Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Tue, 29 Nov 2022 12:37:36 -0500 HamletHub.com “Elf” Screening & Meals on Wheels Food Drive https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48332-elf-screening-meals-on-wheels-food-drive48332-elf-screening-meals-on-wheels-food-drive https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48332-elf-screening-meals-on-wheels-food-drive48332-elf-screening-meals-on-wheels-food-drive

This weekend, do some good and have some laughs at The Ridgefield Playhouse! To get you in the spirit of the season and giving back, they are presenting a screening of the holiday classic Elf starring Will Ferrell on Fri, December 2 at 8pm. The evening also includes their 2nd Annual Holiday Food Drive & Ugly Sweater Party! After Ridgefield’s annual Holiday Stroll, head over to The Playhouse in your most hideous holiday sweater for the chance to win free concessions for the night (2 candy, 1 large popcorn, 2 large sodas)! And don’t forget to bring canned goods to support our holiday food drive for Ridgefield’s own, Meals on Wheels. By bringing FIVE canned or dry items for the food drive, you’ll enjoy a free ticket to the screening! Don’t Be a Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins – reserve your seats now to join in the holiday fun and to see Will Ferrell on the big screen in one of the most beloved holiday movies of all time!

Meals on Wheels has been providing nourishment to any Ridgefield resident who cannot prepare their own meals: the elderly, disabled and infirm, even those with short term needs such as recovery from surgery or illness. They have no age or income restrictions and all meals are free of charge. Please note, they are not a food pantry and have an approved list of food items they need to help prepare meals. We encourage you to click here for the Meals on Wheels approved donations list and help support this wonderful cause.

This event is part of the Playhouse’s Xfinity Family Series and Cohen and Wolf P.C. Movie Series.

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home tickets ($10.50 - $12.50), go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can 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 THE PLAYHOUSE ON SOCIALS: Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse | Twitter: @RPlayhouse | Facebook: @RidgefieldPlayhouse

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lisa.barrett@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Tue, 29 Nov 2022 06:19:22 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter: Rebel and Rose Tattoo https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48267-why-small-businesses-matter-rebel-and-rose-tattoo48267-why-small-businesses-matter-rebel-and-rose-tattoo https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48267-why-small-businesses-matter-rebel-and-rose-tattoo48267-why-small-businesses-matter-rebel-and-rose-tattoo

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 Rebel and Rose Tattoo!

Four questions with Amanda Mas Dorin, founder of Rebel and Rose Tattoo.

Why did you start your business?

I started Rebel & Rose Tattoo Studio mainly because Westport did not have a tattoo studio. I believed the town could benefit from this type of diversity and add some culture to downtown. Before opening downtown I was in a private studio on the town line and had built a Westport clientele. There are also no other Tattoo & Beauty shops in Fairfield County, we were the first Women-Owned and Operated.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best-selling services are tattoos and piercings. Many of us had to close our books because of the high demand. We are the only tattoo studio in the area with high-end curated jewelry which drives demand for that as well. Our piercer only uses a needle which is the most sterile and safe. She has the best bedside manner. She has been piercing for 17 years and worked in the nursing industry, our clients are in the best hands with her.

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

We have left business cards at local shops and met quite a few local business owners. Our business is mostly word of mouth, and we are very thankful to all the local shops for recommending our services! (West, Bloom Hair Salon, Allison Daniel Designs, Monarch Market, Bloom, New Beauty & Wellness to name a few). Our studio has many local painters and artists work for sale, we have a “Support Local Women” table in our waiting room selling their products.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

We are always trying to reimagine how to better the business. We do a lot of fundraising for local charities which is fun for us but also involved in the community which we would love to continue to do.

Amanda would like to nominate Bloom Hair Salon to be featured next!

Rebel and Rose Tattoo is located at 155 Post Road East, Second Floor, Suite 1 in Westport. Visit Rebel and Rose Tattoo online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook, and Instagram pages as well!

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

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Tue, 29 Nov 2022 05:41:54 -0500
CT DOT Road Closure to Impact Westport Commuters https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/48331-ct-dot-road-closure-to-impact-westport-commuters48331-ct-dot-road-closure-to-impact-westport-commuters https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/48331-ct-dot-road-closure-to-impact-westport-commuters48331-ct-dot-road-closure-to-impact-westport-commuters

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is announced a scheduled closure that will affect Westport commuters. 

The  I-95 southbound on-ramp and off-ramp at Exit 17 in Westport and I-95 southbound on-ramp at Exit 16 will be closed. 

The on-ramp to I-95 southbound at Exit 17 will be closed and detour will be in place today, Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29 and the Exit 17 off-ramp from I-95 southbound will be closed and detour will be in place on Wednesday, November 30 and Thursday, December 1 to facilitate the installation of conduits necessary for the Incident Management System.

If initial work is completed in a single night, the Exit 17 on- and off-ramps will only be closed on Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29.

The on-ramp to I-95 southbound at Exit 16 in Norwalk will be closed and detour will be in place on Monday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 6. There will be alternating one way traffic on East Avenue on December 7, 8 and 9 in Norwalk. These closures are also necessary for the installation of conduit for the Incident Management System.

Click here to learn more.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Westport) Public safety Mon, 28 Nov 2022 11:20:42 -0500
Westport Town Tree Lighting this Thursday, December 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48330-westport-town-tree-lighting-this-thursday-december-148330-westport-town-tree-lighting-this-thursday-december-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48330-westport-town-tree-lighting-this-thursday-december-148330-westport-town-tree-lighting-this-thursday-december-1

Westport First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker announced today that the Town’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, on Thursday, December 1 at 5 pm. 

The Staples High School Orphenians will perform a selection of seasonal songs.

The public is invited to attend this festive community event.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Mon, 28 Nov 2022 11:17:13 -0500
Westport Police to Hold Annual Holiday Toy Drive https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/48328-westport-police-to-hold-annual-holiday-toy-drive48328-westport-police-to-hold-annual-holiday-toy-drive https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/48328-westport-police-to-hold-annual-holiday-toy-drive48328-westport-police-to-hold-annual-holiday-toy-drive

The Westport Police Department Benevolent Association, in partnership with the Westport Police Athletic League, will be hosting their annual “Holiday Toy Drive”, that provides toys to underprivileged children throughout Fairfield County.

Officers will accept new, unopened and unwrapped toys, as well as cash donations in the parking lot of ASF Sports & Outdoors located at 1560 Post Road East, Westport, CT on the following Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.:

  • Saturday, December 3, 2022
  • Sunday, December 4, 2022
  • Saturday, December 10, 2022
  • Sunday, December 11, 2022

Additionally, there will be toy collection boxes at the following locations:

  • Westport Police Department, 50 Jesup Road, Westport, CT
  • ASF Sports & Outdoors Store, 1560 Post Road East, Westport, CT
  • WPAL Ice Rink, 260 Compo Road South, Westport, CT
  • Awesome Toys & Gifts, 429 Post Road E, Westport, CT
  • The Toy Post, 180 Post Road E, Westport, CT

We ask for your support and generosity to help make this toy drive a success and look forward to seeing many of you at ASF Sports & Outdoors. Best wishes to all for a happy, safe and healthy holiday season from the Westport Police Department.   

We thank you, in advance for your support, and to all our continually generous donors, we look forward to seeing you at ASF!

Questions can be directed to Officer Craig Bergamo by phone at (203) 341-6000 or via email at cbergamo@Westportct.gov.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Westport) Charities Mon, 28 Nov 2022 05:20:39 -0500
Whip Salon Cyber Monday SALE: 20% off with code HOLIDAY22 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48329-whip-salon-cyber-monday-sale-20-off-with-code-holiday2248329-whip-salon-cyber-monday-sale-20-off-with-code-holiday22 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48329-whip-salon-cyber-monday-sale-20-off-with-code-holiday2248329-whip-salon-cyber-monday-sale-20-off-with-code-holiday22

Whip Salon wants you to be holiday READY! Purchase an online gift certificate through Whip Salon's website for 20% off when you use code HOLIDAY22.

