Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:26:20 -0400 HamletHub.com Best Friday night party of the fall on Oct. 18 supports CLASP of Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46213-best-friday-night-party-of-the-fall46213-best-friday-night-party-of-the-fall https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46213-best-friday-night-party-of-the-fall46213-best-friday-night-party-of-the-fall

Best Friday night party of the fall!

The British are coming, and so should you!

It's “the British Invasion,” Friday, October 18, 2019, at Fairfield Theatre Company’s Stage One, to support  CLASP Homes of Westport.

Hear Band Central, one of the best cover groups in the area, play the greatest of the hits you remember -- The Beatles, the Stones, The Who, Led Zep, and more. You'll be dancing in the aisles.

Get the gang together for an evening of the music you loved and still do!

Come early for the pre-concert party at 6:30 to enjoy tasty bites from three of Connecticut’s best restaurants and much, much more. 

CLASP serves men and women with autism and developmental disabilities in group homes throughout Fairfield County.

Tickets are $50 on sale now at https://fairfieldtheatre.org.

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royfuchs@snet.net (Roy Fuchs) Events Fri, 11 Oct 2019 08:38:00 -0400
WCP Presents Modern Don Juan, Nov. 5-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46223-wcp-presents-modern-don-juan-nov-5-2346223-wcp-presents-modern-don-juan-nov-5-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46223-wcp-presents-modern-don-juan-nov-5-2346223-wcp-presents-modern-don-juan-nov-5-23

Westport, CT - Sex, politics, and religion – nothing is sacred – in Westport Country Playhouse’s world premiere translation and adaption of Molière’s comedy, “Don Juan,” by Brendan Pelsue, directed by Playhouse associate artistic director David Kennedy, from November 5 – 23.  

Meet the legendary Don Juan as you’ve never seen him before in this modern-dress production of the satirical, classic comic tale. Wherever he goes, the notorious seducer and antihero leaves behind a trail of broken hearts and society scandals, relying on his trusty sidekick, Sganarelle, to clean up his unruly messes.  When an unearthly visitor arrives, Don Juan may finally be forced to confront his wicked ways. 

"When I originally proposed that we produce ‘Don Juan,’ I thought 2019 was the perfect time to revive this acerbically comic tale of an undisciplined, thin-skinned narcissist who blazes a path of destruction through the world, upending institutions and social norms, destabilizing everything, offending all decency and morality, and leaving a trail of wreckage in his wake. I can’t ever imagine why," said Kennedy, director.

The title character of Don Juan will be played by Jeffrey Carlson (Broadway’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?,” “Tartuffe,” and “Taboo,” for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award; film credits include “Hitch,” “The Killing Floor,” “Plainsong”).  Sganarelle, Don Juan’s sidekick, will be played by BhaveshPatel (Broadway’s “The Nap,” “Present Laughter” opposite Kevin Klein; Lincoln Center Theater’s “War Horse”). Philip Goodwin will portray Don Juan’s father Don Louis (Broadway’s “Tartuffe,” “The School for Scandal,” “The Diary of Anne Frank”).

Other cast members are Jordan Bellow as Don Carlos (New York theater’s “Interior”; regional theater’s “A Raisin in the Sun”; television’s “Gotham”); Paul DeBoy as Mr. Gusman/Statue  (Broadway’s “Mamma Mia!”; television’s ““Leviathan”); Carson Elrod as Pierrot/Dimanche (Westport Country Playhouse’s “Bedroom Farce,” “How the Other Half Loves,” and others; Broadway’s “Peter and the Starcatcher”); Suzy Jane Hunt as Dona Elvira (Broadways’ “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Dead Accounts”; television’s “The Americans”); Bobby Roman as Don Alonzo (film credits “The Challenger,” “Tapestry,” “One Night in Brooklyn”);Ariana Venturi as Charlotte (five seasons at Berkshire Theatre Festival; Alya Feinburg in season two of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"); and Claudia Logan as Mathurine/The Ghost (HBO's “Random Acts of Flyness,” “The Deuce”; Netflix's “Tales of the City”).

Playwright Molière (1622-1673) was the leading French comic actor, stage director, and dramatic theoretician of the seventeenth century. In addition to “Don Juan,” his works include “The School for Husbands,” “The School for Wives,” “Tartuffe,” “The Misanthrope,” “The Doctor in Spite of Himself,” “Amphitryon,” “The Miser,” “Scapin,” “The Learned Ladies,” and “The Imaginary Invalid.” Translator/adapter Brendan Pelsue is a playwright, librettist, and translator whose work has been produced in New York and regionally, including “Wellesley Girl” at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, “Hagoromo” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and “Read to Me” at Portland Stage Company. He also produces the podcast “We Are Not These People” with journalist Natasha Haverty. Originally from Newburyport, MA, he received his MFA from Yale School of Drama and his BA from Brown University, where he received the Weston Prize in playwriting.

