A great idea whose time has come is Thursdays Inn, which means a place to get together (the Inn on the Library Lawn) and relax among friends and neighbors at a regular time each week (Thursdays 5-8 till spring). This is the brainchild of Martha Swan, Michelle Maron, and Leon Hebrink, who felt that we could all use a little more "happy hour" in our lives at this time of year.
You can enjoy a beer or a glass of wine, snack on some appetizers, catch up on the latest gossip, or just hang out and look decorative. Have a cup of coffee. Be social. Pop across the street to Me and My Girls for dinner. You know-the way it used to be, when we all spent more time out and about than we seem to nowadays.
The first Thursdays Inn happened on Jan. 21, and it dovetailed nicely with the Blues Night event at the Westport Library. I missed it, but I heard enthusiastic reviews from a number of people. The library's musical evenings, which Ellen Few Anderson has organized into a regular thing now, also happen on Thursdays (though not every week). Someone has their thinking cap on here. I'll do my best to keep readers posted.
Another fine musical offering is coming up at the Heritage House on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m., when the husband-and-wife jazz duo Sonny and Perley return to Westport, delighting their many fans here with a tribute to composer Richard Rodgers. I've seen them a few times now and they always impress me with the way they put their own special zing into the great jazz and pop music standards. So if you love the classics, this is an evening you won't want to miss. For more information, call the Arts Council at 962-8778.
And the Westport Library is once again hosting its annual Valentine's Day celebration on Sunday Feb. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. Chocolate, love poetry, a roaring fire in the fireplace, and music on the library's newly donated baby grand piano; what could be more romantic? All proceeds will go to support the library. So come be a true "book lover" on Valentine's Day.
I'm almost ready to give up on the lake freezing over this year, what with all the warm weather recently, and then the rain last week. It's coming down steadily as I write this, though by the time you read it, the cold will no doubt be back and we'll be slipping and sliding all over the place.
I suppose there's still plenty of time for a quick cold snap to skim the lake over, and maybe even a big snowstorm or two. Or three...