Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Mon, 18 Oct 2021 16:00:50 -0400 HamletHub.com Westport Halloween Parade Scheduled for October 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47679-westport-halloween-parade-scheduled-for-october-2747679-westport-halloween-parade-scheduled-for-october-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47679-westport-halloween-parade-scheduled-for-october-2747679-westport-halloween-parade-scheduled-for-october-27

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department, the Downtown Merchants Association and Westport P.A.L. have announced that the Annual Children’s Halloween Parade will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.  Children and parents will meet at Main Street and Post Road East at 3:30 p.m. This event is for all children, especially those 8 and under. 

The parade will proceed up Main Street, turn right onto Avery Place, then turn left on Myrtle Ave to Town Hall and Veterans Green. Children may trick-or-treat along Main Street and outside the front of Town Hall.  Entertainment, refreshments and a small gift will be provided on Veterans Green across from Town Hall at 4:00 p.m. 

Please note that there will be NO PARKING on Main Street between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. during this event. 

In case of rain, the Halloween Parade will take place the following day, Thursday, October 28. Please call (203) 341-5074 for weather updates.


kerry@ducey.org (Town of Westport) Events Mon, 18 Oct 2021 10:30:28 -0400
Staples High School Student Creates Learning Kits to Make Math Fun and to Benefit Horizons Greens Farms Academy https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47677-staples-high-school-student-creates-learning-kits-to-make-math-fun-and-to-benefit-horizons-greens-farms-academy47677-staples-high-school-student-creates-learning-kits-to-make-math-fun-and-to-benefit-horizons-greens-farms-academy https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47677-staples-high-school-student-creates-learning-kits-to-make-math-fun-and-to-benefit-horizons-greens-farms-academy47677-staples-high-school-student-creates-learning-kits-to-make-math-fun-and-to-benefit-horizons-greens-farms-academy

Eva Simonte, a junior at Staples High School in Westport, has created a unique and fun way for students to learn math. Eva has created kits that she calls “Fun Math Horizons” where children learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide through a board game and also through a bracelet-making activity she developed.

By using a hands-on approach, Eva is helping children to learn the basic math concepts in an interactive and fun way. Eva is selling her kits for $15 with all proceeds going to Horizons Greens Farms Academy (Horizons GFA) which has their offices in Westport. Horizons GFA serves students from low-income families attending Bridgeport Connecticut’s under-resourced public schools.

For Eva, learning math by making it a fun subject is personal for her. In elementary school, one of Eva’s teachers introduced math games and that sparked the idea of how math could be both enjoyable and apply to real life. As Eva says, “Through these games, I found myself learning to understand fundamental topics that I had previously struggled with, while actually enjoying math for the first time.” Eva has designed her kits for children in the 3rd-5th grade range, but the kits can be enjoyed by children of various ages.

Eva has led math workshops for children at the Yerwood Center in Stamford where she donated the supplies needed and began experimenting with different math activities to see which ones were the most effective and engaging. Eva says, “I have applied my observations to this project in order to create kits that children can both learn from and have fun doing so.”

Eva is now looking for local businesses in Westport to carry her Fun Math Horizons Kits to help support the mission of Horizons GFA. Eva feels that with the holiday season coming and with the learning loss that has occurred during the pandemic, these kits can help enrich a child’s learning of math in a fun way and make a great gift as well.

Horizons GFA is a non-profit that provides access and opportunity to underserved Bridgeport students from Pre-K through college by emphasizing academics and social-emotional learning while providing exposure to a wide variety of social, cultural and recreational enrichment experiences. 

As Eva says, “My goal is to share my experience in math with as many children as possible. By purchasing a kit, you will be helping both your child enhance their own learning and also elevate the education of other kids through your support for Horizons GFA.” Eva has created a website where information can be found about her kits: https://essimonte.wixsite.com/my-site and she has also set up a GoFundMe campaign for supporters to benefit Horizons GFA: https://gofund.me/72953e39 

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 18 Oct 2021 06:55:50 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Weston: Debby Katz Interiors https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47614-why-small-businesses-matter-debby-katz-interiors47614-why-small-businesses-matter-debby-katz-interiors https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47614-why-small-businesses-matter-debby-katz-interiors47614-why-small-businesses-matter-debby-katz-interiors

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 Debby Katz Interiors!

Three questions with Debby Katz, founder of Debby Katz Interiors.

Why did you start your business?

I love helping people create spaces they feel good in and that support their needs and lifestyle.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Full-service interior design that transforms people's spaces from boring to beautiful!

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

I used vendors throughout Fairfield County - painters, architects, builders, etc. Ann Day is a local Weston architect who does beautiful work that I would love to collaborate with someday.

Debby would like to nominate Ann Day in Weston to be featured next!

Visit Debby Katz Interiors 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!

daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Mon, 18 Oct 2021 06:16:52 -0400
Robby Krieger (The Doors) with special guest Vanilla Fudge at The Ridgefield Playhouse on November 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47678-robby-krieger-the-doors-with-special-guest-vanilla-fudge-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-november-1747678-robby-krieger-the-doors-with-special-guest-vanilla-fudge-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-november-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47678-robby-krieger-the-doors-with-special-guest-vanilla-fudge-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-november-1747678-robby-krieger-the-doors-with-special-guest-vanilla-fudge-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-november-17

A great double-bill of classic rock is coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse stage – Robby Krieger (The Doors) with special guest Vanilla Fudge on Wednesday, November 17 at 8pm!

Krieger, who was the band’s guitarist and songwriter, leads a celebration of the music of The Doors with his Robby Krieger Band and special guest vocalist Waylon Krieger, his son. Hits include "Light My Fire," "Love Me Two Times," "Riders on the Storm," "Love Her Madly" and many more!  Vanilla Fudge features original members Mark Stein, Carmine Appice and Vince Martell with Pete Bremy. 

Vanilla Fudge was one of the first American groups to infuse psychedelia into a heavy rock sound to create “psychedelic symphonic rock” an eclectic genre which would, among its many offshoots, eventually morph into heavy metal. They are best known for their arrangements of “Ticket to Ride,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” and more!

This show is part of the Pepsi Rock Series Driven by North American Motor Car. Media partner for this event is i95 The Home of Rock ‘n Roll.  For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($77.50) 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.


kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Sat, 16 Oct 2021 08:54:57 -0400
Westport Playhouse to Host Family Fun Day, Oct. 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47675-westport-playhouse-to-host-family-fun-day-oct-3047675-westport-playhouse-to-host-family-fun-day-oct-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47675-westport-playhouse-to-host-family-fun-day-oct-3047675-westport-playhouse-to-host-family-fun-day-oct-30

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse will host a “Family Fun Day” on Saturday, October 30, from 12 to 4 p.m., an outdoor event with activities for kids, treats, food trucks, community food drive, beer tastings, and costume parade for kids and dogs. In addition, the Playhouse box office will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. for 25% discounts on in-person tickets to the upcoming performances of “Doubt: A Parable” as well as 2022 Flex Passes. Admission is free and open to the public. Rain date is Sunday, October 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The Playhouse is happy to welcome families in our community back to our campus for a unique event that combines fun family friendly activities and giving back,” said Jennifer Carroll, Playhouse community and sales manager.

“Family Fun Day” begins at 12 p.m. with a ghost story on the Playhouse patio as guests listen to the WSHU Public Radio broadcast of the latest play in the Playhouse Radio Theater series, “Spectres and Spirits,” by Richard R. Henry, directed by Mark Shanahan. At 1 p.m., Firefly the Woodland Fairy will host a Story Hour on the patio.  At 2 p.m., a children’s costume parade will march around the Playhouse campus, followed at 2:30 p.m. by a pet parade with treats courtesy of Earth Animal. At 3 p.m., another Story Hour will be hosted by Jenny Nelson, reading “There is a Witch in Your Book.”

Children are encouraged to bring their own pumpkins for decorating.  Other activities include going on a scavenger hunt, making an origami ghost, and weaving a spider web.

EP Local Food Truck and Food Truck Refinery will be on site with their specialties available for purchase. Hot drinks and apple cider donuts will also be for sale. Free beer tasting will be provided by Two Roads Brewing Company. Vendors are subject to change.  

The Playhouse will host a community food drive to benefit Open Doors Shelter in Norwalk during the “Family Fun Day,” as well as serving as a Toys for Tots drop-off location through December 10. Any guest donating food, a new book, or a toy to these charity drives at “Family Fun Day” will be entered into a drawing for a pair of tickets to a show in the Playhouse’s 2022 season. 

