Last night’s Saugatuck Elementary School 5th grade orchestra and chorus concert was the first such in-person event in 2 years.
To celebrate afterward, kids and parents headed to Saugatuck Sweets. To their dismay, they learned their favorite shop closes at 8 p.m.
To their delight, owners and employees kept the place open late.
Grateful parent Felicia Sale says, “Thank you Saugatuck Sweets!”
United Way of Coastal Fairfield County has awarded the town of Westport $2,000. The funds — and a supply of KN95 masks — support residents impacted by COVID, along with a supply of KN95 protective face masks.
This is the third round of United Way grants to help during the pandemic. It brings to 6,500 the number of masks donated to residents. A previous award of gift cards helped ease the way for struggling residents.
United Way has also helped area agencies, including Homes with Hope, during COVID.
Westport ❤s Local to Market. And the aptly named food-and-more store celebrates upcoming Valentine’s Day with a few specials this weekend.
This Saturday (February 12, 1 to 4 p.m.), Locavore Kitchens offers the debut of heart meringues, and tastings of shortbread cookies.
Dustin Lowman — one of Westport’s favorite singer/songwriter/guitarists — plays Saturday too, from 2 to 4 p.m.
And, of course, there’s a full array of Valentine’s goodies, from BE Chocolat and Knipschildt.
Speaking of the Lowman family:
Presents great haiku workshop
At Wakeman Town Farm
It’s not great haiku. But that’s what’s happening February 28 (7 p.m.) at Wakeman Town Farm.
Westport’s own Diane Lowman (aka Dustin’s mother) will help you learn to write concisely and beautifully — well, at least more beautifully than my effort. The Farm will serve as inspiration. Click here for details and registration.
Fans of Mark Twain and/or music will enjoy the Westport Library’s February 27 event.
Westport composer Barbara Backlar Reis will present songs and commentary from her original collaboration “My Millionaire.” The musical is based on Twain’s short story, “The Million Pound Bank Note.”
The show explores the themes of money and power and how people behave toward those who possess them. Click here for details, and registration.
The family of Roberta Eggart writes that their “proud stage manager, assistant to Michael Sottile, writer, dancer, sister, mother of 3, widow, comedy texter, giver of gift cards to strangers and collector of stray humans, died peacefully on January 26 at the age of doesn’t matter. She will be missed by all who interacted with her.”
She lived in Westport for 3 decades, and knew nearly everyone. She is survived by her children Kat, Casey and Jesse Eggart, and grandson Kai.
Kat calls her mother “one of a kind, and a huge influence in so many people’s lives. She loved to dance, sing and write. She was the best stage manager in the world, and the coolest mom in town!”
The family adds, “A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Light a candle and wish her well. That’s how she rolled.”
Nancy Prevo Andersen — believed to be the last surviving member of Staples High School’s Class of 1941 — died recently in Texas. She was 98 years old.
A noted illustrator and artist who showed frequently in the Southwest and Mexico, she was married to Bill Andersen (Staples ’42). Nancy’s father-in-law, Einar Andersen — longtime president of Westport Bank & Trust — helped put together financing for the town’s purchase of Longshore in 1959.
Nancy and Bill had 4 children: Nonnie, Lee, Diane and BJ. Further details on survivors and services were unavailable. (Hat tips: Carl Addison Swanson, Tom Allen)
Jerry Kuyper sends along today’s “Westport … Naturally” image, with this comment: “At our feeder, birds of a different feather flock together.”
And finally … to get you in the mood for Dustin Lowman’s appearance this Saturday at Local to Market (above), check out this video: