The cover painting on the brochure announcing “Main Street Memories 1960” is lovely, quaint — and historically inaccurate.
It shows cars creeping north, from the Y past Klein’s and Oscar’s. In 1960, Main Street traffic flowed both ways.
But I’m sure the rest of the Westport Historical Society show — which opens next Saturday (March 6) with a party from 1-4 p.m. — is both accurate and compelling.
Susan Malloy — a long-time resident and philanthropist — has created a lively 4-color map. It depicts a downtown Westport filled with locally owned shops and restaurants. The map is spiced with quotes from people who remember that time fondly.
Susan will be at Saturday’s party. Guests — which the WHS hopes will include newcomers as well as old fogeys timers — can chat about yesterday and today, and put their thoughts down in a special book.
In the meantime, to get the recollection juices flowing, here are a few names from the map:
Rico Beauty Salon
Oakes Automotive Service
Melody House Music
Westport Food Center
Greenberg’s Department Store
Ben Franklin Store
Pickwick Gift Shop
Isabel Eland Shop
Town & Country Shoes
Charles Food Shop
Bill’s Smoke Shop
Gristede Brothers Grocers
See you Saturday — right across from the Dress Box.