Roundup: Humane Society, Holiday Trees, “Christmas Carol” …


Looks like the Connecticut Humane Society will be moving from its longtime Post Road digs, just east of Compo Shopping Center.

“Good Morning Wilton” reports that that town’s Planning & Zoning Commission approved an application for new headquarters at 863-875 Danbury Road (Route 7).

Specifically, the Wilton P&Z’s unanimous votes permit a charitable organization to operate on residentially zoned property.

Humane Society executive director James Bias called it “a big night for pets and people of Connecticut. We are thrilled that the application for CHS’ new animal resource center in Wilton has been approved, and very thankful to the town of Wilton. We are also so grateful for the supporters who believe in creating this new safe haven for pets in need and are with us every step of the way.

“This is a moment to celebrate, but of course, there is a lot more work to be done to bring this project to reality. We are excited to get started on the next steps.”

(Click here for the full story. Hat tip: Sal Liccione)


They’re lit!

The Westport Downtown Association’s 12 holiday trees — each decorated professionally, and themed to a different non-profit — will delight shoppers from now through New Year’s.

The organizations include Filling in the Blanks, Wakeman Town Farm, Westport Young Woman’s League, Westport Fire Department, Homes with Hope, Christ & Holy Trinity Church, Aware, CLASP Homes, Westport PAL, Westport Bookstore, and MoCA Westport.

This tree — one of a dozen, courtesy of the Westport Downtown Association — is at the corner of Church Lane and Elm Street.


It’s a Westport Country Playhouse Christmas!

“A Merry Little Christmas Carol” — based (of course) on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” — will be performed live on Monday, December 13 (7 p.m.). It’s available too for on-demand streaming, from December 16 through 19.

Part ghost story, part celebration, the show based on the classic novel with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future is the newest offering from WCP’s Script in Hand play-reading series, and Playhouse Radio Theater.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Bah humbug!


Yesterday’s Roundup gave an incorrect date for the Westport Farmers’ Market’s Holiday Artist Market. It’s this Saturday (December 4), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center.

The Artist Market takes place in 3 open-air greenhouses, and features a wide array of one-of-a-kind handcrafted gift ideas. Food trucks will be on hand too.


Today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo shows the late-November view from Giina Ryan’s home office window.

She says,  “In a few days, after the leaves drop, we will see the loading docks on the back side of Stop & Shop for the winter.”

(Photo/Gina Ryan)


And finally … Singer/producer/composer/actor Lou Rawls was born today in 1933. He died in 2006, age 72.


One response to “Roundup: Humane Society, Holiday Trees, “Christmas Carol” …

  1. Susan Hopkins

    Dan: Love your Lou Rawls selections. Thank you for remembering the man with the “Velvet Baritone”.