Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:58:10 -0400 HamletHub.com Westport Historical Society prsents: Revolutionary Kids, the Danbury Raid https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45288-revolutionary-kids-danbury-raid45288-revolutionary-kids-danbury-raid https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45288-revolutionary-kids-danbury-raid45288-revolutionary-kids-danbury-raid

Why are there cannons on Compo? Why do murals around town show Redcoats on the beach?  On Sunday, April 29, from 4 to 5 pm, WHS will host a fun kid-focused talk sharing the answer to these and other interesting questions about the 241st anniversary of the Danbury Raid.

Youngsters will get to hear about how the only inland raid in Connecticut during the Revolutionary War began with 1,800 British troops landing at Compo Beach. Danbury raid expert, Ed Hynes, will share this exciting part of history in own backyard and highlights an interesting aspect of the war: the extent to which local Colonists were divided for and against the Revolution.

Mr. Hynes will bring to life historical events that occurred right here in Westport, discussing  “things quite smart and not so smart” on both sides, including how “the Brits outwitted” the Patriots on their return to Compo. Kids will get to see and feel reproduction objects that soldiers, and civilians, might have used!

Recommended for grades third through sixth. Suggested Admission: $10 Members, $15 Non-Members. Please register online at www.westporthistory.org.

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bpeck@westporthistory.org (Barbara Peck) Events Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:59:19 -0400
ACT of Connecticut Seeks Volunteer Ushers for Inaugural Production, Mamma Mia! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45290-act-of-connecticut-seeks-volunteer-ushers-for-inaugural-production-mamma-mia45290-act-of-connecticut-seeks-volunteer-ushers-for-inaugural-production-mamma-mia https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45290-act-of-connecticut-seeks-volunteer-ushers-for-inaugural-production-mamma-mia45290-act-of-connecticut-seeks-volunteer-ushers-for-inaugural-production-mamma-mia

Calling all Theatre Lovers and Volunteers!

ACT of Connecticut, the new professional theatre company located at the former Schlumberger property in Ridgefield, is seeking volunteer ushers to work their inaugural production, Mamma Mia! as well as all future productions. “Ushering is a fantastic way to get involved with this exciting new company, be part of the magic of live theatre, and see fabulous shows for free!” says Executive Producer, Katie Diamond. Ushers will be asked to commit to three performances per production and must be comfortable interacting with the public and standing for 60 minutes at a time. 
 
An usher “kickoff” meeting is scheduled for May 7th from 6-8pm at the Ridgefield Library. All are welcome! Prior to the May 7th meeting, you are invited to fill out a volunteer form on the ACT website at here
 
About ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre)

ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), premier Equity theater located in the renowned Schlumberger auditorium in Ridgefield, CT. Founded and led by three accomplished theater professionals, the contemporary theater will present limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway plays and musicals, as well as world premiere plays and musicals by the next generation of writers and composers. The theater company is expected to produce four shows per season, each show featuring both NYC Broadway and local Fairfield and Westchester County talent. In addition to fully-produced main stage productions, ACT of CT will host youth education classes, masterclasses, camps, workshops and a conservatory program for high school students.

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kerry@ducey.org (Act of Connecticut) Neighbors Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:54:25 -0400
May 5 Tiger Trot to Benefit CT's Beardsley Zoo https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45291-may-5-tiger-trot-to-benefit-ct-s-beardsley-zoo45291-may-5-tiger-trot-to-benefit-ct-s-beardsley-zoo https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45291-may-5-tiger-trot-to-benefit-ct-s-beardsley-zoo45291-may-5-tiger-trot-to-benefit-ct-s-beardsley-zoo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Beardsley Zoo Director Gregg Dancho has announced that Trumbull fifth grade student Samantha Petiprin has been named the Honorary Chair for the Zoo’s first annual Tiger Trot, a one-mile family fun walk that takes place at the Zoo on Saturday, May 5. This brand new event invites children to participate in fun and fundraising at the Zoo. The walk/trot will include all-day admission to the Zoo, with special activities, face painting, music, giveaways, and surprises. 

Ten-year-old Samantha recently raised more than $600 for Amur tiger cubs Reka and Zeya by selling homemade whisky cakes, made from her great grandmother’s recipe. A student at Tashua Elementary School in Trumbull, Samantha is now fundraising for her Tiger Trot team, called Team Reka and Zeya, after the tiger cubs. According to her mother, Jenna Petiprin, although Samantha has been coming to the Zoo since she was a baby and has always loved the tigers, her first word was “condor!” 

Samantha has two sisters and a brother: Hanna, 26; Jake, 6; and Helen, 5, and a 12-year-old dog named Moose. 

“We’re delighted when children like Samantha show so much initiative in helping endangered animals,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “We’re all big fans of Samantha and her whisky cake fundraising. We couldn’t be more proud to have her as Honorary Chair for our first annual Tiger Trot.” 

Registration is $22 for adults, and $12 for children. The Zoo invites participants to set up their own fundraising page on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org. The Tiger Trot is sponsored by Fairfield Veterinary Hospital; WEBE 108; The Cohen Family: Alison, Aaron, Mitch and Fran; Adelman, Hirsch and Connors; Milford Pediatric Group, Source Coffeehouse, Hillgen-Santa Financial Group, and Albertus Magnus College. Sponsorships are available at all levels. To learn how your business can participate, contact Amanda Bolanos at 203-394-6574.  

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Spend the day a world away! Connecticut's only zoo, celebrating its 96thyear, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Amur (Siberian) tigers, including tiger cubs Reka and Zeya, Amur leopards, Brazilian ocelot, Mexican wolves, and Golden Lion tamarins. Other highlights include our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, the Maned wolf pups, the New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep, and other barnyard critters, plus the hoofstock trail featuring bison, pronghorn, deer, and more. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful, indoor carousel. For more information, visit beardsleyzoo.org.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Clair) Events Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:04:14 -0400
Fly on over to WHS: Lunchtime Talk https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45287-fly-on-over-to-whs-lunchtime-talk45287-fly-on-over-to-whs-lunchtime-talk https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45287-fly-on-over-to-whs-lunchtime-talk45287-fly-on-over-to-whs-lunchtime-talk

On Wednesday, May 9th, at noon, join us at Westport Historical Society to hear a fascinating and informative talk about our feathered friends.

Attract more birds! We are in the thick of spring migration and many pretty, interesting birds are headed our way. Chris Petherick of Wild Birds Unlimited of Fairfield will talk about which birds “summer” in our area, and how to attract them to our yards.

Chris is a life-long bird enthusiast and owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Fairfield. Chris developed a love of watching, feeding and learning about birds as a child from time spent with his mom and at the Audubon Center of Western New York. As an adult he honed his identification skills through many hours on the trails in pursuit of one more warbler.

Suggested Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Bring lunch; dessert and drinks provided. To register, go to www.westporthistory.org.

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bpeck@westporthistory.org (Barbara Peck) Events Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:48:22 -0400
Whip Salon is rustic & chic in Westport thanks to Romeo + Baglio Design https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45286-whip-salon-is-rustic-chic-in-westport-thanks-to-romeo-baglio-design45286-whip-salon-is-rustic-chic-in-westport-thanks-to-romeo-baglio-design https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45286-whip-salon-is-rustic-chic-in-westport-thanks-to-romeo-baglio-design45286-whip-salon-is-rustic-chic-in-westport-thanks-to-romeo-baglio-design

Industrial and Rustic Chic Collide: Romeo + Baglio Design Unveil Latest Commercial Achievement

Back again in familiar territory in Westport, CT, Romeo + Baglio Design are pleased to announce the completion of their latest commercial project unveiling the look and feel of Whip Salon's newest location. The design team has transformed a 2,000 square foot industrial space in the beautiful new Bedford Square development, into a welcoming, spa-influenced haven featuring unique elements that offer a soothing yet distinctively hip vibe.

"What I love about working with interior designer Andrea Romeo is that she can take something that is just an idea, and translate it into a tangible element that connotes everything I was going for. It's a pretty remarkable skill," said Whip Salon owner Amy Pal. "It's one thing to have kind of an idea of what you're trying to create, but to have the confidence to introduce all the right elements is something I go back to Romeo + Baglio for again and again."

Andrea Romeo and Rebecca Baglio are the duo behind the project and have worked with Pal on previous commercial projects.   

"After consulting with Amy to get my head around her vision for the new salon, I really wanted to give the space a serene yet modern appeal," said co-founder and interior designer Romeo. "For example, the chandelier above the makeup counter was selected because it exudes a glamorous and unexpected contrast to other pieces in the space. While the industrial copper in the chandelier works really well against the exposed ceilings, to me the glass nodules make it appear to be dripping with jewels and forces you to take a second look. It's overall appearance lends just the right amount of softness."

One of the most unique pieces is the refurbished antique drawers brought in for the makeup counter created by Naomi Maynard of Maynard Designs. "The finishing on the drawers and the handles were selected specifically to complement this space. We framed out a mirror above it with that same seafoam accent you can find elsewhere which creates a beautiful area for makeup artistry. Its also nestled between two enormous windows overlooking Church Street giving it a fantastic setting and that "wow" factor."

