From the Founders I

Of Parties and Paintings



By Bob Capazzo

Welcome to March, the month fraught with floods of melting snow and a frenzy of tax work. But the snowdrops pop up, Saint Patrick brings us the luck of the Irish, and this year the Easter Bunny hops onto the scene with all his jellybeans. So we have lots to look forward to.

On reflection, 2008 was off to a lively start for us Mofflys. Boring old January suddenly became memorable when, in order to help SoundWaters raise funds for environmental education, Jack and I stood before the grand staircase at Richards and withstood the barbs, arrows and occasional kudos from a half-dozen erstwhile friends who had come to roast and toast us.

Said Harpoon-meister Bernie Yudain: “With Porricelli’s moving out of Cos Cob, you’re about the last mom and pop operation left. Just promise you won’t sell out to CVS.” And one of his sharper thrusts: “I wondered why this event was held at Richards until I realized that Jack would feel so much at home with all these other empty suits.” Strumming his guitar, Ted Yudain sang a historic parody about GREENWICH Magazine to the tune of “Ten Minutes Ago” from Cinderella. Among the verses: “It was then one Donna Moffly/joined as staff writer for the Review/and I guess she must have liked it/she’s still there telling Jack what to do.” Thanks to the couple of hundred revelers in attendance, SoundWaters raised $40,000 for its noble cause that night. Afterwards a gentleman said he wanted to talk to me about playing the role of the mother in a movie he was making — a sort of irreverent woman. I’m only sharing this with you because if I get really, really famous in a new career, you’ll know where it all started.

And what sparks a story idea? In the case of our main decorating feature this issue, it was a visit to Laurie and Randy Atcheson’s lovely home for a Greenwich Historic Trust benefit last May. Built for himself by the architect/artist J. Alden Twachtman in 1911, the house and its setting fairly glow with Greenwich history.

A surprise pièce de résistance: Over the mantel hung Greenwich Garden, a late 1890s painting by his famous father, John Henry Twachtman, who had purchased the original Round Hill Road property. J. Alden’s signature in one corner suggests he may have finished the canvas after his father’s death. Anyway, it was on loan for the occasion from Spanierman Gallery in New York. We could have picked it up for a mere $700,000 but were too busy sipping wine, listening to Randy at the piano, admiring the décor and chatting with Jane Henson who had lived with the late Muppet Man in another Twachtman house. ’Twas a memorable evening.

Happy reading — and have a marvelous March. — Donna Moffly

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Isaia Fall Trunk Show

    2014.09.19
     @ Richards

  • 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...


Show More...

Most Popular Articles

  1. American Red Cross: Red and White Ball 2014
    NetJets Hangar at Westchester County Airport
  2. Fashion Day Out
    September 13, 11am to 6pm
  3. Stars of Greenwich
    Meet the founders of the Greenwich International Film Festival
  4. Twelfth Annual New York Smile Event
    Cipriani Wall Street
  5. 5 Key Pieces To Buy Now
    Buy now and wear all season