Posts Tagged ‘Westport’

Saturday, July 6, 2019

The World Goes ‘Round At Depot Theatre: A Fan’s Notes

world goes roundHere’s one Depot Theatre devotee and Kander and Ebb admirer’s take on The World Goes ‘Round — a cornucopia of songs by the creative team that gave us the mega-hit Broadway classics Cabaret and Chicago.

One of my earliest experiences with the music of Kander and Ebb involved the first time I auditioned for a production by my high school Drama Club, way back in tenth grade. My family and I had seen the movie version of Cabaret starring Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles and directed by the one-and-only Bob Fosse, and my parents subsequently bought the eight-track tape of the film’s score (if you were born any time after 1980, go ask Grandma what an eight-track was!). It was played a lot in our house, so I was quite familiar with the songs in the movie and my favorite was “Maybe This Time” — a rueful, “am-down-and-out-but-will-rise-again” anthem that, as belted out by Ms. Minnelli, is one of the musical high points in a movie packed with them. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 1, 2019

‘Let’s Get Together’ Theme for Westport Independence Weekend

Westports annual Independence Weekend ParadeThe annual Westport Independence Weekend, featuring this year’s theme of “Let’s Get Together,” is set to run from Friday, July 5 through Sunday July 7. The event will be full of activities, and includes food, music, arts and crafts, a fun run, theatre, a parade and fireworks. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Westport Library Annual Book Sale, Preview Party

westport book saleThe Westport Library’s annual book sale has been set for July 6, 7, 8 from 9 am to 4 pm. There are choices for children, young adults, gardeners, cooks, historians and collectors as well as novels and reference books.

Books will be upstairs and downstairs as well as under a tent on the lawn. Among this year’s specials are quality art books; a large selection of vintage children’s books; vintage cookbooks; books by local authors and about the region; collectible first editions. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Depot Theatre’s 2019 Youth Program Details

Wonka performanceThe Depot Theatre has announced the details of its 2019 Boquet River Theatre Festival (BRTF) Youth Theatre Program. The 2019 Junior program production (ages 8-12), will be The Lion King Jr. Rehearsals begin July 15, with performances on August 2, 3 and 4.

The 2019 Senior program production (ages 12 and up) will be Little Shop of Horrors. Rehearsals begin July 29, with performances on August 9, 10 and 11. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

2019 CATS Grand Hike Route Announced

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) has announced the route for the 2019 Grand Hike on May 11 which includes revisions to last years route. For the last few years, the final stretch of the 14-mile Grand Hike from Westport to Essex included a three-mile walk along Route 22.

This year, though, the route leaves the highway for all but 500 feet and instead crosses scenic pastures and forests before connecting with Blockhouse Road into Essex. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 14, 2018

CATS Celebrating New Viall’s Crossing Trails Dec 29th

Volunteers on Vialls Crossing trailsChamplain Area Trails (CATS) has announced a grand opening hike, snowshoe, or ski, set for Saturday, December 29, beginning at 10 am, to celebrate the addition of two new “loop trails” to the Viall’s Crossing Trail.

Since opening last spring, the Viall’s Crossing Trail, has been an increasingly popular addition to the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) network. People use it to hike between Westport and Essex, or to make a five-mile loop that starts and ends in Westport, or as an out-and-back. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Taylor Haskins Kicks Off Westport Winter Music Series

There are many ways to spend the holidays, or those few frantic weeks just before, that truly ring in the year with quaint Adirondack charm, but I look forward to those events that force me to take a step back, relax and stop worrying about a countdown to Christmas.

Award winning trumpeter, composer, and synthesist Taylor Haskins is known for bringing his complex compositions to the Adirondacks as part of the summer Soundwaves concert series. From popular sideman in Grammy-winning jazz big bands to the Green Empire quintet, Haskins keep pushing the boundaries of music. Now an Adirondack resident, Haskins will be sharing his special sounds at the Westport Heritage House on December 21 from 5:23 to 6:23 pm. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 19, 2018

Cycle Adirondacks To Hit Ti, Wilmington, Westport, Vermont

cycle adk logoCycle Adirondacks is set to feature Ticonderoga, Wilmington and Westport as overnight communities for the August 17-23, 2019 Ultimate Cycling Vacation, the fifth anniversary of the week-long road cycling tour.

Ticonderoga was featured as an overnight community during the 2016 tour, but next summer will be the first time the tour has stayed in Wilmington or Westport. Each community will host the event for two consecutive evenings beginning with Ticonderoga Aug. 17-19 and followed by Wilmington Aug. 19-21 and Westport Aug. 21-23. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 5, 2018

Depot Theatre Announces New Producing Artistic Director

Depot Theatre in Amtrak train stationDepot Theatre Executive Director Kim Rielly has announced the appointment of Kenney M. Green as the new Producing Artistic Director, charged with defining and implementing the artistic vision and program goals of the organization.

Green takes on an expanded artistic role at the Depot, as outlined in the organization’s new strategic plan approved by the Depot’s Board of Trustees in early 2018. Among other priorities, the strategic plan calls for increased engagement through youth and family programs, and for ultimately extending the theatre’s cultural and economic impact by offering year-round programming. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Essex County Arts & Crafts Festival August 1st

arts and crafts festivalOn Wednesday, August 1, this year’s second Essex County Arts & Crafts Festival will take place at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport from 10 am to 6 pm.

Nearly 40 local artists and crafters from 16 towns in Essex County and the neighboring region are expected to exhibit their hand-made creations of use and beauty.

Over 600 visitors attended the last Festival, according to organizers, who said they came from over 130 different zip codes across the country. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Horse Rescue Dedicating Arena At 15th Anniv Open House

horsesCrane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue in Westport is set to celebrate its 15th anniversary with an Open House and Building Dedication on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 11 am to 2 pm.

There will be farm tours, an opportunity to meet equine residents, kids’ activities, tack and custom clothing for sale, and raffles organized by volunteers. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Essex County Arts and Crafts Festivals Set

Essex County Arts and Crafts FestivalThis year’s Essex County Arts and Crafts Festivals have been set for Friday, July 6th, at the Essex County Fairgrounds (at the start of Westport’s July 4th weekend celebrations) and on Wednesday, August 1, a mid-week event at the height of the summer season.

Fine artists and craft artists from across Essex County and the neighboring region are invited to display and offer to sell their work. Attendees are expected from more than 2o states. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Ledge Hill Studio Art Showing at Depot Theatre

works by Ellen Few Anderson and Alison WeldLedge Hill Studio has invited the public to attend the opening reception for its early summer art show at the Depot Theatre, featuring a variety of paintings, photographs and prints by a list of talented regional artists on Thursday, June 21 from 5 to 7 pm. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Grand Opening of CATS’ Flying Squirrel Trail Saturday

Flying Squirrel TrailChamplain Area Trails (CATS) is set to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Flying Squirrel Trail in Westport, on Saturday, June 2, at 2 pm.

The hike will last an hour and a half to three hours, depending on the route hikers select. The new trail connects New York State’s Split Rock Wild Forest to the CATS Wildway Passage property next to Coon Mountain. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Featured Trail: Coon Mountain, Westport

coon mountain trailThe Adirondack Land Trust’s Coon Mountain Preserve  offers an easy mile long hike to a summit. One short section gets steep as it passes through a rocky area, where footing is a bit more difficult, but it is an easy climb to big views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. » Continue Reading.