“In Wonderful Westport…”

When technical difficulties prevented a video of 2nd graders singing Westport’s praises from being shown at last night’s swearing-in of town officials, most of the Town Hall audience probably breathed a sigh of relief.

There’s a thin line between cute and cringe-worthy. Very few of the board, commission and RTM members wanted to test it.

But 1st Selectman Jim Marpe had an ace up his sleeve: Suzanne Sherman Propp,  and her Greens Farms Elementary School music students.

The song — which she and the kids wrote, with Cheryl Buck — is catchy and clever. It covers tons of Westport people, places and history. The 2nd graders are not the Vienna Boys’ Choir (for one thing, there are girls), but they carry a tune better than I do.

And the video — produced by Josh Margolis — is first-rate. Newcomers, old-timers and (especially) ex-pats will love the fast-paced photos. (It’s also clever. When the kids sing about famous families and come to “Sherwood,” there’s a shot of the diner.)

So go ahead. Click below. Enjoy the show!

19 responses to ““In Wonderful Westport…”

  1. Exceptional!

  2. How could a video about the Town of Westport be made without including the Westport Y ??? One of the pivotal places in our town since 1923!

  3. Nancy Powers Conklin

    What a great video with terrific photos and pretty darn good voices! I loved it!

  4. Great song, Suzanne.

  5. That was so sweet. Thanks for sharing!

  6. After 11 yrs at in Westport—and now 32 yrs away—my heart loves this classy, clever and artistic revisit. I’ve watched it 3x, stopping it numerous times for a closer look at faces “30 yrs since”. What a wonderful treat.

  7. Thank you, Suzanne. What a lovely gift you have given Westport. Thanks for the pre-Thanksgiving treat.

  8. Danielle Dobin

    What a beautiful video. Thank you so much Suzanne & Josh and all the wonderful GFS 2nd graders!

  9. Chip Stephens SHS '73

    Thank you Suzanne, Cheryl, Josh and thank you Jim for sharing this
    Makes all Westport proud

  10. loved it and sent it to my adult children

  11. Mary Cookman Schmerker SHS '58

    Absolutely loved it!

  12. Lori Winthrop Dockser

    Can’t imagine a much nicer tribute to a very nice town. Thank you all

  13. It’s a fabulous, fun and educational song written by one of Westports Jewels. Suzanne is the most incredible music teacher and goes above and beyond everyday teaching the kids at GFS a lot more than music. The song about Westport was part of her never ending collaboration with her colleagues to enhance the curriculum and to make sure the students get the most out of every lesson.
    Thank you Mrs. Propp!

  14. The video was So nice. It made my day.
    Thank you.

  15. Hooray for Suzanne Sherman Propp! She has created so much joy for, and with her students. She has legions of fans who are grateful for her!

  16. This is upbeat, smart, sweet, and full of heart, just like the delightful Suzanne Propp herself!

  17. Kathleen Nixon

    What a terrific tribute to our town,great voices and wonderful song. Thank you to the Green’s Farms 2nd graders along with Suzanne,Cheryl, and Josh. Kathy Nixon W.H.S

  18. Outstanding! Very Proud to be celebrating my 50th Year (’67) in Wonderful Westport this month!!! THANKS FOR SHARING…

  19. This is lovely! What would make it cringe-worthy?