Editor's page

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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  • 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

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     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

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

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    2014.10.02
     @ Greenwich Avenue area

    Breast Cancer Alliance announced that it is partnering with Greenwich merchants for a special day of events and shopping on Thursday, October 2nd...

  • New Goergen Lecture

    2014.10.02
     @ Bruce Museum

    Reflections on Highlights of the Hohenbuchau Collection featuring Peter C. Sutton Known today as the "Golden Age" of Netherlandish...

  • 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...

  • 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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    2014.10.05
     @ Camp Simmons

    Are you ready for some MUDDY fun? Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is proud to host the 3rd annual Muddy Up 5k Adventure Run & Family Fun...

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    2014.10.05
     @ Camp Simmons

    Race starts at 9:15 a.m. REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MON. SEPT. 29 at 8:00 A.M. DON'T LIKE THE MUD? SPONSOR A CLUB MEMBER TO RUN...

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    2014.10.05
     @ SoulCycle Greenwich

    The Young Women's League of New Canaan (YWL) is sponsoring its first fundraiser of the season, "Sweat For A Cause" at SoulCycle...

  • 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!...

  • Tuesday Toddler Tours

    2014.10.07
     @ Bruce Museum

    Come to the Bruce this fall to take part in our exciting new children and family programming! No advance registration is required and programs...

  • 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....

  • Lyme Research Alliance 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

    2014.10.09
     @ The Stanwich Club

    Tee up and raise funds & awareness for Lyme disease awareness at one of the area’s finest golf courses. The golf tournament is part of...

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

    “The beauty of the physical world becomes a metaphor for the capacity of the spirit to reveal itself". Ira Barkoff Evocation of...

  • Annual Outdoor Arts Festival

    2014.10.11
     @ Bruce Museum

    There is plenty to discover on Columbus Day weekend, and this year much of it will be in Greenwich, on the grounds of the Bruce Museum.  On...

  • Outdoor Arts Festival

    2014.10.11
     @ Bruce Museum

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  • Lookbook Live Tour

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    In September + October 2014, Simon will team up with three of the world's top fashion magazines, Glamour, GQ, and  Vogue on a nationwide...


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