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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Pequot Library Black Friday/Saturday Book Sale Nov.24-25th


Black Friday/Saturday Book Sale

November 24-25, 2017, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

10,000 items to choose from!

Many new books, CDs, DVDs, ideal for gifting.

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 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.

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

Chris Frantz The Talking Head Radio Show Friday Nov.24th - Special Guest CINDY WILSON of The B-52s

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Chris Frantz The Talking Head 

Radio Show

with exclusive special guest 

- Friday November 24, 2017 -
on WPKN 89.5FM from 4pm-6:50pm EST

and LIVE STREAMING on all your devices worldwide at 

Cindy Wilson LIVE at Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne in Fairfield CT
 on Tuesday December 5th!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tonight: Thanksgiving Eve at The Shoe!

(photo by: Horseshoe Cafe)
The annual tradition celebrated by many Horseshoe fans for decades, is finally here!

Thanksgiving Eve at The Shoe

The enjoyment begins at 7pm (or earlier as desired of course) Cafe - 355 Pequot Avenue - Southport Village 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Big News! Eagle Hill Southport is now...The Southport School as of TODAY

TONIGHT! - Crispin Cioe & Friends performing at "Horseshoes For Hope" Operation Hope Food Drive Music Series on Nov.20th

Don't miss this show! As we get closer to Thanksgiving, we conclude our "Horseshoes for Hope" Music Series with an appearance from Crispin & Friends (Monday 11/20) for a 1 hour showcase starting a 8pm. Please stop in and join us and lend a hand as we rally for Operation Hope! Please don't forget a Non-Perishable Food item(s) to support the cause! Help us help those community members in need this Thanksgiving!


Scandinavian Club Holiday Fair Dec.2nd

Join us December 2 from 10am to 3pm for shopping, food, and fun
at our annual Holiday Fair. A much anticipated tradition featuring
artisan vendors, Nordic gifts & foods, handmade crafts, raffle,
baked goods, face-painting, a visit from Santa, and more!
Enjoy a Holiday Smorgasbord, 12pm & 1pm. Limited seating.
RSVP 203-259-3817 or
$20 ($15 for Seniors, $10 for children under 10)
Vendors interested please call 203-259-3817.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

On the rails at YYY

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On the rails at Ye Yacht Yard.
"This photo is typical of a launching at YYY. In the skiff is Barbara and Flair. Barbara would use the skiff to tow the yacht to the floats, or to a mooring. Launchings usually drew supportive onlookers. Watching Howard start the engine and operate the winch was an event by itself." -Arthur Jennings
Thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing his memories regarding this photo.
Photographer and date unknown.
Photo property and courtesy of Ye Yacht Yard Preservation Fund.

July 1929 Southport Waterfront Real Estate Ad

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Harbor Road at Rose Hill in 1929
This is a rare real estate advertisement for a waterfront property for sale on Harbor Road in Southport at Rose Hill Road, from Motor Boating magazine, page 8, July 1929 edition.
From Eric Sundman Collection

Sasquanaug Association Annual Meeting Nov.19th at Eagle Hill School


The Sasquanaug Association’s annual meeting is taking place on Sunday, November 19th at 4 pm at Eagle Hill School Southport and will feature an informational talk about the Battlefields of the Pequot War. David Naumec, Senior Researcher, will present his latest research on the project with a focus on the Battle of Pequot Swamp which took place in Southport July 13-14, 1637. The study is part of the National Park Service’s American Battlefield protection program. David is a military historian and archaeologist who specializes in Connecticut and early American history; he has been studying the Pequot War for the past 10 years. 

The meeting is open to the public and Sasquanaug encourages the community to attend to hear not only about this fascinating project, but also about Sasquanaug Association’s efforts this past year and goals for the year ahead. You’ll have a chance to meet the board members and learn more about how you can get involved.  

For more information about the Sasquanaug Association, please visit:    

For more information about the Pequot War project, please visit:

The Eagle Hill School is located at 214 Main Street, Southport, CT.  

Yacht Contest at Ye Yacht Yard in the 1930's

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Yacht CONTEST at the marine railway at Ye Yacht Yard, 1930's, owned by 
Arthur O. Jennings Jr. of Southport.
 Photo: Arthur Jenning Collection.