Masks are encouraged though not required while outdoors. Restrooms are located indoors where masks are required. Playhouse staff and volunteers will be masked and vaccinated.

“Family Fun Day” details at:  https://www.westportplayhouse.org/show/familyfunday/

Last year, the global pandemic shut down the Playhouse’s 2020 Season. During 2021, the Playhouse has produced online, outdoors, and on the radio. This November, in-person theatrical productions will resume with a live staging of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama, “Doubt: A Parable,” playing November 2 - 20. In addition, the play will be filmed before a live audience for on-demand streaming at home, from November 11 – 21.

Opening the 2022 season from April 5 through April 23 will be the musical, “Next to Normal,” with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, and directed by Marcos Santana.  “Next to Normal,” a 2009 Tony Award®-winning musical and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, gives an unconventional look at a family in crisis, while pushing the boundaries of contemporary musical theater.

“Straight White Men,” written by Young Jean Lee and directed by Mark Lamos, will play from May 24 through June 11. It’s Christmas Eve, and Ed has invited his three grown sons back to their family home for Chinese takeout, pranks, and gossip. But when an impossible question threatens the cheery festivities, they’re forced to face their own identities.

A dance-filled, reimagined, sassy, and sultry “Ain’t Misbehavin’” will run from July 5 through July 23. The 1978 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical celebrates the legendary jazz great Fats Waller. The show as you’ve never seen it before will be directed and choreographed by Camille A. Brown, 2019 Tony® nominee for Best Choreography for “Choir Boy.” The musical is conceived by Richard Maltby Jr. and Murray Horwitz. Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA, will co-produce.

“4000 Miles,” written by Amy Herzog and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, will be staged from August 23 through September 10. After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21-year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91-year-old grandmother in her Greenwich Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately find each other. “4000 Miles” was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and winner of the 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play.

The 2022 Season will culminate with “From the Mississippi Delta” by Endesha Ida Mae Holland, from October 18 through November 5, 2022. The journey begins in Greenwood, Mississippi--the Delta--where Phelia works in the cotton fields. Her experiences inspire her to dream, sweeping her into the momentum of the civil rights movement and attending college in the north. The play won a Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

2021 Season Sponsor is the Eunice and David Bigelow Foundation. 2021 Season Media Sponsors are Moffly Media and WSHU Public Radio.

All titles, artists, dates, times, and formats are subject to change.

For updates on Covid-19 health and safety protocols at the Playhouse, visithttps://www.westportplayhouse.org/visit/covid19safety/

For more information on “Family Fun Day” or ticket purchases, visit www.westportplayhouse.org, or call the box office Tues., through Fri., 12 to 6 p.m., at (203) 227-4177, 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).


Founded in 1931, Westport Country Playhouse is celebrating its 90th anniversary year. The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater of the highest caliber 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 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; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.  Charity Navigator has recently awarded its top 4-star charity rating to the Playhouse in recognition of its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Photo Attached:  Activities at a previous Westport Country Playhouse “Family Fun Day” – Photo by Kat Gloor

kerry@ducey.org (Pat Blaufuss) Events Fri, 15 Oct 2021 12:23:51 -0400
FCBuzz Weekend: Westoberfest, Music at MoCA, Observe the Moon, and MORE! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47674-fcbuzz-weekend-westoberfest-music-at-moca-observe-the-moon-and-more47674-fcbuzz-weekend-westoberfest-music-at-moca-observe-the-moon-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47674-fcbuzz-weekend-westoberfest-music-at-moca-observe-the-moon-and-more47674-fcbuzz-weekend-westoberfest-music-at-moca-observe-the-moon-and-more

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each Friday, 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. 

Friday at 7pm, head over to MoCA Westport for another great show from the Music at MoCA series. The Figgs are a tried-and-true band with a worldwide fan base, a hearty discography, and a catalog of studio albums, EPs, and singles.

Maybe you’re in the mood for an amazing acoustic show? Friday at 8pm, Bridgeport’s  Bijou Theatre features the internationally acclaimed Mike Massé, performing some of the best classic rock songs from the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, U2, Elton John, and more. 

Saturday afternoon is packed with a bountiful harvest of Fall fun. Fairfield Harvest Market & Dog Halloween Costume Parade begins at 10am on Saturday at the Historic Old Town Hall Green in Fairfield, featuring 70+ vendors offering artwork, crafts, pet products, jewelry, upcycled and rustic furniture, home décor items as well as food trucks and vendors from the weekly Fairfield Farmers Market. The Dog Halloween Costume Parade will start promptly at noon. Dress your fur baby in their Halloween costume and line up at 11:45am to parade along Old Post Road. 

Then at 2pm, the grounds of the Wilton Historical Society will be strewn with pumpkins, gourds, mums and corn for The Great Wilton Pumpkin Fest.Munch a donut and sip some cider, decorate a pumpkin, play cornhole or “Ring Toss with Pumpkins” and so much more.

Also at 2pm, in the heart of downtown Westport, you will find the Westport Downtown Association's third annual Westoberfest. With over 60 tastings from a variety of award winning and innovative craft breweries, an assortment of fun fall activities including live music, local food, air-cooled cars, a pumpkin giveaway, and a location steps away from the best shops and restaurants Westport has to offer, Westoberfest is the perfect way to spend an October afternoon with friends and family.

As the Saturday sun sets and evening arrives, Stamford’s Loft Artists Association opens its 8th Annual Juried Exhibit, Chiaroscuro: The Art of Light and Dark5-7pm, with a reception and awards ceremony. The concept of Chiaroscuro has been evident throughout art history since the 5th C. in Greece. Come and see why this effect has stood the test of time. 

Norwalk’s  St Philip Artists' Guild opens its doors to the public for the first time in over two years with  “Euphoria”, Saturday 5:30 - 8:30pm. Enjoy a live art exhibit with open studios featuring 21 artists at the magnificent Oakwood Estate Mansion in Norwalk. Opening their doors the Guild is eager for the community to experience this celebration of artistic excitement and creative joy with over 100 works of art and open studios for guests, live music and refreshments. 

Later on, join a night of “Lunacy” with the International Westport Astronomical Society when it opens up the Westport Observatory campus for International Observe the Moon Night. Take part in lunar viewing, hands-on activities, virtual and in-person events, and more. Come together with fellow Moon enthusiasts and curious people worldwide to honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon. 

If music is more your style, THE MACHINEperforms Pink Floyd at The Ridgefield Playhouse Saturday at 7:30and Sacred Fire, the blistering six-piece Latin Rock SANTANA Tribute band, takes the stage at The Bijou in Bridgeport at 8:00. 

On Sunday, Connecticut’s non-profit mobile art museum, cARTie, is hosting an Open House celebration event from 3:00-6:00pm Food, drink, live music, student art, and unforgettable photo-ops aboard the art museum bus. Located at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport, this celebration is in gratitude for everyone helping to bridge inequities in education and arts access across the state, bringing the museum experience to more than 1,000 PreK-2 students.

kerry@ducey.org (Lorie Lewis) Events Fri, 15 Oct 2021 09:25:13 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: The Parent Collective https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47509-why-small-businesses-matter-the-parent-collective47509-why-small-businesses-matter-the-parent-collective https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47509-why-small-businesses-matter-the-parent-collective47509-why-small-businesses-matter-the-parent-collective

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 Parent Collective!

Three questions with Jessica Hill, founder of The Parent Collective.

Why did you start your business?

The Parent Collective offers evidence-based prenatal and parenting education which is designed to provide information, encourage open discussion, and establish friendships among couples living in close proximity and due at the same time. We hope that couples taking our classes will develop a social network through participation, gather playmates for the little ones on the way and of course, provide that crucial support system that parents so need.

I decided to start The Parent Collective after hearing from countless friends that they spent their early months and years with baby feeling lonely and isolated. My experience was wildly different, having had my boys in the UK where they have a program much like The Parent Collective. I wanted to give a similar feeling of support through education to others.

Quite simply – I don’t know how I would have gotten through the early months of my first baby without my village of moms who got me out of the house, listened to me vent when I was struggling, swap strategies for dealing with the latest feeding/sleeping/illness issues that crop up, and filled countless afternoons with conversation and companionship. Everyone needs that support and I hope that TPC will fill this need.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our prenatal series is definitely the cornerstone of our offering. The series is taught by Labor and Delivery nurses or Certified Nurse Midwives and follows a curriculum developed in conjunction with medical professionals.

