New Canaan Holiday House Tour 2019 by Newcomers Club of New Canaan

Six Homes will be paired with Six Interior Designers to Be Festively Styled for the Holidays

Tickets are now available for the charity event on December 6 & 7

New Canaan, CT – October 17, 2019 – The New Canaan Holiday House Tour, organized by the Newcomers Club of New Canaan—is proud to announce the six unique homes that will be featured at this year’s Tour taking place on Dec. 6 and 7, 2019 10am-2pm. With a wide range of styles from modern to antique farmhouse, traditional and new build; each home will be professionally styled by local designers and feature holiday themes distinctive to the homes. In an open house style format, ticket goers will be invited to tour the homes, be inspired by holiday décor and, for the first time, have an opportunity to view two extensive car collections. The 2019 New Canaan Holiday House Tour homes include:

The Holidays at Windcrest Farm
Styling by Michael Canoro, Eastman Interiors

This antique home and property, dating back to the 1700s, has been expanded and modernized for today’s living.

Did You Hear … ?

“It’s the Rams. We’re coming.” New Canaan High School defeated rival Darien in the Turkey Bowl Thursday, 17-14. The game featured two early interceptions by NCHS senior Charlie Cunney, rushing TD by sophomore Christian Sweeney, field goal by sophomore kicker Nicholas Radman and Drew Pyne-to-Wyatt Wilson TD pass and terrific defensive stand by the Rams to effectively close out the game, spoiling Darien’s perfect season. The result means that New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan collects on his $100 charity bet with his Darien counterpart, Jayme Stevenson. He will donate the winnings to the New Canaan Athletic Foundation (a timely gift).

Q&A: Meet the Newcomers Club of New Canaan

New Canaanite: Is the Newcomers Club of New Canaan part of a national or international organization? If so, please provide details of that organization, such as the year it started, its size and scope. Claire Foster: The Newcomers Club of New Canaan is an independent entity and not part of a larger organization. Please tell us a little about the Newcomers Club of New Canaan itself. When was it founded, how many members does it have and how often do those members meet?

New Canaan Women Launch, Expand Weekend Food Program for Kids

New Canaan’s Shawnee Knight and Tina Kramer had been packing food for needy Stamford kids for some six months before they had a chance to meet, in person, the children and teens they’d been helping. The moment came during a special Christmas delivery. Knight and Kramer the summer prior had developed their model of giving under the national Blessings in a Backpack program. At Christmas, the pair arranged to deliver, themselves, special holiday backpacks for the 100 kids they served at Stamford’s Domus—kids on free or reduced lunch at a school that serves some of the city’s most at-risk youth. In those backpacks—themselves new and donated—the kids found not just food but also socks, ear buds, candy, nail polish and shampoo for the girls, Skittles, shampoo and conditioner, pancake mix and syrup.

Faces of New Canaan: Fatou Niang


Since moving to New Canaan a decade ago, France native Fatou Niang has immersed herself in civic work through church and charitable organzations here, learned the nuances of American football— and learned to love it, though she worries about on-field collisions for her son, a New Canaan High School sophomore who plays JV and varsity—and started working as a Realtor, while finding an area nonprofit to which she feels deeply connected. During the 30 minutes or so that we talked at Dunkin Donuts on Elm Street (our interview is transcribed in full below), at least four passersby stopped to greet Niang and say hello. That makes her a wonderful candidate for this debut installment of “Faces of New Canaan.” In the feature, we talk to New Canaanites that—through often quiet or unnoticed work or other ways—make up the fabric of our town. Though they may look familiar to fellow New Canaanites, the individuals we profile in this feature are not known because they’re famous beyond New Canaan or prominent through high-profile jobs or elected office. It’s also a timely interview for Niang with respect to her involvement in a cherished nonprofit, Carver Center.