Library Fundraiser Really Mixes It Up

The Westport Library rocks!

That’s true literally — who can forget the concerts that followed Booked for the Evening events with Patti Smith and Nile Rodgers?

It’s true figuratively too. The transformed library — with its wide-open spaces, versatile stage and state-of-the-art video screen — is a fantastic venue for a dance party.

Which is exactly what happens on Saturday, October 12.

The Forum is the site of the 1st-ever Mix-It-Up Tour fundraiser. Waza — a great cover band fronted by Westporter Marty Jaramillo — will make it seem like rock legends are right there in the house library.

American Idol finalist Drew Angus — a 2007 Staples High School grad — and DJ Mo share the bill too.

A rock ‘n’ roll-inspired silent auction features works by artists Irene Penny, Stephen Goldstein, Kerry Heftman and Mark Rich.

Cocktails and bites are courtesy of Marcia Selden Catering.

When the library’s Transformation Project was underway, director Bill Harmer promised the new, versatile space would be used in creative ways no one had yet imagined.

The Mix-It-Up Tour dance party is one of those crazy-but-cool concepts that very few libraries would even think about.

In Westport, it’s just one more reason our library rocks.

(Click here for tickets, and more information.)

7 responses to “Library Fundraiser Really Mixes It Up

  1. So excited to bring the community together in a new way! Thanks for featuring the Mix It Up Tour, Dan!

  2. I and many others have contributed to Westport Library fundraisers. One of these was to the River of Names, which we were promised would be prominently displayed at the Renovated Library. That promise was broken, and I don’t see why we should contribute to another fundraiser.

    • Eric William Buchroeder SHS ‘70 BA, MA, JDE

      I’ve been away from Westport many years but on return trips would visit the library and loved to look at those tiles and see how many of them I knew. I really can’t get revved up about the “transformation.” I think the town’s ego and worship of “things” has gotten just a little out of control. I do remember Eleanor Street with fondness. She was a librarian who knew how to make the printed page come alive.

  3. Eric, the next time you are here, I’ll give you a tour of the new library. I can’t guarantee anything, but I’m pretty sure you will be VERY impressed.

    • Eric William Buchroeder SHS ‘70 BA, MA, JHD

      Dan, you’re on. If anyone can change my mind, it would be you.

  4. Excited for this fun event at the wonderfully updated Westport Library. Some truly talented local artists on display too!

  5. Marty Jaramillo

    So honored to be part of this special event.
    Event hosts Sivan Hong and Irene Penny have worked their butts off … and to see their dedication, effort, talent, and love for the library is nothing short of awesome.

    I went to the library at its ribbon cutting for the first time. I was simply blown away by the opportunities to execute and realize a creative idea. When I was asked to lend a hand I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

    Irene Penny says it best. It’s about bringing community together for a night out!!! Just rock n roll and Art.
    Westport is our community now. And moving here 2 years ago was the best decision ever for our family!

    Please get your tickets , the night promises to be a blast… and the Westport library re-imagined is a truly worthy cause as a staple of our community.