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Kent April 15, 2021

Interior designer Darren Henault, who splits his time between Millbrook, N.Y., and New York City, has opened Tent, a new luxury home decor store offering custom furniture, on the corner of Routes 22 and 343 in Amenia, N.Y. Photo by Alexander Wilbur

Tent Brings Park Avenue Style To An Upstate New York Corner

Playing a game of word association, what visual connections spring to the imagination when you hear the word “tent”? A small sanctuary for an outdoor adventurer? Maybe the lure of the traveling circus, the promise of spectacle, a horse-drawn calliope whistling out a repetitive tune? Or does your mind head to the modern day?


The famous Yellow Room of Nancy Lancaster, described as one of the most influential rooms in the history of English decoration, will be featured in a Zoom talk about the design firm Colefax and Fowler. Photo courtesy Ventfort Hal

Why We Love Chintz in Interior Design

If you’ve spent much of the quarantine in a comfy overstuffed chair, reading books by Nancy Mitford and Angela Thirkell, or if you’ve become addicted to lush television productions of early and mid 20th century English mystery cozies, then you probably are already a fan of the posh design firm Colefax and Fowler — perhaps without even realizing


It’s time for the third annual Kent Memorial Library Peeps diorama competition. Entries must include a marshmallow Peep and have a connection to some of the materials found at the library. This entry was from the 2019 competition. Photo by Lans Christense

Art and Literature Mash Up With marshmallow Peeps

It isn’t often that the worlds of art, literature and cuisine come together in one exciting event but the moment is here. Yes, it’s March and it’s time for the Kent Memorial Library’s annual marshmallow Peeps diorama competition.


Our critic recommends“The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies”for film fans.

How To Survive a Pandemic, Part Two: Loving Weird Film

Back in the summer, I suggested some streaming and reading choices to combat the boredom of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The other day I was chatting (by phone) with someone who suggested I use my extensive knowledge of the world’s worst and weirdest films for a similar piece.


Peter Kaufman’s new book addresses the challenges of “truthiness.” Photo by Sophia Kaufman​

Media vs. the ‘Monsterverse’ (It’s Not about Godzilla)

In his new book, “The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge,” Peter Kaufman (an author who lives in Lakeville, Conn.) takes us deep into history to locate the moments when information was made accessible to the people — and the moments when making it accessible was a crime punishable by death.


Yehuda Hanani will perform the Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello in an online performance for Close Encounters With Music on Feb. 28. Photo courtesy Yehuda Hanani​

Climbing Music’s Mount Parnassus, Again (and Again)

Yehuda Hanani, cellist, educator and artistic director of Close Encounters With Music (CEWM), has returned countless times to the Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello — what he calls a musical “Mount Parnassus” (home of mythology’s Muses).

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