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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Howard and Barbara: The Burrs of “Ye Yacht Yard”

By Michael Hoffman
When Barbara Burr graduated from Wellesley in 1945, the only jobs to be had were in defense plants. So she and five of her friends packed their degrees and travelled to Fairfield County, CT. Finding a job in Stratford, she and this ambitious group of women rented the Burr Barn on Burr Street in Fairfield. It was not too many months later that the friends were forced to split up — the barn was not winterized. She and her roommate found lodging and decided to purchase a sailboat. Southport Harbor was where they decided to launch it; and, as some would say, the rest is history.
Howard Burr had been hauling and tooling with boats at “Ye Yacht Yard” since approximately 1930. He and Barbara struck up a friendship from the very beginning, and would spend hours together bass fishing. When the war ended, and the defense plant where she was employed relocated to Texas, Howard hired her. And they have been working together ever since.
Up until a few years ago, boats were still being hauled and the boatyard functioned in a full-service capacity — from general boat repairs to painting. There were also the moorings to tend to and the building to maintain; and, of course, the many times Mrs. Burr would don scuba gear and mask to retrieve some frantic boater’s wallet or eyeglasses that happened to fall overboard.
Mrs. Burr’s fondest memory is actually living on a boat in the harbor for seventeen years.
“We had everything we ever needed, right here. We would have our meals on a card table at “the yard,” and people would always stop in for a cup of coffee and some conversation,” Mrs. Burr reminisced.
On Sundays, boaters would stop by for Mr. Burr’s “Sunday Sermon” — where he would offer his cures for the world while puffing on his legendary pipe — and sample the cookies Mrs. Burr had baked on the coal-burning stove.
“It was good here,” the articulate Mrs. Burr recalled.
Anyone who ever visited “Ye Yacht Yard” remembers the Burrs. They have made a countless number of friends over the past five decades. This past July, Mr. Burr celebrated his 93rd birthday with a party given in his honor at “the Yard”. Friends, relatives, and dignitaries were on hand when he was presented with a gold key to the Town of Fairfield.
Over the past few months, Mrs. Burr has been doing “the work that needs to be done.” (Mr. Burr hasn’t been to “the Yard” much since his party.) She tends to the moorings, making new mushroom eyes on the forge when necessary and splicing new mooring lines. And after she replaces the building’s chimney pipe, she plans on doing some welding on the anchors.
Barbara Burr has no plans of retiring. “I can’t think of any other place that I would rather be.” She would like to get her sailboard and kayak in the water one more time before winter; but tending to Mr. Burr and “the Yard” doesn’t leave much time for recreation.
The Burrs of “Ye Yacht Yard” have become synonymous with Southport Harbor. They have shared a life many people long for. They live simply, yet fully — knowing they have been privileged to be where they are living and doing what they want to do.
And those who know Howard and Barbara Burr also have to consider themselves privileged to have met these two remarkable Sound People.
Editor’s Note: Howard Burr died shortly after this article appeared in Sound People Magazine in October, 1993. A memorial service to honor his life was held at Ye Yacht Yard on a cold, drizzly Saturday morning, with friend Jason Robards reading the eulogy, and the tossing of a wreath into the Harbor and the firing of a cannon. Barbara died in May, 2004; and as had Howard’s life been memorialized at the Yard, so too was her life celebrated at this special place – the only place she ever wanted to be.
READ MORE: http://thereviewct.com/wp/2011/06/howard-and-barbara-the-burrs-of-%e2%80%9cye-yacht-yard%e2%80%9d/

Howard and Barbara Burr at YYY

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Howard and Barbara Burr at Ye Yacht Yard.

Photo by Al Mathewson.
Date uncertain.
Property and courtesy of: Ye Yacht Yard Preservation Fund/Howard Burr Collection
Thanks to Joe Rainis.

Musical Notes with Alex Beyer and Friends August 7th at Pequot Library

Musical Notes with Alex Beyer and Friends

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 7:30pm
Alex Beyer and Alan Murchie. The passionate four hand work of Brahms & Rachmaninoff.
A Summer Soirée to benefit Pequot Library Titans of Tragedy The passionate four hand work of Brahms and Rachmaninoff Duo Piano Alex Beyer, piano and Alan Murchie, piano Alex says: Alan and I will perform a program we have waited so long to share. It will be based on two massive works - in sound, structure, emotional toil, and every other facet. First, the Brahms "Sonata for Two Pianos" will expose fantasy worlds of romance and demise. Then the first Rachmaninoff "Suite for Two Pianos" will test mind, body, and spirit: based on the poetry of Tyutchev,Lermontov, and Khomyakov, it is a mercurial journey through the polarities of the human experience.
MORE INFO: http://www.pequotlibrary.org/index.php/calendar-events/icalrepeat.detail/2014/08/07/9362/-/musical-notes-with-alex-beyer-and-friends