Simply click here to purchase and send or visit whipsalon.com.  

Book your appointment HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 28 Nov 2022 04:00:59 -0500
Fairfield County Bank donates billboard on I95 exit 15 to RVNAhealth https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48327-fairfield-county-bank-donates-billboard-on-i95-exit-15-to-rvnahealth48327-fairfield-county-bank-donates-billboard-on-i95-exit-15-to-rvnahealth https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48327-fairfield-county-bank-donates-billboard-on-i95-exit-15-to-rvnahealth48327-fairfield-county-bank-donates-billboard-on-i95-exit-15-to-rvnahealth

Thank you to Fairfield County Bank for generously donating their billboard space on I95N Exit 15 to RVNAhealth from November through January!  The Bank has been a loyal supporter of RVNAhealth for more than 25 years. 

The use of this billboard is another example of the many ways in which the Bank partners with RVNAhealth to support and help expand our services in the region.

As Theresa Santoro, RVNAhealth President & CEO explains, “RVNAhealth’s growth and innovation have been due, in no small part, to the support received throughout the years from Fairfield County Bank, its employees, and its board members. From banking, insurance, and investments to guidance, advice, and support across countless volunteer hours, the impact Fairfield County Bank has had on RVNAhealth has been immeasurable.  They are a true friend and partner of our agency and we are immensely grateful for their unwavering commitment to the health and wellness of our communities and the many lives we serve.”

Learn more about RVNAhealth.

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kerry@ducey.org (RVNAhealth ) Places Mon, 28 Nov 2022 03:15:00 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: Shreya Patel, Doctor of Optometry https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48266-why-small-businesses-matter-shreya-patel-od-pc48266-why-small-businesses-matter-shreya-patel-od-pc https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48266-why-small-businesses-matter-shreya-patel-od-pc48266-why-small-businesses-matter-shreya-patel-od-pc

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 Shreya Patel OD PC!

Three questions with Shreya Patel, founder of Shreya Patel OD PC.

Why did you start your business?

When I opened my optometric practice in 2013, I loved the idea of serving those in the community in which I reside. My vision is to continue offering high-quality personalized eye care.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Dry eye treatment is our best-growing service. Individuals are seeking our practice out and other eye care providers are referring patients to us as we offer the latest treatments and state-of-the-art technology.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

Always! I truly value patient feedback and allow that to guide me to improve each individual’s experience from the moment they walk in.

Shreya would like to nominate Capuli restaurant to be featured next!

Shreya Patel OD PC is located at 147 Post Road East in Westport. Visit Shreya Patel OD PC online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook, and Instagram pages as well!

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

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Wed, 23 Nov 2022 05:35:49 -0500
Westport’s Holiday Program Seeks Donations https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/48324-westport-s-holiday-program-seeks-donations-166906897748324-westport-s-holiday-program-seeks-donations-1669068977 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/48324-westport-s-holiday-program-seeks-donations-166906897748324-westport-s-holiday-program-seeks-donations-1669068977

Human Services Director Elaine Daignault announced today that the Department of Human Services is sponsoring its annual Holiday Giving Program for Westport residents.

Daignault said, “The Human Services’ Annual Holiday Program relies on community donations to bring holiday cheer to Westport families facing financial hardship this season. Approximately one hundred families with school-aged children benefit annually from the income-based assistance program.” 

Human Services has noted an increase in requests for financial assistance in the wake of the pandemic. Between the rise in food, shelter, and fuel costs, many Westport families are under enormous stress to maintain employment and cover their basic food and housing needs.

