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Eight candidates vie for Laurel Queen title

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The 81st Laurel Festival, an annual pageant and scholarship program which dates back more than 70 years, will be held this weekend.
Last year the festival was cut down to one day due to a lack of funding and participation, with the Laurel Ball and the Laurel Parade both eliminated.
This year all of the festivities are back, and there are eight candidates vying for the title of Laurel Queen.
The festival begins on Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m. with the Laurel Ball at Crystal Peak Ballroom. 

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Out of the Ordinary Summer Flowering Bulbs

The Fun of Gardening

Summer flowering bulbs can be exciting additions to the mid-season garden. Many of us have grown the more familiar gladioli, dahlias, cannas and tuberous begonias, all of which offer an interesting array of colors, forms and textures. For the more adventurous, a wealth of versatile bulbs is available. Some work extremely well in annual and perennial beds while others are more suited to pot culture.  

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For Early Risers

Innisfree Garden in Millbrook, NY, is gorgeous in daytime, with its smoky geysers and dragonflies and groomed trees standing in their own sharp shadows. 
But Innisfree Garden in the dark, that’s special too.

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The Importance of Trivia — It’s Delightful

Country Life

Do you know in what novel Aramis, Porthos and Athos hold forth?

Do you know the difference between sherbet and sorbet?

Ah, and here’s a toughy: Can you name the capital of Nebraska?

“Omaha,” I offer, rashly, that being the only city in Nebraska I know.

“Wrong” says Bruce T. Paddock pleasantly as he edits copy for The Lakeville Journal. “That would be Lincoln.”

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. . . Time for Latkes With a Little Daikon Radish

Holiday Fare

I come from a blended family, both Japanese and Jewish, which explains my variation on the traditional Hanukkah potato pancake by adding elements of the Japanese fried pancake called okonomiyaki. 
So  I was quite excited to see in The New York Times that someone had started a whole restaurant dedicated to a type of fusion cuisine with which I feel a deep bond. 

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Not Much Time Left Now . . . Entering The Holiday Spirit

Holiday Shopping

When my wife, Kayla, and mother-in-law, Rose, asked if I wanted to make the trek to South Deerfield, MA, to visit Yankee Candle Village, my initial reaction was, “Why do you want to drive two hours to buy candles?”
After they patiently explained to me that the village was more of a holiday wonderland than a simple candle shop, we hopped in the car and started our journey.

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Salmon Treats, From Austin to New York

Holiday Fare
leong@lakevillejournal.com

Growing up in Texas, I knew only canned salmon, both white and red sockeye. The fish was used to make salmon cakes or, in our house, my maternal grandmother’s recipe for croquettes: thick, round-ended cylinders of salmon mixed with mashed potato, cream and seasoning, dipped in flour, beaten egg and either cornmeal or crushed saltine crackers, then deep fried. 

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A Little Lavender, Gin, Lemon And Honey For a Holiday Treat

Holiday Fare
cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com
Here’s a start on holiday hosting ideas. More to come every week through New Year’s.
 

had been planning to give everyone on my holiday shopping list a jar of lavender honey this year, based on a recipe from one of my favorite restaurants, the Stagecoach Tavern in Sheffield, MA.

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Dungeons & Dragons For a Fifth Generation

Games

Dungeons & Dragons is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and it’s the perfect time for new players to dive into this fantasy roleplaying game. Wizards of the Coast recently released the game’s 5th Edition, which streamlines the rules to make it easy for anyone to join a group and go on an adventure.

A walk through the garden with those who know it best

Thomas Jensen visits Innisfree Garden in Millbrook, NY

My partner Frances and I visit the historically fascinating 185-acre Innisfree Garden in Millbrook, NY, several times each year. It is a wonder to behold, a treat for the mind, body, spirit. Recently, I met with Kate Kerin, the landscape curator of Innisfree Garden, and also went on a Wildflower Walk with George Petty, a life-long naturalist who has led many wildflower walks for the New Jersey Audubon Society and Innisfree. 

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