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Where Westport Meets the World

Rupert Wates ~ Haunting Songs That Ring True

His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret.  Since coming to the US in 2006 he has won more than 40 songwriting and performing awards.

Listen to Rupert here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF9LpUKnYjs

Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange has called him "a prime figure in American music'' and goes on: "This is one gifted sonofabitch... If you're not hip to this guy yet you're missing out."

Audiences everywhere respond to Wates' brand of melodic art/folk—haunting songs that ring true.

Rupert Wates has released eight full-length CDs. Each has received outstandingly good reviews, and has been played regularly by radio stations in the USA, Canada, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Israel and Australia. In 2015-2016 alone, over twenty of his songs were recorded by other performers, and 2 tribute albums to his material have been recorded by independent artists in Nashville and Los Angeles.

Purchase tickets here: https://voicescafe.org/show/rupert-wates/


Gingerbread Decorating Workshop: Rescheduled!

As part of WHS’s Holly Days Series in connection with the Holly Days exhibitions, bring the whole family to decorate gingerbread for the holiday season. Add icing to gingerbread people, snowflakes, and penguins! 

This event takes place at Westport Historical Society on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 am to noon.

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.



Jingle Bell Rock: Family Day with Santa

On Sat., Dec. 15, from 10 am to 4 pm, as part of WHS’ Holly Days Series in connection with the Holly Days exhibitions, we’re gonna rock around the museum! Bring the whole family to discover exhibits exploring the diverse holiday traditions Westporters celebrate. Take part in a variety of crafts and activities and sit for a silhouette as a holiday gift.* Finally, get a selfie with Santa! 

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



Fundraiser for Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses

Westport Historical Society is holding a special fundraiser on Wed., Nov. 28, from 6 to 8 pm. for the restoration of the historically significant Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses.  Be a part of history and purchase tickets for the restoration of these rare, irreplaceable treasures!

Of about 36 structures that comprised Bridgeport’s “Little Liberia” – a prosperous, seafaring community of free people of color settled in 1822 (and cited in a letter to Frederick Douglass) – only the homes of sisters Mary & Eliza Freeman survive on original foundations. The Freeman sisters were accomplished business women. When Mary died, the only Bridgeporter of greater wealth was legendary showman PT Barnum. 

The Freeman Houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places for significance to African Americans and Women. This year the National Trust for Historic Preservation placed the houses on the nation’s “11 Most Endangered Historic Places” list.

Please show your support while enjoying Prosecco, oysters and hors d’oeuvres at Westport Historical Society. Tickets are $75 pp and are tax deductible and can be reserved at www.westporthistory.org.

A generous donor is matching all ticket sales and donations, so please consider the impact when making your own donation



MFY presents Holiday Concert featuring Chamber Singers of the FCCC

Celebrate the holidays

with the gift of song!

The Chamber Singers of the Fairfield County Children’s Choir

Saturday, December 8th, 7 PM

Music for Youth, Inc.  presents

4th annual FREE Young Persons’ Concert

St. Thomas Aquinas Church

1719 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824


You won’t want to miss this incredible program featuring the

Chamber Singers of the FCCC! 

The program will include classical, holiday, gospel and popular vocal selections. 

This program is free to the public and registration is not required. 

The Chamber Singers are the most advanced choristers of the FCCC.  They have 

performed across Europe, in Canada, New Orleans, 

San Francisco, and at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden

and West Point

Donations of food or cash for Operation Hope will be welcome at door

Sponsored by Ms. Sachi Liebegesell

Music for Youth, Inc. POB 403; Westport CT 06881 • (203) 254-0123

Musicforyouthct@gmail.com  www.musicforyouth.net


Town Christmas Tree Lighting

As part of WHS’ Holly Days Series in connection with the Holly Days exhibits., join us in a town-wide celebration on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 7 pm for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

After Town Hall lights the holiday tree on the front lawn, pop across the street to Westport Historical Society for an evening of holiday cheer! Warm up from the cold with a cup of hot cocoa donated by our friends at Starbucks. Explore our holiday exhibits, shop for festive finds and take a quick photo with Santa! This is a free event, please join us before or after the tree lighting! 


32nd Annual Holiday House Tour

Take a break from the holiday madness to indulge yourself in a journey to the past.  The Westport Historical Society invites you to join the 32nd Holiday House Tour on Sunday December 9th, from 11 am until 4 pm.

This is your chance to peek inside the historic buildings you’ve always wondered about. 

The tour is self-guided and begins at Wheeler House which will be decorated in traditional Victorian style. Visit a historic dairy barn dating to 1755 and a house that served as a tollbooth in the 1700s. Tour a meticulously preserved house from the 1700s that has a surprisingly post-modern interior.

Have you always wondered about the yellow schoolhouse on Morningside Drive? Adams Academy was a private school from 1837- 1867 and is rarely open to the public. Come visit and see how students celebrated the holidays 180 years ago!

The history of each house and site will be interpreted by Westport Historical Society and enhanced by holiday decorations courtesy of local designers.

Pre-register and purchase tickets online at www.westporthistory.org.  Members: $50; non-members $60; Tickets purchased day of event: $70


Gingerbread Decorating Workshop

As part of WHS’s Holly Days Series in connection with the Holly Days exhibitions,  bring the whole family to decorate gingerbread for the holiday season. Add icing to gingerbread people, snowflakes, and penguins!

This event takes place at Westport Historical Society on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 am to noon.

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.


 



Saint Luke Church Harvest Fair

Saint Luke Church will be hosting its annual Harvest Fair tomorrow from 10 am to 2 pm. The family-friendly event features local vendors from around Connecticut who sell items ranging from unique soaps to clothing. The fair also features the Shabby Chic Boutique, where visitors can look through discounted jewelry, home decorations and more. 

Come to visit Saint Luke's Harvest Fair on 49 Turkey Hill Rd North in Westport. 


SOUNDS FOR A STARRY NIGHT Concert on December 7, 2018

The Westport Woman’s Club is presenting “Sounds for a Starry Night” on Friday, December 7 at 7:30 pm at the WWC clubhouse (44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT).  This special concert will feature two acclaimed Westport musicians:  international violinist Igor Pikayzen, and famed Russian pianist Tatyana Pikayzen. 

Grandson of the legendary Soviet violinist Viktor Pikayzen, Igor was born in Moscow, Russia.  Since his concert debut at the age of eight, Pikayzen has performed with major orchestras in Europe, Asia, North and South America.  Igor was a winner of a Horizon Award, presented by the Westport Arts Advisory Committee to an outstanding Westport artist, under the age of 30 with a national/international reputation.  Praised by critics and audiences alike for his astounding technical ability and majestically lush tone, Mr. Pikayzen is regarded as one of the most promising young artists of his generation. 

Tatyana Pikayzen has performed to tremendous critical acclaim across three continents.  A top prize winner at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, she has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras in the world’s most prestigious concert halls.  Featured composers for the violin-piano program will include Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, among others. 

Tickets are $50 ($25 for students up to 18 years) to experience this live concert in an intimate setting.  Your ticket includes a reception following the performance. To purchase tickets, visit www.westportwomansclub.org.  

Igor Pikayzen, a graduate of Staples High School, Juilliard and the Yale School of Music, loves to perform in Westport and give back to his community.  Proceeds from this “Sounds for a Starry Night” concert will benefit need-based scholarships for Staples High School seniors. 

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 as a member please call the WWC Office at 203-227-4240.