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 buttons are $15 and are available at all venues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
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.
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