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May-June 2011

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Living Large

Time was when motorists barreled down I-84 without so much as stopping for coffee at this once-dingy industrial river town. But then, the Dia:Beacon, touted as the largest contemporary art museum in the country, opened in 2003 and the town got busy reinventing itself as a cultural-arts center.

My Favorite Rooms

Bunny Williams is a much-sought-after interior designer, with her own line of home furnishings. She is also a dedicated gardener, having worked on her extraordinary garden in Falls Village, Connecticut, for more than 30 years.


When we bought our house, I knew zilch about gardening, blissfully unaware that these two innocent-looking creepers, relics of previous owners, would turn out to be garden gangsters—“thugs,” as they are also known—muscling out any plants in their path and, I was soon to discover, nearly impossible to evict.

Ten Minutes with Tony Dovolani

Tony Dovolani first waltzed onto ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” in season two. This year he’s matched with talk-show host Wendy Williams. At 15, Dovolani and his Albanian muslim family fled war ravaged Kosovo, and he soon discovered ballroom dancing (he’s a two-time world champ) and opened a Fred Astaire studio in Bedford. We talked about “Stars” and his former studio.

Email Alert

Eight must-know tips to follow before hitting send.

Coop Coup

For those who have always wanted squawking chickens in the yard but haven’t the energy to build the proper coop, your problems are solved. The Front Yard Coop is a solar-powered, self-propelled home for chickens.

Diamond in the Rough

Imitation is the ultimate form of flattery. Brian La Blanc realized he had “made it” when he learned about a YouTube video of someone copying his sound and singing one of his original songs. Imitation is something La Blanc knows a lot about. His big gig these days is touring as the lead in a Neil Diamond tribute band.

World Cuisine

To the great relief of the many devotees who waited patiently for news of her culinary progress, Northern Westchester’s local food star, Myong, recently opened the doors of a second dining experience.

We've Got Answers

Great Scotts - what is Scotts Corners and why is it so named?

Garden Manor

Sprawled amidst the rolling hills of North Salem with expansive views, golden sunsets, and multiple gardens is a rambling country estate that looks as if it were plucked from an English countryside. “The owners wanted a house that was suitable for entertaining, suitable for their grown family to visit, and yet comfortable for just the two of them,” says Dinyar Wadia.

Happy Blues

As spring finally emerges after a long, punishing winter, the Eastern bluebird appears, awaking all living creatures with his melodious songs. Bluebirds are not the only ones singing. This docile bit of fluff has an uncanny ability to make people happy. “The bluebird is like a speck of clear blue sky seen near the end of a storm, reminding us of an ethereal region and a heaven which we had forgotten,” wrote Henry David Thoreau.

Seeding the Way

A full two years before the Garden Club of America dug its first trowel in the ground in 1913, the Bedford Garden Club was stirring up the soil here. And because of that head start, the Bedford club gets to mark its centennial first.
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