Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Fri, 07 May 2021 21:18:52 -0400 HamletHub.com No Compo Beach Independence Day Fireworks https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/47327-no-compo-beach-independence-day-fireworks47327-no-compo-beach-independence-day-fireworks https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/47327-no-compo-beach-independence-day-fireworks47327-no-compo-beach-independence-day-fireworks

Town of Westport officials, in collaboration with the Board of Trustees of the Westport Police Athletic League (PAL), have decided not to hold the annual Compo Beach Independence Day fireworks this year.

Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), current and expected guidance from the State’s Department of Health (DPH) regarding large-scale events, and the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and its variants have been considered.

Based on this information, it is in the best interest of residents, visitors, employees, and the organizers to forego this highly attended event this year. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Westport) Life Fri, 07 May 2021 06:47:16 -0400
Westport's Newton Roux Gallery "Figures" Exhibit Closing Event on May 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47324-westport-s-newton-roux-gallery-figures-exhibit-closing-event-on-may-2147324-westport-s-newton-roux-gallery-figures-exhibit-closing-event-on-may-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47324-westport-s-newton-roux-gallery-figures-exhibit-closing-event-on-may-2147324-westport-s-newton-roux-gallery-figures-exhibit-closing-event-on-may-21

 “Figures” by Artist Allison Meyler Exhibit Closing Event at Newton Roux Gallery Friday, May 21

Newton Roux Gallery is a contemporary art space in Bedford Square in downtown Westport. Its current solo exhibition "Figures" featuring works by Ridgefield, CT-based artist Allison Meyler is closing on May 22nd and will be celebrated by a closing event.

Come and join us for a glass of fizz and your final chance to see the show on Friday, May 21st from 5pm - 630pm at the gallery and meet the artist.

“Figures” is a collection of work by Meyler, spanning 2018-2020. This body of work addresses the artist’s fascination with the multiple roles that women juggle in today’s society, as well as women’s notion of body image. Not always anatomically correct, her abstract treatment of the female figure is intended to be a balance between what is “pretty” and also what is true.

All pieces are for sale through the gallery which is open daily in Bedford Square in downtown Westport. They are also available to view online here

Artist’s Biography- Allison Meyler

Based in Ridgefield, CT, Allison Meyler’s work is about color, line, movement, shapes and the interaction and balance of all the elements. She is influenced by graphic patterns, graffiti, and perfectly composed photographs as well as the places she has lived and traveled to within the US, Europe, Asia and South America. She studied Studio Art/Art History at Wellesley College, with a semester spent at the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy which remains one of her favorite cities to this day.

About the gallery

Newton Roux Gallery, at 14 Elm Street, occupies the 2nd floor corridor connecting Barbour and Whip Salon in the new Bedford Square retail complex in downtown Westport. The entrance is at the top of the stairs across the street from The Spotted Horse. Owners Amy Pal and Kevin Manley created the gallery to help promote talented emerging local artists, create synergies between the gallery and surrounding Bedford Square and Church Lane merchants, and make the buying process transparent and easy for collectors while leveraging an underutilized space with natural foot traffic. The gallery is open during the normal business hours of Bedford Square, or by appointment. For more information visit https://www.newtonroux.com/, email info@newtonroux.com, or call 203-403-0863.

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kerry@ducey.org (PR) Places Thu, 06 May 2021 06:50:06 -0400
Westport Farmers Market Opens for The Season at Imperial Avenue Beginning May 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47325-westport-farmers-market-opens-for-the-season-at-imperial-avenue-beginning-may-1347325-westport-farmers-market-opens-for-the-season-at-imperial-avenue-beginning-may-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47325-westport-farmers-market-opens-for-the-season-at-imperial-avenue-beginning-may-1347325-westport-farmers-market-opens-for-the-season-at-imperial-avenue-beginning-may-13

Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) is thrilled to announce that it will return to its home at 50 Imperial Avenue beginning Thursday, May 13. The summer market will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each Thursday through mid-November. 

WFM will resume the majority of its pre-pandemic, onsite shopping experience and programming while honoring all state and local health guidelines.  We invite you to help us “ring” in the 2021 season at high noon with a farmers’ call – a.k.a. ringing cow bells. WFM will hosts a special toast with Cross Culture Kombucha to celebrate our perseverance through 2020.

