It’s a beautiful weekend in Westport. We’ve got the Slice of Saugatuck and Westport Country Playhouse gala to look forward to — along with the usual beach and sports activities, plus everything else under the sun.
Elsewhere in the hemisphere, people are hurting.
“Give a Little Love” with these chocolates — and help hurricane victims.
Here are a few ways Westporters can aid victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. If you know other ways to help — including those affected by the Mexican earthquake — click “Comments” below.
Aarti Khosla, owner of Le Rouge — the artisan chocolate shop at 190 Main Street — is donating 50% of the proceeds from her ongoing “Give a Little Love” handmade hearts campaign to OneAmericaAppeal.
That’s the effort by all 5 living former ex-presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — to provide aid to Houston.
On Sunday, September 17 (5 to 7 p.m., Terrain Garden Cafe, 561 Post Road East), Dolores Catania from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and Angela Pantalone, owner of the Wag Central indoor dog facility, will talk about how they took life challenges and made their own empires.
The event raises money for Harvey and Irma victims. Click here for ticket information.
PS: Le Rouge also has 40 “Hate Has No Home” here yard signs. Pick yours up now!
An alert — and perturbed — “06880” reader sniffs:
The latest Westport trend is: dogs in stores.
And we’re seeing it more and more.
This picture was taken the other morning at Terrain:
These 2 women conducted a lengthy checkout. The entire time their Lab licked and nibbled the holiday packages of chocolates and peppermint bark on the lower shelf.
When the transaction was complete, the women and dog grabbed a choice table in the Terrain Cafe.
I reported what I saw to the cashier, who seemed completely disinterested.
Not one to give up easily, I found the store manager who said, “It’s probably something we should frown upon. But we’re owned by Urban Outfitters. It’s their rule to allow dogs in the store and cafe.”
She did say she would remove all of those boxes of candy from the floor.
I did not stick around to see if she made good on her promise. But imagine if I hadn’t reported this? Some innocent shopper would give quite a gift: a very germ-y box of candy.
Maybe it was the Columbus Day weekend. Maybe it was the weather. Maybe my photo challenge was weak.
Whatever the reason, last week’s shot drew an anemic response. And only one reader — Shirlee Gordon — knew it was the entrance to Terrain’s outdoor cafe.
Click here to see that image (if you have nothing better to do).
This week’s photo challenge is different than most. It was taken by the great Andrew Colabella. I love it for its beauty — and its fall-ness.
A similar shot could be taken at many places in Westport. But if you know where this one is from, click “Comments” below.