Depending on your perspective, this photo from Main Street shows 1 of 2 things:
- The way Westport once was, and should always remain, or
- The way too many Westporters drive these days.
In fact, it’s a shot from last year’s holiday season. Thanks to the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, nostalgia-lovers were treated to horse-and-buggy rides. Thanks to reality, the Grinches were inconvenienced only a few days out of the year.
The WDMA rings in the 2013 holiday season tomorrow (Wednesday, December 4) with a 5 p.m. tree lighting in front of Town Hall. Hot cocoa is served afterward, on the porch of the Westport Historical Society.
Then it’s on to Christ & Holy Trinity Church, around the Myrtle Avenue corner. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. there’s a townwide celebration with a performance by Staples High School’s superb Orphenians, ice sculptures, hot soup from Oscar’s, Bobby Q’s chili, and dessert and special drinks from Blue Lemon.
Plus treats and gifts for kids, a fire pit, and (ho ho ho) a visit from Santa.
Local non-profits will be there too, with “wish lists” for anyone looking for meaningful alternative (or supplemental) gift-giving.
As for the horse-and-buggy rides: They’re coming the weekends of December 14-15 and 21-22. Along with strolling carolers, and cocoa and cider.
The Grinches may wonder who’s in charge of cleanup. The rest of us will just go along for the ride.