The series topics are:

Week 1: Late Pregnancy & Labor
Week 2: Delivery, Pain Management & Relaxation, C-Sections
Week 3: Breast & Bottle Feeding
Week 4: New Baby Care

We host regular series in person and over Zoom.

All schedules can be accessed on our website here.

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

We partner with many local businesses and professionals to provide resources and referrals to our community. Below are just a few members of our valued community in Westport.

- Kaia Yoga

- Perennial Wellness LLC

- Westport Couples Counseling

- Wellness by Katie

- Spark Pediatric OT

- The Daily Doula

- Intensity

- Organachs Farm to Skin

Jessica would like to nominate Kaia Yoga to be featured next!

Visit The Parent Collective 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!

daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Wed, 13 Oct 2021 06:16:36 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport and Weston: Meet Artist and Teacher, Leslie Giuliani https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47643-why-small-businesses-matter-leslie-giuliani-shop47643-why-small-businesses-matter-leslie-giuliani-shop https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47643-why-small-businesses-matter-leslie-giuliani-shop47643-why-small-businesses-matter-leslie-giuliani-shop

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!

Four questions with Leslie Giuliani.

Why did you start your business?

As a fine artist, I need a way to show my work when not showing in a gallery setting, especially during Covid. The work in my online shop is small and affordable and available year-round.

What is your best-selling product/service?

I sell my Embroidered Encaustic paintings, Handmade Stencils, and Cashmere Scarves. The scarves are seasonal and the stencils are art-making tools. The paintings are the best sellers. Each one is unique and my process is unusual. I embroider images onto my Encaustic paintings and then embellish the surface further with appliqué, stitching, and sometimes even sequins.

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

My paint is made in a small factory in Kingston, NY called R&F Handmade Paints. The paints are handmade by artists. I know all the staff personally.

My beloved embroidery machine came from Yankee Quilter in Seymour, CT. I love that store and return for any service or sewing products I need. As a 35 year Weston resident, I support all of our local shops to keep Weston a vibrant place to live.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

As a fine artist, I have to keep nimble to earn my living. I teach private and group classes out of my Weston studio, I sell art supplies and sell my artwork online in my website shop! I do love it when collectors come to the studio to purchase work in person. I am always delighted when people make appointments to visit. That way, they can see everything I make and learn about the processes.

Leslie would like to nominate Frances Palmer Pottery in Weston to be featured next!

Leslie Giuliani Shop is located at 29 Huckleberry Lane in Weston. Visit Leslie Giuliani Shop 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, 12 Oct 2021 10:07:10 -0400
Eric from DIZZYFISH: Fall Family Fun Day in Westport on Sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47668-eric-from-dizzyfish-fall-family-fun-day-for-all47668-eric-from-dizzyfish-fall-family-fun-day-for-all https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47668-eric-from-dizzyfish-fall-family-fun-day-for-all47668-eric-from-dizzyfish-fall-family-fun-day-for-all

Please note: this event, originally scheduled for this Saturday, has been moved to Sunday, October 17 due to the forecast of rain. Please join us on Sunday from noon to 3pm.

Everyone - singles, families, UUs, non-UUs - are invited to join the folks from The Unitarian Church in Westport for an outdoor fall afternoon full of crafts and activities designed for all ages: from young children to those well into their 'golden years'! A music mural; cake carousel; rock painting; donut bobbing --- a lot to do! Everything outside to be COVID safe.

A notable highlight will be a remember-your-70s-oldies-singalong led by Eric, lead singer of the DIZZYFISH - a great local band that recently sold out in Ridgefield. Open to the greater community. NO RSVP required, just drop in and join the fun. And spread the words with your neighbors!

This event is free for everyone - we look forward to seeing you - it's been too long since we've been able to come together as a community.

events@uuwestport.org (The Unitarian Church in Westport) Events Tue, 12 Oct 2021 09:55:54 -0400
Entertainment Critic Jim Ruocco Reviews Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky) Live in HD at The Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47669-entertainment-critic-jim-ruocco-reviews-boris-godunov-mussorgsky-live-in-hd-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse47669-entertainment-critic-jim-ruocco-reviews-boris-godunov-mussorgsky-live-in-hd-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47669-entertainment-critic-jim-ruocco-reviews-boris-godunov-mussorgsky-live-in-hd-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse47669-entertainment-critic-jim-ruocco-reviews-boris-godunov-mussorgsky-live-in-hd-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse


Editor's note: Here, international/national/regional entertainment critic Jim Ruocco reviews Boris Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov live in HD at The Ridgefield Playhouse

 "La Boheme." "La Traviata." "Madama Butterfly." "Antony and Cleopatra." "Carmen." "Le Nozze di Figaro." "Don Giovanni." "Cendrillon." "Rigoletto." "Tosca." "Werther." "Manon." "Norma." "Lucia di Lammermour." "Faust." "Agrippina." "La Fille du Regiment." 

LIVE in New York or broadcast in theaters via the MET's LIVE IN HD series, these productions - and others - fulfill the stalwart, emotional depth and spectacle that is the MET with thrilling, full-bodied vocals, staging, direction, performance and defining orchestral expression.

At the Ridgefield Playhouse, an intimate, inviting venue of class, warmth and vintage ambiance, Mussorgsky's Russian-language opera "Boris Godunov" - a tale of guilt, deceit, historical position, rejection, responsibility and rejection - was broadcast LIVE on the theater's big movie screen with a vivid thrust and excitement that gave the October 9th presentation dimension, sweep, continuity and operatic elan.


Rejuvenated with distinctive timbre and narrative illumination, the opera itself unfolds with a lucid mindset that amplifies the justice of the drama, the depth and vocal emission of Mussorgsky's music and the well-organized, scene-by-scene development and plotting of the actual story.

Taking its cue from the real-life events of Boris Godunov, the Tzar of Russia during the late 16th century, Mussorgsky's opera charts the title character's rise to the throne, his decade-reign over Russia, his tortured past, his recurring memories of the child he murdered and lastly, a fatal heart attack that provides a tragic ending to the story. As with most operas, it helps if you know the story in advance (both the Ridgefield Playhouse and the MET provide playbills with detailed synopses) or actually researches its origins via the internet, your mobile phone or an afternoon trip to the library. If that's not your thing, paying close attention to the actual performance is mandatory. Otherwise, you'll find yourself completely lost wondering who is who, what is going on or what purpose the actual vocals serve the characters themselves and advancement of the intricate libretto.

Stephen Wadsworth, best known for his staging of Wagner's "Ring" cycle, Moliere's "Don Juan," Handel's "Rodelinda" and the Broadway and West End productions of Terrence McNally's "Master Class," directs this 1869 edition of "Boris Godunov" with an acquired briskness, strength and pathos that allows the material to breathe, resonate and magnify its required purpose. Previously, he staged the MET's lofty 2010 edition of Mussorgsky's classic opera, which took its cue from the 1872 revised version of a piece that chilled and expanded the already proven and faultless plot, its moral conscience and Tsarist hauteur.

A master craftsman in his own right - eleven years later - Wadsworth spins yet another passionate telling that is persuasive in both execution and certainty. Conveyed with absolute seriousness, he balances time, atmosphere, characterization, interplay and operatic storytelling cogently. He leads the cast - principals, supporting players, ensemble - through the Tzar's cemented machinations always knowing when to pause, excite, sentimentalize, enrage or surprise.  In turn, "Boris Godunov" never falters or skips a beat. Given its intermission-less two hours and twenty minutes running time, it is fast and fluid with plenty of story to tell as it moves forward to its justifiable conclusion.
For those not present at the Lincoln Plaza location - the HD LIVE edition (at the Ridgefield Playhouse and other venues worldwide) - the production benefits from exceptional camera work and editing that frames the action in close up, full front and reaction wise, all of which is precisely timed and executed with a trained cinematic eye that heightens the opera's dramatic momentum, musicality, darkness, tableaux and savored viscera.

The headline attraction of any opera - aside from its mammoth, stellar cast - is the conductor, of course,  which, in "Boris Godunov" is wisely-chosen German-born maestro Sebastian Weigle whose orchestral conductor credits include "Die Fledermaus," "Lear," "Tristan und Isolde," the four-part "Der Ring des Nibelungen" and the MET's "Die Zauberflote." Here, Weigle presents a powerful orchestral sound of fullness, versatility and conviction. The intensity of Mussorgsky's work is both natural and realistic with careful attention paid closely to execution, performance, fluidity, detail, dramatic tempo and vocal catharsis.

