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FC Buzz Weekend Lineup September 29 - October 1

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 15 towns in coastal Fairfield County. Sign up to receive a free eBuzz newsletter with top picks and spotlight events from the hundreds of events posted on FCBuzz.

Orquesta Afinke

Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport

Friday, September 29, 8:00 pm

FREE TICKET ALERT! A 9-piece musical group of seasoned musicians perform a diverse repertoire including Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Boleros, Plena, Latin jazz, and more. Get ready to dance the night away. Free tickets can be picked up at any Bridgeport Library location or the Klein Box Office. Limit 4 tickets per group. 

Nickelodeon’s Our World: Worldwide Day of Play.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk

Saturday, September 30, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

It’s back! A global play event presented by Nickelodeon and the Association of Children’s Museums. During this action-packed event, the museum will offer FREE admission all day and celebrate what they do best – play! Programming will reinforce lessons about the importance of play and the tremendous benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle. 

“An American Town Goes to War” – An Author Talk with Tony Pavia

Weston History & Culture Center, Weston

Saturday, September 30, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

As part of the Weston History & Culture Center’s World War II Lecture Series, author Tony Pavia presents the story of a group of men, all from Stamford, CT, who went off to war. Mr. Pavia will discuss the commonalities of their experiences, highlight their personal stories and stories from the veterans’ loved ones. 

Greenwich Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts Center Greenwich High School, Greenwich

Saturday, September 30, 7:30 pm and Sunday October 1, 3:00 pm  

Music lovers… If you like the classics, appreciate jazz, and are a fan of the rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer, then this one is for you. The GSO begins its new season with music by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Duke Ellington and Keith Emerson, two composers from the nineteenth century and two from the twentieth century.

Aldrich Undercover

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Saturday, September 30, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

This unique art sale features work by artists who have exhibited at the Museum and raises critical funds that directly support The Aldrich’s mission to serve as a leading incubator for artists at critical creative junctures, providing a collaborative platform that engages and inspires. Plot twist: the identity of the artist is only revealed after a work of art has been purchased. 

Omnium: A Bold New Circus

The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Saturday, September 30, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Breaking new ground in the world of circus arts with the first fully inclusive circus performing arts company, you won’t want to miss this family-friendly performance.

The Surrealist Soirée Annual Fundraiser

MoCA Westport, Westport

Saturday, September 30, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

MoCA Westport announces its annual benefit - a return to MoCA Westport’s long-standing tradition of presenting legendary celebrations in support of the arts and the Museum. The evening features for imaginative decor, avant-garde performers and a live DJ. Delicious fare will be provided by Marcia Selden Catering with drinks and custom cocktails crafted by The Cup Bearer’s artisanal mixologists. Guests are encouraged to dress creatively in line with the evening’s surrealist theme. The event will also feature a raffle including one-of-a-kind experiences and unique items with all proceeds directly benefiting MoCA.

Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra presents “American”

Anne S. Richardson Auditorium at Ridgefield High School

Saturday, September 30, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

If you have music on your mind this weekend, you’ll want to see Reena Esmai’s Blue Room (Violin Concerto), Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, and Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide,” and Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story.” Guest violin soloist is Aubree Oliverson.

Abbie Gardner & Tracy Grammer

Voices Cafe, Westport

Saturday, September 30, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Two of the most engaging contemporary folk artists come together with unique energy and positive vibes. Net proceeds of this concert benefit Hang Time’s Her Time programs, a grass roots social justice program that serves women and children impacted by incarceration.

Waveny Park Arts Festival

Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan

Sunday, October 1, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm,

In partnership with the New Canaan Parks & Rec Department, this outdoor arts festival will feature a juried collection of up to 40 fine artists & artisans. Admission is free to all and visitors will have the opportunity to meet and buy work from a variety of exhibitors. The artist booths will be complemented with live music throughout the day by School of Rock, Michael Louis-Smith & Friends and the Greenwich band Exit 5.  Art activities, yoga sessions for kids with Sama Yoga and refreshments will be available. Children will love interacting with giant puppets by Sova Theater and the gallery will be open for all to visit the Annual Member Show. 

The Artist Collective of Westport 2023 Trunk Show

Westport Library, Westport

Sunday, October 1, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Feast your eyes on the art and creations of over 35 Artist Collective works for viewing and for sales. Lots of bargains for the people who come and fun for them to meet the artists and hear the wonderful jazz/popular vocal stylings of Melissa Newman!

Michael Moschen – A Juggler Beyond Compare

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Sunday, October 1, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

One of the greatest jugglers of the 21st century, Michael's new show, “Mysterious Forces,” combines juggling, physics, movement, and dance to create a world of balls, rings, hoops, and spheres that fly, float and spin while defying gravity. A truly spectacular show for the entire family! 

Pillow Concert Series with Igor Pikayzen

Suzuki Music Schools, Westport

Sunday, October 1, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Grab a pillow and get up close and personal in this Pillow Concert Series with Igor Pikayzen, an international violinist who will perform works by Bach, Kreisler, Paganini and Wieniawski. Enjoy an informal setting designed for the whole family. Children, ages 4 and up, are welcome. 

INTEMPO presents ‘Sounds from Latino America’ 

St Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Canaan

Sunday, October 1, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with INTEMPO. See, hear, and feel  ‘Sounds from Latino America’ – part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Concert Series. Join INTEMPO advanced students and professional teaching artists as they present a unique, cultural and fun concert series in collaboration with the Darien Arts Center, St Mark’s Episcopal Church, and First Congregational Church of Greenwich.

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at https://culturalalliancefc.org Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

kerry@ducey.org (Lorie Lewis) Events Fri, 29 Sep 2023 08:25:20 -0400
Sherwood Mill Pond Conservation Director Responds to Recent Complaints About Crabbing https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/48857-sherwood-mill-pond-conservation-director-responds-to-recent-complaints-about-crabbing48857-sherwood-mill-pond-conservation-director-responds-to-recent-complaints-about-crabbing https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/48857-sherwood-mill-pond-conservation-director-responds-to-recent-complaints-about-crabbing48857-sherwood-mill-pond-conservation-director-responds-to-recent-complaints-about-crabbing

Westport Conservation Director Colin Kelly provided the following response regarding recent complaints about crabbing at Sherwood Mill Pond.

The Shellfish Commission invited the Westport Police Department Marine Division to give a summary report of this year’s summer activities at their regular scheduled meeting on September 6, 2023.

As many have seen in local social media and news sites, the Sherwood Mill Pond has become a popular location for crabbing. The Westport Conservation Department reminds Westport residents that the act of crabbing is allowed and is covered by CT DEEP fishing regulations. (https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Fishing/CT-Fishing

People have the legal right to access state waters and fish for Blue Crab. The taking of Blue Crab requires no license, and there is no daily limit during the open season from May1 – November 30. The Conservation Office does not regulate the taking of crabs from the pond. The Sherwood Mill Pond Advisory Committee and the Shellfish Commission do not have authority to restrict the crabbing either.

To clarify, this does not mean the Town has ignored the public requests for checking the crabbing. In fact, the Westport Police Department have conducted more than fifty (50) patrols of Sherwood Mill Pond this summer. They have interacted with the individuals who are crabbing, they have actively provided education, and they have checked the catches to ensure proper measurements are being followed. The officers have used Infrared cameras to confirm that individuals were taking crabs and that any clams they have seen were dumped. They have worked individually and in conjunction with CT DEEP Encon Police. Officers have been proactive in responding to calls and will continue to provide our Town with this response.  We want to inform the public that over seventy (70) parking tickets have been issued along Hillspoint Road and the Old Mill parking lot in the last few weeks. One night alone had over thirty (30) parking tickets issued. The Police Department will continue their oversight, including adding additional tactics in the future, to ensure that the laws are followed.

For more information, please click here

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Westport) Life Wed, 27 Sep 2023 10:46:27 -0400
Fireside Mystery Theatre to Stage Special Live Friday the 13th Show at The Westport Library https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48858-fireside-mystery-theatre-to-stage-special-live-friday-the-13th-show-at-the-westport-library48858-fireside-mystery-theatre-to-stage-special-live-friday-the-13th-show-at-the-westport-library https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48858-fireside-mystery-theatre-to-stage-special-live-friday-the-13th-show-at-the-westport-library48858-fireside-mystery-theatre-to-stage-special-live-friday-the-13th-show-at-the-westport-library

Westport, CT - On Friday the 13th, just two weeks before Halloween, there’s no better place to celebrate than at The Westport Library — and with Fireside Mystery Theatre.

On October 13 in the Library’s Trefz Forum, Fireside Mystery Theatre, the award-winning audio theatre production company, will premiere Nightfall on the Nutmeg State, a set of original pieces written for The Westport Library.

Fireside Mystery Theatre performs unique shows reminiscent of the old-time radio mysteries of the 1930s. The troupe’s actors will read live on stage, in full costume, each standing in front of a mic and with scripts in hand. The live performance will be recorded and later featured on Fireside Mystery Theatre’s podcast feed, which has reached millions of listeners around the world — bridging the gap between the Golden Age of Radio and the podcast era. 

Tickets are $20, and the event serves as the precursor to StoryFest, the Library’s annual literary festival, which runs October 20-22 featuring Neil Gaiman, Angie Kim, Gabino Iglesias, Caroline Kepnes, Eric LaRocca, Josh Malerman, and many more.

