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Insider's Guide

60 Ways to Rediscover Your Town

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Our communities are rich in resources. That’s part of why we live here. But where do you go for the latest dish on great food, shopping, family fun and more? This go-to source is full of tips from trusted sources around the neighborhood.

Arts + Culture

1. See Clearly
If you’ve already been awed at The Glass House and want to head back without a formal guide, new self-guided tours let you take in the serenity of the landscape and observe the iconic buildings at your own pace. View the painting gallery, sculpture gallery and Pond Pavilion. theglasshouse.org

2. Modern Art, Historic Setting 
Set in a nineteenth-century stone barn, Carriage Barn Arts Center is an exceptional gallery that’s inspiring for its space alone, but did you know it can be rented for parties and private events? On display now: Absolut Kuba, a showing of emerging and established Cuban art from a private collection that runs through June 1. The exhibit culminates with “A Night in Havana” gala on May 17. carriagebarn.org

3. Well Read 
We’re lucky to have an independent book store in the neighborhood. Elm Street Books not only has an amazing selection, but also hosts a terrific series of author events in-store and at local libraries. Book clubs rely on Elm Street for tips on must-reads. The shop also stocks cool educational board games and gifts you wouldn’t expect to find in a book store. elmstreetbooks.com

4. Game On A Roll 
Have you played the world’s fastest dice game? Tenzie requires players to roll ten dice and keep rolling until one player’s dice are all on the same number. There are more ways to play and this addictive top seller is distributed internationally. But few people know that it was dreamed up in Darien. One of the co-creators is locally based designer Rudy Mossa. ilovetenzie.com

5. Artistic Albums 
Much as you’re charmed by your kids’ creations, what can you do with all those drawings and paintings covering your fridge and bulletin board? Jumbo Dog Art Books, founded by Darien moms Jessica Anderson and Yael van Hulst, is the answer—they turn art work into custom scrap books. Tip: No matter how you store the art, write the name of the artist and age on the back of every paper that comes home, says Anderson, so you’ll remember who created it and when. jumbodogartbooks.com

6. Free Entertainment 
It wouldn’t be summer without Waveny Music in the Park, 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. For this weekly concert series, grab a blanket, bring dinner and wine, and enjoy the outdoor ambience, not to mention the chance to socialize. This summer’s lineup includes local acts Mill River Band and Billy and The Showmen. newcanaan.info.

7. Art Upgrades
Have you outgrown your art as well as those 1980s appliances? Then turn to Heather Gaudio Fine Art in New Canaan for guidance. Gaudio, who has worked in top city galleries, eliminates the intimidation factor of choosing paintings and photos for your home. In addition to sourcing art, she can also handle framing and installation. heathergaudiofineart.com