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Rush Of Events Fills Chamber’s Fall

The pandemic played havoc with our lives.

Not to mention the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce’s calendar of events.

A host of town activities — from Slice of Saugatuck and the Dog Festival to the Halloween Window Painting Contest — were postponed at least once.

Now they’re coming back. And the schedule is jam-packed.

On tap:

  • Slice of Saugatuck (Saturday, September 25): A walkable, eatable (tons of restaurant samples!), family-friendly and fun afternoon, in Westport’s funkiest neighborhood.
  • Westport Dog Festival (Sunday, October 10): Obstacle courses, K-9 demonstrations, vendors and more at Winslow Park. Make sure Fido brings you there!
  • First Selectman Candidates Forum – Tuesday, October 12: Get informed about the future of Westport, live at the Library.
  • Restaurant Week (October 19-31): So many great places to eat, we need more than an actual “week.”
  • Halloween Window Painting Contest (Saturday, October 23): Kids decorate downtown — and compete for prizes.

The Slice of Saugatuck will be back soon. (Photo/Terry Cosgrave)

While those events were put on hold the past 18 months, the Chamber helped the community cope in other ways.

“COVID hit our businesses hard, especially restaurants,” says director Matthew Mandell.

“The Chamber created a Take Out initiative, with a video and our BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) campaign to promote outdoor dining. We also ran an hour-long livestream variety show in the middle of the lockdown, to support ur retail stores. We had to think totally out of the box, and I believe we did.

“People needed things to do that were safe, but still felt normal. We organized the first drive-in concert in the state, beating established music venues to the punch. We sold out all 10 of our concerts.

“When the time is right, we hope go back inside the Library for our Supper & Soul series.”

The beat goes on. And the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce seems to have hardly missed a beat.


Good Food, Great Prices Mark Restaurant Week

If you think Fairfield has stolen all of Westport’s culinary thunder, I have 2 words: “Restaurant Week.”

In fact, our dining options are so many and varied, we can’t fit Restaurant Week into just 7 days.

The annual event runs from this Sunday (October 2) for 2 weeks (through October 16). If you want to be technical, it all started earlier this month, with sidewalk samples provided by the Slice of Saugatuck.

Tutti's owners Pasquale and Maria Funicello -- and their family -- are proud partners in Restaurant Week.

Tutti’s owners Pasquale and Maria Funicello — and their family — are proud partners in Restaurant Week.

This year’s list includes 25 eateries, and 1 specialty cocktail bar. They’re spread from Saugatuck to Southport, and all offer prix fixe menus and drinks. The range is $15-$25 for lunch, $25-$35 for dinner. Brunch begins at $15.

Restaurant Week is promoted by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Castlekeep Advisors, WEBE 108 and WICC 600.

Here are the participating restaurants. If you can’t find one you like — well, there’s always Fairfield.

  • 323 Main
  • Arezzo
  • Boca (2nd week only)
  • Da Pietro’s
  • Fleishers Craft Butchery
  • Gray Goose
  • Harvest
  • Jeera
  • Le Penguin
  • Paci
  • Pane e Bene
  • Pearl
  • Positano’s
  • Rive Bistro
  • Rizzuto’s
  • Sakura
  • Spotted Horse
  • Tarantino
  • Tarry Lodge
  • Tavern on Main
  • Terrain Garden Café
  • The Boathouse
  • Tutti’s
  • Via Sforza
  • Wafu
  • And … Vine  Wine Bar

After Restaurant Week, Time To Get Fit

Restaurant Week — the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce’s promotion of all things culinary — ends Sunday.

If you think the Chamber will celebrate the successful event with a cocktail or two, think again.

The next day — Monday, October 19 — they’ll sponsor Fitness Week.

It’s “an opportunity to learn about and set new health and wellness goals, and for participating businesses to help you achieve them.”

Aka, “work those pounds off, gluttons.”

Companies will offer free and discounted classes and memberships. There are seminars and a fair too.

Plus — why not go whole hog? — public exercise sessions.

JoyRide is one of the participants in the upcoming Fitness Week.

JoyRide is one of the participants in the upcoming Fitness Week.

The specifics:

  • Fitness Fair and Seminar (Monday, Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m., Westport Library): All participating businesses will showcase their products and special offers.
  • Qi Gong classes (Wednesday, Oct. 21, 12 p.m., Westport Historical Society): Sue Gold runs 2 free 30-minute sessions.
  • Westport Farmers Market (Thursday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Imperial Avenue parking lot): Businesses offer demonstrations of equipment, analyses of muscle mass and flexibility, and fitness education opportunities.

It all starts Monday. So you’ve still got a few days to chow down.

(For more information — and a list of participating businesses — click here.)