With a roster of over 50+ vendors, this year’s market is ready to shine. Shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase from over 30 vendors each Thursday, including new-to-the-market vendors such as:

·       Parlor

·       Stonington Kelp Farm

·       Edenesque (alternative dairy)

·       Tribus Brewery

·       Sprout Juice Bar

·       Stylish Spoon

·       And more………

A full vendor list can be found at www.westportfarmersmarket.com/vendors

WFM will adhere to all state and federal health guidelines and remains committed to providing the safest and healthiest shopping experience for our customers. The beloved programs Get Growing, Music @ the Market, Artist Alley, Chef @ the Market, Friend of the Market and Young Shoots will resume, as will a few surprise events to be announced.

“WFM persevered in 2020 through one of the most challenging years by adhering to a strict farmers’ market model, emerging safely and without a single case of COVID-19,” said Lori Cochran Dougall, executive director of WFM. “We look forward to returning in full force this year, easing back safely into being the community’s go-to food hub again.”

For details about this years’ market, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com or email director@westportfarmersmarket.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Places Wed, 05 May 2021 16:00:38 -0400
Westport's George Billis Gallery presents A Glimpse Ahead art exhibit May 14-June 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47323-a-glimpse-ahead-art-exhibit-at-george-billis-gallery-may-14-june-1347323-a-glimpse-ahead-art-exhibit-at-george-billis-gallery-may-14-june-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47323-a-glimpse-ahead-art-exhibit-at-george-billis-gallery-may-14-june-1347323-a-glimpse-ahead-art-exhibit-at-george-billis-gallery-may-14-june-13

The new Elisa Contemporary Art exhibit, A Glimpse Ahead, will open May 14 as a Pop-Up exhibit in the George Billis Gallery at 166 Main Street, Westport CT, 06880.  The exhibit will run through June 13, 2021. There will be an Opening Reception on May 14 from 4pm – 7pm and a Closing Reception on June 10 from 5pm - 7pm.

A Glimpse Ahead is primarily a Figurative exhibit with a focus on the Summer Season. The artwork includes Ocean Swimmers, Surfers, Pool scenes, and Waterscapes. It is a curated selection of work aimed at creating a sense of peace, relaxation and joy.
 
The exhibit will feature the artwork of Hawaii Artist Carol Bennett; San Francisco Minimalist Jeffrey Palladini; Texas Pop Artist Mitch McGee; and Westport Artist Dale Najarian.
 
Water flows through the art of Bennett: "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving.  Presently I'm working on wood, I'm intrigued by wood grain swirling like water and how that ground moves through the swimmer's form".  The exhibit will include works on Wood panel, as well as a series on paper with a painted wood grain background.
 
The Pool Scene series by Palladini features Male and Female Swimmers on lounge chairs – bringing to the viewer of a sense of relaxation and ease. We will also feature a new Birch wood dimensional figurative work by Pop Artist, Mitch McGee. 
 
The exhibit will feature several new abstracted waterscapes on canvas and wood panel by Najarian.
 
Images:
 
Artist: Carol Bennett
Title:  Dissolve
Medium: Acrylic, Oil and Varnish on Wood Panel
Dimensions: 35.5 x 35.5
Year: 2016
 
Artist: Jeffrey Palladini
Title:  Chaise 19
Medium: Oil and Charcoal on Wood Panel
Dimensions: 12x48 
Year: 2015
 
Artist: Carol Bennett
Title:  Malibu Dawn Patrol
Medium: Mixed Media on Wood Panel
Dimensions: 22.5 x 30 framed to 28x35
Year: 2019
 
Artist: Dale Najarian
Title:  Jewel Landscape
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 36x36
Year: 2021
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kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Cooper ) Events Wed, 05 May 2021 11:14:17 -0400
Westport Police Warn Residents of Eversource SCAM https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/47322-westport-police-warn-residents-of-eversource-scam47322-westport-police-warn-residents-of-eversource-scam https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/47322-westport-police-warn-residents-of-eversource-scam47322-westport-police-warn-residents-of-eversource-scam

EVERSOURCE SCAM ALERT
 
Some Westport residents have reported receiving a call from an “Eversource” representative who threatens to disconnect their electricity unless immediate payment is made. This is a SCAM. In the past couple weeks, a few people in Westport have fallen victim to this scam. They sent the suspect(s) payment through Zelle.
 
