Everyone’s talking about “Revolutionary Road,” the movie starring DiCaprio and Winslet. Now find out how our Connecticut suburbs inspired the writer
Move over, women. More men are getting massaged, manicured, manscaped, Botoxed, pedicured and otherwise pampered.
Our favorite neighbor is remembered around the world for his generosity, charm and good looks. Westport also remembers his influence on this town.
Don’t call these local young guns slackers. They’re off and running in a wide variety of pursuits.
A selection of great shots from some of the enormously talented photographers in our towns.
Unplug! Childhood memories are being made right now, so make sure they’re stuffed full of fun, friends, family and together time — and lots of real game playing.
Westport Magazine looks at three young women who are making it big in the competitive world of jewelry design.
For some romantic hopefuls, online dating leads to love…for others, the wires just get crossed
December is a time for family, friends, food … and New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry; I’m not about to rattle on about how we should make them and how many of us don’t keep them. If you’re able to make them and keep them, hats off! I admire that. But, for myself, I’m out to simplify. New Year’s is a time to start again. I get that. And making a change at the start of a new year is like psyching yourself up for the big game. But the pressure. You can hear the lid rattling on the pot: gotta do it this year, make more money, do that renovation, be a better spouse/sibling/parent/friend, write that novel and/or parachute from 12,000 feet. It rattles the nerves. Isn’t there a chance that you’re doing enough already? Perhaps the best thing to do, instead, is to ease up on one little thing, just for a while, to try it out? I know the competition is tough, and none of us are getting any younger, but there’s something to be said for being able to take a deep breath — and find focus. When the busy days of December roll into town, and […]
Every family has its own set of traditions, often passed down for generations. Find inspiration in what your neighbors are doing this time of year.
It’s a slippery slope when it comes to splurging for him: a fine pen becomes a designer suit becomes a lifestyle.
A legend to many in town, Al Pia helped direct young acting talent at Staples High School, an forever changed their lives
Coaching youth sports is more art than science and requires tact and patience even more than expert knowledge of the sport
Westport Magazine proudly profiles the legendary portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, who has painted the portraits of U.S. Presidents, Hollywood luminaries and business and university leaders.
Driving home one day, the Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” came on the radio. I was, for once, alone in the car and able to blast the song like a teenager. The sun was out, the road windy and free of traffic, and I fell into the music. It was a momentary trance that left me in awe. And it made me wonder if the band, which released its first album three decades ago, knows that people, especially those of us who grew up on their songs, are still moved by them. With founding members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth living in Fairfield, we scooted up as innocently as we could and asked them: What’s it like being called America’s Best Band by Rolling Stone? How did it end with singer David Byrne? Were you nervous to give your subsequent group, Tom Tom Club, such a new sound? And are you at home as married folks in the Connecticut suburbs, away from the years of CBGB’s and the Ramones, or do you have How Did I Get Here awakenings? Our writer, Christy Colasurdo, phoned after the interview and called the duo “friendly, down to earth, and true Rock Royalty.” […]
Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz, founders of the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, discuss life, love and rock in the Connecticut suburbs
Summer is here and the time is right to go island-hopping in your own backyard.
Rowers are known for their commitment to the sport. But there’s always someone who helps them reach their goals. Meet the people who help these local rowers excel.
Time Off I know leisure is possible throughout the year, but is there really a better season than summer to pursue whatever it is we decide makes life rich and enjoyable? For some, that may be cooking, others a chess game. For me, it involves a beach and a French novel. Some of my friends are surprised to learn that in my off time, I love to read. I can’t blame them. After all, my job is saturated in words — one would think that it would be enough to send me straight to an art canvas or the golf range. Trust me, we’re all better off that I don’t paint. And though I do hit a fairly straight shot, it flies only about a hundred yards. But why the surprise? Many of us enjoy what we do for work. Given all the opportunities in the world, there are those of us who would still fill time off with pursuits that others might think of as professions. This issue offers three stories about just that — and each unique. I must start with Gene Wilder. I absolutely fell in love with this man when I saw him on screen in […]
The Racing Rileys of Wilton are fast on the racetrack, fiercely competitive and deeply committed to the sport — and family
The comic acting and directing genius of Gene Wilder has rerouted itself to art and writing, including his just published debut novel.
They may be young, they may be from the suburbs, but they’re also crazy cool musicians
A young artist embraces a new
boldness and vitality in her work.
Hello Again Hello, Westport, Weston, Wilton and Fairfield! You must be wondering who Moffly Publications has asked to be the new editor of your town magazine. Truth is, we already know each other. I started with Westport Magazine seven years ago and have worked, shall we say, a little behind the scenes as managing editor. I took the job back then because I already knew and loved the area. I had worked for other publications in Westport for many more years than I’ll confess right now, and on my off-hours, I could be found visiting friends or running a loop around Compo. Now with a few years at the magazine, my connection to this area has only deepened. I’ve had the privilege of meeting wonderful people and hearing stories that simply had to be told in our pages. Many people come to mind. One is Martha Gesswein. I wrote a story about her breathtaking Sasco Hill property. When I asked for a photograph, she pulled out an envelope and handed over several prints, then she jumped on the computer to track down the digital files. She swirled in her home-office chair for this, tapped away on the computer for that, […]
Mark Shapiro, the new CEO of Six Flags, makes pinning down the company’s woes look like a walk in the park.
The count down is on — and don’t say we didn’t try to help you! Here, our picks for her, him and the kids, with our best wishes for happy holidays!
Do you think of America in the 1950s as a more innocent time? You often hear that assumption — and it always drives me crazy. It overlooks the pressure-packed traumas the nation faced then, such as Atomic War fears, the global Communist threat, the domestic anti-Communist hysteria, juvenile delinquents and a system of racial and religious prejudice that amounted to Apartheid. And yet — that damned TV show Happy Days convinced people that the 1950s were a fun, larky time. Analyzing any culture via its TV shows and movies is a risky thing. But, of course, I’m as guilty as any dead-trees pontificator. When I was an impressionable teen I read Siegfried Kracauer’s book, From Caligari to Hitler, which posits that the German people of the 1930s were deeply affected by those dark, nihilistic German movies of the 1920s and ’30s and were thus conditioned to accept a brute, authoritarian leadership like the Nazis who would restore much-needed order. Superficial, you say? Now I wonder, but you can’t shake off those early influences. And my best friends now know to run screaming from the room when I launch into yet another tirade about our present video-game culture. Our cover girl, […]
Westport Artist Janet Slom pulls inspiration for her melodius paintings from dance, South Africa and meditation.
As a girl in war time, she was forced to leave her country. Now settled in Weston, the artist allows a balance of resolution and vulnerability to emerge in her work.
Book a date for one of the hot new happenings in Fairfield County’s rich cultural scene. Our guide selects your best bets.
When ambitious fitness ideas are presented at this time of year, as we are doing in this issue, it’s because this is the blessed season of ferment followed by action.
Jill Jaysen’s Center Stage Theatre Company is developing the stars of tomorrow with help from the powerhouses of today’s leading stages.
The theatrics of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s honeymoon in Westport shook up the quiet countryside — and generated a masterpiece.
Who says you have to go away
to have fun in the summer?
Becca and Emily share not only the Dellenbaugh name but also sailing championship wins.
Money, fame, and enormous egos. Just another day for the superhuman Yankees’ general manager, who handles it all.
My doctor won’t tell me but I think I’m coming down with a bad
case of hypochondria. It’s a particularly troublesome strain of the virus that endangers magazine editors.
Capote’s editor, Robert Stein of Weston, shares a personal view of this eccentric literary genius.
Golf pros J. J. Henry and Heather Daly-Donofrio started their healthy obsession with the
sport at Fairfield’s Patterson Club.
Top places to golf right in our backyard. Did your favorite make the cut?
Need a little distance from your everyday life but dread the airport? You and your dream weekend of bliss are no more than a three-hour drive away.
Creative inspiration is as close as the Saugatuck, and the Westport Arts Center is on a mission to make it a part of our daily lives.
Westport author Mary McKay Maynard shares her story of surviving WWII in the Philippines.
In nearby lofts, barns and outbuildings local artists find inspiration for their cutting-edge creations. Take a tour of six studios where the personalities are as unique as the artwork.
Christopher Plummer has literally changed the theater world. But hear his name and most of us immediately think that the hills are alive with the sound of music — just don’t mention that to him. This Weston resident opens up about his past, talks about his stage career and lets slip his not-so-flattering
nickname for The Sound of Music.