Martha Hunt Handler’s recently released,18-years-in-the-making, first novel, Winter Of The Wolf, reveals much about Martha. NBC News anchor Stephanie Ruhle called the story ‘captivating’…and that’s a fair description of Martha as well.
In the novel, a teenage Bean gives a firsthand account of her brother Sam’s death, her personal struggle with it, and the family’s evolving revelations and relationships. It’s an adventure/mystery like Nancy Drew (who Bean mentions is a favorite), but suffice it to say that Martha wrote the book to honor the death of her best friend’s 12-year-old son, to talk about spirituality and the importance of moving from grief to gratitude, and to remind us of our connection to the natural world. And while the story is a fictionalized version of an actual event, the novel seems in many ways rather auto-biographical. Bean’s words and thoughts sound - philosophically, anthropomorphically, socially, and to-the-ear - a lot like Martha’s.
Martha grew up in the once small town of Crystal Lake, in northern Illinois, near the border of Wisconsin. Winter of the Wolf takes place in a similar lake country area of northern Minnesota (where wolves are present). Bean and Martha share many other similarities; like Martha, Bean, after the loss of Sam, has two older brothers. They also share a special sense of, and oneness with, the natural world. Martha describes a childhood shaped by these deep feelings: “From a very young age I was able to hear the voices of plants and animals in the woodlands surrounding our home. When it hit me that others didn’t share this gift, I felt clear that my role in this lifetime was to be a voice for nature. The voices I heard were extremely agitated. I didn’t understand why initially, but it quickly became all too clear when bulldozers showed up and began leveling nearly every wooded area surrounding our home to make room for other houses. It was horrifying to witness such devastation and have no real voice given my age.” Bean describes her childhood similarly, explaining, “Mom and I - and Sam when he was alive - believe that the world is governed by myriad magical and mystical energies and forces, and that obstacles are presented to us in order for our souls to grow. We could see and feel that a higher power was at work around us at all times." (p79)
only transform. It’s obviously way more complicated than that, but that’s the basic gist. This is something I’ve always believed from the deepest part of my soul.” (p149) “It is understood…everything in existence has a spirit and is alive, and that the spiritual aspects of life are interconnected through what is often called the web of life. Since we are a part of Nature, Nature itself becomes a helping spirit that has much to share with us about how to bring our lives back into harmony and balance.” (p178) “…Sam was here for the time he was supposed to be here and not a moment shorter or longer. We know it will probably never make sense to us on this earthly plane, but we accept it in a more universal way. And though he’s no longer with us in the same physical form that he was, I do believe he’s never far from me in whatever spiritual form he chooses to take. This is what I believe about the life of all souls.” (p217)
Martha graduated from high school and left home at the age of 16, “…with five hundred dollars and a really bad car. My dad was thinking I was just off on a short adventure and that I’d be back soon. But I was focused on emancipating myself, because I wanted to go far away to college and my father refused to pay for out-of-state tuition, even though he did so for my brothers. My car broke down in Steamboat, Colorado, and to pay for the repairs I pumped gas and held numerous other odd jobs. By the time it was fixed, I’d fallen in love with the mountains and the community and decided to stay and declare Colorado residency. I enrolled at the University of Colorado at Boulder the following year and studied engineering for one semester, before designing a major called environmental conservation. After graduation, I wanted to experience city living, so I moved to San Francisco and worked as a paralegal, thinking I’d eventually become an environmental lawyer. But it quickly became evident that practicing law didn’t suit me and after a few years I moved to D.C. to work as an environmental consultant.” Five years later, Martha met Rich Handler on vacation at a bar in Cozumel. She thought he was cute, smart and very witty, but she had other entanglements and didn’t think it was serious, so she didn’t give him her phone number. A few months after that, she moved back to S.F. and, while unpacking boxes, her phone rang. “He tracked me down. It was totally out of the blue. This was long before the internet, so he had to painstakingly work his way through the phone book using directory assistance, which wasn’t very easy given that my maiden name was “Hunt,” and my old roommate had told him I ’d moved to either Chicago or San Francisco.” So, after many calls to directory assistance, they finally connected, and it was “game over”. After marrying in 1988 at a haunted mansion in San Francisco, the couple settled in L.A., where Rich was working for Michael Milken at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Agreeing that they’d move when their first child was school age, they began looking around the West as Martha missed the mountains. “We were seriously considering Sun Valley, Idaho, but then we visited friends in Bedford and we both immediately fell in love with the area. I was blown away by the natural beauty, the dirt roads, the hiking trails, the horse farms, and the whole environment, and the icing on the cake was that it had highly rated public schools and was within commuting distance of New York.”
