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Plum Pudding Workshop

Westport Museum for History and Culture announces a workshop that will make your mouth water and your guests delighted. Join us on Wed., Dec. 4, from 7 to 9 pm. Our Executive Director, Ramin Ganeshram, a trained chef, food historian and award-winning cookbook author will talk about the history of plum pudding. You will make your own special mix of brandy-soaked fruit and pudding mix to take home and bake or give as a gift!  

 

No dessert says “Christmas” quite like plum pudding. This delectably moist, dessert, heady with the flavor of brandy, is a Victorian tradition that recalls the charming holidays of yore.

 

$40 per person. Reservations are required, register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Refreshments will be served. Class fee includes all materials.  


Prevu has changed the home buying landscape in Connecticut

Digital home buying platform serves as a friend in the early miles, expert in the last


There’s a new option that homebuyers in Fairfield County should be aware of, one that is bringing greater transparency, control and efficiency to the homebuying process while saving those in the market for a new home time and money.


Prevu, a customer-focused digital homebuying platform co-founded by Greenwich native, Chase Marsh, entered the Connecticut market earlier this year with the goal of modernizing the antiquated way homes are bought across Fairfield County.


“Our concept is simple,” Mr. Marsh said. “We are at a point in time where we can pretty much do everything online, yet when it came to purchasing a home, everything had to be done offline. We set out to change that.”


Founded in 2017, the New York-based real estate technology startup has spent the past two years perfecting—and simplifying—the digital homebuying experience.


Through its website, homebuyers can schedule a tour, make an offer, negotiate a purchase and close on a transaction. What’s more, the company’s expert agents are always available to answer any questions along the way while stepping in to provide more hands-on assistance during the complicated last leg of the process.


“We get that homebuying is stressful, but it shouldn’t have to be,” Marsh stated. “A majority of that stress is the result of pushy agents who rush their clients into making a decision that they don’t necessarily feel comfortable with.


“We, on the hand other, take a zero-pressure approach to homebuying. Our agents pride themselves on serving as friends in the early miles and experts in the last mile. Typically, home purchases are made during periods of happiness—be it receiving a promotion, getting married or starting a family—and we make it much easier for homebuyers to enjoy the process rather than stress over it.”


Prevu’s agents are fulltime salaried employees, which enables them to spend 100% of their time focused on customer-service rather than on lead generation. This approach is much different from traditional brokers, who work on commission and spend approximately 80 percent of their time chasing new business opportunities according to Marsh.


Prevu’s model enables the company to return two-thirds of its commission back to homebuyers via its Smart Buyer Rebate program. On average, Prevu clients receive rebates of $23,000. Marsh called the Smart Buyer Rebate a “game changer,” pointing to the median home price in Fairfield County, which, he noted, is much higher than the national average.


“We are helping homebuyers across Fairfield County increase their purchasing power, which, by nature, has some of the highest home prices in the country,” he said. “When buyers know they are going to save up to 2 percent of the purchase price after closing, it allows them to be more aggressive in their offer.”


Marsh noted the impact Prevu’s Smart Buyer rebates could return to the Connecticut economy.


“Think about it, if you use a traditional brokerage, you don’t receive any money back after closing,” he said. “With us, homebuyers receive an average rebate of $23,000. That is money you can spend to furnish part of your home, make improvements to it, or invest in something else.”


Thanksgiving Gingerbread-Baking Workshop

Join us at Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wed., Nov. 13, from 7 to 9 pm. Our Executive Director, Ramin Ganeshram, a trained chef, food historian and award-winning cookbook author will talk about the history of gingerbread.  You will make your own special gingerbread mix to take home and bake or give as a gift! 

 

Nothing quite heralds the holiday season like the delightful smell of gingerbread baking in the oven. First brought to the New World by English colonists, gingerbread recipes exist in the first American cookbook by Amelia Simmons, in Martha Washington’s Book of Cookery and from Mary Ball Washington’s (George’s mom). In the 19th century, American poet Emily Dickinson was famous throughout her town for her Gingerbread.  

 

$40 per person. Reservations are required; register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Refreshments will be served. Class fee includes all materials. 


Etching Lecture with Christopher Shore

Join the Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wed., Nov.6, from 7 to 8:30 pm, for a fascinating lecture on etching presented by master printer, Chris Shore. 

 

Durer, Rembrandt and Picasso all incised metal with acid to create images the world has never forgotten. In conjunction with the exhibition “Vision and Dignity: The Art of George Hand Wright” Shore will discuss the technique of etching using the Westport artist’s original work. Using specific examples of George Hand Wright’s, explore how this traditional process has continued into contemporary artwork.

 

Shore received his MFA in printmaking from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He has studied printmaking techniques in Venice and Florence, Italy and has shown his work internationally. His work explores many types of traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques. 

 

Online registration free for members, $5 nonmembers. Reservations are recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. 


Cultivating "Shalom Bayit" within our Intergenerational Families in Today's Challenging World

Join a conversation where we will explore positive and practical ideas to create and sustain compassionate connections within our intergenerational families.  How do we create Shalom Bayit when dealing with different personalities, developmental stages, and communication styles in our homes.

Presented by Dr. Dale Atkins, PhD author of The Kindness Advantage


Artificial Intelligence and Marketing Panel

To peer into marketing's future, don't miss two global gurus of mind science talk about emerging theories of human motivation and artificial intelligence.


On Thursday, Nov. 14, in Stamford, Conn., the American Marketing Association Southern CT Chapter hosts two global experts in neuroscience and AI to examine the intersection of how humans think, the biology that guides our actions, and how marketing tools and AI can influence behaviors. This is a must-see event for marketers, advertising executives, or anyone interested in the future tools and techniques of data science in marketing.


Marketers live in a world of emerging artificial intelligence -- from GPS navigation to Siri and Alexa voice assistants. But as science speeds forward in replicating human brains, most marketers still use old tools from the 1970s: personas, brand positioning, untested messages, manual forecasts. Pantidos and Lendenmann will unveil new solutions.

Event includes a networking party from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by speeches starting at 6:45 p.m. and panelist Q&A. Hosted at the beautiful Workpoint facility on the shoreline at 290 Harbor Drive, Stamford, Conn.


Saint Luke Church Annual Harvest Fair and Shabby Chic Boutique

The Harvest Fair will feature fine vendors and holiday gift items, the Shabby Chic Boutique, and Daisy's Café.  Admission is free and all proceeds will benefit charity.

Nov. 16 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Nov. 17 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Saint Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, Westport 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION



costumeFEST - Zombie flashMOB and Festivities with CT Theater Dance


CostumeFEST is BACK by popular demand this Halloween season! Last year, Westporters loved learning Michael Jackson’s THRILLER choreography and getting made up like *ZOMBIES* to parade around Westport as a ghastly flashMOB of family fun! We’re excited to bring back this awesome event and add a few more stops along the way!

TICKETS are $25 and include all your zombie essentials! *PLUS!* mini-monsters and teenage werewolves are invited to try our dance classes all morning long for FREE!

Day of SPOOKTACULAR fun!  BRING YOUR FRIEND for A FUN FREE CLASSES!

Free dance classes at CTD studios (wear your halloween costumes & get a treat!)  

Elementary/Middle School:

9:30-10:15 IMPROV (intermediate level)

10:15-11:00 HIP HOP (intermediate level)

11:00-12:00 Halloween Ballet (intermediate level)

Kindergarten & Pre-K:

9:30-10:15 Mommy & Me

10:15-11:00 Intro Ballet (3-6 yrs)

11:00-11:45 Primary Ballet (5-9yrs)

Everyone! 1:00-2:30 @ TD Bank Westport: learn Thriller Choreography! 2:30-4:00 GET ZOMBIED, hair, make-up, costume experience 4:30-6:30 flashMOB Stew Leonards, Winged Monkey, Westport Main Street 6:30-8:00 after party Halloween BASH TD Bank Westport

SIGN UP HERE! The undead can multiply quickly… claim your spot before it’s gone!


Toy Drive at The Toy Post

Filling in the Blanks fights childhood hunger by providing children in need with meals on the weekends. In December, more than 2,200 kids in the Filling in the Blanks Weekend Meal Program will be given a brand-new backpack (valued at $40 each) filled with special items for the holidays— including a new toy, book, gloves, hat, socks, toiletries, pancake mix/syrup, etc. 


From now until November 7, you can help fill these backpacks by participating in the toy drive at Westport’s The Toy Post (180 Post Rd East). Look for the FITB Toy Box, purchase a preselected toy, and add some joy to a child’s holiday this year. Thank you!


To learn more about Filling in the Blanks, visit fillingtheblanks.org.


SIP & SAVOR Wine Tasting Fundraiser on November 16, 2019

SIP & SAVOR 2019, a wine tasting fundraiser event, will be held on Saturday, November 16, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at The Westport Woman's Club (44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT).  A wide variety of wines, provided by Castle Wine & Spirits, will be available for tasting, as well as an array of hors d’oeuvres by Gruel Britannia.  Live classical music, provided by the Con Fuoco quartet, and prize drawings will be part of this festive evening as well.  Profits from the evening will benefit community grants to Fairfield County non-profit organizations, need-based college scholarships for high school seniors, as well as the WWC Food Closet, that serves those in need within our community.   A percentage of all SIP & SAVOR wine orders placed that evening will be donated by Castle Wine to the WWC fundraising effort. 

Event Co-Chairs, Christina McVaney and Gloria Smithson, suggest guests bring their shopping lists and order needed wines for Thanksgiving, December holiday events, hostess gifts and gift giving, as all SIP & SAVOR wine orders will support WWC charitable causes.

Tickets are $50.00 in advance and available at www.westportwomansclub.org.  Ticket sales for this wine tasting fundraiser are open to the public (21 years of age or older).  Businesses and individuals interested in program ads and/or sponsorships, highlighted in the SIP & SAVOR event brochure, should visit the WWC website for more details before November 01.

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.