Category Archives: Photo Challenge

Photo Challenge #393

There are lots of concrete and brick-lined staircases in Westport — near elementary schools, by the old library, by Patagonia, by for example.

There are even 2 in Playhouse Square. One leads from the parking lot to Salsa Fresca.

That was close to the correct answer to last week’s Photo Challenge.

The actual one was the much less used (and visible) stairway: the one to the left of Granola Bar, leading to the gym and offices underneath the shopping center (and the back of Quality Towing).

Eric Bosch, Diane Bosch, Morgan Smith and Patricia Blaufuss were the 4 readers who knew exactly where last week’s Photo Challenge was located. Click here to see.

This week’s Challenge should be familiar. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Maggie Rahe)

Photo Challenge #391

Since opening in the middle of the pandemic, The Porch @ Christie’s has become exactly what owners Bill and Andrea Pecoriello envisioned: a worthy successor to the long-lived market/deli on Cross Highway.

Also: place for people with disabilities to learn skills, and work.

And a gathering spot for friends.

Which is why a sign saying “Friends” hangs proudly on the back wall, near the fireplace.

Andrew Colabella, Lynn Untermeyer Miller, Barbara Greenspan, Cia Marion, Martin Gitlin and Paul Cahill all knew exactly where to find last week’s Photo Challenge. Click here to see — then head over yourself, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, ice cream or sweets.

But first, check out this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d find this charging station, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Les Dinkin)


Photo Challenge #389

Fred Born died.

Then his son donated a flagpole in his memory to the Senior Center.

A plaque at the base describes the longtime member as a “boatsman, machinist, story teller and Gentleman with a never-ending smile.”

It’s a wonderful plaque. However, no one ever sees it.

The only “06880” reader to correctly identify last week’s Photo Challenge was Susan Pfister. And she should know: She’s the director of the Senior Center. (Click here for the image; scroll down for the several wrong guesses.)

For this week’s challenge, you have to look up — not down. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

NOTE: It’s not obscure. You just have to know where to look.

(Photo/Sally Galan)

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Photo Challenge #388

Saugatuck Congregational Church occupies an important place in Westport — not only spiritually, but historically and geographically.

It was where our town began — literally. Meetings to form “Westport” — separate from Norwalk, Wilton, Weston and Fairfield, each of which we were once part of — took place there in the 1830s.

The church was originally located diagonally across the street, where the bank and Shell station are now. It was moved across the Post Road in 1950 (on logs!) in 1950, an event commemorated in Life magazine.

Now, the broad lawn a few yards from Myrtle Avenue and downtown marks it as a quintessential New England church. It’s a perfect spot for things like a healing labyrinth, and the Blessing of the Animals.

It’s also where a pair of angel wings stand. The original idea, Lois Himes notes, was for people to stand in front of the wings for a photo, then “go forth and do God’s work by being an angel.” (Click here to see.)

The wings were the subject of last week’s Photo Challenge. Lois identified Nancy Engel’s image correctly. So did Diane Bosch, Susan Iseman, Jenny Rago McCarthy, Janice Strizever, Jalna Jaeger, Karen Kim, Lynn Wilson, Joelle Malec, Susan Miller and (the lone male) Eugene C. Gavin. Congratulations to all!

This week’s Challenge involves Fred Born (who, like everyone who is born, eventually died). Do you know where his plaque is? And if so, can you tell us more about him (beyond his talents as a boater, machinist and storyteller)? Just click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)

Photo Challenge #387

It’s been — according to Kenneth Gilbertie — “the Bottle Shop liquor store, a barber shop, a Tiffany Lamp store (in reality a front for illegal drugs), Soup’s On kitchen for many years, then (Cabbages & Kings’) caterers’ kitchen. Now it’s just a ghost store.”

It was described, variously, as opposite Franklin Street, opposite Westport Chinese Takeout, and — by the always accurate Gloria Gouveia — “56 Saugatuck Avenue.”

The “little shop built into the hillside by Exit 17” (Clark Thiemann) was also last week’s Photo Challenge.

It’s all of that, and more. For example, it’s one of the most familiar, most abandoned, and most wondered about eyesore in town. When traffic backs up on Saugatuck Avenue, drivers get a long time to look at it. (You can too: Click here for Kevin McCaul’s photo.)