The Saturday Evening Post Cover 1947

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This is the front cover only, from a 1947 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, over 60 years old. It measures 10.5 x 13.5 inches in size. The cover presents a charming village scene, painted in attractive color by John Falter one of the Post's most prolific cover artists. This painting shows an older couple looking through the window at an antique store with a sign calling it The Old Store On the Harbor (where Nicholas Fingelly's office on the corner of Main Street and Harbor Road is today) and also to the right is the Pequot Yacht Club. Meanwhile, as they are fascinated by the old antique objects displayed there, the store's owners are out front, peering into a brand new car which has caught their curiosity. The first inside page of the Post issue, has a twenty lines of text commenting on the painting. It identifies the location of the scene, while telling the story the artist is conveying: “Residents of Connecticut will recognize the setting of John Falter's cover. The store is patterned after one the artist has patronized in Southport, Connecticut. “It occurred to Falter that rarity is a relative thing, and that dealers in the old and unusual might be interested this summer in the new and unusual—a new car. If you could hear the antique dealers in this painting, you would hear them making the same sighs of awe and delight over the gleaming new automobile in which their customers arrived as the antique hunters are making over the pre-automobile chair.“ ‘How I'd like to have that,’ is what all concerned are saying about different subjects.”

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sasco Beach on Tuesday


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Sasco Beach on Tuesday evening.

Austin Perry House in 1906

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712 Harbor Road Austin Perry House Southport, Connecticut
Description: B/w postcard. This house was built in the 1830's for Austin Perry, a son of Walter Perry who owned all the land where today stand #712, #750 and #780 Harbor Road. Walter gave three of his sons, Austin, Oliver H and Gurdon, land on which they built their houses. Charles C. Perry was the son of Austin Perry. Originally this house did not have the imposing portico; it was added later.
Creator: V Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 1906
Format: photograph
REFERENCE URL: http://pequotlibrary.cdmhost.com/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/p1038coll5&CISOPTR=661&CISOBOX=1&REC=1

Hebert Candies Post Road Southport

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Hebert Candies
Undated postcard from probably the 1950's, Hebert Candies
store on the Post Road in Southport across from Hulls Highway.

Fancy Bags And Cake Sale On Westway Rd in 1905

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Sasco Hill 1905
Commercially printed invitation-postcard, C. H. Pease, Pub. Canaan, Conn. Printed on front: "Southport, Conn. You are invited to attend a sale of fancy bags and cake to be held by the Sasquanaug Association for Village Improvement, on Mrs. Simon C. Sherwood's lawn, Wednesday, June 28, from 3 to 6 p.m. Ice cream and cake will be sold. If rainy, the sale will be the next clear day. Music." Written on the front: "The Hummocks." Printed on the photograph: "Sasco Hill." On the reverse the card is postmarked "June 23, 1905" and is addressed to "Rev. William H. Holman and the Misses Holman." Rev. Holman was the Congregational minister in Southport. Mrs. Simon C. Sherwood lived at 67 Westway Rd. The view appears to have been taken from one of the panoramas of the harbor and Sasco Hill. "The Hummocks" was the local name for the harbor growth seen in the middle ground.
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 1905
Format: Photograph
REFERENCE URL:

Southport Harbor: The Old Days

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Southport Harbor, from the days of Cape Cods, Elcos and Atlantics.
Special thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing this rare photo.

Pequot Library circa 1910

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Pequot Library color postcard circa 1910.

457 Harbor Road - Southport Connecticut


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Howard Burr

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Howard Burr would have been 114 years old today.

One of Howard Burr's favorite motto's was this:
"Don't regret growing old. It's a privilege denied to many."


He also was quoted saying: "I hate hot weather..I was born on July 26, 1900.
And I'll tell you what my mother told me: 'It was a hot, humid day and
I was glad to get rid of you.'" -- Howard Burr

Friday, July 25, 2014

PYC Wednesday Night IDEAL 18 Fleet Racing July 23rd AERIAL VIDEO


PYC Wednesday Night IDEAL 18 Fleet Racing 
July 23, 2014 AERIAL VIDEO
in the waters off Southport, Connecticut

Chris Frantz the Talking Head Radio Show July 25th at 4pm on WPKN.ORG



Chris Frantz the Talking Head Radio Show

Listen LIVE Friday July 25, 2014 at 4pm-6:50pm EST anywhere in the world on your computers. car, iPhone, iPads anywhere you have cell or wifi service on www.wpkn.org

A most unique radio program not to be missed.

