In many ways, yesterday was the first “normal” day in nearly 15 months.
Hundreds of people gathered at Jesup Green for a joyful Pride celebration. hundreds more swarmed Compo Beach, or took boats out on the Sound. At night, the Levitt Pavilion opened its gates for the Westport Schools’ annual Pops Concert.
The previous night’s show was moved by weather to the Staples High auditorium. But last night was as close to old times as anyone could hope for.
The crowd was limited to smaller numbers than usual. But everything else was the same: spectacular music, of near-professional quality. An appreciative, picnic-toting audience.
And, yes, pride and joy, in celebrating our kids, and our town, together again.
Speaking of Staples: On Friday, the school held its first-ever LGBTQ Art Show.
Two dozen works of all kind were displayed prominently in the main hallway.
Tim Lukens was enjoying yesterday’s weather, listening to music and quietly weeding his flower garden, when he came “literally 6 inches — nose to nose” — with the black bear wandering through Westport’s woods. This encounter was near Wilton Road, just north of Merritt Parkway Exit 41.
Here’s the aftermath:
Barnes & Noble’s Westport store is internationally famous.
Well, at least it got a shoutout in the Financial Times.
A long profile on James Daunt — the Briton who rescued the small Waterstones book store chain from Amazon, and is attempting to do the same now for B&N — mentioned our local shop.
Daunt used the pandemic to rearrange layouts. Stores — including the newly opened one downtown — look less like “libraries”; round tables make them more browser-friendly. Click here for the full story. (Hat tips: Henry Engler, Jon Fraade)
If you’re like many Westport families, you’ve got a few basketballs lying around the house (or garage).
Staples High School sophomore (and player) Zach Brody wants them. He’s organized a collection for Full Court Peace, a non-profit that brings hoops and equipment to communities that need them.
Basketballs will be collected this coming week (June 7 to 14), in a bin in Staples’ main hallway.
Can’t make it to the high school? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for pickup.
Speaking of sports: The Staples High School sailing team completed another successful season. The varsity had a 5-0 sweep at the Silver cup, and tied Greenwich for 3rd at the state regatta.
The Wreckers compete against other Fairfield County high schools, both private and public. Cedar Point is the host club, and provides the boats.
While a Netflix movie is being filmed in Westport, the Country Playhouse parking lot has been rented to the production crew. It serves as a staging area, through June 16.
Most Winslow Park dog lovers realize it’s a private lot, and heed the signs and staff. Some, though, ignore them, and park anyway.
WCP general manager Beth Huisking says, “We love Westport, and want to be a valued member of the community. To be reciprocated with disrespect from some community members is disheartening.
“When we close the lot it is because we need the space (the hour or so before a performance), or because something is going on that requires us to use all spaces.
“In the case of the production crew, with large trucks and vans pulling through the lot, we want to make sure everyone (people, animals, even cars) are safe. So please, until June 16, park at the Winslow lot on Compo Road North. Thank you.”
And finally … today is the 63rd anniversary of Prince’s birth. The singer-songwriter and producer died in 2016, at 57.