Where Westport Meets the World

Saugatuck Socials at Westport Historical Society

The Westport Historical Society began in Saugatuck in 1889. We invite you to join us from 6 to 7 pm on any or all 4 evenings (see schedule below) to share stories, poems, historic essays and music with the rest of our community. Members will read interesting historical documents aloud or shared local stories. Listen as others present original works or pre-selected pieces from history such as the Declaration of Independence or the Gettysburg Address.

Our 2019 schedule is: Thursday, March 14 Women’s History, Thursday, June 6 D-Day, Thursday, September 26 and Friday, December 19 – Yule Stories. 


For this month’s gathering we’ll perform arguments both for and against women’s suffrage, featuring actors Kimberly Wilson and Greg Poretta.


Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Students $5 with ID. No charge for children 5 and under.


Reservations are recommended, register online or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Tickets are nonrefundable. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday Treasures at Westport Historical Society

Ever see “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 historical society from 6 to 7 pm, the first Tues. of each month starting in March. WHS will showcase objects from our collection not normally on public view. See and hear the stories behind some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our community.

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Students $5 with ID. No charge for children 5 and under.

Reservations are recommended, register online or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Tickets are nonrefundable.

2019 Schedule: March 5th , April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, September 3rd, October 1st, November 5th and December 3rd

“Storytime” with Choral Chameleon

The award-winning 10-voice vocal ensemble, Choral Chameleon, returns to Westport to take you on a whimsical journey through the magic of choral storytelling.  The performance will take place at The Unitarian Church in Westport, located at 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30pm.  Tickets, $20 for adults and $10 for 18 and under can be purchased online at https://uuwestport.org/choral-chameleon-concert/ or at the door.

Harnessing powerful commentary in the style of the Greek chorus combined with the beauty and empathy of human singing, this unique performance will narrate rich life stories, of both a sacred and a secular ilk, through the lenses of composers from across five centuries, including: Mateo Flecha el Viejo, Josquin des Prez, The Beatles, and others.

The program will also feature two new commissions: “Footnotes to a History of Music” by 2018-2019 Composer-In-Residence, Dale Trumbore and an arrangement of “The Gambler” by the band FUN by Michelle Coladonato. Mark your calendar now for a concert experience you won’t forget!

About Choral Chameleon

Choral Chameleon is a choir known for championing new music for voices, programming multiple musical genres together and for frequently presenting their programs with non-traditional staging. The company has premiered over 150 original compositions and arrangements to date.

The culture of the organization marries informality, loving support and joyful curiosity, with the expectation of solidly technical musicianship, constant learning and openness towards the unexpected.

Choral Chameleon was the 2015 recipient of Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and, in recognition of his work with Choral Chameleon over the past decade, Director Vince Peterson was the 2018 recipient of the Chorus America Louis Botto Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Zeal.


“A Journey” Musical One-Woman Show

“A JOURNEY…” by Kimberly Wilson is an intimate look at the African American experience told through the eyes of African American women as performed by one woman, professional actress and singer Kimberly Wilson. This will be presented by Westport Historical Society on Thursday, March 7, from 6 to 8:15 pm.


A Westport resident, Ms. Wilson skillfully tells of the struggles and influence of Black womanhood with strength, dignity and pride and in perfect lockstep with the history of the United States.  Eight women, eight pivotal generations, present to you their stories through song, movement and dialogue and how ultimately their faith, hope, and calling help shape the America we know today. Joyful celebrations and painful reflections are rendered artistically to tell a story of persistence and courage and how womanhood, not always intricately woven into the tapestry of American history, is the thread that holds together the fabric of American life.  


Included in this journey are historical reflections from a Native African Queen, an Enslaved Woman, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and Westport’s own Lyzette Hyde Monroe and more. 


Tickets:  $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Day of price: $20 

Reservations are recommended, purchase tickets online or call (203) 222-1424 x5.


Ale to the Chief!

Toast President Washington on his 287th birthday on Friday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 pm, with his favorite libation and nibbles! Join WHS as we serve ale made from Washington’s own recipe as well as Madeira–his drink of choice. Food of the kind the first president would have enjoyed will be served. WHS Presidential Ale produced courtesy of Full Moon Brewing and Charter Oaks Brewing Company and Madeira wine, courtesy of Black Bear Wine & Spirits. Food prepared from colonial recipes by Westport’s own Four Brothers restaurant.  


There will also be drawings to win a growler of Presidential Ale and a signed copy of Executive Director, Ramin Ganeshram’s new historical novel The General’s Cook, about George Washington’s enslaved celebrity chef, Hercules. 


Tickets:  $50 for members, $60 for non-members. Day of price is $75. 


Reservations are recommended, purchase tickets online or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Tickets are nonrefundable


Liberty To Set Down: Migrants and Immigrants in Westport thru July 31

Westport Historical Society’s (WHS) new exhibit “Liberty To Set Down: Migrants and Immigrants in Westport Connecticut” is produced in collaboration with The Westport Library. The exhibit explores the contributions of those who settled in Westport from its earliest days to the present. The exhibit title comes from the original land grant given to the Bankside Farmers in the 17th century in what is today Greens Farms. 


