September 18, 2014
Bus Trip to Locust Grove and Storm King

The trip to visit Locust Grove, the home of Samuel F. B. Morse, and the Storm King Art Center with a gourmet lunch at the Canterbury Brook Inn was an outstanding success. Thanks to Mel Klugman for his effort in organizing the trip and special thanks to Mel for treating the group to their first glass of wine.

 Locust Grove

Overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie New York, the 200-acre Locust Grove Estate includes an Italianate villa designed in 1851 for artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse by architect A. J. Davis.

Begining in 1895 new owners William and Martha Young redecorated the mansion with their vast collection of art and antiques, and added new gardens.  Mr. and Mrs. Young’s daughter, Annette, lived at Locust Grove until 1975, preserving the estate essentially as her parents had used it.  Today Locust Grove, with miles of carriage roads, landscaped grounds, historic gardens and Hudson River views, is an independent not-for-profit museum and nature preserve established by Annette Innis Young.

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Speaker – December 3
Bob Mazzone will speak about the CT Challenge and the CT Challenge charity Bike Ride

 

The CT Challenge mission is to empower cancer survivors to live healthier, happier and longer lives. In 2012, programs funded by the CT Challenge impacted the lives of over 54,000 cancer survivors.

Bob_MazzoneBob Mazzone,  Chief Operating Officer, leads operations for the CT Challenge and the CT Challenge charity Bike Ride that finances the bulk of all programming.

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November 13, 2014
DMA Volunteers Repair the Town’s Christmas Wreaths

The Darien Men’s Association (DMA) gathered once again  at 9 a.m. on a cold November morning to help the Darien Chamber of Commerce take the wreaths out of storage and check all the lights. They replaced over 190 lights on our town wreaths. Now the wreaths are ready to be put up on the town lamp posts to decorate our town for the Holidays. The trees on Tokeneke Road will also be lit with lights to decorate the road. The Darien Chamber of Commerce raises the annual cost to pay for the wreaths and lights in town to be placed and removed through contributions from our town merchants and residents.

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From Left to Right —Lou DeAngelis,, Taylor Strubinger, Tom Williams,Tom Taylor, Jack Fitzgibbons, Alex Garnett, Joe Spain, Bob Smith, Buck Margold , Tom Brayton, , Tony Kwedar

Coffee was available

Coffee and doughnuts were available for the volunteers

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Report on the 2014 Silvermine Challenge
by Denny Devere the DMA Team Captain

For those who missed my recap at a recent DMA meeting, the DMA – SMCNC (Senior Men’s Club of New Canaan) Golf Tournament was held at the Silvermine Golf Club on June 18, 2014. This is the third year in a row that this golf tournament between the two men’s organizations has been held. After losing the inaugural match in 2012, DMA has won the last two matches and the Silvermine Challenge trophy by identical 18.5 to 11.5 scores. Our own Terry Brewer won the Long Drive Contest for the second year in a row.

I am particularly grateful to the following players who willingly made themselves available to play on the DMA team:

  • Tom Haack
  • Jim Kelly
  • David Mace
  • Bob Baker
  • Peter Carnes
  • Alex Garnett
  • George Gilliam
  • Austin Schraff
  • Tom Hayne
  • Ron Kahan
  • Mike Brennan
  • Tom Reifenheiser
  • Kevin Monahan
  • Doug Campbell
  • Joe Holmes
  • Terry Brewer
  • Jim Crane
  • Fred Conze
  • Chris Filmer.

DMA has a strong golf team when our best players are able to participate. Last-minute cancellations were kept at a minimum which made my job as Captain much easier.

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Speaker – December 17
The DMA’s Christmas Season Cocktail Party will replace the regular meeting and feature a Christmas concert by the Blue Notes singing group

Founded over 60 years ago, the Blue Notes are a philanthropic group of women who volunteer their time and talent for a good cause. Singing music from Big Band to Broadway, the group performs in four-part harmony for senior centers, assisted living venues and for a variety of audiences throughout Southern Fairfield County. Their director, Dr. Craig Scott Symons, is also the director of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich choir.

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Speaker – December 10
Stuart Gibson will present an illustrated talk on the art of the famous Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

Stuart circles the globe to help museums undergo rebirth and save cultural treasures in war-torn lands. Stuart was also a Chief Consultant to the UNESCO/Hermitage project and assisted the museum in its leap into the 21st century.

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Happy Wanderers – November 20, 2014
Explore the NY Highline and the newly opened section

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Bill Bellis and Taylor Strubinger are leading the Happy Wanderers to explore the High Line Park in NYC on November 20th. It’s always entertaining, educational and healthy! So get your walkin’ shoes on and join them.The High Line is a … Continue reading

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Book Club Discussion – January 14, 2015
“A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal” by Ben MacIntyre

clip_image003Master storyteller Ben Macintyre’s most ambitious work to date brings to life the twentieth century’s greatest spy story.

Harold ‘Kim’ Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain ’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world.

But Philby was secretly betraying his friend. Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was transmitted back to Moscow —and not just Elliott’s words, for in America , Philby had made another powerful friend: James Jesus Angleton, the crafty, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton’s and Elliott’s unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink almost every important Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years, leading countless operatives to their doom. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies to protect his cover, his two friends never abandoned him—until it was too late. The stunning truth of his betrayal would have devastating consequences on the two men who thought they knew him best, and on the intelligence services he left crippled in his wake.

Told with heart-pounding suspense and keen psychological insight, and based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, “A Spy Among Friends” is Ben Macintyre’s best book yet, a high-water mark in Cold War history telling.

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Book Club Discussion – December 10, 2014
“Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century” by Christian Caryl

Tom Reifenheiser will lead this book club discussion of “Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century” by Christian Carrel

Review by Isaac Chotiner a senior editor at The New Republic:

If Christian Caryl had set out to write a book about 1968, showing how the many convulsions and uprisings of that astonishing year were connected, his task would have been an easy one. It might be difficult to prove cause and effect between, say, the May events in Paris and the chaos at the Democratic convention in August, but as people might have said at the time, something was in the air. It wasn’t mere coincidence that led to youth revolts all over the world. In the case of 1989, such connections are even more obvious.

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October 30, 2014
Trip to Goodspeed to see Holiday Inn

Fun was had by everyone on the Trip to Goodspeed Opera. First was a good lunch at the Gelston House followed by the Holiday Inn at the Goodspeed Opera House.

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