Yesterday was pickup day for Scout Troops 39 and 139.
They spent hours going all over town, hauling Christmas trees into trucks (in return for $20 donations — a bargain for sure).
The trees will be mulched into wood chips, and donated to the town.
First though, they were unloaded at the Imperial Avenue parking lot.
Here’s what it looked like:
But you really had to be there, to enjoy the scent!
Did you know that the International Space Station was nearly lost, due to computer failures?
Dr. Bob Dempsey knows.
The former NASA flight director for the ISS visits — virtually — the Westport Astronomical Society on January 17 (8 p.m.).
As the guest on their free monthly webinar, he’ll describe the 2001 events that led to the loss of all command and control computers. It was the flight control team’s “Apollo 13” moment, as they identified problems and mounted a never-before-attempted recovery.
The Westport Library rocked last night.
Christine Ohlman — the platinum blonde “Beehive Queen,” and longtime “Saturday Night Live” — joined Rebel Montez in the Trefz Forum, for a Winter Dance Party.
A packed house enjoyed another typical night, at what is fast becoming Westport’s favorite musical venue.
Speaking of entertainment: Buffalo Rose brings their modern folk/Americana music to Voices Café at Westport’s Unitarian Church on January 21 (8 p.m.).
The Pittsburgh-based 6-piece group is known for powerful vocal harmonies, strong playing and an original vision. They drew raves from their Levitt Pavilion performance in 2021.
There’s café-style tables (reservations from groups of 4 or more) or individual seats. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages and snacks.
General admission is $25 per person. The event is livestreamed too (free).
A portion of the proceeds benefit the battle against food insecurity, through the Bridgeport Center for Food Equity and Economic Development (FEED).
Click here for tickets and more information.
Longtime Westporter Shirley Appy — an actor and pioneer in the early days of live television — died peacefully on Friday, at 95.
Since 2009 she was a resident of Applewood, an independent living retirement community in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she welcomed countless visitors, family, and friends.
Appy was born Shirley Joy Krehbiel in Colfax, Washington in 1927. After graduating from Grant High School in Portland, Oregon she received a full scholarship from the School of Drama at the University of Washington, where she gave more than 600 performances. In 1949 she married Gerard Appy, also a drama major at Washington.
After a brief stint running a new radio station in Colby, Kansas, the couple moved to Atlanta, Georgia to open The Penthouse Theatre, located on the top floor of the Ansley Hotel. It was modeled on the Penthouse Theatre at the University of Washington — the first theatre-in-the-round in the United States.
The Atlanta theater flourished for 3 years. Appy, under the stage name Shirley Krayble, appeared in many plays, alongside well-known actors such as Joan Blondell, Mike Todd and Zero Mostel.
In 1951 Appy turned to television. For several years she hosted 2 daily live shows: “The Little People,” where she interacted with pre-schoolers, and “Shopping Atlanta,” a consumer advice show.
Appy ended her television career to be a full-time mother to her 2 children. In 1964 the family moved to Westport, where she turned her attention to a wide variety of creative pursuits.
A gifted artist, craftsperson and gardener, she produced award-winning works in stained glass, decoupage and watercolors.
In 1981 Appy and her husband moved back to the Northwest, where he became the director of Oregon Public Broadcasting. For Shirley, it was a return to her childhood hometown.
She is survived by her children, Karen (Stephen) Baumann and Christian (Katherine) Appy, 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Today’s very serene “Westport … Naturally” Compo Beach scene was snapped by Sunil Hirani:
And finally … in honor of Dr. Bob Dempsey’s upcoming webinar with the Westport Astronomical Society:
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