In turn, the music dazzles. It excites. It gets you thinking. It is beautifully shaped. It unfolds with beautifully crafted simplicity and influence. It is also superbly energized, basking in its own important crisp and conscious tempos, lead-ins, climaxes and edgy, powerful signaling. As is typical with the MET, the progression of the opera, the passages, the voices, the framing, the weight and overall interpretation rest largely on the music and how is portrayed and performed. As "Boris Godunov" unfolds, there is a certain freshness and uniqueness to it all, which Weigle and his team reenact with care, creation and intent. It all works splendidly in terms of variety, sound, melodrama, declamation and lyrical sentiment and tension. Bravo!

In the title role, a part he has played before, Rene Pape sings and acts with a committed strongness and power that reflects his character's pulse, heartbeat, emotions, drive and pending tragic history. It's a performance like no other that Pape greets with a mighty effectiveness and voice that serves the material well. Playing the role of the Holy Fool, Miles Mykkaren offers a focused, determined characterization that fascinates every time he appears on stage.
Other fine performances are delivered by Ain Anger as Pimen, David Butt Philip as Grigory, Erika Baikoff as Xenia, Megan Marino as Feodor, Aleksey Bogdanov as Schelkalov, Maxim Paster as Shuisky and Ryan Speedo Green as Varlaam.

An impressive, appropriately balanced opera, "Boris Godunov" provides abiding involvement and placement to Mussorgsky's rarely-performed Russian opera. It is unique. It is driven. It is paint boxed with detail and color. It is yet another trump card for the MET and its cinematic LIVE IN HD series.

As staged by Stephen Wadsworth, it is full of guilt, strongness and effort. The lead performance of Rene Pape, comes coupled with brilliance, power and excitement. The subject matter, dappled with illustrated persuasion and seraphic sculpting by conductor Sebastian Weigle, is presented with assured nature, dramatic instinct and thematic release. Musically, it respects and celebrates the origins of its creator bringing a lyrical pulse and cohesiveness to the original orchestrations, offset by an unbroken kinship and luster well worthy of a standing ovation.

"Boris Godunov" was presented LIVE in conjunction with the MET's OPERA LIVE IN HD series on  October 9, 2021, at the Ridgefield Playhouse (80 E. Ridge Rd, Ridgefield, CT). For information and ticket's to the Ridgefield Playhouse's upcoming productions, call (203) 438-5795.
For a list of upcoming MET Opera Live in HD screenings click here.

For additional photos and information, click here.


kerry@ducey.org ( James V. Ruocco) Events Tue, 12 Oct 2021 09:40:24 -0400
Restaurant Week in Westport October 19-31 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47667-restaurant-week-in-westport-october-19-3147667-restaurant-week-in-westport-october-19-31 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47667-restaurant-week-in-westport-october-19-3147667-restaurant-week-in-westport-october-19-31

Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Week runs from October 19th - 31st, 2021

Come and try a new fabulous eatery or visit one of your favorites. Each of the participating venues will be offering a Prix Fixe meal to entice your palate. We have set up a flexible pricing program to further enhance the experience. Lunches will be $15, $20 or  $25, Dinners $25, $30, $35 or $40 and Brunch, if offered starting at $20, it's up to each restaurant to set their fixe.

Restaurants can sign up to participate here

kerry@ducey.org (Westport Weston Chamber) Events Tue, 12 Oct 2021 04:57:02 -0400
Westport Woman's Club Hosts Clothing Tag Sale in November https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47666-westport-woman-s-club-hosts-clothing-tag-sale-in-november47666-westport-woman-s-club-hosts-clothing-tag-sale-in-november https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47666-westport-woman-s-club-hosts-clothing-tag-sale-in-november47666-westport-woman-s-club-hosts-clothing-tag-sale-in-november

Clothing Tag Sale in November at the Westport Woman's Club

Sale dates:

  • Friday, Nov 5 (10-3pm)
  • Saturday, Nov 6 (10-3pm)
  • Sunday, Nov 7 (12-3pm)

*Checks and Cash only

The sale will be held in the WWC's historic clubhouse located at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport. Proceeds benefit the Fairfield County community.

Accepting CLOTHING DONATIONS NOW through October 27th.

