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Pre-Hanukkah Celebration with IDF Soldiers

Westport, CT Thursday December 12th , 7:00 PM at Chabad of Westport.

FIDF and Chabad of Westport will be hosting a Pre-Hanukkah Celebration with IDF Soldiers

The event is open to the public. Admission is 18$ Sponsorship is available for 180$. 

Join us for an evening of holiday foods along with a fascinating discussion with Brig. General Amir Keren Israeli Air Force Attache to the United States.
For security purposes, RSVP is required.

Chabad of Westport serves the communities of Westport, Wilton, Weston and Norwalk. The Chabad Center formerly known as The Three Bears, has now been transformed into a center of experience, timelessness, tradition, heritage, and culture.

If you would like more information about this event, please call us at 203-226-8584 , or visit our website at www.chabadofwestport.com


"SOUNDS FOR A STARRY NIGHT" Concert and Reception, December 6, 2019

Sounds for a Starry Night, a salon-style chamber concert and reception, blending classical music, poetry and song, returns to The Westport Woman’s Club, Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Featured performers include two Russian-born Westport favorites:  internationally acclaimed concert violinist, Igor Pikayzen, and his mother, classical pianist Tatyana Pikayzen. They plan works by Alexander Glazunov, Cesar Franck and Felix Mendelssohn.

Grandson of legendary Soviet violinist Viktor Pikayzen, Igor was born in Moscow, Russia.  Since his concert debut with the Moscow Philharmonic at age eight, Pikayzen—now a graduate of Staples HS, Juilliard, Yale and CUNY--has performed with major orchestras in Europe, Asia, North and South America, garnered numerous competitive awards and has a growing discography.  The Westport Arts Advisory Committee presented its Horizon Award to him, as an outstanding Westport artist under age 30 with a national/international reputation.  Praised by critics and audiences alike for his astounding technical ability and majestically lush tone, Mr. Pikayzen is one of his generation’s most promising young artists. 

Tatyana Pikayzen—the “Paganini of the keyboard”-- 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 and has a substantial discography. 

Completing the evening’s distinguished chamber ensemble is the bold, rich sound of award-winning Israeli-born cellist, Michael Katz, a graduate of New England Conservatory, Juilliard and SUNY Stony Brook. Punctuating the instrumental musical segments, Casey Rose Clark will perform a vocal interlude.  Miggs Burroughs and Westport Poet Laureate Diane Meyer Lowman will deliver brief opening recitations of verse.

Major sponsors of this Sounds for a Starry Night fundraiser are the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center and Weichert, Realtors-Madison and Post. Tickets for this live concert and reception in an intimate, festive setting are $50 ($25 for students).   Seating is limited. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.westportwomansclub.org.  Proceeds from Sounds for a Starry Night will benefit need-based college 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.  Westport residency is not required for WWC membership.  For information, please call the WWC Office at 203-227-4240. 


Celebrating the Feminine in Our Sacred Texts

Three women faith leaders- Jewish, Christian, and Muslim - will discuss the pivotal, often overshadowed, role of women in their ancient sacred texts and reflect on the relevance of those texts for women and men in today’s interfaith world.


Rabbi Elana Nemitoff-Breiser, Temple Israel, Westport

Reverend Heather Sinclair, The United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston

Dr. Mahjabeen Hassan, (AMWA) American Muslim Women Association

Moderator: Reverend Alison Patton, Saugatuck Congregational Church



Heather Pierson Trio at Voices Cafe

If you’re looking to hear a trio with immense range -- old-school jazz, folk, pop, classical, Americana – prodigious talent on a variety of instruments - keyboards, brass, all sorts of strings - and intricate instrumental arrangements with stirring three-part vocal harmonies, then look no more.  It’s the Heather Person Acoustic Trio performing at Voices Café on Saturday, November 16 at 8 pm. 

Purchase tickets here:

Watch Heather Pierson Trio here


Seating is cabaret style (at tables) and table reservations

(minimum 4 people) are accepted by contacting

David Vita at 203.227.7205 x14 or david@uuwestport.org. Doors open at 7:30.

Dessert and coffee available for purchase. 


 




 



Fairfield County Chorale performs Mozart's Mass in C Minor

MOZART’S MASS IN C MINOR – A MASTERFUL JUXTAPOSITION OF PAST AND FUTURE

DECEMBER 8TH at 3PM • Norwalk Concert Hall • Norwalk, CT

The Fairfield County Chorale kicks off its 57th season with Mozart’s Mass in C minor and celebration pieces by members of the Bach family: “Jauchzet, Frohlocket!,” Part 1 of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Heilig by his second son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Magnificat in C major by Johann Christian Bach, his youngest son. The program inhabits the experimental musical territory between High Baroque (circa 1750) and High Classicism (circa 1780), threading its way from rococo to romantic, decorative to more modern.

The performance is on Sunday, December 8, 3PM, Norwalk Concert Hall,

125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. $5 for students. Group rates are available. To purchase tickets online, visit the Chorale’s website at fairfieldcountychorale.org.


Chamber Music Concert at Suzuki Music School of Westport

Suzuki Schools' Chamber groups will be performing selections by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and The Temptations, at 'Blake Recital Room' on December 8th at 3:00pm at Suzuki Music School of Westport located at 246 Post Road East, 06880. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.


The History of Segregation and Affordable Housing in Fairfield County, Part Two

Join us on Wed., Nov. 20, from 7 to 9 pm for a free program at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, Hoskins Hall, 245 Post Road East, in Westport.


Connecticut is one of the most segregated states in the country due to a long history of public and private actions. Please join us to explore this history and its consequences in this two-part series hosted by the Fairfield and Westport Museums in partnership with Open Communities Alliance, TEAM Westport and the First Church Congregational of Fairfield.


In Part Two, the presenters and audience will explore the impact of residential segregation, particularly with regards to the availability and location of affordable housing, and solutions to unwind this history while maintaining vibrant towns.


To learn more about the Open Communities Alliance and reserve your space please visit their website at ctoca.org.


This program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended. Donations are appreciated and can be made online at www.westporthistory.org



Plum Pudding Workshop

Westport Museum for History and Culture announces a workshop that will make your mouth water and your guests delighted. Join us on Wed., Dec. 4, from 7 to 9 pm. Our Executive Director, Ramin Ganeshram, a trained chef, food historian and award-winning cookbook author will talk about the history of plum pudding. You will make your own special mix of brandy-soaked fruit and pudding mix to take home and bake or give as a gift!  

 

No dessert says “Christmas” quite like plum pudding. This delectably moist, dessert, heady with the flavor of brandy, is a Victorian tradition that recalls the charming holidays of yore.

 

$40 per person. Reservations are required, register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Refreshments will be served. Class fee includes all materials.  


Prevu has changed the home buying landscape in Connecticut

Digital home buying platform serves as a friend in the early miles, expert in the last


There’s a new option that homebuyers in Fairfield County should be aware of, one that is bringing greater transparency, control and efficiency to the homebuying process while saving those in the market for a new home time and money.


Prevu, a customer-focused digital homebuying platform co-founded by Greenwich native, Chase Marsh, entered the Connecticut market earlier this year with the goal of modernizing the antiquated way homes are bought across Fairfield County.


“Our concept is simple,” Mr. Marsh said. “We are at a point in time where we can pretty much do everything online, yet when it came to purchasing a home, everything had to be done offline. We set out to change that.”


Founded in 2017, the New York-based real estate technology startup has spent the past two years perfecting—and simplifying—the digital homebuying experience.


Through its website, homebuyers can schedule a tour, make an offer, negotiate a purchase and close on a transaction. What’s more, the company’s expert agents are always available to answer any questions along the way while stepping in to provide more hands-on assistance during the complicated last leg of the process.


“We get that homebuying is stressful, but it shouldn’t have to be,” Marsh stated. “A majority of that stress is the result of pushy agents who rush their clients into making a decision that they don’t necessarily feel comfortable with.


“We, on the hand other, take a zero-pressure approach to homebuying. Our agents pride themselves on serving as friends in the early miles and experts in the last mile. Typically, home purchases are made during periods of happiness—be it receiving a promotion, getting married or starting a family—and we make it much easier for homebuyers to enjoy the process rather than stress over it.”


Prevu’s agents are fulltime salaried employees, which enables them to spend 100% of their time focused on customer-service rather than on lead generation. This approach is much different from traditional brokers, who work on commission and spend approximately 80 percent of their time chasing new business opportunities according to Marsh.


Prevu’s model enables the company to return two-thirds of its commission back to homebuyers via its Smart Buyer Rebate program. On average, Prevu clients receive rebates of $23,000. Marsh called the Smart Buyer Rebate a “game changer,” pointing to the median home price in Fairfield County, which, he noted, is much higher than the national average.


“We are helping homebuyers across Fairfield County increase their purchasing power, which, by nature, has some of the highest home prices in the country,” he said. “When buyers know they are going to save up to 2 percent of the purchase price after closing, it allows them to be more aggressive in their offer.”


Marsh noted the impact Prevu’s Smart Buyer rebates could return to the Connecticut economy.


“Think about it, if you use a traditional brokerage, you don’t receive any money back after closing,” he said. “With us, homebuyers receive an average rebate of $23,000. That is money you can spend to furnish part of your home, make improvements to it, or invest in something else.”


Thanksgiving Gingerbread-Baking Workshop

Join us at Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wed., Nov. 13, from 7 to 9 pm. Our Executive Director, Ramin Ganeshram, a trained chef, food historian and award-winning cookbook author will talk about the history of gingerbread.  You will make your own special gingerbread mix to take home and bake or give as a gift! 

 

Nothing quite heralds the holiday season like the delightful smell of gingerbread baking in the oven. First brought to the New World by English colonists, gingerbread recipes exist in the first American cookbook by Amelia Simmons, in Martha Washington’s Book of Cookery and from Mary Ball Washington’s (George’s mom). In the 19th century, American poet Emily Dickinson was famous throughout her town for her Gingerbread.  

 

$40 per person. Reservations are required; register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Refreshments will be served. Class fee includes all materials.