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Saturday March, 23rd, 6pm at 6:00 PM
44 Imperial Avenue
Tickets: $150 

Murder By Bathtub Gin
Welcome to the roaring 20s, where parties are the bees knees! Al Spumoni, the notorious ice cream kingpin, is throwing a shindig like you've never seen before. The lights were dimmed, the jazz was hot, and the bathtub gin was flowing. But, as Al blew out the candles, the night took a dark turn - he took a sip and dropped like a rock!

Suddenly, a mystery is born! Who was behind the dastardly deed? Was it the cunning gangster, the sultry flapper, the sassy starlet, or ... GASP ... even you? Get ready to solve the mystery of Al Spumoni's demise!

Prizes for best costume, break out your flappers and top hats!

More information on the event page: https://www.westportwomansclub.org/event/murder-mystery-dinner-event/

Clothing for the family; Proceeds will benefit Fairfield County charitable causes.

The Westport Woman's Club is holding its annual Clothing Tag Sale on the following dates: Friday, October 20 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; and Sunday, October 22 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, at the WWC’s historic clubhouse located at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT.

Gently used women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories are back at this year’s Tag Sale, which will offer a wide array of suits, dresses, pants, blouses, gowns, coats, scarves, shoes, jewelry, handbags and hats.

Funds raised from this Clothing Tag Sale will help support the Food Closet for the Town of Westport, many local charities throughout Fairfield County, and need-based student scholarships. 

Please join us, Sunday, May 21, 2023 at the Westport Woman's Club, as Dr. Deborah Varat, Professor of Art History, Southern New Hampshire University, presents "Arthur Szyk's The New Order (1941): How the Cartoons of a Polish Jew Helped Prepare the U.S. for War."

Registration and light breakfast at 9:30 am; program begins promptly at 10 am. Ample parking on site; livestream also available. The program, co-sponsored by the Westport Woman’s Club and the Congregation for Humanistic  Judaism of Fairfield County, will be held in the

WWC’s Bedford Hall, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT.

This lecture on Arthur Szyk’s The New Order is presented in anticipation of the upcoming major exhibition at the Fairfield University Art Museum, In Real Times: Arthur Szyk, Artist and Soldier for Human Rights, September 29-December 16, 2023 (https://www.fairfield.edu/museum/szyk/).

Arthur Szyk’s Freedom from Fear, 1942, and Self-Portrait, 1936

“I do not say that art is my aim; art is my means.” Arthur Szyk (1894-1951)

“An unparalleled artist and illuminator, a self-described ’soldier in art’ who advocated for religious toleration, racial equity, and human dignity. His art offers vibrant imagery and timely messages.” (www.szyk.com)

 

About the political cartoons of Arthur Szyk (1894-1951):

How Arthur Szyk's political cartoons helped generate U.S. support for World War II entry: In the first two years of World War II, the United States remained neutral. With devastation spreading in Europe, memories of World War I and the Spanish Flu Pandemic still fresh, and the Great Depression choking the economy, Americans were receptive to the newspaper editorials and radio speeches of isolationists like Charles Lindbergh. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, as President Franklin Roosevelt worked to prepare the nation for war, a Polish Jewish illustrator, Arthur Szyk, left Europe in 1940 for New York, and dedicated his art to sophisticated caricatures exposing the barbarity of fascism to Americans. Soon, his political cartoons appeared across America, in newspapers, as covers on mass-market magazines, and, in 1941, in his book, The New Order (G.P. Putnam & Sons). Szyk's popular work helped Americans visualize and personalize the evil against which they ultimately had to fight. Today, Szyk's remarkable illustrations and his impact on moving American public opinion toward readiness for war are commemorated in exhibits and museums around the world, including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress, FDR Presidential Library & Museum and The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (www.szyk.com)

About Deborah Varat, Ph.D:

Dr. Deborah Varat is a professor of Art History at Southern New Hampshire University and Coordinator, Public Humanities Initiative (PHI). Her research focuses on popular press imagery as it relates to the American Jewish experience. She has published articles on the Dreyfus Affair and on representations of Jewish immigrants in the press around the turn of the last century, and is working on a book about representations of Jews in the American popular press from 1880-1945. Arthur Szyk’s World War II caricatures will be the subject of the book’s final chapter.

