Roundup: JoyRide For Ukraine, AAPI T-Shirts. Pickleball …


JoyRide — the very community-minded cycling studio — teams up with WestportMoms to host a “Ride for Ukraine” fundraiser April 13 (6 p.m., 1200 Post Road East).

Five popular teachers will team up. DJ Mo will spin tunes. A minimum $25 donation is requested; proceeds go to Americares.

Click here to purchase a free class credit. Choose your bike for the April 13, 6 p.m. class. Then bring your donation the day of the ride.


May is AAPI Heritage Month.

To get ready, AAPI Westport — our great local Asian American/Pacific Islander group — is selling t-shirts.

“Love comes in all languages,” the organization says. To prove it, the word “love” is spelled out in a variety of languages, around a heart. Click here to order.


Congratulations to Drew Douglas and Wendy Ford!

They beat Lauren Festa and Patti Brill in the 2-out-of-3 finals of Westport Parks & Recreation’s 1st-ever pickleball tournament.

Sixteen teams competed in the single elimination event, held Sunday at Bedford Middle School. Don Christopher ran the event.

Wendy Ford and Drew Douglas, pickleball champs.


Real-world issues — the supply chain and labor shortages — have forced Westport Country Playhouse to cancel the first preview performance of its first 2022 production, “Next to Normal.”

The pop/rock musical was set to begin tonight. Previews now run tomorrow (Wednesday through Friday, April 6 to 8). Opening night remains Saturday, April 9.

“Next to Normal” is a story about a family’s loss and endurance. The lives of what seems to be a typical suburban American family are anything but ordinary, as the mother struggles with mental illness. The musical presents the family’s story with love, compassion and spirit.

For more information and tickets, click here, or call 203-227-4177.

The Westport Country Playhouse 2022 season begins with “Next to Normal.”


We’ve featured plenty of birds in our “Westport … Naturally” series. But this is our first mockingbird.

He (or she) sat recently on a gray Compo Beach fence, on an equally gray day. We have no idea who he (or she) was mocking.

(Photo/Jo Kirsch)


And finally … in 1976, CB radios were all the rage. All of America, it seemed, communicated from car to car like truckers.

C.W. McCall — in reality Bill Fries, an Omaha advertising executive — picked up on the craze with an unlikely #1 song, “Convoy.”

Fries died last week in Colorado, at 93. Click here to read his full obituary. Click below to hear what the country was listening to, in that bizarre bicentennial year.

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