Tuesdays @ The Train

One of the enduring images of postwar Westport was Mom rounding up the kids, tossing them in the back of the station wagon, and driving down to Saugatuck to pick up Dad as he stumbled off the bar car — I mean, got off the train — after a hard day of work.

Times have changed. Mom now commutes; Dad works from home. One-car families gave way to 2 (or 3, or 4); the “station car” is now likely to be a BMW or Tesla. The bar car went the way of the 59-minute train ride (it’s now 68 — at least).

But the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce pays homage to those days. Starting this Tuesday, June 27 — and continuing July 18 and August 8 — they’re sponsoring a new event.

“Tuesdays @ the Train” are family-friendly (and free). From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., you can meet Mom (or Dad) at the train, then cross under the tracks to Luciano Park (for 25 years the home of Festival Italiano).

There will be live music; food for purchase from Dunville’s, Tarry Lodge and Viva’s, plus Phil and Tom’s ice cream; a beer-and-wine garden, and games like bocce, bean bag target toss and badminton.

Chamber of Commerce executive director Matt Mandell built 2 giant Jengas and a Giant Kerplunk.

There’s a playground right in the park too, with a basketball hoop.

NOTE: You don’t need to be a commuter — or have a family — to enjoy “Tuesdays @ the Train.” Local workers, those who drive to work or work from home, retirees — and singles, divorced, flown-nest and childless couples — are warmly welcome too.

(For more information on Tuesdays @ the Train, click here.)

5 responses to “Tuesdays @ The Train

  1. I think they would need to serve Dewars & Water to make this authentic. At least that was the drink of choice for the lemmings off the bar car in the seventies.

  2. Fantastic idea Matthew! I think this will be a hit

  3. Mary Cookman Schmerker '58

    Fantastic. Hopefully it will give many a chance to enjoy Saugatuck as it is meant to be and to drive over and enjoy the Bridge Street Bridge.
    In the 50’s the bar car favorite was probably scotch and soda ………
    or a martini……

  4. Nancy Hunter

    … and in the 60’s and 70’s straight vodka. A strange, sad lifestyle, indeed.

  5. Sharon Paulsen

    The Festival Italiano was always a fun event, for many years … I miss those times!

    This “Tuesday’s at the Train” sounds like a fun idea too … enjoy, everyone!