If anyone calls, emails, or visits your home or business regarding an outstanding payment and threatens to disconnect your power it is not Eversource. Any Eversource customer who is legitimately scheduled for disconnection due to nonpayment must receive written notice via U.S. mail which includes actions the customer can take to maintain service. Eversource will never request payment through Zelle.
 
For additional information please click here.
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kerry@ducey.org (Westport Police) Public safety Wed, 05 May 2021 09:15:39 -0400
Westport Human Services Director Announces Renters Rebate Program Accepting Applications https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47321-westport-human-services-director-announces-renters-rebate-program-accepting-applications47321-westport-human-services-director-announces-renters-rebate-program-accepting-applications https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47321-westport-human-services-director-announces-renters-rebate-program-accepting-applications47321-westport-human-services-director-announces-renters-rebate-program-accepting-applications

Westport Human Services Director Elaine Daignault reminds residents that the State of Connecticut Renters Rebate Program is currently accepting applications from qualifying residents.

The State of Connecticut Renters Rebate Program provides an income-based reimbursement for seniors aged 65+ and/or individuals who are totally disabled and collecting Social Security income. The renters rebate amount is based on a graduated income scale and the amount of rent and utility payments (excluding telephone) made in the previous calendar year (2020). The maximum income for a single person to qualify is $37,600 or $45,800 for a married couple. Stimulus payments received under the 2020 CARES Act will not be included in the income calculation; however, unemployment compensation is.  In addition to meeting the criteria above, applicants must meet a one-year state residency requirement. Persons renting an apartment, room, mobile home, or living in cooperative housing, may be eligible for this program.  

The deadline to apply for this State-funded program is September 28, 2021.  Applicants can contact the Human Services Department at (203) 341-1067 or via email Kwitt@westportct.gov to complete the application process.  All documentation will be completed electronically or via mail.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Westport) Neighbors Wed, 05 May 2021 08:51:34 -0400
Westport Farmers' Market Opens for the Season May 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47310-westport-farmers-market-opens-for-the-season-may-1347310-westport-farmers-market-opens-for-the-season-may-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47310-westport-farmers-market-opens-for-the-season-may-1347310-westport-farmers-market-opens-for-the-season-may-13

Westport, Conn.—Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) has announced that it will return to its home at 50 Imperial Avenue beginning Thursday, May 13. The summer market will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each Thursday through mid-November.  WFM will resume the majority of its pre-pandemic, onsite shopping experience and programming while honoring all state and local health guidelines.  We invite you to help us “ring” in the 2021 season at high noon with a farmers’ call – a.k.a. ringing cow bells. WFM will hosts a special toast with Cross Culture Kombucha to celebrate our perseverance through 2020. 

With a roster of over 50+ vendors, this year’s market is ready to shine. Shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase from over 30 vendors each Thursday, including new-to-the-market vendors such as:

  •        Parlor 
  •        Stonington Kelp Farm 
  •        Edenesque (alternative dairy)
  •        Tribus Brewery
  •        Sprout Juice Bar
  •        Stylish Spoon
  •        And more……….

*A full vendor list can be found at www.westportfarmersmarket.com/vendors

WFM will adhere to all state and federal health guidelines and remains committed to providing the safest and healthiest shopping experience for our customers. The beloved programs Get Growing, Music @ the Market, Artist Alley, Chef @ the Market, Friend of the Market and Young Shoots will resume, as will a few surprise events to be announced.

“WFM persevered in 2020 through one of the most challenging years by adhering to a strict farmers’ market model, emerging safely and without a single case of COVID-19,” said Lori Cochran Dougall, executive director of WFM. “We look forward to returning in full force this year, easing back safely into being the community’s go-to food hub again.” 

For details about this years’ market, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com or email director@westportfarmersmarket.com.

About the Westport Farmers’ Market

The award-winning Westport Farmers’ Market is committed to providing fresh, local, healthy, and seasonal food. It aspires to create a fun, safe, and healthy community environment for education and socialization. Its mission is to increase awareness, knowledge, and support for local producers focused on sustainable and healthy growing practices.

For more information, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com

It receives philanthropic support from: Abramson & Co; Aitoro, Boxcar Cantina; Cohen and Wolf; CTBites; Dharma Massage; The Drew Friedman Foundation; Doc’s Maple; Gault; Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center; Don Memo; RDM Financial; Sugar & Olives; Terrain; Wave Hill Breads; and Wells Hill Farm. 

Find WFM on FB, Instagram, and Twitter, too.

