Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Crowds watched First Night fireworks tonight from the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center to celebrate the New Year. It was the 21st annual First Night event in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A portion of tonight’s First Night Westport Weston fireworks on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center which ended festivities welcoming 2015. WestportNow.com video
Scenes from tonight’s 21st annual First Night Westport Weston. Dave Matlow, Larry Untermeyer, Bob Eckman, and J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos
A horse-drawn carriage makes its way down Westport’s Main Street tonight as First Night celebrants enjoyed a variety of New Year’s Eve activities for the 21st consecutive year. CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Despite the 25-degree temperatures, crowds lined up tonight outside the shuttered Westport Weston Family Y for a chance to take a carriage ride around town as part of First Night activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westporter Mark Naftalin, keyboardist with the1960s blues favorites Paul Butterfield Blues Band named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two weeks ago, acknowledges applause tonight from a First Night audience at the Westport Historical Society. He and other band members will be inducted on April 18 when the induction ceremonies return to the Hall’s home of Cleveland. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Willow Polaz, 3, of Stratford dances to the music of Washboard Slims and the Blue Lights at Saugatuck Elementary School tonight as part of First Night activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Leo Southam 9, (l) and brother Jasper, 8, of Shelton show off a caricature done by artist Mike Valentine of Bridgeport tonight as part of First Night activities at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Delphine Nixon, 2 1/2, of Hollywood, Fla., who is visiting family in Westport, enjoys dancing tonight to the music of Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys as part of the First Night activities at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Among those preparing today for Westport’s First Night was Fairfield resident Jeffrey Pressler, owner of J&D Kettled Corn. He said it was his ninth successive First Night selling his wares on Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Jackson has been adopted. He is calm and sweet and his foster mom loves him. She was so impressed by his manners when arriving at their home. Jackson is one year old, about 35 lbs and was adopted from the same shelter he was just dumped at (most likely because he isn’t a puppy anymore). He literally comes up to hug you and sits and gives his paw. Jackson will make the right family very happy! Jackson found a home with the help of Little Black Dog Rescue.
Emmy Award-winning actor Edward Herrmann, shown following his Nov. 10 script in hand performance at the Westport Country Playhouse, died Wednesday in New York of brain cancer. He was 71. In the Playhouse reading of the play “Trying,” Herrmann played the role of a dying Francis Biddle, U.S. attorney general under Franklin D. Roosevelt. He is pictured with (l-r) Anne Keefe, director of the script in hand series, his wife, Star, and fellow actor Helen Cespedes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Norman has been adopted. He is spunky when he walks but a medium/low energy dog. He suffers from epilepsy which is controlled by medication taken once daily. He isn’t affected by this at all and couldn’t be a friendlier, spunkier little guy. Norman was in a bad situation here in CT and luckily we had the opportunity to remove him. He is around 4 or 5 years old, 11 pounds and is ready for adoption from Little Black Dog Rescue.
The Drolet family of Westport, Alex (l) and Robin with daughter Charlotte, 2, enjoy a meal today at Positano’s Ristorante, 233 Hillspoint Road, at Westport’s Old Mill Beach. The restaurant is closing after tonight’s New Year’s celebration and will reopen mid-February to early March adjacent to the Westport Country Playhouse in space formerly occupied by the Dressing Room. Robin Doselet said, “We’re here to celebrate Positano’s final day. My husband and I became engaged at this restaurant six years ago.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It’s the last day for Positano Ristorante at Westport’s Old Mill Beach. Closing after tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebration, the restaurant will reopen early in the year adjacent to the Westport Country Playhouse in space formerly occupied by the Dressing Room. Manager Gianni Rizzi said Positano, owned by Westchester County resident Giuseppe Scarpati, occupied its current space for 15 years and was on Post Road East, where Tengda is now, for two years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
First Night Westport Weston fun—this year is the 21st edition—begins at 3 p.m. today, with the Survivors Swing Band at the McManus Room in the Westport Library.
For the kids, a caricaturist, faceprinting and live music takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. in the TD Bank lobby, and from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at Saugatuck Elementary School, there will be an inflatable park, a ventriloquist and a magician, and more music.
For the teens, the School of Rock will offer live music at Toquet Hall starting at 7:45 p.m.
And everyone can enjoy a variety of music acts at Christ & Holy Trinity Church’s Sanctuary, Branson Hall and at Seabury Center. From 6 to 8 p.m., Blues pianist Mark Naftalin, a 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will offer his sophisticated blues at the Westport Historical Society.
The entertainment schedule for First Night. See the full program booklet here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic
Town Hall is closed; Westport post offices close at noon
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Movies for Family Holiday Breaks: “Guardians of the Galaxy”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Survivors Swing Band
4 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport venues - First Night - See full schedule here
6 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - First Night at WHS: Blues with Mark Naftalin & Barry Urich
10 p.m. - Downtown Westport over Saugatuck River - First Night Fireworks
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar