New Canaan garden tour, upcoming library events and other news

The New Canaan Racquet Club’s summer tennis camp is now accepting early registration. The $85 per day, $300 a week camp can be offset by a $50 early bird discount if the fee is paid in full by April 10.

Sessions run each week from June 26 to Aug. 25. There is no camp July 4.

Classes are designed to enhance a child’s game.

Also available is a Kids Camp for ages 6 to 10 that focuses on the game’s fundamentals, including stroke production, ball control and consistency on kid-sized courts. The camp runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays. The cost is $85 per day, and $350 per week. The week of July 4 is pro-rated.

There is also a Junior Camp for ages 11 to 16 that focuses on furthering tennis development, including instructional drills and supervised competitive match play with the pros. The hours and prices are the same as for the Kids Camp. There is a sibling discount of 10 percent off. Only one discount can be used.

For more information, contact Carlos Espinoza at 203-966-4558 or [email protected]

Garden Club tour features local homes

The New Canaan Garden Club will present an inaugural garden tour, “Gardens in Bloom” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8. This is a self-guided tour of four private New Canaan gardens, each unique in horticulture and garden design.

In addition to the private gardens, the gardens at Waveny House will be featured as the fifth garden on the tour and as the ticket pick-up location.

The iconic Walled Garden at Waveny was restored in 1994 by the New Canaan Garden Club in partnership with the Town of New Canaan and numerous supporters. The Garden Club restored the Peony Walk in 2014 and the Parterre Garden was restored by the Club in 2017. 

Knowledgeable Garden Club members will be in each garden to answer questions. Proceeds from the event will go to fund the club’s civic projects, which include the gardens at Waveny, the stewardship of Irwin Park, the ongoing maintenance of the Colonial Herb Garden at the New Canaan Historical Society and Horticulture Therapy at Waveny Care Center.

A special preview party will take place at 6 p.m. June 7 at an additional private garden. The party will feature highly regarded Connecticut horticulturist, garden writer and speaker Lorraine Ballato. Tour ticketholders will receive their tour guidebook at the party.

Tickets will go on sale April 1. Ticket pick up will be at Waveny House, 677 South Ave., New Canaan, starting at 9 a.m. More information will become available as the tour gets closer.

High school art exhibit now through April 1

“Through Our Eyes XI,” the annual New Canaan High School art exhibition, will run through April 1 at the Carriage Barn, 681 South Ave. The opening reception is slated for 5 p.m. March 16.

New Canaan Library upcoming events

A discussion with author Amanda Craig about connecting with your tween is set for 3 to 4:30 p.m. March 19 in the Jim & Dede Bartlett Auditorium. The program is held in collaboration with New Canaan CARES and is an interactive workshop for parents and their tweens. Registration is required. Books will be available for purchase at Elm Street Books.

“Bookscapes: From Cover to Canvas” will examine the artists who have found innovative and provocative ways to put books and scenes from books into their works. Discussion is set for 7 to 8 p.m. March 20 in the Jim & Dede Bartlett Auditorium. The program corresponds with ARTicipation: Books in Art from 2 to 4 p.m. March 23 at the Anderson Maker Lab. Registration is required.

“Seed Huntress: Planting Native Seeds to Rewild your Garden” runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 22 in the Jim & Dede Bartlett Auditorium. The discussion, with Planet New Canaan and the Town of New Canaan’s Conservation Commission ethnobotonist Sefra Alexandra and Dina Brewster of The Hickories organic farm in Ridgefield, includes information on how local farmers across the state have been producing local native seed to rewild the Pollinator Pathways. Registration is required.

“How to Win the College Admissions Game: Insider tips, tricks and trends” is a free workshop for high school students and parents set for 7 to 8 p.m. March 23 in the Tate Conference Room. The program includes a 30-minute presentation followed by a question and answer session. Registration is required.

Altman, Fields plan spring wedding

 Jeff and Jeanne Altman, formerly of New Canaan, are announcing the upcoming wedding of their son, Connor, to Claire Fields, the daughter of Dynnelle and Dan Fields of Framingham, Mass.

Connor Altman and Fields are both 2017 graduates of the University of Maryland at College Park.  The two met as freshmen and upon graduation remained in Maryland. Connor is an Associate Economist with the Federal Communications Commission, having received a Masters in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University. Fields received an M.Ed. from the University of Maryland and is a bilingual teacher of Language Arts at Cool Spring Elementary in Adelphi, Md.

The couple will be married in the spring.

Zoo animals visit the Carriage Barn

For the 2 p.m. March 23 edition of the Family Drop In Series at The Carriage Barn, 681 South Ave., the ambassador animals from Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will be visiting. Suggested donation is $10 per family. Registration is suggested.

Dean’s list

Tufts University in Medford, Mass., recently announced the dean’s list for the Fall 2022 semester.
Among students earning dean’s list honors are New Canaan residents Bartholomew Codd, Hannah Doka, Neya Krishnan, Amitav Nott, Oliver Russell, Shea Smith, Callum Wood and Valentina Zamora. Dean’s list honors at Tufts University require a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater.





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