“We are so excited to be able to team with the brilliant minds at Fireside Mystery Theatre to bring this special production to the Library,” said Bill Harmer, Westport Library executive director. “They are the perfect partner for a library — delivering storytelling in its purest form, well-timed for Friday the 13th and a week ahead of StoryFest.”

Nightfall on the Nutmeg State is comprised of four unique stories, performed by an ensemble cast with live underscoring and three music performances. The stories are as follows:

  • Old Wolf Put: Long ago, wolves roamed the forests of Connecticut until, one fateful night, the last one was cornered in a dark and ominous cave.
  • The Grave of Midnight Mary: A coven of witches uncover the legend of Midnight Mary Hart, who was buried alive after a swoon (or so they say) and now haunts Evergreen Cemetery. 
  • Little Miss 1565: The true-life nightmare of the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire provides the backdrop for an unsettling, unsolved mystery.
  • The Confession of Amy Archer-Gilligan: The heart-stopping tale (and part of the inspiration behind the classic Arsenic and Old Lace) of a boarding home for the old and infirm and a killer hiding in plain sight. 

Fireside Mystery Theatre invites all to come to this special show: “Thrill to an evening of strange sights, sounds, and stories specially sourced from Connecticut's darkest local myths, mysteries, and legends. Fireside Mystery Theatre's cadre of actors, musicians, and technicians will amaze you as they conjure unforgettable stories etched in sound — where the real meets the fantastic and the ordinary joins the bizarre.”

“We relish in thrilling and chilling our audiences wherever we go,” said Fireside Mystery Theatre presenter and actor Ali Silva. “But we especially look forward to this privilege of hand-delivering to the fine folk of Connecticut a lovingly crafted evening of our peculiar brand of dark and delightful entertainment.”

Led by co-creators and producers Silva and Gustavo Rodriguez, Fireside Mystery Theatre has been lauded by numerous outlets for its inventive storytelling and throwback feel. That includes Popsugar, which called Fireside Mystery Theatre one of the “10 scary podcasts to listen to on a dark and stormy night,” and The New York Times, which cited Fireside Mystery Theatre as one of the top five podcasts to bring into your home when theaters went dark in 2020.

“The episodes feature sound effects, musical acts, and a fully improvised score to bring the nostalgia to its fullest,” noted The New York Times. “Each play also brings a laugh and a chill as the group’s specialty is the eerie and macabre.” 

For more on Fireside Mystery Theatre, visit its website at firesidemysterytheatre.com. And click here to purchase tickets to the special event at the Library on Friday, October 13.


Event Information:

Fireside Mystery Theatre — LIVE at The Westport Library!

Friday, October 13

6:30-9 pm

Trefz Forum, The Westport Library

Story link: https://westportlibrary.org/fireside-mystery-theatre-to-stage-special-live-friday-the-13th-performance-at-the-westport-library/ 

Event listing: https://westportlibrary.org/event/fireside-mystery-theatre-live-at-the-westport-library/    

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fireside-mystery-theatre-live-at-the-westport-library-tickets-675501141097 

kerry@ducey.org (EJ Crawford ) Events Wed, 27 Sep 2023 09:03:30 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: Vantage Point MBA Admissions Consulting https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48764-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-vantage-point-mba-admissions-consulting48764-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-vantage-point-mba-admissions-consulting https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48764-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-vantage-point-mba-admissions-consulting48764-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-vantage-point-mba-admissions-consulting

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 Vantage Point MBA Admissions Consulting!

Three questions with Melody Jones, Co-Founder & President of Vantage Point MBA Admissions Consulting.

Why did you start your business?

I started Vantage Point because I wanted to help young people like me (well, I was young at the time!) have the best chance at getting into their dream MBA program. I believe in the transformative power of graduate business education and after benefiting from admissions coaching myself when I applied to business school, I wanted to offer even better support and resources to future applicants.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best-selling service is our Comprehensive Package. This service is fully inclusive admissions coaching for 1 or more schools and covers the entire application process - from story and career goal development to school selection and all the way to interview preparation. The unlimited nature of the package, in other words, no caps on several calls or essay drafts, allows our clients to receive coaching that's truly tailored to them.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

All the time! The rapid evolution of technology over the past 5+ years has completely reimagined how I run the business and how we serve our clients. From using ChatGPT to support marketing content development to the now familiar use of video as our primary mode of client communication, I'm always looking for ways to work more efficiently. My team has been remote from the start but now that we've grown to over 25 consultants, implementing systems to replace our previously ad-hoc processes has also been a game changer.

Melody Jones would like to nominate Gut Love in Westport, CT to be featured next!

