Roundup: MoCA, Minute Man, Duck! …


MoCA Westport is participating in Connecticut’s Summer at the Museum program.

For state residents, children and one accompanying adult receive complimentary admission through September 6.

This is a great way to explore MoCA Westport, and other museums through the region. In addition to exhibitions, MoCA offers a new outdoor play space.

For more information on the free museum program, click here.

In other MoCA news: Thanks to a Connecticut Summer Enrichment Grant, they offer Camp MoCA to children beyond Westport. Campers enjoy visual arts projects, gardening and water play.

Funds also supplement MoCA’s team of counselors and counselors-in-training with additional staff from the College Corps Connecticut Program.

MoCA campers and staff members.


This week’s #FridayFlowers display is at — fittingly, for the 4th of July — the Minute Man monument.

The weekly project is organized by the Westport Garden Club.

#FridayFlowers, at the Minute Man monument.


The Webb Road duck has gone through a few costume changes lately, including Fathers Day (left) and graduation (right). Now (center) he’s ready to celebrate the 4th of July.

This is one holiday that is all it’s quacked up to be.

(Photo/Sarin Cheung)


The Westport Book Shop’s Artist of the Month is Diane Pollack.

Works from her “Handmaidens” series is on view in the rear of the used book store on Jesup Green. Clay handmaidens are a source of meditation and prayer.

Diane is noted for her printmaking, collage, ink markers and hand and machine stitching, which focus on matriarchal history. Frequent themes include dance, rituals and women’s work.

Diane Pollack, at the Drew Friedman Art Place in the Westport Book Shop.


Mark Mathias was glad he saw this precarious site in the Compo Shopping Center — not on the road.

“What could possibly go wrong?” he asks.

(Photo/Mark Mathias)


A new HD video has been added to the Westport Country Playhouse 2021 season lineup.

“Of Mice and Men” will streaming on demand September 13 through 26. The classic drama was originally staged at the Playhouse in 2008.

“’Of Mice and Men’ includes all of the best elements of our work—a timeless story, memorable performances, theatrical designs—all skillfully brought together by our artistic leader, Mark Lamos,” said Michael Barker, Playhouse managing director. “In a season of transition and recovery, this gorgeous high definition film whets our collective appetite for a return to in-person performance, but above all reminds us that great theater transcends medium.”

Click here for tickets, call (203) 227-4177, or email

“Of Mice and Men,” from the Westport Country Playhouse archives.


And finally … George M. Cohan was born today — not “on the 4th of July” — in 1878. He died 64 years later, of cancer. Among the most popular of his 300-plus songs:

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