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Kent April 15, 2021

A.J. Croce will do two shows in March (one celebrates his new album, “By Request”) online for The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass. Photo by Joshua Black Wilkins​

Finding Time in a Bottle with the Music of A.J. Croce

Sometimes it’s hard to find the “click” with a new singer, one whose work isn’t presented to you on a platter by the radio, or a streaming channel or your kids or a friend or… And without someone to help you make a link to a song or a performer, sometimes you never find your way in.


Two upcoming online workshops will offer basics on how to begin a bee colony in your yard. One will feature Dan Carr, in photo above, from Beavertides Farm in Falls Village, Conn. Photo courtesy Dan Carr

How To Become a Beekeeper

You’re probably already making your own bread and butter in COVID quarantine, so why not learn to make honey as well?

Two upcoming Zoom workshops will offer an introduction to beekeeping. 


Online bidding is now open for the chance to name the two rare Siberian Cranes at Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy in Litchfield, Conn. Photo submitted

Seeking Names for Siberian Cranes

Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy in Litchfield, Conn., is offering naming rights for the two rare Siberian cranes that are now in residence in  the center’s Crane Habitat. The cranes are a critically endangered species.


Steve Katz, blues aficionado and a founding member of both Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears, will perform in an online concert hosted by Dewey Hall in Sheffield, Mass. on Saturday, Feb. 13. Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas​

A Journey Through the History of Blues and Rock

Steve Katz is probably most famous as a founding member of the 1960s/1970s mega group Blood Sweat & Tears. He’s not unwilling to share stories about those wild years as a rock and roll superstar — he does so ably in his autobiography, “Blood, Sweat and My Rock ’n’ Roll Years,” published in 2015.

backyard bird feeder

The Cornwall Library and Sharon Audubon, both in Connecticut, will present the first of two free Zoom programs on winter birds, on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Sharon Audubon Naturalist Bethany Sheffer will offer an interactive virtual program about feeding birds in winter.


Sculptor Peter Woytuk, at right in photo, has a new show of work at the Argazzi Gallery in Lakeville, Conn. (which is owned by Judith Singelis, at left in photo). The works in the show will rotate, but there will be many of the bronze ravens  that are a Woytuk specialty. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender​

The Lightness of Beings Made of Bronze

You could expect the creator of massive bronze animal sculptures — including the giant bulls on the lawn at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. — to be a weighty, heavy, ponderous person.


This year, no one is wearing their best jewels to weddings and galas — making it a perfect time to bring them in to Elizabeth’s Jewelry in Millerton, N.Y., for cleaning and repairs. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender​

A Perfect Time To Clean And Reassess Your Jewelry

Now that closets are cleaned out and drawers tidied like never before, thanks to COVID-19, there is a good chance that jewelry has turned up and been given a what-do-I-do-with-this look.


In his newest book, George Saunders turns to nonfiction and makes the study of Russian literature and the short story form accessible and entertaining. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Lessons from a Master — About Fiction, Writers and Life

This is a masterclass in a book. In “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russian Writers Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life,” George Saunders, fiction author extraordinaire and professor of creative writing at Syracuse, takes us through a close reading of seven short-story masterpieces, all by Russian writers.

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