Kelly Spearen has always loved working with his hands.
During his years at Bedford Junior High and Staples High School, he spent time with carpenters. He was accepted to helicopter and airborne Ranger school. In 1975 he joined Westport Center Service, and as general manager built its automotive department from scratch.
In the 1980s he got into metalworking. His wrought-iron hardware pieces were bought by L.L. Bean and Stew Leonard’s.
Kelly then created bigger sculptures. A private customer bought his 22-foot Eiffel Tower. Another purchased a giant question mark. With the advent of Facebook, he found customers as far away as California and Germany.
Many of his works can be found in front and back yards all over Westport.
Kelly recently had neck surgery. His many friends and fans wish him a speedy recovery. (Hat tip: Carl Addison Swanson)
La Plage is more popular than ever.
Now there are even more options to dine there.
The Longshore restaurant has expanded to 7 days a week. Lunch is served weekdays from noon to 2:30 p.m., with brunch on weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is weekdays from 4 to 10 p.m., weekends from 4 to 11 p.m.
On Mother’s Day (May 14, noon to 7 p.m.), chef Frederic Kleffer will offer a 3-course prix fixe menu, showcasing New England coastal cuisine. It’s $85 per person, $45 for young adults. Click here for reservations, or call 203-684-6232.
And don’t forget: The “Restaurants” tab at the top and side of the “06880” home page offers quick links to a variety of Westport restaurants.
Driving around Westport, we see all kinds of regulars: the woman who rollerblades along Greens Farms Road without a helmet or pads, oblivious to traffic. The young guy on the Post Road, who pops wheelies on his bike.
They’ve been joined recently by this guy. He works out very intently on the sidewalks and crosswalks of downtown.
If you haven’t seen him yet: Just wait. You will.
Melissa Crouch Chang describes today’s “Westport … Naturally” image as “Something in my backyard in the cherry/plum family.”
Call it what you will … it’s gorgeous!
And finally … believe it or not, tomorrow is International Louie Louie Day.
It honors one of the most famous/infamous songs in rock ‘n’ roll history (and is the birthday of composer Richard Berry).
As for the lyrics … well, you’re on your own.
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