Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:17:36 -0400 HamletHub.com Westport Playhouse Hosts 2018 Season Kickoff Party, April 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45252-westport-playhouse-hosts-2018-season-kickoff-party-april-745252-westport-playhouse-hosts-2018-season-kickoff-party-april-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45252-westport-playhouse-hosts-2018-season-kickoff-party-april-745252-westport-playhouse-hosts-2018-season-kickoff-party-april-7

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse will host a 2018 Season Kick-off Party on Saturday, April 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., offering a fun atmosphere with food trucks, beer tastings, exhibits, and special ticket discounts. In addition, a “Sneak Peek” of the upcoming season will be hosted by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, at 6:30 p.m.  The “Sneak Peek” will feature guests representing all of the upcoming productions, including playwrights, directors, and designers. Admission is free and open to the public. 

On the same day, single tickets will go on sale for the 2018 Season.  All tickets to the 2018 Season’s five productions will be offered at a 25% discount, including single tickets, season tickets, and flex passes, for one day only on Saturday, April 7.  The limited, 24-hour offer cannot be combined with other discounts, is not valid on previously purchased tickets, and is subject to availability.  Tickets may be purchased by phone at 203-227-4177; in person at 25 Powers Court, Westport; or online at westportplayhouse.org.

Local food trucks, including MAC Truck, Melt Mobil, and Bodega will be on site with their specialties available for purchase. Drinks will be provided by Redding Beer Company, Charter Oak Brewing Company, Veracious, and Spiked Seltzer.  Restaurant partners serving complimentary tastings are Tavern on Main, Rizzuto’s, and Nancy Burke Catering. The event will take place rain or shine. Vendors subject to change.

The Playhouse’s 2018 Season, from May 29 through November 17, features five-plays, including two comedies, one modern and one classic; a drama; a musical; and a world premiere.

The Playhouse’s 88th season will begin with “Flyin’ West,” playing May 29 – June 16, written by Pearl Cleage and directed by Seret Scott.  Set in 1898 when the Civil War is still a living memory, the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas, offers a refuge for many former slaves. At one homestead lives a family of courageous and sharp-witted women determined to make a place for themselves. They overcome tremendous odds in a heroic effort to escape the scars of the past in this uplifting story of bravery, pride, and sisterhood.

“A Flea in Her Ear,” a new version of Georges Feydeau’s farce, written by David Ives and directed by Mark Lamos, is scheduled July 10 – 28.  The comedy is a co-production with Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware.  Raymonde has everything a turn-of-the-century Parisian housewife could want. Everything, that is, except for a husband who lavishes her with attention in bed. Doubting his fidelity, she gets a “flea in her ear,” sending all involved on a wild ride of accusations, mistaken identities, and riotous confusions.

“The Understudy,” written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by David Kennedy (2017 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Director of a Play), will run August 14 – September 1.   Audiences mob the theater when a Hollywood action star takes the Broadway stage in a recently discovered play by Franz Kafka. But what if he can’t go on? Enter Harry, the understudy, a journeyman actor who has the chops but not the résumé. This hilarious look at life backstage gets even crazier when Harry reunites with the stage manager, who is his ex-fiancée, and dukes it out with the film star as obstacles mount and tensions rise.

“Man of La Mancha,” written by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, and directed by Mark Lamos, will be staged September 25 – October 13.  Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and based on Cervantes’ masterpiece, this “Impossible Dream” comes to life in an imaginative journey with Don Quixote as he tilts at windmills and battles for good and the love of his fair maiden Aldonza. 

The 2018 season culminates with the world-premiere drama, “Thousand Pines,” written by Matthew Greene and directed by Austin Pendleton, playing October 30 – November 17.  The play was incubated in early 2017 by Westport Country Playhouse’s New Works Initiative.  Nothing feels the same since the day Thousand Pines Junior High School was on every news channel and in everyone’s hearts. Six months after a student brought a gun to school and killed his classmates, the families of the children who died struggle with their need for answers and closure. This important and riveting new drama brings the national dialogue about gun violence to the Playhouse stage.

In addition, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” will return by popular demand for a special engagement December 5 - 22, directly following the regular season.  The acclaimed musical memoir stars Grammy-nominated pianist and storyteller Mona Golabek, and is directed by Hershey Felder.  In 1938 Vienna, a 14-year-old piano prodigy finds her dreams of becoming a concert pianist threatened by the looming war in Europe.  When her parents buy her a one-way ticket to England on the Kindertransport, the children’s survival train, a story of art preserving life begins. 

