From the Founders I

Of Photos and Fate



Bob Capazzo

I know, I know. We ran the winners of our photo contest last month. But I thought I’d fill you in on what it was like behind the scenes for us judges — an art director, two editors and our staff photographer.

First of all, we received some 275 entries this year from you talented amateurs out there — very exciting, though some people didn’t learn the early lesson I did about sticking to assignment. In this case, it was to focus on Greenwich people and places. (I still remember a formidable English teacher named Miss Bruce at Hathaway Brown School in Cleveland glowering at me over her half-spectacles and saying: “D for the day, Donna!” for not following direction.) So if we judges couldn’t determine that this was a Greenwich flower or a Greenwich chicken or Greenwich icicle, we had to disqualify a number of otherwise great shots.

On the upside, however, we were in for a big surprise. We honestly thought a professional might have snuck in the photograph that won Grand Prize in the People category. It was of two happy young ladies looking down from the top of a jungle gym. Turned out it was taken by eleven-year-old Regina Ferrara, a sixth-grader at Sacred Heart and originally from Mexico. After the middle school awards ceremony last June, a small group of students and their mothers had gone to the Field Club for lunch. When the girls got bored, Regina’s mother handed her her camera and turned her loose. The result was “Windows to the Sky,” a portrait of the Wexler twins Annie and Charlotte. So Regina won her own digital camera from Greenwich Magazine. What’s more, a member of our own staff knows these girls from her babysitting days for Lily Turner, their host at the Field Club, and reports, “These kids are adorable. They’re all amazing!”

On a different note, and a bizzare one: While cleaning out twenty years’ worth of files last fall, I ran across a résumé from the early nineties. It was from a recent college graduate looking for an editorial position. I guess I wasn’t interested, or even very polite, because I never answered the query, let alone interviewed this person. Why the résumé was still around, I don’t know. But as fate would have it, in 2008 I would give the writer my job! Yup, it was from Cristin Marandino at Boston University, the new editor of Greenwich Magazine. It’s now hanging, framed, in her office. Go figure.

And do enjoy this month of Valentine love. Never mind the snow. It, too, shall pass.

 

Greenwich Agenda

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     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

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  • “Summer Sings!” Wraps up the Season at First Congregational Church of Greenwich

    2014.08.27
     @ First Congregational Church of Greenwich

    Do you miss singing in your church choir during the summer months? Then join ‘Summer Sings!’ at First Congregational Church of...

  • TREEHOUSES: Look Who's Living in the Trees!

    2014.06.21
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Saturday, June 21 - Monday, September 1 Hidden in the leaves, snug in the trunk or burrowed under the roots, what types of animals actually...

  • Exhibit: Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing | Greenwich, CT

    2014.05.03
     @ Bruce Museum

    May 3 – August 31, 2014 Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing This exhibition focuses on two of the world’s leading...

  • Wine Time Social Hour | Greenwich, CT

    2014.01.27
     @ Barcelona Greenwich

    $4.00 select wines, $4.00 well drinks, and $3.00 beers.

  • Happy Hour | Greenwich, CT

    2014.01.26
     @ Morello Italian Bistro

    Refresh yourself with our famous Red & White Sangria! Don’t forget that during happy hour every day 4:30pm-6:30pm your 2nd drink...

  • Happy Hour Beauty Thursdays!

    2014.06.30
     @ ELLELA Cosmetics & Lashes

    Our Summer Happy Hour Beauty Thursdays are back at ELLELA Cosmetics! Hit the top of Greenwich Ave from 4pm to 8pm for the BEST Blowouts before...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Wine Time Social Hour

    2014.08.29
     @ Barcelona Wine Bar

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  • Seaside Center: Arts and Crafts

    2014.07.18
     @ Seaside Center

    Let your creativity float free! Practice the art of Gyotaku fish prints; make a sundial, a shell wind chime, or fish bowl! Activities vary every...

  • Vals Free Weekly In-Store Wine Tasting | Greenwich, CT

    2014.05.09
     @ Val's Putnam Wine And Liquors

    Each Friday we feature new wines just released and new to market for you to have an opportunity to taste and learn about through our sponsored...

  • Saturday Vals Free Weekly In-Store Wine Tasting | Greenwich, CT

    2014.05.10
     @ Val's Putnam Wine And Liquors

    We will feature an array of new and different International wines that are selected by our staff as “Staff Picks Favorites” in...

  • Polo Benefit for Hope

    2014.08.31
     @ Greenwich Polo Club

    For the second year in a row, Virginia's House of Hope is having a fundraiser at the Greenwich Polo Club! Join us on Sunday, August...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Animal Meet and Greet

    2014.06.22
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 22 - August 31, 3:30 - 4:00pm Stop by for a chance to meet one of our Overbrook Nature Center or Heckscher Farm animals up...

  • Bar: Live Music | Greenwich, CT

    2014.03.09
     @ Barcelona Greenwich

    Join us in Greenwich every Sunday for live music and half-priced bottles of wine!

  • Exclusive Tour of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery

    2014.09.09
     @ Yale University Art Gallery

    Join JCC Greenwich for an exclusive tour with museum curator Elizabeth Manekin. The collection is noteworthy for exemplary works from the...

  • Understanding the Gaza War: Strategic & Political Implications

    2014.09.09
     @ Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium

    Dr. Efraim Inbar is a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Director of its renowned Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic...

  • Bruce Museum: Look and See - Into the Deep

    2014.09.10
     @ Bruce Museum

    A program especially designed for children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers, who will explore the Museum’s exhibition through...


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