Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:42:00 -0400 HamletHub.com WHS to Host Ice Cream Social, Aug. 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45454-whs-to-host-ice-cream-social-aug-2645454-whs-to-host-ice-cream-social-aug-26 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45454-whs-to-host-ice-cream-social-aug-2645454-whs-to-host-ice-cream-social-aug-26

Westport, CT - Enjoy one of the last days of summer with an ice cream social on the lawn at Westport Historical Society (WHS). Stay a while with the family to play lawn games – ping pong, corn hole, croquet and don’t forget photo opps with the WHS' kinetic Uncle Sam & Miss Liberty statues, Betsy and Sam, as well as WHS' photoboard. Ice cream, cones and toppings generously donated by WHS friend and partner Saugatuck Sweets. $4 per cone/cup, all proceeds to benefit WHS.

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 Time: 3-5pm

Venue: The Lawn at Wheeler House

Westport Historical Society

25 Avery Place

Westport, CT 06880

kerry@ducey.org (Lindsay Shurman) Events Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:08:12 -0400
Major Perks When You Book Your Holiday Party NOW at The Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45453-major-perks-when-you-book-your-holiday-party-now-at-the-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa-153425786245453-major-perks-when-you-book-your-holiday-party-now-at-the-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa-1534257862 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45453-major-perks-when-you-book-your-holiday-party-now-at-the-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa-153425786245453-major-perks-when-you-book-your-holiday-party-now-at-the-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa-1534257862

Did someone say holiday? Wait, it's August! Indeed it is, but it pays to be a forward thinker during these dog days of summer. Here's why: 

When you book your holiday party at The Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa by August 31, you get major perks. Like your choice of:

  • 15% off food and beverages

  • To-Go Holiday Cookie Station
  • Double Marriott Meeting Planner Points

In addition to a first-class venue for your festive occasion, the Hotel’s accomplished catering/banquet staff is will create an unforgettable menu for your event.

For additional information, please call Sam at 203-977-1290 or email sroccaproire@stamfordmarriott.com

Click here to learn more about the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa.

The hotel is located at 243 Tresser Boulevard, in the heart of downtown Stamford, combining New York City energy with New England charm. Need we say more?

We are proud to welcome Stamford Marriott to our family of HamletHub sponsors!

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Tue, 14 Aug 2018 03:59:00 -0400
Rosh Hashanah Shofar Factory at at the Norfield Grange https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45451-rosh-hashanah-shofar-factory45451-rosh-hashanah-shofar-factory https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45451-rosh-hashanah-shofar-factory45451-rosh-hashanah-shofar-factory

Rosh Hashana Shofar Factory Comes to Town

The new Westport/Weston Hebrew after school program presents an event for the entire family, called make your own authentic Shofar. The event will be held Tuesday, September 4 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Norfield Grange, 12 Good Hill Road in Weston and is open to all. Freida Hecht is director of the program.

The cost is $10 per child. Participants will saw, sand, drill and go home with their own rams’ horn called, Shofar in Hebrew, in time for the Rosh Hashanah holiday that begins Sunday Eve, September 9.

The Jewish culture after school program features the Aleph Champ Hebrew reading and writing program and a hands-on learning approach with children learning about Jewish history, traditions, holidays, Israel and more through games, drama, arts and crafts and baking. The school offers a Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation and celebrations.

New for this year is the B'nai Mitzvah Division for 6 & 7th grade students preparing for their Bar & Bat Mitzvah, which will include a Jewish Discovery Course, Social Action Opportunities and Stump the Rabbi discussions.

The program is open to kindergarteners through seventh grade and meets on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at Norfield Grange, 12 Good Hill Road, Weston, CT.  All are welcome, regardless of affiliation, level of observance, or prior knowledge. For Registration and Information call 203-493-6505  

Email: westonhebrewschool@gmail.com or visit www.westonhebrewschool.org

westonhebrewschool@gmail.com (Freida Hecht) Places Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:19:19 -0400
New Contemporary Art Gallery in Westport Features Local Artist Liz Leggett https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45452-ridgefielders-create-westport-art-gallery-and-feature-local-artist-liz-leggett45452-ridgefielders-create-westport-art-gallery-and-feature-local-artist-liz-leggett https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45452-ridgefielders-create-westport-art-gallery-and-feature-local-artist-liz-leggett45452-ridgefielders-create-westport-art-gallery-and-feature-local-artist-liz-leggett

New Contemporary Art Gallery Features Local Artist Liz Leggett

Newton Roux Gallery is a new contemporary art space in Bedford Square in downtown Westport focused on emerging realist and abstract painters. Its second solo exhibition "Head Over Heels" features 15 works by Westport based artist Liz Leggett and runs from July 25 through October 25th, 2018.

