Monday, December 24, 2018

How many lights hang on our downtown signature trees? Enter our Holiday Light Contest

Stamford Downtown Holiday Light Contest:
Can you guess how many lights are on our signature trees? Aren't they amazing this year.
If you can guess how many lights hang on all three of our amazing signature downtown trees you win! One winner will be drawn from a list of people that correctly answer the question to win a special  Stamford Downtown Umbrella--
Answer each individually:
How many are on Latham Park Holiday Tree?
How many on Ferguson Library Tree?
How many are hung on the Columbus Park Tree?

Email cheryl@stamford-downtown.com by January 2 with your guess and winners will be notified by email by January 10. 





 Good luck!  Happy Holidays!#stamforddowntown

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Marriott dedicates and plants trees at Capital Grille

Marriott decorates trees in front of Capital Grille...

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Vets Park - Lincoln on vacation

Bird's eye view of the construction/revitalization of Vets Park.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Monday, December 3, 2018

FREE Holiday Screening of ELF (2003)


The Avon Theatre presents a FREE Holiday Screening of

ELF (2003)

Saturday, December 8 at 11:00 a.m.



Holiday Food Drive!
Please bring canned and non-perishable food items to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County



Tickets are FREE to the general public!
Tickets are available at the Avon Theatre Box Office on the day of the event on a first-come first-served basis.





ABOUT THE FILM:

Will Ferrell stars as the ultimate fish out of water, Buddy, who as a baby crawls into Santa's toy bag and is whisked off to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf. A misfit who grows to be three times the size of his elf family, Buddy ultimately heads to his birthplace of New York City to seek out his roots. Unfortunately, they turn out to be a "Scrooge"-like father (James Caan) and a cynical eight-year-old stepbrother who doesn't believe in Santa. Worst of all, everyone seems to have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. But using his simple elf ways, Buddy sets out to single-handedly win over his family and save Christmas in New York, hoping to at last find his true place in the world. In addition to Ferrell and Caan, the film features an all-star ensemble cast led by Ed Asner as Santa Claus, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen and Zooey Deschanel.
Rated PG | In English | 107 minutes




ABOUT THE AVON: The Avon Theatre is a member-supported, non-profit cultural hub, dedicated to presenting film in its highest form, and thriving because of the support of our patrons and community. In addition to an exciting slate of new releases, The Avon brings you one-of-a-kind special events and monthly programs. We are proud to be the community-sustained regional hub for independent art cinema presented in multiple film genres in a historic setting, providing stimulating educational programs and inspiring in-person dialogues with film and artistic luminaries.

Avon Theatre Film Center
272 Bedford St., Stamford, CT 06901
Box Office: (203) 967-3660 | Business Office: (203) 661-0321
avontheatre.org | @avontheatre | facebook.com/avontheatre#stamforddowntown

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Mill River lights up the night

Visit Mill River at night and enjoy some skating too!  All day pass for skating is only $10.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Remos on Bedford...


Remo's Brick Oven Pizza

ITALIAN$$

35 Bedford Street
203-973-0077
Authentic Napolitano thin-crust pizza, hand crafted salad and specialty sandwiches, traditional Italian favorites.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Ready for something different?

Check out BullPan's Korean BBQ.

Bull Pan

ASIAN$$

485 Summer Street
203-569-9618
Korean BBQ.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Does a Parade make you Hungry?

Does our Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular make you Hungry?
Don’t forget that Stamford Downtown is filled with outstanding restaurants.

Here is a list of restaurants that are open on Parade Day!

Restaurants:
Acuario Restaurant at 78 West Park Pl.
Atlantic Pizza House at 221 Atlantic St.
Bar Rosso at 30 Spring St.
Bar Zepoli at 75 Broad St.
Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar at 222 Summer St.
bartaco at 222 Summer St.
Bedford Hall Craft Kitchen & Bar at 135 Bedford St.
Bedford Thai at 77 Bedford St.
Blackstones Stamford at 101 Broad St.
Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar at 268 Atlantic St.
Bradford’s Grill & Tavern at 83 Bedford St.
BRICKHOUSE Bar & Grill at 244 Bedford St.
Brother Jimmy's BBQ at 112 Bedford St.
Buffalo Wild Wings at 208 Summer St.
Bull Pan at 485 Summer St. 
California Tortilla at 300 Atlantic St. 
Cantina Mexicana at 488 Summer St. 
The Capital Grille, Stamford Town Center at 230 Tresser Blvd.
Capriccio Café at 189 Bedford St.
Cask Republic at 191 Summer St.
The Cheesecake Factory, Stamford Town Center at 230 Tresser Blvd. 
Chez Vous Bistro at 188 Bedford St.
Chutni Biryani & Noodle Bar at 213 Main St.
Cilantro Restaurant Latin Fusion at 60 Atlantic St.
Coromandel at 68 Broad St.
Cotto Wine Bar at 51 Bank St.
Curley’s Diner at 62 West Park Pl.
EOS Greek Cuisine at 490 Summer St.
Fairfield Pizza at 87 Atlantic St.
Fiesta on Main at 249 Main St.
Fin II Japanese Restaurant at 219 Main St.
FISH Restaurant + Bar at 245 Bedford St.
Flinders Lane at 184 Summer Street
Franklin Street Works Café at 41 Franklin St.
Fuji at 94 Bedford St.
Garden Catering Downtown at 235 Main St.
GAUCHO Stamford at 78 West Park Pl.
Great Wall at 219 Atlantic St.
Hudson Social at 128 Bedford St.
InThai Restaurant at 83 Atlantic St. 
Kano Noodle Bar at 227 Summer St. 
Kashi Stamford at 131 Summer St.
Kati N More at 80 Atlantic St.
Kona Grill, Stamford Town Center at 230 Tresser Blvd.
Kyushu Ramen at 235 Bedford St.
Lorca at 125 Bedford St.
Lucky’s Classic Burger & Malt Shop at 209 Bedford St.
Navaratna at 133 Atlantic St.
Original Pappas’ Pizza at 201 Main St.
Peter Chang Stamford, Stamford Town Center at 230 Tresser Blvd. 
Plan B Stamford, Stamford Town Center at 230 Tresser Blvd. 
Quattro Pazzi at 269 Bedford St.
Remo’s Brick Oven Pizza Company at 35 Bedford St.
Riviera Maya Mexican Restaurant at 20 Summer St.
Roasted Sandwich Co. at 148 Bedford St. 
Sam’s American Bistro at Stamford Marriott at 243 Tresser Blvd.
The Sandwich Maestro Kitchen at 90 Atlantic St.
Sushi X II at 109 Atlantic St.
Teena's Apizza at 245 Main Street
Tiernan’s Bar & Restaurant at 187 Main St.
Tigin Irish Pub & Restaurant at 175 Bedford St.
Tomatillo Taco Joint at 114 Broad St. 
Verde Galerie at 79 Atlantic St. 
Volta Gelateria Creperia at 30 Spring St.
ZAZA Italian Gastrobar at 122 Broad St.
Fast Food:
16 Handles at 219 Bedford St.
Dunkin Donuts at 450 Main St.
Jenna Marie’s Deli at 459 Summer St.
McDonald’s Restaurant at 25 Bedford St.
Subway Sandwiches at 116 Broad Street


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Friday, November 16, 2018

Rivera Maya now offering breakfast

Hot and cold Mexican breakfast offerings.


Riviera Maya Mexican 

MEXICAN$$

20 Summer Street
203-588-9400
Upscale Mexican food


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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Behind the scenes with the Parade operations team...

Behind the scenes--parade operations:

This is the final installment of our three part series highlighting what goes on behind the scenes for preparation for our Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular.  The Parade Spectacular is one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country, featuring everyone’s favorite giant balloon characters, award winning marching bands, and fabulous floats.  It takes over 1500 volunteers and staff to run the parade each year. 
Role: Banners and Banner holder manager
Name:  Jim
Role Description:
Jim manages the set up, organization and deployment of  the 39+/- banners, usually carried by local cheerleaders,  that are used in the parade to announce each group marching down the route.

Jim
When Jim is at his  9-5 job as an engineering manager at ASML in Wilton and in his spare time volunteering as a referee for various sports teams, he always has the Stamford Parade on his mind. Volunteering for the Stamford Downtown parade for the last 17 years as banner manager is one of the highlights of the holiday season for Jim.  It all starts in July as he starts contacting Stamford Youth Cheerleader Head to secure his holders. He's always keeping an ear out for volunteers.

On parade day, during the 7am banner set up,  his team unrolls each banner and places them on specials hand held poles.  This process can take over and hour.  Then he issues the banners down the street to the proper balloon, float or unit below Oak Street.  When the parade steps off at noon, his banner team feeds in each banner holder as they are called to line up. 
He really enjoys being part of the Parade operations team.  However, Jim made sure to tell me that the most important things on parade day, to him and his team, is not to lose a cheerleader. It reminded him of one year when exactly that happened.  He was happy when they found her safely with her parents.    One of his favorite things about the parade is working with such a respectful and professional team.  Jim boasted, "I live in Stamford and I love this city."


      
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

Blackstones for apps....



STEAKHOUSE$$$

101 Broad Street
203-595-5415
Steakhouse.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Who let the dogs out?



  • WHEN: Sunday, November 18, 2018 12pm
  • WHERE: Stamford Downtown: Summer to Broad to Atlantic Streets

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Fire pit anyone?


Capriccio Café

ITALIAN$$

189 Bedford Street
203-356-9819
An Italian café that speaks European. Casual and trendy. 

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Behind the scenes with the Parade Operations Team...

Behind the scenes--parade operations:

Doug
This is a three part series highlighting what goes on behind the scenes for preparation for our Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular.  The Parade Spectacular is one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country, featuring everyone’s favorite giant balloon characters, award winning marching bands, and fabulous floats.  It takes over 1500 volunteers and staff to run the parade each year. 
Role: Operations Supervisor
Name:  Doug
Role Description:
Doug manages the set up of barricades, manages the crew and coordinates the street closings.

Pre-parade starts Saturday morning, as he gets ready for the inflation of the balloons (and an inflation party event that evening).  He manages the light towers and removal of all the traffic lights that are along the parade route.
Parade day, 50+ city workers arrive at 5am to start the barricade set up along the route.  This usually take a little over an hour.  Doug will then inspect to make sure it's all set before the crowds arrive.
During the parade, he makes sure the necessary roads are blocked with excess trucks around Hoyt St and the staging area.
Finally, post parade, Doug manages his city crew follow the end of the parade to quickly remove the barricade, start running the street sweepers and pick up any trash (and confetti) that line the route.  Last step is to replace the traffic lights to safety!

He has been working the Stamford Downtown Parade for over 15 years.  Maybe 20.  He's lost track.  : )
What he enjoys the most about the parade is that gets to see so many different people, from all over.  It brings a great amount of energy to the city, and everyone has a good time.  He said, "I love to see the kids enjoying the day and they are everywhere!"

To learn more about the Stamford Downtown Parade, click here..  #stamforddowntown

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Lights have begun ....

The lights on the Majestic Oak Tree in Columbus Park are beginning to be hung. Come down and see it in all its Glory throughout the winter. Can't wait to see the completed lit tree! 

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Behind the scenes with the parade operations team

Behind the scenes--parade operations:

Mark
This is a three part series highlighting what goes on behind the scenes for preparation for our Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular.  The Parade Spectacular is one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country, featuring everyone’s favorite giant balloon characters, award winning marching bands, and fabulous floats.  It takes over 1500 volunteers and staff to run the parade each year. 
Role: Back stage monitor—set up, shuttle and golf carts
Name:  Mark
Role Description:
Mark manages the two golf carts and participant shuttles before, during, and after the parade.  He takes care of the 5 stages that line the route with setting up their signs, music stands and more.  He works with three others on Parade day to make sure volunteers in the parade are transported to where they need to be, when they need to be there. Or on-the-spot rides for a the costume characters that may need to be shuttled, or a dignitary added to the group that stepped off without them. 
Mark has been working the parade for over 6 years, in a job he always admired from the sidelines.  He exclaimed “ I would come to the parade every year with my family and watched someone else drive the golf carts up and down the parade route and dreamed it would be me one day”  “I gotta say, I enjoy working the parade every year since”

To learn more about the Stamford Downtown Parade, click here.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

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