Director David Kennedy is in his eleventh season as Playhouse associate artistic director.  He has directed Playhouse productions each season, including “Suddenly Last Summer,” “Loot,” and “The Invisible Hand,” which received the 2016 Connecticut Critics Circle (CCC) Award for Outstanding Production of a Play, and for which Kennedy won the CCC honor for Outstanding Director of a Play. He was previously with Dallas Theater Center, and was founding artistic director of The Lunar Society in Toronto and Milkman Theatre Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The creative team includes Marsha Ginsberg, scenic design, and Sam Vawter, associate scenic design; Katherine Roth, costume design; Matthew Richards, lighting design; Fitz Patton, original music and sound design; Michael Rossmy, fight director and intimacy coach ; Karin White, props supervisor; Dana Tanner-Kennedy, dramaturg; Tara Rubin Casting, Laura Schutzel  and Claire Burke, CSA; and Shane Schnetzler, production stage manager.

Production Sponsor is the Eunice and David Bigelow Foundation. Corporate Production Partner is BNY Mellon Wealth Management. 2019 Season Media Sponsors are Moffly Media and WSHU Public Radio.

Performance schedule is Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.  (No Wed. or Sat. matinees during preview week). Special series feature Taste of Tuesday (November 5), LGBT Night (November 7), Post-Play Dialogues (November 7 and 14), Opening Night (November 9), Sunday Symposium (November 10), Together at the Table Family Dinner (November 12), Open Captions (November 17), Backstage Pass (November 20), Playhouse Happy Hour (November 21), and Thursday TalkBack (November 21).

The Sunday Symposium on November 10, following the 3 p.m. matinee performance, will feature “Don Juan” translator/adapter Brendan Pelsue as guest speaker in conversation about the play with David Kennedy, “Don Juan” director.

Single tickets for “Don Juan” start at $30 during preview performances (November 5 -8), and after November 9 Opening Night, tickets start at $40, and are subject to change based upon availability. Buy early for best prices.  Special offers are available for seniors, students, educators, and playwrights.  For details, visit westportplayhouse.org/special-offers.

All play titles, artists, and dates 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), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

ABOUT WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training through Broadway Method Academy, Westport Country Playhouse’s resident conservatory program; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round. Charity Navigator has recently awarded its top 4-star charity rating to the Playhouse in recognition of its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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kerry@ducey.org (Pat Blaufuss) Events Fri, 11 Oct 2019 05:46:17 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: Wolfgang Painting Studio https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46222-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-wolfgang-painting-studio46222-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-wolfgang-painting-studio https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46222-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-wolfgang-painting-studio46222-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-wolfgang-painting-studio

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 Wolfgang painting studio!

Three questions with Sherri Wolfgang, Contemporary Renaissance painter and owner of Wolfgang painting studio.

Painter Sherri Wolfgang is known for her figurative works, which draw on Renaissance painting traditions in combination with Old Master painting techniques. Wolfgang has received critical acclaim for her series statement paintings: Crazy Making, on mental illness; Twisted, on women and cosmetic surgery; Nick.e.lo.de.on, figurative work featuring a male dancer with 16th century mannerist aesthetics; and her most recent series, American Pathos, which examines the millennial generation’s place in society through the lens of Renaissance aesthetic sensibilities.

Why did you start your business?

I've been an artist since childhood and always thought I could earn a living off of my passion. I owned and ran an illustration studio for 25 years (since 1983)and now parlayed it into a painting studio.

Best selling product/service?

Rockwell Framing, Jerry's Artorama and Vasari oil paints.

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

  • Rockwell Framing
  • Jay Cimbak, framer & manager
  • Jerry's Artorama for supplies
  • Gardella Courier
  • Photographer Pam Einarsen 
  • Don Sigovich, my printer

Learn more about Sherri Wolfgang, her art, studio and exhibits here.

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

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 10 Oct 2019 12:39:15 -0400
Junior Golf Hub & GPC Host Fall College Prep Series November 9 & 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46218-junior-golf-hub-gpc-host-fall-college-prep-series-november-9-1046218-junior-golf-hub-gpc-host-fall-college-prep-series-november-9-10 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46218-junior-golf-hub-gpc-host-fall-college-prep-series-november-9-1046218-junior-golf-hub-gpc-host-fall-college-prep-series-november-9-10

College Prep Series Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, hosted by the Golf Performance Center in Ridgefield

Back by popular demand, Junior Golf Hub and Golf Performance Center announce College Prep Series and deliver the information and evaluations junior golfers need to reach their goals in a fun, interactive environment.

Register HERE.

Top 5 Reasons to Register

1. College Coach Panel
2. Find out if your game is ready for college golf. How? We measure.
3. Player Panel
4. Get Top Tips on the College Golf Recruiting Process
5. Leave armed with your PDS Index, personalized report and road map for success!

What do these Top 5 Reasons mean to YOU?

