Chuck Greenlee, acting Y’s Men Gardening chair, writes:
“Wednesday afternoon at the very popular Westport Community Garden, our our Ys Men Gardening group noticed an unusual flying insect. JP Montillier got an eerily good photo.
“It was our newest American insect invasive scourge: the lanternfly.”
Click here for more information on lanternflies.
Speaking of the less-wonderful side of nature:
Dave Wilson sent a photo of a dead tree on New Creek Road, near the Greens Farms Station and Beachside Avenue.
It’s dangerous. Dave says that a few requests have been made over the years to remove it.
He thinks it may have been tagged this week.
Fingers crossed …
Nômade — the new restaurant replacing Tavern on Main — has had a few previews, before opening officially next week.
The previously dark interior has been reimagined, much more brightly. (The fireplace remains — but it’s now white). The patio is filled with tables, and a large bar. Wicker baskets hang from the ceiling.
The eclectic menu ranges from burgers and steaks to octopus, clams and ravioli.
Tickets are going fast for tonight’s (Friday) Levitt Pavilion show — the inaugural one, launching Hiss Golden Messenger and Aiofe O’Donovan’s “Turn Tail in the Milky Way” tour. (Next stops: Chautauqua, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.)
And kids’ tickets (12 and under) are free.
Both bands are part of the Levitt’s “Stars on Tour” event.
The show starts at 7 p.m. tonight. Doors open at 6; the Walrus Alley food truck will be there. Click here for tickets, and more information.
Tonight’s “Stars on Tour” folk double-header follows the free one last night. Intergenerational greatness was on stage, as Clueless (with School of Rock stars Ethan Walmark, Anais Preller, Jake Greenwald; Zach Rogers, Francesco Perrouna and Witt Lindau teamed up with perennial favorite the Mill River Band.
Yesterday was the first of the 3-day Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition.
The international event includes master classes by finalists at the Westport Public Library, and performances at MoCA Westport.
Today’s (Friday) events include a lecture by educator and musician Clipper Erickson, plus more master classes at the Library, and performances at MoCA. The competition concludes with an awards ceremony at MoCA on Saturday, (August 13).
Click here for tickets for all events, both in-person and virtual, and more information.
Speaking of music: Me2/Orchestra is the only one in the world created by and for people living with mental illness. R
It was created by Ronald Braunstein. On a trajectory to becoming a leading conductor, he made his diagnosis of bipolar disorder public and was shunned by the classical music community.
He vowed to erase the mental health stigma. one concert at a time. The film “Orchestrating Change” follows Braunstein and several musicians for 2 years, capturing their setbacks and accomplishments.
The film ends in triumph for Braunstein, who thought he might never conduct again — and for the musicians and audience, whose perspective on mental illness is forever changed.
The Westport Library will show “Orchestrating Change” on September 13 (7 p.m.). Executive producers/directors Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin, and several people featured in the film, will be on hand for a talkback after the screening. Click here for more details.
The Staples High School football program was inspired yesterday by a visit from a combat wounded Army veteran, Intelligence Sergeant Quincy Lopez.
He cheered on the athletes, as they did a Marine Corps “Murph workout.” It’s a fundraiser for both Westport football and Catch a Lift, the program that helps wounded vets.
Sgt. Lopez spoke of being part of something “bigger than yourself.” He added:
“You are as strong as your strongest link, and as weak as your weakest link. If you guide your decisions by what makes the team better, that in turn makes you better.
“We will soon approach another anniversary of 9/11. The darkest of hours and ultimate tragedy was followed by the greatest period of camaraderie and unity. Incredible gains can happen when everybody works together. Keep this in mind as you persevere for whatever you do and aim to achieve.”
Colorful seacoast mushrooms at the Westport Farmers’ Market make today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo particularly colorful.
And finally … on this day in 1966, John Lennon apologized for saying that “the Beatles are more popular than Jesus.”