Horsing Around Downtown

Depending on your perspective, this photo from Main Street shows 1 of 2 things:

Horses downtown

  • 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.

The Staples Orphenians, led by director Luke Rosenberg, at last year's Christ & Holy Trinity Church celebration.

The Staples Orphenians, led by director Luke Rosenberg, at last year’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church celebration.

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