Roundup: Remarkable Movies, Compo Parking, Y Animals …


Everything about the Remarkable Theater has been easy — parking, viewing, exiting.

Everything, that is, except the website. It was hard to find out what was playing, and when.

No longer. Westport’s amazing drive-in movie venue just rolled out a redesigned website ( Now there’s no excuse not to see a show.

But I’ll make it easy. Here’s this week’s schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 27: “Singin’ in the Rain.” Perhaps the most memorable movie musical ever. Half-price Tuesday!
  •  Wednesday, April 28: “Sixteen Candles.” Perhaps the most memorable teen flick ever.
  • Friday, April 30: “Pitch Perfect.” Fun with an all-girls singing group.
  • Saturday, May 1: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” This Avengers film is a fundraiser for myTeamTriumph. Tickets are $125; all proceeds benefit this great group, which helps people with disabilities participate in triathlons and 5Ks.

Gates open at 6:45 p.m. Pre-show content starts at 7:15. The feature film begins around 7:45. See you there!


Several readers have asked whether daily parking will be allowed for out-of-town vehicles this summer at Westport beaches.

The answer is: yes — at Compo only. 100 daily passes will be available, at the gate. They’re $45 on weekdays, $70 on weekends.

Out-of-town visitors were not allowed last year, due to COVID-19.

Westport Parks & Recreation staff will sell parking passes for out-of-towners this year.


Peter Stuart Swann — a Westport resident for nearly 50 years — died peacefully this month, with his wife Patria by his side. He was 83.

Born in New York City, he had been a Westport resident since 1972. He attended the University of Colorado and served in the United States Navy.

Peter enjoyed a long career in the newspaper representative business, retiring as director of research for the Papert Company. He was a former president of the Media Research Directors Association.

Peter was also an active community volunteer. He served as treasurer for Save Westport Now, Friends of the Westport Library, and the “River of Names” mural fundraiser for the Library. Until COVID, he helped stock the Westport Book Sale’s free books carousel at the Saugatuck train station.

For many years he performed patient outreach for Trinity Episcopal Church of Southport, playing piano for patients at the Ludlow Health Center.

In addition to his wife he is survived by a brother, Sherwood Lee (Mary) of Newport, North Carolina; a dear cousin, Lawrence Tuttle of Munson, Massachusetts; 2 nieces and a nephew.

A graveside service will be held Friday (April 30, 11 a.m.) at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Peter’s memory may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT 06890. Click here to offer an online condolence. (Hat tip: Richard Lowenstein)

Peter Swann


Westport gets more gorgeous by the day. These tulips are among many in the Greens Farms area.

(Photo/Kathleen O’Keefe)


For years — well, at least since it opened in 2014 — members of the Westport Weston Family Y have marveled at a cow, visible on the roof through windows nearly the lobby.

Now it’s got company.

There must be a back story. But I have no idea what it is.

(Photo/Dan Woog)


Saturday was Westport Clean-Up Day. Jerry Kuyper went out on his own, to do his part.

In an empty lot on Spicer Road, near Rayfield Road, he found a number of empty cigarette packs.

It was not the first time he saw such a collection of litter. So he wonders: Did someone methodically deposit one pack every day or so? Or store them in a bag in their car for a week, before flinging them out the window? Consciously not throw them on a neatly kept yard, but find an overgrown one irresistible?

The mind boggles.

(Photo/Jerry Kuyper)


And finally … memories of Ye Olde Bridge Grille flooded back when I heard of the death of its longtime owner, Dave Reynolds.

It was a “Cheers”-like bar the likes of which Westport may never see again. In one corner sat a jukebox. In all the years Dave owned the Bridge, I don’t think the records ever changed. The song I remember most — it was played over and over, night after night after night — could not be more apt. It’s a fitting epitaph for a great bar, and its big-hearted, much-loved owner.

3 responses to “Roundup: Remarkable Movies, Compo Parking, Y Animals …

  1. Matthew Mandell

    So sorry to hear about Peter. He was a great guy and big preservationist, always there to fight to save our environment and town. He will be missed.

  2. James Waldron

    Dr. Gottlieb’s (he lives in Westport, FYI) mask thoughts today in the WSJ…’….This is the time to revisit rules on masking and distancing in low-risk outdoor settings like parks and sports venues. Easing these rules would move more activity outdoors, which reduces viral transmission…..’

    What say you Westport?

  3. I am sorry to hear of Peter Swan’s death. I note that he was Treasurer for the “River of Names” Committee. That special Mural has yet to be in its home in the Library. Whatever happened to it and are there any new plans for its reinstallation?
    Condolences to Peter’s Family.