Where Westport Meets the World

Redeeming Uncle Tom: A Film, The Josiah Henson Story

On Wed., May 29, from 6:30 to 8 pm, Westport Historical Society will present a film screening as part of the programming series in conjunction with the exhibit Remembered on view through June 30th.

Josiah Henson was the enslaved man who was the influence for Uncle Tom in the seminal society-changing novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.Although he was catapulted to international fame in 1852, when the novel came out, what happened to him has been largely lost to history. Until now.

Josiah Henson (1789-1883) spent 41 years as a slave. He was a dynamic, driven man with unyielding principles who overcame incredible odds to escape his cruel masters and improve the lives of hundreds of freed people throughout his long life. Including interviews with leading experts and Henson descendants, Josiah is an unmissable documentary about one of history’s greatest lost figures.

To accompany the documentary, the definitive biography of Josiah Henson’s life, The Road To Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked theCivil War, by author and documentarian Jared A. Brock will be on sale in our shop.

Online pre-registration $10 for members, $15 for non-members.  Reservations are recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5

Westport Is Your Oyster Cocktail Party

Before there were hotdogs and hamburgers to liven up your outdoor fun, there were oysters.

Oysters were the quintessential American food—especially in the estuaries and inlets of shoreline Connecticut where they grow in natural abundance. Oysters were enjoyed by native people who seared them in hot coals, in a method later adopted by European colonists. In those days, the oysters pulled from the waters around Westport were as large as dinner plates.

On Monday, May 27, Westport Historical Society is kicking off the beginning of summer by celebrating the culture and lore of oystering on the Long Island Sound with a cocktail party from 3 to 5 pm featuring this Connecticut staple. Join us after the Memorial Day parade and before your Memorial Day cookouts and parties!

A raw bar courtesy of Copps Island Oysters, prosecco and beer will be served. There will also be a drawing for a gift basket including a growler of the custom beer created for the event by Full Moon Brewing, as well as items from our shop. 

Online pre-registration $50, at the door $60.

Reservations are recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.

28th Annual Garden Celebration & Tour

Join us this year June 8th and 9th for a Garden Lovers Extravaganza featuring Peonies & Pollinators! The beloved Annual Garden Tour will have a new twist from year’s past with a full day of DIY classes and family fun events, including face painting, food trucks, and specialty cocktail party on Saturday. The tour of unique, hidden gardens in Westport and Weston will take place on Sunday.

On Saturday evening, June 8, a unique cocktail party featuring honey beer, made by Westport brewer TJ Elgin of Full Moon Brewers and a specialty peony vodka cocktail will be also held at the Society’s Avery Place headquarters.

Classes and Events (see website for full description): Saturday June 8th, 10-4 pm

Full Day class pass – $65 online pre-registration, $75 day of

·       Flower Arranging with Karen Legan (offered twice, 11 am & 2:30 pm) $35 online, $40 day of

·         Flower Arranging with Sarah Shaw (offered twice, 1:15 pm & 3 pm)$35 online, $40 day of

·         DIY Pollinator Pots (offered at 10 am): $10 online, $15 day of

·         Face Painting & Ceramic Flower Pot Decorating for Kids, All-Day: $10 day of only

·         Plein Air Painting at WHS, Drop-in All-Day: available at 11 and 12:30. Free Event

·         Designing for Pollinators with Eva Chiamulera (offered at 12:30 pm)Free Event

·         Tree Tour at Winslow Park, (offered at 12:30 pm at Winslow Park): Free Event

Food Trucks on site too!

Bloom Bash: Saturday June 8th, 6-7:30 pm

What’s a garden celebration without a Garden Party? Join us as we toast our theme flower—the Peony!—and pollinators with a bespoke cocktail featuring peony vodka and hibiscus and honey beer, custom made for WHS by Full Moon Brewing. $25

Tour the Gardens! Sunday June 9th, 11-4 pm

From a unique property that hosted Hollywood’s elite, a classic New England estate, an apiary producing local honey to a charming retreat of a renown Westport Artist and an 18th Century Farmhouse re-imagined into a birder’s paradise, visitors will be charmed by each unique property on this year’s tour.  Make sure to stop in at our Pop-Up shop featuring whimsical gifts for the gardener and garden lover. $55 member, $65 non-member & $75 for all on day of event

Weekend packages as well as single day and single class tickets are available!

Please register and purchase tickets online at https://westporthistory.org/garden-tour/


Wildflower ID at Earthplace

Spring is prime foraging season for wild salad greens and pungent ingredients. May 19 at 1:30 pm join naturalist, Veronica Swain, for an introductory class on the safety and how-tos of sustainable foraging, and take a short walk to sample what nature has to offer. Registration is required. For additional information visit www.earthplace.org or call 203-557-4400.  Free for all ages.

10th Annual Push Against Cancer Fundraiser

The Push Against Cancer (2019 is our 10th annual) is a friendly "push-up-a-thon" geared at all age- and fitness-levels. The event raises funds for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a non-profit founded by beloved Westporter and award-winning actor Paul Newman in 1988 to provide “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families. Over the last 9 years, the Push Against Cancer has raised nearly $500k to help kids battling illnesses from cancer to sickle cell enjoy summer camp and other joy-filled, camp-inspired experiences. (Click HERE to watch an amazing video about the camp.) Every child who participates in Camp programs does so at no cost to their family, and, with their medical needs and adapted activities, the cost to attend does not come cheap. It costs $2,500 for one child to attend one week of camp. While there, kids are no longer patients, “the kid with cancer/hemophilia/HIV;” they are simply KIDS, surrounded by friends who understand what they’re going through and have gone through just as they have.

