Once Around the City: SoNo Arts Fest, East Norwalk events

Updated, 7:03 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. — The SoNo Arts Festival, a sculptor’s talk, an East Norwalk exhibit preview, and the “Taste of East Norwalk” are all coming up in this edition of “Once Around the City”.

Enjoy the SoNo Arts Fest

The SoNo Arts Festival returns to historic South Norwalk this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. Admission is free.

“This juried event will feature more than 125 artisans, children’s activities, performing artists, musical performances and a puppet parade,” according to a press release.  Artist booths will feature “one-of-a-kind ceramics, wearable art and a wide variety of other fine arts and crafts. Exhibitors will share their unique talents and creativity in painted wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, leather, paper arts, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more. Exhibitors will not only showcase their work, but will also inform attendees about their creative process with demonstrations and text. All exhibited works will be available for purchase.”

The Children’s Art Playground opens at 10 a.m. each day “with a variety of crafts and activities – including musical performances – for children of all ages,” the release said. “On Saturday, performances by local and regional bands begin at noon and continue after the artist booths close with shows at 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Sunday features musical performances from 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.”

The release said:

“A highly-anticipated event is the new Giant Puppet Parade at 2:00 pm on Sunday. Created by volunteers over several months, this magnificent parade will march through the SoNo Arts Festival in a spectacular blaze of color, music and creativity.

“On both days, food and beverage courts will be complemented by local restaurants and merchants offering weekend specials.

“According to Arts Festival organizer Sue Brown Gordon, the streets of historic South Norwalk will come alive with the sounds of music, laughter, conversation and the presence of art. ‘The SoNo Arts Festival, returning with a fresh style and renewed energy, will offer something for everyone – from children to seniors. We anticipate a record turnout as people from New England and the NY Metro Area come to interact directly with and purchase items from the highly-skilled artists and craftspeople from all over the country.’”

Also at the SoNo Arts Fest: a NancyOnNorwalk booth. Come meet Chapman Hyperlocal Media Board of Directors! Nancy may be around, too.



Meet the sculptor who’s affected your life  

Curious about those large metal sculptures around Norwalk? The ones at Veterans Park, Cranbury Park, 50 Washington St., and other locations?

Then you might want to attend a one-hour walk/talk with sculpture Carole Eisner at 2 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 5), sponsored by the Norwalk Arts Commission.

“While you’re enjoying the SoNo Arts Festival, stroll across the Stroffolino Bridge to Veterans Park for this free opportunity to meet the artist and learn more about her contributions, on loan to Norwalk’s public art collection. Tour begins at the Veteran’s Park gatehouse just over the Stroffolino Bridge,” a press release states.

Eisner’s website lists solo exhibitions in Norwalk:

  • 2014: 50 Washingon St
  • 2000-2008: Heritage Park, Veterans Park, Cranbury Park, City Hall
  • 1997-1998: The River Park atrium


“Eisner has worked for more than 40 years with the debris of our civilization, reclaiming and reassembling disregarded fragments of buildings and bridges into art, creating elegant, abstract forms welded in steel,” the press release states, attributing the information to Eisner’s website. “Eisner works from a studio attached to her home in Weston, Connecticut.”



‘Unlikely Pairs’ in East Norwalk

You can preview a week-long exhibit of historical objects and enjoy wine and appetizers from local restaurants during an Aug. 17 fundraiser for the East Norwalk Library.

“Unlikely Pairs:  Objects and Stories from Connecticut’s History” features objects collected by the Connecticut Historical Society and selected photos of East Norwalk as it used to be, from the archives of the East Norwalk Association Library, a press release said.

It’s at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the East Norwalk Association Library located at 51 Van Zant St. The release said:

“The $20 pre-sold ticket price will offer wines and appetizers provided by local restaurants. Tickets may be purchased at the library or through a Library Board of Trustee.  Tickets sold at the door will be $25.

“All proceeds from this event will be used to support programs for the library.

