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Acting Couples Reunited

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Husband/wife actors Mia Dillon (l) and Keir Dullea (r) pose with Todd Cerveris and his wife, Angela Reed, tonight following the opening performance of Arthur Miller’s “Broken Glass” at the Westport Country Playhouse. Both couples performed together in the the play “On Golden Pond” at the Bucks County Playhouse in July. Reed played the role of Margaret Hyman in tonight’s production. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Chowda Heads Ready for Sunday

Last minute preparations were under way today for Chowdafest, the annual chowder competition featuring restaurants throughout New England, which takes place Sunday 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. at Sherwood Island State Park.

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Chowdafest drew thousands to the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport in 2013, so many that it sought a larger venue in 2014.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

More than 40 restaurants are participating in eighth annual edition, which marks a homecoming to Westport.

Begun in the Westport Unitarian Church on Thanksgiving weekend in 2008, the event grew over the years, moving to the Bedford Middle School cafeteria, the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, and last year, Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk

It is the second time the event will be held outdoors and will go ahead rain or shine, said founder Jim Keenan. Chowdafest last year drew about 5,000 persons, he said.

Voices Café Opens Fifth Season

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Voices Café, live music at the Unitarian Church in Westport,  opened its fifth season tonight with singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis. He accompanied his folk-country music with guitar playing and the occasional harmonica. His songs have been performed by many well known musicians, including Dar Williams, Garth Brooks and the Indigo Girls. The vision of Voices Café is to be a center of inspiration and spiritual growth for those who come to experience performing artists whose messages are powerful, provocative, fun, and uplifting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com

Planting Trees at Green’s Farms Station

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Sprucing up Metro-North’s Green’s Farms station, workers today plant eight Green Giant Arborvitae trees to replace damaged pine trees that were recently removed, according to Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas. Mark Migliarese, of Westport-based John Migliarese and Son Landscapers, said plants will be added to the landscape following the tree planting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Pumpkin Outreach

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The Westport Arts Center and Saugatuck Sweets today hosted a Reach Out For Outreach event at the Saugatuck Sweets courtyard. Families decorated pumpkins provided by Saugatuck Sweets in a series of project stations managed by Westport Arts Center and National Charity League volunteers. The event was designed to build awareness and support for the Westport Arts Center’s outreach programs which provide artistic experiences to underserved and unique populations within Fairfield and New Haven counties. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The Latest Sybil’s List

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Westporter Sybil Steinberg drew her usual large crowd Friday to the Westport Library as she unveiled her latest list of good reads. Steinberg, who edited the book review section of Publishers Weekly for several decades and is now a contributing editor, said she has read 50 books since her June appearance at the library. Topping her fiction selections was “Purity” by Jonathan Franzen—“Franzen’s wide-ranging novel is his best so far, chronicling the lives of three characters involved in a South American cult and murder.” The top nonfiction selection was “Between The World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates—
“The condition of being black in contemporary America is powerfully expressed in this meditation on pervasive racism.” See complete list here.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Saturday,  October 10, 2015


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “The Print Show: 45 years of Printmaking with Pace Prints”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Talk of the Town”
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Star Wars Reads Day
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “They’re Playing Our Song”
3 p.m. – Jesup Green – Westport Historical Society Business District Walking Tour
4 p.m. – 575 Riverside Ave. – Westport Arts Center & Saugatuck Sweets: Reach Out For Outreach
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Broken Glass”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Staples Rolls Over McMahon 28-0

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Staples quarterback Andrew Speed completes a pass to Ryan Fitton tonight as the Wrecker defense held back Norwalk’s Brien McMahon to shut out the Senators 28-0 at Norwalk. Staples improved to 4-0 while McMahon dropped to 1-3 with the loss. Staples next takes on Stamford Friday night at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com