While Westporters frantically prepared for Hurricane Henri yesterday — stocking up on water and batteries, pumping gas and creating huge traffic messes from the Post Road to (inexplicably) Cross Highway and Easton Road — a rainbow appeared over Compo Beach.
Hopefully it was a good omen. Henri — downgraded now to a tropical storm, but still dangerous — veered sharply eastward. It now appears headed for landfall in Rhode Island. Our fingers are crossed for our many Ocean State friends.
Heavy rains could still head our way. Winds might not be as high as originally thought. But they may be.
And storm surges — especially around high tide at noon, during a full moon — could be dangerous.
We’re not yet out of the woods. But it appears the woods may not contain as many toppled trees as we feared when we went to bed last night.
Local to Market — the new Main Street shop across from Cold Fusion, offering food, drink and craft items — takes its “local” mandate seriously.
Founder Chris Marcocci is surveying Westporters, to learn which items they’d like him to carry. They’re ordering inventory, in hopes of opening the full store within the next 2 weeks, and don’t want to miss anything.
Click here for the survey.
The Joggers Club’s 41 weeks of running with friends begins Saturday, September 11 (8 a.m., Greens Farms train station).
There are new routes every week, hot coffee and post-run treats. The club also offers training runs, pace group, free races, and custom running shirts.
The fee is $50 for the entire season. Venmo @TheJoggersClub. Click here for more information.
Amid yesterday’s fevered hurricane preparations, June Rose Whittaker captured this serene Saugatuck River sight — “two benches, two birds” — for “Westport … Naturally”:
And finally … a search for songs with “Henri” in the title came up empty. But I did find “Henri’s Boogie”.
Pianist Henri John Pierre Herbert gave an impromptu performance at London’s St Pancras station, on a public piano: