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Read October 2017 Newsletter – BrushStrokes.

 

Westport Art Group YouTube video! Learn more about the doings at WAG. Check it out now!

 

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Westport Art Group has geared up for a new year of activities, and is offering new memberships at this time. The group is open to all South Coast residents with an interest in art. Beginners to skilled artists are equally welcome.

 

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Monday Drawing and Painting Classes

Held every Monday in different locations. Download the map at the WAG website.

 

Thursday Painting Classes

Held outdoors, weekly. See the Facebook page for location and details.

 

Wednesday Figure Group

Figure drawing, weekly, in Tiverton, and at Westport Art Group in August.

 

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Please see www.WestportArtGroup.com for location and all the details, or email info@westportartgroup.com for details.

 

Click here to get an update on their upcoming 2017 events!

 

Click here for a schedule of classes and workshops!

 

Click here to download their new brochure! PDF

 

The Westport Art Group is a non-profit organization that supports education in the arts with classes, art exhibits and scholarships to high school seniors. The mission of the Westport Art Group is to stimulate and promote the appreciation and encouragement of the arts and crafts. Call 508.636.2114 or visit www.westportartgroup.com  for more information.

 

 

 

Yoga at the Grange with Karen Moore Holiday and Mary Anne Turpin.

Click here for their weekly schedule.

931 Main Road, Westport Central Village.

 

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The Back Eddy

Restaurant

1 Bridge Road

Westport, MA 02790

(508) 636-6500

thebackeddy@aol.com

 

"A classy clam shack with a spacious outdoor patio. An ideal New England summer restaurant that takes full advantage of local farms and fishermen. Comfortable and casual atmosphere for locals and vacationers." - The Phantom Gourmet

 

Upcoming Dinner Shows and special events:

Call for additional schedule.

 

 

 

New Mystery Photo Solved!

Our newest Mystery Photo posted Sunday, October 22nd at 2:45 p.m. was solved by Ron Knapp of Westport on Sunday, October 22nd at 3:53 p.m. as “Forge Pond.”

Ron’s speedy answer beat out a lot of correct answers.

Ron has walked the Forge Pond conservation trail many times and recognized the beauty of this area.

Because Ron was the first to correctly identify this pristine fall view he wins a $25 Gift Certificate to the Back Eddy Restaurant, the renowned southcoast eatery with pristine, sunset views of Westport Harbor and historic Westport Point.

For all you other folks out there get ready for another mystery photo to be posted over the next few days.

 

Last Mystery Photo Solved!

Mystery Photo posted at 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, September 14th has been solved. Jim Walsh’s correct answer on Thursday, September 14th at 10:09 p.m. was “herring run, river road” was the first of four correct identifications of our most recent mystery photo.

Jim’s speedy answer wins him a $25 gift certificate to the Back Eddy Restaurant, the premier seafood and more perched on the southcoast waterfront.

For all you others who correctly guessed the location (and there were many) you’ll have another chance at dining out at the Back Eddy if you can be the first to correctly identify the next Mystery Photo which will be posted sometime next week!

Be ready to take your best shot.

 

Former Mystery Photo Solved!

Former Mystery Photo posted Wednesday, August 30th at 6:30 p.m. was solved on Thursday, August 31st at 8:01 p.m. by Dan Baldwin.

Dan correctly guessed “It’s a Sign along the Westport River at the Head of Westport, it’s on the grass landing area along the rock wall.”

Dan’s correct answer wins him a $25 gift certificate to the Back Eddy Restaurant, the finest in seaside dining specializing in seafood, overlooking Westport Harbor.

 

Former Mystery Photo Solved!

Monday, July 17 – Our last Mystery Photo was solved by Larry Hookey at 4:03 p.m. on Monday, July 17th who correctly guessed “It is the installation of granite block on the causeway to gooseberry naming it someone named (sic) Petty” and is the winner of a gift certificate to the Back Eddy Restaurant, Westport’s mainstay in harborside fine dining.

But our recently solved Mystery Photo has a bittersweet story behind the event depicted in the photo. On December 24, 1931 Thomas E. Pettey, a Westport highway department employee was working on a town landing to the fledgling causeway that now links Gooseberry Island to the Westport mainland.

Pettey was crushed to death in a tragic accident involving a truckload of boulders.

Fred Wilson was working with Pettey at the time. According to town records, Pettey is the only Westport town employee to have met their death on the job.

 

Former Mystery Photo Solved!

Mystery Photo posted on Wednesday, May 10th, at 1:00 p.m. was solved by Gerry Santos at 7:56 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10th as “World War I memorial at the Town Hall Annex.”!

There were many correct guesses but you have to get up early in the morning to beat out Santos when he knows the answer!

Because he was the first to correctly identity the monument and its location, Santos wins a $25 gift certificate to Partner’s Village Store and Kitchen, Westport’s hot social spot for community events, books, gifts, cards, not to mention their fabulous kitchen.

Spring is here so be on the lookout for our next mystery photo and get ready to take your best shot.

 

 

*Starting 02/11/2010 we will be limiting immediate families to one gift certificate won per month. EverythingWestport has increased the number of mystery photos per year and we would like everybody to have a chance at participating. Also, you may take as many guesses as you want for a mystery photo, but please only one guess at a time.

 

 

White's of Westport
66 State Road, Westport. For more information, call (508) 675-7185 or visit www.lafrancehospitality.com.

 

Dinner Shows, Music Tributes & Comedy Shows:

They bring the Big City Comics to you live at White's.  Be sure to join them before the show in the Galley Grille for a great dinner.  If your organization is looking for a new opportunity to raise money, please contact Charlie Fellows, at (508) 676-7888 x422$15 per person (no food)

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Live bands in the Galley Grille every Friday and Saturday night:

 

Galley Grille Live Music

Every Saturday Paul Nogueira on piano playing Country, Blues and other favorites

 

Click here for a schedule of all upcoming events for White’s, Bittersweet and ten Cousins.

 

Bittersweet Farm Restaurant & Tavern
438 Main Road, Westport.  For more information, call (508) 636-0085 or visit www.lafrancehospitality.com.

 

Tavern hosts live bands Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. 

 

Every Thursday enjoy acoustic guitar with Kenny Richards 

 

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Call 508.675.7185 or check out their website for information:

www.LafranceHospitality.com

 

 

 

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Monday, December 11

Monday, December 11 - LC Strippers Quilting Club from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 East Main Road, Little Compton.

Sewers and want to be sewers to make colorful quilts to give to folks who need a warm hug. Instruction will be provided by Marty Fisher; donations of cotton fabric are welcome.

What could be more fun and rewarding than to sew a brightly colored quilt for someone in need?

Space is limited.  To register or for more information, call Marsha at 401.592.0400 or email

office@littlecomptonwellnesscenter.org.

Click here for their full, fall program schedule and summary.

For more information call 401.592.0400.

 

Monday, December 11 - Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Join aerobics instructor Wendy Sperduti-Ray for a fun fitness workout.  All are welcome. Call ahead to be sure the class isn’t full.

Aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

For more information please call 508.636.1026.

 

Monday, December 11 - Store open Mondays and Saturdays. Revival Thrift Store, 500 American Legion Highway (Route 177) is open on Mondays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. New items are added every day.

 

Monday, December 11 - Monday Drawing Classes offered every week by Westport Art Group.

Drop into the Westport Art Group's Monday morning Drawing Class held every Monday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. All skill levels are welcome and the first class is free!

With instructor Robert Abele, you'll focus on basic drawing elements of line, texture, shading, and composition. Learn a variety of techniques while exploring different media including leads, kneaded erasers, conté crayons, and colored pencils. Please see www.WestportArtGroup.com  or email info@westportartgroup.com for location and details.

 

Strength Training every Monday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.

Fee is $5, and everyone is welcome. 9:00 - 10 a.m.

Click here for their monthly calendar.

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For more information call or click Sally at 401.635.2400 or email: sally­huntington@­lccenter.­com.

 

Kundalini Yoga at Sandywoods! Taught by Yogi Bhajan, class is offered at Sandywoods, 73 Muse Way, Tiverton (yellow building).

Monday's from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Fee is $10.00 per class. Drop-ins are welcome.
For more information contact Sam at
sandywoodsmusic@gmail.com.

 

Osteoporosis exercise at the Westport Senior Center.

Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

An exercise for people with or at risk for Osteopenia/ Osteoporosis. Participants will learn about osteoporosis and everyday activities that will improve their day to day lives. A physician form filled out by the doctor that states this would be beneficial is required. There are openings in the Monday, Wednesday & Friday sessions. For more information contact the Westport Council on Aging at 508.636.1026. The instructor is Florence Wypych.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport.

 

Monday, December 11 Senior Community Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.

Join them for lunch as they enjoy our local catering. Some of the finest cooks in Little Compton are volunteering their time to prepare delicious meals for our seniors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity to share good food with good friends in a friendly community atmosphere. 

$3 suggested donation for the disabled and seniors age 50 and over.  $6 suggested donation under age 50.

Please call to reserve at least 48 hours in advance. 401-635-2400. For more information call or click 401.635.2400 or email: 

sally­huntington@­lccenter.­com.

 

Weekly adult knitting group at the Brownell Library, 44 Commons, Little Compton. Weekly on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. All levels welcome, and open to all.

Visit their website:

http://www.brownell-libraryri.org.

 

Monday, December 11 Kripalu Yoga at the Grange with Karen Holiday from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Pay by the month - $30 minimum; any additional classes are $15. Classes must be attended within the month. Drop ins are welcome at $18 per class.

Classes also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.  For more information call 774.644.9977 or visit: www.sanctuarysadhana.com

 

Monday, December 11 - Zumba with Serena at Sandywoods Center for the Arts building, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. $7 per person. Every Monday. More info at 508.725.1897.

 

Monday, December 11 - Country Line Dance Lessons at St. John’s Athletic Club, 1365 Rodman Street, Fall River. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $10 per person. Call 774.202.5543 for more information. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Visit their website For all the details.

Click here for their calendar of all their dances and venues.

 

New Bedford Chess Club meets class-reunion.jpg - 35430 Bytesevery Monday from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Market Basket Food Court, 122 Sawyer Street, New Bedford. Please bring your chess set and chess clock, if you have one. The event is informal, free and open to all. Free lessons available.
(Not affiliated with Market Basket.)

 

Al-Anon Meeting from every Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Amicable Congregational Church, 3736 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI. Get Directions.
The meeting is free and open to all.

Al-Anon There is Hope one hour meeting.

For more information please call or click 401.855.6009 or email: lin2169@­cox.­net.

 

ExTension Exercise Class every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:45 to 9:45 p.m. at the United Congregational Church, 4 S of Commons Road, Little Compton.
$10.00 per person and teens to seniors all are welcome.

Get fit and feel great! Questions? Call or click Mary at 401.418.3905 or email: maryderby@­aol.­com.

 

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Tuesday, December 12 - Want to be part of land protection in Westport? Join the Westport Land Conservation Trust and volunteer with Trail Team Tuesday! They will then carpool to each week’s project site. Projects will vary depending on the week but may include woodworking, trail trimming, boundary marking as well as other tasks depending on the groups skill set. They will finish up around lunchtime.  Wear sturdy footwear and clothing for working outside.  They hope to build a team that will be both rewarding to work with as well as accomplish important tasks to enhance the safety and experience of visitors.

Call for weekly schedule and postponements.

For more information or to join the team, contact: Brendan P. Buckless, Outreach and Stewardship Coordinator; Westport Land Conservation Trust at 508.636.9228 or email:  Brendan@WestportLandTrust.org

 

Tuesday, December 12 – Kripalu Yoga at the Grange with Karen Moore Holiday For July and August classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Classes are also available from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Mondays.

Pay by the month - $30 minimum; any additional classes are $15. Classes must be attended within the month. Drop ins are welcome at $18 per class.

For more information call 774.644.9977 or visit:  www.sanctuarysadhana.com

 

Tuesday, December 12 - Blood Pressure Clinic at the Westport Senior Center every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a Nurse from Gentiva Home Health.

There is no fee!

Call 508.636.1026 for more information.

Council on Aging, 75 Reed Road, Westport.

 

Tuesday, December 12 - Zumba Pilates Bootcamp at Sandywoods Farm, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI 02878 (Yellow Building). Every Tuesday from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  
Also Every Saturday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Yellow Building.  

Fee: $7.00 per class and $30.00 for 5 classes.

Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Join aerobics instructor Wendy Sperduti-Ray for a fun fitness workout.  All are welcome. Cost is $2.50 per class. Call ahead to be sure the class isn’t full.

Session I aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Session II aerobics on Tuesday.

For more information please call 508.636.1026.

 

Walking-Hiking Group at the Westport Senior Center.

Every Tuesday starting 8:45 a.m. they leave from the Westport COA. Are you interested in walking/hiking with others who love the outdoors? Have you wanted to walk some of the wonderful trails in our area but have some reservations about heading out alone?

Join the group. All ages welcome. Call 508.636.1026 for more information.

Note: Strolling Group every Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

 

Seniors can get help with health insurance, supplemental insurance, Medicare Advantage plans and other medical or food assistance programs.

Every Tuesday, free and open to all. 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

You must call the center to make an appointment with Janet Holmes, who is there every Tuesday morning. 401.625.6790.

Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus St, Tiverton.

 

Weight Watchers Meeting from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. $42.95 for a monthly pass. www.weightwatchers.com.

 

Tuesday, December 12 - Story Hour at Westport Free Public Library, 408 Old County Road, Westport.  Story Hour for children ages 3 and up begins on Tuesday, October 17th at 10:00 a.m. Enjoy stories on a different theme each week, followed by a take-home craft project. Call the library, 508.636.1100, to register.

 

Senior functional fitness (Jazzy Yoga) by Debbie Gagnon at the Little Compton Community Center on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The fee is $2.00 for members and $5 for non-members; all seniors are welcome. 

Functional Fitness that includes a low-impact, interval-aerobic movement with dance elements, combined with Pilates and Toning with weights, focusing on the Core Muscle groups and cardiovascular system. Safe and effective. 

For more information please call 401.635.2400 or visit their website.

 

Tuesday, December 12 - Westport Library Needleworkers meet the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Westport Public Library. Bring your needlework, quilting projects to work on along with your bag lunch.  408 Old County Road, Westport. 

Call 508.636.1100 for any questions or more information.

 

The Dragon-Flowers Mahjong Group meets every Tuesday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Game Room at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. Experienced American-Mahjong players are welcome to join any Tuesday. For more information, call or click Gretchen at 401.359.0113, email to gretchenjane@cox.net.

They also give lessons for anyone interested in learning this fascinating game of tiles. The next class, which meets once a week for four weeks, will be announced soon. Contact Pat or Gretchen for details. Reservations for class are required.

 

Tuesday, December 12 - Ballroom Dancing at the Liberal Club, 20 Star Street, Fall River from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. Singles welcome. Call 508.994.7240 for more information.

 

Tuesday, December 12 - Knitting and Crocheting at the Westport COA. 1:00 p.m. If you're new to knitting or crocheting, it's a great way to pick up new tricks and always have someone at the ready to help you through the difficult parts of patterns or explain a new-to-you technique.

Inset: from the left - Mary Ellen Moore of Dartmouth, Jane Bernado and Paula Gagnon of Westport, and Nancy Cronin of New Bedford are part of a group of women numbering from 8 to 15 each week who meet at the COA.

For knitters and crocheters of all skill levels committing to a group is a way of making time for it that hopefully you will stick with.

The class is led by Gertrude Vigeant.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport. Call 508.636.1026 for more information.

 

Tuesday, December 12 Westport food pantry is open on every Tuesday. The Food for Friends food pantry is at the former Westport Middle School, around the back from the tennis courts. It serves Westport residents 18 and older and is open on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.

All donations are welcome.

Drop off donations in the box labeled “food pantry” just outside the door. To volunteer to help, call 774.201.0566 or email Pastor John at Romans8five@aol.com. 

They appreciate the donations. The top 10 things they need are; canned fruits and veggies, pasta and pasta sauce, hearty soups, snacks, canned tuna or chicken, rice and cereal.

Monetary donations also are welcome: every $1 donated purchases $10 worth of food at the grocery store because they are a member of the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Checks to support the pantry should be made out to ‘The Lighthouse Assembly of God’ with ‘Food Pantry’ noted at the bottom. Volunteers, both individuals and groups, are always needed. If interested, call 774.201.0566 or email Pastor John at Romans8five@aol.com. 

 

Tuesday, December 12 - Zumba classes at Countryview Estates! Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Countryview Estates, 213 Hurst Lane, Tiverton. Admission is $5.00, all are welcome.

Latin Dance Fitness!

Ditch the workout, and join the party! No previous experience necessary. Easy to follow Latin dance steps provide a fun and fat burning cardio workout.

For information please call or click Fatima at 401.378.3872, or email: DAMITAF@aol.com.

 

Country Line and Couples Dance Lessons with JoAnn and Andy. Beginner and intermediate dancers. Tuesdays 6:30 to 9 p.m., VFW Poirier Post, 281 Appleton Street, New Bedford. Thursdays 6:30 to 9 p.m., VFW Silvia Post, 134 Shore Drive, Tiverton RI. $7 per class. For more information call: (774) 202-5543 and ask for JoAnn.

 

Tuesday, December 12 - Meetings of the Fall River Stamp Club will be held in the Conference Room of the Super Stop & Shop on Marianno Bishop Boulevard, Fall River at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting is open to all stamp collectors, regardless of their level of collecting. The club meets the second Tuesday of each month from September to May.

Adult stamp collectors. For more information please call 508.674.0230 or email: bobkitchen@msn.com.

 

Tuesday, December 12- Community Knit Nights at Dartmouth Grange Hall. Knitting for the babies, children and the needy. A dedicated group of knitters and crocheters meet monthly at the Dartmouth Grange in support of a project to provide handmade hats, scarves and other warming garments for people in need.

People who can knit or crochet are asked to make items for babies, children or adults. Organizations locally and far away are accepting handmade goods to distribute. People can choose the charities that they wish to support.

Donations of yarn are needed, too.

Community knit nights meet monthly at the Grange Hall, 1133 Fisher Road, at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. More information is available by calling Elizabeth Newton at 508.636.4920.

Visit their website for all the details or weather cancellations.

 

Tuesday, December 12 - St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to open its doors to those struggling with addiction, in recovery at 7:00 p.m.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 351 Elm Street, Dartmouth will offer a special Service of Hope and Healing for anyone struggling with addiction, those in recovery as well as their family, friends and supporters beginning

In light of the opioid epidemic on the South Coast, this service of hope and healing is open to anyone in the local community who is struggling with any type of addiction.  It is open to folks of any denomination or no denomination.  Their purpose in hosting this evening is to help people know that they are not alone, in the midst of what might seem like a very isolating experience.  All are welcome to attend this service no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. 

This service is offered by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and The Bridge: A Center for Hope and Healing.

For more information, please call 508.997.0903.

 

Tuesday, December 12 - Open Mic Night with Gary Fish at Sandywoods Farm, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton RI 02878.

Every Tuesday from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. BYOF, BYOB coffee served.

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Sandywoods Center for the Arts. For more information contact Sam at sandywoodsmusic@gmail.com.

Contact Gary Fish for more information at 401.632.7484 or email: fishtunes@cox.net

 

Tuesday, December 12Knit Night at the Grange. A dedicated group of knitters and crocheters meet the last Tuesday of the month at Dartmouth Grange Hall, 1133 Fisher Road, to create warming garments for babies, children and adults in need.

Organizations locally and far away accept handmade goods to distribute.

Knit Nights will take place at 7:00 p.m. on October 31st, November 28th, and December 26th.

Join a friendly group of like-minded people to get information, patterns and yarn.

More information is available at www.dartmouthgrange.org or by calling Elizabeth Newton at 508.636.4920.

 

Stump Trivia! 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. every Tuesday at Wally's Tap House, 13 Crandall Road, Tiverton.

The event is free and open to the public over 21.

Come play Stump Trivia at Wally's Tap House on Monday nights! Bring some friends and grab some food and a drink! If you've played Stump Trivia, you know just how awesome our game structure is and there are prizes for the top two teams of the night.

Game starts around 8 p.m., so get there a little early to get a good seat!

For more information please call 401.624.1212, or visit their website.

 

ExTension Exercise Class every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:45 to 9:45 p.m. at the United Congregational Church, 4 S of Commons Rd, Little Compton.
$10.00 per person and teens to seniors all are welcome.

Get fit and feel great! Questions? Call or click Mary at 401.418.3905 or email: maryderby@­aol.­com.

 

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Wednesday, December 13 - Zumba with Fatima at Sandywoods Center for the Arts building, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. Starts at 8:30 a.m. 401.378.3872

 

Wednesday, December 13 - Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. Join aerobics instructor Wendy Sperduti-Ray for a fun fitness workout.  All are welcome. Call ahead to be sure the class isn’t full.

Aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information please call 508.636.1026.

Call 508.636.1026 for all the details.

 

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Hosted by Robert Abele. Robert is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts. His paintings have appeared in numerous publications including the Washington Post and the New York times.

This class is designed as a workshop where all mediums are welcome. Watercolor, oil and colored pencil are just a few of the mediums used by students. Each student is given personal instruction and guidance based on the subject they are working on. Classes are $40.00 per month or $15.00 for a single class. Come in and release the Artist within You.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport. Call 508.636.2026 for more information.

 

Yoga classes offered by Experienced Tiverton Instructor on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Gentle Yoga Wednesday 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Summer at RIVERS OF LIGHT Tiverton Studio, 410 Neck Road, Little Compton.  Fall and Winter at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton, $18.00 per class with a discounted 8 class series.  Single class $20.

Experience well-being, increased vitality, range of motion and circulation. Release physical and mental stressors, increase self-esteem, manage weight, balance mood and emotions while increasing strength/flexibility, breath and focus. In this supportive practice for body, mind and spirit, personal attention is given. Sequences both seated and standing match needs and abilities. Laugh and relax. Breathe deeply.  Begin anytime. Everybody is welcome. Sessions ongoing.

   

Vinyasa Flow Yoga 9:30-11:00 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays 9:30-11:00 a.m.  Also 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Fall and Winter.  Yin Yoga available in winter.  All classes at RIVERS OF LIGHT Studio, $18 per class with a 10-week discounted series. Single class $20.  
Unite body, mind and spirit in a supportive community at a lovely serene space conducive to movement, meditation and relaxation.  Flow, connecting breath to a wide range of asanas, movement.  Listen to your body.  Move at your own pace. Open your heart and life, increasing inner and outer ease, strength and flexibility.  Enjoy your practice and increasing vitality. All are welcome. 

Please call 401.816.0024 before attending.  Caryl Sickul, MA, DMT, Experienced Instructor, Movement Specialist, Wellness Consultant in Private Practice for Decades. Private Sessions, Gift Certificates and Celebrations by appointment.
For more information email: csickul@­cox.­net or visit her website.

 

Ageless Gentle Yoga every Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton, $17.00 per person.

Experience wellbeing, increased vitality, range of motion and circulation. Release physical and mental stressors, increase self-esteem, manage weight, balance mood and emotions while increasing strength/flexibility, breath and focus. In this supportive practice for body, mind and spirit, personal attention is given. Sequences both seated and standing match needs and abilities. Begin anytime. Everybody is welcome. Sessions ongoing. Discount available for session.

Call 401.816.0024, Caryl Sickul, MA, DMT, Experienced Instructor, Movement Specialist, Wellness Consultant in Private Practice for Decades. Private Sessions, Gift Certificates and Celebrations by appointment.

Vinyasa yoga classes, available at Rivers Of Light Studio, Tiverton.

For more information email: csickul@­cox.­net or visit her website.

 

Wednesday, December 13 - “Go Figure.” Figure drawing with live models at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. This Figure Workshop meets every Wednesday morning from 9:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. in the main building. 

Draw, paint or sculpt working from live models.  Bring your own materials and a drawing board or an easel if you usually work with one.  Seating provided.  No instruction.  Cost $15/session; 410/session if paid by the month.  For more information please call Carolyn Winter at 401.316.8272.

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Osteoporosis exercise at the Westport Senior Center.

Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

An exercise for people with or at risk for Osteopenia/ Osteoporosis. Participants will learn about osteoporosis and everyday activities that will improve their day to day lives. A physician form filled out by the doctor that states this would be beneficial is required. There are openings in the Monday, Wednesday & Friday sessions. For more information contact the Westport Council on Aging at 508.636.1026. The instructor is Florence Wypych.

 

Wednesday, December 13 Lap-Sit at Westport Free Public Library, 408 Old County Road, Westport. Lap-Sit for children under age 3, and a caregiver, begins on Wednesday, October 18th at 10:00 a.m. Several books will be shared, along with songs, fingerplays and puppets. Stay for free play following each session. Call the library, 508.636.1100, to register.

 

Wednesday, December 13 - Bernadette Girard will be offering "a BOX MANIA class" at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton at 10:15 a.m. in the Yellow Building. For more information call: 401.497-7215. Drop ins are $10, or 6 week pass $48.

