Saturday, December 31, 2005
Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge was decked out in flags of U.N. members today in honor of Westport Weston First Night. A brief morning snow squall did not deter a weekly Saturday morning demonstration by residents seeking the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Despite a brief snow squall, demonstrators favoring U.S. withdrawl from Iraq held their weekly Saturday morning event today in Westport’s center. The bridge vigil has been held every week since June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Venue #1 Westport Town Hall
“TRASHIN’ FASHION” FASHION SHOW
“Trashin’ Fashion” Fashion Show aims to provide its participants with the chance to design and create costumes out of recycled, inorganic and organic materials. It’s an opportunity to make something wonderful from those things that are left over, and usually thrown away. Creatively conceived and executed apparel will be unleashed on the exclusive Westport fashion scene. Directed by Daniel Lanzilotta and Irina Simeonova of Gibbs College http://www.gibbsnorwalk.edu assisted by Staples student Laura Berk.
Button is Your Ticket:2006 First Night buttons are required for entry to all activities. They are on sale at the venues for $15. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Graphic by Miggs Burroughs
THE KEY INGREDIENTS
Auditorium, 7-7:45, p.m. 8-8:45 p.m.
Back by overwhelming popular demand, “The Key Ingredients” consist of A.J. Gundel, Scarlett Lee Moore, Suzanne Sheridan, and EdWard Thompson. If these names sound familiar, then you are obviously a music fan who lives in Fairfield County. Individually these musicians have made solid solo careers for themselves but have come together to give their unique sound to a repertoire that includes folk, gospel, and blues music. Their powerful blending of three-part harmonies will have you yelling for more.
THE LEGENDS OF VAUDEVILLE
Auditorium, 9:15-10 p.m., 10:15-11 p.m.
A rollicking romp of a show that brings back your favorite comedy stars from the golden age of classic Vaudeville – Jimmy Durante, Al Jolson, Abbott and Costello, The Marx Brothers. http://www.legendsofvaudeville.com
A map shows the various venues for tonight’s Westport Westport First Night activities. Click here for the PDF version. Program details are available at the Westport Weston First Night Web site at http://www.firstnightww.com (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Graphic by Lighthouse Maps
3 p.m. - Various locations - Westport Weston First Night
Friday, December 30, 2005
The husband-and-wife piano duo of Cathy Waldman and Paul Levi—known as Four-Hand Band—will perform in the Westport Library’s McManus Room on Jan. 8 at 2 p.m.
The Westport duo will open their performance with Mozart’s 40th Symphony in an arrangement almost never heard in concert.
They will also perform their own original arrangements of Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Melodies and tango-inspired music by Astor Piazzolla.
Waldman has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in her own compositions throughout the U.S., Europe, Israel, and South Africa.
Fog covered Westport’s Compo Beach Thursday morning and much of the area along with unsually warm temperatures in the 40s. Colder temperatures were forecast for today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, December 29, 2005
State health department officials said today that four confirmed cases of influenza have been reported in Connecticut – two in Fairfield County.
State Public Health Commissioner J. Robert Galvin said the confirmation by the state Public Health Laboratory means that that the influenza season has officially begun in Connecticut.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Galvin urged Connecticut residents to talk to their doctor about getting a flu shot.
“If you have been waiting to get a flu shot, please don’t wait any longer — flu is here and there is still vaccine available in the state,” Rell said in a statement.
Tessa Lee, 7, had her face painted with a butterfly at a First Night preview at Balducci’s this afternoon. Children could have their faces painted, receive balloon scupltures and sing karoke while parents could purchase their buttons for Saturday’s New Year’s Eve event. First Night buttons can be bought for $15 Saturday night, and the event starts at 3 p.m. at various downtown venues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Westport-Weston First Night Executive Director Rozanne Gates got into the spirit of the event at Balducci’s this afternoon while she sold buttons for Saturday’s First Night. Balducci’s hosted a preview of Saturday’s event. Buttons are $15 each and can be bought Saturday. First Night starts at 3 p.m. at various downtown venues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Dar Williams: accomplished singer and songwriter. Contributed photoDar Williams, a singing and songwriting force on the New England folk scene, will be on stage at the Westport Country Playhouse on Jan. 7.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. and is part of the “Arts in the House” series co-presented by the Westport Country Playhouse and the Westport Arts Center.
Opening act is Freedy Johnston, a folk/rock singer-songwriter.
Dar Williams is an idiosyncratic songwriter who writes folk songs from a unique, often insightful perspective. Her songwriting and performing style have been compared to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.
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