October, 2021 Newsletter

Volunteers Making New Canaan Beautiful
Presidents' Letter
Dear New Canaan Beautification League Members and Friends,

Fall has officially arrived. Traditionally it is time to celebrate and share the generous bounty of the autumn harvest. We can prune ornamental grasses, hydrangeas and late blooming flowers like dahlias (Carol’s favorite) and make splendid arrangements to share with friends and neighbors. Seeds on spent sunflowers and coneflowers are a splendid gift to migrating and over-wintering birds. You can even pass along gathered seeds as a token of thoughtful friendship.

Have you signed up for our Fall Luncheon coming up on Wednesday, October 13?  We finally have an opportunity to see our gardening friends AND to hear a fine speaker, Page Dickey, talk about her transition from New York to Connecticut and her new approach to gardening. We ALL must be vaccinated and every precaution is being taken to make this a fun and safe luncheon. Kindly make your decision by October 5 (the very latest) and we’ll see you there. Thank you Gloria Simon and Sara Hunt for your perseverance in arranging the luncheon!

Also, much thanks to Jacqueline Harmody for providing flowers for the luncheon. They will add a beautiful touch to our festive affair.

Speaking of flower arranging and stunning bouquets, our team at Waveny Care Center could use a few more volunteers to help make floral arrangements for the residents. They can use more volunteers in December. What a creative outlet and so needed! Please contact Betsy Bilus or Eniko Szatai to learn more.

Let’s think about pumpkins 🎃 for a minute.  Have you noticed mini-pumpkins lined up like soldiers on stone walls? Is this a local phenomenon or is there something satisfying about that linear configuration? How about a stack of pumpkins at your back door? Can you imagine creating a random composition of pumpkins in different colors, sizes and textures? And, of course, carving jack o lanterns with scary faces  - - and roasting the seeds for a tasty snack.

Carol & Karen

Shorter days and longer nights;
Brisk mornings and cooler evenings;
Brightly colored leaves 🍁 swirling and drifting to the ground;
Bushels of farm-picked apples
All signs that fall has arrived once again.
Thank you, Carol & Karen!
Karen & Carol were given tokens of our appreciation for their leadership of the New Canaan Beautification League at the Welcome Back Coffee held in Mead Park.
Autumn Luncheon
Deadline for luncheon registration extended to October 5th at 5pm!
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Noted author, Page Dickey, describes her transition from her celebrated NY garden, Duck Hill, to a 17-acre Connecticut garden with a view of the Berkshires in her latest book, 
Uprooted : A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again.

In an illustrated talk, Page describes leaving her beloved garden, Duck Hill, after 34 years, finding a new home in northwest Connecticut at the foot of the Berkshire Hills, and falling in love with its land. A garden emerges with echoes of Duck Hill, but deeply entwined with the surrounding fields and woods. We will learn how her approach to gardening has changed with this new adventure.

RSVP by sending a check payable to NCBL for $42 to:
Gloria Simon, 143 Butler Lane, New Canaan, CT 06840
Indicate your choice on entrée (chicken, fish, or vegetarian) on memo line.
Checks must be received by October 10/5/21 @ 5pm

You are welcome to invite a guest providing that person has been vaccinated.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Vaccination requirement:
All attendees must be fully vaccinated and will be asked to show proof of vaccination upon entry (vaccination card, certificate, phone documentation, etc).
November Program
Wednesday, November 3
New Canaan Nature Center
"Winter's Beauty, Brought Indoors."  

Kyle Riccoboni, floral designer and owner of a new business, Modern Houseplant, will show us how beautiful the winter season can be when we think outside the box. Nature has many wonderful textures at this time of year and by saving and drying materials from your garden, you can create some beautiful wintry creations.
You can follow Kyle on Instagram @modernhouseplant
November Program Hospitality Help Needed
Hospitality is looking for a few volunteers to bring a baked goods, fruit or a savory treat to our upcoming event taking place on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at the New Canaan Nature Center. The program titled “Winter’s Beauty Brought Indoors” begins at 9:30 am. If possible, please drop off your item between 9:00 & 9:15 am. 

