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Of Rolls-Royce, Resorts and Race Horses



Bob Capazzo

Welcome to November and what we’ve decided to call our “luxury” issue now that we’ve expanded our traditional focus on art and antiques this month.

In any case, now is the time of Thanksgiving, when all of us should pause to celebrate the good things in life and pray for the wisdom and strength to rid our world of the bad things.

If the aim of our magazines is both to educate and to entertain, then Jane Kendall’s article on how to collect art deserves a capital E in the education column. How lucky we are to have an expert to call upon right in our own front yard — Peter Sutton of the Bruce Museum. And over at Jan Calloway’s house, her collection of books on genealogy has led to the building of a remarkable library where we learn what wonders can be wrought by top-notch artisans. One example of craftsmanship: the bronze caster, who because he had worked on the restoration of the Brighton Pavilion, was allowed into the Victoria and Albert in London to make a wax model of the chandelier for Jan.

We also feature articles that educate us in other areas: the business of building first-class resorts, like Ed Trippe’s in Bermuda, and of owning and racing horses, as do a number of Greenwich residents.

Totally entertaining is Chris Hodenfield’s essay on driving a half-million-dollar Rolls- Royce for a few days. Behind the wheel, he found he could breeze through the well-guarded entrance to not just one but two exclusive clubs to which he did not belong. As for his piece on martinis, well, he did get a chanceto talk to a few local bartenders and found that some of their stories were a bit too entertaining to include here.

Now for a moment in Moffly family history that I’ve been encouraged to share. In September, Jack and I visited Prague with our friends Liz and Bob Hart. Our second night, we were dining quietly on the third floor of a wonderful little restaurant filled with antiques and soft piano music when Liz whispered: “I think a famous tennis player was just seated at that table behind you.” I sneaked a peek and sure enough, there was Roger Federer and his Czech girlfriend. I was elected to make contact, but didn’t want to intrude on them. So I decided to write a note: “We recognized you when you came in. Thank you for enabling us to enjoy such fabulous tennis at the U.S. Open.” Signed, “Four fans from Connecticut.” Barely moving my shoulders, I reached behind me, slipped it beside his salad plate and waited. Would he ignore it? Tear it up? Liz was watching his face nervously. “He’s reading it,” she reported. “He’s smiling.” Then, “He’s laughing!” At which point I turned and asked him: “Do you have jet lag? We’re in terrible shape!” And we had a lovely chat with Roger Federer — a charming, unassuming young man who, having just won the U.S. Open the week before, was probably the most famous tennis player in the world. And is definitely a class act.

Have a delicious Thanksgiving. 

 

 

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...

  • 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...

  • Aaron Henry Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

    2014.09.26
     @ Richards


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