Vantage Point MBA Admissions Consulting is located in Westport, CT. Visit Vantage Point MBA Admissions Consulting online here. Make sure to check out their FacebookTwitter, 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, 27 Sep 2023 06:43:24 -0400
Slice of Saugatuck Festival is this Weekend! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48856-slice-of-saugatuck-festival-is-this-weekend48856-slice-of-saugatuck-festival-is-this-weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48856-slice-of-saugatuck-festival-is-this-weekend48856-slice-of-saugatuck-festival-is-this-weekend

11th annual Food Tasting and Retail Experience on Saturday September 30th from 2-5pm

Once again the entire Saugatuck neighborhood will be energized and show off what it has to offer. Bands, Bouncy houses, Beer/Wine Gardens, Balloon Bender, Face Painter and much more

Adults $15

Kids 5-12 $5

After highly successful events starting in 2011 the Slice returns for the tenth year on Saturday, September 30th, 2023 from 2 pm – 5 pm with over four dozen of 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 design store, to liquor store, to retail merchant and back.

Walk the Slice!

There is so much to do for the whole family. Listen to 7 bands and stroll along the boardwalk at the plaza overlooking the river or get grooving alongside the dance demonstrations. Bring the kids and check out the Fire Department's antique fire engine, the fire safety trailer and jump in 4 different bouncy housesBalloon Bender and Face Painter and roving performances.

Grab a map and see if you can taste everything being offered. Your stomach will be full before you get to the end. Get your passport stamped and enter in the lottery for gift certificates to many of these fine venues.

Proceeds to date benefiting the Gillespie Food Pantry are $44,000. We will  hopfully break $50,000 this year.

Learn more https://www.westportwestonchamber.com/saugatuck/

kerry@ducey.org (Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce) Events Wed, 27 Sep 2023 06:20:38 -0400
Westport Library Launches Redesigned Website Homepage https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48855-westport-library-launches-redesigned-website-homepage48855-westport-library-launches-redesigned-website-homepage https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48855-westport-library-launches-redesigned-website-homepage48855-westport-library-launches-redesigned-website-homepage

Westport, CT - Navigating The Westport Library website has never been easier.

The homepage for westportlibrary.org has been fully redesigned, with a new look and feel and a fresh design to make finding what you need easier, more intuitive, and more rewarding.

Among the highlights of the new design are a simplified menu and a robust footer so patrons can more easily access the Library’s core offerings. The redesigned homepage also offers a primary content space at the top of the page for increased engagement, more ways than ever before to discover upcoming Library events and existing Library assets, and breakout boxes highlighting current Library content such as reference guides, videos, podcasts, news, and more.

The redesign also creates a user experience that is responsive and accessible, an important element in making sure that the Library’s front-facing digital platform is open to all.

“These changes were all made with our patrons in mind,” said Bill Harmer, Westport Library executive director. “Through months of thoughtful planning and collecting feedback, we worked to create the optimal experience to find what you need as well as all the things we offer that you never knew you needed. It’s a great advertisement for all the services and programs that the Library offers, and the right entry point to engage with us on whatever level you would like.”


Homepage: https://westportlibrary.org/    

Story link: https://westportlibrary.org/westport-library-prioritizes-the-patron-experience-in-launching-new-homepage/

kerry@ducey.org (EJ Crawford ) Places Mon, 25 Sep 2023 17:14:26 -0400
Wakeman Town Farm Fabulous Fall Events! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48854-wtf-fall48854-wtf-fall https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48854-wtf-fall48854-wtf-fall

Wakeman Town Farm has launched a roster of events for fall. We are rolling sushi, baking cakes, hosting intimate chefs' farm dinners, designing kids' farm programs and so much more!

Check out all the happenings at wakemantownfarm.org

wakemantownfarmrentals@gmail.com (Wakeman Town Farm) Places Mon, 25 Sep 2023 06:18:41 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: Lavish Men's Grooming https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48773-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-lavish-men-s-grooming48773-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-lavish-men-s-grooming https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48773-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-lavish-men-s-grooming48773-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-lavish-men-s-grooming

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 Lavish Men's Grooming!

Two questions with Lourdes Thomas, owner of Lavish Men's Grooming.

Why did you start your business?

I started my own business because I'm passionate about Men's Grooming. I wanted to create a unique and luxurious experience for my clients. I have an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire for creative freedom. I wanted the potential for financial success. I was told by my previous boss that I needed him to be successful and that no one would follow me. So I ended up quitting my job and opening my own business in a salon space.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best-selling product or service is our flexible membership with the membership they have unlimited haircuts, hair care products, and grooming packages. It attracts customers who are seeking men's grooming from haircuts, back shaves, chest shaves, hot towel shaves, and facials.

Lourdes Thomas would like to nominate Rachel Lynn Beauty Salon to be featured next!

Visit Lavish Men's Grooming online here.

