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Ten Minutes With Willie Geist: A broadcast journalist

Willie Geist is host of NBC’s “Sunday Today With Willie Geist,” which covers everything from politics to pop culture, and co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Son of a CBS Newsman and New YorkTimes reporter, Geist has sat down with Justin Timberlake, John Krasinski, Bette Midler, Chelsea Handler, and Bryan Cranston; plus George W. Bush, Airbnb CEO [...]read moreTen Minutes With Willie Geist: A broadcast journalist

I’ve heard that the Rat Pack used to stay in Ridgefield. Is this true?

Why, yes, it is true. In the late 1950s and into the ’60s, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and others, also known as the “Rat Pack,” would escape to a converted barn on New Road, just off Route 7.  The barn, originally owned by Jane Trahey, was set on [...]read moreI’ve heard that the Rat Pack used to stay in Ridgefield. Is this true?

Ten Minutes with Broadway Star Linda Eder

Linda Eder started on Broadway with Jekyll & Hyde and has since released 18 solo albums and her repertoire includes Broadway, pop, country, and jazz. Raised in Minnesota, Eder came east to New York and eventually settled onto a horse farm in North Salem, where she currently lives. Where is your favorite place to perform? Carnegie [...]read moreTen Minutes with Broadway Star Linda Eder

“Where the Wild Things Are” meets Mickey Mouse

Stacks of neatly labeled boxes fill the space of the Maurice Sendak archive, a recently completed addition to the late author’s Ridgefield home on Chestnut Hill Road. These manuscript sized boxes, each containing the original artwork from Sendak’s popular children’s books such as Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Outside Over [...]read more“Where the Wild Things Are” meets Mickey Mouse

Ten Minutes with a Film Animator

Sean Murphy works at Blue Sky, a leading animation studio that produces feature-length films such as Ferdinand, recently nominated for an Academy Award. He attended Emerson College for film production, before moving to LA to pursue his career. He returned to the East Coast with Blue Sky, settling in Ridgefield with his wife and two [...]read moreTen Minutes with a Film Animator

Take Two: The Acting Twins of Ridgefield

Parents of young children bond over shared concerns such as pacifiers and potty training. While friends Eleni Kalandranis and Jen Vaccorro talk about these topics, they also compare notes on call times and set locations. They are both moms to identical twins involved in film and television. You see, identical twins are often sought out [...]read moreTake Two: The Acting Twins of Ridgefield

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

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