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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday/Saturday Book Sale at Pequot Library Nov.28th-29th

Pequot Library

Black Friday/Saturday Book Sale

Fri., Nov. 28 & Sat, Nov. 29, 2014, 9am - 5pm
New items! CDs, DVDs, signed books, and more - all suitable for gifts. Plenty of parking.
Admission is free. All Sale proceeds support Pequot Library's over 400 annual
programs for adults and children, plus inter-generational events.
  • New items
  • Gently-used items suitable for gifts
  • New CDs and DVDs, still factory-sealed and shrink-wrapped
  • 5,000+ books to choose from
  • 5,000+ CDs and DVDs
  • Assortment of The New Yorker magazines from 1940's-1970's
  • Cozy Book Sale, come to relax, browse and buy, with plenty of free parking

Categories Include:
◦ Art/Photography
◦ Children
◦ Christmas/Holiday
◦ CDs/DVDs
◦ Cookbooks
◦ Gift Books
◦ Heritage Press
◦ Signed Books
◦ and so much More!
More information:

Thanksgiving Proclamation 1789

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WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houfes of Congress have, by their joint committee, requefted me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to eftablifh a form of government for their safety and happiness:"
NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and affign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of thefe States to the fervice of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our fincere and humble thanksfor His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the fignal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpofitions of His providence in the courfe and conclufion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have fince enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to eftablish Conftitutions of government for our fafety and happinefs, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are bleffed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffufing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleafed to confer upon us.
And also, that we may then unite in moft humbly offering our prayers and fupplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and befeech Him to pardon our national and other tranfgreffions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private ftations, to perform our feveral and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a bleffing to all the people by conftantly being a Government of wife, juft, and conftitutional laws, difcreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all fovereigns and nations (especially fuch as have shewn kindnefs unto us); and to blefs them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increafe of fcience among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind fuch a degree of temporal profperity as he alone knows to be beft.
GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand feven hundred and eighty-nine.
(signed) G. Washington
Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789

Pine Creek Beach on Thanksgiving Eve

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Pine Creek Beach on Thanksgiving Eve.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sherwood's Point (near YYY) and Lower Wharf

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"I believe the gentleman wearing the hat is a Sherwood.
This was a very active yard. A piece of history that has faded with time." Date and photographer uncertain
-Arthur Jennings

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"I believe the first and second photos have never been in the public domain until now. Second photo shows the wharf and footings (people unidentified, date circa 1920 and photographer uncertain)."-Arthur Jennings

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Lower Wharf, circa 1920's. "Air photo shows the Lower Wharf." -Arthur Jennings

Many thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing with us these exclusive images and invaluable insights to Southport's past.

Sign at YYY

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Southport Harbor Masters

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Southport Harbor Masters
"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.

Francis Dimon Perry House 1890's

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Francis Dimon Perry House, aka Trinity Rectory 678 Pequot Avenue

Southport, Connecticut

Description: This is the Francis Dimon Perry house, built 1832. Mrs. Francis Dimon Perry, who died in 1893, left the house to the Episcopal church for use as a parsonage. This picture may have been taken prior to 1893. (note iron fence).

Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 1890's?
Format: Photograph

Monday, November 24, 2014

Early Pequot Inn advertisement

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From Arthur Jennings' collection.

Southport Harbor circa World War 1

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Southport Harbor circa World War 1
Rare photograph in Southport Harbor looking towards the old onion fields of Sasco Hill. Photo taken circa World War 1 era. The angle from which the photo was taken appears it is possible from the old PYC/BC&MMR dock area.
With special thanks to Arthur Jennings.

"Horseshoes for Hope" music series in Southport Nov.24th

Let the Good Times Roll! This upcoming Monday 11/24 we will wrap up our "Horseshoes for Hope" music series in grand fashion with Rafe Klein and Charlie Karp at 8:30PM! It's the season finale- come out for a party! PLEASE BRING NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DONATIONS so we can add to our collection for Operation Hope! We need your help for those less fortunate this Thanksgiving! Get in early- open-mic slots will fill up quickly, and you will not want to miss any of the great acts stopping by. C'mon down and "Put your show on at the Shoe!"

