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Roundup: Stevan Dohanos, Police, Fire …

It’s a tradition for “06880” to run Westport artist Stevan Dohanos’ Saturday Evening Post 2 famous Thanksgiving illustrations. Both used Westport models (including the former “gingerbread house” on Long Lots Road):

Today, we’re adding a third from Dohanos. (Though the turkey was probably for Christmas.)

This was not a cover. As the caption (“Here they come, Mom! And Jim won need the wishbone — they’ve got their Plymouth!”) suggests, it was an advertisement.

Still, it’s an evocative illustration. You can almost smell the turkey.

And the seats in the brand-new Plymouth. (Hat tip: Anthony Dohanos)

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The Westport Police have released arrest reports for the November 16-23 period.

Two people were detained in custody. One was charged with threatening, 2nd degree. One was charged with stalking, 3rd degree, and breach of peace.

The following citations were issued:

  • Traveling unreasonably fast: 12
  • Stop sign violation: 5
  • Operating an unregistered vehicle: 4
  • Insurance coverage fails minimum requirements: 3
  • Misuse of plates: 3
  • Failure to obey control signal: 3
  • Failure to keep plates readable: 2
  • Cell phone, 1st offense: 1
  • Failure to drive in the proper lane: 1
  • Violation of any traffic commission regulation: 1
  • Misuse of plates: 1
  • Failure to display plates: 1
  • Illegal use of tinted glass: 1

There were several license plate violations this past week. This was not one of them. (Photo/Fred Cantor)

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Meanwhile, Fire Marshal Terrence Dunn notes that many offices and businesses will soon have Christmas trees and holiday decorations. These can pose a serious safety risk.

Natural trees with a root ball attached pose a less significant fire hazard than a cut tree, which dries out faster. Artificial trees and decorations should be flame retardant or flame resistive. Decorations should not block exits.

Dunn says, “All lighting should be turned off, or better yet disconnected, when the area is unattended. This is especially important in residential occupancies when the occupants are asleep. Make sure the tree is not situated near open flames, and that it does obstruct any fire doors.”

Be careful!

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When “Jersey Boys” comes to the White Plains Performing Arts Center next month, there will be a full tri-state connection.

Staples High School Class of 2015 graduate Jack Baylis is part of the cast. He’s not a 4 Season — but he does sing a great number in French.

The curtain rises December 9, and runs through January 8. Click here for tickets, and more information.

Jack Baylis. He does not play guitar in “Jersey Boys.”

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Yesterday, “06880” reported on Ryan “Shoeless” Smith. The Bates College men’s cross country captain lost a shoe in the first mile of the 8K NCAA East Division Regional Championship. He still finished 11th — out of more than 200 runners — and qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships.

That race was last weekend, at Michigan State University. Ryan kept his shoes on — fortunate, considering the snowy, 25-degree weather — and finished 59th out of 294 competitors. His 25:49.5 time over 8K was the best on his team.

He was not the only former Staples cross country runner there. Nick Taubenheim (SHS ’20) finished 146th for Claremont-Mudd Scripps (26:18.9), while Luke Lorenz (SHS ’19) took 179th for Middlebury College (26:29.9).

Ryan Smith

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Sure, it’s Thanksgiving. But pumpkins are still hanging around.

And — as Pam Kesselman points out, with today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo: “Someone was hungry.”

(Photo/Pam Kesselman)

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And finally … well, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Arlo and Alice.

76 Trombones, 5 Musicians, 2 Posters, 1 Painting

Exactly 70 years ago today — on October 19, 1946 — the Saturday Evening Post cover showed 5 high school band musicians.

As many “06880” readers know, Westport artist Stevan Dohanos used 5 Staples High School students as models. Seven decades later the painting hangs in Town Hall, right outside the first selectman’s office.

Westport illustrator Stevan Dohanos' 1946 Saturday Evening Post cover.

Westport illustrator Stevan Dohanos’ 1946 Saturday Evening Post cover.

In 2001, David Roth was in his 2nd year as director of Staples Players. To promote their production of “The Music Man,” Roth asked graphic arts teacher Alan Dodd to recreate the iconic artwork — this time using 5 actors from the upcoming show.

There’s one girl in the painting. Roth chose Samantha Marpe to pose. In “The Music Man,” Samantha played Zaneeta — River City’s mayor’s daughter. In an amazing coincidence, Samantha’s father — Jim Marpe — is now Westport’s first selectman (mayor).

The 2001 poster is also on the wall, next to Marpe’s office. Every day at work, he sees his daughter’s image.

Staples Players' 2001 poster.

Staples Players’ 2001 poster…

Fifteen years later, Players is once again staging “The Music Man.” Once again, Roth is using Dohanos’ painting as inspiration for the publicity poster.

There are some differences between the 2001 and 2016 versions, of course. Dodd has retired; this year’s photo was taken by co-director Kerry Long, and created by graphic arts instructor Carla Eichler.

A decade and a half after the first poster, she’s able to do much more with special effects. For example, in Dohanos’ original painting the football team was reflected in the sousaphone. That was tough to recreate in 2001, so the reflection showed only the 5 musicians.

This time, Eichler reflected Jacob Leaf — who plays Harold Hill, the “music man” — in the sousaphone.

...and the 2016 version.

…and the 2016 version.

Speaking of which: simply finding a brass sousaphone for Long to photograph was a herculean task. These days, they’re all fiberglass.

Roth put out a townwide call. Finally, he found one. It’s owned by Shari Levy. In another great coincidence, her son Jon was part of the quartet in the 2001 production. She lent it to Roth for the photo shoot — and the show.

Across America, people know “The Music Man” for its 76 trombones.

In Westport, it’s all about Stevan Dohanos — and David Roth’s — 5 musicians.

That’s no shipoopi.

(Staples Players present “The Music Man” on Friday and Saturday, November 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 13 and Saturday, November 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale this weekend at http://www.StaplesPlayers.com.)

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Channeling George Washington — And Stevan Dohanos

George Washington really did sleep here.

But that’s not what today’s we-missed-President’s Day-by-a-day post is about.

It’s about the famous “Washington Crossing the Delaware” painting — and what famed (and cited-just-Sunday-on-“06880”) Westport illustrator Stevan Dohanos did with it.

"George Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Stevan Dohanos

This is the Saturday Evening Post cover of February 24, 1951. It comes courtesy of former Westporter Bill Banks, who posted it on Facebook.

And here’s the back story, courtesy of the Saturday Evening Post webpage. (Believe it or not, they’re still publishing. Who knew?)

It is daunting to consider the work realist painter Stevan Dohanos put into this painting. Reproducing images of over a dozen students (and their teacher) with meticulous detail should have been artistic challenge enough, but duplicating Emanuel Leutze’s famous 1850 painting is mind-boggling.

Much has been criticized about Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware: “The crossing was at night (not daytime)”; “That particular version of the flag came later”; and “Washington was only in his 40s and not the elderly man we see here”; to name a few.

While the historical inconsistencies are worth noting, the huge 21-by-12-foot painting of that 1776 Christmas night is still a magnificent accomplishment and a tribute to a critical turning point in American history. The painting today is part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

From 1942 to 1958 Dohanos painted 123 Post covers, which can be viewed in our online gallery or at art.com.

Happy birthday, George! (It’s Friday).

And congratulations, Stevan. Your work lives on.