5 Things All About Westport: August 10

Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys at the Levitt, exhibit “Westport Farming: Then & Now” continues at the Historical Society, and more.

  • Children’s group “” will perform at 7 p.m. the . Boston-based singer-songwriter Vanessa Trien “has become a local rock star among the young and young at heart.” The “Nessa Groupies” “sing and dance in the aisles at her packed shows, with her lively band, the Jumping Monkeys.” This concert is being presented as part of the Levitt Pavilion’s Children and Families program.
  • It appears that the Board of Selectmen’s plan to bring a senior housing complex and nursing facility to the town-owned Baron’s South property will be divided into two separate projects, with the housing project coming first. In fact there remains a possibility that the plan to bring a nursing facility to the property will be jettisoned from the overall project, which currently calls for a 66-unit affordable senior housing facility and 84-bed nursing home. For more read last night between the RTM P&Z and Long Range Planning committees and the Baron’s South Committee.
  • August can be a great month for leisurely poking around and learning more about the Town of Westport. Why not start with the ? The organization is based out of the Wheeler House, 25 Avery Place, one of Westport’s many historical sites. According to the society’s website, the house, built in 1795, was remodeled in the Italianate style in the 19th Century and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Connecticut Register of Historic Places. It has three Victorian Period rooms and a gift shop. The only octagonal-roof, cobblestone barn in Connecticut, which is on the property, was completely restored over a ten-year period and houses the Museum of Westport History displaying a diorama of the town as it looked toward the end of the 19th Century.
  • Speaking of the Westport Historical Society, have you had a chance to check out the exhibit “Westport Farming: Then & Now” currently on display at the Historical Society’s headquarters? The exhibit, which opened in May and runs through September, is being presented as part of the Society’s “Back to Our Roots” festival. It features local farming artifacts, including a special section focused on Wakeman Town Farm, and chronicles “evolving local farming practices, from the Pre-Contact era/indigenous tribes, through the Colonial Puritans and Connecticut Yankees, to today’s return to local produce.”
  • The works of artists David Ambrose, Stephen Dinsmore, Cara Enteles, Gregory Hilton, Catherine Howe, Jung Hyang Kim, and Nancy Lasar are on display at , located at 1869 Post Rd East, in the Old Sasco Mill, as part of the gallery’s summer rotation. The gallery carries works from both new and established artists and stocks a wide variety of art mediums including, paintings, sculptures and works on paper. The exhibit runs through Sept. 3.


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