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Where Westport Meets the World

Live Author Talks: Richard Webb

Fridays are for Facebook Lives! Join us for a Facebook Live Author Talk on  April 10 from 5 to 5:30 with author, Westporter Richard “Deej” Webb, who will discuss his book Boats Against the Current. Deej will chat about his book and do a live reading then take questions from viewers.  

See our website to access our Facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/WestportHistory/live) and for instructions on using Facebook Live. 


Westport Woman's Club Soliciting Applications for Adult Woman Scholarship Award

The Westport Woman’s Club is offering a Scholarship to an outstanding woman enrolled in a post-secondary educational program. The award will be based on financial need and applicant goals upon program completion. Applications are due by April 10, 2020. Additional information and a scholarship application are available at www.westportwomansclub.org.  Please call the Westport Woman’s Club at 203-227-4240 if you have any questions.

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, call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.


Stepping Stones Museum’s “Ask A Professional” Series With Sean F. Flynn, CCPS, Financial Advisor, Essex Financial

Stepping Stones Museum for Children and Essex Financial – The Southport Group have teamed together to offer a free financial planning seminar on Thursday, March 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Open to parents and family members, Kids “Grow” Up So Fast…So Do Tuitions: How to Plan the Smart Way! will focus on providing financial advice to support parents in achieving their financial goals with confidence.

“We are very excited to offer this talk,” explained Stepping Stones Museum’s Director, Individual Giving and Special Events, Laura Downing, “big life events like babies and sending kids to college require big changes to your financial plan.” Attending this seminar is the first step to making a plan for the future.

With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, Sean F. Flynn has earned a reputation on guiding clients to achieve peace of mind on their financial journey. Having achieved his CCPS (Certified College Planning Specialist) designation, Flynn works with clients to build a portfolio designed to support them as they transition through life stages, from paying for children's college expenses to maximizing financial opportunities as an empty-nester, as well as guiding clients through sudden family changes.

During his talk, Flynn will discuss key financial planning topics including the importance of investing early as well as effective strategies parents can follow to not only to pay for a child’s education; but just as importantly, doing so and still being able to retire at the time and in the lifestyle for which they have prepared.

For more information or to register, contact Brenda Smith at 203-899-0606, ext. 258. Free childcare provided for children 18 month and older with registration by Tuesday, March 17th. Stepping Stones for Children is located at Matthews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk. 


Pillow Concert: Flutist Zara Lawler at Suzuki Music School of Westport

Suzuki Music Schools is thrilled to continue our 2019-2020 "Pillow Concert" season with a performance by ground-breaking flutist Zara Lawler on Sunday, March 22nd at 3pm in Blake Recital Room at our Westport campus. Lawler is hailed as “an engaging, fluent, mellifluous soloist" by the Houston Chronicle, and her performance is described by New Music Connoisseur as “an enthrallingly visual and acoustic joy".

"Pillow Concerts" give young children a chance to be up close and personal with the performers beyond the front row, and they are encouraged to bring pillows to create seats at the artists' feet. The concert is open to the public and tickets are free, but limited, and must be reserved in advance at www.suzukischools.org


WWC SPRING FASHION SHOW - An Invitation for March 28, 2020

The Westport Woman’s Club is inviting the public to a Spring Fashion Show on Saturday, March 28 at 11:00 am at the WWC clubhouse (44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT).  Purchase your ticket and attend this WWC luncheon and fundraiser to see the latest in spring fashion, modeled by men, women and children from our local community.

Your ticket includes a noon luncheon, modeled spring fashions from local Westport vendors “Splash of Pink”, “Southern Tide” and “Scout & Molly’s Boutique”, an array of silent auction items, a live auction (featuring a Tauck Trip), pop-up stores opening at 11:00 am, and more.  Moderating the Fashion Show is Lucia Gulbransen, Westport’s in-demand personal shopper & image consultant.  Event Chair, Ana Hitri, shares that all fashion and auction item purchases at the Spring Fashion Show event will support WWC charitable causes within Fairfield County.

Tickets are $50.00 each and available at www.westportwomansclub.org  (under 12 years, tickets are $25.00 each).  Ticket sales for this event are open to the public.  Additionally, the public is invited to join the WWC Fashion Savings Week by purchasing a $10 discount card that offers a 20% discount at participating Playhouse Square fashion retailers. The card is valid Saturday March 28 through Sunday April 5th, and is sold at the Fashion Show event and/or at Splash of Pink, Southern Tide and Scout & Molly’s Boutique at Westport’s Playhouse Square.

