Category Archives: Photo Challenge

Photo Challenge #164

I’m not a playground person.

But Anne Bernier and Peter Boyd are. Which is why they were the only “06880” reader to correctly identify last week’s photo challenge. It was a closeup of part of the playground at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. (Click here for Thomas Quealy’s shot.)

Located right downtown — directly across from Aux Delices — it looks very inviting. Little kids romp there during the day.

But no one knows whether it’s open to the public, or limited only to the pre-school.

Maybe that’s why no one — besides Anne and Peter — knew the photo challenge answer.

Here’s this week’s image. If you think you know where — or what — it is, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Gene Borio)

Photo Challenge #163

i thought last week’s photo challenge would be hard — perhaps impossible.

I’m an idiot.

The moment Ben Berkley’s image was posted, guesses flew in.

Every one was correct. The shot indeed showed an aerial view of Compo Beach’s Ned Dimes Marina. It’s empty, of course, at this time of year — but alert “06880” readers don’t need boats or a street view to know your town. (Click here to see.)

Congratulations to Tom Ryan, John D. McCarthy, Andrew Colabella, Tony Sauer, Seth Schachter, Matt Murray, Peggy O’Halloran, Rich Stein, Bobbie Herman, David Sampson, George Bory, Myra Skluth, Tom Wall, Rosalie Kaye,  Seth Braunstein, Linda Amos, Brandon Malin, Jonathan McClure, Shirlee Gordon, Lawrence J. Zlatkin and Mary Ann Batsell.

Let’s see how you all do this week! I tried for a harder challenge. But with so many hotshots out there, all bets are off.

If you know where in Westport you’d find this scene, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Thomas Quealy)

Photo Challenge #162

If you’ve ever been to the Westport Weston Family Y, last week’s photo challenge was a slam dunk.

Ed Simek’s photo showed the cow that sits on the flat roof. You see it from the spinning room, and by the stairs leading down to the pool, fitness center and locker rooms. (Click here for the photo.)

Ben Berkley, Lynn Wilson, Elizabeth Fry, Ann Bernier, Jalna Jaeger, Karen Kim, Art Schoeller, Martin Gitlin, Rick Benson, Kathy Fagan and Eva Lopez Reyman all recognized the cow.

They should. It’s been there since the new Y opened.

Which raises a few questions:

Where did it come from? Who decided to put a cow on the roof? In other words, Why, Y?

If you know the back story, click “Comments” below. And if you know where to find this week’s photo challenge, do the same.

(Photo/Ben Berkley)


Photo Challenge #161

Three “06880” readers thought it looked like the old YMCA pool.

They were close. But last week’s photo challenge showed tile that was uncovered when 36 Elm Street was torn down. (Click here for the photo.)

That’s the downtown building a few feet away from the Y. Most recently, it housed Villa del Sol restaurant.

The demolition was part of a land swap between the town and David Waldman — the Bedford Square developer who took the photo challenge image.

David said his photo showed the floor of “the original Brasserie St. Germaine — I think.” Was that the first restaurant? I don’t know. I do remember Werner’s, which occupied that spot for many years.

Chip Stephens was the only “06880” reader to identify “the remains of Villa del Sol.” Perhaps he recalls Werner’s too — or Brasserie St. Germaine.

Now, chew on this week’s photo challenge:

(Photo/Ed Simek)

If you know where you’d find this guy, click “Comments” below.

Photo Challenge #160

Last Sunday was frosty. It was a great time to post a photo challenge that read “Frost.”

Michael Calise, Jacques Voris, Joan Nevin and Ken Palumbo all knew the image by Seth Schachter showed Frost Point. (Click here to see.)

It’s located off Beachside Avenue, just east of Burying Hill Beach. The name comes from Daniel Frost, one of the 5 “Bankside Farmers” who founded Greens Farms (which in turn honors fellow farmer John Green).

For being first with the correct answer, Michael got a special prize. “06880” reader Becky Schaefer unearthed a Westport board game — “Monopoly,” but with 1980s-era downtown properties – and offered it to this week’s winner.

Just the thing to enjoy, on a frosty winter day.

This week’s photo challenge comes courtesy of David Waldman.

It looks almost as old as Frost Point.

Is it? If you know, click “Comments” below.

Photo Challenge #159

Last week’s photo challenge took “06880” readers out of Saugatuck.

All the way to Easton.

That’s where the “Arrow” sign — an iconic symbol of the much-loved Nistico family restaurant, which began at the arrow-shaped corner of Franklin Street and Saugatuck Avenue, before moving around the corner for a long run — is today.

It hangs in Greiser’s, the deli/antiques/general (and really only) store in that nearby town.

