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I grew up in the Hudson Valley, and remember as a teen eating lots of perfectly ripe fresh fruit. Nothing tasted better to me then. Or now. 

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Swimming With The Fishes…To Get To Work

No matter what the weather, when Jon Ostendorf finishes his daily commute he is soaking wet. That’s because he swims to work, from the beach at the Salisbury Grove to the boathouse at Hotchkiss where he is director of information technology.

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A Curiosity In the Park

Outdoor Life:

Thomas Whitten boasted of a “new sort of manure” he found on his farm in northwest Kent. As he wrote the Committee of the American Mineralogical Society in 1798: “I discovered the mine whence it is obtained, four years ago and by throwing some of it out, I found it made grass grow very largely; and by trying it on Indian Corn, found it to be better than Plaister of Paris or Ashes. Then I gave the farmers about 40 tons, and they carried some of it 20 miles distance, and tried it. — They found it to be good for Cucumbers, Carrots, Beets, Cabbage, Potatoes, and all sorts of Garden roots.”

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It’s Polo Time in Columbia County

Country Life

Have you ever stood a few feet away from 10 horses running full speed directly at you? It’s a rush that brings out something primal in a person — or at least in this particular horse-crazy girl. Add mallets, a tiny white ball, a huge flat field of pristine grass and the bluest sky Columbia County has to offer and you have my idea of the best thing to do on a weekend. Welcome to Mashomack Polo, coming to you in thunderous 3D every weekend between Memorial Day and Labor Day in Pine Plains, NY.

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The Sandwich That Made a Man And a Movie Famous

Food Scene

The Cuban sandwich, an object of new interest since release of Jon Favreau’s film, “Chef,” is, at heart, a grilled-cheese sandwich. A super-charged grilled- cheese sandwich.
Of course I am not talking about the nightmare grilled cheese concocted by those who figure Velveeta is cheese and Wonder Bread is bread and that Crisco substitutes for butter.
No.
The Cuban sandwich is rich, complex, spicy and crisp. And it can, theoretically, along with a food truck and the Internet, catapult a disillusioned chef to stardom.

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Faires, Not Fairs, The Robin Hood Kind

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I have been attending Renaissance faires for more than a decade, and I was thrilled to discover one in Connecticut running right now.

My wife, Kayla, and I visited the Robin Hood Springtime Festival in Guilford for the first time last weekend, and I was thoroughly impressed. As I walked through the gates, I was immediately transported back in time to Nottingham and Sherwood Forest.

It Takes a Tree To Make A Garden

Gardening

Elisabeth Cary, with her green wellies, mossy scarf and brisk, forthright manner, seems exactly right for the job of instructing people on the ways of shrubs and small trees, which is one of her jobs at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA.
Like many immersed in cultivating gardens and gardeners, she is firm in her opinions: “Barberry is an awful thing,” she tells those of us following her around the Beatrice Procter Fre-
linghuysen Perennial Garden which lies north of Route 102 and just south of the Martha Stewart Garden, populated by both heirloom and modern plants.

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Famous for Five Minutes

The Club Scene

Before there was YouTube there were open mics, hootenannies, story circles and poetry slams. Happily many of these venues for amateur performers are still alive and well in the Tri-State region. For anywhere from three to fifteen minutes, artists, dancers, comedians, writers and musicians get a chance to strut their stuff in front of a live audience. While Likes on Facebook are nice, nothing can beat applause and smiles from real people.

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For a Party — Your Own Or Someone Else’s

Holiday Food

A couple of years ago, I wrote about my mother’s deviled ham spread, a really disgusting recipe, I now realize, based on canned deviled ham, dry onion soup mix and other foul ingredients.
Nostalgia defeats good taste now and then.
But, please, don’t blame my sainted mother: She was a good cook misled by the recipe fad of one holiday season.

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Last-Minute Gifts For Riders, Anglophiles And Others Who Take Tea

Holiday Shopping

One recent Saturday morning I wandered in to Johnnycake Books in Salisbury, CT, with horses on my mind. I was seeking a present for an English foxhunting friend. I wanted it to be an unusual, one-of-a-kind gift, and it seemed that a rare and collectible book might be the right sort of item.
The proprietor, Dan Dwyer, said he had just the thing. He had recently acquired 12 volumes of a 15-volume set of “British Sports and Sportsmen.” It is a limited edition encyclopedia, only 250 were published, and the one he has is number 230.

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