Woog's World: The rhyme'n' reason for taking stock of Westport's '14 season
Published 7:01 am, Saturday, December 20, 2014
OMG! I almost forgot
To write my Christmas poem.
A traditional holiday crockpot
Of Westport hearth and home.
Some folks think it's crazy
Others call it cute
The origins are hazy
But it sure has taken root.
Yet this year's take is different
It's time to change the style
Before you read on, heed this hint
(It takes a tiny while)
The rhyming scheme has changed a tad
From what is was before
AABB was not too bad
But ABAB adds some more
And instead of singling out
Actual Westport dudes
We'll give a "Woog's World" shout
To stores and trends and moods.
We end the year with news that's tough:
Silver's end is coming
The retail business sure is rough
But Steve and Sue are bumming
That shopping center reconstructions
Kept customers away
So stop in now for price reductions
And perhaps to say
"Thanks for over 60 years
Of selling special tchotchkes
There's sure to be some heartfelt tears
But sit back and enjoy the latkes."
That shop is not the only one
To close forevermore
Max's ended its long run
As our go-to artists' store
pencils, easels, Letraset
Pens and brushes could be found
'Twas all for sale there, surely
With friendly service all around
From Nina and from Shirley.
We lost much more than stores, you know
In Westport since the last freeze
Among the things that had to go
Were Longshore's stately trees
But Parks and Rec was on the case
Back in the 1980s
They planted more to take their place
So hold your fire, mateys
The entrance now looks fine in present tense
Yet 'twill be nicer still, for sure
In many decades hence
When the new trees grow mature.
Also gone is Kemper-Gunn
Though not too far -- that's great!
The famous house was not undone
By plans to renovate
That little neighborhood
See, David Waldman's Bedford Square
Plan seems all well and good
He's taken pains and lots of care
To change the Church Lane course
Retail, housing, more -- oh my!
Will surround the Spotted Horse
building on the now-moved Y
It takes some time but life continues
Already we can have some joe
And enjoy intriguing menus
At Java (though it's s-l-o-w).
As for the Y, it sits so proudly
By the Merritt Parkway
Despite the wails heard loudly
On that awful dark day
When it moved out from downtown
Off to Mahackeno
Though some predicted gloom and doom
Members smile, all aglow
(Except in the locker room).
Meanwhile, 'cross town, in Saugatuck
Some things change, others not
We still have Dunville's, and the Duck
But much is different -- quite a lot
The Whelk, Downunder, yeah and Sweets
A place for smoothies, and for Thai
Another to buy gourmet meats
Yet for old Saugatuck don't cry
Mario's is there, and the station
Inviting you to walk and roam
Despite the pace of innovation
It's still a place that folks call home.
In fact, that's true throughout our town
From Kibberia east to Shake Shack
It's like a game to put us down
But like whack-a-mole we pop back
Of Westport we're insanely proud
So "Woog's World" says without a fuss
We shout it from the rooftops loud:
"Happy holidays to all of us!"