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From the Editor: Our Best

Can you believe it’s been ten years?

I find it amazing that for a decade Moffly Media has been publishing the Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut. Each year, we ask our readers to tell us about their favorite places to eat, meet up with friends for a drink, find a new outfit for the upcoming gala and even where to get a good massage—who doesn’t need that? And each year, we hear from more and more of our most loyal and outspoken readers. This time we hauled in a record number of votes: nearly 70,000!

Needless to say, our readers have opinions. I love that! There are many wonderful places to shop and grab a bite, so it’s fun and eye-opening to hear what
our readers think.

While learning about great places all over Fairfield County is helpful, I am especially proud also to present the results of our second survey: Best of Fairfield.

Because these are hometown winners, you might find yourself cheering for one, then asking, “but what about…?” That’s OK.

In this issue, you’ll also find a truly extraordinary feature on writer and artist James Prosek, a Fairfielder. Walking local trails, he showed writer Tim Dumas the beauty, serenity and hidden life surrounding us. Talking about nature with Prosek becomes poetic, and Dumas crafts a fitting portrait.

In that same feature we also cast an eye to the inspirational naturalist Mabel Osgood Wright, whose knowledge of our lands was widely and highly respected. The bird sanctuary she established with Annie Burr Jennings 100 years ago is currently undergoing a renovation worthy of the passion and intelligence of its founders.

I applaud the Sasqua Garden Club for utterly transforming the beautiful grounds!

In closing, I want to point out our new column, “Culture,” headed by Philip Eliasoph, art history professor at Fairfield University. In each issue, he will share his expertise not only of fine art, but also for a range of culture. Here is where our readers can share their appreciation for art, music, theater, debate, lectures and more.

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