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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pequot Library Annual Midwinter Book Sale Feb.13-14th

Pequot Library Annual Midwinter Book Sale

Saturday & Sunday, February 13-14, 2016
Fiction, Classics, Mystery, Biography, History, Cookbooks, Records, CDs, DVDs, Comics.

Rare Southport Harbor postcard circa 1910

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Rare Southport Harbor postcard circa 1910 low tide.
To the far left, an old onion barn (note person standing nearby), and, the BC&MMR clubhouse.
To the far right, the buildings were demolished and is now Perry Green, and also visible-the roof of Southport National Bank on Main Street.
View is from the area near the old Meeker Docks.

Rare artist's rendering of the new PYC

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Artist's rendering of the new PYC, 1920's. 

Image courtesy: Arthur Jennings' collection.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Explore rare books & manuscripts from Special Collections at Pequot Library Feb.5th

Fantastic Finds, Rare Books

At Pequot Library
Southport, CT
Friday, February 5, 2016, 10:45am
Explore rare books/manuscripts from Special Collections with Executive Director. Free.

Sasco Hill pre-1910

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Sasco Hill postcard pre-1910.

Winter 1950's at YYY

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Winter 1950's at Ye Yacht Yard.
Sasco Hill in the distance across the harbor.
Photographer and date unknown.
Photograph property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Horseshoe Cafe Monday Night Acoustic Double Feature Jan. 25th

HORSESHOE CAFE Monday Night Acoustic Double Feature 1/25/16
355 Pequot Avenue Southport Village

Old Postcard Southport pre-1920

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Thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing this excellent condition rare postcard.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Methodist Church on Pequot Avenue at Center Street circa 1910

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Methodist Church on Pequot Avenue at Center Street.
Hand-colored postcard circa 1910.

Furuya Sisters Chamber Trio at Pequot Library Jan.17th

Furuya Sisters, Chamber Trio

Pequot Library
Southport CT
Sunday, January 17, 2016, 3pm
Performed at the White House Holiday Party in December. Tickets online.

Pequot Library in 1891

Pequot Library in 1891
Southport, Connecticut
Description: Photographer: Clinton B Hall. Note found with glass plate negative: "Pequot Library, May 19, 1891." Marked on the plate itself, top right, is "#38." On back of an original print made from this plate is written, "Taken May 19, 1891, Clinton B Hall." Pequot Library is the subject of HABS (Hist Amer. Bldgs Survey) Report #314, copy in Pequot Library. The only pictures of Pequot Library included in the picture collection are those made from lantern slides or glass plate negatives, plus one 1906 postcard.
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 19 May 1891
Format: Photograph

Shop The Fairfield Women's Exchange

Visit the Fairfield Women's Exchange on Pequot Avenue in Southport Village for great gifts for all occasions, greeting cards, postcards, framed artwork, books, Southport souvenirs, ornaments and more.

Dining with Downton at Pequot Library Jan.15th

Dining with Downton!

Pequot Library
Southport CT
Friday, January 15, 2016, 7pm
Watch Downton Abbey by the fire. Bring your own dinner or order prix fixe. Register.

Coal Sheds, Harbor, Schooner Mary Elizabeth 1905

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#229 Coal Sheds, Harbor, Schooner Mary Elizabeth
Southport, Connecticut
Printed invitation postcard, b/w, C. H. Pease Publishers, Canaan. On the front of the card is printed: "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 [67 Westway Road], 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." The legend "Southport Harbor" appears on the picture. On reverse of card, the post office cancellation is 23 June 1905. The picture shows the coal sheds which were located where the PYC docks and parking are now, opposite 608 Harbor Road. At the breakwater is a schooner identified by Charlotte Lacey in her Historical Story of Southport (page 45) as the "Mary Elizabeth." This ship was made into a schooner in 1884 (had been a sloop). She was taken out of market boat service about 1903 but remained at her berth at the breakwater. The ship was sold in April 1905 and taken to Long Island. The picture thus was taken between 1884 and 1905. Photo #229A is a print of the picture on the postcard. The original photograph has not yet been found.
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 1905
Format: Photograph

The Old Bulkley House-Southport Village

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"The old Bulkley House at the corner of Chester Place and Main Street. Notice the fancy wooden fences now gone." -Arthur Jennings.
Date of photo: 1880's. The man on the steps and people on the porch, are unidentified.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Dining with Downton! at Pequot Library

Dining with Downton!

Friday, January 08, 2016, 07:00pm
This repeat is an exception to the normal repeat pattern
downtonAbbeySeason6DVDimage"Secrets and rifts threaten the unity of the family, while those below stairs continue to navigate social changes which put their futures in jeopardy..."
See Downton Abbey at Pequot Library before PBS airs it!  Free.
  • Bring your own food and beverages
  • Order a prix fixe gourmet Downton Inspired dinner service $25 (menu for each week listed below)*
 Friday Evenings
Promptly at 7pm
in the Auditorium
  January 8 Episodes 1 + 2
  January 15 Episodes 3 + 4
  January 22 Episodes 5 + 6
  January 29 Episodes 7 + 8 + 9
  Registration required.  