Whip Salon Westport's reception area is a scene-stealer in itself, "We wanted the client's first step through the doors to be a combination of edgy elegance and sophistication," said Romeo. 

Romeo + Baglio brought back the iconic WHIP moss letters flanked by modern sconces set against a bark-like textured wallpaper, flecked with gold. The reception area also boasts an impressive custom made wooden reception desk crafted by Backwood Builders, with a woodland wallpaper inlay in the same blue-green shade found elsewhere in the salon. "I think you need to experience the space to really appreciate all the layers that went into it," said Rebecca Baglio. "It definitely has a feel that's unique to any other salon in Westport, it's as if you have been transported into the city when you step inside Whip."

Learn more about Whip Salon here.

Romeo + Baglio enjoy commercial projects but are currently switching gears to focus on several residential projects. For more information contact Rebecca Baglio: rebecca@romeobaglio.com or call  (516) 297-4195.

PicturedRefurbished Drawers Created by Naomi Maynard of Maynard Designs Andrea Romeo (seated) and Rebecca Baglio of Romeo + Baglio Designs

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:37:55 -0400
JoyRide Westport Supports Rebuilding Schools in Africa Tomorrow! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45285-joyride-westport-supports-rebuilding-schools-in-africa-tomorrow45285-joyride-westport-supports-rebuilding-schools-in-africa-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45285-joyride-westport-supports-rebuilding-schools-in-africa-tomorrow45285-joyride-westport-supports-rebuilding-schools-in-africa-tomorrow

JoyRide Cycling + Fitness Studio Hosts Fundraiser to 

Support Rebuilding Schools in Africa  

Indoor Cycling Fundraiser to be Held Friday, April 20 in Westport Studio

April 17, 2018 (Westport, Conn.) -- JoyRide Cycling + Fitness Studio, Fairfield County’s top boutique studio for indoor cycling and cross-training classes, will host a fundraising ride on Friday, April 20 at 12 noon to help fund rebuilding a school in Africa. Rev. Gary Morello of First Congregational Church of Darien, who is also a former JoyRide instructor and Darien resident, will lead a team of 75 people, including JoyRide co-owner and lead instructor Rhodie Lorenz and her family, Westport residents, this June. The goal of the mission is to rebuild a school that burned down before Christmas last year, providing a safe place to learn for more than 300 children in the Kibera Slum of Nairobi.

“All children across the globe should have equal opportunities to succeed but unfortunately this doesn’t currently exist,” said Morello, who who has participated in five missions  to Kibera with the American organization Crossing Thresholds. “This is the conviction behind our purpose to build schools. As Nelson Mandela said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon in which we can use to change the world.’”

The 50-minute ride will be held on Friday, April 20 at 12 noon and will be led by Lorenz, Morello and popular instructor and DJ Mo Prester. 

“I am so excited about the opportunity to serve on the mission trip to Kenya with Gary and my family!” said Lorenz. “Service and travel have always been important to me and are values that I want to pass along to my sons. This trip will be both an adventure and a life-altering experience away from Fairfield County. I believe that our highest calling is to be of service to others and for our six days building a school in the Kibera Slums, we will have the chance to make a difference in the lives of the children and open are hearts and minds to how other cultures struggle and can thrive. We will most definitely be getting out of our comfort zones to grow ourselves and help others.”

The Kibera slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya is home to roughly one million people, making it the densest slum in Africa, and the second largest slum in the world.  Since the Kenyan Government does not recognize the residents’ right to live there, they do not provide local infrastructure, like a sewage system, schools and medical facilities. Tens of thousands of Kibera's children are still waiting for the opportunity to be in school.  

“After entering the gates of Kibera I did not have a choice whether or not I could choose,” said Morello. “I had to do something.” 

To reserve a bike in this inspiring fundraising ride, please visit https://www.joyridestudio.com/westport/events. The suggested minimum donation is $40 per rider. Advanced sign-up is recommended. 

To learn more about the missions, please visit http://crossingthresholds.org/

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kerry@ducey.org (JoyRide) Charities Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:49:44 -0400
Taste of Westport Set for May 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45284-taste-of-westport-set-for-may-345284-taste-of-westport-set-for-may-3 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45284-taste-of-westport-set-for-may-345284-taste-of-westport-set-for-may-3

Westport, CT - Enjoy the 14th Annual Taste of Westport, an evening of fine food, good cheer and live music to benefit CLASP Homes of Westport, at The Westport Inn, May 3, from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join a roomful of friends gathered to sample specialties from many of the finest restaurants in the Westport area, listen to Green Eyed Lady, Fairfield County’s best cover band and sample a selection of wine and cocktails poured for your pleasure.

