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Where Westport Meets the World

Destination Westport: Stroll Through Saugatuck

Created to give participants insights into Westport’s history, Stroll Through Saugatuck shows how resilient Westporters are in retaining the character of our town, even as the landscape changes and Saugatuck undergoes an impressive renaissance. 

Join us on Saturday, May 4, from 3 to 4 pm as we make our way through the neighborhood that sits along the tracks near the Westport train station. Guide Bob Mitchell, Westport Historical Society Board Member, will discuss Saugatuck’s past as a manufacturing hub and the tight-knit, predominantly Italian community it was to become. Most of what we now know as Westport was once called Saugatuck, after the river, though when the town was incorporated in 1835 from parts of Norwalk and Fairfield, it was given the name Westport. 

The walk will begin at the NY-bound side of the train station, where rail service was launched in 1848, making Westport more accessible for visitors and, in turn, giving residents better access to New York City.

Here are some bits of Saugatuck lore you’ll learn about: The Saugatuck Grain & Supply Company (1929), Luciano Park, the Westport Bank & Trust branch office, the Hedenbury Tin Shop, the Baynham Coffin Tack Factory, the first Saugatuck firehouse, the mattress factory, the William F. Cribari Bridge (the oldest movable span in Connecticut), and the Saugatuck Manufacturing Company, which made buttons from Brazilian ivory nuts. 

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. Day of: $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members. No charge for children 12 and under.  Register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.  

Meet in the Saugatuck Railroad Station, New York-bound side. The tour covers 1-2 miles of sidewalk walking, please bring water and suitable outdoor attire. Join us at the Black Duck after the tour for a complimentary drink. 

 


Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Join Westport Historical Society on Saturday, April 27, from 9:15 am until 11:30 am, for a gorgeous, vigorous 120 minute walk in one of the East Coast’s most beautiful settings.

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. 

Please bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. 

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 or call (203) 222-1424.

 


Hebrew Book Fest

2nd Annual Hebrew Book Fest, Westport 

Hundreds of Hebrew Books and more

Contact israelisinct@hotmail.com for info



The Ospreys at The Village Center

To our neighbors,


As many of you are aware there was a removal of a nesting platform at The Village Center that served as a breeding ground and home for two ospreys. Before any work was done on this we consulted a variety of environmental and wildlife sources to find the best way to avoid having our upcoming construction disturb a nesting environment. We were informed that if the nest was not present before the breeding season then the ospreys would be able to make a new nest somewhere else. There never was any removal of existing eggs or birds at any point.  


For those who might be unaware, the upcoming construction work is intended to redo the facade, upgrade the parking, a substantial tree installation, sustainable LED lighting, and a rain garden. However, although our intentions were to mitigate any disturbance to our avian neighbors, we may have missed the mark with seeing the whole picture.


Thanks in part to the community feedback that we have received, we have decided to reinstall the platform as soon as possible. Not only that, but we will modify our construction schedule for the breeding season, and will be providing a buffer area that cannot be disturbed until we can determine the fledglings have safely vacated the area. At which point, we will resume our efforts without any negative effect to the ospreys.

It is extremely important to us that we are good and responsible neighbors, and that includes our feathered friends as well as our human ones. We can't thank everyone enough for their concern and interest on the topic, and a special thank you to those who reached out to us.


Jack deVilliers - Vice President at Regency Centers


203-635-5562


Westport Woman's Club ART SHOW - April 27-29, 2019

The Westport Woman’s Club will host its annual Art Show on Saturday, April 27 (5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Opening Reception),  Sunday, April 28 (12:00 noon – 4:00 pm) and Monday, April 29 (12:00 noon – 4:00 pm) at 44 Imperial Ave, Westport, CT.  Admission to the Westport Woman’s Club Art Show is free and open to the public.

Curated by Westport Artist Miggs Burroughs, this popular show features a variety of local artists and their works available for purchase.  Chair Jo Fuchs Luscombe shares that participating artists are donating a portion of their art sales to fund the club’s community service grants to non-profit organizations in Fairfield County, in addition to need-based college scholarships for Staples High School seniors. 