Once again on Father’s Day Weekend, “kids of all ages” will gather at the Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT) to enjoy one of the town’s oldest and best-loved family events, The Westport Woman’s Club’s YANKEE DOODLE FAIR.  This year’s family Fair opens Thursday, June 15 (6pm – 10pm) and continues Friday, June 16 (6pm – 10pm), Saturday, June 17 (1pm – 10pm) and Sunday, June 18 (1pm – 5pm).

Says WWC Past President and Yankee Doodle Chair, Karen Kleine, “We’re so excited to bring the YANKEE DOODLE FAIR, a fun end-of-school year tradition, to Westport again this June.  Net profits from the fair will support many charities in Fairfield County, need-based college scholarships to Staples High School students, and our WWC Food Closet that works in tandem with Westport’s Department of Human Services. In 2022, with YDF patrons’ help, the Westport Woman’s Club granted $300,000 to WVEMS to purchase a new ambulance to service the community. So please save the dates of June 15-18 to bring your friends and family to make great memories at this year’s YANKEE DOODLE FAIR 2023. The Westport Woman’s Club really makes a difference in the lives of so many.”

The Yankee Doodle Fair will once again feature carnival rides and games from Stewart Amusements.  Returning are the ever-popular Carousel, Flying Dumbo, Dizzy Dragon, Frog Hopper, Scrambler, Cliff Hanger, Zero Gravity, Expo Wheel, among others.  Pay one price; unlimited ride wristbands will be available all days of the Fair, including Friday and Saturday nights!  Our youngest visitors will be excited to know that Sand Art is available at the Fair again this year. 

Entertainment at this year’s Yankee Doodle Fair includes: SWEETCAKE MOUNTAIN, an all acoustic country/bluegrass band performing Saturday (4pm - 6pm);  HAWKNS, a Connecticut Classis Rock Pop Band performing Friday (7:45pm – 9:45pm) and Saturday (7pm - 9pm).  In addition, WESTPORT VOLUNTER EMS will have one of their ambulances at the Fair on Saturday afternoon to share with fairgoers.

Throughout the Fair, you will have an opportunity to buy tickets for Yankee Doodle Fair Raffle Prizes.  The Raffle First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is a London Blue Topaz Necklace with Diamonds, value $975.00, and Third Prize is $500.  In addition, our Yankee Doodle Fair’s “Take a Chance” tent is returning this year with a wide variety of prizes, many donated by Westport’s generous merchants and restaurants. “Take a Chance” prizes will be available for viewing throughout the Fair under a tent on the fair’s upper level, where you can buy tickets to win “Take a Chance” prizes.  All winning Raffle and “Take a Chance” tickets will be drawn at the end of the Fair on Sunday, Father’s Day.  It is not necessary for winners to be present to claim their prizes. 

At the Yankee Doodle Food Court, fellow non-profit WESTPORT EXCHANGE CLUB will feature a selection of hamburgers, hot dogs, etc, as well as wine and beer to customers of legal age.  GRECIAN DELIGHTS will be offering Greek favorites, gyros, souvlaki and shish kabob. Skip’s vintage GOOD HUMOR Truck will be back with ice cream treats for every taste.  In addition, members of the Westport Woman’s Club will be selling cold beverages, home-made baked goods and bottled water, with proceeds benefitting WWC community service grants and need-based scholarships for Staples High School seniors.

The Westport Woman’s Club is grateful for their generous community sponsors:  Westport National Bank & Principle Wealth Partners.  No dogs are permitted on the grounds during the Fair.

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club.  For more information or to join this historic philanthropic organization, visit www.westportwomansclub.org or call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.

AFFORDABLE FINE ART FROM THE AREA’S MOST DESIRABLE ARTISTS”

The Westport Woman’s Club will host its annual Art Show on Friday May 5th from 5-7 (opening reception) and Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th from 2-5 in the clubhouse at 44 Imperial Avenue. Admission to the Westport Woman’s Club Art Show is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Curated by Westport Artist Miggs Burroughs, this popular show features a variety of local artists whose works are available for purchase. Event Chairperson, Leah Scherzer shares that participating artists donate a portion of their art sales to fund the club’s community service grants, scholarships and charitable donations.

“I am grateful to the Westport Woman’s Club for the opportunity to present this diverse and talented group of emerging and established artists to our community.” said Miggs Burroughs, Curator, Westport Woman’s Art Show, co-founder of The Artists Collective of Westport and a member of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee. “This exhibit not only enhances Westport’s reputation as an outstanding arts destination, but also benefits the Westport Woman’s Club charitable initiatives, which is a wonderful example of the power of art to enrich the area from which it originates.”

