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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pequot Library Annual Potluck, Outdoor Concert & Campout June 9th


Friday, June 09, 2017, 06:30pm - 11:30pm
12th Anniversary on June 9th at Pequot Library!
Join in a favorite, traditional community event on Pequot Library's one-of-a-kind Great Lawn!
6:30pm Potluck Supper - Contact Children's Dept. to coordinate food and register
7:15pm Outdoor Concert with the Merwin Mountain Band
9pm The Big Pillow Fight
Come for any part of the evening or pitch your tent and camp all night!
More great activities all evening:
  • Find out  about our Summer Reading Program
  • Fun lawn games for kids: badminton, spinnaker play, pillow fight and more!
  • Roast s'mores by campfire
  • Tell ghost stories
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Location : The Great Lawn
Contact : or (203) 259-0346 ext.16 
Thanks to Whole Foods Market Fairfield for their generosity and support.

Southport Harbor in 1949

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Postcard of Southport Harbor in 1949.
According to Arthur Jennings, "the power boat in the foreground I believe was a "Matthews" which were popular. Notice the Junior Club building had not been renovated with a porch. The porch was added and the building renovated in the mid-1950's with a substantial donation from Briggs Cunningham. The last onion house, also in the foreground, was largely untouched from the onion days." Thanks to Arthur Jennings for contributing this rare postcard and background information.

Southport Harbor Dredging circa 1960's

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Southport Harbor Dredging circa 1960's
Photographer and exact date unknown. Dredging Southport Harbor circa 1961-1962?
View from old Meeker Docks.
Photo property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis.

12th Annual Pequot Library Golf Classic Fundraiser May 30th

12th Annual Pequot Library Golf Classic Fundraiser

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Enjoy fabulous golf at an exclusive links-style private course overlooking Long Island Sound.
More information:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sasco Beach area encampment of Barnum Circus Workers

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Sasco Beach circa 1913
Beach encampment of workers, believed to be from the Barnum Circus in Bridgeport {working on the development of Country Club of Fairfield area at beach}.
(Note breakwater at entrance to Southport Harbor behind men near the center of the photo).
(Photo from glass plate). -Arthur Jennings
From Arthur Jennings' Collection. {Circa 1913?}

Sasco Beach encampment continued

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In the background the {Southport} breakwater and the windmill at the E.S. Hand estate are visible. {circa 1913?} -Arthur Jennings
From Arthur Jennings' Collection

Many thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing these exclusive and rare images of the past.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Greens Farms Garden Club Annual Plant Sale May 20th - Sherman Green Gazebo

Greens Farms Garden Club 


Saturday May 20th

Sherman Green Gazebo
Post Road Fairfield

The BIG APPLE in Southport Harbor

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"The BIG APPLE was bought by my Father about 1938 and mostly anchored by the bridge at the then Tide Mill. He and my Mother and myself, spent many hours fishing and clamming with it, My Mother being brought up as a Farmer in New Jersey was quite thrilled when catching fish, trolling or bottom fishing as was myself. In 1945 when his stepson, (Herbert Elmer Ellsworth Bowman) returned from Italy, my Father gave him the boat. My Brother as I always called him, kept the boat anchored off the Green next to the Pequot Yacht Club where the picture was taken by me. My Brother gave me permission to use it, and I think I got more use out of it than he did." -John H. Bayes  
Photograph property and courtesy of John H. Bayes Collection                                                      

Molly Pike Tavern Main Street Southport 1888

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Molly Pike Tavern
Main Street, Southport, Connecticut
Photographer: Roderick P Curtis? Eugene Hall? The Pike Tavern is on the extreme left. Molly Pike opened her home as a tavern after the death of her husband in 1806. The tavern was the scene of balls, banquets and other social affairs in Mill River in the early 19th century. The building was purchased by Edward T. Hall Sr. from the Pike family in the 1860's. The first floor was used for shops; the second floor contained rooms for rent and offices. This building and the one next to it were burned to the ground in 1894. The building to the right of the Pike Tavern (now the site of 244 Main) was a store building also owned by Pikes. Above it (north) is visible the Southport Savings Bank. Beyond the bank is the Rosilla Bulkley house, built 1852. This building was more or less in the front yard of the school grounds. Miss Bulkley ran a millinery shop in the building. When she died in 1884, the house was sold and later became a market.
Creator: V Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 1888
Format: Photograph

Pequot School in 1947

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Pequot School Southport in 1947.
Photo property and courtesy of John Bayes Collection.

