Category Archives: Saugatuck

Pic Of The Day #1004

Sunset over Saugatuck (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)

Unsung Heroes #131

The other day, Saugatuck Rowing Club marketing director Diana Kuen noticed there are a lot of kids in the youth program — but very few teachers.

She figured one reason might be cost.

That’s an easy solve. So now the Riverside Avenue facility — which includes a state-of-the-art fitness center — offers half-price off memberships.

But Kuen did not stop there. She realized there are other town employees to honor too. So the Saugatuck Rowing Club offer is extended to Westport police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders.

Best of all: This is not a one-shot, take-advantage-of-the-January-slump kind of deal. It’s good all the time, all year long.

The Saugatuck Rowing Club wins plenty of trophies on the water. Now they’re winners on land too.

Saugatuck Rowing Club (Drone photo/Ward French)

Pic Of The Day #1000

Nearly 3 years ago — on April 17, 2017 — “06880” introduced a new feature: Pic of the Day.

Here’s what I wrote:

Let’s give a hearty welcome to the latest member of our online community: the Pic of the Day.

Every night around 9 p.m., I’ll send out an image of Westport. The photos will be recognizable and relatable. Some will be artistic; others whimsical or surprising. One might have cool angles or shapes; the next might make you look at a familiar scene in a different way.

All will be cool. None will be more than a few days old.

There won’t be any text, beyond a caption and photo credit. The plan is to provide a quick snapshot of Westport for you, before bed (or first thing in the morning). [NOTE: That rule is not hard and fast. Sometimes there is text. Like today.]

Any image anywhere in town is fair game. However, I’ll stay away from sunsets. That’s WestportNow’s specialty! [NOTE: I break that rule occasionally too!]

Lynn U. Miller — Westport native, longtime friend and very talented photographer — will provide many of the shots. (She also came up with the superbly punning “Pic of the Day” name.)

But I’ll also rely on a stable of other fine photographers, like John Videler, Amy Schneider and Katherine Bruan.

And you. If you’ve got a photo you think would work for this feature, send it along: dwoog@optonline.net.

So here — without further ado — is “06880”‘s very first Pic of the Day. Enjoy!

The very first Pic of the Day: behind the Black Duck, on the Saugatuck River (Photo copyright Lynn U. Miller)

New Parking Spots Ease Railroad Station Crunch

It’s easy to commute on auto-pilot. But over the past few months, alert commuters have noticed activity at the west end of the Greens Farms railroad station.

Workers cleared brush, and removed old equipment. “06880” reader Scott Smith figured they were creating a staging area for the forthcoming replacement of the Beachside Avenue bridge.

But now there are new, striped spaces. The addition to the lot looks permanent.

New parking spaces at the Greens Farms railroad station.

It is.

Police chief Foti Koskinas — whose department oversees railroad parking operations and facilities — says that while part of that area will indeed be staging. the town has added 54 new parking spots there. Twenty-four are for permit holders; 30 are for daily parkers.

Koskinas says the town took advantage of the upcoming bridge work to add to their long-term lease with the state.

The new parking spaces will be available later this coming week. For safety reasons, the Police Department is waiting until permanent lights are installed.

Another angle showing the new spots. This view is looking east. (Photos/Scott Smith)

Greens Farms is not the only rail station in town with added parking. Koskinas says that 17 new permit-only spots have been added on Franklin Street, near Lot 7 (the one just north of the I-95 overpass) and Lot 3 (the big lot on Ferry Lane, south of the tracks).

Feedback from commuters has been great, Koskinas says. And that’s just from those who were alert enough to notice them.

(Click here for a map of the all parking lots at the Saugatuck train station.)

Pic Of The Day #999

Saugatuck River, seen from the Saugatuck Rowing Club (Photo/Nathalie Jacob)

Menu Moments: What To Eat At Tarantino

With Mario’s gone, Tarantino is the train station’s go-to restaurant. It’s worthy of its Saugatuck location: They grow their own olives in Italy, to bottle their own oil. (But this is 2020. They also offer gluten-free and whole wheat pasta.)

Here are some healthy dining picks at the Railroad Place favorite, from Westport-based nutritionist Heather Bauer.

Vegetarians

Appetizers

  • Di barbabietola (beet/goat cheese salad)
  • Tricolore salad

Entrees

  • Caprese di bufala (buffalo mozzarella and tomato)
  • Grilled eggplant parmesan (not breaded). NOTE: This is not on the menu, but they will make it upon special request.

Sides:

  • Add broccoli rabe, wild mushrooms or spinach with either entree

Tarantino, across from the train station.

Fish Lovers

Appetizers

  • Di barbabietola (beet/goat cheese salad)
  • Tricolore salad

Entrees

Note: If you are sharing a few appetizers and want a lighter dinner, consider choosing a second appetizer for dinner with a side vegetable.

  • Grilled calamari
  • Octopus carpaccio with arugula
  • Tuna tartare
  • Plain grilled salmon with your choice of veggies on the side
  • Swordfish (ask for sauce on the side)
  • Zuppa Di Aragosta (the mussels take time to get through, but they’re worth it)

Carnivores

Appetizers

  • Caesar salad (no croutons; ask for dressing on the side)
  • Tricolore salad
  • Caprese

Entrees

  • Beef carpaccio plus 1-2 shared side veggies
  • Pollo Margherita (request without brandy cream sauce)
  • Veal Milanese (ask for this grilled, not breaded)

Pic Of The Day #989

Not quite the ball dropping at Times Square — but the marina behind the old Saugatuck post office, by the railroad station (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Pic Of The Day #982

William F. Cribari Bridge from the air … (Drone photo/John Videler for Videler Photography)

… and on the ground (Photo/Jaime Bairaktaris)

A Carol Crawl Through Saugatuck

The Staples Orphenians can’t do pub crawls.

They’re still in high school.

So this Saturday (December 21) they’ll do the next best — no, an even better — thing:

A Caroling Crawl.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., some of our town’s finest singers will entertain diners in Saugatuck.

A scene from last year’s Caroling Crawl.

They start at the Boathouse. Then it’s on to Parker Mansion, Kawa Ni, The Whelk, Tutti’s and the Black Duck.

The 6 — Claire Baylis, Brody Braunstein, Maddy Fass, Anna Maria Fernandez, Courtney Hoile and Tomaso Scotti — head next to Tarantino, Harvest, Romanacci Express and Tarry Lodge, before ending at Match Burger Lobster, Rizzuto’s, Viva Zapata and Dunville’s.

The 2nd annual Orphenians event is sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. It’s part of their “Eat Local” campaign.

But no matter what you order at any of those 14 restaurants on Saturday, the Orphenians are icing on the cake.

Pic Of The Day #970

“Sweet” moon over the Saugatuck (Photo/Judy Auber Jahnel)