Jones, Mc­Graw shine on stage at fes­ti­val

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - News - with Susie Costaregni

Scene … Over 5,000 peo­ple feasted at the eighth an­nual Green­wich Wine + Food Fes­ti­val last week­end at Roger Sher­man Bald­win Park in Green­wich. The event dished up many gourmet culinary events, and fea­tured a slew of renowned chefs, in­clud­ing Adam Rich­man and Daniel Boulud, and celebri­ties such as Kathie Lee Gif­ford from the “To­day” show, Gary Dell’Abate from “The Howard Stern Show” and WOR ra­dio and TV per­son­al­ity Mark Si­mone. It cul­mi­nated with stel­lar per­for­mances by coun­try mu­sic singer-songer­writer Caro­line Jones — a Green­wich na­tive — and coun­try mu­sic su­per­star Tim Mc­Graw. The wine and food fes­ti­val ben­e­fited the Nor­walk-based Mul­ti­ple Myeloma Re­search Foun­da­tion, as well as Ment’or and the Green­wich Parks and Re­cre­ation Foun­da­tion.

Out there … Dress up in black-tie or pe­riod at­tire as the Lock­wood-Mathews Man­sion Mu­seum hosts its an­nual Travel with the Vic­to­ri­ans Gala from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 13 at the man­sion on West Av­enue in Nor­walk. The evening’s hon­oree is trustee Mimi Findlay, of New Canaan, who will re­ceive the mu­seum’s Na­tional Legacy Award for her five decades of ded­i­ca­tion and con­tri­bu­tions to­ward the preser­va­tion of the land­mark man­sion. The event, chaired by trustee Paul Veeder, of Nor­walk, will fea­ture live and silent auc­tions; cock­tails and din­ner; a pre­sen­ta­tion from award-win­ning au­thor, journalist and renowned globe-trot­ter and his­to­rian Tony Per­rot­tet; as well as a pre­view of new works by artist Cyn­thia Mullins in “The Artist’s View: Trav­el­ing the Mer­ritt Park­way.” For in­foram­tion and tick­ets, call 203-838-9799, ext. 112, or email info@lock­wood­math­ews­man­sion.com.

Scene ... Mai­son D’Alexan­dre at 33 Lewis St. in Green­wich is toast­ing the work of renowned Bed­ford­based artist Jef­frey Ter­re­son with a Cock­tail Art Party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thurs­day. Bri­tish-born celebrity chef Antony J. Bal­lard will dish up caviar and other culinary de­lights. Bal­lard has worked as per­sonal chef to the likes of ac­tor Chevy Chase, of Bedford, the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, of We­ston, the late best­selling au­thor Michael Crich­ton and former Bea­tle Sir Paul McCart­ney. For in­for­ma­tion on the event, call 203-661-1111.

Lo­cal hon­ors ... The St. Lawrence So­ci­ety on Val­ley Road in Cos Cob is host­ing its 31st an­nual Colum­bus Day cel­e­bra­tion on Oct. 8, honor­ing Green­wich res­i­dents John and Sharon Vec­chi­olla. The day will start with the rais­ing of the Ital­ian and Amer­i­can flags at the Town Hall at 9 a.m., fol­lowed by break­fast at the club. Cock­tails and an awards din­ner will be served at 6:30 p.m. at the club. For tick­ets,$100, go to st­lawrence­so­ci­ety.com/ events or call 203-618-9036.

Grand open­ing … The Green­wich His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety on Strick­land Road in Cos Cob is pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate the open­ing of its new $12 mil­lion cam­pus, mu­seum, li­brary and archives, café, store and re­stored Im­pres­sion­ist-era gar­dens with a rib­bon­cut­ting cer­e­mony at noon Satur­day. U.S. Sen. Richard Blu­men­thal, of Green­wich, will be joined by state Sen. L. Scott Frantz and First Select­man Peter Te­sei at the cer­e­mony. En­joy ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren, live mu­sic by the blue­grass swing band Too Blue, fam­ily-friendly tours of the Bush-Hol­ley House and culinary treats by Dough Girls on the Go, the Tiki Food Truck, Mike’s Or­ganic

De­liv­ery farm stand and Randy’s Wines of Cos Cob. The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is free. For in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, go to green­wich­his­tory.org or call 203-8696899.

Ben­e­fit walk … The DART Walk to the Fin­ish! steps off on Satur­day at Tod’s Point in Old Green­wich. Sign-in starts at 8 a.m, with the walk at 9 to ben­e­fit Dana’s An­gels Re­search as it seeks a cure for Nie­mann-Pick type C dis­ease. WCBS-FM ra­dio per­son­al­ity Scott Shan­non will kick off the walk, which will also fea­ture Joey B’s Food Truck, break­fast, cof­fee, lunch, face paint­ing, mu­sic and danc­ing with DJ Rick, as well as prizes awarded to the top fundrais­ers. For in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, go to danasan­gels.org or call 203-861-2063. And that’s all for now. Later…

Got a tip? Seen a celebrity? Email Susie Costaregni at thedish2@ya­hoo.com.

Con­trib­uted photo

“Howard Stern Show” pro­ducer Gary Dell’Abate and “To­day” show co-host Kathie Lee Gif­ford at the Green­wich Wine + Food Fes­ti­val last week­end.

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