Photo Challenge #259

The Unitarian Church is a Westport treasure — both spiritually and physically.

For well over half a century, the congregation has been at the forefront of many social justice battles. They’ve provided a home for folks of many faith traditions, and those with none at all.

Throughout that time, they’ve done it in a building that looks as beautiful and modern as the day it opened.

Set back in the woods — unnoticed from nearby Lyons Plains Road — its soaring sanctuary and large windows provide gorgeous, inspiring, ever-changing views of the world.

David Vita’s image of those woods in autumn — framed by church windows — was last week’s Photo Challenge (click here to see). Fred Cantor, Andrew Colabella, Molly Alger, Bill Barron, Stephen Axthelm, Rosalie Kaye, Seth Schachter, Annie Haskel, Richard Hyman, Jill Turner Odice, Carol Hanks, Luke Garvey, Peter R. Powell, Tom Risch, Bobbie Herman, Mari-Eleanor Martino, Susan Miller, Jo Ann Flaum, Jalna Jaeger and Stephanie Ehrman all knew exactly where those woods were.

At least some of those readers are not Unitarian Church members. But at some point, nearly every Westporter has found his or her way there — for a wedding, funeral, service, meeting or program.

If you haven’t been there yet: godspeed.

This week’s Photo Challenge is a tougher one. If you know — or think you know — where in Westport you’d find this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Jay Dirnberger)

17 responses to “Photo Challenge #259

  1. John Terpening

    This is the spillway gate valve for Nash’s Pond overflow protection. You can see by the reverse thread (counterclockwise arrow) that it also acts as a survey marker for determining when Westport was founded in 1681. By the fact that it was stamped into the valve three times it relates to the number two (also stamped) that most second graders have to be told something three times in order to retained it. The valve is located on the east end of the dam in order to avoid large waves as the prevailing winds are from the west.

  2. I am wondering if this might be the valve on the top of a fire hydrant? Must admit I haven’t a clue about it’s location.

  3. It was put in place to help control the water flow into Old Mill Pond.

  4. It’s the top of a hydrant. The date of manufacture is 1891. The pentagon nut is standard for hydrants. The number 81 is the benchmark designation for elevation at that point. Town Engineer has the list of locations.

  5. its a frisbee I lost in the woods many years ago

  6. It is the head of the shaft that opens the Cribari Bridge when a crank operated by manpower is engaged onto it.

  7. Jonathan L Maddock

    That sounds right to me! I second that.

  8. Jonathan Maddock

    It’s the top of the Minute Man statue’s head.

  9. We are not a members of the Unitarian Church but my family and I have attended several marriages and other events there, most notably the service for the brothers Keith and Scott Coleman who perished in the 9/11 tragedy.I have always found the church extremely warm and welcoming.

  10. Sharon Paulsen

    Earthplace/Nature Center?

  11. So far, all wrong.

  12. What is it?

  13. C’mon, Dan — it’s a week old, and no one has guessed it. Put us out of our misery!

  14. Photo Challenge will be posted at noon today — with the answer. Hang on, Bobbie — only a couple of hours to go!