the largest independent investment bank. He is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, University of Rochester, where the couple also provides full-ride scholarships to a group of highly qualified but financially disadvantaged candidates who have overcome incredible obstacles on their way to success. And, in what appears to be a very tight-knit and happy family, Martha and Richard have four children: Max 29, Shane 28, Hunter 26 and Skylar 24.
…And their home in South Salem is spectacular! Located on an unassuming country road, the 68-acre property is a hidden oasis. Starting down the long drive there is an immediate sense of grand privacy, like a version of how it might feel stepping out onto the Royal grounds at Balmoral in Scotland, as all neighbors disappear from view and the landscape is shaped with hill and dale and private ponds and lakes, all outlined by pine forest. Martha designed the house in the Adirondack lodge style, hiring architects and builders who could fulfill her vision, and assembling beams and lumber from a number of old barns located all over the United States for use in the main residence. She claims not to have studied the work of Gilbert Stanley Underwood and his design of the Ahwahnee Lodge at Yosemite and the Old Faithful Lodge at Yellowstone, or Charles Whittlesey’s design of El Tovar at the Grand Canyon, or William L Coulter, who designed several of the great camps in and around Saranac Lake; but her house echoes - and in some ways even improves upon - the design concepts and execution of these masters. The scale is remarkable - to the point of reminding oneself this is a private residence and not the nicest five-star hotel. Every aspect of the architecture, furnishings and decorating is of the utmost quality, and still true to the gone-to-summer-camp it’s-gotta-be-comfortable mode. It’s a showcase, but completely livable and lived-in.
The house features a great room built from an antique barn that includes a rustic player piano, a collection of one-of-a-kind handcrafted Adirondack objects and furniture, a pool table, a bar with a secret passageway to a wine cellar, several comfortable seating areas, a walk-in stone fireplace, floor to ceiling picture windows overlooking Lake Paul (named after Rich’s grandfather who took him fishing as a boy in northern Westchester reservoirs), and a tongue-in-cheek portrait of the Handler family in a birch bark canoe that’s like one of those murals you might see on the wall of the Town Hall in Lake Placid. The kitchen is a comfortable spot for the family to hang out and, at the same time, sufficient to service the 100-person Thanksgiving dinners and 200-person BBQs to benefit the Wolf Conservation Center and other of the Handler’s charities that are the regular non-covid faire. The den is a cozy lair, complete with a large polaroid photograph taken by William Wegman of their beloved, though now deceased Weimaraner, Bo.
The mudroom is complete with wooden lockers for each family member and a powder room with a special dog bath. The indoor pool room, like something out of Grossingers and the Catskill 1950s and 60s, has floor to ceiling windows on all sides to bring the outdoors in when desired. Outside, the garage area includes a courtyard with a basketball court. In addition, the property has a private guest cabin, tennis, a baseball field where Rich coached all his kid’s Little League and softball games, a chicken coop, a garden, a large teepee, an Adirondack gazebo, and numerous hiking trails. In the summer, the family enjoys boating, swimming and fishing in 40 foot deep Lake Paul, which they have stocked with numerous varieties of trout and Lake Peggy (named for Martha’s Mother) which has a lot of largemouth bass.
