Last year, “06880” honored the renovation of Bedford Hall. The Westport Woman’s Club had just spent $120,000 creating a bright new space for anyone in town to use for weddings, bar mitzvahs, art shows, memorial services and more.
I told the back story: how in 1945 Frederick Bedford bought an Imperial Avenue house for the civic improvement organization to use. Five years later, he put up half the money to add meeting space. It came from an unusual source: Part of Saugatuck Congregational Church was moved from its original site, several hundred feet up the Post Road.
When the building was reassembled and joined to the Imperial Avenue house, the clapboard matched perfectly.
Now — a year later after Bedford Hall opened – the Westport Woman’s Club is ready to celebrate.
A birthday party — celebrating 150 years since the original meetinghouse was built — is set for Saturday, April 16 (6-9 p.m.).
There’s comedy (with Jane Condon as emcee), live and silent auctions, wine, food and birthday cake. Bedford family members have been invited.
As is true with Bedford Hall itself: The entire town is invited.
See you there. Hey — you only turn 150 once!
(Tickets to Bedford Hall’s birthday bash are $75 each. Reservations are due by April 8. Checks made out to Westport Woman’s Club should be sent to 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT 06880. Include “Birthday Bash Reservations” in the memo line, and include names of attendees. Tickets will be held at the door.)