Dan Aykroyd to get into the spirit in Norwalk

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Throughout his long movie career, Dan Aykroyd’s has faced a disgruntled bar crowd and angry protoplasmic creatures. He has battled dangerous foreign operatives and become embroiled in neighborhood politics, just in time for the holidays. But his part in an event on Saturday, April 6, 1-3 p.m. hopefully will be a lot more peaceful than all that.

This actor and musician turned wine and spirit producer will be visiting with fans and signing bottles of his Crystal Head vodka at Total Wine & More, 380 Main Ave., Norwalk.

“He has been working with us for a while now,” said Edward Cooper, of the Potomac, Md.-based company’s affiliation with the actor. In the past, Aykroyd has visited some of the chain’s other locations to meet with fans and talk about his wines and spirits. The store opened last year.

For those who want to pick up a bit of knowledge about the vodka before meeting this maker can get a sense of what has gone in to the product by watching this video. For instance, the unique packaging reflects Aykroyd’s interest in the supernatural, which also is reflected in the way this spirit is produced.

Cooper said the company works to create these opportunities, so that customers can meet the maker of the products in the store. But, he said this one also brings out the fans of Aykroyd’s show business career. He said he would not be surprised to see people in line dressed like some of the star’s most recognizable characters, including Dr. Raymond Stantz, Elwood Blues or Georg Festrunk, brother to Steve Martin’s Yortuk Festrunk and one half of the “Two Wild & Crazy Guys from “Saturday Night Live”’s early years.

“He is a terrific guy and very personable,” Cooper, the company’s vice president of public affairs, said of Aykroyd. “I think the customers will really enjoy his visit.”

Christina Hennessy

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