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Sunday, January 28, 2018


1 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Annual Meeting
1:30 p.m. – Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) – Westport Cinema Initiative: “The Secret Life of Pets”
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Opening Reception: “The Curious Case of Ed Vebell”
2 p.m. – Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) – WestportREADS 2018: West Point Glee Club with Music of World War I
4 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – First Selectman Jim Marpe & Board of Education Chair Michael Gordon: State of the Town

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

‘Supper and Soul’ Debuts

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Singer Dana Fuchs performs tonight at the sold out Seabury Center for the inaugural Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) dinner and concert series titled “Supper & Soul.” Participants paying $75 each enjoyed a three-course meal at one of five downtown restaurants, attended the concert, and then returned to any of the same restaurants for drinks at happy hour prices. The five participating restaurants were Amis, Boca, Rothbard Ale + Larder, The Spotted Horse, and Tavern on Main. The next event is Saturday, March 24, with the performer to be announced. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Historical Society to Host Volunteer Open House Feb. 8

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Westport Historical Society Wheeler House. WHS photo.

The Westport Historical Society (WHS) will put out the welcome mat for a Volunteer Open House to be held in two sessions on Thursday, Feb. 8, WCI officials announced.

Open to community members of all ages, sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., according to the announcement.

WHS Executive Director Ramin Ganeshram said visitors will have the opportunity to learn about new opportunities “for everything from marketing, writing, editing, event planning, tours, teaching, historical re-enactors, fundraising, and so much more.”

“Come learn about our exciting 2018 lineup of events and exhibits and special programs,” Ganeshram said. “New things are happening at Westport Historical Society, so come on down and learn how you can partner in our bright new future.”

Cinema Initiative to Show ‘Letters from Baghdad’ Feb. 10

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“Letters from Baghdad” showing by Westport Cinema Initiative and WestportREADS on Feb. 10.

The Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI) is set to show the British spy thriller “Letters from Baghdad” on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, WCI officials said.

Tickets for the film, which is being shown in partnership with WestportREADS, are $10 each online or at the door.

The award-winning film tells the story of British spy, explorer, and political powerhouse Gertrude Bell, who in the early 1900s was the most powerful woman in the British Empire.

Bell traveled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence to help draw the borders of Iraq after World War I, establish the modern state of Iraq, and ultimately reshape the modern Middle East in ways that still reverberate today.

Mort Walker, Cartoonist, 94

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Mort Walker (2nd r), best known for creating the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey in 1950 and Hi and Lois in 1954, died today of pneumonia at his Stamford home. He was 94. He is pictured in 2007 at the Westport Historical Society, which paid tribute to him and (l-r) son Brian Walker, Chance Brown, and son Greg Walker. The exhibit featured 100 examples of the cartoonist’s art, some dating to the 1950s. Mort Walker was a regular visitor to Westport, often shopping for art supplies at the now closed Max’s Art Supplies on Post Road East and staying to socialize with other artists. See New York Times obituary HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

VFW Discussion Focuses on Vets

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As part of the Westport Library’s WestportREADS project, there was a panel discussion today at Westport’s VFW Post. Participants included veterans and the creative team that created the performance work “War Stories” discussing the process and the integration of veterans back into society. The event was led by artist Nina Bentley (r), writer Sonya Huber, and the project creator, Peter Van Heerden, executive director of the Quick Center for the Arts. This year’s WestportREADS selection is “Regeneration,” Pat Barker’s 1991 novel about the experiences of soldiers during World War I. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Piglet Visits Senior Center

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Visitors to the Westport Center for Senior Activities today got a chance to meet Piglet, the deaf blind pink Doxie Chihuahua mix puppy rescued last March from a hoarding situation in Georgia. Westporter Melissa Shapiro, who runs the Visiting Vet service, spoke about Piglet’s challenges, disabilities in dogs, and how she works with Piglet to give him a productive, meaningful life. “We raised $150 through the sale of Pink Piglet car magnets and donations which will be sent off to a special needs dog rescue that has been supportive of and helpful to Piglet,” Shapiro said. Read more about Piglet on his Facebook page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Senior Center Screens 1949 Film ‘The Heiress’

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The Westport Center for Senior Activities today presented its fourth film, “The Heiress,” in the five-film “Overcoat” Winter Film Series, led by Doris Jacoby, honored longtime film and theater aficionado. “The Heiress” is a 1949 drama directed by William Wyler and starring Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift. and Ralph Richardson. The final film of the series, “The Band’s Visit,”  a 2007 Israeli film and currently attracting additional fanfare as a Broadway play, will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Denise Davidoff Memorial Service Set for Feb. 3

The memorial service for Denise Ellen Taft Davidoff will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. at The Unitarian Church in Westport.

She died Dec. 7, 2017 in her Bridgeport home at age 85 from complications of cancer. (See WestportNow Dec. 15, 2017) The family provided the following obituary:

Retired as owner of a Connecticut advertising agency, she was an important voice for half a century shaping liberal religion in North America and international interreligious dialogue.

Raised in a Jewish home and synagogue in Belle Harbor, Queens, New York, she moved to Fairfield County in 1959.