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July 16, 2021

Wet and happy! That’s how the kids were at the Pop-Up Water Park last Sunday, sponsored by the Friends of Pound Ridge. They slid down inflatable slides, splashing into pools of water that were filled up via multiple hoses snaked around the field at the Town Park. The kids surely didn’t care that it was a slightly cooler, overcast day, like some of us adults would have felt. As I wandered through the turbulent sea of kids and young families scattered on the field, I was reminded of that stage in our own family, when we would do anything that made our daughters happy during each stage of their growth that seemed like it would last forever.

As parents, we experience kids’ gradual changes and it’s hard to appreciate the big transformations that others notice after time goes by. At a family gathering over the weekend, I was the “other” person noticing those big changes in my teenage nieces and nephews, whom I hadn’t seen in a while. I could joke around, play games and converse with them now as young adults, forging wonderful new connections.

Back to the Water Park: I stopped to chat with Jennifer Stewart who was on a blanket with her husband, Thomas Barber, keeping Ace, 3, and Lola, 6, entertained. I first met her at a recent Kahlo event where I shopped her vintage clothing line with her assistance. Alas, I was her ultimate picky shopper challenge. Her family moved to Pound Ridge four years ago from Brooklyn on the advice of a friend. Their search for a weekend home turned into a full-time residence. “I feel like I’ve found a real home and a warm community,” is how Jennifer described living here. Her day job is as a designer for a major clothing brand. Her weekend and night job is a vintage clothing curator, which she feels is the starting point of her new creative journey, saying she loves the hunt for vintage clothing.

How did her vintage business start? During the pandemic, she realized that vintage clothing was both a hobby and a passion, and a style she already was curating for herself. As a professional designer, she often finds inspiration (prints, details, garment construction) in the vintage clothing market during her work travels. She has tried to curate vintage for her young daughter to no avail. “All Lola wants to wear are leggings and dresses that are pink and purple, not my favorite colors, so I let her do what she wants.” Jennifer also does private vintage parties and one-on-one consultations. For more information, email

The next Food Truck Friday, presented by the Pound Ridge Partnership and sponsored by Betsy Ronel Compass, is next Friday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. Yes, Betsy Ronel is bringing back the popular balloon artist who is more like a circus act, entertaining the kids as they wait patiently on long lines for their personal balloon creation. Food trucks include Gyro Uno, Crafty ‘Cue, Walter’s Hot Dogs, Poke Motion, Bubbles and Brews, and more.  It will be a night of laughter and local talent. Christine O’Leary and her Team Green Light Comedy Tribe will be performing. Ms. O’Leary is the artistic director of the Comedy Series at the Ridgefield Playhouse, where she also serves as host and comedy teacher. Check her out on YouTube — she’s really funny! There’ll also be an open mic. If you want to add a tune or a joke to the evening, put your name on the list with Dave Goldberg of Pound Ridge Recreation, who’s hosting the open mic.   

Also next weekend, our Sara Stein Garden is open to the public Sunday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. This year, tickets need to be purchased online. The property was owned and landscaped by author and native plant pioneer, Sara Stein. The books she wrote about establishing the gardens can be found at the Pound Ridge Library. In fact, in the beginning of “My Weeds” she thanks librarian Marilyn Tinter for her help. We think of our property as an ecological alternative to conventional suburban landscape design with multiple habitats and winding paths through all of it, which kids like to explore. It’s more of a wild native plant landscape, not a formal flower garden.

Additionally, Pound Ridger Emily Rauch, the native plant horticulturist at Hilltop Hanover Farm, will present a workshop on our property, titled, “Beyond Natives: Using Local Ecotypes” from 2 to 4 p.m. along with a native plant sale. Find more information and purchase tickets for both the Open Garden ($10) and Emily’s Digging Deeper workshop ($40, general admission, $30 Garden Conservancy Members) at Preregistration is required. Children under 12 are free. 

We enjoy hearing about what’s happening to Pound Ridgers near and far, present and past. Please send your quips, blips and blurbs regarding town activities, nature notes, travels afar, scholastic accomplishments, sports achievements, engagements, weddings, new babies and grandchildren to esbest8@gmail.comAll topics are appropriate for inclusion in this column. Please submit items by the weekend before the following Friday’s issue, or earlier if you can. Alternatively (but not preferred), you may mail info to The Record-Review, P.O. Box 455, Bedford Hills NY 10507.

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