10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Westport artist Howard Munce
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Group Show Part I: Last names A-K
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Authors@the Library: Andre Dubus III, “The Garden of Last Days”
Saturday, February 24, 2024
David Brooks Jones, a producer and director who rejected Broadway to devote himself to regional theater, including starting and directing Pepsico Summerfare at the State University of New York at Purchase, died on July 15 at his Compo Mill home in Westport, The New York Times reported in its Monday edition. He was 73.
The cause was heart failure, his sister, Gloria Jones Borden, said, according to the newspaper.
The university provided 500 acres of lawns and gardens and four indoor theaters to Summerfare, and Pepsico contributed money (ultimately millions of dollars). But it was Jones who provided vision and direction for a 1980s summertime cultural happening that lasted a decade — and considerably longer in the memory of many visitors, the Times said.
He attracted major acts, from Henny Youngman to the Royal Hanneford Circus to the Feld Ballet, but it was his exuberant mix-and-match, something-for-everyone sensibility that defined the festival, the newspaper said.
Democrat Jim Himes, who is seeking to unseat Republican Rep. Christopher Shays in the 4th Congressional District, brought his campaign to Westport today in a 90-minute town meeting at the Westport Public Library. Himes, a Greenwich businessman, said he is emphasizing energy, health care, and education in his campaign. Calling for better schooling especially in the nation’s cities, he said: “Education is the whole ballgame—it’s national security.” Himes, who faces a primary challenge Aug. 12, said he expects to begin debates with Shays after Labor Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., has issued a thunderstorm warning for Westport and nearby areas.
It said National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing nickel-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour was in the area shortly before 4 p.m.
Tonight’s show at the Levitt Pavilion featuring the musical dance group, Mikata Salsa, will be moved indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave., due to the threat of thunderstorms and the muddy condition of the Pavilion field, organizers announced.
Show time is 7 p.m. with pre-show festivities beginning at 6:15 p.m. They will include a mini-dance exhibition by students of Bridgeport’s Music and Arts Center for Humanity and a complimentary dance lesson.
Organizers reminded attendees that food and beverages are not allowed in the school auditorium.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Westport and portion of the tri-state area until 8 p.m.