Benefit being held for sister city project

On Saturday, Nov. 17, some of Fairfield County’s finest musicians and singers will perform at the Unitarian Church in Westport to benefit the Norwalk-Nagarote Sister-City Project.

From country to Broadway, gospel to barbershop, folk to soul, these talented performers will fill the church with music.

If you love Broadway musicals, Steve Zack and Bertilla Baker will enchant. Fairfield University’s Bensonians will serve up tight collegiate harmonies and a chuckle or two. Chill out on cool jazz from the Greg DeTroy Combo. Then two father-daughter duos will warm your hearts: Bill and Emily Hall; Larry and Toni-Ann Mattera. And if you love soul music, Bob Stewart is the man.

Norwalk and Nagarote, Nicaragua, have worked together for 26 years to build community. Tom Kretsch, Sister-City Project president, is excited about its programs to develop literacy among children. “We’ve created a pre-school, run an after-school program, and provide scholarships. The Nagarote kids are excited to learn.”

Director Tish Gibbs focused on how the project is developing sustainable agriculture with “a tree farm and most recently an organic garden.”

Sue Pascucci, another active board member, extolled the benefits to the people of Nagarote: “These programs have decreased gang violence, created a spirit of community, and built self-esteem and hope in the lives of young people.”

“A Little Night Music” will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport. Tickets are $40. Bring your own food and drink to this cabaret setting.

For reservations, email [email protected] or call 203-227-1528.

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