Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:00:54 -0400 HamletHub.com Trinity Tailgate Tag Sale on Saturday Benefits Local Nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45380-trinity-tailgate-tag-sale-on-saturday-benefits-local-nonprofits45380-trinity-tailgate-tag-sale-on-saturday-benefits-local-nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45380-trinity-tailgate-tag-sale-on-saturday-benefits-local-nonprofits45380-trinity-tailgate-tag-sale-on-saturday-benefits-local-nonprofits

 Preview Boutique Friday Night June 23rd; Outdoor Sale Saturday, June 24th

Back by popular demand, Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport will hold its 3rd Annual Trinity Tailgate Tag Sale on Saturday, June 23rd from 9:00am - 2:30pm to benefit its community outreach ministries.

The Tag Sale is held in the church’s parking lot, located in the village of Southport at the corner of Pequot Avenue and Center Street.

The Tag Sale offers sellers the convenience of simply buying a Parking Spot and selling their goods, with Trinity providing all advertising and social media promotion to drive buyers to the event.  Trinity welcomes all area individuals, families, organizations and local merchants to participate in this fundraiser.

Over 70 families participated in last year’s Tag Sale, selling their designer clothing, handbags, costume jewelry, children’s party clothes, china, silver, housewares, antiques, sporting goods and more (see photos).  Last year’s event also included local merchants A Little Square, Bespoke Designs of Westport, DFM Stationery, the Fairfield Women’s Exchange, Gells, Little River Farm, SouthernAirs.com, Susie Earls Design, and Two Bs Accessories.

A number of food trucks will also be onsite during the tag sale.

“With Trinity’s Tailgate Tag Sale, our parishioners and neighbors can come together and celebrate our community in a fun way,” said Peggy Hodgkins, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. “Everyone has an opportunity to give their used items a new life and to find rare bargains. Best of all, the proceeds of the parking spot sales are used to fund the ministries of our mission partners.”

Among the groups aided by Trinity’s Outreach program are Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Center for Family Justice, Council for Churches of Greater Bridgeport, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), Parish Court, St. Luke’s/St. Paul’s Food Pantry, and many more.

Preview Boutique and Cocktail Party

On Friday, June 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Trinity will again host the Boutique Preview and Cocktail Party where shoppers can get “first dibs” on designer clothing and accessories, brand name housewares & home décor. Attendees can enjoy signature cocktails and appetizers while they shop. Tickets for the Boutique Preview are $40/person or $75/couple, available at:  http://bit.ly/TrinityTagSale2018

RAIN DATE:  Sunday, June 24th from 12:00pm - 4:00pm.

Questions? Email the organizers at trinitytailgate@gmail.com

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kerry@ducey.org (Christopher Rieck) Events Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:47:07 -0400
Does Westport Have Enough Firefighters? https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45379-does-westport-have-enough-firefighters45379-does-westport-have-enough-firefighters https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45379-does-westport-have-enough-firefighters45379-does-westport-have-enough-firefighters

On June 7, Nick Marsan, President Westport Uniformed Firefighters, wrote a letter to community members, which he published on their Facebook Page. The message states that the department's lack of adequate firefighters is putting community members in danger - residents are urged to contact elected officials and Westport First Selectman.

First Selectman Jim Marpe publically rejected the claim Westport residents are not properly protected from the risk of fire by posting his response on the Department's Facebook Page.  “I’m confident that current staffing levels and fire stations don’t undermine the safety of the community. Our funding bodies have made every effort to ensure safety while being fiscally responsible and fair to all taxpayers,” Marpe said.

He goes on to say mutual aid agreements with neighboring communities ensure fire safety professionals have been able to respond with appropriate force and speed to all areas of Westport. “Over the last decade, we’ve had various fires but no significant injury or loss of life for firefighters or residents that could have been prevented by additional staffing,” Marpe said.

He poses a series of questions to Marpe. 

The Marsan's letter reads:

As firefighters in the Town of Westport, your family’s safety is our number one priority - unfortunately we have reached a point where we are no longer able to protect you in a way your family deserves. We have long made due without the necessary number of firefighters to keep the community safe – currently, we have two fire engines, one in Greens Farms and one in Coleytown, that only have two firefighters on board. In the event of a fire, a two-person fire engine arriving on scene would be very limited in what they can do – they would be faced with the hard choices of rescuing a trapped family member, attempting to extinguish the fire, or waiting for others to arrive – which could be many minutes later. Anyone of these choices poses a serious threat to both the families and firefighters of Westport.
The Westport Fire Department needs 3 firefighters on every engine – this is what is needed to keep every neighborhood safe. The town is currently growing – both in development and in population – the number of firefighters, however, has not. The current resources given to the fire department are irresponsible and place increased risks on residents.

