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To accommodate shopping in an age of social distancing, there is a new retail shack at Thorncrest Chocolate Shop and Farm in Goshen, Conn. Through the back window, visitors can see Pretty Lady, a Texas longhorn, and her new calf. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender​

In a World Without Ag Fairs, Still There Is Thorncrest Farm

This is the time of year when, normally, we would head to the Goshen Fair in Connecticut or the Dutchess County Fair in New York and learn the differences between all those types of cows that we see in the fields as we drive around on our country roads.


Work by Don Bracken, including Out of the Ashes  will be featured in a show at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Conn. Photo submitted​

Work That Is Deeply Grounded in Nature

The inspiration for Donald Bracken’s paintings made a 360 degree turn when he lost his studio on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center (where he was an artist in residence) and he came home to West Cornwall, Conn.


Locked room mysteries are perhaps the most perfect type of tale to read during a quarantine. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

For Connoisseurs Of the Mystery Genre: The Locked Room Tale

For the avid detective fiction fan, there is no puzzle more alluring than a locked room mystery. In its simplest form, it is a crime (usually a murder) that has been committed in a room sealed from the inside with no way out (and in theory, no way in). 

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