April 13, 2009

THE RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"


For those of us hanging out in Zone 6, listen up. As we plant the pansies and watch the crocuses come up, we also see our lawns awakening. Are you in the perennial state of panic thinking you’ll have crab grass again?

Corn gluten is considered the organic and biologically responsible way to prevent unwanted turf problems. Tests performed on pestiferous areas have shown that crabgrass — as well as curly dock, dandelions, lamb’s quarters and pigweed — will be reduced by about 60 percent in the first year.

Carol Cioppa of Cioppa Architects and program chair of Pound Ridge Garden Club (and an award-winning gardener, mind you) uses Organica Lawn Booster (available at Mill River Supply) and says that it also acts as a pre-emergent.

“And do NOT fertilize your lawn until it is growing and you are mowing it!” Carol admonished. “Otherwise the corn gluten isn’t properly absorbed by the lawn grasses.” Ever green, Carol uses only organic fertilizer (with 8-3-3 feathermeal-bonemeal-sulfate of potash) or Milorganite along with a pinch of lime.

Spring is a time of rebirth and Easter is a great time for spiritual renewal. Pound Ridge Community Church will hold their Good Friday “Stations of the Cross” service in the church sanctuary this evening at 7:30 p.m. On Easter Sunday, there will be a sunrise worship service at the Town Park at 7 a.m. Get out your bonnet for the Easter service at the church at 10 a.m. All townsfolk are invited and welcome, no matter where you may be in your spiritual journey.

Driving safely in your car, vroom, vroom, vroom? Hiram Halle Library will sponsor AARP's Driver Safety Program on Saturdays, April 18 and April 25 at both 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. This 8-hour classroom driver improvement course is designed for motorists age 50 and up and will be taught in two 4-hour sessions. The course provides practical techniques for coping with changes in vision, hearing and reaction time, along with a review of "rules of the road." (Always a good thing to review, don’t you think?)

To register, call the Library at 764-5085.

Do you hate Hamlet? The Pound Ridge Theater Company is doing thusly in their spring production, “I Hate Hamlet.” This hilarious play, written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Richard Manichello, opens at Conant Hall next Friday, April 17 and runs through Saturday, May 2. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees (April 19 and 26) at 2 p.m. In the lead are actors Chris Luongo, Melissa Gerth, Lisa Dahlstrom, Christine D'Amato, Matthew Tomasino and Robert J. D'Amato.

Cabaret seating. Doors open one hour prior to curtain-up so that you can pack a dinner to enjoy before the show. Samuel Parker's Landmark Deli is offering theater patrons gourmet boxed dinners delivered to Conant Hall for $15 per person. Please reserve two days prior to the performance by calling 764-5435.

“I Hate Hamlet” tickets are available online at www.prtc01.org or call 764-1902. Tickets are $18 per person or $30 for ticket + boxed dinner. Special group rates for 10+ people. We promise you will love Hamlet after this mirthful performance.

The Westchester Community College Celebrity Salon Series continues to attract glitterati in literature, media and politics to help the college foundation raise funds for scholarships.

Back by popular demand is “Kitchen Confidential” on Sunday, May 3 at 6 p.m. You’re in for a treat as Abigail and Robert Kirsch invite you for a private dinner in their beautiful Pound Ridge home. Get an insider’s look at the famed Kirsch kitchen and taste a memorable menu paired with premium wines, all while being seasoned with behind-the-scenes tales of catering mishaps. Indulge yourself by calling 914-606-6558.

Fran Collin, bi-coastal Pound Ridge/California photographer who graced the book “Pound Ridge Past: Remembrances of Our Past” with his black and white portraits, was recently spotted at North Star in Scotts Corners. Fran was back in town on a magazine assignment to shoot Catherine Russell (from New Canaan), along with her cast from “Perfect Crime.” The popular Broadway hit is celebrating its 22nd anniversary and 9,000th performance (of which Ms. Russell has missed only four.)

Save the date! “Taste of Pound Ridge,” a fundraiser for the Pound Ridge Library Capital Campaign, takes place on Sunday, May 17 from 4-7 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Pound Ridge Business Association, will be hosted by Albano’s Appliance and Houlihan-Lawrence. All Pound Ridge eateries are participating. More dish to come, but in the meantime, save that Sunday.

Happy springtime celebrations of Passover and Easter to all of our readers!

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