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Where Westport Meets the World

Bike for Brain Health at JoyRide in Westport

Advanced Concussion Solutions  is partnering with JoyRide in Westport to raise money for the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut.  By donating $35.00 you can help the Brain Injury Alliance of CT to provide support and counseling to traumatic brain victims and their families throughout Connecticut.  8 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury every year, and 3.8 million Americans are diagnosed with concussions.  Traumatic brain injury disables SIX times more people each year than spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, and breast cancer combined. An estimated 5.3 million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of TBI. Join us on February 8th to raise money for this important cause by registering online with Joyride in Westport.




The Connecticut Guitar Festival's "Weekend Kickoff Concert" at The Westport Library

Suzuki Music Schools presents the 2020 Connecticut Guitar Festival. The festival officially begins on February 7th at 7pm, with a "Weekend Kickoff Concert" featuring internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Mak Grgic, jazz legend Joe Carter, and world music duo 'Instruments of the People' at Westport Library. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10.00 and on sale now at www.connecticutguitarfestival.com


Super Bowl Ad Preview Party! Marketers Give a Sneak Peek

Want a sneak peek at this year's amazing Super Bowl ads? Don't miss the annual American Marketing Association party -- hosted at the Half Full Brewery in Stamford -- where we share beer, hors d'oeuvres, and expert panelists who will dissect the ad strategy behind this year's TV spot hits.

You'll see the TV ads before anyone, share some laughs, and learn the deeper strategy that makes Super Bowl spots tick!

Panelists include:

Bob Knorpp, director of strategic marketing and consulting, The Cool Beans Group. Bob leads one of the ad industry's top podcasts, The Beancast, and in his career has consulted with brands such as Visa, Mars, Capital One, and Novartis. He's an expert at assessing the strategy under the hood of advertising.

Kristien Del Ferraro, director, brand strategy & ideation at iHeartMedia / Premier Networks. Kristien is a marketing guru who connects strategy with entertainment, and has hobnobbed with celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Steve Harvey, Mario Lopez and Delilah. An expert in digital, social and broadcast, she'll connect the dots of how Super Bowl creative spots will ripple through culture.

Matt Ryan, CEO, Roth Ryan Hayes. Talk about expertise! Matt has consulted on digital innovation and business strategy for The National Football League and led creative strategy for brands such as BMW USA. Former chairman NY / global chief marketing officer for Havas Worldwide, he brings decades of knowledge to diagnose the question: What are this year's Super Bowl advertisers thinking?

Alicia Weaver, executive director, offline activation at Mediassociates. Alicia is an expert in television media planning, with 15 years' experience targeting TV spots for national brands. She'll assess the media placement and audience targeting strategy behind the Super Bowl communications. Because at the end of this game, it's all about reaching the right audience.

Are you coming? Don't miss this -- whether you're a marketer, an agency guru or just an advertising fan, this is the biggest and best event of our regional American Marketing Association season. Event is sponsored by the American Marketing Association Southern CT Chapter. AMA membership not required. Sponsored by Mediassociates, AlphaGraphics, Wunderland, Austin Lawrence and Think Altamira.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/super-bowl-ad-preview-party-marketers-give-a-sneak-peek-tickets-89138350205


Vance Gilbert’s Unbridled Joy Returns to Voices Cafe

On Saturday, January 25 at 8:00pm Vance Gilbert, a house favorite, makes his third appearance at Westport’s Voices Café.  Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.

This show follows the release of his latest CD the day before so some new Vance will surely be in the offering!

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/vance-gilbert/ or $30 at the door.  Doors open at 7:30.

Vance is an eclectic folk singer who performs heartbreaking songs mixed in with a razor wit guaranteeing the audience an emotional roller coaster ride of emotions and musical styles.  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote that he possessed, “…the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god…”

Gilbert is well-known for his storytelling prowess and audience rapport.  He credits his ability to read and connect with the audience to his days touring with comics like Paul Reiser and George Carlin.

“I’ve learned more from the great comics than music people when it comes to live performance,” said Gilbert, “if you’re not paying attention from backstage to what these guys are doing, you are not doing your homework.”

While firmly established in the folk community Gilbert references a broad musical repertoire that may intersperse rock, jazz, soul or the blues with folk on any given night. Hence the eclectic nature of his performances.

He credits his range going back to his days at Connecticut College.  Gilbert said, “I mean, that's where I got to hear everything from Parliament Funkadelic to Bonnie Raitt, and everything in between. You know, Keith Jarrett and Leo Kotke. I was really lucky.”

Connecticut College is also where he learned to play guitar and where he wrote his first songs. Early attempts were, he said, “horrific” but he kept at it. His early zeal for songwriting even caused him to fail, of all things, a poetry class taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet William Meredith.

“I kept bringing in songs,” Gilbert explained, “and he pulled me aside at the end of the semester and said ‘you know Vance, professionally I’m failing you for the class because you did not write poetry for me. You were busy trying to put music to things that were not complete.’”

