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Caramoor to Present: Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Caramoor to Present: Chevalier de Saint-Georges

This Sunday, July 10, at 4pm in the Venetian Theater, Caramoor will present a Concert Theater Work about Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. This Sunday, July 10th, Caramoor will present a very special concert theater work by Bill Barclay about a little known,...

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SOPHIA

SOPHIA

Her art is bold, bright, expressive, textured and raw. Her marks are strong and decisive. Her work comes from a genuine place in her spirit, and she conveys her unique voice onto canvas. In works such as American Gothic, Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck, she translates...

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A Cowboy Casual Wedding at the John Jay Homestead

A Cowboy Casual Wedding at the John Jay Homestead

photos: Heather Huie/Apollo Fields   Both Sam and Helen grew up in the area, riding since a young age, and competing in the hunter/jumper scene. They each took jobs in the equestrian industry. But it wasn’t until stints at a barn in Florida that the pair met and...

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ROUGHAN INTERIORS: REDESIGN OF THE WETMORE MANSION

ROUGHAN INTERIORS: REDESIGN OF THE WETMORE MANSION

by: Sue DeChiara - B&NC Mag Homes Editor and @Zhush     |     house photography: Jane Beiles     |     family photography: Carter Fish Along the twists and turns of a backcountry Bedford road, hidden from view, behind alarge wrought iron gate and up an impressive...

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Chris Russo

Chris Russo

As headliner of Mad Dog Sports Radio, at Ch. 82 on SiriusXM Radio, and host of the afternoon radio show on that channel called Mad Dog Unleashed, as the television host of High Heat on MLB Network, and with his new gig on First Take as partner to Steven A. Smith on...

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PETER SPIEGELMAN

PETER SPIEGELMAN

photos: Carter Fish In 2003, at the age of 45, Peter Spiegelman had his first novel, Black Maps, published by Alfred A. Knopf. The book, set in and around Wall Street of the early aughts, follows the exploits of private-eye John March, the black-sheep son of a...

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OUR BASKETS RUNNETH OVER

OUR BASKETS RUNNETH OVER

photos: Carter Fish   Here in the B&NC Mag area...our baskets runneth over! Picnics are a high art form. Meant to enjoy summer’s bounty, and set the scene for most memorable gatherings. Anything from the most casual to the full ‘dejeuner sur l’herbe’ warrants...

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Summer Party at The Glass House

Summer Party at The Glass House

Bedford & New Canaan Magazine is excited to announce our media sponsorship of The Glass House 15th Anniversary Summer Party - which is set to be a not-to-miss event of the season.   About the Glass House (from our 2021 Homes Issue) - written by James McCown...

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Becoming Martha Stewart

Becoming Martha Stewart

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16 Guard Hill

16 Guard Hill

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Fran Hauser

Fran Hauser

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Emily Bayuk: The Future of STEM

Emily Bayuk: The Future of STEM

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Heather Guadio – Femme de Fine Arts

Heather Guadio – Femme de Fine Arts

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Shaz Khang

Shaz Khang

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O’Hagan & Carlson Wedding

O’Hagan & Carlson Wedding

Kathleen O'Hagan marries Tore Carlson in a beautiful barnyard wedding in Bedford. [pdfjs-viewer url="https://bedfordnewcanaanmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Wedding.pdf" attachment_id="7283" viewer_width=100% viewer_height=800px fullscreen=true download=true...

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Wiz Kid To Watch

Wiz Kid To Watch

James D’Ambrosi was born and raised in Pound Ridge. He’s one of three founders of a start-up called Chalk, which aims to identify deep tech start-ups originating from a network of two dozen top U.S. universities and match the best with venture capital from established...

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Lax Queen: Sammy Jo Tracy

Lax Queen: Sammy Jo Tracy

Sammy Jo Tracy’s two-time All-American performance at UNC puts her at the top of women’s college lacrosse history. She tells B&NC Mag, “Growing up in Bedford, I always felt that the sky was the limit!” [pdfjs-viewer...

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Acting Through Adversity: Matthew Del Negro

Acting Through Adversity: Matthew Del Negro

Matthew Del Negro has Cary Grant good looks. He’s Rock Hudson handsome. But it’s Matt’s discipline and motivation that define him - as an actor and, now also, as an author and inspirational guru. [pdfjs-viewer...

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Running Girl

Running Girl

You’ve seen her out there...running. That long-legged girl with the blond ponytail, tight black top and shorts and a backpack, running...everywhere! She was out there on Oenoke when you were driving from Pound Ridge to New Canaan, she was on Westchester Ave when you...

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Hometown Hero: Zach Allen

Hometown Hero: Zach Allen

Zach Allen is 24 years old, 6’ 5”, 285 lbs., runs a 4.9 40 yard dash, can bench press 430 lbs., and was the #65 draft pick in the 2019 National Football League Draft. Now in his third season, he’s #94, a starting Defensive End, on the league-leading Arizona Cardinals....

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A Sneak Peek @ This Year’s Holiday House Tour

A Sneak Peek @ This Year’s Holiday House Tour

The New Canaan Holiday House Tour is a biennial event hosted by the New Canaan Newcomers Club - that brings YOU inside of some of the most spectacular houses in town... and it's all to benefit great local charities. What could be better?! Peek inside homes that you've...

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60 Years of Ski & Be Seen

60 Years of Ski & Be Seen

When you think about it, isn’t it the people and places that make us love where we live? In our neck of the woods, only an hour or so from Manhattan yet a verdant, spacious, open-sky world away, certain people and places are “home” to us. Skip Beitzel is one of those...

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SWEET: A Rock N’ Roll Re-Do

SWEET: A Rock N’ Roll Re-Do

This rock n’ roll redo of the basement, garage and backyard of a New Canaan in-town residence is about as sweet as it gets! The just-completed space is filled with epic guitars, including axes used and signed by AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, and...

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Billy Fortin

Billy Fortin

You, the B&NC MAG reader, probably already know Billy Fortin. He is the owner/operator of both the Market at Pound Ridge Square and the popular Blind Charlie’s eatery across the street in Scotts Corners, and he’s somewhat ubiquitous in and at every local charity...

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Monte & Angelina Lipman: At Home For The Holidays

Monte & Angelina Lipman: At Home For The Holidays

By: Michael Kaplan Photos: Rhonda Spevak Monte and Angelina Lipman are a hit couple, in perfect sync and balance, with a great mood and rhythm, and singing a delightful tune. They are at once the epitome of the power couple, and still totally relatable, grounded,...

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David Worby: The Renaissance Man

David Worby: The Renaissance Man

By: Michael Kaplan // Photos: Frances Isaac David Worby, a Bedford resident, is most famous for having successfully represented over 10,000 plaintiffs suffering from illnesses relating to their exposure at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attack. He hunted down the...

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Fall 2021 Education Section: Rippowam Cisqua

Fall 2021 Education Section: Rippowam Cisqua

By: Barbara Accetta B&NC Mag shines a spotlight on four of our area's most dynamic private day schools - and what makes each unique! Rippowam has a focus on project-based learning, which leads to more successful and lasting results with students. [pdfjs-viewer...

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Fall 2021 Education Section: King School

Fall 2021 Education Section: King School

By: Barbara Accetta B&NC Mag shines a spotlight on four of our area's most dynamic private day schools - and what makes each unique! King School: Examining the role of athletics in college matriculation, B&NC Mag interviewed a D1 alum from the school who now...

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Fall 2021 Education Section: Ridgefield Academy

Fall 2021 Education Section: Ridgefield Academy

By: Barbara Accetta B&NC Mag shines a spotlight on four of our area's most dynamic private day schools - and what makes each unique! [pdfjs-viewer url="https%3A%2F%2Fbedfordnewcanaanmag.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F09%2FRidgefield-Academy.pdf"...

