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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Town of Fairfield Landfill Solar Array at Old Dam

On the Town of Fairfield’s former landfill adjacent to Old Dam Road, a massive 1.3 megawatt solar power array – comprising more than 4,000 individual solar panels – is set to deliver 1.7 million kilowatt hours per year of clean, renewable energy to the Town’s wastewater treatment plant, providing about 25% of the plant’s energy requirements. Representing a “green” use of a degraded landscape, the solar array is one of the most dramatic illustrations of Fairfield's long-term commitment to clean energy and a more environmentally sustainable future. Drone video courtesy of Daniel Blumenfeld.

Pequot Library Summer Book Sale 2017 video

Pequot Library's 57th Annual Summer Book Sale 2017

Cockenoe Island

Pine Creek & Old Dam aerial video


Chris Frantz The Talking Head Radio Show Friday July 28th

Streaming live

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Happy Birthday Howard Burr

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Howard Burr would have been 117 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

Howard Burr July 26th 1983 on his 83rd Birthday

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Howard Burr on his 83rd birthday at the shop at Ye Yacht Yard.

(Howard was born on July 26, 1900)
Courtesy of: Howard Burr Collection, special thanks to Joe Rainis.

Howard Burr on his 85th birthday in 1985

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From the July 26, 1985 Fairfield Citizen-News: Howard Burr.
Courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Special thanks to Joe Rainis.

Very rare photo showing the area east of the Lower Wharf in 1929

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Sasco Hill, Sasco Beach, and McKenzie's Point in the background.
"This photo is circa 1929 showing the area east of the Lower Wharf. Note the mooring hoist to the left and the vintage cars to the lower right and across the harbor along the beach. (There is an object in the center of the photo which appears to be along the breakwater. I have put a loupe to the image and cannot be certain what it is. At times I see a sail boat with a mast. Other times I see what appears to be a float plane, with tail to the left and prop to the right. Whatever is happening, there are a few spectators with the number of cars in the photo)."
"The property on which the photo was taken belonged to my father and his family. The original parcel was about 4 acres and went back to Willow Street. It also included an undetermined amount of what is now YYY, and included what is now 1000 Harbor Road, the house that one time had the tower. On the hill was mounted cannon during the war of 1812 to protect the entrance of the harbor. My dad build his home on the hill in the 1920's. At that time the land was used as an apple orchard and grazing land for cattle." -Arthur Jennings
Many thanks to Arthur Jennings, for sharing this rare image.

Sasco Hill in 1887

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View of Sasco Hill from west side of Mill River
Southport, Connecticut

Photographer: Roderick P Curtis. One of many pictures of Sasco Hill taken by Roderick Curtis.
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: December 1887
Format: Photograph

Simon Couch Sherwood House in 1906

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Simon Couch Sherwood House
Southport, Connecticut

Description: B/w post card. Printed on front: "Southport 1906. House of Mrs Simon C. Sherwood." This house was built in 1884 for Simon Couch Sherwood, son of Edwin Sherwood (#89 Westway Road). The lamp in front of the house is a Dietz lantern, the type installed by the Sasquanaug Society in the 1890's. This house is the subject of HABS (Historic American Bldgs Survey) Report CT-296. It is also discussed in Cigliano and Schwarz, Southport, The Architectural Legacy of a CT Village.

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

Tom Tom Club - Suboceana

Pequot Presents: Jane Austen August 2nd

Pequot Presents: Jane Austen

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Watch this period comedy Love and Friendship(PG) based on an Austen novella. Free.

Main Street & Harbor Road 1895

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#017 Hall Block
Main Street, Center Street and Harbor Road
Southport, Connecticut

Photographer: Edward, Clinton or Eugene Hall. This picture was taken from Harbor Road looking at Center Street. Visible is the shell of the brick building on Center St which burned. To its left is a house which stood where the parking area for 252 Main Street now is. In the center background is the Savings Bank on Main Street.
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 2 Jan 1895
Format: Photograph

