Woog's World / A Westport wonderland holiday greeting
Published 7:29 am, Monday, December 24, 2012
And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?
Another year older, did you have much fun?
Did you see Obama when he came to town?
Or did Hurricane Sandy just knock you flat down?
Did trees rip your wires, or fall on your house?
Did you sit in the dark, and bitch, moan and grouse?
Or did you light candles, and play Clue and chess
And then the next morning go clean up the mess?
This year was the Levitt at last in your plans
To see bluegrass and funk, and big ol' brass bands?
To sit by the river, on warm summer nights
And have a cool picnic (and a few `squito bites)?
This year did you see at least one Playhouse play
An evening of culture (or a matinee)
And stop in next door for a Dressing Room sup
(Or perhaps went to Winslow, to walk with your pup)?
This year was the Farmers' Market a stop
Instead of a big box called, oh, Stop & Shop?
To buy the most fresh kale and beans and tomatoes
And -- this rhyme's a stretch -- bread like ciabattas)
Miss the markets? (Hey, there were only like 30)
Don't fret -- they're indoors now, thanks to Sal ("Herbs") Gilbertie.
This year did you check out Blues, Views, BBQ
To enjoy ribs and pulled pork and plenty of brew
Along with great music, kids' stuff and more?
(If you missed it this year, go next time for sure.)
And just two weeks later, the Saugatuck Slice
Was equally funky, and well worth the price
For five bucks the food and beer overflowed
We wandered and chatted and smiled, `cause we knowed
That Gault and Romano have brought Saugatuck back
As a hip part of Westport, it's on the right track.
This year did you throw your elbows and force
Your way through the crowds at the new Spotted Horse?
Suddenly Church Lane's created a buzz
This tiny side street that not long ago was
Just a way to cut through, or park near the Y
Has changed, has morphed -- good gracious, oh my!
There's pedestrians, life, and Urban Outfitters.
Soon David Waldman (talk about big heavy hitters)
Will start building his new Bedford Square
A handsome (we hope) project that's where
That same Y now stands. But one thing no one knowest
The handsome Queen Anne house: Whither it goest?
Don't count out downtown, though for years it was hurtin'
There's life in it yet; of this we are certain
You may not love all the stores (each one looks like the rest)
But the Merchants throw parties: the Biergarten Fest
And the recent tree lighting, whose party thereafter
Filled bright Branson Hall with good cheer and great laughter.
Did you wander this year to the new Terrain store
(That is, if you could park and get through the door)?
Or did you prefer to shop "locally"
And hit WTF for a fresh Christmas tree?
For up on Cross Highway there's lots of good karma
Take a ride over there, to the Wakeman Town Farma.
The Aitkenheads offer great programs for all
We're happy they're back there, winter, spring, summer, fall.
This year did you make at least one special foray
To the Westport Arts Center? Or perhaps took a
Trip near Town Hall to the WHS
Our Historical Society -- which, more or less
Lets you see what our town was like back in the day
And helps you to ponder where someday we may
Be. Or not. It's all up in the air
Like the snow that could make this a Christmas so white
(Or the rain that would be just a buzzkilling blight).
So whether or not you've enjoyed this brief ditty
Whether or not you're from here or the city
Whether or not you are young or a coot
Whether you play lax or soccer, or tootle the flute
Whether you're straight or bi, or you're trans or you're gay
Whether you worship, or can't stand to pray
Whether you're Romney and Ryan, or chose the big winners
Whether you cry with the saints or laugh with the sinners
You know that we're all in this "Woog's World" together
So Merry Christmas to all -- and to hell with the weather!