The average sized home in Westport – 5,500 square feet -- is too big for a two person engine company to operate safely or effectively. Town officials have acknowledged this fact as far back as 2007, but have continuously declined our efforts to have full crews on all fire engines. National standards and studies have determined that, in order to operate safely at a house fire in a 2,200 square foot residence, requires each engine to have four firefighters on board – we are only requesting three. Please take a look at the attached graph which shows how many homes are above the town’s average.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Please call your elected officials, especially the First Selectman’s office, and ask them to take your safety seriously. Let them know that every engine in town must have three firefighters on board – every neighborhood deserves a safe and effective response.
Rest assured that we will give each emergency our strongest and best efforts – as we always have; but please support our need to operate more safely – both for your family and for our families as well.

In response to Marson's letter, First Selectman Jim Marpe rejected the claim Westport residents are not properly protected from the risk of fire. “I’m confident that current staffing levels and fire stations don’t undermine the safety of the community. Our funding bodies have made every effort to ensure safety while being fiscally responsible and fair to all taxpayers,” Marpe said.

He goes on to say mutual aid agreements with neighboring communities ensure fire safety professionals have been able to respond with appropriate force and speed to all areas of Westport. “Over the last decade, we’ve had various fires but no significant injury or loss of life for firefighters or residents that could have been prevented by additional staffing,” Marpe said.

He poses a series of questions to Marpe. 

Why did an independent consultant who was sought out, vetted, and contracted by Town officials, state that “the two-person staffing of Station 5 (Greens Farms) and Station 6 (Coleytown) is not sufficient for the risks present in the areas served by these stations”? How then are you so confident that current staffing levels do not undermine community and firefighter safety? What facts are you basing your position on?

How is safety fair for all residents, if, though everyone pays the same rate of tax, two large sections of town do not have the equitable and safe response from the fire department? How is this fiscally responsible and fair?

How responsible is it of you to rely on mutual aid responses as first response to fires in town? Relying on other departments for a first alarm fire is foolish and irresponsible – and if I were a taxpayer in Norwalk or Fairfield, I’d be paying keen attention to your answer on this one.

Do you require a severe injury or death at a fire before you’re convinced staffing could make a difference? Seriously though, how do you know this, since you just stated that reliance on mutual aid is the reason why we can respond with appropriate speed and force?

Westport Firefighters Facebook Page has dialogue from residents as well as the First Selectman. You can learn more by visiting the page here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Sarah ) Neighbors Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:23:36 -0400
WAC Announces the Release of Thirteen Women Film Celebrating Local Women Artists https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45378-wac-announces-the-release-of-thirteen-women-film-celebrating-local-women-artists45378-wac-announces-the-release-of-thirteen-women-film-celebrating-local-women-artists https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45378-wac-announces-the-release-of-thirteen-women-film-celebrating-local-women-artists45378-wac-announces-the-release-of-thirteen-women-film-celebrating-local-women-artists

WESTPORT, Connecticut — The Westport Arts Center announced the public release of Thirteen Women, a short documentary film profiling 13 female artists, collectors and curators of Westport, CT.

The women featured in the film will be honored with a screening and reception at Westport Arts Center Wednesday, June 20th from 6:30-8:30pm. The press is invited to attend.

Thirteen Women is a continuation of The Westport Arts Center’s movement this year to put a spotlight on women in the arts. Following the momentum of 2018’s spring exhibit, Handmade: Women Reshaping Contemporary Art, and Annual Gala, Hall of Femme, this documentary short examines the inspiration, process and passion of 13 artistic, accomplished Westport women.

The film premiered at the Westport Arts Center’s Annual Gala in May, celebrating legendary women in art. Iconoclast art dealer Peggy Guggenheim was the muse of the film, which references her landmark “Exhibition by 31 Women.” This film recognizes Westport’s own “13 Women” in art.

Award-winning director and producer Douglas Tirola of 4th Row Films created the film. The Westport Arts Center is grateful for his remarkable talent and generosity.

“Westport has always benefited enormously from the abundance of talent in our community—much of it having come from women in the arts,” stated Amanda Innes, The Westport Arts Center’s Executive Director. “The women we recognize with this short film represent many, many others in their field. Whether they are arts patrons, curators, benefactors, administrators, instructors, or practicing artists themselves, they have all demonstrated commitment, support, and talent that make our community such a culturally vibrant destination.

The following 13 Westport women are featured feature in the film:

  • Stacy Bass

  • Kathie Bennewitz

  • Ann Chernow

  • Nancy Diamond

  • Helen During

  • Julie Gannon

  • Darcy Hicks

  • Julie Hicks

  • Michelle Mechanic

  • Dale Najarian

  • Marlene Siff

  • Gloria Silver

  • Cindy Vaccaro

Thirteen Women will be available to stream on westportartscenter.org after the event.

For any questions about the event, please contact the Westport Arts Center at 203.222-7070 or visit westportartscenter.org.

About The Fimmaker:

Douglas Tirola is an award-winning director. His films have premiered at Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and SXSW. They include Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead (Magnolia), Hey Bartender (Showtime) and An Omar Broadway Film (HBO). He is the producer of the critically-acclaimed films Bisbee ’17, Making The Boys and Kate Plays Christine. His production company, 4th Row Films also makes marketing and branded content for Fortune 500 companies and their agencies.  His first job was as a production assistant on the film When Harry Met Sally. He lives in Westport with his wife Kristen and their children Charlotte and Cooper.