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

daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Mon, 25 Sep 2023 02:36:00 -0400
Ms President US Westport Kicks off Friday Sept 29th: Still Time to Register! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/48852-ms-president-us-westport-kicks-off-friday-sept-29th-still-time-to-register48852-ms-president-us-westport-kicks-off-friday-sept-29th-still-time-to-register https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/48852-ms-president-us-westport-kicks-off-friday-sept-29th-still-time-to-register48852-ms-president-us-westport-kicks-off-friday-sept-29th-still-time-to-register

This week is the last week for girls 4th-8th grade to register for the Ms President US Program for Wilton and Westport with our season kick off session happening Friday the 29th from 4:15-5:45 pm.


Through our program, girls learn about public speaking, diplomacy and listening skills, local/state/federal government, and women’s history while having an opportunity to meet and greet exemplary female leaders. The program culminates with a campaign and election for Ms President US.  


The winner will be invited to accompany their First Selectman, at appearances and speaking engagements throughout the year, until the next Ms President US is elected.


The program was launched in Ridgefield CT in 2017-2018.  With the support of our partners, the program will be promoted for replication in other towns in subsequent years.


While there are some wonderful programs focused on inspiring High School girls to engage in civic leadership, there are no community-based initiatives (currently known) that focus on engaging younger girls. The Ms President US program aims to reach girls at a pivotal age, before their self-esteem transitions from peak to plummet, as commonly takes place during the Middle School years.


Some highlights include:

  • Open to all girls in 4th through 8th grade, and can be from any town.
  • Sessions are held once a month for 1.5 hours in Wilton and Westport
  • Sessions are led by community and state leaders and will include fun, interactive activities. Each session will include a mini lesson plan and a takeaway message.
  • Each January girls begin to prepare their campaign for “Ms. President US” (their town) using their choice of media or art and addressing at least 1 issue (school start time, anti-bullying, etc.).
  • Participants enjoy a field trip to the state capitol where they meet with legislative leaders, see the house chambers and court, and take a League of Women Voters tour.
  • In the final session girls will give their campaign speech and show their display/presentation. 
  • The girl with the top score among all the ballots submitted will be elected Ms President US of their town.
  • Ms President US will “hold office” for 1 year until the next girl is elected. During her “administration” Ms President US will be invited to attend, participate and/or speak at local community events.
  • $250 per participant
  • $225 per each additional sibling
  • Need-based scholarships are available
  • Girl Scouts badge/credit eligible
alisonsmithnyct@gmail.com (Ms President US Westport ) Neighbors Sun, 24 Sep 2023 15:02:31 -0400
Westport Book Sale Ventures Announces Oct. 25 Benefit Event https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48853-westport-book-sale-ventures-announces-oct-25-benefit-event48853-westport-book-sale-ventures-announces-oct-25-benefit-event https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48853-westport-book-sale-ventures-announces-oct-25-benefit-event48853-westport-book-sale-ventures-announces-oct-25-benefit-event

Westport, CT — Westport Book Sale Ventures announces that tickets are now on sale for “Chapter Two: Spanning From Retail to E-Tail” — a benefit event to support the expansion of the Book Sale’s employment and job training program for adults with disabilities, to its eBay online sales business.  Participation in our online sales business will provide training in valuable computer, data entry and office-type skills, broadening the work experience and marketability of our employees.  It will also provide support for the Book Sale’s fledgling online sales business.  

The Chapter Two benefit will be held on Wednesday evening, October 25, 2023, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Westport Library.  The event will include live music by Zoe’s Lounge, light bites catered by Seaside Catering, a paddle-raise, and both a live and a silent auction of a representative sample of the kinds of things the Book Sale sells on eBay, plus artwork and signed books donated uniquely for this event.  Tickets are $75 each, and are available for purchase on eventbrite, at:  https://WestportBookSale_ChapterTwoBenefit.eventbrite.com 

A catalog of auction items is available on the Westport Book Sales website, at www.westportbooksaleventures.org/our-events.  Auction items include a first edition of Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince; two new copies of The New Yorker in Westport donated by its authors Eve Potts and Andrew Bentley; books signed by Laura Linney; a poster autographed by Sylvester Stallone; artworks donated by local artists Nina Bentley, Miggs Burroughs, Kirsten Rao, Norm Siegel, and Rowene Weems; and much much more. Event participants can also bid on the opportunity to have exclusive access to the next Westport Library Big Fall Book Sale on December 1, 2023, or the next Big Spring Book Sale on May 17, 2024, for one hour before anyone else is admitted to the sale!