Main & Harbor Road 1896

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Hall Block & Jennings Building, Main & Harbor Road
Southport, Connecticut
Description Photographer: Edward, Clinton or Eugene Hall. Note found with glass plate negative: "The 'Center' showing the new brick tenement, the Town post [sign post], Woodward's tin shop, Wood's, Post office & meat market." At the top of the plate is printd "View Hall block and... [unreadable] Nov 20, 96 c 10 AM. Clo Cl ix No 3." ["Clo Cl" etc a record of exposure time, plate number?] On left is the Hall block built after 1894 fire. The two top floors were the "tenement" portion; first floor was given over to stores. Across Main St, on the right is #251 Main, owned by Nehemiah Jennings. The top stories are the old Miah Perry house; the first floor was added (put underneath the house) in the 1870's. On the right was the post office and to the rear of it, Miah Jennings meat market. On the left was John Wood's dry goods store. To the left of this building was the Nichols store building, then occupied by M. V. Woodward, a plumber.
Creator: V Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date 1896?
Format: Photograph

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dedication of Memorial Fountain Unveiling Main Street Southport

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#122 Dedication of Memorial Fountain, Unveiling
At Main Street and Harbor Road, Southport, Connecticut
Photographer: Roderick P Curtis? Commercial photographer? Written on reverse: "unveiling DAR monument in Center." In handwriting of Mrs Wells Curtis is note: "Josephine Bulkley Wells and Alice Beardsley Curtis." In this photo Josephine Wells and Alice Curtis were unveiling the fountain. The building in the background right, with the striped awning, is the front of the Jennings Market building (the PO), 251 Main. The dresses worn by Josephine and Alice were described in the Children's Magazine of 1903. Issue No 5, page 4, Pequot Lib. collection.
Date: 17 June 1903
Format: photograph

Treasures of Southport September 10th in Southport Village

Register free:

Carey's Corner in 1900; currently Switzer's Drug Store

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Carey's Corner
Southport, Connecticut

Description: The term "Carey's Corner" was often used to denote the 5-point intersection of Pequot Ave east and west, Old Post Road, Rose Hill Road and Main Street. More specifically it referred to this building, which was a popular ice cream parlor/restaurant. This building burned down in 1904. The site is now occupied by Switzer's Drug Store. The billboard on the left advertises a movie house in Bridgeport. The house to the left of the Carey's Corner building was the home of William Disbrow, now #338 Pequot Ave. For information about Carey's Corner see the Packet April 1988, Vol 3 #2.

Creator: V. Louise Higgins

Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: circa 1900
Format: Photograph

Pequot Library's 57th Annual Summer Book Sale July 21-25th

"The Best Book Sale in New England"

Friday, July 21 - Tuesday, July 25, 2017
More than 140,000 previously-loved books, media, vinyl, and specials in 55+ categories.

Rare Southport Video from 1928-1930

Courtesy of the Codge Bullard Archive.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tom Tom Club - Downtown Rockers

Sailboat In The Harbor-1890's

Sailboat, Southport Harbor 1890's
Photographer: Clinton B. Hall. Note found with glass plate negative: "Sailboat in the Harbor." The plate has C.B. Hall printed on the bottom edge. 1890's.

Captain William Webb Wakeman House in 1887

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Captain William Webb Wakeman House, 137 Rose Hill Road aka 478 Harbor Road
Southport, Connecticut

Description: Photographer: Roderick P Curtis. On reverse of picture is written: "Residence of Mrs W W Wakeman, Southport, Conn. Sept '87." This house was built c 1837 for Captain William Webb Wakeman.
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: Sept 1887
Format: Photograph

Old aerial photo of the Athena Diner

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Rare old aerial photo of the Southport landmark The Athena Diner on the Post Road.
Photographer and date unknown. Thanks to Michael Herley of Southport for sharing  this image.

Lines West at Horseshoe Cafe July 24th

Tonight (7/24) - join us for some music fun! Lines West takes the 8:30PM Feature Spot followed by Acoustic Open-Mic! New Performers always welcome! See you there!

Horseshoe Cafe - Pequot Avenue - Southport 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Take an exclusive self-guided tour of Southport Village - FREE!

FREE APP! Download the exclusive Southport, Connecticut historic self-guided walking tour app, narrated by the late Southport resident Jason Robards. Produced by The Southport Conservancy in Southport, as a community service to promote and preserve the history of Southport, Connecticut. Download here from the App Store:

Fancy Bags And Cake Sale On Westway Road 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

Waters off Pine Creek and Southport 1960's

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Postcards, 1960's. Waters off Pine Creek, and Southport.

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.

Howard Burr at Ye Yacht Yard

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Howard Burr at YYY circa 1930's.
Photographer and date uncertain.
Photograph property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis

Howard Burr in the shop at Ye Yacht Yard in 1952

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Howard Burr inside the shop at YYY in 1952
"Photo [of Arthur Jennings] with Howard Burr in about 1952. The location is inside the YYY shop at the foot of the ladder that went to the loft where the cat lived. The box behind Howard contained tools used on his work bench." Howard is about 52 years old in this photo.
-Arthur Jennings

Working around Ye Yacht Yard

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Work being performed at the shoreline near Ye Yacht Yard.
Photographer and date unknown.
Photograph property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis.

Flashback: Southport in Nineteen Ninety Two

October 11, 1992
If You're Thinking of Living in: Southport
     WITH the Victorian and Greek Revival homes of Harbor Road, a legacy of seafaring men, behind them and views of Southport Harbor in front of them, picknickers and artists gather on balmy fall weekends at Perry's Green in Southport. Like many other activities in this tiny unincorporated village in the southwest corner of the Town of Fairfield, Conn., the gatherings are linked to the water.
One of the best-known local figures is Howard Burr, 92 years old, who smokes a corn-cob pipe and has been looking after Ye Yacht Yard for 65 years. His birthdays are celebrated at the municipal dock.
"Southport is not a made thing," said V. Louise Higgins, the village historian. "It's not a Disneyland, it's not a museum. You don't have to invent it. This is where people live."
In 1661, the area was a marshy part of Fairfield -- Sasqua Fields -- that settlers from elsewhere in New England bought from the Paugussett Indians. Within a year, farmers were tilling the soil and grazing their sheep and cattle and Perry's Mill was grinding oats, rye and corn along Mill River. Around 1760 the growing village was renamed Mill River and three years later a shipyard was built.
     The hamlet was torched by the British on July 8, 1779, but by 1825 sloops and schooners from the rebuilt community were carrying meat and produce as far south as the Carribean. In 1831 the bustling area officially became the Borough of Southport. By the middle of the century it had earned a reputation as the onion capital of America. READ MORE FROM THIS ARTICLE:

Shop Today in Southport Village

Shop today in Southport Village!

Pequot Library Summer Book Sale is going on RIGHT NOW!

Pequot Library 57th Summer Book Sale

Friday, July 21, 2017

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."

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Flashback: 55th Annual Pequot Library Book Sale July 2015

"Sasco Point" real estate ad 1930's

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"Sasco Point" in 1930's
Sasco Hill, Fairfield, Connecticut
"Sasco Point" originally the residence of Clarence B. Sturges, was formerly offered at $250,000...and now is $130, the early 1930's that is..and it was sold for more than 100 times that amount in 2001, and then razed, and replaced with an even more magnificent structure.
(note the sandbar to the left and how far it had extended, compared to how the shoreline looks today. Also to the far right corner of the property was a beach house on the cliff on McKenzie's Point which does not exist today other than remnants of shattered brick and clay stuck in the cliff and scattered about the beach).
This is a vintage real estate advertisement from a magazine in the early 1930's, offering this property on McKenzie's Point for sale at the end of Sasco Hill Road which was once owned by former Connecticut Senator and publisher of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and advertising agency founder William Benton.
The house was razed in 2001 and a new one was built in 2002.
From Eric Sundman Collection

The Boulder Coal Ship Wreck off Southport - Squalus Marine Divers

Howard Burr at YYY in 1985

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Howard Burr in the shop at Ye Yacht Yard, July 1985.

Fairfield Citizen-News 7/26/85.
Courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis.

The Village at Southport

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Junior Sailors get ready for the 2017 Opti Rumble in Southport July 15th


Photos: Eric Sundman 7/13/17

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: Howard Burr Collection
Thanks to Joe Rainis.

Howard Burr at Southport Harbor

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Howard Burr at Southport Harbor
Photographer and date unknown.
Photograph property and courtesy of Howard  Burr Collection/Joe Rainis.

FLASHBACK: Opti Rumble 2014 - Southport CT PHOTOS

Opti Rumble 2014

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All photos: Eric Sundman

FLASHBACK: AERIAL VIDEO - Opti Rumble 2014 in the waters off Sasco Beach in Southport on Saturday

Opti Rumble 2014 at Pequot Yacht Club
Southport CT July 12th, 2014
video by David Curtis

FLASHBACK: Over 100 Junior Sailors competed in the 2013 Opti Rumble on Saturday

The first Opti heads out on Saturday morning.

View from Ye Yacht Yard.

An amazing sight.

View from Southport Beach.

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Look closely to see just how wide the field is.

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View from Sasco Beach.