Today’s blog adventure brings us to the childhood home of luge Olympian Tucker West, in Ridgefield, CT. With such a cool name as Tucker West, we think he was probably destined for great things! He has numerous world cups and gold medals to his name from luge championships around the world. “At the age of 18, Tucker was the youngest male ever to qualify to represent the United States in the men’s luge at the Olympics. West placed 22nd in the men’s single competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.” Thanks, Wikipedia 😉
Just in case…luge is the face-up, feet-first sled one. Haven’t you ever wondered how anyone gets into such sports, and what must be going through their mind as they hurtle down that icy track? Us too…read on.
Tucked away in the hills of Ridgefield lives an unassuming talent. He’s a legend in the theatre world. His name is Richard Pilbrow, and as the founder of Theatre Projects (celebrating its 60th anniversary this year), he’s also one of the world’s leading theatre consultants, a stage lighting designer, an internationally known author, and a theatre, film, and television producer. He’s charming and witty, and he’s also one of the nicest gentlemen you’d ever want to meet!
For those of you who think Bev and I blog full time, think again! I’ve been at Theatre Projects in Norwalk for 9 years as a project coordinator and it’s truly exciting to work for the pre-eminent theatre consulting organization in the world that continues to stay at the leading edge of theatre design.
We love searching out Connecticut women who we want to #womancrushwednesday on. This week’s #WCW is Meredith Rollins, who, up until recently, was Redbook Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. We’re big fans of both Meredith and Redbook. I happen to be a subscriber and I pretty much just dog-ear every page. It’s such a good mag for useable snippets of info and recipes I feel I might be able to conquer, plus great fashion that’s affordable!
Meredith is super down to earth and was more than happy to have us over to her family’s weekend home in Sharon for a glass of wine and some woman talk.
If you haven’t already, check @meredithkrollins Insta account (this lady is funny!)
Here’s a little glimpse into our typical conversation on the drive to any of our “At home with” features. You know, the features where we basically invite ourselves over to interesting people/local celeb’s homes, for a chat and to hang out. It goes back and forth like this, “I hope they like us, I hope they feed us, I hope they’re fun, I hope they offer us a drink, I hope they don’t think we’re weirdos.”
Our visit with actor Paul Marcarelli (the “Can you hear me now?” guy) and Ryan Brown at their recently renovated country home in Litchfield, did not disappoint on any hope…
We enjoyed Sheila Nevins’ book, You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales so much that we bought it twice! Once, on Audible, because that’s how we roll, and because the cast of famous readers were too much to resist! Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep, RuPaul, Gloria Steinem, Whoopi Goldberg, and Rosie O’Donnell, to name just a few. The second time we bought it was in hardcover, for Sheila to sign when we went to meet her at her gorgeous Litchfield home. Over the course of the evening, we discussed the book, life in Litchfield County, the acceptance of aging…and other fairy tales.
Neither of us claims to have any real interior design skills. We know what we love, and have lovely homes, but we truly admire those that can “put together” a room. When we spent the afternoon with Sam Allen, founder of Sam Allen Interiors, at his Weston family home, we learned so many great tips. Both of us were inspired and went home to rearrange coffee tables and pile books together in coordinating colors!
As our blog is turning two this month, we decided it was time to start planning our dream office. Who better to help us with such a quest than Haver & Skolnick Architects, based in Roxbury. Renowned in Litchfield County and beyond, Haver & Skolnick are known for balancing the quintessential “Litchfield” look, while keeping things modern with a healthy dose of 21st century convenience. This would work for us and our vision!
We’ve driven by their office and antique store countless times (and you probably have too!), so it was time to stop in and meet the dapper duo, Charles Haver, and Stewart Skolnick.
MOMIX is an internationally acclaimed dance company based in Washington Depot. We joined Choreographer and Artistic Director Moses Pendleton and Associate Director Cynthia Quinn at their home, also in Washington Depot, for a fireside chat.
Moses Pendleton impressed us with his passion and enthusiasm about pretty much every topic we spoke about. We both left the interview inspired and seeing nature and our surroundings in a slightly different perspective. Moses and MOMIX will do that to you!
Teresa Dufour is the morning traffic reporter for WTNH News 8’s Good Morning Connecticut and co-hosts CT Style. We’ve been watching Teresa since 2006 when she was on WFSB Channel 3 as their morning traffic reporter and correspondent on Better Connecticut, a daily lifestyle show.
It’s becoming apparent that we have a “thing” for our local news station personalities. We’re kind of in awe of them. They get up every morning and go on camera, composed, and engaging. Not to mention they have to pick out a different outfit every day. We asked Teresa all about that kind of stuff. That, and questions about love, shopping, family, and Thanksgiving.
Teresa and her husband Brandon (entrepreneur/The Next Street) and son Dante (17 months) live in Middlebury. We crossed the LC border and headed over to Teresa’s house to hang out for the day. Teresa’s mom was Dante sitting. Thanks, Mom!