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Quite A Quintet: 71 Years Of Friendship And Fun

The other day, Patricia McMahon threw a party.

She had 5 guests. The youngest was 86 years old.

They started out as the Tuesday Night Club — in 1949. There were 10 women them. Some have moved; others died.

But — 71 years later — what a group they are!

Patricia’s mother, Jeanette McMahon — 89 — was a legal secretary. She’s known Angie Spanoghe — 90 — since they were 5 years old, in grade school.

Angie worked as a manager in South Norwalk. She’s planning a trip to Greece, once this stupid coronavirus has passed. (Patricia volunteered to be her chaperone.)

Patricia McMahon and Levon (front) with, from left: Angie Spanoghe, Judy Lamatta, Mary Toss, Elenor Bottler and Jeanette McMahon.

Mary Toss — 88, and a former legal secretary — was at the party. So was Elenor Bottler, 87, who grew up on Murvon Court by Compo Beach, and was a manager at Kiddytown in Norwalk.

The baby of the group — 86-year-old Judy Lamatta — worked as a secretary at Norwalk Hospital. All 5 retired in their early 80s.

Which gives them time to get together 3 times a week. They have dinner, or watch a movie at someone’s house. Except for Mary, who has vision problems, all still drive.

“These ladies have been in my life forever,” says Patricia. “They mean the world to me.

“I learn from them constantly. Their admiration and respect for each other is intoxicating. Plus, they are hilarious!

“They are fully aware of how unique they are, and the bond they have. They take nothing for granted.”

Let’s not take them for granted, either. To Jeanette, Angie, Mary, Elenor and Judy (and their combined 440 years): May you stay forever young.

Another shot, with Patricia’s husband Matthew Levine.

0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 11 Gallery

Week 11 of our online gallery features another wide variety of local Westport artwork.

Watercolors, charcoal, photos, videos, even furniture-making — it’s all here in our regular Saturday feature.

Each week, you show off your creativity and spirit; each week, we gain insights into your COVID-filled moods.

Keep sending your work. Professional, amateur, old, young — we want your paintings, collages, sketches, photos, sculptures, cartoons, whatever. Student submissions are particularly welcome!

The only rule: It must be inspired by, reflective of, or otherwise related to the times we’re going through. Email dwoog@optonline.net.

“Empty Beach” (Martin Howard)

“Staying Strong” (Elizabeth Devoll)

Staples High School art teacher Angela Simpson says, “As part of distance learning, I make demo videos for my students. For the one on how to make a multi-color registered silk screen print using an adhesive film media, I created a print of my beloved dog, Teddy. The print was a hit at home. Now I’ve been ‘commissioned’ by my son to create a version printed on a black hoodie.”

“Backwards and in Heels” (Lawrence Weisman)

Amy Saperstein made this table in her garage workshop. She says, “I must be honest. It is extremely flimsy, and likely to collapse at any moment! I found the white branch in my yard, and had the wood for the top in the garage.”

“The Beach is My Happy Place” (Amy Schneider)

“Not Venice Carnival” (Lisa Weinstein)

“Unconnected Now” (Karen Weingarten)

Susan Lloyd says, “This is Saint Dymphna, an Irish gal with a horrible backstory; patron saint of depression and anxiety. I am not Catholic; I just like saints and their histories, and of course shells.”

A video tribute, from Rob Feakins:

Ann Chernow’s garden, near Main Street. “People walking by feel good seeing these,” she says. (Photo/James Walsh)

Roseann Spengler says, “Under house arrest like Cinderella, I have discovered new friends. Making them masks is more important than making them clothes.”

“Seagulls Above a Watercolor Sky” (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 6 Gallery

Welcome to the 6th edition of our online art gallery.

Every Saturday, we share readers’ artwork. Professional, amateur, old, young  — send us your painting, collage, sketch, photo, sculpture, chalkwork, cartoon, whatever.

The only rule is it must be inspired by, reflective of, or otherwise related to the times we’re going through. We’re all experiencing tons of emotions, and art is a wonderful way to express (and share) them. Email your submission to dwoog@optonline.net.

Keep the submissions coming. If yours is not posted yet, be patient. There will be more next Saturday. And unfortunately, for some time to come.

Patricia McMahon spotted this hand-painted shell on the Compo Beach seawall.

Jana Ireijo began painting a koala in response to the Australian brushfires. Now, in isolation, she found it soothing to work on again. You can see the shape of Australia on the nose; in the highlight of the eye is the state of Connecticut. “It’s a reminder to me of how connected we all are,” Jana says.

“This Too Shall Pass” (Beth DeVoll)

Sea glass (Pam LaRocca)

Greens Farms Elementary School 3rd grader Carter Klein sends an important message.

“A New Day Shall Come” (Lawrence Gordon)

Staples High School senior Morgan Fierro found an old, never built special LEGO in his attic. Here’s the finished product.

Untitled (Andrea Metchick)

Mobile, made with plastic coated paper (Gail Bernson)

June Eichbaum says, “whoever painted this wall and planted plastic tulips at Hidden Hill Road on South Compo turned drab concrete into a happy day.”

Amy Schneider says, “thank you, first responders!”

“Random” (Werner Liepolt)

Karen Weingarten took these photos last summer. She looks forward to their inspiring return soon.

So Long, 2016!

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Timeless Compo

As we think about the end of one year, and the start of a new one, this is a great time to enjoy a “timeless” shot of a favorite Westport scene.

Happy New Year to all beach lovers!

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Oh My 06880 — Photo Challenge #83

Most photo challenges are snippets of photos. They’re cropped closely. This is a photo challenge, after all — not a slam dunk or easy softball pitch.

Last week’s was an actual photo (thanks, Patricia McMahon!). I ran it because it was beautiful. But I also thought it was challenging enough to test most readers.

Nope. A record 17 of you knew — almost immediately — that the clouds hovered over trees, grass and a stone fence that can be found at the curve on North Compo Road, near Evergreen Avenue. It’s the entrance to Winslow Park. (Which, as many readers noted, was once the site of the Westport Sanitarium.)

Congratulations to Adam Stolpen, Michael Moore, Peggy O’Halloran, Diane Bosch, Rich Stein, Dorian Barth, Shirlee Gordon, Robin Welling, Molly Alger, Dan Herman, Sally Korsh, Jennifer Piseck, Vanessa Bradford, Elayne Landau, Mary (Cookman) Schmerker, Lynne Betts Baker and Carissa Baker. (Click here to see the fantastic image; scroll down for comments.)

Oh My 06880 -- July 31, 2016

(Photo/Seth Schachter)

Now we’re back to normal for the this week’s photo challenge. If you know where it is, click “Comments” below. And, as always, feel free to add any back story.

Click here for “06880+” — the easy way to publicize upcoming events, sell items, find or advertise your service, ask questions, etc. It’s the “06880” community bulletin board!

Mighty Clouds Of Joy

If you were not at Compo Beach today, you missed this spectacular cloud formation. Fortunately, Patricia McMahon captured it for us:

(Photo/Matthew Levine)

(Photo/Patricia McMahon)

It was quite a day there for photographers. This morning, Betsy P. Kahn saw a gorgeous sunrise:

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Click on or hover over photos to enlarge. (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)


Jetty In Winter

Jetty - Patricia McMahon

Photographer Patricia McMahon says: “No matter how the light hits our jetty, it always entices me. This view never gets old.”

Only 15 Days Till Halloween

Patricia McMahon’s dog Maceo and “friend” get ready for the Compo neighborhood extravaganza:

(Photo/Patricia McMahon)

(Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Batten Down The Hatches!

Storm clouds gathered over Old Mill Beach late this afternoon — and Patricia McMahon snapped this dramatic photo.

Storm over Old Mill

An hour — and an inch of rain later — the sun was back out.