You can email Anne Tropeano at annietrop@yahoo.com if you would like to help and indicate what you would like to bring.
Many thanks.
coffee and snacks
coffee and snacks
coffee and snacks
New Members
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Please welcome our newest member:

Jane Showenholtz

Civic Beautification | Traveling Trowels
New Canaan Thrift Shop Triangle Bee Party
Take a minute to watch the bee party at our NCBL triangle in front of the NC Thrift Shop. Physostegia virginiana (the obedient plant) is native to most of North America except for the western portion. In New England, most populations are considered introduced except for a rare form found on the Kennebec River in Maine and on the Connecticut River and Lake Champlain in Vermont. (source: Native Plant Trust). Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are attracted to its late summer nectar.
More Civic Beautification Projects:
Train Station gardens
Mead Park Plaza
Our Triangle chairs and volunteers have been hard at work re-planting and/or fixing up triangles.
Davenport Ridge/Ponus Ridge triangle:
Before and after...
History of the Purchase of Stamford/New Canaan and the Landmark at our Davenport Ridge / Ponus Ridge Triangle
From "Portrait of New Canaan" by Mary Louise King
In 1896 the Historical Society branched out in two new directions. It invited the Village Improvement Society to join with it in a widespread planting of shade trees (the Hoyt Nursery on Carter Street provided the trees), and a committee was formed to “designate and restore ancient landmarks, boundaries and localities.” The first landmark to be settled on was the reputed burial place of the Indian chief Ponus off Ponus Ridge, and the consent of the selectman was secured for the erection of a monument in the nearby triangle made by the intersection of Ponus with Davenport Ridge. For the sum of $10, Charles Comstock agreed to move the rough stone found on his Weed Street land and erect it on a suitable base, while a Norwalk monument firm was asked to carve the inscription. Upon invitation, the Ponus Tribe No. 31 of Red Men of New Canaan joined the Historical Society in the dedication ceremonies attended by some 200 people on October 2, 1897.
The inscription on the back reads:

A brief history of Chief Ponus
The original name of Stamford was “Rippowam”, called so by the Indians and used by the early European inhabitants.
On the first of July 1640 one Capt. Turner for the New Haven colony signed a parchment that is considered the deed to Stamford. Signing for the native inhabitants, was Chief Ponus. In return for a tract of land that extended from the Mianus River on the west to Bedford and Pound Ridge on the North, Five Mile River on the East (half of what was to be New Canaan) and Long Island Sound on the South, the payment for this land was to be twelve coats, twelve hoes, twelve hatchets, twelve glasses, twelve knives, four kettles, and four fathoms of white wampum.
Ponus appears to have been the overlord of the entire region. But it wasn’t just Ponus who made the deal. Four family groups dwelt on the land and they all agreed to the terms of the land purchase. It is however very doubtful that they fully understood the terms of the deed that they were signing.
Chief Katonah was the son of Onox (the elder) and the grandson of Ponus, Sachem of the Rippowams. Katonah was the sachem of the condensed remnant tribes called the Ramapo. He lived in the area in the late seventeenth century. Records show that in 1708 the Ridgefield settlers petitioned the General Assembly at Hartford to remove the Ramapo. Katonah sold the Ramapo lands of 20,000 acres for 100 pounds sterling to the “Proprietors of Ridgefield”. It started at the Norwalk harbor, mouth of Five Mile River and went to the top of Frogtown Road to Davenport Ridge.
More Triangles Around Town
Oenoke & Lambert
Center School lot
Route 123 & Parade Hill
Ponus Ridge & Greenley
North Wilton & Bald Hill
Country Club & Route 123
Lee Garden
Lee Garden Gets Irrigation!
We all know that contractors have been overworked and in demand, but that did not stop Jim Loughrin of Summer Rain, who made time to install irrigation at Lee Garden. The addition has been a much needed improvement for the garden for many years. 26 sprinklers were installed, half attached to the perimeter fence, and half above ground in central areas. Watering 3 acres by hand is a labor of the past!
Summer Rain 🌧️ was great to work with, and we are happy to give them a shout out.
Thank you, Jim. 
Irrigation head attached to fence.
Irrigation snaked through existing plantings.
More Plantings at Lee Garden
A generous donor gave a large rhododendron and 3 azaleas to Lee Garden. When Robin Bates-Mason needed to unload them from her truck she got an assist from Mike and Mike of the town crew. Thanks, guys!
New epimedium plantings.
Lee Garden Memorabilia Received
George Lee's niece, Marian Lee, recently sent NCBL some Lee Garden memorabilia. Included was a sweet love note from George to Olive, photographs of the couple in their Chichester Road home, and a wedding announcement, creatively crafted by George himself. We so appreciate the mementos that help bring the spirit of George S Lee to the property.
When paper is scarce.....
...love conquers all.
George & Olive Lee in New Canaan.
Lee Wagner wedding announcement
The creative announcement.
A peaceful view at Lee Garden.
Dappled sun of late summer.
Waveny Care Center Flower Arranging
Bouquets made by our volunteers for Waveny residents.
We are lucky to be mobile and unencumbered by health issues. Why not cheer those who are not so fortunate by volunteering an hour or so of your time to make bouquets at Waveny Care Center?