After the Arrow closed — becoming first Jasmine, then the Blu Parrot, and opening soon as Mystic Market — the sign could be found at the Red Barn, the Nisticos’ other beloved restaurant.

When that closed, Greiser’s bought it. Congratulatons, Bob Stalling: Staples grad, Fairfield resident, and the only “06880” reader who recognized it from there. (Click here for the photo, and all comments.)

Meanwhile, in honor of all this frosty weather, today’s photo challenge is:

(Photo/Seth Schachter)

If you know where in Westport you’d find this — when it’s not covered in snow — click “Comments” below.

Photo Challenge #158

You’d think that with all the time we spend on the Post Road, we’d notice every building along the way.

Well, you’d think wrong.

Last week’s photo challenge was a great example. Bobbie Herman’s photo showed a place we’ve all passed — a lot — but only 7 readers knew where it was.

The decrepit, vine-covered building stands next to J&J Car Care (and not far from another equally wonderful repair shop, Vautrin Auto Works).

If that doesn’t help, try this: It’s basically across from the Westport Inn.

Morley Boyd says it’s the former Polish Club. (Who knew?)

But one thing no one answered: What’s up with the building today? That’s still a challenge for “06880” readers.

Besides Morley (who answered first), other observant winners include Seth Goltzer, Pete Powell, Rick Martin, Michael Calise, Elaine Martino and Nancy Powers Conklin. (Click here to see the photo, and all comments.)

Meanwhile, this week’s photo seems obvious:

(Photo/Jaime Bairaktaris)

It’s a sign from the old Arrow restaurant. Duh.

But here’s the challenge: Where does it hang today?

If you know, click “Comments” below.

Even if you don’t know — but have a great Arrow story or two — please join the conversation.

Photo Challenge #157

Last week’s photo challenged many “06880” readers. Diane Silfen was one. “I guess I spend way too much time in Saugatuck,” she wrote. “I need to get out more.”

If she does, she should head east on the Post Road. There — on the side of the building that once housed Swanky Frank’s, Woody’s and Dairy Queen, and is now the very popular Little Barn restaurant — hangs a wooden American flag.

Only Tom Ryan, Fred Cantor and Jonathan McClure knew where they’d seen it. Click here for Ed Simek’s photo, and the very few (hey, it was Christmas Eve!) comments.

Bobbie Herman took this week’s photo challenge. If you know where in Westport you can see it, click “Comments” below.

Hint: Bobbie says “it’s really decrepit.”

Photo Challenge #155

“06880” readers may not know how to spell “Sunny Daes.” *

But 34 of you — a record — knew that last week’s photo challenge can be found in a corner of that ice cream shop’s parking lot.

It’s been there a while. The photo showed part of an old Texaco sign. It belonged to King’s gas station — a fixture on Riverside Avenue for years, but now long gone. (Click here to see it.)

According to Bill Caldwell, the sign should have been “removed and destroyed as required by Texaco corporate requirements,” when the auto repair and service station left.

We’re glad it wasn’t. It’s a cool relic of a bygone era. And — judging by all the comments — plenty of people know it’s there.

Congrats to all the observant readers: Rich Stein, Seth Schachter, Linda Amos, Seth Goltzer, Ed Simek, Michael Calise, Grover Fitch, Marc Hartog, Tom Ryan, Bill Kiedaisch, Ralph Balducci, Martin Gitlin, Fred Cantor, Judith Ann Johnston, Seth Braunstein, Dana Brownell, Rosalie Kaye, Bobbie Herman, Mary Anne Liesner, Philip Delgado, Andrew Colabella, Mickey Herbst, James Weisz, Lynn Wilson, Erik Ostbye, Stephanie Ross, Rachel Halperin, Garrison Manne, Phil Rubin, Michael Traum, Robert Sohmer, Sue Kirby, Bill Caldwell and Christine Utter.

Now let’s see how you do this week:

(Photo/Peggy Lehn)

If you think you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

* “Sunny Daes” is supposedly a play on the word “Sundaes.” If you have to explain it to people, it probably doesn’t work.


Photo Challenge #154

In 1954, Aldous Huxley wrote “The Doors of Perception.” A dozen years later, Jim Morrison’s band took their name from that book.

Doors offer intriguing ways of seeing things. So does Lynn U. Miller’s camera — which provided last week’s photo challenge. (Click here to see it.)

The view through a door window — of a potted plant — was taken at Town Hall. Andrew Colabella, Susan Schmidt, Susan Lloyd and Stephanie Ehrman were able to recognize that where-have-I-seen-it-before? shot.

Wrong guesses included Earthplace and Greens Farms Elementary School.

Now we open the door to this week’s challenge.

(Photo/Mary Maynard)

If you think you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.