February 2011

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We had a lovely morning in the village of Rhinebeck including breakfast at Bread Alone where they are serving all kinds of decadent chocolate dishes in honor of Valentine’s Day. I had a nice stroll through all the beautiful things that are filling the shelves and racks at Winter Sun & Summer Moon while Bernard made a visit to the art store. Then we met up at the newest shop in town, Breezy Hill Farm Store, next to CVS. A feast for the eyes as well as the palette. These photos are all about the beauty of the veggies but these was also fruit, baked goods, dairy, and meat — and from what I could see — all organic and local when possible. They are open daily from 9-6. Great new resource for a fine meal! Really nice people, too.

This weekend, Friday evening and Saturday during the day to be exact, Crispina ffrench led a sweater making workshop at EILEEN FISHER‘s featuring her special method of creating new, unique handcrafted sweaters from recycled sweaters. I was lucky to have been part of the weekend, the culmination of networking among a wonderful group of woman that started over a year ago when I participated in one of Crispina’s workshops at Kripalu. The whole story is for another time. The short version is that Cheryl Campbell at the EILEEN FISHER Foundation, invited Crispina to teach her workshop in a beautiful space overlooking the Hudson River at EILEEN FISHER corporate headquarters in Irvington, New York. Twenty woman joined Crispina and her assistants (of which I was honored to be one) and each created their own special, beautiful and individual sweater. It was so much fun to be there, to watch, to help, to meet all these wonderful woman. Many thanks to everyone that made it possible.

Perhaps the event is best told in photos. Click on the first photo to see cycle through them at a larger size.