Watch a screening of the movie "Straws" Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Westerly Library and participate in a Q&A when the Town of Westerly’s Plastic Reduction Committee hosts an event designed to spread education and awareness regarding reduction of waste in Westerly. Visit facebook.com/westerlyplasticreductioncommittee for more.
Hear stories about World War II Tuesday at a free historical fiction discussion featuring James R. Benn and Beatriz Williams beginning at 7 p.m. at Savoy Bookshop & Café. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more or call 401-213-3901.
Sip wine in the woods while walking Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. when the Westerly Land Trust hosts Wine in the Woods at Westerly's Wahaneeta Preserve. Free, but reservations are required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to make a reservation.
Join the fun Thursday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the third annual Downtown Shutdown Live! The event, sponsored by Westerly-Pawcatuck Downtown Business Association, will include food, drinks, live music and family-friendly activities at various locations throughout downtown. Visit westerlydba.org for more information.
Hear stories from the Hurricane of 1938 Thursday when writer Tom Verde shares personal tales of the storm that slammed into the New England coast on Sept. 21, 1938. 6 The program will take place at 6 p.m. at the La Grua Center, 32 Water St. in Stonington. Suggested donation of $5. For more information, visit lagruacenter.org or call 860-535-2300.
Say hello to painter Bob Callahan this week at the Ocean House during a wine and cheese reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Free and open to guests 21 and over. Reservations are requested, email Lisa Szaro at email@example.com.
MEET MARY JO
Meet poet, playwright and essayist Mary Jo Salter Saturday at 5 p.m. when Salter delivers the 14th annual James Merrill Lecture at La Grua Center, 32 Water St. in Stonington. The lecture is free with a reception following. Visit jamesmerrillhouse.org.
YOU SAY OYSTER
Feast on oysters twice this week, at two different mollusk-related events. On Saturday, Mystic Seaport Museum will host the third annual Mystic River Oyster Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, 75 Greenmanville Ave. in Mystic. The seaport's festival will feature samples of oysters from the region, live music and vendors who will sell oysters at 3 for $5. A cash bar with beer and wine will also be available. For more information, visit mysticseaport.org or call 860-572-0711.
On Sunday, Stonington's Stone Acres Farm will hold an Oyster Feed from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Stone Farm folks plan to roast them, stew them, and eat them raw with a team of chefs present an oyster feast to remember. Live music by The Quahogs, local oysters and clams, house made Grass & Bone sausages, Stone Acres Farm veggies, and craft beer and wine. Tickets are $80.
Listen to a talk about "125 Years of Football at the Westerly High School: A History of the Bulldogs, 1893-2018," from archivist and sports historian Zachary Garceau Sunday at 2 p.m. in the carriage house of the Babcock Smith House, 124 Granite St. in Westerly. The event, held in celebration of Westerly’s 350th anniversary, is free to attend.
HOOF IT OVER
Buy your ticket today for the Dante Society of Westerly's 21st annual Anna Turrisi Cooking Demonstration featuring Chefs Miguel and Manuel Tlatenchi from Hoof's Restaurant on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Calabrese Club. Tickets are $15 and available by calling 401-487-0033 or sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events/updates/changes, call the individual organization or visit www.thewesterlysun.com/events.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro