Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Thu, 27 Jan 2022 18:23:27 -0500 HamletHub.com 2022 TEAM Westport Teen Diversity Essay Contest Focuses on Why It Can Be So Difficult to Talk About Race https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/47839-2022-team-westport-teen-diversity-essay-contest-focuses-on-why-it-can-be-so-difficult-to-talk-about-race47839-2022-team-westport-teen-diversity-essay-contest-focuses-on-why-it-can-be-so-difficult-to-talk-about-race https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/47839-2022-team-westport-teen-diversity-essay-contest-focuses-on-why-it-can-be-so-difficult-to-talk-about-race47839-2022-team-westport-teen-diversity-essay-contest-focuses-on-why-it-can-be-so-difficult-to-talk-about-race

Students attending High School in Westport or who live in Westport and attend High School elsewhere are invited to participate

TEAM Westport, the Town of Westport’s diversity engagement committee, has announced the topic for its 2022 Teen Diversity Essay Contest. Now in its ninth year, the contest asks teens to address “Why It Can Be So Difficult to Talk About Race”.  Prior years’ challenges which tackled topics from ‘White Privilege’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ to ‘Micro-Aggressions’ and ‘Stereotypes’ have drawn widespread attention and engagement in Westport and beyond.

The Westport Library is co-sponsoring the event and winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Library targeted for 6pm on Monday, April 4, 2022 (date subject to COVID restrictions). Entry deadline for the essay contest is Friday, February 25, 2022 . Subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, at the discretion of the judges, up to three cash prizes will be awarded. The first prize is $1,000, second prize is $750, and third prize is $500.

This year’s prompt which is available along with contest entry rules online at www.teamwestport.org, is as follows:

“Why can it be so difficult to talk about race? Trevor Noah. award winning comedian, writer, and television host from South Africa says ... the first thing we have to do in any conversation is figure out what the words mean in the conversation that we’re having."

In 1000 words or fewer describe what you would like to explain to people in your community who avoid or struggle with talking about race or acknowledging systemic racism or who apply a colorblind approach to issues.”


“From individuals to governments, on local, state and national levels, the discussion of race in the U.S. persists as a kind of national conundrum,” stated TEAM Westport Chair Harold Bailey, Jr. “Now in our ninth year of the Teen Diversity Essay Contest,  TEAM Westport welcomes the opportunity for Westport youth to weigh in on the question as to why.”

First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker said, “I encourage the youth of our town to participate in discussions and programs that will enhance their experience in Westport, and ultimately, in the world beyond. I am confident that through their words, they will demonstrate that Westport is a community that welcomes conversation.”

“The Westport Library is very pleased to continue to co-sponsor the Teen Diversity Essay Contest with TEAM Westport again this year,” remarked Westport Library Executive Director Bill Harmer.  “The essay contest inspires students to challenge themselves and their assumptions about race and racism.  We recognize that learning is a process and the essay contest is a valuable component in that process.”

ABOUT TEAM WESTPORT: With members appointed by the First Selectman and adjunct partners from the leadership of key Westport organizations, TEAM stands for Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism. TEAM Westport has developed a unique role by engaging the community in and drawing attention to issues surrounding multiculturalism and diversity -- making the invisible, visible. In addition to initiatives it implements directly, TEAM Westport partners with a wide range of municipal government and community institutions. Examples include co-programming with the Westport Library, the Westport Country Playhouse, Westport Schools, Westport Police, the Westport Museum, the Interfaith Clergy, the Interfaith Council, Westport MOCA, Westport Pride, AAPI Westport, Westport Housing, Westport P&Z Affordable Housing Subcommittee and the Levitt Pavilion.