Start with the specialty of the evening — a Fire & Ice cocktail designed for your pleasure by Patrick Camaro, the mixologist who “creates intriguing beverages for some of Fairfield County’s most progressive restaurants.”

Take a slow walk around before you make your first choice. Step out to the ante room for crudités from Garelick & Herbs. Come back for a spot of lobster bisque from Saltwater. Then to Tablao, for a bit of chicken paella. Refresh yourself with a Hibiscus Margarita at Tacos Mexico, and on to tuna tartare and seared sirloin from Harvest Wine Bar. Then off to taste the freshest oysters in town, from Hummock Island Oysters. Finish up with frozen mousse bites at Le Rouge Chocolate — but don’t miss brownies and coffee at Dough & Co.

There’s more, lots more. Amis, Pearl at Longshore, Bobby Q’s Cue & Co., Tarantino, Little Pub — and many more. There’s a specialty cocktail from Greens Farms Spirits, and Mionetto Prosecco. And still more. You won’t go home hungry.

As you’re tasting, stop by the Silent Auction. There’s lots to bid on — all for CLASP. Two tickets to the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Cendrillon, a richly designed Cinderella story; two tickets to Jimmy Fallon, and another two for Trevor Noah; two opportunities to see Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, one offers four box seats and a parking pass; an opportunity see the Connecticut shoreline as you’ve never seen it — from the air, and slowly; and there’s a cruise to Hummock Island to capture great sunset photos and eat your fill of oysters.

Tickets are $75 prepaid, $85 at the door.

Go to www.tasteofwestport.com to buy tickets, or call Robin Hammond at CLASP, 203-226-7895, Ext 144.

CLASP is a 35-year-old nonprofit providing homes and opportunities for people with autism and developmental disabilities. Its programs foster independence, dignity and continued growth for its clients at its 21 residences in seven area communities. CLASP takes pride in the fact that it helps to make people aware of the vital role it plays in the communities it serves. They hope that as people become more aware, they will be moved to become part of the “CLASP Family” and to partner in this very important role.

Donations to CLASP are tax deductible, and all funds raised support CLASP programs.

Like Taste of Westport at: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=taste%20of%20westport. Tell your friends. Spread the news.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Roy Fuchs) Charities Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:10:26 -0400
My Brazil Travels to Voices Cafe in Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45283-my-brazil-travels-to-voices-cafe-in-westport45283-my-brazil-travels-to-voices-cafe-in-westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45283-my-brazil-travels-to-voices-cafe-in-westport45283-my-brazil-travels-to-voices-cafe-in-westport

Featuring seven-time Grammy winner Paul Winter and three “masterful” Brazilian musicians

Grammy-winning saxophonist and bandleader Paul Winter will be bringing his My Brazil quartet to Voices Café on Saturday, May 12 at 8:00pm.  Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road. Tickets are $35 and are available for purchase online at voicescafe.org or by calling David Vita at 203.227.7205 x 14.

This concert is a benefit for the KEYS (www.keysmusic.org - Kids Empowered by Your Support) program which provides one-to-one musical instrument lessons and group music instruction to underserved inner-city children in Bridgeport, CT who have no other access to this empowering life experience.  

“I’ll be collaborating with three masterful players of the Brazilian traditions: percussionist Vanderlei Pereira, bassist Gustavo Amarante, and Paul Meyers on guitar.  It’s a privilege for us to have the opportunity to create a new program for this performance in a special performance space,” Winter said.

Vanderlei Pereira is one of the most sought-after musicians on the contemporary Brazilian jazz scene combining a prodigious knowledge of Brazilian rhythms with dazzling technique and a distinctive touch.

Gustavo Amarante, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, synthesizes his Brazilian upbringing in Belo Horizonte, Brazil with an array of diverse international musical experiences for performances that are known for their precision and innovation.

Winter has long regarded the celebrated Brazilian and jazz guitarist Paul Meyers North America’s greatest Brazilian guitarist. 

 “I’m creating a new program, which I’m calling ‘My Brazil,’ to embrace the gamut of Brazilian music, including songs by Carlos Lyra, Luiz Bonfa, and Antonio Carlos Jobim; Afro-samba music of Bahia, in Brazil’s northeast; carnival songs from Rio; and music of Brazil's great composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.”

