Who doesn’t love Maine?
Tom Kretsch sure does. The longtime Westport photographer has just published “Touching Maine.” The hard-cover book’s 93 pages of images and text capture the essence of that special state: its water, rocks, fog, islands, structures, dinghies and abstract impressions.
A signed copy is $50. For $100, you’ll get a signed copy plus one of the 8×10 prints shown below. Email email@example.com, or call 203-644-4518.
Lindsay Shurman is searching for a holiday gift for her husband. And she needs “06880” readers’ help.
She wants to give him Walter Einsel’s iconic “Save Cockenoe Now” poster (below). Back in the 1960s, it was everywhere — and played a role in the town’s purchase of the island off Compo Beach, saving it from becoming a nuclear power plant (!).
A few are still floating around. But The Flat sold the one they had. And Lindsay just lost a Westport Auction bidding war.
“Any idea where I may find an original?” she asks.
“Maybe someone is willing to part with it for a price. Or a donation made in their name to a favorite cause. I could even settle for a reproduction. I just need an original to scan.
“Any help would be so appreciated. I’m obsessed with this poster, and gifting it to my husband this holiday season!”
If you’ve got a lead, email firstname.lastname@example.org. And sssshhhh … don’t tell her husband!
Melissa Joan Hart has been very busy lately.
The Westport resident produced, directed and starred in 3 new Lifetime holiday films.
“Feliz NaviDAD” — yes, the name of the classic song by Westonite Jose Feliciano — premiered Saturday. “Dear Christmas,” with James Priestley, airs this Friday (November 27, 8 p.m.). “Once Upon a Main Street” follows on Sunday (November 27, 8 p.m.). (Hat tip: Dick Lowenstein, via Connecticut Post)
Distance education isn’t new to Taylor Harrington. The 2015 Staples High School graduate works at Akimbo, a company that creates online learning experiences.
The pandemic — as awful as it is — has created opportunities. Taylor and her team saw a chance to help young people looking to grow.
They created The Emerging Leaders Program, a free, 5-day online workshop for people ages 16-25,looking to make a difference in the world .
The first 2 sessions were powerful. The next is set for January 4-8. Young leaders — or anyone knowing one — can click here for details. Applications close December 1.
And finally … back in 1961, teenagers were doing (supposedly) the “Bristol Stomp.” Len Barry, lead singer of the Dovells — the band with that hit — died earlier this month, at 78. Four years later, he had another smash with “1-2-3.”