Roundup: Compo Entrance, Giving Day, Forest Resilience …


The Compo Beach entrance looks different these days.

Recently, Matt Murray saw workers clearing brush from the area.

He drove by again yesterday. This time, he noticed, it and at least one tree on Compo Beach Road bordering the turn had been removed.

(Photo/Matt Murray)

By comparison, Matt sent this Google view from 2016:

(Photo courtesy of Google Street View)


Thirteen Westport-based organizations are among the dozens participating in next Thursday’s Fairfield County’s Giving Day.

The 9th annual event is sponsored by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Since 2014, it has raised $11.5 million for area non-profits. Last year, nearly 15,000 people donated more than $2.25 million to groups offering a wide array of services

The Westport nonprofits raising funds next week are:

  • Beechwood Arts & Empowerment
  • CLASP Homes
  • Homes with Hope
  • Westport Animal Shelter Advocates
  • Westport Astronomical Society
  • Westport Book Sale Ventures
  • Westport Community Band
  • Westport Community Theatre
  • Westport Country Playhouse
  • Westport Downtown Association
  • Westport Museum for History & Culture
  • Westport School of Music

For a full list, and to support any (or all!) groups, click here.


Want to learn more about “Forest Resilience in the Face of Climate Change”?

Sign up for Aspetuck Land Trust’s “Lunch and Learn” Zoom webinar next Wednesday (February 23, 12 to 1 p.m.).

“Land trusts and other forest owners are facing difficult choices about their cherished trees” in these perilous times, the environmental organization says. “Should we remove and replant? How do we do that?”

The session features the University of Connecticut’s Dr. Juliana Barrett. And Aspetuck Land Trust director of stewardship Lou Bacchiocchi will discuss how he manages 2,000 acres of land.

Click here to register.


The 2022 Music at MoCA Concert Series — just announced — includes 12 jazz, pop, world music, Broadway, country/folk and classical performances. They’ll  be held inside the museum at 19 Newtown Turnpike, and on the outdoor stage between March and November.

Highlights include performers from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Spotlight series, and the world-renowned Danish String Quartet.

The full schedule:

March 25: Alturas Duo with Gonzalo Cortés (World Music)
April 16: The Figgs (Rock)
April 30: Griffin Anthony (Pop)
May 21: Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Quartet (Jazz) – Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist
June 11: Sean Mason (Jazz) – Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist
June 25: A Tale of Two (Country/Folk)
July 15: Adam Tendler (Classical Contemporary)
July 23: Broadway Through The Ages (Broadway)
August 5: Danish String Quartet (Classical)
August 20: Mariel Bildsten (Jazz) – Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist
September 9: Roman Rabinovich (Classical)
November 19: Heida Hermanns Competition Celebration

Tickets — which include exhibition admission — are available on MoCA’s website, or by calling 203-222-7070. Streaming is available for anyone wishing to watch at home.

Sean Mason, part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist series.


Speaking of music … oops! Yesterday’s “Roundup” noted John Corigliano’s 84th birthday.

I forgot to mention that the famed contemporary classical composer spent summers here while growing up. His father, John Sr., was concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for 23 years, and died at Norwalk Hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage at his 74th birthday party at the family’s summer home on Valley Road. He is buried around the corner, at Assumption Cemetery on Greens Farms Road. (Hat tips: Ann Sheffer, Bobbie Herman)

John Corigliano Jr. (right) with his father John Corigliano Sr. and mother Rose Buzen, an educator and pianist. (Photo/Gabriella M. Langendorff)


Dog photos are catnip for “06880” readers. Today’s “Westport … Naturally” image comes from Nicola Sharian. Remember: Pooches are allowed at Compo only until March 31. Enjoy it while you can!

(Photo/Nicola Sharian)


And finally … MoCA’s great concert series lineup (above) includes pop artist Griffin Anthony. Here’s a preview:

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