The Book Sale is grateful to its very generous early event Sponsors: Dan Levinson, Robin & Brad Berggren, Eileen Lavigne Flug, Linda & Scott Hopper, Jocelyn & Walter Barandiaran, Ann Sheffer & Bill Scheffler, and the firm of Rolleri & Sheppard CPAs LLP.  To become an event sponsor, contact the Book Sale at info@westportbooksales.org

The proceeds of this event will support the Company’s employment and job training for adults with disabilities, and our used book sales that raise funds to support the exceptional programs and services of The Westport Library. 

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Westport Book Sale Ventures, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit enterprise with the dual social mission to provide meaningful employment and job training for adults with disabilities, while raising support for The Westport Library, through used book sales.  We offer gently used books, vinyl and other media for sale at our downtown Westport Book Shop, as well as at periodic large book sale events held at the Westport Library, and online on the company’s website www.westportbooksaleventures.org/shop and through our eBay store at www.ebay.com/str/westportbooksalesct. For  more information, or to make a charitable donation, please visit our website at www.westportbooksales.org

Westport Book Sale Ventures welcomes volunteers for all aspects of our operations, from book donation receipt and sorting, to preparing for and working at book sale events, to work in our online sales operation, and at the Westport Book Shop.  For more information, and to get involved, please visit www.westportbooksales.org or send an email to info@westportbooksales.org 

kerry@ducey.org (Westport Book Sale Ventures) Events Sun, 24 Sep 2023 09:34:34 -0400
Halloween Concert & Costume Ball at Westport Library, Oct. 28 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48850-halloween-concert-costume-ball-at-westport-library-oct-2848850-halloween-concert-costume-ball-at-westport-library-oct-28 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48850-halloween-concert-costume-ball-at-westport-library-oct-2848850-halloween-concert-costume-ball-at-westport-library-oct-28

Westport, CT - Halloween is arriving at The Westport Library a few days early this year.

The Library, in partnership with the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a Halloween Concert and Costume Ball featuring Bella’s Bartok. The event will be held in the Library’s Trefz Forum on Saturday, October 28. Doors open at 7 pm, with the concert kicking off at 8 pm. 

"Get ready for a hauntingly good time with Bella's Bartok, where music meets mayhem and costumes are your ticket to the freakishly fabulous,” said Westport Library Executive Director Bill Harmer. 

Bella’s Bartok is uniquely suited to perform at this event. Known for their raucous theatrical performances edging at times toward the macabre, the band plays a high energy mix of funk, pop, and folk that will have everyone dancing during their two full sets. 

This nocturnal happening is the adult accompaniment to the Children’s Halloween Window Painting Contestthat will be held earlier the same day (also run by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce). Costumes are encouraged, with contests and prizes awarded for the best outfits in multiple categories. Specialty cocktail potions along with beer and wine will be available to allow patrons to pick their own poison. 

“This night is about creativity both on and off the stage, a melding of concepts that I’m sure will get people’s imagination going,” said Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. “I am a big fan of the band. This will be a fun show!” 

The event is the latest musical collaboration between the Library and the Chamber, including the Supper & Soul events featuring Cris JacobsJohnny Folsom 4, and more.

Tickets to the Halloween Concert and Costume Ball are $35 and are on sale now.


Event Information:

Halloween Concert and Costume Ball Featuring Bella's Bartok

Saturday, October 28

7-10 pm (doors open at 7 pm; concert starts at 8 pm)

Trefz Forum, The Westport Library

Story link: https://westportlibrary.org/westport-library-to-host-halloween-concert-and-costume-ball-featuring-bellas-bartok/

Event listing: https://westportlibrary.org/event/halloween-concert-and-costume-ball-featuring-bellas-bartok/ 

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-concert-costume-ball-bellas-bartok-tickets-682165143307

kerry@ducey.org (EJ Crawford ) Events Sat, 23 Sep 2023 06:00:29 -0400
Cherise Coaches Sings Ella Fitzgerald at Westport Playhouse, Oct. 27-Nov. 5 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48851-cherise-coaches-sings-ella-fitzgerald-at-westport-playhouse-oct-27-nov-548851-cherise-coaches-sings-ella-fitzgerald-at-westport-playhouse-oct-27-nov-5 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48851-cherise-coaches-sings-ella-fitzgerald-at-westport-playhouse-oct-27-nov-548851-cherise-coaches-sings-ella-fitzgerald-at-westport-playhouse-oct-27-nov-5

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse will bring to its stage “First Lady of Song: Cherise Coaches Sings Ella Fitzgerald” for a one-week run, from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, November 5.

Broadway actress and recording artist Cherise Coaches stars in a concert event saluting one of America's favorite jazz singers, Ella Fitzgerald. Coaches effortlessly emits the sultry swing and playful joy that made Ella an American treasure. Classic tunes include "Summertime," "The Lady Is a Tramp," and "It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing." Coaches will be joined on stage by a band of piano, bass, drums, and woodwinds.

