July 16, 2011

RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"


The Pound Ridge Dolphins are in full swim. Each meet features special diving and swimming events and at each event, a selected announcer gives the play-by-play lap-by-lap. The recent “Voice of Pound Ridge” (VOP) announcing the dives and scores was first timer, Matt Schwartz, who recruited fellow lifeguards Jen Dillane and Kylee Hanson to assist. Pool Director Stacey Schriro worked the skedge to allow Matt time to serve as VOP while performing his other duties as lifeguard. What does one need for this frontline gig? Great calm. The job can be stressful as announcer’s attempt to read numbers and names of divers amidst splashing water and flying score sheets. Matt was a top VOP because of his remarkable unflappability. The divers won their portion of the meet and the Pound Ridge Dolphins went on to win the entire competition against our good neighbor, Bedford Village. The Dolphins are showing real kick as they launch another great season of swimming and diving.

The July issue of NoBluesNews is up. Grab your laptop and go to http://www.nobluesnews.org to tune into this monthly non-profit publication that compiles happy heartwarming stories of inspiration. This month, some of the NoBluesNews stories include “Simple Satiating Solutions: A Man Who Uses His Noodle,” “A Very, Very Fine House: These Roses are Sweet as Can Be,” and “Random Hacks of Kindness: Caring that Computes with Us.” Check out Aelita Andre’s recent paintings, and be sure to get to page 9 for the incredible surprise. Wander more through the website and the “Book of Quotes” section that talks about times when you overhear people saying quotable, sometimes hilarious, things that you might not remember the next day. Point in fact: the other day I was at a local Starbucks and an octogenarian was perusing a recent issue of People magazine. With great seriousness she commented on The Duchess Kate’s fashion sense, Kate Hudson’s new baby boy, Victoria and David Beckham's new baby girl, Angelina Joli’s lip/face and J Lo’s hip/waist ratios. It was priceless. Many thanks to NoBluesNews.org founder Dana McCorvie for her focus on levity. And you can quote her on this: “Relax. Enjoy. Smile. Connect. Grow. Life is what you make it. Make it good.”

Be sure to check out the upcoming exhibit, opening on July 23 at Pound Ridge Library, “Shelters, Caves and More,” which features drawings, paintings and small installations by Susan McCaslin. The work is inspired by the Leather Man, a local vagabond famous for his handmade leather wardrobe of hat, scarf, clothes and shoes. He spent the last six years of his life traveling the same circuitous route every 34 days, a 365mile route that passed through at least 41 towns between Connecticut and New York, and sleeping caves and shelters along the way. Even though the gentleman, whose real name is thought to be Jules Bourglay of Lyons, France, did not speak to people, many fed him and helped him survive. In my book, “Pound Ridge Past: Remembrances of Our Townsfolk,” former Pound Ridger Malcolm Fancher recalled, “My Aunt Evelyn used to tell me about how the Leather Man would come to the house. He lived in the hills, traveled all around the county, and stopped by houses. People would give him food. Apparently he had a bad love affair in France and he came over here … People weren’t afraid of him. He’d just come for food and be on his way.”

McCaslin finds her inspiration from the Leather Man's legend. She is drawn to everything from his solitary nature to his few possessions, such as cups and pipes, which he fashioned from cast off metals. For more information on this fascinating exhibit, call the library at 764-5085 or contact susan@susanmcclaslin.com. The text that accompanies her artwork will surely give viewers an historical perspective on the curious tale of the Leather Man.

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