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Fall 2021 Education Section: New Canaan Country School

Fall 2021 Education Section: New Canaan Country School

By: Barbara Accetta B&NC Mag shines a spotlight on four of our area's most dynamic private schools - and what makes each unique! [pdfjs-viewer url="https%3A%2F%2Fbedfordnewcanaanmag.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F09%2Fcountry-school.pdf" viewer_width=100%...

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Horizons

Horizons

By: Isaiah Bien Aime (a former Horizon's student at the New Canaan Country School, and current Board member for the NCC location) In 1964, the New Canaan Country School Headmaster, George Stevens, had what was then considered to be a bold and prescient idea: That...

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American RoadSchool

American RoadSchool

Photo Journal by: Emily Neville Fisher published: September/October 2021 So in late summer 2020, amid the escalating COVID-19 pandemic and with the treat of another year of remote school and work, my husband, Murray, and I, decided to pull our three kids out of...

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THE FAT JEWISH: May/June

THE FAT JEWISH: May/June

  For the Instagram-less, who have no idea who The Fat Jewish is, or that his phenomena even exists... He’s got over TEN MILLION FOLLOWERS and has managed to parlay his top influencer status into millions of dollars of sponsorships, placements and promotions...He...

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IN-TOWN INFLUENCE: May/June

IN-TOWN INFLUENCE: May/June

Layla Lisiewski & Jessica Blouin of the Local Mom's Network It seems almost obvious that grouping local moms on social media would produce some of the most dedicated and trusting audiences, and that successful influencers in this category can have outsized...

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TIME FOR A VACCI-BRATION: May/June

TIME FOR A VACCI-BRATION: May/June

He looks like every soccer dad and he’s probably one of the most unassuming, soft-spoken, even demure, guys around; but make no mistake, Dan Pearson is the life of the party! Always has been - and when people start partying again - always will be! Chances are, you’ve...

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INFLUENTIAL INSIGHTS: May/June

INFLUENTIAL INSIGHTS: May/June

Knowing which influencers have influence, with whom and how deeply their influence extends, the demographics and behavior of each influencer’s audience, and ultimately what influencer impressions will trigger a purchase decision, is a science. Billions in influencer...

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LOOK THE PART: May/June

LOOK THE PART: May/June

Influencers can offer a window into a seemingly perfect life. For many, a lot of the appeal is based on a flawless appearance. With some making that unattainable image a part of their brand, and others building a business dishing on the behind-the-scenes how-tos. ...

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LIZ & JD WILLITS: May/June

LIZ & JD WILLITS: May/June

Elizabeth (Liz) and Jefferson Dillard (JD) Willits became Mr. & Mrs. Willits on October 17, 2020. The ceremony was held at the St. Matthew’s Chapel in the Woods, a romantic spot with wooden benches that fits about 30 people comfortably, followed by a reception at...

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INFLUENCING THE INFLUENCERS: May/June

INFLUENCING THE INFLUENCERS: May/June

As the business of being an influencer has grown into an industry, early experts have emerged to explain and educate - the influencers and the influenced. Experimentation and experience in the evolving world of influencer commerce can be used to inform the potential...

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WHERE TO GET FIT: May/June

WHERE TO GET FIT: May/June

B&NC MAG follows @the_laura_young, a lifestyle Instagram with 7.4K followers, that highlights Laura Young’s fitness journey over the past few years. Laura is a second grade teacher at South School in New Canaan and lives nearby with her husband, Ben, and their...

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THE BURNHAMS: May/June

THE BURNHAMS: May/June

Martha Lee Civitillo and David Hunter Burnham were married in a beautiful ceremony at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church on September 19, 2020.Martha and Dave met in August of 2016 when they were set up by a mutual friend. Martha tells the adorable story, saying, “...

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THE FACE OF DATING: May/June

THE FACE OF DATING: May/June

The podcast universe is wide and deep. The array of topics about which a podcast exists to talk about it is endless. And when it comes to popular topics - audience size, enthusiasm and loyalty, sores. Ilana Dunn’s Seeing Other People podcast about dating is a great...