The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 24th from 6pm to 9pm and is open to the public. All are welcome to come and meet the artist in person and enjoy complimentary wine and beer while viewing Ms. Leggett’s work.

From Ms. Leggett’s artist’s statement: “My painting is predominantly process oriented. My approach to making is open to accidents to encourage the emergence of spontaneous forms as well as record the frenetic pace of daily life.” The 15 works on display exhibit a mastery of color and while abstract in nature do allude to recognizable elements, open to a multitude of interpretations and meanings. All pieces are for sale through the gallery by appointment or online HERE.

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 click here or email info@newtonroux.com, or call 203-403-0863.

Artist’s Biography- Liz Leggett

Liz Leggett’s art has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has participated in artist-in-residence programs in Israel, Spain, The Pyrenees Mountains, Nova Scotia, Saratoga Springs and most recently for the second time at Weir Farm in Wilton, Connecticut. She received her BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and MFA at the Maine College of Art. Liz recently illustrated a children’s book, has been a guest lecturer, participated on discussion panels, taught painting and has received awards and grants for her work.  She is a member of the Artist Collective of Westport, currently works as the Visual Arts Project Manager for the Westport Arts Center and was inducted into the Silvermine Guild of Artists in 2018.

Newton Roux gallery space - 14 Elm Street, 2nd Floor in Bedford Square, Westport CT 06880

kerry@ducey.org (Whip Salon) Places Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:17:01 -0400
Westport Playhouse Presents Sunday Symposum With "Understudy" Cast, Aug. 19 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45450-westport-playhouse-presents-sunday-symposum-with-understudy-cast-aug-1945450-westport-playhouse-presents-sunday-symposum-with-understudy-cast-aug-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45450-westport-playhouse-presents-sunday-symposum-with-understudy-cast-aug-1945450-westport-playhouse-presents-sunday-symposum-with-understudy-cast-aug-19

Westport, CT - Cast members from “The Understudy” will be guest speakers at Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday Symposium on August 19, following a 3 p.m. performance of the backstage comedy about a Hollywood action star making his Broadway debut amid tensions with his understudy.  The recent Off-Broadway hit is written by Theresa Rebeck, creator of NBC’s show business drama “Smash.”

The cast of “The Understudy” includes Eric Bryant as Harry, Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for his role in Westport Country Playhouse’s “The Invisible Hand”; Brett Dalton as Jake, who plays Agent Grant Ward on the ABC series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” for which he received a Teen Choice Award as Best Male Breakout Star; and Andrea Syglowski as Roxanne, award-winning actress for “Venus in Fur,” and recipient of the Robin Williams Scholarship at The Juilliard School.

The Playhouse Sunday Symposium program is free and open to the public. “The Understudy” cast will engage in conversation about the comedy with David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director and director of “The Understudy.”  Kennedy previously directed a production of “The Understudy” at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia.

“The Understudy” is set in a Broadway theater where Roxanne is the stage manager.  Charged with running the understudy rehearsal for the production, she finds her professional and personal life colliding when Harry, a journeyman actor and her ex-fiancé, is cast as the understudy to Jake, a mid-tier action-hero yearning for legitimacy. The comedy is a humanistic look at people trying to do what they love in the face of obstacles.  

The Sunday Symposium Series is supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

“The Understudy” Production Sponsor is the Eunice and David Bigelow Foundation. Corporate Production Partner is BNY Mellon. 

