UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: 'Rooms with a View' exhibit, an elegant port in the storm

Thursday, November 8, 2012

'Rooms with a View' exhibit, an elegant port in the storm

Many of the houses along Southport's shoreline have rooms that provide stunning views of the water, sailboats gracefully passing by, and seabirds gliding on the breeze.
Sandy, the massive storm that last week caused havoc on the Connecticut coastline, particularly in Fairfield and its Southport neighborhood, dramatically changed those perspectives -- at least, for the time being. But a long-standing event at the Southport Congregational Church that took place as scheduled last weekend buoyed the minds and hearts of storm-dazed residents.
Organizers of the 18th annual "Rooms with a View" interior design showcase said they debated whether to go ahead with the event, featuring extravagant and unique home decor, while so many people only several blocks away were still coping with damaged homes, many without power, in the storm's aftermath.
In the end, said the Rev. Laura Whitmore, the church's associate minister, they decided to go forward. "It was less about hosting a party and a beautiful show than it was about being able to continue our ministry. This money is vital to our church's budget for our ministry, which supports Bridgeport and Fairfield charities," said Whitmore, one of numerous members of the church congregation who had to bail water from the church's Youth Room and Carousel Thrift Shop to prepare for the event.

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