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Monday, June 27, 2005

Dance Time

Young and old enjoyed dancing tonght at the opening of Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com


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Large Crowd Attends Levitt Opening

Opening night tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion drew hundreds of spectators for the first of more than 50 free nights of summer entertainment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com


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Caribbean Comes to Westport

Westport’s Levitt Pavilion debut tonight featured Dynasty’s Carribean Fiesta. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dan Aron for WestportNow.com


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Face Painting at the Levitt

Tonight’s opening of Westport’s Levitt Pavilion included face painting for kids. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dan Aron for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Westport Gifts Artwork to the United Nations

Westport artist Linda Merk-Gould presented a painting today to representatives of the United Nations on behalf of the town at a ceremony welcoming guests to Westport’s 40th annual jUNe Day. The painting, “Waterfall,” will become part of the U.N. Permanent Collection. Pictured (l-r) are: Ambassador Joseph V. Reed, U.N. Under Secretary General; Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (who is on crutches following recent foot surgery); Rachel N. Mayanja, U.N. Assistant-Secretary General; Linda Merk-Gould, and Westport resident Aye Aye Thant, president of the U Thant Institute and daughter of former U.N. Secretary General U Thant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo


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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Annual Fairfield County Hunt Club Horse Show Underway

The annual June Benefit Horse Show got underway Wednesday at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. It will continue through Saturday when the final silver trophies will be awarded. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Playhouse Author’s Dramatic History

Richard Somerset-Ward, author of"An American Theatre: The Story of Westport Country Playhouse, 1931-2005 “spoke at the Westport Public Library Wednesday night where he showed slides and choreographed the history of what he termed “a gem of a theater.” Here he was greeted by Laura Feder, chairman of the Authors at the Library Committee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Westport Playhouse Names Tazewell Thompson Artistic Director

Tazewell Thompson: named Playhouse artistic director. Contributed photo
The Westport Country Playhouse tonight announced the appointment of Tazewell Thompson, stage and opera director and playwright, as its artistic director.

An announcement following a meeting of the Playhouse board said his appointment, which first leaked to the press Friday, would be effective Jan. 1, subject to contract execution.  (See WestportNow June 17, 2005)

Thompson succeeds actor and director Joanne Woodward who became the Playhouse’s artistic leader in 2000. Woodward will continue as artistic director through the end of this year, when she assumes the role of artistic director emeritus.

Woodward will remain an active member of the Playhouse board of directors, and will work with Thompson on educational program development and other projects, the announcement said.

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Monday, June 20, 2005

Storyteller Kruk to Spin Westport Lore in Fairy Tales

Jonathan Kruk: will tell tales of Westport. Contributed photo
Stories and legends about the Town of Westport and its people are set to be transformed into a series of “Victorian Faery Tales” spun by master storyteller Jonathan Kruk.

He will appear Sunday at 1 p.m. in the gallery of the Westport Historical Society.

“He’s going to weave stories about Westport, its famous people and stories that have been passed down,” said Susan Gold, education coordinator for the historical society.

“He’s going to engage the children because his stories are not only told, they’re acted out, and he uses many different voices to bring his characters alive.”

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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Staples Players Donate $3,300 for Tsunami Relief

The Staples Players donated $3,300 to the tsunami relief effort of Westport’s Save the Children. The funds were raised at the group’s semi-annual Thespianage benefit in February.  Pictured (l-r) are: current Staples Players co-presidents Zack Shornick and Steven Fuertes, Jacob Heimer, Timothy Rogers, director of development at Save the Children, Cat Oppenhimer, Cindy Shuck, David Roth, director of Staples Players, Jeff Small and Anna Burnham. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for WestportNow.com


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Friday, June 17, 2005

Report: Tazewell Thompson Has Inside Track as Playhouse Artistic Director

Tazewell Thompson: may be next Playhouse artistic director. Syracuse Stage photo
Tazewell Thompson may become the next artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse succeeding Joanne Woodward, the Hartford Courant reported today.

The Playhouse board is set to meet Monday. A Playhouse spokesperson could not confirm the report by Courant writer Frank Rizzo. However, a source close to the Playhouse said the report was accurate.

Thompson, a director who has worked extensively in a variety of regional houses, directed “The Old Settler” at Westport in 2003, and his own play “Constant Star” at Hartford Stage in 2001.

His work has also appeared at New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theater and Classic Stage Company. Thompson was artistic director of Syracuse Stage in the early ‘90s.

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Friday, May 13, 2005

Florida Artist Paints WestportNow Picture

Author-artist Dorothy Joan Riley of Brandon, Fla., was so taken with a WestportNow photo of the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center published Sept. 28, 2004 that she decided to do a painting of it. She found the image during an Internet search. In an e-mail message, the disabled, 54-year-old Vietnam-era vet said, “I was struck by the play of lights on the wet concrete and thought it might make a great painting.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Painting by Dorothy Joan Riley


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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Music to Their Ears

Musicians from the brass section of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra demonstrated their instruments today for children and their parents at the Westport Public Library. These youngsters had a closeup view. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Enjoying the Fresh Air at Compo

Today’s rainy weather did not dissuade a couple of visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach from enjoying the fresh air. See another photo below. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Barnett for WestportNow.com


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Skimming Long Island Sound’s Waters

A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach skims the surface of Long Island Sound waters today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Barnett for WestportNow.com


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Friday, April 22, 2005

Frost Advisory in Effect

The National Weather Service said a frost advisory is in effect tonight for the Westport area with temperatures forecast to continue to drop overnight under mostly clear skies and light winds.

