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Dance and Pray for More Snow

Winter Sports

The deep powder that the cyclone bomb of early January dropped in this area is gone, and the snow we have left is a soggy, patchy mess. But you have to believe that there will be more cross-country skiing this winter. Now is the time to check your equipment and to spread out your maps (or download them on your smart phone) in readiness for your next foray into snow country.

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Where To Skate, Outside or Inside

Outdoors

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Holiday Decorating No-Nos

Plants: ‘Pretty Invasives’

As the holidays approach, we all love to decorate using evergreens, pine cones, seed pods, berries and other natural materials. It’s enjoyable collecting these items with the warmer December weather we’ve been experiencing plus they can be composted when disposal time comes. 

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Sustainable, American Caviar Sold Locally

Food

Here’s a nice small-world story: Three years ago, I received a phone call from a New York City restaurateur I know. Would I like to join him for a caviar tasting, to sample a new product he was considering offering to his customers? The words “tasting” and “sample,” in this context, denoted that the caviar in question would be free. I answered with a stentorian “YES!” before he finished making his inquiry.

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Holiday Cookbooks For Foodies

Food

I knew a copy editor at China Daily in Beijing in 1989 who read cookbooks for pleasure. One Chinese recipe after another. 

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An Inventor In Hollywood

Movie: ‘Bombshell’

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Drab or Colorful? Your Choice

Gardens

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Celebrate New York at the Holidays

Amenia, NY
Saturday and Sunday, 
Dec. 9 and 10, 3 p.m.
Amenia Youth Theater will perform a holiday musical review, free to the public. 
Ancram, NY
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m.
The Ancram Winterfest at the Ancram Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7. Live music, bonfire, traditional holiday beverages, free craft table for youngsters, holiday snacks. Will culminate in the lighting of the Town Hall Holiday Tree.

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Shop Canaan For the Holidays

Falls village, ct
Saturday, Dec. 9,
5-7 p.m.

Flash Art Exhibit, David M. Hunt Library, 63 Main St. Annual 12x12 exhibit, original artworks by 76 local artists. $100 each, sold off the wall. Benefits the library. For more, call 860-824-7424 or go to huntlibrary.org.
Saturday, Dec. 16,
6:30 p.m.

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Hometown Holidays 2017: Hometown Holidays Events

Amenia, NY
Saturday and Sunday, 
Dec. 9 and 10, 3 p.m.
Amenia Youth Theater will perform a holiday musical review, free to the public. 
Barkhamsted, CT
Saturday, Dec. 9,
8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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