Jennifer Rago McCarthy grew up with Westport traditions. Like the Yankee Doodle Fair. And the 4th of July fireworks.
In 2020, COVID knocked out the June fair. To be safe, the Westport Woman’s Club moved this year’s event to September.
For the second straight summer, the fireworks wee canceled.
Which got Jennifer — a 1985 Staples High School graduate — thinking: Why not have the fireworks on Labor Day weekend?
Why not indeed?!
Jennifer asked me to post her idea. If enough people are interested, it may be worth pursuing.
So, “06880” readers: What do you think? If you’re down with fireworks on Labor Day weekend, click “Comments” below.
And if you think that’s a bad idea, click “Comments” too — and tell us why.
“The show must go on” is a time-honored tradition. On Friday night, Drew Angus honored it well.
The Staples High School graduate, recording artist and all-around good guy was booked for the Levitt Pavilion. Right before showtime, a hard rain fell.
But Drew — standing behind his band’s covered instruments — gave a fantastic performance.
Most of the crowd was far in back, under the overhang. A few hardy folks sat on the grass. But it didn’t take long for many to get up and dance. It was an amazing scene. (It didn’t hurt that one of his numbers was “Singin’ in the Rain.”)
Carleigh Welsh announced that Drew will be booked for another performance this summer. Hopefully he knows “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine.” (Hat tip: Laura Schwartz)
For decades, kids jumped off the Sherwood Mill Pond bridge.
When the water got grotty, they stopped.
The pond is back in great shape. Several years ago, the jumpers returned.
Last summer, some of them were loud and rude. They ruined it for everyone. Residents complained. Parks & Rec put up a “Danger/No Jumping or Diving” sign, complete with little red-slash pictographs.
Yesterday, Ann Becker Moore, Pam Washburn and Karen Como spotted a new sign. It says simply: “Jump.”
If anyone knows what’s going on, click “Comments” below.
This was 90 Morningside Drive South, when it was on the market.
It was bought last July for $2.64 million, by Mattera Construction. Here’s how it looked yesterday:
Every other Saturday morning, Longshore Sailing School hosts a Saugatuck River cleanup.
Despite yesterday’s weather, 40 single and double kayaks headed out. Each came bag with incredible amounts of trash.
Paul Danielewicz and Mark Jaffe collected the most. They don’t win anything. But everyone who loves the Saugatuck River is grateful.
The next cleanup is July 17 (9:30 to 11 a.m.). Anyone interested should meet at Longshore Sailing School, behind the pool.
Last night, the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Eastern Conference finals. They advance to the championship for the first time since 1974 (when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the starting center).
The Westport connection? The Bucks are co-owned by Westport hedge fund manager Marc Lasry. PS: They were named the Bucks long before the billionaire bought them. (Hat tip: Fred Cantor)
Conversion of the former Armstrong Rubber Company headquarters in New Haven — the concrete box on the left as you head north, next to Ikea and just before the I-91 merge — into what may be the most energy-efficient hotel in the country has “Westport” all over it.
Hotel Marcel’s developer and architect is Westport-based Bruce Becker. He’s building it to meet net-zero energy standards. It will generate as much energy as it uses. All electricity is produced on site, and it’s the first passive house-certified hotel in the US.
Saugatuck’s LANDTECH is the project’s site/civil engineer.
It’s a great project. To learn more, click on the video below. (Hat tip: Peter Gold)
The weather hasn’t been great this 4th of July weekend. But Jolantha of Kellogg Hill proves you can put lipstick on this pig.
Or at least decorate her for the holiday.
“Naturally … Westport” ventures today to Bermuda Road, on Saugatuck Shores:
And finally … happy birthday, America. We’ve made it through 245 years. Here’s to the next 245!