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Where Westport Meets the World

Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Join Westport Historical Society on Saturday, May 25, 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.

Additional dates for this tour are: June 1, June 15, July 27, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24.

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. 

Come prepared for a gorgeous, vigorous 120 minute walk in one of the East Coast’s most beautiful settings. 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.



Tuesday Treasures

Ever seen “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 Westport Historical Society on Tuesday, June 4, as they showcase objects from our collection not normally on public view.  The event is from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

See and hear the stories behind some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our community.

There is no charge for this event however reservations are recommended, register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.  Light refreshments will be served. 

2019 Schedule: September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3



Tuesday Treasures

Ever seen “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 Westport Historical Society on Tuesday, May 7, as they showcase objects from our collection not normally on public view.  The event is from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

See and hear the stories behind some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our community. 

There is no charge for this event however reservations are recommended, register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.  Light refreshments will be served.  



ANTIQUE APPRAISAL DAY at the Westport Woman's Club - June 01, 2019

The Westport Woman’s Club will offer the public an Antique Appraisal Day on Saturday, June 01, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the WWC clubhouse (44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT).  

Do you have a family heirloom or an old painting that your grandmother always said was valuable?  A piece of jewelry or sterling that you have never had appraised?  Are you the caretaker of an antique doll whose value is unknown?  Bring them with you on June 01 and let a professional, experienced, and friendly specialist give you an on-site  verbal appraisal.  Event Chair, Deb Fratino, shares that the current market for certain items is highly desirable:  men’s vintage wristwatches, mid-century art and furniture, Chinese jades, porcelains, and collectibles of many varieties to name a few.

Larger items and furniture can be evaluated from photos.  Numerous well-lit photos with approximate dimensions of the object, possibly a drawer, will allow the appraiser to be more precise.  Please no postage stamps or stamp collections. 

For $25.00, you will receive a verbal appraisal for up to three items by the appropriate specialist for your item.  If you have four or more items, these additional items may be appraised for an added fee of $10.00 each.  This type of “verbal estimation of value” is similar to television shows featuring appraisals, like the well-known “Antiques Roadshow.”  Bring your treasures, learn more of their history, and you may even be the lucky winner of a piece of jewelry (this year’s give away).

The profits from this event will help support the many community service projects of the Westport Woman’s Club: Scholarship and Community Services Grants, Food Gift Certificates, the Food Closet, and Holiday Meal Programs. 

For more information on the WWC Antique Appraisal Day (June 01 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm), please visit www.westportwomansclub.org or contact Deborah Fratino at debfratino@aol.com.

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.


Emma's Revolution at Voices Cafe

Smart, funny and informative-- like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. That’s Pat Humphries and Sandy O of Emma's Revolution. 

Song’s by the dynamic, award-winning activist duo have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger, and covered by Holly Near. With beautiful harmonies and genre-defying eclecticism, Emma’s Revolution delivers the energy and strength of their convictions, in an uprising of truth and hope for these tumultuous times.

Pete Seeger said, "The powers that be can control the media but it's hard to stop a good song... Pat's songs will be sung well into the 22nd century."

“Sing People Sing” is a loving tribute to the late Pete Seeger—a friend and mentor to the duo—that captures his unique ability to empower an audience with harmony and hope.  This show will include songs and stories in celebration of the 100th birthday of Pete Seeger.

Their inspiring, gutsy, rockin’ music has been praised by The New York Times as, "Fervent and heartfelt."

Emma’s Revolution's latest CD, Revolution Now, garnered top acclaim from radio stations across the country focusing on folk and acoustic music.

Revolution Now includes their beautiful setting of Woody Guthrie’s plaintive lyric, “Revolutionary Mind”, one of the many lyrics Woody left behind without an existing melody.

On the recording, they cover issues from reproductive justice to refugees and Black Lives Matter to the sustaining power of love. With a core sound featuring their signature exquisite harmonies and acoustic guitars, their songs span styles from folk to jazz and funk to rock with hope, humor, and passion that can turn tears into laughter and cynicism into action. 

Revolution Now brings these tools of inspiration and motivation to fuel today's resistance movements.

Their first song collaboration, “If I Give Your Name,” about undocumented workers killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11 won the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting competition.

They tour 200 days a year and, in the spirit of Emma Goldman's famous attribution, “If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution,” Emma's Revolution has brought their uprising of truth, hope, and a dash of irreverence to thousands of concerts and activist events across the US and abroad. They’ve even sung “We Are One” in the De-Militarized Zone, singing with family members separated by the division between North and South Korea.


"Boasting gorgeous close harmonies and unsinkable tunefulness, Emma’s Revolution is a classic, globetrotting folk duo. Their music is progressive, socially-conscious, confrontational, and shot-through with intelligence and cutting humor”, wrote the The Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT 06880. Seating 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.  Doors open at 7:30.  Purchase tickets at: https://voicescafe.org/show/emmas-revolution-2018/



 


 



Connecticut’s African American Heroines

African Americans have played a major role in the development of our state, our nation and our world. African American women from Connecticut are no exception! Join Westport Historical Society on Wednesday, June 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and learn about some of Connecticut’s most remarkable African American heroines.

