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Where Westport Meets the World

New Exhibit at Westport Museum for History and Culture: Becoming Westport

From the humble farmer to internationally famous robber barons, Westport is a town built by the contributions of many over the centuries. Like other New England coastal villages, Westport started out as an agricultural community that quickly diversified into trade, then evolved with commerce and industry into a factory town and, eventually, a bedroom community for nearby New York City.


Over its nearly four centuries of settlement, the area that would become Westport has been home to native people, European colonists, enslaved African Americans and immigrants from around the world. Its bucolic settings and beautiful beaches have lured artists, vacationers, health seekers and commuters. 



Becoming Westport explores all aspects of the archetypes of those who collectively built the town including The Farmer, The Laborer, The Cleric, The Merchant, The Revolutionary, The Entrepreneur, The Artist and The Performer.


The exhibit will be on view through June 30, 2020. 

Admission for exhibit: adults: $5; students & seniors: $3; members & children 10 and under: Free

Visit our website for more information and hours: www.westporthistory.org



Factor Based Investing: Shepherding Your Wealth Through Rules Based Strategy

Location: Weston Public Library Community Room

Factor investing is an investment approach that involves
targeting specific drivers of equity returns.
Learn more about the philosophy behind factor based investment strategies and how factors can strengthen your portfolio.

Presenters for this event are:

Blackrock Advisors – Michael Yanocha

Bank of America Private Bank – Greg Murphy,
Jason Hendricks

Please register here


Grassroots' Autumn Classic Tennis Tournament

Norwalk, CT - The 12th Annual Autumn Classic Tennis Tournament benefitting Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education (NGTE), a youth development nonprofit that provides outstanding tennis and education programming support for Norwalk youth, will be held on Sunday, October 6th, 2019.

The Autumn Classic High School Tournament, open to all high school students, will be played at both Longshore Park in Westport and other local clubs on Sunday, October 6th from 9:00am-3:00pm.  The Tournament was conceived and inaugurated in 2008 and raised over $3,000.  In 2018 over $25,000 was raised.  The 2019 turnout is expected to be very strong, with over 500 invitees from local High Schools from all over Southwestern Connecticut. "The Autumn Classic is a great event that brings the tennis community together. It's a fun day for high school players of all levels to come out and compete for a great cause." said Jordyn Lee, one of this year’s Event’s Chairpersons.

“The Autumn Classic is one of the largest, and most successful, events hosted by Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education. It brings together long-time supporters and first-time donors and volunteers to our program,” said Betsy McNeil, Executive Director. “With the amazing support from the community, we can continue to change the lives of Norwalk’s youth for generations to come.”

The registration fee for the tournament is $75 per player and includes breakfast, lunch, trophies, and giveaways from the organization’s supporters. Tennis players from all High Schools are welcome. The format will be boys and girls doubles, both divided into Varsity and JV brackets.  Participating High schools and their respective committee members are:

Chairpersons:

 James Cosby, Greenwich High School

Alexandra Iotzova - Wilton High School

Alisyn Kercher - Staples High School

Jordyn Lee - New Canaan High School

Grady Tarzian - Weston High School

Harrison Tucker - Wilton High School

Emily Wiley - Darien High School  

Committee Members

 