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org, or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Circle Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training through Broadway Method Academy, WCP’s resident conservatory program; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.

kerry@ducey.org (Pat Blaufuss) Life Thu, 09 Aug 2018 11:10:13 -0400
Group Canoe Paddle at Earthplace in Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45449-epndc-153374660545449-epndc-1533746605 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45449-epndc-153374660545449-epndc-1533746605

Group Canoe Paddle on Sunday, August 12 from 1:30-3:30pm at Earthplace

Bring the whole family as we travel along the Saugatuck River in search of egrets, osprey, ducks, shorebirds and much more! Canoes and personal flotation devices (required for all participants) are included!  Members: $24 per person, $12 for children 12 and under.  Non-members: $30 per person, $15 for children 12 and under. 

Space is limited and advanced registration is strongly recommended.

Learn more and register here.

j.richardson@earthplace.org (EPNDC) Events Thu, 09 Aug 2018 04:59:31 -0400
Save the Date! Slice of Saugatuck Festival is September 8! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45448-save-the-date-slice-of-saugatuck-festival-is-september-845448-save-the-date-slice-of-saugatuck-festival-is-september-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45448-save-the-date-slice-of-saugatuck-festival-is-september-845448-save-the-date-slice-of-saugatuck-festival-is-september-8

Save the date for the 7th Annual Slice of Saugatuck Festival - Saturday, September 8th  from 2 - 5 pm

The 7th Annual Food Tasting and Retail Experience promises fun for the whole family! 

From Riverside Avenue to Railroad Place, to Charles Street, to Saugatuck Avenue each venue will have something special to offer. 

Saugatuck's finest restaurants, shops and galleries opening their doors and inviting the community to come and sample their offerings. Walk the streets of Saugatuck Center and taste your way from restaurant to restaurant, to liquor store, to retail merchant and back.

Tickets/Passport $15, (Two for $25) Children 5-12 $5


Ticket sales begin at 1:45pm.

Learn more on Westport-Weston Chamber website here.



kerry@ducey.org (Westport-Weston Chamber) Events Tue, 07 Aug 2018 15:37:31 -0400
High school interns from Westport beautify entrance to The Preserve https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45447-high-school-interns-from-westport-beautify-entrance-to-the-preserve45447-high-school-interns-from-westport-beautify-entrance-to-the-preserve https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45447-high-school-interns-from-westport-beautify-entrance-to-the-preserve45447-high-school-interns-from-westport-beautify-entrance-to-the-preserve

In 2010, Aspetuck Land Trust partnered with the Town of Westport to create the 39-acre Newman Poses Nature Preserve in Westport. The entrance to the preserve is located between #307 and #313 Bayberry Lane.  The nature preserve was made possible by land donated by West porter’s Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward, and Lillian Poses, a neighbor and friend of the Newman’s who worked on the New Deal in the FDR administration.

The Preserve has become a popular destination for Westporters and has frontage on the Aspetuck River where Paul Newman, who lived nearby, liked to swim.

Aspetuck Land Trust launched an effort this spring to beautify the entrance to the preserve. Local companies like Gault Energy donated topsoil and gravel, Oliver’s Nursery provided native plants at discount prices and Bart’s Tree Service removed invasive and hazard trees.  Staples high school interns built a stone wall and walkway.

Aspetuck Land Trust is seeking donations to help defray the costs of the improvements. To learn more, or to make a contribution call 203-331-1906 or visit: ASPETUCKLANDTRUST.ORG

The Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) is a local non-profit land conservation organization founded in 1966 to preserve open space in the towns of Westport, Weston, Fairfield and Easton. ALT preserves provide passive recreation and educational opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy nature, while preserving the flora and fauna and rural characteristics of local communities. ALT maintains 45 trailed nature preserves and other conservation-only properties on over 1,800 acres of land. More than 1,000 individual members support the organization through annual membership contributions.  For more information visit www.aspetucklandtrust.org.


kerry@ducey.org (nancy moon) Neighbors Tue, 07 Aug 2018 13:54:33 -0400
WHS & Garden Club Host Book Talk/Garden Tour, Aug. 24 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45446-whs-garden-club-host-book-talk-garden-tour-aug-2445446-whs-garden-club-host-book-talk-garden-tour-aug-24 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45446-whs-garden-club-host-book-talk-garden-tour-aug-2445446-whs-garden-club-host-book-talk-garden-tour-aug-24

