Community Event Information

The Town is pleased to provide details of events for Westfield residents hosted by non-municipal entities (schoools, non-political community organizations, etc). If you'd like to submit an event for inclusion, please fill out the online form with all relevant information. The Town reserves the right to decide which events to include on this page.

Note that all events hosted by the Town and its departments can be found on the Municipal Events calendar and DWC calendar on this page.

Black History Month Events at Westfield Memorial Library, Presented in Partnership with the MLK Association of Westfield

2024 Black History Month

Our Westfield: The Black Experience: Saturday, February 3, 2:00 PM

A panel of Westfield elders share insights and experiences that span almost a century in our town. Glean perspectives and understanding.  Panelists include Mary Withers, Wallace Brown, Gladys Edwards and Joyce Pretlow. Library Director Allen McGinley will moderate the discussion. Full details and registration are available on the library website.

African American History in Westfield, 1720 to the Present: Monday, February 5, 6:00 PM

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield will unveil its engaging and informative exhibit, featuring a timeline of events that takes visitors on a historical journey from slavery and colonial times through the present day, including an exhibit on the excellence of Black athletes in Westfield and a specially commissioned quilt highlighting the history.

Artful Stitches: A Mosaic of Black Fiber Artists: Thursday, February 8, 7:00 PM

Local fiber artist Lisa Shepard Stewart will exhibit her quilts, wall hangings, and accessories created with ankara prints, mud cloth, korhogo fabrics, Ghanaian batiks and more. Full details and registration are available on the library website.

Book Discussion of Zora & Langston: A Story of Friendship & Betrayal, by Yuval Taylor: Thursday, February 15, 7:00 PM

Participants will explore the intimate and abiding friendship between Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. Did Charlotte Osgood Mason, their wealthy patron, undermine their artistic collaboration, or was Westfield too small for the both of them? Library Director Allen McGinley will moderate the discussion. Full details and registration available on the library website.

Before it Became a Park, it Was a Neighborhood, Presented by Rob Lombard: Thursday, February 22, 7:00 PM

A mostly African American neighborhood grew around Turkey Swamp in the "Big Woods" area of Westfield between 1905 and 1960. Many residents were part of the "Great Migration" to the Northern States by African Americans in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries.  This is the story of their lives, families, and the events that led to the demise of their neighborhood. Full details and registration available on the library website.

The Spirituals: Songs from an Enslaved People, Presented by Donnell Carr: Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 PM

Audience members will have a chance to learn the language of spirituals while participating in song. The African American spiritual is widely recognized as a singular and vitally important form of American folksong. A glossary of terms and phrases will be provided to illuminate the messages embedded in the lyrics. Full details and registration available on the library website.