The Westport Heritage Festival's annual celebration of community has turned into a real highlight of each summer. This year's event takes place Saturday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the library lawn. Arranged around the theme "Living Local Before Local Was Cool," it offers "a snapshot in time from the 1950s, when people lived, worked, shopped, worshipped, and recreated locally."
There will be lots of fun things to see and do, especially for children, who can enjoy an array of games and activities from days gone by. Cynthia Ford-Johnston of Dacy Meadow Farm, who with her husband, Dave, is helping the chamber of commerce organize the event, told me they plan to visit the Youth Commission Summer Program at WCS a couple of days ahead of time "to try out some of the 50s games on the kids. We hope that they return with their parents to demonstrate what they've learned."
Dave and Cynthia have also used their imaginations in drawing on local vendors to feed those attending the festival. The idea is to offer a community picnic "car-hop" style on the library lawn -with picnic baskets and blankets provided. You'll be brought an order form to fill out, and the basket will be assembled and delivered to you as you relax in comfort. As of this writing, sandwich options include egg salad, vegetarian, BBQ beef, and even Michigans.
Bread will come from Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams (where extended summer hours mean you can pick up baked goods every day), produce from Adam Hainer's Juniper Hill farm (available at Everybody's and Dogwood), and Michigans from Kevin Russell (who'll have his super-de-duper hot-dog cart on hand). The BBQ beef will come from Dacy Meadow, and the dessert portion of the baskets will be from Me and My Girls and the Inn.
The money raised from the festival goes to support the Heritage House, which will be showing Roy Rogers, Leave It to Beaver episodes, and Looney Tunes cartoons, in case your nostalgia really kicks in. Ah bedeh, ah-bedeh, that's all, folks.