The roster of Westport Woman’s Club Art Show 2023 artists, whose works will be available for purchase, include: Nina Bentley, Ola Bossio, Michael Brennecke, Ellen Ehli, Susan Fehlinger, Hernan Garcia, Erzsebet Laurinyecz, Katya Lebrija, Tina Puckett, Jon Puzzuoli, Agata Tria and Dorothy Robertshaw. In addition, there will be a drawing of the artists’ work. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted for purchases as well as charitable donations to the Westport Woman’s Club.

Musician, Mark Naftalin (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee) will share his talents on piano during the three-day Art Show.

The Westport Woman’s Club thanks its generous Westport Woman’s Club and corporate sponsors for the 2023 Art Show which includes the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, A.J.Penna & Son, Gault Family Companies, Rolleri & Sheppard CPAS, LLP.

Attendees of the Art Show will also receive an invitation to a special art program, co-sponsored by the Westport Woman’s Club and the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Fairfield County on Sunday, May 21, 2023, 10 am, at the Westport Woman's Club. Dr. Deborah Varat, Professor of Art History, Southern New Hampshire University, will present "Arthur Szyk's The New Order (1941): How the Cartoons of a Polish Jew Helped Prepare the U.S. for War."

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns. You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club. For more information or to join this historic philanthropic organization, visit www.westportwomansclub.org or call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.

Miggs Burroughs is a lifelong Westport resident and full-time graphic artist since 1972. He is co-founder of The Artists Collective of Westport and a member of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee. Miggs has curated the Westport Women’s Annual Art Show since 2016.

More information can also be found here: https://www.westportwomansclub.org/event/eighth-annual-art-show/

 

Join us Saturday, November 19th from 5-8 pm for Sip & Savor—wine tasting, hor's d ’oeuvres, and a silent auction—at the Westport Woman's Club. All net proceeds benefit Staples HS scholarships and grants to community organizations. A portion of wine orders will be donated to WWC. Plan ahead, bring your shopping list, and order needed wines for barbecues, hostess gifts, gift giving, and more.

Door prizes are donated by Castle Wine & Spirits and Gaetano’s Catering

WE NEED CLOTHING DONATIONS

Save the Date
Clothing Tag Sale Fundraiser

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th 10am - 3pm
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th 10am - 3pm
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th 12pm - 3pm

Now Accepting Donations

The Westport Woman’s Club is seeking clothing donations for our annual clothing tag sale fundraiser Friday October 28th - Sunday October 30th

We are looking for: GENTLY USED (NOT TORN OR SOILED) WOMEN’S, MEN’S & CHILDREN'S CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES (SHOES, HANDBAGS, SCARVES, JEWELRY, ETC.)

** No personal items please (e.g. undergarments, lingerie or bathing suits) **

Please drop off your items at the coat room of the WWC Clubhouse at 44 Imperial Ave, Westport, CT.  Donations are accepted until October 10th.

Monday through Friday, 9am -12pm or 1pm- 4pm

Thank you,
Carol Brezovec, Mary Lee Clayton, Ann Doorly, Susan Loselle, Suzan Murphy, Donna Richardson
Clothing Tag Sale Steering Committee

Once again on Father’s Day Weekend, “kids of all ages” will gather at the Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT) to enjoy one of the town’s oldest and best-loved family events, The Westport Woman’s Club’s YANKEE DOODLE FAIR.  This year’s family Fair opens Thursday, June 13 (6pm – 10pm) and continues Friday, June 14 (6pm – 10pm), Saturday, June 15 (1pm – 10pm) and Sunday, June 16 (1pm – 5pm).           

The Yankee Doodle Fair will once again feature carnival rides and games from Stewart Amusements.  Returning are the ever-popular Carousel, Flying Dumbo, Dizzy Dragon, Frog Hopper, Scrambler, Cliff Hanger, Zero Gravity, Expo Wheel, among others.  Pay one price unlimited ride wristbands will be available all days of the Fair, including Friday and Saturday nights!  Our youngest visitors will be excited to know that Sand Art is available at the Fair again this year.  Inside air-conditioned Bedford Hall, our Gourmet Group will hold their highly-anticipated Bake Sale featuring home-made baked goods sure to please every sweet tooth. 

