The latest casualties of COVID: the Senior Center and Toquet Hall.
Both places — gathering spots for older Westporters and teenagers, respectively — have suspended all indoor and in-person programming.
The town Department of Human Services says that some Senior Center classes and programs will be offered on Zoom.
The Senior Center lunch program will operate as a drive-thru at noon, Monays through Fridays. To participate, call 203-341-5099 at least 24 hours in advance.
Rod Serling moved from Westport to California in the late 1950s. He died — at just 50 years old — in 1975.
But the screenwriter extraordinaire still lives. Continuing a long tradition, the SyFy network airs a “Twilight Zone” New Year’s marathon. It starts at 2 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, December 31) and runs through 5 a.m. Sunday, January 2.
There’s a new episode every half hour or so. Click here for the schedule.
Looking for “A Stop at Willoughby” — the famous show in which the conductor of a train calls out “Next stop:
Westport Saugatuck!” (and which Serling called his favorite of the entire first year)?
It’s 8:20 p.m. on Saturday — New Year’s Day.
Local to Market — Main Street’s great new spot for food, crafts and much more — is hiring.
If you’re fond of fine local stuff, have a passion for small business, and are interested in joining a fun team for 10-20 hours a week, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our “Westport … Naturally” feature focuses on natural features (naturally).
Sometimes though, the natural world needs a slight man-made touch. David Lowrie created this scene, using (naturally) all natural tree stumps, at his property off North Bulkley.
And finally … today is the birthday of a ton of important musicians: Bo Diddley, Skeeter Davis, Del Shannon, John Hartford, Paul Stookey, Felix Pappalardi, two Monkees (Michael Nesmith and Davy Jones), Patti Smith and Jeff Lynne.
It’s hard to pick just one to showcase. But in the spirit of optimism — at the end of a tough year, and the dawn of a new one — I’ll go with this: