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Westport 1/23

I always forget how great it feels when the holidays are over and life returns to "normal," whatever that is. While the holidays are all well and good, all very exciting, thank-you very much, there's something reassuring about waking up and realizing you don't actually need holidays to enjoy the season. Besides, days are getting longer, with light in the sky now well into the 5 o'clock hour.

We tend to have a "suck it up" attitude to winter, but there's a better way. Relish it! Get out and own it! I moved back here more than a decade ago from sunny Los Angeles (boring weather!), and I'm very happy to say that while for the first few years I tried to "suck it up," for quite a while now I've joined those of my friends who say "Bring it on!"

In that spirit, the Westport Youth Commission invites you to a Snow Festival at the Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center, on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with snow tubing, relay races, snowman contests, snow cones, good food, and more. They encourage you to bring the family to play outside and celebrate winter. The cost is $5 per person, with no charge for children under 2. Call Sheera at 962-4890 for more information.

After the snow festival, come warm yourself at the Westport Federated Church to the tropical sounds of classical guitarist Peter Griggs, who appeared there in July to great acclaim. Now this internationally recognized musician returns for "A Day In New York, A Night In Brazil," a program in which he explores the cool Brazilian sounds of bossa nova and samba, Cuban music ala the Buena Vista Social Club, nuevo flamenco, his own compositions-and a songbook with everything from Thelonious Monk to the Beatles. That's Saturday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. Offerings will be received.

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