Darien Arts Center 2 Renshaw Rd, Darien, CT06820 The Darien Arts Center is a non-profit community service organization that has been an important part of cultural life…More in Darien for over 30 years. The center was founded in 1975 and is run by a volunteer board of directors and a number of committees and boards who are dedicated to supporting the visual and performing arts in Darien. <br><br>Located at the Town Hall, the Arts Center offers a number of dance, music, visual arts, and theatre classes. Close to 800 students take part in the DAC’s programs each week. Hundreds more are involved with the center’s various performance groups including the Darien Players and the Cabaret.<br><br>The Darien Arts Center is funded exclusively by tuition, ticket sales and donations.
Darien Players 2 Renshaw Rd, Darien, CT06820 The Darien Players, based at the Darien Arts Center, is an amateur community theatre group. The Players present four…More major plays each year; each show runs for three weekends and is presented at the DAC’s Weatherstone Studio. <br /><br />The group is run by President Ron Heinbaugh and is made up of entirely volunteers. There are many ways to participate including stage management, carpentry, painting, lighting and sound, publicity, house management and of course—performing!
Cabaret 2 Renshaw Rd, Darien, CT06820 The Darien Arts Center produces several cabaret evenings, which are held at the DAC’s Weatherstone Studio. The…More events feature local talent and Broadway professionals who perform popular music, dancing, and comedy shows.
Darien Senior Activities Center 30 Edgerton St, Darien, CT06820 The Darien Senior Activities Center (DSAC) offers seniors from the Darien community the opportunity to come together and…More share their stories, creativity, knowledge and fellowship. <br><br>The Center is funded by the Town of Darien and is directed by Elizabeth Paris. Marcy Rand is the Program Specialist. It is open to Darien residents 60 years of age or older. During the first half of the week, seniors can enjoy a nutritious $3 lunch. Coffee, tea and donuts are available all day on Thursday and Friday.<br><br>There’s never a shortage of things to do at the Center, and a monthly activities calendar is available both at the Center and at the Town Hall. <br><br>Programs include: arts and crafts, art workshops, bridge and pinochle, computer classes, dance classes, discussion groups, exercise classes, knitting and needlepoint, Italian conversation, quilting class, wood-working, and writing workshops.<br><br>Gallivant Transportation Services, Friendly Visitors Services, a Coupon Exchange, and an Energry Assistance Program are also offered at the Center. Blood-pressure readings are also taken on the second Monday of each month (except June-September).
Dynamic Martial Arts 19 Corbin Dr, Darien, CT06820 Dynamic Martial Arts offers a range of classes including Kempo Karate, Pilates and cardio kickboxing as well as personal…More training. Summer camps for kids ages 3 1/2 to pre-teen are also offered. In addition to classes, the center hosts family movie nights and kids birthday parties.
Paper Scissors Oranges 551 Post Rd, Darien, CT06820 Paper Scissors Oranges holds art classes for children ages 2 - 8. Using a wide variety of materials, including paint,…More clay and fabrics, the center introduces the children to the joys of art and taps into the creative minds of its students. Paper Scissors Oranges has been enlightening Darien children at its large and open second floor studio since 2000. The studio is accessible via a parking lot ramp in the back of the building.
The Methodist Family Center Preschool 345 Middlesex Rd, Darien, CT06820 The Methodist Family Center Preschool is a private preschool open to children ages 2-5 (pre-K). The preschool operates…More as a separately-incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary of the Darien Methodist Church. For each age group, the curriculum includes music, science, art, language, math, active play, cooking and dramatic play. Children may also attend weekly chapel.
Founded in 1953, the Darien Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting materials of…More local historical value. It is a private, nonprofit membership organization located next to the Goodwives Shopping Center.</p>
<p>The society maintains the 18th century Bates-Scofield Homestead, which was acquired in 1964 and restored as a museum and reference library. The 1827 Scofield Barn has recently been reconstructed on the property and serves as a beautiful multi-purpose exhibition and meeting space.</p>
<p>The Darien Historical Society is a valuable repository of Darien history. The archives contain maps, photographs, and important town and genealogical documents. The society also maintains an impressive collection of books, furniture, art, period costumes, quilts and flags. The facilities are open to the public throughout the year for research, educational programs, school tours, exhibitions and special events.</p>