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Oct. 16, 2020

The masked culture has interpersonal challenges. I was part of a music group for a couple months and only saw the other participants, whom I hadn’t known previously, with their masks on. Plus, when we were together, we were at a distance from each other. The combination stalled our progress and it reinforced for me how interpersonal connections happen and how facial expressions facilitate communication. Taking that experience into everyday COVID life, these days I’m resorting to depending on what eyes communicate as they peer over a mask, registering a part of a smile that is happening. Any indication of a smile is a good thing.

Seasonal table set-ups can make you smile inside and out, signaling a holiday celebration with family, friends and food — something Xenia from Sweet Earth Company knows a lot about. In her Make a Fall Tablescape workshop, she will guide participants to create their own with florals and other natural autumn season elements. Sponsored by Kahlo and Pound Ridge Nursery, it will be held at the nursery tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. Workshop fee is $125, with materials, sips and snacks included. To sign up, email

To further assist you with table set-ups and beyond in your home, Kahlo has added interior design services to their roster of offerings. Ryan Matthew Interiors can reimagine your space and tell your story with colors, furnishings and art. “Your story can include the food and aromas in your kitchen, the sounds and energy in your living space, your rituals, your workspace,” Ryan said. He feels that your home can bring you joy, peace and an inner calm. Inquire at Kahlo or visit

Come smile under your mask and through your eyes to celebrate fall with a socially distant picnic at Pound Ridge Nursery next weekend. It will feature live music, pony rides, pumpkins, a hay maze and fresh picnic meals from the Village Social. Food must be ordered in advance, with options including ribs, chicken crab cakes, kids meals, beer, wine, and more. View the menu and place your order at Individual blankets will designate each picnic pod. The event is a collaboration between Kahlo, The Pound Ridge Partnership and The Pound Ridge Nursery. Saturday, Oct. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. Space is limited, so order your food and reserve your spot soon.

Lance Dorfi Radon Mitigation has opened up an office in Hedgerow’s former location in Scotts Corners. Radon is a naturally occurring gas in the air that gets trapped in structures and can cause lung cancer and other maladies. The interior will include a lounge for meeting with homeowners, realtors and home inspectors, as well as a testing lab. Pound Ridger Chris Hayes has joined his friend, Lance Dorfi, who lives in North Salem, to do business development and marketing for the company, which has been testing for radon in the region for 25 years.

The dangerous gas came into public scrutiny in the 1980s and is prevalent in Westchester and Fairfield Counties due to the geologic composition of the land. Testing radon is often required by lending institutions, with remediation, if required, done by the seller. According to Chris, many locations with dangerous levels of radon have been found in Pound Ridge and neighboring towns. The lab on the premises makes the turnaround time for results quick, usually in two to three days. The testing fee is $150 and testing can be scheduled within 24 hours. Open daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 600-8044 or visit

It’s time to plan for decorating a pumpkin for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest in town on Halloween. You can get a free decoration kit with the purchase of a pumpkin valued at $20 at Pound Ridge Nursery. They are also offering sessions to Paint-a Pumpkin or a mini succulent pot at the nursery each weekend through Sunday, Oct. 25, so you will be ready to submit it for the contest, which begins Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Pound Ridge Partnership tent in town. Go to to sign up for a time slot to work on your creation or call 764-5781 for more information.

If you haven’t already put it in your circular file, take another look at the cover of your September flyer from Bed Bath & Beyond to see Pound Ridger Kate Jordan and her daughters, Izzy, 5, and Charlie, 1. Kate was the stylist, art director and creator for the company’s new fall campaign. Kate said her kids were great during the photo shoot for the store’s fall initiative photos, adding, “I think they’re pretty used to me pointing a big camera at them by now.” You can see more of Kate’s creations at

Thank you to the Pound Ridge Garden Club’s Civic Improvement Committee for planting azaleas and daffodils at the Pound Ridge Cemetery, an historical landmark at 15 West Lane, opposite the Town Park. Mary Bailly, Deb Benjamin, Roxanne Wasserman, Carole Long, Kathy Conroy, and Beth and Irene Mulligan were assisted by the Pound Ridge Highway Department. Their work does not go unnoticed.

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