Summary: Staples Sports, Craft Fair, Black Holes…

Two Staples High School athletic teams failed in their FCIAC championship (league) efforts last night.

Both were seeded #3. Both lost to the seeded No. 1.

The field hockey team dropped Darien to a 3-0 decision at Brien McMahon High School. The Blue Wave won their 5th title in a row.

The girls soccer team lost 3-1 to St. Joseph. Evelyn Chudowsky scored the Wreckers’ goal, assisted by her sister Natalie.

Both teams – along with boys soccer – begin state tournament play next week. The football team, meanwhile, is still fighting for a spot in the state playoffs.

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Meanwhile, the Staples field home is shifting from sports to crafts this weekend.

CraftWestport – a popular fundraiser of the Westport Young Woman’s League for over 45 years – returns on Saturday and Sunday (November 5-6). Like so many other events, it has been on a COVID-related hiatus for the past 2 years.

Over 175 contemporary artisans and manufacturers from across the country will be exhibiting at Connecticut’s largest indoor craft festival.

Ticket sales fund WYWL’s community grants to charities such as Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Homes with Hope, Westport Emergency Medical Services, and many others.

CraftWestport includes original fashion, accessories, jewelry, home decor, furniture, photography and artworks including ceramics, glass, metal, wood and mixed media. Groceries such as honey, maple syrup, cheese and more are also available for sale.

Show times are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for 12-18 year olds; Children under 12 are free; Click here to buy.

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I was a (very) occasional Freshii customer.

The oddly-named fast-casual bowl-and-a-bit-more restaurant adjacent to downtown Starbucks opened 9 years ago.

Now it’s closed. I’m not sure how long it’s been but it looks like a while.

(Photo/Dan Woog)

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I guess I wasn’t the only one who didn’t go there often.

Black holes: fact or fiction?

Defy the allure of Netflix. On November 15 (8:00 p.m.) open your laptop for the Westport Astronomical Society’s free online scientific lecture series. dr Jeremy Schnittman – a NASA research astrophysicist – highlights the most interesting and exciting aspects of black holes, examines recent discoveries, and notes some sci-fi hits and failures.

Click here for the YouTube live stream.

Jeremy Schnittman

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Chris Frantz – of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club fame – returns to the Westport Library.

On November 19 (7:30 p.m.) he is bringing his Emerging Musicians series back to the Trefz Forum. He will spotlight two Fairfield County acts: Residual Groove (a funk-fusion, improv-heavy dance band) and contemporary singer-songwriter Brian Dolzani.

The Emerging Musicians series features emerging regional, national and international music handpicked by Frantz. The aim is to bring new music to new ears and to promote up-and-coming talent. The concert is a collaboration and production of Verso Studios at The Library and the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are $10; There is also a cash bar. Click here for more information.

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Mike Evans is the basketball coach for the Westport Weston Family YMCA. The Weston native is also the founder of Full Court Peace, a nonprofit that repairs basketball courts in underserved communities and then uses the sport to bring people together.

Now he has written a book about his time in Belfast, where he brought together rival Protestant and Catholic teenagers to play as a team

In The Belfast Blazers, Evans delves into the dark history of the Irish city. He describes meetings with members of the Irish Republican Army (and the Dalai Lama). Click here for more information.

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TAP Strength is known for its comprehensive, personalized approach to wellness.

On November 16 (6 p.m. to 8 p.m., 180 Post Road East), the gym will be transformed into an art studio. Miggs Burroughs, Bonnie Edelman and Alex Silver will be showing their work. 2 Roads Brewery will provide libations.

Can you train better?!

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Save the Children has been rescuing children for more than 100 years.

On November 14 (11:30 am, Green’s Farms Congregational Church), Ann Marie and Miles and Kim Kilroy – senior members of the nonprofit’s governing body – will explain to the Y’s Women how Save the Children does it. The public is invited.

For decades, Save the Children had its headquarters on Wilton Road. The main office is now in Fairfield.

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Lauren Tarshis – a Staples High School graduate, longtime Westport resident and author of the hugely popular children’s book series I Survived – will read from her latest book and answer kids’ questions at the Westport Library.

The event is this Saturday (5 November, 3:30 p.m.).

We have a question: will Lauren survive all these kids?!

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Meanwhile, across from Jesup Green from the library, there’s Julie Leff: Westport Bookstore artist of the month.

As a member of the artist collectives of Westport, WestonArts and Art/Place, she is exhibiting 4 vibrant photorealistic floral oil paintings.

All works are available for purchase. Also on offer: note cards with 12 images of Leff’s paintings.

Julie Leff at the Westport Book Shop.

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Everyone – including Wilbur, Rady and Diane Johnson’s Jack Russell – is enjoying our fall foliage.

Now everyone who follows our Westport… Naturally feature can admire it too.

(Photo/Diane Johnson)

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And finally… on this day in 1783, Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 was first performed in Linz, Austria. It’s also known as (surprise!) the Linz Symphony.

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