From its earliest settlement in 1648 in the parish of Greens Farms, the area that was to become Westport has been a crossroads of cultural expression. Westport Historical Society and The Westport Library explore how immigrants have long woven the fabric of the town in its exhibit Liberty To Set Down:  Migrants and Immigrants in Westport Connecticut.  Westport’s immigration story began with the first Europeans who wrested the land from Native People to the forced immigration of enslaved Africans to the later waves of Irish, German, Italian and Polish immigrants of the 19th century to a wide and varied immigration story of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Exhibit continues through July 31st, 2019.


WHS new hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; closed Sunday and Monday.


Free Young Persons Concert

Music for Youth and Pequot Library will be presenting a FREE YOUNG PERSONS CONCERT featuring cellist Yves YVES DHARAMRAJ and pianist PHILIP EDWARD FISHER at Pequot Library, (720 Pequot Ave Southport)  2 pm March 2nd, 2019 .

If you are a member of a string orchestra, a chamber musician and/or a lover of music, you are going to want to come to this Young Persons’ Concert featuring the versatile and dynamic cellist Yves Dharamraj and his talented accompanist Philip Edward Fisher.  This youth centric one-hour program will highlight works for cello and piano with a twist.  Adults attending without children are asked to make a goodwill donation that helps to sustain future music programs.  Doors will open at 1:40 pm.  For more information about the concert and musicians visit musicforyouth.net.  Registration is suggested but not required. A master class for advanced cellists will follow the performance.   Please call 203-254-0123 for more information. 

Westport Woman's Club Accepting Proposals for 2019 Ruegg Grant

The Ruegg Grant Committee of the Westport Woman's Club invites local non-profit organizations to apply by Friday, March 8, 2019, for up to $10,000 in one-time funding for a 2019 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 and Wakeman Town Farm.

Visit the Westport Woman's Club website - http://www.westportwomansclub.org -to access the 2019 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 8, 2019 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.  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.

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 (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.

To learn more about the Westport Woman’s Club or to join as a member in 2019, visit http://www.westportwomansclub.org or call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.

Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry’s “Low Tide” Tour Gets High Marks

"One of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom,” is how the Boston Globe has described fiddle player, guitarist and singer, Tracy Grammer.  She gained renown through her musical partnership with widely covered songwriter Dave Carter. The two toured extensively and produced recordings on the Signature Sounds label until Carter’s untimely death in 2002.

And Jim Henry has a well established reputation as a terrific musician who can play just about anything with strings as well as sing lead, harmony, and write great songs and arrangements.

The pair collaborated on an EP, “The Verdant Mile.”  In addition, Henry accompanied Grammer on her well-received album, “Flowers of Avalon,” which featured nine previously unreleased Dave Carter songs, while Grammer played on Henry’s CD, “One Horse Town.”

They will be performing at Voices Café on Saturday, January 26 at 8:00pm.  Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road.  Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase online at voicescafe.org or by calling David Vita at 203.227.7205 x 14.

Grammer is currently on tour celebrating the release of “LOW TIDE”, her first album of original songs and co-produced with long-time touring partner Jim Henry.  "I've been a writer all my life, but it was never my intention to be a songwriter," she says. "However, the road has curves we can't see at the outset of the journey. At some point along the path, writing songs became the most effective medicine for the pains and unresolved questions of my life.

LOW TIDE” is an album of revelations, confessions, and ultimately, healing. I am proud of the writing and utterly thrilled with the sounds. I took risks. I tried new approaches. I told the truth, and delivered my multitudes. My eleventh album is the first one that really sounds like me."

LOW TIDE” was released January 19, 2018 on Grammer's own label, Tracy Grammer Music, and was met with immediate acclaim.

The album opener "Hole" was the #1 most-played song on the folk radio charts in February 2018, and LOW TIDE was in the top 5 for its first two months of airplay.

Music Matters Review called the album, “A bold new sound, attitude and personal viewpoint…. engaging songs beautifully sung and arranged.” 

Seating at Voices is at tables, cabaret-style. Snacks and beverages can be brought; coffee and desserts are for sale at intermission.  Table reservations (minimum 4 people) are accepted by contacting David Vita, david@uuwestport.org or calling 203.227.7205 x14.  Walk-up tickets are $30 and the doors open at 7:30. 

Curio Cottage Thrift Shop Hosts "Sweetheart of a Sale" - February 11-16, 2019

The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop, operated by The Westport Woman’s Club, will be offering a 50% off storewide sale from February 11-16, 2019.  Do you need a fresh idea for your favorite Valentine?  Why not buy a pitcher with character and fill it with fresh roses?  Or a unique bowl to fill with chocolates?  Or wine glasses, then add champagne?  Heartfelt possibilities for the thrifty abound at the Curio Cottage Thrift Shop’s half-price, storewide "Sweetheart of a Sale."   

The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop offers an ever-changing array of donated glassware, tableware, vases, platters, frames, jewelry, kitchen items and more, and is open weekly on Monday from 1-4pm, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday from 10am-3pm, and Saturday from 11am-2pm (closed Tuesday and Sunday).   It is located adjacent to the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT.

The Curio Cottage, opened in 1999, operates year-round and has contributed over $500,000 in support of the philanthropic mission of the Westport Woman’s Club, which includes direct grants and services to non-profit organizations and charities throughout Fairfield County.  All of the shop merchandise is donated, and tax receipts are available for your welcomed donations. 


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 (www.westportwomansclub.org).  To become a member, please call the office at 203-227-4240.