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Roundup: Christmas Trees, Deer And More

There’s been a run on live Christmas trees this year. Something about making up for this tough year with something that looks (and smells) beautiful.

If you’ve procrastinated: no worries. Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center still has plenty in stock.

At least, they did this morning …

(Photo/John Karrel)

Once you get your Christmas tree, you’ve got to decorate it. Then you can enjoy it.

And then — a few weeks from now — you’ve got to get rid of it. Who you gonna call?

Boy Scout Troop 39!

For years, they’ve been hauling away Westporters’ trees. They’ll do it again this year — with COVID precautions, of course.

First, register online (click here). On January 9 (6:30 a.m.!), haul your tree to your mailbox. Tape an envelope with cash or a check made out to “Boy Scout Troop 39 Westport.” The suggested donation is $20, but of course you can give more.

They can’t accept wreaths or garlands. Other than that: take it away, boys!

Rick Hochman was working from home yesterday, near Long Lots. He looked up from his laptop and saw this lovely doe, looking like she wanted to come in for a cup of tea.

Or perhaps she was waiting for her cousin Rudolph.

(Photo/Rick Hochman)

Jordan Kessler is just 29 years old. But the 2009 Staples High School graduate is in his 7th year with J.P. Morgan’s sports finance group. He manages $5 billion in loans.

On Tuesday he received a great Sports Business Journal honor: a “New Voices Under 30” award.

Remarkably, he was not the only former Wrecker in the elite group of 30. Jesse Heussner — a 2011 Staples alum, now director of basketball operations and analytics at Creative Artists Agency — joined Jordan as a “New Voices Under 30” honoree.

Jordan graduated from Vanderbilt University, with a major in financial management and entrepreneurship, and minor in Spanish. Jesse majored in government at Dartmouth College, from which he graduated cum laude.

Jordan Kessler (Photo/Kenta Shirafuji)

And finally … this is Phil Ochs’ birthday.

The folksinger — compared, often unfairly, to Bob Dylan — has been somewhat forgotten today. His songs — often about important political and social issues — were pointed, thought-provoking, and had a profound influence on me growing up. (I still think “Power and the Glory” should be our national anthem.)

He also had an interesting connection to Westport. On March 31, 1968, while performing a benefit concert here, someone handed him breaking news, which he relayed to an appreciative crowd: Lyndon Johnson had just announced he would not run for a 2nd term as president.

Phil Ochs died by suicide in 1976. He was 35 years old. Today, he would have been 80.

Winter Farmers’ Market: Some Things Old, Some Things New

Just like normal, the Westport Winter Farmers’ Market opens soon. Of course, in a pandemic there are a few new twists.

The winter market begins Thursday, November 12 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). It runs every Thursday through March 11. That’s a change from the usual Saturday winter dates.

The open-air market will be held in 3 greenhouses at Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center, on Sylvan Road South. Windows and doors will be open, and vendors will be spread out.

Over 35 vendors provide high-quality locally grown or raised fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, milk, baked and prepared foods, as well as handmade items.

At-risk shoppers can come between 1 and 2 p.m., when fewer people will be in the greenhouses.

Pre-ordering is available with many vendors too.

As always, the Westport Farmers’ Winter Market promises entertainment, kids’ activities, and a few surprises.

And of course, plenty of great, fresh seasonal food.

Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center greenhouses will be transformed on Thursdays into the Winter Farmers’ Market. (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

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Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center: ready for the holidays (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Winter Farmers’ Market Makes Merry

Winter is here!

Well, not quite. It’s still fall.

But the Westport Farmers’ Market is moving from outdoors to inside. To celebrate, they’re throwing a party at their winter home: Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center (7 Sylvan Road).

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday (November 17), everyone can enjoy lawn games, fairy house making and pumpkin bowling (?!). There’s live music, a giving tree, and a special giveaway.

Of course Farmers’ Market vendors — old and new — will be on hand.

Food trucks will offer a variety of eats. And Athletic Brewing Company will offer adult beverages.

Hey, it’s 5 p.m. somewhere.


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Yesterday’s view, from Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)