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Fall Preview 2011

Fall Preview 2011

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Special Section to:
Greenwich Post
The Darien Times
New Canaan Advertiser
The Ridgefield Press
The Wilton Bulletin
The Redding Pilot
The Weston Forum
The Lewisboro Ledger
Morocco is a photographer’s paradise, from the windswept dunes to the colorful bazaars.
Polly Tafrate photos 
Morocco ...
knew a little more than that aboutMorocco before I visited there a fewmonths ago, but not much. Sure, Iknew it was located in northern Africa,and had intriguing sounding names of placeswe were to visit — Rabat, Fez, Casablanca,Erfoud, Marrakech — but there was nothing,and I do mean nothing, that prepared me fortouring this glorious country. My travel buddyand I meet each year for a few weeks in anon-English speaking country. Morocco wasn’thigh on our bucket list, in fact it was at theend, but it fit her vacation schedule. Neither of us expected to be overwhelmed.To describe each place we visited might resem-ble a “How I Spent my Summer Vacation,”composition, so I’ll blend together the high-lights: riding camels across the dunes to watchthe sunset at the edge of the Sahara, drivingthrough the snow-covered Atlas Mountainsand holding our breaths as our bus navigatedguardrail-less hairpin turns, visiting a smallmountain village and enjoying mint tea with afamily in their cave dwelling, walking throughthe narrow and dimly lit, twisting and turningalleys in the Medinas (older walled cities), andshopping at the souks within, being alert to theshout, “Barrack,” which meant to press yourback against the mud wall or be stepped on bya beast-of-burden mule. Seeing and smellingleather being tanned and bread being baked,watching hundreds of storks on and aroundtheir nests, hearing the Muslim call to prayer(the Muezzin) over loudspeakers, each calledby a different man within seconds of oneanother, being mystified at the multitude of satellite dishes that spring up like mushroomsthroughout poorer sections of the country …My stereotype of all Moroccans being dark-skin Arabs was abolished. Three nationalitiespopulate Morocco — Arab, Berber and French—each with their own language. Indeed, someof the Berbers are fair-skinned with blonde
by Polly Tafrate
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spelled with one ‘r’ and two ‘c’s’
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Fall Preview
 Hersam Acorn Newspapers  
August 25, 2011
 Looking for European culture and beauty? 
Consider bountiful Budapest
Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is a city rich in history andculture. It is divided by the River Danube, which flowsmajestically through the center of the city. Over the cen-turies, Budapest was controlled by the Celts, the Romans,the Mongols, the Turks, and the Magyars — whose Asian orEuropean origin is a subject of debate among historians.Logically enough, the name Budapest stems from those of the two cities whose union created it — Buda and Pest. Thecity of Buda was the home of the first Royal Palace duringthe reign of King Bela IV in medieval times. Pest arose evenearlier, during a conquest by the Magyars. Some believe“Pest” is of Slavic origin, meaning stove or kiln, referring tothe city’s natural warm springs. In 1873, Buda and Pest wereunited with the former Roman settlement of Obuda, creatingthe current city of Budapest.American Airlines now flies nonstop from John F. KennedyInternational Airport to Budapest. Flight 158 departs at6:40 p.m., using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 28 seats inBusiness Class and 191 seats in Economy Class.* * *It is 9:30 a.m. and your American Airlines flight has just setdown in Budapest Airport. You and your family have gottensome sleep in American’s’ comfortable Business Class cabin,and are eager to check into your hotel and explore this city— one of the most beautiful in the world. A magnificentarray of castles, museums, churches, restaurants, and thecity’s fabled dozen spas, await us.Let’s begin with a walk down Budapest’s so called “CulturalAvenue,” nearly half of which lies along the straight Andrássyút. Andrássy was built by the founding fathers of Budapest inorder to create a riding and cart-driving route between thecity centre, and the City Park (Városliget).We are struck by the beauty of the Opera House, completedin 1884. A masterpiece of Hungarian architect Miklós Ybl, itis one of the most stunning of its kind in Europe. It has 1200seats, and it underwent a total renovation exactly a centuryafter its creation. The musical director from 1886 and 1889was Gustav Mahler, but intrigue and incomprehension of hisart soon drove him away.Next, let’s visit Buda Castle, the most famous attraction inBudapest. Also known as the Royal Palace, Buda Castle ispart of the city’s World Heritage site, declared in 1987. If you have teenagers with you, let them know that Katy Perryfilmed her 2010 Firework Music Video here. And if you’vebrought younger children along, take them for a ride on thecastle’s Funicular railway. They’ll also enjoy the Children’sRailway, which winds through the picturesque Buda hills— and so will you.As with Paris, we’ll find beauty everywhere we look inBudapest. We will want to take in Chain Bridge, the capital’sfirst bridge monument, with decorative lights at night;Parliament, the largest building in Hungary, overlooking theDanube and containing 691 rooms; the spectacular Heroes’Square, whose Millennium Memorial displays statues of theleaders of the seven tribes that founded Hungary; and St.Stephen’s Basilica, whose dome can be seen from every-where in the city.It’s a good thing we packed our swimsuits, because Budapestis the City of Spas. The Széchenyi Baths are a not-to-be-missed attraction. They are not only the largest bath com-plex in Europe with their 15 pools, but also the most pleas-ant in the city. Visitors are invariably amused when they seegroups of bathers playing chess, submerged in the steamingwater up to their necks!And, we must sure to sample Budapest’s unique, delec-table food. Favorite main courses in Hungary includecsirkepaprikás -- paprika chicken; porkol -- a meat stew;roston -- roasted meat; and salami. Then, of course, thereis Hungary’s famous gulash, a thick soup made with smallmeat cubes with potatoes and csipetke.But leave some room for the pastry. The most typical des-serts are the túrós csusza, sweet warm cakes filled with curd;the pancakes; the palacsinta, an omelette filled with raisins,ground walnuts and lemon covered with chocolate cream;and the somló, a sponge cake with cream and rum.So, now it’s time to board our American Airlines return flight159 to JFK — our stomachs filled with great cuisine and ourhearts and minds filled with the beauty of this delightfulcity!For additional information about Budapest, please visithttp://www.budapestinfo.hu/
Chain Bridge, which spans the Danube, was built at the request of Count Istvan Szechenyi between 1839 and 1849.
 – American Airlines photo
Budapest is the City of Spas, and more than 100 natural warmsprings feed a dozen spas, which date back to Roman times.
Provided by dreamstime(r)
Now accessible via daily non-stopflights on American Airlines 
August 25, 2011
Fall Preview
 Hersam Acorn Newspapers  
Founders Hall
by Lois Alcosser
“You could plan your life around FoundersHall,” Conte Guzman commented, as sheattended one of Founders Hall’s most pop-ular programs — Michael Lankester’s NewWorld series, which is a cultural adventurecombining music, history and art. Mr.Lankester — conductor, composer, formermusic director of the National Theaterof Great Britain and guest professor of orchestral studies at Yale — has been cap-turing the attention of almost 100 men andwomen fascinated by his extraordinaryknowledge and irresistible teaching style.This series epitomizes the mission of Founders Hall: a donor-supported educa-tion and recreation center in Ridgefieldthat is open, without charge, to individu-als 60 years of age and older who areRidgefield residents or who live in townswithout a senior center.Founders Hall, in its ninth year, was uniquefrom the beginning. It was conceived andbuilt by the Founders Hall Foundation,a not-for-profit organization started bytwo Ridgefield couples, Liz and Steven
Art Class: Jack Flannery. Laurie Christiansen
Founders Hall
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