Westport, CT - Kelle Ruden, a professional discussion leader, WHS advisory board member and President of the Westport Garden Club, will facilitate a discussion on the book The Lilac Girls on Friday, August 24, from 11 am to Noon. Authored by Martha Hall Kelly, it is based on the true story of American philanthropist and former actress Caroline Ferriday who rescued 72 Polish women from the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp in Northern Germany and brought them to the U.S. for rehabilitation and the trip of a lifetime. Miss Ferriday spent 78 summers at her home, the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden in Bethlehem, CT creating a wonderland of gardens and refurbishing the 18th century home, a Connecticut Landmark. Copies of Lilac Girls are available at the Westport Public Library.

The opportunity to enjoy a private tour of the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Gardens, Caroline Ferriday’s home and an inspiration for the novel will take place on Saturday, August 25th at 10:30 am. We will depart from the Westport Historical Society at 9:15 am. Directions are available for participants wishing to meet the group at the Bellamy-Ferriday site.

Pre-registration required for the tour of the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden on Saturday, August 25, 2018 as space is limited. Cost for both events: $22 for members, $25 for non-members. If you would like to attend only one event, admission for members is $12, $15 for non-members.

Reservations are required, register online at westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 ext 5. Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt.

To learn more about the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden visit their website and to read more about the book and Martha Hall Kelly visit her website here.

http://www.marthahallkelly.com/lilac-girls/  and   https://www.ctlandmarks.org/bellamy-ferriday

Lilac Girls, August 24, 11am – Noon, Bellamy-Ferriday House Tour, August 25, 10:30 – Noon. Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport, Members $12 and Non-Members $15, both events, Members $22, Non-Members $25. Reservations are strongly suggested: westporthistory.org, 203-222-1424.

kerry@ducey.org (Barbara Peck) Events Mon, 06 Aug 2018 08:09:02 -0400
Westport Small Biz Alert: The bridge may be closed, but Saugatuck is open! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45444-westport-small-biz-alert-the-bridge-may-be-closed-but-saugatuck-is-open45444-westport-small-biz-alert-the-bridge-may-be-closed-but-saugatuck-is-open https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45444-westport-small-biz-alert-the-bridge-may-be-closed-but-saugatuck-is-open45444-westport-small-biz-alert-the-bridge-may-be-closed-but-saugatuck-is-open

The bridge may be closed, but Saugatuck is open!

Beginning Monday night August 6th and continuing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, the Cribari Bridge in Saugatuck will be closed to vehicles from 8pm to 5am for emergency repairs. It is estimated this will continue until September 7th.
These closures could adversely affect the local businesses in Saugatuck as people will look to find alternative routes and areas to populate.
The Chamber of Commerce urges people to make the extra effort to still patronize our local Saugatuck businesses to aid them during this difficult time.
"The loss of 3-4 tables a night adds up over the weeks this will occur," said Matthew Mandell Executive Director of the Chamber. "Residents making an effort to still go to Saugatuck and have dinner will help out our local establishments. It's really just a detour away."
kerry@ducey.org (Westport-Weston Chamber) Life Fri, 03 Aug 2018 07:22:49 -0400
The Women Behind The Hunchback of Notre Dame with NPT https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45442-the-women-behind-the-hunchback-of-notre-dame-with-npt45442-the-women-behind-the-hunchback-of-notre-dame-with-npt https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45442-the-women-behind-the-hunchback-of-notre-dame-with-npt45442-the-women-behind-the-hunchback-of-notre-dame-with-npt

Though The Hunchback of Notre Dame is thought to be a male-driven show, New Paradigm Theatre Company has put an emphasis on highlighting the strengths and talents of the women of the musical--both on and off stage. With a driven female- dominated production team, and an exemplary leading lady, this spectacular group of women are redefining women’s roles in Hunchback. They're using their strengths to tell a beautiful story of love and hope. 

The women behind The Hunchback left to right: Choreographer Maria Cherniscke, NPT Youth Board President Julia Levine, Costume Designer Sarah Korn,  Exec Dir of CT Burns Care Foundation Kathlene Gerrity, Leading lady Esmeralda played by Gina Naomi Baez, NPT Artistic Director Kristin Huffman, Hunchback Co-Director Jodi Stevens, marketing intern Anna Martinsky company manager intern Katherine Griffin, directing intern Jennifer Beveridge, Stage Manager Erin Joy Swank, Lighting Designer Elizabeth M. Stewart

Photo by Mark Holleran. Special effects by Chloe Glenn.

New Paradigm theatre, a company well-known for its inventive productions that are presented with multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-gendered casting has chosen their community “partner nonprofit” that reflects the theme of this summer’s show. This year NPT chose The Connecticut Burns Care Foundation (CBCF) from the nonprofits who submitted. For 40 years, CBCF has worked to support burn survivors as well as to present programs for education and advocacy to prevent burn injuries.

Artistic Director and Broadway veteran Kristin Huffman says, “New Paradigm is a theatre with a social conscience. We produce events and shows that not only entertain with Broadway professionals, but also connect directly to our community.” As partnerships between the nonprofit and for-profit world continue to form in order to tackle social challenged from all sides, this type of collective impact production has become increasingly relevant and a vital component of a community.

 With not quite the happy ending of the Disney movie, this musical is more impactful and socially relevant. It has all your favorite characters but shows the truth behind feeling like an outcast. 


General seating for all tickets (except VIP) — please click on the date you would like to attend and you will be redirected to FTC’s box office.  

Saturday 3pm (Prologue Bazaar (indoor fair) begins at 2pm)

Saturday 8pm (Prologue Bazaar (indoor fair) begins at 7pm)

Sunday   1pm (Prologue Bazaar (indoor fair) begins at 12pm)

To buy tickets you can call or go to the Fairfield Theatre Co box office or click here to get to NPT's site for more info. 


kerry@ducey.org (NPT) Neighbors Thu, 02 Aug 2018 10:01:49 -0400
Dance Collective of Westport hosts Open House on August 25 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45443-dance-collective-of-westport-hosts-open-house-on-august-2545443-dance-collective-of-westport-hosts-open-house-on-august-25 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45443-dance-collective-of-westport-hosts-open-house-on-august-2545443-dance-collective-of-westport-hosts-open-house-on-august-25

THE DANCE COLLECTIVE OF WESTPORT invites you to their Open House set for August 25, 12-4pm.

The studio is celebrating its 10-year anniversary offering free dance lessons for kids and adults, raffle drawings and discounts for new student sign-ups! All ages welcome.

The Dance Collective is Westport's top-rated dance academy. The studio strives to help a dancer realize their potential through exploration and development in a safe and harmonious environment and two spacious and beautiful dance studios.

Serving tots to adults, in a wide range of dance styles. Private lessons also available. The studio may also be rented.

The Dance Collective is located at 222 Post Road West, Westport. Visit them online here


kerry@ducey.org (Tara) Places Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:59:28 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: Winfield Street Italian Deli https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45440-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-winfield-street-italian-deli45440-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-winfield-street-italian-deli https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45440-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-winfield-street-italian-deli45440-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-winfield-street-italian-deli

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 Winfield Street Italian Deli!

Thee questions with Breno Donatti, owner of Winfield Street Italian Deli.

Why did you start your business?

I had been in the restaurant business for about 7 years and I was frustrated with it. I was fresh off selling my restaurant in Wilton (Bistro Seven) and had done short management stints at Barcelona, J House and Mill Street. I was just interested in cooking simple, but phenomenal sandwiches and be able to interact with people without the pressures and pretension of fine dining. So I decided to buy into this hole in the wall, tucked away little deli in East Norwalk. It had a great tradition (it was continuously open since 1925) of serving street food with integrity and quality. I thought the place just needed a little love and a fresh coat of paint. That was 2015 and I’ve been learning and evolving since then. 3 years and 3 new locations later, we have become a purveyor of specialty coffee (Counter Culture Coffee) and have focused on refining the brand, internal culture and the menu. I feel like the business evolves as I evolve and I’m blessed to have an incredible team of people working at the company, so I can work on new ideas, reinforce established culture, and think of the future of the company. I also have an amazing business partner, Chris, who is the person that keeps us focused on the customer experience and business goals.

