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Preparing for Script in Hand Reading

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Actors paused today during a rehearsal for tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse script In hand and reading of “Miracle on South Division Street,” a comedy, created by playwright Tom Dudzick, about family, faith, and adjusting to life’s surprises. The reading will be directed by Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and co-curator of the play reading series. Pictured: (standing, l-r) – Keefe, Alison Cimmet, Patrick Halley, Amelia Pedlow, Alexandra Rappaport, stage directions, and (seated) Pamela Dunlap. The one-time performance starts at 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Monday, Feb. 24, 2020


6 p.m. – Westport Library – Tabletop Games for Adults
6:15 p.m. – Westport Town Farm – Documentary/Q&A: “The Biggest Little Farm”
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Script in Hand Playreading: “Miracle on South Division Street”
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 6021, & www.westportps.org)

See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

Fly Fishing Enthusiast Enjoying Mild Weather

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Mild temperatures today brought out the fishermen to the fly fishing area at Ford Road in Westport. Some anglers here reported catching (and releasing)  colorful Rainbow Trout of medium size . This area is known as Trout Management Area (TMA ) which has certain restrictions put on the fishing here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

Teen Photog Featured in Westport Exhibit

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There was an exhibit opening today for the award-winning 16-year-old photographer, Harrison Gordon, at Bistro du Soleil restaurant, 615 Riverside Ave. A resident of Fairfield and a junior at the Wooster School, Danbury, Harrison said he specializes in landscape, portrait, drone, real estate and coastal photography. Among his 30 photographs exhibited is this landscape photo entitled “Get to the Point,” of El Capitan at Yosemite National Park. It earned him the award of Best Landscape photograph in October in the Westport Library teen photo contest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Margaret C. Cannistraro, 77

In 1982, they moved to Potomac, Maryland when Nick joined The Washington Post and subsequently to Annapolis where she was again an active member of the community joining organizations like the New Annapolitans, Historic Annapolis, Maryland Hall of the Creative Arts in Annapolis and London Town Public House and Gardens in Edgewater.

Buzzi is predeceased by her parents Wilfred and Gladys Clark, her sister Shirley Clark Warden and her husband Nick. She is survived by her daughters, Missy and her husband Fredrik Salvesen, Maggie and her husband Rob Hallbach, and five grandchildren: Amanda Sherman and her husband Michael, Lilla Salvesen, Nicholas Salvesen, Samantha Hallbach and Kate Hallbach.

Nick and Buzzi sponsored several midshipmen who they remained close to including Troy Cable, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (ret.) and Cory Stapleton Secretary of State for Montana.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Anne’s Church of Annapolis..

Memorials may be given in lieu of flowers to Hospice of the Chesapeake at https://www.hospicechesapeake.org/giving/donate-now/.

New MoCA Director Named; Museum Seeks to Renew Focus on Community

Mannes, a 12-year resident of Westport, has an extensive background in publishing, leadership, community outreach, and fundraising for local causes, the news release said.

In addition, she has been collecting art for over two decades and has been recognized by ARTnews as one of the top 30 young contemporary art collectors in America, according to the news release.

Since relocating to Westport, Mannes has served as a long-time leader in Westport Public Schools’ Parent-Teacher Association, according to MoCA. It said for the past 25 years, Mannes has cultivated an extensive network of art world experiences and connections, which she expects to extend to the community.

“Welcoming Mannes to the team ushers in a renewed focus on community, with exciting changes to come regarding the museum admission structure, membership benefits, and more,” the news release said.

Mannes has her work cut out for her in winning back Westport artists who make up the Artists Collective of Westport.

Miggs Burroughs, one of the collective’s founders, recalls that his father, Bernard Burroughs, was president in the 1950s of the original WAC, known as the Westport Artists Club, and championed local artists.

“I am deeply saddened by what I consider to be a betrayal of this tradition by today’s WAC/MoCA,” he told WestportNow.

He said the last four years has shown “the methodical destruction of all the good will, community engagement and support of local talent that the former artistic director of WAC, Helen Klisser During, worked so passionately to create and preserve.”

He said regardless of how capable the new executive director may be, it is questionable how much progress can ever be made to repair the damage that has been done over the past four years unless board members who enthusiastically backed initiatives of Innes resign.

Bill Felton, the MoCA board chairman, said the leadership change will result in new efforts to improve ties to the local community.

“After the move to a new space, all of us at MoCA Westport see now as the time to be the engaging hub of creativity we envision for the Westport community, Fairfield County and beyond,” he said according to the MoCA news release.

“We are very excited to have Ruth lead us in this key stage of growth.”