Today was a day for your favorite fall pursuit.
Westporters went apple picking, hiking and biking. We raked leaves, carved pumpkins, cheered on the soccer sidelines and played touch football.
One guy went fishing, at Sherwood Mill Pond. Nico Eisenberger was there, to capture one small but wonderful slice of autumn.
Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Nico Eisenberger)
Today’s weather is a washout.
But it’s been a magnificent fall in Westport — with the kind of foliage that we (especially realtors) dream about.
Alert “06880” photographer Andrew Colabella captured this magnificent scene just 2 days ago:
Expats: Eat your hearts out!
The wind picked up today — and
windsurfers kiteboarders headed to Compo.
Just another October 20 in Westport!
It’s the end of September. Fall is finally here. With work, school, the kids, shorter days, what have you, it’s not as easy to get to the beach as just a few weeks ago.
So Dana McCorvie brings Compo Beach to you.
She now lives in New Canaan. But she grew up here, and never lost her love for the shore.
She’s as busy as the rest of us — she’s written a children’s book, is finishing a screenplay, and has another business that helps clients find answers and solutions by listening.
She’s also a very talented photographer.
Here are 3 great shots she took on a recent early autumn day.
Actually, they’re timeless.
Hover over or click on to enlarge. (Photos/Dana McCorvie)
When this story was posted — at 10:20 a.m. — there was 1 minute of summer left. Autumn arrives at 10:21.
In honor of one of Westport’s 4 favorite seasons, “06880” photographer Andrew Colabella sent along these images. All were taken here, late in the day, throughout the summer.
Click on or hover over to enlarge. Enjoy! And don’t forget to mark your calendar.
Summer arrives on June 21, 2017. At 12:24 a.m.
Yesterday’s thunderstorm knocked down several tents at Compo Beach. Three people were injured.
Folks wondered if the damaged tents would force cancellation of Saturday’s Lobster Fest — a major fundraiser for the Westport Rotary Club, and the town’s 2nd-largest community beach party (after the fireworks).
Have no fear. Tie those bibs. The Rotary Club promises that Lobster Fest is “100% still on.”
The tents are being fixed today (and the hundreds of chairs underneath them righted). Supplies arrive tomorrow. The fresh lobsters will come moments before they’re devoured.
Also featured at the 5th annual event: Jeff Northrup’s Hummock Island oysters; Baxter Urist and Bill O’Brien’s Beaver Beer, live music and more. Over 1,200 seafood lovers are expected to attend.
Lobster Fest hopes to raise $75,000 for local, regional and international causes. The Westport Rotary Club does plenty of good, for plenty of folks. They’ve got a big tent, both figuratively and — now that it’s back up at the beach — literally.
The weather forecast for Saturday is clear, with a high of 76. Perfect lobster-eating weather!
(Lobster Fest is set for Saturday, Sept. 17, from 3-7 p.m. at Compo Beach. Click on www.westportrotary.org for more information, or to purchase tickets — they will not be sold after Friday. Parking is free for all attendees. )
September 11, 2001 was a spectacular late summer day. It turned dark — metaphorically — very quickly
September 11, 2016 dawned dark. Right now — meteorologically — it’s gorgeous.
Maria Calise captured this scene, earlier today at Compo Beach:
Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Maria Calise)
You’ve probably noticed that “06880” does not run a lot of sunset photos.
I leave those to another local website.
But Andrew Colabella captured tonight’s sunset beautifully.
It’s special for another reason: It’s the last one of the season.
Sure, the calendar says the 1st day of fall is September 22. Everyone here knows, though, that Labor Day puts the fork in summer.
Of course, whether you like sunset photos or not, this is a lot better than the one I thought we might have to run today.
You know: the one of floods, fallen trees and downed wires due to Hurricane Hermine.
Right now, Hurricane Hermine* will probably bring tidal surges and wind — but no rain — to Westport.
Earlier today — with the sky clear and the wind light — Giles Goodburn and Simon Hughes prepared for the storm by training for a triathlon at Compo Beach. Hopefully the sand and shore will look like that later this week.
*What kind of name is that? It sounds like one of the winter storms the Weather Channel dreamed up.
Nope — they’re not open!
According to alert “06880” reader Rich Stein, earlier today every Main Street shop had its doors shut tight.
The air conditioning was kept in. And customers kept cool.