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Where Westport Meets the World

Haunting Guests of Fairfield County at the Moonlight Masquerade -- A Gala to Benefit Encore Youth Scholarships at Weston Field Club, Friday, October 4

On Friday, October 4, from 7:00 to 11:00pm, at the Weston Field Club, CT Theater Dance Company is holding its annual Gala to raise funds for the Encore Youth Scholarship, a tuition-assisted dance program which has awarded over $300,000 in dance education scholarships to aspiring young dancers in Fairfield County. 

Moonlight Masquerade a masked-costume ball where spirits, hors d'oeuvres, pâtisseries, and dancing await; guests are invited to flaunt their favorite alter ego fantasies while mingling in the moonlight and enjoying spirits with the spirits as they prepare to haunt the dance floor.  Expect to be surprised and haunted by the Company’s newest creation, Once Upon a Dark Night, as you feel the feathers of Poe’s Raven, make way as Ichabod Crane stumbles by, and watch out for the estranged Hall-Brooke Sanitarium Director as she comes back with a vengeance-- all while witches, vampires, and a few Stranger Things lurk about. 

“I cannot wait to see my guests dressed in costume, so they’re an actual part of the evening’s theatrics! Dancers aren’t up on stage, they’re dancing around and through the dance floor… guests are literally a part of the performance as they are completely immersed in the action,” says Artistic Director, Michelle Sperry. 

Once Upon a Dark Night will premiere the full-length, stage performance at Westport Town Hall on Saturday, October 5th at 4:30pm. Associate Director Jade Primicias has been working closely with Westport Historical Society on a collection of pieces inspired by Westport’s own haunted history, from the Connecticut Witch Panic of the 1600s to an unnerving sanitarium takeover in 1982. 

“We’re excited to premiere our original ballet, bringing classic Halloween folklore to life, with sprinklings of pop-culture and local history throughout,” says Ms. Primicias. 

In its fourth performing season, CT Theater Dance Company, Fairfield County’s emerging professional dance company, is a Westport 501(c)3 that inspires New England audiences with accessible contemporary works incorporating the finest artistic ballet traditions and provides scholarships to local families for fine arts education.  

Eat, drink, and be scary with CT Theater Dance at this year’s Moonlight Masquerade - we dare you!

Moonlight Masquerade tickets, $125 for individuals and $250 for couples, are available through the company’s website, ctDanceCo.org.  Onsite childcare, including a youthful Halloween PJ Party complete with dinner, snacks, movies and festivities, is available to Moonlight Masquerade guests: tickets, $30 per child or $50 per family at ctDanceCo.org. 

Purchase Tickets Here!


Westport Woman's Club Hosts October Clothing Tag Sale

The Westport Woman's Club is holding its annual Clothing Tag Sale on the following dates:  Friday, October 25 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm; Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; and Sunday, October 27 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, at the WWC’s historic clubhouse located at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT.

Gently used women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories are back at this year’s Tag Sale, which will offer a wide array of suits, dresses, pants, jackets, blouses, gowns, coats, scarves, shoes, jewelry, handbags and hats.  New this year will be an entire stage devoted to children’s clothing of all kinds.

Funds raised from this Clothing Tag Sale will help support the Food Closet for the Town of Westport, many local charities throughout Fairfield County, and need-based student scholarships.  Tax deductible donations of new or gently worn clothing will be accepted for this sale through October 18.  Please drop off donated items any weekday (9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm) at the Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT). 

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, please call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.

For additional information, visit http://www.westportwomansclub.org


Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Connecticut

Author and historian Marty Podskoch’s latest Book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut, navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State. 

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for the author’s talk after which her books will be available for purchase and signing.  

Online pre-registration: $8 for members, $12 for non-members. Day of admission $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.   


“Scan Artist” How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed Reading Worked

Join us at Westport Historical Society on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for a fascinating look at this story.


The 1950s and 60s, in America was an era of record-setting, many sought ways to process information as quickly as possible. An ambitious middle-aged woman offered a solution that would alter reading education for decades to come.

Her speed-reading method promised a bright future for Americans—one where they could read an entire book in half an hour without any loss of comprehension. A self-proclaimed reading expert who hailed her method as “the greatest thing since the printing press,” Evelyn Wood’s courses enrolled hundreds of thousands in major cities across America, Canada and parts of Europe. But grandiose claims fell short as her method proved to be nothing more than skimming. Scan Artist is the first telling of this great 20th century hoax. 