About the Westport Arts Center:

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting our community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; First County Bank Foundation; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; Halloran & Sage LLP; The Hofstetter Baron Group; Hotel Zero Degrees; Moffly Media; Newman's Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Tito's Handmade Vodka; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Wiggin and Dana LLP; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group. The Westport Arts Center operates with the support of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or www.westportartscenter.org.  The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

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kerry@ducey.org (Heather Lawless) Places Sat, 16 Jun 2018 05:37:39 -0400
Norwalk Seaport Association's "Docktails & Oysters" fundraiser scheduled for June 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45377-norwalk-seaport-association-s-docktails-oysters-fundraiser-scheduled-for-june-2345377-norwalk-seaport-association-s-docktails-oysters-fundraiser-scheduled-for-june-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45377-norwalk-seaport-association-s-docktails-oysters-fundraiser-scheduled-for-june-2345377-norwalk-seaport-association-s-docktails-oysters-fundraiser-scheduled-for-june-23

Who doesn't enjoy cocktails on the dock? The Norwalk Seaport Association will be holding their first “Docktails & Oyster” fundraiser on Saturday, June 23 from 5pm to 7pm. It's a luau-themed event that takes place at Norm Bloom & SonOyster Company along the entrance of the Norwalk harbor.

“This is an effort to get people to know the Seaport Association a little bit better by bringing them down to our shoreline, learn a little about our important oyster industry and to have a little fun by breaking out their Hawaiian shirts” said Jim Keenan, event director and Seaport Association trustee.


The event gives attendees a unique opportunity to experience a real oyster farm while enjoying luau themed cocktails from the Blind Rhino in Norwalk designed especially for this event and decadent Hawaiian themed food from Harbor Harvest of Norwalk. They also enjoy the sounds of a ukulele trio plus experience the blessing of the Sheffield Island Ferry. “Of course, we'll have a raw bar with clams & oysters about 10 feet away from the boat they came off from” added Keenan.


Docktails & Oysters is limited to just 120 ticket holders and is expected to sell out quickly. Tickets are $75 per person and available online at www.Seaport.org. The event supports the efforts of the 40 year old Norwalk Seaport Association that includes the historic preservation of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse which turns 150 years old this year. The association also preserves and maintain Sheffield Island which is home to the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge and the maritime heritage of Norwalk. Their ferry provides a cultural, environmental and historical journey to the Norwalk Islands most notably Sheffield Island.

About the Association: Please visit www.Seaport.org or call the association office at 203-838-9444

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amberb@hamlethub.com (Norwalk Seaport Association) Events Fri, 15 Jun 2018 07:48:34 -0400
Haircut Bonding Time for Dads & Kids at Whip Salon in Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45376-haircut-bonding-time-for-dads-kids-at-whip-salon-in-westport45376-haircut-bonding-time-for-dads-kids-at-whip-salon-in-westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45376-haircut-bonding-time-for-dads-kids-at-whip-salon-in-westport45376-haircut-bonding-time-for-dads-kids-at-whip-salon-in-westport

Whip Salon in Westport Introduces Father's Day Specials

Going to get your haircut with dad is FUN at Whip Salon!

When father and son or father and daughter (or dad and all the kids) book their appointment together at Whip, ALL will receive 10% off their service.

To keep things extra interesting Whip has Rubix cubes, fidget spinners and etch-a-sketches for tots to play with. 

Click to purchase online gift certificate or BOOK ONLINE


INTRODUCING Men's Shaving Services 

Whip Salon is pleased to introduce men's shaving services. Master Barber Nino is bookable for Men's Classic Shave and Men's Luxury Shave options with hot towel, hydrating treatment and straight razor. Don't forget your appointment comes with a complimentary beverage too from coffee or tea to microbrews. 

Makes a great Dad's Day Gift. 

Nino is in Mon, Wed, and Fri.

BOOK ONLINE or call 203.442.6444 


Brazilian Blowout Vibes 

The smoothing treatment that everyone's digging this season!

 And for the ladies...treat yourself to a Brazilian Blowout and experience an immediate hair transformation with this professional smoothing treatment - including a shampoo and conditioner to take home with you. Sulfate free, color safe, and gentler than a keratin but just as effective.  

Book online or call 203.442.6444.

It's always a great day at Whip Salon.

Whip Salon is located at 14 Elm Street, Suite #205, Westport

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:56:03 -0400
Westport resident Scott Coleman graduates from Ridgefield Academy https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45375-wilton-residents-michael-colbert-and-sophia-hemschot-graduate-from-ridgefield-academy45375-wilton-residents-michael-colbert-and-sophia-hemschot-graduate-from-ridgefield-academy https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45375-wilton-residents-michael-colbert-and-sophia-hemschot-graduate-from-ridgefield-academy45375-wilton-residents-michael-colbert-and-sophia-hemschot-graduate-from-ridgefield-academy

Last Wednesday, June 13, Ridgefield Academy graduated 20 members of the Class of 2018 in an indoor ceremony. Five of the graduates were “lifers”, having attended RA since Kindergarten.

