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Kent Falls Brewing’s assistant brewer Ralph Alterisio with Wooded Streams, their “fall lager.” Photo by Will Siss

Autumn in a Glass: Enjoy Falls’ Beers This Fall

How do you capture a season in a beer? In the winter, a bold, roasty stout complements the dark hours. In the summer, a citrusy India pale ale embodies the moment. Come fall, brewers search for the right amount of amber, sweetness and crispness to match the promise of refreshing air and leaves underfoot.


Ed Schopp, left, and Mike Schopp are the owners of the North Canaan-based Stadium System, which refurbishes tens of thousands of football helmets annually in preparation for the new gridiron season.  Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

Stadium System Tackles the Task of Reconditioning Helmets

While most people spend the summer in leisure mode, for Mike and Ed Schopp, owners of Stadium System, Inc., in North Canaan, Conn., it’s crunch time. That’s because from June through the beginning of September it’s all hands on deck in preparation for the arrival of fall football season.


A sampling of the author’s extensive sweater collection, from top: a silk/cashmere blend from Orvis and a lambswool sweater, ancient bulky thing and Norwegian sweater with rare red thingies from L.L. Bean. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

How to Navigate Sweater Weather Without Breaking a Sweat

I have a lot of sweaters, and they all get worn under different circumstances.

First thing you need to decide: Am I going to wear a sweater under a sport coat? As a stand-alone garment, or under some type of coat?

Second thing: Do I have the physique for a thinnish, clinging sweater?

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