Stamford to host Honey Harvest Fest, Chamber's Diversity and Oktoberfest events – The Advocate

Stamford to host Honey Harvest Fest, Chamber's Diversity and Oktoberfest events – The Advocate

A bee buzzes on a chunk of honeycomb at the Honey Harvest Festival at Bartlett Arboretum in 2021. This year’s fest is set for Sept. 18.
The First County Bank Foundation is accepting applications through Oct. 31 for the annual FirstClass Grants for Teachers, a program established in 2016 and developed exclusively for local public school K-5 teachers.
The program was established to commemorate the 15th anniversary of First County Bank Foundation. Applications are available online at
Eligible grant recipients are kindergarten through fifth grade teachers in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Fairfield and Bridgeport.
“We take pride in supporting the efforts of our local teachers,” said Robert J. Granata, president of First County Bank Foundation and chairman, CEO of First County Bank. “Each year we look forward to receiving grant requests for creative and interesting programs.”
Since FirstClass Grants for Teachers was developed by the First County Bank Foundation to help teachers fund programs fostering creative education in and beyond the classroom, special consideration will be given to requests that are creative, innovative and show lasting impact.
Starting in November, grants will be awarded with funds available for use during the 2022-23 school year. Requested grant amounts may not exceed $1,000 and authorization by the teacher’s school principal is required.
Grant requests for books, magazine subscriptions, school trips and computer equipment such as tablets or laptops are not eligible.
For more information, call 203-462-4858 or contact [email protected]

The 2022 Honey Harvest Fest at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at 151 Brookdale Road.
The fest will feature honey bee experts, vendors, artisans, honey-, mead- and gin-tastings, a beer garden, crafts, food trucks, yoga, face-painting, live music and more.
Several of the events are for those 21 and older, so check before planning to attend. There is also a members-only honey tasting at 11:15 a.m. Space is limited, so plan on getting there early.
Among the other options are a tree walk with master gardener Dawn Fiss at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; an introduction to bees and beekeeping lecture by beekeeper Howland Blackiston planned for noon; a discussion of honeybee flight and sexual reproduction at 1 p.m. with certified master beekeeper Bill Hesbach.
Also at 1 p.m. is an open yoga session on the great lawn led by Dew Yoga; at 2 p.m. is a honey-harvesting demonstration with Bartlett adviser and beekeeper Paul Travaglino.
Live music will be provided by Grateful Dead cover band Ace & Friends at noon and 1:30 p.m.
Food trucks on site will include include Greg’s Donuts, Pau Pau’s pizza cones, and the Avellino family barbecue.
For those 21 and older, there will be a gin tasting at 12:30 p.m. with Ed Sherman of Vermont-based Bar Hill Gin; all-day mead tastings; and a beer garden featuring the 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.
Sponsors for the event include Mary and Philip Borba, the Noren family, the Nykaza Albanese family, the Travaglino family, Hey Stamford, Webster Bank and Frontier.

The Stamford Chamber of Commerce has several events planned for its members over the next few weeks, including a Diversity Event on Sept. 15 and Oktoberfest on Oct. 20.
Carmen Hughes will be guest speaker at the Diversity Event, planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at Serendipity Labs, with lunch by La Vista Bistro.
The event includes a drawing for a $50 gift card to The Taco Project. Registration is required at
The Oktoberfest is expected to run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. sponsored by BevMax-Warehouse wine and liquor store and Grade A ShopRite. To register, visit Non-members can attend for $70.


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