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; 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.

kerry@ducey.org (Pat Blaufuss) Events Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:59:54 -0400
Westport Community Leaders Participate in Energy-Saving Service https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45250-westport-community-leaders-participate-in-energy-saving-service45250-westport-community-leaders-participate-in-energy-saving-service https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45250-westport-community-leaders-participate-in-energy-saving-service45250-westport-community-leaders-participate-in-energy-saving-service

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe recently participated in Home Energy Solutions, an Energize ConnecticutSM in-home energy improvement service provided by Eversource, as a way to increase energy efficiency awareness across the community. 

“I’m very pleased with the service and recommend it to all homeowners and renters throughout Westport,” said Marpe. “We are fortunate our residents understand the challenges of sustainability and in turn, seek energy-efficient resources from Eversource and Energize Connecticut. It really is the next step everyone should take to make their home more comfortable and affordable.”

Eversource-authorized contractor, New England Smart Energy, provided the service to Marpe, as well as to the homes of Westport’s Director of Human Services, Elaine Daignault, and Vice-Chair of Westport’s Green Task Force, Pippa Bell Adler.

“With the warm weather just around the corner, these community leaders are leading the way in kick-starting spring cleaning efforts at home. Everyone should put assessing their homes’ energy performance at the top of their ‘to-do’ lists,” said Eversource Energy Efficiency spokesman Enoch Lenge.

Homeowners and renters can save an average of $200 each year through the Home Energy Solutions service and can further reduce their energy costs through additional weatherization measures, including upgrading insulation in walls, basements and attics, repairing or replacing ductwork, and upgrading heating and cooling equipment.

Customers typically pay $149 for the in-home service. However, thanks to a town-wide grant, the first 50 Westport residents to sign up now through June 30, 2018 will receive the service at a discounted cost of $74.

“Transforming your house into a ‘high-performance home’ can help to make it more airtight, comfortable, and cleaner,” said Lenge.  More tips to achieving a high-performance home can also be found on Lenge’s latest blog from Eversource.

For more energy-saving tools and resources from Eversource, click here.

mcicitto@gbpr.com (Eversource/Energize CT) Life Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:49:43 -0400
Westport joins forces with neighboring communities for Sustainable Fairfield County https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45251-wilton-joins-forces-with-neighboring-communities-for-sustainable-fairfield-county45251-wilton-joins-forces-with-neighboring-communities-for-sustainable-fairfield-county https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45251-wilton-joins-forces-with-neighboring-communities-for-sustainable-fairfield-county45251-wilton-joins-forces-with-neighboring-communities-for-sustainable-fairfield-county

Ten Fairfield County communities have joined forces to help advance environmental sustainability and responsibility countywide via the formation of a new cooperative organization, Sustainable Fairfield County. Other members of the group are Darien, Ridgefield, Easton, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau stated, “Safeguarding the sustainability of Fairfield’s natural and built environments is a long-standing, vital objective for our Town, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to come together with our fellow neighboring communities to deepen environmental awareness and engagement across our county as well.”

According to the group’s mission statement, “Sustainable Fairfield County is a network of Connecticut communities working in collaboration to educate the public on ways to enhance our communities using approaches that are economically viable, socially beneficial, and environmentally responsible.”

Founding members are now actively seeking to include representation from all other towns throughout the county.

“Fairfield County is distinguished by some of the most effective, locally-driven initiatives to advance environmental preservation and sustainability in the nation,” said Daphne Dixon, the group’s chairwoman. “But we believe we can take those initiatives to another level by linking the efforts of our communities and their many dedicated, knowledgeable environmental advocates, toward the goal of enlisting a greater number of our residents in the cause of creating a more healthful, sustainable Fairfield County.”

Sustainable Fairfield County was formally launched at the first-annual Regional Convening for Sustainable Development at Grace Farms, New Canaan, on February 7, 2018, featuring discussions of the local integration of global sustainable development goals and showcasing a wide-range of local projects and initiatives.

The next Sustainable Fairfield County meeting will be on Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more and to add their community to the growing list of towns engaged in the organization.

The primary focus of Sustainable Fairfield County is promoting and coordinating annual “green events” focused on a specific area, and supported by member towns throughout the year, to encourage countywide participation.

The current event calendar includes:

  • Sunday, March 25, Zero Waste Faire, Wilton High School Field House, 11 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday, April 28, Westport Green Day, Earthplace & Wakeman Town Farm, 9 am to 4 pm
  • Weston Farm to Table Festival – summer, date and location to be determined
  • Saturday, September 8, Fairfield Electric Vehicle Showcase, Fairfield Warde High School, 10 am to 2 pm

For more information on Sustainable Fairfield County, please visit www.sustainablefairfieldcounty.org or contact Daphne Dixon at 203-536-4695 or  daphne@livegrenct.org.

The Photo of the Launching of Sustainable Fairfield County shows: (front row) Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe; (back row) Daphne Dixon, Fairfield; Patrice Gillespie, Wilton; Mary Hogue, Fairfield; Scott Thompson, Fairfield; Becky Bunnell, Fairfield; Tony McDowell, Westport; Pippa Bell Ader, Westport. 

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Fairfield) Life Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:58:53 -0400
EGGstravaganza at Wakeman Town Farm in Westport on Saturday, March 31 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45249-eggstravaganza-at-wakeman-town-farm-in-westport-on-saturday-march-3145249-eggstravaganza-at-wakeman-town-farm-in-westport-on-saturday-march-31 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45249-eggstravaganza-at-wakeman-town-farm-in-westport-on-saturday-march-3145249-eggstravaganza-at-wakeman-town-farm-in-westport-on-saturday-march-31

Hop on over to the farm for EGGstravaganza at Wakeman Town Farm on Saturday, March 31 from 10:30 am to noon. This is a brand new tradition in Westport!

See live bunnies & chicks, join in the Easter egg hunt. Win a prize! Bring your camera for photos with the Big Bunny, and don't forget it's BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket)!

Wakeman Town Farm is located at 134 Cross Highway, Westport. 

Vist them online: www.wakemantownfarm.org

kerry@ducey.org (submitted) Events Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:25:09 -0400
Whip Salon in Westport is Thinking Spring with a Special Bonding Treatment Offer https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45248-whip-salon-in-westport-is-thinking-spring-with-a-special-bonding-treatment-offer45248-whip-salon-in-westport-is-thinking-spring-with-a-special-bonding-treatment-offer https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45248-whip-salon-in-westport-is-thinking-spring-with-a-special-bonding-treatment-offer45248-whip-salon-in-westport-is-thinking-spring-with-a-special-bonding-treatment-offer

Whip Salon is now open in Bedford Square featuring some of the top talent in Fairfield County. Whip offers haircuts for ladies, guys, and kids, color services such as balayage and highlights, blowouts and membership and makeup too! 

Our expert staff at Whip Salon knows everyone is daydreaming about lighter, brighter color as spring break approaches. This week you can receive a hair bonding treatment with your color service for only $15 ($25 regular price). Just ask for Loreal Pro's Smart Bond as an add-on. It's designed to protect and strengthen your hair as it lightens at the same time, which we all need after the long, harsh winter we've had. You can also get a phenomenal Smart Bond take-home treatment which they'll throw in for 10% off all this week too.

Call to book 203.433.7334 or book online at whipsalon.com or download the app!

kerry@ducey.org (Whip Salon) Places Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:30:53 -0400
Community & Country: A Spirit of Service at Westport Historical Society https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45246-community-country-a-spirit-of-service-at-westport-historical-society45246-community-country-a-spirit-of-service-at-westport-historical-society https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45246-community-country-a-spirit-of-service-at-westport-historical-society45246-community-country-a-spirit-of-service-at-westport-historical-society

On Friday, April 6, from 7 to 8 pm, WHS will present a film featuring some of Westport military veterans and their stories. Created by Westport filmmaker Jarret Liotta, Community & Country: A Spirit of Service includes interviews with more than 20 local veterans, including Ed Vebell the star of our current exhibit the Curious Case of Ed Vebell, sharing insights into their personal experiences as a part of something that changed their lives forever. 

A Westport native, Jarret Liotta works professionally as a photographer, writer and video producer. He is currently in post-production on a full-length narrative film he wrote & directed called Home Movie, which was shot entirely in Westport and is due to be completed in early 2018.

Suggested Admission: $10 members, $15 non-members.

