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Holiday 2009

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Zany

Carla Gambescia brings the flavors of Venice to Mount Kisco.

We've Got Answers

Raise a Glass

Not long ago, Wendy and her husband, Dennis, an architect who practices in Manhattan, finished round two of the renovations and additions to their 1838 home on Salem Road in Pound Ridge. Back when the original part of their house was built by Seth Bishop, a watermelon farmer and justice of the peace, Salem Road was unpaved and known as “the road through Pound Ridge.” But when Wendy saw it in 2004, she didn’t see the limitations of owning an antique. She saw the possibilities.

Waiting Room Angel

It started in a waiting room at the hospital, where I sat thinking how glad I was to be there for a check-up, not another round of chemo. I had just celebrated turning 35. After my year-long battle with Hodgkin’s disease, it was a big celebration. I smiled, thinking of my house filled with people laughing and dancing. For so long it felt like people only came to the house with flowers and meals.

The Re-Gift of the Magi

Come the morning of December 25, I will be searching under the tree for gifts—specifically for those that are gender-neutral, tasteful, and wildly inappropriate. That’s because I believe that just as a stranger is a friend you haven’t met, a beautifully wrapped atrocity is a misfit purchase destined to be dumped on some other poor soul at my convenience.

Hello, Holly!

"Deck the halls with boughs of holly” goes the much-loved carol. And indeed we do: sprigs of red-berried, spiny-leafed branches decorate the mantel, add color to our wreaths, and are tucked into centerpieces on the holiday table. Holly is an indispensable prop in our yuletide festivities.

Da Bears

The Bedford Bears hockey club has been around a long time, like 75 years, but no one really knows. John Stevenson, a longtime Bedford resident, who joined the Bears in 1973, said he believed the team was started in 1935 when a group of former college hockey players began skating on White’s Pond. An amateur squad was soon formed to play against like-minded groups on Long Island, in Bronxville, Rye, and New Canaan, and at the Greenwich Skating Club.

Ten Minutes With Paul Shaffer

Paul Shaffer’s We’ll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives chronicles his rise to stardom from the early days at “Saturday Night Live” to his years with “The Late Show,” and his own impressive music career. The 315-page memoir landed in bookstores just before the personal life of boss David Letterman made headlines. Bedford Magazine had to track him down in L.A. rather than at his Bedford home.

Bedford Magazine Turns 5

For five years now, Bedford Magazine has been bringing the stories of local people and places into your home. The contributors—editors, writers, photographers—are grateful for the generosity shown by those of you who have shared your lives, your dreams, your adventures, your gardens, and your homes with us. We hope that we have made Bedford a better place.

Tough Times

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