Learn more here.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Westport) Life Thu, 27 Jan 2022 10:00:32 -0500
FC Buzz Weekend: Closing Out January with New Art Exhibits, Films, Live Music and More! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47837-fc-buzz-weekend-closing-our-january-with-new-art-exhibits-films-live-music-and-more47837-fc-buzz-weekend-closing-our-january-with-new-art-exhibits-films-live-music-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47837-fc-buzz-weekend-closing-our-january-with-new-art-exhibits-films-live-music-and-more47837-fc-buzz-weekend-closing-our-january-with-new-art-exhibits-films-live-music-and-more

FC Buzz Weekend January 28 - 30, 2022

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities! The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

As we close out January, it feels like the perfect weekend to recharge your creative spirit through the following offerings of art, music, film, and more.

First, several exciting exhibits just opened around town:

Through February 18th, Celebrate Black History Month with Arts Alliance of Stratford at Stratford’s Sterling House Community Center. The exhibit, Through Our Eyes: A Celebration of Local Black Artists, shines light on the creativity of local Black artists.

Silvermine Arts Center welcomes 22 new members to its Guild of Artists with its annual New Members Exhibition, presenting an expansive survey of contemporary works. This New Canaan exhibition showcases emerging artists creating conversations in the art world. Collectively, their pieces feature a body of work that is both collectable and accessible to both the experienced and the first-time collector. On view Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am - 4pm, through February 25th.

Adger Cowans: Sense and Sensibility is now on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries through June 18th. Cowans is a celebrated photographer whose wide-ranging work includes the civil rights movement, jazz musicians, landscape, and artistic studies of the human form, water, and light. This exhibition, curated by Halima Taha, presents Cowans’ use of photography to articulate the beauty within the human condition, and the world we live in, with over fifty images from his illustrious career.

Through March 12, MoCA Westport and the Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) invites you to The Westport Idea Exhibition, a new exhibition featuring selected works from the Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC). This exhibition enables audiences to enjoy selections from WestPAC holdings of more than 2,000 artworks at a public venue. Most of these works are housed in public schools and municipal buildings, not always accessible to the public. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 6 – 8 p.m. at MoCA Westport. 

If you’re interested in taking in a film, you have a couple of choices:

Parallel Mothers stars Penelope Cruz and Milena Smith, as two women, who give birth in the same hospital on the same day. Both are single mothers, and during their chance meeting in the hospital, a close link develops between them that changes their lives in a decisive way. Head over to Stamford’s Avon Theatre Film Center for a screening of this 2021 Spanish film, written and directed by Pedro Almodovar. On view at various times through February 3rd.

For a film that will delight the whole family, Aladdin is showing at Fairfield’s SHU Community Theatre on Sunday - 12pm and 3pm. Guy Ritchie directs and Will Smith stars in this live action version of the timeless tale of a street urchin vying for a magic lamp to make his deepest wishes come true. 

If you’re looking to explore your own ‘inner artist,’ Norwalk’s MAD Lab welcomes the community to enjoy a unique, free-form event called MAKE art TOGETHER. Bring your favorite sketchbook and art supplies to participate in activities that inspire your creative spirit on Friday 6-10 pm.

Music on your mind? Enjoy whatever concert is music to your ears - everything from opera to jazz:

For opera lovers, Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University presents ​​The Met: Live in HD – Verdi’s Rigoletto Tony Award-winning director, Bartlett Sher, resets the opera’s action to 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber, themselves boasting a combined 11 Tony Awards. Saturday at 1pm and 6pm.

The Quick Center has jazz lovers covered too. The John Pizzarelli Big Band is back by popular demand on Sunday at 3pm. Hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz,” world-renowned jazz guitarist and vocalist, John Pizzarelli has recently released a new album, Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Methēny. This concert takes a deep dive into Pat Metheny’s Grammy Award-winning catalog, deconstructing famed arrangements on his seven-string guitar in ways to thrill both jazz lovers and aficionados of classical and Spanish guitar.

Sunday at 4:00 pm, The Ridgefield Playhouse marks a belated Centennial Year of jazz giant Dave Brubeck in The Brubeck Brothers Quartet Celebrates Dave Brubeck’s Centennial Through stories and music, this multimedia show invites audiences to travel along the timeline of Dave Brubeck’s extraordinary life, career, and legacy.

