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WWC SPRING FASHION SHOW - An Invitation for March 23, 2019

The Westport Woman’s Club is inviting the public to a Spring Fashion Show on Saturday, March 23 at 11:00 am at the WWC clubhouse (44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT).  Purchase your ticket and attend this WWC luncheon and fundraiser to see the latest in spring fashion, modeled by men, women and children from our local community.

Your ticket includes a noon luncheon, modeled spring fashions from local Westport vendors “Splash of Pink” and “Southern Tide”, an array of silent auction items, a pop-up store opening at 11:00 am, and more.  Event Chair, Ana Hitri, shares that all fashion and auction item purchases at the Spring Fashion Show event will support WWC charitable causes within Fairfield County.

Tickets are $50.00 each and available at www.westportwomansclub.org  (under 18 years, tickets are $30.00 each).  Ticket sales for this event are open to the public. 

Businesses and individuals interested in event sponsorships, highlighted in the Spring Fashion Show event brochure, should visit the WWC website for details before March 15.

Visit www.westportwomansclub.org for additional information on the WWC Spring Fashion Show event, or to see a roster of the 26 non-profit organizations that received grants from the Westport Woman’s Club in 2018 (listed on the website’s “Community Services” page); 2019 grants are being finalized now and will be awarded by the Westport Woman’s Club later this spring. 

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.


Westport Woman's Club Soliciting Applications for Adult Woman Scholarship Award

The Westport Woman’s Club is offering a Scholarship to an outstanding woman enrolled in a post-secondary educational program. The award will be based on financial need and applicant goals upon program completion. Applications are due by March 29, 2019. Additional information and a scholarship application are available at www.westportwomansclub.org.  Please call the Westport Woman’s Club at 203-227-4240 if you have any questions.

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.



Saugatuck Socials at Westport Historical Society

The Westport Historical Society began in Saugatuck in 1889. We invite you to join us from 6 to 7 pm on any or all 4 evenings (see schedule below) to share stories, poems, historic essays and music with the rest of our community. Members will read interesting historical documents aloud or shared local stories. Listen as others present original works or pre-selected pieces from history such as the Declaration of Independence or the Gettysburg Address.

Our 2019 schedule is: Thursday, March 14 Women’s History, Thursday, June 6 D-Day, Thursday, September 26 and Friday, December 19 – Yule Stories. 

 

For this month’s gathering we’ll perform arguments both for and against women’s suffrage, featuring actors Kimberly Wilson and Greg Poretta.

 

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Students $5 with ID. No charge for children 5 and under.

 

Reservations are recommended, register online or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Tickets are nonrefundable. Light refreshments will be served.


Tuesday Treasures at Westport Historical Society

Ever see “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 historical society from 6 to 7 pm, the first Tues. of each month starting in March. WHS will 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.


Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Students $5 with ID. No charge for children 5 and under.


Reservations are recommended, register online or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Tickets are nonrefundable.



2019 Schedule: March 5th , April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, September 3rd, October 1st, November 5th and December 3rd



“Storytime” with Choral Chameleon

The award-winning 10-voice vocal ensemble, Choral Chameleon, returns to Westport to take you on a whimsical journey through the magic of choral storytelling.  The performance will take place at The Unitarian Church in Westport, located at 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30pm.  Tickets, $20 for adults and $10 for 18 and under can be purchased online at https://uuwestport.org/choral-chameleon-concert/ or at the door.

Harnessing powerful commentary in the style of the Greek chorus combined with the beauty and empathy of human singing, this unique performance will narrate rich life stories, of both a sacred and a secular ilk, through the lenses of composers from across five centuries, including: Mateo Flecha el Viejo, Josquin des Prez, The Beatles, and others.

The program will also feature two new commissions: “Footnotes to a History of Music” by 2018-2019 Composer-In-Residence, Dale Trumbore and an arrangement of “The Gambler” by the band FUN by Michelle Coladonato. Mark your calendar now for a concert experience you won’t forget!

About Choral Chameleon

Choral Chameleon is a choir known for championing new music for voices, programming multiple musical genres together and for frequently presenting their programs with non-traditional staging. The company has premiered over 150 original compositions and arrangements to date.

The culture of the organization marries informality, loving support and joyful curiosity, with the expectation of solidly technical musicianship, constant learning and openness towards the unexpected.

Choral Chameleon was the 2015 recipient of Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and, in recognition of his work with Choral Chameleon over the past decade, Director Vince Peterson was the 2018 recipient of the Chorus America Louis Botto Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Zeal.

www.choralchameleon.com






“A Journey” Musical One-Woman Show

“A JOURNEY…” by Kimberly Wilson is an intimate look at the African American experience told through the eyes of African American women as performed by one woman, professional actress and singer Kimberly Wilson. This will be presented by Westport Historical Society on Thursday, March 7, from 6 to 8:15 pm.

