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Synagogue to host talk by Egypt expert

Published 5:58 pm, Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Trager to talk about Egypt at synagogue

An expert on Egyptian politics discuss the country's changing political landscape on Wednesday evening, April 23, at the Conservative Synagogue.

Eric Trager of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the 30 Hillspoint Road synagogue. The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

His appearance is part of the synagogue's "Community Reads" program in which a group of people read the novel "A Guide for the Perplexed."

Trager lived in Egypt in 2006 and 2007 studying Islamic civilizations as a Fulbright fellow at the America University in Cairo, the synagogue said, and his writing has been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other publications.

For reservations, email carolt@tcs-westport.org or call 203-454-4673.

`Thoreau' author Sims to speak at library

Michael Sims, the author of "The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond," will be speaking at the Westport Library on Friday, April 25, at noon.

In his book, Sims chronicles the decade in Thoreau's life that began at Harvard in 1837 and ended as he walked away from Walden Pond after living in his long-dreamed-of cabin.

Contrary to myth, Thoreau was not a hermit. Caught up with his friends and his era, he lived most of his life in a busy village and spent relatively little time in the wilderness, according to Sims..

Sims is the author of several books, including "The Story of Charlotte's Web," and "Apollo's Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination,"; and the editor of "Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories."

The program is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing afterward.

For more information, visit westportlibrary.org or call 203-291-4800.

Historical Society

to mark Tryon's Raid

The Westport Historical Society will host a talk on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. marking the 237th anniversary of Tryon's Raid, the Revolutionary War engagement that began with 1,500 British troops landing at Compo Beach.

The four-day raid, which started on April 25, 1777, was led by Maj. Gen. William Tryon, who avoided an ambush of patriots on a bridge over the Saugatuck River, according to information from the society.

The site of that crossing is designated by a historical marker.

The lecture will be given by Ed Hynes, of Westport, whose interest in the American Revolution dates to his childhood in Wilton, where he lived next to a home that was partially burned by Tryon's soldiers.

Hynes will look at the raid in the context of the war and discuss the commanders and "things quite smart and not so smart" on both sides, including how the British outwitted the Patriots on their return to Compo. There will be maps handed out to help attendees follow the action.

Admission is $5.

For reservations and more details, call 203-222-1424.

Whiffenpoofs to sing at Y's Men meeting

The Whiffenpoofs, Yale University's storied a capella vocal group, will perform at the Thursday morning, April 24, meeting of the Y's Men at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plain Road.

The meeting will convene with coffee and doughnuts at 9:45 a.m., and the Whiffenpoofs will perform at 10:30, the Y's Men said. Its meetings are open to members only.

The Whiffenpoofs traces its roots to 1909, when some of the Yale Glee Club's best singers began harmonizing weekly at a bar. The group now travels extensively, including a world tour during summers.

Day of Prayer service on Veterans Green

A group of Westport religious organizations has planned to mark the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1, with a service on Veterans Green.

The service is planned from noon to 1 p.m. and will be led by Westport clergy and lay people, organizers said. Last year, about a dozen people attended a similar service on Veterans Green.

Additionally in Westport, a prayer will be said for the Jewish people and Israel, organizers said. The service is free and open to the public.

Veterans Green is on Myrtle Avenue, opposite town hall.