The roster of WWC Art Show 2019 artists, whose works will be available for purchase, include: Paul Cohen, Kat Evans, Susan Fehlinger, Mary Harold, Hernan Garcia, Darcy Hicks, Julie Hicks, Amy Kaplan, Rachel Linnett, Fruma Markowitz, Mary Ann Neilson, Jon Puzzuoli, Jo Titsworth and Gregg Welz.  Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted for Art Show purchases and charitable donations to the Westport Woman’s Club.

Melissa Newman, accompanied by guitarist Tony Lombardozzi, will return again this year to lend her voice at Saturday evening’s Opening Reception.  Melissa, who is often featured at Westport’s Harvest and Pearl at Longshore restaurants, will be singing some of her favorite jazz standards to promote local artists and the non-profit philanthropy of the Westport Woman’s Club.  

The Westport Woman’s Club thanks its generous sponsors for the 2019 Art Show: Jeannette and Michael Tewey, Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, Barbara Stemmer, Nancy Beard, Vivian Rosenberg, The Gault Family, and Castle Wine & Spirits. 

For a list of the 26 non-profit organizations that were awarded WWC grants in 2018, please visit “Community Services” on www.westportwomansclub.org.  The Westport Woman’s Club will award their 2019 community grants and student scholarships 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. 


Gallery Opening at Bistro Du Soleil

Join us on Sunday, March 31st. from 4-7 PM
For our Gallery Opening of
Artists: Sue Benton and MaryEllen Hendricks. 
Bistro Du Soleil
203-557-6314
615 Riverside Ave. 
in old Saugatuck Post Office building
Next to train station 
All are welcome. 


Longshore Women’s Golf Association Opening Meeting

The Longshore Women’s Golf Association is having it’s opening meeting: Tuesday, April 2, 6:00 PM at the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport.

The LWGA is a group of women golfers, interested in playing golf, learning more about the game, improving their handicap and making friends. We welcome women residents and non-residents alike. Golfers of all levels are invited to join our league and participate in weekly tournaments.

Please come and hear our plans for the upcoming season.


Free Young Persons Concert

Music for Youth and Pequot Library will be presenting a FREE YOUNG PERSONS CONCERT featuring cellist Yves YVES DHARAMRAJ and pianist PHILIP EDWARD FISHER at Pequot Library, 2 pm April 6th.   This March 2ndd was rescheduled because of snow! 

If you are a member of a string orchestra, a chamber musician and/or a lover of music, you are going to want to come to this Young Persons’ Concert featuring the versatile and dynamic cellist Yves Dharamraj and his talented accompanist Philip Edward Fisher.  This youth centric one-hour program will highlight works for cello and piano with a twist.  The repertoire will include works by Villa Lobos, Bartok, Debussy,  Bloch and the beautiful III movement of the Sonata in G minor for cello by Rachmaninoff. 

The audience is invited to the master class for cellists  following  the performance.   Please call 203-254-0123 for more information. 

 


Tuesday Treasures at Westport Historical Society

Ever see “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 historical society from 6 to 7 pm, the first Tues. of each month. WHS will showcase objects from our collection not normally on public view. See and hear the stories behind some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our community.

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Students $5 with ID. No charge for children 5 and under.

Reservations are recommended, register online or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Tickets are nonrefundable.

2019 Schedule: April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, September 3rd, October 1st, November 5th and December 3rd



The British Are Coming: The Danbury Raid of 1777

Join Westport Historical Society on Wednesday, April 24th, from 7 to 8 pm when WHS Advisory Council member and curator of 2017’s Danbury Raid exhibit, Ed Hynes, will discuss the raid in the overall context of the war, the commanders on both sides, and “things quite smart and not so smart” on both sides, including how “the Brits outwitted” the Patriots on their return to Compo. This incident took place in our own back yard and highlights an interesting aspect of the war: the extent to which local Colonists were divided for and against the Revolution. Hynes’ talk is also an opportunity to delve into historical events that occurred right here in Westport. As many Westport residents may know, during the four-day raid, which was led by Maj. Gen. William Tryon, royal governor of the New York province and started on April 25, 1777, the British fought two battles with Colonial forces along the way to Danbury.

See a walk-through of our 2017 Danbury Raid exhibit with Hynes on our website.

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Students $5 with ID. No charge for children 5 and under. 

Reservations are recommended, register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Light refreshments will be served.