The graduates were not the only ones celebrated. Ridgefield Academy also said goodbye to its Head of School, James P. Heus, after nearly two decades of dedicated service. Two gifts were bestowed to Heus in his name.  First was the school’s James P. Heus Distinguished Service Award, named in Heus’ honor and presented to him for his legacy of high academic standards, service to others, and building a true sense of community.  Those imperatives, coupled with his love of children, sense of humor, and caring approach, have made RA the institution it is today. The second gift was the renaming of the existing athletic turf field.  Howard Turner, founding Board Chair and current RA Trustee, said to Heus, “The field where you have been so instrumental in the physical education of our children will now be known as Heus Field. ”

As with all things at Ridgefield Academy, tradition runs deep and it was evident during commencement. Each graduate processed to the stage with his or her “Kindergarten Buddy” and spoke to the audience about their RA journey, its meaning to them, and how it has prepared them to approach future academic and life experiences.

The ceremony concluded as the Class of 2018 and Mr. Heus, accompanied by RA’s Kindergarten class, recessed down the aisle. Each graduate and Heus rang the Patriot Bell for the last time, signifying the end of their days at RA and the beginning of new life adventures. Mr. Heus concluded, “I have long said truly great schools with traditions like RA’s are so important that we will protect and secure them at all costs. We have created something very special and today is the celebration of this amazing class sitting behind me. The lessons we have taught them have been understood, trusted and enjoyed. To the Class of 2018, I want you to go forth, share your talents, and challenge your mind, body and spirit. We invite you to come back soon and share with us every extraordinary thing you have done.”

RA’s Class of 2018 will go on to attend private day schools (five), local public high schools (six), and boarding schools (nine). Congratulations to all RA graduates and best wishes for futures filled with success.

Ridgefield Academy is a coeducational, independent day school for students from grades Kindergarten through Grade 8. Founded in 1975, the school cultivates a love of learning and preparedness for advanced academics. For more information, please visit www.ridgefieldacademy.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ashley Moran) Neighbors Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:37:27 -0400
Community Yoga Classes at Bayley Beach in Rowayton Now to September 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45343-yoga-at-bayley-beach45343-yoga-at-bayley-beach https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45343-yoga-at-bayley-beach45343-yoga-at-bayley-beach

Community Yoga Classes at Bayley Beach (11 Pine Point Rd, Rowayton) NOW to September 30Saturday, May 26 at 8:00 AM

  • Saturdays:  8:00-9:15am
  • Sundays: 8:00-9:15am
  • Thursdays: 9:15-10: 30 am

Suggested donation: $15-$20 per student. Parking Permit not required for the class.

Please Bring: Beach Blanket or Towel, Yoga Mat, Sunscreen & Water.

Rain or Shine: During inclement weather, we will practice under the Pavilion.

Please come and enjoy yourself; explore, stretch, play, frolic. Connect to the earth, the ocean, the air, and sun. Our intention is to connect us to this beautiful place and guide you on a nurturing journey into yourself.

These sessions are provided as a gift from us to you and the community. Your donations are genuinely and deeply appreciated.

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kerry@ducey.org (Greg Barringer) Events Thu, 14 Jun 2018 03:13:00 -0400
Stamford Marriott is a proud sponsor of Alive@Five https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45374-stamford-marriott-is-a-proud-sponsor-of-alive-five45374-stamford-marriott-is-a-proud-sponsor-of-alive-five https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45374-stamford-marriott-is-a-proud-sponsor-of-alive-five45374-stamford-marriott-is-a-proud-sponsor-of-alive-five

Alive@Five is rockin' Stamford downtown this summer and the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa is a proud sponsor of the 2018 musical lineup!

What has become summertime rite of passage, Alive@Five features live performances by musicians from around the country - all of whom descend upon Columbus Park for a post-work happy hour that truly rocks.

Just a ten-minute walk from the Stamford Marriott, Alive@Five kicks off Thursday, June 28  with Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw. Enjoy dinner and drinks after the show at Sam’s American Bistro, located inside the Stamford Marriott - or, better yet,  reserve a room!

Alive@Five Concerts are Thursdays, June 28 through August 2, 2018 (no concert July 5).

View the Alive@Five lineup and learn more about Alive@Five here.

Over 21 ONLY will be admitted to Alive@Five.

For FAQs and a list of restricted items,  click here.

The Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is located at 243 Tresser Boulevard, in the heart of downtown Stamford, combining New York City energy with New England charm.

Visit the Hotel online here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:10:54 -0400
Westport Farmers' Market Chef Competition, June 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45373-westport-farmers-market-chef-competition-june-2145373-westport-farmers-market-chef-competition-june-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45373-westport-farmers-market-chef-competition-june-2145373-westport-farmers-market-chef-competition-june-21

Westport, Ct — What started just a few months ago as a light-hearted “what if” conversation between Bill Taibe – owner/chef of Jesup Hall, Kawi Ni, and The Whelk – and Lori Cochran-Dougall – executive director of the Westport Farmers’ Market – has already become the talk of the foodie circuit in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The “what if” is Westport Farmers’ Market’s Chef-at-the-Market competition, a local version of the popular Food Network show, Chopped. And if the first “episode” held in May is any indication, this local series will be an even bigger hit!

