It's the three-day Memorial Day weekend, and that's good because you'll need all three days to take in the slate of activities planned in Westport -- and still have a barbecue with family and friends:

Learn about some of the town's best-know residents and their stories when the Westport Historical Society holds an opening reception Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for "Five Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family" and "Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist." The historical society is located at 25 Avery Place. For more information, call 203-222-1424 or visit

Take a stroll through town Saturday, taking in some shopping, eating, drinking and artwork thanks to Art About Town, a display of unique, original and undiscovered artists in about 80 shops and restaurants, an annual program organized by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. All art is for sale and will be on display until June 16. For more information, visit

The chickens come home to roost Saturday when Wakeman Town Farm holds its 2nd annual Westport Chicken Coop Tour. The tour starts at the farm, 134 Cross Highway, at 9 a.m. with a free chicken-keeping workshop. At 10 a.m., pick up your map of the Westport chicken coops for $10 for a self-guided tour of the coops. For more information, visit

On Sunday, make a stop at the Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, for the Israel 65 Celebration from 2 to 8 p.m. The event features Israel crafts, products and a food fair, with a 5 p.m. concert by the Shuk. For more information visit

Before you break out the grill Monday, catch the town's annual Memorial Day parade followed by ceremonies on Veterans Green. The parade begins its march at 9 a.m. at Saugatuck Elementary School, north on Riverside Avenue to the Post Road, east over the Post Road bridge, turns left onto Myrtle Avenue and passes a review stand in front of Town Hall. The parade will turn left on Main Street and end in Parker-Harding Plaza. The Kiwanis Club of Westport will provide coffee and doughnuts from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the parade's starting point. On Veterans Green after the march, speakers and musical interludes will pay tribute to those who sacrificed for the nation.