UPDATE: With Foul Weather Coming, Library’s Speakeasy Rescheduled for March 25

UPDATE 10:30 a.m. Wednesday: New Canaan Library has rescheduled Thursday’s planned speakeasy due to the snow and sleet that’s expected to hit the town and region overnight. The new date is Wednesday, March 25, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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New Canaan businesses are gearing up for the kickoff event for this year’s One Book New Canaan initiative: the speakeasy at New Canaan Library, set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday (register here). Conceived in the spirit of the library’s chosen book for this year—Bill Bryson’s nonfiction “One Summer: America 1927,” which spotlights Prohibition, as well as Charles Lindbergh’s virgin flight across the Atlantic, Babe Ruth’s 60-home run season and other cultural milestones—the speakeasy features all local businesses, library officials say. That’s an important part of this event and the larger initiative, since One Book New Canaan “is a community read,” said Community Engagement Library Jocelyn Glatthorn. “I wanted to showcase our New Canaan businesses and all the participants in this event are local businesses and institutions,” she said.

Paleo, Raw and Vegan Food Provider ‘Grass Rxoots’ Coming to New Canaan at Halo

A provider of paleo, raw and vegan foods is slated next month to move into the new, comprehensive health and wellness center on Grove Street that already is offering some services. Grass Rxoots (℞ being the symbol for a prescription) will form a kind of “organic café” immediately inside Halo, located at the walk-in level from the covered lot at the New Canaan Racquet Club, according to Cobie Graber, a marketing consultant for the facility. “They provide delicious, physician-approved organic meals and cold-pressed juices,” Graber said of Grass Rxoots. With an eye on more. Founded by Greenwich internist Dr. Steven Murphy, among others, in May 2013 as a food and juice provider, Grass Rxoots already offers catering, delivery and cleanses, and at Halo will also provide a kind of on-site medical consultation to visitors seeking what Graber called “individualized food prescriptions.”

The larger concept at Halo is that it offers social interaction, education, exercise and nutrition all in one, with services offered a la carte by a number of health and wellness experts at individual studios and suites, some of which are shared.