“The WFM 'Chef of the Market Competition’ highlights what the Westport Farmers Market is all about,” said Bill Taibe, organizer of the new program. “It’s a great way to get our chefs in front of their customers in a hands-on quick competition and show how they utilize fresh ingredients on the spot while supporting the farmers who work so hard to grow these products.”

The competition works like this: On the third Thursday of every month through September, three chefs from local restaurants compete. Each gets $20 and 45 minutes to shop from vendors at the market and create an appetizer-sized dish. 

Volunteer judges, selected at random from shoppers that day, will select one winner who will move on to the semi-final round the third Thursday, September 20th. The top two chefs from the semi-final round will move on to a final competition in October at the WFM’s biggest event of the year, “Fork it Over”. (Rumor has it there might just be a special celebrity judge for the winning round!). 

Chef contestants will be judged on:

  1.       Their use of market products
  2.       Taste of the dish
  3.       Cleanliness and presentation of their entry, and
  4.       Originality of recipe  

Participants – all of whom volunteered after an invitation went out to chefs who support the WFM – are: Geoff Lazlo, Ben Freemole, Christian Wilki, Jeffrey Taibe, Matt Storch, Adam Roytman, Brad Spence, Anthony Kostelis, Anthony Rinaldi, Moises Aguilar, Dan Sabia, and Carlos Baez. 

“We had so much fun at the debut of this competition in May!” said Lori Cochran-Dougall. “Not only is it a hoot to watch these great chefs exhibit their talents, the Chef-at-the-Market competition encourages one-on-one conversations with many of their regular patrons. People loved it; it's a not-to-be-missed community event!”

The next competition will be held June 21st at the WFM. Bring your family and friends, and root for your favorite local restauranteur! 

Photos from the first competition held on May 24th, 2018: https://westportfarmersmarket.smugmug.com/Chef-Cook-Off/

The Westport Farmers Market is committed to providing fresh, local, healthy and seasonal food. We aspire to create a fun, safe, and healthy community environment for education and socialization. Our mission is to increase awareness, knowledge, and support for local producers focused on sustainable and healthy growing practices.

For more information, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com, or email director@westportfarmersmarket.com. Find the WFM on FBInstagram, and Twitter, too!  

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kerry@ducey.org (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Events Tue, 12 Jun 2018 08:45:39 -0400
Westport Artist Opens Solo Art Show in Ridgefield on July 29 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45370-westport-artist-opens-solo-art-show-in-ridgefield-on-july-2945370-westport-artist-opens-solo-art-show-in-ridgefield-on-july-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45370-westport-artist-opens-solo-art-show-in-ridgefield-on-july-2945370-westport-artist-opens-solo-art-show-in-ridgefield-on-july-29

You are invited to the Opening Reception of art exhibit, "Natural Surroundings" featuring the work of Westport artist Lisa Stretton at Keeler Tavern Carriage Barn on July 29 from 4p7 pm 7pm.

Lisa Stretton art features original contemporary paintings that incorporate light, color and motion to create a connection to everyday life.

The art show will be on exhibit through August 10th from 11am - 2pm at Keeler Tavern Museum’s Cass Gilbert Carriage Barn (132 Main Street in Ridgefield).


About the artist

Lisa Stretton knows what chaos feels like. A mother to three school-age sons, this Westport, CT artist is constantly juggling. Her great escape? The beach – a place where peace and tranquility reign and inspiration abounds.

Raised in New Jersey, Lisa spent her summers at the Jersey Shore, relishing the feeling of sand between her toes and the sound of water lapping the beach. From the moment Lisa first held a paintbrush as a toddler, she spent every free minute experimenting with different mediums. From oil to acrylics and glass beads to mica flakes, Lisa has since mastered an art that brings her pure joy.

Her love for painting spills onto every canvas. Whether she’s creating an abstract, coastal or mixed medium, Lisa’s creations demonstrate her sense of calm and serenity. Each piece evokes a clear escape from the turbulent chaos of modern society. Her mediums include acrylic, oil and mixed media, including textures. Her themes take a modern twist on traditional concepts. They include, abstract, coastal, water, bead, ocean, modern floral, contemporary abstract and tranquility.

Lisa has shown her paintings at Art About Town Westport in 2015 and 2016 and has received the Best of Houzz 2017 Service award. You can also find her pieces on display at local businesses in Connecticut. She has also created works for numerous clients throughout Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey and New York.

Today, you’ll find Lisa walking along Westport’s Compo Beach with her husband and sons, ready for another inspired idea to pop onto her next canvas.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:57:31 -0400
Artists Announced for WAC's SELECTS 2018, Opening June 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45371-artists-announced-for-wac-s-selects-2018-opening-june-2245371-artists-announced-for-wac-s-selects-2018-opening-june-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45371-artists-announced-for-wac-s-selects-2018-opening-june-2245371-artists-announced-for-wac-s-selects-2018-opening-june-22

Westport, CT - The Westport Arts Center has announced the artists selected for its twelfth annual summer member artist exhibition, SELECTS 2018. The exhibition will be on view June 22 – August 24, 2018. 

