Tag Archives: Sherwood Island State Park

Pic Of The Day #695

Sherwood Island State Park (Photo/Nicola Sharian)

Pic Of The Day #678

California? Costa Rica? No — Sherwood Island State Park, yesterday. (Photo/Marcia Falk)

Pic Of The Day #665

Sherwood Island State Park (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Pic Of The Day #629

Looking out on the Sherwood Island State Park 9/11 Memorial … (Photo/Amy Schneider)

… and a close-up of the memorial. (Photo/David Squires)

Pic Of The Day #610

Sherwood Point, off Sherwood Island State Park near the 9/11 Memorial (Photo/Michael Tomashefsky)

Pic Of The Day #528

Fording the channel between Burying Hill Beach and Sherwood Island State Park (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Sherwood Island Shorefest Set

Alert “06880” reader Claudia Schattman has a secret. 

It’s one she wishes more people knew about. She writes:

Many Westporters have heard of it, but very few venture across the connector and wander into Sherwood Island State Park (which is now free to all Connecticut residents with a car registered in the state). Those of us in the know, though, warmly refer to Sherwood Island as the “hidden jewel of Westport.”

The park offers 238 acres of beach, wetlands and woodlands. It is home to the 9/11 Living Memorial. On a clear day, you can see the New York City skyline.

Sherwood Island is a place where tantalizing aromas of spices and herb from barbecues mix with the hum of many languages. It’s filled with children laughing and playing, friends walking and talking, and everyone enjoying this beautiful spot.

Sherwood Island scene

Now Westporters have another incentive to visit Sherwood Island. The Friends of Sherwood Island are holding their annual fundraiser — Shorefest — on Friday, September 7 (6-9 p.m., at the pavilion).

Westfair Fish & Chips is catering. Liz Gabriel and Pete Muller provide live music. The silent auction includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Copps Island Oysters, Broadway tickets to “Beautiful,” and a dinner cruise aboard a 30-foot Bahama sailboat.

All proceeds support the Sherwood Island Nature Center, summer internships for students, and Friends’ projects to help maintain and enhance the park’s unique environment and habitat. A donation opportunity is available to restore trees lost to storms and aging, in the West Beach Grove area.

(Click here for tickets and more information.)

Photo Challenge #177

There are 2 types of Westporters: Those who love Sherwood Island, and those who have never been.

Those in the 1st group include Arthur Schoeller, Michele Carey-Moody, Vanessa Bradford, Chris Buckley, Fred Cantor, Lawrence Zlatkin, Mary Ann Batsell, Hope Hageman, Michael Brennecke, Linda Amos, Erik Østbye and Peter Ritchey. They had no trouble identifying last week’s photo challenge as the Nature Center, a crown jewels in our very own state park. (Click here for Brant Mozingo’s photo, and all guesses.)

If you’re in the 2nd group: too bad. You’re missing out on 232 beautiful acres. The beach is great; there’s tons of trails, plenty of nature, and lots to do.

Plus, it’s free for Connecticut residents! (Funds come from a $10 fee when you register your motor vehicle.)

So you have 2 choices:

  1. Drop whatever you’re doing, and go explore Sherwood Island
  2. Try to guess this week’s photo challenge. If you think you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Dan Woog)

 

Pic Of The Day #394

Sherwood Island artist looks like a painting himself (Photo/Nicola Sharian)

Westport Beach Prices Rise — And Fall

Wednesday’s decision to raise annual beach sticker and daily parking fees at Westport’s 3 beaches — Compo, Old Mill and Burying Hill — drew plenty of praise. It rankled others — particularly Westonites. (Click here; then scroll down for comments.)

But — as alert “06880” reader and Weston resident Mary McGee notes — a 4th “Westport beach” becomes entirely free this summer.

It’s Sherwood Island State Park.

Last fall, state officials eliminated the parking fee for Connecticut residents at most state parks. (Sherwood Island’s was $9 on weekdays, $13 on weekends.) It’s been replaced by a $10 charge, added to the Department of Motor Vehicles registrations we pay every 2 years.

Shewood Island State Park: 232 acres of prime real estate, right here in Westport. And admission is free!

It sounds like a dumb move, for a state reeling from a budget crisis. But officials estimate the change will raise $16 million more annually for our state parks.

Out-of-state residents will still pay a daily fee at Sherwood Island. Last year it was $15 on weekdays, $22 on weekends.

So why did so many out-of-staters pay more for Compo Beach last summer — and will probably do so again this year?

Alcohol.

It’s permitted on South Beach — but banned throughout Sherwood Island.

Maybe we should be thankful, after all, for the huge increase in Uber dropoffs and pickups.