The storyline celebrates Ella Fitzgerald’s career triumphs, artistry, and legacy, while also addressing her experiences of poverty, childhood abuse and homelessness, romantic partners or lack thereof, racism, and health issues.

“First Lady of Song” replaces the Playhouse’s previously announced fall production of “School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play,” which was canceled last spring to cut costs as the historic theater faced financial challenges. 

Beth Huisking, Playhouse acting managing director, said, “’First Lady of Song’ comes to us from Artists Lounge Live, a Chicago-based production company. It’s a high-quality, total package, with set, costumes, marketing materials, and other elements, thus saving the considerable cost of producing a show ourselves. The Playhouse will resume mounting our own theatrical productions in fall 2024, under the artistic direction of Mark Shanahan.”

Cherise Coaches is a Chicago-born/Los Angeles-based actress, recording artist, songwriter, vocal arranger/producer, and voice coach. Coaches appeared on Broadway in the musical “Waitress” as well as the National Tour of “Disenchanted: The Musical.” Chicago Theatre Review calls her, "transcendent... a gifted, glittering songstress." Coaches recently appeared in and served as vocal supervisor for the reimagined “Gospel at Colonus” in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Other theater credits include “Hair” (Dionne), “Dreamgirls” (Charlene), “A New Attitude: In Tribute to Patti LaBelle” (Young Patti), and the musical revue “Dynamite Divas” where she dazzled audiences in the styles of legends Dinah Washington, Beyoncé, and Patti LaBelle. 

Coaches was honored with a Black Theater Alliance nomination for the Phylicia Rashad Award for Most Promising Actress. She also appeared on tour with Artists Lounge Live as a featured vocalist in “Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul,” “Higher and Higher with Chester Gregory,” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: John-Mark McGaha Sings Stevie Wonder.” Television credits include “The Chi” and “Empire.” Film credits include “Plow” and “The Terrible Tenth.” Additionally, Coaches records, writes, and produces neo-soul music, available now on all streaming platforms. IG/TikTok/Twitter: @cherisecoaches

Artists Lounge Live, the show’s production company, was created by the married team of executive producer Michael Ingersoll and artistic director Angela Ingersoll. https://artistsloungelive.com/

Production Sponsors are Judy and Scott Phares. Production Partners are Paige and Jodi Couture. Corporation Production Partner is Cohen and Wolf, P.C.  2023 Media Sponsors are Moffly Media and WSHU Public Radio. 

Performance schedule is Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 7 p.m., Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Special series include Pride Night (November 2) and Open Captions (November 5).

The play is recommended for age 12 and up. Running time is approximately 100 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.

Single tickets start at $35 and are subject to change based upon availability. Buy early for best prices. For information on special offers, including discounts for students, senior citizens, educators, military and first responders, Indigenous peoples, professional playwrights, and groups, as well as options for pay-what-you-will and library passes visit www.westportplayhouse.org/visit/box-office/.

For more information and tickets, visit:  https://www.westportplayhouse.org/show/first-lady-of-song-cherise-coaches-sings-ella-fitzgerald/

The complete schedule of Playhouse events is available at westportplayhouse.org. All play titles, artists, dates, and times are subject to change.

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), Instagram (wcplayhouse), and onYouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

kerry@ducey.org (Pat Blaufuss) Events Sat, 23 Sep 2023 05:48:17 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: Gebanah https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48739-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-gebanah48739-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-gebanah https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/48739-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-gebanah48739-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-gebanah

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 Gebanah!

Four questions with Monique Hodges, Founder & CEO of Gebanah

Why did you start your business?

I'm a philanthropist who spent my professional career developing business acumen and I created Gebanah to partner those two passions. Not only are the needs of nonprofit groups expansive and often seem endless, but in business, workplace culture is responsible for 30% of a business's market value, and toxic culture is also the #1 reason employees leave companies. I saw an opportunity to broaden my service. In today’s world, a positive workplace culture is crucial to the stability of a successful business.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Business consulting services. My unique strategic alignment of mission, messaging, and people through local charitable giving has a profitable impact on business and makes a lasting impact on their internal culture. Even companies with existing ESG efforts, employee engagement, philanthropic departments, etc. With Gebanah services I focus on developing crucial revenue contributors to help businesses reach their unique and individual goals.

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

Since every client will receive a customized alignment strategy. I don't provide "one size fits all" solutions. As part of my philanthropic work, I am a Past President of the Westport Young Woman's League (the League) and Vice President of the Westport Downtown Association (WDA). Since joining the League in 2016, I have worked with over 50 local nonprofits and our grant program has given over 175 grants. This past Spring the League gave to over 25 different nonprofits including: Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 Westport, Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Center for Children's Advocacy, A Better Chance Westport, LiveGirl, Positive Directions, and Westport Country Playhouse.

