New Canaan Rotary Club’s ‘Lobsterfest’ Set for Sept. 29 and 30

One of New Canaan’s most celebrated community events is scheduled to return this September, though it may look a little different than some locals remember. Founded by the New Canaan Rotary Club, the first Lobsterfest was held 38 years ago as a way to raise money for local nonprofit organizations, as well as offer a weekend of fresh seafood and lobster-themed festivities to the local community. Last year, it raised more than $60,000 for local nonprofits. Until the COVID-19 pandemic, Lobsterfest was synonymous with the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society campus, having been located on its grounds for decades, but with new lockdown restrictions, the club was forced to change the format of its fundraiser entirely, or shut it down. Leo Karl III, a 35-year member of the Rotary Club, has been an active participant in organizing Lobsterfest for nearly as long as it has been around.

Podcast: New Canaan Rotary Club’s ‘Lobsterfest’ To Be Held Oct. 15 and 16

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Leo Karl III, past president and longtime member of the New Canaan Rotary Club, about the organization’s Lobsterfest. An important fundraiser that benefits local nonprofit organizations, this year’s event runs Oct. 15 and 16, and includes some new “dine-in” options for those seeking a fresh lobster, salmon or fried chicken dinner, as well as the ability to purchase meals for New Canaan’s emergency responders. 

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The arraignments of Joanne Pascarelli and Marie Wilson, charged with felony larceny in connection with the theft of nearly $500,000 in cash from Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School cafeterias, have both been pushed to Sept. 4. Pascarelli is represented by attorney Darnell Crosland, Wilson by attorney Mark Sherman, both of Stamford. ***

In the wake of the sisters’ arrest, this Tweet came in from the popular ‘Overheard on the New Canaan branch” Twitter account:

A: “My wife told me she wants to go back to work”
B: “there’s a couple of openings in the school cafeteria, if you know what I mean”
A: “damn that’s brilliant. If those two idiots could scam half a million, she could def do better.