Paul Winter has long considered Brazil his second musical home. He first visited Brazil in 1962, during a six-month tour of Latin America for the State Department with his college jazz sextet. It happened to be at the time when a new musical genre, called “New Touch,” or Bossa Nova, was blossoming in Brazil, and Paul and his jazz colleagues were mesmerized. They began recording an album in Rio during that tour, and finished it later that summer in New York. That October Columbia Records released Jazz Meets the Bossa Nova, which became a minor hit, and when The Paul Winter Sextet was invited by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to play at the White House, two of these Bossa Nova songs were included in the program, which was the first-ever jazz concert program at the White House.

Paul returned to Brazil in the summer of 1964, and lived in Ipanema for most of the next year, recording albums with Carlos Lyra (The Sound of Ipanema) and with Luiz Bonfa, Roberto Menescal, and Luiz Eca (Rio). In Rio, Winter met another of the Bossa Nova pioneers — guitarist/composer Oscar Castro-Neves — who in the late ‘60s toured with the Paul Winter Consort, and became co-producer of many of the Consort’s albums over three decades.

The Paul Winter Consort has played more than 3,000 concerts, toured in 52 countries, and recorded 45 albums.

In the late ‘90s, Paul and Oscar revisited the golden era of Bossa Nova songs with their award-winning album Brazilian Days

In a review of Brazilian Days, Pulse Magazine wrote: “Winter’s Latin sound goes down smooth, seductive and sophisticated. Like a warm Rio breeze, he wraps his soprano saxophone around melodies by Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Rosa and other Brazilian composers.”

Winter has shared stages and worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Mickey Hart, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Pete Seeger, producers George Martin and Phil Ramone, Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and the music of composer Charles Ives. His work has been honored with a Global 500 Award by the United Nations, the Joseph Wood Krutch Medal for service to animals from the United States Humane Society, and an honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Hartford.

KEYS serves residents in one of the Northeast’s most impoverished cities.  Many live in very difficult circumstances and are all too familiar with poverty, crime and urban failure.  

KEYS was founded in 2004 when musician and music educator, Rob Silvan, volunteered to teach piano to four students in a hallway at Bridgeport’s Columbus School.   KEYS now operates in 22 Bridgeport schools provides music education to over 600 Bridgeport children every year.

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Events Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:07:39 -0400
Westport Playhouse Presents Harry the Dirty Dog Family Musical, May 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45282-westport-playhouse-presents-harry-the-dirty-dog-family-musical-may-645282-westport-playhouse-presents-harry-the-dirty-dog-family-musical-may-6 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45282-westport-playhouse-presents-harry-the-dirty-dog-family-musical-may-645282-westport-playhouse-presents-harry-the-dirty-dog-family-musical-may-6

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse will present the musical “Harry the Dirty Dog” as part of its Family Festivities Series for two performances on Sunday, May 6, at 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.  Based on the bestselling book written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham, the one-hour production is produced by ArtsPower and appropriate for grades K through 2.  Tickets are $20. 

Harry is a dog with a white coat, black spots, and a very loving family.  He is, generally speaking, one of the happiest little dogs around.  There aren't many things Harry doesn't like...but baths are certainly on the list!  So when the time comes for his wash, Harry's only option is to bury his scrub brush and run away from home. He passes a marvelous day getting as messy as possible:  he plays in dirt, in coal, in all the grimiest places imaginable.  Exhausted, he comes back home at last -- only to discover that his family doesn't recognize him!  His efforts have turned him from a white dog with black spots into a black dog with white spots.  Now what is Harry to do?  Why didn't he think before how important his family was to him?  And how can he show them who he really is?

“Harry the Dirty Dog” was adapted for the stage by ArtsPower's artistic director Greg Gunning, who also wrote the lyrics and directed the production.  Composer and orchestrator Richard DeRosa created the original Broadway-style score.  Songs include “A Dog’s Life for Me,” “Take a Bath,” “Dirt,” and “Home.”

Mark and Gary Blackman founded ArtsPower in 1985 and have been steering its course ever since.  ArtsPower has grown into one of America's premiere producers of professional theater for young and family audiences.  Its 27 professional touring productions have been seen by 12 million people nationwide, in the country's top cultural centers, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Center in New York.

"Harry's appeal is remarkably broad," says ArtsPower executive producer Gary Blackman.  "The story is very playful and lighthearted, but parents know it's more than just silliness.  Harry makes some very interesting points about inner and outer identity, asking kids to think about which is more important."

On Saturday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m., one week before the Playhouse presentation of “Harry the Dirty Dog,”The Westport Library will offer a free-of-charge “Story Explorers” program, a collaboration between the Library and Playhouse, featuring an interactive book reading of “Harry the Dirty Dog,” and activities surrounding the book’s theme led by teaching artists from Broadway Method Academy, the Playhouse’s resident conservatory.  The hour-long program promotes childhood literacy while also enhancing children’s experiences of attending the Playhouse’s Family Festivities shows. Presenting partners for “Story Explorers” are Westport Country Playhouse, The Westport Library, and Westport Young Woman’s League. “Story Explorers” Corporate Sponsor is KPMG.

In conjunction with the Family Festivities Series, the Playhouse will once again host a book collection for Read to Grow, Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization that provides free children's books to families with limited access and to community resources that serve them.  At each Family Festivities performance, bins will be located in the Playhouse lobby for donations of gently used and new children’s books which will be given to families and programs in the greater Fairfield County area through Read to Grow.  During last season’s Family Festivities series, the Playhouse collected nearly 300 books.

Family Festivities Series Corporate Sponsor is Pitney Bowes. The Family Festivities Series is also supported by the Westport Young Woman’s League. 

Everyone in the audience requires a ticket. For more information or tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available online 24/7 at www.westportplayhouse.org. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), or view Playhouse videos on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Pat Blaufuss) Events Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:16:59 -0400
JoyRide Westport Hosts Fundraiser to Support Rebuilding Schools in Africa https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45281-joyride-westport-hosts-fundraiser-to-support-rebuilding-schools-in-africa45281-joyride-westport-hosts-fundraiser-to-support-rebuilding-schools-in-africa https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45281-joyride-westport-hosts-fundraiser-to-support-rebuilding-schools-in-africa45281-joyride-westport-hosts-fundraiser-to-support-rebuilding-schools-in-africa

JoyRide Cycling + Fitness Studio, Fairfield County’s top boutique studio for indoor cycling and cross-training classes, will host a fundraising ride on Friday, April 20 at 12 noon to help fund rebuilding a school in Africa. Rev.

Gary Morello of First Congregational Church of Darien, who is also a former JoyRide instructor and Darien resident, will lead a team of 75 people, including JoyRide co-owner and lead instructor Rhodie Lorenz and her family, Westport residents, this June. The goal of the mission is to rebuild a school that burned down before Christmas last year, providing a safe place to learn for more than 300 children in the Kibera Slum of Nairobi.

“All children across the globe should have equal opportunities to succeed but unfortunately this doesn’t currently exist,” said Morello, who who has participated in five missions to Kibera with the American organization Crossing Thresholds. “This is the conviction behind our purpose to build schools. As Nelson Mandela said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon in which we can use to change the world.’”

The 50-minute ride will be held on Friday, April 20 at 12 noon and will be led by Lorenz, Morello and popular instructor and DJ Mo Prester. 

“I am so excited about the opportunity to serve on the mission trip to Kenya with Gary and my family!” said Lorenz. “Service and travel have always been important to me and are values that I want to pass along to my sons. This trip will be both an adventure and a life-altering experience away from Fairfield County. I believe that our highest calling is to be of service to others and for our six days building a school in the Kibera Slums, we will have the chance to make a difference in the lives of the children and open are hearts and minds to how other cultures struggle and can thrive. We will most definitely be getting out of our comfort zones to grow ourselves and help others.”

The Kibera slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya is home to roughly one million people, making it the densest slum in Africa, and the second largest slum in the world.  Since the Kenyan Government does not recognize the residents’ right to live there, they do not provide local infrastructure, like a sewage system, schools and medical facilities. Tens of thousands of Kibera's children are still waiting for the opportunity to be in school.  

“After entering the gates of Kibera I did not have a choice whether or not I could choose,” said Morello. “I had to do something.” 

To reserve a bike in this inspiring fundraising ride, click here. The suggested minimum donation is $40 per rider. Advanced sign-up is recommended. 

To learn more about the missions, please visit http://crossingthresholds.org/

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Marni Lane) Charities Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:07:41 -0400
Maker Faire Westport planned for April 21 in downtown Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45274-maker-faire-westport-planned-for-april-21-in-downtown-westport45274-maker-faire-westport-planned-for-april-21-in-downtown-westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45274-maker-faire-westport-planned-for-april-21-in-downtown-westport45274-maker-faire-westport-planned-for-april-21-in-downtown-westport

The seventh annual Maker Faire Westport will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018, throughout downtown Westport. 12,000 attendees are expected. This year's theme for the event is #WeAreConnecticut and will highlight the people, places and organizations that make Connecticut a great place to live and work.

"We are looking for creative people who want to share their energy and talents with others," says Mark Mathias, Founder and Co-Chair of Maker Faire Westport. "We are inviting artists, musicians, engineers, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, students, teachers, businesspeople, comedians and creative people of all ages and backgrounds to inspire attendees with what we as humans can do."

"Our expanded venues and multiple stages will give makers the opportunity to not only have space to engage our attendees but be on stages to speak about, demonstrate and interact with interested, curious people," says Alex Giannini, Manager of Experiential Learning at the Westport Library and Co-Chair of Maker Faire Westport.

Learn more here

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Westport Maker Faire) Events Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:14:00 -0400
CT Statewide Firefighter Test Announced https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/45280-ct-statewide-firefighter-test-announced45280-ct-statewide-firefighter-test-announced https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/45280-ct-statewide-firefighter-test-announced45280-ct-statewide-firefighter-test-announced

Connecticut - Ten Connecticut communities have joined together to offer an Entry Level Testing program for men and women interested in a Fire Service career. The consortium of Fire Departments is currently accepting applications through a testing company IO Solutions. Applications must be submitted directly thought IO Solutions at iosolutions.com. Application period closes May 4, 2018.

The goals of this program are threefold: 

  1. Reduce the testing cost for applicants. Typically applicants must participate in independent testing processes each requiring an application fee and a written and oral examination. This is costly and time consuming for applicants. The consortium will charge a single fee and applicants take one written and oral examination to qualify for up to 10 departments.
  2. Reduce the testing cost for municipalities. Historically, municipalities conduct independent tests for Firefighter applicants. This process is time consuming and expensive for department and human resource staffs. The applicant pool is essentially the same and communities test and retest the same individuals. The Consortium has shifted the management of the test process to a private vendor and the cost to applicants in the form of an Application Fee.  
  3. Improve Diversity. The Consortium is working to increase diversity of women and minorities in the applicant pool. Recruitment from the urban communities will help us meet this challenge. A diverse fire service statewide is best suited to meet the needs of the communities we serve. 

Note: The individual department and communities make the final selection per local hiring rules and this may include a separate interview by the Department, Fire Commission or Human Resources Department.

For local information please contact the following participating Fire Departments directly

Branford Fire Department

East Hartford Fire Department

Fairfield Fire Department

Mansfield Fire and Emergency Services

Naugatuck Fire Department

New Canaan Fire Department

North Haven Fire Department

South Fire District Middletown

Westport Fire Department 

Wilton Fire Department

Fire Service careers are tremendously rewarding and a great opportunity for those who have a desire to provide emergency services to the public. Firefighters work in a team-oriented environment to make a difference in the lives of those who call for help. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Sheila Tesei) Public safety Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:10:05 -0400
The Buzz About Connecticut's All-Inclusive Adventure Getaway https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45279-the-buzz-about-connecticut-s-all-inclusive-adventure-getaway45279-the-buzz-about-connecticut-s-all-inclusive-adventure-getaway https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45279-the-buzz-about-connecticut-s-all-inclusive-adventure-getaway45279-the-buzz-about-connecticut-s-all-inclusive-adventure-getaway

What’s all of the buzz about Club Getaway? Read the testimonials below:

This all-inclusive sports and adventure camp in the Berkshire Mountains of Kent, CT, has everything from yoga to water skiing. One especially popular activity with campers is jumping on (and diving from) the floating trampoline…

–Birchbox

Everyone should head to Club Getaway at least once. It will make you feel like a kid again, and you’ll get to meet a lot of great people while you’re at it...

–Wanderlust in the City

The best part of Club Getaway is that it offers all the amazing activities and sports of camp with absolutely no rules. Participants can choose which activities they attend, whom they talk to, what they wear, etc.

–Forbes.com

Club Getaway, thanks for the memories, giving me back my faith in the possibility, and allowing me to relax and just simply let go of having everything all figured out, at least for a weekend!

‘SCANDAL’ star Katie Lowes had the coolest wedding you’ve never seen. An entire weekend of camp-themed wedding activities including a talent show, color wars, watersports, dancing and, well, an actual wedding…

Make your summer getaway reservation here.

–The Huffington Post

With the backdrop of sprawling 300 acres overlooking a sparkling lake in the Berkshire Mountains of Kent, Connecticut, Club Getaway Family Camp provides families all of the natural and manmade resources necessary to create memories that last a lifetime.

