Roundup: Beachside Avenue, Playhouse Cocktails, More

The equipment is in place. Plans have been made.

And the date is set. Replacement work on the Beachside Avenue bridge over I-95 begins January 4. It’s expected to last through September/

The $1.5 million project includes realignment of Beachside Avenue.

During the project, traffic will be detoured past the Greens Farms station, and New Creek Road. Longer detours will be needed for trucks that cannot fit under the railroad bridge.

Beachside Avenue I-95 bridge, at Greens Farms Road.

All summer long, the Westport Country Playhouse was dark.

But bright conversation took place online, via virtual chats with artists. It was called “Coffee With …”

The series continues this Thursday (November 19, 7 p.m.), with artistic director Mark Lamos. He’ll talk about the upcoming season, casting, his career, and anything else you ask.

Questions can be emailed to by noon Tuesday. Then click on Facebook Live or YouTube.

The winter series is called “Cocktails With …” Mix it up!

And finally … on this day in 1969, half a million anti-Vietnam War protestors poured into Washington, DC. They were following up on Moratorium to End the War protests a month earlier, held in cities and towns around the country.

It is considered to have been the largest demonstration ever in the capital. President Nixon said, “I understand that there has been, and continues to be, opposition to the war in Vietnam on the campuses and also in the nation. As far as this kind of activity is concerned, we expect it; however, under no circumstances will I be affected whatever by it.”

3 responses to “Roundup: Beachside Avenue, Playhouse Cocktails, More

  1. For what it’s worth, I saw (in a documentary about Laurel Canyon – which was fantastic btw) that that song was written about a nightclub in LA, and really had nothing to do with Vliet Nam.

    • David Schaffer

      Not “a nightclub in LA” but the general protests that emerged on Sunset Strip when local residents tried to restrict several nightclubs and music spots that were creating unwanted noise. Protests against these closures preceded anti-war and other youthful protests. The song was easily adapted to pertain to the Vietnam War.

  2. Here’s a link to a NYT background piece from the Sunday magazine 11-30-69 on the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam which organized the March on Washington.

    Deep in the story, I got a brief mention as a “22 year old conscientious objector and ex-McCarthy advance man from Illinois, who lacks only a goatee to be a ringer for Buffalo Bill”. Those were the days.