Where Westport Meets the World

Local Comedians - Norwalk - Aug 12

A Night of Comedy Improvisation at The Factory Underground in Norwalk,

On Saturday August 12th at 8:00 p.m., come see local comedians in a family-friendly show at the Factory Underground at 16 Isaac Street in Norwalk, Adults $20, Students $10. Cash only at the door. Cheer on hometown comedy talent featuring Fairfield of Dreams improv team and student alumni of Wilton High School's Freeplay comedy improv troupe, directed by Second City Conservatory alumna and Wilton High School teacher Heather DeLude. The night also features the "Black Tie Affair" jazz band in a delightful, family-friendly, one-of-a-kind night out. The venue, the Factory Underground, is like a lower Manhattan comedy club without all the travel; it is right around the corner from the Garden Cinema in Norwalk at 16 Isaacs Street. No reserved seating so come early. Concessions will be sold at intermission so come hungry! Support your local comedy scene!  http://fairfieldofdreams.com  Westport residents Kerstin Rao and Dana Rossi are founding members of Fairfield of Dreams comedy group.

Freecycle.Org - Keeping stuff out of the landfill since 2003

Wait! Don't throw it out!  If you no longer love your stuff, set it FREE! 

Westport's Freecycle™ group gives people a way to "recycle" things no longer used, but too good to throw out.  The goal is to find a good home for things otherwise headed for the landfill.

Made up of over 5,000 groups with more than 9 million members around the world, The Freecycle Network™ is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.

(Posted as a reminder of good community options for reducing waste.  People can contact me for additional information but I urge you to visit www.freecycle.org and consider joining the Westport group.


.com8pm.  FREE!  The Sweet Remains make their return to the Levitt.   Only this time, band-member Greg Naughton returns as a Westport resident!   With over 22 Million plays on Spotify, the Sweet Remains have won fans all over the world with their lush 3-part harmonies and winning songwriting.   Driven by strong lyrical and melodic writing, their songs easily appeal to fans of modern folk-rockers like John Mayer & Ray Lamontagne, however, it is their harmonies (the band is headed by 3 gifted singer songwriters) that distinguish tSR from the throngs of guitar-toting troubadours and harken back to super-groups of the 60's and 70's like CSN, the Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel.

Note: Lawn & Concession open to the public one hour before show-time. Facility is closed to public during load-in and sound-check. Picnics are welcome. The Levitt Pavilion and its perimeter is a non-smoking area. Pets are not allowed.

In case of inclement weather, check back here or call our concert hotline (203-221-2153) at or after 4.30PM on the day of the show for a location status update. While we have a nearby rain location for free shows, we always do our best to stay outside shower or shine!

Learn to Forage at Earthplace!

Discover the wild foods in the natural world that surround us! Join one of our Naturalists on a foraging expedition throughout our sanctuary in search of naturally growing specimens that you can harvest and eat.  Explore local plant and wildlife communities while enjoying the beauty of our trails. Admission is FREE but registration is required. Ages 12+.  Call 203-557-4400 or go to 


Westport Schools Calendar Pre-sale Coming to a Close

Pre-sale of the Westport Schools Calendar is closing this weekend!

Did you know you don't need to have kids in the school system to support the calendar? We have a variety of donation levels!

Art from the Westport Public Art Collections hangs in Westport Public Schools, Town Hall, Parks & Rec, The Senior Center, Westport Public Schools Tech Center, and the main Fire Station.

Purchasing and/or donating to the calendar supports the display, preservation, and educational uses of the art in our community. 

Please visit http://www.westportps.org/community/westport-public-art-collections/annual-student-art-calendar

to purchase and/or donate today and help keep art alive in our community!

Music Classes for Children - Suzuki School Summer Camp

The Suzuki Music School of Westport is proud to announce its inaugural Summer Camp, for Suzuki students playing guitar, violin, viola and cello! Between July 24th-28th, from 9am-3pm daily,students can come with or without their parents and will receive a combination of master classes, group class (technique and repertoire), orchestra or chamber groups, music enrichment classes and more! Requirements are: age 6 or older, playing at least past the first half of the Suzuki Book 1. Cost: $450.

The school will also offer a class called Jump Start to Twinkle, designed for children ages 4-7 with their parent. Between July 24-28, this five day 60 minute group class introduces parent and child to the
beginning stages of learning a string instrument (violin, viola, or cello) through the Suzuki Method. Lessons take place at the Suzuki Music Schools in Westport. Cost: $100.

For more information, please visit: www.SuzukiSchools.org/summer-camp-2017 or call (203) 227-9474.

About: The Suzuki Music School of Westport is a member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the National Guild for
Community Arts Education. For information on events please call (203) 227-9474 or visit the school website at www.SuzukiSchools.org.