 

A Westport resident, Ms. Wilson skillfully tells of the struggles and influence of Black womanhood with strength, dignity and pride and in perfect lockstep with the history of the United States.  Eight women, eight pivotal generations, present to you their stories through song, movement and dialogue and how ultimately their faith, hope, and calling help shape the America we know today. Joyful celebrations and painful reflections are rendered artistically to tell a story of persistence and courage and how womanhood, not always intricately woven into the tapestry of American history, is the thread that holds together the fabric of American life.  

 

Included in this journey are historical reflections from a Native African Queen, an Enslaved Woman, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and Westport’s own Lyzette Hyde Monroe and more. 

 

Tickets:  $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Day of price: $20 

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

 


Ale to the Chief!

Toast President Washington on his 287th birthday on Friday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 pm, with his favorite libation and nibbles! Join WHS as we serve ale made from Washington’s own recipe as well as Madeira–his drink of choice. Food of the kind the first president would have enjoyed will be served. WHS Presidential Ale produced courtesy of Full Moon Brewing and Charter Oaks Brewing Company and Madeira wine, courtesy of Black Bear Wine & Spirits. Food prepared from colonial recipes by Westport’s own Four Brothers restaurant.  

 

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

 

Tickets:  $50 for members, $60 for non-members. Day of price is $75. 

 

Reservations are recommended, purchase tickets online or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Tickets are nonrefundable

 


Liberty To Set Down: Migrants and Immigrants in Westport thru July 31

Westport Historical Society’s (WHS) new exhibit “Liberty To Set Down: Migrants and Immigrants in Westport Connecticut” is produced in collaboration with The Westport Library. The exhibit explores the contributions of those who settled in Westport from its earliest days to the present. The exhibit title comes from the original land grant given to the Bankside Farmers in the 17th century in what is today Greens Farms. 

 

From its earliest settlement in 1648 in the parish of Greens Farms, the area that was to become Westport has been a crossroads of cultural expression. Westport Historical Society and The Westport Library explore how immigrants have long woven the fabric of the town in its exhibit Liberty To Set Down:  Migrants and Immigrants in Westport Connecticut.  Westport’s immigration story began with the first Europeans who wrested the land from Native People to the forced immigration of enslaved Africans to the later waves of Irish, German, Italian and Polish immigrants of the 19th century to a wide and varied immigration story of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Exhibit continues through July 31st, 2019.

 

WHS new hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; closed Sunday and Monday.

 


Free Young Persons Concert

Music for Youth and Pequot Library will be presenting a FREE YOUNG PERSONS CONCERT featuring cellist Yves YVES DHARAMRAJ and pianist PHILIP EDWARD FISHER at Pequot Library, (720 Pequot Ave Southport)  2 pm March 2nd, 2019 .

If you are a member of a string orchestra, a chamber musician and/or a lover of music, you are going to want to come to this Young Persons’ Concert featuring the versatile and dynamic cellist Yves Dharamraj and his talented accompanist Philip Edward Fisher.  This youth centric one-hour program will highlight works for cello and piano with a twist.  Adults attending without children are asked to make a goodwill donation that helps to sustain future music programs.  Doors will open at 1:40 pm.  For more information about the concert and musicians visit musicforyouth.net.  Registration is suggested but not required. A master class for advanced cellists will follow the performance.   Please call 203-254-0123 for more information. 


Westport Woman's Club Accepting Proposals for 2019 Ruegg Grant

The Ruegg Grant Committee of the Westport Woman's Club invites local non-profit organizations to apply by Friday, March 8, 2019, for up to $10,000 in one-time funding for a 2019 project. Submitted proposals should be high-profile initiatives that make a meaningful difference in the Westport community.

This grant, established in 1995 by an endowment left to the club by former member Lea Ruegg, considers an annual grant to a deserving organization’s project that enhances social services, health, safety, the arts or education.  Recent Ruegg Grant beneficiaries include the Westport Astronomical Society, Project Return, Earthplace and Wakeman Town Farm.

Visit the Westport Woman's Club website - http://www.westportwomansclub.org -to access the 2019 Ruegg Grant Application on the “Community Services”  page.

Community groups with impactful and meaningful projects for this year should submit their completed project proposals and relevant financial information by Friday, March 8, 2019 to the following address:  Westport Woman’s Club, c/o  Ruegg Grant Committee, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT 06880

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.  The WWC’s signature fundraisers are its year-round Curio Cottage thrift shop and annual Yankee Doodle Fair, held each June on the clubhouse grounds.

Other forms of the Westport Woman’s Club “here and near” philanthropy include local community service grants, need-based college scholarships for Staples High School seniors, food closet (in partnership with Westport Human Services), annual Canal Park luncheon, subsidized rent for CT Braille, Bedford Hall usage grants for nonprofits, and many hours of volunteer service.

To learn more about the Westport Woman’s Club or to join as a member in 2019, visit http://www.westportwomansclub.org or call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.