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kerry@ducey.org (WFM) Places Wed, 05 May 2021 07:22:00 -0400
Westport's Drive-in Concert Features Dark Desert Eagles on May 14 and May 15 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47300-westport-s-drive-in-concert-features-dark-desert-eagles-on-may-14-and-may-1547300-westport-s-drive-in-concert-features-dark-desert-eagles-on-may-14-and-may-15 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47300-westport-s-drive-in-concert-features-dark-desert-eagles-on-may-14-and-may-1547300-westport-s-drive-in-concert-features-dark-desert-eagles-on-may-14-and-may-15

Dark Desert Eagles - May 14th and May 15th ON SALE NOW

The show begins at 7pm and doors open at 5:30 pm in the Imperial Parking Lot.

Considered the best tribute band, recreating the Eagles, including Joe Walsh music. They are a nationally touring act, who are staying close to home and playing Westport. If you love the Eagles, you will love this show.

Drive to your spot. Set up and tailgate in front of your car and enjoy the show (every other parking spot, every other row - plenty of space, yours to stay in for the show). 

Spend an evening outside with music - $150 per car (5 person max).

Purchase tickets here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Westport-Weston Chamber) Events Wed, 05 May 2021 06:05:00 -0400
Ethan Allen Preparatory Meet & Greet for Parents on May 20 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47320-ethan-allen-preparatory-meet-greet-for-parents-on-may-2047320-ethan-allen-preparatory-meet-greet-for-parents-on-may-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47320-ethan-allen-preparatory-meet-greet-for-parents-on-may-2047320-ethan-allen-preparatory-meet-greet-for-parents-on-may-20

Ethan Allen Preparatory is hosting a Meet & Greet on Thursday, May 20th at 7pm.

Prospective parents can join us for a campus tour, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with parents of alumni and current EAP students. This event is for adults 21+ only.

Located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Ethan Allen Prep (EAP) is a private academy for student-athletes in Grades 6-12. Students' class and study schedules are flexible enough to allow for intensive golf training at The Golf Performance Center, the Northeast's leading golf academy.

Ethan Allen Prep is located at 45 Stonehenge Road in Ridgefield.
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kerry@ducey.org (EAP) Events Tue, 04 May 2021 07:05:25 -0400
Live Music is BACK at The Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47319-the-ridgefield-playhouse-162008080147319-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1620080801 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47319-the-ridgefield-playhouse-162008080147319-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1620080801

Live music is back at The Ridgefield Playhouse! After last year’s successful shows under the tent, The Playhouse is at again! Outdoor concerts kick off this weekend with 7-time Grammy Award winner Christian McBride & Tip City on Friday, May 7 at 7pm followed by Rusted Root frontman and lead singer Michael Glabicki with bandmate Dirk Miller on Saturday, May 8 at 7:30pm!  Livestream tickets available for Michael Glabicki's show. Both shows will be socially distanced, with seating under the tent at The Playhouse.

Fresh off his 7th Grammy win at the 2021 Grammy Awards, Jazz Master Christian McBride returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse with an outdoor, socially distanced concert McBride makes his only Connecticut appearance at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday May 7 at 7pm along with Tip City featuring Emmet Cohen and Dan Wilson as part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz Series. Ticket holders can enjoy an art exhibit by Chris Osborne before the performance and are invited to enter a FREE raffle to win a great prize from Freixenet Mionetto! After ending 2020 as Jazz Artist of the Year in the DownBeat Readers Poll, McBride won his 7th Grammy Award in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category for his work on “Trilogy 2” alongside jazz fusion icon Chick Corea. The bandleader, composer, bassist, jazz radio host, festival artistic director and jazz ambassador has collaborated with artists across all music genres.

Rusted Root frontman Michael Glabicki is teaming up with bandmate Dirk Miller for an outdoor show at The Ridgefield Playhouse! The duo will make their only Connecticut tour stop on Saturday, May 8 at 7:30pm as part of the Pepsi Rock Series Powered by Xfinity. Fans can enjoy this night of Rusted Root hits, deep cuts and new music with this outdoor show, socially distanced under the tent at The Playhouse. Livestream tickets are also available for those who want to watch from home. Just in time for Mother’s Day – all ticket holders will be entered to win beautiful tri-color necklace and gift certificate from Silver Ribbon Jewelry of Westport! Award-winning, mixologist created, natural Ready To Serve cocktails will be available for purchase at the bar from our sponsor On The Rocks Premium Cocktails. Rusted Root is best known for their Platinum selling album, “When I Woke,” which produced the hit song “Send Me On My Way,” and launched the band into international stardom. Alongside acts like Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band and Widespread Panic, Rusted Root toured relentlessly and recorded major label albums for years to come. Glabicki is now bringing his distinct vocals and blend of acoustic folk, rock and world music into stripped down performances with the help of Dirk Miller.  A multi-faceted musician, producer and songwriter, Glabicki’s duo shows feature your favorite Rusted Root tunes, Deep Cuts, & New Material!