Best selling product/service?

We are super proud of our partnership with Counter Culture Coffee. They have an amazing team and training program. Our staff goes to their training lab in NYC 1-2 times monthly and their classes and tastings are super innovative and forward thinking. Last week I attended a coffee tasting that featured “smuggled” Yemeni coffee from a contact of theirs.  Our staff is excited about coffee and our customers have responded really well. Our coffee sales represent up to 35% of overall sales. 

How many people do you employ? Any youth or seniors from the community?

We currently employ 14 people spread across three locations. My staff is my proudest accomplishment in this business. They are a smart, hard-working, and loving bunch. They are transparent, work with integrity, and certainly have a lot of passion for what they do, and above all, put up with my flaws. I really feel lucky and give thanks often for working with my team. My team’s profile is very diverse. We have people from Mexico, Peru, Romania, Puerto Rico, Dominica Republic, Brazil, Guatemala, Italy and the US. They bring a tremendous wealth of culture and experience and our only rule in the company is to be honest. Without honesty, we can’t grow. I don’t mind someone being late sometimes because they overslept or drank too much... but if we are not open and honest about it, we can’t never correct it. After all, I mess up a lot and they are very forgiving with me as well. I really feel that we are all on a journey together and God has put these people working together for a reason and so everyone can learn from each other. 

Winfield Street Italian Deli is located at 13 Post Road West in Westport. Visit them online here.

Winfield Street Italian Deli tags Westport Farmers' Market!

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Thu, 02 Aug 2018 07:58:57 -0400
Westport's Bradley Jones at Musical Theatre of CT https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45437-westport-s-bradley-jones-at-musical-theatre-of-ct45437-westport-s-bradley-jones-at-musical-theatre-of-ct https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45437-westport-s-bradley-jones-at-musical-theatre-of-ct45437-westport-s-bradley-jones-at-musical-theatre-of-ct

Musical Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) presents Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism: The Psychoanalytic Odyssey of a Once Glorified Chorus Boy." 

A Westport native and teenage star of the Staples Players, Jones’ hilarious and moving coming-of-age story chronicles his childhood as a budding theater queen, ten years on Broadway in A Chorus Line during a time of excessive drug use and the AIDS pandemic, through to the present and his successful, post-Broadway career as a psychoanalyst in New York City. Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism plays September 8th at 8pm at MTC, 509 Westport Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. Phone: 203.454.3883. Tickets may be purchased here

"I am happy to report that the Doctor is IN. IN-sync. IN-spiring. And just the teeniest bit IN-sane. Dr. Bradley Jones (yes, that shingle is real) has just the right amount of observation, rhythm and razzle-dazzle to charm anyone within earshot.” - Tulis McCall, The Front Row Center 

“The evening was consistently surprising and clever, and often very touching…Dr. Jones is a definite remedy for the mid-summer blues.” 
- Bart Greenberg, Cabaret Scenes 

"A most complex, detailed, thought-provoking, whimsical, articulate, accurate, truthful and honest, lively, hilarious and touching 70-minute-long autobiographical adventure.” - Myra Chanin, Theater Pizzazz

"Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism is a fascinating, wildly entertaining show.” - Michael Barbieri, Nitelife Exchange

When Jones returned to his alma mater in 2013 for a second time to teach the Staples Players cast the stylized Michael Bennett choreography for their production of A Chorus Line, Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism had not yet taken root in Jones’ imagination. With story-telling that’s eccentric and true, poignant and captivating, nostalgic and jubilant, Dr. Jones exhorts us to understand narcissism not as a disease but more a means of survival. He regales the audience through 70 minutes, applying his rapier wit to true tales of backstage life and making his decision to pursue a new career, a choice made easier considering a “blown out knee.” Now Jones is back on his feet again, to perform a fifteen year recap of intensive psychoanalysis in under 7 minutes - in tap shoes. Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism: The Solo Show features mainly the music that underscored these decades and Jones’ milieu: Broadway standards including the music of Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Harold Arlen, Ray Heindorf, Brian Yorkey and more. The show was directed by KT Sullivan, artistic director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation, and an internationally renowned performer. Jones is supported by The Freudians, a quartet led by pianist Chris Gurr, the show’s musical director, with Alden Banta on woodwinds, Jacob Silver on bass, and Zack Eldridge on percussion

Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism: The Psychoanalytic Odyssey of a Once Glorified Chorus Boy encores in NYC at Don’t Tell Mama on September 16th, and plays at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal in Los Angeles on Oct.8th.

