with an adult during the program. Parents and guardians of all children attending the program must remain in the building.

Bring your child to the Library on this Saturday to see what the Children’s Library has to offer in books, CD’s DVD’s and other materials and programs. Guest celebrity readers from the Bethel community will be reading classic and well known Children’s book titles on the hour beginning at 11:00 am and ending at 4:00 pm. Drop-ins are welcome but registration to listen to guest readers is recommended. Register at the Children’s Services Desk or by calling 203-794-8756, Ex. 5.

Brookfield Public Library

Calling all Dads, Grandads, Uncles and others!  You are invited to share some quality time, and delicious doughnuts, with the important children in your life at The Brookfield Library for our Doughnuts for Dads storytime.  Between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. we will share books, stories and more in our Community Room. No registration is required.

Danbury Public Library

Award winning musician, Laura Doherty will entertain children at 1:00 pm. Come enjoy this free kids event from 1pm-1:50pm. Giveaways for kids.

Newtown (C.H. Booth Library)

Enjoy a variety of fun filled activites throughout the day:

Meet SuperStar Bocker the Labradoodle:  11 am and 12 noon.
Bocker has made TV commercials and movies, but what he loves most is reading.
Hear Bockers story:  “Chasing Bocker’s Tale” and learn about his exciting life. Register here for 11 amRegister here for 12 pm.

Twisted Tales:  Balloon Fun and Silly Stories:  1:00 pm. Margie and Ellen are Newtown residents who love to make children laugh.  Balloon creations are matched with silly stories.  Everyone leaves with a balloon animal.  For ages 4-7. Please sign up here.

Sciencetellers:  Dragons & Dreams:  3:30 pm. Sciencetellers combine science with a tale about dragons and dreams using flash paper, exploding bottles, dry ice and more.   For ages 4 and up. Register here.

Ridgefield Public Library

10:30am-11am: Children ages 3 and up are invited for stories, songs and a short book-based film. No Registration.

10:30am-11:15am: The Woodcock Nature Center will visit the library for drop-in storytime. Children ages 3 and older are invited to hear stories and learn about hibernating creatures.

Contact Marybeth Rassulo at 203-438-2282 or email for more info.



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Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards from Newtown Kindness Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:08:53 +0000 365Danbury Charlotte BaconNewtown residents Aaron and Christi Carlson announce today the creation of Newtown Kindness and the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards. 

The organization and program was founded in memory of their friends’ daughter, Charlotte Bacon, a victim in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. It was established to support the Newtown community and encourage kids from around the world to engage in acts of kindness. 

“We believe that every act of kindness will honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy while creating more compassionate children around the globe,” said Newtown Kindness founder Aaron Carlson. “Charlotte was known for her daily acts of kindness. In her life, no kind deed was too small, and we want that message spread and honored in her name.” 

Newtown Kindness will focus its efforts around the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards. This initiative will encourage children from around the world to think about and perform simple acts of kindness. The children are also encouraged to tell their act of kindness story in writing or by drawing a picture for a chance to be recognized with a Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award.

Award winners will be chosen by a committee made up of Newtown residents, including the Carlson and Bacon families. The first annual awards will be announced on February 22, 2013, which is Charlotte’s birthday.

“My family has very much appreciated the many on-going and amazing acts of kindness, encouragement, love, support, and generosity we have received in so many different ways during these recent and most difficult days,” says Charlotte’s father Joel Bacon. “We have heard from so many friends, old and new, neighbors, community members, and even strangers from around the world. It is our hope to continue this mission to encourage others to be kind to others and spread love and hope to one another. The habits of good deeds, especially developed in children, will have an immensely powerful and positive influence in our future generations.”

“This campaign provides a gentle way for this tragic experience to have a positive influence on our children — teaching them a valuable life skill,” adds Carlson. “We understand that there are many levels of comprehension by our children, from those directly affected by this tragedy to those not aware of the situation at all. We believe that our program is an appropriate option for parents to decide at what level they would like their children to comprehend this tragedy, while having some fun.”

Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards information:

  • Anyone the age of 18 and under is eligible.
  • Entries preferred, but not restricted, from ages 18 and under.
  • Entries are open to children in any location, and not restricted to Newtown.  
  • Entries must include name, age, contact information, and must received by February 21, 2013
  • There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per entry, which will go to the Charlotte Bacon Kindness Fund (c/o Wells Fargo). Profits will be directed to a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports the Newtown Community in honor of Charlotte Bacon.
  • The winners will be announced on February 22, 2013 on Charlotte’s Birthday
  • Entries can be sent by mail (Charlotte Bacon Kindness Fund, 2 Old Farm Hill Rd, Newtown, CT 06470) or email

For more on how to enter, and updated news on Newtown Kindness, visit: or

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