Where Westport Meets the World

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.

Exhibition Insights Series: The Race for Paris

Join a docent-led tour of our current exhibition, Dragon Lady: The Life of Sigrid Schultz followed by a book discussion to gain greater insight into the historical context of the exhibit. Professional moderator Kelle Ruden will lead the book discussion. Event takes place on Thurs, Mar. 26, from 3 to 4:30 pm.

The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton is a moving and powerfully dynamic World War II novel about two American journalists and an Englishman, who together race the Allies to Occupied Paris for the scoop of their lives. It is a National Bestseller and noted David J. Langum, Sr. Prize for American Historical Fiction, Honorary Mention for 2015.

Based on daring, real-life female reporters on the front lines of history like Margaret Bourke-White, Lee Miller, and Martha Gellhorn—and with cameos by other famous faces of the time—The Race for Paris is an absorbing, atmospheric saga full of drama, adventure, and passion. Combining riveting storytelling with expert literary craftsmanship and thorough research, the author crafts a compelling, resonant read.

This program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended. Reserve your space online or by calling 203-222-1424 ext. 5. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form.


Member Exclusive: Tour Dragon Lady

On Wed., March 4, from 6:30 to 7:30, members of Westport Museum for History and Culture are invited to uncover the life and courageous work of Sigrid Schultz, a female correspondent—and ultimately Bureau Chief of the European Office—for the Chicago Tribune from 1919 through 1941. 

During her tenure Schultz reported on the political maneuvers of the newly formed National Socialist German Workers’ (Nazi) Party and the dangers they posed. Later Schultz would report on the atrocities they perpetrated as she accompanied American forces liberating Europe in 1945. Courageous and clever, Sigrid Schultz was a Westport woman deserving of remembrance and continues to teach us lessons today.  

During this member exclusive tour of the exhibition “Dragon Lady: The Life of Sigrid Schultz” Director of Programs and Education, Nicole Carpenter, will discuss Schultz’s life along with additional materials from the museum's collection. 

This tour is for members of the museum only, call to become a member today, or join online at www.westporthistory.org. There is no charge for this event however reservations are recommended, register online or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form. 

To learn more about Sigrid Schultz visit westporthistory.org/blog-post/dragon-lady-the-life-of-sigrid-schultz/  

American Legion Oratorical Contest

Oratorical Chairman Roger Moscater of the American Legion Department of Connecticut Third District (Fairfield County), announced the winners of the District Finals of the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest held on Saturday, February 15th, at Fairfield Library in Fairfield, where the finals were held. The first-place winner was Zachary Rybchin, a sophomore at Staples High School. The contest is based on the US Constitution and students knowledge thereof. There are two parts: the first is an 8-10-minute prepared speech on some topic of the Constitution, the second part is a 3-5-minute speech on a topic which is assigned ten minutes before giving it. Zachary will now represent the district for the second year in a row, at the Department (state) finals, to be held Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the State Police Academy in Meriden, CT. the contest begins promptly at 9:00 am.


Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday on the cusp of spring with the Fairfield County Chorale when we present two signature works from his “heroic” period: the majestic and rarely-performed Mass in C major and the revolutionary Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, the “Emperor” Concerto. The vocal soloists, rising stars in opera and oratorio, will be Jennifer Jaroslavsky, soprano; Naama Liany, mezzo soprano; Pavel (Pasha) Sulyandziga, tenor; Brian Mextorf, baritone. The piano concerto will be performed by the mesmerizing Russian pianist, and special friend of the FCC, Ilya Yakushev. 

Both works come from his “heroic” period, which began in 1802, when he had made an unhappy peace with his worsening and likely permanent deafness. No longer able to perform, he dedicated himself to composing, and many of the works from that time reflect themes of human struggle, affirmation, and celebration. The Mass in C major, composed in 1807, and the Piano Concerto in E-flat major, composed in 1810, manifest emotional extremes from defiance to hope.

This is the Fairfield County Chorale’s 57th season of presenting great choral works in southwestern Connecticut

H-salon will host its annual cut a thon for kidney Cancer research.

Hi Dan, just wanted to ask if it would be possible for you to publish this event. I have had my salon in Westport for 27 years and moved to Fairfield 12 years ago. We are passionate about giving back to our community and participate in numerous charitable events. This one is close to our heart. This is our 9th year Trying to bring more awareness on how important cancer research is. We donate 100% of what we raise for kidney  cancer research at Yale, Dr Harriet Kruger is always present and will to answer any questions. 

Westport Woman's Club Accepting Proposals for 2020 Ruegg Grant

The Ruegg Grant Committee of the Westport Woman's Club invites local non-profit organizations to apply by Friday, March 13, 2020, for up to $10,000 in one-time funding for a 2020 project. Submitted proposals should be high-profile initiatives that make a meaningful difference in the Westport community.\

This grant, established in 1995 by an endowment left to the club by former member Lea Ruegg, considers an annual grant to a deserving organization’s project that enhances social services, health, safety, the arts or education.  Recent Ruegg Grant beneficiaries include the Westport Astronomical Society, Project Return, Earthplace, Wakeman Town Farm, and the Aspetuck Land Trust

Visit the Westport Woman's Club website - http://www.westportwomansclub.org to access the 2020 Ruegg Grant Application on the “Community Services”  page.

Community groups with impactful and meaningful projects for this year should submit their completed project proposals and relevant financial information by Friday, March 13, 2020 to the following address:  Westport Woman’s Club, c/o  Ruegg Grant Committee, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT 06880

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.  Other forms of the Westport Woman’s Club “here and near” philanthropy include local community service grants, need-based college scholarships for Staples High School seniors, food closet and home-delivered holiday meals (in partnership with Westport Human Services), annual Canal Park luncheon, subsidized rent for CT Braille, Bedford Hall usage grants for nonprofits, and many hours of volunteer service.  The WWC’s signature fundraisers are its year-round Curio Cottage thrift shop and annual Yankee Doodle Fair, held each June on the clubhouse grounds.

Love + Artist Event; Serious Matchmaking & Relationship Coaching

About Janis & Carly

Janis Spindel Serious Matchmaking Service was founded in 1993 by Janis Spindel. Now, Janis Spindel and Carly Spindel are a relentless mother-daughter matchmakers that take a fresh approach to the dating industry. The dynamic duo have clients nationwide and are very selective with who they chose to work with.

Constantly recognized by the press for their success rate, Janis Spindel and Carly Spindel cater to well-educated, upscale, successful professional single men and women who believe in outsourcing a team that’s above and beyond good at what they do to achieve the results they’re looking for.

Janis Spindel is an icon in the Matchmaking Industry. With over 3,700 successful marriages, Janis is continuously acknowledged for doing the job she was born to do. Janis has been featured on over 100 specials worldwide on love, dating, and relationships including Dr. Phil, The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, The O’Reilly Factor and many others.

Carly Spindel is passionate about spreading love across the country. With over 110 successful marriages, Carly is a pioneer in the industry. Carly has been featured on Eye Witness News, Sunrise Australia, and Good Day NY. Carly has been seen in The New York Observer, Elle Magazine, Thrillist, Crains, and Fortune Magazine.


Over 3,700 Marriages

Icons in the Luxury Matchmaking industry, Janis and Carly Spindel are responsible for over 3,700 marriages to date.

Over 25 Years Experience Of Matchmaking Experience

Founded in 1993, Janis Spindel Serious Matchmaking has been changing lives for over a quarter century.

Featured on Over 100 Specials

Matchmakers Janis & Carly have been featured on over 100 specials worldwide on love, dating, and relationships including Dr. Phil, The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, The O’Reilly Factor and many others.


Relationship Coach Karenna Alexander

A Columbia University graduate, Karenna’s career as a dating coach began 15 years ago when she determined she had a dating problem of her own and sought out the right advice. Her dating and relationship life did a complete 360 after that transformational experience and dedicated herself to helping other women. Trained and certified matchmaker through the Matchmaking Institute of NYC as a dating and relationship coach, her passion grew into writing an advice column about relationships and is now working on a book with a working title, “A Girl’s Guide to Guys”. 


Janis & Carly Spindel, Matchmakers & Karenna Alexander will be hosted for an event by Artistex Salon & Spa, a Westport business for over 20years that recently expanded to a 4000sq ft facility on 260 Post Road East within the Colonial Green. The open bar catered event will take place at Artistex, Tuesday February 11th at 5:00pm. The matchmakers will discuss, Dating in Today’s World, highlighting how online dating and social media effect meeting our soul mate! A must for singles and all divorcees learning the new platforms for getting back out there dating. Relationship Coach giving tips on How to Keep the Spark Alive, ensuring your relationship is as exciting as the day you both met! Join these amazing women Tuesday February 11th at 5:00pm, by contacting Artistex Salon & Spa to reserve a seat or purchase tickets online www,artistexsalon.com. We are combining the event with our feature Artist Julia Rose, mingle afterwards to view Julia Rose's Abstract Artist Opening within Artistex. Open cocktail bar and light bites until 8:30pm.

Artistex Salon & Spa 260 Post Road East Westport, CT 203-222-0344  https://artistexsalon.com/

Why Today’s College Grads Should Aim High for That First Job

The last couple of weeks have seen just about all of Westport’s college students head back to school for spring semester. For some of those students, though, this is also their last semester before facing “the real world” of work and (finally) independence.

So… About that first job. Ever since some guy holding a martini cornered Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate” and told him that his future should be in “plastics,” adults everywhere have been more than ready to talk to college seniors about what they should do with their lives. And as it turns out, there is some serious advice that this year’s grads-to-be should hear now.

That first job out of college can be an important indicator of how a career will unfold in the years to come. According to a recent report, college grads who start off underemployed have a higher likelihood of remaining underemployed five and 10 years out (except for those in some STEM disciplines). That means the old advice to just get a job and work your way up could turn out to be seriously bad advice in today’s job market — especially since more than 40 percent of college graduates take positions out of school that don’t require a degree, according to the research.

Conversely, the study found that, “Those who start out well employed rarely slide into underemployment. An overwhelming number of workers (87%) who were appropriately employed in their first job continued to hold positions that matched their levels of education five years later.”

Of course finding “appropriate” employment can be harder than it sounds. That’s why, if you’re a college student,  it’s so important for you to begin thinking strategically about your career well before you show up for that final semester. While it’s perfectly okay to not know exactly what you want to do after you graduate, it’s not a good idea to assume you’ve got plenty of time to figure it out. Beginning with that first day of freshman orientation, most schools offer a ton of great opportunities to discover what excites you – both in and out of the classroom. You just need to open yourself to the possibilities and follow your curiosity.

Internships or co-ops – either during the school year or over the summer – are key to figuring what kind of work is worth pursuing, and what’s not. In fact, some schools and academic programs make them a requirement for graduation. But whether you’re looking for an internship or that first job after graduation, the hard part for many students can be figuring how to find those opportunities and determining which ones have the most to offer. That’s one of the ways I can help, by showing you how to discover and evaluate what’s out there and then coaching you through the process of applying and interviewing.

And it’s never too early to start networking. I know that for many people, the idea of networking can be daunting. Talking to strangers – or even emailing them – can turn otherwise confident individuals into absolute scaredy-cats And that’s what makes it such a valuable skill to master; because it gives you an edge over everyone else.

Jaki Suter is a certified career coach based in Westport. You can reach her at jaki@sutergroup.com or visit her online at www.sutergroup.com