This year’s Push Against Cancer will be held on Sunday, June 9 at Staples High School in Westport, CT on the girls’ lacrosse/field hockey field. In 2010, founder Andy Berman, a local fitness professional, was opening a new gym in Westport. He wanted to find a way to give back to the community he was joining. When he learned about The Hole in the Wall Gang and that it had been founded by local Paul Newman, Andy knew he had found his charity. He started the Push Against Cancer with about 20 participants who raised $9,900, doing pushups in his former gym, Fitness Factory. The event grew each year; in 2015, over 40 participants raised $44k, 2016 saw over 100 participants raise $67k, 2017’s 242 participants raised $128k, and in 2018 there were 334 participants who raised over $150k.

In 2019, founder Andy Berman and his team expect over 400 participants and have a fundraising goal of over $200,000. And with the cost of camp attendance so high, we hope to raise funds to send over 80 kids to camp this year. Having outgrown the beautiful Levitt Pavilion, this year’s event is being held at Staples High School, which gives the event a unique flavor and has encouraged more high school students and athletic teams to participate. Once again, the Push Against Cancer has the support and participation of many important local organizations including the Westport Police Department and Police Chief Foti Koskinas, the Westport Fire Department and Fire Chief Robert Yost, Westport’s own CT State Senator Will Haskell, Westport First Selectman James Marpe, and Staples High School Principal James D’Amico. The Staples High School’s specialty choral group, the Orphenians, will be performing the National Anthem under the direction of advisor Luke Rosenberg. Join us!!

To register as a participant, go to http://getinvolved.holeinthewallgang.org/site/TR?fr_id=1477&pg=entry.

To donate, go to:


To become a corporate sponsor, or for more information, please email PushAgainstCancer@gmail.com. Founder Andy Berman or Chief Administrative Officer Sherry Jonas will get back to you and answer any questions you may have.

Giant Tag Sale

The United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston announces

Annual Giant Tag Sale on May 17 and 18.



Everybody’s cleaning closets and basements these days and “letting go” of things they don’t need. So this year, the Annual Tag Sale at the United    Methodist Church will be better than ever!


There’s clothing for men, women, kids, household items, dishes, jewelry, books, toys and more!


The hours for the Giant Tag sale are as follows:


Friday, May 17: 9AM – 2PM (doors open at 8 AM for early birds for $10!)


           Saturday, May 18: 9AM – 12 NOON


The proceeds from the sale will benefit charitable organizations for women and children.


Come and see all the bargains for yourself on May 17 and 18!


About United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston

The United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston is a 225 year-old congregation located at 49 Weston Road in Westport, CT. It is best described through its vision of creating a warm, open and welcoming fellowship for all visitors. 

Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Join Westport Historical Society on Saturday, May 25, 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.

Additional dates for this tour are: June 1, June 15, July 27, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24.

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. 

Come prepared for a gorgeous, vigorous 120 minute walk in one of the East Coast’s most beautiful settings. 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.

Tuesday Treasures

Ever seen “Mysteries at the Museum” or “Night at the Museum”? Now’s your chance to see the highlights of your very own local museum! Join the staff of the Westport Historical Society on Tuesday, June 4, as they showcase objects from our collection not normally on public view.  The event is from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

See and hear the stories behind some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our community.

There is no charge for this event however reservations are recommended, register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.  Light refreshments will be served. 

2019 Schedule: September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3

Tuesday Treasures

Ever seen “Mysteries at the Museum” or “Night at the Museum”? Now’s your chance to see the highlights of your very own local museum! Join the staff of the Westport Historical Society on Tuesday, May 7, as they showcase objects from our collection not normally on public view.  The event is from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

See and hear the stories behind some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our community. 

There is no charge for this event however reservations are recommended, register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.  Light refreshments will be served.  

ANTIQUE APPRAISAL DAY at the Westport Woman's Club - June 01, 2019

The Westport Woman’s Club will offer the public an Antique Appraisal Day on Saturday, June 01, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the WWC clubhouse (44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT).  

Do you have a family heirloom or an old painting that your grandmother always said was valuable?  A piece of jewelry or sterling that you have never had appraised?  Are you the caretaker of an antique doll whose value is unknown?  Bring them with you on June 01 and let a professional, experienced, and friendly specialist give you an on-site  verbal appraisal.  Event Chair, Deb Fratino, shares that the current market for certain items is highly desirable:  men’s vintage wristwatches, mid-century art and furniture, Chinese jades, porcelains, and collectibles of many varieties to name a few.

Larger items and furniture can be evaluated from photos.  Numerous well-lit photos with approximate dimensions of the object, possibly a drawer, will allow the appraiser to be more precise.  Please no postage stamps or stamp collections. 

For $25.00, you will receive a verbal appraisal for up to three items by the appropriate specialist for your item.  If you have four or more items, these additional items may be appraised for an added fee of $10.00 each.  This type of “verbal estimation of value” is similar to television shows featuring appraisals, like the well-known “Antiques Roadshow.”  Bring your treasures, learn more of their history, and you may even be the lucky winner of a piece of jewelry (this year’s give away).

The profits from this event will help support the many community service projects of the Westport Woman’s Club: Scholarship and Community Services Grants, Food Gift Certificates, the Food Closet, and Holiday Meal Programs. 

For more information on the WWC Antique Appraisal Day (June 01 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm), please visit www.westportwomansclub.org or contact Deborah Fratino at debfratino@aol.com.

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club.  To join, call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.