Learn more and register here

Questions? Please e-mail: rick@juniorgolfhub.com

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Thu, 10 Oct 2019 05:20:43 -0400
Two Fall into Fun Family Weekends at CT’s Beardsley Zoo https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46219-two-fall-into-fun-family-weekends-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo46219-two-fall-into-fun-family-weekends-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46219-two-fall-into-fun-family-weekends-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo46219-two-fall-into-fun-family-weekends-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Fall is a great season for families to spend outdoors, and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo just added two new events to their already fabulous fall lineup. “Fall into Fun Family Weekends” will join Scarecrows on Parade and the popular Boo at the Zoo as opportunities to enjoy warm sunny days before the onset of winter weather. 

Fall into Fun Family Weekends will take advantage of two long weekends: the Columbus Day weekend on October 12, 13, and 14, and the Veteran’s Day Weekend on November 9, 10, and 11. 

With a fun maze to navigate, story-times, scavenger hunts, Critter Chats, face painting, crafts, corn on the cob and apple cider, all in celebration of fall, it’s the weekend families won’t want to miss. Guests will enjoy seeing the dozens of decorated scarecrows on the lawn in front of the Victorian Greenhouse.

The schedule for Oct. 12, 13 and 14 includes:

Story Time in the Garden: 9:30 and 11:30, Sat/Sun/Mon

Critter Chats: 11:00 and 1:00, Sat/Sun/Mon

Face Painting: 10:00-2:00, Sat/Sun/Mon

Kids’ Karaoke with DJ: 10:00-1:00, Sat/Sun/Mon

Harvest Hayrides ($2 each): 11:00-2:00, Sat/Sun/Mon

AR Workshop Halloween Crafts: 10:00-2:00 Sunday

Crafts in the Research Station: Sat/Sun/Mon

Corn on the Cob and Apple Cider at the Canteen: 11:00-2:00, Sat/Sun/Mon 

October also includes the family favorite Boo at the Zoo on Sunday, October 27th, featuring free admission for a child under 12 in costume when accompanied by a paying adult, with crafts, story-times, and cool critters. Guaranteed to delight and fright all who attend.

On Monday, November 11, veterans receive free admission, with a 20% discount for their families. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Clair) Events Wed, 09 Oct 2019 09:32:50 -0400
Westport's Salon Paul Michael Hosts Battle Against Bullying with Dr. Allyson Maida https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/46217-anne-ryan46217-anne-ryan https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/46217-anne-ryan46217-anne-ryan

In honor of October's National Bullying Prevention Month, Salon Paul Michael has partnered with Dr. Allyson Maida, psychotherapist in Westport and Associate Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University’s Criminal Justice department. Together they will present Battle Against Bullying, a lecture on how to identify and deal with bullying, on Tuesday, October 15th at 6:30 p.m. This free, informative one-hour lecture is for parents, teachers and the general public.

For many Fairfield County students, going to school is a happy and memorable experience. Yet, there are countless students who are at risk or have experienced bullying. For these students, attending school, extra-curricular events and navigating through life can be extremely stressful.

Dr. Maida will address the overall scope of bullying, indications of being bullied, reasons for being targeted and the differences between peer-conflict and peer-abuse. She will provide helpful tips for those who experience peer-abuse as well as those who are concerned that a child is becoming a bully. This lecture will include information about the best ways to address bullying with children, other parents, teachers and school administrators.

“At Salon Paul Michael community is at the heart of everything we do,” explained Paul Addario, Salon Paul Michael’s co-founder. “Part of our mission is to provide innovative opportunities at the salon for patrons and guests to come together as a community and learn from one another.”

If you’re interested in attending, please contact Salon Paul Michael at 203-349-9029 to register, as space is limited. Attendees are requested to wear something blue to make a unified statement against bullying.

Salon Paul Michael operates from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday; from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment only on Sunday and is located in the Turkey Hill Shopping Center at 1258 Post Road East at the corner of Turkey Hill Road South, in Westport, CT.

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Info@SalonPaulMichael.com (Paul Addario) Charities Wed, 09 Oct 2019 08:51:26 -0400
Take-A-Look Tuesdays Offer An Inside View of PreK-Grade 8 at Ridgefield Academy https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46214-take-a-look-tuesdays-offer-an-inside-view-of-prek-grade-8-at-ridgefield-academy46214-take-a-look-tuesdays-offer-an-inside-view-of-prek-grade-8-at-ridgefield-academy https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46214-take-a-look-tuesdays-offer-an-inside-view-of-prek-grade-8-at-ridgefield-academy46214-take-a-look-tuesdays-offer-an-inside-view-of-prek-grade-8-at-ridgefield-academy

Childhood is celebrated at Ridgefield Academy. This is at the center of all we do in the classroom, on the field and even in the lunchroom! Our great passion is knowing our students as individuals within our vibrant community, challenging our students with an intellectually inspiring curriculum, and helping them rise to their authentic selves. Interested in learning more?

