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Tag Archives: Jesup Green
“Sunny” — the enormous yellow duck that serves as great PR for the Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual Great Duck Race — was inflated yesterday on Jesup Green.
Usually it takes a few days — after it’s been moved to the Saugatuck River — for it to topple over.
This year: less than 24 hours.
If you’re wondering: This year’s race is Saturday, June 1 (11 a.m., Parker Harding Plaza). Click here for tickets, and more information.
… and it will continue. A severe thunderstorm watch — with possible winds up to 70 mph, and maybe even a tornado — is in effect until 11 p.m.
Meanwhile, this was the scene as the first storm rolled in, just an hour ago.
Sunday’s Candlelight Vigil for Climate Protection has drawn interest far beyond Westport’s beach-stickered citizens.
So organizers have moved the event — planned to protest President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord — to a spot accessible to everyone: Jesup Green.
The start time is changed too, to 8 p.m. (Sunday, June 4).
Click here for more information, on the group’s Facebook page.
You can’t keep a good geek down.
Chilly temperatures and a light rain did not deter thousands of folks from descending on the Westport Library, Jesup Green and Bedford Square, for today’s 6th annual Maker Faire.
Every type of STEM creation was represented: robots, 3-D designs, flight simulators, submersibles and more.
The arts were there too: violinists, jewelry makers, sculptors…
And of course local organizations: the Y, Wakeman Town Farm and Rotary Club were among those showing their commitment to creativity and community.
In 6 short years, the Maker Faire has become one of the biggest events of the Westport year. Now all we need is some young guy or girl who can control the weather.
Which I’m sure we’ll see next spring.
If you’re new to Connecticut, you may not know about our charter oak. They don’t teach state history in school — I don’t think so, anyway — and most of the state quarters that were minted nearly 20 years ago are out of circulation.
But longtime residents know the charter oak. And one of its descendants may still live in Westport.
The story involves a large white oak tree that dates back to the 12th or 13th century. Apparently our royal charter — given by King Charles in 1662, to the Connecticut colony — was hidden in a hollow in 1687, to prevent the governor-general from revoking it.
The tree was destroyed in 1856, during a strong storm. But its legend remains.
So, supposedly, do many of its seedlings.
In 1965, a “Committee for the location and care of the Charter Oak Tree” was formed. Its purpose was to “accept the seedling descendant of the Charter Oak from Mr. John Davis Lodge, care for it during the winter, select a location in which it can be planted in the Spring, and organize a planting ceremony.”
Lodge — a former governor of Connecticut and ambassador to Spain, and future ambassador to Argentina and Switzerland — lived in Westport.
Minutes of a November 20, 1965 meeting show that a seedling was intended to be donated to Staples High School in the spring.
Legend has it that the seedling was planted in the school courtyard on North Avenue. No one today knows authoritatively if that was done, or exactly where. If it ever existed, it was bulldozed away during construction of the new building more than a decade ago.
The committee also discussed the best location for another seedling, downtown. Members — including representatives of the RTM, Westport Garden Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Daughters of the American Revolution — agreed that Jesup Green was the best area. It could be “the first step in setting a centrally located civic center.”
Discussion then turned to the erection of a plaque, commemorating the gift to the town by Lodge.
“It was agreed that watering and care after the planting should be delegated to a Town employee who would be responsible for its care,” meeting notes read.
Arbor Day in April was suggested as a good time for the planting, and that school children should be involved.
The committee then went outdoors to study possible locations. They agreed to store the 2 seedling oaks in the “cold barn cellar” of Parsell’s Nursery. Garden center owner and civic volunteer Alan U. Parsell was a committee member.
And that’s the last bit of information I dug up about Westport’s charter oak.
Geeks are cool.
Up to 10,000 science, math, music, robotics, environment, agriculture, art, drone, woodworking, etc. geeks — of all ages, genders, and from more than 100 miles away — descended on Westport today.
The 5th annual Mini Maker Faire made our town the center of the creative universe — okay, the creative region.
Demonstrations, exhibits, games, food — it was all there, at the Westport Library and Jesup Green.
It continues all afternoon (Saturday, April 30), until 4 p.m. There may still be time to get your geek on!
Summertime, and the livin’ is — well, for this week’s photo challenge Lynn U. Miller has gone to her wintry files. If you think you know where she shot this scene, click “Comments” below. Of course, add any back stories you wish.
Meanwhile, last week’s photo challenge was the toughest yet. It took 3 days, but thanks to a cross-continental collaboration between Wendy Cusick of Norwalk and Nancy Hunter (Vancouver, British Columbia), Lynn U. Miller’s mystery was finally solved.
The image was part of a plaque from the Lions Club, commemorating America’s bicentennial in 1976. This was the clue:
Here’s the full image:
It was located — still is, in fact — at the base of the flagpole on Jesup Green. As I said, hidden in plain sight. Lynn and I got all of you (except Wendy and Nancy!)
Westport’s 4th annual Mini Maker Faire is in full swing today. Up to 6,000 creative, inventive folks of all ages are expected to flood Jesup Green and the library. They’ll spend the day building, designing, creating, hacking, learning, connecting, eating, drinking, listening and playing.
And that’s just at one of the hundreds of interactive, interdisciplinary, interesting exhibits.
The Maker Faire runs till 4 p.m. today (Saturday, April 25). The inspiration will last forever.
For years, Westporters wondered what’s up with the very unsightly sawed-off telephone polls planted in concrete on the Jesup Green median across from Matsu Sushi:
Turns out, about 30 years ago a public works director got angry about garbage trucks backing over the median strip to get to the restaurant and business dumpsters.
He planted poles. We’ve been stuck with the eyesore ever since.
Our long Jesup Road nightmare is over.
As part of Westport’s beautification process, Public Works is sprucing up the median. They’re adding soil, and planting trees. Tree warden Bruce Lindsay is supervising the tree work.
Sure, there are lots of plans for re-imagining Jesup Green.
But change comes slowly to Westport. By the time we’re ready to reconfigure the area, there may be an outcry to save the median trees.
Because, of course, they’ll have “always” been there.