Where Westport Meets the World

Winter Solstice Service and Labyrinth Walk

Please join us as we mark the longest night of the year and the passage into winter with this sacred and ancient tradition. 

A time for deep reflection, letting go, and setting intentions for the new year, at Winter Solstice we celebrate the return of the light and renew our hope for the future. For those who wish, we are beginning at 4:00 pm with a short Worship Service to cast the circle and call in the light followed by a walking of the Labyrinth from 4:30-7:00.

Guidance will be provided to those who are new to the practice of walking the labyrinth. In the lobby, there will be tables for quiet reflection, materials for reading about the solstice/labyrinth and meditative coloring and finger labyrinth pages. 

The Longest Night Service Coming to UMC Westport & Weston Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 7-8pm

Do hope and joy feel out of reach? Are you sad, struggling, overwhelmed, uninspired, or in a daze? You are not alone!

Join our service of hope and healing for all who seek comfort in the Christmas season. We offer a space to rest, reflect and find solace in a gathering of God's people. You are invited to join us for a service of music, prayer and silence by the glow of candlelight, as we acknowledge the many emotions of the season.

Ale to the Chief: Washington Beer Bash

Toast President Washington on his 288th birthday with his favorite libation and nibbles! Join Westport Museum on Sat., Feb. 22, from 6 to 7:30pm, as we serve ale made from Washington’s own recipe as well as Madeira–his drink of choice. Food that the first president would have enjoyed will be served.

There will also be drawings to win a growler of Presidential Ale and a signed copy of Executive Director, Ramin Ganeshram’s historical novel The General’s Cook, about George Washington’s enslaved celebrity chef, Hercules.

Tickets are:  $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Day of price is $35. 

Reservations are recommended, purchase tickets online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.


Valentine Making Drop-in

Join us at the Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wed., Feb. 12, from 3:30 to 5:30pm, for a free Drop-in program to create a valentine for a friend, family member or partner! Suitable for all ages, this free program encourages each of us to send a token of appreciation to someone we care about.  We also encourage cards to be left with us to bring to a local senior center to share the love.

In our parlor learn a bit more about greeting cards sent during the Victorian period and the secret love language of the fan.

Registration online is recommended at www.westporthistory.org; there is no charge for this program.

“Dragon Lady: The Life of Sigrid Schulz” Exhibition Opening

Be among the first to experience Westport Museum’s newest exhibit “Dragon Lady” exploring the life and legacy of Westporter Sigrid Schulz.  Join us on Monday, Jan. 20, from 4:30 to 6:30pm for the opening. Light refreshments will be served. 

Born in Chicago in 1893, war correspondent Schulz was bureau chief for Central Europe The Chicago Tribune in the years leading up to World War II and the first woman to hold that position for a major news service. Fluent in German, Schultz was stationed in Berlin where she witnessed the rise of the country’s National Socialism (Nazi) Party and was acutely aware of the danger the party and its leader, Hitler, posed to the world. Filing her most sensitive stories from various European cities under a pseudonym so as not to jeopardize her entrée behind the scenes of the Third Reich, Schulz was a masterful investigative reporter, and her dispatches provided critical intelligence about Germany’s wartime plans. Nazi party leader Herman Göring called Schultz “the dragon lady of Chicago” and attempted to eliminate her more than once. After being wounded in an Allied Air Raid, Schulz returned to the United States to reside in Westport with her mother, remaining in the town for more than four decades until her death. 

Genealogy FUN-damentals: Services—to buy or not to buy?

Come to Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from noon to 1 pm.  Brown bag your lunch and learn the basics of DIY Genealogy from acclaimed WHS’ Archives Manager Sara Krasne!

Learn more about the ins and outs of doing family research on your own, resources you’re familiar with along with lesser known avenues of discovery.

We will explore the question—do you need to buy a genealogy service? Pros and cons of services and comparisons between Ancestry and other companies will be delved into—as well as introductions to free online resources for which you don’t need to use a paid service. 

Bringing a laptop is highly recommended, but handouts of materials will be available in limited quantities.

Cost: $15. Next class will take place Mar. 11, 2020. 

Pre-registration recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.

Holiday Networking Party for Marketers - with PowerMatch! Speed Networking

Marketers, set yourself up for the new year right with this amazing AMA marketing networking party! Join the American Marketing Association's annual event for speed-networking, making new contacts and friends, and celebrating a hard-won 2019 with wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres.

PowerMatch!, a favorite “speed-networking” component of CT Tech Council events for years, starts the evening off at 5:30. This one-hour session, limited to just 20 attendees, is free with your admission to the main event. Please make sure to order a ticket for this pre-game session. If you're looking for a career change or to expand your marketing network, don't miss PowerMatch!

Drinks flow and hors d'oeuvres are passed beginning at 6:30 pm.

All this is happening at the fabulous and centrally located Stamford Sheraton Hotel, 700 East Main Street, Stamford. AMA membership not required.

While you’re toasting the year, please meet American Marketing Association board members and talk to them if interested in joining our leadership board in the year ahead. We are recruiting for the 2020-21 season (starts summer 2020) for thought leaders to plan monthly events on the future of marketing and to help build your skills and career. Cheers, and come have fun!

Sponsored by Mediassociates, an advertising media strategy and analytics agency; Alphagraphics, a leader in marketing print production; Wunderland, leaders in executive and employee recruitment; Austin Lawrence, experts in content marketing and B2B marketing strategy; and Think Altamira.

5:30 - 6:30 PowerMatch! Speed networking hosted by Mike Scricca (formerly of CT Tech Council)

6:30 - 9:00 AMA Holiday Party


DENIZENS - People of a Place

At #1 Main Street, Westport, a presentation of some of our most noteworthy DENIZENS from interesting places and for intriguing reasons.

The Nields Return to Westport’s Voices Café on December 7

The Nields- Nerissa and Katryna- have been lauded for their gorgeous, lilting, sibling harmonies, their wise, classic, folk/pop songs, their hilarious banter on stage, and their generosity and warmth in performance and engagement with their fans.

After a 5 year absence, they’re bringing their “masterful mix of modern folk with an alternative edge” music (Minneapolis Star Tribune) back to Westport’s Voices Cafe on Saturday, December 7 at 8:00pm.

Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.  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-nields/.  Doors open at 7:30.

Sing Out! Magazine wrote of the Nields, “Imagine if Natalie Merchant had a sister with an equally good voice singing perfect harmony with her…intimate and electric.”  Well you don’t have to imagine this just come and experience the Nields.

New United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston Website Up for the Holidays

The United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston just launched its new responsive design website in time for the holiday season. Learn about the church's "All are Welcome" philosophy, the diverse offerings for both young and old, and the full array of planned activities for the holiday season. Visit https://westportumc.org/