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2017 Check the Lights on Town Holiday Wreaths

Thursday November 9th we will be check the lights on the holiday wreaths. We will be meet at 9 AM behind the town hall. Last year we replaced about 195 lights and hope to pass 200 this year. The whole project takes about an hour and a half (the more people who show up the faster the work).

We will have a signup sheet at the Wednesday meetings but all are welcome to attend. They even provide free coffee and donuts.

Good community project and a good time.

Any questions see Jack Fitzgibbons at


We fixed the holiday lights for Darien,
Wreaths from boxes we were a carry’en.
Replacing bulbs, fixing bows, blowing fuses
We did our job with no excuses.

So remember well the seven elves of DMA,
Working in the cold that November day,
We ask no praise, we did our task
But next year we might bring a flask!

2017 Memorial Day Parade

2017 Letter Carrier Food Drive – May 13th

The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive is the largest drive for Person-to-Person (P2P) in Darien. It keeps the food pantry stocked in the summertime and last year enabled P2P to feed 3,000 families.

The food drive starts when letter carriers deliver bags and shopping lists to 6,000 Darien residents who leave bags of groceries at their mailboxes the morning of May 13.

Volunteers are needed to pick up the groceries for delivery to Person-to-Person, where the food is unloaded, sorted and shelved.

The day begins at 10 a.m. at Person-to-Person at 1864 Post Road, Darien, adjacent to St. Luke’s Church.

Drivers with their own SUV, minivan or truck, along with a “jumper,” are assigned a specific postal route to follow. The jumper picks up the food left at residential mailboxes.

The vehicles return to Person-to-Person to be unloaded by volunteers who sort and shelve the food in the Person-to-Person pantry.

Help also is needed to set up tables and signs at the start of the day.

You can select any task and two-hour time slot convenient for you.

A hot dog lunch will be served by Masonic Ivanhoe Lodge No. 107, Darien.

Photos of DMA in the Darien Memorial Day Parade
Monday May 25, 2015

Many thanks to Katie Lawrence for these photos!

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March with DMA in the Darien Memorial Day Parade
Monday May 25, 2015, 9:30am


Spend an hour honoring those who served and gave their lives, and have a good time with fellow members of the DMA.

If you are able to join us, please arrive at the Goodwives shopping center by 9:30 am.

We are assembling at the far end of the parking lot near the Tengda Restaurant.

It is suggested that you wear a blue shirt and tan or khaki pants (If you don’t have them, don’t worry about it.)

There is no parking at Goodwives so you will have to park at:

  • The Mechanic Street Parking Lot (adjacent to and behind the Darien Volunteer Fire Department)
  • The YWCA, or,
  • the First Congregational Church of Darien parking lot.

But, we recommend that you be dropped off, and have your driver park near the end of the parade. (The medical center across the Post Road from the Cemetery is a good choice).

The parade route proceeds down the Post Road for 1.25 miles.   we will have cars for those who need a ride.

The parade starts at 10 AM and will be over by 11 AM.

We want to have marchers, but if you are unable to walk (march) we will hopefully, have enough room in our cars for those who can’t walk. We encourage those who can walk to do so.

Please come and represent the Darien Men’s Association in honoring the men and women who have served our nation.

Some history on Memorial Day:

Nearly 150 years ago, Memorial Day— first called Decoration Day— was set aside to decorate the graves of the men who’d recently died in battle. America was still reeling from the Civil War when Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a proclamation in 1868, according to a PBS account of his decision. “The 30th of May,” he declared, “would be an occasion to honor those who died in the conflict.”

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

November 13, 2014
DMA Volunteers Repair the Town’s Christmas Wreaths

The Darien Men’s Association (DMA) gathered once again  at 9 a.m. on a cold November morning to help the Darien Chamber of Commerce take the wreaths out of storage and check all the lights. They replaced over 190 lights on our town wreaths. Now the wreaths are ready to be put up on the town lamp posts to decorate our town for the Holidays. The trees on Tokeneke Road will also be lit with lights to decorate the road. The Darien Chamber of Commerce raises the annual cost to pay for the wreaths and lights in town to be placed and removed through contributions from our town merchants and residents.

Wreath MaintenanceB

From Left to Right —Lou DeAngelis,, Taylor Strubinger, Tom Williams,Tom Taylor, Jack Fitzgibbons, Alex Garnett, Joe Spain, Bob Smith, Buck Margold , Tom Brayton, , Tony Kwedar

Coffee was available

Coffee and doughnuts were available for the volunteers




Some cleanup needed to be performed by Jack our leader and coordinator.

We replaced about 190 lights

About  190 lights had to be replaced!

2014 Memorial Day Parade
Photos by Frank Johnson and Katie Lawrence

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Darien Town Clean Up
Saturday April 26, 2014 (Rain date: Sunday April 27th)

Meet in the CVS parking lot by the UCBC bagel shop.

Be there between 8 and 9 am to pick up supplies. Garbage bags, pickup sticks and gloves are supplied .

Early birds, come before 8 am, and you can get a free bagel, coffee, tea and/or juice.

Darien Men’s Association is assigned to clean up the Darien train station parking lot, Mechanic Street and the berm on the New Haven side of the tracks.

It usually takes only about 2 hours to complete our part.

Please come to participate as part of DMA’s community service.

Good cause, good fellowship, and free bagels!

DCA Blue Notes entertain members and guests — December 18, 2013

Founded over 60 years ago, the Blue Notes are a group of women who use their voices for a good cause. Singing 4-part harmony, covering music from Big Band to Broadway, the group performs at senior centers and assisted living venues throughout Southern Fairfield County, as well as at the DCA. Their director – Dr. Craig Scott Symons – is also the director of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich choir. The DCA is proud to have the Blue Notes as a key part of our philanthropic mission.

The Blue Notes Group take pride in providing high quality entertainment and enjoyment to audiences and the DMA takes pride in asking them back year after year to sing for us.

Concert starts at 11 am.

2013 Memorial Day Parade
Photos by Frank Johnson and Bob Smith

Thanks to Frank Johnson and Bob Smith for these photos!

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Music Program — June 5, 2013
The Darien Songsters

The Songsters’ performance will mark the end of the 2012/2013 year for the DMA. They are a bunch of stout hearted senior men who enjoy performing a selection of Barbershop Harmony, Broadway, and Spiritual songs.

Concert starts at 11 am.

Memorial Day Parade — Monday May 27, 2013, 9:30am

We want to have a big turnout of DMA members this year.


Be at the Goodwives Shopping Center by 9:30 AM.

(Remember, no cars are allowed to park there except for those that are in the parade).

The parade route is down the Post Road for 1.25 miles.  We want to have marchers but if you are unable to walk (march) we will have cars for those who need a ride. The parade starts at 10 AM and will be over by 11 AM.

Spend an hour honoring those who served and gave their lives and also have a good time with fellow members of the DMA.

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