From women’s rights advocate Maria Miller Stewart and legendary contralto and Civil Rights catalyst Marian Anderson to pioneering journalist Adrianne Baughns-Wallace and our former State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier, you’ll be inspired as we explore the important contributions of African American women in Connecticut. 

There is no charge for this event however reservations are recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.  Light refreshments will be served. 


Saugatuck Socials: D Day

The Westport Historical Society began in Saugatuck in 1889. Members read interesting historical documents aloud or shared local stories. We invite you to join us on Thursday, June 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, to share stories, poems, historic essays and music with the rest of our community. Listen as others present original works or pre-selected pieces from history such as the Declaration of Independence or the Gettysburg Address.  

Memorialize the Normandy landings in 1944 with a selection of propaganda from both sides of the conflict that lead to the historic amphibious landing. 

There is no charge for this event however reservations are recommended, register online at www.westporthistorical.com or call 203-222-1424 x5. Light refreshments will be served.

 


Destination Westport: In the Footsteps of Patriots

On Saturday, June 1, Westport Historical Society will lead a tour that will be an opportunity for history buffs to learn about one of the town’s oldest settled areas, some homes of which date to the mid-1700s. The tour is from 3 to 4 pm. 

Originally, Kings Highway North was part of a postal road laid out between New York and Boston in 1762. Kings Highway North was established as a local historic district in 1972 and named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. It encompasses 106 “contributing buildings” – structures that add to the district’s historical qualities – and four historic sites.  The historic sites include a small triangular green at the intersection of Old Hill Road and Kings Highway North that was used as a military drill ground. 

Ed Gerber, Past President of WHS will be accompanied on the tour by Edward Hynes, a specialist on the history of Westport during the American Revolution. Hynes will discuss the planned ambush by Continental troops under Benedict Arnold to fire cannons from the high ground on Old Hill down on British soldiers returning from a raid on Danbury to prevent them from crossing the river on the bridge below. But the British outsmarted the Colonials and crossed upriver near the site of present Ford Road. 

Meet on the green across from the cemeteries at the foot of Old Hill Road; park along Kings Highway North. The tour covers 1-2 miles of sidewalk walking, please bring water and suitable outdoor attire. 

Join us after the tour for a complimentary wine tasting, hosted by The Grapevine, 345 Main Street, Westport

Please register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5: $8 for members, $12 for non-members. Day of admission $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Students, $5 with ID.  


The Buzz on the CannaBIZNESS

Contact  Tammy L. Ward

communication.ama@gmail.com

The American Marketing Association-Fairfield County Advance Yourself program series will host The Buzz on the CannaBIZNESS, presented by Mediassociates, on April 24th at Earthplace – The Nature Discovery Center in Westport, CT. The event will feature two educational panel discussions with thought leaders from state government, investment banking, brand marketing and technology. An industry networking event will be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by a state of the industry panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. A second panel focused on brand marketing will begin at 8pmCurrently there are 34 states, including CT, with legal medical marijuana programs and 10 states plus Washington DC with legal adult use cannabis. Proponents suggest that the U.S. momentum, combined with a fully legal Canada, indicates that prohibition can end here in a matter of time. The economic and social impact of cannabis will be significant. Wall Street’s top cannabis analyst, Vivien Azer, projects $80 billion dollars in US cannabis sales by 2030. According to CannabusinessPlan.com, legal marijuana sales are expected to reach $25 billion dollars by 2021, with 63% of sales from the recreational side of the business. From a medical perspective, the state of CT notes there are currently 33,000 medical patients registered and 1,000 physicians treating certified patients here as of today.

Panelists for The Buzz on the CannaBIZNESS:

 Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, CT Dept. of Consumer Protection - provides oversight for CT’s medical marijuana program

 Tahira Rehmatullah, Managing Director Hypur Ventures; CFO of MTech Acquisition Corp. and former GM of Marley Brands at Privateer Holdings

 Gretchen Gailey, VP KCSA Strategic Communications, Founder Panoptic Public Relations

 Marji Chimes, CMO, Coda Signature, makers of infused edibles, topicals and concentrates

 Erika Alonso - Co-Founder, CMO of Witi/Wellness Insight Technologies, unlocking the potential of cannabis via iOT and AI-enabled solutions

 Moderator - Tammy L. Ward, Managing Director, Creative Streak Studio & Dan Liu, Partner, Director of Client Services, BARN

The Fairfield County Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA-Fairfield County) is one of 75 chapters in the U.S. and Canada that make up the largest association of marketing professionals in the world with over 30,000 members. AMA-Fairfield County is dedicated to sharing best practices and trends with area marketing professionals and academics while providing networking opportunities. Advance Yourself is a series of monthly programming events whose purpose is to advance a marketer’s knowledge, career and network.


Scott Bryce Joins James and Keira Naughton in Playreading Tonight!

Tonight at Fairfield Theatre Company, a new play River Island by Elizabeth Keyser (Staples '76), featuring Westport native Scott Bryce. James and Keira Naughton play father and daughter (for the first time!), with Maria Tucci, Sonnie Brown and Chris Bolan. The play is directed by Jenna Stern (Judge Barth on SVU) of Fairfield. A few tickets still available for general seating, and the pre-show happy hour.  Hope to see you there!

For more info: https://elizabethkeyser.com/river-island/