Sunday, March 03, 2024


Turning the Clock Back Image
Orleans, formed in Woodstock, N.Y. in 1972 headlined the opening night tonight of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Lance Hoppen (r, guitar) was one of the original founders with his brother, Larry, who died in 2012. So was John Hall (l, guitar), who took time off to serve two terms as a congressman from New York. Others on tour include Lane Hoppen (keyboard), Dennis “Fly” Amero (guitar), and Charlie Morgan (drums). The band is best known for its 1975 hit “Dance with Me.” Other hits included “Still the One” (1976), “Love Takes Time” (1979) and the band’s cover of King Harvest’s “Dancin’ in the Moonlight.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

Epstein Stage Dedicated at Levitt Image
Before tonight’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts performance by Orleans, there was a dedication ceremony of the new Geri and David Epstein Stage, in recognition of a $500,000 gift from the longtime Westporters. Those taking part included (l-r). Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe; Janet Plotkin, Levitt board chair; Karen Hess, niece of the Epsteins; Carleigh Welsh, Levitt marketing and development director; Sheldon Kahan, president and CEO of Interstate + Lakeland Lumber, sponsor of tonight’s concert, and Dan Aron, Levitt board president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

Steam Percolating Amid Money Woes Image
The coffee, bakery and sandwich shop Steam, located at the refurbished stationhouse on the eastbound side of Metro-North’s Westport station in Saugatuck, usually closed on Sundays, was open today to generate community interest amid reported money woes to save the business. According to owner, Briana Pennell (behind counter, smiling), “Today is amazing. This town is so great, the turnout is huge.”  Pennell added, “We had some obstacles when we started out, but we’ve now restructured and I am the sole owner.” She said some changes are being made and “we will relaunch in the next few weeks.”  The business had been closing at 3 p.m., but she said starting Monday, July 6 new hours will be 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. and then open again in the evening 6 p.m.-8 p.m.  Also, starting July 12, it will be open Sundays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.  “We’re adding a few services for customer convenience to make it easier for grab ‘n go customers,” Pennell added. Summer intern Jeremy Mintzer, a Weston High School senior, said Steam has introduced a VIP house card that works like the gift card concept.  He encourages Steam supporters to access where donations to help the business can be made. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for