The question being asked by the Westport Historical Society this week is: "How does an evening of wine, women and song (plus one brilliant young man) sound?"

Just lovely, said Westport singer-songwriter-guitarist Suzanne Sheridan and poet Drew Lamm, of Norwalk, who will entertain at "Coffee House at the Wheeler's" Friday, June 14.

The event will take place in the Westport Historical Society's Sheffer Gallery within the historic Wheeler House.

Joining the women on stage will be 16-year-old Cole Smith, of Wilton, who plays jazz/classical violin "like an angel," said Sheridan, a Clio Award-winner for her vocal work on the "Join the Pepsi People" advertising campaign of the 1970s.

On the program are vocal compositions by Sheridan, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Wine and other refreshments will be served.

Sheridan, who also is a professional portrait photographer, said she will mix her own compositions with songs from her CD, "Suzanne Sheridan Sings Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen."

The CD, which includes Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning" and "Big Yellow Taxi," and Cohen's "Hallelujah," was recorded live at the Westport Unitarian Church's Voice Cafe.

The entertainer described her songs as "powerfully poetic" and sung with "passion and intensity."

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Coffee House at the Wheeler's
Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport. Friday, June 14, 6 p.m. Reservations required. $10 donation at the door. 203-222-1424,

Sheridan, a Bronx, N.Y., native who has lived in Westport for about 20 years, said she is an avid supporter of the Westport Historical Society, for which she has photographed several of its annual garden tours.

She recently approached the society with the coffeehouse idea. The first was such a success that a total of four are planned at the moment.

This is the second concert in the series, with others slated for Oct. 11 and Nov. 22.

"I really love doing this and being connected with the historical society," Sheridan said.

Lamm will read from her poem series, "To Taste Life Twice," which takes its name from author Anais Nin, who wrote: "We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."

"My poems are about ... discovering the `aha' in everyday life," Lamm writes. "They ... usually have a twist or a surprise. ... I write to have windows swing open, to see new views."

An educator and book author, Lamm also gives writing workshops, titled "Women Who Run with Pens."

"It's so civilized," said Sheridan, laughing, about the coffeehouse. "Really, it's wonderful. People come to listen to the music," to enjoy the experience of an evening out.

"The timing is great, too, so that the audience can go to dinner afterward. What I enjoy most is being together with the audience. An event like this is a great community-builder."