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First Light Festival

Join Westport Museum for History and Culture for a night of family fun on New Year’s Eve for events at the museum and around town. The 2nd Annual First Light Festival celebrates the dawning of the New Year and will include many of the beloved activities that Westporters and visitors have enjoyed in years past including carriage rides, face painting, tarot readings, a warming fire, live music and much more!

Activities take place from 4 pm until 10pm.  Locations and activity details coming soon!

Buttons are $10 online at www.westporthistory.org or $15 at the door. No charge for children 2 years old and under. Please pick up buttons at the Westport Museum!

Jingle Bell Rock Family Day: Special Appearance by Santa Claus!

We’re gonna rock around the museum! Bring the whole family to the Westport Museum for History and Culture on Sat., Dec. 14, to discover the diverse holiday traditions Westporters celebrate. From 10 am to 4 pm, take part in a variety of crafts and activities, take a ride through town in a horse-drawn carriage, and sit for a silhouette as a holiday gift.* Finally, get a selfie with Santa!

Online pre-registration $15 for individual members, $20 for non-members, groups of four $50 for members, $65 for nonmembers. Reservations are recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.

*Silhouettes are available for an extra material fee.

Chabad of Westport will be hosting Rabbi Dr Laibl Wolf

[Westport,CT , November 19th] — Chabad of Westport will be hosting Rabbi Dr Laibl Wolf on November 19th.Internationally acclaimed author, psychologist and spiritual mentor Rabbi Dr Laibl Wolf, from Australia, will speak on Meditation Skills For An Anxiety-Free life ,How To Nurture Inner Peace And Wellness Daily.

The event is open to the public. Admission is 25$

Rabbi Dr Wolf provides training tools drawn from contemporary psychology as well as from the ancient wisdom teachings of Kabbalah to assist people to live fulfilling lives in a world that is not always kind and understanding.

Lectures in over 65 cities a year, training people in the discipline of mind consciousness and emotional intelligence through positive psychology, mindfulness and the ancient wisdom of Kabbalah. He is a psychologist, lawyer, and Hassidic Rabbi as well as a successful author. His best selling Random House-published personal growth text, Practical Kabbalah has been translated into many languages and is considered the finest text on the layman’s understanding of the psycho-spiritual teachings within Kabbala.

He has been a key-note speaker at International conferences on Mind/Body Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Fortune 500, and others. He has held discussions with the Dalai Lama and other world spiritual leaders, and is a follower of his Master, the revered Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (of blessed memory).

He will be speaking on Tuesday November 19th, 7:30 PM at Chabad of Westport. At this presentation Rabbi Wolf will provide specific strategies to create inner peace and wisdom in a fast-moving and fast-changing world, as a prerequisite to states of happiness.  He will draw on contemporary psychological and medical research, as well as teaching the ancient wisdom of Kabbalah and Hasidism.

‘My goal is to provide people with a personal empowerment to take back their lives from the clutches of fear-laden media and powerful advertising messages, as well as neutralizing the anxieties and stresses of a world sliding into chaotic political systems, increasingly complex health care systems, and a lack of belief, self control and inner wisdom,’ Rabbi Wolf notes. ‘I believe that wisdom teachings coupled with personal mind and body disciplines are the roadmap to attaining a life-long state of true happiness and contentment,’ he adds.

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

Saugatuck Socials: Yule Stories

The Westport Museum of History and Culture began in Saugatuck in 1889. Members read interesting historical documents aloud or shared local stories. We invite you to join us on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, to share stories, poems, historic essays and music with the rest of our community. Listen as others present original works or pre-selected pieces from history such as the Declaration of Independence or the Gettysburg Address. 

Celebrate the inclusive festive spirit of the season with recitations of Yule stories from various backgrounds. 

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. 


Exhibition Series: The Last Year of the War

Come to the Westport Museum for History and Culture for a new series! Exhibition Insights Fiction Book Discussion Series begins on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 4:30 pm.

Join a docent-led tour of our current exhibition followed by a book discussion to gain greater insight into the historical context of the exhibit. Professional moderator Kelle Ruden will lead the book discussions. The Last Year of the War tells a little-known story of World War II with great resonance for our own times and challenges the very notion of who we are when who we’ve always been is called into question. 

In the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old—aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas where the only thing that makes the camp bearable for Elise is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences. 

Before our discussion, tour our special month-long exhibit Pearl Harbor, exploring the local connections to the war following “a day that will live in infamy”. 

This program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended. Reserve your space at www.westporthistory.org or by calling 203-222-1424 ext. 5. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form. 

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

Come to the Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 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.

The first part 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.

Other dates in the series are: Jan. 8, 2020, and Mar. 11, 2020.  $15 each session.

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

Director of Marketing - Local Fashion Company : Persifor.com

Persifor.com, established in 2012, has been manufacturing and distributing custom women's apparel through persifor.com and to hundreds of boutiques.  The position requires a self starter to take the lead on all marketing efforts in both digital and traditional formats; such as the creation and the management of the paid social ad program, promotional activity, web loyalty program, google analytics, direct mail and email platform.   Office is located locally and willingness to work in a small, fast growing and entrepreneurial setting is required.  Experience in Shopify, Google Analytics, FB ad manager, and Klavio is a plus.  Please send resume to careers@persifor.com . 

Hall of Fame: Women and War

Join the Westport Museum for History and Culture on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm as the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame will present a fascinating program about women and war.

Women have been involved in military conflicts from the beginning of time; some as warriors, some as spies and others who made the munitions or simply called for peace.

Connecticut women are among the finest and bravest who have stood for their cause –sometimes defying gender norms, and often without the recognition they deserved. CWHF Inductees prove that women are just as tough as men and will inspire others to shatter gender barriers. Learn about a teenager who helped save Danbury during the Revolutionary War, how Harriet Beecher Stowe sowed the seeds of conflict leading to the Civil War, and how Margaret Bourke-White’s photography brought civilians face to face with the war front for the first time. 

Artifacts related women’s contributions to war from the museum’s collection will be on display. 

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. 

Suzuki Schools' Spooky Concert

On October 27th join Suzuki Music Schools at Saugatuck Congregational Church at 245 Post Road East, right next door to our Westport campus, for our annual Halloween event packed with music, costumes, and games for the entire family. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Game tickets are available in advance at www.suzukischools.org

Susan Werner Returns to Westport’s Voices Café

Susan Werner returns to Westport’s Voices Café on Saturday, October 12 at 8:00pm.  Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.

Please CLICK HERE to purchase ticktes.

Celebrated as a charismatic performer, she’s known above all for challenging herself to conquer new styles, almost like mountaintops, every few years.  

For the Voices Café audience that will mean musically evocative “paintings” from her 2017 Cuban flavored collection “An American In Havana” and, from her most recent album appropriately titled “NOLA- Susan Werner Goes to New Orleans”.  When she plays you can literally close your eyes and see the images that inspire her music.

It’s no surprise that The Chicago Tribune wrote that she is, “One of the most innovative songwriters working today.”

After over a dozen albums singer-songwriter Werner has confirmed her reputation as an artist as changeable as the weather and in a good way, as she has the ability to effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, pop, gospel, Tin Pan Alley, chamber music, and Americana all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwest charm.

Pamela Means will be opening for Susan.  Her songs, although sometimes musing on softer matters of the heart, are often rallying cries for justice and racial equality, including “Color of the Skin,” (Plainfield, 2016) a response to the Michael Brown Jr. grand jury decision.

Pamela has won numerous awards for her work, including Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “#1 Most Wanted New Artist, OutMusic’s “Outstanding New Recording Female” (Single Bullet Theory), Boston Music Award Best Contemporary Folk Nomination, Indie Gods of Guitar Competition Silver Award and Top 100 honors in 2015 NYC GO! Magazine. Oregon Live proclaimed Pamela’s vocals as “hard-wired to her heart: emotional, raw, angry when it needs to be, yet supple and warm as an embrace. The truth may not always be pretty, but Means is a stunningly effective messenger.”

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.  Doors open at 7:30.