Everybody knows an auto snob. There’s always some guy down the block or two blocks away who has a Sunday Corvette stashed in his garage, or the weekend lady who drives her antique Duesenberg Roadster, the “ultimate car,” with the top down in spring as flowering hyacinth whips by her reddening ears. There’s the slim, dapper retiree who babies his polished Porsche with advanced stereo system to show off to five weekend guests a year. There’s the nostalgic rockabilly who drives to the dry-cleaners in his white Ford Fairlane convertible with red leather interior and slipping transmission. Despite the phenomenal repair bills, there are those who regularly drive a Jaguar with a rusty chassis or a sporty car suffering a terminal engine illness like the white Mitsubishi convertible with its paper-thin plastic Lego-like fenders.
Being a food editor has its disadvantages—like feeling really silly talking about “Sous Vide” technique yet never having tasted Thomas Keller’s cooking, or living in New York and never having been to his restaurant here, Per Se, which is often touted as the best restaurant in the city. So in April I informed Gerard that I did not want to make a big party for my birthday this year, nor did I want a trip to Europe or a piece of jewelry—but simply dinner at Per Se with some friends who volunteered to join us (paying their own way, of course).
When I first met with William Wetmore of Cascade Winery, he told me about his grandfather, Charles Wetmore, a founder of Warren and Wetmore, the architecture firm in New York City. A “googled trip” to Wikipedia confirmed that the partnership between Whitney Warren (1864–1943) and Charles Wetmore (1866–1941) had been one of the most extensive architectural practices of its time. It was known for designing large hotels, clubs, private estates and terminal buildings, including the Chelsea docks; the Ritz-Carlton, Biltmore, Commodore, and Ambassador hotels; and the firm's most important work—Grand Central Terminal in New York City, completed in 1913.
The Rev. Douglas Fisher, rector of Grace Church, Millbrook was elected to be the ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts on June 2. The announcement was met with joy at the Sunday service of Grace where Rev. Fisher said “yesterday, the people of Western Massachusetts chose a Yankee fan to be their next bishop.”
He went on to say that the Fishers will be here until the end of the summer. "I look forward to spending the next three months with you plotting a glorious future for Grace Church."
Millbrook hosts its fifth annual Literary Festival on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It officially begins the night before, with a lecture and reception at 7 p.m. at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, when David Owen, a New Yorker writer, will talk about his new book The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse.
This summer will mark the first time Millbrook High School enters into a partnership with Marist College’s Greystone Program which was piloted in 2003 with Poughkeepsie High School. Through this program, Millbrook High students have the opportunity to take college level courses online, at a rate of $397 per 3 credit course which is three times less than a typical 3 credit course would cost a college student during Summer or Winter Intersessions at other colleges and universities. If students embrace the program, making the experiment a success, courses through Marist will continue to be offered online for Millbrook High students in the 2012-13 school year and beyond.
Attending: 72 students out of 97 committed to Colleges at this Point
State University of New York at Albany (2 students attending)
Dutchess Community College (26 students attending)
State University of New York at Plattsburgh (3 students attending)
Misericordia University: Pennsylvania
Millbrook High School will graduate 97 students at a ceremony on June 23rd. Ninety percent of those students will be continuing on to college.
As of last Friday afternoon, most students had reported to the guidance counselors their post-graduation plans. This information will be filed by guidance counselors Lisa Petta and Helen Grady in official transcripts sent to the state at the end of the year.