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Do you remember years back when a new record album would come out and you’d take in every detail of it? We’d stare at it repeatedly and hold it until the edges were worn while listening to it so intently. Each album had a feeling, a thread of intent. My daughter, Jess, was musing about the state of the music world recently, saying that people don’t really care about albums the way they used to, especially because nowadays songs are often released as singles anyway. Even so, even though nobody else may care, she still pays attention to every nuance when creating her own albums.       

That got me thinking. Doesn’t that attitude and attention define any artist or even any of us in what we do? Artists follow their feelings, create within the scope of them and produce something they feel good about. Pound Ridge artist, Wendy Moore, felt something profound enough from another artist’s work to begin studying art 20 years ago. She is now 77, and recently won Best in Show at the Rowayton Arts Center in Norwalk, Connecticut, with her portrait, “Change of Plans,” which depicts a woman pensively positioned in a chair. It was part of the “Shutdown Throwdown”exhibit currently online at racgallery.carbonmade.com along with more than 200 entries created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can see Wendy’s winning portrait at the Paint Box, located at 23 Babbitt Road, Bedford Hills, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

More and more, I’m seeing examples of caring among residents and the good feelings it generates from the actions and events we create. Increasingly, that is what defines Pound Ridge and why folks are noticing our special town. This year, the fireworks were cancelled along with the annual 5K race, but Mea Sgaglio didn’t let that stop her. When Van Muller, the originator of the race 20 years ago, mentioned to Mea that she and Ted Dowey were the only runners who hadn’t missed a race, Mea put one foot in front of the other and got it going again. “I was in the first race 20 years ago pushing a stroller,” Mea recalled, “and this year six out of eight of my kids participated.” This year’s race allowed Mea and Ted to keep their streak alive.

“Admittedly, there was about 90 seconds of a lack of social distancing before we were well separated in the race,” Ted said. At the end, everyone waited at the Park for all the participants to finish and then had celebratory doughnuts and water. Estimated times for the winners were: Devon Wilson in first place (21:03), followed by Gage Sgaglio (21:13) and Erisen Sgaglio (24:04). The next five finishers included four more Sgaglios and Ted Dowey, with 17 in all. The course was the same as in years past, albeit without police escorts. “I just called around to folks I could remember,” Mea said, “but afterwards I kind of felt bad when some people felt left out.” When I told Mea that it was such a great effort for her to do this on a grassroots level, she said, “Hey, this is Pound Ridge.”

Tami McCarthy is another “Hey, this is Pound Ridge” person. She has resurrected the Sunday farmers market outside Kahlo in town and added food trucks this past week. Last weekend, the Lobster Roll truck reported that it sold out of 100 lobster rolls. Next week, the Waffle Truck and Two Scoops and A Lady Ice Cream Truck are confirmed so far. We picked up some great produce, turmeric sauerkraut, kombucha and salsa last week from the other vendors. The Market takes place Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

People are still flocking to local preserves and it takes a lot of work to keep the trails and properties in shape. Hiking on the preserves is also a great way to learn about the land. The Pound Ridge Land Conservancy will hold its first volunteer work session of the year this coming Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Olesen Preserve, located at the intersection of Trinity Pass and Donbrook Road. Volunteers will be removing glossy buckthorn and other invasive plants. Land steward Andrew Morgan will also discuss the beavers and the measures taken to successfully manage flooding risk from their dam on the Preserve. The only things volunteers need to bring are appropriate footwear and work gloves. Due to COVID-19, all attendees will need to register in advance with Andrew at landsteward@prlc.net 

Save the Date: “How to Raise Monarch Butterflies” on Zoom. Saturday, July 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. Register at poundridgelibrary.org.

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