“The ENAL is proud to be funded in part by the electors of the TTD.

“For more information please call the library at 203-838-0408.”




East Norwalk’s second ‘Taste’

Experience the “foodstivities” of East Norwalk’s finest local restaurants, food markets, delis and caterers at the second annual “Taste of East Norwalk” from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at The Longshore Pavilion at Calf Pasture Beach, a press release said.

Tony Masi’s band, “SummerTime,” will perform for the duration of the East Norwalk Business Association event, and there will be a volleyball tournament hosted by Accurate Auto Repair.

“This event is for all ages, with both nonalcoholic and alcoholic samples served inside. Meet and greet local service businesses such as the Norwalk Police Department and many more. If you love food – and we know you do – you’re going to love the ‘Taste of East Norwalk,’” the release from Skye B. Riss said.

The Longshore Pavilion is at 66 Calf Pasture Beach Road, next to Sunset Grille. Flaggers and signs will guide you to parking, the release said.

Tickets are available online for $30 in advance and are $35 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Food, drinks and entertainment are included with admission.

“Thank you to the sponsors, vendors and supporters!” the release said. “East Norwalk boasts a long history of American importance, and remains a creative and booming area located on Connecticut’s Gold Coast. It is home to residents and organizations who all play a role in the local community.”




NCC schedules open house dates

The fall semester’s start is just weeks away, so Norwalk Community College has scheduled a series of Open Houses to provide walk-in advising and registration, according to a press release. “No appointment is needed. Fall classes begin August 28. Meet with faculty advisors, explore classes, and register on the spot. Bring your transcript, SAT or Placement Test scores, or DegreeWorks evaluation (for current students),” the release says.

Open House sessions are scheduled for the East Campus atrium or library on:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 1, 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7, 3-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug.  15, 3-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 3-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug.  27, 4-7 p.m.


Rick August 2, 2018 at 4:06 pm

I support entirely what the arts are doing in the city also what East Norwalk does in unison.

There is so much going wrong in the city yet the arts bring a message outside of Norwalk to others that its alive and well no matter what the city buffoons do.

Why in the hell does Norwalk Now not cover anything? Our money our parking authority our city yet Spinnaker and the bars get the bill get the advertising get the point driven home come drink and be merry like Spinnkaer has anything to do with our success.

Why wasn’t top bill this week with the arts? Where was city hall press releases too busy fighting Mulligan he is public enemy number one isn’t he?


find me anything on the arts

Even Rowyaton was busy this week with a lot of traffic at their art gallery a crowd packed downtown Rowyaton it wsas nice to see midweek a busy people packed day.

to those fighting in city hall against anything for press and not fighting for the taxpayers here was some great news no at city hall can take credit for

“According to Arts Festival organizer Sue Brown Gordon, the streets of historic South Norwalk will come alive with the sounds of music, laughter, conversation and the presence of art. ‘The SoNo Arts Festival, returning with a fresh style and renewed energy, will offer something for everyone – from children to seniors

Isn’t this what Norwalk needs after casting such large shadows of infighting , poor behavior and childish moves on adult situations no one can explain at city hall.

Where has that tv station been local news for whom? Shooting in Bridgport only way for the arts to get mentioned is to go hold a sign where the last shooting occurs and hope for head shot, pun intended.

Lets all attend the arts fest and ask our mayor whats up with


sad when the city can’t back the good things we all enjoy that has no political twist

Rick August 4, 2018 at 12:11 pm

This is what our taxpayers money goes so Norwalk now can succeed, does the city get any of the money in court its certainly paying well if your in law enforcement.Who pays the ems and all the other bills nights like this cost.







I thought the bars in the city close at two.

Lets give thanks to the parking authority instead of highlighting the arts it was easier to ignore anything good in the city so the above would be encouraged.

Thanks Kathleen your dept never lets us down on the weekend.

Good thing no one in the city needed our public service . if they had driving to Sono would of got a faster response .

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