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Home Décor Options, From Millbrook to Massachusetts

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There’s a new home décor store in our area. It’s called Absolutely Wild Home, and it’s located in Millbrook at 3300 Franklin Ave. This site used to be an antiques shop that closed a couple years ago. It was sold to Peter Cunningham and Paolo Mizrahi, who are partners in this new enterprise. 

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Take A Drive, Look At Cars

Day Trip

One of the myths of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is that there’s nothing to do there except during horse racing season. But the Saratoga Automobile Museum is open year-round — and appropriately has an electric vehicle charging station, if that’s your conveyance of choice.
Occupying two floors of an old Saratoga water bottling plant, the museum at 110 Avenue of the Pines has a little something for all automotive interests. On a visit in February, the regular choices included the New York State Stock Car Hall of Fame, where you could absorb the speed. 

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Cheese Can Be A Treat

Food

I learned about cheese in Carol Corry’s adult evening class at Torrington High School last week. I discovered that ancient Egyptians carrying milk in cow stomachs or bladders may have noticed something was going on in there. It soured in the intense desert heat and separated into curds and whey.
“It probably wasn’t all that tasty, but they got used to it,” Corry told her class.
Romans added mold, which gave troops more portable food. “That was an acquired taste, too,” she added.

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Heading South for Americana

On the Trail

I have been on the antiques trail for most of this early part of the year, in parts south of Connecticut. Given the weather, that’s not such a bad thing. On recent weekends we have been in Chantilly, Va., and Atlanta, Ga., and as I am writing this I am returning from Nashville, Tenn.
Interestingly, sales in these last few weeks have been very strong when compared to the last two years, with buyers going for small objects in great quantity, as well as early American furniture of varying styles.

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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

On The Trail

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

Food

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

On the Trail

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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