There was a lot going on this beautiful weekend.
A beautiful sight was Staples High School’s Jinny Parker Field, where hundreds of Westporters of all ages banged out pushups for a great cause.
The 12th annual Push Against Cancer is a fundraiser for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp — the wonderful respite for kids battling life-threatening diseases. It was developed by Westport’s beloved Paul Newman.
Participants solicited pledges, in return for pushups. The top 2 teams were Staples girls soccer ($24,178) and Staples boys soccer ($23.311).
It costs $2,500 to send one youngster to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for a week. Those 2 soccer programs alone will send 18 children there.
Add in the $140,000-plus raised by everyone else, and that’s nearly 80 boys and girls. Well done, Westport!
On Saturday, friends and family of Steffi Friedman honored the Westport artist who died 2 years ago at 94, and dedicated a new work.
Her bronze “Pas de Deux” (2002) is now part of the Westport Public Art Collections. Installed for years on her Yankee Hill Road lawn, it now sits proudly in the Staples High School courtyard. The work was donated by her family, in gratitude of Westport’s cultural legacy, and Staples’ commitment to the arts.
The event was organized by Steffi’s daughter Margie — a 1972 Staples graduate — and town arts curator Kathie Bennewitz.
Performances include poetry from town poet laureate Diane Meyer Lowman, and dance by Staples alum Grace Bergonzi.
The River of Roses is one of Westport’s best fundraisers.
It’s probably the most colorful too.
The Survive-OAR program provides mental, physical and emotional healing after traditional treatment ends. It’s an empowering, supportive community for women to heal.
During next Sunday’s celebration (October 10, 4 p.m.) — honoring the Saugatuck Rowing Club’s Survive-OARS crew, plus anyone who has battling breast cancer (or is now) — names are read aloud, as rose petals are scattered into the Saugatuck River at high tide. They’re then swept out to sea.
Survive-OAR’s Kimberly Wilson will sing. There’s live music by Fake ID, plus Copp’s Island Oysters, a raw bar from Pagano’s Seafood, drinks, Chef Jason’s clam chowder and lobster bisque, and Donut Crazy treats.
Click here for tickets, donations, positivity bracelets and more. Questions? Email president and head coach Diana Kuen: diana@survive-OARS.org.
PS: Throughout October, new members can buy a one-month membership to the Saugatuck Rowing Club. 100% of the dues goes toward Survive-OARS.
Yesterday’s Roundup gave an incorrect date for Westport Pride’s Zoom presentation: “When did you know?” (As in: When did you know you were LGBT?).
It’s tomorrow (Tuesday, October 5, 7 p.m.). Panelists include
- John Dodig, former Staples High School principal
- Zac Mathias, Weston High School senior and media influencer
- Samantha Webster, Staples High graduate and former Staples Player
- Luke Foreman, Staples grad and varsity tennis captain
- Jen DeLoyd and Bethany Eppner, Westport parents
- Kayla Iannetta, Staples teacher and founder of the Westport Public Schools’ Pride Coalition
- Brian McGunagle, Westport parent and founder of Westport Pride.
Click here for the Zoom link.
Westporter Lisa Seidenberg had a letter published in yesterday’s New York Times Book Review.
It was a response to a review by Simon Winchester that mentioned the Futurama exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair, and how General Motors drove many Americans into debt with the purchase of automobiles. That was a huge expense, in the post-Depression years.
Seidenberg knows the subject well. Her 2010 documentary on the Fair — “I Have Seen the Future” — premiered in Westport, before screenings at film festivals nationwide. It included commentary by the late Westport futurist Watts Wacker.
MoCA Westport has announced its fall music series. It includes:
- Marielle Kraft (pop): Friday, October 8
- The Figgs (rock): Friday, October 15
- Priscilla Navarro (classical): Saturday, November 20
- The Mark O’Connor Duo (violin/fiddle/bluegrass): Thursday, December 9.
Shows begin at 7 p.m. Click here for details and tickets.
Congratulations to the Longshore Ladies 9 Holers. Their annual charity golf event at Longshore raised an enormous amount of food donations for the Westport Woman’s Club food closet, plus $1,175 in cash.
Today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo is sweet!
Here’s a honeybee enjoying a dahlia:
And finally … I had never heard of the Figgs — the band that’s headlining at MoCA Westport next week.
Then again, there are lots of bands I’ve never heard of.
Now here they are: