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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Taking a Break

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Some visitors to today’s second and final day of the Westport Fine Arts Festival took a break on steps above the Saugatuck River at Parker-Harding Plaza.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Looking Good for Tonight’s Grand Opening

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All was ready today at the new Wetport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts for tonight’s grand opening and concert by Jose Feliciano. Gates open to ticket holders at 5 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Flags Aflutter at New Levitt

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The American and Town of Westport flags flew above the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts today in readiness for tonight’s grand opening. The new Levitt features a state of the art sound system, performer dressing rooms, indoor rest rooms, and a concession stand.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Point to Point Winner

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Jonathon Blansfield, 17, of Westport finishes first today in the 36th annual Westport Weston Family Y Point to Point swim race at Compo Beach. Blansfield, who completed the one-mile, open water course in 17:07, won the competition for the second consecutive year. A 2014 graduate of Staples High School, he will attend Northwestern University in the fall. According to Nicole Turecheck, Family Y aquatics director, 105 participants registered for today’s event. Ages ranged from 10 to 76. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winning Duo

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Jonathon Blansfield, 17, and Danielle Honrath, 29, were the male and female first place finishers in the 36th annual Point to Point swim race at Compo Beach today. Blansfield, a 2014 Staples High School graduate, finished in 17:07. Honrath, whose time was 18:40, said it is the fourth time she competed in the Point to Point and just on Saturday earned a first place finish in a one-mile swim in Greenwich. Formerly of Monroe and now residing in New York, Honrath is an advertising account director for Young & Rubicam. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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View from Above: Point to Point Swim


Aerial view of today’s Point to Point swim competition at Westport’s Compo Beach. Contributed video

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Everyone Into the Water

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Swimmers set out today in the 36th annual Point to Point swim at Westport’s Compo Beach sponsored by the Westport Weston Family Y. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Swimming Compo Waters in 36th Annual Event


Scenes from today’s 36th annual Point to Point swim at Compo Beach. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Morning Compo Worship Service

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The Rev. Ed Horne of the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston was among clergy today leading the sixth Sunday after Pentecost service at the cannons at Compo Beach. Other churches participating in the community service included the Congregational Church of Green’s Farms, the Norfield Congregational Church of Weston, the Saugatuck Congregational Church, and the Wilton Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  July 20, 2014


7 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Weston Family Y’s 36th Annual Point-to-Point Compo Beach Swim
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - BOOKstravaganza: The Annual Gigantic Summer Book Sale
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Parker Harding Plaza & Gorham Island - 41st Annual Westport Fine Arts Festival
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Saugatuck Sweets (575 Riverside Ave.) - Westport Animal Shelter Associates (WASA) Fundraiser
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Opening: José Feliciano (sold out) (ribbon cutting 6 p.m., gates open 5 p.m.)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Curtain Call for Playhouse’s ‘Nora’

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The cast of “Nora” at the Westport Country Playhouse tonight takes a bow after the opening night performance. They are (l-r)  Shawn Fagan, LeRoy McClain, Liv Rooth, Lucas Hall, and Stephanie Janssen. “Nora,” Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” is a story of love, blackmail, and the little lies people tell. It was translated into the English language by Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone Marker and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. It runs through Aug.2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Proud Moment

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Actors Liv Rooth and Lucas Hall acknowledge the standing ovation tonight of the opening night audience for “Nora” at the Westport Country Playhouse. Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” runs through Aug. 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Post-Performance Fun

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David Kennedy (c), Westport Country Playhouse associate artistic director and director of “Nora,” gets together with Liv Rooth (l), who played the title role, and Stephanie Janssen, who portrayed Mrs. Linde, following tonight’s opening night performance.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Celebrating

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David Kennedy (l), Westport Country Playhouse associate artistic director and director of “Nora,” celebrates with the cast following tonight’s opening nigh performance. They are (l-r) LeRoy McClain, Liv Rooth, Shawn Fagan, Stephanie Janssen and Lucas Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Rushing to Finish Levitt Before Sunday’s Opening

