Recycling - Skip the Plastic
In order to protect our community and to ensure a cleaner planet for future generations, we urge Rowayton residents to reduce their plastic footprint by refusing, reusing, reducing and recycling.
With that, recycling is confusing; therefore, in an effort to improve our community’s recycling efforts, you may see an “Oops” flyer attached to your blue bin, which indicates something in the bin isn’t recyclable. The flyer includes some of the most common mistakes including:

  • bagging recyclables in paper, plastic or cardboard.
  • recycling Styrofoam, hard plastics, plastic film, bubble wrap and items marked “compostable.
  • filling blue bins to the point the lid doesn’t close.
Although recycling is more last resort than first line of defense, The Sixth Taxing District, in collaboration with Skip the Plastic, is spearheading efforts to help residents recycle smarter. For more information about the transfer station, drop-off recycling and composting food scraps, please visit norwalkct.org, or contact info@skiptheplastic.org.
Drive Like your Kids Live Here
Can everybody driving around town make a concerted effort to drive the speed limit and to stop at Stop signs? There is a lot of foot traffic and kids walking about in our little village and many places are without sidewalks. A little slower and obeying traffic laws will go a long way.


United Church Nursery School opened its doors for the 2020-2021 school year this past week! 

Having educated thousands of preschool children in our 54 year history, we remain a leader in early childhood education and look forward to another year of “purposeful play” for our students. We are following all policies and protocols set forth by the CT Office of Early Childhood, the Norwalk Health Department and the CDC. In addition to staggered and separate student arrivals and departures, we are keeping our class sizes small and in separate cohorts throughout the day. 

If you are interested in learning more about our school, our programs, and how we will operate during the Covid-19 pandemic, please reach out to Gina Ely at director@unitedchurchnurseryschool.org or at (203) 853-3554.

Rowayton Arts Center
RAC offers a full slate of adult art classes both online and in studio starting September. Two classes will be held in the RAC classroom: “Mixed Media and Collage” and “The Art of the Knife.” The rest will be held online via Zoom: oil painting, watercolor and drawing, plus portraiture. New this season is music appreciation among others.
 
RAC will also arrange a weekly private 1.5 hour class for groups of children of aged six and above. You'll have your own instructor, curriculum, tons of fun supplies, and a safe environment for kids to be creative. Another option for adults is Paint and Sip parties for small groups in our studio ($45 per person). Email Education Director Suzy Aubrey if interested in the above at education@rowaytonarts.org.

To review the entire schedule, visit rowaytonarts.org/education. For other information, visit rowaytonarts.org and follow @rowaytonarts.
The Lighthouse Run for Greens Ledge Light
We've gotten the OK for this year's race, scheduled for Saturday, September 26. We've added protocols used at other races this summer to ensure that runners and volunteers remain safe during the time of COVID-19, so please come join us for the third edition of this sunset race, and support the work of restoring this local icon. Click here to sign up.

If you don't want to run/walk, please consider donating for the continuing preservation of Greens Ledge. Visit our website to see the latest photos from all of the spectacular work that has been done. And HERE is our latest newsletter.
Rowayton Library Events
Unfortunately the Library was unable to hold the Father's Daughter Ball or The Apres Summer fundraisers this year. To raise some much needed funds, and to add some fun events to town, we are having two socially distant events in October.
Location - Lawn in front of Rowayton Library
Time: 1 - 5 (time changed)
50 Teams Max - First Come First Serve - 14 slots left.
Seeding rounds
Double Elimination - minimum 4 games played by all teams
Bottomless Red Solo Cup
Food Vendor will be on site
Cost - $105/team
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams - and bragging rights!

RAIN DATE - October 4

Sign Up HERE - Remember first 50 teams get in.

While playing teams will be required to wear masks. We will have tented areas 15 feet apart for players to use their red solo cup and hang out while not playing, in compliance with CT COVID rules.

