Ring’s End’s “A Morning for Moms” – Sept 14

“A Morning for Moms: Teaching Kids Good Manners”

Free Seminar at Ring‘s End Wilton September 14

with Certified Etiquette Consultant Michelle Sperry and Color Consultant Rita T

DARIEN, Conn – (August 31, 2010) – Ring’s End Lumber will host a free “Morning for Moms” seminar from 10:30 a.m. – noon on Tuesday, September 14, in the Wilton store at 129 Danbury Road. Color Consultant Rita T will share ideas for table settings and colorful dining at home, including today’s trending colors for dining rooms. Michelle Sperry of Weston, founder and director of Fleur de Lis Academy in Wilton, will discuss how to inspire and instill good manners in children by modeling confidence in the use of proper etiquette. Attendees will receive a coupon for a free gallon of Benjamin Moore’s new, zero-VOC paint. Limited seating is available; parents are encouraged to pre-register by sending an email to jean_galloway@ringsend.com.

“I believe that mastering important life skills such as proper etiquette is crucial to developing the self-esteem and confidence which ultimately guides individuals to reach their personal potential,” Ms. Sperry observed. “My purpose in establishing First Impressions at Fleur de Lis Academy is to inspire children and young adults to become leaders, valuable contributors to their communities, and conscientious citizens globally,” she noted. Her Morning for Moms program at Ring’s End, “From Handshakes to Dinner Plates,” will feature an activity-based mini dining tutorial and tips for how to handle the awkward etiquette or conversational moments that can arise when dining or attending social occasions, such as a community event.

“Eating in the dining room encourages children to learn and practice good manners at a young age; I enjoy showing homeowners how to create a beautiful dining room for their family to use every day,” Rita T stated. “Using color beautifully has become so much easier and safer since Benjamin Moore launched their new Natura Paint; it’s the only zero-VOC paint on the market that is available in virtually limitless colors, since it uses a patented waterborne colorant system that is VOC-free. For families, knowing their children and pets won’t be exposed to potentially harmful toxic fumes and the room can be used right away is a real plus,” she said.

Ms. Sperry drew on her 24 years’ combined experience as an attorney, educator, entrepreneur, philanthropist, event planner, performer, artistic director and studio owner, and sales and marketing specialist to develop three complimentary divisions at the newly-opened Fleur de Lis Academy: Encore Performing Arts Center, First Impressions Contemporary Etiquette and Modern Manners, and Sweet Soirees. Known throughout the area as a dynamic and engaging speaker and teacher, Ms. Sperry presents the Academy’s training and lessons through direct instruction, interactive sessions, hands-on activities, role playing and performance opportunities.

First Impressions includes “Manners à la carte” four-week programs for ages 3-10, which build skills in dealing with everything from dinner table manners to how to cope with teacher conflicts; “Lifetime of Success” six-week programs for ages six through young adult that use both social dance and restaurant experiences to hone skills; and “Leadership, Social Grace & Cotillion” 13-week program for grades 1-12. Dance lessons at the Encore Performing Arts Center begin with a “Mommy and Me” curriculum for age two; the school features classes in classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, Broadway and jazz and incorporates 2-3 performance opportunities for dancers each year under the artistic direction of Ms. Sperry. Sweet Soirees stages thematic celebrations for children and moms-to-be in the facility’s grand ballroom. Fleur de Lis Academy has also opened a retail boutique selling dance apparel and shoes.

Ms. Sperry earned an A.B. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. cum laude from New England School of Law.  She is professionally certified as an Etiquette Consultant with the Protocol School of Washington’s youth program, the Etiquette and Leadership Institution and the American School of Protocol.  Ms. Sperry has danced and performed professionally throughout the Midwest and New England with Nelson Curtis Ballet Company, Joan Malone Dance Company, the Boston Ballet II Company, and the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet; is a former Miss Teen of Michigan and Miss Michigan of the Year; and was the Founder and Artistic Director of the former Westport Performing Arts Academy. She lives with her husband and four children in Weston, CT. Fleur de Lis Academy opened in June 2010 at 27 Danbury Road in Wilton, CT; for more information visit www.FleurdeLisAcademy.com or call (203) 210-7155.

Rita T, a former elementary school teacher who is widely recognized by her trademark hat, has more than forty years experience in the design world, spanning product development, interior design and color consulting. Her practical approach to decorating encourages families to recycle furnishings and add pieces, using color as the catalyst to create harmonious and useable space as rooms evolve. Focusing primarily on color for the past ten years, she creates an annual “colors for your life” palette based on current trends and personalized for her clients. She is at the Ring’s End Paint Center in Wilton from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

In-store color consultations are complimentary. Rita T can also be engaged as an independent color consultant to visit clients’ homes and help them create a custom color palette for individual or multiple rooms or a home’s exterior.

The Ring’s End Paint Center in Wilton, featuring a Benjamin Moore Signature Store, is located in the Ring’s End Lumber store at 129 Danbury Road (route 7).  Hours are 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday (Thursday until 7 p.m.).  To reach the Ring’s End Paint Center in Wilton, call the store at 203-761-1000 or 1-866-842-7833 (toll free).

Ring’s End Lumber provides a one-stop source for lumber, millwork and building materials, kitchen and bath cabinetry, paint and painting supplies, architectural hardware, tools, and hardware for area contractors, decorators and homeowners.  Known for the quality and depth of its inventory and the expertise of its staff for more than 100 years, Ring’s End has full-service stores in Darien, Bethel, Branford, Niantic, New Milford, Wilton, CT, and Lewisboro, NY, a stand-alone Paint Center in New London, CT, a new Paint & Design Center in Norwalk, CT, a custom moulding and millwork manufacturing facility in Milford, CT, and a central distribution and education center in Stratford, CT. Visit Ring’s End on the Web at www.ringsend.com.

Momma says: Young kids are welcome. Feel free to bring their snacks.


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