From the Editor: Cheers!



Photo by Bob Capazzo

When I was still in school, I worked as a waitress at an outdoor bar in Cape Cod. The hours were great (I got to spend most days at the beach), the tips were good and I met lots of fun people. Some customers could be rude, some flirted too much and some didn’t tip—it was part of my job to ignore it all and put on a happy face—but for the most part, I had a great time.

So when we began to plan this month’s cover feature about Stamford nightlife, a celebration of the city’s ever-growing party culture, memories of that summer job prompted a decision to turn to the local bartenders for their uncensored POV from the other side of the bar. We learned plenty from them— that you can’t just order water, that Mojitos are a pain to make, and that snapping your fingers will get you zip. But what stood out sounded familiar: They love their jobs, take their work seriously, enjoy many of their regulars and are discreet, even when customers misbehave.

It’s really no wonder. They are at the center of good times playing out all over town. Even since we launched Stamford magazine two years ago, a number of new pubs, lounges and clubs have opened, and are regularly packed from happy hour on. How this phenomenon happened is a question for another day, but plenty of people are joining the fun and celebrating that the City That Works has become Party City.

In this issue, our philanthropy issue, we also celebrate this year’s recipients of our Light A Fire Awards, presented to civic leaders who improve our community by devoting their time and resources to lessening the burdens of others. That the honorees are able to accomplish so much on top of their respective responsibilities highlights the purpose of the awards: to call attention to volunteers whose good works often go unnoticed. Even so, it’s worth noting that the honorees have described their volunteerism to us in terms of the joy and sense of purpose they gain. The honor, while flattering, is beside the point. What matters is a shared desire to give back.

So join me in raising your glasses to the honorees, for their efforts, their modesty and the positive example they set for all of us. And if you see them celebrating in town, think of treating them to a round.

Stamford Agenda

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    Free costume pub crawl with check in at the Holiday Inn 1070 Main Street, Bridgeport and visiting the Bijou Square Neighborhood, then ending a...

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    Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by learning about Pluto, followed by a visit to view the night...

  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Slithery, Slimy, Creepy, Crawly

    2014.10.24

    Celebrate Halloween a little early! Meet some of our live scaly and crawly friends. Touch Connecticut's longest snake, meet a tarantula up...

  • Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

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  • JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Registration

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  • Neshama Yoga

    2014.09.12

    Fridays Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Nov. 28), 9 – 10:30 am Neshama Yoga is a fusion of Kundalini...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • The Way We Worked

    2014.09.20

    September 20 through November 4, 9am – 5pm The Way We Worked is a fun and nostalgic look back at the history of working people in...

  • NFL Specials

    2014.09.17

    Are you ready to spend Football Sunday and Mondays with us at the Whale? Join us for $4 Bud Light Drafts, $8 Signature Bloody Mary’s and...

  • College Football Specials

    2014.09.17

    Calling all College Football fans! Watch your favorite college football team score a touchdown at Sign of the Whale. Drink specials include $4...

  • FAll 2014 Semester beginning - Ballet School of Stamford

    2014.09.15

    Our Fall semester begins on September 15th in our beautiful studios at Old Town Hall in Stamford. We offer classes for children age 3 to 18. Our...

  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

    2014.09.01

    September 1 – December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre...

  • The Food Network Open Casting Call for Home Cooks

    2014.10.25

    FOOD NETWORK’S TOP CELEBRITY CHEFS ARE SCOURING THE NATION IN SEARCH OF AMAZING HOME COOKS! You’ve watched them on TV, bought their...

  • French Market (Farmers’ Market)

    2014.06.14

    Visit our farmers’ market with vendors offering the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and more! Straight from the farm and...

  • Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County

    2014.10.25

    Saturday, October 25 – Sunday, November 2 Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 25 through Sunday, November 2 for the 13th season of the...

  • Ick Fest @ Overbrook

    2014.10.26

    Celebrate all things creepy and crawly at our annual "Ick Fest @ Overbrook." After Trick-or-Treating on the Farm, visit the Overbrook...


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