According to Human Services’ Family Program Coordinator Annette D’Augelli, “Westport’s Holiday Giving Program has provided tremendous comfort and relief to recipients and offers residents and local businesses an opportunity to pay it forward.” 

D’Augelli stressed that the beneficiaries remain anonymous. Both gift cards and cash donations are accepted and matched with families who can purchase food and simple holiday gifts for their children.

“Over the past few years, we are seeing more working families who are struggling to meet their family’s needs. Many households work multiple jobs and stretch their incomes to cover basic needs like food, clothing, and childcare. This program allows parents to purchase gifts, new clothes, and food for the holidays,” said D'Augelli.

As always, 100% of all donations go directly to families who qualify for financial assistance throughout the year. Human Services pivoted from accepting material donations like toys and clothes to gift cards, checks, and cash. Gift cards also allow parents to personalize their children's gifts and fully participate in the community's festive holiday season, feeling confident that their modest gift expenses will not create a monetary shortfall after the season has passed.

D’Augelli continued, “The generosity and kindness of the Westport community continue to amaze me each year. We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support.”

Westport residents and organizations who wish to donate cash, checks, or gift cards to the program can contribute to the “Family to Family Seasonal Holiday Giving Program” online at www.westportct.gov/donate.

Contributions can also be dropped to Town Hall or mailed to the Westport Department of Human Services at Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880.

Westport residents facing financial difficulties can contact Human Services at 203-341-1050 or humansrv@westportct.gov for confidential assistance. 

Contact Annette D’Augelli at adaugelli@westportct.gov or 203-341-1183 with questions or ideas to support the annual program. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Westport) Charities Mon, 21 Nov 2022 12:16:17 -0500
Let's help RADical Hope and Larry Bossidy break the grip of emotional isolation that is killing our young people https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/48323-let-s-help-radical-hope-and-larry-bossidy-break-the-grip-of-emotional-isolation-that-is-killing-our-young-people48323-let-s-help-radical-hope-and-larry-bossidy-break-the-grip-of-emotional-isolation-that-is-killing-our-young-people https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/48323-let-s-help-radical-hope-and-larry-bossidy-break-the-grip-of-emotional-isolation-that-is-killing-our-young-people48323-let-s-help-radical-hope-and-larry-bossidy-break-the-grip-of-emotional-isolation-that-is-killing-our-young-people

Ridgefield resident Larry Bossidy is on a mission to stop the #2 killer of college students, death by suicide. 

Please consider joining Bossidy on his journey to save lives by donating to RADical Hope Foundation here.

Our mission is to break the grip of emotional isolation that is killing our young people. We do this by expanding and delivering measurable, science-based programs that fill critical gaps and equip America’s youth with the skills they need to thrive. 

-Pam Martin, RADical Hope Co-Founder

Founded by Bossidy’s daughter and son-in-law Pam and Phil Martin in honor of their son, Chris who died by suicide in the fall of 2017, RADical Hope Foundation’s charge is to break the grip of emotional isolation that is claiming the lives of our youth.

On November 29, 2022, the nonprofit will hold its second annual event at the Union League Club in New York City, raising funds toward this critical mission. New York University Vice Chancellor, Linda Mills will be honored with the Christopher Martin Award for student mental health over the last two decades.

Special guests include Larry Fitzgerald, Jr., former NFL wide receiver. Dave Price, WNBC Weather Anchor will serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

Once again, Ridgefield resident and artist Tina Cobelle-Sturges has created a piece of art symbolic of the nonprofit’s mission. “All Around Us” is a 48x60 oil on canvas original painting. In 2021, Sturges painting raised $60,000 for RADical Hope Foundation.

RADical Hope has successfully given 10,000 students the tools to help with the increase of social disconnection college students are feeling like never before. The students in the program have given it rave reviews, with 87% recommending it to other students. Their goal is to reach 1 million kids, and do it while making sure there is zero cost to the institutions or kids participating in the program. 

