Where Westport Meets the World

Genealogy FUN-damentals: Services—to buy or not to buy?

Come to Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from noon to 1 pm.  Brown bag your lunch and learn the basics of DIY Genealogy from acclaimed WHS’ Archives Manager Sara Krasne!

Learn more about the ins and outs of doing family research on your own, resources you’re familiar with along with lesser known avenues of discovery.

We will explore the question—do you need to buy a genealogy service? Pros and cons of services and comparisons between Ancestry and other companies will be delved into—as well as introductions to free online resources for which you don’t need to use a paid service. 

Bringing a laptop is highly recommended, but handouts of materials will be available in limited quantities.

Cost: $15. Next class will take place Mar. 11, 2020. 

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

Holiday Networking Party for Marketers - with PowerMatch! Speed Networking

Marketers, set yourself up for the new year right with this amazing AMA marketing networking party! Join the American Marketing Association's annual event for speed-networking, making new contacts and friends, and celebrating a hard-won 2019 with wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres.

PowerMatch!, a favorite “speed-networking” component of CT Tech Council events for years, starts the evening off at 5:30. This one-hour session, limited to just 20 attendees, is free with your admission to the main event. Please make sure to order a ticket for this pre-game session. If you're looking for a career change or to expand your marketing network, don't miss PowerMatch!

Drinks flow and hors d'oeuvres are passed beginning at 6:30 pm.

All this is happening at the fabulous and centrally located Stamford Sheraton Hotel, 700 East Main Street, Stamford. AMA membership not required.

While you’re toasting the year, please meet American Marketing Association board members and talk to them if interested in joining our leadership board in the year ahead. We are recruiting for the 2020-21 season (starts summer 2020) for thought leaders to plan monthly events on the future of marketing and to help build your skills and career. Cheers, and come have fun!

Sponsored by Mediassociates, an advertising media strategy and analytics agency; Alphagraphics, a leader in marketing print production; Wunderland, leaders in executive and employee recruitment; Austin Lawrence, experts in content marketing and B2B marketing strategy; and Think Altamira.

5:30 - 6:30 PowerMatch! Speed networking hosted by Mike Scricca (formerly of CT Tech Council)

6:30 - 9:00 AMA Holiday Party


DENIZENS - People of a Place

At #1 Main Street, Westport, a presentation of some of our most noteworthy DENIZENS from interesting places and for intriguing reasons.

The Nields Return to Westport’s Voices Café on December 7

The Nields- Nerissa and Katryna- have been lauded for their gorgeous, lilting, sibling harmonies, their wise, classic, folk/pop songs, their hilarious banter on stage, and their generosity and warmth in performance and engagement with their fans.

After a 5 year absence, they’re bringing their “masterful mix of modern folk with an alternative edge” music (Minneapolis Star Tribune) back to Westport’s Voices Cafe on Saturday, December 7 at 8:00pm.

Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.  Seating at Voices Cafe is cabaret style (at tables) and table reservations (minimum 4 people) are accepted by contacting David Vita, david@uuwestport.org or calling 203.227.7205 x14.  Purchase $25 tickets at https://voicescafe.org/show/the-nields/.  Doors open at 7:30.

Sing Out! Magazine wrote of the Nields, “Imagine if Natalie Merchant had a sister with an equally good voice singing perfect harmony with her…intimate and electric.”  Well you don’t have to imagine this just come and experience the Nields.

New United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston Website Up for the Holidays

The United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston just launched its new responsive design website in time for the holiday season. Learn about the church's "All are Welcome" philosophy, the diverse offerings for both young and old, and the full array of planned activities for the holiday season. Visit https://westportumc.org/

Plum Pudding Workshop

Registration for our first plum pudding workshop was quickly filled, so we are adding an additional one for you!

Westport Museum for History and Culture announces a workshop that will make your mouth water and your guests delighted. Join us on Wed., Dec. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Our Executive Director, Ramin Ganeshram, a trained chef, food historian and award-winning cookbook author will talk about the history of plum pudding. You will make your own special mix of brandy-soaked fruit and pudding mix to take home and bake or give as a gift!  

No dessert says “Christmas” quite like plum pudding. This delectably moist, dessert, heady with the flavor of brandy, is a Victorian tradition that recalls the charming holidays of yore.

$40 per person. Reservations are required, register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Refreshments will be served. Class fee includes all materials.  

Bridging Divides in 2020: A Community Concert for Harmony & Wholeness

These days, our country is bitterly divided; compassion seems in short supply. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s dream about how we might co-create wholeness and harmony in 2020! At this multi-faith funky folk music concert, Billy Jonas will entertain us with genre-bending, style-blending singalongs, soundscapes, and improvisations.  This musically rich, thought-provoking, and inspirational evening is for everyone, regardless of age or cultural background. This event is co-sponsored by Temple Israel Westport, Westport Weston Clergy Association, Interfaith Council of Westport & Weston, Federation of Upper Fairfield County, and Team Westport.

Location: Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport

Tickets: tiwestport.org/billyjonas

The Nutcracker Ballet at the Westport Playhouse

Presented by the Greenwich Conservatory of Classical Ballet under artistic direction of Liudmila Polonskaya. Wonderful holiday performing arts event for all ages. This event is family and senior friendly (The Playhouse is ADA compliant). Student, senior and active military discounts are available. Children with student tickets will have the opportunity to take a photo with Clara and /or a cast member following the Sunday 4PM show and Monday 3:30PM show. Ticketing info at www.gccballet.com 


Wreath Making Workshop

Join Westport Museum for History and Culture on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for a holiday workshop in wreath making!

Sara Shaw, a floral designer at Hedge, will lead you in this creative activity.  Materials for the wreath including frame, greens and seasonal fauna will be complimented by your own ornaments and items from home. Enjoy complimentary wine and light refreshments while weaving your holiday decoration.

Tickets are $40 and include all materials and tools, professional instruction and refreshments.

Space is limited to 10 people per class. Reservations are required, register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.

Seasonal Centerpiece Workshop

Every holiday table brings loved ones together and what’s better at your holiday gathering than a beautiful centerpiece! Join Sara Shaw, a professional floral designer, in one of two workshops creating seasonal centerpieces.

Attend either the 10 am or 11 am workshop on Saturday, Dec. 14; bring your own embellishments to add to your centerpiece.

Tickets are $30 and include all materials and tools, professional instruction and complimentary light breakfast fair.

Space is limited to 10 people per class. Reservations are required, online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.