Saturday, October 08, 2016
A stone ice house at 1 Red Coat Road is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Albert and Sandra Cordts, owners of the structure, known as the Stone Ice House, circa 1858-1867, “probably built by Frederick H. Nash” and used for storage of ice harvested at Nash’s Pond. The HDC cited the owners “for maintaining and valuing the structure as one of only three known ice houses to have survived in Westport.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 07, 2016
The Westport Historical Society tonight hosted a reception marking the opening of its exhibit “Art to the Max” featuring original art that graced the windows of the now shuttered Max’s Art Supplies from 1975 to 2014. Curators were Westport artists Nina Bentley (c) and Miggs Burroughs (r) who posed with Max’s owner Shirley Mellor. A portrait of her late husband, Max Kaplan, is at right. The sign is the original from the store, which closed in 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A large crowd tonight attended a Westport Historical Society reception marking the opening of “Art to the Max” featuring art that appeared in th windows of Max’s Art Supplies from 1975 to its closing in 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from tonight’s Westport Historical Society opening reception of “Art to the Max” featuring art displayed in the windows of Max’s Art Supplies from 1975 to 2014, when the Post Road East business closed. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A house at 151 Easton Road is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Jennifer O’Reilly, owner of the house. known as the Goodsell-Grumman Toll House, circa 1760. The HDC cited the owner “for her preservation efforts and her sensitivity to the historic significance of the house by making improvements and using materials that enhance the character and style of the original house.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 06, 2016
A house at 33 Meeker Road, off Sturges Highway, is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Scott Rochlin, owner of the house, known as the Meeker House, circa 1800. The HDC cited him for his rehabilitation efforts and special permit application as an alternative to its demolition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) today hosted a workshop with 27 representatives from 20 Westport-based arts organizations to discuss enhancements that further elevate Westport’s image as a thriving and welcoming community for the arts. Nancy Diamond, WAAC co-chair, said the gathering, facilitated by a professional who assists artists and nonprofit organizations, emphasized sharing space needs, resources and expanding the scope of collaborative projects. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
At a Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) workshop today at the Westport Library, (l-r) WAAC co-chairs Richard Epstein and Nancy Diamond conferred with Bill Harmer, library executive director. Representatives from 20 Westport-based arts organizations discussed ways to enhance Westport’s image as a thriving and welcoming community for the arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE The initial reviews are in on the first episode of “American Housewife,” the ABC TV sitcom set in Westport which debuts on Tuesday, and they are generally favorable. Later reviews were not so positive, however.
Initially titled “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport,” the comedy series stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, described as “a confident, unapologetic housewife and mother of three,” who raises her flawed family in Westport full of “perfect mommies” and their “perfect offspring.”
The Boston Globe’s Matthew Gilbert said: “Mixon is great, and she’ll keep me interested. But her voice-over is excessive and her weight obsession is overcooked.”
The Washington Post’s Hank Stuever said: “’American Housewife’ is at its best during scenes of Katie’s daily life with her nerdy husband, Greg (Diedrich Bader), who happens to adore her plus-size figure, and her three children, who prove once more that ABC (with its Disneyfied intuition about such things) has a remarkable knack for casting snarky sitcom kids.”
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
The Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) today announced the winners of its 2016 Historic Preservation Awards.
The awards will be presented by First Selectman Jim Marpe, HDC Chair Francis Henkels, and members of the HDC at a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Town the Hall Auditorium.
Following is a list of the nine recipients and an HDC narrative explaining why these properties were selected.
25 Cavalry Road (Preservation)
Alva Finch House, c. 1837
Deborah and Kevin Dorsey
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
I’m incredibly conflicted about “The Birth of a Nation.” Writer/director/actor Nate Parker has created a searing, powerful Civil War drama, revolving around an 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.
Set on cotton plantations in Southampton County, Virginia, it reveals that, as a child, Nat (Tony Espinosa) was recognized by an African tribal shaman as a potential prophet/leader. And he’s encouraged to read the Bible by his master’s wife (Penelope Ann Miller).
Years later, Nat (Nate Parker) becomes a Baptist preacher. Amid rumors of insurrection, he’s rented out by his alcoholic owner (Armie Hammer), travelling to neighboring plantations to spread his gospel of subservience and peace.