David Schrieber, the co-founder of the Club Getaway who owns and operates the land of not make believe with his wife, Gayle says, “Put all devices on airport-mode and head for the hills. Whether your squad is made up of 3 or 30, come play at Club Getaway for an all-ages adventure you’ll never forget. Run around, race, jump in a lake, there’s nothing like playing with your kids across our 300 acres of adventure excitement.”

Click here to make your reservation and to learn more about summer camp opportunities. 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:01:43 -0400
Aspetuck Land Trust Earthday Birding Hike on April 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45278-aspetuck-land-trust-earthday-birding-hike-on-april-2145278-aspetuck-land-trust-earthday-birding-hike-on-april-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45278-aspetuck-land-trust-earthday-birding-hike-on-april-2145278-aspetuck-land-trust-earthday-birding-hike-on-april-21

Birding with Jory Teltser on Saturday, April 21 from 8:00am -10:00am at the Newman-Poses Preserve, Westport, CT

Bring your binoculars, camera, water bottle and hiking boots and join Aspetuck Land Trust on Saturday, April 21st at 8:00am for an Earth Day Hike at the Newman Poses Preserve in Westport to search for and identify local birds with birder Jory Teltser. 

The 17-year-old Staples High School Junior and avid birder has knowledge beyond his years in the area of birding. He is currently working with the Aspetuck Land Trust to collect data on birds on Aspetuck Land Trust properties. This data will be used to improve bird habitats. 

When he first started birding in 2010, Jory was only 9. Jory is now the President of the Connecticut Young Birders Club. His birding has taken him to every town in Connecticut and far beyond. He has the experience of a seasoned ornithologist and began describing how bird populations were shifting before he picked up a pair of binoculars. Jory considers himself to be “an outdoorsman that enjoys hiking and all aspects of nature”. In addition to supporting the environmental issues that are very important to him, he plays the french horn and sings with the Staples Orphenians. You can view his outstanding photography via his Flickr account online. 

Please RSVP to Alice at administration@aspetucklandtrust.org or via our online RSVP Form.

The Newman Poses Preserve was named after actor Paul Newman and Lillian Poses, the first woman to graduate from NYU Law School. The Newman and Poses families who lived nearby donated the land for this nature preserve and enjoyed walking on the property. 

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

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Nancy Moon) Events Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:50:59 -0400
Westport Playhouse Receives $150K Gift from Bigelow Foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45277-westport-playhouse-receives-150k-gift-from-bigelow-foundation45277-westport-playhouse-receives-150k-gift-from-bigelow-foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45277-westport-playhouse-receives-150k-gift-from-bigelow-foundation45277-westport-playhouse-receives-150k-gift-from-bigelow-foundation

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse has received a $150,000 gift from the Eunice and David Bigelow Foundation for a new lighting communication system.  Due to the speed of advancements in computer technology, the lighting system installed during the Playhouse’s 2005 renovation is now almost obsolete.

“Eunice and David Bigelow’s extraordinarily generous gift is a direct expression of their love for and understanding of our Playhouse, its needs, and its artistry,” said Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director. “They have consistently demonstrated joyous interest in how our staff and the artists who work here make Theater. This much-needed gift will make possible the installation of state-of-the-art lighting equipment and will give lighting designers and electricians the ability to expand their horizons. The Bigelows understood that. And I thank them from the bottom of my heart.”

In addition to funding this transformative project, the Bigelows have been committed to the Playhouse for many years, supporting some of the theater’s most complex productions, including Ayad Akhtar’s “The Invisible Hand,” winner of the 2017 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Play.  In August, the Eunice and David Bigelow Foundation will sponsor Theresa Rebeck’s comedy “The Understudy.”

“We love giving support to the Playhouse because the work is so good,” said Eunice Bigelow. 

Added David Bigelow, “One of our greatest enjoyments is attending the Playhouse ‘Tech Talks,’ where we learn how productions get technically on their feet. We feel close to the process and the work thanks to [associate producer] David Dreyfoos and [associate artistic director] David Kennedy, who so generously often allow us a peek into this magnificent world.”

“Yes, we turned to the Bigelows for their philanthropic support, but it is important to also emphasize that we view them as genuine partners because of their technical understanding and appreciation for how art gets made. They are unique because they make us feel that their giving is a reciprocal experience,” said Carole Southall, director of development.

Lamos added, “I told them that the gift was so special to me personally because lighting literally illuminates the work of the artists. They said that's part of why they loved giving it.”

For Westport Country Playhouse information, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or 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), orview Playhouse videos 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; 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 and performance opportunities through Broadway Method Academy, WCP’s resident conservatory; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Pat Blaufuss) Places Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:58:43 -0400