Roundup: Charlie Karp, Rainbow Crosswalk, Historic Home …

The New England Music Hall of Fame has a new member: Charlie Karp.

The Staples High School Class of 1971 member — who left school to play with Buddy Miles, then worked with Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards, wrote songs for Joan Jett and Joe Perry, before returning home to earn a fanatic following with bands like Dirty Angels, White Chocolate, Slo Leak and the Namedroppers, while simultaneously earning Emmys as a producer of music for sports networks, documentaries and feature films, and becoming a guitar teaching mentor to generations of aspiring young stars — was inducted posthumously.

Karp died in 2019, a few weeks after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

The ceremony was led, fittingly, by Brian Keane. A Staples classmate (and friend since Coleytown Junior High) — and himself a Grammy-winning artist, songwriter and producer — he and Karp often collaborated on musical projects. (Hat tip: Fred Cantor)

Brian Kean (left) and Charlie Karp. (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)


Westport’s rainbow crosswalk was installed yesterday, by the Department of Public Works.

As the photo below shows, this one will last quite a while. It replaces the temporary one laid down in June on Jesup Road at Taylor Place, to celebrate Pride Month.

This crosswalk — funded by private donations — will be dedicated at 1 p.m. October 11: National Coming Out Day.

(Photo/Amy Schneider)


Nearly 80 members and guests of the Y’s Men of Westport and Weston enjoyed a tour of an architectural landmark on Sunday.

Fellow Y’s Man Win Allen opened his historic home on Burritt’s Landing North.

He’s notable too. Allen founded the first Black-owned broker dealer firm on Wall Street. His book “I Pried Open Wall Street in 1962” chronicles his journey.

He and his late wife Ruby bought their home in 1975. Built in 1957, it was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s protégé Roy Binkley. His Wikipedia entry mentions the Allen House in Westport — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — as one of his masterpieces.

Allen told the Y’s men that Marilyn Monroe spent months in the house as a guest of director Lee Strasberg, when he conducted workshops for prominent actors there.

Win Allen’s landmark home ..,

… and Allen (center) with his guests. (Photos/Dave Matlow)


The Westport Farmers’ Market is a Thursday tradition for shoppers of all ages.

Including the youngest.

Each week, the WFM’s “Get Growing” program includes a craft or activity for kids and toddlers. It introduces them early to the importance of shopping locally and sustainably.

Program leader Mae Farrell loves interacting with kids and their families, while providing a fun place to visit.

As the program grows, so has its need for craft items. On October 12 and 19, WFM hosts a craft material drive. They’re looking for cheese cloth, paper, pom pons, markers, crayons, shells, toilet paper rolls, mini wooden ornament slabs, cookie cutters, felt, dried beans and lentils, ribbon, clay, washable paints, paper straws and white paper plates.

The Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Imperial Avenue parking lot.

Little kids love the Farmers’ Market. (Photo/Margaret Kraus)


Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church’s new “Music & Arts” year kicks off this Saturday (October 7), with an afternoon of all things Celtic.

Attendees will enjoy Irish dancing, learn to play a bodhran, and discover other Celtic activities for all ages. All activities are free, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; everyone is invited.

At 4:30, a concert in Branson Hall features Ringrose and Freeman, accompanied by Loretta Murphy on accordion and Mary Gardner on bodhran. Food, drink and s’mores follow at the fire pit.

Tickets for the concert are $35 for adults; children are free. Click here to purchase.


Speaking of music: One of Jazz at the Post’s most popular performers — Westport’s own Melissa Newman — returns this Thursday (October 5; shows at 7:30 and 8:45 p.m.; dinner begins at 7; VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399; $15 cover; reservations:

The Westporter will be joined by guitarist Tony Lombardozzi, bassist Phil Bowler and drummer Bobby Leonard.


Another iconic Westporter — internationally best-selling author Jane Green — takes the Sacred Heart University Theatre stage this winter.

She’ll be Chris Sarandon’s guest on his podcast, “Cooking by Heart.” The “worlds of literature and gastronomy (will) converge in a symphony of flavors, anecdotes, and inspiration” as she and Sarandon talk about childhood memories, share recipes, and chat about their culinary creations.

Click here for tickets.

Jane Green (Photo/Ian Warburg)


Today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature shows mushrooms.

Many mushrooms.

Scott Smith writes: “I was in the yard this weekend after Friday’s deluge and took these photos. Fungi were on the logs that enclose my compost heap.

“What strikes me about the mushroom colonies is how similar in structure they are to mineral formations and coral reefs, though I bet Mother Nature already knew that. The ephemeral bulbs sprout up in the yard this time of year. Life blossoms even as the decay and decomposition of fall sets in.”

(Photo/Scott Smith)


And finally … if you never heard Charlie Karp (story above), click the videos below.

And if you are a Charlie Karp fan, here are a few memories to enjoy.

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2 responses to “Roundup: Charlie Karp, Rainbow Crosswalk, Historic Home …

  1. regarding the mushroom photo. Do you know how much room it takes to grow a fungus? as much room as possible

  2. Cristina Negrin

    Love that for Charlie, he was a good friend 💕

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