EDITOR’S LETTER – JUNE 2013

This month WAG takes to the open road in more ways than one.

Few know more about this than our cover guy Capt. Harry Wales, aka Prince Harry, one of the ultimate road warriors when you consider the miles he’s logged in pursuit of both charity and pleasure, not to mention his service in Afghanistan. So the least we could do is venture a short distance up I-95 to watch His Royal Highness play at the Greenwich Polo Club in support of Sentebale, the charity he co-founded.

Indeed, June finds our intrepid beloved Waggers venturing near and far. Longtime China watcher Audrey Topping reports on the ghosts of the Old Silk Road. Patricia Espinosa shares her touching trip to Paris with daughter Natalie for her Sweet 16 birthday. Martha Handler introduces us to fabulous Las Catalinas, Costa Rica, the latest in eco-communities. And Mary Shustack offers the inspiring tale of Kurt Kannemeyer, the South African-born director of development at St. Christopher’s in Dobbs Ferry, who’ll attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro this summer in support of the challenged youngsters St. Christopher’s serves.

Then there are those who take to the road in service of their art or craft, like Thomas Throop (Mary again), the furniture maker who burns rubber for the Architectural Digest and Smithsonian shows along with client deliveries; Lionheart Gallery director Susan D. Grissom, who spent years traveling as an architectural restorer and decorative painter; and The Met’s rising Matthew Polenzani, who lends us his tenor in a conversation that reveals the sweet family guy along with the globe-trotting opera star.

If we do say so ourselves, this may be our most practical WAG yet. Dr. Michael Rosenberg weighs in with different views of medical tourism, while Dr. Erika Schwartz offers sound advice on what you can do to keep yourself healthy away from home. From feeling good to looking good: WAG alums “Diva Debbi” O’Shea and Kendra Charisse Porter tell you how to dress for travel day – and how and what to pack.

But being “On the Road” doesn’t mean just leaving this place. It means seeing WAG country as a destination, too. Ninety percent of the guests at the Bedford Post Inn are from New York City. The Homestead Inn in Greenwich draws many visitors from Europe, Texas and California.

They’ve learned – as no doubt Prince Harry has – that this is a place of tony grace, sporting fun and pastoral serenity.

But then, we always knew that, didn’t we?

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