Alert “06880” reader Wendy Crowther was driving down the Post Road a couple of days ago. Suddenly, across from Green’s Farms Elementary School, she spotted a decidedly un-Westport scene: Kowalsky’s creche. Here’s her story:
The manger scene is now set up on the front lawn of Kowalsky’s headquarters, complete with live sheep. I’ve always especially loved the addition of the dyed-in-the-wool livestock.
In these days, when everyone is careful about how to acknowledge the holidays in ways that don’t offend any one else’s beliefs, I think it’s kinda cool that the Kowalskys are unabashed about what Christmas is really about — its religious roots, rather than its Santa heritage.
I also have to admit that I worry about the sheep – do they sleep there overnight, or do they go home to their own “crib.” Also, even though they’ve got wool coats on, are they okay on a day like this with gale force winds, and temperatures below freezing?
I’m sure the Kowalskys are well-informed on the topic of animal husbandry — their little farm on Morningside was a favorite petting place for local kids (I think someone else leases that farm now and cares for the animals). Anyway, I’m sure the sheep in the manger scene are just fine.
Though I wonder if one has ever escaped by mistake?
I also wonder if anyone has ever stolen the Kowalsky’s baby Jesus from themanger scene? (It happens in other towns.)
It would be fun to know how the Kowalkys started this tradition, and how Westporters have reacted to it over the years.
There you have it: The Nativity scene, in Westport blog form. A far nicer story than Tina Dragone and her anti-Goodwill screed, that’s for sure.