Last week’s Friday Flashback of the Pack Roads men’s store stirred plenty of memories.
And though Fred Cantor sent this newspaper clipping in a while ago, it fits now.
The photo caption from the October 21, 1965 Town Crier describes the scene: junior high musicians playing to celebrate an extension being built in the back of a downtown store.
The photo has everything: music, nostalgia (The Remarkable Book Shop) — and there in the background is Pack Roads!
This photo is timely today. Two book stores opened recently downtown: Barnes & Noble, and Westport Book Shop.
Four members of band are still around. Trace Burroughs is a noted artist (and host, with his brother Miggs, of a popular Westport Library podcast). Rick Castillo lives in Norwalk, Chip Jackson in New York, and Tony Pryor in North Carolina. All are still involved in music.
And while the event back in the mid-’60s heralded the expansion of a downtown business, nearly 60 years later Main Street and beyond is undergoing its own renaissance.
Play it again, Rogues!
BONUS FEATURE: After last week’s Friday Flashback, Peter Barlow sent me a dramatic photo he’d taken of Pack Roads back in the ’60s. I added it to the story, but it’s worth posting again: