One of the reasons I like the piece about actress Melissa Joan Hart (“Hello Sweet Hart,” page 38) is that she seems to live thoroughly in Westport—no-excuses, out-and-about, dive-in living. She’s a wife, a mom of three (her littlest one, Tucker, just a newborn), and an actress (she stars in Melissa & Joey) whose show is filmed on the West Coast—and yet she still makes the effort to stay in touch with her girlfriends back home. They have get-togethers, share stories about their lives, keep busy (really busy!) at the gym, and, one imagines, spend most of this time making one another laugh. For those of us, me included, who say, “I’m too busy for this and too swamped for that,” Melissa and her group of friends set an irrefutable example of sincerely investing in friendship. After reading the piece, written by Riann Smith and shot by Melani Lust, it’s easy to see why people enjoy spending time with Melissa. What’s better than the combination of humor and honesty? Melissa and her family have been calling Westport home for about three years (remember all the excited cocktail-party talk about her settling here?). In that time, she’s discovered some of her […]
Westporters share what they love most about their town
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Club deals and new programs
Extra photos of the actress’s baby shower
Cartoonist Matt Davies won a Pulitzer for his witty jabs at the political elite.
Now, in a new children’s book, this Wilton dad takes on a neighborhood bully
Celebrating 25 Years
Wiltonite RJ Kelly talks politics, Sigourney, and Philly pubs
How does Newman’s Own celebrate donating $350 million to charities around the world? Give more, of course.
Is Westport in danger of becoming ‘Anytown, USA’?
Trés Jolie Oh-la-la French fashion finds. Sure, it may be French, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. And it may be on trend, but everyone else doesn’t have to own it. This is the philosophy behind the curated collection shoppers will find in Chic Jolie. Owner Aila Ionescu uses her designer connections from years of trips to Paris to bring high-fashion dresses, separates and outerwear Stateside. She buys in limited quantities, and new pieces come in every month, so get in while it’s “haute.” Chic Jolie, 24 Taylor Place, Westport, 203-341-0711; chicjolie.com Hot Step You can tell a lot about a man by his shoes, so the opening of Allen Edmonds’ first Connecticut location on Main Street is especially good news. Sure there are shoes—over seventy-five styles at last count—but this is a lifestyle destination with 2,000 square feet of denim, travel bags, iPad cases, golf gear and then some. The unique Tokens & Icons collection is a must-see for gift-giving choices—think bottle openers made of baseball bats, and cuff links fashioned from old stadium seats. Allen Edmonds, 69 Main St. Westport, 203-221-7003; allenedmonds.com Shady Business The iconic British manufacturer of paint and wallpaper, Farrow & Ball, has recently […]
The Orvis Game Fair and Country Sporting Weekend
Three Ideas for a Happy Holidays
Recipes from Jane Green
A visceral performance of Next to Normal, presented by Music Theatre of Connecticut
Three wedding experts lend their advice on planning the wedding of your dreams
Meet the Honorees
As mesmerizing as an elite athlete, Frank Deford commands his arena of professional sports coverage
For this, our philanthropy issue, I’m taking this page to talk about the Newman family. For many of us, they epitomize heartfelt philanthropy. Seemingly, Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman had everything they needed in life—successful careers, remarkable talent, unworldly good looks, and terrific children—and they chose our small town, far from Hollywood, to live. It seems that decision served a desire to be grounded to place and connected with neighbors. I see that intention in much of what the couple did for this town over the years, most notably working to secure a bright future for a renovated Playhouse—one with meaningful productions and broad interaction with the community (how many of us have been to this landmark for a show, an awards presentation, a concert, or lecture?). The family also helped preserve land (have you walked the Newman Poses Nature Preserve? It’s a gorgeous piece of the great outdoors, with fields, a stream, and terrific climbing trees for the kids). And then there are the innumerable, quiet ways they participated in programs at the Westport Historical Society, the Westport Arts Center, the Westport Library, Project Return, and others. They founded a restaurant devoted to using fresh, healthy, local ingredients. All […]
The newest spot for trendy and chic items for baby, kids, tweens and teens
A brief history of the evolution of food and art
Taking the spotlight at the Levitt—a newly redesigned venue
A Westport woman’s views as an immigrant in America.