Before daybreak Friday, readings are expected to be in the 30s—especially across areas away from the immediate coast, an advisory said.

Due to the recent warm weather, many plants have shown an explosive
green-up and budding and these young plants will be especially susceptible to frost, the statement said.

A frost advisory is issued when frost is expected to develop during the growing season. Those with agricultural interests in the warned area are advised to protect tender vegetation. Also, potted plants normally left outdoors should be covered or brought inside away from the cold, the advisory said.


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Preparing for New Westport Historical Society Exhibit

Preparing for a new Westport Historical Society exhibit “The Folks Back Home” are exhibit chairs Wally Woods and Mollie Donovan. The exhibit, opening May 30, honors the Westport chapter of the American Red Cross. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Maritzer Fine for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Summer-Like Swinging Weather

A visitor enjoys swinging at the Compo Beach playground Wednesday. The summer-like weather—it got up to 84F at Bedford Middle School—had many Westporters heading to the beach (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Brown Bag Baseball Talk

Ken Paul (l), owner of the Bridgeport Bluefish, showed up at Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell’s brown bag lunch today along with team mascot BB. Paul said Bluefish games are not just baseball, but affordable family entertainment with the average ticket price $8 and as high as $18; seniors are as low at $3. The Bluefish season begins next week and runs through September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com


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Monday, April 18, 2005

Looking Back

The Westport Historical Society Sunday celebrated the seasonal opening of its Bradley-Wheeler Barn. The unique cobblestone barn houses the Museum of Westport History, including a diorama of the town as it looked toward the end of the 19th Century. Visitors can also enjoy a dramatic and informative audio accompaniment recorded by Joanne Woodward. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Maritzer Fine for WestportNow.com


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African Violet Show at Earthplace

The annual show of the Silvermine African Violet Society was held over the weekend at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Members exhibited their prize violets, streptocarpus and other gesneriads.  Some of the members pose with two of the violets on display. New members are welcome. The group meets the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Earthplace. For more information, contact Jane Sherman at (203) 226-4612 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com


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Barbeque Express

Staples freshman Clayton Cohen found a fast way to carry his coals to Compo Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Madeleine Roche for WestportNow.com


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Compo Road South Entrepreneurs

These entrepreneurs from the Westport’s Green Acre and Dogwood Lanes area had brownies and muffins on their menu Sunday in addition to lemonade.They set up on Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Wine Talk: Wonders from Down Under

By Chris Grimm

WestportNow Contributing Editor

Writing about Australian wine in only one article is as difficult as covering all of California in a single piece. The breadth of wine produced—the varietals, terroir, and quality—is certainly comparable to that from California. WN wine talk.jpg

Wine has been grown in Australia since the late 18th Century. As in the United States, improvements in the 1960s in quality, variety, and production really launched the contemporary Australian wine industry.

Most Australian wine comes from the state of South Australia (including the McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley regions).  New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia all contribute significantly to the country’s wine production.  Even less well-known areas like Tasmania and Kangaroo Island are producing fine wines. 

My Wine of the Month is the finest Cabernet Sauvignon I’ve tasted in years—the rather cumbersomely monickered 1998 Parkers Coonawarra Estate First Growth Terra Rossa. This spectacular effort features very fine-grained tannins that give a great structure for aging, but don’t hinder current drinking.  Big black currant flavors and aromas of cinnamon add to the pleasure.

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Relaxing at Compo

Saturday’s bright sunshine and warm temperatures brought many Westporters to Compo Beach. The forecast for today was for more of the same mostly sunny with a high around 70F. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Perfect Sailing Weather

Today’s warm weather with a breeze made for perfect sailing conditions on Long Island Sound off Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Trout Season Underway

Today was the official opening of trout season and these fishermen were in the waters of the Saugatuck River in Westport shortly after 6 a.m. The scene is off of Ford Road. One opening-day tradition is for private fishing clubs and other groups to stage after-fishing breakfasts for their members, some stretching into lunch and beyond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) WestportNow.com photo


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It’s All in the Wrist

Within minutes of 6 a.m. today, fishermen were in the waters of the Saugatuck River off of Ford Road in Westport engaging in the long-awaited opening of trout season. In some spots, fishermen camped out all night waiting to get into the water to cast their fly rods again. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) WestportNow.com photo


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Getting Ready for Sunday’s Seasonal Opening at the Historical Society

The Westport Historical Society Sunday celebrates the seasonal opening of its Bradley-Wheeler Barn housing the Museum of Westport History. As part of the celebration, Staples Players (l-r) Alec Galambos and Peter Stonbely will perform a short scene called The British Are Coming” at 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Contributed photo


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Monday, April 11, 2005

“Five” Jive

Mitzvah Day at Westport’s Temple Israel Sunday featured the debut of “Five,” the new Westport-based brass quintet.  Staples High School students, Danny Fein, Peter Menchaca, Ryan Lester (seated) Tim Day and Chris Zappi (standing) volunteered to entertain the volunteers, and won some donations for the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Contributed photo


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