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Roundup: La Plage, Indigo Wellness, Ed Van Gelder …

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La Plage — the Longshore Inn restaurant — is much more than a summer place.

They’re offering prix fixe holiday menus that reflect holiday traditions, while incorporating “coastal flavors.”

The Christmas Eve (4 to 10 p.m.) and Christmas Day (noon to 6:30 p.m.) menus ($79 per person) include starters like crispy Copps Island oysters with green tomato remoulade, and Maine lobster mosaic; entrees such as Stonington sea scallops risotto and Alen Brother filet mignon; and desserts like Christmas trifle and Connecticut maple syrup panna cotta. Click here for the full menu.

New Year’s Eve features an a la carte menu, with the first seating from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

There’s dancing and a 5-course prix fixe menu ($175 per person) from 8 to 10 p.m. Specialties include wild salmon tartare, Périgord truffle salad, local black sea bass a la plancha, and crispy duck breast. Click here for the New Year’s Eve menu

New Year’s Day brunch is served a la carte, from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Click here for reservations, or call 203-684-6232.

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The third time’s the charm for Indigo Wellness Group.

When Sarah Swanberg owned her first acupuncture location in Stamford, many customers came from Westport. They urged her to open here.

Right before COVID struck, she signed a lease near Terrain. She never opened — and closed her Stamford studio for 3 months, too.

Then she found a space by the Delamar Hotel in Southport. But that didn’t feel right either.

Then Roger Leifer offered an office at the Willows medical complex, on Kings Highway North at Wilton Road. Indigo offers acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, with a focus on women’s health, fertility and pregnancy, insomnia, anxiety, headaches and chronic pain.

Indigo also offers facial cosmetic acupuncture and micro needling, pelvic floor physical therapy, virtual nutrition consultations and online courses.

Sarah loves Westport. She’s been welcomed by the community.

Last month she was also welcomed by Governor Lamont, when he toured local businesses with actress and social media influencer (and Westporter) Eva Amurri. Click below to see:

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In case you missed the previous notice: A memorial service for Julie Belaga — our former state representative, gubernatorial candidate, regional EPA administrator and Export-Import Bank director — is set for 10 a.m. on December 19, at the Westport Library.

She was one of Westport’s great public servants — and a wonderful woman too.

Julie Belaga

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Longtime Westport resident Edgar Louis Van Gelder died Thanksgiving Day at his residence in Meadow Ridge in Georgetown. He was 98 years old.

He spent his childhood in Hilversum, Holland with his sister Ada and brother Joost. His family fled the Nazi regime, and arrived in the US in 1939.

After graduating from Windsor Mountain School in Vermont, Ed enlisted in the Royal Netherlands Army Air Force. After training in Jackson, Mississippi he was assigned to the No. 18 (NEI) Squadron RAAF. They fought in the South Pacific against Japanese occupation of what was then the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia).

As a navigator Ed took part in over 40 bombing raids, facing heavy enemy defenses. The squadron was based on the northern coast of Australia under American-British-Dutch-Australian Command. After the war, he transported prisoners from Japanese internment camps. For his service, Queen Juliana awarded him the Silver Flying Cross of the Netherlands.

After discharge, Ed attended New York University. He soon joined the Van Gelder-Fanto Corporation in Manhattan, specializing in pharmaceuticals. In 1958 he became a full partner. With his partner Stan Hier, he expanded the business to become a global competitor.

In 1949 Ed married Inge Lange. She was born in Germany, but as a small child in 1927 immigrated to the US with her mother. The couple lived first in Tarrytown, New York,, then moved to Westport in 1952. In 1961 they purchased the Guyer Farm on Hillspoint Road, and spent the next half century refurbishing the house and barn.

A businessman, husband, father, passionate sailor and aviator, Ed spent his retirement traveling with his wife. His most memorable voyage was to Antarctica on a Russian research vessel. Ed and Inge were active members of the Westport Community Theater throughout the 1960’s. After his retirement, they delivered Meals on Wheels.

He became a member of the Y’s Men, and was elected to Westport’s Planning & Zoning Commission.

Ed was predeceased by his wife and siblings. He is survived by his son Jeff, daughter Caroline, and grandsons Robin, Alex and Erin.

Ed Van Gelder

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Sure, the holidays are hectic. Hopefully, you can take a few moments and “reflect” on today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo:

(Photo/Amy Schneider)

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And finally … in honor of our new acupuncture spot, Indigo Wellness:

Roundup: Longshore Patio Bar, Back To School, MoCA …

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Summer is not yet over. (Fingers crossed.)

Proof: The patio bar at the Inn at Longshore’s La Plage restaurant opens today at 4 p.m., with beer and wine (and killer views).

Hours are the same as the restaurant: Wednesday through Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m.

They hope to go to a full bar next week, and a patio menu.

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School starts Tuesday! (Wait — didn’t it just end yesterday?!)

The Westport Police Department says they’re gearing up for a “Back to School” enforcement and education campaign. Officers will look for drivers using cellphones and speeding in school zones, as well as monitoring bus stops and routes.

Homemade sign, near Kings Highway Elementary School.

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MoCA Westport is busy installing “Between the Ground and the Sky.” The new exhibition — in collaboration with the Westport Farmers’ Market — opens tomorrow (Friday, August 27, 6-8 p.m.). It’s on view through October 17.

Kristyna and Marek Milde created their site-specific installation using found plants. The Brooklyn-based duo — originally from Prague — are becoming well known for their works exploring environmental issues, and the alienation of contemporary lifestyles.

The plants in the installation were abandoned in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They’ve been repurposed for art.

Also included: large-scale naturalistic works from Southport artist Donna Forma, and photography of the “Who Grows Your Food” movement by Westport photographers Anne Burmeister and Ashley Skatoff.

Kristyna and Marke Milde, at MoCA Westport.

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Westport BNI — the local chapter of Business Networking International — does more than help area owners.

Fourteen riders will participate in the virtual Closer to Free Ride on September 11. The team has raised nearly $3,000. The event raises funds for Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cander Center.

The Westport BNI Group will ride a 25-mile loop together.  For more information click here, or email info@salonpaulmichael.com.

In addition, the chapter seeks new members in specific business categories.  Classifications include interior designer, home inspector, developer, heating and air conditioning contractor, chef, and estate and elder law attorney.

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Elvira Noder Hale died last week, at 95. She was surrounded by family in her Westport home — the house her parents built.

 A Navy veteran of the Korean War. Elvira is survived by her daughter Paula (Dennis); sons Mark and Thomas (Camilla); grandchildren Stephanie, Anthony, Isabella, Katarina and Maximilian; sister Patricia, and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on September 2 (11 a.m., Assumption Church). Click here to leave online condolences.

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Wendy Levy saw yesterday’s “Westport … Naturally” spider photo, and wondered if I’d consider a cicada too.

Done!

(Photo/Wendy Levy)

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And finally … today in 1936, Helen McKay sang “Here’s Looking at You.” It was the first song ever broadcast on television. Here’s a re-creation:

 

Roundup: Vaccines, Basso, Butterflies …

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health, Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and many youth sports organizations are urging all athletes 12 years and older to get vaccinated against COVID.

It’s the best way, officials say, to ensure a healthy, safe and uninterrupted fall season. The organizations suggest that sports groups host and sponsor mobile or other vaccine clinics, to reach students.

They note one major reason to get a shot: people who have been vaccinated do not need to quarantine if exposed to a COVID case, if they are asymptomatic.

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La Plage — the great new restaurant at the Inn at Longshore — opens today. But — as noted in a recent 06880″ story — it’s dinner only for now, Wednesdays through Sundays.

The reason: staffing. Finding help — cooks, servers, dishwashers, bussers, front-of-the-house, you name it — is tough.

It’s a town-wide (and nationwide) problem. Basso is one of Westport’s most popular restaurants. This sign hangs near the outdoor tables, on Jesup Road:

(Photo/Dan Woog)

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. But there may be no lunch at any restaurants, if they can’t find enough help.

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Devil’s Den has reopened.

The popular 1,800-acre Weston preserve — The Nature Conservancy’s largest in Connecticut — closed in the spring of 2020, in the early days of the pandemic. It was overwhelmed with visitors, many of whom parked illegally, brought dogs or stayed past dark.

As of last Sunday, the woodlands, wetlands and rock ledges are open from sunrise to 5 p.m. Click here for more information. (Hat tip: Weston Today)

Devil’s Den

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Speaking of nature: Earthplace did it! They reached their $40,000 fundraising goal — and got a full matching grant for their Animal Hall.

Donations came from regular friends, new donors, neighbors and from afar. A matching grant of every dollar up to $20,000 was key too.

Earthplace officials thank the “amazing, generous and kind” community for its support. The animals join in too (see below!).

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Speaking still of nature: ButtARfly  is inelegantly named.

But it’s a great program, bringing butterflies from the Smithsonian’s Open Access collections to life on a computer screen. Users can learn about butterfly species, add them to a virtual shadow box, and release them into an augmented reality experience for desktop and mobile. There are even different sounds for each specimen.

