Friday The 13th

Today is Friday the 13th — and just our luck, it’s the second in a row (thanks, February, with your stupid 28 days).

Westport’s connection to the traditional day fraught with peril is tenuous.  Sean Cunningham — director of the first “Friday the 13th” movie — grew up here; I guess that counts.

Like the rest of the country, we can’t escape bad luck.  We’re losing jobs and money.  Our retirement, vacation and college plans are uncertain.  Our mortgages are due, our property values are plummeting, our  taxes are rising, our services will be cut, our anxieties are real.

And yet…

We still have Compo Beach, beckoning all with its beautiful vistas, magnificent playground and acres of room to roam.  The library‘s shelves groan with books, magazines, videos and music to check out or enjoy overlooking the serene Saugatuck River; check out too the daily programs and activities in the meeting rooms.

The Westport Arts Center’s exhibits and galleries are always free.  So is the action at this weekend’s Westport Soccer Associati0n annual tournament with over 100 teams indoor and out, at Staples and Bedford.

That’s a tiny sampling of the hundreds of things — cultural, recreational, educational, social, spiritual — to do here any day.

Every Friday the 13th is followed by a Saturday the 14th.  The sky brightens; a new day dawns.  And Westport gladly greets it.

3 responses to “Friday The 13th

  1. Don’t forget Adam Marcus’s contribution:
    Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

  2. And I was just reminded: Staples student Ari Lehman was original “Jason” — or at least his hand was, for a few seconds — in the original “Friday the 13th.” It’s since become the icon for the entire series.