David Bradley Homestead Old South Road in 1883

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David Bradley Homestead
Southport, Connecticut

Description: Written on back: "Home of David Bradley about 1883...246 Old South Rd." Bradley was postmaster in Southport in the 1860's. An 1827 map of Southport shows a house on this site. Cyrus Sherwood Bradley in one of his notebooks (collection Pequot Library) states in reference to this house, "I think the house is dated in the attic 1803."
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: circa 1883
Format: Photograph


Early Southport Railroad Station

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Early Southport Railroad Station 
Very early, undated postcard. 1900's.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Santa Visits Fairfield Saturday Nov.25th

Santa is arriving and visiting Fairfield on November 25th!   Santa Claus, played by Joe Skarupa, a perennial Santa-About-Town, will arrive by hook-and-ladder down Reef Road at 10 AM.  He will sit in the beautifully decorated gazebo on Sherman Green until approximately 2:00PM to listen to the wide-eyed wishes of children.  Santa’s elves will give each child an adorable, small holiday gift item sponsored by Senior Helpers.

This free event, in its 17th year, is made available to the community through the generous support of the Chamber’s membership, expressly: Bankwell as the Event Sponsor, plus: Massage Envy and F45 Training.
            As in the past, the ever-popular children’s petting zoo will return, from 10 AM to 1 PM weather permitting, sponsored by ACBI Insurance … as well as the much anticipated horse and wagon rides(10am-2pm), sponsored by Bigelow Tea, Fairfield University, Westy Self Storage, Delamar Southport,LCP General Contractors, LLC, White Rose Home Healthcare Agency, LLC, Splash Car Wash, and Rockin’ Jump Trumbull.  A food truck will sell breakfast sandwiches/coffee and hamburgers and hot dogs to the public, plus a variety drinks.   DJ Scott Nickel will provide classic and traditional holiday music, creating an even more festive feeling, as children walk up into the Gazebo to see Santa.
              Also back by popular demand this year, Chamber member FTC, will be a hosting and showing a Special Family Film: Frozen - The Sing-Along Edition.  Doors open at 1:00pm and the show starts at 1:30pm, held at the Fairfield Theatre Company in The Warehouse (70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, CT). Admission is $5 per ticket, while they last.
            The Chamber has also invited non-profit organizations to distribute information about their charitable community outreach efforts and/or sell holiday items to benefit and support their programs. In addition, holiday face painting and free hot chocolate will be offered as well. 
November 25th is also “Small Business Saturday”, a national campaign started by American Express to promote, and remind our residents and people, to “shop local” and support local businesses.  The Chamber will give out “I Love Fairfield” button pins, along with a “Shop Local” items from the Town of Fairfield, including canvas bags. 
            In the case of very heavy snow or rain, the event will be cancelled.  For current information, please check the Chamber’s website: … or call the office: 203-255-1011.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Let's Lego Afternoons at Pequot Library on Nov.16th


at Pequot library

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 04:30pm - 05:30pm


For ages 6-9
Each session will have a different building theme.
Hear a story or two and then build a Lego creation.
Finished projects to be displayed in the Children's Library. No registration required.

Location : Children's Library
Contact : (203) 259-0346 ext. 116


YYY in 1947

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Ye Yacht Yard
Southport, CT
Summer 1947
Photographer unknown

Photograph property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis

Storm Tide early 1950's Southport Harbor

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Storm Tide early 1950's Southport Harbor
Southport, Connecticut
"The gangway is the south float at YYY and was, brand new circa 1952 or 1953. Frank Romano took the photo from Harbor Road over the page wire fence that butts up to the corner of YYY. The shed across the harbor is the tennis pavilion of the Country Club which is still there today. Frank took the photo from Harbor Road over the page wire fence that butts up to the corner of YYY. Frank was a commercial photographer who worked for various area papers and for the paper in Fairfield. A very nice gentleman and a good photographer." -Arthur Jennings

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

176 Main Street Southport

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Chris Jennings of Southport submits this excellent photo: "This is the home of Oliver Bulkley, my great great grandfather. The house was built for him in 1861, by his father, Moses Bulkley, who is my great, great, great grandfather. Moses had a fleet of ships back in those days and many of his sons were ship captains. The house in this picture sits just to the right of Eagle Hill School (called Pequot School back in those days) and still stands today (painted white with a manequin on the front porch sitting in a rocking chair with umbrella). Address is 176 Main Street."
Thank you to Chris Jennings for sharing this piece of Southport history.

Recycled Lines returns November 12-15th

Monday, November 13, 2017

"Horseshoes for Hope" Operation Hope Food Drive & Live Music Series Nov.13th

Here it comes.....join us this upcoming Monday for Just Cuz Productions (11/13) in the 8:30PM Feature Spot followed by Acoustic Open-Mic.
We rally for Operation Hope with our Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Please bring a non-perishable food item(s) for the cause! See you Monday!