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A High Point of the Met Season

Opera: ‘Rusalka’

Antonín Dvořák, the Czech composer best known for the “New World Symphony,” his postcard to America, composed nine operas and never had much success with them. Only “Rusalka,” his setting of an epic fairy tale similar to “The Little Mermaid,” has survived the mainstream repertoire in modern opera houses around the world.
We can be grateful for that. “Rusalka” has some of the most beautiful vocal music ever written, displaying Dvořák’s matchless gift for melody and orchestration. 

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Romance, Fun In Tri-State Area

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The Tri-state area is full of helpful businesses, romantic locations and fun festivities that will make your Valentine’s Day perfect. The following are just some of the many events that will be held through Feb. 14.

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Traveling to Preserve Balkan Food and Culture

Food

Babs Perkins, a writer and photographer who lives in Norfolk some of the time, came to the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury on Saturday, Jan. 28, to draw connections between food, nature, change, geography and a touch of politics that shape the ways people live and eat. 
Perkins is researching a book on these matters and has visited several Balkan countries repeatedly — including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia — to talk to the people (often through a high school interpreter) about life in general and food in particular.

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A New Shop for Antique Collectors

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Joni Beveridge and Tom Emerick have opened their new venture, Black Squirrel Antiques, at 308 Main St. in Lakeville in the former doctor’s office, previously known as the Lake­ville Professional Building.
The building is approximately 2,000 square feet on each floor, and the entire first floor is devoted to their retail antiques shop. It includes impressive wall space and floor and showcase displays, which allows for excellent showings of the wonderful and diverse collection offered in the store.

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Historic Cuisine, Culture

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In a series of video lectures by Ken Albala about food through history at Litchfield’s Oliver Wolcott Library, the point is made again and again: Food is a marker of class, and as individuals rise socially they head for the dishes of the rich and famous.
Albala speaks of barbarian tribes in 6th-century Europe who survived on weeds and grasses and grape seeds and, occasionally, on each other. And then there were the excesses of Imperial Rome. They ate extravagantly, Albala tells us.

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A Trip To The City

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As I’ve covered in previous installments of On The Trail, there are plenty of local antique stores to visit in the Tri-state area. But since we’re so close to New York City, consider attending antiques week from Jan. 19 to 29.
OK, so it’s more than a week, but it is the standard by which all the other antiques weeks are measured. 

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Sheffield Is Full Of Antiques, Art

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Happy New Year! This week we were shopping in Sheffield, Mass., where there are great shops for antiques, art and décor that offer a wide variety in the tastes and styles offered. 
Frederick Hatfield Antiques is located at 99 South Main St. The shop — operated by Fred’s widow, Eve — has been there for about 40 years. The style is casual, country-home furnishings that Eve finds through house calls in the local area. The store is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 413-229-7986.

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record-breaking light show Captures holiday spirit

Once again, the ERDAJT holiday light display is in full swing at the home of Tim Gay in  Lagrangeville, N.Y.
The annual display, which started in 1995, is named after Gay’s three children — Emily Raejean (ER), Daniel Arthur (DA) and John Timothy (JT). 
The family has earned the Guinness World Record for most lights on a residential property twice — first in 2012 with 346,283 lights, and again in 2014 with 601,736 lights (thanks to a donation of lights from Ritz Crackers, which were lit for three days to reclaim the record).

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East Meets West, Sort Of

Food

I used to have a Chinese cookbook translated from Mandarin with shiny images of banquet dishes and a little boy eating a mung bean popsicle. Though the book did not cover many dishes that interested me, I kept it for a long time because of the first line in one recipe: “First, kill the turtle.”
I thought of that line while putting together Ming Tsai’s black bean and garlic sauce from his beautiful cookbook “Simply Ming” — a book that cooks would love for a holiday gift.

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Holiday farmers market in Norfolk

The Norfolk Farmers Market will host a holiday event on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., immediately following the fire department’s Breakfast with Santa. The market will feature live music, food, gift ideas, a CPR course and more. The Farmers Market is located in Battell Chapel at the Church of Christ Congregational, 12 Litchfield Road. For more information, go to www.norfolkfarmersmarket.org.

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