An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is juried by Joe Amrhein and Susan Swenson of Pierogi Gallery (NYC), arguably known as one of the most prominent established galleries dedicated to emerging artists. Joe Amrhein is the co-owner/director of Pierogi Gallery (NYC) and The Boiler (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) and Susan Swenson is co-owner of Pierogi Gallery and co-founder and editor of Pierogi Press.

Of their selections, the jurors stated, “Among the diverse works of the ten artists selected emerged two groups: one of a personal subjective nature and another directed towards intuitive abstraction. This involved a more eclectic and inclusive approach to our curation. We want to thank the artists and everyone involved in putting this exhibition together.”

The jurors reviewed more than100 entries and selected the following ten artists for inclusion in SELECTS 2018:

 

  •        Bethany Brooke (Westport, CT) 
  •        Alexandria Donovan (Westport, CT) 
  •        Camille Eskell (South Norwalk, CT)
  •        Jana Ireijo (Westport, CT) 
  •        Susan Lloyd (Westport, CT) 
  •        Mary Tooley Parker (Yorktown Heights, NY)
  •        Margaret Roleke (Easton, CT) 
  •        Susan Sharp (Easton, CT)
  •        Angela Strassheim (Stamford, CT) 
  •        Charlotte Strick (Brooklyn, NY)

The exhibition includes a wide diversity of themes and mediums including photography, painting, digital media, video, mixed media, ink and textile. 

Included in SELECTS 2018 are Easton, CT-based artist Margaret Roleke’s painted plastic toys on wood that explore sensationalism, consumerism and the relationships that develop when popular culture mixes with war and religion.  

Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the works of Brooklyn, NY-based artist Charlotte Strick, who transforms discarded matchbooks found in the street into unique sculptural objects after their lengthy exposure outdoors.  She composes these insignificant objects into tightly composed grids — each one its own urban tale.

Westport, CT-based artist Bethany Brooke is also featured in SELECTS 2018.  Her oil on canvas paintings are an exploration of the emotional response to action.  Brooke approaches the canvas instinctively, building layers of paint followed by scraping and dissolving those same layers until an emotion or reaction is discovered. 

The member exhibitions are one way in which the Arts Center celebrates the artistic talent and diversity of its artist members. Now in its twelfth year, the summer member exhibition is designed to showcase new works of art by talented artists in the region, and allows collectors, gallerists, and other museum curators to discover new and noteworthy artists.

For any questions about the exhibition or other visual arts programs, please contact the Westport Arts Center at 203.222-7070 or visit westportartscenter.org.

About The Jurors

Joe Amrhein is the founder and co-owner/director of Pierogi Gallery (NYC) and The Boiler (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) and is an active visual artist as well. Known for its inventive program, Pierogi was launched in 1994. Pierogi exhibits the work of contemporary emerging and mid-career artists in a wide variety of media; from drawing and painting, to sculpture, installation, photography, and video. Their artists range from recent graduates having their first exhibitions, to veterans who have been included in important exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Site Santa Fe, and the Whitney Biennial. Pierogi has monthly solo shows, participates in art fairs such as the Armory Show and Frieze (NYC), among others and is also known for its Flat Files that house original works by 800+ artists. As an artist, Amrhein is a painter who works primarily with text on a variety of media, including translucent vellum and glass. He has exhibited widely in the US and Europe and lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Susan Swenson holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars (Bennington, VT) and an MA from the New School for Social Research Graduate Studies (NY, NY). Her poetry and writing have appeared in AGNIThe Brooklyn RailCabinet Magazine, and elsewhere and her artist interviews have appeared in numerous exhibition catalogues. She is the co-founder and editor of Pierogi Press. She is co-owner of Pierogi with her husband, Joe Amrhein, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting our community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; First County Bank Foundation; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; Halloran & Sage LLP; The Hofstetter Baron Group; Hotel Zero Degrees; Moffly Media; Newman's Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Tito's Handmade Vodka; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Wiggin and Dana LLP; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group. The Westport Arts Center operates with the support of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or www.westportartscenter.org.  The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

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kerry@ducey.org (Leslie LaSala) Events Mon, 11 Jun 2018 07:54:28 -0400
Happy Hour with Authors of The Last Mrs. Parrish at The Artisan, July 18 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45372-happy-hour-with-authors-of-the-last-mrs-parrish-at-the-artisan-july-1845372-happy-hour-with-authors-of-the-last-mrs-parrish-at-the-artisan-july-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45372-happy-hour-with-authors-of-the-last-mrs-parrish-at-the-artisan-july-1845372-happy-hour-with-authors-of-the-last-mrs-parrish-at-the-artisan-july-18

The Fairfield University Bookstore is partnering with The Artisan Restaurant located in the Delamar Hotel, Southport, CT for the paperback release of the psychological thriller The Last Mrs. Parrish (Harper Collins), a national bestseller and the December 2017 pick for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club.  