For details on these and hundreds more events check out FC-Buzz events on our website at here 

kerry@ducey.org (Lori Lewis) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 08:46:34 -0500
Only 5 Performances Remain: Get Your Tickets to ACT of CT's Nickel Mines, A Powerful and Important Performance https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47838-only-5-performances-remain-get-your-tickets-to-act-of-ct-s-nickel-mines-a-powerful-and-important-performance47838-only-5-performances-remain-get-your-tickets-to-act-of-ct-s-nickel-mines-a-powerful-and-important-performance https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47838-only-5-performances-remain-get-your-tickets-to-act-of-ct-s-nickel-mines-a-powerful-and-important-performance47838-only-5-performances-remain-get-your-tickets-to-act-of-ct-s-nickel-mines-a-powerful-and-important-performance

ACT of CT is using their stage to tell one of the most important stories of all time. There are only five performances of Nickel Mines that remain.

Purchase your tickets here.

On October 2, 2006, in a one-room school in the Amish community of Nickel Mines Pennsylvania, the unthinkable happened. Ten young girls were held hostage by a gunman, a member of their community. Five of those girls perished, the other five were seriously wounded. 

The new musical, Nickel Mines, is about what happens next. This living memorial honors the five young lives lost and lifts up the families left behind. 

“You will be moved to dig deep,” ACT of CT Artistic Director Dan Levine said. Please read our review HERE.

Dan Levine, ACT Artistic Director said, "We are thrilled with the critical response that our production of NICKEL MINES has received. We know how moved our audiences have been, and we are honored to present this important new musical."
Only 5 performances remain - tickets can be purchased here.

Thursday, January 27th at 7pm

Friday, January 28th at 8pm

Saturday, January 29th at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday, January 30th at 2pm

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 08:07:55 -0500
The Ridgefield Playhouse And Aquarion Water Company Make The Entire Diversity Film Series Free Events For The Community https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47836-the-ridgefield-playhouse-and-aquarion-water-company-make-the-entire-diversity-film-series-free-events-for-the-community47836-the-ridgefield-playhouse-and-aquarion-water-company-make-the-entire-diversity-film-series-free-events-for-the-community https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47836-the-ridgefield-playhouse-and-aquarion-water-company-make-the-entire-diversity-film-series-free-events-for-the-community47836-the-ridgefield-playhouse-and-aquarion-water-company-make-the-entire-diversity-film-series-free-events-for-the-community

The Ridgefield Playhouse’s Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series continues in February with three films celebrating Black History Month that amplify and honor African-American culture and traditions.

All films in the Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series are presented as free events for the community. Following each film, a pre-recorded interview led by reporter Cheryl Washington will also be screened. These enlightening interviews can be viewed later on The Ridgefield Playhouse YouTube Channel.

On February 2ndSummer Of Soul presents a powerful and transporting document of an epic event in the summer of 1969: the Harlem Cultural Festival featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mahalia Jackson, BB King and more. In his debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson reintroduces these lost performances as part of a documentary that combines music, history and story-telling to celebrate Black history, culture and fashion.

Then on February 16thQueen & Slim offers a thrilling modern drama about love, justice and righteous anger, focused on a young couple on the run from the law after a first date gone wrong. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner Smith, directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe and James Frey.

The Black History Month programming concludes on February 23rd with a 50th anniversary screening of Lady Sings The Blues, the classic Billie Holiday biopic starring Diana Ross in a tour-de-force performance that landed Ms. Ross an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

For more information or to reserve your free tickets, go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/

kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 04:48:20 -0500
Weston Resident Chrystal Campbell Wins BroadwayWorld Award https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47835-chrystal-campbell-wins-broadwayworld-award47835-chrystal-campbell-wins-broadwayworld-award https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47835-chrystal-campbell-wins-broadwayworld-award47835-chrystal-campbell-wins-broadwayworld-award

Western Connecticut State University announced that BroadwayWorld 2021 Connecticut Awards were presented to WCSU faculty and students for productions at the Visual and Performing Arts Center during the 2020 academic year, including Best Streaming Musical, Best Direction of a Stream and Best Performers of a Stream. The BroadwayWorld Regional Awards are the largest theatre audience-voted awards, with over 100 cities worldwide participating.

