Tag Archives: Cohl Katz

Roundup: Club 203, Native Plants, Cohl Katz …

Club 203 — the new Westport organization providing social and fun activities for adults with disabilities — launched with a bang Wednesday night.

Over 100 people gathered at MoCA for the kickoff event. DJ Joe’s great playlist got everyone on the dance floor from the moment they arrived.

The dance floor was filled.

Participants came from as far as Middlebury, Connecticut. DJ Joe rocked the night! Everyone was in on the dance floor. MoCA, The Porch at Christie’s, CVS for providing the venue and snacks. We would also like to thank all the volunteers from our community who helped us last night. We could not have done it with out them!

Hanging with the DJ …

Club 203 organizers Stacie Curran, Kathryn Sonne, Joe Anastasi and Sharuna Mahesh thank MoCA, The Porch @ Christie’s and CVS for providing the venue and snacks — as well as the many volunteers who made the night special.

Next up: a Halloween celebration (October 23, Remarkable Theater). For more information, click here.

,,, and hanging out.

=======================================================

One of the most well-known houses in Westport (the Kowalsky home) sat for years on one of the last large open residential spaces in Westport.

Now the home — officially, 117 Morningside Drive South — has joined the list of notable town teardowns.

A recent photo …

… and an even more recent one. (Photo/Alan Phillips)

=======================================================

Though all eyes were on the UK yesterday, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, viewers watching Yahoo! Finance got a double dose of Westport.

Dave Briggs — one of the platform’s anchors — interviewed internationally best-selling author Jane Green, a British native. Both now live here.

Click here for the full interview.

Screenshot of yesterday’s interview.

=======================================================

Speaking of Her Majesty … on Monday (September 12), the Remarkable Theater honors her life and legacy with a special showing of “The Queen.”

Helen Mirren stars in the 2006 film, which examines Queen Elizabeth II n the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana.

The lot opens at 6:15 p.m. for tailgating. The movie starts at 7;15 p.m. Click here for tickets, and more information.

========================================================

Who was Sigrid Schultz, for whom part of the newly designed Elm Street parking lot is named?

She was a pioneering female reporter, social justice activist — and longtime Westporer — who played an important role in exposing the growing Nazi threat during the lead-up to World War II, and beyond.

Last night, the Westport Museum for Culture & History hosted Professor Dr. David Milne of the University of East Anglia. He is writing her biography, and shared fascinating details of her life. The “Dragon Lady” exhibit is open to the public at the museum through the end of the year. (Hat tip: Dave Matlow)

Dr. James Milne, at the Westport Museum for History & Culture. (Photo/Dave Matlow)

======================================================

Wondering about all those yellow ribbons downtown?

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The ribbons create awareness too: for Circle of Care, a Wilton-based organization that helps families deal with the diagnosis of a child with cancer.

Click here to learn more about Circle of Care. Then click below, for a local video:

=======================================================

With autumn around the corner, it’s time for Aspetuck Land Trust’s fall native plant sale.

Hard-to-find plants, trees, shrubs and perennials can be ordered online, and picked up September 30 to October 2 at the Caryl & Edna Haskins Preserve off Green Acre Lane. Click here for details.

=======================================================

Aarti Khosla believes that teachers are the backbone of our society. In these unprecedented times, she says, they need our love more than ever.

Aarti owns Le Rouge Chocolates, on Main Street. So she’s in a position to make it happen. Sweeeeet!

Her “Give a Little Love” chocolate heart campaign works like this: For $8 each, customers can sponsor a heart for one Westport teacher. Aarti hand-delivers the treats to each school.

This is the third year in a row for “Give a Little Love.” Teachers have been very touched by this small gesture, she says.

To donate one or more chocolate hearts online, click here.

“Give a Little Love” with chocolate hearts.

======================================================

MoCA’s next show — the premiere of the From The Pen To The Knife exhibition, featuring close to 300 watercolor paintings by Marian Christy, who creates watercolors using only palette knives and puddles of paint — is on view from October 15 to November 27.

An opening reception is set for October 15 (5 to 7 p.m.).

Christy was a Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalist, covering fashion and celebrities, for the first chapter of her life.

In the second chapter, she pivoted from “the pen to the knife.” Christy, now 90, had no formal training. She has worked for the last 15 years in her basement at an easel, held firm by used bricks to sustain her forceful palette knife strokes. For more information, click here.

One of Marian Christy’s nearly 300 works, exhibited soon at MoCA Westport.

=======================================================

Cohl Katz’s clients have included Al Pacino, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Bush, Bob Dylan, Cal Ripken, Cindy Crawford, Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton, Hilary Swank, Jerry Seinfeld, John McEnroe, Johnny Depp, Katie Couric, Keith Richards, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martha Stewart, Mary Tyler Moore, Mel Gibson, Mick Jagger, Muhammad Ali, Nicole Kidman, Phil Donohue, Ray Charles, Robert Redford, Robin Williams, Rod Stewart, Rosie O’Donnell, Sting and Tom Cruise,

The hair stylist and makeup artist recently moved back to Westport. She’s offering a back-to-school special for new clients (of all ages): a 50% first-appointment discount. Call 917-848-9596 — and mention “06880”!

Three of Cohl Katz’s clients.

=====================================================

Several Westport chefs will prepare 4-course tableside meals at Greenwich Wine + Food. The fundraiser for the Jacques Pépin Foundation and Wholesome Wae is set for October 7 (at Abigail Kirsch The Loading Dock, Stamford).

The local contingent includes Jes Bengtson (Terrain Garden Café. Amis Trattoria); Debra Ponzek (Aux Delices), Matt Storch (Match Burger Lobster) and Bill Taibe (The Whelk, Kawa Ni, Don Memo).

The evening includes honors for the Serendipity’s 2022 Most Innovative Chefs. Among them: Will Friedman of Kawa Ni.

Click here for the full schedule, and ticket information.

Bill Taibe and Jes Bengtson will cook at Greenwich Wine + Food.

=======================================================

The girls are gone from Compo. Now — as seen in today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo — the gulls take over.

(Photo/Tracy Porosoff)

=======================================================

And finally … as we remember the remarkable life of Queen Elizabeth II, the United States mourns with our British friends.

=======================================================

(“06880 is entirely reader-supported. Please click here to contribute.)

Roundup: Federal Reserve, Fast Runners, Fine Cuts …

=======================================================

As predicted on “06880” earlier this month, President Biden has nominated Sarah Bloom Raskin to the Federal Reserve. If confirmed, she would serve as vice chair for supervision. The post was created after the 2008 financial crisis.

Raskin — the daughter of longtime Westporter Arlene Bloom and her late husband Herb — is a law professor at Duke University. She served as a Federal Reserve governor before joining the Treasury Department under President Obama. She is married to Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland.

The New York Times says of Raskin: “She is a Harvard-trained lawyer who studied economics as an undergraduate at Amherst College, and she has a track record of pushing for tougher bank regulation — something that makes her popular among Democrats, but which could earn her a tough confirmation battle.”

Republican Senator Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania says: “I have serious concerns that she would abuse the Fed’s narrow statutory mandates on monetary policy and banking supervision to have the central bank actively engaged in capital allocation.”

Click here for the full Times story.

Several years ago, Sarah Bloom Raskin addressed Westport’s Y’s Men.

=====================================================

Two track items of interest:

Last night, the Staples High School sprint medley relay team won their race in the New York Armory with the fastest time in the country this season: 3:36.73. It’s well under the qualifying time for the national meet.

Congratulations to Samir Mott (200 yards), David Sedrak (200), Bruno Guiduli (400) and Jalen St. Fort (800)!

From left: Jalen St. Fort, Samir Mott, Bruno Guiduli, David Sedrak. (Photo/Barry Guiduli)

Meanwhile, Henry Wynne — the 2012 Staples graduate, and one of the best runners in that track program’s storied history — will run in the Wanamaker Mile at the 114th Millrose Games. They’re set for the Armory on January 29.

The Wanamaker Mile is one of the most renowned races in all of track and field. Wynne — who in 2016 was the NCAA mile champion, running for the University of Virginia — now competes professionally, for the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts. (Hat tip: Peter Gambaccini)

Henry Wynne (Photo/Will Hoffman for Runner’s World)

======================================================

More Staples news: The January Students of the Month.

Seniors Alex Anastasi and Jacob Yarish, juniors Mia Vindiola and Jackson Oliver, sophomores Timothy Herold and Sofia Santamaria, and freshman Maxwell Manchester, “help make the a welcoming place for their peers and teachers alike. They are the ‘glue’ of the Staples community: the type of kind, cheerful, hard-working, trustworthy students who make the high school the special place it is.”

Congratulations to these 7 worthy teenagers!

From left: Jackson Oliver, Maxwell Manchester, Sofia Santamaria, Alexa Anastasi, Mia Vindiola. Missing: Timonthy Herol, Jacob Yarish.

=====================================================

Throughout the pandemic, Cohl Katz has been making “haircut house calls.” She’ll continue doing that. But now that she’s back in Westport, you can come to her too.