Join us in our Summit Building between 9AM and 11AM on select Tuesdays now through April. Get a close-up look at our school while in session. On your visit you will hear from our Head of School, Tom Main, about the benefits of RA’s preschool through Grade 8 education, experience our dynamic classrooms in action, tour our beautiful campus and see firsthand how our talented faculty inspire a joy of learning in our students.

Dates: October 15, November 12, December 10, April 21

For more information or to register, call Director of Enrollment David Suter at 203-894-1800 x112 or visit https://www.ridgefieldacademy.org/takealook

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kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Grady) Events Wed, 09 Oct 2019 03:24:15 -0400
Westoberfest Craft Beer and Fall Festival Returns to Downtown Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46215-westoberfest-craft-beer-and-fall-festival-returns-to-downtown-westport46215-westoberfest-craft-beer-and-fall-festival-returns-to-downtown-westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46215-westoberfest-craft-beer-and-fall-festival-returns-to-downtown-westport46215-westoberfest-craft-beer-and-fall-festival-returns-to-downtown-westport

Westoberfest Craft Beer and Fall Festival Returns to Downtown Westport for the Second Year

Over 30 New England craft breweries will serve up their favorite seasonal beer tastings at Westoberfest on Saturday, October 19, at 2:00 PM in the heart of downtown Westport.

The Westport Downtown Merchants, in partnership with The Grapevine, downtown’s newest wine and spirits merchant, have built on last year’s successful inaugural event and added more breweries with more than 50 unique pours of the best local and regional craft beer for three hours of unlimited sampling. The perfect complement to flavorful craft brews is delicious food, and Westoberfest will feature two local favorites, Kawa Ni and Rothbard Ale + Larder with options to satisfy any appetite.

Line up early to experience traditional brats and pretzels from Rothbard’s, or satisfy your culinary craving with spicy miso ramen, tofu pockets and sesame noodles from Kawa Ni. Westoberfest has everything you need to enjoy a perfect October afternoon with friends. The best craft beer experience happens around live music, and this festival delivers with the soulful sounds of Massachusetts based StompBoxTrio playing all afternoon presented by The Princeton Review.

If you are looking for family fun, Westoberfest has a designated kids and family area that will feature fun fall crafts. The Goddard School pumpkin giveaway sets up the little ones to head over to the Artist Collective of Westport for some seasonal decorating fun. Play historical games with the Westport Museum of History and Culture, and stop by the One River tent for monster making crafts.

Meet live animals at the Earthplace exhibit, and finish the experience with complimentary face painting presented by Gault Family Companies. Spend time walking around the expanded pop-up artisan market organized once again by The Westport Farmers Market, and stick around for a classic car rally and exhibition by The Small Car Company of Westport.

Westoberfest food and family activities open at 1:00 PM. and are free to the public. The tasting area opens at 2:00 PM. and requires a ticket for entry. The festival closes at 5:00 PM. Tickets at the gate will be $45, so purchase early for the best savings! This year Westoberfest is proud to partner with The Grapevine, downtown’s newest wine and spirits merchant. With over 50 tastings from a variety of award-winning and innovative breweries, an assortment of fun fall activities, and a location steps away from the best shops and restaurants Westport has to offer, Westoberfest is the perfect way to spend an October afternoon with friends and family.

Westoberfest will take place in the Sigrid Schultz parking lot on Elm Street, and in the turning circle outside of Bedford Square. It is a rain or shine event and will have a tent in place in case of inclement weather.

Tasting Ticket Info: Tasting tickets are available now at westportdma.com for 21+ Early Bird $40 single ticket price $70 for a pair $320 for a party pack of 10 $45 day of event Tasting participants receive an age verified wristband, unlimited tastings, and a take-home commemorative Westoberfest tasting glass.

Participating breweries (new breweries updated daily on our website)

Aspetuck Brew Lab

Back East Brewing Company

Black Hog Brewing Company

Castle Island Brewing Company

Champlain Orchards Cidery

Collective Arts

Counterweight Brewing Company

Craft Beer Guild of CT

Devil's Purse Brewing Company

Fairfield Craft Ales

Fishers Island Lemonade

Gun Hill Brewing Company

Jack's Abby Craft Lagers

LIC Beer Project

New England Brewing Company

Night Shift Brewing

No Worries Brewing Company

Nod Hill Brewery

Springdale Beer

Stony Creek Brewery

Two Roads Brewing Company

Veracious Brewing Company

Lawson’s Finest Liquids

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kerry@ducey.org ( Colleen Wiedmann) Events Tue, 08 Oct 2019 13:20:08 -0400
2019 Chowdafest Champions Announced https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46216-2019-chowdafest-champions-announced46216-2019-chowdafest-champions-announced https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46216-2019-chowdafest-champions-announced46216-2019-chowdafest-champions-announced

Westport, Conn – The 12th Annual Chowdafest, presented by Stop & Shop, was another record breaker.  Both Pike Place Chowder from Seattle, Washington and Our House Bistro from Winnooski, VT won for a fifth straight year in the New England clam chowder and creative chowder categories respectively, each tying the record for consecutive wins. Gates of New Canaan won the soup/bisque category as a rookie in the event while Cast Iron Chef Chop House and Oyster Bar, also a first time entrant, won the vegetarian category with a soup aptly named after the restaurant.

