The Dish: That’s Judge Judy behind shades at masquerade fete
Scene… Greenwich resident Judge Judy Sheindlin was seen exchanging greetings with town police officers outside the recent masquerade fete at Saks Fifth Avenue benefiting the American Red Cross. The 76-year-old always glamorous, diminutive judge, wearing shades, then hopped into the passenger seat of her waiting Bentley. Sheindlin, who has been TV’s favorite judge for 23 years, told Ellen DeGeneres on Friday that she has no plans to retire when her contract is up in two years.
Out there… A Norway spruce from Wallkill in the Hudson Valley of New York made its way to Manhattan this weekend to grace the plaza at Rockefeller Center for the Christmas season. The 75-year-old tree — standing 72 feel tall and weighing in at 12 tons — will light up on Wednesday, Nov. 28, and keep New York City bright until after the New Year.
Scene… The Orthopaedic Foundation’s 14th Anniversary Gala will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York. Emmy Award-winning anchor Cindy Hsu of CBS-TV New York will act as emcee. The event — hosted by Dr. Kevin Plancher of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Greenwich — will honor former NBA point guard Wes Matthews; global style icon Olivia Palermo; and McCullough Shriver, founder and CEO of Sweetflexx Clothing Line. American Idol Season 14 winner and Guilford native Nick Fradiani will perform at the event, which will also feature award-winning chef Ben Bebenroth of Spice Kitchen & Bar, Spice Catering Co. and Spice Acres Farm; Michelin-starred chef Bill Telepan of Oceana in NYC; and a live auction. For tickets and more info, go to www.leadingmdforms.com/ofals/rsvp2018.asp or contact Janine Bahar at 203-869-2002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out there… Chef Luke Venner and Elm Restaurant in New Canaan are nominated for Best Chef and Best Restaurant by the CT Restaurant Association for 2018. The prestigious CRA Annual Awards recognize exceptional talent in the restaurant, food and beverage industry throughout Connecticut. This is the second nomination for Chef Luke, a four-year veteran at Elm, which along with Chef Luke was invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in NYC last April. Voting for the CRA awards is open to the public through the end of November at www.ctrestaurant.org/award-winners—finalists.html. Winners will be announced Dec. 3.
Out there… Randall Atcheson, minister of music and organist at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, will perform a free piano concert on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the church at 4 p.m. A free reception will follow the concert.
Scene… Stamford Downtown’s 25th Annual Parade Spectacular will step off at noon Sunday, Nov. 18, from the intersection of Summer Street and Hoyt Street in Stamford. The parade, one of the largest Thanksgiving parades in the country, will feature 13 giant helium balloons. This year’s special guest balloon, Clifford the Big Red Dog, will be joined by returning favorites Shrek, Mr. Potato Head, Paddington Bear and Bob the Builder. Stamford resident and former “Late Show with David Letterman” announcer Alan Kalter will once again serve as master of ceremonies at the parade, which will also feature floats and dance groups. Among the 11 marching bands will be the NYPD Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Band, the Fairfield County Police Pipes and Drums, and high school groups from Stamford and Westhill high schools, among others. For more info, call 203-348-5285 or visit www.stamford-downtown.com.
Out there… The annual Breast Cancer Alliance Holiday Gift Boutique takes place at Greenwich Country Club on Doubling Road from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. For more info, contact Nancy Smith at email@example.com.
Out there… The Vassar Haiti Project will host a Haitian art and handcrafted item sale at Second Congregational Church at139 E. Putnam Ave. in Greenwich. The hours are 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. The sale celebrates Haitian art and culture while raising funds for the 2018 October earthquake relief efforts and for development projects in Haiti. The show will feature a display of affordable, unique handcrafts and over 200 original paintings from Haitian artisans, along with authentic kompa music for entertainment. Entry is free and all are invited. For more info, visit www.thehaitiproject.org or call 845.797.2123
“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”
— Dwight D. Eisenhower, in honor of Veterans Day
And that’s all for now.
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