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)
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.
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.
We've not yet posted here so allow us to introduce ourselves. The Tailored Home is a design studio and furniture showroom located at Turkey Hill and Route 1.
Design / Fine Custom Furniture / Windows / Lighting / Pillows / Full-Service Workroom for Reupholstery and Refinishing / A Selection of Fine Reimagined Vintage Pieces.
The Tailored Home will be holding its own Sidewalk Sale on July 7th to the 9th, the same dates as the Westport Downtown Merchants Association sidewalk sale. A selection of Tailored Home Original and Vintage pieces will be available with special pricing, up to 50% off!
Also, 25% off Reupholstery and Refinishing services on these dates!
Looking for a kids' summer camp that focuses on creativity and skill-building? Explore the exciting possibilities 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 open studios to themed courses delving into graffiti, design, and technology, each workshop will include hands-on projects and some will even include a visit from a professional visiting artist.
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 are BRAND NEW and 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. Visit www.westportartscenter.org or call 203/222-7070 to learn more and register.
On Friday, June 30th from 4pm until 8pm Lachat Town Farm, a local farm in the heart of Weston, will be hosting its first Farmer's Market! Come and enjoy live music, fresh farm produce, artisanal vendors, gourmet food trucks, farm animals and children's programming.
Sign your child up, CLICK HERE, for an educational program so that you may peruse and shop from local vendors. Meet friends and dine from the gourmet food trucks while you listen to live music!
This will be the first of five markets this summer. Each one will be on the last Friday night of each month; July 28th, August 25th, September 29th and October 27th.
Lachat Town Farm
106 Godfrey Road West
Weston, CT 06883
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!!
HALSTEAD AGENTS ARE DIFFERENT BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT THE COMMUNITIES WE LIVE AND WORK IN.
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
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.