Exploring New Canaan
It wasn't so much fate that brought us back to New Canaan, but a previous encounter 10 years earlier. My husband and I had rented a small cottage here before we fled the New England we had grown up with for the "while we are young" adventure elsewhere. Returning to this specific area and New Canaan in particular was an easy choice. On the surface, it was the proximity to New York City, the charm and unique ambiance of this walking village (void of the incessant traffic of Route 1) and the excellence of the school system...two had become four during in our years away.
Raising and education two daughters produced a life immersed in community activities; weekend soccer and lacrosse games on town fields, afternoons at the various town playgrounds, ice hockey and skating, Brownie Troops, dance performances with Walter Schalk School of Dance, art classes at the Silvermine Art Guild, theatrical performances at the Powerhouse Theater, horseback riding at New Canaan Mounted Troop, school trips, various school sporting competitions, go cart racing and summers swimming and playing tennis at the New Canaan Field Club.
Then there were, and continue to be, the town wide events; the May Festival at St. Mark's Church, marching in the Memorial Day Parade, the July Fourth fireworks on the lawn of the 360 acre Waveny Park, the Ice Cream Social at the Historical Society and the town wide candle light carol singing on Christmas Eve outside the Congregation Church.
New Canaan continues to unfold its charm. Restaurants with excellent cuisines draw people from surrounding areas (we have become quite a culinary destination), shopping, town amenities such as the Town Pool, The Teen Center, Historical Society, YMCA, the New Canaan Library,Lapham Center, Carriage Barn, the baseball fields, tennis courts and playground at Mead Park, Kiwanis Park’s swimming pond and playground, Irwin Park with its running trails and open space and the sports fields, paddle tennis courts, trails and meadows of Waveny Park… the list goes on and the exploration continues.
I know Realtors can shamelessly promote the area or towns where they live, but here is one case where the town speaks for itself. The most compelling reason for living in New Canaan is “community”.
Take heart…the arrival in the mail of summer camp brochures and registrations heralds longer days and better weather. The choices range from art, music and performing arts to playing with bugs and learning about the natural world around us, from a bevy of soccer, field hockey, specialized sports camps, to all encompassing activity camps….the list… Read More
Forget the robins and the sprouting daffodils…this event truly signals the beginning of spring! Caffeine & Carburetors is a gathering of automotive enthusiasts. We meet at Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee in New Canaan, CT about 6 times year to enjoy our rides and share them with like-minded gear heads hiding in and around Connecticut and New… Read More
Whether it is Jazz, Swing, Rock and Roll, New Orleans Funk, Country Western….it all here at the Waveny Park Outdoor Concert Series in New Canaan. Bring a picnic, blanket or chair, Frisbee, feet for dancing and hands for clapping. Much better than sitting at home on a Wednesday night and clicking the like button!!
In the scheme of things Elm Street is a relatively new road. Park Street, “the Postroad to Stamford” and Main Street, “the Road to Darien” date back to the days when New Canaan was Canaan Parish (founded 1731), but it was not until the 19th century that they… Read More
Having lived in New Canaan off and on for the past 22 years I finally spent some time in the New Canaan Historical Society’s incredible and extensive library. Through the years our family has explored their museums, attended some of their educational programs and enjoyed their… Read More
The Harvard Five was a group of architects that settled in New Canaan, Connecticut in the 1940s: John M. Johansen, Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes. Marcel Breuer was an instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, while Gores, Johansen, Johnson and Noyes were students there. They were all influenced by… Read More
New Canaan boasts a variety of excellent public and private schools with the highest state ratings. Over 95.4% of graduates continue their education in colleges and universities. The public school system was recently ranked number one in the State and number two in the country among comparable communities by Forbes magazine. The public school system… Read More
New Canaan is rich with hidden treasures created by individuals with passion and creativity. These 2.7 acres of pure woodland bliss and spectacular display in spring is a gift left to us by George S. Lee who spent 40 years establishing this extraordinary refuge. The Lee Memorial Garden is a grateful tonic for the soul… Read More
The government stimulus package aside, here is a “real time”, cost effective stimulus guaranteed to shake off the malaise, lift the spirits and raise your confidence. Thirty minutes from New Canaan is Grand Prix New York, a 120,000, sq. ft facility dedicated to the best indoor recreational racing I have yet experienced. And trust me;… Read More