Category Archives: Beach

Pics Of The Day #1323

Last night’s Beaver Moon — named because Native Americans associated the November phenomenon with beavers finishing their lodges to prepare for winter — was enjoyed by Compo Beach humans …

… and birds. (Photos/J.C. Martin)

Roundup: Freedom Tower, More


If you haven’t been to New York City for a while, here’s a reminder of what it looks like — and how close it is.

The Freedom Tower was clear and visible yesterday, from the Compo jetty:

(Photo/Robert Hermenze)


And finally … on this day in 1982, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was released. It went on to become the biggest-selling album of all time (66 million copies). And the video below has a mere 654 million views.

Photo Challenge #309

I haven’t counted, but probably 90% of the Long Island Sound images I post are of Compo and Old Mill.

Both spots are photographers’ dreams. Cannons, jetties, a marina, a playground, a Cape Code-style cove — those and much more keep professionals and amateurs snapping away.

But Westport’s water views are hardly limited to our 2 most popular beaches. Saugatuck Shores, Sherwood Island and Burying Hill also provide ever-changing photographic opportunities.

Other vistas too should get more attention than they do. One was last week’s Photo Challenge.

Tom Lowrie’s shot looked west, toward Burying Hill and, beyond, Sherwood Island. It was taken from Beachside Avenue — the site, 350 years ago, of the first white settlements in what is now Westport. (Click here to see.)

It’s one of the prettiest spots in town. But only Jacque O’Brien, Rob Hauck, Andrew Colabella, Rich Stein and Tom Wall correctly identified it. Congratulations!

Here is this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where it is, click “Comments” below. Bonus points if you’ve got the back story!

(Photo/Mary Gai)

Pics Of The Day #1321

Early morning at Compo Beach … (Photo/Jimmy Izzo)

… and looking south off of Surf Road, on Saugatuck Shores … (Photo/Todd Freeman)

… and Old Mill Beach (Photo/Ferdinand G. Jahnel)

Roundup: Turkey, More

 


Spotted on Soundview Drive:

(Photo/Mary Sikorski)


And finally … Ian Finkel, “the world’s greatest xylophonist,” has died at 72. Who even knew there was such a thing?

Pic Of The Day #1319

Sherwood Island, late fall (Photo/Sharon Fiarman)

Pic Of The Day #1318

Kids having fun at Compo. It never gets old.

(Photos/J.C. Martin)

 

Roundup: Maine, Save Cockenoe Now, Melissa Joan Hart, More


Who doesn’t love Maine?

Tom Kretsch sure does. The longtime Westport photographer has just published “Touching Maine.” The hard-cover book’s 93 pages of images and text capture the essence of that special state: its water, rocks, fog, islands, structures, dinghies and abstract impressions.

A signed copy is $50. For $100, you’ll get a signed copy plus one of the 8×10 prints shown below. Email tom@peacefulplacesphoto.com, or call 203-644-4518.


Lindsay Shurman is searching for a holiday gift for her husband. And she needs “06880” readers’ help.

She wants to give him Walter Einsel’s iconic “Save Cockenoe Now” poster (below). Back in the 1960s, it was everywhere — and played a role in the town’s purchase of the island off Compo Beach, saving it from becoming a nuclear power plant (!).

A few are still floating around. But The Flat sold the one they had. And Lindsay just lost a Westport Auction bidding war.

“Any idea where I may find an original?” she asks.

“Maybe someone is willing to part with it for a price. Or a donation made in their name to a favorite cause. I could even settle for a reproduction. I just need an original to scan.

“Any help would be so appreciated. I’m obsessed with this poster, and gifting it to my husband this holiday season!”

If you’ve got a lead, email lindsay.shurman@gmail.com. And sssshhhh …  don’t tell her husband!


Melissa Joan Hart has been very busy lately.

The Westport resident produced, directed and starred in 3 new Lifetime holiday films.

“Feliz NaviDAD” — yes, the name of the classic song by Westonite Jose Feliciano — premiered Saturday. “Dear Christmas,” with James Priestley, airs this Friday (November 27, 8 p.m.). “Once Upon a Main Street” follows on Sunday (November 27, 8 p.m.). (Hat tip: Dick Lowenstein, via Connecticut Post)

Jason Priestley and Melissa Joan Hart, in “Dear Christmas.”


Distance education isn’t new to Taylor Harrington. The 2015 Staples High School graduate works at Akimbo, a company that creates online learning experiences.

The pandemic — as awful as it is — has created opportunities. Taylor and her team saw a chance to help young people looking to grow.

They created The Emerging Leaders Program, a free, 5-day online workshop for people ages 16-25,looking to make a difference in the world .

The first 2 sessions were powerful. The next is set for January 4-8. Young leaders — or anyone knowing one — can click here for details. Applications close December 1.

Taylor Harrington


And finally … back in 1961, teenagers were doing (supposedly) the “Bristol Stomp.” Len Barry, lead singer of the Dovells — the band with that hit — died earlier this month, at 78. Four years later, he had another smash with “1-2-3.”

Roundup: Outdoor Dining Tents, More


COVID, colder weather, the holidays, heated tents — when considering outdoor dining, Westporters have lots to think about.

The other day Rowena Weems asked Bartaco about their tent. News reports said that outdoor tents with no open panels are no different than being indoors.

Chris Messina — Bartaco’s regional director — replied:

“We purchased a heated tent with 3 motors. This circulates air more than 3 times the amount of inside. These motors pump heated fresh air at all times.

“In addition, the tent is not perfectly sealed, so ventilation is actually even better than the already great specifications we have.

“The small tents in New York City with no heated units or ventilation are worse than indoors. That’s not what we and most restaurants are investing in.

“We’ve spent a large amount of money to ensure our guests are safe and we can all get through this together.”

“Here are Bartaco’s specs:

  • Total tent area: 33,972 cubic feet.
  • Heating system CFH (cubic feet per hour of fresh, hot air): 288,000 cfh
  • Air changes per hour: 8.5

“In a normal insulated building with HVAC, there might be 3-6 changes per hour (on the high side).” 


Sure, Thanksgiving is around the corner. We’ve already had our first frost.

But the recent weather revived thoughts of summer. Well, at least for this one guy at Compo Beach on Friday.

(Photo/Sheri Valente)


Thanksgiving is Thursday. Which means it’s time for … Christmas lights!

Andrew Colabella spotted these — the first of the season? — on Edgewater Hillside.

The hell with the turkey. Get out there and decorate!

(Photo/Andrew Colabella)


And finally … on this day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy was murdered in Dallas. There have been a number of turning points in American history. This was one of the most crucial.

 

They Don’t Call It Burying “Hill” For Nothing

In the 11 years I’ve been posting pictures of entitled drivers — aka “stupid parking tricks” — I’ve seen plenty of things that make me shake my head.

But every one of them involved a parking lot. Or at least, something lot-related nearby (think: sidewalks).

What Chris Grimm saw yesterday put 11 years of entitled drivers to shame.

(Photo/Chris Grimm)

This woman — who in the photo sits merrily inside her car — simply zipped through both the Burying Hill Beach parking lot and the walking path gate, then created a new parking spot.

Hey, you can’t beat the view!

The good news: At least she’s wearing a mask.