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Yesterday’s “Shorefest on a Roll” — Friends of Sherwood Island’s reimagined, socially distanced annual fundraiser — was different than the usual lobsterfest.
It was also wonderful, fun, and made even better by spectacular weather.
Board members Cece Saunders and Steve Axthelm produced the clever, all-ages event. Riding in cars through the 232-acre state park, families listened to a podcast while enjoying kites, disc golf, music, and getting a purple martin education.
At the last stop, they picked up lobster roll dinners, courtesy of Westfair Fish & Chips.
Click here for a full report, and tons of photos.
That’s one small step for a man. And one giant leap for faster checkouts.
Trader Joe’s has all registers open, for the first time since COVID struck in March.
The other day you worked out, at Main Street and Church Lane’s Fitness & Wellness Expo.
This Saturday, you can show off your new look. The Westport Downtown Merchants Association is sponsoring a Fall Fashion & Beauty Day.
Merchandise will be displayed on sidewalks — meaning there’s plenty of room to walk around in stores too. And despite the name, all downtown merchants — not just fashion and beauty retailers — are invited to participate.
All of Main Street, Elm Street and Church Lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local merchants not on those streets are being offered spots, so there’s plenty to see and do. Of course, masks and social distancing rules apply!
World peace comes to Westport.
That’s the name of the next MoCA Westport exhibit. It opens October 8.
Works in the show reflect “the culture of identity, and the divided and fractured political climate of America’s past and present.” The multi-media exhibit includes photography, sculpture, video, site-specific installations, works on paper, and protest art.
The group show features local and world-renowned artists, highlighting contemporary media culture, the criminal justice system, and the relationship between science and religion.
Westporters include illustrators Tracy Sugarman and Naiad Einsel, and photographers Spencer Platt and Richard Frank
Local politicians, and experts on climate change and the media, will be featured in panels throughout the exhibition. It runs through January 17.
For more information, click here.
And finally … today is the International Day of Peace. Enough said.
There are many ways to get from Westport to Cockenoe Island.
You can sail. You can paddle. You can JetSki.
Or — if you are particularly adventurous — you can walk.
Alert — and creative — “06880” reader Jeff Manchester reports:
“With a super low tide at 8:09 this morning, some intrepid souls took their soles and walked from Saugatuck Island to Cockenoe Island.
“It was a brisk morning in the high 40’s when we started, and only in the 50’s when we returned. However, the water was warmer than the air, so it made for a much more enjoyable journey.
“This is a bucket list item for sure, when the tides and weather cooperate.
“And of course, we have the Einsels, Greens, Jo Fox Brosious and many more to thank for their herculean efforts, saving Cockenoe for future generations from an attempted nuclear power plant over 50 years ago.”
Indeed. Although if that Chernobyl-style structure had actually been built there, today’s water would be a lot warmer.
This morning, I posted a photo and story about a guy who waited nervously at Old Mill Beach. He was about to propose to his girlfriend.
Patricia McMahon — who took the photo — did not know whether she said yes.
But — coincidentally — her husband Matthew Levine’s cousin lives nearby.
Turns out the family was home. They saw the big moment from their deck.
And, they told Patricia: She said yes!
If they get married at Old Mill, “06880” will report that too.
Patricia McMahon was on her evening walk.
At Old Mill Beach, she spotted a serene scene. Quietly, she took a photo.
The man turned, and looked at her. Patricia apologized for interrupting his moment. She told him she appreciates seeing people looking so peaceful — especially in these challenging times.
He laughed and said, “There’s nothing peaceful or serene about me right now. I’m a nervous wreck. I’m waiting for my girlfriend, to propose to her!”
Patricia smiled. “Let me be the first to congratulation you,” she said. “You got this!”
PS: Let’s hope he did.
Stay away from the William F. Cribari Bridge today. The Saugatuck River span is closed through 3 p.m., for inspection. Use alternate routes!
Registration for Senior Center October-December classes is underway for Westport residents. Non-residents can register beginning Monday (September 21).
The Senior Center also announces upcoming events:
- Parkinson’s Support (Sept. 23, Zoom, 10:15 a.m.)
- New to Medicare (Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m.)
- Summer Concert Series: Harpist Wendy Kerner (Sept. 25, Zoom, 1:30 p.m.)
- Caregiver Support (Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and 21, 10 a.m.)
- Bingo (Oct. 1, with delivered lunch (Pct. 1, Zoom, 1:15 p.m.)
- Just for Women (Oct. 1, 3:30 p.m.)
- Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Oct. 11).
For more information, click here, call 203-341-5099, email email@example.com/seniorcenter.
Smoke from the wildfires out west have reached Westport. This was the scene yesterday evening, at Compo Beach:
COVID has canceled many traditional activities. But not Oktoberfest!
Wakeman Town Farm celebrates outdoors on Thursday, October 8 (5:30 p.m.). Chef Alison Milwe Grace cooks up a great German meal (with a veggie option for non-meat eaters). Bring a sweater or jacket and your favorite German beer or adult beverage. Click here for details and tickets.
Teaching has always been stressful. During COVID, it’s exponentially tougher.
To help educators de-stress, Positive Directions has launched a Teacher Support Group. Trained counselors lead discussions Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. via (of course) Zoom. The cost is $40 per session. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-227-7644 for reservations.
With kids back at school — meaning more than half the time, they’re learning at home — parents may need a private office.
Serendipity Labs — the on-demand workspace at 55 Post Road West — offers a complimentary private day office for all new inquiries. It’s available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Serendipity memberships include high-speed WiFi, complimentary coffee, spacious common areas, guest reception and concierge services. For details click here, call 203-979-4084 or email email@example.com.
Classic movies continue this Saturday (September 19, 8 p.m.) at the Remarkable Theater. Earthplace co-sponsors “Raiders of the Lost Artk.” Click here for tickets and more information.
Speaking of movies: Ethan Hawke will direct a new movie about the lives and careers of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The project has the blessing of Woodward — now 90 — and the actors’ family.
The film is expected to focus on their 50-year marriage, including their decision to raise their children in Westport rather than Los Angeles. (Hat tip: Johanna Rossi)
And finally … today would have been B.B. King’s 95th birthday. He died 5 years ago, but the thrill of his blues guitar will never be gone.