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Tag Archives: Westport train station
Last week’s high-tech photo challenge image could be found at a fairly low-tech spot.
Gene Borio’s shot showed a sleek, silver apparatus at the Westport train station.
The best description came from Lee Emery: “Random charging station on the train platform. Just appeared one day.”
John D. McCarthy, Lawrence J. Zlatkin and Jonathan McClure also recognized the device, and knew why it was there. Also nailing the site: Earl Carlyss.
Apparently, most commuters do what they’ve always done: Just look past their surroundings, and wait for the train. (Click here to see what it looks like.)
This week’s photo challenge is a 2-fer:
- Where in Westport would you see this? And
- Who the heck was Doc Skerlick?
If you know, click “Comments” below.
Most Friday Flashbacks show how much Westport has changed.
This one shows how little it has, too.
The photo of the Saugatuck train station waiting room was taken around 1979.
It could have been yesterday.
One of the enduring images of postwar Westport was Mom rounding up the kids, tossing them in the back of the station wagon, and driving down to Saugatuck to pick up Dad as he stumbled off the bar car — I mean, got off the train — after a hard day of work.
Times have changed. Mom now commutes; Dad works from home. One-car families gave way to 2 (or 3, or 4); the “station car” is now likely to be a BMW or Tesla. The bar car went the way of the 59-minute train ride (it’s now 68 — at least).
But the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce pays homage to those days. Starting this Tuesday, June 27 — and continuing July 18 and August 8 — they’re sponsoring a new event.
“Tuesdays @ the Train” are family-friendly (and free). From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., you can meet Mom (or Dad) at the train, then cross under the tracks to Luciano Park (for 25 years the home of Festival Italiano).
There will be live music; food for purchase from Dunville’s, Tarry Lodge and Viva’s, plus Phil and Tom’s ice cream; a beer-and-wine garden, and games like bocce, bean bag target toss and badminton.
Chamber of Commerce executive director Matt Mandell built 2 giant Jengas and a Giant Kerplunk.
There’s a playground right in the park too, with a basketball hoop.
NOTE: You don’t need to be a commuter — or have a family — to enjoy “Tuesdays @ the Train.” Local workers, those who drive to work or work from home, retirees — and singles, divorced, flown-nest and childless couples — are warmly welcome too.
(For more information on Tuesdays @ the Train, click here.)