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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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    2014.10.21
     @ YMCA of Greenwich

    Making sense of the world of finance FREE and open to all *Participants should pick up a copy of the Wall Street Journal on Oct.22, as Bob...

  • YMCA of Greenwich Harvest Art Week

    2014.10.18
     @ YMCA of Greenwich

    YMCA of Greenwich Harvest Art Week October 18 - 26, 2014 Join us for a week-long celebration of local art! Showcasing established and emerging...

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

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  • Paint the Town Pink

    2014.10.21
     @ Lux Bond & Green

    Key to the Treasure Chest Indulge yourself at an elegant but fun event presented by Lux Bond & Green and Anne Fontaine Preview the newest...

  • 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

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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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    2014.10.22

    An evocative and stirring novel about a young woman living in the fascinating and rarely portrayed community of Yemenite Jews of the mid-twentieth...

  • Susan G. Komen CT Educational Session at YMCA of Greenwich

    2014.10.22
     @ YMCA of Greenwich

    FREE AND OPEN TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY! Learn about the importance of early detection and screenings Meet the men and women whose work is...

  • Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Networking Event

    2014.10.23
     @ Delamar Hotel

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce will hold its October After Six Networking event. All are invited to exchange business cards, enjoy appetizers and...

  • October After Six

    2014.10.23
     @ Delamar Hotel

    Join us for After Six Networking at the Delamar Hotel

  • Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

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    Athome Magazine celebrates Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams' fall collection with fabulous vignettes from some of your favorite A-List designers....

  • Oktoberfest 2014 Greenwich United Way

    2014.10.24
     @ Loading Dock

    Greenwich United Way’s sixth annual “Oktoberfest” fundraiser is set for Friday, October 24 at Stamford’s Loading...

  • The Food Network Open Casting Call for Home Cooks

    2014.10.25
     @ My Cooking Party

    FOOD NETWORK’S TOP CELEBRITY CHEFS ARE SCOURING THE NATION IN SEARCH OF AMAZING HOME COOKS! You’ve watched them on TV, bought their...

  • Greenwich Hospital Gala

    2014.10.25
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    It will be a Gala worthy of a doge when retiring Greenwich Hospital president and CEO, Frank A. Corvino, will be presented with the...

  • The Wilton Fall Antiques Market

    2014.10.26
     @ Wilton High School Field House

    Barnstar Productions and the Wilton Historical Society will present the Wilton Antiques Market. More than 80 exhibitors are expected to...

  • La Soirée d’ Automne at Bistro Versailles

    2014.10.27
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