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Monday, June 08, 2009

“When I Go Into a Library, I Feel a Sense of Wonder”

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Adam Gopnik thanks today’s Westport Public Library “Booked for the Evening” gala audience for honoring him with the 11th annual Westport Public Library Award. The award honors a person whose work reflects the purpose of the library-–to nurture the love of learning and to enhance understanding of the world. “When I go into a library, I feel a sense of wonder,” said Gopnik. “Knowledge is available to anyone who wants it.” Previous honorees included Tom Brokaw, E.L. Doctorow, Calvin Trillin, Wendy Wasserstein, Pete Hamill, Martin Scorsese, Arthur Mitchell, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Halberstam, and Oscar Hijuelos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Fifth Graders Create “Backyard Circus” to Benefit Charities

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Ben Goldstein (c, foreground), 10, of Westport, acting as circus master, and 20 fellow fifth graders at Green’s Farms Elementary School performed in “The Kids’ Backyard Circus” today before family, friends, teachers and neighbors at his Green’s Farms home. The youngsters dreamed up the idea of creating from scratch an old fashioned circus to benefit charities and worked for three months on acts ranging from clown skits, daring skateboard feats, animal acts, and song and dance routines to stand-up comedy, magic acts and more.Their $600 take will be split between Autism Speaks and The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. In addition to Ben, other participants included Reece Schachne, Brendan Armstrong, Max Hammer, Kate Lesch, Emma Broadbent, Philip Cadoux, Mackenzie Lavoie, Luke Montgomery, Sophia Henckels, Nick Ribolla, James Rubidge, Ellie Schley, Zach Arvanitis, Cole Bruno, Christina Baker, Kion Bruno, Aiden Bruno, Josh Karol, Jordan Goodness, and Thomas McGrade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Seniors Enjoy Classical Music at Tea Time

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The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities today offered a “Classical Music at Tea Time” concert featuring the talented group of 11 musicians called, “The Cumulus Ensemble.”  They entertained in two groups of either five or six musicians playing woodwind instruments. In keeping with the theme, tea and cookies were served to all the guests. Almost 200 attended the concert at the Senior Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Moonrise Over Compo

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A view of the near-full moon rise over Westport’s Compo Beach on Satuday.  Tonight, more of the same as the full moon rises at about 8:48 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Toni Simonetti for WestportNow.com

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Picture Perfect Day

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The view across Westport’s Compo Mill Cove on Saturday on a picture perfect day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Martha Nachman for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, June 7, 2009


11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Sunday Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre, “Don’t Drink the Water”
2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Classical Music at Teatime: The Cumulus Ensemble
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Children” open caption
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Booked for the Evening 2009: Adam Gopnik, “Angels and Ages”

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Shanghai Quartet Performs Under Arts Center Auspices

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Beautiful music flowed from the strings of the world renowned Shanghai Quartet tonight performing under the auspices of the Westport Arts Center with the sponsorship of Howard Aibel and Abe and Elsa Nad. To help celebrate the musical legacy of Heida Hermanns, the distinguished group of musicians performed string quartets by Hayden, Debussy and a very contemporary work by Penderecki. The event took place at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Getting in the Mood for a Garden Tour

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Guests at a Westport Historical Society reception tonight browsed through flowers and plants to get in the mood for the Society’s 18th annual Hidden Gardens Tour set for Sunday, June 14. The tour offers visitors a unique opportunity to visit six special gardens, each with a distinctive and unique beauty, varying from stately terraces to waterfront tranquility to an astonishing Victorian array of orchards and gardens.  Also featured on Sunday is a Garden Marketplace on the grounds of the Historical Society, 25 Avery Place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Historical Society Hosts Pre-Garden Tour Event

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The Westport Historical Society tonight kicked off its annual Hidden Gardens Tour event set for Sunday, June 14 with a “Toast the Tour with Good Wines for Lean Times” pre-tour event at a private home on Prospect Road. Guests enjoyed a variety of food and wines and listened to a trio of local high school musicians. The Garden Tour, with a Garden Marketplace on the grounds of the Society, begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Off to the Prom

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Seventeen couples heading off to the Westport Staples High School senior prom tonight in Greenwich paused for a group photo on the Harbor Road Bridge in the Saugatuck Shores area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Heli Stagg for WestgportNow.com

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Guys Ready for Their Dolls

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Staples seniors off to tonight’s prom included (l-r) Brian Mueller, Marshall Mayer, Eric Stefenson, Nathan Mittelman, Hayden Meinero, Zachary Steinman, and Ali Riegler. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jeffrey Mayer for WestportNow.com

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Firefighters Quickly Douse Fire in Attic

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Westport firefighters early today quickly extinguished a small fire in a bathroom ventilation fan in the attic of a home at 269 Sturges Highway. The occupants were alerted by a smoke detector that sent an alarm signal that dispatched firefighters to the residence. On arrival, they saw smoke coming from the gable end vents in the attic. A thermal imaging camera helped track down the source of the fire that had spread to some insulation and PVC piping (inset) that discharged to the roof, said Assistant Chief William Dingee. He reminded residents to install smoke detectors on every level of their house and check them on a regular basis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photos

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Westport Color

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Rhododendron blossoms are pictured on Westport’s Sturges Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U.Miller for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, June 6, 2009


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Earthplace - “Explore the Stream” workshop (grades 3-6)
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters & Crafts (ages 3-10)
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Children”
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Toast the Tour with Good Wines for Lean Times” kickoff party
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Goot w/ Floral Terrace, The In Crowd, Colour Academy and Cameron Walker
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre, “Don’t Drink the Water”
8 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Westport Arts Center presents “Shanghai Quartet”

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Saugatuck River Photos Draw Crowd

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More than 120 people braved inclement weather conditions tonight to enjoy the opening reception at the Westport Public Library for the exhibit of photographs by Tom Kretsch (l) featuring the many aspects of the Saugatuck River. Introduced by artist Howard Munce (c, leaning on book case,), Kretsch explained how he started photographing the river in response to a friend’s magazine spread proposal. The magazine article never materialized, but Kretsch’s interest in the Saugatuck was aroused and he began to explore the ever-changing river under various light conditions throughout the seasons of the year. The result is the photo display which runs through July. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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