But ‘Camp Runamuck’ was not the Handler’s first house in South Salem - and that’s where the Wolf Conservation Center comes into the story…
Martha & THE WOLF CONSERVATION CENTER
While construction was underway at Runamuk, they rented a house on Waccabuc River Lane. Not long after settling in, they began to hear what Martha knew were the unmistakable howls of wolves. Thinking this was strange - given that wolves had all been eradicated from New York by the late 1800s - Martha decided to walk into the woods behind their house to investigate. In what must be seen as fateful proof of Martha’s particular mysticism (she’s had a black wolf in her dreams since she was a child and has always considered wolves her totem animal), she came across an enclosure with three wolves next to a trailer. When she knocked on the door she was greeted by Helene Grimaud, a world-renowned classical pianist, writer, and human rights activist. Helene told her of her plans to open up the Wolf Conservation Center and asked if Martha would be interested in helping...and Martha jumped ‘on Board’. It started as an all-volunteer operation, with only three ‘ambassador’ wolves who were used primarily for education, and when volunteering meant taking a hand in the dirty work, like handling the road-kill deer fed to the wolves. As Maggie Howell, Executive Director of the Wolf Conservation Center, tells it, “Martha was all-in from the start. She's worked hard to help make this place what it is and has been a driving force behind our growth and success. She’s a powerhouse on our Board and a principal supporter of all our work. She’s an amazing ambassador for the Wolf Conservation Center - and for wolves as a species and animals in general! And she’s the most fun person to work with!”
Wolves occupy a foreboding spot in the human psyche. From Beowulf to Beauty and the Beast, wolves have been portrayed in our culture as monstrous creatures with mythically evil and predatory practices. But Howell points out that this portrayal is purely fiction. “Wolves are among the toughest predators in North America today, but it’s their family values that set them apart. Within a family group,or pack, each wolf plays a valuable role - teacher, provider, defender, and friend - and when they all work together, they form a successful, cohesive unit. They pass down critical skills and knowledge from one generation to the next, including how to cooperate, recognize and respond to the behavior of pack mates, and manage their own impulses. Studies have shown that they make up more quickly than dogs, and don’t hold a grudge, because it’s necessary for survival. In fact, much of the work at WCC is allowing wolf family groups to grow as naturally as possible within the confines of the facility, to safeguard their natural behavior, and allow visitors to understand what wolves really are. After all, we can learn a lot from wolves. They’re just wonderful animals.” To this point, Martha drives around with a bumper sticker that reads: “Little Red Riding Hood Lied.”
At one point in Winter Of The Wolf, Bean takes it as a compliment when a boy says she’s different. And that’s Martha, too. Not different as in weird - different in the sense of being extraordinary! With her own family - and beyond being ‘wife’ and ‘mom’, and managing the menagerie and the farming, and facilitating all the fun that goes on at Camp Runamuck - Martha has travelled to all 7 continents; with adventures that have included expeditions to both Poles, backpacking around Madagascar, photographic safaris around Africa, kayaking with killer whales in British Columbia, hiking Patagonia, and spending summers with family and friends in Greece. With Rich, she socializes with Presidents and pals, world and business leaders, and young folks that may be in part inspired by the Handlers to join those ranks. Martha just had both knees replaced, but is diligently rehabbing and already starting back on her daily hikes and yoga. She’s doing whatever she can virtually, during covid, to publicize Winter Of The Wolf. And she works for the Wolf Conservation Center, well - as if one of her spirit animals depends on it. Pressed to say what four people - dead or alive - she would invite to a dinner party, she decided on: Betty White, Russell Brand, Ryan Reynolds, and Jamie Foxx. That sounds like a really fun evening. Martha would fit right in. And think of all the previously incarnated folks at that table!
FROM THE MARCH/APRIL GREEN ISSUE
By: Christopher Hill (of Centerbrook Architects)
ingenuity and rigor. Rigor in design, rigor in engineering, and rigor in cost evaluation to meet the budget. Through iterative testing, early and often, we drove down energy demands, reduced the size of mechanical equipment, tightened up the building envelope, and optimized daylight. That rigor allowed us to reduce first costs and operating costs. It also allowed us to bring daylight deep into the building to make spaces warm and friendly.