 

Wednesday, December 13 - Senior Community Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.

Join them for lunch as they enjoy our local catering. Some of the finest cooks in Little Compton are volunteering their time to prepare delicious meals for our seniors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity to share good food with good friends in a friendly community atmosphere. 

$3 suggested donation for the disabled and seniors age 50 and over.  $6 suggested donation under age 50.

Please call to reserve at least 48 hours in advance. 401-635-2400. For more information call or click 401.635.2400 or email: 

sally­huntington@­lccenter.­com.

 

Wednesday, December 13 - Westport Library Bridge Club meets every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. The club welcomes new members; activities take place in the Manton Community Room, 408 Old County Road, Westport.

Call 508.636.1100 for any questions or more information.

 

Poetry Writing at the Westport COA. 1:30 p.m. Members bring a new poem they have written to the weekly Wednesday meeting and constructively critique one another's work. Class size is limited. Please call for information. Convener is Barbara Wickes.

 

Calling all players for Party Bridge. Intermediate bridge players are invited to play Party Bridge every Wednesday from noon to 3:00 p.m. at Westport Free Public Library, 408 Old County Road, Westport.

Many of the regular players have headed south for the winter, so new players are invited to join. For more information please call 508.636.2603.

 

Weight Watchers Meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. $42.95 for a monthly pass. www.weightwatchers.com.

 

Wednesday, December 13 Zumba classes are offered at Sandwoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the yellow building. For more information call 508.725.1897.
The classes are great for beginners and intermediate students. No previous experience is necessary.

Zumba is a form of Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a cardio workout.

 

Wednesday, December 13 - Kundalini Yoga with Mary Ann Turpin at the Westport Grange, 931 Main Road, Westport Central from 6:30 - 8:15 p.m.

Need more information? Call 508.636.8485 or visit: www.sanctuarysadhana.com

 

Wednesday, December 13– The Fall River Camera Club meets September through May, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. During the month of November, meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday.

The club, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1956 and is one of the oldest and fastest-growing camera clubs in Massachusetts.

The camera club serves photographers with all levels of experience from beginner to advanced, and is dedicated to providing our members with opportunities to share their experience and improve their skills.

Members benefit from our educational and mentoring programs, competitions, field trips, web gallery, social events, and special interest group meetings.

Please join them at the Landmark Building, 400 Columbia St. in Fall River, Massachusetts. Visitors are always welcome and they look forward to seeing you at our next meeting! http://www.fallrivercameraclub.org/

 

Karaoke every Wednesday night from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Atlantic Sports Pub, 70 Shove Street, Tiverton. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Wednesday, December 13 - Hey smarty pants, show White's of Westport what you've got! Do you dominate Trivial Pursuit? Are you the first person to shout out the answer on Jeopardy? Then you'll love their weekly Team? Trivia game.

Join White's of Westport in the Galley Grille on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. to test your knowledge and enjoy some great food and drinks.
Bring your friends and make sure you think of a clever team name. But watch out, the competition is fierce.

66 State Road, (Route 6) Westport.

Also don't miss 20 cent wings, half priced appetizers (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.), great beers on tap, plus a chance to win a $20 gift card to use on your next visit to the Galley Grille or Bittersweet Farm.

 

Updated! Karaoke every Wednesday and Sunday night at Oriental Pearl Karaoke with “Cal Raye” is held every Wednesday at The Oriental Pearl, 576 State Road, Westport, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. For more information, call 508.675.1501.

 

Karaoke every Wednesday and Sunday night at Oriental Pearl, 576 State Road, Westport from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

For more information please call 508.675.1501 or 401.435.6565.

 

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Thursday, December 14 Kripalu Yoga at the Grange with Karen Moore Holiday Classes for July and August are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Classes are also available from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Mondays.

Pay by the month - $30 minimum; any additional classes are $15. Classes must be attended within the month. Drop ins are welcome at $18 per class.

For more information call 774.644.9977 or visit:  www.sanctuarysadhana.com

 

Thursday, December 14 - Toning and Stretching at the Council on Aging. Starts at 8:30 a.m.

Classes are $35.00/month for Aerobics and $25.00/ month for Stretch and Tone.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport. Call 508.636.1026 for all the details.

 

Thursday, December 14 - Strolling Group at the Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport.

Every Thursday starting 8:45 a.m. they leave from the Westport COA. Are you interested in a short walk at a relaxed pace? Then join the Thursday morning Strolling Group with others who love the outdoors?

All ages welcome. Call 508.636.1026 for more information.

 

Thursday, December 14 - Try a free Thursday Morning Painting Class with the Westport Art Group.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Thurs. painting class - June Moore, Westport PT. 6-16-2011 010

Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 12 noon. $15 per class, $40 per month.
Instructor is Robert Abele.

Thursday class is at the newly renovated WAG building when weather is bad. They are working on some new places to paint and will be returning to some of our great past locations, including many special private places to which they get invited.

When class is on location we will post it on WAG’s Facebook page.

The class locations for 2017 are listed here.

Contact Barbara Healy with questions, or to be added to the email list at edlundhealy@comcast.net or call 508.636.6773.

Try your hand at painting with the Westport Art Group during their Thursday morning painting class. The first class is free!

Instructor Robert Abele runs the class, and his passion for art is contagious. Paint from a provided still life, or bring a photo or sketch to work from. On the first Thursday of the month, WAG invites a live model. Classes are held every Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. The class is held at both indoor and outdoor locations, depending on the weather. Please see www.WestportArtGroup.com for location and all the details, or email info@westportartgroup.com  for details.

 

Thursday, December 14 - Yoga classes offered by Experienced Tiverton Instructor on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga 9:30-11 am Thursdays and Saturdays 9:30-11 a.m.  Also 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Fall and Winter.  Yin Yoga available in winter.  All classes at RIVERS OF LIGHT Studio, $18 per class with a 10-week discounted series. Single class $20.  
Unite body, mind and spirit in a supportive community at a lovely serene space conducive to movement, meditation and relaxation.  Flow, connecting breath to a wide range of asanas, movement.  Listen to your body.  Move at your own pace. Open your heart and life, increasing inner and outer ease, strength and flexibility.  Enjoy your practice and increasing vitality. All are welcome. 

Please call 401.816.0024 before attending.  Caryl Sickul, MA, DMT, Experienced Instructor, Movement Specialist, Wellness Consultant in Private Practice for Decades. Private Sessions, Gift Certificates and Celebrations by appointment.

Gentle Yoga Wednesday 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Summer at RIVERS OF LIGHT Tiverton Studio, 410 Neck Road, Little Compton.  Fall and Winter at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton, $18.00 per class with a discounted 8 class series.  Single class $20.

Experience well-being, increased vitality, range of motion and circulation. Release physical and mental stressors, increase self-esteem, manage weight, balance mood and emotions while increasing strength/flexibility, breath and focus. In this supportive practice for body, mind and spirit, personal attention is given. Sequences both seated and standing match needs and abilities. Laugh and relax. Breathe deeply.  Begin anytime. Everybody is welcome. Sessions ongoing.

For more information email: csickul@­cox.­net or visit website.

 

Thursday, December 14 - Weekly Meditation Group in Dartmouth.

“The Bridge: A Center for Hope and Healing” and St Peter’s Episcopal Church, 351 Elm St., will now be offering a weekly Meditation Group every Thursday morning from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. More...

 

TOPS meeting in Tiverton. Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets on Thursdays, 10 a.m. at the Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street. All are welcome.

Come join the fun every Thursday as they read stories, enjoy snacks and a craft activity. This is a free event from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Partners Village Store and Kitchen, 865 Main Road, Westport.

 

Toddler Storytime every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Tiverton Essex Public Library, 238 Highland Road, Tiverton.

The event is free.

Toddler Storytime for children ages 18 months to 36 months. This lapsit program includes stories, rhymes, music and more.

For more information please call 401.625.6796 ext. 14.

 

Thursday, December 14 - Calling all bingo players! Join the Council on Aging every Thursday from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road Westport.

Coffee and pastry served at the break.

 

Thursday, December 14 - Quilting at the COA. 1:00 p.m.

Preserve the art of quilting by gathering together to share quilting ideas and techniques. They create group quilts and assist and assist one another with personal quilts and share ideas. Inset: the class is led by Valerie Schofield. Shown with Valerie (left) are Mrs. Charbonneau (center) and Fran Theriault who is working on her Grandmother's Garden quilt.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport. Call 508.636.1026 for more information.

 

Bingo afternoon at the COA. 1:00 p.m. Call 508.636.1026 for any questions or more information. Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport.

 

Thursday, December 14 - Quilting and Knitting each week at Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton. They are offering weekly quilting each Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and knitting each Thursday beginning at 1:00 p.m. Learn to knit quilt with others at the senior center each week for charity. For more information please call for more information please call 401.625.6790 or visit their website.

 

Thursday, December 14 - Ballroom Dancing at the VFW Hall, 134 Shove Street, Tiverton, every Thursday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and every Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Live music by the Aristocrats. Singles welcome. There will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Call 508.995.7585.

 

Thursday, December 14 - WRWA Holiday Open House. Please join the Westport River Watershed Alliance Board of Directors and Staff from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. for a holiday open house.  Stop by for some holiday cheer and to celebrate the year’s accomplishments.   WRWA’s office, 1151 Main Road, Westport.

WRWA wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

 

Thursday, December 14 - Cast-Offs knitting group, a non-profit, meets Thursday evenings from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Westport Public Library, 408 Old County Road, Westport.  Learn to knit and bring your own knitting and sewing for an evening of conversation. 

The members knit for charity, knitting preemie hats and other items for St. Luke’s Hospital, cancer hats and shawls for the Charlton Cancer Center, burial dresses and wraps for R.I. Children’s Hospital, heart pillows for Charlton Cardiac Unit and Dadooza hug dolls for R.I. Early Intervention.

All knitters or crocheters are invited to join them for companionship and serving a purpose.

For more information call the library at 508.636.1100 or visit their website.

 

Thursday, December 14 - Computer 101 at the Westport Library! Do you have a question about using your laptop, notebook or general computer use? 

How about using Microsoft Office, downloading files, using email, just to name a few? 

No question is too big or too small for our computer volunteer. 

Computer 101 returns on Thursday evenings beginning Thursday, June 29th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Bring a laptop along or use a Library computer.  All ages are welcome. 

Please register for a 1/2 hour slot by visiting the Westport Public Library, 408 Old County Road or by calling 508.636.1100.

 

Thursday, December 14 - Steven Manchester in conversation about his award-winning novel ASHES at Partners Village Store. 6:00 p.m.

Partners Village Store and Kitchen is pleased to welcome author Steven Manchester for our Winter Writers Series at 6:00 p.m.

Manchester will be discussing his novel ASHES, described by William Kent Krueger as “Sometimes raw, always engaging, Steven Manchester’s novel is a wry and wise journey through the ruins of the American Dream.”

Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement.

But life – and death – has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other's company.

Steven Manchester is the author of four #1 national bestsellers: Twelve Months, The Rockin' Chair, Pressed Pennies and Gooseberry Island. His long-anticipated, critically-acclaimed novel, The Changing Season, was released last year and was a local bestseller.

Please call Partners Village Store: 508.636.2572 or email liz@partnersvillagestore.com  to reserve your spot!

 

Thursday, December 14 - Zumba with Serena Honeycutt at Sandywoods Farm, 73 Muse Way, Tiverton RI 02878 (Yellow Building).

Every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $7 per person.
Call 508.725.1897 for more information.

 

Thursday, December 14 - Allens Pond Junior Bird Club – “Turkey Business” meets at the Westport Free Public Library, 408 Old County Road, Westport. Talk turkey and make your own turkey call. Sponsored by Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Click here to view all upcoming Sanctuary events.

Instructor: Allens Pond Sanctuary - Staff & Volunteers

Audience: All (suitable for children and adults)

Members & Nonmembers: Free

You're invited....check out our next meeting!
Junior Bird Club is a free program group, open to children and adults of all ages. The Club meets each month and focuses on a variety of local species with loads of hand-on field study and guided birding walks on our Sanctuary properties.
Many stewardship initiatives and projects are also introduced and the kids can get as involved as they want to. Come check it out and join in on the fun and learning!

Registration is required. Register online or call 508.636.2437 to register by phone.

Register by mail: program registration form PDF. For your own security, do not send credit card information via email.

For more information, visit Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 1280 Horseneck Road, Westport, or email: allenspond@massaudubon.org.

 

Thursday, December 14 - Adult dance lessons on every Thursday. Beginner country line and couples dance lessons are offered at Countryview Estates Community Center, 213 Hurst Lane, Tiverton. Its 95 percent country with a little non-country added in for fun.

Line dance lessons are from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. followed by couples lessons from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per class. For more information or questions please call JoAnn at 774.202.5543 or email: gtcdancers@yahoo.com.

 

Zumba Fitness at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Also meets on Sundays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Put more wiggle in your week!

$5 per class; proceeds to benefit McAuley Ministries.

No dance experience necessary. Ages 12 and up welcome (16 and under with an adult.)

Zumba is the dance fitness revolution that fuses Latin and other world rhythms with easy-to-follow dance moves to create a calorie-burning, body-energizing workout that you will love!

Visit their website.

 

Open mic every Thursday night at Oriental Pearl, 576 State Road, Westport from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Also, Karaoke every Wednesday and Sunday night at Oriental Pearl. For more information please call 508.675.1501 or 401.435.6565.

 

Friday, December 15  Top of Page

 

Friday, December 15 - Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. Join aerobics instructor Wendy Sperduti-Ray for a fun fitness workout.  All are welcome. Call ahead to be sure the class isn’t full.

Aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information please call 508.636.1026.

Call 508.636.1026 for all the details.

 

Friday, December 15 - Allens Pond is hosting weekly volunteer days every Friday morning. Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting volunteer “Trail Blazer” days every Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Field Station at 1280 Horseneck Road and start to forge what will become the newest trail.

This new trail will be the backbone to Allens Pond, connecting all three of the trail systems so visitors can enjoy a roughly 9-mile round-trip hike.

Trail Blazer days are open to everyone; no experience of any kind is necessary. They provide all of the tools, training and materials needed. Future projects could include trail maintenance, boardwalk construction, removing invasive plants, burning brush piles or planting native plants.

 

Friday, December 15 - New at WAG! Life Drawing Open Studio every Friday 2degas2from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$15 per class.
Studio Monitor: Barbara Diane Barry.

Please Note: No class will be held July 14th and August 18th, due to Art Camp using the space.

Every week a live model, nude and clothed, will be available for members to sketch, draw or paint.  Each session is three hours in length; beginning with quick 3-minute sketches to longer 20-minute poses, ending with a one-hour study. For questions, contact Barbara Diane Barry at 201.675.0256, or email: bdbarry6@yahoo.com.

 

Friday, December 15 - Osteoporosis exercise at the Westport Senior Center. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

An exercise for people with or at risk for Osteopenia/ Osteoporosis. Participants will learn about osteoporosis and everyday activities that will improve their day to day lives. A physician form filled out by the doctor that states this would be beneficial is required. There are openings in the Monday, Wednesday & Friday sessions. For more information contact the Westport Council on Aging at 508.636.1026. The instructor is Florence Wypych.

Call 508.636.1028 for all the details.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road Westport.

 

Quilt ladies invite all to Friday meetings at Holy Trinity Church, 1956 Main Road, Tiverton from 10 a.m. to noon. A weekly hand quilting group. Pro or novice welcome. Come one time or every meeting! Bring your own project. For more information call Lynn Sluiter at (401) 635-8941, or email her at lsluiter@cox.net.

 

Friday, December 15 Advanced bridge at the Westport Senior Center starts at 12:00 noon. All are welcome. Call ahead to be sure the session isn’t full.

Call 508.636.1026 for all the details.

Westport Council on Aging, 75 Reed Road, Westport.

T’AI CHI classes every Friday at the Westport Senior Center. Advanced 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.; intermediate 1:30 -2:30 p.m

T’ai Chi is the Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation and balance and health. The fee is $5.00 per session or $25.00 for 6 weeks. The instructor is Nikolas Ukleja. Please call 508.636.1026 for further information.

Senior Community Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.

Join them for lunch as they enjoy our local catering. Some of the finest cooks in Little Compton are volunteering their time to prepare delicious meals for our seniors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity to share good food with good friends in a friendly community atmosphere. 

$3 suggested donation for the disabled and seniors age 50 and over.  $6 suggested donation under age 50.

Please call to reserve at least 48 hours in advance. 401-635-2400. For more information call or click 401.635.2400 or email: 

sally­huntington@­lccenter.­com.

 

The weekly Bingo at the Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton.  1:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information please call For more information please call 401.625.6790, or visit their website.

