The Yankee Doodle Fair is back.
The event — a decades-long herald of the end of school — was missing from the June calendar for 2 years, due to COVID.
It returned last September. Now it’s back in its familiar slot: This Thursday and Friday (6 to 10 p.m.), Saturday (1 to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (1 to 5 p.m.), at the Westport Woman’s Club on Imperial Avenue.
Also familiar: the Yankee Doodle Fair logo.
What most Westporters don’t know is that the carousel horse was designed more than 30 years ago by Angela Mata. Her mother chaired the event, for the sponsoring Westport Woman’s Club.
Growing up here, she was an avid fairgoer. She graduated from Staples High School, returned here, brought her own children — and is now a well-respected art teacher, at her alma mater.
Like the carousel on Angela’s logo, whatever goes around, comes around.
Also back, after a pandemic break: Westport Parks & Recreation’s men’s summer basketball league, at Compo Beach.
The popular weeknight event runs for 8 weeks (June 20 to August 16). Teams can have a maximum of 15 players.
Games are Mondays and Tuesdays, at 7 and 8 p.m. The fee is $900 per team. To register or for more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of (much younger) sports:
The Twins won the Westport Baseball “A” League (3rd grade) championship last weekend. Congrats, guys!
in 2019, Felicia Catale — a long-time hair stylist in Westport (Tony’s, Karen & Frank’s, Austin Rolfe) — opened her own salon in Nash’s Plaza on Post Road West.
That first year was busy. She worked long hours, on hair and also the business end.
Then came COVID. She scrambled to serve customers, and keep her salon alive.
Finally, the pandemic is easing. She’s back welcoming customers.
Finally too, she had a chance for an official “grand opening.”
A small ceremony — with the big, official ribbon-cutting scissors — was held yesterday. She welcomed her guests — and then, in another long-delayed event, she threw a party for last fall’s Staples High School boys soccer team.
“06880” would say “welcome to Westport,” Felicia. But you’ve been here all along.
Yesterday’s “06880” Roundup included a photo of “Rev. Hezekiah Ripley.” The long-ago, long-serving Green’s Farms Church pastor showed up (looking very much like a 21st-century Westporter wearing a costume) at Sunday’s rededication service. The 1789 church on Hillandale Road has undergone an extensive renovation.
Rev. Ripley was not the only dignitary taking part in the festivities. Senator Richard Blumenthal was there too, watching former 1st Selectman Jim Marpe cut the ceremonial ribbon. A Green’s Farms parishioner, he was standing in for 1st Selectwoman Jen Tooker, who was out of town.
Also this past weekend: Norwalk’s Copps Island Oysters was the place to be. A sold-out event raised important funds for Harbor Watch, the clean water research program of Earthplace.
Scientists provide data and field expertise to safeguard Connecticut waterways, educate residents about watershed issues, and train volunteers and student interns through hands-on research.
Plus, the oysters were delicious!
Temple Israel’s first “Shabbat on the Beach” of the season is also the synagogue’s “Pride Shabbat.”
Temple officials say: “Together, we will send our clear message of love and acceptance for ‘kol yoshvei tevel’ — all who dwell on earth. BYO beach chairs and rainbows!”
A Westport beach pass is not necessary. Tell the gate attendant you’re part of the Temple Israel service.
Speaking of Pride Month: The lineup is set for this Friday’s Pride Cabaret at the Westport Library.
Comedian/activist Mina Hartong hosts Marvin Pittman, Sarah Ferro, Julie Loyd, Danielle Poyser and Staples High School senior Ellery Bodell.
Doors open on June 17 at 6:15 p.m. for cocktails, and mingling with local LGBTQ+ organization. The show begins at 7 p.m.
Sure, bunnies are supposed to hop (and reproduce).
But this one stood still long enough for Jamie Walsh to snap a great “Westport … Naturally” close-up.
And finally … today is Flag Day. Long may she wave, proudly and brave!
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