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There was a rush of last minute work today at the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts to get it ready for Sunday’s grand opening. The Sunday event will include a 6 p.m. ribbon cutting and 7 p.m. performance by guitarist Jose Feliciano. The concert is free but all tickets have been distributed, according to organizers, and no one will be admitted without a ticket. Guests will be allowed in beginning at 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Terrace View

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A view of the new Levitt Pavilion stage from the terrace of the new facility, which opens Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Checking Out the Sound

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Technicians today finish work on the sound booth for the new Levitt Pavilion opening Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Readying for Sunday Debut


Scenes at the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts as workers rushed to get it ready for Sunday’s opening. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Downtown Art Show Draws Thousands

By James Lomuscio

With food vendors, musicians and 135 artists showcasing their work in 144 booths in Parker-Harding Plaza and Gorham Island, downtown Westport today took on the air of a riverfront summer festival as more than 4,250 persons attended the 41st annual Westport Fine Arts Festival.

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Thousands of visitors who brought along hundreds of dogs filled Westport’s downtown today for the Westport fine Arts Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

The Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA)-sponsored, free event ran from 10 am. to 6 pm.  and resumes Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Promoters are optimistic for a similar turnout.

“I think this is fantastic,” said Lee Papageorge, owner of Oscar’s Deli, who was busy selling hot dogs from a cart.

In addition to hawking hot dogs, Papageorge also was focused on other kinds of dogs, counting the number of art lovers who brought four-legged friends to the event.

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Art Along the River

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Thousands of visitors today attended the Westport Downtown Merchants Association 41st Annual Fine Arts Festival. The festival continues Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The weather is forecast to be even nicer on Sunday, a nice change of pace from the July scorcher weather of past festivals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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A Perfect Day for Viewing Art

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Despite being overcast, the weather was great today for the Westport Downtown Merchants Association Fine Arts Festival taking place this weekend at Parker-Harding Plaza and Gorham Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Fine Day for a Fine Arts Festival


Scenes from today’s 41st annual Westport Fine Arts Festival sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. The festival resumes Sunday 10 a.m . to 5 p.m. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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What Kind of Dog are You?

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An Italian greyhound appears taken aback today when viewing artwork at the 41st annual Westport Fine Arts Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Buying by the Box

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Early birds at today’s Westport Library annual summer book sale, were book dealers who scooped up their findings into boxes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Running of the Books

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At 9 a.m. today, guests were allowed inside the annual Westport Library summer book sale. Drew Griffin, a librarian from Cambridge, Mass., was first through the “gate.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Book Sale Under Way


Scenes from today’s Westport Library annual summer book sale. It continues through mid-day Tuesday. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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First in Line

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Drew Griffin of Cambridge, Mass. was first in line today for the Westport Library annual summer book sale. It is his fourth consecutive year coming to the sale.  “I’ve been in line since last night,” he said. “I hope that did not break any ordinances.”  Griffin said he works in the circulation and collections department of the Cambridge (Mass.) Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting Instructions

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Mimi Greenlee, head of the Westport Library annual summer book sale, gives instructions to visitors lined up for today’s 9 a..m. opening of the sale, which continues through Tuesday. She told visitors that the sale this year was dedicated to Shirley Lane, a Westport Library longtime book sale volunteer, who died Sunday at age 96.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Scull and Gull

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A gull takes in the scene on the Saugatuck River near Longshore Club Park as a rowing crew passes in the background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  July 19, 2014


9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - BOOKstravaganza: The Annual Gigantic Summer Book Sale
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Parker Harding Plaza & Gorham Island - 41st Annual Westport Fine Arts Festival
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Westport Summer Teen Theatre: “The Wizard of Oz”
2 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Winslow Park - Westport Dog Day Afternoon
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora” (opening night)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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