Roundup: Senior Center, Toquet Hall, Twilight Zone …


The latest casualties of COVID: the Senior Center and Toquet Hall.

Both places — gathering spots for older Westporters and teenagers, respectively — have suspended all indoor and in-person programming.

The town Department of Human Services says that some Senior Center classes and programs will be offered on Zoom.

The Senior Center lunch program will operate as a drive-thru at noon, Monays through Fridays. To participate, call 203-341-5099 at least 24 hours in advance.

Back in action soon — hopefully.


Rod Serling moved from Westport to California in the late 1950s. He died — at just 50 years old — in 1975.

But the screenwriter extraordinaire still lives. Continuing a long tradition, the SyFy network airs a “Twilight Zone” New Year’s marathon. It starts at 2 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, December 31) and runs through 5 a.m. Sunday, January 2.

There’s a new episode every half hour or so. Click here for the schedule.

Looking for “A Stop at Willoughby” — the famous show in which the conductor of a train calls out “Next stop: Westport Saugatuck!” (and which Serling called his favorite of the entire first year)?

It’s 8:20 p.m. on Saturday — New Year’s Day.


Local to Market — Main Street’s great new spot for food, crafts and much more — is hiring.

If you’re fond of fine local stuff, have a passion for small business, and are interested in joining a fun team for 10-20 hours a week, email

Local to Market is hiring.


Our “Westport … Naturally” feature focuses on natural features (naturally).

Sometimes though, the natural world needs a slight man-made touch. David Lowrie created this scene, using (naturally) all natural tree stumps, at his property off North Bulkley.

(Photo/Tom Lowrie)


And finally … today is the birthday of a ton of important musicians: Bo Diddley, Skeeter Davis, Del Shannon, John Hartford, Paul Stookey, Felix Pappalardi, two Monkees (Michael Nesmith and Davy Jones), Patti Smith and Jeff Lynne.

It’s hard to pick just one to showcase. But in the spirit of optimism — at the end of a tough year, and the dawn of a new one — I’ll go with this:

8 responses to “Roundup: Senior Center, Toquet Hall, Twilight Zone …

  1. Susie Swanson Milllette, Staples '58

    I have fond memories of Bo. Diddley’s visit to Saugatuck in the 50’s. His fancy car drew almost as much attention as he did

    • I wrote about Bo Diddley’s show here:

      Of the many birthday musicians noted above, Felix Pappalardi (with Mountain) and Patti Smith (as the Westport Library’s “Booked for the Evening” honoree) also played here.

      And Mary Travers (Paul Stookey’s long-time partner in Peter Paul & Mary) had many, many Westport connections.

      • Peter Gambaccini

        Patti performed at the Playhouse back in the ’70s, too. Candy Slice in a barn.

      • And of course there is the Monkees’ connection to Westport. Their debut album was released right before my Bar Mitzvah in October 1966 and four different guests/friends bought me that album as a Bar Mitzvah gift!🤨 I was definitely very happy with that because a) I was psyched for their first album and b) I got to exchange three of the copies for other albums.

  2. The line is actually, “Next stop Saugatuck”

  3. Over 100 episodes of The Zone‼️Thanks for heads up 👍🏼🇺🇸

  4. On a damp December evening, my spirits were lifted hearing Paul Stookey’s rich voice singing “The Wedding Song.”I sang this song at our wedding in 1974 and continued the tradition by playing it at my daughters Anna and Lissie’s Weddings and a very good friends wedding. The song has biblical references and was written by Paul for the wedding of his singing trio member Peter Yarrow. It is my understanding that Paul never took any money from the writing of this song because of its biblical connections. “The union of your spirits here has caused him to remain, whenever two or more of you are gathered in his name there is love.”

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