The celebrity hair stylist and makeup artist has worked with — among others —  Al Pacino, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Bush, Bob Dylan, Cal Ripken, Cindy Crawford, Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton, Hilary Swank, Jerry Seinfeld, John McEnroe, Johnny Depp, Katie Couric, Keith Richards, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martha Stewart, Mary Tyler Moore, Mel Gibson, Mick Jagger, Muhammad Ali, Nicole Kidman, Phil Donohue, Ray Charles, Robert Redford, Robin Williams, Rod Stewart, Rosie O’Donnell, Sting and Tom Cruise

She invites “06880” readers — famous and less well known — for a haircut, blowout and make-up for a special evening, or a make-up lesson.

Text 917-848-9596 to schedule an appointment.

Cohl Katz adjusts Jodie Foster’s “Clarice Starling” wig.

=======================================================

I’m not sure why we haven’t seen this before. But Elena Nasereddin spotted these “kissing rocks” yesterday at Sherwood Island State Park. They’re perfect for today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature.

(Photo/Elena Nasereddin)

=======================================================

And finally … Monday is the official celebration of Martin Luther King Day. But the minister and human rights activist who — in his 39 short years — changed history was born today, in 1929. We don’t have to wait until the holiday to celebrate his contributions to our nation, and those of the countless men and women he inspired.

Roundup: Theater, Sports, Bernie, More

=====================================================

Good theater is hard to find right now.

But a pair of Staples High School graduates are collaborating on an intriguing work, available from the comfort of your home. And it was filmed right in Westport.

Class of 2016 graduate Adam Riegler is directing a virtual play. “Albert Names Edward” by Louis Nowra is a taped theatrical production about 2 men who meet unexpectedly. One has no memory; the other is at the peak of his philosophical musings. Albert teaches Edward about the world he has forgotten, and introduces him to new ways of thinking that Edward does not always accept.

The company of recent graduates of Dartmouth College includes Max Samuels (Staples Class of 2011). They rehearsed on Zoom before getting tested for COVID. They took all precautions as they to met to film the show here.

The budget was low. Riegler built a camera dolly out of medical equipment from his father’s office. But the quality is high.

Riegler is finishing the footage now, with an original score.

“Albert Names Edward” will be available on demand on January 29 and 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but should be reserved ahead of time (click here). 

Max Samuels (right) in “Albert Names Edward.”

===================================================

Last month, the Hackett family collected new and gently used sports equipment for a group called Leveling the Playing Field.

This was not just a bin-ful. Westporters donated enough cleats, hockey and lacrosse sticks, bats, skates, footballs and softball gloves to fill a truck. It’s all been delivered to youngsters who want to play, but could not afford to.

The Hacketts thank The Granola Bar, WestportMoms (and “06880”) for getting the word out — and to everyone who contributed.

Play ball!

hloe Hackett (organizer) and Max Levitt (founder of Leveling the Playjng Field), Chloe Hackett and Marley, the Hacketts’ rescue dog.

=======================================================

Patricia Wettach — a 50-year resident of Westport — died peacefully at home on Wednesday. She was 97 years old.

The Pennsylvania native and World War II Navy WAVES veteran met her future husband, Bob, in the service. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, and they married in 1951.

In 1971 GE transferred Bob to New York from Cincinnati. Patricia lived in that house ever since.

Gracious and warm, she built strong, loving friendships everywhere. She welcomed everyone to her home, and fed them well. She enjoyed bridge, book and gourmet clubs, and was a longtime member of the Westport Woman’s Club, St. Luke New Horizon Society, Delta Gamma of Fairfield County Alumnae, and Food and Friends. Patricia also volunteered with Fairfield County Hospice, and was a liturgical minister at St. Luke Church.

She traveled internationally with friends and family, but her favorite destination was the Wettach cottage in Vermilion, Ohio, overlooking Lake Erie. She spent many hours on the front porch reading, talking and enjoying the view.

Patricia is survived by her children Mary Ann Roehm (Edward), Jane (Paul Baldasare Jr.) and Robert III (Gayle); 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Mary Werbaneth; stepbrother Colman Studeny, and 6 nephews.

She was predeceased 27 years ago by her husband Bob, whom she missed intensely.

As she approached her 90s Patricia was joined by Inga Durante, an aide whose tender care allowed her to stay at home until she died. Patricia’s family is deeply indebted to Inga for her service.

In lieu of flowers, Patricia asked that donations be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County (22 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897). Click here to leave online condolences.

Patricia Wettach

======================================================

Cohl Katz is a hair stylist and makeup artist to the stars.

Her clients literally span A (Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin) to Z (Zelda Williams) — with everyone from Jodie Foster, Tracy Morgan, Al Hanks and Bill Clinton thrown in.

But on Wednesday, Cohl — who counts many Westporters among her devoted fans — had one of her most demanding clients ever.

Look familiar?

And after that, Bernie headed off to Compo Beach …

(Posted by Todd Zegras to Facebook)

(Courtesy of Mary Lou Roels)

=======================================================

And finally … today is January 23. In other words, 1/23. So …

 

Cohl Katz’s A-List Clients

Cohl Katz makes everyone feel like a celebrity.