Light refreshments will be served. Please register at www.westporthistory.org or phone 203-222-1424.

bpeck@westporthistory.org (Barbara Peck) Events Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:23:25 -0400
5 Things You Need to Know About Club Getaway Family Camp https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45247-5-things-you-need-to-know-about-club-getaway-family-camp45247-5-things-you-need-to-know-about-club-getaway-family-camp https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45247-5-things-you-need-to-know-about-club-getaway-family-camp45247-5-things-you-need-to-know-about-club-getaway-family-camp

Getaway with your family. Unplug, unwind, get silly, and reconnect at Club Getaway’s Family Camp.

With 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.

5 Things You Need To Know About Family Camp:

5. You’ll play like a kid, with your kids

At Club Getaway there are endless opportunities to #getoutandplay. From pie eating contests to action-packed outdoor activities including seven zip lines and giant swings, you and your family are provided every opportunity to try something new or revisit an old hobby. All-inclusive weekends will keep you playing until the sun sets and maybe even a little later…

4. After one weekend at camp, you’ll have 300 new besties

You and your kids will be surrounded by friends at Family Camp. One day you’re strangers on the subway and the next day you’re duking it out in a game of volleyball or stepping on each other’s toes in salsa lessons. It doesn’t take long before the magic of camp takes over and you get a real life friend request.

3. Party like a kid (and an adult)

Roll out of bed to SHAKE AND WAKE which includes smoothies and a morning time dance party!  Move on to family Olympics, family wiffle ball, archery tag, family zombie tag, and family happy hour and create family bonds no one can sever.  Need some adult time? You and your kids are covered with age-appropriate (and fun) party like it’s 1999 activities.

2. The counselors are the happiest campers you’ll ever meet

Camp wouldn’t be camp without counselors. Family Camp counselors will stop at nothing……well almost nothing… to make your weekend unforgettable. Club Getaway’s fearless camp leaders are always hungry to earn another Color War Championship title, be the first ones on the dance floor!

1. The memories will live on forever

After a weekend at Club Getaway, you’ll have stories to keep the water cooler gang enthralled for hours…..”This one time at summer camp”. The tan lines will fade and the flash and face paint will wash off, but your stories can be told again and again – until next summer when you collect a few more to put in the bank.

Register here, today!

Family Camp Dates:

July 2-6

August 20-24

August 27-31

August 24-26 (Family Weekend)

August 27-29

August 29-31

Learn more about Club Getaway for Families

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:51:36 -0400
WAC Announces Needs-Based Art Scholarships https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45245-wac-announces-needs-based-art-scholarships45245-wac-announces-needs-based-art-scholarships https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45245-wac-announces-needs-based-art-scholarships45245-wac-announces-needs-based-art-scholarships

Westport, CT - Through the generosity of the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center Foundation (DFCAC), the Westport Arts Center announces new needs-based art scholarships available to students in Westport, Connecticut.

One needs-based scholarship in the amount of $5,000 will be awarded to an outgoing high school senior who will be attending an arts-based college program in Fall 2018.  Students can apply by completing an application on Westport Arts Center’s website: www.westportartscenter.org/education/scholarships.  Applications for the high school scholarship must be received by April 30, 2018.

Secondly, scholarships are available for individual weeks of the Westport Arts Center’s Summer Camp program by applying through the Town of Westport’s Department of Human Services.  Westport Arts Center’s Summer Camp features week-long workshops for ages 4-12, with morning sessions dedicated to ages 4-7 and afternoon sessions designed for ages 8-12.  Themed weeks range from painting to clay to three-dimensional art.

Amanda Innes, Executive Director of the Westport Arts Center, stated, "We look forward to collaborating with the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center Foundation to deliver outstanding arts opportunities to the community.  The Foundation's mission to fund art classes and activities for underserved students and young adults is perfectly aligned with the work we do at the Westport Arts Center."

Scholarship applicants must demonstrate financial need. To initiate the process for either the high school or summer camp scholarship opportunity, recipients must contact the Town of Westport’s Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050 to make an appointment for scholarship consideration.   Questions should be directed to Patty Haberstroh with the Town of Westport’s Department of Human Services: at hsyouth@westportct.gov.

Please contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 with any questions.

About the Westport Arts Center

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

The Westport Arts Center receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Anthropologie & Co.; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Bernstein Private Wealth Management; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County's Community Foundation; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; First County Bank Foundation; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; Hotel Zero Degrees; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover/Jaguar of Fairfield; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Serena & Lily; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Steven Mancini Salon; Success Printing & Mailing; Teich Gardens; Tito's Handmade Vodka; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Westport Resources, a division of United Capital; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group. The Westport Arts Center operates with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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

kerry@ducey.org (Leslie LaSala) Places Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:23:30 -0400
Take the Penguin Plunge in Westport on April 7 and Support Special Olympics https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45240-take-the-penguin-plunge-in-westport-on-april-7-and-support-special-olympics45240-take-the-penguin-plunge-in-westport-on-april-7-and-support-special-olympics https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45240-take-the-penguin-plunge-in-westport-on-april-7-and-support-special-olympics45240-take-the-penguin-plunge-in-westport-on-april-7-and-support-special-olympics

Take the Penguin Plunge at Compo Beach in Westport on April 7!

All proceeds from the Penguin Plunge go directly to support Special Olympics Connecticut's year-round sports training and athletic competition programs for more than 6,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and Special Partners, throughout the state of Connecticut.

Registration: Noon
Plunge: 2 PM  

Learn more and register HERE.

Since 1969, Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) has provided year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  SOCT serves 6,500 athletes throughout the state through local, regional and state programs.  In order to provide the most inclusive and meaningful school and community-based sports training and competition for its 4,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities, SOCT opens its doors and offers the opportunity to an additional 2,200 athletes who train and compete as special partners alongside their peers with intellectual disabilities.  Each year, SOCT hosts over 40 tournaments and competitions in 21 different venues.

kerry@ducey.org (SOCT) Charities Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:44:06 -0400
Sen. Hwang to Shave Head for Pediatric Cancer https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45244-sen-hwang-to-shave-head-for-pediatric-cancer45244-sen-hwang-to-shave-head-for-pediatric-cancer https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45244-sen-hwang-to-shave-head-for-pediatric-cancer45244-sen-hwang-to-shave-head-for-pediatric-cancer

 At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, State Senator Tony Hwang will join dozens of other “shavees” who will be going bald to raise money for pediatric cancer research at the annual St. Baldrick’s “Team Teddy” event held at Osborn Hill School (OHS) at 760 Stillson Road in Fairfield. 

This is the 9th annual Team Teddy event, and the 12th overall St. Baldrick’s event at OHS.  

Originally organized by the local Cub Scouts, this event took on special significance when OHS third grader Teddy Gerber was diagnosed with sarcoma in November 2009. Pack leader Tim Kery offered to hold the 2010 event in Teddy’s honor, resulting in an incredible show of community support.  Teddy, who had lost his hair from chemotherapy, was surrounded by newly-bald friends and family who looked just like him. Teddy’s cancer was rare and aggressive and did not respond to available treatments.  He passed away in August 2010 at the age of nine. Since then, the annual Team Teddy event has raised more than $940,000.

Sen. Hwang attends and supports Team Teddy each year, as well as other St. Baldrick’s events in Connecticut, but never took the plunge as a shavee…until this year.

On Friday night, he will go under the clippers to show solidarity with children and families who have fought and continue to fight cancer every day.  

Sen. Hwang looks forward to sporting a new hairstyle that will spur conversations that will raise awareness of the lack of funding for pediatric cancer research.  To support this cause, please go to his web page to donate online (https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/962375/2018).   

As Sen. Hwang says in his St. Baldrick’s write-up : “BE KIND! As we experience the emotions of recent tragedies in our country, I am channeling my energy and making a commitment to support and empower our community. I am working to raise awareness in defeating childhood cancer. So here goes: I'm shaving my head to raise money for childhood cancer research and honored to be a member of "Team Teddy"! Now I need your help! Will you make a donation? Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers. Let's work together to make a positive difference in our communities. Join me!”

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the world’s largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. It has raised over $230 million since 2000. Donations raised through St. Baldrick’s fundraisers like Team Teddy support the development of childhood cancer treatments that are as unique as every child.

In Connecticut, St. Baldrick’s has funded research grants at both Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital, as well as provided stipends for Fellows and funding for Infrastructure at both locations.

-          Sen. Hwang represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport. On the web:www.SenatorHwang.com.  He can be reached at Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov and at 800-842-1421.

kerry@ducey.org (Adam Liegeot) Charities Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:35:56 -0400
Westport Playhouse Remembers Arts Patron Howard J. Aibel, Who Passed March 9 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45242-westport-playhouse-remembers-arts-patron-howard-j-aibel-who-passed-march-945242-westport-playhouse-remembers-arts-patron-howard-j-aibel-who-passed-march-9 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45242-westport-playhouse-remembers-arts-patron-howard-j-aibel-who-passed-march-945242-westport-playhouse-remembers-arts-patron-howard-j-aibel-who-passed-march-9

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse’s leadership issued the following statements today on the March 9th death of Howard J. Aibel, who served actively on the Playhouse Board of Trustees since 2005, most recently as Vice Chair. In February 2018, the historic theater named its entire campus “The Howard J. Aibel Theater Center at Westport Country Playhouse” in recognition of his $3 million gift. Aibel, age 88 of Weston, Connecticut, was a lawyer, conservationist, philanthropist, and arts advocate.

“Knowing Howard and being supported always inspired me to do my best work. He was a champion of fine theater, and a uniquely knowledgeable one.”   - Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director

“Our community has lost a great leader and advocate. Howard never sought the spotlight but always sought to inspire others to action, leading by his own actions. He believed that experiencing live theater is central to a life well lived; his was certainly well lived.”  - Michael Barker, Westport Country Playhouse Managing Director

“Howard was an incredible friend of the Playhouse for decades, first as a loyal subscriber, and then as a Trustee since 2005. His vision and generosity have been instrumental in shaping the Playhouse as we know it today.”  - Barbara Streicker, Westport Country Playhouse Board of Trustees’ Chair

Notes of sympathy and remembrance can be sent to Westport Country Playhouse, attn: Aibel Memorial, and will be forwarded to the family.  

A public memorial service will be announced soon.

kerry@ducey.org (Westport Country Playhouse) Life Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:10:00 -0400
Call for Makers! Maker Faire in Westport on April 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45241-call-for-makers-maker-faire-in-westport-on-april-2145241-call-for-makers-maker-faire-in-westport-on-april-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45241-call-for-makers-maker-faire-in-westport-on-april-2145241-call-for-makers-maker-faire-in-westport-on-april-21

The "Call for Makers" is now open for the seventh annual Maker Faire Westport that will be 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 http://westport.makerfaire.com/

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018.

kerry@ducey.org (Westport-Weston Chamber) Neighbors Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:46:02 -0400
Save the Date! Westport Dog Festival is Sunday, May 20! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45239-save-the-date-westport-dog-festival-in-sunday-may-2045239-save-the-date-westport-dog-festival-in-sunday-may-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45239-save-the-date-westport-dog-festival-in-sunday-may-2045239-save-the-date-westport-dog-festival-in-sunday-may-20

Westport Dog Festival is back!

Go Dog Go! It's a dog party! Save the date and spend a day with the dogs at Westport's 3rd Annual Dog Festival, Sunday, May 20th at Winslow Park!

Competitions, Demonstrations, Clinics, Obstacle course, vendors, food trucks, kids area and dogs, dogs, dogs!

Sign up to be a sponsor or a participant HERE. 

kerry@ducey.org (Sarah) Events Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:38:23 -0400
It's March! Eat Pizza and VOTE in Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45238-it-s-march-eat-pizza-and-vote-in-westport45238-it-s-march-eat-pizza-and-vote-in-westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45238-it-s-march-eat-pizza-and-vote-in-westport45238-it-s-march-eat-pizza-and-vote-in-westport

Eat Pizza and VOTE in March

It's Pizza Month in Westport and 14 restaurants are competing in 7 different pizza categories. Residents and visitors then get to vote online for the winners. By voting, you enter to win a free pizza. 

  • Eat Pizza and you get to choose who makes the Best Pizza in Westport
  • 7 Different Categories and 14 participating Restaurants


Find out more: www.westportwestonchamber.com/pizza

Participating Restaurants


Cuatro Hermanos



 Julian's Brick Oven 

 Julian's Kitchen

 Planet Pizza




Tarry Lodge 



 Via Sforza 

Westport Pizza

 The Contest runs all month from March 1 - 31

Simply go to a venue, try their Pizzas and vote here online HERE.

(all Pizza is for purchase)


(click to vote)


Best Slice

Best Personal Pizza

Best Meat Pizza

Best Gluten Free Pizza

Best Veggie Pizza

Best Plain Pizza

Best Delivered Pizza 


When you vote you enter a lottery to win a Pizza at the winning location for that category

Winning restaurants will receive a plaque to display


Logo designed by Graphixworks

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:25:59 -0400
WAC Presents the Work of 15 Contemporary Female Artists, March 23 - June 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45243-wac-presents-the-work-of-15-contemporary-female-artists-march-23-june-245243-wac-presents-the-work-of-15-contemporary-female-artists-march-23-june-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45243-wac-presents-the-work-of-15-contemporary-female-artists-march-23-june-245243-wac-presents-the-work-of-15-contemporary-female-artists-march-23-june-2

Westport, CT - The Westport Arts Center presents Handmade: Women Reshaping Contemporary Art on view from March 23 – June 2, 2018.  

The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Gorayeb, the Executive Director of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc., a non-profit art historical research foundation based in New York.  For nearly two decades, Gorayeb has specialized in art historical research on the provenance and attribution of works of art. 

Handmade: Women Reshaping Contemporary Art includes artwork by a diverse range of over 15 female artists with a focus on fiber and textile arts.  Artists of note include Lesley Dill, Faith Ringgold, Miriam Schapiro, Judith Scott, and Beverly Semmes.  It is the first time that this assemblage of artists has appeared together in Connecticut.

The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, March 23 from 6 – 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Gorayeb states, “As visitors to a gallery or museum, we are expected to engage with works of art though the act of looking. We consider the final product of the artist’s creation, but rarely do we think of the tactile experience of the artist’s process. Fiber art — works of art created from wool, silk, cotton, flax and other forms of textiles — present us with a dynamic, multi-sensory experience.”

“The medium of fiber is also weighted with gendered, socio-political signifiers that are imparted onto the final work of art.  To put it plainly, fiber is feminine. Weaving, embroidery, knitting and sewing are thought to be the domain of women, whose productions in these areas have long been relegated to the status of ‘decoration,’” added Gorayeb. 

Amanda Innes, Executive Director of the Westport Arts Center, stated, “There is an unexpected timeliness to this exhibition that resonates within the community at large. These established artists, working in non-traditional media, are clearly making an impact within the conversation of Contemporary Art.  Their work unapologetically embraces the sensory aspects of fiber, and defies any attempt to diminish the work as craft.”

The works in the exhibition are courtesy of several prominent private collections, browngrotta arts, Eric Firestone Gallery, Forum Gallery, Susan Inglett Gallery, Nohra Haime Gallery and Pierogi Gallery, NYC. 

The exhibition is aligned with the Westport Arts Center’s annual gala, taking place on May 19. 2018 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club.  The 2018 Gala, Hall of Femme, will highlight and celebrate legendary women in art.  Tickets for the gala are available by calling 203/222-7070 or visiting westportartscenter.org/gala

The High School Student Art exhibition, featuring selected works by high school students in the region, will be on view simultaneous with Handmade: Women Reshaping Contemporary Art.  

The Arts Center will announce integrated programming at a later date. To learn more about the upcoming exhibition and supporting events, please visit westportartscenter.org or call 203/222-7070. 

About Elizabeth Gorayeb

Elizabeth Gorayeb is Executive Director of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc., a non-profit art historical research foundation based in New York.  For nearly two decades, Elizabeth has specialized in art historical research on the provenance and attribution of works of art. As the senior vice president and senior specialist in the Impressionist and Modern Art department at Sotheby’s and as director of research, Elizabeth led provenance research and restitution projects in London, Paris, and New York. 

Elizabeth’s research has facilitated the reattribution of major works of art, including an important sculpture by Gauguin, and led to the rediscovery of a painting by Venezuelan artist Arturo Michelena lost for 70 years. Elizabeth has lectured internationally about attribution and provenance research, including presentations at the Columbia Law School, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires; Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal; and National Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Elizabeth is a graduate of Wellesley College and New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.

About the Westport Arts Center

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

The Westport Arts Center receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Anthropologie & Co.; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Bernstein Private Wealth Management; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County's Community Foundation; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; First County Bank Foundation; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; Hotel Zero Degrees; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover/Jaguar of Fairfield; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Serena & Lily; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Steven Mancini Salon; Success Printing & Mailing; Teich Gardens; Tito's Handmade Vodka; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Westport Resources, a division of United Capital; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group. The Westport Arts Center operates with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information:

Contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or www.westportartscenter.org.  The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

kerry@ducey.org (Leslie LaSala) Events Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:24:36 -0400