Besides the names noted above, readers who knew exactly where this was include Monika Lazaro, Leah Nash, Ralph Balducci, Fred Cantor, Jonathan McClure, Andrew Colabella, Stephanie Ross and John Lisee.

Here’s this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Nancy Engel)

Photo Challenge #386

Seth Schachter’s industrial-looking photo stumped all but one reader last week.

There are not many steel girders visible in Westport. Good guesses included the train station elevator shaft and tracks, Urban Outfitters, and construction at the Bankside condos and Main Street.

Only Andrew Colabella recognized the beams as part of Anthropologie. They’re remnants of the old YMCA, which stood on that downtown site from 1923 until the early 2010s. Click here to see.

You have to get up very early to fool Andrew. Will he (or you) get this week’s Photo Challenge?

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

(Photo/Kevin McCaul)

Photo Challenge #385

A caduceus is an ancient symbol, showing 1 or 2 snakes winding around a winged staff. It is used for medicine, despite its much earlier association with liars, thieves and alchemy.

Veterinarians don’t usually treat snakes (or lie, steal or deal in alchemy). But a caduceus hangs near the front door of Westport Animal Hospital, on the Post Road near the Sherwood Island Connector.

That sign was last week’s Photo Challenge. (Click here to see.) Will Gibson, Jonathan Prager, Amy Schneider and Joyce Barnhart all knew exactly where it is.

Here’s this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see it, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Seth Schachter)

Photo Challenge #384

Whatever goes around, comes around.

Westporters have watched for months, as the former Barnes & Noble on the Post Road is transformed into an Amazon Fresh grocery store.

The mid-gut interior was the subject of last week’s Photo Challenge. Fred Cantor, Will Gibson, Elaine Marino, Lynn Untermeyer Miller, Bobbie Herman, Clark Thiemann, June Rose Whittaker, Brooks Sumberg and Barbara Phillips all quickly identified Betsy Pollak’s photo. (Click here to see.)

Lynn added this great factoid: The site of a future supermarket started out — before Barnes & Noble — as a Waldbaum’s.

Meanwhile, who remembers that this Post Road location was actually the second for Barnes & Noble? The bookstore’s first Westport outlet was less than a mile east, in the space currently occupied by Bev Max.

Before that, it was a Pier One. And — waaaaay earlier — it was a bowling alley.

Unlike Amazon Fresh, that space is unlikely to return to its original roots.

Here’s today’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see this intriguing sight, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)



Photo Challenge #383

The Westport Library’s logo is familiar — and flexible.

The ellipsis promises “more to come… .” It shows up in many elements of the new building (including the Forum clock — check it out the next time you’re there).

The three dots also appear near the lower entrance. That was last week’s Photo Challenge (click here to see). It was quickly and correctly identified by Andrew Colabella, Lynn Untermeyer Miller, Robert Mitchell, Seth Schachter, Suzanne Warner Raboy, Barbara Durham and Michael Turin. All win a free library card 🙂

This week’s Photo Challenge is a bit different. If you know where in Westport you could see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Betsy Pollak)

Photo Challenge #382

No, last week’s challenge was not fair.

But as everyone from Bill Gates to your mother has said, life is not fair. Get used to it.

Lisa Tantillo’s image of a handsome window, framed by ivy over a bed of tulips, did not look familiar to most readers. (Click here for the photo.)

A few hours later, I gave a hint: Think way outside the box.

John McCarthy did. “Mrs. O’Brian’s house in Westport, Ireland,” he guessed.

Sure and begorrah, he was right.

Well, about Ireland anyway. I’m not sure where the photo was taken, other than in our hometown’s namesake in County Mayo.

“My mother would be proud,” he said, without noting whether or not Mrs. McCarthy is actually from Westport, Ireland.

Matt Murray wrote: “15 yard penalty for illegal use of location, plus a first down.” I challenged him to translate that into Gaelic football.

And while Doris Levinson did not know exactly where the photo was taken — hey, I just said, “Where in Westport would you see this?” — she was sure that it didn’t look like our town. “Deer love tulips,” she wrote, “so they’d be long gone.”

I think this week’s Photo Challenge is easier. If you know where in Westport  — Westport, Connecticut — you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)