Singer-Songwriter P.J. Pacifico to Perform at Weston’s Music at the Barn on July 23

Singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico returns to Weston for his third "Music at the Barn" appearance on Sunday July 23 at 5:30pm, at the Weston Historical Society Coley Homestead at 104 Weston Road, Weston.  No reservations required for this delightful family-friendly event. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, favorite food and beverage and enjoy the show.  In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors.  Admission is $10/members, $15 non-members and kids are free. for more information:  www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.

FREE Westport Community Band Concert at Levitt Pavilion!

Exclusive Discount: Westport TEDx Speaker/Survivor Makes Musical Comedy Debut at 54 Below June 30th

Catch Gutless & Grateful on June 30th, the inspirational one-woman musical that actress Amy Oestreicher has toured nationwide since 2012.

Lost a Stomach, Gained a Story. ("My stomach exploded, but see my TEDx Talk for more on that…")

"Gutless & Grateful is not a story about a victim, but one of a survivor. Amy has channeled the pain of her experiences into something far greater.” – Michelle Alerte (Woman Around Town)

Buy tickets here. Use discount code AMY35!

  • On NBC’s Today Show, HuffPost, TEDx, Winner of 7 National Awards, and toured to 150+ venues since it’s the BroadwayWorld Best Theatre Debut-nomination in 2012.
  • Now touring as a sexual assault and mental health program, and is also listed in the official directory for the National Arts & Health in the Military Initiative.
  • Discount is only available if you make reservations online…so do that! (AMY35)

Following sold-out runs at The Triad NYC, The Bijou, United Solo Fest, Barrington Stage Company (Tony-Award winning William Finn’s Cabaret Series) and a nationwide tour from Washington D.C. to Hawaii, global speaker/survivor Amy Oestreicher will bring her hit one-woman musical Gutless & Grateful back to NYC at the famed Feinstein’s/54 Below on June 30th, 2017, 9:30pm. Through interwoven song and dialogue, Oestreicher shares a primal piece of live-storytelling, weaving near death experience and inspiring perspective with an eclectic set of songs, comedically highlighting struggles, triumphs and “beautiful detours” in her life.
“One part moving testament to human indomitability, the other a thoroughly satisfying evening of song. While each element is strong enough to stand on its own, combined they illuminate and enhance each other. Rarely have I seen narration and song so artfully meshed, and Oestreicher’s likeability, good humor, interpretive skill, and manifest commitment to what she is saying and singing make us not only understand her story, but also feel it on a very deep level.” -Roy Sander (critic for BistroAwards.com)
Nominated for “Best Theatre Debut” in 2012 (Broadway World), and Bistro Awards Top Pick, and featured in Huffington Post, Gutless & Grateful, takes audiences on a musical journey of determination, grit and “guts” as Oestreicher shares her humor, her strength, and her soaring vocals with the world. Oestreicher’s script was inspired by the thousands of journal entries she kept over the six years she endured unable to eat a morsel of food or drink a drop of liquid. Co-conceived by Oestreicher and musical director David Brunetti, the show is directed by Broadway-veteran Jerold Goldstein, also on piano. “Gutless” also features the song “Still Alive” which was written for Amy by acclaimed composer David Friedman with lyrics by TV personality and lyricist Kathie Lee Gifford, after she appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show in 2011.
Amy had ambitious plans for Broadway, until she abruptly developed a blood clot the week before her high school senior prom. After being rushed to the hospital, her stomach exploded in the operating room, and after both her lungs collapsed, she nearly died. After waking up from a coma several months later, she was told she no longer had a stomach, and it was unknown whether she would ever be able to eat or drink again . After 27 surgeries and six of the past ten years unable to drink a drop of fluid, Amy’s digestive system was miraculously reconstructed and she learned that the human spirit heals through “gutsiness”, gratitude, and an overabundance of humor.
Oestreicher’s story is always inspirational and surprisingly funny.” – Paulanne Simmons (Times Square Chronicles)
Come for a moving night of song, stories and possibilities, all in a 70-minute musical comedy. Gutless & Grateful is no ordinary one-woman show, but a powerhouse production that leaves the audience in tears, laughing hysterically, and savoring every last bite as though it were their very first.
Buy tickets at https://54below.com/events/amy-oestreicher-gutless-grateful/
Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

Buy tickets HERE with exclusive Discount Code AMY35 if you reserve now.
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Otis and The Hurricanes Perform at “Music at the Barn”

Get ready for an evening of family fun and music with Otis and the Hurricanes perform at "Music at the Barn" on Sunday June 25th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.  The band will set up in the Weston Historical Society's big red barn on the Coley Homestead, located at 104 Weston Road, Weston, CT.  Bring a lawn chair, blanket, favorite food and beverage, and enjoy the show.  No reservations necessary. Admission is $10 per member, $15 per non-member.  Kids are FREE.  Rain or shine. For more information:  www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.