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Skating Champ Dick Button’s Secret Garden

Dick Button’s garden is carefully choreographed. But what might catch visitors off guard is the level of horticultural savvy plugging into his 48 acres in North Salem. Turns out, the champion figure skater, skating analyst, actor, and author is also a visionary landscape designer. And hearing botanical Latin rolling off the sports commenter’s tongue with [...]read moreSkating Champ Dick Button’s Secret Garden

Horror in the Garden – Accidents waiting to happen

If you think gardening is for wimps, ponder  this: Each year, an estimated 400,000 Americans are treated in ERs for injuries sustained in the  garden, 27,000 of them from chain saws, 79,000 from lawn mowers, and, topping the list, a startling 222,000 from ladders. And we haven’t even talked about doctor visits for tendonitis, ocular [...]read moreHorror in the Garden – Accidents waiting to happen

Ten Minutes with a Broadway Performer and ACT Co-Founder

Katie Diamond has written, produced, and starred in numerous musical and cabaret shows in her 20-year career, most notably as Lorraine in Jersey Boys on Broadway. Raised in Seattle, Diamond attended the New England Conservatory of Music, eventually making her way to New York City and then to Ridgefield, with husband Bill and three children. [...]read moreTen Minutes with a Broadway Performer and ACT Co-Founder

Down the Line

On the road with Keith Richards

I was sitting beside Keith Richards on the Rolling Stones’ plane to New York after a show. When the plane banked over Long Island Sound, he looked out the window and smiled. “That’s my home down there,” he said looking in the direction of Fairfield County. “When I see those lights, I know I’m close to [...]read moreDown the Line

Showtime

Performing artists glam up locally to take on the town

Yuga Cohler is the conductor of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra and the creator of Yeethoven, an orchestral concert comparing the works of Kanye West with Beethoven. By day Yuga is a computer engineer at Google in Boston. Yuga wears a sportcoat by Albert Nipon, $7; cashmere blend sweater by Mitchells of Westport, $25; Gavin Flat [...]read moreShowtime

How We Met: Third Time’s a Charm

A good friend's patience allows Ira Joe Fisher to find the love of his life

Ira Joe Fisher considers himself a lucky guy. While working as a disc jokey in Spokane, Washington, after a stint in the military, he became good friends with a play-by-play sports announcer named Dick Wright. Wright, who was fond of showing off photos of his eight “cute little kids,” invited Ira Joe home to meet [...]read moreHow We Met: Third Time’s a Charm

Secret Bailey’s Treats

Bailey’s Backyard excels at Farm-to-Table

Bailey’s Backyard has evolved from a quiet American-style eatery to a regional destination and pioneer in the farm-to-table restaurant movement over the last two decades. Sal Bagliavio has operated Bailey’s since 1999 and last year tapped Zach Campion to lead his culinary creations. One tradition Campion continues and masters is the Market Table Tasting Menu, which [...]read moreSecret Bailey’s Treats

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