The daughter of the late Allen Raymond, Deb Raymond Eska, addressed the Friends of Sherwood Island Islandfest today as the first tree was planted in the Friends’ “100 Trees for 100 Years” project. It was donated by The Cove Mill Park Association and dedicated in memory of the Friends’ board member known as “Mr. Westport,” who died May 1 at the age of 91. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gene Borio for WestportNow.com
Scenes from the Friends of Sherwood Island Islanfest tonight. It included a dedication of a tree to the late Allen Raymond and a display of models of Cece Saunders’ educational panels on the history and archeology of Sherwood Island. Among those attending was longtime Westporter Ellwood Betts who shared his first-hand knowledge of the park’s history. Gebe Borio for WestportNow.com
Tonight was another in a series of culinary events called “Westpour” on the river walk on the west bank of the Saugatuck River at National Hall sponsored by Experience Hospitality, a New York-based management and hospitality company. Experience Hospitality owner Bobby Werhane and Managing Director Kevin Daniel Lalumiere created the events as a place to network with community members and enjoy a fun night out by the water in the heart of Westport. Their newest partner venture is NEAT Coffee and Craft Cocktails at 6 Wilton Road, the former Vigilant Hose Co. No.3 firehouse that is a part of the National Hall redevelopment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
With gastronomic gusto and under sunny September skies with the temperatures in the 60s, more than 2,500 persons today came out for Westport’s third annual Slice of Saugatuck festival.
Ashley Borner of Westport cools off today with ice cream from Saugatuck Sweets at the Slice of Saugatuck Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com
Surrounded by new and old Saugatuck, they sampled an outdoor array of chilies, oysters, hot dogs, yogurt, olive oil, pulled pork, ziti and sesame chicken.
The food seemed endless. So did the walk from the corner of Saugatuck and Riverside Avenues to Railroad Place. This is the heart of the once working-class Italian community now revitalized by construction of the Gault Family-owned Saugatuck Center complex of retail, residential, and offices.
The Center with its two plazas was the gathering point for many of today’s 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. events. They included everything from firefighter door breaking demonstrations to making animals out of balloons.
Westport’s Railroad Place was jammed today as several thousand attended the Slice of Saugatuck festival sponsored by the Westport Westport Chamber of Commerce. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com
A “friendraiser” for Best Buddies Connecticut was held today at the Westport home of Connie and Martin Silvers (2nd and 3rd l) to raise awareness of the Staples chapter of the group which aims to help connect those with disabilities (buddies) to those without. The event was attended by local chapter heads, the state chapter head, local residents, and second in command for Best Buddies International, David Quilleon. Best Buddies is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com