Want to celebrate New Year’s at home, but worried about asking guests inside? And no fire pit or hot tub outside to gather round?
Take a page from Claudine Rossman’s book. She and her family converted their Saugatuck Shores garage into a “lodge.” On Christmas Eve a small family group gathered — tested, masked, socially distant, and with the door opened as much as it needed to be.
It’s a great idea. But if you want to do the same for tonight, get busy. This project looks like it took a while.
In 1974, Mike Krysiuk was having a great senior year at Staples High School. He played baseball, and worked at Mario’s. But a devastating automobile accident left him with a traumatic brain injury and many broken bones.
He’s well known in his home town, for the motivational talks he gives and the 25 years he’s spent working in Town Hall.
Now Mike has written The Big One: Miracles Happen when You Shoot for the Sun, about his youth in Westport.
He shares insight about his astonishing comeback from the unimaginable, fueled by dogged determination and a dream.
His co-author — award-winning writer Julia Bobkoff — is the co-founder of Westport’s Christmas Lake Creative writing workshop.
Meanwhile, Larry Aasen has just compiled his 9th book — at 98 years old.
The latest effort from the indefatigable, longtime Westporter — who has also authored a possible world record 4 books about his native North Dakota — is Stolen Jokes and Swiped Cartoons.
With illustrations by the late, beloved Westport illustrator Howard Munce, the booklet has gags like this: “A 90-year-old man was complaining. He said, ‘My eyesight is not very good, and I can’t hear too much. Thank God I can still drive a car.'”
To order, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-227-6126.
Westporters can’t get enough of this end-of-the-year Full Cold Moon. Jeanine Esposito shares these great shots:
Marcelle Smart — one of a corps of young teachers at Staples High School in the mid- and late-1960s — died recently December 21, from vascular dementia. She was 77 years old.
The French instructor then moved to New Hampshire with her husband, Staples graduate “Doc” Hagen, and raised 2 children.
Former colleague Jeff Lea remembered her as “very bright, and student-centered.” She graduated from the University of Michigan, and earned a master’s in teaching at Johns Hopkins.
Donations in her memory may be to the Special Friends program at The Worship Place, 811 Sun City Boulevard, Georgetown, TX 78633.
And finally … for generations of American’s, it’s not New Year’s without “Auld Lang Syne.”
And it’s not “Auld Lang Syne” without Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians.
The orchestra played almost half a century of New Year’s Eves, first on radio — from the Roosevelt Grill in New York in 1928 — and beginning in 1956 on television, first from the Waldorf Astoria and then Times Square. Lombardo died in 1977, but his band continued playing on CBS for 2 more years.
“Auld Lang Syne” is a poem written by Robert Burns in 1788, and set to the tune of a traditional Scottish folk song.