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What's Happening in Westport This Weekend

WESTPORT, Conn. – Mother’s Day weekend in Westport brings an array of events, including the annual Castles in the Sand benefit at Compo Beach, and an exclusive tour of the White Barn Theatre. Here’s a roundup of some of the events happening in and around town over the next few days.

Friday, May 11

Art Café: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Meet people with similar interests at the Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave., during Art Café. Using the Friday New York Times Arts Section as a starting point, participants engage in a discussion about the arts and how they relate to the local community. Complimentary refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Westport Garden Club is holding its annual Plant Sale on the front lawn of Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road E. Hundreds of homegrown perennials and various other items will be on sale. Proceeds will support the club’s many civic projects, including Staples tuition grants, the re-greening of the Post Road, and the maintaining of several public gardens and Colonial cemeteries in Westport.

Staples Baseball Youth Day: 4 p.m. The Staples Diamond Club is hosting Youth Day at the Staples Baseball field. Kids and their parents can cheer on the Wreckers as they take on Greenwich, and enjoy free food and beverages. There will be giveaways, and kids will get the chance to introduce a Staples player over the loudspeaker. Some lucky fans will also be selected to join the WWPT radio staff on a live broadcast.

Saturday, May 12

Castles in the Sand: Noon to 4 p.m. Anyone who has ever liked building sandcastles or just playing in the sand won’t want to miss the 11th annual Castles in the Sand event. Watch as sand artists and novices alike build extraordinary sand creations, or join the event and build your own. The event benefits Homes With Hope, a Westport-based nonprofit that provides housing and assistance to homeless. To register for the event, download and complete the entry form .

Volleyball Smackdown: 1 to 3 p.m. If sandcastles aren’t your forte, but you’re up for some fun in the sun, check out the Westport Police Youth Commission’s Volleyball Smackdown Tournament at Compo Beach. The event overlaps with the Castles in the Sand event, and registration fees will be donated to Homes With Hope. Don’t be surprised if you see Westport police and teens playing on the same teams, because members of the Westport Police-Youth Collaborative will also be participating. For more information or to register in advance, contact or call 203-341-1165.

Tour the White Barn Theatre: 2 to 4 p.m. The Westport Historical Society is sponsoring a tour of the White Barn Theatre on Newtown Turnpike at Cranbury Road. This theater is one of Westport's hidden treasures. It was founded in a former horse barn in 1947 by legendary impresario Lucille Lortel. Donations of $10 are requested. To make a reservation, call 203-2221424.

Sunday, May 13

Jim Brickman in Concert: 3 p.m. Pianist and singer-songwriter Jim Brickman presents a special Mother’s Day show of his love songs at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 N. Benson Road. Tickets range from $35 to $65 via the theater box office.

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