Photo Challenge #401

Outdoor dining (COVID-style) came to Westport in 2020. It’s now a permanent, much-appreciated part of life here — perhaps the only good thing to come out of the pandemic (besides working at home).

But for several years before that, a wrought-iron table and 2 chairs has sat outside Pane e Bene restaurant, on the Post Road heading toward Southport. (Click here to see.)

Perhaps it’s a whimsical piece of art. Perhaps it’s subtle marketing. Perhaps it’s both.

But one thing is sure: Jeffrey Ruden, Michael Calise, Andrew Colabella, Mark Soboslai, Peter J. Swift, Mary Ann Batsell and Ron Henkin all knew exactly where to find last week’s Photo Challenge.


You may have to work a bit to figure out this week’s Photo Challenge. Then again, this is Labor Day weekend …

(Photo/Jerry Kuyper)

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8 responses to “Photo Challenge #401

  1. Seth Schachter

    Not sure exactly where this one is located but I believe these are used in managing multiple cables/wires from pole to pole– see them in a lot of places around town

    • Seth Schachter

      Can also make out a creepy – ‘Silence of the Lambs’ mask right/ Or Jason from Friday the 13th movies???

    • Well done, Seth. I probably should have said that this was a “what” Photo Challenge, rather than a “where”!

  2. Patricia McMahon

    Looks like something i noticed on the wires on Soundview drive at Compo

  3. It’s called a banjo. Usually 2 within a short distance facing each other. They are used to store slack fiber optic cable in a cable run. The slack cable is used in lieu of splicing the fiber optic cable when the cable has to be relocated.

  4. Marion Pietrowski

    The unattractive cable wires all over Westport!!

  5. This is a loop structure that is attached to overhead cables between utility poles. There is usually one between two or three utility poles. You can see them all along Compo Road South, and probably other parts of the town as well. In particular, there are two such loops between the two utility poles next to the Minute Man statue at the bottom of Minute Man Hill. I see them everyday when I walk my dog.