Where Westport Meets the World

Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

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. 

Join us for this tour on Sat., May 23, from 9:15 to 11:30am.  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. 

Additional tour dates this year include: June 27, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22, and September 19.

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 at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424. 


Tuesday Treasures at the Westport Museum

Join us on Tuesday, April 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for this fascinating program!

March Madness may have ended the day before but keep the spirit by hearing about some of Westport’s sports teams such as the Westport Owls football team and view memorabilia including Paul Newman’s jersey!  

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 Museum for History and Culture as they showcase objects from the collection not normally on public view. 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. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form. 

The Black Feathers Return to Westport's Voices Cafe

On Saturday, March 7 at 8:00pm The Black Feathers will make their second appearance at Westport’s Voices Café.  Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.

Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler are The Black Feathers, a husband and wife roots music duo based in Gloucestershire, UK who draw inspiration from Americana, folk, and acoustic indie rock all comfortably co-existing on a foundation of English folk influences and some Irish heritage

“Once in a blue moon, the whole soars far above the sum of its parts. That’s what happens when The Black Feathers perform live” - Black Mountain News, North Carolina

Having already built up a loyal following in the UK, The Black Feathers have been spreading their wings across the US. They have performed at Philadelphia Folk Festival and AmericanaFest, and have also been awarded official showcases at the North East Regional and Far-West Folk Alliance conferences. 

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-black-feathers/ or $30 at the door.  Doors open at 7:30.

Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiF1vMt3DG4

Boy Scout Troop 36 Pancake Breakfast

Boy Scout Troop 36 will be holding a Pancake Breakfast March 21st from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The event will be held at Saugatuck Congregational Church located at 245 Post Road East. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Proceeds will be used to support Troop 36's ongoing activities and the CT. Yankee Council Camps and programs.

Exhibition Insights Series: The Race for Paris

Join a docent-led tour of our current exhibition, Dragon Lady: The Life of Sigrid Schultz followed by a book discussion to gain greater insight into the historical context of the exhibit. Professional moderator Kelle Ruden will lead the book discussion. Event takes place on Thurs, Mar. 26, from 3 to 4:30 pm.

The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton is a moving and powerfully dynamic World War II novel about two American journalists and an Englishman, who together race the Allies to Occupied Paris for the scoop of their lives. It is a National Bestseller and noted David J. Langum, Sr. Prize for American Historical Fiction, Honorary Mention for 2015.

Based on daring, real-life female reporters on the front lines of history like Margaret Bourke-White, Lee Miller, and Martha Gellhorn—and with cameos by other famous faces of the time—The Race for Paris is an absorbing, atmospheric saga full of drama, adventure, and passion. Combining riveting storytelling with expert literary craftsmanship and thorough research, the author crafts a compelling, resonant read.

This program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended. Reserve your space online or by calling 203-222-1424 ext. 5. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form.


Member Exclusive: Tour Dragon Lady

On Wed., March 4, from 6:30 to 7:30, members of Westport Museum for History and Culture are invited to uncover the life and courageous work of Sigrid Schultz, a female correspondent—and ultimately Bureau Chief of the European Office—for the Chicago Tribune from 1919 through 1941. 

During her tenure Schultz reported on the political maneuvers of the newly formed National Socialist German Workers’ (Nazi) Party and the dangers they posed. Later Schultz would report on the atrocities they perpetrated as she accompanied American forces liberating Europe in 1945. Courageous and clever, Sigrid Schultz was a Westport woman deserving of remembrance and continues to teach us lessons today.  

During this member exclusive tour of the exhibition “Dragon Lady: The Life of Sigrid Schultz” Director of Programs and Education, Nicole Carpenter, will discuss Schultz’s life along with additional materials from the museum's collection. 

This tour is for members of the museum only, call to become a member today, or join online at www.westporthistory.org. There is no charge for this event however reservations are recommended, register online or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form. 

