April 10, 2010

RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"

April 10, 2010

"Talk of the Town"
By Bonni Brodnick

Rock the Ride & Run. This is the mantra of Rica Mendes, LIVESTRONG leader for Westchester and Fairfield counties, who is at the front of this race that kicks off on Sunday, April 25 at noon at Scotts Corner Market. Runners will enjoy the scenic daffodil-lined roads of Pound Ridge with a 5k single loop, a double, or any number of loops they’d like to take from the Market and back. Cyclists will have their choice of a 20k, 40k, or 60k weave through New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Westport. Routes will be made available in advance to registrants for training purposes only. (Oh, and all registrants will receive a cool T-shirt.) Rica hopes to raise $5,000 for the day, and is well on her way to making the $25,000 mark in 2010 so that she and her son Zach can participate in the LIVESTRONG Ride for the Roses challenge in Austin this October. “The Westchester/Fairfield race is a great way for runners and riders to test their legs for later events in the season,” Rica said. With the Market as the beginning and end of the race, Billy Fortin and SCM will host a BBQ and donate all proceeds to LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation to fight cancer. (Athletes wearing their new cool T-shirts can eat for free.) To read about Rica and her commitment to LIVESTRONG, go to her blog, http://ricalivestrong.blogspot.com/. For more info on the upcoming race, you can also contact her at 914-384-3648 or rmendes.livestrong@gmail.com. Rock on. Ride on. Run.

Pound Ridge Library is much more than a collection of books. For more than 50 years it has been a great place to read, hold a meeting, run into friends, have a gallery exhibit, and listen to concerts, authors and speakers. On Saturday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., it will also be the hot spot in town for its Spring Book Sale. (It’s not too early to start stock-piling your summer reading.) While at the library, you might also make it a one-stop shop and pick up tickets to Amy Hunt England’s benefit concert on Sunday, April 18 at 5 p.m. This Pound Ridge-raised singer/songwriter will be fine tuning new songs on her soon-to-be released CD, “Crossing Rivers/Crossing Highways”. Tickets to the concert are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information on this, that, or practically anything (it is a library, after all), call 764-5085 or go to www.poundridgelibrary.org.

Antiques & Tools of Business & Kitchen will celebrate its 20th anniversary in Scotts Corners on Sunday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come join Joan Silbersher, a.k.a. La Doyenne du Funk, at a BBQ fundraiser for Pound Ridge Library, a free raffle from noon ‘til 2 p.m., plus the shop’s “Second Sunday Antiques Market” and “Every Sunday Farmers Market”. You’ll find antiques dealers with vintage items like jewelry, furniture, silver, china, ephemera and bibelots. Local farmers and artisans offer duck/geese/chicken eggs, smoked meats and fish, breads, cookies, scones, pasta sauces, dips, wraps, jams, soaps and more. And that’s just outside on Westchester Avenue. Step inside the shop and you’ll find antiques and tools that range from nautical, to medical and musical, to fishing, equestrian and western. For more information, call Joan at 764-0015 or 5122.

The Pound Ridge Theatre Company invites all townsfolk to a “Wine Tasting & Entertainment” benefit, graciously hosted by Colette and David Dow, on Saturday, April 17 from 4-7:00 p.m. Fee is $30 per person/$50 per couple. There will also be a preview of the PRTC and Acting Company of Greenwich joint-production and long-anticipated spring musical, “I Love You Because,” a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. Performances in Pound Ridge at Conant Hall are April 23, 24, 25*, 29, and 30; May 1, 7, 8 and 9. Greenwich performances at The First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich are on May 14, 15, 16*, 21, and 22. (*Captioned for the Hearing Impaired on April 25 and May 16.) Showtime on Fridays and Saturdays are 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. The New York Times called the play “Infectiously entertaining! Filled with wit and zest!” The Bedford-Pound Ridge Record-Review is calling the show a must-see for those who love theater but don’t want to schlep into the City. For more info on both the wine tasting benefit and “I Love You Because” performances, email prtc01@yahoo.com or call 764-1902.

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