WCSU Department of Theatre Arts productions in 2020 were live-streamed to the public due to the pandemic. Two productions received several awards from BroadwayWorld:

Best Direction of a Stream (Non-Professional): Tim Howard – “The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical”   

Best Editing of a Stream (Non-Professional): R.J. Romeo  “The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical”  

Best Performer in a Streaming Musical (Non-Professional): Alexis Reda,“The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical.” Reda, now a senior Musical Theatre major from Trumbull, impressed two of the show’s writers so much that they invited her to perform one of her character’s songs at their concert “D'ARCHANGELIS AND HORNEFF (AND FRIENDS!)” at The Green Room 42 in New York City.

Best Performer in a Streaming Play (Non-Professional): Chrystal Campbell in “Dognap on Dekalb.” Campbell, of Weston, graduated WCSU in spring 2021 and has since signed with the talent agency of CLA Partners in New York and California.

Best Streaming Musical (Non-Professional): The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical”

Most Anticipated Upcoming Production of a Play (Non-Professional): “Noises Off”

Tim Howard is an associate professor and head of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program in WCSU’s Department of Theatre Arts. He has a diverse career as a director, actor, singer and music director, and has received numerous Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Awards for directing musicals and plays. “I am beyond thrilled to have been acknowledged for my direction of ‘The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical.’ It was truly a labor of love working on this charming, funny and brand-new musical,” he said. “In addition, we are very excited to know the production itself also was awarded, as it was a group effort from editing, design, music and, of course, the talented performers. We are particularly proud that Alexis Reda, our leading lady, also was acknowledged for her work. Well deserved!” Howard will direct the next WCSU musical, “Sweeney Todd,” running from Feb. 25 through March 6.

Sal Trapani, professor of Theatre Arts at WCSU and director of one of the first full productions of “Dognap on Dekalb,” noted that the awards bestowed by BroadwayWorld “once again demonstrated the talents within WCSU’s performance program.” Trapani defines the play as a “beautiful meditation on dealing with and healing from the sorrow and pain of loss,” and praised Chrystal Campbell. “Her performance was brilliant; Chrystal shows us the pain and suffering a mother suffers at the loss of a child. She goes through all the stages of grief with dignity and grace. Her performance takes your breath away,” he said.

For more information about upcoming WCSU productions, go to www.wcsu.edu/theatrearts/events/

kerry@ducey.org (Western Connecticut State University) Neighbors Wed, 26 Jan 2022 10:42:02 -0500
Team Woofgang & Co. Introduces New Pupper Nutter Petites https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47834-team-woofgang-co-introduces-new-pupper-nutter-petites47834-team-woofgang-co-introduces-new-pupper-nutter-petites https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47834-team-woofgang-co-introduces-new-pupper-nutter-petites47834-team-woofgang-co-introduces-new-pupper-nutter-petites

BRIDGEPORT, CT -- Team Woofgang & Co., Inc. has expanded its dog treat product line with the introduction of Pupper Nutter Petites. This new product features the same successful recipe as their beloved Pupper Nutter Patties, but in a much smaller size perfect for petite pooches! This new size treat not only creates a great new product option for their loyal fan base, but it further supports their mission of providing vocational skills training to adults with a wide range of physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities by expanding the curriculum to include learning a completely different, fine motor skill to the team members.

Team Woogang & Co. began in 2017 with the mission to provide vocational training and job skills development to adults with disabilities, while educating the community about the need for increased job opportunities for these individuals. Since its beginning, Team Woofgang has stayed focused on empowering those with a broad range of disabilities through two curricula tailored to the unique abilities of each individual. The non-profit achieves its mission through the utilization of baking and selling dog treats and other novelty items. In April 2020 they opened their new production facility in Bridgeport, CT in an effort to expand their services to more individuals. The retail store remains on Post Road in the heart of Fairfield, CT.

