Where Westport Meets the World

Destination Westport: In the Footsteps of Patriots

On Saturday, June 1, Westport Historical Society will lead a tour that will be an opportunity for history buffs to learn about one of the town’s oldest settled areas, some homes of which date to the mid-1700s. The tour is from 3 to 4 pm. 

Originally, Kings Highway North was part of a postal road laid out between New York and Boston in 1762. Kings Highway North was established as a local historic district in 1972 and named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. It encompasses 106 “contributing buildings” – structures that add to the district’s historical qualities – and four historic sites.  The historic sites include a small triangular green at the intersection of Old Hill Road and Kings Highway North that was used as a military drill ground. 

Ed Gerber, Past President of WHS will be accompanied on the tour by Edward Hynes, a specialist on the history of Westport during the American Revolution. Hynes will discuss the planned ambush by Continental troops under Benedict Arnold to fire cannons from the high ground on Old Hill down on British soldiers returning from a raid on Danbury to prevent them from crossing the river on the bridge below. But the British outsmarted the Colonials and crossed upriver near the site of present Ford Road. 

Meet on the green across from the cemeteries at the foot of Old Hill Road; park along Kings Highway North. The tour covers 1-2 miles of sidewalk walking, please bring water and suitable outdoor attire. 

Join us after the tour for a complimentary wine tasting, hosted by The Grapevine, 345 Main Street, Westport

Please register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5: $8 for members, $12 for non-members. Day of admission $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Students, $5 with ID.  

The Buzz on the CannaBIZNESS

Contact  Tammy L. Ward


The American Marketing Association-Fairfield County Advance Yourself program series will host The Buzz on the CannaBIZNESS, presented by Mediassociates, on April 24th at Earthplace – The Nature Discovery Center in Westport, CT. The event will feature two educational panel discussions with thought leaders from state government, investment banking, brand marketing and technology. An industry networking event will be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by a state of the industry panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. A second panel focused on brand marketing will begin at 8pmCurrently there are 34 states, including CT, with legal medical marijuana programs and 10 states plus Washington DC with legal adult use cannabis. Proponents suggest that the U.S. momentum, combined with a fully legal Canada, indicates that prohibition can end here in a matter of time. The economic and social impact of cannabis will be significant. Wall Street’s top cannabis analyst, Vivien Azer, projects $80 billion dollars in US cannabis sales by 2030. According to CannabusinessPlan.com, legal marijuana sales are expected to reach $25 billion dollars by 2021, with 63% of sales from the recreational side of the business. From a medical perspective, the state of CT notes there are currently 33,000 medical patients registered and 1,000 physicians treating certified patients here as of today.

Panelists for The Buzz on the CannaBIZNESS:

 Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, CT Dept. of Consumer Protection - provides oversight for CT’s medical marijuana program

 Tahira Rehmatullah, Managing Director Hypur Ventures; CFO of MTech Acquisition Corp. and former GM of Marley Brands at Privateer Holdings

 Gretchen Gailey, VP KCSA Strategic Communications, Founder Panoptic Public Relations

 Marji Chimes, CMO, Coda Signature, makers of infused edibles, topicals and concentrates

 Erika Alonso - Co-Founder, CMO of Witi/Wellness Insight Technologies, unlocking the potential of cannabis via iOT and AI-enabled solutions

 Moderator - Tammy L. Ward, Managing Director, Creative Streak Studio & Dan Liu, Partner, Director of Client Services, BARN

The Fairfield County Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA-Fairfield County) is one of 75 chapters in the U.S. and Canada that make up the largest association of marketing professionals in the world with over 30,000 members. AMA-Fairfield County is dedicated to sharing best practices and trends with area marketing professionals and academics while providing networking opportunities. Advance Yourself is a series of monthly programming events whose purpose is to advance a marketer’s knowledge, career and network.

Scott Bryce Joins James and Keira Naughton in Playreading Tonight!

Tonight at Fairfield Theatre Company, a new play River Island by Elizabeth Keyser (Staples '76), featuring Westport native Scott Bryce. James and Keira Naughton play father and daughter (for the first time!), with Maria Tucci, Sonnie Brown and Chris Bolan. The play is directed by Jenna Stern (Judge Barth on SVU) of Fairfield. A few tickets still available for general seating, and the pre-show happy hour.  Hope to see you there!

For more info: https://elizabethkeyser.com/river-island/

Young Adults Group Ages 21-35

Feeling Stressed? Too much screen time? Missing out on real life?

Let's talk about issues in a healthy way and socialize with others in the community.

We'll find connections, community & friendship. 


Facilitated by Dr. Allen Levy PhD, LCSW & Caroline H. Schiff, LMSW.

Group is to be held at Dr. Levy's downtown Westport office conveniently conveniently at 10 Bay St, Westport, CT 06880

Wednesday nights 8:00-9:30, beginning April 17.

Please visit us online at:



Some people have claimed their spots, but we have room for several more!

Contact Caroline directly for more information or to RSVP. 203.293.8494 or cschiff@carolinehschiff.com

Sliding scale fee and insurance reimbursable! 

We look forward to meeting you! 

Join us for The Buzz on the CannaBIZNESS, a panel discussion presented by Mediassociates and AlphaGraphics

Wednesday, April 24 | Earthplace, Westport, 5:30 – 9:15pm

Madison Avenue, Wall Street and state governments are giddy over the economic possibilities of the cannabis business. Medical patients are finding relief from a host of state-approved conditions and recreational cannabis enthusiasts are slowly getting their turn, state by state. 

What does it all mean to brand marketers?

AMA-Fairfield County’s Advance Yourself series continues with a teaching moment for all of us.

