Birdhouse Stroll takes place Thursday

Project Return presents its annual Birdhouse Stroll in downtown Westport on Thursday evening, March 21, from 6 to 8. Window shoppers are invited to peek in store windows displaying originally designed birdhouses created for Project Return’s upcoming  18th Annual Birdhouse Auction on April 6 at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.

More than 130 artists from near and far, using an array of materials and formats that incorporate elements of whimsy, reflection, and irony, have fashioned a feast to delight  both the eye and the mind. Stores will play host to these works of art for three weeks prior to the auction.

Many outstanding birdhouses will be nesting in downtown Westport.  Wilton artist Marcia Spivak, well-known for her stunning equestrian sculpture, turned to a combination of reclaimed driftwood and metal for her dramatic outdoor heron sculpture.

Stroll festivities kick off at 6, with a welcoming reception graciously hosted by West Elm on Main Street. After ample opportunity for strolling, Urban Outfitters on Post Road East will open its doors for a dessert reception, where door prizes will be awarded. Stroll participants may also stop at The Spotted Horse on Church Lane for dinner; the restaurant is generously donating 10% of the evening’s dinner/bar revenue to Project Return.

This community event is free and open to the public. Tickets for the auction at $125 each will be available for sale throughout the evening at West Elm and Urban Outfitters.

The upcoming Birdhouse Auction to benefit agency programs and services will take place on Saturday evening, April 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Rolling Hills Country Club.  Bountiful small plates, Tito’s Handmade Vodka martinis, and the party pop-rock  non-profit band The Subscribers will entertain.

Project Return, based in Westport, serves adolescent girls and young women in crisis. Programs include a core Residential Program, aftercare and transitional living services, clinical and educational services, and an after-school community service program known as HEAL. For further information about Project Return or the Birdhouse Stroll and Auction, visit projectreturnct.org, or call 203-291-6402.