Month: June 2018

Events, News

Westport Dawning – Opening Reception June 30th

Westport Dawning – Opening Reception June 30th

The WFA is pleased to announce ‘Westport Dawning’, a new exhibit showcasing images of the Westport River by the dawn’s early light.

Beautiful large scale photos from Greg Stone will also be accompanied by pictures of the river at risk.  A wine & cheese reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit will be held on Saturday June 30th from 2 to 4 PM at the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station Visitor Center, 241 East Beach Rd. in Westport.

As Greg has said: “… Dawn. It is a time of hope and inspiration – a time of special beauty when the sky takes fire with nature’s light show, all of nature awakens, and the rivers, streams and marshes pulse with life. We need to celebrate that beauty and we need to preserve it. Let us recognize the multitude of the river’s gifts – gifts of spirit, gifts of recreation, and gifts of sustenance – and let us make sure we pass these treasures on down to future generations.”

Although the river and its salt marshes are resilient, they are under siege. With this show we hope you will appreciate the special wonder and value of the river and recognize the threats to its health. Then learn what steps you can take to be a river protector.

‘Westport Dawning’ will be on display at the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station Visitor Center, 241 East Beach Rd. in Westport during the peak summer season, from June 30th to Sept 2nd. The exhibit is FREE and open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12 to 4 pm. The photos as well as photo cards will be available for sale, with all proceeds supporting the WFA’s Clean Water fund.

‘Westport Dawning’ is funded in part by a grant administered by the Westport Cultural Council and funding from the Hanover Group Insurance Foundation.


WFA 2018 Merit Scholarships Awarded

The Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce three local recipients of the WFA Merit scholarship for 2018. Hana Tabit, Delaney Wilkinson and Maryjane Gelinas have each been chosen to receive a $650.00 award for academic and civic excellence.

Hana Tabit

Hana Tabit, daughter of Lucy and Richard Tabit of Westport, is graduating from Bishop Stang High School and will be studying chemistry at Worcester Polytechnic University. The scholarship committee noted her outstanding academics and extracurricular activities, as well as her stated commitment to “environmental protection for both land and marine wildlife alike.”

Delaney Wilkinson

Delaney Wilkinson is a 2018 graduate of Westport High School who plans to study nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She was described by the scholarship committee as impressive and well-rounded, with a love for our local waterways.

Maryjane Gelinas


Maryjane Gelinas of Westport, attended Bishop Stang High school and will begin studying business at Assumption College this fall. She has been a regular volunteer at Westport Fishermen’s Association events and in her essay, Maryjane described how she hoped to “spread the importance of issues related to improving water quality, preventing negative impacts on stream flow and preserving these habitats.”

The Board of Directors would like to extend their congratulations and wish Hana, Delaney and Maryjane much success in the future. The WFA would also like to recognize and thank all of our generous members, sponsors and community friends who donate or contribute Lees receipts to support our scholarship fund throughout the year.