 

The Tiverton Public Library offers a weekly computer drop-in session that offers assistance with beginner computer Skills and Windows; the internet, on-line resources and social networking; Microsoft Office programs; downloading ebooks and audiobooks from the library; on-line job searching; and any other topics you may have a question about. All ages and skill levels welcome.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. No cost.

Essex Public Library, reference room, 238 Highland Avenue, Tiverton.

For more information please call (401) 625-6796.

 

Friday, December 15 - Adaptive Exercise Program every Friday from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 E Main Road, Little Compton with Jen Meyer.
$5.00 per class, or $45 for a 10 card class. This event is for everyone, including seniors.

Jen Meyer, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer & Yoga Instructor provides an individualized adaptive exercise program to get you moving again. The program focuses on gentle strength training, balance & flexibility. Each individual will work within their comfort level, as this program is adapted to your own individual needs.

For more information call or click 401.592.0400 or email:

office@littlecomptonwellnesscenter.org.

 

Friday, December 15 – Neal McCarthy and Friends every Friday at Buzzards Bay Brewing from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. As always, there's no fee.

98 Horseneck Road, Westport.

This Friday and Saturday dig into a double-dose of Neal McCarthy and Friends!  They welcome Neal both tonight and tomorrow afternoon/evening in the massive rental tent - a 40 by 100 footer that allows us to be all ages for these evenings.

 

Friday, December 15 – Updated. Karaoke every Friday night with Mariozations Studio from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. The Knights of Columbus, 28 Fish Road, Tiverton.

The kitchen will offer food for purchase starting at 6:00 p.m. and karaoke and dancing will be from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Music by Mario. Admission is free but there will be a cash bar and raffles. Hosted by Jesse James. For more information, call 401-297-6604.

 

Friday, December 15 – Karaoke featuring Steve C., a DJ regular at VFW Post 5392 in Tiverton. Steve hosts karaoke every Friday night from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Kitchen is open so good food is available until 8:30. There’s no cover charge so come one, come all and sing to your hearts delight. Call Steve for more information at 401.624.1829, or drop by the Post at 134 Shove Street, Fall River.

 

Friday, December 15 - Winter Concert at Little Compton Community Center. Join them at 6:30 p.m. for a fabulous holiday concert with the Becky Chace Band and a wonderful dinner prepared by Erika Zanobini. Tickets are $20 per person. Call ahead so you don't miss out!

Little Compton Community Center, Box 926, 34 Commons, Little Compton.

 

Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16 – The Greater Tiverton Community Chorus presents “Star Light, Star Bright – A concert of secular and sacred music. 7:30 p.m. both nights.

For more information visit their website.

 

Friday, December 15 - Al-Anon Family Group meets every Friday. An Al-Anon Family Group for relative and friends of problem drinkers meets from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Teresa Church, 265 Stafford Road, Tiverton. It is anonymous, confidential and free.

A second group meets on Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea Church (lower rear entrance,) Willow Avenue, Little Compton.

 

Karaoke Night every Friday night from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at Bayview Holy Ghost Citizens Club, 66 Bottom St, Tiverton. The event is free and open to all. Weekly karaoke night with Rick and Joan.

 

Friday, December 15 – Updated. Pro Karaoke by Rick & Joan every Friday at the Liberal Club from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. 20 Star Street, Fall River. No admission charge. For information, call 774.526.3943.

 

Friday, December 15 – Updated. Karaoke at St. John’s Athletic Club (bar side), 1365 Rodman Street, Fall River, 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., no cover, kitchen open until 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 508.672.9175.

 

LePage’s Seafood hosts Karaoke every Friday night at 9:00 p.m. at 439 Martine Street, Fall River. For more information please call 508.677.2180.

 

Friday, December 15 - Art Workshop with Lynne de Beer at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. In the Blue Building. 10:30 - 1:00 p.m. Call 401-524-6504 for more information.

 

Saturday, December 16  Top of Page

Saturday, December 16 – Saturday morning gentle/moderate Yoga at the Dartmouth Grange. The Dartmouth Grange. Jane Hoffman, MA, RYT of Yoga Trilogy is offering two Saturday morning Moderate/Gentle Yoga, Slow Flow Vinyasa/Hatha classes at 1133 Fisher Road, Dartmouth.

The first class runs from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. and the second class form 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. every Saturday morning.

Good for all levels. $10.00 fee, drop ins welcome. Yoga mats and water available at no charge.

For more information contact Jane at 508.965.9505 or email: jane@yogatrilogy.com.

 

Saturday, December 16 – 2nd annual Winter Farmer’s Market open every through Saturday, December 23rd.

The Town's Economic Development Task Force is sponsoring their second Annual Westport Winter Farmer’s Market.

The market opens Saturday, November 11th and will run through Saturday, December 23, 2017 - seven consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Westport Town Hall Annex - Gymnasium, 856 Main Road, Westport, MA.

 

Saturday, December 16 Revival Thrift Store has new items for bargain shoppers each day. Revival Thrift Store, 500 American Legion Highway (Route 177) is open on Mondays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. New items are added every day.

 

Saturday, December 16 Holiday Craft Sale at 908 Main Road, Westport. In the front room of the old salon building in front of the Westport Social Club! 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Handmade jewelry, tie dye clothing, art prints candy, wood burned art, hand spun and knitted Alpaca yarn item, confectioneries, crocheted items, Boy Scout wreaths, and much more.

Santa will be there from noon to 3:00 p.m. Pictures with Santa to benefit William T. Pearson Memorial Fund.

 

Saturday, December 16 Yoga classes offered by Experienced Tiverton Instructor on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga 9:30-11:00 am Thursdays and Saturdays 9:30-11:00 a.m.  Also 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Fall and Winter.  Yin Yoga available in winter.  All classes at RIVERS OF LIGHT Studio, $18 per class with a 10-week discounted series. Single class $20.  
Unite body, mind and spirit in a supportive community at a lovely serene space conducive to movement, meditation and relaxation.  Flow, connecting breath to a wide range of asanas, movement.  Listen to your body.  Move at your own pace. Open your heart and life, increasing inner and outer ease, strength and flexibility.  Enjoy your practice and increasing vitality. All are welcome. 

Please call 401.816.0024 before attending.  Caryl Sickul, MA, DMT, Experienced Instructor, Movement Specialist, Wellness Consultant in Private Practice for Decades. Private Sessions, Gift Certificates and Celebrations by appointment.

For more information email: csickul@­cox.­net or visit website.

 

Saturday, December 16

 

Saturday, December 16 – A Meditation Experience with three trained and skilled teachers: Karen Moore Holiday, Angela Denham, and Brenda Florez at the Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 East Main Road, Little Compton.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. $30 per person.

An opportunity to learn and experience meditation practices from the different perspectives of each teacher's training, background and experience.

This workshop will kick off a weekly one-hour class to nurture and deepen your own journey with meditation... as a beginner or an experienced practitioner.

Karen, Angela & Brenda will alternate weeks of teaching and practice.

We will offer instruction and practice each week, with an opportunity for questions and feedback about your practice.

Create more space for yourself from the inside out.

 

Saturday, December 16 – The Nutcracker, a Spindle City Ballet production will be held at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Bristol Community College, Fall River. Lisa Bibeau, artistic Director. Call 508.536.6073 for more information.

A repeat performance will be held Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 p.m. Call for tickets or go on-line to purchase tickets.

www.spindlecityballet.org

 

Saturday, December 16 – Buzzards Bay Brewing continues its Acoustic Music Schedule! Saturdays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

As always, there's no fee.
Come and join your friends at Buzzards Bay Brewing for great American grown ale and super local music.

Buzzards Bay Brewing, 98 Horseneck Road, Westport.

This Friday and Saturday dig into a double-dose of Neal McCarthy and Friends!  They welcome Neal both Friday and Saturday afternoon/evening in the massive rental tent - a 40 by 100 footer that allows us to be all ages for these evenings.

 

Weekly dances at the Holy Ghost Club, 171 Sodom

Road, Westport. Cost is $6. Saturdays, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Live bands, door prizes, 50/50 raffle. Each week except the last week of the month; this is reserved for special functions. For more information call 508.636.3661.

 

Saturday, December 16 Al-Anon Family Group meetings offered by local churches. There are two Al-Anon Family Group meetings for relatives and friends of problem drinkers in the Sakonnet area.

One group meets Fridays from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Teresa Church, 265 Stafford Road, Tiverton.

A second group meets on Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea Church (lower rear entrance,) Willow Avenue, Little Compton.

 

Karaoke every Saturday night from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Benjamin's Sports Pub, 4 Stafford Road, Tiverton, RI.

