Here's a note from Debbie Frisbie, who helped organize the visitors' center this past summer, and who asked me to include the following appreciation of all the volunteers who pitched in as Ambassadors: "The Heritage House Visitor Center was open daily this year through Columbus Day due to the generosity of so many community members from Westport and Wadhams who volunteered their time over the summer to serve as Ambassadors. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of you; you presented such a welcoming and informative presence at the center."
As I'm writing this on Monday, the sleet is hammering at the window. Hmmm. Guess summer's over.
The Wadhams Free Library will kick off its Fall/Winter Wednesdays in Wadhams lecture series with an illustrated talk by local artist Sally Smith Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Sally, whose photograph "Chapel Pond Spiral" won the Cover Art Award this year from the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, takes objects from nature, arranges them in creative ways, and then carefully photographs her creations. She'll present her new DVD "One," which tracks the seasonal changes of one year and features photos of many of her favorite works.
Another sign that the holidays are fast approaching is the Westport Library Association's annual Holiday Party, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. This festive event combines a wine-tasting with a silent auction, with one of the highlights being the dramatic opening of a champagne bottle with a sabre. I take it that doesn't mean the sabre comes with a corkscrew. The auction includes antique furniture, paintings, jewelry, and a Westport Mountain Spring Water bottle. (Let's keep the sabre away from that one.)
The congregations of St Philip Neri and Westport Federated Churches are again hosting a community Thanksgiving Worship Service Sunday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. The host church this year will be the Westport Federated Church. Donations of nonperishable food items, personal/household items or money for the Westport Food Shelf are requested. All are welcome.