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Westport Farm Toasts Family's Return in Open House

WESTPORT, Conn. – Just in time for the holidays, Staples High School teacher Michael Aitkenhead and his family are returning to their former home at Westport's Wakeman Town Farm. To mark the family's homecoming, the Wakeman Town Farm Committee is hosting a Holiday Open House — and you're invited.

Aitkenhead, his wife, Carrie, and their two young children moved into the farmhouse at 134 Cross Highway in August of 2010. They worked there as resident farmers. This past August, the family had to move out after Green Village Initiative, a Westport-based green group that had been managing the property, returned the property to the town.

In November, an employment agreement between Aitkenhead and the town was approved, allowing him and his family to trturn to the farmhouse.

In celebration of the family's return, residents are invited to the farm on Sunday, Dec. 11, to meet the family, tour the farm and learn about the farm's educational programs.

During the event, visitors will be treated to cookies, mulled cider and holiday crafts such as wreath-making. Children will also have plenty to do, including ornament crafts, cookie decorating, holiday games and making mini gingerbread houses.

There will also be a special unveiling of the new Wakeman Town Farm logo, designed by Miggs Burroughts of Westport. Mugs with the new logo, as well as T-shirts and hats, will be available to purchase.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the farm. Admission is $5 per person. Event organizers request that people RSVP so they can plan accordingly. To RSVP, send an email with your name and the number of people in your party to info@wakemantownfarm.org .

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