Croquet at 24 Old South Road circa 1867

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Croquet at Old South Road circa 1867.
From slideshow "Southport Then and Now"

Methodist Church at Pequot Avenue and Center Street circa 1900

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Methodist Church, Center Street & Pequot Avenue
Southport, Connecticut
Description: Photographer: Edward, Clinton or Eugene Hall. Note found with glass plate negative: "The (new) Methodist Church Bldg at the corner of Pequot Rd & Center St." House in left background is house (built for Godfrey) which had stood on site in front of church and was moved to front on Center St. It was the parsonage. The house partially visible to right of church is another house built for Godfrey; it is now the Congregational Church parsonage, #612 Pequot Ave. See Packet Oct 1993.
Creator :V Louise Higgins
Publisher Pequot Library Association
Date: 1900?
Format: Photograph

Southport Harbor in 1889

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Sasco Beach on Wednesday evening

Sasco Beach on Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trinity Church "Tailgate Tag Sale" June 10th

At Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT 06890


Pack the Car, Open the Trunk & Sell in Southport!

SOUTHPORT, CT – Back by popular demand, Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport is once again hosting the one-of-a-kind “Trinity Tailgate Tag Sale” on Saturday, June 10th from 9am-4pm. 
The event offers sellers the opportunity to buy a spot in the Church’s spacious parking lot in downtown Southport, pack up their cars with items they would like to sell, and benefit from the enormous promotion and customer traffic being generated by Trinity. The parking lot is located on the corner of Pequot Avenue and Center Street in Southport. Residents of Fairfield, Bridgeport, Westport, Southport and the surrounding area are invited to buy a “spot” and sell their items, whatever they may be.  All are welcome to participate. There is no need to be a member of the Church. 

Timed “after Spring Cleaning,” this year’s event marks the second time that Trinity will be holding its Tailgate Tag Sale. Last year, over 80 families set up spots and sold such items as costume jewelry, women’s and men’s designer clothing, hand bags, scarves and accessories, china, silver, housewares, antiques, children’s party clothes, kayaks, mountain bikes and more (see photos).  Last year also included a number of Southport and Fairfield-area merchants such as Lattice House, Mama Jane’s, Lion’s Paw, Nutrition Kitchen, Two Bs and others.

The event offers the opportunity for sellers to earn cash from the proceeds of the items they sell. Trinity benefits from the proceeds of the parking spot purchases.
“Last year’s Tailgate Tag Sale gave our neighbors a unique reason to come together and celebrate our community in a new way,” said Peggy Hodgkins, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. “This year’s Tag Sale builds on that success and gives everyone a give their used items a new life. Best of all, the proceeds of the parking spot sales are used to fund the mission and ministries of Trinity Episcopal Church, Southport.”
Among the groups aided by Trinity’s Outreach program are Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Center for Family Justice, Council for Churches of Greater Bridgeport, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), Parish Court, St. Luke’s/St. Paul’s Food Pantry, and many more.
Those interested in buying a spot at this highly visible event can visit EventBrite at Spots are $100 or $150 for Premium Location.

All are also invited to attend the Friday Night Bites & Boutique party on Friday night, June 9
th, where they will get “first dibs” on the sale’s Boutique Treasures. Tickets for the Preview Party are $40/person or $75/couple. They are also available on link above.

RAIN DATE:  In the event of rain, the Trinity Tailgate Tag Sale will take place on Sunday, June 11
th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
About Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Church has been a center of worship and Christian community since 1724. Trinity offers many occasions when parishioners of all ages come together as a community for fellowship and friendship. Our Community is about what we do and what we offer that benefits not only our Trinity community but also the community at large, including service to those in need in the wider community. Trinity welcomes all people: our doors are open every day, all day, for prayer and rest.

