The Westport Community Association was formed in 1955 “to promote any project or idea of value in furthering the best interests of the town of Westport or its residents, and to preserve property, buildings, monuments, records, and any other places or things of interest and historical value to the town of Westport…” The Westport Community Association hosts a calendar of yearly events to entertain and bring the community together at the historic Town Hall and Community Church.
Westport Community Association 2017 Calendar of Events
Trivia and Chowder Night, Saturday, April 29, 5-7 pm, Town Hall
A chowder taste testing contest mixed in with rounds of Trivia, or vice versa! Bring yourself or a team of friends, but bring your appetite and a crock of your favorite/award winning chowder recipe! (This event is free, however food pantry and cash donations are greatly appreciated!)
Community Concert, Sunday, May 21, 3-5 pm, Westport Community Church
Enjoy and tap your feet to maritime folk musicians, the Shipmates. Alison Lee Freeman, and Liz & Chris Lannon are coming to the island for an afternoon of traditional American music, and early blues. Their harmonies and humor are accompanied by guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. (This event is free of charge, however a food pantry or cash donation is greatly appreciated.)
Meet and Greet and Annual Meeting, Saturday, June 17, 3-5 pm, Town Hall
An opportunity for year-round and summer residents to reconnect, sip wine, sample hors-d’oeuvres — and this year, possibly taste test Island beer. There will be a very brief annual meeting to which all are welcome.
Westport Volunteer Fire Department Benefit BBQ, Saturday, July 8th, 5 pm, Town Hall lawn
Join your neighbors for the annual chicken BBQ served up by fire department volunteers while stomping your feet to the beat of the Back to Basics Blue Grass Band. Games for children — it’s a family night! Bring a cash donation in appreciation of all the volunteers on the fire department do for us.
Ice Cream Social, Sunday, August 6th, 2-5 pm, Town Hall and lawn
Come out for a cone or an ice cream sundae, play lawn games with your family and friends, or just enjoy neighbors company and ice cream while watching the fun! Ice cream, friends and lawn games — volleyball, badminton, croquet, horse shoes, bocci, water balloons — what could be better! Fun for all ages! Free, open to all. Donations to the Food Pantry welcome.
Westport Island Cemetery Tour, Saturday September 23, Town Hall
For history and genealogy buffs, the Westport Community Association, Westport Island History Committee and the Westport Island Cemetery Committee are joining forces to sponsor a tour of some Westport Island cemetery treasures! Gas up the car, load it with friends, and prepare to learn some history and interesting anecdotes as we lead a vehicle caravan tour on a fall morning. Historical artifacts and photos will be on display and history and cemetery books will be available for purchase at the Town Hall. The caravan will leave the Town Hall at 10:15 am sharp. Dress for the weather and hiking. The event is free, donations accepted.
Halloween Costume Party and Dance, Saturday, October 28th, 7-9pm,Town Hall
Halloween party with costume contests for adults and kids, games, prizes, and dancing! Just plain fun. The event is free, please bring a donation for the Westport Island Food Pantry/Helping Hands.
Island Christmas Program, Sunday, December 3rd, 4-6 pm, Community Church
Join the Island chorus and local musicians under the oil lamps in Westport’s historic Community Church, then move outside to participate in the lighting of the Westport Island Christmas tree. Finish the evening by warming up in the Old Town Hall for a buffet of Christmas goodies and hot drinks.
What are other Islanders doing in 2017
On March 29, one of the island’s matriarchs, Althea Cromwell, turned 80. Happy Birthday Althea!
A new business came to Westport Island: Crossroads Coffee Beans.
What are other Islanders doing in 2016
The Westport Community Association has joined efforts with the Westport Volunteer Fire Department in advancing 24-hour visible, reflective house numbers to aid emergency responders with their note to residents, “Westport’s Green Address Signs”.
What were other Islanders doing in 2015
The year ended with two new Westport Island websites on line to help islanders keep up with island news. The Westport Community Association launched a new website; and the Westport Volunteer Fire Department did as well.
On June 17, the Lincoln County Fire Chief Association presented its Newman award to Westport Volunteer firefighter James Richardson. James was presented the award for excelling at the Lincoln County Fire Academy Basic Firefighter class this past winter and spring. The award is made to a student for outstanding performance in academy classes, helping before and after class, volunteering for extra duty and exhibiting leadership.
At its annual meeting on May 21, the United Way of Midcoast elected Mary Ellen Barnes to their board of directors.