“Team Woofgang & Co. is consistently focused on updating its curricula to meet the needs of our population of individuals with disabilities. With this dog treat product line expansion, we not only provide new skill development for our team members, but also meet the request of our customers with smaller dogs,” said Amiee Turner, Executive Director. “Now dogs of all sizes can enjoy our enormously popular treats - and our team members can challenge themselves with new tasks designed to grow their skill set.”

Pupper Nutter Petites, as well as the original Patties, are now available both in their retail store located at 1300 Post Road, Fairfield, CT and online at www.woofgangco.org/onlinestore. Team Woofgang & Co will sell the treats for $8.00 per eight ounce box with a special introductory deal of 3 boxes for $20.00.

For more information please visit https://woofgangco.org/

kerry@ducey.org (Deanna Bucher ) Places Tue, 25 Jan 2022 12:23:28 -0500
The Great Westport Salad Contest, Voting Begins March 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47833-the-great-westport-salad-contest-voting-begins-march-147833-the-great-westport-salad-contest-voting-begins-march-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47833-the-great-westport-salad-contest-voting-begins-march-147833-the-great-westport-salad-contest-voting-begins-march-1

The Westport-Weston Chamber announces the 5th contest in their series of fun and promotional foodie events - this time, the focus is on SALAD!

Who makes the best Salad in town? The residents get to decide. Restaurants, delis, and markets this is your chance to rule the day by showing off your best salads. Register to participate HERE.


View voting categories and learn more about this fun and delicious community contest HERE.


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Tue, 25 Jan 2022 10:06:22 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: The Recipe of Success https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47722-why-small-businesses-matter-the-recipe-of-success47722-why-small-businesses-matter-the-recipe-of-success https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47722-why-small-businesses-matter-the-recipe-of-success47722-why-small-businesses-matter-the-recipe-of-success

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT The Recipe of Success!

Four questions with Mark G. Moeller, founder of The Recipe of Success.

The Recipe of Success®, a blueprint for creating, operating, and sustaining your foodservice concept.

Why did you start your business?

I kind of fell into consulting. While I was at Johnson & Wales in 1987, I stumbled across consulting in general. I thought it was very interesting, I love to teach and train and it seemed a great way to combine my passions of restaurants and teaching. I knew I wasn’t experienced enough but knew one day I would be. I went out the next day and purchased four books on consulting from Barnes & Noble in Providence. I read them cover to cover and still have them.

Fast forward to 2000, I was leaving the company I was working with as I was unable to relocate. As I was leaving, a good friend and colleague reached out to me and asked if I had some time to assist him. He was working with a pizzeria and needed some nuts and bolts operational help. I worked with Joanne’s Gourmet Pizza for 3 ½ years as a consultant.

I loved what I was doing and almost immediately started backfilling my time with other clients. In my first 12 years in operation, I worked with 3 main clients for extended periods of time. All the while, building the company and my brand.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

Almost too many to name:

- Property Protection Consulting for security (Monroe)
- Collective Design Associates, MEP Engineers (Westport)
- Arkay-Leliever, Designers (Fairfield)
- 1813 Design for branding (Darien)
- Balancing Act Financials – bookkeeping (Stamford)
- Paramount Reproductions for printing (Stamford)
- Leigh Overland Architects (Fairfield)
- Thiel Architecture & Design (Weston)
- Emilia Ferri Architecture + Design (Greenwich)
- Benjamin, Gold & Troyb, P.C. (Stamford)
- Caplan & Hecht, LLC (New Haven)
- Red Line Graphics for Signage (Bridgeport)
- Office Evolution for my office(Westport)
- ASF for branded gear (Westport)
- Globe Equipment for equipment and small wares (Bridgeport)
- M&M Constructions for restaurant fit-outs (Wilton)
- Mobile Communications Systems for Digital Marketing (Stamford)

And many more!

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

The Recipe of Success is reimagined and evolves every year. Due to the cyclical needs of restaurants, we find ourselves hyper-focused on their evolution.

Currently, we are designing new kitchens for restaurants and shared kitchen spaces. The restaurant kitchens are a mix of full-serve and fast-casual operations in both traditional and unique spaces (one is a former train station).

Throughout the pandemic, we have helped many clients put a renewed emphasis on training and execution, and we have also opened restaurants from Nyack, NY to Westport, CT to Rockland, Maine.

The Recipe of Success is located at 500 Post Road East 2nd floor in Westport. Visit The Recipe of Success online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook page as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Tue, 25 Jan 2022 05:36:20 -0500
Summer Internship Opportunities at Westport Country Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47832-summer-internship-opportunities-at-westport-country-playhouse47832-summer-internship-opportunities-at-westport-country-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47832-summer-internship-opportunities-at-westport-country-playhouse47832-summer-internship-opportunities-at-westport-country-playhouse

Are you looking for an engaging professional experience in the world of theater this summer? Look no further than the Westport Country Playhouse’s summer internships program! 
Offering positions in company management, scenic design, stage management, development, and more, we’re thrilled to welcome our next cohort of interns this summer… and one of them could be you!
See what past interns have said about their internship experience and apply for an internship HERE.

Internships at Westport Country Playhouse

kerry@ducey.org (Westport Country Playhouse) Neighbors Mon, 24 Jan 2022 13:41:44 -0500
Paint a Masterpiece a Day with Westport Continuing Education Online Class https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47822-paint-a-masterpiece-a-day-online-class47822-paint-a-masterpiece-a-day-online-class https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47822-paint-a-masterpiece-a-day-online-class47822-paint-a-masterpiece-a-day-online-class

This class is for anyone with an interest in painting with acrylics, no experience required! You will recreate a different Impressionist masterpiece in each session (or a masterpiece a day.) You will learn how to mix paint from transparent primary colors to uncover your own unique and personal color palette-while creating your own version of a classic painting. The goal is to relax and enjoy the process of self-discovery from the comfort of your home.

Register online at Westport Continuing Education.

cjewell@westportps.org (Westport Continuing Education) Events Mon, 24 Jan 2022 09:43:15 -0500
Westport Continuing Ed Offers Estate Planning Online https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47826-estate-planning-online47826-estate-planning-online https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47826-estate-planning-online47826-estate-planning-online

Join Alyson Marcucio, a partner at Chipman Mazzucco Emerson LLC, for an in-depth review of estate planning and the estate administration process. We'll identify the elements of a properly constructed estate plan and explore federal and state transfer tax laws, as well as health care documents, living wills, power of attorney, and conservatorships. Learn about the probate process and the truth about avoiding probate, retirement assets, gifting, life insurance, intangible assets, Medicaid and long term care planning, maintaining autonomy as we age, and more. Through case studies and interactive discussion, participants will gain insight into the difficult issues faced by families.

This online workshop meets three Tuesdays, February 1, 8 & 15 from 6:30 - 8:30pm online. Only $59 to sign up!

Register online at www.westportcontinuinged.com

cjewell@westportps.org (Westport Continuing Education) Events Sun, 23 Jan 2022 09:42:30 -0500
Get a BLOWOUT Membership at Whip Salon in Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47829-get-a-blowout-membership-at-whip-salon47829-get-a-blowout-membership-at-whip-salon https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47829-get-a-blowout-membership-at-whip-salon47829-get-a-blowout-membership-at-whip-salon

Never wash your own hair again!