While modern building systems can save energy, what are some tried-and-true, relatively inexpensive strategies you’re using that the average homeowner can also employ?
Childress: Saving energy is all about maximizing insulation and minimizing the number of windows. While you want natural light you also need to limit heat gain and loss. For instance, as Mark said, we wanted to bring daylight into the middle of the building. Our energy models helped us design layers of skylights and interior glass to achieve that while being cost effective.
Trees are also very effective. We are placing deciduous trees in front of the south and west facing windows to provide shade in the summer and let the sun in during the winter.
Herter: Understanding the sun, wind, water, topography and landscape lets us use passive sustainable strategies and renewable energy systems, which we’ve done here.
The new library aims to be a model of environmental stewardship.
What does that mean to you?
Childress: Being a good steward means reducing energy demand to a point where the building can be self-sustaining and not burden public systems. That’s our goal.
Herter: Well designed landscapes and hardscapes reduce the need for irrigation and control stormwater runoff. The rainwater gardens in the Library Green will capture and filter rainwater while reducing peak discharge during storms, which causes flooding in built up areas. These are critical aspects of responsible, sustainable urban design.
Childress: We also want to connect people to nature. The Library Green is an extension of the interior, with the outdoor spaces that accommodate a variety of uses. We enjoy working with Stimson Landscape Architects, because they have a special knack for creating outdoor places that people really want to use.
Herter: The outdoor rooms will beckon people year-round, with seasonal sun traps and places to sit. The Rooftop Terrace, in particular, will be an oasis in the air.
Childress: I like the phrase one of our young teammates, Misha Semenov, uses, ‘eco-empathy’. He lectures on it, and is writing a book. He observes that as we design, plan, and build, we need to consider the human impact on the environment in all of our decisions. What does it feel like to be in nature? How can we be empathetic about natural cycles? If we can promote spending time in nature, all people will benefit from it.
Herter: And the building is all electric - with a large photovoltaic solar array on the roof.
Biophilic design aims to connect people to nature.
What are some of the biophilic strategies employed in the new Library building design?
Herter: Every space in the library has a view or connection to the outdoors so occupants experience the time of day and seasonal changes. We use daylight to animate the architecture, its patterns, textures, and colors. The products and materials we use add another layer: wood millwork, patterned ceilings and carpeting, plants in the Concourse, and a green wall in the Café, are just a few examples.
Childress: And don’t forget about the Children’s Room. It’s colorful patterns and beautiful views, together with a wooden nest-egg-gourd that turns into a worm-bird-fish-dragon, and the fireplace that ‘burns’ steam, and the pattern in the glass that recalls flying birds and open books - while reducing cooling loads in the summer.
JC: We are all intrigued with how diversity makes an ecosystem more sustainable. For instance, this project was designed by a group of people with a wide diversity of ages, experiences, cultures, and backgrounds. This has influenced the ambience and the details of each and every space. Hopefully, this translates to the entire community of New Canaan finding parts of the library that are comfortable for them.
New Canaan’s iconic mid-century modern architecture, including notably the Noyes House and the Glass House, harmonize with nature in different ways. How does the new Library’s design draw inspiration from them?
Childress: It learns from the Noyes House how to connect to the ground and offer protection, and from the Glass House about how to look out to nature. Its lower floor is a protected enclave while the upper floor opens up to the outdoors.
Herter: The Noyes House’s protected zone has large portals for glimpses inside. Passing the threshold, you enter a private courtyard and are fully immersed in nature. We drew inspiration from those connections. And we rooted the new Library to New Canaan as Noyes and Johnson did, with the use of stone, and connected to the International Modern style with the use of bands of glass. But the Glass House and the Noyes House were both designed for living, and the new New Canaan Library is designed to be a great place to visit.
Only if you like it perfect...
This 20,000+ square foot Georgian masterpiece on 25 acres,
known as Glencliff, is one of the finest homes in America!
