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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

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     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance's Go For Pink Shopping Event

    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...

  • Muddy Up 5k Adventure Run & Family Fun Walk

    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...

  • Muddy Up 5k & Family Fun Walk

    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...

  • Sweat for a Cause

    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...

  • Outdoor Arts Festival

    2014.10.11
     @ Bruce Museum

    Come and enjoy the Bruce Museum’s 33rd Annual Outdoor Arts Festival. More than 85 artists from all over the country, many of them new to...

  • Lookbook Live Tour

    2014.10.12
     @ Westchester Mall

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

  • The 29th Annual American Artisan Show

    2014.10.17
     @ Wilton Historical Society

    This nationally recognized fundraiser is held on the grounds of the Wilton Historical Society, and features 25 artisans who will show their work...


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