Need some pampering to combat the winter doldrums? Why not treat yourself to a blowout membership at Whip Salon.
Choose from 2x, 4x or 8x blowouts per month. Memberships come with discounted pricing, free hot tools, complimentary beverages and other membership perks like special giveaways. (Psssst fellas...makes a terrific Valentine's Day gift too).
Memberships start at just $75 per month for 2 blowouts. Check out the 2022 LOOK BOOK for the latest styles and hair inspo! To learn more or purchase visit whipsalon.com or call 855.WHIP.SLN for details.
Book your next appointment with Whip Salon Westport online.
kerry@ducey.org (Whip Salon) Places Sun, 23 Jan 2022 09:20:53 -0500
CT's Beardsley Zoo Announces Anteater Naming Contest Result https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47830-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-announces-anteater-naming-contest-result47830-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-announces-anteater-naming-contest-result https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47830-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-announces-anteater-naming-contest-result47830-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-announces-anteater-naming-contest-result

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is pleased to announce the results of its “Name the Baby Giant Anteater” contest, giving voters a choice of three names: Chili, Andarilho, and Corajosa.

Animal care staff chose the prospective names, all South American names or terms to honor and describe the new female giant anteater. Female giant anteater Pana and male E.O. are the proud parents of their third offspring, born June 15, 2021. 

The winning name is Chili, referring to a small, spicy pepper often used in South American and Mexican cuisine.  The contest engaged hundreds of voters online. 

Of the three names voted on, Chili won 50% of the vote, Corajosa won 34% and Andarilho won 16%. 

Mochilla, the pair’s first offspring, is now in residence at Alexandria Zoo in Louisiana. The second-born, Tupi, is now at the Nashville Zoo in Tennessee. 

Female anteaters give birth to one offspring and the baby rides on mom’s back for the first several months of life, occasionally venturing off not too far from mom to explore its surroundings. Pana and Chili will be outside only rarely for guests to view until spring, when the temperatures regularly rise above 50 degrees.

The Giant anteater's parents came to the Zoo from Palm Beach Zoo in Palm Beach, Florida. Both Pana and E.O. are twelve years old. They arrived in late May 2015 and are a highlight of the Pampas Plains habitat, which opened in August 2015. Featuring animals from the Pampas region of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, the exhibit represents the Zoo’s South American Adventure.  

About Giant Anteaters

Giant anteaters can live up to 26 years old in human care and are usually solitary animals. They can weigh up to 100 pounds and are five to seven feet long. Their home range is from southern Belize to northern Argentina, and they live in grasslands, humid forests, and woodland areas. Anteaters have one of the lowest body temperatures in the animal kingdom at 91 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit and can eat up to 30,000 ants per meal in the wild. The Latin name for anteater is Vermillingua, meaning "worm tongue," which can be as long as two feet. 

Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org: we recommend that guests continue to wear masks while visiting the Zoo, but when guests are outside and are able to maintain social distance, masks may be removed. In any indoor area, or when social distancing cannot be maintained, masks must be worn. Everyone over the age of two, except for those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them, should have a mask available

kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Clair) Events Sun, 23 Jan 2022 09:08:20 -0500
Nickel Mines Opens at ACT of CT: You Will Be Moved to Dig Deep https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47831-nickel-mines-opens-at-act-of-ct-you-will-be-moved-to-dig-deep47831-nickel-mines-opens-at-act-of-ct-you-will-be-moved-to-dig-deep https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47831-nickel-mines-opens-at-act-of-ct-you-will-be-moved-to-dig-deep47831-nickel-mines-opens-at-act-of-ct-you-will-be-moved-to-dig-deep

Thank you to ACT of CT for using your stage to tell one of the most important stories of all time. 

“You will be moved to dig deep,” ACT of CT Artistic Director Dan Levine said. 

Levine was not exaggerating - theater can move you in a way unlike any other medium can, and ACT’s production of Nickel Mines will do just that.

On October 2, 2006, in a one-room school in the Amish community of Nickel Mines Pennsylvania, the unthinkable happened. Ten young girls were held hostage by a gunman, a member of their community. Five of those girls perished, the other five were seriously wounded. 

The new musical, Nickel Mines, is about what happens next. This living memorial honors the five young lives lost and lifts up the families left behind. 

The effects of this senseless act are so personal, each individual, from the family members of the victims to the wife of the shooter is thrust into an unfathomable situation and emotions are running wild. How do they cope? Anger? Revenge? Hate? Forgiveness? Love?

