Westport Column

Lucy Connell and the Friends of the Westport Heritage House are sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner at the Federated Church (the Stone Church) this Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 6 p.m. They’ll offer a choice of three tasty sauces: traditional meat sauce, spicy meat sauce, or a special vegetarian sauce, along with salad, dessert, and coffee, tea, and other drinks. Take-outs will be available. Children under five eat for free!

All proceeds will go toward the Heritage House roof-repair, which was completed last week after a summer of fundraising. Nancy Decker reports that thanks to the community’s generosity, the Friends of the Westport Heritage House have now raised more than $13,000, with about $5,000 left to go to cover the full cost of the repair. Almost there! If you can’t make the spaghetti dinner (or if you’d just like to contribute a little something more) there’s still time to make a tax-deductible donation. Make your check out to PRIDE of Ti/WHH Roof Repair and send it to the Westport Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 394, Westport, N.Y., 12993.

Piano by Nature opens its 2013-2014 season the following weekend, with two performances by Westport resident and internationally recognized trumpet player Taylor Haskins, on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Taylor’s performances, like the rest of the series, will take place at the Hand House in Elizabethtown. He’ll be joined by acclaimed pianist and longtime collaborator Mark Shilansky and bassist Robinson Morse in performing an eclectic range of jazz standards and original compositions. The last time this talented trio appeared at the Hand House both shows were sold out. There’s a special family rate for the Sunday performance, and children will be admitted for free! Seating is limited, but you can make reservations or find out more by calling 962-2949 or visiting pianobynature.org.

Piano by Nature was founded by Westport music educator Rose Chancler, who offers lessons in her studios at the old Hamilton Funeral Home here in town. The organization’s mission is to bring professional and thought-provoking musical performances to the North Country and to make creative music-education programs available to local schools.

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