Roundup: Jazz, Food, Black History, More

Outdoor entertainment returned to MoCA Westport last night. A socially distanced crowd enjoyed Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Alexa Tarantino Quartet.

More concerts will be announced soon.

Outdoors at MoCA.

With food insecurity still a serious issue, the Westport Woman’s Club Food Closet is grateful for a nice donation from Westport National Bank.

Any organizations or family can donate food to neighbors in need. Bring non-perishable donations to the WWC 44 Imperial Avenue) from 9 a.m. to onoon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If the clubhouse is locked, call 203-227-4240.

Monetary donations are also welcome. Click here, or send a check made out to Westport Woman’s Club to WWC, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT  06880.

At the Westport Woman’s Club food pantry (from left); Wendy McKeon, WWC food closet co-chair; Robin Clark, WWC member and Westport National Bank vice president; Selma Blue, WNB head teller.

The “hidden history of Black Westport” will be visible to Westporters next Saturday (September 12, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.)

As a follow-up to the Westport Museum of History & Culture’s “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport” exhibit, guides will lead tour groups (maximum of 10 people) throughout downtown.

They’ll describe local history, from enslaved people to soldiers, sailors, activists, artists, and respected residents, through existing buildings and long destroyed sites.

Tickets are $10. Reservations are required; click here to register. Foe moew information, email

Aarti Khosla needs help in providing chocolate hearts to every Westport and Weston educator, as a show of thanks for all they do. 10% of all proceeds benefit another educational institution: Mercy Learning Center.

Click here to purchase hearts ($8 each). You can also stop by Aarti’s store, Le Rouge Chocolates (190 Main Street).


The final (and 15th) #FridayFlowers are on display at the Compo Beach lifeguard station. The Westport Garden Club — sponsor of the summer-long floral project — is grateful to the guards, and everyone at Westport Parks & Rec — for keeping our beaches safe and fun.

Pictured below (from left): David Levy, Noah Ross, Mia Parkes, Ella Thompson and Avery Tucker.

(Photo/Topsy Siderowf)

RTM representative and Westport Writers Workshop founder Jessica Bram undergoes brain surgery at Yale University Hospital this morning.

Doctors will drain excess hydration to reverse motor, cognitive and memory impairment resulting from a recent fall.

Jessica sends affection and high regard to the Westport community, past and current writing students, RTM colleagues, and Webb Road neighbors.

And finally … today is National Be Late for Something Day. I’ll have a song for you later. Maybe.

5 responses to “Roundup: Jazz, Food, Black History, More

  1. Re: your last item. I’ve been meaning to join the Procrastinator’s Club. But I keep putting it off.

  2. Dan- thank you so much for sharing the Westport Garden Club’s #Fridayflowers! One small note: there were 17 displays created by a collaboration of 29 club members from May 11-September 4. We missed only one week when the storm ravaged town and it was not safe to be out and about. We hope that the flowers brought a bit of color and joy during this very unique Summer 2020.
    Fondly- Kelle Ruden, Past President and Sunshine Chair WGC

  3. Dan – Thank you so much for the post regarding the WWC Food Closet. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, organizations and local businesses ( ie. Westport National Bank), we are able to stock our shelves and serve the needs of those in our community. In these uncertain times, the need certainly is here!
    If anyone is in need of assistance, please call Human Services at Town Hall. We are here – ready and willing – to help!
    “Sharing is Caring”
    Wendy McKeon
    Westport Woman’s Club
    Food Closet Co-Chair

  4. Wendy Goldwyn Batteau

    Our hearts and best wishes are with Jessica!