Party On With “06880”

Mary Hoffman supplied the balloons. Yes, they say “06880” — if you face the other direction. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

They came from Westport, Fairfield, Norwalk — and Roxbury and New York City.

They were politicians, musicians, and (probably) a mathematician.

They ranged in age from 6 years old to (at least) 89.

They mixed, mingled, ate and drank.

They talked about everything under the sun — and the sun itself. Fortunately temperatures cooled, a breeze blew in, and the sunset was one of the most spectacular of the year.

Everyone there did not agree on everything — after all, last night was a party, but it was still “06880.”

Yet everyone agreed that wherever we live, we’re lucky to be part of this amazing community — online, and in real Compo Beach life.

Thanks to the 100 or so folks who came to last night’s bash. If you missed it: See you next year!

Politics, Westport style: Republican 1st Selectman Jim Marpe and his challenger, Democrat Melissa Kane, enjoyed the evening. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

So did 2nd Selectman candidates Rob Simmelkjaer (D) and Jen Tooker (R).

Recent “06880 Unsung Heroes of the Week” — and Compo Beach regulars — Mike Calise and Tom Lowrie hung out together.

Hair they are! Photographer Larry Silever and musician Warren Bloom. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

Mary Palmieri Gai and Fred Cantor are frequent “06880” commenters. They also curated the current Westport Historical Society exhibit on Westport’s rock music history. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

Longtime Westport volunteers — and mid-’60s Staples High School graduates — Bill Scheffler, Ann Sheffer and Miggs Burroughs lent panache to the party. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

Carter Klein took home a souvenir: The “6” balloon. He wanted to celebrate his age. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

29 responses to “Party On With “06880”

  1. Aargh ! Sorry I missed it !!

  2. Hi Dan,

    So sorry to have missed last night; I just couldn’t swing it with kids and my husbands work commitment.

    So glad it was such a wonderful celebration and really hope to be there next year!

    Keep doing what you do!! All the best, Melissa


  3. Mary Hoffman

    It was a great night. Thanks, Dan, looking forward to next year!

  4. Very cool!

  5. It was fun putting faces together with the names I see on 06880, and I enjoyed seeing several old friends as well. Thanks so much, Dan, for having the party. Oh — and the sunset was fantastic!

  6. Kerry Foley

    If it hadn’t coincided with opening night of the Staples Players production of “Working,” I would have loved to have been there. And if you went to the 06880 party and missed “Working,” come see it tonight or tomorrow. It was fabulous! (Shameless plug.)

  7. Bonnie Bradley

    Bobbie beat me to it and said it all – a beautiful evening and terrific party!
    And putting faces to frequent commenters is it exactly. Meeting & talking with Bobbie was a highlight for me. – she’s one smart & gracious lady. Dan is the perfect host, i.e. he acts like a perfect guest himself!😎 Thanks, Dan, for organizing this fun get-together every year. Count me in for 2018!

    • Thanks so much, Bonnie! I enjoyed your company, too, especially your stories about the “old” Westport. Looking forward to seeing you again in 2018!

    • You are so sweet, Bonnie! Thanks for making the trek down from Litchfield County — I always love seeing you!

  8. Jeff Seaver

    Thanks so much for a wonderful event, Dan – we are lucky to have you, your energy is such a positive thing for Westport!

  9. Nancy Powers Conklin

    So sorry to have missed the party AGAIN! One of these years my husband and I will make it! Sounds like the party was a smashing success! Congratulations Dan, to another great event logged into the 06880 history books!

  10. Bettina Calise Cooleen

    So sorry to have missed this Dan – next year for sure! What a great evening! Thank you for 06880!

  11. If I didn’t have to work concessions at the Staples Players wonderful production of Working, I would have been there!

  12. Linda Pomerantz Novis

    Nice photos–esp. liked the ‘Bill Scheffler,Ann Sheffer & Miggs B. photo..:-)

    (Many summers ago,I met Bill & Ann just before they married, that July,
    they came to hear John Mehegan’s jazz trio play at the Villanova ,Southport..
    (they’d asked John & trio to play for their upcoming wedding in Westport.)
    If my (earlier) memory still correct,I think Bill’s family rented same (pink) house we first lived,Godfrey Rd-Newtown Take,Weston,early 1950’s..
    .. Bill & Ann a year or two ahead of my brother,Jeff
    Pomerantz at Staples.(..See,all this stuff comes back when one reads ‘06880’,I guess !!! 🙂

  13. Burroughs and Bloom could be brothers…

  14. Nicole Klein

    4 years and counting for us! Carter and I love our annual summer tradition! Thank you for bringing such great group together Dan! You ROCK!

  15. Lovely party — thanks Dan

  16. Audrey Hertzel

    Thanks Dan! Glad I could finally make it and the weather held out! Enjoy the pickles!

  17. Ooooh! I mean to look at the palm tree but I was having such a good time I forgot all about it. Where was it in relation to where we were?

  18. Robin Tauck

    Hi Dan, your Annual “06880” Compo Gathering always a hit. Sorry to miss…thanks for pictures and positive comments. What a great summer.