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Editor's Note - Try the Best

We all have our favorites. of course, it makes sense. Find something you like and stick with it. You get your coffee at the same spot every morning. Great. Logical. Love it. But... What if there’s something else you might like—if not all the time, then just once in awhile?

That’s one way of approaching our annual reader survey, called Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut. We asked our readers about their favorites in a host of categories, from all types of restaurants and shopping boutiques to specifics in fitness and music. If your favorite spot didn’t win, think of the winner as an unexpected opportunity to try something new that might become a favorite.

Switching things up can be illuminating. Take the Levitt Pavilion for example. Did you know that it’s a nonprofit and that offers an assortment of programs over fifty nights each summer—and the events are free? Simply grab a chair, a few picnic essentials, and your nearest and dearest and head to the pavilion (it’s located just behind the Westport Library).  

The folks at the Levitt work hard to schedule shows that appeal to a wide range of interests and tastes. One night is children’s music, another is rock, another is swing with dance lessons led by professional instructors. Don’t think you’re a dancer? Maybe you are. Find out. There are also movie screenings and theatrical performances. No matter who takes the spotlight, you’ll enjoy a different kind of evening under the stars in beautiful downtown Westport.

The summer season culminates with a crowd-pleaser—a gala concert featuring a performer who knows how to get the audience up and dancing. In the past, the Levitt has hosted such names as The Doobie Brothers, the Beach Boys, Huey Lewis and the News and Michael McDonald (whom I snuck a photo with, thanks to photographer Larry Merz!). This year is no different. We can’t wait for you to hear who will headline this year’s bash, but we can’t say until the deal’s certain.

Chances are on any given night, you’ll experience something in the arts—a type of music or dance perhaps—that you never thought was “you” and yet, you’ll enjoy yourself. That’s the mind-opening benefit of getting involved and indulging in the many offerings that are worth a try.