The Westport Weston Family YMCA’s Mahackeno Outdoor Center opens for members this weekend. Activities include 2 playgrounds, a large sports field, basketball court, dodgeball pit, walking trails, pavilions and (from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday), giant slides.
Coming soon: sports programs (registration begins April 3), canoeing, archery, pool and splash pad (after May 1), bouldering wall, fishing, outdoor group fitness classes and more.
Click here for more information.
A great local non-profit needs someone to finish a WordPress website redesign and upgrade.
The person in charge has had to stop for personal reasons, but can explain intent, purpose and what needs to be done. The project is 90% complete, and pays “a bit.”
Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Circolo Italiano — Staples’ Italian Club — has a unique way to raise funds for Centro La Tenda, a community center in Napoli that helps at-risk youth.
This is no pizza sale. Next Wednesday (March 17, 1 p.m.), they host an interactive, virtual (and worldwide — play from anywhere) trivia competition.
The cost is $3 per player, with up to 5 players per team. Venmo @StellaCorenthal, with the name of your team and all members. There are prizes for winners. A Zoom link will be sent.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
BONUS TRIVIA FACT: The word “trivia: comes from the Latin “trivialis,” meaning “found everywhere, commonplace.”
19 Soundview Drive is one of the oldest original — aka “un-renovated” — homes on the beach exit road. A “Demolition” sign hangs prominently by the front porch.
But right next to the sign, a workman was busy yesterday painting the brown shingles white.
Gotta look good for that wrecking ball, right?
Meanwhile, teardown season is in full “swing.” This was the scene around the corner yesterday, at 320 Compo Road South, just east of Bradley Street:
Also in season: Spring!
Here’s Whitney Street yesterday:
Don’t forget: Turn your clocks ahead Saturday night. Losing an hour of sleep for more of these scenes will be worth it!
And finally … Happy 75th birthday, Liza Minelli!
Years ago, alert “06880” reader/nature-and-lifestyle photographer Stacy Bass had an idea: For the next year, she’d take and share an image of whatever she happened to be doing at noon that day.
It was, she admits, “crazy and stupid.” The project lasted exactly 2 days.
Now, Stacy’s back. Her new idea is much more workable — and beautiful.
She was inspired by Kerry Long. Stacy’s friend and fellow photographer worked on her own 365-day project, shooting images of her young daughter Lucy. Kerry’s photos were “outstanding, stunning and wonderfully composed,” Stacy says.
Her own children — much older than Lucy — “would not be nearly as cooperative,” Stacy notes. Nor are portraits her specialty.
Stacy wondered what subject matter would keep her interested and motivated every single day, for a year.
Suddenly she knew.
Though she photographs flowers regularly, as part of garden shoots for magazines and private clients — check out her great Gardens at First Light book — Stacy knew she’d have to stay focused (ho ho) for a long time to find, take and share an image each day.
But she wanted to try.
Vacationing on Nantucket with her family last summer, she began.
Nantucket bloomed with flowers of all kinds. When Stacy returned to Westport, she found many more.
The daily challenge proved invigorating. The positive reactions her photos drew on social media kept her going. Friends and strangers thanked her for providing a daily dose of “beauty and positivity.” (Hydrangeas are the crowd favorites.)
Some days were easier than others. About 2 months in, Stacy hit a figurative wall. She wondered if anyone would notice if she stopped.
But the feeling passed. Now that she’s finished, Stacy is proud of her consistency. She’s also thrilled to have tangible proof of 365 flowers, with a beginning, middle and end.
She’s not quite sure what to do with all those images, though. Fans have inquired about buying a print of their favorite “day,” or of a special date as a birthday or anniversary gift.
Perhaps figuring out how to do that is Stacy’s next project.
(For more information on Stacy’s flower photos, email firstname.lastname@example.org.)