Part of this surprising story is set in Westport, home of Famous Artists Schools Inc, which owned the Evelyn Wood business for a decade, maintaining Wood as a consultant. When sales flagged, a Westport marketing wizard helped Wood stage a triumphant comeback. 

A cautionary tale, Scan Artist: How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed Reading Worked by author Marcia Biederman explains how the massive popularity of Evelyn Wood’s speed-enhancing instruction dominated over science and objectivity. Eager to enter the speed-reading wars, Evelyn Wood, a devout Mormon with a theatrical bent and a past involving cooperation with Nazism, launched Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics in 1959. Claiming that whole pages could be read at one gulp with her finger-pacing system, Wood said she could boost reading speeds past 10,000 words per minute. A gullible press and support from political figures who knew nothing about reading education shielded Wood from the researchers, skeptics and consumer advocates who tried to bring her down. 

Featuring a collection of black and white photographs, Scan Artist is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the dangers of ignoring science in favor of wishful thinking. 

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door, $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members.  Reservations are recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. 

 To learn more about Scan Artist and the author visit, marciabiederman.com 


Hall of Fame: Votes for Women

2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. The fight for women’s right to vote was long and took many twists and turns. 

 

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, to learn about the Connecticut women who fought on a local, state, and national level and on whose shoulders we stand. In addition, hear the perspective of those who were against The Vote and those who were left out. Be inspired by their stories to use your vote to give a voice to women. 

 

Artifacts related to women’s suffrage from the WHS 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. 

 

Presented by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, to learn more visit cwhf.org/ 

 


The State of Connecticut's Finances - Running Scared and Why

Join us at 7PM in the Weston Public Library Community Room for this informational session on Connecticut's Finances presented by Michael Knight, State of Connecticut Investment Advisory Council, Knight Rolleri Sheppard CPAs; and Greg Murphy Weston Board of Finance, Bank of America Private Bank. Registration recommended. 


Author Talk: The Kindness Advantage, Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children

Please join us as the Friends of the Weston Public Library - in support of books and kindness -

welcomes authors Dale Atkins, PhD and Amanda Salzhauer, MSW to discuss their book: 

The Kindness Advantage

Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children

October 3, 2019

7:30PM, Weston Public Library Community Room
Please register at
https://bit.ly/2khEjQg

“In homes and school communities nationwide, there is re-energized interest in the values of community, compassion, and tolerance, and in finding our way to a kinder culture. The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children is a practical and concrete guide for parents and grandparents to equip a young child with the essential skills to have a positive influence on the world. It’s never too early to start a child on a path of fulfillment through meaningful connection with others. Designed to be read with children as young as four, the book presents ten fundamental concepts to weave into daily life. Additionally, it includes current research in the fields of happiness and child development and real life stories of kids who are making a difference.”

About the Authors:

Dale V. Atkins, PhD is a frequent guest psychologist on NBC's TODAY and many other TV and radio shows. She is a licensed psychologist with more than forty years of experience as a relationship expert focusing on families, wellness, managing stress, and living a balanced, meaningful life.at the Community Room of the Weston Library.

Amanda R. Salzhauer, MSW has spent many years as a social worker in clinics and private practice, which has given her a deep understanding of children, family, and community dynamics. In addition to her field experience cultivating on-on-one relationships, she has been a force for progress through her participation as a board member of several leading non-profit organizations.



Pre Rosh Hashana Women's Challah Bake

An evening of inspiration and womanhood as we usher in the Jewish New Year!  

Learn Challah baking tips and twists from Master Chef and Baker Rachel Berger.

Tuesday, September 24th at 7:30PM at Chabad of Westport 79 Newtown Turnpike, Westport, CT  203-226-8584

$36 per baker * $360 Challah Bake Sponsor (includes 4 tickets) 


Caring for the Caregiver

                                                "Caring for the Caregiver"

  Sundays Sept. 22 –Oct 6

11: am – noon 

    United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston 

49 Weston Road

Westport, CT 

 

Those coping with the increasing needs of caring for an elderly loved one face many

challenges. Please join us as we engage in small group conversations on the topic “Caring for the Caregiver.” All are welcome. While there is no cost, we ask that to assist in planning you RSVP to the church office www.office@westportumc.org; phone 203-227-4707. 



Caregiving for the Caregiver

Those coping with the increasing needs of caring for an elderly loved one face many

challenges. Please join us as we engage in small group conversations on the topic “Caring for the Caregiver,” Sunday mornings, 9/22 – 10/6 at 11am. All are welcome. While there is no cost, to assist in planning we ask that you RSVP to the church office twww.office@westportumc.org phone:203-227-4707.