From there Vance moved to Boston and worked as a cook and a multicultural arts teacher until he started knocking 'em dead at open mikes in the vibrant Boston folk scene; then on to New York City where a fortunate meeting with Shawn Colvin led to an invitation to be a special guest on her Fat City national tour where Vance took audiences by storm across the country.

Over a dozen accomplished albums later, with his latest being released the day before his Voices Café appearance, Vance continues to refine his unlikely union of humor, virtuosity, and the unexpected. Whether with classic, original songwriting or ageless interpretations of covers, his is a presentation steeped in deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and contagious, unbridled joy - inarguably the blue ribbons that tie and seal the seemingly impossible package that is ... VANCE GILBERT.



Curio Cottage Thrift Shop Hosts "Sweetheart of a Sale" ~ February 10-15, 2020

The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop, operated by The Westport Woman’s Club, will be offering a 50% off storewide sale from February 10-15, 2020.  Do you need a fresh idea for your favorite Valentine?  Why not buy a pitcher with character and fill it with fresh roses?  Or a unique bowl to fill with chocolates?  Or wine glasses, then add champagne?  Heartfelt possibilities for the thrifty abound at the Curio Cottage Thrift Shop’s half-price, storewide "Sweetheart of a Sale."  

The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop offers an ever-changing array of donated glassware, tableware, vases, platters, frames, jewelry, kitchen items, collectibles and so much more.  Weekly hours of operation are Monday from 1-4pm, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday from 10am-3pm, and Saturday from 11am-2pm (closed Tuesday and Sunday).   This thrift shop is located adjacent to the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT.

The Curio Cottage, opened in 1999, operates year-round and has contributed over $500,000 in support of the philanthropic mission of the Westport Woman’s Club, which includes direct grants and services to non-profit organizations and charities throughout Fairfield County.  All of the shop merchandise is donated, and tax receipts are available for your welcomed donations. 

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 become a member, please call the office at 203-227-4240.


February Break VACATION FUN!

Greens Farms Elementary School

Bricks 4 Kidz®: LEGO® Jurassic Brick Land [grades K–3] Show us your building skills using our specialized project kits and come to learn, build and play!


Game Time Camp [grades K–5]  The perfect chance to get out those cabin-fever blues with activities in a safe, structured environment.


Staples HS

American Red Cross Babysitters Certification [ages 11–15] Earn your Certification in one day!


Happy Trees! Bob Ross Painting [ages 14+] Learn the Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique with a certified Instructor!


Kempo Academy Revolution [grades K-5] Join Kempo for a great time with fun, Martial Arts-based activities - OFFERED AT AN OFFSITE LOCATION*

https://www.westportsummerschool.com/CourseCatalog/classesByTopic.asp?CategoryID=607


February Break VACATION FUN!

Greens Farms Elementary School

Bricks 4 Kidz®: LEGO® Jurassic Brick Land [grades K–3] Show us your building skills using our specialized project kits and come to learn, build and play!


Game Time Camp [grades K–5]  The perfect chance to get out those cabin-fever blues with activities in a safe, structured environment.


Staples HS

American Red Cross Babysitters Certification [ages 11–15] Earn your Certification in one day!


Happy Trees! Bob Ross Painting [ages 14+] Learn the Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique with a certified Instructor!


Kempo Academy Revolution [grades K-5] Join Kempo for a great time with fun, Martial Arts-based activities. 


https://www.westportsummerschool.com/CourseCatalog/classesByTopic.asp?CategoryID=607


Sisterhood and its Discontents: Suffragists and Antisuffragists in the Age of Total War, 1914-1924

In the years leading up to the Nineteenth Amendment, Addie Hunton (1866-1943), Eleanor Egan Franklin (1879-1925) and Helen S. Harmon-Brown represented the diversity of positions women brought to the issue of women’s suffrage during a tumultuous decade.

Join us at the Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 8 pm for a fascinating look at this topic. Through the parallel lives of these three women, this discussion with Westport author Dr. Sharmistha Roy Chowdhury highlights the contestations of ideals and the forgotten politics of race and class in the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Addie Hunton was one of the first African American women recruited by the YWCA and volunteered in 1918 to serve segregated African American soldiers in France. Hunton’s support for women’s rights to vote merged with her war experiences and took her towards the politics of Pan-Americanism. Eleanor Egan Franklin was a war reporter whose war travels eventually tempered her anti-suffragist outlook. Helen S. Harman-Brown was the editor of The Reply, the New Canaan-based anti-suffragist magazine and remained ardently anti-suffragist.

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. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form.


 



Tuesday Treasures: Ground Hog Day

Join the staff of the Westport Museum on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6:30 to 7:30pm as they 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.

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.  



Model Drawing at Westport Museum

Join us at the Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wed., Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8pm as you enjoy an evening at sketching a live model in period costume and enjoy a drink on us! Hear a brief introduction about the costume being worn by our model and then have time to sketch or paint.

An easel and stool for each attendee and limited drawing materials will be provided, all other materials are to be brought with the participants.

A flat fee of $5 per participant. Please register online at www.westporthistory.org to reserve your spot or call (203) 222-1424 x5.