The talented hair stylist and makeup artist works with a devoted clientele at Dream Spa. The handsome stand-alone home on the Post Road next to Crate & Barrel is a perfect spot for the low-key but very creative Cohl.

But she finds time to make actual, legit celebrities look even better than usual.

Her clients literally span A (Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin) to Z (Zelda Williams).

The other day, she prepared Jodie Foster for her “Silence of the Lambs” parody on the “Late Show Stephen Colbert.”

Cohl Katz adjusts Jodie Foster’s “Clarice Starling” wig.

Then it was time for Tracy Morgan. His new TV series debuts this spring.

And she posed for a selfie with longtime client Tom Hanks.

Then it was back to Westport. Her customers needed her to make them look fabulous too.

Cohl Katz: Celebrity Stylist Brings Talents To Town

What do Al Pacino, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Bush, Bob Dylan, Cal Ripken, Cindy Crawford, Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton, Hilary Swank, Jerry Seinfeld, John McEnroe, Johnny Depp, Katie Couric, Keith Richards, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martha Stewart, Mary Tyler Moore, Mel Gibson, Mick Jagger, Muhammad Ali, Nicole Kidman, Phil Donohue, Ray Charles, Robert Redford, Robin Williams, Rod Stewart, Rosie O’Donnell, Sting and Tom Cruise have in common?

Cohl Katz.

She’s the celebrity hair stylist and makeup artist who has worked wonders on all those actors, singers, politicians and heavyweight champions (in and out of the boxing ring).

Last year, Cohl gave up her high-powered New York life (and salon) for quieter, more laid-back — but no less glamorous — Westport.

Cohl Katz, in her new Vincent Palumbo Salon digs.

Cohl Katz, in her new Vincent Palumbo Salon digs.

She joined Vincent Palumbo Salon. There — near Party Harty, Dunkin’ Donuts and Westport Hardware — she’s become one of our town’s favorite stylists.

Our names may not be (all) boldface. But Cohl is delighted.

Though she grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, she was always drawn to New York. Woody Allen movies pulled her in.

After training at Vidal Sassoon in San Francisco, she moved to his academy in London. There she met some of the world’s top fashion photographers — and honed her creative, calm, communicative approach.

One of Cohl Katz's clients...

One of Cohl Katz’s clients…

In 1983 she made her long-awaited move to “New York. Her painter/ sculptor brother lived in the East Village. Through him — and his parties — Cohl befriendedvery interesting people. One of her first hair-cutting clients was Robert Mapplethorpe.

At a bar she met Maripol. The stylist had just created Madonna’s look. Maripol’s friend had a salon on Madison Avenue. Cohl started work there the next day.

She opened one of New York’s first boutique salons in 1991, in the then-stylistic wilderness of the Flatiron district. She also freelanced, doing hair and makeup for celebrities before photo shoots.

Her clientele expanded beyond entertainers. She worked with 3 first ladies — Barbara and Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton — at the White House, and the Waldorf Astoria.

“They’re just people like us, doing a job they love,” she says of her many famous clients. When she meets them at their apartment or home, they open the door in bathrobes or towels.

...another...

…another…

“I like people,” Cohl says. “Every day is different. My job is to be supportive and comforting, so they look and feel great.”

At her salons too, she enjoys giving someone a change that can lift their spirit.

For many year, Cohl owned a New York apartment and country home. She likes to kayak, bike and garden, but after years in the city she longed to see sky, trees and water every day. When her daughter graduated from high school, Cohl was ready to create a new life.

She knew Peter Coppola. He’d just teamed up with Vincent Palumbo. Soon, Cohl was on a train to Westport. She liked Vincent’s energy, and the smiles she saw on customers and stylists in his salon. He hired her immediately.

But Cohl needed time to make sure  the move felt right. She kept her apartment, and commuted to Westport from New York.

It did not take long for her to know her instincts were right. Through the salon, she learned that Westport is “down-to-earthy, friendly, smart and sophisticated.”

...and 2 more.

…and 2 more.

She looked at real estate. A Southport cottage seemed perfect. The owner — an 86-year-old woman — had been a model back in the day (and a 5-time cover girl for Vogue).

“It was a perfect fit,” Cohl says. “It was meant to be.”

There’s a horse next to her cottage. Every day before work, she feeds him carrots. “I feel like I’m in the country — not the suburbs,” Cohl notes.

She looks forward to a summer of kayaking and gardening. She still goes to Manhattan twice a month, and does celebrity work on request.

But, she says, “I’m enjoying a different part of my life. I love what I do, and I’ve always felt like I’ve never worked a day in my life. But this is really special.”