March 21, 2010

RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"

"Talk of the Town"
By Bonni Brodnick

Longtime Pound Ridger Rose Krapowicz was regally fêted in February when she achieved her centennial birthday. Louise Paolicelli and Keri Dezell were behind the scenes organizing a terrific gift basket, and are grateful to our local merchants for helping to make Rose’s celebration that much more special with their generosity. The basket was overloaded with gift certificates for scrumptious meals from Billy Fortin at Blind Charlie's; Jane and Frank at Dinardo's; Steve Cioffi and Bruno DiFabio at Pinnochio’s Pizza; and Philip Maniatty and David Schlack at North Star. Don’t go away … there’s more … a wash and set from Charles at Salon Perri; two free lunches from Perry at My Goodness Deli & Café; a manicure from Nails by Kay; a protein shake mix and hand mixer from Joanne Davis at Curves; chocolate chip and sugar cookies from Lori and Mark Sandler at Divvies; a jar of honey from Plum Plums Cheese; gardening gloves, shovel and seeds from Chubby's Hardware; a flower arrangement from L.H. Greene Florist; cocktail napkins from Antiques and Interiors; a selection of handmade soaps from Clean Ridge Soap Company; and plants from the Pound Ridge Garden Club and Topiary The Flower Shop. Proclamations to Rose were received from Town Supervisor Gary Warshauer, County Executive Rob Astorino and State Assemblyman Peter Harckman, along with a citation from New York State Senator Vincent Liebell. Happy 100th Birthday, Rose!

If you’re looking for a perfectly gorgeous hostess gift, Sandy Wellons, proprietor of Topiary The Flower Shop at 70 Westchester Avenue in Scotts Corners, has an exquisite array of miniature orchids. While there, you might also ask about her seasonal table arrangements à la Passover (the first night is Monday, March 29) and Easter (Sunday, April 4). Sandy’s “Centerpieces of Spring” can be designed with ferns, primroses and grasses placed around forsythia and quince branches (that come in white and peachy colors). She can also put together a handsome line-up of antique-wooden crates filled with tulips, daffodils and wheat grasses. Let your floral reverie become a reality. For centerpieces, Topiary needs 7-10 day notice so be sure to order as early as possible. T: 764-1154.

While you’re there, walk a few steps back onto Westchester Avenue, turn left, and go to Plum Plums, our town cheese shop that has also become the Metropolitan Museum of Scotts Corners. Lisl Steiner-Monchek has curated an exhibition of paintings by primitive artist Khatuna Devdariani, who reigns from Tbilisi, Georgia. Khatuna’s work includes copies of such masterworks as “Girl with the Pearl Earring” by Jan Vermeer (1755) and “Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh (1889). All paintings are for sale. The opening of the exhibit is on Saturday, March 20 starting at noon at Plum Plums, 72 Westchester Avenue, T: 764-1525.

Pound Ridge youngsters (pre-kindergarten to third grade) are beckoned to grab their Easter baskets and come to Pound Ridge Elementary School on Saturday, March 27 at 11 a.m. sharp for a visit by the Easter Bunny, an Egg Scramble and Candy Hunt. This fun event, co-sponsored by Scotts Corner Market, the Pound Ridge PBA and Recreation Department, will also be highlighted by the announcement of winners for the Egg Decorating Contest. Forms are available at Scotts Corners Market, the Recreation Department and Hiram Halle Library. Encourage the kiddos to bring out their favorite Crayola colors (like inch worm, jazzberry jam, mango tango and wild blue yonder). The art projects should be brought to the Recreation Department no later than Wednesday, March 24 at 4 p.m., which is also the deadline for the Jelly Bean count. (See that giant jar on display at the library? Make a wild guess.) A variety of awards, courtesy of the Market, will be presented at the oeuf hunt by the Easter bunny him/herself. For more information, call the Pound Ridge Recreation Department. at Ts: 764-0947 or 764 –3987.

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