Event attendance figures aren’t available yet though the crowd looks to equal the event’s all-time high of 12,000, as people attended from all over Connecticut, New England and all over the country to determine this year’s winners! The top three in each category are listed below:

New England Clam Chowder:

- 1st:  Pike Place Chowder from Seattle Washington

- 2nd:  Our House Bistro from Winooski VT

- 3rd:  Hub & Spoke from Bridgeport CT

 

Creative Chowder:

- 1st:  Our House Bistro from Winooski VT – Drunkin Pumpkin Chowder

- 2nd: Ribbon Cafe from Saratoga NY – Southwest Shrimp & Corn Chowder

- 3rd:  Tarry Lodge from Westport CT – Montauk Chowder

 

Soup/Bisque:

- 1st:  Gates from New Canaan CT – Crab & Roasted Corn Soup

- 2nd:   Vazzy’s from Stratford CT – Savory Sausage Soup

- 3rdL  Geronimo of Fairfield and New Haven CT – Shrimp Posole

Vegetarian:

- 1st Cast Iron Chef Chop House & Oyster Bar In New Haven CT – Cast Iron Soup

- 2nd: Saybrook Sandwich & Soup Company in Old Saybrook CT – Roasted Butternut Squash and Seared Pumpkin Bisque

- 3rd: Mystic Market in Westport & Mystic CT – Ginger Carrot Soup

Special thanks to those volunteers who have helped at all 12 events along with the student athletes from Sacred Heart University who pitched in for this annual tradition. Thanks to the National Honor Society students and Service League of Boys from Staples High School plus the park personnel who make Sherwood Island State Park the unofficial home to the New England Chowdafest.  

The big winner when all is said and done will be the charity, Food Rescue US and the fight against hunger. Over 2 million meals have been funded through Chowdafest in the past 4 years alone and the event hopes to add another half million meals to that number. For additional information about Chowdafest, please visit www.chowdafest.org or email event director, Jim Keenan at chowdafest@gmail.com.  

Chowdafest is sponsored by Cabot Creamery Co-operative, Chabaso Bakery, Chica de Gallo, City Carting, CT Bites, Copp's Island Oysters, Eight O’Clock Coffee, Even Hotels,  Foods of the Vine, Hood Cream, Local Food Rocks, Lowe's, Lucy’s, Michele's Pies, Mi Nina Tortilla, MINI of Fairfield County, Natalie’s Juices, New England Dairy Council, People’s United Bank, Polar Beverages, PKF O’Connor Davies, Silly Cows Farm, Tetley Tea, Toast Point of Sale, Wades Dairy, Vazzy’s, WEBE 108 and Westminster Crackers. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Jim Keenan ) Events Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:18:55 -0400
Second Annual Smart Walk for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Drew Families, Friends and Supporters https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/46212-smart-kids-with-learning-disabilities-157046967446212-smart-kids-with-learning-disabilities-1570469674 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/46212-smart-kids-with-learning-disabilities-157046967446212-smart-kids-with-learning-disabilities-1570469674

More than 200 parents, children, professionals and supporters joined together for the Second Annual Smart Walk for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. The event raised­­­­­ over $30,000 for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, a Norwalk-based nonprofit that provides educational programs, youth mentoring, parent networking and extensive resources for families.

The inspiring afternoon celebrated the strengths and talents of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD, rejected the stigma attached to these issues and empowered parents. Leading the opening ceremonies was Robert Tudisco, a nationally known disability rights attorney with Barger & Gaines, author, and motivational speaker, and also an adult diagnosed with ADHD. Tudisco spoke about the promising future for youngsters with learning disabilities and the importance of their parents, their champions, in serving as their advocates. Student speaker Tori Ingulli of Redding, a junior at the Wooster School in Danbury, spoke about how she embraced her learning disabilities which helped her work harder, learn more and discover new passions. “There’s nothing wrong with being different,” she said. “Embrace your difference…..own your disability!”

Special guests Connecticut State Senator Will Haskell and Westport Selectwoman Melissa Kane lent their support. The Weston High School Chorale performed, singing “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten, and children enjoyed games, crafts, face painting, a photo booth, refreshments, an ice-cream truck and a touch-a-truck, a concrete mixer, courtesy of Devine Bros. of Norwalk. Families, individuals and teams walked the 2-mile scenic route at their own pace on the sunny first day of fall. There were 30 volunteers, including the Staples High School S.L.O.B.S. “The Walk was wonderful,” said Sari Canell of Scarsdale. “It gave everyone touched by LD or ADHD such a sense of home and community.”

