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The Stamford CT motto – “The City That Works” – suggests more of the Puritan Work Ethic than the Pleasure Principal. The world headquarters of Pitney Bowes and Starwood Hotels, and trading floors of UBS and RBS, among many other multinational corporations, mark Stamford’s skyline. Worker-bee commuters with commerce on their minds swarm into Connecticut’s 4th largest city (after Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford), just 45 minutes by Metro North train from Manhattan. But there is another side to Stamford – which happens to be this Maven’s home – one that has less to do with profits and more with pleasure. And sometimes weirdness. We’ve got Jerry Springer, a church in the shape of a fish, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and a surprisingly vibrant nightlife. Vibrant enough to bring New York City dwellers out to the burb’s. These contradictions are what make Stamford so intriguing as an Offbeat Getaway: that and the fact that the culinary scene is so darn amazing. Of course I’ll let you in on my favorite haunts:
What to Do In Stamford CT
VISIT: The Stamford Museum and Nature Center. This treasure of a local attraction is worth a morning or afternoon, if only to engage in meaningful eye contact with two acrobatic otters that implore you to stay in their homey enclosure. “Don’t leave us,” their antics beseech. But you must, in order to see all there is to see in this complex that includes an art museum lodged within the former country home of retail mogul Heni Bendel, a “heritage breed” farm housing a corps of barnyard animals from bygone days including a dozen breeds of chickens, pigs, sheep and bovines, nature trails that feature sculptures and wildlife, a “Nature’s Playground” that allows kids (and kids at heart) to sprawl out in an “hawk’s nest,” and an observatory with a 22 inch telescope open to the public most Friday nights.
There’s always some goat or lamb, piglet or calf being born in the Spring, a season that also brings the popular Sheep Shearing Festival. Programs abound, for kids and adults, but if time is short, stare down “Big Sis” – the resident 800 lb pig, and of course, be sure to say goodbye to the otters when you leave. Heckscher Farm, Daily 9 am – 5 pm; April – October, Daily 9 am – 4 pm; November – March, Bendel Mansion & Galleries,Mon.- Sat., 9 am – 5 pm; Sun., 11 am – 5 pm, $10 adults, $5 kids.
WALK: Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens. Trails throughout the 91-acre tree sanctuary lead past lawns, woodlands and brooks. If exotic species of plants and trees are your thing, an afternoon here will offer pure bliss. Open daily from 9am until sunset, $5 donation.
VISIT: First Presbyterian Church AKA “Fish Church.” Yes, this church was built in the shape of a fish, and this out of the ordinary edifice is what most people see when they pass by on busy Bedford Street. But step inside and you are suddenly in the center of a massive kaleidoscope. Designed by Wallace K. Harrison – the architect who led the multinational team that designed the UN Building in New York, and who also had his hand in building Rockefeller Center and Lincoln Center – the stunning sanctuary opened in 1958.
For more on what to do and where to eat in Stamford, CT, you’ll find it on www.getawaymavens.com
What is a Maven?
Someone who knows a lot about one thing; an expert.
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Travel journalists who know quite a bit about Northeast Travel.
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These “Curated” trips give you specific game plans for what to see, which tours to take, where to eat and stay. Check out GetawayMavens.com.
Our own Independent Theater House, The Avon Theater, is a Community Treasure. For just $120 a year per couple, you are entitled to nearly half off each movie ticket; $6 members, $11 non-members, and invited to special free previews and celebrity events. A GREAT GIFT!
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Housed in a cavernous space that can easily fit a whole family of Tyrannosaurus Rexes, Dinosaur BBQ brings superb smoked and glazed barbeque to Stamford. Having won over Syracuse (Syracuse University), New York City (Columbia University) and other college hot-spots, this location – in Harbor Point near Fairway – is sure to bring lots of life to Stamford’s new buzzed about neighborhood by the water.
What makes it On The Cheap approved? There’s a varied selection of craft beer ($5) and wine ($7) on tap. Plus, you can get a whole platter of ribs and sides starting at $9.95 (for 1/4 side of ribs, two sides and cornbread DRIPPING with honey). Half a BBQ chicken platter with sides costs just $11.95 and is melt-in-your-mouth awesome. All meats are deftly smoked and slathered with dino-sauce; and prepared on-site. And cute waiters and waitresses don’t stint on service. A value all around.
From the Electronic Trade-in Experts at NextWorth
With the holidays fast approaching, everyone is thinking about the impact holiday shopping will have on their wallets. While holiday gifts do tend throw budgets into a tailspin, the good news is there are actually some easy ways to find, sell and earn some extra cash. In fact, some of you may already have that money lying around the house!
Without realizing it, you may have money owed to you just waiting to be claimed! Every U.S. state has an unclaimed property program that actively and continuously finds owners of lost and forgotten assets. According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, a total of $2.25 billion (yes, billion!) was returned to rightful owners in 2011, with the average amount being $892. Around the country, there is $41.7 billion still waiting to be claimed, so check out www.Unclaimed.org to see if you have lost funds to secure!
On average, Americans actually have 10 unused electronics items in their houses, which could turn in to big bucks if traded in. Trading in is really easy to do–for example, Target stores nationwide accept products in-store in exchange for store gift cards. Let’s be honest, you were probably going to spend money there anyway, right?
If you prefer to trade in online, NextWorth makes it easy to get cash for your old devices. Just find your device on the site and answer simple questions about its condition for an instant quote. A free shipping label is provided to send it in. Items typically accepted for trade (online or in-store) include: iPhones, iPads, iPods, cell phones, point and shoot cameras, Digital SLR cameras, tablets, e-readers, game consoles, GPS units, laptops, movies, video games and calculators.
Though not the easiest, or the most fun option, putting in a few extra hours around the holidays is an excellent way to get some dough. The National Retail Federation reports that retailers will hire between an estimated 585,000 and 625,000 seasonal employees this year.
Retail stores are the busiest this time of year and always need some extra hands. As a bonus, you’ll likely be eligible for the employee discount as well! Consider other seasonal jobs as well – like working at a ski resort or a Christmas tree lot.
Hopefully, with the help of these tips and some great holiday sales, you can upgrade from that macaroni necklace budget to some great gifts for the loved ones on your list this year!
The Friends Book Shop at the Ferguson Library features a wide variety of materials to help children get ready for school. For younger kids, there are math and vocabulary skill-building books and picture books to help kids cope with their first day of school. Older students can find test preparation books and college guides. The Book Shop has affordable books to encourage reading at all ages – from picture books and easy readers to chapter books and young adult novels.
The Shop also carries many titles on the Stamford Public School District’s recommended lists for those who are getting a later start on summer reading, as well as audio books and three for $1 ‘white tag’ bargains.
If you love books and want to support The Library, consider joining the Friends Book Shop team. They are always looking for qualified volunteers. Apply online at friendsoffergusonlibrary.org.
Visit the Friends Book Shop on Facebook for up-to-date information on new arrivals and specials.
Stamford has cutting edge public facilities, and we have the Bennett Brothers, in part, to thank for that. The Stamford Hospital Carl and Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center provides top-of-the-line care to cancer patients. The Harry Bennett branch of the Furguson Library, located on the grounds of a middle school, buzzes with activity and free programs nearly every day. I feel blessed to live with so many opportunities to enjoy movies, author-led book discussions, health care lectures, music concerts, classes for seniors on living in the computer age, toddler programs – all for free care of thriving organizations like Friends of Ferguson or Bennett Cancer Care Educational Programs.
Allow me to indulge in a bit of Yolen-Bennett history. Some of you might remember Caldor’s, the Target of its day that occupied the corner of Summer St. and Broad St. where Burlington Coat Factory is now. The first Caldor’s was opened in Port Chester,NY in the early 1950’s. Caldor’s was a “discount” shop before its time – the brainchild of owners Carl and Dorothy Bennett who combined their first names (Cal and Dor) to forever go down in retail history. In the early 1950’s, my Grandpa Sam Yolen also had a business in Port Chester; Modern Tobacco Co., which sold tobacco and candy products to retailers. One of those retailers, of course, was Modern’s neighbor, Caldor’s. My family and the Bennetts were acquaintances, if not friends. Unlike Caldor’s, Modern Tobacco never went on to greater acclaim. Sadly, there are no Yolen wings of hospitals or library branches. So this is my way of saying that I admire the Bennetts greatly for their monumental contributions to the city of Stamford. I’d like to publicly thank the Bennett family here, because a lot of what I post – many of the free programs that I identify on this website- stem from their generous gifts.