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The Wadhams Free Library kicks off its fall Wednesdays in Wadhams lecture series with a guaranteed crowd-pleaser on Sept. 18, as Essex Town Historian Shirley LaForest returns to the Library for an illustrated talk entitled “Back Home in Wadhams 1812.” Shirley combines a deep knowledge of local history with a warm and engaging speaking style that really brings the past to life for curious listeners of all ages. And she always has fascinating artifacts and archival tidbits to share.

Shirley’s last talk at the Library drew so many people that an encore presentation had to be arranged to accommodate those who were turned away. As far as I know, it’s the only time that’s happened. This time Shirley will talk about how the home front fared during the War of 1812, when the still-young United States cut the last strings binding its identity to that of Great Britain. That’s Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. As always, this talk is free and open to the public, and Shirley will be happy to take your questions. 962-8717.

There’s still time to catch Lombardi, which runs through Sept. 15 at the Depot Theatre. The play, written by Eric Simonson and based on the book When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss, was a big hit on Broadway, and it’s easy to see why. Yes, it appeals to football fans, but there’s a lot more to it as well. The action focuses on a single all-important week in the life of the legendary Green Bay Packers head coach in 1965, right before he led the Packers to victory in the first two Super Bowls, following the 1966 and 1967 seasons. All in all, the Packers won five championships in seven years, still a record. Visit depottheatre.org or call the box office at 962-4449.

Meanwhile, in the Depot Theatre Gallery you can view the Second Annual Depot Juried Art Show, which runs through Sept. 18. Westport painter Ellen Few Anderson won Best in Show; Honorable Mentions went to Shawna Armstrong, Penelope Clute, and Jimmy Golovach, while the People’s Choice Award was won by Laura Carbone and Catherine Hartung.

And once again, your Westport Ambulance Squad volunteers thank you for your support in our recent Stretcher Drive!

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