DARIEN — Former Darien Arts Center president Lew Green is returning to his roots in a new way.

On June 24, Lew and his wife, Mary, will return to the Darien Arts Center to perform with their band, The Ragtime Evolution, for the DAC’s first-ever gala, “An Evening Under the Stars.” Ticket sales from the event will support new and ongoing programs at the DAC.

According to Amy Allen, executive director of the DAC, the funding will go on to support new community theater programs, as well as upgrade the center’s facilities.

“It’s really to keep all the programs alive,” Allen said. “Every year, we need to raise significant numbers to keep things running.”

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An Evening Under the Stars

The Darien Arts Center’s first-ever gala will take place June 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the DAC Weatherstone Studio and Garden at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall.

Tickets for the event are $75 and will support new and ongoing programs at the DAC.

Supporters may purchase tickets for the benefit or make a donation at darienarts.org.

For more information on An Evening Under the Stars or supporting the DAC, call Amy Allen, the executive director, at 203-655-8683.

Lew Green, who formed The Ragtime Evolution with his wife back in 1972, said the band doesn’t play much these days, with the exception of private gigs like these.

“It’s always to keep it in focus and to keep awareness,” he said. “When we got involved with the DAC years ago, it was a small group that had no home. It’s grown and they’ve added a lot to it. It’s been a very good experience. People in town love it.”

Lew Green, who stepped down from the DAC several years ago, now lives in Florida doing video production and audio restoration. Mary Green remains in Connecticut, commuting from Norwalk to Manhattan to work as an executive coach. Still, with Mary Green on piano and Lew Green on cornet — similar to a trumpet but more mellow — the two are excited to bring some of their ragtime music back to Darien.

“When I go back, it’s like home,” he said. “We play the same music we always play. It’s fun. It keeps awareness in town that this exists. There’s a lot of distractions, so you have to stay out there.”

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