That’s before brutal acts of traumatic violence turn soulful Nat into a mythic crusader, experiencing intense religious visions and viewing a solar eclipse as a sign from God to lead a ferociously bloody uprising that claimed 60 white families and led to the slaughter of 200 blacks in retaliation.
Reader Bill Hart submitted this photo with the note: “I was sitting this afternoon in Starbucks on the Parker Harding Plaza and thought this view could well be titled ‘Edward Hopper visits Westport.’” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Hart for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
The cast of the Westport Country Playhouse production of the reimagined version of Lerner & Loewe’s “Camelot” rehearses for tonight’s first preview at the Westport Country Playhouse. Directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, the classic musical features Tony Award-winner Robert Sean Leonard as King Arthur, Britney Coleman as Guinevere and Stephen Mark Lukas as Lancelot. Opening night is Saturday and it runs through Oct. 30. Pictured is Coleman with members of the cast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, October 03, 2016
For almost six decades, a tiny store on Westport’s Post Road East was at the center of the town’s arts community.
First as Fine Arts Stationers beginning in 1956 and later as Max’s Art Supplies, owner Max Kaplan doled out not only paints and pastels but camaraderie and commiseration.
Shuttered in 2014, the store is making a comeback beginning Friday with an exhibit at the Westport Historical Society called “Art to the Max.”
It features original art that graced Max’s windows from 1975-2014, including hand-drawn calendars by longtime Max’s employee Nina Royce.
Saturday, October 01, 2016
About 100 cars and their passengers tonight enjoyed the 1984 movie “Ghostbusters” drive-in style at Compo Beach, courtesy of the Westport Cinema Imitative (WCI) and Homes With Hope. Among them were members of the Gusick family and their friends. Sandy Lefkowitz, WCI executive director, said the evening was a success thanks to those who attended, the Parks and Recreation Department, and Joey’s By the Shore, which supplied the popcorn. “The one sad note was some young person dropped a stuffed elephant in the parking lot and the elephant is waiting to be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Designed so that Westport’s restaurants can showcase their fare at customer friendly prices, Restaurant Week (actually two weeks) opens Sunday and runs through Oct. 16.
This year 25 eateries are participating, offering fixed price meals and cocktails “to suit any foodie’s interest and pocketbook,” says Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s all part of the continuing ‘Eat Local’ campaign to promote area restaurants, which began two weeks ago with the Slice of Saugatuck,” Mandell said.
“Our restaurants have embraced this event wholeheartedly, making it very robust,” he added about the participating moderate, family style to high end establishments. “People will need the two weeks.”
Friday, September 30, 2016
Boca Restaurant & Bar, 43 Main St., will officially open on Monday, according to Chef Luis Arias (above). The wide ranging menu of Italy, Spain and France cuisine includes tapas, salads, pizza, pasta, burgers, paella, seafood, chicken and meat plates. The new establishment is located in the space formerly occupied by Acqua Ristorante Mediterraneo for 20 years. Owned by East Norwalk resident Revision Bonfim, the daily hours are 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. -10:30 p.m. for dinner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, September 29, 2016
At a reception tonight, Westporters Martha and Larry Aasen look at a dispay of some of Larry’s poliircal memorabilia, which has gone on display in the Riverwalk display cases on the ground level near the McManus Room. The collection is called “Remember to Vote November 8” and will remain on display through Nov. 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
When an explosion on April 10, 2010, ignited the “Deepwater Horizon” oil rig, the blowout lasted 87 days, leaking 4.9 million gallons into the Gulf, resulting in the worst ecological disaster in American history.
Told through the perspective of Chief Electronics Technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg), it begins as he bids goodbye to his wife (Kate Hudson) and young daughter, hoping to snag a ‘dinosaur bone’ for her to show to her class in school.
Preparing to be transported to the enormous rig, just off the Louisiana coast, he greets co-worker Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) and reports for duty to Captain “Mr. Jimmy” Harrell (Kurt Russell), who, ironically, is presented with a workplace Safety Award, just before the “well from hell” bursts.
