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The lambs are bounding around at Weatogue Farm in Salisbury, Conn., and the farm is preparing for its annual sale of starter plants, which begins on Friday, May 14. Photo by Elvia Gignoux

Plant Starts and Baby Animals: Spring Is Here

What is it about lambs that makes all humans coo and want to cuddle them? Elvia Gignoux of Weatogue Farm in Salisbury, Conn., said, “I think they represent hope and a new start. Something we all need this year.” 


If you’re a woman of a certain age, you either owned Liv Tyler’s outfit in “Empire Records” or wished you owned it. See the film and hear from the costume designer in a May 1 Boondocks Film Society screening.

‘Empire Records’ and a Memorable Blue Mohair Sweater

I can’t tell from the IMDb how old costume designer Susan Lyall is but I will say that she’s more or less captured my life on film, so she must be about my age.


Area land trusts will do presentations and walks in the coming weeks to showcase some of their hiking trails, such as this one on the Sharon Land Trust’s D’Alton Preserve, which is expected to open to the public on June 5. Photo by Jonathan Doster

Nature Outings Blossom in the Warmer Weather

Tristate region land trusts and nature conservancies are coming back to life, and offering outdoor experiences.

In Cornwall, Conn., the  Cornwall Conservation Trust is hosting a bike and hike on Sunday, April 25, beginning at  9:30 a.m. at the Cornwall Library, 30 Pine St.


There’s more than one Litchfield County connection to the award-winning film, “Patton,” starring George C. Scott. Journalist Jurgen Kalwa of Sharon, Conn., shares the origin story of the film and its link to his home in a Zoom talk on Sunday, May 2.

The Road to ‘Patton’

What happens when a Sharon journalist discovers that a famous movie has a significant connection to his own house?  He digs a little and turns his finding into a story.

Join the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Conn., on Zoom for a discussion with Jürgen Kalwa on Sunday, May 2, at 4 p.m.


Nasturtiums are lovely, easy to grow and delicious on a salad — but don’t eat them unless you’re certain they are nasturtiums and not a toxic twin. Photo courtesy University of Connecticut​

The Tricky Business of Eating Found Foods

In spring 2020, as COVID-19 was sending city folks up here full-time to live in the country, The Lakeville Journal published its annual short article talking about the delights of finding, cooking and eating the wild leeks that are also known as “ramps.” 


Heat, beach, summer, freedom all glow from the canvas in Sophie Treppendahl’s “Swimming in the Yuba,” featured in the Kenise Barns Fine Art gallery show in Kent, Conn., called “We’ve all gone to look for America.” Courtesy of Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Kent, Conn.

Looking for America, For Love, for Innocence

Kenise Barns, director of Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Kent, Conn., describes the inspiration for a show at her gallery until May 1: “The exhibition title is taken from the well-loved Simon and Garfunkel ballad recounting a bus trip across America, and the hours spent looking out the window as the landscapes slide by.

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