Of Boats, Vets and the Best
Welcome to August, the hottest month of the year and a great time to read Greenwich Magazine at the beach, on a breezy porch or in the cool comfort of your air-conditioned boudoir.
These are known as the “dog days” of summer, not because the humidity makes you feel so dog-tired or that Fido lies listless under a tree or that the stock market slumps. The term was coined by the ancient Romans after the constellation Canis Major in which resides Sirius, the brightest star we can see except for the sun. In spring and early summer, it’s lost in the sun’s glare, but now it rises before the sun and we can see it best.
So perhaps in honor of dog days, we offer you a doggone good story about the wonderful veterinarians who care for our four-legged friends. P.S.: It didn’t go unnoticed here that Elvis, the Greenwich rescue dog, has just retired. Congratulations to the black Lab (with gray muzzle) and his handler, firefighter Mark Dawson, a canine search specialist for FEMA, on an impressive career that included searching for victims at Ground Zero.
In another story, we take you out on the water for a ride on the mighty Aphrodite, a 1930s commuter boat once owned by Jock Whitney and now lovingly restored by Deborah and Chuck Royce.
Finally, and proudly, we announce the winners of our third annual Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut survey. We thank all you readers for taking the time to vote for your favorite wine shop, art gallery, bakery, golf course, wedding registry, pet spa, you name it. We heard tell that an excited Miriam Landsman, arranging flowers at someone’s home before an event, said: “I just won the Best of the Gold Coast Floral Designer!” Said Marcia Selden delivering food: “Well, I won Best Caterer!” Said the hostess upon walking into the room: “I guess I hired the Best!”
The winners have been invited to set up booths at our famous annual Best Of party taking place on Wednesday, August 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hyatt in Old Greenwich. Tickets are $45 online (BestOfGoldCoastCT.com) and $55 at the door. Remember that a portion of the proceeds goes to Kids in Crisis. To ease parking problems this year, we have shuttles running between the Hyatt and the Old Greenwich Civic Center. So come join us and have a ball. As realtor David Ogilvy said the first time he took it in: “I’ve never seen so many people I don’t know having such a great time!”