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This Will Put a Smile on Your Face: A Family Easter Egg Tree PDF Print Email


By Staff

Apr. 8, 2020: The Easter Egg Tree is popular in Europe and has had bursts of popularity in the US.

The tree pictured in these photos is filled with eggs painted by the grandmother of the family, and each Easter, there is a hunt for a new, special egg to adorn the tree. 

This could be a fun new tradition for your family!



To learn more about the history of the Easter Egg Tree, click here.

Photo by K.Bottoms

Gung Hoe Gardener: Gardening is a Perfect Place to Stay Six Feet From No One PDF Print Email


Liriope before it was cut

By Neely Bower

Apr. 1, 2020: The Gung Hoe Gardener finally has a captive audience. When you are finished doing your virtual studying and working online for business, look outside.

We have had many unprecedented spring days, and our yards and gardens have exploded with color. This says to me that it is time to start working in the garden. What a perfect place to stay six feet from no one.

March is the time to prune your trees and your shrubs that do not bloom, such as Taxus, Hollies, and Boxwood. Do not prune Azaleas or Hydrangea macrophylla (large blue or pink flowers) because they bloom on old growth. Hydrangea paniculata (tall white cone-shaped flowers) can be pruned now because they bloom on new growth.

Also, cut back any grasses and perennials that you have left up for winter interest. I spent the other day cutting my Liriope (lilyturf or monkey grass) to the ground (pictured). The new growth is coming up under all their old leaves, and if you wait too much longer, the new growth will be damaged. For large flat areas, I use a lawnmower, but a weed wacker and pruners will also do the job


Liriope after it was cut; new growth can now come up

Now that we have all gotten so dependent on our computers, gardening has become so much easier. If you are not sure what to do, Google it.

Hard work outside on a beautiful spring day will definitely clear your mind from all the troubles going on around us.

Photos by N. Bower

Photo of the Week & Event Cancellation PDF Print Email


Nearly empty streets in Bronxville on March 21, 2020

By Staff

Mar. 25, 2020:  MyhometownBronxville will be featuring a "Photo of the Week" as well as Event Cancellations and other announcements during these unusual times. Please email relevant information to CLOAKING by the Sunday prior to our Wednesday issue date.

Event Cancellation:

Bronxville Rotary Club:  Pursuant to Government Policy, The Rotary Club of Bronxville is postponing its Annual Benefit scheduled for April 24th, 2020.  Under these fluid circumstances, no future date is scheduled at the moment. We thank you for your continued support, and wish you and your families GOOD HEALTH.

Photo by N. Bower

What to Do When You're "Social Distancing" PDF Print Email


By Staff

Mar. 18, 2020: In 1981, Faith Popcorn, futurist, best-selling author and CEO of BrainReserve, coined the term "Cocooning." She defined it as "the need to protect oneself from the harsh, unpredictable realities of the outside world."

Today, that term is more relevant than ever as society engages in "social distancing" due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Adults are working from home. Students from kindergarten to college are distance-learning. Sports, exercise classes, lectures, bridge, luncheons, everything is canceled. 

Households are full. Normal everyday activities are disrupted. Time has slowed down.

So, what should we do in place of those everyday activities?

MyhometownBronxville reached out to some readers for ideas of what to do while "social distancing." Here is what we got back:

-Take a virtual tour of a great museum. Here is a link

-Watch one Hallmark movie per day.  

-Foster a dog. Click here for information.

-Sit down and make a plan about what you want to do when you retire

-Read The Dutch House by Ann Patchett if you are looking for a good book

-Use that home treadmill

-Take lots of walks

-Play bridge online.  Here are suggested sites. Bridge BaseBridge Buddy, Fun Bridge, Audrey Grant, and Bridge Baron

-Take an online course

-Work in the garden

-Hold family dinners again

-Hang art

-Watch the National Cathedral's streaming of their church service. Here is a link to the March 15, 2020 service.

-Turn your kitchen table into a ping pong table with this easy table tennis set

-Try out some new recipes

-Make your own organic soap (hint: you can wrap individually and give as gifts!). Learn how here.

-Board games (remember those?) - Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble.

-Crafts for kids! Here are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest for easy and fun crafts for children of all ages:

-Tackle your junk drawer!  Here are some ideas.

-Make labels for your holiday cards - you'll thank yourself in December! Here's how.

-Card Games, especially Hearts

-Attention high school students: Why wait until you're a senior? Take online college tours now!

-Can't serve at the soup kitchen? Volunteer online!

-Thank those who serve! Gather the kids and write letters to deployed military service members

-Treat yourself to the spa…at home! 6 Easy Homemade Facial Masks:

-Move over coffee; this is a job for alcohol! Experiment with some spring cocktails to serve when we emerge from this mess. 

-For Opera enthusiasts, the Met is showing one opera each day and then having it available for 20 hours.  This week they have had online showings of Carmen and La Boheme. Click here to learn more.

-You can stream Broadway Musicals! Click here for more information.

-Book on nutrition.  “How Not To Diet”

If you have other ideas, please share them in our comments section below.

Photo:  Shutterstock


Sold-Out Event at Metropolitan Club Features Notable Floral Designers: See Photos PDF Print Email

By Neely Bower

Mar. 11, 2020: Many notable floral designers were at the Metropolitan Club in New York City for the sold-out British Floral Influencers Luncheon, which celebrated the life and legacy of Constance Spry, an influential British florist of the 20th century.

Spry "designed the floral arrangements for the weddings of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in 1937 and for Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947. Her floral creations and creative design for the coronation of Her Majesty the Queen in 1953 became the piece de resistance of her incredible career".

Each table at the event was designed by a different floral designer. Martha Stewart was an honorary guest table designer.

All the tables were all amazing, but the table where I sat with my daughter, Tori Samuel, was the most fun. At each guests' place was a headdress made out of flowers and plant material. The designer was Joshua Werber, and I promise you that you will be seeing his work in Martha Stewart's magazine, Living, in the near future.

The event was to benefit the Garden Museum of London. See photos below.

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Photos by N. Bower

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