The golf course. Weddings. Herb Baldwin.
It seems no aspect of Longshore is overlooked this year, as Westport celebrates the 50th anniversary of the town’s purchase of a failing country club — and subsequent redevelopment into a town jewel.
Now it’s art’s turn.
That’s art, as in oil paintings and photos. Longshore offers almost unlimited opportunities — the tree-lined entrance, scenic marshes, handsome Inn — as well as historic subjects like the lighthouse and old apartment building that no longer exist.
Tomorrow (Friday, June 4, 6 p.m.), the Westport Public Library honors “The Art of Longshore” with an open-to-the-public reception. Generations of artists’ works will remain on display through July 30.
Some of the prints, paintings and photos are old; some very recent. Each presents a different facet of Longshore’s beauty.
None, thankfully, shows what might have been had Westport not acted so swiftly 50 years ago: 240 homes crammed together on what was considered the most lucrative building site in town.