Entertainment this year at the Yankee Doodle Fair to be announced!

Throughout the Fair, you will have an opportunity to buy tickets for Yankee Doodle Fair Raffle Prizes.  The Raffle First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $500, and Third Prize is a rose gold and diamond necklace, donated by RENATO’S and valued at $650.  In addition, our Yankee Doodle Fair’s “Take a Chance” tent is returning this year with a wide variety of prizes, many donated by Westport’s generous merchants and restaurants. “Take a Chance” prizes will be available for viewing throughout the Fair under a tent on the fair’s upper level, where you can buy tickets to win “Take a Chance” prizes.  All winning Raffle and “Take a Chance” tickets will be drawn at the end of the Fair on Sunday, Father’s Day.  It is not necessary for winners to be present to claim their prizes. 

At the Yankee Doodle Food Court, fellow nonprofit WESTPORT EXCHANGE CLUB will feature a selection of hamburgers, hot dogs, etc, as well as wine and beer to customers of legal age.  A new food vendor for Yankee Doodle, GRECIAN DELIGHTS will offer greek favorites, Gyros, Souvlaki and shish kabob.  Skip’s vintage GOOD HUMOR Truck will be back with ice cream treats for every taste, and THE ULTIMATE WAFFLE will be selling their ice cream waffle treats throughout the fair.  In addition, members of the Westport Woman’s Club will be selling cold beverages and bottled water, with proceeds benefitting WWC community service grants and need-based scholarships for Staples High School seniors.

Says WWC Past President and Yankee Doodle Chair, Christina McVaney, “We’re so excited to bring the YANKEE DOODLE FAIR, a fun end-of-school year tradition, to Westport and our neighboring towns again this June.  The last one we had was in September, which was an unusual time of year for us.  We greatly appreciated the community support we received back then and hope that we will see the same support in June.  We try to bring new events and activities; this year we’re excited about our addition of a couple of bands that will be playing on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Net profits from the fair will support many charities in Fairfield County, need-based college scholarships to Staples High School students, and our WWC Food Closet that works in tandem with Westport’s Department of Human Services.  So please save the dates of June 16-19 to bring your friends and family to make great memories at this year’s YANKEE DOODLE FAIR 2022.”

The Westport Woman’s Club is grateful for their generous community sponsors:  Law Offices of Robert E. Grant, Westport National Bank, Bank of America, Paraco Gas, Ellen Hooker, Janette Duchnicki, Toyota of Westport, The Vanderblue Team at the Higgins Group & Aquarion.  No dogs are permitted on the grounds during the Fair.

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club.  For more information or to join this historic philanthropic organization, visit www.westportwomansclub.org or call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.

The Westport Woman’s Club thanks the Westport Police Department for their FEED THE NEED Food Drive this spring.  Generous donations from Saturday shoppers at Westport’s “Stop & Shop” re-stocked WWC Food Closet shelves, benefitting those in need within our community.  Gratitude to all who donated and assisted in this town community service effort.   

Community Service has been the trademark of the Westport  Woman’s Club since its inception in 1907. Each year club members volunteer many hours to find the right balance between current needs within the local community, available funds, and the WWC mission. This year’s 29 Community Service Grant recipients serve a variety of social needs including homelessness, family crises, and food insecurity.

WWC 2022 Community Service Grants, totaling $39,000, were awarded to the following Fairfield County nonprofit organizations:  Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders; Bridgeport Rescue Mission; Burroughs Community Center; Caroline House, Inc;  Center for Family Justice; Child Advocates of SW CT; Circle of Care for Families of Children with Cancer, Inc; Circle of Friends; Clasp Homes, Inc.; Domestic Violence Crisis Center;  ElderHouse, Inc; Family & Children’s Agency, Inc; Food Rescue US; Help for Kids; Homes with Hope, Inc; Human Services Council / Children’s Connection; Malta House, Inc; Person-to-Person, Inc; Positive Directions; REACH Youth Program at Bridgeport Hospital; Regional Hospice of Western CT, Inc; St. Catherine Center for Special Needs; Sweet P Bakery; The Rowan Center; Town of Westport, Department of Human Services – Family Programs; Town of Westport, Department of Human Services – Elderly; Westport Community Theatre; Women’s Mentoring Network, Inc; VFW. 

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club.  To join, call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.

 

All are invited to join us for a clothing tag sale on November 5-7.

