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: email@example.com.
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)
Yesterday — in a post about Staples High School’s sports mascot — I said I was pretty positive there’s no other team in the country with our nickname: the Wreckers.
No one disagreed.
But Pete Aitkin knows of one school that — many years ago — was also the Wreckers.
Key West High.
The owner of the Black Duck is also a noted speedboat racer. He’s been to Key West many times.
Their original “Wreckers” nickname came, he says, from the long-ago practice of stringing fake lights, to lure unsuspecting cargo ships onto reefs. Locals would then swarm the wrecks, and loot them.
A while ago though, they changed their name. Key West High — which sounds like a pretty chill place — is now the home of the Conchs.
The name — and the mascot — do not instill “nearly as much fear in opponents as the mean-looking Wrecker,” Aitkin notes.
The reason for yesterday’s post was the antiquated — but still occasional – use of “Lady Wreckers” when referring to girls teams.
Several commenters wrote that once upon a time, the term was “Wreckerettes.”
Down in Key West, the cheerleaders are still called the “Conchettes.”
That’s not a great sports name. Perhaps, though, Jimmy Buffett could use it for his backup singers.
One view of the Duck …
… and another (Photos/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)
Minutes ago, the Black Duck — the legendary Saugatuck dive/burger/karaoke bar — posted this notice on their Facebook page:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce our closing. We’ve had an amazing 40 years here in Saugatuck/Westport… and we are grateful for every friend we’ve had the pleasure to serve and entertain along the way. We will be closed Thu. 11/1, and Fri. 11/2, but we WILL BE OPEN on SAT. 11/3, and SUN. 11/4 – to say good-bye. Let’s go out with a REAL BANG!
Westport will never be the same.
(Photo/Chou Chou Merrill)
(Photo by John Kantor)
(Photo/Lynn U. Miller)
(Hat tips: Terry Brannigan and Meredith McBride)
Behind the Black Duck: a duck (Photo/Mark Ritter)
If you’re a true Westporter, you’ll know the significance of this post.
If you’re not — well, go back to your hipster microbrew.
This afternoon, Mike “Wolffie” Connors posted on Facebook:
I am proud and happy to announce that I am starting a new beginning. I am no longer working at the Black Duck Cafe.
Please join me for my first Saturday shift for lunch at Bogey’s Grille & Tap Room (2 Wilton Avenue in Norwalk).
Great food, lots of TV’s and just a great fun place. Hope to see you there.
Mike “Wolffie” Connors
Bonus fun fact: Bogey’s general manager is Richard Nistico — formerly of the Red Barn.