The pandemic has only magnified the urgency to help our young people and the need for RADical Hope. 

According to a new BestColleges.com 2022 survey, 95% of college students have experienced negative mental health symptoms as a result of COVID-19 and nearly half (46%) of those who responded reported feeling isolated and lonely and close to one-third (32%) experienced feelings of hopelessness.

RADical Hope identifies, develops and funds proven frontline engagement programs that deliver on its mission priorities: Connectivity, Engagement, Emotional Intelligence, Empowerment and Sustainability.

The community is invited to bid on an array of live auction items. Please stay tuned for details on the bidding process and a complete list of items. 

More information about RADical Hope’s powerful work can be found at www.radicalhopefoundation.org.

Please consider joining Larry Bossidy on his journey to save lives by donating to RADical Hope Foundation here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (KAD) Neighbors Mon, 21 Nov 2022 07:57:00 -0500
Fairfield County Bank opens ATM in Lily's Weston Market https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48322-fairfield-county-bank-opens-atm-in-lily-s-weston-market48322-fairfield-county-bank-opens-atm-in-lily-s-weston-market https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48322-fairfield-county-bank-opens-atm-in-lily-s-weston-market48322-fairfield-county-bank-opens-atm-in-lily-s-weston-market

Fairfield County Bank is excited to announce the recent installment of a standalone ATM at Lily’s Weston Market in the Weston Shopping Center.

Lily’s Weston Market opened in May of this year, taking over the storefront of Peter’s Weston Market, which was a town staple for over 50 years. “We are thrilled to expand further into the Weston community,” said Arianna Middleton, Vice President of Electronic Banking and Electronic Banking Manager at Fairfield County Bank. “Working with local businesses is a part of who we are, and we are always looking for new ways to serve our clients and make banking more convenient.”

The state-of-the-art ATM is designed to provide the highest level of protection against security threats such as card-skimming allowing clients and market shoppers to withdraw cash, check balances, and make transfers between their Fairfield County Bank accounts easily and securely.

Lily’s Weston Market is committed to always keeping the shelves stocked with the freshest seasonal produce, ethically raised meats and seafood, and sustainable household staples. Their vision is to promote clean, natural ingredients and products to raise awareness surrounding the importance of maintaining a healthy diet. The Market also offers pre-made, grab-and-go foods.

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kerry@ducey.org (Jillian Fernandez) Places Fri, 18 Nov 2022 10:24:50 -0500
FC Buzz Weekend Lineup of Art and Culture November 18-20: The Laramie Project, Chris Frantz, and Heida Hermanns in Westport! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48320-fc-buzz-weekend-lineup-of-art-and-culture-november-18-20-the-laramie-project-chris-frantz-and-heida-hermanns-in-westport48320-fc-buzz-weekend-lineup-of-art-and-culture-november-18-20-the-laramie-project-chris-frantz-and-heida-hermanns-in-westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48320-fc-buzz-weekend-lineup-of-art-and-culture-november-18-20-the-laramie-project-chris-frantz-and-heida-hermanns-in-westport48320-fc-buzz-weekend-lineup-of-art-and-culture-november-18-20-the-laramie-project-chris-frantz-and-heida-hermanns-in-westport

FC Buzz Weekend November 18 - 20

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.

“The Wilton Open” Art Exhibition & Reception at The Wilton Library

Friday, Nov 18, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Soak up a wide variety of styles, media, and subject matter in this exhibition featuring more than 20 artists from Wilton and surrounding towns who submitted inquiries expressing an interest to display their works at the library, starting from the year 2019 to the present. 

The Laramie Project at The Unitarian Church, Westport

Friday, Nov 18 and Saturday, Nov 19, 7:00 pm + Sunday, Nov 20, 2:00 pm

A moving account of the murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old gay college student in Laramie, Wyoming, this play explores the devastating circumstances of the crime, and the complicated, and sometimes shocking, reactions of the residents of Laramie. 

Eccentric Women of Ridgefield at Ridgefield Theater Barn, Ridgefield

Friday, Nov 18 and Saturday Nov 19, 8:00 pm and Sunday, Nov 20, 2:00 pm

Come and support local performing artists in a play based on the writings & performances of Dr. Darla Shaw, adapted for the stage by Stephen Robbins & directed by Linda Seay. Featuring special guest Barb Fulton Jennes, the Poet Laureate of Ridgefield, this play celebrates the lives and originality of four distinct women from Ridgefield history: Sarah Bishop, Mary Louise Beatrice Olcott, Carmela Sabilia (the Peanut Lady) and Jacqueline Seligmann (the Cat Lady). 

Joyful Noise at Powerhouse Theatre, Waveny Park, New Canaan 

Friday, Nov 18 and Saturday, Nov 19, 8:00 pm and Sunday, Nov 20, 2:00 pm

Dueling diva sopranos, a plot combining religious protest, political alienation, social humiliation, and a sex scandal… this play, which is similar to “Amadeus,” has it all! Based on historical facts, George Frederick Handel is in trouble: his last opera flopped, he is no longer in favor with King George II and preachers are raging. A devious bishop and Handel's librettist add to the conflict in this true story of the politics and passion that nearly prevented "The Messiah” from ever being performed.. Tickets are also available for Nov 25-27 and Dec 2-4.

Community Pop-Up Market at Mark Twain Library, Redding 

Friday, Nov 18, 4:30 - 8:30 pm

Jump start your holiday shopping! It’s an opportunity to meet local vendors and ‘shop local’ in an intimate setting. Items for sale include boutique and handcrafted jewelry, one-of-a-kind home decor items, personalized gifts, gourmet treats, unique clothing, accessories and more. While you relax and browse, enjoy refreshments, sparkling water, and wine. 

Eric Gales at StageOne at FTC’s Stage One, Fairfield

Friday, Nov 18, 8:00 pm

He’s been compared to Jimi Hendrix and hailed by Joe Bonamassa as “one of the best if not the best guitarist in the world today.” As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, Eric’s unique hybrid blues/rock sound draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Frank Gambale. 

Celebration of Heida Hermanns International Competition at MoCA Westport

Saturday, Nov 19, 7:00 - 9:30 pm

Celebrate 50 years of the Heida! This competition showcases rising stars in the domains of voice, strings and piano and features light works for woodwinds and piano, and soprano voice and piano, performed by six previous winners of the competition who have built successful international careers. Drinks and cocktails will be available for purchase. 

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at New Pond Farm, Redding

Saturday, Nov 19, 7:00 pm

It’s time to get in the holiday spirit with a live 1940s radio broadcast of the beloved American holiday classic directed by Nancy Ponturo, and performed by a talented cast. Includes actors Nancy and Bob Ponturo, Martin Robinson and Annie Evans, Fred Newman and Katy Dobbs, Don Striano, and Julia Levo. Music provided by David Morgan and sound effects by Fred Newman.

“Chris Frantz Presents Emerging Musicians” at The Westport Library

Saturday, Nov 19, 7:00 pm

Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club fame presents Residual Groove, a funk-fusion, improv-heavy dance band out of Fairfield County, and contemporary singer-songwriter Brian Dolzani. The concert is a music collaboration and production by Verso Studios at The Westport Library and the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. The “Chris Frantz Presents” series features up-and-coming regional, national, and international talent, hand-picked by Frantz, with the goal of bringing new music to new ears and to be an incubator for rising talent.

An Evening with Fruition (trio) FTC’s StageOne, Fairfield

Saturday, Nov 19, 7:45 pm

This beloved folk-rock group has been giving fans a lot to love since the acclaimed album ‘Labor of Love.’ Their music brings you back to the first time you ever heard harmonies and strumming that shook you to the core and right back out to the hairs of your skin. American Songwriter exclaims, "This is Americana of the highest order, driven by charming three-part harmonies that never feel forced." 

