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What's Happening In Westport This Weekend

WESTPORT, Conn. – The Slice of Saugatuck Festival returns to Westport for its second year, a new exhibit opens at the Westport Arts Center and the Westport Antiques & Vintage Market will set up shop again at Luciano Park this weekend. Here’s a look at some of the events planned around town through Sunday. For more listings, visit our Events page.

Friday, Sept. 14

Actor Charles Grodin Speaks at Rotary: 7:30 a.m. Actor and author Charles Grodin will speak at the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club breakfast meeting about the justice system and why he believes the justice system is “the biggest criminal in America.” Guests are welcome. $12 (includes a breakfast buffet.) Bobby Q’s, 42 Main St.

“Foodies” Exhibit Opens: 6 to 8 p.m. Check out “Foodies,” a new exhibit at the Westport Arts Center that features work in all media selected by food industry celebrities with ties to the local community. The exhibit will be juried by Pat Callaghan of Pepperidge Farms, Stew Leonard of Stew Leonard’s, Michel Nischan of The Dressing Room, and Bill Taibe, owner of Le Farm and The Whelk. Free. Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave.

The Night Market: 6 to 8 p.m. Celebrate the opening of “Foodies” with great food from local restaurants. The Night Market will feature food from the Melt Mobile, Du Soleil, Matsu Sushi, SoNo Bakery and Sugar and Olives. Saugatuck Craft Butchery will also be offering tastings of their premium, cooked meats, and Saugatuck Grain and Grape will be sampling their barrel-aged cocktails. Free. Westport arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave.

“Laughter on the 23rd Floor:” 8 p.m. Westport Community Theatre opens its new season with the Neil Simon comedy "Laughter on the 23rd Floor." Directed by Lester Colodny, the show is set in 1953 and follows a team of social misfits as they write a weekly variety program. The characters are based on people Simon worked with, such as Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, and Sid Caesar. Show runs through Sept. 30. Tickets are $18-$20 and are available online or by calling the box office at 203-226-1983. Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Slice of Saugatuck Festival: Noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy all the food you can eat at the second annual Slice of Saugatuck Festival. In addition to food, festival-goers can participate in a variety of activities hosted by retailers, like standup paddle boarding, yoga/Pilates, gift basket making and more. There will also be live music. $5 for adults and children 13 and up. Proceeds benefit the Gillespie Center food pantry. Riverside Avenue/Saugatuck Avenue/Railroad Place.

“Harbor” at the Westport Country Playhouse: 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. This is the last day to see the world premiere comedy of “Harbor,” a story about a dysfunctional but loving family written by Tony Award-nominated Chad Beguelin and directed by Mark Lamos. The cast includes Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert (Broadway’s “Ragtime”), Emmy Award nominee Paul Anthony Stewart (“Guiding Light”), Kate Nowlin and Alexis Molnar. Tickets are $25 to $65. For tickets, call the box office at 203-227-4177 or visit the playhouse's website . Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court.

Youth Fun Night: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Drop the kids off at the Westport Weston Family Y for the first Youth Fun Night of the school year. Activities include free-swim time in the Stauffer pool and open gym for basketball and other games, mega-inflatables, including jousting, bingo and the ever-popular “make-your-own-sundae.” Open to all local children from fourth to seventh-grade. Cost is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Westport Weston Family Y, 59 Post Road E.

Sunday, Sept. 16

Cancer Walk: 9:30 a.m. The fifth annual Discovery to Cure Walk will take place at Sherwood Island State Park. Participants can walk 1.5 miles or a 3 mile loop, each of which is stroller friendly. All event proceeds will go to research for ovarian and other gynecological cancers. Participants can pre-register online or at the event beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $30 and includes a light breakfast, lunch and a Discovery to Cure Walk T-shirt. Sherwood Island State Park.

Westport Antiques & Vintage Market: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You never know what you might find at the Westport Antiques and Vintage Market. The market, which supports Westport’s Homes with Hope, features a spectrum of merchandise, including garden antiques, vintage jewelry, linens, clothes and collectibles. Admission is $2. Luciano Park, Charles Street.

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