Tag Archives: Compo Beach

Pic Of The Day #13

Joey’s by the Shore, at night. (Photo copyright Lynn U. Miller)

Loving Compo

Love was in the air — and on the sand and the boardwalk — yesterday at Compo.

Alert “06880” photographer Lynn U. Miller was there to capture it, in all its many-splendored forms.

(Photos/Lynn U. Miller)

Pic Of The Day #2

Good bones at the beach. (Photo copyright Lynn U. Miller)

Happy Easter!

I can’t believe anyone had Easter dinner today.

Everyone was at the beach.

The best weather of the year drew enormous crowds of all ages to the playground:

Joey Romeo was everywhere — as usual — making sure his snack bar served everyone:

But the biggest attraction was a kitesurfer. For at least 2 hours, this guy whipped through the waves. He leaped 20 feet in the air. He circled far out, then zoomed close to land.

That dude has amazing upper body strength, great balance, and a sailor’s sense of the wind.

Thanks for the show!

Compo: Dogs Out, People In

It’s an annual rite of spring: Starting April 1, dogs can no longer roam Compo Beach.

But humans were out in force this afternoon — the first nice Sunday in a while.

Rain is forecast for much of the coming week. But next Sunday should be gorgeous again.

While everyone else enjoyed the beach, Kings Highway Workshop participants helped clean up Compo. A few of the two dozen volunteers posed with their teacher, Priscilla Jones. Then they went right back to work.

Eleanor Carter helped organize the Kings Highway cleanup cleanup. She took care of the jetty.

Joey’s by the Shore was open, and packed — a sure sign of spring (and summer) (fall too).

The playground was a perfect place to (duh) play.

What better place to show off your old car than Compo?

No dogs allowed. Birds are always welcome.

Photo Challenge #118

Westporters love Compo Beach.

We love its boardwalk, marina, playground, pavilion, seawall and its outdoor showers.

When “06880” readers saw Lynn U. Miller’s photo challenge last week — a smiley face drawn in concrete (click here to see)– they were pretty sure it was taken at the beach.

But they guessed every place above. And every guess was wrong.

Finally — 9 hours — Nancy Hunter nailed it, on her final try:

The cannons.

The face can be seen at the base of the cannons, facing the water. Lynn says it’s been there a while.

But it took almost an entire day for Westporters to get the correct answer.

And the one who got it lives a continent away, in British Columbia.

This week’s challenge seems obvious. The postcard says it right there: Main Street, Saugatuck.

(Postcard courtesy of Seth Schachter)

Wait! There’s no “Main Street” in Saugatuck!

But the postcard is correct. If you can identify the scene above, click “Comments” below.

Serene Scene

Today’s snow was as nice as any in mid-March can be.

It was lovely. It was light. The roads were warm enough to melt it instantly. Kids got a day off from school. (Bonus: A 3-day weekend.)

Alert “06880” photographer Andrew Colabella captured this gorgeous Compo Beach scene:

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)

Spring is right around the corner. Daylight Savings starts tomorrow night. (Turn those clocks forward!)

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Temperatures will plunge to the mid-teens tonight. It will be c-c-c-cold all weekend.

Snow arrives Monday night. It may snow all day Tuesday, and linger Wednesday. Winds will blow up to 40 miles and hour.

You know how happy we were with that mild winter?

Damn.

Giving Thanks For What We’ve Got

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Irene Penny)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Irene Penny)

Compo Marina: Then And Now

In the wake of my recent “06880” post about the upcoming Compo Beach marina dredging project — specifically, who should pay for it — plenty of folks weighed in (on both sides of the issue).

The 50-plus comments included several from long-time and once-upon-a-time slip owners. Some recalled an era before permanent docks, when you did not have to wait several years for a mooring permit.

Now, alert reader Matt Murray sends along this fascinating aerial photo:

compo-marina-aerial-1965-rp-lentini

Click on or hover over to enlarge.

The shot — taken by R.P. Lentini in 1965 – shows a much less crowded basin, for sure. And yes, owners had to toot horns to be ferried from their boat to the dock.

But there are some other interesting items too, which you can see clearly if you hover over the photo or click on to enlarge.

Chubby Lane’s concession stand sits where the volleyball courts are today.

To the south of Chubby’s and the pavilion are the old (and very scary) wooden bathhouses.

But what are those two rectangular things in the bottom of the photo, near the west end of the circular drive?

And — most importantly — why was there no one at the beach?

It’s mid-summer; the trees are full. But there are just a couple of cars, and no one on the sand.

It’s hard to tell from the photo. Perhaps it was taken just after a thunderstorm.

Or maybe no one went to Compo in the summer of ’65?

A much more recent shot of the Compo Beach Ned Dimes Marina.

A much more recent shot of the Compo Beach Ned Dimes Marina.

So Long, 2016!

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)