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Sweeten Your New Year: A Rosh Hashanah Honey Tasting

Kosher Like Me, a lifestyle food blog, is partnering with Red Bee Honey for Sweeten Your New Year: A Rosh Hashanah Honey Tasting event that will elevate your holiday menu and inspire fresh ideas for your table setting.  

The event will be held at Red Bee Apiary, a hidden gem in Weston, CT, and will include a brief tour of the apiary and gardens, led by Marina Marchese, author and beekeeper. Afterwards, she will take guests on a guided tasting flight of five local honeys paired with artisanal, kosher cheeses donated by The Cheese Guy and seasonal, local produce. The tasting will be held on the second floor of Red Bee’s new Honey House Barn.

Liz Rueven, founder of Kosher Like Me blog, will offer tips and tricks for incorporating honey goodness into your holiday menu by sharing favorite recipes and notes on symbolic ingredients to sweeten your Rosh Hashanah meal. Seasonal inspiration for Rosh Hashanah table settings will be artfully styled by Lauren Kreter of Borrowed, a vintage inspired company. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase their favorite honeys, a variety of gift boxes and vintage tabletop accessories.

Sample Honey Tasting Flight

Goldenrod honey with melon and goat cheese

Dark wildflower honey with Brie and blackberry

Alfalfa honey with carrots

Red Currant honey with dark chocolate

Buckwheat honey with manchego and pears

Honey in the comb 

For further information and to purchase tickets, visit redbee.com or email Emily at redbeehoneyevents@gmail.com

Liz Rueven is the founder and editor of the blog, Kosher Like Me. She provides readers with a tempting array of approachable and unique seasonal recipes, holiday inspiration, restaurant, book and product reviews and profiles of food innovators.

Marina Marchese is the founder of Red Bee Honey and the author of Honeybee and The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey. She is a member of the Italian Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey and founder of The American Honey Tasting Society.

Lauren Kreter is the founder of Borrowed, a vintage inspired company, which is focused on bringing unique, mismatched and whimsical touches to any event.


YOUNG SHOOTS COMPETITION

The Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers’ Market are excited to announce the third annual student digital photography competition, Young Shoots, for kids and teens ages 8-18.
The competition is designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity through the digital photography medium, and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the Westport Farmers’ Market.

The jurors will select winners in three age groups (8-10 years old, 11-14 years old, and 15-18 years old) and all photographs must be taken at the Westport Farmers’ Market.

All selected Young Shoots photographers will have their work showcased in a gallery-like setting at Sugar & Olives restaurant. First place winners will receive a $100 cash prize and will also have the opportunity to lead a food photo shoot with Bill Taibe, local chef extraordinaire. Second place winners in each category will win a $50 cash prize.

The community will also have a chance to vote online for their favorite submissions beginning August 20, with “Fan Favorite” winners in each age category receiving a one-year membership to the Westport Arts Center and a Westport Farmers’ Market t-shirt.

To submit work, email your submission to submissions@westportartscenter.org

  • Students may submit up to 2 photographs.
  • Images should be 1MB – 4 MB, saved as .jpg, and labled lastname_firstname_title.jpg.
  • Please include your age in the email.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

DEADLINE
August 14

ELIGIBILITY
All photographers ages 8 – 18 may submit.
Students will be juried in 3 separate age groups: ages 8 – 10, 11 – 14, and 15 – 18.

ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS
All photographs must be taken at the Westport Farmers’ Market, held Thursdays, 10am – 2pm, at 50 Imperial Ave in Westport.
Edits and stylistic enhancements are permissible.
Selected artists must print and frame their work.

ENTRY FEE
The Photography Competition is free.


MEET THE MASTERS/IPhone Photography Summer Camp

Meet the Masters AM:Ages 4-7

All the great masters, both traditional and contemporary, have an influence in this fun weeklong art camp! Each day will focus on a different artist and introduce them to a handful of fun and unique facts while allowing them to complete an art project unique to the style of the artist being studied that day. Each class will introduce different materials and culminate in a collection of completed works reflecting the colorful history of the art world. From Picasso to Frida Kahlo, and perhaps even some Van Gogh, students will learn the names and styles while having fun doing it!

Iphone Photography PM: Ages 8-12

Our worlds are inundated with technology, and we love to share our lives with others through this technology- specifically through the art of image. Our phones are our own personal sidekicks that let us take immediate, hi-resolution images to post to Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. People are Insta-famous! Let you child learn creativity and artistry through the use of their iPhone! Participate in this highly interactive class and learn all the magic tricks and skills of phone photography. We will explore everything from selfies to food photography, curating your photo album. Learn how to adjust for light and composition, and edit on the phone, while gaining valuable knowledge from visiting artists.

For more info, visit our website!


7th Annual Giant Indoor Tag Sale

Multi-family tag sale - rain or shine as it is indoors!

10 Lyons Plain Road, Westport

Large selection of items - bric-a-brac, vases, glassware, unique one of a kind items, lots of small furniture (dressers, desks, tables, dining tables, chairs; bed-frames with free mattresses with purchase of frame), kitchen appliances, pots/pans, baking items, artwork, baby items, toys, bikes and exercise equipment, books, gardening/auto tools and accessories.   Large clothing boutique!