The Bookstore/Artisan event will take place on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the Folly Room and Outdoor Patio at the Artisan Restaurant, located in the Delamar Hotel at 275 Old Post Road, Southport, CT 06890 (203) 307-4222. Mingle with Authors Lynne and Valerie Constantine and enjoy complimentary specialty cocktails, hors-d’oeuvres, music, book signing, surprise gifts and much more. Admission is FREE. To pre-order a copy of the book The Last Mrs. Parrish, go to http://bit.ly/2M7t3yR. This event is sponsored by JL Rocks Jewelry of Westport.

"A fun and fast-paced psychological thriller about two determined women who play a high stakes game of deception that only one can win." —Reese Witherspoon

“Deliciously duplicitous. . . . equally as twisty, spellbinding, and addictive as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl or Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train.”—Library Journal (starred review)

Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn't have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces. With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.

“Will keep you up. In a ‘can’t put it down’ way. It’s ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ with XX chromosomes.”—The Skimm

For more Bookstore events please visit us at www.fairfieldbookstore.comwww.facebook.com/FairfieldUBookstore and on Instagram and Twitter: @ FairfieldUBooks. The Fairfield University Bookstore, located in the heart of downtown Fairfield, is operated by the Follett Higher Education Group and proudly serves the Fairfield Community, Fairfield University and beyond.

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kerry@ducey.org (Nancy Quinn) Events Mon, 11 Jun 2018 07:09:50 -0400
GBYO's Newest Ensemble Debuts in Westport on June 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45369-gbyo-s-newest-ensemble-debuts-june-1045369-gbyo-s-newest-ensemble-debuts-june-10 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45369-gbyo-s-newest-ensemble-debuts-june-1045369-gbyo-s-newest-ensemble-debuts-june-10

WESTPORT, CT: The stunning sound of 30 talented young classical musicians will soon fill the Unitarian Church in Westport when Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras presents the debut concert of its newest ensemble, Chamber Orchestra. These highly accomplished young musicians, selected from GBYO’s Principal Orchestra, have been rehearsing since September for this special concert. Their teamwork and dedication to their craft will be evident as they play complex works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Vivaldi with guest soloist Dr. Nina Crothers, Assistant Concertmaster of Greater Bridgeport Symphony under the baton of Christopher Hisey.

The audience will be inspired both by the spirit of the musicians and the setting, well-known for its ideal acoustics, dignified structure and peaceful surroundings. Supporters can munch and mingle with Maestro Hisey and his staff as well as some of the young musicians at a pre-concert VIP wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. 

Tickets: gbyo.tix.com 

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kerry@ducey.org (Elise Russi) Events Fri, 08 Jun 2018 06:43:12 -0400
Trinity Tailgate Tag Sale Set for June 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45366-trinity-tailgate-tag-sale-set-for-june-2345366-trinity-tailgate-tag-sale-set-for-june-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45366-trinity-tailgate-tag-sale-set-for-june-2345366-trinity-tailgate-tag-sale-set-for-june-23

SOUTHPORT, CT – Back by popular demand, Trinity Episcopal Church's Annual Trinity Tailgate Tag Sale returns on Saturday, June 23rd from 9:00am - 2:30pm to benefit its community outreach ministries.

The Tag Sale is held in the church’s parking lot, located in the village of Southport at the corner of Pequot Avenue and Center Street.

The Tag Sale offers sellers the convenience of simply buying a Parking Spot and selling their goods, with Trinity providing all advertising and social media promotion to drive buyers to the event. Trinity welcomes all area individuals, families, organizations and local merchants to participate in this fundraiser.

Over 70 families participated in last year’s Tag Sale, selling their designer clothing, handbags, costume jewelry, children’s party clothes, china, silver, housewares, antiques, sporting goods and more (see photos). Last year’s event also included local merchants A Little Square, Bespoke Designs of Westport, DFM Stationery, the Fairfield Women’s Exchange, Gells, Little River Farm, SouthernAirs.com, Susie Earls Design and Two Bs Accessories

Parking Spots are $100 each and are available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking Spots are available at: http://bit.ly/TrinityTagSale2018

A number of food trucks will also be onsite during the tag sale.

“With Trinity’s Tailgate Tag Sale, our parishioners and neighbors can come together and celebrate our community in a fun way,” said Peggy Hodgkins, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. “Everyone has an opportunity to give their used items a new life and to find rare bargains. Best of all, the proceeds of the parking spot sales are used to fund the ministries of our mission partners.”

Among the groups aided by Trinity’s Outreach program are Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Center for Family Justice, Council for Churches of Greater Bridgeport, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), Parish Court, St. Luke’s/St. Paul’s Food Pantry, and many more.

Preview Boutique and Cocktail Party
On Friday, June 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Trinity will again host the Boutique Preview and Cocktail Party where shoppers can get “first dibs” on designer clothing and accessories, brand name housewares & home décor. Attendees can enjoy signature cocktails and appetizers while they shop. Tickets for the Boutique Preview are $40/person or $75/couple, available at: http://bit.ly/TrinityTagSale2018 RAIN DATE:  Sunday, June 24th from 12:00pm -  4:00pm.

