Friday, April 12, 2024


“Little Toot” Launched With 1939 Tugboat Ride Image
In October 1939, there was the first christening party of the classic children’s book “Little Toot” on board a Moran tugboat in New York harbor. The group of famous creative people assembled on board the Margaret Moran were (l-r) marine artist Gordon Grant; famous New York librarian Anne Carroll Moore; Westport artist and illustrator Hardie Gramatky; Eugene Moran Sr.; journalist/author Christopher Morley, and watercolorist Reginald Marsh. Contributed photo

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Gallery – Stalking Suburbia
10 a.m.. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Green Energy Task Force
7 p.m. – Towm Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and

Talking Transportation: Aboard the Southwest Chief

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

A few weeks ago I wrote about the miseries of air travel, pledging to do all I could to avoid the “not-so-friendly skies.” Well, being a man of my word, I’m writing this column en route to Los Angeles by Amtrak on the Southwest Chief.


Chicago’s Union Station is a busy place on the Saturday of my departure on Amtrak’s crack train to Kansas City, Arizona, and Los Angeles.

Amid the bustle of downtown-bound suburbanites entering the station off METRA commuter trains, an opposite flow of older “land cruisers” gathers in Amtrak’s Metropolitan Lounge for my and other trains all leaving within hours of each other.

Grand old railroad names like the Empire Builder (to Seattle), the California Zephyr (to San Francisco), and the Texas Eagle (to San Antonio), all vie for attention. Later the calls will go out for the Capitol Limited (to Washington), Lakeshore Limited (to New York and Boston) and City of New Orleans (to the Crescent City.) 

Monday, October 1, 2007

9 a.m. – Town Hall Lobby – First Selectman to Proclaim Domestic Violence Awareness Month
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Gallery – Stalking Suburbia
Noon – Westport Public Library – authors@the library – Lisa Alther on Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree, The Search for My Melungeon Ancestors.
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Wesport Public Library – Teen Gaming In The Afternoon (ages 12 and up)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Westport Community Theatre Auditions for “Veronica’s Room”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance & Ordinance Committees
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School – “The Broadway Boys” presented by Staples Players and Westport Arts Center