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Of Sports, Smithson and Showhouses



By Bob Capazzo

It’s July, that wonderful midsummer month when life is perfect in the great outdoors. At night, fireworks turn black skies into Technicolor canvases; during the day, uncluttered trails through lush terrain beckon us to “Take a Hike.”

Thus the title of one of our informative features. Of course, it’s easy for veteran hikers Jim and Ann Sawyer and their kids to step out the door of their backcountry home and onto the trails of the neighboring Babcock property. A lot easier than jetting off to Patagonia or the Alps where they’ve also hiked. But in this article, expert trailblazer Chris Brooks takes us on out-of-the-ordinary wilderness walks around Connecticut and New York — complete with maps drawn by wife Catherine, who takes it all in stride.

Girls’ softball has heated up in Greenwich, too. Pretty exciting. We’ll fill you in. And by way of keeping our editorial balance, we go behind the scenes at the Greenwich Hospital Showhouse to see how decorators miraculously transformed a mansion in a last-minute power push. We also track a mystery man named Smithson, the illegitimate son of an English duke, who decided to leave his considerable fortune to a project in America, a country he’d never set foot in. The Greenwich hook? Homegrown author Heather Ewing has become the leading expert on this enigmatic character who founded the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research complex.

As some of you may know, Moffly Publications celebrated twenty years in business plus the sixtieth anniversary of Greenwich Magazine at a gathering at the Bruce Museum a couple of months ago. But you may not know about the very special cocktail piano player we engaged for the occasion — one Michael FitzSimmons. We met Michael when he was playing at an event at the Greenwich Arts Council. An engineer from Cos Cob, he trained at the Detroit Conservatory early on but decided not to make music his career. Now retired, he plays every chance he gets and — here’s the kicker — donates his fees to charity. Hire Michael and choose the charity. Simple and a win-win. “It keeps me out of saloons,”he says with an Irish twinkle in his eye, adding: “Actually, it gets me into saloons.”

A fine (and fun) gentleman.

Have a safe and happy Fourth.

 

Greenwich Agenda

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    2014.11.01
     @ Second Congregational Church

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  • 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...

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

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  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • IMAGINE CANDY- SWEET TASTINGS!!!

    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...

  • Flower Power

    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....

  • 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

    Olivine Gabbro invites you to join them for their Opening Party! DJ | Cocktails | H'Orderves | Gift Bags Made to Measure Beautifully...

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

    2014.11.11
     @ YWCA Greenwich

    Meet the author of this powerful memoir. Joshua Safran is an author, attorney, occasional rabbi, and nationally recognized advocate for...

  • Markham Roberts: Decorating the Way I See It

    2014.11.13
     @ Belle Haven Club

    Join us as Interior Designer Markham Roberts shares coveted design insights, key to creating the perfect home. The program will include...

  • AGAPANTHUS RISING

    2014.11.18
     @ Greenwich Water Club

    Like the Agapanthus flower, which starts as just a seed, we all have something to share with the world.  Sadly, we don't always nurture...

  • The Enchanted Forest

    2014.11.21
     @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich

    Junior League of Greenwich presents 2014 Enchanted Forest! Holiday Boutiques Gingerbeard Workshops Santa's Breakfast...

  • Junior League of Greenwich The Enchanted Forest

    2014.11.21
     @ Junior League of Greenwich

    The Junior League of Greenwich (JLG) will host its annual holiday fundraiser, The Enchanted Forest on Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November...


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