Edward Nagler – Brunswick School

Nick Root - New Canaan High School

Christopher Calderwood- Darien High School

Madeleine Wilson – New Canaan High School

Daniela Castellanos – Darien High School

Valentina Zamora – New Canaan High School

Katie Wiley- Darien High School

Grace Coale – Sacred Heart Greenwich

Kate Alianiello – Fairfield Ludlowe High School

Nick Roddy - Rye Country Day School  

David Poudrier – Fairfield Ludlowe High School

Gabby Gatto – St. Joseph High School

Karli Vare – Fairfield Warde High School

Zach Amendola- St. Luke’s School

Lane Durkin - Greens Farms Academy    

Audrey Magnusen- St. Luke’s School                                                     

Owen Minson - Greens Farms Academy

Robbie Daus - Staples High School

Lily Martucci - Greenwich Academy

Lucas Haymes - Staples High School

Maddie Smith - Greenwich Academy

Jordana Latzman - Staples High School

Kendall Schrohe - Greenwich High School

Symphony Akinloye – Trumbull High School

Justin Speaker - Greenwich High School

Leilani Brown – Trumbull High School

Drew Williams - Hopkins School

Andrew Ilie – Trumbull High School

Jeremy Cheng - Hopkins School                               

Allyson Szabo – Trumbull High School

Tyson Nichols – Joel Barlow High School

Henry Collins - Weston High School

Samantha Falcon- King School

Grace Cahill- Wilton High School

Terry McGrath - King School                             

Emma Caldwell- Wilton High School


Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education would like to thank the generous sponsors for the 2019 Autumn Classic, most notably the Lublinsky Family, the tournament’s lead sponsor; our Gold Level sponsors including Clean Well, F.D. Rich Company, SONO PEARL, Residence Inn by Marriot South Norwalk, Intensity, the Calaba/Wilson Family, the Macey Family, the Iotzov Family, the Tarzian Family.

For more information on the Junior Tournament, please contact Daniel Pearson at 203-939-1779 or email him at daniel@ngtenniseducation.org. Additional information and online registration is available at www.ngtenniseducation.com

Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education Inc. is a 501 c3 tax exempt youth develop nonprofit, supported by the United States Tennis Association, foundations, corporations and citizens concerned with the challenges faced by underserved children in Norwalk.


TRUNK OR TREAT MAKES HALLOWEEN FUN FOR EVERYONE!

This year Halloween can be fun and easy. On Saturday, October 26, bring your kids to the 4th Annual  “Trunk or Treat” at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, 49 Weston Road, Westport.  Saturday, between 2-4 pm, the parking lot will be filled with trunks galore, over 30 car trunks decorated for Halloween for your kids to enjoy and pick up treats. It’s a safe, easy way for your kids to have a great Halloween!

Trunk or treat is for kids to age 12.  It’s free for all families but there’s an opportunity to give back to the community as well.  We will be collecting canned goods for “Person to Person,” a food pantry that helps the homeless during the coming cold months. We are asking for a donation of 5 cans of food per child.

So put on those Halloween costumes and join us for a fun-filled Saturday afternoon on October 26.

It’s the 4th year of this annual tradition and the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston is proud to be sponsoring this event for families to enjoy. Come to Trunk or Treat! Bring the whole family!


Oct 19-20, 4-6 pm Haunted house and spooky activities

Friends of Sherwood Island is hosting its 2nd annual Shivers at Sherwood,  spooky experience for children of all ages.   October 19 and 20, from 4-6 pm.  I saw the set-up, so I can attest, this is no simple pumpkin ride!  There is a bonfire, outdoor activities like bobbing for apples, etc., and then an elaborate haunted house, complete with costumed actors, music, animation, ghoulish props and lots of good-natured scares!  ( The actors will adjust, depending on the age of the group).

Come support the "fiends" of Sherwood Island and get your creepy on - fun for the entire family! Rain or shine.  


http://friendsofsherwoodisland.org/events/shivers-at-sherwood-2/




CT Theater Dance Company to Premiere Haunted and Historical Dance Performance at Westport Town Hall, Saturday, October 5 at 4:30pm

On Saturday, October 5, 4:30pm, at the Westport Town Hall, Westport CT, CT Theater Dance Company will premiere its newest creation: a haunted and historical dance performance entitled Once Upon a Dark Night. CT Theater Dance Company, a 501(c)3 that inspires New England audiences with accessible contemporary works incorporating the finest artistic ballet traditions and provides scholarships to local families for fine arts education, is partnering with Westport Historical Society to provide creative ways for Fairfield County audiences to interact with history, gaining empathy for those who lived before us, as well as gaining insight into our future. Riddled with historical allusions, this dance performance draws on all things dark and mysterious.

