Westport: With Your Help, A “Fan Favorite”

On Memorial Day, Coleytown Elementary School’s Clara Holleman and Sutton Lindau, and Long Lots’ Sydney Newman — all 5th graders — joined bazillions of other Westporters by marching in the parade. (They were with PAL.)

But they did much more. They gave up a weekend of barbecues and swimming, to help Westport win the “Visit Connecticut’s Fan Favorite Town” contest.

With Staples senior (and soon-to-be Fashion Institute of Technology student Claudine Brantley), the girls spent 3 days documenting Westport’s most popular sites. They didn’t miss a spot (and discovered some hidden gems). They even snagged an interview with 1st Selectman Jim Marpe.

You may have seen them filming around town. You may even be featured in their very clever and creative video:

So they’ve done their part to promote Westport. Now they need your help.

To vote for Westport, go to Facebook. Search for “VisitConnecticut.” Then click the “CTFanFavorite” tab. Cast your vote for Westport.

Ballot-stuffing is allowed. You can vote every day through July 25. You don’t even need to live in Connecticut to vote.

The winning town receives advertising support from the Connecticut Office of Tourism; national and in-state PR support; an editorial feature in the 2015 Official Connecticut Visitors Guide, and a week of social media features across the tourism office’s social channels. Plus a plaque.

You might even win a free 4-night Connecticut getaway.

Sutton, Sydney and Clara have done all the hard work. Now help them spread the word, and make Westport a “fan favorite.”

One of the shots from the film: the iconic cannons. Other scenes included fly fishing on Ford Road, the Playhouse, Coffee An' -- an' a whole lot more.

One of the shots from the film: the iconic cannons. Other scenes included fly fishing on Ford Road, the Playhouse, Coffee An’ — an’ a whole lot more.

8 responses to “Westport: With Your Help, A “Fan Favorite”

  1. Thanks for the great write-up, Dan! Clara, Sydney and Sutton really appreciate your support.

  2. Hmmm. I can vote but I can’t find the video…

  3. Tom Holleman

    Evan – please check out the video at the following link,,,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaX5PE5RfUg&feature=youtu.be. Thanks for voting! – Tom Holleman

  4. Ann Marie Flynn

    A dynamic trio of youngsters did a marvelous job of showing the beauty of life in Westport to the world. Well done.
    Will any of the nice “T ” shirts you are wearing be available for sale to the public. After seeing some of your adventurous skills, you all might turn such a project into a fund raiser for a local charity!
    Lets bring on the votes! You are winners!

    • Kelli Walsh

      Thanks for the kind words, Ann Marie. The girls love the idea of selling the t-shirts to raise money for a local charity. If anyone is interested in purchasing one now, they are available at cafepress.com.

  5. Thanks for posting about this- I just shared on my FB and will bug every friend in town to vote daily! These girls are amazing- so impressed! Video production is no easy feat!

  6. They really did an outstanding job! I am very impressed. It was nice seeing some of my favorite places are still there and I hope they win!!!