Where Westport Meets the World

Folk Music in the 60s: The Coffee House Comes to Weston on Saturday, May 19

The Weston Historical Society presents “Folk Music in the 60s: The Coffee House”a panel discussion with live performances and a hootenanny; and featuring four nationally-known folksingers and songwriters on Saturday, May 19thfrom 7:30pm – 10:30pm at The Norfield Grange, 12 Good Hill Road in Weston, CT.

Roger Kaufman of Old School Music Productions will moderate/host “Folk Music in the 60s: The Coffee House”.  Appearing with Kaufman are composer/singer/radio-host Robin Batteau, composer/singer Rob Carlson, singer/songwriter/activist Jon Gailmor and arranger/singer-songwriter Jeff Southworth. These four musicians have written or played with some of America’s best known performers. 

Tickets are for sale in advance at www.westonhistoricalsociety.orgor at The Grange.  Admission is $25 for historical society members, and $30 for non-members. Snacks and beverages will be served.

The Weston Historical Society would like to thank our annual sponsors: Fairfield County Bank, Cohen and Wolf P.C., KMS Partners at Coldwell banker and our exhibit sponsors Teed and Brown, Aspetuck Valley Country Club, and Jet Blue. 

Heart Health Weekend - Aug. 4, 5 - W. Harrison, NY

This event has already attracted many attendees all the way from the West Coast. If you have a heart, you will benefit from Heart Health Weekend. This is a gift and is not being held to make any profit. 

Three outstanding talents in their field are volunteering their time to make Heart Health Weekend affordable for everyone; Mr. Curtis Cord, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Mr. Brett Bonnist. The weekend is being held at the Renaissance Marriott Hotel, 80 W. Red Oak Lane in W. Harrison, NY. The only cost for the entire weekend is $85 for the lunch buffet provided by the Hotel on Saturday.

Saturday morning’s seminar will be presented by Mr. Curtis Cord, a leading expert in the olive oil industry. He is founding editor of Olive Oil Times, president of the New York International Olive Oil Competition and the executive director of the Olive Oil Program at New York's International Culinary Center. Cord will discuss the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet and following his talk, he will offer an olive oil tasting to demonstrate what to look for and how to recognize a good, fresh, healthy extra virgin olive oil, a keystone to good heart health.

Saturday afternoon’s seminar is presented by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, an award-winning Consultant Cardiologist from York UK with 28 years of experience. He will open with a personal story about "The Heart Attack That Changed His Life" and follow with valuable information that all can relate to and benefit from. There will be plenty of time to ask questions.  Dr. Gupta’s ability to reduce stress through knowledge is life-altering for his followers and a labor of love on his part. The over 200 videos he has created for his YouTube channel, Sanjay Gupta York Cardiology, are recorded at night after seeing patients all day, casual, in low light and often with his dog on his lap. He shares his knowledge to 32,000 anxious, reassurance-seeking subscribers. 

Sunday features Mr. Brett Bonnist, a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. He completed his 200 hour teacher training in 2015 and has also completed a 500-hour advanced yoga teacher accreditation and a 100 hour meditation teacher certification, all with Kaia Yoga in Fairfield County, CT where he also teaches. He will conduct half-hour sessions of Mindfulness Meditation with no experience necessary. Meditation is undoubtedly the best therapy for your heart.

On Sunday Dr. Gupta is looking forward to meeting  privately with attendees in the order of registration so please register early.

Go to WWW.HeartHealthWeekend.com where you can also take advantage of a block of sleep rooms reserved for HHW at $149 plus tax per night. The coordinator is Vivien Cord (also volunteering her services) of Armonk, NY. For questions email viv8@aol.com or call 914-273-4667.

Persisters: The Fight for Gender Equality

The Staples High School Women in History class will be holding a panel discussion at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Rd, Westport, CT 06880, on May 9th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.


