Where Westport Meets the World

Cornerstone Sunday: 50th Anniversary Celebration of the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston

This Sunday, June 18, 2017, the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston will celebrate 50 years in their church on Weston Road. The celebration will begin at the end of the 9:30 AM worship service and will include opening the cornerstone placed 50 years ago. All eyes will be on Pastor Ed Horne as he lifts the cornerstone away and takes out the time capsule!


Some of you may  know that Halstead Property, located at 379 Post Road East (next to CVS) started  awareness and pay forward campaigns in March with the March Madness Basketball collection led by Kecia Von der Ahe. The Westport/Fairfield Minuteman included us in their Community News section and we gathered 16 basketballs. The Carver Center in Norwalk and the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport were so grateful and appreciative to receive them. 

In April, our Prom Attire collection, led by Barbara Reynolds, netted an enormous response from both within our office and more importantly from residents who saw our postings on social media pages and brought in dresses and suits from Westport, Easton and Fairfield! Over 14 racks of dresses and boys attire were given . Word is getting out into the community!

In May, we featured National Dog Month and Mark Gilrain ran with a Give A Dog A Home theme.  On May 7th, Mark and our agent volunteers set up a station in our back parking lot and greeted dog owners as they made their way to the Westport/Weston Chamber of Commerce Dog Festival.  We raffled a dog step and donated to the CT Humane Society based in completed contracts during the month of May. Thanks to all – and to Bobbie Abagnale who baked special dog buscuits and Eileen Lawrence who manned the table during the Festival.  

And NOW – we are collecting food for students at Norwalk Community College because hunger doesn’t stop in High School. We want our student to succeed! Shannon McAvoy is leading our initiative and is an active advocate for these students. Our colleagues in the Wilton office are participating along with us this month as well.

If you are moving, know someone who is, or just cleaning out your pantry, please donate your non-expired dry goods. Grocery store gift cards in any amount are gratefully accepted. 

Help get the word out!!


Local Endurance Club to Lead Vermont 6 Gap Tour this July

Total Training & Endurance in Westport will be arranging and leading a week-long cycling tour of the Vermont 6 Gaps.

The Tour will kick off Sunday, July 16 in Killington, Vermont, and over the course of the week consist cycling distances of 40 to 100+ miles over moderate to challenging terrain.  The Queen Stage will be the famed Vermont 6 Gap Ride, (named for the various overland passes through Vermont's picturesque Green Mountains.)  Shorter routes will be offered daily for cyclists wary of completing each day's full distance.

The tour will be fully staffed with arranged lodging, daily breakfast and on course rest stops and meals.  Logistics and bicycle mechanical maintenance will be provided by Total Training & Endurance owner, and 2-time Mt. Washington Hillclimb winner, Eneas Freyre, as well as 3 time Race Across America Runner-Up, Mark Pattinson. 

Total Training & Endurance's home facility is located in Westport, CT at 772 Post Road East

If interested call 203-557-8004 or email Eneas Freyre, (eneas@tt-endurance.com) or Mark Pattinson, (mark@tt-endurance.com)for further details.

Honoring Weston’s Own Fire and EMS Volunteers”; Touch a Fire Truck Day and Exhibit Sunday June 18th

The Weston Historical Society is proud to announce “Honoring Weston’s Own Fire and EMS Volunteers”. This tribute to Weston’s all-volunteer fire and EMS departments opens Sunday June 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with a Touch a Fire Truck event, and the launch of a new museum exhibit at The Weston Historical Society, 104 Weston Road in Weston, rain or shine.

Come meet some of Weston’s great fire and EMS volunteers who protect our community every day. Families and would-be First Responders can sit behind the wheel of a real Weston Fire Engine Truck and Ambulance.  Kids will be able to try on fire gear and boots, pick up the fire hose and wear a real firefighter helmet. Weston’s vintage 1934 Mack Fire Pumper, “Old Mack”, will be on display, and there will even be a fire-fighter related story-telling time.

The museum exhibit features 25 stunning color-on-metal photographs taken by Weston firefighter and professional photographer Bruce Ando.

Admission for “Honoring Weston’s Own” is $3 for members and $8 for member families/$5 for non-members and $10 for non-member families. 

The Weston Historical Society would also like to thank our sponsors: Fairfield County Bank, Cohen & Wolf P.C., KMS Partners at Coldwell Banker, the Weston Volunteer Fire Department and Weston EMS, and Weston Kiwanis Foundation. Without their help, the program would not be possible.

For further information, visit our website at www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.

Walk to town Westport house for sale by owner

Great house, great location, across from the women's club, farmers market, Levitt, Library, train shuttle, etc.   private, quiet street with Cul de sac and great neighbors.  Small private back patio surrounded by arborvitae and an herb garden. #westportforsalebyowner, #westporthomes, .    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8-River-Knl-Westport-CT-06880/57417898_zpid 

Half-Price Sale at Curio Cottage

Mark your calendars for June 5th to June 10th. That's when this wonderful little thrift shop will be having a huge sale. EVERYTHING IS HALF-PRICE from glassware, jewelry, vases, art work, collectibles and much more!! The shop is located at the Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue.

Hours:  Monday, June 5:  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

              Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:  10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

              Saturday, June 10:  11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

All profits support local charities.

Cocktails & Clams to benefit Harbor Watch

Saturday, June 3 5-7PM join us for a dockside celebration of clean water to benefit Harbor Watch, with an unlimited raw bar straight off the fishing boat, a signature cocktail, wine and beer, live music, and more! Tickets are $75/person. Adults only please. Visit www.harborwatch.org for more details.

Norm Bloom & Son

Copps Island Oysters

7 Edgewater Place

Norwalk, CT 06855

Alternate Night at Theatre Artists' Workshop 1st June 2017 at 7.30pm

Academy Arts proudly presents two one Act plays : "Belt For It" a comedy by local playwright Lisa Power and "Long Ago and Faraway" by David Ives in which Samantha Pattinson (also from Westport) and Philip Hahn portray a couple whose troubled marriage takes a surreal twist.
Q and A with directors and cast.
Suggested donation of $15
Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Singer/Songwriter Brianne Chasanoff performs with Westport music teacher Mary Gardner at Voices Cafe

Brianne Chasanoff along with the multi-talented percussionist Mary Gardner and Michael Alas on viola will close out Voices Cafes sixth season at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.

Brianne’s angelic voice captures listeners and takes them on a personal journey through life’s experiences. She has a unique way of expressing herself through her passionate vocals, accompanied by her own piano skills and creative arrangements. Her songwriting journey began when she was awarded semi-finalist status in a national singer/songwriter competition. You can detect a touch of Sarah McLachlan along with Joni Mitchell, however, she is truly her own artist and a master at creating arrangements to frame the story she is telling.

Brianne Chasanoff, Mary Gardner, and Michael Alas make the perfect trio as their sensitivity and depth of emotional expression blend seamlessly. They have performed at various venues including Infinity Hall (Norfolk, CT), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artists Showcase), Merryall Center for the Arts (New Milford, CT), The Towne Crier Cafe, The Mews (Provincetown, MA) and various locations in New York City. Brianne has shared the stage with national touring acts including Mary Fahl of the October Project, Susan Werner, and two-time Grammy award winner Bill Miller.

Brianne (Singer/Songwriter) is a classically trained vocalist and pianist, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education concentrating in Voice and Piano and a Master’s Degree in Studio Composition from Purchase College Conservatory of Music. She performs various styles of music from Pop and Broadway to classical. Her vast experience and love for all styles of music shine through in her songwriting, reaching listeners of all ages and tastes. Brianne has released two albums which can be purchased on CDBaby.com or iTunes, and have been aired on various local radio stations, Pandora Radio, and Spotify. Her song, “Pretend,” was recently aired on WHUD’s 100.7 FM Hudson Valley’s Artist Spotlight where she was interviewed by Andy Bale. Aside from her performing career, Brianne teaches music in the Pawling Public School District helping children discover the gift of music that resides within them.

Mary Gardner is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and conductor specializing in world music, marimba, and orchestral percussion. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Performance from Ithaca College and her Master’s degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Connecticut. Mary has received acclaim for her fluency in a wide variety of styles on several different instruments. She has performed with the New Haven Symphony, Hartford Pops, and has appeared on stage at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Goodspeed Opera House, and NYU’s Skirball Centerfor the Arts. She is the Director of Percussion Studies and teaches beginning band in Westport Public Schools.

A native of the Philippines, Michael Alas has degrees in romance languages/pre-medical studies from Wagner College and viola performance from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Ira Weller. He has performed all over the world from Alaska to New Zealand, from Carnegie Hall to breaking cultural ground and touring all over Asia with the Manhattan Symphony. Equally at home in the Emergency Room and the concert stage, Michael pursued pre-medical studies at Columbia University, was a Research Associate at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell, and has appeared as pit violist for productions at The Westchester Broadway Theatre.

Seating 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. Doors open at 7:30. Purchase tickets at: http://voicescafe.org/show/brianne-chasanoff/

Summer Camp AM&PM: Pot to Plant

Pot to Plant AM & PM
July 3 - July 7, 2017

Whether your student has a green thumb or is addicted to Instagram or Pinterest (or both!), terrariums are trending! Let your students build their own terrarium from pot to plant, designing every element along the way. Beginning with the creation of a unique vessel out of clay, to the careful painting and adornment of the pot, creating decorative elements and accessories like small animals and characters, all the way to garden design and selecting your favorite succulents, you student will walk away with their own magical mini-gardens.

AM: Pot to Plant
(Ages 4-7) 
9:30am - 12:30pm*
*includes small snack and break
$350 Non-Members/$325 WAC Members

PM: Pot to Plant 
(Ages 8-12)
1:30PM - 3:30PM
$250 Non-Members/$225 WAC Members

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