Maybe the lousy weather meant everyone was binge-watching Netflix or making fires. Maybe everyone was away for Martin Luther King Day weekend. Or maybe everyone who leaves Granola Bar is so excited about their granola bars that they don’t look around.
Those are some reasons I came up with to explain the dearth of responses — and, after more than 24 hours, only one correct one — to last week’s Photo Challenge. (Congrats, Jay Dirnberger!)
Elaine Marino’s image showed a mysterious crop circle-like scene, all green and gray. It sure looked like an aerial shot.
It wasn’t. It was the design in the median strip at Playhouse Square — you know, the one right outside Granola Bar.
Click here to see Elaine’s photo. Then get ready to click “Comments” to answer this week’s Challenge.
It should be easier than last week’s. At least, you have to look up instead of down.
“06880” has addressed this topic before. But with the holiday season here — and traffic increasing dramatically* — it’s worth mentioning again. A reader writes:
On Saturday afternoon, I thought I made the right call walking to and from Playhouse Square. It’s 10 minutes in nice weather — what could happen?
Unfortunately, the lady in the Mercedes SUV who drove right into me ruined that idea. I had the right of way. She just yelled “I couldn’t see you!” and sped off.
Thankfully I just have a minor scrape. Somehow I wasn’t injured, despite getting intimate with the grill of her car. Not that she stopped to see how I was doing or anything…
I didn’t get her license plate. It all happened in 4 seconds. A friend thinks I should make a statement to the police in case there was a traffic cam (I doubt it).
I strongly feel Westport should take notice of the insane effect of so many tiny parking lots, and people going 75 mph on the Post Road. It’s gotten so bad! I used to feel safe walking this town (or driving). Not anymore.
Friday’s 1st-ever “Flashback” photo caused quite a bit of commotion, among a subset of “06880” readers.
The image — of the Pine Knoll Inn — led to back-and-forth comments, about whether the once grand home-turned-boardinghouse had ever been moved, from its spot on the Post Road behind the Crest Drive-In to a place further back at what is now Playhouse Square.
Jill Turner Odice just sent this photo, from 1950:
It shows the Saugatuck Congregational Church being moved — on logs — down and across the Post Road, from its original site near the current Sunoco gas station, to its present location. (Life Magazine featured the event, in a photo spread.)
You can see the Tydol gas station (more recently Getty, now Quality Service and Towing.) Next to it is Dairy Queen — the forerunner of the Crest.
And there, directly behind the gas station on the far left, you can see a little bit of the Pine Knoll Inn.
Meanwhile, Neil Brickley emailed aerial photos. They don’t reproduce well here, but they do show that between 1934 and 1965, the Pine Knoll definitely moved further back.
The year was probably 1957. Wendy Crowther noted this:
In April of 1957 there was a law suit filed by contractors who were hired to remove topsoil from the Pine Hill Estates property “in the rear of the Dairy Queen stand” during the “relocation of the Pine Knoll Inn, which is owned by Pine Hill Estates.”
The Pine Knoll Inn met its end in the early 1980s. It was torn down to make way for the Playhouse Condominium complex, behind what had already become Playhouse Square.
If you’ve lived in Westport for more than a day, you know what a visually intriguing place our town is.
If you’ve lived here for a while — or lived here once, before moving away — you know it’s always looked intriguing. And a lot different yesterday than today.
“06880” is excited to announce a new feature: “Friday Flashback.”
Each week, we’ll post a new photo of a place that no longer exists. Some will be old. Others will be very old. A few will be real old.
For a while, folks have been sending me great shots. There are many more floating around on the internet, including some great Facebook pages. (Thanks, Paul Ehrisman!) It’s time to share them with the wide “06880” community.
This week’s Friday Flashback shows the Pine Knoll Inn.
For many years a boarding house — and before that, a home owned by the Kemper family (whose tannery and orchard are now the Westport Country Playhouse) — the Pine Knoll was torn down in the early 1980s.
Today it’s the Playhouse Square condos, behind the post office.
“Friday Flashback” needs your help. Please email any great photos — showing any Westport places, buildings, stores, etc. — to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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Last month, “06880” reported on a traffic light at the foot of Kings Highway North. The green arrow suddenly — and erroneously — pointed left instead of right, leading drivers directly into ongoing Post Road West traffic.
Today, the light exiting from Playhouse Square shows red and green simultaneously, instead of green only.
The result, of course, is an even longer backup of traffic in Playhouse Square, as drivers try to figure out what the hell is going on.
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