Dreaming Of A Pink Christmas…

Fred Cantor has lived on Drumlin Road for 20 years — and elsewhere in Westport for many years before that.

But in all his years here, he’s never seen anything like this sight — not on December 18, that is:

Cherry blossom - December 18, 2015

By comparison, Fred sends along this photo he took on Christmas morning, 1975:

Fairfield Furniture -- Christmas Day, 1975

Westport has changed a bit in 40 years. Back in the day, beautiful woods — not the massive Wright Street building — hugged Wilton Road.

But the Fairfield Furniture store was not the most welcoming sight on the west bank of the Saugatuck. The Tauck family’s restoration of what was once — and is now — National Hall was 20 years in the future.

Westport enjoyed a white Christmas in 1975. In 2015, the forecast is near 60.

12 responses to “Dreaming Of A Pink Christmas…

  1. Great Picture Mr. Cantor. I remember the Fairfield Furniture Store when it was white. My parents went there to look for furniture.
    I also remember the Wright St Office building being built. I just don’t remember what occupied the space before that.
    Correct me if I’m wrong, wasn’t the fire house still in full operation back then?
    Well the temperature is changing now…Mr.Cantor might want to put a sweater and scarf on the flower. 😉

    • The Wright Street building replaced woods. There was a root cellar back there, where Herbie (aka “the drunk”) lived. He was a harmless guy, who everyone in town knew and helped when they could.

  2. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    Wow, Fred, a cherry tree blooming in December? Perhaps stressed by last minute Christmas-to-do lists?! Here, I’ve noticed our hellebores are popping up early, too, and yet snow is forecasted for Christmas day, a rarity in the rainforest.

    I love how nature keeps us guessing each year!

    • Nancy the jet stream has been traveling way above us. So it’s pulling the warm temperatures from the south up here. it’s been hovering in the 50’s and 60’s some days with thick cool/cold fog. The jet stream is starting to slip south so tonight it’s going into the 30’s and continue go to more seasonal temperatures.
      Plants blooming now is not good because it might effect the food (apples, pears, maple syrup etc) trees in the future in producing food in the next growing season/cycle.
      It’s not definite but a concern.

      • Nancy Hunter Wilson

        Our fruit and pumpkins ripened far too early this year, but this happened about seven years ago, too (as did our snowfall!).

        Farming cannot predict the success of each and every crop, so we, as consumers, should learn to ride along with each “season”, good or bad, rather than be spoiled by having everything at hand.

  3. Before people think of the good old days, winter has barely started. Up in Litchfield the last two years were terrible, matching the “old days” like ’75!

    • There have been brutal winters here as well in the recent past; and, overall, there have been aberrations at both ends of the weather spectrum. Our lawn-cutting service was here last week and the owner said he couldn’t remember having to cut grass this late into the season.

      And, today, I was just stunned to see a neighbor’s beautiful cherry tree sprouting new blossoms a week before Christmas. It was an eye-opener.

    • Nancy Hunter Wilson

      It’s just weather. For now. Adapt.

  4. The Wright Street office building, which I called “the Potala of Westport”, did not replace woods but rather a nice looking old house with a mansard roof which belonged to Dr. and Mrs. Robert Isenman and was also the doctor’s office. There was also a large barn out back. A photo of the house (by me) appears in Eve Pott’s book “Westport..a special place” on page 154.

  5. Wendy Crowther

    One of my rhododendrons popped open some buds last week. I’ve never seen that happen in my 20+ years at this address. Yesterday’s weather reporters said that it has already been the warmest December on record.

  6. Love the 1975 photo of Fairfield Furniture. As I remember that view. Long time since I’ve seen it. Like the pink blossoms as well.

  7. Early blooming trees and shrubs that get caught in a spring frost often make a minimal second attempt to flower again. Magnolias as early bloomer are known for this which is aided by a warm late fall.