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Little Ninjas, Nearer Than You Know

Country Life

They arrived in the night, in silence. They slipped in when no one was looking and made themselves at home, just like that.
In the morning, the sun rose with that yellow glamour that makes for an achingly beautiful day around here. I wanted chive blossoms for an omelet so I stepped outside, ran down the few steps to the garden and then, “Eek!” I unashamedly yelled into the peace of a country morning as a “thing” ran out from under a wooden step.

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Sounds, Sweet Airs and Games That Give Delight

Faire Time
darrylg@lakevillejournal.com

Summer may be drawing to a close, but there’s still plenty of time to visit the shire and enjoy a mug of mead while watching a jousting tournament. And who knows, you may even bump into Robin Hood or Queen Elizabeth I.
The New York Renaissance Faire has been a favorite of mine for a dozen years.
This is the fair’s 35th anniversary, and I decided to celebrate by driving to Tuxedo, NY, with my fiancée and her cousin to venture into the quaint village tucked away in Sterling Forest.

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Paula Poundstone on Comedy, NPR’s “Wait Wait” And the Warner

The Show Scene

For starters, there is The Voice: the trumpet-like clarity, throaty laugh and splayed-out Boston vowels, with a steady drip of sardonic delivery. The quick wit and bubbling warmth clinch the deal. This can only be the inimitable comic Paula Poundstone, who performs at the Warner this weekend.

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People Struggling, and Surviving

leong@lakevillejournal.com

When Michael Wellman, a human services professional dealing with the homeless, and composer Roslyn Catracchia met in Honolulu a decade ago, they decided to write “Truly Dually,” a musical about people struggling with the dual problems of mental illness and substance abuse that often lead to homelessness.

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See Lovely Homes and Support HCCC

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It’s back, the Housatonic Child Care Center house tour, the chance to see how other people arrange their living room, lay out their garden and order the stuff in their mud room.
“I always love to see other people’s houses,” Hope Mongeau tells me. This former board member of the Housatonic Child Care Center has returned to duty to organize the tour because it’s fun and, she says, the center needs the money. That it does.

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Tattoos as Badges of Independence, Defiance and Survival

Body Art: Part II

Last week we took a look at tattoos and what they mean to people. This week we consider some risks, some details and some surprising uses.
Amanda Winans loves her tattoos. At 21, she is a college graduate and a graphic designer at The Lakeville Journal, and she lives at home with her parents to whom she is happily attached.
At 17 she wanted a tattoo. And being a methodical, orderly young woman she did her homework.

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Time for Trade Secrets

The Gardening Scene
tarak@lakevillejournal.com

Some people mark their calendars a year in advance for Trade Secrets. For those not in the know, the gardening trade fair at LionRock Farm in Sharon is on May 19 and the four self-guided garden tours are scheduled for May 20.

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Bringing out the Best In Border Collies, Dogs That Need Work

Country Life
tarak@lakevillejournal.com

Border collies are born to run. And to chase sheep. More accurately, they love to herd sheep and move them around. Sheep are not the smartest farm animals, but despite being relatively docile, they present a challenge to the dog trying to round them up. A little like herding cats.

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It’s Open Gardens Time Again . . .

The Garden Scene
tarak@lakevillejournal.com

The most beautiful gardens transport their visitors to a kind of wonderland. Here — a column of trees frame a vista; there — an old stone wall draws the attention to cows contentedly grazing; and beyond — a gate beckons toward a hedge that might be hiding something.
Cobble Pond Farm has all of that and more and on Saturday, May 12, for just a few hours, from 1 to 4 p.m., patrons of the Garden Conservancy Open Days may tour the bucolic gardens on Jay and Kathy Metz’s estate in Sharon.

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Watch for a New Invader

The Gardening Scene

Last fall I returned from a trip upstate on Route 22, and just around New Lebanon I had to stop and take a closer look. There on the roadside in full bloom stood a colony of Impatiens glandulifera, aka policeman’s helmet or Himalayan balsam, a plant widespread in Europe.
I had hoped never to encounter it here.
It is a sister species of our native yellow jewelweed. Native to the Himalayan foothills and introduced as a garden exotic, it has been in Europe for the last 50 years and has become a huge pest along brooks, in moist meadows and open woods.

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