September 20, 2009

THE RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"


We’re talking Corvettes, Thunderbirds, street rods, Vipers, and Mopars. We’re talking sport compacts and customs-lead sleds. We’re talking the 7th Annual Police Officer Tom Pisco Memorial Pound Ridge Car Show, sponsored by the Pound Ridge Police Benevolent Association, on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Pound Ridge Town Park. There will be 30 classes, plus “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice.” Good ol’ hometown fare with a southern twist will include a pulled-pork BBQ. Live acoustic and electric bluegrass, folk, country, pop and rock classics by the wowzer country rockers, Barnstorm, whose origin was rehearsing in a horse barn/recording studio in South Salem. All proceeds from the Car Show will benefit North East Westchester Special Recreation (, a community-based therapeutic recreation agency serving children and adults with developmental disabilities in northeast Westchester. “We chose Westchester Special Recreation to be our recipient of proceeds because there are more than 21 Pound Ridge families who are a part of this organization,” said Billy Fortin, owner of Scotts Corner Market and Blind Charlie’s Café. “At the car show last year we had over 150 cars and gave out over 50 trophies. We expect even more cars and awards this year. It will definitely be good food and good fun.” For more information, call 764-5736, 764-4206 or email

Because of two days of rain and a muddy field in the Town Park, the Lions Club/Recreation Commission Country Fair was cancelled last weekend. Pound Ridge PBA has come to the rescue by graciously inviting the Lions to present their silent auction items at the Car Show. Lion Vivian Falco leads the pride with incredible items she and her team have rounded up from generous local merchants. Come place your bid on a peacock feather wreath from Topiary the Flower Shop; apple-picking supplies from AC&S Excavating; North Star Restaurant gift certificates; an original glass work by Marty Kremer; a one-month gift certificate to Curves Pound Ridge; a Weber “Smokey Joe” charcoal grill from Chubby’s Hardware; 200 daffodil bulbs (includes planting labor) from the Pound Ridge Garden Club; or get hooked on a fishing package from Bedford Sportsman. Oh man, the list just keeps going and going. On your mark, get set for Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Town Park.

Singer/songwriter Hillary Johnson started playing piano and singing at age 6, writing music by age 8, and recording by 11. Soon thereafter, at only 13, she had a regular spot at a grungy jazz club in NYC. Hillary is now 20 and filling the world with soulful, heartfelt, original music that captivates audiences with her unique sound and charismatic presence. This summer she’s been playing regularly at the renowned Stephen Talk House in the Hamptons (where folks like John Mayer, Nora Jones, Jimmy Buffet, Alexa Ray Joel, and other greats appear). She’s also been on a creative frenzy, writing for both piano and her grandfather’s acoustic 1948 Martin guitar. Don’t miss Hillary’s upcoming gig at the Bitter End (the oldest rock club in NYC) on September 23 at 8:30 p.m. For more on the buzz, go to

With Louise Paolicelli at the helm, Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) has some terrific upcoming programs. Check out “Out of Town” shopping trips to nearby towns on one Thursday a month. And “Watch It” on Wednesday presents feature films and classic movies at Hiram Halle Library. The shows begin at 10:30 a.m., free of charge and no reservations required. Bring your lunch to enjoy afterwards. With 24-hours advance notice, the N2N van will even give you a ride to the Library. Please call Louise Paolicelli at 764-8201 or email The upcoming flick scheduled for Sept. 23 is “Slum Dog Millionaire.” Best films and friends can make for a lovely afternoon.

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