*Gently-Used Clothing for Women, Men and Children
*Accessories such as shoes/handbags/scarves/jewelry
(No personal items please, like undergarments or bathing suits)

You can drop off tax-deductible donations of new or gently worn clothing to the WWC Clubhouse, 44 Imperial Ave, Westport  (Mon thru Fri, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm).

For more information visit Westport Woman's Club online here.

kerry@ducey.org (WWC) Events Tue, 12 Oct 2021 04:49:02 -0400
King Cares 5K on October 24 Supports Boys and Girls Club of Stamford and The Orphaned Starfish Foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47649-king-cares-5k47649-king-cares-5k https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47649-king-cares-5k47649-king-cares-5k

King School in Stamford CT is sponsoring its ninth annual King Cares 5K on October 24. This event is held every year to raise funds for two worthwhile organizations: The Boys and Girls Club of Stamford and The Orphaned Starfish Foundation.

Student athletes from the school are involved in planning the race. This year, the Varsity Boys Soccer Team has been tasked with helping solicit donations. There are currently 5 players on this team from Ridgefield and we need your help. We are looking for participants, donors and sponsors to support this race and donate to these organizations. Your contribution will help directly fund programs at these organizations and also will help King students engage in reciprocal learning experiences and community outreach.

To register or donate, please visit the King Cares website here

Sponsorship details or more information can be found here


kerry@ducey.org (Kiran Rao) Neighbors Tue, 12 Oct 2021 04:44:01 -0400
Over 1,000 Dogs Expected at Westport Dog Festival on Sunday, October 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47656-over-1-000-dogs-expected-at-westport-dog-festival-on-sunday47656-over-1-000-dogs-expected-at-westport-dog-festival-on-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47656-over-1-000-dogs-expected-at-westport-dog-festival-on-sunday47656-over-1-000-dogs-expected-at-westport-dog-festival-on-sunday

Westport Dog Festival on Sunday, October 17 (please note new date) from 10 am to 4pm at Winslow Park 

This is our 5th year and the festival only gets bigger and better. We expect 3000 people and over 1000 dogs at the best Dog Festival in the State. Come on out for a great day in the park with family and friends.

Fun Competitions,  Obstacle Course, Police K9 Presentations, Frisbee & Acrobatic Show, Demonstrations, Adoptables, Vendors, Food Trucks, Face Painting, Caricature artist, Photo board, Dog Licensing and more...  Fun for the whole family, including people.  Bring your dog.

$10 a person, $25 per family of 4

Park in designated areas - Parking will be noted with Signs along Post Road

Sign your dog up for a goofy contest. More info here.

Vendors and Sponsors sign up here. All welcome

kerry@ducey.org (Westport - Weston Chamber) Events Tue, 12 Oct 2021 03:46:00 -0400
Golf Performance Center Announces Women's College Prep Series November 5-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47665-golf-performance-center-announces-women-s-college-prep-series-november-5-747665-golf-performance-center-announces-women-s-college-prep-series-november-5-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47665-golf-performance-center-announces-women-s-college-prep-series-november-5-747665-golf-performance-center-announces-women-s-college-prep-series-november-5-7

Golf Performance Center's (GPC) College Prep Series is the Northeast’s premier event for college-bound golfers and their parents. This year, we’re excited to dedicate it entirely to girls age 13 and older.

Reserve your seat HERE.

The College Prep Series features top PGA professionals and elite women’s college golf coaches in a multi-day, immersive session designed with one purpose in mind: helping aspiring junior golfers achieve their dreams of playing at the next level.

Junior players at the College Prep Series will have the opportunity to undergo a Player Development Index (PDI) Assessment conducted by elite PGA and TPI-certified performance coaches. The PDI Assessment takes a deep, objective look at key skill areas including putting, chipping, bunker play, shot-making, mental proficiency and physical skills, and precisely identifies areas that need improvement. The assessment will result in an Index (PDI), giving players a number to quantify the state of their game and the ability to track progress toward their goals.


Players and parents will also participate in detailed, guided sessions explaining the college golf recruiting process and featuring head coaches at top college golf programs.

Players and parents will leave with a detailed report covering the weaknesses that may be holding them back from college golf and with a thorough understanding of the recruiting process.

Learn more and reserve your seat HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (Golf Performance Center) Places Mon, 11 Oct 2021 08:36:24 -0400