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Photograph by Bob Capazzo

I’ve been a fan of the “Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut” since Moffly Media premiered it five years ago. I’d carry my dog-eared copy in my car and use it as an insider guide to hot spots around Fairfield County. Many a hidden gem—in Stamford and elsewhere—was discovered that way.

So it was with happy curiosity since becoming editor of Stamford Magazine that I anticipated being part of the “Best Of” editorial project, particularly since Stamford readers would now have their own edition of the trend-setting poll. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reviewing this year’s picks as much as I enjoyed learning what you chose.

But that’s not all there is to share. New this year is the first ever “Best of Stamford,” a compilation of all the Stamford winners in the various categories as selected by you. Now we can all check out the myriad choices and make sure to add some of these destinations to our summer go-to lists, whether plans call for a short road trip or staying close to home.

Another sure thing I love in summer is the movies. So it was with special delight that I sought out Kevin Segalla and Bruce Heller, founders of the Stamford-based Connecticut Film Center, the business that draws many of the film productions spotted around town in recent years. I wanted to hear their story and asked Beth Cooney to get the scoop on future plans, knowing many of you are curious too. My guess is that some of you had little idea of the depth of Stamford’s burgeoning entertainment industry.

Also growing in Stamford is its eating culture. Since the “Best Of” polling closed in April, several new eateries have opened that are worth checking out—Chinese Mirch (reviewed in this issue), Sandella’s Flatbread Café and Tengda, to name a few. Consider these for dinner before you head to a theater near you.

So there you have it all. Enjoy. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for Moffly Media’s annual “Best of the Gold Coast” celebration on Thursday, July 22, at the Stamford Hilton. Hope to see you there. It’s bound to be a fantastic party.


Hit the Ballot Box

Here’s your chance to honor those who give back. Help us celebrate Moffly Media’s third annual light a fire by nominating the individuals and organizations you feel make the biggest difference in the lives of others. Honorees will be featured in the November/December issue
of Stamford Magazine.

Click here to cast your vote.

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Stamford Agenda

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    The Loft Artists Association annual all-member group show, “Peak Season,” opens Saturday, August 1st in their East Gallery at 575 Pacific...

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    Registration for the 2014/15 school Our Nursery School programs are designed to help children learn in an interactive and playful way while...

  • Nature’s Numbers

    2015.06.20

    Saturday June 20 – Sunday, August 30, 9 am - 5 pm; Sun., 11 am - 5 pm Escape the summer heat in this cool, colorful, and interactive exhibition...

  • Colonial Summer Camps

    2015.07.27

    Monday – Friday, 9:15 – Noon at the Hanford-Silliman House Sign up for one, two or all four weeks – different activities each week! O June...

  • Woven in Time:Kashmir Shawls

    2015.07.07

    July 7 through September 2015 A new exhibit of Kashmir shawls is opening at the New Canaan Historical Society’s Costumes Museum. The shawls...

  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

    2015.01.02

    January 2 - December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre former estate...

  • SPLASH - Art Exhibition at C. Parker Gallery

    2015.08.01

    Just when there seems to be no relief from the heat and humidity of summer, the C. Parker Gallery offers a refreshing respite. “SPLASH” a...

  • Animal Meet and Greet

    2015.07.07

    Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays July 7 - August 22, 3 pm Stop by our new exhibit, Heckscher WILD!, meet one of the animals, and discover how they...

  • A Day in a Farmer's Life

    2015.06.24

    Wednesdays, June 24 - August 19, 2 pm Meet at the Chicken Coop, (weather permitting). Come by and discover what it takes to be a farmer on...

  • Nature is Brought to You by the Number...

    2015.07.02

    Thursdays, July 2 - August 20, 3:30 - 4:30 pm Discover the wondrous ways that numbers play a role in nature! Each week we will focus on a different...

  • The Met Opera in HD SUMMER ENCORE: Verdi's Aida

    2015.08.07

    This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with...

  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Things with Wings Hike

    2015.08.07

    Explore the crepuscular and nocturnal creatures that call the SM&NC home! Take a sunset hike to look for our resident bats and birds, look for...

  • Burgess Models Portfolio Shoot-Out!

    2015.06.27

    Burgess Models Shoot-Out every Saturday this Summer! Burgess Models just opened up in downtown Stamford!  Take advantage every Saturday this...

  • WILD! Feeding

    2015.06.06

    Saturdays June 6 - August 22, 12:30 - 1 pm (no program on 7/4) Ever wonder what lizards like for lunch? Discover the many things our animals like...

  • The SM&NC Sunday Farm Market Is Back!

    2015.06.28

    Sundays, June 28 through October 11, 10am – 2pm Many of the previous vendors are returning and we've added some new vendors to offer a wider...

  • Daniel Nault; Performing Live at Table 104

    2015.06.27

    Daniel Nault- Musical Performer Acoustic Singer  Table104  203-388-8898

  • Market Madness Sundays

    2015.07.12

    Sundays, July 12 - August 23 10 am - 2 pm, (no program on 8/2) Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities. Join us for...

  • Little Yogis Adventure Scavenger Hunt (ages 4-6)

    2015.08.12

    Drop your little ones off for a 2-hour yoga adventure and scavenger hunt through our three studio rooms. We're never too young to learn...


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