Category Archives: Westchester Wanderer

Column: Decking the halls, the malls and more

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Santa’s workshop isn’t at the North Pole. It’s actually located on a small, non-descript side street in Mt. Vernon. There you will find a 110,000-square-foot warehouse overflowing with ornaments, wreaths, toy soldiers and sleighs, where 160 elves work tirelessly seven days a week for three months of […]

Column: Indie holiday shopping for the whole family

For Her: Outerluxe 1951 Palmer Ave., Larchmont • Sapphire blue velvet boots by Penelope Chilvers from Great Britain, $425 Wendy Gee!  1949 Palmer Ave., Larchmont • Slippers, $19 • Ladies scarves, $29 • Ladies handbags, $68-$165 Siren 224 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck • Cashmere dress toppers in all colors, $138 • Holiday wear by Karina Grimaldi, $198 and up […]

Column: Hungry for change

Happy Thanksgiving. In honor of my favorite holiday, I spent the week looking for a feel-good story that centered around food and, if possible, had a turkey as a photo op. I found exactly what I had in mind at the Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills. Many people have heard of, and maybe even […]

Column: Forging a new social movement by staying put

Here’s the good news: thanks to vaccinations and antibiotics, health and safety laws in the workplace and a powerful anti-smoking campaign, we are living significantly longer lives. Every day in the United States alone, 10,000 people turn 60. In the past 100 years, the percentage of the U.S. population that was older than 65 tripled […]

Column: Creative collaborators in Port Chester

Creating art can be a solitary affair. Of course there have been some very famous artistic collaborations like Picasso and Braque, Dali and Bunuel and Warhol and Basquiat, but creating art collaboratively is a relatively new trend that’s grown only in the last 10 years. Patricia Miranda owned a traditional gallery, Miranda Fine Arts, for […]

Column: The next generation of storytellers

In 2005, the first homemade video was uploaded to YouTube and the face of filmmaking was forever changed. Anyone interested in making movies could easily connect with other likeminded auteurs and, through this online collaboration, tell their stories in a way that never existed before. In 2005, Gabrielle Giacomo was nine years old and most […]

Column: A slice of Italy, 4,000 miles away

The renowned Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi once said, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy,” and I’m inclined to agree with him. However, the long distance and expensive airfare from here to Verdi’s paradise forced me to find something a little bit closer to home in order to get my Italian fix. […]

Column: 200,000 reasons to run

Drew Swiss, an Armonk resident and father of four, will celebrate his 56th birthday by running in the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 3. It will be his 27thmarathon. That alone is pretty incredible. The fact that, this year, he’s raised more than $57,000 for Team for Kids, a New York Road Runner […]

Column: Scared wordless

This was, by far, the scariest story I have ever written. In the interest of full disclosure, haunted houses are my worst nightmare. You won’t find me anywhere near one. But I didn’t let my lifelong fear get in the way of a good story. I received an email from a reader telling me about […]