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Deadline for Mensa Foundation Scholarship applications

The date didn't get posted to my earlier post, so here it is on your calendar

Scholarship opportunity ends January 15, 2019

If anyone is working on an accredited degree program, college, graduate school, medical, vet, etc., please consider applying for a Mensa Foundation scholarship.  It is so easy to apply, and no, you don't have to be a Mensa.  There are NO requirements for grades, transcripts,  letters of recommendation, financial information or need.  All you have to do is fill out the form and write a 1 page essay about your degree goals.  That's it.  Thousands and thousands of dollars are awarded every year.  There are general award categories, as well as special awards for various fields of study, including journalism, STEM, liberal arts, fine arts, sciences, students returning after many years out of school, veterans, and many more.  Before our students get wrapped up in spring semester, encourage them to go to www.mensafoundation.org and apply.  High school students going to college in the fall, current college students, grad school and beyond are all qualified.  

The deadline for applications is January 15, so don't wait!

Pie & Politics

Do you have a question about the state's goals for the coming year? Join us, along with your local Democratic and Republican officials, at our annual Pie & Politics event! We'll buy the pizza, you ask the questions. There will be a cash bar. At 8:00 pm, we'll draw the winners of our restaurant gift card raffle. Event is free and open to the public. Rizzuto's Oyster Bar & Restaurant, 540 Riverside Avenue, Westport CT

Research in Neuroscience: Chemical Dependence and Psychiatric Comorbidities in Affluent Adolescents

    In a time of despair, parents experiencing one of their greatest nightmares desperately search for all possible sources to come to the rescue. Mental illness and substance abuse have become more and more prevalent in today's society. In efforts to help develop a greater knowledge in the field of psychology and neuroscience, I have kick-started scientific research looking into chemical dependence and psychiatric comorbidities in affluent adolescents. If you have some time, please go to the link at the bottom of this entry to take a short questionnaire to help us, researchers, better understand this minimized problem. 


     This study is being conducted by Michael Vallerie at Wheaton College, Norton, MA. as independent research. There are no repercussions if you decide to participate in this research study. There are no costs for participating in the study. The information you provide will help develop a greater knowledge of chemical dependence and psychiatric comorbidities in affluent adolescents. The questionnaire will take approximately 4 minutes to complete. The information collected may not benefit you directly, but the information learned in this study should provide more general benefits.

Chemical Dependence and Psychiatric Comorbidities in Affluent Adolescents: Questionnaire

First Light Festival New Year’s Eve at WHS

Join Westport Historical Society from 4 to 9 pm for a night of family fun on New Year’s Eve for events here at WHS and other locations to be announced. The festival is to celebrate the dawning of a New Year, and will include many of the beloved activities that Westporters and visitors have enjoyed in years past including:

  • Face painting
  • Digital Caricaturist
  • Crafts
  • Performances
  • Henna artist
  • Food Trucks
  • Additional events to be announced!

“Westport has long enjoyed a reputation as a family-friendly town with plenty to do for kids of all ages – especially on New Year’s Eve.  WHS is proud to offer Westporters and the many visitors who come to our beautiful town lots to do on this special evening,” said WHS Executive Director Ramin Ganeshram. “Creating a fun family event for New Year’s Eve is something Westporters want – and we’re delighted to give it to them.”

Events will be held at Westport Historical Society at 25 Avery Place, TD BANK on Main Street, and additional locations to be announced after Christmas.  TD Bank, Westport, is sponsoring the event.

Tickets can be purchased at WHS or online at www.westporthistory.org.  Buttons are $10 online or $15 at the door. No charge for children 2 years old and under. Please pick-up buttons at WHS.


Musical Performance Coming to the United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston

The United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston proudly presents The American Chamber Orchestra, Troupers Light Opera Company and Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children performance of “Amahl & The Night Visitors”. The enduring children’s fable weaves the story of a disabled shepherd boy prone to white lies who is visited by the Three Kings on their way to see The Christ Child. What results is a story of redemption and healing that is sure to move your heart and stir your soul. There will be two performances. Sat. Jan. 5th, 7:30pm and Sun. Jan. 6th, 3:00pm at The United Methodist Church, 49 Weston Road, Westport, CT.

Tickets are $25 for Adults, $10 for Children and Students. Advance tickets are available at: americanchamberorchestra.tix.com. Only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, visit: westportumc.org 

Gift Wrapping at Westport Historical Society

It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And that’s ok! For a small donation, our staff of elves will wrap all of the wonderful gifts, baubles and bobs you purchase on Main Street or at our shops.

Come to Westport Historical Society on Sunday, Dec. 23, from noon until 5 pm, and while you wait, have a gander at our exhibits including Holly Days, The History of Westport in 100 Objects and the award winning Remembered; The History of African Americans in Westport.


Yule Evening: Winter Solstice Story Telling

As part of WHS’ Holly Days Series in connection with the Holly Days exhibits, Westport Historical Society will present a Winter Solstice Story Telling on Friday night, Dec. 21, from 6 to 7 pm.

Once there was, and once there wasn’t… so begins the tales of ancient Persian storytellers, especially on the Winter Solstice when they told exciting stories to cheer gatherers on the year’s longest night. Throughout history the first day of winter has always been a time to gather and share a good tale while enjoying friendship and food. This year WHS revives the Winter Solstice tale-telling tradition and we invite you to join us for some cheer as we follow the Yule traditions and honor the Winter Solstice. Help us keep this lively tradition going by taking part in reading a story we’ve selected or bring your own to share. You’ll also hear about the origin of celebrations around the world associated with the winter holidays.

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members. Students $5 with ID. No charge for children 5 and under. Reservations are recommended, register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.

Alternative to Plastic Cigarette Filters


This new and innovative cigarette filter gives smokers the option to save the environment, and keep themselves healthier in the meantime. Obviously, you shouldn't smoke, but if you do its important to review your options and at least try and save the environment. 


Heritage Tree Decorating

Join us on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 3 pm, as we take part in Westport Historical Society’s Holly Days Series in connection with the Holly Days exhibitions. 

Evergreen trees being brought into the home and the celebration of the Winter Solstice come from German traditions.  Learn more as you decorate this historic tree. Westport’s Heritage Tree brings together history, art and the holidays. This year’s tree will be enhanced by a special ornament made by guest artist Victoria Kann, creator of the bestselling Pinkalicious series of books—now an award-winning PBS series! Join her in placing historic ornaments created by Westport’s creative community on an evergreen tree to be installed into our Holly Days exhibits. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

This is a free event, but registration is recommended. A light snack will be offered after the tree has been completed.