Dance movements and vocal performances are masterfully executed by the uber-talented cast of Lauren Celentano, Anna Cooper, Shea Coughlin, Morgan Hollingsworth, Kelsey Jenison, Milan Magana, Mark Bradley Miller, Alex Nee, Eric Michael Parker, Justine Veronica Rafael, Josephine Rose Roberts, Hannah Joy Snyder, Jayme Wappel, Claire Sorlie, and Emma Lou DeLaney.

They touch the audience in a profoundly powerful way.

We witness the incredibly personal struggle of a grieving father, a loving boyfriend, and a lonely sister as they struggle to go try to find normalcy. 

Before the performance even began, the audience had a glimpse into its impact and meaning. Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine took the stage and was moved to tears as he spoke about Nickel Mines, a show that was in final days of rehearsal when COVID shut it down in 2020. 

Levine thanked Anita Donofrio who was instrumental in bringing Nickel Mines back. “She believes in this show as much as we do,” said Levine.

Those who were fortunate to see Nickel Mines this weekend were among the first to experience this incredibly powerful World premiere musical production, directed and choreographed by Andrew Palermo.

Once again, the entire ACT of Connecticut team, including Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, Bryan Perri, Music Supervisor, Executive Director Katie Diamond, and Erin Craig, Producing Director deliver brilliance by way of Nickel Mines.

“Good theater can enter our hearts and change us,” said Levine. 

Nickel Mines does that.

Remaining Performances:

Sunday, January 23rd at 2pm* & 7pm

Thursday, January 27th at 7pm

Friday, January 28th at 8pm

Saturday, January 29th at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday, January 30th at 2pm

Sunday, January 23 at 2pm - Niro Feliciano (LCSW, Integrative Counseling and Wellness Group) and Alexis Koukos (Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement)

Purchase tickets here.

*Photos by Jeff Butchen Photography 

kerry@ducey.org (KA) Events Sun, 23 Jan 2022 06:13:41 -0500
Meetings Scheduled for Proposed Alternate Cell Tower Location on Greens Farms Road https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47828-meetings-scheduled-for-proposed-alternate-cell-tower-location-on-greens-farms-road47828-meetings-scheduled-for-proposed-alternate-cell-tower-location-on-greens-farms-road https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47828-meetings-scheduled-for-proposed-alternate-cell-tower-location-on-greens-farms-road47828-meetings-scheduled-for-proposed-alternate-cell-tower-location-on-greens-farms-road

Westport  First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker has announced that the office building complex at 55 Greens Farms Road is being considered as a potential alternate location for a proposed cell tower installation.

In June 2021, it was revealed that cell tower company Tarpon Towers and AT&T (Tarpon/AT&T) had signed an agreement with the owners of the property at 92 Greens Farms Road to construct a 124-feet tall cell tower adjacent to the house. Westport town officials, led by former First Selectman Jim Marpe, voiced their strong objection to this location on a residential property and urged Tarpon/AT&T to consider other options. As a result of those discussions, Tarpon/AT&T and the owner of the office building at 55 Greens Farms Road have tentatively reached an agreement to locate the tower on the northeast corner of that office property. This new potential location requires a small wetland crossing, which will be reviewed by the Westport Conservation Commission on January 31, 2022. A Public Information Session will be held on February 8, 2022 to discuss the two proposed locations. Both meetings will be conducted virtually.

First Selectwoman Tooker stated, “I urge neighbors of both locations—92 Greens Farms Road and 55 Greens Farms Road—to attend the Conservation Commission meeting on January 31, when the wetlands issue will be the primary focus, and the Public Information Session on February 8, when there will be a full discussion of this cell tower proposal. These are important issues for neighbors and the entire Westport community. I encourage interested Westporters to participate in these public meetings.”

Legal Notices (including Zoom links) for the Conservation Commission meeting (January 31) and Public Information Session (February 8) will be posted to the Town website: 


kerry@ducey.org (Town of Westport) Places Fri, 21 Jan 2022 14:01:06 -0500