Christmas at the Coley House! Weston Historical Society

Starting on Sunday, Nov 20, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm 

Explore the holidays and life in the 1940s as well as interactive exhibits for all ages by hopping on a guided tour of Weston’s World War II Homefront. Complete your visit with self-guided tours of new exhibitions in the Coley House & a new rotating exhibit. Running on Sundays and Thursdays through December 22nd. 

Artist Talk on "The Longest Shortest Time" at The Norwalk Art Space, Norwalk

Sunday, Nov 20, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

If you’ve ever wondered about the creative process of artists, come to an Artist Talk with Korry Fellow Sarah King and fellow artists Maryna Bilak + Judy Glantzman, discussing the current exhibition "The Longest Shortest Time." The exhibit shows, through mediums ranging from painting to sculpture, how these artists articulate the intersectionality of artist and mother. Moderated by David Green, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

Hot & Cool Jazz: The Mark Zaleski Band – Reimagining Dave Brubeck at Wilton Library

Sunday, Nov 20, 4:00 - 5:30 pm  

Dave Brubeck’s legacy and classic compositions are presented with the modern arrangements that reflect Mark Zaleski’s singular, nuanced approach. Featuring on alto and soprano sax and his brother Glenn on piano.

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at https://culturalalliancefc.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Lorie Lewis) Events Fri, 18 Nov 2022 09:03:20 -0500
Whip Salon's Blowout 3 Pack (Just in time for the Holiday!) https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48319-whip-salon-s-blowout-3-pack-just-in-time-for-the-holiday48319-whip-salon-s-blowout-3-pack-just-in-time-for-the-holiday https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48319-whip-salon-s-blowout-3-pack-just-in-time-for-the-holiday48319-whip-salon-s-blowout-3-pack-just-in-time-for-the-holiday

Now you can purchase a 3 pack of blowouts at Whip Salon for a discounted price!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Just in time for the holidays, we're offering a 3 pack of blowouts for $135. What's included with each package blowout:

>>A luxurious shampoo, relaxing mini scalp massage and your style of choice (hot tools extra)

>>Complimentary beverages from coffee and tea to bubbly or white wine

>>Can be shared with a friend or family member

>>Expires in 6 months (plenty of time to use them :)

Make a great gift too! We can't wait to welcome you back. 

Learn more and book your appointment HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (Whip Salon) Places Fri, 18 Nov 2022 06:04:34 -0500
Westport Farmers' Market to Host Special Holiday Market, Tues. Nov. 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48321-wfm-to-host-special-holiday-market-tues-nov-2248321-wfm-to-host-special-holiday-market-tues-nov-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48321-wfm-to-host-special-holiday-market-tues-nov-2248321-wfm-to-host-special-holiday-market-tues-nov-22

WESTPORT, CT - The Westport Farmers’ Market finished up its summer season with a tremendous bang! As the seasons change so does the WFM! Now it announces that a special Holiday Market will be held on Tuesday, November 22 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at WFM's winter home on 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport.     

Avoid the crowds, the chaos and the hectic, overcrowded grocery stores and head to the Westport Farmers’ Market to find the best selection of the most local, freshest and best ingredients around. Dazzle your family and friends with the most delicious Thanksgiving meal yet!  

At the Westport Farmers’ Market, you will find convenient one-stop-shopping to make shopping for your holiday meal less frenetic and more enjoyable. WFM will host 30 vendors throughout three greenhouses. You will find everything you’ll need. Participating vendors have your turkeys, veggies, breads, appetizers, and desserts. Pick up some fresh pasta for a quick and easy pre- or post Thanksgiving dinner.

