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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     @ Organic Planet

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     @ Canfin Gallery

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  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • Flinn Gallery Art Opening

    2014.10.30
     @ Flinn Gallery 2nd floor

    FLINN GALLERY Opening Reception 'IN FOCUS' Thursday October 30, 6 - 8pm Seven artists share their visions - Carolyn Conrad,...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

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    2014.10.08
     @ SM Home Gallery

    SM Home Gallery show featuring two Greenwich based artists: Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The art show runs thorough November 22nd....

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    2014.10.24
     @ Imagine Candy

    Imagine Candy located in Scarsdale Village- Winner of 2014 Best West of Westchester by Westchester Magazine- holds a Belgian Chocolate and Candy...

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    2014.11.01
     @ Second Congregational Church

    Event Will Include Hay Mazes, Games, Crafts, Food, Holiday Shopping The community is invited to a Harvest Fair and Gift Show on Saturday, Nov....

  • New Fitness Class: SalsaTone

    2014.11.01
     @ Latin Moves Dance Studio

    Starting November 1st ~ Every Saturday morning 10 to 11 AM Instructor: Melissa Lopez Start your weekend off right with this exciting cardio...

  • Lynne Scalo Design Opening

    2014.11.05

    Please join Lynne Scalo, Greenwich Magazine and athome Magazine to celebrate the Greenwich showroom opening of Lynne Scalo Design Cocktails...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show

    2014.11.06
     @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich

    Breast Cancer Alliance to Host Branching Out, Coming Together, Aspiring to a Cure 19th Annual Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show: November 6,...

  • Free Screening of Documentary ' Children of the Inquisition'

    2014.11.06
     @ Bush-Holley House

    Join filmmaker Joseph Lovett as he presents his documentary film and multi-platform project of personal exploration and...

  • P.A.L.S. 2nd Annual Soarin' Soiree~ November 7, 2014

    2014.11.07
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    You are invited to join our State Senator, L. Scott Frantz and our First Selectman, Peter J. Tesei, for an awe-inspiring evening to benefit Patient...

  • John Hardy Event

    2014.11.08
     @ Bloomingdale's

    John Hardy One of a kind. One at a time. Each by hand. Bloomingdale's is inviting YOU to meet the head designer Guy Bedarida as he presents...

  • Olivine Gabbro Opening

    2014.11.08

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  • Meet Joshua Safran, Author of "Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid"

    2014.11.11
     @ YWCA Greenwich

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