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Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s


“Coffeehouse at the Wheeler” will become a French boite, or café on Friday, June 17, from 6 to 8 pm, when it returns with singer/guitarist Suzanne Sheridan and accordionist Don Gerundo performing an evening of café songs by Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel.

A professional photographer as well as singer and songwriter, Sheridan launched the Friday evening coffeehouses at the WHS five years ago.

The venue takes its name from the Society’s headquarters, the 18th century Wheeler House on Avery Place. For the upcoming Coffeehouse, Sheridan will sing such Piaf standards as “La Vie en Rose,” “Milord,” “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” and “Mon Dieu” and Brel’s “Ne Me Quitte Pas” and “Si On N’a Que l’Amour,” (If we Only Have Love”) among others.

“Parisians love their cafes, known as boîtes,” Sheridan says, “and most French singers and songwriters begin their musical journeys singing in the boîtes of Paris.” Sheridan’s exposure to the Paris café scene came when she was in college and took a year abroad in Paris studying philosophy at the Sorbonne. More recently she has been attending French classes at the Westport library, where she used lyrics from Brel and Piaf songs to hone her French pronunciation.

Reservations Suggested,  Cost, $20, 203-222-1424

Date :
Friday, June 17, 2016 from 6 to 8 pm

Location event :
Westport Historical Society 25 Avery Place Across from Town Hall.

Contact :
+1 203-222-1424

Westport Historical Society’s 25th Anniversary



Please join us on Sunday, June 12th from 11 am to 4 pm when Westport Historical Society presents its 25th Anniversary Hidden Garden Tour.

You will have a very special opportunity to experience six spectacular, not-to-be missed gardens in Westport, Greenfield Hill, and Southport.

The Garden Party on Friday, June 10th is the kick-off to the celebratory weekend and will take place at the Westport Woman’s Club on Imperial Avenue from 6pm to 9pm.  The WHS Garden Party is a harbinger of Spring that brings together Westport’s most fabulous for an evening in celebration of history both past and present.

Several of the gardens were favorites of past Tours in the 2000s, and are being showcased again by popular demand to see how they have evolved. Exceptional sights to see will be: a unique historic property featuring an axial border planting of perennials and herbaceous plants, a rose garden of four distinct color sections, an apple orchard, and a squatter’s garden where friends are encouraged to grow vegetables; a walled rose garden with a surviving American Elm overlooking Southport Harbor; a garden with three rock outcroppings, woodland garden and pathwa…

Tickets are $60 in advance, $70 day of Tour.
Buy Tickets now !

All proceeds benefit the educational and cultural programs of WHS.Garden Tour tickets and directions will be available for pick-up at Westport Historical Society on Tour Day starting at 10am.

Date :
Sunday June 12, 2016 from 11 am to 4 pm

Location event :
Westport Historical Society 25 Avery Place Across from Town Hall.

TEA Talk: Where are the Arts in CT Education?

TEA Talk Where are the Arts in CT Education


The Westport Arts Advisory Committee presents TEA Talk: Where are the Arts in CT Education?

Connecticut’s Commissioner of Education Dianna R. Wentzell and piano impresario Frederic Chiu, along with educators from the Westport Public School system, will discuss the importance of the arts in learning and education.

Reception to follow at the Westport Historical Society.

Sunday, November 15, 2015, 2:00 PM.

Town Hall Auditorium 110 Myrtle Avenue Westport CT 06880.

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Window to Westport’s Past and Present at the Westport Historical Society

Window to Westport’s Past and Present at the Westport Historical SocietyART EXHIBITIONS WPA

Images of Historic Houses: Westport Historical Society will unveil an exhibit of photographs of historic Westport homes taken in the 1930’s under the auspices of the federal Works Progress Administration.

The exhibit opens on Sunday, Nov.8, with a reception from 3 to 5pm and concludes on March 26. All of the homes were at least 100 years old when photographed, making the exhibit a rare peek into the town’s past. To show how the homes have changed, the WPA images will be displayed alongside photos taken today.


In all, the exhibit will include photographs of 131 dwellings. Some will be displayed in the Society’s Betty R. & Ralph Sheffer Gallery and the Mollie Donovan Gallery. The remainder will be set aside in folders for visitors to look through. In addition, there will be booklets of historical information on the homes and their owners. One of the sets of photos is of the house at 91 Long Lots Road at the corner of Long Lots and North Avenue. Built in 1840, it was home to generations of Westport’s A…

Sunday, November 8, 2015, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Westport Historical Society 25 Avery Place Westport, CT Across from Town Hall.

A Banner Day at the Westport Historical Society

A Banner Day at the Westport Historical SocietyOn Election Day, Nov. 3 2015, kids can cast their votes for fun, creativity and learning at the Westport Historical Society.

From 10am to 2pm, our day will be filled with activities. We’ll paint, sculpt and assemble folk art versions of Old Glory. We’ll explore the barn and root cellar and create our own imaginative “root people”. A treasure hunt is planned here at the Wheeler House as well. We’ll bake and enjoy Harvest Muffins for snack.

Elizabeth Devoll, our Education Director, will run the day’s program. Bring a bag lunch and prepare for an exciting patriotic day.

Cost: $55 non-members; $45 members.

Phone 203-222-1424 for reservations; limited enrollment.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Westport Historical Society 25 Avery Place Westport, CT Across from Town Hall.

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