The sign at the Stop & Shop entrance says masks are required for entrance.
A young boy was not wearing one. A shopper asked his mother why not.
“Mind your f—- business,” the mother replied.
“This is a public store with a sign in front mandating a mask,” the first shopper said.
“Mind your f—ing business,” the boy’s mom repeated.
It escalated from there, says Jo Ann Miller, who saw the whole thing.
When the mini-drama was over — and the manager said masks were not, in fact, mandate — he was asked, “Why not take down the sign?”
“Good point,” he said.
Two days later, the sign was still there.
Speaking of shopping: Shop local! In fact, shop Local to Market!
Need a nudge to head to the food/gifts/and more store on Main Street at Parker Harding Plaza? Here’s what they’ve got:
This Saturday (December 11, 1 to 4 p.m.), Sam from Locavore Kitchens will have artisanal shortbread cookies to taste (and buy). Luke Molina — like Sam, from Westport — will play guitar. And there’s a 10% discount all day, in honor of the 4 to 7 p.m. Holiday Stroll.
Next Saturday (December 18, 2 to 5 p.m.), Netown’s Neviana’s winery is on hand for the Market’s first “Sip & Shop.” Plus, Luke Molina returns with his guitar.
The next day (Sunday, December 19, 1 to 4 p.m.) there’s more wines. These are from Stappa Vineyards in Orange. Jim Saxon provides musical entertainment. Santa will show up too, from 12:30 to 2.
Every day through December 17, orders are taken for Michele’s Pies (apple, apple crumb, pecan and chocolate bourbon pecan). Delivery (at Local to Market) is midday December 22.
Oh yeah: Local to Market also sells art, created by members of the Artists Collective of Westport. The current show features works by Nina Bentley, Miggs Burroughs, Louise Cadoux, Lynn Carlson, Susan Fehliinger, Jane Gilman Fleischner, Holly Hawthorn, Amy Kaplan, Julie Leff, Fruma Markowitz, Guy Phillips. Katherine Ross and Lee Walther.
It doesn’t get more local than that!
Just across the street from Local to Market, George Billis Gallery hosts an opening reception this Saturday (4 to 6:30 p.m.) for their newest exhibition.
Featured artists include Connie Connally. Shivani Dugar, Glen Hacker, Abby Modell and Leslie Lewis Sigler. Click below for a video of Sigler creating her paintings.
It wasn’t much: an early evening dusting.
But yesterday’s snowfall was just enough to make us realize that winter is pretty much here.
We’ll take scenes like this one (near Compo Beach) any day. From now until late February, anyway.
Yesterday’s “06880” Unsung Heroes were FedEx, UPS and other deliverypersons.
Of course, not every delivery goes as planned. Jeanine Esposito sent this photo:
She writes: “Given the stories of late deliveries and drivers going rogue, we were curious to see this U-Haul truck parked in the Imperial Avenue lot. Its entire contents were spread around the parking lot, including packages marked Zappos, Away, and other retail and online outlets.
“A person sat on the passenger side looking relaxed and texting, but there was no sign of a driver. I’m not sure what’s up, but would love to know if there’s a story there.”
When Jonathan Greenfield died after an inspiring struggle against ALS, his many friends mourned.
But the multi-talented Westporter lives on.
His wife Iris Netzer Greenfield and her amazing team created a table book, capturing Jonathan’s life in photographs. His photographs.
Among Jonathan’s many accomplishments, he was a documentary-style photographer. His works “bring to life the juxtaposition of darkness and controversy, flecked with humor and surprise.
All proceeds benefit Breathe 4 ALS. The foundation — set up by Jonathan and iris — supports research efforts for genetic ALS, provides Wim Hof breathing method trainings, and leads in ALS activism.
The book comes in platinum, gold, silver and hardcover editions. Click here to order. (NOTE: The site loads slowly. Be patient!)
Christmas is 2 weeks away. New Year’s follows a week later.
Which means Martin Luther King Day is not far behind.
On Sunday, January 16 (3 p.m.), Dr. King’s life will be celebrated at the Westport Library by Heather McGhee. She’s the author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together; her TED talk, “Racism Has a Cost for Everone” reached 1 million views in just 2 months.
The free event is co-sponsored by the Library, Westport Country Playhouse, TEAM Westport, Westport/Weston Interfaith Council and the Westport/Weston Interfaith Clergy.
The program also features a recital by the Bridgeport Boys Choir, and a dance performed by the Regional Center for the Arts.
To register for either the in-person event or the livestream, click here.
Congratulations to Westport’s 12-year old karting racer Vivek Kanthan.
He is the 2021 SuperKarts USA SuperNationals XXIV Vice Champion. Vivek competed in the “Super Bowl” of competitive national kart races recently in las Vegas.
This year Vivek moved up a racing category, to the Mini Swift Race category for 10-13-year-olds. He reached speeds up to 70 miles an hour.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a good “Westport … Naturally” praying mantis photo.
This shot of Connecticut’s state insect (!) comes courtesy of Jonathan Prager.
And finally … Donny Osmond turns 64 years old today. It seems like just yesterday when those were the sweet and innocent, puppy love days.