Early birds - enter at 8am for $10; closing special - 3pm - $5 to fill a bag!


Local Comedians - Norwalk - Aug 12

A Night of Comedy Improvisation at The Factory Underground in Norwalk,

On Saturday August 12th at 8:00 p.m., come see local comedians in a family-friendly show at the Factory Underground at 16 Isaac Street in Norwalk, Adults $20, Students $10. Cash only at the door. Cheer on hometown comedy talent featuring Fairfield of Dreams improv team and student alumni of Wilton High School's Freeplay comedy improv troupe, directed by Second City Conservatory alumna and Wilton High School teacher Heather DeLude. The night also features the "Black Tie Affair" jazz band in a delightful, family-friendly, one-of-a-kind night out. The venue, the Factory Underground, is like a lower Manhattan comedy club without all the travel; it is right around the corner from the Garden Cinema in Norwalk at 16 Isaacs Street. No reserved seating so come early. Concessions will be sold at intermission so come hungry! Support your local comedy scene!  http://fairfieldofdreams.com  Westport residents Kerstin Rao and Dana Rossi are founding members of Fairfield of Dreams comedy group.


Freecycle.Org - Keeping stuff out of the landfill since 2003


Wait! Don't throw it out!  If you no longer love your stuff, set it FREE! 

Westport's Freecycle™ group gives people a way to "recycle" things no longer used, but too good to throw out.  The goal is to find a good home for things otherwise headed for the landfill.

Made up of over 5,000 groups with more than 9 million members around the world, The Freecycle Network™ is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.

(Posted as a reminder of good community options for reducing waste.  People can contact me for additional information but I urge you to visit www.freecycle.org and consider joining the Westport group.



THE SWEET REMAINS at THE LEVITT PAVILION TONIGHT!

.com8pm.  FREE!  The Sweet Remains make their return to the Levitt.   Only this time, band-member Greg Naughton returns as a Westport resident!   With over 22 Million plays on Spotify, the Sweet Remains have won fans all over the world with their lush 3-part harmonies and winning songwriting.   Driven by strong lyrical and melodic writing, their songs easily appeal to fans of modern folk-rockers like John Mayer & Ray Lamontagne, however, it is their harmonies (the band is headed by 3 gifted singer songwriters) that distinguish tSR from the throngs of guitar-toting troubadours and harken back to super-groups of the 60's and 70's like CSN, the Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel.

Note: Lawn & Concession open to the public one hour before show-time. Facility is closed to public during load-in and sound-check. Picnics are welcome. The Levitt Pavilion and its perimeter is a non-smoking area. Pets are not allowed.

In case of inclement weather, check back here or call our concert hotline (203-221-2153) at or after 4.30PM on the day of the show for a location status update. While we have a nearby rain location for free shows, we always do our best to stay outside shower or shine!


Learn to Forage at Earthplace!

Discover the wild foods in the natural world that surround us! Join one of our Naturalists on a foraging expedition throughout our sanctuary in search of naturally growing specimens that you can harvest and eat.  Explore local plant and wildlife communities while enjoying the beauty of our trails. Admission is FREE but registration is required. Ages 12+.  Call 203-557-4400 or go to 

http://bit.ly/EPSummerEvents



Westport Schools Calendar Pre-sale Coming to a Close

Pre-sale of the Westport Schools Calendar is closing this weekend!

Did you know you don't need to have kids in the school system to support the calendar? We have a variety of donation levels!

Art from the Westport Public Art Collections hangs in Westport Public Schools, Town Hall, Parks & Rec, The Senior Center, Westport Public Schools Tech Center, and the main Fire Station.

Purchasing and/or donating to the calendar supports the display, preservation, and educational uses of the art in our community. 

Please visit http://www.westportps.org/community/westport-public-art-collections/annual-student-art-calendar

to purchase and/or donate today and help keep art alive in our community!



Music Classes for Children - Suzuki School Summer Camp

The Suzuki Music School of Westport is proud to announce its inaugural Summer Camp, for Suzuki students playing guitar, violin, viola and cello! Between July 24th-28th, from 9am-3pm daily,students can come with or without their parents and will receive a combination of master classes, group class (technique and repertoire), orchestra or chamber groups, music enrichment classes and more! Requirements are: age 6 or older, playing at least past the first half of the Suzuki Book 1. Cost: $450.


The school will also offer a class called Jump Start to Twinkle, designed for children ages 4-7 with their parent. Between July 24-28, this five day 60 minute group class introduces parent and child to the
beginning stages of learning a string instrument (violin, viola, or cello) through the Suzuki Method. Lessons take place at the Suzuki Music Schools in Westport. Cost: $100.

For more information, please visit: www.SuzukiSchools.org/summer-camp-2017 or call (203) 227-9474.

About: The Suzuki Music School of Westport is a member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the National Guild for
Community Arts Education. For information on events please call (203) 227-9474 or visit the school website at www.SuzukiSchools.org.