Giving Thanks

Thank you.

Thank you to Westport, for being — despite the ease and frequency with which we/I often knock it — a wonderful, warm, creative, arts-supporting, involved and ever-evolving community.

Thank you to all who make it so. As Westport prepares for the future — with new retail and residential developments on both sides of the river downtown, and in Saugatuck; with bridge repairs in various states of discussion and (in)action, and many more changes in store — we are not all on the same page. But in our own way, each of us wants what is best for our town. And, thankfully, we are nowhere near as dysfunctional as Washington.

Thank you to the people I spend so much time with: Westport’s teenagers. You are smart, passionate, compassionate and clever. You work far harder than I did when I was at Staples. You’ve got far more pressures on you than I had. Yet you handle it all with maturity and poise (most of the time). And you do it with plenty of smiles.

Thank you to the readers of “06880.” You are never without opinions, information and feedback. You feed me ideas and photos. You read my words at 5 a.m., noon and midnight. And when I tell you sorry, I can’t post a story about your lost cat/upcoming book signing/daughter’s lemonade stand, you (for the most part) understand.

Those are my thanks, this Thanksgiving day 2016. I’d love to hear yours. And — more importantly — so would everyone else in this great “06880” community. Just click “Comments” below.

Thank you!

I am thankful I live in a beautiful town. I am also thankful I'm not a turkey.

I am thankful I live in a beautiful town. I am also thankful I’m not a turkey.

23 responses to “Giving Thanks

  1. Charles Taylor

    So very thankful for family and friends.
    So thankful for Dan Woog and 06680.
    So thankful for the Good Lord in whatever form we worship Him.
    So thankful for Democracy and for this country and the freedoms we enjoy responsibly!
    Love and Peace
    Charlie Taylor

  2. Spot on Dan, like usual…. thank you for keeping us displaced westporters connected to what will always be our home.

  3. Thankful for my big brother Dan who keeps us all connected to our hometown !!

  4. Don L Bergmann

    Thank you for being such an important part of Westport. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Don Bergmann

  5. Dear Dan,

    As a newcomer to Westport, I am very grateful to you and your unique 06880.

    You make Westport come to life in interesting, fun and warm ways.

    You have created a unique community of fans of your site.

    I feel at home in Westport now in great part thanks to you.

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  6. I don’t know. Are you sure you aren’t a turkey?

  7. Eileen McManus

    Thank you, Dan, for keeping us all connected to home! Your writing, and the photographs contributed, are so appreciated!

  8. Have a great Thanksgiving, Dan. No need for Make Westport Great Again hats…you’ve got that covered.

  9. Barbara Sherburne '67

    Thank you for your many contributions to the Westport community and for creating and writing this great blog! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your friends and family.

  10. Awesome shot!
    We are so lucky to live in Westport and to have you report on our town so beautifully!

  11. Rev. Alison Patton

    Thank you, Dan, for all the stories you share to keep us connected. I am grateful!

  12. Michele Smolen

    Dan, I do think what I will say is the same as I said last year!
    Thank you for you and thank you for keeping me a Westporter.
    Though I am a Californian for so long a time, Westport is in my bones!
    Have a wonderful and greatly deserved Thanksgiving.
    My very best to you,Michele

  13. Nicholas Eisenberger

    Thank you, Dan. Giving thanks this November, for some, is both harder and so much more important than usual. I definitely give thanks for you and the big contributions you made to making me and my family feel a part of this great community since the day we moved in.

  14. My daughter, a 4th grader at King’s Highway Elementary School, had a fiesta themed 9th birthday party at Villa del Sol on Sunday. In lieu of gifts, Lola requested that guests consider donating to her virtual Thanksgiving food drive for the Connecticut Food Bank. So far she has raised $773 so that needy families in Fairfield County can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Here is the food drive link:

  15. Thanks to you Dan, 06880 keeps me in touch with what’s happening in Westport. I look forward to seeing what you come up with everyday.
    So thankful to have both my children, no longer living here, home for the weekend.
    Wishing everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

  16. Hanne Jeppesen

    I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, a 4 month old granddaughter, a great daughter and son in law, and good health, although I’m not that young anymore. However, to tie this in to Westport, I’m thankful that I got to live in Westport for almost 2 years back in the late sixties.
    I arrived as a 22 year old au pair (some of you might have read the nice story Dan wrote about me back in Oct “Hanne Jeppesen Westport’s big chill”) I was somewhat immature and my English was not that good. Westport turned out to be a great experience for me. I’m still friends with 2 other au pairs I met then, and with Val Treadwell (from Weston). It was a far cry from the modest background I came from in rural Denmark, and for the first time I was totally on my own, before Westport I had been at boarding school and traveled with friends. However, I quickly made friends and no asked me what my did Dad did for a living, or what kind background I came for, I was just accepted. I got to do some more travelling with my second au pair family (Puerto Rico, Montreal, Miami and most of New England). My English improved, and I grew up a bit. I moved to New York City after a couple of years, but continue to visit Westport often. After a few years I moved away from the East Coast, but I will always think of Westport with extreme fondness, it was the first place I lived when I came to the US, and as such it has a special place in my heart, right next to my native Denmark. These many years later I cherish my Westport memories, and am thankful I made lifelong friends when living there.

  17. Dan- Many thanks for providing such a great resource for all of us to benefit from! I’m sure it’s easily overlooked at how many countless hours you devote to this blog, every day of the week, every week of the year! For this…….. I’m very thankful!!
    Happy Thanksgiving all !!!

  18. Thanks so much for letting the outside speak in.

  19. Dan–thank you!! Everyday you keep us entertained and informed. You help us get to know the Westport of the past, present and future. While some have differences it is a place to share our ideals and thoughts. And a place where our town government cannot hide.

    Thank you Dan.

    And thank you Westport. Thank you Westport and fellow 06880ers for making Westport a wonderful town.

    Of course-thank you family for your love and making my life complete and for putting up with my attempts to make a difference.

  20. Mary (Cookman) Schmerker Staples 1958

    I am thankful for so many blessings that I have, Family, health, friends and more. However, this is a blog about Westport. I am grateful to Dan and his blog because it keeps me in touch with my home town. I was blessed to live in Westport from my infancy through my college years and have family that lives in Fairfield County still. What a wonderful place Westport was to grow up and be educated in. So many people cared and gave their best to the town and its youth. Educators are remembered and often mentioned in Dan’s blog. There were people like Elliott and Betty Roberts. Elliott was a First Selectman and Betty was active in so many ways, especially Girl Scouts. They dedicated themselves to the town and it’s youth. I could go on and end up writing an autobiography about the people that impacted my life and Westport for the betterment of all, unselfishly and with enthusiasm. I am. thankful for all of the above and to you, Dan, for your reporting keeping what makes Westport alive and vibrant.

  21. Holly W. Schwartztol

    Thankful for the summers of my childhood on Danbury Avenue…walking to Compo Beach, lolling with friends in that carefree time, visiting the ice cream parlor, the Remarkable Book Shop, Klein’s , and all the charm that was main street of that era. And thankful to my imagination that sparked me to right about all of this in my novel Sherry and the Unseen World. In that book, I am transported back to those beautiful times in the Westport of my youth.