Businesses and individuals interested in event sponsorships, highlighted in the Spring Fashion Show event brochure, should visit the WWC website for details before March 20.

Visit www.westportwomansclub.org for additional information on the WWC Spring Fashion Show event, or to see a roster of the 34 non-profit organizations that received grants from the Westport Woman’s Club in 2019 (listed on the website’s “Community Services” page); 2020 grants are being finalized now and will be awarded by the Westport Woman’s Club later this spring. 

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, call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.


HSS Stamford to Host FREE Community Education Program on Current Nutrition Trends

    HSS Stamford will host a free community education program on “Current Nutrition Trends” on Wednesday, March 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the HSS Stamford Outpatient Center, 1 Blachley Road, Stamford, CT.

    Have you ever been curious about trying a new fad diet or way of eating, such as the Ketogenic Diet, Paleo Diet or Intermittent Fasting? These diets have the potential to improve your health and help you lose weight, but can also have a negative impact on health. Join us to learn about these recent nutrition trends and their potential impact on musculoskeletal health.

For more information and to register, visit HSS.edu/pped#regional or call 203.705.2956 or email villagomezp@hss.edu. Please register before March 25.

Can't join in person? Register for the livestream version of this lecture to join the program online.


Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Imagine it’s the summer of 1920. Westport is a sleepy farm community that lures New York’s most glamorous couple-F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald—to its shores.

Seeking respite from their whirlwind Jazz era lives, the Fitzgerald’s set up in an 18th century farmhouse that has seen Revolution and the building of a nation over many decades. Zelda swims daily in the peaceful waters of the Long Island Sound while Scott takes advantage of the bucolic quiet to work on what he hopes will be his next great novel—The Great Gatsby. Join Richard “Deej” Webb and Robert Steven Williams, as they recreate the summer of 1920 and the sites and characters that influenced Fitzgerald’s Great American novel. 

Join us for this tour on Sat., May 23, from 9:15 to 11:30am.  Come prepared for a gorgeous, vigorous 120 minute walk in one of the East Coast’s most beautiful settings. Please bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. 

Additional tour dates this year include: June 27, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22, and September 19.

PARKING INFORMATION: Guests should park at Longshore Marina, along the asphalt and dirt areas. Parking passes will be distributed by tour guides the day of, to place on cars. 


 


$25 for members, $30 for non-members. No charge for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended, register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424. 


 



Tuesday Treasures at the Westport Museum

Join us on Tuesday, April 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for this fascinating program!


March Madness may have ended the day before but keep the spirit by hearing about some of Westport’s sports teams such as the Westport Owls football team and view memorabilia including Paul Newman’s jersey!  


Ever seen “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 Westport Museum for History and Culture as they showcase objects from the collection not normally on public view. See and hear the stories behind some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our community.  


There is no charge for this event however reservations are recommended, Register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.  Light refreshments will be served. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form. 



The Black Feathers Return to Westport's Voices Cafe

On Saturday, March 7 at 8:00pm The Black Feathers will make their second appearance at Westport’s Voices Café.  Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.

Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler are The Black Feathers, a husband and wife roots music duo based in Gloucestershire, UK who draw inspiration from Americana, folk, and acoustic indie rock all comfortably co-existing on a foundation of English folk influences and some Irish heritage

“Once in a blue moon, the whole soars far above the sum of its parts. That’s what happens when The Black Feathers perform live” - Black Mountain News, North Carolina

Having already built up a loyal following in the UK, The Black Feathers have been spreading their wings across the US. They have performed at Philadelphia Folk Festival and AmericanaFest, and have also been awarded official showcases at the North East Regional and Far-West Folk Alliance conferences. 

Seating at Voices Cafe 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.  Purchase $25 tickets at https://voicescafe.org/show/the-black-feathers/ or $30 at the door.  Doors open at 7:30.

Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiF1vMt3DG4



Boy Scout Troop 36 Pancake Breakfast


Boy Scout Troop 36 will be holding a Pancake Breakfast March 21st from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The event will be held at Saugatuck Congregational Church located at 245 Post Road East. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Proceeds will be used to support Troop 36's ongoing activities and the CT. Yankee Council Camps and programs.