And Here Is Our 2nd Holiday Gift!

Early thisΒ  morning, “06880” gave readers a special gift: a link to Staples High School’s magical Candlelight Concert.

(Okay, I know: The performance is the music department’s annual gift to the town. So technically, I’m re-gifting it.)

But you deserve more than one present. Here’s another.

Rhea Ruggiero moved from New York to Westport 15 years ago. She quickly fell in love with the town.

One of the best parts is the Cribari Bridge at Christmas.

When she comes home late at night and the lights are up, she is sometimes so overwhelmed she turns around and drives through a 2nd time.

The bridge is “an example of Westport is: a spirited community that celebrates life,” Rhea says.

To thank the volunteers from Al’s Angels — who put up and maintain the lights — as well as share the joy she gets from the Saugatuck River span, Rhea made a video.

It’s Westport at its best. And its her — and “06880”‘s — mid-morning gift to all.


18 responses to “And Here Is Our 2nd Holiday Gift!

  1. This is just Wonderful .. Thank You for Sharing

  2. Great stuff! Late last night we drove across the bridge and had the road all to ourselves. We turned off our headlights to get the full effect of the tunnel of lights and it was so fun and amazing! Magical, mystical and psychedelic all at once. Thank you, Al’s Angels, for creating such a fabulous space for all to enjoy. We need to all be the light!

  3. the simple things are great

  4. Geraldine Crooker

    That was a special treat! Thank you very much.

  5. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    Thank you for sharing. It was wonderful to see and get the full effect of driving through the lights. Nice U Turn!

  6. Brian Burke Class of '60

    Thank you for posting this wonderful concert! It certainly brought back wonderful memories of my years in the choir at Staples.
    I sang right along with the Hallelujah Chorus!

  7. Sharon Paulsen

    I really enjoyed this video!

    Loved the jazzy holiday music selection too!


  8. Fantastic and thank you for the memories! We crossed that bridge multiple times per day as Bridge St. residents back in the day. Beautiful and magical memories — the bridge hasn’t changed πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all!

  9. Thank you!!! No better present

  10. This has to be one of the top things on the list of authentic, only-in-Westport experiences. And it’s free.

  11. Kim Crowther Manning

    Thank you Rhea! I, too, often turn around and drive through it again (many times more than once). I’ve always said that driving over this bridge makes me feel like I am “inside Christmas”. Absolutely my favorite Christmas scene in Westport! Thank you Al Diguido and your wonderful angels for EVERYTHING you do!!

  12. Don L. Bergmann

    Great bridge, great lights.. Christmas eve and Christmas night made it even more special. Don Bergmann

  13. For all of you that cross the bridge and enjoy the light…please know that the real purpose that we have always had in wrapping this bridge was to send a signal to the many children and families that we support each year with holiday meals and gifts who are battling cancer, rare blood disease and severe financial hardship. We are called to be a light in their world. These lights are meant to raise awareness with all that cross the bridge of their responsibility to help those in need. This year…we provided over 3200 ($100 meals) and over 15,000 toys to those in need. Join us…
    love Al & our Angels.

  14. Thank you Al and your Angels for all that you do!