Where Westport Meets the World

Plum Pudding Workshop

Registration for our first plum pudding workshop was quickly filled, so we are adding an additional one for you!

Westport Museum for History and Culture announces a workshop that will make your mouth water and your guests delighted. Join us on Wed., Dec. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 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.  

Bridging Divides in 2020: A Community Concert for Harmony & Wholeness

These days, our country is bitterly divided; compassion seems in short supply. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s dream about how we might co-create wholeness and harmony in 2020! At this multi-faith funky folk music concert, Billy Jonas will entertain us with genre-bending, style-blending singalongs, soundscapes, and improvisations.  This musically rich, thought-provoking, and inspirational evening is for everyone, regardless of age or cultural background. This event is co-sponsored by Temple Israel Westport, Westport Weston Clergy Association, Interfaith Council of Westport & Weston, Federation of Upper Fairfield County, and Team Westport.

Location: Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport

Tickets: tiwestport.org/billyjonas

The Nutcracker Ballet at the Westport Playhouse

Presented by the Greenwich Conservatory of Classical Ballet under artistic direction of Liudmila Polonskaya. Wonderful holiday performing arts event for all ages. This event is family and senior friendly (The Playhouse is ADA compliant). Student, senior and active military discounts are available. Children with student tickets will have the opportunity to take a photo with Clara and /or a cast member following the Sunday 4PM show and Monday 3:30PM show. Ticketing info at www.gccballet.com 


Wreath Making Workshop

Join Westport Museum for History and Culture on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for a holiday workshop in wreath making!

Sara Shaw, a floral designer at Hedge, will lead you in this creative activity.  Materials for the wreath including frame, greens and seasonal fauna will be complimented by your own ornaments and items from home. Enjoy complimentary wine and light refreshments while weaving your holiday decoration.

Tickets are $40 and include all materials and tools, professional instruction and refreshments.

Space is limited to 10 people per class. Reservations are required, register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.

Seasonal Centerpiece Workshop

Every holiday table brings loved ones together and what’s better at your holiday gathering than a beautiful centerpiece! Join Sara Shaw, a professional floral designer, in one of two workshops creating seasonal centerpieces.

Attend either the 10 am or 11 am workshop on Saturday, Dec. 14; bring your own embellishments to add to your centerpiece.

Tickets are $30 and include all materials and tools, professional instruction and complimentary light breakfast fair.

Space is limited to 10 people per class. Reservations are required, online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.

Pre-Hanukkah Celebration with IDF Soldiers

Westport, CT Thursday December 12th , 7:00 PM at Chabad of Westport.

FIDF and Chabad of Westport will be hosting a Pre-Hanukkah Celebration with IDF Soldiers

The event is open to the public. Admission is 18$ Sponsorship is available for 180$. 

Join us for an evening of holiday foods along with a fascinating discussion with Brig. General Amir Keren Israeli Air Force Attache to the United States.
For security purposes, RSVP is required.

Chabad of Westport serves the communities of Westport, Wilton, Weston and Norwalk. The Chabad Center formerly known as The Three Bears, has now been transformed into a center of experience, timelessness, tradition, heritage, and culture.

If you would like more information about this event, please call us at 203-226-8584 , or visit our website at www.chabadofwestport.com

"SOUNDS FOR A STARRY NIGHT" Concert and Reception, December 6, 2019

Sounds for a Starry Night, a salon-style chamber concert and reception, blending classical music, poetry and song, returns to The Westport Woman’s Club, Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Featured performers include two Russian-born Westport favorites:  internationally acclaimed concert violinist, Igor Pikayzen, and his mother, classical pianist Tatyana Pikayzen. They plan works by Alexander Glazunov, Cesar Franck and Felix Mendelssohn.

Grandson of legendary Soviet violinist Viktor Pikayzen, Igor was born in Moscow, Russia.  Since his concert debut with the Moscow Philharmonic at age eight, Pikayzen—now a graduate of Staples HS, Juilliard, Yale and CUNY--has performed with major orchestras in Europe, Asia, North and South America, garnered numerous competitive awards and has a growing discography.  The Westport Arts Advisory Committee presented its Horizon Award to him, as an outstanding Westport artist under age 30 with a national/international reputation.  Praised by critics and audiences alike for his astounding technical ability and majestically lush tone, Mr. Pikayzen is one of his generation’s most promising young artists. 

Tatyana Pikayzen—the “Paganini of the keyboard”-- has performed to tremendous critical acclaim across three continents.  A top prize winner at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, she has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and has a substantial discography. 

Completing the evening’s distinguished chamber ensemble is the bold, rich sound of award-winning Israeli-born cellist, Michael Katz, a graduate of New England Conservatory, Juilliard and SUNY Stony Brook. Punctuating the instrumental musical segments, Casey Rose Clark will perform a vocal interlude.  Miggs Burroughs and Westport Poet Laureate Diane Meyer Lowman will deliver brief opening recitations of verse.

Major sponsors of this Sounds for a Starry Night fundraiser are the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center and Weichert, Realtors-Madison and Post. Tickets for this live concert and reception in an intimate, festive setting are $50 ($25 for students).   Seating is limited. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.westportwomansclub.org.  Proceeds from Sounds for a Starry Night will benefit need-based college scholarships for Staples High School seniors. 

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.  Westport residency is not required for WWC membership.  For information, please call the WWC Office at 203-227-4240. 

Celebrating the Feminine in Our Sacred Texts

Three women faith leaders- Jewish, Christian, and Muslim - will discuss the pivotal, often overshadowed, role of women in their ancient sacred texts and reflect on the relevance of those texts for women and men in today’s interfaith world.

Rabbi Elana Nemitoff-Breiser, Temple Israel, Westport

Reverend Heather Sinclair, The United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston

Dr. Mahjabeen Hassan, (AMWA) American Muslim Women Association

Moderator: Reverend Alison Patton, Saugatuck Congregational Church

Heather Pierson Trio at Voices Cafe

If you’re looking to hear a trio with immense range -- old-school jazz, folk, pop, classical, Americana – prodigious talent on a variety of instruments - keyboards, brass, all sorts of strings - and intricate instrumental arrangements with stirring three-part vocal harmonies, then look no more.  It’s the Heather Person Acoustic Trio performing at Voices Café on Saturday, November 16 at 8 pm. 

Purchase tickets here:

Watch Heather Pierson Trio here

Seating is cabaret style (at tables) and table reservations

(minimum 4 people) are accepted by contacting

David Vita at 203.227.7205 x14 or david@uuwestport.org. Doors open at 7:30.

Dessert and coffee available for purchase. 



Fairfield County Chorale performs Mozart's Mass in C Minor


DECEMBER 8TH at 3PM • Norwalk Concert Hall • Norwalk, CT

The Fairfield County Chorale kicks off its 57th season with Mozart’s Mass in C minor and celebration pieces by members of the Bach family: “Jauchzet, Frohlocket!,” Part 1 of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Heilig by his second son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Magnificat in C major by Johann Christian Bach, his youngest son. The program inhabits the experimental musical territory between High Baroque (circa 1750) and High Classicism (circa 1780), threading its way from rococo to romantic, decorative to more modern.

The performance is on Sunday, December 8, 3PM, Norwalk Concert Hall,

125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. $5 for students. Group rates are available. To purchase tickets online, visit the Chorale’s website at fairfieldcountychorale.org.