The temperature is near 90. A 3-day weekend beckons.
Let’s head to the beach!
Compo is certainly ready.
The new pavilion next to Joey’s is finished. A handsome new roof is up. Picnic tables — including some with cutouts for wheelchairs — are back.
An eco-friendly “Mobi-Mat” has been installed. It’s perfect for people with walkers or canes, in wheelchairs, and parents with strollers.
New signs direct daily parkers to a special area. Season sticker owners now get first dibs on the best spots.
Parks & Rec has made sure Compo is all set for summer.
Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)
One view of Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve …
… and one from there. (Photos/Betsy P. Kahn)
There are 2 types of Westporters: Those who love Sherwood Island, and those who have never been.
Those in the 1st group include Arthur Schoeller, Michele Carey-Moody, Vanessa Bradford, Chris Buckley, Fred Cantor, Lawrence Zlatkin, Mary Ann Batsell, Hope Hageman, Michael Brennecke, Linda Amos, Erik Østbye and Peter Ritchey. They had no trouble identifying last week’s photo challenge as the Nature Center, a crown jewels in our very own state park. (Click here for Brant Mozingo’s photo, and all guesses.)
If you’re in the 2nd group: too bad. You’re missing out on 232 beautiful acres. The beach is great; there’s tons of trails, plenty of nature, and lots to do.
Plus, it’s free for Connecticut residents! (Funds come from a $10 fee when you register your motor vehicle.)
So you have 2 choices:
- Drop whatever you’re doing, and go explore Sherwood Island
- Try to guess this week’s photo challenge. If you think you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.
New Compo Beach pavilion roof (Photo/Amy Schneider)
Schlaet’s Point, on Hillspoint Road (Photo/Nicola Sharian)
Compo Beach foot bath (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)
… and it will continue. A severe thunderstorm watch — with possible winds up to 70 mph, and maybe even a tornado — is in effect until 11 p.m.
Meanwhile, this was the scene as the first storm rolled in, just an hour ago.
The day-old palm tree at Compo Beach. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)
The Compo Beach neighborhood… (Photo/Patricia McMahon)
… and another view. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)
Jesup Green (Photo/Catherine Calise)
Are downward dogs allowed at Compo? (Photo/Patricia McMahon)
Last June, Westporters thrilled to the sudden appearance of a palm tree at — of all places — Compo Beach.
It was all a big — and very cool — mystery.
The next day, “06880” uncovered the story. Butch Izzo — whose Izzo’s Landscaping has a contract to plant trees around Westport — donated the palm. It replaced a different species that had died on South Beach, between the kayak launch and Ned Dimes Marina.
Parks and Recreation was not amused. But the public was. Quickly, Parks and Rec embraced — metaphorically, anyway — the unusual tree. It remained there, loved and admired and frequently photographed, until it was removed for the winter.
Now it’s back.
Or at least, a different palm tree is.
Butch Izzo and his crew planted it this morning.
The 2018 palm tree.
It’s there — presumably — for the season.
Last year, the palm tree was fun.
Now it’s a tradition.
(Hat tip: Tom Leyden)