Saturday’s “Westoberfest” has something for everyone.
The Westport Downtown Association event — set for all around Elm Street — includes road races (kids at noon, 10K at 12:30 p.m.); food, vendors, apples and pumpkin giveaways, pumpkin decorating, street magician and live music (1 to 5 p.m.), beer tasting (2 to 5 p.m.), and an air-cooled classic vintage car expo (3:30 p.m.).
Advance tickets are $40 each, $75 for 2, special 10-pack for $350. Click here for tickets. They’re $50 each, if purchased at the event.
Also on Saturday (and free): presentation of 5 murals at the Main Street entrance to Bedford Square.
Commissioned by the Westport Arts Advisory Committee, each represents a different aspect of life in Westport’s history. They start with indigenous people, and move across the wall to the future: Westport, circa 2070.
Artists include Westporter Eric Chiang, who exhibits locally and in his native Taiwan, and is a founding member of the Artist Collective of Westport; Westporter Jana Ireijo, founder of “Mural Ethos,” which creates vanishing murals to illustrate climate change; Staples and Pratt Institute graduate Rebecca Ross; Hernan Garcia from Norwalk, born in Colombia and trained in both architecture and fine arts; Bridgeport painter and Antigua native, poet, writer, actor and playwright Iyaba Ibo Mandingo.
Westporters go to the polls on November 2. But the polls need poll workers.
It’s a paying gig ($265 full day, $130 half day)– and important for democracy.
Jobs include checker, ballot monitor, tabulator/security monitor and floater. No experience needed. There’s a training session Saturday, October 23 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Also needed: setup (Monday, November 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and cleanup (Tuesday, November 2, 8 to 11 p.m.). Both pay $18 an hour.
Interested? Contact Maria Signore at the registrars of voters office: 203-341-1117; firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the weather cools, The Porch @ Christie’s rolls out its “The Porch Warms Our Hearts “ promotion.
It includes 2 soups a day (with quarts added soon), plus steel-cut oatmeal with 2 toppings, and hot chocolate.
There are heaters on the porch, with roll-down sides as needed. It’s even cozier indoors, with a fireplace.
Order ahead for quicker service. All items are available for delivery too. The Porch is open 7 days a week.
What’s up — or down — with this flag?
It’s been flying like this for a few days, at the apartments near the Whelk and Saugatuck Sweets.
A mistake? A true distress signal? If so, for what?
Inquiring Westporters want to know.
You’ve heard of a trunk show?
The Westport Artists Collective takes that term literally.
This Sunday (October 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), they’ll sell affordable art from — actually — the trunks of their cars.
The site is the Taylor parking lot — near the lower level of the Westport Library. It’s a great place for affordable art (and seeing what some of our favorite local artists drive).
Winslow Park Animal Hospital seldom misses a holiday. Here’s what the Post Road clinic’s front yard looks like now:
Sure, the Westport Young Woman’s League does wonderful, charitable work.
But members have a great social time too.
On Saturday, past president Lauren Bromberg hosted a “Rock ‘n’ Paint” party at her home. Guests shot paint from water guns to create art — while rocking out to ’90s tunes.
The WYWL plans a number of other casual gatherings this year, including fire pits, wine tastings, hikes, dog play date meet-ups at Compo, coffee chats, evening dinners and more. For more information, click here or follow on Instagram: @wywlwestport.
“Westport … Naturally” covers all creatures great and small. Ellen Wentworth sent this image, with the note: “He was on my car in the garage!”
And finally … today in 1997, John Denver died while piloting a light plane. He was just 53 years old.