February 21, 2009

THE RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town" February 20, 2009

February 20, 2009

By Bonni Brodnick

Big news for little things in Scotts Corners. Eileen Godfrey Dollhouses & Miniatures has moved to 74 Westchester Avenue, in the courtyard behind Blind Charlie’s and next to Salon Perri.
Billy Fortin was kind enough to store some things for us and then generously offered this space,” said Eileen, the renowned maestra of miniatures. The new showroom, which is co-managed by her son, Craig Scolaro, is fully-equipped with everything you will ever need to build/furnish/update your dollhouse. Eileen’s specialty is collections of one-of-a-kind pieces from all over the world. Along with miniature inlaid French desks, English highboys, gold framed oil paintings and oriental rugs, the shop is completely child-friendly and a great little beginning for starting a first dollhouse. For more info, go to eileengodfreyminiatures.com.
Time to UnWINEd at the Symphony Space, at 95 Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side, and hear Pound Ridgers Jody Sandhaus, vocalist, and Pete Malinverni, pianist, at a special program that’s part of “The 1939 Project.”
On Wednesday, Feb. 25 through Friday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. this talented duo will perform soulful and spirited tunes from the great American songbook, including “All or Nothing at All,” and “I Didn’t Know What Time it was.” Since 1939 was the year that “The Wizard of Oz” came out, Jody will pay tribute with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” And as you may know, movie actor Frank Morgan, the Wizard himself, (almost) lived on Fancher Road. According to George Bria in Pound Ridge Past: Remembrances of Our Townsfolk, there’s an old story about Mr. Morgan’s house and how it was “rehabilitated, fumigated, repainted, and cleaned out. He brought his wife to see it; she took one look and departed for Paris, where she got a divorce. So he never actually lived there.”

Trying to figure out in which medium to communicate? Forget the telephone, fax, and email. That’s old hat. Now you can social network via Google Analytics, Twitter, Flikr, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Ning. It’s a rogue frontier but very à la vogue. One hip communicator explained of Twitter, “Think of a flock of birds. They are on a field. A small thing makes them flutter here and there, and there's a pattern to it. That's Twitter. Imho.” (“Imho” = “in my humble opinion)

Westchester Land Trust will inaugurate their first annual Leon Levy Winter Walk and Environmental Symposium with two great events.
On Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28, from 4-6 p.m. in the Carriage House of Waccabuc Country Club, Andrew Revkin, “The New York Times” science reporter, will discuss global warming, sustainability, the news media and land preservation in a talk called "DOT EARTH: 9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?" Two local experts, Paul Gallagher and Guy Hodges, will give a brief history of the preserve preceding Mr. Revkin.
The following day, on Sunday, March 1 at 1 p.m., gather all ye winter-walk- through-the-woods aficionados at the Leon Levy preserve.
The Environmental Symposium and Winter Walk are in honor of the late philanthropist Leon Levy, principal benefactor of the Leon Levy Preserve, a 386-acre tract in South Salem. The Saturday and Sunday events are organized by Westchester Land Trust and its local chapter, the Lewisboro Land Trust, and are generously sponsored by the Jerome Levy Foundation. Seating for the symposium is limited and reservations are recommended. Take a cyber-hike to info@Westchesterlandtrust.org (put "Leon Levy" in the subject line).

Looking to swap a pair of little girl ice skates in a size 11 for a big girl size 6.5? Need a dog sitter or even a John Deere mower? Check out the new neighborhood on-line hangout on Facebook called Pound Ridge Powwow. The group advertises services, tchotchkes, and curios that you’d like to give away, sell, or are seeking. It’s like a town-y Craig’s List for gewgaws and is a terrific resource. Last time I looked there were 50 members and it’s growing by the day.
The Pound Ridge Powwow is an open group. All are welcome to join and invite others to join. That’s the beauty of Facebook.


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