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THE ZHUSH: May/June

THE ZHUSH: May/June

With 150k Instagram followers, 57k Pinterest followers (@sued), and 15,000 - 20,000 weekly active readers on her website (thezhush.com), Sue DeChiara is a significant influencer. The @zhush followers are a focused and highly desirable affluent target audience, and...

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INTERIOR INFLUENCE: May/June

INTERIOR INFLUENCE: May/June

Sometimes referred to as micro-influencers, Instagramers with audiences that are too small to move the needle for any mass consumer brand, like Coke or Ford, can be most valuable for advertisers looking for a more pinpointed campaign. Local brands and retailers are...

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COVID CUTS THE COUNT: May/June

COVID CUTS THE COUNT: May/June

Covid has required that all events are limited in size and held with social distancing guidelines. Weddings have been limited, at different times and in different places during the pandemic, to 100, or 50, or even those in a ‘bubble’. Couples with existing wedding...

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I’m Getting a SAGE: May/June

I’m Getting a SAGE: May/June

I turned 62 in January, and have been having what you could call a mid-life crisis...since probably around my 30th! I’m gripped by the notion that, no matter how much I’ve done, where I’ve been, what I’ve seen, and/or how great it’s been...it’s not enough, there are...

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ZEN & THE ART OF BEING A ROCKSTAR: May/June

ZEN & THE ART OF BEING A ROCKSTAR: May/June

Katonah’s Musical Prodigy, Michael Sabath spends a day with B&NC Mag’s Arts & Culture Editor, Drew Bordeaux. Many of us remember our early twenties as a time when we were studying for college exams, or making the best of our first ‘real world’ job. Not so for...

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POSITIVE INFLUENCE: May/June

POSITIVE INFLUENCE: May/June

LIVEGIRL has influence at another level! Influence beyond consumer tastes and spending... LIVEGIRL has a positive influence on lives! ...Although billions of dollars in ad spending now flows through the new generation of social media influencers - and influencers now...

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THE STYLE SISTERS: May/June

THE STYLE SISTERS: May/June

Style and fashion Instagramers may best exemplify today’s prototypical influencers. In the model - and the shadow - of the Kardashians, the style and fashion Instagram-ophere is flooded with those who profess and display nothing more than their own style and...

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Susan Magrino: May/June

Susan Magrino: May/June

Susan Magrino Dunning runs MAGRINO PR, her powerhouse public relations firm, with about fifty trusted and loyal staff, from corporate offices on Park Avenue South. She’s been Martha Stewart’s go-to public relations person since Martha’s second cookbook back in 1983,...

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Artsy Sounds

Artsy Sounds

By: Drew Bordeaux Drew Bordeaux, the new Music Editor at B&NC Mag, was a COO of a business planning and analytics firm prior to focusing full-time on creative pursuits. Drew is a musician, who plays 8 instruments including guitar and violin, and performs over 100...

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Going Green(er)

Going Green(er)

BEDFORD 2020 GOING BEDFORD 2030 By: Karen SabathKaren, the new Green Editor at B&NC Mag, is a sustainability advocate with several facets. She became Bedford 2030 Board President in June after five years as treasurer. She is also CEO of TBM Designs, LLC (whose...

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Planting in the Pandemic

Planting in the Pandemic

by : Jill Brooke Jill Brooke is the new Floral Editor at Bedford & New Canaan Magazine, and is the founder of flowerpowerdaily.com, the first daily floral news site. Jill has been Editor-in-Chief of Avenue, Travel Savvy and Show Circuit magazines, a CNN...

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CAMP BY MAMA

CAMP BY MAMA

by: Megan Schinella New Canaanite and Mommy Blogger (@campbymama)As the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to change color, it's time to start thinking about what this Fall season has to offer. Fall activities are a great way to introduce a new season, a season...

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The Glass House

The Glass House

In the period immediately after World War II, New Canaan was like something out of a William Hamilton cartoon in The New Yorker – affluent, conservative, WASPy, with architectural tastes that tended toward Georgian and Second Empire Victorian. When Philip Johnson,...

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