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is grateful for the support of its Walk gold sponsors: Fusion Academy of Fairfield, Fusion Academy of Greenwich and The Canell Group at J. P. Morgan Securities; silver sponsor: Winston Preparatory School; bronze sponsors: The Southport School, The Southfield Center for Development & Sensory Kids, Westport Family Dental, The Windward School, The Bridge Program at Wooster School and the O’Hare Family; and media sponsors: News 12 CT, WEBE 108, WSHU Public Radio and Macaroni Kid.

About Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities

Founded in 2000 by Norwalk resident Jane Ross, executive director, Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities has since grown to include chapters in Stamford/Greenwich, Westport/Wilton, Northern Fairfield County, and Hartford. Its mission is to educate, guide, and inspire parents of children with learning disabilities and ADHD. SKLD helps parents realize their children’s significant gifts and talents, and shows that with their love, guidance, and the right support, their children can live happy and productive lives. The organization provides an award-winning website and blog, free e-newsletter, and educational programs and support so parents can be effective advocates for their children. For more information, visit www.smartkidswithld.org

 

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glmorque@aol.com (Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities) Charities Mon, 07 Oct 2019 09:34:34 -0400
New Exhibit at Westport Museum for History and Culture: Becoming Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/46211-new-exhibit-at-westport-museum-for-history-and-culture-becoming-westport46211-new-exhibit-at-westport-museum-for-history-and-culture-becoming-westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/46211-new-exhibit-at-westport-museum-for-history-and-culture-becoming-westport46211-new-exhibit-at-westport-museum-for-history-and-culture-becoming-westport

From the humble farmer to internationally famous robber barons, Westport is a town built by the contributions of many over the centuries. Like other New England coastal villages, Westport started out as an agricultural community that quickly diversified into trade, then evolved with commerce and industry into a factory town and, eventually, a bedroom community for nearby New York City.

Over its nearly four centuries of settlement, the area that would become Westport has been home to native people, European colonists, enslaved African Americans and immigrants from around the world. Its bucolic settings and beautiful beaches have lured artists, vacationers, health seekers and commuters. 

Becoming Westport explores all aspects of the archetypes of those who collectively built the town including The Farmer, The Laborer, The Cleric, The Merchant, The Revolutionary, The Entrepreneur, The Artist and The Performer.

The exhibit will be on view through June 30, 2020.

Admission for exhibit: adults: $5; students & seniors: $3; members & children 10 and under: Free

Visit our website for more information and hours: www.westporthistory.org

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bpeck@westporthistory.org (Barbara Peck) Life Mon, 07 Oct 2019 09:33:19 -0400
Swing by Golf Performance Center Saturday (Tomorrow) to See If You're On Par! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/46182-swing-by-golf-performance-center-on-saturday-october-5-and-find-out-if-you-ve-got-what-it-takes46182-swing-by-golf-performance-center-on-saturday-october-5-and-find-out-if-you-ve-got-what-it-takes https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/46182-swing-by-golf-performance-center-on-saturday-october-5-and-find-out-if-you-ve-got-what-it-takes46182-swing-by-golf-performance-center-on-saturday-october-5-and-find-out-if-you-ve-got-what-it-takes

Is your goal to play high school or college golf? You want to qualify for Drive, Chip and Putt at Augusta National? If yes, there's a place for you at The Golf Performance Center.

"Swing by Saturday" on Saturday, October 5 from 10am to 2pm at The Golf Performance Center.

Do you have the elements in place to play at the next level?
 
Come discover if you have what it takes through GPC's unique "5 Elements of Success" Evaluation System. The system is designed to asses a player's desire, ability to be coached, physical function for performance, mental game and equipment so we can design a customized plan to achieve your goals.
 
We know the path to playing college golf isn’t easy. It takes grit, determination and an incredible amount of work. Swing By Saturday is your opportunity to meet the team that will coach you on your journey, both on and off the golf course. 
 
Come learn how our coaches have helped 100+ athletes get to over 80 colleges and universities with multiple NCAA All-Americans, hundreds of junior golf wins on numerous junior tours as well as professional wins on the PGA’s Web.com tour and the Canadian PGA. 
 
Whether you’re 7 or 17, we're certain you'll leave with a better understanding of what it takes to reach your desired level of golf.
 
RSVP requested but not required. Click here to RSVP.
 
The Golf Performance Center | 824 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield.
We are proud to welcome The Golf Performance Center(GPC) to our family of sponsors. This full-year Golf Academy for all ages integrates state of the art training facilities and expert coaching to help athletes reach their goals. Beginning with the unique "5 Elements of Success" Evaluation, GPC golf academy delivers customized golf instruction designed to provide aspiring athletes with improvement strategies for long term success. With 25+ years of experience, PGA and TPI certified founder Roger Knick and his golf academy staff provide coaching, focused on the "5 Elements of Success:" Desire, Coaching, Physical Performance & Nutrition, Mental Game and Equipment.