The Department of Media Arts & Technology at New Mexico Highlands University helped develop the initiative — with the help of 1984 Staples High School graduate Lauren Addario, as audio advisor and content developer.

Click here to enjoy.

Monarch butterfly at Compo Beach. They’re everywhere — including the Smithsonian. (Photo/Jamie Walsh)

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Lotsa nature today. Our “Westport … Naturally” photo shows “2 bees in a bud.” It’s courtesy of Tracy Porosoff, from her garden near Compo Beach.

(Photo/Tracy Porosoff)

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The Y’s Men (and their wise spouses) meet every Tuesday during the summer at South Beach, for food, camaraderie and sunsets. Jon Fox organized the event several years ago.

Yesterday they added a bit of fundraising, for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Peter Nathan solicited donations — and brought in over $1,300.

That’s one more feather in one of Westport’s premier volunteer organization’s cap!

Y’s Men (from left): Mike Guthman, Roy McKay, David Kalman (hot dog supplier), Peter Nathan, Jon Fox, Baxter Urist and Larry Lich. (Photo/Dorothy Fox)

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And finally … our musical interlude usually celebrates birthdays, anniversaries and upbeat events from years gone by. After all, there aren’t too many downer songs about bad things in history. (Okay — “Eve of Destruction.”)

But today is the 47th anniversary of the day 3 civil rights workers — Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney — were found dead in Mississippi. They had disappeared 43 days earlier.

So — at the risk of alienating all my friends from that state — I present Phil Ochs:

La Plage Brings Beach New Vibe (And Menu) To Longshore

Westport’s newest restaurant opens Wednesday, at one of the town’s oldest, most favorite sites.

La Plage takes over the space previously occupied by Pearl, and before that Splash. It’s the restaurant portion of the Inn at Longshore, a property that has never quite taken advantage of its unique location: a spectacular view of the water, nestled next to a golf course and tennis courts.

Killer water views at La Plage.

If last night’s preview is any indication, La Plage will quickly become one of the town’s go-to destinations.

“La Plage” means “the beach” in French. The menu is “coastal.”

Greenwich Hospitality Group — owner of the Delamar Hotels, and the new operator of the Inn — has redecorated  the interior, and updated its dishes, to take full advantage of its assets.

It’s a more-than-worthy addition to the Delamar’s other 2 noted restaurants, Artisan in Southport and L’Escale in Greenwich.

The bright dining room.

Shellfish selections include oysters, clams and shrimps, of course — and an octopus dish with chorizo, fingerling pepper and castelvetrano that will keep its Mediterranean sources hopping.

The “Baked/Grilled/Broiled” portion of the menu is highlighted by a grilled prosciutto pinsa with Bayley Hazen Blue cheese, figs, arugula and spicy honey; a lobster roll, and a variety of pasta, fish and meat dishes. Dessert includes a highly touted Ile flottante with vanilla English cream, caramel and almond, and more.

Much of the interior — light, bright, and beckoning “la plage” — comes from Serena & Lily. That’s just one more way Michael Ryan and his crew have taken Longshore’s venerable Inn, and given it a new Westport vibe.

The redecorated entrance. (Photos/Dan Woog)

La Plage will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, beginning this Wednesday. Click here for the menu, and reservations.

 

La Plage Pops Up At Longshore

Michael Ryan has spent his career in hospitality. He’s opened restaurants around the world.

But as a longtime Westporter, he’s always been fascinated by Longshore. The Inn — beautifully situated, now a bit long in the tooth — has enormous potential. The restaurant — now closed — also has the chance to be something special.

For the past several months, Ryan has worked on both properties.

He’s partnered with Greenwich Hospitality Group — owner of the Delamar Hotels, and the new operator of the Inn at Longshore.

Renovating the Inn is a long-term project. Fortunately for a few dozen brides, their weddings have gone on without a hitch (so to speak).

The big news is that a pop-up restaurant will appear soon, in the old Pearl space.

The restaurant at the Inn at Longshore is a spectacular location.

“La Plage” — French for “the beach” (though the menu will be “coastal,” rather than French) — hopes to be open by the end of July.

Work was underway this week. Floors have been stripped; the interior is lighter; the deck and patio are as inviting as ever.

“This spot deserves something special,” says Ryan.

Meanwhile, he is looking for help. The labor shortage is real. He’s put out a call for everyone: kitchen help, front of the house, bartenders, servers, hosts. If interested, email mryan@innatlongshore.com.

And keep checking “06880” for news. The moment La Plage opens, you’ll know.