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Rally Round The EV

Most road rallies start with vroooooming engines.

But electric vehicles are silent. So when 1st Selectman Jim Marpe and Westport Electric Car Club president Leo Cirino waved checkered flags to begin this morning’s 2nd annual Electric Car rally at the Saugatuck train station, engines were very, very quiet.

The air was filled instead with music, and the excitement of a much more environmentally intelligent future.

1st selectman Jim Marpe sends the Downunder electric car on its way. Earlier this year, Marpe drove Robin Tauck's Tesla for a week. He loved i.t

1st selectman Jim Marpe sends the Downunder electric car on its way. Earlier this year, Marpe drove Robin Tauck’s Tesla for a week. He loved it.

EV owners are a proud, enthusiastic, sometimes proselytizing bunch.

They, their co-pilots and hangers-on munched on free muffins from Steam. They discussed “range anxiety,” and shared charging tips.

Robin Tauck, Robert Brickley and their Teslas.

Robin Tauck, Robert Brickley and their Teslas.

They studied 4 pages of intentionally vague directions, for their 40-mile jaunt through Fairfield County.

And then they were  off.

Very, very quietly.

Members of Staples High School's Electric Car Club pile into a small, environmentally friendly vehicle.

Members of Staples High School’s Electric Car Club pile into a small, environmentally friendly vehicle.

New York Times automobile writer (and Staples graduate) Jim Motavalli talks with a charging vendor in the Saugatuck station parking lot.

New York Times automobile writer (and Staples graduate) Jim Motavalli talks with a charging vendor in the Saugatuck station parking lot.

Dkey Oster -- owner of Steam coffee shop -- provided free coffee, muffins and music before today's Electric Car road rally.

Dkey Oster plays outside Steam, before today’s Electric Car road rally. The popular coffee shop provided free coffee, muffins and bagels all morning long.

 

 

Saturday In The ‘Port

Today was one of those days in Westport.

Everywhere you looked, something was happening. Thousands of people poured through Jesup Green and the library, awed by the creativity (and enjoying the fun) on display at the 2nd annual Mini Maker Faire.

This plane is one of 2 made last summer in the library's new maker space, under the direction of Joe Schadt. It's a permanent addition to the ceiling -- unless it decides to fly off somewhere.

This plane is one of 2 made last summer in the library’s new maker space, under the direction of Joe Schott. It’s a permanent addition to the ceiling — unless it decides to fly off somewhere.

There were tons of hands-on exhibits, for kids of all ages.

There were tons of hands-on activiites, for kids of all ages.

Staples senior Guerric Vornle von Haagenfels is a self-taught blacksmith. He forged ahead on the banks of the river.

Staples senior Guerric Vornle von Haagenfels is a self-taught blacksmith. He forged ahead on the banks of the river.

Not far away, at the Town Farm complex, Westport’s 1st Little League Challenger team — for boys and girls with physical or mental challenges, and their “buddies” — played its opening game, against Stamford. Ceremonies included balloons, music, the national anthem, and a 1st pitch thrown by Staples junior (and Challenger organizer) Jack Cody.

Challenger player Hillary Lipper and her buddy, Quincy Stein.

Westport Winner Rebecca Yormark and her buddy, Quincy Stein.

Challenger player Jack Theriault has a ball, with buddies Natalie Schenck and Luke Yokai.

Challenger player Jack Theriault has a ball, with Natalie Schenck and Luke Yokai.

Hillary Lipper shares a laugh with Coach Scott.
Hillary Lipper shares a laugh with Coach Scott.

Then it was on to the Blu Parrot, for Westport’s 1st-ever Electric Car Rally.

We think of electric cars as cutting-edge. This Columbia Electric car was built in 1907 -- in Hartford.

We think of electric cars as cutting-edge (and from Japan or Detroit). This Columbia Electric car on display today was built in 1907 — in Hartford.

Blu Parrot owner Adam Lubarsky fed everyone at the  rally sliders, wings and more. He also manned the grill.

Blu Parrot owner Adam Lubarsky fed everyone at the rally sliders, wings and more. He also manned the grill.

Still ahead: the Staples Players’ One-Act Festival, followed by a fundraising party for Staples Tuition Grants.

It all unfolds in beautiful spring weather.

So check out the photo below. Any realtor who can’t sell a home in Westport on a day like today should find another line of work.

Westport Public Library, Saugatuck River