Westport Column

Hopefully we haven’t had our last snow of the season, but if we do get another storm (and March always seems to bring one) here’s a very important request that I’d like to pass on to you from the hard-working folks at the town shed. When you go to plow out your driveway, please do not leave a pile of snow in the road. Push it off to the side so that it’s completely off the roadway and will not cause a dangerous obstruction to motorists or to the town plowtrucks.

The general lack of snow has crimped our style a bit when it comes to skiing and snowboarding, but to make up for it the Westport Youth Commission has invented LEGO Day. Bring your kids (and a snack to share) to the Town Hall on Sunday, February 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. and let ‘em loose on the LEGOs provided for free. See what marvelous constructions they can put together. Space ships, buildings, vehicles, robots, aircraft, submarines, superheroes—the possibilities are endless. There’s no competition and no limit to the fun. All Westport students grades K-12 are welcome.

North Country artist Becky Pace will celebrate her show “Water, Mountain, Sky” in the Depot Theatre Gallery with an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Local winery Amazing Grace Vineyard will offer free wine tastings at the opening, along with glasses of wine and bottles for purchase. The show runs until March 31.

Becky studied design at the Cleveland Institute of Art and currently makes her home in the village of Peru. Her work has been exhibited at area galleries and is in private collections throughout the North Country. Her light-infused, allegorical paintings capture the distilled beauty of remote North Country landscapes—winter mornings up in the high country, secluded marshes, and sunlit, windswept shorelines. Dramatic and colorful, her paintings are filled with alternating patterns of movement and stillness. Come meet her and enjoy a glass of wine—and, if you choose to invest wisely, go home with both some beautiful art and some fine white or red.

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