Enjoy some beer from Buzzards Bay Brewing, and take an art lesson from local artists Pam Clarkson and Barbara Healy at the Shattuck Gallery on February 25, 5 to 7 p.m. The fee is $35, or become a new WRWA member for $50 and get in for no additional charge. Fee covers the cost of all materials, food and refreshments.
Space is limited to 15.
Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: 7 pm
Location: Westport Public Library
Professor Mark Bertness, from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University will share his research on salt marsh degradation. He will also discuss how the impending sea level rise will complicate the marshes’s future. Professor Bertness’ studies have focused on salt marshes, particularly from Cape Cod to Long Island Sound. His research has found a correlation between the depletion of predator species such as blue crabs and the excess numbers of purple marsh crabs, which feed on the roots of the grasses that hold the marsh together.
Our fourth annual Winter Art Show will take place during the week of February 25 – March 4 at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport. This year, our contributing artists decided to try something new: instead of painting and decorating lobster buoys, to transform old oars and paddles into works of art. Over 40 old oars were donated. This event is a fun distraction from the winter doldrums, and also an important fundraiser for WRWA. The silent auction will take place on Saturday, March 4, 1 to 5 p.m., with the reception from 5 to 7.
Below is a preview of some of the artistic oars available for bid.
Date: Sunday, March 26 Location: Bittersweet Farm, 438 Main Road, Westport Time: Brunch 11:30 ($20), Annual Meeting and Speaker at 12:30 free
This year’s guest speaker is George Heufelder, Director of the Massachusetts
Alternative Septic System Test Center at Barnstable County’s Department of Health and Environment. George was instrumental in founding the Test Center and initiating its first-of-a-kind electronic performance tracking service for alternative onsite septic systems. His research interests focus on elimination and abatement of nitrogen, phosphorus and contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) using on-site alternative systems technology. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Kansas State University and a Master’s Degree in Biology from Eastern Michigan University. He is a Class 4 Treatment Plant Operator, a Certified Title 5 Soil Evaluator and Septic System Inspector and he is a Registered Sanitarian in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Brunch will be served between 11:30am and 12:30pm, with the Annual Business Meeting and Speaking Program at 12:30.
The fee for brunch is $20 per person. The business meeting and program are free.
Register online or by phone 508-636-3016.
Date: Wednesday, April 19
Time: 9 – 11 AM
Location: Town Hall parking lot on Main Road in Westport
A $10 DISPOSAL FEE APPLIES for all TVs & Monitors, printers, mini-fridges, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers other coolant containing appliances.
ITEMS ACCEPTED AT NO CHARGE: Computers, laptops, PDA’s, cell phones, mice, keyboards, toner cartridges, CD/DVD players, radios, network equipment, wires, stereo equipment, telephones, microwaves, small household appliances, and acid lead batteries including auto/marine and Back-ups. Anything with a wire!
Not accepted-light bulbs, furniture or any hazardous materials such as paint, rechargeable and single use batteries, and broken TV tubes. Indie Cycle, LLC, has a zero landfill policy. We do not remarket any hard drives or data storage devices. All electronic materials are transferred to ORS a local, R2 certified recycler for processing.
Date: May 6
Location: Westport Town Beach, Cherry and Webb Lane
Join the Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) Saturday,
May 6 for its annual Spring Beach Cleanup. To participate in
the cleanup meet at 10 a.m. at the parking lot of Cherry and Webb Beach (Town Beach). WRWA will distribute gloves and bags for cleaning trash. Please come out and help! Be a part of the solution.
For information, call WRWA at 508-636-3016 or email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Saturday, June 10th. It’s FREE and fun for all ages
Time: 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Location: Head of Westport Landing
This event is free and open to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured activities include: live music, on- going children’s games, fish tee-shirt printing, stilt building, wee boat racing, face painting, May Pole dancing, walking tour of historic Head of Westport, a live raptor show, environmental exhibits, and tour of WRWA’s future headquarters. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. There is no organized paddle this year, but feel free to float up to the top of the river on your own.
Mark your calendar for our annual summer concert at the Westport Rivers Vineyard. Dar Williams and Chris Smither will be performing for us on Saturday, July 15, 2017. These well-known and profoundly talented singer-songwriters will be on-stage on the beautiful Westport Rivers landscape for an outdoor evening concert to benefit the Watershed Alliance.
Like last summer’s very successful Tom Rush show, this year’s concert is presented with The Narrows Center for the Arts and sponsored in part by Westport Rivers and Buzzards Bay Brewing.
Tickets are $40 for WRWA members, $50 for non-members, and will be $60 the day of the show (online prices will include a $2 processing fee). Don’t wait too long—last year’s show was a sell out, with over 600 guests enjoying the great music and pastoral setting on a beautiful summer evening.
Also, tickets to the concert are a great gift for the music lover on your list this season!