Meaghan Carey (Vice President, National Organization for Women, New York, NY)

Sarah Croucher (Executive Director, Naral Pro-Choice America)

Ramin Ganeshram (Executive Director, Westport Historical Society)

Meredith Gilmor (Publicist for Maria Sharapova, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton)

Dr. Elizabeth Hohl (Professor, Fairfield University)

Amanda Innes (Executive Director, Westport Art Center)

Melissa Kane (Selectwoman, Westport, CT)

Paola Ortega (Independent Business Owner, Stamford, CT)

The class has decided to be proactive and create a public event on inequality in the workplace. The panel discussion will feature successful women from a wide variety of fields talking about their experiences as well as discussing the current wave of feminism.

Please be sure to visit their facebook page “PersistersSHS” to RSVP or email edenschumer@gmail.com.

Simon Mulligan with the Simon Mulligan Trio

The Westport Arts Center is excited to close its 2017-18 Concert Series with a unique program by Simon Mulligan with the Simon Mulligan Trio on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Center.   Acclaimed British pianist Simon Mulligan has been described by The Times of London as “the most abundantly gifted of pianists” and by Herbie Hancock as “phenomenal.”   Mulligan is also known for his collaborations with many notable artists. He has performed for President Barack Obama, Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, and has collaborated with Dame Shirley Bassey, Branford Marsalis, Liza Minnelli, Van Morrison, and Sting.  The Simon Mulligan Trio includes Gene Perla on double bass and Alan Korzin on drums.   For this performance, Mulligan with the Simon Mulligan Trio will perform a program that traverses the worlds of Jazz and Classical music with selections from Mozart, Debussy and Chopin as well as a unique interpretation of the George Gershwin Songbook.    

The concert will take place in the context of the visually stunning Handmade: Women Reshaping Contemporary Art exhibition at the Westport Arts Center, featuring the works of over 15 female artists with a focus on fiber and textile arts. Artists of note include Lesley Dill, Faith Ringgold, Miriam Schapiro, Judith Scott, and Beverly Semmes.  
The Arts Center thanks David & Joyce Thompson and the late Howard J. Aibel for their generous support.  We also thank WSHU for their ongoing media sponsorship.


    • WAC Member Purchased in Advance: $40
    • Non-Member Purchased in Advance: $50
    • Members & Non-Members at Door: $60
    • Senior Ticket: Each ticket purchase of $50 includes one complimentary ticket (Two-for-one), for ages 65+

Summer Camp at the Westport Arts Center

Explore the exciting possibilities this summer break with Summer Camp at the Westport Arts Center! Get creative, innovative, and have fun through the arts by choosing from a catalog of unique and contemporary weeklong workshops.

With everything from mixed media studios to themed courses delving into graffiti, design, and culture, each workshop will include hands-on projects and a new way to look at art.

With options for the traditional art enthusiast and the current pre-teen, this year’s summer line-up is sure to offer something for everyone!

Classes will stimulate your child’s problem solving skills and invigorate their imagination through diverse materials. Your child will practice thinking creatively and critically!  All workshops offer something for everyone ages 4-12.

Morning camps run from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM and include a snack; Afternoon camps run from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. In instances where morning and afternoon classes feature the same theme, activities and direction will be designed to be age-appropriate.

Registration fees vary based on materials costs.

“1968: The Year That Changed A Nation” with Jean Bennett - Lecture at Weston Historical Society

The Weston Historical Society announces a three-lecture series as part of its exhibit: Life in the Sixties.  First up is“1968: The Year That Changed A Nation”, conducted by educator Jean Hofheimer Bennett on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:30pm at The Weston Historical Society, 104 Weston Road, Weston, CT.  Bennett takes an in-depth look at this tumultuous year marked by the assassinations of MLK and RFK and escalating anti-Vietnam War tensions. Her lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with several high school students; “Sixties Activists and The Activists of Today – Lessons Learned”. 

There are two more lectures scheduled: “The War Back Home – Vietnam & Life in the 60s” with Captain Nathan Clason, United States Military Academy on Wednesday, May 23, and a panel discussion with Vietnam Veterans on Wednesday, May 30. All lectures are free.

The Weston Historical Society’sLife in the Sixtiesexhibit is open to the public on Thursdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. during May and June. 

The Weston Historical Society would like to thank our annual sponsors: Fairfield County Bank, Cohen and Wolf P.C., KMS Partners at Coldwell banker and our exhibit sponsors Teed and Brown, Aspetuck Valley Country Club, and Jet Blue.  

