Meet the Honorees
Holiday tabletop decor
Remember when we were kids and we just picked Halloween costumes from a catalog?
When journalist and former Fairfield County resident Kim Kavin decided she wanted a puppy, she did what many people do: clicked on an online photo and submitted an application. She had no idea the cute pup with the brindle coat was actually a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. That puppy, Blue, arrived in the Northeast in an RV driven by members of a growing grass-roots network trying to save these animals. Blue was happy, but seemed to have endured something unusual, leading Kavin to trace his history back to the shelter. Little Boy Blue is the story of that puppy’s journey of survival, as well as a shocking exposé of the brutal reality that exists inside some shelters. Kavin is an award-winning writer who knows how to tell a story, but she’s also a seasoned reporter who breaks big news here: namely, that U.S. taxpayers are spending nearly $15 million a year to support shelters that kill dogs in gas chambers. One of her sources for the book is Claudia Weber of the Town Clerk’s office in New Canaan. “The number of people arriving with adoption records has definitely increased in the past few years,” says […]
How one grocery store can define a childhood.
Grab the kids and set off on adventures big and small, as there’s much to do around town this autumn
After Girls made its debut on hbo, there were many animated conversations about the show in this office as, one by one, staffers became obsessed with the dramedy that’s hilarious, heartbreaking and even a bit shocking. Although many of us are older than the four main characters, we found it easy to relate to the twenty-somethings in the series, and to the unsteady yet rousing coming-of-age experiences they have making their way in New York City. When we were offered the opportunity to profile one of the show’s stars—Allison Williams, who grew up in New Canaan—more than one person jumped up from her desk and out of her sleek slingbacks at the chance to do the story. Beth Cooney Fitzpatrick wrote the profile of Ms. Williams (page 62). Beth was eager to meet the rising star primarily because she loves the show, but also because she had interviewed the actress’ father, Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News, more than a decade ago. “At that time, he told me his children almost never watched TV and had never seen his broadcast,” says Beth. “Naturally, I was curious about the influence of that type of upbringing. Now, having met Allison, I find […]
Meet three elite equestrians who left the sport years ago, only to return and rediscover the joy, thrill and romance of riding
She got her showbiz start playing character roles at New Canaan Country School. Now, Allison Williams is all grown up and drawing critical praise for her wry and riveting performance on the Emmy-nominated TV series, Girls.
Not everyone can pull off a floor-length gold sequined gown, but Julianna Spain of Darien does it flawlessly. It’s hard to believe this statuesque brunette, and working mother of two isn’t a professional model. You can see Spain styled-up in all her red-carpet-worthy glory in our current issue (see “Runway to Real Way”). During our shoot, we had the opportunity to talk with this local glamazon and here’s what we learned. Model for the day: “For the New Canaan – Darien fashion shoot, I was asked to wear a sequined gown while standing in front of a fan, and that was way too much fun. I would love to look and feel that beautiful every day. Everyone should have the opportunity to feel like that for one hour in their life!” Her typical day: “Most weekdays are a mad rush to play catch-up. In the winter, I drive my girls to ski team in Killington, Vermont. In the summer, I often strap an Opti sailboat on my car and drive to various regattas up and down the coast for my girls, who are in sailing programs.” Work experience: “As an event planner, my work has included projects for […]
Up close and personal with Allison Williams
While school begins, questions remain as policy makers and experts continue to debate whether the state’s education reform bill will accomplish its objectives, and parents try to grasp how the changes will affect their kids in class.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum receives grant from the Xerox Foundation
The recently renovated Maritime Aquarium
will lure old and new fans alike this summer
The real estate market may ebb and flow, but waterfront property is a solid investment as supply is limited. There are a few peninsula properties on the market, though, including these two tranquil retreats.
This non-profit provides summer vacations, for free
Despite which side is greener, both sides are always crazy.
As the weather heats up, the retail scene sizzles with new stores and new owners
Grab a beach chair and ice cold drink to couple with these great books
Hazel Hobbs brings experiences as teacher and mother to her new role as chairman of the New Canaan Board of Ed
Darien Principal bids farewell
Take advantage of the close proximity of all three town’s fireworks this Fourth of July
More breathtaking photos from Lois and Bob Baylis garden
In this Darien garden, the owners beautifully merge exotic elements from two different cultures
If the woman on the cover doesn’t look familiar, you probably haven’t perfected that down-dog pose yet. Donna Kuebler is an instructor at Elements Yoga & Wellness Center in Darien, the studio she owns with her husband, Bruce Bassock. The couple opened the studio seven years ago after choosing to leave their high-pressure professions in Manhattan for a different lifestyle here in Fairfield County. Both were successful in their previous careers—Bassock as a commodity and equity trader and Kuebler as an events planner. Yet they say their decision to make yoga instruction a full-time commitment has been incredibly rewarding. As it turns out, the couple’s passion for this ancient form of exercise is appreciated by many yoga devotees in our towns. Elements has been dubbed top yoga studio by those who voted in our Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut contest, the winners of which are featured in this issue. This is the seventh win in seven straight years for Elements, which draws those who are interested in teacher training and others who simply want to deepen their knowledge of the discipline. We suspect some people just come here for the great atmosphere and staff that’s as friendly as it […]
Bring your score down and your opponents to their knees with these hard-won tips from the county’s top golf pros
The latest and greatest around New Canaan and Darien
Despite my prayers, school has not been extended year round
Two historic homes on the same estate in New Canaan are masterfully updated and on the market simultaneously
Adam Manjuck offers seeds of wisdom for fantastic floral arrangements
A standout garden tour showcases a sustainable home and eco-friendly landscape
Inside Ben Larrabee’s photographs
Food Allergy Initiative’s Spring Luncheon
Interview with photographer Stacy Bass
How a crazed mother deals with the children’s obesity epidemic.
Ann Wells channels her passion
for the people of Tanzania into good works
I met Carol Seldin at a cocktail party on a chilly evening in early spring, in a large room filled with people.
Master gardener Carol Seldin created a sanctuary on her New Canaan property, where color, contrast and drama are at every turn
Think getting reimbursed from your insurance company is as likely as your doctor running
on time? Meet two women who make it their job to get you what you’re entitled to
Top Getaways for your Fun-Loving Family
Your Favorite Summer Getaways
Carol Seldin’s spectacular six acre garden
Check out these hotspots which grabbed our attention this month!
Darien locals who love great pizza and a spirited venue have a new eatery in town.