Weston’s Joan Wharton switches from legal briefs to men’s boxers
Slacks and sweaters in the summer make for a miserable combination as do no air conditioning and Connecticut heat and humidity. That being said, I know nothing of fashion beyond the fact that I own too many pairs of tennis shoes! Shorts and sandals quite frankly are more my thing, that's part of the beauty of what's known as beach church. For those who are not aware, church does not actually conclude in the school year and pick back up after Labor Day, in Westport it brings the pews to the views of Compo Beach. Sunday service in the sand is the brainchild of Greens Farms Church Reverend Bill Bryant who years ago teamed up with his UCC colleague down the street at Saugatuck Church, Rev. Ted Hoskins. Prior to the beach service, they each closed their meetinghouse for one month (depending in part on vacation schedules) for cleaning and repairs. The practice has evolved over the years and has come to include the Methodist Church, Norfield Congregational and most recently, Wilton Congregational in addition to GFC and Saugutuck. It's everything you'd expect with the notable exception of Sunday school for the kids, but bring along their buckets and shovels […]
Yes, genetics have been kind to Westport's cover model, Mackenzie Pretty. But this blonde head-turner also sweats it out to stay in shape—among other things, Mackenzie is a cycling instructor at JoyRide Cycling Studio. She was a great sport for our fall fashion feature. We had her modeling a fur-trimmed leather jacket under the hot studio lights in the middle of summer. She told us it was nothing compared to her cycling classes! Here's one class act who knows how to keep her cool: Her thoughts on her makeover: “I love, love, loved it. The leather jacket was my favorite piece of the shoot; this fall I will be on a mission to find one (P.S. Tell my husband, Tom!). My makeup for both of the looks was flawless. I kept asking Coco how to do everything she did so I can try and recreate! I wish I could have Livio and Coco with me every day to do my hair and makeup!” Behind the scenes: “It was a chance to step out of real life for a day and get to play dress up! I was certainly impressed with how much behind-the-scenes work goes into a fashion shoot. First, I […]
Director Lee Hirsch’s battle against bullying
It must be a red-hot love affair with fashion. Has anyone else noticed all the new, stylish stores in downtown Westport? For him, for her—shoppers have their hands full of options in imported jeans, statement-making dresses, edgy jewelry, and handsome shoes. With Allen Redmonds, AKRAM, Chic, Intermix, Urban Outfitters, and others, there are choices galore from across America and Europe and for all ages. Add in Calypso, Lucy’s, Henry Lehr, Soleil Toile, and all the other “musts” with hot new selections and it’s clear that downtown is a fashion destination. Check out tried-and-true home shops like Fig, Bungalow, and Dovecote, along with the White Birch and Terrain just a bit up the street, too. Then refuel at one of the area restaurants working hard to make the most of the town’s natural beauty. Shopping hunters can plan one very satisfying day. The timing is perfect, too. We’re all about to notice that the high social season is upon us. Here are the clues: The kids are back in school, and the calendar is filling up with soirées and galas right through the holidays. What to wear? How to spruce up the house for guests or just the change of seasons? […]
The case of the honeymooner who disappeared may be unsolved, but it is far from cold. Officials are closer than ever to making an arrest. Here, exclusive new information from the man who is determined to find out who killed George Smith.
Westport’s Jennifer Lau creates jewelry with an edge and an altruistic twist
Surviving in our changed economy
Every other Wednesday, on the beautiful dock of the Westport Arts Center, foodies gather for lunch and an interactive talk about food and community.
Crush Connecticut Rush Hour Traffic
The Manhattan wine store, Bottlerocket has opened a location in Westport.
Put a pause on “hectic,” and enjoy an easygoing summer’s day.
Free, outdoor entertainment for all, in a beautiful spot in the middle of town. What could be better?
Make your Independence Day even brighter with firework celebrations
Celebrate the Fourth of July in patriotic style
We all have our favorites. of course, it makes sense. Find something you like and stick with it. You get your coffee at the same spot every morning. Great. Logical. Love it. But… What if there’s something else you might like—if not all the time, then just once in awhile? That’s one way of approaching our annual reader survey, called Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut. We asked our readers about their favorites in a host of categories, from all types of restaurants and shopping boutiques to specifics in fitness and music. If your favorite spot didn’t win, think of the winner as an unexpected opportunity to try something new that might become a favorite. Switching things up can be illuminating. Take the Levitt Pavilion for example. Did you know that it’s a nonprofit and that offers an assortment of programs over fifty nights each summer—and the events are free? Simply grab a chair, a few picnic essentials, and your nearest and dearest and head to the pavilion (it’s located just behind the Westport Library). The folks at the Levitt work hard to schedule shows that appeal to a wide range of interests and tastes. One night is children’s […]
Daybreak Nurseries is relaunching its wholesale business to complement the landscape design and maintenance and much more
Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat Rises Above
Too often Westport residents are walking their way to a dead end
A great garden can wrap a house in verdant dreams, especially when the garden comes first. Frederick Law Olmsted, who envisioned Central Park, designed this sunken garden on Bluewater Hill in the 1920s—half a century before the renovated Mediterranean-style stucco house went up on the 1.1-acre site. Many of the original columns, paths, benches and plantings remain. “A formal garden like this is extremely rare,” says listing agent Mary Palmieri Gai of the Higgins Group. “This is a part of Westport history, and a true treasure.” Within walking distance of Compo Beach, the 3,674-square-foot house is on the market for $5 million.
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Don’t miss the Westport Youth Film Festival