Chris and his wife Tina Weymouth are founding members of Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club.
Chris and Tina were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Chris is also a Grammy award winning record producer.
“Chris Frantz the Talking Head” show is broadcasted on the last Friday of every month
from 4pm to 7pm on www.wpkn.org

Listen to his 6/27/14 show archived here: http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/72544

Follow Chris Frantz on twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisFrantzTTC

PEQUOT LIBRARY’S 54TH ANNUAL SUMMER BOOK SALE FEATURES HUNDREDS OF VINTAGE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Southport, CT – Over 300 vintage children’s books from the early-19th – mid-20th centuries will be included in Pequot Library’s 54th Annual Summer Book Sale, including more than 100 different editions on Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Variations on this classic children’s book offered at this sale include multiple versions produced by different publishers of Robinson Crusoe rewritten in one syllable words, as well as unusual adaptations of the story, including Dog Crusoe, Little Robinson Crusoe of Paris, and Arctic Crusoe. Typical of what is being offered is a beautifully illustrated 1882 edition.

Robinson Crusoe was first published on April 25, 1719. The first edition credited the work's fictional protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents. Despite its simple narrative style, Robinson Crusoe was well received in the literary world and is often credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre.

All of these vintage children's books will be conveniently located in one location inside the library, alongside the book sale’s higher value books known as "Specials." This year’s Pequot Library Book Sale will feature 200 catalogued Specials which will be posted in early July on Pequot Library’s website, pequotlibrary.org. All of the books have been donated to Pequot Library.





Pequot Library’s 54th Annual Summer Book Sale runs from Friday, July 25 - Tuesday, July 29, 2014. It is known as “The Best Book Sale in New England.” Admission is free and all Sale proceeds help fund Pequot Library's over 400 yearly inter-generational programs and events. High quality books at reasonable prices, with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted.

Over 40 categories, including the favorites: Children’s Books; Art and Photography; Business; Biography; Several sections of History (USA, European, World, and Military); Computer Software and Books; Cooking; Crafts and Style; Foreign Language; Gardening; Mystery and Thriller; Romance; Science; Sports; Science Fiction; Current Fiction; Classic Fiction; Poetry and Drama; Trade Paperbacks; CDs, DVDs, records, tapes, and Audiobooks; Sheet music, music books, comic books, prints. 

Pequot Library thanks its generous sponsors: The DeMattia Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Brody Wilkinson; People's United Bank; Whole Foods Market.
 

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. 
For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. 
Follow Pequot Library on Facebook and Twitter

Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pequot Yacht Club print from 1928

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The Pequot Yacht Club, At Southport, Connecticut

This is an original 1928 black and white halftone print of illustrations by C. McKnight-Smith that depict exterior and interior views of the Pequot Yacht Club of 669 Harbor Road, Southport, Connecticut. A four-story brick warehouse building was converted into the two story clubhouse seen here in 1925. The building depicted here is still used by the Club to this day.
Period Paper is pleased to present a collection of nautical-themed vintage ads, covers, prints, and articles from 1928 Yachting magazine. To continue "sailing" through this "salty" collection, simply click on the link provided beneath the condition paragraph. Enjoy!
CONDITION
This 85+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. Light creasing. There is light bleedthrough on this piece from the verso. Please note: There is printing on the verso.
To find other items from this specific collection in our eBay store, please click here.
This piece was illustrated by McKnight-Smith, C.. Artist signature in print - bottom right of image.
This is an original 1928 black and white halftone print of illustrations by C. McKnight-Smith that depict exterior and interior views of the Pequot Yacht Club of 669 Harbor Road, Southport, Connecticut. A four-story brick warehouse building was converted into the two story clubhouse seen here in 1925. The building depicted here is still used by the Club to this day.
Period Paper is pleased to present a collection of nautical-themed vintage ads, covers, prints, and articles from 1928 Yachting magazine. To continue "sailing" through this "salty" collection, simply click on the link provided beneath the condition paragraph. Enjoy!
CONDITION
This 85+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. Light creasing. There is light bleedthrough on this piece from the verso. Please note: There is printing on the verso.
To find other items from this specific collection in our eBay store, please click here.
This piece was illustrated by McKnight-Smith, C.. Artist signature in print - bottom right of image.


