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Lobster, Steak, Salmon, Veggies & More! PLUS our famous Silent Auction and a beautiful view

See the Westport News item here!


THANKS to Westfair Lobster dinner (DELICIOUS!), clams and mussels (also delicious!), and our members’ appetizers and deserts, we had a delectable, delightful eve among friends!

And THANKS to our CT state legislators who have adopted the Park, and especially those who so generously supported our efforts to make this event successful and fun (see if you can pick them out in the photos below; hint: Gail Lavielle, Jim Marpe, Jonathan Steinberg, Gordon Joseloff and Tony Hwang attended!).




Shorefest 2019 Silent Auction Main Catalogue

1 – Double L Market

730 Post Road East. Westport


A basket of ULTRA-FRESH fruit and vegetables AND a book on Martha Stewart signed by author Lloyd Allen.

Value: $100

3 – Gruel Britannia.

2217 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

Phone(203) 292-6466

A basket of treats and a gift card for a full English breakfast for 4.

Value $200

4 – Pearl Restaurant

260 Compo Rd S, Westport, CT 06880

(203) 557-6260

Dinner for two

Value $100

5- Trio of Posh Spa and Nail Gift Cards

3 manicure gift cards. Value $60

6 – Staples Players MAMMA MIA Tickets

2 tickets to see Westport’s renowned high school theater program

present MAMMA MIA in November. Value $40

7 –Edgehill Retirement Community – A Benchmark Signature Living Community

Plant & Planter

Made by Chrysalis Design Services.

Value $200

8 – Flower Hour

1 hour consulting session with a Master Gardener. Value $80

10 – Bartaco

20 Wilton Rd, Westport, CT 06880

 (203) 222-8226

Dinner for two. Tax, tip, and alcohol not included.

Value $100

 Age of Reason:

9 Post Rd W, Westport, CT 06880

(203) 557-3772

9 –Whimsical Throw Pillow

 White throw pillow with bold color graphics and word art.

Value $30

12 – Tiggly Learning Toy

From Age of Reason. Includes three educator and parent endorsed

apps for iPad.

Value $35

13 – Child’s Backpack

From Age of Reason. Brown child’s backpack with skateboarder


Value $36

14 – Field Owl Photo

Framed photo by A J Hand. Value $125

15 – Chowdafest

Includes two tickets, two caps, and two tins for samples.

Value $100

Trader Joe’s:

400 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 06880

16 – Breakfast Basket & In-Home Personal Training

Wake up right! A bounty of Trader Joe’s breakfast items and a 60-

minute private workout in your home. Value $115

17 – Bag of Goodies

Stock your larder with items from Trader Joe’s. Value $50

18 – “A Celebration by Melisa” Dinner – Three course catered dinner

for four featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Value $300

19 – Westport Country Playhouse

2 tickets to your choice of the 5 plays in the 2020 Season. Any performance except Saturday night.

Value: $140

20 – Watercolor Print by Tracy Sugarman

A print of a watercolor painting of the Gault Barn by Westport

artist Tracy Sugarman. Value $150

21 – Pamper Yourself Spa Basket

A basket of Mary Kay cosmetics. $75


Tickets – Orchestra section seats K17 and K19. Sept. 17 performance at 7:00 PM at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in NYC. Value: $300

23 – Massage Envy

(203) 571-1234

 275 Post Road EastWestport, CT 06880

Gift Card for massage, facial, or total body stretch.

Value $60

24 – Norwalk Symphony

Two tickets that may be used for any 2019 – 2020 Season concert.

Value $100

26 –Norwalk Liquor Store

238 East Ave, Norwalk, CT 06855

One bottle of Armangac

Value $30

PLUS: a gift certificate.

Value: $200

28 – Sherwood Island Oil Painting

A seaside landscape oil painting by Peggy Van Acker.. Value $150

29 – Playful Pantry Seasoning Set

Enjoy fig balsamic vinegar and YARG Seafood Seasoning.

Value $25

32 – Positano’s Restaurant Gift Card

27 Powers Ct, Westport, CT 06880

Good anytime for a great meal out. Value $75

33 – Fresh Market

605 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 

Two $50 gift certificates.

Value: $100

NB: Be sure to attend Fresh Market’s 10th Anniversary celebration!

Sidewalk Sale is Fri and Sat, Oct. 5 and 6, 10am – 4pm


34 – Winfield Deli

Phone: 203-557-6540

Basket containing a bag of limited release “Field Trip Coffee” blend and a Brew Reusable Glass cup.

Value $50

36 – Dan’s Liquors

The Village Center

605-645 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 06880

A 2017 bottle of Caymus Vineyards 2017 Cabernet.

Value $85

37 – Wakeman Town Farm

Two tickets toHarvest Fest 2020, the autumnal farm-to-table extravaganza in September 2020.

Value $300

38 – Geezers – Bois de Boulogne

Framed Giclee by Mary Ann Neilson Value $200

39 – Mosaic Flower Pot

One of a kind and cut by hand by local mosaic artist, Claudia

Schattman. Value $250

40 – Orem’s Diner Gift Certificate

167 Danbury Rd, Wilton, CT 06897

Enjoy traditional American comfort fare & breakfast all day at this

Wilton classic. Value $100

42 – Tag Sale Warehouse

12 Cross St, Norwalk, CT 06851

Gift Basket

A basket filled with kitchen & bath items. Value: $125

43 – Pet Spa Day

Gift certificate to Posh Paws Salon dog grooming and boutique.

Value $50

44 –Paella Tapas Wine Bar Restaurant

44-46 Main St, Norwalk, CT 06851

 Enjoy a night out at Paella in Norwalk.

Value $100


14 Allen Raymond Ln, Westport, CT 06880

3 Month Membership

Value: $411

Posh Spa and Nail

3 Manicure Gift Cards

Value: $20 each





Lets’ not forget what sets up apart from all the other LobsterFests in Sept: We are ALL-INCLUSIVE: not just a DELICIOUS Lobster dinner from Westfair, but ALSO mussels/clams (Westfair) and other homemade appetizers, liquid refreshments, and a choice of home-made deserts!


The appetizers? YUM



Oh, and did we mention desserts were included?



The Ambiance, including Peggy Van Acker’s beautiful flower arrangements on the tables, was lovely! Everyone was impressed. Easy to see why!


More ambiance making by Michele and Cece:

Not to mention our terrific members and supporters!

Even our FOUNDING MEMBERS Winnie Balboni and Hope Hageman graced us!








There was an extra-special Kids’ Table set up. So what did the kids do? Played on the floor next to it, of course!

Just kidding! It was set up by a kid (Elliott, 11), for kids. Good job, Elliott! Amazing!

(Photo courtesy  Lynandro Simmons /Hearst Connecticut Media)



Karl at the keyboard played masterfully!


And of course, our famous Silent Auction tables laid out the goodies:











With Michele Sorensen!

Sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island.























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A nice peaceful day on Sherwood Island for our Purple Martins, several of whom have flying insects in their mouths, ready to feed their babies nestled in our very special bird houses–er, gourds.

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A slight disruption, however, as Tina Green brings one of the Gourd structures down to earth.


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Tina expertly supervises the extraction and categorizing of the baby chicks.







The chicks are put into special buckets, which are labeled with their nest numbers, and brought up to the Nature Center to be (painlessly) banded, registered and weighed–all in the name of science and conservation.

You can see Darcy Sledge’s incredible videos here:   Birds get banded     Birds get catalogued    Birds get weighed



















After all the work is done–it takes a long time!–everyone gathered for snacks and roll-ups from Roly Poly.






AND THANKS! To our wonderful DEEP wildlife biologists Laurie Fortin and Brian Hess–and their volunteers.

Not to mention THANKS to Tina and our Nature Center Interns.

And a special thanks also to Milan Bull, Senior Director of Science and Conservation at CT Audubon Society, for helping our dream of bringing Purple Martins to Sherwood Island to become reality. In fact, we have a big event coming up next Sunday, July 14 featuring a slide show presentation on Purple Martins by Miley:


Purple Martins Presentation with Milan Bull

Sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island.


We had a BEAUTIFUL day for the Nature Center’s 10th Birthday celebration Saturday.

The Friends of Sherwood Island, who collected funds and lobbied and pushed for the creation of the Nature Center were excited to host a Birthday Party at the Nature Center this Saturday afternoon.

The guests – the focus of our celebration – were the children who come to the Park and enjoy the Nature Center during the summer season when the Park and Nature Center are at their finest.

Their parents were greeted by our NEW electronic sign:



So in honor of the kids:

We had KITES, KITES and more KITES

–Kids made their own BIRD FEEDERS




–and they blew giant BUBBLES


–and painted SHELLS



–And played CORNHOLE and DISC GOLF



–And had free CUPCAKES, POPCORN, and ICEYs


AND they were able to actually plant a seed (nasturtium) into its own cup of dirt to take home and grow themselves.



–AND, most of all, learned about nature–both inside the Nature Center,



and outside, underneath the Park’s huge Cottonwood tree, with a wild and wonderful “Birds of Prey” demonstration from Earthplace’s Sammi Riccio.

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THANKS to Sherwood Island’s staff and families for their expertise and help!




All in all, a WONDERFUL DAY in the Westport Neighborhood!