On May 16, the Westport Island Conservation Commission led the annual Westport Island Clean Up Day. Nancy Rider and Christy Hopkins took the helm at the Town Hall, deploying volunteers strategically around the island to “keep our Island green.” One full truckload of trash and recyclables gathered from our roadsides was hauled to the Wiscasset Transfer station.
Nita Greenleaf catered a Mother’s Day Breakfast at the Town Hall on Sunday, May 10.
On May 9, Jason Abbott, Bob Mooney, Paul Bonyun and Stan Lane, members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department, volunteered their time to Rebuilding Together of Lincoln County to assist a Westport Island neighbor with needed home repairs. The group did some painting and built and replaced a bulkhead.
Nita Greenleaf catered a Valentines Day Dinner at the Town Hall on Saturday, February 14.
On February 5, David Soule was awarded the Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recognized for his service as an area attorney since 1971; membership and service to the Lincoln County, American and Maine Bar Associations; civic service as a Westport Island Selectman and planning board chairman and a Maine State Representative, as well as other community and business service.
What were other Islanders doing in 2014
Susan Partelow received Westport Island’s 2014 Spirit of America Award. She received her award at a ceremony at the Lincoln County Communications Center on Tuesday, November 18.
Susie Stedman was the subject of a feature article in the October 30th Coastal Journal, “Susie Stedman Makes Midcoast a Better Place”.
Nita and Bud Greenleaf along with their friends and family cooked up a tasty spaghetti dinner on Saturday, November 8, to raise funds to help Mona Greenleaf. Her husband Neil, who grew up in town, passed away a few weeks ago. If you couldn’t attend and would like to donate, donations may be sent directly to Mrs. Mona Greenleaf, 44 Cromwell Road, Westport Island, ME 04578.
Valerie Lovelace, Westport Fire Department’s chaplain and a north end neighbor, launched the “Westport Island Death Cafe”, a facilitated open-format, community discussion group, on September 25, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, at the Westport Volunteer Fire Department building. Contact Val at (207) 240-3186 for information. Val is facilitating a regular program of discussions about death and dying. See her website for more information: http://www.itsmydeath.com/
Summer resident, Ann Self, was featured in the American Women Artists 17th Annual Member Show and National Juried Competition Exhibition. Her featured work, “Back River Sunset,” was painted here on Westport Island. The Addison Gallery, Orleans, MA, showcased the exhibit in August.
The 10th Annual Westport Island Shore Run 10K Road Race and 3.5 mile fun walk took place on Sunday, August 24, benefiting the Westport Island Volunteer Fire Department.
Nita Greenleaf ran a food concession at Wings over Wiscasset on August 8 and 9, which included a chicken barbeque on Saturday.
On July 13, 2 p.m., at Topsham High School, Jason Abbott and Stacey Hutchison graduated from the Firefighter I & II Academy after six months of intensive practical and classroom coursework.
Nita Greenleaf ran the chicken barbeque at the annual Moxie Festival in Lisbon on Saturday, July 12. MMMM, mmmm…
Vera Cleaves celebrated her 100th birthday at the Ship’s Chow Hall on Sunday, May 4!
Nita Greenleaf catered a Valentine Dinner at the Town Hall to give neighbors an opportunity to get together on Friday, February 14, 4:30-6:00 pm.
Paul Bonyun once again did the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb in Boston on February 1 at One Boston Place. This was his second year representing the Westport Volunteer Fire Department in the climb for clean air. He did the climb this year in 16 minutes, 20 seconds — and raised $1,670. See Paul’s Pledge Page.
Island Talent On Tap
The Island’s Eben Greenleaf and the Back to Basics Bluegrass Band are a part of every summer’s July barbeque to benefit the Westport Volunteer Fire Department. For a listen…
What were other Islanders up to in 2013
Sarah Rhinelander started a digital community bulletin board The Good Egg Exchange to help Islanders exchange information.
Pat Smith and Dick Tucker organized Pat’s Pals Biking Team and pedaled the 2013 MS Bike Ride in Biddeford, Maine, August 10 and 11. Pat’s Pals raised $4,055 to help Multiple Sclerosis research. See Pat’s Pals MS Bike Team web page.
The Westport Volunteer Fire Department held a community yard sale to benefit the Fire Department on Saturday, August 10. The Fire Department raised over $2,000.
The 9th Annual Westport Island Shore Run 10K Road Race took place on Sunday, August 18, 2013. The Fire Department raised over $1,000 from this event.