Enjoy Great Prices on Women’s, Men’s and Children’s Clothes and more!!!

Cash and Checks Only — ACCEPTING DONATIONS NOW

Event times:

Friday November 5th            10am – 3pm
Saturday, November 6th        10am – 3pm
Sunday, November 7th          12pm – 3pm

Sponsored By….

The Westport Woman’s Club
44 Imperial Avenue
Westport

 

Sixteen Fairfield County community service organizations have recently received 2021 grants from the Westport Woman’s Club. The recipients serve social needs including homelessness, family crises, and food insecurity.

Community Service has been the trademark of the Westport  Woman’s Club since its inception in 1907. Each year the WWC members spend many volunteer hours to find the right balance between current needs within the community, available  funds and the WWC mission. Due  to the current health crisis,  with COVID-19 impacting so many people in Fairfield County community, the WWC Community Services Committee has decided to focus on shelter and mental health for their annual grant distributions this spring. The recipients of the WWC  2021 Community Service Grants are following Fairfield County nonprofit organizations in the total amount of $25,000. 

Interested community members can visit these organizations’ websites to support the COVID-19 services each is providing within our Fairfield County community.

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club.  To join, call the WWC office at 203-227-4240 or click here.

A Special Art Invitation for WWC Members and Community Friends:  Due to ongoing community health concerns, the WWC 2020 Art Show goes virtual this spring!  This venue allows the Westport Woman’s Club to continue their annual  tradition of supporting local artists, by providing access to their online galleries.  The WWC wishes to thank all 14 participating local artists, as each artist is generously donating 30% of any virtual art show sales to support the WWC Scholarship Fund.   Need-based college scholarships for local students will be needed more than ever in this new covid-19 economic reality.   Please mention that you are a WWC Supporter when corresponding with any of these talented local artists to inquire or purchase a piece of their work. 

Curated again by Westport Artist Miggs Burroughs, the roster of WWC Virtual Art Show 2020 artists include:  

Nina Bentley (www.ninabentley.net)
Amy Bock (www.amybockart.com)
Trace Burroughs (www.traceburroughsart.com)
Susan Fehlinger (www.susanfehlinger.com)
Judith Orseck Katz (www.rowaytonarts.org)
Tom Kretsch (www.peacefulplacesphoto.com)
Susan Leggitt (www.susanleggitt.com)
Kerry Long (www.kerrylong.com)
Michael Ledner (www.michaellednerartist.com)
Carole McClintock (https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/carole-mcclintock)
Bernard Perry (www.bernardperryphotography.com)
Jon Puzzuoli (www.puzzpottery.com)
Katherine Ross (www.katherinerossart.com)
Jo Titsworth (www.jotitsworthwatercolors.com).  

The Westport Woman’s Club is grateful for continued support from our Fairfield County community, which assists the club’s historic philanthropy supporting educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  Wishing everyone well in these challenging times.

In May 2019, a total of $33,000 was awarded by the WWC Community Services Committee to an array of local and deserving charities. 

Arts - Outreach Programs

Norwalk Youth Symphony
Westport Community Band
Westport Country Playhouse

Counseling

The Center for Family Justice, Inc.
Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program (GBAPP)
Liberation Programs, Inc.

Education – Children/Youth

Adam J. Lewis Academy
Caroline House
Hall Neighborhood House
Mercy Learning Center
Norwalk Housing Foundation
Urban Impact
The Westport Library
Young Life / Young Lives

Food and Clothing

Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Connecticut Food Bank
Family & Children’s Agency (FCA)

General Needs Based Aid & Action

Person-To-Person (P2P)

Health – Assistance and Education

Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation, Inc.
CancerCare in CT
Circle of Care
Norwalk Community Health Center
The Rowan Center: Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling & Education
Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County

Housing – Adults and Young Adults

Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC)
Homes with Hope
Keystone House

Seniors

ElderHouse, Inc.
Westport Human Services:  Project GO

Special Needs:  Children, Young Adults

Circle of Friends
CLASP Homes

Women’s Enrichment & Training

Burroughs Community Center
Women’s Mentoring Network                                                     

Bedford Hall Grant

Connecticut Master Gardener Association (CMGA)

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A 2019 Ruegg Grant Award of $10,000
went to Aspetuck land trust to help sponsor
their "Green Corridor: Saugatuck to Shore"
program, focusing on "Westport: A model of Change."
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