Don’t miss this weekend’s performances of Shakespeare’s, “Hamlet,” in Ballard Park, on Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m. Starring young student actors from Westport and neighboring communities, this production of Hamlet is brought to you by the Depot Theatre Apprentice Program and is directed once again by Lindsay Pontius and Scott Gibbs. It should be a wonderful and exciting evening of outdoor theatre. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the show. Free Shakespeare in a beautiful outdoor setting—one of life’s great pleasures.
Schelling McKinley will lead a paddle trip in the Boquet River on Saturday, Aug. 3. Bring your canoe or kayak, paddle(s), lifejacket and enthusiasm and meet Schell at Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams at 10 a.m. Schell is a long-time board member of BRASS, the Boquet River Association, and is very knowledgeable on the lore and ways of the river. Plus, he refuses to go outdoors without having large amounts of fun. Call him at 962-8346 to confirm.
Next Thursday’s Community Concert in Ballard Park will be Tempest, a Celtic Folk Rock band from California returning for another crowd-pleasing performance in the park this year. Also returning to appear with them is Griffin Wilkins, the 12-year-old internationally recognized Irish Step Dancer form Walpole, Mass., and Westport who has wowed Ballard Park audiences in the past.
The Spirit of Place Art Exhibition continues until Westport Festival Day, Aug. 10, when the Silent Auction closes at 3 p.m. So don’t forget to stop by the Heritage House to view the art and bid on your favorites. The Canal Splash celebration takes place at the Marina on the same day. This is part of the larger state-wide celebration of our waterways, and the Marina has organized a full day of music, food, and fun, including appearances by several authors who’ll sign their books about Lake Champlain and related topics. I’ll have more on both Festival Day and Canal Splash next week.
Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will offer a series of all-day workshops on how to build bridges, boardwalks and benches in the backcountry starting on Saturday, Aug. 24. Space is limited so sign up now by calling 962-2287 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.