No admission fee.

 

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Sunday, December 17 - Yoga: Mindful Flow and Meditation at Sandywood Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. From 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. $10. At The Hayloft.

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“Mindful Flow and Meditation” is a 75-minute class developed by Kim to blend mindfulness discussions, gentle pranayama (breath), and flowing asanas (poses.) Each class will culminate with a short, guided meditation. The same way that people in a community are connected; all the systems of our body are connected and must work in concert to achieve a state of equilibrium. This process begins with pranayama to open the energetic pathways in our bodies and facilitate movement of our bones, joints and muscles. Through mindfulness and awareness, the class will focus on achieving balance and moving efficiently.

Bring a mat, water and any props to assist in your poses. Students are also encouraged to bring a block or meditation cushion to sit on. Visit her website.

 

Sunday, December 17 Annual Sunday School Christmas Pageant at Amicable. Amicable Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 3804 Main Road, Tiverton announced Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent is the Annual Sunday School Christmas Pageant. The pageant will be participatory. You may prepare for the pageant by bringing the costume of your favorite manger character to wear and join in the fun.

Worship begins at 10:00 a.m. A Child Care Professional is available for babies and toddlers. All are welcome.

 

Sunday, December 17 Bliss Four Corners Church to hold Christmas Concert. Bliss Four Corners Congregational Church, 1264 Stafford Road, announced the sermon topic for the 10:00 a.m. service on the third Sunday in Advent is “The Joy of Preparation.” This service will be a musical one, making a joyful noise unto the Lord in the annual Christmas Concert, featuring the choir, musicians, and Sunday School youth. All are welcome to join in a fellowship reception after the service. The Ladies Aid will meet Tuesday from 10 to noon to plan the Christmas Eve service.

 

Saturday, December 16 – The Nutcracker, a Spindle City Ballet production will be held at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Bristol Community College, Fall River. Lisa Bibeau, artistic Director. Call 508.536.6073 for more information.

A repeat performance will be held Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 p.m. Call for tickets or go on-line to purchase tickets.

www.spindlecityballet.org

 

Sunday, December 17 Zumba Fitness at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Also meets on Sundays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Put more wiggle in your week!

$5 per class; proceeds to benefit McAuley Ministries.

No dance experience necessary. Ages 12 and up welcome (16 and under with an adult.)

Zumba is the dance fitness revolution that fuses Latin and other world rhythms with easy-to-follow dance moves to create a calorie-burning, body-energizing workout that you will love!

Visit their website.

 

Sunday, December 17 Live music at the Bliss. Bliss Four Corners Congregational Church will begin their ‘Live Music @ the Bliss’, with “Alive n’Pickin’”on Sunday, September 24th, at 6:30 p.m.  Gary & Kevin Farias and Joe LePage performing songs from their long career.  Two sets beginning at 6:30 p.m.  They’ll pass the hat for the performers.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.  

 

Sunday, December 17Beginner line dance lessons will be held every Sunday at Countryview Estates Community Center, 213 Hurst Lane, Tiverton. Come learn the oldest and newest line dances to today’s country music from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call JoAnn at 774.202.5543 or email: gtctdancers@yahoo.com.

 

Sunday, December 17 - Journey Dance with Rosa Bullis at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 4 Muse Way, Tiverton. 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. second Sunday of each month.

Journey Dance is a transformational movement based class with amazing music that grongs you on a journey beyond your mind and into your body.
$15 pre-registration, $20 per person at the door.
For more information call Rosa at 401.297.9115.

 

Sunday, December 17 Sunday Night Community Dance at Rehoboth. From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Contra dance steps include a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes.

Click here to view their winter 2016-2017 flyer. PDF

The dance is hosted by the Sunday Night Jammers, a group of area musicians who met regularly to play Celtic dance music. Contra dance steps and a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes.

Jam sessions are also held every Sunday night from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Goff Hall. If you play an instrument, want to learn some dance steps, or just want to listen, you are welcome to attend!

Beginners welcome; partners not necessary.

Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth. Cost is free.

For information or to check about cancellations, call Bob Elliott at 774.644.1369 or email him at bobolinkelliott@yahoo.com.

For general please visit: www.contradancelinks.com/jammers.html

 

Sunday, December 17 Weekly AA Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. at Little Compton Community Center, 34 The Commons, Little Compton.

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Weekly meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous every Sunday night.

For more information please call 401.635.2400. Visit the LCCC website. The meeting is free and open to all.

 

Weekly dances at the Holy Ghost Club, 171 Sodom

Road, Westport. Cost is $6. Saturdays, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Live bands, door prizes, 50/50 raffle. Each week except the last week of the month; this is reserved for special functions. For more information call 508.636.3661.

 

Karaoke every Saturday night from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Benjamin's Sports Pub, 4 Stafford Road, Tiverton, RI.

No admission fee.

 

 

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Town Meetings This Week

As of Friday, December 15, 2017 2:00 p.m.

 

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Board of Selectmen 2017-2018

From the left: Craig Dutra, Chairman Steven Ouellette, R. Michael Sullivan, Vice Chairman Shana Shufelt, and Brian Valcourt.

 

Call the Town Clerk at (508) 636-1000 during normal working hours to verify any meeting schedule changes.

Click here to read about new state posting requirements for town meetings effective as of July 1, 2010.

 

Above: Board of Registrars from the left - Joshua Brum (Assistant Registrar), Marlene Samson, Wilma Woodruff, Barbara Lambert and Arthur Caesar.

 

Monday, December 11th

·         MASC Policy Review Subcommittee meeting at Westport Jr/Sr High School Conference Room 9:00am

·         Westport Recreation Commission Meeting At Town Hall 6:00pm

·         Board Of Selectmen Meeting At Town Hall 6:00pm

·         Board Of Health Meeting At Town Hall Annex 7:00pm

 

Tuesday, December 12th

·         Westport Elementary School Council 3:15pm

·         Planning Board Meeting At Town Hall Annex Meeting Room 6:00pm

·         Finance Committee Meeting At Town Hall 7:00pm

 

Wednesday, December 13th

·         Landing Commission Meeting At Town Hall 4:00pm

·         Westport Water Resources Management Committee Meeting At Town Hall 6:00pm

·         School Committee Meeting At Westport Jr/Sr High School Media Center 6:30pm

·         Ag Com Meeting At Town Hall 7:30pm

 

Thursday, December 14th

·         Capital Improvement Planning Committee Meeting At Town Hall 4:00pm

·         Community Preservation Committee Meeting 2nd Floor Meeting Room 7:00pm

 

Monday, December 18th

BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING AT TOWN HALL ANNEX 10:00am

 

Tuesday, December 19th

·         Council On Aging Meeting At Senior Center 8:00am

·         BC-PHEP Executive Board At Norton Media Center, 184 W. Main St, 2nd FL #8, Norton, MA 12:00pm

·         BC-PHEP Coalition meeting at Norton Media Center, 184 W. Main St, 2nd FL #8, Norton, MA 1:30pm

·         Conservation Commission Meeting At Town Hall Annex 7:00pm

 

Wednesday, December 20th

·         Housing Authority Meeting At Greenwood Terrace, 666 State Road, Westport 10:00am

 

Friday, December 22nd

·         Fish Commissioner Meeting At Town Hall 11:00am

 

Town Clerk Marlene Samson

 

Town Hall - 816 Main Road

 

Town Hall Annex - 856 Main Road

 

 

Westport Town Announcements

As of Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Transfer Station vehicle stickers required by Tuesday June 30th.

The Westport Board of Health will begin issuing new Transfer Station stickers on Monday, July 3st for the next fiscal year. Everyone using the Transfer Station is required to purchase a new sticker every year. Present stickers expire Tuesday June 30th.

The cost of the sticker is $35; for seniors age 65 and over, the cost is $20. Additional stickers may be purchased on the same day only for the same household for $10 per vehicle. Residents must present their vehicle registration.

Stickers may be purchased at The Board of Health, Town Hall Annex, 856 Main Road. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stickers may also be purchased at the Transfer Station by check only.

 

Dog licenses due by April 1, 2017.

1/01/2017 - Town Clerk Marlene Samson announces that Dog Licenses that are due each year by April 1st are now available in her office at Town Hall. A valid rabies certificate must be presented in order to obtain a license.

Male and Female Dogs - $15.00

Spayed and Neutered Dogs - $10.00

As of July 1st there will be a $15.00 Late Fee Imposed for dogs not yet licensed this year.

The Clerk’s office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on the first Monday of the moth from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

By mail: include check payable to: "Town of Westport," and include Rabies Certificate, spay or neutered certificate, and self-addressed, stamped return envelope and mail to: Town of Westport, 818 Main Road, Westport, MA 02790. Certificate will be returned.

Also:

$50.00 - 4 dog kennel

$75.00 - 10 dog kennel

$100.00 - more than 10 dog kennel

 

2017 Beach Passes available for Westport beaches.

 

Click here for application PDF.

 

Westport Beach Committee and Town Clerk’s office take action to address town beach pass hullabaloo.

Increased cost ($65) for Horseneck Beach passes drives Westport residents to Cherry & Webb Beach, compounding lack of parking space on busy weekends.

 

You must be a town resident or property owner to obtain a town beach pass for Cherry & Webb Beach, East Beach, and Knubble Beach.

All year-round residents must provide a current and valid vehicle registration.

Above: entrance to Cherry & Webb Beach.

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And the Town Clerk’s office is being provoked by angry folks who don’t qualify for town beach passes.

Newly issued regulations seek to promote civility and better control of the issuance of highly-sought-after beach passes to Westport town beaches. 

Click here to review new rules. PDF

The new regulations seek to clarify who is eligible, thereby avoiding angry confrontations with town employees who issue the passes.

Proof of eligibility is the burden of the applicant.

Starting immediately, individuals seeking a beach pass must file an application with check or money order only (no cash please) and either mail (self-addressed, stamped return envelope must be included) or drop off the application at the Town Clerk’s office.

 

"All submitted documents will be returned

to the applicant in their self-addressed,

stamped return envelope." - Town Clerk Marlene Samson.

 

Applications can be obtained from the Town Clerk’s office, Council on Aging, Westport Public Library or obtained on-line by clicking here.

Simply put you “must have a residence in Westport year-round and claim your residency here, or you must be a property owner listed on the current real estate tax bill or spouse thereof.”

Commercial properties don’t qualify.

Fees remain the same; $30 per vehicle, seniors 65 and older pay just $15. 

Horseneck Beach is a state beach – daily and  season passes are issued only by the

State at the beach parking lot.

 

Boat excise tax bills are due April 15, motor vehicles by April 8th.

12/012016 - The town will mail out motor vehicle excise tax bills and they are due on or before May 14. Taxpayers are asked to contact the collector’s office if they did not receive a bill. Those in need of abatement may contact the assessor's office directly. The assessor's office is closed on Thursdays. Any motor vehicle excise bill not paid in full by May 14 will be subject to a $10 demand fee and 12 percent per annum interest.

Boat excise tax bills are due today. Outstanding bills will be subject to a $10 demand fee, interest of 12 percent per annum and a $20 or a 20 percent penalty, whichever is greater.

Real estate and personal property tax bills are due May 1. Any bill not paid in full will be subject to a 14 percent per annum interest charge. There is no grace period. Demand bills will be sent out soon after the due date, adding the $10 demand fee along with interest. Those making a late payment may call for interest figures.

Bills may be paid online at http://www.westport-ma.com/ for a 35-cent-per-transaction fee. To pay online, go to the website and under the headings, select Departments and scroll down and select Tax Collector. Instructions to sign up and pay online may be found there. No credit card payments are accepted.

If mailing in a bill, enclose the remittance portion of the bill or the whole bill if a receipt is needed. A self-addressed stamped envelope is required if requesting a receipt. If paying in person, taxpayers should bring the entire bill if a receipt is needed. A mail slot in the office door is available for anyone wishing to drop off a payment.

 

Westport residents need Yard Sale Permits.

Westport Residents who are planning to hold a yard sale must obtain a Yard Sale Permit from the Building Department, Town Hall Annex, 856 Main Road. Permits are $5.00 per day. Under the Town Bylaws and Regulations, a Yard Sale Permit may be issued to any one person for only three days in any one month or four days in any one year in conformity with the Zoning Regulations and for any one premises zoned residential. The Police Department or Zoning Enforcement Officer will be checking to see if a Yard Sale Permit is on premises and the permit must be presented if requested. Any person who shall violate any provision of the Bylaw shall be liable to a fine of $50.00 for each violation. Each day shall constitute a separate offense.

For further information, please contact the Building Department at (508) 636-1035 or (508) 636-1036.

Note: Posted Yard Sale Signs Must Be Removed At The End Of The Sale.

 

Westport Property and GIS Maps are On-Line

Citizens, town employees and other interested persons may now research properties on Westport by using the on-line property viewer and the interactive mapping capability of the town’s new geographic information system (GIS) website. The site allows to search for and display the assessors’ map of a parcel of land and to add additional information such as soil types, wetlands, zoning and aerial photos to that map. Users may also view an interactive map of the entire town, adding their desired information, then zooming to an area of interest.

The site includes a wide range of environmental and regulatory information. The information is not to be used for legal determination or to settle property disputes. It will be useful to anyone interested in their own property, to anyone interested in developing a property, and to those interested in the physical and cultural characteristics of Westport.

The site is accessed via a link on the town’s website: http://www.westport-ma.com/ where a tip sheet is also available. A video tutorial will be available in the near future via the town website. The project, which will be improved an updated yearly, is a joint effort of the Planning Board and the Board of Assessors, with funding from the data processing department.

 

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“Hawk on the Wing!”

 

Photo of the Week. This red-tailed hawk was hanging out Sunday afternoon December 12th on top of an Adamsville store sign, taking in the sights, when he got spooked by the photographer getting too close, took wing and flew off to a safer roost. 

 

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“Stove Boats, Shipwrecks and Cannibalism – the perils of 19th century whaling.”

Thursday, October 20, 2016

By Robert Barboza 

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

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“Stove Boats, Shipwrecks and Cannibalism” was the formal title of an October 20th lecture by Westport Historical Society president Tony Connors on the perils that faced local sailors who shipped out for long, hard voyages on Westport whalers during the 19th century.

 

The catchy title referred to only a few of the many dangers faced by the captains and crews of the whaleships that called Westport Point their home port, and made their hometown known all over the world.

 

Connors started out his talk with a historic overview of the whaling industry, an important part of the local economy between the years 1803 and 1879. Westport Point was ranked eighth among the most successful whaling ports of that era, sending dozens of its ships around the globe in search of whales; nearby New Bedford was the top-grossing home port of the worldwide whaling industry, and quite a few Westport captains skippered those whaleships.

 

Westporters had been involved in small scale whaling close to shore since colonial times, but got seriously involved in the growing whaling industry as the 1800s got underway. “The last (whaling) ship went out of Westport in 1879,” Connors noted.

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A glimpse into 20th century rum-running in Westport. Wednesday, May 07, 2014

 

Westport’s Cukie Macomber shares a memory on the town’s rum-running days.

“In October 1919, our federal government passed the Volstead Act that began an era called “Prohibition.” This law, which lasted 14 years, prohibited the manufacture, sale and possession of liquor. It also helped a new Westport business to flourish: rum-running.

Rumrunners included local fishermen, boat owners and other local lawbreakers who transported whiskey and rum from large ships anchored in Rum Row, an area outside territorial waters located 3 miles from shore at first, but then increased to 11 miles. Small powerboats loaded up the cargo and proceeded to rush to shore without meeting up with a Coast Guard ship. Most of the locals’ small boats were faster than the Coast Guard vessels so many, many of the rumrunners avoided arrest.

 

I knew a pair of rumrunners, one of whom became very famous.

 

Charlie Travers was a young, intelligent man who saw rum running as an opportunity to get rich. And he did. Charlie had a boat called “Black Duck” built at Casey Boatyard. It was 50-feet long and powered by two airplane engines.  Aircraft engines were made for high RPMs—perfect for a rum-running vessel.

 

Black Duck was capable of doing 30 knots that was unheard of for a smallish boat.

 

“One night, ‘the Duck’ entered Narragansett Bay when it came upon a Coast Guard cutter moored to a bell buoy. The ship’s searchlight illuminated Travers’ boat and her crew. After some crazy maneuvering by Charlie’s helmsman, the Coast Guard opened fire with a machine gun.”Cukie Macomber

 

The gunner had orders to shoot into the stern of the Duck but instead got carried away and swept the pilothouse killing a trio of crewmembers. When word got out, angry crowds protested outside government buildings all over the United States. Their cry was that the country’s military killed unarmed civilians.

  

Read more of this fascinating article written by Westport historian Cukie Macomber, and other interesting Westport historical tidbits.

  

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