That’s when the Remarkable Theater opens its summer drive-in series, at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. (The same site as the Westport Farmers’ Market.)
It’s a win-win. The theater offers employment to people with disabilities, while providing safe, socially distant entertainment for the town.
Two classic films are on tap this weekend: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on Friday; “Caddyshack” Saturday.
Opening night is a fundraiser for the Westport Woman’s Club — the Imperial parking lot’s next door neighbor. With no Yankee Doodle Fair this year due to COVID-19, this is a great way to support their food closet.
Tickets for Friday’s fundraiser are $100 per car. Other shows are $50 per car.
Tickets go on sale at 3 p.m. today. Click here to reserve a spot.
Follow the Remarkable Theater on Facebook and Instagram to see upcoming shows, or to make suggestions for movies you want to see next.
(The screenings are made possible with the financial support of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Disabilities and the ARTHA Foundation, and help from the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce and Westport Library.)
As of today (June 13), doubles play will be allowed at the tennis courts at Longshore, Staples High School, Town Farm and Doubleday (behind Saugatuck Elementary School).
Also as of today, dogs will no longer be required to be on leash in the off-leash area of Winslow Park or other town property where dogs are allowed.
As of Wednesday (June 17), one pickleball court at Compo Beach will be open for singles play with restrictions. It’s first come, first serve.
Also as of Wednesday, both platform tennis courts at Longshore will be open for singles play with restrictions. Advanced reservations are required, and can be booked online 5 days in advance, or by calling the Longshore tennis office at 203-341-1180 2 days in advance. No walk-ups allowed!
Registration for Parks and Rec and Wakeman Town Farm summer programs begins Wednesday. To see programs and register, click here,
And in more Parks & Rec news: The Compo Beach bathrooms are open. They bear these signs:
Coming attraction: Movies in the Imperial Avenue parking lot.
A “drive-in theater” will be set up there this summer. The Remarkable Theater — the initiative employing men and women with disabilities — is behind the project, which got a unanimous go-ahead from the Board of Selectmen.
Four films will be shown on a 40-foot-wide screen over 2 weeks at the end of June, said Remarkable creative director Doug Tirola. Up to 80 cars can be accommodated in the lot, which during the day is both a commuter parking lot and the site of Thursday Farmers’ Markets.
Film titles and more details will be announced soon.
A pair of Norwalk food pantries — St. Philip’s and St. Vincent de Paul — feed 350 families a week. Both the families and the pantries are in desperate need of help.
Tomorrow (Sunday, June 14, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), the Knights of Columbus will conduct a “drive-through food drive.” The site is the Assumption Church parking lot (98 Riverside Avenue).
You don’t have to leave your vehicle. K of C members will pick up your donation from your trunk or back seat.
Food that is needed:
Small bags of rice
Small packets of pasta/macaroni
Bags of dried black beans
Vienna sausage – regular or chicken
Cereal – oatmeal or cornflakes
Checks are great too. Make them payable to Church of the Assumption; in the memo line, write “Food Drive.”
Assumption Church (Photo/Ellen Wentworth)
Staples High School and University of Southern California journalism student Becca Rawiszer recently interviewed Board of Education chair Candice Savin about where Westport schools go from here. Click here to download the Persona Interviews app to watch the full interview — and ask Savin a follow up question.
The Blues Views & BBQ Festival is a uniquely Westport tradition.
And it’s one that reaches far beyond our borders.
Now in its 11th year, the Labor Day weekend event brings Southern- inspired food, nationally recognized music, and good ol’ family fun to downtown.
You may not think of Westport as a blues town. With Bobby Q’s gone, there ain’t much barbecue left.
But the Festival — set for this Saturday and Sunday (September 1-2) — brings out our inner blues and BBQ. It draws thousands of non-Westporters who really understand that kind of music and food to places they otherwise might never go: the Levitt Pavilion, Library parking lot and Imperial Avenue commuter lot.
People come from around the state — New York and New Jersey too — to hear fantastic performers at the Levitt, and on 2 auxiliary stages. This year’s lineup of 20 bands includes funk powerhouse Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Grammy Award winner Fantastic Negrito, Sister Sparrow and Carolyn Wonderland.
Fantastic Negrito comes to the Blues Views & BBQ Festival this weekend.
Blues, Views and BBQ introduces up-and-coming and local talent too, like first-time performers Alpaca Gnomes, Mingo Fishtrap, Cris Jacobs and Ruby Velle & Soulphonics.
All that listening whips up an appetite. A BBQ competition, cooking demos, rib- and pie-eating contests, and plenty of food trucks and stands take care of the heartiest eaters.
Throw in 6 bounce houses, car painting, touch-a-truck, airbrush tattoos and more kids’ fun, and Blues, Views and BBQ is something you just don’t see every day. Particularly in Westport.
Enjoying a great day of blues at the Levitt Pavilion. (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)
This year, the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce takes over the event from the Downtown Merchants Association. They spent 2 years making the transition, so it will be seamless.
This year too, the event has expanded to fill the entire Imperial Avenue lot. Folks will wander from there to the Levitt, library parking lot and back. Fantastic music and amazing BBQ aromas will fill the air.
… and, of course, BBQ in the parking lot nearby.
“06880”‘s tagline is “Where Westport meets the world.” This weekend, Blues, Views and BBQ shows some of the special ways we do it.
The ones in last Sunday’s photo challenge could have been the ones leading to the train station from Luciano Park. They weren’t.
They could have been the ones from the Imperial Avenue parking lot to the library and Levitt Pavilion. They weren’t those either — though that’s closer.
The steps shown (click here) can indeed be found at the Imperial lot — but they lead up to the Westport Woman’s Club. Congratulations to Patricia Blaufuss, Julia Whamond, Elaine Marino, Michelle Saunders and Shirlee Gordon — 5 women who know their town well.
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