Stamford to host Honey Harvest Fest, Chamber’s Diversity and Oktoberfest events


The First County Bank Foundation is accepting applications through October 31 for the FirstClass Annual Grants for Teachers, a program established in 2016 and developed exclusively for K-5 local public school teachers.

The program was created to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the First County Bank Foundation. Applications are available online at

Eligible grant recipients are K-5 teachers in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Fairfield and Bridgeport.

“We are proud to support the efforts of our local teachers,” said Robert J. Granata, chairman of First County Bank Foundation and president and CEO of First County Bank. “Each year, we look forward to receiving grant applications for creative and interesting programs.”

As FirstClass Grants for Teachers was developed by the First County Bank Foundation to help teachers fund programs that foster creative education in and beyond the classroom, special consideration will be given to creative, innovative applications and having a lasting impact.

Beginning in November, grants will be awarded with funds available for use in the 2022-23 school year. The amount of the requested grant cannot exceed $1,000 and the authorization of the principal of the teacher’s school is required.

Grant applications for books, magazine subscriptions, school trips, and computing equipment such as tablets or laptops are not eligible.

For more information, call 203-462-4858 or contact [email protected]

Honey harvest festival set

The 2022 Honey Harvest Fest at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 18 at 151 Brookdale Road.

The festival will feature honey bee experts, vendors, artisans, honey, mead and gin tastings, beer garden, crafts, food trucks, yoga, painting facials, live music and more.

Many of the events are for people 21 and older, so check before you plan to attend. There’s also a members-only honey tasting at 11:15 a.m. Space is limited, so plan to arrive early.

Other options include a treetop walk with Master Gardener Dawn Fiss at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; an introductory lecture on bees and beekeeping by beekeeper Howland Blackiston is scheduled for noon; a discussion on bee flight and sexual reproduction at 1 p.m. with certified master beekeeper Bill Hesbach.

Also at 1 p.m., an open yoga session on the large lawn hosted by Dew Yoga; at 2 p.m., a demonstration of honey harvesting with Councilor Bartlett and beekeeper Paul Travaglino.

Live music will be provided by the Grateful Dead cover band Ace & Friends at 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

On-site food trucks will include Greg’s Donuts, Pau Pau’s Pizza Cones and the Avellino Family BBQ.

For those 21 and over, there will be a gin tasting at 12:30 p.m. with Ed Sherman of Vermont Bar Hill Gin; all-day mead tastings; and a beer garden with offerings from Half Full Brewery.

Attendees are asked to park in the Scofield Magnet Middle School parking lot and walk the Azalea Road trail to the event. Parking at the Bartlett will be reserved for people with disabilities and families with strollers.

Event sponsors include Mary and Philip Borba, The Noren Family, The Nykaza Albanese Family, The Travaglino Family, Hey Stamford, Webster Bank and Frontier.

Chamber sets Diversity, Oktoberfest events

The Stamford Chamber of Commerce has several events planned for its members over the coming weeks, including a diversity event on September 15 and Oktoberfest on October 20.

Carmen Hughes will be a guest speaker at the Diversity event, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 15 at Serendipity Labs, with lunch at La Vista Bistro.

The event includes a draw for a $50 gift card to The Taco Project. Registration is required at

Oktoberfest is scheduled to take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m., sponsored by liquor store BevMax-Warehouse and Grade A ShopRite. To register, visit Non-members can participate for $70.


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