By Bonni Brodnick
The 2011 Kentucky Derby marks the 137th renewal of the greatest two minutes in sports. Don’t be a bystander. Grab your stable mates and get into the running with the annual Pound Ridge Derby Day Party, an annual tradition sponsored by the Pound Ridge Republican Town Committee. The event is a great opportunity to meet neighbors, friends, local officials and candidates as you cheer on mighty Derby contenders Uncle Mo, Archarcharch, Toby’s Corner, Pants on Fire, Midnight Interlude, Soldat, Brilliant Speed, Master of Hounds, Nehro, Twice the Appeal, Decisive Moment, Animal Kingdom, Stay Thirsty, Twinspired, Santiva, Watch Me Go, Shackleford … and my personal favorites, Comma to the Top and Mucho Macho Man. Lisa and John Sauro are this year’s Derby Day hosts. The event takes place on Saturday, May 7 at 4:30 p.m. (Post time is 6:24 p.m.) Expected guests include Nan Hayworth, Greg Ball, Bob Castelli, and our very own Gary Warshauer. Cost is $35 per person for open bar and buffet dinner. All townsfolk are invited to attend. For more information and to make your reservation, call Frank Sisti at 764-5622.
Along with generously hosting the “Taste of Pound Ridge” event this week, Albano Appliance on Westchester Avenue has a smokin’ schedule for some upcoming outdoor BBQ events and manufacturer’s cooking demonstrations. Resident Chef Jehan de Noue is pleased to have Chef Dawn Keenan, owner of Dinner in Thyme, back again to share her culinary talents, nutritional and healthy living knowledge at the following events. On Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m. there will be a Thermador/Gaggenau cooking demonstration. The event will start with hors d'oeuvres, steamed salmon in lemon broth with minted fresh spring pea purée, followed by garden herb-roasted organic chicken and roasted vegetables. Finish the feast with chocolate-coconut milk and coffee dust truffles. (RSVPs must be received by Tuesday, May 10.) The first of two outdoor BBQ cooking demos takes place on Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. Learn about outdoor pizza ovens, wood/charcoal and gas-fired grills, pro-sear gas grills, outdoor refrigeration and beer taps and outdoor griddle. (You will surely have your Ph.G. [Doctorate in Grilling] after this event.) The menu includes sweet Italian sausage, peppers and onions, pulled pork with cherry BBQ sauce, grilled hanger steaks with coffee rub, roasted chicken, Albano burgers, roasted corn and much more. (RSVPs must be received by Wednesday, May 11.) Chef Keenan, will also conduct “Eat, Live & Feel Well” on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. The class will start with a broccoli, orange and watercress salad, followed by Brie and caramelized onion-stuffed chicken breast, herbed Basmati rice. End the night sweetly with cocoa meringue shells and glazed fresh fruit. (Class fee is $45. RSVPs must be received by Monday, May 16.) Call 764-4051 to make your rez. To learn more about the tradition and renown of Albano, check out their website at www.albanoappliance.com.
Eager to see some great theater but don’t want to trek into the city? Enjoy a night in the hamlet when the Pound Ridge Theatre Company presents “Later Life,” a bittersweet comedy by A.R. Gurney. Inspired by the Henry James novella, Gurney has penned the story of two people who meet at a Boston cocktail party 30 years after they had a brief encounter on the isle of Capri when he was a sailor on leave and she was a college girl on European tour. The talented Sherry Asch will direct actors Michael Bergstein, Laurel Lettieri, Sarah Saltus and Dick Smith in the production that takes place at Conant Hall on Fridays and Saturdays May 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. Cabaret seating. Special discounts for theater parties. Doors open one-hour prior to curtain, and you are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy before the show. North Star Restaurant in Scotts Corners (7645-0200) and Bistro 22 in Bedford (234-7333) also offer a specially priced pre-theater dinner prior to all performances. (Please call them directly for reservations.) To get tickets online to “Later Life,” go to www.prtc01.org. For more information, you may also call the box office at 764-1902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the inside of my one of my kitchen cabinets is taped “Beatitudes for Mothers.” I’ve treasured its inspiration through the years: “Blessed is the mother who takes time to rock and cuddle her baby; for the mother who does not, will someday wish that she had.” “Blessed is the mother who has the grace to listen, really listen, to her talkative 4-year old; for this is one important link in the chain of teaching respect.” “Blessed is the mother who means ‘NO’ when she says ‘no’ and cannot be moved by tears, screams, threats or persistent argument. Also blessed is the mother who sees to it that her child completes each task that she has assigned to him, for she is preparing him to be a person of character.” My personal beatitude is “Blessed are the children who make us mothers. They truly grace our lives.” Happy Mother’s Day.