Roundup: Dear Prudence, Camp A Cappella, More

Last year, “06880” provided the back story to the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence.” John Lennon wrote the “White Album” song about Prudence Farrow — sister of Mia, daughter of actress Maureen O’Sullivan.

They all lived in Westport, though after casually attending Staples High School Prudence headed to the Himalayan foothills, to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. That’s where she met Lennon and George Harrison. The rest is musical history (and you can read it here).

Real estate history — or at least a nice sale — will be made soon. Prudence’s former property at 157 Easton Road is on the market.

As noted by the New York Post — hey, it was a slow news day — the owner (and landlord) for Prudence, Mia and her mom was Leopold Godowsky Jr.

He was quite famous himself: a concert violinist and photographer who helped develop Kodacolor and Ektachrome. His wife Frankie was a painter, singer — and the sister of George and Ira Gershwin.

The 2 3/4-acre property includes a 7,056-square foot main house with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 half baths, 3 fireplaces, an indoor pool, wine cellar and a gym.

There are also two guesthouses. One has 2  bedrooms, a kitchen and fireplace (1,273 square feet). The other is a 1-bedroom, 1,031-square foot house, with a bathroom and fireplace.

The property also features tennis courts, a greenhouse and walking trails. I have no idea why Prudence left.

It’s all yours for $9 million. (Click here for the Post story. Hat tip: Fred Cantor)

157 Easton Road

More music: Staples grad Danielle Merlis’ popular Camp A Cappella concluded another great Zoom session. Most students were from Westport, but others checked in from New York, Massachusetts and Washington.

Another workshop begins Sunday (August 23). It includes 1-on-1 and group instruction. Click here for details.

So what’s it like to be part of a virtual singing camp? Seems pretty cool. Click the “final concert” video with students singing alongside the professional ensemble, Backtrack Vocals.

Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids is back to their normal business hours — and they’ve reached pre-COVID number.

There are plenty of new safety precautions. But as always, each child gets a token to put in a box for the charity of their choice. Sharkey’s makes donations in their name to:

  • Connecticut Food Bank
  • Fairfield County Covid-19 Resiliency Fund
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • – Breast Cancer Foundation

For appointments, click here.

And finally … you knew this was coming, right?


6 responses to “Roundup: Dear Prudence, Camp A Cappella, More

  1. The late Arni Kay built that house .. During the gas shortages in the 80s he had a very large gas station type gas tank installed , with small shed for the gas pump .. He owned 2 Rolls Royces at the time , that ate up gas Quickly …

  2. Is it possible to have an adult acapella group for adults who want to sing? singing is very helpful at this time.


    • K.F. Spearen

      You are correct Caryl … Arne did lots of changes and improvements on the property , including having the power company install 3 phase wiring up to the house , so it would be cheaper to run his commercial duty appliances ..

  4. Linda Pomerantz Novis

    Many years ago,I was in Sally’s was a quiet Saturday,I then noticed a petite, elderly woman then going out Sally’s door..Sally then asked me if I knew the woman-I said ‘no’-Sally then replied :’That was Frankie Gershwin,Linda -she lives here in town!’
    (This story still makes me smile..:-)

  5. This house on Easton Road sold in auction in October 2016 for $1.8m… an incredible deal! Can’t wait to see what improvements the new owners made.