You will find the following vendors ready to help with your holiday dinner needs: 

Fort Hill Farm                                                          Cloudy Lane

Riverbank Farm                                                       Edgewise

Oxhollow Farm                                                        Four Root Farm                                    

Tribus Brewery                                                        Paul’s Custom Pet Food

Wave Hill Breads                                                    Herbaceous Catering

Farmers & Cooks                                                     Boxcar Cantina

Kneads                                                                      Calf & Clover

Seacoast Mushrooms                                              Sprout Juice Bar

Alma Mexican Foods                                              Badass Bagels

Popp’s Farm                                                             Fatto a Mano 

Herbal Deva                                                             Bubble & Brew 

Dani’s Pantry                                                           Muddy Feet Flower Farm 

Jackie’s Empanadas                                                Plantidote

Nit Noi Provisions                                                  Ideal Fish

Stylish Spoon                                                          

Kontoulis Olive Oils 

About the Westport Farmers’ Market

The award-winning Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) is held every Thursday beginning in May at 50 Imperial Drive, Westport, Connecticut, and Thursdays beginning mid-November at Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport, Connecticut. WFM 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.

WFM receives philanthropic support from: Abramson & Company LLC; Aitoro Appliance; Alma Mexican Food; Boxcar Cantina; Cohen and Wolf; Compass Realty, Riolo Team; Dharma Massage Therapy; Doc’s Maple; Don Memo; The Drew Friedman Community Arts Center; Gault Family Companies; Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center; LeafGuard; Pause + Purpose; Pure Barre; Sugar & Olives; Terrain; Wave Hill Breads; and Wells Hill Farm. 

For more information, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com, and find WFM on FB, Instagram, and Twitter, too.

Happy Shopping!

Westport Farmers’ Market: Real Food, Real Farmers!

For more information  www.westportfarmersmarket.com or email director@westportfarmersmarket.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Events Fri, 18 Nov 2022 06:01:20 -0500
Rising CT-Grown Musicians Drew Angus & Will Leet Co-Headline at Park City Music Hall, Dec. 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48318-rising-ct-grown-musicians-drew-angus-will-leet-co-headline-at-park-city-music-hall-dec-148318-rising-ct-grown-musicians-drew-angus-will-leet-co-headline-at-park-city-music-hall-dec-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48318-rising-ct-grown-musicians-drew-angus-will-leet-co-headline-at-park-city-music-hall-dec-148318-rising-ct-grown-musicians-drew-angus-will-leet-co-headline-at-park-city-music-hall-dec-1

Black Rock, CT - Both Drew Angus and Will Leet have independently had very exciting 2022’s. 

Angus played the main stage of Sound on Sound Music Festival in September where his dynamic performance was well received by the mass crowds.  Leet is currently on a National Tour as the lead Guitar player for Sammy Rae & The Friends who have made a meteoric rise over the last 12 months. On December 1st, the pair will each bring their own bands to the stage at Park City Music Hall which celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. Park City Music Hall has fast become a staple in the thriving Connecticut music scene. The state-of-the-art sound system, light show, and overall atmosphere make it a dream venue for musicians and concert goers alike. 

Drew Angus is a Bridgeport, CT based singer-songwriter whose music is heartfelt, nostalgic, clever, and catchy, with some vocal fireworks and harmonies that will give you the shivers. He describes it as the intersection of Americana and Rock ‘n Roll with a little bit of Funk and Retro Soul. Angus says, "Park City Music Hall is my home away from home. The community is thriving and I’m excited to share the stage with my friend Will Leet.”

Will Leet  (Sammy Rae & the Friends) is a NYC-based singer-songwriter by way of Madison, CT. He has created a collection of songs over the last 10 years that can be described as "campfire rock with a city groove." Not-too-sentimental lyrics and acoustic guitar soundscapes juxtapose the fast pace of life in New York City and the beckoning call of rural America. 

The co-headliners promise an exciting evening of song, story and entertainment!

Doors: 6pm // Show: 8pm Advanced tickets are $15 Day of show tickets are $17

Get your tickets HERE

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kerry@ducey.org (Drew Angus) Events Thu, 17 Nov 2022 13:39:31 -0500