Month: September 2015

October 22, 2015
Goodspeed Opera House for
A Wonderful Life — the Musical

Goodspeed Opera and Gleston House

Thursday October 22, 2015

DMA Excursion to Goodspeed Opera House for a performance of


Bedford Falls comes alive as never before with the Goodspeed premiere of the magical tale of finding hope in your own hometown. In a tuneful re-imagining of the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a would-be angel swoops to the rescue of desperate banker George Bailey on Christmas Eve. From the Tony-winning co-creator of Fiddler on the Roof, it’s a heartwarming family musical that celebrates the power of love and the goodness in all of us. Remember: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings”

Lunch at

Gelston House


  • Pasta Primavera  sautéed vegetables, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes
  • Chicken Marsala sautéed,  wine and mushrooms, potato, vegetables
  • Bistro Steak bourbon sauce, potato, seasonal vegetables
  • Talapia with herb ver jus, rice and seasonal vegetables

Gleston House

Cost: $ 95.00 per person

Departing at 9:15 am from The Christian Science parking lot

For Reservations Contact

Paul Larson —

Or call (203) 846-0722

Lunch at Gelston House

Speaker — October 14, 2015
William F. Baker, former CEO of WNET/Channel 13

William F. BakerDr. Baker directs the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy & Education at Fordham University. He is also a Distinguished Professor of management at IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain, and President Emeritus of WNET-Thirteen, New York’s public television station.
During his 21 year tenure as president of WNET in New York, America’s flagship public broadcaster, Baker led the effort to raise over one billion dollars for the station. As a commercial broadcaster, Baker helped start many cable networks, introduced both Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose as talk show hosts, and oversaw the launch of the Discovery Channel and the Disney Channel. He was president of Westinghouse Television and Chairman of Group W Satellite Communication.

He is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards, two Columbia Dupont Journalism Awards, and is the executive producer of the theatrical film and PBS documentary, The Face: Jesus in Art. He is co-author of the book Leading with Kindness (American Management Association, 2008) and hosts the series of the same name on public television. Baker is also the co-author of Every Leader is an Artist (McGraw-Hill, 2012), and Down the Tube: An Insider’s Account of the Failure of American Television (Basic Books, 1998).

He holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and nine honorary doctorates from universities in America and Europe. His interests include astronomy, horology, and polar science, and he is believed to be the eighth person in history to have stood on both the North and South Poles.

October 14, 2015, 12:30 pm — Book Discussion Group Meeting
by Phil Klay

Our next book selection is Redeployment, by Phil Klay

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction · Winner of the John Leonard First Book Prize · Selected as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book ReviewTimeNewsweekThe Washington Post Book World, Amazon, and more

Phil Klay’s Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.  Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

In “Redeployment”, a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people “who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died.”  In “After Action Report”, a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn’t commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened.  A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains—of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both.  A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel.  And in the darkly comic “Money as a Weapons System”, a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball.  These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier’s daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier’s homecoming.

Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing.  Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss.  Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

Speaker — October 7, 2015
Art Gottlieb on the history of Grand Central Station

Art GottliebGRAND CENTRAL STATION, spared from demolition, is now restored to its original beauty. This 1913 Beaux Arts masterpiece remains one of New York’s most famous landmarks.

Art Gottlieb is a local historian on subjects of political and military history. He was formerly a professional curator of naval history and the Technical Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City. In these roles, Mr. Gottlieb worked regularly with veterans of all services towards the creation of exhibits accurately illustrating the history of 20th century warfare.

From 1989 through 1997, Mr. Gottlieb coordinated with all branches of the armed services and National Guard towards the preservation of historic ships, aircraft and armor from around the world, and has facilitated the recovery of scores of artifacts from warships slated for demolition from reserve fleets.

For the past 10 years Mr. Gottlieb has refocused his professional efforts towards reaching out and addressing the growing needs of aging veterans and their families. In addition to maintaining a private practice as a Counselor and Certified Senior Advisor in Norwalk, CT, he is a field instructor for Sacred Heart University. Mr. Gottlieb offers Pro Bono counseling services to soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr. Gottlieb served as an Auxiliary Officer of the United States Coast Guard for 17 years and for 4 years was Commander of Flotilla 7-2, Division 1 (Southern Region), Sector Long Island Sound North.

Speaker — September 30, 2015
“Inside the Glass” with Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire is NBC Sports Group’s NHL ‘Inside the Glass’ analyst, alongside the broadcast team of play-by-play voice Mike “Doc” Emrick and analyst Eddie Olczyk. In 2013 McGuire won the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter. Previously, he was the game analyst for TSN Canada’s national NHL broadcasts. In addition to his NHL work, McGuire has covered men and women’s hockey at the past three Winter Olympics, as well as NBCSN’s coverage of college hockey. Recognized as one of the NHL’s most passionate and knowledgeable analysts, McGuire has received multiple Best Game Analyst Gemini awards, and he has been selected eight times by Hockey News as one of the game’s 100 most influential people. Prior to his radio and television career, McGuire coached at several colleges, was hired as a scout by the Pittsburgh Penguins and was part of that organization’s back-to-back Stanley Cup titles, and served as head coach of the Hartford Whalers.

At the DMA Pierre will speak about recent developments and dynamics in the NHL as a league; the prospects of various teams, particularly the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders; and other perspectives about hockey in general that he feels will be of interest. He looks forward to a robust Q+A.

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Jim Cloud passes away

Jim Cloud

Jim Cloud

James H. Cloud, a resident of Darien, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2015 in Darien. Born on May 25, 1931 in New Jersey, he was the son of the late John Keble and Dorothy Brown Cloud. He spent his early years in Cranford and Westfield before moving to Darien, CT when he was 12. He graduated from Woodberry Forest School in Orange, VA and from Yale University in 1952.

Upon graduating from Yale, he was commissioned a Lieutenant of Artillery and served with the 278th Regiment Combat Team at Camp Drum, NY and then in Korea. He continued in the U.S. Army Reserves and eventually retired with the rank of Major.
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