Learn more about the GPC here.
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kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Neighbors Fri, 04 Oct 2019 06:58:00 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: DesignSense https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46210-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-designsense46210-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-designsense https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46210-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-designsense46210-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-designsense

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 DesignSense!

Three questions with Andrea Halley-Wright, founder of DesignSense.

Why did you start your business?

I started my own publicity agency because I was tired of the corporate atmosphere. DesignSense, Inc. is a boutique publicity company specializing in creating brand awareness and engagement for the design industry. 

Tell me about the services you provide

We offer seamless 360-degree publicity solutions with a strong emphasis on online and social media platforms, tools and tactics. Some of our services include: 

Print Publicity
Online Publications
Social Media Strategies
Social Media Execution
Podcast Interviews
Online Design Platforms
Advertising Consultation
Marketing Consultation

Do you use any local businesses to support your business?

I work with local interior design firms and galleries.

Visit DesignSense online here or call 203-291-9945.

DesignSense tags Westport small business,  J Pocker Frames.

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

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 02 Oct 2019 13:00:40 -0400
Westport High School Student Creates Toothbrush Drive to Help People in Honduras https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/46208-westport-high-school-student-creates-toothbrush-drive-to-help-people-in-honduras46208-westport-high-school-student-creates-toothbrush-drive-to-help-people-in-honduras https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/46208-westport-high-school-student-creates-toothbrush-drive-to-help-people-in-honduras46208-westport-high-school-student-creates-toothbrush-drive-to-help-people-in-honduras

Lindsey Baldwin, a junior and honors student at Staples High School in Westport, has created a toothbrush and oral care products drive to help the people of Honduras. She has donation bins set up in and around the Westport area. Lindsey will be delivering the donations collected to Honduras to help these children and adults this February on a mission trip with a non-profit called Cape CARES. 

Lindsey’s grandfather, a retired dentist, has been going to Honduras for many years with Cape CARES to help improve dental care in some of the most impoverished areas in the country. Lindsey has grown up seeing the way her grandfather has been involved in service to others so she created a way that she could be of service by enlisting the support of her own community. 

Lindsey approached several pharmacies and dental associations in the Westport area asking if they will support her efforts by allowing her to place a donation bin with signage explaining her drive in their stores and offices. As of now, Shoreline Integrative Pharmacy and the Dental Center of Westport have collection bins for donations. Lindsey is looking to get more locations in the area over the next month to support her drive and that coincides with National Dental Hygiene Month in October. To date Lindsey has collected 375 toothbrushes, 200 toothpastes, and 288 cartridges of floss.

As Lindsey discovered, most children and adults in Honduras do not have access to toothbrushes for basic oral hygiene care. By not brushing their teeth, these children and adults will develop cavities and gum disease. Additionally, when bacteria in the mouth is not brushed away, respiratory diseases such as pneumonia can occur, along with heart attacks since the bacteria from the mouth can infect the bloodstream and lining of the heart.

As Lindsey says, “An act of kindness as small as a donation of one toothbrush or one dollar can have a profound impact on people less fortunate than we are. As an aspiring doctor, I am so excited to personally deliver the community’s generous donations and see all the newfound smiles first hand.” Lindsey has also set up a Facebook fundraiser called Lindsey’s Toothbrush Drive to help raise money to purchase toothbrushes for the people of Honduras. Here is the link to her drive.

Cape CARES is a humanitarian non-profit organization sending volunteer teams to its clinics — located in remote, mountainous areas of Honduras — to provide free medical and dental care to people who have no access to care. Because they return to their clinics three times per year, they are able to offer follow-up care to the men, women, and children treated on previous visits. 

Cape CARES provides skills, supplies, and the educational training necessary to achieve a higher level of health and well-being for the villagers. With the ongoing enhancement of their services, they are able to implement preventive health care programs. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Ron Feuchs) Charities Tue, 01 Oct 2019 12:26:13 -0400
Mlima’s Tale: Discovery Series Offers Free Events & Programs at WCP https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46209-mlima-s-tale-discovery-series-offers-free-events-programs-at-wcp46209-mlima-s-tale-discovery-series-offers-free-events-programs-at-wcp https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46209-mlima-s-tale-discovery-series-offers-free-events-programs-at-wcp46209-mlima-s-tale-discovery-series-offers-free-events-programs-at-wcp

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse will present “’Mlima’s Tale’: Discovery Series,” special programs and events, free-of-charge and open to the community, related to the powerful, theatrical fable, “Mlima’s Tale,” playing October 1 - 19.  The programs and events include guest speakers, post-show talkbacks, a photography exhibit, a film, and a blog series. 

Support for “’Mlima’s Tale’: Discovery Series” is provided by a grant from CT Humanities.

Written by Lynn Nottage, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, “Mlima’s Tale” is about a magnificent and beloved Kenyan elephant named Mlima hunted for his coveted ivory tusks. As traffickers maneuver the illicit ivory market, from Kenya to Vietnam to China, the animal’s invincible spirit follows their path of desire, greed, crime, and corruption. 

This is the first production of the play since its world premiere Off-Broadway last year.

“‘Mlima’s Tale’ is an extraordinarily stimulating, provocative work about something truly important, and we want to give our audiences the opportunity to delve further into the profound questions it asks about humankind and our relationship to the environment and the animal world,” said David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. “We’re so grateful for CT Humanities’ ongoing support year after year in helping us engage our community in these kinds of thoughtful dialogues and programs that support the work on our stage.”

Guest Speakers and Panel Discussions

“A Conversation with Lynn Nottage,” playwright of “Mlima’s Tale,” was filmed during a public event on September 29, as the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner discussed her play, “Mlima’s Tale,” her career, and body of work with Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director.  Anyone who was unable to attend may access a replay of the program at westportplayhouse.org by October 4.

A Sunday Symposium on Sunday, October 6, following the 3 p.m. matinee performance, will feature guest speaker Joshua Williams, writer, director, teacher, and scholar. Williams will engage in conversation with David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, about “Mlima’s Tale.” Williams currently serves as an assistant professor faculty fellow in the Drama Department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His academic research concerns the political figure of the animal in African theater and performance.  

“The Ivory Trade in Connecticut and Beyond” will feature three panelists discussing their experiences with the ivory trade, ranging from government legislation to animal advocacy to on-the-ground operations, both internationally and within Connecticut, on Sunday, October 13, following the 3 p.m. matinee performance.  Panelists are Kenneth Bernhard, a principal with the Fairfield County law firm of Cohen and Wolf, PC., who spent many years advocating for the protection of African wildlife from illegal trafficking, and worked with the African Wildlife Services in Kenya and Senegal on anti-poaching endeavors including serving as a decoy in sting operations in Nairobi; Priscilla Feral, president, Friends of Animals, a non-profit animal advocacy organization that has supplied direct assistance to rangers in 10 African countries to bolster anti-poaching patrols and suppress the killing of elephants; and State Representative David Michel, an environmental activist; moderated by Liam Lonegan, Playhouse artistic associate/assistant director.

Other discussions include post-play dialogues on Thursdays, October 3 and October 10, where patrons are welcome to discuss the play and its themes with artistic staff in the Playhouse’s Smilow Lounge on the mezzanine level.  Backstage Pass is set for Wednesday, October 16, a behind-the-scenes look at what makes “Mlima’s Tale” work, following the 2 p.m. matinee performance.  Thursday TalkBack is on Thursday, October 17, a lively, 20-minute Q&A with actors from “Mlima’s Tale,” following the 8 p.m. performance.

 

Blog Series

“Playhouse Perspectives: ‘Mlima's Tale’” is a blog series exploring the themes and ideas in Nottage’s play through the unique viewpoints of seven guest authors.  Essays are posted at www.westportplayhouse.org/MlimasTaleBlog.  Guest authors include Yanoula Athanassakis, clinical associate professor of English and Environmental Studies at NYU, director of the NYU Environmental Humanities Initiative; Eleni Coundouriotis, professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Connecticut; James Green, Frances and Benjamin Benenson Foundation  assistant curator of African Art, Yale University Art Gallery; Jim Knoxcurator of education at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo; Louisa Lombard, associate professor of anthropology, Yale University; Brenda Milkofsky, former senior curator, The Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT; and Joshua Williams, assistant professor faculty fellow, Drama Department NYU Tisch School of the Arts. 

Photography Exhibit and Film

A photography exhibition, “Vanishing” by artists Penrhyn and Rod Cook, will be open to the public during the run of “Mlima’s Tale,” from October 1 through October 19, in the Playhouse’s mezzanine lobby.  All artwork is offered for sale.

In addition, student matinee performances will take place during the run.  Study guides will be provided by the Playhouse to connect the production to subjects in local school curricula.

An earlier event on September 16 was a screening of the documentary, “When Lambs Become Lions,” directed by Jon Kasbe, about the illicit ivory market in Kenya, presented in partnership with The Westport Library and the Playhouse. A copy of the film is available at The Westport Library.

Production Sponsors are Czekaj Artistic Productions and Barbara and John Samuelson. Education Sponsor is Graham Foundation of Connecticut.  The project is supported in part by CT Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.  2019 Season Media Sponsors are Moffly Media and WSHU Public Radio. 

For information on all “Mlima’s Tale” special events, visit westportplayhouse.org/MlimasTaleEvents or call the box office at 203-227-4177.

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

ABOUT WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training through Broadway Method Academy, Westport Country Playhouse’s resident conservatory program; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round. Charity Navigator has recently awarded its top 4-star charity rating to the Playhouse in recognition of its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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kerry@ducey.org (Pat Blaufuss) Places Tue, 01 Oct 2019 11:40:12 -0400