Conversing in terse, indecipherable, technical jargon, it’s obvious that certain “negative pressure tests,” along with other maintenance procedures, were not properly performed because of monetary pressure.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers Market tonight announced the winners of the second annual Young Shoots student digital photography competition at a gallery-like reception at Sugar & Olives Restaurant, Norwalk. The competition, jointly sponsored by the two Westport nonprofits, was designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity through the digital photography medium, and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the market.The winners included Claire Langdon (c), first place for “Fungal Forrest,” ages 15-18, and Emma Langdon (r), fan favorite, “Untitled,” for ages 11-14. At left is mom, Lori Langdon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
Monday, September 26, 2016
Fernando Scarpati, Positano Ristorante chef/co-owner, checks out the site of a fire in a dining room wall, which closed the restaurant Sunday night. He said Positano is now open and operating on regular hours. He said the hot stove on the opposite side of the wall built up heat to a point that it ignited a portion of the wall. “Fortunately, the construction of the wall had a fire-stopper panel that stopped the progress of the fire,” Scarpati said. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Westport photographer Larry Silver today addresses a reception at the New York Historical Society where his exhibit “Photographs by Larry Silver, 1949-1955,” opened July 1. The exhibit showcasing 45 photos of post-war New York City life by the Bronx-born photographer runs until Dec. 4. The Society is at 170 Central Park West (77th Street). Silver is a 43-year resident of Westport and a recipient of the Westport Arts Achievement Award in the Visual Arts in 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
Westport photographer Larry Silver (c) embraces his friends Gloria and Howard Paul of Nyack, N.Y. today while posing for a photograph in front of his own photographic work. Silver photographed the couple at her grandmothers house in Bronx N.Y. on their way to the prom in 1955. A reception to celebrate “Photographs by Larry Silver 1949-1955” was held at the New York Historical Society 170 Central Park West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Westport’s Rothbard Ale + Larder European Gastropub celebrated Oktoberfest today in the alley and front of the Old Town Hall at 90 Post Road East. The festivities continue until 11 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Students at the Suzuki Music School of Westport perform today at the official opening of the school’s new 7,000 square feet location at 246 Post Road East in the Colonial Green complex, former home of the Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage (MTC). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Cutting the symbolic ribbon today at the new home of the Suzuki Music School of Westport were (l-r) Sheila Ward, school board member; Sarah Smale, assistant director; Amadeo Rodriguez, board chairman; First Selectman Jim Marpe, and Andrew Smith, director, Suzuki Music Schools. Marpe said today’s performance by the young musicians reminded him of his younger days when he performed on the clarinet. “It gives me much pleasure to see so many youths skillfully playing the violin and developing the very important music discipline at an early age,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, September 22, 2016
By James Lomuscio
Westporter Mike Krysiuk could be describing an event in real time when he recounts being in a sportscar doing 100 mph and driven by his friend drunk at the wheel.
“My friend and I were coming out from New York, coming down Route 123 in New Canaan,” he recalled about the incident 42 years ago. “We went across the line to buy some beer in Vista, N.Y.”
It was Sunday, Jan. 31, 1974, a time when Connecticut Blue Laws prohibited alcohol sales on Sunday. Kyrsiuk says both he and his friend Ted Reynolds were drunk.
“It was a two-seater Triumph GT6,” Krysiuk said. “He tried to downshift. The gears locked, the brakes locked, and we went skidding and heading head for a pile of dirt and a big black shadow next to the pile of dirt.
Chef Brian Lewis of Westport’s The Cottage restaurant, widely praised by reviewers, announced today he is expanding it by adding space next door.
An announcement said work began this week on adding 800-square feet to his existing 1,500-square feet in at 256 Post Road East in Colonial Green. The site was formerly Le Farm Restaurant.
“I could not be more grateful for the love and support the Town of Westport and all of Fairfield County and beyond has given to us since we opened nearly a year ago,” said Lewis in the announcement.
“While we have big plans for this additional space, our number one priority is to continue to offer the same comfortable atmosphere, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality that we are proud to be known for.”
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
“Bridget Jones’s Baby,” the long-awaited third installment, begins as charmingly awkward, accident-prone Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is celebrating her 43rd birthday – alone, once again – with Celine Dion’s “All By Myself.”
A funeral flashback reveals that Bridget’s caddish boss, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), has died and her longtime lover, successful barrister Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), is married to a woman named Camilla.
Bridget is a successful TV news show producer and her best friend, anchorwoman Miranda (Sarah Solemani), has concocted a plan to launch her back into the dating world during a weekend at the Glastonbury Music Festival.
That’s where American billionaire Jack Quant (Patrick Dempsey) gallantly pulls her out of a mud puddle. He’s CEO of an online dating website. Later that night, he and Bridget hook up in his ornate yurt.