October 24 - First Annual Rowayton Scavenger Hunt
This event was supposed to take place in the Spring. We have adjusted all clues so that we follow social distant protocol. A great Fall family event to run around Rowayton and answering fun questions about the town you live in.
Time: 12:30 - 4
50 Teams Max - First Come First Serve
Teams - 2-4 participants
Start and Finish - Rowayton Library Court Yard
Clues - 20-25 questions about Rowayton
Cost - $100/Team
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.

To reserve a team for this event please email aameyerson@gmail.com.
Save the date for a presentation you won’t want to miss: Thursday October 8 at 7pm

College Admissions expert Peter Van Buskirk returns to Brien
McMahon to provide insight and guidance in the college
application process during this challenging time. Presentation will be via Zoom. To register visit: www.senatorssuccessfund.org
For more information on Peter visit: www.bestcollegefit.com
As with all other events and gatherings, our summer and fall fundraisers had to be canceled due to COVID-19. These events generate the majority of our donations. Your donations help keep our equipment up-to-date, train our members, and overall keep our community safe.

In our fundraising efforts, we have opened up a squad locker store that will enable you to become a Rowayton Fire Department Supporter.

Rowayton Turkey Trot 2020 is (virtually) on!

Our Trot has become a great Thanksgiving tradition, and this year will be no different. 

We are hosting our event virtually. Run or walk the 5k or 1mile route anytime from the Saturday before, thru 12pm on Thanksgiving. Routes will be marked, and you will be able to post your 5k time on our website to share and brag with your family and friends. If friends and family cannot be here this year, they can register to run a 5k route anywhere in the US, and also post their times on our website.

Entry fees or donations will as always go to benefit local Not for Profits, who have been hard hit this year by COVID.

For more details and registration, please visit rowaytonturkeytrot.com

Thank you for keeping our tradition alive!
The Raymond Boathouse in Pinkney Park has a new entrance!

Enormous thanks to Rowayton resident Pamela Proctor and Mike Mushak of Tulip Tree Site Design for their generous donations of design, energy, materials, and time to create this beautiful new entrance to the Boathouse. Come down and take a look.

We had hoped to open our new maritime museum at the Raymond Boathouse over Memorial Day weekend, but due to COVID 19, the date had to be postponed. Work continues on the museum which will host exhibits on local oystering families, hurricanes, ship builders, sailing heroes, Native Americans and maritime disasters and much more. The space will also feature a permanent exhibit on the ecological history of the Five Mile River, highlighting the flora, fauna and marine life that flourish in our waters.

The Frank E. Raymond Maritime Museum was built for publisher George Palmer Putnam who owned a summer estate on Rowayton Avenue from 1861 to 1867. Although a resident of Rowayton for only a short time, Putnam’s indelible influence here can still be felt today. We invite our community to support this effort and share their stories of life on the Long Island Sound. Donations towards the renovation of the Boathouse may be sent to the RHS at PO Box 106, Rowayton, 06853 or through PayPal. 
In the interim, the Pinkney Museum will remain closed until we know it's safe to allow visitors again. If you would like to be added to our email list to learn about virtual events as well as news of our reopening, please email us at info@rowaytonhistoricalsociety.org
Feed it Forward
101 is open for take out and continuing to send one meal for 185 people per week to The Open Door Shelter in Norwalk. 
Please help us continue to serve our customers safely by wearing a mask when ordering in person and picking up, and please consider donating from our web site to fund the 185 person meal we are sending weekly to Open Doors . Thank you for your continued support!  The McGee Family.
Pick Up Softball
Anybody looking for a pick up softball game? A group of guys have been playing the last several years on Sunday morning from 8:15 - 10:30 on the Softball Field right off of McKinley Street.
Fast (ish) pitch, limited flight balls, wood bats...safe, not super serious and a fun time.
First game will be Monday, September 7, Labor Day and we are looking to play through the end of October. A small fee is collected to cover the cost of the balls, water, and umpire.
We are looking to expand our pool of players and if you are interested please reach out to Ryan Wilson.
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