At the WDA, I contribute to Gebanah's counseling services and my nonprofit experience to amplify their mission of being an advocate for business owners and enhancing the community's downtown experience. This includes members of the WDA like Bespoke Studios, Cotelac, Studio Cafe, Unsubscribed, and 168 other local businesses. With the WDA we sponsor and host some of the community's most beloved events: Westoberfest, the Westport Fine Arts Festival which has been featured in New York Magazine, and Fashionably Westport- a local fashion show that raises money for Homes with Hope, a local nonprofit geared to ending homelessness.

Have you 'reimagined' your small business?

Gebanah is a new concept. Never before has an underrated factor in market value like culture been coupled with charitable giving and tied to revenue building. My services are meant to alleviate uncertainty and give time back to busy leadership teams. If they can do this with a third-party consultant vs. a staff member who is built into the system they're trying to impact, what do they have to lose?

Monique Hodges would like to nominate Bespoke Designs to be featured next!

Visit Gebanah online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook, and Instagram pages as well! Give Gebanah a call at (860)944-1033.

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

daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Fri, 22 Sep 2023 06:30:16 -0400
The Trunk Show in Westport on October 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48848-the-trunk-show-westport-jesup-green-parking-lot-oct-1-11am-4pm48848-the-trunk-show-westport-jesup-green-parking-lot-oct-1-11am-4pm https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48848-the-trunk-show-westport-jesup-green-parking-lot-oct-1-11am-4pm48848-the-trunk-show-westport-jesup-green-parking-lot-oct-1-11am-4pm


The Artist Collective of Westport and the Westport Library present the 2023 Trunk Show. Free admission. This October 1 at 11am-4pm. Come to the Westport Library's lower parking lot adjacent to Jesup Green and feast your eyes on the art and creations of over 35 Artist Collective works for viewing and for sales. For yourself or holiday gifts.

The art is reasonably prices art that range from $25 to $1,500. Most sales are under $100 - many $10 - $50. Lots of bargains for the people who come and fun for them to meet the artists.

The wonderful jazz/popular vocal stylings of Melissa Newman will be featured, so you don't want to miss that.

Some of the artists participating are: Elisa Keogh, Deborah Bohren, Beatrice delPerugia, Nina Bentley, Marc Zaref, Louise Cadoux, Dionne Pia,  Holly Hawthorn, Rosalind Shaffer, Maryann Neilson, Julie Leff,Lisa Silberman, Dolores Santiliquido, Fruma Markowitz, George Radwan, Ronnie Gold, Jean Krasno, Jocelyn Baran, Cecilia Moy, Susan Fehlinger,Dorothy Robertshaw, Cindy Wagner, Robin Babbin, Michael Brennecke, Susan Murray, Debbie Smith,Rebeca Fuchs, Elizabeth Devoll, Janine Brown, Leonor Dao Turut, Hernan Garcia, Carla Goldberg,Barbara Ringer, Jane Fleischne, Maj Kalfus

Artist Collective of Westport Trunk Show: Oct. 1, 11am-4pm https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48849-artist-collective-of-westport-trunk-show-oct-1-11am-4pm48849-artist-collective-of-westport-trunk-show-oct-1-11am-4pm https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/48849-artist-collective-of-westport-trunk-show-oct-1-11am-4pm48849-artist-collective-of-westport-trunk-show-oct-1-11am-4pm

Westport, CT - The Artist Collective of Westport and the Westport Library present their 2023 Trunk Show Sunday, October 1, 11am-4pm, in the Westport Library's lower parking lot adjacent to Jesup Green. Over 35 artists will be showing their work, all of which is for sale.

The art is reasonably priced from $25 to $1,500. Most sales are under $100 - many $10 - $50. Lots of bargains for visitors.

The wonderful jazz/popular vocal stylings of Melissa Newman will also be featured, so you don't want to miss that!

Participating artists include Elisa Keogh, Deborah Bohren, Beatrice delPerugia, Nina Bentley, Marc Zaref, Louise Cadoux, Dionne Pia, Holly Hawthorn, Rosalind Shaffer, Maryann Neilson, Julie Leff, Lisa Silberman, Dolores Santiliquido, Fruma Markowitz, George Radwan, Ronnie Gold, Jean Krasno, Jocelyn Baran, Cecilia Moy, Susan Fehlinger, Dorothy Robertshaw, Cindy Wagner, Robin Babbin, Michael Brennecke, Susan Murray, Debbie Smith, Rebeca Fuchs, Elizabeth Devoll, Janine Brown, Leonor Dao Turut, Hernan Garcia, Carla Goldberg, Barbara Ringer, Jane Fleischner and Maj Kalfus.
kerry@ducey.org (Trace Burroughs ) Events Wed, 20 Sep 2023 13:41:33 -0400