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From The Editor: Better Good

Are you ready? The social season is here. This time of year, calendars are booked with events, and to-do lists are stacked with errands. One night you’re headed out on the town, and the next you’re hosting a cocktail party at your house. And you need to get ready for them all! Ladies, that means hair, makeup, shoes and the perfect dress each time. I understand. I live it, too.

This issue is your sanity guide. We want you to not just survive the season, but actually thrive in it. Inside we cover gifts, dining and cocktails, and lots of fashion. In fact, we reviewed more than a year’s worth of galas, soirées, weddings and other social functions to find shots of locals who pulled together enviable looks.

This is also our philanthropy issue. After all, the two go hand in hand. We all know this town looks good while doing good. Giving is about not only helping people, but also inspiring them to get involved. That means time on the social circuit and the dining scene. Why? Because the power of sharing ideas and talents moves the ball forward. Sometimes $500,000 is raised at a single fundraiser, and sometimes brilliant initiatives are launched over dinner.    

Speaking of food, our piece “Let’s Eat” is your up-to-the-moment guide to the local dining scene: new spots, quick bites and tried-and-true restaurants. The culinary talent in town is exceptional, so expect this piece to get you hungry.  

As for good social mingling, have you heard about the upcoming house tour for the Westport Historical Society? This year, the tour committee is re-doing everything—bigger and more festive than ever! They have recruited two heavy hitters to help: Mar Jennings, who is chairing the event (themed a Classic New England Christmas), and Terrain, which will host the cocktail party (called “Eat, Drink & Be MARry”). On December 8, you’ll find silver bells, garlands and decorating ideas at each of the houses on the tour and at the cocktail party, as well as old-fashioned festivities at a neighborly street social. The tour will inspire the magic of the season: giving, community and gratitude, all with a good cheer.

Inside, we also reveal the honorees of our Light a Fire Awards. We recognize incredible philanthropists, chairs and volunteers who embody extraordinary generosity. We received many nominations, for multimillion-dollar philanthropists with ambitious vision to volunteers who roll up their sleeves to address immediate needs. On November 8, we will present the awards at the Westport Country Playhouse. Please join us for this uplifting evening (more at ilovefc.com). Until then, don’t miss our write up on honoree Connie Silver. She is, quite simply, amazing—abundant grace, dignity, determination and generosity all in one beautiful person.