Roundup: Sunday Beach Services, Dial M For Murder …

Worshipers gathered Sunday at Compo Beach.

It marked the first of 10 Sunday services, at the cannons. (Or, if inclement weather, the brick pavilion.)

Guests bring their own chairs. Beach stickers are not required.

Five churches alternate leading the services, which begin at 8:30 a.m. All residents are invited, no matter where they worship.

Wilton Congregational Church was Sunday’s sponsor. The other services will be led by:

  • July 9: Norfield Congregational Church
  • July 16: Saugatuck Church & Pivot Choir, Rev. Alison Patton preaching
  • July 23: Green’s Farms Congregational Church
  • July 30: United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston
  • August 6: Green’s Farms Congregational Church
  • August 13: Wilton Congregational Church
  • August 20: Norfield Congregational Church
  • August 27: United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston
  • September 3: Saugatuck Church, Rev. Willie Salmond preaching.

Sunday’s service, at the Compo Beach pavilion. (Photo and hat tip/ Mark Mathias)


Celebrate the 4th of July with a murder.

Today only, the Westport Country Playhouse offers 20% off on tickets to “Dial M for Murder.”

The classic mystery — the last show of the truncated 2023 season — opens July 11. It runs through July 29. Click here for tickets, and more information.


There’s no end to the types of creatures that appear in “Westport … Naturally.”

Today it’s woodpeckers.

Joe Vallone writes: “In my 30-plus years living in Westport, I have never see so many woodpeckers in one season.

“I am amazed by how the wildlife changes habitats. We have watched seasons dominated by deer, then rabbits, then foxes, then wild turkeys, now woodpeckers.

“The size of these woodpeckers is what impressed me the most. They are huge!”

(Photo/Joe Vallone)


And finally … Happy 247th birthday, America!

We’ll proudly sing our (very difficult to sing) national anthem.

But our nation has a few unofficial anthems too. They speak to the still-unrealized potential of our great country.

And our continued freedom to be able to sing about it, freely.

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4 responses to “Roundup: Sunday Beach Services, Dial M For Murder …

  1. Those are Pileated Woodpeckers. I’ve seen them occasionally, but never three on one tree like this!

  2. Priscilla Hawk

    Thanks for the great music, Dan.

  3. Gloria Gouveia

    Joe Valone, Thanks for sharing that extraordinary photo. 60 years ago 3 piliated woodpeckers on one tree anywhere in the region might have drawn major media attention.
    Have you noticed a similar proliferation of robins? I was stunned the first time I saw a flock of robins about 15 years ago. In the 1950’s bird observers watched for the 1st robin of Spring. Now I watch for the 1st flock.

  4. How wonderful — 3 pileated woodpeckers!!! Over 40 years ago, my husband and I were absolutely thrilled to see just one pileated woodpecker near the pond at the Fairfield Audubon preserve. Now you have three — in the middle of the yard. How amazing and how fortunate you are! Thank you for sharing this photo.

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