For tickets, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call the box office at 203.438.5795

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lisa.barrett@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 03 May 2021 14:23:53 -0400
Westport Woman’s Club ART SHOW: May 22 & 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47318-westport-woman-s-club-art-show-may-22-23-162007662347318-westport-woman-s-club-art-show-may-22-23-1620076623 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47318-westport-woman-s-club-art-show-may-22-23-162007662347318-westport-woman-s-club-art-show-may-22-23-1620076623

Westport, CT - The Westport Woman’s Club will host its annual Art Show on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 (2:00 pm - 6:00 pm both days, indoors at the clubhouse) at 44 Imperial Ave, Westport, CT.  Admission to the Westport Woman’s Club Art Show is free and open to the public; masks will be required and attendance will be limited. This event will follow all protocols mandated by CT and the town of Westport.

Curated by Westport Artist Miggs Burroughs, this popular show features a variety of local artists and their works available for purchase.  Event Co-Chairs Jo Fuchs Luscombe and Leah Scherzer share that participating artists are donating a portion of their art sales to fund the club’s community service grants, scholarships and programs.

The roster of WWC Art Show 2021 artists, whose works will be available for purchase, include: Nina Bentley, Amy Bock, Trace Burroughs, Susan Fehlinger, Judith Orseck Katz, Tom Kretsch, Susan Leggitt, Kerry Long, Michael Ledner, Carole McClintock, Bernard Perry, Jon Puzzuoli, Katherine Ross and Jo Titsworth.  Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted for Art Show purchases, as well as charitable donations to the Westport Woman’s Club.  

The Westport Woman’s Club thanks its generous sponsors for the 2021 Art Show which include The Drew Friedman Community Art Center, as well as New York artist JoMarie Dilorio who is donating an original piece of art, “Sunflowers Basking”, that will be given via a drawing to an Art Show attendee.  

For more information on the Westport Woman’s Club Community Service outreach, please visit “Community Services” on www.westportwomansclub.org.  

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.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gloria Smithson ) Events Mon, 03 May 2021 10:01:00 -0400
Lifelines to Offer Free Daily Events for Mental Health Awareness Month https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47317-lifelines-to-offer-free-daily-events-for-mental-health-awareness-month47317-lifelines-to-offer-free-daily-events-for-mental-health-awareness-month https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47317-lifelines-to-offer-free-daily-events-for-mental-health-awareness-month47317-lifelines-to-offer-free-daily-events-for-mental-health-awareness-month

Westport, CT - LifeLines.com, a new wellness ecosystem designed to support people on their journeys towards mental health and authenticity, will be offering a robust lineup of free daily community events for Mental Health Awareness month in May.

Melissa Bernstein, the co-founder of the half-billion-dollar Melissa & Doug toy company, and her husband Doug Bernstein launched LifeLines in March 2021.

Melissa revealed she has struggled with severe depression and anxiety her whole life in her new book LIFELINES and on CBS Sunday Morning. Since the launch, there’s been an outpouring of interest in LifeLines’ wellness offerings, and the book went to #1 on Amazon and landed on the USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestsellers lists.

LifeLines’ events for Mental Health Awareness Month range from yoga, meditation, and creative expression sessions to open and honest conversations surrounding the struggles of depression and anxiety (for example, "Breaking Up with Your Inner Critic" and "Embracing Grief"). Melissa and the LifeLines team will be interacting with the community every day throughout the month. Here's a calendar of events.

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kerry@ducey.org (Jennifer Blankfein) Neighbors Mon, 03 May 2021 07:47:50 -0400
Whip Salon Mother's Day Special: 15% Off Gift Certificates NOW Through Sunday, May 2! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47315-whip-salon-mother-s-day-special-15-off-gift-certificates-now-through-sunday-may-247315-whip-salon-mother-s-day-special-15-off-gift-certificates-now-through-sunday-may-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47315-whip-salon-mother-s-day-special-15-off-gift-certificates-now-through-sunday-may-247315-whip-salon-mother-s-day-special-15-off-gift-certificates-now-through-sunday-may-2

Whip Salon Mother's Day Sale NOW through Sunday

Receive 15% off online gift certificates by using the special code MOM2021. We're open on Mother's Day - why not book a mother/daughter BFF blowout and get pampered together?

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE FOR WHIP SALON RIDGEFIELD

Whip Salon is open 7 days a week for your convenience. Four ways to book!

- ONLINE: Visit our website whipsalon.com

- CALL: 855.WHIP.SLN

- TEXT: 855.WHIP.TXT

- APP: Download the whipsalon app


BOOK ONLINE NOW

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kerry@ducey.org (Whip Salon) Places Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:32:10 -0400
Lamont Proposes Program Allowing Children to Access Connecticut Museums for Free This Summer https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/47316-springtide-child-development-center-opened-their-second-location-in-march-2021-on-saturday-may-22nd-the-facility-is-welcoming-prospective-families-to-meet-staff-members-and-take-a-tour-springtide-is-unique-because-they-offer-comprehensive-autism-treatment47316-springtide-child-development-center-opened-their-second-location-in-march-2021-on-saturday-may-22nd-the-facility-is-welcoming-prospective-families-to-meet-staff-members-and-take-a-tour-springtide-is-unique-because-they-offer-comprehensive-autism-treatment https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/47316-springtide-child-development-center-opened-their-second-location-in-march-2021-on-saturday-may-22nd-the-facility-is-welcoming-prospective-families-to-meet-staff-members-and-take-a-tour-springtide-is-unique-because-they-offer-comprehensive-autism-treatment47316-springtide-child-development-center-opened-their-second-location-in-march-2021-on-saturday-may-22nd-the-facility-is-welcoming-prospective-families-to-meet-staff-members-and-take-a-tour-springtide-is-unique-because-they-offer-comprehensive-autism-treatment

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is proposing to launch an initiative that will allow all children in Connecticut to visit museums throughout the state free of charge during the upcoming summer months.

The initiative was included as part of the proposal the governor presented earlier this week to the Connecticut General Assembly to allocate the federal COVID-19 recovery funding Connecticut is receiving from the American Rescue Plan Act. This summer museum portion of the proposal is part of Governor Lamont’s larger plan to provide students and families with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the initiative, all Connecticut children 18 and under plus one accompanying adult can visit any of the state’s participating museums free of charge from July 1 to September 6. It will be supported by a $15 million investment from the state’s federal recovery funds to the participating museums.

So far, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport Museum, Beardsley Zoo, Connecticut Science Center, and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk have all expressed interest in participating. However, in the coming weeks, all museums in the state will be invited to participate. The program requires authorization from the state legislature.

Additional information on the program, including participating museums, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:50:39 -0400
Lake Street Dive fans - don't miss Rachael & Vilray under the tent at The Ridgefield Playhouse on July 16! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47314-the-ridgefield-playhouse-161979760947314-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1619797609 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47314-the-ridgefield-playhouse-161979760947314-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1619797609

Tickets on sale now to enjoy an intimate evening with the lead singer and songwriter of the band Lake Street Dive, Rachael Price, along with guitarist/singer/composer Vilray, who together form Rachael & Vilray.

The duo will perform outdoors, under the tent at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, July 16 at 7:30pm.  Vilray, who was Price’s classmate at the New England Conservatory of Music, and Price are both fond of the witty pop standards of the 1930s and 1940s, and both can write fluently and cleverly in that vintage style.

Although listeners will automatically recognize Rachael for her lead role in Lake Street Dive, or as a frequent musical guest on NPR’s Live from Here, they will surely want to research these marvelous yet utterly unfamiliar songs she and guitarist-singer-composer Vilray perform together in their debut album. These tunes seem to have been pulled from some undiscovered chapter of the American Songbook.  One can easily believe they could have been plucked from the soundtrack of a Hollywood musical filmed in glorious black and white -but the fact that they are all original makes them more impressive and delightful to hear. 

Visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org for tickets or call the box office at 203.438.5795

Ridgefield + Wilton Magazines Singer-Songwriter Series
Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine & Jazz Series
Media sponsor WFUV

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lisa.barrett@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:30:31 -0400