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Where Westport Meets the World

Art From The Beyond Walking Tour

Ever wondered why you shouldn’t walk on a grave? Or why there are so many skulls on tombstones? 

 

Join WHS Director of Programs and Education Nicole Carpenter on Sat., Oct. 19, from 9:30 to 10:30 am to take an eerie tour of the Greens Farms Lower Cemetery to discuss the 18th and 19th century superstitions associated with cemeteries and the dearly departed. Learn what urns, willow trees and other artistic symbols on gravestones mean as you meander through the cemetery. 

 

Park on Nyala Farms Rd and meet on the marked green at the back entrance to the cemetery. 

 

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.  

 

Month-long Spooktober tickets are available online as well.


Tenth-Annual “Illuminating the Past” Lantern Tour

WHS proudly presents the return of its annual lantern tour illuminating Westport’s past on Sat., Oct. 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Creep through the cemetery with your lantern and guide to discover Westport’s most notable departed residents. The book “Buried in Our Past” will be available for purchase prior to the tour at the front entrance as well as free Halloween refreshments. Costumes are encouraged! 

Meet us at Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main Street, Westport. 

Parking will be in the back lot of the cemetery, enter through the main entrance and follow the parking guides. Handicapped guest may be dropped off at the main entrance of the cemetery. Please be aware this walking tour covers uneven terrain and is dimly light. Wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing. 

Tickets $10 for individual members, $15 for individual non-members, $35 for family members of 4 and $50 for non-member families of 4. Reservations are recommended; register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.  

Month-long Spooktober tickets are also available online. 


Second Annual WESTON FLEA Community Market on Sept. 22nd

SECOND ANNUAL WESTON FLEA COMMUNITY MARKET ON SEPT. 22ND. 

PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THE FRIENDS OF WESTON SENIOR ACTIVITIES CENTER (501C3) AT THE SECOND ANNUAL WESTON FLEA ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019.

THE WESTON FLEA IS A GOOD VENUE FOR MORE THAN 80 LOCAL ARTISTS AND BUSINESSES TO SHOWCASE AND PROMOTE THEIR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY. PLUS, A CHANCE FOR RESIDENTS TO GET INTO THE FLEA MARKET SPIRIT BY OFFERING UP NEW, GENTLY USED OR NO LONGER NEEDED ITEMS FOR SALE.

 

ABOUT THE WESTON FLEA:

WHAT:        2ND ANNUAL WESTON FLEA TO BENEFIT THE FRIENDS OF WESTON, CT SENIOR CENTER (501C3)

 

DATE:          SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 (RAIN DATE, SUNDAY, SEPT. 29th)            

TIME:          10 A.M. - 3 P.M.

 

LOCATION:  WESTON HIGH SCHOOL (PARKING LOT)

                     115 SCHOOL ROAD

                     WESTON, CT 06883

 FOOD TRUCKS * LIVE MUSIC * SILENT AUCTION

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WESTON SENIOR ACTIVITIES CENTER GO TO WWW.WESTONSENIORCENTER.INFO.


FOOD & BEVERAGE MARKETING IN A START UP ENVIRONMENT

Thursday, September 19th
5:30pm - 8:30pm 
Workpoint - Stamford

Indulge in freshly concocted Bloody Marys and hard-earned lessons from notable food and beverage startups!

Leading marketers across food, operations and innovation will discuss how they’re finding “white space” in the crowded $7.2 billion U.S. food and beverage industry. 

We'll kick off at 5:30pm with wine, Bloody Marys and hors d’oeuvres and fun giveaways!

Bring a friend and you both may win!  We're giving away: 
  • One-Year AMA membership
  • Bose portable bluetooth speaker
  • Victorinox laptop shoulder bag
At 7pm our panel of marketing experts will begin to unveil secrets:

Alejandro Lopez, founder and president of Toma Craft Cocktail Mixers, a three year-old company benefiting from an open niche in premium cocktails - the mixers that make up 75% of premium beverages.  

 

Christine Sullivan, business consultant with Connecticut Small Business Development Center for numerous food/bev clients with a focus on business plan development, financial analysis and projections.

 

Phil Del Guidice, partner at Coastal Seafoods Inc. and former VP Operations at Foodbuy USA. 

 

Bryan Mattimore, co-founder at Growth Engine Innovation Agency. Bryan is a specialist in new product, service and concept development with expertise in the food and beverage space.

 

Ben Kunz, moderator. Ben is president of the American Marketing Association Southern Connecticut and EVP at Mediassociates, a media planning, buying and analytics agency focused on predictive modeling for marketing results.

