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Of Birthdays, Baseball and the Bermuda Race



Bob Capazzo

I love October. The cool air makes me think better. I feel smarter, anyway.

As usual, our October issue focuses on dining and entertaining. Thus it includes our quarterly special section inGoodTaste, edited by our in-house food guru Rosemarie Anner. I’ve always wondered how she stays so petite.

We also give you tips from seasoned moms on how to pull off a roaringly successful — and relatively painless — birthday party for your child. The rite of passage at age three in the Moffly household was the first train ride. A couple of moms would board the train at the Riverside station — a wide-eyed child in each hand — and ride two stops while the kind, wise conductor dutifully punched their tickets. They disembarked in Stamford where other mothers were waiting to drive them back to our house and a choo-choo-shaped cake. So we’re not talking limousines to Broadway here. We’re talking down-to-earth, inexpensive, wonderfully creative parties we can highly recommend for the preteen set.

I can’t resist telling you what happened to staff photographer Bob Capazzo while he was setting up for the birthday party cover shoot in a “fairy bower” by the lily pond at the Garden Education Center. He didn’t like the ugly mat of dead leaves at the edge of the water, so he and a friend climbed into their Wellingtons and waded out with rakes to clean things up. Except he slipped on a log and fell in. Fortunately, the friend, a woman, has her black belt in Tae Kwon Do (as does Bob) and was strong enough to pull him out of the knee-deep mud because he’d still be there, says he. Wish we had a picture.

Thinking of water, for you sailors out there — and sports lovers in general — the publisher, a sailor himself, offers you an article on the Bermuda Race last June. It was the one hundredth anniversary of this grandfather of all deepwater races, and plenty of Greenwich yachtsmen took part, with members of Indian Harbor bringing in the lion’s share of silver.

Writer Bill Slocum interviewed Fay Vincent, former baseball commissioner, about his new book, and Mary Gibbons is still busy building ice hotels in Sweden. I guess someone has to do it. Wait till you see.

Chris Hodenfield, our Westport editor and auto expert, has expanded his car column this month to answer all my questions about buying a hybrid. After seeing Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth, I am determined to do my best to preserve our beleaguered planet.

Have a safe and happy Halloween.

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Greenwich Agenda

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     @ Imagine Candy

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     @ Bruce Museum

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     @ Bruce Museum

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     @ Noble Conference Room Greenwich Hospital

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     @ Stamford JCC

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  • Holiday Della Robbia Wreath

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     @ Garden Education Center of Greenwich

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  • Picture This with Authors Lisa Barr & Gabrielle Selz

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  • Holiday Tea

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     @ Garden Education Center of Greenwich

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