Horseshoe Cafe - Pequot Avenue - Southport Village

Thanksgiving Day Road Race 2014 in Southport, Connecticut

5 mile Road Race course map:
Walkers' 2.6 mile course map:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jen Chapin at "Horseshoes For Hope" on Monday

Jen Chapin performing as feature artist at "Horseshoes For Hope" Operation Hope Food Drive Music Series in Southport on Monday evening. Photo by Chris Jennings. 

Join Pequot Library for Muffins and Mimosas at Splash of Pink! Nov.20th

Join Pequot Library 
at Splash of Pink!

Thurs, November 20
9:30am - 11:30am

Donate to your favorite charity and cross a few 

gifts off your list. 

15% of sales will 
benefit Pequot Library.

MEET THE AUTHOR, JR.--JANE O'CONNOR at Pequot Library Nov.19th


Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 04:30pm - 06:00pm
Meet the author of the Fancy Nancy books, on the New York Times Best Seller Lists for more than 350 weeks!
Wear your best tiara and dressups!
For ages 4-10
Books will be available for signing and purchase
Arrive is limited! No registration required
Free and open to the public
Location : Reading Room/Auditorium
Contact : (203) 259-0346 ext. 18

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fireside Tales: For Fathers and Kids Nov.17th at Pequot Library


Monday, November 17, 2014, 7pm - 8pm
Pequot Library 
Bedtime stories around a lit fire, kids in pjs, popping corn the old-fashioned way! Free.
  • Fireside storyhour for fathers and their kids (ages 3+)
  • Wear your pajamas for bedtime stories
  • Make popcorn the old-fashioned way--in the fireplace!
  • Drop-in, no registration required
  • Sessions include: Nov. 17; Dec. 8; Jan. 5; Feb. 2

Jen Chapin at the Horseshoe Café for "Horseshoes for Hope" Nov.17th in Southport

This Monday 11/17- Jen Chapin at the Horseshoe Café for "Horseshoes for Hope". Get in early to see this special feature performance at 8:30PM. Bob Ardern will also be coming in from Nova Scotia to "Double Feature" later in the evening! Please bring a food donation or come place a bid on a framed Southport print in our Silent Auction. Proceeds go to Operation Hope. Plenty of great acoustic open-mic players throughout the evening! Grab your instrument, come down and "Put your show on at the Shoe!"

Horseshoe Cafe - Pequot Avenue - Southport Village

2014 Sasquanaug Annual Meeting

2014 Sasquanaug Association for Southport Improvement
 Annual Meeting at Eagle Hill School on Sunday.

Southport Harbor on Sunday

Southport Harbor on Sunday.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

November 1953 storm and flooding at YYY

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Ye Yacht Yard 61 Years Ago
in November of 1953
Photographer unkown
Property and courtesy of Ye Yacht Yard Preservation Fund/Howard Burr Collection
With thanks to Joe Rainis.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sasquatch (Bigfoot) runs in Southport Thanksgiving Day Race

Sasquatch (Bigfoot) runs in Thanksgiving Day Race

Running close to the front in the 1978 Pequot Runners Five Mile Thanksgiving Day Race in Southport, Connecticut, Andy Garson could hear heavy breathing just ahead of him and noticed a strong odor like charred wood or maybe burning rubber. As he covered the next few hundred yards he could hear the breathing drift behind him and the smell disappeared. Looking around, Andy couldn’t see the other runner and, as he neared the finish he began to focus on his own race and pushed the odd event into his subconscious. Later and on reflection, he thought: "well, I was kind of running on autopilot at the time and the endorphins must have been flowing so I could easily have been imagining things."

In 1985 the Thanksgiving Day Race was run during a light snowfall and Peter Donovan was coasting along well within his limits, enjoying the scenery and the companionship of the many other runners. About halfway through the Race, passing Sasco Creek Road, he began to see very large shoeless footprints appearing in the snow, one after another, just ahead of him and to his left. The effect was almost mesmerizing in its regularity. The snow was muffling the sound of footfalls so Peter couldn’t hear anything and, peering through the falling snow and the slight early morning mist drifting in from the Sound, he couldn’t see anyone either. Since his ears had already been assaulted by bagpipers at the beginning of the race and, later, by the "Theme from Rocky" blasting from a house on Beachside, perhaps he couldn’t have heard anything anyway. He soon moved ahead of the mysterious phenomenon and later, in his mind, ascribed it to the onset of runner’s high and maybe not enough sleep the night before the race. During the 1990's, the Pequot Running Club began to use tracking systems to automatically record the numbers and times of runners as they crossed the finish line. Duncan Harris was in charge of this process as it was developed and refined over the years and, as the years passed, he noticed that the same long nine digit number kept appearing in the tally – a number not assigned to any runner. It was as if someone or something had crossed the line unseen except by the electronic finishing technology. At first, he wrote it off as an anomaly which could be expected in such a complicated process but when the same number kept appearing year after year it became a topic for Board level discussion. No one could come up with an explanation and outside experts were similarly baffled.

The strange recurring number bothered Duncan, a scientist with a trained and mostly orderly mind. During a quiet vacation with his family in the Caribbean in the late winter of 2011, he took along the book Enigma: The Battle for the Code about the breaking of the German "Enigma" code during World War II. While reading the book, he thought about his finish results and wondered if the recurring number could be a form of code. Taking this idea as an hypothesis, his mind began to work on the problem and, as his daughters report, Duncan might as well have been on Mars for the rest of the holiday.

Working with some of the concepts from the book and his own knowledge of coding and computer analysis, it took about a week of effort for Duncan to identify the number as the likely product of a somewhat arcane coding system known as a Trifid Cipher (spelled with a single "f" unlike the plant species). Based on this insight, he painstakingly translated the recurring nine digit number into the word "SASQUATCH" and the pieces began to fall into place. Since the implications of this word were even more upsetting than its continued recurrence, Duncan kept his thinking to himself until the next Board meeting which led Peter to again mention his mysterious experience and Andy to then remember his own encounter.

This wasn’t something that Jeff Palmer, President of the Pequot Running Club  
wanted to put into the Board Minutes. Runners are all too aware that many non-runners think they must be out of their minds and this would certainly be further confirmation. Accordingly, the Board decided not to record their discussion of the possibility of an eight foot tall mythical creature running every year in their Thanksgiving Day Race.

Several Club members did do some historical research which didn’t yield much. About the best hypothesis anyone could come up with is that Sasquatch, sometimes known as Bigfoot, was somehow affiliated with the Sasqua and Pequot Indians who lived in the Southport area. Most other sightings of Bigfoot have been in the Pacific Northwest which could indicate that after the Great Swamp Fight in 1637 in Southport, he moved west ahead of encroaching settlers and the gold rush, ending up in the most wooded portion of the west coast.

Why would he come back to Southport? Well, a few wolves seem to be moving east and south back to New England – maybe Bigfoot moves with the wolves. Around Thanksgiving there are lots of wild turkeys in this area and perhaps it is appropriate for Sasquatch to have his turkey too. None of us can figure out how he could be so numerate as to be able to use a ciphering system invented in 1901 or why he runs with the
Pequot Running Club but then the legend of Sasquatch or Bigfoot is enshrouded in mystery anyway and explanation is perhaps best left to future generations.

E. Packer Wilbur

Note: The Pequot Running Club Five Mile Thanksgiving Day Race in Southport, Connecticut, was inaugurated in 1978 and has now been run on 34 consecutive Thanksgiving Day mornings. More than 5,200 runners and walkers participated in the 2011 Race.
The Race proceeds go to local charitable organizations including The Wakeman Boys and Girls Club, The Laddie Lawrence Scholarship Fund at Staples High School, Westport EMS, The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Fairfield Counseling Services, The Keystone Club (Fairfield), Fairfield Police Explorers, and The Weston High School Boosters.

