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KENT — It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for a bookstore than the snug space that is now home to the House of Books.

But the little red cottage on Main Street isn’t the true home of the venerable shop, one of only a handful of bookstores remaining in the Tri-state region.

House of Books was started in 1976 by Carol and John Hoffman, in a small space on Route 7. It soon outgrew its original setting and the Hoffmans moved it to 10 Main, formerly the town’s post office. The bookstore remained there until this summer, when circumstances...

Kent

‘A lot of work and a lot of fun’ at St. Andrew’s Church tag sale

As tradition dictated, the annual St. Andrew’s Church tag sale on Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4, attracted steady crowds of Kent residents and visitors, hopeful of finding items of top quality at bargain prices. As usual, they found their finds, the prices were great, and as a bonus, they basked in a happy sense of community with their Kent neighbors.
The tag sale is one of the highlights of the Northwest Corner summer season, and is an anchor event for the four-day-long Kent Sidewalk Festival. 

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A big day for small engines at CAMA show

 KENT — The big shows of the year for the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) are the annual “power up” that begins the season and the “power down” or Fall Festival (this year it will be from Sept. 27 to 29).
But for the past six years, the association has also held an antique engine show. This year’s was held at the CAMA grounds near Route 7 in Kent on Saturday, July 27. 

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All together now

The Carlson Family entertained a big crowd on the Kent Green on a beautiful summer evening on Thursday, July 25. They performed lively, upbeat  country classics. The audience accompanied them with clapping, singing and dancing.

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With a puff and a chug

Exhibitors enjoyed explaining their stationary (or in this case, rolling) engines at the annual Connecticut Antique Machinery Association show in Kent last weekend. Story, another photo, A big day for small engines at CAMA show.

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Kent Sidewalk Fest is Aug. 1-4

KENT — The Kent Sidewalk Festival takes place this year from Thursday, Aug.1, through Sunday, Aug. 4, and is sponsored by the Kent Chamber of Commerce, the Kent Green Shopping Center, Cozzy’s Pizzeria and Fat City Screen Printing. Shops in town will have special sales and promotions during those days and there will be other events and activities around the village.
The ninth annual Kent Car Show takes place on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Kent Green. There will be food cooked over the coals by the Kent Lions Club.  

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A cool rush

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A week of Kent songs, artwork and community

KENT — There was an abundance of cultural offerings last weei in Kent, with music, art and paintings to appeal to everyone’s tastes. 
The Kent Art Association (KAA) and the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council hosted the KAA’s Presidents Show on Thursday evening, July 11. 

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Marvelwood teacher named summer scholar

KENT — Valentin Dumitrascu, History Department Chair at The Marvelwood School in Kent, was selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 32 summer seminars and institutes supported by the NEH. 
NEH is a federal agency that supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions so teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

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On top of the world with Kent library

KENT — This year’s Kent Memorial Library fundraiser, held at  Birch Top Farm, was promoted as a Top of the World party. The location was as close as one can get in South Kent to living up to the name. The property is within a foot or two of the 1,200 foot summit of Geer Mountain. 
There, on Saturday, June 22, Lisa and Bill Hoadley hosted the library party and auction, and what a party it was. A close estimate put the registered guest list at 325, and a steady stream of unregistered, and equally welcome, guests brought the number closer to 350. 

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Beautiful music at Make Music Day

KENT — Though it’s a new name to many here in the Northwest Corner, Make Music Day is an international celebration of music and dance that was started decades ago.
It was originally named La Fête de la Musique, and was started in France in 1982 as a celebration of friendship, music and the beginning of summer. Make Music Day, as it’s known in the U.S., is always held on June 21, the summer solstice — it needs the longest day of the year to present and enjoy all the music.

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