 

Tickets are $30 ($20 for members) and include apps, wine and beverages. Bring a friend and register to win great prizes while you're here!

 

Hosted by the American Marketing Association Southern Connecticut and presented by Mediassociates.



Second Annual: Night at the Haunted Historical Society

Our beloved signature Halloween Event is back with spooky scenes and scary stories from Westport’s actual history. Join us on Sat., Oct. 26, from 6 to 10 pm to play ghoulish games, purchase sinister souvenirs and take some petrifying photos before taking a guided tour through the haunted house! 

Note that this event discusses spooky history in an interactive theatrical setting. While family-friendly, please use discretion when including younger children, recommended for children 7+. Each tour lasts 20-30 minutes and will feature dark spaces, we recommend close toed shoes.

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

Month-long Spooktober tickets are also available online.

Please park your brooms across the street behind Town Hall or in the Avery lot. You may enter the Haunted House using the basement door to the right of the Myrtle door, signage will point in the direction if you dare! 

 


Family Creep Fest at Westport Historical Society!

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 am to 4 pm for a Family Creep Fest!  Embrace your scary side and start the spookiest month of the year off with a fright! Take a ride on our horse drawn hay wagon, have your future revealed by our fortune teller, decorate pumpkins with paint or stencils, hear a reading from Spooky Hollow and enjoy food and games for the whole family! Costumes are encouraged. All events on the museum grounds. 

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

Month-long Spooktober tickets are also available online.

Please park your brooms across the street behind Town Hall or in the rear of the Baldwin parking lot. Entrance on Elm Street, Avery Place and the museum are accessible via staircase. You may enter the fest through the white tent placed on our brickwalk on the Myrtle drive side.

 


Mr. Washington Irving Reading: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Join us at Westport Historical Society on Wed., Oct. 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, for an event as part of our Spooktober events!

The ghostly apparition of Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, has been resurrected for a special reading of his frightful tale. Hear his famous story with light refreshments before discussing the piece and its impacts with Irving himself. 

There is no charge for this event however reservations are recommended; register online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.  

 Month-long Spooktober tickets are also available on our website.

 


Westport Woman's Club - Join us for a New and Prospective Member Reception on September 25, 2019

Women of all ages interested in joining The Westport Woman’s Club are invited to a wine and cheese New Member Mixer on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, in our historic clubhouse, located at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT.   Please drop by to learn more about our club and its opportunities for community service, fundraisers, special interest groups and monthly membership meetings with catered lunches and speakers.

You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club.  We look forward to meeting and partnering together to make a difference in our community, and to have fun in the process.  Unable to attend the September 25 reception?   Prospective members wishing to learn more about the WWC or have a tour of our clubhouse may contact Membership Director, Robin Clark, at rclark@westportnational.com or the WWC Office at 203-227-4240 to register.

The Westport Woman’s Club is one of just two women’s clubs in Connecticut with its own clubhouse.  We offer rentals of this historic property for meetings, weddings, performances, social events, fundraisers, bar/bat mitzvahs, memorials and special family celebrations.  These public-private partnerships generate revenue for the club’s numerous annual grants to non-profits and scholarships within the local community. 

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.

Additional information about the Westport Woman’s Club may be found online at http://www.westportwomansclub.org


A Night at the Museum: A Benefit for Westport Historical Society

Save the date for the annual benefit held on September 28th, 2019 at the Westport Historical Society and on Veterans Green!

Join us from 6 to 10 pm to celebrate all we’ve achieved in the past year and help us launch our exciting new future.  Enjoy specialty cocktails, live music, gourmet food and a Westport-experience themed silent auction and so much more. VIP sneak preview of our brand new exhibit.

Bid Early On Our Silent Auction

Proceeds from this fundraiser to benefit exhibits & educational programs!

Tickets are $150. Register online at www.westporthistory.org. 



Exhibition Series: The Air We Breathe

Exhibition Insights Fiction Book Discussion Series begins Tues., Oct. 1 from 3 to 4:30 pm.

A new series! 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. 

In the fall of 1916, America prepares for war―but in the community of Tamarack Lake; the focus is on the sick. Wealthy tubercular patients live in private cure cottages; charity patients, mainly immigrants, fill the large public sanatorium. Prisoners of routine, they take solace in gossip, rumor, and―sometimes―secret attachments. But when the well-meaning efforts of one enterprising patient lead to a tragic accident and a terrible betrayal, the war comes home, bringing with it a surge of anti-immigrant prejudice and vigilante sentiment.  

Before our discussion, tour our new exhibit Taking the Cure to explore public health in Westport’s two sanitariums and how the country managed the welfare of its citizens. 

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.