Experienced volunteers are needed to work with new volunteers for a few dates in December.

Contact Betsy Bilus (enbilus@gmail.com; 203-722-5535) or
Enikö Szatai (enikoszatai@gmail.com; 203-524-3507)
to offer your help!

Flowers can be sourced from your garden (or other members' gardens), area stores (Stew Leonard's, Costco, Walter Stewart's, Acme, East Coast Wholesale Flowers, Trader Joe's) and local churches. Even vegetable gardens can provide fragrance and visual interest in the form of herbs and sprigs of aromatic foliage. Reimbursement is available.

Thanks for your enthusiastic support.

Waveny asks that all volunteers be vaccinated, and bring a mask. 

COVID testing is not currently required for entry, but this could change depending on external conditions. If a testing requirement is reinstated, it will involve a 15-minute COVID test administered onsite by Waveny staff.  We will advise of any changes and are grateful for your understanding. Detailed guidelines will be provided to every volunteer.
Welcome Back Coffee at Mead Park
Nearly 65 people gathered at Mead Park to enjoy the kick-off to our 2021/22 season of making New Canaan beautiful.
Kirsten Gregorio, Karen Ferguson, Faith Kerchoff, Mike Gregorio
John Howe, Karen Hanson, Todd Deklyn
Tiger Mann, Kathy Lapolla, Olga Sweet
Lisa Ferrante, Jane Campbell, Havva Idriss, Karen Ferguson, Gloria Simon,
Susu Hamady

Karen Hanson, Rose Bauersfeld, Christina Fagerstal, Sara Hunt, Kathleen Murphy, Enika Szatzi
Christina Fagerstal, Betsy Sammarco and Cindy Bamatter
Kathy Lapolla and Mose Saccary
Carol Seldin and Karen Hanson
Sharon Johnson, Norma von Jena, Nell Smith, 
Ceci Murray
Featured speaker, Chris Schipper
Ginny Dobbs and Stephanie Hutter
Weezie Stoops and Karen Hanson
Thank you to the hospitality committee:
Cindy Bamatter, Robin Miner, and Anne Tropeano.
Flowers from Carol Seldin's garden.
Tortellini Sausage Soup

1 pkg. sweet Italian sausage (casings removed); I use Jimmy Dean 
1 yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (16 oz) can diced Italian tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider
1/2 cup water
2 cans (approx 14 oz each) chicken broth
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 medium zucchini, grated
9 oz. package of cheese tortellini
Fresh parmesan (optional)

Crumble sausage in large stockpot.  Cook over medium heat.  Drain 1/2 way through cooking and add onions and garlic.  Cook until translucent.  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, apple juice, water, chicken broth and herbs.  Simmer 1 hour.  Add zucchini and simmer another 15-20 minutes.  Add tortellini and cook until tender.

