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Deadman’s Brook flows into the Saugatuck River by the Levitt Pavilion … (Photo/Judy Jahnel)

… and nearby, earlier this winter (Photo/Amy Schneider)

Roundup: Arts Funds, Big Buck, Turtle Update, More


Five Westport nonprofit arts groups have received a total of $536,100 in COVID relief funds. The money — part of a $9 million Connecticut COVID Relief for the Arts package — is administered by the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

Recipients include

  • Friends of the Levitt Pavilion: $55,200
  • JIB Productions (Play With Your Food): $11,900
  • MoCA Westport: $97,700
  • Westport Community Theatre: $5,500
  • Westport Country Playhouse: $365,80

(Hat tip: Dick Lowenstein)

The Westport Country Playhouse received a grant for COVID relief.


Speaking of art: Mysterious monoliths appeared recently in Utah, California and Romania.

Also: Burying Hill Beach.

Nothing concrete is known about any of them.

(Photo/Chris Grimm)


Remember the loggerhead turtle rescued by Mystic Aquarium on Monday?

David Loffredo sends this update:

Our turtle is a male, 5 to 10 years old. [Uh-oh. “06880” first called him a her — who knew?]

The aquarium warmed him up from 53 degrees to 70. He did suffer quite a blow to his head. They think he was hit by a propeller earlier in the fall, so they are watching him to make sure he recovers.

That’s most likely why he wound up in Long Island Sound this late in the season, and on our beach. His buddies are already way further south. He would not have survived for much longer.

So now we wait.  It’s like having a child.  We try not to call daily….

My wife asked if they’ve named him. The rescue people said they don’t name rescue animals until they’re sure they’ll survive, so right now our guy is #2. We are praying he gets a name!

If and when he does, we’ve been invited for a visit and a behind-the-scenes tour. You know it will be thoroughly documented.

(Photo/David Loffredo)


Speaking of animals: A nearby resident spotted this guy in the Greens Farms Church cemetery. He and his girlfriend then wandered over to her side door. They seem to have settled in for the winter.


As of yesterday, Westport had 699 cases of COVID-19 since March (642 confirmed, 57 probable). There have been 24 deaths (16 confirmed, 18 probable). Click here for full statistics.


And finally … happy 69th birthday to Gary Rossington. The guitarist is a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd — and the last surviving original member.

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Levitt Pavilion (Photo/Michael Tomashefsky)

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Paddling past the Levitt Pavilion (Photo/Amy Schneider)

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The other day, “06880” photographer Lauri Weiser took a stroll downtown. Here’s what she saw:

(Photos/Lauri Weiser)

Levitt Cancels 2020 Season

Things may inch back to “normal” this summer.

But it won’t be normal on the banks of the Saugatuck River. 

The Levitt Pavilion has canceled the entire 2020 season. The reason, of course, is the coronavirus. 

One view of the Levitt Pavilion … (Photo/Claire Bangser)

The Levitt board says:

This decision is first and foremost based on our commitment to your safety, and the safety of our artists and audiences, staff and stakeholders, and the community at large.

2020 would have marked our 47th summer season under the stars. This will be the first time in our history that we will not produce a season. Sharing this news is difficult — but we know it is the only responsible thing to do.

As a not-for-profit organization, the Levitt Pavilion produces one of the largest and longest-running free outdoor festivals in the nation. We are committed to being able to ensure our future ability to deliver on our mission: To provide abundant free access to the arts, to compensate and support artists at every stage of their careers, and to preserve and cultivate an outdoor destination where people of all ages can come together safely to enjoy the arts, nature – and each other.

… and another … (Drone photo/Brandon Malin)

The Levitt Pavilion is also an anchor organization for a vibrant downtown Westport. We will continue to work to be in a position to light up Westport once more, when it is safe to do so, in our unique way, and to continue to attract thousands upon thousands of people to come back to Westport and support our local businesses, restaurants and our esteemed cultural institutions.

We are working to ensure we can still be here to deliver on our mission in the future, to help serve and rebuild our community, and to help mitigate the effects this cancellation, alongside countless others, has on the artists and team that make our season and special events possible.

To support these outcomes and maintain our very lean operations, we will continue to fundraise. So that we can remain functional, we ask that if you’re able, to please consider making a tax-deductible donation.

… and the view from the stage. (Photo/Dan Woog)

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Behind the Levitt Pavilion (Photo/John Videler for Videler Photography)

To order any of John Videler’s Westport prints, click here.

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Levitt Pavilion: closed for winter (Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

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Heartfelt feelings near the bridge from the Levitt Pavilion to the Imperial Avenue parking lot (Photo/Johanna Rossi)

Photo Challenge #254

Last week’s Photo Challenge showed a spot not far from downtown that most Westporters have never gone.

Though it’s a place everyone should see.

Sandy Rothernberg’s image was of the point at the Riverwalk path behind the Levitt Pavilion where Deadman Brook flows into the Saugatuck River.

It’s beautiful, serene — and open to the public. You’ll get a different perspective there of the water, and our town’s relation to it.

Since the Levitt renovation, the path now winds all the way around — from the library to the Imperial parking lot side. Midway there, you’ll see the scene Sandy captured. Or click here for the closeup.

This one was tough. It took nearly 24 hours before the first readers guessed correctly. Congratulations, Madison Malin and Steve Dopp!

This week’s Photo Challenge, meanwhile, may be our first-ever nighttime shot. If you know where in Westport you’d find this — night, day, whenever — click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Johanna Rossi)