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Westport author pens book about breast cancer diagnosis "Bedside Manners" https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45436-westport-author-pens-book-about-breast-cancer-diagnosis-bedside-manners45436-westport-author-pens-book-about-breast-cancer-diagnosis-bedside-manners https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45436-westport-author-pens-book-about-breast-cancer-diagnosis-bedside-manners45436-westport-author-pens-book-about-breast-cancer-diagnosis-bedside-manners

When a radiologist with an inside view of breast cancer treatment pens a novel about this life-altering experience, the result is profoundly human.

“Frimmer’s experience as a physician serves her well, and adds real gravitas to her story, which builds with intense excitement at every turn. . . . This is one of those books you can’t wait to pick up and won’t want to put down,” says Judith Marks-White, author of Seducing Harry and Bachelor Degree.

Alisyn Camerota, Co-Host of CNN’s “New Day” calls Bedside Manners “a wonderful debut.”

In this page-turning medical novel, Joyce Novak’s daughter, Marnie, completes medical school and looks ahead to a surgical internship, her wedding, and a future filled with promise, while a breast cancer diagnosis throws Joyce’s own future into doubt. Always the caregiver, Joyce feels uncomfortable in the patient role, especially with her husband and daughter. As she progresses through a daunting treatment regimen including a biopsy, lumpectomy, and radiation, she distracts herself by planning Marnie’s wedding.

When the sudden death of a young heroin addict in Marnie’s care forces her to come face-to-face with mortality and her professional inadequacies, she also realizes she must strike a new balance between her identity as a doctor and her role as a supportive daughter. At the same time, she struggles with the stark differences between her fiancé’s family background and her own and comes to understand the importance of being with someone who shares her values and experiences.

Amid this profound soul-searching, both Joyce and Marnie’s futures change in ways they never would have expected.

Praise for Bedside Manners

“In this wonderful debut, Heather Frimmer channels her experience as a physician to humanize the stories about breast cancer presented in the media. Bedside Manners is a medical story, a mother-daughter tale, and a coming of age narrative, all rolled up into one absorbing story. Joyce and Marnie are both touchingly real and relatable. I rooted for them both up to the very last page.”

—Alisyn Camerota, author of Amanda Wakes Up and co-host of CNN’s morning show “New Day”

“Gripping, tender, and insightful, Bedside Manners is a testament to the intensity of a career in medicine and the transcendent bonds of family … my absolute favorite kind of book.”

— Kimmery Martin, author of The Queen of Hearts

“Drawing from her experience as a radiologist, Frimmer’s poignant debut examines a beautifully authentic mother-daughter relationship and the challenges inherent in a breast cancer diagnosis. Her writing is both heartfelt and astute—this book will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading it. ”

— Emily Liebert, USA Today bestselling author

"Frimmer's debut novel takes on cancer, interfaith relationships, and mother-daughter dynamics with grace and humor. Bedside Manners is a genuine depiction of love, fear, and hope, and both educates and satisfies in presenting how we endure illness and bad choices-by forging essential human connections and trusting the most important organ of all, our heart."

—Nina Sankovitch, author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair and Signed, Sealed, Delivered

About the Author

A radiologist by day, Heather Frimmer is a lifetime member of Hadassah and a longtime supporter of Pink Aid, an organization helping underserved breast cancer patients. Reading over 100 books per year, Heather is also a reviewer for Books, INK.  Her second novel in progress, tentatively titled Laying Blame also explores the dynamic world of medicine. She lives in suburban Connecticut with her husband and two sons.

kerry@ducey.org (Emily Adams) Neighbors Wed, 01 Aug 2018 07:38:56 -0400