Monday, June 17, 2024


Blues & Views Festival Rocks for 12th Year

By James Lomuscio

On the Levitt Pavilion stage, the Memphis, Tennessee band Southern Avenue was firing up the mostly adult, afternoon crowd today. Original, smokey and somewhat raw tunes rang out while the lead female vocalist rocked and gyrated. Image
Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, a soul band based in Burlington, Vermont, were early performers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Down below and under a tent in the Westport Library’s parking lot, the group Infinity Edge belted out the more familiar tunes of such as the Doobie Brothers’ “Without Love” and the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

Under crisp azure skies and a sharp, late summer sun, the 12th annual Blues & Views Festival on the east bank of the Saugatuck River was in full swing. Opened at 11 a.m., it goes through 10 p.m. today and continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a $40 admission charge.

Started by Bob LeRose as the Blues, Views and BBQ Festival, this year due to late approvals, the event was scaled back from including its signature barbecue competition run by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

Getting Face Painted Image
Jonah Walter, 3, of Monroe gets his face painted today at the Blues & Views Festival. His parents Amanda and Zachary said it is their first time visit to the festival. “We were looking for family-type things to do over the Labor Day weekend and we came across this event through an online search,” said Amanda. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Marilyn F. Carrara, 82

Marilyn F. Carrara, a lifelong resident of Westport, died Aug. 29 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 82. Image
Marilyn F. Carrara: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born June 25, 1937 in Norwalk and was the daughter of the late Peter and Eva (Shippey) Carrara. She was home-schooled and graduated from Staples High School. She was an avid reader and animal lover and was devoted to her family and friends.

Survivors include one sister: Joanne Marshall and her husband Howard of Westport, two nieces: Janice Ullrich and Nancy Sengstacken, and one nephew: Jay Marshall.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday Sept. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Thursday Sept. 5 at 10 a.m., meeting directly at the United Methodist Church, 49 Weston Road. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main St. Condolences may be left online at

Neil W. Groglio, 65

Neil W. Groglio of Westport, formerly of Rye, New York, died Aug. 10. He was 65.

He was born to Theresa and Gerald Groglio in 1953. He graduated from Rye High School and later Pace University, before founding and operating numerous small businesses throughout his life.

In 1983, he met the love of his life, Marcia. For the next 35 years they shared their life and love, taking turns telling one another how lucky they felt to be married to each other. In 1993, Neil and Marcia joyfully welcomed daughter, Kelly, into their loving family.

For the next 26 years Neil wholeheartedly dedicated himself to the role of dad, in addition to devoted husband.