Category Archives: Longshore

Pics Of The Day #653

The Inn at Longshore, after today’s snow squall…. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

… and the Longshore exit road. (Photo/Nicola Sharian)

Pic Of The Day #643

Longshore skating rink changing area (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Pic Of The Day #642

Leaving Longshore (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Pic Of The Day #640

Gray’s Creek cemetery (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Unsung Heroes #83

The Westport PAL Rink at Longshore doesn’t get a lot of press.

But every winter for over 20 years — quietly, efficiently, and very, very joyfully — the outdoor skating center just a few feet from Long Island Sound has provided thousands of kids and adults of all abilities (and none) with hours of good fun, and a lifetime of memories.

It’s not easy keeping an ice rink going — especially one without a roof. There’s ice to groom (and remove snow from). There’s the weather — sometimes too cold, sometimes too warm.

There are schedules to make (and adhere to), lessons to give, parties to help out with, reckless teenagers and worried parents to tend to.

The Westport Rink at Longshore. (Photo/Michael Winser)

I can’t imagine how the PAL Rink staff does it. But they do — and they do it in a way that makes it all seem easy. They smile often, extend helping hands when needed, and create a warm environment on even the coldest nights.

So to longtime manager Tony Lantier and his loyal, hard-working and often-overlooked crew: Thank you! You are our deeply appreciated yet Unsung Heroes of the week.

Manager Tony Lantier, at his rink.

Pic Of The Day #634

Longshore at night (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)

Pic Of The Day #605

Longshore’s Westport PAL rink is open — and skaters are flooding in (Photo/Katherine Bruan)

Pic Of The Day #588

End of the season at Longshore’s ER Strait Marina (Photo/Seth Goltzer)

Pic Of The Day #577

A cold evening at Longshore’s ER Strait Marina (Photo/Seth Goltzer)

Pics Of The Day #569

Fantastic fall foliage, all around town.

(Photo/David McKenzie)

Longshore (Photo/Samuel Wang)

Bridge over Deadman Brook, downtown (Photo/Samuel Wang)

Saugatuck River and beyond, from Grace Salmon Park (Photo/Samuel Wang)

Fall comes to Wild Rose Lane (Photo/Julie Fatherley)