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Of Gardens, Giros and Comedy Girls



Bob Capazzo

Welcome to May, the month of budding hope, blossoms and bees. Except we seem to have a problem with the bees.

Since starring Weston beekeeper Howard Blackiston in our “Honeyed Life” story last fall, writer Leslie Chess Feller told us that when he went out to check his hives this spring, he got a real shock: His bees had buzzed off en masse. Could it be the stress-related mystery ailment called Colony Collapse Disorder that’s made the news lately? Apparently hives shipped all over the country by commercial beekeepers are arriving empty or full of dead bees. Since honeybees pollinate 80 percent of the food we eat, they are big business. Or taking it further, as Albert Einstein once said: “If the honeybee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have two years left to live.” But some experts point out that such crises are not new; they’re just reported 24/7 these days. And bees have managed to survive for thousands of years. So take heart.

As always in May, we focus on gardening  and landscaping. The Landman garden harkens back to the estate gardens of early Greenwich; the story of the Environmental Defense’s Fred Krupp is timely, inspiring and involves a number of very concerned Greenwich people. And we tip our hat to the Garden Education Center on its fiftieth anniversary.

In our special section on Stamford, Chris Hodenfield takes a close look at the high-rise boom going on next door. Do we see a mini-Manhattan as our closest neighbor? Or is it about time for a cleanup south of the thruway?

On the lighter side, writer Jane Kendall, a funny lady herself, had a great time talking to two Greenwich women turned professional comedians. Wish I’d been a fly on the wall for those interviews. Wonder what she had to leave out of the piece? And writer Anne Semmes came up with the history of some of our pioneer Greenwich aviators, the types who took themselves out to Armonk Airport for a little stunt flying on Sunday afternoons. One of them, a debutante named Do White, was known to fly over to Long Island for parties. On her way to Oyster Bay one afternoon, she spotted an ice cream vendor on a beach, landed her seaplane in the water, waded in for a cone and asked the sunbathers to help push her into position for takeoff. Meanwhile, her parents were piloting their giro, or autogiro — an early version of the helicopter — to Miami for vacation. Only in Greenwich? Well, maybe not.

Have an interesting read.

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • 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...

  • 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

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • Flinn Gallery Art Opening

    2014.10.30
     @ Flinn Gallery 2nd floor

    FLINN GALLERY Opening Reception 'IN FOCUS' Thursday October 30, 6 - 8pm Seven artists share their visions - Carolyn Conrad,...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Harvest Fair and Gift Show

    2014.11.01
     @ Second Congregational Church

    Event Will Include Hay Mazes, Games, Crafts, Food, Holiday Shopping The community is invited to a Harvest Fair and Gift Show on Saturday, Nov....

  • New Fitness Class: SalsaTone

    2014.11.01
     @ Latin Moves Dance Studio

    Starting November 1st ~ Every Saturday morning 10 to 11 AM Instructor: Melissa Lopez Start your weekend off right with this exciting cardio...

  • Lynne Scalo Design Opening

    2014.11.05

    Please join Lynne Scalo, Greenwich Magazine and athome Magazine to celebrate the Greenwich showroom opening of Lynne Scalo Design Cocktails...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show

    2014.11.06
     @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich

    Breast Cancer Alliance to Host Branching Out, Coming Together, Aspiring to a Cure 19th Annual Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show: November 6,...

  • Free Screening of Documentary ' Children of the Inquisition'

    2014.11.06
     @ Bush-Holley House

    Join filmmaker Joseph Lovett as he presents his documentary film and multi-platform project of personal exploration and...

  • P.A.L.S. 2nd Annual Soarin' Soiree~ November 7, 2014

    2014.11.07
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    You are invited to join our State Senator, L. Scott Frantz and our First Selectman, Peter J. Tesei, for an awe-inspiring evening to benefit Patient...

  • John Hardy Event

    2014.11.08
     @ Bloomingdale's

    John Hardy One of a kind. One at a time. Each by hand. Bloomingdale's is inviting YOU to meet the head designer Guy Bedarida as he presents...

  • Olivine Gabbro Opening

    2014.11.08

    Olivine Gabbro invites you to join them for their Opening Party! DJ | Cocktails | H'Orderves | Gift Bags Made to Measure Beautifully...

  • Meet Joshua Safran, Author of "Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid"

    2014.11.11
     @ YWCA Greenwich

    Meet the author of this powerful memoir. Joshua Safran is an author, attorney, occasional rabbi, and nationally recognized advocate for...

  • Markham Roberts: Decorating the Way I See It

    2014.11.13
     @ Belle Haven Club

    Join us as Interior Designer Markham Roberts shares coveted design insights, key to creating the perfect home. The program will include...


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