Register Now compress
Week 1:
Option 1 Homemade sausage, red potato mashed, pickled tomatoes, poached eggs & hollandaise
with Apples Charlotte- individual baked apples in pastry with honey cinnamon sabayon
Option 2: Braised vegetable stuffed pastries, pea purée & hollandaise with Apples Charlotte- individual baked apples in pastry with honey cinnamon sabayon

Week 2:
Option 1: Seared Rosemary chicken served with creamed carrot polenta & crispy Brussels with Salty caramel apple pudding with whip
Option 2: Seared scallops, watercress soup & sunchoke mashed with Salty caramel apple pudding with whip

Week 3:
Option 1: Individual beef Wellingtons, pea purée with Cardmom rice pudding with rose water & vanilla ice cream
Option 2: Seared salmon, caper piccata sauce, bacon braised kale, fingerlings with Cardamom rice pudding with rose water & vanilla ice cream

Week 4:
Option 1: Beef bourguignon, home made fettuccini, parsley, garlic and lemon gremolata with Queens pudding (custard, fig jam & meringue)
Option 2: Mustard glazed salmon, balsamic reduction, braised French lentils with Queens pudding (custard, fig jam & meringue)

 *Chef Genee Habansky herbaceous-food-5 1has been cooking for her loved ones for a long time. She started her career at The Natural Gourmet Institute studying healthful and healing cuisine. Once graduated, she began to intern under Jon Vaast at The Dressing Room in Westport, CT. This developed into a deep love for seasonal and local cuisine. Other restaurants she’s worked in include Paganos Seafood, Heirloom, Walrus + Carpenter and Centro. Through this time she developed skills in both front and back of the house. Her culinary inspirations are Alice Waters, Dan Barber, Thomas Keller and local chef Karen Gosselin.
Location : Auditorium
Contact : Marianne Pysarchyk at (203) 259-0346 ext. 19 or

Southport Trust Company deposit report 1903

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Thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing this interesting old deposit report from the Southport Trust Company dated November 2nd, 1903.

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

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas from Tom Tom Club

Christmas at Southport Congregational Church in 1900

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Christmas Tree
Southport Congregational Church
Subject: Southport, Connecticut Description Photographer: Edward, Clinton or Eugene Hall. Note found with glass plate negative: "Congo Church Christmas tree. 4 plates. Taken Dec 27, 1900."
Creator V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 27 Dec 1900 Format photograph

Monday, December 14, 2015

Winter sailing in Southport Harbor 53 years ago

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Winter sailing in Southport Harbor 53 years ago
Arthur Jennings seen here winter sailing at the narrows in an early Dyer Dhow (with cotton sails).
Notice the old Pilot House on the left, and, Perry Green, and Pequot Yacht Club to the right, in front of Nicholas Fingelly Real Estate, on the corner of Main Street and Harbor Road.
-Arthur Jennings Collection

The Horseshoe Cafe HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR Dec.14th

The Horseshoe Cafe
Monday December 14, 2015 at 8:30pm
Pequot Avenue - Southport Village

Pequot Library Holiday Caroling Party & Open House Dec.18th

The Pequot Library's Annual Holiday tradition takes place on December 18th between 5-7pm


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Southport Beach Area Open Space Area Purchased and Preserved

FAIRFIELD, CT.  Dec. 7, 2015 -- Thanks to community donations of all sizes, Aspetuck Land Trust has purchased a nearly one acre building lot at 1400 Pequot Avenue, directly across from Southport Beach in Fairfield that was threatened by residential development, according to David Brant, Executive Director of the land trust.
“At this time of the year it is especially appropriate for Aspetuck Land Trust to thank the public for the tremendous support it enjoys from the community,” said Brant.
“Because of that support, we were able to purchase and preserve as open space forever a .72 acre lot alongside Sasco Creek across from the long popular public swimming beach and picnic area. The acquisition prevented a house from being built on highly erodible land. Potential development also would have had a negative impact on the distinct character and beauty of the area and put the water quality of Sasco Creek at risk,” said Brant.
He said the Aspetuck Land Trust purchased the property September 25 for $105,000 with support from the Southport Conservancy and local residents.
“We are also now in the process of purchasing additional open space in Weston and exploring farm property acquisition and preservation in Easton too. All of this open space preservation is possible because of the generous gifts we receive from the public. We are very grateful but will need additional support to meet our goal of keeping Westport, Fairfield, Easton and Weston  greener communities,” said Brant.
“To become a member or buy a membership as a gift, we ask the public to visit our website at and click Donate to make a donation or download a gift form,” said Brant.
Thousands of adults and children annually enjoy visiting the 45 trailed nature preserves in the area owned or managed by Aspetuck Land Trust.
Protect local open space from development by becoming a member at
Serving Westport, Weston, Easton and Fairfield since 1966

Thursday, November 26, 2015

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sasquatch (Bigfoot) runs in Southport Thanksgiving Day Race

Sasquatch (Bigfoot) runs in Thanksgiving Day Race

Written by E. Packer Wilbur
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.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

At the "Narrows"

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At the "Narrows"
"Notice the large mound of sand along the shore to the right. A small steam engine with smoke working along the beach. The background shows Sasco Hill with familiar landmarks. This photograph was taken at the "Narrows". At one time the village gave consideration for building a bridge across the harbor at the "Narrows". Photograph is believed to have been taken by, or at the direction of, Richard Demarest Sr., who was associated with the golf course development project of O.G. Jennings." -Arthur Jennings
{Sasco Hill in the background, McKenzie's Point to the right.}
Many thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing this very rare photograph and piece of Southport history.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bulkley's Market Southport CT circa 1870

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