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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Levitt Closes Out Season

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Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados closed out the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts season tonight with a large crowd in attendance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Large Crowd for Levitt Season Ender

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There were clear skies and temperatures in the upper 70s tonight as the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts closed out its season with Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Medal Winner at Junior Rowing Championships

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Westporter Harrison Burke, 16, (2nd l) was among members of the U.S. Junior National Team who won a bronze medal today at the world rowing championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Two other Westport teens were also medal winners. Kelsey McGinley and her crew won bronze in the junior women’s 4- event while her sister, Grace, placed fifth in the junior’s 8+ event. All three have trained at Saugatuck Rowing Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Sisters Rowing Standouts

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Westporter Kelsey McGinley, 15, (l), who will be a junior at Staples High School this fall, and her crew won bronze in the junior women’s 4- event today at the world rowing championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Her sister, Grace McGinley, 17, who wil be a Staples senior this fall, and her junior women’s 8+ placed fifth, after successfully battling to earn a spot in the A final. Also winning bronze today in the junior men’s 4+ event was Harrison Burke, 16, also a junior at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, August 28, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Kowalsky Brothers. (1141 Post Road East) - Staples High School Varsity Cheerleaders Car Wash
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
3 p.m. - Fairfield County Hunt Club (174 Long Lots Road) - Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup final (gates open at noon, free to public)
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Chris Berardo & The Desberardos w/ Andy Aledort (final concert of season)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Curtain Call for ‘What the Butler Saw’

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An almost sold-out crowd tonight attended the opening night performance of “What the Butler Saw,” a British farce by playwright Joe Orton who died in 1967 at age 34. The show premièred in London in 1969. The play’s director John Tillinger said tonight, “What a pity Joe never got to see the success of this extraordinary play.”  Tillinger said he directed productions of the play four times over three decades, Manhattan Theatre Cub in 1989, London’ Wyndham Theatre in 1991, in Los Angeles in 2014 and this year in Westport. Pictured (l-r)  Julian Gamble, Patricia Kalember, Robert Stanton, Paxton Whitehead, Sarah Manton and Chris Ghaffari. Kalember is a Weston resident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying Post-Performance Reception

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Enjoying a post-performance reception tonight following the opening night of “What the Butler Saw” at the Westport Country Playhouse were (l-r) Paxton Whitehead, director John Tillinger, Chris Ghaffari, Julian Gamble, Robert Stanton, Patricia Kalember and Sarah Manton The Londion Sunday Telegraph said of the play by playwright Joe Orton: “(It) will live to be accepted as a comedy classic of English literature.” CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Final Saturday Night at Levitt

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Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band entertained tonight at the Levitt Pavilion in the final Saturday night concert of the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Headlining at the Levitt

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Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band headlined at the Levitt Pavilion tonight. Sharrard is widely known as the lead guitarist and musical director of the Gregg Allman Band. A prolific songwriter and talented singer, he has also released several soul-influenced albums of his own including three with his first band, The Chesterfields, followed by three solo albums and, most recently, the eponymous release by his current band in 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Saturday Night at the Levitt

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The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts presented Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band tonight in its final Saturdy night concert of the season. The Levitt closes out the season Sunday at 7 p.m. with Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Letter: Unhappy With Sound Levels at Levitt

To the Editor:

Growing up in Westport, we took vacations with Mortimer Levitt and his family.  He was an honorable and gracious man who loved Westport, hence his gift of the music pavilion.

Unfortunately, his dream has failed to manifest, particularly since the redesign, the way he’d envisioned. And Mortimer would roll over in his grave of he were a half mile away as I am tonight.

Families have had to check into hotels because they couldn’t get their kids to bed. When I along with two others who reside in downtown Westport met with the first selectman, chief of police, the man who runs the soundboard at the Levitt, and the two women who administer the Levitt, they promised to monitor the noise level. We told them all that story of families faced with an untenable situation.

The administrators said they’d not yet acquired the decibel monitor, and I shared with them an app on my phone which does just that. This summer new guidelines were instituted. Supposedly. Those guidelines and monitoring should have happened from the day the Levitt opened.

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Hunt Club Hosts Polo Match Sunday

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The Fairfield County Hunt Club, 174 Long Lots Road, hosts the Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup final Sunday at 3 p.m. Gates open at noon for the event, which is free and open to the public. The match has become an end-of-summer tradition for many families. In addition, there is a tailgate and ladies’ hat competition. Gold’s Dragoons was raised in Fairfield in 1660 as a British colonial militia unit to fight the Dutch and Pequots. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

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Staples Cheerleaders Hold Car Wash

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The Staples High School Varsity Cheerleaders today began a two-day car wash at Kowalsky Brothers, 1141 Post Road East from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the first customers was First Selectman Jim Marpe. Pictured (l-r) Sophie Tricarico, Julia Ethier, Grace Miller, Marpe, his Bernese Mountain dog Olivia, and Annsley Martin. The cheerleaders hope to raise $20,000 to support their program through the car wash and other fundraising efforts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saugatuck Shores Sunset

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Friday night’s sunset as seen from Weatport’s Saugatuck Shores area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penn Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, August 27, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Gaming Saturdays in the Great Hall
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Kowalski Bros. (1141 Post Road East) - Staples High School Varsity Cheerleaders Car Wash
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport Artists’ Collective 8th Pop Up Show
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
11 a.m. 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Curio Cottage sale (extended, last day)
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Themed Crafts for All Ages
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Scott Sharrad & the Brickyard Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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