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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.

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    2014.11.29
     @ First Congregational Church of Greenwich

    O, Christmas Tree; O Christmas Tree Buy your tree and help those in need this Christmas! It’s time for the annual Christmas Tree and...

  • Antarctica: Photographs by Diane Tuft

    2014.10.28
     @ Bruce Museum

    October 28, 2014 - February 1, 2015 Selections from Gondwana, Images of an Ancient Land Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT...

  • Exhibition: Native American Pottery from the Bruce Museum Collection

    2014.11.22
     @ Bruce Museum

      Generously underwritten by Gabelli Funds and The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund Over the years, the Bruce Museum has...

  • Family Gallery Tours

    2014.10.26
     @ Bruce Museum

    Designed for children ages 6-10 and their families, these tours will provide an interactive, discussion-based tour of the museum’s current...

  • 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...

  • Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Celebration

    2014.12.31
     @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich

    New Year’s Eve - Shakespeare’s Big Birthday Bash: A UNIQUE ELIZABETHAN FEAST CELEBRATING the 450th Birthday of William Shakespeare...

  • Whitby School Open House

    2015.01.11
     @ Whitby School

    When you visit Whitby, you'll see how children take the lead in their own learning, under the guidance of expertly trained and caring...

  • Greenwich Ballet Academy Open Auditions

    2015.01.12
     @ Greenwich Ballet Academy

    Greenwich Ballet Academy will be holding Open Auditions for their Spring Semester and Summer Intensive the week of January 12th, with a designated...

  • Family Fun Day Sunday

    2015.01.25
     @ Hyatt Greenwich

    Best family bonding day ever! Get your tickets now! Enjoy 9,500 square feet of fun, pampering, and family togetherness! Baby loves disco...

  • Positively Me

    2015.01.30
     @ Junior League of Greenwich

  • TuB’shevat-Shanahnah With Sandi

    2015.02.03
     @ Temple Sinai

    For children ages 6 months - 2 years and their parents or caregivers Celebrate a whole year of holidays with the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School...

  • Fairfield County's Giving Day

    2015.03.05

    Fairfield County's Giving Day - bigger and better than ever! On March 5, 2015, join thousands as we celebrate local giving! Fairfield...

  • Spring Gala to benefit Kids in Crisis

    2015.03.06
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The Kids in Crisis do-not-miss event, The Spring Fling, will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, CT. It...

  • 2015 United Sole Sisters Luncheon

    2015.04.23
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    Sole Sisters Annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Accessories Boutique Guest speaker to be announced. Luncheon chairs: Diane Viton and Jill...

  • Greening our Children's Annual Benefit

    2015.05.01
     @ Hyatt Regency

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