Serve with fresh parmesan (optional).

Submitted by Robin Miner

tortellini sausage soup
Moving Day graphic
If you have changed any of your contact information (home address, email address, or phone number), please let membership know.

Happy or sad, please let me know if one of our NCBL members, needs some support or cheer in the form of a note and maybe, some flowers.
You can reach me by calling: 203-801-0862 or e-mail: eabutter@gmail.com.
Many thanks for your thoughtfulness!

Buds and Blooms
Looking for “Blooms”

We have more new members joining us!  Please volunteer to be a “bloom” and help us welcome our 'buds'.  Just share your enthusiasm and alert them to upcoming events.  We want to be sure everyone feels welcome. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jill Ernst.

Prior NCBL Webinar Links Available
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Farmers Market October 23
Help Needed at the Farmers Market 10/23

Please let Robin Bates-Mason (rbatesmason@gmail.com) know if you are able to take a shift at the Farmers Market on Saturday, October 23 for an hour between 10:00 am
and 1 pm. NCBL sets up an information table there in the hopes of drawing attention - and new members - to NCBL.
Farmers Market Graphic
Pollinator Pathway
Gardening for the Birds
Did you know the best bird feeders we can offer to our birds are native plants? Native plants supply birds with caterpillars and other insects that are necessary for feeding their young. Non-native plants can't supply the quantity of insects our local birds need.

Native berry producing plants provide fruit for our fruit eating birds. When birds eat non-native berries, they spread the seeds of these plants, adding to the invasive nature of many of the non-native plants in our landscape. The invasive spread of the winged burning bush (Euonymus alatus) is an example of how birds enabled the spread of a non-native species.

Click on the button below to download the document Plants for Birds from the CT Audubon Society to get a list of native plants that are particularly beneficial to birds in our area.
cedar waxwing
above: Cedar Waxings devouring the berries of our native Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana).
Want to learn more about planting native for our birds? The Native Plant Trust in collaboration with the New Canaan Nature Center is holding a program entitled "Native Plants for Native Birds" with instructor Frank Gallo on October 16. For more information and to register, click the button below.
Lobsterfest October 15 & 16
NCBL provides Mums & small arrangements for the Lobsterfest. Proceeds from the event go to local non-profit organizations.
For more information and to purchase tickets, click the button below.
Dave Hunt Being Honored October 22
Dave (second from left) is pictured with Patricia Spugani, Kevin Moynahan, and Peter Hanson at our Welcome Back Coffee.
Our very own Dave Hunt is being honored at the 60th Annual Gridiron Show & Fall Guy Celebration on October 22 at the Country Club of New Canaan. If you would like to sit with other League members, contact Sara: skhminky@optonline.net to let her know you are coming. They'll save a spot for you at an NCBL table!

To register, click button below.
Native Plant Sale to Benefit NCNC Herb Garden
The sale to benefit the Nature Center's herb garden ends October 31.
Buy $75 worth of native plants at Copia Home and Garden and $10 worth of native plants will be donated to NCNC's Herb Garden. See specifics and the native plants currently available in the yellow flyer below:
Herb Garden Promotion
Asters and Bees NCNC
Bees on native aster at the herb garden.
Visit the Herb Garden
Fall in the herb garden.
Around Town
Click on logo above to register for this event.
October 7
7 pm
Steven Beissinger on Stephen Mather and the National Park Service

Steven Beissinger, Professor of Ecology and Conservation Biology in the Department of Environmental Science at Berkeley and the co-Director of the Berkeley Institute for Parks, is an expert on Berkeley alumnus Stephen Mather's work and legacy. He will speak about Stephen Mather's efforts which led to the creation of the National Park Service and also about the current challenges facing the National Parks and its future. 
Final Word
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