For more information visit www.westonhistoricalsociety.org

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REMINDER: WWC opens Art Show this weekend

On Saturday evening April 28 and Sunday afternoon, April 29 only, the popular Westport Woman’s Club’s Art Show, curated by Miggs Burroughs, opens to the public.  Singer Melissa Newman will perform at Saturday’s opening reception. Chair Jo Fuchs Luscombe notes this year’s Art Show honors late artist Bobbie Friedman, wife of Drew Friedman. This annual show, featuring local artists, seeks to generate sales for them and funds for need-based college scholarships for Staples High School seniors.

2018 artists, whose works will be available for purchase, include Jen Greely, Bernie Perry, Nancy Moore, Roseann Spengler, Leonor Dao Turut, Kerry Heftman, Sam Abelow, Sue Benton, Jo Titsworth, Dale Najarian, Carlos Davilla, Holly Hawthorne, Noah Steinman, and Karen Ford.  Art by Honoree Bobbie Friedman will be available for viewing, not purchase.

Admission to the Westport Woman’s Club Art Show at 44 Imperial Ave. is free and open to the public. Thirty percent of sales will benefit need-based scholarships for Staples seniors, including new Westport Woman’s Club-administered scholarships, funded by The Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, Inc., benefitting Staples seniors who have financial need and an interest in pursuing studies in the visual arts.

The WWC Art Show’s hours are limited to: Saturday, April 28, 5 to 8 pm (Opening Reception) and Sunday, April 29, 2018, 12 to 4 pm.  The Westport Woman’s Club is located at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted for purchases or donations.

Melissa Newman, accompanied by guitarist Tony Lombardozzi, will lend her voice on Saturday, singing jazz standards and songs from the Great American Songbook, to promote local art purchases and scholarships. 

Sponsors include The Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, Inc., Bill Harris, Jr., Jeannette & Mike Tewey, Vivian Rosenberg, the Gault Family Foundation, Linda & Vincent Debo, Janette & Stan Duchnicki and Castle Wine & Spirits. 

“Music of the 60s: America’s Unique Music… a Time of Change” All-Star Panel Discussion

An all-star panel discussion, "Music of the 60s: America's Unique Music... A Time of Change", will be held at the Weston Historical Society, 104 Weston Road, Weston, CT on Saturday, May 5th from 7:30pm - 10:30pm.  Seven highly successful local professional musicians will take part: singer/songwriter Warren Bloom, music producer/engineer Rob Fraboni, music manager Susan Feliciano, 60s rock photographer Michael Friedman, vocalist Vaneese Thomas, drummer David Weber, and writer/blogger Dan Woog.  The discussion, conducted in a town hall format with audience Q&A, will be moderated by Old School Productions' Roger Kaufman.

This once-in-a-lifetime gathering is part of The Weston Historical Society's exhibit, Life in the Sixties.  Beverages and snacks will be provided.  Suggested donation for this event is: $25 members, $30 non-members.  For more information, or to purchase tickets go to www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.

The Life in the Sixties exhibit is open to the public on Thursdays and Sundays from 2pm - 4 pm in May and June.

Music for Youth Benefit - Celebrate Music

Celebrate Music for Youth

A Benefit Concert featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Alex Beyer and cellist Sasha Scolnik-Brower to support MFY's Outreach programs in Bridgeport

Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Rd.  Sunday, May 6th at 5 pm. 

Wine and cheese reception to follow concert  

Join us in what will be an evening to remember.  Alex Beyer and Sasha Scolnik-Brower will  share the stage with  the finalists of the Marianne Liberatore Scholarship Competition; Julian Shively, cello; Madison Howard, cello;  and Cameron Chase, violin.  The program will include the Brahms Piano Trio, Gerswhin Preludes and the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata.  The benefit will support the MFY scholarship and outreach programs in the Bridgeport Schools.  A light wine reception will follow the performance.  For more information about the event go to: www.musicforyouth.net/benefit-concert-2018

Tickets start at $75, $50 for adults, $30 for Seniors and $10 for students.  SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNT FOR TICKETS PURCHASED BEFORE APRIL 15th!

We hope you'll be able to join us for this very special concert in May!