New Canaan Poet’s Work Anthologized [Q&A, PODCAST]

New Canaan’s Gwen North Reiss this year saw one of her poems, “After Watching Film Clips of Calder and His Circus,” published in the Connecticut Literary Anthology. Her poem can be read here, and the short audio recording above includes a reading by North Reiss. We put some questions to the poet about her art and background. Here’s our exchange:

New Canaanite: Tell us a little bit about yourself as a writer and poet. What is your educational background and how did you start as a poet?

Holiday Shopping 2023: No. 299

For today’s installment of our local holiday shopping series, we stopped into the home and gift shop No. 299 on Main Street. 

Here’s a transcription of our conversation with owner Jackie Fucigna. ***

New Canaanite: Please give us some background on No. 299 and a general idea of what people can find here. Jackie Fucigna: The business started about 12 years ago in my garage and just grew organically from there.

John Alexander Edwards, Jr., 81

It is with heavy hearts but fond memories that we remember John Alexander Edwards, Jr. of New Canaan, CT. John passed away on December 2, 2023 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was 81. 

John was born November 8, 1942 in Greenwich, CT to John Alexander Edwards and Reid Grandy Edwards. He attended Greenwich Country Day School, followed by Taft and then Boston University.

Holiday Shopping 2023: The Glass House Design Store

For this new installment of our local holiday shopping series, we visited  The Glass House Design Store at 199 Elm St. There, we spoke to Dominica Baharian, manager of the Design Store and the Visitor Center, and Christa Carr, communications director for The Glass House. Here’s a transcript of our conversation. ***

New Canaanite: Could you please give us an overview of the Design Store? What can people find here and how does it fit into The Glass House program?