This manor home on the Bedford / Mt. Kisco border was built in 1930, on the site of the McLean family farmhouse built in 1916, for Alfred and Ruth Meyer Cook, to complement their residences at 630 Park Avenue and later 927 Fifth Avenue; Alfred being the long-time counsel of The New York Times, and; Ruth being one of the nine children of wealthy industrialist, one-time head of the Federal Reserve, and Washington Post owner, Eugene Meyer, who had constructed the nearby, epic Seven Springs (now owned by Donald Trump), for his own use, and; was later owned by the then Chairman of then Purchase-based Clevepak Corp., William Green.
The home was completely renovated by the current owners in 2006, with new and contemporary splendor. These owners have used the home as a weekend and summer place, affording them the perfect spot, only 45 minutes from Manhattan, to give their four kids all the advantages of time in the country. As a prime example of what this house has to offer, when the kids were younger the family organized a summer camp at the house, with each kid inviting their group of friends and a total pack of over 50 kids attending, complete with swimming, tennis, kayaking, soccer, lawn games, hiking, campfires, and even a daily visit from the ice cream truck. Glencliff has everything to offer.
The entire home was finished with fun at the forefront. The two boys rooms have lofts, connected to each other through a secret passageway, the second floor landing features an air hockey table and a basketball hoop in the hall to the kids rooms, and the massive pool has a theme park-like tubular water slide.
Glencliff also includes a guest cottage, itself an enviable lair. Georgian and red brick to match the main residence, this is a home complete with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, and dining room.
And the 65 foot pool and red brick cabana is right out of a Slim Aarons photo. Complete with a columned and clear-domed pergola, brick decking, and perfectly manicured landscaping.
The house sits on the top of the hill at this 25 acres of lightly wooded rolling meadows, complete with a pond, and the property sits amongst the most prestigious large estates on Sarles, adjacent to the Marsh Sanctuary.
Only 45 minutes from New York City, this property is perfect for...well, the qualified and discerning buyer is already making the call…
Listed for $12,800,000 by listing agent Patty Carpenter at Renwick Real Estate in Bedford.
By the time Johnson began designing the property’s centerpiece—The Glass House—two other architects of note had moved to New Canaan—Marcel Breuer and Eliot Noyes. These men would be joined by Landis Gores and John Johansen to become the iconic ‘Harvard Five’, all of them having either studied or taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Completed in 1949, The Glass House was featured in the worldwide architectural press almost immediately. But not everyone in New Canaan was thrilled with the new notoriety of their gifted but eccentric neighbor. As The New York Times reported: “Weekend crowds have been blocking traffic on Ponus Ridge . . . uninvited visitors tramp about to view [the houses] with mingled expressions of awe, wonder and indignation. They agree that nothing like it was ever seen in these parts.”
Carr says that The Glass House has been able to get National Endowment for the Arts, Connecticut Humanities and New Canaan Community Foundation grants, and that Johnson and his partner, the late David Whitney, left an endowment for the property. Nonetheless, all of this falls short of the funds needed to continue The Glass House as a major attraction. Carr explains that a substantial part of Johnson’s large collection of modernist art, worth perhaps in the hundreds of millions, was donated to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
“In addition to daily operating expenses, we have some renovations that need to be done,” she continues. “We just completed work on the Sculpture Gallery, and the Brick House is much in need of renovation."
Despite this, to a visitor, the estate has never looked more magnificent. The grounds are kept impeccably, and Johnson’s knack for landscape design makes walking about a feast for the eyes.
As with Olmstead's New York Central Park, every hill, every tree, every bush looks like it belongs exactly where it is.
By the late 1950s and early 1960s, Johnson grew bored with the strident and doctrinaire modernism espoused by his mentor Mies van der Rohe. He wanted architecture that was of its time, reflective of the larger aesthetic tastes then sweeping the country. One of these trends was molding concrete into curvaceous forms. Down the hill from The Glass House, he envisioned a neoclassical pavilion fronting on a man-made pond. The structure explores ways in which designers use modern language while simultaneously exploring Renaissance architectural problems, like how to round a corner. The Pavilion also plays with notions of scale, appearing from a distance to be much larger than its actual size.
