The daily grind is back in full swing -- schools are in session and summer vacations are a thing of the past. But that doesn't mean all work and no play. Get out and enjoy this weekend in Westport, and if you need some suggestions, here are a few:
Need to polish up your two-step or tango? Head over to the practice dance party at the Ballroom Elegance Dance Studio, 627 Post Road East, from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. Friday. It's free to studio students and $10 for guests. Call 203-454-9400 or visit www.ballroomdancewestport.com.
If you're feeling the urge for some fall decor, stop by Terrain, 561 Post Road East, on Saturday. From 9 to 10:30 a.m., their holding a workshop on naturally dyed dried corn husk wreaths and from 2 to 4 p.m., learn how to create an early fall doorstep or lamppost planting. The wreath workshop is $50, includes all materials and requires a reservation, but the afternoon "curb appeal" session is free. Call 203-226-2750 or visit www.shopterrain.com/westport.
Take a break from the national retail shops and visit the Remarkable Gift Shop at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place. The shop is open Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and features books, DVDs, beach towels, tea towels, jewelry, mugs and more, many with a decided Westport flavor. Visit www.westporthistory.org or call 203-222-1424 for more information.
Let the kids work off some energy Sunday at the Kidville grand opening. The new facility, located at 1572 Post Road East (the former site of the local Goodwill store), will offer an open gym playtime at the event, which starts at 10 a.m. There will also be live performances by the Rockin' Railroad band, art projects, face painting and raffle prizes. Visit www.kidville.com/westport.
Pack a picnic lunch Sunday and take a seat at one of the tables or benches at Canal Green, corner of Kings Highway North and Canal Street. Open from sunrise to sunset, the small town park along the canal that flows into Saugatuck River also features gardens, birdhouses and bird sculptures.