Saturday In The ‘Port

Today was one of those days in Westport.

Everywhere you looked, something was happening. Thousands of people poured through Jesup Green and the library, awed by the creativity (and enjoying the fun) on display at the 2nd annual Mini Maker Faire.

This plane is one of 2 made last summer in the library's new maker space, under the direction of Joe Schadt. It's a permanent addition to the ceiling -- unless it decides to fly off somewhere.

This plane is one of 2 made last summer in the library’s new maker space, under the direction of Joe Schott. It’s a permanent addition to the ceiling — unless it decides to fly off somewhere.

There were tons of hands-on exhibits, for kids of all ages.

There were tons of hands-on activiites, for kids of all ages.

Staples senior Guerric Vornle von Haagenfels is a self-taught blacksmith. He forged ahead on the banks of the river.

Staples senior Guerric Vornle von Haagenfels is a self-taught blacksmith. He forged ahead on the banks of the river.

Not far away, at the Town Farm complex, Westport’s 1st Little League Challenger team — for boys and girls with physical or mental challenges, and their “buddies” — played its opening game, against Stamford. Ceremonies included balloons, music, the national anthem, and a 1st pitch thrown by Staples junior (and Challenger organizer) Jack Cody.

Challenger player Hillary Lipper and her buddy, Quincy Stein.

Westport Winner Rebecca Yormark and her buddy, Quincy Stein.

Challenger player Jack Theriault has a ball, with buddies Natalie Schenck and Luke Yokai.

Challenger player Jack Theriault has a ball, with Natalie Schenck and Luke Yokai.

Hillary Lipper shares a laugh with Coach Scott.
Hillary Lipper shares a laugh with Coach Scott.

Then it was on to the Blu Parrot, for Westport’s 1st-ever Electric Car Rally.

We think of electric cars as cutting-edge. This Columbia Electric car was built in 1907 -- in Hartford.

We think of electric cars as cutting-edge (and from Japan or Detroit). This Columbia Electric car on display today was built in 1907 — in Hartford.

Blu Parrot owner Adam Lubarsky fed everyone at the  rally sliders, wings and more. He also manned the grill.

Blu Parrot owner Adam Lubarsky fed everyone at the rally sliders, wings and more. He also manned the grill.

Still ahead: the Staples Players’ One-Act Festival, followed by a fundraising party for Staples Tuition Grants.

It all unfolds in beautiful spring weather.

So check out the photo below. Any realtor who can’t sell a home in Westport on a day like today should find another line of work.

Westport Public Library, Saugatuck River

2 responses to “Saturday In The ‘Port

  1. Mary Beth Murray

    Dan, what a beautiful day for the MiniMaker Faire! My daughter Morgan arrived home and she was one of the volunteers for the Squishy Circuits! She had a fantastic time with Dr. Karen Kaun. This is a fabulous program and the kids learn so much and it’s great to see all the inventions and inventors!
    Here’s a link …
    http://www.westportmakerfaire.org/call-for-makers-westport-mini-maker-faire-2013/

  2. Thanks to Dan for coming by to see Westport Baseball & Softball’s first Challenger game. Thanks to the players, parents, buddies, coaches and other volunteers who helped make it such a perfect event!