Roundup: Real Housewives, Greens Farms Gardeners, Free Coffee …

The “Real Housewives” franchise has wandered all over, from New York to Beverly Hills, Miami to Salt Lake City (!).

Up next: “The Real Housewives of Westport”?

We’re not sure. But the other day, what appeared to be multiple cast members were filmed on Church Lane.

They prepped at Mrs. London’s Bakery, nearby.

My favorite part of the photo above: the dude in the background, who couldn’t care less as he works on his laptop.


The Greens Farms Garden Club helps our town look prettier.

They also help people in food deserts eat nutritiously, and well.

Every summer, the “Growing For Good” initiative provides fresh organically grown herbs and vegetables to local food banks. It’s part of the club’s mission to advance horticulture skills, civic development and environmental awareness.

This year’s harvest donations weighs i at 818.5 pounds. That’s almost half a ton of good food.

Last week, the Greens Farms Garden Club earned an Award of Excellence for Civic Development, at the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s 94th annual awards meeting in (of course) Plantsville,


Carrie Kuhn took this photo yesterday, at noon:

(Photo/Carrie Kuhn)

What do you see?

Or, more specifically, what don’t you see?


There is not one car or truck on I-95. Carrie took the shot when the Saugatuck Avenue span — and, here the Saugatuck River bridge — was closed, during the “slide” replacement project.

When was the last time you saw I-95 with no vehicles?

I know, I know:  2 weeks ago, during the first “slide” event. But still, it’s a scene worth memorializing.


Also yesterday, shoppers from throughout the region battled the fear of “traffic-geddon” to reach Staples High School, for the Westport Young Woman’s League’s “Craft Westport” sale.

There were crafters of all kinds, plus food vendors and more. The youngest exhibitor was probably Aiden Schachter. The Staples senior — pictured below — makes and sells LED lightclouds.

“Craft Westport” continues today, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $11; seniors $10, children 12-18 $5, children under 12 are free. Click here for more details.

Aiden Schachter, at his CloudLight booth. (Photo/Susan Garment)


Compo Beach is timeless.

But there’s always something new there, too.

Early today, there was a photo shoot on the shore.

That’s not unusual. But this morning’s subject was — well, a bit different.

(Photo/Matt Murray)

If you know the back story, click “Comments” below.


Wheels2U — Westport’s on-demand, door-to-train shuttle service is almost free. ($2 per ride — close enough).

But on Tuesday — Election Day — the coffee is free.

The Westport Transit District and Compass Real Estate offer gratis coffee at Steam to anyone riding between 6 and 8:30 a.m.

Riders use the Wheels2U Westport app to request a pickup  between mornings, then again between 4 and 9:30 p.m. to be taken to or from the Saugatuck or Greens Farms train platform and their front door. Pickups should be requested about 20 minutes before you would normally leave to drive to the station.

Wheels2U deposits riders right next to Steam, at the Saugatuck train station. (Photo/Phil Bancroft)


Last month, over 50 children painted 40 windows throughout town.

And the winners of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce Halloween Window Painting Contest are …

Elementary School

“Scariest Window”: Moksha & Dhruv Iyer, 5th/3rd grade, Mill Hill School (Bridgewater Chocolates window)

“Most Halloween”: Maddy and Morgan Chang, kindergarten, Kings Highway School (Westport Book Shop)

Middle School

“Scariest Window”: Penelope Whitbourne, 7th grade, Bedford Middle (Greens Farms Spirits)

“Most Creative”: (tie): Milo Milgrom, 8th grade, Bedford Middle (Winfield Deli); Manuela Roza, 7th grade, Bedford Middle (Cold Fusion)

“Most Halloween”: Ryder Elgort, 6th Grade, Weston Middle School (Cycle Dynamics).

Winners received gift certificates from Saugatuck Sweets.

Ryder Elgort, with her window decoration at Cycle Dynamics.


The current Westport Country Playhouse Ella Fitzgerald tribute ends tonight.

But great music continues February 10.

Audra McDonald sings songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook, in a one-night fundraiser.

The 6-time Tony, 2-time Grammy and 1-time Emmy Award winner received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. She was also one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People.”

$2,500 tickets include a pre-show dinner and post-show meet and greet; call 203-571-1291, or email

For $225 and $165 tickets, click here.


Audra McDonald


Longtime Westport resident Liz Beeby died September 25, at her Fairfield home. She was 62.

Her obituary calls her “the friend who was bold, thoughtful, fearless, artistic, kind, outrageous, supportive and the coolest….It wasn’t uncommon to see her wearing minks, feather boas and glitter, belting out the lyrics to ‘Layla’ by Eric Clapton. Along with her angelic beauty, she had a sharp wit when needed.”

Liz was an accomplished artist. Her assemblage pieces appeared in Westport art shows and area auctions. “Jewelry Creations by Lucky” was her jewelry design business. She also created “Moving Memories,” which transformed still photos into special occasion videos with music and narration on a DVD.

Liz’s likeness can be seen in many award-winning photographs by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs.

A wake is set for Friday (November 10, 4 to 7 p.m., Spear Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.)

Liz Beeby


Of the many places in town to view fall foliage, Winslow Park is one of the best.

Patricia McMahon captured this classic scene, for our daily “Westport … Naturally” feature:


And finally … to get ready for Audra McDonald’s Westport appearance (story above):

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12 responses to “Roundup: Real Housewives, Greens Farms Gardeners, Free Coffee …

  1. Maybe that “dude who couldn’t care less” in the “Housewives” shoot was actually a paid extra or actor very professionally trying to look engrossed in his laptop!!

  2. Oops…the correct email for the special dinner + Meet & Greet Audra McDonald tickets is

  3. Andrew Colabella

    So many talented kids in this town. Starts with great parents. ❤️

    Liz was a power plant of energy and lit up everyone.

    Fall photos for another two weeks let’s get em going!!!

    • Andrew, You are EXACTLY right; that’s why Westport doesn’t need a 110 million dollar new Long Lots School. Great parents are the key!

  4. Real Housewives of Westport…awful idea!

  5. Maybe Westport should set up voting at the railroad stations–maybe the day before the regular election day to allow for coordinating who voted at the station and who voted at their regular polling location if you don’t want to bother doing it over an internet connection.

  6. Yes they did filming when we were at the Black Duck on Friday night.
    It’s fitting for what Westport has become.
    $$$$$ and me me me!!!

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