Da Monsta's name is an adaptation of the monster. It is constructed of gunnite and uses warped, torqued forms - far from the rectilinear shapes of the International Style. Johnson felt the building had the quality of a living thing.
Fortune looked favorably on New Canaan that lucky day when Johnson showed-up in late 1945 to survey the land on Ponus Ridge Road. After all, there were many other Fairfield and Westchester communities equally as bucolic and appealing. With The Glass House compound now facing some challenging times, it is up to the communities that surround The Glass House to assure that it remains a local, regional, national and international destination - in perpetuity.
As a little kid in Pound Ridge, the first I ever heard of Superman, was in the context of there being a real guy...who had fallen off a horse and was paralyzed in a wheelchair...who lived in Bedford...who was a dad just like mine...who had a boy who was only a couple of years older than me...who lived on the same street as three of my friends - all really close to home for me. That boy was Will Reeve and, although we didn’t know each other, I felt a definite empathy for him when his dad Chris passed, and an even deeper pain when his mom died of cancer less than two years later. Like everyone touched by the story, I’ve rooted for Will, and was pretty blown when he started at Good Morning America! Will became an Instagram sensation after having accidentally appeared on GMA in his underwear - he insists they were his running shorts - at the beginning of the pandemic. Will Reeve’s story is as positive and local as it gets!
This issue’s feature on Art @ The Glass House is an inside look at the amazing paintings and sculpture housed in two relatively obscure buildings on the property at The Glass House, Phillip Johnson’s masterpiece in New Canaan. We knew it would be interesting to bring the collection to light...and then we found hidden treasure!
Since Covid remains, we thought it would be fun to start covering local escapes, that can be launched from home, and that can be accomplished in a socially distanced way. I got a ‘ticket to ride’ in The Porsche Driving Experience up at Lime Rock - and hope it makes you feel like you got out of the house and out onto the track - or at least gives you the impetus to take a road trip of your own.
And our local charity feature in this issue is on Debbie McQuilkin and The Storm hockey team of the American Special Hockey Association she founded and runs. As I’ve noted before, it’s my hope that after reading each issue of Bedford & New Canaan Magazine each reader will take a moment to think positive, take stock of our community, and consider some act of giving to a local charity or other good cause. We hope you will consider giving to The Storm - and that maybe one or a few readers decide to adopt McQuilkin’s mission.
Again, our magazine is mailed to you - for free! We’re grateful for the reviews we receive. Please let our advertisers know that seeing their ad in our magazine motivated you. Please go online at bedfordnewcanaanmag.com and to our Instagram @bedfordnewcanaanmag, and let us know what you like and don’t like, or if you have an idea about something local we should cover.
SAHSA LAWER & MARK NOONAN
When Sasha Lawer and Mark Noonan got off the train in New Canaan one Spring morning in 1999, Sasha gave the tall order to Mark, like Oz telling Dorothy to go get the Wicked Witch’s broom: “I’m not moving from our New York City townhouse unless it’s to a very special home. I want great old architectural elements, big rooms with plenty of light, a pool, lots of land for the kids to play, and complete privacy...all walkable to Starbucks!” She figured the tall order would keep the family safely in their New York City townhouse forever. Instead, they bid on 55 St. John Place - known as ‘Acorn Hill’ - before getting back on the train that evening...and have now enjoyed over two decades as the ‘owners in residence’ of this beautiful estate.
Mark, now 61, who grew up in an Irish/Italian family in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, played soccer at Lawrence High School and at Duke, where he preceded his daughter Kyra, before getting his MBA at Wharton, was enjoying a successful career in investment banking at UBS in Stamford, when he was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in 2001. Emerging after one-and-a-half years of treatment, not knowing how much more time he had, Mark realized he was “bored to tears in banking, and didn’t want to spend the rest of my time just working in someone else’s business - and miss seeing my children grow up. I determined I could put my skill set as a tinkerer to work building products that make life easier”. Seventeen years and dozens of inventions later, Mark’s latest is a complex hardware and software package enabling remote nursing care. His company, Nootools, LLC, manufactures Noonan’s own product designs and offers new product consulting. Mark reflects, “my cancer changed our stars”.
