April 19, 2009

THE RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"


Their collective efforts grace our town with swags on the road posts at holiday time, and daffodils roadside in springtime. The Pound Ridge Garden Club makes us look real good.

While we’re loving the site of daffs in bloom, it’s not too early to think about next year’s crop. The Club, who has planted literally thousands of daffodil bulbs in public areas and along roads throughout the town, is taking orders for a selection of bulbs to be delivered in time for fall planting. Think Marieke (which is golden yellow and long-lasting), Tahiti (a yellow early-bloomer with tufts of orange), Tête-à-Tête (small, early blooming with up to three yellow flowers per stem); Sushi (white accents and ruffled cups) and more. Also for sale are “Daffodil 100” collection of mixed varieties, colors and heights selected to bloom over a 6-week period.

To purchase, look for the Pound Ridge Garden Club ladies who will have a table in front of Scotts Corners Market this weekend (April 17-18) and next weekend (April 24-25) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also call in your order until June 1 to Carrie Sears at 763-3219.

Next Friday evening, April 24 at 7:30 p.m., Jewish Family Congregation (JFC) in South Salem will host two special guest speakers, Alan Bell and Peter Duffy, as part of their Yom Hashoah service commemorating the millions of Jews and others who lost their lives in World War II.

Mr. Bell, a Pound Ridge resident and past Board member of the Westchester Holocaust Commission, is the son of Aron Bell (originally “Bielski”), born in 1930. He was 12 years old when he entered the forest of Belarus with his older brothers and family members. Depicted in the recently released Paramount film, “Defiance,” The Bielski Brigade, led by several of the brothers, saved the lives of more than 1,200 Jews, at least as many as Oskar Schindler. The Bielski’s forest haven, whose sole priority was the preservation of their people, included a gun workshop, a bakery, a synagogue, a communal bath, and even a theater. Mr. Bell’s appearance at JFC presents an opportunity to hear more about this epic story of family, honor, vengeance and salvation directly from a Bielski descendant.

Mr. Duffy, the evening’s second guest speaker, is a freelance writer who has written for the New York Times, The New York Post and Newsday. In his book, “The Bielski Brothers,” he recognizes them for their spectacular wartime achievements by illuminating their heroic efforts made on behalf of Jews throughout Belarus, a region south of Lithuania.
For more information, call Leslie Gottlieb, director of education at JFC, at 763-3028.
Note: If you are unable to make it to JFC, Mr. Bell will also appear this Sunday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Hebrew Institute in White Plains. For more info, call 696-0738.

The Pound Ridge Women’s Republican Club invites all in the community, regardless of party affiliation, to a wine and cheese open house on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at 198 Barnegat Road. The event, hosted by Millie and Craig Braun, and is an opportunity to get to know the organization and to meet some of our Pound Ridge elected officials. For more info, give Mrs. Braun a call at 764-5725.

"It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live,” said the Dalai Lama.

On Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m., volunteers are welcome to help the spring clean up at the Henry Morgenthau Preserve. Bring gloves and help get the preserve ready for the summer season. Light refreshments will be available. If it rains, no go.

The Preserve is located on the south side of Pound Ridge Road (Route 172), just east of the intersection with Tatomuck Road. Don’t be a stick in the mud. Get out there and help spruce up this jewel of a preserve. No need to sign up. Just show up.

And leave open a few hours on Sunday as Antiques & Tools of Business & Kitchen in Scotts Corners celebrates its nineteenth anniversary BBQ (a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society) and free raffle from noon until 2 p.m. It’s also the shop’s Second Sunday Antiques Market and Every Sunday Farmers Market (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Twelve antiques dealers will offer all sorts of vintage items. Six farmers will bring duck, goose, chicken eggs, smoked meats, fish, pasta sauces, flowers and more.

Joan Silbersher, La Doyenne du Funk and impresario of Westchester Avenue, is founder of the Pound Ridge Business Association’s Antiques & Farmers Holiday Markets on Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day, from which she donated all proceeds to create the Fred Zwick fountain in Scotts Corners, as well as benches throughout the business area. New manager of these Markets is Joanna Nevins, of Juleigh’s Re-Sale Couture, right next door.

If you’re looking for slow-foods, bric-a-brac, frittatas, and ephemera, the outdoor antiques and farmers market is a nice way to procrastinate changing the closets from winter to spring.

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