Southport Harbor

Southport Harbor

Southport Market Boats in 1905

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Southport Market Boats
Southport, Connecticut
Description: B/w post card, "26C20, Luin B Switzer, Publisher." Printed on the front of the card sent to "Mrs. H. T. Bulkley, Southport": "The Last of the Market Fleet, Southport, Conn." Written on the front: "Comps of L.B.S. (by Luin B. Swtizer himself)" The card is postmarked 24 Nov 1905. Luin B. Switzer ran the Southport drugstore from 1895 to about 1940. The drugstore is still called "Switzer's." In the Weekly Times of 11 Aug 1905, Switzer advertised "Southport Souvenir post cards at Southport Pharmacy. 2 for 5 cents." This may be one of the souvenir cards advertised. In the picture the schooner on the left is the one identified by Charlotte Lacey in her Historical Story of Southport (page 45) as the "Mary Elizabeth, " a market boat owned by the firm of Chas. Jennings & Son. The schooner on the right may be the "George Edwin, " a market boat owned by the Simon Banks firm. The market boats ceased operation about 1903-4. The "Mary Elizabeth" was sold in 1905 and taken to Long Island.
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: c1905
Format: Photograph

Tip - A - Cop Fairfield Police Dept. Fundraiser May 18th-21st at Saugatuck Sweets on Reef Road

Saturday, May 13, 2017

H.B. Sherwood's Ice Wagon early 1900's Southport

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H.B. Sherwood's Ice Wagon
Southport, Connecticut
Description Photographer: Eugene Hall? Note found with glass plate negative: "H B Sherwood's ice wagon." Picture is identified in same manner in Banks _This Is Fairfield_ (pictures following page 192). Herb Sherwood ran a coal, grain, wood, ice business, and his office was on Harbor Road in the building now the Jr PYC. He was married to Clara L Banks, daughter of Simon Banks, who built the Jr PYC building.
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date early 1900's?
Format: photograph

PYC Nautical Tag Sale May 13th

Friday, May 12, 2017

Town of Fairfield Annual Clam Clinic June 17th

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"Voyages & Vistas: Southport to Sri Lanka" Early Summer Exhibition at Southport Galleries

Southport to Sri Lanka
Artist, Brechin Morgan
Southport Galleries is delighted to welcome, Brechin Morgan as our featured artist for our early summer exhibition, "Voyages & Vistas: Southport to Sri Lanka."  Brec's artistic vision is inspired by his nearly 5-year journey circumnavigating the world aboard the 27-foot sailing vessel, OTTER. During his solo voyage he sketched and water-colored sunrises and sunsets, ports and ship industry--selling his works along the way to finance his incredible journey. Brec's compilation of his emailed reports, We're All On the Journey shares a year at sea --available in a Kindle edition for the armchair sailor.

A Milford resident, Brec now finds inspiration in our local waters from his studio in Bridgeport.  The artist spent much of this spring painting Southport's unparalleled harbor vistas.

"Blessing of the Fleet" will be the featured image for Southport village's annual Blessing of the Fleet Parade on Saturday, June 24th.

The show continues until July 4.


NEAR & FAR AID Designer House Tour May 12th

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Riegel beachfront and early Sasco Beach

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Beach Area Riegel & Sasco Hill Beach
Southport, Connecticut
Description: Photographer: Henry Carlson for Fairfield _News_; VLH collection. Aerial view (published July 22, 1948) shows Sasco Beach before present road, refreshment stand etc had been put in place. Sasco Hill beach site is believed to be landing place of one contingent of British troops which torched Southport and Fairfield. Riegel shore property in foreground shows beach house and beyond it the bathing pavilion. Boat house had been destroyed in earlier hurricane although remains of marine railway still visible.

Creator: V Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: July 1948
Format: Photograph

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Southport Harbor 1920's

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Southport Harbor & PYC 1920's
Southport, Connecticut
Description: B/w post card, The Collotype Co., Elizabeth NJ & NY. Printed on face of card: "Southport Harbor and Dock, Southport, Conn." The dock appears to be that of the PYC. This postcard was found in the John Daley Scrapbook.
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 1920's
Format: Photograph 

Dr. Taylor & C.C. Chambers Residence

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"Dr. Taylor & C.C. Chambers Residence. Southport, Conn."
Real photo postcard. Photographer and date unknown.

158 Westway Road in 1906

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158 Westway Road, Augustus Jennings House
Southport, Connecticut
Description: B/w post card. Printed on front: "Southport 1906. House of Dr George B Prentice." This house was built c1830 by Augustus Jennings at the northwest corner of Pequot Ave & West Main St/ Westway Rd (just west of the Pequot Library property). After Mrs Jennings' death, the building was sold. It was moved to the West Main St/Westway Rd location in 1899. The lamp in the foreground ws one of the Dietz lanterns put up by the Sasquanaug Association in the late 1890's. The house partially visible at the right is #144 Westway Rd. See Packet Oct 1993.

Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 1906
Format: Photograph

8th Annual Pequot Library Derby Day Fundraiser May 6th!

8th Annual Pequot Library Derby Day Fundraiser

at Pequot Library
Pequot Avenue - Southport
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Open bar, Kentucky fare, tailgate or individual tickets. Big hats and fast horses! Register now!

Southport Harbormasters

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"This is a photo of Barbara Burr's Chesapeake Bay Retriever, "Flair", standing guard at YYY with her friend Ferdie Jennings, back in the 1950's. Flair was a fixture at YYY for many years and was first mate on Barbara Burr's lobster runs. Barbara's traps were usually set off Greens Farms where the bottom was rocky. Those runs were fun."
-Arthur Jennings
Special thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing this bit of Southport history.

Rare view over Southport Harbor circa 1914

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Rare view over Southport Harbor circa 1914
"This photo was taken from the second story porch of the BC&MMR (on Harbor Road at Westway Road) showing an onion farm and buildings then in existence {on Sasco Hill circa 1914-1915}. This appears to be the flagpole"
-Arthur Jennings
From: Arthur Jennings Collection

Friday, April 28, 2017

Early Ye Yacht Yard

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At Ye Yacht Yard.
Date Unknown. On reverse: Processed by: W.A. Gough Fairfield, Conn.
Most likely Howard Burr to the far left.
Photograph property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

McGruff & The Crime Dogs at Horseshoe Cafe on April 24th

Horseshoe Cafe - Pequot Avenue - Southport Village

Wakeman Meeker's Yacht 'Ada' circa 1880's

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"Believed to be the "Ada", owned by W.B. Meeker." -Arthur Jennings
Mr. Wakeman B. Meeker lived at 25 Westway Road. Photo: circa 1880's Southport Harbor.
Thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing this rare photo.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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 Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Beto Petrillo at Horseshoe Cafe on April 17th

Monday April 17th- Stop by the Shoe for a great night of music.
Beto Petrillo takes the 8:30PM feature spot followed by Acoustic Open-Mic.
Food, Friends, Drinks, and Great music......see you there!

Barbara Burr's PAGAN on the rails at YYY

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Barbara Burr's sloop "PAGAN" on the rails at Ye Yacht Yard.
Photographer and date unknown.
Photograph property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis

Friday, April 14, 2017

11th Annual Easter Egg Roll April 15th on The Great Lawn at Pequot Library

Southport, CT – Pequot Library welcomes visitors to their 11th Annual Easter Egg Roll on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium and on Pequot’s Great Lawn. This cherished community event takes its inspiration from the long-standing White House tradition. The history of the White House Egg Roll began in the 1870s, on Capitol Hill which had become a popular spot for children to roll eggs, and themselves, down the hill on Easter Monday. As the Washington, DC event grew more popular, the toll on the grounds was noticeable. In 1876, Congress passed a law forbidding the Capitol grounds to be used as a children's playground. In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes issued an order that if any children should come to the White House to roll their Easter eggs, they would be allowed to do so. The tradition has been carried on since at the White House, and has grown into the major event the public experiences today.
Pequot Library’s Annual Easter Egg Roll started 11 years ago. Pequot Library's Children's Librarian, Susan Ei explains, "There are so many candy-hunting activities in town, we wanted to offer a totally different alternative. Plus kids can dye their eggs here without the mess at home!"
Bring a long-handled wooden spoon and your own hard-boiled eggs for decorating at this "dye-in" event. Dance the Bunny Hop and meet the Easter Bunny himself. Visit with Pequot Library’s real, live rabbit, Blossom! Children can enjoy crafts and carnival games, too. Choose your favorite egg to enter in the age-category race. Rain or shine. This free program is for ages 2-12.
At last year's Easter Egg Roll, one mother of two young kids exclaimed, "We love the opportunity to carry on our family tradition of dyeing eggs for Easter, but nothing beats the excitement of watching line after line of eager kids rolling and racing their eggs across Pequot's Great Lawn. It's good, classic fun, and the grown-ups even get a chance to roll some eggs, too!"
Please visit to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!