CT Theater Dance company members, local to Fairfield County and neighboring communities, collaborated with Artistic Director Michelle Sperry and Associate Director Jade Primicias to produce a unique Halloween dance experience. Each piece in the show was choreographed by the dancers themselves, giving local artists the highly valuable opportunity to perform, create, collaborate, and teach. While the audience sits in the remnants of the Bedford Public School auditorium, built in 1923, dancers will creep up onto the stage from unexpected places to tell stories of Westport’s own haunted history, as well as to depict stories from classic, creeptastic folklore.

Jade Primicias has worked closely with historian Nicole Carpenter at WHS to pinpoint events from Westport’s history that resonated with the company members and inspired them to learn more-- Primicias is especially eager to premiere Sanitarium, the story of the former Hall-Brooke Sanitarium director Elizabeth Solomon who left the organization in 1980 and unexpectedly returned in 1982 with a vengeance. Another Fairfield County story is told in a piece entitled Anne, Alse, and Mary, choreographed by Hannah Klinkman, paying tribute to those affected by the Connecticut Witch Panics of the 17th century: “I am thrilled to be working with Westport Historical on this event! When Nicole was telling me about Mary Staples being accused of witchcraft in 1653, a yellow jacket flew up and stung me right on the ring finger! I don’t know if you’re superstitious, but I took that to mean that we were onto something with this show… it definitely cannot be missed!” says Primicias.

Artistic Director Michelle Sperry is also excited to stay true to historical lore with tales like Washington Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” as well as to put a pop-culture spin on things with references to the Stranger Things series: “I am all about the 80’s, and I love that this show was set in my own era! It’s eerie and exciting, and our Stranger Things piece, choreographed by Carly Dorman, will be the same. Music and costumes are relevant to the era, as is the timelessly spooky feeling of being watched… audiences will love this piece whether or not they’re a fan of the show!”

This spooktacular dance performance will directly follow Westport Historical’s Family Creep Fest on Saturday, October 5th, in collaboration with the museum’s Spooktober events. The performance will be held across the street at Westport Town Hall, so families can enjoy the festivities and then head up the hill for the grand finale.

On the eve of this performance, the Company will host their fundraiser gala, Moonlight Masquerade, a masked-costume ball where spirits, hors d'oeuvres, pâtisseries, and dancing await at Weston Field Club, October 4th from 7-11pm (with onsite childcare available!). Guests are invited to flaunt their favorite alter ego fantasies while mingling in the moonlight, enjoying spirits with the spirits, and witnessing previews of the Once Upon a Dark Night performance throughout the evening.

Tickets for the Saturday afternoon performance of Once Upon a Dark Night, $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, along with tickets to the Friday night Moonlight Masquerade fundraiser gala, are available through the company’s website, ctDanceCo.org


Haunting Guests of Fairfield County at the Moonlight Masquerade -- A Gala to Benefit Encore Youth Scholarships at Weston Field Club, Friday, October 4

On Friday, October 4, from 7:00 to 11:00pm, at the Weston Field Club, CT Theater Dance Company is holding its annual Gala to raise funds for the Encore Youth Scholarship, a tuition-assisted dance program which has awarded over $300,000 in dance education scholarships to aspiring young dancers in Fairfield County. 

Moonlight Masquerade a masked-costume ball where spirits, hors d'oeuvres, pâtisseries, and dancing await; guests are invited to flaunt their favorite alter ego fantasies while mingling in the moonlight and enjoying spirits with the spirits as they prepare to haunt the dance floor.  Expect to be surprised and haunted by the Company’s newest creation, Once Upon a Dark Night, as you feel the feathers of Poe’s Raven, make way as Ichabod Crane stumbles by, and watch out for the estranged Hall-Brooke Sanitarium Director as she comes back with a vengeance-- all while witches, vampires, and a few Stranger Things lurk about. 

“I cannot wait to see my guests dressed in costume, so they’re an actual part of the evening’s theatrics! Dancers aren’t up on stage, they’re dancing around and through the dance floor… guests are literally a part of the performance as they are completely immersed in the action,” says Artistic Director, Michelle Sperry. 