Pequot Library Book Sale one hour long documentary from 1993


VIDEO NOTES BY the documenter finleymeboy:
In the summer of 1993 I had a video camera and time on my hands (there was a recession then, too, come to think) and I decided to chronicle the Pequot Library Booksale, a unique event in Southport, CT that draws thousands from all over the region and beyond (Martha Stewart dropped in to promote it one year). The "sale" happens in July, but is a remarkable process that goes on all year, accumulating mass as it goes. I was pretty close to it and the people involved, having worked as a volunteer for years (This is my homage to them). What comes across in this video, if you watch the entire hour, is the peculiar attraction, passion and hunger people have for books, and in this event, a unique ecology of books in which the culture gets circulated from one hand to another, a lot among people who would otherwise not have access to it, and then somehow the whole thing replenishes itself to come back another year. Think about this as people tell you nowadays that books are going away, like newspapers, and this might be of more poignant historical value than I thought. A lot of the good people in this film are gone, but the sale goes on (it goes on now as I speak) as it has for over 50 years, and hopefully will continue long after printed books are "dead."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5s4ZBZArNo

At the Town Dock several decades ago

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At Ye Yacht Yard Town Dock, Southport, Connecticut. Photo reads: " In tidal basins and rivers, or where winter icing ruins small docks, the landing float is a necessity. Second hand ones in good condition are hard to come by, so it's unusally a case of knowing how to design and build one for your purpose."
Date unkown. Photo property and courtesy of Ye Yacht Yard Preservation Fund/Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis.

Pine Creek Beach on Wednesday





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Pine Creek Beach on Wednesday.

1940's Southport Harbor

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1940's Southport Harbor
Southport, Connecticut
Photographer and date unknown.
"Photograph has some blemishes. Date is probably 1940's.
The old onion dock was removed during the last dredging a few years ago."
-Arthur Jennings
Photo property and courtesy of Arthur Jennings.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wednesday Night Racing off Southport



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Wednesday Night Racing off Southport 7/16/14.
PHOTOS: David Curtis

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Freedom Tower from Sasco Beach on Friday evening


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Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center Manhattan from Sasco Beach on Friday evening.

Ye Yacht Yard on Friday afternoon




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Ye Yacht Yard on Friday afternoon.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Howard Burr in the shop at YYY


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Howard Burr in the shop at Ye Yacht Yard.
Photographer and date unknown.
Photograph property and courtesy of Ye Yacht Yard Preservation Fund.

Fairfield - Southport Village Sidewalk Sale 2014

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

AERIAL VIDEO: Southport Wednesday Night Sailing


Southport Wednesday Night Sailing
July 16, 2014 in Southport
video by David Curtis

Another early view of Southport Harbor circa 1880's

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Southport Harbor circa 1880's
Another early view of Southport Harbor at low tide looking north towards the Jelliff Block. Sasco Hill and the onion fields to the right. To the far right, the bow of a vessel can be seen at anchor. Circa 1880's. Special thanks to Arthur Jennings for this rare view of the past.
Photo: Arthur Jennings Collection

Launching a vessel at YYY in the 1930's

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Launching a vessel at YYY in the 1930's
Special thanks to Joe Rainis for providing this view into the past at Ye Yacht Yard.
Photo property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Ye Yacht Yard Preservation Fund

Bulkley's Market Southport CT circa 1870

Special thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing this very old advertisement
from the Southport Chronicle circa 1870.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Southport Street Parade & Blessing of The Fleet 2014 slideshow video


Southport Street Parade & Blessing of The Fleet 2014
Southport, Connecticut
June 14, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Town of Fairfield Clam Clinic August 2nd

Clam Clinic - Saturday, August 2

Town of Fairfield Clam Clinic

Saturday, August 2, 2014
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sasco Beach - 1401 Sasco Hill Road 
Fairfield Residents,
Please join us for two hours of fun at Sasco Beach and experience the natural shellfish resources that Fairfield and the Long Island Sound have to offer.  All town residents are welcome - including children.  Learn clamming techniques, harvest your own clams and keep your catch.  Sample locally prepared clam chowder.
This is a free event sponsored by the Town of Fairfield Shellfish Commission.  No clamming permits are required for the clinic but permits will be sold for future use.
Event is weather dependent.  Please call the Shellfish Hotline to ensure Sasco Beach Shellfish Bed is open at: (203) 256-3074.  Rain Date is Sunday, August 3, 2014 (10:00 - 12:00 pm).
For more information contact the Fairfield Conservation Department (203) 256-3071.

http://www.fairfieldct.org/conservationnews/?FeedID=169

Monday, July 14, 2014

Opti Rumble 2014 - Southport CT PHOTOS

Opti Rumble 2014





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All photos: Eric Sundman

St. Anthony of Padua Church Annual Picnic on Sunday





























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St. Anthony of Padua Church Annual Picnic on Sunday July 13, 2014
South Pine Creek Road - Fairfield CT

https://stanthonyffld.org/2014-annual-parish-picnic-sunday-july-13-from-1230pm-to-630-pm/