Roundup: Shorefest, Trader Joe’s, Fall Fashion, More

Yesterday’s “Shorefest on a Roll” — Friends of Sherwood Island’s reimagined, socially distanced annual fundraiser — was different than the usual lobsterfest.

It was also wonderful, fun, and made even better by spectacular weather.

Board members Cece Saunders and Steve Axthelm produced the clever, all-ages event. Riding in cars through the 232-acre state park, families listened to a podcast while enjoying kites, disc golf, music, and getting a purple martin education.

At the last stop, they picked up lobster roll dinners, courtesy of Westfair Fish & Chips.

Click here for a full report, and tons of photos.

Lobster roll dinners, at the end.

That’s one small step for a man. And one giant leap for faster checkouts.

Trader Joe’s has all registers open, for the first time since COVID struck in March.

The other day you worked out, at Main Street and Church Lane’s Fitness & Wellness Expo.

This Saturday, you can show off your new look. The Westport Downtown Merchants Association is sponsoring a Fall Fashion & Beauty Day.

Merchandise will be displayed on sidewalks — meaning there’s plenty of room to walk around in stores too. And despite the name, all downtown merchants — not just fashion and beauty retailers — are invited to participate.

All of Main Street, Elm Street and Church Lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local merchants not on those streets are being offered spots, so there’s plenty to see and do. Of course, masks and social distancing rules apply!


World peace comes to Westport.

That’s the name of the next MoCA Westport exhibit. It opens October 8.

Works in the show reflect “the culture of identity, and the divided and fractured political climate of America’s past and present.” The multi-media exhibit includes photography, sculpture, video, site-specific installations, works on paper, and protest art.

The group show features local and world-renowned artists, highlighting contemporary media culture, the criminal justice system, and the relationship between science and religion. 

Westporters include illustrators Tracy Sugarman and Naiad Einsel, and photographers Spencer Platt and Richard Frank

Local politicians, and experts on climate change and the media, will be featured in panels throughout the exhibition. It runs through January 17.

For more information, click here.

And finally … today is the International Day of Peace. Enough said.


5 responses to “Roundup: Shorefest, Trader Joe’s, Fall Fashion, More

  1. Michael Pettee

    I don’t get this: How did the same generation that produced John Lennon and “All we are saying is Give Peace A Chance” become the “Me Generation” a few years later which also produced Trump Tower with its toilets made of 24c gold, and levels of greed beyond what the eye can see? I mean is there anything in the 1968 Plastic Ono Band which could have possibly predicted where we are today?

    • Russell Gontar

      Just for the record (ha!), the Plastic Ono Band was actually formed in 1969, not 1968. Their first LP was “Live Peace in Toronto 1969”, released 12/12/69.

    • Russell Gontar

      Dear Friends,
      In 1969, John and I were so naïve to think that doing the Bed-In would help change the world. Well, it might have. But at the time, we didn’t know. It was good that we filmed it, though. The film is powerful now. What we said then could have been said now. In fact, there are things that we said then in the film, which may give some encouragement and inspiration to the activists of today. Good luck to us all. Let’s remember WAR IS OVER – If We Want It. It’s up to us, and nobody else. John would have wanted to say that.
      Yoko Ono Lennon
      New York City
      International Peace Day, 21 September 2020

  2. If only John Lennon was still here…..

  3. Bill Strittmatter

    Maybe not the Plastic Ono Band but a couple years before, the Beatle’s “Taxman” (written by George with some help from John) in 1966 did bring a negative focus on high taxation/marginal tax rates helping drive the economy, for better or worse, to where it is today.