Once Upon a Dark Night will premiere the full-length, stage performance at Westport Town Hall on Saturday, October 5th at 4:30pm. Associate Director Jade Primicias has been working closely with Westport Historical Society on a collection of pieces inspired by Westport’s own haunted history, from the Connecticut Witch Panic of the 1600s to an unnerving sanitarium takeover in 1982. 

“We’re excited to premiere our original ballet, bringing classic Halloween folklore to life, with sprinklings of pop-culture and local history throughout,” says Ms. Primicias. 

In its fourth performing season, CT Theater Dance Company, Fairfield County’s emerging professional dance company, is a Westport 501(c)3 that inspires New England audiences with accessible contemporary works incorporating the finest artistic ballet traditions and provides scholarships to local families for fine arts education.  

Eat, drink, and be scary with CT Theater Dance at this year’s Moonlight Masquerade - we dare you!

Moonlight Masquerade tickets, $125 for individuals and $250 for couples, are available through the company’s website, ctDanceCo.org.  Onsite childcare, including a youthful Halloween PJ Party complete with dinner, snacks, movies and festivities, is available to Moonlight Masquerade guests: tickets, $30 per child or $50 per family at ctDanceCo.org. 

Purchase Tickets Here!


Westport Woman's Club Hosts October Clothing Tag Sale

The Westport Woman's Club is holding its annual Clothing Tag Sale on the following dates:  Friday, October 25 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm; Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; and Sunday, October 27 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, at the WWC’s historic clubhouse located at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT.

Gently used women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories are back at this year’s Tag Sale, which will offer a wide array of suits, dresses, pants, jackets, blouses, gowns, coats, scarves, shoes, jewelry, handbags and hats.  New this year will be an entire stage devoted to children’s clothing of all kinds.

Funds raised from this Clothing Tag Sale will help support the Food Closet for the Town of Westport, many local charities throughout Fairfield County, and need-based student scholarships.  Tax deductible donations of new or gently worn clothing will be accepted for this sale through October 18.  Please drop off donated items any weekday (9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm) at the Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT). 

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, please call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.

For additional information, visit http://www.westportwomansclub.org


Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Connecticut

Author and historian Marty Podskoch’s latest Book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut, navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State. 

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for the author’s talk after which her books will be available for purchase and signing.  

Online pre-registration: $8 for members, $12 for non-members. Day of admission $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.   


“Scan Artist” How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed Reading Worked

Join us at Westport Historical Society on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for a fascinating look at this story.


The 1950s and 60s, in America was an era of record-setting, many sought ways to process information as quickly as possible. An ambitious middle-aged woman offered a solution that would alter reading education for decades to come.

Her speed-reading method promised a bright future for Americans—one where they could read an entire book in half an hour without any loss of comprehension. A self-proclaimed reading expert who hailed her method as “the greatest thing since the printing press,” Evelyn Wood’s courses enrolled hundreds of thousands in major cities across America, Canada and parts of Europe. But grandiose claims fell short as her method proved to be nothing more than skimming. Scan Artist is the first telling of this great 20th century hoax. 

Part of this surprising story is set in Westport, home of Famous Artists Schools Inc, which owned the Evelyn Wood business for a decade, maintaining Wood as a consultant. When sales flagged, a Westport marketing wizard helped Wood stage a triumphant comeback. 

A cautionary tale, Scan Artist: How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed Reading Worked by author Marcia Biederman explains how the massive popularity of Evelyn Wood’s speed-enhancing instruction dominated over science and objectivity. Eager to enter the speed-reading wars, Evelyn Wood, a devout Mormon with a theatrical bent and a past involving cooperation with Nazism, launched Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics in 1959. Claiming that whole pages could be read at one gulp with her finger-pacing system, Wood said she could boost reading speeds past 10,000 words per minute. A gullible press and support from political figures who knew nothing about reading education shielded Wood from the researchers, skeptics and consumer advocates who tried to bring her down. 

Featuring a collection of black and white photographs, Scan Artist is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the dangers of ignoring science in favor of wishful thinking. 

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door, $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members.  Reservations are recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. 

 To learn more about Scan Artist and the author visit, marciabiederman.com