Congratulations to Staples High School’s newest state champions: the rugby team.
The Wreckers romped over perennial powerhouse Greenwich 35-7, in Thursday’s final. That avenged a 30-12 loss to the Cardinals in the national tourney (when Staples was saddled with injuries and illness).
During the regular season, Staples defeated Greenwich 28-16.
Well done, coach Neal Seideman and the gang!
The Remarkable Bookcycle has a new home: Old Mill Grocery.
It’s a great spot for the popular free library. It will get even more use when the deli/market opens. As the sign promises, it should be soon.
The Westport Astronomical Society’s astro-photographers are lighting it up again.
A new show — “How Beautiful, the Universe” — opens at the Stamford JCC’s Art Gallery this Tuesday (June 14, 7 p.m.). Photographs showing the beautiful objects found just by looking up in the night sky will be on display through August 31.
Among the WAS photographers showing works: Shannon Calvert, Steven Labkoff, Carl Lancaster, Michael Southam, Stuart Stakoff, Dana Weisbrot
and Kurt Zepetello
Proceeds from images on sale will support new observatory domes on the WAS campus (Bayberry Lane, behind the Westport Weston Health District).
Speaking of art: Westport artist Dale Najarian is among 8 female painters featured in George Billis Gallery’s new show: “Ride the Wave.” Her works in this exhibit were influenced by Westport photographer Stacy Bass.
The summer group show runs June 19 through July 23, at Billis’ new 180 Post Road East space. An opening reception is set for July 7 (4 to 7 p.m.).
Other artists include Maureen Chatfield, Kristin Coates, Kerry Irvine, Lori Leckliter, Wendy Briggs Powell, Diana Tremaine and Margery Gosnell-Qua.
“06880” would not normally post a photo of a guy in a kayak.
But, as Jamie Walsh — who took the image — notes:
“This is my neighbor, dear friend and longtime fellow Westporter Ed Perrault. He recently built this amazing kayak at home. He commissioned it yesterday.”
PS: Thanks for making me feel like a slug.
Former Westport Planning & Zoning Department planner Carolyn Warnow Makover died last month in Danbury. She was 83.
The Cornell University graduate worked in publishing, marketing and graphic design, while raising her family. She found her calling while attending the Conway School of Landscape Design, and received a Master of Arts in Landscape Design in 1986.
Besides the P&Z, she worked at Tate & Associates and Frederick P. Clark Associates as an Environmental Planner. She later served as webmaster for the town and several non-profit organizations, and remained active in local initiatives. Throughout her career and in her volunteer work, she focused on utilizing good design and communications to support people and communities. Carrie also cared deeply about keeping family and friends connected.
During the pandemic, she used her technical skills to ensure that her personal and professional groups could easily move to online gatherings. With her brother and sisters, she founded Reckless Night Music to help preserve the musical legacy of their father, composer Raymond Scott.
Carrie is survived by her daughter Kathryn, son Daniel, long-time partner Richard Stein, and many friends and family members.
A memorial gathering will be announced at a later date. Click here to leave online condolences. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or the Regional Hospice in Danbury.
Patti Brill describes today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo:
“This is the time of year that turtles lay their eggs. I caught this one today doing that at Covlee Beach. I took this quick shot without disturbing its task. They do not like to be interrupted while hiding the eggs in the sand. I didn’t want to get too close.”
And finally … in honor of the new George Billis Gallery show, “Ride the Wave” (story above) — well, this is close enough:
Ok ! Ed that kayak in incredible !
Stunning craftsmanship. Congratulations on the amazing fruit of your hard work.
Old mill grocery you can’t come to soon.
It’s so fabulous that it won’t be some horrible new oversized unnecessary Mc mansion.
Pity we didn’t save positanos from the same fate.
It will forever be a painful reminder unless it gets knocked down.
Carrie Makover was webmaster of the Cornell Club of Fairfield County when I was club president. I was always impressed by her technical expertise, her warmth, kindness and energy and her willingness to offer advice, support and wisdom. I never knew Carrie’s full name was Carolyn. I never knew she studied Landscape Design. But I do know that Carrie was a treasured friend and I am so sorry she has passed.
OMG Ed… that kayak is beyond beautiful. You need to make a road trip (with your work of art) to Georgetown, SC in October when they have their “Wooden Boat Show”. Check their website…it’s a really fun time with boats on display, dock dog competitions…it’s a weekend long block party !!!
Thanks Ciara and Kathryn (and Jamie & Dan). The kayak is a design by Nick Schade and my version is based on his plans for the “Guillemot” from his book “The Strip Built Kayak”. It was a fantastic project to fill the days of Covid isolation.