Trinity Church circa 100+ years ago

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Trinity Church, Pequot Avenue Southport, Connecticut.
Old photo in poor condition. Date unknown.
From Arthur Jennings collection.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Department of Housing Public Notice on Proposed Activities in a 100-Year Floodplain


October 30, 2014:

To: All Interested Agencies, Groups & Individuals

This is to give notice that the State of Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Orders 11988 and 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management, for the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) State of Connecticut Disaster Recovery Program activities under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383).to determine the potential effect that its activity in the floodplain will have on the human environment. 
The proposed Pine Creek Culvert Replacement project is located north of Fairfield Beach Road and south of the Fairfield Wastewater Treatment Plant. The proposed project includes replacing the existing 48-inch corrugated metal pipe (CMP) culvert under Pine Creek Dike with two 60-inch high density polyethylene (HDPE) culverts and two 48-inch HDPE culverts, with headwalls at the culvert inlets and an endwall and tide gates at the culvert outlets. The existing culvert does not have sufficient capacity to convey a major storm surge event. During Superstorm Sandy, the culvert became obstructed and caused severe flooding in the Pine Creek area for several days. Self-regulating tide gates will be installed on the two 48-inch culverts to allow muted tidal flushing. Manually operated sluice gates will be installed on the outlet side of the 60-inch culverts. These gates will normally be in a closed position but will be opened at the onset of a large storm surge event. The total floodplain area affected is anticipated to be approximately 0.06 Acres.

There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and wetlands and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public education tool. The dissemination of information about floodplains and wetlands can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains and wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Written comments must be received by DOH on or before November 13, 2014. DOH encourages electronic submittal of comments to In the alternative, comments may be submitted on paper to: Hermia Delaire, Program Manager, Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program, Department of Housing, 505 Hudson Street, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06106 by November 13, 2014, where a full description of the project may also be reviewed
during the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Evonne M. Klein, Commissioner, DOH

"Horseshoes For Hope" Food Drive Benefit Live Music Series on Nov.10th

“Preserved on the Mighty Waters: Exploring the Indian Mariners Project” at Pequot Library Nov.9th

“Preserved on the mighty waters: exploring the Indian Mariners project,” Jason Mancini, phd speaks at pequot Library
Southport, CT -- Jason Mancini, PhD, Senior Researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut will speak at Pequot Library on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 4:00pm. His topic explains how the local Native American tribes in Connecticut’s history adapted to their changing world in his presentation “Preserved on the Mighty Waters: Exploring the Indian Mariners Project.” Dr. Mancini addresses our area's little-known and fascinating maritime history. This program is free and open to the public.

Over nine million acres of Indian Country in southern New England and Long Island was reduced to less than 30,000 acres by the American Revolution. Indians across the region adjusted in different ways to this rapidly changing world. One important and largely unseen shift involved the participation of Indian men in various forms of maritime labor - from shipbuilding to whaling. This talk focuses on the hundreds of Indians that found work in the customs district of New London and explores their “roots” and “routes,” the global social networks they formed, and their traveling histories from the objects they collected and stories they told. Dr. Mancini will present whaleship routes mapped on Google Earth, details from recent explorations in Hawaii, New Zealand, and Alaska, and his recent voyage on the only surviving 19th century whaleship, Charles W. Morgan.

Mancini is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Connecticut College and holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Connecticut with expertise in the archaeology and ethnohistory of New England. His current research projects focus on Indian histories after 1700 and involve Indian social networks, Indian mariners, urban Indian communities, race and ethnicity in New England, cultural landscapes, and oral histories. He is the founder and director of the Indian Mariners Project, a collaboration between multiple tribes, institutions, and individuals that explores the history of and ongoing relationship between Native people and the sea. His forthcoming book project, Beyond Reservation: Indian Survivance in Southern New England, will be published by SUNY Press.

This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition in the Rare Book cases in the Perkin Gallery and Reading Room of Pequot Library, Pages from Pequot: Native Americans. All materials are from Pequot Library's Special Collections. The exhibition runs from October 17, 2014 - January 11, 2015.

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