John D. McCarthy, Richard Stein, Vanessa Bradford and Susan Huppi all knew that last week’s photo challenge showed the rooster that sits cockily atop the Westport Country Playhouse.
Patricia Blaufuss nailed it too.
Of course, she should. She’s the Playhouse PR person.
Helpfully, Patricia added this information in the “Comments” section:
For many years, the rooster weathervane has had a watchful presence over the Playhouse, a former barn. Beginning some 40 or more years ago, the rooster was such a WCP icon that Rocky the Rooster (usually an intern dressed in a rooster costume) became the adored mascot and genial host of the WCP children’s presentations.
In the 1980s, local artist Stevan Dohanos drew Rocky on the playbill cover. A Rocky logo was used in advertising. Former executive producer Jim McKenzie honored outstanding contributions to WCP with Rocky Awards. When the Playhouse was renovated in 2005, the rusted weathervane was meticulously restored to its former glory and placed atop “the barn,” continuing the tradition.
Who knew? (Click here for last week’s photo.)
This week’s photo challenge is seen by even more people than the rooster. Hundreds — probably thousands — pass by it every day.
If you recognize it, click “Comments” below. And — like Patricia Blaufuss — please add as many background details as you can.