What a wonderful evening it was, when Dave Barry returned to Armonk, and gave a talk in the North Castle Library's auditorium after a reception in the Magazine Room. The event was sponsored by St. Stephen's and provided a very entertaining chance to hear about Armonk of old from a hometown boy who's gone on to great success as a humorist, including winning a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
Dave's childhood friend Barbara DiGiacinto gave a wonderful introduction, describing the bucolic Armonk of the 1950s and 60s, a small town with rural character and stores run by local proprietors.
Dave Barry was a witty raconteur and a very friendly and approachable guest. Many old time Armonk residents came, bringing memories and in one case,an old yearbook. He even let a skeptic check whether his full head of hair was genuine. Dave's talk in Whippoorwill Hall painted a vivid and very funny picture of our town in another era. He also gave insight into why Miami is a gold mine for a humorist. The sellout crowd in the hall was enveloped in a warm feeling of nostalgia, and appreciation for old Armonk.
This event wouldn't have happened without the generous assistance of Barbara DiGiacinto, the inspiration of Ed Woodyard, the lavish donations of flowers and catering from local businesses, the work of St. Stephen's 175th Anniversary Committee, headed by Meg Gregg, and leadership from Laura Desmarais, Lena Cavanna, Pamela Sellers, Paul Lashmet and of course Father Nils. Thanks to everyone who contributed and above all, thank you to Dave Barry for his generosity.