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Of History, Husbands and



Bob Capazzo

June is the perfect month to contemplate a respite from the heavy activities of winter. And to smooth the way for more time spent with your family, we offer you an article highlighting thirteen secret and not-so-secret places to take the kids when they’re out of school. All these places — from New York to California — come highly recommended by Greenwich families who’ve been there, done that.

Among other things, we have expanded our popular Weddings section to include a helpful directory of services for brides and grooms. Our Scraps from the Past department, well, because it’s June, June, June, that celebrates newlyweds, too. We also take a look at the remarkable job Jon Doidge has done helping the disabled become independent, and we congratulate the Historical Society on its seventy-five-year effort to preserve our Greenwich heritage.

Researching that piece, I had a fine time reading the oral history of archivist emeritus William E. Finch, especially when he talked about his ancestors. One named Elizabeth Morse was tried as a witch in Newbury. It started when a grandson who didn’t much care for her threw pigs down the chimney and called the neighbors — and “Goody” Morse was almost hanged for it. Another relative, Eleanor Knapp, was burned at the stake, right here in the town of Fairfield because “Goody Somebody, Goody Somebody and Goody Somebody got together, and they just didn’t like Goody Knapp,” noted Bill. “That’s the way they did things in those days. Poor old Eleanor.”

In the small world department, I received a phone call from my longtime Riverside friend Nancy Vaughn who said: “Donna, you won’t believe this. I read the piece you wrote about Walpole Woodworkers (House Call, March 2007) and guess what? My grandfather founded the company!”

Apparently, it was during the Depression and a number of people in Walpole, Massachusetts, were on the dole, which troubled Philip Allen a lot. He owned a fairly large tract of land in what was called the Cedar Swamp in South Walpole and set some of these men to work clearing and stacking cedar to make five-rail cedar fences in his barn.

It became a thriving business, and in the seventies, the Allens were bought out by two board members, Arthur Clapp and Dick Leavitt.

As Fats Waller used to say, “One never knows, do one?”

What we do know is that two Moffly Publications’ writers have just won top awards from the Connecticut Press Club — Mark Branca for Best Column, his Postscript in New Canaan-Darien magazine, and Tim Dumas for Best Feature, his article “Shooting for the Truth” on war photographers, in Westport.
Two talented and deserving gentlemen who have made us proud.

Have a wonderful read and a wonderful June.

 

Greenwich Agenda

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    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

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     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

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  • Isaia Fall Trunk Show

    2014.09.19
     @ Richards

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    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...

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Nam Cho Trunk Show

    2014.09.20
     @ Richards

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...

  • Puttin’ On The Dog Festival

    2014.09.21
     @ Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

    Puttin’ On The Dog Festival Greenwich, Connecticut the place to be on September 21st for dogs and their owners...

  • Candy Fairies Book Reading

    2014.09.21
     @ Imagine Candy

    SCARSDALE, NY, Imagine Candy brings the acclaimed children's author Helen Perelman, the writer of the wickedly sweet Candy Fairies book...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • 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!...

  • "Israel and the U.S."

    2014.09.22
     @ New Canaan Library

    The public is invited to attend a World Affairs Forum Great Decisions event featuring Seth Anziska, Columbia University. Mr. Anziska will speak...

  • Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese

    2014.09.24
     @ Meli-Melo

    Meet Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese & Take Home a Signed Copy of His New Book! Kevin is a holistic health practitioner,...

  • Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.25
     @ Milbrook Club

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon will be held at Milbrook Club. Registration 11:30am; start at...

  • 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...

  • Aaron Henry Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

    2014.09.26
     @ Richards


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