QUESTIONS:  Please email the organizers at trinitytailgate@gmail.com

About Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church is located in the historic seaside district of Southport at 651 Pequot Avenue (at Center Street) and welcomes seekers of all denominations. Trinity is active in the greater community and holds several benefit events throughout the year.

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kerry@ducey.org (Chris Rieck) Events Thu, 07 Jun 2018 06:11:35 -0400
Bigelow Tea Becomes Benefit Corporation https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45365-bigelow-tea-becomes-benefit-corporation45365-bigelow-tea-becomes-benefit-corporation https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45365-bigelow-tea-becomes-benefit-corporation45365-bigelow-tea-becomes-benefit-corporation

FAIRFIELD, CT — Bigelow Tea has announced it has recently attained the distinction of becoming a Benefit Corporation. The family company is the #1 Specialty Tea market leader, manufacturing “Constant Comment”® and more than 150 tea varieties sold nationwide. Now officially registered as a Benefit Corporation, it is one of a select group of companies that has designated corporate social responsibility as a core business goal in the pursuit of a positive social and environmental impact.

The mission and vision of family-owned Bigelow Tea, that today employs more than 400 people, made it an ideal candidate for incorporation as a Benefit Corporation, now authorized in 33 states and the District of Columbia.

“Our purpose has always been about much more than making profits and making tea, so the more I learned about Benefit Corporations, the more I knew this was something I truly felt captured the spirit of our company -- a company that is inspired by more than just making a profit,” Cindi Bigelow, third generation President & CEO said. “Clearly, we need to maintain strong profitability, but we should never lose sight of the fact that we also need to focus on doing good things with the power we hold inside this company.”

Bigelow Tea has long prided itself on its environmental, sustainability and community programs, including charitable initiatives centered around the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, an annual road race that has contributed $1.5 million to local non-profits over the past 30 years.

“Ever since my grandmother Ruth Campbell Bigelow began our family company 75 years ago, social responsibility has been part of our DNA,” Bigelow said. “We have always believed that ethical leadership isn’t about just what we do every day. It’s about taking Corporate Social Responsibility seriously. We’re committed to good citizenship, ethical business practices, protecting the environment, sustainability, and supporting our communities.”

To qualify as a Benefit Corporation, Bigelow Tea leadership completed an extensive assessment report that required hundreds of hours of research and documentation, showing how the company met the established objectives in five specific areas: governance, employees, environment, community and customers.

“What was so exciting to uncover was that, by doing the very things that had been written into our mission statement over 30 years ago, we were already meeting the requirements,” Bigelow said. “In fact, our score exceeded the benchmarks.”

This type of business structure legally formalizes corporate social responsibility in for-profit organizations. Being a Benefit Corporation codifies a company’s commitment to all stakeholders, including employees, customers, vendors and distributors. The legally defined goal of a Benefit Corporation is to use the business for a general public benefit and to have a positive impact on the environment and society.

The Board of Directors amended Bigelow Tea’s Articles of Incorporation to include a statement reflecting the unanimous desire to become a Benefit Corporation and ensure that in addition to profit-making, Bigelow Tea leadership will pursue goals that benefit the community in tangible ways.

“To me, ethical leadership has always been about more than what we do every day, it also means thinking about the long term and ensuring we are doing the right thing for our future,” Bigelow said. “It means constantly working on creating an environment where we all feel motivated to be the best we can possibly be. Becoming a Benefit Corporation redoubles our long-standing efforts and helps everyone understand that we need to take corporate responsibility extremely seriously.”

About Bigelow Tea Company

Based in Fairfield, CT and 100% family owned, the Bigelow Tea Company pioneered the specialty tea category more than 70 years ago. The three-generational company takes pride in its heritage and successful growth from a one-product, entrepreneurial venture into America’s leading specialty tea company. Producing 2 billion tea bags annually, the Bigelow Tea line includes more than 130 varieties of Flavored, Traditional, Green, Organic, Herbal, Decaffeinated and Wellness teas – including its flagship specialty tea flavor, “Constant Comment”®, an all- time American favorite.

In 2003, the company purchased and restored the Charleston Tea Plantation, a 127-acre American tea plantation located on Wadmalaw Island, just south of Charleston, South Carolina. It is here where hundreds of thousands of ancestral tea bushes that go into the making of Charleston Tea Planation teas are grown and cultivated without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or insecticides. The Charleston Tea Plantation has become a "must see" destination for more than 70,000 travelers from around the world who visit annually to learn how tea is grown and harvested, and sample products made from tea grown on the premises.

Bigelow Tea products are available nationwide. Tea lovers and enthusiasts can also enjoy sharing entertaining stories and facts by visiting Bigelow Tea (www.bigelowtea.com), the Bigelow Tea Blog (www.bigelowteablog.com), Facebook www.facebook.com/bigelowtea), Twitter (www.twitter.com/bigelowtea), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/bigelowtea) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/bigelowtea).

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kerry@ducey.org (Elaine Gavoli) Places Thu, 07 Jun 2018 05:41:39 -0400