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Turkey, Crackly As A Potato Chip

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 It’s back. Thanksgiving. That holiday least burdened by guilt, longing, sorrow and disappointment. It’s about food. Just food. There’s no worry about measuring up, pleasing people you love and satisfying people you like with perfect presents. It’s easy. There’s just food. Lots of it.
Still, it is a holiday bound by tradition. Break the rules, surprise people, strive to cut new ground at your peril.
I know.

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Curated Comfort at Reservoir

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Don’t be fooled by the “back door” entrance to Reservoir, Hendricks - Churchill’s new pop-up shop in Sharon. Tucked behind JP Gifford’s and Smitty’s Barbershop at 16 Main St., you will be instantly transported into what feels like the relaxed front room living space of an inviting family home.
Heide Hendricks, who clearly has a knack for cultivating comfortable and welcoming surroundings, will warmly greet you with a sunny smile. Spend a moment and you’ll see there is much more to this pop-up shop than just great home furnishings.

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Salt Of The Earth And Table

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Paul Noth’s cartoon in a recent New Yorker magazine had a wise man on a mountaintop telling a beseeching climber, “The meaning of existence is this thirty-two-dollar jar of salt.”
Time was when salt was traded for gold, slaves and sugar. Now it’s traded for dinner party marks.

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The Gamut Of Comic Con Cosplay

Cosplay — short for costume play, which is the act of dressing up as pop culture characters— at New York Comic Con ranged from the simple, to the elaborate, to the absurd (someone dressed as the Javits Center in New York City, where the convention was held Oct. 4 to 7).

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Salisbury Fall Festival

Friday, October 6
17th Annual Scarecrow Contest
9 am – 6 pm See the many scarecrows lining Main Street in both Salisbury and Lakeville. Then vote for your favorite in each of three categories: Business, Group/Family, and Kids. Ballots available at the Salisbury General Store & Pharmacy and the Boathouse Restaurant in Lakeville. To enter the contest, go to www.salisburyfallfestival.org/index_htm_files/scarecrow_rules_and_Entry_... for the entry form.
Friends of Scoville Library

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Family Fun At Bull-Riding Shows

Day Trip: Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour

Two Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour rodeo events are scheduled to take place in our area on Sept. 30 at the XL Center in Hartford and on Oct. 7 at the Times Union Center in Albany. Both events start at 7 p.m.
These are not just bull-riding competitions — they are full shows, complete with an entertainer (aka rodeo clown), matadors and plenty to take in for the whole family. 

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Ren Faire runs to oct. 1

There’s still time to visit the New York Renaissance Faire, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Oct. 1. It is located at 600 Route 17A in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. — roughly a two-hour drive from Connecticut’s Northwest Corner. For tickets and details, go to www.renfair.com/ny.

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Grillsdale 2017

The second annual Grillsdale hootenanny packed the Roeliff Jansen Park in Hillsdale with attendees who enjoyed food, drinks and music on Aug. 26. Below are some of the area chefs who participated in the event — including the first- and second-place winners of Grillsdale’s friendly cooking competition, as chosen by the combined votes of attendees and a panel of three judges.

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Poets Will Express Themselves During Free Three-Day Event

Poetry: National Beat Poetry Festival

It’s all about freedom of expression: The National Beat Poetry Foundation will host a poetry festival over Labor Day weekend, bringing poets, writers and musicians together.
The free festival kicks off on Friday, Sept. 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Noelke Gallery in Torrington. It continues on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Licia and Mason Beekley Community Library in New Hartford, and it returns to the Noelke Gallery for the final day on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m.

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A Thrilling Race; Events Planned Through Sept. 4

Day Trip: Saratoga Race Course

Saturday, Aug. 26, began cool and foggy, but developed into a beautiful clear, bright, late summer day in the Northeast. In a way, the day was a metaphor for how racing’s most prestigious event, the 148th Travers Stakes, unfolded late that afternoon at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 

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