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Decorating By the Book

I bought a house last November. I love this house, and I want it to be my sanctuary: peaceful, harmonious, interesting. But I have always felt insecure about my home decorating skills; I sometimes think they haven’t evolved much beyond Dorm Room Chic, or Frazzled Parent Modern. 


Grammy Winner Paul Winter will perform with gospel singer Theresa Thomason, in photo above, in a benefit for the American Mural Project on Sept. 5 in Winsted, Conn. Photo by Matthew Muise

The Sounds of Winter (in Summer) Benefit AMP

The end of summer is coming, a time when we think of things we should have done while the weather was warm and we maybe had some time on our hands. This year of course the end-of-summer regrets are more profound as plans were impacted not just by COVID-19 but also by a week of power outages at the peak of vacation season. 

Stars align for Aug. 22 BSC reading

Jason Alexander (star of stage, screen and “Seinfeld”) and Patti Lupone (star of stage, screen and formerly of Kent, Conn.), Tony Award winner Santino Fontana (“Tootsie,” on Broadway) and Michael McKean (“This Is Spinal Tap!” and “Better Call Saul” among countless other favorites) are among the dozen actors who will do a staged reading to benefi


Historian Edward Kirby will talk about the region’s industrial history, including the making of iron in Sharon, Conn. (this photo shows molders in Sharon, holding the tools they used for the compacting of special sand for casting the metal into shapes).  Photo courtesy Sharon Historical Society

The Region’s Rich history — in iron ore — explained

Beloved historian Edward Kirby of Sharon, Conn., will give a Zoom talk in partnership with the Sharon Historical Society and the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. 


The Norman Rockwell Museum celebrates 100 year of suffrage for women
with an ongoing exhibit of the work of illustrator Rose O’Neill. 
Image from the Norman Rockwell Museum​

Women: Don’t Forget To Vote!

At a time when the nation is largely divided along partisan lines and when there is a great deal of anxiety about the upcoming presidential election, it’s a wonderful time to celebrate the success of the women’s suffrage movement, which secured the vote for women in August 1920.

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