To learn more about Sigrid Schultz visit westporthistory.org/blog-post/dragon-lady-the-life-of-sigrid-schultz/  

American Legion Oratorical Contest

Oratorical Chairman Roger Moscater of the American Legion Department of Connecticut Third District (Fairfield County), announced the winners of the District Finals of the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest held on Saturday, February 15th, at Fairfield Library in Fairfield, where the finals were held. The first-place winner was Zachary Rybchin, a sophomore at Staples High School. The contest is based on the US Constitution and students knowledge thereof. There are two parts: the first is an 8-10-minute prepared speech on some topic of the Constitution, the second part is a 3-5-minute speech on a topic which is assigned ten minutes before giving it. Zachary will now represent the district for the second year in a row, at the Department (state) finals, to be held Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the State Police Academy in Meriden, CT. the contest begins promptly at 9:00 am.


Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday on the cusp of spring with the Fairfield County Chorale when we present two signature works from his “heroic” period: the majestic and rarely-performed Mass in C major and the revolutionary Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, the “Emperor” Concerto. The vocal soloists, rising stars in opera and oratorio, will be Jennifer Jaroslavsky, soprano; Naama Liany, mezzo soprano; Pavel (Pasha) Sulyandziga, tenor; Brian Mextorf, baritone. The piano concerto will be performed by the mesmerizing Russian pianist, and special friend of the FCC, Ilya Yakushev. 

Both works come from his “heroic” period, which began in 1802, when he had made an unhappy peace with his worsening and likely permanent deafness. No longer able to perform, he dedicated himself to composing, and many of the works from that time reflect themes of human struggle, affirmation, and celebration. The Mass in C major, composed in 1807, and the Piano Concerto in E-flat major, composed in 1810, manifest emotional extremes from defiance to hope.

This is the Fairfield County Chorale’s 57th season of presenting great choral works in southwestern Connecticut

H-salon will host its annual cut a thon for kidney Cancer research.

Hi Dan, just wanted to ask if it would be possible for you to publish this event. I have had my salon in Westport for 27 years and moved to Fairfield 12 years ago. We are passionate about giving back to our community and participate in numerous charitable events. This one is close to our heart. This is our 9th year Trying to bring more awareness on how important cancer research is. We donate 100% of what we raise for kidney  cancer research at Yale, Dr Harriet Kruger is always present and will to answer any questions. 

Westport Woman's Club Accepting Proposals for 2020 Ruegg Grant

The Ruegg Grant Committee of the Westport Woman's Club invites local non-profit organizations to apply by Friday, March 13, 2020, for up to $10,000 in one-time funding for a 2020 project. Submitted proposals should be high-profile initiatives that make a meaningful difference in the Westport community.\

This grant, established in 1995 by an endowment left to the club by former member Lea Ruegg, considers an annual grant to a deserving organization’s project that enhances social services, health, safety, the arts or education.  Recent Ruegg Grant beneficiaries include the Westport Astronomical Society, Project Return, Earthplace, Wakeman Town Farm, and the Aspetuck Land Trust

Visit the Westport Woman's Club website - http://www.westportwomansclub.org to access the 2020 Ruegg Grant Application on the “Community Services”  page.

Community groups with impactful and meaningful projects for this year should submit their completed project proposals and relevant financial information by Friday, March 13, 2020 to the following address:  Westport Woman’s Club, c/o  Ruegg Grant Committee, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT 06880

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.  Other forms of the Westport Woman’s Club “here and near” philanthropy include local community service grants, need-based college scholarships for Staples High School seniors, food closet and home-delivered holiday meals (in partnership with Westport Human Services), annual Canal Park luncheon, subsidized rent for CT Braille, Bedford Hall usage grants for nonprofits, and many hours of volunteer service.  The WWC’s signature fundraisers are its year-round Curio Cottage thrift shop and annual Yankee Doodle Fair, held each June on the clubhouse grounds.