Tag Archives: Saugatuck River

Pic Of The Day #1370

Saugatuck River, and Riverwalk (Photo/Rowene Weems)

Pics Of The Day #1369

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

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

Photo Challenge #313

“06880” readers really know their onions.

And their onion barges.

I was sure that last week’s Photo Challenge — an aerial view, though it wasn’t that apparent — would leave readers crying “foul.”

Instead — very quickly — 6 alert Westporters recognized it as the remains of the old onion barge, mired for decades in the mud on the east bank of the Saugatuck River, near the William F. Cribari Bridge by Bridge Street. (Click here to see.)

It’s visible only at certain low tides. But Seth Schachter, Scott Brodie, Bill Rizzuto (who, to be fair, owns a restaurant a few yards away), Pat Saviano, Beth Berkowitz and Martha Mogren (who grew up nearby, but has not lived here in years) all nailed it. Very, very impressive!

Now, as we metamorphize from the caterpillar that was 2020 to the butterfly we hope is 2021, here’s the final Photo Challenge of the year.

If you think you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Amy Schneider)

Friday Flashback #224

When Fred Cantor graduated from Yale University in May of 1975, his parents gave him a 35mm Nikkormat camera. He’d always enjoyed taking photos, with an inexpensive Kodak.

In December he returned to Westport for break, from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

There was a beautiful snowfall. On Christmas Day, Fred knew that downtown would be empty. He’d always enjoyed the “Norman Rockwell-esque” feeling there. He hoped to capture it, without interference.

After 45 years — to the day — parts of downtown look very different. Parts look much the same.

After 45 years too, the photos have faded.

But the memories have not.

Gorham Island. The Victorian house has been replaced by a large office building.

Main Street, without any holiday decorations. Gene Hallowell’s Mobil station is now the site of Vineyard Vines.

The Remarkable Book Shop. For over a decade, it’s been the “vacant Talbots store.”

Westport Bank & Trust is now Patagonia.

Ice on the Saugatuck River still looks the same.

Fairfield Furniture has been transformed into National Hall — the original name for the 1800s building.

The Corner Spirit Shop at the Post Road West/Wilton Road intersection is now the rebuilt home to an architectural firm.

Photo Challenge #311

We usually think of the Saugatuck River as flowing from downtown to Long Island Sound.

But though it’s more hidden, the waterway makes its mark on Westport much further north.

One of the prettiest spots is just before the Willows medical complex and Kings Highway North bridge. Dave Wilson captured a gorgeous image, complete with waterfall, rocks and dam. (Click here to see.) 

Michael Calise, Rich Stein, Andrew Colabella, Diane Silfen, Clark Thiemann, Lynn Untermeyer Miller and Eleanor Wilson — native or longtime Westporters all — identified last week’s Photo Challenge correctly.

There’s no public access. It’s tricky to navigate. But if you ever get a chance to experience this stretch of nature and beauty yourself — go!

This week’s challenge looks — at first glance — like the Longshore entrance.

(Photo/Seth Schachter)

Of course, it’s not.

If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

Pics Of The Day #1330

Two late-day views of the Saugatuck River, From Riverside Avenue … (Photo/Mark Molesworth)

… and the west bank (Photo/Rowene Weems)

Cathy Walsh’s Westport

After 30 years in town, Cathy Walsh knows Westport.

But despite all that time — and her long service on the Planning & Zoning Commission — it took a pandemic for her to really appreciate the things she sees every day.

For the past 9 months, Cathy has walked all over town. The day after Thanksgiving she did a 7 1/2-mile loop to Burying Hill Beach. The next day she took her regular 6 1/2-mile neighborhood walk.

Like many other Westporters, COVID helped Cathy see Westport through new eyes.

Unlike many others, Cathy stopped along the way to take photos. Here are some scenes from last week’s walks.

Burying Hill Beach jetty.

Burying Hill tidal creek.

Nyala Farm.

Greens Farms Church cemetery.

Saugatuck River, behind Belden Place.

Parker Harding Plaza footbridge.

Canoeing on the Saugatuck River, downtown.

Saugatuck River west bank, behind Arezzo.

Riverside Avenue walkway.

Rive Bistro restaurant.

Saugatuck River, looking north.

William F. Cribari Bridge, and Bridge Square.

Seahorse in Saugatuck. (Photos/Cathy Walsh)

Even during a crisis, Westport is beautiful. Thanks, Cathy, for helping us notice so much we don’t always see.

Pic Of The Day #1300

Saugatuck River, this morning (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Pic Of The Day #1289

Walk along the river (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Photo Challenge #304

There were many ways to describe last week’s Photo Challenge.

The steps leading to the Saugatuck River by the library. The east side of the river. South of the downtown bridge. Next to the lower parking lot. A kayak launch site. The place where ducks sunbathe.

All were correct. Yet no one mentioned the Riverwalk specifically, or the Taylor Place parking lot by name.

Still, it was obvious. Bob Weingarten’s image showed the concrete steps and the adjacent seawall that no one ever uses, but everyone loves to look at as they sit or stroll near the Westport Library. (Click here to see.)

Nearly 2 dozen readers — including a few first-time respondents — knew the site. Congratulations to Tom Ryan, Chip Stephens, Staci Hebel, Will Luedke, Jerry Kuyper, Mark Taglia, Elaine Marino, Michelle Scher Saunders, Andrew Colabella, Stephanie Ross, Michael Calise, Morley Boyd, Richard Hyman, Gina Ryan, Rosalie Kaye, Jo Kirsch, Jonathan McClure, Bruce Salvo, Amy Schneider, Jo Ann Flaum, Fred Rubin and Suzanne Raboy.

Now, where would you find this week’s Photo Challenge? If you know, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Andrew Colabella)