Our rock star panelists are experts in the regulatory, investment, and brand marketing aspects of cannabis:

·       Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, CT Dept. of Consumer Protection

·       Tahira Rehmatullah, Managing Director Hypur Ventures

·       Marji Chimes, CMO, Coda Signature

·       Erika Alonso - Co-Founder, CMO of Witi, Inc.

·       Moderator – Tammy L. Ward, Managing Director, Creative Streak Studio

Event Details and Registration

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Networking:  5:30 - 6:15 pm

First Panel:  6:30 - 7:45 pm

Second panel:  8:00 - 9:15 pm

Earthplace Nature Discovery Center

10 Woodside Lane

Westport, CT 06880



Woodstock: A 50 Years Down the Road Comes to Weston, Saturday April 13th

Remember 50 years ago when Woodstock was the place to be?  The Weston Historical Society takes you back to that time with “Woodstock: 50 Years Down the Road” featuring six panelists and musicians, on Saturday April 13 at 7:30pm at 104 Weston Road, Weston.

“Woodstock: 50 Years Down the Road” will be a spirited mix blending panel discussion, live performances, and questions and answers with host/emcee Roger Kaufman of Old School Music Productions.

Appearing with Kaufman are: Composer, performer, writer Bruce Pollock; Record producer and audio engineer Rob Fraboni; Song writers, guitarists, vocalists Ira and Maxine Stone; Reporter/photographer and Actor John Sinish; Music producer and photographer Michael Friedman with performances byOld School Woodstock All Stars

Snacks and beverages will be served.  Admission is $35 for historical society members and $45 for non-members.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.westonhistorialsociety.org.  For more information, visit the website, or email info@westonhistoricalsociety.org.

Destination Westport: Stroll Through Saugatuck

Created to give participants insights into Westport’s history, Stroll Through Saugatuck shows how resilient Westporters are in retaining the character of our town, even as the landscape changes and Saugatuck undergoes an impressive renaissance. 

Join us on Saturday, May 4, from 3 to 4 pm as we make our way through the neighborhood that sits along the tracks near the Westport train station. Guide Bob Mitchell, Westport Historical Society Board Member, will discuss Saugatuck’s past as a manufacturing hub and the tight-knit, predominantly Italian community it was to become. Most of what we now know as Westport was once called Saugatuck, after the river, though when the town was incorporated in 1835 from parts of Norwalk and Fairfield, it was given the name Westport. 

The walk will begin at the NY-bound side of the train station, where rail service was launched in 1848, making Westport more accessible for visitors and, in turn, giving residents better access to New York City.

Here are some bits of Saugatuck lore you’ll learn about: The Saugatuck Grain & Supply Company (1929), Luciano Park, the Westport Bank & Trust branch office, the Hedenbury Tin Shop, the Baynham Coffin Tack Factory, the first Saugatuck firehouse, the mattress factory, the William F. Cribari Bridge (the oldest movable span in Connecticut), and the Saugatuck Manufacturing Company, which made buttons from Brazilian ivory nuts. 

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. Day of: $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members. No charge for children 12 and under.  Register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.  

Meet in the Saugatuck Railroad Station, New York-bound side. The tour covers 1-2 miles of sidewalk walking, please bring water and suitable outdoor attire. Join us at the Black Duck after the tour for a complimentary drink. 


Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Join Westport Historical Society on Saturday, April 27, from 9:15 am until 11:30 am, for a gorgeous, vigorous 120 minute walk in one of the East Coast’s most beautiful settings.

Imagine it’s the summer of 1920. Westport is a sleepy farm community that lures New York’s most glamorous couple-F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald—to its shores. 

Seeking respite from their whirlwind Jazz era lives, the Fitzgerald’s set up in an 18th century farmhouse that has seen Revolution and the building of a nation over many decades. Zelda swims daily in the peaceful waters of the Long Island Sound while Scott takes advantage of the bucolic quiet to work on what he hopes will be his next great novel—The Great Gatsby. Join Richard “Deej” Webb and Robert Steven Williams, as they recreate the summer of 1920 and the sites and characters that influenced Fitzgerald’s Great American novel. 

Please bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. 

PARKING INFORMATION: Guests should park at Longshore Marina, along the asphalt and dirt areas. Parking passes will be distributed by tour guides the day of, to place on cars. 

$25 for members, $30 for non-members. No charge for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended, register online or call (203) 222-1424.


Hebrew Book Fest

2nd Annual Hebrew Book Fest, Westport 

Hundreds of Hebrew Books and more

Contact israelisinct@hotmail.com for info

The Ospreys at The Village Center

To our neighbors,

As many of you are aware there was a removal of a nesting platform at The Village Center that served as a breeding ground and home for two ospreys. Before any work was done on this we consulted a variety of environmental and wildlife sources to find the best way to avoid having our upcoming construction disturb a nesting environment. We were informed that if the nest was not present before the breeding season then the ospreys would be able to make a new nest somewhere else. There never was any removal of existing eggs or birds at any point.  

For those who might be unaware, the upcoming construction work is intended to redo the facade, upgrade the parking, a substantial tree installation, sustainable LED lighting, and a rain garden. However, although our intentions were to mitigate any disturbance to our avian neighbors, we may have missed the mark with seeing the whole picture.

Thanks in part to the community feedback that we have received, we have decided to reinstall the platform as soon as possible. Not only that, but we will modify our construction schedule for the breeding season, and will be providing a buffer area that cannot be disturbed until we can determine the fledglings have safely vacated the area. At which point, we will resume our efforts without any negative effect to the ospreys.

It is extremely important to us that we are good and responsible neighbors, and that includes our feathered friends as well as our human ones. We can't thank everyone enough for their concern and interest on the topic, and a special thank you to those who reached out to us.

Jack deVilliers - Vice President at Regency Centers