The next change in plans came in 2017, when the Napa Valley Tubb’s Lane Fire engulfed the Lawer Estates Knights Valley Vineyards, owned by Sasha’s brother and sister-in-law, David and Betsy Lawer, on the heels of her brother being physically incapacitated. Sasha had already been charged with increasing distribution and sales for the emerging winery, but when the series of unfortunate events occurred, Sasha determined to take on a greater role. Betsy Lawer, President of Lawer Estates, runs the acclaimed California winery from Alaska, where she is the CEO and Chairman of the First National Bank of Alaska. While Sasha, splitting her time between New Canaan and California, more directly oversees the winemakers and has managed the development of the winery’s marketing, sales and distribution, and opened a Calistoga tasting room.
A second building, one of New Canaan’s prized remaining antique barns, includes a 3-car garage, greenhouse, potting area, half-bath, and a pool house (currently used as an additional home office). An additional open 1,000 square feet above the garage is also available for a separate apartment, great room or offices, and there are architectural plans and an open permit for creating this extra living area.
‘Terroir’ is a word that means the whole environment in which a wine grows, including climate, topography and soil, and is used by winemakers to reference the characteristic tastes and flavors that each wine gets from the ‘terroir’ where its grapes are grown.
Lawer Estates calls their single-vineyard ultra-premium wines ‘terroir driven’, and boasts that their 110-acre vineyards in Napa and Sonoma have “...the ideal terroir and microclimates to nurture a diverse range of varietals... On summer days, coastal breezes make their way through the gap in the hills and up the creek that meanders through our vineyard. This cooling infuses our wines with unmistakable character. Complementing this ideal microclimate is a subterranean volcanic reservoir that nurtures our vines year-round, and provides essential hydration even in times of drought”.
Winemakers Cary Gott and Kelly DeIanni take great pride in handcrafting the sustainably grown, limited annual production of about 3,000 cases in all of Lawer’s seven varietals. Lawer Estates Rosé has been heralded by Wine Enthusiast as one of the five best Rosés from California, while Robert Parker has awarded Lawer Estates Viognier with 92 points. The wines are currently available at Walter Stewarts, New Canaan Wine Merchants, Sipsters in Darien, and other fine wine stores, and can be purchased online at lawerestates.com.
Sadly, there will be no 2020 vintage. Lawer Estates prides itself in only producing the highest quality wines. The smoke taint from both the Hennessy and Glass fires of 2020 have caused the Lawers to halt any further production from their 2020 harvest, as even the slightest hint of phenols such as guaiacol are not acceptable in a Lawer Estates wine.
55 St. John Place is offered at $3,495,000 by Hannelore & Co./Raveis (914-450-3880 / Hannelore.Kaplan@raveis.com)...a true find for the couple, or young family, or big family, or extended family...who want to be the new ‘owners in residence’, and the next lucky people to enjoy this unique and spectacular, walk-to-town, historic mansion.
“Sam’s been with The Storm for 9 years, the first 6 as a player, and now as a mentor. He processes slowly, but he’s really determined. He likes to be around for his brother, Mikey, who has Ataxia and can hardly walk and struggles to stay up on his skates, but who is sharp as a whip. They love being able to do this together. The Storm has been a blessing for us! It’s the highlight of the week for my boys and, in different ways, has been critical for each of them.”
-Dr. Harvey Bluestein (Sam & 'Sweaty' Mike's Dad)
The Storm has an expensive piece of equipment called a Kaye Trainer, which holds an athlete in a sling over the ice and allows as much gravitational pressure to be placed on the legs as desired. That’s ‘Sweaty’ Mike Bluestein getting out on the ice in “The K”.
By: Rachael Palacios
Chris C. Shaffer Hudson
Most in the area are familiar with the gem that is The Glass House; Philip Johnson’s modernist landmark residence gracing the New Canaan landscape. Few, however, may be aware of the treasures buried deep, quite literally, beneath the bucolic compound.